SPEAKER BIOGRAPHIES 9 – 10 November 2011 Sheraton Premiere at Tysons Corner Vienna, VA
General James F. AmosCommandant of the Marine CorpsOn October 22, 2010 General James F.Amos assumed the duties of Commandant ofthe Marine Corps. A graduate of theUniversity of Idaho, General Amos has heldcommand at all levels from LieutenantColonel to Lieutenant General.General Amos’ command tours haveincluded: Marine Wing Support Squadron173 from 1985-1986; Marine Fighter AttackSquadron 312 – attached to Carrier Air Wing8 onboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) – from 1991-1993; Marine AircraftGroup 31 from 1996-1998; 3rd MarineAircraft Wing in combat during OperationsIRAQI FREEDOM I and II from 2002-2004; II Marine Expeditionary Force from2004-2006; and Commanding General, Marine Corps Combat Development Commandand Deputy Commandant, Combat Development and Integration from 2006 to 2008.Additional operational tours have included Marine Fighter Attack Squadrons 212, 235,232, and 122.General Amos’ staff assignments include tours with Marine Aircraft Groups 15 and 31,the III Marine Amphibious Force, Training Squadron Seven, The Basic School, and withthe MAGTF Staff Training Program. Additionally, he was assigned to NATO as DeputyCommander, Naval Striking Forces, Southern Europe, Naples Italy where hecommanded NATO’s Kosovo Verification Center, and later served as Chief of Staff,U.S. Joint Task Force Noble Anvil during the air campaign over Serbia. Transferred in2000 to the Pentagon, he was assigned as Assistant Deputy Commandant for Aviation.Reassigned in December 2001, General Amos served as the Assistant DeputyCommandant for Plans, Policies and Operations, Headquarters, Marine Corps. From2008-2010 General Amos served as the 31st Assistant Commandant of the MarineCorps.
Vice Admiral David ArchitzelCommanderNaval Air Systems CommandVice Admiral Architzel currently serves ascommander, Naval Air Systems Command,headquartered in Patuxent River, Md. Heassumed his duties in May 2010, after serving asthe principal military deputy to the assistantsecretary of the Navy (Research, Development,and Acquisition).Previous flag assignments included programexecutive officer for Aircraft Carriers;commander of Operational Test and EvaluationForce, Norfolk; commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic; commander, Naval Safety Center,Norfolk; commander, Iceland Defense Force;and commander, Fleet Air Keflavik.At sea, Architzel served as the executive officer, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) andPre-Commissioning Unit John C. Stennis (CVN 74). He served as the commanding officer,USS Guam (LPH 9); flagship for commander Amphibious Squadron (CPR) 2; and thesixth commanding officer of USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71).A career naval aviator, Architzel has accumulated more than 5,000 flight hours, 4,300 ofthose hours in the S-3, and the remainder in some 30 other aircraft types in his role as atest pilot at NAS Patuxent River. He served in Sea Control Squadron (VS) 30, deployingaboard USS Forrestal (CV 59), and as maintenance officer in VS-28, deploying aboardUSS Independence (CV 62). He later returned to VS-30 as the executive officer andsubsequently as commanding officer.Architzel was born in Ogdensburg, N.Y., and raised in Merrick, Long Island. He earneda Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics at the U.S. Naval Academy in June 1973and also holds a Master of Science degree in aeronautical systems from the University ofWest Florida. He enjoys major league baseball, model trains and is a really average golfer.His decorations include two Navy Distinguished Service Medals, the Defense SuperiorService Medal, four Legions of Merit, three Meritorious Service Medals, the NavyAchievement Medal and various service related awards and campaign ribbons. He wasalso awarded the Spanish Naval Cross of Merit from His Majesty, King Juan Carlos ofSpain, the Navy Leagues John Paul Jones Leadership Award for 1998, and theCommanders Cross with Star of the Icelandic Order of the Falcon presented by thepresident of Iceland.
John R. CampbellDeputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Wounded WarriorCare & Transition PolicyU.S. Department of DefenseIn 2010, Mr. John R. Campbell was appointed bythe Secretary of Defense as the Deputy AssistantSecretary of Defense for Wounded Warrior Careand Transition Policy, where he is responsiblefor ensuring wounded, ill, injured andtransitioning Service members receive highquality services including the tools needed totransition seamlessly to civilian life.In 2007, Mr. Campbell founded and served asChief Executive Officer of MyVetwork, an on-line social network whose mission is to createone place where service men and women,veterans and their families can connect, supporteach other, find resources and share informationwith others in the military community.From 1997- 2007, Mr. Campbell served as Chief Financial Officer and Senior Advisorfor Wf360, where he helped build interactive dialogue-based initiatives that achieve avariety of specific goals for large organizations with dispersed workforces, as well ascompanies interested in leveraging customer relationships. Wf360’s GlobalConservationalists have included Meg Whitman, CEO of eBay, General James Jones,Supreme Allied Commander of NATO Forces, and Christine Lagarde, France’s FinanceMinister.Prior to his service with Wf360, Mr. Campbell held high ranking leadership positionswithin the financial services industry including his role as Managing Director SeniorAdvisor for Credit Suisse First Boston, in the capacity of Chief of Staff for GlobalBanking, where he oversaw strategic planning, budgeting, and resource management.Before serving in this capacity, Mr. Campbell served in several roles in seniormanagement for Credit Suisse including Managing Director and Head of CommercialBanking – North America.His tenure within the financial sector included positions with J.P. Morgan and Company,Inc. where he was deputy Project manager for Morgan’s $1billion new headquartersbuilding on Wall Street. Before that, he was responsible for the bank’s lending portfolioin the Southern cone of Latin America. Mr. Campbell also played a key role in mergingMorgan’s National and International Banking Divisions.Mr. Campbell served in the United States Marine Corps from 1967 – 1970 and served asa platoon commander in Vietnam in 1968 where he received two purple hearts. Mr.Campbell holds a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration (B.S.B.A.) fromGeorgetown University and a Masters of Business Administration (M.B.A.) fromColumbia University.
Robert S. CarringtonDirector, Recovery Care CoordinationOffice of Wounded Warrior Care and Transition PolicyU.S. Department of Defense After initially enlisting in the U.S. Army in 1975,Mr. Bob Carrington graduated from the U.S.Military Academy in 1980 and served twentyyears in the U.S. Army as an Infantry Officer.As an Army Officer, he served as a platoonleader, company commander and battalioncommander. He also served on staffs atBattalion, Corps, Theater Army, MilitaryAcademy, Joint Task Force, and Headquarters,Department of the Army level.One of his most unusual assignments as anInfantry Officer was when he was selected forgraduate school and subsequently assigned as aCadet Counselor at West Point. Anotherunusual assignment was his final assignment inuniform when he served as the Women in theArmy Policy Branch Chief and Army Liaison to DACOWITS.After retiring from active duty in 2000, Lieutenant Colonel Carrington took a civil serviceposition at the Library of Congress. Later, he worked for a short time as an Associatewith Booz, Allen & Hamilton working on the Army’s EBenefits effort until January 2002when he returned to the Army Staff as a Department of the Army Civilian. First, servingas the Deputy Chief, Army Readiness Division, G-3, the Division Chief, and later servingfor three years as the Director for Strategy Management.In 2007, Mr. Carrington volunteered to deploy to Iraq on a detail to the Department ofState to serve as a Senior Governance Advisor on the Western Anbar EmbeddedProvincial Reconstruction Team where he was further embedded with a U.S. MarineCorps Task Force in al Qaim. He returned in 2008 to serve as an advisor on the Chief ofStaff of the Army’s Enterprise Task Force and then transferred to the Office of theSecretary of Defense to serve as the Chief of Staff of the Plans Deputate.In the summer of 2009, he was asked by the Department of State to serve again on adetail, this time supporting Governance and Development Lines of Operation as amultiple District Support Team Leader in Naray, Afghanistan working with a U.S. ArmyTask Force. During this second deployment, he was found unconscious and wasmedically evacuated through Bagram to Landstuhl, Germany. Afterwards, he chose toremain in Theater and returned to his position at Forward Operating Base Bostick innortheast Afghanistan.In the fall of 2010, he returned to his previous position in the Office of the UnderSecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness until he joined the Office of WoundedWarrior Care & Transition Policy.
E. Robert ChamberlinPresident and CEONISHBob Chamberlin was promoted to President andChief Executive Officer of NISH in August, 2000.Prior to joining NISH as Vice President ofOperations in December 1999, Chamberlin was theDeputy Director of the Defense Logistics Agency atFort Belvoir, Virginia, where he managed the41,000-person organization responsible forworldwide logistics support of the U.S. ArmedForces. In that position, he was an active supporterof programs for persons with disabilities; and in1998, he was appointed by the President to serve asthe Department of Defenses member on thePresident’s Committee for Purchase From PeopleWho Are Blind or Severely Disabled, the federalagency responsible for oversight of the AbilityOneProgram. Recognized as an expert in logistics, best commercial practices andmodernization of business systems, Chamberlin had a distinguished career in the Navywhere he attained the rank of Rear Admiral and held numerous key assignments afloat,overseas and ashore.He is a native of Westwood, Massachusetts, and a graduate of the University ofWisconsin. He also holds a Master in Business Administration degree from HarvardUniversity and completed the Senior Executive Program in National and InternationalSecurity at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He hasnumerous decorations and awards including the Defense Distinguished Service, theDefense Superior Service, and the Legion of Merit Awards. He is listed in Whos Who inAmerica and resides with his wife Sandy in Montclair, Virginia, where they raised fourdaughters and have been active in community and volunteer activities.
General Peter W. ChiarelliVice Chief of StaffUnited States ArmyGeneral Peter W. Chiarelli became the 32ndVice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army on August4th, 2008. In his previous assignment, he wasthe Senior Military Assistant to the Secretary ofDefense from March 2007 to August 2008. Hehails from Seattle, Washington and is aDistinguished Military Graduate of SeattleUniversity. General Chiarelli was commissioneda second lieutenant of Armor in September1972. Throughout his career he has served inArmy units in the United States, Germany andBelgium. He has commanded at every level fromplatoon to corps.His principal staff assignments have been as theOperations Officer, 1st Cavalry Division at FortHood, Texas; Executive Assistant and later Executive Officer to the Supreme AlliedCommander, Commander United States European Command at SHAPE Headquarters,Mons, Belgium; as the Director of Operations, Readiness and Mobilization, atHeadquarters, Department of the Army.He commanded a motorized infantry battalion at Fort Lewis, Washington; an armorbrigade at Fort Lewis, Washington; served as the Assistant Division Commander forSupport in the 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, Texas; commanded the 1st CavalryDivision at Fort Hood, Texas and in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom II; andcommanded Multi-National Corps-Iraq.General Chiarelli holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science fromSeattle University, a Masters of Public Administration from the University ofWashington, a Masters of Arts in National Security and Strategy from Salve ReginaUniversity.
Larry CliftonSenior Vice PresidentRecruiting, Workforce Planning and DevelopmentCACI International, Inc. Larry Clifton is Senior Vice President in charge ofRecruiting, Workforce Planning and Development forCACI International Inc, a 14,000 employee, $3.5billion revenue, professional services and informationtechnology company serving the defense, intelligence,homeland security, and federal civilian governmentagencies.Mr. Clifton is responsible for hiring approximately3,600 new employees and redeploying over 800current employees onto new projects annually.As part of his responsibilities, Mr. Clifton manages awide array of programs such as the employee referralprogram, alumni program, recruiting technology systems, and CACI’s Deploying TalentCreating Careers hiring program designed to provide veterans, especially those withdisabilities, with a productive meaningful career at CACI. Mr. Clifton and his staff areresponsible for sourcing qualified candidates and the overall management of CACI’srecruiting process, including targeted recruiting campaigns, job fairs, job boards, virtualcareer fairs, advertising, social media, and other cutting edge initiatives focused on bringingtop talent to CACI.Mr. Clifton was named the top Senior HR leader in the Washington DC metro area in2009 by HRLA. He and his team were also selected as the national ERE RecruitingDepartment/Function of the year award winner in 2011 and runner-up best MilitaryRecruiting Talent Program.Prior to joining CACI in 2000, Mr. Clifton proudly served in the United States Air Forceand held numerous leadership positions. He was Director of Staff for the 89th Airlift Wingand Commander of the busiest aerial port in the world directly supporting the Presidentof the United States. He received a regents bachelor’s degree in business administrationfrom West Virginia University, a master’s degree in Business Management from CentralMichigan University, and a master’s degree in human resources from Webster University.
Dinah F. B. CohenDirector, Computer/Electronics Accommodation ProgramU.S. Department of DefenseDinah F. B. Cohen is the Director for the Department ofDefense (DoD) Computer/Electronic AccommodationsProgram (CAP). Ms. Cohen works closely with seniorleadership throughout the Federal sector to ensureemployees, beneficiaries, and members of the public withdisabilities have equal access to Federal services andemployment. Over 81,000 requests for accommodationshave been filled since CAPs inception in 1990. Ms. Cohenalso initiated a program to provide assistive technologyand accommodation support to wounded service membersto aid in their rehabilitation and recovery process.Ms. Cohen was the recipient of the 2009 Federal 100-Presidential Award for her role inmanagement excellence. The Partnership for Public Service honored Ms. Cohen as therecipient of the 2007 Service to America Medal for her team’s tremendous impact onemployees with disabilities and wounded service members. Under Ms. Cohensleadership, CAP received the Office of Personnel Management’s 2008 President’sQuality Award for Expanded E-Government. CAP has also received the 2006 Freedomto Compete Award from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.Ms. Cohen is an international speaker on disability policy, reasonable accommodations,accessibility and information technology and its impact on employment of people withdisabilities. She continues to serve on numerous interagency accessibility committees andconference groups.Ms. Cohen is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. She received her Masters of Sciencedegree in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in rehabilitation counseling fromthe State University of New York. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in SocialScience/Elementary Education from Russell Sage College in Troy, New York.
Justin ConstantineU.S. Department of JusticeJustin graduated from James Madison University in 1992 with a double major in English andPolitical Science and a minor in German, and later graduated from the University of DenverSchool of Law in 1998. Justin joined the U.S. Marine Corps after his second year of lawschool. While on active duty, Justin served as a Judge Advocate specializing in criminal law,and was stationed both in Okinawa, Japan, and at Camp Pendleton, California, where heworked as a defense counsel and criminal prosecutor.Justin left active duty in 2004, and worked for the U.S. Immigration and CustomsEnforcement (ICE) for two years. As a Marine Reservist, he volunteered for deployment toIraq in 2006, and served in the Al-Anbar Province as a Team Leader of a group of Marinesperforming civil affairs work while attached to an infantry battalion. While on a routinecombat patrol six weeks into his deployment, Justin was shot in the head by a sniper. Thanksto his fellow Marines and the courage and skill of a U.S. Navy Corpsman, Justin survived.His personal awards from his time in Iraq include the Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon,and Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal.Upon recovering from his injuries, Justin started a new job with the U.S. Department ofJustice, working in their Office of Immigration Litigation. In November of 2008, Justin wasinvited to serve as Counsel for the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee. At the same time,Justin and his wife Dahlia also started Iraq and Back (www.IraqandBack.com), their ownsmall business which featured different apparel items they designed honoring those who haddeployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. Although he has wrapped up the commercial aspect ofthat business, he still runs their T-Shirts For Troops Campaign, where individuals andbusinesses buy shirts at cost, but instead of the shirts being shipped to the purchasers, theyare sent down to the Wounded Warriors and their families recovering at the Brooke ArmyMedical Center in San Antonio.Most recently Justin started a new job with the Department of Justice working on acounterterrorism team. This job is a great fit for Justin because he feels that he is finally“back in the fight” and it dovetails perfectly with his professional interests. In 2009, Justinwas an honor graduate of the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, and aims to pursuea graduate degree in National Security Studies next year. As a Major in the Marine CorpsReserve, Justin is the Reserve Staff Judge Advocate for Marine Forces South in Miami,Florida. He serves on the Board of Directors of several nonprofit organizations, includingthe Wounded Warrior Project. He also serves on a 4-year Congressionally-mandated TaskForce for Recovering Warriors which provides an annual report to the Department ofDefense.Over the last several years Justin has spoken to numerous military, business and schoolgroups about the value of a positive attitude, teamwork and community values inovercoming adversity. Earlier this year CNN interviewed Justin and discussed the issues ofveteran unemployment and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and he was also honoredby the White House as a Champion of Change regarding veterans’ issues. Leading up to 9/11of this year, the Atlantic national magazine published an article of Justin’s about the personalcosts of war. Also, Justin has been featured in magazines and programs such as Mens Health,James Madison University’s Madison Magazine, the Wounded Warrior Project’s After ActionReport, the Verizon FIOS Channel 1 magazine show “Push-Pause,” and the Department ofLabor’s America’s Heroes at Work Success Stories.
Captain Brad CooperExecutive Director, Joining ForcesThe White House, Office of the First Lady Captain Brad Cooper is a 1989 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, where he earned aB.S. in Economics. Captain Cooper’s career has been marked by global service in everyCombatant Command theater of operation, including a tour on the ground inAfghanistan, as well as four tours working for senior leaders in the U.S. Department ofDefense and the government of Afghanistan.Afloat, Cooper’s tours include service as the CIC Officer in USS Thomas S. Gates (CG51), Flag Aide to the Commander, Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group, Operations Officer inUSS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) and USS Anzio (CG 68) and Executive Officer in USSVicksburg (CG 69). He most recently had the great life privilege to serve as theCommanding Officer in USS Russell (DDG 59).Cooper has participated in 13 named operations including: Operation DesertShield/Desert Storm three counter-narcotic deployments off the coast of SouthAmerica; enforcement of the no-fly zone over Bosnia and Herzegovina against theformer Republic of Yugoslavia; Haitian migrant operations; three deployments in theArabian Gulf conducting maritime interdiction against the former regime of SaddamHussein; deployed operations leading up to the Kosovo campaign; a deployment to theNorth Arabian Sea immediately following the attacks of 9/11; counter-insurgencyoperations against the Taliban and Al Qaeda in eastern Afghanistan; and a deployment tothe Western Pacific.Ashore, he most recently served as Senior Military Assistant to the Under Secretary ofDefense for Personnel and Readiness; other staff tours include service as: SpecialAssistant to the Commander, U.S. Africa Command, headquartered in Stuttgart,Germany; Executive Assistant to the Afghan Minister of the Interior; Division Chief forStrategic Reform of the Afghan Police and Border Guards while assigned to CombinedSecurity Transition Command, Afghanistan; Flag Aide to the Commander, U.S. PacificFleet, headquartered in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; and three tours in the Navy PersonnelCommand as an assignment officer, including service as the Deputy Director for SurfaceWarfare Officer assignments.Cooper has studied International Relations at Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Lawand Diplomacy. He earned a M.S. in Strategic Intelligence from the National DefenseIntelligence College in Washington, D.C., graduated from the U.S. Army Command andGeneral Staff College and briefly served as a Fellow at the Asia-Pacific Center forSecurity Studies.Captain Cooper was the 2003 recipient of the Surface Navy’s Admiral Elmo ZumwaltAward for Visionary Leadership. His 17 personal awards include the Defense SuperiorService Medal and the Bronze Star Medal. Crews and teams with whom he has servedhave earned ten unit commendations and eight “Battle E” awards for operationalexcellence, including back-to-back awards during his command tour in Russell.
Ruth A. FanningDirector, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment ServiceU.S. Department of Veterans Affairs As Director of the Department of Veterans Affairs Vocational Rehabilitation andEmployment (VR&E) Service, Ms. Fanning is responsible for the oversight ofcomprehensive rehabilitation services provided nationally to veterans with service-connected disabilities. Program services include assistance that enables veterans toachieve maximum independence in daily living activities with an ultimate goal of eachveteran obtaining and sustaining suitable employment. VR&E serves more than 90,000disabled veterans annually, with approximately 65,000 veterans entering the program forthe first time each year.Prior to her appointment as the VR&E Service Director, Ms. Fanning worked in theCleveland VA Regional Office as the Assistant Director and Acting Director. In thoseroles, she worked with Clevelands management team to ensure quality and timelyservices to Ohios 1.1 million veterans. Services provided included the adjudication ofcompensation claims for disabled veterans and Vocational Rehabilitation andEmployment services. The office served as a Regional Loan Center, responsible toadminister VAs home loan program and Specially Adaptive Housing grant program for asix state area. The Cleveland Regional Office also provided special missions throughthree special units: the Tiger Team, the Resource Center, and the Virtual InformationCenter.Prior to working in Cleveland, Ms. Fanning was the Vocational Rehabilitation andEmployment Officer at one of the largest Regional Offices in the country, the St.Petersburg, VA Regional Office. While in St. Petersburg, Ms. Fanning led the VR&Edivision to become a top performing office, leading the nation by rehabilitating over 700veterans in fiscal year 2005. Prior to becoming the VR&E Officer, Ms. Fanning was theAssistant VR&E Officer and a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor at the St. PetersburgRegional Office. Before beginning her VA career, Ms. Fanning worked in the privatesector rehabilitation field and mental health field. She has an MA degree inRehabilitation Counseling from the University of South Florida and is a certifiedRehabilitation Counselor and Certified Vocational Evaluator with over 26 years ofexperience in the counseling and rehabilitation fields.
Colonel Greg GadsonDirectorU.S. Army Wounded Warrior Program (AW2)COL Gregory D. Gadson currently serves as theDirector of the U.S. Army Wounded WarriorProgram (AW2). A highly-decorated militaryofficer, COL Gadson has served in the U.S. Armyfor more than 20 years as a field artillery officer.He has served in every major conflict of the lasttwo decades, including Operation DesertShield/Desert Storm (Kuwait), Operation JointForge (Bosnia-Herzegovina), Operation EnduringFreedom (Afghanistan), and Operation IraqiFreedom (Iraq), where he commanded a new unitas part of the surge to secure Baghdad in 2007.During his service in Operation Iraqi Freedom in2007,COL Gadson was severely injured by anImprovised Explosive Device (IED), resulting in the amputation of both legs above theknee and severe damage to his right arm. COL Gadson emphasizes that his injuries arenot the important part of his story; instead, he now focuses on his accomplishmentssince the incident.COL Gadson’s awards include 3 Bronze Star Medals, a Purple Heart, Meritorious ServiceMedal (3 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (3 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (2OLC), National Defense Service Medal (2 OLC), Southwest Asia Service Medal with 2Bronze Stars, 2 Armed Forces Expeditionary Medals, Global War on TerrorismExpeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Saudi ArabianLiberation Medal, Kuwaiti Liberation Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, and the IraqCampaign Medal. He is also authorized to wear the Combat Action Badge and theMaster Parachutist Badge.A 1989 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, COL Gadsonholds Masters Degrees in Information Systems and Policy Management from WebsterUniversity. In 2010, he was an Army War College Fellow at the Institute of WorldPolitics in Washington, D.C. He is also a graduate of the Command and General StaffCollege and the Field Artillery Officers Advanced Course.
The Honorable Juan M. Garcia IIIAssistant Secretary of the NavyManpower and Reserve AffairsJuan M. Garcia, III was confirmed as the AssistantSecretary of the Navy (Manpower and ReserveAffairs) on 16 September 2009.Garcia is an attorney, former Texas StateRepresentative, and a second-generation navalaviator. Born May 27, 1966, his family hails fromSouth Texas. He graduated from UCLA in 1988,giving the commencement speech; earned a J.D.from Harvard Law School, and an M.A. fromHarvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Governmentin 1992. After graduation, Garcia reported toAviation Officer Candidate School and flighttraining, earning his “Wings of Gold” at Naval AirStation (NAS), Corpus Christi, Texas in 1995.Garcia served in Patrol Squadron 47 out of NAS Barber’s Point, Hawaii, and completeddeployments to the Persian Gulf and Western Pacific. Garcia also served overseas as flagaide to the Deputy Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe in London, England,deploying as part of Operation Allied Force during hostilities in Kosovo. Selected to be aWhite House Fellow, he served as a Special Assistant to the Secretary of Education.Garcia then reported for sea duty aboard the aircraft carrier, USS CONSTELLATION,qualifying as OOD(U). In 2002, Garcia returned to the air as a flight instructor withTraining Squadron 27 at NAS Corpus Christi.Leaving active duty in 2004, he transferred to the Navy Reserve, and served as thecommanding officer of Squadron Augment Unit 28 at Corpus Christi until hisappointment as Assistant Secretary of the Navy.Garcia practiced civil law in Corpus Christi, and was elected to the House ofRepresentatives in 2006, focusing on transparency in government and veterans issues. Heis a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and continues to serve in the NavalReserves.Garcia is married to the former Denise Giraldez, a Harvard Law classmate. They havefour young children.
Pam GerassimidesAssistant Executive DirectorNational Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA) A workforce development expert, Pam Gerassimides joined the National Association ofState Workforce Agencies (NASWA) in November 1998; she has since served theAssociation in a variety of roles.Today primarily she oversees the National Labor Exchange (NLX) working closely withDirectEmployers Association and other stakeholders to help implement thissophisticated employment network as a replacement to the defunct Americas Job Bank.Pam has staffed NASWA’s national IT Directors Committee, an UnemploymentInsurance program workgroup, and the Communications and Legislative Committee.She has also been involved and led many grant projects such as the “OccupationalInformation Network (O*NET) Training and Tools Project”, the “WorkforceDevelopment Staff Skills Training Project,” the AJB Marketing campaign, as well as, aninternational workforce development project in the Caribbean.Before joining NASWA, Pam was briefly a policy analyst, for the US Department ofLabor, Office of Welfare to Work Program. Her early experience in the workforcedevelopment system was gained at the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry,where she served as Youth Programs Coordinator for five years. In Pennsylvania shewas also a part of the School-to-Work Interagency Team and participated as a grant-writer in National Emergency Grants grants.Ms. Gerassimides received a Bachelors Degree from Berea College in Kentucky in 1991and a Masters Degree in Public and International Affairs from the Graduate School ofPublic and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh in 1993. She lives inArlington, VA with her husband Nick and their 6-year old daughter ‘Elena.
Elder Granger, M.D., MG FACP, CPE, FACPE,FACHE, CMQ, USA (Retired)President and CEO, The 5Ps, LLCChairman, Hero Health HireMajor General Granger is President and CEO ofThe 5Ps, LLC, a health care, education, andleadership consulting organization. MG Grangerserved as the Deputy Director and ProgramExecutive Officer of the TRICAREManagement Activity, Office of the AssistantSecretary of Defense (Health Affairs),Washington, DC, from December 2005 to May2009. In this role, he was the principal advisorto the Assistant Secretary of Defense (HealthAffairs) on DoD health plan policy and performance. He oversaw the acquisition,operation and integration of DoDs managed care program within the Military HealthSystem. MG Granger led a staff of 1,800 in planning, budgeting and executing a $22.5Billion Defense Health Program and in ensuring the effective and efficient provision ofhigh-quality, accessible health,care for 9.2 million Uniformed Service members, theirfamilies, retirees and others located worldwide.Prior to joining TRICARE Management Activity, MG Granger led the largest U.S. andmulti-national battlefield health system in our recent history while serving asCommander, Task Force 44th Medical Command and Command Surgeon for theMultinational Corps Iraq. He has led at every level of the Army Medical Department,with previous assignments as Commander, 44th Medical Command, XVIII AirborneCorps Command Surgeon and Director of Health Services, Fort Bragg, North Carolina;MG Granger has received numerous awards, decorations and honors, including theDefense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with three oak leaf clusters, theBronze Star Medal, and the Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters. He isboard-certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the Board ofHematology and Oncology. His professional affiliations include the Board of Directorsof the American College of Physician Executives (Fellow), the National MedicalAssociation, the Interagency Institute for Federal Health Care Executives, the AmericanCollege of Healthcare Executives, and the American Society of Clinical Oncology. He isa Certified Physician Executive by the Certifying Commission in Medical Managementand Certified in Medical Quality by the American Board of Medical Quality.He earned a bachelor of science degree from Arkansas State University in 1976. ADistinguished Military Graduate, MG Granger was commissioned through the ReserveOfficer Training Corps. Upon graduation from the University Of Arkansas School ofMedicine in 1980, he was awarded the Henry Kaiser Medical Fellowship for MedicalExcellence and Leadership. MG Granger completed a residency in Internal Medicine in1983 and a fellowship in Hematology-Oncology in 1986 at Fitzsimons Army MedicalCenter.
Margaret R. HarrellDeputy Commander, Corporate OperationsNaval Sea Systems Command (SEA 10) Ms. Margaret (Peggy) Harrell’s Navy careerbegan as a high school teacher in Rota, Spainwith the Department of Defense DependentSchool System. Her Civil Service includes NavalShipyard Analyst, Industrial ImprovementManager, and Corporate Strategic PlanningOfficer at Naval Sea Systems Command(NAVSEA) and the NAVSEA Naval ShipyardBase Realignment and Closure ImplementationProgram Manager.In 1996, Ms. Harrell was promoted to the SeniorExecutive Service (SES) as Project ManagementOfficer, Human Resource (HR) Regionalizationwhere she led the initiative to regionalize HRdelivery services from a decentralized alignmentinto geographically dispersed HR Service Centers. In 1998, she relocated to NorfolkNaval Shipyard (NNSY) as Deputy Business and Strategic Planning Officer responsiblefor the management and direction of the planning, funding, and technical functions ofthe NNSY Business Office. In 2001, she reported to U.S. Fleet Forces (USFF) as theDeputy Director, Fleet Maintenance, and in 2004 was again promoted to the SES andassigned to the USFF Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Operational Readiness andTraining position where she served as the advisor to the Commander on Fleet Readinessand Training. In 2008, Ms. Harrell was assigned to the USFF Assistant Deputy Directorfor Fleet Warfare Programs position responsible for integrating the Planning,programming, Budgeting and Execution cycle. In 2009, Ms. Harrell reported as theRegional Maintenance Centers’ (RMC) Assistant Deputy Commander where she wasresponsible for the operations of five RMCs providing services to Carrier, Submarineand Surface Type Commanders (TYCOMs) and the numbered Fleets. Currently, sheserves as Deputy Commander, NAVSEA, Corporate Operations and Total ForceDirectorate.Ms. Harrell was commissioned in 1986 as an Intelligence Officer in the Naval Reserve,last serving Deputy Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance for Commander,Second Fleet, Joint Force Air Component Commander. She is a member of theAmerican Society of Naval Engineers and the Senior Professional Women’s Association.Ms. Harrell is the recipient of the Meritorious Civilian Service and three Superior CivilianAchievement Awards. Additionally, Ms. Harrell established, owned and operatedGeorgian House Bed and Breakfast in Annapolis, Maryland.Ms. Harrell has a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in adult educationand counseling.
Michele S. JonesSpecial Assistant and Senior Advisor to the Under Secretaryof Defense (Personnel and Readiness) and the PrincipalDeputy Under Secretary of Defense (Personnel andReadiness)U.S. Department of DefenseMichele S. Jones is a member of the Senior Executive Service and was appointed as theSpecial Assistant and Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary of Defense (Personnel andReadiness) and the Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Personnel andReadiness) on December 15, 2010. She is responsible for providing advice and assistanceon the development of an implementation strategy for Personnel and Readiness fororganizational efficiency. Additionally, she provides leadership, strategic thinking and advice on approaches andopportunities to support Veterans, Wounded Warrior III and Injured Programs. She hasthe responsibility of the project to support the Under Secretary’s goal to advance theNational Security and defense initiatives through organization transformation andefficiency. She establishes and maintains close and effective relationships throughout theDepartment of Defense (DOD), Joint Staff, Secretaries of Military and Directors ofDefense Agencies and conducts numerous complex and high special assignments of highlevel subjects critical to DoD. Also, she is required to testify to Congressional oversightcommittees, and meet with Congressional staff.Currently, she is on special detail to the United. States Office of Personnel Managementin support of the President’s Veteran’s Employment Initiative and the First Lady’sMilitary Families Initiative.Previously she served as Special Assistant to the Secretary of Defense White HouseLiaison from July 20, 2009 until December 14, 2010. In that capacity she wasresponsible for the management of the Department of Defense staffing, recruitment,vetting and clearance process for political sensitive positions, boards and commissionappointments. She was as the Principal DOD contact with the Presidential PersonnelOffice, White House Military Office and the Principal DOD liaison for the White HousePolitical Affairs Office, the White House Intergovernmental Affairs and the President’sCouncil on Women and Girls. Ms. Jones conducted special projects as determined by theOffices of the President, Vice President, First Lady and other White House Agencies.Additionally she conducted the final review and approval of all OSD, Defense Agency,Army, Navy and Air Force headquarters level consultants and expert actions.In her military career, was the 9th Command Sergeant Major (CSM) of the Army Reservefrom October 2002 through August 2006. She retired on March 1, 2007 after 25 yearsof service in both the active and reserve component. As the CSM of the Army Reserve,she served as the senior advisor to the Chief of the Army on all enlisted Soldier matters.She represented the Army Reserve enlisted Soldier at all levels within the Army,Department of Defense, Congressional and in the media. She served on multiplecouncils, boards and testified before Congressional Committees and Subcommittees thatmade decisions, recommendations and legislative changes affecting Soldiers and theirfamilies.
She distinguished herself as being the first woman selected as class president at theUnited States Sergeants Major Academy (Class 48), the first woman to serve as a divisionCSM, and culminating as the first woman to serve as the CSM of any of the Army’sComponents, Active or Reserve. Prior to her retirement, she held the highestNoncommissioned Officer position of any woman in the Army.A career Soldier, Ms. Jones held many positions of leadership responsibility from squadleader, section leader, Platoon Sergeant, First Sergeant and Command Sergeant Major.Some of her career highlights include assignments to 78th Division, (Training Support),Edison, NJ; United States Army Special Operations Command (Airborne) (TroopProgram Unit), Fort Bragg, NC; United States Army Civil Affairs and PsychologicalOperations Command (Airborne) Fort Bragg, NC; 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg;4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, CO. She has served during every major contingencyoperation including - Operations Desert Shield/Storm, Restore Hope, Provide Comfort,Joint Endeavor and Nobel Eagle. She toured extensively throughout Bosnia, Kosovo,Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Qatar and Uzbekistan. Ms. Jones has been featured in multiple newspapers and magazines around the world,including Ebony, Jet and was highlighted in Essence Magazine’s Anniversary Edition as 1of 35 of the World’s Most Remarkable Women. She has appeared on the nationallysyndicated Tavis Smiley Show, Black Entertainment Television (BET), Steve HarveyMorning Show and numerous radio stations. Additionally, she has served as a panelist atseveral universities across the nation and at the “Women Shaping the World Summit” inNew York City. Ms. Jones is continuously invited as a keynote speaker for variousmilitary and civilian organizations. She is the 2005 recipient of the NAACP MeritoriousService Award, the only enlisted service member to receive the award in the NAACPhistory. In 2009, she received both the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation,Inc., Spirit of Democracy Lifetime Achievement Award, the Ford Foundation’sFreedom’s Sister Award, and the Fullwood Foundation’s President’s Award and is the2011 recipient of the National Congress of Black Women’s “Shirley Chisholm TrailblazerAward”. She was selected to speak at the Democratic National Convention and served asa surrogate speaker, throughout the country, during the Presidential campaign for thenSenator Barack Obama.She continues to serve the community, youth and the elderly as a motivational speakerfor both the civilian community and the Army’s Planning For life Program- speaking toover 45,000 middle and high school students in the U.S. and abroad from 2007-2009.She is facilitator for the Family Leadership Institute- conducting workshops to helpparents become leaders in their homes. Additionally, she is a principle agent for theArmy’s H3 Program (Healing Helping Hiring Wounded Warriors), and continues to bean advocate and speaker for the military. She is President and CEO of The BonesTheory Group, L.L.C.Some of her awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, ArmyParachutist Badge, German Army Forces Airborne Wings, and Royal Thai AirborneWings.Ms. Jones has a Bachelor of Science Degree (Cum Laude) in Business Administrationfrom Fayetteville State University, a constituent Institution of the University of NorthCarolina. She is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Management and InternationalRelations.
Susan S. Kelly, Ph.D.Special AdvisorOffice of Wounded Warrior Care and Transition PolicyOn August 1, 2011, Dr. Susan S. Kelly wasselected as the Special Advisor for theDepartment of Defense (DoD) TransitionAssistance Program (TAP) in the Office ofWounded Warrior Care and TransitionPolicy (WWCTP), Office of the Secretary ofDefense (Personnel and Readiness). Dr.Kelly is a member of the Senior ExecutiveService.Dr. Kelly is responsible for DoD TransitionAssistance Program oversight and policydevelopment for DoD transition assistancerelated initiatives. In this capacity, she willalso manage the transformation of the DoDTransition Assistance Program in order tomeet the transition needs of the nextgeneration of Warriors and their families. Dr.Kelly has an extensive history of helping organizations successfully transform and excelin meeting performance management goals based upon key strategic priorities.Prior to serving in her current position, Dr. Kelly served as the Special Assistant, DeputyChief Management Officer (DCMO). She led DCMO’s response to the Secretary ofDefense’s direction to infuse risk into decision making processes in the DOD.Her first senior executive level position in the Defense Department was as Director,Office of Strategic Planning and Performance Management, Executive Secretariat forJoint Executive Council/Senior Oversight Committee for Wounded Ill and Injured.Prior to this Dr. Kelly served in policy and strategic planning roles in the Department ofDefense while assigned to the Pentagon. Dr. Kelly also served as the acting Director forthe new Defense Language Office and authored the Department’s LanguageTransformation Plan.Dr. Kelly holds a doctorate in Marriage and Family from St. Louis University; a Mastersof Arts in Education and Counseling from the University of Georgia; and a Bachelors ofArts in Social and Behavioral Science from the University of South Florida.She has been awarded various awards and meritorious citations including the USAFECommander’s Award of Excellence and the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal forExceptional Civilian Service.
Stephen M. KingDirector of Disability ProgramsU.S. Department of DefenseStephen M. King began his federal career in1998 as a Statistician at the U.S. CensusBureau. In 2001, Stephen joined theRecruitment and Diversity Branch of theCensus Bureaus Human Resources Division.In this capacity, he was instrumental indeveloping an effective recruiter trainingprogram, which for the first time addresseddisability related initiatives and concerns.Additionally, Stephen redesigned recruitermanuals, assisted in the creation of marketingmaterials, including media targeting theHispanic and disability communities, anddesigned and implemented changes to the on-campus student interview process.In 2003, he was selected to be the CensusBureaus first Disability Program Manager(DPM). As the DPM, Stephen wasinstrumental in developing a model disability program, including increasing the use ofhiring authorities targeting persons with disabilities and veterans, addressing accessibilityconcerns for Censuss new headquarters, and developing and implementing streamlinedreasonable accommodation procedures. Under Mr. King’s leadership, the U.S. CensusBureau led the U.S. Department of Commerce in providing employment opportunitiesto individuals with disabilities.In April 2009, Stephen was detailed to the Department of Defense (DoD) to lead theDepartment’s participation in a joint effort with the Equal Employment OpportunityCommission (EEOC) to develop and deliver a comprehensive training course for federalDisability Program Managers. Today, the course is considered essential to effectivedisability program management within the federal sector.In November 2009, Stephen became the DoD’s Director of Disability Programs, Officeof Diversity Management & Equal Opportunity (ODMEO). In his role, Stephen servesas a DoD spokesperson and subject matter expert on the employment of individualswith disabilities, is a Co-Chair of the Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) for collegestudents and recent graduates with disabilities, and leads ODMEO’s efforts to assistwounded service members transitioning to civilian life. Mr. King represents the Officeof the Secretary of Defense on the Interagency Coordinating Council on EmergencyPreparedness and Individuals with Disabilities (ICC), serves as the DoD liaison on theU.S. Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (U.S. Access Board), andin collaboration with the DoD Office of Civilian Personnel Policy, is responsible for theDepartment’s implementation of Executive Order 13548, Increasing FederalEmployment of Individuals with Disabilities, which mandates federal agencies to hire100,000 individuals with disabilities by 2015.
René Lerer, M.D.Chairman and Chief Executive OfficerMagellan Health ServicesChairman and Founder, Hero Health HireRené Lerer, M.D., is chairman and chief executive officer of Magellan Health Services,one of the countrys leading specialty health care management organizations, leveragingclinical excellence, innovation and operational expertise to manage behavioral health,radiology, specialty pharmaceuticals and Medicaid benefits. With revenue of nearly $3billion in 2010, Magellan is a market leader with broad and deep experience. Thecompanys customers include health plans, employers and government agencies, servingapproximately 31.2 million members in its behavioral health business, 16.3 million in itsradiology benefits management segment, and 5.5 million members in its medicalpharmacy management product. The Companys Medicaid Administration segmentserves 25 states and the District of Columbia.As chairman and CEO, Dr. Lerer is responsible for Magellans strategic direction andoverall growth. Joining the company in 2002, he previously served as president and chiefoperating officer with responsibility for all operations, including care managementcenters, and many of the companys enterprise-wide functions, including clinical, productdevelopment, information technology, human resources and marketing andcommunications. During his tenure, he has more than doubled the companys value anddiversified Magellans portfolio of businesses.Dr. Lerer has more than 30 years of health care experience. Prior to joining Magellan, hewas co-founder and president of Internet HealthCare Group, a health care technologyventure fund. Earlier in his career he served as chief operating officer of PrudentialHealthcare nationally and as president of the Travelers Health Network. He also servedas senior vice president of operations, pharmacy and disease management with ValueHealth, Inc., a New York Stock Exchange-listed specialty managed care organization.Currently, he serves on the board of directors for the Internet HealthCare Group.Deeply committed to community issues, particularly related to health care, mental healthand education, Dr. Lerer serves as the corporate executive sponsor of the NationalAlliance for the Mentally Ill (Connecticut chapter). He also leads an effort by the healthcare industry to employ and support Americas wounded warriors, Hero Health Hire,which currently consists of 25 companies, associations and other health care entitiescollectively employing more than 300,000 people.In July 2011, Dr. Lerer was appointed to the Board of Regents for Higher Education byGov. Dannel Malloy of Connecticut.He holds a bachelors degree in Psychobiology from Oberlin College and a doctor ofmedicine degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He is board-certifiedin internal medicine.
The Honorable Ray MabusSecretary of the NavyRay Mabus is the 75th United States Secretary ofthe Navy. As Secretary, he leads America’s Navyand Marine Corps and is responsible for anannual budget in excess of $150 billion and almost900,000 people.The Secretary of the Navy is responsible forconducting all the affairs of the Department ofthe Navy, including recruiting, organizing,supplying, equipping, training, andmobilizing. Additionally, he oversees theconstruction, outfitting, and repair of naval ships,equipment and facilities, and is responsible for theformulation and implementation of policies andprograms that are consistent with the nationalsecurity policies and objectives established by thePresident and the Secretary of Defense.Prior to joining the administration of President Barack Obama, Mabus served in a varietyof top posts in government and the private sector. In 1988, Mabus was elected Governorof Mississippi. As the youngest governor of Mississippi in more than 100 years at thetime of his election, he stressed education and job creation. He passed B.E.S.T. (BetterEducation for Success Tomorrow), one of the most comprehensive education reformprograms in America, and was named one of Fortune Magazine’s top ten educationgovernors. He was appointed Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for theClinton Administration in 1994. During his tenure as Ambassador, a crisis with Iraq wassuccessfully averted and Saudi Arabia officially abandoned the boycott of United Statesbusinesses that trade with Israel. He also was Chairman and CEO of Foamex, a largemanufacturing company, which he led out of bankruptcy in less than nine months payingall creditors in full and saving equity. Prior to becoming Governor, he was elected StateAuditor of Mississippi and served as a Surface Warfare Officer in the U.S. Navy aboardthe cruiser USS Little Rock.In June 2010, President Obama asked Secretary Mabus to prepare a long-term recoveryplan for the Gulf of Mexico in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Afterextensive travel and many meetings, his report “America’s Gulf Coast: A Long-TermRecovery Plan After the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill” was released in September 2010.The report was met with broad bi-partisan support.Secretary Mabus is a native of Ackerman, Mississippi, and received a Bachelor’s Degreefrom the University of Mississippi, a Master’s Degree from Johns Hopkins University,and a Law Degree from Harvard Law School. He has been awarded the U.S. Departmentof Defense Distinguished Public Service Award, the U.S. Army’s distinguished CivilianService Award, the Martin Luther King Social Responsibility Award from the KingCenter in Atlanta, the National Wildlife Federation Conservation Achievement Award,the King Abdul Aziz Award from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and the MississippiAssociation of Educators’ Friend of Education Award.
Dennis O. MayChief of the Veterans RecruitmentVeteran Employment Services OfficeOffice of Human Resources and AdministrationU.S. Department of Veterans AffairsDennis O. May is the Chief of the Veterans Recruitment, Veteran Employment ServicesOffice, Office of Human Resources and Administration, Department of VeteransAffairs. He is responsible for implementing a recently established service created toattract, recruit, and hire Veterans within the Department, particularly severely injuredVeterans from Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. His team of RegionalVeterans Employment Coordinators (RVECs) works collaboratively with more than 160local Veterans Employment Coordinators at HR offices nationwide to provide direct,hands-on employment assistance to our Nations Veterans.Mr. May came to VA after a successful Air Force career, where he retired in the grade ofColonel in 2007. He was commissioned in 1981 as a graduate of the Air Force ROTCprogram at the University of Arkansas, earning a bachelor of science degree in publicadministration. He later earned a master of science degree in public administration fromCentral Michigan University.While on active duty, Mr. May held a variety of key assignments in administration,manpower, and personnel career fields. He served on the Air Staff, at Joint commands,and at Major Command levels. He also commanded the 17th Mission Support Squadron,Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, which was twice named best mission supportsquadron in Air Education and Training Command. He served in the Pentagon asDirector of the Headquarters Air Force Executive Secretariat, as well as Chief ofPersonnel Issues for the Secretary of the Air Forces Executive Issues Team.Mr. May earned many awards and decorations, including the Legion of Merit, theDefense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air ForceCommendation Medal, and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. He also earned"Best in the Air Force" recognition as Air Force Senior Personnel Manager of the yearfor 2000. Prior to assuming his current position, he was Chief of the AssignmentPrograms and Procedures Division, Headquarters, Air Force Personnel Center,Randolph Air Force Base, Texas, where he led a team of military and civilianprofessionals in the successful creation and execution of the Air Forces $1.3 billionrelocation budget.
Colonel John L. MayerCommanding OfficerU.S. Marine Corps Wounded Warrior RegimentColonel John L. Mayer enlisted in the MarineCorps Reserves in June 1981, attended MarineCorps Recruit Training in San Diego andserved as a Scout-Sniper with 3d Battalion,24th Marines until commissioning in 1983. Asan officer, he has served in a variety ofcommand, instructor, staff, and studentassignments.Upon completion of The Basic School andInfantry Officers Course in December 1984,Colonel Mayer transferred to I Company, 3dBattalion, 3d Marines. He held billets as a rifleplatoon commander, rifle company executiveofficer, and battalion assistant operationsofficer.In December 1987, Col. Mayer transferred to The Basic School and served as a tacticsinstructor and staff platoon commander. Upon completion of this assignment, hereported to The School of Infantry at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina and served ascommanding officer, F Company; operations officer, Marine Combat Training Battalion;and chief instructor.Col. Mayer graduated from the Amphibious Warfare School in May 1993 and reported to1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein). During his four-year tour with thebattalion, he served as commanding officer, Weapons Company; operations officer; andexecutive officer; and completed two Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special OperationsCapable) deployments.In August 1997, Col. Mayer attended Marine Corps Command and Staff College and theSchool of Advanced Warfighting.In 1999, Col. Mayer transferred to the Marine Corps War Fighting Laboratory, where heserved as operations officer and second-in-command of the Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force (Experimental) (SPMAGTF(X)).In August 2001, Col. Mayer transferred to the 1st Marine Division (Rein) and served asG-3 Plans Officer. He assumed command of 1st Battalion, 4th Marines (1/4) on 14August 2002 and led the battalion through two combat tours to Iraq in support ofOperation Iraqi Freedom I and II. During his first tour in Iraq, he served as the militarygovernor of Babylon Province. During OIF II, 1/4 served as the Ground CombatElement for 11th MEU (SOC) and participated in the Battle of Najaf in August 2004. Herelinquished command of the battalion in January 2005 and attended Top-Level Schoolat the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.
Upon completion of school, Col. Mayer commanded 31st MEU (31 MEU), homestationed in Okinawa, Japan from June 2006 to June 2008.From June 2008 to June 2010, Col. Mayer was the deputy commander, Joint Task ForceNorth, Fort Bliss, Texas. This command provides military support to law enforcementagencies in order to anticipate, detect, deter, prevent, and defeat transnational threats tothe homeland.His personal awards include the Combat Action Ribbon, Defense Superior ServiceMedal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star with combat "V" with gold star in lieu of secondaward, bronze star without devices, the Purple Heart, the Meritorious Service Medal, theNavy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal with gold stars in lieu of third award, theArmy Commendation Medal with gold star in lieu of second award, and the Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal. He is a Distinguished Graduate of The Basic School,Amphibious Warfare School, Command and Staff College, and the Naval War College,and earned two Masters Degrees while attending formal professional military education.
Vice Admiral Kevin M. McCoyCommanderNaval Sea Systems CommandA native of Long Island, N.Y., Vice AdmiralMcCoy graduated from the State Universityof New York at Stony Brook in 1978, with aBachelor of Science Degree in MechanicalEngineering.At sea, McCoy served aboard USS DanielWebster (SSBN 626) and as repair officeraboard USS L. Y. Spear (AS 36). In theseassignments he earned his submarineengineering duty qualification and his surfacewarfare qualification. He was also awardedthe Claud A. Jones Award from the AmericanSociety of Naval Engineers as "FleetEngineer of the Year" during his touronboard Ly Spear.Ashore, McCoy served in numerous assignments in the Naval Shipyards, includingassignment to Mare Island, Charleston, Norfolk, Puget Sound and Portsmouth NavalShipyards. From 2001-2004, he served as the 80th commander of Portsmouth NavalShipyard. McCoy earned a masters degree in Mechanical Engineering and an engineersdegree in Naval Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He alsoearned a Masters in Business Administration Degree from Emory University.Upon selection to flag rank, McCoy served as assistant deputy commander of IndustrialOperations of the Naval Sea Systems Command from 2004-2005. From 2005-2008, heserved as the Naval Sea Systems Command’s chief engineer. In June 2008, he wasconfirmed by the U.S. Senate for promotion to the rank of vice admiral and was assignedas the 42nd commander, Naval Sea Systems Command.
John MolinoExecutive Vice President, Economic EmpowermentThe Wounded Warrior ProjectJohn M. Molino serves as the Executive VicePresident for Economic Empowerment. John bringsextensive management experience to WWP. Hepreviously served as Deputy Under Secretary ofDefense (Military Community and Family Policy),formulating policy for the Department of Defense inareas relating to the quality of life for militarymembers and their families. He has also heldmanagement positions with the Association of theU.S. Army, American Logistics Association, andTriServ Alliance LLC, a managed health carecompany.John is a proven leader with an exemplary track recordof creating concrete change to the quality of life of ournations military service members and their families."I believe strongly that providing our nations veterans with the tools to build successfuland enriching civilian careers is the most significant factor in ensuring the successfulrehabilitation and transition of this generation of wounded warriors."John and his wife, Eileen, live in Alexandria, Virginia. They have three grown sons, twoof whom are on active duty as officers in the Army.
Daniel L. NegaDirectorAviation Readiness and Resource Analysis DepartmentNaval Air Systems CommandIn June 2009, Mr. Daniel Nega was selected tothe Senior Executive Service to serve as theDirector of the Aviation Readiness and ResourceAnalysis Department, within the Naval AirSystems Command’s (NAVAIR) Logistics andIndustrial Operations Groups. He manages aworkforce of over 1,000 logisticians, engineersand operations research analysts, across eightgeographic sites. He is responsible for analyzingthe impacts of logistics elements, characteristicsof weapon systems, and operational deploymentpatterns on Naval Aviation readiness in supportof the Fleet Response Plan (FRP). TheDepartment’s products include readiness &resource assessments, aviation maintenanceinformation systems, technical data and totalasset visibility. These activities support Navy-wide efforts led by CFFC, CNAF, HQMCand OPNAV to ensure resource plans are optimally balanced and produce the mostaffordable readiness solutions. Mr. Nega manages a budget exceeding $400M andinfluences a program budget approaching $2.0B.Prior to his selection, Mr. Nega was the division manager responsible for leading anational staff of professionals that provided analytical tools, processes and techniques toanalyze logistics data to develop optimized solutions of support of Naval Aviationreadiness at reduced cost. He is a plank owner of the Naval Aviation Enterprise.Prior to that assignment, Mr. Nega served as a Competency Manager within NAVAIR’ssystems engineering organization, leading a team of professionals who successfullyexecuted all aspects of mass properties engineering in support of Naval Aviationprograms. He was directly responsible for the successful mass properties engineering oftwo aviation development programs, the MV-22 and the F/A-18E/F. He is arecognized technical expert in the field of Mass Properties Engineering.Mr. Nega earned his bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering in 1986 from theUniversity of Michigan. He is a graduate of NAVAIR’s Senior Executive ManagementDevelopment Program and a member of the Acquisition Professional Community. He isa recipient of the Association of Naval Aviation “Edward H. Heinemann” Award foroutstanding achievement in aircraft design.
Bill NelsonExecutive DirectorUSA CaresBill is a native of North Carolina where heattended high school and college. He earned aBachelor’s degree from the University ofNorth Carolina at Chapel Hill prior to beingcommissioned an Ensign in the U.S. Navy in1972. Nelson served on active duty for 20years, retiring from the Navy in the rank ofCommander in 1992.During this time he served on a variety ofships from destroyers and frigates to aircraft carriers. His service included combat actionin Vietnam, Libya, and Beirut for which he received the Combat Action Ribbon,numerous meritorious achievement awards, and expeditionary medals. He also wasassigned to the Pentagon and the staff of the Secretary of the Navy where he worked as aStrategic Planner and later as an instructor at the Naval War College in Newport, RI.Following active naval service, Nelson acquired several securities licenses and worked inthe financial services industry as a financial planner. He was the National DistrictManager of the Year in 2002 and remained in sales management for a number of years inboth New England and Kentucky.He culminated over 15 years in the securities field when he accepted the position ofExecutive Director for USA Cares, a Kentucky-based non-profit whose purpose is to aidmilitary families in need. He has held this position for 2 years during which time he hasraised millions from individual donors and large foundations.Mr. Nelson earned his Master’s degree from Georgetown University in Washington, DCand has been married for 33 years. He is active in a variety of community endeavorsincluding Boy Scouts (he and his son are both Eagles). His two children andgrandchildren reside in Kentucky.
Rear Admiral John Clarke OrzalliVice CommanderNaval Sea Systems CommandRear Admiral John Clarke Orzalli, currentlyassigned as Naval Sea Systems Command(NAVSEA) vice commander, is the son of a retiredNavy captain. He graduated with distinction fromthe U.S. Naval Academy in 1978.At sea, he served aboard USS Snook (SSN 592) asan engineering division and weapons officer; andas USS Helena’s (SSN 725) engineering officer.Ashore, Orzalli has served at the U.S. NavalAcademy, as well as tours at Naval Shipyards inMare Island, Puget Sound and Portsmouth.Orzalli was the forty-fifth shipyard commander atPuget Sound Naval Shipyard from 2002 - 2005.During his command tour, he assumed additional duties in establishing the NorthwestRegional Maintenance Center.Following selection to flag rank, Orzalli was the deputy director, Fleet ReadinessDivision, OPNAV (N43B); commanding officer, Mid-Atlantic Regional MaintenanceCenter, then established commander, Regional Maintenance Centers. Most recently,Orazalli was the director, Fleet Maintenance on the staff of Commander, U.S. FleetForces Command.His service decorations include the Legion of Merit (with four stars), the MeritoriousService Medal (with two stars), Navy Commendation Medal (with star), Navy and MarineCorps Achievement Medal (with three stars) and various other unit and operationalawards.Orzalli holds a Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering degree from the US NavalAcademy, Naval Engineer and Masters of Materials Science and Engineering degreesfrom Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Master of Science in SystemsManagement from Golden Gate University.
Brian J. PersonsExecutive DirectorNaval Sea Systems CommandAfter graduating from Michigan State Universityin June 1981 with a Bachelor of Science Degreein Engineering, Mr. Persons began hisprofessional career at NAVSEA as a GS-7 NavalArchitect in the Design Division at Long BeachNaval Shipyard. There he worked on numeroussurface ship overhauls including the reactivationof the battleships USS NEW JERSEY (BB 62)and USS MISSOURI (BB 63), restoration repairsto the missile damaged USS STARK (FFG 31)and was a member of the voyage repair team sentto the Persian Gulf assess and repair the mine-damaged USS SAMUEL B. ROBERTS (FFG58).He was selected in 1989 to the NAVSEA Commander’s Development Program andperformed various developmental rotational assignments and training opportunities thatculminated in him being selected as the Director of Maintenance and Modernizationposition for the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development, andAcquisition.In 1996, Mr. Persons returned to NAVSEA as the Assistant Program Manager for CVN77 and was subsequently selected to be the first Deputy Program Manager for the FutureAircraft Carrier Program Office (PMS 378). In February 2000, Mr. Persons wasappointed to the Senior Executive Service and was selected as the Executive Director forthe Program Executive Office, Aircraft Carriers where he was the Senior Civilian Officialresponsible and accountable for a program portfolio of $40B and all aspects of futureaircraft carrier platform development and the material combat readiness of the in-serviceaircraft carrier fleet for the U.S. Navy.In 2006, Mr. Persons selected as the Executive Director for Naval Systems EngineeringDirectorate at NAVSEA where he was the Senior Civilian Chief Engineer and ChiefTechnology Officer. In this capacity, he was responsible for implementing technicalauthority for all research, development, technology transition, design, engineering andcertification efforts for surface ships, submarines and aircraft carriers and their sub-systems of the United States Navy. He was also the leader of the Research and SystemsEngineering Competency at NAVSEA where he was responsible for developing andmaintaining standards, processes, policies, workload forecasting and career managementguidance for a national workforce of over 20,000 scientists and engineers.Mr. Persons is currently the Executive Director of NAVSEA, where he is the seniorcivilian of the Navy’s largest Systems Command with direct responsibility for aprofessional and industrial workforce of over 53,000 and an annual operating budget of$30 billion.
Mr. Persons has a Master of Science degree in Technology Management from theUniversity of Maryland. He is DAWIA Level III certified in Program Management andwas awarded a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt from Virginia Polytechnic University. Mr.Persons has received numerous awards over his career that included two Navy SuperiorCivilian Service Medals and the Senior Executive Service Meritorious Presidential RankAward in 2004 and the Senior Executive Distinguished Presidential Rank Award in 2008.
Holly PetraeusAssistant DirectorConsumer Financial Protection BureauOffice of Servicemember AffairsHolly Petraeus is leading the creation of theOffice of Servicemember Affairs at theConsumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).This office will partner with the Pentagon tosee that military families receive strong financialeducation; it will monitor complaints frommilitary families and responses to thosecomplaints by the CFPB and other agencies;and it will see that federal and state agenciescoordinate their activities to improve consumerprotection measures for military families.Prior to joining the CFPB ImplementationTeam, Mrs. Petraeus spent six years as theDirector of BBB Military Line, a program ofthe Council of Better Business Bureausproviding consumer education and advocacyfor servicemembers and their families. In thatrole, she oversaw a national program that worked with the Department of Defense as apartner in the DoD Financial Readiness Campaign and fostered outreach from the 120local Better Business Bureaus to military communities across the United States.With the BBB, Mrs. Petraeus made on-site visits to a number of military installations,working to establish the relationships between local BBB personnel and militaryauthorities. She guided development of teen and adult curricula taught to over 10,000individuals in military communities around the United States. In addition, she publisheda monthly military consumer newsletter, and she oversaw content posted on six BBBMilitary Line websites.A military spouse of 36 years and a former Department of the Army civilian employee,Mrs. Petraeus also has extensive experience as a volunteer leader in military familyprograms. In that role she has worked with local, state and national legislators on issuesaffecting Army families, to include testifying at two U.S. Senate hearings on deployment-related issues.Mrs. Petraeus is a summa cum laude graduate of Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA and amember of Phi Beta Kappa. She is a recipient of the Secretary of the Army PublicService Award, the Boy Scouts of America “Service to Families” Award and theDepartment of the Army Outstanding Civilian Service Medal.
John I. Pray, Jr.Executive Vice President, Chief of StaffWounded Warrior Programs, USOBrigadier General (Retired) John I. Pray, Jr. joinedthe senior staff team in 2009 and as the ExecutiveVice President and Chief of Staff, he is responsiblefor providing executive level leadership andmanagement in the planning and execution of day-to-day operations and activities throughout theorganization.Previously, John ran the USO Entertainment/Programs Department delivering spirit-liftingprogramming to hundreds of thousands of troopsand their families every year. Prior to coming tothe USO, John served as the Executive VicePresident for the Systems and ProposalEngineering Company.John has more than 27 years of experience in military operations, having commanded AirForce units at the squadron, group and wing levels, and also served as the Director of theWhite House Situation Room. He retired from active duty in 2007 when selected as theExecutive Secretary of the National Security Council. John holds a Bachelor of Sciencefrom the U.S. Air Force Academy and Masters degrees from Embry-Riddle AeronauticalUniversity, the School of Advanced Airpower Studies and the Air War College. He hasalso completed senior executive programs at the Columbia University Graduate Schoolof Business and Harvard Business School.
John U. SepúlvedaAssistant Secretary for Human Resources andAdministrationU.S. Department of Veterans AffairsJohn U. Sepúlveda was nominated by President Obamato serve as the Assistant Secretary for Human Resourcesand Administration for the Department of VeteransAffairs and subsequently confirmed by the Senate onMay 18, 2009. He was sworn in by the Secretary ofVeterans Affairs, Eric K. Shinseki, on May 20, 2009.As Assistant Secretary and VA’s Chief Human CapitalOfficer, Mr. Sepúlveda serves as principal advisor to theSecretary, his executive staff, and the Department’shuman resources managers and practitioners on matterspertaining to human resources; labor-managementrelations; diversity management and equal employmentopportunity; resolution management; employee health and safety; workers’compensation; and VA Central Office administration.Mr. Sepúlveda brings over 25 years of experience as an innovative leader in the publicand private sectors. As Deputy Director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM)during the Clinton Administration, Mr. Sepúlveda led various initiatives to promotegreater diversity throughout the U.S. Government, including increasing therepresentation of Latinos within the Federal workforce. While at OPM, he served on theWhite House Interagency Task Force on Asian American and Pacific Islanders, thePresident’s Council for Y2K Conversion, and the President’s Council on Integrity andEfficiency. He recently served on the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team as anadvisor to the OPM agency review team.Before joining OPM, Mr. Sepúlveda successfully managed a $5 billion portfolio offederally-insured hospital mortgages at the U.S. Department of Housing and UrbanDevelopment. He also led efforts to restructure and reengineer several major programswithin the Federal Housing Administration. From 1996-1997, he worked at the WhiteHouse in the Office of Presidential Personnel.Since 2004, Mr. Sepúlveda has served on a special panel advising the Director ofNational Intelligence and various intelligence agencies on human capital and diversitypolicy issues. For the past several years, he worked as a senior executive in the housingfinance industry.Before coming to Washington, D.C., in 1993, Mr. Sepúlveda held various local and stateexecutive and appointed positions in Connecticut. Early in his career, he taught politicalscience at Hunter College and Yale University.A native of New York City, Mr. Sepúlveda holds two Masters degrees from YaleUniversity and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hunter College.
Chad SowashVice President of Business DevelopmentDirectEmployers AssociationChad Sowash is Vice President of BusinessDevelopment with DirectEmployersAssociation. Chad is a leading authority in theonline recruiting and marketing space, a resultof working his way up through the onlineindustry ranks since 1998 with Online CareerCenter, Monster and currently withDirectEmployers Association.Chads team is responsible for many aspects ofAssociation business which include leading theNational Labor Exchange efforts anddevelopments, distributing jobs to veteransthrough VetCentral, fostering alliances,partnerships and uncovering innovativetechnologies and business opportunities.Chad’s experience developed quickly byworking side by side with online recruitingindustries top talent to include online recruiting founding father, Bill Warren. Chadinterfaces daily with talent acquisition leaders from the Fortune 500 keeping him in tunewith the ever changing talent market and industry innovation.Chads leadership skills stem from his 20 years of experience in the U.S. Army and U.SArmy Reserve where he attended many leadership schools, worked as an Infantry DrillSergeant and is a combat veteran. Chad’s unit was activated in March of 2008 to servethe same soldierization mission (Basic Training) it had performed in 2004-2006 at FortBenning, GA. He was able to complete Level 3 of the Army’s Combatives Program,attended the Asymmetric Warfare Group’s Marksmanship course, and was recognized byMajor General Kirkland on the M9 pistol range for flawless execution and by MajorGeneral Barbero, Fort Benning Post Commander, for NBC, CNN, NPR and othermedia attention stemming from his work with VetCentral. Chad was tasked by MGBarbero to consult the Wounded Warriors Transition Battalion Command Group intheir efforts to help wounded soldiers find jobs.Chad has received numerous awards, during his 20 years of service, but is especiallyproud of receiving the Order of Saint Maurice from the National Infantry Associationfor conspicuous contribution to the United States Infantry.Chad retired from USAR in August 2009 and resides in beautiful Columbus, Indianawith his wife Tracy, sons Hayden and Logan and daughter Ema.
Colonel David W. SutherlandSpecial Assistant, Warrior and Family SupportChairman of the Joint Chief of StaffsColonel David W. Sutherland wascommissioned an Infantry Officer in 1983and holds a Bachelors degree from BowlingGreen State University in History andEconomics and a Masters in StrategicStudies. Colonel Sutherland attended alllevels of military education includingAirborne, Ranger, Jumpmaster, the U. S.Army Command and General Staff College,and is a Senior Service College Graduate –Advanced Operational Studies Fellowship.He has served in staff positions at Battalionthrough Division. While assigned as aBrigade staff officer he deployed to Kuwaitas part of Operation Vigilant Warrior in1994. Colonel Sutherland has alsocommanded at all levels from Platoon through Brigade. As a Company Commander hedeployed to South West Asia as part of Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm.While commanding 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team “Greywolf,” 1st Cavalry DivisionSutherland deployed to Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Colonel Sutherlandserved as the Coalition Force Commander in Diyala Province from October 2006 –December 2007 which included surge operations. In July 2008, Colonel Sutherland wasassigned to the Joint Staff as the Division Chief in J5 (Plans, Policy, and Strategy), MiddleEast Region. Colonel Sutherland is currently serving as the Special Assistant to theChairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff with principle focus on Warrior and FamilySupport.Awards and decorations include, among others, the Defense Superior Service Medal, theLegion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, the Bronze Star Medal with oak leaf cluster, thePurple Heart, the Meritorious Service Medal with six oak leaf clusters, the Joint ServiceCommendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Ranger Tab, Combat InfantrymansBadge Second Award, and Senior Parachutist Badge. He is also the 2008 Freedom Awardrecipient presented by the No Greater Sacrifice Foundation and the 2011 MeritoriousService Award recipient presented by the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans forhis work on behalf of returning Service Members, Veterans, Military Families, andFamilies of the Fallen.Team Sutherland’s roster includes Colonel Sutherland, his wife Bonnie and their twosons, Andrew and Patrick.
Nadine O. VogelPresidentSpringboard Consulting, LLCNadine O. Vogel is Founder and President ofSpringboard Consulting LLC. Springboardcollaborates with multinational corporations,Federal governments and national agencieson initiatives to successfully mainstreamdisability in the workforce, workplace andmarketplace. Springboard also produces theDisability Matters Awards Banquet andConference which honors those firms thatare making great strides in supporting thissegment of the population, now the largestminority segment in the world, throughdiversity, work-life, human resource andmarketing/branding initiatives.Prior to founding Springboard, Nadine held avariety of executive positions in both Corporate America and the non-profit sectors.Vogel is the author of DIVE IN, Springboard into the Profitability, Productivity and Potential ofthe Special Needs Workforce, a highly acclaimed must-read business book. She is a regularcontributor to Profiles in Diversity Journal and has authored articles for many otherprofessional, industry and consumer publications. Nadine is also recognized as apowerful informational, motivational and inspirational speaker. Recognized for her civicand professional activities, Vogel has received many awards and accolades including:Selected as one of Diversity MBA’s 2011 Top 100 under 50 Executive Leaders, a 2011recipient of the American Association for Affirmative Action Edward M. KennedyCommunity Service Award, the Inaugural M2Moms 2010 MomFirst Award, One Mom’sIdea That Made a Difference, The YAI, Business Advisory Council 2010 AdvocacyAward, NJ BIZ Magazine’s 2008 Best 50 Women in Business Award, The Count Me In,2008 Make Mine a Million $ Business Program Award, The 2007 Howard L. GreenHumanitarian Award from the NJ Broadcasters Association, The College of Charlestons2003 Distinguished Alumni Award, The Voices Award 2003 -individuals who have madea difference in the community, The Golden Gate Universitys 2002 Alumni CommunityService Award, The Fast Company Magazines 2002 debut list of "Fast 50" innovators --individuals whose achievements helped change their companies or society, The WorkingMother Magazines Mothers We Love Top 25 List in 2000 and the magazines 2000Mothering That Works Award, and numerous elections to a variety of editions to Who’sWho.Vogel has been featured on NBC News, CNNfn, Lifetime Live on the Lifetime Channel,Good Day NY and Oxygen Televisions Pure Oxygen program. She is the founder andpast president of the board of SNAP, Special Needs Advocate for Parents, a member ofthe College of Charleston Department of Communications Professional AdvisoryCouncil, a member of the New Jersey State Employment & Training Commission
Disability Issues Committee, a Founding Board Member of the Society for Diversity anda member of the SHRM Workplace Diversity Special Expertise Panel.Vogel received an MBA from Golden Gate University in San Francisco, CA and a BS inIndustrial Psychology from the College of Charleston in Charleston, SC. She resides inNew Jersey with her husband and two daughters, both of whom have special needs.
Brigadier General Darryl A. WilliamsAssistant Surgeon General of Warrior Care and Transitionand Commander of the Warrior Transition CommandBG Darryl A. Williams was commissioned as aSecond Lieutenant of Field Artillery upongraduation from the United States MilitaryAcademy in 1983. After graduation, he attendedthe Field Artillery Officer Basic Course at Ft. Sill,Oklahoma. In his first assignments he served asan executive officer, and fire direction officer inthe 1st Battalion, 76th Field Artillery, andplatoon leader and assistant operations officer in1st Battalion, 10th Field Artillery, 3rd InfantryDivision, Schweinfurt, Germany. Uponcompletion of the Field Artillery OfficerAdvance Course, he served as an assistantoperations officer for the XVIII Airborne CorpsArtillery and battery commander for the 3rdBattalion, 27th Field Artillery Regiment at Ft. Bragg, NC, during which he deployed toSouth West Asia in support of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.After redeploying, he earned a MA in leadership development through the Dwight D.Eisenhower Fellowship Program at the United States Military Academy, and thenserved as the I-2 Company Tactical Officer, United States Corps of Cadets. He nextcompleted the Command and General Staff College (CGSC) and the School ofAdvanced Military Studies (SAMS) at Ft. Leavenworth, KS earning a MMAS degree.His next assignments included G3 plans officer on the 4th Infantry Division (4ID) staffand operations officer for the 3rd Battalion, 16th Field Artillery, Fort Hood, Texas.After serving as the Army Aide to the President of the United States from 1998-2000,he was selected to command 3rd Battalion, 16th Field Artillery in 4ID, Fort Hood,Texas. Upon completion of command, he served as the Fourth Regimental Tacticalofficer at West Point, NY.After earning a MS in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval WarCollege in Newport, RI, he was assigned as the Chief of Exercises, G3 for USAREUR,in Heidelberg, Germany. BG Williams then commanded 1st Armored DivisionArtillery in Baumholder, Germany and after two years of command, he inactivated theDIVARTY, and deployed to Iraq in support of OIF with 1st Armored Division, as theFires and Effects Coordinator. Since redeployment, he has been serving as the DeputyDirector for Comprehensive Soldier Fitness, HQDA G-3/5/7.BG Williams’ military decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legionof Merit, Bronze Star (with one oak leaf cluster), Meritorious Service Medal (with fiveOak leaf Clusters), Army Commendation Medal (with one oak leaf cluster), ArmyAchievement Medal, and the Parachutist Badge.
Captain Valerie L. ZimmermanNavy Safe HarborCaptain Zimmerman is a native of Danville, PAand a 1977 graduate of the Pennsylvania StateUniversity, where she earned a Bachelor ofScience Degree in Education. She joined theUnited States Navy Reserve as a DirectCommission Officer in May 1987. She iscurrently on Active Duty as the Policy Analystfor the Navy Safe Harbor Program inWashington, DC and is a member of the Navy’sHuman Resources Executive Board. Her first assignment was with the NavalComputer and Telecommunications Command,Washington, DC, as the Message ProcessingSupervisor. She subsequently served asAdministrative Department Head and AssistantOperations Officer. During a temporary assignment in Germany with her civilianemployer, she received her Communications Watch Officer Qualification while servingat Naval Communications Unit, London.In 1994 she joined Logistics Task Force HQ 306, Norfolk, VA, as the Assistant PlansOfficer. During this tenure, she served as the Administrative Support Officer for theSenior Naval Reserve Officer Orientation Course (SNROOC) and attained qualificationas a Logistics Readiness Center Watch Officer, completing this tour as the LogisticsPlanning Officer in support of CINCLANTFLT operations.Captain Zimmerman joined Navy Command Center 106 in October of 1996 as theSecurity Officer, supporting this high visibility CNO operational support unit of 120personnel. Over the course of an extended tour, she held increasingly responsiblepositions in the Administration, Training, and Operations Departments, and was theCommand’s liaison to the Site-R Alternate Navy Operations Center. She was a primarycontributor to the OPNAV Continuity of Operations Plan and supported thedevelopment of NOC watch procedures post 9-11. She was one of the unit’s first non-warfare qualified officers to attain watchstander qualification as a Navy DepartmentDuty Officer for the Pentagon’s Navy Operations Center (NOC). Following the eventsof September 11, 2001, she was recalled to Active Duty and coordinated the RapidResponse Team to establish the Alternate NOC at Site-R. She acted as aide to the ChiefStaff Officer, coordinating the relocation of NR NCC 106 and supporting CACOactivities for unit members killed at the Pentagon.In October 2002 she reported to Naval Personnel Command Detachment Washington,DC Component 506 where she served as Executive Officer and Acting CommandingOfficer from June 2004 to September 2004. From 01 October 2004 until hermobilization in October 2005 she was the Commanding Officer of NR PMT Groton,CT, which was moved to Norfolk, VA in April 2006. She completed a 2-yearmobilization as the OIC, Navy Mobilization Processing Site, Norfolk, VA in October2007 and served as the N12 Branch Head for NR OPNAV MPTE from December 2007
to August 2009 and Acting CO from August to November 2009. CAPT Zimmermancompleted her milestone tour as Commanding Officer of NR CNO ManagementAnalysis in Washington, DC from December 2009 to June 2011. She served on ActiveDuty from October 2010 to September 2011 as Branch Head for Joint ManpowerManagement (OPNAV N123) and is currently assigned to the NR Voluntary TrainingUnit, Washington, DC.