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AcademyWomen Leadership

Board of Directors

Susan Feland, Founder and President 
Jacqueline Stennett, Vice President  
Tammy Trychon, Board Member 
Stefanie Goebel, Board Member  
Susan Magaletta, Board Member  
Suzy Streeter, Board Member   

Board of Advisors

Marene Allison, (US Army, veteran), Worldwide Vice President of Information Security for Johnson & Johnson. Former executive at Medco, Avaya and the Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company.  Ms. Allison served in the United States Army as a Military Police officer and as a Special Agent in the FBI. She is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY.          

Barbara Barrett, Former U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Finland.  An international business and aviation attorney, Ambassador Barrett was the first woman to serve as chair of the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy, the first woman to serve as Deputy Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration and the first civilian woman to land an F18 Hornet on an aircraft carrier.  Immediately prior to her service as Ambassador, she was President and CEO of Triple Creek Guest Ranch in Darby, Montana. Ms. Barrett served on the corporate boards of Raytheon and Exponent, Inc., and was a trustee of the Aerospace Corporation, Mayo Clinic and Thunderbird School of Global Management.          

Sandy Brock, President of SMD, LTD a consulting firm, which she created 20 years ago, specializing in space management, residential and yacht design, and construction management. Managed the interior design of the Governors Mansion in Annapolis, Maryland and many principle public rooms of the Maryland Statehouse. Appointed by President George W. Bush to the National Air and Space Museum Advisory Board and the Presidents Commission for the Arts for the Kennedy Center. She chaired The Youth Team 2000, the Salute to the First Ladies of the United States, and the opening ceremonies of the US Holocaust Museum. Was Chairman of the International Women's Leadership Summit (IWLF), which brought together for the first time virtually all women Chiefs of State and Prime Ministers, to discuss challenges facing leaders in the 21st century. 

Uyen Dinh, CEO, Win Strategies, an LLC supporting clients to meet their government relations, communications and media, marketing objectives.  Previously Uyen served as Vice President for Government Relations for GeoEye, Inc., the world's premier commercial satellite imagery provider for geospatial intelligence from 2007-2013.  Prior to private industry, Uyen served as Counsel on several U.S. House of Representative Committees to include: the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI); the House Armed Services Committee (HASC); and the Committee on Government Reform and Oversight (GRO).  Uyen was also the Counsel and Military Legislative Assistant for Rep. Tom Davis (R-VA), served as executive producer and host of Our Generasian, and taught at the Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy (formerly the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.) Uyen is a member of the Virginia State Bar. (Uyen's first name is pronounced "Win")

Rear Admiral Marsha 'Marty' Evans (US Navy, retired), Former President and CEO of the Girl Scouts (USA) and the American Red Cross.  Admiral Evans has combined both military service and leadership of the nation’s premiere non-profit organizations.  During her nearly 30 year naval career, Admiral Evans was a White House Fellows and gained a reputation for forging new ground for women in the military.  She was the first woman to command a U.S. naval station (Treasure Island in the San Francisco Bay) and at the time of her military service, Admiral Evans was the highest ranking woman in the Navy, retiring in 1998 as one of the few women in U.S. Armed Forces to reach Rear Admiral rank.   Today Admiral Evans serves on the Board of Directors of the U.S. Naval Academy Foundation, the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA), Office Depot, Weight Watchers International, the North Highland Company and Huntsman Corporation.

Brigadier General Evelyn 'Pat' Foote
(US Army, retired), the past President of the Alliance for National Defense (AND) and now serves on the Board of Directors for the AND and Colmek Systems Engineering based in Salt Lake City.  General Foote remains an active spokesperson for the Army and other organizations concerning the role of women in the military services.     

Brigadier General Rebecca Halstead (US Army, retired), the first female graduate of West Point to be promoted to General Officer.  She was also the first female in U.S. history to strategically command the highest level logistics organization (3rd Corps Support Command) in the Combat Theater of Iraq.  BG Halstead also served in Europe as the Deputy Commanding General for the 21st Theater Support Command.  Prior to Europe, she served as the Chief Advisor to the Combatant Commander responsible for military training and operations in Latin America.  After the military, General Halstead was the Executive Director for Leader Development with Praevius Group and is now the CEO of Steadfast Leadership, specializing in motivational speaking, leadership program development, and professional coaching.

Lieutenant General Claudia Kennedy (US Army, retired) , the first woman to achieve the rank of three-star general in the United States Army. General Kennedy served as the senior intelligence officer for U.S. Forces Command, Deputy Commanding General for the Army Intelligence Center and School and completed her Army career as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence.  She serves on the board of directors of the non-profit Population Action International and the advisory board of Opportunity International, one of the world's largest microfinance organizations.   
Jim McMahon, Assistant Vice President at Travelers. Mr. McMahon's professional experience is made up of more than 20 years in recruitment and Human Resources. He is currently responsible for the Talent Acquisition activities of Travelers’ International Business and directs Travelers’ military recruitment and outreach efforts. He has been instrumental in the company’s recognition on G.I. Jobs’ Top 100 Military Friendly Employers list annually since 2007 and has been quoted in numerous media outlets related to the recruitment of transitioning military personnel.    
Diane Morales, Former Undersecretary of Logistics and Material Readiness, has more than 20 years of experience in business and defense matters.  Ms. Morales served as president of DMS, a management services firm that focuses on defense and commercial logistics. Her previous government positions included serving as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Logistics; as a Board Member of the Civil Aeronautics Board; and as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy at the Department of Interior.  

Major General Lorraine Potter (US Air Force, retired), Former Chief, Air Force Chaplain Service, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. establishing a chaplain program to meet the religious needs of all members of the Air Force. As chief, she was the senior pastor for a combined active-duty, Guard, Reserve and civilian force of more than 850,000 people serving at 1,300 locations in the United States and overseas. She led an Air Force Chaplain Service of approximately 2,200 chaplains and enlisted support people from the active and Air Reserve components. As Chairperson of the Armed Forces Chaplains Board, she advised the Secretary of Defense and Joint Chiefs of Staff on religion, and ethical and quality-of-life concerns.

Kris Urbauer, (US Army, veteran), Program Manager, GE Military Initiatives. Responsible for GE’s veterans initiatives in some form since June 2011, Ms. Urbauer leads all military hiring for the company, manages the Junior Office Leadership Program (JOLP), leads the Transition Assistance Workshop program as part of GE’s sponsorship of the Chamber of Commerce Hiring our Heroes initiative, and acts as a liaison to the military and veteran community.  She holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY, an M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, and a Professional Engineer license from the State of Illinois.

(Founding Honorary Board Member) Esther B. Campbell Gates, Former Federal Executive (25 years Department of Defense, 5 years United States Postal Service), Wife of Brigadier General Mahlon E. Gates. In 1967, her son, Specialist Keith Campbell, gave his life in service to this nation in Vietnam. In 2006, the Fort Sam Houston Library was dedicated in his name.      

2018 OWL Symposium Planning Committee

Tammy Trychon, OWLS Director and Chair

Susan Magaletta, Marketing Chair

Jill Rough, Volunteer Manager

Odessa Maxwell, Photography

AcademyWomen Ambassadors

Many thanks to our Ambassadors for their continued work and support of AcademyWomen.

Elizabeth Chamberlain

Eve Douglas

Barbara East

Alma Guzman

Roccie Hill

Laurie Mosier

Phyllis Schwartz


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