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Bethesda Chapter VISIT WEBSITE
President: Naina Leo

Executive Vice President: Kathleen Cowles

Treasurer: Michael Lewis

VP, Awards: Pam Carpenter


VP, Communications: Rita Walston


VP, Education: Debbie Opeikun

VP, Programs: Ray Holder


VP, Programs: Maheen Mirza

Dell Technologies

VP, Programs: Karen DeSimone

NTT Data

VP, Programs: Greg Mundell


VP, Programs: Brian Baker


VP, Programs: Darryl Peek


VP, Small Business: Savin Joseph

Young AFCEAN President: Therese Holland

Publicis Sapient

Law and Policy Advisor: Joe Uglialoro


Chapter Focus
AFCEA Bethesda is a non-profit organization that encourages dialogue and partnership between the Federal Government and industry to solve today's most critical IT challenges. Through our widely attended events, we strive to foster better inter-agency communication, share best practices, identify mission-critical issues and management approaches, and increase engagement with industry IT solution and service providers. AFCEA Bethesda is the premier civilian chapter of AFCEA International. On average, we connect with more than 250 senior government executives who participate as speakers for our widely-attended annual events, to include monthly breakfasts, full day conferences, symposia and executive dinners. Our Chapter proceeds benefit STEM education in area schools. In addition, our annual gala has generated over $7 million in proceeds for charities benefiting the health, welfare and education of children and others in the community. Additionally, our active Emerging Leaders organization provides a network for young professionals to connect with rising leaders and seek mentoring relationships in the initial stages of their careers. The Bethesda Emerging Leaders manage up to six independent annual programs facilitating dialogue between IT executives and senior federal leadership. These events have included large networking receptions, luncheons, a charity golf tournament and a 300-attendee dinner featuring prominent federal executive guests.

AFCEA Events Calendar

May Breakfast Webinar: Innovative Uses of Federal Data Bethesda Chapter
05/18/2021 Data
Location: Web
Law Enforcement and Public Safety Technology Forum Bethesda Chapter
05/26/2021 Keeping Our Nation Secure: Leveraging digital technology and innovation to keep the nation safe
Location: Web
June Breakfast Webinar: Next Steps: Leveraging Data as a Strategic Asset Bethesda Chapter
06/15/2021 Data
Location: Web
Senior Government Executive Forum ft. InnovateIT Awards Bethesda Chapter
06/24/2021 Embracing Change and Transformation
Location: Web
Health IT Summit 2022 Bethesda Chapter
01/18/2022 - 01/19/2022
Location: Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, Bethesda, MD

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