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Mitchell D. Erickson, Ph.D.
NYDLA, Chairman of the Advisory Board

Science Advisor
Science and Technology Directorate
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Mitchell D. Erickson facilitates DHS’ Science & Technology activities with other federal, state, tribal and territorial agencies in the Northeast (NJ to ME) and Caribbean (PR and USVI). He works with appropriate organizations in the Northeast to integrate vertically among the various organizations and horizontally across all threats. Dr. Erickson facilitates S&T projects within this region, such as field tests. He provides a conduit to subject matter experts for government homeland security agencies and first responders. He also evaluates current practices that could be improved by application of new technologies, models, systems, or approaches and where S&T can contribute to help close these homeland security gaps. Several colleagues cover other geographic and technical aspects of this inter agency coordination function.

Mitchell Erickson has extensive experience in management of technical organizations. From 1996-2007, he held the position of Laboratory Director at Environmental Measurements Laboratory (EML), U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The laboratory was in the U.S. Department of Energy until transferred by Congress when DHS was formed in 2003. Beginning in 2002, he led a complex transfer of EML from DOE to DHS, including both mission and administrative changes. As Laboratory Director of EML, Dr. Erickson was responsible for strategic planning, technical quality, productivity, marketing, program development, human resources, budget, and union relations. He was also responsible for management of external relationships with the nation’s homeland security community and scientific and professional relationships with numerous national and international institutions.

He holds a concurrent position as Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Environmental and Occupational Health, School of Public Health University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, where he teaches Public Health Preparedness I: Agents of Mass Injury or Destruction.

Dr. Erickson has been responsible for management of research programs. As Associate Director of Argonne National Laboratory’s Applied Research and Development Program Office, he co-directed a team that managed a $40M environmental technology development program. He has also been principal investigator on projects ranging up to several million dollars and dozens of staff.

Dr. Erickson’s research in environmental science and analytical chemistry has developed novel technologies, identified sources and fates of pollutants, investigated chemical reaction conditions, and produced analytical methods. His research has historically emphasized multidisciplinary projects and tends toward more applied research. Dr. Erickson’s expertise in persistent organic pollutants is sought in a consulting capacity, specifically in the areas of sampling, analysis, presence, partition, and transport in environmental, biological, industrial product, and human matrices. Chemicals of interest include polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins (PCDDs), and polychlorinated dibenzofurans (PCDFs). In 1996 Dr. Erickson received R&D-100 Award and later a “Top 40” Award for one of the 40 best R&D-100 Awards for the forty years of the awards program and a Federal Laboratory Council Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer. Dr. Erickson received a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Iowa in 1976. He has published two books--Analytical Chemistry of PCBs, (1st and 2nd editions) and Remediation of PCB Spills. Dr. Erickson holds one patent. He is the author of over 150 technical publications and has given over 170 technical presentations.
Linda Prudhomme
NYDLA, Advisory Board Member

LP Distance Learning

Linda Prudhomme is a project manager, training professional, and distance learning consultant. Previous positions include; Systems Engineer, Advisory Instructor Developer, Education Analyst at the New York City Department of Education, and Instructional Design Consultant at Skill Dynamics and Citicorp.

As an Advisory Instructor Developer Ms. Prudhomme was a pioneer in the implementation of a distance leaning center at IBM’s Advanced Education Center in NYC. She designed the learning environment, sold management on its benefits, interfaced with vendors and guided developers and instructors in developing best practices.

As instructional designer, Ms. Prudhomme wrote the Training Development Series, a Skill Dynamics publication now out of print. This Train the Trainer series included A Guide to Distance Education Development.

At the New York City Department of Education, Division of Instructional and Information Technology, Ms. Prudhomme served as the liaison between school users and the network engineers, and was the project manager for a major rollout impacting all desktop computers in 1100 schools. She also worked in change management and quality assurance, and designed and implemented an in-house change management system. Whenever she interfaced with management in other divisions Ms. Prudhomme always made a pitch for the benefits of distance education. She recently retired prior to seeing her dream fulfilled of distance learning in many more NYC public schools.

Ms. Prudhomme is a member of the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) and was instrumental in the formation of The New York Distance Learning Association (NYDLA). She is a member of the American Society for Curriculum Development (ASCD).

Ms. Prudhomme holds a BA in Math Education form the State University of New York as well as certificates from IBM’s Marketing Institute and Systems Research Institute.
Richard Russell
NYDLA, Advisory Board Member

CEO, Russell Organics
Managing Director, Liberty Holdings


Richard Russell is the CEO of Russell Organics, a globally distributed premium natural beauty lifestyle brand. He is primarily responsible for the continued growth of the company into new international markets, new product development, and representing the company at various tradeshows and media events. Under Richard’s leadership, Russell Organics has launched numerous top selling beauty products that are sold at the finest luxury retail locations. True to the company’s core belief of being a mindful and eco-friendly brand of products, the company has established leadership position in the rapidly growing premium natural segment of the beauty market.

Richard has made numerous television appearances where he promotes the Russell Organics brand, as well as the organic and toxin free lifestyle that many consumers seek. The range has also been featured in many publications in the U.S., Canada, and Hong Kong.

Richard to this day is the chief product designer for the company, using forward thinking formulations and the purest natural ingredients to create a set of products designed to intoxicate the senses, from smell to touch.

Richard also serves as Managing Director of Liberty Holdings, a technology investment company. With 20+ years of executive level technology experience, Richard has successfully conducted business in the technology markets of North America, Europe, and Asia. He has a strong skill set from being involved in numerous technology start up organizations including among them; several telecom companies, a national wireless company, and a Hong Kong based telecom project. Richard has personally closed over $500M in revenue during his technology career.

Previous executive level experience includes roles within; Telecom*USA, MCI, RTI, iaxis, The Carlyle Group, and New World Telecom

Richard has spoken at numerous tradeshows in the beauty and technology markets, speaking on a variety of subject matter, relevant to current issues. These appearances, such as SuperCom, have allowed Richard to establish subject matter expertise in his fields of endeavor.

Bruce White
NYDLA, Advisory Board Member

Professor Emeritus
BS, MS, Winona State University;
PhD, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Bruce White is a professor of Computer Information Systems. He is very active as a teacher and a scholar. He has received the Quinnipiac University Center of Excellence in Teaching Award and the Association of Information Technology Professionals Educator of the Year award. He is on the certification council of the Institute for Certification of Computer Professionals and is also an ABET program evaluator. In his spare time, Professor White is involved with music - with the Quinnipiac University Pep Band; the Hamden Symphony Orchestra, the Cheshire Symphony Orchestra and others. He also is one of the advisers for Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, the pep band, and the CIS Club.
Anthony J. Zeoli
NYDLA, Advisory Board Member

Transactional and Securities Attorney

Anthony Zeoli is an experienced transactional attorney with Ginsberg and Jacobs in Chicago. He practices law in the areas of commercial finance, securities, real estate and general corporate law. Before joining Ginsberg and Jacobs Mr. Zeoli was employed with two large national law firms; Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP and Duane Morris LLP.

Mr. Zeoli’s commercial finance practice includes the representation of borrowers and lenders in: secured and unsecured lending transactions; corporate reorganizations and restructuring; syndicated commercial financing transactions; and loan workouts. His real estate practice includes the representation of parties on both sides of transactions involving the acquisition, sale, construction, leasing and/or financing of real estate. Mr. Zeoli also has a vibrant securities and general corporate practice including initial and subsequent private debt and equity offerings; mergers and acquisitions; company formation and governance; and general contract drafting and negotiation

Mr. Zeoli is also an industry leader in the area of crowdfunding, in particular with respect to debt and equity crowdfunding. He has most recently drafted a bill to allow for an intrastate crowdfunding exemption in Illinois and is in the process of lobbying to have the bill passed.

Anthony holds a masters degree in accounting from the State University of New York at Albany, a law degree with a concentration in corporate law from Northwestern University School of Law, and an M.B.A. degree with a double major in finance and entrepreneurship from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He received high honors and scholarships in all programs and is also an active member of MENSA. Anthony is also currently actively involved with the Entrepreneurship program at the University of Illinois at Chicago as both a mentor and a student advisor.

Jerry Rubin
NYDLA, Advisory Board Member

President at Avs Inc.

Jerry Rubin is a graduate of Rutgers University, holding a degree in Engineering. His initial work was in the aircraft industry designing Ceramics for Mach 3 Aircraft. In early 1962 he began a 35-year career at Bell Telephone Laboratories, publishing over 75 technical papers, holding 4 US Patents and winning a their highest honor a Distinguished Scientist Award in 1987.In the early 1990’s Mr. Rubin was appointed to a Position of Visiting Scholar at Rutgers University where he taught several seminar courses.

Mr. Rubin founded Advertising Verification Services in 1992. The company Specialized in providing “tearsheets” to major Advertising Agencies. AVS Designed the first computerized tearsheet tracking system using Filemaker, Which was utilized by 12 major Advertising Agencies. As the need for tearsheets waned in the late 1990’s AVS changed directions and became a Filemaker software-consulting firm. It remains a viable company today. In the early 1990’s the family purchased “The Heath Shoppe” in Union, NJ. The business was subsequently renamed Hilife Vitamins and moved to a facility in Chatham, NJ. It currently operates as an Internet reseller of Brand Name Supplements.

Mr. Rubin began his career with the Bernard Hodes Advertising in 1996. He was Appointed head Corporate Information Services in 1999 and took over the Ad Management System (AMS) written in Filemaker, along with its companion Web based interface Hodes Exchange in 2001. In 2006 Mr. Rubin added Billing Manager to his duties. During his tenure at Hodes Mr. Rubin designed many custom Filemaker databases including a number of solutions used for the Customized Billing of major Clients such as Novartis, TMobile and United Health Group. Hodes was sold in 2012 to a California Software firm and Jerry declined an offer to relocate to the West Coast.

Jerry Rubin lives with his wife Susan in Summit, NJ and is employed as a Senior Consultant to Sims Pump Valve Company in Hoboken, NJ and several smaller companies specializing in Filemaker, and Web Based Solutions.