Graduate Admissions

Integrated Homeland Security Management (M.S.)

Program Faculty

Faculty in the IHSM program are well-known experts in their field and dedicated to excellence in student learning. The faculty is diverse as befits the inter-disciplinary nature of this program.


Name & Title Interests Contact Info
Dr. Nikki Austin Disaster nursing and medical reserve corps
Mr. Ty Gagne Risk Management-Public & Private Sectors
Organizational Leadership
Crisis Response & Management
Law Enforcement


Ty Gagne is the Chief Executive Officer of the New Hampshire Public Risk Management Exchange (Primex). Ty received his B.S. in Criminal Justice from Granite State College, his Master of Public Administration from the University of New Hampshire, and completed the program for Senior Executives in State & Local Government at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He is also a member of the faculty at Granite State College where he teaches at the undergraduate and graduate levels in the areas of leadership and management. Ty is a former law enforcement official, having served as a patrol officer/supervisor and Chief of Police. His law enforcement training includes the Command Training Program through Babson College's Law Enforcement Institute. He has an extensive background in risk management holding various designations, and was the 2007 Author of the Year for Public Risk magazine.

Dr. William Lahneman Security policy, homeland security, and intelligence analysis.
(410) 704-2581

Dr. Lahneman was hired in 2006 at Towson University to teach courses in national security policy, homeland security, and intelligence analysis. He received his Ph.D. from the School of Advanced International Studies of the Johns Hopkins University. He comes to Towson University with a wealth of experience. He served for over 20 years in the U.S. Navy and retired with the rank of Commander. Most recently, Dr. Lahneman worked at the Center for International and Security Studies (CISSM) at the University of Maryland where he served as the executive director of the Project on Science, Technology, and Public Policy and as the program coordinator for the National Intelligence Council Project. He has taught courses on intelligence analysis, homeland security policy, military intervention and nation building, and national security policy at many universities including American University, the Naval Postgraduate School, the University of Maryland College Park, and the United States Naval Academy. He has published many papers and articles and recently published an edited volume entitled Military Intervention: Cases in Context for the Twenty-First Century. Dr. Lahneman will teach IHSM 640 Comparative National Security Policy and IHSM U.S. National Security Policy.

Dr. Craig Maddron Team Building, Organizational Leadership, International Management
(410) 704-4909

Dr. Maddron has a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadershiphas spent the majority of his life in the international arena acquiring the capacity for international operational and intellectual leadership, both through formal education and the experience of international cultures.

He is the author of many papers published in various professional magazines and has presented in symposiums and conferences.

His life philosophies are based on a practitioner/ scholar approach. This approach dictates his leadership and teaching professions. He has spent his adult career teaching, conducting research, consulting and providing business acumen in the cross cultural global theater; as well as, domestically; additionally, he was assigned with the United Nations in Kosovo.

A sampling of his intellectual contributions include:

  • 2006 “Returns to Educational Investments in a Transitional Economy: An Investigation of Kazakhstan’s Labor Market in 2005”
  • 2005 “Hurricane Katrina, Applications for Military Response” JCOA-LL, JFCOM, Suffolk, VA.
  • 2005 “TTS, Transition to Sovereignty- Iraq, C2 Issues, Triple DIME in COIN Operations” JCOA-LL, JFCOM, Suffolk, VA.
  • 2005 “Coalition Building” Joint Center for Operational Analysis- Quarterly Bulletin, Vol. VII, Issue 3, June
  • 2005 “Transformation Economics- Economic Theory Kazakhstan”, Presented to CENTCOM and EUCOM military commanders
  • 2004 “Strategic Planning” at the 9th International Command and Control Research and Technology Symposium, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 2003 “Coalition Interoperability and Architectural Standards” NATO Unclassified Symposium, Symposium on “Architectures for Network-Centric Operations”, Athens, Greece

Dr. Maddron teaches “IHSM 614 – Team Building”, a core course in the Integrated Homeland Security Management Program.

Dr. John Morgan Geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing and digital image processing, emergency management and homeland security, outdoor recreation planning and management,
(410) 704-2964

Dr. John M. Morgan, III ("Jay") is a professor of Geography and Environmental Planning at Towson University in Baltimore, Maryland. A graduate of the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute (1965), Dr. Morgan received his B.A. in 1969 and his M.A. in 1973 from Towson University. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland in 1980. His primary teaching and research interests include geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing and digital image processing, emergency management and homeland security, outdoor recreation planning and management, and the geography of Alaska.

While an undergraduate student at Towson University, Dr. Morgan served as a cadet in the Two Year Army ROTC program at the Johns Hopkins University and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Corps of Engineers in 1969. After completing the Engineer Officer Basic and Topographic Engineer Officer courses at the U.S. Army Engineer School at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, he served as a Geographic Officer with the 139th Engineer Detachment (Terrain), 656th Engineer Battalion (Topographic) (Army), U.S. Army, Europe in Schwetzingen, Germany (1970-72). He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army Reserve in 1975 at the rank of Captain.

Since joining the faculty at Towson in 1984, Dr. Morgan has taught a variety of courses including Introduction to Physical Geography, Introduction to Geographic Information Systems, GIS Applications, Computer Mapping, Remote Sensing and Digital Image Processing, Outdoor Recreation Planning and Management, and graduate seminars on GIS, remote sensing and digital image processing, and outdoor recreation planning and management topics. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Dr. Morgan founded the Center for Geographic Information Sciences (1992) and served as its director until 2005. During this period, he was the principal investigator on nearly $13 million of contracts and grants with government agencies and businesses including a $2.5 million NASA/Raytheon/Synergy contract and a $1 million U.S. Department of Homeland Security Information Technology and Evaluation Program (ITEP) grant. Dr. Morgan was also responsible for the development of the Emergency Management Mapping Application (EMMA), a Web-based GIS that now serves as the "common operating picture" for Maryland's emergency management and homeland security efforts.

Ms. Phyllis Muellenberg Health Preparedness, Bio-Terrorism, Emergency Response
(410) 704-4909

Dr. Wayne Nelson

Medical Reserve Corps, Health Disaster Preparedness, Military Support to Civil Authorities, disaster volunteerism
(410) 704-4845

Dr. H. Wayne Nelson is professor and Director of the Office of Collaborative Programs, and interim Director of the Health Care Management undergraduate BS program. Before coming to Towson University in 1998 he had over sixteen years' experience as Deputy Director of a government agency involved in overseeing Oregon's long-term care system and was a personal assistant to Oregon Governor Victor Ateyeh in the early 1980s.

His Ph.D. is from Oregon State University (1993) and he is a Fellow of the Social Research and Public Policy section of the Gerontological Society of America. His interests now largely focus on disaster preparedness for special needs populations. He has published dozens of articles in leading scientific journals and has co-authored one book and many book chapters and encyclopedia entries including subjects relating to disaster readiness. Some of these are:

Austin, E. N., Hannafin, N., & Nelson, H. W. (2013). Pediatric disaster simulation in graduate and
undergraduate nursing education. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 28, 393-399.
doi: 10.1016/j.pedn.2012.12.004.

Nelson, H. W., Agley, D., Netting, F. E., Borders, K., & Huber, R. (In Press). State Long Term Care
Ombudsmen’s Perceptions of Their Program’s Disaster Roles and Readiness. The Journal of
Applied Gerontology.

Austin, E. A., Nelson, H. W., Ogle, K., Agley, D., McCormick, M. A., Jerome, G., Kirwan, M., & Weinstein,
M., Phillips, R. (2012) State Defense Force and Academic Partnership for Disaster Education.
State Defense Force Monograph Series: State Defense Force Publication Center.

Nelson, H. W . Emergency Preparedness, (2010). In K. Niles-Yokum, & D. L. Wagner (Eds.), Aging
Network: Programs and Services (p. 183-185). New York, NY: Springer.

Allen, P. D. & Nelson, H. W. (2009). Katrina and Rita's impact on older adults: A social work perspective.
(pp. 153-169). In K, E. Cherry (Ed.). Lifespan Perspectives of Natural Disasters. New York, NY:

Wiles, C. E. & Nelson, H. W. (2009). The National Guard for the National Guard:' State Defense Force
medical support for the National Guard [Guest Editorial]. Military Medicine, 174(4), xii.

Nelson, H. W. , Barish, R., Smalkin, F. Doyle, J. & Hershkowitz (June, 2007). Developing vibrant state
defense forces: A successful medical and health service model. Joint Center for Operational
Analysis Journal, 9(2), 11-27.

Nelson, H. W . & Arday D. (June, 2007). Medical aspects of disaster preparedness and response: A
system overview of civil and military resources and new potential. Joint Center for Operational
Analysis Journal 9(2), 42-55.

Colonel (MD) Nelson was the former Executive Officer of the 10th (MDDF) Medical Regiment (10MEDRGT) of the Maryland Defense Force (MDDF), Military Department of Maryland, and Point of Contact for the MDDF and Towson University sponsored Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) registered with the office of the Surgeon General.

On 30 August 2005 COL Nelson (MDDF) was directed by the State Adjutant General through Special Order 05-01 to activate the (now) 10MEDRGT to respond to Katrina in Operation Lifeline. More recently he was deployed with members of the 10MEDRGT to support Bravo Co. of the 158th Cav. and Det. 1 of the 729th BSC (ARNG) at Maryland’s Eastern Shore to “ride out” Hurricane Irene to husband resources and provide disaster medical support if needed.

In April 2008, 2009, and 2010 2011, 2012 and 2-013 the 10th partnered with Towson University in its large scale, multi-agency mass casualty Field Training Exercise (Operation STAT). In 2009, 2010, and 2011 he helped staff Towson University's Mass Vaccination seasonal flu/H1N1 clinics which are run on the ICS model.

He was a "trusted agent" in the planning and implementation of Operation Vigilant Guard (2010), a regional National Guard disaster drill sponsored by U.S. Northern Command and the National Guard Bureau. His unit provided medical service to NG personnel.

Dr. Nelson also serves on several of Emergency Service related committees. In September 2013 Dr Nelson was invited on behalf of the Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps to be a member of the Marine Corps Executive Forum. The 21 member group was selected from “a broad section of influential senior executives from Business Community, as well as community leaders, public opinion leaders and representatives from Academia and the news media “ 1 Other Academics in attendance included Dr. Frank Cillufo who was appointed by Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano as the Associate Vice President for Homeland Security and Director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute (HSPI) at The George Washington University. member of the U.,S., Marine Corps Executive Forum:

Dr. Charles Pak Cyber Security, Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP), PKI, Cyber Counter Terrorism, and Risk Assessment & Management.
(410) 704-4309



Dr. Charles Pak earned his doctoral degree in Information Security from Nova Southeastern University, a MS in Network Security from Capitol College, and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Penn State University. He has taught Information Systems (IS) courses for over 25 years as an IS practitioner and professor. He has managed U.S. Federal Government data centers for over 20 years, including personnel. He has designed, tested, implemented, and maintained many of these enterprise network sites (largest in the world) that encompasses distributed sites across the U.S. as well as the international sites. He has managed state-of-the art systems for military and federal government missions for which he was deployed.

His research topics include Cyber Security, Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP), PKI, Cyber Counter Terrorism, and Risk Assessment & Management. He has published several research papers in Information Security. As a practitioner, he holds several industry certifications: CISM, CRISC, CISSP, ITIL, SSCP, MCSE, MCT, and CCNA.

Recent Publications: Risk Forecast Using Hidden Markov Models. Research in Information Technology (RIT), ACM, SIGITE, 7(2), 4-15. Pak, C. & Cannady, J. (2009). Asset Priority Risk Assessment Using Hidden Markov Models. Proceedings of the 10th ACM SIGITE, Fairfax, Virginia, 2009, 65-73. Pak, C. & Cannady, J. (2010). Pak, C. (2008). The near real time statistical asset priority driven (nrtsapd) risk assessment. Proceedings of the 9th ACM SIGITE, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2008, 105-112;

Dr. Joseph Rudolph Comparative politics, comparative public policy, energy politics, international relations, and ethic politics and conflict
(410) 704-3303


Dr. Rudolph has taught courses on comparative politics, comparative public policy, energy politics, international relations, and ethic politics and conflict at Towson University since 1984. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. He is an internationally recognized scholar in the ethnic politics of Eastern and Southern Europe. In addition to his teaching and scholarship, Dr. Rudolph has experience in election monitoring in the states of the former Yugoslavia and in political consulting on energy policy in the Middle East. His recent publications include Politics and Ethnicity: A Comparative Study; The Encyclopedia of Modern Ethnic Conflicts (editor and contributor); and Ethnoterritorial Politics, Policy, and the Western World.

Mr. Dennis Schrader Infrastructure risk and resilience, lightweight networks and public-private partnerships, preparedness measurement through exercises, and the evolution of the homeland security enterprise.
(410) 704-4309



Adjunct Professor, has taught special topic course on Governance, Roles, Responsibilities, and Resources in Homeland Security since 2010. President of DRS International, LLC, has 30 years experience in engineering administration. Prior to launching his company, Schrader served as Deputy Administrator of the National Preparedness Directorate of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) after being confirmed by the United States Senate on August 17, 2007.

Schrader served as Maryland's first Director of Homeland Security under Governor Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr. He is credited with the establishment of the office and introducing efforts to improve public safety communications and advance information sharing within Maryland.

Previously, Schrader spent 16 years at the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS), in various leadership posts to include Vice President of Project Planning and Development. Schrader began his career in the auto industry before joining the U.S. Navy Civil Engineer Corps. He remained on active duty until 1987 and retired as a Captain in 2007.

In 1994, Schrader was elected to the Howard County Council and served one term. A native of Buffalo, N.Y., Schrader received his bachelor of Industrial Engineering degree from Kettering University and a Master of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He is a licensed professional engineer in MN. Schrader resides in Columbia, Md. with his wife, Sandra, a former Maryland State Senator, and daughter, Whitney.

Dr. Joseph Trahan Governmental, association, and educational and non-profit public relations.
(410) 704-4909


A New Orleans native, Dr. Joseph V. Trahan, III, has over twenty years of public relations/affairs experience in governmental, association, and educational and non-profit public relations.

Dr. Trahan is retired Lieutenant Colonel, United States Army Reserve (USAR), and a former Commander of the 314th Public Affairs Operations Center located in Birmingham, Alabama. While in the armed forces, Dr. Trahan successfully operated four Joint Information Bureaus and one Joint Information Center from 1991-94. Some of his assignments were: Joint Logistics Over The Shore -1992; the Presidential Task Force Andrew-1992; the National Boy Scout Jamboree -1993 and the 50th Anniversary of Operation Overlord (D-Day) - 1994.

Since 1998, Dr. Trahan has superbly trained more than 3,500 people yearly in media relations throughout almost all of the United States. England, Norway, France, Belgium, Paraguay, Mexico and The Netherlands. Dr. Trahan graduated from Tulane University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Military History. He holds a Master of Arts degree in Public Relations from Ball State University and a Ph.D. in Mass Communication with an emphasis in Public Relations and Advertising from The University of Southern Mississippi.

An accredited member of Public Relations Society of America, Dr. Trahan is a former member of the National PRSA Board of Directors and National PRSSA Faculty Advisor.

Dr. David Ward Management, Human Resources, national security and emergency preparedness standards, emergency network restoration.
(410) 704-4909

Adjunct Professor of Information Science, Towson University; Senior Legal Advisor (GS-15), Industry Analysis and Technology Division, Federal Communications Commission. Develop and implement network interconnection policies and requirements so that all types of telecommunications companies can pass traffic between each other. Subject areas include: national security and emergency preparedness standards, emergency network restoration, interconnection requirements of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, the North American Numbering Plan, the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act, customer premises equipment standards and waivers, telephone relay services for persons with disabilities, satellite earth station licensing and next generation network development (i.e., broadband and soft switching). Formerly Lieutenant Colonel, USMCR (ret.); communications-electronics and command and control systems officer (7 years regular, 17 years reserve). Combat veteran of Operations DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM. Formerly Assistant Attorney General for New York State; prosecuted antitrust cases related mostly to the telecommunications markets (4 1/2 years). Formerly with the New York Telephone Company, AT&T and later NYNEX, starting out in a management development program as an installer-repairman, and later serving in the operating and complex network planning departments (12 years).

Dr. Ashlie Warnick Economic policy, applied microeconomics, law, politics, international relations.
(410) 704-4309


Dr. Warnick has taught courses in economics and law since 2005 at various institutions of higher learning. Since 2008, she has taught Homeland Security and Constitutional Rights at Towson University. She received her Ph.D. in economics from George Mason University and her J.D. from the University of Michigan. She has written scholarly papers on feminist legal theory, federal budgeting, and applied microeconomics in quasi-legal markets. Prior to beginning her teaching career, Dr. Warnick served as an attorney in private practice, a law clerk for a federal appellate judge, as a legislative advisor to a U.S. Senator and a Congressman, and as a management consultant for the Department of Defense and the U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy.











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