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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.