Center for Government Contracting Advisory Board
The 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.
Ward & Berry
Ryan Berry is the Managing Partner of Ward & Berry, a Washington D.C. boutique law firm focused on representing federal contractors. He has successfully handled significant commercial litigation matters through trial for clients in the national security and technology sectors, and has guided clients through investigations brought by the Inspector General (IG) of federal agencies, Congressional investigations, suspensions and proposed debarments. Ryan assists companies in developing and maturing their compliance and ethics programs, conducts internal investigations, and provides periodic training to clients on critical compliance topics, such as mandatory reporting requirements, code of conduct, responding to government investigations, and whistleblower protection. Ryan maintains an active security clearance to represent defense and intelligence community clients in legal matters involving their classified government contracts.
Ryan’s service to the broader contractor community has included his elected term from 2017 to 2020 as the private security industry representative for the Americas on the board of directors of the International Code of Conduct Association (ICoCA) and his on-going roles as outside legal counsel and Advisory Council member of the International Stability Operations Association (ISOA). Ryan graduated from the Washington & Lee University School of Law. Prior to practicing law, Ryan was a management consultant for the Department of Defense, and earlier served as an officer in the United States Air Force in Space & Missile Operations and Acquisition Management roles. He holds a graduate certificate in Technical Program Management for Commercial Business from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and earned his bachelor’s degree from the United States Military Academy (West Point), where he competed on Army’s NCAA Rifle squad. BEAT NAVY.
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.
Christopher R. Cage
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Chris Cage has held a number of finance and management roles since first joining Leidos (formerly SAIC) in 1996. In his current role, Cage leads the global accounting and shared services organization for the $12 billion government technology services provider.
Prior to his current role, Cage has held roles including SVP of Operations Finance, where he led the finance integration efforts around the $5 billion acquisition of the Lockheed Martin IS&GS business, delivering substantial savings and a competitive and differentiated go to market structure. Additionally, he served as Chief Financial Officer of the Health & Engineering Sector, and SVP, Financial Planning & Analysis. Earlier in his tenure he implemented the company’s financial planning organization, processes and systems as a key enabler to support transitioning to a publicly traded company through an IPO in 2006. He has also supported M&A, investor relations and treasury, where he has helped lead capital raising activities in both the debt and equity markets.
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.
Joseph F. Chioda
Vice President Growth
Joseph (Joe) Chioda is the Vice President of Growth for ManTech’s Intelligence Sector, overseeing the Account Lead, Proposal Management Office and Capture organizations, as well as supporting Corporate Development activities. He is a seasoned executive with 30 years of account oversight, capture, proposal and P&L leadership in the Defense and intelligence community (IC) markets.
Before join ManTech in 2019, Mr. Chioda held leadership roles as an Account Lead at GDIT; Vice President, Business Development at BAE Systems; AT&T, where he led a P&L organization of IC business as the Client Executive Vice President; DynCorp International, where he supported Strategic Planning and M&A activities; and was Chief Growth Officer at a small private-equity owned company.
Mr. Chioda serves on the advisory board and Intelligence Champions Council for the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA) and holds memberships in AFCEA International, the Executive Mosaic/Potomac Officers Club, Washington Executive and the U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF), as well as serving on the Industry Advisory Working Group (IAWG) to the National Reconnaissance Office. He is an active member of the Professional Services Council (PSC).
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
David (Dave) J. Dacquino serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Serco Inc., a leading provider of professional, technology, and management services to every branch of the U.S. military, numerous U.S. federal civilian agencies, the intelligence community, the Government of Canada, state and local governments, and commercial clients.
Dave oversees the $1.4 billion business with approximately 8,000 employees providing support in three key market sectors - Defense, Citizen Services, and Transportation. Dave brings to Serco more than 30 years of experience in the defense, aeronautics and technical services industry.
In his previous role at Serco, Dave served as Senior Vice President of the Defense Services business unit and oversaw the Company's work in the areas of ship and shore/base modernization, hardware integration, acquisition and program management, logistics support, and personnel readiness.
Tara Murphy Dougherty
Chief Executive Officer
Tara Murphy Dougherty is the CEO of Govini. Prior to her role as CEO, Tara served as Govini’s President of National Security, leading strategy and growth, and overseeing Govini’s work with all federal clients.
Tara has held leadership positions in technology across industry, government, and non-profit sectors, including at Palantir Technologies and serving as Chief of Staff for Global Strategic Affairs in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, among other senior roles. Tara holds a BS from the Georgia Institute of Technology and an MA in Security Studies from Georgetown University. She is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
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 managing partner of Evans Consulting. 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
Fontana Law Group
James C. Fontana has over 35 years of experience as an attorney specializing in government contracts, commercial transactions and related litigation, as well as ethics compliance and corporate governance issues. 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.
Mr. Fontana is a frequent seminar speaker and author on issues relating to government contracts, ethics compliance, and technology-related issues. He had previously been a regular contributor to Washington Technology’s Infotech and the Law column and is now a frequent Commentary contributor. Mr. Fontana has published articles in numerous other publications, including the American Bar Association’s Public Contract Law Journal, the National Contract Management Journal, BNA Bloomberg, the National Defense Industrial Association and Federal Publications.
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.
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.
Chief Growth Officer
Expression Networks, LLC
Mr. Greene has over two decades of experience solving hard mission problems for federal customers. He has created and executed strategies for large, mid and small companies to make a successful jump to the next tier. As a leader with P&L, sales, business development, capture, and proposal experience, he has demonstrated success in significantly increasing revenue by capturing large multi-million dollar opportunities with a diverse set of clients. Mr. Greene has a proven ability to monetize strategies, work cross-functionally, establish and cultivate partnerships, devise and launch strategic initiatives, supervise staff, create and manage large budgets, and greatly impact growth.
He also serves on the Board of Advisors of Integrated Systems, Inc. in Tysons Corner VA and on the Board of Advisors for Sphinx Solutions, Inc. in Herndon VA.
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.
Co-Owner and Co-Founder
The Pulse of GovCon
Amber Hart is the Co-Founder and Co-Owner of The Pulse of GovCon, a boutique market intelligence firm that specializes in Federal Government Contracting data storytelling. A skilled Federal Business Developer, Ms. Amber Hart has over a decade of experience in all aspects of selling to the Federal Government. She brings critical knowledge and experience in navigating congressional and federal procurement data and sources, from legislation to appropriations and historical federal obligations. Her honesty and desire to invoke federal procurement change makes her a breath of fresh air in a convoluted and cumbersome industry. Ms. Hart received her Bachelor’s in Conflict Analysis and Resolution & Global Affairs from George Mason University (GMU) and is currently an active Board Member of Women in Technology (WIT) and GMU’s Center for Government Contracting (CGC) Advisory Board in the School of Business.
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.
Joseph B. Humphries
Market Executive, Specialized Lending
Atlantic Union Bank
Specialized Lending for Atlantic Union Bank, a $19 Billion commercial banking company. This team of bankers is focused on Government Contracting and brings considerable expertise and decades of experience, with a mission to deliver the Gov Con Community a consistent and reliable source of capital thru all phases of the business life cycle.
Located in Northern Virginia, he is an accomplished finance professional with over thirty years of experience building and rebuilding business units. He and his team provide working capital and growth capital and are active in recapitalizations and in Merger and Acquisition transactions.
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.
Senior Vice President
Naval Business Unit
Josh Jackson is senior vice president and operations manager for SAIC’s Navy and USMC Information Warfare Operation, with responsibility for leading strategy, market growth, P&L, and program delivery across all USMC and Navy Information Warfare organizations. With nearly 2,000 professionals, the organization brings a wide range of mission-oriented skills and capabilities to Navy and USMC clients, from Artificial Intelligence to Systems Engineering and Integration. His passion is solving complex mission challenges for clients using a diverse team while leveraging emerging technologies in smart and unique ways.
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.
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.
Executive Vice President, Public Sector
Mark leads the team that supports public sector clients by providing advisory and implementation services in various fields, including communications, social programs, cybersecurity, technology, and health.
Previously, Mark served as a business development leader for the public sector business and led the disaster management division. He also oversaw climate, sustainability, environmental health sciences, and surface transportation businesses. Mark has experience supporting a wide range of clients in addressing environmental, health, regulatory, information technology, and policy challenges. Mark was recognized as one of the Top 30 Public Sector Leaders to Watch in 2020.
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.
Eric S. Montalvo
Federal Practice Group
Mr. Eric S. Montalvo, a founding partner of the firm, has earned an international reputation as an aggressive, thorough and respected trial attorney familiar with the overwhelming nature of complex litigation and associated media strategies. Mr. Montalvo currently maintains a Top Secret/SCI security clearance. Mr. Montalvo has been recognized as a national leader in military law.
Mr. Montalvo, a “Mustang,” retired from active duty after serving 21 years in the United States Marine Corps which included combat tours during Desert Shield/Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom, deployments to Afghanistan and duties which ranged from prosecution, defense, command advisor, representing the U.S. Department of Justice as a Special Assistant to the U.S. Attorney for Parris Island before the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina, and service before the Military Commissions.
Mr. Montalvo focuses his practice on complex litigation matters, government contracts, military law, and international dispute resolution. His firm focuses on the unique bodies of law that the U.S. Federal Government has created.
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 Director
Government Contractor Banking Group
Eric Pietras has over 30 years of experience providing full spectrum financing and ancillary banking services to federal government contractors of all sizes. He has created and successfully grown government contractor lending groups at TD Bank, N.A. and at Chevy Chase Bank (predecessor to Capital One Bank), and has spent time on the government contractor lending teams at Bank of America and at Wells Fargo Capital Finance. He has been named Dealmaker of the Year – Capital Provider Category in the Association for Corporate Growth / National Capital Chapter Awards.
Eric recently joined FVCbank to start a dedicated government contractor banking practice to further expand that bank’s presence and past successes in the sector. FVCbank is a rapidly growing and entrepreneurially oriented community bank headquartered in Fairfax, VA. Fully committed to the government contracting sector, FVCbank primarily focuses on the emerging and middle market company size range, providing consultative financing solutions to support strategic corporate growth via working capital financing, recapitalizations, M&A transactions, etc.
Al is President of Mission Essential Lanugage & Logistic Solutions. He leads global operations, overseeing both big picture growth opportunities as well as day-to-day business execution. Al brings more than 30 years of experience in providing engineering, technology, operations, and consulting services to the DoD, Intelligence, and Law Enforcement communities.
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.
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.
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.
Chief Administrative Officer & General Counsel
Valiant Integrated Services
Emma Sharma serves as Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel of Valiant Integrated Services overseeing many of the vital administrative functions of the organization including the business integrity programs. As part of the team that created Valiant Integrated Services, Ms. Sharma was able to draw on her 20 years of experience as an international attorney and compliance professional.
In recent years, Ms. Sharma has worked internationally in a number of senior management and legal roles for recognized multinationals including Motorola, Business Objects (now part of SAP) and Capgemini. She is a graduate of the University of Cambridge, England, a member of the George Mason University GovCon Center Board of Advisors, and holds licenses to practice law in a number of jurisdictions.
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. He sits on the President's Innovation Council at George Mason University.
Senior Vice President of Business Strategy & Operations
Kevin Singh leads corporate programs with a focus on strategy development, special projects, and strategic initiatives. He has 15 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.
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.
John M. Tenaglia
Principal Director, Defense Pricing and Contracting
Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment
Mr. John M. Tenaglia serves as the Principal Director, Defense Pricing and Contracting (DPC) within the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). He is responsible for the pricing and contracting policy matters that relate to $300+ billion in annual contract obligations. As the functional leader of DoD’s 30,000+ contracting and purchasing professionals, he is responsible for their workforce career development. He serves as the principal advisor to the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment (USD(A&S)) on acquisition and procurement negotiation strategies for all major weapon systems, and major automated information systems programs. He is responsible for assisting the USD(A&S) in the implementation of the Department’s operational priorities, including business reform initiatives to reduce operational costs and speed delivery to the warfighter. He oversees business enterprise initiatives related to pricing, domestic, international, and contingency contract policy for DoD, and associated e-business solutions; and DoD procurement regulations.
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.
Mitch WaldmanExecutive Vice President
Government and Customer Relations
Huntington Ingalls Industries
Mitchell “Mitch” B. Waldman is executive vice president of government and customer relations for Huntington Ingalls Industries, America’s largest military shipbuilding company and a provider of professional services to partners in government and industry.
Named to this position in 2011, Waldman is responsible for leading the corporation’s engagements with the legislative branch, the executive branch including all federal agencies, business and trade associations, and think tanks. He also leads the corporation’s advanced technology effort, and is based in Washington, D.C.
Prior to this appointment and since 2009, Waldman served as vice president, business development of advanced programs and technology, for Northrop Grumman’s Aerospace Systems sector. Before joining Northrop Grumman, Waldman served as national security advisor for former Sen. Trent Lott and as a national security consultant to the office of the Senate Majority Leader. Waldman also served in a number of executive positions for the U.S. Navy, including deputy assistant secretary of the Navy (SHIPS).
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.
U.S. Federal Services Segment
Teresa “Terry” Weipert brings over 30 years of strategic government contracting experience to Maximus, including broad experience in designing and delivering innovative technology solutions to meet mission-critical business requirements. She serves as the General Manager of Maximus Federal, in which capacity she is responsible for all operations, financial, and business development activities for the Company’s U.S. Federal business. Ms. Weipert joined Maximus in 2021 with an eye to maturing and modernizing the Company’s digital transformation, enterprise IT, and BPO portfolios.
Previously, Ms. Weipert led the delivery of IBM’s healthcare, life sciences, and SLED service line, which includes application maintenance and support, custom application, and hybrid cloud services. Preceding her role at IBM, Ms. Weipert served as a Senior Vice President over the government group at Sutherland Global Services, where she stood up the business unit and drove triple-digit growth in the company’s service center management, contact center management, business process outsourcing, and analytics service areas.
She also serves on the Dean’s Council for the George Mason University School of Business.
Carrie WibbenSenior Vice President
Exiger Federal Solutions
Carrie is a Senior Vice President, Exiger Federal Solutions, based in Exiger’s McLean office.
As the former SVP, National Security and Intelligence, and the former Deputy Director of the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA), Carrie continues to lead Exiger in increasingly prominent roles following a distinguished career in National Security and Intelligence spanning more than two decades of service across various government agencies – including the U.S. Department of Defense, the Executive Office of the President, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
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.
Senior Vice President, Service Lines & Technology
Josh leads LMI’s concept development and customer delivery of capabilities for advanced analytics and artificial intelligence (AI), data and enterprise operations, and digital solutions. He previously served as LMI’s vice president of advanced analytics, directing a team that helped federal agencies leverage analytic-driven innovation to materially improve citizen services and operational performance as well as develop capabilities organically.
As a senior executive officer of the LMI Research Institute and LMI Ventures, the latter of which he helped establish, Josh manages a portfolio of partnerships, developing enterprise data management, modeling and simulation, and AI solutions so LMI can address immediate client challenges.
Prior to LMI, Josh was a U.S. Army officer, serving two overseas tours focused on infrastructure reconstruction efforts in Iraq. He later joined Deloitte’s public-sector practice, where he specialized in analytics-driven business model transformation and strategic planning engagements. Josh holds a bachelor’s in systems engineering from the U.S. Military Academy and a master’s in engineering management from Missouri University of Science and Technology.
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.