Government Contracting Initiative Advisory Board
Honorable Dr. John Hillen
Chairman of the Board, and Executive in Residence and Professor of Practice
School of Business, George Mason University
The Honorable Dr. John Hillen is a highly accomplished CEO in the government contracting space and a former high ranking U.S. government official. A decorated combat veteran and noted national security scholar, he has led four defense and intelligence technology firms in Northern Virginia, most recently as President and CEO of Sotera Defense Solutions—awarded the 2012 GovCon Contractor of the Year award in the large company category. Hillen took Sotera public in 2009, one of the few successful IPOs in the American economy that year.
A recognized industry leader in the technology contacting space, Hillen served in 2012 and 2013 as the chairman of the Professional Services Council and currently sits on the boards of SOS International LLC, Software AG Government Solutions Inc., Cygnacom Solutions Inc., IAP Global Services LLC, and Atkins Nuclear Solutions. He previously served as assistant secretary for political-military affairs for the U.S. Department of State and president of CGI Federal. He has led several other companies in both the government contracting and financial services space.
Threase A. Baker, CSP
ABBTECH Professional Resources
Threase joined ABBTECH in 2001 and has more than twenty-five years’ of experience in all areas of the staffing industry with particular emphasis on corporate recruiting, executive placement and staff augmentation. Her customer focus includes both the government and private sector. Prior to her current role at ABBTECH, Threase worked as a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) System project manager which provided vital perspectives on the Information Technology (IT) industry and process.
Threase carries two staffing certifications: CSP (Certified Staffing Professional) and TSC (Technical Services Certification) both through the American Staffing Association.
Chief Growth Officer
Jeanine Callahan is responsible for positioning the company for successful expansion of its presence within current and prospective client agencies. Her responsibilities include business development; engagement with Eagle Ray’s customers and partners; marketing, communications and public relations.
Jeanine previously served as Eagle Ray’s Vice President and Account Executive for the Defense Intelligence Agency. Her expertise includes over 25 years of management and operational experience with software development and system integration projects. She is a leader who excels in analyzing IT business processes and building and leveraging customer relationships. She fosters organizational effectiveness through successful program and project management, business planning, and budget development. Jeanine is expert at applying innovative engineering management approaches to formulate and deliver IT service delivery solutions.
Chair and Chief Executive Officer
Investing years of experience in Information Technology and software development, Frances (Fran) Craig reengineered her first company, Computer Strategies, a professional services organization into a COTS software product company, Unanet. Acquiring over 1000 customers, Unanet has achieved 20% year over year growth for the last ten years. Developing and supporting Unanet software entirely in the United States, Unanet collaborates with customers who contribute enhancement ideas. Unanet is committed to enhancing the customer experience.
Attorney at Law
Richard recently retired as a partner in the Government Contracts and Litigation practice of Holland and Knight.
He focused on government contracts litigation and enforcement defense matters on a full-range of legal issues, from audits and conflicts of interest, to arbitrations, mediation, and fraud.
Founder, President, and Chief Executive Officer
Sue founded Evans Incorporated in 1994. She continues to guide the growth and vision of the company.
Sue has always applied her analytic left brain and intuitive right brain to find creative human-centered solutions to complex organizational and technical problems. Driven by that unique approach, Sue founded Evans as a business transformation and change management company focused on people, not just processes.
James C. Fontana
Co-Founder and Principal
Dempsey Fontana, PLLC
James C. Fontana is the co-founder and managing partner of Dempsey Fontana, PLLC. He has over 30 years of experience as an attorney specializing in government and commercial contracts, with an emphasis on technology and related technical services, as well as ethics compliance and corporate governance issues. He also specializes in mergers and acquisitions in both the government technology and commercial sectors. In 2006, the Association of Corporate Counsel named Mr. Fontana Outstanding Chief Legal Officer in the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area. In both 2005 and 2006, the Washington Business Journal named Mr. Fontana a Top Attorney in the Washington, DC area in the General Counsel category. In 2014 Mr. Fontana received the Power Players Award from Washington SmartCEO in recognition of his “leadership, accomplishments, innovation and success” as a Washington, DC-area attorney.
Ellen D. Glover
Executive Vice President
Ellen Glover joined ICF in 2005 and has more than 30 years of experience in the technology market. At ICF, she leads an organization that provides services to government and commercial clients in technology, digital interactive, strategic communications, cybersecurity, program management, and organizational research and learning.
Ms. Glover currently serves as the Chair for the Professional Services Council (PSC) and is a past chair of the Industry Advisory Council (IAC). She has received numerous honors, including the Federal 100 Eagle Award and the Janice K. Mendenhall Spirit of Leadership Award, the highest honor given by American Council for Technology and the Industry Advisory Council.
Managing Director, Aerospace, Defense and Government Group
Mr. Grossman is a Managing Director and Co-Head of Houlihan Lokey’s Aerospace•Defense•Government (ADG) Group and its Government IT and Technical Services (GTS) segment. He is based in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office.
The firm’s GTS clients include companies that provide IT, engineering, software, R&D, logistics, O&M, and other outsourced services. Mr. Grossman advises GTS clients on M&A transactions, strategic, and shareholder liquidity alternatives, and how to source capital. He is a regular contributor on M&A market topics to Washington Technology, a national magazine for government contractors, and is a frequent speaker at industry events.
Co-Chair, Aerospace, Defense and Government Services Transactional Practice
DLA Piper, LLP
Jeff Houle, a US lawyer and English solicitor with more than 20 years of legal and business experience, has represented Fortune 500 companies and members of the Forbes 600 and has closed more than US$8 billion in transactions.
Jeff focuses on companies in the government services area, representing middle market and Fortune 500 companies in M&A matters. His clients include businesses and investors across a broad spectrum of industries, among them energy, government and defense contractors, technology, mining and mineral extraction, telecommunications, financial services, real estate, business process outsourcing, online gaming and manufacturing.
Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board
As Chairman of the Board, Dr. Janczewski establishes strategy and vision for the company; oversees board and executive committee meetings; and works in partnership with the company executives to make sure board resolutions are implemented. She co-founded CSS in 1988 and has more than 20 years experience in environmental and occupational health assessment and the control of hazards. Dr. Janczewski was a founding member of the American Biological Safety Association, has testified before federal regulatory committees and has been an international speaker and frequent guest on national and international news broadcasts. She holds a Masters of Public Heath in Biohazard Sciences from the University of North Carolina School of Public Health and a Ph.D. in Environmental Biology/Public Policy from George Mason University.
Founder and President
JD Kathuria is founder and president of WashingtonExec, an outcome-oriented networking organization and online news publication that provides breaking and featured coverage and hosts exclusive events for the area’s executives of consequence.
Since launching the company in 2011, Mr. Kathuria has grown its membership to include more than 200 executives, entrepreneurs and thought leaders within the private, public, nonprofit and academic sectors. A firm believer in the importance of trusted, long-term professional relationships, Mr. Kathuria is well regarded in the DC business community as a connector and advisor. He and his team host upwards of 80 events each year to facilitate long-lasting relationships and encourage meaningful thought exchange among their participants.
Chief Operating Officer
Kearney & Company
Thomas R. Lamoureux, PMP
Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer
As President, Mr. Lamoureux is charged with the development, communication, and execution of the corporate business plan. In addition, Mr. Lamoureux is also responsible for the implementation of marketing and sales strategies for both the government services and commercial products business segments.
Prior to joining Veracity Engineering, Mr. Lamoureux was a United States Navy certified acquisition professional with responsibilities in the negotiation and administration of almost $300 million in large scale infrastructure programs for military and intelligence clients such as the United States Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA).
IS&T Operating Group President
Wayne Lucernoni has joined ASRC Federal as president, Information Systems & Technology operating group. In this role, Lucernoni is responsible for overall leadership of the operating group, including strategic, programmatic and technical oversight.
Lucernoni brings over 30 years of industry experience in the areas of operational leadership, market expansion, business strategy and financial management. Prior joining ASRC Federal, he served as president of mission sustainment and IT services for the Harris Corporation.
Ali R. Manouchehri
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Manouchehri is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of MetroStar Systems. His leadership and team have transformed MetroStar Systems into a leading Information Technology (IT) solutions, management and consulting firm, servicing the federal, state government and private sectors. With 10 years of experience within sales and marketing, Mr. Manouchehri has developed the leadership skills and knowledge needed to build a leading IT company. Mr. Manouchehri currently provides his leadership in planning, executing and achieving MetroStar Systems’ strategic and operational goals.
Tom Marcinko is a principal consultant in Aronson’s Government Contract Services Group. He is responsible for providing clients with a broad variety of both pre- and post-award support. With over 30 years of government contracting experience, he specializes in proposal development, contract and subcontract administration, FAR compliance, small business programs, and government audits.
Tom is a featured speaker at Aronson events and a frequent guest speaker for numerous organizations, including the GWSCPA, VSCPA, the Northern Virginia Technology Council, the Washington Board of Trade and the NCMA. Tom presents training classes on a variety of subjects, including several courses in the fundamentals of government contracting for the University of Virginia’s government contracting certificate program. He has also written articles on government contracting for the NCMA Contract Management magazine and other periodicals.
CEBS, Employee Benefits Consultant
Marsh & McLennan Agency, LLC
Working with clients to bring expertise and experience on a wide variety of subjects such as financial calculations, economic projections, plan design, and an outlook for the future of the plan. Providing input on each aspect of design, economics, implementation, and administration of a benefit plan.
Specialties: Government Contracting, Plan Benefit Design, Funding Mechanisms, Self Funding, Benefit Costing, Compliance, Selection of Service Providers/Vendors, Wellness, Employee Engagement, Administrative Efficiency, Benefit Technology, Pharmacy Plan Design, Voluntary Benefits, and Disability Management
An extensive, international background in leadership and strategy founded on a world class leadership and business based education. Able to develop, implement, and operationalize strategy. High achievement orientation with a successful track record of exceeding performance objectives and accomplishing a business’s most difficult tasks. A visionary and participative leader able to build strong relationships and lead cultural change through coaching and motivating others.
Functional specialties include Turnaround Management, General Management, M&A Strategy and Integration, Business Strategy Development and Implementation, Company Business Portfolio analysis and management.
School of Business
George Mason University
Peiperl’s areas of research interest are top management learning, executive careers, change management, talent strategy and global mobility. He has taught, researched and consulted in these areas in some 32 countries on 6 continents.
Maury Peiperl is co-author of the leading textbook on change management, Managing Change (McGraw Hill), as well as two books on careers and work, Career Frontiers and Career Creativity (Oxford) and the central reference in the careers field, The Handbook of Career Studies (Sage). He has also published in Harvard Business Review, Academy of Management Review, Human Resource Management, Group & Organization Management and the Journal of International Business Studies, among others.
Prior to joining George Mason University, he was Director (Dean) of Cranfield School of Management, one of the UK’s leading MBA and Executive Development institutions, as well as a Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Cranfield University. Before Cranfield, Peiperl spent 10 years as Professor of Leadership and Strategic Change at IMD in Switzerland, where he developed and directed numerous executive development courses and held a variety of administrative roles.
Senior Vice President, Global Corporate Bank
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
I am a seasoned commercial banking leader with expertise in the aerospace, defense and government services sector. I enjoy leveraging my extensive network of industry partners and connections, along with my knowledge of financial products and services, to help companies more effectively grow, compete and maximize shareholder value.
I pride myself on being much more than a provider of capital and instead, a trusted strategic advisor to my clients. I believe in the importance of listening as much as talking. It thrills me to be able to contribute to the ultimate success of my clients!
Core competencies include: Relationship Management, Business Development, Team Leadership, Strategic Advisory, Capital Markets, Risk Management, Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate Finance and Financial Analysis.
Craig R. Reed
Founder and Managing Member
Growth Strategy Leaders, LLC
Craig brings thirty-five years of increasingly responsible leadership roles in government contracting, U.S. government policymaking/implementation, and management consulting.
His range of experience includes: Building and leading outstanding teams; creation and development of new organizations and strategic transformation of existing organizations; strategy development, including leadership and implementation of strategic thinking and planning process; Growth through goal setting, strategy development, business development process leadership and execution; Merger & Acquisition (M&A) strategy development, due diligence, integration planning and execution; strategic relationship building and communications with senior government, media & industry stakeholders; and anticipation of policy environment and market trends and their business implications; with depth & breadth across national security, intelligence, space, energy & international development programs & policy domains.
Chief Executive Officer
As CEO of CyberRx, and a small business owner, I am excited to lead a company that helps companies improve their cybersecurity readiness. Through CyberRx, our online software platform, companies have the ability to assess their cybersecurity capabilities and take actions to reduce their cybersecurity risks. With the frequency and sophistication of cybersecurity threats and criminals who are targeting businesses, especially small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), it is now even more critical for SMBs to have access to reputable products and services that they can rely on to maintain their cybersecurity health.
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Sehlke Consulting, LLC
Mr. Sehlke established Sehlke Consulting in 2011. We provide “Precision Inspired Performance” via the five Practice Areas: 1) Financial Management 2) Acquisition Management 3) Logistics & Supply Chain Management 4) National Security & Defense Programs 5) Technology Support Services. As CEO, he leads all operations and activities around planning and executing the firm’s long-term growth strategy and vision. He is responsible for directing corporate strategies to grow and improve the company worldwide while ensuring alignment with the firm’s commitment to deliver unparalleled client service and workplace excellence.
Mr. Sehlke drives the company’s commitment to: 1) Continue to drive true government innovation by always putting the interests of the government taxpayers above corporate profits and government politics. 2) Ensure employees’ and clients’ needs are always achieved by investing in training and infrastructure necessary to provide big business level quality while minimizing “red tape”. 3) Maintain low overhead in order to ensure they can continue to secure top industry experts via generous compensation packages while maintaining an aggressive competitive pricing approach. Under his direction, Sehlke Consulting has doubled in size and revenue year over year since 2011, while increasing annual profits.
Array Information Technology, Inc.
Sumeet joined ARRAY as President in December of 2008. In this capacity, Sumeet is responsible for providing corporate leadership to ensure customer and employee satisfaction; develop strategic plans which advance the Company’s Mission and objectives; and promote revenue, profitability and growth.
Prior to joining ARRAY, Sumeet spent 8 years in progressive management capacities at Keane, Inc., a $1 billion IT services firm that employs 14,000 worldwide. His most recent role at Keane was as Senior Vice President, Public Sector Solutions. Prior to his time at Keane, Mr. Shrivastava served as the EVP and COO of ANSTEC, a successful Federal and State Government contractor. Sumeet helped ANSTEC grow its revenue to over $65M and successfully graduate from the 8(a) set-aside program for Federal contractors. He later worked on behalf of shareholders and employees leading the effort for ANSTEC’s acquisition by Keane in December 1999.
The McLean Group
Andy Smith is a Senior Managing Director at The McLean Group. He is active in various M&A transactions and leads The McLean Valuation Services Group, The McLean Group’s business valuation practice, which performs business valuations for public and private companies for transaction, financial reporting, equity incentive plan, tax and estate planning purposes. He has broad experience in public accounting, investment banking and financial operations management. Mr. Smith has been recognized as a Super CPA by the Virginia Society of CPAs and Virginia Business and as one of Washington, DC’s Top 50 CPAs by SmartCEO magazine.
Mr. Smith launched his career at KPMG where he was a corporate finance and audit manager and worked in Washington, DC; Moscow, Russia, and Almaty, Kazakhstan. He later joined Washington Equity Partners as an associate director, supporting various international wireless telecommunications transactions. He also worked with a strategic advisory group to Lucent Technologies and was the director of finance of a wireless telecom services company.
Courtney B. Spaeth
Chief Executive Officer
Courtney B. Spaeth is a recognized expert in business development and corporate growth. She has widespread experience in both the public and private sectors, and is a sought after speaker on a broad range of business and leadership issues.
Mrs. Spaeth founded growth[period] in 2007, and as CEO she has successfully guided the company through the acquisition of Potomac Recruiting, the development of growth[period]’s mergers and acquisition support vertical, and a rebranding initiative. As a result of her leadership, growth[period] has a proven track record of helping companies in both the Federal and commercial sectors achieve smart growth through business development. growth[period]’s broad range of clients includes: Lockheed Martin, Verizon, Genesys, Stanley Black and Decker, Zebra Technologies Corporation, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Sigma Tau Pharmaceutical, HIG Capital, SAB Capital, and many other Fortune 500, middle market, and private equity firms in the U.S. and internationally.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Trowbridge and Trowbridge, LLC
Karen Trowbridge is the founder and President & CEO of Trowbridge & Trowbridge, LLC (T&T). Since the company’s inception, she has built a diversified, financially solvent company based on a record of excellent past performance, robust quality methodologies, and proven industry best practices. Under her leadership, T&T has steadily grown to a successful mid-tier firm with 300 employees supporting important technology missions for Defense and Federal Civilian clients around the country.
Ms. Trowbridge has received a Washington SmartCEO Brava! Women’s Business Achievement Award in recognition of her leadership and support within the federal IT and telecom industry and her advocacy of local philanthropic initiatives. T&T also ranked in the Inc. 500|5000 list in 2011 and 2012, and in the Washington TechnologyFast 50 in 2012. In 2014 T&T also won an American Business Award for Best Support Team. Ms. Trowbridge remains focused on strategic and aggressive growth while empowering customer missions and nurturing an employee-centric culture.
Lenn Vincent, RADM USN (Ret.)
President, Vincent and Associates, LLC
Experienced Independent Consultant with a demonstrated history of working in the Defense & Space industry. Skilled in Government Procurement, Operations Management, Analytical Skills, Government, and Navy. Strong business development professional with a MBA focused in Procurement & Contracting from The George Washington University - School of Business.
William L. Walsh, Jr.
Bill is an experienced attorney, who has been a trusted advisor to clients for more than 30 years. Serving in a strategic development role at Hirschler Fleischer, he leverages his extensive professional network to connect people to opportunity.
Bill has more than 60 years of federal and state government contract experience and extensive knowledge and skills in this complex area. For the past 32 years, Bill has been a partner in the Tysons office of Venable, where his practice focused on representation of federal and state sector companies who contract with DOD and civilian agencies. As part of that practice, he assisted clients with issues including dispute resolution (ADR) and bid protests before the U.S. Government Accountability Office, Federal Boards of Contract Appeals, and executive agencies on contract administration matters, contract claims, contract terminations, teaming agreements, organizational conflict of interest concerns and small business matters. Bill’s legal career began as a lawyer with the Department of Defense, working on government contract and legislative issues. He also served as Chief Counsel for NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center.
Vice President and Controller, US
CGI Technologies and Solutions, Inc.
Michael Waple is vice president and controller for CGI Group’s U.S. operations, where he provides leadership, direction and support for business units that work with government and commercial clients.
Prior to his promotion to U.S. controller, he served as controller and treasurer for CGI Federal, the subsidiary responsible for CGI’s business with the U.S. government. His CGI career includes financial and operational rules along with a background in public accounting.
Director, Advancement and Alumni Relations
School of Business
George Mason University
Senior Vice President, Government Group
Sutherland GLobal Services
Christine Williamson, CPA, PMP
Christine Williamson is based in the Tysons, VA office and a member of CohnReznick’s Government Contracting Industry practice. She provides financial and accounting consulting and business services to a variety of clients, providing solutions to complex issues such as the development of indirect rate structures and tax ramifications of acquisitions. She is knowledgeable in Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)and tax compliance issues and advises clients on financial and operational issues including monthly and year-end closings, financial statement reporting and maintenance, and federal and state tax preparation and planning.
Christine is highly experienced with Deltek accounting software products for both small and large companies and often serves in an advisory capacity for companies that are interested in customizing and incorporating the Deltek system. She was instrumental in forming WJTechnologies to offer software implementation and consultation to clients using the GCS Premier Deltek product as well as becoming the first alliance network partner with Deltek. Christine provides training on Deltek’s accounting products and government contracting regulations both internally and for clients.
Former Vice President and Division Manager
Dusty has extensive experience in information technology. In 2000 in founded and served as chief executive officer of Knowledge Consulting Group, by leveraging more than 25 years of IT consulting experience and a proven forumla for success.
Dusty is the Chair of the George Mason University School of Business Dean's Advisory Council.
Managing Partner, Federal Audit and Enterprise Risk Services
Deloitte & Touche, LLP
Ray Winn serves as a managing partner at Deloitte‘s federal practice and also is the lead client service partner for the company’s practice focused on defense acquisition, test and logistics.
He also previously held the roles of federal leader and chief operating officer within the federal practice as well as LCSP for the Navy System Command and U.S. Marine Corps practice and lead advisory partner on a key civilian account at Deloitte.
Winn, a 25-year industry veteran, joined the professional services company in May 2009 after he spent eight years as COO of BearingPoint‘s public services business.