BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Ronald E. CuneoChairman of the Board of Directors
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.Meet the Rest of the Leadership TeamClick Here
Steve HopkinsPresident & Chief Executive Officer
Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
As Senior Vice President and Executive Director for the National Security Group, Steve Hopkins provides leadership for the operations of four Mission Areas providing professional services and analytical studies for clients across a myriad of challenging domains including homeland defense, combating weapons of mass destruction, mission assurance, science and technology, and global threats and intelligence.
Prior to his promotion to Vice President and Executive Director, Mr. Hopkins served as Mission Area Director for Science and Technology, where he led the operations of three divisions providing professional services for clients in support of their roles and responsibilities in implementing complex technology-focused programs across the Federal Government. Mr. Hopkins supervised a multidisciplinary team of policy, operations, technical, and research analysts and managed projects supporting the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Defense Agencies, the military Services, and other Federal organizations such as NASA, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Intelligence Community.
Mr. Hopkins has broad and diverse experience in science and technology, military requirements analysis, and defense and national security acquisition including technology development and insertion. He has contributed to the establishment of analytical frameworks for examining such complex areas as international cooperative science and technology projects, post-Cold War defense policies, analysis of industrial base issues, and horizon scanning and technology forecasting. For six months in 1994, he lived and worked in Moscow as head of ANSER’s Moscow Office. Mr. Hopkins led ANSER’s program management support to the National Security Agency Office of Program Management Support, the Office of the Secretary of Defense Chemical and Biological Defense Program, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Special Projects Office.
Mr. Hopkins has over 27 years of comprehensive experience as a business leader and manager at ANSER. Before his promotion to Mission Area Director, he managed ANSER’s Systems Engineering Division, the Intelligence Division, the International Aerospace Division, and the Space Technology Division.
Prior to joining the ANSER team, Mr. Hopkins served as a naval submarine officer, with 12 years’ experience operating and maintaining nuclear power plants on board U.S. attack submarines.
He is a graduate of the Defense Systems Management College Advanced Program Management Course and is Acquisition Level III certified equivalent. The Project Management Institute certifies him as a Project Management Professional. He is a past Chairman of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics National Capital Section. His academic background includes a bachelor of science degree in physics from the U.S. Naval Academy and a master of science degree in astrophysics from the University of Chicago. He was a Hertz Foundation Fellow from 1978 to 1979.Meet the Rest of the Leadership Team
Thomas I. AppersonManaging Director, Avalon Group, Ltd.
THOMAS I. APPERSON
Thomas I. Apperson
Managing Director Avalon Group, Ltd.
Mr. Apperson is a Managing Director of Avalon Group, Ltd., and co-head of the firm’s alternative energy and clean technology sector investment banking practice. His experience and expertise include storage technologies (such as batteries), energy efficiency, liquid fuels (biomass to ethanol), solar, water, wind, and other related technologies. Additionally, Mr. Apperson has a substantial background in corporate restructuring. He has negotiated cases outside the courts, as well as through the bankruptcy process. He has financed conventional oil and gas transactions and has completed cogeneration and merchant ethanol projects. He has over 30 years of financial industry experience in raising capital as well as in mergers and acquisitions.
In the corporate restructuring group of Barclays Bank PLC in the early 1990s, Mr. Apperson was responsible for major loans and spent considerable time working on cases in bankruptcy. For one of the cases, the bank provided a debtor-in-possession financing before exiting the Chapter 11 process. As the bank was sole lender to a radio station group, a legal strategy forced the lender to file for bankruptcy. Since 1992, Mr. Apperson has been principal in Glenis Group Inc., a financial advisory firm working with private and public companies. Its services include strategic advice to restructure and in many cases lead to an assignment to find additional capital sources. From 2003 to 2006, he was affiliated with Sippican Group LLC.
Mr. Apperson began a commercial banking career with Manufacturers Hanover Trust. After successfully completing the senior officer training program, he gained lending experience with responsibilities for banks and corporate accounts. Corporate lending included major industry segments: steel, oil, gas, and other basic industries. During the turmoil of the real estate investment trust industry, in the mid-1970s, he managed the restructuring of $130 million in real estate investment trust credit. In 1979, he joined the multinational lending division of Irving Trust Company, the marketing efforts of which focused on major corporations in steel, telecommunications, and other capital-intensive industries. He enhanced a major client relationship by providing financing for the first commercial communications satellite launched by the private business sector. As a vice president in the oil and gas division, he managed a sizeable loan portfolio of major oil conglomerates during the deregulation of the natural gas industry by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Additional responsibilities included working on several project financings for cogeneration energy projects. After the Bank of New York acquired Irving Trust in 1990, Mr. Apperson was promoted into the loan workout division, where his responsibilities were to negotiate and maximize the return of principal and fees to the bank on a sizeable portfolio of troubled companies.
Mr. Apperson serves on the Board of Trustees of the Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology in New York City. He is chairman of the Finance Committee, with oversight of the annual budget and endowment. Other professional activities include several international assignments for the Financial Services Volunteer Corps, where he was a senior project manager in Croatia, Poland, and Russia. On one of the Russian visits, he participated in an audit of a loan portfolio of a failed bank in conjunction with a project sponsored by the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Department of the Treasury, and the World Bank.
Mr. Apperson received a bachelor of science degree in applied mathematics from North Carolina State University in 1971 and a master of business administration degree from Fordham University in 1982. He completed additional courses at the Endowment Institute, cosponsored by Harvard University and the Common Fund.Meet the Rest of the Leadership TeamClick Here
Julian M. Earls, Ph.DExecutive in Residence, Nance College of Business Administration, Cleveland State University
JULIAN M. EARLS, PH.D.
Julian M. Earls, Ph.D.
Executive in Residence, Nance College of Business Administration, Cleveland State University
Dr. Julian M. Earls is Executive in Residence at the Nance College of Business Administration at Cleveland State University in Cleveland, Ohio. In January 2006, Dr. Earls retired as Director of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Glenn Research Center (NASA GRC) at Lewis Field in Cleveland, Ohio, after a career spanning more than 40 years. As Director of GRC from 2003 to 2005, he managed a budget in excess of $600 million and a workforce of over 3,000 employees. He was responsible for planning, organizing, and directing the activities required to accomplish the Center’s mission that included research, technology, and systems development programs in aeronautical propulsion, space propulsion, space power, space communications, and microgravity sciences in combustion and fluid physics. He is the author of 31 publications and has been a Distinguished Honors Visiting professor at numerous universities. As a NASA executive he has received medals for outstanding leadership, exceptional achievement, and distinguished service. He received the Meritorious Executive Presidential Rank Award from President William J. Clinton in 1999 and from President George W. Bush in 2004.
Dr. Earls has received many humanitarian awards and founded an organization that provides college scholarships to black students. As a mentor, he has guided many students though college and the professions. Recognized internationally for his oratorical skills, Dr. Earls is a Jennings Foundation Distinguished Scholar Lecturer. In addition to his many scholarly and work-related accomplishments, Dr. Earls is an athlete. He has completed 25 marathons, including the Boston Marathon, and was honored to carry the Olympic Torch on its route through Cleveland for the 2002 Olympic Games in Salt Lake City. He is a member of Tau Boule of Sigma Pi Phi fraternity and holds life memberships in Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity and the NAACP.
Dr. Earls holds ten university degrees. He earned a bachelor of science degree in physics from Norfolk State University, a master of science degree in radiation biology from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, and a doctorate in radiation physics from the University of Michigan. He completed the equivalent of a master’s degree in environmental health at the University of Michigan and is a graduate of the Program for Management Development at Harvard Business School. He has been awarded six honorary doctorates.Meet the Rest of the Leadership TeamClick Here
Joanne O. IshamFormer Deputy Director, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
JOANNE O. ISHAM
Joanne O. Isham
Former Deputy Director, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
Joanne O. Isham is currently an independent consultant working with a variety of clients in the defense and intelligence sectors developing strategies, identifying high-value opportunities, addressing critical challenges, and transforming their business. She was formerly a Senior Vice President for L-1 Identity Solutions, a market leader in identity management, responsible for planning, developing, and executing L-1’s federal market strategy while contributing to international, state, and local market execution plans.
From 2007 to 2008, Ms. Isham was the Chief Operating Officer of High Performance Technologies, Inc. (HPTi), where she had management and operational responsibility for the firm. HPTi specializes in computational science, enterprise technology and planning, systems architecture and engineering, secure software development, and knowledge discovery and visualization.
Previously, Ms. Isham was the Vice President/Deputy General Manager of Network Systems at BAE Systems. In addition to managing day-to-day operations, she was directly responsible for identifying strategic opportunities for new mission focus within the Intelligence Community, Department of Defense, and Department of Homeland Security.
Prior to her work at BAE Systems, Ms. Isham was a member of the Senior Intelligence Service and a career officer at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). From September 2001 until her retirement in 2006, she served as Deputy Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). Prior to that assignment, she served as Deputy Director for Science and Technology at the CIA, serving as the principal executive overseeing the CIA’s scientific and technical program, with particular responsibility for clandestine technical activities and Agency research and development. Ms. Isham also served as the CIA’s Associate Deputy Director for Science and Technology, the directorate’s second most senior position.
Ms. Isham has held several other senior management positions in the CIA and other Intelligence Community organizations, including service as the Director of Congressional Affairs for the Director of Central Intelligence, overseeing the CIA’s congressional and legislative interests. She also served as the Deputy Director of the Resource Management Office of the Community Management Staff (CMS) and as CMS’s Director of Program Analysis. In these positions, she oversaw budget and resource issues spanning the entire Intelligence Community. She also spent a number of years on assignment to the National Reconnaissance Office as Director of Legislative Affairs, a program monitor for National Programs, and a program manager.
She has received numerous awards throughout her career, including the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, Department of Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Award, National Intelligence Medal of Achievement, CIA Distinguished Intelligence Medal, NGA Distinguished Intelligence Medal, and Defense Intelligence Agency ‘s Director’s Awards.
Ms. Isham is a member of the Senior Advisory Group for the Director of National Intelligence; the Board of Trustees for Analytic Services Inc.; the Board of Directors for Applied Analysis, Incorporated; INSA; and the Open Geospatial Consortium.
Ms. Isham is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame.Meet the Rest of the Leadership TeamClick Here
Ronald L. Kerber, Ph.D.Former Executive Vice President & Chief Technical Officer, Whirlpool Corporation
RONALD L. KERBER, PH.D.
Ronald L. Kerber, Ph.D.
Former Executive Vice President & Chief Technical Officer, Whirlpool Corporation
Dr. Ronald L. Kerber’s leadership responsibilities have included innovation, product development, cost reduction, and profitability in diverse, global organizations. He currently splits his time among a variety of entrepreneurial and pro bono activities as president of SBDC, a small consulting firm; Partner and Co-founder of Dominion Development Company; visiting professor at The Darden School at the University of Virginia; 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 worldwide businesses: microwave ovens, air conditioners, and compressors. 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. His fields of specialty are in the areas of engineering management, new product development, procurement management, and laser physics.
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.
Dr. Kerber received a bachelor of science degree from Purdue University in 1965 and a master of science degree and doctorate in engineering science and from the California Institute of Technology in 1966 and 1970, respectively.Meet the Rest of the Leadership TeamClick Here
Gen. Craig R. McKinley, USAF (Ret.)National Chair of Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve
GEN. CRAIG R. MCKINLEY, USAF (RET.)
Gen. Craig R. McKinley, USAF (Ret.)
National Chair of Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve
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.Meet the Rest of the Leadership Team
Lt. Gen. John F. Sattler, USMC (Ret.)Naval Academy’s 4th Distinguished Chair of Leadership
LT. GEN. JOHN F. SATTLER, USMC (RET.)
Lt. Gen. John F. Sattler, USMC (Ret.)
Naval Academy’s 4th Distinguished Chair of Leadership
Lieutenant General John F. Sattler earned a B.S. Degree in Economics from the United States Naval Academy in 1971. He graduated with honors from the Marine Corps Amphibious Warfare School, the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.
LtGen Sattler served as the Director of Strategic Plans and Policy (J5) the Joint Staff from September 2006 until his retirement in August 2008. Prior to joining the Joint Staff, he was the Commanding General of the First Marine Expeditionary Force and Commander, Marine Corps Forces Central Command from September 2004 to August 2006. During this period, he commanded all forces in Al Anbar Provence in Iraq from September 2004 through March 2005. Prior to Commanding I MEF, he was the Director of Operations (J3) for Central Command from August 2003 to July 2004. In November 2002, he stood up and commanded the initial Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa and established the Headquarters in the Country of Djibouti. He commanded the Second Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, NC prior to sailing to the Horn of Africa.LtGen Sattler served in three other positions as a junior general officer. He was the assistant Division Commander, Second Marine Division from June 1997 to August 1998. He reported to the Joint Staff in September 1998 and served as the Deputy Director for Operations (Combating Terrorism) J-34 until July 2000 when he reported to Marine Corps Headquarters where he served for one year as the Director for Marine Corps Public Affairs.
In addition to the normal tours as a junior infantry officer, LtGen Sattler served three years as an acquisition officer and four years as the Marine Corps Congressional Liaison Officer to the House of Representatives. He brings 37 plus years of Marine Corps experience in leadership, command and staff positions, jointness, interagency coordination, strategic planning, congressional liaison, strategic communication and team building to the Analytic Services Team.
Since his retirement in 2008, LtGen Sattler has spent over 200 days each year as a senior mentor with both the Marine Corps and Joint Forces Command. In this capacity he taught and coached Commanders, their staffs and students across the USA and around the world; he left the mentoring program in November 2010. In October 2011 LtGen Sattler was selected to serve as the Naval Academy’s 4th Distinguished Chair of Leadership where he will work with the Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership-teaching and mentoring midshipmen, staff and faculty, as well as representing the Naval Academy and Stockdale Center at prestigious national and international leadership conferences and events.Meet the Rest of the Board of Directors
Paul N. Stockton, Ph.D.President of Cloud Peak Analytics and Managing Director of Sonecon, LLC
PAUL N. STOCKTON, PH.D.
Paul N. Stockton, Ph.D.
President of Cloud Peak Analytics and Managing Director of Sonecon, LLC
Before joining Sonecon, Paul N. Stockton served as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Americas’ Security Affairs from May 2009 until January 2013. In that position, he was responsible for DoD initiatives to strengthen security in the Western Hemisphere and help partner nations build their capacities to meet emerging security challenges. Dr. Stockton created the Department’s first-ever Mission Assurance Strategy, and launched a range of initiatives with the private sector, the Department of Energy, and the Department of Homeland Security to help ensure the availability of energy to DoD facilities. He also guided the Defense Critical Infrastructure Protection program, served as DoD’s Domestic Crisis Manager, and helped lead the Department’s response to Superstorm Sandy, Deepwater Horizon and other disasters. In addition, Dr. Stockton was responsible for DoD policy on domestic antiterrorism, maritime domain awareness, air sovereignty and preparedness for chemical, biological radiological and nuclear events. Dr. Stockton was twice awarded the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service, DoD’s highest civilian award. The Department of Homeland Security awarded Dr. Stockton its Distinguished Public Service Medal.
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel appointed Dr. Stockton to Co-Chair of the Independent Review of the Washington Navy Yard Shootings in September 2013. From 2010 until January 2013, Dr. Stockton served as Executive Director of the Council of Governors, where he helped Governors, the National Guard, DoD, DHS and FEMA adopt initiatives to strengthen Federal-State collaboration and unity of effort. In addition, from 2009 to 2012, Dr. Stockton served as the Acting U.S. Co-Chair of the Canada-U.S. Permanent Joint Board of Defense, the premier organization for defense policy coordination between the two Nations.
Dr. Stockton currently serves as Scholar in Residence at George Washington University’s Homeland Security Policy Institute, as Senior Advisor to the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and as Distinguished Visiting Fellow of the Homeland Security Studies and Analysis Institute. Prior to being confirmed as Assistant Secretary, Dr. Stockton served as a Senior Research Scholar at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation, and as Associate Provost of the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS). While at NPS, Dr. Stockton also founded and led its School of International Graduate Studies, the Center for Homeland Defense and Security, and the Center for Civil-Military Relations. Prior to joining NPS, Dr. Stockton served as Research Associate for the International Institute for Strategic Studies and as Legislative Assistant for defense, foreign relations and intelligence for Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan.Dr. Stockton holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University and a BA Summa Cum Laude from Dartmouth College. He is lead co-author of “Prosecuting Cyberterrorists: Applying Traditional Jurisdictional Frameworks to a Modern Threat,” Stanford Law & Policy Review (forthcoming June 2014), and has published in International Security, Political Science Quarterly, Homeland Security Affairs (which he helped found in 2005), and other peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes. Dr. Stockton holds a current TS/SCI clearance.
Dr. Stockton was born on August 10, 1954 in Los Angeles, California. Meet the Rest of the Board of Directors
K. Dunlop ScottPresident and Chief Operating Officer, Columbia Partners
K. Dunlop (Dun) Scott
President and Chief Operating Officer, Columbia Partners
As Vice President, Corporate Business Services, Mr. Myron “Free” Freeman provides senior management oversight of ANSER’s Human Resources, Enterprise Services, Corporate Communications, Corporate Logistics, Security Services Team and our Media Services Team. In this capacity, he oversees the corporation’s development and implementation of enhanced business services strategies focusing on sustaining ANSER’s growing contract base, and increasing corporate efficiencies.
Free joined ANSER in May 2011 as a Principal Analyst in the Security Policy Division. As a Principal Analyst he served as military police analyst and senior subject matter expert for ANSER’s development of the U.S. Army’s Office of the Provost Marshal General Military Police Force 2020 Strategic Plan. He was the Project Leader for an Assistant Secretary of Defense/Homeland Defense and America’s Security Affairs (ASD/HD&ASA) project that researched, updated, revised and published the DoD Antiterrorism Officer Guide (replacement for the legacy DoD O-2000.12H (Antiterrorism)). He was also the Project Lead and the DCIP and Physical Security SME for the Joint Staff/J33’s Joint Mission Assurance Assessment Pilot (JMAAP) Study. Leading a team of seven (7) functional SMEs supporting the Joint Staff’s Pilot program for a Joint Mission Assurance Assessment. In 2013, he earned his PMI-certification as a Project Management Professional (PMP), and was selected as the Project Manager for all ANSER Defense Security Service (DSS) Contracts. As a Project Manager he planned, organized and managed the technical personnel, and financial aspects of assigned projects, which includes budgets, schedules, and contract performance. From 2013 – 2015, he served as the Project Leader for the DSS NISP Data Collection Project overseeing a 7-person analytic team providing critical support to the DSS Counterintelligence Directorate. He was responsible for the People, Cost, Schedule, and Deliverables for ANSER’s support to the DSS Strategic Management Office from 2013 – 2018. Free was promoted to the Program Manager position for ANSER’s Security Policy Division (SPD) in 2018 responsible for Program staffing (hiring and firing of individual employees), performance reviews and compensation changes and he was also responsible for the development of new business clients/areas, proposal leads and contract proposals. Free’s SPD portfolio included all of ANSER’s: DSS Counterintelligence (CI) Contracts, Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) Contracts and Pentagon Force Protection Agency (PFPA) contracts.
Prior to joining ANSER, Mr. Freeman served over 27 years in the U.S. Air Force. A retired Security Forces Colonel he led nuclear security, law enforcement, antiterrorism and force protection programs, including multiple assignments on Joint Task Forces, Numbered Air Force, Major Command, Air Staff Field Operating Agency and Combatant Command staffs. He retired as the Vice Commander, Air Force Security Forces Center, Lackland AFB TX.
Mr. Freeman holds a Master of Public Administration from Golden Gate University, a Master of Strategic Studies from the Air War College and a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado. During his Air Force career, he commanded at the Flight, Squadron and Group levels. He completed in-residence courses of study at the Squadron Officer School, the Air Command and Staff College, and the Air War College. He also attended the prestigious Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia. Free was promoted to the Director, Business Services position in December 2018 and the ANSER Board of Directors selected him as the Vice President, Corporate Business Services in May 2019.Meet the Rest of the Board of Directors
Carmen J. SpencerFormer President & Chief Executive Officer
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.Meet the Rest of the Leadership TeamClick Here
Jeffrey D. GrantFormer Sector Vice President and General Manager of Space Systems at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems
JEFFREY D. GRANT
Jeffrey D. Grant
Former Sector Vice President and General Manager of Space Systems at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems
Jeffrey D. Grant was most recently the Sector Vice President and General Manager of Space Systems at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, a premier provider of manned and unmanned aircraft, space systems, and advanced technologies critical to our nation’s security. In this role, Grant led the division which provides space solutions for civil, military, and restricted customers. Prior to this appointment, Grant was Vice President of National Systems for Space Systems. His primary responsibilities were the acquisition and execution of all space programs for restricted customers, which includes the design, build, launch, and operations of major systems. He also was responsible for new business with these customers as well as the evolution of existing systems, including capabilities enhancements and technology insertion.
Grant also served previously as the Vice President of Business Development at Northrop Grumman’s former Space Technology sector. In that role, he led the business development function, overseeing Space Technology’s strategy formulation, program development, marketing and discretionary investment. Grant joined Northrop Grumman via the acquisition of TRW in December 2002. Prior to his joining TRW in February 2002, he held a variety of government and private sector positions. Most recently, he was Vice President and Chief Technical Officer for Astrolink International, LLC. Astrolink was an international joint venture to develop and operate a global, broadband telecommunications satellite system.
Before joining the private sector, Grant served for 21 years at the United States Central Intelligence Agency in positions at the CIA/National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), Directorate of Science and Technology, and Directorate of Intelligence, Office of Scientific Intelligence. In his most recent assignment at the NRO, he served as Director, Office of Plans and Analysis. During his 18 years at the NRO, Grant also served as a program director for a satellite, launch and ground segment development. In addition, he was the Chief Systems Engineer on two space intelligence collection projects involving spacecraft in both geosynchronous and low earth orbits. Grant also led an advanced technology division to develop and test advanced imagery, communication, and data processing technologies.
Grant currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Space Foundation. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Distinguished Intelligence Medal, the Intelligence Medal of Merit, CIA Engineer of the Year, the Intelligence Certificate of Distinction, and the CIA Certificate of Distinction. Grant received a Bachelor of Science in Ocean Engineering from the Florida Institute of Technology.Meet the Rest of the Leadership Team
Manik K. RathChief Executive Officer, RavenTek
MANIK K. RATH
Manik K. Rath
Chief Executive Officer RavenTek
Mr. Manik K. Rath is the Chief Executive Officer and a Member of the Board of Directors of RavenTek, an IT modernization, network engineering and cybersecurity company. RavenTek serves the Defense, Homeland and Intelligence communities, and other mission-critical federal agencies. Before joining RavenTek, Mr. Rath held the position of Chief Executive Officer and, prior, Chief Operating Officer, for C2 Technologies Inc. C2 Technologies develops modeling and simulation, augmented and virtual reality tools for federal and commercial customers.
Prior to joining C2 Technologies, Mr. Rath held the positions of Senior Vice President for Administration, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary for LMI, a global non-profit technology, management, and logistics consulting company with $260M in revenues and about 1,500 professionals serving the Department of Defense, Homeland Security, and the Intelligence Community. He also served on the Board of Directors of two subsidiaries, Four Winds LLC, an intelligence analysis and technology company, and of LMI Consulting, Inc., a global consulting company. During his 12 years at LMI, Mr. Rath was responsible for corporate development and successfully closed multiple acquisitions and one disposition, adding approx. $65M in revenues and significant new customers in the intelligence agencies, US Army Missile Command, and Army Aviation. He was responsible for all legal affairs of the company including corporate finance, mergers & acquisitions, and was legal advisor to the Leadership Team and the Board of Directors.
In 2002, Mr. Rath co-founded Alion Science and Technology, an engineering, technology, research and development which today has approximately $1.3B in revenues and about 5,000 employees in over 60 locations serving Department of Defense R&D components. Alion was founded on the platform of IIT Research Institute, a non-profit Defense research company.
From 1995 to 2002, Mr. Rath was a Corporate Attorney for Baker & McKenzie in Dallas, TX; McGuire Woods; and McKenna & Cuneo (now Covington & Burling), both in Washington, DC.
Mr. Rath currently serves on the Boards of RavenTek; Credence; ThreatSwitch; and the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce. He is a past Vice Chair of the Board of Fairfax County Public Schools Foundation; and past Chair of Association for Corporate Growth, National Capital Chapter.
Mr. Rath received his Bachelor of Arts, with Honors, from The University of Virginia in 1991 and his Juris Doctor from The University of Virginia in 1994.Meet the Rest of the Leadership Team
Ann Elise SauerSenior Partner, Inglee Sauer Market Strategies
ANN ELISE SAUER
Ann Elise Sauer
Senior Partner Inglee Sauer Market Strategies
Ann offers clients extensive experience in public and private policy, federal budget issues, and the corporate world acquired during a career at senior levels on Capitol Hill and in private industry.
Ann is a founding Senior Partner in Inglee Sauer Market Strategies, a strategic consulting firm specializing in providing timely, critical advice to corporations, think tanks and other non-profit organizations, and government entities. Ann and her partners work primarily with defense and aerospace companies, providing input to their government affairs, business development and long-range planning organizations.
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, who were responsible for issues in the national security arena, particularly the annual defense authorization legislation. She 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, Ann 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.
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 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.Meet the Rest of the Leadership Team