Communications Committee

Eugenia Buggs is the Vice President of Global Marketing at the Identity and Digital Protection Services Global Unit for Generali Global Assistance. Ms. Buggs leads strategic marketing initiatives designed to support key business messaging and promote growth, overseeing print and digital marketing campaigns, client/partner relations, advertising, public relations, and event promotion. Leveraging her extensive corporate, product and field marketing experience, she coordinates communications strategies across all business channels, collaborating with executives, sales teams, and product managers to generate and distribute thoughtful, targeted marketing content.

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Lelani Clark is the VP of Communications for best-selling author and nationally recognized cybersecurity, privacy and identity theft expert Adam Levin. Ms. Clark’s expertise is in helping high profile industry, and celebrity experts build their brand.  She is in charge of creating dynamic PR and Marketing campaigns, securing national media hits and increasing overall brand recognition. Ms. Clark graduated with honors from the University of California, Berkeley with a BA in Political Science.

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Eric Lindeen is the Vice President and head of marketing of ID Analytics in San Diego. Mr. Lindeen is responsible for ID Analytics’ overall marketing and communications strategy as well as its brand and demand generation programs. He speaks at numerous industry conferences and been quoted in media outlets ranging from The Huffington Post to American Banker. Mr. Lindeen holds a master’s degree in marketing and accounting and a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California.

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Nell Merlino is the Founding Chairwoman of the PBB Trust™ and serves on the PBB Board of Directors where she drives data independence and protection. Ms. Merlino has mobilized more than 20 million people in movements to promote women’s economic independence. She helped to develop Walmart’s Women’s Economic Empowerment program and served as Pathways Envoy for the US State Department promoting entrepreneurship. Ms. Merlino is the author of “Stepping Out of Line: Lessons for Women Who Want it Their Way in Life, in Love, and at Work” from Broadway Books, available on Amazon, and “Cracking the Glass Ceiling and Raising the Roof,” in MIT Innovations Journal, Winter/Spring 2013.

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Jonathan Sasse has served as Chief Marketing Officer for First Orion and PrivacyStar (a First Orion company) since early 2013, providing the web and mobile solutions to protect consumers from unwanted calls. Over the past 15 years, Mr. Sasse has led technology startups to deliver consumer electronics, web and mobile applications, and services to over 100 million consumers.  These companies include Rio, iriver, Slacker Radio, PrivacyStar, and First Orion.

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Development Committee

Mike Cook is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of XOR Data Exchange and has more than 25 years of experience building data sharing solutions for risk, operational efficiencies, and compliance. In 2002, Mr. Cook co-founded ID Analytics, building it from concept stage into a high-growth, profitable company serving more than 280 enterprise clients, including five million consumers. He was also a member of the executive team which developed Consumer Credit Associates (now Innovis) into the “fourth national credit bureau” and he has held senior management roles with Experian, Early Warning Services, and American Express.

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Meggan Needham is the Executive Vice President and Marketing Communications Consultant for Purple Door Communications. She is a 20 year veteran in consumer public relations, specializing in brand launches and revitalizations working with iconic brands. Previously, she served as Senior Vice President for Edelman where she provided operational support for the 150+ consumer marketing team and provided strategic development of programs for Levi’s, Darden Restaurants (Olive Garden and LongHorn), Hilton Hotels, SC Johnson, Quaker Oats, Amtrak and Illinois Office of Tourism.

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Mark Pribish is the Vice President & ID Theft Practice Leader at Merchant’s Information Solutions and has more than 26 years of experience in working with financial institutions, associations, and Fortune 500 companies throughout the United States. His background includes the sales and marketing of B2B identity theft programs, cyber liability insurance, and data breach response solutions through Affinity Marketing and Risk Management programs. Mr. Pribish is recognized within the ID Theft, Insurance and Risk Management industries as a leader in developing innovative ID theft programs for employees and customers.

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Sheryl Reichert is the President and CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving San Diego, Orange and Imperial Counties. She has been in her position for 13 years. During that time she has also served on the board of the National Council of Better Business Bureaus, as well as chairing the Bureau of Operations Committee, which has oversight of all the BBB’s in the US, Canadaand Mexico. Ms. Reichert previously ran the advertising sales division of Cox Communications and Time Warner in San Diego.

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Robert Siciliano is the Chief Executive Officer of With more than 30 years of experience in this field, Siciliano’s media credentials include contributions to TIMEThe New York TimesThe Washington PostThe Wall Street JournalUSA Today and Forbes, among others. He has appeared as a guest commentator on The Anderson Cooper ShowThe Today ShowCBS Early ShowGood Morning America, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, Fox News, Inside Edition, and Extra and has authored three books on the subject of identity theft.

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Greg Young is the Sr. Director of PR/Content/Social/Internal Communications for Experian Consumer Services. In this role, he drives strategy around owned, earned and shared efforts, in addition to overseeing internal communications. Young works with his team to create integrated marketing campaigns that drive brand engagement and deliver on business KPIs. The team is responsible for internal communications, media relations, public affairs, crisis and reputation management, brand management, social engagement and content management for Experian’s consumer products.

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Finance Committee

Matthew DonahueTreasurer, is the Director of Market Planning for the Tax and Revenue business unit at LexisNexis Risk Solutions.  His background is consulting for technology, security, privacy, and business strategy with experience in telecommunications, defense, and state government.  Mr. Donahue headed successful change management initiatives with federal and state government agencies and he takes great pride in being part of the team that started the ongoing Identity Theft program at the Department of Revenue in the State of Indiana.  He served his country as a communicator in the United States Army Special Operations. An Indiana native, Mr. Donahue earned both his MBA and bachelor’s degree from Purdue University.

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Stewart Roberts is the Vice President of Global Security for Qualcomm and manages the company’s brand protection and global security programs. Prior to Qualcomm, he was a Special Agent with the FBI for 27 years spending 20 years of his career in the San Diego Field Office where he specialized in White Collar Crime investigations. As a Supervisor in San Diego, he managed the Health Care Fraud Squad, the Applicant and Civil Rights Squad, and the Cyber Squad. He later served as a Unit Chief in the FBI’s Cyber Division where he was responsible for the national development of Cyber Task Forces and later investigative support for international cyber investigations. From 2009 to 2013, he served as the FBI’s Legal Attaché in Rome coordinating joint operations with Italian and Maltese authorities to counter cyber, national security, and criminal threats.

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Governance Committee

Paul Bond is a lead U.S. attorney in data security compliance and partner with Reed Smith, LLP. Bond has counseled a broad swath of clients in more than 200 data security breach situations and has helped defend more than 60 privacy-related class actions. He is a member of the Global Regulatory Enforcement Group and the International Association of Privacy Professionals. The Legal 500 United States has recognized Paul for his work on data security and regulatory compliance; he has been featured in the annual “40 Under 40” section of the New Jersey Law Journal, an American Lawyer Media publication, and selected as one of four “Rising Stars” in privacy and consumer protection law by Law 360.

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Susan Grant is the Director of Consumer Protection with the Consumer Federation of America where she focuses on the issues of privacy, identity theft, telemarketing and other general consumer protection issues. Ms. Grant heads CFA’s Consumer Protection Institute, conducts CFA’s annual Consumer Complaint Survey, and is a recognized authority on combating consumer fraud and deception. Grant started her career in 1976 in the Consumer Protection Division of the Northwestern Massachusetts District Attorney’s Office and subsequently held positions at the National Association of Consumer Agency Administrators and National Consumers League before joining the CFA staff in 2008.

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