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Abe Brown, III, is a graduate of LDS 449 (2018) and is the director of the Division of Partnership Investments and Agreements, Office of Partnerships, Office of Regulatory Affairs at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), where he plans, develops, and oversees over $100 million in contracts, grants, cooperative agreement programs, and partnership agreements that provide resources to states, municipalities, and associations.

Prior to federal service, Brown served in various executive roles in private sector healthcare management and in higher education development, and he was a consultant for Deloitte Consulting. 

Brown received a B.S. degree in occupational therapy from Tuskegee University and a master of health administration degree from the Ohio State University; he is a certified project management professional and a certified Federal Acquisition Project/Program Manager.

In addition to his work with the FEIAA Board, Brown serves as chair or officer on various city and county commissions and civic boards, and he is a trustee at Reid Temple AME Church.

 




Dr. Quinta Spear successfully completed the LDS program (LDS 447) in August 2018 and joined the FEIAA Board in January 2019. With more than 25 years of leadership experience, she currently serves as the deputy assistant director for retirement operations at the Office of Personnel Management. In this capacity, Spear leads three retirement operation groups that affect 2.7 million retirees and survivors. Her overarching goal is to improve the customer experience while creating a positive and productive work environment. Prior to this appointment, Spear served as the director for human capital in the Intelligence and Analysis Directorate at the Department of Homeland Security. Interested in developing others, she also serves as an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Maryland University College as part of the master of business administration program. When Spear is not working, she enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends, dancing, and learning something new.

 




Dr. David Boboltz has been program director of the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Division of Astronomical Sciences since 2013. His primary area of responsibility is managing the division’s research programs and facilities related to the sun, such as the National Solar Observatory and the construction of the NSF’s Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope on Maui, HI. Prior to the NSF, Boboltz worked as a radio astronomer for the United States Naval Observatory (USNO) for 15 years. There, his primary area of research was the study of circumstellar masers in the atmospheres of stars near the endstages of stellar evolution. Before joining USNO, he was a postdoctoral fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)’s Haystack Observatory. Boboltz holds a Ph.D. in astrophysics from Virginia Tech, an M.S. degree in applied physics from the Johns Hopkins University, and a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from Virginia Tech. His dissertation research was conducted as a predoctoral fellow at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Socorro, NM.

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