Mike Madsen, Executive Director
BS, meteorology, University of Nebraska; MS, international relations, Troy University; MA, national security studies, Naval Postgraduate School; MS, national security strategy, National Defense University; advanced legislative process, Georgetown University

Career Highlights:

  • Executive director, Section 809 Panel
  • Senior Air Force Advisor & Ops Research/Systems Analyst, Cost Assessment & Program Evaluation, Office of the Secretary of Defense
  • Commander, 17th Airlift Squadron & Deputy Commander, 437th Operations Group, Joint Base Charleston
  • Deputy division chief, Programs & Legislation and Deputy Chief, House Liaison Office, Air Force Legislative Liaison, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force
  • Chief, Prime Nuclear Airlift Force; Operational Programming Officer; C-17A Instructor Aircraft Commander

Christopher Veith, Director of Research
BA, political science, Temple University; BA, economics, Temple University; JD, Temple University

Career Highlights:

  • Director of research, 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

Shayne L. Martin, Public and Legislative Affairs
MS, defense and strategic studies, Missouri State University; B.S.Ed., history/education, Missouri State University

Career Highlights:

  • Public and legislative affairs officer, 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

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)

Katie A. Cook, Digital Media Project Manager
BA, broadcast media, Old Dominion University

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 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)

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

Alison Hawks, Professional Staff
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:

  • Research analyst, Team 10, 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

Jeremy Hayes, Professional Staff
BS, engineering science, Vanderbilt University; MA, diplomacy, Norwich University

Career Highlights:

  • Senior research analyst, Team 2 Lead, Section 809 Panel
  • Professional staff, Senate Armed Services Committee
  • Military legislative assistant to Senator Tom Coburn, Senator Ted Cruz, and Senator John McCain
  • Research analyst, Army, Office of the Chief, Legislative Liaison
  • Captain, United States Army

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

Lt. Col. Tom Kelley, Professional Staff
BS, accountancy, Bentley University; MBA, Georgia Southern University; Graduate, U.S. Army Command & General Staff College (CGSC)

Career Highlights:

  • Research analyst, Team 1, Section 809 Panel
  • Commander / director of contracting, U.S. Army Mission and Installation Command, Fort Polk and the Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC) Louisiana
  • Contracting officer / team leader / associate director of contracts, U.S. Army Contracting Command, Orlando Florida
  • Contracting officer / team leader / chief of contracts, 409th Contract Support Brigade Regional Contracting Office (RCO)-Vicenza, Italy
  • Contracting officer / flight chief, Joint Contracting Command-Iraq/Afghanistan (JCC-I/A)-Multi-National Security Transition Command-Iraq (MNSTC-I) Iraq
  • Chief of contracts, 409th Contract Support Brigade, Camp Bondsteel Kosovo / Camp Butmir Bosnia-Herzegovina

Maj 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

Jarrett Lane, Professional Staff
MA in public policy, Duke University; BA, international relations & political science, University of Miami

Career Highlights:

  • Senior research analyst, Team 4 Lead, Section 809 Panel
  • Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Mission analyst, U.S. Central Command
  • Security cooperation analyst, U.S. Navy Headquarters
  • Political-military advisor, U.S. Southern Command

CDR Michele LaPorte, Professional Staff
AA, business administration, Greenfield Community College; AA, electronics technology, University of Phoenix; BA, social science, Chapman University; MBA, acquisitions and contract management, Naval Postgraduate School; MA, national security and strategic studies, Naval War College

Career Highlights:

  • Senior research analyst, Team 1 Lead, Section 809 Panel
  • Senior procurement analyst and staff officer to the office of the deputy assistant secretary of the Navy, acquisition and procurement (DASN AP), assistant secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition (ASN RDA)
  • Supply corps officer, United States Navy (18 years)
  • Electronics technician, United States Navy (11 years)

Jennifer McKinney, Professional Staff
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.

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

Hannah Oh, Professional Staff
BA, government, Claremont McKenna College

Career Highlights:

  • Research assistant, Teams 6, 7, & 8, Section 809 Panel
  • Deputy to the CEO, Jamestown Associates

Ryan Polk, Professional Staff
BS, business administration, Bowling Green State University

Career Highlights:

  • Research analyst, Team 4, Section 809 Panel
  • Category management lead, CACI Inc. – Federal
  • NCMA CMLDP graduate

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