GTRA Council Members

The GTRA Council consists of IT executives from across the federal government who are committed to upholding the mission of GTRA and reaching beyond their department’s walls to foster true government-wide collaboration. GTRA Council Members share their insights, experiences and lessons learned with the organization and other council members by participating in research interviews and speaking at various GTRA Technology Council Meetings and functions.

Council Members

Council Members

Council Members

US International Trade Commission

Kirit Amin

Chief Information Officer, US Internatio, US International Trade Commission

Information Security Officer, MAX.gov, Executive Office of the President

Benjamin Bergersen

Information Security Officer, MAX.gov, Executive Office of the President

State

Andrew Blumenthal

Division CIO, State

Director Center for Management Services, OPM

Reginald Brown

Director Center for Management Services,

Deputy Chief Privacy Officer, DHS

Jonathan Cantor

Deputy Chief Privacy Officer, DHS

Director, Information Technology Issues, GAO

Carol Cha

Director, Information Technology Issues,

Senior IT Portfolio Manager, HUD

Marian Cody

Senior IT Portfolio Manager, HUD

CIO, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Colleen Coggins

CIO, National Highway Traffic Safety Adm

CISO, USDA-NRCS Natural Resources Conservation Service

Ray Coleman

CISO, USDA-NRCS Natural Resources Conser

Chief Architect, Director, Enterprise Architecture Branch, Customs & Border Protection, DHS

Doreen Cox

Chief Architect, Director, Enterprise Ar

Division Director, FEMA

Elisa Cruz

Division Director, FEMA

IT Security Staff Director, Information Resources Management, Justice

Kevin Deeley

IT Security Staff Director, Information

CIO, Domestic Nuclear Detection Office, DHS

Robert Dilonardo

CIO, Domestic Nuclear Detection Office,

The Enterprise Architecture Management System (TEAMS) Project Officer, Coast Guard

Brian Doerk

The Enterprise Architecture Management S

Deputy Director, IT Services, Library of Congress

Steve Elky

Deputy Director, IT Services, Library of

Principal Cyber Security Engineer, MITRE

Dr. Robert “Rocky” Young

Principal Cyber Security Engineer, MITRE

Chief Architect and Director of Enterprise Architecture, Coast Guard

Frederic Foley

Chief Architect and Director of Enterpri

Senior Advisor, Farm Service Agency, Agriculture (USDA)

Ylanda Ford

Senior Advisor, Farm Service Agency, Agriculture (USDA)

Special Advisor, DOD

Deborah Gallagher

Special Advisor, DOD

Director IT Security Compliance, State

Peter Gouldmann

Director IT Security Compliance, State

Chief, Center Services Facility Planning & Utilization Division, Stennis Space Center, NASA

Dr. Arlen “Ken” Griffey

Chief, Center Services Facility Planning

Chief Enterprise Architect, FEMA

Ira Grossman

Chief Enterprise Architect, FEMA

J.D., CIPP/G, Chief Privacy Officer, Office of the Executive Director, CFTC

Kathy Harman-Stokes

J.D., CIPP/G, Chief Privacy Officer, Off

Chief Enterprise Architect, Energy

Brad Harshman

Chief Enterprise Architect, Energy

CIO, USAID

Jerry Horton

CIO, USAID

CTO, Smithsonian Institution

Carmen Iannacone

CTO, Smithsonian Institution

Director, VA Network Security Operations Center, VA

John Killian

Director, VA Network Security Operations

Sr. Technical Advisor-IT Disaster Recovery, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency

Roger Mahach

Sr. Technical Advisor-IT Disaster Recove

Deputy Director, US-CERT

Brad Nix

Deputy Director, US-CERT

CTO & Director, Office of Technology Operations & Planning, EPA

Vaughn Noga

CTO & Director, Office of Technology Ope

Deputy Associate CIO for Security Operations, USDA

Jillian O’Connell

Deputy Associate CIO for Security Operat

Director, Performance Reporting Group, Office of Enterprise Performance, CMS

Lori Pettebone-Maatta

Senior Advisor, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Office of Enterprise Data & Analytics

IT Compliance Director, DOT/NHTSA

Dan Pitton

IT Compliance Director, DOT/NHTSA

CISO, Interior

Larry Ruffin

CISO, Interior

CISO, Census Bureau

Timothy Ruland

CISO, Census Bureau

Assistant Inspector General for Management and Technology, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Eddie Saffarinia

Assistant Inspector General for Manageme

Chief Information Officer, Information & Technology Management, NEA

Carolyn Sanders

Chief Information Officer, Information &

Chief Technology Officer, National Business Center, Interior

Daud Santosa

Chief Technology Officer, National Busin

Sr. Technical Advisor, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Thomas Schankweiler

Sr. Technical Advisor, Centers for Medic

FBMS Implementation Office, Lead Technologist, Office of the Secretary, Interior

Michael Schievelbein

FBMS Implementation Office, Lead Technol

Research Center Information Technology Senior Advisor at Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center, Federal Highway Administration, U.S. DOT

Tim Schmidt

Research Center Information Technology S

CISSP, CRISC, Director of Security, Justice Unified Telecommunications Network (JUTNet), Justice

Rene E. Smeraglia

CISSP, CRISC CISO - JSC, NASA Johnson Space Center

Branch Chief and Chief Enterprise Architect, Bureau of Consular Affairs, State

James Smith

Director Program Management, State

CISO, NOAA

Bill Stearn

CISO, NOAA

Director, Architecture, Office of Governmentwide Policy, GSA

John Sullivan

Director, Architecture, Office of Govern

Program Director, Enterprise Architecture and Governmance / Association Executive, NASCIO

Eric Sweden

Program Director, Enterprise Architectur

Chief Enterprise Architect, NOAA National Weather Service

Harry Tabak

Chief Enterprise Architect, NOAA Nationa

Acting Chief Architect, JPDO, Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen), FAA

Diana Takata

Acting Chief Architect, JPDO, Next Gener

Deputy CIO, Office of Architecture, Strategy and Design, Veterans Affairs

Dr. Paul A. Tibbits

Deputy CIO, Office of Architecture, Stra

CTO, Customs & Border Protection, DHS

Wolf Tombe

CTO, Customs & Border Protection, DHS

Acting Deputy Associate Administrator, Office of Information, Integrity & Access, GSA

Angela Smith

Acting Deputy Associate Administrator, Office of Information, Integrity & Access, GSA

Director, Division of Administration, FDIC

Arleas Upton-Kea

Director, Division of Administration, FD

Enterprise Architect, Chair, Cloud Computing Security Working Group, NIST

Fred Whiteside

Enterprise Architect, Chair, Cloud Compu

Director, Information Security Issues, GAO

Gregory Wilshusen

Director, Information Security Issues, G

GTRA is a unique forum, bringing together many senior, technically focused, executives in a single interactive setting of roundtable and one-on-one discussion. Their unique version of a Summit format allows commercial and government IT Leaders to come together and discuss information management solutions to their shared mission critical challenges. This non-sales environment builds trusted, long-term relationships and allows the sharing of requirements, architectural frameworks, and valuable insights from an operational perspective.

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As an AFCEA member I think this is very impressive and feel appreciative for forums like GTRA that are facilitating to provide outstanding opportunities for collaboration and convergence of ideas, concepts and thought leadership. GTRA through enhanced collaboration with GITEC has opened the doors in bringing Government and Industry together. It will take synergies such as these to affect positive organizational and national progress in cyber security awareness, knowledge and education through people working together.

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CIO, ASC (LCMC), Wright-Patterson AFB, Air Force

I’ve been at this 20 years and this was the best conference that I’ve been to. GTRA has a young aggressive staff who is able to pull in key people and the roundtable concept worked very well. The government executives were committed to the process as well as the solution providers. I spent major individual time with all participants! GTRA did a tremendous job! We closed one contract within the first few months and have a seven figure deal that is also going through!

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I’m very impressed with the value from the GTRA Council Meeting. First and foremost is an excellent collaboration opportunity across federal agencies. The presentations I’ve attended were not only very interesting but very relevant to what we’re doing in our agency. I certainly plan to follow up with the presenters and use their briefing material to further the collaboration with what we’re doing with the other agencies. I’m very struck with the positive opportunity it represents for collaboration.

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Deputy Chief Information Officer, Office of Enterprise Development, VA

GTRA is probably one of the only events I’ll attend from here on out. If I am going to spend time and money on a conference, this would be it! We will definitely be back next year! This is by far the best conference I have attended – dealing with high decision makers has been great. I loved the roundtable discussions because you get to sit down and talk to customers about their problems. This is far better than a regular conference where the government officials just pick up a brochure and then leave.

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Director of Sales, TopQuadrant

GTRA has consistently continued to do what the past two Presidents have agreed is a top priority: bringing a diverse grouping of ‘disciplined’ from across the government. ‘GTRA is a vehicle to help realize our administration’s vision for government performance! GTRA preceded Obama and no one can ride the coat tails! If Kelly Yocum, Co-founder & Executive Director, GTRA, sees it and says it, it has to come true!”

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Professor of Systems Management, Information Resources Management College, National Defense University (NDU)

FAR, FAR, FAR, better environment that is conducive to feds and private sector feeling comfortable working together – awesome opportunity to meet and build relationships with key thought leaders.

Director, PPC

This is definitely the best conference event I have been to. “This small intimate setting is definitely the best. At most conferences you hear one speaker and then 400 vendors try to speak to them and give their their business card. It’s nice to have the quality face-time. GTRA runs a well-oiled ship!

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CTO, HBGary

We get about 50 phone sales calls a week about other industry events – each telling us they have the greatest show out there. I myself have been to a number of different events and have found GTRA to be the best event I’ve ever been to. The event had the highest quality of attendee to vendor ratio, better than any other event that I’ve ever attended. GTRA did a great job making sure that all our priority meetings were met and that we were able to meet with additional executives that we weren’t scheduled to meet with. I would definitely recommend it to my peers!

GM, Systinet Federal

GTRA brings in the ‘cream of the crop’ in the government and industry! No other event provides us the opportunities and access to high level government executives that GTRA does. For three days we get to connect with people and foster relationships through roundtables, casino night networking and strategy sessions. GTRA gets the right people; the number of high ranking officials is amazing!

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Customer Service Director, GSA

The GTRA events are my professional highlights of the year. I really enjoy talking and exchanging ideas in with those I don’t normally get to work with. The nonDoD government has such a refreshing view on problems and solutions that I can’t help but bring back more ideas than I can even begin to implement.
The location was superb, but the friendships and time together was the best.
I love the fact that you know us by name and we’re considered friends!

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Senior Principal, Information Systems Engineer, MITRE

The boardroom style is a brilliant idea-much better format than the exhibition hall and you get to hear other ideas-it works the way it’s supposed to!

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Chief Technology Officer for Information and Network Assurance, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense Networks and Information Integration, Defense (Speaker)

The face-to-face collaboration and roundtable discussions allow for a more interesting interaction and a chain of networking. When you throw everyone in a room, it’s too broad and not effective. This is my first event, but it seems to be very efficient. The personal attention of the GTRA staff throughout the conference was most appreciated. Don’t ever lose the personal touch! It is a great differentiator for your organization to raise you above the pack!!

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Enterprise Architect, Office of the CIO, Social Security Administration

I hope your ears burn every time I mention your group to people who can’t get out of their own way. You guys are an awesome display of entrepreneurs, courage and most importantly…excellence.

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Customer Service Director, Federal Acquisition Service, GSA

GTRA provides valuable collaboration and networking with executives from across the federal government and commercial business partners in a non-hostile, non-political environment.

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Chief Architect and Principal Director, Deputy CIO, DoD

Of the 30 events that I have attended this year, GTRA is by far the best organized event and the technology presentations surpass all others!

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Senior Computer Scientist, NIST