IWA Planning Committee

International Whistleblower Archive Planning Committee

Don Soeken, LCSW-C, Ph.D.

Founder and President, Whistleblower Support Fund
Captain, US Public Health Service (retired)
Theology degree, Valparaiso University; MSW, Wayne State University; Ph.D., Human Development, University of Maryland.

  • Founded Integrity International/Associated Mental Health Specialties to meet the counseling needs of whistleblowers
  • Forty years of professional experience in the multidisciplinary areas of practice, research, and teaching.
  • Licensed certified Social Worker (in Maryland, the District of Columbia and West Virginia) and Diplomat of the National Association of Social Workers.
  • Lifetime Achievement Award for work with persons of integrity from the National Association of Social Workers, 1991.

Official biography for Donald Soeken

Mary Alice Baish

Assistant Public Printer, Superintendent of Documents, for the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO).

  • Oversees GPO’s Library Services & Content Management unit, Publication & Information Sales unit and the management of GPO’s Federal Digital System.
  • Responsible for guaranteeing permanent public access to Government information published by the three branches of the Federal Government.
  • Formerly, Director of Government Relations, American Association of Law Libraries.

Official biography for Mary Alice Baish

Richard AmRhein

Chief Information Officer, Valparaiso University
B.M., Eastern Illinois University; M.L.S., Rutgers University; M.A., Eastern Illinois University; M.M., Baylor University

  • Formerly Dean of Library Services, Valparaiso University
  • Member of the American Library Association
  • Member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia
  • External Panel Review member for the ALA Office for Accreditation
  • Board member, The Discovery Alliance

Scott Armstrong

Founder and Former Director, National Security Archive
Executive director of the nonprofit Information Trust

  • With Bob Woodward, co-authored the book, “The Brethren”
  • Assisted Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward in researching and writing ‘The Final Days.’
  • Member of the National FOIA Hall of Fame
  • Recipient of the American Library Association’s James Madison Award

Peter James Atherton

U.S. Navy veteran (Lieutenant).  Worked on Westinghouse Navy Nuclear Submarine Program and Shippingport Fast Breeder Reactor
B.S., Electrical Engineering; M.S., Nuclear Engineering

  • Reviewed electrical, instrumentation, control and fire protection system designs of civilian nuclear power plants for the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission and Nuclear Regulatory Commission
  • Identified potential catastrophic design problems with Maine Yankee Atomic Power Station that contributed to its permanent shutdown.

Louis A. Clark, J.D.

President of the Government Accountability Project
Bachelor’s Degree, University of Evansville; Master of Divinity, Pacific School of Religion; J.D., American University

  • Formerly Director of HALT
  • Board of Directors, HALT
  • Board of Directors, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility
  • Recipient of the Gleitsman Award for life-long commitment to positive forms of social change

Tom Devine, J.D.

Legal Director, Government Accountability Project
Phi Beta Kappa honors graduate, Georgetown University; J.D., Antioch School of Law

  • Has assisted over 5,000 whistleblowers in defending themselves against retaliation
  • A leader in campaigns to pass whistleblower protection laws, including the Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989
  • Author/co-author of “Courage Without Martyrdom,” “The Whistleblower’s Survival Guide,” law review articles, and newspaper op-eds.
  • Recipient of the “Hugh Hefner First Amendment Award” and the Fund for Constitutional Government’s “Defender of the Constitution Award.”
  • Freedom of Information Act Hall of Fame.

Ernest Fitzgerald (honorary member)

U.S. Navy veteran and Deputy for Management Systems, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Financial Management and Comptroller (retired)
B.S., Industrial Engineering, University of Alabama

  • Formerly President, Performance Technology Corp; managing associate and principal, Arthur Young and Co.; senior plant industrial engineer, Kaiser Aluminum and Chemical Corp.
  • Author of The High Priests of Waste (1972) and The Pentagonists: An Insider’s View of Waste, Mismanagement and Fraud in Defense Spending (1989)
  • Recipient of the 1967 Air Force nominee, Department of Defense
  • Distinguished Civilian Service Award, the Freedom Award and the Paul H. Douglas in Government Award
  • Testified to Congress about concealed cost overruns and technical problems of the Lockheed C-5A transport plane.
  • His case, U.S. Supreme Court case Nixon v. Fitzgerald, helped define rights of government employees.

Dr. James Murtagh, Jr.

Physician, Doctor of Pulmonology

  • Awarded three patents for DNA detection.
  • Editor, Op Ed News
  • Author of more than 40 articles published in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the New York Post, Op Ed News, Huffington Post and around the world.
  • Contributor to books on bioethics and general medicine

Ern Reynolds, J.D.

Attorney and adjunct college instructor (computer security) at the U.S. Naval Academy
B.A., University of Virginia; J.D., University of Kentucky

  • Founding trustee, Information Security Foundation
  • American Society for Cybernetics Executive Committee
  • Nominated by the Public Law Library Oversight Committee for the President’s Call to Service Award
  • Author of “Whistleblower Remedies: Counseling the Principled Dissenter”

Linda M. Lewis

Emergency planner for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (retired) and Argonne National Laboratory (1989-92)
B.S., Emergency Administration and Planning; B.S. Geosciences.
Developed national-level policies for WMD emergency response and recovery

  • Evaluated federal, state and local preparedness for nuclear, radiological and chemical emergencies
  • Conceived and was lead author of  the 1992 “Recovery Plan Workbook,” adopted by the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program
  • Opposed a nuclear safety cover-up, and warned of flawed preparedness that led to chaos and tragedy in the 9/11 attacks and Hurricane Katrina.