Cantor/Chaplain Michael A. Shochet is the Coordinator of the Fairfax County Police Department Chaplain’s Unit and is a Chaplain with the CIA Protective Programs Group. Shochet helped found and is the Chair of the Fairfax County Community Chaplain Corps, operated through the Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management. He is a former Chaplain with the FBI-Washington Field Office and a former police officer with Baltimore City Police.
Cantor Shochet is one of the full time clergy and the Senior Cantor of Temple Rodef Shalom of Falls Church, Virginia, the largest Synagogue in Virginia, where he has served since 1998. He came to Virginia after serving Temple Sinai of New Orleans since 1994, where he also served as a Police Chaplain with the New Orleans Police Department. Cantor Shochet received his Ordination in May, 1994 from the Reform Jewish Movement’s seminary, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.
Prior to entering seminary, Cantor Shochet was a sworn Police Officer with the Baltimore City Police Department from 1986-1988. Prior to that, he was a Television News Reporter with WMAR-TV, then NBC, in Baltimore from 1983-1986, and also worked as an on-air reporter/producer with the US Information Agency.
Cantor Shochet went through the Fairfax County Police Auxiliary Police Academy and was a sworn Auxiliary Police Officer from 2006-2009. Cantor Shochet is a Senior certified member of the International Conference of Police Chaplains, and a member of the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation. He is the immediate past Chair of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Government’s Public Safety Chaplain Committee, organized through the Police and Fire Chiefs of the National Capital Region.
Cantor Shochet teaches Spiritual Survival and Death Notification in the Fairfax County Criminal Justice Academy. Cantor Shochet appears in the book, Jews In Blue, published by Cambria Press. Shochet was recognized for his service to the community from Fairfax County by being named Lord Fairfax, 2010, and from Volunteer Fairfax, where he was awarded the 2008 Service of The Year Award. In 2007 he was awarded a “Hero Award” from the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, and the 2008 Lehrman-Pikser Award for community service by the Washington Jewish Social Services Agency (JSSA) as well as Kent Gardens Elementary School for his service at the Pentagon on September 11, 2001.
Josh is an Information Security Expert and leader who can be relied upon to analyze, review, partner, and address issues in high-stress situations. He leads by example, with a calm respectful manner, and follows-through to ensure resolution has been achieved. Josh is a learner by nature, enjoys working in collaborative environments, and has the uncanny ability to learn from others. Currently Josh works in the Office of Risk Management at Compassion International. His focus is on Information Assurance delivering timely Risk and Compliance results to the business as well as evaluating the effectiveness of technology across the ministry. Compassion serves children in 26 countries through partnership with local Churches. Josh is also currently active in serving his local church body as a deacon. Previously, as the Global Information Security Service Manager, Josh lead a team of engineers and managed information security operations for a Fortune 500 company in the highly competitive world of semiconductor manufacturing. His ability to find solutions and integrate systems was tested over several years as the growth model was through merger and acquisition. He brings 17 years of direct IT experience including more than 6 years of Information Security leadership.
Josh holds an advanced degree in Information Assurance from Norwich University. He served as a Steering Committee member for an Information Security User Group and volunteered as the Information Assurance Commissioner for the Special Olympics Winter World Games. He has held several certifications from SANS, ISC2, and ITIL and is currently a CISSP and PCI-ISA.
Personal mission statement: Support those around you, find what works and do it (getting the credit personally does not matter), recognize others, leave the place you are better than when you arrived and help others to do the same.
William Flynn is the president of GARDA Risk Management LLC specializing in homeland and national security policy and operations with a focus on critical infrastructure security and resilience. Mr. Flynn is also a partner at the digital firm The Power of Preparedness (TPOP) a next generation e-learning provider of preparedness and security training. He serves as a Senior Fellow at the George Washington University Center for Cyber & Homeland Security. Mr. Flynn previously served as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Infrastructure Protection, where he led the coordinated national effort to reduce risk to our nation’s critical infrastructure posed by acts of terrorism. Following the Sandy Hook school shooting in December 2012, he was the DHS lead to the White House task force on reducing gun violence. He was nominated by the Secretary of Homeland Security and selected to chair a North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s (NATO) committee responsible for coordinating and monitoring national and NATO arrangements for civil emergencies, crisis management and critical infrastructure protection. Mr. Flynn joined the federal government after 24 years with the NYC Police Department. On September 11, 2001, he responded to the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center where he oversaw the collection and custody of recovered evidence and property, the biometric identification of recovered victims and the deployment of emergency response equipment. Mr. Flynn is also a retired Captain with over 35 years of active and reserve service in the United States Navy, with deployments to the Middle East, Southwest Asia, and the Philippines. He holds a Baccalaureate degree in Criminal Justice from St. John’s University and a graduate degree in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University. Among his numerous military and civilian awards are the Legion of Merit, the Director of National Intelligence Meritorious Unit Citation and the prestigious Senior Executive Service Presidential Meritorious Rank Award which honors career executives for sustained extraordinary accomplishments.
Craig Buehler, who directs the Private Sector Engagement Program for the Northern California Regional Intelligence Center (NCRIC,) holds over 38 years of law enforcement experience. Prior to joining the NCRIC, Craig spent 23-years working for the California Department of Justice (DOJ). During his tenure with the California DOJ he rose through ranks, beginning as a Special Agent with the Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement and ultimately closing out his career by spending the last 5-years as the Chief of the Investigations and Intelligence Bureau. As a California DOJ executive Craig had the opportunity to work and oversee a wide variety of statewide programs related to narcotic enforcement, general investigations, civil and criminal litigation, criminal intelligence and antiterrorism. Prior to his employment with the California DOJ, Craig was a Police Officer with the City of San Pablo, CA, where he served as both a Patrolman and Special Investigations Detective. Craig is currently the Chairman of the National Fusion Center Association Private Sector Engagement Committee, a member of the Global Intelligence Working Group (GIWG) Privacy Committee, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the Law Enforcement Intelligence Unit (LEIU) Foundation, as well as a past member of numerous other law enforcement committees and executive boards.
Curtis is a dedicated Security Professional with over 35 years of executive corporate security, federal law enforcement, and life safety management experience. Often described by his peers as a charismatic, influential, strategic planner and decision maker. Curtis is best known as a hands-on- professional with proven business, research and analytical abilities that is exceptionally skilled at building effective, productive, business-working relationships amongst all levels of management within an organization. In his role as President/CEO of the San Diego Chapter of InfraGard Curtis Managed and lead over 900 members of a 501(c)3 organization in partnership with San Diego’s FBI Field Office and the Department of Homeland Security. Maintained vetted information sharing partnerships with private/public sector partners including local, state and federal law enforcement and military agencies.
In 2018, Curtis successfully graduated from the FEMA National Emergency Advanced Academy, successfully completed the CALOES Essential Emergency Management Concepts and Essential EOC Section/Position Training. Curtis is currently leading the Religious Facilities Protection Program in partnership with DHS, FEMA, DOJ and the FBI InfraGard National Program. In 2014 Curtis and his Partner Amari incorporated 7 Crowns Security Consultants Inc. providing Critical Infrastructure Protection and Security Program Development to include DHS Center for Faith Opportunity Initiatives Community Response to Active Shooter Incident Project tasked with the development of a National Program to address and focus on what is necessary to prepare and respond to man-made incidents and develop multimedia content that promotes pre-incident planning and post-incident response.