2020 Annual Conference Speakers


  Dr. Michael Griffin
Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering
Dr. Michael D. Griffin is the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering. He is the Department's Chief Technology Officer, and is responsible for the research, development, and prototyping activities across the DoD enterprise and is mandated with ensuring technological superiority for the Department of Defense. He oversees the activities of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the Missile Defense Agency, the Defense Innovation Unit, the DoD Laboratory enterprise, and the Under Secretariate staff focused on developing advanced technology and capability for the U.S. military.
  José Arrieta
Chief Information Officer, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
As the CIO, José provides leadership and oversight of the Department’s $6.3B IT portfolio in support of the Department’s expansive mission to enhance the health and well-being of Americans by providing for effective health and human services and by fostering sound, sustained advances in science underlying medicine, public health, and social services. He is responsible for providing assistance and guidance on the use of technology-supported business process reengineering; investment analysis; performance measurement; strategic development and application of information systems and infrastructure; policies to provide improved management of information resources and technology; and better, more efficient service to our HHS clients and employees. José leads the development of HHS-wide IT strategy with an immediate focus on cybersecurity, cloud computing, and emerging technology. In addition, José provides advice and counsel to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary on how to advance the Department’s mission through the use of transformative information technology approaches.
  Katie Arrington
CISO for Assistant Secretary for Defense Acquisition 
Katherine “Katie” Arrington currently is the Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, ASD(A), for Cyber. In this position, she serves as the central hub and integrator within the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, OUSD(A&S), to align acquisition cyber strategy.  As the cyber lead and programmatic analytic advisor for strategic cyber programs, Ms. Arrington is responsible for conducting analysis within the major defense acquisition program portfolio and across the Department of Defense. This cross functional analysis will ensure transparency within the acquisition strategy, interoperability between enterprise networks, and compliance strategies for cyber initiatives. She also meets with key Cyber personnel (across both DoD and Federal Agencies) as well as legislators to ensure that changes made in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) are supportive in reaching the goals of decreased spending and increased compliance with current and future standards. The final focal point will be on protecting the Department’s intellectual property/data and securing our weapon systems and critical infrastructure.
  Ann Calvaresi Barr
Inspector General, U.S. Agency for International Development
Inspector General Ann Calvaresi Barr leads the oversight of activities conducted by USAID, the U.S. African Development Foundation, the Inter-American Foundation, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation. In fiscal year 2017, USAID alone managed nearly $30 billion in budgetary resources to provide humanitarian assistance and advance economic growth and democracy around the world. Ms. Calvaresi Barr also works with the Inspectors General of the Department of State and the Department of Defense to coordinate each OIG’s activities under the Lead Inspector General for Overseas Contingency Operations initiative. Since taking office in November 2015, Ms. Calvaresi Barr has worked to strengthen OIG’s contributions to and support of integrity, efficiency, and effectiveness in the Nation’s complex foreign assistance programs and operations.
  Rob Baum
CEO of TechFlow
As CEO of TechFlow, an employee-owned company that has been developing leading edge solutions for over 25 years, Rob supports the government in the areas of national security, logistics, and digital services. He is passionate about leveraging technology to optimize business and government services to create a better future.  Rob’s background and formal education as a software engineer have allowed him to see and deliver solutions that are innovative in approach and impactful in use. After working at NCR Corporation, Ernst & Young and a software solutions consultancy, Rob founded TechFlow in 1995 as a way of sharing his passion for using technology to solve problems. Rob is a first adopter, geek at heart, and enjoys leading by doing!
  Tom Davis
Former Congressman, Author and Professor at George Mason University
Tom Davis was first elected to office in 1979, winning a hard-fought campaign to represent Mason District on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. This would be the first of 12 straight victories, a winning streak spanning three decades. In 1991, after spending 12 years as a County supervisor, Tom defeated the incumbent chairman of the county board, taking the top elected office in Fairfax County, Virginia.  Despite a severe economic downturn and a county budget deep in the red, Tom was able to implement a number of reforms that resulted in Fairfax being named the best managed county in the country by Governing Magazine.
  Lesley Field
Deputy Administrator for Federal Procurement Policy at U.S. Office of Management and Budget
Lesley Anne Field is the Deputy Administrator for Federal Procurement Policy in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Executive Office of the President. Her office is responsible for developing and implementing government wide policies to support over $550 billion in federal contracting each year. Prior to joining OMB, Lesley served as a contracting officer at the U.S. Department of Transportation.  
   Jennifer Felix
Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
Jennifer Felix is ASRC Federal executive vice president and chief operating officer. As the COO, Felix is responsible for leading all operational execution and driving growth. Felix brings more than 25 years government contracting and technology industry experience in finance, business operations, change management, M&A due diligence and integration and business strategy. Prior to joining ASRC Federal, Felix served in a number of executive roles - including CFO of Vencore - where she led a complex strategic sale and merger process resulting in the creation of a new $4B public company and being named CFO of the year by the Northern Virginia Technology Council. She has also served as EVP and CFO at Sotera Defense Solutions where she made significant operational and organizational improvements to better support the needs of customers and key stakeholders. 
  Carol Fortine Ochoa
Inspector General, U.S. General Services Administration

Carol Fortine Ochoa is the Inspector General for the U.S. General Services Administration. The U.S. Senate confirmed her as the Inspector General on July 29, 2015.  As Inspector General, Ms. Ochoa leads a nationwide workforce of more than 300 auditors, special agents, attorneys, and other professional staff whose mission is to detect and deter waste, fraud, abuse, and misconduct and to promote economy and efficiency in GSA operations.  Ms. Ochoa’s prior career experience includes over 25 years’ service as a federal prosecutor and manager in the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). Most recently, she served as the Assistant Inspector General of the Oversight and Review Division in DOJ’s Office of the Inspector General, where she oversaw complex, sensitive, and broad-ranging investigations of Department of Justice operations and personnel. From 1989 to 2002, she served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia. During her tenure in that office, she prosecuted more than 40 cases before federal and local juries and specialized in federal public corruption and fraud matters. Read more.
  Kim Herrington
Acting Principal Director, Defense Pricing and Contracting, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (A&S), Department of Defense 
Kim Herrington currently serves as the Acting Principal Director, Defense Pricing and Contracting DPC), in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). He is responsible for contract pricing and procurement policy matters within DoD, whose 30,000 contracting professionals spend over $300 Billion annually. He serves as the principal advisor to the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment (USD (A&S)) on acquisition and procurement negotiation strategies for all major weapon systems programs, and major automated information systems programs. He is responsible for assisting the USD (A&S) in the implementation of the Department’s operational priorities, including business reform initiatives to reduce operational costs and speed delivery to the warfighter. He oversees business enterprise initiatives related to pricing; domestic, international, and contingency contract policy for DoD, and associated e-business solutions; and DoD procurement regulations. Prior to assuming his current role as Acting Principal Director, DPC, Mr Herrington served as Director for Industrial Base Acquisition Portfolio Management for Acquisition and Sustainment (A&S). In this capacity, he was responsible to the Under Secretary of Defense for critically analyzing the U.S. defense acquisition process to provide practical recommendations for improvisation. Most recently, Herrington worked as a consultant supporting the aerospace and defense industry. He provided consulting services on program management, earned value management, risk management and strategic decision making.
  Jeff Kelly
Partner, OceanSound Partners

Jeff Kelly is a Partner and co-founder of OceanSound Partners, a middle-market private equity firm that invests in U.S.-based technology and technology-enabled companies operating primarily in the industrial, government, enterprise, and communications technology sectors.  Prior to co-founding OceanSound, Mr. Kelly worked at H.I.G. Capital where he focused on investing in middle market companies operating in the aerospace, defense and government technology markets. Prior to joining H.I.G. Capital in 2016, Mr. Kelly was a Principal at Veritas Capital where he invested in aerospace, defense and government technology companies. Prior to joining Veritas Capital in 2008, Mr. Kelly was a Vice President in the Leveraged Finance Group of Goldman Sachs, and he began his career at Morgan Stanley. Mr. Kelly received an M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a B.S. in Finance from Washington University in St. Louis.  Mr. Kelly lives in New York with his wife and two children.

Ron Klabunde
Founder & CEO, Generosity Feeds

Ron is establishing Generosity as the New Gold Standard. Through his work as the Founder and CEO of the Replenish Foundation, over 600 companies and 65,000 volunteers have been empowered as a force for good across America. The impact of Ron’s work is forging next level relationships between businesses, stakeholders, employees and customers in shared values. In the process, companies are shifting from obligatory CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) to growth oriented CSO (Corporate Social Opportunity). As a sought-out speaker and coach, Ron advocates generosity while equipping executive leadership teams and employees to engage, with their stakeholders and customers, in a greater purpose that accelerates business.

  Bob Kolasky
Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Assistant Director / Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
Bob Kolasky was selected to lead the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s (CISA) National Risk Management Center (NRMC) in 2018, at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). As Assistant Director, he oversees the Center’s efforts to facilitate a strategic, cross-sector risk management approach to cyber and physical threats to critical infrastructure. The Center provides a central venue for government and industry to combine their knowledge and capabilities in a uniquely collaborative and forward-looking environment. Center activities support both operational and strategic unified risk management efforts.

Mike Kotarski
Senior Managing Director, Founder, Arena Strategic Advisors
Since 1998, Mike has worked with over 125 companies and 15 Private Equity firms operating in the Aerospace, Defense and Government Services markets. He experiences range from expertise in corporate and consulting strategy, financial and operational due diligence, organizational restructuring, process improvement, and the full spectrum of merger, acquisition and divestiture strategy and execution. Mike has supported more than 90 successful transactions in U.S. and International Defense, Aerospace, Federal Civilian, and Commercial markets, totaling more than $22 billion in revenue.
  Vice Admiral Dave Lewis
Director, Defense Contract Management Agency
Vice Adm. David H. Lewis is the Director of the Defense Contract Management Agency. As the Director, he leads a Department of Defense agency that consists of more than 12,000 civilians and military personnel who execute worldwide contract management responsibilities, covering more than 19,500 contractors and more than $223 billion in unliquidated obligations. A native of the state of Washington, Vice Adm. Lewis graduated in 1979 from the University of Nebraska with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and was commissioned through the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps program. He graduated from the Naval Postgraduate School in 1988 with a Master of Science in Computer Science. gAt sea, Vice Adm. Lewis served aboard USS Spruance (DD 963) as communications officer, where he earned his surface warfare qualification; USS Biddle (CG 34) as fire control officer and missile battery officer; and USS Ticonderoga (CG 47) as combat systems officer. His major command assignment was Aegis Shipbuilding Program manager in Program Executive Office Ships, where he led the delivery of seven DDG 51 class ships and procured another 10 ships. At sea, Vice Adm. Lewis served aboard USS Spruance (DD 963) as communications officer, where he earned his surface warfare qualification; USS Biddle (CG 34) as fire control officer and missile battery officer; and USS Ticonderoga (CG 47) as combat systems officer. His major command assignment was Aegis Shipbuilding Program manager in Program Executive Office Ships, where he led the delivery ofAt shore, Vice Adm. Lewis’ assignments include assistant chief of staff for Maintenance and Engineering; commander, Naval Surface Forces; the Navy secretariat staff; Naval Sea Systems Command staff; Aegis Shipbuilding Program Office; supervisor of Shipbuilding, Bath, Maine; and Readiness Support Group, San Diego. seven DDG 51 class ships and procured another 10 ships.
  Ryan McKenney
Vice President, Head of Corporate Development at KBR
Ryan McKenney leads KBR’s Corporate Development, M&A activities, supporting KBR’s Government Solutions, Energy Solutions and Technology Solutions businesses, globally.  Ryan has been with KBR for 11 years supporting KBR’s acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures and strategy.  His experiences cover the full transaction lifecycle from target identification, strategic and valuation analysis through due diligence, transaction negotiation and transition and integration support.
  Jim Moran
Former Congressman
James Patrick Moran Jr. is a former U.S. Representative for Virginia's 8th congressional district in Northern Virginia, including the cities of Falls Church and Alexandria, all of Arlington County, and a portion of Fairfax County. Moran served from 1991 to 2015.
  Rae Oliver Davis
Inspector General, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
Ms. Rae Oliver Davis was sworn in as inspector general for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on January 23, 2019.  As Inspector General, Ms. Oliver Davis is the senior official responsible for audits, evaluations, investigations, and oversight efforts relating to HUD's programs and operations to ensure integrity, economy, efficiency, and effectiveness in these programs.  The Office of Inspector General (OIG) at HUD is one of the original 12 Inspectors general authorized under the IG Act of 1978. Prior to her position as Inspector General, Ms. Oliver Davis was appointed as the Acting Assistant Inspector General in February 2017. In that capacity, she was responsible for the oversight of the Office of Special Inquiry (OSI) within the OIG.  OSI conducts sensitive investigations regarding waste, fraud, and abuse of HUD programs and the conduct of its employees. She has served nearly a decade in the Inspector General community.  Before joining the Office of Inspector General for HUD, she served as chief investigative counsel for the Office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP).  SIGTARP is an independent federal law enforcement agency under the U.S Department of Treasury that targets financial institution crime.  She also served in the Office of the General Counsel for the Office of the Inspector General for the U.S. Postal Service. Read more.
  Erin Pitera
CEO, FMP Consulting
As FMP’s Chief Executive Officer, Erin Pitera provides strategic leadership and direction for the company and staff. She leads FMP’s organizational performance to achieve long-term business growth and to provide exemplary service to our clients. Ms. Pitera has worked extensively in both the public and private sector, leading large human capital transformation efforts with a diverse set of clients, including working extensively with the Acquisition workforce across the Federal Government. 
  Ty Schieber
Board Chairman, CMMC-Accreditation Body
Ty Schieber currently serves as a Senior Director, Executive Education for the University of Virginia, Darden School Foundation. He brings to the CMMC AB Chairman role over 32 years of leading people, developing teams, and delivering results in both the public and private sectors during varied roles as a solutions engineer, business & community leader, elected local government official, and Marine Corps officer. He has led business operations for a range of large, mid-tier, small, and start-up companies providing cyber, engineering and technology services & products for Federal, State, Local government and commercial clients, involving P&L responsibility of $185,000,000 in revenue, 1000 employees, and 250 programs dispersed over 38 states and 5 countries. During his business career, he has led two companies to acquisition, successfully integrated several acquired companies into business operations, and founded his own company.
  Garry Schwartz
President, Defense and Federal Solutions (DFS), HII Technical Solutions 
Garry Schwartz is president of the Defense and Federal Solutions (DFS) business unit at Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Technical Solutions division. He is responsible for HII’s work in Fleet Sustainment; Enterprise Information Technology; Preparedness and Logistics; Intelligence Analysis and Operations; Acquisition, Operations and Engineering; and Training and Simulation. Before being promoted to president of DFS, Schwartz served as the vice president and general manager of the Training, Cyber and Engineering business unit within DFS, and will be responsible for the overall leadership, performance, culture, and growth of the DFS business.
  Mark Walther
Acting Director, Office of Acquisition & Assistance, USAID  
Mark A. Walther serves as the Senior Procurement Executive, Chief Acquisition Officer, and Director for the Management Bureau’s Office of Acquisition and Assistance (M/OAA). He leads several hundred contracting and agreement professionals around the world to advance acquisition and assistance (A&A) reforms and initiatives critical to the implementation of the Agency's foreign assistance development goals and impacts.

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