President — Philip Kwong
Principal Account Executive, National Security, and US Space Force
Amazon Web Services

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 Cubmaster with Cub Scouts, Assistant Scoutmaster, and TKD instructor.

(719) 359-0691

Executive Vice President — Kr!sten Chr!sty
Kr!sten Chr!sty LLC

Resilience Expert, International Speaker/Trainer/Writer, Cofounder/Pres Ntl Veterans Vocational Village, 2018 US Air Force Spouse of the Year, 2019 Top Women Military Influencer, 2020 Remarkable Woman.  Specialties: motivational and inspirational speaker on overcoming challenges; dynamic trainer; networking advocate (I even teach those who would rather eat glass!); tennis instructor specializing in young, beginning players; Marketing and Advertising (people, ideas, and products); job searches; salary negotiations; resume’ development; military relations. 


Kathy Vinson

Treasurer — Kathy Vinson, SPHR, MBA
Senior Human Resources Consultant at Obsidian HR

As Senior Human Resources Consultant for Obsidian HR, Kathy Vinson serves as a trusted HR advisor to our clients by providing strategic and tactical HR guidance as to regulatory compliance, risk mitigation, and employee relations. 

Prior to joining Obsidian HR, Kathy was Vice President – Operations for the Space Foundation in Colorado Springs, Colorado, responsible for the direction and leadership of all operational areas, including customer service, IT, web services, HR, and facilities and infrastructure. During Kathy’s 10+ years at the Foundation, it was repeatedly designated as one of the “Best Nonprofits to Work For” by The Nonprofit Times and Best Companies Group.

Kathy received the 2019 Tourism Leadership Award presented by the Colorado Springs visitor and tourism organization, VisitCOS, recognizing her leadership of the annual Space Symposium and her contributions to the resilience and growth of the Pikes Peak region. 

Earlier in her career, Kathy was among a team of six individuals who launched Verio, internet service and web hosting provider, raising more than $1 billion in funding and helping to grow the company to a $750 million dollar enterprise.  Verio was acquired by NTT (Japan) for $6.1 billion dollars — the largest U.S. technology acquisition by a foreign company.  She continued with the NTT executive team until 2007, responsible for risk mitigation, HR, organizational design, and integration of merged/acquired entities. 


Secretary— Michael Pennica
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.

(719) 572-0447


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Fred W. Gaudlip
Sr. Director, Space Domain Awareness Solutions
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.

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Scott “Scooter” Gilson
Vice President of Market Development
Infinity Systems Engineering

As Vice President of Market Development at Infinity Systems Engineering, Scott leads Infinity’s efforts to grow work on their OASIS Small Business contract, as well as to expand the company’s operations in new markets and with new customers.  He assists in developing corporate marketing materials, as well as the identification of new business opportunities to meet Infinity’s growth objectives.  Scott supports all aspects of the Business Development and Capture processes and supports corporate proposal efforts.  He is a retired Colonel (USAF) with 26 years of military leadership experience, where he acquired extensive experience in the ICBM and Space operations arenas, having led an organization of more than 600 employees.  He has commanded at the Squadron and Operations Group levels and retired as the Air Force Space Command Inspector General in 2011. He previously served in Regional and Program leadership roles for another Government contractor, where he successfully captured well in excess of $1 Billion in corporate revenue, enabling the firm to grow from a Small Business to a Mid-sized Large Business.  Scott holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Information Systems from Robert Morris University, a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management from Central Michigan University, and a Master’s Degree in Strategic Studies from Air University.  Scott returns to our Chapter’s Board of Directors, where he previously served from 2013-2015.  He and his wife, Cathy, reside in Monument, CO.

DeForest A. “Forey” Hamilton, III
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.

David Hollenbach
President and CEO
DSoft Technology, Engineering & Analysis, Inc.

Mr. Hollenbach is the President and CEO at DSoft Technology, a Colorado SDVOSB. He has worked on a variety of systems engineering and information technology projects. His domain experience ranges from working on military, civil, and commercial sector space-related projects as an engineer/analyst and operator to commercial and government application development projects as a systems engineer and project manager.  David graduated with military and academic distinction from the US Air Force Academy in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Mechanics and later received his Master of Science degree in Systems Engineering (emphasis on Reliability and Maintainability, Operations Research, mechanical engineering, and systems integration) from the Air Force Institute of Technology. During his military career, he worked in systems engineering of space launch and information systems, systems analysis, program management, government contracting, space operations (Shuttle, DSP-SBIRS, GPS, MILSATCOM, and spacelift), and on the Moorman “Access to Space Study”. He was also an operations analyst and strategic planner, supporting multiple joint and Air Force space and cyber-centric wargames and exercises. Upon separation from the Air Force, David joined Booz-Allen & Hamilton, Inc. where he worked on a variety of projects as an engineer and assignment lead on commercial communications satellite systems development, military, and civil space system development, and operations analysis, and IT-related development projects. He culminated his career at Booz-Allen acting as proposal area lead for the NASA CSOC project, helping the corporate team win the multi-billion dollar project. In 1998, he co-authored Applied Modeling and Simulation: An Integrated Approach to Development and Operation, published by McGraw-Hill as part of the Space Technology Series of textbooks.

Ron Huntley

Ron Huntley, Brigadier General – USAF (Ret)

Retired Air Force Brigadier General with 25+ years of experience in all aspects of operational and business management. Extensive senior executive-level experience in leading large organizations to meet strategic goals while cultivating positive relationships. Demonstrated expertise in cyber and space system operations, plans and policy, financial management, and national intelligence programs. An adept communicator with a wide array of diverse experiences to include engagements with media and community leaders. A highly organized and dedicated leader well versed in process improvement and the formulation of proposal efforts that gain funding for national security programs. Able to prioritize, delegate tasks, and make sound decisions quickly while maintaining focus on the bottom line. 

Joe Kahoe
Business Development Director
UICGS and Bowhead Family of Companies, Colorado Springs

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 Business Development Director for UICGS and Bowhead Family of Companies in Colorado Springs. 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.

(719) 210-5568

Kelly Shelton

Kelly Shelton
Senior Manager
Space Foundation

Leads Space Foundation’s annual giving team and overall annual giving strategy. Initiates, develops, and nurtures beneficial corporate, government, and individual relationships that strengthen the Space Foundation through philanthropic funding and collaborative partnerships.

Highly motivated and committed non-profit leader. Passionate and dedicated to cultivating and stewarding lifelong connections. Engaging team members focused on finding and implementing innovative solutions and strategies for sustainability, growth, and transparent communication. Kelly is a community-focused leader that is committed to providing quality resources and professionalism.

Robert ‘Kent’ Traylor, Colonel, USAF

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.


Reggie Ash

Reggie Ash
Vice President

Caliola Engineering, LLC

As Vice President of Caliola Engineering, Reggie oversees daily operations supporting the innovation ecosystem, product development, and growth of Caliola, including leading and implementing strategic, operational, and tactical goals and initiatives.

Reggie is a retired U.S. Air Force Colonel, having served over 24 years as a cyber officer. He commanded Communications Squadrons at Travis AFB, California, and Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. He also served at the U.S. State Department as the Senior Military Advisor for European and Eurasian Affairs. Nearly one-third of Reggie’s military career was in Colorado Springs, including his final assignment as the Commander of the 21st Mission Support Group at Peterson AFB.

Since retiring from the U.S. Air Force, Reggie has served on multiple boards, including the Board of Advisors for the National Cybersecurity Center, and as an Alternate Member of the Colorado Springs Utilities Policy Advisory Committee. He is currently on the Board of Directors of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the National Defense Industrial Association, and the Board of Directors of the Colorado Springs Military Affairs Council.

Reggie earned an MS in National Resource Strategy from the Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy, an MS in Strategic Leadership from the U.S. Air Force Institute of Technology, and an MS in International Relations from Troy State University. He earned a BS in Computer Science from Iowa State University.


Joel Nelson

Joel Nelson
Senior Director, Space Warfighting Missions

L3Harris Technologies

Leader in the Aerospace industry with experience in the USAF as an Acquisition Officer and Space Operator.  Currently, leading strategy and business development across the space warfighting sector and building teams to develop mission solutions for customers.  Directing internal R&D, developing rapid prototypes, and delivering full-spectrum enterprise solutions needed to gain and maintain space superiority.  Expertise: Strategy, Executive Coaching, Leadership Development, Team Building, Program Management, System Integration, ISR Systems, Space Superiority Mission, Space Operations.


Mike Manor

Mike Manor
Senior Director, Government Relations
Space and National Security
Sierra Nevada Corporation

Mike provides strategic focus and guidance for Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) programs that support National Security Space requirements, as well as subject matter expertise for all projects involving space. 

Mike is a retired U.S. Air Force Colonel whose career spanned more than 27 years, where he commanded a space operations squadron and an air operations center, and held a variety of other positions at the squadron, directorate, numbered air force, major command, and Joint Staff levels.  Prior to his retirement, he was the Director of the Commander’s Action Group for the U.S. Space Force Chief of Space Operations and Commander of U.S. Space Command, helping create the U.S. Space Force and re-establishing the U.S. Space Command. Mike was the recipient of the prestigious General Jerome F. O’Malley Distinguished Space Leadership Award.



Norm Anderson

Norm Anderson
Veteran Engineering and Technology, LLC

Veteran Engineering and Technology, LLC is a leading IT system, systems engineering, and technical management firm specializing in cost-effective, high quality, and industry leading support services for a broad range of government and commercial clients.  VET was incorporated in 2003 as a certified Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) and built upon a commitment to excellence, duty, and honor.  The company is headquartered in scenic Colorado Springs near 4 major military installations including Fort Carson, Peterson AFB, Schriever AFB, and the Air Force Academy.  VET’s mission is to be the most responsive SDVOSB west of the Mississippi providing leading-edge solutions to our customers.

Henry Baird
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.


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.


Richard “Doc” Klodnicki, Ph.D., PMP
CEO, President
Aereti, Inc.

AERETI provides consulting services for business leadership, management, and strategic planning with a focus on business growth. AERETI also delivers support to executives for their unique roles in their organizations and their interactions with a board of directors.  As CEO, Doc provides the strategy and leads the development of the people and capabilities of AERETI to provide the services and products companies need to successfully grow their business.


Steve Stadler
Space Vision, LLC

Chuck Zimkas

Chuck Zimkas
Former President
Space Foundation

Founded in 1983, the Space Foundation is the world’s premier organization to inspire, educate, connect and advocate on behalf of the global space community. It is a nonprofit leader in space awareness activities, educational programs, and major industry events, including the annual Space Symposium. Space Foundation Headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA, has a public Discovery Center, including El Pomar Space Gallery, Northrop Grumman Science Center featuring Science On a Sphere®, and the Lockheed Martin Space Education Center. The Space Foundation has a Washington, D.C., office and field representatives in Houston, Los Angeles, and the Florida Space Coast. It publishes The Space Report: The Authoritative Guide to Global Space Activity, and through its Space CertificationTM and Space Technology Hall of Fame® programs, recognizes space-based innovations that have been adapted to improve life on Earth.


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.

(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.


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.


Tom Taylor

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.



Laura Turner
Public Affairs Specialist at the 302nd Airlift Wing on Peterson Air Force Base, Co

Laura has 13 years of experience in Public Affairs and is currently employed as a Public Affairs Specialist at the 302nd Airlift Wing on Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. After serving six years in the Air Force as a Photojournalist and Community Relations Specialist, Laura separated from the military and attended the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, receiving her Associates in the Science of Photography degree in 2015. After enrolling in the Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design to begin working toward a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Graphic Design, 2016, Laura once again joined the Air Force as a Reservist in Public Affairs and currently serves one weekend a month at the 310th Space Wing, Schriever AFB, Colo. After working as both a full-time federal employee and part-time Reserve member at the 310 SW for three years, Laura transitioned into her current position at the 302 AW in May, 2019, where she runs the Community Relations and Command Information programs.




Mick Anna
Director of Space Systems

BAE Systems

Henry Baird
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.


Lamberth Blalock
Vice President Air Force Programs


Larry Fortner

Larry Hungerford

Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies

Ted Kerr
Aerospace Marketing Consultants

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

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.


Debbie McCarthy
Vice President Air Force Programs

Lockheed Martin

James Painter
Manager, Space & Intelligence Systems

Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems

Robert G. Peterson
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


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
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).