Ms. Gretchen V. Anderson, CFDM, CGFM
Chief Financial Officer, Defense Logistics Agency
Ms. Anderson assumed her current position in 2017. DLA provides logistics, acquisition, and technical services to the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and other federal agencies, including logistics information, material management, procurement, warehousing and distribution of spare parts, food, clothing, medical supplies, fuel, reutilization of surplus military materiel and document automation and production. Approximately 26,000 civilian and military personnel perform this worldwide mission with an annual budget of $35 billion.
Ms. Anderson previously served as the Director, Revolving Funds, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller), advising on financial and operational issues for the Defense Working Capital Fund and the National Defense Stockpile. These activities annually earn over $100 billion by providing goods and services to the Military Services and other customers. Ms. Anderson was responsible for budget policy, budget review and formulation, congressional budget justification, funds allocation and cost control, and program execution and evaluation. Ms. Anderson was subsequently responsible for the automated submission of the President’s budget for the Department of Defense budget, plus the apportionment, reprogramming and transfer of funds, obligation and outlay forecasting and tracking, and information system support.
Ms. Anderson entered the Senior Executive Service as the Associate Director for Defense-Wide Programs, responsible for oversight of Operation and Maintenance financial management for the 28 Defense Agencies, including USSOCOM and the intelligence agencies. Ms. Anderson came to the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) from the Army 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. As the Assistant Director for Accounting Policy, she was responsible for incorporating all policy changes from the Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board and decisions of the Comptroller General of the United States into the Department of Defense Financial Management Regulation. For 15 years, Ms. Anderson managed finances for private sector professional and industrial firms and was an associate professor of business and finance at the Western Illinois University, Blackhawk College, and Panama Canal College.
Ms. Anderson is the National President of the American Society of Military Comptrollers, a member of the Association of Government Accountants and holds Defense Financial Management Career Program Level 3 certification. St. Ambrose University conferred her Master of Business Administration degree and she earned her bachelor’s degree from Seattle Pacific University.
Mr. Craig A. Bennett, CGFM
Deputy Assistant Commandant for Resources
Deputy Chief Financial Officer, United States Coast Guard
Mr. Bennett assumed 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. Doug Bennett, CPA, CDFM
Auditor General, United States Air Force
Mr. Doug Bennett, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Auditor General of the Air Force, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, Washington, D.C. He also serves as head of the Air Force Audit Agency, which is responsible for all internal auditing in the Air Force. He exercises full administrative and technical supervision over a worldwide organization comprised of more than 600 professional auditors assigned to 50 locations.
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. Mr. Bennett 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.
Prior to his current assignment, Mr. Bennett served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Financial Operations and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Financial Management and Comptroller, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. Mr. Bennett has received: a Bachelor of Science degree, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy; a Master of Business Administration, Boston University; a Master of Science in Economics, Boston University; and a Master of Strategic Studies, Army War College.
Mr. Bennett’s awards and decorations include: Broadcasting Board of Governors, Gold Medal Award; Joint Service Commendation Medal; and the Navy Achievement Medal. He is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Defense Financial Manager, Department of Defense Financial Management Certification, Level 3.
Mr. Bennett is a member of the Association of Government Accountants and Institute of Management Accountants.
Mr. John Bergin
Information Technology and Business System Reform Lead, Office of the Chief Information Officer, Department of Defense
Mr. Bergin is a member of the Senior Executive Service, since September 2017. In October 2017, Mr. Bergin was appointed the Department of Defense’s reform lead for the Information Technology (IT) and Business Systems. This effort is an expansion of Mr. Bergin Business Technology Officer role and is responsible for working across the Department to roadmap and deploy systems that support business reforms, reduce the total number of systems, and ensure systems have the necessary controls to support audit and information integrity.
In February 2015, Mr. Bergin was appointed the Business Technology Officer for the Department of Defense’s Chief Information Officer. In this role, Mr. Bergin worked to right-size the Department’s IT infrastructure by identifying and supporting the implementation of best value information technology reform efforts that were focused on Health IT and the Department’s integration with mission partners. Mr. Bergin also served as primary lead for the Information Technology components of the Department-wide Cross Functional Team for Defense Travel Modernization, in support of the Secretary of Defense designated efficiency efforts. The efficiencies effort delivered $4 billion in captured savings.
Before joining the DoD CIO as a government civilian, Mr. Bergin supported this organization and previously the Department of Navy (DoN) 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 was focused on IT reform that leveraged process automation.
Mr. Bergin holds both a Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees from Marquette University in Political Science. Mr. Bergin also received a Federal Computer Week “Fed 100” award in 2014, and is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and a Certified Scrum Professional.
Mr. Ray Bombac
Project Lead; Chief Management Officer, Defense Business Optimization Directorate
Mr. Ray Bombac currently works for the Chief Management Officer (CMO) within Defense Business Optimization Directorate (DBMAO). He is the project lead for Cost Management and Financial Improvement and Audit Remediation (FIAR). Throughout Mr. Bombac’s 22-year DoD career with DFAS, OUSD(C), BTA, DCMO, and CMO, he has led several high impact transformational projects. He has extensive experience in defining and implementing functional requirements, business processes, data standards and performance measures. Mr. Bombac holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, minor in Computer Information Systems, and a dual Masters in Accounting and Information Technology.
Ms. Debra S. Del Mar
ASMC NCR PDI Chair
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. Michael W. Fiedler
Office of the Undersecretary of Defense, Comptroller
Mr. Mitchell W. Fiedler joined the Department of Defense Deputy Chief Financial Officer at the beginning of 2017 as a Financial Systems Analyst in the Business Integration Office (BIO). He currently leads the sustainment of the Department’s Enterprise Cost Management initiative, and supports the Defense Agency Initiative (DAI) in BIO’s role as functional sponsor.
In 2011, Mr. Fiedler in-sourced into what is now the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Energy, Installations, and Environment (EI&E). During his time with EI&E, he served as the Project Manager for the development and deployment of the EI&E Data Analytics and Integration Support platform (DAIS). Mr. Fiedler oversaw the development and integration of EI&E data processes and content within the Department of Defense Business Enterprise Architecture and was the Coordinator for the EI&E Managers’ Internal Control Program. He also served as a Geographer for the EI&E Defense Installations Spatial Data Infrastructure program (DISDI).
Prior to in-sourcing, Mr. Fiedler worked as a contractor with various companies performing the duties of a Geographic Information Systems Analyst and Manager. From 2002 to 2005, he worked for the US Department of the Army within a land management program at Fort Rucker and Fort Sill. In 2005 Mr. Fiedler began working for the US Department of the Air Force at Langley Air Force Base as the Operations Team Lead; and in 2010, began working geospatial policy initiatives for OSD in the DISDI program.
Mr. Fiedler holds a Bachelor’s in Geography and a secondary major in Natural Resources and Environmental Science from Kansas State University, and began his Master’s in GIS at the University of Kansas before leaving to work for the Army. He has attended the Defense Resources Management Institute at the Naval Post-Graduate School and completed the Key Executive Leadership Certificate Program at American University.
Ms. Hilary Halpern
Financial and Technology Regulatory Expert,
Ms. Hilary Halpern is an expert in Financial and Technology (FinTech) regulation and research. Her body of work focuses on how government intervention in the FinTech sector impacts SME financing and venture growth. Ms. Halpern is a published author most recently co-authoring several white papers on FinTech regulation on behalf of the World Economic Forum and Georgetown University; where she was a research assistant. Ms. Halpern’s work has been presented at the Global SME Finance Forum in Beijing, China and at the Alliance for Financial Inclusion’s annual meeting in Bali, Indonesia; where she was also a keynote speaker. In her current role, as an Associate at the Cypress Group, Ms. Halpern provides regulatory analysis for the financial services sector on consumer finance, FinTech, and other capital markets issues.
Prior to her time at Georgetown, Ms. Halpern worked for the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the federal government’s international investment arm; and for Senator Michael Rounds, where she covered financial services issues for the Senator. Ms. Halpern is a native Washingtonian and earned her BA in History from Lehigh University and MBA from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.
Lieutenant General Jerry Harris
Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategic Plans and Requirements, Headquarters U.S. Air Force
Lt. Gen. Jerry Harris is Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategic Plans and Requirements, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. In support of the Chief of Staff and Secretary of the Air Force, General Harris leads the development and integration of the Air Force strategy, long-range plans and operational capabilities-based requirements. He directs and coordinates activities ensuring the Air Force builds and employs effective air, space and cyber forces to achieve national defense objectives.
General Harris entered the Air Force in 1985 as a graduate of the ROTC program at Washington State University. He has served as a flight commander, operations officer, weapons officer and inspector general. The general served on the staffs of two numbered Air Forces and one major command, all in operations. He has also served as the Combined Air and Space Operations Center Battle Director for operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. General Harris has commanded at squadron, group and wing levels. Prior to his current assignment, General Harris was the Vice Commander, Air Combat Command, Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, responsible for organizing, training, equipping and maintaining combat-ready forces for rapid deployment and employment while ensuring strategic air defense forces are ready to meet the challenges of peace time air sovereignty and wartime defense.
General Harris is a command pilot with more than 3,100 flying hours in the F-16. He has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Washington State University; Master of Science in Aeronautical Science Technology, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; and a Master of Science in Airpower Art and Science, School of Advanced Airpower Studies, Maxwell Air Force Base.
His awards and decorations include: The Distinguished Service Medal; Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters; Defense Meritorious Service Medal; Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters; Aerial Achievement Medal; Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters; Joint Service Achievement Medal; National Defense Service Medal with bronze star; Southwest Asia Service Medal with three bronze stars; Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia); and the Kuwait Liberation Medal (government of Kuwait).
Mr. Brian S. Jacobs
Director, Enterprise Strategy, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army, Financial Information Management
Throughout industry, Mr. Jacobs was constantly recognized for his outstanding customer service focus and always breaking down barriers and fostering collaborative work to achieve great solutions. Mr. Jacobs is self-motivated, energetic, and a strong leader. He is working to build the Army Bot Squad which will be the operational capability to design and deploy software robots to reduce repeatable and manual human work and strengthen financial management operations Army-wide. Mr. Jacobs earned a Master of Science in Cost Estimation and Analysis from the Naval Postgraduate School in March 2014 and earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Towson University in December 2001. Mr. Jacobs also completed graduate courses in computer science from Johns Hopkins University.
Mr. Jacobs is married with a son and daughter and resides in Baltimore, MD.
Mrs. Alaleh Jenkins, CPA, CDFM
Assistant Deputy Chief Financial Officer (ADCFO),
Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller)
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.
Previously Mrs. Jenkins 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.
Mrs. Jenkins 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. Mobola Kadiri, CDFM
Financial Improvement and Audit Remediation (FIAR)
Ms. Mobola Kadiri is the Director for Financial Improvement and Audit Remediation (FIAR) directorate within the Department of Defense (DoD), Office of the Under Secretary of Defense, Comptroller (OUSD(C)). She has been supporting OUSD(C) FIAR since May of 2012. In this capacity, Ms. Kadiri is responsible for executing the Department-wide audit strategy and providing audit guidance to the DoD Components. She is leading changes to impact programs, people, technology and processes to drive efficiency and strengthen the internal controls across the organization in support of the Department’s audit and audit remediation goals. Prior to her appointment to the Senior Executive Service as FIAR Director, Ms. Kadiri supported OUSD(C) as the Assistant Director for the FIAR Directorate and as an accountant supporting the Fourth estate audit readiness and internal control efforts. Before joining OUSD(C) FIAR, Ms. Kadiri served as a program manager for pay and disbursing operations and worked on the financial analysis of the Working Capital Fund (WCF) financial statement for the with the Department of Navy.
Ms. Kadiri’s federal experience extends beyond the Department of Defense. Ms. Kadiri worked with the Department of Treasury as an accountant, where she was responsible for reconciling the Treasury warrants to the appropriation law and reconciling the fund balance with Treasury for the Federal Government. In this role, she acted as a liaison to other federal agencies and assisted with resolving quarterly variances identified during the Fund Balance with Treasury reconciliation process.
Ms. Kadiri has also supported the Federal government as an auditor and a consultant with both Deloitte & Touché, LLP and PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP. As a project manager with Deloitte and Touché, Ms. Kadiri served as a leader within the Audit and Enterprise Risk Services practice. In this role, she led numerous project teams and assisted organizations in attaining their goals strategically in the areas of financial management, audit readiness, budget execution, performance improvement, business process re-engineering, and financial transformation by developing and implementing feasible solutions. While at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Ms. Kadiri was part of the audit team performing federal financial statement and compliance audits of large federal entities.
Ms. Kadiri is a Certified Defense Financial Manager. She holds a Defense Financial Management Certification, Level 3. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and an MBA. Ms. Kadiri is also a graduate of the prestigious Federal Executive Institute.
Mr. Asif Khan
Director, Financial Management and Assurance, U.S. Government Accountability Office
Mr. Asif Khan is a Director at the Government Accountability Office focused on Financial Management High-Risk Area. He directs work on audit readiness at the Department of Defense and financial management issues at the Department of Homeland Security. Mr. Khan supports Congressional oversight of these departments’ financial management transformation efforts through financial and performance audits and recommendations for removing impediments to financial statement auditability, strengthening internal controls, and modernizing business processes. Mr. Khan testifies before Congress and is a frequent speaker on this topic.
Ms. Krystyna M. Kolesar
Deputy Director, Program Analysis and Evaluation Directorate, Headquarters Department of the Army, Deputy Chief of Staff, G-8
Ms. Kolesar was selected to the Senior Executive Service in November 2003. She brings experience working for the U.S. Navy and the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Since February 2013, Ms. Kolesar has served as the Deputy Director, Program Analysis and Evaluation Directorate, Headquarters Department of the Army, Deputy Chief of Staff, G-8. Her broad responsibilities cover the full breadth of all Army program efforts and involve independent analysis, development, integration, reporting, and defense of the Army Future Years Defense Program. Among other prominent awards, she received the 2016 Presidential Rank Award, Distinguished Executive.
Ms. Kolesar graduated Cum Laude from the University of Pittsburgh, School of Engineering, and completed economics coursework at University College, Oxford University in England. She received her Master in Business Administration from George Washington University, Washington D.C. Ms. Kolesar obtained an Executive Certificate in “Technology, Operation and Value Chain Management” from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Sloan School of Management, and was a fellow in the MIT Seminar XXI on International Relations, Foreign Politics, and the U.S. National Interest. She also participated in Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School “Program for Senior Executives in National and International Security”. Ms. Kolesar currently serves as an Executive Coach with certification from George Mason University and credentials as an Associate Certified Coach, International Coach Federation.
Team Lead for Business Integration Office,
Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller)
Mr. Greg Little is the team lead 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.
Mr. Little is a graduate of Bates College with a Bachelor's of Art in Economics.
Mr. Joseph B. Marshall, Jr
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Financial Management & Comptroller)
In this capacity, Mr. Marshall assists in the oversight of budget formulation and execution of over $165B 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 Acting 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 $40Bin 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 $6B 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, $123B in assets, and over $70B in annual spending.
Prior to entering the SES, Mr. Marshall was the Comptroller of the United States' Transportation Command, a $5B 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 positions afloat and in financial management jobs ashore.
Mr. Marshall graduated from Vanderbilt University where he received his commission through the Reserve Officer Training Program. 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'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.
Ms. Anne J. McAndrew
Director for Military Personnel and Construction, Office of the Undersecretary of Defense, Comptroller
Ms. McAndrew assumed the duties of the Director for Military Personnel and Construction within the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) in 2004. In this capacity, Ms. McAndrew is responsible for all fiscal matters regarding the Department’s military pay and benefits, physical infrastructure on military installations, and global-basing matters (totaling about 1/3rd of DoD’s resources). As a member of the Senior Executive Service, Ms. McAndrew oversees the budget policy, budget formulation, congressional budget justification, funds allocation and cost control, program execution and evaluation of the base and Overseas Contingency Operation budgets. Prior to this position, she served as the Associate Director for Personnel and Health Care and was responsible for all financial matters regarding the pay and benefits for all military and DoD civilians, as well as operation and maintenance programs for the Reserve Components.
Prior to 2004, while assigned to the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller), Ms. McAndrew also oversaw a number of major military readiness and administrative programs, including ground operating tempo, flying hours, equipment maintenance, etc. Ms. McAndrew has almost 30 years of experience in resource management and analysis with hands-on experience at all levels of the Department of Defense - field activity, major command, Service headquarters’ staff, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD). Before coming to OUSD(C) in 1999, Ms. McAndrew served in various other financial management areas in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Financial Management & Comptroller), Naval Air Systems Command, Naval Training Systems Center, and Naval Training Center.
Ms. McAndrew holds a Master of Business Administration degree, received the Presidential Meritorious Service Award, and several other awards, to include the Exceptional Civilian Service Awards.
Mr. Andrew Morgan, CDFM-A
Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Financial Information Management, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army, Financial Management and Comptroller
Mr. Morgan is the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Financial Information Management. In this capacity, he advises the Assistant Secretary of the Army Comptroller (ASA FM&C) on business system and process integration and is responsible for the activities, relationships, and plans that support the Army’s strategic objectives to reach audit readiness and improve overall financial efficiencies. Previously, Mr. Morgan served as the Director for Business Integration Office within the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller); and as a naval officer on ships and submarines, and in the Department of the Navy as a Comptroller, Resource Manager, and Contracting Officer for major commands and programs.
Mr. Morgan is a member of the DOD’s acquisition professional community, certified DAWIA level III in two acquisition functional disciplines; contracting and logistics. Mr. Morgan attended the Executive Development Program at the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania; graduated Summa Cum Laude from George Washington University in Washington, DC with a Master’s in Business Administration in International Finance; holds an Master of Science degree in National Resource Strategy from the National Defense University, Industrial College of the Armed Forces; and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Finance and Accounting from Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The Honorable David L. Norquist, CGFM
Chief Financial Officer
Office of the Under Secretary of Defense, Comptroller
Mr. Norquist was sworn in as the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller)/Chief Financial Officer on June 2, 2017 and serves as the principal advisor to the Secretary of Defense on all budgetary and financial matters, including the development and execution of the Department’s annual budget of more than $600 billion. Mr. Norquist has over 28 years of experience in federal financial management.
Prior to Mr. Norquist’s current role in the Department of Defense, he was a Partner with Kearney and Company; a CPA firm that provides audit, accounting and consulting services to the Federal government. Mr. Norquist’s career as a federal employee included providing financial management leadership at virtually every level at which the Federal government spends or oversees the expenditure of money. This includes eight years with the Department of the Army working at Army Headquarters, at a Major Command and at a field site; five years as professional staff on the House Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on Defense; and four years as Deputy Under Secretary of Defense in the office of the Comptroller.
From 2006 to the end of 2008, Mr. Norquist served as the first Senate-confirmed Chief Financial Officer for the Department of Homeland Security. As DHS CFO, Mr. Norquist established a formal process to eliminate pervasive weaknesses in DHS’s financial statement and put DHS on its path to a clean audit opinion. From FY 2006 to FY 2008, DHS reduced the number of material weaknesses by 40% and the number of department-wide audit disclaimer conditions by 70%.
Mr. Norquist holds both a BA in Political Science and a Master of Public Policy from the University of Michigan, and an MA in National Security Studies from Georgetown University. He co-authored “DHS: The Road to a ‘Clean’ Opinion”, Journal of Government Financial Management (Summer 2014) and is author of “The Defense Budget: Is it Transformational?” Joint Force Quarterly (Summer 2002).
Ms. Wendy M. Payne, CPA, CGFM, MPA
Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board
Ms. Wendy Payne is the Executive Director of the Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board (FASAB). She manages the research staff supporting Board deliberations and chairs the Accounting and Auditing Policy Committee of the FASAB.
Prior to joining the FASAB staff in 1991, Ms. Payne worked in the utility field. Her experience includes consumer advocacy and corporate financial planning. Ms. Payne has served as an auditor, expert witness, and financial forecaster.
Mrs. Payne graduated with distinction from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Science degree in Commerce. She received a Master’s in Public Administration from George Mason University. She is a member of the Association of Government Accountants, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the American Society for Public Administration.
Mr. Michael Powers CPA, CIA, CICA, CDFM, CGFM
Acting Assistant Secretary of the Army, Financial Management and Comptroller
Mr. Michael Powers was designated the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Financial Management and Comptroller) and became the Acting Assistant Secretary of the Army (Financial Management and Comptroller) on 30 July 2017. Previously, Mr. Powers was the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Management and Budget at the Department of Transportation, and Senior Advisor to the Chief Financial Officer at the Federal Aviation Administration. Before that, he was President of MPowers Consulting LLC, a federal financial management consulting firm.
Mr. Powers retired from the Federal Government in July 2011 after serving his country for 34 years. He spent seventeen years in the audit field, and seventeen years in accounting, financial, and resource management positions including three years as the Deputy Director of Financial Management at the Department of the Interior. He has held many key leadership positions: Deputy Director, Financial Improvement and Audit Readiness, Office of the Secretary of Defense; Comptroller, Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan; Deputy Director, Financial Management, Department of the Interior; Chief Financial Officer/Deputy G-8, US Army V Corps, Heidelberg, Germany; Director of Financial Management and Comptroller; Coalition Provisional Authority, Baghdad, Iraq; Supervisory/Staff Accountant, OSD Comptroller; and eight years with the US Army Audit Agency in various locations.
Mr. Powers earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Commerce at the University of Virginia, majoring in Accounting and Management Information Systems; and later earned a Master of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Accounting Information Systems, at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. He has attained several professional credentials, including: Certified Public Accountant (CPA); Certified Defense Financial Manager (CDFM); Certified Internal Auditor (CIA); Certified Internal Control Auditor (CICA); and Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM).
Mr. Powers has also been the recipient of many accolades during his career: Secretary of Defense Exceptional Civilian Service Award / Medal; Secretary of Defense Award for Excellence; Department of the Army Exceptional Civilian Performance Award; and the Joint Civilian Service Commendation Medal
Mr. Mark A. Rose, CGFM
Director of Financial Operations/Comptroller
U.S. Coast Guard
Mr. Rose, a member of the Senior Executive Service, assumed the duties of the U.S. Coast Guard Comptroller on 1 June 2014. He previously served as the Chief of the Financial Information and Control Division at the U.S. Coast Guard Finance Center. Prior to this position, he served as the Coast Guard Deputy Comptroller.
Mr. Rose retired from the Coast Guard with the rank of Captain, having served as the Commanding Officer of the U.S. Coast Guard Finance Center. Other distinguished duty assignments included Commanding Officer of Base Elizabeth City, leading the Financial Management Transformation Task Force and serving as the Chief Executive Officer of the U.S. Coast Guard Exchange System.
Mr. Rose graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.
Mr. Rose earned a Master of Business Administration Degree with a major in Finance and Investments from George Washington University and a Master of Accounting and Financial Management Degree from the Keller Graduate School of Management. Mr. Rose is a certified public accountant.
Honorable John P. Roth
Assistant Secretary of the Air Force, Financial Management and Comptroller
As the Air Force's comptroller and chief financial officer, he serves as the principal adviser to the Secretary and Chief of Staff of the Air Force on all financial matters. He is responsible for providing the financial management and analytical services necessary for the effective and efficient use of Air Force resources, to include nearly 700,000 military and civilian personnel and a budget of over $160 billion. This includes directing the development of the Air Force program and budget, overseeing the Air Force Cost Analysis Agency's acquisition and operational cost analysis, providing analytical services necessary for the effective and efficient use of Air Force resources and conducting Air Force accounting and finance operations.
Mr. Roth entered the Senior Executive Service in 1990. Before assuming this 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 Department of Defense budget. From January 2017 through May 2017, Mr. Roth performed the duties of the Undersecretary of Defense (Comptroller) and Chief Financial Officer. During this time, he served as the principal adviser 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 $550 billion. Previously, 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 appropriations.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville and a Master of Science in Administration from George Washington University. His awards include: the Distinguished Civilian Service Medal; the Meritorious Executive Presidential Rank Award; the Distinguished Executive Presidential Rank Award; and the Distinguished Civilian Service Medal.
He is a past President of the American Society of Military Comptrollers.
Mr. Fred A. (Al) Runnels, CDFM, CGFM
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. Andrea Sampanis, CGFM
Operations Manager, Office of Shared Solutions and Performance Improvement, General Services Administration (GSA)
Ms. Andrea Sampanis is the Innovations Operations Manager for the Office of Shared Solutions & Performance Improvement in GSA. Ms. Sampanis brings her experience in both public and private sector shared services and Federal financial management to manage the Modernization and Migration Management (M3) Framework. M3 has been instrumental in helping agencies across the government buy services and share systems. Previously, Ms. Sampanis was a Senior Manager at Deloitte supporting Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Internal Revenue Service, and the US Navy. She has also worked as a budget analyst with the Administrative Office of the US Courts and supported the State Department in El Salvador. Ms. Sampanis received a Masters of Public Administration from George Washington University and is a Certified Government Financial Manager.
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. Marilyn M. Thomas
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force,
Financial Management and Comptroller
Marilyn M. Thomas, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Financial Management and Comptroller, Headquarters United States Air Force, Washington, D.C. She has oversight of the budgeting, cost estimating and financial operations of more than $160 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, she has responsibility for the development and training for the Air Force financial management community to include military and civilian members. From April 2017 through December 2017, Ms. Thomas served as the Acting Assistant Secretary for Financial Management and Comptroller.
Ms. Thomas began her career with the Air Force as a Palace Acquire intern upon graduation from Oklahoma State University. She has held progressively more responsible positions within the Air Force and the Marine Corps in the areas of budget formulation, program integration and resource management. Her experience spans several appropriations and functional areas, including cost, budget, and acquisition.
Ms. Thomas assumed her current position in April 2017. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics, Oklahoma State University; a Master of Arts degree in Economics, George Mason University; and a Master of Science degree in National Resource Strategy, Industrial College of the Armed Forces.
Ms. Thomas’ awards and honors include: the Exemplary Civilian Service Award; Meritorious Civilian Service Award; Exceptional Civilian Service Award; Superior Civilian Service Award; Meritorious Executive Presidential Rank Award; National Partnership for Reinventing Government "Hammer Award"; and the Distinguished Senior Executive Presidential Rank Award.
Ms. Thomas’ certifications include: Defense Acquisition Workforce
Improvement Act (DAWIA) Financial Management, Level III;
DAWIA Program Management, Level II; and DoD Financial Management Certification, Level III.
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 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
Mr. Ulstrup 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.
Mr. Ulstrup’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.
Mr. Ulstrup 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.
His 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.
Mr. Ulstrup is a graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and The General Manager Program (TGMP), Harvard Business School (HBS).
Ms. Lorin Teresa Venable, CPA
Assistant Inspector General, Financial Management and Reporting, Department of Defense, Office of Inspector General (OIG)
Mrs. Venable was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in May 2013 as the Assistant Inspector General for the Financial Management and Reporting (FMR) Directorate, which includes supervising all financial statement audits performed by DoD OIG. Mrs. Venable has over 26 years of auditing and accounting experience and has spent her career in various audit directorates within the DoD OIG. Her work experience includes various financial and performance audits across the Department. Since 2003, Mrs. Venable has performed or overseen financial statement audits for all DoD audits required under the CFO Act and OMB guidance.
From the first successful audit of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Civil Works, financial statements in FY 2006 through the ongoing audits of all DoD financial statements for FY 2018, Mrs. Venable has been instrumental in developing strategic audit plans and awarding contracts to Independent Public Accounting (IPA) firms to support the Department’s efforts in financial management, accountability, and auditability.
Mrs. Venable is a Certified Public Accountant in the Commonwealth of Virginia and a member of the AICPA, AGA, and ASMC. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance from The Ohio State University and Masters of Science in Administration degree from Central Michigan University. Throughout her career, Mrs. Venable has been recognized for exceptional service, including the DoD awards for Meritorious and Superior Civilian Service, an Achievement of the Year Award, and the Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board Pillar Award.
Mr. Dave Weinberg, CDFM
Mr. 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, Mr. Weinberg 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.