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Debra Schweikert

As an executive with more than 27 years of experience in the federal government, she worked for the U.S. Department of Education prior to joining FDIC in 2011 as the FDIC Assistant Inspector General for Management.
Prior to joining the Federal service, Deb was an expert in student financial aid, working as the Director of Financial Aid Counseling at Ohio State University, Director of Compliance for USA Funds (a student loan guarantor), Director of Lender Relations for Loan Originations for SallieMae in Lawrence, Kansas, and Deputy Executive Director of the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance.

In addition to the FEIAA Board, she is president the Capitol Chapter of the Association of Inspectors General, and is an alumni mentor for Ohio Wesleyan University.

She holds a B.A. degree from Ohio Wesleyan University in humanities/classics and psychology, and an M.A. degree from The Ohio State University in counseling psychology.

Abe Brown III
Vice President

Abe Brown is a graduate of LDS 449 (2018) and is the Director, 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 to provide resources to states, municipalities and associations.

Prior to federal service, Abe served various executive roles private sector healthcare management, higher education development and as a consultant for Deloitte Consulting.

Brown received a B.S. in Occupational Therapy from Tuskegee University and a Master of Health Administration from the Ohio State University, is a certified Project Management Professional and is a certified Federal Acquisition Project/Program Manager.

In addition to serving on the FEIAA Board, Abe serves as chair or officer on various city and county commissions and civic boards, as well as a Trustee at Reid Temple AME Church.

Colin Gwin

Quinta Spear

Dr. Quinta Spear successfully completed the Leadership for a Democratic Society Program (LDS 447) in August 2018 and joined the FEIAA Board, 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, she leads three retirement operation groups impacting 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, she 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 she is not working, she enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends, dancing, and learning something new.

Glenda Arrington
Board Member At Large

Dr. Glenda B. Arrington has an extensive professional portfolio spanning over thirty years in the public and private sector, academia, as well as community outreach and non-profit board leadership.

She currently serves as the Inspector General for Defense Media Activity. In this capacity, she has oversight responsibilities of inspectors general matters for Defense Media Activity’s operation to all broadcast radio and television components in the United States and Overseas. 
She served as the Inspector General for the Department of Defense and Department of Navy throughout Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia.

Dr. Arrington is a certified Inspector General with the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency, the Department of Defense Joint Inspectors General, and the Naval Inspectors General. 

Dr. Arrington is a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and the Senior Executive Assessment Program.  She is also a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute, the Navy Corporate Business Naval Postgraduate School, and the Senior Executive Potential Program.

She is a Board Member with the Association of Inspectors General and the Federal Executive Institute Alumni Association.  Additionally she is a board member with the Carl Brashear Foundation.  She holds membership with the Washington, D.C. Chapter of Association of Inspectors General and the Senior Executive Service.  She is a published author with the Internal Journal of Applied Management and Technology. 


David Boboltz
Board Member At Large

Dr. David Boboltz is Program Director working for the National Science Foundation’s Division of Astronomical Sciences since 2013. His primary area of responsibility is the management of the division’s research programs and facilities related to the Sun, including the National Solar Observatory and the construction of NSF’s Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope on Maui, HI. Prior to NSF, Dr. Boboltz worked as a radio astronomer for the United States Naval Observatory (USNO) for 15 years. His primary area of research is the study of circumstellar masers in the atmospheres of stars near the end-stages of stellar evolution. Prior to USNO, he was a post-doctoral fellow at MIT’s Haystack Observatory. Dr. Boboltz holds a Ph.D. in Astrophysics from Virginia Tech, and M.S. in Applied Physics from the Johns Hopkins University and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech. His dissertation research was conducted as a pre-doctoral fellow at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Socorro, NM.

Lisa Bercher 
Board Member At Large

Jonathan Herrmann
Board Member At Large

Jonathan Herrmann attended Leadership for a Democratic Society in August 2007 and has been a member of FEIAA since then. He retired from federal service in March 2013 after 37 years at the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency. While at EPA, Jonathan worked both in Region VIII (Denver, CO) and at the Agency’s Research and Development Center located in Cincinnati, OH. As a Senior Executive, he was involved in the design and start-up of the Agency’s National Homeland Security Research Center and was the Center Director from 2006 to 2013. In January 2015, Jonathan became a member of the FEIAA Board of Directors. He chairs the Program & Events Committee and established and manages the FEIAA Webinar Series. The committee goal is to extend members’ experiences beyond four weeks of training at FEI. Jonathan led the Executive Forum Steering Committee from 2016 through 2018. He is a member of several professional engineering organizations and the Senior Executives Association.

Amy Johnson
Board Member At Large

Amy Johnson currently works at the law firm of Kalijarvi, Chuzi, Newman and Fitch P.C. specializing in all aspects of employment law. Amy has worked in both the Executive and Legislative Branches of government in budgeting, contracting, human resources and information systems. She is retired Air Force Colonel and is a graduate of Georgetown and American Universities and a 2015 graduate of FEI.

James Laws
Board Member At Large

Sharnell Montgomery
Board Member At Large

KimOanh Nguyen-Lam 
Board Member At Large 

Mark Flaster
Past President and Advisor

Marc Flaster attended the Federal Executive Institute in the fall of 2006 (P323). He has been a member of FEIAA since graduating from the Leadership for a Democratic Society program. Marc has finished his second three year term on the Board of Directors was President of FEIAA from 2014-16. He also served as Executive Secretary in 2013 and has been a continuing member of both the Membership and Program/Events/Activities committees over the past several years. Marc has participated in the development of the Executive Forum program for the past several years.

Marc began his Federal career nearly 45 years ago as a part-time clerk for the then Civil Service Commission and has spent his entire career in the benefits area of the Office of Personnel Management, in a variety of different management and staff positions. He has spent more than half of his Federal service in management, first as a first-line supervisor, then as a deputy group chief, and finally close to nearly 15 years as the Chief of Resource Management for Retirement Services. In this capacity, he now oversees human resources, publications, and a wide range of business and procurement services for a nearly 1000 person organization. Marc has a Bachelor of Arts with distinction from the University of Virginia, and a master’s degree in administration from George Washington University. He is very active in his community’s affairs, having been elected and served for 15 years as a Trustee for Burke Centre (and currently President), a planned development in Fairfax County, and as President and long-time board member of his homeowner’s association. Marc is also a member of the Senior Executives Association and our liaison between FEIAA and SEA.

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