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RDML LOUIS V. CARIELLO, CEC, USN, Ret.

Chairman, SMSA Board of Directors

Vice President of Facilities, University of Washington 

Prior to his retirement from the Navy in July of 2017, RDML Cariello served as Director, Energy and Environmental Readiness Division on the OPNAV staff after commanding the Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Atlantic.  His operational assignments with Seabees took him all over the world, including the combat theaters of Iraq and Afghanistan. He is a 1986 graduate of the United States Naval Academy where he majored in Mechanical Engineering. He received a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Management from Drexel University in 1994 and attended the Executive Management Program at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business.

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CAPT KEITH HAMILTON, CEC, USN, Ret.

Vice Chairman-SMSA Board of Directors

Deputy Associate Administrator & Senior Procurement Executive, National Nuclear Security Administration

 

Captain Hamilton is a member of the Senior Executive Service managing a $13.5 Billion per year Acquisition and Project Management portfolio for NNSA.  He retired after 30 years of active duty Navy service while serving as the Deputy Commander for Operations at Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Headquarters.  Other senior staff assignments included serving as the Director of Facilities and Environment for Navy Installations Command and on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations.  He had three command tours including serving as the Commanding Officer of NAVFAC Southwest, with over 3800 employees providing facilities engineering, construction, maintenance and operations worth $3.5 Billion per year.  Seabee tours included serving as the Commanding Officer of Amphibious Construction Battalion ONE, as the Commanding Officer of Construction Battalion Maintenance Unit THREE ZERO TWO, and as a Detail Officer in Charge with Naval Mobile Construction Battalion SIXTY TWO.  He is a Licensed Professional Engineer registered in the states of Oregon and Virginia.  He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Missouri, a Master of Science in Financial Management from the Naval Postgraduate School, a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College, and is a graduate of The Executive Program at the University of Virginia’s Darden Graduate School of Business. 

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CAPT MIKE BLOUNT, CEC, USN, Ret.

Senior Vice President, AECOM 

Blount is a Senior Vice President at AECOM. He had a distinguished 27-year career with the US Navy, most recently serving as Commanding Officer, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southeast, Jacksonville, FL. CAPT Blount led a 1,700-person organization responsible for planning, design, construction, environmental, real estate, contracting support and public works to all Naval Bases in the Southeast. Additionally, during his career, Captain Blount served in NMCB-40, COMCBPAC, NMCB-7, NMCB-1 and 30NCR.  He has a Professional Degree in Engineering (Water Resources), George Washington University - 2003, M.S. Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology - 1990, B.S.E. Environmental Engineering, University of Florida - 1982, Advanced Management Program, Fuqua School of Business - 2003

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CAPT KATHRYN DONOVAN, CEC, USN, Ret.

CAPT Donovan retired in 2017after 30 years of service. Her public works and contracting tours include Assistant Resident Officer in Charge of Construction, Pensacola, FL; Staff Civil Engineer, Subic Bay, Philippines; Public Works Officer, Meridian, MS; Assistant Operations Officer and Executive Officer, Facilities Engineering Command Washington D.C.; and Public Works Business Line Leader. Her operational tours include Officer in Charge, Construction Battalion Unit FOUR ZERO TWO, Pensacola, FL; SECONDBrigade, Little Creek, VA; OperationsOfficer, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion SEVEN, Gulfport, MS; Commanding Officer, Navy Provisional Detainee Battalion TWO, Iraq; Commander, TWENTY SECOND Naval Construction Regiment, Gulfport, MS. Her staff tours include Junior Officer Detailer, White House Fellow, OPNAV and Director Navy Staff Action Officer, Executive Assistant for Commander Navy Installations Command, and Chief of Staff for Commander, Naval Facilities Engineering Command. CAPT Donovan has a mechanical engineering degree from the U.S.Naval Academy, a Masters of Business Administration from the University of West Florida, and a Masters of Engineering from George Washington University.  

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CUCM(SWC) JAMES FARLEY, USN, Ret.

After a 32-year career in the Navy Seabees, CUCM Farley retired as Command Master Chief of NMCB-24. He served in both Vietnam and Desert Shield/Storm. Jim is a longtime SMSA board member and volunteer and serves on the scholarship selection committee.  Jim founded Farley Associates, Inc., a family-owned commercial, industrial and institutional construction firm.  

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RADM MARK HANDLEY, CEC, USN, Ret.

Senior Vice President, Federal Programs, AECOM


RADM Handley, commanded the First Naval Construction Division (Seabees) prior to his retirement. He previously served as Vice Commander, Navy Installations Command, and Director of Shore Readiness for Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Logistics) in Washington, D.C., as well as Commanding Officer, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Mid-Atlantic. Mark led development of the Navy Shore Energy Strategy while Director of Shore Readiness. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Villanova University, and a Master's of Engineering (Construction) degree from Stanford University. Mark attended the University of Michigan’s Executive Management Program and the Babson College Executive Program on Leading Innovation. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in the state of Washington and an active member of the Society of American Military Engineers.

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JOE HOGAN

Division President, Mid Atlantic Region, Clark Construction
 

Joe Hogan oversees the development and delivery of projects for public and private clients in Clark Construction Group’s Mid-Atlantic Region. Joe leads a business unit where he focuses on the acquisition and construction of technically complex projects. He has worked on many notable projects in the Mid-Atlantic Region, including the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Cannon House Office Building Revitalization, and National Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Memorial

Joe earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Norwich University.

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TRUDY HOFF

Realtor/Owner- Remax Alliance
 

Trudy Hoff has been a REALTOR in Hampton Roads since 1981. She and her late husband, CAPT Michael “Mick” L. Hoff, CEC RET opened RE/MAX Alliance in 1995. Trudy’s real estate firm and title company has consistently been among the top companies in Hampton Roads. Trudy has received numerous awards from her local Realtor Association as well as the Lifetime Achievement Award from RE/MAX International. Trudy and Mick cherished their philanthropic endeavors with the Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters (CHKD). Mick was the adored “Santa” for many years at CHKD. Trudy established the CAPT Mick Hoff Endowment for the Child Life Program which continues to help patients and families daily.  

Trudy Hoff and Team actively list, sell and professionally manage property and take pride in assisting military achieve their long-term financial investment goals with wisdom, passion and a “can do” spirit. 

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CHARLIE HEWITT

Founder and president of Mirror Studios,

 

Charlie Hewitt is a life-long recording and performing musician, audio recording producer and engineer, and sought-after voice talent with national and international exposure. Charlie first opened Mirror Studios as a music recording studio. Over the years it transitioned into a multi-media production and Post-production facility specializing in audio post. From his early love of storytelling through music, it was a natural progression to the art of sound design in radio, television and film.

Charlie is also an accomplished private and instrument rated pilot and aircraft owner and has more than a dozen years producing aviation-related content for clients such as the Federal Aviation Administration and Boeing Aircraft as well as producing The Aviator Series, a pilot safety platform, featuring legendary pilot and record-breaking aviator, Dick Rutan.

Projects include: The Frozen Ground, Big Miracle, Burlesque and Brother Bear

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ROBERT JOHNSON

Senior Vice President, Hannon Armstrong 

Robert Johnson has been at the leading edge of the behind-the-meter industry, where he has built businesses across a broad range of power systems and services. As senior vice president at Hannon Armstrong, a leading investor in climate change solutions, he’s responsible for growing their investments with major clients whose customers are in the public sector, including the federal, state & local, higher-education, and healthcare market segments or in the commercial industrial segments. During his career, Mr. Johnson has led the development of over $400 million behind the-meter projects and nearly $2 billion of investments. 

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KELLI LaPOINT, YNC, USN, Ret.

Branch Chief, Workforce Operations Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA).

 

Prior to starting her career in federal service, Kelli served her country in the United States Navy, retiring in October of 2006 as a Yeoman Chief Petty Officer after 20 years of service.

 

In 2008 after retiring from the Navy Kelli started her career in the federal service.  In addition to Kelli’s positions with CISA she also held a position with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigations and started her federal career as the Administrative Coordinator for the Census Bureau’s Seattle Regional Office.

 

In April 2021 Kelli completed the Department of Homeland Security’s Senior Executive Service Career Development Program (SES CDP) and received certification from the Office of Personnel Management.

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CDR DAVE KELLY, CEC, USN, Ret. 

CDR Kelley is a registered Professional Civil Engineer with 30 years of Executive Level Leadership positions worldwide in facility management, design, and construction project and program management in both the public and private sectors. He is a Qualified Surface Warfare Officer and Seabee Combat Warfare Officer and on active duty served as the Executive Officer of NMCB 4.

He’s a graduate of the United States Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, has a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Princeton University and an MBA from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at UNC Chapel Hill. He is a Registered Professional Civil Engineer in the state of California.

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CAPT DAVID LAIB, CEC, USN, Ret.

David has nearly 40 years of experience in the construction industry. He began his career with the United States Navy Civil Engineer Corps in 1979, serving on active duty until 1985 then joining the Navy Reserves where he served until 2005.  Following active military service, David has worked for over 30 years in the Washington DC regional construction market.  Two of his more notable projects include the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md and the original Capital Development Program at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport where David was Lead Construction Manager and COTR for the construction of the $350M new main terminal.  David has been with Balfour Beatty for nearly fifteen years, rising from Vice President of Operations to Senior Vice President and Business Unit Leader to his current position as Executive Vice President. 

 

David is a registered Professional Engineer and a Captain (retired) US Navy, Civil Engineer Corps.  He holds a Master’s in Urban and Environmental Planning from the University of Virginia and a B.S. in Environmental Sciences Engineering from the University of Michigan.

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RADM NOAH H. LONG, JR. CEC, USN, Ret.

Chairman Emeritus

Rear Admiral Noah H. Long, Jr. received his commission in the Civil Engineer Corps from Navy ROTC at Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering. He served on active duty for five years which included two deployments to Vietnam as a Company Commander with Naval  Mobile Construction Battalion-133. Upon his release from active duty he affiliated with the Naval Reserves. He served in RNMCB- 14, Jacksonville, FL and RNMCB-24, Huntsville, AL in progressively more responsible positions as Company Commander, Operations Officer, and Executive Officer. He serviced as the first Commanding Officer of Naval Construction Force Support Unit One, Greensboro, NC and then as Commanding Officer of RNMCB-24. Under his command NMCB-24 was awarded “Best of Type” in 1984.

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CAPT ROGER MOTZKO, CEC, USN, Ret.

CAPT Motzko is currently Manager of Computational Forensic Safety Investigations, Air Traffic Organization’s Compliance and Investigations Group for the FAA. He is also a professor at the University of Alaska, Anchorage and the US DOT Transportation Safety Institute. CAPT Motzko also completed a 32-year US Military Career, retiring as a US Navy Captain.

 

He has a Bachelor of Science Mechanical Engineering Bio-Medical Engineer Degree at the University of Minnesota, with post graduate work at the University of Southern California, Viterbi School of Engineering and the Graduate School, Fredericksburg, Maryland

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MICHAEL LEMPKE

President, Nuclear and Environmental Group

Huntington Ingalls Industries

Michael Lempke is president of the Nuclear and Environmental Group at Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Technical Solutions division. He is responsible for HII’s work in nuclear operations; nuclear engineering and design; project management; environmental services; nuclear production facilities; site remediation and waste management; infrastructure, ecological and health and safety support; records management; and fabrication services. Michael served as a Navy Supply Corps officer in the United States Navy. He earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Arizona State University and a master’s degree in acquisitions management from The George Washington University. He holds certificates in negotiation and influence and international business strategy from Georgetown University. Upon retirement from government service in 2014, he was awarded the NNSA Gold Medal of Excellence for Distinguished Service.

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RADM TOM LUSCHER, USN, RET.

Founder, Luscher Strategic Leaders Consulting, LLC
 

RADM Tom Luscher served 33 years in the Navy, retiring in 2019. In his final assignment, he served as Commander, Navy Reserve Forces Command and Deputy Commander, Navy Reserve Force (RESFOR) in Norfolk, VA where he was responsible for the training and mobilization readiness of 60,000 Reserve Sailors. In his first flag officer assignment, he served as Deputy Chief of Navy Reserve, OPNAV N095.  His operational assignments include service as an F-14 Tomcat pilot, command of VR-1 Starlifters, and commanding officer of Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base New Orleans, where he utilized his embedded Seabee detachment to help rebuild New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. He is a 1986 graduate of the United States Naval Academy and holds a Master of Strategic Studies degree from the Army War College in Carlisle, PA.

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RADM JAMES M. MCGARRAH, CEC, USN, Ret.

Interim Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Georgia Institute of Technology 


Jim grew up in a Navy family and lived in several places across the country. He graduated with distinction from the U. S. Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and received his Navy commission in 1973. He served in both the active and reserve components of the U. S. Navy for 33 years. Jim also served over 24 years in the telecommunications industry working for Southern Bell, BellSouth and Cingular Wireless and over 8 years as a Laboratory Director and Chief of Staff of the Georgia Tech Research Institute. Jim holds a Master of Arts degree in Human Resource Management from Pepperdine University, a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, and is a Registered Professional Engineer in the state of Georgia.

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RADM ROBERT C. MARLAY, CEC, USN, Ret.

Director, Office of International Science and Technology Collaboration


RADM Marlay retired from the Navy as Deputy Commander, Naval Facilities Engineering Command. Dr. Marlay holds a Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering and two Master's degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering from Duke University. He is a Licensed Professional Engineer in the District of Columbia. He is a Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science; recipient of DOE's Meritorious Service Medal; a Meritorious Rank Award Senior Executive.

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RADM CHRISTOPHER MOSSEY, CEC, USN, Ret.

Deputy director for the Fermi Labs’ Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility.

 

RADM Mossey manages all aspects of the LBNF project, the largest international DOE project ever hosted on U.S. soil. He previously served as the commander of the Naval Facilities Engineering Command and Chief of Civil Engineers. In this position he oversaw the $1 billion Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and the $5.7 billion Marine Corps program to expand and update operational and training facilities. Mossey holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from Cornell University and an M.S. in construction management from Stanford University. He also completed the Executive Management Program at Dartmouth's Tuck School of Business.

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RADM BRET MUILENBURG, CEC, USN, Ret. 

Director of global strategy and business planning for the Federal and Environmental Solutions business for Jacobs.

RADM(r) Muilenburg served 34-years in the United States Navy.  During this career he was privileged to serve in three battalions:   a junior officer in Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB)-62, Operations Officer in NMCB-133, and Commanding Officer of NMCB-7.   Additionally, he served as Commodore of 30th Naval Construction Regiment and Commander of Theater Engineers supporting Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.

 

His Naval career culminated as the Commander of Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) and Chief of Civil Engineers where he led 21,000 colleagues executing $14 billion per year in products and services.  In this role, he was also the Head, Contracts and Technical Authority for the Navy shore establishment, and functional manager for 13,000 Civil Engineer Corps officers and Seabee enlisted personnel. 

 

Mr. Muilenburg is a Professional Engineer in the state of Virginia, and a member of both the Society of American Military Engineers and the American Society of Civil Engineers.  He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the United States Naval Academy, a Master of Science Degree in Engineering Management from The George Washington University, a Master of Science Degree in Environmental Engineering and Science from Stanford University, and an Advanced Management Program Certificate from Duke University

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BARBARA RUSINKO

Former President, Bechtel Nuclear, Security & Environmental, Inc. 

Barbara also serves on the BGI board of directors. In her 30 years at Bechtel, she held a variety of leadership and operations roles. She’s supported a range of commercial nuclear power projects, served as chief engineer for Bechtel’s government services company overseeing the performance of 700 engineers and designers, and has held senior engineering management and senior project manager roles on projects around the world. Her commitment to the Seabee community is sparked by her father, Michael J. Baccellieri, who served with the 50th Seabees in WWII. 

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CAPT JIM SCHROEDER, CEC, USN, Ret.

Deputy Director, Facilities and Environmental, Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) 

 

CAPT Schroeder’s Navy career included active and reserved duty around the world. He began his civil service career as an Environmental Engineer with Naval Air Station Jacksonville. Other civilian positions included Environmental Department Head and Operations Director, Charleston Zone for Navy Public Works Center Jacksonville; Resident Engineer, ROICC Barksdale; Facility Services Product Line Leader and Deputy Assistant Operation Officer, Southern Division, NAVFAC; Deputy Operations Officer and Contingency Engineering Business Line Manager, NAVFAC Pacific; NAVFAC LNO to SOUTHCOM, and Deputy Contingency Engineering Business Line Leader, NAVFAC. 

 

A native of Midland, Michigan, he graduated from the University of Dayton with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering and from Texas A&M University with a Master of Science degree in Chemical Engineering. 

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CAPT E. BRIAN SMITH, CEC, USN, Ret.

CEO Emeritus, CareerSMITH


CAPT Smith has over 40 years of experience in the engineering and construction industry. After retiring from a distinguished career in Navy Civil Engineer Corps, he has been in the recruiting industry for over 20 years, first with an internationally known firm, Ray & Berndtson, and now then as President of CareerSMITH, a recruiting firm serving the engineering and construction industry. Previously, Brian served as President and CEO of Smith Technology, a company he founded in 1992 to provide engineering consulting and remediation services to commercial and government clients. It grew to be the tenth largest company of its kind in the United States with 1,100 employees. He sold the company in 1997. Brian earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University and a Masters degree in Financial Management from George Washington University.

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Jack F. Tangen

Navy Seabee Veterans of America, National Commander

Jack joined the US Navy in high school, as a Seabee Reservist. He was stationed in Davisville, Rhode Island, assigned to Mobile Construction Battalion 7 and his first deployment was to Guantanamo Naval Base, Cuba in October, 1962 at the beginning of the Cuban Missel Crisis, followed by deployments to Puerto Rico and Vieques Island.

Upon completion of his military service, he returned to Brockport, New York taking a position as maintenance electrician at Bauch & Lomb before taking a similar position at the Eastman Kodak Co Apparatus Division where he worked for 32 years holding including High Voltage Maintenance and Installation Tech, Apparatus Division Apprentice Supervisor, High Voltage Maintenance Supervisor, Building Systems Maintenance Supervisor and Electrical Engineering/Design Tech. He retired 2001 from the Eastman Kodak Company and continued to work at the site for another 13 years as the Site Operations Manager for the property management firm that purchased the site. Jack joined the NSVA in 2004 with the creation of NSVA Island X-12 in Rochester, NY. He held the Offices of Commander, Secretary and Treasurer in Island X-12 and in the Department of New York. Most recently he was the Chief Editor of the NSVA CAN DO magazine and as the NSVA Website before becoming NSVA National Commander in 2021.

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MIKE TRAYLOR

Owner and Co-President, Traylor Bros Construction


Mike is Co‐President, CEO, and Co‐Chairman of the Board of Directors of Traylor Bros., Inc. Together with his brother, Christopher, he is responsible for overall management of the third‐generation family‐owned company. Mike began his career at Traylor in 1991 as a field engineer in Traylor’s Bridge and Marine Division. After working on the Tampa Bay Bridge as a field engineer and bridge superintendent, he filled the roles of estimator, project coordinator, and division manager before moving to Traylor’s Underground Division in 1997. Mike earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering and Geology from Duke University in 1989 where he was a varsity soccer player. He serves on the executive committee of the board for the Beavers and previously served in that capacity for the Moles. He also serves on the advisory board for the Construction Institute at Stanford University. Mike’s grandfather, the founder of Traylor Brothers in 1946, was a Seabee.

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FORCM(SCW/EXW) PERCY TRENT, USN, Ret.

Program Manager for Universal Creative 

Former Seabee Force Master Chief. 

 

Master Chief Trent is a a native of Bluefield, Virginia and a graduate of the Senior Enlisted Academy and Command Master Chief/Chief of Boat Capstone course. He assumed the duties as the 17th Force Master Chief of the Seabees for Naval Facilities Engineering Command in March of 2016.

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CAPT MIKE WILLIAMSON, CEC, USN, Ret.

Mike is the President of Pacific Coast Iron, a mid‐size steel fabrication company, performing

state, federal and private work in southern California and Arizona. Additionally, he serves on

the board of directors for the Associated General Contractors (AGC) San Diego as Vice President

and is slated to serve as President in 2021. Mike served in the United State Navy for 28 years. He entered the Navy through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) program in 1987 as a Surface Warfare Officer and transferred to the Civil Engineer Corps in 1993. As a Civil Engineer Corps Officer, he completed tours at Naval Air Weapons Station Point Mugu California, attended graduate school in Monterey California, and served on the Commander Pacific Fleet Staff Pearl Harbor Hawaii. As Executive Officer of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion SEVENTY‐FOUR participated in Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. He later completed tours as Public Works Officer Okinawa Japan, OPNAV N81, and Operations Officer for NAVFAC Southwest

 

Mike is a registered Mechanical Professional Engineer in the State of California. Mike is a native of Wilmington, Delaware. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Virginia Military Institute and a Master’s of Science Degree in Systems Management from the Naval Post Graduate School, Monterey, California. He also attended the University of Virginia Darden Business School Executive Education Program.

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Dan Miller

Executive Director

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Beth Reuning

Scholarship Manager