Mentor Bios

Ingrid Alquist
graduated from Bowdoin College in 2010 with a B.A. in Mathematics and Spanish. Upon graduating, she joined IBM’s federal consulting practice in Washington, D.C. After two and a half years with IBM, Ingrid continued on to a smaller consulting firm (Neubrain, LLC) in a more technical role. With three years of experience in the workforce, she made the decision to pursue her M.S. as a part-time student at Georgetown’s Mathematics and Statistics program. After a busy semester of balancing work and school, Ingrid made the decision to become a full-time student, and will be completing her first year of graduate studies this spring. Her academic interests include optimization and partial differential equations.


Shawn Austin leads the branding and marketing communications practice at Leading Executive, LLC., an executive services and employee development firm in the Washington, D.C. Area.

Her belief is that pursuit of passion leads to fulfillment and purpose. after undergraduate studies at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia, Shawn’s efforts led her to work for industry leaders such as Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue and Gap Inc.  designing window displays regionally and styling top customers.

An opportunity to use her skills in behavior based hiring and her love of people opened the door to an opportunity in human resources with Customink, a Virginia based e-commerce social shopping company, one of the Best Places to Work and Fastest Growing Companies in the country.

Shawn has been successfully branding and coaching leaders and executives in the region, has built a notable client base and won the accolades of industry leaders for her results.  With growing demand, she is expanding her team and creating everlasting changes in every life she touches.

SuzannBalogSuzann C. Balog is a leader in the IT Solutions field with extensive experience leading people and project teams, overseeing technology implementations, and administering multi-million dollar engagements. She possesses an in-depth understanding of IT operations, management, and service delivery with over twenty-five years of success in planning, selling, and directing activities that provide innovative solutions encompassing IT infrastructure consolidations, enterprise management software, and integrated process methodologies for IT service delivery. Ms Balog is an internationally traveled leader who has held many global positions and has worked in IT organizations in over 15 different countries. Her industry experience lies in both federal government and commercial corporations. Most recently she has been leading the US Public Sector Strategy, Practices & Alliances group. Ms Balog holds her Masters certificate with distinction for ITIL (Information Technology Infrastructure Library), has attained certification to convey the HP IT Story, and is recognized in the IT industry for her expertise.

Ms. Balog holds a BS in International Business Administration with minors in Economics and French form the Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA.

Alexis Battista
is a Ph.D. candidate at George Mason University and a research fellow at MedStar Health Research Institute. Her research program is focused on examining how simulation-based learning environments support learning, motivation and self-regulation, and patient safety. Her current work reflects the combination of her prior clinical experience in pre-hospital emergency medicine, clinical education, and simulation based education design, business operations and more recently educational psychology. Previously she was the Senior Education Specialist and Manager for the Clinical Simulation Center at Washington Hospital Center, which manages 28 simulation-based education programs and hosted more than 10,000 simulated encounters annually. Alexis received a B.S. in Emergency Medical Services from George Washington University and an MBA with a concentration in Operations Management from the Keller Graduate School of Management.

CaitBoydCait Boyd is an innovative chemical engineer with experience in research, industry and business. She recently transitioned from an application engineer to a regional sales manager at GEA Process Engineering, a manufacturing equipment supplier. While at GEA she has been involved with powder processing technology focusing on oral solid dosage manufacturing equipment for the pharmaceutical industry. Boyd previously worked as a process engineer and a pilot plant engineer scaling up consumer products, primarily emulsions. She developed laboratory experiments to determine robust large scale processes for mass production. Boyd graduated from Rowan University with a BS in Chemical Engineering concentrating in bioengineering. While in school, she was published for group research involving the removal of palladium catalyst from reaction mixture by fixed bed adsorption. Cait is a member of Women in Technology, the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists and was a mentor for the 2012-2013 Girls in Technology program.

KellyCaccettaKelly Caccetta Director of Human Resources at CSSI, is an experienced executive with a proven track record in strategic planning and organizational development.

Over the years, Caccetta has served in a variety of strategic and hands-on roles with organizations in the government, technology, professional services and healthcare sectors. At CSSI, she oversees talent acquisition, organizational development, HR compliance, employee relations, benefits, training/coaching, compensation, employee retention, all while leading organizational change initiatives focused on achieving excellence in the workplace.

Caccetta has a diverse background focused on helping people in a variety of settings. Prior to joining CSSI, she served as Vice President of Corporate Services and Director of Human Resources at ITA International, where she developed and implemented all aspects of business operations and human resources. She also served in two roles at the Department of Energy National Laboratory Systems: as the deputy to the director at Argonne National Laboratory and Associate Director of Administration at Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility; and as a Human Resource Manager at Gateway, Inc.

Caccetta began her career as a teacher and registered emergency and trauma nurse. She has a bachelor of science degree from Radford University and is a licensed registered nurse.

Cynthia Anne Castillo
is president and CEO of CSSI, a company that delivers safety innovations, system engineering and operational efficiencies for government and private sector clients.

Castillo assumed responsibility for the company in 1993, when CSSI had only 10 employees, $250,000 in revenue and had just received its first prime contract with the FAA. Under Castillo’s leadership, CSSI has successfully graduated from the Small Business Administration’s 8(a) Small and Disadvantaged Business programs and has earned a solid reputation for quality, integrity and loyalty.

An advocate of both professional and personal growth, Castillo serves on the board of directors, as a member, and as a mentor in many professional organizations, including the Small and Emerging Contractor Advisory Forum, the Air Traffic Control Association, Women in Aerospace, the Tower Club, Vistage International, the Women Aviation Network and the International Aviation Women’s Association.

Castillo has received many awards from nonprofit organizations and business publications, including the Washington Business Journal’s Women Who Mean Business award, SmartCEO’s Brava award and the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship “Locally Grown” award.

Castillo began her career at Hughes Aircraft Company. She is a graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics and Applied Science.

LiLingChaoLiLing Chao is currently a Sr. Quality/M&P/Process Manager at AT&T. She supports the development of methods & procedures and the process improvement activities for the Networx Federal Government contract. In addition, LiLing supports quality assurance and testing for the Networx system releases.

LiLing has worked in IT software/system development for aerospace and mortgage backed security industries for 20 years. Prior to joining AT&T, LiLing held two positions within Fannie Mae. She was a Sr. Project manager, managing multiple high visibility projects concurrently to build a controlled and automated system for receiving, validating, publishing and disseminating market data to all corporate applications and traders on the market room floor. She was also a Production Support Manager for a 24×7 operation that provided technical support for business operations including trade entry, collateral allocation, and settlement/clearance.

Prior to Fannie Mae, LiLing was a Technical Project Manager at Freddie Mac. She managed multiple complex and high-pressure projects through the full project life cycle to support Portfolio Management, Cost Valuation, Investment & Capital Markets and SF Transaction Accounting business groups. LiLing received two Premiere Achievement Awards for successfully deploying the critical systems.

After graduating from UMD, LiLing began her career with Lockheed Martin on NASA projects, developing real-time systems for collecting images and data from the Hubble Space Telescope and the GOES satellite to allow the astronauts and scientists to research and study the universe and climate change.

LiLing Chao graduated from University of Maryland, with a BS degree in Computer Science. She is PMP (PMI) and Six Sigma Green Belt (AT&T) certified.

Tina Chen started her career at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 2007, with the EPA’s Office of Environmental Information (OEI). She provided communications and outreach support for the Central Data Exchange program, also serving as the project manager for multiple data collection projects. Currently, she is on a detail with OEI’s Enterprise Information Technology Systems Team providing project management support on programs requiring cross-agency collaboration. She is also a member of EPA’s Emerging Leaders Network which provides networking and professional development opportunities for its members. Ms. Chen earned both a B.A. and a M.S. from American University, School of Public Affairs, in Washington, DC. In her spare time, she enjoys dragonboating, cycling, and participating in obstacle races.

DagnyEvansDagny Evans is a seasoned Senior operations and technology leader with proven success in creating processes, restoring profitability, and directing initiatives to increase efficiency, and save organizations significant costs. Evans is currently showcasing her skills at Orchestro, a data analytics company focusing on the Consumer Product Goods industry.

Previously, she held positions such as VP of Technology Development and VP of IT & Billing at technology organizations, small and large. Evans holds several business process patents based on internally developed technical processes and solutions. Dagny has a Bachelor’s of Business from The George Washington University and an MBA from Kogod School of Business, American University. She has also been an active member and leader in Women in Technology since 2001 and recently joined the Women in Technology Education Foundation board.

JennyGaskillJenny Gaskill is an M&P, Quality and Process Manager in the Federal Government segment of AT&T. She is the subject matter expert for the EFMS-PM system; creating M&P documentation and providing training for internal personnel. Jenny also supports a portfolio of AT&T products, including CLOUD services, and is co-creator of her team’s website.

During Jenny’s 27 year career with AT&T she has had many diverse opportunities. While part of the Revenue Assurance Management Team, she designed a system for identifying the root cause of biller rejects, reducing the overall number of biller reject orders by over 65% within one year. Jenny was honored with the Leading Legends Award (and a trip to Las Vegas!) for her ackomplishments on this project.

Another of Jenny’s favorite assignments was with the Cutover Administration Team, where she was resonsible for the ordering, billing and collections of large AT&T Systems for Major and National clients, including the University of Maryland. Jenny received the Outstanding Achievement in Cutover Administration Award for her work on this team.
Jenny loves traveling! Some of the warmer locales she has visited include Florida, Louisiana, Grand Bahama, Nassau, St John and St Thomas. She looks forward to visiting many more interesting places. She is also the proud single parent of a 28 year old daughter who works for an engineering firm in Ashburn, Va.

AyseNurtenHelvaciAyse Nurten Helvaci is a Project Management Professional (PMP) and ITIL V3 Foundation certified, accomplished, innovative, and an integrity-driven professional offering more than 15 years of business success with a strong concentration in IT project management, management consulting, IT strategic planning, business process reengineering, knowledge and performance management.

Offers hands on experience in defining project scope, goals, and objectives for project planning, execution, communication, and key performance metrics. Possesses advanced knowledge of the E-Government Act of 2002, IT Capital Planning Process, Systems/Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) methodologies, Federal Enterprise Architecture (FEA) and associated reference models.

Ms. Helvaci currently works at SiloSmashers as the Senior Consultant/Technical Lead for the Department of Transportation (DOT) Contract and leads the IT projects such as SharePoint Migration and application development efforts. Prior to joining SiloSmashers, Ms. Helvaci held many roles such as Project Manager, Sr. IT Management Consultant and Business Analyst, supporting Federal Government Agencies as a contractor. She has also worked in U.S. Department Labor, Environmental Protection Agency, Housing and Urban Development and Small Business Administration.

Ms. Helvaci graduated from George Mason University with a Master of Arts Degree in International Commerce and Policy and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administrations.

SasiJayaMy name is Sasipriya Jayamaruthyraman or Sasi.

I am a consultant in the field of CRM (Customer Relationship Management)/ Cloud computing with 10 years of experience. Currently, I work for SiloSmashers, Inc. as a Program Analyst and volunteer with Women In Technology. Previously, I worked for Kforce Government Solutions and CPA Global. I configure the out of the box CRM tools and customize it to the needs of the organization, build custom objects, write validation rules to query data and workflow/ approval rules that follow business processes, build reports and dashboards and ensure the users have the correct level of security. Most of this I used to do declaratively or by just dragging and dropping. Over the period of time I started loving the tool ( and have started learning to code. I would consider myself an accidental techie who loves what I do.

I have a Bachelor’s in Biology from India and more recently completed MBA from UMUC (University of Maryland University College). We lived in UK for three years for my husband’s job and then came to United States. My husband’s engineering degree opened up all the options for us, and we are all proud US citizens. I have a daughter and son and live my dog in Lorton, VA.

Rena Key started her career at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 1995 in the Information Technology office, Office of Information and Resources Management (OIRM). She has remained in her field of study, Information Technology (IT), since she graduated from Morgan State University with an undergraduate degree in Information Technology. Next, Ms. Key continued the pursuit of self-improvement and attained her master’s degree in Management Information Systems at the University of Maryland College Park. Her education, knowledge and experience have enabled her to gain essential skills which has aided in her career advancement. Ms. Key is currently serving in the position of Acting IT Associate Division Director. In this role she is responsible for overseeing IT operations and projects to ensure that they meet the strategic needs of her division. In addition to her role at EPA, she is a mother of two, a son age 10 and a daughter age 6. The role of wife and mother is her most important and rewarding role.

AnikaLalmansinghDr. Anika Lalmansingh received her Ph.D. in Biopsychology from the Graduate School and University Center, CUNY and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Virginia. She has published several scientific papers and has over 10 years of research experience in the areas of drug addiction, and hormones and behavior.

Throughout her scientific career, Dr. Lalmansingh has been committed to young people in her community to enhance their interest in science. For four years, she tutored a young girl in math and science through a tutoring program in New York City, she has served as a scientific judge for middle-, high school, and college students, and presented hands-on scientific activities to middle- and high school students as a part of Brain Awareness Week.

Currently, Dr. Lalmansingh is a scientific consultant and program leader of STEAM programs designed for youth with The Training and Consulting Group. She is also a Steering Committee member of Girls in Technology (GIT) and the Chair of its upcoming Sharing Our Success program. She also maintains a science blog (

MichelleLeeMichelle S. Lee is the Founder, President, and CEO of STG International, Inc. (STGi), a $150+ million workforce solutions firm providing comprehensive healthcare delivery, Head Start and management consulting services, and human capital solutions to government and commercial agencies. Under her leadership, STGi has become one of the fastest growing privately held companies in the country, earning a spot on the Inc. 500 list eight times, a feat only nine other companies have achieved.

Ms. Lee is the Chairwoman of the Board of Directors of ServiceSource, Inc., a regional not-for-profit that provides job training and support services to individuals with disabilities. Ms. Lee facilitates superior performance on both Boards, by leading through example and providing invaluable business and financial knowledge. Ms. Lee serves on the Board of Directors for MedStar Washington Hospital Center Foundation that supports the largest hospital in the nation’s capital, MedStar Washington Hospital Center, a private not-for-profit medical center that delivers healthcare to the underprivileged.

Numerous business organizations have recognized Ms. Lee’s accomplishments, including the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), the Ernst & Young Discussion Panel on Diversity and Entrepreneurship, the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG), the National Association for Women Business Owners (NAWBO), SmartCEO Future 50, Washington Technology Fast 50, and the Northern Virginia Women’s Business Conference. Ms. Lee has been highlighted in publications such as SmartCEO Magazine, American Executive, and the Washington Business Journal.

CarolynMrazCarolyn Mraz is a project manager for complex, high value, and strategically critical projects.  Since joining the American Red Cross in 2002, she has led the planning and execution of Biomedical Services facility modifications and construction projects to include an 180,000 square feet facility in Atlanta, GA.  In addition, Carolyn works collaboratively with inter-departmental teams to design and implement projects and processes to support Biomedical Services’ mission.

From 2005-2008, Carolyn collaborated on the design, construction, and transition into a new 105,000 square feet blood processing, testing, and research center for the National Health Services, Blood and Tissue located in Filton, England.  Carolyn has shared her experience on constructing blood processing facilities with blood services in Scotland, Canada, and Australia.

Carolyn began her professional career as a project engineer designing residential and commercial developments while at civil engineering consulting firms in Fairfax, Virginia and Dayton, Ohio.

Carolyn earned a MBA from University of Maryland and a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from University of Dayton, Ohio.  Carolyn holds a professional engineering license in Virginia and is a Project Management Professional (PMP).

ChristinaMummChristina Mumm completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology with a minor in Management and also has an MBA. She is certified in ITIL Foundations framework and is actively pursuing certification as a Six Sigma Black BeIt. Christina has over 14 years experience working in the federal contracting technology sector. Her work spans federal financial systems and acquisition systems.

Christina is currently working for Attain as a senior consultant supporting the Securities and Exchange Commission for IT focused business process reengineering efforts. This position allows her to leverage my experiences as a former operations and maintenance project manager, a help desk manager, CMMI implementer and utilitize ITIIL knowledge within the six sigma construct.
Her professional experience includes being a team member and leader for various software development 4-50 person teams. Responsibilities included writing documentation, configuration management, requirements development, testing, training and project management activities. Because of her defense industry experience, Christina has actively participated in national industry boards and served as part of panel discussions. Because of her broad based experiences she is able to bring a holistic solution to many business challenges.

AmyNandyAmy Nandy is a Senior Systems Engineer in the Mission Systems and Training (MST) Undersea Systems line of business for Lockheed Martin Corporation.

In this role, Ms. Nandy supports the development of next-generation undersea warfare systems by interfacing with technical and program leads across submarine programs to define and document system requirements. She also serves as the Diversity and Inclusion Council lead for the MST Manassas, Virginia facility.  In this role, Ms. Nandy is the site leader responsible for ensuring success for all Diversity & Inclusion organizations and activities taking place at the location.

Ms. Nandy joined Lockheed Martin in 2005 as a mechanical engineer and worked assignments of increasing responsibility within the corporation.  Her diverse background includes experience in Engineering, Business Development, Strategic Planning, independent research and development, and program management.

Ms. Nandy is a graduate of Lockheed Martin Corporation’s Engineering Leadership Development program. She holds a bachelor’s of science in Mechanical Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University and a master’s of science in Systems Engineering from George Mason University.

KristinaNasrKristina Nasr, Ph.D. is a Manager at comScore Inc., where her main focus is on designing and developing software systems to efficiently process extremely large sets of data using Hadoop’s Map Reduce framework. The main objective of her work at comScore is to deliver data analyses to customers to help them make sense of their digital measurements. Before she joined comScore last year, she was an Assistant Professor at the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Delaware where she ran a research group of four Ph.D. students and taught classes in the Software Engineering M.S. program.
Kristina earned her Ph.D. and M.S. in Information and Computer Sciences at the University of California Irvine in 2010 and 2009, and her B.S. in Computer Science from California State University Long Beach in 2004. During her studies she held interesting internships at major software development companies including Microsoft, Google, and IBM.

LynnOConnellLynn O’Connell has nearly 25 years of experience in the nonprofit sector and has served in diverse roles including those of nonprofit staff, grantmaker, consultant, trainer and board member. She currently serves as Executive Director of Computer C.O.R.E., a workforce development nonprofit based in Alexandria, VA.  She followed the founder there in 2008.  Since that time, the training program has expanded from one to nine sites and has more than doubled the number of students served annually, while increasing services provided to those students.  She also developed a partnership with Northern Virginia Community College which offers CORE students college credits and adds an additional revenue stream for CORE.  During her tenure, CORE has launched an alumni giving initiative which resulted in 48% of alumni making one or more financial contributions to CORE during the last fiscal year.

Prior to joining CORE, Lynn served as Executive Director for the Physician Assistant Foundation where she directed grant programs, established a new grant system, and launched a national health adherence project. Other nonprofit experience includes work as a Development Director for healthcare organizations and educational institutions.  She left the sector for 11 years to serve as a Foreign Service Officer, a diplomat with a specialty in economics (petroleum).

Lynn is also on the adjunct faculty teaching nonprofit management courses at Catholic University, The Graduate School, and George Washington University.  Lynn has a Masters in Philanthropy from Indiana University, a certificate in Non-Profit Management from Duke University, and is a Fulbright Scholar.

JovanaPantovicMy name is Jovana Pantovic and I was a Mathlete.
I graduated from Northwestern University with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics.  The corporate world held many opportunities for me and so, I worked in various industries as a statistician and market researcher eager to find my perfect career.  My visceral love of mathematics drew me to pursue a master’s degree in biostatistics, but I soon realized that this may not be the auspicious path I had hoped for.  I switched gears and earned an M.B.A. from the University of Tampa, completely unsure of where I was headed.  Years later, I began teaching at Park University in Austin, TX.  I knew instantly that working in academia was exactly where I belonged.  Now, as a faculty member and Associate Dean at Northern Virginia Community College, my career is ultimately the best of both worlds.  I teach business classes and also work in administration for NOVA.  So, I may not be much of a Mathlete anymore, but I’m grateful to have studied math.  STEM fields tend to mold you into a logical, analytical, critical-thinker and those are life-skills that in turn shape your professional career, wherever it may lead.

SonnaPatel-RamanSonna Patel-Raman, Ph.D. has over 15 years of experience in medical device regulation, clinical trial design, and device research and development.

Sonna currently works for Halloran Consulting Group. Halloran is a life sciences management consultingfirm that identifies product development barriers and both devises and implements long-lasting solutions.

Prior to joining Halloran, Sonna was a branch chief and reviewer for over 7 years in the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) at the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). She managed reviewers and clinicians in the pre-market review of regulatory submissions (PMAs, HDEs, IDEs, 510ks, etc.) and provided leadership in technical judgment and in the evaluation of complex devices for market approval.

Before FDA, Sonna gained risk management expertise as an independent consultant for Arrow International and also wrote process validation protocols for Merck and managed projects in various engineering disciplines for BASF Corporation.

Sonna earned a Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Virginia.

TraceyPiloneTracey Pilone manages Element 84’s business including directing all internal management, HR and accounting functions. In addition, Tracey works with our partners on proposal writing, business development and research for future Element 84 projects. When required by a particular project, she works with Element 84 staff to manage our Agile design and software development process. Most recently she completed work on the Trust for the National Mall’s World War II Memorial Application for Android and iOS. Other projects include the Questia Application for Cengage Learning, upgrades to iHomework, and work with OnBoard, an application for

Tracey is the co-author of Head First iPhone and iPad Development (two editions), Head First iPhone Development and Head First Algebra, all with O’Reilly Media.

MagdalahRacine-SilvaMagdalah R. Silva, is President, Chief Executive and co-founder of DMS International (Data Management Services, Inc.) a management, training and information and communication technology services firm.

The Silver Spring, Md.-based firm provides integrated organizational, operational, and technical services that enhance performance of their Federal and Commercial clients. DMS International has been ranked #44 in the Washington Technology Fast 50, # 280 on the INC. 500, and # 24 in the Top 100 Businesses in the Washington Metro Area.

Mrs. Silva has over 20 years experience in the information technology industry with extensive expertise in management, product development, and operations management.

She is a graduate of the Harvard University Owners and President’s Management Program (OPM). She earned her M.A. in International Management from the University of Maryland’s School of International Management and Technology in 1995, and a B.A. in International Relations from Boston University in 1982. Committed to lifelong learning she has received additional training and continuing education from the Business Executive Programs at the Darden School of Business Administration, The University of Virginia, and Georgetown University.

Mrs. Silva is a member of the board of Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP), a mother of two, collects Haitian and Latin American art, and enjoys karate, tennis and reading biographies.

UshaRamani2Usha Ramani, supports the multi-billion dollar Networx Contract that supports over 100 products including cloud, mobile, security and internet data networking solutions to all government agencies.

Usha is a well-recognized senior member of the federal business process engineering team that manages operationalizing of business solutions to cater to government contract requirements, and interface with multi-functional teams across AT&T, both within US and globally. Usha is well respected across AT&T for her subject matter expertise over 66 or more complex data networking products, and for her ability to traverse above and beyond across diverse functional processes. Usha has supported over $2B worth of business that supported transitioning and transforming customer networks and has also worn multiple hats such as business requirements UAT lead and a SME on asset management. In addition, Usha mentors her peers in dealing with complex business solutioning.

Usha has been commended with ‘Key Contributor’, ‘Best of the Best ‘and’ Rave Reviews’ for her innovative contributions and service excellence. Usha has a Masters’ degree in Economics and another MS Degree in Management Information Systems but never stopped learning ‘Genetics”, a key subject that she loves to share with her daughter, who is a student and STEM Outreach Campaign Manager for George Mason University. Usha loves “Classical Music” and classic movies like Sound of Music, Gone with the Wind.

NancySchimizziNanci Schimizzi has over 30 years of experience in the financial services industry and was most recently VP of Technology at FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority). Nanci joined the organization in February, 1994 and held various management positions focusing on relationship management, program management, communication and strategy.

While at FINRA, Nanci’s responsibilities included developing and executing on the technology strategy. She directed activities focused on workforce development, crafting targeted communications to staff, internal business customers and the Board of Directors, compliance and audit. In previous positions, Nanci was responsible for software development of corporate and administrative systems. Nanci was an active member of FINRA’s Diversity Council, which sponsors programs to ensure inclusiveness for FINRA’s diverse workforce.

Nanci is Past President for the Board of Directors of Women in Technology (WIT) and Past President of the Board for Shelter House, Inc. She is currently on the Board for the Society of Information Management Capital Area Chapter and a member of the Advisory Council for the American University Information Technology Executive Committee (ITEC). She is also an advisory board member for YearUp’s Women Supporting Women (WSW) Initiative. She is a graduate of Strayer University and lives in Fairfax VA.

KikiSchneiderKiki Schneider has been a Program Analyst in the Office of Environmental Information (OEI) for the past three and a half years. During her time here she has managed the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Web 2.0 project, played a key role in redesigning EPA intranet websites, public EPA blogs and Geospatial applications such as My Environment. Prior to working at EPA, Ms. Schneider was a research assistant at the Human-Computer Interaction Lab at the University of Maryland where she worked with children on designing kid-friendly technologies, tested the usability of electronic voting machines and worked on brainstorming innovative ways to design emerging technologies for preventing climate change. Ms. Schneider earned a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech and a Master’s in Environmental Policy from the University of Maryland, College park. She believes that people come first when designing anything. She also enjoys running and playing guitar.

Kavita Sharma was born in India and moved to States when I was 11. I have moved to VA few years ago, earlier I was living in New York. The atmosphere of VA is more peaceful than NY which I love, as I’m a shy and quiet person.

I did my Undergraduate in Information System Technology. I enjoy working with computers and designing sites. Sometimes, it’s difficult to follow new technology as it moves so fast, but it’s so fascinating to see how much impact it has in the world. Initially, I started my career as an Intern in non-profit organization where I learned to work with business environment. Currently I’m working with SiloSmashers, Fairfax, VA and have been with this company more than 3 years. I have been the right hand on their projects and have received recognition and achievements at every meeting for my work.

ReetaSinghReeta Singh, a Program Manager/Lead Associate at Booz Allen Hamilton, has over 20 years of extensive, in-depth telecommunications experience, specializing in wireless and mobile communications. Her past experience working for AT&T Wireless included leading the national wireless network design as well as analysis of telecom infrastructure including systems, hardware and services. She currently works closely with clients to create mobility roadmaps and recommend mobility strategies in alignment with client technical and business growth requirements. She has led technical standards documentation creation for large government agencies and has extensive experience in RFI and RFP creation including examining contractual requirements, RFP releases, and proposal evaluations. Additionally, Ms. Singh has several years of technical and program management experience leading people of different backgrounds and levels and managing multiple strategic programs to define, champion, drive and deliver successful innovative strategies that emphasize accountability for results. She is an avid problem solver and thrives on cultivating smart partnerships while excelling at group facilitation and collaboration specifically in bridging gaps and developing creative, technical and business solutions. Ms. Singh has a MBA from Georgetown University and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University.

BonitaThomasBonita Thomas is a seasoned eLearning professional who holds an MBA in Marketing and e-Commerce. Bonita’s experience is primarily as a Government contractor specializing in the healthcare industry supporting training initiatives for Defense Health Services System (DHSS), Public Health Service (PHS), and the emergency responders for the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS).  Bonita received the Surgeon General’s Outstanding Service Plaque”, for superior contributions to the nation’s health and U.S. Public Health Service training program while working for a software development company. Most recently, she joined the National Automobile Dealers Association, (NADA) as the Manager of Learning Technologies.
Bonita has know-how working within an Agile/Scrum environment and Change Management. She spends her spare time enjoying life with her human and K-9 family, volunteering for women’s and children’s causes, and working to ensure that her new online business venture is a great success.

MichelleWeeMichelle Wee is currently a Senior Production Manager with Paltech, Inc., working as a contractor for the Department of State. She works for their eLearning division focused on creating products intersecting technology and training. Michelle brings teams together to create eLearning solutions, including online courseware, mobile, blended learning, and performance support tools. In her role as production manager, she develops and implements processes to help development run smoothly and efficiently. She is passionate about user experience, visual design, and delivering great training solutions.

Michelle has more than 20 years of experience in the eLearning field. She previously worked for the Federal Language Training Laboratory designing multimedia products focused on language learning.

CraigWigginsCraig Wiggins is the Senior Instructional System Designer for Problem Solutions at Advanced Distributed Learning, where he supports the ADL Initiative (specifically in regards to the Experience API).

Craig holds a B.A. in anthropology and a M.Ed. in curriculum development. In his natural habitat, he is usually storyboarding on wall-sized whiteboards or pontificating on Twitter or Google+. Chiefly, he is an elearning jockey and a recovering brazilophile.



CarolynWintersCarolyn Winters. I am a Senior Associate with over 14 years of professional experience in homeland security, program management, concept development, enterprise architecture, IT strategy, and systems engineering. I have been an employee at Booz Allen for 6.5 years where I have served as a trusted advisor and thought leader to senior government decision-makers on multiple engagements including DHS Office of Intelligence & Analysis (I&A) DHS Enterprise Architecture Center of Excellence, DHS Geospatial Management Office, Homeland Infrastructure Foundation-Level Data Working Group (HIFLD) including DHS GMO, NPPD OIP, NGA, USGS, and DOD OASD, CBP’s ACE Business Office and Office of Information & Technology, DHS S&T Apex STORE Program on behalf of the USSS, and FEMA’s Integrated Public Alert and Warning System.

I have performed as a program manager, project manager, strategist, architect, and systems engineer on multiple initiatives across DHS to develop program initiatives, establish policy, internal and external stakeholder engagement, process improvement, information sharing, and systems engineering.

Prior to joining Booz Allen in 2007, I held several leadership positions with major government contractors with increasing levels of responsibility while supporting DOJ’s Victim Notification System in partnership with the FBI, USAO, BOP, US Marshalls Service, USPIS, and the US Courts System. I have a successful track record of providing leadership, strategy, building strong teams and delivering value added services and solutions to complex client problems.

I also serve as the Women’s Forum Career Development Co-Lead focusing on the development of women of all levels across Booz Allen. I created and coordinated the Women’s Forum mentoring program with 55+ mentoring circles located across the US and over 500 participants. In my spare time, I have sponsored numerous events in support of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and the Loudoun Breast Health Network. I also enjoy traveling and have been to many countries across South America and Europe.

ReneeWynnReneé P. Wynn is currently serving as the Acting Assistant Administrator for the Office of Environmental Information (OEI) and Acting Chief Information Officer. Having been with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for more than 24 years, Ms. Wynn offers a wealth of experience including 15 years working with the Superfund program. Prior to her current role, Ms. Wynn served as the Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator of OEI and Deputy Chief Information Officer.

Ms. Wynn has also served as the Director for the Office of Program Management in EPA’s Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response. Since 2006, she was responsible for OSWER-wide program administration in the following areas: long-term strategic planning and analyses across OSWER programs; science; information management; international; specialized task forces; regulatory management; budget formulation and execution; contracts and assistance agreement management; and administrative policy. Ms. Wynn also served as the Senior Official for the OSWER programs that received American Recovery and Reinvestment Act resources and as OSWER’s Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator in 2009.

Ms. Wynn is a graduate of EPA’s Senior Executive Services (SES) Candidate Development Program and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from DePauw University, Indiana.

ElenaZiuDr. Elena Ziu is an Assistant Professor of Physics at the Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC) Annandale Campus. During her 12 years at NVCC she has taught the full spectrum of physics courses, from introductory to engineering physics, both in person and on-line. In addition to her present coursework, in December 2013 she received a Virginia Community College System Paul Lee Professional Development Grant to develop a History of Physics general elective course to further continued interest and appreciation for STEM disciplines by non-science majors. Dr. Ziu earned her Ph.D. from the University of Virginia following her Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her graduate work was in coherent control, a field of physics that refers to the use of lasers to manipulate the behavior of atoms and molecules. Her doctoral dissertation, “Controlling Molecular Rydberg States (May 2001),” was preceded by related publications in the Journal of Chemical Physics and Physical Review A. Dr. Ziu is exceedingly passionate about teaching, especially helping others discover the fascinating world of physics, and developing the math skills necessary to study physics with confidence. Dr. Ziu resides in Fairfax with her husband and four children.