Leadership Team

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CHAIR - SCOTT GWINN, CPP, PCI, CBCP  chair@lehighvalleyasis.org

Scott Gwinn is the Head of Security and Emergency Response for Messer Americas. He is based at the corporate headquarters in Bridgewater, NJ. Although responsible for assets across North and South America, there are several in the Lehigh Valley. Scott is actively working on physical security, crisis management, risk assessment, business continuity and several other long range projects and programs that will help protect and serve Messer Americas stakeholders, employees, the public and the environment.

Scott transitioned into private security after serving over 26 years in municipal law enforcement. After honorably serving in the United States Navy, he returned to New Jersey and started off as a police dispatcher. Over two and a half decades later he retired as a sergeant from the Plainfield Police Division. He brings a wealth of knowledge with him after spending many years in patrol and also commanding several special units such as the Fatal Traffic Unit, the Motor Unit and the 911/CCTV/Special Operations Center. He also served as the division Grants Manager for several years successfully securing over $500k in grants and completing numerous upgrade projects.

Scott resides with his wife and two children in Stewartsville, NJ. He coaches several youth sports but focuses on basketball and lacrosse with the South Parkland Youth Association.


VICE CHAIR - George DeAngelo, CPP - BIO PENDING  vice.chair@lehighvalleyasis.org

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TREASURER - EMILY SCHENKEL   treasurer@lehighvalleyasis.org

Emily Root Schenkel is an Account Manager at Communication Systems Integrators, LLC (CSi) based in Allentown. Emily works with enterprise level clients to secure the places people live, work, learn and play.  She actively works to understand the needs of her clients and how security solutions can support and enhance safety policies and procedures.  Emily has been with CSi since 2006. Emily is currently studying to achieve her PSP certification.  Emily serves on the Families of Flight 93 Executive Board, the Thomas Jefferson PTO and is a founding member of the BASD Proud Parents (a Public Education Advocacy Group).  She is also a youth soccer and basketball coach.  Emily lives in Bethlehem with her husband and two children. 

SECRETARY - ROBERT SCHLEGEL, PSP - BIO PENDING    secretary@lehighvalleyasis.org

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SERGEANT at ARMS - DAMIEN JOYNES - BIO PENDING   damien.joynes@aus.com

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Paula Otis has been in the Corporate Security industry for over 25 years and has a passion for fraud investigations, threat assessments, security training and physical security.  She has maintained a certification as a Certified Protection Professional (CPP) for more than a decade and holds additional certifications with ISMA, Georgetown University, and the Security Executive Council.  She currently holds a position as a Corporate Security Director with one of the largest mutual life insurance companies in the world and is responsible for corporate security at the home office and locations on the east coast.  Prior experience includes independent security consultative services including operational security expertise to healthcare organizations, high-tech companies, and high-rise residential locations.  Additionally, Paula spent 18 years at a Fortune 100 financial institution where she held multiple positions of increasing complexity and responsibility, ending her career there managing the Mid-Atlantic Region which contained 300 retail branches, 38 administrative locations including 23,000 associates and 200+ proprietary and contracted staff.   

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