National Capital Chapter - AHMP

September 2014 Technical Seminar

Gail Kulisch of BTG Ventures, LLC will Present on


DATE:  September 17, 2014

TIME:   5:30 - 8:00 PM

Dual Locations:

Virginia Location:  TBD

Maryland Location:

Ecology Services Inc., 9135 Guilford Rd., Suite 200, Columbia, MD 21046

From the devastating terrorism at Ground Zero  to the Deepwater Horizon industrial accident, and from the intentional Capitol Hill Anthrax biological attacks to natural disasters such as Hurricane Katrina, quickly understanding the dynamic situation, reacting to the right circumstances, and bringing the right decisions and resources to bear proved  essential.  At every level, from responders in the field to the senior most decision-makers, it is essential to get ahead of the incident and be able  to observe, orient, decide, and act quickly enough to minimize consequences and restore what was impacted. Using recent case studies, and reviewing the current state of the art and research, this presentation will highlight the latest emerging best-practices and opportunities, and discuss the remaining gaps in information management and supported decision-making for rapidly evolving complex incidents.



Gail Kulisch, Capt USCG (ret) is the Owner and Managing Principal of BTG Ventures LLC, which develops and implements safety and security solutions, and provides leadership and technical expertise to disaster and environmental response operations. With over 28 years as a Coast Guard Officer, Gail has a combined background in Coast Guard Operations and Marine Safety with specialization in field level security operations and incident management and response. She has held four operational Coast Guard commands including Commander, Deployable Operations Group, where she led 27 Deployable Specialized Forces, including 22 Maritime Security Teams and the Level II Maritime Security Response Team, and 13,000 Coast Guard personnel operating worldwide supporting maritime safety, security, and environmental response. As the Sector Commander of Coast Guard Sector Boston from 2007- 2009, Gail was the Captain of the Port, Federal Maritime Security Coordinator, Officer in Charge of Marine Inspection, pre-designated Federal On-Scene Coordinator, Area Maritime Security Coordinator, and Officer in Charge of Marine Inspection. She was responsible for maritime safety and security for 18,000 square miles of offshore, coastal, and adjacent lands. Gail’s expertise and leadership were also proven on a national scale when she served as the Commanding Officer of the Coast Guard’s Atlantic Strike Team/National Strike Force responsible for incident management and specialized hazardous materials and oil spill response from Maine to North Carolina and inland to Nebraska. Most notably, she served as the Deputy Incident Commander for the 2001 Capitol Hill Anthrax response operation, and played key leadership roles throughout the 11- month National Strike Force support for response and She is a graduate of Holy Cross College (B.A. Chemistry) and earned a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering from UCLA. She is a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM), a National Incident Management System (NIMS) ICS Type 1 Incident Commander, and currently serves on the Board of Advisors for Kiernan Group Holdings, the Emerging Technologies Innovation Center, and the Board of Directors for the Alliance of Hazardous Materials Professionals - National Capitol Chapter. She is a member of the AFCEA Homeland Security Committee and a founding member of Veterans for Responsible Solutions.


2014/2015 Schedule.

The schedule and topics are:

September 17, 2014; Gail Kulisch "Crisis Response"

November 18, 2014; Jay Collert "SPCC Plans"

January 27, 2015; "EHS Smart Phone Apps"

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 February 23, 2015; Annual Joint Professional Development Seminar with AIHA

February 24 - 27, 2015; EHMM

March, 2015; OSHA updates

May, 2015; EPA updates

June, 2015; Tech Fair





The National Capital Chapter of the Alliance of Hazardous Materials Professionals (AHMP), membership includes Certified Hazardous Materials Managers (CHMMs) and environmental, health, and safety (EH&S) professionals from the District of Columbia and surrounding areas, including Northern Virginia and Baltimore, Maryland.

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