Janeece C. Docal

Janeece C. Docal found her passion for education while serving at a Freedom School in Milford, Ohio and abroad in Nicaragua and El Salvador, and then while co-organizing the Common Futures Forum for the non-profit International Development Conference in Washington, DC. She then worked as an Assistant Principal, the Math, Science, Business Academy Coordinator and English Department Chair at the Columbia Heights Education Campus–Bell Multicultural Senior High School in northwest Washington, DC, where she had been an educator for nine years. She has enjoyed being a Fulbright-Hays scholar to New Zealand (studying curricular frameworks and reform efforts) as well as being the Washington Post Cultural Ambassador and Fulbright Memorial Fund Scholar to Japan. She completed her Ed.S. (2007) at The George Washington University in Educational Leadership and Administration and has been an adjunct professor for the Graduate School of Education and Human Development, Department of Teacher Preparation and Special Education. She graduated with her Masters of Education (2000) from The George Washington University and undergraduate Honors-BA (1998) from Xavier University, OH.  She also graduated from Georgetown University’s Executive Masters in Leadership, McDonough School of Business (December 2013) and is completing her Doctoral Thesis with the University of Vigo, Spain.  She is a New Leader for New Schools (cohort 2008) and became the proud principal of powerful Powell Bilingual Elementary School in July 2009. They are pleased to announce that they are an International Spanish Academy, the recent winners of the Fight for Children Quality Schools Initiative Rising Star Award 2012 and second place bilingual school of the year for the Embassy of Spain’s Colegio del Año 2013 award.  During her time with DCPS, Ms. Docal was awarded the First Class Teaching Award for excellence in education and the Monarch Award for commitment to academics and service learning.  She is a 2013 Rubenstein Award winner for excellence in leadership.


Adam Firestone

Scott Jaschik

G.B. Cazes

Amy D’Amico, Ph.D.

Amy D’Amico, Ph.D. joined the Smithsonian Science Education Center (SSEC) in 2013 as the Director of Professional Services. She oversees Professional Development and Leadership Development initiatives at SSEC. Prior to joining SSEC, Dr. D’Amico was a member of the faculty in the Biology Department at Georgetown University. At Georgetown, she taught a variety of biology courses and co-directed the RISE & Teach program for biology undergraduates who complete a thesis while teaching in the DC Public Schools.

Dr. D’Amico has 16 years of experience as an educator that began by teaching middle school for the Cambridge Public Schools in Massachusetts. While in Cambridge, she worked on various educational and consulting projects with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and the American Museum of Natural History. Dr. D’Amico earned her BA in Biology from New York University and received a Ph.D. in Biology from Northeastern University in Boston, MA.

Deepa Gupta

Deepa is responsible for developing Boeing’s strategies to support early learning, primary and secondary education, and ensure alignment with post-secondary workforce initiatives across the company. Throughout her career, she has worked on a range of issues including U.S. public health, global health and economic development, the arts, and nonprofit capacity development. Prior to Boeing, she was a senior program officer for the MacArthur Foundation and a consultant with McKinsey. In 2012, President Obama appointed her to the National Council on the Arts. Deepa has an MBA from Northwestern University, an MPA from Harvard University, and an AB from the University of Chicago.

Richard Laine

Richard is the Director of Education at the National Governors Association where he leads a team that provides support for the nation’s governors on education issues ranging from early education to K-12 to postsecondary, including efforts around college and career-training ready standards. Previously he led The Wallace Foundation’s $300 million national education leadership initiative, managed the Illinois Business Roundtable’s education efforts and served as the Associate Superintendent for Policy, Planning and Resource Management at the Illinois State Board of Education. He has presented and published on numerous topics in education, especially in the areas of education leadership, standards and the question of whether and how money matters in education.

Laine received an M.B.A. from the Graduate School of Business, an M.P.P. from the Graduate School of Public Policy Studies and a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Education Policy, all from the University of Chicago. Prior to moving to D.C., Laine completed five years of service on his school district’s board of education where he successfully led the negotiation of a new teacher contract and helped lead the team that negotiated a new performance pay system for the district’s administrators.

Janet Gless

Janet Gless is the Chief Programs and Partnerships Officer (CPPO) of New Teacher Center (NTC), a national educational non-profit dedicated to improving student learning by the accelerating the effectiveness of new teachers and school. In her role as CPPO, Janet oversees NTC’s work with hundreds of school districts and educational agencies across the country and internationally.

A New Teacher Center co-founder, Janet has guided NTC’s programmatic growth since the Center’s inception in 1998; NTC’s induction approach currently reaches over 25,000 novice teachers each year. Janet brings over 35 years experience to her work at NTC – as a classroom teacher, mentor, induction program coordinator, professional developer, state policy maker, and university instructor.

Ben Fenton

Robin “Montana” Williams

Robin “Montana” Williams is currently the Lead for the 44th President’s National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) and the Chief, National Cybersecurity Education & Awareness Branch, Department of Homeland Security, Washington, D.C. His office is responsible for coordinating and developing national cybersecurity awareness, education, training, professional development, policy, standards, and assessment requirements to broaden, cultivate, and maintain an unrivaled, globally competitive cybersecurity workforce for the nation. Prior, Mr. Williams served as a Senior Technical Program Manager for the National Counterintelligence Executive directing cyber counterintelligence training & threat analysis. Mr. Williams has spent 24 years in government service including 21 years in the United States Air Force retiring as a Lt. Colonel. During his military career, he held numerous flying, intelligence, training, and cyberspace assignments, including commanding the USAF Cyber Red Team. He is a combat veteran with flying & information operations duties in Afghanistan and Iraq, including serving as the lead air-campaign planner for OPERATION ANACONDA & Chief, Electronic Warfare in the Iraqi Theater of Operations. Mr. Williams earned a Bachelor’s degree from Minnesota State University-Moorhead in 1989, a Master’s degree from Louisiana Tech in 1998, and currently completing a doctorate program. In addition, Mr. Williams is a Certified Workforce Development Professional (specializing in cybersecurity workforce) by the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals.

Rick Geritz

Rick Geritz is a serial entrepreneur and has spent the last 20 years building early stage companies.

He is currently the CEO and Founder of LifeJourney, a technology that inspires our nations youth to “Test Drive” what their future would be like to follow careers in the Cyber and STEM fields.

Prior to LifeJourney, Rick was the President and CEO of BDMetrics, an online business matchmaking technology for the tradeshow industry. 

In addition, Rick held senior level executive roles for SafeNet where he was President and GM responsible for their VPN software, hardware and silicon businesses. Before SafeNet, Rick was the Executive Vice President and a board member at Rockville based ICARUS Corporation – an engineering simulation software company where he led the company’s worldwide product, operations, and until its sale to Aspen Technology (NASDAQ; AZPN).

Rick has been a featured guest speaker on network security on TV and radio shows such as “Today” holds a patent for online business networking, was named one of Baltimore’s “Top 40 under 40” executives, and “Innovator of the Year.”Rick currently sits on the board of The Howard County Hospital, The Governor’s Cyber Security Commission, The Cyber Incubator at UMBC and leads the CyberMaryland initiative.



Tom Sadowski

J. Thomas “Tom” Sadowski has served as President and CEO of the Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore (EAGB) since 2008.  The EAGB is a partnership of business, government and higher education leaders promoting the region as a world-class market in which to live, work, learn and invest.

Tom joined the EAGB in 2006 as Executive Vice President to manage the Region’s response to the Dept. of Defense 2005 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) initiative.  Since, he has led strategic marketing efforts reaching more than 20,000 business executives and sales missions to major US markets such as Austin, Boston, NYC, NJ, and Silicon Valley.  His work has increased regional emphasis on business retention and development and resulted in new public/private programs supporting entrepreneurship and workforce development.  The EAGB, meanwhile, has become well known as a national thought leader, publishing a series of strategic market reports, industry profiles, white papers and on-line content showcasing the region’s many assets, opportunities and community champions.

His recent work has focused on education technology, technology transfer and commercialization, and the retention and attraction of young professionals and entrepreneurs.

In his 20-years in economic development, his projects have exceeded $10 billion in value, resulting in approximately 60,000 jobs.  He is active on many boards related to economic development, education and public health— to include the Cyber Maryland Advisory Board, the Board of BioHealth Innovation and the Upper Chesapeake Health Foundation. 

Tom is an Adjunct Professor at Towson University and has served as Executive Director of Economic Development in Harford County, Maryland and as Business Development Director in Baltimore County, Maryland.

He is a proud husband and father of four boys.  His passions include his family, work, teaching and sports.  He is a graduate of UMBC and Leadership Maryland.   

Steve Morrill

Steve Morrill is currently the Director of Technology at Loyola Blakefield in Towson Maryland. Prior to joining Loyola Blakefield he spent 13 years managing and teaching technology in the higher education space.

Steve is also the founder of the Loyola Cyber Security Program. The team has had great success in the past year winning the SAIC Global Cyber Challenge in July and the Maryland (MDC3) Cyber Challenge in October. Most recently the team finished third in the Mid-Atlantic region for the AFA Cyber Patriot Competition.

Over the past two years Steve has also been invited to speak at schools helping to raise awareness, but not paranoia, in the use of social media. His presentations are tailored for the specific audience to help each group understand both the benefits and dangers of our modern on line world.

Terry Erdle

Peder Jungck

Peder Jungck leads innovation within the Intelligence & Security sector, a leading provider of IT products and services, as well as intelligence analysis support to the U.S. Government.

Peder is the Chief Technology Officer of BAE Systems Intelligence & Security (I&S) sector. I&S provides information technology (IT) and intelligence analysis services to key intelligence professionals, federal officials, high‐level U.S. decision makers and troops deployed around the world. It employs more than 7,000 employees with core capabilities including integrated cyber security and IT to ensure dominance in cyberspace. Intelligence & Security is one of the largest IT service providers to the Defense Intelligence Agency, offers advancements in Activity‐Based Intelligence systems and supplies solutions to support “big data” initiatives.

Peder joined BAE Systems after serving in several key technology leadership positions for Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), most recently as the Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of the Cyber Security Group within the National Security Sector. He was also named a Technical Fellow during his tenure. He joined SAIC via the acquisition of CloudShield Technologies, Inc. which he founded in 2000 focused around trusted platforms for cyber security. 

Peder is a networking industry visionary, IT executive and entrepreneur whom pioneered high‐speed content‐based networking and cyber security systems to meet the needs of government, carriers and large enterprises. He has been a guiding architect at several networking and security companies, has earned 21 patents and is a co‐author of packetC the packet processing language for cyber security countermeasures and flexible network applications. Peder attended Clarkson University for electrical and computer engineering and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Beloit College in mathematics and computer science.


Maggie Severns

Maggie Severns is an education reporter for POLITICO, where she covers education issues in Congress. Severns reports on STEM education, workforce education, immigration, and a range of other topics.

Caitlin Olson

Brian K. Fitzgerald, Ed.D.

Brian K. Fitzgerald serves as BHEF’s chief executive officer, developing long-term strategy for the membership organization. Under Dr. Fitzgerald’s leadership, BHEF’s National Higher Education and Workforce Initiative (HEWI) has emerged as the organization’s signature enterprise. Through the collaboration of its business and academic members, the HEWI includes regional projects focused on strategic business-higher education partnerships in regions across the country, as well as a national that disseminate the learning from the projects and scale effective practices. The initiative deploys a model of strategic business engagement in higher education to address our members’ high-skill, high-priority workforce needs.

BHEF has launched highly innovative regional partnerships in data science and analytics, financial services, cybersecurity, water and materials sciences, energy, and engineering. Backed by some of the nation’s most committed business and academic leaders, these partnerships demonstrate BHEF’s ability to meet America’s higher education and workforce challenges.

Aleta Stampley

Dean Kamen

Stanley Litow

A former Deputy Chancellor of the New York City Schools, Mr. Litow helped devise the Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH), a grade 9 through 14 schools initiative to transform U.S. education and strengthen America’s economic competitiveness by connecting education to jobs. President Obama praised P-TECH in his State of the Union address, and visited the first P-TECH school in 2013. P-TECH has been profiled in a Harvard Business School Case Study, in a TIME Magazine cover story and in a segment on PBS NewsHour.

Julie Silard Kantor

Julie Kantor is a veteran leader and tireless ambassador of STEM education, entrepreneurship and building of America’s skilled workforce, serving in CXO roles since 1992. As Chief Partnership Officer at STEMconnector & Million Women Mentors (subsidiary of Diversified Search LLC), Julie and team bring together corporate America, government, higher education and national nonprofits as members to better convene key players in the STEM universe and consult around smart STEM investments. 

Million Women Mentors, launched as an initiative of STEMconnector® in January 2014, will support the engagement of one million women (and men) in STEM to serve as mentors by 2018. The MWM team is working nationally with 52 lead partners (reach over 22 million girls) and 17 corporate sponsors is to serve at least one million girls and young women throughout the high school to work age continuum to increase the interest and confidence to persist and succeed in STEM programs and careers. 

Julie is known in the community as a people person, a brand-builder, tech savvy, national thought leader, writer for Huffington Post Business and networked fundraiser with a proven track record. 

Kantor was recognized by President Obama for her 20-year career in education in April of 2012 and honored this past year by the Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) as 2012 CIT GAP 50 Winner. Before joining STEMconnector, Julie launched Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) in Boston, took over the Wash., DC, Region of NFTE in 1995 and spent 20 years scaling youth entrepreneurship ed. to many U.S. cities and raise $20 million. Julie was a catalyst in expanding NFTE programs in India, Baltimore, Philadelphia and Boston. 

Born and raised in Washington, DC, Julie attended Sidwell Friends School and earned a BA from Simmons College in Boston. She is a Price-Babson Fellow and a member of the Leadership Washington – 2000. Kantor lives in Bethesda, MD, with her husband and middle-school daughter.