Sara A. Carter is a Fox News Contributor. She writes award winning stories for her website SaraACarter.com. She offers expertise as a national and international award winning investigative reporter whose stories have ranged from national security, terrorism, immigration and front line coverage of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. She was formerly with Circa News, Los Angeles News Group, The Washington Times, The Washington Examiner and wrote numerous exclusives for U.S.A. Today, U.S. News World Report, and Arutz Sheva in Israel.
Her work along the U.S. Mexico border paved a new path in national security related stories in the region. Her investigations uncovered secret tunnel systems, narcotics-trafficking routes and the involvement of Mexican federal officials in the drug trade. She has also spent nearly a decade covering the war in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan since 2008.
She has garnered two National Headliner Awards and in 2008, she was awarded the Society of Professional Journalists nationally recognized Sigma Delta Chi award for her multiple-part series in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico that uncovered the brutality of the Gulf and Sinaloa Cartel wars along the border.
Ms. Carter, who speaks Spanish fluently, is the daughter of a Cuban immigrant mother and her father was a Marine and veteran of two wars. She has six beautiful children and is married to a war-hero and incredible husband, who was blinded while on a mission fighting terrorists in Afghanistan for the Defense Department.
Tom Thompson graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in Business Administration. For more than 20 years he has been a vocal champion for those plagued by addiction and has been a pioneer in new ways to win the battle against this epidemic.
Tom founded The Refuge in 1999, a faith based alcohol and drug addiction treatment facility that recognized that traditional treatment facilities could no longer handle these matters alone. Tom envisioned a different treatment facility, an “out of the box” way to address addiction issues in men 18 years and older. This year he built his first treatment center for women and applies the same techniques to help women recover. Since its inception, The Refuge has helped well over 3500 men enter into their new lives, free from addiction and on their way to becoming better citizens, sons, husbands and fathers. It is now a model for the women’s center that is helping saving families and lives. Tom is married to his wife Johna and together they have four sons, Wes, Trent, Luke and Logan. Tom also founded Good News Ventures which is comprised of eleven Subway restaurant franchises in McArthur, Bainbridge, Laurelville, Circleville and Lancaster Ohio.
Pastor Johnny Amos is a native of Columbus, Ohio, a graduate of Centennial High School, attended The Ohio State University. Pastor Johnny is the Founder Shiloh Compass Center, and Senior Pastor of Shiloh Christian Center in Columbus, Ohio. Pastor Johnny is an entrepreneur, community organizer, and a humanitarian.
Pastor Johnny has been married to LaShaun Amos for 30 years. He has four adult children; two girls and two boys, one son-in-law and 4 wonderful grandchildren. Pastor Johnny has been an active leader in his community and city for many years.
Pastor Johnny is the Vice President of the Near East Side Community Resource Center, in Columbus, Ohio. He has worked in various community events like Day of Hope; Let the Streets Speak; Pastors for the People; and State of the Community, bringing leaders and resources together in alliance to make a different in our communities.
Pastor Johnny has initiated many programs to help build inner city communities including a free clothing closet called CARE CLOSET; also a Community Soup Kitchen that feeds over a 100 people a week, a Shower and Laundry Care Facility that serves the homeless community. Pastor Johnny served as the Associate Director of HOPE FOR COLUMBUS at Shiloh, the first 24/7 Citywide Prayer Room in Columbus, Ohio for 2½ years.
Pastor Johnny is the Founder of C.A.R.E. Christ Ambassadors Reclaiming the Earth a group of volunteers who clean up littered areas in our city. Pastor Johnny is the Leader of Kingdom Street Souldiers, this group of people who go out in the community weekly, and engage neighbors in up lifting conversations, prayers and support for the last 10 years. Pastor Johnny is the Leader of Columbus Ten Point Coalition. This coalition is working with the Mayor’s office and our goal is to reduce violent crimes, shootings and murder in the community. Pastor Johnny is recognized by the Five Point Greater Columbus Apostolic Network as the central gatekeeper of Columbus. Pastor Johnny was recognized and honored by his peers
in the in June 2018 as an apostolic leader in our city. Pastor Johnny was ordained as a Bishop by the Global Christian Network in October 2018.
Pastor Johnny has always had a heart for unity in the Christian community. He has been an advocate for change, tearing down the walls that divide, and building bridges to unite us. He believes the status quo just isn’t getting the job done. Pastor Johnny is one who has given countless hours reaching, and pouring out his life into other in order to empower individuals to impact their communities, city, nation and world for generations to come.
Derek S. Maltz was the Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Special Operations Division (SOD) from May 2005 through July 2014 in Chantilly, VA. SAC Maltz previously held the position of the Associate SAC of the New York Drug Enforcement Task Force. SAC Maltz holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Syracuse University, is married and has three children.As the Agent in Charge of SOD, SAC Maltz was instrumental in the growth of SOD from 9 to 30 participating agencies including personnel from the U.K., Canada, Australia and the New York City Police Department (NYPD).
Mr. Maltz oversaw the operations of approximately 500 SOD personnel and was responsible for an annual budget of $100 million, while incorporating the DOJ’s priority International Organized Crime and Gang Operational programs into the center.
Mr. Maltz played a vital leadership role in developing and implementing DOJ’s and Department of Homeland Security’s nationwide de-confliction program to better synchronize the criminal law enforcement efforts around the world. SOD was responsible for leading the coordination of the high profile multi-agency efforts that resulted in the capture of Sinaloa Cartel Kingpin El Chapo Guzman. Mr. Maltz was also featured on CBS 60 Minutes and CNN in response to SOD’s role in the tremendous law enforcement success.
SAC Maltz formally established the Counter Narco-Terrorism Operations Center (CNTOC) in January 2007. Since its establishment, the CNTOC successfully coordinated several significant narco-terrorism operations, including the identification of the Lebanese Canadian Bank as a facilitator involved with an international trade-based money laundering scheme supporting Hezbollah, and a subsequent U.S. Treasury Patriot Act 311 action. This was the first time a 311 action was used in this manner in conjunction with law enforcement on a drug case. This unprecedented event ultimately led to a $150 million seizure as part of the Hezbollah drug and money laundering initiative named Project Cassandra.
SAC Maltz also enhanced SOD’s Bi-Lateral Global Investigations Unit at SOD from 1-5 highly successful field enforcement groups. These proactive investigative groups have demonstrated unparalleled success in targeting and prosecuting some of the highest level criminals in the world, such as the arrest and conviction of notorious arms trafficker Viktor Bout; the arrest and conviction of arms trafficker and terrorist Monzer Al Kassar, alleged mastermind behind the Achille Lauro hijacking; the capture and conviction of Haji Juma Khan, reputedly Afghanistan’s biggest drug kingpin with ties to the Taliban and the leader of one of the largest drug trafficking organizations in the Central Asia Region; the capture and conviction of Afghan heroin kingpin Haji Bagcho; the arrest and conviction of Khan Mohammed on 21 USC 960a charges of narco-terrorism and the arrest and conviction of Global Transnational Criminal Paul Le Roux.As a result of Mr. Maltz’ leadership, he received the Presidential Rank Award for his accomplishments.
Mr. Maltz has also been the recipient of numerous other prestigious awards for his accomplishments throughout his law enforcement career and has an extensive law enforcement network around the world. Mr. Maltz has been a spokesperson at Congress and on National Media Networks on a variety of national security topics. Mr. Maltz was also the lead spokesperson for the DEA for over 10 years on the “going dark” issues relating to advanced communications and encryption, and was a member of the DOJ’s Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA) briefing team on these complex issues impacting law enforcementMr. Maltz retired from the DEA after 28 years of dedicated service and is currently working for Pen-Link Ltd as the Executive Director, Governmental Relations.
Christopher J. Farrell joined Judicial Watch in 1999 as the organization’s Director of Investigations & Research and has been a member of the Board of Directors since September 2003. □Chris is a native of Long Island, New York. He was a Distinguished Military Graduate from Fordham University, whereupon he accepted a Regular Army Commission and served as a Military Intelligence Officer – specializing in Counterintelligence and Human Intelligence.
Chris is a graduate of the Military Intelligence Officers Basic and Advanced Courses, the U.S. Army Advanced Counterintelligence Training Course, the Combined Arms Services Staff School of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, the Defense Intelligence Agency’s Military Operations Training Course, and the Haus Rissen Institut für Politik und Wirtschaft in Hamburg, Germany.
He is a specialist in national security matters, specializing in unconventional warfare and terrorism. He served as a Senior Staff Associate of Columbia University’s National Center for Disaster Preparedness at the Mailman School of Public Health (2005 – 2008). He is currently an adjunct professor at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.
Heidi Riggs is currently the Chief Administrative Officer with Alvis a nonprofit human services agency with 50 years of experience providing highly effective research-based treatment programs including comprehensive reentry and family support programs; behavioral health and substance abuse treatment services; recovery housing for women and their children; and services to individuals with developmental disabilities who are trying to live more independently in the community.
Heidi Riggs is in a battle to help people living with addiction. But it’s a fight she never signed up for. Her passion and expertise comes from personal tragedy. Her daughter Marin died of a heroin overdose in 2012 just two weeks after her 20th birthday.
Heidi now uses the most painful experience of her life to fuel her positive and powerful drive to make real changes in Ohio one person, one community at a time.
Her work today is the most difficult personally but also the most meaningful of her professional career.
Joe Weasel is Executive Director of the Full Story Foundation and the CEO of Full Story Films, LLC.
Prior to launching Full Story, he was the executive producer for TheBlaze Documentary and Films. While at The Blaze he produced more than 50 documentaries focusing on a wide range of topics including national security, religious freedoms, terrorism and government corruption.
In addition, he oversaw investigations that included exposing the United States’ role in the Arab Spring and invasion of Libya, the “cover-up” at Ft. Hood and behind the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood in America and “The Sun City Cell” which exposed a narco-terror plot along the Southern Border.
Prior to his work in television and in digital media, Joe was a syndicated columnist for Scripps Howard News Service and reporter for NBC based at the owned and operated station WCMH-TV in Columbus, Ohio. He has been honored by the Associated Press and the Midwestern Regional Emmy Committee for his work.
Joe is a graduate of The Ohio State University (BA) and Xavier University (MBA).
Jill Kingston, Executive Director of Brigid’s PathBrigid’s Path provides inpatient medical care for drug-exposed newborns, non-judgmental support for mothers, and education services to improve family outcomes. Their vision:Provide short-term, inpatient care in a home-like setting for newborns suffering from prenatal drug exposure.
Utilize the latest therapeutic techniques combined with pharmacological approaches to provide compassionate recovery for all patients.
Partner with community organizations to assist families and promote wellness. Relieve the financial burden on Ohio taxpayers by operating at a fraction of hospital costs.