On behalf of the Maryland-National Capital Region Emergency Response System, we want to thank you for attending the 6th Annual MDERS Symposium!
Please stay tuned for more training opportunities from MDERS!
Please join the Maryland-National Capital Region Emergency Response System and community partners as we reimagine public safety and homeland security in this ever evolving threat environment.
Specific topics that will be covered:
Mr. Inglis holds advanced degrees in engineering and computer science from Columbia University, Johns Hopkins University, and the George Washington University. Mr. Inglis’ military career includes 30 years of service in the US Air Force and Air National Guard — from which he retired as a Brigadier General. He holds the rating of Command Pilot.
Dr. Adalja has served on US government panels tasked with developing guidelines for the treatment of plague, botulism, and anthrax in mass casualty settings and for the system of care for infectious disease emergencies. He also served as an external advisor to the New York City Health + Hospitals Emergency Management Highly Infectious Disease training program and on a US Federal Emergency Management Agency working group on nuclear disaster recovery. He is a spokesperson for the Infectious Diseases Society of America; he previously served on their public health and diagnostics committees and their precision medicine working group. Dr. Adalja is a member of the American College of Emergency Physicians Pennsylvania Chapter’s EMS & Terrorism and Disaster Preparedness Committee as well as the Allegheny County Medical Reserve Corps. He was formerly a member of the National Quality Forum Infectious Disease Standing Committee, where he currently serves on the Primary Care and Chronic Illness Standing Committee, and the US Department of Health and Human Services National Disaster Medical System, with which he was deployed to Haiti after the 2010 earthquake and was also selected for their mobile acute care strike team. Dr. Adalja’s expertise is frequently sought by international and national media.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Adalja has served as a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association coronavirus advisory group; a consultant to various businesses, schools, and organizations; and an informal advisor to the International Monetary Fund.
Dr. Adalja is an Associate Editor of the journal Health Security. He was a coeditor of the volume Global Catastrophic Biological Risks and a contributing author for the Handbook of Bioterrorism and Disaster Medicine, the Emergency Medicine CorePendium, Clinical Microbiology Made Ridiculously Simple, UpToDate’s section on biological terrorism, and a North Atlantic Treaty Organization volume on bioterrorism. He has also published in such journals as the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, Journal of Infectious Diseases, Clinical Infectious Diseases, Emerging Infectious Diseases, Annals of Emergency Medicine, and Health Security.
Dr. Adalja is a Fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the American College of Physicians, and the American College of Emergency Physicians. He is a member of various medical societies, including the American Medical Association, the HIV Medicine Association, and the Society of Critical Care Medicine. He is a board-certified physician in internal medicine, emergency medicine, infectious diseases, and critical care medicine.
Dr. Adalja completed 2 fellowships at the University of Pittsburgh—one in infectious diseases, for which he served as chief fellow, and one in critical care medicine. Prior to that he completed a combined residency in internal medicine and emergency medicine at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, where he served as chief resident and as a member of the infection control committee. He was a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine from 2010 through 2017 and is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor there. He is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University.
He received an MD from the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and a BS in industrial management from Carnegie Mellon University.
Dr. Adalja is a native of Butler, Pennsylvania, and actively practices infectious disease, critical care, and emergency medicine in the Pittsburgh metropolitan area, where he was appointed to the City of Pittsburgh’s HIV Commission and the advisory group of AIDS Free Pittsburgh.
Gerrit served the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment in many capacities, including directing the Immunization Program and the Viral Hepatitis Program. Gerrit also served as the Deputy Director for the Emergency Preparedness and Response Division where he was the ESF-8 lead during emergency activations including the 2008 Democratic National Convention. Gerrit is a graduate of the University of Iowa, the Rocky Mountain Regional Institute for Health and Environmental Leadership, the Harvard University National Preparedness Leadership Initiative and the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Security and Defense. Gerrit also received the Roy Cleere Distinguished Service Award for exceptional contributions to public health in Colorado.
Dr. Bollinger has been a supporter, mentor and consultant for many strategic Hopkins initiatives that prioritize access to low-cost diagnostics for resource-limited communities, including the IDEA (Innovation + Design Enabling Access) Initiative, the CBID (Center for Bioengineering Innovation and Design) and the CIDID (Center for Innovative Diagnostics in Infectious Diseases). He is also member of the Johns Hopkins Precision Medicine Center of Excellence for COVID-19, which is developing novel data analytics tools and risk prediction models to improve the care of patients infected with SARS-CoV-2. Dr. Bollinger has also led two successful Hopkins public-private partnerships that have developed innovative technologies designed to improved diagnosis and patient care (See Disclosure below). In 2014, emocha HEALTH© Inc licensed mobile health technology from JHU that was developed by Dr. Bollinger and his Hopkins colleagues. emocha HEALTH© is now a digital health leader in the area of medication adherence and has also recently supported COVID-19 diagnosis, contact tracing, symptom monitoring, return-to-work and return-to-learn programs throughout the US. From 2013-2018, Dr. Bollinger was also founding inventor and Director of the Johns Hopkins miLab Program focused on development of novel, low-cost point-of-care (POC) diagnostics, leveraging a partnership between JHU biomedical scientists and silicon microchip engineers at imec in Leuven, Belgium. In 2015, the miLAB program led to the launch of a joint commercial venture between JHU, imec and private investors in Belgium (miDiagnostics). From 2015-18, under Dr. Bollinger’s leadership, the miLAB research program at JHU generated 17 new IP disclosures and multiple patents, supporting the development of 4 point-of-care diagnostic platforms (cell-free imaging, nucleic acid detection, protein detection and biochemical assays).
Dr. Bollinger has received the Johns Hopkins Department of Medicine David M. Levine Excellence in Mentoring Award and is author of more than 200 peer-reviewed research publications and 15 book chapters. He has served as a member of the US Presidential Advisory Council for HIV/AIDS (PACHA), a member of the Institute of Medicine Forum on Public-Private Partnerships for Global Health and Safety and as a member of the NIH Fogarty International Center Advisory Board. He is also currently a member of the CURE Drug Repurposing Collaboratory (CDRC) Advisory Committee, which is establishing global clinical data and analysis partnerships to identify potential treatments for infectious diseases, including COVID-19.
Dr. Bollinger received an undergraduate degree in Philosophy and Chemistry from Haverford College, a Doctor of Medicine from Dartmouth Medical School, and a Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He completed his internal medicine training at the University of Maryland Medical Systems, followed by a post-doctoral fellowship in infectious diseases at JHU School of Medicine.
Disclosure. The Johns Hopkins University has a financial interest in emocha and miDiagnostics. These companies have licensed technology that was invented at the Johns Hopkins University. This financial interest includes equity in the company and entitlement to royalties. Dr. Bollinger is an inventor of these technologies. He has equity and a royalty interest in emocha and miDiagnostics. He is a member of the emocha Board of Directors and is a consultant to the company. These conflicts of interest are being managed by the University in accordance with its conflict-of-interest policies.
Dr. Comiskey is a retired New York City Police Lieutenant and a retired U.S. Coast Guard Reserve Senior Chief Petty Officer. His professional experiences include law enforcement, intelligence, counterterrorism, and event and crisis management. Dr. Comiskey was a first-responder to both the 1993 and 2001 World Trade Center bombings and returned to active duty with the U.S. Coast Guard during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
John received his B.A. from Fordham University in International Political Economy in 2010. He earned his M.A. in Political Science at Fordham University where he completed a thesis, The Scourge of the Sahel: Examining the Rise of Boko Haram and Modern Violent Extremism in West Africa in 2014. He earned a M.S. in Security Studies concentrating in Homeland Security in 2016 from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security where he authored a thesis, Redirected Radicals: Understanding the Risk of Altered Targeting Trajectories among ISIL’s Aspiring Foreign Fighters. John was awarded an Urban Fellowship from the City of New York in 2010 and began working for the NYPD later that year. He previously worked at the National September 11th Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center.
Markus supports clients with planning, training, and exercises to enable them to better prepare and respond to cyber incidents. Markus also serves by appointment of the Maryland Attorney General on the Maryland Cybersecurity Council. Markus chairs the Council’s Critical Infrastructure Subcommittee, which addresses critical infrastructure cybersecurity in Maryland. He is also a member of the Council’s Legislative Subcommittee which makes recommendations on state legislation related to cybersecurity and data privacy.
Markus has developed and teaches three courses at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law: The “Law and Policy of Cybersecurity,” “Cybercrimes,” and “International Law and Cybersecurity.” These core courses are part of the School’s Cybersecurity and Crisis Management Law program which prepares future lawyers to help their clients with the significant cybersecurity challenges they face. Markus believes strongly in educating stakeholders about cyber security issues and regularly speaks at conferences, seminars, and small business events.
Just ahead of onboarding with CISA, Sana loaned her national security, cyber policy, strategic development, legal, and management consulting expertise to FEMA as an onsite Director for contracting staff; projects spearheaded included writing the National Investment Strategy for DHS Grants; evaluating the cyber maturity of SLTTs’ Cyber Investment Proposals/Justifications; emergency/continuity communications; and leading target-hardening nonprofit security projects stemming from the recent rash of incidents at houses of worship.
Sana is an evening professor of Cyber Intel/Statecraft and cyber law at the Institute of World Politics. She is routinely invited to leverage her diverse expertise/experiences to speak at beltway think tanks, state-side or overseas universities like Oxford, the UN, or NATO allies. She also hosts Chatham House “Cyber Salons” in the beltway featuring spirited, multidisciplinary debates among various cyber professionals. In her off-time, Sana enjoys shooting hoops, foodie outings, fostering animals, and watching films.
Netta is contracted out to Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (OEMHS), where she specializes in emergency planning, training, and exercising for the County and the National Capitol Region, and serves as a subject matter expert on cybersecurity planning. She is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Maryland Global Campus in the Cybersecurity Technology graduate program, and at the Mid-Atlantic Center for Emergency Management at Frederick Community College in the Emergency Management and Criminal Justice Programs. She is a Certified Emergency Manager by the International Association of Emergency Management.
Netta strongly believes in bolstering cybersecurity preparedness through integration of emergency management concepts, practice, and tools. As a practitioner she emphasizes bridging the gap between IT and cybersecurity policymakers, and is a proponent of teaching these concepts and methods early on in Emergency Management and Cybersecurity academic programs. Netta co-led writing Montgomery County’s Cybersecurity Incident Response Plan and leads the Cybersecurity consequence management planning for the office. In addition, she has worked on legislative efforts to secure cybersecurity measures for election security.