Federal Bureau of Investigation
National Citizens Academy
Alumni Association

National Board

Our Board of Directors is comprised of volunteers who graduated from the FBI’s Citizens Academy programs in diverse parts of the Nation.

Executive Committee

Alicia Wadas (Phoenix)
National President

Alicia Wadas, National President (Phoenix)

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. A 2008 FBI Phoenix CA graduate, Alicia joined the Phoenix CAAA board of directors the same year. She served on the Phoenix board for 7 years 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.

Kevin Jensen (San Francisco)
National Past President

Kevin Jensen, National Past President (San Francisco)

Kevin serves as President of the National board in addition to his role as Vice President of the San Francisco Chapter. He retired in October 2013 as the Risk/Information Sharing Manager for the California Urban Area Security Initiative (the group of California UASIs/Fusion Centers). In his 28 years of service in Law Enforcement with the Santa Clara Co. Sheriff’s Office, he served as the Administrative Coroner, Court Security Commander and Assistant Chief of the Department of Correction. Kevin graduated from Session 222 of the FBI National Academy for Law Enforcement Executives at Quantico in 2005. He served six years on the Board of their California Alumni Chapter, two years as President. He has a BA in Management and an MA in Leadership from Saint Mary’s College of CA. Kevin still consults and teaches Leadership, Management and Ethics for Law Enforcement and others. He has volunteered in his community for over three decades in organizations like Kiwanis, Silicon Valley Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Assn., and others.

Sally Lorberbaum (Minneapolis)
National Secretary & Vice President, Chapter Resources

Sally Lorberbaum, National Secretary & VP Chapter Resources (Minneapolis)

Sally Lorberbaum joined the FBINCAAA National Board in 2016. She currently serves as National Secretary for the Board, Director of Training, and is a member of the FBINCAAA’s Diversity Committee. Sally graduated from the FBI Minneapolis Citizens Academy Alumni Association in 2013 and is Vice President of her local chapter. Additional non-profit work 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 a 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 and currently serves as a Project Manager in Wells Fargo Consumer Lending, where she leads complex medium to high risk projects.

Andrew Smith (Birmingham)
National Treasurer

Andrew Smith, National Treasurer (Birmingham)

Andrew Smith, Senior Vice President of Commercial Lending, Cadence Bank, Birmingham, AL. Andrew has extensive commercial lending experience in the finance and banking industries. Since 2004, Andrew has been a commercial and business banking executive with Cadence Bank. Prior to Cadence, he was: District Manager for Citi Group’s Transportation Finance Division in the Southeastern U.S.; VP of Wholesale Lending for The Associates in Dallas, TX; Compass Bank in Birmingham for 13 years serving as an officer in various lending capacities, namely Asset Based Lending, National Accounts, and the Correspondent Loan Division; and, the Asset Based Lending division of Republic Bank Dallas in Dallas, TX. Andrew spent his early years with various commercial finance companies in Dallas, TX, namely General Electric and The Associates. Andrew holds a B.A. in Finance from Boston University and an MBA from Amberton University in Dallas, TX. Andrew was born in Dunoon Scotland and his early childhood was spent in East Africa. He immigrated to the US and spent his primary school years in Haverford, PA. Andrew’s high school years were spent at Rydal School, a boys’ boarding school in Colwyn Bay, N. Wales in the UK. Andrew returned to the US for college and attended Boston University.

Sanford Mangold (Las Vegas)
National Executive Director

Sanford D. “Sandy” Mangold, National Executive Director (Las Vegas)

Sandy Mangold serves as the FBINCAAA Executive Director. He is a retired USAF Colonel, who is 7th Generation military. He served in the Middle East, was an aide to a Lt. General, and worked as a Space Shuttle Flight Controller in NASA/JSC Mission Control. Currently, Sandy teaches Graduate School at the University of Nevada (Las Vegas) in the Criminal Justice Department. He owns a small engineering and management consulting company and is an expert in Crisis & Emergency Management and unmanned aerial & space systems. He is active in his church and the Director, Law Enforcement Assistance Fund for the Las Vegas Metro Police Protective Association.

Jason Howze (Richmond)
National Senior Vice President

Jason Howze, National Senior Vice President (Richmond)

Jason Howze joined the FBINCAAA Board of Directors in 2016 serving on the Strategic Planning committee and Chapter Leadership Training team. After graduating 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.

National Directors

Ed Nelson (Boston)
National Vice President, Chapter Information Services

Ed Nelson, National VP, Chapter Information Services (Boston)

Ed Nelson graduated from the FBI Boston Division Citizens Academy in 2003. Since 2005, he has been involved with the Board of Directors of the FBI Boston Citizens Academy Alumni Association (FBIBCAAA) in various capacities including Webmaster, Membership Director and he served 4 years as Chapter President. In 2014 Ed joined the FBI National Citizens Academy Alumni Association (FBINCAAA) Chapter Relations team as Regional Chapter Coordinator for Region 2. Ed led the BoardMax initiative into production and trained chapters across the country on its use. In 2016, Ed was elected to serve on the National Board of Directors and is part of the Communications Team. Ed keeps the National website updated and leads a team of IT support volunteers. In April 2017, Ed was the recipient of the FBI’s Director’s Community Leadership Award (DCLA). Ed has over 30 years of computer networking experience with the last 23 years working at Boston University as a Senior Network Engineer where he architects, designs, implements and project manages system improvements as well as maintains the BU campus wired and wireless networks supporting more than 40,000 students, faculty and staff that use the campus computer network daily.

Kelly Lopez (Miami)
National Vice President, Chapter Engagement

Kelly Lopez, National VP, Chapter Engagement (Miami)

Kelly Lopez graduated the FBI Miami’s 3rd Citizens Academy class in 2005. Since 2006, she has served with the Miami CAAA Board in various roles, including 2 terms as the chapter’s Vice President. She developed and serves as the Digital Outreach Chair (Digital OT), a crowd-sourcing initiative, providing awareness and education via social media in (9) languages within our communities and to audiences worldwide. In 2016, she was nominated and confirmed to Miami’s Board Emeritus status. She is in her second year of serving on the national level as an RCC for Regions 2 & 4 and as a team member of the Chapter Leadership Training Committee. Currently, she serves as National’s Chapter Relations Coordinator assisting chapters throughout the nation. In 2016, Kelly was an honored recipient of the President’s Gold Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal for her service and dedication to the FBI CAAA.

Omar A. Siddiqui, Esq., National Director, Special Projects (Los Angeles)

A trial lawyer and an engineer, high-profile Attorney Omar A. Siddiqui is a founding partner of the law firm Siddiqui Law, A Prof. Corp. Siddiqui and his high-profile cases consistently appear in prominent media circuits including television, radio, and newspapers. A powerful courtroom advocate, Siddiqui is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court and has been selected “SUPER LAWYER” numerous times, including 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019. Siddiqui's practice includes trial advocacy and litigation in state and federal courts throughout the country. Siddiqui serves as a private advisor and consultant to the FBI on issues of national security & counterterrorism and is an advisor/partner with the CIA. Siddiqui is presently Director of Special Projects of FBINCAAA and was formerly Chairman of the Board of the Los Angeles Chapter. An active member of the FBI InfraGard Alliance, he also serves as an advisor to the Fullerton Police Department on the Police Chief’s Advisory Committee. For his national security efforts, Siddiqui is a recipient of several Certificates of Congressional Recognition from the U.S. House of Representatives, California State Assembly, CIA, the Department of Justice and the FBI. In 2016, Director James Comey presented him with the FBI Director's Leadership Award. Siddiqui has met President Obama on numerous occasions, including at the White House. In 2018, Siddiqui was a U.S. Congressional Candidate running for the U.S. House of Representatives for California's 48th District. Trial Lawyer + Engineer + Scientist = Problem Solver

Karen Corrigan, National Director, Communications (Norfolk)

Karen Corrigan is founder and chief strategist for Corrigan Consulting, a management consultancy specializing in competitive strategy in the health industry. Over the course of her career, she has worked as a health system executive, chief strategy officer, chief marketing executive and entrepreneur. She is an accomplished speaker and writer, and has been awarded the health industry’s highest recognitions for her contributions to marketing leadership. After graduating from the FBI Norfolk Citizens Academy in 2014, Karen joined the Chapter’s communications committee. She was elected to the Norfolk board of directors in 2017 and serves as the board’s vice president. In that role, she leads strategic planning for the Chapter and supports operations, communications, and fundraising initiatives. She has also been an active member of the FBI National CAAA’s communications committee since 2015. Karen is a graduate of Virginia Wesleyan University and an active community volunteer.

Joe Popinski, Ph.D., National Director, Technology (Birmingham)

Dr. Joe Popinski is an Information Technology, Cyber Security & Network Security professional specializing in enterprise-level IT, networking, cyber, and corporate security. He is currently retired from active professional employment after a 47-year career. His accomplishments include serving in executive positions for several major organizations including the University of Alabama at Birmingham, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, the University of Alabama in Huntsville, Dynetics, Inc., KPMG, Internet Security Systems Inc. and BellSouth Telecommunications/AT&T. He was/is active in several professional organizations and societies, establishing both Birmingham and Huntsville chapters for ISSA and the FBI Infragard. He is an ISSA Fellow. He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Rhode Island, an MS in Electrical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey, and a Ph.D. in Information Assurance from the University of Fairfax in Vienna, Virginia.
Joe is a 2009 graduate of the FBI Birmingham Citizens Academy and has been a member of the Alumni Association since then. He has served on numerous committees including the Chapter Activities, Membership and NLC Planning. He served as Chapter Vice President for 4 years, was instrumental in re-organizing of the Board of Directors and upgrading the chapter records keeping system. He is currently a Member-at-Large of the Board of Directors. He has supported the FBI National Citizens Academy Alumni Association since 2015 supporting the planning and execution of the 2016 FBINCAAA National Leadership Conference in Birmingham and has volunteered to assist the National Technology Team in the planning and conducting of the 2017, 2018 and 2019 National Leadership conferences. He has attended 5 National Leadership Conferences.
Joe married his childhood sweetheart, Carol, and celebrated their 52nd anniversary in August 2019. Carol and Joe have 2 sons (one deceased), and 5 grandchildren. They live in Birmingham, Alabama. He recently returned to playing golf after downsizing to a cottage on the 17th fairway of the Robert Trent Jones Oxmoor Valley Golf Course.

Amir Elsayed, National Director, Conferences (San Antonio)

Amir will be serving as the National Director for conferences. He is a graduate of the McAllen Class of 2015 (San Antonio), is a Life Member, and quickly joined the FBI San Antonio Citizens Academy Alumni Association Board of Directors in 2016. He has served as Interim President and as President for the last 2 years. His Conference experience was a trial by fire when the San Antonio Chapter became the host for the 2018 FBI National Citizens Academy Alumni Association Leadership Conference, with only having a handful of months to plan. Amir is also a member of the Rio Grande Valley Sector of Infragard and has served as Vice-President. Amir has a tremendous and long-time history of service and volunteering; serving on various boards and organizations; including starting his own non-profit organization, The Rio Grande Valley Diabetes Association. Amir is a graduate from the University of Missouri-Columbia, where he was a two sport athlete in Football and Rugby. Amir currently works in Pharmaceutical Sales.

General Counsel Committee

Jennifer L. Urban, Esq, General Counsel (Minneapolis)

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, General Counsel (Phoenix)

Charles serves the FBINCAAA as a legal advisor with over 30 years’ experience as a corporate, business, tax and non-profit attorney in Tucson, Arizona. 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. In addition to his active practice of law, 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 also volunteers as a pro bono attorney for Southern Arizona Legal Aid. Charles is a 2016 graduate of the FBI Citizens Academy and previously served the FBI Phoenix Citizens Academy Alumni Association as a Director, Vice President of Operations and General Counsel.

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