About Me

I retired from federal service on September 30th 2006, but remain very much committed to public service. My personal philosophy entails helping others to succeed; and that attitude is brought to every endeavor I undertake.

I have been an active member of Federal Executive Institute’s Alumni Association since graduating from the Federal Executive Institute in July 2005. I was elected to the FEIAA Board of Directors in 2008 and participate as co-chair of the Membership Committee and try to enable FEIAA members to extend their professional networks and to solicit membership among FEI graduates.

My public service background includes an appointment to the Senior Executive Service as an Assistant Administrator within the Transportation Security Administration. I am a seasoned transportation and homeland security professional with over twenty years of federal regulatory work including travel to over fifty countries. My experience includes directing large organizations including oversight of one thousand transportation security inspectors with responsibility for implementation of key security projects.

These projects included establishing a partnership with Department of State for handling foreign dignitaries transiting through U.S. airports; leading the effort to automate aircraft crew vetting for flights entering and departing the country; forming a Compliance Advisory Group resulting in a mechanism to create a common set of expectations between the regulated parties and our inspection staff; and initiating a change to the regulatory philosophy of the TSA that emphasized a collaborative approach to achieving compliance with federal regulations. My prior military service included command of a US Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal Detachment. I was awarded TSA’s Gold Leadership Award, the highest agency recognition in both 2003 and 2004.

Following my retirement from the civil service, I worked as the Director of Federal Services for SM Consulting and as a Program Director for Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). In October 2008, I took a leave of absence from SAIC to accept a temporary appointment to the US State Department as a Transportation Security Advisor to assist in the Government of Iraq’s efforts to rejuvenate its international civil aviation links which had been moribund since July 1990. This has given me the opportunity to work with and assist Iraqi officials from the Iraqi Civil Aviation Authority, Iraqi Airways, and coalition military personnel contributing to the rebuilding effort and many non-profit organizations and companies seeking to energize Iraq’s economy.