Forum for discussing national security issues.

Board Members, Staff and Volunteers


Kevin Schaller – Board Chairman, President – Truckee Meadows Community College

Dr. Maureen McCarthy – NSF Director Programs and Commentary

James Bradshaw – Secretary, Attorney

Ronn Codd, Treasurer

The Honorable Susan Lynn Roley Malone

MGEN, Garrett Harencak


Dr. Maureen McCarthy – NSF Director Programs and Commentary

Kimberly Pickens – NSF Event Coordinator

Christina Clack – Communications Consultant

Jim Dunigan (Eagle Croft Productions) – Videographer

Sam Coleman – Volunteer Hybrid Program Video Producer


We are particularly grateful for the support from our Friends of the Forum.
See the current Friends of the Forum list here. 



Board President

Dr. Kevin Schaller serves as a crisis leadership board and executive advisor.  He has provided consultation services for military, government, financial, food service, and technology firms in the areas of crisis management, business continuity, and emergency response.  He completed his doctoral research around board and executive crisis decision-making during COVID at the Pepperdine University Graziadio Business School in 2022. Kevin is a 2011 honors graduate of the American Public University Graduate School of Public Health and Service in Emergency & Disaster Management and a graduate of the FEMA executive academy. 

He served on the program development team for the Bachelor of Applied Sciences Emergency Management – Homeland Security program at Truckee Meadows College, as well as a variety of emergency management projects including the Nevada Governor’s Task Force for Continuity of Operations and served as Project Coordinator for the USGS/Tahoe Science Consortium ARkStorm severe weather public outreach and exercise project, and finally, the emergency manager for the University of Nevada, Reno.

A Nevada resident for over a quarter-century, he enjoys the great outdoors, motorsports, and the independence of the Nevada spirit.


Program and Commentary Chair 

Maureen I. McCarthy, PhD, is Senior Research Faculty in the Department of Physics, University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) and in the Division of Earth & Ecosystem Sciences at the Desert Research Institute (DRI) and Graduate Faculty in Hydrologic Sciences (UNR/DRI Joint Program). She serves as Executive Director of the Tahoe Science Consortium and Director of the Tahoe & Great Basin Research, managing large, multi-institutional, transdisciplinary research programs focused on climate resiliency, water sustainability, natural resource management, and multi-hazard early warning. As Great Basin Research Director, McCarthy leads multi-institution research projects focused on climate adaptation and water sustainability in snow-fed arid-land river systems and on American Indian lands, supervises graduate students, and develops multi-institution transdisciplinary research programs.

Dr. McCarthy is also President of McCarthy & Smith Consulting, where she advises public and private entities on national security, threat analysis, environmental security, energy security, and the impacts of global climate change. She serves on the National Security Advisory Board for the University of Maryland, Board of Directors for the Tahoe Prosperity Center, Board of Supervisors (elected) of the Nevada-Tahoe Conservation District, Climate Resiliency Advisory Group for Northern Nevada, and President the Rotary Club of Tahoe-Incline.

Dr. McCarthy has nearly two decades of experience directing programs in science, technology, university education, intelligence analysis, and national, homeland, and international security policy development for the Departments of Defense, Energy and Homeland Security. She served in the Administration of President George W. Bush as a member of the Transition Planning Office responsible for the stand-up of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). She was the first Director of Research & Development and Director of Border, Health and Weapons of Mass Destruction Intelligence for DHS. She was a member of the Senior Executive Service and a Senior Intelligence Officer. Prior to 9/11, Dr. McCarthy was Chief Scientist for the National Nuclear Security Administration coordinating nuclear weapons and non-proliferation programs and leading nuclear nonproliferation negotiations with the Russian Federation.

Dr. McCarthy was the first Defense Policy Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), where she served as technical advisor to the Secretary of Defense for nuclear arms control negotiations with the Former Soviet Union. She came to Washington, D.C. from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory where directed the Interface Physics Group. She was a Lady Davis Postdoctoral Fellow at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel, holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Physics from the University of Colorado, and a B.Sc. in Chemistry from Boston College. She is an active member of the AAAS, Women in Nuclear, American Chemical Society, Cosmos Club of Washington DC, and the National Security Forum.


Susan Malone has over 40 years of extensive and documented success in the public, private, government, combating terrorism/anti-terrorism assistance and Human Rights, Human Trafficking, NGO sector; extensive experience in the federal criminal investigative arena with a focus on Justice Programs, Rule of Law, Human Rights, Inspector General operations, international banking and money laundering, conflict of interest, procurement fraud, bribery and corruption investigations.  Advisor to the Iraq Minister of Interior and senior National Police. Managed and coordinated major international United Nations and Civil Affairs programs in Asia, Africa, South and Central America and the Middle East.  Team Leader, Afghanistan, HTA program.  Appointed to the senior United Nations Civil Service, War Crimes Tribunal, The Hague, the Netherlands.

BA degree, California State University, Fullerton, CA; MA degree, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA; MA degree, U.S. Army War College; Graduate, FBI Academy; Graduate, US Department of State-Department of Defense Interdepartmental Studies Program.  Appointed to numerous commissions and advisory boards including: Member, President’s Commission on Aviation Security and Terrorism; Member, Secretary of Defense Advisory Board Evaluating the Investigative Capabilities of the Department of Defense; Member, Marine Corps Reserve Policy Board; past national president, Marine Corps Reserve Officers Association; member, Northern Nevada State Veterans Home Independent Advisory Board. USMC Officer – Colonel.  Extensive experience in military/political affairs, counter intelligence and security matters.