2018 Summit Speakers & Moderators

Suzanne Auerbach

Suzanne Auerbach serves as Special Assistant to the Chief Grants Management Officer of HHS’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Suzanne’s work focuses on promoting strategic risk management practices across more than 90 programs funded at over $10 billion to effectively meet HRSA’s mission. (more…)

Jessi Axe

Jessi Axe is dedicated to improving resource efficiency and policy effectiveness through strategic planning, budget alignment, and enterprise and fraud risk management (EFRM). She is the lead rental housing and market analyst for the Office of Strategic Planning and Management at HUD. (more…)

Thomas (Tom) Brandt

Tom Brandt Tom Brandt is a risk management practitioner in the federal government. With nearly three decades of federal service, he is currently the Chief Risk Officer (CRO) and Director of Planning and Risk for the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board. He previously served as CRO for the IRS. He is a fellow with the National Academy of Public Administration, a past president of the Association for (more…)

Neil Bridge

Neil Bridge Neil Bridge serves as the Chief of the Enterprise Risk Management Branch (ERMB) and is the Senior Enterprise Risk Management Official at the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). ERMB is responsible for the overall Enterprise Risk Management Program at USCIS, which leverage data analytics and internal control reviews to systematically identify and evaluate agency risks. (more…)

Malena Brookshire, MPA, CGFM, PMP

Malena Brookshire’s professional career reflects over 12 years of leading the development of strategic plans that effectively communicate organization-wide priorities; employing advanced tools and complex data analysis to assess and evaluate operational soundness; and communicating executive-level information to inform resource decision making. Malena currently serves as the Deputy Director for the Office of Planning, Analysis and Accountability at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Prior to (more…)

Catherine Chatfield

Catherine Chatfield Catherine Chatfield joined NOAA in February 2017 as a Risk Director and leads the Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) Program and manages the Program Management Council (PMC). Prior to joining NOAA, Catherine led various aspects of ERM programs both the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). (more…)

Dennis Chesley

Dennis Chesley is a Partner at Guidehouse (formerly PwC Public Sector) with more than 25 years of experience serving public and private global entities with a focus on risk, performance and strategy. Prior to joining Guidehouse, Dennis was the Global Leader of Risk Consulting at PwC. He led PwC’s work on the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO) update to the Enterprise (more…)

Doug Clift

Mr. Clift is the Census Bureau’s Chief Risk Management Officer. He has served in this position for nine years and has 28 years of Federal Government experience. He is responsible for the development, implementation, and management of enterprise investment and risk management frameworks to review, authorize, and monitor the Census Bureau’s portfolio of investments. Specific duties include enterprise governance for portfolio and enterprise risk management, (more…)

Emery Csulak

Emery Csulak is the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO)/ Senior Official for Privacy for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). He leads enterprise and privacy functions at CMS and ensures the Agency complies with secure IT requirements while encouraging innovation. (more…)

Scott Dahl

Scott Dahl was appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate in October 2013 as the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). As IG, Mr. Dahl is responsible for overseeing a nationwide program of audits and investigations involving DOL programs and operations. (more…)

Karin Dasuki

Karin is the Director of the Office of Finance and Accounting at the Department of Energy. Her organization is responsible for the Department’s accounting and financial operations that include financial statements, investments, loans accounting, fraud risk management, internal controls and audits with staff located in multiple physical locations. Karin attended the Federal Executive Institute’s Leadership for a Democratic Society and is a member of the (more…)

Debra Elkins

Debra Elkins, Ph.D., serves as the Director of the Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) Team in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Financial Resources / Office of Finance (ASFR / Finance) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). (more…)

Edward J. Gabriel, M.P.A., EMT-P, CEM, CBCP

Mr. Gabriel is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Incident Command and Control within the Office of the Assistant Secretary Preparedness and Response (ASPR). In this role, he serves as principal advisor to the ASPR on all matters pertaining to the department’s incident command and control structure to augment the Department’s public health emergency preparedness and response and recovery activities, programs, and policies. (more…)

Lori Giblin

Lori Giblin serves as the U.S. Corporation for National and Community Service’s (CNCS) Chief Risk Officer with responsibility over the agency’s five primary risk assessment programs comprising enterprise risk management, internal controls, improper payments compliance, grant risk assessment and a bespoke national service criminal history check program unique to CNCS. Ms. Giblin joined CNCS in April, 2016 bringing with her 20 years of federal and (more…)

Peter Gouldmann

Peter Gouldmann is the first Enterprise Risk Officer for Cyber at the U. S. Department of State. In this role he advises executive leadership on risk decisions while developing and directing the implementation of risk management strategies. In previous roles he directed staff responsible for IT security compliance and regulatory reporting, and managed a global, multi-agency IT and IT support consolidation project. (more…)

Karen Hardy

Karen Hardy is currently the Director of Risk Management at the U.S. Department of Commerce where she oversees the implementation of the Department’s ERM and Audit Follow up programs. (more…)

Jennifer Hills

Jennifer Hills has been the Director of Risk Management for King County, Washington since 2003. King County, which includes the Seattle-Bellevue metropolitan area, is the 13th largest County in the United States serving a population of over 2 million. King County, through its 14,000 employees, provides regional and local services such as public health and community services, parks and recreation, law enforcement, and Superior and (more…)

Annette Homan

Annette Homan, CAE brings more than 30 years’ experience from both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. She joined the Risk and Insurance Management Society, Inc. (RIMS) in 2009. In her role as the Chief Operating Officer, she oversees the alignment of the day-to-day operations of the Society with the overall mission, goals and strategy as set forth by the Board of Directors, and Executive Council. (more…)

Nahla Ivy

Nahla Ivy is the Enterprise Risk Management Officer for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), a bureau of the U.S. Department of Commerce in Gaithersburg, MD. Ms. Ivy has extensive experience in both the private and public sectors. At NIST, Ms. Ivy leads the development and implementation of the agency-level Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) program, including the development of a customized ERM framework (more…)

Christine Jones

Christine Jones Christine Jones has been with the Federal government for over 25 years and is currently the Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary for Finance at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). She is the lead executive championing the implementation of Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) across the Department. Christine is recognized as a government-wide expert in ERM and currently serves on OMB’s ERM Executive Steering (more…)

Rendell Jones

Rendell L. Jones is the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) responsible for the daily operations of the National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund and the NCUA Operating Fund, including the accounting and financial reporting functions for both funds. He is also responsible for key agency functions including, enterprise risk management and internal controls, budget preparation and management, finance and accounting functions, creating the annual performance plan, (more…)

Mahesh P. Joshi

Mahesh P. Joshi is the Director of Research & Practice (Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship) and Associate Professor of Global Strategy and Entrepreneurship at the School of Business, George Mason University. He is also the President of Joshi International, Inc., a consulting firm and. He received his PhD in Strategic Management and International Business from Temple University, Philadelphia, USA. (more…)

Elisabeth Kann

As the Assistant Administrator, External Affairs/Chief of Staff of the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), Elisabeth Kann ensures proactive coordination of Bureau-wide priorities, policies, and internal and external communications. Ms. Kann is responsible for overseeing the functions of the Offices of Communications, Industry and State Outreach, Congressional and Public Affairs, Strategic Planning and Program Evaluation, and Analytics and also serves as TTB’s (more…)

Stephan Kaser, PMP

Stephan Kaser is the accreditation manager for the HHS Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response’s (ASPR) Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP).  He has been with ASPR since 2011.  He is responsible for the organizations EMAP accreditation preparation to include the development and implementation of an operational risk management program.    (more…)

Gregory A. Keith

Gregory A. Keith joined Ginnie Mae as SVP & Chief Risk Officer in 2010. In this capacity, he monitors the corporation’s aggregate risk and compliance with risk policies, develops and maintains corporate-wide procedures for risk management, and provides independent evaluation and oversight of all risk management activities. (more…)

Daniel (Dan) Kinsella

Dan Kinsella is an Advisory Partner serving as the Deloitte national Extended Enterprise and Third Party Assurance leader.  Dan combines business and technology solutions to help his clients create and optimize their extended enterprise.  Dan is also one of the Firm’s leaders on the Service Delivery Transformation integrated market offering focused on improving client’s efforts in shared services and outsourcing environments. (more…)

Larry Koskinen

Larry Koskinen has served the public interest for more than forty years through executive positions in the federal government, commercial professional services firms, and non-profit organizations, both within the United States and abroad.  He is a member of the Federal Senior Executive Service, and is currently serving as Chief Risk Officer at the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. (more…)

Jason Leecost

Mr. Leecost is a Director within Ginnie Mae’s Office of Enterprise Risk. He has a background in Risk Management, financial management, and Financial Audit with a broad knowledge of internal controls, enterprise risk management, federal financial management, financial management systems, operational risk management, federal regulations and processes. He has over fourteen years of consulting, and auditing experience with more than thirteen of those years in (more…)

Robert M. Lightfoot, Jr.

Robert Lightfoot is President of LSINC Corporation. He is responsible for leading innovative strategy assurance and product development to help clients achieve mission success. His extensive knowledge in managing a federal agency through times of significant change allows him to develop strategies and eliminate barriers that can impact necessary change for any organization. Lightfoot is the former Acting Administrator of the National Aeronautics & Space (more…)

Denise Lippuner, CGFM, CPA

Ms. Lippuner is a Partner with Grant Thornton responsible for leading its Public Sector Risk Advisory Practice. She assists organizations predict, prepare, protect, manage and respond to risk through the development and implementation of holistic and innovative solutions. (more…)

Javier Lopez, MSA

Javier Lopez serves as the Senior Policy Advisor in the Department of Health and Human Service’s Office of the Assistant Secretary for Financial Resources (ASFR). Responsible for several HHS-wide projects, Javier provides advice and guidance on all aspects of finance, enterprise risk, and acquisition management to the CFO community. A high-performing public sector executive, top-rated professor, and sought after professional development expert, Javier is a (more…)

Valerie Lubrano

Valerie Lubrano is a Manager in the Government and Public Sector Advisory Services Practice at Ernst & Young LLP, focusing on Enterprise Risk Management and Risk Transformation. She leads the ERM Small Agency Community of Practice for the Association for Federal Enterprise Risk Management (AFERM). (more…)

Jenni Main

Jenni Main is the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. During her career, Ms. Main has served in Chief Financial Officer positions in a diverse range of organizations including the Office of Financial Stability, US Treasury Department, the U.S. Small Business Administration, Millstein and Co., and Oakleaf Waste Management. (more…)

Chris Mandel

Christopher E. Mandel is SVP, Strategic Solutions for Sedgwick, Inc. and the Director of the Sedgwick Institute. He also is founder, President and Managing Consultant of Excellence in Risk Management, LLC and is an Adjunct Professor at Florida State and George Mason Universities and on the ERM Master Program Advisory Council at Yeshiva University. Mr. Mandel received his B.S. in Business Management from Virginia Polytechnic (more…)

W. Curtis McNeil

Curtis McNeil Curtis McNeil is the Risk Management Officer for the Architect of the Capitol (AOC). In this capacity, Mr. McNeil oversees the functions of the Integrated Risk Management Division (IRMD) under the Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO), which includes enterprise risk management (ERM), internal controls, audit liaison support activities, data analytics to support decision-making and the development of the Performance and Accountability Report (PAR). (more…)

Marcus Melton

Marcus Melton is a director in KPMG’s Federal Advisory practice and has over 20 years of experience working with Federal and local government. Mr. Melton is currently directing multiple projects for the Government National Mortgage Administration (Ginnie Mae), and HUD. Mr. Melton has managed attestation engagements, A-123 advisory engagements, and provided project and program management advisory services for both civilian and DOD clients. KPMG’s ERM (more…)

J. Christopher Mihm

Christopher Mihm is the Managing Director, Strategic Issues at U.S. GAO, and an elected member of the UN IAAC, where he advises the United Nations General Assembly. Mr. Mihm also is the Deputy Chair of the Audit and Compliance Committee of the FIFA and a fellow and former Board Chair of the NAPA. Mr. Mihm is an adjunct lecturer in public administration at the University (more…)

Alice McNutt Miller

Alice McNutt Miller is the former first Chief Risk Officer of the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation, where she was responsible for developing, implementing, and managing a comprehensive process for identifying, monitoring and managing risks to DFC.  Prior to joining DFC, Alice was the Millennium Challenge Corporation’s first Chief Risk Officer. As CRO, she was responsible for guiding and overseeing the agency’s approach to assessing (more…)

Brian Murphy

Brian Murphy is a Partner with Kearney & Company (Kearney) supporting the Federal Civilian audit and advisory practices. His experience includes performing consolidated financial statement audits and performance audits for Federal Government agencies, as well as business advisory services, including enterprise risk management, internal control reviews, business process reengineering, and accounting and program support. Brian is also the chairperson of AFERM’s Knowledge Capital Committee. (more…)

Joseph Paduda

A nationally recognized expert in medical management and pharmacy, Joe Paduda is the principal of Health Strategy Associates, a consulting firm that works with payers, providers and managed care organizations and conducts industry research. He writes the thought-provoking www.ManagedCareMatters.com blog, which covers a wide range of issues related to health care and pharmacy. (more…)

Bobbi-Jo Pankaj

Bobbi-Jo Pankaj Bobbi-Jo Pankaj is an Enterprise Risk Management and Controls Subject Matter Expert at Guidehouse. Ms. Pankaj supports federal government clients with risk, compliance, and controls activities which encompasses Enterprise Risk Management (ERM), Office of Management and Budget (OMB) A-123 assessments, Internal Audit, and Grants Management.  Since 2004, Ms. Pankaj has led ERM, risk management and internal control engagements for public-sector organizations, assisting them in improving (more…)

Andrea Peoples

Andrea Peoples Andrea Peoples is the Enterprise Risk Program Manager for the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Since assuming this role in 2015, she has been advising Agency leadership on Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) as well as leading the implementation of ERM across the Agency. (more…)

Frank Petersen

Mr. Petersen is the Director of Quality Assurance for the National Aeronautics and Space (NASA). Mr. Petersen is responsible for the Agency’s Enterprise Risk Management execution and is responsible for ensuring that sound financial management practices are being followed and that internal controls over financial and management activities are in place and operating effectively. (more…)

Jonelle Pianta

Jonelle Pianta is the Chief Risk Officer for the Office of Inspector General at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. (more…)

Zack Poimboeuf

Zack Poimboeuf serves as an Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) analyst in the Office of Finance at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In this role, he manages the day to day operations of the HHS-wide ERM Core Team (HHS’s community of ERM practitioners), and he serves as the team lead on ERM knowledge management. (more…)

Jim Presmanes

Jim Presmanes is Vice President and Director of Risk Management and Insurance for HAVERTYS, an Atlanta-based, full-service home furnishings retailer with over 100 showrooms in sixteen states. Jim leads the company enterprise risk assessment practice and manages the property and casualty insurance program. He has been managing corporate risk for over 25 years and holds an MBA in Risk Management and Insurance, a Master of (more…)

LaTaiga Proctor

Ms. Proctor is the Census Bureau’s Risk Management Officer. She also developed the organizations program and project management policies and standards. She has served in this capacity for more than 5 years, and has 20 years of federal government service (more…)

Joe Pugh

Joe Pugh is the Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) & Compliance Director at AARP, the nation’s largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering people 50 and older to choose how they live as they age. Joe has an MBA from Marymount University. He is a RIMS Certified Risk Management Professional (RIMS-CRMP) as well as having the Certification in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA™) designation through the Institute (more…)

Carissa Riddle

Carissa Riddle currently serves as the Chief Risk Advisor in the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Office of Community Planning and Development.  She has worked in several areas within the Department, giving her a wide organizational perspective on Enterprise and Fraud Risk Management programs’ implementation, as well as IT project risk management, across various offices.  (more…)

Ron Ross

Ron Ross is a Fellow at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. His focus areas include information security, systems security engineering, and risk management. Dr. Ross leads the Federal Information Security Modernization Act (FISMA) Implementation Project, which includes the development of security standards and guidelines for the federal government, contractors, and the United States critical infrastructure. (more…)

Marianne Roth

Marianne Roth is the first Chief Risk Officer for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and is standing up its ERM program. Marianne served as the Branch Manager for ERM at the Transportation Security Administration. She oversaw all ERM activities at TSA and led the agency’s efforts to significantly mature its ERM program. Marianne was the Director of the DHS Efficiency Review in the Office (more…)

Eugene H. Schied

Eugene H. Schied is the Deputy Chief Financial Officer at NCUA responsible for helping to lead the daily financial operations of the National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund and the NCUA Operating Fund. His portfolio includes responsibility for key agency functions including: enterprise risk management, strategic and performance planning, budget preparation and management, finance and accounting functions, travel policies and programs, payroll, procurement, facilities management, (more…)

Sim Segal, FSA, CERA

Sim Segal is president and founder of SimErgy Consulting, a firm specializing exclusively in enterprise risk management (ERM). Headquartered in Manhattan, SimErgy provides ERM consulting services to companies in all sectors, primarily in the U.S. and Canada. SimErgy also provides executive training on ERM. (more…)

Peggy Sherry

Peggy Sherry is the AFERM President, and CFO at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC). Prior to OCC, Ms. Sherry served as the Deputy CFO for the National Credit Union Administration.  NCUA is the independent federal agency that regulates, charters and supervises federal credit unions. With the backing of the full faith and credit of the U.S. Government, NCUA operates and manages (more…)

Jessica Southwell

Jessica Southwell is the Chief Performance and Risk Management Officer at the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Inspector General. Since her appointment in 2016, she has implemented a comprehensive Enterprise Risk Management program that enables a high performing, resilient organization. Jessica’s public service career includes working at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, where she communicated agency priorities through strategic plans, evaluated mission performance, and (more…)

Jonathan Swanson

Jonathan is a seasoned risk management, governance & compliance executive, currently leading the design of an enterprise-wide, global Third Party Risk Management program at Aetna. Prior to this role, Jonathan spent over ten years serving Fortune 500 Financial Services and Healthcare organizations as both an internal & external (Big-4) consultant and has an extensive background in the areas of Risk, Sourcing, and IT related functions. (more…)

April Szuchyt

April Szuchyt is the Director of Internal Controls for the National Institute of Standards and Technology. (more…)

Sean Vineyard

Mr. Vineyard is the Director of 11th Hour Service’s Public Sector Civilian Practice with over twelve years of risk management, financial management, and management advisory experience. Mr. Vineyard is a Senior Leader, an educator, and a published author in the Enterprise Risk Management and Financial Management fields of practice and is active in the risk and financial management communities having held multiple positions with the (more…)

Michael L. Vineyard

Michael Vineyard serves as a Senior Advisor, under the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), in the recently formed Office of Incident Command & Control which includes functions such as Security, Intel, & Information management and Strategy, Policy, Planning & Requirements. In this capacity, he serves as a principal advisor to ensure cross matrixing (more…)

Karen Weber

Karen Weber is a Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of Risk Management at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. She has worked for the Treasury for 17 years in the areas of Enterprise Risk Management and Federal credit policy (more…)

Doug Webster

Doug Webster The Honorable Doug Webster is a retired Air Force officer with a subsequent quarter century working both in and consulting to the federal government. He has served as Director of Government-to-Government Risk Management at the USAID and Deputy Director of the DoD Business Transformation Agency.  As a Senate-confirmed Presidential appointee, he has served as CFO of both the Department of Labor and the Department of (more…)

Mike Wetklow

Mike Wetklow is the NSF’s Deputy Chief Financial Officer and Division Director for Financial Management. Prior to NSF, Mike has held positions at OMB, DHS, KPMG, GAO, and the Maryland Legislative Auditors Office. Mike received his undergraduate degree in accounting and his graduate degree in public administration both from the University of Maryland at College Park. Mike is a CPA and CGFM. With his wife (more…)

Howard Whyte

Howard Whyte serves as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Chief Privacy Officer (CPO) of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). He has more than 20 years of IT and security experience in the federal government, military, and private sector. (more…)