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), 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.
Jason Howze (Richmond), Senior Vice President
Jason Howze, Senior Vice President, joined the FBINCAAA Board of Directors in 2016 serving on the Strategic Planning Committee and Chapter Leadership Training Team. After graduating from the FBI Richmond Citizens Academy in 2009, he served the Alumni Association as Treasurer and co-Regional Chapter Coordinator (RCC) for Region 2 from 2014-2016. He is also a Sector Chief for the InfraGard Richmond Member Alliance. Jason is an information security analyst and network engineer with nearly twenty years of experience. He is a member of the CompTIA Subject Matter Expert Technical Advisory Committee and co-authors certifications that drive the future of the InfoSec industry talent. Jason was born in Charleston, SC and was raised in Johnson City, TN. He is employed by the Commonwealth of Virginia as a Security Operations Analyst for the Virginia Information Technologies Agency in Chester, VA.
Valerie 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.
Elizabeth Getrost (New Haven), Secretary
Elizabeth Getrost joined the FBINCAAA Board in 2020 as Assistant Treasurer and member of the Finance Committee. In 2021, she assumed the role of Assistant Secretary. Elizabeth graduated from the FBI New Haven Citizens Academy in 2016. She held both Secretary and Communications Director positions for the FBI New Haven CAAA, and was active in the Chapter’s veterans program. Elizabeth is a CPA and currently working for Carrier Corporation in the Internal Audit department where she leads the operations function, Carrier recently spun from United Technologies, where she worked for twelve years in various audit and internal controls positions. After graduating from Humboldt State University, Elizabeth worked as an external auditor for Deloitte, focusing on nonprofit and healthcare clients. She also serves as treasurer for two high school parent support organizations, and her family recently discovered breeding standard poodles as a hobby.
Ed Nelson (Boston), Vice President Operations
Ed Nelson graduated from the FBI Boston Division Citizens Academy in 2003. Starting in 2005, he has been involved with the Board of Directors of the FBI Boston CAAA in various capacities including Webmaster, Membership Director, Vice President, and President; and is still an active member of the Boston Chapter. In 2014, Ed joined the FBI National Citizens Academy Alumni Association Chapter Relations team as Regional Chapter Coordinator for Region 2. In 2016, Ed was elected to serve on the National Board of Directors and currently heads the Chapter Information Services team. He has led National's initiatives on many of the programs in use today, including BoardEffect, Wild Apricot, and MS Office 365. Ed works with a team of IT support volunteers to assist and handle account requests made by Chapter members across the country. He was the recipient of the FBI’s Director’s Community Leadership Award in 2017. Ed has many years of computer networking experience starting with Wang Labs in 1981. Since 1995, has worked at Boston University as a Senior Network Engineer where he architects, designs, implements, and project manages system improvements. Ed and his team maintain the BU campus networks, supporting more than 40,000 students, faculty and staff who use the campus computer network daily.
Sally Lorberbaum (Minneapolis), Vice President Chapter Resources
Sally Lorberbaum joined the FBINCAAA National Board in 2016, where she serves as National Secretary and Director of Training. She graduated from the FBI Minneapolis Citizens Academy Alumni Association in 2013 and is Vice President of her local Chapter. Sally's nonprofit experience includes: Vice President of the City of Mendota Heights’ Airports Relations Commission; past Chair of the City of Mendota Heights’ Planning Commission; Chair of Dakota County’s Property Tax Appeasement and Equalization Commission; and board member of the Joint Religious Legislative Commission (a partnership between the MN Council of Churches, the MN Catholic Conference, the Jewish Community Relations Council, and the Islamic Center for MN). Sally holds a Master’s in Education and an MBA from the University of Minnesota. She has worked for Wells Fargo as a Learning and Development Manager and Consultant in Business Banking. Sally is currently a Project Manager in Wells Fargo Consumer Lending, where she leads complex medium to high risk projects.
Sue Smith (Denver), Vice President Chapter Services
Sue Smith was elected to the FBINCAAA Board of Directors in 2020 as Director of Chapter Engagement. Upon graduation from the FBI Denver Citizens Academy in 2010, she joined the Denver Chapter of the FBICAAA, where she has served as Board Secretary, Chair of the Outreach & Engagement Committee, and Co-chair of the Fundraising & Special Events Committee. Sue helped to coordinate and host the 2012 FBINCAAA National Leadership Conference in Denver. She worked closely with the Chapter Relations (now Chapter Engagement) Committee and joined the team in 2019. She has also served as a presenter for FBINCAAA CHATS Training Programs and National Leadership Conference sessions. With a background in philanthropy, higher education, and politics at both state and federal levels, Sue’s ability to develop programs, engage stakeholders, problem solve, and identify resources, demonstrates her level of expertise and qualifications. She played an instrumental role in building the FBI Denver CAAA into an award-winning, nationally recognized Chapter, and was applauded for her leadership when named a recipient of the 2019 FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award. Sue serves as Grants Manager for a prominent philanthropic foundation in Denver.
Amir Elsayed (San Antonio), Director Conferences
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.
Kate Stoan (Cincinnati), Director Communications
Kate Stoan was elected to the Board of Directors of the FBI National Citizens Academy Alumni Association in July of 2021. She began her service to National in 2020 supporting the website and information security team. A 2018 graduate of the Cincinnati CA through the Columbus Resident Agency, she supported Cincinnati's transition to Wild Apricot beginning in the Summer of 2020. She joined the Cincinnati Board of Directors leading the Communications Committee in 2021. Kate has served as Export Compliance Analyst at the Ohio State University, Export Control Officer at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, and is currently the Director of Research Security and Compliance for University of Missouri System. She is a certified export compliance professional holding certifications in both the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). In addition to her work in the Citizens Academy Alumni Association, she is a member of InfraGard, the Association of University Export Control Officers, NCMS, and the Association of Certified Sanctions Specialists. Kate holds a B.A. in Psychology from Drury University and a Master of Library & Information Science from Kent State University.
Richard Schwalberg (Cleveland), Director Development
Richard Schwalberg was elected to the FBINCAAA Board of Directors in 2021 as Director of Development. He graduated from the FBI Cleveland CA Program in 2010 and later served as Chair of the FBI Cleveland Citizens Academy Alumni Association. While serving as Chair, the Chapter implemented many local projects that were replicated by other FBICAAA Chapters including Little Free Libraries, Light Northern Ohio Blue, Honoring Hometown Heros, and a major fundraising campaign. He began his service to the National as an RCC for Region One and also served on the National Fundraising Team. Richard is the Chief Operating Officer of Menorah Park in Cleveland, Ohio and has been a senior living health care administrator since 1980. He has received numerous local and national service awards 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 to the Administration. Richard holds a MHA in Health Care Administration from George Washington University and a BBA from Baruch College/City University of New York.
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.