MONTEREY, Calif. – Liane Jollon, Executive Director of San Juan Basin Public Health, completed a Master of Arts Degree in Security Studies at the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS) on March 29.

Jollon joined San Juan Basin Public Health as a clinic nurse in 2010 and was named the Executive Director in August 2013. A native New Yorker with a B.A. in history and sociology from Columbia University, Liane has almost twenty years of experience in local and statewide non-profits and government roles in Colorado. Her experiences range from delivering direct services to board positions and leadership roles with an emphasis on improving health of women and families including public health, access to healthcare, housing, violence prevention, and economic development.

During the 18-month online and in-residence program, Jollon collaborated with homeland security officials from across the nation on current policy, strategy and organizational design challenges. Her thesis is, “Emergency Management’s Approach to Individuals Experiencing Homelessness: Equality or Equity?”

Twenty-nine CHDS students participated in the graduation ceremony. They represent a snapshot of the homeland security enterprise, including professionals from the fields of emergency management, education, law enforcement, fire service, homeland security, public health, and city/county government.

Located at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), CHDS is the nation’s homeland security educator. Master’s degree students develop critical thinking, leadership and policy skills during a rigorous 18-month program. Each graduate completes a thesis on a current issue facing his/her jurisdiction. These theses often translate into policy and practice. The CHDS is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), National Preparedness Directorate, within the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). For information, visit www.chds.us.

ABOUT NPS: The mission of the Naval Postgraduate School is to provide unique advanced education and research programs in order to increase the combat effectiveness of the U.S. and Allied armed forces as well as enhance the security of the United States. For information, visit www.nps.edu.