ISOA Leadership

Howard (Howie) R. Lind


International Stability Operations Association

Howard Lind is serving as the President of the International Stability Operations Association that represents companies in Washington, DC, who support US government departments and agencies around the world.  Previously, Mr. Lind served as the Chief Operating Officer for Matlock & Associates, a woman-owned small business, specializing in engineering, construction, and logistics.  Matlock & Associates provides these services to US government clients domestically, as well as in the middle east, central Asia, and in Africa.  He previously served as a Washington DC representative for the Fluor Government Group in which he represented Fluor to many government organizations in the Washington DC area regarding Fluor’s work in the middle east and central Asia.  

Prior to joining Fluor, Lind served in the Departments of Defense and State in the offices of Iraq and Afghanistan reconstruction from 2003 to 2007.  He began with the Coalition Provisional Authority at the Pentagon in support of the US Ambassador to Iraq, Paul Bremer.  Lind then worked in the State Department’s Near East Affairs / Iraq Office (Secretariat for Political Affairs) for the Iraq Reconstruction Management Office. 

Following that assignment, Lind served again in the Pentagon in the office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology (ASA-ALT) as Deputy Director for the Iraq Project and Contracting Office which was responsible for overseeing the $21 billion Iraq Reconstruction Program for DoD.    

Mr. Lind began his professional career as a US Naval Officer.  After a 20-year career, he retired in 2000 at the rank of Commander having served in an array of leadership and technical assignments aboard five Navy ships of the line and at Navy installations worldwide.  Mr. Lind received a Bachelor of Science degree from Virginia Tech and a Master of Science degree from the Naval Postgraduate School.  


Doug Brooks

ISOA Founder and President Emeritus

Mr. Brooks advocates for effective utilization of private sector services in fragile environments and is a specialist in African security issues. He has written extensively on the regulation and constructive uses of the private sector for international stabilization, peacekeeping, and humanitarian missions.

Mr. Brooks has testified before the U.S. Congress, South African Parliament, appeared on numerous TV and radio programs including the BBC, CBS News, NBC News, Fox News, CNN International, National Public Radio, Voice of America, SABC in South Africa and the Lehrer News Hour. Mr. Brooks has been an Adjunct Faculty member at American University and an Academic Fellow and Research Associate with the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA), Johannesburg He has also lectured at Georgetown University, and Inter-American Defense College at Ft. McNair.

ISOA Board of Directors

The ISOA Board of Directors is responsible for financial oversight of the organization along with setting the strategic direction of the association and overseeing the association’s activities implemented by the staff, to ensure that programs align with the organization’s mission and strategic goals. Board members are volunteers and represent a broad range of organizations from the stability operations industry.

Gerald G. Goss


MSA Security

Vice President, Business Development

With over two and a half decades of experience, Gerald Goss currently serves as the Vice President of Business Development as a part of the executive management team for MSA Security, an industry leader in high consequence threat protection and specialized training for corporate and government clients.
Before joining MSA Security, Gerald served on Triple Canopy’s executive management team as vice president of business development and brought a balanced mix of government, law enforcement and business entrepreneurial leadership skills while directing Triple Canopy’s commercial, defense and law enforcement business development initiatives. Prior to re-joining Triple Canopy in 2012, Gerald instituted over four and a half years of best practices while serving in the roles of deputy program director and operations manager in support of intelligence, asymmetric warfare and counter narcoterrorism programs at TASC/ Northrop Grumman. During this time, he led multiple programs and captured new business while providing oversight to a wide array of global mission support IDIQ contracts and task orders related to CENTCOM, NORTHCOM, AFRICOM and SOUTHCOM initiatives.
Gerald has worked with and provided support to a large network of defense, intelligence, law enforcement and industry-wide professionals in addition to having firsthand experience managing programs and leading teams on the ground in Iraq, Afghanistan, Honduras and other locations. Gerald has also served as a certified law enforcement officer and completed Cornell University’s High Performance and Executive Leadership programs. He previously attended the Department of Energy (DOE) Nonproliferation and National Security Institute (NNSI) supporting various security-oriented initiatives for a large prime contractor at DOE and is an honorably discharged veteran of the United States Marine Corps.
Gerald was appointed to the ISOA Board of Directors in 2015 and served as the Deputy Vice-Chairman.

Greg Craddock


Patriot Group International, Inc.


Greg Craddock has served as Chief Executive Officer of Patriot Group International, Inc. (PGI) a global expeditionary mission support services firm, for the past six years. As CEO, Greg provides strategic vision and direction to the organization and provides operational leadership to ensure that the company delivers consistent, outstanding services to customers while achieving its financial goals. Under his leadership, PGI has grown exponentially and has been recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of the fastest growing privately owned companies in the United States, Virginia, and Washington DC region in 2014 and again in 2015. PGI was also recognized by the Virginia Chamber of Commerce as recipient of the 2014 Vanguard Award for top business growth in the state. During this period of exceptional growth, PGI has also won supplier excellence recognition from Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, and a number of other government contracting companies.
Before joining PGI, Mr. Craddock served as an Anti-terrorism Force Protection (ATFP) consultant to the US government and managed sensitive programs worldwide. Prior to his time as a consultant, Mr. Craddock served in the Intelligence Community and was among the first personnel on the ground in Afghanistan and Iraq. During his time with the U.S. Army, Mr. Craddock served as a Ranger and Special Forces Soldier.
Mr. Craddock brings unique and practical perspective to ISOA, representing the mission support services business segment, and small business interests generally to the organization. He currently serves on the Ferrum College Business Advisory Board.

Scott Jacobs


New Century, US


Scott Jacobs the President of New Century US. New Century US (NCUS) is a global leader in building host nation law enforcement, military capacity and institutional reform. NCUS delivers programs that train vetted and approved civilian organizations on a range of policing tactics and security sector reform to enhance their ability to detect and dismantle criminal networks.
Prior to joining New Century US, Scott Jacobs has 27 years of management and leadership experience at the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS). From 2005-2008, he served as an Executive Assistant Director in charge of the Combating Terrorism Directorate, NCIS, overseeing all terrorism investigations and operations impacting Navy and Marine Corps personnel and assets worldwide.
Among his many accomplishments, Scott is credited with streamlining suspicious incident reporting processes and overhauling vulnerability assessments to better secure forces and critical infrastructure. He led efforts to create tools in order to quickly disseminate threat-based information to domestic and foreign law enforcement partners and expanded NCIS’ overseas presence in support of the Navy’s maritime strategy. In partnership with the FBI, he created the first multi-agency maritime security training program for federal law enforcement personnel.
In 2008, Scott served as acting director of the DoD counterintelligence efforts. As the principal advisor to the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, he managed CIFA’s counterintelligence efforts in addition to directing the day-to-day operations. After retiring from the Federal government in 2009 he has worked in the private security sector, overseeing the management and leadership of a number of programs with emphasis on force protection, access control solutions, data fusion and analysis.

Pete Dordal


Senior Vice President

Pete Dordal Jr., is the Senior Vice President of GardaWorld, a global risk management company that provides security and risk mitigation services to the US, UK, and Canadian governments, international NGO’s and commercial clients with primary focus on the development, defense, diplomatic, oil and gas, and infrastructure sectors.
Mr. Dordal is an accomplished security practitioner and business leader with 26 years of experience gained in the U.S. military, public law enforcement and the private security industry. At GardaWorld he is responsible for the company’s strategic development and global sales effort s throughout the Middle East, Latin America, Africa, Europe and specific emerging markets.
Mr. Dordal joined GardaWorld from Tryon Advisors, a boutique firm he started in 2004 that provided specialized business and security consulting to corporate clients, federal agencies, and security business owners. While at Tryon he worked mostly on behalf of the US Government providing high-level protective consulting services in Iraq and Afghanistan supporting the Global War on Terror.He is the former President of SPX Security & Investigations, a unit of SPX Corporation previously based in Charlotte, North Carolina, which provided a range of security and investigative services to Fortune 500 companies, the US government and other friendly foreign nations. At SPX, Mr. Dordal also served as the Director of Corporate Security, and in this dual role oversaw the security of 24,000 SPX employees operating in 23 countries.
Mr. Dordal entered the private security industry in 1989 when he joined Vance International. Among many diverse security assignments he served as the protective detail leader for a Middle Eastern ambassador to the United States. During the first Gulf War, he went to Saudi Arabia to train that country’s Secret Service in advanced protection techniques. His professional career began in 1981 with his enlistment in the U.S. Marine Corps, serving eight years in special operations. He served in Beirut, Lebanon with the 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion in 1982-83.He has a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the McColl Graduate School of Business and a degree in Security Administration.
Mr. Dordal sits on the Board of Directors of Nevins, Inc., a Charlotte-based non-profit organization. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Executive Security International, Ltd., one of the oldest security training academies in the U.S. In 2012 Mr. Dordal was appointed to the Board of Directors of the International Stability Operations Association.

John Matlock

Matlock & Associates

Principal Engineer

Mr. John Matlock, P.E. a US Military Veteran, brings over 18 years of global experience to Matlock & Associates, including 10 years as a Program Manager in the C4ISR, Security Engineering and MILCON construction industries. John also has 13 years in the military serving in numerous engineering command and staff billets worldwide. John still serves as a United States Air Force Officer, and supports missions across the COCOM’s.
Mr. Matlock also is a principal owner of Matlock & Associates, which he actively runs with his partner Joelle Sedlacek. Mr. Matlock has extensive experience planning and implementing large OCONUS security construction projects for Government clients. In this capacity he is responsible for strategic planning, budget management, key leadership recruitment and integration, reporting, contract compliance, and policy development. He has led 24/7 programs in
the Middle East, Africa, and South America with many site locations in austere locations, comprising numerous Task Orders. Mr. Matlock has forged solid relationships throughout the State Department supporting Diplomatic Security, Bureau of Overseas Building Operations. Mr. Matlock also has strong ties and a solid track record with governmental security agencies and defense agencies.

Costa Maroulis

Costa Maroulis has over 25 years’ experience in the US Defense sector, beginning his career in the US Air Force, and then moving into the US Government contracting realm in the late 1990’s. In the USAF, Costa served as a linguist and analyst – he is fluent in both Arabic and French – as well as a communications operator.  On leaving the USAF, he spent four years in the Kingdome of Saudi Arabia teaching Royal Saudi Air Force Intelligence Officers how to operate with US Forces in theater. 

Since that time, Costa’s experience has been primarily focused on the Middle East and North Africa – both with larger primes (Raytheon and ITT), as well as with smaller enterprises.  For nine years, he served as the Director of Communications Programs, Middle East, for ITT – large scale communications programs for the US Army and USAF, primarily, which were supporting OIF and OEF missions in theater.  As the war in Iraq wound down, Costa took on several NATO projects in Afghanistan which focused not only on comm, but also on infrastructure development on bases and in the provinces.  In more recent years, he has focused on smaller businesses and projects still operating in the CENTCOM theater, and is currently the VP for Government and Defense for AMS LLC; AMS primary “claim to fame” is our long-standing program in Afghanistan, whereby we provide maintenance and fleet management for the entire Afghanistan National Police vehicle fleet (approximately 42,000 vehicles in total), requiring over 1500 Local National employees and approximately $65M each year in spare parts. 

As of early 2016, Costa has also been serving as the Chairman of the Membership Committee at ISOA and took a more operational role in the ISOA membership.  He sees this as an important role for small to mid-size companies in the stability operations sector.  Key in this effort is to re-initialize the Dubai chapter – bringing in a larger segment of the Stability Operations business segment in an area that is the recognized hub of such activity.  As an ISOA board member, Costa focuses on issues that matter to those companies, like AMS, who provide critical functions in the stability operations sector.  It is these companies and members who will continue to make a successful ISOA.  

Nick Forster

FSI Worldwide

Senior Vice President and Co-Founder

Nick Forster is the Senior Vice President and Co-Founder of FSI Worldwide, an international leader in ethical recruitment and labor solutions. Based in FSI's newly established office in Washington, DC, Nick engages directly with policy makers and industry to address labor trafficking challenges in government and private sector contracting and operations, as well as developing effective commercial solutions that protects employers, employees, and clients.
Nick has spoken at the UN General Assembly Dialogue on Migration and regularly speaks at UN conferences and workshops as a subject matter expert on human trafficking and labor migration. Nick holds multiple degrees in international business and languages and has amassed over 15 years experience in business consultancy and entrepreneurial ventures. 
FSI was originally founded to protect former Gurkha soldiers from becoming victims of debt bondage and corrupt recruitment practices in Nepal. FSI, headquartered in Dubai and with offices in 12 countries worldwide, now recruits from across the full skill spectrum as well as providing extensive support services. 


Michelle Quinn

VxL Enterprises

Vice President

Michelle Quinn is Vice President of VxL Enterprises, a Veteran Owned Small Business providing stability, security, and training solutions around the world for the Department of State, Department of Defense, and others.  At VxL, Michelle leads efforts to support these critical USG missions, by establishing relationships with the USG, security industry partners, and other organizations in both the U.S. and abroad.

Prior to her time with VxL, Michelle also served as Vice President of International Programs at A-T Solutions (now PAE); Operations Manager for TEDAC (a multi-agency Counter-Terrorism program operating out of the FBI Lab in Quantico, Virginia); and Manager of Operations and Training for the WPPS/WPPS II Program at DynCorp International.  At these organizations, Michelle focused on stabilization missions, Counter-terrorism initiatives, and police/military training needs.

Michelle also worked for several years on Capitol Hill, supporting House Congressional Committees on the issues, needs, and funding of USAID, IMF, World Bank, and other entities; and in the Executive Branch of the U.S. government, at the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB). 

Michelle holds a B.A. from The College of William and Mary, and an MBA from the University of Mary Washington. She is a member of Women in International Security, the Harvard Business Review Advisory Board, and local charitable organizations in Fredericksburg, Virginia.  As a member of the Board of ISOA, Michelle is committed to increasing ISOA membership and participation, by engaging both the many small security/training companies, and women, who work in the ISOA space and can contribute greatly to the ISOA mission.


Darryle Conway

PAE, Inc.

VP Expeditionary Logistics Business & VP of Business Development for GLSO

Darryle currently serves in two positions: Vice President of PAE’s Expeditionary Logistics Business Area, a rapidly expanding service line under PAE’s Global Logistics and Stability Operations (GLSO) business with annual sales of $700M.  In addition, Darryle also leads business development for GLSO, a role he assumed upon joining PAE in 2011.
Darryle is an accomplished executive with proven record of consistently delivering projects on time and within budget and developing and executing growth strategies. In addition to managing existing OCONUS programs in his Expeditionary Logistics portfolio, Darryle is successfully executing a growth strategy with recent awards of the Air Force Contractor Augmentation Program (AFCAP) and the Air Force Counter Narcotics and Global Threats (CN&GT) IDIQ contracts.   
Prior to joining PAE, Darryle spent five years with Raytheon, Darryle was Director of Strategic Planning and Business Development with the Corporate Homeland Security Office and then Business Development Executive for Global Security Solutions at Raytheon Technical Services Company.    
Prior to joining Raytheon, Darryle worked at SAIC in various roles of increasing responsibility, supporting both business development and contract execution.  Prior to departing SAIC, Darryle’s principal assignments included: Deputy Director, Homeland Security Accounts; Deputy to the senior vice president for corporate business development.
Darryle is a native of Washington D.C. and graduated with a B.S. in Biology from East Tennessee State University.  

Kelley DeConciliis

CHSi (Comprehensive Health Services)

Vice President, International Business Development

Currently, DeConciliis serves as Vice President of International Business Development at Comprehensive Health Services (CHSi) in Reston, VA.  DeConciliis brings over 15 years of healthcare, emergency preparedness, disaster response, and international global operations experience in federal and private sectors. DeConciliis is responsible for the company’s international business and operations in high-risk, austere environments located in Iraq, Afghanistan, Germany, Italy, Japan, Africa, and the United Kingdom.

Prior to CHSi, DeConciliis served as vice president of federal systems for Remote Medical International (RMI), who managed the executive oversight and operations for USAID’s $95M HIV Rapid Test Kit Program, the second largest supply chain for PEPFAR (President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief) in Africa. Prior to RMI, she served as VP of Federal at CliniComp Intl., overseeing the operations and successful deployment of Department of Defense (DoD) Military Health’s EMR to 60 Military Treatment Facilities (MTFs) that spanned over 3 continents and 7 countries worldwide.

She also worked for Microsoft Corporation in the Health Solutions Group (HSG). As inter-agency liaison at Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC, DeConciliis worked on the "Federal ER One Project," a national prototype for the next-generation "all risks ready" emergency department. Her background experience also includes counter-bioterrorism training and simulation for clinicians and first-responders, while managing grant programs to aid in emergency response to Mass Casualty Incidents (MCI). DeConciliis holds a Neuro-psychology degree from The Catholic University of America

Advisory Board

Advisory Board works closely with ISOA executive staff and BOD to develop and guide the strategic vision of the organization and to insure ISOA maintains critical linkages across industries and government sectors.

Advisory Board

Major General Jefforey A. Smith, U.S. Army Retired

Sallyport Global Holdings Inc.

Senior Vice-President

Major General Jefforey Smith (U.S. Army Retired) is the Senior Vice-President for Sallyport Global Holdings Inc. In this role, Mr. Smith develops, oversees and helps implement strategic initiatives and programs that support Sallyport's vision and short and long-term strategic plans. General Smith serves as a corporate senior member in engagements with clients, government officials and policy makers in the United States and internationally.

General Smith retired from the U.S. Army in July 2016 with 32 years of distinguished service. He has commanded organizations at every level of the U.S. Army with multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan leading troops in combat operations from company to division level. General Smith has operated at the highest levels within the Department of Defense, Joint Staff, and major combatant commands worldwide. While serving in U.S. Central Command, he provided strategic advice on the Central Asian States, Horn of Africa, Middle East and North Africa, including Israel and Lebanon. He later served in Iraq were he successfully led the governance, reconstruction and economic initiatives in all of Southern Iraq, working alongside U.S. Department of State and the Government of Iraq.

While serving on the Joint Staff, General Smith was the principal advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on matters relating to the Middle East and North Africa, including the Iranian Nuclear issue, crisis in Yemen and issues involving the Israelis and Palestinians. He later led a $6 billion dollar program to rebuild the Afghan National Police and Ministry of Interior. General Smith also served as a senior officer within the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), Afghanistan, where he led all operations and strategic planning in Afghanistan and participated in high level engagements between senior Afghan and Pakistan officials.

In one of his last military positions, General Smith led United States Army Cadet Command overseeing the education and training of over 330,000 students and cadets in the United States and abroad. He has built unparalleled subject matter expertise in strategic-level leader development and education in both the military and private sector.

Jeff has a Bachelor of Science Degree, two Masters Degrees, and is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College.