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Board of Directors Welcomes New Directors

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TISP is pleased to welcome three new members to our Board of Directors: Col. Robert Stephan U.S.A. (Ret.) of Dutko World Wide, Sugu Suguness of P.E. Prime Inc., and Paula Scalingi, Ph.D. of Pacific Northwest Center for Regional Disaster Resilience as our Directors. All three have deep experience in infrastructure and regional resilience and bring new expertise to TISP in the areas of in small business development, regional community organization and planning, and international policy. View a list of all our Board members.
Colonel Bob Stephan serves as Managing Director at Dutko Worldwide where he heads up the Global Risk Management practice area. Prior to joining Dutko, Colonel Stephan served as the Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for Infrastructure Protection. In this capacity, he was responsible for the Department's efforts to catalog our critical infrastructures and key resources and coordinate risk-based strategies and protective measures to secure them from terrorist attack. Prior to the formation of the Department of Homeland Security, Colonel Stephan was Senior Director for Critical Infrastructure Protection in the Executive Office of the President (EOP). During his tenure with EOP, his duties included developing and coordinating interagency policy and strategic initiatives to protect the United States against terrorist attack across 13 critical infrastructure sectors. Colonel Stephan is a distinguished graduate of the USAF Academy, and holds a Bachelors Degree in Political Science. He is an Olmsted Scholar, and has earned Masters Degrees in International Relations from the University of Belgrano, Buenos Aires, Argentina, and The Johns Hopkins University.
Sugu Suguness is co-owner of Prime Engineering & Architecture, Inc. and currently services as the company’s President. PE&A is a Columbus-based professional design firm founded in 1992 that specializes in providing multi-discipline architectural and engineering services The firm has provided services to various Federal agencies including Ohio Air National Guard, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, and U.S. Department of Energy. Mr. Suguness has also been an active participant in a number of community and professional organizations (SAME, ASCE, AIABG, etc.). He is currently serving as the President of the local International Relief Fund, a not-for-profit organization whose purpose is a to raise money to support various international relief efforts. Mr. Suguness has a B. Tech Civil engineering degree from Indian Institute of Technology, M.S. Civil Engineering degree from The Ohio State University, and MBA from Capital University.
Paula Scalingi for more than a decade has been providing expertise and training to communities, businesses, other organizations, and government to prepare for and manage major all-hazards disasters, including pandemics and cyber disruptions. Dr. Scalingi has more than 30 years of experience in the disaster resilience, national security and infrastructure security, energy assurance, and information assurance, and is well-known as a pioneer in infrastructure interdependencies and development of public-private regional partnerships. A former senior federal government official, National Laboratory senior manager, and national consultant as head of The Scalingi Group, LLC, she has served since January 2007 as director of the Pacific Northwest Center for Regional Disaster Resilience (PNW CRDR). Currently, Dr. Scalingi is assisting regional stakeholders to develop a Washington State information fusion cross-sector information sharing system to incorporate the private sector. She also is assisting the State of Montana to undertake an Infrastructure Interdependencies Initiative and working with DHS, US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), and other federal agencies to develop the Columbia River Basin Risk Assessment and Mitigation Pilot Project. She has served on the Board of Directors and in senior leadership capacities in various professional organizations, including the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) and the Armed Forces Electronics and Communications Association (AFCEA) in addition to TISP. 

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