THE CENTURION SOLUTIONS TEAM
Centurion Solutions brings a culture of professionalism, attention to detail, accountability, relentless performance and “out of the box” thinking to each client’s needs. Our strength is based on two major factors - our ability to address the complexity and uncertainty associated with all hazards preparedness, and our staff of experienced subject matter experts.
With a team of more than 300 experienced professionals each with extensive experience working security, law enforcement, emergency medicine, counter terrorism, CBRNE, emergency management, and disaster response - many of them leaders in their respective fields – Centurion Solutions is prepared to meet any challenge. The following information highlights some of our key staff members.
Doug Jackson — Founder, President and CEO
A retired U.S. Army officer, Mr. Jackson is a proven leader with over 30 years’ experience building teams, providing vision, and managing large, complex programs. These programs spanned a broad spectrum of operations to include security operations, strategy development; intelligence, information technology; training design, development, and delivery; and emergency management planning and response. Recognized as a homeland security expert, Doug’s demonstrated strengths are in such diverse areas as crisis management, counter terrorism, and intelligence operations. He founded Centurion Solutions in early 2012.
Jose (Joe) Candelario - Vice President
Mr. Joe Candelario has more than 40 years’ experience in Emergency Management, Emergency Response, Preparedness and Safety, having served as the Emergency Management Coordinator for the City of San Antonio, in multiple leadership roles within the City’s Fire Department, as well as a comprehensive practical and theoretical foundation in city administrative and management processes. An expert in preparing for and responding to a WMD incidents Joe is one of the first 56 associates in the U.S. to meet the qualification necessary to receive the professional Certification in Emergency Management.
Daryl L. Spiewak, CEM, TEM, MEP — Director of Preparedness Programs
Daryl L. Spiewak has 40+ years’ experience in all aspects of emergency preparedness. A retired Master Explosive Ordnance Disposal Officer in the U.S. Army, he has supported agencies, corporations, and multiple public entities from the local thru the federal level as well as international in improving their ability to effectively respond to a disaster. Daryl is one of the most qualified planners and mitigation specialists in the nation, specializing in exercise design and delivery, flood response, dam safety and security, risk management, floodplain management, severe weather, and CBRNE hazard mitigation and contingency planning. A former President of the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM), Daryl serves on the CEM Certification Commission as the Lead Trainer and as Chair of the IAEM Communications Committee.
Dr. Melissa Gresham – Director of Safety, Health and Environmental Programs
Dr. Melissa Gresham (Ph.D ABD) brings a wealth of knowledge to Centurion Solutions, serving as our director and subject matter expert for Health, Safety, and Environmental Systems and their related processes. She has advanced experience with OSHA regulations, accident investigation, and root cause analysis, and received numerous awards and honors for problem solving and decision making. A former U.S. Army pilot and Safety Manager, she understand safety program requirements, and how to integrate local, state, and federal requirements so as to assure compliance. Melissa also is an Adjunct Instructor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. A certified OSHA instructor, Melissa leads our efforts providing safety analysis, assessments, planning and training.
Kirsten D. Jackson – Director of Business Operations
Ms Jackson is responsible for all business operations associated with the company. She manages all administrative and logistics associated with both our office and projects. Kirsten supervises the upkeep of our company webpage and social media sites, leads advertising and business development efforts, serves as our HR Manager, and is responsible for project budget tracking and company financial management. A graduate of the University of Alabama with a degree in Communication Studies & Information Science, Kirsten has been with the company since 2014.
John Guido — Senior Associate, Security & Counterterrorism
A former FBI Senior Executive, Mr. Guido directed International Operations and was a member of the FBI Executive Board. During a 30-year career, he served in a variety of positions at FBI Headquarters, in three domestic field offices and as the Legal Attaché at the American Embassy in London. His experience includes counter-terrorism operations, crisis response, international investigations, and security planning for National Security Special Events including the Olympic Games.
Carolyn J. Harshman – Senior Associate, Hazard Mitigation
Ms Carolyn Harshman (CEM, MPA) has 30+ years working preparedness issues for communities and agencies across the U.S. A recognized subject matter expert in the areas of hazard mitigation planning, Carolyn is an organized and experienced leader with proven ability to design and deliver essential preparedness programs for use domestically and internationally. An expert planner and analyst, Carolyn has conducted hazard, threat, risk and vulnerability assessments, developing strategies to address those risks into hundreds of hazard mitigation plans.
John W. (Bill) May, Jr. — Senior Associate, Homeland Security
After retiring as a Colonel from the US Army, Bill embarked on a noteworthy series of positions supporting homeland security, to include serving as the Director of the National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center and later as the Associate Agency Director of the Texas Engineering Extension Service, Texas A&M University System. Additionally, Bill was the Special Assistant to the Executive Director, Office of State and Local Government Coordination and Preparedness, Department of Homeland Security and served as the director of the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium.
Dr. Dennis Perrota, PhD— Senior Associate, Public Health
Dr. Perrotta has worked in public health for more than 30 years. He served as assistant state epidemiologist for the State of Utah until returning to Texas to be the environmental epidemiologist at the Texas Department of Health. Over the next 20 years, Dr. Perrotta served as the bureau chief of epidemiology, the scientific director of the Center for Public Health Preparedness and Response, and Texas State Epidemiologist.