SECAF Announces New Board of Directors Leadership

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SECAF Announces New Board of Directors Leadership
Curt Anderson Appointed Chair;
Matthew Agresti, Sirena Johnson, Mark Melton, Richard Pineda Named Officers;
Donna Kilbourn and Mitchell Ross Elected As Board Members
October 1, 2018, McLean, VA – The Small and Emerging Contractors Advisory Forum (SECAF), the premier organization for the small and emerging government contractor community, announced at the recent Executive Briefing the appointment of Curt Anderson (Vice President of Corporate Growth, Strategic Resolution Experts, Inc.) as Chair of the Board. Matthew Agresti (Senior Vice President/Senior Relationship Manager – Business Banking, Bank of America Merrill Lynch) and Sirena Johnson (Partner, Citrin Cooperman) were elected as Vice-Chairs.  Mark Melton (Partner, Cordia Partners) will remain as Treasurer, and Richard Pineda (Co-Founder and CEO, Spear, Inc.) will become Secretary.  Additionally, Donna Kilbourn (Chief Revenue Officer, Unanet) and Mitchell Ross (President, Puyenpa Services, LLC) were named to the Board of Directors. 
“I am honored to accept this appointment. Leading SECAF is about creating an environment where government and industry can educate one another, collaborate, grow, succeed, and truly drive change.  With a focus on the small and emerging federal contractor, our organization’s volunteer corps and members set aside their daily company responsibilities to help one another learn, excel, grow and provide their knowledge to help the member companies achieve success,” stated Anderson. Anderson has served on the Board since 2016, built and delivered programs for SECAF for nearly five years, and will continue driving the group’s mission of providing education, resources, and advocacy vehicles that enable the government contractor community’s success and access to federal opportunities. 
He succeeds Kathy Albarado, CEO of Helios HR. “It has been a privilege to serve with my Board colleagues of SECAF this last year as we have responded to the needs of our members. I am proud to pass the gavel to Curt who will no doubt lead the organization into our next evolution of our journey.  I also want to thank Fran Craig of Unanet and Sue Evans of Evans Incorporated, who served two consecutive terms, for their extraordinary commitment to advancing SECAF’s mission,” said Albarado.
Donna Kilbourn has over 30 years of technical, managerial, and project leadership experience in Information Technology (IT) projects and products. Currently, Kilbourn is primarily responsible for Unanet’s revenue generation through new customer accounts and strategic partnerships, as well as customer account management for over 1,000 organizations. Her broad experience in IT consulting also includes management of the development of an extensive Internet, web-based order tracking system for a global telecom company and many engagements in the areas of strategic IT planning, organizational transformation, IT metrics, and systems design, development and implementation. Kilbourn was previously with Price Waterhouse, where she honed her expertise in financial systems’ controls and functions.

Mitchell Ross is the Principal at Acquisition and Management, LLC, a management consulting firm focused on the public sector. He concurrently serves as President of Puyenpa Services, LLC, a Native American, tribally owned, 8a, hub zone services firm. Ross brings a mix of public and private sector experience leading large, complex acquisition, and management organizations. He previously served as the Director of the Acquisition and Grants Office of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Ross began his career when he was appointed to the first class of Presidential Management Interns, later joining the Naval Air Systems Command as a career civil servant and U.S. federal Contracting Officer. He later joined BDM International Incorporated, a professional and technical services firm, becoming the Vice President, Corporate Contracts and Procurement.
SECAF’s full 2018-2019 Board of Directors slate is as follows:
  • Curt Anderson, Strategic Resolution Experts, Inc. (SRE) – Chair
  • Matthew Agresti, Bank of America Merrill Lynch – Vice-Chair
  • Sirena Johnson, Citrin Cooperman, Partner – Vice-Chair
  • Mark Melton, Cordia Partners, Partner – Treasurer
  • Richard Pineda, Spear, Inc., Co-Founder and CEO – Secretary
  • Kathy Albarado, Helios HR, CEO
  • Scott Brezler, Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP
  • Michael Douglass, Capital Connections, LLC
  • Ben Edson, VariQ Corporation, CEO and Founder
  • Cameron Hamilton, The McLean Group, LLC, Principal
  • Devon Hewitt, Protorae Law, Partner
  • Donna Kilbourn, Unanet, Chief Revenue Officer
  • Shiv Krishnan, KOOLROX, CEO
  • Mark Moore, Access National Bank, President and Member of the Board
  • Kwesi Rogers, White Oak Business Capital, President and CEO
  • Mitchell Ross, Puyenpa Services, LLC, President
  • Andrew Sherman, Seyfarth Shaw LLP, Partner
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About the Small and Emerging Contractors Advisory Forum
The Small and Emerging Contractors Advisory Forum (SECAF) enables the small and emerging government contractor to achieve maximum growth in a highly competitive marketplace. Providing members with business resources, access to influencers and government agencies, SECAF is an important resource for a growing company.  SECAF also serves the medium to large government contractors, providing invaluable introductions to specialized small businesses that enable the overall contracting community to work successfully in tandem. For more information, visit