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ACT-IAC Selects 32 Government and Industry Rising Stars for 2014 Partners Program Class

The American Council for Technology-Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC) today announced its 2014 Partners Program. This nine-month program pairs 16 government professionals with 16 industry counterparts to collectively engage, develop and prepare for future roles at the Senior Executive Service (SES) and corporate executive officer levels.

“ACT-IAC advocates for a closer alignment of the government and private sector in the federal IT community and the Partners Program embodies that mission,” said Kay Ely, 2014 Partners Program government chairwoman. “The differentiator of the program is that each government and industry participant is paired with their counterpart to engage in thoughtful dialogue and training throughout the year.”

The ACT-IAC Partners Program is the only program of its kind that allows an open and trusted partnership between government and industry professionals. 2014 Partners Program participants were nominated by their respective government agency or company sponsors, and evaluated by a panel of senior government and industry executives on their individual professional leadership accomplishments and their potential for future advancement within their organization.

“As the federal IT community begins to see more of the executive workforce move towards retirement, this 17th Partners Class will work together to develop critical skills to prepare for the assumption of leadership roles and responsibilities,” said Joe Dawson, 2014 Partners Program industry chairman. “With its unique education model, the Partners Program challenges participants to develop a true understanding of the leadership and decision-making skill sets needed at the SES and CXO level within government and industry.”

2014 Government Partners Program participants are:

Dawn Banks-Waller, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Jennifer Browne, General Services Administration (GSA)
Danita Byrd, GSA
Maria Filios, GSA
Dave Heimann, Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board
Lee Kelly, EPA
Mark Kieffer, U.S. Department of Treasury
Benjamin Kim, Executive Office of the President/Office of Administration
Michael Palmer, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
Lori Parker, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Hemanth Setty, Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board
Mary Ann Wangemann, University of Virginia
Barbara Whitelaw, DHS
Allison Willcox, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Victor Winnard, USDA
Judith Zawatsky, GSA

2014 Industry Partners Program participants are:

Jeffrey Bohling, General Dynamics Information Technology
Janet Clement, ASI Government
Rena Fagel, CenturyLink
Will Fortier, E3 Federal Solutions
Simon Godwin, Acentia
Stephen Goehler, Information Innovators, Inc.
Christopher Hegedus, Pragmatics, Inc.
Adesh Jain, Avaya Government Solutions
James Karlson, Unisys Federal
Kathryn Kienast, Booz Allen Hamilton
David McOmber, IBM
Brian Ross, Harris Corporation
Brian Sichi, Capgemini Government Solutions
Shannon Vanlandingham, Cisco Systems
Jennifer Yang, Battle Resource Management, Inc. (BRMi)
Brian Young, HP Enterprise Services

2014 Partners Program Leadership includes:

Kay Ely, GSA (Government Chair)
Jeff Wilkins, U.S. Department of Energy (Government Vice-Chair)
Jacqueline Butler, USDA (Government Vice-Chair)
Joe Dawson, XLA (Industry Chair)
Sundar Vaidyanathan, Karsun Solutions (Industry Vice-Chair)
Tammy Stevenson McChain, NTT DATA (Industry Vice-Chair)

About ACT-IAC – Advancing Government Through Education, Collaboration and Action

ACT-IAC is the premier public-private partnership in the government IT community and an example of how government and industry work together. ACT-IAC is a nonprofit educational organization created to advance government through collaboration and education. The organization provides an objective, vendor and technology-neutral and ethical forum where government and industry are working together to develop innovative strategies, effective and efficient solutions and best practices. Headquartered in the Greater Washington, D.C. area, ACT-IAC also has chapters in Pacific region (based in San Diego) and the Rocky Mountain region (based in Denver).

Learn more about our organization and how to become a member at or call (703) 208-4800.

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