Albert T. Church, Vice Admiral, USN (Ret.)
VADM Church retired in October 2005 after 36 years of service in the US Navy. His assignments led him on an impressive journey where he held such positions as Director of the Navy Budget where he was responsible for over $80B in annual appropriated funds; Naval Inspector General where he investigated the DoD use of harsh interrogation tactics which lead to the publishing on the “Church Report”; and Director of Naval Staff—his final assignment in a distinguished career.
Since 2005, VADM Church has provided his expertise in a consultant capacity, serving as Principal at Booz Allen Hamilton from 2005 to 2011, and is currently the Managing Director of the Federal Division at Prescient Edge.
VADM Church holds a baccalaureate degree from the United States Naval Academy, a Master’s degree from the Naval Postgraduate School, and is a distinguished Graduate of the Naval War College Command and Staff Course. His personal awards include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit (three awards), and the Meritorious Service Medal (three awards).
Dr. Leslie Lewis
Dr. Lewis is a recognized expert on strategic planning, programming, budgeting and execution, acquisition processes, and resource allocation for the government and industry. Recent work includes the development and implementation of strategic planning, strategic decision processes, acquisition practices, and performance measures in the DOD and IC. Dr. Lewis has authored and co-authored several reports on critical national capabilities.
Dr. Lewis serves as a consultant to industry where she assists in a variety of activities: strategic and business planning, assessments of markets and identification of market penetration strategies, proposal strategies and reviews, and M&As. She serves on corporate boards and technical advisory groups for several companies.
Dr. Lewis earned her bachelor’s degree in History at California State University, Northridge, California, and her Ph.D. in History and Economics at University of California, Los Angeles, California. Her postdoctoral work includes research in mathematics and systems engineering.
Ms. Virginia Navas Heine
Ms. Navas Heine has over 30 years experience in corporate banking, with experience ranging from Commercial Lending Officer at Maryland National Bank, Regional Manager for Mellon/Citizens Bank, SVP/Senior Lender for TD Bank, culminating as EVP/Chief Commercial Lender at Eagle Bank, a $5B commercial bank.
Ms. Navas Heine currently serves on the board of the National Kidney Foundation and Words Music, and has other non-profit experience that includes Virginia Emergency Families for Children, Child Help, Easter Seals, Teach for America, and Reston Children's Center. Her corporate affiliations include Professional Services Council, Association for Corporate Growth, Robert Morris Associates Potomac Chapter (founding member), Greater Rockville Partnership (founding member, evolved into the Economic Development Authority for Rockville).
Her education includes formal credit and management training at The Riggs National Bank of Washington DC after graduating from Indiana University’s Kelly School of Business with a degree in Finance.
Mr. Scott Carlson
During the last 28 years in industry, Mr. Carlson has successfully held key positions such as SVP of Strategy, Director of Business Development, Chief Scientist, Division Manager, and Senior Technology Advisor for Corporate focused efforts. Mr. Carlson is an effective team builder and player. His background includes extensive contract and program leadership experience with numerous government agencies, national laboratories, science foundations, and industry partners. Scott is an honorary member of the National Academy of Engineering — Frontiers of Engineering. His appointment was endorsed by SAIC CEO (emeritus) Dr. Bob Byster (member of the National Academy of Engineering) and one of only one hundred selected by a panel of peers.
Scott Carlson joined ManTech International in August 2008 as the Vice President for Strategic Program Development. Since joining ManTech, Scott has lead ManTech strategic program development and management initiatives. His efforts have supported CECOM for the past six years.
Prior to joining ManTech, Scott had a 21-year career at SAIC including work in disciplines such as management, business development, advisory and scientific activities.
He holds a BS degree in Computer Science from University of Maryland. Scott served six years in the US Air Force as an imagery analyst.
Mr. James J. Watkins
Mr. James J. Watkins is a seasoned professional with experience in all aspects of management and leadership. With a demonstrated record of achieving excellence, Mr. Watkins is especially skilled in change management, developing strategic plans, team building, implementing major process and business improvements, fostering innovation, and improving project efficiency and efficacy.
Mr. Watkins’s has been responsible for overseeing the successful implementation of the Army’s Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system; implementing financial management systems and process changes to achieve audit readiness; implementing various web-based IT systems; and the development of various strategic and operational plans.
Mr. Watkins’s previous experience included 27 years as an active duty Army officer where he held positions of increasing responsibility culminating as the Commandant and Chief of the Finance Corps at the U.S. Army Finance School in Columbia, South Carolina. After his retirement from the Army, Mr. Watkins continued to demonstrate keen leadership ability holding positions as Chief Operating Officer, Charlotte Orthopedic Clinic; Chief Financial Officer at St. Mary of the Springs; Director, Executive Services at Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS); Chief of Staff at the U.S. Army Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command; Project Manager for the U.S. Army’s Resource Management Tool; Director, Accountability and Audit Readiness for the U.S. Army; and Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Financial Operations.
Currently, Mr. Watkins serves as the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at the Georgia Military College in Milledgeville, Georgia.
His education includes a Bachelor of Science from the Ohio State University and a Masters of Business Administration from Syracuse University. Mr. Watkins has attended the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, the Federal Executive Institute: South Carolina Executive Institute, and the U.S. Army Comptrollership Program at the Syracuse University’s School of Management.
He is a member of the Association of Government Accountants; Association of the United States Army; Ohio Society of CPAs; American Society of Military Comptrollers; is the current President of the Association of Syracuse Army Comptrollers; and has served as a past president of American Society of Military Comptrollers-Washington, DC Chapter.
With his extensive experience and knowledge, Mr. Watkins will be a valued member of Significance’s Board of Advisors.