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

Alison Hawks, Director of Research
BA, Political Science, University of California San Diego; MA, Strategic Studies, University of Leeds, Ph.D., Military Sociology, Department of War Studies, King's College London

Career Highlights:

  • Director of Research, Section 809 Panel
  • Assistant Professor, King's College London / Joint Services Command and Staff College, U.K.
  • Research Fellow, Defence Studies Department, King's College London
  • Teaching Fellow, Defence Studies Department, King's College London
  • Author, “I’ve Got Soul but I'm Not a Soldier” Antony Review of International Affairs, 2014

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)

Shayne L. Martin, Director of External Affairs
MS, Defense and Strategic Studies, Missouri State University; BS.Ed., History/Education, Missouri State University

Career Highlights:

  • Director of External Affairs, Section 809 Panel
  • Public Affairs Specialist, Bureau of the Fiscal Service, U.S. Department of the Treasury
  • Communications Director, U.S. Congressman John Ratcliffe (TX-04)
  • Press Secretary, U.S. Congressman Tom Latham (IA-03)
  • Armor Officer, United States Army

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.

Katie A. Cook, Digital Media Project Manager
BA, Broadcast Media, Old Dominion University; MS, Human Relations & Organization Development, Champlain College

Career Highlights:

  • Digital Media Project Manager, Section 809 Panel
  • Digital Media Specialist and Project Manager, Infina Ltd. (FAA)
  • On-Air Personality and Promotions Assistant, Sinclair Communications
  • On-Air Personality, Public Affairs Director, and Promotions Coordinator, iHeart Radio
  • Voice-Over Talent, Federal Aviation Administration

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

Col Harry Culclasure, Professional Staff
BA, English/Business, The Citadel; MA, Procurement and Contract Management, US Army Command and General Staff College; MA, Strategic Studies, US Army War College

Career Highlights:

  • Senior Research Analyst, Team 6 Lead, Section 809 Panel
  • S. Army 1991-present
  • Project Manager, Army Enterprise Systems Integration Program (AESIP)
  • Executive Officer, Army Chief Information Officer (CIO/G6) Pentagon
  • Product Manager, Consequence Management (Chemical, Biological)

Jessica Dobbeleare, Professional Staff
BA and MBA, Finance, St. Ambrose University

Career Highlights:

  • Branch Chief for Information Technology with oversight over four Acquisition Category (ACAT) 1 programs
  • Contracting Officer supporting programs including: Army Enterprise Resource Planning (ERPs), Enhanced Army Global Logistics Enterprise (EAGLE), and the Chemical Materiel Agency (CMA)
  • Forward Contracting Officer Logistics Civil Augmentation Program and Joint Contracting Command-Iraq/Afghanistan (JCC-I/A) liaison, Baghdad, Iraq
  • National Contracts Management Association Advancing Professional

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

Shirley Franko, Professional Staff
BS, Aerospace Engineering, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; MPA, Troy State University

Career Highlights:

  • Senior Research Analyst, Team 5 Lead, Section 809 Panel
  • Deputy Director Services Acquisition (ASN(RD&A))
  • APM CVN-78 (PEO Carriers)
  • Director Tactical Aviation (ASN(RD&A))
  • AESA APG-79 F/A-18 IPT lead (PEO(T))
  • F/A-18 Avionics and S/W IPT lead (PEO(T))

Darren Harvey, Professional Staff
BS, Electrical Engineering, University of South Alabama; MS, Electrical Engineering, Naval Postgraduate School; MS System Engineering, University of Virginia; PhD Candidate, Engineering Management, The George Washington University

Career Highlights:

  • Senior Research Analyst, Team 7 Lead, Section 809 Panel
  • Director Finance, Defense Acquisition University
  • Senior Program Analyst, Strategic Warfare Systems, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics
  • Program Manager, Medium Range Ballistic Missile Targets, Missile Defense Agency
  • Director of Acquisition Planning, Policy, Integration and Assessment, Missile Defense Agency

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

Dina T. Jeffers, Professional Staff
BBA, Business Administration, Averett University; MS, Contract Management, Naval Postgraduate School

Career Highlights:

  • Senior Research Analyst, Teams 3 & 10 Lead, Section 809 Panel
  • Senior Advisor to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Procurement (DASA(P))
  • Director, Procurement Programs in the Office of the DASA(P)
  • Army member of the Defense Acquisition Regulations Council/Policy Regulations Team Leader in the Office of the DASA(P)
  • Procurement Analyst at Army Contracting Command Headquarters

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

Michael Lebrun, Professional Staff
BS, Foreign Service, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service; MA, Political Science, University of Maryland, College Park; ABD, Political Science, University of Maryland, College Park; MS Distinguished Graduate, National Resource Strategy, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University

Career Highlights:

  • Senior Research Analyst, Section 809 Panel
  • Assistant Professor, Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy, National Defense University
  • Director, Performance Assessments and Root Cause Analysis, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics, & Technology)
  • Project Director, Base Expeditionary Targeting & Surveillance System – Combined (BETSS-C)
  • Product Manager, Joint Tactical Radio System, Handheld, Manpack, and Small Form Fit (JTRS HMS)

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

Joshua Schneider, Professional Staff
BA, History and Government, Claremont McKenna College; MA, Security Studies, Georgetown University

Career Highlights:

  • Research Analyst, Teams 3, 8, & 10, Section 809 Panel
  • Investigative Researcher, RosettiStarr LLC
  • Deputy Research Director, American Bridge 21st Century
  • Research Consultant, Coalition of Northeastern Governors
  • Research Director, Ned Lamont for Governor

Jennifer Taylor, Professional Staff
BA, International Studies and Music, University of North Carolina at Greensboro; MA, International Relations, Yale University; MStrat, Applied Security Strategy, University of Exeter

Career Highlights:

  • Senior Research Analyst, Team 8 Lead, Section 809 Panel
  • Principal, The Clearing Consulting
  • Manager, Deloitte Consulting
  • Fellow, Center for Strategic and International Studies
  • Strategy and Policy Advisor to Office of the Secretary of Defense for Policy, WBB

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