Gail Kulisch has nearly three decades of experience in security, disaster response management, and military leadership. Captain Kulisch is an expert in disaster recovery, risk assessment, and maritime safety and security operations and has been recognized for her service and achievements with over 35 military awards, including two Legion of Merits and three Meritorious Service Medals. She is currently the owner and managing principal of BTG Ventures LLC, a firm that specializes in environmental disaster response and promotes environmental stewardship. Gail Kulisch graduated from the College of the Holy Cross with a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry, and received a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles. A Designated Permanent Cutterman, Captain Kulisch’s career with the US Coast Guard began in 1984, where she served several tours aboard US Coast Guard Cutter vessels. In 1989, she was a member of the Command and General Staff of the Exxon Valdez response team. In 1990, Captain Kulisch undertook the position of Marine Environmental Response Officer at the US Coast Guard Marine Safety Office in Los Angeles-Long Beach. During her tenure, she coordinated the disaster response efforts for more than 400 incidents involving oil pollution and hazardous materials. In 1998, Gail Kulisch joined the US Coast Guard Marine Safety Office in Philadelphia as the Assistant Chief of Port Operations. During this time, she continued to demonstrate exemplary leadership in disaster response, and developed contingency plans for hazardous material response, pollution prevention, and the potential Y2K problem. Captain Kulisch’s next assignment was as Commanding Officer for the US Coast Guard’s National Strike Force Atlantic Strike Team. In her capacity as Commanding Officer, she coordinated 400 personnel across 50 organizations during the Capitol Hill Anthrax Response Operation. Following the attacks on 9/11, Gail Kulisch led more than 100 personnel in National Strike Force operations at Ground Zero in New York City.