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Our Core Team
Gaston Boisson, CBCP, MBCI (Email)
Director, Business Resilience Services

Mr. Boisson manages the Business Resilience Services Division of BDA Global and assists as a project manager and Subject Matter Expert on consulting engagements. He is a Certified Business Continuity Professional with the Disaster Recovery Institute International and has developed robust Continuity of Operations Plans for numerous federal, state, and local government organizations, as well as private sector clients. Mr. Boisson has led multiple successful organizational improvement engagements, and has developed Business Continuity Plans for a number of reputable organizations including the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, American Psychological Association, and the Department of Veterans' Affairs. He has spoken to numerous business and community groups about the importance of effective business continuity planning and is recognized as one of the nation's leaders in the field of business continuity. Mr. Boisson serves on the Association of Contingency Planners (ACP) corporate board as Director of International Chapters and was formerly a two-term President of the DC and Mid Atlantic Chapter of the ACP, the largest and most prominent of organizations for professionals involved in Emergency Preparedness and Continuity of Operations Planning in the United States. Mr. Boisson worked directly with the Pan American Development Foundation in performing trainings to improve Disaster Management outcomes over the past 4 years. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from the George Washington University.

Linda Kleckner, Esq. (Email)
Director, Process Improvement Services

Ms. Kleckner serves as Director of Process Improvement Services for BDA Global and is an experienced government contracting professional with over 30 years of experience. Ms. Kleckner manages process-reengineering projects and has significant expertise in E-Government, Customer Relations, Human Resource Planning, and Business Resilience Planning. She is an attorney by training with two law degrees, including a Masters in contracts law. Ms. Kleckner has worked as Senior Executive at two fortune 500 companies and also as a member of the Senior Executive Service in the US Federal Government. Ms. Kleckner's experience includes serving as a Senior Vice President at American Express, where she headed the top-rated credit card call center in the US. She also has in-depth knowledge of the consumer financial services industry, having served as a top regulator of a Federal financial regulatory agency. Ms. Kleckner has also served as an appointed advisor to the Consumer Advisory Council to the Federal Reserve Board, wherein she directly advised the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. Prior to this, Ms. Kleckner served as Chief of Staff at Citigroup where she maintained responsibility for day-to day operations and headed all event planning for Citigroup's Western Division. Ms. Kleckner has been involved in developing internal controls and policies and procedures for the Department of Housing and Urban Development's Asset Sales Office. She reengineered the Student Financial Aid process for the Department of Education, has developed marketing plans for a range of clients, and has run programs that include meeting planning functions for her corporate clients. Ms. Kleckner has an undergraduate degree in Philosophy and Anthropology from the State University of New York, a law degree from the American University Washington College of Law, and a government contracts law degree from George Washington University.

Ron French, CBCP (Email)
Director, Governmental Resilience Services

Mr. French has vast experience in developing, implementing, and testing emergency management plans, for public and private organizations. Over the past 20 years he has developed dozens of emergency management and contingency plans, for a number of agencies within the US Department of Defense and for the White House. His experience includes developing Department of Defense (DoD) business continuity and disaster recovery program and policies, and overseeing worldwide emergency management planning for Defense Department human resource operations, staff, facilities, equipment, and associated automated data systems. He also regularly trained White House security and contingency management personnel on details and objectives of prescribed Federal, DoD, and private industry contingency management practices. Mr. French is a Certified Business Continuity Professional (CBCP) with the Disaster Recovery Institute International and has had a successful career at brining his clients to the point of effective preparedness. Mr. French earned his Bachelor of Business and Administration in Personnel Management, Saint Mary's University. Mr. French speaks Spanish.

Adam Boltz, MSc., CISSP, PMP (Email)
Director, Technical Services

Mr. Boltz is the Technical Director for BDA Global, and manages the Continuum BCP software application while serving as a senior IT consultant for multiple clients. Mr. Boltz has supported risk assessments and Business Impact Analyses (BIAs) for federal, state, and local government organizations as well as for the private sector. Recent clients have included the City of Red Deer, Workforce West Virginia, UNIBANK Haiti, and others. For the Alberta Solicitor General, Mr. Boltz developed a custom risk tracking and management tool, Continuum Risk. Mr. Boltz has served as Lead Software Developer on Department of Justice and Department of Defense contracts with work including web application development and cutting-edge cloud computing technologies. Mr. Boltz is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and a certified Project Management Professional. He received a Bachelors degree with honors in Computer Science and Psychology from Pennsylvania State University and received a Masters degree in Computer Science from George Mason University.

William Brandt, AMBCI (Email)
Country Director, Haiti

Mr. Brandt is the Country Director for BDA Global in Haiti. As a North American-trained Haitian National and executive with extensive knowledge of the social-economic, political, and business strata in Haiti, Mr. Brandt in collaboration with BDA Global, offers technical and operational risk management, emergency preparedness, disaster management, continuity of government, and business continuity planning services. Most recently, Mr. Brandt served as Business Continuity Planning Subject Matter Expert while engaged with UNIBANK Haiti to develop a continuity program and plans for Haiti's largest bank.Mr. Brandt has successfully completed with merit, the Certification Examination of the Business Continuity Institute, an internationally recognized Certification for Business Continuity Management practitioners. Mr. Brandt is the former Vice President of the Haitian Red Cross and former Risk Management Manager at Brasserie Nationale d'Haiti S.A, a beer & soft drink manufacturer and one of Haiti's largest companies. Mr. Brandt holds a Bachelor of Arts from University of Montreal and a Bachelor Of Chemical Engineering from McGill University.

Douglas Kinney, MPA (Email)
Senior Manager, Emergency Management Subject Matter Expert

Mr. Kinney is an experienced crisis manager and planner. His field and headquarters crisis action/response experience covers most of the threat spectrum. His planning and exercise experience includes All Hazards plans as well as focused Continuity/Resilience preparations. As a FEMA Master Continuity Practitioner, Mr. Kinney has worked Continuity of Operations and Emergency Preparedness planning and exercises with the security division of a major national financial institution, a Midwest state utility regulatory commission, an arm of the Federal Judiciary, a major East Coast utility, a significant international development institution, and currently with the Mission Assurance division of a major Federal management agency. As a FEMA Continuity of Operations Instructor, he has helped teach Continuity doctrine and best practices for FEMA in Federal Agencies and at the Pentagon. He currently chairs the FEMA Subcommittee on Training and Professional Development for the Small Agency Council. Trained in Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) doctrine and practice up through L146, his Incident Command System and National Incident Management System background includes ICS-400, ICS All-Hazards Liaison Officer, ICS All-Hazards Safety Officer, and ICS All-Hazards Incident Commander. He has served as a reserve officer in emergency preparedness for a Federal agency on Personnel Recovery (hostage taking and kidnapping) as well as on all-hazards Emergency Action Plans (EAPs) covering the whole threat spectrum from disasters through terrorism. Mr. Kinney has chaired the Private Sector Emergency Exercises Task Force for Arlington County OEM, served for a decade as Program Manager for State Department Crisis Management Training and Crisis Exercises, and overall has 18 years of experience with crisis and continuity planning, training, and exercises for civilian agencies, the military, FEMA, Embassies and Consulates General worldwide, the NATO Alliance, facilities such as Manila's Ninoy Aquino Airport, and events such as the Turin Winter Olympics and the Beijing Olympic Games

Erik Gaull, CBCP, CEM, CPP, PMP (Email)
Senior Security and Emergency Management Subject Matter Expert

Mr. Gaull has over a decade of experience as a consultant and educator specializing in corporate security and resilience, public safety, and homeland security. Mr. Gaull has worked on projects in the United States, Canada, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East for the private sector and for key U.S. government national security agencies, several publishers, and numerous local governments. Mr. Gaull has been awarded three premier peer-conferred professional designations - Certified Emergency Manager®, Certified Protection Professional®, and Project Management Professional®. Additionally, he has earned both the Advanced Professional Series and the Professional Development Series recognitions from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. He is a Nationally Registered EMT-Paramedic, a National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications-certified Fire Officer III and Fire Instructor III, a hazardous materials technician, and a law enforcement officer. Mr. Gaull served as head of the Operational Improvements Division in the mayor's office of one of the largest cities in the United States. On September 11, 2001, he played a key role in managing the city's emergency operations center. In the months following, Mr. Gaull was a key player in overhauling the city's emergency preparedness, and management framework and procedures. Prior to joining the mayor's office, Mr. Gaull spent over seven years in management consulting for public sector emergency services. In addition to completing the Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, Mr. Gaull has a Master of Business Administration from Georgetown University, a Master of Public Policy from Georgetown University, and a B.A. in Urban Studies from Columbia University.

Bill Kmetz (Email)
Senior Manager, Government Resilience Services

Mr. Kmetz serves as a Senior Manager and Subject Matter Expert for BDA Global and has extensive experience in emergency preparedness, emergency management, continuity of operations plan development, and designing and implementing Training, Testing and Exercise (TT&E) events and programs. In recent years, Mr. Kmetz has led several business continuity planning projects and developed and conducted a series of BCP and emergency preparedness tabletop exercises for a range of governmental, nonprofit, and for-profit organizations in the United States and abroad. Mr. Kmetz is the former Assistant Director of the Division of Administration at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. In this position for over a decade, he was responsible directing the FDIC's physical and personnel security programs as well as the business continuity/disaster preparedness and transportation management programs. Mr. Kmetz also previously served as the Chief of the Investigations and Inquiries Branch, Office of Contractor Oversight & Surveillance, at Resolution Trust Corporation (RTC). Mr. Kmetz holds an inactive Top Secret clearance.

Chris Shiplett, Esq. (Email)
Technical Advisor

Mr. Shiplett is the architect of the "CONTINUUM" Business Impact Analysis and Business Continuity Planning Software and manages the tool's operations and ongoing enhancements. As a software developer, he served as lead engineer for three large web-based software development projects for the Department of Defense over the last five years. These projects include the development of a Content Management Portal for the US Army and the design and development of a requirements management system for the US Marine Corps. In addition, he led development of a production system for the above mentioned pilot, expanding the scope of the user base to the entire Marine Corps. Mr. Shiplett received his undergraduate degree in English from Mary Washington College and his law degree from George Mason University.

Bert Figueroa (Email)
Senior Bank Examiner

Mr. Figueroa is a Financial Services professional with over 20 years experience encompassing a full range of banking assignments including Operations, Mortgages, Investments, Relationship Management & Commercial Lending. The diversity and breadth of Mr. Figueroa's career has honed his skills in the areas of business development, portfolio management, lending, and risk management. He served as Vice President and Senior Lending Specialist of the Citigroup Private Bank in Los Angeles, CA. Mr. Figueroa earned his bachelor's degree in Economics from Harvard University and has held Series 7 and 63 licenses.

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