TSgt Joshua D. Copeland, USAF
United States Air Force
Technical Sergeant Copeland is an energetic and involved AFCEAN. There is not anything that
happens within the ArkLaTex AFCEA Chapter that Sergeant Copeland is not part of. He is a former recipient of the Young AFCEAN of the Year award, and his sustainment of the qualities and efforts in support of AFCEA that qualified him as the Young AFCEAN of the Year, coupled with maturity and growth, earn him the distinction of being selected for the Emerging Leadership Award! Add to that his serving on the Headquarters AFCEA Young AFCEAN Advisory Council, which in turn led to his current position as the Age Diversity Chair on the HQ AFCEA Membership Committee.
Rocky Mountain Chapter
Andy consistently performs at a standard high above his peers and is the perfect candidate as an emerging leader. He was named the 2009 Distinguished Young AFCEAN of the Year by AFCEA International for his work in the IT community and dedication to AFCEA at all levels. Additionally, he was recognized by Federal Computer Week as a 2010 Rising Star, one of twenty four up and coming federal employees. His tireless effort in his professional career, educational endeavors and philanthropic work highlight this package. He is an energizer bunny and just keeps going on and on supporting so many AFCEA functions. He is a tremendous spokesperson for AFCEA.
Tatiaunna M. Maldonado
Following her selection in 2008 for the DYA award, Ms. Maldonado has continued to contribute
greatly to the Stuttgart Chapter and the local community through her volunteer efforts. She
has stood out among her peers and consistently led by example. Ms. Maldonado has actively
served the Stuttgart Chapter for over three years as our Membership Vice President. During her
tenure, membership in AFCEA has increased over 15% and the Chapter now boasts over 20
Life Members. She is respected and admired by subordinates and superiors alike. Further, Ms.
Maldonado has had a direct influence on Young AFCEANs ranging from High School Seniors to
the younger generation of working military and civilian professionals in the Stuttgart Community.
She is an active and involved AFCEA supporter and exemplifies the ideals associated with
AFCEA’s Emerging Leadership Award.
Ray’s leadership acumen and results driven motivation are examples how one can become
totally involved in a small AFCEA chapter and raise the bar on expectations. A past recipient of
the AFCEA Distinguished Young AFCEAN Award, Ray has not rested on his laurels. He is totally immersed in every chapter activity. This past year he conceived an idea for a new joint project between the Chapter’s Educational Foundation and Young AFCEANs to implement a broadband IT solution for one of the community’s largest, yet resource-stricken elementary schools. Working with Young AFCEANs, he helped recruit dozens of young volunteers- enlisted, junior officers, and civil servants. A leader with tremendous energy, talent, enthusiasm, he is unsurpassed in his attention to detail and having a game plan ready for every eventuality – translating into resounding program successes. Moreover, he helps meet a key challenge facing our industry and nation as a whole; that is, promoting science, technology, engineering and math to future leaders.
Hampton Roads Chapter
Penny Morgan, Young AFCEAN chair on the Hampton Roads Chapter board of directors, continues to grow and advocate for Hampton Roads Chapter Young AFCEAN membership. She
was awarded Distinguished Young AFCEAN in 2009. During this past year, she quit her real job
and set out on her own by founding a new woman-owned small business! Despite this life changing event, she continued her high level of enthusiasm for the chapter as the YAC Chair. She has earned this award in spades!
Capt Katherine L. Stowe, USAF
USAF Electronic Systems Center
Captain Kate Stowe has become a dynamic leader on the AFCEA leadership team. Over the
last three years Kate has emerged as one of Lexington-Concord Chapter’s prime movers. She
has demonstrated an outstanding dedication to the Young AFCEANs in her leadership role
as the Executive Committee Treasurer. She manages an annual budget which has enabled
the Young AFCEANs to award $10,000 in scholarships, sponsor seven events, recruit 30 new
members and host four mentorship sessions. But Kate’s role expands well beyond her position
as Treasurer. She is truly a guiding force with the Young AFCEANs, providing exceptional
service to AFCEA. Kate was awarded Regional DYA several years ago and she hasn’t stopped
since. She is the epitome of a leader and most deserving of this award. She recently assumed
the role of Regional Young AFCEAN in addition to her other AFCEA, Professional and personal
duties (new Mom too). A truly outstanding individual!
Booz Allen Hamilton
Central Maryland Chapter
Mr. Windsor has been actively involved in the AFCEA Central Maryland Chapter (CMC) and the
Young AFCEANs (YACs) since returning from overseas duty supporting Joint Communications
in September 2008. Mr. Windsor’s prior military service and multiple years in the defense service industry serve as the foundation for his current endeavors supporting national security efforts in the cyber, information assurance and digital forensic domains. Ricky Windsor’s record of accomplishment and support of AFCEA and the AFCEA International Cyber Committee are
inspirational to everybody in the Central Maryland Chapter and to YACs beyond Central Maryland. His sponsorship of YACs coordinating their activities through social media is the wave of the future. He is an example of the leaders AFCEA needs going forward.