Center for Government Contracting 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.
Marc Andersen, BA Economics '90
Ernst & Young, LLP
Marc Andersen is a highly regarded influencer and connector of people in the greater Washington community. Having key relationships and longtime experience serving both the public and the private sector allows Andersen to easily navigate the complex dimensions of D.C. and global communities.
He currently serves as senior global client service partner for EY, advising global technology, public sector, consumer products, banking, and capital markets clients. He previously served the firm in Strategy, Public Policy, and Markets Leadership roles to include creating EY’s U.S. federal consulting business. Prior to joining EY, Andersen was a partner at Arthur Andersen LLP and a business leader in the high-tech and services industries.
Serving his community has been a cornerstone of Andersen’s life and work, and he focuses his investments in organizations and people supporting youth, education, and entrepreneurship. Washington Football Legends recognized him with their annual Community MVP Award for his extraordinary philanthropic endeavors and established a scholarship in his name for minority higher education assistance. Andersen also makes significant investments supporting military and veteran professional development and private sector career transition.
Capitol File Magazine recognized him as a D.C. Community Builder and selected him for “The List” of prominent business and community leaders in the Washington, D.C., region.
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.
Dana A. Beyeler
Senior Vice President, Defense Engagement
Ellwood Group, Inc.
Mr. Dana Beyeler currently serves as the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) representative to the US Delegation of the “NATO Industrial Advisory Group” (NIAG) as appointed by the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics and on the Industry “Trade Advisory Committee on Steel” (ITAC-7) appointed jointly by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce and the U.S. Trade Representative.
Mr. Beyeler also serves as a member of the Precision Strike Association Board of Directors, as well as an active member of the NDIA’s International and Manufacturing Divisions. Prior to joining the defense industrial complex in 1976 Mr. Beyeler served as an officer in the United States Marine Corps. Mr. Beyeler’s career reflects ever increasing levels of responsibility as a military officer and as a civilian at both the divisional operational level as well as advancing broader corporate objectives. He offers over 40 years of manufacturing industry experiences in both the commercial and defense sectors. Mr. Beyeler’s skill set includes acquisition, quality and senior executive sales & marketing experience with an emphasis in multi-cultural negotiations and business creation.
Partner and Co-Chair, National Government Contracts Practice
Holland & Knight
David S. Black is co-chair of the National Government Contracts Practice. He practices in the area of government contracts counseling and dispute resolution. His practice includes representing contractors in protests, claims under the Contract Disputes Act, responding to government investigations and audits, False Claims Act investigations and litigation, terminations for default and convenience, prime-subcontractor disputes, compliance programs, and counseling on a variety of contract administration and procurement issues.
After law school, he served as judicial clerk to Judge Larry G. Elder of the Court of Appeals of Virginia in Richmond.
Michael Chavira is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Axiologic Solutions with more than fifteen years experience in sensor development and integration, systems engineering and enterprise architecture. A graduate of the University of Wyoming with a BS in Mechanical Engineering, via the OCS program, he became a nuclear officer and then an intelligence officer in the US Navy. Before starting Axiologic Solutions, he worked at Applied Synergistics developing intelligent systems for power plants then went onto support Booz Allen Hamilton where he applied this knowledge to develop and integrate sensor systems for the US Army and our war fighters. Learning the value of a strong education during his military career, he continued his education and earned an MBA, Masters in Systems Engineering and a Masters in Finance.
Chief Strategy Officer
Leidos Health Group
Mr. Clement Chen is Senior Vice President at Leidos since June 2008 where he develops innovative business strategies and plays a leadership role in shaping the portfolio of services available to clients. Prior to joining Leidos, Clement served as Vice President of business innovation at Lockheed Martin Corp., where he led technology development, business models and strategy for a broad spectrum of areas including human terrain exploitation, biological systems integration, virtual world environments and network driven business transformation. Over a 12-year career at Lockheed Martin he also held executive positions involved in strategic development, mergers and acquisitions, business development and business operations.
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.
Paul Edelmann has deep experience in product management and marketing; BD and sales; strategic planning, corporate development and general management, with extensive experience in the high-tech sector, including information services, enterprise software, and cloud infrastructure. Edelmann has proven effective in mid-cap and start-up environments targeted for rapid growth or realignment and brings a demonstrated success building global teams and developing top talent.
Bob Etris is co-owner of Evans Incorporated. Bob has played a leading role in the success and growth of the company since 2003, and is passionate about finding creative human-centered solutions to complex organizational and technical problems. He has always been interested in human interaction in the work environment and has over 16 years of experience in program management, strategic planning, organization development, and change management.
Bob oversees a broad portfolio of projects and contracts providing a range of human-centered consulting services for Evans’ clients. He provides technical oversight and supervision of staff delivering services on client contracts, continues to provide facilitation and stakeholder engagement consulting support to senior leaders within client organizations, and provides executive support of Evans’ business development team. Bob also leads the corporate vision and direction of Global Coaches Network (GCN), a division of Evans Incorporated. In addition to these roles, he has published papers and spoken at conferences on project management and process improvement topics, and is a former adjunct professor of Kent State University’s Information Architecture and Knowledge Management program.
Jennifer Eubanks, CPA, CMA, CGMA, BS Social Work '90
Jennifer Eubanks brings more than 20 years of accounting experience to the firm from her role as CFO, Controller, DCAA Auditor, and Accounting Manager for a regional accounting practice. She has served in both the public accounting sector and internally as a senior manager serving as Chief Financial Officer. In addition to offering traditional accounting, tax, and financial management services, Ms. Eubanks works with entrepreneurial startups and consults on merger and acquisitions.
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.
Vice President Lockheed Martin Corporation
Ed Fortunato is a recognized leader in the Aerospace & Defense industry with a career of success developing and leading high-performance teams as an Army Aviation officer and corporate executive.
Previous to Lockheed Martin Corporation, Ed served as Vice President and head of Government Relations for the Raytheon Corporation, a $35 billion aerospace and defense company where he was responsible for advancing Raytheon’s programs supporting the Department of Defense and U.S. allies in Washington D.C. and with state/local governments.
Before Raytheon, Ed served as the Senior Vice President for Government Relations/Washington Operations for Orbital ATK, where he was responsible for developing, leading and executing the legislative, executive branch and international strategies to support the corporation’s global defense, space and aviation systems.
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.
Kaylene H. Green, BS Accounting '87
President & Chief Executive Officer
Flagship Government Relations
Ms. Green, President and Partner, has more than 30 years combined experience in the federal relations arena, having held leading positions in the private sector, as well as staff positions on Capitol Hill and in the Department of Defense. Prior to leading the formation of Flagship Government Relations, she held senior executive positions at a top Washington lobbying firm. That was preceded by 12 years with Bath Iron Works Corporation, where she led Legislative and Executive Branch liaison efforts as vice president of Washington Operations. In that capacity, Ms. Green was the chief communicator of company interests across the spectrum of federal decision makers. She has developed a reputation for effectively representing a wide variety of entities, whose interests have varied from Defense programs and budgets, to acquisition policy, to development and execution of legislative strategies. Ms. Green earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and business legal studies from George Mason University’s School of Management, and where she also serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council.
Managing Director, Retired
Mr. Grossman was a Managing Director and Co-Head of Houlihan Lokey’s Aerospace•Defense•Government (ADG) Group and its Government IT and Technical Services (GTS) segment.
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.
Scott Hine, BS Decision Science '85
Director, Information Technology Services Office
Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
US Department of Energy
Scott Hine is a member of the executive leadership team within the Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (DOE/EERE) where he is the Director of the Information Technology Services Office. He has over 30 years of direct portfolio, program and project management experience within the federal R&D domain.
As a collateral duty, Scott is also the Executive Sponsor of the Federal Government’s Program and Project Management Community of Practice (FedPM CoP) with almost 1,000 members from 80 federal activities.
Scott is serving on the Board in his personal capacity. His service does not reflect the activities or opinions of the Department of Energy or the federal government.
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.
Steven Irish, MBA '97
Vice President, Government
Steve joined LexisNexis as Vice President, Government in 2018. Previous positions included General Manager of Homeland Security, Justice and Foreign Affairs at DXC Technology (2016-2018), and positions at HP Enterprise Services rising to Account Sales Leader for Homeland Security.
Steve has a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Virginia Tech and an MBA from George Mason University.
Hannibal Jackson, BA Communication '99
President and Chief Executive Officer
Hannibal S. Jackson is the President and CEO of Y-Tech, an award-winning small business headquartered in Annapolis Junction, MD. Mr. Jackson oversees the day-to-day operations of the company, including providing vision, leadership, and guidance in establishing the company’s short and long-term growth strategy. Mr. Jackson was recognized as the GMU 2019 Distinguished Black Alumni. Mr. Jackson has an MS in Information Assurance from the University of Maryland University College, and a BA in Communication from George Mason University.
Jolanda Janczewski, PhD Environmental Biology/Public Policy '91
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.
JD Kathuria, BA Government and Politics '95
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.
Brian Kearney, BA Integrative Studies '02
Chief Operating Officer
Kearney & Company
Kearney & Company is a financial consulting firm serving federal government clients. Founded in the 1980s, the company has over 800 employees.
Brian has a bachelor's degree in Integrated Studies from George Mason University and a Master of Business Administration from the George Washington University School of Business.
Barbara Kinosky, JD Law '83
Centre Law and Consulting
Barbara Kinosky is the Managing Partner of Centre Law and Consulting and has more than twenty-five years of experience in all aspects of federal government contracting. Barbara is a nationally known expert on GSA and VA Schedules and the Service Contract Act, and she has served as an expert witness for federal government contracting cases. She has a proven track record of solving complex issues for clients by providing strategic and business savvy advice. Barbara was named a top attorney for federal contracting by Smart CEO magazine in 2010, 2012 and 2015. Prior to establishing Centre, Barbara was the head of a government contracts practice group at a major law firm. She started Centre in 2002 to provide integrated legal, GSA consulting and training services.
Vice President of Corporate Strategy
Brett B. Lambert is VP of Corporate Strategy at Northrop Grumman, a position he assumed in 2015. Prior to joining the firm, he was an Executive-in-Residence with Renaissance Strategic Advisors, a Senior Fellow at NDIA, and served on several corporate boards involved in national security and intelligence. He is a life member of CFR, a Senior Associate (non-resident) at CSIS, a board member of the Advanced Robotics Manufacturing Institute (ARM) led by Carnegie Mellon University, a board member of The Henry L. Stimson Center, and in 2016 was appointed by the Secretary of Defense to serve on the Department’s Reserve Forces Policy Board. In 2017 he was also appointed to serve on the Dean’s Advisory Council for Kansas State University Polytechnic, a University focused on the development of UAS human capital talent.
Thomas R. Lamoureux, PMP, MBA '06
Chief Financial Officer and Founder
Thomas Lamoureux has over 20 years of experience in GovCon, 15 of which have been in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) space. Mr. Lamoureux leads IntegriSys’ financial operations, scaling business processes and procedures to accommodate growth and promote efficiency. As CFO of IntegriSys, Mr. Lamoureux is responsible for maintaining the financial health of the company while leading all business functions including corporate finance, billing, accounting, and contracts. 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.
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.
Sajeev Malaveetil, BS Accounting '95
CPA and Partner
Government Contract Services Practice
Ernst & Young, LLP
Mr. Malaveetil has over 24 years of experience providing advisory and litigation support services to organizations and their counsel on Federal contract accounting, administration and compliance requirements. This includes assisting organizations with understanding, and complying with requirements within the Federal Acquisition Regulation, agency supplements to FAR, and Cost Accounting Standards; assessing and implementing compliant Contractor Business Systems, developing accounting and pricing structures and processes. In addition, Mr. Malaveetil has assisted clients with evaluating and implementing internal controls under a COSO framework to meet both financial reporting and compliance requirements. In his role, Mr. Malaveetil has assisted clients through Government audits and investigations. In addition, he has served as a subject matter expert on litigation matters dealing with a variety of Federal contract issues.
Ali R. Manouchehri, BA Philosophy '99
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.
Senior Vice President, Business Development and Strategy
Mission, Cyber & Intelligence Solutions Group
Mr. McNiff directs business development strategy and drives growth across the spectrum of ManTech’s advanced solutions for customers in the Intelligence Community and intelligence sectors of the U.S. Department of Defense. He joins ManTech from Northrop Grumman, where he held senior positions in program development, long range strategic planning, strategic marketing, and business development.
Prior to his 16-year career at Northrop Grumman, Mr. McNiff worked for Lockheed Martin Global Telecommunications, Iridium, LCC International and GTE SpaceNet. He holds patents in global telecommunications capabilities, and is a graduate of The College of William and Mary.
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 and Business Development Officer
Government Services Group
Wells Fargo Capital Finance
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.
David Pizzano, BS Economics '97
Amazon Web Services
With an extensive background in global public sector and commercial organizations, Mr. Pizzano brings unique experience bridging business, mission, and technology.
As a leader he develops strategies to achieve global outcomes, while adapting to local environments. Creating new markets and products as founder, Mr. Pizzano drives organizations to constantly innovate. Growing and successfully graduating public sector 8(a) companies into mid-tier firms, then consolidating acquisitions within large Systems Integrators, he fused capabilities into customer facing Centers of Excellence and Innovation Centers.
Mr. Pizzano is an avid supporter of public sector small business, advisory board member, and partners to improve government outcomes through ACT-IAC, and AFCEA.
Aaron Raddock, CPA, CFE, CFCM
Managing Director & National Co-Leader, Government Contracts
Aaron Raddock is a managing director with BDO’s Industry Specialty Services practice. He has more than 12 years of consulting experience working with government contractors, higher education institutions, and nonprofit organizations.
Aaron has advised clients in virtually every industry including avionics, construction, retail, defense, healthcare, hospitality, security services, technology, transportation, nonprofit/academic, research and development, architecture and engineering, and professional services on a wide range of business issues and regulatory compliance matters.
Craig R. Reed
President & Chief Growth Officer
Altamira Technologies Corporation
Craig brings thirty-five years of increasingly responsible leadership roles in government contracting, U.S. government policymaking and 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.
Lindsey S. Rheaume
Executive Vice President, Chief Lending Officer C&I
Mr. Rheaume, Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer – Commercial and Industrial, joined the Company in December 2014. Prior to joining the Company, he served as relationship executive for JPMorgan Chase, responsible for business development in the Washington, DC, suburban Maryland and Northern Virginia market. Previously, he served as Executive Vice President and Commercial Lending Manager at Virginia Commerce Bank, which was acquired by United Bankshares, Inc. in 2014, where he managed the bank's entire commercial and industrial lending activities.
Renaissance Strategic Partners
Jeffrey Roncka, Senior Partner, offers clients 19 years of diverse experience in the national security and aerospace arenas. Mr. Roncka’s background in the aerospace and defense industry spans both the public and private sectors, including positions in Federal Government, investment banking, management consulting, litigation support and serving on the board of a small publicly-traded aerospace supplier.
Ola Sage, MS New Professional Studies '99
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.
Chief Executive Officer
Currently serving as the owner and CEO of IGH, Michael has over 14 years of experience in providing full service professional solutions to federal agencies. Michael established IGH in 2006 as a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Business (SDVOB) and has led the company in management, marketing, and business development. Michael is an expert in Business Analysis. His project management expertise includes gap analysis, deliverable management, project tracking, project schedules, project action item tracking, coordination with senior management for resources, client relationship management, team management, project control management, planning tasks and responsibilities, budgets, scheduling, and performing milestone reviews.
Vice President and Treasurer
Strategic Business Unit Controller
CGI Federal, Inc.
Cynthia Sereno, Vice-President, serves as Treasurer and Strategic Business Unit Controller for CGI Federal, a wholly owned U.S. operating subsidiary of CGI Group, Inc.
As a controller and strategic business unit controller since 2005, Mrs. Sereno currently oversees the financial responsibility for CGI Federal. This includes but is not limited to business unit portfolio management, forecasting and budgeting, financial reporting, program management, audit, and day-to-day accounting and operational support.
During her tenure with CGI Federal, Mrs. Sereno has served as controller of both the army & defense intelligence (ADIP), the civilian (CAP) business unit, and the international diplomacy and commerce (IDAC) business unit of CGI Federal.
Halleh Seyson, PMP
Chief Executve Officer
Growth-oriented and customer-focused executive with 20+ years of leadership experience and a proven record in exceeding revenue and profit goals, responsible for strategic direction and growth of the Line of Business while managing operations. Extensive experience leading large teams (300+ staff members) delivering solutions in the areas of Systems Engineering, Enterprise System Integration, Program Management, IT and Business Transformation, Program Analysis & Optimization, and Data Analytics. Proven success in turning around underperforming business units and in capturing new work by focusing on customer’s needs and accordingly establishing industry partnerships and solutioning winning bids. Strong leader and mentor building motivated collaborative teams and empowering staff to achieve optimum individual goals.
Vice President, Business Development Strategy and Operations
28-year international Commercial Aerospace & Defense Business Development executive. Key focus areas: 1) Organic growth [Volume, Value & Life] – in conjunction with C-Suite change management efforts, focused on transformation of portfolio/holding companies into actively managed operation models with an emphasis on monetizing IP through the purposeful “export of capability”; 2) Compliance – providing discreet but comprehensive leadership in establishing compliance programs in partnership with P&L teams with a focus on shareholder interests; 3) Government Relations - oversee and implement domestic and international engagement plans to drive customer development of tailored intellectual property utilizing CRAD, managing export approvals, developing legislative support and engaging customers’ doctrine and tactics to favor technology insertion roadmaps favoring my company’s solutions.
Visibility = Accountability. My function builds exceptional teams which are accountable to P&L leadership through an annual contract of clearly defined deliverables and clear expectations, which is reviewed with all internal customers on a quarterly basis. An organic growth oriented approach results in a stronger company and provides a platform to recruit and employ the best people to achieve superior ROIC. My track record includes working with established products and teams to generate "above plan growth”, as well as nurturing effective start-ups within company portfolios, some of which are entering domestic and international adjacent markets for the first time. Equally important is the proven ability to reinvigorate established operations which may have settled into comfortable state-sponsored niches but are not globally competitive.
Sumeet Shrivastava, EMBA '94
President and Chief Executive Officer
Array Information Technology
Sumeet joined Array Information Technology 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.
Vice President of Business Strategy & Operations
Kevin Singh leads corporate programs with a focus on strategy development, special projects, and strategic initiatives. He has 13 years of experience in corporate finance, M&A, capital raising, market analysis, and business case development.
Before joining Unanet in July 2019, Kevin served as Head of Corporate Development at Ellucian with focus on strategy and M&A. Prior to Ellucian, Kevin served as a Principal at SRA International with a focus on M&A. He began his career in the diversified industrials investment banking group at FBR Capital Markets.
Kevin holds a BS from the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce and an MBA from The UCLA Anderson School of Management.
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.
Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP
Tom is a partner in Baker Tilly’s government contractor advisory services practice, and has worked in the government contracting industry for more than 25 years. Prior to joining the firm, he was a director at a global consulting firm, and spent the first nine years of his career with a global accounting firm. Tom’s clients have included government and commercial contractors in a wide range of industries, including construction, shipbuilding, contingency operations, information technology (IT) services, healthcare, and professional services. Tom’s experience encompasses a broad range of financial statement auditing, consulting, forensic investigation and litigation support assignments for clients in a variety of industries.
Chief Executive Officer
Chris Taylor is the CEO of Govini. Prior to Govini he founded Novitas Group, a tech startup that used a unique talent-opportunity matching platform to aid veterans in their search for meaningful employment. As the CEO of Mission Essential, Chris led growth from $185 million to $750 million in three years. Chris is also an adjunct associate professor of national security studies at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service Security Studies Program. Chris spent 14 years in the U.S. Marine Corps as an enlisted infantryman and Force Recon Marine. Chris holds an MBA from the College of William & Mary, and an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School. Chris is a member of the Board of Trustees of the American University of Afghanistan, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Atlantic Council.
Robert W. Tillson
Pierce Capital Partners
Robert W. Tillson is Managing Partner of Pierce’s software and information technology practice. He has experience in private placements, venture capital, valuations, and mergers and acquisitions. He has advised several companies on acquisition strategy and has completed transactions valued at over $500 million dollars. He advised the CEO of HBOC on the acquisition of 16 healthcare IT companies. He has arranged the sale of several government contractors. He arranged financing for several early stage software companies including Edge Technologies, Open Service, and CavaSoft. He serves on the Boards of several software and information technology services companies. Prior to joining Pierce, he was a pioneer in the online information services and software industry for over 25 years. He marketed the first commercially available online information services as an executive of the IBM Company. He introduced the first consumer interactive online service as Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for CompuServe, and was the senior executive managing the first eCommerce services for General Electric Information Services. He was founder and CEO of the first Sales Force Automation and CRM software company, National Management Systems.
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, Healthcare and Life Sciences, Public Sector CAI, IBM
Teresa was appointed Vice President with IBM in June 2018. Previous experience includes Senior Vice President of the Government Group at Sutherland Global Services, a senior executive with Accenture, and Vice President of Unisys.
She has an MS in Information Management Systems from The George Washington University. Teresa also serves on the Advisory Board of the George Mason University School of Business.
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.
Dusty Wince, EMBA '12
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 formula for success.
Dusty is the Chair of the George Mason University School of Business Dean's Advisory Council.
Ray Winn, BS Finance '82, MBA '85
Managing Partner, Federal Audit and Enterprise Risk Services
Deloitte & Touche, LLP
Ray Winn has over 25 years of experience in serving commercial and federal government clients. Ray is currently a senior partner focused on Deloitte’s largest global commercial clients. He also has an in-depth understanding of the federal government market, federal government contracting, and the aerospace industry. Previously, Ray was the leader of Deloitte’s federal advisory practice, and a member of Deloitte’s operating committee, advisory executive committee, and federal executive committee. Prior to Deloitte, Ray was the chief operating officer of BearingPoint’s public services practice, and CFO of Orbital’s launch system’s group, Orbital’s corporate CIO, and Orbital’s SVP of group operations.
Winn holds an MBA with a concentration in information systems and a masters graduate certificate in information resource management from George Mason University, as well as bachelor's degrees in finance, accounting, and decision science. He 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.