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    Alumni to Speak at Homeland Security Conference

    Portrait of Maj. Gen. Donna F. Barbisch.Portrait of Mark Camillo.Two distinguished alumni with expertise in national security and emergency preparedness will be featured at Cal U’s fifth annual Conference on Homeland and International Security, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 25 in the Performance Center. 

    The theme for this year’s conference is Transnational Crimes and Security.

    The keynote speaker is Maj. Gen. Donna F. Barbisch ’84, who retired after a 38-year career in the U.S. Army. She now is president of Global Deterrence Alternatives and director of the Institute for Global and Regional Readiness.

    Also on the program is former special agent Mark Camillo ’76, a law enforcement and security professional who specializes in emergency preparedness operations. He is senior vice president of strategic planning for Contemporary Services Corp., the world’s largest event security firm, and president of Apex Security Group, an affiliated executive security company.

    Past conferences have attracted a mix of law enforcement and security professionals, educators and students.

    “This is a private and public partnership coming together to defend our homeland and provide better security for our citizens,” said Dr. Michael Hummel, associate professor of Leadership and Security Studies. 

    “This conference is also an excellent networking opportunity for our students, and we are honored to have two distinguished alumni among our guest speakers.”

    Following opening remarks by Cal U President Dr. Angelo Armenti, Jr., Hummel will discuss “Kidnapping for Profit.” Agent Jenny Wells, of the Office of Personnel Management, Federal Investigative Services Division, will speak on “Counterintelligence and Security.”

    Barbisch’s luncheon talk will focus on “Building Resilience to Transnational Crimes.”

    The afternoon session includes a presentation by Dr. Andrae Marak, a former Cal U professor, on “Borders, Borderlanders and Crime.”

    Camillo will examine “Soft Targets for Terrorism: Securing Major International Sporting Events,” and Dr. Emily Sweitzer, chair of Cal U’s Department of Justice, Law and Society, will give closing remarks.

    About The Speakers

    Featured Speakers

    Maj. Gen. Donna F. Barbisch '84

    Portrait of Maj. Gen. Donna F. Barbisch.Maj. Gen. Donna F. Barbisch ’84 began her military career in the Army Student Nurse Program and rose through the ranks in a multitude of active-duty and reserve assignments from Vietnam to the Pentagon. Her final military assignment was as director of Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Program Integration for the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

    Today, her focus is providing visionary policy and program solutions related to the national security threats posed by terrorism, natural disasters and emerging infectious diseases.

    With more than 20 years of experience in managing complex private and public, medical and organizational challenges, Barbisch tackles the complexities of combating terrorism through comprehensive planning and cultural change.

    A frequent lecturer, she is engaged in numerous think tanks and seminars on national and international public policy, strategic planning and integration. Her professional activities include RAND studies; ANSER, Institute for Homeland Security advisory group; and the Metropolitan Washington Bioterrorism Task Force.

    Barbisch chairs the subcommittee on quarantine for the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Technical Advisory Committee on Emergency Management and the committee on homeland security for the Reserve Officers Association. She serves on the board of directors for Humanitarian Aid International Consultants, the Armed Forces Foundation, and the Homeland Security Council for the American Board of Forensic Examiners. She is on the faculty of George Washington University and the Army War College.

    Along with her degree from Cal U, Barbisch holds a master’s degree in public health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a doctorate in health administration from the Medical University of South Carolina.

    Special Agent Mark Camillo '76

    Portrait of Mark Camillo.

    Special Agent Mark Camillo '76 began his career in law enforcement as a special agent in the U.S. Secret Service, where he protected four U.S. presidents during three White House assignments, including a stint as head of the White House Security Branch.

    Camillo has played key security roles at major events, including leading the security team for the 2002 Winter Olympics at Salt Lake City, Utah.

    He has held positions at Lockheed Martin, where he directed public safety and homeland security initiatives, and now holds a key leadership position with Contemporary Services Corp, which provides event staffing, crowd management, security and guest services for entertainment, sporting and civic events at major venues across the country.

    Additional Speakers

    Dr. Michael L. Hummel

    Portrait of Dr. Michael L. Hummel.Dr. Michael L. Hummel is currently an associate professor of Leadership and Security Studies, and the director of the Linda and Harry Serene Leadership Institute at California University of Pennsylvania.

    He is a retired military officer with 23 years of active duty service in military police, special operations, and security operations assignments, to include combat service with the 75th Rangers, and the 101st Airborne Division.

    Hummel served as a professor in the Department of Social Sciences at the United States Military Academy at West Point. He also served as the Director of Performance Assurance and Safety Division for Security and Law Enforcement (WSI) for the Department of Energy’s Savanna River Site, and previously served as the Dean of the College of Liberal and Chair of the Department of Justice, Law & Society.

    His formal education includes a Ph.D. from Columbia University, New York City, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Department of Organization and Leadership; Masters of Philosophy, Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Department of Organization and Leadership; and a Masters of Public Administration from Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs.

    Hummel is also a graduate of various Special Operations Tactical Schools for Law Enforcement andb Counter Terrorism: Special Forces Counterterrorism Special Operations School (SOT), Tactical Team Operations Course (SRT/SWAT), Hostage/Crisis Negotiator School, Explosive Entry Breacher’s Course, Protective Service School (Executive Protection), Countering Terrorism in Communities and Military Installations School, and served as the Commander of a Law Enforcement Company, Military Police, and Special Reaction Team Commander.

    Agent Jenny Wells

    Portrait of Jenny Wells.Jenny Wells serves as principal advisor to the Office of Personnel Management, Federal Investigative Services on all counterintelligence/counter terrorism (CI/CT) and loyalty issues that affect FIS investigations and operations.

    Wells and her team serve as the focal point for all CI/CT-related questions and loyalty referrals that arise from investigations or related activities. Her team works in collaboration with the intelligence community to detect individuals who have infiltrated or are seeking to infiltrate the Federal workforce as Federal employees, contractors, or members of our nation’s defense forces.

    Wells began her government career in 1988 with the U.S. Army, performing duties ranging from CI Analyst, Joint Interrogation Operations Team Leader in Desert Shield/Storm, Counterintelligence/Counterespionage Training & Operations Supervisor, Personnel and Special Security Supervisor and Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the National Capital Region.

    Wells also has over six years of experience in Federal industry having served as a Facility Security Officer, Corporate Security Director, Counterintelligence Trainer and Operations Manager, Senior Program Manager and Deputy Division Manager for investigations and intelligence operations nationwide and overseas.

    Wells joined the OPM-FIS team in November 2005.

    Dr. Andrae Marak

    Portrait of Andrae Marak.Dr. Andrae Marak is the division head of Liberal Arts and an associate professor of History and Political Science at Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus in Columbus, Ind.

    He has published articles in the Review of International Political Economy, Paedagogica Historica, the New Mexico Historical Review, and the Journal of the Southwest on the impact of ideology on oil and natural gas policies, the creation of the corporatist state in post-revolutionary Mexico, U.S.-Mexico borderlands schooling, and education in the Sierra Tarahumara and has presented on Mexican electoral politics and the impact of NAFTA on U.S. elections.

    His book, From Many, One: Indians, Peasants, Borders, and Education in Callista Mexico, 1924-1935, was published by the University of Calgary Press in 2009. His co-edited volume Smugglers, Brothels, and Twine: Historical Perspectives on Contraband and Vice in North America's Borderlands published by the University of Arizona Press is due out in Fall 2011.

    He earned an M.A. in Political Science from Syracuse University and a Ph.D. in Latin American Studies (Political Science and History) at the University of New Mexico.


    Dr. Emiily Sweitzer
    (724) 938-4438

    Dr. Michael L. Hummel
    (724) 938-6043


    Registration form

    Conference program

    Maj. Gen. Donna F. Barbisch's website

    Conference Schedule

    8 a.m.-9 a.m.
    Attendee sign-in

    9 a.m.-9:15 a.m.
    Opening Ceremony
    President Angelo Armenti, Jr.

    9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
    "Kidnapping for Profit"
    Dr. Michael L. Hummel

    10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
    "Counterintelligence and Security"
    Agent Jenny Wells

    11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.


    12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.

    "Building Resilience to Transnational Crimes"
    Maj. Gen. Donna F. Barbisch

    1:45 p.m.-2:45 p.m.

    "Borders, Borderlanders and Crime"
    Dr. Andrae Marak

    2:45 p.m.-3:45 p.m.

    "Soft Targets of Terroism Securing Major International Sporting Events"
    Special Agent Mark Camillo

    3:45 p.m.-4 p.m.

    Closing Remarks
    Dr. Emily Sweitzer