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Our Management Team

Lisa Falzone

Co-founder, President, Exec Chair of the Board

Lisa is a serial entrepreneur with a proven track record of disrupting out-of-touch industries. In less than a decade she built and scaled the first iPad-based cash register, Revel Systems to over 700 global employees and tens of thousands of installations spanning five continents. She brought on flagship customers like Royal Dutch Shell, Qantas Airlines, Cinnabon, and Estee Lauder, and led partnerships with Intuit, IBM, and Apple.​

Lisa has raised over 200 million dollars from top tier venture capitalists and private equity firms, and has received numerous government grants based on her track record of high-growth leadership.​ When Lisa started a family, she knew that she had to do something to address the growing problem of school shootings. She founded Athena so that her daughter could grow up in a safer world.

Awards:​

  • 2017: Named by Business Insider as a founder of one the “The 21 Hottest Women-Founded Startups to Watch in 2017”.

  • 2016: Part of Tech Crunch’s list of “40 Female Founders Who Crushed it in 2016”.

  • 2015: Falzone was recognized by Fortune Magazine as no. 19 on the 40 Under 40 list as well as the Forbes list of Eight Rising Stars.

  • 2015: Ernst & Young Entrepreneurial Winning Women, on the Business Journal Upstart 100 list, Recognized by Fortune Magazine’s list of “40 Under 40,” Honored by Forbes magazine as one of the “Women to Watch – Eight Rising Stars."

  • 2012 & 2013: Named by Forbes magazine in their “30 Under 30” awards.

Chris Ciabarra

Co-founder and CTO

Chris is a serial entrepreneur and security expert with over 20 years experience using technology to detect and prevent threats. He has dedicated his career to building proactive solutions to security threats. He is an anti-hacking expert who pioneered network security solutions during the dot-com boom and mobile payment security during the rise of mobile computing. Chris is an award-winning innovator, published author, and member of the Forbes Technology Council. But above all he is an inventor dedicated to making the world a better place. Chris Co-Founded Revel systems, and from 2010-2017 he acted as the CTO. Chris developed the technology behind the company’s point-of-sale system, and left the company soon after it hit a 500 million dollar evaluation. Chris designed Athena to create a safer world - one where real threats are quickly identified and neutralized, and one in which the innocent wouldn’t be profiled as a threat without just cause. Christopher is also a certified Thermographer, the study of infrared devices and how they work and should be operated​

Honors: 

  • Risk Management Award Winner 2019

  • ISC West for Athena Threat Detection and Safety Platform 

  • Member of the Forbes Technology Council, an “invitation-only organization for world-class professionals who influence industries throughout the world”.

  •  Member of International Frozen Yogurt Association

  •  Writer for publications in the technology and marketing industries, including Payments Source, Tech Crunch, Forbes. 

  • Member of Pyrotechnic Artists of Texas, Ciabarra is a Texas state-licensed firework pyrotechnic.

Michael Green

CEO of Athena

Michael Green joined the company as President in April 2019. He spent the last three years managing a team that built Anti-Money Laundering and Know Your Customer Compliance applications for the financial services industry, to keep money out of bad peoples hands. Prior, he ran and sold a specialty distribution business. 40 Under 40 Cincinnati Business Courier.

Erica Barbanel

Director of Operations

Erica Barbanel joined Athena in May of 2020. She’s previously worked at StyleSeat, ThirdLove and Revel Systems, where she worked closely with Chris and Lisa for nearly four years. She is a board member at Debate Spaces and volunteers as a Court Appointed Special Advocate. Erica came to work for Athena because “I wanted to be a part of a mission-driven company that was doing good in the world."

Todd Owens

Head of Business Development

Todd Owens is the Security Advisor and Head of Business Development for Athena Security in Canada.  Todd joined Athena after a 30-year career as a police officer on the York Regional Police Force.  His policing career included extensive experience as both an Undercover Operative and Lead Investigator in Major Crime cases involving drugs, guns, robbery and homicide.  Using sophisticated leading-edge technology and investigative techniques, Todd led teams in suspect surveillance and evidence gathering.   Todd joined Athena Security after learning about its computer vision Gun Detection technology.  Todd’s extensive knowledge of how this system works, and how it can mitigate the risk of crimes, dovetails well with his previous policing experience, and his vision of making the world a better and safer place.

Our Advisors

Rupa Shah

Board of Advisors

Management Executive and Member of the Executive Leadership Team during her Corporate tenure. Rupa has 20+ years of global experience leading, organizing, and planning with Citigroup, AXA, Accenture, Airbus, ABB, and American Express. Rupa is an Investor in privately held Medical Device Companies: that focus on heart and orthopedic advancements.

Richard Ryan

Board of Advisors

Rich has 20 plus years of experience delivering technology solutions that solve complex problems. As a partner and senior executive at Accenture, one of the largest consulting and technology companies, Rich lead a business unit that delivered critical technology solutions as part of the transformation of the U.S. Intelligence Community in the wake of 9/11 . Rich invests in organizations that “give back” including free business mentoring and veterans appreciation/assistance.

Adrian Fenty

Board of Advisors

Rich has 20 plus years of experience delivering technology solutions that solve complex problems. As a partner and senior executive at Accenture, one of the largest consulting and technology companies, Rich lead a business unit that delivered critical technology solutions as part of the transformation of the U.S. Intelligence Community in the wake of 9/11 . Rich invests in organizations that “give back” including free business mentoring and veterans appreciation/assistance.

Cathy Lanier

Board of Advisors

Cathy Lynn Lanier is a former chief of the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia. Lanier was appointed by Washington, D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty in January 2007, replacing outgoing Police Chief Charles H. Ramsey. She is the first woman to hold the position. In May 2012, Mayor Vincent C. Gray agreed to retain Lanier as police chief under a new five-year contract. Lanier accepted a third appointment from Mayor Muriel Bowser in 2016, making her the first Chief of Police in MPD history to serve three Mayors.

Violent crime dropped 23 percent over the years Lanier was chief, and homicides plunged to a half-century low in 2012. On August 16, 2016, it was announced that Lanier had accepted a position as the Senior Vice President of Security with the National Football League. Her last day as Police Chief was September 15, 2016. Lanier was the longest serving Chief of Police in the history of the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia.

Caroline Ramsey-Hamilton

Board of Advisors

Caroline works with Schools, Hospitals, Behavioral Health, College, Universities, Academic Medical Centers, Federal, State and Local Agencies, and large private companies. She works with Law Enforcement Agencies, and is an Executive Board Member of the Palm Beach County Crime Prevention Council for the last three years. She is Certified in Homeland Security (CHS-III), Anti-Terrorism (ATAB), CMS All-Hazards Assessments. She worked with the National Institute of Justice, NSA, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to create custom assessment criteria. Caroline also audits hundreds of organizations on Physical Security, Information Security, and Facilities Security. Caroline is the publisher of numerous white papers, and has published more than 1500 RISKAlerts, and a popular speaker at security and safety events.

Chris Knecht

Director of Onboarding

Chris Knecht has over 10 years in the software as a service space and loves helping people set up systems and training them on the software. He is customer-centric and prides himself on delivering top-notch customer service. Chris joined Athena because he likes software platforms that have a true mission of helping people.

Dr. Christy Fernandez-Cull

Lidar Expert

Dr. Christy Fernandez-Cull is the CEO and founder of DaVinci Wearables. Previously she led the sensing and perception system’s teams at Waymo - formerly Google Self-Driving. She was also the Head of Sensors at Lyft Level 5 Self-Driving Division, leading sensor architecture for Lyft vehicle platforms — designing machine eyes to help transform transportation of the future. Prior to Lyft, she was a technologist at Apple spanning autonomous systems and the Camera and Depth Hardware team that released the first-of-kind Light Detection and Ranging module in the 2020 iPad. She has spanned both the development of Defense technologies at MIT Lincoln Laboratory and at-scale consumer-product technologies at Apple. She is a science advisor to multiple VCs and startups in the areas of sensors and systems for mobility applications  and autonomous vehicles. She received her MS and Ph.D. in Engineering from Duke University and MBA from MIT and enjoys mentorship and recruiting in STEM/STEAM.