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Allen Hill

Acting Deputy Assistant Commissioner for Category Management Office of Information Technology Category Federal Acquisition Service

General Services Administration

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Allen Hill

Acting Deputy Assistant Commissioner for Category Management Office of Information Technology Category Federal Acquisition Service

General Services Administration

Allen Hill is the Acting Deputy Assistant Commissioner for Category Management, Office of Information Technology Category (ITC), in GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service (FAS). The Federal Acquisition Service provides buying platforms and acquisition services to Federal, DoD, State and Local governments for a broad range of items from office supplies to motor vehicles to information technology and telecommunications products and services.

The ITC Deputy Assistant Commissioner for Category Management provides executive leadership over a portfolio of acquisition solutions through which customer agencies procure more than $9 billion in IT products and services. These solutions include the Government-wide Acquisition Contracts (GWACs) Alliant 2, Alliant Small Business 2, VETS2 and 8(a) STARS. In addition, his portfolio also includes Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) and the USAccess shared services program. Allen’s guidance and oversight of the category teams ensures ITC continues to play a critical role in the Administration’s IT modernization efforts to drive a more efficient and effective government for the American people.

Allen previously served as the Director of Telecommunication Services, where he was responsible for a portfolio of contracts that provide government agencies with a diverse set of telecommunications services valued at over $3 billion annually. These offerings include EIS, Networx, Connections II, Custom SATCOM Solutions (CS2) and Custom SATCOM Solutions–Small Business (CS2-SB), Wireless FSSI and Managed Mobility, Federal Relay services for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing, and over 80 local telecommunications services contracts. Mr. Hill was also responsible for the Network Services 2020 Strategy to include EIS as the replacement for Networx, and for program leadership across GSA’s 11 Regional Network Services organizations.

Allen came to ITC from the Department of Education where he served as the Director, Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO). During his 5 years with ED’s OCIO, Allen led the strategic planning, policy development, and executive management of all Information Technology (IT), Management (IM) and Assurance (IA) systems. He oversaw $50M+ in IT support services contracts, including those related to network, mobile, and security. His work has helped ensure that millions of students and thousands of schools throughout the nation receive their funds.

Previously, Allen served as the Director of Pacific Operations at CACI and Senior Technical Advisor with Verizon Business working with the Defense Information System Agency (DISA). He also has 20 years of experience with the US Air Force.

Allen’s certifications include Senior-Level Federal Acquisition Certification (FAC) for Program and Project Managers (PPM), Management Professional from the Project Management Institute, and Certified Information Systems Security Professional.

Allen received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Maryland and a Masters of Science in Information Technology Project Management and Leadership from Capella University.

Diane Sabatino

Deputy Executive Assistant Commissioner, Office of Field Operations

U.S. Customs and Border Protection

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Diane Sabatino

Deputy Executive Assistant Commissioner, Office of Field Operations

U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Ms. Sabatino currently serves as Director, Field Operations, Miami/Tampa, overseeing a combined workforce of over 2,900 employees and 22 ports of entry throughout the State of Florida. Her area of responsibility encompasses 12 seaports, including the top three cruise ship ports in the world; and 19 airports, to include Miami International Airport (MIA). In fiscal year 2019, the Miami/Tampa ports processed the largest volume of general aviation, having received over 34,000 flights, carrying nearly 150,000 passengers; over 7,200 pleasure vessel arrivals, carrying nearly 25,000 passengers; and the three largest cruise passenger ports with over 12,000,000 passengers.

As the Region IV Lead Field Coordinator, Ms. Sabatino successfully managed the response to multiple hurricanes, from initial onset to final disposition, and successfully coordinated planning, communication, and operations, in support of state and local partners.

Ms. Sabatino previously served as Port Director, Miami Seaport, where she oversaw all maritime cargo, agriculture, passenger, and trade operations. In 2014, she was honored by World Trade Center Miami at an International Women’s Day event as one of the community’s leaders who made significant contributions in advancing international trade and business in Florida. Ms. Sabatino began her Federal career as an Immigration Inspector in 1998, at John F. Kennedy (JFK) International Airport. She has held numerous leadership positions, including Acting Director, Field Operations, Baltimore; Acting Port Director, JFK; and Assistant Port Director, MIA.

Ms. Sabatino holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology and a minor in Philosophy from Fordham University. She also attended the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Senior Executives in National and International Security Program, in 2017; and the Department of Homeland Security, Partnership for Public Service Fellows Program, in 2016.

Colin Ahern

Deputy Chief Information Security Officer

City of New York

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Colin Ahern

Deputy Chief Information Security Officer

City of New York

Colin Ahern is the Deputy Chief Information Security Officer for the City of New York and oversees Security Sciences for NYC Cyber Command.

Before joining the City of New York he worked in financial services as a security engineer and cyber threat researcher. Colin also served in the US Army and was awarded the Bronze Star (Meritorious) for his service in Afghanistan.

He has degrees from Tulane University and New York University and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional and Google Certified Professional Data Engineer. He lives with his wife and daughter in Brooklyn.

Michael Anderson

Chief Information Security Officer

Dallas County, Texas

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Michael Anderson

Chief Information Security Officer

Dallas County, Texas

Michael Anderson is a seasoned executive with a proven track record of establishing collaborative teams and state-of-the-art programs for both private and public organizations. His inspirational leadership, technology depth and emotional intelligence help him to drive business objectives, while building alliances. Michael is admired for his analytical acumen, attention to detail and for being an excellent listener. As an entrepreneur, he provides security advisory services and security practitioner mentoring for young and seasoned professionals across North Texas. Leaders and friends characterize him as confident, results-oriented, and patient; able to make difficult concepts easy to understand.

As the Chief Information Security Officer for Dallas County; the eighth largest County in the United States, he oversees the Information Technology (IT) security program for over 6800 County employees and the electronic records for over 2.6 million residents. Using NIST 800 series publications, Michael is currently in the process of building an IT security practice for Dallas County that will become a prototype for other Counties.

Michael earned a Master’s in Information Systems and Management from Capella University. He served in the Army for 10 years in the Intelligence Corp and has 20+ years of strategic and tactical expertise across a wide-range of IT disciplines. When Michael isn’t evangelizing cybersecurity, he enjoys spending time with his family, making music and learning more about the Science of Mindfulness.

Ilene Klein

Cybersecurity Program Coordinator

City of Phoenix / Arizona Counter Terrorism Information Center

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Ilene Klein

Cybersecurity Program Coordinator

City of Phoenix / Arizona Counter Terrorism Information Center

For over 20 years, Ilene Klein has been evangelizing security to anybody who would listen … and to management. During this time, she built and led compliance, governance, incident response, privacy, policy, security awareness, threat intelligence, and vulnerability management programs and frameworks. Ilene started her career as an electronics instructor and then traveled from Honolulu to Heidelberg as a systems engineer installing proprietary software for the U.S. Army and resolving system crashes before focusing on cybersecurity. Ilene has earned multiple security and privacy certifications, and she’s won awards such as the CISM Geographic Excellence Award for earning the highest score in the North America geographical region on the December 2011 CISM examination and a 2018 Warrior Award for fighting on the “front lines” of cybersecurity.

Tim Roemer

Chief Information Security Officer

State of Arizona

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Tim Roemer

Chief Information Security Officer

State of Arizona

In July of 2019, Tim Roemer was appointed as Arizona’s Chief Information Security Officer. He has been working for the State of Arizona since the beginning of Governor Doug Ducey’s administration, where he most recently served as the Deputy Director of Legislative Affairs. Prior to that, Tim held a dual role as the Governor’s Public Safety Advisor and the Deputy Director for the Arizona Department of Homeland Security. In his roles in the Governor’s Office, he served on the Arizona-Mexico Commission’s Security Committee and has advised the Governor on a wide range of topics including cybersecurity, border security, and counterterrorism.

Prior to joining the State of Arizona, Tim admirably served in the Central Intelligence Agency for 10 years. The final two years of his CIA career were spent as a nonpartisan detailee to the White House Situation Room, where he provided critical national security updates to the President, Vice President, and National Security Council. In this role, he briefed senior U.S. policy makers on a diverse range of national security related issues.

In addition to his time in the West Wing, Tim supported the CIA mission at its Headquarters in McLean, Virginia where he worked in the Office of Congressional Affairs and the Office of Acquisitions. He helped manage the CIA’s relationship with Congress as a Congressional Liaison. While in the Office of Acquisitions, he negotiated and administered classified contracts. Over his more than a decade career in the U.S. Intelligence Community, he also completed assignments at the National Reconnaissance Office and the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency.

An Arizona native, Tim graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication and a minor in Political Science.

John S. Hollywood

Senior Operations Researcher and Center for Quality Policing Lead

RAND Corporation

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John S. Hollywood

Senior Operations Researcher and Center for Quality Policing Lead

RAND Corporation

John S. Hollywood is a senior operations researcher at the RAND Corporation and RAND’s policing market manager. He conducts decision science and systems engineering-related research in the areas of criminal justice, homeland security, and information technology.  He recently served as the director of the NLECTC Information and Geospatial Technologies Center, which provided strategic planning, technology research and assessment, liaison and outreach support on information technology and analytics for the National Institute of Justice.

Other recent projects include leading development of a web resource on promising policing strategies and how to implement them; a technology evaluation at a major active shooting exercise in Grand Central Terminal; leading numerous panels to determine science and technology-related needs for the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security; co-leading multi-year evaluations of predictive policing experiments and real-time crime operations centers; characterizing recent US terror plots and how they have been foiled; identifying and characterizing scientific breakthroughs as evidenced in patent applications; developing tools to predict areas at risk of increased crime using criminal incident and suspicious activity data; and development of methods for fusing disparate reports about potential terrorist threats. He is an internationally-recognized expert on the use of machine learning in policing and criminal justice technology more broadly, and is commonly interviewed on these topics.

He has written opinion pieces on best practices in counterterrorism and law enforcement technology for United Press InternationalCNNThe Charlotte ObserverCrane’s Chicago BusinessGovernment Technology, and ORMS Today.

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Mike Sena

President

National Fusion Center Association

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Mike Sena

President

National Fusion Center Association

Mike Sena is the Executive Director of the Northern California High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (NC HIDTA) and the Northern California Regional Intelligence Center (NCRIC). Director Sena has a diverse twenty-seven (27) year law enforcement career as a veteran investigator with the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, the California Department of Justice, the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office, and the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office.

Mr. Sena serves as the president of the National Fusion Center Association (NFCA), is the chairman of the Criminal Intelligence Coordinating Council (CICC), and is the chairman of the HIDTA Directors’ Intelligence Committee. He also serves on law enforcement and homeland security advisory committees for members of the President’s Cabinet, the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Attorney General of the United States.

Director Sena holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from California State University, San Bernardino.

James Coyle

Senior US Public Sector Channel Systems Engineer

FireEye

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James Coyle

Senior US Public Sector Channel Systems Engineer

FireEye

Kelsey Nelson

Senior Product Marketing Manager

Okta

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Kelsey Nelson

Senior Product Marketing Manager

Okta

Kelsey Nelson is a Senior Product Marketing Manager at Okta, focused on security solutions such as getting beyond the buzzword of ‘Zero Trust’. Prior to joining Okta, she led product and business communications at tech startups varying from enterprise software to edtech to consumer music hardware at San Francisco agency LaunchSquad, and prior to that taught secondary school history and English. Today she lives in San Francisco, though will always call Wisconsin home.

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Jim Richerberg

Field CISO

Fortinet

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Jim Richerberg

Field CISO

Fortinet

Jim Richberg’s role as a Fortinet Regional CISO leverages his 30+ years’ experience leading and driving innovation in cybersecurity and cyber strategy & policy for the US Government and international partners. Prior to joining Fortinet, he spent most of the past decade serving as the National Intelligence Manager for Cyber, the senior Federal Executive focused on cyber intelligence within the $80+ billion US Intelligence Community operating budget. In that capacity he led creation and implementation of cyber strategy for 17 Federal departments and agencies, set integrated priorities on threat issues, and served as Senior Advisor to the Director of National Intelligence on cyber issues.

Darshan Shah

Sr. Manager, Public Sector Solutions

Gigamon

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Darshan Shah

Sr. Manager, Public Sector Solutions

Gigamon

Darshan Shah is Sr. Marketing Manager, Public Sector Solutions at Gigamon. He brings a 25 year product, business leadership, and IT technology background to his role at Gigamon where he focuses on a number of initiatives and products for the public sector, including Gigamon’s Application Visibility and Intelligence solutions.

Mariam Baksh

Staff Correspondent

Nextgov

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Mariam Baksh

Staff Correspondent

Nextgov

Aaron Boyd

Senior Editor of Technology and Events

Nextgov

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Aaron Boyd

Senior Editor of Technology and Events

Nextgov

Alisha Powell Gillis

Senior Editor

Route Fifty

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Alisha Powell Gillis

Senior Editor

Route Fifty

James Hanson

Vice President & Publisher

Nextgov

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James Hanson

Vice President & Publisher

Nextgov

Constance Sayers

President

Government Executive Media Group

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Constance Sayers

President

Government Executive Media Group