2017 KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
Dr. Luther Linder - United States Department of Homeland Security
He served over 32 years in the United States Army leading soldiers in war and peace. He is an author, leadership coach, consultant, and speaker. He is certified as a Marshall Goldsmith Stakeholder Centered Coach and a partner with the Ken Blanchard Companies and Jim Horan’s One-Page Business Plan company. He co-authored the book Rules and Tools for Leaders (4th Edition), a down-to-earth practical guide for leaders. His upcoming book is titled: Building Leadership Teams: The Executive's Guide for Achieving Higher Performance the US Army Way
Jeff played intercollegiate sports at West Point, is an Eagle Scout, and a Distinguished Alum from Mariemont High School. He holds a masters degrees in Computer Systems and National Security Policy. He resides in Augusta, Georgia, and serves on 4 local and national boards.
Scott Patlovich, DrPH, CBSP, SM(NRCM), CHMM, CPH
Director, Environmental Health & Safety
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
Scott Patlovich, DrPH, CBSP, CHMM, CPH is the Director of Environmental, Health and Safety at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). He holds a Doctorate of Public Health in Occupational and Environmental Health Sciences (concentration in epidemiology and disease control) and a Master of Public Health in Occupational and Environmental Health Sciences (concentration in industrial hygiene) from the UTHealth School of Public Health. Dr. Patlovich is a Certified Biological Safety Professional, a Specialist Microbiologist in Biological Safety Microbiology, a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager, and is Certified in Public Health. Previously, Scott served as a safety manager at the Texas Biomedical Research Institute, which has the only privately operated BSL-4 laboratory in the country. He also worked as a Senior Safety and Health Manager in the Office of Safety, Health, and Environment at the National University of Singapore.Dr. Chad Austin, PhD
Safety Specialist, Biological Safety Program
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
Chad Austin, PhD is a graduate of the University of Colorado and the internationally recognized National Biosafety and Biocontainment Training program at the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Austin specializes in the theory and practice of public health, biosafety, genetics and molecular biology as well as bacteriology, virology, and immunology. He is currently a Safety Specialist at The University of Texas Health Science Center (UTHealth) and an instructor at UTHealth School of Public Health. Chad is a member of the American Society for Microbiology, the Southern Biosafety Association, and ABSA International – formerly the American Biological Safety Association – where he is an instructor for the Basic and Advanced Risk Assessment courses.
Jacqueline M. Brettner, Attorney
Ms. Brettner is a partner with the law firm of Carver Darden and practices in the areas of insurance coverage and commercial litigation, international business, and alternative dispute resolution. She represents a wide variety of clients and industries in her practice from Fortune 500 companies to mid-sized businesses. Jackie is experienced in the interpretation and resolution of bio recovery and biohazard cleanup & remediation insurance coverage questions. In addition, Jackie has a niche interest in the tech world and frequently counsels her clients on best practices for, and risk transfer of, cyber liability.
On a day to day basis, Jackie’s practice takes her from the courtroom where she represents her clients in active litigation, to the boardroom where she provides her clients with advice in long term business matters ranging from contract negotiation with third parties to implementation of internal policies to reduce operational risk. While she primarily represents corporate policyholders, she also has experience counseling certain underwriters at Lloyd’s of London, London market insurance companies and a number of international and domestic insurers.
Jackie is also a registered mediator. She maintains an active mediation practice where she resolves conflicts between businesses who wish to minimize, or avoid, litigation costs.
Jackie has a Bachelor’s of Art in Political Science & Mass Communication from the University of Florida and a Juris Doctorate from Tulane University School of Law. Originally from the Republic of Panama, she is fluent in Spanish, and regularly counsels her clients on international business matters in her native language.
Brian Gard has been with the University of Tennessee for 10 years as the Director of Emergency Management for the Knoxville campus and the Emergency Services Coordinator to the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency. He began a career in emergency management after 23 years of distinguished service in the Marine Corps. He is a graduate of The Citadel military college of South Carolina with a BA in psychology, an MBA from the University of Tennessee, and numerous public safety certificates.
Brian Gard joined the university after 23 years of distinguished service in the United States Marine Corps. He served as an engineer officer and trained and deployed for numerous military operations to include humanitarian relief missions. His awards include the Combat Action Ribbon, Presidential Service Badge, and Bronze Star. He brought his operational and logistical planning expertise to the University of Tennessee System in 2005 and served as the university Emergency Services Coordinator to the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency. He has served as the Director of Emergency Management for the Knoxville campus since 2010. He is a graduate of the Citadel and earned a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee, and numerous public safety certificates. He is responsible for directing all operations associated with emergency management and working cooperatively with other departments to ensure that the university community is prepared to respond responsibility to emergencies. He also serves as a liaison with local, state, and federal agencies to ensure compliance and advocate for the campus regarding emergency management. He is currently President Elect of the Emergency Management Association of Tennessee.
Brian Gard retired as a Major after 23 years of distinguished service in the Marine Corps. He enlisted and served as an infantryman until being commissioned as a combat engineer officer. He is a graduate of The Citadel military college of South Carolina with a BA in psychology, and earned an MBA from the University of Tennessee. He served in an expeditionary bridge unit during the Iraq war. Awards include the Combat Action Ribbon, Presidential Service Badge, and Bronze Star.