Listee Features — Information Technology

DE ANN POPE

Holding considerable expertise in cryptography, information security, hardware and software engineering, and product development, De Ann Pope has excelled as an engineer for over four decades. Over the years, she has regularly provided group facilitations, moderation and training in cyber security and project management related areas. Since 2003, she has found success as the chief scientist and senior program manager of L-3 Communications, now L3 Harris Technologies, where she designs large global computer systems and networks and writes patents for government entities. Prior to her current position, Ms. Pope was the technical director and systems architect for ManTech International Corporation from 2002 to 2004, the director of the information assurance practice of Pragmatics Inc. in 2002, the executive vice president

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BERNICE M. NARVAEZ

With more than 40 years of professional experience, Bernice M. Narvaez has been a principal systems engineer with the Raytheon Company since 2017, having formerly been the IT program manager and principal systems engineer from 2015 to 2017. Prior to obtaining these roles, she was the lead systems engineer for software development with Praxis Engineering Technologies LLC from 2009 to 2015 and she previously held a number of positions with the Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), including senior business process consultant from 2004 to 2006 and business process reengineering specialist from 2000 to 2004. From 1994 to 1997 and again from 1999 to 2000, Ms. Narvaez was a senior consultant with Comsys Information Technology Services, Inc., and, from 1997 to

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Dana Hummel

DANA DARWIN MALLETT HUMMEL

Dana Darwin Mallett Hummel is a retired research librarian and information technology specialist who had a diverse career with the military, U.S. Embassies and Washington D.C. think tanks. She assisted her husband who was the U.S. Embassy military attaché in several Hispanic countries. She was a member and distinguished president of the Fairfax County Public Library Board. Four large libraries were built under her leadership. She was active politically and served as a delegate to a Virginia state convention. She was a leading fund raiser for two U.S. universities. She taught Spanish at high schools and English as a second language. In her retirement, over a 14-year period she was a board member and ten-year president of her condominium association.

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Cynthia Luttrell

CYNTHIA R.F. LUTTRELL

Always having an interest in computers and information technology, Cynthia R.F. Luttrell is a business and systems analyst, IT specialist and app/web developer for the U.S. Census Bureau since 2009. She first began her professional career as a data transcriber at the U.S. Census Bureau’s National Processing Center in Indiana in 1991. She remained in this position for eight years before moving up the ranks to lead peripheral equipment operator from 1999 to 2003, statistical assistant from 2007 to 2008 and IT specialist from 2008 to 2009. In preparation for her career, she pursued a formal education at American InterContinental University in Schaumburg, Illinois, where she attained a Bachelor of Science in information technology in 2008. Ms. Luttrell also served

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Vicky Allen

VICKY ALLEN

Vicky Allen is renowned as a programmer and a marketing professional with more than 30 years of expertise in software, data center and telecom applications. Initially intending to become a teacher, she decided to shift her major when she realized that she would have a more stable career path in the technology field. Ms. Allen eventually graduated from Temple University in Philadelphia with a Bachelor of Business Administration in business and computer science in 1980. In 1977, Ms. Allen began her career with the Burroughs Corporation as a quality assurance technician. She subsequently served the aforementioned corporation as a software quality assurance engineer in 1978 and a systems analyst from 1978 to 1981. Working as a financial programmer analyst for

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Christine Burns

CHRISTINE BURNS

An acclaimed information systems manager backed by two decades of professional experience, Christine Burns, PhD, excels as a programs and acquisitions task lead manager, IT program project manager and senior information systems engineer for the MITRE Corporation in Kuwait, with which she began in 2010. Drawing on her considerable leadership skills, she competently leads teams in providing information systems, business and technological solutions for government operations. Throughout her numerous positions, Dr. Burns has developed considerable expertise in risk management, project leadership, budget management, acquisition and contracting, and much more. Prior to joining the MITRE Corporation, Dr. Burns gained valuable expertise as a business analyst for the U.S. Department of Defense between 2008 and 2010 and as a requirements manager for

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Mary Kotch

MARY KOTCH

A savvy businesswoman with an innate intuition in regards to business technology, Mary Kotch was inspired to enter the business world so that she could streamline services through the use of technology. Prior to pursuing higher education, she helped her father’s small car service shop by developing a simple database to collect information and keep track of important tasks. Throughout her studies, she fell in love with technology and began her career as a senior principal consultant for EDS from 1993 to 2000. Subsequently, she worked for Campbell Soup and BioVail Pharmaceuticals as the global director. With her keen instincts, Ms. Kotch transformed businesses and corporations around the world by way of her innate technological skills. After her marriage, Ms.

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ELLEN M. GASTON

Renowned as an information technology and risk management expert, Ellen M. Gaston, DBA, used her childhood experiences to shape her career. She initially became interested in technology because of the start of the space program when she was young, and she became interested in law enforcement after her brother was hit by a drunk driver who got off scot-free. The FBI was one of the only places that combined the two and offered women more than a secretarial job, so she made that her target. After earning a Bachelor of Arts from Knox College in 1972, Dr. Gaston successfully landed a job as a computer programmer with the FBI. She quickly advanced within the institution, first to lead computer programmer

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Minnie Cassell

MINNIE M. CASSELL

Volunteering in the office, Minnie M. Cassell has served as the coordinator of the Cure d’Ars Catholic Church since 2010. As its ministries grow, the church, a multi-ethnic community of Catholic Christians rooted in African American spirituality, continues to be a beacon of hope, a sign of the healing and reconciling presence of Christ to all. In addition to this professional role, Ms. Cassell contributes much of her time to her local community. Having served as choir counsel chair and member on the board of directors of the Spirituals Project Choir for over two decades, she was active with the Denver Hospice in 2007 and the Denver Place from 2010 to 2011. She has also participated with the Metropolitan Organizations

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MARGARET A. KLEE

Falling into her profession by chance, Margaret A. Klee has worked as a software engineer at Leidos Innovations since 2016. Leidos provides scientific, engineering, systems integration and technical services. Leidos works extensively with the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Intelligence Community, including the NSA, as well as other U.S. government civil agencies and selected commercial markets. Prior to this role, Ms. Klee began her career as a programmer at Goodyear Atomic Corporation in Piketon, Ohio, in 1982, remaining in this position for two years before moving up the ranks to software engineer from 1984 to 1985. She then transferred to General Dynamics Corporation in Fort Worth, Texas, from 1985 to 1987, also serving

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