NAVIGATING THROUGH THE UNTHINKABLE
Meet Our team
Kathleen Kiernan, Ed.D
Dr. Kathleen Kiernan is the founder and CEO of Kiernan Group Holdings, a company built by practitioners, for practitioners who bring a common-sense approach to the most complex problems confronting society. An educator at heart, Dr. Kiernan believes that the first line of defense is always a prepared individual from the classroom to the boardroom. She has delivered operational and educational capabilities across the globe and developed a methodological based approach to the resiliency cycle at an individual and organizational level. Preparedness Without Paranoia® fosters an educated, engaged, and resilient public. Individuals will gain a heightened situational awareness to: understand today’s multidimensional threat environment, recognize telltale signs of an evolving threat, be empowered to take effective action, and understand how to recover and resume one’s daily activities in an effective manner.
Laura J. Falvey, Ph.D
Dr. Falvey is a career long educator in public elementary schools from Massachusetts to Alaska specializing in early childhood education. She is state certified and a twice-certified National Board Teacher in Early Childhood.
She has helped to prepare future educators at the university level, instructing pre-service teachers to become reflective educators with special regard to at-risk students and under-served populations.
Dr. Falvey’s primary interests include differentiating instruction for all learners, building classroom community, and working with our most vulnerable students to build resiliency and preparedness.
Michelle Ward, Ph.D
Dr. Michelle Ward is a lifelong educator with experience in working with both K-12 and university level students for which she brings incredible energy and passion. She has taught at an elementary level in both Illinois and Connecticut, where she worked to integrate new techniques and technology into the classroom. Dr. Ward has also spent much of her career preparing new teachers for the challenges of a classroom, including overseeing their transition to student teachers.Dr. Ward’s interest is in learning and technology, specifically integrating learner centered technology into the classroom. Dr. Ward has taught at several universities including University of Illinois at Chicago, DePaul University, and most recently the University of New Haven. She has been published in several academic publications. Dr. Ward has a Bachelor’s of Science in Marketing, a Masters of Education in Elementary education, and Ph.D. in Education, Curriculum, and Instruction all from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Nancy continues to travel the path of continuous learning and community service. She understands in a very real way the need to pay it forward by helping others, and understands that the pathway is always paved with education. Developing resources to help children learn and navigate the uncertainties of the world is in her DNA. The belief that it is her responsibility to try and make the world a better place led her to accept leadership roles in hospital administration, corporate communications, magazine publishing, volunteer service, higher education (UVA Darden and the Batten Institute) and economic development.Nancy currently serves as a business investment manager with the Commonwealth of Virginia’s economic development partnership (VEDP). She works with businesses and local governments to provide opportunities for growth and economic resilience, a critical role, especially now for small businesses. Curious by nature, Nancy is currently pursuing Kanban certification and a mini-MBA executive education program at the University of Richmond.
For two decades, Heather Issvoran has been the bridge between Federal, state, local, and tribal homeland security practitioners and officials with global thought leaders on resilience, homeland security, and emergency management. As the Director, Strategic Communications, Center for Homeland Defense and Security at the Naval Postgraduate School, Ms. Issvoran scours the country ensuring the Center enrolls the very best candidates for its executive and graduate programs. Her responsibilities include contract support for strategic communications, agency outreach, student and alumni relations, recruitment, and public affairs. She supervises and coordinates Center communications on the national level for print, broadcast, and web-based media, working closely with both the Naval Postgraduate School and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security leadership on these endeavors. Ms. Issvoran leads a strategic communications operation and department that shares, shapes, and demonstrates the impact and success stories of CHDS students, faculty, staff and alumni and reaches out to a national audience of academics and practitioners. In her previous position in contract support for the Center as the Director of Program Operations, Ms. Issvoran enhanced and streamlined program operations while working with government partners to accommodate additional programmatic goals. Ms. Issvoran provided logistical planning, coordination and execution of the Center’s master’s degree programs, executive leaders programs, conferences, and workshops. Ms. Issvoran has a background in the fields of education and marketing in addition to her operations experience. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. Specialties: Marketing, operations, public relations, advertising, human resources, public speaking, business development, team-building, service training, alumni relations, strategic communications, executive recruitment (public and private sectors), and event planning.
Deanee Johnson, Ph.D
Dr. Johnson is a key player in advancing the victim services field at the federal, state, and local levels. She is currently the Chief Program Officer at the National Center for Victims of Crime. She oversees their federally funded programs ensuring adherence to special conditions, project deliverable timelines, and program reporting. She has over 20 years of experience in the crime victim field, working directly with victims and survivors, partnering with multidisciplinary professionals and teams to meet the needs of child victims and their families. She started as a volunteer mentor for adolescent sexual assault survivors in 1999 in Huntsville, Texas and has since worked as a Survivor Specialist, Child Forensic Interviewer, Director of a statewide sexual assault coalition, and Director of a Court Appointed Special Advocates program in Southern Maryland. Most recently she has led the working group focused on the victim services component of the 2016 National Strategy for Child Exploitation Prevention and Interdiction out of the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of the Deputy Attorney General. She serves on the National Steering Committee for the Vision 21 Linking Systems of Care for Children and Youth, Office for Victims of Crime demonstration project.
Dr. Johnson has advised large scale training and technical assistance efforts, policy and procedure implementation plans, organization management and has collaborated with a multitude of federal and state agencies serving child victims. She serves on the Charles County Board of Education Safety Advisory Board in Maryland. Dr. Johnson has a bachelors degree in criminal justice from Sam Houston State University, a masters degree in counseling from Midwestern State University and her Ph.D. in child development from Texas Woman’s University.
Tara Barber is Vice President of Operations at Lumina Analytics where she works with clients across a variety of industry verticals, including K-12 and Higher Education, to proactively identify threats and help keep people and places safe.
In addition to overseeing all aspects of operations and customer success, she leads a team that researches, defines, and categorizes risk, continuously analyzing how online behavioral patterns can potentially be indicative of offline risk. Tara also served as Chief Operating Officer for Powhatan Information & Default Services and was responsible for all client relationships, leadership of the internal teams, oversight of a robust vendor network, and implementation of workflows with third-party SaaS providers. Throughout her career, she has built and led several teams centered around client engagement, third party operational risk management, internal risk mitigation, compliance, and vendor management. Beyond the corporate world, her most significant role is being a mother to her three young sons, which drives her passion for equipping all children, families, and communities with preparedness, awareness, and resiliency.
Tara graduated summa cum laude from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration and Marketing. She also earned her MBA from the University of South Florida with a focus on entrepreneurship, marketing, and building a sustainable enterprise.
Erin Hang is Senior Director of Vetting and Screening Service at Fortior Solutions, LLC., where she serves as their identity and criminal history vetting subject matter expert. Erin has worked with Federal Government agencies such as Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Department of Defense (DoD), Department of Justice (DOJ), National Laboratories and other critical infrastructure facilities to create, implement, analyze and fulfill vetting requirements for key programs within the Government. In 2014, Erin led her company in becoming the first non-criminal justice entity to run National Crime Information Center (NCIC) checks on behalf of the U.S. military through the Department of Justice (DOJ).
She is a certified FBI NCIC Terminal Operator and Trainer and manages the company’s National Law Enforcement Telecommunications System (Nlets) and DOJ JUST Strategic Partnerships, is certified under DHS Best Practices in Anti-Terrorism Security (BPATS), is an authorized user of DHS Chemical-terrorism Vulnerability Information (CVI) data and managed the companies FBI Channeling program for more than 12 years.
She has stood up and managed multiple teams throughout the last 17 years supporting more than 150 U.S. military locations. Under her leadership, her team has provided over 5 million criminal history background checks for DHS and DoD. Outside of her corporate life she and her husband are the proud parents of two school age boys. Her unique professional background gives her special insight to provide experience-based situational awareness guidance and knowledge.
Adam is a graphic artist, composer, and serial entrepreneur with boundless energy and creativity. He has either co-founded, developed, or helped fund the creation of best-selling books on Amazon, on and offline teaching programs, social media channels, corporate training, and brand creation for well over a hundred projects. These include internet marketing, website development, real estate investing, personal growth, and the building of online communities that provide leverage for companies to accentuate their message and amplify their reach.In 2008, he co-founded Mosaic Internet Success with his partner Dan Ho. MIS was a creative article writing and teaching platform built around a global community that not only created a movement but also resulted in massive revenue for the health and wellness industry.He is currently working with PWPORG, designing the platform which will bring a global community together with a common purpose, and a common language of understanding preparedness and resiliency at a family and at a community level.
Lisa has been an “old school cool” entrepreneur for over 4 decades, building the narratives which change peoples’ lives, giving voices to the voiceless. Her current work involves countering the victimization and illegal trafficking of young girls and driving the social impact narrative of preparedness and resiliency. Her life has been lived a la Joseph Campbell – Following Her Bliss, influencing culture and driving social impact wherever she is from the Shamans in Peru to Cycling in Mexico, from the Kitchens of Italy to Professional Baseball in Japan – everywhere Lisa has spent time there is a footprint of joy, friendship and of innovative business. The power of media and the importance of good storytelling satisfied a deep ache in Lisa to have global impact with her life. She joined The Brave Road after two years of developing a new media model, deeply networking with brand leadership, filmmakers, NGOS and UN affiliates. LOOKtv Network – a grand vision she shares with The Brave Road. This expertise is helping to drive a global campaign of engagement and awareness with PWPORG.ORG.