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Board of Directors

2015 – 2016 Board of Directors

Mike Cooper
Oklahoma Strategic Military Planning Commission
1913 W. Durham Street
Broken Arrow, OK 74011
Phone: (918) 230-7754
E-Mail: mc2913@att.com

Michael Cooper currently serves as Chairman, Oklahoma Strategic Military Planning Commission, a position he has held since 2003. He is Principal owner of Cooper Public Strategies a Broken Arrow, OK company he founded in 2006. In 1995-1999 Mr. Cooper served as Mayor, for the City of Enid, Oklahoma, the proud home of Vance AFB. He also served a two year term for the U.S. Air Force Association, as the Texas/ Oklahoma, Region President.

Mr. Cooper had an over 40 year career with AT&T serving in a wide variety of assignments including, Government Relations / External Affairs and Network Operations. He has served as Chairman of the Vance Development Authority and Military Liaison for the City of Enid, Oklahoma.  Since 2012 he has served as Vice-President, Association of Defense Communities.

Vice President
Craig Quigley
Executive Director
Hampton Roads Military and Federal Facilities Alliance
723 Woodlake Drive
Chesapeake, VA 23320
Phone: (757) 644-6324
E-Mail: cquigley@HRMFFA.org

Craig Quigley serves as the Executive Director of the Hampton Roads Military and Federal Facilities Alliance, a public-private partnership dedicated to attracting, retaining and growing federal facilities in the region.  A career naval officer, Mr. Quigley served 27 years on active duty, achieving the rank of rear admiral and serving as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs) at the Pentagon. Upon retiring from the Navy, Mr. Quigley accepted a position as Vice President of Communications & Public Affairs for Lockheed Martin Maritime Systems & Sensors, leading a 30-person communications team across eight states for a $3.5B operating company. Following Lockheed Martin, Mr. Quigley returned to federal government service as the Director of Communication for U.S. Joint Forces Command in Hampton Roads, Virginia during a time of great transition in that organization. 

Mr. Quigley is a 1975 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, MD and has served as president of his class. A native of Winthrop, Iowa, he is an active public speaker, and believes in the value of mentoring juniors and developing teamwork to accomplish difficult objectives. He has been listed in “Who’s Who in American High Schools” and “Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities,” and was selected as an “Outstanding Young Man of America” in 1980. He serves as a member of the Communications Committee of the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association Board of Trustees, as well as a member of the Board of the Hampton Roads Naval Historical Foundation. Mr. Quigley assumed his current duties in September 2010.

Anne Marie Dowd
Executive Vice President, Legislative and Defense Sector Initiatives
99 High Street, 11th Floor
Boston, MA 02110
Phone: (617) 330-2000
E-Mail: Adowd@massdevelopment.com 

Anne Marie is responsible for helping to expand the defense sector in Massachusetts, including linking primes with Massachusetts’ small businesses, improving communication and relations between industry, academia and government with Hanscom Air Force Base and Natick Soldiers Systems.   She also represents Hanscom Air Force Base (and General Moore) in the Community Liaison Program with the 8th Air Force Materiel Command out of Wright Patterson AFB, where they meet with General Wolfenbarger and other leaders.   Finally, she handles legislative relations for MassDevelopment and has a good relationship with the Massachusetts Congressional delegation and updates them on defense issues and offer legislative recommendations on defense and other issues.

Anne Marie served previously as General Counsel at MassDevelopment, where she advised the organization on negotiating an amendment to our Economic Development Conveyance Agreement (EDC) with DOD that resulted in $9 Million in the purchase price for the former Ft. Devens being forgiven. Anne Marie also negotiated an Environmental Services Cooperative Agreement (ESCA) with DOD that resulted in the Army assuming responsibility for the removal of asbestos and pesticide contaminated building foundations and soils, as well as paying MassDevelopment for the demolition costs necessary to get to the building foundations.  She has also advised the agency in its dealings with DOD, including pursuing an exchange of land with the Army that resulted in Devens successfully landing Bristol Myers Squib’s new $800 Million biological pharmaceutical manufacturing facility. Anne Marie is familiar with DOD procurement powers and the BRAC statute and has advised MassDevelopment on EUL, exchange and other DOD real estate procurement authorities.

Immediate Past President
Bob Murdock
Director, Office of Military Affairs
City of San Antonio
PO Box 839966
San Antonio, TX 78283-3966
Phone: (210) 207-6566
E-Mail: robert.murdock@sanantonio.gov

Mr. Murdock joined the city of San Antonio in March 2007 as the new director of the Office of Military Transformation, since renamed the Office of Military Affairs. The office works with the military to sustain and enhance mission readiness, develop and institutionalize relations to strengthen a Community-Military Partnership and provide an official formalized point of contact for the military on issues of common concern. In July 2001, he retired from the Air Force as a brigadier general following a 31-year career. In his last posting, he was assigned to Kelly AFB, Texas, initially as the vice commander and then command¬er of the San Antonio Air Logistics Center. As the base prepared for closure and realignment, 

Mr. Murdock oversaw the engine and aircraft workload transitions to other Air Force logistics centers. The transition included material management and depot repair facilities, equipment, people and processes, as well as the realignment of selected base support activities to Lackland AFB, Texas. His early career included experience as a C-130 and C-5 pilot and aircraft commander. Later, Mr. Murdock served as a C-5 squadron operations officer and commander, air base group deputy commander, deputy inspector general at U.S. European Command, airlift wing vice commander, and commander of the Air Force Inspection Agency.

John Armbrust (ex-offcio)
Executive Director 
Governor’s Military Council 
501 Poyntz Avenue
Manhattan, KS 66502
Phone: (785) 776-8829
Mobile: (785) 375-3399
Email: john@manhattan.org

John Armbrust currently serves as the Chair of the ADC National Policy Advisory Board and served as President of the ADC Board of Directors from 2010 to 2012. John was born and raised in Ellsworth, Kansas. After graduating from Ellsworth High School, he attended Kansas State University, where he graduated with honors in 1968 with a BS in Math and as a Distinguished Air Force ROTC Graduate.

Mr. Armbrust’s first assignment in the Air Force was to the Air Force Institute of Technology, where in 1970 he received his Masters degree in Systems Analysis/Operations Research. While in the Air Force, he attended the Air Command and Staff College and Industrial College of the Armed Forces. Mr. Armbrust retired from the Air Force as a full Colonel in 1993. During his military career he served four years in the A-10 Close Support Aircraft System Program Office; three years as the F-16 fighter aircraft Country Manager for Norway (Office in Brussels Belgium); three years as Commander of an Air Force Plant Representative Office associated with the B-1 Bomber program; four years in J-8 on the Joint Staff, serving as the Executive Office to the Director of J-8 and as the Chief of the Program and Budget Analysis Division (PBAD). As Chief of PBAD, he worked on the first “Base Force” analysis which served as the force structure and basing basis for BRAC. John’s final Air Force assignment was as the Controller of the newly formed Air Force consolidated Space Laboratory.

Upon his retirement, Mr. Armbrust returned to Manhattan, Kansas, serving as a Bank Officer for five years, and then four years as Vice President of the Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce. In February 2004 he was selected to serve as the Executive Director of the Governor’s Strategic Military Planning Commission, which worked BRAC issues for the State of Kansas. In February 2006 he began serving as the Executive Director of the Governor’s Military Council. 

David E. Anderson, P.E.
Chief Executive Officer
Bay West LLC
5 Empire Drive
St. Paul, MN 55103
Office: (651) 291-3401
Mobile (703) 608-0063
E-Mail: danderson@baywest.com

Anderson recently concluded a career as an officer in the United States Army, culminating as the commander and District Engineer of the Corps of Engineers’ Baltimore District. In this role he oversaw a $5 billion military construction program across the mid-Atlantic region, restoration initiatives in the Chesapeake Bay, flood risk management programs in the Susquehanna and Potomac River basins, and engineering and real property support to the Army and intelligence community. He also served as the Army’s liaison officer to Congress on the Residential Communities Initiative and other property matters, and also previously commanded the Corps’ district in Honolulu.

Anderson graduated from the United States Military Academy with a bachelor of science in applied science and engineering. He went on to receive a master of science in engineering at the University of Texas specializing in construction engineering and project management. He also has a master of science in national strategy resourcing from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. Anderson is a recipient of the Society of American Military Engineers’ 2011 Goethals Medal, which is awarded to engineers for “eminent and notable contributions in engineering, design, or construction in the past five years.” 

Assistant Treasurer
Michelle Beekman (ex-officio)
Axiom Consulting Group, Inc.
1053 Star Ridge Road 
Golden, CO  80401
Phone: (303) 887-6227
E-Mail: Michelle.beekman@axiom-cgi.com

Michelle Beekman is the President of Axiom Consulting Group, Inc., a woman-owned small business founded in 2014.  She is a registered professional geologist with over 28 years of experience in the environmental consulting field.  Ms. Beekman has served on the ADC Board of Directors since 2009, and has held the position of Treasurer since 2011. Prior to founding Axiom, Ms. Beekman served 14 years as the Director of Environmental Services and Vice President of Matrix Environmental Services, LLC, a subsidiary of Matrix Design Group, Inc., where she continues special consulting assignments.  While at Matrix, she was responsible for the overall direction, capture, and execution of environmental due diligence, cleanup, and redevelopment programs for both the public and private sectors.  Her expertise includes risk management, due diligence, cost estimating, regulatory agency negotiations, environmental remediation, and project implementation to return environmentally impaired property to productive reuse. Ms. Beekman has provided strategic planning and implementation consulting services for numerous Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) programs, and has lead efforts to privatize environmental cleanup and redevelopment programs as an economic stimulus for communities impacted by closed military bases. 

Russell DeSalvo
President and CEO
PuebloPlex (Pueblo Depot Activity Development Authority)
PO Box 11467
Pueblo, CO 81001
Phone: (719) 947-3770
E-Mail: rdesalvo@puebloplex.com 

Russell DeSalvo is the current CEO of PuebloPlex, a facility originally built as the Pueblo Chemical Depot and realigned in 1988. DeSalvo is the current Chair of the Local Redevelopment Authority/Federal Outreach Advisory Committee, a committee that he has served for three years. He has overseen concurrent operations that require engagement in dynamic transition strategies ranging from the straightforward (lenses) to the complex (utility privatization, legal jurisdiction, emergency management and first responder support). He has parlayed his background in community advocacy and involvement with installation management/redevelopment into a successful community/military partnership regarding the PuebloPlex facility. DeSalvo has engaged with BRAC and OEA, the Colorado congressional delegation, the Governor of Colorado, the Lt. Governor of Colorado, the Adjutant General for the Colorado National Guard and other LRA directors across the span of active/transitioning military bases.

Joe Driskill
Executive Director
Leonard Wood Institute – Sustainable Ozarks Partnership
197 Replacement Ave
Fort Leonard Wood, MO 65473
Phone: (573) 329-8502
Mobile: (573) 680-0949
E-Mail: joe.driskill@leonardwoodinstitute.org

Joe Driskill is Executive Director of the Leonard Wood Institute (LWI), a non-profit organization that works to strengthen the Army’s mission at Fort Leonard Wood (FLW). Driskill is also Executive Director of the Sustainable Ozarks Partnership (subsidiary of LWI), a private sector-funded, non-profit organization that is working in concert with FLW, Missouri’s congressional delegation, state leaders and others to ensure that the quality of life, access to services, and business climate are improved in the region, both for the benefit of citizens and for the support and sustainability of FLW. Driskill collaborates closely with Missouri’s congressional delegation, especially with members of the Armed Services or Defense Appropriations committees and subcommittees to gain support for military- and military family-friendly legislation and programs, and to make certain that the state government also advocates for FLW with Congress and with the White House.

Jeff Giangiuli
Vice President, Business Development
CALIBRE Systems, Inc.
6354 Walker Lane
Alexandria, VA 22310
Phone: (703) 797-8635
E-Mail: jeffrey.giangiuli@calibresys.com

Mr. Jeffrey E. Giangiuli, as a member of the Corporate Leadership Team, plays a key role in CALIBRE’s strategic growth and expansion of its business operations in the company’s defense, federal / civil, and commercial markets.  As Senior Vice President, Operations, Mr. Giangiuli’s responsibilities include developing, directing, and maintaining competitive strategy, capture, and proposal operations and internal reviews of CALIBRE’s business development processes as well as overseeing Division operations.

Mr. Giangiuli is a nationally recognized engineering and management consultant with expertise in risk management, nuclear and environmental cleanup, property transfer, performance-based contracting, and economic redevelopment of excess federal property. Mr. Giangiuli’s initiatives have been instrumental in the development and implementation of strategies to accelerate the deactivation and decommissioning of former Defense and Energy facilities, saving the taxpayers millions of dollars in life cycle costs.

Mr. Giangiuli joined CALIBRE in 2004. Prior to joining CALIBRE, Mr. Giangiuli was Principal and co-founder of Strategic Management Initiatives, Inc. (SMI), a small business management consulting firm, providing strategic management and engineering analyses of the problems facing Fortune 500 companies and the U.S. Government in their management of complex technologies and processes.

Mr. Giangiuli serves as an Adjunct Professor at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC where he instructs graduate engineering students in Engineering Economics, Decision Analysis, and Strategic Management. Mr. Giangiuli holds a B.S. in Systems Engineering from the United States Naval Academy and an MSE in Engineering Management from The Catholic University of America.

Fred Meurer (ex-officio)
Independent Consultant
Meurer Municipal Consulting, LLC
580 Pacific Street
Monterey, CA 93940
Phone: (831) 646-3760
E-Mail: meurer@meurermuni.com 

In July of 1991, the Monterey city council appointed Fred Meurer to the position of city manager. Since his appointment, Mr. Meurer has been actively involved in fostering working relationships between business and residential districts and with City Hall. He has overseen the re-development of the City’s residential neighborhoods and business districts. Mr. Meurer has successful diversified Monterey’s economy which has allowed him to finance the City’s program for developing “preventative” programs in policing, fire protection, community services, recreation, public works and other public services. Mr. Meurer is also actively involved in developing cooperative relationships between the City and the federal Department of Defense (DoD) activities in Monterey in an effort to further increase DoD mission effectiveness while reducing their operating costs. His goal is to provide the same high quality municipal services to DoD activities and personnel as the City provides to its civilian neighborhoods, while saving the City money by spreading its overhead over a large base. These intergovernmental partnerships have helped broaden the economic base of the city.

Deborah Olson
Executive Director
City of Riverbank
Local Redevelopment Authority
5300 Claus Road
Modesto, CA 95357
Phone: (209) 863-9316
E-Mail: dolson@riverbanklra.org

Debbie Olson is the Executive Director of the City of Riverbank Local Redevelopment Authority, the agency responsible for the reuse and redevelopment of the Riverbank Army Ammunition Plant, a 2005-BRAC facility.  As such, her duties include administration and oversight of the economic development, the strategic and the financial planning of the transitioning 175-acre industrial facility located in the Central Valley of California.  She has been with the City since 2007.  Over the past 20 years, Ms. Olson’s professional career has allowed her to work with policy makers at every level of government and with all segments of higher education. Prior to her current appointment, she worked for the California League of Cities as a Public Affairs Manager, responsible for communication and advocacy on public policy matters involving local government concerns. In this position she worked closely with 73 cities in the Central Valley, the California legislature and state agencies on key initiatives and issues of importance to local governments and resulting in numerous positive results for all California communities. Earlier career positions include communication strategy, policy development and advocacy work for the Governor of California, Senator John McCain, Congressman Tom Campbell and numerous private and non-profit organizations.

William H. Parry, III
Executive Director, Heart of Texas Defense Alliance
2916 Illinois Avenue
Killeen, TX  76543
Phone: (254) 690-4045
E-Mail: w.parry@hotda.org

William (Bill) H. Parry, III is the Executive Director of the Heart Of Texas Defense Alliance, a Killeen-based non-profit organization that advocates for Fort Hood and all defense-related industry, organizations, and institutions in the Central Texas region.  He retired from the United States Army after 27 years of service, culminating with his final assignment as the Garrison Commander of Fort Hood, TX from June 2001 through August 2004.

He was born and raised in Liberty, MO.  A 1977 graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia, Parry was commissioned as an Armor officer though the ROTC program, and served in a variety of command and staff positions, both overseas and in the United States.

Previous military assignments include 3d Armored Division, 3d Infantry Division, and as G-3 Plans officer with VII Corps during Operation Desert Shield/Storm.  He
commanded 3d Battalion, 81st Armor at Fort Knox and was the 7th Infantry Division G-3/Director of Plans, Training and Mobilization at Fort Carson, CO.  Prior to
assuming command of the U.S. Army Garrison-Fort Hood, he served as Chief of Staff, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, TX. 

His military education includes the Army War College, Command and General Staff College, and the School of Advanced Military Studies.  He holds a BA degree in Political Science from the University of Missouri, and an MS degree in Systems Management from the University of Southern California.

He was appointed to the Texas Military Preparedness Commission by Governor Rick Perry, and served as a Commissioner from 2010 until 2013.  The Commission advises the Governor and Legislature on policies and plans to support the long-term viability of military installations and communities in Texas.  Parry is a member of the Central Texas-Fort Hood Chapter of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Board of Governors.

He is married to the former Stacye Hembree of Liberty, MO.  They currently reside in Belton, TX.

Bob Ross
Executive Director
Connecticut Office of Military Affairs
505 Hudson Street, 3rd Floor
Hartford, CT 06106
Phone: (860) 270-8074
E-Mail:  bob.ross@ct.gov  

Bob Ross is Executive Director of the Connecticut Office of Military Affairs. He was originally appointed in July 2009 and reappointed by Governor Dannel P. Malloy. He serves as an advisor to the Governor and legislature on defense industry issues and is the primary liaison to the Connecticut congressional delegation on military and defense matters. He is responsible for coordinating state-wide efforts to protect Connecticut military bases and facilities from closure in future Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) rounds. He is a retired naval officer who piloted aircraft carriers and guided missile cruisers before directing public affairs for the U.S. Sixth Fleet, encompassing naval operations ashore and at sea in the Mediterranean, European and North African areas of responsibility. Ross also served as a spokesman at the Pentagon and was director of media operations and community relations for the U.S. Atlantic Fleet.

Michael Ward
Vice President, Government Affairs
Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce
225 Church Street
Huntsville, AL  35801
Phone: (256) 535-2000
E-Mail: mward@hsvchamber.org

Michael Ward is the Vice President of Government Affairs for the Chamber of Commerce of Huntsville/Madison County. In his current position, Mr. Ward is an advocate for policies and legislation at the local, state and national levels of government that support the economic prosperity of the Huntsville/Madison County region.  These efforts include extensive interaction with local federal activities managing over $50 billion in annual budgets.  He has been involved with ADC since 2001.

Celeste Werner
Vice President, Director of Planning
Matrix Design Group, Inc.
2228 W. Northern Avenue, Suite D240
Phoenix, AZ 85021
Phone: (602) 288-8344
Mobile: (602) 315 0736
E-mail: celeste_werner@matrixdesigngroup.com

Celeste Werner is a Vice President and National Director of Planning for Matrix Design Group, Inc. and has been an owner since 2005. She has more 28 years of public and private sector experience managing both domestic and international complex planning projects. She has led and managed numerous BRAC reuse plans, business operation plans and EDCs since 1994 for all types of installations (Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps). Werner has witnessed and worked with the evolution of BRAC guidance, legislation and implementation techniques. Since 2005 she has held the title of Project Manager or Deputy Project Manager on more than 35 Joint Land Use Studies (JLUS) and JLUS Implementation Projects throughout the United States for DoD services, including the National Guard.

Steve Young
Senior Associate
Burns & McDonnell Engineering Company, Inc.
9785 Maroon Circle, Suite 400
Centennial, CO 80112
Phone: (303) 474-2292
E-mail: styoung@burnsmcd.com

Steve Young is a strategic advisor for ongoing redevelopment at Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant. His responsibilities include technical guidance, program management and negotiation support for several large environmental programs, including River Ridge (former Indiana Army Ammunition Plant), Newport Chemical Depot and Village of Rantoul (former Chanute Air Force Base). Young works to facilitate communication among community groups, developer legal and technical staff, regulatory agencies and Army BRAC office representatives. He is involved in installation redevelopment efforts, contributing help to guide community leaders in understanding important elements of the process – including partnering with stakeholders over early critical path challenges – and developing appropriate relationships with key community and government leaders. Young has experience developing risk management strategies, particularly as they relate to managing potential environmental risks to redevelopment and methods to mitigate, avoid or transfer those risks.

Legal Counsel
George R. Schlossberg, Esq.
Kutak Rock LLP
1101 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20036-4303
Phone: (202) 828-2418
E-Mail: george.schlossberg@kutakrock.com

George Schlossberg is a partner of Kutak Rock. Mr. Schlossberg practices in the firm’s National Real Estate Practice Group, focused on military base closure matters and the construction and financing of new government facilities. Mr. Schlossberg currently serves as general counsel to the Association of Defense Communities. He previously served as senior counsel in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, where his responsibilities included counseling the secretary and his staff regarding base closures, real property, defense installations, leasing and private financing. Mr. Schlossberg also has served as counsel to several federal offices, DoD’s Office of Economic Adjustment, the President’s Adjustment Committee, the President’s Commission on Alternative Utilization of Military Facilities and the DoD Bureau of Prisons Assistance Council.

OEA Liaison
Tara Butler
Project Manager
Office of Economic Adjustment, Department of Defense
2231 Crystal Drive
Suite 520
Arlington, VA  22202
Phone: (703) 697-2074
E-Mail: tara.a.butler4.civ@mail.mil

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