In March, Chris Cusano, chapter president, recognized dedicated volunteers for their outstanding service to the chapter. This year, the chapter nominated a number of high performing volunteers for the AFCEA International Medal of Merit Award. This award recognizes dedicated service to AFCEA along with a sustained professional contribution in the fields of information systems, intelligence and communications technology. The chapters nominees for 2013 are: Ryan Cox with Gartner; Matt Czarnecki with NTT Data Federal; Paul Patton with CACI; Mike Sinisi with ManTech; and Michelle Youngers with Raytheon Trusted Computing Solutions.
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In March, the chapter recognized its monthly award winners: Col. Ward Heinke, USAF (Ret.), received the SuperNOVA Award, and Patrick Mobley was recognized as the Young AFCEAN of the Month. Col. Ward serves as the director of the Cyber Defense Solution Center for Raytheon. He has been an active chapter volunteer for years and is a lifetime member of AFCEA. The colonel has been a key contributor to the Valentine's Ball Committee and was instrumental in overseeing room preparations for the event. Col. Ward has been a valuable member of the chapters Air Force IT Day Committee for years, bringing his real-world experience and expertise to develop an event that addresses relevant, mission critical issues facing the department. Mobley works in client delivery and business development for Dominion Business Solutions.
The chapter announced its nominees for the AFCEA International Meritorious Service Award in March. This award recognizes volunteer contributions made to strengthen and sustain the chapter. The nominees were: Maggie Cook McKee from Navanti Group; Garth Hedger with WESCO; and Jason March with Natoma Technologies. The chapter congratulated them on their nominations.
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The chapter selected Alexa Tsui as its SuperNOVA of the Month recipient for February. Tsui is a business development manager at Technik Incorporation, an ISO 9001:2000 certified professional services company. She is involved in almost every volunteer opportunity available with the chapter. Most recently, she led the efforts of creating the first ever chapter newsletter, the NOVA COMMUNICATOR. She also helped support the following events: Navy IT and Air Force IT days, the Wounded Warrior Program, Membership, Heroines in Technology and many more. Artin Boghozian received the Young AFCEAN of the Month Award. Boghozian provides business development for CSC. He has been a very active member and leader within the Young AFCEAN community.
The chapter's Adopt-a-School outreach included a February visit to Lake Braddock Secondary School. Eileen Fox, business and information technology instructor, invited Linda Drake from Exelis Incorporated to be the guest speaker for the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) meeting.
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Shana Muhammad received the chapter's December SuperNOVA Award. Muhammad is a business development manager for Strategic Resources Incorporated. She has been an active member of the chapter since 2009 and has made substantial contributions across many chapter programs. She served as Young AFCEAN co-chair for Warfighter IT Day; chair for Mentor Protégé Night; co-chair for the Luncheon Committee; co-chair for the Beltway Collaboration Reception; and a member of the Heroines in Technology Auction Committee. The chapter selected Rob Stevens as the Young AFCEAN of the Month. Stevens is a program manager/business development for ELEVI Associates LLC, a certified small business delivering information technology-based systems and services.
The chapter recognized Ryan Cox as an Emerging Leader in December. Cox is a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and served on active duty as a surface warfare office before transitioning to industry. He has been an active member of the chapter since 2008 and currently serves as a member of the chapter's board of directors as the vice president of information. He is the youngest board member in the history of the chapter. In this role, Cox serves as the chief information officer of the chapter, responsible for the overall information technology strategy and approach, as well as the chief media representative. He has served as the president of the chapter's Young AFCEANs, the Small Business Committee chair, Luncheon Corporate Table Sponsorship chair and a volunteer for every IT Day Committee.
In December, the chapter recognized its outstanding Young AFCEAN members. Chi-Lai Poon has been an active Young AFCEAN since joining the chapter in 2009. She has demonstrated a willingness and enthusiasm to take on some of the chapter's toughest challenges and has established herself as a leader within the organization. Poon is bright, creative and tenacious when it comes to promoting the AFCEA mission and vision within the industry and community. She currently serves as part of the Leadership Committee as the vice chair of special activities for the chapter's Young AFCEANs. Kelly Edington is building the profile for a successful, active volunteer within AFCEA. Since becoming an active member in 2008, she has made an impact on every facet of the chapter.
In November, the chapter selected Rob Konosky as its SuperNOVA Award recipient. Konosky is a director of business development with Raytheon Trusted Computing Systems, where he is focused on delivering new and innovative secure technology solutions to defense clients. He has supported many chapter events and committees over the years and was recently the chair of the annual golf tournament in June 2012. During this event, Konosky managed a committee of more than 40 volunteers and delivered another sold-out event. It grossed more than$50,000 and made a substantial financial contribution to the chapter's science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) scholarship efforts. In addition, the chapter recognized Morgan Kreutz as its Young AFCEAN for November. Kreutz is the marketing manager for Information Management Consultants (IMC).
In October, the chapter recognized several award winners. First, the chapter honored Steve Costolo as the SuperNOVA of the Month. Costolo serves as a federal account manager supporting the defense and intelligence communities for Gigamon, an information technology company providing traffic visibility and networking solutions that support cybersecurity, continuous monitoring and situational awareness missions. Costolo has been active with the chapter since 2009. He has been a contributor across the chapter, supporting the IT Days and monthly luncheon events as the technology/presentation lead. In addition, he has supported the Luncheon Sponsorship Committee and has successfully secured follow-on renewals with the chapter's corporate partners and table sponsors. Securing corporate sponsors enables the chapter to deliver a high-value program of events and maximize contributions to its scholarship program.