J. James Lewis has over 40 years of professional financial experience. His past positions include SVP and Principal Accounting Officer at J. P. Morgan in New York and Head of Group Financial Control at Midland Bank plc in the City of London.
He served as COO of the Financial Executives Research Foundation (FERF) and a member of its board of trustees. FERF is a leading source of financial solutions for the financial management profession. In recognition of his work, Mr. Lewis was awarded an honorary life membership in Financial Executives International, which is the preeminent association for financial executives.
Mr. Lewis is a graduate of Fordham University. He currently serves as a member of the board of directors of St. Luke's Educational Foundation, Inc.
Mario De La Rosa has devoted his entire career to law enforcement, safety and security management, and education.
After a long and decorated career as a U.S. federal agent, Mr. De La Rosa began teaching law enforcement classes in Mission ISD, which he currently teaches in Round Rock ISD. While working as a federal agent, Mr. De La Rosa served assignments in New York, Miami, and throughout Latin America. He managed security at several consulates in South America for the U.S. government.
His career has also involved working closely with U.S. Customs and the Department of Homeland Security. Mario De La Rosa is now the Director of Safety and Security for Round Rock ISD with over 47,500 students, 48 schools, 4 alternative education centers and approximately 6,000 staff members.
Frederick Lane is a nationally-recognized expert on cybersafety, privacy, and the impact of emerging technologies on society. He is an author, attorney, educational consultant, and lecturer who has spoken to colleges, universities, and school districts around the country on a variety of issues, including student safety, digital misconduct, and personal privacy in the Internet era. He chronicles his ongoing research in his blog, "The Cybertraps Blog."
Lane has written eight books, including most recently "Cybertraps for Educators," "Cybertraps for the Young," and "American Privacy: The 400-Year History of Our Most Contested Right." During the course of his writing career, he has appeared as a guest on a variety of national media programs, including: Comedy Central's "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart"; ABC's "Nightline" and "Good Morning America Weekend"; CBS's "60 Minutes" and "Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood"; NBC's "Today Show" and "Weekend Today"; as well as numerous local and national radio programs.
Before moving to Brooklyn, NY in 2013 with his wife, Dr. Amy Werbel, Lane lived for 23 years in Burlington, VT, where he served for 10 years as a member of the Burlington School Board (including two years as Chair). He graduated from Amherst College in 1985 with a degree in Classics and American Studies, and from Boston College Law School in 1988.
Joanne L. Harpel, MPhil, JD, is the President of Coping After Suicide, a nationwide practice providing guidance to families, school communities, and professionals.
A former attorney, Joanne was recruited in 2001 by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (the world's largest nonprofit dedicated to the issue), where she created the most well-respected, far-reaching array of postvention resources in the field, including After a Suicide: A Toolkit for Schools and a primer on explaining suicide to children. She regularly consults with and presents to school communities across the country.
The founding co-lead of a SAMHSA National Action Alliance on Suicide Prevention Task Force, she also serves on the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline's Consumer-Survivor Subcommittee and won the American Association of Suicidology's Survivor of the Year Award. She is a seasoned guest lecturer, including at the United Nations, on Capitol Hill, and for the American Psychiatric Association, American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, and New York State School Boards Association.
Mr. Blank is a United States registered patent attorney, and chief counsel and legal advisor at Anonymous Alerts®.
Mr. Blank works with clients nationally and internationally in a variety of practice areas. From general civil, transactional, and contract law to specialties in patent, intellectual property, entertainment, film, music, copyrights, trademarks to clients ranging from individual brand owners, celebrities, athletes, inventors, artists, and designers to major international corporations.
As a pioneer of the licensing industry since 1976, Mr. Blank personally offers unsurpassed knowledge and experience in practical aspects of intellectual property, licensing, and entertainment law. Having worked with leading companies in entertainment, technology, children’s products, toys and games, home décor, and more, our licensing and intellectual property experience draws on decades of success.
Mr. Blank has in-depth practical experience offering litigation services in the fields of patents, trademarks, copyrights, intellectual property, and a variety of other fields. Mr. Blank is admitted to practice in United States District Court for the Southern District of New York and United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York.