Our Cadre

Melissa Fortunato

Melissa retired from the FBI in 2022 after serving in the New York and Cleveland field offices for over twenty-three years.

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Melissa is a seasoned practitioner in crisis intervention and negotiations having operated as an FBI Crisis Negotiator for over fifteen years. She successfully resolved domestic and international kidnappings, barricaded subjects, and other crisis events. For over a decade, Melissa led FBI-Cleveland’s Crisis Negotiation Team. She has trained hundreds of law enforcement officers, including instructing at the International Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) in Budapest, Hungary and being an assessor/coach for the FBI’s National Crisis Negotiation Course. In addition, Melissa was selected to represent the FBI at the Metropolitan Police (Scotland Yard) Hostage Negotiation Course in London, England.

Melissa’s strong skills in strategic assessment and targeting come from her years as an FBI Undercover Agent. She operated both domestically and internationally. Her undercover portfolio included transnational organized crime, public corruption, drug trafficking, and counterintelligence matters.

Melissa is the founder of Alchemy Team LLC, a negotiation and conflict resolution training and consulting company. She has worked with professionals from different industries, including real estate, human resources, engineering, construction, and technology.

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Ray Holcomb

Mr. Holcomb has over 30 years of experience as a distinguished federal law enforcement Official and as a US intelligence officer.

He served for 23 years as a Special Agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation; 8 years as a Strategic Planner with the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC); and 4 years as a state
Homeland Security Advisor.

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Mr. Holcomb is the President and Managing Director of 1 st Watch Secure, a global security and crisis management firm. He also serves as a consultant to the federal government on terrorism and other national security-related matters.

He holds a Juris Doctor Degree and practiced corporate and international law.

Melissa Muir

Melissa Muir is an HR professional committed to strengthening the health and safety of our organizations. For more than 25 years, she has led people practices as a trusted advisor and creative partner.

After more than two decades as an HR professional in the federal courts, Melissa has taken leadership roles with the City of Seattle and her hometown of Shoreline, Washington. A leader in the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (ATAP) for more than 10 years, voted “Most Inspirational Speaker”, Melissa champions bridging the gap between HR and security with straightforward ways to prevent workplace violence and increase workplace trust and safety.

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Recent presentations include:
– Bridging the Gap Between HR and Security
– Creating Safety, One Word at a Time
– How Not to Hire a Psychopath
– Breaking Up Doesn’t Have to be Hard to Do: Employee Separations

Melissa holds an MBA from the University of Washington and a law degree, with a
focus on employment law and mediation, from the Seattle University School of Law.

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Sarah Powell

Before becoming a consultant and founder of SP2 Strategies, Sarah Powell spent 20+ years in the risk and resilience space as a researcher, practitioner, and leader. Sarah continues to be focused on building the resilience of individuals, teams, and organizations on a local and global scale, even when that means transforming existing cultures.

Previous roles include Director of the public health research-focused Center for Preparedness Research, Education, and Practice (C-PREP), Director of Emergency Management, and Global Director for Wellness and Resiliency.

As a consultant and subject matter expert for government, corporate sector, public sector, and higher education, Sarah has worked on projects pertaining to resilience strategy, emergency management, crisis behavioral health, disaster recovery, public health, crisis leadership, and the psychosocial impacts of disaster.

Sarah has also served as a faculty member for Temple University’s Community and Regional Development program, Jefferson University’s Disaster Medicine and Management program, and Jefferson’s Community and Trauma Counseling program. In these master’s degree programs, she taught disaster recovery, crisis behavioral health, and crisis interventions such as Psychological First Aid.

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Sarah holds a master’s degree in medical anthropology from McGill University and a master’s in business administration from Temple University. She is a member of Culture and Disaster Action Network, and a former member of ASIS Chief Security Officer Center, International Association of Emergency Managers, and the Association of Continuity Professionals Delaware Valley Chapter.

Stephanie Leite

Dr. Stephanie Leite is the principal at Forensic Intelligence, LLC. She conducts corporate, municipal, and school-based safety assessments, specializing in complex presentations. Her specialty is threat assessment and management assessments or psychological evaluations, providing clarity when someone seems to pose a threat of violence. In a corporate setting, this can be done through a FFDE. She also loves making annotated bibliographies, and attacking difficult referral questions in a creative way.

Another specialty of Dr. Leite’s is training. She has developed trainings on a wide range of topics such as threat and the autism spectrum, interviewing, and decision making/bias prevention. She is often told she explains complex topics in an interesting, humorous and accessible manner.

Dr. Leite received her Psy.D. from the University of Hartford, having previously achieved a Masters from Boston University and a B.A. from Carleton College.

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Another specialty of Dr. Leite’s is training. She has developed trainings on a wide range of topics such as threat and the autism spectrum, interviewing, and decision making/bias prevention. She is often told she explains complex topics in an interesting, humorous and accessible manner.

Dr. Leite received her Psy.D. from the University of Hartford, having previously achieved a Masters from Boston University and a B.A. from Carleton College.

Dr. Leite’s practice has been devoted to forensic psychology since 2003. In that time, she has evaluated hundreds of people in risk, competency, custody, criminal and threat assessment cases. She is a licensed psychologist in the states of Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont and New York. She is able to practice in all PsyPact states. She is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts and the Association of Threat Management Professionals, where is the past president of the New England chapter. She is a founding member and past president of the Connecticut Psychological Association’s Forensic Division and was awarded the 2014 President’s award from the CPA. Se is a peer reviewer for the Journal of Threat Assessment and Management.

As an educator, Dr. Leite has been an adjunct professor at the University of Hartford’s doctoral program in psychology since 2015 where she has taught integrated psychological assessment, forensic psychology, and introduction to neuropsychology. She is a forensic field mentor at Columbia University’s Teacher’s college. She has taught in many other venues worldwide, including keynoting conferences, trainings, and directly for workplaces. Venues include ATAP, Infragard, IAHSS, VCJS, AETAP, CT Psychological Association, and the Idaho Threat Management conference among many others.

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Keith Black

Keith Black is the founder and Principal of Employment Practices Outsourcing. Keith is a seasoned human resources executive, management consultant, and labor/employment law attorney. His background includes many years of multi-industry experience in employment litigation, legal compliance, HR leadership, HR design and transformation, M&A due diligence, and labor relations.

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Mr. Black practiced labor and employment law for prominent national law firms in San Jose, California (Littler) and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Blank Rome) for eight years. In that capacity, Mr. Black represented management in all facets of labor and employment law, including equal employment opportunity and civil rights, leaves of absence and disability issues, proactive employee relations policies and practices, M&A due diligence, union-free workplace training, and conducting collective bargaining negotiations.

Mr. Black then joined the legal department of Zeneca Corp. in the capacity of Employment Counsel, serving as the company’s dedicated legal representative for all labor and human resources functions. Mr. Black combined his legal and human resources expertise in working to ensure the smooth integration of HR, labor, and employment law matters following the merger of Astra and Zeneca.

Keith then spent several years with AstraZeneca as a human resources Manager and Director before proposing, designing and leading the Employment Practices functional area within the human resources department. That unit was responsible for coordinating AstraZeneca’s practices and responses to issues such as performance and misconduct, harassment prevention training, policies and procedures, workplace investigations, management training, exit interviews and employee engagement.

Mr. Black moved on to serve as Vice-President of Human Resources and General Counsel for DecisionOne Corporation. In that role, Mr. Black was responsible for transforming the organization’s human resources function, adapting it to the challenges and constraints facing the business, and introducing cost-effective measures which significantly impacted the bottom line. Keith then served as Vice-President of Human Capital Consulting for Aon Consulting. In that role, Keith worked closely with Aon’s Corporate Transactions team, performing HR and labor/employment law due diligence analyses.

Most recently, Mr. Black has specialized in HR transformation – assuming HR VP and CPO roles with organizations that had no functional or effective human resources infrastructure. Mr. Black was brought on board by these organizations to assess the current state of the HR function, analyze the needs of the business (and what role human resources could and should play in meeting those needs), and design, staff, and lead an effective, responsive human resources function that was aligned to the overall business strategy of the entity. Mr. Black was named 2017 Delaware Valley HR Person of the Year and his team was selected as a finalist for the 2019 Philadelphia HR Department of the Year Award. Mr. Black was named the 2023 HR Consultant of the Year in the Delaware Valley HR Person of the Year Awards.

Mr. Black also serves as a faculty member in Villanova University’s Master’s Program in Human Resources Development, teaching Employment Law and Foundations of Strategic HR Management. Keith received a B.A. in Labor and Industrial Relations from Penn State University and a J.D. from Villanova University School of Law. Mr. Black is a member of the state bars of California and Pennsylvania.