Dr. James D. Blair, President and CEO, CHCER

James “Jim” Blair, DPA, MHA, FACHE, FABCHS, is President and CEO of the Center for HealthCare Emergency Readiness (CHCER). Dr. Blair is a career-retired Army Colonel with 28 years of active service. His Army staff assignments included Chief of Education and Training, Office of the Army Surgeon General; other notable assignments included Chief of Staff of the 7th Medical Command and USAREUR Deputy Chief Surgeon for Medical Support Services. He served in the role of Chief Executive Officer in hospitals ranging from Combat Field and Combat Evacuation, Medical Center, Medical System with 2 Medical Centers, and 11 community hospitals. Among his private sector experiences are Vice-President for Hospital Corporation of America, Middle East Ltd., independent healthcare consultant to Joint Commission International (JCI), an international healthcare consultant in the Middle East and Africa, and consultant to Native American Tribes under the Indian Sovereignty Act. His public sector experiences include Deputy Director, Operations, for the South Carolina Health and Human Services Finance Commission, as well as academic appointments to a number of universities. Dr. Blair is a member of the Upsilon Phi Delta National Honor Society in Health Administration and is the author of many articles, spanning a number of expert domains in healthcare. Dr. Blair also holds a number of combat awards.

Paul K. Dluzneski, Chief Operating Officer

Paul Dluzneski offers over twenty-five years of experience managing, leading and providing technical and security risk management services for military, civilian and governmental organizations. Mr. Dluzneski, a certified security professional, provides consulting services on various aspects of enterprise and organizational security to include: risk analysis, threat/vulnerability assessments, access control policies, security awareness procedures, security technology application, and compliance issues. He is experienced in crisis management and compliance with government and organization policies and procedures.

Davis Blair, CHSS, CHSP, HACP

Davis Blair has twenty-five years of senior management positions with increasing responsibility in public and private, early stage and mature organizations, deep skills in the areas of market research and consulting, information system design, measurable marketing, and general management in emerging markets, particularly Asia/Pacific. Notable assignments include founding Chief Marketing Officer at Neoris, the second largest systems integration and IT outsourcing firm in the Latin America market, Group Vice President at Gartner Group, the leading IT consultancy, and General Manager of Asia Pacific for International Data Corporation (IDC), a leading supply-side market research firm for the High Tech industry.

Davis began his career as a Systems Analyst/MIS Manager at a 300-bed private hospital in Saudi Arabia, where he and his team developed a hospital administration system focused on financial reporting and medical records management, with modules for all Inpatient Services, Outpatient Clinics, Pharmacy, Laboratory, Imaging and ER Services. He is a Certified HIPAA Security Specialist (CHSS), a Certified Healthcare Security Officer (CHSP) and a Healthcare Accreditation Certified Professional (HACP). After serving in Korea with the Army Security Agency, he majored in Management Information Systems.

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Dr. Xavier Stewart, Brigadier General, USA (Ret.)
Chief Homeland Security Consultant

Dr. Xavier Stewart is a retired Brigadier General (Pa) with over 33 years of distinguished military service with assignments in the Military Police, Military Intelligence, Physical Security, Military Academy and Medical Service Corps areas. In addition to several college faculty appointments, he has served on the advisory board for Homeland Security at Long Island University, New York; Saint Joseph University, Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania State University, and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pennsylvania. He assisted in developing Master’s degrees with several of these Universities.

His professional highlights include having served as Special Assistant to the Adjutant General, PA and Liaison Officer for the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and Director of Intelligence and Operations (J2/3) Joint Staff, Joint Forces Headquarters-Pennsylvania. Additionally, he served as Commander, Joint Task Force CBRNE for the National Security Special Event, G-20 International Forum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and executed all CBRNE missions without incident for the President of the United States of America and international community September 2009. As Commander, 3rd WMD-Civil Support Team, US Army from 1998-2005, he was responsible for the employment of a rapid response team to incidents of WMD for the Federal Emergency Management Region III which encompasses Pennsylvania, the District of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia. His Team deployed to 42 real-world WMD or criminal incidents and participated in more than 90 exercises. Member of the Homeland Security Advisory Board, American College in Forensic Examination International (ACFEI) and is a Certified Homeland Security Faculty at CHS Level V.

F. Joseph Dagher M. D
Chief Medical Consultant 

Dr. Dagher has a long and distinguished domestic and international career in healthcare. Among his many Medical and Scientific Memberships are; American College of Surgeons, American Society of Transplant Surgeons, and the American Society for Vascular Surgery. His Fellowships include Research Fellow in Surgery, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA; and Clinical & Research Fellow in Surgery, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD.  Academic assignments include Professor of Surgery; the University of Maryland, University of South Florida, Georgetown and George Washington University. His long association with Department of Veterans Health Affairs include; Long Beach, CA; Lock Haven, Baltimore MD; Bay Pines, FL. He presently serves as Senior Surgical Consultant Veterans Administration Medical Center, Washington, DC.  Dr. Dagher received his MD from the American University of Beirut, School of Medicine and is an American citizen. He is fluent in three languages, English, French and Arabic. Dr. Dagher is a renowned international consultant, and his international assignments include, but not limited to; Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, Jordan, Lebanon, Kuwait, Bahrain, Australia, and Taiwan.

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James R. Young BBA, MA
Lead Program Management Consultant

Thirty-five years of professional experience in project management, military command from platoon through independent government agency, creation and management of operational sites with both single and multiple missions. He has extensive background in computer operation and maintenance. Notable Public Sector assignment-Project Manager for 11 million-dollar Federal Research Grant; Notable Military Assignments include important Pentagon assignments with the Office of the US Surgeon General, including the Office of Inspector General , Commander, US Army Medical Department Biostatistics Agency, Chief Executive officer, two US Army Community Hospitals.

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Dan Hodges
Lead Federal Security Consultant

Dan Hodges offers over 30 years of experience as a former Special Agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, who specialized in hostage negotiations, criminal profiling, foreign counter-intelligence and narcotics interdiction. He consistently brought high-profile cases to the United States Attorney’s Office for prosecution and directed multi-jurisdictional criminal task forces in investigating major cases. He has participated in the planning and execution of various counter- terrorist exercises and real operations as an active member of the FBI’s regional SWAT team. He currently conducts risk/ threat analysis and vulnerability assessments for government, healthcare, financial and other organizations and has conducted specialized healthcare investigations to four major healthcare organizations headquartered in Middle Tennessee.

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Suzette Fattal-Blair, MNE, BSN, RN
Lead Nursing Consultant

Ms. Fattal-Blair is a career military retired LTC (O5).  She has a long and distinguished nursing career in the Public, Private and Military sectors. Notable public sector assignments include; Program Nurse Consultant Compliance Review Program, S.C. Health and Environmental Agency and Compliance Review Program for the State’s Long Term Care (CLTC).  Private sector; Nurse consultant to American Tribes who have chosen their option under the Indian Sovereignty Act and Nurse Consultant to Private and Government hospitals in Egypt. Military sector assignments range from staff nurse to increasingly more responsible posts as Ambulatory Care Nurse Supervisor for Military Medical Centers and community hospitals. Her service includes assignment to a Combat Evacuation Hospital in Viet Nam, charge nurse for Prisoners of War health care. She received her BSN from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon and Masters Degree from Syracuse University NY as a Rockefeller scholar. She is fluent in English, French, and Arabic.

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Daniel C Crawford, FBINA, BS
Lead Law Enforcement Consultant

Mr. Crawford has a long and distinguished career in Law Enforcement spanning more than 30+ years. Starting as a Patrol Officer in one of the Nation’s largest Metro Areas, he progressed to Sergeant of Bureau of Special Investigations to Detective Sergeant of Operations. His Federal Law Enforcement service with the Department of Veterans Affairs was distinguished with the Award of the Silver Star for Bravery-U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. His Private sector positions have included Security Manager with the Nation’s largest Hospital chains (HCA) and more recently the National Healthcare Corporation. He is a Vietnam veteran and holds a number of combat awards. Organizations: Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy Alumni (164th FBINA); Vietnam Veterans of America/Disabled American Veterans (VVA); International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP); International Association of Heath Care Safety and Security (IAHSS); FBI-INFRAGUARD.

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John Carlton Crawford, BS, MHA
Lead International Healthcare Consultant

Mr. Crawford is a career Military retired Colonel (06). He has a long and distinguished career in the Private, Public and Military healthcare sectors. Notable assignment in the Public sector include: Director, Louisiana Rehabilitation Institute; Director of Ambulatory Care and Hospitals, Office of the LA State DHHR ; Private Sector assignments include both Domestic and International Hospital and Healthcare Administration, Eagle United international Inc. Atlanta GA, International positions range from the Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Korea to Laos.  Notable Military assignments include Hospital Administration positions at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, U.S. Army Hospital Seoul, Korea and Health Care Administrator Evaluator, U.S. Army Medical Department.  At present he serves as Senior Healthcare Consultant, Atrium Group, Hyattsville, Maryland, August 2003 to present; responsible for consulting on healthcare operations in pursuit of corporate projects in developing countries in Africa.

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Chaplain David J. Fair, PhD, DD
Lead Natural Disaster Consultant

Dr. Fair is a master chaplain with International Conference of Police Chaplains and is past chair of the groups Education Committee and former Board member.  He is currently on the ICPC Disaster Committee. Dr. Fair also serves on the advisory board of the National Association of Church and School Security. He is serving with the Texas Military Forces TXSG-HQ as a major and Chaplain for the 111th EN battalion. He is certified in Homeland Security at Level-IV . Among his public services he has been a City Councilman, Municipal Judge and Justice of Peace. During police chaplaincy and military service Dr. Fair deployed to New York following 9/11, to east Texas after the Columbia Space Shuttle disaster, Hurricanes; Katrina, Rita, Dolly, Gustav, and Ike and most recently the Fort Hood attack. His presence as an associate provides a powerful new dimension to our team.

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