Meet the Staff


Sandra Jontz
Vice President and Chief Knowledge Officer
Associate Publisher

Sandra oversees the knowledge sharing and communications efforts of AFCEA, to include editorial, advertising, production, marketing and communications. Prior to this position, she was the executive director of communications and employee engagement at ManTech and served as the editor of its employee quarterly magazine.  She was a journalist for more than two decades, including with SIGNAL Media as its executive editor, and extensively covered the U.S. military, both from within the United States and for nearly a decade overseas. She served as a war correspondent, covering multiple military combat operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, Haiti and Bosnia and Herzegovina for the editorially independent daily newspaper Stars and Stripes.She graduated from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, with a degree in communications, emphasis in journalism, and holds numerous awards from the Virginia Press Association.
Email: Sandra Jontz

EDITORIAL

George I. Seffers
Editor in Chief

George I. Seffers is Editor in Chief and leads the editorial team in producing and delivering the award-winning and distinctive SIGNAL Magazine, considered a top benefit by the association’s membership.

 Seffers has covered the full spectrum of technology issues for SIGNAL Media during his tenure at the association and supervises the team of writers and freelancers in producing top news, analysis and important perspectives on today’s most pressing topics in the cyber, technology, intelligence and national security domains. 

 Before becoming editor in chief, Seffers served as executive editor and director of content development. He first joined SIGNAL in June 2010 as technology editor. Prior to joining SIGNAL Magazine, he was a media relations representative with Northrop Grumman and an internal communications specialist with Raytheon Technical Services Company. He has also been a reporter for Defense News and Federal Computer Week, where he covered a broad range of military and intelligence communications and electronics topics. 

 Seffers earned his bachelor’s degree in English and Communications from Lyon College in Batesville, Arkansas. A veteran, he also served in the U.S. Army as a 31 Victor, or tactical communications specialist, for seven years. In fact, he and five of his six siblings served in the Army. Of those five siblings, four also were in the Signal Corps.

 ​Email: George I. Seffers | George's Author Page

 

Kimberly Underwood
Director of Digital News Media

Kimberly Underwood joined SIGNAL Magazine in August of 2017. She brings with her more than 15 years experience as a reporter, writer and analyst, mostly within the energy industry—both the electric utility sector and natural gas industry.

At SIGNAL, Underwood has turned her attention to emerging communication technologies, cyberwarfare, the intelligence community, military command operations and weaponry research, among other topics, for feature print and online articles. She is also the point of contact for the monthly ProductQuest print column, and she reviews industry contract award announcements for online publication.

Underwood earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economic Theory from The American University in Washington, D.C

Email: Kimberly Underwood | Kimberly's Author Page

 

PRODUCTION

Cyndy Hogan
Director of Editorial Production
As SIGNAL Media’s director of editorial production, Cyndy Hogan’s responsibilities include production and editing of all SIGNAL Media content for the Web and print magazine, as well as other association communications. Hogan has a long background of working in association publications. She spent more than 12 years at the National League of Cities, serving as managing editor of its weekly newspaper and managing other print and online communications for the association. She also served as publications coordinator for the Association of University Programs in Health Administration and began her career as a reporter for The News & Advance, the daily newspaper in Lynchburg, Virginia. She holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from James Madison University. 
Email: Cyndy Hogan
 

Megan Lee
Associate Editor
Megan Lee is SIGNAL Magazine’s Associate Editor for print and online content. Before joining SIGNAL, Lee was a freelance editor and copywriter for professional editing services, publishing houses, and private clients. She also worked for thirteen years as a high school English teacher in Fairfax County Public Schools. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in music and a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from George Mason University.
Email: Megan Lee
 

Nuray Taylor
Content Strategist
Nuray Taylor is responsible for developing and executing an enterprise-wide strategy to best present, package and disseminate AFCEA content, from news articles to webinars, executive videos, blogs, events, sponsored content and more, bringing imagination and simplicity to the process. Nuray has a background in marketing, public relations and social media and is a graduate of the University of Houston.
Email: Nuray Taylor

 

Rachel Lilly
Social Media Manager
Rachel Lilly handles social media management, including development and implementation of strategy. Before joining AFCEA International, Lilly worked as a news producer for the NBC and FOX affiliates in Roanoke and as a reporter for Examiner.com and Bisnow Media. She graduated summa cum laude from Virginia Tech with a B.A. in Communication, specializing in electronic and print journalism, and a minor in English. She has an M.A. in Communication from Johns Hopkins University with a dual concentration in digital journalism and public/media relations.
Email: Rachel Lilly
 

Chris D'Elia
Art Director
Chris D'Elia has been the art director of SIGNAL for more than 15 years. During this time, he has been responsible for the look and feel of SIGNAL as well as the cover designs for most issues. He lays out each issue and also helps the association with special projects and ads. He also helps small business advertisers promote themselves by helping them with advertising design.
Email: Chris D'Elia

ADVERTISING

Bodil Lund
Director of Media Sales, Strategy and BrandLink

Bodil manages the AFCEA BrandLink relationships as well as development of SIGNAL media and overall advertising strategies and programs. Prior to this role, she was the manager of advertising and publications for AFCEA. She joined the association with 17 years of professional office management and event planning experience. She also worked in the travel industry for 19 years; the last six of those running her own travel agency. She is a goldsmith and jewelry designer, and her creative spirit can be seen in her work as the project lead for SIGNAL Kids, AFCEA's STEM publication geared toward elementary school students. She earned a B.A. degree in psychology and fine arts from George Washington University.
Email: Bodil Lund

 

Claudia Perez
Advertising, Marketing and Publications Coordinator
Claudia Perez serves as the advertising, marketing, and publications coordinator. Before her position at AFCEA, Claudia was a sports marketing intern at LRL Racing located in Richmond, Virginia, which specialized in advertising and client-based promotion for the Bull Riding and NASCAR industry. Claudia took part in Virginia Commonwealth University’s first ever Camp ADventure in 2020, which was a program that provided students across the nation internships in place of ones that were lost because of the pandemic in 2020. Through Camp ADventure, Claudia and her team curated a new fundraising campaign for the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children. Claudia received her bachelor’s degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in May 2021 for Mass Communications with a concentration in Strategic Advertising as well as a minor in Psychology.
Email: Claudia Perez