Jay “Hacksaw” Chambers – Senior Military Consultant
Jay Chambers has over 25 years of government service having served 23 years in the U. S. Air Force as well as three years as a law enforcement officer in the State of Mississippi. He is employed by ManTech International. He began his U. S. Air Force career in 1985 and served in thirteen different locations including five overseas assignments in Belgium, Saudi Arabia, Korea, Italy and Germany. During his career, he served in Operations DESERT SHEILD/STORM, was an Assistant Professor at the University of South Florida, and commanded two Security Forces Squadrons, one in South Carolina and one in Italy. While in command, his unit was selected as the ‘Best Large Security Forces Squadron in the U. S. Air Force’ and his Anti-terrorism/Force Protection Program was selected as the best program in the Department of Defense. His last two military assignments were the Deputy Director of Security Forces for the United States Air Force in Europe and Deputy Director of Security and Counterintelligence at the National Reconnaissance Office. His major military awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, six Meritorious Service Medals, two Air Force Commendation Medals and three Air Force Achievement Medals.
Barbara Lipson – Tax & Accounting Consultant
Barbara Lipson graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and later a Master’s of Science degree in federal taxation. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and has worked with small businesses and not-for-profit organizations as an advisor and tax specialist for 20 years. In addition to her 17 years of experience at Frank & Company, p.c., the local public accounting firm where she currently works, Barbara had experience working with national clients while at KPMG Peat Marwick, one of the then “Big Six” accounting firms. During her private time, Barbara runs a not-for-profit organization that rescues abandoned, neglected and unwanted cats and kittens. The organization provides rescued cats with vet care before finding them permanent adoptive homes. She currently resides in Northern Virginia.
Deborah “Deedee” Collins – Resource and Personnel Consultant
Mrs. Deborah Russell Collins, Executive Director of the National Security Training Institute, has almost thirty years of experience in a wide array of fields to include training, organizational consulting, facilitation, and industrial security management. Deedee is nationally recognized as an expert in the design and delivery of motivational security awareness programs throughout the intelligence community and has worked with a variety of clients throughout the US Government and industry. Prior to establishing her own consulting business, Deedee was a senior manager with ESL/TRW for 15 years and responsible for new business development, community affairs, professional security staff training and development, security awareness and managing corporate security services. In her consulting practice, Deedee has teamed with Special Aerospace Security Services, Inc. (SASSI) for the past twenty years to deliver some of the highest rated professional security officer training in the government and industry. Deedee is acknowledged as a leading expert in the area of workplace violence, having survived a shooting at her former employer ESL/TRW. She has delivered numerous presentations and worked with various government agencies and private corporations to establish programs to proactively confront this epidemic in our society. She has produced two videotapes for government agencies that are currently being disseminated world-wide on this subject.
Dr. Susan Mareck – Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Mareck is a staff psychologist at the Washington, D.C. Veterans Affairs (VA) Hospital. She is a member of the Health Improvement Program (HIP) and works primarily with veterans diagnosed with serious mental illness (SMI) and co-morbid medical disorders. Dr. Mareck received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of South Dakota. She interned at the Mid Missouri Psychology Consortium and completed a Post Doctoral Fellowship in Health Psychology at the University of Minnesota Hospital and Clinics. Dr. Mareck worked for seven years at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale, MN doing crisis evaluations in the emergency room before coming to the Washington, D.C. VA Hospital. Her interests include health psychology, crisis intervention, and integrated dual diagnosis assessment and treatment. When not working, she enjoys exploring the Washington DC area, travel and reading.
William “Quinton” Robinson – Nonprofit Legal Counsel
Member, Blankingship & Keith, a Professional Corporation; Martindale and Hubble AV Rated Law School: College of William & Mary J.D., 1979; College of William & Mary Master of Law and Taxation, 1983, United States Army Judge Advocate Officers Basic Course 1979. College: Duke University, B.A., cum laude, 1976, history and economics. Member: Virginia State Bar Fairfax Bar Association, Virginia Bar Association, VSB Business Law Section, VSB Tax Section,. Virginia CLE Business Law Advisory Group and Virginia State Bar 5th District Disciplinary Committee Admitted: Virginia Supreme Court 1979; Court of Military Appeals, 1979, U.S. District Courts for Eastern District of Virginia 1983, U. S. District Court, Western District of Virginia 1984, U.S. Tax Court 1984, U.S. Claims Court, 1984. Military: Capt., U.S. Army, JAGC, 1979-1982; USAR, 1982-1990. Practice Areas: Corporate Law; Business Transactions; Mergers and Acquisitions; Business Stock and Asset Sales, Business Operational Issues, Federal Taxation; State and Local Taxation, Tax Exempt Organization.
Heidi Hellmuth – Animal/Human Behavior Specialist
Heidi Hellmuth has been involved in the field of animal care and training for over 20 years. She began her career as a marine animal trainer, working with a variety of whales, dolphins, seals, sea lions, walruses and otters. Next Heidi was a zoo keeper caring for large carnivores and hoofstock, and had the chance to develop and implement a training program for a pair of black rhinos. She then had the unique opportunity to help design and manage a wildlife education program at a ski resort in New Hampshire, where she worked with a variety of North American wildlife, from bats to cougars, as well as a group of parrots and domestic ferrets. Once back in the zoo field, Heidi worked as a mammal supervisor, assistant curator of primates and small mammals, animal program manager, and animal training consultant – including the chance to spend a month at the Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia helping to institute a behavioral training program with the zoo’s troop of 10 gorillas. Heidi is currently the curator of enrichment and training at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, and has held this position since it was first instituted in June 2006. She is a founding director of the Animal Behavior Management Alliance (ABMA), whose mission is to advance animal behavior management, including training and enrichment, in order to enhance the husbandry and welfare of animals.
Dave Albo – Government Affairs Consultant & Government Legal Counsel
Dave Albo is currently serving as a member of the Virginia House of Delegates and has been since 1994. Delegate Albo serves on the following committees: Courts of Justice (Chairman) General Law Privileges & Elections. When the General Assembly is out of Session, Dave Albo is a local business owner in his Springfield-Arlington-Richmond law firm of Albo & Oblon, L.L.P. Albo’s law firm has grown from its modest beginnings in 1994 when Albo & Oblon was just Dave Albo and Dave Oblon. Eight years later, Albo & Oblon, L.L.P. is one of the fastest growing firms in Northern Virginia. Albo & Oblon is now one of Virginia’s 50th largest law firms. Albo & Oblon concentrates its practice in the area of Employment, Government Contracts, Traffic Law and Commercial litigation. Dave Albo is one of Virginia’s leading attorneys in traffic law and still appears in court over 100 times a year. In the past, he has served as Prosecutor for the City of Fairfax from 1990 – 1994, served as legal Guardian for abused and neglected children, served as President of the West Springfield Civic Association, and has appeared on national cable television as a legal expert and commentator.
(Ret.) COL Elspeth Cameron Ritchie, MD, MPH
COL Ritchie just concluded five years as the Director of the Proponency of Behavioral Health at the Office of the US Army Surgeon General. She has held numerous leadership positions within Army Medicine, to include the Psychiatry Consultant. She trained at Harvard, George Washington, Walter Reed, and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, and has completed fellowships in both forensic and preventive and disaster psychiatry. She is a Professor of Psychiatry at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. An internationally recognized expert, she brings a unique public health approach to the management of disaster and combat mental health issues. Her assignments and other missions have taken her to Korea, Somalia, Iraq, and Cuba. She has over 150 publications, mainly in the areas of forensic, disaster, suicide, ethics, military combat and operational psychiatry, and women’s health issues. Major publications include “The Mental Health Response to the 9/11 Attack on the Pentagon”, “Mental Health Interventions for Mass Violence and Disaster” and “Humanitarian Assistance and Health Diplomacy: Military-Civilian Partnership in the 2004 Tsunami Aftermath”. She is currently the senior editor on the forthcoming Military Medicine Textbook on Combat and Operational Behavioral Health, the Textbook of Forensic Military Mental Health, and the Therapeutic Use of Canines in Army Medicine.
Les Spivey – Government Affairs Consultant
Les Spivey is a government affairs consultant at the Alpine Group after eight years as a Senior Professional Staff Member on the United States Senate Committee on Appropriations. In his most recent position, Mr. Spivey was responsible for coordinating the Chairman’s federal funding priorities for the State of Mississippi in twelve annual appropriations bills, and was responsible for coordinating the unprecedented response by Congress in providing appropriated federal funding to the Gulf States in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Prior to Senator Cochran’s ascension to the Chairmanship, Mr. Spivey worked on the Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Homeland Security during the initial days of the Department of Homeland Security where he was instrumental in crafting the first two annual appropriations bill for the newly established Department. He performed oversight and budget analysis for the Transportation Security Administration, the Science and Technology Directorate, and the Information Analysis and Infrastructure Protection Directorate. Before the development of the Department of Homeland Security Subcommittee, Mr. Spivey worked as a Professional Staff Member on the Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies where he performed oversight and budget analysis for several agencies including university research and rural development activities.
Dr. Noelle Berger – Counseling Psychologist
Dr. Noelle Berger is a counseling psychologist working on the CWT/SE/Polytrauma Team at the James J. Peters VAMC in the Bronx. In this role she provides vocational counseling and assessment, psychotherapy and biofeedback to veterans who have been diagnosed with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and other medical issues. Her goal in this role is to assist veterans with community reintegration issues. Prior to this role, she worked as a psychologist in private practice, at The Epilepsy Institute, and NYU Medical Center. She received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University at Buffalo, SUNY and her B.S. from Cornell University.
Steven Thorp, Ph.D. – Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Steven Thorp, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and Program Director of the Posttraumatic Stress Disorders Clinical Team at the VA San Diego Healthcare System. He is also the Co-Director of the Psychotherapy Unit in the Center of Excellence for Stress and Mental Health.
Dr. Thorp earned his doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno and completed postdoctoral research fellowships in geriatric psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center and at UCSD. He conducts research and psychotherapy with veterans who have experienced psychological trauma.
Dr. Thorp has a particular interest in the investigation of empirically-based psychotherapies for chronic posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) for older adults. Current projects include the use of video telemedicine technologies to improve access to care for veterans with PTSD and a comparison of different psychotherapies for older combat veterans with PTSD. Dr. Thorp is also investigating the role of cognitive functioning on clinical outcomes for veterans with PTSD.
Alan Greilsamer – Nonprofit Consultant
Alan Greilsamer has more than 15 years professional experience providing high-impact public relations, public affairs, marketing and organizational management counsel to organizations in the United States and abroad. He has created brand strategies for international associations, managed nationwide cause marketing campaigns for charities and garnered top-tier media placements for nongovernmental organizations. Since 2010 Mr. Greilsamer has served as a full-time strategic communications consultant with the Enterprise Systems Management Office within the Department of Veterans Affairs. Prior to this role, he was the managing partner of a Washington, D.C. area marketing and communications firm, developing award-winning public awareness campaigns for national and international not-for-profit organizations. His clients included the Alliance of Hazardous Materials Professionals, the Autism Society of America, the Gold Star Mothers of America, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund and the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States.
From 1999 to 2004, Mr. Greilsamer served as the Director of Communications for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund—the nonprofit organization that built the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Most notably, he spearheaded the award-winning Put A Face With A Name campaign, a joint effort with Kinko’s Inc. to collect a photograph for each of the 58,000 men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice during the Vietnam War.
A Washington, D.C. native, Mr. Greilsamer holds a Master’s Degree in Journalism and Public Affairs from The American University. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in History with a minor in Journalism from the University of Delaware. He is a member of the American Society of Association Executives and the Rotary Club of McLean.