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WENDELL L. TAYLOR
Managing Partner
Hunton Andrews Kurth, LLP - Washington, D.C. office

Wendell is the managing partner of Hunton Andrews Kurth’s Washington, DC office of approximately 180 attorneys.  Wendell represents businesses and individuals in complex federal trial litigation. Committed to pro bono legal service, Wendell represents domestic violence victims seeking protective orders through the firm’s partnership with the Legal Aid Services of Northern Virginia.

Wendell is a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Richmond and a member of the Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference.  Wendell sits on the board of directors of the Military Bowl presented by Northrup Grumman, a post-season college football bowl game benefiting the USO and other organizations supporting our troops and their families. 

Wendell previously served as Counsel to Deputy Attorney General James Comey at the United States Department of Justice, where he helped manage the Antitrust, Tax and Civil divisions, as well as the Office of the Pardon Attorney, the Community Relations Service, and the United States Parole Commission. Wendell also served as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in the District of Columbia, where he handled all aspects of federal trial litigation.  He is a graduate of the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at the University of Virginia.

Wendell served as the student bar president of the University of Richmond School of Law, receiving his JD in 1998. Wendell received a B.A. from Wake Forest University where he played scholarship football and was a member of the 1992 Independence Bowl Champions.  

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GINA BENNETT
Senior Counterterrorism Advisor
Directorate of Strategic Operational Planning in the National Counterterrorism Center

A member of CIA’s Senior Analytic Service, Gina Bennett is a long-standing member of the Senior Analytic Service currently on assignment as the Senior Counterterrorism Advisor in the Directorate of Strategic Operational Planning in the National Counterterrorism Center. Ms. Bennett is a seasoned counterterrorism specialist who authored the earliest warnings of some of today's terrorism trends, including the 1993 report that warned of the growing danger of Osama Bin Laden and the extremist movement he was fomenting. Her analysis has been called "prescient," "genius" and "prophetic" by major media and former government officials who recognize the insightfulness of her work over decades.  In addition to her early work, her 30-year career in the counterterrorism field includes authoring the 2006 National Intelligence Estimate “Trends in Global Terrorism Implications for the US” while she was the Deputy National Intelligence Officer for Transnational Threats; serving as the CIA staff member of the Congressionally-mandated National Commission on Terrorism in 1999-2000; contributing to the formation of the targeting career discipline; and holding a variety of positions in Washington, DC and in the field on most every aspect of terrorism and analytic tradecraft. Her most recent article, Lessons Learned in Countering Terrorism, is available in the online journal, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism.

Ms. Bennett was featured in the 2015 Showtime documentary, Spymasters, the HBO documentary, Manhunt, and in the PBS documentary, Makers: Women Who Make America in their episode on women in war for her role as a trailblazing woman in the counterterrorism field.  She has been featured in the cover story of Newsweek’s issue on “Women in CIA” in 2016 and in a previous Newsweek article for her role as a female pioneer in the targeting; and in a variety of media for her book, National Security Mom.

Ms. Bennett graduated from the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Virginia in 1988 and earned a Master’s Degree in Strategic Studies as a Distinguished Graduate from the US Marine Corps War College. She teaches ethics in intelligence as an adjunct faculty member at Georgetown University in the Security Studies Program of the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service and at the George Washington University in the International Policy and Practice program at the Elliot School of International Affairs. She is also a founding board member of Girl Security, an educational program to familiarize elementary-to-high school girls in national and international security issues. She is a single mom of five children.

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RONALD J. WINTER

P.A.D. International Associate Tribune
Alden Chapter, Niagara Frontier Alumni Chapter


Ron currently serves on the International Tribune as an associate member. He is a member of Alden Chapter and the Niagara Frontier Alumni Chapter. For 35 of his 41 years of membership, Ron has served Phi Alpha Delta in the following International capacities: Executive Secretary, Pre-Law Director; District Justice; Regional Coordinator; Associate Tribune; Board Member-At-Large; International Secretary; International Advocate; International Vice Justice;  and International Justice.  He has also served as Chair of the International Advisory Board (IAB) and served as a Board representative on both the Pre-Law Advisory Council and the Alumni Advisory Council.  He is a member of P.A.D.’s Distinguished Service Chapter.  Ron is a retired Confidential Law Clerk to a New York State Supreme Court Justice in Lockport, NY.


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MICHELLE ISHERWOOD
P.A.D. International Executive Board Member at Large
Humphrey Chapter
Executive Branch Audit Manager, State of Nevada Governor's Finance Office

Michelle currently serves as an At Large Member of the International Executive Board. She is a past Justice of the San Francisco Bay Area PAD Alumni Chapter. She has also served as District II District Justice from 2008-2010 andxthe Justice of Humphrey Chapter 2004-2005. Michelle is licensed to practice law in Illinois and in front of the Supreme Court of the United States. Michelle has over 20 years of experience in marketing, business process development and compliance. She has worked in the private and public sectors to create effective business strategies and compliant processes. Michelle lives in Reno, NV with her SPAD, Mike and two dogs, Seamus and Finnegan.