Security. Moderated by Randa Fahmy, an
internationally recognized expert in global
government affairs, the panels addressed the
impact of the election on government acquisition and nonpartisan leadership.
The chapter’s membership luncheon in
September was filled with activity, including presentations from Peter Dinsmore of
the Defense Information Systems Agency
(DISA) and small-business speaker Nis-chit Vaidya, founder and CEO of Argotis.
Members who serve AFCEA at the local
and international level also were recognized
during the event.
Women’s Book Club Tackles
‘ The Confidence Effect’
In October, the chapter’s Women in Intel-
ligence Group Book Club convened for a
lively discussion of Grace Killelea’s The Con-
fidence Effect: Every Woman’s Guide to the
Attitude That Attracts Success. The group
met at CollabraSpace in Annapolis Junction,
Maryland. The Confidence Effect is designed
to help women develop the skills and mind-
set to become more confident in the work-
place. The group discussed the importance
of mentoring as a way of giving back and
methods of introducing themselves to men-
tors. The women also enjoyed discovering
and sharing several of their experiences with
meeting Colin Powell, retired four-star Army
general. The group discussed the impor-
tance of ceasing the practice of apologizing
and tips for empowering oneself with music,
posture and preparation. The group meets
quarterly to discuss works that contribute to
professional development for women in the
Expert Speaks to Chapter
Dr. Sharon Medcalf of the University
of Nebraska Medical Center’s College of
Public Health in Omaha, Nebraska, spoke
CENTRAL MARYLAND—Chapter President Jen Havermann
(l) and Vice President Brian Cooper (r) present a framed
fly-fishing print to Steve Ritchey upon his retirement from
AFCEA International at the chapter’s September luncheon.
Jordan, vice president, region and
chapter outreach, AFCEA (l), presents
the Meritorious Service Award
to Jennifer Stacey, chapter vice
president of events, in September.
CENTRAL MARYLAND—Bill Layman,
chapter vice president of luncheons (l),
thanks September guest speaker Peter
Dinsmore, technical executive for the
Defense Information Systems Agency’s
(DISA’s) Development and Business Center.
President Col. Sean Murphy,
USAF, presents a chapter coin
to October guest speaker Dr.
Sharon Medcalf, director and
assistant professor, Department
of Health Promotion, Social and
Behavioral Health and Center for
Biosecurity, Biopreparedness and
Emerging Infectious Diseases,
University of Nebraska Medical
Center, Omaha, Nebraska.
CENTRAL MARYLAND—Members of the chapter’s
Women in Intelligence Group Book Club meet in
October to discuss The Confidence Effect: Every
Woman’s Guide to the Attitude That Attracts Success.
GREATER OMAHA—In October, Col. Murphy
(c) recognizes Melinda Berry, campaign
services director, Steier Group, and Jim Steier,
CEO, Steier Group, Omaha, Nebraska, who
were instrumental in developing the chapter’s
trifold brochure. They took on the project as a
public service to help the chapter grow.
GREATER OMAHA—In late October, the chapter supported National Cyber Security Awareness
Month by securing two panelists, Christopher Jarko and Dr. Bernard Lichvar, for the Boys Town
discussion “Cyber Citizenship: How Individual Actions Have National Impact.” The full panel (l-r)
includes Keelan Stewart, moderator, Boys Town; Craig Williamson, Continuum Security Solutions;
Scott Haugaard, Nebraska State Patrol; Theresa Giorlando, The MITRE Corporation; Jarko, U.S.
Strategic Command J- 3; Lichvar, iConsult4u; and Dan Birdsall, Nebraska Attorney General’s Office.
GREATER OMAHA—Col. Murphy (l) presents
a chapter coin to September guest speaker
Dr. Kenneth Dick, School of Interdisciplinary
Informatics, College of Information Science
and Technology, University of Nebraska