Phil Houston

CEO QVerity

Phil Houston is a nationally recognized authority on deception detection critical interviewing, and elicitation. His 25-year career with the Central Intelligence Agency was highlighted by his service as a senior member of the Office of Security. In that capacity he conducted thousands of interviews and interrogations for the CIA and other federal agencies, both as an investigator and as a polygraph examiner. He is credited with developing a detection of deception methodology currently employed throughout the U.S. intelligence and federal law enforcement communities. The scope of Phil’s work has covered criminal activity, personnel security, and key national security matters, including counterintelligence and counter- terrorism. The fact that many of his interviews were conducted in foreign countries, coupled with six years of residence overseas, has given him unique insight and extensive experience in dealing with foreign cultures, particularly in the Far East.

Bill Stanton, Qverity President

Bill Stanton


Bill Stanton is a widely recognized and highly respected expert in the field of safety and security. As a Private Investigator and security consultant to major television news shows, Bill has more than 35 years experience in safety, investigations and law enforcement. Bill began his career as an officer with the NYPD, but was forced to retire early after being injured in the line of duty. He transitioned quickly to the private sector, where built his reputation specializing in executive protection, as well as safety and security consulting and investigations. He joined forces with legendary former NYPD Deputy Police Commissioner Jack Maple to form Stanton and Maple Protection, Investigation, and Crisis Management. Bill’s colorful reputation, extraordinary celebrity, law enforcement and business relationships, along with his investigative work, landed him on the cover of New York Magazine. His in-depth experience, dynamic personality, and tireless commitment have established Bill as a leading spokesperson on the topics of safety and security. Bill has co-authored both fiction and non-fiction books including the novel Badge of Evil and the non-fiction guide Prepared not Scared. He has been the safety and security contributor on NBC News, The Today Show, ABC News, and Good Morning America. Bill also regularly appears on Dr. Oz, Rachel Ray, Wendy Williams and major news networks including Fox News, CNN, MSNBC and Telemundo.


Michael Swain


Michael Swain retired as a Detective 1st Grade from the NYPD after almost 21 years of service. Mike began his career with the NYPD in the South Bronx, with assignments that included street narcotics, anti-crime, and robbery investigation. Once promoted to detective, his primary investigative responsibilities were grand larceny, robbery and homicide. As a decorated detective he successfully developed and implemented methods to identify crime trends and patterns, a precursor to the NYPD’s vaunted COMPSTAT process to track crime. His special assignments included dignitary protection of foreign heads of state visiting the United Nations. After retiring from the NYPD, Mike became a licensed Private Investigator and started his own company. An experienced law enforcement professional, Mike specializes in criminal and civil investigations, safety and security consulting, and litigation support. He has provided security, background checks and investigative work for Fortune 500 companies, and investigated thousands of mortgage frauds during the financial crisis from 2007-2010. Mike is currently responsible for safety consulting operations at a 6,000-person multi-use venue in New York. He manages a team of former NYPD and FDNY personnel that provide safety consulting services at that location. He also provides oversight and training to hundreds of security guards that have been contracted to the venue. Mike maintains a wide array of contacts in local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies as well as with private investigative and security firms. He has a B.S. from John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

Director of Cyber Security

With over 20 years of cyber security experience, this individual prefers to remain mostly anonymous. He has defended multiple clients from hundreds of DDOS (distributed denial of service) attacks. These included several of the largest attacks ever recorded. Web related specialties include disaster recovery strategies, implementation, monitoring, and execution. Additionally, he is an industry expert in hacker and ransomware prevention, investigation, and data recovery. For individuals he provides a comprehensive range of personal services addressing internet behavior guidelines, phones, computers, and best practices for protecting passwords and personal data. For home and office, he provides best practices and strategies for protecting the privacy of individuals, families, co-workers, and employees. He can quickly engage and manage multiple third-party industry experts to address any and all issues arising from an attack or security breach.

Director of Investigations

Terry Rankhorn

Director of Investigations

Terry Rankhorn spent 29 years in his career of public service in both the U.S. Navy and the FBI. His career in the FBI focused on cybercrime investigations, undercover operations, and surreptitious entry missions. Mr. Rankhorn was a pioneer at creating innovative new techniques to pursue cybercriminals and was one of the first to utilize the undercover technique against criminals engaged in online computer hacking and fraud. His forward thinking and novel approaches to investigations allowed him to forge partnerships with the security services of foreign countries such as Germany, the UK, Colombia, and Algeria. His technical acumen allowed him to act as an ambassador to major technical companies and foster cooperation on investigations while protecting the privacy of citizens.


Ira Rosen


For nearly twenty-five years, IRA ROSEN has produced some of the most memorable, important, and groundbreaking stories for 60 Minutes. A former Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, Rosen was a senior producer of Primetime Live with Diane Sawyer. Rosen has won 24 National Emmys, four duPont Awards, two RFK Awards, and two Peabodys for his work. He is the co-author of The Warning: Accident at Three Mile Island.


Monika Krauze Metzger

VP of Business Development

Monika Krauze Metzger joined QVerity Secure in 2023, bringing 17 years of experience working in the securities industry. Monika spent most of her career at Morgan Stanley, where she held a variety of roles, focusing primarily on product and service distribution and business development. She has extensive experience designing custom products for institutional clients, including domestic and international banks, hedge funds, assets managers, insurance companies and ultra-high net worth individuals as well as family offices. In addition, with her solution-based approach, Monika liaised with various divisions within Morgan Stanley, including Investment Banking and Wealth Management, to bring a comprehensive product and service offering to the firm’s institutional and private clients. She is excited to bring QVerity’s unique capabilities and services to prospective clients.

Monika holds B.A in Economics from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota.


Lynn Smith

Qverity Media Strategist

Lynn Smith advises high-net worth individuals and Fortune 200 businesses on how to communicate effectively in the media.

Previously, she spent 15 years as a news anchor at TODAY Show, NBC News, MSNBC, and CNN Headline News.

In 2021, Smith left TV News to launch her company Rylan Media, which takes her media insight and expertise to tackle corporate and individuals greatest branding and communications challenges. Whether it’s crisis management or proactive messaging, Smith gives leaders control of their digital footprint for better SEO and results.


Dr. Darrin K. Porcher Ed. D.

Senior Consultant /Investigator

ARMY veteran, NYPD veteran Teacher, Investigator, Consultant Television Commentator and so much more.

Dr. Darrin Porcher has proudly served his country both domestically and abroad. After retiring from an illustrious career in NYPD as a Lieutenant. He then proceeded to earn his Doctorate Degree from Fordham University.
From there he excelled in the private sector. Consulting in the Safety and Security arena for major corporations, schools, and police departments across the country.

If his name and face seem familiar to you. It’s because Dr. Porcher has been the preeminent go-to Criminal Justice on-air expert for virtually all the major news and cable networks for a number of years. Appearing on CBS, ABC, FOX NEWS, CNN, and Wendy Williams to name a few

A sample of Dr. Porchers strengths are listed below:

  • Expert in implementing counterterrorism strategies and conducting homeland security needs assessment evaluations based on prior military training
  • Capable of creating and implementing public policy and managing a municipal budget based on MPA and current Doctoral Studies program
  • Expert in identifying violence in public high schools based on dissertation research
  • Able to manage community and police relations based on years of experience within the Community Affairs Bureau of the New York City Police Department
  • Public speaking ability based on experience within the Community Affairs Bureau and as an Adjunct Professor, Monroe College, Fairleigh Dickinson University, and Pace University.
  • Internal Investigator and Supervisor based on experience within the NYPD Internal Affairs Bureau
  • Expert in 21st Century Policing and deployment of police personnel. Able to assist communities and law enforcement agencies to strengthen trust while maintaining a semiotic relationship and simultaneously reducing crime
  • Police Procedural and use of force expert with national trial experience and numerous court deposition appearances as a subject-matter expert

Kenneth E. Balkin Esq.

In-House Counsel

Kenneth Belkin, who primarily practices law in New York, was selected to Rising Stars for 2019 – 2022. This peer designation is awarded only to a select number of accomplished attorneys in each state. The Rising Stars selection process takes into account peer recognition, professional achievement in legal practice, and other cogent factors.

Ken is a regular go-to attorney for many media outlets, including the FOX NEWS CHANNEL and the Law and Crime Network for his legal expertise.