4th Bi-Annual Federal Government Education Symposium

December 01, 2022 | 9am – 6pm

December 06, 2022 | 9am – 1pm

December 08, 2022 | 10am -2pm

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About the Event

Thank you for your interest in the Fall 2022 4th Bi-Annual Federal Education Symposium! The schools represented in this event are all members of the Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) Federal Academic Alliance.

At this interactive virtual event, you will have the opportunity to meet representatives from each of the schools and attend panel discussions at no cost. Be sure to sign up for our Panel Discussion series to hear more from industry professionals on Workforce Health & Wellness, Diversity & Inclusion, Cybersecurity & Data Analytics and Leadership: Managing teams.


Federal employees and their families (spouses and dependents) Veterans in the federal government

Event Objectives:

Inform federal employees and their families about the benefits available through the Federal Academic Alliance Provide learning opportunities through forums and panel discussions Support career development for Federal employees Provide information for Federal employees to obtain college degrees/certificates and/or college credit Discuss mission-critical topics

About the Federal Academic Alliance

OPM created the Federal Academic Alliance in 2014 to assist the federal government in addressing critical skills gaps. Today, the alliance has grown to include 27 colleges and universities from across the country. Each of these schools offers benefits to federal employees, spouses, and dependents to advance their education.

For more information about the Federal Academic Alliance, please visit Federal Academic Alliance email: learninganddevelopment@opm.gov


12/1 - 09:00 am

Cybersecurity & Data Analytics

Join us for a panel discussion as we explore the fundamentals of cybersecurity and data analytics. We will discuss how these two career paths intersect and answer questions about when, or if, it is too late to change your career and whether or not you have the right skillset. What else might you need to be successful in these areas? We hope you will join us to find out!

Terry Roberts CEO & President WhiteHawk

Rosemont College

Terry Roberts has established the first Cybersecurity Online Exchange - enabling all businesses (especially mid- sized and small companies) to have continuous online access to tailored learning, smart buying, and connections to the best products, services, insights, and trends industry wide. Previously, Terry was the TASC Vice President for Cyber Engineering and Analytics, running all Cyber/IT, Financial, and Business Analytics cross cutting, innovative technical services. Prior to TASC, Terry was the Executive Director of the Carnegie Mellon, Software Engineering Institute, leading the technical body of work for the entire US Interagency, with a special focus on leveraging and transitioning commercial innovation and acquisition excellence to government programs and capabilities, and establishing the Emerging Technologies Center and Cyber Intelligence Consortium. Before transitioning to industry in 2009, Terry Roberts was the Deputy Director of Naval Intelligence (DDNI), where she led, together with the Director of Naval Intelligence, more than 20,000 intelligence and information-warfare military and civilian professionals and managed more than $5 billion in resources, technologies, and programs globally. She helped lead the initial approach for the merging of Naval Communications and Intelligence under the OPNAV N2/N6 and the creation of the Information Dominance Corps. Prior to being the Navy DDNI, Terry Roberts served as the Director of Requirements and Resources for the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence (USDI), spearheading the creation and implementation of the Military Intelligence Program (MIP), in partnership with the Director of National Intelligence, the Services, the Combat Support Agencies, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD). An intelligence professional for over 30 years, Terry has held many senior intelligence positions, including Director of Intelligence, Commander Naval Forces Europe and Commander-in-Chief NATO AFSOUTH; Director, Defense Intelligence Resource Management Office (manager of the General Defense Intelligence Program); Director, Naval Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) Scientific and Technical Intelligence (S&TI) analysis at the Office of Naval Intelligence; special assistant to the Associate Director of Central Intelligence for Military Support, and the Chief of Staff for the Director Military Intelligence Staff. In addition, Terry has directed, conducted, and enabled intelligence operations globally, with much of this work being focused on the requirements, planning, and implementation of intelligence and communications technologies, software, and architectures. Terry Roberts is the Chair Emeritus of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA) Cyber Council since 2010, a Member of the AFCEA Intelligence Committee since 2008, on the Naval Intelligence Professionals (NIP) Board of Directors, a Cyber Fellow at New America (non-partisan think tank), and a member of the US Naval Academy Cyber Education Advisory Board of Directors since 2010. Terry’s personal awards include the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service; the Navy Senior Civilian Award of Distinction, the NGA Personal Medallion for Excellence; the Coast Guard Distinguished Public Service Award; the Director of Central Intelligence National Intelligence Certificate of Distinction; the National Intelligence Reform Medal; and the National Intelligence Meritorious Unit Citation.

Dr. Helen Barker


Dr. Helen G. Barker serves as Department Chair of Cybersecurity. Before joining UMGC in 2020, Dr. Barker spent 18 years with Capitol Technology University. Prior to her roles in education Dr. Barker worked for 15 years in the private sector as a management analyst and resource training specialist in the distribution industry in Washington, DC and 5 years as a researcher with Virginia Tech working in child welfare and economic development analysis. Dr. Barker achieved an M.S.B.A., M.S. Information & Telecommunication Systems Management, and doctoral work in public policy and administration. She received her doctorate in Organizational Leadership. Areas of research interest are wide-ranging covering topics in cyber and cyber’s connection to other disciplines."

Dr. Christian Sonnenberg

Florida Institute of Technology (Nathan M. Bisk College of Business)

Christian Sonnenberg is the Associate Dean of Online & Off-Campus Programs and an Associate Professor in Information Systems at the Nathan M. Bisk College of Business at Florida Institute of Technology. He earned his doctorate in Computer Science from Florida Tech with a research focus in human-computer interaction (HCI), accessibility, and usability. As Associate Dean, Dr. Sonnenberg helped launch new degree programs in the fields of Cybersecurity, Enterprise Resource Planning, Database Administration, and Project Management. Dr. Sonnenberg also manages the Nathan M. Bisk College of Business Student Innovation Challenge, a series of product prototyping, technology integration, and student enrichment experiences culminating in a business plan competition. Previously, Dr. Sonnenberg worked as a software engineer for Harris Corporation Government Communications Systems Division (GCSD) in Melbourne, FL. While there, he was involved in a number of technology domains including directional wireless networks, cellular interrogation systems, and satellite image processing applications.

Mathew Trampski, Executive Director, TAP & cyberTAP, Purdue University

Purdue University

Mat Trampski joined the Purdue Technical Assistance Program in 2013. Mat's responsibilities include directing and managing large-scale industry partnerships, directing cyberTAP activities, directing a team focused on business and technical systems, and executing a number of industry-sponsored programs.

Mat started his career in the Washington D.C. metro area as systems analyst with Lockheed Martin. After Lockheed Martin, Mat also worked with General Dynamics, Advanced Systems Development Inc., and Blackbird Technologies. During his time with these companies, Mat supported several federal agencies including The National Reconnaissance Office, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, The Immediate Office of the Secretary of Defense, and other DoD and intelligence agencies.

Mat received a B.S from Purdue University in Computer Technology - Telecommunication & Networking Technology and completed his graduate studies with Purdue University Global, receiving his M.S. in Higher Education Administration. Mat's areas of interest include cybersecurity, cyber-physical systems, enterprise information technology, and education.

Drew Malloy

Technical Director, Cyber Development Directorate

Andrew Malloy serves as the Technical Director of the Cyber Development Directorate at DISA. In this role, he is responsible for the development of all cybersecurity tools and strategies for the agency to include Perimeter, Endpoint, JRSS, Cyber Situational Awareness, ICAM, PKI and Zero Trust portfolios. His primary focus is getting functionality into the hands of end users as fast as possible to better support mission requirements, and he advocates for new ways of doing business for secure system development.

Previously he served as the Technical Director of the Services Development Directorate where he was responsible for the strategic direction of Unified Capabilities, Command and Control, DevSecOps, and Business Systems capabilities for DISA and the DoD Enterprise. He has been with the agency since 2009 serving in several technical and programmatic roles.

Prior to joining DISA, Mr. Malloy worked at the Naval Research Laboratory in the Tactical Electronic Warfare Division supporting Counter IED Modeling & Simulation. He is a graduate of the Catholic University of America and George Washington University, and is Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) Level III certified.

12/1 - 10:00 am

Leadership: Managing Teams 

Leading teams in an organization in the best of times can be a challenge; having members of five generations does not make the job any easier. From leading teams to developing individual contributors, how are organizations maximizing their talent base? In this lively interactive discussion, our panelists will share challenges and best practices their organizations use to create leadership opportunities for a multigenerational workforce

Dr. Barbara Lesniak

Southern New Hampshire University

Dr. Barb Lesniak is Senior Associate Dean for SNHU’s Social Sciences program, managing the deans who oversee individual disciplines. Prior to her career in academia, she worked in the Human Resources field, developing and delivering training programs in person and online for a global audience. She also spent a decade as a counselor in clinical and online settings. Barb was instrumental in the redevelopment of SNHU’s BA.PSY program, ensuring that career connections and emotional intelligence skills were woven throughout the core classes.

Marvin Meissner

Villanova University - College of Professional Studies

Marvin Meissner - Professor of the Practice - Villanova University - College of Professional Studies - Marv Meissner is a Quality and Training Executive with nearly 40 years’ corporate experience in leadership roles within manufacturing, transactional, and administrative environments,. Marv possesses a strong background with specialties in: Leadership, Lean Six Sigma, Total Quality, Continuous Improvement, Change Management, and Training In Villanova University’s College of Professional Studies, Marv is a Professor of the Practice who teaches within both the credit and non-credit programs, as well as providing customized training for corporations. Credit courses include a number of different leadership and organizational development and management courses. Non-credit courses are focused in the Lean Six Sigma program area. Marv earned a Bachelor Degree in Chemical Engineering from Clarkson University and a Master’s in Business Administration from Syracuse University.

Douglas Craddock Jr., PhD

University of Louisville

B.S. The University of Alabama in Management Information Systems
M.Eng. The University of Alabama Birmingham in Engineering Management
Ph.D. The University of Alabama in Higher Education Administration

Dr. Douglas Craddock, Jr. serves as the Interim Vice President for Community Engagement/External Affairs & Chief of Staff for Executive Vice President & Provost at the University of Louisville. He received his doctoral degree from the University of Alabama in Higher Education and Administration.

Dr. Craddock area of expertise is diversity, equity & inclusion, organization & administration, and community engagement. He has a passion for helping organizations and communities uncover practices, processes, and procedures that illuminate and elevate how individuals, teams, and groups can more effectively work together. In addition, collegiate athletics and Historically Black Colleges and Universities focusing on varying administration and leadership models that exist across the spectrum of programs and institutions.

Dr. Craddock enjoys spending time with his wife, Bre and daughter, Zoë (Zoey), playing sports and volunteering in the community. He is an advocate and supporter in the idea of “lift as you climb” to help in areas of education and social mobility.

MODERATOR: Melvin Brown II

US Office of Personnel Management

Proactive Senior Executive Service (SES) leader, industry award winning information technology (IT) professional, community leader and creator of industry best practices. A proven track record of providing full oversight direction for strategic planning and business leadership for large, geographically separated organizations, hundreds of employees and multi-million dollar operating budgets. Develop policy and regulatory compliance. A sought after government leader in building collaborative IT networks and leading IT consolidations and migrations that reduce duplications and creating policies for removing financial material weaknesses.

Drew Malloy

Technical Director, Cyber Development Directorate

Andrew Malloy serves as the Technical Director of the Cyber Development Directorate at DISA. In this role, he is responsible for the development of all cybersecurity tools and strategies for the agency to include Perimeter, Endpoint, JRSS, Cyber Situational Awareness, ICAM, PKI and Zero Trust portfolios. His primary focus is getting functionality into the hands of end users as fast as possible to better support mission requirements, and he advocates for new ways of doing business for secure system development.

Previously he served as the Technical Director of the Services Development Directorate where he was responsible for the strategic direction of Unified Capabilities, Command and Control, DevSecOps, and Business Systems capabilities for DISA and the DoD Enterprise. He has been with the agency since 2009 serving in several technical and programmatic roles.

Prior to joining DISA, Mr. Malloy worked at the Naval Research Laboratory in the Tactical Electronic Warfare Division supporting Counter IED Modeling & Simulation. He is a graduate of the Catholic University of America and George Washington University, and is Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) Level III certified.

12/1 - 11:00 am

Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) is a key for increasing employee engagement and there is a connection between DEIA practices, and employee engagement and retention. Workplaces with highly engaged employees represent a significant competitive advantage. Engaged employees are more productive, remain employed with the organization, experience more positive emotions, and have less absenteeism. Overall, engaged employees contribute to better customer service, quality, profits, productivity, and reduced employee turnover. Although, employee engagement is highly desired, unfortunately, only about a third of employees are engaged in their workplace. According to a Gallup study, this is an increase over the employee engagement figures reported in the prior three years. About half of U.S. employees are not engaged, and even worse, 17% are actively disengaged. Engagement Institute researchers in 2017 estimated the cost of employee disengagement to be as much as $550 billion a year.

Denita Wright Watson

Penn State University

Denita Wright Watson is the assoc. director of equity, inclusion, and advocacy for Penn State World Campus Student Affairs. For over 25 years, she has served diverse populations of students from pre-school through graduate school by fostering inclusive learning environments and promoting equitable access to education and social services.

Rozmina Jaffer, PhD

Michigan State University

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Dr. Jennifer R. Jewell

Columbia College

Dr. Jennifer R. Jewell, Ph.D., LCSW (KY), MSW- Dr. Jennifer R. Jewell serves as the Dean of the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at Columbia College in Missouri. Dr. Jewell has been a public servant for over two decades, organizingaround economic human rights and racial justice issues, providing mental health counseling, teaching social workers at the collegiate level, and serving as an academic leader.

Daniel Pascoe Aguilar, PhD, MDiv

Excelsior University

Daniel Pascoe Aguilar, PhD, MDiv, is passionate about problem solving and collaborating with students, alums, higher education communities, and community organizations on meaningful partnerships and innovative strategies for the development of a diverse, purpose-driven, interculturally sensitive, and systemic-challenge-ready next generation of leaders. Currently, Daniel is Excelsior University’s CDO & founding director of the Center for Social Justice, where he is co-leading the inception of a JEDI (justice, equity, diversity and inclusion) agenda based on a systemic approach to DEI and Social Justice organizational development with the goal of facilitating Excelsior’s becoming a Multicultural Organization through the operationalization of 7 key engagement and impact strategies mapped through a maturity model. Right before this role, Daniel served as associate provost for immersive learning and career design at Drew University in the New York City larger metropolitan area, where he led Launch, a comprehensive, equitable approach to undergraduate education designed to facilitate all Drew University students’ identification of their purpose, their preparation for their careers, and their contribution to their communities and/or the world. Prior to his tenure at Drew, Daniel served as executive director of Career Services at Ithaca College, director of the University of Oregon Career Center, director of Career Services at Seattle University, director of alum career services and associate director of employer relations at the University of North Texas, senior associate director and chair of career courses at Indiana University, director of the crisis center for homeless families of the SF County, and minister in diverse religious organizations in México and the US. Daniel has completed 3 graduate degrees in the US: a PhD in Educational Systems from IU, a Master of Divinity from Palmer Theological Seminary, and an MS in Education from IU, as well as a BA in Industrial Design from Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana in México. For the last 12 years, he has offered consulting, speaking and training services to universities, their career centers, and community organizations on the preparation of the next generation of leaders and the enhancement of the diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice of our work. He has also been a song writer, a classical pop and oratorio/opera singer, and a recording artist throughout his life, including the publication of 10 albums. In 2014, Daniel received the UO Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Award and, in 2016, the UO Student Employment Enhancement program he founded and led earned the One Oregon Award. Throughout the last few years, he has had the opportunity to serve as founder and chair of the Capital Region JEDI Leadership Consortium and as chair of the UO Division of Student Life Multicultural Organization Development initiative, as co-chair of the global Future Talent Council DEI Think Tank and the DU Committee on Reimagining Undergraduate Education, as faculty of the Career Services Institute, in addition to founder and chair of the IC Experiential Learning Alliance, the UO and IC Student Employment Enhancement initiatives, the UOAdvantage Design Team, and the UO International Student Career Alliance. He is also a current member of the Forbes Nonprofit Council, a mentor of the AAC&U Curriculum to Career Institute, and a recent member of the NACE Strategic Positioning Taskforce.

Drew Malloy

Technical Director, Cyber Development Directorate

Andrew Malloy serves as the Technical Director of the Cyber Development Directorate at DISA. In this role, he is responsible for the development of all cybersecurity tools and strategies for the agency to include Perimeter, Endpoint, JRSS, Cyber Situational Awareness, ICAM, PKI and Zero Trust portfolios. His primary focus is getting functionality into the hands of end users as fast as possible to better support mission requirements, and he advocates for new ways of doing business for secure system development.

Previously he served as the Technical Director of the Services Development Directorate where he was responsible for the strategic direction of Unified Capabilities, Command and Control, DevSecOps, and Business Systems capabilities for DISA and the DoD Enterprise. He has been with the agency since 2009 serving in several technical and programmatic roles.

Prior to joining DISA, Mr. Malloy worked at the Naval Research Laboratory in the Tactical Electronic Warfare Division supporting Counter IED Modeling & Simulation. He is a graduate of the Catholic University of America and George Washington University, and is Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) Level III certified.

12/1 - 12:00 pm

Workforce Health and Wellness

Join us for a panel discussion as we explore a Sense of Life Control. With the many life changes in the past few years, it has been more important to know your Emotional Wellbeing. This panel will cover subjects around the idea of Emotional Wellbeing including: Mindfulness, Social Connections, Networking and Support , Spiritual & Environmental Factors. We will also explore the importance of Resilience and Laughter in today's world.

Jodi Johnson, MBA, PHR

Deputy Chief Human Resources Officer

Jodi Johnson has been in the Human Resources realm for over 20 years spanning in both Corporate America and Higher Education. She currently holds the position of Deputy Chief Human Resources Officer for Columbia College. Ms. Johnson has a MBA as well as professional certifications in Human Resources. She is a member and has served on the board for several years for the Missouri Colleges and Universities Professional Association for Human Resources (MCUPA-HR). Ms. Johnson has knowledge of various states laws pertaining to Human Resources as Columbia College has employees throughout the country. She has built relationships with employees at all levels of the organizations that she’s worked in and is able to deliver difficult messages when needed. Ms. Johnson has worked in most all aspects of Human Resources, including Employee Relations, Recruitment, Retention, Onboarding and Off Boarding, Payroll, Benefits Administration, Wellness, HR Laws, Compliance and Training.

Dr. Rebecca Zolotor

Purdue Global

Dr. Rebecca C. Zolotor currently serves as the Interim Dean for the School of Health Sciences at Purdue University Global. Her career in higher education includes holding faculty, department chair, and associate dean positions nationally and abroad. Prior professional experience includes key management positions in the pharmaceutical industry, conducting bench research, coordinating research trials, and practicing pharmacy in hospitals, pharmacies, and insurance companies.

Dr. Zolotor serves as a textbook and multimedia reviewer for several major publishing companies and is a peer reviewer for medical journals. Additionally, she serves as a Peer Corps Reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission.

She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy from Nova Southeastern University, Master of Science in Nutritional Science from the University of Connecticut, Lean Green Belt certificate, and certificates in Teaching English as a Foreign Language and Teaching Business English.

Dr. Ruth Zaplin

Senior Executive-in-Residence, Department of Public Administration & Policy, American University

Dr. Ruth Zaplin is a Senior Executive-in-Residence in the School of Public Affairs, Department of Public Administration & Policy (DPAP) at American University. She teaches courses in leadership, organizational analysis, coaching for performance, managing conflict, and ethics and designs developmentally oriented leadership programs for DPAP’S Key Executive Leadership Programs designed to develop leaders to lead in complexity. She also serves as the Director of Executive Coaching for Key Executive Leadership Programs. Dr. Zaplin teaches mindfulness practices—designed to foster employee engagement, wellness, and productivity—to hundreds of leaders across the federal government. She holds a DPA, MPA, MA, and BA. She is certified as a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) by the International Coach Federation and as a Growth Edge Coach by Cultivating Leadership.

Jina Bacchus

University of Maryland, Baltimore, Human Resources

Jina Bacchus, MPH

Wellness and Work Life Manager University of Maryland, Baltimore

Jina Bacchus joined the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) in September 2013 as a subject matter expert in wellness and health promotion. Her responsibilities include developing wellness programs and promoting work life initiatives to the employees of UMB. She has a passion for health, fitness, and nutrition, mental well-being and devotes her time to motivate individuals with health needs.

Jina has also worked as the the wellness program coordinator for Adventist Risk Management, Inc. and was responsible for overseeing a wellness program for 10,000 employees in the North America Division. She also had the pleasure of health coaching at Healthy Howard serving the underserved population in Howard County. She has spent over 15 years in the fitness and wellness industry and her expertise garnered her much support in helping those who desired to lead a healthy lifestyle.

Jina attended Southern Adventist University from 1997-2002 and earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree in corporate wellness management. She participated in Campus Ministries at Southern as the student wellness director and had an opportunity to coordinate campus blood drives, social wellness events, and fitness programs. She furthered her education and pursued her Master’s in Public Health with an emphasis in health promotion and health education at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. While she attended graduate school, she worked part-time at L & T Health and Fitness as a fitness assistant at fitness facilities in governmental and corporate wellness centers that allowed her to gain more experience with health promotion.

She enjoys spending her time outdoors, cooking vegetarian dishes, practicing the piano, and singing."


Diversity and Inclusion - Moderator

Mika Cross is a Transformation Workplace Strategist and Government Workplace Expert who has designed award-winning, innovative work-life and wellness programs across the U.S. Government and private industry. She is also an Army veteran and has also worked as a career civil servant throughout the U.S. Intelligence Community, the U.S. Department of Labor, the Office of Personnel Management and the US Department of Agriculture, before working as the Vice President of Employer Engagement at the fully remote company, FlexJobs. Mika was called to testify as an expert on the Future of Federal Work for the Senate Oversight and Reform Committee Hearing, last December, to share her recommendations for the federal workplace post-pandemic, and she is here to help us navigate the Changing World of Work and what we can learn now to apply in the future.

Drew Malloy

Technical Director, Cyber Development Directorate

Andrew Malloy serves as the Technical Director of the Cyber Development Directorate at DISA. In this role, he is responsible for the development of all cybersecurity tools and strategies for the agency to include Perimeter, Endpoint, JRSS, Cyber Situational Awareness, ICAM, PKI and Zero Trust portfolios. His primary focus is getting functionality into the hands of end users as fast as possible to better support mission requirements, and he advocates for new ways of doing business for secure system development.

Previously he served as the Technical Director of the Services Development Directorate where he was responsible for the strategic direction of Unified Capabilities, Command and Control, DevSecOps, and Business Systems capabilities for DISA and the DoD Enterprise. He has been with the agency since 2009 serving in several technical and programmatic roles.

Prior to joining DISA, Mr. Malloy worked at the Naval Research Laboratory in the Tactical Electronic Warfare Division supporting Counter IED Modeling & Simulation. He is a graduate of the Catholic University of America and George Washington University, and is Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) Level III certified.

12/6 09:00 am

Cybersecurity and Data Analytics

The increasingly digital dependent society makes the need for cybersecurity and data analytics essential to large and small organizations cross to country and globally. Where do cyber security and data analytics converge and how are they distinct? Learn how a workforce of credentialed and skilled professionals will equipped your agency to stand safely in a hostile electronic landscape, while turning big data into productive strategies that help you thrive.

Dr. Thomas Heverin

College of Computing and Informatics, Drexel University

Dr. Thomas Heverin serves as an Associate Teaching Professor in the Computing Security and Technology (CST) program at Drexel University. He also serves as the Associate Department Head for the Information Science (IS) Department. He teaches classes in ethical hacking, intrusion detection systems, network forensics, cloud security, security policies, and cybersecurity. Prior to working at Drexel, Dr. Heverin led research efforts for the U.S. Navy in developing a data analytics tool that uses AI techniques to examine cyber risk across Navy ships systems. He has also published on using ontology modeling in ethical hacking of industrial control systems (ICSs). Thomas also leads Drexel's National Science Foundation (NSF) CyberCorps Scholarship grant. Outside of his Drexel work, Thomas contributes to increasing the gender-diversity of the cybersecurity workforce by teaching middle-school and high-school girls in ethical hacking.

Dr. Bhupesh Shetty

Drexel University, College of Computing and Informatics

Dr. Bhupesh Shetty is an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Information Science Department in Drexel University. He is also the program director of the MSDS program in Drexel. His research interests include process pattern mining, data mining, operations management, sports analytics, and machine learning and applications. His teaching interests include data science, quantitative methods, operations management, business process analysis, optimization and simulation modeling, business analytics, and knowledge discovery. Shetty brings extensive industry experience in the engineering field, having worked with multinational corporation ABB Ltd. for six years. He earned a PhD in Management Sciences and MBA in Process Operations and Excellence from University of Iowa, and a BE in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the National Institute of Technology.

Dr. Sérgio Tenreiro de Magalhães

Champlain College

Dr. Sérgio Tenreiro de Magalhães holds a PhD in Information Systems and Technologies in the field of cybersecurity, and is currently Associate Professor and Department Chair of Cybersecurity at Champlain College, serving as Program Director for the undergraduate degrees in cybersecurity and in Software Development, and for the Master of Science in Digital Forensics. His experience includes academia and industry experience. Prior to Champlain College, Sergio had managerial responsibilities in several corporations, as well as consulting roles; and served as faculty member in several colleges, including the Catholic University of Portugal, where he coordinated the B.S. in IT and the graduate certificate in Information Security. His research interests include information security, intelligence, and information warfare. He was a researcher in several projects, including the “Security in the Armed Forces Data Distribution Network”, promoted by the Ministry of Defense of Portugal, and he was an academic member of the NATO Multinacional Cyber Defense Education and Training Project. He is a member of the Editorial Committee of the International Journal of Electronic Security and Digital Forensics, participates in the scientific committee of several international conferences, and regularly serves as reviewer for multiple scientific journals. Sergio has published a book on the viability, requirements and implementations of behavioral biometric technologies, authored several book chapters, and published more than 60 papers in security related topics, both in international journals and in peer reviewed conference proceedings, being cited almost 700 times. When he is not working, Sergio enjoys woodcarving, following the investment markets, reading, and assembling jigsaw puzzles.

Dr. John Ebert

Saint Mary's University of Minnesota

Dr. John Ebert, Ed.D is a core professor and program director at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and directs the M.S. in Data Intelligence and GeoAnalytics (DIGA) and M.S. in Cybersecurity programs. He also oversees the GIS Certificate and Data Engineering Certificate programs as well as the Cybersecurity Management and Cybersecurity Technology Certificate Programs. He has worked in higher education for almost 20 years in technology, data, and business-related fields and serves as an appointed Land Information Committee member in local government. Prior to his time at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, he worked in local government IT management and geospatial technology overseeing the land conservation and land information departments. He also collaborates with local communities and organizations, such as the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN and has presented research at Google Headquarters as well as the MN GIS/LIS Consortium and Mid-West GeoCON. He has written grants in excess of $500,000 in his professional career spanning conservation initiatives and IT/technology research. He is responsible for program administration and technology assessment, curriculum / instructional design, online and blended instruction, developing small-project contracts, fiscal monitoring, grant/research and administration, program accreditation maintenance, student advising/research, and facilitating and teaching learning objectives in the fields of analytics, cybersecurity, data science, data engineering, and technology. He also recently served in a cybersecurity panel hosted by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. Dr. Ebert possesses a rich background in science and technology and is experienced with research, grant writing, and analytics. He is also involved with local community engagements including having recently served in multi-year appointments with Buffalo County Land Information Committee (LIC) overseeing technology implementation, leads presentations for local area community sessions including the Winona Area Learning Club, collaborator with Mayo Clinic, City of Rochester, LaSallian Research Symposium, GIS/LIS Consortium, Cybersecurity Data Connectors, involved with numerous small communities in the area serving as sounding board and small-scale technology work/presentations. Dr. Ebert holds a Bachelor of Science in Hydrogeology from Winona State University, a Master of Science in Resource Analysis from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, and a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.

Douglas Rausch

Bellevue University

Douglas Rausch, Director, Center for Cybersecurity Education, Maenner Endowed Chair Associate Professor Douglas Rausch, is the Maenner Endowed Chair, Director of the Center for Cybersecurity Education, and the Program Director for the Undergraduate and Graduate Cybersecurity programs at Bellevue University, NE, a NSA National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense. He teaches multiple courses in both the undergraduate and graduate programs in security architecture, cryptography, governance/risk/compliance, and penetration testing. He retired in 2013 as a Colonel from the United States Air Force building more than 25 years’ experience as a communications and cyber operations officer leading risk management activities, assessing cybersecurity, and recommending cybersecurity policy and technologies for Department of Defense and Air Force terrestrial and space systems.

Moderator:Zulema Caldwell

B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University

Zulema Caldwell graduated with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University and a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland at College Park. She completed her Ph.D. in Information Technology with a specialization in Computer Information Security at Capella University. She was the former owner and lead technical partner for a defense contracting company. Zulema currently serves as a technical director within the Department of Defense. She is a certified computer information security specialist (CISSP), and she is currently an adjunct faculty member teaching graduate level cyber security management and governance at University of Maryland Global Campus

12/6 - 11:00 am

Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity, in terms of gender, gender identity, generation, race, ethnicity, mental, and physical ability has continued to increase over the past decade. For example, according to the Center for American Progress, the number of people of color continues to increase in the USA, and by 2050, there will not be a clear racial or ethnic majority. As the world continues to change, organizations must have diversity practices and processes that reflect the changing demographics. An organizational culture that provides a responsive environment that is respectful, inclusive, and accessible creates an environment where employees feel encouraged to interact with others, thereby, increasing the likelihood of engagement. This panel will share their organization’s successful “best practices & strategies” to engage, develop, and manage a diverse workforce.

Dr. Bea Bourne

Purdue University Global

Dr. Bea Bourne Professor & Senior Lead for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, Purdue University Global Bea Bourne is a full-time marketing faculty member at Purdue University Global. She currently teaches graduate marketing courses and is a member of the Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee. The majority of Bourne’s professional career was spent with AT&T, where she held a variety of leadership positions. Bea has been published in peer-reviewed journals and has presented at professional and academic conferences. bbourne@purdueglobal.edu www.linkedin.com/in/beabourne

Randy Whetstone, Jr., EdD

University of Louisville

Randy Whetstone, Jr., EdD
Co-Program Director OLL Clinical Assistant Professor Organizational Leadership & Learning Department of Educational Leadership, Evaluation, and Org. Development University of Louisville

He is a native of Louisville, KY where he attended the University of Louisville, earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Sport Administration. He holds a Master of Arts degree in Leadership from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Leadership, and a Doctor of Education degree in Leadership from Spalding University.

Dr. Randy Whetstone, Jr. is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the College of Education and Human Development. He is passionate about empowering people all around the globe. As a higher education professional, he strives to instill the necessary knowledge and tools into individuals to inspire them to reach their full potential. As an educator, he is responsible for equipping leaders (age range 18-70+) from multiple backgrounds and experiences with the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to lead any organization effectively and efficiently. His teaching areas and research interests include Diversity and Inclusion, Measuring Effectiveness, Antiracism, Community Engagement, and Conflict Management. He is on the board for the Center for Neighborhoods and is part of the Advisory Council for the Village School of Louisville.

Dr. Kendra Thomas

Southern New Hampshire University

Dr. Kendra Thomas was born and raised in Long Beach, California, but has deep roots in Louisiana, Arkansas, and Mexico. She is also a military veteran, having served 7 years in the U.S. Army and a military spouse of 21 years. Kendra has lived across the country, ranging from Hawaii to North Carolina, due to her military ties - her final home is in Florida with her husband and two boys, ages 8 and 20. She found her way into the world of higher education a decade ago as a director of career services and placement with one of Lawton/Fort Sill’s local colleges. As a Global Career Development Facilitator and Hawkeye Certified Veteran Development Coach, Dr. Thomas is passionate about finding solutions to support underserved and marginalized people. She accomplishes this goal by developing tools that provide awareness to enlighten and encourage others to persist along their life’s journeys

MODERATOR: Dr. La'Nissa Brown-Baker

Southern New Hampshire University

Experienced Senior Regulatory Scientist innovating efforts in the outreach, recruitment, retention, and professional development of STEM Professionals in a wide variety of fields and disciplines, including biologists, chemists, epidemiologists, nurses, pharmacists, pharmacologists, toxicologists, physicians, social or behavioral scientists, statisticians, veterinarians, engineers, and others at FDA. Oversight of the FDA Pathways Program to support internships, Student volunteers, Presidential Management Fellows and Recent Graduates at the Agency. Strategic planning and workforce development to support hiring. For more information, go to www.fda.gov/Scientificjobs

12/8 - 10:00 am

Leadership: Managing Teams

Identifying potential in your workforce presents an array of challenges that must be carefully addressed. How do you keep your rising star from leaving for the private sector or jumping to another agency? How do you keep them from getting lost in the shuffle and losing motivation? Should you promote the young star over the experienced veteran? Join us for a panel discussion to hear the answers to these questions, and more.

Dr. Albert Orbinati

Champlain College

Dr. Albert Orbinati is an Assistant Professor of Business Administration, and the Program Director for the Business Management and Human Resource Management programs at Champlain College. Prior to Champlain, Albert was Assistant Vice President of Online Learning and Continuing Education at Medaille College; Dean of the School of Professional and Continuing Education at Russell Sage College; and Director of Online and Non-Traditional Programs at Utica College. Since 2003, Albert has also been a member of the U.S. Military, and currently holds the rank of Major in the Vermont Air National Guard. Albert holds a B.A. in Urban Planning, an M.B.A., and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Adult and Postsecondary Education. Albert is a lifelong musician and has performed on the stages of Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. He enjoys live theater and the performing arts.

Lauren D’Innocenzo, Ph.D.

Drexel University

Lauren D'Innocenzo is an Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior at Drexel LeBow College of Business, a Provost Solutions Fellow, as well as a Senior Consortium Fellow for the Army Research Institute. Her research focuses on understanding team effectiveness by exploring compositional elements, contextual influences, as well as emergent team dynamics. Using an applied research approach, Lauren has worked with a number of Fortune 500, governmental agencies, and hospitals in a variety of capacities including data-driven research, executive education programs, interventions, executive reporting, and consulting. The current focus of Lauren’s research involves understanding the dynamics of team composition and effects on team leadership and performance. Her research has been published in leading peer-reviewed academic journals, including the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, and Journal of Management. Lauren holds a Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut and was named to Poets and Quants List of Best 40 Under 40 Professors.

Leah Sciabarrasi. PhD

Excelsior University

Leah Sciabarrasi, PhD, is the Faculty Program Director of the Masters in Organizational Leadership program, Leadership Certificate, and Data Analytics Certificate at Excelsior University. Some of the work she is privileged to have worked on in her career includes strategic planning, accreditation, K12 partnerships, community engagement, recruitment, and faculty development. She also consults on accreditation with Buffalo high schools. Before joining Excelsior, Sciabarrasi was the Associate Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness at D’Youville University and the Director of Online Learning and Innovation at Canisius College.

Dr. Freda Powell-Bell


Dr. Freda Powell-Bell has over 25 years of teaching and professional experience. She currently serves as the Program Director for the Human Resource Management undergraduate and graduate programs within the School of Business at the University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC). In this role, she manages faculty, performs administrative duties and teaches several courses related to human resource management. Dr. Powell-Bell’s professional experience includes serving as a resource manager, recruiter, business developer, staffing specialist and business analyst for various private and public entities. Throughout her academic career, she has also served as an adjunct faculty member at various institutions of higher education. She is certified as a Senior Human Resource Professional (SPHR), a Society of Human Resource Management- Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) and serves as a member of several professional organizations including the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Association for Talent Development (ATD). She received her PhD from Regent University and holds two master’s degrees from North Carolina State University and Liberty University.

MODERATOR: LaKeisha McClendon

LaKeisha McClendon joined the Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration in March 2010 and progressed to the Senior Executive Service in 2021. She is currently the Director of the FDA Office of Equal Employment Opportunity. Prior to this role, LaKeisha served as the FDA Chief Learning Officer/Deputy Director of the Office of Human Capital Management. LaKeisha is multifaceted as she is experienced in leading agency-wide initiatives, cross-center FDA collaboration, strategic training, human capital planning initiatives, and mentorship (among other leadership and operational skills). Prior to joining the FDA, LaKeisha worked for HHS University in the Center for Leadership Development as the Lead-Program Manager for the Emerging Leaders and Presidential Management Fellows Programs where she was responsible for operations, strategic planning, curriculum development and improvements to the Emerging Leaders Program. Beginning her career at the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services in 2004, her progressive experience in training, teaching, human resources, healthcare management, operations, and sales has continued to touch the lives of federal employees, veterans, and U.S. citizens

12/8 - 12:00 pm

Workforce Health and Wellness

Join us for a panel discussion as we we continue to explore a Sense of Life Control from a physical health perspective. This panel will cover subjects around the topic of Physical Health including Nutrition, Environment, and Excercise. We will also explore how these subjects apply to the remote workforce in addition to the technological Impacts.

Cassandra Ledman

Purdue University Online

Professor Ledman joined the Department of Health and Kinesiology as a Clinical Assistant Professor in July 2016. Professor Ledman teaches courses primarily within the clinical exercise physiology concentration. She is the chair faculty advisor with Exercise is Medicine on Campus, and dedicates a lot of her efforts to bringing a culture of physical activity and health to Purdue’s campus. Prior to arriving at Purdue University, Mrs. Ledman worked in the clinical setting as an exercise physiologist rehabilitating and educating patients with chronic conditions, specializing in cardiovascular disease. Mrs. Ledman also served an adjunct faculty member at Ivy Teach for 3 years teaching anatomy and physiology and fitness classes, prior to her time at Purdue.

Professor Ledman is a Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist (RCEP) and Certified Health and Wellness Coach (CHWC). She is an active member of several professional societies: American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), Clinical Exercise Physiologist Association (CEPA), American College of Exercise (ACE) and Wellcoaches.

Dr. Martha Peaslee Levine

Penn State University College of Medicine

Dr. Martha Peaslee Levine is the Director of the Office for Professional Mental Health at the Penn State College of Medicine. This Office provides mental health care to College of Medicine students, trainees and faculty. Dr. Levine attended Tulane College of Medicine and completed her psychiatric training at New York University. As a psychiatrist, Dr. Levine recognizes that mental and physical health are completely intertwined. In addition, her previous work was in the Penn State Eating Disorders Clinic so she recognizes that nutrition and exercise can be used in healthy but also, at times, unhealthy ways. Dr. Levine will be offering a mental health perspective about how to gain a sense of control and develop healthy coping strategies.

Dr. Michael Dillon

Central Michigan University

Dr. Michael Dillon holds a dual Bachelors of Arts in Economics and Philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh, a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University, a Doctorate of Education in Adult Education and Human Resource and Organizational Development from the University of Georgia, and recently completed a Project Management Certificate at Central Michigan University. He has been teaching at Central Michigan University for 7 years in the Master of Science in Administration program. Prior to his career in higher education, Dr. Dillon worked in banking, finance, the mortgage business, and has taken leadership roles in multiple nonprofit organizations.

Moderator:Lucy Polk

Work/Life Program Specialist Office of Personnel Management, Washington, DC

Lucy Polk
Work/Life Program Specialist
Office of Personnel Management, Washington, DC

Lucy Polk is a Work/Life Program Specialist in the WorkLife Leadership and Executive Development group at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. In this capacity, Ms. Polk develops policy and provides guidance on work/life policy and programs to Federal agency work/life staff, with an emphasis on health promotion.

Ms. Polk is certified by Cooper Institute for Aerobics Research as a Health Promotion Director and holds various credentials ranging from working with aging and older individuals, obese and sedentary persons and supporting healthy behavior decisions for the general population. She also holds accreditation with American Association of LifeStyle Counselors, as a LifeStyle Management Counselor.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Bi-Annual Federal Government Education Symposium:

The Bi-Annual Federal Government Education Symposium is a virtual education fair where employees of the federal government can connect with the 27 colleges and universities associated with the Federal Academic Alliance. OPM has created these alliances to help assist the federal government in addressing critical skills gaps. At this virtual education fair you will also be able to attend panel discussions on various topics to hear more about what subject matter experts have to say about the evolution of these topic areas.

What can I expect from the Bi-Annual Federal Government Education Symposium:

  • Gather information about the school's educational offerings, degree opportunities, and certificate/CEU options.

  • Attend live panel discussions on key topic areas impacting today’s leaders and employee workforce

  • View fresh and exciting information on what our college partners are offering new students.

Do I need to register for the Bi -Annual Federal Government Education Symposium?

Yes, you will need to enter your name and email address to enjoy all the features of the Symposium

Do I need to download or install any software to be able to attend this event?

  • No. You do not need to download or install any software to participate in our education fair. You only need to have access to the Internet

  • Zoom will be the meeting tool to access the panel discussions