24th Annual Mini PDI:
Modernization of Financial Management
Mr. Rich Brady
Mr. Brady, the new ASMC CEO, comes to ASMC with a wide range of experience in Financial Management. His experience with Defense/aerospace industry, extensive global experience in finance and operational roles as a military officer and senior finance executive, has made him highly successful in building relationships with diplomatic presence, operating in complex and uncertain environments, and embracing innovation. We are excited to see where he leads ASMC.
Ms. Kirsten Riesbeck
Director, Human Capital & Resource Management, OUSD(C), Pentagon
Ms. Riesbeck serves as the Director, Human Capital & Resource Management, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) and DoD Functional Community Manager for ~54,000 DoD Financial Management (FM) civilians and military. She is responsible for the DoD FM workforce strategy and the DoD Financial Management Certification Program. She is the senior administrative official for OUSD(C) with oversight of management and administration functions including resource management, budgets, contracts, facilities, personnel, security and correspondence.
Most recently, Ms. Riesbeck served as Director of the Administrator’s Action Group for the Transportation Security Administration where she led a Futures Team directly supporting the TSA Administrator by anticipating challenges and opportunities, analyzing issues, encouraging innovative thinking, and advancing the TSA Administrator’s vision.
Previously, Ms. Riesbeck served as a Senior Policy Analyst for the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) where she led the establishment of the Strategic Action Group to serve the NPPD Under Secretary in managing strategic priorities and transforming governance. She also served as Acting Deputy Director for the Office of Strategy, Policy and Plans, leading the strategy and policy consolidation taskforce, developing an enterprise strategic management process, establishing the NPPD Joint Requirements Board, and restructuring NPPD’s review of Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) cases.
Ms. Lauren Armey
Assistant Professor at Defense Resources
Management Institute Naval Post Graduate School
Ms. Armey is an Associate Professor of Economics at the Defense Resources Management Institute at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS). She received a B.A. in Anthropology (2004), a B.A. and M.A. in Economics (2004) and a Ph.D. in Political Economy and Public Policy (2008) from the University of Southern California. She has worked as an operations research analyst at the Cost Analysis and Program Evaluation (CAPE) division of the Office of the Secretary Defense, where she provided economic analysis for defense policy making. Her work at CAPE focused on manpower and personnel policies. In addition, from 2008- 2009 she was a Post-Doctoral research fellow for the Institute for Communications Technology at the University of Southern California.
Her current work focusses on defense policy. One area of my research focuses on the impact of combat exposure on the economic outcomes of service members. Additionally
her research focuses on the political and economic factors that affect post-war reconstruction and other outcomes of conflicts. She also has worked on analysis of
telecommunications markets and the impact of communication technology in developing countries.
Honorable Chip Fulghum
The Honorable Chip Fulghum serves as the Chief Operating Officer of Endeavors, an organization of over 2,000 employees that provides an array of programs and services supporting children, families, Veterans, and those struggling with mental illness, disabilities, disasters, or emergencies, Fulghum leads efforts on a variety of significant initiatives. Additionally, he has been part of the team that developed, built, and implemented the concept of San Antonio’s first Veteran Wellness Center, scheduled to open on November 11, 2021.
Fulghum’s military career spans 28 years, where he rose to the rank of Colonel in the U.S. Air Force. He is a graduate of the Air War College, the Air Command and Staff College, Professional Military Comptroller School, and Squadron Officer School. He holds a Masters of Business Administration from Golden Gate University in San Francisco, California, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina. Prior to joining Endeavors in 2019, Fulghum served as the Deputy Under Secretary for Management with the Department of Homeland Security.
Dr. Kevin P. Smith
Senior Operations Research Analyst (ORSA), DCMA
Dr. Smith received his Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Operations Research, Master of Science degree in Operations Research as a distinguished graduate, BS degree in Biblical Studies and Doctorate in Strategic Leadership.
After 10 years service in the Air Force, in 1990 Dr. Smith established his own Operations Research consulting business and continued as the President and Principle Analyst for 20 years. In 2010 he joined the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) as the Senior Operations Research Analyst charged with developing workload models across the Agency. He is currently serving in this capacity having developed and implemented workload and resourcing models for all major DCMA missions.
Dr. Smith's analytical experience includes the application of mathematical modeling, statistical analysis, linear and non-linear programming, simulation modeling, and probability theory. His extensive problem solving background includes the use of a wide range of mathematical modeling techniques, numerous computer simulation models, game theory including war gaming, and the application of modeling techniques to a wide range of business problems. He is an accomplished computer programmer and also has extensive experience in the design and development of relational database systems using a variety of database development platforms and languages.
Mr. Brandon Marrow
Associate Director, Guidehouse
Panel with Mr. Eric Diters and Mr. Travis Hamblin
Mr. Marrow is an Associate Director at Guidehouse working in the areas of process improvement and organizational effectiveness. At Guidehouse, he leads the National Capital Region (NCR) Army Team and is focused on partnering with the Army to implement solutions that address real problems in an efficient and sustainable fashion. Prior to joining Guidehouse, Mr. Marrow worked with several top-tier consulting firms where he developed and led multiple teams supporting the Department of Defense in the areas of budget, audit readiness, and process improvement.