Board of Advisors

George Beam

Sr. Vice President, Installed Based-America, AREVA, Inc.

George Beam is currently Senior Vice President of Nuclear Services for AREVA NP Inc. Beam started his career as a Reactor Engineer at the Oconee Nuclear Station in 1977. After two years, he left to attend business school, after which he started work at Babcock & Wilcox in its Nuclear Services business in 1981. He initially started out on staff as a Strategic Planner, followed by several assignments in Business Development/Marketing for Steam Generator and Reactor Services.

In 1992, Beam became the General Manager for the Plant Services business responsible for all field services performed by B&W Nuclear Technologies, excluding steam generator services. In 1998, he was promoted to Vice President, Steam Generator Services.

Beam received a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Math and Computer Science from the University of Virginia, a Master of Science in Nuclear Engineering from N.C. State, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Virginia. He is a registered professional engineer in the state of Virginia.

Bill Janky

Director, Systems Design, Harris Electronics

Bill Janky is currently the Director of System Design in the Public Safety and Professional Communications unit of Harris Corporation’s RF Communications Division.  Bill has over 33 years of experience in a broad range of technical disciplines including infrared systems, signal processing, hardware/software development, technical management, and Land Mobile Radio systems.  While originally employed in the defense industry as a member of GE’s Aerospace Electronics Systems department, Bill has spent the last 23 years in Lynchburg, VA working on LMR systems with GE, Ericsson, Com-Net, Tyco Electronics-M/A-COM, and finally Harris.  In addition to managing system design, he also holds the title of Sr. Scientist at Harris.  

Bill has a BS in Engineering Physics from the University of Illinois where he was a bronze tablet scholar, and an MSEE from Syracuse University.  He is also a graduate of GE’s Advanced Course in Engineering. 
 
Bill is a recognized expert in the area of system architecture definition and design for LMR Mission Critical Public Safety Communication Systems.  He has been an active participant in TIA TR-8 LMR standards development for many years, and is currently active in 3gpp and ATIS broadband standards.


Keith Mascher

Co-Owner/General Manager, AMTI

Co-Owner/General Manager AMTI Microwave Circuits
 
Keith Mascher is Co-Owner of AMTI (Advanced Manufacturing Technology Inc) which includes Advanced Manufacturing Services (contract manufacturing of electronic circuit board assemblies) and Microwave Circuits ( Design and Manufacture of RF Filters and Components). AMTI currently employs +90 people with 2 locations, Lynchburg, VA and Beltsville, MD.
AMTI manufactures and designs electronic products for the DOD, Industrial, Commercial and Consumer business segments.
 
Previously, Keith was employed by Ericsson Inc in Lynchburg holding positions in Component Application Engineering, Project Management and Engineering Manager. Before joining Ericsson, he worked at Rockwell Collins Avionics in Melbourne, Florida designing RF circuits for Navigation (ILS, ADF, VOR) products. Keith was also involved with the Air Force Eastern Test Range upgrade during the late 80's employed by Pan Am World Services.
 
Keith received his Bachelor of Electronic Engineering Technology from the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida. He currently sits on the board directors for CAER (Center for Advanced Engineering & Research) and AMTI.


Aaron Mathes

Deputy Secretary of Technology, Office of the Governor of Virginia

Aaron Mathes (Liberty Class of 1999) serves as the Deputy Secretary of Technology for the State of Virginia.  Prior to his current position with Governor McDonnell’s office, he served as the CIO and Information Security Officer for the Office of the Attorney General.  

 
During his time at the state capital, Aaron has been strategically involved in the direction of the state’s technology infrastructure planning, among other duties.
 
Before heading to Richmond, Aaron served over 10 years in IT Leadership at Liberty University, spending the last 8 as the Deputy CIO and COO of IT Operations.  
 
As part of the leadership team, Aaron’s blend of IT and people skills helped the university to expand its technology infrastructure.  He developed key partnerships with outside vendors while helping the university business units leverage technology to achieve their goals.  Apart from the technical side, Aaron worked for the CIO where team work, professional development, mentoring and obedience to Christ was central to the organization and it's successes.
 
Aaron, his wife and 2 sons live in Midlothian, Virginia. Aaron is actively involved in the Governor’s Prayer Breakfast and a local non-profit organization called Noble Warriors, which ministers to men.

Steve Newman

Vice-President, Marketing and Sales, Delta Star, Inc.

 

Sen. Stephen D. Newman (R) serves in the Virginia State Senate of the Virginia General Assembly representing the people of the 23rd District. The District encompasses all of Bedford City and County, all of Lynchburg, and part of both Amherst and Campbell Counties. Sen. Newman has been a member of the Senate since 1996. Prior to this, he was a member of the House of Delegates (1991-1996) and of Lynchburg City Council (1988-1991).

Steve attended Central Virginia Community College and Lynchburg College. He is employed as Vice President of Delta Star, Inc. and also serves on the Board of Directors . Delta Star is manufacturer of medium power transformers and mobile substations with plants in Lynchburg and San Francisco.

Currently, Sen. Newman serves on several vital committees in the State Senate. These are Commerce and Labor, Education and Health, Local Government, Transportation (ranking member), and Senate Rules Committee. Serving as Chair of the Republican Caucus is also part of his responsibilities at the state capitol. Governor McDonnell’s entire 2010 Education Package was authored by Sen. Newman. He also served on the Governor’s Higher Education Reform Commission.

Sen. Newman has been involved in many of the capital upgrades here at Central Virginia Community College, including construction of the Merritt Building, renovation of the CVCC Library, funding for the AREVA project, and securing approval for many of the programs and yearly budget items.

Education has been a priority for Sen. Newman since going to Richmond as a legislator. Just in this current year, he has backed the Charter School Bill, the Lab Schools Bill, and the Virtual Schools Bill. All of these are innovative and technologically advanced programs aimed at improving the Virginia education system.

Steve enjoys spending time at home with his lovely wife Kim and their two sons, Tyler and Wesley.

 


Ron Parsons

Vice President, Integrated Solutions & Services
Ron Parsons joined TecSec in 2005, initially assisting in product development and corporate strategy. He now oversees the development, deployment, and support of software solutions; including the integration of CMK technology into existing customer applications as well as focusing attention on new markets.
 
Ron founded and ran two quick reaction electronic and software design companies over a twenty year period; servicing commercial, civilian, and DoD customers across the country. He also served as an Associate Director at NIST (National Institute of Standards & Technology) before assisting in the launch of several organizations focused on electronic commerce, identity management, and information security. Ron launched and served as the Director of the Federal Sector for CommerceNet, was founding co-chairman of FiXS (Federation for Identity and Cross Credentialing Services), and founding co-chairman of FEGC (Federated Electronic Government Coalition).
 
Ron's vision and creative solutions mindset has been employed over the years in originating projects and standing up pilot programs involving multiple government agencies and numerous commercial entities. He brought to TecSec this visionary insight and solutions experience, as well as demonstrated success in customer relations. 
 
Ron serves as the Board Chairman for Sustainable Missions Incorporated (sustainablemissions.org) and on multiple other committees and advisory panels.  He also assists Christian organizations with strategic and tactical planning while actively serving alongside his family at church.
 
Ron received his Bachelors of Science in Computer Engineering (1975) and Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering (1976) from the University of Michigan.

Richard Rawls

CEO, Rawls Aerospace Consulting

Richard Rawls is the CEO of Rawls Aerospace Consulting. This small consulting company was formed after I retired from NASA in early 2008. My career at NASA spanned 37 years and started with a Mechanical Engineering background, working Aeronautics in my early years with NASA and eventually working Systems Engineering.


Over the last 20+ years of my career at NASA, my focus was on International Space Programs. I interfaced with space programs in Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, France and Italy. I have also supported satellite programs at Ball Aerospace, TRW and Northrup Grumman.


My support of various space programs has also allowed me the opportunity to work at many NASA Centers including Langley, Goddard, Kennedy, Johnson, Ames, Dryden, Marshall and Glenn. I also spent a year at the Jet Propulsion Lab (Cal Tech) leading the mechanical team in the development, assembly and test of the two Mars Exploration Rovers.


Since my retirement in early 2008 from NASA, I have provided consulting support to the Constellation Program managed out of the Johnson Space Center in Houston and the CERES FM5/FM6 Project managed out of the Goddard Center in Maryland. I continue to maintain close contact with my NASA counterparts as well as counterparts in industry.

 

In my spare time, I am active in my church, currently serving on the Board of Trustees, and enjoy time spent with my family.  
 

Larry Root

President, SimVentions

What I love to discuss is the eternal aspects of what it is we do in the area of our life we call “work.” If our God truly owns the cattle on a thousand hills, if all knowledge comes from Him, if He really has prepared good works for us to do in advance, if every knee really is going to bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, if He really has a plan for us, not to harm us but to give us a hope and future,…then what should our perspective be in regards to the work place? As I traverse the road God has for me, He has shown me that He simply desires us to honor and glorify Him in all we do; at home, at play and at work. What better way to ensure that this can be accomplished in the “work place” than to be the steward of a business that God has raised up for such a purpose! It has been an honor to be the President/CEO of SimVentions, Inc. and be part of what God is doing in the lives of its employees, their families, its customers, and our community. When our perspective is right in regards to business, when we approach our business with a “humble and contrite heart,” then God is able to empower us to make the right decisions that glorify Him and bring Him the honor due his name – and like any true father, He always desires what is best for us. This perspective frees us to Imagine, Create, Explore and Discover, which is our SimVentions tag line, as we seek to apply innovative solutions to the Department of Defense (DoD) market place that God has us in. SimVentions is blessed to be impacting the lives of our warfighters by developing and delivering defense related products and solutions.

 

I am the 8th of 12 children, raised in a loving, Godly home in Flint, MI. I worked to put myself through college, earning a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Michigan – Flint in 1982. In 1983, I began my career as a computer scientist for the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD), located in Dahlgren, VA. My technical career involved working on tactically-fielded systems that included the 5” Laser Guided Round, and Marine and Navy intelligence systems. My primary focus was on software development in the areas of tactical communications, operating systems, and simulators, where I received several Superior Achievement Awards from NSWCDD. In 1990, I left the civil servant ranks and joined private industry, taking a job with Synetics, Inc., a small business providing defense related services.

 

While at Synetics, I lead a team that transitioned the Shipboard Gridlock System with Automatic Correlation (SGS/AC) – a Navy tactical communications-related system that is fielded on over 120 Navy Platforms – from DoD proprietary languages and environments to Ada, C/C++, and Unix running on Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) embedded processors. Through the success of this effort, I received the Synetics’ Technical Excellence Award and became Director of Synetics’ In-Service Tactical Systems Engineering Division, overseeing support to various Navy and Joint programs. In 2001, Synetics was acquired by Affiliated Computer Systems (ACS) – a large, publicly traded company.

 

While at ACS, I assisted in establishing their defense-focused Modeling & Simulation capability. Although I was successful at ACS, my preference was for the small business environment and culture.

 

I left ACS in 2003 and co-founded SimVentions, Inc. – a privately held defense related small business headquartered in Fredericksburg, VA. As President/CEO of SimVentions, Inc., as well as Chairperson of its Board of Directors, my primary goals are to provide a solid work environment that is built on Biblically-based principals, and that focuses on caring for our employees, their families, our community, and our customers. Averaging in excess of 50% growth per year, we must be doing something right!

 

In a nutshell, SimVentions, Inc. is a defense contracting firm providing research and development (R&D) to our armed services, which is built on positive relationships with our customers coupled with innovative open architecture and component-based services, products, and solutions. This is true for each of our core disciplines: modeling & simulation, software engineering, and systems engineering.

 

I currently reside in Fredericksburg, VA along with my wife of 25 years and our 4 children. In addition to my job as SimVentions President/CEO (and the many other things I do – like coach little league baseball and participate in mission trips to Peru), I serve as a member of the Board of Directors for Fredericksburg Christian Schools and am Vice-Chair of the Deacon Board at New Life in Christ Church. 


Anderson Silva

IT Release Engineer, Red Hat, Inc.

Anderson Silva works as the IT Platform Operations Manager at Red Hat. His team is spread throughout the world in 5 different countries and they ensure all of the IT owned infrastructure at Red Hat stays up and running. Red Hat has been rated as the number one enterprise software vendor for value in a CIO Insight Magazine study for four consecutive years, Red Hat is the most recognized Linux brand in the world. They serve global enterprises through technology and services made possible by the open source model. Solutions include Red Hat Enterprise Linux, middleware, and a broad range of management and services: consulting, 24x7 support, Red Hat Network. Red Hat's global training program operates worldwide and features RHCE, the global standard Linux certification.

Anderson is a graduate of Liberty University, class of 2000, with a degree in Computer Science. He earned a Masters in Information System from the University of Maine in 2005. After becoming a Red Hat Certified Engineer in the Summer of 2007, Anderson has also completed the Red Hat Certified Architect program in the Summer of 2010.

From 2003 until 2008, Anderson was a faculty member at Liberty University teaching both on campus and on the distance program. He also worked for several years at the IT department of the University as a developer and testing team lead. He has also worked as a developer and system administrator for the University of Maine, Whestone Logic, Inc, and NumbersUSA Foundation. And from 2007 through 2012, he was a release engineer and team leader at Red Hat IT.

 

Bob Bailey

Executive Director, Center for Advanced Engineering and Research (CAER)
Bob Bailey is currently the Executive Director of the Center for Advanced Engineering and Research (CAER), a regional organization formed to develop an industry-focused regional research and development center in Virginia’s Region 2000.  The CAER drives the development of innovative products and processes by providing local access to university and federal research and inventions.  Bob has over 15 years experience in technology-based workforce and economic development and 15 years experience in industry.  His background involves the blending of strong technical skills with extensive planning and management skills.
 
He is a native of Lynchburg and graduated from E.C. Glass High School in 1976.  After graduating from the College of William and Mary with a B.S. in Physics (graduated with High Honors) and spending a year as a teaching assistant at Duke University in physics, Bob joined Limitorque Corporation (now Flowserve) as a sales engineer.  Over the next 15 years, Bob held a series of positions of increasing responsibility in all areas with this manufacturer of industrial equipment. His experience included positions in sales, marketing, technical support, manufacturing and management.  Positions held include sales engineer, program manager, sales support manager, service manager, and product manager.  Industries served include nuclear power, petrochemical, utilities, HVAC and marine.
 
Bob was the founder of the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Association, a non-profit industry trade group in Virginia’s Region 2000 dedicated to promoting manufacturing as an attractive career choice and providing education and training opportunities in manufacturing, and served as Executive Director of AMTEC, a training center that was a collaboration between industry and Central Virginia Community College.  Bob has also served as Executive Director of the VCCS Institute for Excellence in Advanced Technology.  In this position, Bob worked with all 23 colleges in the VCCS to develop advanced technology programs, market the ability of the VCCS to deliver these programs, and promote collaboration among colleges and industry in advanced technologies such as biotechnology, advanced manufacturing, electronics, CADD, and geospatial technologies.  In addition he has experience with the National Science Foundation Advanced Technology Education (ATE) program.  He has served as a project manager for NSF-ATE grants as well as serving on National Visiting Committees and as an outside evaluator for NSF-ATE grants at other institutions.

Bob has served on numerous boards and groups for a variety of organizations.  These include IEEE working groups, curriculum advisory committees, Society of Manufacturing Engineers, Chairman of the Valve Repair Council, William and Mary Alumni Society and Admissions Network, president of Lynchburg Little League baseball, and an ordained Elder in the Presbyterian Church, USA.

Jonathan Whitt

Executive Director, Roanoke-Blacksburg Innovation Network
Jonathan Whitt is the Executive Director of the Roanoke-Blacksburg Innovation Network. He works closely with leaders from the business, government, and higher education sectors to carry out a mission to spur the start-up and growth of innovative science and technology companies in the Roanoke and New River Valleys of Virginia. Prior to his position with the Roanoke-Blacksburg Innovation Network, Jonathan served as Executive Director of the Region 2000 Technology Council. During his time there he was a key player in the development of several regional technology-based economic development projects; including the creation of the Region 2000 Partnership, the Center for Advanced Engineering and Research, the Future Focus Educational Foundation, and the Lynchburg Regional Governor's STEM Academy.

Prior to his position with the Region 2000 Technology Council, Jonathan was co-founder and CEO of NetWave Internet, a pioneer in the deployment of wireless broadband networks. Jonathan is a long-time advocate for broadband deployment and STEM education initiatives, having served on numerous organizations and workgroups related to these issues. Jonathan has also been an entrepreneur and technologist, with three business start-ups to his credit, two of which were technology companies. He has also worked for the following advanced manufacturing firms: Babcock & Wilcox, First Brands, Parker Powertrain and Waytec Electronics.

Jonathan earned a Bachelor of Science degree, summa cum laude in Applied Management from Ranken Technical College and holds professional certification as a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD). He lives in Bedford County, Virginia with his wife Jennifer and two children.

Jeremiah Sahlberg

Chief Information Security Officer, Tekmark Global Solutions, LLC.
Mr. Jeremiah Sahlberg has 18 years of security experience through positions held in the government and private sector.
 
Today, Mr. Sahlberg is the Chief Information security Officer for Tekmark Global Solutions, LLC.  He is the senior manager within Tekmark responsible for establishing and maintaining the enterprise vision, strategy and implementation program to ensure information assets are adequately protected.  
 
Specific responsibilities include identifying, developing, implementing and maintaining processes across the business to reduce information and information technology risks, respond to incidents, establish appropriate standards and controls, direct the establishment and implementation of policies and procedures, and insure the training of employees relative to their responsibilities in protecting Tekmark’s IT and data assets. 
 
Additionally at Tekmark, he oversees the professional security service offerings of TekSecure Labs, the security solutions division of Tekmark Global Solutions.  These services include both professional and managed security services and solutions for clients in the payment card processing, telecom, healthcare, gaming, transportation and manufacturing industries. Mr. Sahlberg is an executive security consultant and advises clients on establishing security programs and compliance management.  Mr. Sahlberg was one of the founding members of TekSecure Labs division in 2002.
 
Previously, Mr. Sahlberg was a Senior Security Engineer at Para-Protect Services Inc., specializing in information security consulting for Fortune 100 clients.  Mr. Sahlberg developed the web applications security testing practice at Para-Protect and his responsibilities included web applications testing, performing network penetration tests, analyzing system vulnerabilities, and supplying incident response expertise to clients.
 
Additionally, Mr. Sahlberg led engineering teams and worked as a security engineer while employed by SAIC, Nortel and Defense Information Systems Agency within the Department of Defense.
 
Mr. Sahlberg earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic University in Blacksburg, Virginia and is a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) and Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).  He actively contributes to the security community and has presented at the Nevada Digital Government Summit (2010) and the New York State Cyber Security Conference (2012), contributed to O’Reilly’s Secure Coding: Principles & Practices (http://www.securecoding.org/authors/thanks.php) and has developed and maintains the WebScanner open source security tool (http://webscanner.sourceforge.net).
 
Currently Mr. Sahlberg resides in Haymarket, VA with his wife and three children.