Dr. Akers is the Assistant Vice President for Research Innovation and Advocacy, in the Division of Research and Economic Development, and Professor of Public Health, Morgan State University (MSU).
Dr. Akers is also serving as the Principal Investigator to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) program on Visual Analytics for Science and Technology (VAST), with a focus on undergraduate STEM training, and a previously funded Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) sponsored Center he created entitled, Center for Health Informatics, Planning, and Policy (CHIPP). And, in 2017, Dr. Akers was appointed by President David Wilson to Chair the University’s ﬁrst Innovation Committee.
Dr. Akers has been instrumental in establishing the Center for Food Safety Informatics, Research, Engineering, and Security (C-FIRES). He and his team have worked with the International Food Protection Training Institute, along with the USDA and FDA in introducing data, predictive, and visual analytics around food safety and security nationally. Additionally, Dr. Akers and his team have recognized in a seminal publication focusing on the Internet of Things for capacity and automati
Mr. Davis is a retired Naval Officer, Naval Academy graduate, and Hampton Roads “NROTC unit “plank owner.“, Captain Davis is a Systems Engineer, MBA, PMI PMP certified project manager. the Managing Director (MD) with CDP & Associates, LLC (CDP). CDP & Associates, LLC is a business optimization and technology management, insertion, integration, innovation,and commercialization company serving government, non-profits, for-profits, and startups. CDP and Paul help their clients, partners, and community to solve tough challenges and issues with creative and innovative solutions based onour experience, knowledge, “next-gen” technology, and other tools in and across multiple disciplines.
As MD, Paul is responsible for leading day-to-day operations and the long term strategic initiatives for the emerging minority woman service-disabled veteran-owned small business located in Northern Virginia. Before joining CDP in 2015, Paul worked over 35 years for a diverse range of organizations, including military (Navy Air & Intel, DIA); Intelligence Community (NRO, NGA, others); corporate America (GE, Lockheed Martin, the SI) and non-profits (mainly churches).A big believer in technology as a community equalizer and wealth-building force, Paul continues to supports business and technology incubators like KDM & Associates,when and where possible.
Drawing on over 150 years of the principals’ experience, CDP and Paul, think cybersecurity is extremely important especially with the emergence of the “Internet of Things”, Ransomware and other challenges. Paul and CDP place their focus mainly on cyber resilience as being a crucial tool for individual and organizational survival now and in the future.
Joyce Hunter is a strategic-doer and a philantropreneur. She was appointed to the position of Deputy Chief Information Officer for Policy and Planning at the Department of Agriculture (2013 – 2017). In addition to policy and technology planning, Ms. Hunter oversaw the Departments 4.1 billion dollar IT investment portfolio, responsible for the Departments capital planning, governance, enterprise architecture, FITARA, data management and Departmental policies. She also created the USDA’s Open Data STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Agriculture and Math) summer camp for underserved youth, developed open data discussions with the governments of South Korea, Dubai and the UAE. Also, she was the executive sponsor of the IT Workforce Development program and the IT Fellows Program.
Prior to her appointment with USDA, Ms. Hunter spent 15 years in the health information technology space advising executives and program managers at CMS, FDA, AHRQ and NIH. With over 30 years’ experience in the information technology industry, Ms. Hunter demonstrates a strong ability to build and sustain relationships with public/private stakeholders, develop, lead and implement innovative projects and inter-agency initiatives. Ms. Hunter was the CEO of Vulcan Enterprises prior to her federal appointment and has returned to that role. Vulcan is a strategic management consulting organization, where she also provides executive advisory and facilitation services to corporate, federal and non-profit CXO’s. She served over 10 years with Lotus Development Corporation, rising to the level of Global Account Manager for Ernst and Young International and Marriott International for US, Asia, Europe and Africa.
Ms. Hunter earned a BA from Villanova University and an MBA in Marketing from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business and has certificates in Emotional Intelligence, Design Thinking, Technology Business Management (TBM), Scaled Agile for Leaders and Sports Management. She was selected by the editors of FedScoop to be included in the 2017 and 2016 annual list of "D.C.’s Top 50 Women in Technology” and the 2016 Top 50 Federal Leaders. Joyce is a 2017 recipient of the Roy L. Clay Sr. Technology Pinnacle Award as one of the 50 Most Important African-Americans in Technology and a recipient of the Wharton DC School Club’s Joseph A. Wharton Award for public service, a member of the Villanova Dean’s Advisory Council and inducted into the Overbrook High School Hall of Fame. Ms. Hunter is a Fellow with The Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology (ICIT), on the steering committee of the Global Women in STEM, a member of STEMConnector’s Million Women Mentors and recently published in The Handbook of Federal Government Leadership and Administration: Transforming, Performing and Innovating in a Complex World (2017 Routledge).
Mr. Haynie is CEO of Haynie Farms, LLC in Reedville, VA. Philip J. Haynie, III, more commonly known as P.J., graduated from Northumberland High School, Heathsville, Va., in June 1995. While in high school, Haynie served as vice president of his Future Farmers of America chapter and actively worked on his family farm in Reedville, Va. Haynie graduated from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural and Applied Economics in May 1999. While attending Virginia Tech, he served as president of the Virginia Tech MANRRS (Minorities in Agriculture Natural Resources and Related Sciences) chapter. During his senior year at Virginia Tech, Haynie was initiated into Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated.
After graduating from Virginia Tech, he chose to pursue his childhood dream and continue the family tradition of farming. Haynie, a fifth-generation farmer, currently owns and operates Haynie Farms, LLC, a grain farming business, producing corn, wheat, soybeans and canola throughout all four counties of the Northern Neck of Virginia. Haynie and his family also own and operate a transportation company specializing in food grade liquid bulk and dry bulk transportation, a timber harvesting company as well as a landscaping & excavating company. Haynie currently serves as Chairman of the National Black Growers’ Council.
Susan Mitchell is the President & CEO of Guardians of Honor, LLC (GOH), a professional services firm with a 22-year track record of success providing management consulting, information technology, and research and evaluation solutions for government, industry, and the community. Susan actively engages professionals, scholars, and partners in actions committed to the promotion of equity and excellence in education, healthcare, and economic development. The scope of her corporate leadership includes oversight and service, which focuses on every facet of convenings and events in support of grantee communities and grant program management initiatives. The Department of Education (ED), National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF), the U.S. Army and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) are just a few of the agencies that find value in GOH's body of work. The firm's grants management experience spans the entire federal grant lifecycle – from solicitation development and peer review through site visits, program evaluation, and strategic reporting.
Susan and her team endeavor to create results that resonate. As such, she deploys professionals and subject matter experts that deliver impactful technical support for the NSF programs that facilitate excellence in STEM education and careers for the development of a well-prepared workforce of diverse scientists, technicians, engineers, mathematicians, and educators. Guardians of Honor’s efforts collectively impact $8.1 billion in funding and advocacy for approximately 2,000 colleges, universities, and institutions. Ms. Mitchell is responsible for maintaining the integrity of operational and program objectives that sustain and drive the improvement and access to quality health care and services, foster a health care workforce able to address current and emerging needs and enhance population health. In this capacity, she ensures the delivery of scientific, technical, call center and administrative solutions for the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP) as a subcontractor of GDIT/CSRA to provision cancer, DoD medical, and other disease and injury-specific research. Guardians of Honor's efforts ensure the efficient management of more than $1 billion in biomedical research investments annually.
Susan is passionate about STEM advocacy as well as career and technical business partnerships. Her passion is safeguarding economic structures and transformation by facilitating purposeful participation and creating capacity within the broader economic landscape at all levels. Susan endeavors to encourage mainstream ecosystem inclusivity and advance collaborative partnerships. She is known for leading efforts that remove barriers to possibilities and foster a path toward employment and developmental growth for underutilized individuals and communities.
With a degree in pre-law, and a minor in math and psychology, Celeste Wunder founded IMMI International Marketing Management Inc. in 2000. Her first contract assignment began working in the international logistics field for a Taiwanese company, mainly focused in the Far East. Celeste since that time, has expanded her global commerce expertise working with a Switzerland based company helping firms develop their Far East services into the New England market.
IMMI CEO, Celeste Wunder entered into the Federal Government contracting sector as a woman owned small business contractor, and not too long afterwards was awarded an 8a certification to provide the government with cleaning products to customized IT solutions to the General Service Administration (GSA), Department of Defense (DOD), and the Defense Logistic Agency (DLA). Celeste built her federal contracting Division and became a “go to” supplier for large prime contractors for firms like BAE systems, Bayer Diagnostics, Selectron, and Raytheon.
For the past 5 years, IMMI CEO has expanded her International Marketing team into the Energy Efficiency sector and has become a globally recognized marketing expert and Subject Matter Expert. IMMI assists companies with LED Lighting projects, energy efficiency audits, and helps her customers with rebate incentives and savings of 50% to70% of their lighting utility usage.
IMMI’s corporate culture is focused on advancing innovation disruption, finding fiscal resources for companies and innovators to move ideas through the patent process to commercialization. To that end, Celeste has become an environmentalist focused on reducing the carbon footprint, and a respected, and nationally recognized contributor to advancing energy efficiency, and environmental protection practices.
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