WashExec RollCall: Your Inside Look at Our Network’s Professional Activity

JD Kathuria, WashingtonExec

JD Kathuria, WashingtonExec

WashExec Executive RollCall: JD Kathuria pulls from the broader WashingtonExec network to dish out the area’s who’s who and what’s what.

When it comes to striking deals, who you know trumps what you know in the government contracting community. And with three years of WashingtonExec’s outcome and result-oriented networking programs and events behind us, I’ve decided to expand our networking offering with some supplementary content.

The WashingtonExec Roll Call is a weekly feature within the WashingtonExec e-magazine that leverages our connections to catalog the area’s happenings.

For the past couple months we have tapped into our thousands of LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and in-person connections to compile and share with you information about the promotions, company switches, job openings and work anniversaries that transpire within the broader WashingtonExec network.

The end result? A running map of who’s where — professionally — in the Greater Washington area.


In this week’s WashExec RollCall, we saw nine new hires/appointments and nine December work anniversaries, plus three January work anniversaries. Read on for insight about the topics that caught our eyes and ears this past week within our network’s virtual water cooler.

Dr. Alissa Johnson

Dr. Alissa Johnson

New Hires, Transitions, Promotions, Board Appointments:
Michelle Davis is now Stocks Reporter at Bloomberg LP
Michael Fraser is now Chief Executive Officer at National Technologies Associates Inc.
Karen E. Gilbo is now Executive Assistant at Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation
Kelly Goggin is now Director of Business Development at Constellation West
Stephen Iwicki is now Board of Directors Member at Adventure Theater Musical Theater Center (ATMTC)
Jeff Lavine is now Senior Director of Administration and Management at Intelligence and National Security Alliance
Jill Melnicki is now Public Liaison for Open Data at The Office of the Chief Technology Officer, Government of the District of Columbia
Greg Mundell is now Director of Federal Sales at CliQr Technologies
Mary Tack is now Director, Employee Engagement & Development at CRGT Inc.
Jenny Terrazas is now Executive Assistant at CSC

Dr. Alissa Johnson, PhD, is in the process of transitioning out of her role as Deputy CIO in the Office of Administration for the Executive Office of the President. 

Work Anniversaries:
Haresh Bhungalia in December celebrated two years at CollabraLink Technologies Inc.
Chris Bishop in December celebrated one year at ManTech International Corporation
Jeff Brouse this month celebrates 13 years at ClubCorp
Mark Chadason in December celebrated two years at MacAulay Brown
John Hillen in December celebrated six years at Professional Services Council
Linda Howard in December celebrated three years at SAIC
Alex Kreilein this month celebrates two years at National Institute of Standards and Technology
Naveen Krishnamurthy in December celebrated five years at RIVA Solutions Inc.
Ron Lichtinger in December celebrated seven years at FierceMarkets
Randy Siegel this month celebrates one year at Center Circle Consultants & Acommence Advisors
Richard Spires in December celebrated one year at Resilient Network Systems Inc.
Kimberly Weir in December celebrated three years at Mid-Atlantic Venture Association

In the News:
Peter Baker and Mark Mazzetti of The New York Times wrote a piece titled, “Brennan Draws on Bond With Obama in Backing C.I.A.” In the 67 years since the C.I.A. was founded, few presidents have had as close a bond with their intelligence chiefs as Mr. Obama has forged with Mr. Brennan, Baker and Mazzetti write.

Russell Shilling, Executive Director of STEM in the Office of Innovation and Improvement, Office of Innovation and Improvement with the U.S. Department of Education, published a blog post, “Creating an Engine for Breakthrough Innovation in STEM Education.” To avoid falling behind, organizations must look to the future while also improving performance and practices in the present.

The Washington Post‘s Lisa Rein wrote “Millennials exit the federal workforce as government jobs lose their allure,” as the share of the federal workforce under the age of 30 dropped to 7 percent this year, the lowest figure in nearly a decade, government figures show.

The New York TimesEric Schmitt wrote “In Battle to Defang ISIS, U.S. Targets Its Psychology,” in which he tries to answer the question, “What makes the Islamic State so dangerous?”

The Wall Street Journal‘s Joseph Rago interviewed John Allen, a retired four-star Marine Corps general, in a piece titled, “Inside the War Against Islamic State.” Allen now serves as the U.S. “special envoy” in the war against the terrorist army.

News at WashingtonExec:
We are gearing up for our 2015 K-12 STEM Symposium on March 7, 2015, at the Nysmith School in Herndon, Va. This year’s theme is “The Parent Factor: How to Engage Your Kids in STEM”. The free, all-day event runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. that equally engages children, parents and teachers, coupled with corporate, government, academia and non-profit executives alike from the STEM fields. Activities for the day will include hands-on experiments for children, government and industry exhibitors, student science fair projects and panel discussions with STEM stakeholders. Attendees will also be able to find information about government and industry STEM-related high school and college internships. For more information, click here. We expect more than 2,500 attendees.

Job(s) of the Week:
Senior Management Position
If you qualify and are interested in being considered for a senior level position leading federal civilian programs for a fast growing $30M+ Northern Virginia based federal contractor, please send your resume in confidence to info@washingtonexec.com. Successful applicants will have 10+ years’ experience managing federal contract operations with P&L responsibility and verifiable track record growing business.

Data Analytics Position
On behalf of a friend, I am looking for a professional who has worked as a Environmental Protection Agency government staff member to assist a IT Services firm focused in Data Analytics, Big Data, Agile development, mobility and cybersecurity. If you know anyone, please reach out to me on LinkedIn directly or via InMail.

Proposal Manager Position
The Proposal Manager is responsible for federal and public sector proposal development and management of federal solicitation and procurement planning processes; this includes proposal writing and compliance, technical subject matter organization, as well as the execution of a wide range of proposal reporting and tracking processes for potential or existing opportunities, under the leadership of more senior members of the practice. This is for a growing mid-sized government contractor. To apply, email info@washingtonexec.com.

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