Founder & CEO
Doug Kouns – Founder and CEO of Veracity
Doug Kouns founded Veracity IIR with a vision of bringing the most experienced and accomplished law enforcement professionals, intelligence analysts and business people together to provide real solutions to real problems.
Kouns is a former Special Agent and Supervisory Special Agent of the FBI. For more than 22 years he served the Bureau in the field and at FBI Headquarters while conducting or overseeing criminal, counter-terrorism and counter-intelligence investigations.
He began his career with the FBI in the Sioux Falls, South Dakota Resident Agency conducting general criminal investigations. After the tragic events of September 11, he was assigned as the primary counter-terrorism investigator and became one of the first designated Weapons of Mass Destruction Coordinators. He led a task force with state, local and other federal law enforcement to address the emerging counter-terrorism threat.
Kouns was later promoted to the role of Supervisor in the Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate (WMDD), where he was responsible for overseeing field programs related to the elimination and investigation of threats regarding WMD. He worked with federal, state and local agencies as well as international law enforcement and intelligence agencies to mitigate this threat.
Kouns returned to his home division to lead the Indianapolis Field Intelligence Group. The “FIG” consisted of FBI Special Agent intelligence collectors and analysts that worked to fill collection gaps in counter-terrorism, counter-intelligence and high priority criminal investigations. He later served as the first Team Leader and operator of the newly established Indianapolis Special Operations Group which engaged in covert missions and surveillance to support high priority investigations nationwide.
Over his career, Mr. Kouns has obtained specialized training in interview/interrogation, evidence collection, human intelligence operations, advanced investigative techniques, surveillance, photography, tactical operations and more.
Mr. Kouns is a 1991 graduate of Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana, where he received Bachelor of Science degrees in Chemistry and Education. In 2012, he received a Master of Business Administration degree from Grantham University with distinction. He is also a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE).
He was featured in the book FBI Agent and the Journal of Chemical Education. He is a 1st degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do.
Kathy Guider is the Vice President of Veracity
Kathy Guider leads the Training Division and coordinates the training programs provided by Veracity IIR. She also oversees investigations, human resources and most administrative functions.
Guider is a former Special Agent and Supervisory Special Agent of the FBI. For more than 23 years, she served in the Indianapolis Division where she conducted drug, terrorism and white collar crime investigations. Guider also served as an operator with the Indianapolis Special Operations Group and later became the Team Leader which engaged in covert missions and surveillance to support high priority investigations nationwide.
She was the Supervisor of the Indianapolis Human Intelligence (HUMiNT) squad responsible for developing human intelligence sources to fill collection gaps regarding counter-terrorism, counter-intelligence and high priority criminal matters. She retired as both the Indianapolis Division’s Office of Private Sector Coordinator and InfraGard Coordinator which serve as a bridge between the Bureau and local industry to facilitate cooperation, communication, and education regarding a variety of potential threats to their respective industries.
Guider is a Certified Police Instructor. She teaches courses in many areas including Interview and Interrogation, Instructor Development, Hate Crimes, Insider Threat and Statement Analysis locally, nationally and abroad. She has been a member of the FBI’s Evidence Response Team (ERT) for the past 20 years.
Guider is a 1986 graduate of Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, Kentucky, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Police Administration, and in 1991, received a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice. She spent nine years with the Lexington Kentucky Police Department achieving the rank of Sergeant prior to leaving to pursue aspirations at the federal level of law enforcement.
Director - Fraud Division
Lori Achilles is the Director of the Fraud Division of Veracity, working from the Chicago area satellite office.
Achilles is a former Special Agent of the FBI specializing in White Collar Crime working in both the Indianapolis and New York City divisions of the FBI for more than 7 years. While in Indianapolis, she worked on the White Collar Squad investigating corporate fraud, investment schemes, health care fraud, and mortgage fraud. She was also a member of the Bank Fraud Working Group which involved coordinating with other law enforcement and regulatory agencies to discuss trends, potential frauds and weaknesses within the banking industry.
In New York, Achilles worked on the Securities Fraud squad as the lead case agent on the Wextrust Capital case, a $255 million Ponzi scheme. She was also a team member of the Madoff case.
Prior to the FBI, Mrs. Achilles spent seven years auditing, consulting, and investigating within the securities and banking industries. She gained valuable experience as a regulatory auditor at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, working in accounting at Citadel Investment Group. She also worked as Senior Internal Auditor at ABN AMRO on the investment side of the bank. After leaving the Bureau to raise her family, she returned to the Chicago area where she has spent the last few years volunteering as Treasurer of two different local not-for-profit organizations.
Achilles is a 1997 graduate of the University of Illinois where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accountancy. She also has her Certified Public Accounting (CPA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), and Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) certifications.
Jillian Dardani formerly of the Central Intelligence Agency is the Senior Intelligence Analyst for Veracity IIR.
Dardani is a former Intelligence Analyst and Senior Representative of the National Counter-terrorism Center, working in both Washington DC and Chicago, IL for over eight years. While in DC, she specialized in Al-Qaeda plotting against the US and homegrown violent extremists. She was the lead analyst on several high profile counter-terrorism investigations, including the aftermath of the Usama Bin Ladin operation, and was personally invited to meet with former President Obama as a result of her analytic expertise.
Dardani completed a rotation as daily intelligence briefer to the Deputy Assistant to the President for Counter-terrorism at the White House, and regularly provided intelligence briefings to the former Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano.
In Chicago, Dardani was the sole NCTC official representing a 12-state region, where she coordinated with federal, state, and local law enforcement and intelligence agencies. She sat with FBI Chicago’s Joint Terrorism Task Force and contributed to local investigations.
She was trained in intelligence analysis by the Central Intelligence Agency. In addition to her role as Senior Intelligence Analyst for Veracity IIR, Dardani continues to teach graduate-level intelligence and terrorism courses at the University of Colorado in Denver, where she lives with her family. She is a 2006 graduate of the University of Denver, where she received her Master of Arts degree in International Relations, and a 2004 graduate of the University of Colorado Boulder, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in History.
Veracity IIR was founded by former FBI Agents with over 20 years of experience in conducting investigations and intelligence collection. Veracity IIR only employs the most highly experienced and accomplished former Federal Agents, law enforcement officers, intelligence community professionals, technical specialists and analytic personnel who are recognized experts and leaders in their fields in order to provide the highest quality products.
Our staff leverages all of the tools available from simple to highly sophisticated in order to collect information in the most efficient and effective manner. In addition to the expertise of our employees, we have a vast international network of elite professionals who assist us in providing a comprehensive solution to your needs no matter where it may lead us.
Our primary core values are uncompromising personal and institutional integrity. As indicated in our name, our goal is to find the honest and accurate truth while uncovering the facts surrounding any situation. We conduct investigations and collect intelligence to provide you with the unbiased information you need to make the right decisions.
Veracity IIR’s founders have dedicated their professional lives to public service. As former FBI Agents, we took the oath that includes the promise to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” After over two decades of serving our great nation, we are continuing forward in this spirit in the private sector where we have identified a large and growing threat.
Doing business in today’s world is like walking through a minefield. One wrong step by you or those you employ can destroy everything you’ve built. Veracity IIR was created to help people safely and confidently navigate through the minefield. We know how to gather the information to help you make the right decisions.