Our Team

Lisa Falzone

Co-Founder and CEO

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 $200m working with top tier venture capitalists and private equity firms, and has received numerous government grants based on her track record of high-growth leadership. When she started a family, she knew that she had to do something to reverse the growth in school shootings. She founded Athena so that her daughter could grow up in a safer world.


  • 2017: Named by Business Insider as one of “The 21 Hottest Women-Founded Startups to Watch in 2017".
  • 2016: Named to 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, Named by Business Journal to the 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. From 2010 – 2017 he co-founded and was the CTO of Revel Systems. Chris developed the technology behind the company’s point-of-sale system. Chris designed Athena to create a safer world. One where real threats are quickly identified and neutralized, and where the innocent wouldn't be profiled as a threat without just cause.


  • Member of the Forbes Technology Council, an “invitation only organization for world-class professionals who influence industries throughout the world.
  • Writer for publications in the technology and marketing industries, including Payments Source, Tech Crunch, Forbes.

Michael Green

President 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.

Fred Ware

Senior Engineer

Dr. Ware is a research and development engineer in computer vision with a current emphasis in object detection and tracking, data analytics, and data compression. He holds a PhD in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University, where he concentrated on error resilient image and video compression techniques, a MS degree in electrical engineering from University of California at Los Angeles, and a BS degree in electrical engineering from Howard University. He now focuses on developing artificial intelligence based services that employ modern computer vision technology such as deep learning. He has worked in multimedia technology for 18 years doing research and development for companies such as Nokia, Cisco Systems, and Raytheon, as well as collaborated on several research projects with professors and students at the University of Texas at Dallas and University of Texas at Austin. He has worked on a variety of software image and video system solutions on embedded hardware platforms, and has helped design innovation for stereoscopic 3D cameras. His current interests include video analytics, neural networks, and automated software tools.

Todd Owens

Co-head of Business Development 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.

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


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.

Martin O'Malley


Mayor of Baltimore 1999-2007
Governor of Maryland 2007-2015
Martin O'Malley served as the chair of the Democratic Governors Association from 2011 to 2013, while being governor of Maryland. Following his departure from public office in early 2015, he was appointed to The Johns Hopkins University's Carey Business School as a visiting professor focusing on government, business and urban issues.

Adrian Fenty


Mayor of DC 2007-2011
Special advisor to the venture capital firm, Andreessen Horowitz and a member of the business development team at the law firm Perkins Coie. Fenty has held advisory and business development roles with Rosetta Stone, Everfi and CapGemini. He also serves on the Board of Directors at two nonprofits: Genesys Works-Bay Area and Fight for Children.

Cathy Lanier


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.

Paul Marshall


Paul Marshall has of over 25+ years of insurance and risk management expertise and is responsible for the formation, growth, profitability and overall strategy, of McGowan Active Shooter / Workplace Violence Programs. Since the program’s inception in 2016 he has insured over 1,000 businesses, organizations and events throughout the Unites States and was recently presented with Insurance Business America’s Top Influencer / Innovator / Game-Changer Award. Over the last 25 years, Marshall has had direct experience in retail agency sales, program management, underwriting and claims. He has authored various articles and frequently presents at industry conferences.
McGowan Program Administrators (MPA) is one of America’s leading writer of innovative insurance programs. MPA is a Managing General Underwriter and Program Manager. MPA designs, administers and markets highly-specialized programs of insurance. They are offered on “A” Rated, paper and are available in all 50 states.