School of Business alumni honored as one of 20 Prominent Patriots each year epitomize The Mason Graduate as engaged citizens and well-rounded scholars who are prepared to act.
Peer-nominated and peer-selected, the 20 Prominent Patriots represent School of Business alumni as the very best in demonstrating citizenship, scholarship, and leadership in their daily lives.
The awardees will be formally recognized at the 2015 Business Alumni Celebration.
Class of 2015
Anne K. Altman
BS Marketing '82
General Manager, US Federal and Government Industry, IBM
Anne Altman is the general manager at IBM U.S. Federal Government and Industries. With a strong foundation in technology delivery, Altman has leveraged her skills as a transformational leader for three-decades at IBM. Her work has been featured in many leading publications with contributions to key government-related review boards for organizations such as the National Academy of Public Administration, the National Science Academy and the Private Sector Council. Aside from her professional work, Altman is committed to community service and serves on the Executive Committees of the Professional Services Council, Northern Virginia Technology Council, National Symphony Orchestra, and National Kidney Foundation, and George Mason University’s School of Business.
Stephanie (Patton) Burch
BS Accounting '91
CFO, The Signature Group, Inc.
Stephanie Burch is currently the CFO at The Signature Group, Inc. in Tyson’s Corner. After serving several years in public accounting at Arthur Andersen and Co., Burch moved into her career of providing executive level finance and accounting to various reputable companies within the Washington, D.C., region. She focuses primarily on small mid-size service industry companies. Outside of her professional endeavors, Burch contributes her time to community service and her family.
Jeanine M. Callahan
MS Technology Management '98
Chief Growth Officer, Eagle Ray, Inc.
Jeanine Callahan serves as the chief growth officer at Eagle Ray Inc. overseeing the execution of its enterprise growth agenda and related plans and priorities for successful expansion of its presence within current and prospective client agencies. Callahan previously served as Eagle Ray’s Chief Marketing and Customer Development Officer and Account Executive for the Defense Intelligence Agency. She co-chairs the Intelligence and National Security Alliance MARCOM committee and is a member of the Women in Business Consortium. Callahan holds ISO9000 Lead Auditor, Project Management Professional, Amazon Web Services Business Professional and Scaled Agile Framework Agilist. She also is a member of the Leadership Fairfax Class of 1999.
BS Decision Science and Management Information Systems and Accounting ’96
CEO, AnyPresence, Inc.
Anirban Chakrabarti, also known as AC, is co-founder and CEO of AnyPresence Inc., a venture backed digital transformation software platform company. Chakrabarti is a serial software entrepreneur and an expert at building and exiting venture backed companies. Prior to AnyPresence, he was co-founder and president of Clear Standards, Inc., an executive at Siebel Systems, Inc. and a management consultant at Pricewaterhouse Coopers.
B. Todd Dempsey
BS Management '83
COO & EVP, First Virginia Community Bank
Todd Dempsey currently serves as the Executive Vice President and COO of First Virginia Community Bank. He oversees and manages the strategic and tactical support structure of a dynamic community bank. Aside from his professional career, Dempsey is a member of McLean Rotary Club and the Business Finance Group. Dempsey currently serves on the Fairfax County Selection Advisory Committee and previously served on the Business School Accreditation Committee, the Alumni Board, and the Finance Advisory Council. He also coaches for the Southwestern Youth Association.
Brian J. Dreyer
Director of Product Management, VBrick Systems
Brian Dreyer serves as the director of product management for VBrick Systems leading the charge in redeveloping and globally relaunching the company’s flagship software solution. His professional life has taken him through a variety of roles, from marketing and sales at Washington, D.C., area startups to software product management. Dreyer holds two degrees from George Mason University’s School of Business and currently serves as chair of the Outreach Committee for the School of Business Alumni Chapter.
BS Accounting '85
Managing Director - Wealth Planning, Abbot Downing
Lisa Featherngill, CFP, is the managing director of wealth planning for Abbot Downing. She is responsible for a comprehensive suite of services, including Clarity Process, customized financial and wealth transfer planning, family education and financial administration. Featherngill has provided tax and financial planning services to affluent clients and families for almost 30 years. As a member of the American Institute of CPAs, Featherngill services on Nominating Committee and the Financial Literacy Commission. She also sits on the boards of Novant Health Foundation Clemmons and Diva CFO. She was named Private Asset Management’s “50 Most Influential Women in Private Wealth” in 2015.
Kaylene H. Green
BS Accounting '87
President & CEO, Flagship Government Relations
In 2009, Kaylene Green led the formation of Flagship Government Relations, Inc.,a government relations organization providing legislative strategy, federal budget insights and strategic marketing analysis to leading Defense contractors. Green serves as the president and CEO and is responsible for the company’s development by managing high-level client relationships and interfacing with government officials. She sits as the chair of the Dean’s Council Advisory Board for the School of Business. Along with her husband, Green is a founding investor in the School of Business’ Dean’s Investment Fund. The pair dedicates much of their time and effort driving many initiatives at the university and was recognized with the Alumni Service Award in 2011.
Scott E. Hine
BS Decision Science '85
Director, US Department of Energy
Scott Hine is a member of the leadership and management team within the Department of Energy where he provides program and project management guidance and oversight of a multi-billion dollar R&D portfolio. Hine was a member of the Alumni Association Strategic Planning Committee and played a vital role in the development of a new strategic plan. Hine just completed his term as an At-Large Director on the Alumni Association Board and is currently on the Alumni Association Scholarship Committee. He also serves as a commissioner on the Fairfax County Consumer Protection Commission and was appointed by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors in 2006.
James J. Laychak
BS Decision Science and Accounting '83
Associate Vice President of University Advancement & Alumni Relations, George Mason University
Since October of 2012, James Laychak has served as the associate vice president of University Advancement at George Mason University. In this role, he works with deans and directors of development in the various academic units at Mason to achieve annual fundraising goals. Prior to working for Mason, he served as COO of Center City Public Charter Schools. He also spent 26 years at Accenture, a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, working as a senior director in Accenture’s Federal Services Practice. Laychak helped create the Pentagon Memorial Fund in remembrance of his younger brother Dave.
BS Business Administration '73
Senior Associate Athletic Director of Facilties, Events, & Championships, George Mason University
Jay Marsh, in his 41st year with the University, serves as the Senior Associate Athletic Director of Facilities, Events and Championships in the University’s athletic department. Marsh’s storied history with George Mason began in 1970 as a student-athlete on the men’s basketball team. Marsh soon became the Assistant Athletic Director in 1979 as Mason rolled into NCAA Division I status. In 1987, Marsh became an Associate Director of Athletics and Director of the Patriot Club, a role he spent over eight years in before transitioning to his current role. In the midst of the new role, Marsh was honored as Alumnus of the Year in 1989.
Serge T. Matta
BS Finance '96
CEO, comScore, Inc.
Serge Matta serves as comScore’s CEO. He previously served as president of comScore and Commercial Solutions. Matta was instrumental in the expansion of comScore’s telecom solutions globally, including the development and growth of comScore’s syndicated and custom mobile measurements products for in-depth consumer insights. Matta frequently serves as a guest speaker and participates on panels at a variety of industry events including CTIA, CTAM, NCTA, U.S. Telecom Board, Ad Tech and e-Metrics. He also sits on three different boards including, Nativo, The Ad Council and The Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation.
Trevor J. Montano
BS Accounting '00
Chief Investment Officer, US Department of the Treasury
Trevor Montano currently serves as the chief investment officer at the U.S. Treasury where he is responsible for managing a portfolio of U.S. Bank and Credit Union investments made under the Troubled Asset Relief Program in 2008. Prior to serving at the U.S. Treasury, Montano was a Wall Street investment banker focused on mergers and acquisitions for financial institutions at both UBS AG and Citigroup. He began his career in public accounting at Pricewaterhouse Coopers and is a former member of the George Mason University School of Business Alumni Board.
Michelle L. Montes
BS Accounting '96
Partner, Ernst & Young LLP
Michelle Montes is an Ernst & Young (EY) assurance partner with over 19 years of experience in public accounting and currently serving clients in the real estate industry. Within EY, Montes focuses on diversity and inclusiveness through her leadership roles as the partner sponsor of the Professional Women’s Network, member of the Northeast Ethnicity Work Group, Greater Washington People Partner, and member of the Greater Washington People Advisory Board. She serves on the Executive Committee of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Ball, on the auditor advisory group to NAREIT, as partner sponsor of the annual United Way Campaign, and on the Accounting Advisory Council of the School of Business at George Mason University.
Joel A. Nations
Executive MBA '14
Chief of Medicine, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
Navy Cmdr (Dr.) Joel Anthony Nations is the chief of medicine at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. An active duty physician, who specializes in lung cancer and clinical ultrasound, Nations balances clinical, academic and leadership responsibilities while supporting military beneficiaries. As a naval officer, he has deployed worldwide including Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom with the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force. His medical training includes a doctorate of medicine from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine, Internal Medicine Residency at the Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, and Pulmonary Critical Care Fellowship at the National Naval Medical Center. He also graduated from the Naval War College’s Masters of Arts program (Irregular Warfare).
Judy L. Redpath
Founder and Owner, VISTA Wealth Strategies LLC
Judy Redpath, CFP, AIF, specializes in working with business owners, professionals, women and families. She oversees clients’ finances, providing holistic, objective guidance, expert advice and tailored solutions for the accumulation, preservation and effective transfer of wealth. Redpath established VISTA Wealth Strategies LLC in 2010. She contributes to the community by serving on John Marshall Bank’s Fairfax Advisory Board and George Mason School of Business’ Women in Business Initiative Board, is past president and chair of the Financial Planning Association’s National Capital Chapter, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s National Capital Chapter and the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce boards.
Debra H. Richardson
BS Business Administration '77
CFO, Bureau of Engraving and Printing, US Department of Treasury
Debra H. Richardson is an accomplished financial executive with over 35 years of experience leading multi-million dollar budgets and financial and administrative customer-oriented support organizations in multiple federal government agencies. As the CFO, Bureau of Engraving and Printing, Department of Treasury, Richardson is responsible for maintaining the integrity of the Bureau’s $900 million revolving fund and oversees the $450 million acquisition program. She also oversees the Bureau’s Lean Six Sigma program.
Edward G. Schwartz
MS Technology Management '07
President & COO, White Ops, Inc.
Edward (Eddie) Schwartz is president and COO of White Ops, Inc., the leading provider of advanced cyber security detection and prevention services, protecting the digital advertising ecosystem and enterprise business against bot and malware fraud. Schwartz has worked as global leader for Cyber Security Solutions at Verizon, CSO for RSA, co-founder and CSO of NetWitness, vice president and CISO of Nationwide Insurance and was a member of the Foreign Service. Aside from his career, Schwartz serves as a member of many different boards supporting cyber security and startups.
Jonathan R. Snowling
Founding Partner, SR Strategic Communications
Jonathan Snowling has over a decade of experience in corporate public relations and political campaign management. He was named “International Consultant of the Year” by the American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC) in 2015. Snowling has served on state, federal and international races in Texas, Virginia, North Carolina, Louisiana, South Dakota, Washington State and Central America. Most recently, Snowling steered an upset victory for Juan Carlos Varela in the race for the Presidency of the Republic of Panama. Snowling spent two years in Panama as a general consultant and campaign director guiding Varela’s campaign to impressive victories in both the 2013 presidential primary and the 2014 general election. Snowling received both the AAPC’s Campaign Excellence Award and Campaigns & Elections Magazine’s Reed Award for “Best International Campaign” due to his work in Panama.
Raymond L. Winn, III
BS Finance ’82; MBA ’85; Certification Information Resource Management, '86; & BS Accounting & Decision Science ’90
Ray Winn is a partner at Deloitte focused on serving commercial aerospace/defense and federal government clients. Currently, he is the lead client service partner for some of Deloitte’s largest and most prestigious clients. Previously he has served as the Deloitte & Touche federal leader and the Deloitte federal chief operating officer. He was a member of the Advisory Executive Committee and the Federal Executive Committee at Deloitte and Deloitte’s Operating Committee. Prior to Deloitte, Winn was the chief operating officer of BearingPoint’s Public Services Business unit. He was also a senior vice president of finance and CIO of Orbital Sciences Corporation. Winn has been an adjunct professor of system thinking and business simulation for George Mason University's MBA program. He is a Certified Public Accountant in the Commonwealth of Virginia and a Certified Cost Analyst.