OFFICERS

President — Kevin “Morty” Mortensen
Director for Business Development
BAE Systems Intelligence & Security

Morty is currently responsible for business development for BAE Systems Intelligence & Security. Prior to this position, Morty served as Vice President for International Marketing for the Swedish Space Corporation. Prior to this, Morty served over 29 years in the Air Force Space and Missile communities. Morty Commanded the 3rd Space Operations Squadron, served as Schriever Wargame Director, represented the Air Force on Capitol Hill as the Legislative Liaison for Space, Cyberspace, and ICBM programs, was an Aide-de-Camp to two Commanders of Air Force Space Command, was a speech-writer for AFSPC/CV and AFSPC/CC, served as Chief of Wing Protocol at F.E. Warren AFB, and he held Instructor and Stan/Eval positions in the ICBM community. Morty’s previous leadership positions on the NDIA-RMC BoD include Executive Vice President, Vice President for Government Affairs and Community Involvement and Vice President for Awards and Recognition. Morty is a member of the AIAA’s Rocky Mountain Section and he is currently its Secretary.

EMAIL
(719) 325-8452

Executive Vice President — Philip Kwong
Satellite Networks Development Manager
Intelsat General Communications, LLC

Phil was previously the Deputy then Program Manager for the Joint Worldwide Intelligence Communications System (JWICS) as well as the Chief and Founder of the Defense Intelligence VSAT Network (DIVN), the Defense Intelligence Agency’s Global Satellite Communication Program. He served over 20 years in the Army in various capacities including: as an Armored Cavalry Tank Platoon Leader during OPERATIONS DESERT SHIELD/STORM, a Tactical and Strategic Military Intelligence Officer, Army Staff during 9/11, and numerous overseas assignments including Iraq, Korea, and Afghanistan. He is a member of NDIA, AFCEA, AUSA, MOAA and active in youth development in our community including being a Den Leader with Cub Scouts, Assistant Scoutmaster, and TKD instructor.

EMAIL
(719) 359-0691

Treasurer – Marjori Langhoff
Controller
Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC (CSCEDC)

Marjori has over 20 years’ experience in Accounting and is currently employed as the Controller for the CSCEDC. After serving over nine years in the Air Force in the communication/computer field, Marjori separated from the military and attended Saint Martin’s College in Washington State receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree in Business with a Minor in Accounting. Military transfers would expand her accounting expertise across various Finance and Accounting positions working for several different companies and industries. A final move to Colorado Springs presented the opportunity to work for a local government contractor, Summit Technical Solutions LLC, as the Accounting Manager and later as a Business Analyst. A transition to the CSCEDC 3 years ago added non-profit accounting to her skills-set which includes State Government, Federal Government, Healthcare, and Manufacturing industries.

EMAIL
(719) 575-4322

Secretary— Michael Pennica
Founder/President
Pennica Financial Group LLC

After a career serving our great country and the United States Air Force (USAF), Michael joined the financial services industry in 1993 and opened his first office in Colorado Springs, Colorado in 1996. A year later, Carol (spouse) joined the firm from USAA and has continued to serve as Chief Operating Officer. As an independent financial services firm, PFG is able to teach “Main Street” financial concepts that oftentimes elude today’s middle-class families. The firm works with military, retirees, DOD Contractors, Federal Civilians, and small business owners

to help them gain a better understanding of wealth creation, planning, risk management, and retirement strategies. PFG has expanded its operation in Colorado by hiring good people that care about others and their financial future. Additionally, PFG has been recognized as a leader in hiring veterans and helping them make a career transition, as noted by such organizations as the Southern Colorado SBDC in awarding PFG the Veteran-Owned Business of the Year in 2014 and the U.S. Department of Defense for support of the Guard and Reserve (2013-2015).

Michael’s service to the USAF permitted him to work in many operational facets, such as our military intelligence, foreign weapon systems analysis and capabilities, space systems/communications and systems integration, operations and maintenance of the USAF F-4, F-16, and C-130 aircraft. Analysis and execution have been at the core of his skill set for several decades. During his service, Michael had the opportunity to directly support and participate in combat operations for Operation Urgent Fury (Grenada), Operation Just Cause (Panama), Operation Provide Promise (Bosnia) and Desert Storm (Iraq).

Michael has earned multiple degrees in military studies, intelligence and imagery analysis, logistics/business administration with an emphasis in business management. Moreover, he holds multiple licensing as a registered financial representative, investment advisor representative, and insurance advisor. He is a published author within the military intelligence community and believes that learning should be a lifelong experience. Additionally, he has given advice and counsel to several prominent for-profit and non-profit organizations regarding financial planning, investment strategies, and has been featured on several radio and television shows to include Fox 21 “Financial Tips”.

Michael’s board of director knowledge and experience includes: Make-A-Wish Foundation (Colorado), Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce, Colorado Springs Chamber Business Board, Military Affairs Committee (MAC), Discover Goodwill, Colorado Springs Conservatory, Southern Colorado Better Business Bureau Foundation, El Paso County Retirement Board, National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA), Peak Military Care Network, KCME/JAZZ 93.5 Board and Ambassador for Mt. Carmel Veteran’s Service Center.

Michael, Carol, and Marco enjoy being involved in their community, donating time and resources to our magnificent Colorado Springs city and non-profits, travel, and dreaming together! Living by the credo “when much is given, much is expected”, Michael hopes to make a difference in the quality of life for many Americans.

EMAIL
(719) 572-0447

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Shelli Brunswick
Chief Operating Officer
Space Foundation

As Chief Operating Officer for the Space Foundation, Brunswick serves as a corporate officer and is responsible for Space Foundation operations, facilities, processes, and personnel. Functions reporting to her include education, philanthropy, marketing and communication, operations, human resources and administration, customer service, information technology, facilities, maintenance, security, and assurance. She has primary responsibility for Space Foundation headquarters, the Space Foundation Discovery Center, operational management of the annual Space Symposium and the Faga Forum on Space Intelligence. She also oversees government affairs activities in the Washington, D.C., office including relationships with government agencies, other space advocacy organizations and associations, and corporate interests.

Brunswick joined the Space Foundation in 2015 after a distinguished career as an acquisition and program management professional for the United States Air Force and finished her career as a key leader within the Air Force Congressional Liaison office working both within the Pentagon and on Capitol Hill. She was Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) certified in Program Management Level III, Financial Manager Level II, and a certified Space Professional Level III by the United States Air Force Space Professional Functional Authority.

Brunswick is the Chair of Women in Aerospace (WIA). She is dedicated to increasing the leadership capabilities and visibility in the aerospace community. Also, she serves on the board of directors for both the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Council and for the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) Rocky Mountain Chapter, and she is a member of the Southern California Aerospace Council.

Brunswick graduated summa cum laude from the University of Southern Colorado with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and earned a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix. She is a Certified Project Management Professional through Project Management Institute and was a Professor of Acquisition Management at Defense Acquisition University.

EMAIL
719-576-8000

Kristine A. Burnell
Senior Director
Growth Strategy & Capture, SAIC

As Senior Director of Growth Strategy & Capture for SAIC’s Space & Strategic Mission Systems Group – Kristine is responsible for leading, dynamic cross-functional teams in identifying, qualifying, and winning new business opportunities to drive growth aligned to SAIC’s strategic growth objectives; by establishing partnership alliances, assessing growth opportunities in detail, preparing and leading business decision reviews, shaping and capturing new business opportunities.

As an experienced executive, she has a solid reputation for creating, building, and leading highly successful teams that delivered profitable revenue growth in mid-sized and Fortune 500 corporations. A proven track record of performance in operations and profit/loss management, strategic/account planning, business development, project management and business transformation in both domestic and international markets.

Prior to joining SAIC in 2017, Ms. Burnell held a series of leadership roles within the Defense and Aerospace industry. She was the recipient of both the Global Top 50 Women in Energy and Americas Top 100 Women in Energy Awards. She has been an active member of the local chapters of the Air Force Association, National Defense Industrial Association, Armed Forces Communication & Electronics Association, and Association of Proposal Management Professionals. She serves on the Boards of Directors for the Southern Colorado March of Dimes and the Colorado Springs Art Guild. Ms. Burnell earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from York College of Pennsylvania.

EMAIL
719-600-4786

Bill Clark
President & CEO
Allied Mountain, LLC

Bill is the President and CEO of Allied Mountain, LLC, a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) headquartered in Monument, Colorado. Bill served in the U.S. Army (active and reserve) for more than 28 years distinguishing himself globally in various Air Defense, Signal, and Space Acquisition Officer roles. He also has more than twenty-four years of defense industry experience focused on research and development, modeling and simulation, systems integration, fielding, and operations of Joint, Air Force, and Army communications, navigation, IT, space, high altitude, and missile defense technologies. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Texas A&M University-Commerce, and Master of Arts degree (Distinguished Graduate) in Computer Resources and Information Management from Webster University. Bill has also previously served the community in several key roles such as: Director and Community Affairs Committee Chairman, Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Council; Director of Military Outreach, Project Management Institute Pikes Peak Regional Chapter; and Business Mentor to members of the Military Spouse Business Association and students attending the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS). More information on Bill can be found at LinkedIn

EMAIL
719-481-2886 ext. 100

Fred W. Gaudlip
Director, Advanced Programs
Kratos RT Logic

Fred has supported America’s space programs for more than 30 years and is currently responsible for developing and executing programs which push the leading edge of technology for Kratos|RT Logic customers. Prior to joining Kratos|RT Logic, he led all aspects of business development for a business segment dedicated to new technology creation. As a military officer, Fred led multiple space operations organizations. He also earned a B.S. in Human Factors Engineering from the US Air Force Academy, an M.A. in International Relations from Creighton University, and an M.A. in Military Arts and Sciences from the School of Advanced Airpower Studies, Air University.

EMAIL
Work 719-472-3318

DeForest A. “Forey” Hamilton, III
Director
Boeing Defense, Space & Security Corporate Field Office

Forey is the Director of the Boeing Defense, Space & Security corporate field office in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He works closely with the major military commands in the metropolitan area representing Boeing’s Defense, Space, and Security business. In addition, he works closely with the Boeing Global Engagement charitable grant program and Boeing State and Local government relations. Mr. Hamilton served as the Chairman of the Colorado Springs’ Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Council, was the Vice President, Government Affairs, and board member of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the National Defense Industrial Association and is active with the Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC and the Colorado Space Coalition. In addition, he served as a volunteer Commissioner and Chairman of the El Paso County Highway Advisory Commission 2003-2009. Mr. Hamilton was on active duty in the Navy from 1989 to 1996 and retired at the rank of Commander in the Navy Reserve with twenty-two years of service. His civilian federal government service includes six years as a personal and professional staff member in both the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives. Mr. Hamilton earned an M.A. in National Security Studies from Georgetown University and a B.A. in Political Science from Baylor University. He is married and has four adult children.

Joe Kahoe
Director, Corporate Marketing & Business Development
ISYS Technologies

Joe Kahoe, Col USAF (ret) is a member of the Board of Directors and Vice President for Awards and Recognition, Rocky Mountain Chapter of the National Defense Industrial Association. Joe currently serves as the Director of Corporate Marketing and Business Development for ISYS Technologies. As a 1973 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, Joe served 30 years in the Air Force, where he flew the F-16 and F-106. He held increasingly responsible positions at 1st Air Force / CONUS NORAD Region Headquarters (Assistant Director of Operations/A-3), the National Guard Bureau (Pentagon) as Chief of Combat Forces, and at Air Combat Command, as a Team Chief on the ACC Inspector General Team. Joe deployed to the Combined Air Operations Center in Saudi Arabia, where he served a tour as Chief of Combat Operations and directed air combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Since retiring from the Air Force in 2003, Joe has served in numerous positions performing Business Development, Capture, and Proposal Development. He is a lifetime member of AFA, MOAA, and the USAF Academy Associates of Graduates (AOG). He belongs to AFCEA, Pikes Peak Round Table, and is a USAFA Class of ’73 officer. He serves on the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce, Aerospace Defense Team and Military Affairs Council. Since 2004, Joe has led (or co-led) the annual IMAGE golf tournament, which raises funds for STEM scholarships and related STEM activities for our local chapters of NDIA, AFCEA, and AFA. Joe has been an RMC NDIA BOD member since 2004 and served as Treasurer and head of the Finance Committee in past tours.

EMAIL
(719) 210-5568

Rayetta Lantzy
Senior Director, Strategic Alliances
VIAVI Solutions

Rayetta has been an active member of the National Defense Industrial Association Rocky Mountain Chapter for 28 years. As a member, she has led and participated in many events such as Industry Forum, Executive Forum, Ball, Lunches, Golf Tournaments, and Space and Missile forums. While providing an interface between military and industry for NDIA, she has also worked with Air Force, Army, Navy, Marines, and Joint Agencies as she has over 25 years of experience in the Business Development Aerospace and Development sector. Rayetta has a diverse background in launch, space, information technology, cyber, services, and command and control. She is currently working at Viavi Solutions and is also an active member of Armed Forces Communications Electronics Association (AFCEA), The Association of the United States Army (AUSA), The Military Affairs Council (MAC), and a lifetime member of the Air Force Association (AFA). She is also working on her Master’s Degree in Cyber Security from Regis University.

EMAIL
719-331-3175

Tony Muro III
Wargame Assessment Lead, Schriever Wargames
MCSG Technologies

Tony is the wargame assessment lead for the Schriever Wargames (SW) at Schriever Air Force Base, CO. He is responsible for developing the overall assessment plan to capture insights and observations during wargame seminars, workshops, and the final capstone event. He also coordinates data collection and analysis efforts to create a comprehensive SW Final Report. Tony began his Air Force space operations career after graduating from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1999. Throughout his 20-year career, he has served at the squadron, group, Air Force Major Command, and National Agency levels filling a variety of space operations, acquisition, and special duty positions. In 2011, he deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan as the Foreign Disclosure Officer for the Special Operations Forces Fusion Cell. Prior to his retirement in June 2018, Tony was the Space 200 Course Director at the National Security Space Institute, Peterson AFB, CO. Tony is a member of the Board of Directors and Vice President for the Young Professionals Committee, Rocky Mountain Chapter of the National Defense Industrial Association.

EMAIL
719-567-0493

Edward A. “Eddie” Ortiz
Chief of Procurement
Health Care Commodities & Services, Department of Veteran Affairs

Eddie is currently the Chief of Procurement, Health Care Commodities & Services for the Department of Veteran Affairs. He leads a staff of 20 procurement employees in executing $440 million of annual procurements supporting holistic supply chain management for a myriad of healthcare commodities. He also oversees the VA’s only hearing aid distribution program, shipping 8,950 products daily, 5 million yearly.

Eddie received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Management and a commission as a U.S. Air Force officer from the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado in 2007. He attained the rank of Captain before being honorably discharged in 2013. He holds a Master of Business Administration from Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He is currently pursuing a Master of Liberal Arts with a concentration in International Relations from Harvard Extension School. He is a member of the U.S. Air Force Academy Association of Graduates and the National Society of Hispanic MBAs. He is certified by the U.S. Government to perform government contracting functions on its behalf through the Acquisition Professional Development Program. He is also a Certified Financial Health Counselor through the National Association of Certified Credit Counselors and owns his own financial consulting business, Press Play Finance Inc., an entrepreneurial endeavor aimed at increasing financial health for the Front Range community.

Eddie has led various teams and worked with diverse groups of customers as a procuring agent both home and abroad, directly supporting combat operations during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, respectively. He possesses pre-award and post-award government contracting experience, monitoring contract performance while consistently being relied upon to provide in-depth analysis to top officials in regards to contract writing, negotiations, and administration.

EMAIL
303-273-6217

Karri Palmetier
Palmetier Law

Karri brings more than two decades of experience in government contracting and aerospace and defense industries. She started her career as a U.S. Air Force judge advocate where she supported major defense programs, base operational contracting, and international and joint war operations. Karri gained additional breadth working in a major D.C. law firm on a variety of government contracting matters. Karri then joined the in-house legal department at United Launch Alliance where she supported multiple issues across the company, including major government and commercial contracts, business system compliance, Freedom of Information Act, subcontract administration, and major litigation. Before establishing her own practice, Karri acted as the Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel for Special Aerospace Services, a certified 8(a) woman-owned small business. She uses her unique and diverse background to advise companies on all aspects of government contracting, including translating and simplify the world of government contracts.

EMAIL
D: (303) 697-8914

C: (317) 397-7344

Dr. Rusty Powell
Executive Director and Chief Engineer
Millennium Engineering and Integration Company

Rusty served in the Air Force for 23+ years with assignments in aircraft maintenance, research and development, operations sustainment, space acquisitions (Operationally Responsive Space Office), and academia. He received certifications in Systems Engineering, Program Management, Test and Evaluation, and the Space Professional Development Program. He earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Colorado State University, an MS in Aeronautical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. in Engineering (Mechanical Specialty) from the Colorado School of Mines. He is also a licensed Professional Engineer (Mechanical) in Colorado. He is an accomplished author, having authored 20 papers in various publications and conferences on the topics of hypersonics, combustion, and engineering education. He is a member of several professional societies including the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics where he is an Associate Fellow. He is currently an Executive Director and the Chief Engineer within the Space & Cyber Systems business unit with Millennium Engineering and Integration Company and oversees its operations in Colorado.

EMAIL
(719) 387-0956

 

Robert ‘Kent’ Traylor, Colonel, USAF (ret)
Business Development Principal
Lockheed Martin Space

Kent is currently a Principal, Advanced Programs Development with Lockheed Martin Space. Previously, he was the Director, Flight and Mission Support Services with Lockheed Information Systems and Global Solutions from 2005 – 2014. Kent served 34 years in the Air Force with a final assignment as Vice Commander, AF Space Warfare Center, Schriever AFB. He has flying and command experience in the RF-4, F-15, and U-2. Staff assignments include NATO, the Pentagon, and the US Embassy, Australia. A 1975 US Air Force Academy graduate, he holds Master of Science degrees in Systems Management from USC, and National Security Strategy from the National Defense University. He is active in the local chapters of the AFA, AFCEA, is a four-term board member, and Finance Committee member of the Rocky Mountain Region of the National Defense Industrial Association, and President of the Pikes Peak Round Table. He joined the Board of the Peterson AFB Air and Space Museum Foundation in 2013.

EMAIL
719-960-5555

DIRECTOR EMERITUS

Henry Baird
President
Baird & Associates, LLC

Mr. Baird is the President of Baird & Associates, LLC, located in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Baird & Associates, LLC is a consulting company specializing in advice for space system requirements, launch vehicle development and launch and flight testing of advanced aircraft.

Mr. Baird served in the United States Air Force for 28 years. During his time in the Air Force, he had assignments in the United Kingdom and across the United States. His assignments have included duty as an F-111A/D/E weapon system officer; test navigator on the B-2 strategic bomber; DoD liaison to the U.S. State Department, Delta II Program Manager and Deputy Director for Launch Programs at the Space and Missile Systems Center. He has also held leadership positions within the Secretary of the Air Force Space Acquisition Directorate and Headquarters Air Force Space Command. Mr. Baird’s Air Force responsibilities have included managing research and development and production of all heritage launch vehicles to include the Delta II, Atlas II, and Titan II and IV, developing concepts and defining requirements for future space and missile systems, testing the first of its kind strategic bomber, the B-2, and advocating funding for current and future Air Force space systems.

EMAIL
719-650-4390

Maj Gen Wesley Clark USAF (Ret)

Wesley “Wes” Clark has a long-term association with NDIA, having served on the Boards of both the Los Angeles and Colorado Springs Chapters, and as a member of the NDIA Space Division. Following his retirement from the Air Force as Vice Commander of AF Space Command, and as one of the founders of AFSPC, he worked for the Grumman Corp in Southern California and later formed his own company, Parsec. Upon returning to Colorado Springs, he became the lead executive (“Mayor”) for SAIC operations in Colorado Springs and retired after 8 years in that position. He formerly served as a Board member on the Peak Military Care Network and formerly served as Chairman of the MAC. He is also a recipient of both the NDIA Rocky Mountain Chapter’s Hartinger Award and NDIA’s Gold Medal.

Steve Stadler
President
Space Vision, LLC

OTHER VOLUNTEERS

Jeff Benesh
Vice President of Operations
SysCom, Inc

During his enlistment in the USAF, Mr. Benesh completed his BGS degree with an emphasis in Mathematics via the Bootstrap Program through the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Upon graduation, he attended Officer Training School where he was commissioned. His officer assignments included ICBM Combat Crew, Space Operations, HQ AFSPC, and SAF/AQ where he retired as the Program Element Monitor for the Air Force Satellite Control Network and Spacelift Range. After retiring from the USAF, Jeff stood up the Integral Systems, Inc. presence in Colorado Springs supporting the Satellite Control Network Contract, MILSATCOM Command and Control System-Consolidated, and the Rapid Attack, Identification, Detection, and Reporting System along with various classified programs. Jeff led the efforts to bring Summit Technical Solutions into the ICBM and Space market through new contracts. Currently, Jeff is employed by SysCom which is a Small Disadvantaged 8(a), HUBZone Business headquartered in Colorado Springs where Jeff is leading their emergence into Systems Engineering, IT, and Professional Services. Jeff’s USAF experience provided the foundation for his success in the areas of Business Operations, Business Development, Program Management, Strategic Development, and managing a P&L Center. Jeff has actively supported the NDIA for over 10 years as a chapter member and as a Director.

EMAIL
(719) 640-8990

Jeff Kelly
Market Lead
TEKsystems Government Services

Jeff has been with TEKsystems for the past 9 years and has been supporting their Federal Government Services for the past 5 years. He is currently the Market Lead for the State of Colorado responsible for driving TEKsystems internal strategy to drive growth and partnerships within their Federal portfolio. Jeff has held the membership committee lead for the NDIA for the past 4 years.

EMAIL
719-866-6917

Marty Rush
Program Manager
Cobham Advanced Electronic Solutions

Marty retired from the Air Force December 1st, 2018 after spending more than 22 years on active duty. He enlisted as a radio and television broadcaster in St. Louis, Missouri in 1996, and worked the first half of his career overseas for the American Forces Network. Marty had more than a dozen assignments over his career including two tours to Korea, two to Japan, the Azores, Italy, and even helped close down Kelly Field in San Antonio, Texas. He eventually worked his way into the senior enlisted ranks and transitioned into Public Affairs serving in both Air Mobility Command and his last assignment as Chief Enlisted Manager of Air Force Space Command Public Affairs. Marty is also one of four Commissioners on the City of Colorado Springs Civil Service Commission, an entity that provides budgetary, HR, and policy oversight for the city’s police and fire departments.

EMAIL
573-434-4312

Tom Taylor
Retired

Tom retired after serving for 12 years as a Defense contractor. During this time, he was a Senior Associate at Booz Allen Hamilton where he led the Intelligence, Counterintelligence, and Law Enforcement markets for the Rocky Mountain Region. He then led business development for Cosmic Advanced Engineered Solutions. Prior to his contracting work, Tom served in the Air Force for 20 years. His career consisted of working as a Chemical Research Officer at the Air Force Rocket Propulsion Laboratory, Program Lead for the first cadre of Air Force satellite control officers at the First Satellite Control Squadron at Falcon AFB, Space Integration Command Manager at Air Force Space Command, Chief of Operations of a national space program, Planning/Programming Officer at the Defense Intelligence Agency, and Deputy Chief of Intelligence Policy, Plans, and Programs at United States Space Command. He serves NDIA-RMC as Vice President for Workforce Development where he promotes Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) for kids. Tom holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Louisiana Tech and a Master of Arts degree in Space Systems Management from Webster University. He is active with Kiwanis where he has served as President of the Kiwanis Club of Colorado Springs and is President-Elect for the Rocky Mountain District of Kiwanis Foundation.

EMAIL

719-425-6303

PAST PRESIDENTS

Mick Anna
Director of Space Systems

BAE Systems

Henry Baird
President
Baird & Associates, LLC

Mr. Baird is the President of Baird & Associates, LLC, located in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Baird & Associates, LLC is a consulting company specializing in advice for space system requirements, launch vehicle development and launch and flight testing of advanced aircraft.

Mr. Baird served in the United States Air Force for 28 years. During his time in the Air Force, he had assignments in the United Kingdom and across the United States. His assignments have included duty as an F-111A/D/E weapon system officer; test navigator on the B-2 strategic bomber; DoD liaison to the U.S. State Department, Delta II Program Manager and Deputy Director for Launch Programs at the Space and Missile Systems Center. He has also held leadership positions within the Secretary of the Air Force Space Acquisition Directorate and Headquarters Air Force Space Command. Mr. Baird’s Air Force responsibilities have included managing research and development and production of all heritage launch vehicles to include the Delta II, Atlas II, and Titan II and IV, developing concepts and defining requirements for future space and missile systems, testing the first of its kind strategic bomber, the B-2, and advocating funding for current and future Air Force space systems.

EMAIL
719-650-4390

Lamberth Blalock
Vice President Air Force Programs

ATK

Larry Fortner
Consultant

Larry Hungerford
Consultant

Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies

Ted Kerr
Aerospace Marketing Consultants

Dr. Richard “Doc” Klodniki, Ph.D., PMP
Vice President
LJT & Associates

Doc is a 1985 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy. Since retiring from the Air Force in 2005 after 20 years as Space and Missile Operations officer, Doc served in numerous technical and leadership positions to include Chief Scientist, Program Manager, Program Director, and Director of Business Development. Doc has command experience in Space, Missile Operations and Missile Defense and earned his Doctorate from the University of Denver through the AFIT Civilian Institutions Program. He also served in operational test and evaluation (T&E) leadership positions and was a certified instructor as well as a professor at the USAF Academy. He is a lifetime member of AFA, MOAA, and the USAF Academy Associates of Graduates (AOG) and participates in the Cadet Leadership and Character Development programs. He belongs to AFCEA, Association of AF Missileers (AAFM), and the International Test and Evaluation Association (ITEA) and is a Project Management Institute (PMI) certified Program Management Professional (PMP). He serves on the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance, Aerospace Defense Team and the Military Affairs Council.

EMAIL
719-271-4406

Debbie McCarthy
Vice President Air Force Programs

Lockheed Martin

James Painter
Manager, Space & Intelligence Systems

Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems

Robert G. Peterson
President
RG Peterson Consulting

Bob Peterson served as President of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of NDIA from October 2005 to September 2007. This followed his stint as President of the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of NDIA during his Lockheed Martin assignment in Los Angeles from 1999 to 2004. Mr. Peterson served as Vice President, Space Programs, Lockheed Martin Corporate Business Development from January 2004 until his retirement in February 2009. Before joining Lockheed in 2003, he served in the Air Force as a meteorologist, missileer, and space requirements officer for 26 years. He retired in the grade of Colonel on January 1, 1993. Following his retirement from Lockheed Martin, he established RG Peterson Consulting, LLC. He continues to be active in many groups including NDIA, AFA, Pikes Peak Round Table, Colorado Thirty Group, The Home Front Cares, and the Colorado Consortium of Earth and Space Studies.

Joan Sell
National Secretary Emeritus
Air Force Association

T.I. Weintraub
Sr. Business Development Executive

Raytheon

T.I. has lived and worked within the Colorado Springs Community for the past 25-years and as such remains an active member of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of NDIA. He currently works with the Raytheon Corporation as a Sr. Business Development Executive. Additionally, T.I. has worked for a number of other large aerospace and defense companies including Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics, and Harris. T.I. is a U.S. Army veteran of Operations Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom, and Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) where he served as a Military Intelligence and later a Space Operations Officer.

Gayle White
President
Colorado Aerospace Consultants, LLC

Gayle White is President of Colorado Aerospace Consultants, LLC. He has been an operations and business development director in the aerospace contractor community for the past 31 years following a 20-year Air Force career. Gayle’s years in the industry include Director-level positions at CSC and The Boeing Company with roles in business development for IT, space, and missile defense programs. Operations positions include Global Positioning System (GPS) technical assistant and Maui Space Surveillance Site manager. His military experience includes configuration control of NORAD’s Integrated Tactical Warning and Attack Assessment (ITW/AA) System, management of Cheyenne Mountain computer operations, command of one of Air Force Space Command’s missile warning and space surveillance sites, ICBM logistics systems software development and NATO forces database management. Gayle was President of the NDIA Rocky Mountain Chapter (1997-99), Chairman of the NDIA Space Division (2000-2002) and Executive Secretary of the Space Division (2010-2018).