Welcome to the ASIS Southern Connecticut Chapter

The December 12th UNH Henry Lee CJ School Super Meeting

Not to be Missed;

Join us for a very special meeting hosting over 50 students from the Henry Lee School of Criminal Justice. Speaker: Douglas Pesce; DHS Protective Security Advisor, Connecticut District Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency



Chairman's December Message:

Happy Holidays! I am looking  forward to seeing all of you at our December 12th meeting at The University of New Haven. In December in addition to a wonderful speaker, we will be hosting 50 student from the Henry Lee School of Criminal Justice, the induction of the 2020 chapter officers, a TOYS FOR TOTS DRIVE (unwraped) we will have great food, open networking and vendor expo tables available. Come to learn, have a great meal, network, and grow. Please bring a guest and share this wonderful opportunity.

Please RSVP for the next meeting today. And, please signup for your 2020 ASIS membership - special deal now 13 months for the price of 12.


It has been my privilege to serve as your chairperson for the past three years, I would like to welcome our incoming chair person elect Felix Giannini FPE, CPP. Felix has been a chapter vice-chair for the past seven years, he is 37 year member of our chapter, and a good friend. Felix will lead our chapter starting in January together with a wonderful board and exciting goals. 


Adelino DosSantos - Your Chairman

December 12th Meeting

Special location: The University of New Haven, West Haven, CT


Not to be Missed Speaker Topic;

The Connecticut Department of Homeland Security an Overview of all the Valuable Services They Provide to Connecticut


Our Speaker: Doug Pesce serves as the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Protective Security Advisor (PSA) assigned in Connecticut, supporting Homeland Security efforts by providing advisory and reach-back capacity to the State Homeland Security Advisor as well as to Municipal entities and especially the Private Sector.  PSA Pesce facilitates, coordinates, and performs vulnerability assessments for local critical infrastructure and assets, promotes training, and acts as a physical and technical security advisor to Federal, State, and local Law Enforcement.  He’s served in this position from February 2005 to the present, having recently been selected as the FBI InfraGard Program’s National Protective Security Advisor of the Year for 2019







Plus: 50 Criminal Justice Students - Internship Opportunities!

Toys for Tots Dive (Unwrapped)

Networking and energetic dinner conversations

2020 Chapter board swearing in

Fantastic Speaker Topic


300 Boston Post Road West Haven CT

Enter through the main gate on the Boston Post Road See the Guard in parking lot to the left.


Please RSVP for the next meeting today:


January 9th Meeting

Special location: Barcelona Restaurant in Fairfield, CT


Not to be Missed Speaker Topic;

Ransomware and Crypto Currency


Plus: Networking and energetic dinner conversations

2020 Chapter board nominations

Chapter awards

Fire Alarm Expo Tables

Meeting Location:

Barcelona Wine Bar

4180 Black Rock Turnpike

Fairfield, CT

Please RSVP for the next meeting today:



At all our meetings, network with fellow security professionals, have a delicious meal, and learn about important topics all for the RSVP price of $ 35.00 or $ 40.00 at the door. Students are only $ 20.00. Expo tables are available for $ 135.00 to feature your products and services and include one dinner.


Be a part of the planning and execution of our chapters next big events ask how you can participate:

Recent Past Speaker Topics

October 10th Meeting

The Fatal Flaws in Your Active Shooter Response

and Critical Corrective Actions


The deadly phase of an active shooter in your workplace or house of worship is over in the first four to eight minutes, statistically before the police can arrive and deploy. This means your employees or occupants are the first, first responders. How they respond and how they work with all other first responders can be a fatal flaw in your response plan.

Presented by Bo Mitchell CPP. You will learn how to create plans and procedures and how to train your emergency response team and employees

September 19th Meeting 2019

The use of Forensic Genealogy to solve cold cases

As seen in many recent headlines, law enforcement is increasingly leveraging the popularity of commercially available DNA testing to solve cold cases where DNA is available.  This emerging technology has many wondering how it works and whether they should be concerned about the privacy of their own DNA results online.   Nancy Landini will answer these questions and more as she details the process and the usage of private citizens’ DNA data by law enforcement.


May 2019 Meeting:

The impact of legalizing marijuana in CT

The Southern CT ASIS Chapter hosted a panel discussion about this crisis with panelists made up of…

·         Those directly affected

·         Law enforcement

·         Healthcare providers

·         Human resources

·         Security professionals



April 4th 2019 Meeting:


Learn about the "All Risks, All Hazards" method for establishing a comprehensive  Mitigation, Response and Recovery Plan. 

Learn how to create an in-house security team and how to form response and recovery relationships with local emergency responders.


April Speakers: CPP Felix Giannini, and Retired Fairfield Police Captain Josh Zabin

Bio: Felix Giannini has been a member of both ASIS International and the National Fire Protection Association for 36 years. He holds the ASIS CPP certification. Felix has a Bachelor’s of Science in Fire Protection Engineering from the University of New Haven, and is currently in a master’s program in Emergency Management. He served in the US Navy as an Electronic Technician and was trained as a Nuclear Reactor Operator. He holds electrical contractor license as well as a Connecticut Fire Fighter 1, Haz-Mat Response certification. Professionally, since 1979 he has owned and operated Lexco a full service security, fire, access control and CCTV systems company.


Bio: Joshua  Zabin is a retired Captain with the Fairfield Police Department who served 32 years in law enforcement. Josh is an established leader with a strong vision for community outreach and has partnered with Universities and community groups on strategies to reduce off-campus conduct issues. 

Josh is a certified police instructor who has also chaired town committees and regional non profits. 




February and March 2019

The Opioid Crisis:

Recent events have highlighted the ongoing concern with the Opioid Crisis.  Beyond the social, individual and criminal impacts; there is also the cascade effect on the workplace.  As security professionals we must be aware of the issues, warning signs and consequences when this issue is present in the workplace or our related environment.


The Southern CT ASIS Chapter hosted a panel discussion about this crisis with panelists made up of…

·         Those directly affected

·         Law enforcement

·         Healthcare providers

·         Human resources

·         Security professionals

Each of these individuals will brought their unique points of view to this subject to enlighten and de-stigmatize this problem.  We are now better prepared for this epidemic that is effecting all of us either directly or with our loved ones and coworkers.


January 2019

Pharmacy Drug Security:

The Pharmacy Drug Security RxPatrol program: Programs available to law enforcement in an effort to solve pharmacy crimes such as robberies, burglaries and prescription drug rings.  During the program, current prescription drug trends are discussed as well as some of the manners in which individuals illegally obtain controlled substances.


Speaker Bio: Edward J. Cartwright Associate Director  RxLELE (Law Enforcement Liaison and Education) Purdue Pharma L.P.

Contact information: Phone: 203-223-1167 Email: edward.cartwright@pharma.com 



December 2018

Preventing IT Attacks via Security, Door Access and Camera Systems:


Guest Speaker: IT Expert Tom Curtain


Learn how to understand and mitigate cyber security threats in your CCTV, access control, and intercom installations. Discussion of legal, insurance, and liability problems for the systems integrator.

Do not miss another opportunity to grow!

About the Southern Connecticut ASIS Chapter

Our chapter is made up of security professionals, law enforcement officials, security product manufacturers and integrators. We encourage networking and the exchange of best practices to continuously improve security processes within our chapter and nationwide. Our regional meetings feature security training and professional development sessions to help our members facing real security challenges.

We have a unique combination of members from major corporations to local companies. This cross pollination of ideas and strategies has proven to help in the development of practical security solutions that can be implemented in major metropolitan cities or local business. This has also helped to facilitate our ability to draw incredible speakers and knowledge experts form across New England and beyond.

We are the first U.S. ASIS Chapter to adopt a European sister chapter. Our partnership and networking efforts with the ASIS Italy Chapter have enriched the security knowledge of both chapters. We look forward to continuing our connection with our sister chapter and look forward to joint activities in the future.

We encourage you to attend one of our upcoming regional meetings and especially our PSA Night. You won’t be disappointed!

Thank you,

The 2019 Board of the Southern Connecticut ASIS Chapter

  • Adelino DosSantos – Chairman

  • Charles Hickey – Chairmen, Emeritus

  • Felix Giannini – Vice Chair

  • Ron Coleman – Vice Chair

  • Jimmy Sparaco – Secretary

  • Mark Landini - Media Outreach

  • Al Sparaco – Membership

  • Diana Reynolds – Treasurer

  • Chuck Kriewald – Legislative Liaison

  • Josh Zabin - Law Enforcement Liaison 


2020 Dates - Mark Your Calendar:
December 12th
Toys For Tots
January 9th
February 7th
March 12th
May 14th
June 11th

Do you know a great speaker?
Please reach out to Co Vice Chair Felix Giannini, CPP
@ 203.367.4930 with your
thoughts and suggestions!
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