Emergency Interoperability Summit 2009 - Facilitating Emergency Response Using Open Standards, 30 September - 1 October, Baltimore, MD

Speaker Profiles


Art BotterellArt Botterell, Manager, Community Warning System, Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff

Art Botterell is a professional emergency manager with four decades of experience in emergency communications, information systems and media. He has served on the national Emergency Response Team of the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and with the California Office of Emergency Services. He has been a consultant to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and other public-safety and emergency management agencies in the U.S. and Asia.

Mr. Botterell was the architect of the Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) and a founding trustee of the non-profit Partnership for Public Warning. He is a Research Associate of the Centre for Policy Research in Science and Technology at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia. He recently served on a National Academy of Sciences study committee on Information Technology in emergency management.

Mr. Botterell now manages the industry-funded Community Warning System operated by the Sheriff of Contra Costa County in Northern California.

Robert Bunge, Internet Dissemination Officer, NOAA National Weather Service, Office of the CIO

Profile will be posted soon.

John Donahue, Chief of Regional Programs and Emergency Operations, Maryland Institute for EMS Systems (MIEMSS)

John is currently the Chief of Regional Programs and Emergency Operations for the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems. He had served as the Regional Administrator of the Agency for several years and was redirected to Emergency Operations until he was asked to merge the two programs recently. He began his career as a volunteer paramedic at the White Marsh Volunteer Fire Company in Baltimore County and remains a life member there. He attended the University of Maryland Baltimore County where he was the first graduate of the Emergency Health Services Program. During his career he has responded to multiple mass casualty and large scale incidents where he managed the response and supported the local incident management teams as a State representative. These include the Chase train crash in 1987 , outbreaks of Norwalk disease outbreak at College Park, the Howard Street Tunnel fire in Baltimore City , and the tornado in LaPlata. He has also planned the move of 4 hospitals (which were used as evacuation exercises) and averted the evacuation of at least 4 nursing homes suffering from fires and coordinated state response to 2 other emergency evacuations.

Because of his frustration with information management during all of these responses, he conceptualized FRED, the Facility Resource Emergency Database. FRED alerts response partners of and incident and provides a means for resource management. FRED preceded many of the commercial applications now available. He had input into the HAvBED standard and is currently implementing a statewide EMS patient tracking that will eventually become a Point of Dispensing tracking application and a shelter client tracking application. Because of his need to ensure smooth transfer of information between multiple applications, he requested the National Association of EMS Officials begin to investigate standards for patient tracking data.

David EllisDavid Ellis, Principle Member of the Technical Staff (PMTS) Information Technologies, Sandia National Laboratories

Mr. David E. Ellis is an Information Management Architect with over 30 years experience successfully designing and implementing numerous local and wide area networks. His current Sandia National Laboratories assignment is developing future architectures for Force Protection (IUBIP 2012-2024) for DoD JCS. He recently developed a comprehensive Information Architecture for the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) Southeast Transportation Corridor Pilot (SETCP) that used the OASIS EDXL-DE standard as the primary distribution metadata for delivering various non-emergency information exchanges. Mr. Ellis was the chief architect for the FEMA Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS). He was the technical advisor for USNORTCOM inputs to the Homeland Data Sharing Program that directly led to assisting in writing the JCS-develop DoD Strategic Operations Information Sharing Plan of Action (May 15, 2008). Mr. Ellis led the design, installation, and operation of a CBRN support effort for the war in Iraq. Other recent efforts include assisting the design of next generation CBRN Integrated Force Protection systems (UNWD, BDI, JSIPP and Guardian) to support the War on Terrorism.

Mr. Ellis is the DoD representative to the Open Group for Service Oriented Architecture issues and also represents USNORTHCOM technical interests in International Standards Development Organizations. Mr. Ellis is a leader in the development of Net-Centric architectures and is co-chair for several OASIS Emergency Management subcommittees and member of the OASIS Service Oriented Architecture Reference Model technical committee. Mr. Ellis has been recognized for his contributions to network and business risk analysis and management, information warfare operation and network monitoring and assessment technologies and operations. He has experience in network and business risk analysis, systems, physical, communications, TEMPEST, and administrative security.

In addition to his Information Technology skills, Dave has worked for a wide range of government, commercial, and military organizations. He has held positions as Vice President for Technical Services, Chief Scientist and Director of the Albuquerque Operations for a DOD contractor; and served twenty years as a Science Officer in the United States Air Force. Dave has numerous DoD and private industry technical publications over a wide range of topics including High Powered Microwaves. He also co-holds several DoD patents on technology for the high power Chemical Oxygen Iodine Laser (COIL). He regularly presents at national and international conferences including the eGov Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), Department of Energy Computer Security Training, Windows NT Wizards, Microsoft PDC and RDP, DECUS, SANS and USENIX conferences. Mr. Ellis has a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry with a minor in mathematics from Southern Illinois University and Master of Science degree in Physical Chemistry from Southern Illinois University.

Patrick GannonPatrick Gannon, President and COO, Warning Systems, Inc. (WSI)

Patrick Gannon is the President and COO of the innovative high-tech public alert technology company, Warning Systems, Inc. (WSI) and serves on the WSI Board of Directors. He previously served as president and CEO of OASIS Open from 2001 to 2008, and was also an OASIS Board Director from 2000 to 2008.

Mr. Gannon was appointed in 2006 as a high-level Advisor to the United Nations Global Alliance for ICT and Development (UN GAID). From 2004 to 2007, he served on the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) Technical Guidelines Development Committee (TGDC). He also served from 2000 to 2005 with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), as Chairman of the Team of Specialists for Internet Enterprise Development, which advised governments in transitional economies on best practices for electronic business.

Previously, Mr. Gannon worked for BEA Systems, as Senior Vice President in the eCommerce Integration Division, and at Netfish Technologies, as Vice President of Marketing and Industry Programs. He also served as Vice President of Strategic Programs for the CommerceNet Consortium, directing research and development efforts in new Internet commerce standards such as XML. Mr. Gannon is co-author of the book: Building Database-Driven Web Catalogs, and is an international speaker on electronic business and Web services standards.

Xenophon Gikas, Captain, Los Angeles Fire Department, Operations Control Division

Captain Xenophon "Yo" Gikas is a 23 year veteran with the Los Angeles Fire Department. He was appointed to the rank of Captain on June 8, 1998. He has also held the positions of Firefighter, Chief Officer's Staff Assistant, and Dispatcher. He is currently assigned to the Operations Control Division.

Captain Gikas is currently assisting four technology interoperability programs having multi agency and multi jurisdictional impact. These projects include: The Tactical Information Program (a GIS based system to deliver critical response information to front line emergency personnel), a hazmat sensor integration and interoperability project; the area wireless and reconnaissance evaluation project (a pre-deployed public events monitoring system); and the United States Department of Homeland Security's "Virtual U.S.A." GIS working group.

Captain Gikas' professional experience includes Commander of the fire departments Urban Search and Rescue Company wherein he handled all aspects of technical rescue including swift water, confined space operations, collapsed structure, and firefighter rapid intervention. He previously held the position of commander of the fire command and control systems CAD and 800 MHz network unit wherein he handled all issues pertaining to emergency communications including evaluation, purchase, and integration of new radios, software, mobile data computers, and communications equipment for the LAFD. Throughout his career Captain Gikas' responsibilities included performing analysis, design, and development on numerous projects involving mission critical systems. Previous assignments also included the Advanced Technology Unit of the LAFD Tactical Planning Section and the United States Department of Homeland Security's project Archangel as the fire service representative developing the Automated Critical Asset Management System. Captain Gikas attended the University of California at Los Angeles and California State University at Northridge earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. He is also a certified hazmat technician as well as a Communications Specialist and Technical Search Specialist for FEMA's California Task Force 1.

Tim Grapes, Vice President, Evolution Technologies, Inc.

Mr. Grapes has worked in a range of industries including federal government, DOD, Disaster Management and Emergency Response, manufacturing, technology, and telecommunications organizations throughout his 26 year career. Solution areas have focused on systems interoperability, messaging and data standards, business systems development and integration, and data warehousing and business intelligence.

A current focus area is in the development of interoperability standards to enable more effective cross-profession information-sharing between disparate software applications and systems that support emergencies and disasters. Toward this end, Mr. Grapes facilitates the DHS-OIC sponsored Practitioner Steering Group (PSG) and Standards Working Groups (SWG) defining standards processes, requirements and design, and coordinates with other information-sharing initiatives such as NIEM, NIMS, HHS-AHRQ and HITSP.

Mr. Grapes is a voting member of the OASIS Emergency Management Technical Committee and co-chair on development and publication of the international Emergency Data Exchange Language (EDXL) standards. He has managed the EM domain of NIEM and represented EM practitioners on tiger and technical teams.

Ira M. Grossman, Chief Enterprise Architect, Enterprise Architecture Branch/ITD, Federal Emergency Management Agency - FEMA

Profile will be posted soon.

Denis GustyDenis Gusty, Deputy Director, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Mr. Gusty serves as a Program Manager in the Command, Control and Interoperability Division's (CCI's) Office for Interoperability and Compatibility (OIC); in addition, he leads OIC's data interoperability programs which aims to improve incident response and recovery by developing tools which includes the FEMA Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) and the Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS) and the EDXL messaging standards that help emergency responders manage incidents and exchange information in real time. Mr. Gusty came to CCI from the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), where he served as Director of GSA's Office of Intergovernmental Solutions. Prior to joining GSA, Mr. Gusty served as a Program Manager at the U.S. Department of Labor. In this role, he was responsible for helping to implement the President's Management Agenda by managing the e-Government initiative, GovBenefits.gov. Mr. Gusty has more than six years of experience in developing intergovernmental partnerships and IT policy and practices.

Gary A. HamGary A. Ham, Systems Architect, Eyestreet Software Corporation & FEMA's Disaster Management Program

Gary A. Ham is a systems architect contracted through Eyestreet Software Corporation to support FEMA's Disaster Management Program. He is a founding member of the OASIS Emergency Management Technical Committee, the creators of he Common Alerting Protocol and the Emergency Data Exchange Language (EDXL) family XML of data standards. Previous experience includes BPR and requirements management support to the Virginia DMV, RosettaNet standards development, and interoperability design and object modeling for both DoD Health Affairs and the U. S. Army Systems Engineering Command. Gary is also a retired Marine Officer. In addition to typical military duties, his positions included tours as Head of Quality Assurance for a worldwide networked accounting system and Senior Lecturer in Computer Science at the U.S. Naval Academy. He received his MS with Distinction in Information Systems from the Naval Postgraduate School.

Anthony HoangAnthony Hoang, Information Sharing and Exchange Program Manager, Office of the Chief Information Officer, Department of Homeland Security

Mr. Hoang joined the DHS OCIO in February of 2008 as the lead for the Information Sharing and Exchange program. Anthony is responsible for architecting national priority information exchanges via NIEM and geospatial data models for the DHS Geospatial Management Office.

Anthony's decorated history of high impact, exceptional performance and proven leadership capacity in support of the Federal Homeland Security and Intelligence information sharing communities. To many professionals in these communities, his service to the DHS OCIO and DNI OCIO to advance the Information Sharing Environment include receiving the DNI CIO Exceptional Performance Award for information sharing and data architecture supporting the ISE in September 2006 from DNI top management officials and the Intelligence Community (IC) Metadata Working Group (MWG) "Meritorious Service & Leadership Commendation" for furthering the mission of TWPDES (Terrorist Watchlist Person Data Exchange Standard); Signed by Chair of the IC MWG in June 2005.

Anthony was the primary author or a key custodian of three of the six standards in the Information Sharing Environment's (ISE) Version 1.0 suite of Common Terrorism Information Sharing Standards (CTISS)—(1) CTISS for Information Security Markings, (2) CTISS for Tearline Applications, and (3) TWPDES. Anthony has been involved with NIEM since his nomination by the Executive Director to the selective NIEM Technical Architecture Committee (NTAC) and NIEM Business Architecture Committee (NBAC). He chaired the DNI Executive Order 13388 Cargo and Conveyance Community-of-Interest, the DNI Intelligence Community TWPDES Community-of-Interest, and Led highly critical policy analysis, communication and implementation responsibilities in response to Executive Order 13328, "The WMD Commission," including briefing my analysis of the WMD Commission Report, 9/11 Commission Report and The Second Markle Report as a "call-to-action" to over 100 IC policy makers and intelligence dissemination experts.

Anthony co-chaired the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) Homeland Security Working Group Content Subcommittee to the lead development of the DHS Geospatial Data Model.

Anthony continues to deliver significant leadership to future of the ISE regarding information exchange and geospatial standards. His expertise stems from seven years of hands-on XML experience coupled with a background in designing highly complex cross-enterprise collaborations. He has chaired XML standards development initiatives for NIEM, the US Intelligence Community, and GS1.

Elysa Jones, CTO, Warning Systems, Inc. and Chair, OASIS Emergency Management TC

Elysa Jones currently serves as the CTO of WSI. Prior to this, she was WSI's Engineering Program Manager for eight years, where she managed the design, development and deployment of over 100,000 Tone Alert Receivers and numerous software controlled activation systems. She has served as a board member for the Partnership for Public Warning, works closely with the Emergency Interoperability Consortium and chairs the OASIS Emergency Management Technical Committee. This committee developed the first international emergency data standard for communicating warnings, the Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) as well as the Emergency Data Exchange Language Distribution Element (EDXL-DE) for defining routing assertions for any emergency data. In February 2006, she was awarded the first annual Leadership in Emergency Interoperability Award granted by the Emergency Interoperability Consortium. She has after over twenty years prior experience providing contractor support to the Army DoD missile defense program. In that capacity, her work ranged from data reduction and analysis of phased array sensor data to managing software support for a large scale computer simulation facility. She was involved in the early IEEE work that led to the TCP/IP standards. Elysa has a Masters degree in Computer Science specializing in Engineering Management from the University of Alabama, Huntsville, Alabama and a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics also from the University of Alabama.

Mano Marks, Geo Developer Advocate, Google

Mano joined Google's Geo API team in 2006. He helps people all over the world develop and deploy their content in KML and Google Maps, working with large companies, small startups, and international aid organizations. He has worked extensively with Google's disaster relief and alerting teams, and helped out with the KML standardization effort. Most recently, he has been working with Google's team that is indexing, serving, and visualizing CAP feeds.

Before coming to Google, Mano had an eclectic career that involved getting a Masters in History, a Masters in Information Management and Systems, and working as a data manager in small and mid-sized organizations for over a decade.

Kevin McGinnisKevin McGinnis, Program Advisor, NASEMSO

Kevin McGinnis, MPS, EMT-P has been an EMS system builder since 1974. He received undergraduate and graduate degrees from Brown University and Cornell University in health care delivery systems and hospital administration, has held EMT, EMT-Intermediate and Paramedic licenses in New York and Maine. Kevin has been an ambulance service chief for volunteer and hospital-based services, a regional EMS coordinator, a hospital emergency department director, Maine's state EMS director from 1986 through 1996 (interim state E9-1-1 director for a year as well). He has been an EMS system consultant for the past 14 years, evaluating regional and state EMS systems and local ambulance services. For the past nine years, Kevin has been a Program Advisor for the National Association of State EMS Officials.

Kevin also serves as communications technology advisor for that association, and for the National Association of EMTs, the National Association of EMS Physicians, and the National Association of EMS Educators. He served on the Congressional Joint Advisory Committee on Emergency Medical and Public Health Communications, and two other FCC bodies. He is Vice Chair of the Public Safety Spectrum Trust, the single 700 MHz licensee for the planned national public safety broadband network. He is widely published in and a national speaker on the areas of public safety/EMS voice and data communications, rural EMS, and airmedical systems. He continues his EMT/paramedic practice of 34 years.

Dr. Greg Mears, Associate Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine, UNC Chapel Hill

Greg Mears, MD is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Greg is the Medical Director for the State of North Carolina and the Executive Director for Emergency Medical Services Performance Improvement Center (EMS-PIC). The EMS-PIC serves as a resource center for EMS performance improvement activities and houses the North Carolina PreHospital Medical Information System (PreMIS), a component of the National EMS Information System Project (NEMSIS), the EMS Performance Improvement Toolkit Project, and the State Medical Asset Resource Tracking System.

His well documented interest and expertise in topics such as EMS systems, EMS performance improvement, and EMS data is exemplified by successful publication of multiple textbook chapters and peer review articles. Greg has served as the principal investigator of multiple projects emphasizing the importance of data, EMS and quality improvement and is currently a co-investigator for the National EMS Information System (NEMSIS). Dr. Mears is a member of and has served in a leadership role of multiple professional organizations including ACEP, NAEMSP and NASEMSO. Greg, a graduate of the University of Missouri at Kansas City, resides in Chapel Hill, NC. The Journal of Emergency Medical Services recently recognized Dr. Mears as the top Innovator in EMS for 2008.

F. Christy Music, Program Director, Health & Medical Defense Support of Civil Authorities OASD (HD&ASA), Department of Defense

Francesca Christy Music is the Program Director for Health and Medical Defense Support of Civil Authorities in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense & Americas' Security Affairs (OASD (HD&ASA)). She integrates the Department of Defense's (DoD) health and medical programs with White House, federal and international agencies in support of the Department's and the nation's homeland defense and homeland security preparedness and response activities. She leads federal public health and medical policy and planning for natural and man-made events, and provides operational response in such events. In addition, she serves as a biodefense subject matter-expert, supporting the National Security Staff, National Security Council and DoD policy and operational activities. From 2006 to August 2008, Ms. Music was an ANSER, Inc. Program Analyst within OASD (HD&ASA), as the Senior Advisor for Health and Medical Civil Support. She retired from the Navy after 22 years of service as a Medical Service Corps Captain in February, 2006. Ms. Music holds two Baccalaureate Degrees, one in Microbiology from the University of Maryland and another in Medical Technology from Salve Regina College, Newport, Rhode Island. She also received a Master's Degree in Medical Laboratory Sciences from Southeastern Massachusetts University. She has an additional Master's Degree in Biological Sciences, and a certificate as a Specialist in Applied Biology, from Bowling Green State University, Ohio. She is a graduate of the Triservice Immunohematology Fellowship, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C., and a participant of Harvard University's National Preparedness Leadership Institute.

Ward NolandWard Noland, State/Local Warning Specialist and EMAC Coordinator, Idaho Bureau of Homeland Security

Ward Noland is the State Warning Coordinator for the Idaho Bureau of Homeland Security. He is the Program Manager for the Idaho State Alert & Warning System (ISAWS), which is now undergoing testing and evaluation via a one year pilot project. ISAWS will notify citizens of emergencies via communications devices of their choosing, with emphasis placed on the notification of the special needs population and the English as Second Language (ESL) population. It will also integrate the current Emergency Alert System (EAS) and will make the system CAP compliant. Mr Noland graduated Cum Laude from Western Carolina University in 2007 where he earned his Bachelor's degree in Emergency Management, and is currently working towards his Master's degree in Homeland Security. He has been actively involved in emergency services since 1996, having served as a firefighter, emergency medical technician, rescue technician, and rescue instructor.

Timothy Putprush, Project Manager for Standards Developments, Integrated Public Alert & Warnings Systems (IPAWS)

Tim Putprush entered the Federal Service in 1977 at the Defense Mapping Agency. Since then he has occupied a range of positions giving him insight into the workings of Federal Systems as well as deep cross domain knowledge of broadcast television, telecommunications and wireless technologies.

Tim has been with FEMA since the early 1980s where he occupied a number of different positions and mission areas. He has functioned as a broadcast television engineer, performing all the tasks required of working cameras, recorders, production switching and effects, and audio for a number of productions that supported FEMA training and operations. He has served as a manager of information technology engineering projects for FEMA's IT department. In this role, he worked with NOAA National Weather Service to develop the Emergency Managers' Weather Information Network, and acted as IT lead for the Primary Entry Point system of the Emergency Alert System, EAS. During the events of 9-11-2001, he was the acting EAS national level program manager. Since the events of 2001, Tim was asked to provide Information Technology expertise to the newly-formed Homeland Security Office, Homeland Security Transition Team and the startup team for DHS Information Technology. In this role he provided expertise to the CIO on alerts and warnings, and communication to "at risk" populations. He also served as the FEMA delegate to the National Communications System (NCS) Council of Representatives.

In 2003 Tim moved to the FEMA IT Emergency Operations Wireless Management Office.

In 2008 he became the Information Systems Security Officer (ISSO) for National Level of the Emergency Alert System. In this position he is responsible for maintaining the audit trail and records for the system, as well as reviewing and updating the security plan on an annual basis.

Tim's latest assignments have been in National Continuity Programs where he is concerned with the continuity of government. He developed the design for the FEMA Alert Readiness Cell to provide situational awareness to senior leadership of the agency and department under Continuity of Operations conditions. And he is today, a Project Manager in the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System PMO.

Donna Roy, Executive Director, The National Information Exchange Model (NIEM)

Ms. Roy joined the DHS OCIO in December of 2006 as the Director of the Enterprise Data Management Office. As the EDMO Director, she is responsible for the develop a DHS strategy for the management for all data collected, created, used, managed, maintained, shared and stored by DHS and sponsors the implementation of initiatives set forth in the strategy. She is engaged in helping DHS lay the foundation and building blocks for an information sharing environment. She serves as the Executive Director for the National Information Exchange Model, a DOJ, DHS and Global Justice information sharing initiative. In 2007. Donna Roy, as part of the NIEM management team was recognized with a Team Collaboration Award by the DOJ Justice Management Division. In 2008, Donna received the DHS Secretary's award for Leadership Excellence for exemplary dedication and leadership in advancing the data management practices in order to institutionalize information sharing. She has been selected for 2009's Federal Computer Week's Federal 100 award recipient for advancing data management and information sharing.

Prior to joining DHS, she consulted with the National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII) Program of the US Geological Survey. Ms. Roy was the Geospatial Program Manager and IT Project Manager for NBII, a distributed, Internet-based architecture for sharing the biological resources for management of biodiversity within the US and abroad. In this role her responsibilities included management of the IT infrastructure and architecture development based on multiple data and interoperability standards, Local, National and Global in scope. The NBII realized significant increase in capability with their SOA framework implementation based on sound architecture practices.

In addition, Ms. Roy's team worked with DoD, EPA, FDA USDA, DHS, NIH, DoS and several non-governmental and international organizations in developing the Geospatial Segment Architecture, a Geospatial SOA framework for interoperability and standards-based toolkits allowing rapid application development and significantly reduce IT costs.

Prior to her work at the NBII, Ms. Roy served as the VP of Product Development for a Fortune 200 company as well as serving as the VP for a data operations division. She has over 25 years of IT centric experience, culminating her data-oriented, enterprise-wide view for the implementation of standards to increase operational efficiency. She has represented the U.S. Government on national and international technical forums, presented numerous papers, has published in scientific journals and periodicals, and continues to act as a keynote speaker on these and other topics.

Jeff Sexton, Tennessee Department of Health Office of Information Technology Services Preparedness and Response Systems

Jeff is a consultant supporting the Tennessee Department of Health, Office of Technology Services. He is the Program Manager for the Tennessee Emergency Medical, Awareness, Response and Resources (TEMARR). TEMARR is a collection of systems, programs and policies that support the state in planning, preparing and responding to a medical or public health emergency. Capabilities included, role-based alerting/notification, asset/inventory tracking and distribution, healthcare facility beds and services, situational awareness, healthcare professional registration and credential verification etc.. He worked as an SME with HITSP in developing IO specifications for the Emergency Responders — Electronic Health Record. IS04. Jeff has 25 years experience in information technology and has held various positions in or supporting DOD, US EPA, and HHS. Jeff graduated in 1991 from George Mason University with a B.S .Industrial Engineering

Scott ShoupScott Shoup, Enterprise Architecture Branch, Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA)

Scott Shoup is current member of the FEMA Enterprise Architecture Office, specializing in data, business intelligence (BI) and service-oriented architecture (SOA). Scott is a domain steward manager of the NIEM Emergency Management Domain for FEMA, sharing the responsibility with members of the DHS Office for Interoperability and Capability (OIC). He is also a current member of the NIEM National Business Architecture Committee (NBAC) and DHS Data Management Working Group. Scott is dedicated to the realization of a future FEMA environment where data is made available rapidly through a combination of SOA, Disaster Management Framework, IPAWS, NIEM information exchange packages and EDXL-DE messaging.

Scott has fifteen years of experience working as a government employee and contractor at FEMA, holding positions in recovery and logistics prior to starting a career in Information Technology. Scott has been deployed to numerous disaster sites, playing a role in onsite disaster response during the California floods, World Trade Center bombing and Florida hurricanes of 2004.

William Tabor, Desktop Alert CAP/XMPP Engineer, CTO Protexx, Inc, A Widepoint Company

Mr. Tabor leads Protexx's product development team with the strength and perspective of a proven professional, as someone who has been directly involved with many of the most significant developments in information technology over the past 30 years. He has contributed to the coding that formed the foundation of the Internet, has championed the development and dissemination of open source operating systems, and has created database software so effective that elements of it remain inside virtually every computer operating today.

Now, as Vice President of Research and Development, Mr. Tabor is able to put this breadth of expertise toward a singular goal: the development of secure, leading-edge information solutions for today's growing enterprises. Mr. Tabor is well versed in a broad variety of hardware platforms and operating systems, is comfortable working in real-time production environments, and specializes in the adaptation of new technologies to eliminate long-standing problems.

Mr. Tabor has completed a BSIE in Systems Analysis from the University of Miami and Engineering coursework at Carnegie-Mellon University, as well as Masters-level coursework at Nova University. He is a Protege of C. Gordon Bell, noted developer of early commercial computing systems, and Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper, pioneering computer programmer.

Alessandro TrigliaAlessandro Triglia, Technical Staffer, OSS Nokalva, Inc.

Alessandro Triglia is a Senior Staff Member at OSS Nokalva, Inc. He has been actively involved in standardization in various areas of technology for a decade, and especially in the areas of ASN.1 (within ITU-T SG 17 and JTC 1/SC 6), biometrics (within INCITS M1 and JTC 1/SC 37), and emergency management (within OASIS EM). During this time he has made many contributions (some of them substantial) to several standards efforts either as a working group member, or as a member of the US delegation, or as an editor or co-editor. In the area of emergency management, he participated in the development of CAP, EDXL-HAVE, and EDXL-RM, and is one of the editors of EDXL-RM. He is also coordinating the development of an EDXL-RM implementation (an "Emergency Resource Management System" prototype) by OSS Nokalva.