2016-2017 DHS Emerging Leaders Board Nominations


Below are the nominations for the  2016-2016 DHS Emerging Leaders Board.  Please vote at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/G5WS9S6.   Voting will close COB Friday, February 12, 2016.

DEL Board Nominations


Adam Tabaka, Program Analyst, Departmental GAO-OIG Liaison Office

Adam joined the office in March 2012.  Adam formerly served as an Analyst for the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP) and the U.S Department of Transportation’s (DOT’s) OIG, for two years each, working on housing grant, highways and transit program audits.  Adam has received several awards during his Federal career.  Including most recently the DHS Secretary’s Meritorious Service Silver Medal, the second highest award presented by the Secretary (2015).  He received an award for providing leadership in mentoring new employees (2010) and New Employee Award (2009) while at DOT OIG.  Prior to beginning his Federal career, he worked as a Business Development Manager for a U.S. Agency for International Development contractor for four years.  In 2015, he was elected Co-President of the DHS Emerging Leaders (DEL) Board and has volunteered rebuilding homes on the Jersey Shore post-Hurricane Sandy.  Adam holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies and Political Science from Virginia Tech, and a Master of Arts degree in International Commerce and Policy from George Mason University.


Barbara McEvoy, Field Disaster Operations/ Regional and Disaster Support, FEMA

Barbara has worked for FEMA since 2010. She began her mitigation career in 2005 as a State Floodplain Manager/ Risk Map Coordinator which ultimately led her to Region VIII to work as a Floodplain Management and Insurance Specialist. Barbara transferred from Region VIII to R&DS-FIMA Headquarters in the spring of 2013. She is experienced in each of the primary Mitigation programs including Mapping and NFIP policy; she has been a Certified Floodplain Manager for nearly 10 years and recently finished the HAZUS certification program. She has a BA in English-Writing Emphasis (BSU 2002) with Graduate Studies in Environmental Policy and Community/Regional Planning (BSU 2010). Barbara is a graduate of the FEMA Emerging Leaders Program (2013).


Philip Fuller, Management and Program Analyst, USCIS

Philip is currently a Management and Program Analyst in the Verification Modernization Program Management Office at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. In his role, he plans and organizes risk management projects and initiatives for the multi-billion dollar information technology acquisition program. Previously, Philip worked in the Workforce Development Division at the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of the Chief Financial Officer (DHS OCFO) where he led several training related projects. He joined the Department in 2012 as an intern in the Risk Management and Assurance Division (RM&A), where he conducted analysis relating to internal control matters on a departmental level. While working for RM&A, he also supported the United States Coast Guard on a detail assignment, where he assisted in a high profile real property audit remediation effort.

Philip’s extra-curricular activities at the Department include his role as Director of Philanthropy and Outreach on the Homeland Security Employee Association board and his current role as DEL Communication and Co-Volunteer Chair. While at DHS OCFO, he also founded OCFO’s morale and engagement committee, the Good Times Committee.

Ken Sullivan

Kenneth Sullivan, NICC Program Analyst, NPPD/IP (Far Right in Picture)

Ken is in his twelfth year with the Department of Homeland Security and works with the National Infrastructure Coordinating Center within the Office of Infrastructure protection.  Prior to coming to DHS Ken worked as an analyst at VA headquarters in Washington.  Prior to the VA, Ken travelled around the world, for five years, analyzing undersea fiber optic cable systems.

Ken has been on the DEL board for one year.  He is the Chair of the Professional Development Committee.  This past year Ken has worked with DHS senior leadership to develop the National Legacy Leadership Development Program.  His goal is to help develop as many future leaders quickly before they leave DHS to pursue other opportunities.

Victor de León

Victor de León, National Association Coordinator for the Office of the Secretary’s Office of Partnership & Engagement

Victor serves as the liaison between DHS and national/international associations and several large metropolitan cities – including but not limited to Denver, Miami, Minneapolis, and Seattle – as well as advises senior leadership on strategic engagement opportunities.

Prior to joining DHS, Mr. de León was the Director of Public Affairs at Workforce Solutions – the local workforce board that oversees the workforce and training needs of South Texas – and the South Texas District Director for U.S. Representative Henry Cuellar (TX–28). From joining and helping lead the national relief effort of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, Louisiana, and working as a weekly commentator on Univision’s Alegre Despertar and FOX’s Good Day Valley morning shows in Texas, to testifying before federal officials on community and economic development needs in South Texas, Mr. de León continues to be an advocate for underserved communities and conduit for the delivery of factual and current government policies and information.

Victor de León earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in Communications from UT – San Antonio; a Certificate in Arabic and Cultural Immersion from Mohammed V University in Rabat, Morocco; and a Master’s in Public Administration from UT – Rio Grande Valley.


Amy L. Rue, Critical Infrastructure Analyst, Retail & Government Sector Liaison, NPPD

I would like to serve as a DHS Emerging Leaders Board Member. I have been a Federal employee for over five and a half years, working within Infrastructure Protection’s Sector Outreach and Programs Division as a Critical Infrastructure Analyst. I have been an active participant in DEL’s volunteer activities such as Habitat for Humanity and Capital Food Bank projects and participated in the last two Post-Sandy NJ Restoration Trips and will do so again this year. I have ideas beyond volunteerism concerning DEL activities that I would love to be able to share and explore as a member of the board.


Alvernia T. Mills, Mission Support Specialist, NPPD/FPS

Alvernia T. Mills is a former DEL Board member for re-election.  Alvernia works for the Federal Protective Service as a Mission Support Specialist in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.  Dedicated to giving back to her community, Alvernia has a strong passion to provide community service and serves as an active member in several community service organizations.  She supports a wide range of professional, social, and volunteer initiatives within the community, including Goodwill, Inc., and the Tarrant County Food Banks.   Alvernia has the ability to organize and led by example to accomplish the mission.  One of Alvernia’ s main goals in 2016 will be to represent DEL and make a difference in DHS and across the Federal Government by striving to create an environment of cooperation, dignity and unity through the development of community engagement initiatives.  Alvernia is a leader and innovator in addressing the local needs of her community while impacting society as a volunteer and social advocate for over 18 years and she brings leadership, guidance and experience to the board.



Rosalie E. Powell serves as the Area Commander for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD), Federal Protective Service (FPS), National Capital Region (NCR

Commander Powell is a member of numerous organizations where she serves on community service committees. In 2000 as an Inspector with the Federal Protective Service, then Officer Powell mentored two elementary schools in the South East and South West area where she and other Officers on an annual basis distributed turkey baskets, Christmas baskets, toys and clothing’s to the students.  They also issued turkey baskets to News 4 in Washington, DC.  On her off time, CDR Powell is on numerous American Diabetes Association (ADA) Committee’s where she works on the upcoming diabetes walk and bike rides throughout the DMV.  She volunteers during the events setting up, issuing out t-shirts, cheering the attendees, issuing food and taking down the equipment.  As a volunteer with ADA, she also contacts DHS, FPS and numerous organizations to volunteer their service.

In her other organizations and DHS Community service, she also volunteers at Central Union Mission, So Others Might Eat (SOME), Martha’s kitchen and other organizations feeding the homeless, cooking and cleaning those establishments. While attending a conference in New Orleans, she volunteered with Mr. Hill and Habitat for Humanity.  This is where her community service with DHS started.


LCDR Jonathan Schafler, Community Affairs Officer, USCG HQ (Middle of Picture)

LCDR Jonathan Schafler is the Coast Guard Liaison Officer for the District of Columbia and coordinates all volunteer activities for the Service working the St. Elizabeths campus. He is a 30 year veteran of the Coast Guard Reserves and a retired Federal Game Warden for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Park Service. He lives in the District during the week and travels to his family in northern West Virginia most weekends.


Latasha Blackmond, Social Media Lead, USCIS

Latasha Blackmond is an accomplished and achievement-driven professional with an extensive background in strategic communications and public administration. A native of Brooklyn, NY, she is respected as a Social Media Strategist with 14 years of experience focused on communications and social media best practices. Since 2011, Latasha has been the Social Media lead for US Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS). Latasha received her Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of Baltimore and went on complete a Master of Public Administration from the same university. Public Relations and digital marketing distinguishes her different in this field as she brings together goal setting, mind mapping, and creativity for digital communications. Her interest in digital communications has led to a number of volunteer opportunities such as serving in a leadership role for the Federal Community Network and social media lead for a number of companies. She is also the founder of Blackmond Digital Media and speaks at local events around the Baltimore metro city area.


Janae Henderson, OBIM/NPPD

Janae is a native Washingtonian. I have been in the federal government for over 10 years. I am currently employed in the DHS Directorate of NPPD in the Office of Biometric Identity Management as a Policy Analyst. I have been volunteering for over 20 years; I’m the resident DHS volunteer. I would like to bring my fun-loving, heart of gold spirit to DEL with the hope of continuing the great volunteer work that is already being done with the possibility of expanding to other organizations.


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