Board Biographies

MajGen (Ret) Arnold L. Punaro, USMCR - Chairman

MajGen (Ret) Arnold L. Punaro - Chairman

Arnold L. Punaro took the oath of office as Chairman of the Reserve Forces Policy Board on September 12, 2011. Appointed by Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, he is the first person to hold the chair under the revised functions and structure established by the National Defense Authorization Act of 2011.


LTG (Ret) David W. Barno, USA

LTG (Ret) David W. Barno

Lieutenant General David W. Barno, USA (Ret.) was appointed by Secretary of Defense as Board member of the Reserve Forces Policy Board (RFPB) on March 11, 2015. He also was appointed to the RFPB subcommittee of the Ensuring a Ready, Capable, Available, and Sustainable Operational Reserve, focusing on retaining the operational capability and experience within the reserve components to meet future threats.


Dr. Nora J. Bensahel

Dr. Nora J. Bensahel

Dr. Nora Bensahel is a Visiting Professor of Strategic Studies and Senior Fellow of the Merrill Center at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). She is also a Contributing Editor and Columnist for War on the Rocks, and an Adjunct Research Staff Member at the Institute for Defense Analyses. She writes and lectures frequently on U.S. defense policy, U.S. and coalition military operations, and leader development, and also serves as a member of the Secretary of Defense’s Reserve Forces Policy Board.


MG Jody J. Daniels, USAR - Army Reserve

Major General Jody J. Daniels

Major General Jody J. Daniels is the Chief of Staff, U.S. Army Forces Command. The Forces Command mission is to train and prepare a combat ready, globally responsive Total Force in order to build and sustain readiness to meet combatant command requirements -- including 265,000 active-component Soldiers; training and readiness oversight of 560,000 Soldiers of the Army National Guard and the U.S. Army Reserve; and 23,500 civilian staff members.


Mr. Brett B. Lambert

Mr. Brett B. Lambert

Brett B. Lambert was appointed by Northrop Grumman Corporation as Vice President, Corporate Strategy in January 26, 2015, reporting to Mark A. Caylor, Corporate Vice President, President of Enterprise Services and Chief Strategy Officer. In this role, Mr. Lambert leads development and implementation of Northrop Grumman's corporate and business focus area strategies, and serves as the chair of the strategic development council.


SGM Michael J. Lewis, ARNG - Senior Enlisted Advisor

Sergeant Major Michael J. Lewis

Designated by the Secretary of Defense, Sergeant Major Michael J. Lewis assumed the position of Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman and Board member at the Reserve Forces Policy Board on September 15, 2016. SGM Lewis serves as the subject matter expert for personnel, mobilization and readiness issues impacting personnel from all seven reserve components.


RADM Andrew S. McKinley, USCGR - Coast Guard Reserve

Rear Admiral Andrew S. McKinley

As the Deputy Commandant for Operations (DCO) Senior Reserve Officer (SRO), Rear Admiral McKinley facilitates the operational readiness of 7,000 reservists to be prepared to respond to emergencies, domestically and abroad. Prior to that, he served as the Director of Reserve and Military Personnel. He currently serves as a member of DoD’s Reserve Forces Policy Board, an independent advisory board that recommends Reserve initiatives and Policies to the Secretary of Defense.


MG Blake C. Ortner, ARNG - Military Executive


Major General Blake C. Ortner is the Military Executive and Board member, Reserve Forces Policy Board, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Washington, DC. The Reserve Forces Policy Board serves as an independent adviser to the Secretary of Defense, providing advice and recommendations to the Secretary on strategies, policies, and practices designed to improve and enhance the capabilities, efficiency and effectiveness of the Reserve components. He was recommended by the chair and designated by the Secretary of Defense in August 2018, serving as Board member, as military adviser to the chair, as military executive officer, and as supervisor of the operations and staff for the Reserve Forces Policy Board.


MG Timothy E. Orr (Ret), ARNG

MG Timothy E. Orr (Ret)

Major General (Ret) Timothy E. Orr, ARNG was appointed by Secretary of Defense, Ashton Carter as Board member of the Reserve Forces Policy Board (RFPB) on September 18, 2015. He also was appointed as Chairman to the RFPB subcommittee of Enhancing DoD’s Role in the Homeland, focusing on improving the capability and capacity of the reserve component to address the increasing threats to the homeland.


MG Matthew T. Quinn, ARNG  - Army National Guard (Nominated) 

MG Matthew T. Quinn

Major General Matthew T. Quinn is the Adjutant General for the State of Montana; serving as Commander of the Montana National Guard and the Director of the Department of Military Affairs. He is responsible to the Governor of Montana to provide Army and Air National Guard military forces that are ready to deploy worldwide and accomplish military missions in support of national defense, homeland security, natural disasters, domestic emergencies, and military support to state and local governments.


Brig Gen Torrence W. Saxe, ANG - Air National Guard (Nominated) 

Brig Gen Torrence W. Saxe

Brig. Gen. Torrence W. Saxe is the Adjutant General, Alaska National Guard and the Commissioner, Alaska Department of Military and Veterans Affairs at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. As the adjutant general, he is the senior military advisor to the governor of Alaska and Commander of the Alaska National Guard, responsible for overseeing the training and readiness of 3,900 Airmen and Soldiers. He also oversees the Alaska State Defense Force, Alaska Naval Militia, Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Veterans’ Affairs Office, and Alaska Military Youth Academy.


Lt Gen (Ret) Charles E. Stenner, Jr., USAFR - Air Force Reserve

Lt Gen (Ret) Charles E. Stenner, Jr.

Lieutenant General (Ret.) Charles E. Stenner, Jr. serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the 21st Century Partnership in Warner Robins, Georgia since August 2014. He is ultimately responsible for implementation of the vision, mission and strategies of the Partnership.


MG (Ret) R. Martin Umbarger, ARNG 

MG (Retired) R. Martin Umbarger

General (Ret) Martin Umbarger is a senior policy advisor with Bose Public Affairs Group. General Umbarger has extensive experience in the agriculture and defense sectors and will be working out of the Indianapolis and Washington, D.C., office. General Umbarger served 46 years in the Indiana National Guard, retiring in May 2015 as Adjutant General of Indiana, a position to which former Governor Joe Kernan appointed him in early 2004. He was reappointed by Governor Mitch Daniels in December 2004 and by Vice President-elect, Mike Pence, in December 2012.


RADML (Ret) Linda R. Wackerman, USN - Navy Reserve

RADML Linda R. Wackerman, USN

Rear Adm. Linda R. Wackerman grew up in Key Biscayne, Florida. She is a graduate from Metropolitan State College in Denver, Colorado, and was commissioned from Aviation Officer Candidate School in September 1986. She was designated a Naval Aviator in Oct. of 1987.


Dr. Charlotte J. Warren

Dr. Charlotte J. Warren

Dr. Charlotte J. Warren, Ph.D., joined Lincoln Land Community College (LLCC) as its first female president in 2006. She is a Colonel, Retired and Honorary Brigadier General for the Georgia National Guard. She holds a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the College of Education, University of Virginia; a master’s degree in psychiatric/mental health nursing and a bachelor’s degree in nursing, both from Virginia Commonwealth University.


Burke W. Whitman, USMCR (Ret) - Marine Corps Reserve

Burke W. Whitman, USMCR (Ret)

Burke Whitman serves and leads mission-driven organizations—corporate, civic, government. In corporate service, he is the CEO of Colmar Holdings and a member of the Boards of Directors of Amicus Therapeutics (Nasdaq: FOLD) and Omega Healthcare (NYSE: OHI). He has served as CEO, CFO, and President of two start-ups and two Fortune 500 companies listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Institutional Investor Magazine named him a Best CFO and Best CEO.


MajGen (Ret) Cornell A. Wilson Jr., USMCR 

MajGen Cornell A. Wilson Jr. - Marine Corps Reserve

Major General Cornell A Wilson was appointed by Governor Pat McCrory North Carolina in October 2013 to the position of Governor’s Military Advisor.  The Governor’s Military Advisor is the administrative head of the North Carolina Military Affairs Commission and is located within the Office of the Governor  to provide advice, counsel and recommendations to the Governor...


Maj Gen (Ret) Sheila Zuehlke, USAFR 

MajGen Sheila Zuehlke

Maj Gen Sheila Zuehlke is the mobilization assistant to the Commander, U.S. Cyber Command; Director, National Security Agency; and Chief, Central Security Service, Fort George G. Meade, Md. She also serves as a member of the Reserve Military Intelligence General Officer Steering Committee, reporting to the Office of the Secretary of Defense.