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Richard Lipsey

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. Since his retirement from the USAF in 2005, Kovach has worked for Telos Corporation, headquartered in 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.

Karin Grace

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

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,Corporate Affairs

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.

Toves - pic Juan Toves
Vice President, Programs

Juan is an Air Force veteran who serves as the General Manager for Ardent Defense Services, LLC, an Akima company, where he has overall responsibility for strategy, structure, budget, people, financial outcomes and scorecard metrics. Juan is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) whose achievements have been built upon strong customer, employee and partner relationships coupled with a deep technology background. He is a Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) with a track record for success in large scale network modernization projects and proven ability to lead teams of highly skilled IT engineers through difficult and demanding environments. He has successfully planned, built and executed sustainable growth and profitability strategies as evidenced by his direct responsibility for assembling and leading teams to grow business throughout his nine year career at SAIC and SRA. Juan holds a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Computer Information Technology and a Master’s in Business Administration (M.B.A.). His community service involvement includes serving as the Vice President of Programs for the Alamo Chapter of AFCEA Board of Directors in San Antonio, 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).

Burris - picTony Burris
Vice President Conferences & Symposia

Robert A. “Tony” Burris, Colonel (Retired), United States Air Force, serves as the Senior Cybersecurity and Management Consultant for World Wide Technology (WWT) – Air Force Operations team. While WWT is headquartered in St Louis, Tony resides and operates from San Antonio, TX. Tony is a Senior Cyberspace executive and proven leader driving technology solutions and growth across complex organizations. His military career that spanned 33 years where he optimized a myriad of operational/technical transformations through strategic innovation of solutions with cross-cutting effects that reduce costs, increase functionality, and security.

Tony’s career culminated at Tyndall AFB FL where served as the Director of Communications and Cyberspace Forces for Headquarters First Air Force, AFNORTH, CONUS NORAD Region. As, the DIRCYBERFOR he directed and lead cyberspace operations spanning Homeland Defense (HLD), Defense Support to Civil Authorities (DSCA), and Theater Security Cooperation (TSC) across North America. He navigated complex emerging mission areas, generating weapon system capacity/ cyber resilience, and force structure to meet demands in symmetrical and asymmetrical matrices. Prior to this, he was the ANG Advisor to Commander, 24AF where he directed the Total Force Integration (TFI) efforts across 24thAF, AFCyber, and JFHQ-Cyber and the catalyst behind the Cyber AEF construct being employed across the AF to meet US Cyber Command Mission Force demand signal. Tony served and led at the tactical, operational, and strategic level across many assignments.

Vice President, Military Affairs

Robinson - picBill Robinson
Vice President,Membership

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.

Pamela Simon
Vice President, Awards

Pamela Simon is currently assigned as the Service Operations Branch Chief, Special Services, San Antonio, TX at Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). The Service Operations branch provides support to warfighters and leaders across the globe through management of the Enterprise Services across multiple domains. Previously Pam served as Team Lead for Enterprise Services Element, DCC Battle Captain, Deputy of Training/Exercises and Deputy Current Operations.

Pamela Simon has 15+ years of experience in Military Intelligence, DoD Telecommunications and Information Technology. She began her career in the United States Army in 2002 as an Enlisted Military Intelligence solider at Fort Huachuca. She later transitioned to a Signal Corps Officer in 2007 at Fort Benning, GA. She has served in various capacities to include Platoon Leader, Battalion S-6, & Department of Information Management (DOIM) Officer-In-Charge (OIC) throughout her military career. During her time in Afghanistan as the DOIM OIC, she oversaw the helpdesk, Outside/Inside Plant, Network/Systems Administrators, Information Assurance, & provisioning for US and NATO forces.

Upon her separation from active duty military service in 2010, Pam became a government contractor with Booz Allen Hamilton for a DISA contract, Enterprise Mission Assurance Support Services (EMASS). She was the Tier III Help Desk manager for over 4,000 Armed Forces and other DoD Agencies until 2012. As the Help Desk manager, she led testing for minor and major releases, conducted training, and assisted developers with identifying and correcting defects.

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.

Charlie Weissenborn photoCharlie Weissenborn
Vice President, Young AFCEA

Charles A. Weissenborn, Sergeant First Class, United States Army, serves as the Readiness Non-Commissioned Officer for the 236th Signal Company, Texas Army National Guard. In this capacity, he is responsible for the planning and management of technical, operational, and administrative aspects of the command.

Prior to joining the 236th, SFC Weissenborn served at various positions in the operations and intelligence throughout the Texas Army National Guard, including 71st Battlefield Surveillance Brigade Operations Non-Commissioned Officer and 136th Military Police Battalion Operations Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge.

SFC Weissenborn is the recipient of the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, and six Army Commendation Medals, along with other campaign and achievement medals. He has deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan.

In addition to his position with AFCEA, Charlie is also a Board Member of the National Guard Association of Texas. He is also a member of the Military Cyber Professionals Association, the US Army Signal Corps Regimental Association, and the San Antonio CyberDef Dojo. An avid volunteer, he also mentors and teaches local San Antonio middle and high school students preparing for the CyberPatriot Competition.

Charlie holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Management and is the graduate of many DoD and US Army hosted schools and courses. He has been married to his wife Caitlin for three years.

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 photoChuck Ludwig
Vice President, Education

Chuck Ludwig is a native Texan with over 30 years’ experience in Employment, Staffing Recruiting and Management. He graduated with Honors from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Psychology in 3.5 years while working to put himself through school. He also held leadership positions for such Campus organizations as the Student Supreme Court, Newman Center, and Intramural Sports.

Chuck’s been successful working in the Federal sector, Marine & Petrochemical Services, Utilities, and in contingent Staffing. He has stood up 2 companies and been responsible for P&L in 3 companies for up to 4 remote operations.

Upon graduation Chuck was hired as an Outreach Worker for a Community Action Agency, and was promoted first to reorganize, expand, and manage the Medical Transportation Program, then to stand up and expand the Planning Department.

After almost 3 years at the Community Action Agency, Chuck was recruited to stand up an Industrial Labor Company, and for over a year & a half was on 24x7 call hiring, supervising, and selling services to clean Federal Grain vessels and provide Industrial Hydroblasting and Labor services in the Golden Triangle area of Southeast Texas.

Chuck worked for Gulf States Utilities Company for almost 6 years, annually hiring up to 100 internal and external IT, Accounting, Finance, and Engineering professionals. He expanded the Company’s Cooperative Education Program, increasing the number of students per semester working for GSU in Engineering, Accounting, General Management, and Management Information Systems.

Moving to beautiful San Antonio, Texas, Chuck opened and operated a contingent staffing firm for almost 6 years, spent over a year as an Employment & Training Manager for a Retail Corporation, and has spent the last 22.5 years working as the Manager, Regional Manager, and Facilities Security Officer for Consultis Information Technologies, Inc. Chuck was a member of various ad hoc projects and committees, including the company’s successful ISO 9000 certification effort.

Having recently retired from full time work at Consultis, Chuck is currently working as a contract recruiter and has been consulting in Sales Coaching and performance metrics and process development. Chuck has been a member of AFCEA for nearly 8 years, and currently serves as the Vice President- Education for the Alamo AFCEA Chapter. He resides in San Antonio with his wife, Janie, a retired Science Teacher. They have 4 grown children and 5 grandchildren, all in the South Texas area.

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