BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The Society's Board of Directors is comprised of a President, Secretary and Treasurer as well as Regional Vice Presidents from the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, North Central, South Central Western, Florida and Pacific, regions who are selected by the general membership .


EILEEN J. ROEMER, PRESIDENT

Eileen J Roemer (1985-2006) has been a member of this FBI Family for almost her entire life. She is the grateful daughter of a deceased retired FBI Special Agent, William J Roemer (1951-1977), and the proud aunt of a current FBI Special Agent. Eileen was commissioned Ensign in the U.S. Navy in 1977. She served in Washington, DC at the Naval Security Group Command and aboard the USS Norton Sound (AVM-1), a guided missile test ship. Eileen left active duty Navy in 1983, continuing her career as a Navy Reservist until her retirement at the rank of Captain in 2005. As a reservist, she trained personnel on shipboard simulators in Louisville, KY and Brooklyn, NY, and served in intelligence units in Freeport, New York and the John C. Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. She was a Navy Department Duty Captain, Navy Command Center, Pentagon. Eileen embarked on her career as a Special Agent in the FBI following active duty. Her assignments included Louisville, KY, investigating White Collar and Violent Crime; New York, NY, investigating Organized Crime and Civil Rights; the Profiling Unit in Quantico, VA, specializing in serial homicide, crimes against children, and terrorism. It was there that she trained and handled two Golden Retriever Body Recovery dogs, working with them at the Pentagon following the 9/11 terrorist attacks. She was SSRA in Gulfport, MS and Senior FBI Liaison to the Department of Homeland Security in Washington, DC Eileen was involved in two special investigations, Iran Contra and the Crown Heights, Brooklyn Civil Rights murder. Eileen retired from the FBI in 2006. She was the recipient of two FBI Medals, the FBI Medal for Meritorious Achievement and the FBI Star. From 2006 until 2012, Eileen was employed as a contractor/consultant at the National Counterterrorism Center’s (NCTC) Directorate of Strategic Operational Planning (DSOP) in Virginia and later, as a Counterintelligence Senior Advisor, providing liaison between the U.S. Central Command and the FBI Tampa Division. Until late 2015, Eileen served on the Board of Directors for the Women’s Resource Center of Sarasota County and chaired their Scholarship Committee for five years. Eileen has served as a Trustee of the Former Agents of the FBI Foundation from 2013-2016 and as Florida Regional Vice President of the Society’s Board of Directors from 2016-2018. For the past several years, Eileen has served as the 9/11 Responder Program Coordinator for the Society, spreading the word to our members regarding the importance of registering for the World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP) and the Victim Compensation Fund (VCF). In retirement, Eileen enjoys RVing, golfing, reading, knitting, Yoga, Pilates, and raising her various “rescue” animals.

 


AMY T. WISOTSKY, SECRETARY
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Amy received a BS degree in Criminal Justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York and a M.Ed. degree in Occupational Education from the University of Louisville in Louisville, KY. Amy joined the FBI New York Office 1976 as a clerk, completed college and joined the SSG working FCI – Russian squad. In 1981, she attended New Agents training in Quantico and was transferred to Louisville, KY. Amy worked a variety of criminal cases while assigned to the Reactive Crimes Squad and worked cases throughout the state of KY. In 1983, she accepted a position with Louisville Gas and Electric in their newly created Corporate Security Department. She developed corporate security procedures and design for new facilities, strike control guidelines and managed a contract guard force at power plants and service centers. In 1998, Amy accepted a position with Brown Forman Corporation and managed an armed guard force for the Louisville Campus, accident investigations, labor relations and union contract negotiations. Amy developed a strong sense of devotion to the non-profit sector as a teenager, and upon retirement, a deep passion for charitable work. In 2015 she accepted the position as Chair of Friends of Metro Animal Services, the fundraising entity for the agency with a focus on building a new animal care facility. She is also an active member of the Louisville Genealogical Society and a freelance writer with the Indian Hills Post, a local neighborhood magazine. Amy has long been a supporter of the Society. She has been a member of the local chapter for over 30 years and is currently serving her second term as Chair. She has taken an active role in growing the membership and attendance with active and newly retired agents and a variety of guest speakers. Her experience with the FBI gave her a deep appreciation of working with diverse groups of people. Supporting the Society provides an opportunity to ensure we continue our mission and we best serve our members through our programs, outreach and support.


TIMOTHY TRACY, TREASURER

 

Timothy Tracy’s fulfilling career with the FBI began in 1976 as a budget analyst in what was then known as the Administrative Services Division. He subsequently became a Special Agent in 1978 (NAC 78-16). His assignments included Cincinnati, HAC S&I, WFO, Attorney General’s Detail, and finally, Louisville, where he spent the last 17 years of his career in the Covington RA. He retired in 2008 to accept a position as a contract forfeiture investigator in the Cincinnati Division. After leaving that position in the fall of 2013, he became more involved in several volunteer activities and performed investigative services on a limited basis. He is a member of the Society’s Bluegrass and Cincinnati chapters. He served the FBI Foundation during the period of 2014–2017, serving first as the Treasurer and then as its Chairperson. He is honored to serve the Society as Treasurer.


STEVEN H. SUROWITZ, NORTHEAST REGIONAL VICE PRESIDENT

Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Steve is a 1976 graduate of the State University of New York at Albany. He obtained his Juris Doctor degree in 1982 from Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts, and was admitted to the Massachusetts state bar in 1982. He worked for a law firm in downtown Boston for two years, prior to joining the FBI as a Special Agent on June 18, 1984, entering through the Boston Division. Steve’s initial assignment in 1984 was in the Minneapolis Division, where he conducted criminal investigations on the Violent Crime and Organized Crime/Drug Squads. He is married with three children. In 1989, Steve was transferred to the New York to work on a Soviet FCI squad. After the first WTC bombing in 1992, he transferred to an International Terrorism squad, where he worked until his 1994 promotion to Associate Division Counsel in the NYO Legal Unit. In 1999 Steve was promoted to SSA and supervised an operational FCI squad targeting a major foreign power. In 2004, Steve was promoted to Chief Division Counsel of the Newark Division. Since his retirement in 2012, Steve has taught National Security Law (FISA) classes at the DIA Advanced Investigator Course in Quantico, Virginia, and has taught 4th Amendment law, deadly force, use of force, arrest, search, and seizure to the DOE Protective Force Officers working at three DOE national laboratories. He is currently on the final year of a five year contract with the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, providing security consulting and flying to California to provide quarterly legal training to PFD personnel, management, and legal staff. Steve has been a member of the Jersey Shore Chapter of the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI (SFSAFBI) since his retirement in 2012, and works on the Society’s Ad Hoc HR218 (LEOSA) sub-committee. He is a member of the FBIAA and Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA).


JAMES R. SUTTON, MID-ATLANTIC REGIONAL VICE PRESIDENT

Born in Mexico City, Jim’s mother relocated to Warrenton, VA after the unexpected death of her husband when Jim was an infant. Jim served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War. He received a college degree at Sacramento State College in criminal justice. He served as an Intelligence Analyst and Inspector with the Sheriff’s Department in Sacramento, CA and became a Special Agent for the California Department of Justice, Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement. Upon graduation from the FBI Academy, Jim was assigned to the Butte Division - Glasgow, MT RA for two years. He was reassigned to the New York Office, where he worked in Division 4, Squad 44. In 1983, he joined a security consulting firm in Miami. Jim then served as Director of Security for ITT Corporation, for which he worked in Latin America and Europe. Jim later joined Chase Manhattan Bank as Vice President of Security Plans and Programs at its corporate headquarters in New York City. To complete his post-graduate education, Jim became the Director of the Office of Security Programs at the University of Illinois at Chicago and earned a master’s degree in public policy analysis. Jim later joined Sears, Roebuck and Company as Director of Security in the Republic of Mexico. After Sears, Jim worked in a number of executive level security and intelligence positions nationally and internationally. In 2012, he returned to Erie, PA and resumed operations of the NAINTELX. His current research is focused on transnational organized crime, official corruption, human trafficking, disappearances and internally-displaced populations. Jim attributes his adventurousness and wanderlust to his family’s Celtic heritage but does not blame them for it. He is currently collaborating on a book about the Cuban influence in Puerto Rico’s pro-independence violence. He is looking forward to working on serving those members in the Mid-Atlantic region and serving on the Society’s Board of Directors.


KAREN TWOMEY ERNST, PACIFIC REGIONAL VICE PRESIDENT

Karen was recruited through the Atlanta Division and entered on duty on December 11, 1983 as a member of Class 84-5. After graduation from the FBI Academy, her first assignment was the Little Rock Office, where she worked on the Reactive and Drug Squads. In February 1986, like half of her class, she was transferred to the New York Office. On her first day on Squad A-4, she met her future husband, Mike Ernst, who was nice enough to explain the subway map to her. Karen later worked on Squad C-3, which handled various financial crime investigations. She transferred to the Operations Center, where she worked until December 1994, when she and Mike received their OP transfer to the Sacramento Office. During her years in Sacramento, Karen worked financial crimes, applicants, participated in the Assessor Program, started the Office’s first Citizens Academy as the Community Outreach Coordinator, and served as the Media Representative for four years. After 25 years of service, she retired in July, 2009. Karen and Mike have two children: Katharine, a Captain in the U.S. Air Force, and Matthew, who attends a day program at a horse ranch near Folsom, CA. Katharine and her husband, Allen (AJ) Smith are both assigned to Laughlin AFB in Del Rio, TX, as instructor pilots. Throughout her career and in retirement, Karen has been involved in volunteer work ranging from counseling rape victims; mentoring youth; serving as a Court Appointed Special Advocate; working as a literacy advocate and at two cat sanctuaries. Karen also served 12 years on the planning committee for the FBI Agents Association Educational Golf Tournament held in Sacramento. This tournament, along with several others, supports the educational fund for deceased Agents’ children. For the past four years, Karen has served as the Chairperson for the Society’s Sacramento chapter. During those years, she has had the pleasure to become acquainted with many of the individuals who have served in Sacramento. As the chairperson, she was the chapter representative at the funerals of several former members. She continues to maintain liaison with the Sacramento FBI office. She looks forward to serving the Society and promoting its mission and benefits to all of the chapters and its members in the Pacific Region.


JOHN R. GRAY, NORTH CENTRAL REGIONAL VICE PRESIDENT  
Born in Spencer, Indiana the fifth son of a railroad engineer. Being the youngest, he was not in line for many TV shows. The F.B.I. Story every Sunday inspired his dream to be Efram Zimbalist Jr. (He was blessed to meet him while representing the Agents Association in L.A.) Not being able to afford go to college he enlisted in the U.S. Army and after two tours in South Vietnam used the G.I. Bill to attend college and earn a B.S. Degree in Criminal Justice from Indiana University. He worked as a Support Employee in Indianapolis Division from 1971 to 1980. Upon being appointed a Special Agent in August 1980, he returned to Indianapolis Division. Transferred to Garden City Kansas Resident Agency in 1981 John learned about police liaison due to only two agents covering 30,000 square miles. Transferred to New York Division in 1983 he was honored to be a part of the original Joint Terrorist Task Force Surveillance Unit. Once becoming a full time instructor of Firearms and Defensive Tactics for New York Division, John was transferred to The F.B.I. Academy to be a Firearms instructor and assist in the “Firefight” training video depicting the Miami shooting incident. John entered the management program and was transferred to Chicago Division to lead the SOG. Additionally, he supervised Crisis Management, the E.R.T and its response to the Oklahoma City Bombing. Further, he supervised the Interstate Theft Squad until leaving management for an opportunity to transfer to San Francisco Division to work the UNABOM case. He reentered management as the SOG Supervisor and completed his Inspector In Place requirements. John also attended Executive Development (I and II). He missed working cases and did not like “grading papers”, so I once again departed management and obtained a transfer to Honolulu to work international terrorism in the south pacific. As the lead investigator, out of Manila, against the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG), the first indictments against terrorism and Kidnaping of American Citizens were obtained. ”Lethal Findings” were issued and all the leadership of the ASG has been captured or killed by Philippine authorities. John retired in April of 2004 to be the Security Director of SIMON Property Group and in 2008 was appointed the position of Security Director of the Indiana Pacers (NBA). John has always been a strong supporter of Agents and Support personnel. He has served as the Vice President of the F.BI. Agents Association and has been a member of the Society since retirement. John feels that many issues are rising within the Society and he looks forward to serving as North Central Regional VP if elected.


TASE E. BAILEY, JR., SOUTH CENTRAL REGIONAL VICE PRESIDENT

 

Tase graduated from Spring Hill College in 1966 and married his college sweetheart. He was shortly thereafter commissioned in the Marine Corps and served in Vietnam and the Marine Barracks in Lakehurst, NJ. It was at Lakehurst that he was recruited into the FBI. After New Agent Training, he was assigned to St. Louis, WFO, and the Training Division in the Firearms Training Unit and SOARU. From there, he went to Dallas and retired in 1994 as the Supervisor of the Drug/OCDETF Squad. After retiring from the FBI, Tase worked for NationsBank, which later became Bank of America, where he was the manager of a regional investigations unit and then some national level investigation units. He retired from banking in 2007 and worked for Roger Nisley at Eagle Security Group and also for Ben Nix and Associates, a private investigations company where he served as the Associate Security Representative in Dallas for the NFL. Tase has served 2 years as the Vice Chairman of the Dallas Chapter and 2 years as the Chairman. He has also previously served as the Regional Vice President for the South Central Region from 2014 to 2016. He is currently totally retired.            


KEVIN FRYSLIE, WESTERN REGIONAL VICE PRESIDENT   
  Kevin was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, and graduated from San Jose State University with a B.S. in Administration of Justice in 1976. He began his professional career as a Police Officer with the San Jose PD in 1977, and obtained an MPA in 1981. Kevin began New Agents Class in 1983, and was initially assigned to San Francisco, where he worked VC. He transferred to Albuquerque, where he worked OC/D and WCC matters, and later to WFO, where he worked FCI. While at WFO, he was assigned to the Iran-Contra Independent Counsel. He became an SSA in the Program Evaluation Unit in 1988. Kevin was an SSA in Anchorage from 1991–1995. He was Unit Chief for the Budget Formulation and Presentation Unit from 1995-1998. Kevin then worked as the SSRA in the Ogden RA, and supervised Utah’s five RAs. He was selected as ASAC in Salt Lake City in 2003. While ASAC, he worked as the FBI On-Scene Commander in Afghanistan for four months in 2005-2006. He was selected as a Special Assistant to the EAD – Administration in 2006 and became SAC in Anchorage in 2007. He retired from the FBI in December 2010. After FBI retirement, Kevin joined the Anchorage Police Department and served as a Police Officer from 2011–2017. He has worked as a BICS Special Investigator since his FBI retirement and continues to do so. Kevin joined the Society in 2011 and reinstituted the former Alaska chapter, which had been non-operational for a few years. He served as the Alaska Chapter Chair from 2011–2017. In 2017, he and his wife, Gay, moved to Green Valley, AZ, and he is an official of the Tucson chapter. He was elected as the Society’s Western Regional VP in 2017 and 2019, and looks forward to continue serving the Society, promoting its benefits, expanding its membership, and working with all of the chapters in the Western Region.


FRANKLIN J. FABIAN, SOUTHEAST REGIONAL VICE PRESIDENT   
  A New Jersey native, Frank served four years in the United States Air Force, thereafter, receiving a BS degree in Criminal Justice from Trenton State College (now, The College of New Jersey). Upon graduation, he became a Trooper (and, later, Detective) with the New Jersey State Police, resigning in September 1984, to enter on duty as a Special Agent. Frank’s Bureau career began in the Indianapolis Division (Lafayette RA) (1985-1990). He was active in the Bureau’s undercover and aviation programs. After his transfer to the Detroit Division (1990-1992), Frank returned to the Indianapolis Division (1992-2000), where he was assigned to the Drug/Organized Crime squad, and served as the Division’s Aviation Coordinator. He immediately launched a year-long multi-agency OCDETF investigation into a violent drug gang, resulting in the convictions of 19 defendants. In June 1996, Frank received the Director’s Award for Excellence in Investigation from Director Louis J. Freeh. In 2000, Frank was promoted to Supervisory Special Agent, and assigned to the Undercover Sensitive Operations Unit, Criminal Investigative Division, FBIHQ (2000-2005). Following the terrorist attacks on 9/11/2001, he was promoted to Unit Chief, Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit, Counterterrorism Division, retiring from FBIHQ as Assistant Section Chief, Terrorist Financing Operations Section. Upon retirement, Frank was installed as the fourth president of the Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau, Inc., a Maryland-based company founded in 1946, whose agents/analysts provide myriad investigative, security and analytic services to 46 premier Thoroughbred racing associations throughout North America. He retired from the company in 2014. In December 2017, upon completing a 3-year sailing excursion throughout the Caribbean, Frank and his wife returned to the States, settling in northern Atlanta. He is president of SIGNET Investigative Strategies, LLC. Although a Society member since his Bureau retirement and a strong proponent of its initiatives, Frank’s private-sector employment and out-of-country absence precluded his being proactive in chapter or Society affairs. Now resettled, he enjoys participating in Atlanta Chapter activities, and looks forward to serving as the Southeast Regional Vice President.  


 

KENNETH E. NEU, FLORIDA REGIONAL VICE PRESIDENT   
  Ken Neu was born and raised in Queens, NY. He graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with Bachelors and Master’s degrees in electrical engineering. He was a design engineer with Raytheon Corporation Space and Information Systems Division before entering on duty with the FBI. He served in Milwaukee, New York, FBI Laboratory, Tampa, Philadelphia and Houston, where he became a SSA in 1981. He transferred to the Violent Crime Unit at FBIHQ in 1990. In 1995, he became Unit Chief of the Safe Streets and Gang Unit. In 1999, he became Assistant Section Chief of the Violent Crimes and Major Offenders Section. After retiring, he worked for the Gavin Group auditing Catholic Dioceses regarding compliance with the Child Protection Charter adopted by the U.S. Council of Catholic Bishops. In 2006, he and his wife, Diane, relocated to FL. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Ocean Hammock Property Owners Association, the Rotary Club of Flagler County and is a Trustee of the Hammock Community Church. He is an associate member of the Criminal Justice Section of the American Bar Association, a life member of the IACP, a Mason, member of the Scottish Rite and Shriners International.


 




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