Washington D.C. InfraGard Leadership

INCRMA Board of Directors, 2013-2014

PositionNameContact
President Joseph Trindaljtrindal@policeone.com
Executive Vice PresidentKristina Tanasichukktanasichuk@gtscoalition.com
Chief Financial OfficerJames Collinsjlcollins7@aol.com
Chief Administrative OfficerJenifer Fritzjfritz@nextiva.com
Vice President, Communications Talley Crosstalley1981@gmail.com
Vice President, Programs & Events Danielle Lindholmdanielle.lindholm@baesystems.com
Vice President, TechnologyGlenn Woodglenn.wood@oracle.com
Vice President, Partnerships and OutreachVeda Woodsvedatwoods@gmail.com
FBI InfraGard Co-CoordinatorSpecial Agent Kara Sidenerkara.sidener@ic.fbi.gov
FBI InfraGard Co-CoordinatorSpecial Agent Amylynn Erreraamylynn.errera@ic.fbi.gov

Joseph Trindal, President

Joseph Trindal, President

Mr. Joseph Trindal is President at Direct Action Resilience LLC (DAR) with offices in Virginia. DAR and its training division, Direct Action Resilience Institute (DARI), is a recognized leader in emergency preparedness, response and resilience for both public and private sectors. Mr. Trindal also serves as Interim President of the InfraGard National Capital Region Members Alliance, an FBI led public/private sector information sharing consortium where he has served on the Chapter’s Board of Directors since 2009. He also serves on the Homeland Security Intelligence Council. A member of the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM), Mr. Trindal serves on the Federal Facilities Emergency Managers Committee. He is also a long standing member of the National Tactical Officer’s Association (NTOA), International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors (IALEFI), and the International Association of the Chiefs of Police (IACP) among other organizations.

Prior to entering private practice, with nearly 30 years of government service, Mr. Trindal retired as Director for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Protective Service (FPS), National Capital Region (NCR). As the new DHS was being formulated in the White House and Congress, Mr. Trindal accepted a call to serve in this executive capacity, assuming the post in March 2003, where he led operations in a transformative environment. His scope of service at FPS included nearly 400 full time law enforcement and support personnel as well as 5,700 security officers and an annual budget of $147M. FPS/NCR is responsible for protection, crisis management and law enforcement services for nearly 750 federal facilities and about 300,000 federal employees and visitors. Under his leadership, collaborative, interagency all-hazards preparedness dramatically improved at FPS and beyond in Virginia, Maryland and DC. For example, Mr. Trindal directed FPS hosting of unprecedented command level exercises integrating wide ranging stakeholder agencies. He also achieved considerable strides in improving public and private sector situational awareness and information sharing. Mr. Trindal also led a number of nationally significant incidents and National Special Security Events (NSSEs). He led agency representation and contributions to the DHS Strategic Plans, Joint Operations Center policies as well as the Department’s first regulatory authority; the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS).

Prior to DHS, Mr. Trindal served 20 years with distinction at the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS), America’s oldest federal law enforcement agency. He worked through the ranks, attaining the concurrent positions of Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal and Incident Commander for the agency’s Emergency Response Team (ERT). During his tenure, Mr. Trindal served and led in every program area of the USMS’ diverse mission. Notably he led and served in high risk, sensitive judicial protective missions including the first U.S. District Judge subject to failed bomb attack, as well as Chief Justice Rehnquist, other Justices and some of our nation’s most notable judicial proceedings, Through his tactical and operational leadership, some of the nation’s top fugitives were located and brought to justice within the US and from abroad. Mr. Trindal led some of the strongest interagency, multi-disciplinary operations in USMS history to include domestic terrorism preparedness and response as well as high threat protective missions involving federal agencies, military specialists, local police, fire, HAZMAT, public health (anthrax attacks), and local emergency management collaboration.

Mr. Trindal has additionally served or currently serves on faculties at George Washington University, Justice Management Institute, Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Commonwealth Criminal Justice Academy, and Fabrique Nationale Herstal (Belgium) specializing in critical incident management of extreme violence and complex threats. He is a law enforcement contributing writer for the Domestic Preparedness Journal among other periodicals. A distinguished veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, he holds an active TS Clearance as well as degrees in Police Science and Criminal Justice.

Kristina Tanasichuk, Executive Vice President

Kristina Tanasichuk

Kristina Tanasichuk founded the Government & Services Technology Coalition in 2011 after several small business CEOs approached her about how they could band together to face an increasingly competitive Federalmarket. She is responsible for the growth, content, strategy and manages the day to day operations of the Coalition. Tanasichuk serves on the U.S. Coast Guard Mutual Assistance Board and as an Advisor to the Chesapeake Innovation Center (CIC) Business to Government CEO Roundtable.

She has nearly 20 years of lobbying and advocacy experience on the Hill, on behalf of non-profit associations and coalitions.

Tanasichuk is also the president and founder of Women in Homeland Security, a professional development organization for women in the field of homeland security that has grown to nearly 1000 members in 2 years. She also founded and served for two years as executive director of the American Security Challenge, an event that awards monetary and contractual awards in excess of $3.5 million to emerging security technology firms.

Prior to founding the Government Technology & Services Coalition she was Vice President of the Homeland Security & Defense Business Council (HSDBC), the premier organization for the leading large corporations in the federal homeland security market. She was responsible for thought leadership and programs, strategic partnerships, internal and external communications, marketing and public affairs. She managed the Council’s Executive Brief Series and strategic alliances, as well as the organization’s Thought Leadership Committee and Board of Advisors.

Before joining HSDBC, Tanasichuk was the event director for the largest homeland security conference and exposition in the country where she created and managed three Boards of Advisors representing physical and IT security, first responders, Federal, State and local law enforcement, and public health. She determined conference curriculum, established all of the strategic partnerships, and managed the communications and media relations.

Tanasichuk began her career in homeland security shortly after September 11, 2001 while at the American Public Works Association where she managed homeland security and emergency management issues before Congress and the Administration on first responder issues, water, transportation, utility and public building security. Prior to that, she worked on electric utility deregulation and domestic energy issues for a boutique lobbying firm and as professional staff for the Chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Energy & Commerce. Tanasichuk has also worked at the American Enterprise Institute, several Washington, D.C. associations representing both the public and private sectors, and the White House under President George H.W. Bush.

She is a graduate of St. Olaf College and earned her Masters in Public Administration from George Mason University. Recently she was honored by the National Association of Woman Owned Businesses as a Distinguished Woman of the Year Finalist.

James Collins, Chief Financial Officer

James Collins, the founder and Chief Executive of Mid-Atlantic Mediation, is a retired US Army Military Intelligence Officer with over 21 years of active duty experience in Human Intelligence Collection, Counterintelligence Operations, Signal Security Operations, and Strategic and Tactical Intelligence Analysis. His active duty experience includes command of the worldwide Signal Security Activities Command and service on both the Department of Army staff and the staff of the Organization of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Following retirement, Collins served in a number of senior management positions including Director of Human Resources, Chief Information Officer and Chief Security Officer for a $100,000,000 federally funded research and development corporation, and Executive Vice President of a $60,000,000 Alaskan Native Corporation with operations in three states and the District of Columbia.

While serving as the Chief of Communications Security for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Collins spent two years as a facilitator and mediator during the successful development of a Joint Communications Security Agreement between the US Military and the Japanese Self Defense Forces. Additionally, he served for three years as a mediator for the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia in resolving disputes between clergy and parish lay leadership. Collins is certified by the Maryland Circuit Court system in the field of dispute resolution as a Transformative Mediator.

Collins has a Masters of Military Arts and Sciences from the US Army Command and General Staff College, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the United States International University

and is a Graduate of the Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government's Executive

Education Program (Leadership for the 21st Century: Chaos, Conflict and Courage).

Talley Cross, Vice President – Communications

Talley Cross

Talley Cross serves as an Intelligence Analyst in the Critical Infrastructure Threat Analysis Unit at the Washington Regional Threat Analysis Center (WRTAC).

Prior to joining the WRTAC in 2014, Ms. Cross worked for three years as Security Systems Coordinator at Occidental Petroleum Corporation, where she developed informational and analytical products for key stakeholders. Ms. Cross earned her Master of Arts in Middle East Studies from the American University in Cairo, where she was a University Fellow, and maintains a working proficiency in Arabic. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from The University of the South (Sewanee), where she graduated with high honors.

Jenifer Fritz, Chief Administrative Officer

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Jenifer Fritz has a proven track record with 20+ years of high-tech industry successful sales, engineering and business development experience, including over nine years specializing in identity management, biometrics and security solutions to commercial and government customers. Fritz recently joined Nextiva as Vice President for Government and Enterprise Solutions and has previously served as Vice President of Government Security Solutions for several DC based sales organizations.
As Vice President of Business Development in her prior roles, Ms. Fritz’s responsibilities included creation and execution of strategic government market penetration plans, relationship development, and coordination and collection of customer expectations to drive the company’s engineering roadmap and solution offerings. Through her vast experience, she has developed a robust knowledge base of new technologies for the government market. 
 
Ms. Fritz is also a founding member and frequent Key Note Speaker of the Make the Link Golf Tournament for the Alzheimer’s Association of Massachusetts. She initiated the tournament 15 years ago to raise money for the association. In the past 15 years she has helped raise over $1.5 million. 
 
Ms. Fritz holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Northeastern University in Computer Science and Economics.

Danielle Lindholm , Vice President – Programs & Events

Danielle Lindholm is a Technical Director in BAE Systems' Intelligence and Security Sector. As a Subject-Matter Expert, she plays a strategic role in activities related to hybrid/transnational threats (including threat finance, illicit networks, and trafficking issues). She is also engaged in the development of the Sector's new international and commercial ventures.

Specializing in the economic and commercial aspects of national security, she has worked in a comprehensive range of positions: doing international standard harmonization at the Department of Transportation; as the Country Manager for the Middle East and North Africa at the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA); as a Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of State for Economic, Business, and Agricultural Affairs (responsible for worldwide commercial issues, as well as work related to the Golden Triangle and Plan Colombia); as an Advisor for International Economic Policy at the National Economic Council; and as the Senior Policy Advisor to a U.S. Congressman, responsible for issues such as financial services, taxation, national and homeland security, and foreign affairs. She also spent time as the Vice President of Government Affairs for BankUnited, headquartered in Florida. Before joining BAE Systems in December 2010, Danielle served as a Vice President for Policy at Business Executives for National Security (BENS), managing a portfolio that included threat finance/anti-money laundering, intelligence transformation, homeland security, and federal/military partnering projects.

Danielle holds a B.A. (Classics) from Tufts University and a J.D. from the University of Miami. She is a member of the District of Columbia and Florida Bars, a member of the American Bar Association (2012-2014 Co-Chair of the International Anti-Money Laundering Committee), and served as the Chief of Staff to the Legal Working Group of the Project on National Security Reform (PNSR). She is currently a Board Member of both the FBI's InfraGard National Capital Region Members Alliance and of the Washington Cyber Roundtable. She is an Adjunct Fellow at the American Security Project, with a focus on Asymmetric Operations, and a co-chair of the Financial Intelligence and Information Sharing Working Group (parent of the FININT Dispatch). Other activities include Term Membership in the Council on Foreign Relations (2002-2007) and creator/administrator of its unofficial career/alumni board; active mentoring with the Tufts CASE Network; and service as a Counselor to Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP).

Glenn Wood, Vice President – Technology

Mr. Glenn Wood is the Director for Civilian Intelligence within Oracle’s National Security Group (NSG), an organization that is dedicated to serving the Intelligence Community including FBI and brings over 20 years of experience to the role. He has responsibility for information technology and services from Oracle that have supported the FBI mission since the early 1990s. Before joining Oracle NSG, Mr. Wood served as an executive at Best Value Technology and an earlier role at Oracle where he supported DOJ and DHS components. Prior to this, Mr. Wood held various positions as a Program Manager and Technical Project Lead at Trident Systems Inc. During this period he managed and contributed to a broad variety of systems engineering projects for the DoD. In 1988 Mr. Wood completed a tour as an Intelligence Analyst for the Navy and also served as a member of a test team for Very Low Frequency (VLF) antennas. Mr. Wood also currently serves as the Vice President for Technology on the Board of Directors of the InfraGard Nations Capital Members Alliance. Mr. Wood received a Bachelor of Science degree for Electronics and Computer Engineering from George Mason University in 1987.

Veda Wood, Vice President, Partnerships and Outreach

Ms. Veda Woods is the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) and the Deputy Chief Information Officer (CIO) with the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board (Board). She serves as the key security advisor for the Board and is responsible for the secure development, coordination, implementation and oversight of federal funds, law enforcement information and applicable assets. She also serves as Chief Privacy Officer and the Senior Designated Authorizing Official for Records Management respectively. She is a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) International, Bethesda Chapter, and the InfraGard Washington, D.C. National Capital Regions Members Alliance (INCRMA).

Ms. Woods’ extensive and diverse information assurance background includes maintaining the security posture of various federal, state and local government agencies within the Defense, Civil Service and intelligence community. Under her oversight, the Board’s IT security goals and objectives were successfully achieved in support of being named the first federal agency to deploy a secure and accredited government-wide information system to the public cloud. The agency as a result, saved approximately $750,000 in direct costs in the short run while repurposing more than $1 million in IT equipment in support of its accountability mission to help identify fraud, waste, and abuse of data related to the $840 billion stimulus bill and information about the distribution and spending of Hurricane Sandy funds. Ms. Woods received recognition by the former Board Chairman (Honorable Early Devaney) and the former federal CIO, (Vivek Kundra) in support of the successful deployment of this historic effort.

Ms. Woods has received numerous awards for her contribution to innovation in federal, to include being nominated for the named the 2014 recipient of the Symantec Naional Federal Civilian Innovation Cyber Award, the 2011 recipient of the AFFIRM Special Recognition Award, as well as the recipient of the Federal Computer Week Rising Star Award in 2011 to name a few. She is a strong advocate for utilizing a systematic and holistic approach towards IA and specializes in information governance, risk management and security compliance. Notably, her most proudest achievements have derived from inspiring and cultivating new, diverse, and innovative talent within the IT and security community, thereby cultivating a business culture founded on security awareness, responsibility and response.

Ms. Woods is a Cum Laude graduate of Norwich University where she earned a Master’s of Science in Information Assurance. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Information Systems Management from the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) and has participated in the Graduate School USA Senior Executive Service (SES) Leadership Development Program. Notwithstanding her longstanding commitment towards strengthening our Nation’s critical infrastructures, Ms. Woods has leveraged her continued interest in the security and privacy challenges applicable to the healthcare field as well, thereby earning her Graduate Certificate in Professional Studies in Public Health Informatics from the University of Maryland.

Kara Sidener, Special Agent

Kara Sidener, Special Agent

Kara D. Sidener is a Special Agent with the FBI and is currently serving as the InfraGard Coordinator for the Washington Field Office (WFO). Her 16+ years with the FBI have all been in the Washington, DC area, having had assignments at WFO, FBI Headquarters, and the FBI Academy. Kara has experience in a number of areas to include counterintelligence and cyber investigations, evidence response, instruction and training, and private sector outreach. She is a member of the Behavioral Analysis Program team and is a certified practitioner of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and the DiSC assessment tools. Kara was also a member of WFO’s Evidence Response Team and a first responder to the Pentagon on 9/11/01. She has also co-authored two articles, “Proactive Human Source Development” and “Office Paper DeCopier,” which appeared in the Law Enforcement Bulletin and Journal of Forensic Sciences, respectively. Kara has a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and a Master of Forensic Science degree, both from The George Washington University in Washington, DC.

Amylynn Errera, Special Agent

Amylynn Errera, Special Agent

Amylynn Errera is a special agent with the FBI and an InfraGard co-coordinator for the Washington Field Office (WFO). In 15+ years with the FBI, she has served in Washington, DC; Providence, RI; FBI Headquarters; and the FBI Academy. Her areas of experience include public corruption, government fraud, health-care fraud, other white-collar crime, violent crime, counterterrorism, cyber crimes, human resources policy, and leadership education. Amy has a bachelor's degree in journalism and Spanish from the University of Dayton and a master's degree in international relations from Syracuse University.