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    Ms. Joanne Isham

    Board Chair

    Joanne Isham is an experienced and results-driven executive noted for her leadership skills, strategic acumen, loyalty and commitment to success.  She is currently President of Isham Associates, LLC., an advisory firm focused on national security and innovative technologies.  Isham Associates partners with clients to identify and shape strategic opportunities, address critical business and program challenges, develop a high-performance culture, and position clients for success.   Joanne also serves as an independent board director and executive consultant for publicly traded and private companies.

    Joanne retired from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) after a distinguished career as a Senior Executive.  From 2001 until 2006, she served as Deputy Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA).  In addition to effectively managing day-to-day activities in the midst of a national crisis, she was responsible for the development, acquisition and operation of mission critical systems.   Previously she was the Deputy Director for Science and Technology at the CIA.  As the senior technical advisor to the Director of Central Intelligence she managed the research, development, deployment and operation of technical intelligence programs of national importance. During this timeframe, Joanne played a significant role in the creation of In-Q-Tel, the CIA’s non-profit venture capital firm.

    Throughout her career as an Intelligence Community professional, Joanne held many senior leadership positions in the CIA and other Intelligence Community organizations.  Of note were her assignments as Director of Congressional Affairs for CIA, Deputy Director of the Resource Management Office and Director of Program Analysis of the Community Management Staff.  In these assignments she was responsible for developing the legislative priorities for the Intelligence Community and CIA.  She also had a trusted role in developing, overseeing and reviewing the National Intelligence Program budget.   Previously, she spent a number of years on assignment to the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) as Director of Legislative Affairs and a Program Manager.

    Upon her retirement, Joanne joined BAE Systems as the Vice President, Deputy General Manager of Network Systems where she was responsible for operations and identifying strategic opportunities for new mission focus within the Intelligence Community.  Subsequently, she joined High Performance Technologies, Inc., as Chief Operating Officer.  Her leadership responsibilities included the management and operational oversight of the firm specializing in computational science, enterprise technology and planning, and secure software development.  She then joined L-1 Identity Solutions as the Senior Vice President for Washington Operations, the leader in planning, developing and executing the Federal market strategy.

    Joanne has received numerous awards throughout her career including the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, the Department of Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Award, the National Intelligence Medal of Achievement, the CIA and NGA Distinguished Intelligence Medals and the DIA Director’s Award.

    She is currently Chair of the ATI Board of Directors.  She is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Analytic Services, Inc.; the Maxar Board of Directors; the Michael Baker Board of Directors; Chair of the Informatica SSA Board and Chair of the PDRI and Figure 8 Federal Proxy Boards.  Joanne is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame.

    Joanne Isham is an experienced and results-driven executive noted for her leadership skills, strategic acumen, loyalty and commitment to success.  She is currently President of Isham Associates, LLC., an advisory firm focused on national security and innovative technologies.  Isham Associates partners with clients to identify and shape strategic opportunities, address critical business and program challenges, develop a high-performance culture, and position clients for success.   Joanne also serves as an independent board director and executive consultant for publicly traded and private companies.

    Joanne retired from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) after a distinguished career as a Senior Executive.  From 2001 until 2006, she served as Deputy Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA).  In addition to effectively managing day-to-day activities in the midst of a national crisis, she was responsible for the development, acquisition and operation of mission critical systems.   Previously she was the Deputy Director for Science and Technology at the CIA.  As the senior technical advisor to the Director of Central Intelligence she managed the research, development, deployment and operation of technical intelligence programs of national importance. During this timeframe, Joanne played a significant role in the creation of In-Q-Tel, the CIA’s non-profit venture capital firm.

    Throughout her career as an Intelligence Community professional, Joanne held many senior leadership positions in the CIA and other Intelligence Community organizations.  Of note were her assignments as Director of Congressional Affairs for CIA, Deputy Director of the Resource Management Office and Director of Program Analysis of the Community Management Staff.  In these assignments she was responsible for developing the legislative priorities for the Intelligence Community and CIA.  She also had a trusted role in developing, overseeing and reviewing the National Intelligence Program budget.   Previously, she spent a number of years on assignment to the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) as Director of Legislative Affairs and a Program Manager.

    Upon her retirement, Joanne joined BAE Systems as the Vice President, Deputy General Manager of Network Systems where she was responsible for operations and identifying strategic opportunities for new mission focus within the Intelligence Community.  Subsequently, she joined High Performance Technologies, Inc., as Chief Operating Officer.  Her leadership responsibilities included the management and operational oversight of the firm specializing in computational science, enterprise technology and planning, and secure software development.  She then joined L-1 Identity Solutions as the Senior Vice President for Washington Operations, the leader in planning, developing and executing the Federal market strategy.

    Joanne has received numerous awards throughout her career including the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, the Department of Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Award, the National Intelligence Medal of Achievement, the CIA and NGA Distinguished Intelligence Medals and the DIA Director’s Award.

    She is currently Chair of the ATI Board of Directors.  She is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Analytic Services, Inc.; the Maxar Board of Directors; the Michael Baker Board of Directors; Chair of the Informatica SSA Board and Chair of the PDRI and Figure 8 Federal Proxy Boards.  Joanne is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame.

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    Mr. K. Dunlop (Dun) Scott

    Board Vice Chair

    K. Dunlop (Dun) Scott serves as the President and Chief Operating Officer of Columbia Partners, a Washington-based institutional investment management firm, managing over $3 billion in client assets. He is responsible for the day-to-day operations as well as the strategic growth of the firm. Additionally, he serves on the firm’s Management and Executive Committees and on the investment committees for the firm’s private capital and alternative investment strategies.

    Mr. Scott has over 25 years of experience in the capital markets and in operating businesses. He has broad and deep experience in many aspects of the banking and financial services industries, as well as extensive operations experience. He began his career in the Foreign Service, where he served as an economics officer and as a politico-military specialist focused on Asia.

    He began a career in finance as a mergers and acquisitions investment banker and then served as chief financial officer for several significant information technology companies, including one that was acquired by a publicly traded company and another that he helped fund and grow from start-up to over $100 million in revenues. He also served as a corporate vice president in charge of investor relations for a multi-billion-dollar company.

    Mr. Scott was born in Ridgewood, New Jersey, on February 29, 1952, and was raised in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania. He serves on the boards of the Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind and on several committees for the Museum of Americans at War. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in economics and German literature from Lehigh University and a master of business administration degree from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.

    K. Dunlop (Dun) Scott serves as the President and Chief Operating Officer of Columbia Partners, a Washington-based institutional investment management firm, managing over $3 billion in client assets. He is responsible for the day-to-day operations as well as the strategic growth of the firm. Additionally, he serves on the firm’s Management and Executive Committees and on the investment committees for the firm’s private capital and alternative investment strategies.

    Mr. Scott has over 25 years of experience in the capital markets and in operating businesses. He has broad and deep experience in many aspects of the banking and financial services industries, as well as extensive operations experience. He began his career in the Foreign Service, where he served as an economics officer and as a politico-military specialist focused on Asia.

    He began a career in finance as a mergers and acquisitions investment banker and then served as chief financial officer for several significant information technology companies, including one that was acquired by a publicly traded company and another that he helped fund and grow from start-up to over $100 million in revenues. He also served as a corporate vice president in charge of investor relations for a multi-billion-dollar company.

    Mr. Scott was born in Ridgewood, New Jersey, on February 29, 1952, and was raised in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania. He serves on the boards of the Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind and on several committees for the Museum of Americans at War. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in economics and German literature from Lehigh University and a master of business administration degree from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.

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    RADM Charles B. Young USN (Ret)

    Board Vice Chair

    Rear Admiral Young is General Chair of the Submarine Technology Symposium; Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors for United Services Benefits Association; Director, Advanced Technology International, member South Carolina Research Authority (SCRA) Strategic Advisory Group; member Naval Research Advisory Committee; member of the Stevens Institute of Technology School of Engineering and Science External Advisory Board; President of SSP HERO, a nonprofit organization that supports the Navy’s SSP organization through programs that educate people about the contributions the FBM program has made to the security of the United States; Director, Naval Submarine League; member JRC Integrated Systems, Inc.’s Board of Advisors; Director, Charleston Council Navy League of United States; and he serves as a consultant in the defense industry.

    Admiral Young was the Vice President for Strategic Business Planning, Oceaneering Advanced Technologies from October 2006 until December 2012. Oceaneering International, Inc is a global oilfield provider of engineered services and products. A native of South Carolina, Admiral Young graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in June 1970 with a BS (Mechanical Engineering) degree. After receiving a Master of Science in Civil Engineering (Ocean Engineering) at the University of Delaware in May 1971, he completed the Navy’s nuclear power training program.While serving in the U.S. Navy his sea duty assignment included USS ULYSSES S. GRANT(SSBN 631B); USS PLUNGER (SSN 595); USS SAND LANCE (SSN 660); USS SAN JUAN (SSN 751) and USS HOLLAND (AS 32). Shore duty assignments included instructor duty at Nuclear Power School, Bainbridge, Maryland; Squadron Material Officer on the staff of Commander Submarine Squadron Sixteen in Kings Bay, Ga.; Director of Tactical Training at the Navy Fleet Ballistic Missile Submarine Training Center in Charleston, S.C.; Deputy Commander for Readiness and Training for Submarine Squadron TWO and Undersea Warfare Assistant Office Director for Advanced Submarine Technology in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Additionally he served as Director, Resources and Evaluation on the staff of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition; Program Manager for the Navy’s Unmanned Undersea Vehicles Program Office; Deputy Commander, Naval Sea Systems Command for Undersea Technology;  Commander, Naval Undersea Warfare Center; Vice Commander, Naval Sea Systems Command; and Program Executive Officer for Undersea Warfare. Rear Admiral Young was the 11th Director of Strategic Systems Programs where he was responsible for all aspects of the research, development, production, logistics, storage, repair, and operational support of the Navy’s Fleet Ballistic Missile Weapon Systems. Since retirement from the Navy, Admiral Young has served on several panels and boards. These include: Submarine Superiority Technical Advisory Group (SSTAG); Defense Science Board Task Forces; advisor to the Threat Reduction Advisory Committee (TRAC) Nuclear Deterrent Transformation (NDT) Panel; Board of Advisors for Florida Atlantic University’s Institute for Ocean and Systems Engineering; Board Advisors for Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory’ Global Engagement Department; Board of Advisors for the NDIA Undersea Warfare Division; and he has lead or participated in several teams reviewing specific issues in defense programs.

    Rear Admiral Young is General Chair of the Submarine Technology Symposium; Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors for United Services Benefits Association; Director, Advanced Technology International, member South Carolina Research Authority (SCRA) Strategic Advisory Group; member Naval Research Advisory Committee; member of the Stevens Institute of Technology School of Engineering and Science External Advisory Board; President of SSP HERO, a nonprofit organization that supports the Navy’s SSP organization through programs that educate people about the contributions the FBM program has made to the security of the United States; Director, Naval Submarine League; member JRC Integrated Systems, Inc.’s Board of Advisors; Director, Charleston Council Navy League of United States; and he serves as a consultant in the defense industry.

    Admiral Young was the Vice President for Strategic Business Planning, Oceaneering Advanced Technologies from October 2006 until December 2012. Oceaneering International, Inc is a global oilfield provider of engineered services and products. A native of South Carolina, Admiral Young graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in June 1970 with a BS (Mechanical Engineering) degree. After receiving a Master of Science in Civil Engineering (Ocean Engineering) at the University of Delaware in May 1971, he completed the Navy’s nuclear power training program.While serving in the U.S. Navy his sea duty assignment included USS ULYSSES S. GRANT(SSBN 631B); USS PLUNGER (SSN 595); USS SAND LANCE (SSN 660); USS SAN JUAN (SSN 751) and USS HOLLAND (AS 32). Shore duty assignments included instructor duty at Nuclear Power School, Bainbridge, Maryland; Squadron Material Officer on the staff of Commander Submarine Squadron Sixteen in Kings Bay, Ga.; Director of Tactical Training at the Navy Fleet Ballistic Missile Submarine Training Center in Charleston, S.C.; Deputy Commander for Readiness and Training for Submarine Squadron TWO and Undersea Warfare Assistant Office Director for Advanced Submarine Technology in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Additionally he served as Director, Resources and Evaluation on the staff of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition; Program Manager for the Navy’s Unmanned Undersea Vehicles Program Office; Deputy Commander, Naval Sea Systems Command for Undersea Technology;  Commander, Naval Undersea Warfare Center; Vice Commander, Naval Sea Systems Command; and Program Executive Officer for Undersea Warfare. Rear Admiral Young was the 11th Director of Strategic Systems Programs where he was responsible for all aspects of the research, development, production, logistics, storage, repair, and operational support of the Navy’s Fleet Ballistic Missile Weapon Systems. Since retirement from the Navy, Admiral Young has served on several panels and boards. These include: Submarine Superiority Technical Advisory Group (SSTAG); Defense Science Board Task Forces; advisor to the Threat Reduction Advisory Committee (TRAC) Nuclear Deterrent Transformation (NDT) Panel; Board of Advisors for Florida Atlantic University’s Institute for Ocean and Systems Engineering; Board Advisors for Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory’ Global Engagement Department; Board of Advisors for the NDIA Undersea Warfare Division; and he has lead or participated in several teams reviewing specific issues in defense programs.

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    Mr. Steve Hopkins

    Board Member

    Mr. Steve Hopkins is the President and CEO of ANSER providing strategic and visionary leadership, ensuring ANSER is well positioned to serve their customers as a premier partner today and in the future, and guaranteeing ANSER maintains the highest level of integrity and a strong commitment to the Public Interest.

    Mr. Hopkins brings a wealth of expertise garnered from his more than 30 years of comprehensive experience as a business leader at ANSER. Prior to his promotion to President and CEO he served as ANSER’s Chief Operating Officer where he provided leadership for ANSER’s client focused operations providing professional services and analytical studies across a myriad of challenging domains including homeland defense, combating weapons of mass destruction, mission assurance, science and technology, and global threats and intelligence. His experience covers providing professional services for clients implementing complex technology-focused programs across the Federal Government to include: the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Defense Agencies, the Military Services, NASA, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Intelligence Community. For six months in 1994, he lived and worked in Moscow as head of ANSER’s Moscow Office.

    He is a graduate of the Defense Systems Management College (now Defense Acquisition University) Advanced Program Management Course and completed executive leadership courses at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management as well as at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Business. He has degrees from the United States Naval Academy and the University of Chicago.

    Mr. Steve Hopkins is the President and CEO of ANSER providing strategic and visionary leadership, ensuring ANSER is well positioned to serve their customers as a premier partner today and in the future, and guaranteeing ANSER maintains the highest level of integrity and a strong commitment to the Public Interest.

    Mr. Hopkins brings a wealth of expertise garnered from his more than 30 years of comprehensive experience as a business leader at ANSER. Prior to his promotion to President and CEO he served as ANSER’s Chief Operating Officer where he provided leadership for ANSER’s client focused operations providing professional services and analytical studies across a myriad of challenging domains including homeland defense, combating weapons of mass destruction, mission assurance, science and technology, and global threats and intelligence. His experience covers providing professional services for clients implementing complex technology-focused programs across the Federal Government to include: the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Defense Agencies, the Military Services, NASA, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Intelligence Community. For six months in 1994, he lived and worked in Moscow as head of ANSER’s Moscow Office.

    He is a graduate of the Defense Systems Management College (now Defense Acquisition University) Advanced Program Management Course and completed executive leadership courses at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management as well as at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Business. He has degrees from the United States Naval Academy and the University of Chicago.

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    Mr. Aaron Hughes

    Board Member

    Aaron Hughes is Vice President and Deputy CISO at Capital One. In this position, he leads the Capital One Cyber organization in providing security services for the Capital One lines of business and horizontal Technology organization. In addition to leading the Information Security Office organization he is the accountable executive at Capital One for the Blacks in
    Tech business resource group, focusing on enhancing the development, recruitment, and advocacy for black associates in the Technology organization. He is a frequent contributor and speaker in a variety of forums across a broad range of topics to include national security, cyber, and diversity/inclusion/belonging.

    Mr. Hughes is the former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Cyber Policy. In this position, he was responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of cyber policies, strategies, operations, and plans for the Department of Defense. As the senior civilian responsible for DoD activities in the cyber domain he engaged regularly with the White House and organizations across the US Government to assist in the formulation and
    review of whole-of-nation cyber related policies.

    Prior to his appointment with the Department of Defense, Mr. Hughes was the Vice President of Intelligence Community Support at the strategic investment firm In-Q-Tel. In this role, he led the company’s engagement with the Intelligence Community and assisted in the prioritization of investment decisions and technology identification for In-Q-Tel’s partners.

    Mr. Hughes is a Colonel in the United States Air Force Reserve currently serving as a Senior Advisor to the Commander USCYBERCOM.

    He has over 23 years of experience in a variety of technical, managerial, and executive roles and received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Virginia, MS in Telecommunications and Computers from George Washington University, and MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

    Aaron Hughes is Vice President and Deputy CISO at Capital One. In this position, he leads the Capital One Cyber organization in providing security services for the Capital One lines of business and horizontal Technology organization. In addition to leading the Information Security Office organization he is the accountable executive at Capital One for the Blacks in
    Tech business resource group, focusing on enhancing the development, recruitment, and advocacy for black associates in the Technology organization. He is a frequent contributor and speaker in a variety of forums across a broad range of topics to include national security, cyber, and diversity/inclusion/belonging.

    Mr. Hughes is the former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Cyber Policy. In this position, he was responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of cyber policies, strategies, operations, and plans for the Department of Defense. As the senior civilian responsible for DoD activities in the cyber domain he engaged regularly with the White House and organizations across the US Government to assist in the formulation and
    review of whole-of-nation cyber related policies.

    Prior to his appointment with the Department of Defense, Mr. Hughes was the Vice President of Intelligence Community Support at the strategic investment firm In-Q-Tel. In this role, he led the company’s engagement with the Intelligence Community and assisted in the prioritization of investment decisions and technology identification for In-Q-Tel’s partners.

    Mr. Hughes is a Colonel in the United States Air Force Reserve currently serving as a Senior Advisor to the Commander USCYBERCOM.

    He has over 23 years of experience in a variety of technical, managerial, and executive roles and received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Virginia, MS in Telecommunications and Computers from George Washington University, and MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

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    Gen. Craig R. McKinley, USAF (Ret.)

    Board Member

    Craig R. McKinley was appointed National Chair of Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve on July 1, 2017. He retired as President and CEO of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) on June 30, 2017. McKinley came to NDIA from the Air Force Association (AFA), where he had served as President since October 1, 2012.

    After 38 years in the Air Force, McKinley retired as a four-star general in November 2012. His last assignment was as the Chief of the National Guard Bureau, where he also served as a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In this capacity, he was a military adviser to the President, the Secretary of Defense, the National Security Council and was the Department of Defense’s official channel of communication to the Governors and to State Adjutants General on all matters pertaining to the National Guard.

    McKinley received his commission in 1974 as a distinguished graduate of the ROTC program at Southern Methodist University. He has served in numerous assignments in flying and operations, as well as command positions at group, wing, sector and field operating agency levels. His assignments include Commander, 1st Air Force, Air Combat Command, and Commander, Continental U.S. North American Aerospace Defense Command Region, Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. He has served as the Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and Programs, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C., and Director, Mobilization and Reserve Affairs Directorate, U.S. European Command, Stuttgart-Vaihingen, Germany.
    McKinley is a command pilot with more than 4,000 hours, primarily in the T-38, F-106, F-16 and F-15. Additionally, he has been pilot in command in the C-131 and C-130 operational support airlift aircraft.

    Among his military decorations are the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal with bronze oak leaf cluster; Defense Superior Service Medal; Legion of Merit; Meritorious Service Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters; Air Force Commendation Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters; Air Force Achievement Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters; Combat Readiness Medal with four bronze oak leaf clusters; and National Defense Service Medal with bronze service star.

    McKinley graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in business administration at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, in 1974; and received his Master’s degree in management and economics, at Webster College, St. Louis, Missouri, in 1979. He completed studies at the National War College, National Defense University, in 1995. McKinley and his wife, Cheryl, reside in Arlington, Virginia.

    Craig R. McKinley was appointed National Chair of Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve on July 1, 2017. He retired as President and CEO of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) on June 30, 2017. McKinley came to NDIA from the Air Force Association (AFA), where he had served as President since October 1, 2012.

    After 38 years in the Air Force, McKinley retired as a four-star general in November 2012. His last assignment was as the Chief of the National Guard Bureau, where he also served as a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In this capacity, he was a military adviser to the President, the Secretary of Defense, the National Security Council and was the Department of Defense’s official channel of communication to the Governors and to State Adjutants General on all matters pertaining to the National Guard.

    McKinley received his commission in 1974 as a distinguished graduate of the ROTC program at Southern Methodist University. He has served in numerous assignments in flying and operations, as well as command positions at group, wing, sector and field operating agency levels. His assignments include Commander, 1st Air Force, Air Combat Command, and Commander, Continental U.S. North American Aerospace Defense Command Region, Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. He has served as the Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and Programs, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C., and Director, Mobilization and Reserve Affairs Directorate, U.S. European Command, Stuttgart-Vaihingen, Germany.
    McKinley is a command pilot with more than 4,000 hours, primarily in the T-38, F-106, F-16 and F-15. Additionally, he has been pilot in command in the C-131 and C-130 operational support airlift aircraft.

    Among his military decorations are the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal with bronze oak leaf cluster; Defense Superior Service Medal; Legion of Merit; Meritorious Service Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters; Air Force Commendation Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters; Air Force Achievement Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters; Combat Readiness Medal with four bronze oak leaf clusters; and National Defense Service Medal with bronze service star.

    McKinley graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in business administration at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, in 1974; and received his Master’s degree in management and economics, at Webster College, St. Louis, Missouri, in 1979. He completed studies at the National War College, National Defense University, in 1995. McKinley and his wife, Cheryl, reside in Arlington, Virginia.

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    Ms. Ann Elise Sauer

    Board Member

    Ann Elise Sauer Senior Partner Ann offers clients extensive experience in public and private policy and federal budget issues acquired during a career at senior levels on Capitol Hill and in private industry.

    Prior to co-founding ISM Strategies, Ann served as Staff Director for the Minority of the United States Senate Committee on Armed Services. She reported to Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Ranking Republican Member of the Committee, and managed the Republican staff of the committee responsible for issues in the national security arena, particularly the annual defense authorization legislation. Ann ensured the committee staff coordinated with and supported the Republican Members of the committee and their staffs, as well as the Republican Leadership and members of the Senate.

    Ann had previously served on the Committee staff for 14 years. Prior to re-joining the Senate Armed Services Committee staff, She was the owner of a consulting firm specializing in federal budget and fiscal policy information and insights. She provided advisory services to major defense corporations, worked with think tanks and analytical firms, and supported smaller entities through affiliations with other consulting firms.

    From 2000 to 2011, Ann held several senior positions working directly for the Senior Vice President of Lockheed Martin Washington Operations, including Vice President, Acquisition Policy, Logistics, and Budget; Vice President, Network Systems and Advanced Development; and Vice President for Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard Systems Integration. During her tenure at the corporation, Ann worked directly with the senior leadership advising on all matters relating to the federal budget, identifying and prioritizing wide-ranging policy issues within the corporation or under consideration in the government, and developing and implementing the corporation’s strategies related to tax, environment, procurement, logistics and sustainment, and federal contracting policies and programs.

    At one time, Ann managed the corporation’s Washington-based strategies related to C4ISR, advanced development, and unmanned systems programs and strategies, and led the Washington Operations team responsible for supporting the corporation’s Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard programs for the Electronics Systems business area. She was the corporation’s federal budget expert, responsible for tracking and analyzing the federal budget, both defense and non-defense.

    Before joining Lockheed Martin, Ann worked in the United States Senate for 23 years, including extensive experience as a senior professional staff member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. Ann is currently a Senior Adviser to the Center for Strategic and International Studies. She serves on corporate boards and also served on the board of Women In Defense and Women in International Security.

    Ann assists in preparing Administration nominees for their confirmation hearings before various Senate committees. She has held the highest levels of security clearance, including TS/SCI. Ann earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Sciences from Georgetown University, specializing in International Relations. She also received an Associate of Arts Degree in Business from Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio. Ann currently splits her time among homes in Mason Neck, VA; Swan Beach, NC; and West Farmington, OH.

    Ann Elise Sauer Senior Partner Ann offers clients extensive experience in public and private policy and federal budget issues acquired during a career at senior levels on Capitol Hill and in private industry.

    Prior to co-founding ISM Strategies, Ann served as Staff Director for the Minority of the United States Senate Committee on Armed Services. She reported to Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Ranking Republican Member of the Committee, and managed the Republican staff of the committee responsible for issues in the national security arena, particularly the annual defense authorization legislation. Ann ensured the committee staff coordinated with and supported the Republican Members of the committee and their staffs, as well as the Republican Leadership and members of the Senate.

    Ann had previously served on the Committee staff for 14 years. Prior to re-joining the Senate Armed Services Committee staff, She was the owner of a consulting firm specializing in federal budget and fiscal policy information and insights. She provided advisory services to major defense corporations, worked with think tanks and analytical firms, and supported smaller entities through affiliations with other consulting firms.

    From 2000 to 2011, Ann held several senior positions working directly for the Senior Vice President of Lockheed Martin Washington Operations, including Vice President, Acquisition Policy, Logistics, and Budget; Vice President, Network Systems and Advanced Development; and Vice President for Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard Systems Integration. During her tenure at the corporation, Ann worked directly with the senior leadership advising on all matters relating to the federal budget, identifying and prioritizing wide-ranging policy issues within the corporation or under consideration in the government, and developing and implementing the corporation’s strategies related to tax, environment, procurement, logistics and sustainment, and federal contracting policies and programs.

    At one time, Ann managed the corporation’s Washington-based strategies related to C4ISR, advanced development, and unmanned systems programs and strategies, and led the Washington Operations team responsible for supporting the corporation’s Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard programs for the Electronics Systems business area. She was the corporation’s federal budget expert, responsible for tracking and analyzing the federal budget, both defense and non-defense.

    Before joining Lockheed Martin, Ann worked in the United States Senate for 23 years, including extensive experience as a senior professional staff member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. Ann is currently a Senior Adviser to the Center for Strategic and International Studies. She serves on corporate boards and also served on the board of Women In Defense and Women in International Security.

    Ann assists in preparing Administration nominees for their confirmation hearings before various Senate committees. She has held the highest levels of security clearance, including TS/SCI. Ann earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Sciences from Georgetown University, specializing in International Relations. She also received an Associate of Arts Degree in Business from Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio. Ann currently splits her time among homes in Mason Neck, VA; Swan Beach, NC; and West Farmington, OH.

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    Mr. Chris Van Metre

    Board Member

    Chris Van Metre was born in Philadelphia, PA, the son of a career naval officer. He moved frequently with his family many times during his childhood starting school in Charleston, SC, and ultimately graduating from high school in Virginia Beach, VA. After high school, Chris attended the University of Notre Dame on a Naval ROTC scholarship and majored in Aerospace Engineering. After graduation, he was commissioned an Ensign in the U. S. Navy and immediately began nuclear power and submarine initial training. After completion of this training, Chris reported to his first submarine duty assignment in Charleston, SC. It was during this assignment that he married the former Rose McEwan of Charleston, SC. He completed a 20-year Navy career that included four submarine assignments, including command of a fast attack submarine, as well as a variety of shore assignments focused on training and education. After retirement, Chris returned to the Lowcountry and joined the Advanced Technology Institute (ATI), a small Research and Development management services company and subsidiary of the South Carolina Research Authority (SCRA), in North Charleston, SC. Originally hired by ATI as a project manager in May 2005, Chris soon transitioned into a Business Development role, responsible for growing ATI’s market reach and business portfolio.

    In April 2012, he became the third President and CEO of the renamed Advanced Technology International (ATI). In this role, he oversees the strategic direction of ATI, which has grown to a $1.5 Billion collaboration management services company. ATI’s mission is to lessen the burden of government by supporting federal government agencies, industry, and universities in the collaborative execution of our nation’s most innovative research initiatives. ATI-leads R&D collaborations that cover a broad array of technology domains including armaments, biotechnology, electromagnetic spectrum, space technologies, advanced materials, shipbuilding, and ship repair. Building multi-disciplinary teams from the private sector (Fortune 500 companies to small businesses), federal agencies and universities to deliver prototype technologies is a prominent feature of these programs.

    Chris’ experience includes strategic planning, technology development road-mapping and multi-organizational and multi-disciplinary consortia formation. His technical and engineering expertise has been invaluable in creating teams to focus R&D efforts in many areas. He has been the catalyst behind new alliances formed among stakeholder groups from industry, academia and the federal government to define and prioritize technology requirements and potential solutions, where robust collaboration among diverse groups was critical to a successful outcome. During his tenure at ATI, Chris has overseen two acquisitions and, in 2017, the sale of ATI from SCRA to Analytic Services (ANSER) in Falls Church, VA. As President and CEO, Chris has led the growth of ATI from annual revenues of $150 Million to $1.5 Billion with ATI repeatedly being recognized as a South Carolina Best Places to Work.

    Chris is very active in the local community, serving on the Lowcountry Heart Walk Executive Leadership team, as Chair of the Citadel’s Engineering Leadership and Program Management Advisory Board, as the Regional Director of Officials for SC High School League Swimming and as a mentor for several local young professionals. Chris and Rose are the incredibly proud parents of three children: Brian, a Navy Lieutenant teaching NROTC at Notre Dame, Ashleigh, a Navy Lieutenant physician in her first year of residency at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD and Regan, a Navy Ensign in first year of Medical School at USC-Greenville. They are also the parents of four dogs – two English Bulldogs, a golden retriever and a Great Dane mix.

    Chris Van Metre was born in Philadelphia, PA, the son of a career naval officer. He moved frequently with his family many times during his childhood starting school in Charleston, SC, and ultimately graduating from high school in Virginia Beach, VA. After high school, Chris attended the University of Notre Dame on a Naval ROTC scholarship and majored in Aerospace Engineering. After graduation, he was commissioned an Ensign in the U. S. Navy and immediately began nuclear power and submarine initial training. After completion of this training, Chris reported to his first submarine duty assignment in Charleston, SC. It was during this assignment that he married the former Rose McEwan of Charleston, SC. He completed a 20-year Navy career that included four submarine assignments, including command of a fast attack submarine, as well as a variety of shore assignments focused on training and education. After retirement, Chris returned to the Lowcountry and joined the Advanced Technology Institute (ATI), a small Research and Development management services company and subsidiary of the South Carolina Research Authority (SCRA), in North Charleston, SC. Originally hired by ATI as a project manager in May 2005, Chris soon transitioned into a Business Development role, responsible for growing ATI’s market reach and business portfolio.

    In April 2012, he became the third President and CEO of the renamed Advanced Technology International (ATI). In this role, he oversees the strategic direction of ATI, which has grown to a $1.5 Billion collaboration management services company. ATI’s mission is to lessen the burden of government by supporting federal government agencies, industry, and universities in the collaborative execution of our nation’s most innovative research initiatives. ATI-leads R&D collaborations that cover a broad array of technology domains including armaments, biotechnology, electromagnetic spectrum, space technologies, advanced materials, shipbuilding, and ship repair. Building multi-disciplinary teams from the private sector (Fortune 500 companies to small businesses), federal agencies and universities to deliver prototype technologies is a prominent feature of these programs.

    Chris’ experience includes strategic planning, technology development road-mapping and multi-organizational and multi-disciplinary consortia formation. His technical and engineering expertise has been invaluable in creating teams to focus R&D efforts in many areas. He has been the catalyst behind new alliances formed among stakeholder groups from industry, academia and the federal government to define and prioritize technology requirements and potential solutions, where robust collaboration among diverse groups was critical to a successful outcome. During his tenure at ATI, Chris has overseen two acquisitions and, in 2017, the sale of ATI from SCRA to Analytic Services (ANSER) in Falls Church, VA. As President and CEO, Chris has led the growth of ATI from annual revenues of $150 Million to $1.5 Billion with ATI repeatedly being recognized as a South Carolina Best Places to Work.

    Chris is very active in the local community, serving on the Lowcountry Heart Walk Executive Leadership team, as Chair of the Citadel’s Engineering Leadership and Program Management Advisory Board, as the Regional Director of Officials for SC High School League Swimming and as a mentor for several local young professionals. Chris and Rose are the incredibly proud parents of three children: Brian, a Navy Lieutenant teaching NROTC at Notre Dame, Ashleigh, a Navy Lieutenant physician in her first year of residency at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD and Regan, a Navy Ensign in first year of Medical School at USC-Greenville. They are also the parents of four dogs – two English Bulldogs, a golden retriever and a Great Dane mix.