The 2nd Annual Berkeley College National Security Forum
Co-Sponsored by Hackensack University Health Network

Following the local impact of recent health emergencies, presenters will discuss the importance of coordination and sharing of public health crisis information at all levels. The significance of public and private partnerships in sharing the lessons learned will be emphasized.

The forum will take place at:

John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center
92 Second Street
Hackensack, NJ 07601

Free parking is available in the Second Street Garage.

Who Should Attend?

  • Public and private healthcare providers
  • Public health officials
  • Industry representatives
  • Emergency preparedness leadership
  • Anyone interested in improving health sector coordination and information sharing

The forum is free of charge, but seating is limited. You must register by Tuesday, May 26, 2015.

To register for the forum, click on the Register tab.

If you have any questions about the forum, please email or call Marilyn Estevez, Berkeley College, (212) 986-4343, ext. 4356.


Forum Moderator:
Lenore Molee, J.D. Dean, School of Professional Studies, Berkeley College

8:00 a.m. - Registration and Breakfast

8:45 a.m. - Welcome
Dario A. Cortes, Ph.D. President, Berkeley College

9:00 a.m. - Keynote
National Security and the Importance of the Health Sector
– A Significant Link to Protecting Our Country
Christopher Rodriguez, Ph.D.
Director, New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness

9:15 a.m. - Opening Presentation
A Hospital Perspective on the Importance of Information Sharing
Joseph Feldman, M.D., FACEP
Chairman of Emergency Medicine at Hackensack University Medical Center

9:30 a.m. - Break

9:50 a.m. - Forum Overview
Department of Health Perspective on the Importance of Information Sharing
Kevin J. Hayden
Director, Medical Coordination Center Program, New Jersey Department
of Health

10:00 a.m. - Panel One:
Public Health Preparedness in a Changing Environment – From Pandemic to Terrorist Attack – The Need for Partnerships and Information Sharing

A panel presentation providing perspectives from health facility planning required for business continuity and coordination during a crisis; hospital response during a crisis and the importance of communications; a state's role in communication between public and private partners; a corporate pharmaceutical information sharing perspective; and mechanisms for improving public and private partnerships.


  • Clifton R. Lacy, M.D., FACC, FACP
    Director, Institute for Emergency Preparedness and Homeland Security, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey


  • Brad Gair, M.A.
    Vice President, Emergency Management and Enterprise Resiliency, NYU Langone Medical Center
  • David Gruber, M.A.
    Assistant Commissioner for Regional and Local Health Services, Texas State Department of State Health Services
  • Bernard Jones, D.Sc. (ABD)
    Manager, Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery - HS&E Business Continuity, Novartis Business Services; Adjunct Professor, School of Professional Studies, Justice Studies-Criminal Justice Program, Berkeley College
  • Tom Moran
    Executive Director, All Hazards Consortium

11:30 a.m. - Break

11:45 a.m. - Panel Two:
Communication and Information Sharing in the Health Sector – Tools, Systems and What's to Come for the Next Threat or Emergency

A panel presentation focusing on communication and information sharing relating to building relationships as public entities continue to plan for improved coordination with key health sector players; the latest efforts at the federal and state level to build, maintain and continue to improve information sharing with the health sector; and the types of investments being made in support of communications and information sharing for key public and private partners.


  • Joseph Bruno, J.D.
    Vice President of Emergency Management, RedLand Strategies, Inc.; Former Commissioner, New York City Office of Emergency Management


  • Scott Di Giralomo, M.A.
    Director, Morris County Department of Law and Public Safety; Chair, Northern New Jersey Urban Area Security Initiative
  • Scott Nawrocki
    Special Agent WMD Coordinator, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Newark Division
  • Karen Fox Pawlak, M.A., CHES
    Hippocrates Program Manager, New Jersey Department of Health
  • Lt. Col. Christian Schulz, M.A., M.P.A.
    Deputy Superintendent of Homeland Security, New Jersey State Police

1:15 p.m. - Discussion Highlights and Wrap-Up
Lenore Molee