2017 Speaker Biographies

Ms. Gretchen V. Anderson, CDFM

Director for Program and Financial Controls,

Office of the Under Secretary of Defense, Comptroller


Ms. Anderson advises the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) and Deputy Comptroller (Program/Budget). She’s responsible for the submission of the automated Department of Defense budget for the President’s budget request, maintenance of the budget databases, apportionment of funds, reprogramming and transfer of funds, obligation and outlay forecasting and tracking, budget concepts and scorekeeping, and information system support. 


Ms. Anderson entered the Senior Executive Service in January 2006 as the Associate Director for Defense-Wide Programs, responsible for oversight of Operation and Maintenance financial management for the Defense Agencies, including USSOCOM and the intelligence agencies. She joined the staff of the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) in 1999 as the Senior Accountant on the Deputy Chief Financial Officer’s staff developing policy for major Department-wide programs including the Defense Working Capital Funds, Inventory and Related Property, and the DoD Consolidated Financial Statements.


Ms. Anderson previously worked for the U.S. Army as the financial manager for the Plant Replacement and Improvement Program at the Headquarters, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, a Supply Management budget analyst on the staff of the Army Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, and an operating accountant for the Army Stock Fund and the Conventional Ammunition Working Capital Fund and budget analyst for the Army Industrial Funds at the U.S. Army Armament, Munitions, and Chemicals Command at Rock Island, Illinois. She was an associate professor of business and finance at the Western Illinois University, Blackhawk College, and Panama Canal College.


Ms. Anderson is a Certified Defense Financial Manager and a member of the American Society of Military Comptrollers. She is also a Certified Government Financial Manager and a member of the Association of Government Accountants and holds Defense Financial Management Career Program Level 3. She earned her Master of Business Administration degree from St. Ambrose University and her undergraduate degree from Seattle Pacific University.

Mr. Craig A. Bennett

Deputy Assistant Commandant for Resources

Deputy Chief Financial Officer, United States Coast Guard


Craig Bennett assumed his current duties as the Deputy Assistant Commandant for Resources and Deputy Chief Financial Officer for the U.S. Coast Guard in September 2013. In this capacity, Mr. Bennett has responsibility for financial management, organizational analysis, planning, programming, budget formulation and budget execution, including functional responsibility for over 700 civilian and military personnel. A component of the Department of Homeland Security and America’s oldest continuous seagoing service, the Coast Guard is comprised of a nearly 60,000 member active duty, reserve and civilian workforce with an annual budget of $10B.


Mr. Bennett was appointed to the Senior Executive Service and became Director of the Coast Guard’s National Pollution Funds Center in September 2008. In this position, he was responsible for all aspects of the liability and compensation provisions of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 including stewardship of the multi-billion dollar Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund. Prior to his appointment as Director, he served as the Chief of the Financial Management Division at the National Pollution Funds Center.


A retired Coast Guard officer, Mr. Bennett’s active duty experience includes financial management assignments as Chief, Finance Branch Thirteenth Coast Guard District in Seattle, Washington; Comptroller, Training Center Petaluma; and Chief, Financial Management Division, Assistant Commandant for Human Resources at Coast Guard Headquarters. Other shore assignments included Watch Supervisor, Vessel Traffic Service Houston/Galveston and Executive Officer, Training Center Petaluma. His active duty service includes sea duty that took him from Greenland to Grenada aboard the cutters NORTHWIND, MOBILE BAY, DURABLE and in command of KATMAI BAY.


Mr. Bennett graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Management and from the University of Washington in 1992 with a Master of Business Administration degree. He is a recipient of the Coast Guard Resource Director/Comptroller Award for Excellence and the DHS Chief Financial Officer’s Award for Excellence. Mr. Bennett is a Certified Government Financial Manager.

Mr. Douglas Bennett, CDFM

Acting Assistant Secretary of the Air Force, Financial Management and Comptroller


Doug Bennett, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Acting Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Financial Management and Comptroller, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. He has oversight of budgeting, cost estimating and financial operations of more than $120 billion in resources annually in support of Air Force priorities and at the direction of the Congress, the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of the Air Force. Additionally, he has responsibility for the development and training for the Air Force financial management community to include military and civilian members.


Mr. Bennett began his federal career as an officer in the Navy. After completing active duty, he entered the private sector and worked in a variety of finance related positions until 2001 when he was recalled to active duty. At that time he served as the Department Head at the Joint Service Explosive Ordnance Technology Depot Repair Facility until 2003.


Mr. Bennett entered the federal civilian service in 2004 as a staff

accountant with the Department of Veterans Affairs. He assisted in the preparation of the financial statements, the annual Performance and Accountability Reports, and worked closely with the auditors to correct material weaknesses. He then served as the Deputy Comptroller for the National Gallery of Art where he helped implement their financial management system. In 2007, he joined the Broadcasting Board of Governors as their Director, Financial Operations, where he oversaw the payments, payroll, travel and financial reporting branches.

Mr. John Bergin

Business Technology Officer

Office of the Chief Information Officer, Department of Defense


John Bergin was selected to serve as the Business Technology Officer for the Department of Defense Chief Information Officer in January 2015. In this capacity, Mr. Bergin identifies business needs and solutions to those requirements that meet the DoD’s mission needs at the best value. Mr. Bergin will work to increase information technology efficiencies across the Department and help facilitate efforts to right size the DoD information infrastructure, initially focusing on health IT and the Department’s integration with mission partners.


Before joining the DoD CIO as a Highly Qualified Expert, Mr. Bergin supported this organization and previously the Department of Navy CIO as an on-site consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton. During his tenure with the DoN CIO, Mr. Bergin helped reduce the DoN’s IT budget by $2.4 billion during the Future Year Defense Plan 2013-2017, supported the organizational standup of the Navy’s Data Center Consolidation Task Force, assisted with the DoD’s first accredited commercial cloud deployment, reached out to industry to identify rational key performance indicators that measure internal IT delivery, and oversaw a Data Center Consolidation and Application Rationalization effort that helped the DoN close more than forty data centers and consolidate existing centers to fewer than five locations across the United States.


Mr. Bergin also worked for EMC Corporation in their Global Services Division, leading a global team that replaced a series of manual processes with an automatic service request routing platform. Today this system handles hundreds of thousands of service requests monthly, and it reduced the time from request submission to receipt of services, increasing customer satisfaction and reducing per-ticket costs.


Mr. Bergin holds both a bachelor and master of arts degrees from Marquette University in political science. He received a Federal Computer Week “Fed 100” award in 2014 and is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and a Certified Scrum Professional.

Ms. Debra S. Del Mar

Managing Partner, Vanguard Advisors, LLC.


Ms. Del Mar is a leader in commercial and government business management. Her knowledge and experience in management consulting, system modernization, and business transformation distinguishes her as an industry thought-leader. As a highly regarded business executive, her relationships are expansive and collaborative - across government and private sectors – enabling her to be an effective and passionate advocate for Federal business reform, standardization, and simplification.


Ms. Del Mar is the current American Society of Military Comptroller’s (ASMC) National Corporate Advisory Group Chair, as well as the ASMC Washington Chapter Corporate Vice President. She has chaired the ASMC National Capital Region Professional Development Institute (PDI) since 2006. She possesses a strong public service commitment, evident by her work to align contractor objectives and practices with public interests. She actively consults with key government executives and is a regular speaker and author on strategic business imperatives.


As Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Vanguard Advisors, LLC - a woman-owned small business based in Northern Virginia - Ms. Del Mar drives innovation and strategy among an elite group of industry firms who support Federal agencies’ objectives of improving mission effectiveness, technology advances, and operational/audit readiness. In this capacity, Ms. Del Mar assists her clients to help agencies address complex business transformation challenges with proven approaches/solutions to enhance transparency, accountability and ensure business outcomes.


Ms. Del Mar had the honor and privilege to be selected, and complete a detail, as the inaugural Industry Executive in the DoD CIO’s Information Technology Exchange Program (ITEP). She was assigned to OSD Comptroller’s Deputy Chief Financial Officer (DCFO) organization in the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., providing expertise and recommendations regarding systems initiatives that impact the enterprise financial management processes, with particular emphasis on Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems. In this capacity, Ms. Del Mar offered an “industry lens,” providing insights to accelerate the implementation and optimization of standard business systems and remove impediments to outcomes.

Ms. Del Mar holds an MBA in Science & Technology Innovation from George Washington University and a BS in Chemistry from the College of William and Mary.

Mr. Mark Easton, CDFM-A

Deputy Chief Financial Officer
Office of the Under Secretary of Defense, Comptroller


Mr. Easton assumed his current position as the Deputy Chief Financial Officer (DCFO), Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) in May 2009. Mr. Easton is the principal advisor to the Department of Defense (DoD) Comptroller/Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and senior staff on all issues involving the amended CFO Act of 1990 and related financial management reforms. He is responsible at the executive level for ensuring DoD budget and financial execution in support of national security objectives, particularly as it relates to finance/accounting policy and systems, management control systems, and general business transformation programs. Further, he ensures DoD complies with legislative and executive financial management mandates leading to the effective and efficient use of DoD resources.


Prior to becoming the Department’s DCFO, he served five years as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy and Director for Financial Operations, within the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Financial Management and Comptroller. In this position, he was responsible for Department of the Navy financial improvement initiatives that involve systems and processes employed by the 9,000 Navy-Marine Corps financial managers. He was appointed as a member of the Senior Executive Service in January 2003, serving initially as Director, Defense Finance and Accounting Service-Cleveland and the Senior Navy Client Executive for DFAS.


He retired as a Captain in September 2002, following a 29-year career in the Navy Supply Corps, serving in assignments both afloat and ashore. At Sea, he served as the Supply Officer on the Battleship, USS New Jersey. Ashore he was the Commander of DFAS Pacific, providing support for all four military services from locations in Hawaii and Japan. Prior to this assignment, he served as the Executive Assistant and Naval Aide to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Financial Management and Comptroller.


A native of Kansas City, Missouri, he holds a Bachelor's of Science in Economics from Miami University (Ohio) and a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Michigan. He has completed the Executive Development Program at the Northwestern University Kellogg Graduate School of Business and is a graduate of the National Defense University’s Industrial College of the Armed Forces. He is a Certified Defense Financial Manager. Mr. Easton has received various personal awards, including the Defense Superior Service Medal and two Navy Civilian Superior Service Awards.

Ms. Margie Graves

Acting Federal Chief Information Officer


Margaret H. Graves is the Federal Deputy Chief Information Officer of the United States. Ms. Graves was selected in September, 2008, to serve as the U. S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Deputy Chief Information Officer (CIO). As the Deputy CIO, she oversees an IT portfolio of $5.4B in programs. In addition, Ms. Graves manages the operations of the Office of the Chief Information Officer, which covers the functional areas of Applied Technology, Enterprise Architecture, Data Management, IT Security, Infrastructure Operations, IT Accessibility, Budget and Acquisition.


Prior to her selection as Deputy Chief Information Officer, Ms. Graves served as the Executive Director of the Enterprise Business Management Office within the DHS Office of the CIO. She developed and executed IT Portfolio strategies in alignment with the DHS Enterprise Architecture and established business processes for Capital Planning and Investment Control, departmental IT budget reviews and acquisition reviews. She also served as the Deputy Program Manager for the Border and Transportation Security IT Integration Program. This program established the business case and the operational foundation for the current Infrastructure Transformation Program which is the DHS roadmap for consolidating and securing the IT Infrastructure including networks, data centers, e-mail, wireless services, desktop services, and help desk services.


Ms. Graves has 20 years of experience in the management consulting industry where she held executive positions and also performed consulting engagements for clients. She has experience in the areas of systems engineering, business process reengineering, strategic planning, financial management, mergers and acquisitions and venture capital planning. She worked for several firms in the National Capital Region such as Technology Applications, Inc., Advanced Technology, Inc., and Planning and Research Corporation. She dedicated 10 years with A.T. Kearney, Inc. working for clients in the chemical, utility and medical services industries as well as holding positions in financial and administrative management.


Ms. Graves holds an M.B.A. from the University of Virginia Colgate Darden Graduate School of Business Administration and a B.S. in Chemistry, also from the University of Virginia.

Mrs. Alaleh Jenkins

Assistant Deputy Chief Financial Officer (ADCFO),

Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) (OUSD(C)).


Mrs. Jenkins was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in December 2014. She provides direct support to the Deputy Chief Financial Officer on developing and interpreting Department of Defense accounting and finance policy and promoting standard financial management processes and systems, as well as ensuring an enterprise-wide audit strategy is properly implemented.


Prior to becoming the ADCFO, she served as the Director for Financial Improvement and Audit Readiness (FIAR) within the OUSD(C). In this position, she was responsible for advising the Deputy Chief Financial Officer on all issues related to financial management reform and audit readiness. Mrs. Jenkins was responsible for the implementation and oversight of financial improvement plans across the DoD in support of the Department’s strategic goals and legislative mandates to attain audibility and improve financial management.


Prior to becoming the FIAR director, she served as a client service director with PricewaterhouseCoopers. In this position, she was responsible for assisting DoD clients in the development and implementation of solutions to improve financial practices and prepare for audibility through discovery and remediation, driving change at all organizational levels within the organization.

Mrs. Jenkins’ other assignments within the DoD include being a supervisory staff accountant in the FIAR Directorate within the OUSD(C), and the Business Transformation Program Manager within the Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Installations & Environment). In those positions, she led enterprise-wide solutions to overcome financial management impediments to audit readiness, as well as, large-scale business process reengineering efforts across the military’s business operations. These efforts collectively led to the establishment of a new process framework and improved efficiency of day-to-day operations and long-term sustainability for the entire DoD.


Mrs. Jenkins is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Defense Financial Manager. She holds a Defense Financial Management Certification, Level 3, and is an accomplished leader with more than 20 years of experience in federal and private-sector financial statement audit, business transformation, and large scale and complex financial management engagements. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from George Mason University. Mrs. Jenkins has received various personal awards, including the Secretary of Defense Award for Excellence and the Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board Pillar award.

Ms. Lauren Leo

Chief Human Capital Officer, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) 


Lauren Leo became NASA's chief human capital officer and assistant administrator for the Office of Human Capital Management (OHCM) in August 2015. In these positions, Lauren has stewardship responsibility for NASA's workforce. She advises and assists the administrator by carrying out responsibilities in accordance with the Chief Human Capital Officers Act of 2002. Her responsibilities include setting the agency's workforce development strategy; assessing workforce characteristics and future needs based on the agency's mission and strategic plan; aligning the agency's human resources policies and programs with organizational mission, strategic goals and performance outcomes; and serving as a member of the Office of Personnel Management-led Chief Human Capital Officers Council.


Before serving as the assistant administrator, Lauren was the director of the Workforce Culture Division in Office of Human Capital Management (OHCM), responsible for implementing agency training and leadership development, agency honor awards, workforce collaboration, executive personnel management and succession planning.  She was at the forefront of developing and implementing innovative workforce engagement strategies, including embedding virtual collaboration mechanisms within the full range of human capital programs.  Similarly, she was instrumental in developing and executing an agency-wide Virtual Executive Summit to enhance communication and collaboration among agency leaders.  Lauren also served as a strategic advisor to the NASA associate administrator for implementing change strategies and leadership development within the senior team to support the new Capability Leadership Model.


Before coming to NASA, Lauren earned a Master of Arts in international relations with a certificate in international conflict resolution from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in international relations at Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, Virginia.


She has received numerous awards, including the NASA Medal for Exceptional Service, the Creative Management Award, the NASA Headquarters Exceptional Performance Award and the Space Flight Awareness Return to Flight Award. 

Mr. Greg Little

Team Lead for Business Integration Office,

Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller)


Mr. Greg Little is the team lead for the Business Integration Office for the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller). Mr. Little is responsible for the Department of Defense Financial Management Strategy, FM system portfolio rationalization and investments, and improving the Department’s end-to-end business processes.


Prior to joining the Department’s OUSD(C), he served five years as the solution architect for the Defense Agencies Initiative (DAI). In this position, he was responsible for implementing the DoD Defense Agencies/Field Activities onto a single standard financial management system.


He is a graduate of Bates College with a Bachelor's of Art in Economics.

Mr. Joseph B. Marshall, Jr

Acting Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Financial Management & Comptroller)

On Jan. 20, 2017, Mr. Joseph B. Marshall Jr. became the Acting Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Financial Management & Comptroller). In this capacity, he assists in the oversight of budget formulation and execution of over $165 billion annually for the Navy and United States Marine Corps; for the financial systems, reporting, policy and auditing of the associated financial transactions; and for the cost estimating for the Department of the Navy.  He previously served as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Financial Management & Comptroller).


Earlier, Mr. Marshall was the Director, Business Support Directorate, Defense Health Agency (DHA), where he had oversight of $40 billion in medical and dental healthcare for more than 9.6 million beneficiaries worldwide. Prior to this position, Mr. Marshall served as the chief financial executive for Navy Medicine and established policy and managed financial and manpower resources for a medical activity totaling more than $6 billion per year in operating costs.


Mr. Marshall entered the Senior Executive Service (SES) in October 2001 and until 2003 he was an Associate Chief Financial Officer at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), where he formulated financial policy and strategic and performance plans for an enterprise which, were it in the private sector, would be the sixth largest company in the world with 100,000 employees, $123 billion in assets, and over $70 billion in annual spending.


Prior to entering the SES, Mr. Marshall was the Comptroller of the United States' Transportation Command, a $5 billion Department of Defense activity. During Mr. Marshall's 25-year Navy career which began in 1976, he had command of a destroyer and was recognized as the most outstanding of 16 ships, twice winning the coveted "Battle E." Additionally, he was recognized repeatedly for his exceptional financial and operational expertise. Prior to command, he served in a variety of surface warfare afloat positions and in financial management jobs ashore.


Mr. Marshall graduated from Vanderbilt University and received his commission through the Reserve Officer Training Program at that university. He also holds master's degrees in financial management from the Naval Postgraduate School and in national resource strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. Mr. Marshall is a member of the American Society of Military Comptrollers.


Mr. Marshall's awards include: Presidential Rank Award of Meritorious Executive; the Navy Superior Civilian Service Award; Performance Awards; USDA Honor Award for Excellence (Unqualified Audit Opinion); USDA Honor Award for Excellence (Human Capital); USDA CFO Award (Unqualified Audit Opinion); USDA CFO Award (Credit Reform); Defense Superior Service Medal; Navy Meritorious Service; Navy & Marine Corps Commendation Medal.

Dr. Curtis M. Masiello

Director of Planning, Performance, and Assessments, Office of the Deputy Chief Management Officer, Department of Defense


Dr. Curtis M. Masiello was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in May 2016, as Director of Planning, Performance, and Assessments (PPA) in the Office of the Deputy Chief Management Officer (ODCMO).  As PPA director, Dr. Masiello leads implementation of DoD level performance management.


Dr. Masiello previously served as a senior program manager for Engility Corporation (formerly TASC, Inc. and Northrop Grumman) primarily supporting the Defense Threat Reduction Agency. Dr. Masiello was instrumental in numerous DTRA strategic management and planning-related activities and projects, to include facilitating agency inputs and analyses for: the Base Realignment and Closure Act (2005); Quadrennial Defense Review (2005); the DTRA Review Panel (aka the Carter-Joseph Study, 2008); and Nuclear Posture Review (2009). Dr. Masiello contributed to the design of DTRA’s Nuclear Enterprise Support Directorate (J10), the Chief Scientist Office, and Strategic Planning Office.


Before joining Northrop Grumman in 2002, Dr. Masiello served as a field artillery officer in the U.S. Army for over twenty years. His assignments include the 101st Airborne (Air Assault) Division, 3d Armored Division, 42d Field Artillery Brigade, United States Military Academy, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), U.S. European Command, and the Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.


Dr. Masiello was commissioned as a Regular Army officer in 1982 upon graduation from the University of Connecticut. He received his M.A. and Ph.D., both in political science, from The Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Masiello was an MIT Seminar XXI fellow (2000-2001).


Serving as an adjunct faculty member, Dr. Masiello taught graduate-level courses on defense transformation and asymmetric warfare at The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs, 2002-2007.


Dr. Masiello’s military awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Army Meritorious Service Medal (w/oak leaf cluster), Army Commendation Medal, (w/oak leaf cluster), and Multinational Force and Observers Medal.

Ms. Ann-Cecile M. McDermott

Assistant Deputy Commandant, Resources and Fiscal Director of the Marine Corps


Ms. Ann-Cecile M. McDermott is the Assistant Deputy Commandant for Programs and Resources for financial matters and the Fiscal Director of the Marine Corps. She is responsible to the Commandant, Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps, and the Deputy Commandant for the Program and Resources for formulating fiscal principles and policies; to prescribe procedures and systems which will exercise effective control over financial operations of the Marine Corps in the functional areas of budget, accounting and finance, and audit and review.  Ms. McDermott also assists, advises, and acts for the Commandant in all matters on appropriated and non-appropriated funds.  Prior to assuming her current position, Ms. McDermott was the Deputy Commander, Resource Management for Marine Corps systems Command. In this capacity, she was responsible for the command's financial management, comptroller activities, and human resource management.  She also served as the Competency Director for the financial management, workforce management, operations/office management, international programs, and corporate operations communities.


Ms. McDermott came to the Marine Corps from the Air Force, where she was the Director, Financial Management and Comptroller for Aeronautical Systems Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. In this role, she provided advice and counsel to the Air Force Program Executive Officer for Aircraft, his five acquisition Wing Commanders and staff for all financial and cost matters related to over 300 USAF, Joint and International acquisition programs, projects and activities and Center operations. She was also responsible for career development and training for the 330 financial managers at the Center. Previously, Ms. McDermott served as the Director for Budget Investment, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary (Budget) for the U.S. Air Force.


Ms. McDermott is a member of the following professional organizations: American Society of Military Comptrollers, Marine Corps Association, and Air Force Association. She is currently serving as the National Vice President (Marine Corps) for the American Society of Military Comptrollers.

Mr. Mats Persson
President, ASMC Washington Chapter

Deputy Director of Information and Technology

Defense Finance and Accounting Service


Mats Persson is the Deputy Director of Information and Technology for the Defense Finance and Accounting Service.  He joined DFAS in 2015 and assists the director with oversight and direction of DFAS information technology expenditures of approximately $350 million per year.

Prior to this assignment, Mr. Persson served as the Director of Financial Management with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a component within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).   He joined DHS, Immigration and Customs Enforcement in 2011.  


Mr. Persson served as one of the leads to support DHS in receiving a clean audit opinion in 2013 and 2014.  He received a joint Financial Management award from DHS Chief Financial Officer in 2013 for this accomplishment.  In Fiscal Year 2014, his organization made the largest audit improvement of all DHS organizations and two material weaknesses were eliminated.

Mr. Persson joined DHS, Immigration and Customs Enforcement in 2011 where he was responsible for managing two Finance Centers in Burlington and Dallas.


Mr. Persson joined the Department of Defense as a Highly Qualified Expert (HQE) in 2007 serving as the Program Executive Officer for Financial Systems in the Business Transformation Agency (BTA).   During his four -year tenure, he worked exclusively with the OSD Comptroller and DFAS on Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) initiatives.  He served as the Program Executive for the Defense Agency Initiative and several major DFAS systems such as the Business Enterprise Information Services (BEIS), the Defense Departmental Reporting System (DDRS), and the Defense Cash Accounting System (DCAS).  


Mr. Persson served as a partner for Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) from 1997 to 2007 when he left to join DoD.  He was Program Manager for a number of major Information Technology programs while with CSC.  He was involved with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Financial Systems implementation of SAP software which supported a "clean" audit opinion for the IRS in the first year of the new system.


Mr. Persson worked for Oracle Corporation between 1987 and 1992.  During this time, Oracle released the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) suite (Oracle Financials) and was one of the first Project Managers in the world to implement the technology.

He earned his Bachelor of Science in Investment and Finance from the University of Karlstad, Sweden and his Master of Science in Chemical Engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden.


Mr. Ed Rios

Chief Executive Officer, National Cyber Center


Mr. Rios serves as the Chief Executive Officer, National Cyber Center (NCC).  The NCC is a nonprofit organization located in Colorado Springs, Colorado providing collaborative cybersecurity knowledge and services to the nation.


Prior to joining NCC, Mr. Rios was founderCEO and president of CyberSpace Operations Consulting Inc., a 9-year-old company that specializes in moving new technical innovations into national security operations for cyber, intelligence and space programs in government and the private sector through 20 consultants, including 17 retired generals.


The company's clients include many of the nation's largest defense contractors as well as Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (Space-X) and several satellite contractors.


A retired Air Force colonel, Rios spent 26 years in special technical, space and intelligence operations, special mission sea duty and flight operations with three deployments. Rios received a master's degree in business administration, completed graduate work at Harvard and Washington universities and had a fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Vice Admiral Joseph Rixey

Director of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency

Born in Monterey, California, VADM Rixey started his naval career in August 1978 with enlistment and assignment to the Naval Academy Preparatory School, leading to graduation from the United States Naval Academy in 1983. He was designated as a naval aviator in August 1986. His operational tours


include: Patrol Squadron 17, Naval Air Station (NAS) Barbers Point, Hawaii; USS Constellation (CV 64) as a catapult and arresting gear officer and assistant air officer; Patrol Squadron 40, Whidbey Island, Washington; and commanding officer Patrol Squadron Two, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.


His previous shore assignments included earning a Master of Science in Aeronautical Engineering and Engineer's Degree in Aeronautics at the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California; Naval Air Systems Command as the P-3 Training Systems program manager, NAS Patuxent River, Maryland; P-8A Poseidon team lead; Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft Program Manager; deputy program executive officer, Air Anti-Submarine Warfare and Advanced Sensors Programs; and as vice commander, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command. VADM Rixey most recently served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for International Programs and as the Director for the Navy International Programs Office.


Personal decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit (three), Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal (three), Air Medal (Strike/Flight), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four) with combat "V" (one), and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (one).

Mr. Francis Rose

Federal Government Expert, Radio Host, and Speaker


Mr. Francis Rose is an award-winning broadcaster, journalist, speaker, writer, and host of Government Matters on Washington, D.C.’s WJLA/ABC7 and News Channel 8. He has covered all three branches of the federal government as a broadcast journalist since 1998. He was host of “In Depth with Francis Rose” on Federal News Radio from 2008 to 2015 after joining the station in 2006. His guest list has included virtually every important name in the federal government.


Francis’s first book, “The OPM Cyber Breach: An In Depth Look at the Worst Cyber Attack in Government History” is available on Amazon. Francis is highly sought-after as a speaker and moderator of high-profile events in the federal community. His 30-year broadcast career includes stops at America’s leading broadcasters, including ABC Radio, CBS Radio, Westwood One, and C-SPAN.


News and talk radio trade magazine Talkers selected “In Depth with Francis Rose” for its list of the 250 most important talk shows in America in 2012.


Francis studied English at York College of Pennsylvania and Towson University. 

Mr. John P. Roth, CDFM

Acting Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) and Chief Financial Officer


Mr. Roth is performing the duties of the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) and Chief Financial Officer. He serves as the principal advisor to the Secretary of Defense on all budgetary and financial management matters, including the development and execution of the Department’s annual budget of more than $550B.


Before assuming his present position, Mr. Roth was the Deputy Comptroller (Program/Budget), Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller). As the most senior career financial manager in the Department, Mr. Roth was responsible for the preparation and monitoring of the entire Defense budget. Prior to this, he was Deputy Director of the Investment Directorate, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) where he was responsible for all Defense programs funded by Procurement and Research, Development, Test and Evaluation (RDT&E) appropriations. Mr. Roth entered the Senior Executive Service in 1990.


Mr. Roth graduated from the University of Virginia in 1974 with a Bachelor of Arts degree and earned a Master of Science degree in Public Administration from George Washington University in 1977. Mr. Roth has also completed the Executive Excellence Program at the Federal Executive Institute, the National Security Leadership Course at Syracuse University and the Program for Senior Managers in Government at Harvard University. Mr. Roth entered civil service as a trainee in the Department of the Navy’s Centralized Financial Management Training Program. Mr. Roth was awarded the Meritorious Executive Presidential Rank Award in 2005 and the Distinguished Executive Presidential Rank Award in 2012.


Mr. Roth has had tours of duty as a financial management intern and budget analyst at the Norfolk Naval Supply Center; as a budget officer at the Naval Data Automation Command; and as a budget analyst in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD).

Mr. Fred A. (Al) Runnels, CDFM, CGFM

Executive Director
American Society of Military Comptrollers


Mr. Runnels assumed his duties as Executive Director of the American Society of Military Comptrollers (ASMC) on October 1, 2012. He has over 35 years of service to the United States government in assignments as an officer in the US Army and as a civilian employee in the Department of Defense and the Department of the Treasury, having served for approximately 10 years at the Senior Executive Service level.


Within Treasury, Mr. Runnels served for three years as the Deputy Chief Financial Officer (DCFO), providing policy advice to the Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Management/CFO on Department-wide financial management matters. He led the Department in maintaining a clean audit opinion of its annual financial statements, which included reporting of approximately $15 trillion of assets and $650 billion in costs, including significant and unique financial transactions associated with Treasury implementation of the Housing and Economic Reform Act of 2008 and the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2009.


A 1974 graduate of Mississippi State University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting, Mr. Runnels also received a MBA from Syracuse University and a Master’s Degree in Strategic Resources Management from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. He also holds certificates as both a Certified Defense Financial Manager (CDFM) and Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM).

Ms. Glenda H. Scheiner, DFMCP3, CDFM-A

Director, Human Capital and Resource Management

Office of the Under Secretary of Defense, Comptroller


Ms. Scheiner, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is Director, Human Capital & Resource Management, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller). In this capacity, she serves as OSD Functional Community Manager for 54,000 civilians/military in DoD Financial Management (FM). She is responsible for development of the DoD FM Strategic Workforce Plan and the new DoD Financial Management Certification Program. She also serves as senior administrative officer for OUSD(C) with oversight of OUSD(C) management and administrative functions including resource management, contracts, facilities, personnel, correspondence and IT.


Ms. Scheiner served for almost 25 years with the Air Force, including her prior position as Deputy Director of FM, HQ Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio where she had fiscal oversight of more than 35% of the Air Force’s appropriated budget including research, development, test, acquisition and sustainment with an annual budget of $60B. Previously, she was Deputy Director, Budget Operations & Personnel, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force, Financial Management and Comptroller, Washington, D.C., responsible for budget formulation/execution of $75B annually in AF Operation & Maintenance and Military Personnel funds.


Ms. Scheiner began her career in 1987 at Robins AFB, GA, through the Outstanding Scholar's program at Headquarters Air Force Reserve Command. She has held diverse FM positions at the Group, Center, Major Command, Headquarters Air Force and Office of the Secretary of Defense levels in Financial Management and Comptroller. She assumed her current position in July 2012.


Ms. Scheiner has a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Georgia College and State University. She is a Distinguished Graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces (ICAF) earning a Master of Science degree in National Resource Strategy in 2009. She is certified in the DoD FM Certification Program at Level 3, has DAWIA Certification in Business-FM at Level 2, and is a Certified Defense Financial Manager with Acquisition Specialty. She has completed the Air War College, Air Command & Staff College, and the ICAF Senior Acquisition Program. Additionally, she is a graduate of the DoD APEX Senior Executive program and the Leadership Enhancement Program at the Center for Creative Leadership. Ms. Scheiner holds numerous awards including the AF Exceptional, Meritorious & Exemplary Civilian Service Awards, the AF Outstanding Contribution to Financial Management & Comptroller (Civilian) Award and the ICAF Commandant’s Award for Excellence in Research/Writing (Acquisition). She also has authored 13 professional journal articles.

Ms. Lauren Schmidt

Pathways Director 
Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx)


Lauren Schmidt is the Pathways Director at the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx), located in Mountain View, CA. DIUx aims to scout, connect and support the innovation of disruptive technology that sustains and extends U.S. strategic advantage in defense while contributing to our national security and prosperity. DIUx will help to cultivate and facilitate a lasting relationship between new innovators and the Department of Defense.


Prior to her position at DIUx, Ms. Schmidt served as the Special Assistant to the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology). In that capacity, she advised and supported the Principal Deputy across the full spectrum of policy and oversight matters concerning Army acquisitions, including operations of a 6,000 person organization managing over 600 Army weapon systems programs and contracts totaling more than $70B. In this capacity, she helped develop and promulgate the Departments acquisition reform proposals included in congressional legislation. She also previously served as the Special Assistant to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Procurement), focusing on oversight of all Army procurement operations and the development of the Army contracting workforce. 


Ms. Schmidt holds a Master of Science in Commerce and a Bachelor of Arts, both from the University of Virginia.

Rear Admiral (Ret.) David G. Simpson

Former Chief of the Federal Communications Commission’s

Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau


Rear Admiral (Ret.) David Simpson served as Chief of the Federal Communications Commission’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau from November 2013 through January 2017. As Bureau Chief, he oversaw public safety, homeland security, emergency management, cybersecurity, and disaster preparedness activities at the FCC.  Admiral Simpson worked along with public and private partners and through the rulemaking process, to deliver state-of-the-art communications that were accessible, reliable, resilient, and secure, and to help ensure that communications networks meet the public safety needs of Americans during emergencies. He brought to this role more than 20 years of Information and Communications Technology experience supporting the Department of Defense, working closely with other agencies to provide secure communication services and improve cyber defense readiness.


Admiral Simpson served previously as the Vice Director of the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). In that capacity, he helped lead an organization responsible for planning, developing and providing interoperable global communications for the Defense community. He also served as a senior delegate to the 2012 ITU World Radio Telecommunications Conference and to the World Conference on International Telecom (WCIT).


From 2009 through 2010, as Director for Communications and Information Services for U.S. Forces Iraq in Baghdad, he synchronized strategic and operational-level communications for U.S. Forces and assisted the Government of Iraq in building capacity for the information and communications technology sector. Simpson’s extensive career includes assignments with responsibility for networks, IT, and crisis communications for afloat and other deployed forces in Europe, Africa, Asia, and South America.


Simpson is a native of Burbank, California and a 1982 graduate of the United States Naval Academy. He earned a master's degree in systems technology from the Naval Postgraduate School.

Ms. Caral E. Spangler, CDFM

Acting Assistant Secretary of the Army/Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army, Financial Management and Comptroller


Ms. Caral E. Spangler has been the Acting Assistant Secretary of the Army (Financial Management and Comptroller) since January 20, 2017.  She became the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Financial Management and Comptroller), on May 17, 2015.  As the Principal Deputy, she advises the Assistant Secretary and the Army leadership on matters relating to Army finance, accounting, financial systems, financial management workforce development, and cost and economic activities.

Ms. Spangler came to the Army from the Air Force, where she was the Deputy for Budget, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Financial Management and Comptroller, responsible for planning and directing Air Force budget formulation and execution of appropriations totaling more than $160B annually. She lead a staff of civilian and military financial managers to develop, defend and execute funding to support military operations and Air Force priorities at the direction of Congress, the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of the Air Force.

Previously, Ms. Spangler was the Assistant Deputy Commandant for Resources (USMC), also known as the Fiscal Director. As such, she was responsible for the formulation and execution of the Marine Corps' $31B budget, and had responsibility for financial systems, accounting, and financial improvement. She held progressively more responsible positions within the Navy and the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense (Comptroller) in the areas of budget formulation, program integration, and resource management. She has experience with every appropriation category and every military Service.


She earned her bachelor’s degree in economics from Michigan State University and her master’s degree from Syracuse University.


Ms. Spangler’s Awards and Honors include: Meritorious Presidential Rank Award (2015); Superior Civilian Service Awards (2003, 2009); Exceptional Civilian Service Award (2001, 2007); National Partnership for Reinventing Government "Hammer Award"

Professional Memberships and Associations include: Certified Defense Financial Manager; Level 3 Certified DoD Financial Manager; American Society of Military Comptrollers.

Honorable Robert M. Speer

Acting Secretary of the United States Army

Mr. Robert M. Speer was designated as the Acting Secretary of the U.S. Army, effective January 20, 2017. He was previously appointed as the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Financial Management and Comptroller on December 1, 2014. He was designated the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Financial Management and Comptroller) in October 2009.


Prior to these assignments, Mr. Speer served as a Managing Director for PricewaterhouseCoopers Public Services, where he led their Defense and Army business. He has been significantly involved in Department of Defense financial management solutions and defense-related professional organizations throughout his career. He served 28 years in the U.S. Army where he gained in-depth experience and progressive responsibility in command and staff positions in the Army and the Joint Force.


Mr. Robert M. Speer was born in Fort Ord, California to a military family, so he lived and traveled throughout and outside of the United States. Mr. Speer was commissioned through ROTC as a distinguished military graduate where he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration, Accounting, University of Notre Dame; Master of Business Administration, Management of Information Systems, Indiana University; Master of Science, National Resource Strategy, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Washington, D.C.


Professional Memberships and Associations include: Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA); American Society of Military Comptrollers (ASMC); Association of Government Accountants (AGA).

Rear Admiral Andrew J. Toingson

Assistant Commandant for Resources and Chief Financial Officer, United States Coast Guard.



In this capacity, he is responsible for all budgetary, financial and resource management activities relating to the programs and operations of the Coast Guard. As a component of the Department of Homeland Security, the Coast Guard is comprised of a nearly 60,000 member active duty, reserve and civil servant workforce with an annual budget of $10B.


Rear Admiral Tiongson is a career cutterman whose time at sea spans five Coast Guard cutters and one U.S. Navy ship. His afloat career began in 1989 onboard USCGC ESCANABA (WMEC 907). Most recently, in 2015, he commissioned USCGC JAMES (WMSL 754), bringing the Coast Guard’s fifth National Security Cutter into service. While serving onboard USS NORMANDY (CG-60) as part of the U.S. Coast Guard - U.S. Navy exchange program, he deployed in support of Operation Desert Storm. He has served in four command cadre positions afloat: Executive Officer onboard

USCGC MOHAWK (WMEC 913) and Commanding Officer onboard USCGC NANTUCKET (WPB 1316), USCGC LEGARE (WMEC 912) and USCGC JAMES (WMSL 754).


Rear Admiral Tiongson served as the Assistant Project Manager for the nearly $1B Rescue 21 project, the largest command and control project in Coast Guard history; served two different tours in the Office of Budget and Programs as a Budget Coordinator/Program Reviewer and the Office Chief; served in the Office of Congressional Affairs as the Senior Policy Advisor on domestic and International drug issues and Veterans’ Affairs to the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives; and served as the Executive Assistant to the Vice Commandant of the Coast Guard.


Rear Admiral Tiongson’s awards include two Legions of Merit, four Meritorious Service Medals, three Coast Guard Commendation Medals, the U.S. Navy Achievement Medal, the Commandant’s Letter of Commendation and various Service and unit awards. He is a permanent Cutterman and has earned the U.S. Navy Surface Warfare Officer designation.


Rear Admiral Tiongson is a 1989 graduate of the United States Coast Guard Academy with a BS in Electrical Engineering. He holds two Master’s degrees from The George Washington University: Mechanical Engineering and Environmental and Energy Management. He was also a System Design and Management Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) earning his MS in Engineering and Management, a joint degree from MIT’s Sloan School of Management and Engineering School. He also completed MIT’s one-year Seminar XXI program on foreign politics, international relations and the national interest.

Colonel Randy Toris, CDFM-A

Congressional Budget and Appropriations Liaison, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller)


Colonel Randy Toris is a Congressional Budget and Appropriations Liaison for the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense, Comptroller, Budget and Appropriations Affairs Directorate, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.  The office is responsible for supporting the Comptroller in reporting to the U.S. Congress on the program, budget and legislative agenda.  Prior to his current assignment, he was a Congressional Budget and Appropriations Liaison for the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Financial Management and Comptroller. 


Colonel Toris was born in Gardena, California and entered the United States Air Force Academy following high school graduation in 1989 and has deployed in support of Operations NORTHERN WATCH, IRAQI FREEDOM and ENDURING FREEDOM. 


Colonel Toris numerous staff assignments include serving as Financial Analyst, 30th CPTS, Vandenberg AFB, CA, Financial Manager, Launch Programs SPO, Los Angeles AFB, CA, Financial Analyst/Exec Officer, HQ AETC, Randolph AFB, TX;  and Flight Commander, Comptroller Training Flight, Keesler AFB, MS.  His command assignments include:  Commander, 9th Comptroller Squadron, Beale AFB, CA; Commander, 27th Special Ops Comptroller Squadron, Cannon AFB, NM; and Commander, 81st Comptroller Squadron, Keesler AFB, MS


Prior to his assignment as Congressional Budget and Appropriations Liaison, he served as Director, Financial Management and Comptroller, USAFCENT, Al Udeid AB, Qatar and served as Military Assistant to the Director, Defense Finance and Accounting Service, Arlington, VA. 


Colonel Toris is a Certified Defense Financial Manager with Acquisition Specialty.  He was recognized as the Air Force Space Command Financial Analysis Officer of the Year, 1995, is a member of the Chief of Staff Flight, Squadron Officer School, won AFSOC/FM Comptroller Squadron of the Year, 2008, AFSOC/FM Comptroller of the Year, 2008 and USSOCOM Comptroller of the Year, 2008.


Colonel Toris has a Bachelor of Science degree in Legal Studies, United States Air Force Academy and a Masters of Business Administration, University of Texas, San Antonio.  He is a graduate of the Financial Management Staff Officer Course, Air Command and Staff College, the Defense Financial Management and Comptroller Course, and the Air War College.  

Mr. Leif Ulstrup

Executive-in-Residence at American University’s Kogod School of Business


Leif is an executive-in-residence at American University’s Kogod School of Business where he teaches MBA students how to leverage information and information technology (IT) to gain strategic advantage and capitalize on opportunities for profitable customer growth.  He also serves on the Kogod IT Executive Council and is a former co-chair. He is a member of the MIT Engineering Systems Division alumni advisory board.  


Leif's current efforts are focused on business strategy, lean thinking, data science, open source, cloud computing, cybersecurity, and the internet-of-things (IoT) applied to the needs of the public sector and healthcare. Leif’s strategic thinking, management experience, and leadership ability enable him to attract and energize top talent and empower them to achieve their goals.


Leif is an experienced senior executive with a proven track record adapting emerging technology and management innovations to achieve significant business and mission results.  Leif’s experience spans from general management of very large enterprises to consulting to senior executives faced with critical business and mission transformation challenges.  Leif’s management experience includes founder of Primehook Technology, VP and General Manager at Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), partner at Deloitte Consulting, VP at Touchstone Consulting, and VP and GM at American Management Systems (AMS).  The scope and scale of his experience ranges from the launch of a new line of business for cloud computing to general management of a ~4500 person, $1.5B/year business unit. He started his career as a computational physicist and systems engineer at TRW.


He is a graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and The General Manager Program (TGMP), Harvard Business School (HBS).

Mr. Dave Weinberg, CDFM
Owner, Sole Proprietor of DaveSpeak


Dave Weinberg is the owner and sole proprietor of DaveSpeak and was named Employee of the Year for 2008.  Mr. Weinberg (Colonel, USAF (Retired) was formerly the Comptroller, Headquarters  Air Education and Training Command,  Randolph Air Force Base, Texas.  He was responsible for providing the $8 billion financial resources required to recruit and assess Air Force personnel and provide them military, technical and flying training to replenish Air Force combat capability. 


A veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, he served as the A-8, Director, supporting the warfighters and responsible for the $1.5 billion spent throughout the 38 sites within the area of responsibility.  He has a BS in Accounting from Clemson University, SC and an MA in Public Administration from Troy State University, AL.  His comptroller assignments include nine years in finance, ten years in budgeting, five years as a commander, and five years as a comptroller at all levels of staff.   He is an active member of the American Society of Military Comptrollers, having served as past president to four separate chapters and has a CDFM.  

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