Kaitlyn Weitzel currently serves as the Emergency Preparedness Manager for the Secure Community Network (SCN), the official safety and security organization of the Jewish community in North America. In her role, Kaitlyn works to develop and implement a best practice emergency preparedness program for the North American Jewish community. Immediately prior to joining SCN, she served as an Emergency Response Coordinator for the Cook County (IL) Department of Public Health (CCDPH) where she developed public health emergency preparedness programs for nearly 30 municipalities in northern Cook County.
Kaitlyn has had the privilege of having a diverse career in the homeland security and emergency management field which allows her to see emergency management through a variety of different lenses. In addition to her tenure at CCDPH, Kaitlyn has served her home state of Illinois in multiple capacities including positions with the Village of Oak Lawn Emergency Operations Center and the Cook County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. Kaitlyn has also served as a member of the Propaganda Analysis Team at the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism(START).
Kaitlyn received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from Eckerd College and Master of Science Degree in Biodefense with a concentration in Homeland Security and Terrorism from George Mason University.
Steve Recca directs the University and Agency Partnership Program for the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) Center for Homeland Defense and Security, and concurrently serves as the Humanitarian Assistance Program Advisor with the Pacific Disaster Center. Steve’s previous positions include security policy assignments with the Central Intelligence Agency, State Department, Department of Defense, and in academia. He teaches Intelligence, Homeland Security, and Human Security courses at the University of Denver, University of Colorado, and University of Alaska, and is a Trustee for Marian University.Steve also is on the Review Boards for four additional peer-reviewed journals: Homeland Security Affairs, Journal of Climate Security and Resilience, Journal of Security, Intelligence, and Resilience Education, and Pracademic Affairs.
Steven Kuhr is Manager of Emergency Management at Colorado Springs Utilities, a large public power and water utility serving Colorado Springs and the Greater Pikes Peak Region. Steve leads enterprise-wide programs consisting of emergency operations and operational continuity planning and leads emergency operations during emergencies and disasters. Steven enjoys four decades of public safety, emergency management, and homeland security experience in multiple sectors including a local government, a major urban area, state government, and the private sector. Steven earned a Master of Science in Homeland Security Management from Long Island University and a Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management Administration from the State University of New York. Steven maintains a popular social media presence moderating discussion groups in the HS/EM domains.