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Ray Semko is a security educator and a professional public speaker who is nationally known for his popular and motivating D*I*C*E security awareness briefings which he has been providing to American audiences for over twenty five years.

Originally D*I*C*E stood for “Defensive Information to Counter Espionage” but now, for today’s all-encompassing threats, the “E” means Everything – espionage, terrorism, hackers, competitors, disgruntled insiders and more. Semko presents in an informative and entertaining (i.e. ‘infotainment’) style to engage the audience and make the message memorable.

Semko’s rapid-fire, no-nonsense approach focuses on the message: Americans need to be constantly vigilant and responsible for their own protection. He exposes America’s adversaries, their targets and methods of operation and reveals how to prevent these adversaries from exploiting our nation’s security and your organization’s security by effectively protecting classified, proprietary and sensitive information.

Semko has over 40 years of valuable security and counterintelligence experience through his years of government service in the military and intelligence community, primarily as a Counterintelligence Special Agent.


"DICE Security Briefing...Are We Prepared for the Next Attack?"

During this session, Semko will discuss:

  • The numerous and potential threats to US national security, to American companies, to jobs, to our families.
  • The top security concerns and new cases in the areas of espionage, economic espionage and terrorism.
  • The multiplicity and the interconnectedness of all the threats that constitute our biggest challenges.
  • The security concerns with social networks, cybersecurity and identity theft.
  • That the enemies and adversaries of American and your organization will never stop targeting you.
  • What you do and how you act has a tremendous impact in keeping America safe and secure.

Every audience member will walk away from this briefing and understand that individuals need to change their attitudes about the need for security. Security can never be thought of as an inconvenience. Educating is the “cheapest defense” of any organization and of our country. Your work on unbelievably important projects, missions, operations and activities; If these are lost due to espionage or terrorism or fraud, organizations can go under, people get laid off from their jobs or even lives can be lost.



Mary Tan After 13 years in front of the camera, Mary Tan gave up being a television news reporter to become the Communications Coordinator for the City of Brooklyn Park. Tan started working for the City in March of 2007 after working at television stations across the country. From 2003-2007 she was a general assignment reporter at WCCO-TV in Minneapolis. Tan attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in music performance and political science. She also received a second BA degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. When not working, she writes a pet blog called Whisker Fabulous, which is written from the perspective of her dog and cat.


"Media Relations Panel", Discussion Moderator

This session will include Mary Tan as the moderator, and a panel consisting of Jon Collins and Carolyn Marina.


Carolyn Marinan - Public Relations Officer for Hennepin County

In her role, Marinen assists county government in communicating with the public it serves. She is a resource to county leadership and to the organization. Most of her work centers around media relations, public relations and forging partnerships. Prior to Hennepin County, Carolyn spent nearly 20 years in television news and promotion working for WCCO, KSTP and KARE 11. She's also done some talk radio and produced and hosted a local travel show on Twin Cities Public Television. Carolyn graduated from the University of Minnesota (U of M) with a B.A. in Speech-Communication. She remains involved by mentoring students at the U of M along with being active in the Hennepin-University Partnership. She has won numerous awards, including an Emmy, a New York Film Festival award and more. Carolyn currently serves as the president of the Minnesota Association of Government Communicators and sits on the board of directors for the National Association of County Information Officers. Jon Collins - hennepin County Sheriff's Office


Jon Collins - Public Information Officer at Hennepin County Sheriff's Office

As the agency’s spokesperson, Collins communicates to media, community members and other public safety agencies on behalf of Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek. Jon has worked in government communications, primarily with a focus in digital communication, since graduating from St. Cloud State University with a B.S. in Communication Studies. He also does freelance communication for a variety clients with work ranging from websites and social media to branding materials and newsletters.



Aaron Kallunki, All Hazards Planning Coordinator, MN Division of Homeland Security

Kallunki is the All Hazards Planning Coordinator for the Minnesota Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. After 23 years of service in the Minnesota National Guard, he retired at the rank of First Sergeant.

His experiences include: leading a protective service detail in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2004-2005, assisting law enforcement with physical security planning in preparation for the 2008 Republican National Convention, and providing Quick Reaction Force (QRF) support to the 2009 Presidential Inauguration.

From 2008-2014 Aaron was detailed to support of the Department of Homeland Security Office of Infrastructure Protection.


"Minnesota All Hazards Planning"

This presentation will describe the All Hazards Planning Process of the state of Minnesota. It will include the legal basis and responsibility for emergency planning at the state level.

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  • Franny Dorr, Minnesota Department of Health
  • Alexandra Bambrick, MPH, BSN, RN, CCRN Healthcare System & Regional Coordinator for Ebola, Minnesota Department of Health
  • Pat McQuillan Public Health and Healthcare Ebola & Emerging Infections Planner, Minnesota Department of Health
"Infectious Diseases in MN: Preparedness, Response and Recovery for Zika, Ebola and Other Highly Infectious Diseases "

This session will include discussion about planning, monitoring and other activities currently underway in Minnesota related to Zika. Information will be shared about the risk of Zika, monitoring pregnant clients diagnosed with Zika and how information will be shared with key stakeholders and the public. You will also learn about the MN Ebola Operations Plan which includes EMS, adjoining state partners, and the regional treatment facility in MN for Ebola and other high-consequence diseases requiring biocontainment units.


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Dr. Michael Brown is the president of the non-profit think-tank, One World One Way, Inc. located in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Brown is a former United States Air Force officer with experience as an intelligence specialist, nuclear weapons officer and special assistant to several commanders. He possesses a Ph.D. in Public Safety with a specialization in emergency management, a Masters in Humanities with a specialization in Emergency Management, a B.S. in Criminal Justice Administration and A.S. in Intelligence and Imagery Analysis.

He is an adjunct professor at Park University. His non-profit policy institute conducts communications analysis (Farsi, Urdu, Arabic, Mandarin), threat hazard identification and risk assessments (THIRAs) and reviews policies related to the emergency management (EM), and advises on policy on disaster risk management for severely at risk populations. He is a subject matter expert in critical infrastructure protection and emergency management.


"The Game of Drones"

Discuss knew concepts and uses of technology using UAVs in a public safety setting.

"Nuclear Disaster: Is it a Possibility?"

Outline some basic steps and information pertinent to preparing for a radiological or nuclear incident.

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Nick Radke, Critical Infrastructure Analyst, MN Dept. of Public Safety, HSEM

Radke has worked for the Minnesota Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management as a Critical Infrastructure Intelligence Analyst since March 2011. Prior to joining HSEM, Nick served four years as an All-Source Intelligence Analyst with the 2nd Battalion 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 82nd Airborne Division out of Fort Bragg North Carolina.


During his 4 years on active duty, Nick served 19 months in Iraq during the course of 2 combat deployments. Nick holds a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice from of Metropolitan State University and an A.A.S in Intelligence Operations from Cochise College, Arizona.


"Minnesota Terrorism Threat Assessment"

Radke will go over the current threats to Minnesota and what he expects to see in the near future in Minnesota in regards to emerging threats.



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Robert C. Alpaugh
Instructor, New Mexico Tech

Alpaugh retired from a Northern New Jersey Sheriffs Office in 2014 with the rank of Detective Sergeant. During his years of service, he was a certified Hazardous Devices Technician for 19 years, 10 of which he held the position of Bomb Squad Commander.

For 7 years he served as a Technical Representative to the National Bomb Squad Commanders Advisory Board. During his career he served 11 years as a K9 Handler and Trainer. He held assignments as a Hazardous Materials Technician as well as a member of his agency's Emergency Response Team.

In addition to various certifications held through his law enforcement· career, Alpaugh holds a BA degree from the University of Florida. Since his retirement he has been an Instructor for New Mexico Tech, facilitating the delivery of Domestic Preparedness classes involving Energetic Materials to first responders nationwide.

His personal goal is "to provide responders with information that will enable them to perform their jobs safely and effectively".


"The Boston Bombing Case Study"

The Boston Bombing Case Study is an analysis of the attack on the Boston Marathon, providing an overview of the tactics and methodologies employed, use of improvised explosive devices, and overall impact. The case study also provides insight into critical response protocols and immediate actions to reduce the threat and impact of such an attack.

"Prevention & Response to Suicide Bombing Incidents" (IRTB Course)

This presentation focuses on understanding of the terrorist threat, recognition and capabilities of energetic materials (explosives and incendiaries) that could be used in a terrorist attack, and appropriate response protocols.

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Michael Griesinger
Meteorologist,  Federal NOAA

Griesinger is a native of southwest Michigan that grew up fascinated by the weather and that fascination led me to Central Michigan University and then Texas Tech University to study meteorology.  He joined the National Weather Service in 2006 at the Atlanta office and moved to the Twin Cities in 2009.  Beside being a forecaster,


Griesinger also leads the fire weather and climate programs for the Twin Cities weather forecast office.  Outside of the National Weather Service, He is a member and past president of the Twin Cities Meteorological Society, marathon runner, and as of July of 2016, he is a member of the Volunteer Fire Department for the city of Carver, MN.


"The Roles of Climate Change and El Niño in the 2016 Wildfires"

Climate Change, ENSO, and the Future of Fire Weather

Fire weather grabbed headlines early in the season, when the entire town of Fort McMurray in the Canadian of province of Alberta had to be evacuated as a large wildfire swept through the town in early May, destroying some 2400 buildings. 
Two of the driving contributors to this large fire were climate change and the relatively mild and low snow winter the area saw during the 2015-2016 winter, which was driven in large part by the strong El Niño that occurred in the tropical Pacific Ocean. 
This presentation will examine how fire weather seasons are expected to change in the coming century as our climate continues to warm, including any possible changes in the frequency with which we see warm (El Niño) and cold (La Niña) phases of the El Nino Southern Oscillation (ENSO).



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Joe Bezotte, CEO & Lead instructor, Core Security Consulting

Joe’s experience in Federal Law Enforcement and Counter Terrorism spans over 26 years.  He has worked operationally all over the United States and on three continents.  This operational experience combined with his training background has provides Bezotte a perspective of what works and what does not.


"Core Concepts for First Responders"

This course covers situational awareness, criminal mindset and defensive tactics for the first responder.


Kurt Bramer, MA, EM, Paramedic
Deputy Chief, Emergency manager
Hennepin County Medical Services

Bramer has worked in EMS since 1980, and Emergency Management for the past 10 years. Currently he is a Deputy Chief of Operations and the Emergency Manager for Hennepin EMS.

Academically he has a degree in paramedicine, and both a BA and MA in organizational leadership, including research in ethics education. For the past 3 years he has been researching speaking on the effects of psychological trauma and recovery related to EMS and public safety.


"The Resilient Responder - The Road to Resilience"

An exploration of the factors influencing work culture, psychological trauma, and resilience in public safety. This lecture focuses on the work of EMS, to include the role of Fire and LE during medical emergencies.


Chief Jarrod Burguan has been a sworn LE officers since January 1992.  He was sworn in as San Bernardino's Police Chief in December 2013.  Chief Burguan holds a masters degree in Management from the University of Redlands and a POST Executive Certificate. 

Burguan is also a graduate of the Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP) held at Boston University through PERF and is a graduate of the POST California Command College (Class 53).

"December 2nd - San Bernardino Mass Shooting Incident"

This is an overview of the terrorist related mass casualty shooting event that occurred on December 2, 2015.  Along with an overview of the response and the investigation that followed, there will be an overview of many of the lessons learned for first responders and emergency managers.


Detective Jahnke started his career with the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office in 2001 following receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Law Enforcement from Minnesota State University, Mankato. He has served in a variety of Divisions within the Sheriff’s Office including the Adult Detention, Court Security, Human Resources (Background Investigations), Criminal Information Sharing and Analysis (CISA) Unit and is currently assigned to the Detective Unit within the Investigative Division. He also serves as a team leader on the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office ESU(Swat) Team.

He has also participated in a fellowship from February – November 2014 and September – October 2015 with the FBI Critical Incident Response Group (CIRG) as part of the White House Active Shooter Initiative at FBI Headquarters in Washington, DC. The fellowship is sponsored by the Office of Partner Engagement in conjunction with the FBI’s Police Executive Fellowship Program.

"Inside ISIS Recruitment Strategies"

New Session - Overview of current recruitment strategies and tactics.

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