2018 Speaker Biographies

Mr. Craig A. Bennett, CGFM

Deputy Assistant Commandant for Resources

Deputy Chief Financial Officer, United States Coast Guard

 

Craig A. 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 is responsible 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. John Bergin

Business Technology Officer and Business System Reform Lead, OCIO, DoD

 

John 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 Information Technology (IT) and Business Systems. An expansion of his Business Technology Officer role, Mr. Bergin 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, he 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’s 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 40 data centers and consolidate existing centers to fewer than five locations across the United States.

 

He 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. Bruce A. Busler

Director, Joint Distribution Process Analysis Center (TCAC/JDPAC), U.S. Transportation Command, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois

 

Mr. Bruce A. Busler was selected to the Senior Executive Service in October 2010 to serve as the U.S. Transportation Command Joint Distribution Process Analysis Center (JDPAC) director and the Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC) Transportation Engineering Agency (TEA) executive director. In his role as the director, JDPAC, Mr. Busler develops a strategy to analytically support the broad needs of USTRANSCOM, Component Commands, Combatant Commands and the Services. He directs a joint team of analysts, engineers, transportation specialists, and computer scientists which includes Air Mobility Command Directorate of Analyses, Assessments and Lessons Learned (A9), as well as SDDCTEA, to provide assessments of future transportation capabilities, joint analysis to inform mobility programmatic decisions, and analytically driven deployment and distribution courses of action to move and sustain the joint force.

 

As the TEA Executive Director, Mr. Busler is designated as executive-level representative for the Department of Defense (DOD) on all transportation engineering matters for common-user transportation infrastructure and capabilities. Additionally, he manages the DOD Engineering for Transportability Program to ensure military equipment can be securely and safely transported on all modes of transportation. Mr. Busler also serves as the Special Assistant for Transportation Engineering to implement DOD policy guidance for highway, railroad, and ports for national defense programs.

 

Mr. Busler has a Master of Science, National Resource Strategy, National Defense University; a Master of Science, Systems Engineering, Air Force Institute of Technology; and a Bachelor of Science, Engineering Mechanics, United States Air Force Academy.

 

Mr. Busler is a decorated Air Force pilot with over 3,800 flight hours, a Project Management Institute certified Project Management Professional (PMP), a DOD certified Acquisition Professional, and a member of the National Defense Transportation Association.

 

Mr. Busler is a 2015 recipient of the Presidential Rank Award Meritorious Executive, the highest award for career executives and senior professionals in the federal government. In addition, he’s earned the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (1 OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (6 OLCs), Secretary of Defense Excellence in Leadership Recognition, and Air Education and Training Command Lance P. Sijan Leadership Award, senior officer category. Finally, he’s published in the Defense Transportation Journal, “Enterprise Distribution Optimization Comes to Life,” December 2010.

 

Mr. Michael Conlin

Chief Data Officer, Department of Defense

 

As Chief Data Officer, DoD, Mr. Conlin is responsible for DoD-wide management, analytics, and governance of data, to meet the needs of DoD leaders for timely, reliable answers to critical business questions in support of the National Defense Strategy.

 

As the Director of the OUDS, OCMO Data Insights Directorate, Mr. Conlin is driving the development of a Shared Service that enhances speed to insight by applying advanced analytics, machine learning and Artificial Intelligence.

 

Mr. Conlin is a career technologist, with 20+ years of professional experience on five continents. He has served organizations in numerous industries, business domains, technical domains, and government functions. He helps C-level Executives refine their IT Strategies for Reform, business innovation and digital transformation.

 

Mr. Conlin has served high-tech firms and technology organizations in a range of roles from executive to individual performer. A serial entrepreneur, he has founded and participated in numerous start-ups.

 

A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, Mr. Conlin lives in the Washington DC area with his wife and children. His avocations include: blacksmith; cook; enamellist, gaffer; goldsmith; lamp worker; lapidary; and poet.

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 reform /transformation. 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

 

Mark 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 of Science in Economics from Miami University (Ohio) and a Master 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.

Mr. Robin L. Farley, PhD

Director, Transformational Programs (FMP-4) Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Financial Policy and Systems)

 

Mr. Robin L. Farley, PhD currently serves as the Director, Transformational Programs in the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Financial Policy & Systems). Dr. Farley leads several enterprise-level initiatives including the STARS to SABRS transition, Invoicing, and Feeder System Consolidation. These initiatives are designed to assess alternative system solutions to rationalize financial management systems and enable audit-proven capabilities across the DON enterprise. Between 2013 and 2015, Dr. Farley served as the CNIC Director, Financial Management Operations, Navy Installations Command. In this role he was in charge of Accounting (N82), Systems (N83), and the Financial Improvement and Audit Readiness (FIAR) team.

 

Since 1989 Dr. Farley has worked in and for the Federal Government in the financial management and budget area. His previous assignments include 10 years in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Financial Management and Comptroller), four years in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller), and two years in the Office of the Defense Intelligence Agency Chief Financial Executive. Between 2005 and 2010, Dr. Farley was a Program Manager for the DoD financial management practice at LMI, a private, not-for-profit government consulting firm.

 

Dr. Farley earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley in 1986; his Masters in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in 1989; and his Doctor of Philosophy from the School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs at George Mason University in 2014.

 

During his career, Dr. Farley has been the recipient of many awards including the Navy Superior Civilian Service Award (2016), the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award (2014), the Association of Government Accountants Northern Virginia Chapter, Pentagon Memorial Service Award (2005), and the American Society of Military Comptrollers Financial Systems Award and the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) Financial Management Systems Award (1998). He has served as a thought leader in the defense financial management field and has published several articles on the subject.

Honorable Chip Fulghum

Deputy Under Secretary for Management, Department of Homeland Security

 

The Honorable Chip Fulghum became the Deputy Under Secretary for Management at the Department of Homeland Security in May 2015. Along with the Under Secretary for Management, Mr. Fulghum oversees all aspects of the Department’s management programs, including financial, human capital, information technology, procurement, security, and asset management. He also provides support and guidance to the Department’s acquisition oversight process and represents DHS in a number of management-related interagency committees.

 

Mr. Fulghum has twice served as the Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Deputy Secretary. He has also served as the Acting Under Secretary for Management.

Mr. Fulghum joined the Department in October 2012 as the Budget Director within the Office of the Chief Financial Officer (CFO). He later served as the Department’s CFO from September 2014–January 2017. As CFO, he had stewardship of internal controls to reduce waste, fraud, and abuse across DHS.

 

Prior to joining the Department, Mr. Fulghum served as a U.S. Air Force officer for 28 years, rising to the rank of Colonel. He is a graduate of the Air War College, the Air Command and Staff College, Professional Military Comptroller School, and Squadron Officer School. He holds a Masters of Business  Administration from Golden Gate University in San Francisco, California, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina.

Honorable Thomas W. Harker
Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Financial Management and Comptroller

 

Thomas W. Harker was sworn in as Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Financial Management and Comptroller) on January 2, 2018.

A 20-year veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard, Mr. Harker’s career was marked by operational success including multi-ton drug seizures on the high seas. Ashore, he was assigned positions of increasing responsibility in budget, acquisition, internal controls, audit readiness, and financial reporting. His leadership of the Coast Guard audit readiness and internal control program contributed to the Department of Homeland Security moving from 10 successive disclaimers to a clean audit opinion. Prior to leaving active duty, Harker served at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) where he led the Campaign to Cut Waste, updated OMB Circular A-136, and drafted Government-wide financial policy.

Subsequently, Mr. Harker served as an auditor and consultant at a large public accounting firm, auditing CFO Act agencies (including the first audit of the United States Marine Corps). He also assisted the Joint Staff with developing and implementing an audit readiness plan, and improved the Coast Guard’s accountability for property as a consultant.

Upon his return to Government, Mr. Harker led the Coast Guard financial reporting, policy, property management, and audit readiness efforts. His efforts enabled the Department of Homeland Security to obtain consecutive clean audit opinions.

 

Mr. Harker was appointed to the Senior Executive Service at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) as the Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary for Financial Policy. While in this position, he served as the Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Management at the VA, and as the Acting Deputy CFO for Accounting and Financial Management at the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

 

Mr. Harker graduated from the University of California Berkeley in 1990 and received an MBA from the University of Miami in 2000.

Mr. Brian S. Jacobs

Director, Enterprise Strategy,

Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army, Financial Information Management

 

Brian S. Jacobs is Chief Technology Strategist and Innovator and leads Portfolio Management and Enterprise Architecture for the Army Financial Management Enterprise. Prior to his current position, Mr. Jacobs was Chief of the Cost and Performance Management Division for the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Cost and Economics (DASA-CE). In that role, Mr. Jacobs provided oversight over the Army Cost Management End-to-End business process and was responsible for Army-wide cost management policy. Mr. Jacobs joined the Army as a civilian in Aug 2005. He brings a unique set of skills and experiences to the Army’s Financial Management Enterprise—most notably his computer science background and private industry experience. 

 

Prior to joining the Army as a civilian, Mr. Jacobs worked on many transportation, logistics, routing, and dispatching software products and programs as a software engineer for various companies in private industry. He worked for UPS, Orbital Sciences Corporation, and Alion Science and Technology, making his way as associate software engineer to senior research software engineer and project manager in a short period of time. Mr. Jacobs has experience designing, programming, testing, and debugging various computer programming languages and technologies including, C/C++, C#, Visual Basic .NET, PowerBuilder, SQL Server, Java, Javascript, HTML, Oracle database, Oracle Applications Express (Apex), Linux, Windows, Microsoft Foundation Classes (MFC), and Oracle SQL Developer. His latest technology endeavor is building iOS applications for iPhone and iPad using XCODE and Swift programming language.

 

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

Ms. Mobola Kadiri, CDFM

Director, Financial Improvement and Audit Readiness, OUSD(C)

 

Mobola Kadiri has supported OUSD(C) FIAR since May 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 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 & 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 reengineering, 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 and holds a Defense Financial Management Certification, Level 3. She graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and an MBA. Ms. Kadiri is also a graduate of the prestigious Federal Executive Institute.

Mr. Gregory Little
Team Lead for Business Integration Office,
Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller)

 

Gregory Little is the team lead with the Business Integration Office for the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) (OUSD(C)). 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 of Art in Economics.

Mr. Joseph B. Marshall, Jr

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Financial Management & Comptroller)

 

In his current role, Joseph B. Marshall, Jr. 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. Mr. Marshall 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 $40B 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 $6B per year in operating costs.

 

Mr. Marshall entered the Senior Executive Service (SES) in October 2001 and until 2003 was an Associate Chief Financial Officer at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). There 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 masters’ 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; and Navy & Marine Corps Commendation Medal.

Mr. Dan Merry

Vice President Government Relations,

Military Officers Association of America
 

Mr. Merry is a native of Southern California, enlisted in the Air Force in 1982 as a Personnel Specialist. He was commissioned as a distinguished graduate through AFROTC in 1989, earning his degree in Marketing from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff Arizona. He also holds a master’s degrees in Human Resources Management and Military Arts & Science.  

 

After his commissioning, Mr. Merry returned to the Personnel career field and served at every level of the Air Force, with Joint Duty in Turkey and Iraq. He was the Career Field Manager for Personnel, Manpower and Services, and was selected as the Air Force’s Chief of Compensation and member of the 10th Quadrennial Review of Military Compensation. He led Compliance and Nuclear Surety Inspections across Europe, Commanded a Support Group of 1,700 military and civilians in England, and served at the Pentagon twice. He led the Personnel Planning Cell for US Air Forces, Europe, during the Kosovo War and Humanitarian Operations. Mr. Merry has deployments to Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and other tours throughout the Middle East.

 

Mr. Merry is a graduate of Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell AFB, Alabama; and was the Senior Air Force Fellow at the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, California.  At the time of his retirement in 2016 he was the Commander of Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations (AFMAO) responsible for DoD’s sole Port Mortuary at Dover AFB, Delaware.

 

His military decorations include Legion of Merit (2), Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal (9), Joint and Air Force Commendation Medals and campaign recognitions from nearly all conflicts dating back to the early 1990s. Mr. Merry has served as the Vice President of Government Relations at Military Officers Association of America since August 2016.

Mr. Michael Powers, CPA, CIA, CICA, CDFM, CGFM

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

 

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) in 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 17 years in the audit field, and 17 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 U.S. 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.

Ms. Jane Roberts

Enterprise Risk Management Lead, OCMO, USN

 

Ms. Roberts is currently leading strategic development and implementation planning of enterprise risk management for the Department of the Navy, including the co-development of an integrated risk management framework and strategy for A-123.  Prior to her current position, she was the Head of Enterprise Strategy & Initiatives in the office of the Deputy Under Secretary of the Navy for Management focused on improving business operations management and performance across the Department.

 

Ms. Roberts also served as co-lead in partnership with the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Financial Systems and Policy systems directorate for an informal analysis of alternatives and developed an initial strategic IT modernization framework for the business systems that support audit.

 

In 2015, she served as the SECNAV Task Lead for launching the Naval Innovation Network (NIN) to support 800,000+ Sailors, Marines and civilians across the Department of Navy where she also championed the adoption of innovative new business, acquisition, technology, and management models - artificial intelligence, machine learning, data savvy workforce, agile development, learning organizations.

 

Ms. Roberts currently serves as an awards judge for National ASMC and as the Navy Vice President for the Washington Chapter of ASMC. She is a member of the Association for Federal Enterprise Risk Management, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Texas, Austin, and a Master’s in Public Administration from American University.  

Mr. Mark A. Rose, CPA, CGFM

Director of Financial Operations/Comptroller

U.S. Coast Guard

 

Mark A. Rose, a member of the Senior Executive Service, assumed the duties of the U.S. Coast Guard Comptroller in 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. He also 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, CDFM
Assistant Secretary of the Air Force, Financial Management and Comptroller

 

Mr. Roth, as the Air Force’s comptroller and chief financial officer, serves as the principal adviser to the Secretary and Chief of Staff of the Air Force on all financial matters. Mr. Roth 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, Mr. Roth 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, Mr. Roth was Deputy Director of the Investment Directorate, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) and was responsible for all Defense programs funded by Procurement and Research, Development, Test and Evaluation appropriations.

 

Mr. Roth holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville and a Master of Science in Administration from George Washington University.  Mr. Roth has received the Distinguished Civilian Service Medal; the Meritorious Executive Presidential Rank Award; the Distinguished Executive Presidential Rank Award; and the Distinguished Civilian Service Medal. 

Mr. Roth is a past President of the American Society of Military Comptrollers.

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. 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 & Resource Management
Office of the Under Secretary of Defense, Comptroller

 

Glenda H. Scheiner, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is Director, Human Capital & Resource Management, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) (OUSD(C)). 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 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.

 

She began her career in 1987 at Robins AFB, Georgia, 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, CDFM

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 is responsible 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 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. She is also a graduate of the Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Defense Leadership and Management Program, Washington, D.C., and Leadership at the Peak, Colorado Springs, Colo. 
 

Ms. Thomas was awarded the Distinguished Senior Executive Presidential Rank Award and numerous performance awards throughout her distinguished career. She is DAWIA Certified at Levels II and III, and is a Certified Defense Financial Manager.

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

CEO and Founder of Primehook Technology

 

Leif Ulstrup is an experienced senior executive with a proven track record adapting emerging technology and management innovations to achieve significant business and mission results.  Mr. Ulstrup’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 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. 

 

His 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. Mr. Ulstrup’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 a graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and The General Manager Program (TGMP), Harvard Business School (HBS).

Mr. Dave Weinberg, CDFM
Owner, DaveSpeak

 

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.

Honorable John E. Whitley

Assistant Secretary of the Army, Financial Management and Comptroller


John E. Whitley was confirmed on September 18, 2018 and sworn in on September 26, 2018 as the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Financial Management and Comptroller). Prior to this appointment, Mr. Whitley served as a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Defense Analyses. 

He previously served as a healthcare analyst at the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission, and an Adjunct Professor at the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration at George Washington University. Additionally, Mr. Whitley served as Director of Program Analysis and Evaluation at the Department of Homeland Security, and an Operations Research Analyst within the Office of the Secretary of Defense in what is now the Office of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation. Mr. Whitley has also worked as an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Adelaide in Australia. He served in the Army in the Second Ranger Battalion.

 

Mr. Whitley earned a Bachelor of Science at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), and a PhD in Economics at the University of Chicago.

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