Professional Background

  • Co-host, Vernuccio-Novak Report syndicated radio show and American Political Zone TV
  • Founder and former president, cross-cross-cultural communications training company
  • University faculty, taught courses in national security, terrorism, and political science
  • Manager, technology risk practice for an IT consulting firm
  • Presidential Appointee, U.S. State Department specializing in crisis management and China
  • Volunteer with veteran groups, children’s orchestra, Madison Republican Town Committee
  • Volunteer firefighter and EMT and served on local fire department board of directors
  • Contributing writer to Encyclopedia on World Terrorism, foreign affairs issues, and education

Major Leadership Awards

  • Superior Honor Award from former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for “involvement in saving lives in Haiti”
  • Meritorious Honor Award from former US Undersecretary of State for “core leadership” on China issues
  • Meritorious Honor Award from former U.S. Secretary of State for “substantive contributions to the U.S.-China Joint Communiqué”


  • MA – University of Southern California
  • BA – University of Wyoming
  • Institute for Comparative Economic and Political Systems – Georgetown University
  • Mandarin Chinese Certification – US Foreign Service Institute
  • Certified Firefighter (Levels I, II, III and EMT-A) – Commonwealth of Virginia