Washington, D.C. -- Women in Homeland Security, a non-profit organization devoted to building the homeland security community, today announced that Senator Susan Collins and former Congresswoman Jane Harman, Director, President & CEO of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars will Co-Chair a year of activities to highlight critical areas of the homeland security mission.
"I am proud to work with Women in Homeland Security to support their excellent work educating our community about the opportunities available to women in the field of Homeland Security and breaking down stovepipes and working more collaboratively on our shared mission of protecting America," said Senator Collins. Senator Collins is one of the most experienced and respected leaders in homeland security with a long record of accomplishments including national intelligence reform, strengthening cyber security, addressing homegrown terrorism, improving disaster response, securing ports and chemical facilities, and supporting First Responders.
"Susan Collins and I were key architects of the 2004 Intelligence Reform law and have become dear friends. It is meaningful to work together to support other women who share our commitment to homeland security and keeping our nation safe." said Ms. Harman. Harman served nine terms in Congress representing California and served on all the major security committees - Armed Services, Intelligence, and Homeland Security. She is a national expert at the nexus of security and public policy issues.
"We are honored to have the support of two of the leading voices in homeland security join us to celebrate this significant milestone for Women in Homeland Security," said Kristina Tanasichuk, founder and President of WHS and CEO of the Government Technology & Services Coalition. "Our organization has accomplished so much for our community we look forward to a very exciting 5th anniversary year."
Women in Homeland Security, founded in 2009, has grown to over 3500 public and private sector members and focuses on collaboration, understanding cross disciplinary missions, and supporting the nation's homeland security mission through monthly events, Book Club, charitable work, STEM initiatives and mentoring. For the organization's 5th Anniversary the group has planned numerous events and activities to recognize the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's priorities including cyber security awareness, preparedness, infrastructure protection, STEM and the Quadrennial Homeland Security Review (QHSR). For more information visit www.WomeninHomelandSecurity.com.
The 5th Anniversary Steering Committee Members include: Barbara Alexander, TASC;
Sharie Bourbeau, former Principal Executive, U.S. Customs & Border Protection, DHS; Courtney Bromley, IBM; Joan Cannaday, WBB; Kristin Cooke, SCI Consulting; Lynn Miller Dean, TSA, DHS; Leslie Echols, B3 Solutions; Libby Camp Elliott, United Technologies Corporation; Ronnyka Fitzpatrick, CBP, DHS; Eileen Giglio, WAGSolutions; Betty Guhman, CSC; Mila Halpine, Cognivault; Mary Hanson Captain, U.S. Navy (ret.), Executive Director, HSSTAC, DHS S&T; Lilly Harris, MSA, Inc.; Julie Hassett, Hassett Willis & Company; Ellen Howe, VidSys; Tamara Hutchinson, OIA, DHS; Carlene Ileto, DHS; Linda Jacksta, CBP, DHS; Sarah Kindsfater-Yerkes, The Big Brain Co.; Victoria Laing, Northrop Grumman; Traci Lemke, ICE, DHS; Kristen Lillard, Grant Thornton; Andrea Marsh, Battelle; Lisa Martin, LeapFrog Solutions; Stacy McAlpine, Ernst & Young; Tamika McCree, TSA, DHS; Kathy Mills, CENTRA Technology; Katy Montgomery, The Chertoff Group; Carolyn Muir, SE Solutions; Tricia O'Hara, The Optimists Club; Jaime O'Keefe, Harris; Shannon O'Keefe, Motorola Solutions; Marilyn Peppers Citizen, Valence Consulting; Nancy Peters, CACI; Jennifer Pueschner, Raytheon; Dr. Sharla Rausch, Former ONL Deputy Director, S&T, DHS; Lillian Robison, AECOM Water; Barbara Rosenbaum, Capgemini; Donna Roy, NIEM, DHS; Michelle Sanguiliano, NTT Data; Sara Schroerlucke, CBP, DHS; Barbara Vatier, Agilex; Chani Wiggins, Winn Strategies, former Assistant Secretary Legislative Affairs, DHS; Pat Wilder, Border Patrol Foundation; Kelly Wilson, DHS; and Molly Wilkinson, Regent Financial Corporation; former General Counsel, Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee.
WHS is a non-profit, non-partisan organization founded in March 2009. The group has grown to nearly 3500 public and private sector members. The Mission of Women in Homeland Security is to build the homeland security community. For more information please visit www.WomeninHomelandSecurity.com - membership is free.