Presenters

Caitlin Durkovich

Caitlin Durkovich

Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure Protection, DHS

Andrea T. Schultz

Andrea T. Schultz

Chief, Commercial Facilities Section, Office of Infrastructure Protection, DHS

Bob Hellmuth

Bob Hellmuth

Director, Department of School Safety and Security,
Montgomery County, MD
Public Schools

Paul Goldenberg

Paul Goldenberg

Vice Chair, Homeland Security Advisory Committee’s Faith-based Security and Communications Advisory Committee

Matt Wombacher

Matt Wombacher

Protective Security Advisor, National Capital Region, DHS

Biography

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Andrea T. Schultz, CPP

Section Chief for the Commercial Facilities Sector
Sector Outreach and Programs Division
Office of Infrastructure Protection
National Protection and Programs Directorate
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Mrs. Andrea T. Schultz currently works at the Department of Homeland Security in the Office of Infrastructure Protection. Andrea leads the Commercial Facilities Sector Section and is responsible for developing efforts to improve the protection of the Commercial Facilities Sector in an all-hazards environment.

She is a former U.S. Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Technician and a graduate of American Military University; holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Homeland Security with a concentration on Threat, and a Master’s Degree in Security Management. She has also successfully completed the Department of State Post-blast Investigative Techniques; is a graduate of the Connecticut State Firefighter I Certification Course; a Certified Protection Professional; holds a certificate in Continuity of Operations Planning (COOP), from the USDA Graduate School; and holds a certificate in Global Terrorism from the United Nations.

Mr. Robert B. Hellmuth, Director

Department of School Safety and Security
Montgomery County Public Schools
Rockville, Maryland

Mr. Hellmuth began his law enforcement career with the Montgomery County Department of Police where he served for 22 years. During his law enforcement career, he worked in the Patrol, Investigations, and Management Services Bureau and was a hostage negotiator with the Emergency Response Team. He received the Excellence in Law Enforcement Award presented by the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office in 1992. After retiring from the police department, Mr. Hellmuth began his employment with the Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) in 1995 as a school security assistant and progressed to the position of Assistant Director of the Department of School Safety and Security in 2000. Currently, Mr. Hellmuth is director of the Department of School Safety and Security, a position he has held since 2006.

As the director of the Department of School Safety and Security, Mr. Hellmuth is responsible for providing a safe and secure learning and working environment for 140,000 students and 20,000 employees. Under Mr. Hellmuth’s leadership, MCPS will continue to update and implement, as needed, a comprehensive schoolwide emergency response plan in the event of an emergency/crisis. The U.S. Department of Education has recognized MCPS as a leader among the Nation’s school systems in its emergency/crisis preparedness and readiness efforts. In his current position, Mr. Hellmuth coordinates the comprehensive MCPS emergency/crisis preparedness training program. In addition, Mr. Hellmuth is the MCPS official assigned to work with the Montgomery County Department of Police on various joint projects including the Educational Facilities Officer program funded by the U.S. Department of Justice COPS in Schools grant.  

Mr. Hellmuth currently is co-chair on the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments School Security Officials Committee and serves on the Montgomery County Criminal Justice Coordinating Commission. He has participated in the U.S. Secret Service Safe Schools Initiative Seminar and the U.S. Department of Education’s school security officials meetings.

Mr. Hellmuth holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Management from the University of Maryland. He resides in Gaithersburg, Maryland, with his wife.

Paul Goldenberg

Vice Chair Homeland Security Advisory Committee’s Faith-based Security and Communications Advisory Committee

Mr. Goldenberg is President and CEO of Cardinal Point Strategies and managing partner of Convergent Risk Group. Before founding CPS, Mr. Goldenberg played a key role in setting domestic and international policy for the legislation and investigation of hate crimes and counter-terrorism and has been an international thought leader in information sharing, public safety, policy, and conflict resolution. He is currently the National Director of the Secure Community Network, the Nation’s first faith-based information sharing analysis center recognized by DHS as the national model.

Following a series of highly publicized incidents of domestic terrorism and hate crimes, the New Jersey State Attorney General appointed him as the first State Chief of the Office of Bias Crimes and Community Relations. During his tenure, he wrote many of the model procedures for domestic terrorism investigations and policy framework for building police and community partnerships, many of which became models for national and international policy and legislation. For his efforts, he was officially recognized by the leadership of the Asian, Indian, Jewish, Muslim, Latino, and African-American communities.

After being selected by members of Congress, he spearheaded a multinational law enforcement effort in 12 European nations focusing on conflict resolution and combatting violent extremism.  Goldenberg’s career in government includes leading the Nation’s 6th largest county human services and juvenile justice system and nearly two decades working within highly specialized senior law enforcement positions across, Federal, State, and local jurisdictions.

Mr. Goldenberg is Vice Chair of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Faith-Based Advisory Security Council and special adviser/member of the Secretary's Countering Violent Extremism Working Group. He provides counsel to government and Fortune 500 companies in national security policy and information sharing. He provides strategic counsel on global national security affairs to international NGO and government agencies.

Mr. Goldenberg has received numerous decorations including South Florida’s most distinguished citation for valor: Officer of the Year, an honor presented after serving as one of Florida’s longest term undercover agents.   His experiences have been featured in many articles and publications.

Matthew R. Wombacher

Protective Security Advisor, National Capital Region, DHS

Matthew Wombacher currently serves as the Protective Security Advisor (PSA) for the National Capital Region District. Mr. Wombacher supports Homeland Security efforts, serving in an advising and reach-back capacity for State and District Homeland Security Advisors. He contributes to the development of the National Risk Picture by assisting with the identification, assessment, monitoring, and minimizing of risk to critical assets at the local level. As a PSA, Mr. Wombacher facilitates, coordinates, and performs vulnerability assessments for local critical infrastructures and assets, and acts as a physical and technical security advisor to Federal, State, and local law enforcement agencies.   

Prior to becoming a PSA, Mr. Wombacher served in the United States Secret Service for nine years. Mr. Wombacher served in the Technical Security Division, the component of the Office of Protective Research within the Secret Service which operates as the focal point regarding countermeasures for all environmental threats to Secret Service protected persons and facilities. Disciplines included in this field are counter-explosives and counter-IED measures, CBRN incident prevention and mitigation, Fire/Life/Safety and physical security planning, and continuity of operations planning among other countermeasures programs. This routinely involved domestic and worldwide travel as a member of Presidential Advance teams.

Mr. Wombacher brings extensive experience, comprehensive knowledge, in-depth training, and instructional aptitude with regard to the areas of security operations and planning. While assigned to the U.S. Secret Service, Mr. Wombacher coordinated several key training programs for the Technical Security Division. Amongst the significant programs he spearheaded was annual training with the United Kingdom Police National Search Centre (PNSC), providing delivery of the Police Search Team Training Course in the United States. This course served to enhance counterterrorist search planning abilities for members of U.S. Federal, State, and local police forces. Additionally, Mr. Wombacher successfully completed the Security Coordinators Course (SECCO), the Police Search Advisor Course (POLSA), and the Police Search Team Course (PST) in the United Kingdom, and is currently one of only three licensed United Kingdom Police Search Advisors in the United States. As a result of this training and continued liaison experience, a new methodology was developed to plan and conduct defensive search operations for protected venues.

Prior to employment in the U.S. Secret Service, Mr. Wombacher served eight years in the U.S. Coast Guard performing a variety of assignments. Highlights include selection for duty assignment to the Presidential Honor Guard, and serving as Air Navigator onboard the HC-130H long-range aircraft. Mr. Wombacher holds additional professional certification from the ASIS International organization as a Certified Protection Professional.

Mr. Wombacher has lived in the National Capitol Region for 14 years and currently resides in Alexandria, Va.

Caitlin Durkovich

In May 2012, President Obama appointed Ms. Caitlin A. Durkovich Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure Protection. In this role, she leads the Departments efforts to strengthen public-private partnerships and coordinate programs to protect the Nations critical infrastructure, assess and mitigate risk, build resilience, and strengthen incident response and recovery.

Previously, Ms. Durkovich served as the National Protection and Programs Directorates Chief of Staff, overseeing day-to-day management of the Directorate and the development of internal policy and strategic planning.

Ms. Durkovich has extensive homeland security-related expertise covering a wide range of activities including continuity of operations (COOP) and business continuity planning, cybersecurity, pandemic planning, security and policy standards development, strategic management, program leadership, institutional transformation, and communications.

Within the private sector, she oversaw program management of Department of Homeland Security contracts and led transformative, interagency, and enterprise-wide projects throughout the federal executive branch, including drafting and coordinating FEMAs National Continuity Directorates Pandemic Influenza Continuity of Operations Plan. She helped lead the realignment of the Internal Revenue Services security apparatus, merging four stove-piped divisions and more than 250 people into a Mission Assurance organization. Ms. Durkovich also provided subject-matter expertise to other organizations developing pandemic plans, including the United States Courts, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and various Fortune 500 companies.

In 2001, Ms. Durkovich worked with former Oklahoma Congressman Dave McCurdy to launch the Internet Security Alliance, a joint project of the Electronics Industries Alliance and the Computer Emergency Response Center at Carnegie Mellon University, promoting security intelligence and best practices to Fortune 1000 companies. In this capacity, she worked closely with such industry leaders as VISA USA, Sony, Raytheon, and Intuit to develop the first voluntary information security practices for the private sector, published in 2002.

From 1998 to 2001, Ms. Durkovich was a vice president at iDEFENSE, an information security firm dedicated to providing early warning intelligence on infrastructure and IT threats and vulnerabilities. She has also held positions at A2S2 Digital Projects, Policy.com, the Democratic Leadership Council, and WTVD News Channel 11.

Ms. Durkovich graduated from Duke University in 1994 with a Bachelor of Arts in public policy studies from the Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy and earned a Certificate in Business Strategy in 2003 from The Aspen Institute.