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Spencer Bakke

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Lieutenant Bakke started his career with the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office in 1998.

 

He has served in a variety of Divisions within the Sheriff’s Office including the Adult Detention, Court Security, Human Resources and the Communications Division as a member of the 800 MHz Training and Transition Team. He also was an instructor for the Use of Force Unit and was a member of the ESU (Emergency Services Unit). In 2005, he was selected for a six month fellowship with the Federal Bureau of Investigation Police Executive Fellowship Program at the National Joint Terrorism Task Force in Washington DC.

 

In 2007, Sheriff Stanek directed Lieutenant Bakke to create the Criminal Information Sharing and Analysis (CISA) Unit within the Investigative Division. He served as the CISA Unit supervisor, and is currently assigned as the CISA Unit commander. CISA’s mission is to provide timely and accurate analysis of criminal information to law enforcement within Hennepin County.

 

In 2012, the Metro Regional Information Collaboration (MRIC) was formed. Lt. Bakke serves as the unit commander of this multi-jurisdictional analysis team. The MRIC is co-located with the CISA unit.

 

Lieutenant Bakke serves on two committees that address information sharing, analysis, data and privacy issues on the State and National level: The MN Criminal and Juvenile Justice Task Force, and currently he is chair of the Major County Sheriff’s Intelligence Commanders Group.

 

Lieutenant Bakke holds a Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice from Saint Cloud State University and a Master’s Degree in Police Leadership, Education and Administration from the University of Saint Thomas.

 

PRESENTATION

 

"Private / Public Sector Partnership for Special Events: 2014 MLB All Star Game"

 

HCSO hosted the Joint Intelligence Center (JIC), partnering with several agencies to establish a coordinated information sharing and analysis function for the 2014 MLB All Star Game. From Sunday, July 13th through Tuesday, July 15th, 2014 these partners worked together utilizing a variety of systems to identify, monitor, and mitigate potential public safety threats to the All Star Game and associated events. Overall, the event was successful and the JIC played a valuable role supporting law enforcement and security operations during the event period.

 

Hennepin County Sheriff's Office

 

Dr. Jarret Brachman

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Dr. Jarret Brachman manages the EIMT’s threat intelligence program. From 2008 - 2013, Brachman launched and directed a law enforcement training program at North Dakota State University. Before that, Brachman served as the founding Director of Research at West Point's Combating Terrorism Center from 2004-2008. He holds a Ph.D in international relations from the University of Delaware and served as a Graduate Fellow with the Central Intelligence Agency's Counterterrorist Center in 2003. Brachman continues advising federal, state and local government professionals across law enforcement, military and intelligence communities. He has testified before multiple Congressional subcommittees, the British House of Lords and has been cited in numerous major global media outlets.

 

PRESENTATION

 

"Making Sense of Global Threats"

 

The wide array of complex global developments that strategic leaders must now anticipate can be daunting without a clear, systematic and ongoing approach. Brachman will explore some of the challenges and opportunities associated with maintaining global threat intelligence programs. He will touch on the importance of analytic methodologies, professional networks, strategic communication and leadership engagement through a series of case-studies aimed at leaders in the private and public sectors looking to establish or expand their in-house intelligence capabilities.

 

Wells Fargo Bank

 

Chris Carr

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Chris Carr is a Security Manager for G4S Secure Solutions, and oversees security operations at properties in Downtown Minneapolis such as the Minneapolis City Center, Plaza Seven Office Tower, and the Radisson Blu Hotel. The security program at Minneapolis City Center is one of only a few Behavior Detection Security programs stood up in the state of Minnesota. Chris is an instructor in SIRA (Suspicion Indicators Recognition and Assessment) which prepares both private sector security and law enforcement for detecting suspicious behavior and activity and provides tools for deterring and mitigating threats prior to their execution.

 

PRESENTATION

 

"Prevention-Based Security: A Model for Threat Deterrence"

 

The role of Security personnel in the private sector is changing. Often, the focus has been on emergency response, exclusively. However, with that comes the acceptance that an emergency is going to happen and there is little we can do to prevent it. While we may not be able to prevent all emergencies and need an effective and well-prepared emergency response plan, we must also shift our mindset to identify opportunities where we can prevent such events from taking place, whether they are violent, criminal, or other types of emergencies. We will explore this shift in mindset and how this balance of prevention and response is cutting edge of innovation in private sector security. Participants will receive best practices for structure, training, and implementation for Prevention-based Security based on current successful operating models.

 

G4S Solutions, Inc.

 

Officer Mike Coan

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Officer Mike Coan has been with the Minneapolis Police Department since 1991. He holds an Associate’s Degree in Law Enforcement from Normandale College and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Michigan State University. He has been assigned to the Bomb Squad as a full time Bomb Technician since 1998.

 

Officer Coan is a graduate of the FBI Hazardous Devices School and is also trained as a Hazardous Materials Technician. He has attended numerous schools and courses ranging from Post Blast Investigations to Clandestine Laboratory response. He has worked with numerous local and federal agencies to include the FBI, ATF and Secret Service.

 

As a Bomb Technician, Officer Coan is responsible for responding to bomb related incidents throughout the state, maintaining working relationships with local and federal agencies and building community and business partnerships through bomb threat assessment and management education.

 

PRESENTATION

 

"Bomb Threat Procedures and Response"

 

Although a bomb threat may never happen to your business, understanding how to best handle this type of emergency situation is the focus of this presentation. Topics covered include: Why are bomb threats made and who may be responsible? What roles do Business and Police play when responding to a threat? When should a decision to evacuate be made? What is should you do if something suspicious is located?

 

MPD Bomb Unit

 

Dr. James Densley

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Dr. James Densley is Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at Metropolitan State University, Minnesota. Densley's teaching and research interests include street gangs, criminal networks, violence, and theoretical criminology. He is the author of How Gangs Work: An Ethnography of Youth Violence (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) and coauthor of the forthcoming Minnesota’s Criminal Justice System (Carolina Academic Press, 2016). His articles appear in Crime & Delinquency, Criminology & Criminal Justice, European Journal of Criminology, Homicide Studies, Social Problems, and other journal outlets. He has also written for CNN International, MinnPost, and The Sun (UK).

 

Densley is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) and recipient of several awards, including the 2013 National Gang Crime Research Center (NGCRC) Frederick Milton Thrasher Award for “Superior Accomplishments in Gang Research.” He earned the D.Phil. and M.Sc. in Sociology from the University of Oxford (St. Antony's College), the M.S. in Teaching from Pace University, and the B.A. (Hons.) in Sociology with American Studies from the University of Northampton. He is a former NYC Teaching Fellow, certified to teach middle childhood education and students with disabilities.

 

Densley has consulted on crime reduction projects for the Metropolitan Police Service, St. Paul Police Department, San Francisco Police Department, and others. He presently serves on the Boards of Growing Against Gangs and Violence (GAGV), an educational partnership with Scotland Yard; Law Enforcement Opportunities (LEO), a Minnesota nonprofit dedicated to promoting and increasing cultural diversity in law enforcement and criminal justice fields; and the FBI Minneapolis Citizens Academy Alumni Association (FBIMCAAA).

 

PRESENTATION

 

"Show Me the Money: Terrorism Financing and Organized Crime"

 

This presentation will marry criminological research and theory with law enforcement experience to examine the nexus of organized crime and terrorism. Using international case studies, this presentation will highlight how organized crime groups and terrorist organizations emerge as governance institutions to define and enforce property rights, facilitate exchange, and promote collective action. In this context, we explore the fundraising and financial activities of such extra-legal groups with implications for public and private practice.

 

Metropolitan State University

 

Patrick Hardy

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Patrick Hardy, LL.M., CEM, ALEM, LEM-Pro, PEM, NMCEM
President, Hytropy
 

A longtime disaster industry veteran, small business continuity expert, and Certified Emergency Manager®, Patrick Hardy is President and founder of Hytropy, a global business continuity company, which has grown into one of the largest and most successful business continuity companies specializing in micro and small business in the world.

 

PRESENTATION

 

"Small Business: The Missing Partner"

 

This presentation will discuss the role of small business in a massive disaster recovery. It will address the sequencing and the architecture of partnering with local small business partners, and how to effectively incorporate them into your planning, response and recovery programs. How to engage, and ensure year-round participation of small business partners will also be discussed.

Hytropy

 

Ashly Helser

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Ashly Helser has been employed at Mall of America since 2006, beginning her career as a part of the Risk Assessment and Mitigation (RAM) unit, MOA’s behavior detection specialists within the Security Department. Overseeing the RAM unit, Ashly played an integral part in the continued development of the program until 2012 when she transitioned to Emergency Management to focus on Emergency Action Planning, which included the lockdown procedures for over 500 tenants, security communications, and access control. Ashly returned to the Special Operations Unit at MOA in 2014 and currently manages the RAM program, explosive detection K9 teams, and security intelligence analyst, while maintaining her role in emergency management.

Ashly holds a degree in Law Enforcement and a Bachelors degree in Security Management.

 

PRESENTATION

 

"Using Social Media to Identify Emerging Threats"

 

In the security field you are continually facing new and emerging threats. Using social media is another way to detect adversaries who might be out to cause your company harm. In this presentation learn how Mall of America’s social media team partnered with their security team to change the way they addressed security threats and crisis at Mall of America. They will dive into how social media profile research, active account monitoring, proactive response preparedness, collaboration with outside sources and PR strategy play a crucial role within security.

 

Mall of America

 

Dr. John Hick

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John L. Hick is a faculty emergency physician at Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) and a Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School. He serves as the Associate Medical Director for Hennepin County Emergency Medical Services and Medical Director for Emergency Preparedness at HCMC. He served the Minnesota Department of Health as the Medical Director for the Office of Emergency Preparedness and Medical Director for Hospital Bioterrorism Preparedness from 2002-2014 and currently works part-time for US Health and Human Services as a Special Advisor to the Office of Emergency Management. He is a national speaker on hospital preparedness and crisis medical care issues and has published numerous papers dealing with hospital preparedness for contaminated casualties, disaster standards of care, and surge capacity. In his spare time, he practices disaster mitigation, response, and recovery at home with his two daughters ages 11 and 14.

 

PRESENTATION

 

"Ebola: How Worried Should I Be?"

 

This session will briefly review the current Ebola outbreak, US preparedness efforts and issues, and implications for the current and future outbreaks.

 

HCMC

 

Cathy Hockert

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Cathy Hockert is Minnesota's Continuity of Government Planning Director and in that role she provides direction and coordination for all branches of the state government in their emergency response and continuity of operations planning activities as it relates to human capital.

 

In 2011, she lead the Command Team in preparing for, responding to, and recovering from the longest state government shutdown in history. Recently, she was involved in the state’s Ebola planning from an employer’s perspective.

 

She has been directly involved in the state's response and recovery efforts following disasters, and has over 20 years of experience in local and state public health, emergency preparedness, and continuity planning. In addition, Cathy is owner of CH Consulting, which provides emergency preparedness planning, education, and exercises for the public and private sectors. Cathy has been deployed to respond to several large scale disasters throughout the United States, providing her expertise in the Command Centers.

 

Cathy received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Minnesota, Morris and Masters of Public Health from the School of Health Management, and Osteopathic Medicine, Kirksville, Missouri. She also holds several certifications in Business Continuity, Project Management, and Emergency Management Planning and Response.

 

PRESENTATION

 

"The HR Side of Infectious Disease"

 

Infectious disease outbreaks can challenge an organization’s ability to operate. Although the Ebola Virus Disease has not reached Minnesota, it still has had an impact on organizations from an employer perspective. What should employers consider regarding infectious diseases? What are the employee issues that should be addressed before an outbreak occurs? What should an employer do if an outbreak does occur?

 

State of Minnesota

 

Todd Krause

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Todd Krause graduated from Bethel College in Arden Hills, Minnesota, majoring in Math/Physics, then he received his M.S. in Meteorology from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City. He started his career with the National Weather Service as an intern in Huron, South Dakota in 1985. Todd also worked as an intern in Wichita, Kansas before becoming a forecaster in the Twin Cities in 1989. He has been the Warning Coordination Meteorologist at the National Weather Service Twin Cities office since 1994.

 

PRESENTATION

 

"Is Your Business Weather Ready?"

 

Is your business Storm Ready? This presentation will review some disastrous Minnesota storms and provide recommendations by the National Weather Service (NWS) and emergency management professionals so that you and your business can be more ready for storms. This includes ensuring there are multiple ways to receive and relay warnings, that plans are formulated to deal with storms and other significant weather, and that training and safety information are provided to all concerned. In so doing, we can be more resilient and build toward a Weather Ready nation.

 

National Weather Service

 

Jeff Long

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Jeff Long has been a United States Postal Inspector for over 24 years. He began his postal career in December of 1988 as a letter carrier in Golden Valley, MN and in February of 1991 he accepted a position as a Postal Inspector.

 

Jeff has spent his entire career in the Twin Cities. During that time, he has worked in all of the functional areas that Postal Inspectors investigate including; mail theft, identity theft, robberies, burglaries, assaults, mail fraud, revenue fraud, security and currently is assigned to the mail fraud and revenue fraud team.

 

Jeff is also the Public Information Officer for his office. He provides training on mail fraud / identity theft awareness and prevention to the public and mail center security to organizations upon request.

 

PRESENTATION

 

"Mail Center Security: Best Practices for addressing Mail Bombs, Biological Threats and other Suspicious Items"

 

The US Postal Inspection Service is the law enforcement and security arm of the US Postal Service. Our mission is to keep the mail that is delivered safe from criminal misuse. During this presentation, attendees will learn how the Inspection Service, as mail security experts, can help your business identify any potential risks your company may have. We will also discuss key prevention tips for mailing industry clients.

 

USPS

 

Simon Osamoh

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Simon Osamoh began his work with the British Police Force in England. As a detective he conducted highly sensitive investigations into organized crime and terrorism within the United Kingdom and other parts of Europe. His most notable cases include the British Muslim terrorism plot against the US in 2006, which changed aviation regulations worldwide with the use of liquids on planes. He also worked on the Stop Huntington Animal Cruelty (SHAC) case. SHAC is an international extremist animal rights group who staged both a covert and overt campaign across several countries to close Huntingdon Life Science in Oxford, England, Europe’s largest animal testing laboratory.

 

At Mall of America, Simon was the Special Operations Manager focusing on counter terrorism. Here he oversaw intelligence, behavior detection, surveillance, canine EOD and the parental escort policy.

 

Currently, Simon is a Senior Investigator at US Bank Corp. within the enhanced due diligence of anti-money laundering. His focus is organized crime, terrorism funding and the high risk customer and countries list.

 

Simon serves as the Program Chair for FBI InfraGard Minnesota Members Alliance, a partnership program focused on critical infrastructure protection. He also is Co-Chair of the FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Association. Simon also served as an executive board member of the East Africa Area Studies Group (ASG), an organization that supports understanding of criminal and terrorism issues in the horn of Africa.

 

PRESENTATION

 

"Show Me the Money: Terrorism Financing and Organized Crime"

 

This presentation will marry criminological research and theory with law enforcement experience to examine the nexus of organized crime and terrorism. Using international case studies, this presentation will highlight how organized crime groups and terrorist organizations emerge as governance institutions to define and enforce property rights, facilitate exchange, and promote collective action. In this context, we explore the fundraising and financial activities of such extra-legal groups with implications for public and private practice.

 

US Bank

 

Kristi Rollwagen

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Kristi has most recently accepted the position of Manager of Emergency Programs for the Metropolitan Airports Commission at the Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport. Prior to this position, Kristi was the Homeland Security Grant Program Administrator for the Minnesota Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. In this position, she was responsible for the State Homeland Security Grant Program, the State Homeland Security Strategy, the State Preparedness Report and the Governor’s Senior Advisory Committee. In addition Kristi serves on the All Hazard Incident Management Team and is an A-Team member for the MN Emergency Management Assistance Compact (MN-EMAC) and is a member of the city of Bloomington Citizen Corps Council. Prior this position, Kristi worked for the City of Minneapolis as the Deputy Director of Emergency Preparedness. In that position, she was responsible for the City of Minneapolis Emergency Operations Plan, coordinating the Metropolitan Medical Response System program, Homeland Security grants and strategies and working with law enforcement, public health and public works to coordinate an effective homeland security response for the City of Minneapolis. In 2002, Kristi joined the Minneapolis Fire Department as a Captain with the role as the Fire Department’s Public Information Officer and Emergency Preparedness Officer. In November, 2003 she was promoted to Deputy Chief in charge of Emergency Preparedness for the Department.

 

Kristi’s educational achievements include a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and Biology and a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Chemistry from the University of Saint Thomas. She graduated from the National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer Program in April 2006 and completed her Master’s Degree in Public Safety Administration from Saint Mary’s University in May 2008. In 2006, Kristi attended the Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. In 2011, Kristi graduated from the Executive Leaders Program at the Naval Postgraduate School. Kristi also instructs for the Homeland Security Degree Program at Minneapolis Community and Technical College as well as the Bachelor of Police Science Program and the Masters in Public Safety Administration Program at Saint Mary’s University in Minneapolis.

 

Most recently Kristi has joined Rozin Security Consultants as an Associate. She has worked on projects for Capella University, the Blake School and Aeon Corporation.

 

PRESENTATION

 

"Terrorism, Ebola and Crashes…Oh My"

 

From Preparedness and Prevention, to Response, Recovery and Mitigation, we all face challenges in each part of the emergency management cycle. From airplane crashes to floods and tornados, to Ebola and terrorism, an international airport runs the gamut of threats and hazards. Take a page from the airports playbook when it comes to preparing, preventing, responding and recovering to the vast variety of threats we all face in today’s world.

 

Metropolitan Airports Commission

 

Jay Spreitzer

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Jay Spreitzer has been with Wells Fargo for over 8 years, working on the Cyber Threat Intelligence team. In his role, he routinely researches and analyzes cyber threat activities to produce threat intelligence reports and briefings for senior management and technology teams.

 

Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Jay retired from 23 years in the U.S. Army working in a variety of electronic and technical fields. Roles included system administrator, database administrator, Information Assurance Security Officer, and culminating as Information Management Officer. As Information Management Officer, he managed and developed all facets of the organization’s information security program. He has lived in five different countries and eight states during his military career, giving him a diverse cultural background. Jay is also a 1LT in Civil Air Patrol, an organization that provides air search and rescue, disaster relief, and teaches aerospace education.

 

Jay has completed his Bachelor of Science in Information Technology and a Master of Science in Information Assurance and Security. Some of his other training includes Network Penetration Testing and Ethical Hacking, Advanced Security Essential, the Criminal Intelligence Analyst Course, and the FBI Citizen’s Academy. He holds the GIAC Enterprise Defender certification. He has over 16 years combined information security experience.

 

Jay is a member of the FS-ISAC Threat Intelligence Committee, InfraGard Intelligence Committee, and the High Technology Crime Investigators Association. Jay also sits on the Board of Directors for the FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Association and Minnesota InfraGard.

 

PRESENTATION

 

"The First Line of Defense from Cyber Threats"

 

Understanding the methods that criminals use to target users at work or in their homes will help everyone better prepare, recognize, and defend against various cyber threats. Users are the first line of that defense.

 

Wells Fargo

 

Elizabeth Stevens

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Elizabeth Stevens is Director, Enterprise Resiliency & Response at UnitedHealth Group, and President of the FBI InfraGard Minnesota Members Alliance, a partnership program focused on critical infrastructure protection. Her life's work has focused on safety, security, and corporate preparedness. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, Ms. Stevens spent fifteen years with Northwest Airlines, followed by leadership roles at Target and Ameriprise Financial. Ms. Stevens volunteers with organizations that support of critical infrastructure resilience and disaster response. She is a graduate of the FBI, Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office and Edina Police Department citizens' academies, is a member of the Business Continuity Planners Association, Minnesota Medical Reserve Corps, and ASIS, and is certified by the State of Minnesota to teach Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and Psychological First Aid (PFA).

 

PRESENTATION

 

"Crisis Management 101: People First"

 

In the face of crisis or tragedy, business leaders face a challenging array of demands. Whether it’s a tornado, an employee murder-suicide, or a series highly-publicized anthrax threats, you’re faced with unusual but critical decisions. Leaders ask, "How can I support my employees? What does the return to work plan involve and what does productivity look like? What can we talk about? What can’t we talk about? How long do we talk about it?" These questions highlight the difficult task of balancing humanitarian concerns with security and business continuity objectives. This presentation will focus on the “people parts” of any response, define the term critical incident, and introduce practical examples that can be used in any setting. The unique role of the employee assistance program in supporting resilience from both individual and organizational perspectives is explored, along with strategies for serving on-site and telecommuting employee populations.

 

InfraGard

 

Shane Zahn

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Shane Zane currently holds a position with the Minneapolis Downtown Improvement District as the Director of Safety Initiatives, which is a business lead initiative that provides services for a clean, green, safe and a better Downtown.

 

Prior to working for the Downtown Improvement District, Shane worked for Target Corporation as an Executive for 9 years in Assets Protection. Target Corporation loaned Shane in 2007, to the 1st Precinct Police Department for 18 months to help execute and lead SafeZone initiatives and efforts.

 

SafeZone was established by MPD, the City of Minneapolis and Target Corporation back in 2005, which since has become a 501C3 nonprofit organization that focuses on a collaborative approach for public safety.

 

In July 2009, Shane was offered a position with the Minneapolis Downtown Improvement District and accepted his role as the Director of Safety Initiatives and continues to build public and private partnership/initiatives to improve downtown safety and perception.

 

PRESENTATION

 

"Downtown Minneapolis Public and Private Collaboration Efforts"

 

Overview of topics to be covered:
• Downtown Security Executive Group (DSEG)/2014 All Star Event Planning & Support
• RadioLINK Critical Incident Communications
• Collaborative Tools and Resources

 

Minneapolis DID




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