Senior Advisory Group



Barb Toohill
Barb ToohillMs. Barbara Toohill is vice president and director of the Homeland Security Systems Engineering and Development Institute (HS SEDI™), a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) that MITRE operates through its Homeland Security Center (HLSC) on behalf of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The HS SEDI provides systems engineering expertise and acquisition strategy advice to major programs to improve enterprise policies, processes, and tools to more efficiently and effectively deliver mission capabilities to ensure the nation's security. As director, Ms. Toohill provides strategic business direction and oversees operations and resource management.

Previously, Ms. Toohill served as deputy director of the HLSC. In this role, she led the integration, coordination, and collaboration among more than 400 MITRE technical staff across the entire DHS work program. She also oversaw the company's work for multiple DHS offices, programs, and acquisitions, including the Secure Border Initiative, SBInet, US-VISIT, Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Modernization, Immigration and Customs Service, Science and Technology Directorate, Office of the CIO, Office of the Chief of Procurement, and Office of the Chief Security Officer.

Ms. Toohill has more than 30 years of experience as a strategist, leader, and systems engineer on critical, large-scale federal systems and initiatives. She worked with DHS component agencies prior to the Department's inception, initially serving as the program manager for MITRE's support to the US-VISIT Program, where she and her team collaborated with DHS program executives to develop the vision for the program's technical concept and to achieve its legislative mandates. She also led MITRE's support for DHS programs and offices, including the Secure Border Initiative, Border Patrol, Office of the CIO, Chief Information Security Office, and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Prior to supporting DHS, Ms. Toohill was MITRE's program manager for the IRS Business Systems Modernization Program and was the program manager for Tax Administration Applications, both in the Center for Enterprise Modernization. In these roles, she provided technical evaluation and acquisition support to the IRS, including oversight for the e-filing program.

From 1980 to 1996, Ms. Toohill held positions of increasing responsibility in MITRE's information technology and artificial intelligence organizations. She was the manager of the Advanced Information Technologies Center, focusing on strategies for advanced command and control systems and incorporating modeling and simulation, artificial intelligence, and networking technologies. Major initiatives under her leadership included developing system protocols to integrate diverse Department of Defense simulation systems and environments, building natural language and machine translation systems to speed and improve intelligence processing, and establishing common geographic data and mapping standards.

In 1996, Ms. Toohill became vice president of Professional Services at Concept Five Technologies, where she developed and led practices in the areas of intranets, e-business, and pharmaceutical applications. She returned to MITRE in 2000.

Ms. Toohill holds a master's degree in computer science from George Mason University, a master's degree in technology management from American University, and a master's degree in Library and Information Science from Catholic University. She holds a bachelor's degree from Allegheny College.

- top of page -

Josh Kussman
Josh Kussman

Mr. Kussman is the President of Sentinel Business Advisory Services, a homeland security-focused strategic consulting firm that helps companies expand their homeland security-related business. A recognized homeland security expert with particular expertise in the border control and immigration management space, he has played a leading role in the successful capture of multiple large, high-profile, highly-competitive homeland security-related procurements for Sentinel clients.

Before joining Sentinel, Mr. Kussman served as Senior Policy Advisor to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Robert C. Bonner from Oct. 2003 to December 2005. In 2005, Commissioner Bonner named him Director of Policy for CBP, where he led the development and coordination of agency-wide policy. This included:

Mr. Kussman also serves as a Senior Associate in the Center for Strategic and International Security's (CSIS) Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Program. Before serving in the Department of Homeland Security, Mr. Kussman was an attorney with the San Francisco office of O'Melveny and Myers, where he specialized in intellectual property litigation and white-collar criminal defense. He also previously served as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Reserve.

He is a 1998 graduate, with honors, of the University of Chicago Law School and graduated cum laude from Williams College in 1994.

- top of page -

Julie Myers Wood

Bio Coming Soon.

- top of page -

Harvey Johnson
Harvey JohnsonHarvey E. Johnson, Jr. Vice Admiral, United States Coast Guard (Retired)

Vice President - General Manager
Federal - Civil Solutions
BAE Systems

A nationally recognized leader in operational response and recovery, with experience drawn from serving our nation for more than thirty-five years in the United States Coast Guard, and more recently for nearly three years as the Deputy Administrator and Chief Operating Officer at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

As Vice President - General Manager for Federal - Civil Solutions, Mr. Johnson leads a BAE Systems team whose purpose is to deliver Information Technology and the full spectrum of IT services and mission solutions to Federal departments and agencies within the Homeland Security and Law Enforcement communities. His teams work collaboratively with customers in DHS, DOJ, FBI, TS, FEMA and other agencies to improve the efficiency of their IT systems and management of security information in ways that enhance decision making and sharpen their operational capabilities that strengthen the security of our nation.

While serving our Nation at FEMA, Admiral. Johnson guided the restoration of FEMA as a competent, credible agency while coordinating with public and private entities to provide more responsible and effective disaster assistance to States, communities and disaster victims. He was the driving force within FEMA to establish and implement a new strategic vision, infuse creative energies into senior and junior staff and, to obtain and maximize the value of new resources. He established a greater level of accountability and coordinated efforts across federal departments and agencies and expanded FEMA's consultation with State and major city elected officials and emergency managers, and as well with the non-government and volunteer organizations and the private sector. He was the lead federal official in developing the National Response Framework, reframing the doctrine by which the nation prepares for and responds to all-hazard emergencies and disasters.

Prior to joining FEMA, Admiral Johnson concluded a decorated 35-year career in the United States Coast Guard that culminated as a Vice Admiral, with assignment as Commander, Coast Guard Pacific Area. As a Flag officer, he also served as Commander of the Coast Guard's Seventh District in Miami, Florida and as an Assistant Commandant for Operations Capability and Assistant Commandant for Operational Plans and Policy. As an aviator, he piloted Coast Guard helicopters in Texas and Alaska, and commanded Coast Guard Air Stations in Brooklyn and San Diego.

Mr. Johnson holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Coast Guard Academy (1975) a Masters of Science degrees from the Naval Postgraduate School (1983) and, as a Sloan Fellow, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1993).

- top of page -

Chris Cummiskey
Chris Cummiskey

Chris Cummiskey is the Chief Executive Officer of Cummiskey Strategic Solutions, LLC, a firm that specializes in cyber/IT, homeland security and management consulting. Mr. Cummiskey has 24 years of government experience in senior positions at both the Federal and state levels. He is recognized for his strong leadership, management and communication skills and has a proven record of success in delivering results.

Mr. Cummiskey served in executive management at the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for the last six years, most recently in the number three position at the department as Acting Under Secretary for Management. During his tenure, he had department-wide oversight and responsibility for budget/finance, cyber/IT, procurement/contracting, human capital, security and administration.

He also served as the department's Chief Acquisition Officer overseeing $19 Billion in annual spending and as the DHS Performance Improvement Officer.

While at DHS, Cummiskey was a leader in efforts to strengthen government-wide cybersecurity, enterprise IT, department-wide management and acquisition oversight.

Mr. Cummiskey co-led all of the major cyber committees at DHS including the Executive Steering Committee on the National Cybersecurity Protection System (Einstein), the Executive Steering Committee on Cyber Strategy, the Acquisition Review Board on government-wide Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) and the Executive Steering Committee on Cyber Hiring. He also served on the oversight committee on the implementation of President Obama's Executive Order on Cybersecurity.

Mr. Cummiskey is a Nationally recognized leader in technology, innovation and cybersecurity. He served as the Chief Information Officer for the State of Arizona where he received the Distinguished Service to State Government award from the National Governor’s Association for his work in government innovation. He is credited with creating the state's first cybersecurity plan and establishing the Arizona Cyber Information Security Office.

Prior to serving as the Arizona State CIO and Director of the Arizona Government Information Technology Agency, Cummiskey was elected to six terms in the Arizona State Legislature. As a state senator, he held numerous leadership positions and was credited with developing technology solutions to improve government service delivery.

Mr. Cummiskey resides in Washington DC with his wife and their three children.

Bookmark and Share

Social Media Links

facebook twitter linked in

Partner Spotlight

Upcoming Events

WHSR Annual Holiday Reception
for members and invited guests
December 5th, 2018
6-9 pm


"Triumph Enterprises, Inc. is most appreciative of the opportunity to be an integral part of the WHSR/TSA OSC Small Business Focus Group. The experience has been extremely positive for us.

Having the opportunity to discuss small business procurement ideas and challenges with key decision makers in OSC - who are actively seeking real world inputs from small businesses such as ours - has been refreshing and rewarding.

We've had an open, honest, and forthright dialog with the senior leadership of OSC, and are 100% certain that our ideas have been heard and carefully considered."

Lee Plumb
Vice President, Triumph Enterprises, Inc.
"The WHSR/TSA Focus groups have proven to be an invaluable resource to gain greater insight into TSA as well as to have valuable conversations between a wide range of industry companies and TSA stakeholders. This type of open collaboration generates increased awareness of mission problems and can help create better targeted solutions from traditional and non-traditional market participants."

Don Fenhagen
Associate Partner, IBM
"The WHSR/TSA OSC Focus Groups allowed Engility to better understand not just what TSA's challenges are but why they are challenges. They also allowed Engility to learn the key technical, management, personnel, and corporate key factors that Industry must bring to the table to assist TSA and why they are important."

Peter Lierni
Senior Director, Engility
"The WHSR/TSA OSC Focus Groups provided a great opportunity for industry to communicate and collaborate with TSA over a sustained period about mutual goals, expectations, and challenges. Congratulations on a job well done. Let's keep the conversation going."

Steve Mikolaski
Director, Deloitte Consulting LLP
"The open exchange between TSA leadership and industry on the agency's operational challenges and objectives, facilitated by the Washington Homeland Security Roundtable, will have the beneficial effects of enhancing security, speeding deployment of essential technologies, and reducing costs."

Michael T. Dougherty
Director of Law Enforcement Solutions, Raytheon Company