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2009 Emerging Leadership Award Winners

The Emerging Leadership Award is given for exceptional service to AFCEA at the local and/or international level. This award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated continuous leadership in Young AFCEAN activities since winning the Distinguished Young AFCEAN award.


  • Individual must be a current AFCEA member
  • Previous Distinguished Young AFCEAN (DYA) Winner
  • Actively mentoring and involved with the Young AFCEANs
  • Has demonstrated continuous leadership in Young AFCEAN activities since winning the DYA award
  • Nomination must be endorsed by the nominee's AFCEA Regional Vice President (RVP)
Beth M. Sheehy receives the Emerging Leadership Award from Kent Schneider, President and CEO, AFCEA International, and Paul Cofoni, Chairman of the Board, AFCEA International.

Carey Bandler receives the award from Kent Schneider and Paul Cofoni.

See complete listing below for winners not pictured.


2009 Emerging Leadership Award Winners

Carey N. Bandler

ImmixGroup, Inc.

Northern Virginia Chapter 

Since receiving DYA in February 2008, Carey has continued to engage at all levels of the association. He continues to be a mentor, recruiting and advising many new YAFCEANS. At the International level, he is currently the President of the YAAC and representative to the Executive Committee. Carey has twice been a track chair at the SOLUTIONS Series. This young man is the archetype of a Young AFCEAN with his drive, leadership qualities, and integrity.


Amanda E. Gustafson

Raytheon Company

Lexington-Concord Chapter

There are leaders and there are followers. Amanda Gustafson not only leads by example but gets things done while encouraging others to participate. She championed the movement to have a YA representative as a voting member of AFCEA International. She wrote a Grant to fund STEM student events, and was chosen to escort the Air Force Chief of Staff during a recent C2ISR Symposium. She is the epitome of a Young AFCEAN and clearly shines as an emerging leader.


Capt Kristen R. Kayata, USAF


Tokyo Chapter

Captain Kristen Kayata is an outstanding Air Force Officer, exemplary leader and dedicated AFCEAN. As the Tokyo Chapter’s Vice President of Awards, she immediately engaged with members and established the Chapter’s monthly AFCEAN of the Month award. She then became Vice President of Scholarships and established a quarterly Junior Enlisted scholarship program, created relationships with local Japanese Hamara City Schools, and increased the momentum and awareness of the Chapter’s Science Teaching Tools program. In addition to planning the Chapter’s Summer Fiesta Party, she was instrumental in organizing and hosting Tokyo TechNet 2009. Captain Kayata is a true professional and community leader and is well deserving of this award.


Beth M. Sheehy

Seismic LLC

Central Maryland Chapter

Beth continued her great record of service to AFCEA this year as YAC Executive Committee President. Previously, Beth was Chapter YAC Vice President, where she worked to provide students access to technical career opportunities and increase awareness of AFCEA with a younger demographic. Beth helped spearhead the AFCEA Adopt a School Program at Meade High School, wrote curriculum and created lesson plans on career development, interviewing, goal setting and communication, and mentored students in these areas. Beth's leadership and teaching skills have increased awareness of AFCEA with young professionals in the Maryland Region, an investment which will pay dividends as these young people move into careers and AFCEA membership in the future.

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