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    Washington Chapter Officers for 2017 -2018

    June 16, 2017


    Krystyna Kolesar

    1 July 17 - 30 Jun 18
    Robin Farley
    President - Elect

    1 July 17 - 30 Jun 18
    Cynthia Cooks

    1 July 17 - 30 Jun 18
    Steven Birk Treasurer

    703-693-7336 1 Oct  16 - 30 Jun 18
    Gregory Little
    DOD Vice President
    1 July 17 - 30 Jun 19
    TBD DOD Assistant Secretary     1 July 17 - 30 Jun 18
    Nicole McClenic
    Army Vice President
      1 July 17 - 30 Jun 19
    Hairo Ortiz Army Assistant Secretary

    703-692-7868 1 July 15 - 30 Jun 17
    Jane Roberts
    Navy Vice President

     1 July 17 - 30 Jun 19
    Veronica Trent-Walton Navy Assistant Secretary 703-695-2913 1 July 16 - 30 Jun 18
    Jonathan R Newell USMC Vice President

    571-256-8740 1 July 17 - 30 Jun 19
    Astrid Diaz USMC Assistant Secretary

    703-614-3435 1 July 16 - 30 Jun 18
    Benjamin J Yarish Air Force Vice President

    703-695-4442 1 July 17 - 30 Jun 19
    Patricia "Pat" Corey
    Air Force Assistant Secretary

      1 July 17 - 30 Jun 18
    LT Mark Sanchez USCG Vice President 202-475-5450 1 July 17 - 30 Jun 19
    Stella Whitsell
    USCG Assistant Secretary

    1 July 17 - 30 Jun 18
    Debra Delmar Corporate/Retired Vice President 703-593-6667 1 July 17 - 30 Jun 19
    Rita Finney Corporate/Retired Assistant Secretary 301-938-8198 1 July 16 - 30 Jun 18


    Training and Education

    Chair: Terry Placek and Millie Thompson

    Training and Education Members:

    Dick Reed

    Wendy Pouliot Awards/Essay Chair 703-697-0156
    Jessica McClain Scholarship Chair

    Milford E. Thompson Luncheon 202-685-1524
    Terry Placek Training & Education 703-599-4514
    Jennifer Miller
    Luncheon Liaison/Host


    Chair: Deb DelMar

    PDI Members:

    Vacant PDI Silent Auction/Raffle Vacant  
    Deb Del Mar Regional PDI 703-593-6667

    Outreach and Publicity

    Chair: Wayne Whiten and Jeff Norris

    Outreach and Publicity Members:

    Beverly VeitCompetition

    Jeff Norris Community Service 202-533-4024
    Dan Olden Membership 202-533-5183
    Rocky Wilber Photographer 571-372-7190
    Michael Monson Newsletter Managing Editor

    571-481-4901 x202
    Wayne Whiten Webmaster 703-797-8831


    Chair: David Zavada Audit Chair



    Chair: Krystyna Kolesar      
    Nominating Members:      
    Gregory Little
    DOD VP
    Nicole McClenic
    Army VP
    Jane Roberts
    Navy VP
    Jonathan R Newell USMC VP jonathan.r.newell@usmc.mil571-256-8740
    Benjamin J Yarish Air Force VP

    LT Sanchez USCG VP 202-475-5450
    Deb Delmar Corporate/Retired VP 703-593-6667

    PRESIDENT - Krystyna M. Kolesar

    Ms. Kolesar was selected to the Senior Executive Service in November 2003.  She brings experience working for the U.S. Navy and the Office of the Secretary of Defense.  Since February 2013, she has served as the Deputy Director, Program Analysis and Evaluation Directorate, Headquarters Department of the Army, Deputy Chief of Staff, G-8.  Her broad responsibilities cover the full breath of all Army program efforts and involve independent analysis, development, integration, reporting, and defense of the Army Future Years Defense Program.  She is instrumental in aligning Army’s programs and funding to support strategic priorities, transformation objectives and urgent operational needs of the Army and the Department of Defense.



    ·    Nov 2003 – Feb 2013 Director, Force and Infrastructure Analysis Division, Office of the

    Secretary of Defense, Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation, Washington, DC. Analyzed readiness, supply chain management, installations, energy, and depot

    maintenance issues.  Assessed global posture with a focus on the Asia-Pacific region. Developed and implemented tools and methodologies to determine the effective allocation of resources, specifically the Department of Defense’s $200 billion Operations and Maintenance accounts.  Reviewed major weapon systems focusing on Operating and Support cost issues.

    ·    Apr 1998 - Nov 2003 -Operations Research Analyst, Force & Infrastructure Cost Analysis, Office of Secretary of Defense, Program Analysis & Evaluation.  Prepared independent life cycle cost (LCC) analyses on major weapon systems for the Cost Analysis Improvement Group (CAIG) (e.g., Future Aircraft Carrier Program, Comanche Helicopter (RAH-66)).  Analyze $100B Operations and Maintenance accounts for all Services.  Served as US team lead on Partnership-for-Peace (PfP) Defense Resource

    Management Studies (DRMS) to Uzbekistan.

    ·    Sep 1997 - Apr 1998 -US Exchange Officer, Department of Defence, Canberra, Australia.  Conducted an assessment of the initial investment costs to the associated upgrade costs for major capital equipment for the Australian Department of Defence.

    ·    Oct 1994 - Sep 1997 -Operations Research Analyst, Economic and Manpower Analysis, Office of Secretary of Defense, Program Analysis & Evaluation.  Prepared independent LCC analyses for the CAIG (e.g., Navy Area Theatre Ballistic Missile Defense, Joint Primary Aircraft Trainer).  Conducted DoD review of Defense Agencies and DoD Field Activities.  Served as US team lead on PfP DRMS to Hungary, Czech Republic and Slovakia.

    ·    Mar 1993 - Oct 1994 -Supervisory Section Head, Aircraft Carriers & Sub Combat Sys, Naval Sea Systems Command 017 (NAVSEA017), Department of the Navy.  Managed cost engineering team to produce cost estimates for the Aircraft Carriers new construction and refueling complex overhaul.  Assessed the $5B CVN-76 contract for approval.

    ·    Aug 1992 - Feb 1993 -International Agreements Specialist, Navy International Project Office, Department of the Navy.  Negotiated Memorandums of Understanding with US allies (e.g., UK, France, Sweden, and Australia).

    ·    Jul 1987 - Aug 1992 -Cost Engineer, SEA017, Department of the Navy.  Developed cost estimates and budgets (e.g., US/UK Surface Ship Torpedo Defense and US/UK Advanced Sea Mine program).



    ·    Master in Business Administration, University of George Washington, Washington, DC.

    ·    Bachelor of Science, Engineering, Cum Laude, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA.  

    ·    Economics coursework at University College, Oxford University in England.  



    ·    “Program on Negotiation for Senior Executives” from Harvard Law School

    ·    Department of the Navy, Supervisory Excellence Program

    ·    Department of the Navy, Cost Analysis Intern Program



    ·    “Technology, Operation and Value Chain Management” from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School of Management.

    ·    “Program for Senior Executives in National and International Security” from John F.

    Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

    ·    “Seminar XXI:  International Relations, Foreign Politics, and the U.S. National Interest”

    from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Center for International Studies.



    ·    Secretary of Defense Medal for Meritorious Civilian Service (Bronze Palm), April 2013.

    ·    Secretary of Defense Medal for Meritorious Civilian Service, April 2008.

    ·    Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service, May 2007.

    PRESIDENT ELECT - Robin Farley

    SECRETARY - Ms. Cynthia Cooks

    Ms. Cynthis Crippen-Black

    Ms. Cynthia Cooks is Chief, Financial Management Division, Resource Services-Washington. She is a multi-disciplined financial analyst with over 28 years of accounting and resource management experience. During her career she has played a key role in the areas of budget execution and formulation, manpower, resource management, management initiatives, strategic planning and resource programming, financial management, program analysis, budget analysis (budget formulation, justification and execution) and manpower analysis and management.

    In her current assignment she provides a broad range of financial support and administration services to senior officials and customers for 27 agencies and HQDA. Responsible for developing, interpreting, and disseminating policies and regulations related to overall programs and activities serviced by Resource Services-Washington. Within a broad framework, exercise professional judgment and interpret policies, which include Army policies and procedures governing payroll operations, Government Travel Card Program, Defense Travel System for the operating agency, Government Purchase Card Program, and Finance career developmental training support.


    • Chief, Financial Management Division, HQDA, OAA, Resource Services-Washington

    • Sr Financial Analyst for Civilian Pay, HQDA, Army Budget Office

    • Team Leader/Sr Financial Management Analyst, HQDA, Army Budget Office

    • Team Leader/Program Analyst, HQDA, AG-1 for Civilian Personnel

    • Resource Analyst, HQDA, AG-1 for Civilian Personnel

    • Financial Analyst, US Army


    • MSM, Financial Management, University of Maryland University College (anticipated graduation December 2015)

    • BS, Business Administration, Excelsior College


    • Performance Recognition Award

    • ASMC Award: Outstanding Resource Management Team (above ACOM)

    • Meritorious Service Medal

    • Army Commendation Medals

    • Army Achievement Medals

    • National Defense Service Medal

    • Army Service Ribbons

    • Overseas Service Ribbons


    • American Society of Military Comptrollers

    TREASURER - Mr. Steven Birk


    Mr. Steven Birk is currently a Senior Budget Analyst within the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller).  Mr. Birk has 27 years of DoD Financial Management experience where he worked for the Army, Navy, DISA, and OSD Comptroller as a Resource Management Officer, Budget Officer, Accounting Officer, Systems Accountant and Staff Accountant.  Throughout his career he has worked on most general fund appropriations and in the working capital fund.  Mr. Birk has a Master of Business Administration and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Defense Financial Manager (CDFM-A), Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM), and Defense Certified Financial Manager (DCFM Level III).


    DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE – Mr. Gregory Little

    ARMY – Ms. Nicole McClenic

    NAVY – Ms. Jane Roberts

    AIR FORCE – Benjamin J Yarish

    MARINE CORPS – Mr. Jonathan R. Newell

    COAST GUARD – Lieutenant Mark M. Sanchez, CDFM-A, CGFM, PMP

    LTJG Mark Sanchez, USCGR, MPA, CDFM-A, CGFM

    Lieutenant (LT) Mark Sanchez has been serving on active duty with the United States Coast Guard for over 18 years and is currently assigned as the Deployment Manager for the Financial Management Services Improvement Initiative at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C. A Department of Homeland Security Level II special interest acquisition, he oversees all activities related to the development and implementation of financial management, procurement, and asset management training for 15,000 users in preparation of the Coast Guard’s transition to a Federal Shared Service provider. LT Sanchez enlisted into the Coast Guard in June of 1998 immediately following his high school graduation. A native of Albuquerque, NM, his career highlights include:

    ·         Lead Purchasing Agent: Conducted acquisition related activities for 12 Coast Guard sub units in the Southwestern Alaska region totaling over $1M annually.

    ·         Base Kodiak Warehouse Manager: Responsible for the distribution, tracking, and disposal of equipment and capitalized assets totaling over $20M.

    ·         Supply Officer: Administered all financial aspects of Coast Guard LORAN Station Las Cruces, NM including the management of a $65K annual operating budget and over $800,000 in electronic aids to navigation assets.

    ·         Recruit Company Commander: Successfully led over 500 newly enlisted recruits through rigorous 53-day boot camp training program.

    ·         Chief, Facilities and Containers Branch: Administered the Coast Guard Compliance Inspection Program for the Pennsylvania/Delaware/New Jersey region to include the planning and execution of multi-agency strike force operations with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies.

    ·         Out-Year Budget and Finance Manager: Directed all activities related to the formulation and execution of $134M annual Coast Guard Reserve Training Appropriation.  

    ·         Graduate: Coast Guard Officer Candidate School Class 1-09

    ·         Author of two professional articles published in the Armed Forces Comptroller Journal and Reservist Magazine.


    LT Sanchez resides in Alexandria, VA with his wife and young son. He serves as the Coast Guard Vice President of the Washington, D.C. chapter of the American Society of Military Comptrollers and is a sitting member of the Coast Guard Mutual Assistance Board of Control. LT Sanchez has received numerous honors and awards for his dedicated service, including two Coast Guard Commendation Medals, three Coast Guard Achievement Medals, and a Commandants Letter of Commendation. He holds a B.A. in Political Science and a Masters Degree in Public Administration (MPA) from American Military University. He is a Certified Defense Financial Manager with Acquisitions Specialty (CDFM-A), Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM), and Project Management Professional (PMP).


    CORPORATE / RETIRED – Ms. Deb Del Mar

    Ms. Deb Del MarDebra S. Del Mar, is Co-Founder of Vanguard Advisors, LLC, a small, woman-owned business based in Northern Virginia. Vanguard Advisors serves an elite group of industry firms who support government objectives of improving performance and readiness in the areas of financial management and business transformation. As managing partner, Ms. Del Mar provides thought-leadership, in-depth experience, and proven business strategies that enable clients to realize impressive growth through the achievement of rapid results, operational effectiveness, and ROI for their government customers.
    Previously at American Management Systems, Inc. (AMS), Debra’s leader-ship positions included Vice President/General Manager for Defense Financial Solutions and Vice President of Business Strategy for Defense & Intel Division. A member of ASMC since 1985, Ms DelMar has been both the Corporate/Retired Vice President for the ASMC Washington Chapter & the National Capital Region PDI Chair since 2006.

    Other professional affiliations include:

    • Association of Government Accountants (AGA)

    • Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA)

    • AFCEA • Women in Technology

    • National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA)

    She earned an MBA in Science & Technology Innovation from George Washington University and a BS in Chemistry from The College of William and Mary.



    ARMY – Hairo Ortiz

    NAVY – Ms. Veronica Trent

    Ms. Veronica Trent
    Ms. Veronica Trent is a Senior Budget Analyst for the Department of the Navy, serving as a Senior Financial Analyst for Field Support Activity (FSA). She’s responsible for over $500 million in Operating and Maintenance (O&MN) funding for DOD Combatant Commands (COCOMs). She’s also responsible for the Operation Iraqi and Operation Enduring Freedom supplemental funding for the COCOMs and activities under the cognizants of Field Support Activity.

    Prior to serving as a Financial Analyst at FSA, Ms. Trent held the position of a Senior Program Analyst at the Naval Sea Systems Command (PEO Ships/ AEGIS Program) for 18 years. She has received her certification in Department of Defense Acquisition Program as a Level III (the highest level) in the Business Cost Estimating and Financial Management career field.

    She’s active with her local church and children’s school and has taken on the responsibility of mentorship with a Navy intern. Ms. Trent currently resides in Upper Marlboro, MD with her husband and two children.

    AIR FORCE – Patricia "Pat" Corey

    MARINE CORPS – Astrid Diaz

    COAST GUARD – Stella Whitsell


    CORPORATE / RETIRED – Ms. Rita Finney


    Ms. Finney has played an active role in supporting the ASMC’s mission to improve military comptrollership across many facets including budget, cost, accounting, and finance. For the past 9 years, Ms. Finney has served as the ASMC National Capital Region PDI Treasurer / Finance chair and has also assumed the duties of the Sponsorship Chair over the past four years. Her support and hard work was recognized by the Washington DC Chapter in 2013 when she received the Distinguished Service Award.

    In March of 2013 and 2014, the Washington DC Chapter hosted its annual National Capital Regional PDI event at the Ronald Reagan Building with record breaking attendance each year. Ms. Finney played a key role in recruiting other corporate sponsors for the event. Having established a working relationship with past corporate sponsors, Ms. Finney was able to secure additional corporate sponsorship for the Regional PDI which completely covered the expenses of all government attendees. This allowed government attendees to participate at no cost, a tremendous feat in this time of budget austerity and training cuts.

    Ms. Finney is also involved in the planning, organization, and execution of the annual ASMC-AGA Golf Tournament each July at Fort Belvoir. Through active sponsorship solicitation, she has ensured this event has been profitable since 2009.

    WEB MASTER – Mr. Wayne Whiten, MAOM, CFE, CICA, CDFM-A

    Mr. Wayne Whiten

    Mr. Wayne Whiten is an efficient and effective financial manager with 34 years of experience. He served 20 years on active duty in the U. S. Army. Currently, he is a Principal and Project Manager (PM) supporting numerous customers in the Department of Defense, other federal agencies and the Commercial sector. Mr. Whiten demonstrates rare abilities, skill sets, and attributes in logistics, finance, information technology, and manpower. He is a proven leader, Certified Defense Financial Manager with Acquisition Specialty (CDFM-A), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Certified Internal Control Auditor (CICA), and registered/licensed Private Investigator (PI) who understands the significance of strategic planning, guidance, and implementation from the business, employee, customer, and strategic partner prospective. He is proficient and knowledgeable in business and employee ethics with extensive knowledge of Planning, Programming, Budgeting, and Execution System (PPBES). Mr. Whiten articulates both the logistics and financial aspects of requisitioning, budgeting, formulating, allocating, funding, programming, and material return procedures from cradle to grave. He is the recipient of the 2011 ASMC Washington Chapter Distinguished Service Award and 2006 CALIBRE Distinguished Service Award. Mr. Whiten has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Master’s degree in Organizational Management. He is a member of: The American Society of Military Comptrollers; The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, and is the past and present Registration Chair for the ASMC Washington Chapter National Capital Region Professional Development Institution.