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    Dr. Ronald L. Kerber

    Board Chairman

    Dr. Ronald L. Kerber’s leadership responsibilities have included P & L responsibility, innovation, product development and procurement in diverse, global organizations. He currently splits his time among a variety of entrepreneurial and pro bono activities as Partner and Co-founder of Dominion Development Company & Dominion Custom Homes; Director of Analytic Servicies, Inc; and member of the Department of Defense Science Board.

    During ten years as Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Whirlpool, Dr. Kerber had line responsibility for global product development and procurement, along with P&L responsibility for three global businesses.  Kerber also served as Vice President of Advanced Technology and Business Development at McDonnell Douglas, as Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Advanced Technology, and as a program manager at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

    Before beginning his business career, Dr. Kerber was a professor of electrical and mechanical engineering and associate dean of graduate studies and research at Michigan State University. He has published more than 60 technical articles, co-authored the book Strategic Product Creation, and is a recipient of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service, the Michigan State University Teacher Scholar Award, the Purdue University Distinguished Engineering Alumni award, and the Outstanding Aerospace Engineer Award. He was a NASA Fellow at the California Institute of Technology. He is a Batten Fellow in the Darden Business School at the University of Virginia.

    Dr. Kerber received a B.S. degree from Purdue University and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the California Institute of Technology.

    Dr. Ronald L. Kerber’s leadership responsibilities have included P & L responsibility, innovation, product development and procurement in diverse, global organizations. He currently splits his time among a variety of entrepreneurial and pro bono activities as Partner and Co-founder of Dominion Development Company & Dominion Custom Homes; Director of Analytic Servicies, Inc; and member of the Department of Defense Science Board.

    During ten years as Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Whirlpool, Dr. Kerber had line responsibility for global product development and procurement, along with P&L responsibility for three global businesses.  Kerber also served as Vice President of Advanced Technology and Business Development at McDonnell Douglas, as Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Advanced Technology, and as a program manager at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

    Before beginning his business career, Dr. Kerber was a professor of electrical and mechanical engineering and associate dean of graduate studies and research at Michigan State University. He has published more than 60 technical articles, co-authored the book Strategic Product Creation, and is a recipient of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service, the Michigan State University Teacher Scholar Award, the Purdue University Distinguished Engineering Alumni award, and the Outstanding Aerospace Engineer Award. He was a NASA Fellow at the California Institute of Technology. He is a Batten Fellow in the Darden Business School at the University of Virginia.

    Dr. Kerber received a B.S. degree from Purdue University and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the California Institute of Technology.

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    Mr. Ronald E. Cuneo

    Vice Chairman

    Mr. Ronald E. Cuneo is currently the Chairman of the ANSER Board of Directors. His executive experience spans multiple industries with both mature and early-stage companies. He is knowledgeable in both the public and private sectors and has been a consultant to or board member of a number of firms, including the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association, Altus, Ascendra, B2B Galaxy, BTG, Frontier Securities Management, INET, Riggs Bank, Tech River, OptiView, U.S. Web Cornerstone, Vienna Web Technologies, and White Peak Capital.

    In 1990, Mr. Cuneo was appointed President and CEO of HFS. He sold HFS to Wang Laboratories in 1995 and joined Wang Laboratories as President of Wang Federal and Senior Vice President of Wang Laboratories. Following his assignment at Wang, he joined U.S. Web Cornerstone as a Director and assistant to the CEO. U.S. Web went public in 1997. In 1998, Mr. Cuneo joined Oracle as its Senior Vice President and General Manager of state and local affairs for its government, education, and health practices.Mr. Cuneo served in marketing and executive management positions in General Electric’s information systems division and later with Honeywell. In 1976, he directed Honeywell’s major defense information systems program, the World Wide Military Command and Control System. He subsequently served as National Market Director for Honeywell’s Xerox program, and in 1981 he became Vice President of Corporate Accounts. In 1982, Mr. Cuneo was appointed Vice President and General Manager of Honeywell Federal Systems, where in eight years he brought in more than $1.5 billion in federal contracts. Through his leadership he evolved the company from its traditional role as a provider of proprietary systems to a full-service provider of integrated information systems.Mr. Cuneo received a bachelor of business administration degree from Pace University in 1966. Shortly after graduation Mr. Cuneo joined the U.S. Army and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Signal Corps in May 1967 after completing Signal Officer Candidate School. Mr. Cuneo continued his education at American University, where he received a master of science degree in the technology of management in 1977. Mr. Cuneo also completed the Honeywell Harvard Executive Development Program in 1978.

    Mr. Ronald E. Cuneo is currently the Chairman of the ANSER Board of Directors. His executive experience spans multiple industries with both mature and early-stage companies. He is knowledgeable in both the public and private sectors and has been a consultant to or board member of a number of firms, including the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association, Altus, Ascendra, B2B Galaxy, BTG, Frontier Securities Management, INET, Riggs Bank, Tech River, OptiView, U.S. Web Cornerstone, Vienna Web Technologies, and White Peak Capital.

    In 1990, Mr. Cuneo was appointed President and CEO of HFS. He sold HFS to Wang Laboratories in 1995 and joined Wang Laboratories as President of Wang Federal and Senior Vice President of Wang Laboratories. Following his assignment at Wang, he joined U.S. Web Cornerstone as a Director and assistant to the CEO. U.S. Web went public in 1997. In 1998, Mr. Cuneo joined Oracle as its Senior Vice President and General Manager of state and local affairs for its government, education, and health practices.Mr. Cuneo served in marketing and executive management positions in General Electric’s information systems division and later with Honeywell. In 1976, he directed Honeywell’s major defense information systems program, the World Wide Military Command and Control System. He subsequently served as National Market Director for Honeywell’s Xerox program, and in 1981 he became Vice President of Corporate Accounts. In 1982, Mr. Cuneo was appointed Vice President and General Manager of Honeywell Federal Systems, where in eight years he brought in more than $1.5 billion in federal contracts. Through his leadership he evolved the company from its traditional role as a provider of proprietary systems to a full-service provider of integrated information systems.Mr. Cuneo received a bachelor of business administration degree from Pace University in 1966. Shortly after graduation Mr. Cuneo joined the U.S. Army and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Signal Corps in May 1967 after completing Signal Officer Candidate School. Mr. Cuneo continued his education at American University, where he received a master of science degree in the technology of management in 1977. Mr. Cuneo also completed the Honeywell Harvard Executive Development Program in 1978.

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    RADM Charles B. Young USN (Ret)

    Vice Chairman

    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. Aaron Hughes

    Board Member

    Aaron Hughes is Vice President and Deputy CISO for Divisional Information Security Office at Capital One. In this position, he leads the Information Security Office (ISO) team in providing security services for the Capital One lines of business and Enterprise enabling Shared Technology organization.  In addition to the overall leadership of the ISO organization, he is the Divisional CISO for Shared Technology where he is focused on securing Capital One Digital Products and Data Transformation initiatives.

    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 (select) in the Maryland Air National Guard and currently serves as the Director of Cyberspace Operations for the State of Maryland.  In this position, he is the senior uniformed advisor on Cyberspace issues for The Adjutant General for Maryland.

    He has over 20 years of experience in a variety of technical, managerial, and executive roles and received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Virginia, an MS in Telecommunications and Computers from George Washington University, and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

    Aaron Hughes is Vice President and Deputy CISO for Divisional Information Security Office at Capital One. In this position, he leads the Information Security Office (ISO) team in providing security services for the Capital One lines of business and Enterprise enabling Shared Technology organization.  In addition to the overall leadership of the ISO organization, he is the Divisional CISO for Shared Technology where he is focused on securing Capital One Digital Products and Data Transformation initiatives.

    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 (select) in the Maryland Air National Guard and currently serves as the Director of Cyberspace Operations for the State of Maryland.  In this position, he is the senior uniformed advisor on Cyberspace issues for The Adjutant General for Maryland.

    He has over 20 years of experience in a variety of technical, managerial, and executive roles and received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Virginia, an MS in Telecommunications and Computers from George Washington University, and an 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. K. Dunlop (Dun) Scott

    Board Member

    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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    Mr. Carmen J. Spencer

    Board Member

    Mr. Carmen J. Spencer is the President and CEO of ANSER. His leadership experience and commitment to national defense began with a 28-year career as an Army Officer with assignments in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and Department of the Army Headquarters; and as Commander, US Army Chemical Demilitarization Activity on Johnston Atoll in the Pacific and the Pueblo Chemical Weapons Depot in Colorado. Mr. Spencer has also served as Director of the Chemical and Biological Defense Directorate at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency and as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology.

    Mr. Spencer’s private sector accomplishments include eight years at Bechtel National, Incorporated serving as President and General Manager, Kwajalein Range Services, LLC and Vice President of Marketing and Business Development. Prior to joining ANSER, Mr. Spencer was the Joint Program Executive Officer for Chemical and Biological Defense (JPEO-CBD) providing acquisition management and professional leadership on complex matters related to joint service chemical and biological defense acquisition programs.Mr. Spencer planned, directed, managed, and coordinated the JPEO-CBD’s mission and was responsible for the development, acquisition, distribution, and deployment of highly specialized and dynamic joint chemical and biological defense devices, as well as medical diagnostic systems, drugs, and vaccines. He provided management oversight of the Chemical Demilitarization Program, an Acquisition Category 1-D program, for the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology)/Army Acquisition Executive. Mr. Spencer provided executive level policy and oversight of the Chemical Demilitarization Program projects and was responsible for representing the Chemical Demilitarization Program to Congress. Mr. Spencer received a Bachelor of Science degree from Chaminade University in 1976 and has received certificates and training in Six Sigma and program management. His military honors and awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster, and the Meritorious Service with Five Oak Leaf Clusters.

    Mr. Carmen J. Spencer is the President and CEO of ANSER. His leadership experience and commitment to national defense began with a 28-year career as an Army Officer with assignments in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and Department of the Army Headquarters; and as Commander, US Army Chemical Demilitarization Activity on Johnston Atoll in the Pacific and the Pueblo Chemical Weapons Depot in Colorado. Mr. Spencer has also served as Director of the Chemical and Biological Defense Directorate at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency and as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology.

    Mr. Spencer’s private sector accomplishments include eight years at Bechtel National, Incorporated serving as President and General Manager, Kwajalein Range Services, LLC and Vice President of Marketing and Business Development. Prior to joining ANSER, Mr. Spencer was the Joint Program Executive Officer for Chemical and Biological Defense (JPEO-CBD) providing acquisition management and professional leadership on complex matters related to joint service chemical and biological defense acquisition programs.Mr. Spencer planned, directed, managed, and coordinated the JPEO-CBD’s mission and was responsible for the development, acquisition, distribution, and deployment of highly specialized and dynamic joint chemical and biological defense devices, as well as medical diagnostic systems, drugs, and vaccines. He provided management oversight of the Chemical Demilitarization Program, an Acquisition Category 1-D program, for the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology)/Army Acquisition Executive. Mr. Spencer provided executive level policy and oversight of the Chemical Demilitarization Program projects and was responsible for representing the Chemical Demilitarization Program to Congress. Mr. Spencer received a Bachelor of Science degree from Chaminade University in 1976 and has received certificates and training in Six Sigma and program management. His military honors and awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster, and the Meritorious Service with Five Oak Leaf Clusters.

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    Mr. Chris Van Metre

    Board Member

    Mr. Van Metre was named the third President of Advanced Technology International in May 2012. In this role, he oversees the strategic direction of ATI, a $420M not-for-profit firm with the mission of minimizing the burden of government by helping industry, federal agencies and universities collaborate to rapidly commercialize applied research. ATI-led consortia covers a broad spectrum of fields that includes automotive, aerospace, shipbuilding, ordnance, advanced materials, defense supply chains, interagency operations centers, signals intelligence, advanced manufacturing and weapons system sustainment. Building multi-disciplinary teams from the private sector (Fortune 500 competitors to small businesses), federal agencies and universities in the form of innovative business models is a prominent feature of these ventures.​

    Mr. Van Metre’s experience includes strategic planning, technology roadmapping and multi-organizational and multidisciplinary consortia formation. His technical and engineering expertise has been invaluable in creating teams to focus research and development on innovative ship design tools, modeling and simulation, advanced materials, alternative energy resources and other areas. Mr. Van Metre develops alliances among stakeholders groups from industry, academia and the federal government to define and prioritize issues and solutions where collaboration among diverse groups is mandated for a successful outcome.Prior to being named President and CEO of ATI, Mr. Van Metre was SCRA’s Senior VP of Business Development Operations, working with the senior leaders in each of SCRA’s Sectors and affiliated institutes, as well as SCRA’s industry, academic and government partners, to identify areas of value synergy where collaborative solutions merit pursuit. Early in his career at ATI, Mr. Van Metre was the program lead for the DoD Ordnance Technology Consortium and its industry component, the National Warheads and Energetic Consortium, a collaboration comprised of over 120 companies and academic institutions brought together to enhance warfighter lethality and survivability by leveraging the nation’s industrial and academia research and development bases to advance and expand our military technological superiority in critical fields of warheads, fuzes, explosives, propellants, pyrotechnics and munitions demilitarization. As the pre-award Business Development Leader and initial leader of this seven year, $700M program, Mr. Van Metre forged key Government and Industry client relationships, developed the business model for program execution and built the internal team for start-up execution.Prior to these assignments, Mr. Van Metre was a Program Manager on the Maritime team for ATI. He also completed a twenty year Navy career where he served in a variety of leadership and management positions in both staff and operational assignments, including submarine command.Mr. Van Metre holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Notre Dame. He completed graduate coursework at Tulane University and numerous executive education courses in Business Development and Marketing Strategy (Kellogg – Northwestern University, MBDi, Karass Negotiation, Furman’s Diversity Leadership Institute). Mr. Van Metre earned Navy designation as a specialist in Nuclear Engineering and Master Training Specialist (Curriculum Development). Mr. Van Metre serves on the Advisory Board for The Citadel’s School of Engineering Leadership and Program Management. He is a member of the Navy League of the United States, the National Defense Industrial Association and past-President of the Charleston, SC chapter of the Notre Dame Alumni Association.

    Mr. Van Metre was named the third President of Advanced Technology International in May 2012. In this role, he oversees the strategic direction of ATI, a $420M not-for-profit firm with the mission of minimizing the burden of government by helping industry, federal agencies and universities collaborate to rapidly commercialize applied research. ATI-led consortia covers a broad spectrum of fields that includes automotive, aerospace, shipbuilding, ordnance, advanced materials, defense supply chains, interagency operations centers, signals intelligence, advanced manufacturing and weapons system sustainment. Building multi-disciplinary teams from the private sector (Fortune 500 competitors to small businesses), federal agencies and universities in the form of innovative business models is a prominent feature of these ventures.​

    Mr. Van Metre’s experience includes strategic planning, technology roadmapping and multi-organizational and multidisciplinary consortia formation. His technical and engineering expertise has been invaluable in creating teams to focus research and development on innovative ship design tools, modeling and simulation, advanced materials, alternative energy resources and other areas. Mr. Van Metre develops alliances among stakeholders groups from industry, academia and the federal government to define and prioritize issues and solutions where collaboration among diverse groups is mandated for a successful outcome.Prior to being named President and CEO of ATI, Mr. Van Metre was SCRA’s Senior VP of Business Development Operations, working with the senior leaders in each of SCRA’s Sectors and affiliated institutes, as well as SCRA’s industry, academic and government partners, to identify areas of value synergy where collaborative solutions merit pursuit. Early in his career at ATI, Mr. Van Metre was the program lead for the DoD Ordnance Technology Consortium and its industry component, the National Warheads and Energetic Consortium, a collaboration comprised of over 120 companies and academic institutions brought together to enhance warfighter lethality and survivability by leveraging the nation’s industrial and academia research and development bases to advance and expand our military technological superiority in critical fields of warheads, fuzes, explosives, propellants, pyrotechnics and munitions demilitarization. As the pre-award Business Development Leader and initial leader of this seven year, $700M program, Mr. Van Metre forged key Government and Industry client relationships, developed the business model for program execution and built the internal team for start-up execution.Prior to these assignments, Mr. Van Metre was a Program Manager on the Maritime team for ATI. He also completed a twenty year Navy career where he served in a variety of leadership and management positions in both staff and operational assignments, including submarine command.Mr. Van Metre holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Notre Dame. He completed graduate coursework at Tulane University and numerous executive education courses in Business Development and Marketing Strategy (Kellogg – Northwestern University, MBDi, Karass Negotiation, Furman’s Diversity Leadership Institute). Mr. Van Metre earned Navy designation as a specialist in Nuclear Engineering and Master Training Specialist (Curriculum Development). Mr. Van Metre serves on the Advisory Board for The Citadel’s School of Engineering Leadership and Program Management. He is a member of the Navy League of the United States, the National Defense Industrial Association and past-President of the Charleston, SC chapter of the Notre Dame Alumni Association.