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President, Dirigo Strategies
During a thirty year career in the U.S. Coast Guard, Brian served in shipboard and shore-based operational and support positions that included command at sea, joint tours, and Project Officer or Branch Chief for a wide variety of efforts in research, tactics, and strategy.
He led teams and personally drafted numerous doctrine publications on search and rescue, law enforcement, security and coastal warfare. He developed a comprehensive and flexible 30 year Capital Asset Management Plan enabling whole fleet planning for the U.S. Coast Guard.
At the time of his retirement from the Coast Guard as Chief of Cutter Forces, he was the senior billeted cutterman responsible for platform management and fleet policies governing a fleet of 280 ships and a community of 8,000 cuttermen worldwide.
Brian holds a B.S. in Marine Science from the U. S. Coast Guard Academy and an MBA with an emphasis in Finance and Operations Research from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He was awarded a Certificate of Public Leadership from The Brookings Institution.
Matthew C. Stanley
He is a retired Coast Guard Captain (06) with 26 years of decorated rotary aviation and 38 years of total service. He was a career pilot and the Deputy Chief of Aviation Forces managing the cost, schedule and performance of 10 major aviation programs, all in different lifecycle stages. He provided oversight to 30 subordinate aviation commands, 200 aircraft, $400M of facilities and a workforce of over 4,900 people with an annual program value of $4.5B in the employment of 114,000 flight hours in all weather.
Matt has a B.A. in Asian Studies and an M.S. in Quality Systems Management. He is an Instructor Pilot, Flight Examiner and Safety Accident Investigator.
Joseph is both an experienced business leader and a technological innovator working across diverse industries. He excels at using technology to bring ideas to market and has proven this through projects ranging from the digitalization of processes in the healthcare sector in the Netherlands to overhauling plagiarism detection in higher education to food industry point of sales software.
He is currently helping with software development and IT consulting for rapidly growing startups with $10M in revenue and 100% year-over-year growth, and several large companies across diverse sectors. Joseph also serves in an executive capacity helping to shape the digital strategy of two nonprofits (NABU and Epic Education Foundation).
Kyle is a retired USCG 06 Captain with 32 years of service. His last position prior to retirement was the Deputy Commander of CGCYBER Command. He managed all aspects of CGCYBER planning and operations from daily tactical briefings and incident response to developing mission assurance for all CG missions; he conducted defensive cyberspace ops and managed operational risk by assessing threats and vulnerabilities, ensured appropriate defensive actions to minimize consequences to CG-wide mission execution.
He has a broad range of experience in the field of electronics, telecommunications and computer engineering, including radar and computer systems design, and multi-disciplinary IT areas (command, control, communications and computer systems supporting multi-missions).
Kyle holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology, and a Master’s in Information Technology Management. He graduated from National Defense University with a Master of Science in Government Information Leadership with a concentration in weapons of Mass Destruction and a Certificate in Chief Information Officer. He completed Course Study for an Executive Certificate in Management and Leadership at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Sloan School of Management, and is a graduate of U.S. Cyber Command’s Joint Advanced Cyber Warfare Course. In 2023 Kyle has become Certified in CISA and CompTIA Security.
Following a distinguished 25-year career, Paul retired from the U.S. Coast Guard as a senior officer to assist private and public organizations with navigating Federal regulatory safety and security requirements for ships, facilities, and waterways. Paul has served as the Officer in Charge of Marine Inspection with a two-state AOR, lead the federal review for America’s first operational offshore wind energy project, served as a United Nations consultant to 39 nations regarding international shipping conventions, and was lead author for an International Maritime Organization manual regarding contingency planning.
In addition to serving as a pollution response subject matter expert, Paul recently completed the creation of the Navigation Safety Risk Assessments for Ørsted’s 1.1 gigawatt Ocean Wind Farm off the coast of New Jersey and for the $3.8B Hampton Roads Bridge and Tunnel Expansion project.
Paul holds a Bachelors’ degree from The United States Coast Guard Academy, a Master’s degree from Tufts University, is a qualified NIMS Incident Command System Incident Commander, and a licensed Merchant Marine captain.
John C. Bourcet
John retired after a 20-year career in the U.S. Coast Guard, serving in the Office of Shore Forces and other shore-based operational positions that included counter-terrorism, search and rescue, maritime security and safety, and emergency management.
He commanded a law enforcement detachment tasked with counter-drug operations in the Pacific Ocean and deployed to the Persian Gulf in 2003, ensuring waterway stability and security in the aftermath of the fall of Saddam Hussein’s government. His final assignment was Chief of Boat Forces at Coast Guard Atlantic Area, where he was the senior expert responsible for more than 250 boat force units. He led an effort to update their staffing and to acquire the best vessels for each unit’s mission areas.
Currently he serves in Production Control at Newport News shipyard troubleshooting critical-path pop-up challenges.
John holds a B.S. in Management degree from the U. S. Coast Guard Academy and an M.A. in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University.
Sue Ellen Moore
Sue Ellen has over 20 years supporting the Scientific and Engineering communities performing research, development, testing, evaluation, and strategic-level analysis. She has over 15 years explicitly supporting U.S. Navy, Department of Defense (DoD), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and Coalition (NATO) programs.
As a Research Analyst assigned to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Science & Technology Division she conducted analysis and evaluation of secure information technologies establishing policies and protocols for new capabilities. Sue Ellen was detailed to DHS as the Deputy Project Manager for the Threat Vulnerability & Threat Assessment and Analysis (TVTA) Portfolio assessing new requirements to support the strategic direction of the TVTA Portfolio as well as the Weapons of Mass Destruction and Incident Management (WMD-IM) division.
SPAWAR assigned her as Lead for enforcement of processes and policy updates to the Navy’s Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Business System.
Sue Ellen has extensive experience writing classified requirements, policies, and procedures in direct support of the warfighter. She was assigned as the Navy’s NATO Coalition Program Liaison identifying, analyzing, and recommending crossover technologies for interconnectivity amongst Coalition Forces.
B.S. in Computer Science; and
Previously certified as a Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR)
Bruce Viekman, Ph.D.
Bruce crafted major portions of the U.S. Coast Guard’s human resource system, and brings scientific and analytical approaches from his Doctorate in Physical Oceanography. He led the service’s military assignment, career management, and recruiting operations; capping a 30-year military career. He reshaped the workforce through enlisted rating consolidations, officer specialty management systems, and reformed recruiting operations across the United States. He was recognized by the Secretary of Homeland Security for his work in reshaping recruiting. Bruce later served as a senior policy advisor in the $4B Coast Guard mission support enterprise, and was the primary author of the 2016 Human Capital Strategy. He deployed and applied the mission support business model in new areas, crafted policy for engineering technical authority, and guided senior leadership through strategic plan development. Bruce also guided a team that developed criteria for U.S. Navy System Engineering Technical Reviews.
In addition to his deep experience in workforce systems, Bruce holds a Ph.D. in Physical Oceanography from the University of Rhode Island. His scientific work centered on the structure of turbulence near the seabed, with application to the atmospheric boundary layer. He also published several peer-reviewed papers on the dynamics of circulation in Lake Superior.
Philip has been involved in the renewable energy industry since 2011 firstly as General Manager and Operations Director of a Dutch-based ship management company and now as a consultant in North America. Philip provided operational and commercial management to a fleet of crew transfer vessels that operated on both construction and O&M projects in the United Kingdom, The Netherlands and Denmark working both from base ports and accommodation vessels. Philip also provided operational and commercial management for a diving support vessel providing services to cable repair and unexploded ordnance removal contractors. Before leaving Europe, Philip initiated a joint venture operations and maintenance company that was to provide topside and subsea inspection and maintenance to wind farm and oil and gas clients. Philip was also a member of the Renewable Energy Working Group of IMCA and the Safety Forum of the Workboat Association with a focus on improving safety and operations in the renewable energy industry
Philip is a maritime problem solver with 30 years of experience in onboard ship operations and onshore ship management, auditing, ship survey, inspection, S&P and regulatory affairs within the merchant navy and offshore oil, gas and renewable energy sectors.
His consultancy, Wyndward Maritime, assists clients with a variety of projects including registering ships within the Canadian registry, developing and implementing safety management and planned maintenance systems, and performing safety and security audits. He also conducts a variety of research and investigations and is acting as owner’s representative for reviewing the maritime logistics for an onshore wind farm that will be constructed in the Yukon Territory of Canada.
Philip is a board member of the St Michaels University School Alumni Association and the British Columbia Branch of the Nautical Institute. Philip is certified as a Master Mariner by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency of the United Kingdom and holds an MSc. In Marine Policy from the University of Wales. Philip has spoken at conferences and written for trade journals such as Western Mariner, BC Shipping News, Offshore Wind Journal and Offshore Shipping Journal on the topics of offshore wind, safety and marine operations.
Victoria began her career in Boston in the field of International banking and quickly moved into the legal field after attending Bentley College’s Paralegal Program. At Bingham, Dana & Gould (now Bingham McCutchen), she worked in Litigation for a Senior Partner on Antitrust cases; performing research, writing drafts and smoothing documents. In this position she was also responsible for maintaining confidential information for those Massachusetts attorneys being considered for judgeships.
After moving to Washington, D.C. to work as an Administrative Assistant/Paralegal for a large NH corporation, she was tasked with research projects in the hazardous waste field. She wrote many briefs for the company and reported on the Love Canal hearings on Capitol Hill. While in D.C. Victoria also worked as a paralegal for Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Kampelman and Steptoe & Johnson. She subsequently received a Judicial Appointment to the position of Administrative Assistant to Judge June Green in the U.S. District Court.
On moving to Maine, she pursued other interests including partnering in a British import business, and holding positions in Business Development, Sales and Marketing in the media fields of Internet, radio and print. For the past four years, Victoria has been Executive Assistant to Brian Perkins, President of Dirigo Strategies, LLC and in August 2022 was appointed Vice President.
Dr. Jack McCready, Ph.D., CMMC-RP
He has worked at all levels of R&D, most recently as the Coast Guard’s Director of Strategic Analysis & Development, providing executive level leadership, strategic analysis and forecasting.
He has developed partnerships with other government agencies, as well as with industry and academia. He has written position papers and focused short notice REACTs – Rapid Evaluation of Critical Technologies where a three week deadline is specified and has given numerous presentations and talks.
Mark is a licensed Captain who served with American Cruise Lines. He served over 24 years in the U.S. Coast Guard aboard five cutters and in various leadership positions ashore, including duty as a joint operational planner of U.S. Northern command and is an operations and maintenance scheduler.
Over a 4-yer period he led the U.S. Coast Guard Command and Operations School, responsible for the training of prospective Commanding Officers for all U.S. Coast Guard cutters. As the Atlantic Area Chief of Operational Forces, he was responsible for the oversight of 37 units, comprised of 3500 men and women conducting frontline operations.
Mark holds a B.S. in Government from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and a M.A. in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. He is a graduate of the U.S. Navy’s Maritime Advanced Warfighting School, and an alumnus of the Partnership for Public Service Excellence in a Government Fellows Program
Kevin is an expert in cybersecurity who directed geographically dispersed teams conducting operations supporting national, DHS, and Coast Guard missions. He is an experienced policy advisor on emerging technologies who briefed senior service and Intelligence Community Leadership, as well as Congressional Staff. Kevin is skilled at defining, developing and deploying capability to improve mission effectiveness..
He retired from command of the Coast Guard Cryptologic Group based at the National Security Agency. He enjoyed 27 years active duty service with the Coast Guard and served 10 years at sea in four cutters and one training command. His experience in maintaining navigational aids and icebreaking led to his selection as the Deputy Chief of Cutter Forces prior to entering the intelligence field.
Kevin earned a B.S. in Marine Science, and a M.S. in Strategic Intelligence from the National Intelligence University. His thesis award winning thesis The Coast Guard Intelligence Program Enters the Intelligence Community; A Case Study of Congressional Influence on Intelligence Community Evolution was published in 2007.
Michael is a retired U.S. Coast Guard Captain with 27 years of service. His last position, prior to retirement, was Deputy Commander of Sector Puget Sound. He led and managed all aspects of USCG planning and coordination (federal, state, tribal and local port partners) and USCG operations in Puget Sound, from daily tactical briefings and risk management oversight to incident response for all CG statutory missions.
In addition to his Sector operational tours, Mike has a broad range of program management experience, including guiding USCG platforms , coordinating with DoD, and guiding interagency operational and strategic level policies.
As the Program manager for the Office of Boat Forces, he provided direct oversight for all boat acquisition and support contracts for USCG boats, oversight for personnel protective equipment for boat crews, and guidance in CG policy for all boat operations, training, and maintenance.
Mike holds a BS in Political Science from Old Dominion University, a Masters in Military Studies from the USMC Command and Staff College and is a NIMS qualified Incident Command System – Incident Commander.
Steve is a strategic thinker with over 43 years of extensive Coast Guard operational and tactical level experience having served aboard 13 cutters and multiple Commands at Sea. Known through the Coast Guard enterprise as a Human Resource Management expert, he has broad cross-programmatic experience developing short and long-term objectives and executing HR policy in support of Human Capital Strategy.
At the time of his retirement, he served as Chief of Enlisted personnel for the U. S. Coast Guard, where he oversaw all aspects of the development and management of the 34,000 enlisted active-duty workforce including training, recruitment, work-force strength analysis, assignment, and separation.
In addition to his operational and HR expertise, Steve has a broad range of management and programmatic experience that includes strategic oversight of the Marine Transportation System throughout the Pacific and Gulf coasts. As part of his assignment, he collaborated with The National Marine Fisheries Service and NOAA, developing and executing fish management and enforcement policies throughout the mid-Atlantic coastal region.
Steve holds a B.S. in Political Science from Columbia and has extensive post-graduate studies in Environmental Policy and Management.
Lee Scruggs is a retired United States Coast Guard Captain with an extensive background in the military, private sector, and academia. He specializes in developing and executing comprehensive technology strategies across complex programs and projects.
Scruggs served 30+ years in the Coast Guard, both reserve and active duty. Most recently he served as the Chief Technology Officer and (CG-26) for Coast Guard Intelligence. In this role, he led the implementation and support of the Coast Guard’s intelligence technology solutions, and USCG integration with intelligence sharing efforts within the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Defense, and the intelligence community. He also led the Intelligence Information Systems Processing Center at the Coast Guard Intelligence Coordination Center where he guided efforts to maintain and service the Coast Guard’s classified and maritime domain awareness networks, and served as the Reserve Chief of Planning for the Coast Guard Fifth District where he provided leadership and strategic support for efforts to improve mobilization readiness for over 750 Coast Guard Reserve members throughout the Fifth District.
In his civilian career, Scruggs worked in the performance transformation practice at Grant Thornton, LLP where he led multiple consulting engagement teams through the entire lifecycle of program and project management for public sector clients including U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, United States Coast Guard, The Joint Staff, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Prior to that he served as director of the technology and business center at William & Mary where he was also an adjunct professor. He has worked in other capacities in the private sector, consulting and finding technology solutions for higher education clients.
Scruggs has a B.A. in economics, and a Masters of Business Administration both from the College of William & Mary. He also holds a Project Management Professional and Six Sigma Green Belt certification.
Robert I. Desourdis
Robert I. Desourdis, Solutions Architect Master and Founder and CEO of Desourdis Collaboration LLC (DCLLC), spent decades of his career as a technology executive and solutions architect before leaving the government contracting space to develop DCLLC. Over the course of his time in industry, he became alarmingly aware of challenges the Government faces – particularly during catastrophic security events — in which preplanned, exercised, reliable and consistent collaboration between parties simply did not exist. This realization led him to spearhead an initiative of cross-functional/discipline collaboration to deliver innovative technology and system solutions. He sees the need for an augmented human collaboration capability to create innovative solutions to complex technological problems for which there is no existing “cookie-cutter” solution makes him an asset to both local and national agencies. His expertise, within which he has authored and co-authored 17 books, includes human collaboration, command and control, emergency, public safety, and ionospheric communications. Robert is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with a Master of Science in Technology and Policy. He also holds a Master of Science, Electrical Engineering and Bachelor of Science and Mathematics from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI).
Hilary Smith is a helicopter pilot, instructor and flight examiner with more than 22 years’ operational and combat experience gained in the United States Coast Guard and Marine Corps. Throughout her time in both services she maintained her operational flight status, flying instructional and combat missions in the Marine Corps and Search and Rescue (SAR) and Law Enforcement (LE) missions in the Coast Guard.
She is a senior training and development professional, emergency operations leader, and flight safety expert. Her skills include operational planning, organizational leadership, military operations, safety, logistics, budgeting, public affairs and quality assurance. She is experienced in aviation management, crew resource management, aviation safety, resource allocation, risk management, team building, staff development, executive administration, standardization, training, marketing, and human resources.
In the Marine Corps Hilary was an Instructor Pilot, NATOPS Evaluator, Night Systems Instructor (NSI), Terrain Flight Instructor (TERFI), and Functional Check Pilot (FCP), Crew Resource Management Instructor (CRMI), Operational Risk Management Instructor (ORMI), and Division Flight Leader. She led missions and trained junior pilots throughout two overseas combat tours and as a Fleet Replacement Squadron Instructor Pilot. She operated from both shipboard and land environments.
In the Coast Guard, Hilary was an Instructor Pilot and Flight Evaluator. As an Aircraft Commander she led a crew of four in SAR, LE, and training missions, ensuring the safe operation of a multi-mission helicopter in all-weather sea and land operations. As a Coast Guard Rotary Wing Air Intercept (RWAI) qualified pilot, she deployed to the National Capital Region in support of the Special Flight Rules Area (SFRA) and Flight Restricted Zone (FRZ). She spearheaded a specialized team responsible for implementing a unique Homeland Security aviation special mission, where she managed training and policy to secure the safety of a Tier 1 port.
Hilary holds an FAA Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate with a Rotorcraft – Helicopter rating, Commercial Airplane Single Engine Land certificate with an Instrument rating, Remote Pilot certificate with a small UAS (sUAS) rating, and is a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) for Rotorcraft-Helicopter and Instrument Helicopters.
She has a bachelor’s degree in Ocean Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy and is completing a graduate degree in Organizational Leadership at Florida Institute of Technology. She graduated with honors from the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps School of Aviation Safety. She is a member of Military Officers Association of America, Women in Aviation International, a Navy Blue and Gold Officer, and a volunteer SME for Florida Institute of Technology’s Advancing Technology-Interaction & Learning in Aviation Systems (ATLAS) Lab.
Hilary enjoys spending time with her family, exercising, and going to the beach. She volunteers at her children’s school when she can and loves to watch them play soccer and basketball.