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Instructor Biographies

NDPTC's cadre of instructors are of the highest caliber, very well-respected in their fields and disciplines. Many have advanced degrees in science, engineering, planning, and architecture, and years of practical experience as leaders within their field of expertise.

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Bonnie Canal

Bonnie Canal, MBCP is an internationally recognized leader in both community and business resilience innovations and strategies. This is achieved by engaging the entire business’s entire organization and with a keen focus on the key leadership personnel. Bonnie has over 30 years’ experience the Information Technology Sector with the last 12 specializing in Business Resilience.

Bonnie was inducted into the Order of the Sword & Shield National Honor Society at St. John’s University, New York City for her work in Business Resilience.

Bonnie is the Immediate Past Chair of the Association of Contingency Planners where she served for 6 years. She is a proud native of New Orleans and has experienced what she calls, “The Katrina, Rita, Ike, Gustav, and BP Oil Spill” disasters first hand. She has had to learn how being resilience leaders and businesses to increased performance, achieve stronger relationships, and build mental toughness that we all need in today’s ever increasing busy world.

Rita Castonguay Hunt

Rita Castonguay Hunt is the chief instructor, a pilot, and project manager at a Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) commercial services company based in NH where she specializes in both manned and unmanned aviation operations, project development, and business development. She is the designated “Drone Pro” for the FAA Safety Team for both Maine and New Hampshire. Rita is considered an industry expert in UAS regulations.

Prior to working in the UAS industry, Rita was the aviation planner, pilot and FAA-certified airport safety inspector for the state of New Hampshire. Where she was responsible for the safety inspections of the state’s 23 public-use airports, responded to aviation related accidents as a subject matter expert on behalf of the State Police; and acted as state liaison to both the FAA and NTSB.

Rita graduated from Daniel Webster College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Flight Operations and a Master's in Business Administration. She is a certificated commercial pilot and flight instructor, as well as, certificated part 107 remote pilot. Rita has been instructing the Commercial UAS Certification Program at Southern New Hampshire University since 2019 and the Unmanned Aircraft Systems in Disaster Management course for NDPTC since 2016.

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Chels Chae

Chels Chae has served in the United States Army for nearly 30 years, culminating his career as the Chief of Staff for Joint Task Force – Homeland Defense. He is a subject matter expert in multinational operations, international negotiations and organizational design and development. Chels has over 12 years of experience working closely with 29 of the 36 countries in the U.S. Pacific Command. He has provided oversight and directed extensive Army Theater Security Cooperation Plans spanning 24 partner nations in the Asia-Pacific region.

As the Chief Executive Officer of Dynamic Planning & Response LLC, his company has provided extensive support in emergency preparedness and management as well as strategic planning to innumerous clients. His company also developed and delivers executive level seminars and workshops that incorporate strategic leadership, design and strategic planning to solve and manage complex problems.

Chels’ education includes a Master of Strategic Studies from U.S. Army War College and a Master of Advanced Military Studies. He obtained a Bachelor of Science in International Relations from the United States Military Academy and received training from the Institute of Design at Stanford University on Design Thinking.

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Francis Cianfrani

Frank Cianfrani currently serves as the Staff Education Coordinator and a Paramedic Supervisor with Centre LifeLink EMS in State College, PA. His duties include the development and delivery of continuing education programs for EMS providers and the recruitment and mentoring of new EMTs at his agency. Frank has twice been recognized as Educator of the Year at Centre LifeLink.

Frank also serves as an adjunct faculty member for Harrisburg Area Community College’s Shumaker Public Safety Training Center, where he both coordinates and serves as a lead instructor for their State College EMT program. Additionally Frank also serves as an adjunct EMS instructor and paramedic with Penn State University EMS.

Prior to transitioning full time careers to EMS, Frank worked at AccuWeather in State College, PA for nearly a decade. Frank spent his time at AccuWeather in the Television Operations department, where he provided meteorological data and technical support to broadcast customers around the world. Some of his duties included both remote and on-site training for clients, as well as working with the software development team as a quality assurance manager on the development of a new TV weather graphics computer system.

Frank studied at Penn State University, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Meteorology with a minor in Media Studies. He completed meteorology internships at WMGM-TV in Atlantic City and WCAU-TV in Philadelphia while attending college and has a particular interest in how social media can be used to communicate critical information during high impact weather events. He resides near State College, PA with his wife and daughter. Originally from South Jersey, Frank is a huge Philadelphia and Penn State sports fan, and very much misses the beaches and diners of his home state.

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Glenn Cober

Results-driven management professional with over 25 years of extensive leadership experience in diverse homeland security and anti-terrorism operations including service in the U.S. Army in frontline operations. Experienced in all aspects of security, anti-terrorism, and enforcement initiatives to include identifying, developing, implementing, and maintaining processes to reduce risks and limit exposure to liability in all areas of physical and personal risks for national security. Advised United States Army & Foreign Military Senior Leaders in the defense against weapons of mass destruction in areas such as (WMD) force protection programs and (WMD) elimination. Trained staff to deal with weapons of mass destruction, including the defense against WMD as well as response and decontamination procedures in the case of chemical, biological, radiological events.

As a Defense Contractor/Associate working for Booz Allen Hamilton on a military instillation Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. I am responsible for providing training to deploying U.S military & foreign military personnel on proper movement techniques, mounted and dismounted weapons employment, urban warfare tactics, techniques, procedures; and force protection.

Coordinated and directed C-IED training to over 10,000 US Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines and 5,000 Partner Nation Forces. Represented the Asia Pacific Counter IED Fusion Center at multiple overseas exercise planning conferences as a lead planner and instructor. Provided technical guidance in the planning, researching, and implementing education and training programs. Ensures Training Support Packages (TSPs) and Programs of Instruction (POIs) are in compliance with the IED Defeat integration training strategy.

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Mitch Cooper

Mitch Cooper is a certified Department of Homeland Security Incident Management Instructor. He is currently an adjunct all-hazards instructor for two National Domestic Preparedness Consortium members; The National Disaster Preparedness Training Center at the University of Hawaii and the National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center at Texas A & M University, Texas Engineering and Extension Service (TEEX). Previously, Mitch was the Program Director for Community Emergency Planning in the Texas Department of Health’s Division of Emergency Preparedness. He developed plan templates for hospitals and special needs facilities and worked with the Texas Legislature to revise rules for disaster plans for special needs facilities in Texas. He was also the agency’s representative to the Governor’s State Emergency Response Team (SERT).

Mitch was also a Texas Division of Emergency Management State/Exercise Training Officer. He conducted classes and exercises for jurisdictions throughout the state of Texas. He completed the FEMA Professional Development Series of courses and was the first training officer to receive a FEMA Master Trainer Certificate, writing the state’s first Terrorism Awareness Course as his practicum. As part of the SERT, Mitch responded to numerous emergencies and disasters both in the Emergency Operations Center and in the field. Following the Oklahoma City bombing, he represented the State of Texas to FEMA Region VI and the Department of Justice on matters concerning statewide terrorism training.

Mitch is a retired veteran of the United States Air Force, serving for 22 years in counter-intelligence and counter-terrorism and is a certified Air Force Master Trainer.

Mitch earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Texas, a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland and an Associate of Applied Science degree in Instructor/Communications Technology from the Community College of the Air Force.