Christopher Veith, Executive Director
BA, Political Science, Temple University; BA, Economics, Temple University; JD, Temple University

Career Highlights:

  • Executive Director, Section 809 Panel
  • Director, Acquisition Policy, Legislative and Regulatory Affairs, Government Affairs Office, Boeing Company
  • Assistant General Counsel, Acquisition and Contracting, Broadcasting Board of Governors
  • Senior Procurement/Litigation Attorney, Department of Homeland Security-Customs and Border Protection, Department of Treasury-U.S. Customs Service
  • Naval Air Systems Command and Naval Air Supply Command

Robert W. Cover, Legislative Counsel
BA, BS, Penn State; JD, University of Virginia

Career Highlights:

  • Legislative Counsel, Section 809 Panel
  • Office of Legislative Counsel, Office of the General Counsel, Department of Defense (2009-2016)
  • Office of the Parliamentarian, U.S. House of Representatives (2007-2008)
  • Office of the Legislative Counsel, U.S. House of Representatives (1975­­-2006)

Wendy LaRue, Director of Communications
BA, English, Mary Washington College; MS, Mass Communications, Virginia Commonwealth University; PhD, Education Leadership, Walden University

Career Highlights:

  • Director of Communications, Section 809 Panel
  • Senior Writer/Editor, Commission on Care
  • Senior Writer/Editor, Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission
  • Executive Director, Odyssey Montessori
  • Editor, The Free Lance-Star

Lt Col Sam Kidd, General Counsel and Professional Staff
BS, Legal Studies, United States Air Force Academy; MS, Military Operational Art and Science; JD, University of Wisconsin

Career Highlights:

  • Research Analyst and General Counsel, Section 809 Panel
  • Litigation Fellow and Deputy Legal Counsel to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
  • Staff Judge Advocate, 386 Air Expeditionary Wing, Ali al Salem AB, Kuwait
  • Instructor and Editor in Chief of The Reporter, The Air Force Judge Advocate General’s School, Maxwell AFB, Alabama
  • Chief, NATO Contracts and Fiscal Law, NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan/Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan, Camp Eggers, Afghanistan

Jennifer McKinney, Publications and Meetings Logistics Manager
BS, Liberal Arts, Florida State University

Career Highlights:

  • Publications and Meetings Logistics Management Specialist, Section 809 Panel
  • Senior Document Specialist, Commission on Care
  • Deputy Team Lead, Report Production, Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission
  • Publications Director, CRA, Inc.
  • Publications Manager, Research Planning Inc.

Lawrence Asch, Professional Staff
BS, Administration, University of New Haven

Career Highlights:

  • Research Analyst, Team 6, Section 809 Panel
  • Retired Civil Servant, 31 years of experience
  • Career included roles such as Contracting Officer, Business Office Chief, and Project Manager’s Special Assistant
  • Experience with 5 ACAT I programs and participation in 18 source selections
  • Received Secretary of Defense David Packard Award and the Secretary of Defense Productivity & Quality Excellence Award

Herbert Lawrence Fenster, General Counsel
BS, Civil Engineering, University of Pennsylvania; BS, Architecture, University of Pennsylvania; MS, Economics, University of Pennsylvania; JD, University of Virginia

Career Highlights:

  • General Counsel, Section 809 Panel
  • Partner, McKenna, Long & Aldridge (and predecessor firms) 1967-2010; Of Counsel 2010-2015; Senior Of Counsel, Covington & Burling since 2015
  • Board of Directors, Westinghouse Electric; U.S. Chamber Litigation Center; ATLAS Institute; Keewaydin Foundation
  • Counsel, Reagan-Bush Campaign; Counsel Grace Commission; David Packard Counsel, Packard Commission; General Counsel National Defense University Foundation

Karen S. Fischetti, Professional Staff
BS, Social Work, James Madison University; MS, Management/Contract Management, Florida Institute of Technology; MS, National Resource Strategy, Industrial College of the Armed Forces

Career Highlights:

  • Research Analyst, Team 1, Section 809 Panel
  • Senior Procurement Analyst in Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Contracting, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Air for Acquisition (SAF/AQC)
  • Supervisory Procurement Analyst, DISA Acquisition and Policy Division
  • Procuring Contracting Officer, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command

E. Sanderson Hoe, General Counsel
JD, Cornell Law School; BA in Economics, Colby College

Career Highlights:

  • General Counsel, Section 809 Panel
  • Senior of Counsel, Covington & Burling LLP
  • Legal Counsel to government contractors for more than 40 Years: counseling, bid protests, litigation, public private partnerships
  • Adjunct Professor of Government Contracts Law, George Washington University Law School
  • Chairman of the Board, Public Contracting Institute

Shel Johnson, Professional Staff
BA, English, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; MA and PhD, English, Michigan State University

Career Highlights:

  • Research Analyst, Team 9 Lead, Section 809 Panel
  • Assistant Coordinator of Composition, Francis Marion University
  • Assistant Professor of English, Francis Marion University
  • Lecturer, University of Michigan
  • Research Assistant for Director of Academic Assessment, Michigan State University

Gabriel Nelson, Professional Staff
BA, Political Science, University of California at San Diego; MA, International Economics, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)

Career Highlights:

  • Research Assistant, Teams 6 & 7, Section 809 Panel
  • Research Assistant, Congressional Research Service

Nick Tsiopanas, Professional Staff
BS, Management Science and Information Technology, Virginia Tech

Career Highlights:

  • Research Analyst, Team 6, Section 809 Panel
  • Founder and President, ZYGOS Consulting LLC
  • Support Contractor, Project Manager, Army Enterprise Systems Integration Program
  • Director, Gartner, Inc.
  • Senior Manager, Capgemini/Ernst & Young