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John F. Clark

President and Chief Executive Officer

John F. Clark is president and CEO of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization on the forefront of child protection for more 36 years.

Since 1984, NCMEC’s mission has been to help find missing children, reduce child sexual exploitation and prevent child victimization. The organization has helped law enforcement recover more than 327,000 missing kids, distributed billions of missing posters, operated a 24/7 missing children hotline, offered comfort to countless families and trained and provided free resources to law enforcement and other professionals across the country.

Clark has served as NCMEC’s leader for four years. He has extensive law enforcement background, including 28 years with the United States Marshals Service. Before joining NCMEC, Clark was director of security at Lockheed Martin Corp., the nation’s largest defense contractor.

As CEO, Clark oversees a staff of nearly 350 employees and offices in four states, including Virginia, New York, Florida and Texas. In December 2018, Clark ushered in a new era for NCMEC as the organization moved to its new headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia.

For 22 years, NCMEC has operated the CyberTipline, a centralized mechanism for reporting child sexual exploitation. During his tenure at NCMEC, Clark has seen an exponential rise in these reports, with more than 35 million reports made to the CyberTipline in the last two years alone.

Throughout his career, Clark has been a leading child advocate. During his tenure at USMS, Clark implemented and administered Title I of the Adam Walsh Child Safety and Protection Act, which directed USMS to locate and apprehend fugitive sex offenders. He also oversaw the implementation and operation of the National Sex Offender Targeting Center.

Clark was appointed director of the USMS in 2006 by then-President George W. Bush as its ninth director, a post he held for five years. Before joining the USMS, Clark worked for the U.S. Capitol Police and U.S. Border Patrol. He earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from Syracuse University.

Michelle C. DeLaune

Senior Vice President, Chief Operating Officer

Michelle Collins DeLaune is the Senior Vice President, Chief Operating Officer of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.

Since 1984, NCMEC has operated under U.S. Congressional authority to serve as the national resource center and clearinghouse on missing and exploited children. As COO of NCMEC, Ms. DeLaune oversees the center's federal grant awards, including the primary grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. These grants help fund the organization's most critical work: its mission of bringing missing children home, stopping child sexual exploitation and assisting law enforcement. In addition, she is responsible for operational matters pertaining to NCMEC services provided to families, child-serving professionals and law enforcement.

During her 21-year career at NCMEC, she was responsible for establishing NCMEC's extensive program of work and policies responding to the explosion of online child sexual exploitation. Under her leadership, the CyberTipline has received more than 50 million reports regarding the sexual exploitation of children and currently makes critical information available to more than 120 countries around the globe. Ms. DeLaune was instrumental in the development of multiple voluntary industry initiatives aimed at reducing the amount of online child sexual abuse material.

To help ensure a victim-centric approach to digital crimes, Ms. DeLaune created the first-ever Child Victim Identification Program to assist with the identification and rescue of child victims depicted in sexually abusive images and videos. As the globally regarded premier victim identification program, NCMEC has dramatically increased the number of identified children victims to more than 18,000 children.

On multiple occasions, Ms. DeLaune has testified before the U.S. Congress about matters pertaining to the sexual exploitation of children. She has written several articles regarding the importance of identifying child victims depicted in sexually abusive material. She received a B.A. with a major in psychology from George Mason University and an M.A. in Criminology from the University of Maryland at College Park.

Paul J. Beriault

Chief Financial Officer

Paul joined NCMEC in September 2017, bringing his 25 year experience as a CPA leading financial teams to minimize costs, increase revenue, achieve transparency and compliance, and improve performance and efficiencies at nonprofit organizations.

Early in Paul’s career, he was in public accounting and founding Principal of a CPA firm specializing in audits and tax preparation for nonprofit organizations.  Paul then served as the Grants Administrator and Controller at the International Association of Chiefs of Police. He then served as the CFO for the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, and most recently, the International Republican Institute.

Paul has also served as a volunteer on the Board of Directors at the National PTA.

Paul holds a B.S. in Business Administration from California State University at Long Beach and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Paul has lived in the Washington metropolitan area for the past 26 years and lives in Arlington, Virginia with his spouse and two young children. He enjoys skiing, outdoor activities and spending time with his family. Paul was inspired by the mission at NCMEC and excited to be part of team.

Yiota G. Souras

Senior Vice President, General Counsel

Yiota Souras joined NCMEC in 2006 after seven years of experience with corporate litigation and white-collar investigations at international law firms in New York and Washington, D.C.

Ms. Souras is responsible for all legal affairs of NCMEC including oversight of contractual, litigation, compliance, governance and intellectual property matters. She also advises NCMEC's President and CEO and staff members about legal issues pertaining to NCMEC's mission, provides counsel to the Board of Directors and serves as assistant corporate secretary to the Board.

Ms. Souras received a Juris Doctor from Fordham University and a Bachelor of Arts from The Johns Hopkins University.

John Shehan

Vice President, Exploited Children Division

John Shehan joined the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children in February 2000. He is responsible for NCMEC's operations relating to sexual crimes committed against children, including online child pornography, enticement and other instances of child sexual exploitation. In this role, he also conducts interviews with the news media about issues relating to internet-facilitated crimes committed against children; testifies on behalf of NCMEC; and provides training and information sessions for the public, private industry, other nonprofit organizations and law enforcement agencies. 

He served as president of the INHOPE Foundation between 2012 and 2014 where he helped cultivate and develop hotlines in Central and South America and the Asian Pacific. He also served as vice president of the INHOPE Association between 2012 and 2016 and in 2018.

He served as a technical advisory board member to the Internet Safety Technical Taskforce, led by the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University and was appointed to the Online Safety Technology Working Group.

Mr. Shehan received his Bachelor of Science with a major in criminal justice from Radford University in 1999, received an Executive Leadership Certificate from Cornell University in 2018, and currently serves as an advisory board member to the College of Humanities & Behavioral Sciences at Radford University.

Gavin Portnoy

Vice President, Strategic Advancement & Partnerships

As vice president of NCMEC’s Strategic Advancement & Partnerships division, Gavin Portnoy is responsible for creating and maintaining strategies to elevate the organization’s brand, create new partnerships, bolster existing relationships and work positively and efficiently with NCMEC’s departments and stakeholders to support programs and goals.

Portnoy joined NCMEC in 2014 after more than 15 years helping organizations build brand awareness and effectively tell their story using the latest business, digital, social and media channels. He has created groundbreaking television, marketing and content development projects for a number of top media outlets including Discovery, Fox, Lifetime, National Geographic, Ovation and PBS.

Portnoy previously oversaw NCMEC’s digital media team where he exponentially increased the organization’s social media reach and oversaw the formation of high-profile content. He launched a successful suite of new digital and social initiatives, raising national awareness of NCMEC. He was honored in 2015 as one of PR Week’s “40 Under 40” for developing new strategies to directly assist with the recovery of missing children.

Portnoy received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Rowan University in 2003.

Staca Shehan

Vice President, Analytical Services Division

Staca Shehan joined the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children in 1999 and is the vice president of the Analytical Services Division. She is responsible for policy decisions and overall operations within the division, including oversight of the Child Sex Trafficking Team and Sex Offender Tracking Team.  In this role, she helps create and manage the division’s budget; conducts interviews about issues relating to child sex trafficking, noncompliant registered sex offenders, internet crimes against children and attempted abductions of children; and provides training sessions to the public, private industry, other nonprofits and law enforcement agencies.

In 2011, Ms. Shehan spearheaded the creation of the Child Sex Trafficking Team at NCMEC to respond to the increased need for technical assistance and analysis in child sex trafficking cases. This dedicated team provides support to law enforcement agencies who are working to identify and recover children victimized through sex trafficking and successfully prosecute those involved in trafficking children. These unique resources include analysis of potential suspects and child sex trafficking victims/potential victims.

In 2017, Ms. Shehan was selected as one of 21 representative members on the National Advisory Committee on Sex Trafficking of Children and Youth in the United States. The Committee advises the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Attorney General on policies improving the nation’s response to the sex trafficking of children and youth in the United States.  She has also written several articles on behalf of NCMEC regarding child sex trafficking and children missing from care. Such publications were featured in the ‘United States Attorneys' USA Bulletin, Vol. 65, No. 6’ and by the OJP Diagnostic Center.

During her career at NCMEC, Ms. Shehan also developed and implemented the Sex Offender Tracking Team. The team created procedures and protocols used by analysts to provide technical assistance to law enforcement in their efforts to locate noncompliant sex offenders. During this process, she worked closely with NCMEC programmers to outline the creation of the Sex Offender Case Management system. This system allows analysts to track offenders and compare their geographic locations to open and unsolved child abductions, attempted abductions and incidents of child sexual exploitation.

Ms. Shehan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from La Salle University with a minor in Criminal Justice and Certificates in Executive Leadership and High-Performance Leadership from Cornell University.

Dr. John E. Bischoff III

Vice President, Missing Children's Division

Dr. John E. Bischoff III is the vice president of the Missing Children Division at NCMEC.  Within this role, he is responsible for the oversight of all missing children’s cases, both in the U.S. and those children taken abroad. He is responsible for all case management and hotline operations (1-800-THE-LOST®), with locations across five regionally based offices.   

Prior to NCMEC, Dr. Bischoff was a Mass Care (ESF#6) program specialist with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in Washington, D.C. In this capacity, he was responsible for coordinating with federal, state and local governments and private sector partners to develop effective family evacuation and reentry plans, strategies and policies. He also coordinated post-disaster child reunification plans, as well as oversaw the development of the National Emergency Mass Evacuation Tracking System. 

Prior to FEMA, Dr. Bischoff was the technical director of Public Safety and Criminal Investigations for AOL located in Dulles, Virginia.  During his 13 years at AOL, Dr. Bischoff was directly involved with hundreds of federal, state and local law enforcement investigations involving child sexual exploitation and financial fraud. He was considered an expert by federal, state and local courts regarding AOL networks, email platforms and data transfer technologies. 

Dr. Bischoff holds a Doctorate in Engineering, with a focus on Engineering Management, from the George Washington University. He has received a Master of Business Administration, a Graduate Certificate in Management of Information Systems and a Bachelor’s in Business Management from Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia. 

Board of Directors Profiles

Chair

The Honorable Karen Tandy

Former Administrator, Drug Enforcement Administration

Karen Tandy has more than 40 years of leadership experience in the public and private sectors with executive board experience serving on for-profit and nonprofit boards. She is the principal of KPT Consulting LLC, a government affairs consulting firm in the Washington DC area, and Executive Vice President of tele-health firm, NLW Partners.

During her public service, Ms. Tandy was appointed by President Bush and unanimously confirmed by the US Senate as the first female to head the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), where she managed a $2.2 billion budget and led more than 10,000 employees in 86 global offices.  Before that, Ms. Tandy was Associate Deputy Attorney General during the Clinton and Bush Administrations with responsibility for anti-money laundering, counter-drug policy and DEA regulatory oversight.  She also led the nationwide Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Forces and served for more than 15 years as a federal prosecutor.

In the private sector, Ms. Tandy serves on several advisory boards including the Verizon First Responder Advisory Council, Roman Health and the Consumer Brands Association.  She previously served on the board of a private equity funded university and was Senior Vice President of Government Affairs for Motorola Solutions.  In that capacity, she was Motorola’s top public policy spokesperson on issues related to global telecom policy, responsible for its country management in more than 70 countries, and director of its multi-million dollar foundation. 

Ms. Tandy remains active on public safety boards.  In 2020, Ms. Tandy was appointed by U.S. Congress to the Commission on Combating Synthetic Opioid Trafficking.  She also currently chairs the Board of Directors of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and is Vice Chair of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Advisory Council, appointed during the Obama and Trump Administrations.   Ms. Tandy is the former Board Chair of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund and chaired several Homeland Security Advisory Council panels on the use of privatized immigration detention facilities and on the Customs and Border Protection’s use of force and handling of families and children at the Southwest Border. 

Ms. Tandy resides in Northern Virginia and is admitted to the State Bars of Texas and Virginia.  

Chair-Elect

Revé Walsh

Co-founder, NCMEC

Revé Drew Walsh is co-founder of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. In 1981, after the tragic abduction and murder of their son, Adam, Mrs. Walsh and her husband, John, began what would become a lifetime of service dedicated to finding missing children, reducing child exploitation, and preventing future victimization. When it became undeniable that there was a lack of attention to the issues of missing and exploited children, what started as Revé responding to letters from other families of missing children in the garage of their Florida home, turned into the establishment of the Adam Walsh Child Resource Center,  which would go on to become the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. 

Their advocacy has influenced the course of child protection in the U.S. through legislation and the work of the National Center. The first law that passed in the aftermath of Adam’s murder, the “Missing Children’s Act” in 1982, required the FBI to enter a missing child’s information into their national database which all law enforcement could access. Then, in 1984, President Reagan signed the “Missing Children’s Assistance Act,” which officially created NCMEC and designated it as the country’s clearinghouse for missing children. Twenty-two years later, President George W. Bush signed a new, resolute law to track and apprehend convicted sex offenders who disappear after their release from prison: The “Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act.” 

Over the 35+ years since NCMEC’s founding, Revé Walsh has been a tireless advocate for children and has served on NCMEC’s Board of Directors.   

Revé and John are proud of the legacy they have created for their son Adam, and are similarly proud of their three other children; Callahan, Meghan, and Hayden and all that they have and will accomplish.

Vice-Chair

Jon Grosso

Kohl's, Inc.

Board Value Proposition

  • Seasoned professional with more than 30 years of retail experience.
  • Proven executive with broad leadership experience at a Fortune 200 retailer based in the US.
  • Key leadership role in company growth from 400 stores (2002) to over 1,100 stores (2019).
  • Leads the development of company strategy with leadership team.
  • Significant experience leading the convergence of physical and digital platforms.

Professional Summary

  • Jon is a successful retail and strategic executive as well as a professional advisor and omni-channel expert. Jon has had a variety of progressive leadership roles at Kohl’s from 2002 to present.
  • Oversees store operations in 1,163 stores across 49 states in the U.S.
  • Jon works across the senior leadership team on company strategy and consistently meets with the company’s board of directors.
  • Prior to Kohl’s, Jon held progressive positions at Macy’s, including Vice President of Operations.
     

Leadership Experience

  • Starting in 2007, Jon has been leading over 100,000 associates to drive a best in class customer experience. Jon has led the innovation of leveraging physical stores to drive omni sales.
  • Developed store associates into digitally savvy brand ambassadors removing the physical limitations of driving sales.
  • Championed ‘Store Manager as CEO’ strategy empowering every store manager to leverage local market knowledge and actionable insights to make decisions right for their community.
  • Leads and oversees payroll and capital expense annual budget with a focus on a best in class organization utilizing analytics to optimize sales in B&M and digital channels.
  • Developed Kohl’s omni-channel strategic initiative leveraging current B&M square footage to maximize store productivity and digital penetration. This strategy has led to the successful fulfillment of 40% of digital online sales processed in store.
  • Created a nationwide ‘Hospitality Mentality’ program by benchmarking best in class companies within the traditional hospitality industry to develop a game changing approach to customer engagement in retail.
  • With a successful track record of developing talent and succession planning, currently leads a team of 9 Senior Vice Presidents.
  • Leader in company strategy -The Greatness Agenda, driving an improved customer experience while implementing multi-million dollar saving millions in operations expense.
  • Multiple interactions with investment community focused on omni-store innovation and expansion.
  • Recognized as a leader in associate engagement proven through industry data.
  • Assisted with the negotiation and led the implementation of Amazon returns at all 1,163 Kohl’s B&M locations.

 

Other Relevant Experience

In addition to his leadership responsibilities:

  • Jon is a board member of the National Center of Missing & Exploited Children. Jon serves on the Finance Committee, the Development Committee and Chair of the Nominating Committee. Jon was honored in 2019 to be named Vice-Chair of the NCMEC Board of Directors.
  • As a board member of The Pennsylvania State University Smeal College of Business, he works on and advises the business school on operating challenges and Chairs the Honor & Integrity Committee. Jon was honored in 2015 to receive the Smeal Distinguished Alumni Award.
  • In 2019, participated and successfully completed the Harvard Business School Executive Series - “Leading an Agile Workforce Transformation.”
  • Jon joined Kohl’s Department Stores in 2002 and became an Executive Vice President in 2007.
     

Board and Professional Affiliations

  • National Center for Missing & Exploited Children -Board of Directors and Vice-Chair
  • Penn State University, Smeal College of Business - Board of Visitors


Education and Certification

  • Penn State University - B.S.  Business Administration and Management, 1989
  • Harvard Business School - Executive Series Program, 2019

Pennie Abramson

Philanthropist

In over 40 years of nonprofit leadership and philanthropy Pennie Abramson has been involved in nearly every cause to enhance public welfare through the arts, sciences, humanities, education, and the protection and development of children.

Pennie's humanitarian dedication is reinforced by many decades of consistent service to the preservation and growth of the organizations she serves. Pennie joined the Board of NCMEC after attending the Hope Awards in 2017. Currently in her third year of Board service with NCMEC, she serves as Chairman of the PR and Development Committee, and Member of the Nominating Committee.

Additionally, Pennie’s involvement with the American Committee of the Weizmann Institute of Science spans over 35 years, serving as President Emeritus of the American Committee, and as a member of the executive committee on the International Board of Governors and The Feinberg Graduate School of the Weizmann Institute of Science in New York.  

Twenty-five years ago, Pennie became a founding member and the first Chairman of the Montgomery County Public School (MCPS) Educational Foundation, where she still Chairs the Small Grants and Scholarships committee.

In response to the Covid-19 crisis, Pennie recently co-Founded Fisher Island Gives, an emergency response campaign comprised of residents of Fisher Island, Florida which just made an inaugural gift of $1 million to benefit Feeding South Florida and Lotus House Women’s Shelter in Miami.

Pennie also serves on the Board of Trustees for Friends of Cancer Research, The Heifetz International Music Institute, Operation Embrace, Project MediShare, and Save A Child’s Heart. She is a past Women’s division Chairman for State of Israel Bonds, and spent many years serving the American Cancer Society and the Leukemia Society of America. 

Pennie has been married to her husband Gary Abramson for 50 years.  They have three children and 4 grandchildren.

Michael Breslin

LexisNexis Special Services, Inc.

Michael Breslin serves as the Director, Strategic Client Relationships, Federal Law Enforcement for LexisNexis. In this role, he supports the LexisNexis Federal Government team by managing and establishing the executive relationships across the federal government, especially among federal law enforcement agencies.  

Mr. Breslin is a retired federal law enforcement senior executive with 24 years of law enforcement and homeland security experience.  His career was spent with the United States Secret Service focusing on the integrated mission of investigations and protection.  He served as the Deputy Assistant Director in the Office of Investigations with oversight of 162 domestic and foreign field offices. 

Mr. Breslin’s undergraduate degree is a Bachelor of Arts from Saint John’s University, Queens, New York.   He also holds a Master of Science Degree in National Security Strategy and a Graduate Certificate in Business Transformation and Decision Making from The Industrial College of the Armed Forces and a Master of Public Administration from John Jay College of Criminal Justice.   In January 2015, he completed The Key Executive Leader Certificate program at American University’s School of Public Affairs. In August 2018, he was awarded a certificate of completion for the Cybersecurity: The Intersection of Policy and Technology Program, from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, Executive Education.

Mr. Breslin is a member of several law enforcement and homeland security related associations to include the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), The Association of Former Agents of the United States Secret Service (AFAUSS), Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA), International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators (IAFCI), International Public Safety Association (IPSA), the Eisenhower School of National Security Alumni Association, The Preparedness Leadership Council, American Society of Industrial Security (ASIS) and InfraGard.  He has also published numerous articles on homeland security, defense, and threat mitigation methods. 

Robbie Callaway

FirstPIC, Inc.

Robbie Callaway is Senior Vice President for Government Services and Client Relations at FirstPic, Inc. In that role, he carries on his lifelong advocacy for disadvantaged children and continues to play a pivotal role in the development and passage of national legislation critical to child safety, including the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act; the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act; the 2003 passage of the National Amber Alert legislation, and the passage of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act. During his 24-year career at Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA), Mr. Callaway led a Government Relations team which raised more than $1 billion for the organization. He was also instrumental in expanding the number of Clubs in public housing communities from 25 to over 450 Clubs and was the driving force in BGCA’s expansion into over 220 Native American communities across the nation. 

Mr. Callaway is a founding board member of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, past chairman, and currently serves as a NCMEC Board Member. In addition, he is past chairman and current member of the Board of Directors of the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation, an organization committed to serving youth nationwide through character building programs. Mr. Callaway received his B.A. in Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland.

Manus Cooney

American Continental Group

Manus Cooney previously Chaired the Board of Directors and presently serves on the Public Policy, Governance, and Finance Committees. 

Mr. Cooney is a Principal at the bipartisan public policy firm ACG where he specializes in intellectual property, competition, and administration of justice policy matters.  Prior to joining ACG, Mr. Cooney served as President of the consulting firms TCH Group and Potomac Counsel from 2003-2010. From 2000 to 2002, Mr. Cooney served as Senior Vice President and Policy Counsel for the file-sharing company Napster, Inc. 

Mr. Cooney served with distinction on Capitol Hill for several years. From 1996-2000, Mr. Cooney served as Chief Counsel & Staff Director of the United States Senate Judiciary Committee, where he was the principal legal and policy advisor to the Committee’s Chairman, Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (R-UT). Mr. Cooney was primarily responsible for the development and stewardship of the Committee’s legislative, executive, and oversight agendas. 

Mr. Cooney has had many leadership roles. He’s previously held Board seats on The Churchill Centre & Churchill Museum and the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation. He is a Member of the Federal City Council, The Economic Club of Washington, D.C., the Federalist Society and the American Intellectual Property Law Association.

Mr. Cooney holds degrees from Villanova University and the University of Baltimore Law School.

Sharon Cooper, M.D.

Developmental & Forensic Pediatrics, PA

Dr. Sharon Cooper is the CEO of Developmental & Forensic Pediatrics, P.A., a consulting firm which provides medical care to children with developmental disabilities, and provides medical care, research and training, and expert witness testimony in cases of child maltreatment. Dr. Cooper spent 21 years in the United States Army, retiring as a Colonel.

Dr. Cooper holds faculty positions at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill-School of Medicine and the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. She serves on the boards of several national and international organizations focused on violence against children.

Dr. Cooper has lectured both nationally and internationally in well over 300 conferences, including many federal justice agencies, the National Judicial College, the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, INTERPOL, and academic conferences focused on Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. She has provided extensive training to representatives of more than 45 countries whose hotlines are focused on the rescue and identification of child and adolescent victims of sexual exploitation

Dr. Cooper is the lead author of two comprehensive texts on child sexual exploitation and is co-author of a book focused on the complexity of investigation, discovery and recovery of missing children and adults. She served on the International Working Group which published the landmark Survivor Survey of victims of abusive images, sponsored by the Canadian Centre for Child Protection. She has testified before the United States Congress, the European Commission, the Manitoba Legislature, the Italian Senate and the Russian Duma (Parliament).

Dr. Cooper has worked with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children providing victim- centered training for more than a decade and presently serves on the Board of Directors.

Dr. Cooper served on the National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence at the request of the Attorney General of the United States. She also served as a member of the bipartisan Homeland Security Advisory Council on Children and Families for Customs and Border Protection regarding migrating populations from the Northern Triangle.

Dr. Cooper is the Executive Producer of the documentary Not Just Pictures, which delves into the extraordinary victim impact of abusive images and other types of sexual exploitation.

Antigone Davis

Facebook, Inc.

Antigone Davis is a Director and Global Head of Safety at Facebook. 

As Facebook’s Global Head of Safety, Antigone works with internal teams, external safety organizations, and government bodies to ensure that Facebook is a world leader in online safety.

Antigone spearheads the efforts of Facebook’s Safety Advisory Board, a team of leading safety organizations from across the globe that provide Facebook with cutting edge research and advice on best practices, as well as its Global Safety Network.

Antigone also serves on the International Advisory Board for WePROTECT and the boards of the Family Online Safety Institute, and the National Network to End Domestic Violence.

Prior to joining Facebook, Antigone spent 10 years working for a State Attorney General. As Senior Advisor to the Attorney General, she helped establish the office’s first online privacy and safety unit. She also led the National Association of Attorneys General’s 2012-2013 presidential initiative “Privacy in the Digital Age.” 

Before serving in the public sector, Antigone used her juris doctorate from the University of Chicago Law School as a corporate attorney and her masters in education as a middle school and high school teacher. Antigone received her B.A. from Columbia University.

The Honorable Dennis DeConcini

U.S. Senator (Retired)

Career Highlights

  • Parry, Romani DeConcini and Symms, 1995-2010
  • Partner in government consulting and advocacy firm.
  • United States Senate, 1977-1995
    • U.S. Senator from Arizona. Served on the following Committees : Appropriations, Judiciary, Veterans' Affairs, Select  Committee  on Intelligence  (Chair), Commission on Cooperation and Security in Europe (Helsinki Commission)
  • (Co-Chair), and Rules. Member of the National Immigration Commission.
  • Pima County Attorneys Office, 1973-1976 Elected County Attorney
  • DeConcini, McDonald, Yetwin and Lacy, Tucson, AZ
  • Partner in Law Firm 4-0 Properties, Tucson, AZ
  • Partner in fami ly real estate management firm.
  • Office of Governor Sam Goddard (AZ), 1965-66
  • Special Legal Counsel and Administrat ive Assistant.

Military Service

U.S. Army and Army Reserves, Judge Advocate General Corps, 1959-1967.

Board Memberships

  • Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, 1995-2000
  • National and International Centers for Missing and Exploited Children Arizona Board of Regents
  • Correction Corporation of America

Author

From the Center of the Aisle, University of Arizona Press

Education

L.L.D., University of Arizona, 1963; B.A., University of Arizona, 1959 .

Torrie Dorrell

The Pokémon Company International

Torrie Dorrell joined The Pokémon Company International as VP of Digital Marketing in 2020, focusing on expanding TPCi’s ability to support digital-first products and developing innovative digital marketing campaigns.

Torrie has 30 years’ experience in leading entertainment and games divisions at several notable companies, including Microsoft (Xbox), Sony Online Entertainment, T-Mobile, Universal Pictures, Warner Bros., and The Walt Disney Company. She joined TPCi from her most recent leadership role as COO of Harebrained Schemes, a game development studio under Paradox Interactive.

Matthew Foosaner

Critical Communications Solutions LLC

Matthew Foosaner is the Managing Member of Critical Communications Solutions LLC. CCS assists private sector clients by providing executive strategy services. Additionally, CCS provides government clients with technology roadmap and commercialization strategies for their mission critical requirements in the areas of mobility, interoperability and tactical communications implementation. Mr. Foosaner has over 25 years of experience in the telecommunications industry in various executive level positions in Engineering, Operations, Sales and Marketing across Wireless, Satellite, Wireline/Broadband and Infrastructure at companies including Charter Communications, Powerwave Technology, SkyTerra LP and Sprint Nextel Communications. He worked to deliver mission critical communications in the areas of Federal Law Enforcement, Defense, Public Safety and Critical Infrastructure supporting nearly 1,000 government agencies at the federal, state and local levels, as well as education, healthcare and utility institutions.

He is the recipient of multiple government and industry awards including from the Director of the FBI for Joint Terrorism Task Force Support, the Director of the United States Secret Service for Program Management technology support, as well as the Governor of the State of Tennessee for technology implementation. He is an Honorary Sheriff in both Lake and Orange Counties in Florida for Law Enforcement Interoperable Communications support. Mr. Foosaner has also received the prestigious Fed100 award from Federal Computer Week (FCW) for his tactical communications leadership in support of Hurricane Katrina.

Mr. Foosaner is a graduate of the University of Maryland, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in History. He received his master’s degree in Management from Webster University. Mr. Foosaner was selected to participate in the US Army War College’s 64th National Security Seminar. He also completed the Senior Leader Program at the George Washington University Center for Excellence in Public Leadership, and he has graduate certificates from the National Defense University’s College of Information & Cyberspace in Information Assurance and from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs in Homeland Defense.

As a Subject Matter Expert, he has participated on extensive Industry, Association and Government panels including the Ohio Leadership 2017 Forum, the North Carolina Local Government Information Services Association 2017 Fall Conference, the National Urban League's 2013 Conference on Infrastructure in the Urban Environment, the National Defense University's 2013 CyberBeacon Symposium, All Hazards Forum, FBI National Academy Association and APCO's Annual Conference. He has had articles published in The Military Engineer Journal, International Association of Emergency Managers Bulletin, American Cities & Counties Magazine, as well as blogs on LinkedIn and corporate websites.

Mr. Foosaner has been passionate about supporting the fight against child exploitation. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, having served on the Law Enforcement Committee since 2005, the Chairman of the new Technology Committee and is a member of the Development Committee. He has actively supported both NCMEC and Federal Law Enforcement Agencies with technology subject matter expertise, in order to increase their effectiveness in protecting the nation's children. From 2006-2007 Mr. Foosaner also participated in the Virtual Global Taskforce working with international law enforcement agencies to interdict child pornography and child sex trafficking.

Vincent P. Giuliano

Marketing Expert

Vincent P. Giuliano served as Senior Vice President of Government Relations for ADVO/Valassis Inc. (1971-2011).  With over 40 years of experience at all levels within the company, and in the direct mail industry, he worked in concert with its Chairmen/CEOs.   Appearing/testifying in numerous regulatory proceedings & media interviews, he earned recognition from regulators & policy makers as a subject matter expert & strategist for the company, the direct mail industry and for social awareness programs. 

In 1985, Mr. Giuliano founded & stewarded the America's Looking For Its Missing Children® program, a nationally acclaimed weekly public service campaign that places pictures of missing children on direct mail cards reaching over 100 million households. The program has safely recovered 154 children or approximately 1 of every 6 children featured. The program continues. 

Mr. Giuliano & the program have received numerous awards. These include:

  • The Adam Walsh Child Resource Center Award of Excellence; 

  • The Charles B. Wang International Children’s Award from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. Other NCMEC recognitions include Corporate Partnership and Corporate Leadership awards;

  • The Steuben Glass Tetrahedron, a prestigious Presidential Award for Private Sector  Initiatives;

  • The President's Child Safety Partnership Award; 

  • Distinguished Service Award from the National Ladies Auxiliary of Jewish War Veterans; 

  • The Social Awareness Award from the United States Postal Service.

Mr. Giuliano has served as Chairman for POSTCOM and held Committee Chair positions on its Postal Policy and Postal Operations Committees. He also served as a member of the Direct Marketing Association's Government Affairs Committee, the Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Committee, and the Mailer's Council. Additionally, Mr. Giuliano continues to hold a directorship on the Board of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and is a member of its Development and Marketing Committee. He has served on numerous industry task forces, has testified before Congressional Committees on behalf of the direct mail industry and has been a frequent guest speaker to trade groups, management & Postal Union organizations within the postal and academic communities. Mr. Giuliano holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from St. Michael's College in Winooski, Vermont. He is married, the father of twin girls and a son and enjoys babysitting his 3 granddaughters.

When Mr. Giuliano retired in 2011, ADVO/Valassis was the largest full-service targeted direct mail, marketing services company in the United States, with annual revenues of over $ 2.1 billion. The company was spending more than $650 million per year with the USPS. Weekly, its shared mail advertising programs were distributed to more than 100 million U.S. households and contained more than 1 billion advertising inserts.

Launched in 1985, the America's Looking For Its Missing Children® program is a partnership with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and the USPS and it continues weekly.  The Program has 4 goals:

  • To recover missing children

  • To raise public awareness to the national problem of missing children

  • To be a deterrent to would-be abductors

  • To assist in the search for long-term missing children so that no missing child is ever forgotten

Andre D. Hollis

Tiger International Advisors, LLC

Mr. Hollis is the Chief Executive Officer and majority owner of Tiger International Advisors, LLC, an internationally focused strategic business development, consulting and due diligence Firm with offices in the United States, Europe and the Middle East. Tiger Principals possess over 300 years of collective experience in international commerce, law, law enforcement, Government service, banking and other industries.

A 1988 Distinguished Military Graduate of Princeton University, Mr. Hollis earned a commission in the United States Army. He earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1991 and practiced as a commercial litigator in State and Federal Courts throughout the United States.

From 1998 to 2001, he served as Counsel and Senior Counsel for the House of Representatives’ Committees on Commerce and Government Reform. Mr. Hollis accepted an appointment as the Department of Defense Deputy Assistant Secretary for Counternarcotics in 2001. In that role, Mr. Hollis was responsible for oversight, budget, policy and programming for the Department’s 280 domestic and international programs and a $1.4 billion annual budget.

Mr. Hollis later joined Van Scoyoc Associates, the largest privately owned government relations Firm in Washington, as a Vice President and focused on Defense, Homeland Security and Intelligence programs. Mr. Hollis became CEO of Tiger in 2006 and majority owner in 2007.

Mr. Hollis has received numerous professional and civic recognitions, including Big Brother of the Year for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the National Capital Area and Scouter of the Year for Boy Scouts of the National Capital Area. The Departments of Defense and Homeland Security recognized Mr. Hollis with their Medal for Exceptional Public Service and Distinguished Public Service Award, respectively.

Mr. Hollis and his two sons reside in Northern Virginia.

Jennifer Huffstetler

Intel

Jennifer M. Huffstetler is a vice president of the Data Platforms Group (DPG) and General Manager of Strategy in the Xeon and Memory Group. In this role she is responsible for driving the overall Xeon PnL, building Data Platform technology & business strategies to drive future growth, and incubating new businesses. Previously, she led Data Center product management and storage; where she was responsible for the delivery to market of all data center processor products and Intel DIMMs, driving overall data center revenue, as well as for overall storage processor segment PnL. Huffstetler joined Intel in 1996 as a fab process engineer and has spent the majority of her career applying her extensive technical and marketing experience to lead marketing efforts for a number of core businesses, spanning the mobile processor marketing (including Intel® Centrino Mobile Technology), desktop outbound marketing and all Intel Server boards and systems product marketing. Huffstetler holds a Bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from MIT, and an MBA from Babson College, F.W. Olin Graduate School. She is also a certified Executive Leadership Coach from Hudson Institute.

Rich Kolodziej

Zenergy Advisors

Mr. Richard Kolodziej has served on the Board of Directors of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children since 1989.  In that capacity, he has chaired a number of the organization’s committees.  From 2017 to 2019, he served as Chair of the Board and as Vice-Chair from 2012 to 2017.  In 2001, he received NCMEC’s Adam Walsh Rainbow Award for outstanding contribution to children's causes.

Richard Kolodziej is president of Zenergy Advisors, an energy consulting firm.  Mr. Kolodziej has over 40 years of experience on energy and sustainability issues.  Prior to his current position, he served as President of NGVAmerica, the national trade association for natural gas vehicles, and Senior Vice President for the American Gas Association, the national trade association for natural gas utilities.

Mr. Kolodziej holds an MA in Urban Planning from University of California at Los Angeles and a BA from Rutgers University.

Meghan Latcovich

The McCain Institute

Meghan Latcovich is the strategic advisor and the director of the Sedona Forum at the McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University. Prior to this position, Latcovich was director of communications and programming at the Institute for two years. Before joining the Institute team, she was chief of staff for Cindy McCain. She travelled extensively throughout the world managing Mrs. McCain’s humanitarian missions. Latcovich accompanied Mrs. McCain during the 2008 Presidential campaign as her senior advisor. Prior to joining the campaign, Latcovich was a Naval Helicopter Pilot. She worked in the Navy’s Office of Legislative Affairs in the Senate, as well as flying armed combat missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Latcovich is a 1999 graduate of the United States Naval Academy, where she majored in economics and was captain of the women’s track team. Latcovich resides in Washington with her husband, Simon, and their two children.

Don McGowan

Bungie, Inc.

Don McGowan is the General Counsel of Bungie, Inc., developers of the blockbuster “Destiny 2” video game. Prior to May 2020 McGowan was the Chief Legal Officer and Business Affairs of The Pokémon Company International, Inc. Among other things, McGowan spearheaded the launch of “Pokémon GO” (including the company’s investment into its developer, Niantic, Inc.) and was one of the producers of the Summer 2019 #1 worldwide hit feature film Pokémon: Detective Pikachu. Outside of work, McGowan serves on the Board of Directors of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (Alexandria VA), and he teaches Entertainment Law at the University of Washington. 

Timothy P. Murphy

Consortium Networks

With 35 years of public and private sector experience—23 years in the Federal Bureau of Investigation—Timothy P. Murphy is a recognized leader in the global law enforcement, cyber, intelligence, and business communities.

Mr. Murphy is currently President and CEO of Consortium Networks, a Cyber Security and Networking company, recently recognized by CIO Review as one the most promising enterprise security solution providers in 2019. Mr. Murphy leads the strategic direction, business operations and cybersecurity solution development and client services. Consortium Networks revenues grew 103% in 2019.

Prior to Consortium Networks, Mr. Murphy was President of Thomson Reuters Special Services (TRSS), holding full responsibility for P&L and reporting to an independent board of directors, he grew the revenue of the company 300%, while growing the bottom line. He led the strategy and growth of the company while building all aspects of the company to sustain and maintain the growth through new products and services, the company grew from 30 employees to over 200 employees, to include a new data science line of business. The company was recently recognized by the Washington Post as one of the best places to work in Washington, D.C. Mr. Murphy currently serves as Chairman of the Board for TRSS.

As a Special Agent and Executive in the FBI, he held a number of operational positions in a variety of field offices nationwide, investigating matters as diverse as counterterrorism, intelligence, cyber and organized crime, and even serving as an FBI pilot. Mr. Murphy served in various management roles, to include serving as a Special Assistant to the FBI Director—a position giving him a unique, high-altitude view of the Global FBI from both operational and administrative perspectives. He steadily climbed the Bureau’s management ladder, eventually serving as the Special Agent in Charge of the Cincinnati field office, the Bureau’s Chief Financial Officer, and then it’s Chief Operating Officer. He eventually rose to become the Deputy Director of the FBI, a position he held until retiring in 2011.

In his last two FBI positions, Mr. Murphy oversaw the operational and administration aspects of a workforce that was more than 35,000 strong, spread throughout 56 national offices and more than 60 international offices. This included all operational aspects of the Counterterrorism, Counterintelligence, Criminal, Cyber and Intelligence Programs, as well as human resources, training, strategy management, facilities management, records management, security, financial management, information technology, inspection, internal audit and leadership development.

Mr. Murphy was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Public Service and maintains close ties to the law enforcement, intelligence and business communities and is frequently consulted for his expertise in global cyber, counterterrorism, intelligence, criminal, security and business issues. He is a guest lecturer at colleges and universities on these issues. He is frequently called on to speak on these topics in the media. He is member of the Police Executive Research Forum, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and the Private Sector Co-Chairman of the FBI/DHS Domestic Security Alliance Council (DSAC). He is also member of the Advisory Board of three cyber-security companies, Advisor to Glilot Capital, Board of Directors for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, and Chair of the Audit Committee, and The Foundation Board of Directors and Audit Committee for Ferris State University, and the Domestic Security Partnership Board.

Chris Nelson

Old Navy

Chris creates and leads the strategy and team that protects Old Navy, North America's second-largest specialty apparel brand operating 1200 stores, staffed by 57,000 employees in the US, Canada, and Mexico, generating $8 billion in annual sales. 
 
Chris is an active member of the community highlighted by his work with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. He is proud to lead Old Navy's efforts to support NCMEC, including Safety Day events that have raised over $3 million for the center, the delivery of child safety education, and support of the "Hope bag" initiative to help victims of exploitation. In 2018, Chris and the Old Navy team were honored with the Hope Award from NCMEC. Chris was honored with the National Retail Federations (NRF) LP Volunteers in Action Award in 2015 for his support of NCMEC and Habitat for Humanity.

Chris has a diverse 30-year public and private sector Loss Prevention/Law Enforcement background. He started his career as a commissioned officer in the US Army's Military Police Corp. A combat veteran, Chris led and trained Military Police units in South Korea, several U.S. locations, and Mogadishu, Somalia during the Somalian conflict. 

He transitioned his career to the private sector with Target Corporation's Assets Protection team. Chris developed innovative training and tactics including some of the pioneering Organized Retail Crime (ORC) teams and task forces; remote monitoring centralized investigative centers; and the first-ever private sector forensics lab serving both retail and law enforcement needs. 
 
He moved to Gap Inc. as the Senior Director of LP for Banana Republic and ultimately into his current role at Old Navy. He created a track record of building strong teams, innovation, and integration with the core business to achieve significant financial improvements and create a safe and secure store environment.  

Chris adds a genuine love for people and a passion for storytelling and teaching to create inspired teams and impact leaders across the organizations he touches. 

John Penn ll

Adobe

John Penn II, Senior Architect for Law Enforcement Technologies at Adobe Systems Incorporated in San Jose, California, has spent over four decades writing software. He spent 11 years working at Adobe as a Senior Computer Scientist on Photoshop. But after attending the first Silicon Valley Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Conference, John was so profoundly affected by what he heard that he moved into what has become the most challenging, rewarding chapter of his career: helping locate missing and exploited children around the world.

Focusing on the role software can play in the prevention and investigation of internet crimes against children, John has helped develop advanced victim identification tools and techniques and train law enforcement around the world on their implementation. His overarching mission now is to foster better communication between law enforcement and the software industry and promote a better understanding of the challenges faced by both.

Though he works with law enforcement agencies around the world, John is dedicated to supporting the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children both in his role as a board member, and by assisting with some of the technical challenges they face.

Leonard Pfeiffer IV

Leonard Pfeiffer & Company

Leonard Pfeiffer has been well recognized in the executive search business for more than 25 years, personally completing over 300 searches for some of the most prominent corporations, associations and charities in the country. Beginning his career on Wall Street, Leonard served as a Senior Partner for the two largest search firms in the world.

In 2001, he assembled a team of highly focused recruiters and opened his own recruiting firm to provide corporate and not-for-profit clients with true personal service. Over the years he established his company as a force in the industry, recruiting over 200 CEOs/COOs in the private and public sectors.

In addition to recruiting senior executives for such prominent entities as United Way of America and the U.S. Postal Service (Two Postmaster Generals), he has also recruited senior accounting executives for the head of the American Institute of CPAs in New York and played the key role in recruiting a new international head of the IFAC. Leonard has also recruited senior executives for well-known brands such as ALCOA, Verizon/Bell Atlantic, Champion, Duke University, Fleetwood, Jackson Laboratory, Lafarge, McDonalds, MCI and Sprint. Two of his more colorful assignments were the CEO searches for Ducks Unlimited and the Country Music Foundation.

Prior to relocating to Washington to start his own firm, Leonard was an executive recruiter in New York City where he focused on financial clients including Bankers Trust, Citibank, and Goldman Sachs. He virtually re-staffed the entire International Department at Bankers. Prior to his work in New York, he managed the San Francisco office of an international management-consulting firm (he opened their operations in Honolulu), and served on the executive staff at American Express working on marketing projects in the USA and Europe.

Mr. Pfeiffer can also boast one of the most impressive ‘fill records’ of any firm in the recruiting industry. In a profession that admits to ‘fill records’ between 45% and 66%, Leonard’s company has filled 98% of his searches. This is because Mr. Pfeiffer created an atmosphere of personal dedication to every client within his company. While other firms will focus on the quantity of searches and revenue flow, Leonard Pfeiffer & Company focuses on quality research and candidate flow.

Leonard’s 25 years of success in the executive search business insures his clients not only the best guidance and counsel in the identification and selection of candidates, but also in the delicate are of contract negotiations and background investigations. Highlighted by the fact that he is often asked to provide expert opinions, independent perspectives, and thought leadership on a variety of topics relating to CEO hiring, compensation, and Board interface. He has also authored news articles on ethics and executive recruiting, which have appeared in notable publications.

Leonard Pfeiffer has also devoted a considerable part of his time outside his professional life in the search industry to institutions and causes that he values. He has been a speaker at major universities and conventions. He is/has been on the Boards of prominent not-for-profits including: the National Blood Foundation, National Building Museum, National Center for Missing & Children (Chair, Finance Committee), Community Foundation, the Harvard Business School Club of Washington, D.C., Special Olympics, Project Hope, and the National Head Injury Foundation. He also served on the Admissions and Activities Committees of the Harvard Club of NYC.

Leonard, the oldest of seven children and son of a school teacher, was raised in suburban New Jersey and Pennsylvania, commissioned a Lieutenant in Military Intelligence, and holds a BA and MBA from Harvard University. At an earlier stage in his career, he was a choker-setter in an Oregon logging camp and baled hay on a horse ranch in Montana.

Kristi Remington

West Front Strategies LLC

Kristi Remington is a partner at West Front Strategies LLC.  She provides strategic consulting services and engages in government advocacy in connection with a broad range of issues, including technology, cybersecurity, intellectual property, privacy and security, telecommunications, and antitrust and competition.  She brings extensive policymaking experience from her work in Congress and the executive branch.  

Ms. Remington served as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Legal Policy at the Department of Justice.  In this position, she was responsible for planning, developing, and managing legal policy and strategic initiatives. She led policy development and implementation, coordinating with the White House, executive branch agencies, Congress, and third-party groups.  Ms. Remington shepherded numerous policy initiatives through the interagency process for the George W. Bush administration.

She was also responsible for the coordination of the judicial selection process for federal judges, working with the White House Counsel’s Office in the selection and vetting of judicial nominees.  She prepared judicial nominees and Department of Justice witnesses for appearances before congressional committees.  

Prior to her service at the Department of Justice, Ms. Remington was a senior counsel on the House Government Reform Committee.  She earned her JD, cum laude, from the Washington College of Law, American University and her BA, cum laude, from Denison University.

Karen Robb

Retired Congressional Counsel and Legislative Analyst

Karen Robb served Senator Chris Van Hollen as his Chief of Staff for more than 14 years in both the House of Representatives and U.S. Senate.   She also served as Policy Director of his office as Assistant to the Speaker, and Counsel on the House Budget Committee. Prior to that, she was Deputy Assistant to President Clinton in the Office of Legislative Affairs, Chief of Staff to Senator John Edwards, Democratic Staff Director for the Senate Judiciary Committee under Senator Joe Biden, and Chief Counsel to Senator Dennis DeConcini.  

Other accomplishments include the following: 

  • Associate Royston, Robb, Leonard, Edgecomb & Miller, 1977-1978 
  • Law clerk to Honorary Herbert Sorg United States District Court (western district) Pennsylvania, 1978-1979.  
  • Attorney advisory justice management division United States Department Justice, 1979-1986. 
  • Special assistant to comptroller Office Congressional Affairs United States Customs Service, 1986-1989.  
  • Majority chief counsel, staff director, subcommittee on patents, copyrights & trademarks, United States Senate Judiciary Committee.  
  • Board of Directors, Nyumbani Orphanage in Kenya. 

Robb graduated from the University of Pittsburgh and received a J.D. from the Duquesne University School of Law.

Steve Salem

Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation

Steve Salem joined the Baltimore-based Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation as its President and CEO in March of 2006.  In this capacity, Steve has helped take the organization from a $1M annual operating budget to this year more than $30M. He has overseen the development of a National Board of Directors; the growth of the organization’s staff infrastructure; broad national program and fundraising plan; as well as its nationally recognized Youth Development Park initiative. 

Steve has helped over $500 Million for youth-serving organizations across the country, serving our most at-risk youth and communities.  In addition, he has worked closely with leading youth advocates to help pass critical child safety legislation including the Adam Walsh Child Safety Act and the National Amber Alert program.

In his volunteer capacity, Steve serves on the Board of Directors of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children in Alexandria, VA and the Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Research in Mystic, CT.

Steve and his wife Gregg currently reside in Gaithersburg, MD. Their twin boys, Alex and Jake, are grown and out of the nest.

Susannah Schaefer

Charles B. Wang Foundation

Susannah Schaefer is Executive Vice Chair, President & Chief Executive Officer of Smile Train, an international organization focused on empowering local medical professionals to provide free cleft lip and/or palate surgery and comprehensive cleft care to children globally.

Susannah joined Smile Train in February 2013, after serving as a member of the organization’s Board for over 10 years.  In her role as CEO, she leads Smile Train’s vision to expand access to healthcare and increase local capacity in countries in which Smile Train helps children. During her time as CEO, Susannah led an organizational rebrand, seeded funding for hundreds of thousands of new smiles, expanded cleft surgical training and education programs throughout the world and helped to establish organizational partnerships in Haiti and Rwanda. In addition, Susannah led the team in developing Smile Train’s ground-breaking Virtual Surgery Simulator, further accelerating cleft surgical training and enhancing the organization’s “teach a man to fish” model.

Susannah came to Smile Train after almost 20 years in operational roles, bringing a vast network and past experiences to the team. Previously, Susannah served as Vice President, Director of International Marketing at CA Technologies, where she led implementation of the company’s international marketing strategies. Earlier in her career, Susannah was the Director of Marketing, Asia for CA Technologies, where she built the organization’s presence throughout the region and hosted the first regional CA World conference in China.

Susannah is a Trustee of The Smile Train UK and serves on the Board of Directors of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from the State University of New York College at Oswego. 

The Honorable Regina B. Schofield

Battelle Education

The Honorable Regina B. Schofield is Director of Corporate Engagement and Education Outreach for Battelle. Ms. Schofield’s portfolio includes furthering innovative efforts to create tomorrow’s workforce by leading STEM education outreach and directing all of Battelle’s regional philanthropy engagements.

Prior to her position with Battelle, she was employed with Casey Family Programs and transformed Casey’s approach by integrating policies and data from state level stakeholders with broader, national public policy objectives in Washington, D.C.  Before joining Casey, Ms. Schofield was nominated by the President and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as Assistant Attorney General (AAG) for the Office of Justice Programs at the U.S. Department of Justice.  As AAG, she served as the nation’s AMBER Alert Coordinator and instituted Wireless Amber Alerts and Amber Alerts in Native American communities. She oversaw a range of federal programs, including Project Safe Childhood, the Prisoner Reentry Initiative, and the White House Initiative on Helping America’s Youth among many other programs.  

Before her appointment as Assistant Attorney General, Ms. Schofield was Director of the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs and White House Liaison at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  In this dual capacity, she served as the Secretary’s senior advisor on all state, local, and tribal issues regarding HHS policies and programs and was the primary personnel link between HHS and the White House.

Ms. Schofield is a recipient of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award and currently serves on the boards of the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation, Children’s Science Center, the Conrad Foundation, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, the National Center for the Prevention of Community Violence (aka Solve Violence), the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education, 100kin10 Post 21 Cabinet, the Research Advisory Committee of the National Collaborative on Gun Violence Research and is a corporate officer of the Battelle Education board. 

She received her M.B.A. from Jackson State University and her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Mississippi College. In 2014, she was honored to receive the Alumni of the Year award from Mississippi College’s School of Business. Ms. Schofield’s professional career has included key roles in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

Emily Vacher

Philanthropist

Emily Vacher is a Director of Trust & Safety at Facebook. She is responsible for law enforcement outreach, global safety initiatives, safety education, and security policy matters.  She is currently focusing on Facebook’s AMBER Alert program and child safety issues. Before she joined Facebook, Emily was a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for more than a decade, specializing in crimes against children matters.  She was a member of the FBI’s Child Abduction Rapid Deployment (CARD) Team, the Operational Medicine (OpMEd) Team and was an FBI legal advisor.  Emily holds a BS from Cornell University, an MS from Syracuse University, an MPA from the Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs and a J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law.

Kenneth Valentine

Regions Bank

Ken Valentine joined the NCMEC Board in April 2020 after serving as a NCMEC Ambassador for many years. For more than 20 years, Ken worked in the United States Secret Service, serving in numerous field offices, and on the Presidential Protection Detail for three sitting presidents. During his tenure with the Secret Service, Ken served for two years as a Detailee to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee where he worked extensively on the USA PATRIOT Act Reauthorization and the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act. Ken retired from the Secret Service in February of 2020 as the Special Agent in Charge of the Dignitary Protective Division. A graduate of Purdue University and the Mississippi College School of Law, Ken currently serves as a Senior Vice President in Corporate Security at Regions Bank in Birmingham, Alabama where he resides with his wife, Sandra, and five children.

John Walsh

Co-founder, NCMEC

John Walsh is known internationally as a crime fighter, victims’ advocate and host of the nation's longest-running primetime program and number-one crime-fighting show, America's Most Wanted. Today, Walsh hosts the Investigation Discovery series, In Pursuit with John Walsh, continuing the fight to bring fugitives to justice. Walsh’s extensive television career has helped law enforcement capture more than 1,500 fugitives and recover more than 50 missing children.

A career in fighting crime is one Walsh never expected, but justice has been his life’s mission since July 27, 1981 – the day his son, Adam, was abducted from a mall near his home in Hollywood, Florida. Adam was found murdered two weeks later. 

Walsh and his wife Revé turned their grief into action and without a badge or a gun, Walsh quickly became a nationally recognized leader in the fight for victims' rights.

In 1984, the Walshes and other child advocates incorporated the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children as a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation to help find missing children and prevent child victimization. 

A hero to law enforcement, Walsh has been honored numerous times by many local, state and federal agencies. In addition to being named “Man of the Year” by both the U.S. Marshals Service and the FBI, Walsh was also made an honorary U.S. Marshal. 

The entertainment industry has also recognized Walsh’s contributions to television. In 2011, he received the prestigious Governor’s Award at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards, a distinction voted upon by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Board of Governors which “salutes an individual, company or organization that has made a substantial impact and demonstrated the extraordinary use of television.” That same year, he was recognized by AFTRA with the Foundation’s AMEE Award in Entertainment. 

Walsh was also named by CBS Portraits as one of the "100 Americans Who Changed History." He’s been honored by Esquire Magazine, People Magazine, the National District Attorneys Association and the National Sheriff’s Association. Despite his many honors, Walsh is most proud of his 1985 distinction as “Father of the Year,” for embodying the ideals of family, citizenship, charity, civility and responsibility.

Walsh has authored three best-selling books: Tears of Rage, No Mercy and Public Enemies, which chronicle his family’s fight for justice and recount some of toughest cases he’s faced over the years. 

Patty Wetterling

Child Advocate

Patty Wetterling is a nationally recognized speaker and educator on the issues of child abduction and sexual exploitation. In 1990, she co-founded the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center with her husband, Jerry, three months after their 11-year-old son, Jacob, was abducted by a masked gunman near their home in St. Joseph, Minnesota. In the decades since, Patty’s relentless search for her son has led her to become a visionary of hope, a catalyst for change, and an inspiration to parents everywhere.

On September 1, 2016, nearly 27 years after her son’s kidnapping, answers finally came when a longtime suspect confessed to Jacob’s murder and led investigators to his remains. Throughout her emotional healing process, Patty has continued to fight for the world that Jacob knew and believed in – a world where children can grow up safe and follow their dreams.

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Professional Experience

Patty is a consultant with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and Fox Valley Technical College. She presents victim impact sessions to law enforcement officers at AMBER and long-term missing training programs across the country and is a frequent keynote speaker at conferences related to crimes against children and child sexual abuse.

Career Highlights

Patty was instrumental in the passage of the “Jacob Wetterling Act” of 1994 which established the nation’s first sex offender registry. Her lobbying efforts also helped establish Minnesota’s statewide AMBER alert plan in 2002.

For decades, Patty has also been a key leader for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, appointed to the Board of Directors in 1992, and served as NCMEC’s first female Chair of the Board from 2012-2015. 

Other career highlights include co-creating the #11forJacob movement.