KeyPoint Advisory Board
The KeyPoint Advisory Board serves as strategic advisors on operations and business opportunities for KeyPoint. As new members are added to the Advisory Board, their profiles will be added to this page.
William A. Davidson,
CEO - Bill Davidson Associates LLC
William A. Davidson is the CEO of Bill Davidson Associates LLC a firm providing consulting and advisory service to government and private entities focusing on security, law enforcement, intelligence and organizational development. more >>
William A. Davidson is the CEO of Bill Davidson Associates LLC a firm providing consulting and advisory service to government and private entities focusing on security, law enforcement, intelligence and organizational development. Prior to his retirement from federal service in October 2011, Mr. Davidson served as the Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. He was the Air Force's senior career civilian adviser to the Secretary. He performed high-level assignments following the Secretary's policies, goals and objectives. He administratively managed the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, its 1,650-member Secretariat and supported Field Operating Agencies. These responsibilities included management of manpower, people, organization, budget, supply and the Secretary's contingency fund. As the Senior Security Official for the Department of the Air Force, he was responsible for the information, personnel and industrial security programs; security oversight for U.S. treaty issues; special access programs; and antiterrorism programs. In 2011 he was named among the “Most Influential People in Security” by Security magazine.
Prior to becoming the Administrative Assistant in 1994, Mr. Davidson was the Deputy Administrative Assistant from 1990 to 1994. He served as an active-duty Air Force officer for more than 22 years, serving as an Air Force Office of Special investigations agent and Chief of the Air Force Polygraph Program. At the time of his retirement from active duty, he was the Deputy for Security and Investigative Programs within the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force. He retired in the rank of colonel and entered the Senior Executive Service in 1990.
Mr. Davidson is a graduate of Florida State University (BS- Law Enforcement and Corrections) and George Washington University (MS-Criminal Justice). He is a member of the international Association of Police (IACP), American Society of Industrial Security (ASIS), National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) and the Air Force Association (AFA)
Managing Partner - Security Directors Advisory Group
Henry DeGeneste is a managing partner with Security Directors Advisory Group (SDAG). With more than 35 years’ experience in security and law enforcement leadership roles, he is currently focused on providing strategic advice to corporations and institutions of higher education to manage risk and develop emergency response and security programs. more >>
Henry DeGeneste is a managing partner with Security Directors Advisory Group (SDAG). With more than 35 years’ experience in security and law enforcement leadership roles, he is currently focused on providing strategic advice to corporations and institutions of higher education to manage risk and develop emergency response and security programs. Before SDAG, he served as Vice President of Global Security at Prudential Financial for 15 years where he was the senior executive responsible for developing and managing the strategy and policies that addressed security for the firm and its subsidiary companies. Also in support of corporate security, he served on the company’s Crisis Management Committee. Before Prudential Financial, Mr. DeGeneste spent 23 years with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey where he served as the Director of Public Safety and Superintendent of Police.
Outside of the corporate roles Mr. DeGeneste has fulfilled, he has also served as an adjunct professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice and continues to lecture at major colleges and universities as an expert on crisis and emergency management. He has acted as a consultant to Scotland Yard, Interpol, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. He serves on the Security Intelligence Board of iJET Intelligent Risk Systems. Mr. DeGeneste is a published author with numerous articles appearing in professional journals and has authored a textbook entitled, Policing Transportation Facilities, Charles Thomas, Publisher, 1994.
Mr. DeGeneste holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Adelphi University. He is a David Rockefeller Fellow and a Leadership New Jersey Fellow. He is also a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Executive Institute IX, and of the Rutgers University Criminal Justice Institute. Other leadership positions he has held include Commissioner on the National Commission for Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA), Chairman of the New York City chapter of the American Society of Industrial Security (ASIS), life member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and a founding member of the New York Bankers and Brokers Security Roundtable.
Dean M. Esserman,
Chief of Police - City of New Haven
Colonel Dean M. Esserman was recently appointed as Chief of Police for the City of New Haven, Connecticut, in October 2011, and will start his new position on November 18, 2011. Colonel Esserman previously served as Chief of Police for the City of Providence, Rhode Island, from January 2003 to July 2011. more >>
Colonel Dean M. Esserman was recently appointed as Chief of Police for the City of New Haven, Connecticut, in October 2011, and will start his new position on November 18, 2011. Colonel Esserman previously served as Chief of Police for the City of Providence, Rhode Island, from January 2003 to July 2011. During his time in Rhode Island, he taught at Roger Williams University in Bristol, as a visiting scholar at the School of Justice Studies, and served as special assistant to the president. He is nationally renowned for his innovative and community-oriented approaches to law enforcement practices and policies that have helped to reduce crime significantly in all jurisdictions where he has served.
Colonel Esserman started his law enforcement career as an Assistant District Attorney in Brooklyn, New York, in 1983. In 1987 he was appointed as a Special Assistant United States Attorney. He then served as General Counsel to Chief William Bratton of the New York City Transit Police from 1987 to 1991.
Colonel Esserman was Assistant Chief of Police in New Haven, Connecticut from 1991 to 1993, where he put into effect a community-policing plan, the state's first federally funded drug gang task force, which reduced crime citywide. He then became Chief of Police for the M.T.A. Metro North Police Department, headquartered in New York City, where he served for five years.
In 1998, Colonel Esserman was appointed Chief of Police in Stamford, Connecticut, where he instituted a community-oriented policing and crime-fighting plan that reduced crime by 50 percent. While in Stamford, he introduced many innovations and developed a national reputation as a police leader.
Colonel Esserman has served on numerous planning committees, transition teams and public safety planning reviews. Specifically, he was a team member of the Strategic Planning Team for Los Angeles Police Department, New York City Police Department, New York City Transit Police Department, New York State M.T.A. Police Department, Boston Police Department and Atlantic Olympics Security. Additionally, he has been a team member in the review of several university safety and security planning teams including Yale University, Brown University and the RI School of Design.
In 2001, he was appointed as the Federal Monitor of the Wallkill, New York Police Department and served in that capacity for four and a half years.
Colonel Esserman is a graduate of Dartmouth College (B.A.), and New York University School of Law (J.D.), and holds a faculty appointment at the Yale University Child Study Center. He is a member of the New York and Massachusetts Bars. He is currently serving as the Senior Law Enforcement Executive-in-Residence at the Roger Williams University Justice System Training and Research Institute, member of the Board of Directors for Vera Institute of Justice and former member of the Board of the Police Executive Research Forum.
Thomas C. Frazier,
President - Frazier Group LLC
Thomas C. Frazier is the President of Frazier Group LLC, a consortium of America’s leading law enforcement and homeland security leaders. Prior to creation of Frazier Group, he was Director of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing, an $8 billion grant program created to put 100,000 police officers on the streets of America. more >>
Thomas C. Frazier is the President of Frazier Group LLC, a consortium of America’s leading law enforcement and homeland security leaders. Prior to creation of Frazier Group, he was Director of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing, an $8 billion grant program created to put 100,000 police officers on the streets of America. For 10 years, ending July 2010, he was the Executive Director of the Major Cities Police Chiefs Association, representing the chiefs of the 70 largest police agencies in the United States and Canada.
In December 2011, Frazier was appointed by Oakland Mayor Jean Quan to lead a team of independent investigators into the police use of force in response to Occupy demonstrations. Frazier’s team will investigate an October 2011 confrontation between police and more than 80 Occupy protestors which left an Iraq War veteran seriously injured. The investigators will also evaluate police actions in reaction to the Occupy-led November 2 shutdown of Port of Oakland operations.
Mr. Frazier also served as Police Commissioner of Baltimore from 1994-1999. He was responsible for overall police department operations. Signature programs included 3-1-1, Departmental Reorganization, and CrimeStat. Prior to 1994, he served in every rank through Deputy Chief in the San Jose, California Police Department. He was Chief of Patrol, Chief of Detectives, Chief of Administration, Chief of Technical Services, Director of Communications, and Tactical Division Commander among others. He managed departmental responses to floods, earthquakes, hostage and sniper incidents, and was engaged in a number of mutual-aid responses throughout northern California. Additionally, during his career he has held roles in Internal Affairs, Special Weapons and Tactics, Planning and Research, and Criminal Intelligence.
Mr. Frazier is a decorated veteran, having served in Vietnam as a military intelligence officer, and was awarded the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Bronze Star and the Air Medal.
He was President of the Board of Directors of the Police Executive Research Forum, and Chairman of the Board of the Baltimore-Washington HIDTA. He holds a master’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration from San Jose State University, and has instructed internationally in Command and Control of Hostage Incidents.
Dr. Kathleen L. Kiernan,
CEO - Kiernan Group Holdings
Dr. Kathleen L. Kiernan is a 29-year veteran of Federal Law Enforcement and is the CEO of Kiernan Group Holdings, an international consulting firm that supports federal and civil clients. more >>
Dr. Kathleen L. Kiernan is a 29-year veteran of Federal Law Enforcement and is the CEO of Kiernan Group Holdings, an international consulting firm that supports federal and civil clients. She previously served as the Assistant Director for the Office of Strategic Intelligence and Information for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) where she was responsible for the design and implementation of an intelligence-led organizational strategy to mine and disseminate data related to explosives, firearms and illegal tobacco diversion.
Most recently, in September 2011, Dr. Kiernan was appointed to Henley-Putnam University’s new Advisory Board for its Doctorate in Strategic Security (DSS) Program. In October 2008, Henley-Putnam became the first university to offer a DSS program.
Dr. Kiernan has a doctorate in education from Northern Illinois University (with highest honors) and a Master of Science degree in Strategic Intelligence from the Joint Military Inteligence College in Washington, D.C. She also holds a Master of Arts degree in International Transactions from George Mason University in Virginia. In 2001, Dr. Kiernan was recognized as an outstanding scholar by Northern Illinois University and as an outstanding alumnus in 2005. She is a Senior Fellow for the George Washington University Homeland Security Policy Institute and a faculty member at The Johns Hopkins University and for the Center for Homeland Defense and Security at the Naval Postgraduate School. Dr. Kiernan is an alumnus of the Army Science Board where she led a panel exploring the transition of law enforcement training and technology to the warfighter.
Dr. Kiernan has been involved with the intelligence community for more than a decade, and served as the ATF representative to the Counterterrorism Center (CTC) at CIA during 1993-1995. She is the National Chair for the InfraGard Program, a public-private alliance with more than 41,000 members representing all 18 critical infrastructures and key resources. She co-chairs the Homeland Security Intelligence Council for the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA) and she is the former Chair of the DCI’s Law Enforcement Working Group (LEWG), an initiative designed to bridge the communities of intelligence and law enforcement. Further, Dr. Kiernan is a senior member on the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Terrorism subcommittee, an Intelligence Fellow (2001), and graduate of the FBI’s National Executive Institute (Class 26), Member of the Board of Reagents of the Potomac Institute, and the DNI’s SHARP Program (2006/7). In 2010, she was recognized as a Woman of Influence in the public and private sector by the Executive Women’s Forum. She has presented training on critical incident management and explosives response protocol on a worldwide basis.
Dr. Kiernan has also led a nationwide Intelligence Community project involving the active interdiction of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) throughout the law enforcement and public safety communities, and led a team in the Quadrennial Intelligence Community Review. Dr. Kiernan is a Special Advisor to the Director of the Combating Terrorism Task Force in the Department of Defense.
Chief Inspector - Garda Síochána Inspectorate
Kathleen O’Toole has a deep background in police agency leadership. A former Boston Police Commissioner, Ms. O’Toole was appointed as Chief Inspector of the Garda Síochána Inspectorate, the Republic of Ireland’s national police force, in May 2006. more >>
Kathleen O’Toole has a deep background in police agency leadership. A former Boston Police Commissioner, Ms. O’Toole was appointed as Chief Inspector of the Garda Síochána Inspectorate, the Republic of Ireland’s national police force, in May 2006. As Chief Inspector, she and a team have been auditing operational, investigative, managerial and policing strategies in an effort to identify and implement international best practices that will make the force more efficient and effective.
Ms. O’Toole was appointed to the Boston Police in 1979 and quickly rose through the ranks of policing in Massachusetts, serving in field, investigative and administrative roles. Ms. O’Toole served as Chief of the Metropolitan District Commission Police, Lieutenant Colonel in the Massachusetts State Police, Massachusetts Secretary of Public Safety and Boston Police Commissioner.
Ms. O’Toole was also a member on the Independent Commission on Policing in Northern Ireland, The Patten Commission, which developed a new framework for policing and security known as the Police Service of Northern Ireland.
Ms. O’Toole is a graduate of Boston College and the New England School of Law. She was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in 1982.