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Andrew Serwin, CEO and Executive Director.

Andrew Serwin is an internationally recognized thought leader regarding information’s evolving role in the economy and society, including how businesses can achieve key business objectives through the use of information, strategies companies must implement to protect and secure information, and what are appropriate uses of information. He combines a deep understanding of privacy and security regulatory issues, with advanced certification in business process improvement, and a unique understanding of cyber-security through his service on the Naval Post Graduate School’s Center for Asymmetric Warfare Advisory Team.

He was ranked second in the 2010 Computerworld survey of top global privacy advisors and was ranked by Chambers USA – 2009-2010 in the area of National: Privacy & Data Security, where he was described by clients as “a tireless worker, holding onto the ever-shifting puzzle pieces of the law in this area in a way that other privacy lawyers cannot” as well as by Legal 500 in Data Protection and Privacy.

Mr. Serwin has written a number of books, including the leading treatise on privacy, “Information Security and Privacy: A Guide to Federal and State Law and Compliance”, and “Information Security and Privacy: A Guide to International Law and Compliance“, a three volume, 4,000 page book that examines all aspects of privacy and security laws, published by Thomson-West, which has been called “the best privacy sourcebook”, “an indispensable resource for privacy professionals at all levels”, and “a book that everybody in the information privacy field should have on their desk”, which has been cited by Ostergren v. Cuccinelli, 615 F.3d 263 (4th Cir. 2010) as well as “Information Security and Privacy: A Guide to International Law and Compliance”.  He is also the author of several leading law review articles: “Privacy 3.0—The Principle of Proportionality”, 42 U. Mich. J.L. Reform 869 (2009) ; “Poised on the Precipice:  A Critical Examination of Privacy Litigation”, 25 Santa Clara Computer & High Tech. L.J. 883; and “The Federal Trade Commission and Privacy: Defining Enforcement and Encouraging the Adoption of Best Practices“, 48 San Diego L. Rev. 809 (2011).  A complete list of Mr. Serwin’s publications can be viewed here, but he has written over 100 articles and presented over 100 times on litigation and privacy topics, and his works have been cited by a number of journals and courts, including:

His works have been widely cited by a number of courts, leading law journals, and publications, including:

  • Advising e Businesses;
  • Alabama Law Review;
  • American Law Reports (ALR);
  • American Jurisprudence 3rd;
  • Arizona Practice Series, Business Law Deskbook, Advanced Topics in Business Law;
  • Berkeley Technology Law Journal;
  • California Business Law Deskbook;
  • California Law Review;
  • Callmann on Unfair Competition, Trademarks and Monopolies (4th Edition);
  • Federal Litigator;
  • Fishman and McKenna, Wiretapping and Eavesdropping;
  • Hammond v. The Bank of New York Mellon Corp. 2010 WL 2643307, (S.D.N.Y., June 25, 2010);
  • Harvard Journal of Law & Technology;
  • Hastings Law Journal;
  • Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies;
  • Iowa Law Review;
  • John Marshall Journal of Computer & Information Law;
  • Joseph Oat Holdings, Inc. v. RCM Digesters, Inc., 2010 WL 5065037, (3rd Cir. December 13, 2010);
  • Kansas Journal of Law and Public Policy;
  • Journal of College and University Law;
  • Minnesota Practice Series, Business Law Deskbook, Advanced Topics In Business Law;
  • New Jersey Practice Series, Business Law Deskbook;
  • Ostergren v. Cuccinelli, 615 F.3d 263 (4th Cir. 2010);
  • Pepperdine Law Review;
  • Rutgers Computer and Technology Law Journal;
  • South Carolina Law Review;
  • Southern California Interdisciplinary Law Journal;
  • St. John’s Law Review;
  • Stanford Law Review;
  • University of Pittsburgh Journal of Technology Law and Policy;
  • Villanova Law Review;
  • Widener Law Journal;
  • Wright & Miller, Federal Practice and Procedure—Criminal.

Mr. Serwin has a strong background in process improvement, and is a certified Six Sigma black belt.  He also is the lead author of a number of cutting-edge studies, including:  “The Demographics of Privacy—A Blueprint for Understanding Consumer Perceptions and Behavior“;  “Data Breaches and the Phantom Damage Allegation“; and “Social Media: Understanding User Patterns and Compliance Issues“.   He is a partner at Morrison & Foerster, LLP, and was the the founding chair of the Privacy, Security, and Information Management Practice at Foley & Lardner LLP.   Mr. Serwin is a graduate of the University of San Diego School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1995), where he was a member of the Order of the Coif. He earned his B.A. in political science, cum laude, from the University of California, San Diego in 1992.


Larry Ponemon, Ph.D., Senior Research Advisor, CIPP

Dr. Larry Ponemon is the Senior Research Advisor of the Lares Institute, as well as the Chairman and Founder of the Ponemon Institute, a research “think tank” dedicated to advancing privacy and data protection practices. Dr. Ponemon is considered a pioneer in privacy auditing and the Responsible Information Management or RIM framework.

Ponemon Institute conducts independent research, educates leaders from the private and public sectors and verifies the privacy and data protection practices of organizations in a various industries. In addition to Institute activities, Dr. Ponemon is an adjunct professor for ethics and privacy at Carnegie Mellon University’s CIO Institute. He is a Fellow of the Center for Government Innovation of the Unisys Corporation.

Dr. Ponemon consults with leading multinational organizations on global privacy management programs. He has extensive knowledge of regulatory frameworks for managing privacy and data security including financial services, health care, pharmaceutical, telecom and Internet. Dr. Ponemon was appointed to the Advisory Committee for Online Access & Security for the United States Federal Trade Commission. He was appointed by the White House to the Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee for the Department of Homeland Security. Dr. Ponemon was also an appointed to two California State task forces on privacy and data security laws.

Dr. Ponemon is a member of the National Board of Advisors of the Eller College of Business and Public Administration, University of Arizona.  He serves as Chairman of the Government Policy Advisory Committee and Co-Chair of the Internet Task Force for the Council of American Survey and Research Organizations (CASRO).

Dr. Ponemon was a senior partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he founded the firm’s global compliance risk management group. Prior to joining Price Waterhouse as a partner, Dr. Ponemon served as the National Director of Business Ethics Services for KPMG Peat Marwick, and was appointed Executive Director of the KPMG Business Ethics Institute.

Dr. Ponemon has held chaired (tenured) faculty positions and published numerous articles and learned books. He has presented hundreds of keynote speeches or learned presentations at national or international conferences on privacy, data protection, information security, corporate governance, and responsible information management. Dr. Ponemon is an active member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals, serving as founding member of the Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP) Advisory Board.

Dr. Ponemon is column editor for Computerworld, CSO Magazine, BNA, Dark Reading and other leading publications. He is a frequent commentator on privacy and business ethics for CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Financial Times, Business 2.0, Newsweek, Business Week, U.S. News & World Report, CIO Magazine, Industry Standard, Boston Globe, InfoWorld, InformationWeek, Forbes, Fortune, CFO Magazine, Red Herring, Dow Jones News and others.

Dr. Ponemon earned his Ph.D. at Union College in Schenectady, New York. He has a Master’s degree from Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, and attended the doctoral program in system sciences at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Dr. Ponemon earned his Bachelors with Highest Distinction from the University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Information Privacy Professional.

Dr. Ponemon is a veteran (Vietnam War era) of the United States Navy. He is married and has two sons. Dr. Ponemon is an instrument rated private pilot.

Mr. Daniel W. Caprio, Jr., Advisory Board Member

Dan Caprio brings over 25 years of experience on legal and policy issues involving the convergence of internet, telecommunications, and technology. He has substantial knowledge and experience in the areas of privacy, cyber security, information security, and the Internet of Things, a term used when everyday objects are connected to the Internet. Mr. Caprio works with clients to define and capitalize on public policy strategies in the United States and Europe.

From 2004 to 2006, Mr. Caprio served as Chief Privacy Officer and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Technology Policy at the U.S. Department of Commerce (DoC) where he advised the Secretary of Commerce and the White House on technology policy and privacy protection. While at the DoC, he oversaw activities related to the development and implementation of federal privacy laws, policies, and practices. He served as Chairman of the DoC Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) working group and Co-Chairman of the Federal RFID interagency working group.

In 2011, Mr. Caprio was appointed to advise the Secretary of Commerce and United States Trade Representative on Information and Communications Technologies and Electronic Commerce matters. From 2007 through 2011, Mr. Caprio advised the Secretary of Homeland Security on Data Privacy matters. In 2010, Mr. Caprio was appointed as a transatlantic subject matter expert to advise the European Commission on the Internet of Things.

Prior to his tenure at the DoC, Mr. Caprio served as Chief of Staff to Commissioner Orson Swindle at the Federal Trade Commission. In 2002, he was appointed to represent the United States in revising the OECD guidelines on information systems and networks. Mr. Caprio holds an active security clearance for classified matters.


Jay Cline

Jay Cline, Advisory Board Member

From 1993 to 1998 Jay worked in the US Government as a specialist on international trade law during the formation of the World Trade Organization, NAFTA, and APEC, and economic sanctions against Iraq. From 1998 to 2000, he served as a consultant for EDS working on a federal contract related to information security assurance. From 2000 to 2006, Jay was the chief privacy and security officer for Carlson Companies, a leading provider of travel-management services to the US Government. He founded MPC in 2006, specializing in global risk and compliance assessments, including the first privacy audit of the United Nations.

Mr. William B. Donohue, Advisory Board Member

Bill spent more than 20 years as a Commissioned Officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, retiring in 1999 as a LtCol(Sel).  As a Communications Officer, Bill learned his trade, experiencing increasing levels of responsibility along with the ever changing world of technology.  Serving in Desert Storm, Bill was integral in military’s changing approach to the use of and particularly the rate at with the Marines tested and adopted new technologies.  That war had the effect of creating parity for the Marines with the rest of the world and business and industry in particular.  Serving as the head of the Information Technology Lessons Learned team for the Commandant of the Marine Corps, Bill’s report and recommendations were widely adopted and form the basis for the Marine Corps approach to I.T. today.  It was during that critical assignment that he learned to challenge the status quo.  His last job in the Marines, prior to retirement was as the Director, Plans and Operations Division, Information Systems for the Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton, Ca.  That role, which was equivalent to the CIO of Camp Pendleton, served him well in his preparation for entry into the civilian market place.  Despite having numerous offers for employment within the DOD and support community, Bill opted to take a job as the Director, IT Operations with 24 Hour Fitness.  He saw the opportunity with that growing company, and in particular the ability to experience a different side of life and technology, apart from the DOD and military complex.

During his 11 years at 24 Hour Fitness, Bill was responsible for the complete restructuring of the IT department and the creation of all of the automated systems that they still use.  Upon joining the company, Bill saw the mountain of paperwork that was created and the large numbers of people needed to hand process each and every contract sold by the health clubs, by the employees at the “Home Office”.  The first system that Bill rolled out was a system that allowed the electronic management of leads, CRM and contracting.  His implementation of a suite of Oracle applications allowed for the effective and accurate billing and incentive compensation for employees, in what was a very complex business model.  An employee could work the front desk at one club, be a Group X (Exercise) instructor at another and be the Assistant Personal Training Manager at another club, all three roles paying a different rate, with different rates for incentive compensation.  Creating a different system to manage personal training quickly became a new priority.  Members were sold a variety of personal training packages which had to be decremented, a Personal Trainer had to be assigned, the session had to be trained, and all of that activity had to be accounted for in a fraud free and accurate environment.  Bill managed the creation and roll-out into production of a new Personal Training Management system that was both accurate and HIPAA compliant.  Managing more than 4mm individual credit cards which were tapped monthly, Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliance was soon required.  During the first year of required audits, 24 Hour Fitness, a level 1 merchant, easily passed the audit receiving its first of many Reports on Compliance (ROC) ensuring that they could continue to transact credit cards thru Visa and Master Card.  Promoted to SVP/CIO Bill continued the evolution of 24 Hour Fitness and its use of technology in their efforts to provide an effective health and workout environment to the public that they served.  The final system that Bill supervised was a Biometric entry control system that replaced the need for membership cards.  Bill included the use of Biometrics in the 24 Hour Kids Clubs, to ensure the accurate accounting for the children entrusted to their care, and ultimately tying a members Biometric information into their membership so that they could purchase retail items simply by using their finger print and PIN code.  This system allowed for the simplification of the exercise experience.  Members could now enjoy the club without having to worry about carrying their wallet, membership card, money etc.  As the company settled into their new automated systems, and after compliance and security, governance and control were established and perfected, and as the company achieved Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) compliance, Bill decided it was time to look for a new challenge and left 24 Hour Fitness during March of 2010, by his own choice.

He continued to work within the wellness and HealthCare space, Bill engaged in private consulting with companies like Bally Total Fitness, Kool Smiles, a pediatric Dental Company, MedFit Systems, the owners of Nautilus Commercial Fitness equipment etc.  During June of 2011, Bill was contacted by the founder and CEO for Mindbody, a SaaS company providing complete business software for Yoga, Pilates and Fitness studios.  With more than 10,000 clients at that time, Mindbody had grown to the point where they needed the infrastructure, structure and rigor required to both continue their rate of growth as well as to attain the next step in their ultimate goal of becoming a public company.  Bill began consulting to Mindbody, to help them get through a serious Denial of Service (DDoS) attack, and to conduct the post DDoS activities (external security audit, immediate infrastructure improvements to protect against additional attacks.

Seeing the potential and working within the space that he thought was critical to the continued development of business automation support, SaaS, Bill accepted the position of Mindbody Chief Information Officer during September of 2011.  Continuing the work that he started while a consultant, his priorities remain High Availability and Security.  Mindbody continues to enjoy unprecedented growth, user acceptance and appreciation never before achieved by a SaaS company.  To ensure that MINDBODY continues is market dominance, Bill is building an I.T. department that is not only the best in this industry, but one that will become the model for all like businesses in the future.  Staffed with the best individual contributors in their chosen disciplines, the IT department will remain small and nimble, with the flexibility to support the business in any direction that it may take.  Taking advantage of key, strategic partnerships, leveraging vendors and technologies to provide services that aren’t core to MINDBODY’s technology focus, Bill is establishing a model that is and will continue to be best of breed.

Bill’s vast experience as a leader of technologists, his foresight and understanding of technology, its uses and changes and in particular his understanding of and expertise in the wellness and healthcare spaces allow him to fit well with the MINDBODY team and its philosophy and direction.


Alan W. Jaeger, Advisory Board Member

Director and Principal Investigator, Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Asymmetric Warfare
Alan leads a diverse and highly qualified team of Federal Research Associates in the conduct, research and delivery of focused training, field experimentation, exercise and assessment programs in order to increase the capabilities of US military and civil authorities at all levels to prevent, mitigate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from the effects of asymmetric threats to national, homeland, and global security, including terrorism and natural or man-made disasters. This activity is performed with the intent of contributing significant and relevant knowledge for senior DoD leadership and decision makers through research and experimentation to improve the combat effectiveness of military forces, readiness of civilian emergency response and management agencies, and interagency collaboration at all levels of response capability. Alan holds a bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering (BSME), Masters in Business Administration (MBA) and is DAWIA Level III certified in Systems Planning, Research Development and Engineering with 15 years of experience in the public and private sectors including extensive international business operations.

Mr. Richard Jones, Advisory Board Member

Mr. Jones has over 35 years experience as a specialist in Crisis Management, Organizational Development and Management Training and Education. Since founding Management 2000, Inc. in 1990, the core focus of the company has been to assist executive management of companies with the development and implementation of crisis management, strategic turnaround, and growth management strategies. As such, Mr. Jones has direct experience at the senior executive level with such industries as health care and technology as well as in physical and cyber security. Mr. Jones has served as an interim president of an internet service provider, as chief operating officer of a corporate anti-terrorism and anti-kidnapping security company and as the president of an information security company.

It was through this varied exposure to security that prompted Mr. Jones to create M2000/IS, an information security division of Management 2000, Inc. It’s purpose is to deal specifically with computer forensic examinations, investigations and vulnerability analysis pertaining to computer crimes and cyber terrorism. Mr. Jones is also the founder of the CIRI Team™, (Computer Incident Response and Investigation Team) consisting of an integrated team of information security technologists and former law enforcement.

In 1999 Mr. Jones was appointed to the Executive MBA Advisory Council at Loyola Marymount University and was subsequently invited to join the Faculty as an Adjunct Professor in the Executive MBA program. His course-work focus was on Crisis Management, Organizational Development, and Implementation of Strategy. After 10+ years at LMU, Mr. Jones was asked to join the Center for Asymmetric Warfare operated by the Department of Defense, U.S. Navy, Naval Postgraduate School.

In January 2005, Mr. Jones was appointed President & CEO of the FBI supported InfraGard Los Angeles Members Alliance, Inc. This private-sector based California Corporation is dedicated to sharing intelligence and integrating assets with local, state and federal law enforcement and other first responder resources. InfraGard Los Angeles addresses the protection of critical U.S. infrastructure sectors in the same territory served by the Los Angeles Field Office of the FBI. This area represents some 40,000 square miles and more than 18 million residents. As a result of his leadership efforts with InfraGard, Mr. Jones was the recipient in January 2008 of FBI Director Robert S. Mueller’s, “Directors Community Leadership Award” for Los Angeles.

Mr Jones is currently consulting with the Los Angeles FBI Field Office as the Private Sector Coordinator for their “Intellectual Property Loss Mitigation Program” which is based out of the Los Angeles FBI Cyber Squad.

Mr. Jones carries active security clearances with both the Department of Justice and the Department of Defense.


Mr. Roy Mellinger, Advisory Board Member

Roy Mellinger is Vice President of Information Technology Security and Chief Information Security Officer at WellPoint where he oversees a department of more than 150 full-time information security and risk management professionals responsible for protecting WellPoint’s computer systems, technical infrastructure and information assets. As Chief Information Security Officer, he serves as the decision-maker on all corporate information security matters, and establishes security policy and standards for products and systems throughout the organization. He collaborates with Legal, Corporate Compliance, the Privacy Office and his Information Technology colleagues to develop and implement enterprise security strategies and safeguarding programs to protect sensitive information and intellectual property. He is also responsible for IT Risk Management and overseeing Information Technology incident response, cyber-investigation and computer forensic programs.

Mr. Mellinger joined WellPoint in March 2009 bringing 30 years of experience in developing and managing best-in-class physical, logical and information security programs for domestic and international business operations. Prior to joining WellPoint, he served in executive security leadership positions for Sallie Mae, GE Capital, Heller Financial, Household International, Inc. and Spiegel. Before beginning his career in the private sector, Mr. Mellinger worked in the government sector, assigned to both Intelligence and Law Enforcement operations, where he held top-level security clearances and specialized in communications and operational security.

Mr. Mellinger has extensive experience establishing organizational governance structures, risk based operational models, OPSEC and TSCM protocols and programs. He is a certified Information Systems Security Professional, (CISSP) with advanced certifications in Information Security Architecture (ISSAP) and Information Security Management (ISSMP), a certified Six Sigma Black Belt and a Project Management Professional (PMP). He is also a licensed private investigator, and is the founder and principal of The Shield Group. LLC, a private investigation and security consulting firm.


Mr. Kenneth Mortensen, Advisory Board Member

Kenneth P. Mortensen is Senior Managing Director,  at PwC in its Privacy • Information Governance • Cybersecurity practice.

As an attorney and engineer, Kenneth P. Mortensen empowers organizations to develop and implement enterprise governance strategy for the superior application of information as a critical enterprise asset used to optimize risk and facilitate innovation through enhanced decision-making while incorporating protections for individual privacy and also addressing cybersecurity risks.

Ken is a Managing Director for PwC working out of the Boston office with global responsibility to address client needs for knowledge governance and privacy compliance. He also works to expand PwC’s healthcare privacy offerings into advanced, technology-enabled solutions and coordinate crossborder privacy compliance solutions through PwC’s global network of firms.

Ken is a member of the board of directors for the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).  Founded in 2000, the IAPP is the world’s largest association of privacy professionals with more than 15,000 members in 86 countries. He also serves on the boards of Shared Assessments and the Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST).

Formerly, Ken was the Vice President, Assistant General Counsel & Chief Privacy Officer at CVS Caremark, a Fortune 13 company, where he had enterprise responsibility for information governance, including management of a legal team, privacy operations, and, indirectly, the enterprise information security and risk governance group. While there, he secured the first ever closure letter for a healthcare organization from HHS’s Office of Civil Rights for CVS’s Corrective Action Plan, and in less than the required three years. Additionally, he successfully developed the company’s first privacy and information security programs to ensure full compliance with CVS’s Consent Agreement with the FTC, the protection of patient data, and successful PCI compliance. Before to coming to CVS Caremark, he was Boston Scientific Corporation’s first ever Chief Privacy Officer where he had responsibility for building a global corporate privacy and security program.

Prior to re-entering the private sector, Ken served in the Administration of President George W. Bush as the Associate Deputy Attorney General (Privacy & Civil Liberties) for the U.S. Department of Justice, where he was the primary counsel and policy advisor to the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General on privacy and civil liberties matters, including support under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and working on the Attorney General Guidelines for Domestic FBI Operations and EO 12333. He negotiated numerous international agreements with privacy and civil liberties safeguards supporting foreign intelligence, national security and law enforcement. Before coming to Justice, Ken joined the Dep’t of Homeland Security early in its existence, first as a Senior Advisor and ending as the Deputy Chief Privacy Officer, counseling on privacy and security, including the development of information sharing for cybersecurity and critical infrastructure.

Formerly, Ken was founding law partner at Harvey & Mortensen and served as Special Counsel to Pennsylvania Attorney General Mike Fisher for Internet and cyber issues as well as designing and operating the Commonwealth’s initial Do Not Call website. Before private practice, Ken was a Teaching Fellow at Villanova University School of Law, where he taught computer and information law and managed operations of a think tank, the Center for Information Law and Policy.  Ken began his career at Burroughs Corporation as an Electrical Engineer performing large system design and test development for mainframe computers. In addition to his J.D. from Villanova University School of Law, he has an M.B.A. from Villanova University and a B.S.E.E. from Drexel University. He also holds a Certificate in Foreign Intelligence Law from the Judge Advocate General’s School.



Congressman Ron Packard, Advisory Board Member

Congressman Ron Packard was first elected to Congress on November 2, 1982 by a write-in vote – only the fourth successful write-in candidate in the history of the United States Congress. Congressman Packard served for 18 years, representing the 48th District in Southern California. He routinely captured over 70 percent of the vote in his reelection campaigns. He retired from the Congress on January 3, 2001 and currently is the Senior Partner in Packard Government Affairs, a San Diego and Washington based consulting firm.

Ron Packard was born on January 19, 1931 in Meridian, Idaho, where he spent his youth and attended high school. After studying at Brigham Young University and Portland State University, he entered the University of Oregon Dental School and received his D.M.D. degree in 1957.

From 1957 to 1959, Packard was stationed at Camp Pendleton, California on duty with the U.S. Navy Dental Corps. Following his service in the Navy, he relocated his family and practice to the Carlsbad area and founded the Packard Dental Clinic.

Packard soon became active in local civic and business affairs. His first public post was as a trustee of the Carlsbad Unified School District, serving from 1962 to 1974, including three years as Chairman. He was a director of the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce for four years, and served two years on the Carlsbad City of Council, culminating in his election as Mayor of Carlsbad in 1978.

During his four years as Carlsbad’s Mayor, Packard became deeply involved in regional affairs. He served for three years on the transportation policy committee of the League of California Cities, and spent four years as a Director of the North County Transit District. His leadership brought him to the forefront of regional issues, culminating in his two-year Presidency of the Council of Mayors for San Diego County.

Congressman Packard served on the prestigious House Appropriations Committee, and during his tenure on that committee chaired the Energy and Water Development, Military Construction, and Legislative Branch Subcommittees. He also worked as a senior member of the Transportation and Foreign Operations Appropriation Subcommittees. Previously, the Congressman served on the Public Works and Transportation Committee and the Science, Space and Technology Committee.

Married in 1952 to Jean Sorenson, Congressman and Mrs. Packard have seven children and thirty-four grandchildren.


Ron Plesco, Advisory Board Member

Ron is a nationally known information security and privacy attorney with 16 years experience in information assurance/privacy, identity management, computer crime and emerging cyber threats and technology solutions. Ron is a Managing Director in KPMG’s Advisory Risk Consulting Services practice and leads KPMG’s cyber investigation practice. Ron joined KPMG in 2012 after a distinguished career in government and in the private sector and is a frequent speaker internationally on cyber crime. Prior to joining KPMG, Ron was the CEO of the National Computer Forensic Technology Association (NCFTA), where Ron managed the development of intelligence that led to over 400 worldwide cyber crime arrests in four years and prevented over $1 billion in fraud. Notable NCFTA intelligence-led arrests include Ghost Click, Anonymous, Coreflood and multiple online pharmacies.

Don Polese, Advisory Board Member

Mr. Polese is a Senior Vice President at Vectis Strategies, a government relations and public relations firm that represents the interests of public and private corporations, entrepreneurial start-ups to non-profits, philanthropic foundations and local agencies seeking to engage leaders and move the needle of public opinion, forge collaborative solutions to complex challenges, create diverse coalitions, and mobilize action for real and lasting change. He is also an owner of Packard Government Affairs, as well as the former District Director for Congressman Ron Packard.

Mr. Doron Rotman, CIPP, Managing Director, KPMG LLP, Advisory Board

Doron Rotman is a managing director in the Advisory Services practice of the U.S. audit, tax and advisory firm KPMG LLP with over 25 years of experience. Mr. Rotman focuses on providing Privacy and Information Governance Services. He is the national privacy services leader, a member of KPMG’s national Privacy Leadership Council and a member of Privacy Leadership team of KPMG International, a global network of professional firms providing audit, tax and advisory services. He has extensive high tech, financial services, healthcare, manufacturing and government industry knowledge and also has extensive knowledge of information technology’s impact on financial processes within organizations. Rotman has led many of KPMG’s largest privacy engagements, serving complex, global organizations including Fortune 500 companies.

Mr. Rotman serves on several organizations focused on privacy and information governance, including the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)/Canadian Institute of chartered accountants Enterprise Wide Privacy Taskforce, the US Department of Commerce delegation to APEC (Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation) privacy sub-working group, and the State of California task force to study the use of Social Security numbers by California colleges and universities.

Rotman has authored or co-authored several publications published by the AICPA, including the Generally Accepted Privacy Principals (GAPP), Understanding and Implementing Privacy Services: A CPA’s Resource Guide, and Privacy Risk Assessment Tool. He has been a frequent speaker on his specialty at International Association of Privacy Professionals and Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation conferences. He holds a master’s degree in finance and accounting, and a bachelor’s degree in accounting and economics from University of Tel Aviv.

Tina Stow, Advisory Board Member

Vice President, Issues Management at APCO Worldwide Ms. Stow is a results-oriented project lead with experience managing $1M+ portfolio. At APCO she has formulated, managed and executed complex public affairs, communications, advocacy and positioning campaigns on behalf of Fortune 500 companies and organizations facing significant business threats, challenges and opportunities. She has also managed the firm’s public affairs relationship with a Fortune 500 global financial services client, and has experience developing and executing policy-driven advocacy and communications campaigns in the face of threatening legislative and political environment. She has also served as the Issues Management business line lead and team leader for APCO Issues Management practice, and has lead and coordinated regional, national and global account teams with multiple work streams and multiple performing offices. She previously served as the Senior Director, Privacy and Communications LexisNexis, as well as the Assistant Chief Privacy and Communications Officer for ChoicePoint.

Honorable Orson Swindle, Advisory Board Member

Orson Swindle served as a Commissioner on the Federal Trade Commission from December 18, 1997 to June 30, 2005.

Mr. Swindle has had a distinguished military career and served in the Reagan Administration from 1981 to 1989 directing financial assistance programs to economically distressed rural and municipal areas of the country. As Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Development he managed the Department of Commerce’s national economic development efforts directing seven offices across the country. Mr. Swindle was State Director of the Farmers Home Administration for the U.S. Department of Agriculture financing rural housing, community infrastructure, businesses, and farming.

In 1992, Mr. Swindle became the first national leader of United We Stand America and in 1993 worked with Jack Kemp, Vin Weber, William Bennett and Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick to form Empower America. In 1994 and in 1996 he was a Republican candidate for Congress in Hawaii’s 1st Congressional District.

As a Marine aviator serving in South Vietnam on November 11, 1966, Mr. Swindle was shot down from the skies over North Vietnam while flying his 205th and last combat mission. He was captured by the North Vietnamese and held Prisoner of War in Hanoi for the next six years and four months. On March 4, 1973, Mr. Swindle was released from captivity.

Mr. Swindle retired from the U.S. Marine Corps in 1979 with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. His 20 military decorations for valor in combat include two Silver Stars, two Bronze Stars, and two Purple Hearts.

Mr. Swindle earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Management from Georgia Tech in 1959 and a Master of Business Administration from Florida State University in 1975.