Executive Board Bios

Dr. Sheila R. Ronis, Chair

Dr. Ronis is President ,The University Group, Inc., a management consulting firm and think tank specializing in strategic studies and public policy. She is the former Distinguished Professor of Management and Director, Center for Complex and Strategic Decisions at Walsh College in Troy, Michigan.  Dr. Ronis is a systems scientist with a B.S. in physics, mathematics, and education an M.S. and Ph.D. in Large Formal Social System Behavior received from The Ohio State University. As a Distinguished Fellow at the Project on National Security Reform (PNSR,) Dr. Ronis chaired the Vision Working Group of PNSR in Washington, D.C., which was tasked by Congress to rewrite the National Security Act of 1947 and she was responsible for the plan and processes to develop the place where the President of the United States would conduct “grand strategy” on behalf of the nation.



Brigadier General Jack Pellicci, USA (Ret), Vice Chair

Jack Pellicci was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant of Infantry from West Point in 1960 and joined the US Army. He served as an Infantry officer in command assignments from platoon to Brigade level and served in staff assignments from Battalion to Division level in the US, Europe, Hawaii, Asia and the Pentagon including 2 tours in Vietnam. Pellicci joined Oracle Corporation where he spent over 14 years leading the Business Development Group for Oracle’s Government, Education, Health and Aerospace/Defense Industries and the Global Public Sector Group where he was responsible for positioning Oracle’s strategic capabilities with customers and partners and generating new business.  In 2006 Pellicci joined Intergraph Corporation as SVP and GM of the Federal Government Business. In 2010 he became President and CEO, Intergraph Government Solutions. He retired from Intergraph in 2013.


Mr. Howard Isenberg, Treasurer

Howard Isenberg has been a recognized leader in the outsourcing consumer products industry for most of his career. He retired from his position as Vice President of Business Development for CCL Custom Manufacturing Inc., a worldwide provider of outsourcing services for international and national consumer product companies. Prior to its acquisition by CCL Custom Manufacturing, Mr. Isenberg was President of the Barr Company, a leading manufacturer of consumer products.



Mr. Robert Spring, Secretary

Mr. Spring was a member of the Board of Visitors of the National Defense University and has served on a Defense Science Board Task Force which studied structural impediments to the incorporation of innovative technology into the defense industrial base.


Previously he was a partner in the Global Corporate Department at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP where he had a broad-based general corporate practice which included work in the mergers and acquisitions and private equity/joint venture areas, as well as in the infrastructure/project finance and securitization fields. His specific experience includes work on behalf of financial institutions in connection with their private equity activities; representation of investors in Univision; DirecTV in Latin America; AOL Latin America; and representation of various financial institutions on structured and project finance transactions including the privatization of the Santiago, Chile, Airport and the OCENSA pipeline project in Colombia. Mr. Spring has also worked (through trade groups and others) on various legislative initiatives in the privatization area.


He has served as General Counsel to the Infrastructure Investment Commission, a congressionally appointed commission studying ways to facilitate domestic infrastructure finance, and worked with interested parties in Congress on legislation introduced to implement those recommendations. Robert Spring received his undergraduate degree from Williams College and his law degree from Duke University School of Law. 

Mr. Michael Tang, Development


 Mr. Michael Tang is the Chief Executive Officer of National Material L.P. (NMLP) and is the Vice Chairman of Tang Industries (TII). Mr. Tang’s experience with TII and NMLP include operations, mergers and acquisitions, and start ups of numerous companies. Prior to joining TII, Mr. Tang practiced law in a private firm in Phoenix, Arizona and with the Navajo Tribe. He is a Member of Board of Investors at Merrick Ventures, LLC. Mr. Tang currently is a Member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Chicago Medical Center and of the Field Museum of Chicago. He previously has served on the Boards of other nonprofit organizations such as, the Endowment Association of the College of William and Mary, the Graduate School of Business of the College of William and Mary, and WBEZ, and Chicago’s Public Radio Station. Mr. Tang is a member of the State Bar of Arizona, Illinois and Michigan. Mr. Tang received a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, in Washington, D.C. and a B.A. in Economics from the College of William and Mary, in Virginia. 


Directors

Dr. Farouk Shami

Farouk Shami is a Palestinian American who arrived in America in 1965 with $71 in his pocket and through education and determination achieved the American dream. In 1986, he invented the first ammonia-free hair care system which secured his first patent. From that moment, Shami’s mission became creating a company that was environmentally responsible, promoting education and adhering to the highest ethical standards to save clients’ and hairdressers’ lives.


Shami ran for governor of Texas in 2009 with the platform of running the state as a business and creating jobs and came in second place on the Democratic Party Ticket.He has lectured multiple times at Harvard University through the Kennedy School of Government at their Latino Leadership Initiative.


He has donated to numerous charities and organizations worldwide and personally assisted with disaster relief after such tragedies as 9/11, Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Ike and Sandy and in Haiti. He also founded a diabetes research center at the City of Hope medical facility in California with his business partner.


Farouk Shami believes in infrastructure building, especially through education.  He founded a school to educate young Palestinian women with a specialization in science and technology in memory of his late father, Sheik Mohammed Shami. . 

Hon. Mark Kirk, U.S Senator (IL)

   

Born in Champaign, Illinois, Sen. Kirk graduated from Cornell University, the London School of Economics, and Georgetown University Law Center. He practiced law throughout the 1980s and 1990s.  

He then joined the United States Navy Reserve as a Direct Commission Officer in the Intelligence career field in 1989 and was recalled to active duty for the 1999 NATO bombing of Yugoslavia. He participated in Operation Northern Watch in Iraq the following year. He attained the rank of Commander and retired from the Navy Reserve in 2013.


Kirk was elected to the House in 2000. During his fifth term in November 2010 he won two concurrent elections: to finish the final months of former Senator Barack Obama's term and to serve the next six-year term. He was sworn in on November 29, 2010, and began a six-year Senate term in January 2011 and ended January 2017 

 


Michael J. Moniz

 

Michael J. Moniz is the co-founder, President, and CEO of Circadence® and has established the company as a leader in the Application Optimization and Cyber-Defense Market. His commitment to financial viability, strategic acquisitions, and the development of innovative intellectual property has driven Circadence’s strong, continued growth in the WAN solutions market. Notably, in 2008, he led the company to a first place ranking in the Deloitte Fast 50. Under his direction, the company has secured 24 patents, many focusing on high-growth market segments such as cloud and mobile computing.


Always pursuing ever-greater challenges, Mr. Moniz, an avid alpinist, co-holds the world speed record for his ascent of the 50 highest mountains in the U.S. in 43 days. He has summited five of the Seven Summits and in 2010 was named an Ultimate Adventurer by National Geographic.

Mr. B. John Lindahl Jr.

Mr. Lindahl is Chairman of the Great Northern Baking Company; a Director of MN Film & TV Board; a Director of Franklin College & the Taylor Institute – Lugano,  Switzerland, and a Director of DOCA (Defense Orientation Conference Association).  In the recent past, Mr. Lindahl was a Director of the Minnesota Opera Company; a Director of the Malt-O-Meal Company; a Director and Secretary of the Board of Intek Plastics Company, and Vice-Chairman of the Trustees of the Minneapolis College of Art & Design.    

Mr. Michael Langman

Michael is the founder and co-President of Wharton Aerospace, an alumni association of senior executives with shared ties to the commercial aerospace & defense industries. Wharton Aerospace conducts annual conferences on Wharton campus in Philadelphia to foster closer ties between the Wharton School, its Wharton Aerospace participants and the industrial base. By profession, Michael Langman is a Principal at Anabasis LLC and a Managing Director at SEC-registered investment bank The McLean Group.


Prior to receiving his MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Michael served as an officer in the US paratroops. His formative experiences include combat service with the 82nd Airborne Division (Operation Desert Storm), then-classified Task Force 118 (Operation Prime Chance against Iranian Revolutionary Guards assets) and a Ft. Bragg–based intelligence unit supporting XVIII Airborne Corps (collections operations against Nicaraguan Sandinista forces).

Ms. Tania Hanna

 

Tania Hanna is vice president of Government Relations for Harris Corporation. Hanna is responsible for the company’s relations with the U.S. Congress, the Executive Branch and defense and aerospace industry representatives located in the Washington, DC, area, as well as international government agencies.


Hanna earned a bachelor’s degree in international politics from Georgetown University, a graduate degree from the University of Antwerp, Belgium, a law degree from American University and a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Norwich University.

She is a member of the Board of Directors of the U.S. Pakistan Business Council, the NDIA’s Women in Defense, the DC Bar, the Federal Communications Bar Association, and Women in Aerospace (WIA).




Brigadier General Michael P. Fleming, USA (Ret)

Brigadier General Fleming is the Senior Vice President for University Relations and Development for Jackson University (Florida), 


Fleming previously served as the Assistant Adjutant General for the Florida Army National Guard, St Augustine FL. He holds a Master of Arts (with Distinction) in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College and a Master of Business Administration from the University of North Florida.


General Fleming enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and after receiving three meritorious promotions as an enlisted Marine, he was commissioned through the Enlisted Commissioning Program. He served in various leadership positions in the Marine Corps through the grade of Captain until his transfer to the Florida Army National Guard. General Fleming's military assignments include Chief of Staff, Deputy Chief of Staff Operations, Battalion Commander, Company Commander, Chief, Policy and Liaison, National Guard Bureau, and Inspector General. He has served as a National Security Fellow at Harvard University and as a Congressional Fellow with the House Veterans Affairs Committee.



Mr. Edward Cody

  

Mr. Edward B. Cody, also known as Ed, is the owner of Enterprise Business Consulting. Prior experience includes serving as the chief financial executive and comptroller of DISA (Defense Information Systems Agency).


In addition, Mr. Cody has over 32 years of experience with Pentagon Federal Credit Union and served as its Treasurer and now Chairman since May 20, 2014.


Ed boasts over 35 years of federal service, including 2 years of active duty service as an Army lieutenant and is a Vietnam veteran. 

Mr. Robert Fitzpatrick

 Robert Fitzpatrick is the principal in the law firm  Robert B. Fitzpatrick, PLLC in Washington, D.C. where he represents clients in employment law and employee benefits matters. Mr. Fitzpatrick has concentrated his practice in employment law disputes for over forty-one years and has been described by the National Law Journal as being among the top employment lawyers in the country and by Washingtonian Magazine as "tops in employment law" in the Washington, D.C. area. He was also included in the 2006 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. 

Mr. George Salam

  

George R. Salem established the Law Offices of George R. Salem, PLLC in January 2005. In November 2005 he became a Strategic Advisor with DLA Piper, where he is focused on assisting in the development of DLA Piper's Middle East and U.S. Department of Labor practices.


From 1990 to 2004, Mr. Salem was a partner at the law firm of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, LLP, where he headed the firm's Middle East and U.S. Department of Labor practices.

During the course of his career, Mr. Salem has negotiated some of the most significant settlements in the field of labor law, among them the resolution of all pending Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) cases against the Teamsters' Central States Pension Fund, the E.O. 11246 discrimination case against Harris Trust and Savings Bank, and several major Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) and Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) settlements, including the major FLSA settlement involving Food Lion.


In 1992, Mr. Salem received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor award which is presented annually to Americans of diverse origins for their outstanding contributions to their own ethnic groups and to American society.

Mr. Steven Schorer

 Mr. Steven Schorer is an accomplished Chief Executive with a thirty-year track record of successful leadership experience within world-class defense electronics and aerospace companies such as: Raytheon, Hughes Aircraft, Lockheed Martin and Allied Signal. He has served in key leadership positions during the formative years of L-3 Communications and DRS Technologies, in building through acquisition and organic growth, two of the largest mid-tier corporations in the Aerospace and Defense industry. 


In 2008, he played a key role in the sale of DRS Technologies to Finmeccanica, viewed as one of the most lucrative M&A transactions in recent industry history. Most recently, he has had experience in turning around, divesting, and subsequently leading a large ($4B) service organization that is private equity backed and privately held, DynCorp International. 


He is presently serving on two boards as well as the National Defense University Foundation's board. 

Rear Admiral Mike Manazir, USN (Ret.)

  

Rear Admiral Mike Manazir retired from the Navy on 1 August 2017 after 36 years of service and is now the Vice President, Navy Systems for The Boeing Company, based in Arlington, VA. In this role, Mike is the Government Operations representative for the Navy, responsible for all products and services within the Navy portfolio. He is responsible for bringing the Navy customer’s perspective to each Boeing business division leadership team to inform strategy, technology investment and business decisions in the pursuit of new Navy business opportunities for The Boeing Company. Mike will be the principal liaison to the Strike Surveillance and Mobility division for Boeing Defense Systems.


During his naval career, Manazir commanded: VF-31, USS SACRAMENTO, USS NIMITZ, and CARRIER STRIKE GROUP EIGHT in USS DD EISENHOWER. That service included 15 overseas deployments from both coasts; 3750 fighter hours, qualified in the F-14A/D and the F-18E/F; 1240 arrested landings; five tours in the Pentagon.

General Counsel

Mr. Herbert Fenster

 

  

Herbert Fenster practice as a lawyer focuses on subjects such as: procurement, environmental, administrative and tort law. He has extensive experience in the negotiation, interpretation, and litigation of contracts for major weapons systems, as well as the procurement of research and development.


Mr. Fenster has had key involvement in critical legal and regulatory issues arising in the award and termination of major weapons programs. He has lectured and testified multiple times on the subject of government finance and accounting from both industry and government perspectives and has also had major involvement in contracting for “Stability Operations and Expeditionary Support” starting in the early years of the Vietnam War.


Mr. Fenster is an authority in litigation under a number of federal statutes including the Administrative Procedure Act, the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act and the Freedom of Information Act. Mr. Fenster is the General Counsel of the National Defense University Foundation.

   

Senior Advisors

Amb. Walter Stadtler

  

Ambassador Stadtler has previously served as President/CEO of the National Defense University Foundation, and as Vice-President of NDU.  


Prior to that role, He served as a career officer in the United States Foreign Service for more than three decades during which he was assigned to: London, Bonn, United States Mission to the United Nations, Stockholm, Cotonou, Addis Ababa, Pretoria, Cape Town and Washington. 


In 1986, Ambassador Stadtler was appointed by President Reagan as Ambassador to Benin, where he served for three years. 


In addition, he worked as a  Senior Fellow in the Office of the Secretary of Defense where he was responsible for advising on critical issues in relation to Somalia, Bosnia and Haiti.  In 1993, he was appointed head of the Department of Defense Task Force on Somalia and negotiated with Somali leaders, heads of government and with ministers of defense and foreign affairs whose forces were engaged in peacekeeping in that country. 


From 1995 through 2002, he was the United States representative on the International Defense Advisory Board for the Baltic Republic of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. 


Ambassador Stadtler has also been a Professor and Director of the Program on Peacekeeping Policy at George Mason University from 1995 until May of 2000. 


Ambassador Stadtler is a graduate of the Royal College of Defense Studies in London.



Paul Came

  

Paul Came co-founded Came|Sweeney in 2002 after having been in the executive recruiting business. He has also  been in the Healthcare and the Higher Education practices of Heidrick & Struggles. 


Prior to joining the executive recruiting industry he worked for several years in basic research at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and Rockefeller University. He then moved on to the pharmaceutical industry with Schering-Plough Corporation and Sterling Drug where he was responsible for research and development, quality assurance, strategic planning and budgeting. 


He then served as President of HEM Research (now Hemispherx Biopharma) which was engaged in the production and marketing of biologics, pharmaceuticals and diagnostic reagents. His responsibilities spanned all facets of general management including manufacturing, quality, regulatory affairs, clinical research and sales and marketing. 


Now, he is primarily engaged in conducting senior managerial and leadership level assignments for universities, industrial manufacturers, non-profit organizations, and healthcare companies. His clients are emerging growth companies as well as Fortune 200 companies, small colleges, large universities, and medical centers.