Board Biographies

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

MajGen (Ret) Arnold L. Punaro - Chairman

Arnold Punaro is chief executive officer of The Punaro Group, LLC, a Washington-based firm he founded in 2010 specializing in federal budget and market analysis, business strategy and capture, acquisition due diligence, government relations, communications, sensitive operations, business risk analysis and compliance, and crisis management. He consults for a broad array of Fortune 100 companies and has been recognized by Defense News as one of the 100 most influential individuals in U.S. Defense. 

 

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. King W. Gillespie - Nominated

Col King W. Gillespie

King W. Gillespie is the founder and chief executive officer of The Endeavour Group. Colonel Gillespie, USAF (Ret.) re-formed Endeavour as a Virginia based Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) in 2011. A highly respected DoD and Air Force expert with a demonstrated track record of achieving superior business outcomes, he brings well over 25 years of military and private sector experience in strategy formulation and organizational development.

 

BG James G. Hashem, USAR - Military Executive (Nominated)

BG James G. Hashem, USAR - Military Executive (Nominated)

Brigadier General John B. Hashem assumed duties as the Deputy Director J5, Strategy, Engagement and Programs, United States Africa Command on October 13, 2018. He most recently served as the DCG-Support and Director Army Reserve Engagement Cell, United States Army North (Fifth Army), and before that as the Special Assistant to the Chief of Army Reserve, Washington DC.

 
 

RADML James M. Kelly, USCGR - Coast Guard Reserve

Rear Admiral Lower Half James M. Kelly

Rear Admiral James M. Kelly is the Director of the U. S. Coast Guard – Defense Innovation Unit Detachment Team, where he leads senior leaders in establishing the inaugural Coast Guard presence at the premier Department of Defense innovation consortium. Prior to this assignment, he led the Reserve Component Governance Team, which resulted in the first-ever Assistant Commandant for Reserve and wholesale restructuring of the Coast Guard Reserve executive governance.

 

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.

 

MG Blake C. Ortner, ARNG - Military Executive

Stewart

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.

 

SGM Peter J. Running, USAR  - Senior Enlisted Advisor (Nominated)

Sergeant Major Peter J. Running, USAR

SGM Running was born in Appleton, WI and graduated from Kimberly High School in 1981. He entered active duty in 1983, and attended One Station Unit Training at Ft. McClellan, AL, as an MP. He served nearly 5 years Active Duty as an MP in the 1st, 8th, 127th, and 564th Military Police Companies at Fort Riley, Kansas and Wildflecken, Germany. He served 5 months in the Wisconsin Army National Guard’s 32nd MP Company before enlisting in the US Army Reserve in 1988.

 

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.

 

Mr. Robert W. Schroder - (Nominated)

Mr. Robert W. Schroder (Nominated)

Robert W. Schroder is senior vice president of International Affairs at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He is responsible for managing both long-term strategic initiatives and the day-to-day operations of the International Affairs Division, the largest international affairs team of any U.S. business association. With a staff of 100 regional and policy experts, the division represents the Chamber and its members before foreign governments, the U.S. government, and international business organizations.

 

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.

 

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

Burke W. Whitman, USMCR (Ret)

Burke Whitman serves and leads mission-driven organizations—business, national, and civil society. Since 2019, he serves as the chief executive officer of Colmar Holdings; member of the Board of Directors of Omega Healthcare (NYSE: OHI); member of the Board of Directors of Amicus Therapeutics (Nasdaq: FOLD); member of the Reserve Forces Policy Board which advises the Secretary of Defense; member of the Board of Trustees of the Lovett School; lay leader of the Anglican Communion Churches; and major general (retired reserve) of the United States Marine Corps. 

 

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...