David Bulova is an elected representative to the State of Virginia(USA). Professionally, David is a Project Manager at Amec Foster Wheeler Environment & Infrastructure, Inc. and works to help governments and industry comply with state and federal environmental regulations.
Both David and Gretchen grew up in Fairfax. David received a BA from the College of William and Mary, a Master’s in Public Administration and Policy from Virginia Tech, and is a graduate of the Sorensen Institute of Political Leadership at the University of Virginia.
David was first elected to the General Assembly in November 2005. He currently serves on the General Laws, Education, and Agriculture, Chesapeake, and Natural Resources committees. He is a member of the State Water Commission, Chesapeake Bay Commission, Housing Commission, the Joint Commission on Health Care, and the Virginia War Memorial Board. He serves as Governor McAuliffe’s appointee to the Legislative Advisory Council to the Southern Region Education Board and the Legislative Advisory Board to the Virginia Water Resources Research Center, and was Governor Kaine’s appointee to the Commission on Climate Change. From 2003 to 2005, David was an elected representative on the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District Board.
David is passionate about community service. He is currently on the Board of Trustees of Brain Injury Services, which provides support to survivors of brain injuries and their families, the Board of the City of Fairfax Band, and the Board of Advisors for the William and Mary Public Policy Program. His is also an honorary member of the Rotary Club of Centreville-Chantilly. Other community service includes: former coach with Fairfax Little League and Burke Athletic Club soccer; former member and treasurer of the Rotary Club of Annandale (1999-2002); former member of the Fairfax County Tree Commission (2004-2005); and, former Governor’s appointee to the Chesapeake Bay Local Assistance Board.
David and Gretchen also served as co-chairs of the annual Middleridge community National Night Out celebration for seven years. This event is part of a nation-wide crime prevention and awareness program. The Middleridge NNO is one of the largest in Northern Virginia.
Charles A. Ray is a retired Foreign Service Officer who served 30 years in the US Foreign Service, and before that, 20 years in the US Army. During his army service, including two tours in Vietnam, he served in Military Intelligence, Special Operations, and Public Affairs, with tours of duty in Germany, Korea, Vietnam, and Panama, as well as posts throughout the U.S., and retired in 1982 with the rank of Major.
During 30 years in the Foreign Service, he was posted to China, Thailand, Sierra Leone, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Zimbabwe. His overseas assignments included service as Deputy Chief of Mission in Sierra Leone during that country’s transition to democratic rule, he was the first US Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and was ambassador to Cambodia and Zimbabwe. From 2006 to 2009, he was Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for POW/Missing Personnel Affairs and Director of the Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office.
Since retirement from public service, he has been a full time freelance writer and consultant, and is the author of more than 50 books of fiction and non-fiction, including three books on leadership. He is a frequent blogger and contributor to several Internet news and content sites. Ray is also a photographer and artist, and has worked as a journalist and artist for a number of publications in the US and abroad. During the late 70s he was editorial cartoonist for the Spring Lake (NC) News, a weekly newspaper near Fort Bragg, NC. He was the first chairman of the American Foreign Service Association’s Professionalism and Ethics Committee. He runs a workshop on professional writing for Rangel Scholars at Howard University each summer, and is a lecturer at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute of Johns Hopkins University, speaking on global hotspots and the History of American Diplomacy. He has also done consulting work for the Department of Defense on personnel recovery (working with the Angel Thunder PR exercise) and as an interagency subject matter expert during army unit pre-deployment training.
Prof. Carl Levan is an Associate Professor in the School of International Service at American University in Washington. He is the author of Dictators and Democracy in African Development: the Political Economy of Good Governance in Nigeria (Cambridge University Press, 2015), and co-editor of the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Nigerian Politics, from Oxford University Press (2018). His publications on power-sharing in East Africa, democratization and civil society in Nigeria, Boko Haram, comparative authoritarianism, and the U.S. military’s Africa Command have appeared in the leading journals on African studies, political science, and public policy..
.His latest book, Constituents before Assembly (Cambridge University Press, 2017), co-authored with Todd Eisenstadt and Tofigh Maboudi, demonstrates the lasting benefits of participatory constitution-making around the world for democracy. He is currently writing a book about why Nigeria’s ruling party lost the 2015 elections.
Prior to receiving his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California—San Diego, LeVan worked as a legislative director in the U.S. Congress, and then served as the National Democratic Institute’s first country director in Nigeria.
Nancy Overholt is an expert in international education and professional training. Nancy has conducted training in the government sector, including Ministerial level executives from several countries, e.g., the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the the Government of Chile. She has also conducted trainings in the corporate secor for clients such as Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. and Aramco. Her work in the judicial sector includes projects for the judges and judicial experts from North Africa. Coordinated several capacity building initiatives for senior ministers and officials of the Government of Afghanistan in Malaysia.
Nancy has supervised programs for the Institute of International Education on behalf of the U.S. Department of State, including the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship and the International Visitor Leadership Program, both programs engage legal experts, lawyers and judges from outside the U.S., including Nigeria.
Nancy joined IIE in 2002 and since then has provided leadership and support to IIE’s high visibility programs such as the ECA/Humphrey Fellowship Program, the ECA/International Visitor Leadership Program, USAID, US Department of Agriculture, KAUST, and Professional Education Programs for Aramco and Toyota companies. Prior to joining IIE, Ms. Overholt designed and administered programs for international students and professionals through appointments at the University of Pennsylvania and University of California, Santa Barbara. Ms. Overholt received a Bachelor of Arts, French, minor in History, Albion College, Albion, MI (magna cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa) and an Arts Masters in Romance Linguistics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. She has native fluency in the English and French and speaks some Spanish. Her awards include the Fulbright Specialist Award, Antananarivo (DoS/ECA); IIP, Morocco (DoS); Director’s Citation (DoS/ECA); and the Exemplary Service Award, VEGA. Ms. Overholt has provided key note addresses, professional presentations and lectures on international exchange in the US and abroad. She has one publication in translation.
Kevin N. Green is a Vice President at Bank of America. E currently supports US Card Finance Managing the development and implementation of valuation tools and methodologies for the US Credit Card Business. A six Sgma Green Belt, Kevin has an extensive background in banking Marketing, Operations Technology, and Finance beginning his career with MBNA America (a legacy Bank of America copany) in 1990. His contributions include successful product launches (MBNA Quantum in 2000), extension of technology platforms to international businesses (MBNA Canada in 1999, MBNA Europe in 2004) and implementation of regulatory requirements (CARD ACT 2011)
In addition to his Six Sigma certification Kevin is certified in Web Development, Administration, and E-Commerce. He managed a data management team to study customer service and customer’s behavior. He led a team to predict and correct pricing, marketing strategy, process improvement and many other initiatives for process improvement.
Prior to his professional career Kevin attended the University of Delaware and completed internship at the UD Center for Composite Materials as part of his undergraduate studies in Chemistry.
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