- Michael W. Lowder, Director
- Donna O'Berry, Deputy Director
- Donald Price, Associate Director for Intelligence
- Dan Noel, Senior DOT Representative to NORAD/NORTHCOM
- Mike O'Malley, Senior DOT Representative to USTRANSCOM
- Gregory Brown, Associate Director for International Preparedness Programs
- Richard Moore, Associate Director for Security Policy and Plans
- Derial Bivens, National Response Program Manager
- Bradley K. Hoilman, Associate Director for Business Services and Administration
MAIN CONTACT INFORMATION
Office of Intelligence, Security, and Emergency Response
Crisis Management Center
IMMEDIATE OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR
Name and Email
|Feiss, Robert “Drew”||Administrative Officer||202-366-0216|
|Marerro, Carlos||Deputy National Security Program Manager for IT and Infrastructure||202-366-0513|
|Noel, Dan||Senior DOT Representative to NORAD/NORTHCOM||719-554-3217|
|O'Malley, Mike||Senior DOT Representative to USTRANSCOM||618-220-1450|
Associate Director for Business Services and Administration
|Hines, Gale L.||Program Analyst||202-366-6027|
Name and Email
202-493-0113 or 202-366-8548
SECURITY POLICY and PLANS DIVISION
Associate Director for Security Policy and Plans
Deputy Associate Director for Security Policy and Plans
Policy and Plans Senior Analyst
Policy Plans Specialist
Senior Public Health Advisor
Interagency Fellow, U.S. Army
|Bivens, Derial||National Response Program Manager||202-366-3037|
Deputy National Response Program Manager
National Response Operations Planner
|Brown, Gregory||Associate Director for International Preparedness Programs||202-366-1622|
|VACANT||Program Manager for Training and Exercises||202-366-0892|
|Assistant Program Manager for Training and Exercises||202-366-9003|
PROTECTIVE SERVICE DIVISION
Special Agent In-charge
BIOS OF KEY OFFICIALS
Michael W. Lowder serves as the Director of the Office of Intelligence, Security & Emergency Response (S-60) for the U.S. Department of Transportation. A member of the Senior Executive Service (SES) and is designated as a National Security Professional and a Federal Senior Intelligence Coordinator. Mr. Lowder is the Department’s Emergency Coordinator providing leadership for all departmental civil transportation intelligence issues, security policy, and emergency preparedness, response, and recovery activities related to emergencies that affect the viability of the transportation sector. In 2012 he was awarded the Presidential Rank Award – Distinguished Executive. In 2011 he was awarded the DOT Secretary’s Gold Medal for Outstanding Achievement. He was selected in 2015 to represent the U.S. at the China Executive Leadership Academy (CELAP).
Prior to this Mr. Lowder served as the Deputy Director of the Response Division for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in Washington, D.C. Mr. Lowder has been designated and served as both a Principal Federal Official (PFO) and a Federal Coordinating Officer (FCO). Mr. Lowder was a member of FEMA’s National Emergency Response Team (ERT-N), and the Domestic Emergency Response Team (DEST).
Mr. Lowder has more than 35 years of experience in the law enforcement, and emergency services field, as a Special Agent with the US Government, the State of North Carolina as a Special Agent with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, and as the Director of Emergency Services with Bladen County, North Carolina.
Mr. Lowder has represented the U.S. government at meetings and conferences in the United Kingdom, Russia, China, Australia, Japan, Belgium, Taiwan, and Turkey, as well as throughout the United States. He represented the U.S. at NATO-RUSSIA counter-terrorism exercises in Kaliningrad, Russia and at the “Black Rain” CT exercises in the UK. He serves on the Executive Board on the FBI’s National Joint Terrorism Task Force (NJTTF), the ODNI’s National HUMINT Committee, and represents the Department on National Security Council (NSC) and Homeland Security Council (HSC) policy and advisory groups. He is the US lead for the US-China Transportation Forum-Transportation Emergencies Working Group. He also serves as the DOT lead on the US-Russia Joint Committee on Cooperation in Emergency Management.
Donna O’Berry is the Deputy Director of the Office of Intelligence, Security, and Emergency Response for the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT). A member of the Senior Executive Service, Donna is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the office and assists the Director in leading departmental civil transportation intelligence issues, security policy, and emergency preparedness, response, and recovery activities related to emergencies that affect the viability of the transportation sector
Donna has a long history with USDOT and with the Office of Intelligence, Security, and Emergency Response, having served as the primary staff attorney-advisor on all legal aspects of intelligence, security, and emergency response, during her tenure as a Senior Attorney-Advisor with USDOT’s Office of General Counsel. As an additional duty, she spent one year managing the office’s security policy initiative and activities at the Director’s request.
Donna began her Federal Government career as an Attorney-Advisor with USDOT’s Research and Special Programs Administration (RSPA)/Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) and was responsible for legal services related to the transportation of hazardous materials.
While at RSPA/PHMSA, she also served as the Acting Deputy Director of the Office of Emergency Transportation. The Office of Emergency Transportation merged with the Office of Intelligence and Security in 2003. In this position she managed the implementation and execution of the Secretary’s statutory and administrative responsibilities in civil transportation emergency preparedness, which included the overall Departmental civil emergency preparedness policies, plans, procedures, systems, and programs on transportation matters ranging from man-made crises and national security emergencies to natural disasters.
In 2003, Donna served as the Staff Director for the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Transition Team. In this capacity she led the USDOT team in executing a timely and smooth transition of the USCG and TSA to the Department of Homeland Security. She received the USCG Meritorious Public Service Award for her leadership on the Transition Team.
Prior to joining USDOT, Donna served as a judicial clerk in the Seventh Judicial Circuit of Maryland. Previous to attending law school, Donna was a grants administrator and program officer for an international nonprofit organization that works to strengthen and expand democracy worldwide by helping build political and civic organizations, safeguard elections, and promote citizen participation, openness and accountability in government.
A graduate of the University of Tulsa and the American University Washington College of Law (cum laude), Donna resides in Maryland with her husband Bob.
Associate Director of Intelligence
Mr. Price assumed duties as the Associate Director for Intelligence in the Office of Intelligence, Security, and Emergency Response under the Office of the Secretary of Transportation in July 2014. As the Associate Director of Intelligence, he is responsible for leading and managing all aspects of intelligence programs, planning, and operations directly supporting the information needs of the Department’s Secretary, senior staff, and ten Operating Administrators. His office conducts activities to identify, access, and deliver high value information necessary for the Department to develop and enforce national transportation policy and regulations contributing to national security and safety efforts that ensure the safe, secure, and resilient operation of the nation’s transportation systems and infrastructure. Mr. Price represents the Department’s interest and equities at multiple national level meetings concerning the development and execution of intelligence, information sharing and safeguarding, and domestic and international security related programs.
Mr. Price enlisted in the US Army in 1982, received an active duty Army ROTC scholarship in 1987, and was commissioned as a US Army 2nd Lieutenant in 1990 through the University of Tampa. He retired in 2006 from the Army after serving twenty-one years in a variety of strategic, operational, and tactical level intelligence assignments around the globe as an enlisted soldier and a non-commissioned and commissioned officer. Mr. Price then took a position with the FBI as a senior intelligence analyst at the National Joint Terrorism Task Force. In this position, Mr. Price led and managed the daily coordination and collaboration on intelligence community all-source intelligence reporting between the NJTTF interagency task force officers representing 44 separate federal, state, or local agencies. In addition to his intelligence duties, Mr. Price was selected to represent the FBI as a subject matter expert for a US effort to train foreign countries in establishing interagency counterterrorism programs. Following his time with the FBI, Mr. Price assumed the Lead Analyst Position at the US Department of Transportation where he was responsible for leading, managing, and coordinating all aspects of intelligence analysis and production in support of the Secretary’s and other senior DOT leadership requirements.
Mr. Price holds several Masters of Science degrees to include a Master of Science in Strategic Intelligence, National Intelligence University; a Master of Science in Technology Management, Johns Hopkins University; and a Master of Science in Human Resource Management, Central Michigan University. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminology and Psychology from the University of Tampa. He is also a graduate of the Air Command and Staff College, and the National Security Agency’s Joint Officer Cryptologic Career Program.
Mr. Price is married to Jennifer (Flores) Price, a graduate of West Point and a retired US Army Lieutenant Colonel. They have two daughters, Sasha and Kaelani, and two grandchildren.
DOT Senior Representative to NORAD/NORTHCOM
Dan Noel serves as the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Senior Representative to NORAD/NORTHCOM. A member of DOT’s Office of Intelligence, Security and Emergency Response; Mr. Noel has served as the National Continuity Program Manager for the Department. His experience includes developing departmental policy, plans, and exercises to ensure Departmental and Operating Administrations’ continuity plans and capability fulfills the requirements to perform Primary Mission Essential Functions during any catastrophic event.
Previously, Mr. Noel served as Manager of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Emergency Operations Division. Mr. Noel led the crisis management infrastructure employing an integrated system of policy, procedures, personnel, facilities, and communications; ensuring FAA senior officials had timely accurate information to plan, direct, and control all aspects of FAA essential operations. He was responsible for FAA’s preparedness and response to natural disasters, Continuity of Operations (COOP), support to special access Continuity of Government (COG) programs, pandemic influenza planning, facilitating FAA support for the Civil Reserve Air Fleet, and overall emergency preparedness. Mr. Noel led the Emergency Operations Division during 9/11/01 and Hurricane Katrina.
Mr. Noel is a retired USAF Lieutenant Colonel, Command Pilot who served as a C-141 Instructor Pilot. His assignments included Laredo AFB, TX, Travis AFB, CA, McGuire AFB, NJ, Altus AFB, OK, and a joint tour to the FAA Headquarters in Washington DC. His C-141 missions included Operations Baby Lift and New Life extracting orphans and South Vietnamese civilians who supported the U.S. from Saigon prior to Viet Nam’s fall. Lieutenant Noel was transiting Tan Son Nhut airport just days before the fall of Saigon.
During his Air Force assignment to FAA Headquarters, Lt. Col. Noel made great strides to collaborate with the Air Force to augment military mobilizations with civilian airlift while ensuring flight safety. In Operation Desert Shield, during the first historic activation of the Civil Reserve Air Fleet, Lt. Col. Noel led the FAA Crisis Response Working Group facilitating the safe movement of 709,000 personnel and 126,000 tons of equipment on 5,441 civilian CRAF missions.
DOT Senior Representative to USTRANSCOM
Mr. O’Malley joined the Office of the Secretary of Transportation, Office of Intelligence, Security and Emergency Response in February of 2017. He serves as the Secretary of Transportation's Senior Interagency Liaison Officer to the USTRANSCOM and its component commands. USTRANSCOM moves the people, equipment, and supplies around the globe for the Department of Defense and does so with the support of DOT strategic programs. Specifically, USTRANSCOM is a unified, functional combatant command which provides support to the eight other U.S. combatant commands, the military services, defense agencies and other government organizations. USTRANSCOM provides full-spectrum global mobility solutions and related enabling capabilities for supported customers' requirements in peace and war. Our representative ensures the development, coordination and execution of plans, and procedures for DOT to balance transportation security requirements with the safety, mobility and economic needs of the Nation through effective intelligence, security, preparedness and emergency response programs. S-60 is also responsible for managing and coordinating DOT's Departmental-level preparedness, prevention, response and recovery efforts to natural disasters and/or man-made events/incidents.
A native of Mansfield, Massachusetts, Mr. O’Malley graduated from Maine Maritime Academy, Castine Maine in1982 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Engineering with a minor in Marine Industrial Management. After graduation, he worked in private industry as a licensed Merchant Marine Engineering Officer until 1986. His United States Coast Guard issued Merchant Marine Engineering Officer License has been raised and renewed several times and is still valid and ready for sea today.
In July 1986, he started his shore-side career as a Port Engineer with Military Sealift Command, T-AGOS Support Unit Atlantic in Norfolk, Virginia. This change was at the pinnacle of the cold war when ocean surveillance (SURTASS) was critical to our national security and the mission operational tempo was high.
In 1990, Mr. O’Malley joined the Maritime Administration as a Marine Surveyor for the South Atlantic Region. Shortly after transferring to MARAD, Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm provided the opportunity to experience “activation” of the Ready Reserve Force (RRF) first hand. Lessons learned from Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm led to him being fully engaged with the foreign acquisition of additional RO/RO’s for the RRF. Upon the completion of the acquisition process of the ex: HUAL TRADER and HUAL TRANSPORTER he completed the conversion of the two vessels to U.S. flag and made them ready for their intended service into the RRF and more specifically into the AWR-3 (Afloat Prepositioning Ships). Both ships operated in the AWR-3 for a period of three years with a remarkable performance and reliability rating of more than ninety-nine percent. This achievement earned each vessel the Maritime Administrator’s Professional Ship Award in 1997.
He was then selected to attend the Naval War College, College of Naval Warfare, Newport, Rhode Island and graduated with a Master of Arts Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies in 1999.
In January 2004, he was detailed to the U.S. Transportation Command to serve as the Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration, Liaison Officer. This position was made permanent by the Maritime Administrator in July 2007. Significant achievements while at USTRANSCOM are Maritime Security Program Reauthorization in 2005, Sealift Summit in 2006, transfer of the Fast Sealift Ships to the Maritime Administration in 2007, and the new Department of Transportation and Department of Defense Memorandum of Agreement in 2008. Specific noteworthy accomplishments include his insightful introductions between the Department of State, Political Advisor (POLAD) to the Commander and commercial industry partners leading to affect the opening up the Northern Distribution Network (NDN) as a new supply line of communication for U.S forces in Afghanistan through Russia and Central Asia. Other professional accomplishments include his co-creation with the Defense Threat Reduction Agency Liaison Officer co-located at USTRANSCOM, of the idea and initial concept development to neutralize the Syrian Chemical Weapons at sea onboard a Ready Reserve Force vessel in support of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).
Captain O’Malley retired from the U.S. Navy Reserve 2013. He is a Special Duty Officer, Merchant Marine Engineering Officer (1675 designator). Military accomplishments as a senior officer include several Active Duty Special Work advisory assignments to the Chief of Naval Operations. Specifically, his work with the N34 staff in development and implementation of the Navy Operation Vigilant Mariner program mandated by SECDEF executive agent designation during OIF/OEF. Operation Vigilant Mariner replaced Guardian Mariner (Puerto Rican National Guard) to provide military force protection onboard government owned strategic sealift ships. Captain O’Malley also performed an advisory role to CNO, Director, Maritime Domain Awareness (N3/5I) in concept development of the Navy’s Maritime Domain Awareness program. Captain O’Malley also served as an advisor to the Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration, Office of Security in their lead agency work with Piracy Counter Measures in the Gulf of Aden and Off the Coast of Somalia. He was responsible for the concept design, development, and validation of the Anti Piracy Assistance Teams (APAT) now serving the United States Merchant Marine.
Mr. O’Malley has also served his local community as a member of the O’Fallon Illinois Volunteer Fire Department. As a national and state certified firefighter over a four year period he was recognized in two consecutive years for being in the top ten first responders for the department.
He is a proud father of two children who have completed their college degree programs at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville and Old Dominion University, Norfolk and are now achieving their own successes in government and the private sector.
Associate Director for the International Preparedness Division
Gregory D. Brown is the Associate Director for the International Preparedness Division in the Office of Intelligence, Security and Emergency Response. With 19 years of experience in Transportation Program Management, he has worked with Civil Aviation, Highways, Transit and Maritime. His international project management skills include programs in Canada, China and Europe.
Gregory has developed numerous national and international organizational relationships within the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, where he serves as the vice chairman of the civil aviation working group, the World Bank, the American Public Transportation Association, Brazil and Canada’s Civil Aviation Agency as well as the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.
Gregory obtained a Master of Arts in Strategic Security Studies from the National Defense University’s College of International Security Affairs, where his fellow students were a select group of international military officers and professionals.
When he was the head of the transportation element (ESF #1) of the US National Response Program, he led a cadre of over 50 people from throughout the nation during disasters such as Hurricane Gustav & Ivan. He has also worked in private industry as well as for the United States Congress.
In addition to the program mentioned above, Gregory has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Delaware State University and a Master of Business Administration from Morgan State University.
Associate Director for Security Policy and Plans
Richard Moore began his federal career in 2008 as part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Policy Honors Fellowship, a two-year rotational program. Through the program, Richard experienced DHS assignments with the Privacy Office, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and the Office of Cyber Security Policy.
In 2010, Richard transitioned from the DHS Office of Policy to the DHS Office of Infrastructure Protection’s Homeland Infrastructure Threat and Risk Analysis Center (HITRAC), serving as an Infrastructure Risk Analyst. In 2013, HITRAC became the Office of Cyber and Infrastructure Analysis (OCIA), and Richard became the Branch Chief for Cyber-Physical Analysis. In this role, Richard supervised several staff members that worked to assess the potential infrastructure consequences related to threat actors exploiting cyber security vulnerabilities. Richard oversaw branch projects with national laboratory and other partners, and he coordinated the branch’s analytical production to support the Strategic Infrastructure Analysis Division of OCIA.
Prior to joining the federal government, Richard earned two degrees from the University of Southern California: a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a Master of Arts degree in English. More recently, he also earned a Master of Science degree in Strategic Intelligence from the National Intelligence University.
National Response Program Manager
Derial W. Bivens serves as the National Response Program Manager in the Office of Intelligence, Preparedness and Emergency Response with the delegated responsibility to coordinate the Departmental preparedness, response and recovery activities in all-hazards crises for the Office of the Secretary, and in support of the Secretary's responsibilities under the National Response Framework.
Mr. Bivens began his career as a geodetic surveyor in the US Army Corps of Engineers in Europe and the US from 1980 to 1987. In 1989, he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the US Army Ordnance Corps through the Tennessee Military Academy. He served as a theater-level logistics officer in Desert Storm and transferred back to the Engineers in 1992. From 1992 to 2002, he led many transportation-related projects in the U.S. and Central and South America and led response efforts for the Tennessee National Guard for a wide range of disasters.
In 1994, he joined the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) as a regional geodetic project manager and in 2006 was selected to develop and implement the TDOT comprehensive Emergency Management Program, which he continued to administer until 2017. From 2006 to 2015, as the State ESF-1 Manager, he led the state-wide transportation response to all emergencies, disasters and planned special events in the state. His major accomplishments during this period were achieved through his relationship-building efforts among key stakeholders in the public and private sectors of the various modes of transportation in Tennessee.
Since 2006, he has served on many state, regional and national-level advisory bodies, including the Central US Earthquake Consortium (CUSEC) Transportation Task Force, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Special Committee on Transportation Security and Emergency Management, and several Transportation Research Board project panels.
Mr. Bivens holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Project Management and an Associate of Science degree in General Studies, both from Colorado Technical University. Additionally, he holds certificates in engineering/construction management and logistics management from the Army Engineer and Ordnance Schools, respectively. He is also a graduate of the Tennessee Transportation Executive Leadership Academy, a 13-month program in which competitively-chosen candidates were intensively prepared for senior leadership positions within the Tennessee and United States Departments of Transportation.
His wife, Cynthia Cashion Bivens is a Sponsored Programs Specialist with Vanderbilt University Medical Center. They have five children and twelve grandchildren.
Associate Director for Business Services and Administration
Mr. Hoilman is the Business Services and Administration manager within the Office of Intelligence, Security and Emergency Response (S-60). In this capacity, Mr. Hoilman manages the business and administrative management activities of the office as well as human resource functions. In addition to day-to-day responsibilities, this program has a major role in supporting Emergency Response Function #1 under the National Response Framework. Following a disaster, this office is responsible for conducting the financial administration function required under the National Incident Management System. The Associate Director also administers the DOT Civil Reserve Air Fleet (CRAF) allocation process in coordination with the National Response Program Manager, DOD Transportation Command staff, and the OST Office of the Assistant Secretary for Aviation and International Affairs. Prior to leading the Business Services and Administration Program, Mr. Hoilman was the Deputy Director for the Resource Management Office for the Department of Transportation’s Office of the Chief Information Officer.
Mr. Hoilman has over 30 years of Federal government service with over 16 years of experience served with the Department of Transportation (DOT).
Prior to the DOT, Mr. Hoilman managed the Washington Metropolitan Area Optimization (WMAO) project for the Department of Agriculture (USDA). The objective was to optimize and consolidate telecommunications services and equipment in the Washington Metropolitan area to achieve a more efficient and cost effective telecommunications infrastructure, and reduce costs. Annual cost reductions were over $1.0 million. In addition, Mr. Hoilman was an integral part of the USDA’s, Network Aggregation and Planning program which focused on optimizing and consolidating FTS2000 service access arrangements in order to reduce USDA telecommunications costs. This program won the 1995 Technology Innovation Award and earned the 1995 Interagency Management Council Award. Millions of dollars in cost reduction opportunities in telecommunications services were identified.
Mr. Hoilman’s educational qualifications include a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Information Technology and an Associate’s in Applied Science degree in Data Processing.