Team

Michael Sher

President & Founder

Michael has been building tools for the emergency and incident management markets since 2001, when he co-founded Send Word Now in New York City immediately following the incidents of  9/11. Michael founded Centrallo, which powers Groupdolists in 2013 to help the teams responsible for the safety and security of people and assets better and more tightly manage their responses during unexpected incidents. Michael’s more than 20 years of experience developing incident management solutions offers insight into the experience and passion that drive him to lead the Groupdolists team to strive to deliver new state of the art technology.

Dan Napolitano

SVP, Product & Support

Dan has been working with software startups since he became employee #2 at Send Word Now. He has more than a decade of experience building software tools for emergency responders in multiple sectors. In his present role, Dan focuses on building the company's end-to-end key practices for conceiving, creating, and delivering Groupdolists to customers, as well as helping them to realize the greatest returns from it.

Dean Efkarpidis

SVP, Finance & Administration

Dean is a finance and operational leader with expertise in driving business performance in high growth and turnaround environments. He has worked in private venture-backed and public technology company settings, focusing on financial software, on demand notification and digital advertising services.  A trusted advisor to the Board and CEO and respected leader and motivator who fosters company culture, team development, and collaboration. Dean successfully worked and/or led multiple acquisitions including the sale of Pivot to CME Group, Yieldex to AppNexus, El Media to TouchTunes and Moat to Oracle all within the last 5 years.

Brian Maloney

Board Member

Brian Maloney brings 40 years of leadership, governance and compliance experience to Groupdolists. Currently, he serves as Non-Executive Chairman of Tech Mahindra – Americas, a multinational provider of information technology, networking technology solutions and business process outsourcing to various industries. He also has previous experience as Formerly, he was COO of Perot Systems, President of Unisys Global Systems and CEO of AT&T Solutions. He was the only independent Board member for Send Word Now. Brian Maloney on Techmahindra. In addition, Brian is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Thomas Edison State University in NJ.

Nate Wish

Investor & Advisor

With a seasoned background in public safety markets and as the founder and CEO of Responder Corp, Nate offers unique insight into the emergency response field and his team focuses on investing in public sector disruptor technologies. As an active Reserve Deputy and Detective with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, he has seen first hand the deficiencies faced by first responders. This drove him to dedicate efforts to helping to bridge the gap between the technology first responders need and what is currently available to them. Nate and his team focus on investing in public sector disruptor technologies. Recently, they participated in our seed funding round and we see his team as an asset for our public sector initiatives.

Rob Moffat

Investor & Advisor

Rob is a serial entrepreneur with over 25 years experience in building high growth technology companies. Rob is a veteran of wireless and enterprise software industries, and was instrumental in founding and growing Metex Systems, Objectools, UMS, and Wallace Wireless, which was acquired by Vocera Communications in 2010. Rob has mentored founders and startups at University of Toronto and Waterloo. Groupdolists is his 8th startup, the fourth one in the crisis communications and situational awareness market.


He is a graduate of the University of Toronto, as well as the Institute of Corporate Directors and is a frequent and lively speaker on wireless technologies, business continuity and disaster recovery, and security technologies.

Alison Malloy

 Investor & Advisor

Alison is an experienced entrepreneur, executive and investor. Her perspective is guided by the experience she gained from the tech startup she co-founded and successfully sold, as well as her General Electric Master Black Belt™ Six Sigma™ Certification. She has a strong background in financial management, sales, strategy and raising capital. Formerly a managing director and partner at Trimodia, LLC, Alison managed investments and portfolio companies, including Centrallo, Quigler, Interactio, Wild Things, Baskins, and Blinked, LLC. Currently, she serves as director of investments at Connecticut Innovations on their Venture Team with over 100 portfolio companies and over $300M in assets under management.

Leib Lurie

Investor & Advisor

Leib has an extensive background in the technology services field, founding multiple technology companies. Most recently, he sold One Call Now, an emergency notification service to Send Word Now. Leib is a significant investor in Groupdolists and through his vast knowledge of the emergency response field, provides invaluable feedback, guidance and direction to the team. Currently, Leib is the Co-founder and Board President of Kids Read Now- an outcome driven 501C3 focused on reversing the summer reading slide for K-3 students across the country.

Nigel Hopkinson

Nigel is London-based and heads up European operations for Groupdolists. He has held leadership positions with leading Blue Chips including SAS and IBM, but also helped several emerging software companies scale through organic growth and partnerships. One of these organisations was Office Shadow, a Business Continuity platform where he was CEO from 2007 to 2010 prior to its acquisition. Nigel has managed teams across Europe, the USA and the Middle East region.

Steve Maloney

Investor & Advisor

Steve has more than twenty-five years of wide ranging experience as a senior operating executive and founder in technology and risk mitigation. Steve is Executive Vice President of Acuant, a global leader in identity management software. He was a Senior Advisor to Andy Frain Services, a diversified security company and Co-founder, Director and President of SolutionPoint International, a diversified security and risk management company, that included companies such as Bode Technologies, NSM Surveillance and Guidepost Solutions.

Chris Fine

Technology Advisor

Chris Fine is an independent advisor and consultant, specializing in strategy, technology, innovation, and business consulting for companies, investors, and industry organizations.  Chris’s background includes 29 years of engineering, IT, and financial work at Goldman Sachs. Some of his areas of technology and business expertise include enterprise technology, AI, cyber and physical security systems, communication and collaboration, workplace technology, and Internet of Things (IoT).

Jeremy Sterns

Technology Advisor

Jeremy Sterns is an entrepreneur and practical business oriented technology executive, experienced with defining and executing to novel technology product visions.  Jeremy has played CTO roles at several small businesses over the last 15 years in New York and Silicon Valley, in both permanent and consulting roles including CTO at Send Word Now.  In the late 90’s at Sapient he was a technology consultant on Wall Street, following which he co-founded the contextual advertising platform ContextWeb, now PulsePoint. Jeremy’s experience includes product and engineering leadership, technology architectures, global delivery teams, and data and cloud strategy.  He is currently CTO at Insurdata.

Security Advisory Council

Ty Richmond, CPP, CRISC

Ty Richmond is President of the Integrated Security Solutions and Technology business at Allied Universal, which encompasses the Solutions delivered to AUS customers through the company’s Integration Systems and Monitoring and Response Operations. Prior to Allied Universal, Ty was the senior vice president of global security at Sony Pictures Entertainment, where he was responsible for the physical, personnel, and operational security programs and services for the Theatrical, Television, and Home Entertainment businesses of Sony. Ty is also the former Chief Operating Officer for Andrews International. He has held executive management and chief security officer roles in several corporations including Agilent Technologies, where he led Global Security, Environment, Health & Safety, and Aviation Services.  Ty's corporate security background also includes senior management and executive level positions for over thirty (30) years in the energy, consumer products, logistics, high-tech, and entertainment industries. Ty holds a Masters Certificate of Business from Tulane University, and attended the University of Kentucky and The National Graduate School, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Quality Management Systems. Ty is board certified as a Certified Protection Professional (CPP) and in Risk and Information Systems Controls (CRISC), as well as being Six Sigma certified. He is a frequent and recognized speaker on the subjects of applying business practices to the corporate security function, strategic planning, and enterprise risk management. He has contributed to numerous worldwide media and publications, as well as advised Fortune 500 leadership in these areas.

Kevin P Donovan

Mr. Donovan is an experienced law enforcement and private sector executive. In his 39 years of public and private experience, he has developed an expertise in investigations and operational security issues such as supply chain and personnel security, product investigations, enterprise security and workplace violence. He developed strategy and supervised execution of security plans involving executive protection, high profile events, critical incident responses, and technical security matters. During his career, Mr. Donovan has been responsible for international investigations, travel security, high profile events, employee evacuations and security assessments around the world. As the Assistant Director of the New York Office of the FBI, Mr. Donovan provided oversight for policy, operations, administration and investigations involving white-collar crimes, violent crimes, organized crime, terrorism, law enforcement training and intelligence matters. He was also instrumental in developing and maintaining close relationships with local law enforcement, other federal agencies, and private businesses in the NY metropolitan area. As Vice President of Global Security for Johnson & Johnson, Mr. Donovan was responsible for overseeing all security issues affecting employees, facilities and assets around the world. During his tenure he created a centralized Global Security Operations Center and increased security in the supply chain by developing a proactive program to protect products in transit. Mr. Donovan is a member of The American Society of Industrial Security (ASIS), and former member of the International Security Management Association (ISMA), a former board member for the Pharmaceutical Security Institute (PSI), and a former Chairman and member of the Chief Security Officer's Roundtable (CSO). He was a recipient of the Don Walker Award for Enterprise Security and Executive Leadership in 2013. In 2014 he was recognized as a "Most Influential People in Security" by Security 500 Magazine. Mr. Donovan is currently the Managing Director of KPD Associates, a consulting firm that specializes in Security Management, Operational Security Issues, Crisis Management, Enterprise Security, Risk Mitigation and Investigations. Kevin can be reached at kevin@kpdassociates.net.

Stevan Bernard

In June 2018,  Steve launched Bernard Global, as he retired from his role as head of Global Protection with Sony Pictures Entertainment. Going forward he is  focused on working with both the private and public sectors as a liaison, and in advisory and consulting roles. In addition, he is consulting for educational institutions in developing new curriculum with emphasis on BCP/CM, risk management, readiness, response and recovery. Steve’s depth of experience includes: military and law-enforcement, CSO and HR positions in food, energy, high-tech and entertainment. Having lived and worked in nearly 50 countries he brings a cultural awareness and business savvy that truly distinguishes him.

Peter Dowling

Pete brings 40+years of experience in the emergency management field to Groupdolists. A former United States Secret Service executive who has protected multiple Presidents and also served as CSO of AXA North America, Pete brings tremendous input, ideas and relationships.

Michael Lowder

Michael W. Lowder served as the Director of the Office of Intelligence, Security & Emergency Response (S-60) for the U.S. Department of Transportation. He was a member of the Senior Executive Service (SES) and was designated as a National Security Professional and as a Federal Senior Intelligence Coordinator. Mr. Lowder was the Department’s Emergency Coordinator, providing leadership for all departmental civil transportation intelligence issues, security policy, and emergency preparedness, response, and recovery activities related to emergencies that affect the viability of the transportation sector. In 2012 he was awarded the Presidential Rank Award – Distinguished Executive. In 2011 he was awarded the DOT Secretary’s Gold Medal for Outstanding Achievement. Prior to this, Mr. Lowder served as the Deputy Director of the Response Division for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in Washington, D.C.  Mr. Lowder has been designated and served as both a Principal Federal Official (PFO) and a Federal Coordinating Officer (FCO).  He was a member of FEMA’s National Emergency Response Team (ERT-N), and the Domestic Emergency Response Team (DEST). Mr. Lowder has more than 47 years of experience in the law enforcement and emergency services field, at the Federal, State and Local government levels. He has been sought out as an advisor to a number of corporations and organizations in the transportation industry. Mr. Lowder retired from the U.S. Department of Transportation in May, 2018.

Mark Lex

Mr. Lex is a senior security executive with 20+ years of demonstrated leadership experience and a broad-based background in public, private, and corporate sectors. Presently, he is Senior Vice President at TorchStone Global, a premiere risk advisory firm, and heads up Lex Advisory Group. Mr. Lex has previously held key security positions with Kraft, W.W. Grainger, Abbott Laboratories, and PayPal, including leadership of multi-shore, cross-functional teams of security experts, senior management, and key stakeholders. Mr. Lex has orchestrated security-related initiatives across board-level risk categories: operational, compliance, technology, and financial. He is adept at providing strategic oversight for enterprise-level security and risk and compliance policies, principles, procedures, and practices within global, Fortune 500 environments. Mr. Lex is a life member of ISMA and served between 2010-2014 as a board member for IAPSC.

Lynn Mattice

Mr. Mattice has an exceptionally strong corporate track record, serving for over 35 years as a senior executive for three major U.S. based global corporations, (Northrop, Whirlpool and Boston Scientific) and one mid-cap company (Wescom, Inc.), all of which are in dramatically different business sectors. His corporate experience base traverses the defense & intelligence, electronics, life sciences, consumer products, and service industries. Mr. Mattice is the recipient of numerous awards and honors from both the government and private sector for his vision, work and many contributions. Mr. Mattice is considered one of the top subject matter experts in the fields of enterprise risk management, risk & competitive intelligence, cybersecurity, information asset protection (including intellectual property, trade secrets, brand protection & anti-counterfeiting), corporate security, resiliency, corporate aviation, and management systems.  He is a Distinguished Fellow at the Ponemon Institute, a Senior Fellow at George Washington University’s Center for Cyber and Homeland Security, and is Chairman Emeritus of the National Intellectual Property Law Institute. He is Managing Director of Mattice & Associates, an internationally recognized advisory and consulting firm to the C-Suite for numerous major global corporations, please see www.matticeassociates.comfor more details. Mr. Mattice served as a member of the Inaugural Advisory Board for the National Counterintelligence Center (which is now known as the National Counterintelligence and Security Center) and served on the Presidential Task Force convened under President George H.W. Bush that established the National Industrial Security Program. This unique task force’s members included the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of Energy, and the Director of the CIA and key industry representatives. Mr. Mattice also served as a member of the Department of State’s Overseas Security Advisory Council, where he remains a Senior Advisor. Additionally, he was one of the founding members of the inaugural Board of Directors for the International NGO Safety & Security Association. He also served for several years on the Steering Committee for the Global Congress on Combatting Counterfeiting and Piracy, which was established jointly by INTERPOL and the World Customs Organization. Mr. Mattice served three terms on the Board of Directors for the International Security Management Association, where he remains a life member, and spent several years as a member of ASIS-International’s Standards and Guidelines Commission. He has authored numerous articles and is a contributing author to several books on risk, cyber, and controls. He is board certified in risk and information systems controls (CRISC) and has been recognized as an expert witness at both the state and federal court level. Mr. Mattice can be reached at lm@matticeassociates.com.

​Brian McIlravey

Brian McIlravey is an established, experienced C-level business leader with 15+ years in tech and software development. His expertise and passion is customer success. I ensure strategic customer success plans lead to new and continued recurring revenue and high retention. Brian is the former CEO of the world leader in incident management solutions and a security industry giant, PPM 2000 Inc., which was successfully acquired in 2014 by Resolver Inc. Brian has worked with over 1500 companies across 142 countries in establishing their incident management programs. He is Board Certified in Security Management as a Certified Protection Professional (CPP) through ASIS International and is currently an active member of the Toronto ASIS Chapter, a former member of the ASIS Information Technology Security Council, the Leadership & Best Practices Council, the ESRM Board Initiative and AI/VR Technology Task Force.

Partners

In an ever-evolving and complex world, it’s imperative that businesses have resources and tools to help their teams coordinate response across their enterprise. We partnered with Groupdolists to bring their cutting edge team response coordination capabilities to our over 10,000 customers."

Ty Richmond

Allied Universal President, Integrated Security Solutions and Technology

In today’s world, our customers are constantly on-the-go and not always sitting behind their desks when the unexpected crisis occurs. Our joint-customers derive immediate benefit from knowing about an incident through NC4 Risk Center alerts to instantaneous action, synchronization, and communication amongst all responsible stakeholders."

Matt Sasaki

Vice President of Commercial Sales, NC4

We have been exposed to many different emergency management tools. One significant gap we see is the challenge organizations have in quickly activating their response teams and tasking its members in a coordinated manner. Groupdolists fills this gap."

Rob Burton

CEO, Preparedex