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ACT-IAC Partners Program Announces 2012 Graduating Class


The American Council for Technology and Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC) announced today the successful completion of the Partners Program by the 16th graduating class in program history.

“We are proud to graduate the 16th class of Partners and congratulate each one of them on their achievement,” said Sherry Weir, 2012 Partners Program Industry Chairwomen. “This class, like those before it, completed the program's rigorous curriculum, which is rooted in gaining an understanding of the real risks, opportunities and leadership challenges shared by everyone in and serving government.”

The ACT-IAC Partners Program is an executive leadership development program that pairs 16 government and 16 industry professionals for a nine-month period, to help prepare them for their future roles at the Senior Executive Service (SES) and company officer levels. The program is the only program of its kind that allows for a direct partnership between government and industry professionals. Graduates of the program enhance their abilities to make critical decisions in the information technology arena and to be more effective leaders.

2012 Government Partners Program graduates are:

  • Jacqueline Butler, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service
  • Robert Coen, National Institutes of Health, Information Technology Acquisition and Assessment Center
  • Brian Conroy, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Jeremiah Dewey, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Timothy Dunfee, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • Tijuana Elam, Internal Revenue Services
  • Kevin Gallo, General Services Administration
  • William Graves, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Kristen Knapper, General Services Administration
  • Sean Lang, Library of Congress
  • Jolene Merkel, Federal Aviation Administration
  • Heidi Myers, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
  • Rosemary Olsen, General Services Administration, Federal Acquisition Service
  • David Paschane, U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs
  • Houman Rasouli, Nuclear Regulatory Commission
  • Gerald Thomas, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

2012 Industry Partners Program graduates are:

  • Allen Ashbey, Sapient Government Services
  • Troy Barker, ICF International
  • Elizabeth Bolak, INDUS Corporation
  • Scott Campbell, Robbins-Gioia LLC
  • Brian Hepp, CGI Federal
  • Meg Hobler, DMI
  • Richard Jenkins, CACI International
  • Darryl Korynta, CISCO Systems Inc.
  • Rachana Kulkarni, Creative Information Technology, Inc.
  • Andrew Larson, SAIC
  • Anita Lynn, BRMi,
  • Karlene Stecchi, Tantus Technologies, Inc.
  • Erik TerHaar, Unisys,
  • Mark Valcich, Intel Federal
  • Cheryl Waldrup, Govplace
  • Christopher Zinner, Accenture

ACT-IAC also announced the opening of the application process for the 2013 Partners Program. 2013 Partners Program participants are nominated for the highly competitive program by their respective agency or company, which also must sponsor the participants. Prospective participants must complete and submit an application. Each application is reviewed and evaluated by a panel of senior government and industry executives on their individual professional leadership accomplishments and their potential for future advancement within their organization.

“Partners is like a best seller you can't put down,” explained Rory Schultz, 2012 Partners Program Government Chair. “When you finish the program, you want to read the sequel and, fortunately, you can do that through the Fellows. Without a doubt, Partners and Fellows are great ways for you to help yourself as well as give back to the IT Community at the same time.”

After successful completion of this foundational program, individuals continue their executive development in the highly regarded community of ACT-IAC Fellows, a trusted, collaborative network made up of more than 500 government and industry executives.

The application deadline for the 2013 Partners Program is December 5, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. For more information on the ACT-IAC Partners Program, and to apply for the 2013 class, please visit:

About ACT-IAC – Advancing Government Through Education, Collaboration and Action

ACT-IAC has been recognized as the premier government IT community's public-private partnership and is an example of how government and industry work together. We are a nonprofit educational organization created to advance government in serving the public through the effective application of IT resources. Our education, training, programming and collaboration opportunities enhance and advance the government IT profession. ACT-IAC's objective, vendor and technology-neutral, and ethical forum allow government and industry to collaborate and improve government through technology. Headquartered in the Greater Washington, D.C. area, ACT-IAC also has chapters in the Pacific region (based in San Diego) and the Rocky Mountain region (based in Denver).

Learn more about our organization and how to become a member at or call 703-208-4800.

Sage Communications (for ACT-IAC)
Marco Carranza, 703-584-0958

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