Mr. Axelrod cofounded The Axelrod Group, Inc., a consulting firm that pioneered the use of employee involvement to effect large-scale organizational change. He now brings 30 years of consulting and teaching experience to this work, with clients such as Boeing, Coca-Cola, Harley Davidson, and Hewlett Packard, and is the author of several books and articles. Axelrod received the 2011 Graham School Excellence in Teaching Award.
Mr. Buikema is a senior consultant at Argonne National Laboratory in Chicago, Illinois and a subject matter expert for the Mobile Education Team seminars conducted by the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center of Homeland Defense and Security. He was appointed Administrator of Region V of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) from 2001-2005, and served as the Acting Director of FEMA’s Response Division in Washington, DC in 2005.
Mr. Cashy works as a statistician at the Chicago Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center (CHITREC). He also works within the Department of General Internal Medicine at Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine on statistical analysis of medical data and bioinformatics projects related to using medical data to improve quality of care. He previously worked at Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Illinois from 2007-2008 in the anti-fraud division, using statistical methods to detect unusual billing patterns by physicians or clinics. He holds a PhD in mathematics and a Master of Applied Statistics from Ohio State University.
Ms. Foster is a long-time practitioner of public relations and is now an assistant professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Canisius College. She holds a PhD in organization and management from Capella University; an MBA in organization and leadership from Lewis University; and both a master of science in communications and a bachelor’s in journalism from the University of Tennessee. Ms. Foster was manager of media relations at Argonne National Laboratory for 16 years, and also worked as a science editor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Mr. Lewis graduated from the MScTRM program in 2011. He is a Technical Programs Attorney in the Risk and Infrastructure Sciences Center, Global Security Sciences Division at Argonne National Laboratory. In this position, Paul leads multidisciplinary analyses of critical infrastructure vulnerabilities and mitigation strategies across the country for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Paul has also developed decision support tools for U.S. Department of Defense international humanitarian assistance programs and serves as a social scientist in the development of community resiliency frameworks for Argonne’s Center for Integrated Resiliency Analysis.
Mr. Macal is a senior systems engineer and director of the Center for Complex Adaptive Agent Systems Simulation at Argonne National Laboratory and a senior member of the Computation Institute and the Center for Environmental Sciences at the University of Chicago. Mr. Macal is currently researching, in collaboration with social scientists from the University of Chicago, new methods for understanding long-term threats to national security. He is a graduate of Northwestern University and Purdue University, trained in management science, engineering, computational modeling, and complexity science.
Ignacio J Martinez-Moyano is Computational Social Scientist and Socio-technical Systems Section leader in the Systems Science Center (SSC) of the Global Security Sciences (GSS) Division at Argonne National Laboratory. Ignacio is also a Senior Fellow at the Computation Institute of The University of Chicago and at the Institute for Science and Engineering (NAISE) of Northwestern University. Ignacio is President of the System Dynamics Society and is member of the Editorial Board of the System Dynamics Review. Ignacio's research focuses on the effects of human judgment and decision making on behavior in complex and dynamic systems, particularly under conditions of uncertainty, stress, and high consequence. Ignacio's research work has been published in Organization Science, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, ACM Transactions on Modeling and Computer Simulation (TOMACS), and the System Dynamics Review, among others. Dr. Martinez-Moyano holds a Ph.D. in Decision and Policy Sciences from the University at Albany, State University of New York.
Mr. Miller received his academic training at the University of Iowa and post-doctoral training at Columbia University. Additional training and practical experience in managing populations exposed to weapons of mass destruction occurred while in the US Army. Mr. Miller is currently a research associate/associate professor at the University of Chicago actively engaged in basic science studies, and has an extensive teaching portfolio.
Jill is Executive Director of the Northeastern Illinois Public Safety Training Academy, which provides training for fire service, law enforcement, hazardous materials, public works, disaster medical personnel, as well as education on homeland security, crisis leadership, and private sector emergency management. Prior to her position at NIPSTA, Jill was the inaugural Chairman of the Regional Disaster Healthcare Coalition in northeastern Illinois, and the Emergency Preparedness Coordinator for NorthShore University HealthSystem. She started her career as a fire service paramedic and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Lieutenant and spent many years as both an Emergency Department Nurse and EMS Educator. Jill holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wisconsin and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Illinois. She also holds a Master of Arts degree from the University of Illinois, a Master of Science in Threat and Response Management from the University of Chicago, and a Master of Arts in Legal Studies from the University of Illinois. She holds multiple certifications in business continuity and organizational resilience.
Mr. Tanzman is the emergency preparedness group leader at Argonne National Laboratory. He also manages programs for the US Army, the US Department of State, and the Chicago Department of Public Health. He is the author of a book and numerous articles, and has served as a legislative assistant in the US Senate and as counsel to the Palau National Congress in Micronesia. Mr. Tanzman holds a BA in political science from the University of Chicago and a law degree from Georgetown University. Mr Tanzman received the 2013 Graham School Excellence in Teaching Award.
Andrew Velasquez III is the Managing Deputy Commissioner and Chief Safety and Security Officer responsible for directing safety, security and emergency management operations at both O'Hare and Midway Airports. He brings to the University of Chicago extensive executive level experience in the Homeland Security enterprise. From 2010-2016, he served as the Presidentially appointed Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Region V. He previously held state and city cabinet level positions as Director of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency and Executive Director of Chicago's Office of Emergency Management and Communications. Andrew also served the Chicago Police Department in various roles and was a member of the U.S. Army Reserve. He holds a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Illinois State University and received a Master of Business Administration in Management from Saint Xavier University and has completed the Naval Postgraduate School's Executive Leadership programs in Homeland Defense and Radiological Emergency Preparedness. Andrew lectures nationally and internationally on a wide range of Emergency Management and Homeland Security topics.
Mr. Weine is professor of psychiatry and director of the International Center of Responses to Catastrophes, at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Weine is the principal investigator of an NIMH-sponsored study of adolescent refugees from Liberia and Somalia in the United States. He is also the principal investigator of a US Civilian Research & Development Foundation–sponsored study of Tajik migrant workers and HIV/AIDS. Dr. Weine is author of two books and numerous articles.
Ms. Wurtz is an infectious disease physician, epidemiologist, and health informaticist. She has worked for city, county, state, federal, and international public health programs in communicable diseases, preparedness, and management. She received a medical degree from Harvard Medical School and a MPH from the University of Illinois School of Public Health.
Mr. Zoufal is currently a Safety and Security Industry Executive with System Development Integration, LLC. He has held a series of high-level public sector safety and security posts including First Deputy for the City of Chicago’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications and Deputy Commissioner for Safety and Security for the City of Chicago’s Department of Aviation. He is a retired Colonel in the US Army Reserve. Mr. Zoufal received two graduate degrees from the University of Illinois in law and public administration, and a Master of Arts in Security Studies from the Naval Postgraduate School.
Mark S. Dworkin, is a board-certified internist and infectious diseases physician and a medical epidemiologist. He is an associate professor in the division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a lecturer in the Master of Science in Threat and Response Management program at the University of Chicago. He is currently conducting assessment and educational interventions to raise food handler and consumer food safety knowledge in order to prevent foodborne disease. Dr. Dworkin was the Illinois Department of Public Health State Epidemiologist in the Division of Infectious Diseases and team leader for the Rapid Response Team (an outbreak investigation team) from 2000 to 2006. He has collaborated with HIV epidemiologic work performed by Bayamon University in Puerto Rico and with SHARE/Mediciti in Hyderabad, India.
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