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Happy New Year!  January 2010
WHS Happy Hour Every Second Tuesday of the Month! 
New Year Happy Hour at Morton's
1050 Connecticut Avenue NW (upstairs)
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Senior Chief Teresa HassCONGRATULATIONS
Also on the move....Laura Hagg has accepted a position with QED Group working on a 5 year contract with USAID on food security and economic development * Melissa Middlesworth, formerly with the Attorney General's office at DOJ has accepted a managerial position with the Homeland Security & Defense Business Council * Beverly Cenname has left NISC to join Northrop Grumman Corporation * Nan Moring has left the American Red Cross of the National Capital Area and accepted a position as Chief Development and Communications Officer for the Alzheimer's Association Capital Area chapter * Laura Johnson has left Homeland Defense Journal (it folded several months ago) and launched her own firm, Training Outreach LLC.  Her firm focuses on training services and strategic support *
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WHS is proud to announce its first formal chapter in Miami, Florida!  Headed by Kim Deorsey of Relcor, their first event will be held this month with special guest speaker,Kathleen Kelly from the Transportation Security Administration on the Certified Air Cargo Screening Program. "I am honored to be a part of such a instrumental and beneficial organization.  As I feel this is my part in giving back to our country. We need to do our part at home for the men and women serving in the armed forces,  who have been giving up so much of their own lives to fight for our country."  Their first event -- a kick off cocktail party -- will be held at RoboVault in Ft. LauderdaleFor more information about this chapter please contact Kim and let all your friends in Florida know!!   
 WHS Book Club January Extraordinary Read:
 Governor Tom Ridge
Former DHS Secretary Tom Ridge gives us an insider's look at the Department, the threats, and the realities of one of the toughest jobs in America.  The Governor created and excelled at solidifying one of the largest consolidations in history.  Join WHS book club to see what really happened and join a discussion on where we must go from here.
Holidays at the Gaylord...
Our Holiday Party was a great time meeting new people and reconnecting with some of our die hards!  We had a great lively contingent from the USCG and were able to raise $400 for the Chief Petty Officer's Association.  Donations can still be made here to support their work with veterans, retired and injured military and others working to defend our nation.
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Our brave and fascinating male interloper Emilio Lopez from Hassett & Willis; dreamy Jennifer Zoerkler, Intergraph; cougar Jo Sanders, Natek; Sherryl Hatcher, Hassett & Willis; Julie Hassett, Hassett & Willis (special thank you to Julie for her very generous donation to the CPOA) and the fabulous, tan, rested and ready Kimberly Purlia, ASRC Management Services.
Yes, ma'am, SENIOR CHIEF Hass, Laila Grassley and the fabulous, talented and graphically inclined Sarah Foster all from our revered U.S. Coast Guard.
WHS Yaffe Karlovic
Our goddess in residence at the Cohen Group Andrea Yaffe and the very festive and brilliant Martha Karlovic, President of Data Ubiquity.
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Our wise, proud, Mahalia Rahman, U.S. Coast Guard and the fabulous Sherryl Hatcher. Semper Paratus!
Happy Birthday Jena!
Ms. Jena McNeill of the Heritage Foundation was kind enough to celebrate her brithday with us!  Thanks Jena and Happy Birthday from all of us!  She is joined by always ready LTjg Jenny Raisanen also of the U.S. Coast Guard.
Make a point of joining us at our next event!  You never know who you will meet.  If you've been looking for a chance to get involved and contribute to the security of our country do so with Women in Homeland Security!  Happy Hour every second Tuesday!
And the Results are IN.....
At our holiday party, revelrers filled out short surveys on what they want from Women in Homeland Security:

ACTIVITIES FOR 2010 (in order of preference)

Happy Hours,
Tours, Educational Events, Networking Opportunities, Social Activities, Team Building, Sports/Charity Events  
Respondentes were split on whether lunch or breakfast was better for our brown bag events so we will schedule for both.
Suggested speakers included:  Soraya Correa, Director Office of Procurement Operations for DHS; Daniel Sturdivant, Assistant to the Director for Outreach & SDVOB Coordinator at US Department of Homeland Security; Kevin Boshears, Director, Office of Small Business and Disadvantaged Business Utilization. Department of Homeland Security; Wilma Mankiller, first female Chief of the Cherokee Nation; General Eric Shinseki, Retired Chief of Staff, U.S. Army; Monte Hawkins, White House Biometric Policy Director; Elizabeth Vale, White House Business Liaison Director; Frances Fragos Townsend, former Special Advisor to the for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism; Senator Susan Collins
 Have a suggestion?  Would you like to see a specific speaker?  Let me know!
Make it a great 2010!

Kristina Tanasichuk
President & Founder
Women in Homeland Security
The Mission of Women in Homeland Security is to provide a professional organization for women working in the field of homeland security.  As a relatively new field, the organization strives to provide women with a forum to learn about the many facets of the discipline and to build the connections necessary for their own professional development and for the connections needed to understand the full spectrum of homeland security. 

Women in Homeland Security is also committed to assuring that we never forget the threat of terrorism and the need for our nation to maintain its vigilance -- despite the absence of a terrorist attack since September 11, 2001.