Per NAMC's bylaws, "All corporate powers shall be exercised by, or under the authority of, and the business of the Corporation shall be managed under the direction of the Board of Directors." The role of the Board is the oversight of the management and strategy of the NAMC. Careful consideration is taken in regards to information shared with the Board of Directors regarding projects, to ensure no knowledge is gained that is not disclosed to the entire membership. As such, the Board of Directors is excluded from day-to-day operations of the Consortium.
NAMC's Board of Directors consists of both member elected directors as well as directors who are appointed by our two Supported Organizations, NCMS and AUVSI. The Executive Committee is made up of the Officers of the Board of Directors
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Tony Melita is an internationally recognized expert in munitions and land warfare systems acquisition forged over 31 years of service with the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). He has a reputation for fairness and integrity when operating as a day-to-day tactician, and as a visionary when laying the foundation for strategic outcomes. He has a long track record of shaping successful defense acquisition programs and for developing strong relationships between government and industry.
Mr. Melita had various assignments as a DoD civilian — ranging from hands-on technology development to serving as a Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, and concluding as the Director for Land Warfare and Munitions within the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics.
In 1987, Mr. Melita joined the Office of the Secretary of Defense after nine years as an Army civilian. In August 1997, he was promoted into the Federal Government’s Senior Executive Service and served as the Director of the Office of Munitions until October 2002 when a reorganization challenged him to provide leadership over the Office of Land Warfare as well. In this role he was responsible for the vertical integration of warheads, explosives, and fuze technologies into munitions systems, and with oversight of the development and acquisition of all Land Combat systems including Army and Marine Corps tracked and wheeled vehicles and rotary wing aviation systems and programs.
Mr. Melita is a three-time recipient of the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service; a recipient of a Presidential Rank Award as a Meritorious Executive; a recipient of the National Defense Industrial Association’s Gold Medal; and a recipient of the National Ethnic Coalition’s Congressionally-authorized Medal of Honor.
Mr. Melita is a member of the American Helicopter Society, the Marine Corps Aviation Association, the Association of the United States Army, and the National Defense Industrial Association. He serves on the Board of Directors of Expal USA.
Mr. Melita is currently the President and CEO of MELITAconsulting, LLC – an independent defense consulting firm. He serves as the Executive Director of the National Advance Mobility Consortium – the industrial and academic arm of the Department of Defense Mobility Enterprise, and as Executive Director of the National Spectrum Consortium.
Mr. Melita was born in Corona, New York and resides in Alexandria, Virginia. He earned a B.S. in Forest Engineering from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, a B.S. in Engineering from Syracuse University, and an M.S. in Engineering Management from Florida Institute of Technology.
As Director of Operations, Alissa Roath administers the $200M non-profit and serves as the primary interface with Members, Government Partners, Customers and contracting commands. Ms. Roath has extensive experience in process development, project management, grant writing, business administration, talent management and corporate leadership. Ms. Roath has a B.F.A. in Art History from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.
Ms. Roath reports directly to Mr. Melita and is currently responsible for all day-to-day activities of the consortium, including oversight and management of the CAO. Additionally, Ms. Roath serves as Facility Security Officer (FSO) and Corporate Secretary to the Board, with signatory responsibilities as an Officer of the corporation. .
Elected, Senior Executive, Vehicles, Class C, Term Expires Fall 2020
Kevin Mulrenin is Chief Marketing Officer for ArmorWorks and has been working in the military ground vehicle community for over 25 years. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Maryland – University College. His impressive resume includes leading such efforts as the development of the Army’s Fuel Efficient Demonstrator (FED) to the more recent development of concept designs for the Combat Vehicle Prototype (CVP) and Mobile Protected Firepower (MPF) vehicles. He has been a life-long member of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) and the Association of the United States Army (AUSA). Kevin’s proven track record of growing and sustaining small businesses in the defense vehicles market paired with his dedication to bringing innovation to the military ground vehicle community will be very helpful as he takes on his role as a member of the NAMC Board of Directors.
Elected, Non-Profit Seat, Class B, Term Expires Fall 2019
B.S., Biology (Biochemistry)/Chemical Engineering, Michigan Technological University, 1980
Mr. Ladika has over 37 years of technical and business experience in commercial industry and government programs, both foreign and domestic. He began his career as a Chemical Engineer with The Budd Company Plastic R&D Center developing processes to produce composite materials with aircraft quality using automotive volume production techniques. He was selected to lead efforts to diversify the commercial R&D portfolio into defense programs for the R&D center and its production divisions. At FMC Ground Systems Division, Mr. Ladika, as a Staff Engineer, led the advance technology efforts for the Department of Defense and other Government agencies, and was the Survivability Program Manager for the XM8 Armored Gun System. Additionally, he was selected by FMC Corporate Management for its Innovation Council. As General Manager of the Composite Technologies Unit of W.R. Grace, he wass responsible for all fiscal and operational aspects of the recently acquired company. He garnered extensive international experience with O’Gara, Hess, and Eisenhardt, providing security for Heads-of-State, Ministry Level Officials as well as for the U.S. Government. While at O’Gara, Mr. Ladika led the development of the original Up-Armored HMMWV and was a key member of the corporate team working with Congress to achieve corporate and customer goals. Mr. Ladika joined the Institute in 1996 as a Senior Research Scientist and then later as Manager of the Survivability Mechanics Section. In 2000, Mr. Ladika joined the Program Development Office and represented SwRI to commercial and government clients in the Detroit Office. Mr. Ladika also served as the President’s representative to the Southwest Research Consortium where he served as a member and was later elected Chairman. He assisted executive and technical staff in the development, planning and implementation of strategies to achieve positive business or relationship results where the end state was unclear.
Mr. Ladika was also responsible for the Institute’s Corporate Business Development Office where he was responsible for acting as the Institute’s advocate for achieving our public mission and goals. In this role, he developed strategy and implementation advice for the Institute and Technical Divisions needs by bringing together all aspects of communications, promotion, research and business resources in furtherance of organization goals and responsibilities. Mr. Ladika is now a Senior Program Manager in the Intelligent Systems Division.
PATENTS & PUBLICATIONS: Mr. Ladika holds two patents, 22 classified patent disclosures, and is published in the Handbook of Non-Invasive Drug Delivery Systems.
Elected, Small Business Seat, Class B, Term Expires Fall 2019
LTC (Retired) Matt Dooley attended the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he graduated and received his commission as a Second Lieutenant of Armor in May 1994. LTC(R) Dooley served in numerous armor and cavalry assignments over the course of his 21 years of service. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and holds a Masters Degree in Military Art and Science. LTC (R) Dooley has served in a number of forward assignments and is a veteran of six operational and combat tours over the course of his career. In his most recent active duty position as the Chief of Lethality and Robotics Branch for the U.S. Army Capabilities Integration Center, LTC(R) Dooley acted as the primary level-three integrator in support of the U.S. Army’s pursuit of robotics programs. He served as the Principal Coordinating Author for the Army’s 2016 Robotics and Autonomous Systems Strategy. LTC(R) Dooley now works as the Principal Consultant for Robotics and Autonomous Systems for John H. Northrop and Associates Consulting.
Elected, Senior Technology, Class C, Term Expires Fall 2020
Jerry Lane is a mechanical engineer, business developer, Michigan consultant, owner/president of Great Lakes Systems & Technology LLC (GLS&T), NAMC member (Senior Technology Board Member & Treasurer) & DATC, AUVSI Great Lakes Chapter President, NDIA Michigan Chapter Board Member, past chapter president, ROTC Unmanned Systems Award sponsor, and Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition Co-Founder & Co-Chairman www.IGVC.org.
After working in the trailer and automotive industries at Fruehauf Trailer Corp and Ford Motor Co., Jerry was the chassis project engineer at Cadillac Gage Inc. for the V-150 Commando & recovery vehicle.
TARDEC, worked Armored Combat Vehicle Technology, High Mobility Agility Vehicle (HIMAG-A), High Survivability Test Vehicle-Lightweight (HSTV-L), MPG, AGS & MPF predecessor & led the fire survivability AFES team. Robotics; Jerry initiated TARDEC intelligent robotics, the Army’s first autonomous mobility demonstrators, developed the Robotic Wingman & Robotic Convoy concepts, Computer Aided Remote Driving, multi-robotic control/mobile Robotic Command Center (RCC) and SBIR robotic projects. Desert Storm, led team to develop & field 20 USMC robotic tank kits to clear Iraqi minefields. TARDEC Associate Director; led Army ground vehicle Science & Technology customer marketing, management & strategy/planning.
Defense Industry positions/projects: ARA Michigan office /developed robotic route clearance systems & unmanned aerial systems; at SAIC, PM/BD programs in robotics, APS, hybrid electric, & APUs.
Appointed, NCMS, Class B, Term Expires Fall 2019
Michael D. Bolon established MD&B Enterprises in 2013 after serving in leadership positions in Fortune 500 companies for more than 40 years. Michael’s professional experience includes engineering management for Chrysler Corporation and General Dynamics Land Systems.
Mr. Bolon joined Chrysler Corporation in 1968 as a power train engineer. Within five years he advanced to a management position where he led the design and development of the propulsion system for the M1 Abrams Main Battle Tank which included the integration of a turbine engine
After General Dynamics acquired Chrysler Defense in 1982, Mr. Bolon was named Deputy Program Manager for Tank Programs, with progression in 1986 to General Manager of Armored Vehicle Technologies Associated, a joint venture between GD and FMC Corporation. In 1992, he was appointed Director of Advanced Programs for General Dynamics, and was named Vice President for Amphibious Systems in 1996. Just three years later, Mr. Bolon became the Vice President of Production and Delivery, responsible for all manufacturing.
In 2000, Mr. Bolon was appointed Senior Vice President of Engineering Design and Development, leading General Dynamics Land Systems’ team for technology, product design and development, logistics engineering and technical support. His leadership role continued to evolve after being named Senior Vice President of Enterprise Strategy and Chief Technical Officer. In that role, Mr. Bolon had enterprise-wide responsibility for Advanced Programs, Business Development, Business Planning and Alliances, Planning Control and Analysis, and Innovation and Technology Planning. Mr. Bolon’s most recent role was the Senior Vice President and Business Sector Executive for United States Marine Corps and United States Navy programs.
Mr. Bolon’s professional experience includes responsibility as Chairman of the General Dynamics Corporate Engineering and Technology Council from 2005 to 2013. He also serves on Oakland University’s School of Engineering and Computer Science (SECS) Advisory Board, the Engineering Society of Detroit Board of Directors and the National Advanced Mobility Consortium Board of Directors.
Elected, Academic Seat, Class A, Term Expires Fall 2021
Louay M. Chamra, Ph.D., is Dean of the School of Engineering and Computer Science at Oakland University. He is responsible for shaping academic priorities and programs, attracting and supporting outstanding faculty, recruiting undergraduate and graduate students, and providing global education for students. He oversees the development of collaborations with industry through research initiatives, technology transfer and commercialization.
Dr. Chamra promotes a diverse and enriching culture within the School of Engineering. Dr. Chamra leads an ambitious strategic plan, which resulted in increased student enrollment, faculty, and student advisors. Additionally, female student enrollment has more than doubled in the last five years increasing from 8 percent to 17 percent in Engineering and Computer Science.
Dr. Chamra was featured in DBusiness journal “The Faces of Detroit” recognizing the School of Engineering and Computer Science for their efforts to advance the economic strength of Southeast Michigan and to grow businesses, accelerate innovation, and prepare tomorrow’s leaders through leveraging resources and building relationships. He is a strong advocate of the community, and he believes that higher education should contribute to the prosperity of the communities it serves. He is a member of the American Society of Engineering Education, Engineering Society of Detroit, and the Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society. He initiated robust outreach opportunities that encourage young children of all backgrounds to pursue college study in the STEM fields.
Prior to joining Oakland University, He was the PACCAR Chair and Head of the Mechanical Engineering department at Mississippi State University (MSU) where he also served as the Director of the Micro-CHP and Bio-Fuel Center and Co-Director for the Southeast CHP Application Center.
Dr. Chamra has been deeply involved in teaching, research, and service activities focused on the enhancement of engineering education. Throughout his career, he received numerous awards such as the Pi Tau Sigma award, which recognizes excellence in higher education. He has also been recognized for outstanding leadership and contribution to promoting diversity in higher education. Additionally, Dr. Chamra received the 2013 Oakland University International Service Award for his efforts to recruit international students. He has done extensive research in heat exchanger design and enhanced heat transfer, and has led efforts in energy utilization and efficiency. He was Principal Investigator on several projects funded by the Department of Energy, American Society of Heating, refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers, and private industries in many of the above areas. He has been PI, co-PI or co-investigator of projects totaling over $10 million. He is the author of more than 70 archival journal articles and conference papers, a book, and 5 textbook chapters.
Dr. Chamra earned his bachelor of science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 1982. Later he received his Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Portland in 1988 and Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University in 1992.
Appointed, AUVSI, Class A, Term Expires Fall 2021
Mr. Deguire, Vice President of Land Systems, QinetiQ North America, has more than twenty five years’ experience at QinetiQ developing and fielding unmanned and survivability systems working at both the Engineering and Managerial level.
Since joining QinetiQ (formerly Foster-Miller) in 1990, Mr. Deguire has held a series of increasingly responsible positions. An Electrical Engineer, Mr. Deguire joined QinetiQ as a design engineer, before beginning his steady advance into a robotics control systems, program manager and principal investigator for developmental ground robots to his present position as Vice President of Land Systems. Mr. Deguire presently leads an integrated product development business unit consisting of electrical, mechanical, software and systems engineers developing robotic systems for IED / mine remediation and tactical weaponized robots including associated operator controls and interfaces. He also leads the Survivability Solutions group, the world leader in Aircraft Armor and RPG defeat systems. He and his team have developed and delivered over 5,000 robotic systems, 1,300 fixed wing aircraft Armor kits and 13,000 RPG defeat systems fielded worldwide and is credited with saving many lives.
Mr. Deguire is an inventor and co-inventor on 10 US Patents assigned to QinetiQ and has authored numerous technical papers presented at AUVSI, SPIE and NDIA.
Elected, Senior Executive Robotics Seat, Class B, Term Expires Fall 2019
Tom Frost serves on the NAMC Board of Directors as a Sr. Robotics Executive, where he gives voice to the opportunities and challenges facing robotic technology developers. Tom is Vice President and General Manager of FLIR Unmanned Ground Systems (a unit of FLIR Systems, Inc.), leading a business devoted to providing the most advanced and rugged unmanned ground vehicles to U.S. and allied military, law enforcement and industrial users worldwide. Tom was President of Endeavor Robotics for three years before it was acquired by FLIR. Prior to that, he served as General Manager of iRobot’s Defense & Security Unit. Other assignments at iRobot included Vice President of Strategy (with a focus on new markets, new products and M&A), Program Manager of Unmanned Maritime Systems, Program Manager for the PackBot robot system, Director of Engineering of Government and Industrial Robots, Project Manager for the DARPA project that developed PackBot and software developer. Tom has been deeply involved with the robotics industry for 20+ years. In the early days of the Afghanistan War, Tom spent six weeks in-theater with the Army’s Rapid Equipping Force, pioneering the military’s use of ground robotics in a combat environment and better understanding the warfighter’s needs. Tom holds a B.S. and M.S. in computer engineering with a focus in robotics from Lehigh University and an M.B.A. from MIT’s Sloan Fellows Program in Innovation and Global Leadership.
Appointed, AUVSI, Class B, Term Expires Fall 2019
Mark Gordon is the President and CEO of Stratom, Inc., a Colorado-based Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) that provides Strategic Solutions and Advanced Technologies to government, commercial and global clients.
Since founding Stratom Inc., in 2001, Mr. Gordon’s activities have included research and development, training, and strategy development with the Federal Government and Department of Defense (DoD). These activities have focused on the development and use of unmanned systems, payloads, and tools within the Department of Defense for IED and UXO threat detection and neutralization, sensor integration to fight the Global War On Terror (GWOT), unmanned logistics, automated ground refueling for military resupply applications, and DoD robotic hardware standards development. Mr. Gordon has extensive experience in the direction, research, and management of research and engineering organizations, manufacturing, and operations.
Mr. Gordon’s engagements in the commercial industry have ranged from global Fortune 500 companies to startups providing strategy development, engineering services, supply chain management, operations management, and program management for the development, sourcing, and release of numerous high technology products. Mr. Gordon has international experience in sourcing, business management, and product introduction. Prior to Stratom, Mr. Gordon held management positions at McDATA Corporation, Exabyte Corporation, and was an Officer in the US Marine Corps.
He has a Master of Engineering in Engineering Management from the University of Colorado and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Bradley University. Mr. Gordon is the Executive Vice Chairman for the Association of Unmanned Systems Vehicles International (AUVSI) Board of Directors and Chairman of the National Advanced Mobility Consortium (NAMC) Board of Directors. Mr. Gordon is a member of the prestigious Army Navy Club in Washington DC., and lives in Boulder County, Colo. with his wife and three children.
Appointed, AUVSI, Class C, Term Expires Fall 2020
Tom McMahon is senior vice president of Advocacy and Government Relations at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International. In this role, he leads AUVSI’s public affairs and communications organization. He also manages initiatives to reach policy decision makers and influencers with information about unmanned systems and how the technology will benefit the economy and generate business opportunities and jobs.
Before joining AUVSI in 2015, McMahon was director of Global Communications and Government Affairs at Motorola Solutions, a leading provider of public safety communications systems. Previously, he was director of Corporate Communications and Government Relations at CenturyLink and Qwest Communications, two of the nation’s largest telecommunications providers. He managed media relations during the $22 billion CenturyLink-Qwest merger, a transaction that required approval from the Federal Communications Commission, the U.S. Department of Justice and more than 30 state public service commissions.
Earlier in his career, McMahon was vice president of Communications and Government Affairs at WaveCrest Laboratories, an electric vehicle systems developer. He helped promote the company’s patented electric propulsion technology in the international transportation market. Before that he was vice president at the public affairs firms Powell Tate and Brodeur Worldwide, where he consulted clients on policy issues concerning several industries, including technology, telecommunications and transportation. He has also worked in the U.S. Congress, serving as a spokesperson and advisor for members and committees in the House of Representatives and the Senate.
McMahon is a graduate of Auburn University and was general manager of its public radio station. He is a member of the National Press Club and formerly served on its the Board of Governors.
Elected, Large For-Profit, Class A, Term Expires Fall 2021
David Miller is the Business Development director representing the Detroit Arsenal community for BAE Systems Platforms and Services Sector. In this role, he is responsible for customer advocacy, cultivating and maintaining relationships with key customers as well as developing new markets.
Before joining BAE Systems David was the Business Development executive for Endeavor Robotics, responsible in capture management for the company’s Army and Marine Corps programs of record. Prior to Endeavor Robotics, David held the position of Business Development manager for iRobot Corporation and supported the XM-1216 Small Unmanned Ground Vehicle (SUGV) team in the Future Combat Systems (FCS) program. David later transitioned to Foreign Military Sales and continued business development for emerging post-FCS robotic programs of record.
David served as an acquisition officer in both PM Light Armored vehicles and Robotic Systems Joint Program Office. In the latter, he was responsible for the acquisition and fielding of a portfolio of robotic systems for both the Marine Corps and Army. Prior to the acquisition corps, David served in the Marine Corps infantry.
David received his Bachelor of Science degree in Commerce with Academic Distinction from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va., and a Master of Business Administration from the from the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey Calif.
Appointed, NCMS, Class A, Term Expires Fall 2021
Rachel O’Donohue has been with NCMS, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, since 1995 in various financial roles. In 2015, she became the Financial Director and Corporate Treasurer of the NCMS. She is responsible for the operation of the organization’s overall financial, contracting and accounting efforts. Trained in Fund accounting and Federal procurement regulations, she works with project teams on multi-company, multi-year collaborative R&D programs to develop and manage program budgets, report financial results and comply with federal and state guidelines. Has worked closely with RTC and NAMC over the last 10 years, providing financial, budget and annual audit services. She received two B.B.A.’s in Business Administration from the Eastern Michigan University with majors in Economics and Accounting.
Appointed, AUVSI, Class B, Term Expires Fall 2019
Tim Schulteis is a Program Manager at Lockheed Martin (LM) Missiles and Fire Control’s - Autonomous Systems Group, a position he has held since May 2015. In this position, he oversees and manages the LM Autonomous Mobility Applique System (AMAS) and follow-on efforts. AMAS is a complete set of hardware and software designed to be a modular kit-based solution to retrofit autonomy capabilities onto Army Logistics and Transportation vehicles and extensible to other platforms. His team has developed and conducted multiple demonstrations of Leader-Follower capability without the need for a human driver in the follower vehicle, Waypoint driving capability, and Driver Warning and Driver Assist features of the AMAS system.
Prior to his current position, Mr. Schulteis served 22 years in the Air Force as an acquisition officer. During that time he was a Program Manager for 7 years and a Systems Engineer for 15 years across a wide variety of programs. He has experience in Autonomous Systems, Robotics, Technology Transition, Space Systems, Launch Vehicles, Aircraft Propulsion, and Aircraft Depot Engineering Support. He has experience in the Air Force Research Laboratory, at the Air Force Headquarters in the office of the Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition and the office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategic Plans and Programs, in multiple System Program Offices and an Air Logistics Center.
Mr. Schulteis holds a Master of Science Degree in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering (Robotics) from Boston University, a Master of Military Operational Art and Science Degree from the Air Command and Staff College at the U.S. Air Force’s Air University and a Bachelor of Science and Engineering Degree in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics from the University of Pennsylvania.
Appointed, NCMS, Class A, Term Expires Fall 2021
Mr. Steinman joined Product Knowledge in March of 2015 as the Executive Vice President and Senior Product Expert. In July of 2015, he was selected by the board to serve as General Manager. In this role he directs all product strategy, planning and execution for the firm and its clients.
He brings with him with him more than 20 years of technology product development and commercialization experience resulting in more than $2 Billion in delivered product. He is widely recognized as a leader in results oriented unconventional product strategy and delivery. Having extensive experience with both large and small firms his expertise provides value across Product Knowledge’s entire range of clients.
Prior to joining Product Knowledge, Mr. Steinman most recently served as Vice President for Product Strategy and Business Development for QinetiQ North America overseeing nearly 90% of the firm’s product offerings. He joined QinetiQ in January of 2006 and served them continuously in multiple high visibility roles including as Vice President of Washington Operations where he focused on managing the corporation’s relationships within the US Congress, the Pentagon and the DoD requirements commands. He also served as the Director of Technology Marketing and Commercialization.
Prior to joining QinetiQ, he served as an Executive Director of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Northeast Technology Transfer Center and also served as the principal Technology Scouting consultant for Nike, Burton Snowboards, Benetton Sports Systems, Converse and several other sporting goods manufacturers.
Throughout his professional career he has held a number of senior positions in both management and technology development areas. His career spans both the defense and the commercial sectors with a principal focus on transitioning core technologies to sustainable products. Mr. Steinman holds degrees in Political Science and History from Emory University and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Rhode Island.
Appointed, NCMS, Class C, Term Expires Fall 2020
Lisa Strama is President and CEO of NCMS. She brings extensive and diverse leadership experience spanning functional roles for delivery, sales, systems design and infrastructure improvements.
Prior to joining NCMS, Lisa was the Senior Director of Business Development for Aerospace and Defense for Siemens’ PLM Software. In this role, she represented the global Aerospace and Defense industry and was responsible for providing integrated product and application lifecycle management solutions, strategy and execution leadership. Prior to joining Siemens, Lisa was a senior director for a Fortune 500 global security company where she provided leadership and strategic direction and execution for an affordable, enterprise-wide, integrated and common engineering environment. She served as a director for manufacturing operations, where she grew and led a portfolio worth more than $1 billion in manufacturing sales for highly technical and complex products.
Throughout her career, she has supported and been an advocate for numerous employee resource groups and women engineers. Lisa is also actively involved with numerous charities and organizations as she is a mentor for employees and students.
Lisa’s academic credentials include a Master’s of Business Administration in Management Information Systems from DePaul University and a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from Western Illinois University. Additionally, she has been published and has held certifications from the University of Virginia Darden graduate school and American Production and Inventory Control Society.
Appointed, NCMS, Class B, Term Expires Fall 2019
Rebecca R. Taylor is the Senior Vice President for the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS), the largest technology development consortium in North America focused on Manufacturing. She is passionate about growing the nation’s manufacturing base involving more children in STEM and protecting manufacturing assets with strong cyber security.
As a dynamic senior executive with proven experience in non-profit, corporate, and government environments she has proven expertise in advanced manufacturing technology including Industry 4.0, smart manufacturing and cyber security for industrial control systems.
Ms. Taylor serves on the Board for the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, the National Advanced Mobility Consortium and Girls Inc. She also is on the Executive Committee of the National Defense Industrial Association’s Manufacturing Division, the NASA Marshall Partnership Forum Steering Council and the International Women’s Forum. She sits on the Advisory Board of the Commission on Innovation, Competitiveness and Economic Prosperity at the Association for Public and Land Grant Universities. Ms. Taylor is also the recipient of the national STEP award recognizing outstanding women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Production.
Ms. Taylor holds a Bachelors degree from the George Washington University and a Masters degree from the London School of Economics.
Elected, Nontraditional Defense Supplier, Class A, Term Expires Fall 2021
Robert “Bob” Yackel serves as president and chief executive officer of Merrill Technologies Group (Merrill). Bob succeeded his father and founder of Merrill, Gary Yackel, as president and CEO in 2008.
Bob has served the manufacturing industry for the past 30 years and has extensive experience in driving process and customer service improvements, while building critical partnerships within desired strategic markets.
Under his leadership, Merrill has grown in revenue, locations, people and market share.
Prior to serving as CEO, Bob was president of the company’s Merrill Tool & Machine business unit. Under his 10-year leadership with Merrill Tool & Machine the company doubled in size, experienced 25-percent annual growth for six-consecutive years and diversified into new markets including defense, solar and wind.
Before becoming president of Merrill Tool & Machine, Bob served as its general manager for eight years. In this role he led the company in expanding its use of CNC equipment, created its first quality control program and coordinated all sales activity.
He began his career at Merrill in 1979 and worked for 11 years as a machinist and assembler.