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Sig Berg, Chairman & CEO: Sigval (Sig) M. Berg is currently the Chairman and CEO of The Severn Leadership Group in Annapolis, Maryland. Additionally, he served as a mentor and lecturer (leadership development) at the World Nuclear University’s Summer Institute at Oxford England from 2009 -2013.
Mr. Berg has also served in a number of senior executive positions in the nuclear industry. Mr. Berg was the Senior Vice President for Infrastructure Development and Training at UniStar Nuclear Energy (a joint venture of Constellation Energy and EDF — developing the EPR for the US) in Baltimore, Maryland. (2007-2008)
Prior to that, Mr. Berg was an executive at the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO) in Atlanta, Georgia from 1994-2006. As executive vice president, he was responsible for INPO’s Evaluation and Assistance cornerstones. From 2002 to 2004 he served as managing director of the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) in London, England. Additional responsibilities during his time at INPO included serving as executive vice president for the Accreditation cornerstone and the Administrative Division, executive director of the National Academy for Nuclear Training, director of the WANO–Atlanta Center and deputy director of the WANO-Coordinating Center in London, Mr. Berg was elected executive vice president of INPO in April 2000, senior vice president in March 1998, and vice president in February 1996.
Mr. Berg joined INPO in 1994 after three years with Commonwealth Edison in Chicago, Illinois where he served as site vice president, Braidwood Nuclear Station (PWR); technical superintendent, Dresden Nuclear Station (BWR); assistant to production superintendent, Dresden Nuclear Station; and nuclear administrator, office of the vice president, PWR operations. During this time he completed Executive Senior Reactor Operator Training (BWR).
A 1968 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, he served in the U.S. Navy until 1981 holding several positions in the Navy nuclear program, including the position of chief engineer of a nuclear-powered submarine. In November 1998, Mr. Berg completed the Harvard Graduate School of Business’ Advanced Management Program and has a MDIV from Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio (1981).
Julie Campbell, President & Director, Annapolis: Julie Campbell serves as the President, Severn Leadership Group (SLG), Inc. and Director of SLG Annapolis. Prior to joining SLG, she served in several leadership positions at Booz Allen Hamilton and at ARINC Incorporated, a Collins Aerospace company, most recently as the Associate Director of Enterprise Sourcing where she led a global team providing sourcing, procurement, and contract management of IT hardware, software, and services. Prior to industry, Julie served over 20 years in the United States Navy, in the areas of information technology, space systems, and acquisition. She managed the lifecycle of IT programs ranging from $2M – $2B. Previous positions included: Navy Space Cadre Advisor, responsible for 1300+ Navy personnel working in space-related positions; Commander of the First Presidential Communications Command and Emergency Communicator for the President of the United States at the White House Communications Agency; and Senior Advisor to the Director of Signals Intelligence, at the National Reconnaissance Office. Julie has a passion for mentoring others. She has been a senior fellow with the Severn Leadership Group since 2013. She has participated in Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Young Life as a small group facilitator. Julie received a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy, a Masters of Science degree in Space Systems Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School and Masters Degrees in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Marine Corps Command and Staff College and the School of Advanced Warfighting. Julie is married to Chris Campbell, who serves as the Associate Head Coach for Track and Field at the US Naval Academy. They have two sons, Mark and Luke.
Dwight Holloway, Treasurer: Dwight was born on Andrews AFB, MD. He graduated from Princeton University with a degree in Politics in 1981. After Princeton, Dwight joined The Chase Manhattan Bank's corporate bank and graduated from the credit training program. His first assignment was a secondment to the President's Private Sector Survey on Cost Control, a Washington DC based Presidential Commission of private sector participants. They recommended $2 trillion in federal cost savings from changes in federal procurement, regulation and operational efficiency. Dwight's recommendation on multi-year procurement for civilian agencies produced an estimated savings of $3 billion. He later worked in the Global Petroleum Division as a lending officer to oil and oil service multinationals. He received his MBA from UCLA's Anderson School of Management in 1987 with a concentration in finance and entrepreneurial studies. After a year with the investment banking firm of Drexel Burnham Lambert, he began his public service career in 1989 as a political appointee in the Administration of President George H.W. Bush. After serving in the Commerce Department as the Executive Assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Trade Development, he was promoted to Director of Policy for the Secretary of Commerce and became a member of the Senior Executive Service. He focused primarily on export promotion, trade policy, export controls and inter agency coordination. He returned to the private sector in 1993 as an investment professional joining the Pacific Investment Management Company (PIMCO), an investment management firm based in Newport Beach with $42 billion in client assets. Initially, he focused on investment solutions for institutional clients in the US and Bermuda as well as investment strategy. He was one of two investment professionals that started PIMCO's London office in 1998. Starting with six clients and $1 billion in assets, PIMCO Europe now manages over $300 billion in assets with over 300 employees. He was involved in business development, recruitment, training and investment strategy. During his 20 year career with PIMCO, he was promoted to Vice President, Senior Vice President and Executive Vice President. He left the firm in 2012 when it was managing $2 trillion in client assets and relocated to Annapolis, MD. He is a private investor in global equity and fixed income markets.
Ray Rottman, Secretary and Director - Northern Virginia: Ray Rottman Colonel, U.S. Air Force (Ret) is the Executive Director of the Association of Military Colleges and Schools of the United States (AMCSUS), a position he has held since 2013. His duties include the development and promotion of 44 independent military colleges and schools (e.g. University of North Georgia). Ray is a founding member of the Severn Leadership Group, a non-profit mentoring forum that works with junior and mid-level Marine and Naval officers assigned to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis Maryland. Ray retired from the United States Air Force in 2012 after serving 30 years in a variety of assignments to include various leadership and command positions at the Squadron (100 personnel), Group (500 personnel) and Wing (3,200 personnel) levels. His career included seven years abroad with assignments in Germany and Belgium, in addition to multiple deployments to forward operating locations in Iceland, South Korea, England, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Iraq. Ray’s service to the Air Force included duties as an instructor and Course Director at the U.S. Air Force Academy, a speechwriter for both the Commander of U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Chief of Staff of the Air Force and as the Deputy Director of the Secretary of the Air Force and Chief of the Air Force’s executive action team. Ray was responsible for establishing and leading NATO’s first capability management entity, which brought structure and focus to a complex international planning process. He culminated his career as Vice Commandant of the Air War College (the Air Force’s senior professional military education entity). His military honors include three Legion of Merit awards, the Bronze Star and the Defense Superior Service Medal. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from Colorado State University, a Masters of Science Degrees in Industry and Technology from Texas A&M and a Masters in Arts Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. Ray is married to Tess, his wife of 33 years and they are blessed with three sons and a daughter-in- law, all of whom are educators.
Ted Parker, Vice Chairman: Vice Admiral Ted Parker U.S. Navy (Ret) left active duty in 1989, led an advisory services company for 25 years while serving on the boards of several companies producing military systems. He now volunteers in the Naval Academy Chapel and serves on the Board of Directors of Severn Leadership Group, LLC.Graduating from the United States Naval Academy, Admiral Parker served at sea in numerous ships, commanding three of them. Ashore, in the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations, he organized and led the analytical effort that first defined the characteristics for the Navy’s newest class of destroyers, the ARLEIGH BURKE class, the largest Navy shipbuilding program since WWII. Later, as a flag officer, he served in a variety of positions in the CNO and Navy Secretariat staffs. In addition to the Naval Academy, Admiral Parker graduated from Guided Missiles and Nuclear Power Engineering Schools, the Industrial College of the Armed Forces and earned a Masters Degree in Public Administration at The George Washington University.
Kristi Neidhardt, Board of Directors: Named as one of Maryland’s top producing Realtors, Kristi has been creating “raving fans” of her real estate business since 2003. She is not only thoughtful, but also an expert negotiator, successful, energetic, proactive, and works from an ethic of looking out for her client’s long term housing and financial needs. She has continued to climb within the top 1% in sales volume in the USA for sales volume over the past 4 years. She leverages her real estate business to achieve one of her core goals of building community in several ways: donating to her client’s charity of choice after each transaction, hosting an event each quarter to benefit the community (raised $2200 for SPCA, $2500 for Oyster Recovery Partnership, $3500 for Megan Hughes Go Fund Me for innovative colon cancer treatment, $4500 for Mission 14/raising awareness about human trafficking), planted 7000 trees last year to offset the carbon footprint of her business, and much more.
Chuck Hollingsworth, Board of Directors: Chuck Hollingsworth joined Lockheed Martin after a distinguished career in the US Navy. In Lockheed Martin’s Corporate Strategy and Business Development he focuses on strategic customer relationship development, corporate orders growth and focus programs, and several functional development courses such as the Doing Business Overseas Institute. Chuck’s final assignment in the Navy was serving as Chief of Staff to the Chief of Naval Air Training, with oversight of all undergraduate Navy flight training, as well as the Navy Flight Demonstration Team (Blue Angels.) He served as Commanding Officer of Patrol Squadron 16 and the Navy’s Center for Personal and Professional Development, responsible for the Navy’s leadership development programs. Staff tours included Director of Global Force Management at Joint Forces Command, Norfolk, Virginia. Overseas tours included Operations Officer for Maritime Patrol based out of Japan and Bahrain with anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) responsibilities for the Asia and Middle East theaters. In this capacity he responded with support in the aftermath of the USS Cole attack, and was the primary forward point of contact for the EP-3 emergency divert into Hainan, China, coordinating with US Embassy, State Department and DoD agencies to repatriate the EP-3 crew. Immediately following 9/11, Chuck was dispatched to Islamabad, Pakistan where, at the Pakistan government’s request, he served as the principle U.S. military liaison to coordinate combat operations through Pakistan into Afghanistan. In 2002 Chuck was recognized as the standout operations officer in the Navy with the Stephen Decatur Award for operational excellence. Additional overseas tours included simultaneous service as Executive Assistant to Commander, U.S. 6th Fleet in Naples, Italy and Commander, NATO Joint Command in Lisbon, Portugal. Chuck is a graduate of the USAF Air Command and Staff College and the Joint Forces Staff College. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Applied Sciences from the US Naval Academy and received a master’s in Human Resources from Troy University. He has been selected as a “Visionary Leader” by The Public Manager magazine, and was recognized by the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce with the “Modeling the Way” Leadership Award for LEAD Hampton Roads. He is published on ethical leadership and has been a presenter of best training practices at the American Society for Training and Development BEST Awards conference.
Michael Kerst, Board of Directors: Michael is currently the Manager of Civil/Structural & Mechanical Engineering at Zachry Nuclear Engineering where he has technical and administrative responsibility for engineers and designers in Zachry’s Stonington, CT and Charlotte, NC Design Centers. Prior to this position, from 2013 to 2015, Mr. Kerst served as a Project Manager at Zachry leading multi-discipline complex projects for commercial nuclear power plant modifications. From 2008 to 2013, Mr. Kerst served as the Manager of Zachry’s Training Department, which was established in 2008 under his leadership, where he developed and implemented a Training Strategic Plan based on the Systematic Approach to Training. During this same period, he established Zachry’s Human Performance Program and served as Zachry’s Human Performance Program Manager. He developed and implemented a Human Performance Program designed to optimize the performance of individuals, leaders and the organization through proactive management of human error. From 1995 to 2008 Mr. Kerst sserved as Project Manager and lead Project Engineer on many major nuclear and non-nuclear design projects at Zachry. Mr. Kerst started his career in 1990 as an Engineer at General Dynamics, Electric Boat Corporation working in the Steam Plant Components group supporting construction of SSBN 736 through 742 Ohio Class submarines. Mr. Kerst is a Qualified Navy Reserve Engineering Duty Officer specializing is ship construction and ship systems. He served as Acting Commanding Officer, Executive Officer, Operations Officer, Training Officer and Projects Officer of various Naval Sea Systems Command reserve units. He retired as a Commander in 2008. Mr. Kerst’s volunteer and community service includes work with the United Way of Southeastern Connecticut, the US Merchant Marine Academy, the US Coast Guard Academy, Group Workcamp Youth Mission Trips, Meet the Need Ministries and coaching of various youth soccer and baseball teams. Mr. Kerst is a 1990 graduate of the US Merchant Marine Academy, where he earned a BS in Marine Engineering Systems and a US Coast Guard 3rd Assistant Engineer’s license. He also holds an MS in Mechanical Engineering (1995) and an MS in Management (2001) from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is a graduate of Zachry Creative Leadership (2012), Zachry’s senior executive level leadership training program.
Gretchen Moran, Board of Directors: Gretchen has spent the last 2 decades as an engineer of software, data management pipelines, distributed systems and architectural blueprints for moving vast amounts of data. She is now a builder of software engineering teams. She has been a key contributor to two software startup companies that were successfully acquired by Oracle Corporation and Hitachi Data Systems, respectively. Her unique combination of soft skills and technical talent has allowed her to move seamlessly between and among several divisions of the organization - engineering, marketing, sales, and services. She has been recognized as a highly successful technology educator, a team mentor and leader, and a charismatic and passionate public speaker. Gretchen and her family now live and work in Abuja, Nigeria with eHealth Africa, delivering innovative systems in primary health care in developing world conditions. Her motivation is to continue to build brilliant teams in places where they are needed the most.
Ray Steinmetz, Board of Directors: Ray was born and raised in Delaware. He graduated from Swarthmore College with a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering in 1974 and from Princeton University with a Master’s degree in Structural Engineering in 1976. He joined Exxon Production Research Company in 1976. Ray spent the early part of his career at Exxon’s upstream research center leading various Research & Development (R&D) groups developing technologies to support Exxon’s needs for offshore facilities in frontier areas (e.g., deepwater , arctic, earthquakes). The R&D projects ranged from measuring earthquakes on the ocean bottom offshore Alaska to developing designs for compliant structures located in 3000 feet of water. His groups also directly supported design and construction of offshore developments around the world, including the North Sea, Australia, Malaysia, Japan and the USA. After 15 years in R&D, Ray assumed numerous Project Management leadership positions in ExxonMobil in various locations in the world. His leadership teams were responsible for the planning, design, construction, and start-up of facilities to produce oil and gas from the Alaska North Slope to South China Sea. The projects ranged in scope from several hundred million to several billions of dollars of investment, both offshore and onshore facilities. His teams were recognized for execution excellence and extraordinary safety performance, e.g., receiving Exxon’s President award for safety performance for the East Area Projects executed in Nigeria. He also worked directly with the host governments to build relationships with their national energy companies and to secure project approvals. Ray ultimately became responsible for ExxonMobil’s Production Company projects worldwide. He led a functional organization to provide support and grow functional excellence for the EMPC’s global portfolio. In 2013, after 36+ years of employment, Ray elected to retire. Ray and his wife, Torri, have been married for 27 years and have built and moved to a home in Annapolis. They have two spirited daughters now living in Oregon and Washington DC. Ray and his family had the opportunity to live overseas in Jakarta, Indonesia, London and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. His interests include hiking, golf, sailing, travel and time with family and friends.
Rob Shepherd, Board of Directors: Rob serves as a Baltimore-based Captain for Southwest Airlines, and has further responsibilities as a Check Airman, instructing and evaluating pilots in simulator and operational environments. Originally from Denver, Colorado, Rob spent twenty-five years as an Air Force pilot. His first tour was as a T-37 instructor and evaluator pilot, followed by service flying transport-category aircraft including the C-5 Galaxy, C-17 Globemaster III, and C-130 Hercules. Rob also served in three command positions, including overseeing his squadron’s mission change from C-5 to C-17 operations and leading a C-130 wing with over 1300 members. Rob holds degrees in Computer Science from the U.S. Naval Academy (B.S.) and University of Idaho (M.S.). He also serves as the Associate City Director of the C.S. Lewis Institute in Annapolis.