The FBINCAAA Board of Directors is comprised of volunteers who graduated from the FBI Citizens Academy Program, and have served in leadership positions for local FBICAAA Chapters, as well as FBI National CAAA committees and teams. Board members bring extensive industry and community service expertise to their respective roles, as well as working knowledge of the needs of FBICAAA Chapters. Board members meet frequently to plan and manage the day-to-day operations of the National association, and to develop and deliver education, training, and expert resources to Chapter leaders. FBINCAAA serves as the official governing organization, interface, and liaison with FBI Headquarters and local Chapters.
Karen Corrigan (Norfolk), President
Karen Corrigan was elected to the FBINCAAA Board of Directors in 2018 and has served as Director of Communications, Vice President for Communications, and Vice President for Chapter Services. She is a 2014 graduate of the FBI Norfolk Citizens Academy and previously held officer positions on the FBI Norfolk CAAA Board. Over the course of her career, Karen has worked as a health system executive, chief strategy officer, chief marketing executive, and entrepreneur. She has held the positions of Corporate Vice President for System Development for Virginia-based Sentara Healthcare, and founder/CEO for healthcare management consulting firms The Strategy Group and Corrigan Consulting. She recently partnered with her daughter to build Vessel Craft Coffee, a social entrepreneurship initiative. Karen is an accomplished speaker and author, and has been awarded the health industry’s three highest recognitions for her contributions to strategy and marketing leadership. She was also named a Hampton Roads Professional Woman of the Year and received the Women in Business Achievement Award. Karen is a graduate of Virginia Wesleyan University and active community volunteer.
Alicia Wadas (Phoenix), Immediate Past President
Alicia Wadas was elected to the Board of Directors of the FBI National Citizens Academy Alumni Association in 2016. She began her service to National in 2015 as Regional Chapter Coordinator for Region 5, working with 12 western Chapters. Alicia was awarded the distinguished Meritorious Service Medal in 2018 while serving as VP, Communications & Conferences. A 2008 FBI Phoenix CA graduate, Alicia joined the Phoenix CAAA Board of Directors the same year. She served three terms on the Phoenix board in various roles, including President. As Chief Operating Officer of a top marketing firm in Phoenix, she was the inaugural winner of the 2018 Women of Excellence Award, the 2018 COO of the Year among top executives in Phoenix, and in 2014 was named one of the Most Influential Women in Arizona Business. She’s active in her industry, serving as a director for Independent NewsMedia, a publisher of 24 community newspapers in 4 states, and as past-president of Intermarket Agency Network, an association of 15 independently owned agencies. Alicia is also on the advisory board of GratitudeAmerica, a nonprofit dedicated to providing critical support for military service members and their families during their return to civilian life.
Richard Schwalberg (Cleveland), Vice President Operations/President-Elect
Richard Schwalberg joined the FBINCAAA Board of Directors in 2021 as Director of Development and was named Vice President for Operations in 2022. In this role, he oversees the National Leadership Conference, Technology Support, Development, and Compliance Functions. He graduated from the FBI Cleveland CA Program in 2010 and later served as President of the FBI Cleveland Citizens Academy Alumni Association. While President, the Chapter implemented many local projects that were replicated by other FBINCAAA Chapters, including Little Free Libraries, Light Northern Ohio Blue, and Honoring Hometown Heros. He began his service to the National as an RCC for Region One and also served on the National Fundraising Team. Richard recently retired as Chief Operating Officer of Menorah Park in Cleveland, Ohio. Over the course of his career, he received numerous local and national recognitions, including Professional of the Year, Advocacy of the Year, Young Executive, and Humanitarian awards. His national advocacy efforts in senior living have resulted in his leading thirteen sessions in the White House, by bringing over 2,000 lay leaders and health care executives to present innovations in senior health care. Richard holds a MHA in Health Care Administration from George Washington University and a BBA from Baruch College/City University of New York. Richard will assume the role of FBINCAAA President on January 1, 2024.
Kelly Lopez (Miami), Vice President Chapter Services
Kelly Lopez graduated from the 3rd FBI Miami Citizens Academy class in 2005. She has been a member of the FBI Miami CAAA for over 15 years where she has served as a Director and Vice President for the Chapter. Kelly has been dedicated to educating the South Florida communities about the missions and priorities of the FBI, as well as leading outreach projects in the Miami-Dade and Broward counties. One of her passions is creating innovative and effective programming for the FBI Miami Field Office and FBI Miami CAAA partnership benefiting our youth population. From 2014-2018, Kelly served in various roles for the FBI National CAAA as a Regional Chapter Coordinator for Regions 2 and 4, Chapter Relations Team Coordinator, and as a National Board Member. She joined the National Board again in November 2022 as Director of Chapter Engagement and was elected Vice President for Chapter Services in November 2023. Retired from the investment property sector, Kelly resides in a small, charming beach town in Lauderdale By The Sea, Florida.
Valeri Minner (Kansas City), Treasurer
Valerie Minner joined the FBINCAAA Board of Directors in July 2022 after having served on the Financial Oversight Committee the prior year. She graduated from the FBINCAAA Chapter in Kansas City, MO in the Spring of 2013 and served on the FBIKCAAA Board of Directors first as Secretary and most recently as President. She is also a member of the Kansas City Police Citizens Academy Alumni Association and served on their Board as Secretary. Valerie spent forty years in the hospitality industry working for the Raphael Hotel Group that owned several boutique hotels and held the franchise agreements for a local Hilton property and the Kansas City Marriott Downtown, a large convention property located in downtown Kansas City. After spending sixteen years in Chicago as the General Manager of two of the Group's properties, she returned to Kansas City as the Director of Room Operations for twenty-four years at the Downtown Marriott and retired in 2020. During her tenure, Valerie also served on the Board of Directors and as the President of the Educational Foundation for the Greater Kansas City Hotel & Lodging Association.
Delta Hinson (Norfolk), Secretary
Delta Hinson joined the FBI National CAAA Board of Directors in January 2023 and serves on the Executive Committee as the Association’s Secretary. He previously served on the National Chapter Engagement Team as Regional Chapter Coordinator (RCC) for Region 2. In 2022, he was the host chapter co-chair for the FBINCAAA National Leadership Conference held in Norfolk, Virginia. Delta is a 30-year retired Navy veteran who graduated from the FBI Norfolk Citizens Academy program in 2014. In 2016, he joined the FBI Norfolk CAAA Board of Directors and held various positions including Director, Vice President, President and Immediate Past President, and today remains an active member of the Norfolk Chapter. Delta currently holds the position of Program Manager for Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) and is an active volunteer for various community service agencies in Hampton Roads, Virginia.
Amir Elsayed (San Antonio), Director National Leadership Conference
Amir Elsayed oversees planning, development, and management of the FBINCAAA National Leadership Conference. He is a graduate of the McAllen Class of 2015 (San Antonio) and joined the FBI San Antonio Citizens Academy Alumni Association as a Lifetime Member. Amir was elected to the Chapter's Board of Directors in 2016 and served as Chapter President for the past two years. During his term as President, he gained experience in conference planning and management, when the San Antonio Chapter was selected as host for the 2018 FBINCAAA National Leadership Conference. Amir is also a member and past Vice President of the Rio Grande Valley Sector of InfraGard. He has a long history of community service and volunteering, having served on various boards and organizations, including starting his own nonprofit, The Rio Grande Valley Diabetes Association. Amir is a graduate from the University of Missouri-Columbia and currently works in Pharmaceutical Sales.
Anita Paoli, Esq. (Miami), Director Compliance
Anita Paoli was elected to the FBINCAAA Board of Directors in 2022 to serve as Director of Compliance. She is a 2016 graduate from the FBI Miami CAAA and has been the FBI Miami CAAA Board Secretary since 2018. She has been serving as a volunteer team member of the National General Counsel Team since 2021. Anita has been in private practice since 1990 in the areas of Wills, Trusts, Probate, Guardianships, Corporations, and Transactional Real Estate. She is a Title Agent for a national title insurance company and is a Certified Florida Supreme Court Mediator and Qualified Arbitrator. Anita is admitted to the Florida Bar, the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Florida, the U.S. Court of Appeals Eleventh Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court. She continues to participate in various professional, civic, and philanthropic organizations and many as an active board member, including some of her favorite causes, such as the American Inns of Court promoting professionalism in the practice of law and mentorship of law students and new attorneys, the United States Naval Academy Alumni Association, the Royal Dames of Cancer Research, and as president of the Association of South Florida Mediators and Arbitrators.
Pasquale "Pat" Greco (Buffalo), Director Education and Training
Pat is Executive Director of Product Supply and Facility Security for ABARTA Coca-Cola Beverages, LLC headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Pat was elected to the FBINCAAA Board of Directors in 2022 after his exceptional service on the FBI National CAAA’s Development and Training teams. Pat graduated from the FBI Buffalo Citizens Academy in 2014 and since then has held numerous FBIBCAAA Board positions including President. Currently, Pat is the FBIBCAAA’s Governance Chair. Pat also co-chairs the Community Education and Prevention Committee of the Erie County Opioid Epidemic Task Force, is President of the InfraGard Buffalo Members Alliance, is a member of the Erie County Community College Criminal Justice Advisory Board, is a member of the Leadership Society of the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County and has served on several other local philanthropic agency Boards, including Junior Achievement of Western New York. Pat graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo with a BS in Business Administration and lives in Clarence Center, New York with his wife, Laura. They have two sons, Michael and Matthew.
Duana Malone (Las Vegas), Director IT/Support Services
A 2021 graduate of the FBI Las Vegas Citizens Academy, Duana Malone joined the National Board in 2023 as Director IT/Support Services. She previously served on the National Chapter Information Services Team and as a technology volunteer for the 2021 and 2022 National Leadership Conferences. Duana is Director for the Nevada Help Desk, which provides training and other cyber support services to private, public and government organizations. She has more than 30 years experience as an international operations and technology consultant, computer programmer, website designer & app developer with top Fortune companies. She was recently named Technology Woman of the Year by the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) & The Vegas Community Tech Fund, as well as STEM Woman of the Month.
Brenda Kanno (Honolulu), Director of Communications
Brenda Kanno, a 2007 graduate of the FBI Honolulu Citizens Academy, joined the National Board in 2023 as Director of Communications. She previously served on the National Communications Team and her efforts and impact on the 2023 National Leadership Conference were tremendous. Brenda became a member of the FBI Honolulu CAAA immediately upon graduation in 2007 and joined the Board in 2014 where she served as Treasurer, Vice President, and President. Brenda was the Director of Corporate Services and Facility Security Manager at the Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii until her retirement in 2020. While at the University of Hawaii, Brenda managed all activities of their Board of Directors, maintained corporate communications, developed training programs, and ensured that the University was complying with the National Industrial Security Program (NISP). She is a member of InfraGard Hawaii and served on its board for several years. Brenda also volunteers her time to assist other nonprofit organizations in Honolulu.
Jennifer L. Urban, Esq., (Minneapolis), General Counsel
Jenn is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison as well as Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. After graduation, she served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Peggy L. Bryant, Tenth District Court of Appeals for the State of Ohio. Before transitioning to private practice, Jenn served four years as an Assistant Attorney General at the Office of the Ohio Attorney General in the Charitable Law Division where she learned the importance of protecting charitable assets through investigation and enforcement. Jenn honed her nonprofit business acumen while serving as the Executive Director of a Minnesota nonprofit with business operations in three states and is currently active in the Minnesota and Ohio legal communities, enjoys teaching the Nonprofit Organizations Clinic at the University of St. Thomas School of Law, and speaking at legal education seminars. Jenn attended the Minneapolis FBI Citizens Academy in 2017, and provides the FBINCAAA with education, creative solutions, and reliable advice.
Charles R. Smith, Esq., (Phoenix) General Counsel
Charles Smith joined the FBI National CAAA Board as a non-voting legal advisor in December 2017 and is proud to be a 2020 recipient of the distinguished Meritorious Service Medal for his service as General Counsel. Charles is a 2016 graduate of the FBI Phoenix Citizens Academy and served the FBI Phoenix CAAA as a director, Vice President of Operations and as General Counsel until June 2019. After growing up in Minnesota and attending high school in Texas, in 1983 Charles obtained a Bachelor of Science with high honors in Accounting from East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma. In 1986, he was awarded a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Arizona College of Law. Charles has over 35 years of experience actively practicing as a corporate, business, tax, estate planning and non-profit attorney practicing in Tucson, Arizona. Charles devotes time to family, enjoys travel and performing community service. He works with numerous non-profit organizations and is active in local and state bar associations seeking to improve the legal community. He is on the editorial board of the official publication of the Pima County Bar Association, and is a volunteer attorney for Southern Arizona Legal Aid.