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Honor Whistleblowers on National Whistleblower Day 2019

July 30, 2019 marks the 241st anniversary of the U.S. Continental Congress passing America's first whistleblower law during the height of the American Revolution 1778. National Whistleblower Center celebrates this day with an annual celebration to honor and celebrate the great contributions of whistleblowers. Below is a listing of the whistleblowers who will be in attendance at this year's event that have chosen to be publicly recognized. The information below was submitted by the whistleblowers. If you have questions about the information provided, please contact the whistleblower directly.

Jane Turner

Jane Turner was a highly decorated, 25-year veteran Special Agent with the FBI. She served in the most difficult investigatory positions and was the first women named as the head of an FBI resident agency. She led the FBI’s highly successful programs combating crimes against women and child sex crime victims on North Dakota Indian […]

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Constance Andresen

Ms. Andresen blew the whistle on judicial corruption.         Disclaimer: The purpose of this page is to honor individuals who wish to be recognized as whistleblowers in commemoration of National Whistleblower Day. The individual listed submitted information used for this page. If you have a question about the information contained on this […]

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Harry Barkо

Harry “Hap” Barko, Jr., a former contract administrator for KBR in Iraq, discovered that Halliburton/KBR and other contractors inflated the costs of construction services on military bases in Iraq. Mr. Barko, who was stationed at Camp Al Asad, discovered that KBR used a subcontract procedure which vastly inflated the costs of constructing laundry facilities and […]

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Lisa Belanger

Lisa Belanger exposed the exploitation of elders and other handicapped adults via the Massachusetts Probate and Family Courts, which included wrongdoing by private attorneys, court-appointed attorneys, fiduciaries, and judges. In retaliation for blowing the whistle, attorneys involved in the wrongdoing filed bar charges against Belanger in an attempt to strip her of  her license to […]

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Yolanda Bell

Yolanda Bell was a program analyst with the Defense Logistics Agency and reported fraud by a government contractor. In retaliation for blowing the whistle, she was forced into retirement. Yolanda Bell also exposed guardianship abuse and the medical kidnapping of her sister Anastasia. Learn More: Anastasia’s Voice The Abduction of Anastasia Adams Disclaimer: The purpose […]

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Bradley Birkenfeld

Bradley Birkenfeld is a former international banker and wealth manager with UBS. In 2012, Mr. Birkenfeld made history when he obtained the largest whistleblower reward ever given to an individual whistleblower in the twenty-five year history of federal qui tam or whistleblower reward laws, for reporting IRS Tax Fraud. The award was obtained by attorneys from the law firm […]

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James Bobreski

James J. Bobreski was a process control technician working as a contractor at the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority’s Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater treatment plant. In 1999, he raised concerns about faulty chlorine gas alarms and the unlawful storage of over 100 tons of liquid chlorine. Mr. Bobreski observed that alarms to detect […]

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James DeNofrio

An employee at the Altoona Veteran’s Administration Medical Center, James DeNofrio blew the whistle on threats to patient care. As a result, many VA regulations, policies and practices have been changed to prevent these threats. DeNofrio currently has a whistleblower retaliation case pending before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Read: VA Regional […]

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Carrie Devorah

Carrie Devorah blew the whistle on fraud, abuse of power, and corruption inside the Security and Exchange Commission regarding fiduciary failure within the agency and the network of related self-regulatory agencies and charities.  Public Customers Hit With Attorneys Fees In Arbitration.   Disclaimer: The purpose of this page is to honor individuals who wish to […]

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Caroline Douglas, J.D.

Twenty years ago, former attorney and television host Caroline Douglas blew the whistle on judicial corruption in New Hampshire. She reported top members of the state court to the FBI and other law and government officials alleging judges were altering court and appeal outcomes as insider-favors for high ranking insiders. She suffered retaliation, including 22 professional conduct complaints, […]

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Dr. Matthew Fogg

In 1998, Dr. Matthew Fogg, Chief Inspector U.S. Marshal, retired, won a landmark $4-million jury award, promotion to Chief Deputy US Marshal, and a finding that the US Marshals Service nationwide was operating a racially hostile environment for all African American Deputy US Marshals. Currently, he is the complainant in a class action lawsuit against […]

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Felipe Franchini

Mr. Franchini blew the whistle on Nuclear Safety violations and whistleblower retaliation at Argonne National Laboratory. The ARB found that taping workplace conversations is protected activity. Learn More: Franchini v. Argonne National Laboratory     Disclaimer: The purpose of this page is to honor individuals who wish to be recognized as whistleblowers in commemoration of […]

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Jacqueline Garrick

Jacqueline Garrick blew the whistle on fraud, waste and abuse at the Department of Defense.  Garrick founded Whistleblowers of America, to support whistleblowers who have stepped forward against corruption and have suffered due to the psychosocial impact of workplace traumatic stress associated with retaliation, harassment and discrimination.     Disclaimer: The purpose of this page is […]

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Deirdre Gilbert

Deirdre Gilbert, the founder of the National Medical Malpractice Advocacy Association, lost her daughter to medical negligence. NMMAA, a non-partisan educational organization, promotes transparency, integrity, and accountability in the medical profession. NMMAA advocates high standards of ethics and morality, ensuring non-abuse of powers entrusted to the medical profession by the American people. Gilbert was instrumental […]

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Ross Greene, Ph.D.

Ross Greene, Ph.D., is the founding director of the non-profit Lives in the Balance. Lives in the Balance works to heighten awareness of the obsolete, counterproductive treatment of many behaviorally challenged kids. It also works to take action when schools and facilities treat kids in ways that are punitive, adversarial, and counterproductive; and provide consultation […]

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Tanya Hathaway

Tanya Hathaway blew the whistle on public corruption in the State of Oklahoma involving wrongful convictions and excessive sentencing. Learn More: Journey to justice   Disclaimer: The purpose of this page is to honor individuals who wish to be recognized as whistleblowers in commemoration of National Whistleblower Day. The individual listed submitted information used for […]

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Kiki Ikossi

Navy Research Lab whistleblower Kiki Ikossi won the right for federal employees to pursue “mixed case” whistleblowers claims under the Whistleblower Protection Act. Ikossi v. England, 406 F. Supp. 2d 23. (D.D.C. 2005). This decision, together with two prior Court of Appeals decisions, Butler v. West and Evano v. Reno, form a trilogy of cases that produce a roadmap that […]

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Darin Jones

FBI Whistleblower Darin A. Jones exposed fraud, waste, and abuse at the FBI.  Jones reported violations of procurement laws and regulations, including an unlawfully awarded $40 million task order. Jones alleged that the FBI’s Assistant Director of the Information and Technology Branch, who assisted in the development of the task order, retired and immediately went […]

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Ronald Kavanagh

Former Federal Drug Administration (FDA) reviewer Ron Kavanagh was fired in 2008 after threatening to blow the whistle on the agency’s 2003 approval of PB, a drug used as a preventative measure against deadly soman nerve gas, and after reporting falsified FDA reviews for antipsychotic drugs. Dr. Kavanagh has been an outspoken advocate against administering PB […]

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Michael Kirwan

Michael Kirwan reported public corruption and suffered retaliation.   Disclaimer: The purpose of this page is to honor individuals who wish to be recognized as whistleblowers in commemoration of National Whistleblower Day. The individual listed submitted information used for this page. If you have a question about the information contained on this page, please contact […]

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Robert Kobus

FBI Operations Manager Robert Kobus had been a loyal and dedicated FBI employee for more than 34 years. Mr. Kobus is also a 9/11 family member having lost his only sibling, Deborah Kobus, that day. He has received nominations for the FBI Directors and Federal Executive Board Outstanding Supervisor of the Year awards and numerous […]

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Andrew Kreig

Andrew Kreig was a reporter for the Harford Courant, a Times Mirror company, for 14 years. In 1987 he published a case study that documented how New England’s second largest newspaper was inflating or suppressing major news stories, including some that had won major journalism awards. He later published “Spiked: How Chain Management Corrupted America’s […]

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Robert J. MacLean

Robert MacLean is a former federal air marshal. In July 2003, air marshals received an advisory from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) of an imminent Al Qaeda plot targeting long-distance flights. DHS announced two days later that the use of air-marshals on long-distance flights, requiring marshals to stay overnight in hotels, would be eliminated […]

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Michael McCray, Esq. CPA (inactive)

Michael McCray blew the whistle on $40 million of waste, fraud and abuse during the Clinton Administration at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He subsequently engaged in judicial reform efforts by filing a judicial complaint that contributed to the early of retirement of disgraced Federal District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson (U.S. vs. Microsoft); and he […]

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Daniel P. Meyer

Daniel P. Meyer is a three-time whistleblower who most recently served as the Executive Director for Intelligence Community Whistleblowing & Source Protection, specializing in national security whistleblower cases. He was removed from his position in March of 2018, a decision that has come under sharp review by Members of Congress. Mr. Meyer is also a […]

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Charles Middleton

Charles Middleton, a former senior tax executive at General Electric, Caterpillar, Walmart Inc. and Oxbow Carbon LLC, filed allegations that one or more of his former employers engaged in improper practices that resulted in the underpayment of tax. He alleges that in retaliation for filing his complaints with the IRS he was fired and is now […]

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Kelly Miller

Kelly Miller blew the whistle on fraud, corruption, misuse of power in law enforcement and government agencies which resulted in retaliation against her. Ms. Miller took her fight from the eastern Kentucky Coal Mountains to the nation’s capital in Washington DC. where she currently has litigation in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of […]

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Agnes Mina

Agnes Mina is a healthcare whistleblower who reported wrongdoing, fraud, waste, and abuse by hospital staff, including doctors. Ms. Mina alleged that the conduct of hospital staff endangered patient safety and that a patent died. In retaliation for her allegations, Mina was terminated and denied unemployment benefits after the hospital claimed she abandoned her job. […]

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Arlene Mullin

Arlene Mullin is a patient advocate with 20 years of experience guiding patients and their families through all aspects of End-Stage Renal Disease treatments. Mullin has served patients in a majority of states, engaging both Medicare and state health authorities towards resolution of quality care issues at clinics. She was instrumental in getting the hearings on aging […]

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Irene Parker

Irene Parker was a victim of Timeshare Fraud in 2015.  The company offered a refund when Parker challenged its deceptive practices, but only on the condition that she sign a Non-disclosure agreement.  Instead, Parker became an advocate to expose and reduce timeshare fraud and to assist other victims.  Her organization, Timeshare Advocacy Group, worked to […]

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Nancy Paul

Nancy Paul, blew the whistle on the lack of access for high-risk kidney patients to outpatient dialysis clinics. Since the death of her mother, who was denied entrance to every dialysis outpatient clinic in Indiana, Paul has become a patient advocate. She has met with several lawmakers about the issue of high-risk patients being denied […]

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Gretchen Peters

Gretchen Peters  is the founder and executive director of the Alliance to Counter Crime Online which is fighting to push organized criminal activity off social media platforms. This organization has blown the whistle on the astonishing array of organized crime and terrorist activity on Facebook. Learn more: Time to Clean Up Facebook’s Dark Side   […]

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Jason Piccolo

Jason Piccolo is a Department of Homeland Security whistleblower. He blew the whistle in 2015 on the review practices for potential sponsors of unaccompanied alien children.  Some children were being placed with sponsors with violent criminal histories. Senator Chuck Grassley sent a letter to DHS regarding Piccolo’s allegations. Piccolo’s efforts caused DHS to make changes to its […]

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Wendell Potter

Mr. Potter blew the whistle on the health insurance industry. He gave testimony before Congress regarding the health insurances industry’s role in the rising costs of health care and the growing number of uninsured and under-insured Americans. Potter’s testimony resulted in major reforms that were included in the Affordable Care Act. Learn More: The Making […]

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Marcel Reid

Marcel Reid’s whistleblowing forced ACORN to stop misusing public funds and return to their core decentralized mission. Afterwards, she went on to join the National Board of Directors of Pacifica Radio and have Pacifica become the first national media organization to vote to support whistleblowers. Reid also became the first Whistleblower Liaison in Major Media. […]

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Michael Sandknop

Michael Sandknop was a Defense Contractor Employee who reported fraud, waste and abuse of power while working at the Missouri National Guard. He was fired the same week he blew the whistle. The DOD Office of Inspector General released a repoort on June 6, 2017, in which it concluded that his employer, BPSI, had fired him for making protected […]

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Gerald Smith

Gerald Smith filed complaints against the U.S. Air Force Investigator General’s office alleging destruction of evidence, false statements, improper mental health referrals, and numerous adverse actions against him resulting in his non-promotion. Smith appealed to the Air Force Medical Board who found that he had received a false diagnosis and was returned to active duty. He […]

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Paulette Taylor

Paulette Taylor was part of a class action lawsuit claiming discrimination on the basis race and gender at the Social Security Administration. On June 26, 2010, after 19 years of litigation and appeals the Office of Federal Operation, upheld the ALJ’s decision.   The class prevailed in showing class-wide discrimination against non-supervisory African-American GS-11 female employees […]

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Russell Tice

Russell D. Tice is a former intelligence analyst and operations officer for the U.S. Air Force, Navy Intelligence’s Naval Security Group (NSG), Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), and National Security Agency (NSA). During his nearly 20-year career with various United States government agencies, he conducted many worldwide intelligence missions to include missions related to the Kosovo […]

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Frank Vetro

Frank Vetro blew the whistle on corrupt school district hiring practices, and corruption in the Suffolk County Police Dept. and District Attorney’s Office. Arrested in 2006, for crimes he says he didn’t commit, he lost his job, and the school district refused to reinstate him after he cleared his name. His lawsuit against the Suffolk […]

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Tanya Ward Jordan

Tanya Ward Jordan blew the whistle on gross mismanagement, violation of civil rights laws, abuse of authority and flaws in the Department of Commerce’s application of a personnel pay system in the late 1990’s. As a result of her whistleblowing modifications to the personnel pay system were made; a workforce culture survey was conducted; and […]

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David P. Weber

David P. Weber, a former assistant inspector general for investigations at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and a certified fraud examiner, was fired October 2012.  He alleged in a lawsuit that the firing was done in retaliation for disclosing possible computer security breaches, and misconduct at the agency to superiors and members of U.S. […]

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Dr. Aaron Westrick

Dr. Aaron Westrick was the research director for America’s largest body armor company – Second Chance Body Armor – and was the first official to oppose the sale of bulletproof vests made with Zylon fiber. Based on his disclosures, these defective vests were forced off the market and police officer’s lives were saved. Dr. Westrick […]

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Sheila White

In 1999 Sheila White challenged her employer, Burlington Northern & Santa Fe (BNSF), a giant in the railway transportation industry, by filing charges of discrimination, sexual harassment and retaliation in the workplace against BNSF in the Western Tennessee. District Court (White v. Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Railway). The U.S. Supreme Court issued its unanimous […]

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Walter Wenger

Walter Wenger blew the whistle on abuse and neglect at state-regulated facilities for the disabled in New York. After Mr. Wenger’s disabled son was found to have maggots crawling around his breathing tube in a state-owned group home, he enlisted the assistance of state lawmakers to request the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services […]

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Terry Williams

Terry Williams discovered a racketeering enterprise operating through both the civil and family courts in Las Vegas. The enterprise targeted the elderly, disabled, estate assets, and families under the guise of legitimate guardianship and probate proceedings. Ms. Williams regularly engages in a growing movement to protect our most vulnerable, their families, generational, and legacy wealth. […]

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Rebecca Wright

Rebecca Wright blew the whistle on professional guardianship abuse in Virginia. A court-appointed guardian forcibly moved Wright’s mother to a nursing home in Florida and approved the sale of her home.  This action separated Edith from her husband Eddie. Wright was able to bring national attention to this issue, which resulted in the documentary, “Edith+Eddie.”  […]

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Kimberly Young-McLear, Ph.D.

Kimberly Young-McLear, Ph.D. exposed gross misuse of power in how the Coast Guard handled bullying, harassment, and discrimination allegations. An investigation by the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General substantiated that she had been retaliated against for her whistleblowing activity.  As a result of her whistleblowing, investigative loopholes for these types of claims […]

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