- October 22, 2018
President Bill Parry
City Manager, City of Gatesville, TX
Office: (254) 865-8951
Mobile: (254) 702-9929
Bill Parry has been the City Manager of Gatesville, TX since June 2015. 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. Prior to assuming his duties in Gatesville, he was the Executive Director of the Heart Of Texas Defense Alliance.
He is a 1977 graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia, where he 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. Prior to assuming command of the Fort Hood Garrison, he was the 1st Cavalry Division Chief of Staff, Fort Hood, TX.
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. His military education includes the Army War College, Command and General Staff College, and the School of Advanced Military Studies.
He is married to the former Stacye Hembree of Liberty, MO. They have two adult children, and currently reside in Gatesville, TX.
Vice President Joe Driskill
Missouri Military Advocate, Missouri Department of Economic Development
P.O. Box 1157
Jefferson City, MO
Office: (573) 526-0186
Mobile: (573) 680-0949
Joseph L. (Joe) Driskill is the Military Advocate for the State of Missouri. The position leads Missouri’s efforts to coordinate state and local actions to preserve and expand Missouri’s military installations and agencies, improve the quality of life and opportunities for Service members and their families, and to enhance the state’s defense industries. The Military Advocate serves as the liaison between state and federal branches of government and provides enhanced communication to Missouri government leaders and installation communities.
Driskill was nominated to the non-partisan position by Governor Jay Nixon, and confirmed by the Missouri Senate in 2016. He will serve a six year term ending in 2022.
Driskill was previously the executive director of the non-profit Leonard Wood Institute (LWI), as well as the Sustainable Ozarks Partnership (SOP) at Fort Leonard Wood. LWI develops, promotes and manages partnerships among governments, companies, universities and non-profits on a statewide and national basis through technology and training projects connected with the Army’s missions at Fort Leonard Wood. SOP advocates on behalf of the Fort Leonard Wood region for the retention and enhancement of the installation, and works on implementing sustainability strategies designed to be a good partner with the installation.
As a part of his Military Advocate responsibilities, Driskill serves on the board of directors of the Association of Defense Communities (ADC), the preeminent national organization that unites the diverse interests of communities, state governments, the private sector and all services of the military on issues of Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC), community-military partnerships, mission growth and sustainment, and support for military families and veterans.
Driskill also serves as a Governor appointee on the Missouri State Board of Education, where he has been especially active in pushing for improving the quality of schools that serve military-connected children. Driskill was director of the Missouri Department of Economic Development from 1993 to 2003 and executive director of the Missouri Technology Corp. from 2003 to 2005. He also served as a state representative from southern Missouri for 10 years. Driskill obtained his master’s degree in public administration and his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Missouri.
Driskill and his wife Janice reside in Jefferson City and have two grown children, a daughter Hope, who is a lawyer in Los Angeles, and a son Aaron, who is a chiropractor in Knoxville, TN.
Treasurer Susan Morris
Principal, Booz Allen Hamilton
Office: (703) 412-6536
Mobile: (703) 867-7899
Susan Morris, a Crystal City based Booz Allen Hamilton Principal, is an Executive leading our Infrastructure and Environmental business for the Air Force. She has served in progressively increasing levels of responsibility as an engineer and manager in diverse engineering and leadership roles.
Since joining Booz Allen Hamilton, she Susan has skillfully led multi-disciplinary staffs and projects. She has also proven successful in developing and marketing long-range programs and has provided a regional presence for Booz Allen Hamilton in the Pacific Rim. During her tenure, she has provided project and program management support to Army and Air Force stakeholders to support master planning for major weapon system beddown activities, led and developed BAH’s environmental assessment capabilities for Air Force clients, and built our Public-Public, Public-Private service offering. She also was the PM for the Air Force Civil Engineer’s NexGen IT PMO and SME support, and is now the Officer in Charge of the SAF/IE SME support directing a blended team of staff to help the Secretariat advance their Community Partnership Program and manage air base encroachment.
She joined the Booz Allen Hamilton in 2004 after a successful career as an Air Force Civil Engineering officer. She holds a BS in Architectural Engineering and an MS in Systems Management.
Past President Mike Cooper
Chairman, Oklahoma Strategic Military Planning Commission
Mobile: (918) 230-7754
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 had an over 40-year career with AT&T serving in a wide variety of assignments including, Government Relations / External Affairs and Network Operations.
Mr. Cooper has served as Chairman of the Vance Development Authority and Military Liaison for the City of Enid, Oklahoma. Since 2014 he has served as President, Association of Defense Communities.
Director 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
Dave Anderson joined Bay West LLC as CEO in April 2015, having served previously as a member of the firm’s Board of Directors.
Anderson served as an engineer officer in the United States Army for 26 years, culminating as commander of the Baltimore District, US Army Corps of Engineers. In this role, he oversaw a $5 billion military construction program across the mid-Atlantic region, flood risk management and environmental restoration initiatives in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, and engineering and real property support for the Army and intelligence community. He previously commanded the Corps’ Honolulu District, and served as the Army’s principal liaison to the House and Senate Armed Services Committees on all issues related to military construction, installation management, real estate, and Base Realignment and Services. He also served as the Legislative Assistant to the Secretary of the Army and later the Vice Chief of Staff of the Army.
Previously, Dave was an Executive Vice President on the Public Institutions team at Jones Lang LaSalle, where we responsible for the development and expansion of real estate and financial services in the Department of Defense market, and provided strategic advice on public sector projects.
Dave is proud member of the West Point Class of 1986. He earned master’s degrees from the Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy (formerly the Industrial College of the Armed Forces) in National Strategy Resourcing, and from the University of Texas at Austin in Construction Engineering and Project Management.
Director Russell DeSalvo
President and CEO, PuebloPlex
P.O. Box 11467
Office: (719) 947-3770
Russell A. DeSalvo III is the President and CEO of PuebloPlex, the Local Redevelopment Authority for the surplused property on the Pueblo Chemical Depot. PuebloPlex is one of the largest privatization projects in the United States, encompassing nearly 16,000 acres, with 160 miles of road, 46 miles of rail and 3.5 million square feet of buildings. Russell has engaged with the Base Realignment and Closure Division (BRAC-D) and the Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA), the Colorado congressional delegation, numerous state and local officials, along with many others to navigate this process.
As a Pueblo native, Russell has a strong interest in increasing the visibility of PuebloPlex in the local, state and national economic development and real estate communities with the goal of fully re-using and revitalizing PuebloPlex for the State of Colorado. Russell has worked in both the public and private sector – for the U.S. Department of Labor and The Federal Reserve Bank – as well as being an entrepreneur in the private sector. His private sector business experience includes over 20 years of real estate development, construction, finance, property management and brokerage.
Russell is extremely active in the community, serving on numerous board of directors, including the Association of Defense Communities (ADC), Legacy Bank, and the Colorado State University-Pueblo Foundation.
Director Greg Doyon
Executive Board Member, Montana Defense Alliance
100 First Ave. North
Great Falls, MT
Office: (406) 455-8450
Greg serves as the City Manager for the City of Great Falls, Montana. He has been serving since 2008. As the chief administrative and executive officer of the City, Greg is responsible to the City Commission for the daily administration of City affairs as required by charter, law, ordinance or resolution.
City Manager Doyon serves on several community and statewide boards. Currently, he serves on the Executive Board of the Montana Defense Alliance (MTDA) and is a Co-Facilitator with Air Force Community Partnership Program with Malmstrom Air Force Base and the Montana Air National Guard. Greg also serves on the Board of Directors for the Montana Municipal Interlocal Authority. In March 2016, Governor Bullock appointed Manager Doyon to the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) representing the Montana League of Cities and Towns. Greg was subsequently appointed to the SERC’s Senior Advisory Committee in March 2018.
City manager Doyon is credentialed by the International City/County Managers Association (ICMA) and Certified Public Manager through the National Certified Public Manager Consortium. In 2011, he attended the ICMA Senior Executive Institute at the University of Virginia’s Colgate Darden School of Business. In 2014, Greg was a named an ICMA Fellow and awarded a scholarship to attend the Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program.
Greg has a broad base in the public sector including service as a reserve police officer, emergency medical technician, recreation director, planning director, and town administrator. He has also served in the private sector as a Director of Planning, for a national skilled nursing and assisted-living company. City Manager Doyon has over 21 years’ of experience working with communities, city councils/commissions, and municipal departments.
Director Kathleen Ferguson
Senior Advisor, The Roosevelt Group
500 N. Capitol St., NW,
Office: (202) 469-3490
Mobile: (703) 608-1748
Kathleen is a Senior Advisor at The Roosevelt Group and provides strategic advice, consulting and advocacy services to their state and defense communities clients. Before joining The Roosevelt Group, Kathleen spent nearly 35 years working for the Air Force at all levels — installation, multiple major commands and Headquarters United States Air Force. Her last position was as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary and Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Environment and Energy and Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations. In those roles, Kathleen was responsible for a broad portfolio of policy, programs and budgets for installations, energy, environment, safety and occupational health, and weapon system logistics support. She led the Department’s efforts on community partnerships — paving the way for nearly 50 bases and communities to collaboratively identify ways to save money inside and outside the fence. Kathleen was also a principal architect of the Air Force’s strategic basing process, which is a rigorous system and set of criteria used to determine where to house new missions, aircraft and people. She was a member of the Air Force’s Base Closure Executive Group in preparation for BRAC 2005 and implemented all recommendations of BRAC 2005 Commission. She is a nationally recognized expert in military installations issues and received three Presidential Rank Awards for her work in this area.
Director Steve Levesque
Executive Director, Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority
15 Terminal Road
Office: (207) 798-6512
As the Executive Director of MRRA, Steve Levesque oversees all operations associated with redevelopment of the former Naval Air Station Brunswick (2005 BRAC round), a position he has held since the BRAC decision.
Steve possess over 36 years of experience in business management, economic and community development, land use planning and environmental management in both the public and private sectors. In addition to his current post and private sector experience, he has held several high level public positions — most notably the Commissioner of the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development under former Governor Angus King.
Steve possesses a BA in Political Science and an MS in Environmental Studies from California State University, Fullerton.
Director Maurice ‘Mo’ McDonald
Executive Vice-President, Aerospace and Defense, Dayton Development Coalition
40 N. Main Street
Office: (937) 903-3005
Maurice “Mo” McDonald leads the Dayton Development Coalition Aerospace and Defense initiatives and programs. He is responsible for partnerships with Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB) and Springfield Air National Guard Base and the Dayton Veterans Administration Medical Center. In addition, he is helping shape the regional Unmanned Aircraft Systems and Cyber Security strategies and supports the attraction, retention and expansion of Aerospace and Defense related businesses.
Prior to joining the Coalition, Mo was a Senior Program Manager at URS Corporation responsible for managing over $90 Million in government contracts, executing URS business development activities, and recruitment and employee retention in support of the federal government.
In addition, Mo served over 21 years in the Air Force as a logistics and acquisitions officer. He has had numerous positions throughout his career leading and managing Air Force Supply Chain and Logistics process and the Acquisition and Sustainment of Air Force weapon systems. Mo has a Bachelor of Science degree from the US Air Force Academy and a Master’s Degree in Supply Chain Management from Georgia College and State University.
Director John Nerger
Senior Military Advisor, Chamber of Commerce Huntsville/Madison County
225 Church Street
Office: (256) 617-3237
Mr. Nerger retired from the Department of the Army in 2015 after nearly 36 years of federal government service, including 15 years as a member of the Senior Executive Service. He currently serves as the Senior Military Advisor for the Huntsville/Madison County Alabama Chamber of Commerce. He also actively supports the Tennessee Valley BRAC Committee and Redstone Alliance. Additionally, he continues to serve the Army part-time as an Executive Consultant and is a senior technical advisor for Analytical Mechanics Associates, an aerospace engineering company. The Governor appointed him to serve on the Alabama Space Science Exhibit Commission overseeing the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. He chairs the Civilian Advisory Committee for the Association of the United States Army.
John was the Executive Deputy to the Commanding General, U.S. Army Materiel Command, during 2011-2015 at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, serving as the command’s chief management officer and the Army’s only civilian deputy to a four-star general. From 2008 to 2011 he served as the Executive Director of the U.S. Army Installation Management Command, where he directed the multi-disciplinary management of facilities, programs, services and infrastructure for Army installations worldwide, overseeing a $13 billion annual budget, 85,000 employees, 15,000 million acres and 934 million square feet of facilities. Previously, he was the Deputy Chief of Staff (Personnel and Logistics) for U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command at Fort Monroe, VA and Director of Facilities, Housing, and Environment responsible for the Army’s $3 billion global capital investment program at the Pentagon.
Director Bob Ross
Executive Director, Connecticut Office of Military Affairs
450 Columbus Blvd.
Office: (860) 500-2374
Mobile: (860) 913-8277
Bob Ross 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 and promote Connecticut military bases and defense industries. He also represents the state in efforts to enhance the quality of life for service members and military families residing in or deploying from Connecticut.
He is a retired naval officer who piloted aircraft carriers and guided missile cruisers before directing public affairs for the United States Sixth Fleet, encompassing naval operations ashore and at sea in the Mediterranean, European and North African areas of responsibility. He also served as a spokesman at the Pentagon and was director of community and media relations for the United States Atlantic Fleet, coordinating public affairs for over 250 ships homeported at 13 major naval bases.
He holds an M.A. in National Security and Strategy from the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, RI. and an M.A. in Public Policy and Administration from the University of Connecticut. As a former City Administrator for the City of Cripple Creek, Colorado, and former First Selectman (Mayor) of the Town of Salem, Connecticut, he has decades of experience in federal, state and municipal government. He is a Board Member of the national Association of Defense Communities, Trustee of the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut, and former Commissioner on the Connecticut Maritime Commission. He is a former Adjunct Professor of Public Policy in the UCONN Graduate School and recipient of the UCONN Distinguished Alumni award for continued commitment and excellence in public administration.
Director Kevin Sullivan
Executive Director, Utah Defense Alliance
Office: (801) 593-2113
Mobile: (202) 384-8642
Mr. Kevin Sullivan is an independent consultant with extensive expertise in aerospace acquisition and logistics. He has over 40 years of military and civilian logistics management and acquisition experience in aircraft maintenance, supply chain operations and program management.
Mr. Sullivan entered the Air Force and was commissioned through the Air Force ROTC program following graduation from the University of Connecticut in 1974. He has held numerous maintenance, logistics and acquisition leadership positions, including command of an equipment maintenance squadron and an aircraft generation squadron. He has also served as Director of the Reconnaissance Systems Program Office, Vice Commander of the Air Armament Center, Air Staff Director of Logistics Readiness, and Commander of the Ogden Air Logistics Center at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. His last assignment on active duty was as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Installations and Mission Support, Headquarters, United States Air Force. Mr. Sullivan retired from the Air Force in November of 2008 in the grade of Major General.
Since leaving active duty Mr. Sullivan has consulted extensively with both private and public sector organizations on logistics, sustainment, and system acquisition issues and activities. In addition, he currently serves as the Executive Director of the Utah Defense Alliance, a community action group in support of the United States Armed Forces, Utah military missions, and aerospace industry within the state.
Mr. Sullivan is a lifetime member of the Air Force Association and the Logistics Officers Association. He is Chairman of the Aerospace Heritage Foundation of Utah Board of Directors and a member of Top of Utah Military Affairs Executive Committee. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Defense Communities.
His education includes a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Connecticut, and a Master of Science in Personnel Management from Central Michigan University. He has also completed the Air Command and Staff College, the Air War College, the Pennsylvania State College Advanced Management Program and the Harvard Business School General Managers Program.
Director John Walker
Specialist Leader, Real Estate Service Line, Deloitte Consulting, LLP
Office: (571) 814-7848
Mobile: (301) 346-8686
John Walker has over 30 years of experience centered on real estate consulting, site selection, business case analysis and land and building valuations. He has led teams negotiating highly complex real estate private sector transactions and those related to Enhanced Use Leasing (EUL) and Base Realignment and Closures (BRAC) in the DoD realm. He has extensive experience in bringing together multi-disciplinary teams of specialists to close on transactions from the Clarksburg Town Center property to Nestle’s North American Headquarter move to Rosslyn, VA. John has also led negotiating teams related for long term ground leases, environmental liability transfer agreements, and long-term access easements. Some of the BRAC related projects he has been involved in include reuse plans at Vint Hill Farm’s Station and Seneca Army Depot, an EUL at Fort Sam Houston and Early Transfer’s at Mare Island and Fort Ord. He has been an active member for over 25 years with the Association of Defense Communities (ADC).
Director Celeste Werner
Vice President, Director of Planning, Matrix Design Group, Inc.
2020 N. Central Ave.
Office: (602) 288-8344
Mobile: (602) 315-0736
Celeste joined Matrix Design Group, Inc. in 2005 as Director of Federal Planning and with a broad range of skills in master, community, and military planning; land development planning; aviation planning; community redevelopment planning; urban design; economic development; strategic planning; project implementation; community participation and consensus-building; and military reuse planning. She brings successful technical experience, proven project and program management techniques, outstanding communication skills, consensus building, problem-solving strategies, and lessons learned. Celeste is recognized as one of the few technical staff that excels as a public facilitator who builds consensus throughout an entire project process.
Celeste has directed numerous award-winning projects, including both community and regional planning and military master planning projects.
Legal Counsel George Schlossberg, Esq.
Partner/Attorney, Kutak Rock, LLP
1625 Eye Street, NW
Office: (202) 828-2418
Mr. Schlossberg is Chair of the Kutak Rock LLP Federal Practice and National Security Law Group, and a partner resident in the firm’s Washington DC office. He represents state and local governments, Federal Departments and Agencies, and private entities in connection with Federal real property transactions, the closure and reuse of military installations, the financing of government and commercial facilities on Federal land, government contracts, and associated environmental matters. Mr. Schlossberg has served since 1990 as General Counsel to the Association of Defense Communities (“ADC”), the pre-eminent national organization representing state and local governments and communities with active, closed and closing military installations.
Prior to joining Kutak Rock, Mr. Schlossberg served for over twelve (12) years in various positions in the Pentagon, including Senior Counsel in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. In that position, he advised the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary’s immediate staff on matters related to real property, base closures, defense installations, international agreements, the leasing, construction and private financing of defense facilities, government contracts, and associated environmental matters. While with the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Mr. Schlossberg was instrumental in the drafting and policy implementation of the original 1988 Base Closure Act (Defense Authorization Amendments and Base Closure and Realignment Act), and testified frequently before Congressional committees on matters relating to Defense real property, construction and the financing of defense facilities. During his tenure with the Defense Department, Mr. Schlossberg served also as Counsel to the Office of Economic Adjustment, Counsel to the President’s Economic Adjustment Committee, Counsel to the President’s Commission on Alternative Utilization of Military Facilities, Counsel to the Department of Defense’s Bureau of Prisons Assistance Council and Assistant Counsel to the Naval Facilities Engineering Command.
Office of Economic Adjustment Liaison Tara Butler
Program Director for Intergovernmental Affairs/Policy, Office of Economic Adjustment, Department of Defense
2231 Crystal Drive
Office: (703) 697-2074
U.S. Army Liaison Kurt A. Weaver
Program Analyst, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Housing & Partnerships
Office: (703) 614-1073
U.S. Air Force Liaison Frank Smolinsky
Congressional & Public Affairs Liaison, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Environment & Energy
Air Force Pentagon, room 4E996
Office: (703) 697-7244
U.S. Navy Liaison Diane Tucker
Director of Basing & BRAC, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations & Environment
1000 Navy Pentagon
Office: (703) 697-0926