Meet AFCEA International Headquarters Leadership Staff
AFCEA International Headquarters leadership is comprised of business leaders, including many who are retired military officers, all whom have extensive experience and connections in the industries and organizations that AFCEA serves.
Lt. Gen. William J. Bender, USAF (Ret.), currently serves as senior vice president - Strategic Accounts & Government Relations, within Business Development at Leidos. Gen. Bender is responsible for strengthening and advancing trusted customer relationships and advancing strategic initiatives to foster enterprise growth.
Gen. Bender brings more than 34 years of military experience and executive-level leadership in multiple facets of information technology (IT) and government services. Gen. Bender most recently served as chief information officer for the United States Air Force (USAF), where he was responsible for 50,000 cyber operations and support personnel across the globe with oversight for the USAF’s IT investment strategy and a portfolio valued at $17 billion.
Prior to his most recent role, Gen. Bender was the second-highest ranking military officer, based at the U.S. Embassy in Iraq, serving as the deputy chief, Office of Security Cooperation-Iraq with oversight and management of foreign military sales and security cooperation initiatives supporting U.S. diplomatic relations with the government of Iraq. His leadership tenure in the USAF also includes serving as chief operations officer with overall operations, training and readiness responsibility for 20,000 personnel, as well as executive staff director and joint duty officer to European Command and U.S. Transportation Command commanders with responsibility for theater-wide and global logistics operations.
Gen. Bender was commissioned in 1983 after earning a Bachelor of Engineering in electrical engineering from Manhattan College. He also holds a Master of Arts in national strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College, a Master of Business Administration in business and aviation management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and numerous certificates from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
Lt. Gen. Susan Lawrence, USA (Ret.), a leader in defense information technology and communications systems and a former U.S. Army CIO/G-6, leads AFCEA International. Prior to joining the AFCEA staff, she served as a managing director, national security practice, Accenture Federal Services (AFS). At AFS, Gen. Lawrence was responsible for supporting AFS clients in developing and executing technology transformation and mission-support strategies that are designed to deter, deflect and defeat today’s evolving threats. She brought extensive knowledge and experience in fielding new communications and wireless systems, electronic platforms and advanced technology to the warfighter. Prior to her work at AFS, Gen. Lawrence was senior vice president at Booz Allen Hamilton in the Defense Market Group, helping lead business initiatives in the defense and security markets.
As the Army’s CIO/G-6, Gen. Lawrence managed the defense enterprise systems, IT infrastructure, Command and Control (C4) solutions and advanced technology used by the military warfighter and the supporting civilian workforce. Additionally, she helped develop the U.S. Army Cyber Command and worked directly with senior staff members—including the secretary of the Army and the chief of staff of the Army—to reduce costs and improve the effectiveness of cyber and other IT solutions.
Gen. Lawrence also served as the commanding general for the Army’s Network Enterprise Technology Command (NETCOM), where her responsibilities included overseeing the Army C4 and Army Enterprise IT functions. During her extensive career in the Army, she had operational assignments in Europe, South Korea, Southwest Asia and the United States, and led network, C4 and IT functions during military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Campbell University in North Carolina, a Master’s degree in information systems management from the University of Georgia and honorary doctorates in science from Dakota State University and humane letters from Campbell University.
Pat Miorin joined AFCEA International as the chief financial officer and international treasurer in August 2009. In this role he oversees the financial operations of AFCEA International, the AFCEA Educational Foundation and the National Intelligence University Foundation.
Prior to starting at AFCEA, Mr. Miorin was the treasurer and chief financial officer for the Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. In this position, he was responsible for the consolidated financial operations of the Harrisburg Diocese, with annual operating revenues of $175 million. Additional responsibilities also included Human Resources, Information Technology and Development.
Before the Diocese of Harrisburg, Mr. Miorin was the chief financial officer and assistant executive vice president of the Pennsylvania Builders Association. In this position, he managed all financial and accounting operations for the state association, a wholly owned management company and a benefits trust company. The combined revenues for these organizations exceeded $150 million.
Prior to entering the not-for-profit sector, Mr. Miorin worked in public accounting for 12 years. His last position was audit manager at a regional CPA firm in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Aside from his financial experience Mr. Miorin is retired from the 28th Infantry Division, Pennsylvania Army National Guard after a 20-year career. He enlisted in 1982 as a Combat Medic and in 1985 completed Officer Candidate School. Positions held included platoon leader, executive officer, company commander, division liaison officer and division personnel management officer. Mr. Miorin was branch qualified in both the Medical Service Corp and Infantry.
Mr. Miorin holds a BS degree from Lebanon Valley College with a double major in accounting and management. He is a member of the American, Virginia, and Pennsylvania Institute of CPAs, holds both CPA and CGMA designations, and is licensed in Pennsylvania for multi-lines insurances.
Brig. Gen. Paul H. Fredenburgh III, USA (Ret.), serves as AFCEA’s executive vice president for National Security and Defense. He recently retired following a distinguished military career in the U.S. Army that spanned 32 years and numerous commands and duty stations. He most recently served as the deputy commander of Joint Force Headquarters–Department of Defense Information Network (JFHQ-DoDIN), where he directed an organization focused on command and control of global network and defensive cyber operations that enabled cyber mission assurance for the DoD.
His other significant assignments include service as director, Command, Control, Communications, and Cyber (C4) for the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command and commandant of the Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy at the National Defense University. He successfully performed increasing responsibilities across a range of staff and command positions in joint, multinational, and Army units, both in the United States and while deployed.
He earned a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont, and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the infantry, later transitioning to signal. He earned a Master of Arts in national security and strategic studies from the Naval College of Command and Staff, Newport, Rhode Island, and a Master of Science in National Resource Strategy with a concentration in information operations from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University, Fort McNair, Washington, D.C.
Nancy Lee Temple originally joined the AFCEA staff in 1985. She serves as an officer of the association in her role as international secretary of AFCEA International. She is the staff liaison for the AFCEA International Executive Committee, Board of Directors, Governance Committee and Nominating Committee.
Ms. Temple also serves as vice president for Human Resources and Support. In this role, she is responsible for staff recruitment, benefit negotiation and administration, and corporate insurance. Ms. Temple is the chief liaison to the AFCEA Compensation Committee. She is also responsible for several internal association committees, including the Retirement Committee and the AFCEA Employee Relations Council.
She is the vice president of the AFCEA Educational Foundation, overseeing the management of the foundation’s scholarships, teacher grants and awards programs. She is also the staff liaison for the Educational Foundation Board of Directors.
Prior to these responsibilities, she held several positions throughout the association in the areas of service center management and as the vice president of the AFCEA Building Service Corporation.
Ms. Temple came to AFCEA from the National Association of Retail Druggists where she worked for the director of Legislative Affairs. Previously, she was employed by WEBCO, a military food brokerage company, providing services to military commissaries and exchanges worldwide. Ms. Temple has an associate degree from the University of South Carolina. She currently serves as a member of the Three Swallows Foundation and is the former secretary of the Fair Lakes League.
Maj. Gen. Erich Staudacher, GEAF (Ret.), retired from the German Armed Forces in 2016. He served in combat missions based in Italy and Uzbekistan, took command positions in various assignments from company to division size level and worked in eminent staff positions such as director of airstaff at the Ministry of Defence.
Gen. Staudacher joined the German Armed Forces in 1974 and was commissioned at the German Airforce Academy in 1975. As a maintenance and technical officer by trade and education, he transferred during his career into the wider business of logistics and general staff tasks such as Plans, Policy and Concepts at the headquarters as well as on the ministerial level.
From 1986 to 1988, he commanded the Maintenance Squadron of Fighter Bomber Wing No. 31 at Nörvenich Airbase, West Germany. From 1994 to 1996, he commanded the Technical Group of FBW No. 32 at Lechfeld Airbase in southern Germany. From 2005 to 2007, he commanded a group of various units of battalion and regimental size as the deputy commander of the Military District IV in Munich, Southern Germany. From 2009 to 2010, he commanded a group of various units and commands of regimental and brigade size as deputy commander of the Armed Forces Support Command in Cologne in western Germany. From 2001 to 2003 he directed the Faculty of Leadership and Management at the Armed Forces Staff College in Hamburg in northern Germany.
In addition to his command assignments, Gen. Staudacher has served in a variety of senior leadership positions for the German Armed Forces, the German Airforce and the Foreign Service of the Federal Republic of Germany, including military assistant to the director of the Joint Armed Forces Staff at the Ministry of Defence (MOD); military adviser to the ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to the United Nations; director for logistics and support of the Airforce Support Command and the Airforce Operations Command; vice director of staff of the Joint Armed Forces Staff at the MOD in Bonn and Berlin; director of staff of the Airforce; director of Headquarters of the German Airforce in Berlin and Cologne; and vice director of the German Armed Forces Planning Office.
Gen. Staudacher earned a Master's of Engineering degree in aeronautical and space technology in 1978 as a distinguished graduate from Bundeswehr University, Munich. He also holds a Bachelor's degree in economics from FernUniversität, Hagen. He graduated at the German Armed Forces College, Hamburg, and he holds various decorations and awards, including the Bundeswehr Kreuz in Gold.
Gen. Staudacher enjoys classical music and jazz, and reading American short stories. He also loves visiting museums and displays of liberal arts such as paintings, photography and sculptures. He is married and has one daughter.
He has engaged with AFCEA since 2009, first as vice president and president of the Bonn chapter from 2010 until 2016, finally since 2017 as general manager, AFCEA Europe.
Jim Griggs has more than three decades of experience in federal, state, local and private sector engineering and technology management. Since 2003, he has served as the chief information officer (CIO) and chief technology officer (CTO) at AFCEA International. As the CIO and CTO, he heads up both day to day AFCEA International IT operations as well as leading outreach efforts to the national security IT community. In his role with AFCEA, Mr. Griggs also serves as the chief liaison to the AFCEA Technology Committee, an all-volunteer group of senior industry and government technology leaders, which among other things helps drive the program for several of AFCEA's events, and selects recipients for the annual AFCEA technology awards program.
Mr. Griggs came to AFCEA from netgenShopper/Respond.com, where between 1999 and 2003 he served in several roles including IT firector, functional software designer and software developer. Prior to his stint in the .com arena, Mr. Griggs worked for Planning Research Corporation (PRC | Northrop Grumman) for several years as a senior functional analyst in their public safety division and was a PRC President's Award winner in 1998. He joined PRC after starting his career working for the Fairfax County Police Department in its Public Safety Communications Center.
Mr. Griggs has a BS from George Mason University, and holds several commercial and government IT certifications.
Sandra Jontz 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.
As vice president for Defense Operations, Mike Warlick is responsible for oversight of AFCEA's defense engagement through events, the Defense Committee and AFCEA operations.
He served 29 years with distinction as a Marine Corps Officer focused on communications, information technology, and command and control. Mr. Warlick spent a significant part of his career leading and developing Marines. He commanded the Marine Corps Communication-Electronics School, training primarily enlisted Marines in 46 different occupational specialties. As director, Command and Control Systems School, Marine Corps University, he trained entry- and intermediate-level officers in all aspects of communications and information technology, to include command and control. His last assignment on active duty was as vice president, Marine Corps University.
After retiring from the Marine Corps in 2002, Mr. Wwarlick worked for Electronic Data Systems/Hewlett-Packard, leading development and delivery of various aspects of the Navy/Marine Corps Intranet (NMCI) for the Marine Corps for seven years. In 2009 he transitioned to Harris Corporation to lead business development efforts for the Marine Corps.
Mr. Warlick holds a Bachelor of Science degree in health and physical education from East Carolina University and a Master of Arts in human resources management from Pepperdine University. His military education includes Basic Communication Officers Course, Advanced Communication Officers Course, Marine Corps Command and Staff College, Air Command and Staff College and the National War College. He also completed the “Managerial Issues in the Global Enterprise” course from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.
Mr. Warlick has been a member of AFCEA since 1987 and a life member since December 2001. He has extensive experience at the chapter level and has served twice as president, Quantico-Potomac Chapter. He has been the recipient of the AFCEA Leadership Award and the Chairman’s Superior Performance Award. While serving on active duty, he was the founder of the Marine Corps General Alfred M. Gray Award, recognizing the outstanding company grade officer serving in an IT position. While at AFCEA International he was co-founder with Lt. Gen. Rhett Hernandez, USA, (Ret), of the Saint Isidore Award for Outstanding Cyber Service. Prior to joining AFCEA, he held the position of client executive/business development executive with Harris IT Services.
Gina McGovern is Vice president of Industry Programs and Sponsorships for National Security and Defense Events.
In this role, she leads the strategic direction of all industry programs across the department and works to increase engagement with industry.
McGovern has been with AFCEA since 2004 and has been instrumental in creating robust programs to meet the needs of corporate members and sponsors that provide market visibility and thought leadership within AFCEA events. She has established and maintained long-term relationships with many of the association’s member companies and sponsors.
Ray Cross serves as the vice president for Intelligence for AFCEA International. In this capacity, he leads the association’s outreach to intelligence professionals and the Intelligence Community in both government and industry.
Mr. Cross joined AFCEA International following three decades of service as a Navy intelligence officer, leading tactical, operational, and strategic intelligence activities for Navy and joint organizations around the world.
He concurrently serves as the executive director of the National Intelligence University (NIU) Foundation, a 501(c)3 charitable organization supported by AFCEA International that encourages and promotes the university's mission as the intellectual center of the Intelligence Community.
Mr. Cross studied at the University of Pennsylvania, the National Intelligence University and the National War College.
As vice president, Membership, Tina Jordan is responsible for AFCEA’s 30,000+ individual members and the association’s more than 1,600 corporate members. Ms. Jordan manages over 130 AFCEA chapters located across 30 countries and provides oversight of 30 global regional vice presidents. She serves as the primary interface between AFCEA International headquarters and its regions and chapters. Ms. Jordan is responsible for profit and loss as well as strategy and execution for the four departments that make up AFCEA’s membership team. Along with Individual and Corporate Membership, her portfolio includes AFCEA’s Member Services Center as well as the association’s Professional Development Center. Additionally, Ms. Jordan works closely with the AFCEA European general manager and has responsibility for AFCEA growth in the Far East.
Ms. Jordan worked for Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) from 1995 to 2014. She joined CSC as a management consultant specializing in business process reengineering, business process improvement and strategic planning. In 1998, Ms. Jordan moved from CSC’s Federal Consulting Practice to work various senior staff positions reporting to the president of CSC’s Defense Division. In 2005, she became the Defense Group government relations executive representing CSC’s Missile Defense programs on Capitol Hill. From 2008-2014, she worked as the director, NPS Alliances, managing the activities of more than 250 valued partners and vendors selling to, through and with CSC’s North American Public Sector.
Prior to joining CSC, Ms. Jordan worked for the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA). From 1990-1992, she executed the Total Quality Management effort for the Defense Contract Management District West. From 1992-1993, Ms. Jordan developed and implemented a command-wide Customer Liaison Program for the Defense Contract Management Command. And from 1993-1995, she managed DLA’s Activity Based Costing initiative.
Ms. Jordan served on the board of directors of the AFCEA Washington, D.C. Chapter from 2004-2014, filling several key positions to include chapter president, vice president, secretary, treasurer and vice president-Education Committee. She also served on the board of AFCEA International as an associate director and member of the Governance Committee. Ms. Jordan currently sits on the board of the Foundation for Innovation and Discovery and Clemson University’s School of Computing Industry Advisory Board. She is a former member of the Women In Business Initiative Advisory Board for George Mason University’s School of Business and most recently served on the board for the American Red Cross for Loudoun and Prince William Counties.
As an “Air Force brat,” Ms. Jordan enjoyed growing up in various locations around the United States and Spain and appreciates the travels and experiences that the Air Force provided. She graduated from high school in Alaska, graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from Arizona State University and graduated with honors with a Master of Science degree in business from Johns Hopkins University.
Tammy Goehring has more than 20 years of experience in conference, event and program management. She has a proven proficiency for directing projects to achieve organizational goals and maximize value. Her areas of expertise include event design and execution, financial management, contract negotiation and strategic planning.
In her current role, she plans, directs and oversees conference and event activities, ensuring development and implementation of efficient and cost-effective operations. AFCEA produces high-profile events that provide an ethical forum for information sharing among military, government, industry and academia in the national security and defense C5I community.
Prior to joining the conferences and events team, Ms. Goehring worked in the membership department, where she managed functional committees, including Membership, Strategic Development and Small Business. She led the establishment of AFCEA’s Small Business Program in 2008 to better serve this vital segment of the association's membership.
Ms. Goehring holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting and a Master of Business Administration in management. Her professional education includes the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) designation from the Events Industry Council and the Digital Event Strategist (DES) certification from the Professional Convention Management Association. She is an active member of the Society of Government Meeting Professionals.
Ms. Goehring developed an orientation for adaptability and embracing change as she enjoyed numerous relocations as a U.S. Army spouse. A native of Long Island, she is now happily settled in Northern Virginia with her husband and two children.
Beverly Cooper has been with AFCEA since 1984 and currently leads web development and special assignments.
Ms. Cooper has served in a variety of positions with AFCEA, including assistant editor, managing editor, executive editor and senior director of publications, associate publisher, chief knowledge officer and vice president, Communications. In her current role, Ms. Cooper is leading the association's web development project and providing support for other digitization efforts, including a new association management system.
Previously, Ms. Cooper led the association in its exploration of desktop publishing, making SIGNAL one of the first association magazines to transition fully to publication pre-press automation. She also helped develop, launch and maintain the first SIGNAL web page and helped establish the foundation for the association's social media program.
Prior to coming to AFCEA, Ms. Cooper was a senior proposal editor for PRC. She also has served as the assistant managing editor on AOPA Pilot Magazine, published by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.
Ms. Cooper earned a BS degree in journalism with a minor in sociology from University of Maryland in 1981 and has taken courses within the publications specialist program at George Washington University.
Ms. Cooper has four children, and she enjoys outside activities that include sailing, skiing, biking, pickleball and pétanque.