NDIA-RMC has an esteemed board of current industry, retired military and a combination of both that serve to steer this chapter to serve this community to the best of it’s abilities.
Richard ‘Doc’ Klodnicki, PhD, PMP is President of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the National Industrial Association and works for LJT & Associates as 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 a 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 life time 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.
Kevin ‘Morty’ Mortensen is Executive Vice President, Rocky Mountain Chapter of the National Industrial Association and works for the Swedish Space Corporation (SSC) as Vice President for International Marketing. In this position, he is responsible for marketing and communications for all SSC global business units. SSC services include launching sounding rockets and high altitude balloons, satellite ground network services, space propulsion and engineering services. Morty served over 29 years in the Air Force Space and Missile communities. Morty Commanded the 3rd Space Operations Squadron, served as Schriever Wargame Director, represented the Air Force on Capitol Hill as the Legislative Liaison for Space, Cyberspace, and ICBM programs, was an Aide-de-Camp to two Commanders of Air Force Space Command, was a speech-writer for AFSPC/CV and AFSPC/CC, served as Chief of Wing Protocol at F.E. Warren AFB, and he held Instructor and Stan/Eval positions in the ICBM community. Morty’s previous leadership positions on the NDIA-RMC BoD include Vice President for Government Affairs and Community Involvement and Vice President for Awards and Recognition. Morty is a member of the AIAA’s Rocky Mountain Section and he is currently its Secretary.
Marjori Langhoff is Treasurer of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the National Industrial Association and works for the Colorado Springs Chamber and EDC. After serving over nine years in the Air Force in the communication/computer field, Marjori separated from the military and attended Saint Martin’s College in Washington State receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree in Business with a Minor in Accounting. Marjori has over 20 years’ experience in Accounting with a skill-set that includes State Government, Federal Government, Healthcare, Manufacturing and Non-Profit industries.
Philip Kwong is Secretary, Rocky Mountain Chapter of the National Defense Industrial Association and works for Intelsat General Corporation as Satellite Networks Development Manager. Phil served for over 20 years in the Army in Armor, Cavalry and Military Intelligence assignments and his experience spans from combat leader as a Tank Platoon Leader during Operation Desert Storm, to Joint/Coalition Commands to Interagency in the Intelligence Community. After retiring from the Army, Phil served in the Defense Intelligence Agency as the Chief of their Global Satellite Communications Program and ultimately as Program Manager of JWICS. Phil also serves as Vice President, Young Professionals for AUSA Pikes Peak Chapter.
Mike Pennica is Founder and President of Pennica Financial Group, a local/national financial advisory firm. He served our US Air Force in various capacities for over 23 years.He is a life member of MOAA and an active member of AFA. He is a new member to NDIA. He serves as a director/treasurer for the C/S Military Affairs Council and is a financial supporter of various noteworthy organizations, such as: IMAGE, Thanks Troops, Wounded Warrior, 21Space Wing Military Recognition Program, and Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo.
Robert ‘Kent’ Traylor, Colonel, USAF (ret), is a Business Development Principal for Advanced Programs with Lockheed Martin Space. 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 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 US Embassy, Australia. A 1975 US Air Force Academy graduate, he holds Masters 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.
Mr. Fred W. Gaudlip joined Kratos|RT Logic in July of 2017 and is responsible for formulating the advanced programs business strategy. His responsibilities include; customer relations, strategic planning, Internal Research and Development planning, marketing, pipeline creation/management, business case assessment, capture plan creation/execution, teaming, and proposal production. As a military officer, Fred led multiple organizations and managed budgets in excess of $100M. Fred earned a B.S. in Human Factors Engineering from the US Air Force Academy, a M.A. in International Relations from Creighton University, and a M.A. in Military Arts and Sciences from the School of Advanced Airpower Studies, Air University.
Shelli Brunswick, as Chief Operating Officer for the Space Foundation, she serves as a corporate officer, and is responsible for Space Foundation operations, facilities, processes and personnel. Functions reporting to her include education, philanthropy, marketing and communication, operations, human resources and administration, customer service, information technology, facilities, maintenance, security and assurance. She has primary responsibility for: Space Foundation headquarters; the Space Foundation Discovery Center; Washington, D.C., Operations; operational management of the annual Space Symposium, Space Technology & Investment Forum and the Faga Forum on Space Intelligence. Brunswick joined the Space Foundation in 2015 after a distinguished career as an acquisition and program management professional for the United States Air Force, and finished her career as a key leader within the Air Force Congressional Liaison office working both within the Pentagon and on Capitol Hill. She was Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) certified in Program Management Level III, Financial Manager Level II, and a certified Space Professional Level III by the United States Air Force Space Professional Functional Authority. Brunswick is the Chair of Women in Aerospace (WIA). She is dedicated to increasing the leadership capabilities and visibility in the aerospace community. Also, she serves on the board of directors for both the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Council and for the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) Rocky Mountain Chapter, and she is a member of the Southern California Aerospace Council. Brunswick graduated summa cum laude from the University of Southern Colorado with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, and earned a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix. She is a Certified Project Management Professional through Project Management Institute, and was a Professor of Acquisition Management at Defense Acquisition University.
Karri Palmetier brings more than two decades of experience in government contracting and aerospace and defense industries. She started her career as a U.S. Air Force judge advocate where she supported major defense programs, base operational contracting, and international and joint war operations. Karri gained additional breadth working in a major D.C. law firm on a variety of government contracting matters. Karri then joined the in-house legal department at United Launch Alliance where she supported multiple issues across the company, including major government and commercial contracts, business system compliance, Freedom of Information Act, subcontract administration, and major litigation. Before establishing her own practice, Karri acted as the Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel for Special Aerospace Services, a certified 8(a) woman-owned small business. She uses her unique and diverse background to advise companies on all aspects of government contracting, including translating and simplify the world of government contracts.
Steve Prebeck is currently the Operations Manager for Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services in Colorado Springs. He formerly served in the Air Force for 26 years. He is a life member of the Air Force Association and a member of MOAA and is a certified Project Management Professional with the Project Management Institute since 2006. He has served on the NDIA Rocky Mountain Chapter’s Board of Directors for the past 2 years.
Hank Scarangella is serving his second term as a Rocky Mountain Chapter Board member. He co-chairs the Brown Bag forum with Space Command’s A5 and will organize the 2015 Executive Forum. He was the chairman for the 2011 NDIA Ball. Hank is the Air Force Client Executive for AT&T and is responsible for everything AT&T provides the Air Force – professional services, wireline and mobility services. He retired from the Army and joined the systems engineering firm GRCI, which was acquired by AT&T in 2000. He is an active AFA member, volunteers at the Garden of the Gods and is a City Council appointee to the Parks Advisory Board.
Greg Schiller is currently supporting Strategic Planning and Business Development at United Launch Alliance. He also manages ULA’s IR&D portfolio. He formerly served in the Air Force for 20 years. He is the RM NDIA Ball Committee chairman this year and was last year’s program lead. He is currently completing his first term as an NDIA Board member.
Dave Shiller is currently in a corporate Business Development position at Lockheed Martin. Prior to joining Lockheed Martin in April, 2014, he spent 13 years at Booz Allen Hamilton as their AFSPC market lead. He is a retired Colonel with 21 years of service. Dave has served 2 terms on the NDIA Board, as well as VP of Scholarships and STEM. Dave is also a lifetime AFA member, where he is concluding his term as the local AFA chapter president and state Vice President. He is additionally a MOAA and MAC member, and he is active with the Regional Business Alliance.
Jeff Kelly joined NDIA as the membership support services committee lead in June of 2014. Jeff works for TEKsystems Government Services as an Account Executive supporting the Colorado Springs market and has been in that role since September of 2010 His main area of focus is IT talent management within Network Infrastructure and Security skill sets specific to the Department of Defense and United States Air Force.
Charles P. “Chuck” Zimkas, Jr., retired as President of the Space Foundation after completing a distinguished 27 year career with the organization. He had played a key role in the continued success of the annual Space Symposium, and in the relocation of the Space Foundation to its current world headquarters, and the creation of the Space Foundation Discovery Center. Previously, he served more than 26 years in the United States Air Force, during which he was selected as one of the Twelve Outstanding Airmen of the Year, as senior enlisted advisor for the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and the first Air Force Space Command senior enlisted advisor. After Zimkas’ retirement, Air Force Space Command dedicated its Enlisted Heritage Room in his honor. He was also named the 2013 recipient of the NDIA General James V. Hartinger Award.
Keith Watkins is currently responsible for Infrastructure and IT at Boecore, Inc., a Woman-Owned Small Business. Prior to joining Boecore in February 2013, he spent 14 years at SAIC as their Assistant Vice President for Program Management. Prior to retiring from the Navy with 21 years of service, Keith was Deputy CIO for Navy Logistics. Keith is in his 3rd term serving on the NDIA Board of Directors. Currently he is supporting the Finance Audit committee. He has been active in both the STEM scholarship committees and the Hartinger Trophy awards committee. In 2008, Keith co-chaired the team assigned to recommend ways Government and Industry can work together more effectively in contracting. In addition to working with NDIA, Keith was the Woodland Park representative to the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments Advisory Committee and is a member of MOAA.
Norm Andersson is a business owner and CEO of Veteran Engineering and Technology LLC, a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business that provides IT system engineering support to government and commercial clients. VET employs 75 people in 6 states. He served in the Army and Army Reserve for 36 years retiring as a brigadier general and deputy commanding general of Fort Carson. He has served on numerous boards and is the past president of several local organizations including the Pikes Peak MOAA chapter, the Pikes Peak Chapter of AUSA, and the Pikes Peak Club.
Wesley 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 currently serves as a Board member on the National Homeland Defense Foundation, the Peak Military Care Network, and the Colorado Springs Military Affairs Council. He is a recipient of the NDIA Rocky Mountain Chapter’s Hartinger Award, and of the NDIA’s Gold Medal.
Ed Baron is a Director at Braxton Technologies, LLC (A small business headquartered in Colorado Springs) focused on software development for C2 systems, simulators and cross domain solutions. He formerly served in the Air Force for 25 years retiring in 2012. He is a member of ION, AFA, NDIA, and the MAC and serves on the Board for Speed Track & Field. He is currently completing his first term as an NDIA Board member.
Jeff Benesh is currently the Director of Operations for Summit Technical Solutions, LLC (Small, Disadvantaged, Woman Owned, Veteran Owned Business). Jeff served in the Air Force for 20 years before entering the National Defense Industry arena in 2002. He actively supports NDIA STEM and Scholarship programs. He is also a member of AFA, AFCEA, and AUSA. Jeff brings a mix of Community Involvement, National Defense Industry Experience, and Military Service. He is the proud father of 4 including a USAFROTC Cadet. He is currently completing his first term as an NDIA Board member.
Brig. Gen. (Retired) Cary C. Chun is ASRC Federal’s Senior Vice President and General Manager for Defense Programs. He retired from the U.S. Air Force in 2012 as the Director of Mission Operations for the National Reconnaissance Office and the Deputy Commander, Joint Functional Component Command for Space at U.S. Strategic Command. He commanded the 50th Space Wing, Schriever Air Force Base, CO and the Space Operations Wing at the Aerospace Data Facility, Buckley Air Force Base, CO. He also served as the Director of Space Forces while deployed to Southwest Asia for Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. He is a 1985 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy.