Executive Board Bios

Brigadier General Jack A. Pellicci, USA (Ret), 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 later 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. 

Rear Admiral Mike Manazir, USN (Ret), Vice Chair

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.

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. 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, 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, 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. 


Rear Admiral Michael Browne USN (Ret.)

Michael Browne is a senior executive with the knowledge and skills as a strategic thinker and proven leadership experience to assess and handle critical customer and business situations and follow though to achieve ideal outcomes. He has served on leadership teams, both in the U.S. Navy as a Rear Admiral and in industry as a sales, consulting and research executive in this Fortune 100 multi-national corporation.

Recently at IBM, Michael worked in the emerging technology area of Artificial Intelligence with IBM Watson. Having launched successful partnerships with Softbank in Japan and SK Holdings in Korea, he now serves as IBM's Director for Government Programs in Washington D.C. to develop long-term partnerships and obtain cooperative funding for advanced technology research.

Previously, Michael held many diverse assignments as a U.S. Navy Flag Officer in the areas of engineering, naval networks, and behavioral health. In his final assignment, he served as the head of the Navy’s health, wellness, resiliency and operational stress programs for wounded warriors and suicide prevention. In business, he has held leadership positions on large commercial accounts in healthcare, defense, insurance and energy industries. He led the international business for IBM’s Research Lab in Nairobi, Kenya, where through partnerships with public and private health organizations in the developing world, IBM developed new markets for health research in Africa.

Vice Adm. Mark I. Fox


Vice Adm. Mark I. Fox (U.S. Navy, Ret.) is a corporate vice president of customer affairs at Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Newport News Shipbuilding division. HII is America’s largest military shipbuilding company and a provider of professional services to partners in government and industry.

Named to this position in July 2016, Fox is responsible for all customer outreach for Newport News’ programs. He works in HII’s Washington, D.C., office.

Fox graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1978 and became a naval aviator in 1980. He commanded U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/U.S. 5th Fleet, Carrier Strike Group 10 aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), Carrier Air Wing 2 aboard USS Constellation (CV 64) and Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 81 aboard USS Enterprise (CVN 65). 

Other command and executive leadership assignments include service as deputy chief of naval operations for operations, plans and strategy; commander, Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center; and deputy assistant to the President and director, White House Military Office, where he was responsible for overseeing all military support to the President. Additionally, he was the first commander of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 122, the Navy’s first FA-18E/F Super Hornet squadron, and he served as the aviation programs liaison officer in the Navy’s Office of Legislative Affairs. 

Most recently, he served as deputy commander at U.S. Central Command. 

Mr. Edward Cody

Mr. Edward B. Cody is the Owner and President of Enterprise Business Consulting, LLC a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business.  He has over 46 years of experience in the areas of Federal government financial management, business process improvement, management analysis, and internal auditing.  Ed retired as the Chief Financial Executive of the Defense Information Systems Agency after 35 years of Federal service.  He is a recipient of the Presidential Meritorious Executive Rank Award and the Secretary of Defense Meritorious Civilian Service Medal.

Mr. Cody has also held private sector positions at the director level in small and large businesses post-retirement.  Ed is a member of the Board of Directors of PenFed Credit Union where he has 36 years of volunteer service and currently serves as Chairman.  He also serves on the Board of the PenFed Foundation, which serves the Military community.

Ed began his professional career as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army and is a decorated Vietnam veteran.  

He received a BS degree in Accounting from LaSalle College, an MSA degree from George Washington University, and completed post-graduate studies at Oxford University and the London Business School.  Ed is a member of the Military Officers Association of America, Armed Forces Communications Electronics Association, Association of the US Army, and American Society of Military Comptrollers.

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

Mark Kirk joined NDU Foundation’s Board of Directors in 2017.  First elected to Congress in 2000, he served five terms in the U.S. House of Representatives before being elected to the U.S. Senate in 2010.  Senator Kirk previously held positions at the World Bank and the U.S. Department of State, and as a counsel to the House International Relations Committee.  He also served for 23 years as an Intelligence Officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve.  Kirk was the ranking Republican on the Senate Banking Subcommittee on National Security and International Trade and Finance.  He was also the ranking Republican on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee for Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and a member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs.   

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. Siobhan M. MacDermott

Siobhan MacDermott leads the Global Cyber Public Policy team at Bank of America. She is responsible for Bank of America’s participation in programs dedicated to improving cyber resiliency of the global financial system including thought leadership, engagement, geopolitical risk analysis and contingency planning.

Ms. MacDermott joined Bank of America in July 2016 after heading the Cyber Economics Practice at EY (Ernst & Young), and consulting to Fortune 500 boards on cybersecurity. Prior to EY, she was Chief Policy Officer for AVG Technologies and spent over 20 years working in Silicon Valley. Ms. MacDermott helped direct strategy, global policy and executive communications for a number of financial services and technical companies across the globe. In addition, she’s an accomplished author, with a sixth book expected in early 2018.

Ms. MacDermott serves as Vice Chair of the Fund for Peace and is an Associate Fellow for the Global Fellowship Initiative for the Geneva Centre for Security Policy in Switzerland. She is a Senior Fellow of the Edward R. Murrow Center for a Digital World at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, is a Member of the Advisory Council of the Global Master of Arts Program of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and serves as a Board Member for the Center for Global Risk and Security at the Rand Corporation.

Ms. MacDermott graduated from Temple University with a Bachelor of Arts in German Language and Literature. She holds a Master of Business Administration from Thunderbird School of Global Management and a Global Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University. 

Mr. 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.

Dr. Sheila Ronis, Chairman Emeritus

Dr. Ronis is President of 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.

Mr. George Salem

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.

Dr. Farouk Shami, Special Representative and Advisor for International Affairs

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.

In June 2018, Farouk was appointed NDU Foundation Board of Directors Special Representative and Advisor for International Affairs, a volunteer postion. The purpose of this position is to significantly strengthen ties between the Foundation, the International Student Management Office (ISMO) and the University.  

Mr. Matt Wollman

Matt J. Wollman is Chairman and CEO of R10 Organization Inc., a private company of global business leaders. The organization is expected to reach 250 extraordinary members by 2020 and presently has a constituency of approximately 70. Most of the members are either on or qualified to be members of the Forbes list.

Mr. Wollman also serves as Chairman and CEO of Strategic Services International, Inc., a global security consultancy and advisory firm, whose activities span geo-political policy and security matters with specific focus on risk assessment, early warning, due diligence and crisis management across the Middle East, Europe, and the Americas. Since 2009 Wollman has also owned a controlling interest in Strategic Media Intel, LLC; a niche media company and publisher of ARareWorld (ARW), a travel intelligence journal for the extreme high-net-worth market with a circulation of over 10,000 readers in more than 20 countries. Since its inception ARW has published over 620 reviews drawn from more than 300 overseas trips.

Alongside his business interests, Wollman has had a distinguished career in public service dating back to 1999 when he began working with the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) through its Counter-Terrorism and Criminal Intelligence Bureau. After a five-year period working with the community, law enforcement officers, and major infrastructure workers, Wollman subsequently transferred to Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (LASD) working in Emergency Operations, Foreign Government Outreach and International Policing. Mr. Wollman ended his service with LASD as Reserve Chief in August 2014. He currently serves as Reserve Commander, International Affairs, with the Alameda County Sheriff's Office.

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

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. 

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.

Staff Bios

Dr. William J. Parker III, President and CEO

Dr. William J. Parker III is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Defense University Foundation.

Immediately prior to joining the National Defense University Foundation, Dr. Parker served as the Chief Operating Officer at the EastWest Institute where he oversaw offices in New York, Brussels, Moscow and San Francisco. 

An award-winning author, Dr. Parker has published over fifty articles and co-authored the book Jihadist Strategic Communication. His 2016 book, Guaranteeing America’s Security in the Twenty-First Century, is considered a practitioners’ guide to U.S. national security. Dr. Parker is an accomplished speaker and frequent guest commentator in global media on issues of national security and the global economy. He has addressed the media in more than thirty nations, including such outlets as Fox News, Fox Business, National Public Radio, Al Jazeera, Patriot Radio, Sputnik Radio, Voice of America and other live radio and television shows.

He appears in, and consulted on, the 2016 Discovery Channel documentary Sonic Sea, which received an Emmy Award for Best Nature Documentary in 2017. Known for his ability to explain complicated international issues clearly and concisely and to provide coherent solutions, Dr. Parker has lectured at renowned international venues including the Council on Foreign Relations, the Hague, the International Counter-Terror Symposium at Windsor Castle in London, Columbia University, Tufts University, Columbia Law School, New York University, Bard College, the College of Charleston, the Armed Forces Staff College and numerous other institutions worldwide.

Dr. Parker was a featured speaker at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., in 2018, a featured panelist on Strategic Post Conflict Investment for the 2017 Concordia Global Summit in New York and a guest panelist and speaker at Bloomberg Investments in London in 2017. He is a life member and former Fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations. Dr. Parker is also a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors. 

He is a retired senior U.S. naval officer who is a qualified military parachutist and Surface Warfare Officer with a long list of awards, including the Bronze Star, three Legions of Merit and the Department of State Meritorious Honor award. During nearly three decades in uniform, he commanded three warships, and later, a squadron of warships. He was the 2009 recipient of the Vice Admiral James Bond Stockdale Award for Inspirational Leadership. He served as the Chief of Staff for U.S. Naval Surface Forces. In addition to multiple combat tours, he held the post of senior advisor and strategist with U.S. Embassies in Iraq and Pakistan.

Dr. Parker holds a Doctorate from George Mason University’s Department of Molecular and Microbiology, a Master of Public Administration from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government where he was the Arthur S. Moreau Scholar, and a Bachelor of Science from the United States Air Force Academy, where he was a distinguished military graduate and class president. Dr. Parker is also a distinguished graduate from the National Defense University's Joint and Combined Warfighting School at the Joint Forces Staff College.