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KAY MEREISH

Dr. Mereish is a Senior Level Intelligence Officer at the office of the Deputy Undersecretary for Intelligence Operations, Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A) of Department of Homeland Security (DHS). She served as Deputy Director for DHS at the National Center for Medical Intelligence in Fort Detrick, Maryland. Dr. Mereish was acting Director, WMD and Health Assessment Division, I&A, DHS after joining DHS in Feb 2009 as Senior Level Medical Intelligence Officer. She represents DHS at several national intelligence boards; NIAB, CPIB, NIC/NIEs and WHH NIM board. She is the Chair of the Analysis and Production Board of DHS Intelligence Enterprise, and Deputy Key Intelligence Officer for I&A. Working on technologies solutions, she is the Chair of the Federal Coordination Board and Board member to several; Center of Excellence funded by the DHS/S&T Office of the University Programs. As an army officer, COL (Ret.) Mereish served as Senior Manager at the DIA-National Media Exploitation Center. She also deployed on several overseas tours in CENTCOM and PACOM AOR as an Army Attaché. Dr. Mereish is DoD Certified Acquisition Professional –Highest level–Level III; Defense Attaché, North Africa/Middle East and Defense Linguist DPLTIV. In her civil career, she held the position of Chief Biologist of the United Nations Monitoring and Verification Commission (UNMOVIC)-and Deputy Director for Planning and Operation in New York from 2000-2008. She organized and led UNMOVIC weapons inspection teams in Iraq and served as chief weapon inspector. She also served as a weapon inspector for several years with United Nations Special Commission. At the UN assignments, Dr. Mereish contributed to the quarterly reports on arms control for the UN Security Council, and lead author of the compendium on Iraq's WMD. Dr. Mereish served as a senior technical advisor to the US Chief negotiator/Department of State, and a delegate to the Ad Hoc Group, the BWC expert meetings in Geneva, representing different government agencies, including Defense, State, Commerce, and the National Security Council. She continued her BW non-proliferation efforts as UNMOVIC delegate to the BWC technical meetings, States Parties meetings and the Review Conferences in Geneva. Dr. Mereish led the development of RNA and DNA-based assay for biological agents; received a patent award in October 2001 for inventing an autonomous sampling device designed to investigate the presence of CB threat agents. She represented CB Defense of DTRA at several MASINT meetings and reviews; and supported the establishment of CBIST. As a scientist at the biodefence facility at Fort Detrick, Maryland (1986-1997) she published in peer reviewed journals many scientific articles on biodefense, nonproliferation, verification technologies and presented papers at national and international forums on arms control, disarmament, verification and nonproliferation of WMD. Dr. Mereish is a doctoral degree graduate from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, in Omaha, Nebraska. Received ODNI Senior Intelligence pin, completed Leading the Intelligence Community courses and seminars. Dr. Mereish received from the Secretary of Homeland Security the Outstanding Public Service Medal in 2009; the Defense Meritorious Service Medal 2008 and the U.S. Army Meritorious Service Medal.

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