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Jim Painter
Executive Vice President 
Northrop Grumman
Tim Lemons
Riverside Research
Richard “Doc” Klodnicki
Summit Technical Solutions, LLC
Board Members

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.

Kevin “Morty” Mortensen is currently a National Security Space Programs Business Development Associate for Universal Space Network.  He formerly served in the Air Force for over 29 years as an enlisted member (MSgt) and commissioned officer (Lt Col).  During Morty’s Air Force service, he served five assignments within the NDIA Rocky Mountain chapter geographical area.  In addition to his local national defense experience at Peterson AFB and Schriever AFB, Morty served twice in the Pentagon, in Washington D.C., and represented the Air Force on Capitol Hill for Space, Cyberspace, and ICBM programs.  Morty belongs to NDIA and has served as NDIA/RMC Coordinator for STEM Mentors and also on the 2014 NDIA Scholarship Selection Board.  He also a member of the AIAA-RM and serves as a council officer.  Within the past year Morty attended NDIA Mastering Business Development Workshop.

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.

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 
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.

Katie Hartinger joined NDIA as the communications committee lead in June of 2014. Katie works in Business Development for Aerotek Government Services supporting the southern Colorado market. Katie has been with Aerotek since June of 2010 and was raised in Colorado Springs.

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.