Board Biographies

MG (Ret) Arnold L. Punaro , Chairman

Major General (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. He was reappointed by Secretaries of Defense Chuck Hagel, Ashton Carter, James Mattis, and Mark Esper for additional terms.


Ms. Sid Ashworth

Ms. Sid Ashworth

Sid Ashworth recently retired as corporate vice president of government relations for Northrop Grumman Corporation, a leader in global security. In that role, she was responsible for providing effective guidance, coordination and support for all company relationships with the U.S. government. She provided strategic guidance and insights to inform business decisions, including long term planning and investment strategies. She was also a member of the company’s corporate policy council.


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.


LTG Jody J. Daniels, USAR - Army Reserve

 Lieutenant General Jody J. Daniels

Lt. Gen. Jody J. Daniels assumed the role of Chief of Army Reserve and Commanding General, U.S. Army Reserve Command, on July 28, 2020. Daniels most recently served as the Commanding General of the 88th Readiness Division headquartered at Fort Snelling, Minn., and Fort McCoy, Wis. She has more than 36 years of active and reserve military service. Also, since May 2019, she has been a Board Member of the Reserve Forces Policy Board, which serves as an independent advisor to Secretary of Defense on Reserve and National Guard matters.


Mr. King W. Gillespie

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.


MG John B. Hashem, USAR - Military Executive 

MG John B. Hashem, USAR - Military Executive (Nominated)

Major General John B. Hashem assumed duties as the Military Executive and Non-Voting Board Member, Reserve Forces Policy Board, in August 2020. He most recently served as the Deputy J5, United States Africa Command, Stuttgart, Germany. Major General Hashem enlisted in the Army Reserve in February 1984, was commissioned a Lieutenant of Infantry in 1986. He is a 1988 graduate of the University of Scranton with a Bachelor of Science in Electronic Engineering and Business, Math minor.


RADM 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.


Ms. Laura Parker McAleer 

Laura Parker McAleer

Ms. McAleer is the University of Notre Dame’s Associate Vice President for Federal and Washington Relations, responsible for the development and execution of the University’s priorities in the Nation’s capital. In this capacity, she seeks to strengthen Notre Dame’s strategic impact with key research and policy thought leaders and constituencies, as well as provide campus leadership with advice and counsel related to federal policies and regulations that may affect the University. She brings more than twenty years of civilian and military experience to this current position.


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  

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

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.


Maj Gen Torrence W. Saxe, ANG - Air National Guard  

Maj Gen Torrence W. Saxe

Maj Gen Torrence W. Saxe is the Adjutant General, Alaska National Guard and the Commissioner, Alaska Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. 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  

Mr. Robert W. Schroder

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 the Secretary of Defense, as a Board member of the Reserve Forces Policy Board (RFPB) on March 2015. He also was appointed 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.