Speaker Biographies

Speaker Biographies


Graham Kates

If a famous chef is ever murdered on a cruise ship, Graham may be the person most qualified to cover it. He is a CBS News investigative reporter whose work on criminal justice, national security, politics and crime has also been featured on NBC News, The Nation, The Crime Report and other sites. In addition, his writing on food and travel, as well as photography, has been published by Zagat, Yahoo, Serious Eats and Cruise Criticamong others.

 


 


Krista Mazzeo

Krista Mazzeo, Senior Cyber Threat Intelligence Analyst, received her M.S. in Cyber Security from Virginia College and her B.A. in English/Communications from Cabrini College. In 2014, she earned her Certified Ethical Hacker (C|EH) certification from EC-Council. Ms. Mazzeo is currently assigned to the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness and the New Jersey Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Cell and is responsible for monitoring and analyzing cyber security threats for the dissemination of strategic and actionable intelligence. She is a subject matter expert in ransomware, botnets, cryptocurrencies, and the dark web.


 


Lynn P. Costantini, D.Sc., CISSP

Manager – Cybersecurity Compliance and Oversight\
Division of Reliability and Security
New Jersey Board of Public Utilities

 

Dr. Costantini is an information technology professional with more than 30 years of experience in the electric utility sector.  She has held executive level positions including Vice President and Chief Information Officer of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation, where she helped launch the Electricity Sector ISAC.   As a subject matter expert on cyber security, Dr. Costantini has written federal and state regulations that are intended to protect critical infrastructure from cyberattacks and has testified before Congress regarding electric utilities’ cyber disaster preparedness.  Her responsibilities at the NJ Board of Public Utilities include building and sustaining effective partnerships with government and private sector stakeholders to foster cyber security information sharing.

 

Dr. Costantini holds a D.Sc. from New Jersey City University, an MBA from Rider University, and a BA in Economics from Seton Hall University.   Her doctoral research focused on ways to improve partnership outcomes between government and private sectors in critical infrastructure industries.  She is an Adjunct Professor in the Professional Security Studies department at New Jersey City University.  

 

A Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) credential holder since 2008, Dr. Costantini is an ISC2-certified instructor.  In this role, she helps prepare the next generation of cyber security professionals to take the CISSP certification exam.


 


Mary Alice Williams

Anchor

Mary Alice Williams is anchor of New Jersey public television’s weeknight newscast, NJTV News with Mary Alice Williams.  Williams is a highly-acclaimed broadcast journalist with a wealth of experience in the field. Her investigative work on such topics as foreign policy, ethics, technology and health have made her a respected authority and recognized voice for public information. As one of the primary architects behind the design of CNN, the first worldwide television network, Williams oversaw the construction of CNN’s New York Bureau at the World Trade Center prior to the launch of Cable News Network (CNN) in 1980 and served as the channel’s principal anchor and vice president in charge of the New York Bureau until 1989. She contributed to CNN’s award winning program lineup and played a major role in the network’s development and globalization. She was a critical member of CNN’s political anchor team and oversaw the planning and operation of the network’s second largest bureau with responsibility for seven hours of original programming per day. In 1982, Williams was appointed vice president, becoming one of the highest ranking female executives in American television.

Williams was an anchor on the NBC News team that won a national Emmy Award for its coverage of the fall of communism. During her tenure with NBC from 1989 to 1993, she also anchored Sunday Today, NBC News Special Reports, Yesterday Today & Tomorrow and NBC’s extended coverage of Desert Storm: War in the Gulf. Williams was a frequent anchor and correspondent for NBC Nightly News, Sunrise and The Today Show. In the wake of the September 11th terrorist attacks, she wrote and hosted a three-hour PBS special Reaching Out to Heal. She also hosted a companion program to Bill Moyers’ On Our Own Terms, about death and dying, which aired in fall 2000 on PBS. As host of Hallmark’s weekly True North program on personal ethics, Williams earned the 2001 Gracie Allen Award and the 2001 Donald McGannon Ethics in Media Award. Her 90-minute PBS special on alcoholism and addiction, Within Reach, along with her work as a PBS contributing correspondent and anchor onReligion & Ethics Newsweekly have established Williams as a recognized commentator and reporter on broad issues of ethics. One of the highest rated documentaries ever broadcast on Lifetime Television, Picture What Women Do, about women, work and the American family was written and hosted by Williams, winning the 1995 Exceptional Merit Media Award given by the National Women’s Political Caucus.

A published author, Williams adapted her weekly interview program for the Hallmark Channel about strategies for overcoming life’s toughest challenges into a book, Quiet Triumphs, published by Harper Collins.

Williams has received 15 honorary doctorates for her outstanding contributions to journalism and television. Born in Minneapolis, she chose to raise her family in New Jersey, where she still resides.

 

 

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