Distinguished Young Professionals Winners

2022 Distinguished Young Professionals Award Winners

Makana Anicas, Government Acquisitions, Inc., Hawaii Chapter

Christopher Bennett, TEKsystems, Alamo Chapter

Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Bizor, USA, Los Angeles Strategic Officer Recruiting Detachment, Los Angeles Chapter

Emily Gwozdz, 32 North Solutions, Inc., San Diego Chapter

Blake Harvey, Red Team Consulting, Northern Virginia Chapter

Callie Hewitt, Affigent LLC, Los Angeles Chapter

Daniel Holland, Arete Solutions, Central Florida Chapter

Stephanie Hutch, Makai LLC, Hawaii Chapter

Alec Longarzo, eSimplicity, Northern Virginia Chapter

Elizabeth Moon, B Technology, Inc., Belvoir Chapter

Eddie Quinn, TAP Engineering, Central Maryland Chapter

Victoria Scriba, Chiron Technology Service, Inc., Central Maryland Chapter

Master Sergeant Zachary Stanley, USAF, 531st Intelligence Squadron, Alamo Chapter

Alexandria Swope, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, Lexington-Concord Chapter

Matthew Umphlet, Old Dominion University, Hampton Roads Chapter

Christian Weber, Capgemini Deutschland GmbH, Bonn Chapter



2020 Distinguished Young AFCEAN (DYA) Award Winners

2020 Regional Distinguished Young AFCEANs

Lenin Barrionuevo, Rappi, South America Region

  Ria Bluitt, U.S. Air Force, Texas Region

  SrA Evelyn Davis, USAF, U.S. Air Force, Heartland Region

  Christopher Gaube, BWI GmbH, Central Europe Region

  Ryan Granato, CACI, National Capital Region

  Kristine Huang, ABS Group, National Capital Region

  Anya Kasischke, Trusted Systems, National Capital Region

  David Knopp, Reflexive Concepts, Maryland Region

  Robert LeDuc, Western Maricopa Education Center, Southern California Region

  Maggie Malpass, Sentar, Carolinas Region

  Marissa McCoy, The MITRE Corporation, New England-Upstate New York Region

  Bryant Noel, Fearless, Mid-South Region

  1Lt Kieran O'Brien, USAF, AFLCMC, New England-Upstate New York Region

  Christine Park, Alion Science and Technology Corp/Air Force Reserves, Texas Region

  SFC Victor E. Perez, USA, U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, Pacific Region

  SrA Jaedon Resto, USAF, 55th Strategic Communications Squadron, GP-Rocky Mountain Region

  Oswaldo Rivas, Insperity, Florida Region

  Jon Stresing, NVIDIA/MD Army National Guard, Maryland Region

  Adrianna Templeton-Jones, Bering Straits Native Corporation, Mid-West Region

  Shaelyn Washburn, Federal Resources Supply Company, Southern California Region

  Capt Krystina Watkins, USAF, 32d Weapons Squadron, Western Region

  Brooke White, Old Dominion University, Virginia Region

2020 Distinguished Young AFCEAN Honorees

Allie Darling, Apex Systems, Rocky Mountain Chapter

Brooke Eiser, One Diversified, Aberdeen Chapter

A1C Ian Hooey, USAF, AFLCMC HIO/BESPIN, Montgomery Chapter

MSgt Thomas Mendez, USAF, 352d COS/USCYBERCOM, Hawaii Chapter



2019 Distinguished Young AFCEAN (DYA) Award Winners

2019 Young AFCEAN of the Year

A1C Chance Crawford, USAF
United States Air Force
Montgomery Chapter


2019 Regional Distinguished Young AFCEANs

Mallory L. Arnold, Future Skies Inc., Maryland Region

Hillary Boyce, IntellecTechs, Virginia Region

Jake Bronstein, TEKsystems, Western Region

Kaitlin Bulavinetz, Hitachi Vantara, National Capital Region

Courtney Cashdollar, Connected Logistics, National Capital Region

Christopher Colón, Great Plains-Rocky Mountain Region

A1C Chance Crawford, USAF, United States Air Force, Mid-South Region

Shawn CressmanTexas Region

Billy Grill, Rebel Martech, Mid-West Region

Jennifer Hoover, NCI, Inc., National Capital Region

MSgt Shamar V. Jones, USAF, 690th Cyberspace Operations Squadron, Pacific Region

William Keller, Booz Allen Hamilton, New England-Upstate New York Region

Anders Klintäng, Combitech AB, Nordic Region

Flt Lt Todd Lynes, RAF, U.K. Royal Air Force, Western Europe Region

Casey A. McCarthy, CACI International, National Capital Region

Kelly McCormack, Cambridge International Systems, Inc., Carolinas Region

Dr. Danny Sava, United States Special Operations Command/Jacobs Engineering Group, Florida Region

MSgt Heath Shepperd, USAF, United States Air Force, Southwest Region

SrA Jacob Simpson, USAF, 608th Air Communications Squadron, Texas Region

Richard Snyder, Adaptic, Maryland Region

Peter Walter, Capgemini Deutschland GmbH, Central Europe Region


2019 Distinguished Young AFCEAN Honorees

Joni Ahlers, Segue Technologies, Inc., Dayton-Wright Chapter

Lauren Beward, Bravura Information Technology Systems, Inc., Aberdeen Chapter

Major Philip Blanchard, ARNG, Hanscom Air Force Base, Lexington-Concord Chapter

Jennifer Havenner, 2nd Weather Support Squadron, U.S. Air Force, Greater Omaha Chapter

MSgt Tanesha Lewis, USAF, AFLCMC Network Operations Division, BES, Montgomery Chapter

IT1 Samantha Gallagher, USN, Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station Pacific, Hawaii Chapter

Rachel McClain, JJR Solutions, Dayton-Wright Chapter

1Lt Renee Morales, USAF, 96th Communications Squadron, Emerald Coast Chapter

Marcus Neal, United States Special Operations Command/Jacobs Engineering Group, Tampa-St. Petersburg Chapter

Tiffany Katarina Tong, Secure Innovations, LLC, Central Maryland Chapter

 LCDR Jonathan White, USCG, United States Coast Guard, Hampton Roads Chapter


2018 Distinguished Young AFCEAN (DYA) Award Winners

2018 Young AFCEAN of the Year

TSgt Thomas Giddings, USAF
7th Reconnaissance Squadron
Central Europe South West Region

From left: Lt Gen Robert M. Shea, President and CEO of AFCEA International; Jeremy Martin, President, Young AFCEAN Advisory Council; TSgt Thomas Giddings, USAF; DeEtte Gray, Chair of the AFCEA International Board 

2018 Regional Distinguished Young AFCEANs

SrA Eric Brown, USAF, 11th Special Operations Intelligence Squadron, Mid-South Region

Michael Buech, CGI Deutschland Ltd & Co KG, Central Europe Region

Krystin Fakalata, Macalogic, Mid-West Region

David Fries, Praxis Engineering Technologies, Maryland Region

TSgt Thomas Giddings, USAF, 7th Reconnaissance Suadron, Central Europe South West Region

MSgt Darius A. Harper, USAF, Air Force Network Integration Center, Heartland Region

TSgt Veronica Jaworski, USAF (Ret), Texas Region

Caitlin Johnson, ABS Technology, Virginia Region

Veronica Kazaitis, Parsons, Maryland Region

MSG Reginald L. Keitt, USA, U.S. Southern Command, South Florida Region

Hayley Kinnally, TEK systems, National Capital Region

SMSgt Brandon Lambert, USAF, 24th Air Force Headquarters, Texas Region

Brandon Lester, SRC Technologies, Pacific Region

Jonathan Leung, The MITRE Corporation, New England-Upstate New York Region

Nicolas Little, Forge Aerospace, Great Plains-Rocky Mountain Region

Jordan Loeb, Frontier, Inc., National Capital Region

Salvatore Paladino, Assured Information Secrutiy, new England-Upstate New York Region

John Tato, Ernst & Young, New York-New Jersey-Pennsylania Region

Valerie Warnock, Geocent, LLC, Carolinas Region


2018 Distinguished Young AFCEAN Honorees

SrA Jacqueline R. Campos, USAF, 55th Intelligence Support Squadron, Greater Omaha Chapter

Debra Frey, Parsons, Aberdeen Chapter

John Garrity, Brixey and Meyer, Dayton-Wright Chapter

1st Lt Manuel Hernandez, USAF, Airspace Mission Planning Division, Lexington-Concord Chapter

Derek Massey, Cohn's & Associates, Fort Knox Gold Vault Chapter

Kirsten Miller-Jones, Constellation Technologies, Central Maryland Chapter

MSgt Brandy Silvers, USAF, AFLCMC BES, Montgomery Chapter

TSgt Jonithan Vanscoy, USAF, AFLCMC BES, Montgomery Chapter


2017 Distinguished Young AFCEAN (DYA) Award Winners

2017 Young AFCEAN of the Year

Tija Brown
Copper River IT
Montgomery Chapter, Mid-South Region

From left: Joe Sifer, Chair of the AFCEA International Board; Jeremy Martin, Co-President, Young AFCEAN Advisory Council; Tija Brown; Emily Rausch, Co-President, Young AFCEAN Advisory Council; Lt Gen Robert M. Shea, President and CEO of AFCEA International


2017 Regional Distinguished Young AFCEANs

Tija Brown, Copper River IT, Mid-South Region

Jessye Chancey-Higginbotham, Software Engineering Services, Great Plains-Rocky Mountain Region

Laura Durham, Geodesicx, Inc., Carolinas Region

Alexander Kreth, German Air Force, Central Europe Region

MSgt Alex Kuh, USAF, U.S. Air Force, Pacific Region

Sarah Loerzel, U.S. Air Force, New England-Upstate New York Region

MSgt Andrew Seitz, USAF, Special Missions Directorate, Mid-West Region

Dr. Daniel Sowders, Vencore Labs, Maryland Region

Juan Toves, Akima, LLC, Texas Region

SrA Blake Wicker, USAF, U.S. Air Force, Central Europe South West Region


2017 Distinguished Young AFCEAN Honorees

Christina Bobb, NiSUS Technologies Corporation, Central Maryland Chapter

Jessica Cremin, Mugar Enterprises, Lexington-Concord Chapter

TSgt Joshua Hinshaw, USAF, AFLCMC, Montgomery Chapter

Theresa Holland, Engility, Bethesda Chapter

Lloyd McCoy, Jr., immixGroup, Inc., Northern Virginia Chapter

Capt. James McDavitt, USAF, Installation and Mission Support Center Detachment 10, ArkLaTex Chapter

Matt Powell, Gartner, Dayton-Wright Chapter

Allegra Scott, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Central Maryland Chapter

Ron Simon, Capgemini, Bonn e.V. Chapter

1st Lt Joel Stiffler, USAF, 435th Air & Space Communications Group, Kaiserslautern Chapter

Sarah Thayer, Phacil, Inc., Bethesda Chapter

Laura Thomas, Link Solutions, Inc., Aberdeen Chapter



2016 Distinguished Young AFCEAN (DYA) Award Winners

2016 Young AFCEAN of the Year Honoree

From left: Lt Gen Robert M. Shea, President and CEO of AFCEA International; Ed Ryglewicz, Regional Vice President, Pacific Region; Captain Kimber Nettis, USAF, Young AFCEAN of the Year; Emily Rausch and Luke Howe, Co-Presidents, Young AFCEAN Advisory Council; Joe Sifer, Chair of the AFCEA International Board; and Captain Michael Nettis, USAF, Chapter Young AFCEAN President

Captain Kimber Nettis, USAF, 515th Air Mobility Operations Wing
AFCEA Hawaii, Pacific Region

2016 Distinguished Young AFCEAN Regional Honorees

Capt Juliana Bean, USAF, AFGSC/A6XP, Texas Region

2Lt Michelle Boivin, USAF, AFLCMC, New England-Upstate New York Region

Steven Dalton, System Integration Branch, Mid-West Region

Amanda Davi, General Atomics, Southern California Region

Dr. Rebecca Decker, Rocky Mountain Chapter, Great Plains-Rocky Mountain Region

Dr. Lucia Di Giambattista, Rome Chapter, Mediterranean Region

Christy Fanelli, Navy Cyber Defense Operations, Virginia Region

Jason Frye, AFLCMC, Mid-South Region

1Lt Arielle Garcia, USAF, 461st Air Control Networks Squadron, Georgia Region

Eron Jordan, ArcSource Group, Inc., National Capital Region

Jeremy Martin, Shield Consulting Solutions, Maryland Region

Capt Kimber Nettis, USAF, 515th Air Mobility Ops Wing, Pacific Region

Chris Pereschuk, NOVA Corporation, New York-New Jersey-Pennsylvania Region

SrA Matthew K. Smith, USAF, 52nd Communications Squadron, Central Europe Region

Jeremy Spund, ICF International, South Florida Region

  TSgt Nathan Swab, USAF (Ret), Sentar Inc., Carolinas Region


2016 Distinguished Young AFCEAN Honorees

Ashley Cigolotti, Brooksource and Technical Youth LLC, Dayton-Wright Chapter

Jennifer Couch, Providge Consulting, Northern Virginia Chapter

Tim Cregan, Dell EMC, Tampa-St. Petersburg Chapter

2Lt Benjamin Davis, USAF, AFLCMC, Lexington-Concord Chapter

Adam Eng, Blue Star Software, Central Maryland Chapter                                                   

SrA Ashley Gentry, USAF, 1 ACOS, Kaiserslautern Chapter

Robert Harrison, Inovex Information Systems, Inc., Central Maryland Chapter

Capt Martin Heusler, IT Bataillon 381, German Cyber Command, Bonn e.V. Chapter

Alisha Kelly, Trace Systems, Northern Virginia Chapter

Cody Mruk, NIC, Bethesda Chapter

Capt Gilberto Perez, USAF, United States Air Force, Washington DC Chapter

Scott Poag, Augusta Economic Development Authority, Augusta-Fort Gordon Chapter

Kathy Wagner, Booz Allen Hamilton, Aberdeen Chapter



2015 Distinguished Young AFCEAN (DYA) Award Winners

2015 Young AFCEAN of the Year Honoree

Left to right: Lt Gen Robert M. Shea, President and CEO of AFCEA International; Ed Ryglewicz, Regional Vice President, Pacific Region; Captain Michael Nettis, USAF, Young AFCEAN of the Year; Kimber Nettis; Emily Rausch; Co-President, Young AFCEAN Advisory Council; Corey Lindo, Immediate Past President, Hawaii Chapter; and Linda Gooden, Chair of the AFCEA International Board

Captain Michael Nettis, USAF. Pacific Air Forces 613th Air Operations Center
AFCEA Hawaii, Pacific Region

2015 Distinguished Young AFCEANs

2015 DYA Regional Honorees

Brent Ahlers, Gartner, Mid-West Region

1Lt Monica Ciobanu, Special Telecommunications System, Central Eastern Europe Region

Chase Clayton, TEKsystems, Texas Region

MSgt Matt Collingridge, USAF, 55th Strategic Communications Squadron, Great Plains-Rocky Mountain Region

Mary Ellen Cook, TASC, Maryland Region

Captain Jamila Evans, USAF, HQ AF Reserve Command, Georgia Region

Nicholas Farinacci, TEKsystems, Western Region

Megan Ham, Apex Systems, Inc., Carolinas Region

Patrick Hamilton, Booz Allen Hamilton, NE-Upstate NY Region

SMSgt William Hebb, USAF, United States Air Force, Central Europe Region

Nhelly Hughes, AT&T Government Solutions, Virginia Region

Kristina Kelly, Blackstone Technology Group, National Capital Region

Captain Mark Lebedzinski, USAF, U.S. Air Force Space Command, Heartland Region

Captain Michael Nettis, USAF, PACAF 613 AOC, Pacific Region

Pam Plesz, DDC IT Services, LLC, New York-New Jersey-Pennsylvania Region

Senton Pojani, Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services, Inc., South Florida Region

1Lt Jesse Wayne, USAF, United States Air Force, Mid-South Region

2015 Distinguished Young AFCEANs

Phaedra Buddrius, HP Enterprise Services, Tampa-St. Petersburg Chapter

SSgt Ryan Even, USAF, 721st Communications Squadron, Rocky Mountain Chapter

1Lt Adam D. Kelly, USAF, United States Air Force, Lexington-Concord Chapter

SSgt Amy Kern, USAF, United States Air Force, Kaiserslautern Chapter

1Lt Tristian Mahler, USAF, 461 Air Control Network Squadron, Middle Georgia Chapter  

Linh Nguyen, PLEX Solutions, LLC, Central Maryland Chapter

Senior Airman Ryan René Rosado, USAF, 75 Intelligence Squadron, Alamo Chapter

Jenifer Spencer, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Fort Knox Gold Vault Chapter

  1Lt Arturo Urquieta, USAF, 30th Space Communications Squadron, Central Coast Chapter



2014 Distinguished Young AFCEAN (DYA) Award Winners

2014 Distinguished Young AFCEAN (DYA) of the Year Honoree

MSgt Martha Burkhead, USAF
Air Force ISR Agency
Alamo Chapter

2014 Distinguished Young AFCEAN (DYA) Regional Honorees

Bc. Lubomir Almer
University of Defence
Uno Brno Student Chapter

Preston Armfield
Tampa-St. Petersburg Chapter

1st Lt Brandon Bendigo, USAF
55th Electronic Combat Group
Tucson Chapter

Kimberly Cranson
Engineering Services Network, Inc.
Lexington-Concord Chapter

Christa Dahlem
URS Corporation
Aberdeen Chapter

MSgt James Desgrange, USAF
14th Air Force
Central Coast Chapter

Yaşar M. Ercan
VIA Ltd.
Turkiye Chapter

2d Lt Paul Jordan, USAF
AFSPC Cyberspace Support Squadron
Scott-St. Louis Area Chapter

Sara Lindsey
San Diego Chapter

Lt Latiria S. Mayo, USAF
100th Air Refueling Wing
UK East Chapter

Lt Col Brenda Oppel, USAF
88th Communications Squadron
Dayton-Wright Chapter

Chi-Lai Poon
Array Information Technology
Northern Virginia Chapter

Reema Prasad
Cisco Systems Inc.
Silicon Valley Chapter

1st Lt Kyle Rimando, USAF
United States Air Force
Hawaii Chapter

Captain Scott A. (Sonny) Roberts II, USAF
Rocky Mountain Chapter

Captain Marianna Schwarz
German Air Force
Bonn E.V. Chapter

Kristin Smith
Crowne Plaza Charleston
South Carolina Low Country Chapter

A1C Kylie Subjinske, USAF
Tidewater Chapter

Adam Vencill
Montgomery Chapter

Distinguished Young AFCEANs

Demetrios Chirgott
Eliassen Group
Aberdeen Chapter

Al Kavianpour
Bethesda Chapter

Erica Knab
Tampa-St. Petersburg Chapter

Mike Kuhn
CA Technologies
Rocky Mountain Chapter

TSgt Ronald LeBeau, USAF
Kaiserslautern Chapter

Jill Macchiaverna
Dragonfly Productions
ArkLaTex Chapter

Kasie Moriarty
USAF Landing Systems Branch, HBAB
Lexington-Concord Chapter    

Tomas Muller
Czech Chapter

Jenifer Peguero
MDA Information Systems LLC
Central Virginia Chapter

Mandi Septer
Hewlett-Packard, Enterprise Services
Fort Knox Gold Vault Chapter

Daniel Shaer
Booz Allen Hamilton
Belvoir Chapter

Harrison Simmons
Kforce Inc.

Alexa Tsui
Technik Inc
Northern Virginia Chapter

2013 Distinguished Young AFCEANs

2012 Distinguished Young AFCEANs

2011 Distinguished Young AFCEANs

2010 Distinguished Young AFCEANs

2009 Distinguished Young AFCEANs

2008 Distinguished Young AFCEANs

2007 Distinguished Young AFCEANs


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