Great Lakes Hazards Coalition

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Board of Directors

Mike McDaniel, Brigadier General (Ret)


Director, Homeland and National Security Law Programs, Thomas M.Cooley Law School

Prior to McDaniel’s current position he served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Homeland Defense Strategy, Prevention and Mission Assurance, U.S. Department of Defense.  McDaniel was appointed by Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm as her Homeland Security Advisor in 2003 and served in that capacity until July 2009. At the same time, he also served as the Assistant Adjutant General for Homeland Security, Michigan National Guard.

He served as the liaison between the governor's office in Michigan and all federal, state and local agencies on homeland security with responsibility for developing statewide policy on homeland security preparedness. His duties included coordinating efforts to protect the state and its critical infrastructure from terrorist attacks.

McDaniel served as a member of the National Governors Association’s Homeland Security Advisors Council where he was elected to the Executive Committee in 2006 and 2008. He was named by the Office of Infrastructure Protection, Department of Homeland Security, as Chair of the State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial Government Coordinating council in 2007.

McDaniel was promoted to Brigadier General in 2007 and has been a member of the Michigan National Guard for over 26 years, previously serving as a military judge. He was formerly the Assistant Attorney General for Litigation in the executive division of the Michigan Department of Attorney General.

He received the Zimbardo Award, given to the Center for Homeland Defense and Security graduate who best embodies high academic achievement, outstanding leadership, and innovation in homeland security thinking.

Amy Bridger

Director, Research and Business Development, Office of the Chancellor, Penn State University - The Behrend College

Since joining Penn State Erie, the Behrend College in 2007, Amy Bridger has provided guidance and resources toward increasing the applied research portfolio related to new product development, technology commercialization, and economic development. As a representative of the Office of the Chancellor, she has been instrumental in implementing a leading-edge, flexible intellectual property (IP) policy at the College. This change in the IP policy has allowed Amy to co-develop and implement an Open Laboratory environment where private and public sectors collaborate to pursue applied research projects. These efforts have resulted in increasing the School of Engineering’s research portfolio by 800% in two years. Responsibilities entail the development of research opportunities and relationships, space utilization strategy and program development. She is also a primary point of contact for recent capital improvement projects in Knowledge Park at Penn State Erie including the development of the new Advanced Manufacturing and Innovation Center building which will open in 2015.

Prior to joining the College, Amy has over 20 years of experience in information technology, technology commercialization, and project management. Mrs. Bridger holds a Bachelor’s of Science from Rochester Institute of Technology and a Master’s of Professional Studies in Homeland Security from Penn State University.

Alice Miller

Director, Community Affairs, Ohio Utilities Protection Service

As Director of Community Affairs for the Ohio Utilities Protection Service, Ms. Miller works with federal and state agencies and associations including the US DOT’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, and the Ohio Department of Public Safety’s Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

Responsibilities include securing federal funding for underground infrastructure damage prevention initiatives, project management, legislative event planning, developing research and educational programs, and working with elected officials, facility owners/operators, excavators, designers and engineers throughout Ohio. Building mutually beneficial private - public partnerships is an essential work component.

Ms. Miller chaired the Ohio Marking Standards Committee – a collaborative effort by twenty-eight industry representatives whose goal was to improve communication among Ohio's excavators, facility locators, and facility owners by developing a uniform identification system for marking underground facilities.  These standards served as the precursor to the mandatory marking standards now found in Ohio law.  Ms. Miller currently serves as Co-Secretary to the Ohio Underground Damage Prevention Legislative Coalition, on the CGA Stakeholder Advocacy Committee, and on the Board of Directors of the Great Lakes Hazards Coalition.

Dr. Phil Schertzing

Specialist, Michigan State University School of Criminal Justice

Appointed as an academic specialist within the MSU School of Criminal Justice since 2002, Phil has administered nearly $5 million in planning and competitive training grants from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and various state agencies in Michigan. This includes the national Campus Community Emergency Response Team Train-the-Trainer Program for American Colleges and Universities.

His instructional responsibilities include both undergraduate and graduate-level courses in Homeland Security and Comparative/Historical Criminal Justice, and in Food Protection & Defense for the online MSU Master of Science in Food Safety Program. He also has served as adjunct faculty for the Michigan Center for Public Health Preparedness at the University of Michigan, Lansing Community College, and the University of Maryland University College. His research interests include: comparative and historical criminal justice; homeland security policing; and the historical evolution of state-level homeland security programs.

Appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder as a member of the Michigan Citizen-Community Emergency Response Coordinating Council (MCCERCC) in 2013, Phil also serves as chair of the Regional Advisory Council for FEMA Region V in Chicago, as an academic member of the board of directors for the Great Lakes Hazard Coalition, as a consumer representative for the Tri-County Emergency Medical Control Authority Board, and as an editorial board member for the Journal of Emergency Management. He participates in the National Emergency Management Higher Education Project administered by FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute, as well as the University and Agency Partnership Initiative (UAPI) coordinated by the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security.  

Prior to joining MSU, Phil retired from the Michigan State Police in June 2002 with the rank of inspector, serving as assistant deputy state director of emergency management for the state of Michigan. Recognized as the department’s “unofficial” historian, Phil earned a Director’s Commendation and other awards for his work in preserving the proud historical heritage of the Michigan State Police.

His educational achievements include a B.A. degree in Religious Studies and Master of Management degree from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and a Ph.D. in American History from Michigan State University. He is a graduate of the 191st session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA, and he maintains active membership in several national and state-level emergency management and law enforcement associations.   

Mark J. Michie, Brigadier General (Ret)

Chief of Staff. Joint Staff Wisconsin National Guard

Mr. Mark Michie in the position of Chief of Staff, Joint Staff is the senior advisory to the State Adjutant General for contingency operations. He ensures plans provide for alert, mobilization, deployment, and effective employment of National Guard assets in response to a wide range of either state or federal emergencies. Mr. Michie oversees the operations and activities of the Joint Staff, Human Resource Office, Service Member Support Division,

Counterdrug, and Construction & Facilities Management Office with over 160 personnel and an annual budget of 65 million dollars. Mr. Michie ensures the coordination between the staffs of the respective divisions of the Joint Force Headquarters - Wisconsin through the Chiefs of Staff for Army, Air, Wisconsin Emergency Management, and numerous Federal and State agencies.

Mr. Michie retired January 31, 2016 with over 35 years of military service in the Wisconsin National Guard. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant through the Reserve Officer Training Corp program at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point. Mr. Michie held a series of staff assignments in the 724th Engineer Battalion and 264th Engineer Group before assuming command of the 724th Engineer Battalion. Following battalion command, he assumed command of the 264th Engineer Group and was responsible for the mission performance of an engineer group. Mr. Michie attended the resident United States Army War College and then went on to assume command of the 157th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade. Mr. Michie was appointed Director, Domestic Operations J3/5/7 and was responsible for planning, directing, coordinating, information sharing, and integrating all aspects of state and National Guard efforts relating to defense support of civil authorities. During this assignment Mr. Michie served as the National Chairman for the J3/7 Functional Advisory Council to the National Guard Bureau. He was promoted to Brigadier General in January 2013 and appointed Assistant Adjutant General for Readiness and Training, Wisconsin Army National Guard before serving in his final assignment as Land Component Commander, Wisconsin National Guard.


Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal (with 3 Bronze Oak Leaf

Clusters), Army Commendation Medal (with 1 Silver Oak Leaf Cluster and 1 Bronze

Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Achievement Medal (with 2 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters), Army

Reserve Components Achievement Medal (with 1 Silver Oak Leaf Cluster and 3

Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters), National Defense Service Medal (with Bronze Star), Iraq

Campaign Medal (with Bronze Star), Humanitarian Service Medal, Global War on

Terrorism Service Medal, Combat Action Badge

Ed Gleason

Ex-Officio Member

Director, Region V Dept. of Homeland Security, Office of Infrastructure Protection

Ed Gleason currently serves as the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Infrastructure Protection Regional Director for Federal Region V.  Working alongside federal, state and local governments, as well as the private sector, he is engaged in all matters affecting the Great Lakes Region’s critical infrastructure. Prior to this assignment he served as the Protective Security Advisor for Wisconsin.

Following his retirement from the United Stated Coast Guard after over 21 years of commissioned service, Governor Thompson appointed him to serve as Director of Wisconsin Emergency Management in October 1999.  He was subsequently reappointed by Governors McCallum and Doyle and served until September 2004.  As State Director, he led a team of dedicated professionals responsible for preparing Wisconsin to respond to all hazards, including terrorism.  During his tenure, he managed five Presidential Disaster Declarations and one federally declared snow emergency. Under Governor McCallum, he served as Wisconsin's first Homeland Security Advisor.

While in the Coast Guard he served as the Military Aide to the Secretary of Transportation supporting emergency response operations affecting our national transportation infrastructure. He also worked with the major airlines and the National Transportation Safety Board to strengthen airline response to the families of airline crash victims.  This effort laid the groundwork for passage of the Aviation Disaster Family Assistance Act of 1996.

He completed his Coast Guard career serving as Commander, Coast Guard Group Milwaukee comprised of over 300 military personnel responsible for all operations on the western half of Lake Michigan from Chicago to the northern reaches of Lake Michigan.

He has earned a B.S. degree in Biology from the University at Albany and a Masters in Business Administration degree from New York University.  He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Certified Protection Professional (CPP).

John Walsh

Ex-Officio Member

Law Enforcement Liaison, Region V Federal Emergency Management Agency

On behalf of Regional Administrator Andrew Velasquez III, Region V, Federal Emergency Management Agency, John Walsh will be representing him.  As the Law Enforcement Liaison for FEMA Region V, Walsh serves as the central point of coordination for the Office of the Regional Administrator (ORA) in matters related to FEMA’s Office of Counterterrorism and Security Preparedness, the Administrator’s Senior Law Enforcement Advisor, and applicable Region partners -- National Security, Law Enforcement, Fusion Centers and Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) entities.  He provides consultation, liaison support, and advice to the ORA on law enforcement; information/intelligence sharing; and CIP as it relates to the overall FEMA mission in the region.

Walsh served as a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Protective Security Advisor (PSA), Chicago District, and as the Regional Director for the Great Lakes.   His efforts included supporting DHS and state homeland security efforts; assisting, advising and providing reach-back capacity for the State and Chicago Urban Area; contributing 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; facilitating, coordinating, and performing vulnerability assessments for local critical infrastructures and assets; and acting as a physical and technical security advisor to federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies regarding CIP efforts. 

Between stints at DHS, he worked for FBI Chicago, where he was the Division’s Intelligence Program Coordinator, responsible for coordinating intelligence program initiatives to ensure the best use of resources targeting the greatest threats to the Homeland and specifically the northern district of IL.  He also served as the Division interface to the U.S. Intelligence Community.

As a result of the terrorist attacks of 9/11/01, he served as the initial Intelligence Officer at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago, where he served as the office liaison to FBI Chicago’s Joint Terrorism Task Force.

While with the Cook County Sheriff’s Office, Walsh assisted in the creation and roll out of the Chicago High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Investigative Support Center, providing investigative support to a dozen multi-agency, counter-drug task force initiatives. He is a retired Navy Captain having served 27 years in the U.S. Navy Reserve as an Intelligence Officer, including seven years on active duty. His experience in the corporate environment includes 12 years in major account system sales with Xerox, Oce and Canon. He has experience in direct and indirect sales, sales management and sales training. He has a BS in Law Enforcement from Western Illinois University. 

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