2020 Speaker Biographies

Mr. John Adams, CDFM

Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy,

Financial Management Systems


John Adams is currently serving as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Financial Management Systems (DASN(FMS)).  His responsibilities include transformation, implementation and sustainment of the Navy and Marine Corps Financial Management Systems.

 

Mr. Adams was selected into the Senior Executive Service September 2018.  Prior to becoming DASN(FMS), Mr. Adams was the Director, Financial Systems Consolidation and had a key role in meeting the Financial Management Transformation goals by leading the efforts for implementation of the Department of the Navy Enterprise Resource Planning (DON ERP) system.  Prior to joining the Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Financial Management and Comptroller ASN(FM&C), Mr. Adams was the Acting Director for the Financial Services Center at the Department of Veterans Affairs.  He is a Marine Corps veteran with 30 years financial management experience.

 

Mr. Adams’ focus on the year ahead will be system consolidation, sustainment of financial systems and developing emerging technologies to ensure a standardized family of systems for financial management systems that is resilient, enables fleet operations and provides a clean audit for the Department of the Navy.

 

Rear Admiral Thomas G. Allan Jr., USCG

Assistant Commandant for Resources & Chief Financial Officer (CFO),

U.S. Coast Guard

Rear Admiral Thomas G. Allan serves as the Assistant Commandant for Resources and Chief Financial Officer for the U.S. Coast Guard.  In this capacity, he is responsible for all budgetary, financial and resource management activities relating to the programs and operations of the Coast Guard.  As a component of the Department of Homeland Security, the Coast Guard is comprised of a nearly 60,000-member active duty, reserve and civil servant workforce with an annual budget of $11 billion. He is a voting member of the ASMC National Executive Council.

Rear Admiral Allan is a career operations ashore officer with tours across multiple units with a concentration in boat forces operations.  His operational tours include Coast Guard Cutter HAMILTON, where he completed a homeport move from Boston, Massachusetts to San Pedro, California operating throughout the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans; Senior Watch Officer at the Coast Guard Intelligence Coordination Center in Suitland, Maryland; Surface Operations Officer at Group/Marine Safety Office Portland, Oregon; Response Department Head and Deputy Group Commander for Sector Charleston, South Carolina; and as the Commander of Sector Jacksonville, serving as the Captain of the Port, Federal Maritime Security Coordinator, Federal On-Scene Coordinator, and Search and Rescue Mission Coordinator, responsible for a $30 billion Maritime Transportation System with three nationally strategic ports, the world's busiest passenger cruise ship terminals, and one of the nation's top 20 busiest container ports.

Rear Admiral Allan served in various Headquarters level offices to include the Executive Assistant to the 25th Commandant; Chief of Congressional and Governmental Affairs;  Special Assistant to the 24th Commandant; Chief of Resources and Requirements for the Deployable Operations Group; and Chief of the Office of Financial Policy and Programs Division.

Rear Admiral Allan’s awards include the Coast Guard Legion of Merit, the Coast Guard Meritorious Service Medal, the Coast Guard Commendation Medal, the Coast Guard Achievement Medal, and numerous Unit and Service awards.

A native of Bowie, Maryland, Rear Admiral Allan graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Management; later earned his Master of Business Administration from the University of Baltimore in Baltimore, Maryland; and recently completed the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Seminar XXI.

 

Mr. Michael Conlin

Chief Data Officer, OCMO,

Department of Defense

 

Michael Conlin, as the Chief Data Officer, DoD 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.  Mr. Conlin 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 graduated with a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science. 

Ms. Debra S. Del Mar
ASMC 2020 NCR PDI Chair

Debra S. 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.

Currently on sabbatical from her position as Co-Founder/Managing Partner of Vanguard Advisors, LLC – a woman-owned small business based in Northern Virginia – Ms. Del Mar drove 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, she helped 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 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, she 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 E. Easton, CDFM-A

Deputy Chief Financial Officer,  

Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller)

 

Mark E. Easton has served as the Deputy Chief Financial Officer (DCFO), in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) since May 2009.  He is the principal advisor to the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller)/Chief Financial Officer, as well as to Defense senior leaders, on all issues involving the amended Chief Financial Officers Act of 1990 and related financial management reforms.  Mr. Easton is responsible for creating a financial framework inclusive of policy, systems, audit, reporting, and CFO data transformation, compliant with government accounting and auditing standards, federal regulations and laws, and best business practices.

 

Prior to becoming the DCFO, Mr. Easton was the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy and Director for Financial Operations. Earlier, he was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in January 2003, initially serving as Director, Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) Cleveland, and the Senior Navy Client Executive for DFAS.  A retired Navy captain, he is the recipient of various personal awards, including the Presidential Rank Award (Distinguished and Meritorious), and the DoD Medal for Distinguished Civilian Service.

Mrs. Leslie J. Ferguson, CDFM

Assistant Deputy Commandant of Information

Resource Management HQMC, USMC

 

Leslie J. Ferguson currently serves as the principal financial advisor to the Deputy Commandant for Information responsible for USMC Information Warfare programs and resources, to include Intelligence, Cyber, C4, and Information Operations capabilities.  She is responsible for planning and directing the programming, budgeting and execution of resources necessary to support the USMC warfighter mission in the Information Environment. Ms. Ferguson is the current ASMC Washington Chapter President.

 

Prior to assuming her current position, Mrs. Ferguson was the Deputy Assistant Director of Intelligence for Resources, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps, responsible for planning, directing, coordinating, and overseeing all resource matters within the Military Intelligence Program and National Intelligence Program as they relate to the Marine Corps Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Enterprise (MCISRE).

 

Mrs. Ferguson was the Marine Corps Systems Command (MCSC) Director of Financial Management and Deputy Comptroller.  In this capacity, she was responsible for the command’s financial management and comptroller activities in support of Marine Corps acquisition programs.  Other positions held at MCSC included Intelligence Programs Financial Lead (2009- 2011) and Deputy Director of Business and Financial Management for the Joint Program Executive Office Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) Vehicle Program (2007-2009).

 

Mrs. Ferguson came to the Marine Corps from the Navy Systems Management Activity (NSMA), where she was the Director of Budget and Accounting.  Her responsibilities included the management of all aspects of the planning, programming, budgeting and execution for NSMA program activities and oversight of comptroller accounting functions.

 

Mrs. Ferguson received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business/Finance from Montclair State University and an Executive MBA from the Naval Post Graduate School.  She is a certified Level III Acquisition Professional in Business, Financial Management, a Certified Defense Financial Manager (CDFM) and has 20 years of civilian service.  Mrs. Ferguson’s honors and awards include a Secretary of Defense Joint Meritorious Civilian Service Award (2010), Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award (2009 and 2014), Secretary of Defense David Packard Program Management Award (2008) and an ASN (FM&C) Financial Management Excellence Award (2008).

Mr. Douglas A. Glenn

Assistant Deputy Chief Financial Officer,

Office of the Under Secretary of Defense, Comptroller

 

Douglas Glenn is currently the Assistant Deputy Chief Financial Officer (ADCFO) within the Department of Defense (DoD), Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) (OUSD (C)).  Formerly, he served as the DCFO at the Department of the Interior (DOI); Finance Director at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA); and DCFO for Financial Policy and Operations at the General Services Administration (GSA).

 

While at DOI, Mr. Glenn removed a recurrence of significant deficiencies and material weaknesses and achieved the second-best audit and internal control reports of all CFO Act agencies.

 

Mr. Glenn’s other achievements include presenting to the Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board (FASAB) on the future of financial reporting and achieving a green rating at GSA for the President’s Management Agenda for financial performance.  He has spent his career raising awareness of the value the Government financial industry provides.

 

Mr. Glenn is a former Certified Public Accountant and a former Certified Management Accountant.  He has co-authored procedures listed in Office of Management and Budget Bulletin No. 07-04, Audit Requirements for Federal Financial Statements and portions of the A-123 Implementation Guide.

 

In addition, Mr. Glenn co-chaired A-136 committees from 2008 to 2010, served as President of the Washington D.C. Association of Government Accountants (AGA) chapter, and served as National

AGA president.

 

A native of San Diego, CA, Mr. Glenn holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

 

 

 

The Honorable Thomas W. Harker

Assistant Secretary of the Navy

Financial Management and Comptroller

 

The Honorable 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.  Mr. Harker’s leadership of the Coast Guard audit readiness and internal control program contributed to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) moving from 10 successive disclaimers to a clean audit opinion.  Prior to leaving active duty, he 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 Chief Financial Officer (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 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 DHS 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. Richard K. Hartley, CDFM-A

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force,

Financial Management and Comptroller

Richard K. Hartley oversees the budgeting, cost estimating and financial operations of over $160 billion in annual resources that support Air Force priorities, in accordance with Congressional, Secretary of Defense and Secretary of the Air Force direction.  Additionally, he is responsible for the professional development of over 12,000 military and civilian members of the Air Force financial management community.

Prior to his current position, Mr. Hartley served as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Environment and Energy, and the Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategic Plans and Requirements.  He was responsible for the formulation, review and execution of plans, policies, programs and budgets to meet Air Force installations, energy, environment, safety and occupational health objectives.

Mr. Hartley began his career in 1985 as a cost analyst and industrial engineer in the Naval Air Systems Command.  In 1992, he moved to the Air Force where he served in a variety of positions at the Air Force Cost Analysis Agency and Directorate of Cost Analysis in the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Cost and Economics.  In 1997, Mr. Hartley joined the Central Intelligence Agency, working primarily at the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), where he entered the Senior Intelligence Service in 2000.  In 2003, he returned to the Pentagon to serve as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Cost and Economics in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Financial Management and Comptroller.

Mr. Hartley holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Pittsburgh, a Master of Business Administration degree from Syracuse University, and he is a graduate of the Army Comptrollership Program at Syracuse University.  Mr. Hartley has received numerous awards, including the NRO Director's Distinguished Service Citation, the NRO Gold Medal, the NRO Medal for Distinguished Performance, the Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service, the Meritorious Civilian Service Award, the Meritorious Executive Presidential Rank Award, and the Distinguished Executive Presidential Rank Award.

Ms. Mobola A. Kadiri, CDFM

Director, Financial Improvement and Audit Remediation,

Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller)

 

Mobola A. Kadiri has been supporting OUSD(C) FIAR since May of 2012. In this capacity, she is responsible for executing the Department-wide audit remediation strategy and providing audit guidance to the Military Departments, Other Defense Organizations, and Defense activities.  She leads changes to impact programs, people, technology and processes that drive efficiency and strengthen 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, she served as a Program Manager for pay and disbursing operations and worked on the financial analysis of the Working Capital Fund financial statement for the Department of the

Navy.

 

Ms. Kadiri’s Federal experience extends beyond the DoD.  She worked with the Department of Treasury as an accountant, where she was responsible for reconciling Treasury warrants to 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, she served as a leader within the Audit and Enterprise Risk Services practice.  In this role, Ms. Kadiri 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, she 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 DoD Financial Management Certification, Level III.  She earned a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Maryland.  

Mr. Guy Kiyokawa

Deputy Director,

Defense Health Agency

 

Guy Kiyokawa is the Deputy Director of the Defense Health Agency (DHA), Falls Church, VA.  DHA is a joint Combat Support Agency enabling the Army, Navy, and Air Force medical services to provide a medically ready force and ready medical force in peacetime and wartime.  As Deputy Director, he helps lead a workforce of over 10,000 military and civilian personnel at locations around the world.

 

DHA manages ten enterprise activities to include the TRICARE Health Plan, pharmacy operations, health information technology, medical logistics, research & development, education & training, public health, facility management, resource management, and contracting.  DHA currently oversees health care delivery at more than 10 military installations, to include Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, and it is in the process of accepting responsibility for the management of military hospitals and clinics world-wide.

 

Prior to joining the Senior Executive Service, Mr. Kiyokawa served in the U.S. Army as a Medical Service Corps officer.  Initially an Aeromedical Evacuation Pilot, flying UH-1V Hueys, he served at all levels of the Military Health System in clinics, community hospitals, regional medical centers, regional medical commands, including time as the Executive Assistant to the Army Surgeon General, Lieutenant General James B. Peake.

 

As the Director for Facilities, US Army Medical Command, Mr. Kiyokawa was responsible for all facets of life cycle management for 33.4 million square feet of medical infrastructure, and served as the senior government representative during design, construction, transition, and initial outfitting of new medical facilities.  He completed his military service as the Chief of Staff of the DHA, where he played a pivotal role in standing up DHA. 

 

Mr. Kiyokawa holds a master’s degree in Health Administration from Baylor University and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Southern California and is a Diplomate in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Mr. Mitchell Lawrie

Director, Transformation & Reform,

Office of the Chief Management Officer

Department of Defense

 

Mitchell Lawrie serves as Director of Transformation & Reform in the Office of the Chief Management Officer at the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD).  In this capacity, Mr. Lawrie is responsible for reforming business operations across the DoD and establishing a renewed focus on shared, enterprise services to reduce costs and increase DoD leverage in the marketplace. 

 

Mr. Lawrie oversees reform teams and focuses on process improvement, organizational alignment, and identification of efficiencies that drive reform and business transformation.

As former VP of Strategic Transformation for Vixxo, Inc., he partnered with peer executives and senior leaders to facilitate an unprecedented two-year digital transformation of the company by restructuring information technology (IT), implementing Agile for enterprise systems, and introducing robotic process automation in concert with process optimization. 

 

As the Business Process Leader for Shamrock Foods reporting directly to the CEO, Mr. Lawrie drove strategy execution: designed and led the implementation of Lean and process redesign across the corporation; built world-class BPI teams that quadrupled bottom-line impacts; redesigned and standardized common enterprise-wide processes including sales and operations; and facilitated the enterprise strategy execution method still used to this day.  As Senior Partner for Six Sigma Qualtec, a premier provider of BPI and Lean Six Sigma training and implementation, Mr. Lawrie also worked with executives and process managers across a wide range of industries and well-known corporations over six continents.  As Global Vice President of Operational Excellence for Avnet, Inc., he was responsible for implementing and managing business process reengineering principles that optimized corporate shared services groups and the global warehousing organization.  Furthermore, Mr. Lawrie managed and transformed large-scale commercial and defense manufacturing complexes to just-in-time manufacturing, oversaw technology procurement, managed IT departments, and cofounded two technology start-ups.

 

Mr. Lawrie earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Technology from California Polytechnic State University and Master of Business Administration from the University of Southern California.  He is an accredited Agile Certified Scrum Master (SCRUMStudy) and a Certified Lean Master (Six Sigma Qualtec) with additional certifications for Process Reengineering (Hammer & Company) and Demand Flow Technology (JCIT International).

 

Mr. Michael Leist

Director, Strategy, Policy and Requirements,

Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS)

 

Michael Leist, a member of the Senior Executive Service, currently serves as the Director, Strategy, Policy and Requirements. In this role, Mr. Leist is responsible for several key and essential missions within DFAS.  He delivers Financial Management Policy for the Department of Defense (DoD); leads the planning and execution of the DFAS Strategy, Internal Controls, and Enterprise Risk Management; and provides business management support to the DFAS Directors.  In addition, Mr. Leist provides strategy and support through Agency-level budgeting, financial management, purchasing and performance monitoring support.

 

Mr. Leist joined DFAS in 1992 and entered the Senior Executive Service in January 2016.  He has served in a variety of leadership positions.  Prior to his current assignment, he served as the Director, Enterprise Management Services, from 2016 to 2019, where he also served as the DFAS Component Acquisition Executive.  Other previous assignments include: Chief of Staff for the Deputy Director, Operations, the Director, Integrated Services Office and the Agency’s Transformation Initiatives Program Manager.

 

Mr. Leist earned a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Indiana University Federal Executive Institute and holds a DoD Financial Management Certification, Level III.

 

Mr. Gregory B. Little

Director, Chief Financial Officer Data Transformation Office, Office of the Deputy Chief Financial Officer,

Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller)

 

Gregory B. Little serves as the Director of the Chief Financial Officer Data Transformation Office (CDTO) for the Office of the Deputy Chief Financial Officer (ODCFO), in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) (OUSD(C)), which he joined in 2015.  He is responsible for the Department of Defense (DoD) Financial Management Data Strategy and deploying a big-data repository to transform the use of DoD business data into decisions and actions.

 

Mr. Little was the team lead for the Business Integration Office within the ODCFO prior to his promotion to the Senior Executive Service.  In that position, he successfully led development of the DoD Financial Management Functional Strategy, defined the first DoD Financial Management data analytics vision and strategy for the DoD, and led a team of subject matter experts and technologists to develop the Notice of Findings and Recommendations database to support the DoD’s audit remediation strategy.

 

Before joining the OUSD(C), Mr. Little served five years as the solution architect for the Defense Agencies Initiative (an Oracle enterprise resource planning system).  In this position, he was responsible for implementing a single standard financial management system for the Defense Agencies and DoD Field Activities. Mr. Little successfully led the largest Oracle ERP Release 12 Technical Upgrade in North America.  

 

Mr. Little is a graduate of Bates College with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and studied abroad at James Cook University in Queensland, Australia.

Mr. Michael J. Mason

Program Administrator, Enterprise Risk Management and Internal Control Program,

Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force, Financial Management & Comptroller

 

Michael J. Mason is the Program Administrator for the Air Force Enterprise Risk Management and Internal Control Program, OMB Circular A-123 implementation.  Mr. Mason is responsible for the timely and accurate submission of the Air Force Statement of Assurance to the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense, Comptroller for inclusion to the report that goes to Congress.  He is also responsible for internal controls compliance and ensuring all aspects of the A-123 guidance are implemented throughout the Air Force. 

 

Mr. Mason began his military career in 1981, serving twenty years in the United States Marine Corps.  He transitioned into the commercial Defense sector in 2001, focused in the areas of portfolio management and financial aspects of system integration.  In 2010, Mr. Mason joined the civilian federal workforce.  Prior to assuming his current position, Mr. Mason was deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan as a Ministry of Defense Advisor, where he advised the Afghan Army and Police force on program budgeting.  He has also served as the compliance lead on the Defense Enterprise Accounting and Management System where his responsibilities included ensuring compliance with statutory requirements, regulatory requirements, and accounting policy and standards.

Mr. Jonathan D. Moak

Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Assistant Secretary of the Army,

Financial Management and Comptroller

 

Jonathan D. Moak was appointed the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Financial Management and Comptroller) and became the Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Financial Management and Comptroller) on October 28, 2019.  Prior to this appointment, Mr. Moak served as a defense consultant in the Government and Public Sector practice of Deloitte Consulting LLP. 

 

Mr. Moak has significant military, federal civil service, and consulting experience leading business transformation programs that drive enterprise impact through the finance function by focusing on the intersection of mission, business operations, data, and technology.  He has served on active duty at the National Guard Bureau, as a Department of the Army Civilian in the Business Administration Directorate of the US Army Information Technology Agency, and in the private sector.  Additionally, Mr. Moak has served in the Army National Guard since 2005 and is a Distinguished Military Graduate.  He is an Infantry Officer currently serving in the District of Columbia Army National Guard with multiple activations in support of state and federal active duty, and most recently in 2015 with a mobilization and deployment to the Middle East in support of Operational Enduring Freedom – Spartan Shield. 

 

Mr. Moak earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, a Master of Business Administration at Norwich University, and a Master of Science in Business Analytics from the University of Virginia.

 

 

 

Ms. Lora H. Muchmore

Director, Business Integration,

Office of the Under Secretary of Defense, Comptroller

Lora H. Muchmore is the Director of the Business Integration Office (BIO) in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller).  In this role, she supports the Comptroller’s vision of achieving a DoD financial management environment that is standard, simplified, affordable, auditable and secure.  Ms. Muchmore has over twenty years of experience in leading organizational change by defining and implementing more efficient and cost-effective policies, processes, workforces and information technology.

Prior to joining BIO, Ms. Muchmore worked for four and a half years as a Director in PricewaterhouseCoopers’ (PwC) National Security Practice.  In this role, she took a leadership role supporting the Naval District Washington’s Smart Grid Pilot business process reengineering effort and strategy development as well as the Department of Defense (DoD) Chief Information Officer’s Software Asset Management strategy.

Before joining PwC, Ms. Muchmore worked for the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Installations & Environment) as the Director of Business Enterprise Integration.  She was promoted to the Senior Executive Service in 2006.  Ms. Muchmore has successfully led Office of Management and Budget working groups to facilitate and implement Federal-wide standard processes and technology standards for managing the Federal real property footprint.  She has led six business process reengineering (BPR) efforts that have been implemented in DoD.  Ms. Muchmore received the Federal Real Property Association’s Most Outstanding Person in the Field of Federal Real Property award for her accomplishments at the Federal and DoD levels.  She received the REALCOM Commercial Real Estate Digital Innovation Award for positively impacting the real estate industry through the use of technology, automation and innovation and the Federal 100 – Top Executives in the Federal IT Field by Federal Computer Week for her leadership supporting transformation in the Department of Defense by the use of enterprise architecture.

Ms. Muchmore holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) and a Master of Arts from George Mason University, where she graduated with highest distinction.  She has attended executive education courses at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Naval Post Graduate School.

Lieutenant General Lori Reynolds

Deputy Commandant for Information Headquarters, United States Marine Corps

 

Lt. Gen Lori Reynolds was commissioned in May 1986 upon graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy and assigned as a Communications Officer.  As a Company grade officer, she served in various billets at 1st Marine Division Communications Company, Marine Wing Communication Squadron 18 in Okinawa, Marine Corps Systems Command, and 9th Communication Battalion, I MEF.  As a Field Grade officer, she was selected to command Recruiting Station Harrisburg PA and then served as an Action Officer and Division Head at HQMC C4.  Lt. Gen Reynolds was selected to command 9th Communication Battalion in 2003 and deployed with the battalion to Fallujah, Iraq in support of I MEF during Operation Iraqi Freedom II.  She was subsequently assigned to the Joint Staff J6 in Washington D.C. where she was an Action Officer and Division Head.  Lt. Gen Reynolds assumed command of 1 MEF Headquarters Group in 2009 and deployed the Group to Helmand Province Afghanistan in support of I MEF and RC Southwest during Operation Enduring Freedom.

 

As a General Officer, Lt. Gen Reynolds commanded Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island/Eastern Recruiting Region, was the Principal Deputy to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense South and Southeast Asia in OSD Policy, and commanded Marine Corps Forces Cyberspace Command.

 

Lt. Gen Reynolds’ professional military education includes The Basic School, the Basic Communication Officer’s Course, Command and Control Systems Course, the Naval War College and the Army War College.  She has earned master’s degrees from both the Naval War College and the Army War College.

 

Lt. Gen Reynolds’ personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal (with gold star), the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (with gold star).

 

Ms. Jane Roberts

Enterprise Risk Management Lead,

Office of the Chief Management Officer, USN

Jane 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, Ms. Roberts 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. Roberto L. Rodriguez

Director for Investment Programs,

Office of the Under Secretary of Defense, Comptroller
 

Roberto L. Rodriguez is the Director for Investment Programs in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller).  The primary mission of the directorate is to provide financial management oversight for approximately $243 billion annually of Procurement and Research Development, Test & Evaluation (RDT&E) funds.  In this role, Mr. Rodriguez and his staff are responsible for the budgets for weapon systems development and acquisition which includes combat aircraft, warships, tactical vehicles, munitions, communications equipment, military intelligence programs, and space-based systems.

 

During Mr. Rodriguez’s tenure in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), which began in 1988, he has had financial management responsibilities for a variety of weapons system, to include: shipbuilding; overhead reconnaissance; ballistic missile defense; spacecraft and space launch boosters; special access programs; and electronic command & control equipment.  In addition, Mr. Rodriguez has also held responsibilities for Defense-Wide Operation & Maintenance programs and has served as the principal within the Department of Defense for preparing supplemental appropriations in support of overseas contingency operations.

 

Mr. Rodriguez began his service to the nation in 1978 at the U.S. Department of Labor, working on employment standards and international labor issues.  In 1981, he accepted a position as a Budget Analyst with the Air Force System Command.  During Mr. Rodriguez’s tenure with the Air Force, Mr. Rodriguez held various duties in the Comptroller office, with responsibilities for the development and procurement of aircraft and space-based systems.  He also held the position of budget officer for the Air Force segment of the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) program.

 

Mr. Rodriguez was promoted to the Senior Executive Service (SES), as the Associate Director for Investment in July 2005.  In June 2006, he assumed the position of Director for Investment Programs. Mr. Rodriguez is the OSD Comptroller representative on the Defense Acquisition Board (DAB) and is an advisor to both the Joint Requirements Oversight Council (JROC) and the Nuclear Weapons Council (NWC).

 

Mr. Rodriguez is a graduate of the George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia with a degree in Public Administration and Economics.

 

The Honorable John P. Roth, CDFM

Assistant Secretary of the Air Force,

Financial Management and Comptroller

The Honorable John P. 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, he 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, he 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, he 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.  He 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.

 

Col (R)  Fred A. (Al) Runnels, CDFM, CGFM
Executive Director, American Society of Military Comptrollers

Al 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 an 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).

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 55,000 civilians/military in DoD Financial Management (FM).  Ms. Scheiner is responsible for DoD FM Strategic Workforce Plan and numerous workforce development programs including the DoD FM Certification Program.  She serves as Senior Administrative Official for OUSD(C) with oversight of OUSD(C) management and administrative functions including resource management, contracts, facilities, personnel, correspondence, and records management.

Ms. Scheiner served for almost 25 years with the Air Force (AF), 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, Ms. Scheiner 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, Georgia, through the Outstanding Scholar's program at HQ AF 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 at Level 3, has DAWIA Certification in Business-FM at Level 2, and is a Certified Defense Financial Manager with Acquisition Specialty.  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 Presidential Rank Award Meritorious Executive, the Secretary of Defense Medal for Meritorious Civilian Service, 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 14 professional journal articles.

 

The Honorable Alan R. Shaffer

Deputy Under Secretary of Defense,

Acquisition and Sustainment

 

The Honorable Alan R. Shaffer was Senate confirmed in January 2019, and is responsible to the Under Secretary of Defense for all matters pertaining to acquisition; contract administration; logistics and material readiness; installations and environment; operational energy; chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons; the acquisition workforce; and the defense industrial base.

From 2015 to 2018, Mr. Shaffer served as the Director, NATO Collaboration Support Office in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France.  In this role, he was responsible for coordinating and synchronizing the Science and Technology (S&T) collaboration between NATO member and partner Nations, comprising a network of about 5,000 scientists.

 

Previous to his role at NATO, Mr. Shaffer served as the Principal Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (ASD(R&E)) from 2007-2015 and also served twice as the Acting ASD(R&E) from 2007-2009 and 2012-2015.

In 2009, Mr. Shaffer was appointed as the first Director, Operational Energy, Plans and Programs (Acting).  He has also served as the Executive Director for several senior DoD Task Forces, including review of all research, acquisition and test activities during the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure.  In 2007, Mr. Shaffer was the Executive Director for the DoD Energy Security Task Force and, from 2007-2012, he served as the Executive Director of the Mine Resistant Ambush Protection (MRAP) Task Force, where he was responsible for oversight and fielding 27,000 MRAPs.

Before entering the federal government, Mr. Shaffer served a 24-year United States Air Force career in command, weather, intelligence and acquisition oversight with assignments in Utah, California, Ohio, Honduras, Germany, Virginia and Nebraska.

Mr. Shaffer earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the University of Vermont in 1976, a Bachelor of Science in Meteorology from the University of Utah, a Master of Science in Meteorology from the Naval Postgraduate School, and a Master of Science in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.  He was awarded the Meritorious Executive Presidential Rank Award in 2004, the Department of Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Award, and the Distinguished Executive Presidential Rank Award in 2007 and 2015.

Professor Leif Ulstrup

Adjunct Professor

Kogod School of Business, American University

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.  His experience spans from general management of very large enterprises to consulting to senior executives faced with critical business and mission transformation challenges.  Professor Ulstrup’s management experience includes founder of Primehook Technology, VP and General Manager at Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), partner at Deloitte Consulting, VP at Touchstone Consulting, and VP and GM at American Management Systems (AMS).  The scope and scale of Professor Ulstrup’s 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.

Professor 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 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Engineering Systems Division alumni advisory board. 

Professor 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.  His strategic thinking, management experience, and leadership ability enable him to attract and energize top talent and empower them to achieve their goals.

Professor Ulstrup is a graduate of MIT and The General Manager Program (TGMP), Harvard Business School (HBS).

 

Mr. Dave Weinberg, CDFM

Owner, DaveSpeak

Dave Weinberg is the owner and sole proprietor of DaveSpeak and was named Employee of the Year for 2008. Mr. Weinberg (Colonel, USAF (Retired) was formerly the Comptroller, Headquarters Air Education and Training Command, Randolph Air Force Base, Texas. He was responsible for providing the $8 billion financial resources required to recruit and assess Air Force personnel and provide them military, technical, and flight 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.  Mr. Weinberg’s comptroller assignments include nine years in finance, ten years in budgeting, five years as a commander, and five years as a comptroller at all levels of staff.  He is an active member of the American Society of Military Comptrollers, having served as past president to four separate chapters and has a CDFM.

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