Frank G. Wickersham III
Frank G. Wickersham III is the Vice President of VSE Corporation’s Corporate Responsibility (Veterans Outreach). As Vice President, Mr. Wickersham designed, developed and deployed VSE’s Veterans Outreach Program. Currently, VSE sponsors various email and social media broadcasts to include veterans’ updates, business networking and employment services. In 2011, the National Chamber of Commerce recognized VSE Corporation as one of the top five large businesses engaging in Hiring Our Heroes and veterans’ employment.
Previously, Mr. Wickersham served as Assistant Vice President of VSE Corporation, Program Manager of Tanker Ballistic Protection System (TBPS), a start-up, internationally deployed ballistic protection program (Iraq/Kuwait), Field Support Team Project Manager for field inspection of all TBPS tankers deployed throughout Iraq, Director of Field Service Support Division for the specific purpose of managing Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) field maintenance support in Iraq, Kuwait, and Afghanistan. In addition, from 2003 to 2009, Mr. Wickersham provided program support to Communications & Engineering Division for large U.S. Army contract (R2) requiring oversight and coordination with over 70 large business subcontractors and vendors.
Serving in the United States Marine Corps, Mr. Wickersham held a variety of positions to include: Fleet Marine Officer/Special Staff Officer to Commander Naval Forces Central Command and Commander U.S. 7th Fleet (Gulf War); Assistant Chief of Staff, G-1, Human Resources, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing; Director, Joint Strategic Branch, Plans, Policies and Operations, Headquarters Marine Corps; Special Advisor/Trusted Agent to Commandant of the Marine Corps on International Treaties and Arms Control; Marine Corps SIOP/RISOP Officer; Deputy Commander, Air Combat Element, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing (Somalia); Commander, Marine Observation Squadron Two; Commander, Marine Headquarters and Maintenance Squadron 29; Commander, Marine Corps Air Facility, Camp Pendleton; Brigade Air Officer, 4th Marine Expeditionary Brigade (NATO/Cuba); Marine Corps Foreign Military Sales Project Officer (Morocco), Fleet Test Pilot/Maintenance Officer, Cobra Combat Test and Evaluation Team (Pax River/Vietnam); Marine Corps Officer Selection Officer; Squadron Operations Officer, Squadron Strike/Flight Leader (Vietnam), Aircraft Maintenance Officer, Instructor Pilot and Post-maintenance Test Pilot.
Mr. Wickersham graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Arts in Education and Social Sciences in 1965. He earned his Master of Arts in International Affairs in 1987 and his PhD in World Politics/Legislative Affairs in 1998 from Catholic University of America.
His awards and commendations include the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal – Single Mission Award, the Air Medal – Strike Flight Award, the Navy Commendation Medal with Combat “V,” the Navy Achievement Medal with Combat “V,” the Purple Heart and the Marine Corps Combat Action Ribbon.
Captain John M. Felker, Vice President, Cyber Security Programs at SCI Consulting
John Felker is the Vice President, Cyber Security Programs at SCI Consulting, a Woman-Owned Mission Critical Information Technology Contractor located in McLean, Virginia. His duties are to develop and integrate cutting edge cyber security programs within existing contract work, develop new opportunities, and institute a proactive, intelligence based cyber security methodology in all client and company programs.
He previously served as Deputy Commander of Coast Guard Cyber Command, where he was responsible for the day-to-day staff leadership and coordinating the efforts to develop the command. He formerly commanded the Coast Guard Cryptologic Group (CGCG), which consisted of a number of subordinate units dispersed from Hawaii to Afghanistan that performed Signals Intelligence missions within the National Security Agency enterprise and developed Coast Guard Signals Intelligence capability. Captain Felker served as the Executive Assistant to the Assistant Commandant for Intelligence where he had a leading role in policy development and oversight and was responsible for executive coordination of Directorate activities within the National Intelligence Community management enterprise.
Captain Felker’s other past assignments include; Director of Coast Guard Auxiliary, First District Southern Region (New York), where he led 3300 Coast Guard volunteers and Chief of the Coast Guard International Training Division, at Training Center, Yorktown, Virginia, where he led a cadre of professional trainers who developed and delivered training around the world in support of United States Foreign Policy and National Security objectives. He also served in the Program Review Division of the Office of the Chief of Staff, where he was responsible for budget development and program review of several operational programs.
He was part of the Commandant’s International Affairs Staff as the Deployable Training Manager; was the first US Coast Guard-Royal Australian Navy Exchange Officer in Darwin, Australia; served as Commanding Officer, USCGC RED CEDAR, as Operations Center Duty Officer in the Seventh Coast Guard District, Miami; was Commanding Officer, USCGC CAPE UPRIGHT, and Operations Officer in USCGC ACACIA.
Captain Felker graduated from Ithaca College with a Bachelor of Science in 1978. He earned his Master of Arts in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University in 1995.
His military awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit (2), the Meritorious Service Medal (2), the Coast Guard Commendation Medal (5) and the Coast Guard Achievement Medal.
LTC John Cochran, US Army, Veteran Outreach Director
Major John Cochran currently serves as the Executive Officer for the Headquarters, Department of the Army G-3/5/7 Aviation Directorate. He has served in the United States Army since 1995 as an AH-64D Longbow Apache Helicopter Pilot. John is a combat Veteran with numerous tours overseas, including Iraq and Afghanistan. He earned an MA in Business Administration from Webster University and a BA from Occidental College, and is a graduate of the US Army Command and General Staff College. He is married with two children. John serves our organization as the Springfield Outreach Coordinator and is deeply involved with the community and its homeless Veterans.
Robert Potter, VP CounterTack Inc.
Potter currently serves as the Executive Vice President of Sales for CounterTack Inc. He has a proven track record of building high performance teams supporting both commercial and US Federal Government markets. As executive vice president Potter is responsible for managing CounterTack’s global sales operations. Previous to CounterTack, he has held senior executive positions for RSA Security, EMC Corporation, and IBM. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors for Operation Renewed Hope Foundation, Potter serves on the Board of Advisors for QRAccess.
Potter earned his Bachelor of Science degree in computer science at Quinnipiac University. He and his family currently reside in Alexandria, Virginia.
Harry Malone, CEO Malone and Associates
Mr. Malone is a retired Army Field Artilleryman/Comptroller and Corporate Executive. His final 6 years in the Army were spent as a Budget Analyst for C4 programs and as a Congressional Liaison Officer to the Defense Appropriations Committees on Capitol Hill. His responsibilities included C4, RDTE, missiles, missile defense, and Special Access programs. As a defense industry corporate lobbyist for 14 years, Mr. Malone worked for Rockwell, Boeing, and Lockheed Martin. His portfolio consisted mainly of Army/AF/Navy/MDA missiles, rockets, bombs, missile defense, rotary aviation, C2, and Special Ops programs. Mr. Malone recently retired as a Vice President from Lockheed Martin after 11+ years with the corporation. Mr. Malone holds a BA in Economics and Business Administration from Western Maryland (now McDaniel) College in Westminster, MD. He also earned an MBA with High Honors from Oklahoma City University’s Meinders School of Business.
Karl Williams, Harris Corporation, Vice President, Commercial Programs
Karl Williams is responsible for all of Multimax’s financial and business operations and manages the team responsible for government affairs, contracts, subcontracts and finance. He has more than 20 years of management experience with both large government integrators and entrepreneurial government-focused small business pursuits.
Prior to joining Multimax, Williams was at Washington DC-based Vodium, a rich media communications company that he helped launch in 2000. As Vodium’s COO and CFO, he raised the venture capital required to start and sustain the company through four years of growth. Today, Vodium is a profitable multi-million dollar company and the leading Webcast company for the U.S. Government.
Williams has also held a variety of leadership positions at Lockheed Martin Corporation, including directing strategic planning and business development efforts in a 1,400-member technology services division with $140 million in annual sales. Also at Lockheed Martin, he held program management positions in the State and Local Government business unit, and served in HR re-engineering and operational audit assignments for the corporate headquarters’ staff. He has also held program management positions at Martin Marietta and General Electric supporting the U.S. Intelligence Community.
Williams started his career as an officer in the U.S. Army where he served as a Blackhawk helicopter pilot and paratrooper. He graduated from The United States Military Academy with a B.S. in Computer Science, earned an M.S. in Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech and holds an MBA, Phi Beta Kappa, from Georgetown University.
Dr. Katrina Lawrence, Psychologist
Dr. Katrina Lawrence currently works as a Soldier and Family Liaison for the United States Army in Bethesda, MD serving wounded OIF/OEF soldiers and their families. She began her Army Civilian career at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in 2006 serving as a Case Manager to wounded OIF soldiers. Dr. Lawrence also has a part time private practice in Lanham, MD where she is a Psychologist to children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. Dr. Lawrence earned her BS in Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2001. She earned her MA in Professional Counseling from Argosy University in 2005. She successfully defended her dissertation titled, “Compassion Fatigue/Secondary Trauma, Burnout, And Compassion Satisfaction In Trauma Workers Who Assist Clients Experiencing Individual Trauma” in 2010, leading to an EdD in Counseling Psychology. Dr. Lawrence is also a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Approved Clinical Supervisor in the state of Maryland. She is native of Alexandria, VA and currently resides in Maryland.