Board of Advisors
Financial and Executive Management
Mr. Boothıs background includes serving as the President of a large operating division, and Corporate Vice President, for a major international metal mining and smelting corporation. Mr. Booth's geographic area of activity was largely in the US and Canada, but also in Latin America. In his capacity, he was responsible for all aspects of planning and execution of a business with multiple domestic and international locations, and several hundred million dollars in capital assets and annual sales.
Responsibilities included not only the operation of existing facilities, but the justification for and the acquisition of new operations, and in some cases the sale of existing properties. Some of the responsibilities were carried out through his role as a director on boards of joint venture corporations.
Mr. Booth, an engineer by education, was also responsible at periods during his career for the parent corporationıs research and development facilities and activities.
Mr. Boothıs experience also includes being elected President and a Director of a small public company in the irradiation services industry, sorting out the problems threatening the near-term failure of the company, and starting it on a recovery path that led to its satisfactory sale to another company after his departure.
An early assignment as guest scientist with the then US Atomic Energy Commission, led him from technically-oriented work to assignments in strategic business planning, and to his career in executive management, where he enjoyed a reputation both for taking on difficult tasks, and for producing favorable outcomes.
Following retirement, he has pursued a more relaxed period as a consultant in both management and technology, as well serving as a volunteer doing small business counseling through SCORE, the Service Corps of Retired Executives of the US SBA (Small Business Administration).
Joseph Benanti, PT
Extended CareFaith Based Organizations
Joseph Benanti, PT, has over 30 years experience in health care administration and consulting, including directing new business development in the industrial and extended care marketplace nationally. He has developed clinical programs in hospital based, ambulatory and home care settings, and has consulted with national health care providers on the development of and augmentation of clinical programs. He has lectured for many years on a university basis and to local, state, national, and international professional symposiums on issues related to health care management, worker safety, injury prevention, ergonomics, and program development. He has also authored numerous articles on health care management and clinical issues.
Benanti also has decades of experience in working with faith based ministries and churches in developing interventional programs for seniors, international faith based schools, and populations at risk including the homeless, homebound, and facility based individuals. He is currently Vice President of the BOD of Eldersource, a ministry dedicated to the needs of seniors who are either home bound or in extended care environments. In this role, he interacts with national church and para-church organizations in an advocacy role in order to facilitate meeting the needs of homebound and facility bound individuals. He has focused extensively on identifying and meeting the needs of this population during emergent situations.
Benanti is currently President of Vine Branch Consulting, a firm dedicated to improving the health care delivered to seniors in extended care communities across the nation. He has a BS in Physical Therapy from SUNY at Stony Brook, and a certificate in Hospital Administration from Trinity University in San Antonio, TX.
Industry - Transportation
Peter Goelz offers decades of experience in national crisis communications and federal relations, with a specialty in aviation and transportation. Mr. Goelz clients have included Alaska Air, Boeing, George Washington University, Vertex Aerospace, NetJets, and others.
Mr. Goelz served as managing director of the National Transportation Safety Board. He is widely hailed as one of the country's most experienced coordinators in disaster situations. After joining the NTSB in 1995, Mr. Goelz served as director of the offices of government affairs, public affairs and family affairs. As managing director, his responsibilities included handling the day-to-day operation of the agency and serving as chief policy advisor to the chairman. In addition, he managed the passage of the agency's reauthorization and appropriations legislation.
Mr. Goelz was instrumental in organizing and coordinating the NTSB's efforts to support the families of victims and survivors of major transportation disasters, a role Congress gave to the NTSB in 1996 following the TWA accident off the coast of New York. During his tenure, Mr. Goelz directed family support and communication efforts for numerous accidents, including aviation, highway, railroad, marine and pipeline.
Mr. Goelz was on the scene and directed investigative activities at several aviation accidents, including ComAir in Monroe, Michigan; ValuJet in Miami; TWA off the coast of New York; EgyptAir off the coast of Rhode Island; American Airlines in Arkansas; J. F. Kennedy, Jr. off the coast of Massachusetts.
In addition to working at the NTSB, Mr. Goelz was also assigned to the White House to work on trade issues and the logistics of the WTO Ministerial Conference in Seattle. Prior to joining the NTSB, Mr. Goelz was a partner in a Kansas City, Missouri, public affairs and public relations firm, whose clients included the City of Kansas City and the Public Securities Association of America.
LT. John Kane (Retired)
Industry Law Enforcement
Lt. John Kane (ret.) Sacramento Police Department is Managing Director of DPREP, LLC.
Lt. John Kane worked as a Police Officer in the City of Sacramento for almost twenty-seven years. During his career he has worked almost every assignment you can have as a police officer. He walked a foot beat, been a Field Training Officer, and worked the plain clothes Crime Suppression Unit. As a Sergeant he has supervised the communications center answering 911 calls, and led a patrol team on graveyard watch. As a Lieutenant in the Detective Division he has commanded the Burglary/Sting/Pawnshop Unit and the Sexual Assaults and Child Abuse Unit. He has commanded the Police Academy along with the Personnel and Training Division, and for 12 years from 1990 until 2002, he was the Day Division Watch Commander in the Patrol Division. Because of his expertise in the emergency operations field, he was also in charge of Disaster Planning and Emergency Preparedness for the Sacramento Police Department.
Lt. Kane has an extensive Military background. He was a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Army at the age of nineteen, and served in an Infantry Company with the 82nd Airborne Division in Vietnam from 1968 through 1969. He commanded a Military Police Company for almost five years in the Army Reserves; and was honorably discharged with the rank of Captain. He was awarded the Bronze Star, the Army Commendation Medal for Valor and was wounded in combat and holds two Purple Hearts.
Lt. Kane has both Master's and Bachelor's Degrees from Sacramento State University, majoring in Criminal Justice. He is currently on the faculty of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as an adjunct professor teaching at their Emergency Management Institute, in Emmitsburg, Maryland. He teaches response to critical incidents such as Earthquakes, Floods, Hazmat events, and Terrorist incidents. He is a graduate of the National Fire Academy course as a Hazardous Materials Incident Commander, and the FEMA Incident Command System - Train the Trainers course, along with many other schools. He was chosen by FEMA in May 2000 to write the Terrorism First Response Lesson Plans for Law Enforcement that is now used to teach officers nationwide how to respond to a terrorist attack. Lt. Kane was a contributing author, along with several other nationally recognized instructors from FEMA, in a recently published book entitled, Terrorism: Defensive Strategies For Individuals, Companies And Governments.
Lt. Kane served on the California Governor's Committee of Law Enforcement Specialists in the Standardized Emergency Management System SEMS, for over three years. While on this committee he helped to write and develop the manual known as: The California Law Enforcement Guide for Emergency Operations. He has served on the Terrorism Training Advisory Committee for California law enforcement, and in March 2002, Governor Davis presented Lt. Kane with the most prestigious award in California for a law enforcement instructor: The Governor's Award for Excellence in Peace Officer Training, for his work in Disaster and Critical Incident Response training.
In October 2001 Lt. Kane received an Award Certificate from the national Top Cops Award, along with his team members, for heroism during a gun battle with a wanted murderer. Lt. Kane has commanded over fifty critical incidents, and was the Incident Commander at the April 1995 Unabomber attack in Sacramento. After a five year research project, he founded his own company - D-PREP, LLC, and developed the four-day course entitled Disaster Preparation and Management. He has taught components of this course to over 12,000 law enforcement and civilian personnel since 1996. He also teaches the four-day Critical Incident Response Course, along with Terrorism: First Response for Supervisors and Managers. Lt. Kane teaches Critical Incident Command at the California Law Enforcement Managers Course, and has taught across the nation for the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, a division of the Department of Homeland Security. He is currently an Associate Professor at Cal State Long Beach teaching in the Graduate School of Emergency Management, and handles a wide variety of other teaching and consulting projects.