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Richard Lipsey
President

Richard A. Lipsey, Colonel (Retired), United States Air Force, serves as Deputy Director of the ISAO Standards Organization and is also the senior strategic cyber lead for LMI, a not-for-profit government consulting firm. In this capacity he coordinates a multi-disciplinary portfolio of cyber-related management and analytical services across LMI’s business units and regions.

Rick served 28 years in the United States Air Force where he provided strategic leadership in the application of communications, computer, networking, and cybersecurity capabilities to meet operational mission requirements. In addition to assignments with six operational communications units, he served as the Director for C4 Systems for Air Force Central Command, where he was responsible for all deployed Air Force cyberspace capabilities in the CENTCOM area of responsibility. He also served on the staff of U.S. European Command, where he led the establishment of DoD’s first combatant command Network Warfare Center. In his final assignment, he served as Vice Commander of 24th Air Force, the Air Force component of U.S. Cyber Command, which is responsible to extend, operate, and defend the Air Force portion of the DoD global network, as well as to plan and conduct full-spectrum cyberspace operations.

Rick holds a BS in computer systems analysis from Miami University and an MA in management and procurement from Webster University. He also earned a Master of Strategic Studies degree from the Air War College, where he graduated with academic distinction. In addition, he holds a CISSP certification. He is a native of Dade City, Florida, is married to the former Cheryl Sturm and has two college-aged children: David and Danielle.


David Kovach
Executive Vice President

David J. Kovach, Colonel (Retired), United States Air Force, Kovach culminated a 34-year military career by commanding the Air Force Communications Agency, Scott Air Force Base. In that role, he directed the efforts of 850 military, Air Force civilian and DoD contractor personnel that provided C41SR capabilities to both classified and unclassified communications network enterprises supporting over 700,000 clients.  Since his retirement from the USAF in 2005, Kovach has worked for Telos Corporation, Ashburn, VA, a leading provider of innovative secure technology solutions to the U.S. Government.  He has served Telos in several capacities over the years, most recently as VP, Strategic Business Development and Capture.  He leads and integrates BD activities to target opportunities within the DoD and federal agencies, particularly in the realms of enterprise network infrastructure, network operations, information assurance and network security.

Kovach entered the USAF in 1971 as a US Air Force Academy cadet and was commissioned in 1975.  He served around the world in more than 20 different assignments, including six unit commands from Detachment to Wing level.  He served in Joint, MAJCOM and other staff duty assignments,three times in USAF combat communications organizations, and deployed in every major contingency and conflict during his 30-year active duty career.  Kovach contributed significantly to the development and implementation of today’s technology backbone in the Air Force. As Commander for the 609th Air Communications Squadron and Director of Communications, US Central Command Air Forces (USCENTAF), he led the development of IT solutions that dramatically enhanced the ability of senior combatant commanders to deploy and sustain operations in the world’s most dangerous regions.  Moreover, he was the lead architect and implementer of two Combined Air Operations Centers in Southwest Asia during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.


Karin Grace
Secretary

Karin Grace is the Alamo Chapter Secretary.  She works for M2 Technology, Inc. as a senior account manager.  She has been in the IT Industry for over 14 years. Karin is married and has four children.


Ronald Moore
Treasurer

Lt. Col. Ron Moore (USAF, ret.) has served as vice president and directorate manager of Camber Corp.'s Cyber and Information Assurance directorate.

Mr. Moore has more than 30 years of management and operations experience spanning intelligence and security; information operations, technology, and security; program management; software and systems development; and manufacturing and logistics. He specializes in process development and implementation as well as strategic planning and execution. He has held progressively responsible management and operations positions in both private and Fortune 500 businesses, as well as numerous military organizations. After 14 years of active duty, he served in the U.S. Air Force Reserve from 1992 to 2009. He holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from Southwest Texas State University, a Bachelors of Science in Information Systems from the University of Maryland University College, an Associates of Science in Linguistics from the Community College of the Air Force, and an Associates of Arts in Management from the University of Maryland, European Division.


William Morrow
Past President

Colonel (Ret) William J. Morrow, Jr. is the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) as well as Vice President, Cyber Security at Smartronix, Inc. (Hollywood, Maryland). Based out of Smartronix’ San Antonio, Texas office since 2011, Bill oversees corporate-wide information security as well as cyber security development, implementation, and management of Smartronix’ cyber vision, strategy, programs, and solutions that Smartronix provides to all markets. He is the Smartronix corporate representative to the Department of Defense (DoD) CIO’s Defense Industrial Base (DIB) Cyber Security Program for information sharing of cyber threats and cyber security best practices. Mr. Morrow is a computer scientist with 32 years of experience as an information technology (IT) professional. His experience the past 12 years has specifically been in cyber and information security. He served in the U.S. Air Force for more than 26 years and most recently served as the Vice Wing Commander of the 688th Information Operations Wing under the Air Force Cyber Command at Lackland Air Force Base (AFB), Texas. In this position, he led 1,350 professionals across six bases in developing, testing, training, and exercising cyberspace offensive and defensive tactics, techniques, and procedures; conducting vulnerability assessments, penetration testing, and hunt operations; analyzing and mitigating cyberspace vulnerabilities; and engineering and integrating resilient cyberspace infrastructure (deployed and in-garrison) designed to increase the combat effectiveness of DoD elements. Mr. Morrow was also elected three consecutive terms and served for six years (2011-2016) as the President and Chairman of the Board for the greater San Antonio and Austin Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (Alamo Chapter), where he led the organization to multiple awards, including the 2015 Best Large Chapter Award from 130 worldwide AFCEA International chapters.

Mr. Morrow retired as a Colonel after serving in numerous leadership positions at the squadron, group, wing, numbered Air Force, major command, joint/combined, and Joint Chiefs of Staff-level. Specifically, he served as Deputy Director for Communications and Information and Deputy CIO at Headquarters Air Force Space Command where he led the design of the programming plan that created 24th Air Force, and he personally led the site-survey team that produced the results approved by Congress to base the Air Force Cyber Component (AFCYBER) in San Antonio, Texas. Previous to that assignment, Bill served as the Vice Commander of the 623rd Air and Space Operations Center (AOC) at Air Force Special Operations Command.

Mr. Morrow’s expertise includes strategic planning, consulting, building/leading Security Operations Centers (SOCs), risk management, digital and data security, audits and vulnerability assessments, expert testimony, compliance, and security product development. Bill earned three advanced degrees with honors: an M.S. degree in National Security from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces; an M.A. degree in Computer Resources Management from Webster University; and a B.S. degree in Computer Science from the University of North Carolina. He also is a graduate of the Air War College, the Army Command and General Staff College, and the Cyberspace Operations School with a Master Cyber Operator rating.


Tom Allen
Vice President, Membership

 Tom Allen is based in San Antonio with extensive experience and success with Department of Defense (DoD) initiatives, Business Development processes, and Program Management requirements.

Before entering government services, Tom was a Project Manager for Advanced Micro Devices designing, building and operating Digital Control Systems. Moving to Dell, Tom helped facilitate the Enterprise Server Group’s move from north Austin to the Round Rock campus. He led multiple research and development teams and designed and oversaw construction of Dell’s testing labs. In 2004, Tom moved back home to San Antonio and entered the government contracting arena working for GTSI, Abacus Technology, and then KGS. He has managed operations and special projects for a variety of customers including Homeland Security, US Air Force, US Army, US Navy, VA, and others. Tom is currently providing consulting services for Business Development opportunities and DoD Operations efforts.

Tom takes great pride in serving as the Alamo Chapter VP of Membership and is a member of the Alamo Chapter Board of Directors. Tom is responsible for maintaining and growing the membership base and since 2010, the Alamo Chapter has grown from 450 members to well over 800 members. Tom is married, has one daughter, and is very excited about his recent title: Grandpa.


Juan Toves
Vice President, Programs

He is responsible for providing strategic direction for Air Force Cyber Operations. Juan is a certified Project Management Professional with over 10 years of progressive large-scale project management experience. As the current Air Force Program Manager, he leads and develops offensive cyber operations for the 24th Air Force.

Juan brings 13 years of network engineering experience as a former Air Force veteran. Prior to joining SRA, Juan was the lead engineer for Central Command Task Force 236 and Joint NetOps Control Center-Afghanistan managing over 180 personnel across geographically dispersed locations. His multifaceted skill set proved valuable to senior communications officers as he led the successful implementation of the Combined Joint Operations Area–Afghanistan coalition network, CENTRIXS-ISAF, supporting more than 72K users.

Juan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Information Technology from the University of Maryland and expected to graduate from the University of Phoenix with a Masters in Business Administration June 2016. As the region ambassador for the “SRA Cares” program, Juan leads the “Hiring our Heroes” recruiting, community outreach and campaigning for the various nonprofit organizations in Texas.


Karen Rolirad
Vice President, Scholarships & Educational Grants

Ms. Rolirad retired from the United States Air Force as a Lieutenant Colonel with 22 years of service. She has proven success in leading people and managing complex organizations. Prior to her retirement, she developed and conducted global Intelligence, Reconnaissance and Surveillance Operations at the 625th Operations Center, Headquarters 25th Air Force, Joint Base San Antonio - Lackland Air Force Base, TX.

As senior intelligence officer, Ms. Rolirad supported global flying operations, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance, cyber operations/intelligence and planning, programming and budgeting at the squadron, major command, Joint Task Force and National level. She is the former commander of the 315th Training Squadron, Goodfellow AFB, TX. She led and trained over 3,000 ISR Airmen. Her operational experiences includes deployments in support of Operations PROVIDE COMFORT, PROVIDE PROMISE, ALLIED FORCE, NORTHERN WATCH, SOUTHERN WATCH, ENDURING FREEDOM, JUNIPER SHIELD and JUNIPER NIMBUS. She is the recipient of the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Combat Readiness Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, and the NATO Medal.

Ms. Rolirad attended the United States Air Force Academy where she earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in English and received a Master’s Degrees in Engineer Systems, St. Mary’s University, Texas (Distinguished Graduate); Strategic Studies at the Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Alabama and Strategic Intelligence at the Joint Military Intelligence College, Washington D.C (Distinguished Graduate). She is a graduate of the United States Air Force Weapons School, Las Vegas, Nevada.

Ms. Rolirad is a native of San Antonio. She is the Vice President of Scholarship and Grants for the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association, active member of: Military Officers Association of America, 2016 Alamo Region Woman are FIRST, San Antonio Women in Technology and Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD).


William Foote
Vice President Conferences & Symposia

Colonel (Ret.) William D. Foote is a Business Development Consultant based in San Antonio, TX. As a consultant he leads all aspects of business development and capture management working on new and existing opportunities for clients primarily in the Information Technology domain.

 
Bill also served in the U.S. Air Force for 31 years in both operational and support assignments. His last assignment was Director of Personnel Services at the Air Force Personnel Center where he had oversight, procedural and process responsibility for personnel functions from accessions to separations and retirements to family support, recognition, promotions, professional education and skills training and personnel records. He was also responsible for AFPC’s transformation to a service center construct. Bill also served as commander of a Mission Support Group, was deputy chief of the SecAF’s Staff Group at the Pentagon, XO to the USFK deputy commander at Yongsan, Korea, served as deputy group commander for Air Force Basic Military Training and other staff jobs over the years. His operational assignments were in B-52G and B-1B bombers.


His areas of expertise are strategic planning, large scale project management and organizational transformations.  Bill has an M.S. degree in Systems Management from USC, an M.S. degree from National War College and B.S. degree from the University of Toledo. He also is a graduate of the Air War College and the Air Command and Staff College.



Vice President, Military Affairs - Vacant


Bill Robinson
Vice President, Corporate Affairs

Bill Robinson is Director of Business Development for TACG, LLC. He is a retired Air Force veteran who specialized as a Cyber Security and Information Assurance professional working in the Intelligence Community, Department of Defense and the Federal civilian agencies. As the Director of Business Development for TACG, Bill oversees the corporate sales pipeline and shapes the corporate strategic direction for the company. Since 2009, Bill serves as the VP for Corporate Affairs and member of the Board of Directors for the Alamo Chapter, senior mentor for new Board positions, and has been the Program and Training Director for the Alamo ACE. Bill is also the chapter Small Business advocate and sits on AFCEA International's Small Business Council. Bill holds a bachelors degree in Business Administration and is a Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP). He is married and has one child.


Dennis Garrison
Vice President, Awards

In June 2010, Mr. Garrison joined civil service as Chief, Information Technology Systems Support Division, United States Army Network Enterprise Center, Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, and in May 2011, also took on the dual-hat role as Deputy Director.  In January 2017 he moved to his current position as Chief of Project Management for the 625th Air Communications Squadron supporting HQ 25th Air Force global Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Information Technology Systems.

                                                                       

Mr. Garrison’s military career began as an enlisted Airman in July 1976.  He has over 35 years of experience in Command, Control, Communications- Computer and Intelligence Systems (C4IS).  Throughout his Air Force career as a Telecommunications Systems Controller he was involved in all aspects of Information and Electronic Systems Technology support, systems design, systems integration and tactical operations.  He served at every level in the Air Force from Communications Flights to Air Division, Numbered Air Force and Major Command staff positions.  In addition to his C4IS operational assignments, Mr Garrison also served as a Group Superintendent, Wing Command Chief, and Major Command Career Field Manager.

 

Mr. Garrison retired from the Air Force as a Chief Master Sergeant with 30 years of service.  After retiring, he continued his involvement with the military for four years as a Defense Contractor, starting as a Program Manager responsible for delivering IT services to the Fort Sam Houston Directorate of Information Management and finally as the Southwest Operations Director for his company responsible for a regional office in San Antonio and multiple DoD contracts.

 

Mr. Garrison holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electronic Systems Technology from Wayland Baptist University.  His professional and technical training include electronic systems design, tactical communications systems, joint space fundamentals, readiness operations, and numerous leadership and management courses. 

 

His awards and decorations include seven Meritorious Service Medals, three Air Force Commendation Medals, four Air Force Achievement Medals, Army Achievement Medal for Civilian Service, National Defense Service Medal with one Bronze Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and Korean Defense Service Medal.  He is married to the former Alexanderia Maali and they have two sons and two daughters.  He and his wife are AFCEA Life Members.


Szu-Moy Toves 
Vice President, Publicity

Szu-Moy Toves is a retired Air Force veteran with 20 years of active military service. Her career started in Logistics; however, a little over halfway through her career, she auditioned to retrain into Broadcasting. For the next seven years, Szu-Moy produced, directed, edited and scripted content for the American Forces Network in Bitburg, Germany as well as for the 3rd Combat Camera Squadron, Joint Base San Antonio as a Combat Correspondent and Production Superintendent.

She ran the radio and television station with a team of 17 broadcasters and maintainers. During the 2008 NATO Summit in Bucharest, Romania, Szu-Moy captured the only interview of the first US female soldier Silver Star recipient and America’s 43rd President, George W. Bush. Her radio and television news pieces have had a potential global reach of 2.2M to one of the most conservative audiences in the world, the Department of Defense. Szu-Moy deployed in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. She led three teams comprised of journalists, photographers and videographers. The teams were applauded for “setting the bar” for future teams to follow by having the most print and video documentation viewed on a national platform.

Szu-Moy earned a Joint Service Commendation Medal and Meritorious Service Medal upon leaving her Air Force career. Szu-Moy has worked with MTV, Subaru and various companies promoting and marketing their brands. She continues her Air Force value of “Service Before Self” through volunteer efforts with Homes for Our Troops, coaching Girls on the Run, her local church and its ACTS ministry. Szu-Moy also dedicated nine months during 2015 to advocate for homeless women veterans raising over $6,700 in donations for the cause. She holds a BA in Public Relations and Marketing (cum laude) from Ashford University.


Tiffany Tremont
Vice President, Young AFCEA

Tiffany Tremont is the President and CEO of Silotech Group, Inc. (Silotech) which she founded in 2000. Mrs. Tremont’s experience in the IT industry spans over two decades of Infrastructure Management and Systems/Security Administration experience in both the federal and commercial sectors which began when she joined the National Security Agency (NSA) then entered the United States Air Force at the age of 17.

Mrs. Tremont’s federal experience encompasses serving the military and subsequent employment with various federal agencies. During her Air Force service, her deployment duties included Operation Desert Focus after the 1996 bombing of Khobar Towers when she earned the Air Force Commendation medal. After leaving the Air Force, she entered the Peace Corps Foreign Service.

Silotech is an 8a firm and some of our most recent 8a awards have allowed us to double our staff annually since inception. Silotech Professional Services consist of: Cyber, IT/Consulting Services, Training/Education and Healthcare Professions.

Silotech’s success, in a traditionally male-dominated field, is in large part due to her military and professional experiences in diverse assignments and projects in military intelligence and Cyber/IT. Those experiences instilled in her qualities such as discipline, success-oriented, inception-execution and end-use quality.

Mrs. Tremont holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from University of Maryland University College in Information Systems Management. Tiffany is the 2015 recipient of the San Antonio Business Journal’s C-Suite CEO Award for Small/Medium Business, winner of the 2015 San Antonio Business Journal’s Tech Titan Award for Cyber Security and her company was bestowed Best Places to Work in 2016 and 2015 in the small business category. Mrs. Tremont was dually recognized as the San Antonio Business Journal’s 2014 Women’s Leadership award winner for Business Leader of the Year as well as recipient of the Entrepreneurial Leadership award. In 2015, she received the Presidential Lifetime Achievement – Call to Service Award for her volunteerism. Tiffany is the Vice President of the Young Alamo AFCEANs Program as well being awarded the prestigious AFCEA International Women in AFCEA Appreciation Award 2016. Mrs. Tremont has served as the President of NAFE San Antonio, the San Antonio affiliate of the National Association for Female Executives for three years. Mrs. Tremont graduated in 2013 from the San Antonio Business Opportunity Academy. Her inspiration to continue to build a formidable presence in San Antonio, where she moved her headquarters in 2008, are her four sons who range in ages from 5 years to 24 years old.


Nate Titus
Vice President, Special Projects

Nathan T. Titus, Colonel (Retired), United States Air Force, served his country for 34 years in various positions including commanding at the Flight, Squadron and Group levels. As an Air Force pilot, he flew the T-37, T-38 and F-111 aircraft accumulating over 3200 flying hours.

Titus entered the Air Force as an ROTC graduate and was commissioned in 1973. Following his graduation from Undergraduate Pilot Training in 1974, he was selected to return as an instructor in the T-38 aircraft. In 1977, he received an operational assignment to the F-111, the aircraft he would fly for the next 21 years in various assignments both CONUS and overseas.

At the end of his active flying, Titus was selected to command the 609th Air Operations Group, Shaw Air Force Base, SC. In this position, he provided daily direction for the training, exercise and operational support for the entire coalition air operation center as well as 34 flying units across the eastern U.S. His group was responsible for an operating budget of $150M plus the joint service planning and execution of combat forces in support of national objectives in Southwest Asia.

Since retiring from the Air Force in 1973, Titus worked 10 years for Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) leading a business unit developing data-fusion software for machine-to-machine processing of intelligence data. After SNC, he assumed his current position leading cyber business development for WiSC Enterprises, Chantilly VA.


Chuck Ludwig
Vice President, Education