Jill Corso McNabb is a brand and marketing strategist who helps companies discern, distill, and communicate their value to the marketplace. After more than 20 years working across the full marketing mix, Jill knows how to launch products that get adopted, create messaging that speaks to the target audience, and develop plans that drive revenue. Recognized for building innovative marketing concepts and delivering results, Jill brings a unique blend of creativity, analytical outlook and “get it done” attitude to all she does. As founder of Genki Strategy, Jill helps companies solve their marketing, communications, and business challenges. Previously, she held executive leadership positions at RxEngage Partners and RxAlly, both focused on advancing the role of pharmacists. Jill also held several roles at VeriSign culminating as the VP for global marketing for their largest business unit that managed the global infrastructure and registry services for domain names (.com, .net, .tv),value-added services, and Internet threat mitigation services. Jill worked in product management and product marketing for Bank One within thewingspanbank.com group, the first online-only bank. She also managed fundraising and membership programs for the University of Virginia Alumni Association and was a high school teacher in Western Japan. Jill is chair of the board of directors for the Children’s Science Center, past president of Junior League of Northern Virginia and a graduate of Leadership Loudoun. She holds an MBA and BA from the University of Virginia.
Gary Crum is Founder and President of LHT Ventures, LLC, where he provides strategic direction, business development, and operational guidance for the company which develops restaurant concepts and franchises. Before entering the food service industry, Gary was a results-driven leader in the telecom/IT industry, with 15 years experience in sales, marketing, business development, and operations management at a global level in both start-up environments and Fortune 50 multinational corporations including MCI and Nortel. Gary’s volunteer efforts include serving as founding co-chair for the Five Guys Franchisee Committee, and, at a community level, Gary has been involved with a number of local schools working with business students and FBLA(Future Business Leaders of America) groups. As a guest speaker, Gary enjoys sharing his entrepreneurial knowledge and experience with students. He also volunteers his time to the local Vienna athletic programs and has served in a number of coaching positions over the years.
Corbin Neiberline is a Partner in KPMG’s Washington DC audit practice. He has more than 16 years of experience providing financial statement audit and performance improvement advisory services. Corbin has provided audit services to several large federal departments in accordance with the authoritative guidance promulgated by the Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board and Governmental Accounting Standards Board. In addition to his audit and advisory work, Corbin serves a team responsible for developing data analytics capabilities within the firm and has spent three years on a global rotational assignment focused on the development of KPMG LLP’s global digital auditing techniques and supporting audit methodology. Using his strong Federal background and technical public sector industry accounting expertise, Corbin has been able to provide meaningful insight in meeting accountability and reporting challenges within the public sector. He is a frequent presenter at professional conferences on data analytics and is an instructor for the Association of Government Accountants, professional certification exam. He graduated with a B.S. from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Adalene “Nene” Spivy has led the Children’s Science Center since 2010. Under Nene’s leadership, annual visitation has grown from 3,500 to 70,000 visitors, serving children, families, and educators through community outreach programs and the Center’s first operating site at Fair Oaks Mall which opened in 2015. Nene oversees all aspects of the Center operations and leads the effort to build a future full-scale world-class science center on donated land in Dulles, Virginia. As an engineer, MBA, and non-profit leader, Nene brings a diverse range of experience including systems and process engineering, new product development, and general management for technology businesses; fundraising, advocacy, strategic planning, volunteer management, and board development for non-profits. Nene is a graduate of Leadership Fairfax, a past President of the Junior League of Northern Virginia, a past Chair of Fairfax County’s Community Action Advisory Board, and served in multiple board leadership roles with Discovery Creek Children’s Museum. Nene holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from Virginia Tech and MBA from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business.
Kathleen “Kathy” Coulter has more than 20 years of experience in the commercial banking industry both in the Greater Washington area and in Philadelphia, PA. Currently, she is a Vice-President for United Bank and is responsible for providing commercial lending services and portfolio management to United Bank clients. Kathy is a member of the United Bank’s Community Reinvestment Act Committee and volunteers at various financial literacy and community outreach events for organizations such as Children’s Science Center, Junior Achievement, Second Story, Northern Virginia Family Services and Britepaths. Kathy attended Pennsylvania State University and graduated with a B.A. in Law and Society. She lives in Aldie with her husband, Doug, daughter, Paige, and her chocolate lab, Hunter.
Jeff Bentley is the Chief Executive Officer at Northwest Federal Credit Union. Mr. Bentley received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance from Georgia Southern University. His post-graduate studies include graduating from the Graduate School of Banking at LSU, and the CUES CEO School at the University of Pennsylvania, Cornell University, and the University of Virginia. Mr. Bentley has over 30 years of experience in managing credit, sales, operations, and P&L for Regional banks and Credit Unions. His experience includes creating new consumer and commercial lending divisions as well as working as a consultant for the NCUA where he restored institutions placed into conservatorship back to profitability. He has three children and currently resides in Great Falls, Virginia with his wife Susan and their dog Sadie.
Prior to Northwest, Mr. Bentley was the Chief Lending Officer for Achieva Credit Union in Clearwater, FL. He received his BBA in Finance from Georgia Southern University and attended Louisiana State University Graduate School of Banking. He has attended the CEO Institute at the University of Virginia, Cornell University and the University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Bentley currently is on the Board of the Virginia Credit Union League, Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce and is a Committee Member of the Herndon Economic Development Advisory Committee.
Rob Bertin has nearly 20 years of experience litigating patent, trademark, trade secret and copyright cases throughout the United States,counseling clients on intellectual property (IP) and negotiating transactions involving IP. Rob represents large and small clients in IP litigation through trial and appeal in the federal courts and the US International Trade Commission. He also advises clients on patent infringement and validity; conducts IP due diligence; drafts and negotiates license agreements and the IP provisions of M & A transactions; advises on licensing strategies and cultivating patent portfolios and on various other patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret issues. Rob also advises early stage companies on sources of capital, business plans and management teams. Prior to practicing law, Rob was an electrical engineer with IBM Corporation’s Federal Systems Division, where he designed circuits and packaging for logic,memory, and microprocessor chips. He also wrote proposals and technical studies regarding satellite systems and radiation-induced failure mechanisms in semiconductor devices. Rob has published papers and has been awarded two US patents for his work in these areas. Rob is a past Chair of the Bar Association of DC’s patent, trademark and copyright section and a past and current board member of BADC. Rob was elected a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation by his peers and recognized by Super Lawyers is Washington, DC for IP Litigation each year since 2013. Rob graduated from George Mason University School of Law, 1997, Juris Doctor, and Virginia Tech, 1991, Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering. Rob lives in Great Falls with his wife and three children.
Jenny has broad experience working with executive leaders, Boards and cross-functional teams to develop innovative strategies that drive engagement, growth and value. She is a Co-Founder and Principal with Lismore Advisors, focused on accelerating growth through high-impact advisors for ambitious firms ranging from $10M to $6B in revenue. She works within a diverse set of industries including health and wellness, education, non-profit and trade associations, biotechnology and professional services. Previously, Jenny served as director of strategy to diversify R.R. Donnelley’s corporate portfolio from print to digital, and as a leader in technology development for Goldman Sachs and Accenture. Within her community of Great Falls, Jenny is an active volunteer in schools and organizations supporting youth. Jenny holds a BA from Brown University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Jilian Breeden is a licensed professional engineer (PE) and a U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP)with 18 years of experience in the architecture and engineering (A/E) industry. She specializes in facilities planning services – assisting her clients with shaping, justifying, and securing funding for their land use, asset management,and capital improvement initiatives. Jilian has supported a variety of new construction and renovation projects with construction values ranging from $50K to $300M. She is a collaborative person who enjoys working with and building consensus among diverse teams of stakeholders, including key decision makers, planners, architects, engineers, building users and managers, environmental and cultural resources specialists, and community representatives. Jilian recently founded Engage Federal LLC, where she supports government clients with their facilities planning initiatives and assists other professional services firms with growth in the federal market. She is an active member of the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) and, in 2018, graduated from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Virginia Emerging Leaders Institute. She holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering with concentrations in Business and Green Engineering from Virginia Tech.
Dr. Jim Egenrieder, Director of Qualcomm-Virginia Tech Thinkabit Labs, is a teacher, professor, researcher, scientist, engineer and farmer. He designs, develops and provides ongoing support (and develops funding) for STEM education and workforce programs in the Washington, D.C. area, primarily in Northern Virginia through a partnership between Arlington Public Schools and Northern Virginia Community College’s SySTEMic Solutions program, and through Virginia Tech’s Office of International Research in Education and Development. He develops collaborations and partnerships engaging other regional school systems, and allied higher education, non-profit, Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development, and industry partners. Jim is also on the Natural Resources faculty of Virginia Tech’s Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability, a Fellow and President Emeritus of the Washington Academy of Sciences, and an Educator in Residence at the NIA Center for Integrative STEM, a consortium of eight Tier 1 research universities supporting graduate research and education at NASA Langley, led by Virginia Tech.
Sandy Jones is a Partner in Deloitte’s Energy, Resources & Industrials (ER&I) practice, focusing on business transformation in the Power/Utilities & Renewables (PU&R) sector. Sandy leads the Enterprise Asset Management offering for the ER&I practice as well as leads the PU&R Operations Transformation group. Sandy has over 28 years of experience in developing new operating models, process improvement plans,solution/integration strategies and business cases to support the approval by boards, regulatory commissions and executive leadership. Sandy is also the Diversity and Inclusion Lead for the PU&R sector at Deloitte, and is the Lead for Deloitte’s DC Chapter of WEN (Women’s Energy Network).
A results-driven technology executive with extensive experience in operations, governance and financial management, Ms. Kimball comes to the Children’s Science Center Board with a wealth of knowledge and expertise in running both for-profit and non-profit businesses. Having spent most of her career in Technology, Lisa assumed the position of Chief Executive Officer of The Arc of Loudoun in 2018. For 12 years prior to joining The Arc, she served as Vice President, Identity Management Solutions at Telos Corporation. Along with helming The Arc, Ms. Kimball currently serves as Chairperson for the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Identity Management Standards Advisory Council (IMSAC); as an At-Large Representative on Loudoun County’s Economic Development Advisory Commission; as an Advisory Board Member of the Loudoun County Medical Reserve Corps; and as Immediate Past-Chair for the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce. Lisa has comprehensive knowledge of strategic planning, a vast background in legislative advocacy, and great success in designing and achieving organizational development and growth programs. She was first introduced to the Children’s Science Center in 2010, and is honored bring her talent and experience to the Team as the Center continues to grow into the powerhouse that it’s destined to be.
Keith Krut contributes to strategic decision-making and organizational alignment in the federal government by integrating Human Resources with quantitative analysis and other corporate planning functions. A lifelong learner compelled by cross-functional perspective, Keith has sought out roles in public and private sectors, in the US and abroad, and has led teams across human resources, IT, marketing, and research. Currently, he is working to enhance strategic workforce planning and analytics capabilities at NASA. Previously, he helped build new capabilities in data science, business analytics, customer analytics, and data-driven human capital strategy at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. Before joining government service, Keith led HR research, metrics consulting, and marketing strategy teams for a decade at CEB, discussing progressive strategies with executives at the world’s leading organizations. Keith holds an M.B.A. from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia and a B.A. in English Literature from Wake Forest University.
Lou Paladeau has 35 years of experience in hotel real estate operations, development and ownership, as well as 5 years of experience in the biotech space. Earlier in his career he worked for Marriott International in leadership roles that included property operations, multi-property financial and accounting responsibility and the development and deployment of guest technology solutions for all Marriott brands. Mr. Paladeau also worked for Host Hotels & Resorts with responsibility for a team focused on development and asset management of over 50 properties. He received his Bachelors of Business Administration in Accounting from the College of William & Mary, where he recently served on the Board of Advisors for the Program in Public Policy. Mr. Paladeau is currently Vice President of Operations for a private hotel real estate ownership and development firm.
Mr. Paladeau lives in Oak Hill, VA with his wife and has three adult children.
Chris Powell is passionate about the application of technology and science to create solutions that allow people to better understand the spatial, temporal, and structural relationships of data. As Chief Technology Officer for NT Concepts, he focuses on developing strategies to support the horizontal integration of geospatial technology, software engineering, and data analytics into solutions that help customers analyze and visualize their information. He has developed custom solutions for a number of enterprise architectures across the Federal Government and commercial industry. He is an active member of the geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) community and serves as co-chair of the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) Emerging Technologies Subcommittee organizing events to identify and introduce new innovations to government and industry. He proudly volunteers for the“Homes of Hope” Program with YWAM which stands for “Youth With a Mission" in San Pedro, which builds homes for families in need living in Dominican Republic, and also at a local FCPS elementary school where he has demonstrated how children can use maps and cartography. Chris holds a BA in Geography, a Cartographic Certificate, and an MS in Geographic and Cartographic Science from George Mason University.
Russ is a 24+ year tech and branding exec. His hi-tech background ranges from start-up ventures to Fortune 500 giants like Oracle and his first programming job at Mobil Oil. Russ has managed high-growth global organizations that have transformed industries and consistently drives customer centric performance and innovation at scale.
Prior to Infrascale, Russ helped startup a civic engagement social network and polling platform, icitizen. By enabling everyone’s voice to be counted, icitizen is helping bring accountability to elected officials and increase civic engagement. Prior to that, Russ led the premium cloud hosting company, Media Temple (mt), where he was responsible for the company’s brand, strategic direction, culture, and operational execution. Russ also led the sale of Media Temple (mt) to GoDaddy where he stayed on the GoDaddy executive team to help transform GoDaddy and prepare for their IPO.
Before Media Temple (mt), Russ led the growth of LibreDigital,the leader in digital publishing, and helped run the process to sell RRDonnelley. Russ also led NxTV to the forefront of the direct to consumer Internet TV and Internet video-on-demand. Russ started his management career at Oracle where he helped lead and grow Oracle Applications Group for companies over $1 billion in revenue.
Throughout his career and his life beyond business, Russ has been an attentive student of change and innovation. He sees the best opportunities as disruptive — the very best ones as those that promise to increase efficiency in large markets and improve lives. He continues to hone and apply a leadership philosophy first inspired by his grandfather and then his professional mentors. He owes much to his experiences as a dad, a triathlete and, simply enough, a human being just trying to do a better job whatever the challenge happens to be. More than anything, Russ is committed to helping others live happier, more productive lives. Read about his leadership philosophy on his blog, http://russreeder.com/h-e-a-r-leadership
Russ lives in Great Falls with his wife and three children.
Craig Ridley is an experienced entrepreneur and business strategist. He is co-founder and CEO of his most recent startup, Data Science and advanced analytics firm, ROUTE Inc. Craig is also co-founder and enabling partner of Eleccion LLC, a next-generation advisory firm to government, commercial and non-profit clients. He has over 28 years in venture startup, sales, operations, management, and M&A experience – having founded three previous startups and served in a variety of strategic growth and senior leadership roles for companies such as TASC (an Engility company),Unisys, Verizon (formally MCIWorldcom), BluChipz.com, and The Carpe Diem Group. Prior to co-founding ROUTE and Eleccion, Craig was vice president, business development for Allegheny Science & Technology (AST) and oversaw 5x revenue growth to $50m annually. Featured in nationally published articles and recognized in trade journals among industry leaders, Craig is also an expert in brand development and marketing. He has served as a presenter and panelist for the Department of Defense at conferences and industry events; and continues to support and serve on committees for business organizations, public schools, and charities with an emphasis on youth academics and athletics. Craig holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a marketing concentration from the School of Business and Economics at North Carolina A&T State University.
The Honorable Regina B. Schofield is Director of Corporate Engagement and Education Outreach for Battelle. Ms. Schofield’s portfolio includes furthering innovative efforts to create tomorrow’s workforce by leading STEM education outreach and directing all of Battelle’s regional philanthropy engagements.
Prior to her position with Battelle, she was employed with Casey Family Programs and transformed Casey’s approach by integrating policies and data from state-level stakeholders with broader, national public policy objectives in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining Casey, Ms. Schofield was nominated by the President and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as Assistant Attorney General (AAG) for the Office of Justice Programs at the U.S. Department of Justice. As AAG, she served as the nation’s AMBER Alert Coordinator and oversaw a range of federal programs, including Project Safe Childhood, the President’s DNA Initiative, the Prisoner Reentry Initiative, and the White House Initiative on Helping America’s Youth and many others.
Before her appointment as Assistant Attorney General, Ms. Schofield was Director of the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs and White House Liaison at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In this dual capacity, she served as the Secretary’s senior advisor on all state, local, and tribal issues regarding HHS policies and programs and was the primary personnel link between HHS and the White House.
Ms. Schofield is a recent recipient of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award and currently serves on the boards of the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation, Children’s Science Center, the Conrad Foundation, the National Center for the Prevention of Community Violence (aka Solve Violence), the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education, 100kin10 Strategic Advisory Group, the Research Advisory Committee of the National Collaborative on Gun Violence Research and is a corporate officer of the Battelle Education board.
She received her M.B.A. from Jackson State University and her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Mississippi College. In 2014, she was honored to receive the Alumni of the Year award from Mississippi College’s School of Business. Ms. Schofield’s professional career has included key roles in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.
Sumeet Shrivastava is an accomplished executive and proven business leader with more than 25 years of experience in the government IT industry. As President and CEO of ARRAY, he provides overall corporate leadership for the company’s growth and operations strategy, which has included a successful graduation from Federal small business programs and recently lead a management buyout of ARRAY. Prior to ARRAY, Sumeet was SVP for Public Sector at Keane (now NTT Data) and also spent time as the SVP for North American Commercial Sales and Marketing. As EVP and COO of ANSTEC, a Government IT contractor, he architected the company’s sale to Keane. Sumeet’s experience has traversed the full range of early-stage small business to a competitive, mid-tier contractor. Sumeet has been committed to his alma mater, George Mason University (MBA ’94), and the regional community throughout his career. He is currently on the GMU Foundation Board of Trustees and the President-Elect of Mason’s Alumni Association. He has also served on the board of the Northern Virginia Technology Council and is currently on the TiE-DC Board.