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26 Participants Selected for 2018 ACT-IAC Partners Program Class
[February 13, 2018]

26 Participants Selected for 2018 ACT-IAC Partners Program Class


FAIRFAX, Va., Feb. 13, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Council for Technology-Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC) today announced its 2018 Partners Program class. This nine-month program pairs 13 government with 13 industry professionals to collectively engage, develop and prepare for future roles such as the Senior Executive Service (SES) and corporate executive officer levels.

ACT-IAC Logo (PRNewsFoto/American Council for Technology) (PRNewsFoto/American Council for Technology)

"We are excited to launch this year's Partners Program. From a wonderful pool of candidates, we're pleased to have a final cohort of 26," said Ron Thompson, Government Chair for the 2018 class.  "As a Fellow and 2011 graduate of the Partners Program, I have found the experience invaluable throughout my professional and personal life. As we embark through times of change, working together as a community is essential.  I look forward to working with these future leaders."

The ACT-IAC Partners Program is the only professional development program of its kind that allows an open and trusted partnership between government and industry professionals. The 2018 Partners Program participants were nominated by their respective government agency or company sponsors, and evaluated by a panel of senior government and industry executives on their individual professional leadership accomplishments and their potential for future advancement within their organization.

Atacan Donmez is the Industry Chair of the 2018 Class and said, "As a 2011 graduate, I can attest to the power of the program in helping shape my career and long lasting partnerships between industry and government leaders. I am looking forward to working with the 2018 class to explore ever more effective ways to tackle our shared challenges in the federal government technology space"



2018 Government Partners Program participants are:

Jeff Bardwell, Department of Homeland Security
Chris Bennethum, General Services Administration
Sheena Burrell, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Charles Cornelius, United States Department of Agriculture
Bradley Cornell, General Services Administration
Jared Houghton, Department of Justice
Theresa Kinney, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Raymond Lewis, General Services Administration
Emily Meeks, Small Business Administration
Carolyn Meza, General Services Administration
Carla Thomas, Department of Homeland Security
Cheryl Thornton, General Services Administration
Jeremy Wood, Millennium Challenge Corporation


2018 Industry Partners Program participants are:

Peter Anih, Dynanet Corporation
David Bushick, AT&T Global Business Public Sector Solutions
Michael Drescher, TCG Inc.
Vipin Jain, Optimal Technology Solutions Inc.
Raza Latif, NuAxis Innovations
Wendy Myers, Suntiva, LLC
David Newberry, Leidos
Kitty Nix, Three Wire Systems
Matt Sexton, Booz Allen Hamilton
Serge Shahabian, Unisys Federal Systems
DeWayne Shambley, Reed Technology and Information Services, Inc. (Reed Tech)
Chae Song, Karsun Solutions LLC
Sudha Venkateswaran, Pyramid Systems, Inc.

2018 Partners Program Leadership includes:

Ron Thompson, United States Department of Agriculture (Government Chair)
Karen Maher, Environmental Protection Agency (Government Vice-Chair)
Kelly Morrison, Office of Management and Budget (Government Vice-Chair)
Atacan Donmez, CSRA (Industry Chair)
Terry Miller, Karsun Solutions (Industry Vice-Chair)
Jeff Shen, Red Team Consulting (Industry Vice-Chair)

About ACT-IAC – Advancing Government Through Education, Leadership and Collaboration
The American Council for Technology and Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC) is a non-profit educational organization established to improve government's service delivery and operational performance through the effective and innovative application of technology. ACT-IAC provides a unique, objective and trusted collaborative forum where government and industry executives are working as partners to address critical issues, apply best practices and pioneer innovative solutions. ACT-IAC also provides high-quality learning and educational opportunities to improve the knowledge and expertise of the government workforce – both public and private. Further information about ACT-IAC can be found at www.actiac.org.

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SOURCE American Council for Technology and Industry Advisory Council


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