The NITVAN Advisory Committee is a peer group of expert and dedicated professionals, each with extensive experience in the field of identity theft and/or cyber-crime. Committee members come from a variety backgrounds including as law enforcement, victim advocacy, fraud, and public policy. These members provide guidance and support to NITVAN program activities, acting as a collaborative resource to support and further NITVAN’s mission to improve the outreach and capacity of victim service programs and provide a coordinated response to identity theft and cyber-crime.
Below are the current committee members and their biographies:
Paul Caccamise- Vice President for Program, Lifespan of Greater Rochester
Paul L. Caccamise, LMSW, ACSW is Vice President for Program at Lifespan of Greater Rochester. He joined the administrative staff of Lifespan in 2002 following 34 years of service at Monroe County Department of Social Services where he was the administrator for Adult Protective Services.
Among other responsibilities at Lifespan, Paul oversees the Upstate New York Elder Abuse Center which includes the Fraud, Scams and ID Theft Prevention program. He has been involved in elder abuse work since 1985. He served as the Project Director for the NYS Elder Abuse Prevalence Study which was conducted between 2007-2010. He is a frequent presenter at the annual statewide NYS Adult Abuse Training Institute and is trainer for Brookdale Center on Healthy Aging in New York City.
Paul has an MSW from Smith College School for Social Work. He is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) in NYS and is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and the Academy of Certified Social Workers.
Randy Lawrence: Cyber-Crime Expert, Retired
Randy Lawrence is currently retired after 30 years in law enforcement. He was a Commander in the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office, Chief of Humane Law Enforcement for the San Diego Humane Society, and most recently was a Lieutenant at San Diego State University.
Randy is a cyber-crimes expert, and a trained computer forensic examiner. Specializing in identity theft, Randy has published multiple magazine articles and has taught courses on identity theft.
Randy worked with the Internet Crimes against Children Task Force, a national network of law enforcement and prosecutorial agencies pursuing cases involving child abuse and exploitation via the internet. Prior to this he worked on the CATCH (Computer and Technology Crime High Tech Response Team) task force, a multi-agency effort dedicated to investigating internet crimes and advanced technology.
John Breyault- Vice President of Public Policy, Telecommunications & Fraud, National Consumers League
John Breyault joined the National Consumers League in September 2008. John’s focus at NCL is on advocating for stronger consumer protections before Congress and federal agencies on issues related to telecommunications, fraud, technology, and other consumer concerns. In addition, John manages NCL’s Fraud Center and coordinates the Alliance Against Fraud coalition. John is also Research Director for the Telecommunications Research and Action Center (TRAC), a project of NCL. In his role with TRAC, John advocates on behalf of residential consumers of wireline, wireless, VoIP, and other IP-enabled communications services
Prior to coming to NCL, John spent five years as director of research at Amplify Public Affairs, where he helped launch the firm’s Web 2.0-based public affairs practice and focused on producing actionable public policy research. Earlier in his career, John worked at Sprint in its International Carrier Services Division and at the American Center for Polish Culture in Washington, DC.
John was a member of the FCC’s Consumer Advisory Committee from 2005 to 2007 and served on the Board of the Arlington-Alexandria Coalition for the Homeless. He is a graduate of George Mason University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in International Relations.
Linda Pena- San Diego District Attorney-Victim Assistance Program
Linda Peña is currently the Director of the San Diego District Attorney’s Office Victim Services Division. She joined the District Attorney’s Office in 1995 as a victim advocate and has spent her career advocating for victims of crime. She has held a variety of positions over the years, including Victim Advocate Supervisor and Program Manager.
She is a POST-certified trainer and provides Victimology training to law enforcement professionals throughout the state of California. She is a graduate of the University of Connecticut where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics.
Hazel Heckers- Victim Advocate, Colorado Bureau of Investigation
Hazel’s graduate degree is in Jungian Psychology. After working in hospice a number of years, Hazel discovered victim assistance. She has been a victim advocate since the late 1980’s, when the victim assistance movement was just beginning, and is honored to have been able to participate in making the movement into a respected profession. As a victim advocate, Hazel became known as a respected expert in the areas of crimes against the elderly and people with disabilities, and working with the family members and loved ones of homicide victims. She has been a pioneer in the field; facilitating the first Law Enforcement Protocol for response to caregiver abuse, starting Colorado’s first Kinship Care Support Program, establishing support groups and counseling programs for families and loved ones of homicide victims, brining Safety School to Colorado grade schools, and establishing cross training programs for Law Enforcement and Human Services responding to Elder Abuse. Hazel participated in writing and advocating for Colorado’s At-Risk-Adults legislation, defining abuse against older adults and people with disabilities.
Hazel is the Victim Assistance Coordinator with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, working in the Identity Theft, Fraud and Cyber Crimes Investigations Unit. She provides direct services and support to crime victims and coordinates community education and professional training across the state and on a national basis. Hazel worked to establish the first 24 Hour ID Theft and Fraud Hotline in the nation and was in the forefront in bringing the issues of Medical ID Theft, Child ID Theft, Family Violence and ID Theft, and Disaster Response Related ID Theft and Fraud to light. She is considered a national expert in ID Theft and Fraud. Hazel is the 2014 recipient of the U.S. Department of Justice National Crime Victim Service Award.