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  • ​Tracy L. Collins, Chair

    Director Talent Acquisition, Redhorse Corporation
    Washington, DC Board Member since 2018
    Tracy L. Collins, Director of Talent Acquisition for Redhorse Corporation, has more than 20 years of experience performing and managing staffing, recruiting and placement functions within government, for large and small federal consulting firms, the financial sector and the not-for-profit sector.

    Mr. Collins is a veteran of the United States Air Force, where he was trained as a Russian Cryptologic Linguist at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, CA. He served overseas tours of duty in the United Kingdom and Germany. After returning to the United States, Mr. Collins completed his USAF service while assigned at Headquarters, National Security Agency. Since leaving active duty service, Mr. Collins has led staffing efforts in support of Y2K Remediation, the Global War on Terror, Sarbanes-Oxley Act Compliance, Cybersecurity and Digital Transformation. He has managed the staffing component of large environmental, energy, and information technology programs for clients.

    Tracy Collins has been a congregant at Foundry United Methodist Church since 1997 and has been an active member on committees and ministry teams since 2007. He currently serves as a Laity Delegate to Baltimore – Washington Annual Conference, the church's regional legislative body. ​Tracy studied engineering at Boston University and completed a computer science fellowship at the University of Maryland. He is a recipient of the Air Force Commendation Medal and the Joint Service Commendation Medal. His hobbies include gardening, grilling, reading presidential biographies, traveling, theatre and biking. He volunteers with organizations dedicated to social justice, creating inclusion and diversity in society, ending chronic homelessness and healing and strengthening families.

  • Dr. Joseph Leonelli, Chair-Elect

    Vice President, Engility Corporation
    Washington, DC Board Member since 2016
    Dr. Joseph Leonelli is vice president for National Intelligence Group of the National Security Business Area of Engility in this role, he develops and drives the strategy for new business growth in the Intelligence Community market sector. His responsibilities include advising Engility senior leadership on strategic merger and acquisition opportunities as well as assessing internal investment priorities to align business objectives with emerging customer needs.

    Dr. Leonelli was vice president for National Security Services and Solutions at Dynamic Research Corporation prior to its acquisition by Engility in January 2014. Before that, he was vice president, Strategic Initiatives at Raytheon Applied Signal Technology. There, he oversaw business capture and technology development for tactical and national signals intelligence capabilities, including airborne and ground-based SIGINT and electronic and communications intelligence payloads for manned and unmanned aircraft.

    Dr. Leonelli's prior executive management roles at include serving as vice president at Dynamics Technology Inc. of its Homeland Defense business area. Before that, he was vice president of the Applied Science and Technology Group at Veridian Corporation, which was later acquired by General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems. Prior to joining Veridian, Dr. Leonelli was director of Special Programs at Oak Ridge National Laboratory UT-Battelle, LLC; vice president and general manager of the Special Programs market sector for the Battelle Memorial Institute; and associate laboratory director for the electromagnetic and optics laboratory at SRI International.

    A graduate of the U.S. Army War College, Dr. Leonelli served on active duty as a Chemical Officer at the Army's Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland. Upon completion of this assignment, he continued his military service in the Army Reserves. There, his varied assignments included Commander, 455th Chemical Brigade and Chief of Staff of the 9th Theater Support Command at Ft. Belvoir, Va. He retired from the Army Reserves with the rank of Colonel.

    Dr. Leonelli earned a doctorate in inorganic chemistry from Indiana University and a master's degree in inorganic chemistry from Saint Louis University. Engility is leading professional services provider to the US government supporting advance Information Technology; software sustainment; and systems engineering programs.

  • Kichelle L. Coleman, President

    Executive Director, Boys Town Washington, DC
    Washington, DC Board Member since 2019
    Willam HaunKichelle Coleman assumed the position as Executive Director of the Washington, DC site, October 21, 2019.

    Kichelle is a native of Paterson, New Jersey and always had an interest in working with vulnerable populations and communities, much like the one she grew up in. She came to the DC Metropolitan area in August of 1994 to pursue a degree in Social Work and live out her purpose in Life. She believes that 'If she can help someone during her lifetime, her living will not be in vain".

    Kichelle began her career of serving children and families here at Boys Town in 1996 and served a total of 12 years before leaving in 2012. Prior to returning to Boys Town, Kichelle spent 7 years as a servant in non-profit leadership with Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area. There she developed, implemented and managed programs serving children, families and communities such as foster care, private adoption, refugee support, and health and wellness services.

    As the current Executive Director of DC, Kichelle oversees all programs and operations. This includes the Behavioral Health Clinic, Family Home Program and Care Coordination Services. More than 700 children and families are served annually through Boys Town Washington, DC's integrated continuum of care.

  • Dr. Susan Ashton Lazaroae, Member

    Pediatric Specialist, ALL Pediatrics
    Washington, DC Board Member since 2019
    Dr. Ashton-Lazaroae hails from Indianapolis, Indiana. She studied Biology, Chemistry and Music at Milligan College in Tennessee, then returned home to complete her Medical Degree at Indiana University in 1993.

    Dr. Ashton-Lazaroae completed her pediatric internship and residency at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee in 1996. After two years of private practice in Rochester, NY, Dr. Ashton-Lazaroae joined All Pediatrics in 1998. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, with a special interest in infectious diseases, pediatric nutrition and asthma.

    In addition to her work at ALLPeds, Dr. Ashton-Lazaroae serves on the Board of Directors for the Sanctity of Life Ministry of Northern Virginia.

    Dr. Ashton-Lazaroae resides in Springfield, with her husband Bob and her sons Nicholas and Stefan. If she is not chauffeuring to soccer practice and musical activities or reading medical journals, she enjoys cooking, gardening, running, and cheering for the IU Hoosiers!

  • David Child, Member

    General Manager, Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
    Washington, DC Board Member since 2014
    Originally from England, David graduated from the University of Huddersfield with a higher national diploma in Hotel and Restaurant Management in 1991. He then worked as an intern in the front office at the Newport Marriot in Rhode Island for 1 year.

    In 1993, after a brief return to the UK, David returned to the United States where he started his hotel management career as an Assistant In-Room Dining Manager at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington DC. During his seven years at the Mayflower Hotel he several other positions including Director of Restaurants for his final 2 years. David was, during this time part of the birth of the Renaissance Hotels and Resorts brand which became part of the Marriott portfolio in 1996. In 2000 David joined the Renaissance Westchester Hotel in White Plains New York as the Director of Food and Beverage and ultimately the Director of Operations in 2003. He then returned to Washington DC as the Director of Food and Beverage at the Renaissance Washington D.C. in 2007. David joined The Ritz-Carlton Brand in 2011 as the Hotel Manager of The Ritz-Carlton Washington D.C. until the end of 2012, when he returned to the Renaissance brand as the General Manager of the Renaissance Washington, D.C. Dupont Circle Hotel. David then went on to be the General Manager of the Bethesda Marriott for nearly 3 years and is currently the General Manager of the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center.

    Dedicated to serving his community, David has been an active member on the Board of Directors for Boys Town of Washington, D.C. for the past eight years. He also sits on the boards for Visit Montgomery, the Foundation of Hospitality and Restaurant Management, Friends of White Flint, White Flint Downtown Advisory Committee, and the Greater Bethesda Chamber of Commerce. In addition to co-chairing the Suburban Maryland Business Council for Marriott.

    David resides on the outskirts of Washington D.C. with his wife of 28 years and has five children.

  • Alfonso Pearson, Member

    Vice President, Community Manager
    Washington, DC Board Member since 2019
    Alfonso “Al “Pearson is the Community Manager for Baltimore. In this role, he leads engagement in the local community by providing tools and resources that will enable them to succeed financially. Al is committed to bridging racial equity and building legacy wealth. He does this through financial health workshops as well as small business networking in the local community with a goal of building advocacy in the community and bringing the full breath of the organization to improve the community.

    Prior to joining Chase Al served as the Community Development Regional Manager for SunTrust Bank in Maryland. He also served as a National Community Development Manager for E*TRADE Bank. Al is very involved in the communities that he serves through his service on nonprofit boards and fraternal organizations.

    Al resides in Upper Marlboro Maryland with his wife and 2 young adult children.

  • Samuel Collin “Chip” Taylor III, Member​​

    Vice President, Government-Wide Procurement Advisory Center
    Washington, DC Board Member since 2020
    Chip Taylor is a three-decade information technology market veteran. As Vice President of ManTech International's Government-Wide Procurement Advisory Center, Chip oversees operations that leverage ManTech's portfolio of Government-Wide IDIQ contracts; understands, communicates, and enables procurement trends and best practices; and performs contract vehicle competitive intelligence.

    Throughout his career, Chip has planned, established, managed, and controlled multiple contracts in complex environments with strict adherence to cost and schedule milestones. Chip previously served as a Business Development Senior Manager at Perspecta, VP IDIQ Operations Center at Vencore and IDIQ/GWAC Director at Engility. His industry career also includes various positions at Raytheon, STG, ActioNet, Harris IT Services, Apptis and Electronic Data Systems.

  • Dr. Tracee Walker Gilbert, Member

    Founder/CEO, System Innovation
    Washington, DC Board Member since 2021

    Tracee GilbertDr. Tracee Walker Gilbert is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer at System Innovation. System Innovation has provided engineering services to various clients in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (OUSD) and the Department of Navy Modeling and Simulation. Additionally, System Innovation is engineering next generation technologies (i.e., blockchain, artificial intelligence, and quantum computing). Dr. Gilbert is also the Chief Executive Officer of Rapid System Innovation (RSI), which is a Digital Manufacturing joint venture between System Innovation and RGBSI Aerospace and Defense. Dr. Gilbert has over 22 years of experience leading large- scale initiatives and driving strategy and implementation for digital engineering, engineering research, and engineering programs across various domains including: defense, homeland security, medical and public health, commerce/census, and the education sector. She has held various leadership positions at Lockheed Martin, MITRE, Engility, and served as a fellow for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy Fellowship (STPF) at Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Defense (DoD). She received her B.A. (Physics, Minor Japanese) from Lincoln University and her M.S. (Systems Engineering), and Ph.D. (Industrial and Systems Engineering) from Virginia Tech. She also studied abroad with the Institute for the International Students in Tokyo, Japan while working as a staff editor for Tokyo Classifieds.