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Tidewater Chapter VISIT WEBSITE
President: Col Nathan Rabe, USAF

Air Force

Regional VP, AFCEA Intl (VA): Ken Hirlinger, USAF

Director of Publicity: Jennifer Lively

Secretary: Valerie Wilder


Treasurer: Hilary Johnson-Lutz, USAF

VP, Affiliate Organizations: Lee Ann Zelesnikar

iSoft Solutions

757 449-6497
VP, Industry Affairs: John Tabler


VP, Military Affairs: Lt Col Emmanuel Matos, USAF


757 764-6564
Director of Community Affairs: David Howard

Director of Membership Services: Lynne M Mills

703 400-7986
Director of Programs: Sam Moore

STEM Director: David M Canady

Huntington Ingalls

Young AFCEAN President: SSgt James E Jackson, USAF

Chaplain: Tommy Crisler

Enlisted Liaison: MSgt Derek A Bennett, USAF


Symposium Committee Chair: Maj Jeffrey Paquette, USAF


Honorary, VP Industry: Indy Freeman


STEM Liaison: Lt Jessica Chen, USAF

633d Communications Squadron

Volunteer Coordinator: A1C Dakarai Goodson, USAF


Chapter Focus
The AFCEA Tidewater Chapter consists of over 250 civilian, military, and contractor members across the Air Force, Navy, Coast Guard, and Army Services from the Joint Base Langley-Eustis, southeast Virginia area. We have fostered extensive community relations, scholarship, science and teaching tools, robotics, and STEM-related efforts to which we remain dedicated across our membership and Board of Directors. Chapter activities include holding monthly luncheons or Virtual Meetings (AKA Veetings) with distinguished speakers at the Senior Executive and General officer level from across the military Joint and business communities; touring (in-person & virtual) local business and military capabilities/facilities; hosting annual fund raisers to fund our scholarship and STEM programs; providing volunteer assistance to many community events; mentoring school programs; hosting an annual Aviation STEM Day with the Virginia Air and Space Center (VASC); and holding an annual STEM Mixer/Social to recognize our scholarship recipients, Science & Engineering Fair Winners, and corporate support. The chapter fosters an outstanding relationship with community professionals. Through constant engagement, industry backing remains vibrant as we continue to work to exceed our sponsorship goals. Our chapter's industry outreach provides opportunities for significant small business and large corporation involvement in all of our events - Luncheons, Veetings, STEM initiatives, and other special functions as Chapter sponsors. The majority of our industry employed Board of Director members are from small business.

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