Mike Banach joined the Philadelphia Police Department in December 1979, and had the opportunity to serve the Philadelphia community in numerous assignments. He started as a police officer in the 16th District and transferred to the Anti-Crime Team. He was subsequently promoted and served as a patrol sergeant in the 39th District; a lieutenant in Internal Affairs Division; a captain in the 15th, 7th, and 24th Districts; and an inspector in the Recruit Training Division and Central Police Division. As a commander in the police department, he worked with many community groups and several Police District Advisory Councils. He retired in December 2006, after a 27 year career in law enforcement.
In January 2007, Mike joined Allied Barton Security Services as a District Manager where he is responsible for managing a business portfolio of over 24,000 hours of contract security service in the Philadelphia metropolitan area. His primary markets include commercial real estate, healthcare, higher education, manufacturing, museums, residential communities, and shopping malls. Working for Allied Barton Security Services has enabled him to network with clients in the private sector as well as numerous local, state, and federal law enforcement partners.
Mike has a B.S. and a M.S. in Criminal Justice from St. Joseph's University. He is also an adjunct faculty member at St. Joseph's University teaching in the College of Graduate Art's and Sciences, Criminal Justice Program. Memberships include the Fraternal Order of Police, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and the Philadelphia Crime Prevention Council.
Leslie M. Gomez serves as Vice Chair of Cozen O'Connor in Philadelphia.
Leslie focuses her practice on the institutional response to sexual and gender-based harassment and violence, child abuse, and other forms of harassment, discrimination, and criminal conduct. Leslie provides consulting, counseling, and legal advice on all aspects of the institutional response to misconduct. She assists institutions in designing effective institutional responses that integrate the complex federal and state regulatory framework with the unique dynamics of trauma and the impacts of interpersonal violence on individuals and communities. Leslie regularly advises presidents, boards, senior leadership, counsel, student affairs, human resources, campus law enforcement, Title IX Coordinators, and other campus partners in implementing trauma-informed, fair, and impartial processes.
In addition to her work on sexual assault and intimate partner violence, Leslie is nationally recognized for her knowledge and experience related to child sexual and physical abuse, child protection and child protective services laws. She conducts training and prevention programs on the identification and prevention of child abuse; provides child protection planning related to background checks, professional boundaries, physical plant, and mandatory reporter policies; coordinates internal investigations with child protective services and local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies; and conducts child abuse investigations. Leslie also assists educational institutions in evaluating and responding to historical allegations of abuse in an open and transparent manner designed to promote child safety and welfare. She is a faculty member for ChildFirst Pennsylvania where she teaches forensic interviewing to multi-disciplinary teams of law enforcement and child protective services professionals.
Leslie is a volunteer child advocate attorney through the Support Center for Child Advocates and a member of the boards of the Center City Crime Victims Services and the Joseph J. Peters Institute, a nonprofit providing outpatient assessment and treatment for victims and offenders in the area of sexual abuse.
Leslie received her undergraduate degree from Brown University, magna cum laude, and her law degree from Yale Law School.
Maureen Holland is a member of Cozen O'Connor in Philadelphia. Her practice is focused on education law and civil rights investigations. Institutions frequently call upon Maureen to investigate reports of sexual assault, harassment, stalking, interpersonal violence, discrimination, and other forms of prohibited conduct. Maureen delivers training modules on Title IX- related federal compliance, best practices in conducting investigations, and the use of trauma-informed investigative methods.
Before joining Cozen O'Connor, Maureen worked for a boutique Philadelphia firm. Prior to that, she served as acting assistant chief of the busiest trial unit in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office. Maureen has tried more than 20 cases to jury verdict and hundreds of cases before judges. As acting assistant chief, she oversaw the prosecution of over 3,600 cases for crimes including attempted murder, drug trafficking, robbery, and fraud.
Maureen received her undergraduate degree, cum laude, from Villanova University and her law degree from the Temple University School of Law.
Steven Zhu is “a proven leader in inclusive community capacity building in political mobilization, medication, innovative educational training and job creation, integration, and community security guardianship” (quotes from Dr. Mei-L. Wang, based on interviews of Chinese American communities in Philadelphia). Throughout his career, Steven has devoted his service to building the capacity of the underprivileged in Philadelphia as an innovative way of two inclusive community building. He has demonstrated successful and measurable results to support his clients to be re-integrated into the workforce and job market.
Since Steven Zhu’s arrival in Philadelphia in 2000, he has built a business training school to serve “Welfare to Work Population and Dislocated Workers.” His program provides these populations critical and updated skills to overcome professional barriers so that they could broaden their profession choices; embark on new careers; and become productive members of the American society. Steven Zhu is most respected for his reputation as the most active community operative and advocate in the Great Philadelphia Chinese American community and Asian American Community.
His leadership in integrating immigrants in the American society has been widely admired by his peers. He “is the most enthusiastic community leader and is always eager to serve and help.” (Quote by Mabel Chen, also a leader in the Chinese American community in Philadelphia). Steven’s communication, mediation, and community support skills have helped many immigrants to become constructive members of the American society. For example, first, he has served as the critical link/the liaison between the new immigrants to mainstream communities or city government for development issues facing all community stakeholders. Second, Steven has known expertise in supporting the integration of new immigrants. He helps new immigrants to settle in the city and locates the critical resources for them to overcome language and cultural barriers. In addition, he is also a champion of small business entrepreneurship and job creations. He has provided the newcomers business operation skills and neighborhood interaction etiquette so that they could work with the neighborhood and in return, obtain support from the neighborhood for the growth of their businesses. This skill has not only benefited the newcomers but has revitalized under-resourced, dilapidated communities.
Third, Steven Zhu has been a highly effective activist in fundraising to support urgent social causes. Steven Zhu has organized donations and fundraising for victims of Hurricane Katrina, the Tsunami in South East Asia, and poor and underprivileged who could not afford medical care, especially helpless cancer patients who needed critical care. His achievements in this area are widely appreciated among the Chinese American community members in Philadelphia.
Fourth, Steven Zhu is a leader in helping local communities to address community safety and security issues. He has taken a partnership building approach to the community safety issues. For example, he serves as the link between Chinese American merchants, local community organizations, neighborhood, and city operatives by, for example, teaching and guiding three Chinese immigrant businessmen to work and support local and city-wide community events. He works with State and Federal organizations to help small business people to build up his or her business. He works tightly with SBA to help small businessmen into Federal programs and organized a seminar to help small business entrepreneurs. Steven Zhu has a distinguished track record in being a true leader in inclusive community capacity building and continues to do so every day.
Paula Reid has served as a Senior Director for Comcast Corporate Security since October 2016. Prior to joining Comcast, she was employed with the U.S. Secret Service for 25 years. In September 2016, she retired as the Assistant Director, Office of Professional Responsibility, a Senior Executive Service (SES) appointment.
Paula’s career with the U.S. Secret Service began in December 1990 in the Washington Field Office. In 1997, Paula transferred to the Presidential Protective Division where she served for four and a half years. Following this assignment, she was selected to serve as a legislative fellow in the office of Congressman Steny Hoyer.
In January 2003, Paula was promoted to the position of Assistant Inspector in the U.S. Secret Service Inspection Division. Selected for the agency’s Senior Executive Service (SES) development program, Paula transferred to the Miami Field Office in July 2004 to serve as the Assistant to the Special Agent in Charge. She returned to Washington, D.C., in April 2006 and was promoted to a series of supervisory positions within the Intelligence Division.
In August 2008, Paula was appointed to her first SES position as the Special Agent in Charge of the Protective Intelligence and Assessment Division. In this capacity, she provided oversight to a staff of special agents and analysts engaged in a multifaceted approach to supporting the U.S. Secret Service’s protective operations through analysis of information, investigation of threats, assessment of risks, and dissemination of protective intelligence products.
In July 2010, Paula was selected to return to the Presidential Protective Division as the Deputy Special Agent in Charge, and was responsible for the daily protective operations for the White House Complex, which included supervisory responsibility of approximately 700 employees.
In February 2012, Paula became the Special Agent in Charge of the Miami Field Office and was responsible for the daily operational, investigative, and protective activities for the Southern District of Florida – which included Southern Florida, Central and South America, and the Caribbean basin. In January 2015, and as a collateral-duty assignment, Paula was elected as the Vice Chairperson of the South Florida Federal Executive Board. In this capacity, she played a critical role to ensure that the strategic goals and objectives of the board promoted Federal member engagement, community outreach, and shared operational resources and efficiencies.
In May 2015, Paula was selected by Director Joseph Clancy as the Assistant Director of the Office of Professional Responsibility. As a resource to the Director and executive staff, she administered the enterprise-wide oversight of structured programs designed to increase accountability of the agency’s compliance inspections, internal affairs, mission assurance inquiries, and special investigative activities, as well as coordinated the agency’s external audit liaison and vulnerability assessment efforts.
Paula received numerous awards and commendations throughout her career with the U.S. Secret Service. In July 2009, she received the Public Service Award from the Women in Federal Law Enforcement (WIFLE). In September 2012, she was awarded the Sojourner “Truth Award” by the National Congress of Black Women in recognition of her initial actions to proactively manage the April 2012 U.S. Secret Service misconduct in Cartagena, Columbia, which garnered her international media attention.
In 2014, Paula was selected by President Barack Obama as a recipient of the Presidential Rank Award of Meritorious Executive, the highest annual award given to selected career Senior Executive members.
Paula maintains her memberships with WIFLE and National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives.
A native of Calvert County, Maryland, Paula holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland and a master’s degree in Science Management from Johns Hopkins University.
Helen "Nellie" Fitzpatrick