The President’s National Capital Region Leadership Council

The President’s National Capital Region Leadership Council is an executive advisory group to Virginia Tech President Timothy Sands. The Leadership Council is comprised of C-level executives from major companies as well as venture capitalists and entrepreneurs based in the National Capital Region (NCR). The group was originally called the Virginia Tech Science and Engineering Regional Growth Enterprise (VT-SERGE), but has been renamed to reflect an expanded scope and mission.

The mission of the Leadership Council is to enhance the global competitive position of Virginia Tech and the business sector in the National Capital Region through collaboration and partnerships that advance education, innovation, and research. In its early years, the group advised then President Charles Steger on the expansion of the university’s presence in the NCR. More recent examples of the Council’s involvement include providing feedback and perspectives on the development and design of Destination Areas). The group gave advice and support to a successful new degree program in Computational Modeling and Data Analytics. The Council’s members are active in supporting research, entrepreneurial activities, and philanthropic endeavors at the university and continually seek out opportunities for the advancement of Virginia Tech.

The Chair of the Leadership Council is Mark Weber, Executive-in-Residence at the Catholic University of America and President of Weber Strategies, LLC. From the university side, the Council is overseen by President Sands, with leadership also provided by Steven McKnight, Vice President of the National Capital Region and Afroze Mohammed, Associate Director of Strategic Alliances.

The Leadership Council meets quarterly, with three meetings in Arlington, VA and one in Blacksburg. The group includes both alumni and non-alumni of Virginia Tech. Membership is by invitation of the university. A list of all current members is provided below.

For additional information, please contact Afroze Mohammed, Associate Director of Strategic Alliances in the Virginia Tech Office of Economic Development at 571-858-3007 or

Industry Members

Simone Acha, Owner, Simone Acha Consulting
Brad Antle, Antle Advisors, LLC and former President & CEO, Salient Federal Solutions, Inc.
Susie Armstrong, Senior Vice President, Engineering, Qualcomm Inc.
Paul Brubaker, President & CEO, The Alliance for Transportation Innovation Inc.
Steven Chen, Founder, PFP Cybersecurity & Principal. Blu Venture Investors
Mike Clarke, Director of Union Bankshares Corporation and Atlantic Union Bank and former CEO, Access National Bank
Timothy Conway, President, Public Sector, NTT DATA, Inc.
Lisa Finneran, Vice President, Engineering, General Dynamics Mission Systems
Sandy Forney, Director of Engineering Center of Excellence, Northrop Grumman Corporation
Mark Frantz, Co-Founder, Blue Delta Capital Partners
Steve Fredrick, General Partner, Grotech Ventures
Dewey R. Houck, II, Retired, former Chief Data Analytics Officer, Boeing Defense, Space & Security
William Braun Jones III, Partner, Outcome Capital
Bobbie Kilberg, President & CEO, Northern Virginia Technology Council
John C. Lee IV, Founder, Lee Technologies
Tish Long, Sole Proprietor, Tish Long LLC and former Director, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
Robert McCord, Independent Consultant, former President and Chief Operating Officer, Octo Consulting Group)
Mark Mykityshyn, Executive Chairman and CEO, Tangible Security Inc.
Leigh Palmer, Senior Vice President, Defense, General Dynamics Information Technology
Richard Y. Pineda, CEO, SPEAR, Inc., a CALIBRE Company
Dawn Platt, Principal, Enterprise Technology Strategy & Innovation, Grant Thornton
Todd Rowley, Market Executive, Capital Region, Old Dominion National Bank
Kim Shanahan, President and CEO, accelHRate
Sudhakar Shenoy, Chairman & CEO, Alyx Technologies, Inc.
Sonu Singh, President & CEO, 1901 Group LLC
Art Spivy, CEO, Kinergy Care, LLC
Todd Stottlemyer, CEO, CNSI
Edward Swallow, Senior Vice President, Civil Systems Group, The Aerospace Corporation
Doug Wagoner, Retired, former President, SAIC
Mark Weber, President, Weber Strategies LLC & Executive-in-Residence, Catholic University of America
Erich Windmuller, SVP and CIO, DXC Technology

Virginia Tech Members

Cyril Clarke, Executive Vice President and Provost
Guru Ghosh, Vice President of Outreach and International Affairs
Theresa Mayer, Vice President of Research and Innovation
Steven McKnight, Vice President, National Capital Region
Afroze Mohammed, Associate Director, Strategic Alliances
Charles Phlegar, Vice President for Advancement
Dwayne Pinkney, Senior Vice President for Operations and Administration
Sanjay Raman, President & CEO, Virginia Tech Applied Research Corporation
Timothy Sands, President of Virginia Tech
Chris Yianilos, Executive Director, Government Relations