Meet Our Team Of Experts.
Special Agent (Ret.) | High-Value Interrogation Team Leader (Ret.) | Founder
John has more than 24 years' experience as a U.S. Special Agent working numerous counterterrorism, national security and white-collar criminal investigations. He served as a Mobile Interrogation Team Leader (MIT) and Lead Interrogator with the elite U.S. High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group (HIG) from 2012-17.
He was entrusted to implement a Presidential initiative to apply humane-compliant, non-coercive (and ultimately more effective) policy methods to obtain vital human intelligence from the world's most dangerous terrorists, head off imminent terrorist operations and track down bad actors. John was involved in rapidly unfolding top-secret operations that led to the apprehension and interrogation of countless foreign terrorists in highly charged environments. He has been deployed throughout the world in support of U.S national security operations.
John continues to serve, and partner with, experts in the field of social science research to bring science-based communication elements to practitioners, domestically and abroad. He continuously strives to improve information-gathering methodology and identify the best approaches for the private sector and government.
The United States government recognizes Special Agent Gervino as a subject matter expert (SME) and certified instructor in deception detection, investigative Interviewing, elicitation and persuasion.
JOEANNA C. ARTHUR, Ph.D. Research Psychologist and Science Consultant
Dr. Arthur recently served as a Senior Staff Scientist and Research Program Manager in Predictive Analytics at the National-Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA). There she led a transdisciplinary team of scientists advancing intelligence analysis and enhancing analytic tradecraft. As the Human Research Protection Official (HRPO), she spent more than 10 years as the agency’s sole subject matter expert in human subject use.
Prior government assignments include Chief of Research (FBI/High Value Detainee Interrogation Group), Lead Behavioral Scientist/Psychologist (DIA), Program Manager and Operational Test & Evaluation Lead (NGA). She has managed multiple contracts, co-authored the comprehensive HIG report to Congress, authored several research disseminations reports, co-authored two chapters in the “Operational Psychology” book, worked hand-in-hand with the HIG training and operations division and effectively engaged with HUMINT operators from CIA, DIA and FBI, as well as academic researchers and diverse practitioners from a variety of international organizations and The Five Eyes (FVEY) partners.
Dr. Arthur’s research foci span the fields of biotechnology, cognitive neuroscience, operational psychology, human-system integration, human performance optimization, intelligence interviewing, research ethics and applied behavioral and social science.
She received her doctorate degree in Psychology/Cognitive Neuroscience from the George Washington University and completed a post-doctoral research fellowship in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at John Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Arthur is one of the intelligence community's first recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering (PECASE 2012, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy) “for innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology.”
Mark Rasch Corporate Security Chief (Ret.) | DOJ Attorney (Ret.) | Author
Mark is an attorney and author, specializing in corporate and government cybersecurity, privacy and incident response. He is the former Chief Security Evangelist for Verizon Communications, as well as a former Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and Chief Privacy and Data Security Officer for Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). From 1983–1992, he worked at the U.S. Department of Justice in the Criminal Division's Fraud Section. Mark earned a Juris Doctor degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo and is a graduate of the Bronx High School of Science.
He prosecuted Robert Tappan Morris, who released the first computer worm through the Internet and who was the first person convicted under the then-new Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) in 1991.
He was an amicus curiae (friend of the court) related to data encryption in Bernstein v. United States, a case that challenged restrictions on the export of cryptography from the United States. He prosecuted radical political activist and perennial presidential candidate Lyndon LaRouche, as well as organized crime figures associated with the Gambino crime family. And he helped uncover the individual responsible for the so-called "Craigslist Murder" in Boston in 2009.
On issues related to law and technology, Mark has been a regular contributor to Security Current, Security Focus and Security Boulevard, and is a regular contributor to Wired magazine. He was also a longtime columnist for Storefront Backtalk, a publication that tracked global retail technology. He has appeared on, or been quoted by, MSNBC, Fox News, CNN, The New York Times, Forbes, PBS, The Washington Post, NPR and other national and international media.
Gregory Picur CPA | Certified Fraud Examiner | IRS Criminal Investigator (Ret.)
Greg is a licensed certified public accountant and certified fraud examiner. He served as a Senior Criminal Investigator with the IRS for more than 10 years, working with the Department of Justice on criminal prosecutions of tax fraud, political corruption and money laundering. He served 16 years as a Supervisory Criminal Investigator at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), heading up regional investigative offices in Cairo, Budapest, Baghdad and Islamabad.
As a Senior Fraud Auditor for the Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco) for 10 years, Greg established a rigorous corporate compliance program for the procurement and legal departments. He conducted complex fraud audits uncovering bribery, conflicts of interest, contract fraud and violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), which led to process changes that minimized corporate fraud risk.
He is conversant in German and Arabic.
Duane Evans CIA Station Chief (Ret.) | U.S. Army Special Forces (Ret.)
Duane is a retired CIA case officer with field tours on four continents, and has served as Chief of Station, the CIA’s most senior field position. He is the recipient of the Intelligence Star for valor and the Career Intelligence Medal. Prior to joining the CIA, he was a U.S. Army Special Forces and Military Intelligence officer.
A graduate of New Mexico State University, Duane is also the author of the novel North from Calcutta and the memoir Foxtrot in Kandahar: A Memoir of a CIA Officer in Afghanistan at the Inception of America’s Longest War.
Aron SEAL Team Six (Ret.) | Personal Coach
Aron served more than 20 years with the highly coveted SEAL Team Six. He was known as an exceptionally skilled operator and trusted teammate, deploying numerous times to highly sensitive missions throughout the world.
Today, as a gifted orator and highly talented personal coach, who subscribes to the principles of servant leadership, authenticity and valued-based living, Aron continues to serve his country in the private sector. His effectiveness in influencing and building strong, high-performing cultures is unmatched.
Lindsay Moran CIA Operative (Ret.) | Media Consultant | Author
Lindsay is a former CIA operative with more than 20 years’ experience in investigation, covert operations, analysis and communications.
She authored the best-selling memoir, Blowing My Cover. Her articles and opinions have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Politico, The Huffington Post and other publications. She has been a commentator on national security and intelligence issues for the BBC, CNN, MSNBC, NPR, The Young Turks, as well as various radio and online outlets. From 2013–16, she was a field correspondent for Al-Jazeera America’s flagship news program, America Tonight and its groundbreaking science and technology show TechKnow. Today, she is a featured expert on the Science Channel’s top-rated show, What on Earth, and Discovery’s Forbidden History. She is a consultant for television series and movies, including the History Channel’s critically acclaimed documentary, America’s War on Drugs, and the Netflix hit series, Hit and Run.
Lindsay is a graduate of Harvard College and Columbia University. Prior to her service with the CIA, she was an English Literature teacher and Fulbright Scholar. She has lectured at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard College, Yale College, the American Enterprise Institute, University of Virginia, American University, Columbia University and other schools. She lives in Maryland with her two sons and three dogs.
Richard Goff DHS Criminal Investigator (Ret.)
Richard has conducted high-profile transnational organized criminal investigations. He has supervised national security and drug interdiction teams and served in Saudi Arabia. He served four years in Afghanistan as senior law enforcement advisor to the Major Crimes Task Force, the Afghan equivalent of the FBI. He was also an auditor at the Regional Special Investigations Unit, Defense Contract Audit Agency, where he supported the FBI on complex financial fraud investigations.
Richard has a BS degree in accounting from Bentley University an MBA from the University of Massachusetts and a Forensic Accounting certificate from the University of North Carolina. He has extensive international experience, having trained law enforcement personnel in Kuwait, UAE, Bahrain, Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia in forensic accounting investigations, anti-money laundering, bulk cash smuggling, intellectual property rights and Customs investigations.