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.

Maj Gen Daryl L. Bohac, ANG - Air National Guard

Maj Gen Daryl L. Bohac, ANG

Major General Daryl L. Bohac serves as the Adjutant General for the State of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska. As the Adjutant General, he is the senior uniformed National Guard officer responsible for formulating, developing, and coordinating policies, programs and plans affecting more than 4,800 Army and Air National Guard personnel.





Ms. Frances Dawn Halfaker

Frances Dawn Halfaker

Dawn Halfaker is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Halfaker and Associates, an award winning professional services and technology solutions firm founded in 2006. Headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, Halfaker and Associates operates worldwide providing leading-edge, innovative solutions in information technology for government organizations on issues of national and global significance. Under Dawn’s leadership, the Company has achieved extraordinary success and growth and which is fueled by the Company’s vision of “Continuing to Serve.”

MG Lewis G. Irwin, USAR - Army Reserve

Major General Lewis G. Irwin

Major General Lew Irwin began serving as Deputy Chief of Army Reserve (DCAR) and Chief of Staff, Office of the Chief, Army Reserve (OCAR) on June 1, 2017. As DCAR, he supports the Chief, Army Reserve (CAR) in the areas of Strategy, Planning, Programming, Policy, and Resourcing (SPPPR) at the OSD, Joint Staff, HQDA Staff, and Army Secretariat level, including service on two- and three-star forums in the Pentagon. As OCAR Chief of Staff, he is responsible for the coordination, integration, and synchronization of the OCAR Staff within the HQDA Staff.

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.

MG Blake C. Ortner - Military Executive (Nominated)


Major General Blake C. Ortner recently served as the Commander, 29th Infantry Division, Ft. Belvoir, Virginia. Prior to this assignment, he served as the Assistant Division Commander for Maneuver, 29th Infantry Division, Ft. Belvoir, Virginia. General Ortner is as 1983 graduate of University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minn., where he received a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations. He also holds a Masters Degree in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College Class of 2010.

MG Timothy E. Orr, ARNG - Army National Guard

MG Timothy E. Orr

Major General Timothy E. Orr assumed duties as The Adjutant General, Iowa on 26 March 2009 and also serves as Director, Iowa Department of Public Defense. He provides command and control of more than 100 Army and Air National Guard units with approximately 9,400 assigned Soldiers and Airmen. His primary mission is to ensure the Iowa National Guard trains, mobilizes, deploys, sustains and reconstitutes units ensuring the state provides ready forces in support of community, state and national requirements.

RADM Francis S. “Stash” Pelkowski, USCGR - Coast Guard Reserve

RADML Francis S. “Stash” Pelkowski

As the Deputy Commandant for Operations (DCO) Senior Reserve Officer (SRO), Rear Admiral Pelkowski 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 Atlantic Area SRO and currently sits on the CG Academy Board of Trustees.

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.

Ms. Mary Ann E. Tierney

Ms. Mary Ann E. Tierney

MaryAnn E. Tierney was appointed Regional Administrator for FEMA Region III in August 2010,.  She also served concurrently as Acting Regional Administrator in FEMA Region II for ten months following the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy on New York and New Jersey.

RADML 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.

MajGen Burke W. Whitman, USMCR - Marine Corps Reserve

Brigadier General Burke W. Whitman

Major General Burke W. Whitman was reared in Atlanta where he graduated with honors from Lovett High School. He played rugby and earned a BA with honors on a work scholarship from Dartmouth College, an MBA from Harvard University, and a commission as an officer of Marines after graduate school.

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.