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General James M. “Mike” Holmes

General Mike Holmes retired from the Air Force in October 2020 after nearly 40 years of service. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, an adjunct fellow at the Center for a New American Security, a senior advisor at The Roosevelt Group, the Chairman of the Board at Red 6, and advises several defense and tech companies.

He completed his Air Force service leading the transformation of Air Combat Command (ACC), a global organization operating and sustaining over 1000 aircraft and 11 Air Force Bases with an annual operating budget of $7.4B. As the Air Force’s Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategic Plans and Programs, he led a team that shifted Air Force strategy to respond to a new national security environment and built and defended the USAF‘s input to three $600B Five Year Defense Plans with the Department of Defense

and U.S. Congress. As the Deputy Commander of Air Education and Training Command, he directed all aspects of USAF education and training, from basic and technical training to advanced degree programs. As the Air Force’s Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Requirements, he coordinated global Air Force operations and requirements with the Joint Chiefs of Staff and regional military commanders. As Principal Director for Mid-East Policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, he formulated regional defense policy with the National Security Council and Department of State and coordinated US defense relationships and activities with international partners. Before assuming his strategic roles, he commanded Air Force teams in positions of increasing complexity, responsibility, and accountability at the squadron, group, and wing level, including a year in command of Air Force forces in Afghanistan.

Mike graduated from the US Naval War College National Security Strategy program with highest honors and completed both the US Air Force’s School for Advanced Air and Space Power Studies program and the Fighter Weapons Instructor Course. He was the Graduate of the Year in the University of Alabama’s MA in History program at Maxwell AFB and received a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tennessee. He is a fighter pilot with over 4000 hours in the F-15 and T-38, including over 500 combat hours, and continues to fly general aviation aircraft.

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Mike Santelli

Mike Santelli is the Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directors of Converged Security Solutions (CSS), LLC. He has over 25 years of transformational business leadership, operations experience, financial management, and a value creation track record.

Mike has worked extensively as a strategic advisor, C-Level leader, and executive partner to private equity backed companies in

the government contracting sector where he history of building strong management teams through clear direction and targeted business development. In addition, Mike has successfully focused on customers by building high-performing teams and employing a service first leadership philosophy. His customer base has been comprised of some of the most mission critical federal government entities, including the Intelligence Community, DOD, DHS, and many more.

Prior to his appointment at CSS in 2019, Mike served as the EVP and Chief Financial Officer at System High Corporation, a private equity held leading provider and integrator of global protection, counterintelligence, and security engineering services. Prior to this, Mike was President and CEO of OMNIPLEX World Services Corporation, a provider of integrated security and investigations solutions in partnership with the intelligence community that was also sponsored by a private equity group. Mike’s achievements at OMNIPLEX included substantial revenue growth and margin expansion, as well as business development and cultural transformation. Mike also spent 12 years with USIS, a $650M Security Solutions company serving the intelligence, defense, and federal/civil markets. Before USIS, Mike worked for PriceWaterhouseCoopers in the Business Assurance Practice.

He earned his MBA at Carnegie Mellon University and his BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Vanderbilt University. Mike lives with his wife and two daughters in Leesburg, VA.

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Jeffrey C. Verhoef PT, MBA

Jeffrey C. Verhoef is an accomplished physical therapist with over 35 years of experience. He currently serves as the director of Professional Development for PIVOT Physical Therapy in Newport News, Virginia. Prior to his current position with PIVOT, he was the Chief Executive Officer and Partner of Tidewater Physical Therapy, also in Newport News.

He sits on various boards and councils serving his community such as: City of Newport News, Bernadine Sisters Foundation,

James River Country Club, Newport News Police Foundation and the Christopher Newport University Athletics Advisory Council.

Jeffery earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Central College, a certificate in physical therapy from the University of Iowa and an MBA from the College of William and Mary.

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Captain James O’Connell USN (Retired)

Captain James O’Connell USN (retired) is currently a consultant who primarily works with the Department of Defense supporting special operations force’s training and exercises. Jim served on active duty for over 26 years. His last assignment was Commander, Naval Special Warfare Group ONE, where he was responsible for the west coast SEAL Teams. Upon retiring he was appointed as the Director of the Joint Irregular Warfare Center at U.S. Joint Forces Command and served as the Department of Defense’s Executive Agent for Joint Urban Operations. Jim is on the Board of Directors of the Virginia Youth Sports Association, OneChurch and the Old Dominion Junior Rifle League.

He received a bachelor’s in ocean engineering from the United States Naval Academy in 1979 and a master’s in international relations from the Naval War College, College of Naval Command and Staff in 1992.

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Karen R. Jackson, MBA

Karen R. Jackson currently serves as President of Apogee Strategic Partners, LLC a Virginia firm specializing in the development and implementation of technology and innovation strategies and programs in information technology, cyber security, autonomous systems, and smart communities. Ms. Jackson formerly served as Virginia’s Secretary of Technology from 2014 – 2018 focusing on innovation, data analytics, telecommunications (broadband), cybersecurity, unmanned systems (autonomy)

and smart communities at the state and national levels.

She also currently serves as the Interim Executive Director of the New College Institute (NCI) in Martinsville, VA. In this capacity she is serving as NCI’s senior executive and is responsible for developing strategy and programming to advance economic training, and career opportunities. She is also charged with building partnerships to foster innovation and adoption of cutting-edge industries.

Ms. Jackson is active on a number of public and private sector boards including serving as the board chair for the Virginia Unmanned Systems Association. She holds a Bachelor of Science in business management from Christopher Newport University, and a Master of Business Administration from The College of William and Mary.

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Tom Moore

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