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Technical Director, NSA
Neal Ziring is a technical director in the Information Assurance Directorate (IAD) at NSA. The IAD provides cryptographic, network, and operational security to protect and defend national security systems. Previously, Mr. Ziring was a technical director for the Vulnerability Analysis and Operations Group, which provides technology evaluations, defensive operations, and secure configuration guidance for the DoD and the IC. During that time, he served as security architect for two major NSA mission systems programs, collaborated with NIST on the Security Content Automation Protocol (SCAP), and led analyses of cloud computing and IPv6. Before joining the NSA in 1989, he worked at AT&T Bell Labs. He has a BS in EE and an MS in Computer Science from Washington University.
FAS Commissioner, GSA
Alan Thomas Jr. was sworn in as Commissioner for the U.S. General Services Administration’s Federal Acquisition Service on June 26, 2017.
In this position, he oversees the delivery of more than $50 billion of products, services and solutions that save taxpayer dollars and enable federal agencies to accomplish their missions as efficiently as possible.
Thomas comes to GSA with more than 20 years of experience in both industry and government. He most recently served as a vice president with Artlin Consulting where he worked to build the processes and infrastructure to compete for, win, and deliver large federal programs through GSA’s One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services (OASIS) contract vehicle.
Thomas has also served in a number of roles within the federal government. His public service includes work as a program analyst in the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense where he managed a portfolio of research and development programs with an annual budget that exceeded $10 million, service on the Department of Defense's Task Force to Improve Business and Stability Operations in Iraq and as a presidential management fellow serving on both the Army staff and in the Office of the Secretary of Defense where he earned the Secretary of Defense Award for Excellence and the Vice President’s Hammer Award for innovation in public service.
IT Specialist, Customer Engagement & Solutions, Development Division, ITC, FAS, GSA
Skip Jentsch is currently working in the GSA cloud computing program management office as an Enterprise Architect. Mr. Jentsch is a federal government cloud computing advocate who assists other agencies migrate their email and data network infrastructure to cloud computing platforms so that they can save precious IT budget dollars.
Deputy CIO, SBA
Prior to joining SBA, Guy Cavallo served as executive director of IT operations for the Transportation Security Administration.
Earlier in his career, he spent a few years as a senior IT executive for the city of Charlotte, North Carolina, before taking senior-level private sector roles with companies such as Microsoft and Pyramid Analytics.
Dr. Joseph Ronzio
Deputy Chief Health Technology Officer, Dept. of Veterans Affairs
Dr. Joseph Ronzio started his career as an Information Technology Architect/Engineer. He managed projects and directed implementations of new technologies for companies such as PNC Bank, Foxwoods Casino, IBM/Lotus, Rockwell, The Gillette Company and The Computer Merchant. After a successful business career, Dr. Ronzio was able to fulfill a childhood dream and served his country in the U.S. Air Force as a commissioned Medical Services Corps officer. In 2008, he separated from Active Duty to achieve his Doctorate in Health Sciences, but still serves in a reserve capacity today. Previously, Dr. Ronzio worked as the Regional Telehealth Coordinator for Veterans Health Administration VISN20 from 2008 to 2012 and was the Department Head for Health Information Management for the U.S. Navy from 2012 to 2013. Dr. Ronzio was deployed as the Director of Operations for the 379th Expeditionary Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron from May to September 2015. He returned from deployment and continues to serve as the Deputy Chief Health Technology Officer for Veterans Health Administration, the position he has held since 2013.
Acting Principal Deputy CIO, DOD
Mr. Thomas Michelli currently serves as the Acting Principal Deputy, Department of Defense Chief Information Officer (DoD CIO). In this capacity, Mr. Michelli assists the Acting DoD CIO as the primary advisor to the Secretary of Defense for Information Management / Information Technology (IT) and Information Assurance, as well as non-intelligence space systems; critical satellite communications, navigation, and timing programs; spectrum; and telecommunications.
Mr. Michelli is the CIO and Deputy Assistant Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard, for Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and IT (C4IT), and is on assignment to the DoD CIO. In this role, he guides the development of C4IT and cybersecurity strategic policy and governance, and oversees the acquisition, design, engineering, operation, maintenance, and recapitalization of the Coast Guard’s $1.5 billion C4IT infrastructure.
Deputy Executive Assistant Commissioner, Office of Field Operations, CBP/DHS
John Wagner became Deputy Executive Assistant Commissioner, Office of Field Operations (OFO), on April 6, 2014. He has been assigned to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at Headquarters in Washington DC since 1999, and has worked on numerous policy and operational issues.
Mr. Wagner has been a leader in developing many of OFO’s successful business transformation efforts. These include the deployment of the internationally acclaimed Global Entry program and the Automated Passport Control kiosks for international travelers.
OFO includes nearly 29,000 employees with more than 22,000 CBP Officers and CBP Agriculture Specialists that protect U.S. borders. An annual operating budget of $3.2 billion provides for operations at 328 ports of entry, and many programs that support the national security, immigration, customs, and commercial trade-related missions of CBP.
Deputy CTO, HHS
Ed Simcox is the Deputy Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) . As the Deputy CTO at HHS, Ed provides leadership and direction to ensure that HHS effectively uses data, technology and innovation to improve the lives of the American people and the performance of the operating divisions across the Department. Simcox has been working within the intersection of healthcare and technology for 18 years.
Prior to joining HHS, Simcox served as the Healthcare Practice Leader at Logicalis, an IT service provider and consultancy with over 300 healthcare clients in the United States and across the globe. In this role, Simcox was responsible for leading healthcare strategy and solutions for Logicalis in the United States. He also engaged with healthcare providers across the US in a consulting capacity and advocated for open healthcare data and telehealth adoption. Prior to joining Logicalis, Ed was the director of the healthcare go-to-market strategy and product development for AT&T.
Before joining AT&T, Ed served in multiple roles at Indiana University Health (formerly Clarian Health), one of the largest healthcare systems in the nation with 17 hospitals, 50 physician groups and a revenue of over $6 billion in 2016. Simcox served as the Chief Technology Officer and prior to that the Director of Business Innovations at Indiana University Health. Simcox was awarded ComputerWorld's Laureate medal for achieving $5 million in savings through the design and implementation of innovative IT solutions. During Simcox’s time as CTO, Indiana University Health received Hospitals and Health Networks' "Most Wired Hospital" award based in part on Simcox’s work with emerging technologies.
Principal Deputy National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, ONC
Genevieve Morris serves as the principal deputy national coordinator for health information technology. Ms. Morris previously worked with ONC in a variety of areas such as policy, standards and technology, and grant programs. Among her outputs were reports to support the State Health Information Exchange Program, including reports on consumer engagement in health information exchange, provider directories, and query-based health information exchange. Most notably, Ms. Morris supported the development of the Shared Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap, including writing and editing portions of the roadmap. This important document provides guidance to all health IT stakeholders on the actions that must be taken in order to achieve a truly interoperable learning health system.
Ms. Morris also supported ONC’s Health IT Certification Program by developing the test procedures and test data related to the meaningful use and advancing care information calculations. In addition, Ms. Morris developed the health IT framework for alternative payment models (APMs.) The framework lays out a strategy for moving to more advanced health IT systems to enable APMs to be successful as they scale. Ms. Morris also provided meaningful use subject matter expertise to clients, which included assisting practices in qualifying for meaningful use incentives and assisting health systems with meaningful use audits.
She has worked in the health IT field for over 10 years and collaborated on several publications on the topics of health information exchange and meaningful use.
Chief Knowledge Officer, Regional Health Command-Atlantic, U.S. Army
Cynthia Hilsinger has extensive DOD experience working for all branches of the military. She truly is a “purple suiter” having attended the Naval War College and Air Command and Staff College. Her current assignment is at Fort Belvoir for the Regional Health Command Atlantic - Provisional. As Chief Knowledge Officer she influences Army Medicine as it prepares for Genesis deployment. She manages KM processes across her region, which encompasses all Army treatment facilities from the Mississippi River east to the Atlantic Ocean.
Her prior assignment as Chief Knowledge Officer was at Navy Medicine Professional Development Center. She guided executive staff in developing a robust telework program, which led to the 2012 Alfred P. Sloan award for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility in the When Work, Works competition.
Acting Service Development Executive & PEO, DISA
Mr. Carpenter was recently assigned as the Services Development Executive, leading acquisition of information services for the war fighter. Prior, as the Chief, Requirements and Analysis Office, he was responsible for the analysis of new requirements; maintaining the requirements baseline and developing business cases for investments in new capabilities aligned with strategic guidance.
Sr. Director for Global Security Sales & Solutions at Juniper Networks
Vaishali is responsible for driving innovative Security & SD-WAN solutions in the field, as well as key wins & partner eco system GTM globally. Prior to Security sales role, Vaishali was a field CTO for Commercial & Partner Sales where she was responsible for driving Commercial and Partner sales, GTM strategy, key wins & joint solutions. Vaishali has 20 years of experience in networking & security product management, product marketing, strategic alliances and engineering capacities. Before joining Juniper in 2004, Vaishali spent 7 years at Nortel in product management and engineering capacities, leading the SSL VPN, 10 Gigabit Ethernet and WLAN strategy and solutions. She holds a Master of Science degree in Computer Engineering from University of Arizona.
Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Juniper Networks
Bikash Koley is Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Juniper Networks. In this role, Bikash is responsible for charting Juniper's technology strategy and for leading and executing the company’s critical technology innovations. Bikash is an industry-leading expert in software-defined networking (SDN), intent-driven networking, packet-optical integration, warehouse-scale computing, and large-scale data center interconnection.
Bikash joined Juniper from Google, where he was a Distinguished Engineer and the Head of Network Architecture, Engineering and Planning. Prior to Google, Bikash was the CTO of Qstreams Networks, a company he co-founded. He also spent several years at Ciena Corporation in various technical roles developing DWDM and Ethernet technologies.
He received a Bachelors in Technology in Electronics and Communications Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India and MS and PhD degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Maryland at College Park.
VP, Federal Markets
A dynamic Senior Business Executive with more than 25 years of multiple industry experience as an individual contributor and leader. Extensive background and expertise in Advanced Technologies, Data Networking, Cloud, IP, Middleware, SaaS, Data Center and the Federal Markets. Expertise in Sales, Implementation Services, Outsourcing, Consulting Services, and Sales Planning. Specialized knowledge and skill in Business and Channel Development, Federal and Commercial Sales, Corporate Management and Leadership.
Throughout Bob's career, he has exceeded or met service and sales targets almost every year as an independent contributor and leader. Through various roles, Bob has acquired solid management experience as VP, Gotham Industries, CEO of PacStar Communications, Inc, President of Nortel Government Solutions, and Vice President, Camber.
Mr. Dunn graduated from Boston College School of Management with a Bachelor Science Degree in Marketing. Bob is currently, Boston College’s, Neenan Society member for Class of ‘87. Bob and his wife, Susan, have two sons, Bobby, 20 and Jack, 18, and live in Virginia, D.C. area.
CEO, Juniper Networks
Rami Rahim is Chief Executive Officer of Juniper Networks and a member of the company’s Board of Directors. A rarity in the industry, he has risen from an early employee – beginning his Juniper career in 1997 as employee number 32 – to CEO. Rahim started as an engineer on the company’s first breakthrough product – the M40 core router – and is now in his third year leading the multibillion-dollar company. He has re-energized and refocused Juniper’s 9,000+ employees and investments, beaten Wall Street estimates, and been ranked among the top-rated CEOs in the country during his early tenure as CEO.
Rahim earned a Bachelor of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. He also completed an intensive six-week executive program at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. Rahim holds 17 U.S. patents in networking technologies and is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). His insights can be found via the Juniper blog, Twitter and LinkedIn.
Head of Federal Strategy and Technology, Juniper Networks
David Mihelcic is the Head of Federal Strategy and Technology supporting the Juniper Networks Federal sales, engineering, and operations teams. In this role, David is responsible for supporting the design and implementation of automated, scalable and secure networking solutions that meet government customer expectations, satisfy technical and certification requirements, and support global government missions. David joined Juniper Networks in February 2017 following 18 years with the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), where he retired as Chief Technology Officer, a position he held for more than 12 years. He served as the DISA senior authority on scientific, technical, and engineering matters and developed the DoD’s enterprise-wide systems engineering (EWSE) process and plan. He also established DISA’s board for facilitating and governing cross-program integration and synchronization.
David is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering.