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ISOA Corporate Lifetime Achievement
Awardees Announced

Ella Studer

Senior Vice President for KBRwyle

Ella Studer is a senior leader with over 30 years of public and private sector experience in global stability operations management, strategy formation, and business development. In these roles, she has been responsible for organizations with multiple offices worldwide managing thousands of employees. Currently, Ella is the Senior Vice President of Operation where she is responsible for 12,500+ globally disbursed personnel who perform base operations, facilities management; logistics support and engineering, procurement and construction services. Prior to KBR, Ella retired from the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) after 26 years of Federal Service. In her final role with DLA she served as the Senior Executive Service (SES) head of Enterprise Support. In this position, she managed multi-billion dollar programs and 1,400 personnel at nine field locations worldwide.

The scope and depth of Ella’s executive experience uniquely positions her for senior and C-level roles where she has the opportunity to drive bottom-line outcomes and to position the firm for future success.

When she is not managing the Logistics Business Unit, she volunteers as the Second Vice Chair for the American University of Afghanistan as part of their Board of Trustees. She enjoys hiking and included on her bucket list is to hike all the U.S. National Parks with one milestone completed by hiking the Grand Canyon rim-to- rim.

Tom Callahan

Vice President, CRDF Global

Tom Callahan is a former Chairman of the ISOA Board of Directors while serving as Vice President for Government & Public Affairs with PAE. Prior to PAE, he served as the Director for Global Security Policy with Lockheed Martin.

Tom most recently served as a Senior Professional Staff Member of the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and as the Republican staff lead on national defense, security assistance, counterterrorism, nuclear security, and non-proliferation issues. He engages with Armed Services and Appropriations Committee counterparts on security cooperation and other defense matters and has oversight authority of various State Department functional bureaus, including Political Military Affairs; International Security and Nonproliferation; Arms Control, Verification and Compliance; International Law Enforcement and Narcotics, Diplomatic Security; and Counterterrorism. Previously, he with DAI, Meta Aerospace, and the Carnegie Corporation, as well as formerly being Prior to that, he was Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs. Earlier in his career, he was on the Professional Staff of the House Committee on International Relations, was Director of Public Policy and Government Relationship at World Vision, South Africa Resident Director for the International Republican Institute, Consultant to the State Department's Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, and Director of Special Projects at Americares. He holds a BA in Government from Dartmouth College and attended Yale Law School.

Government Awardees Announced

Bill Flavin

U.S. Army, Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute

Mr. William Flavin is currently an independent consultant on peace and stabilization. For the past 19 years he was a department of defense civilian at the Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute. Previous he was the Assistant Director at the US Army Peacekeeping Institute in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Mr. Flavin assisted PKSOI with the implementation of its Joint Proponent responsibilities in peace and stability operations coordinating with Department of Defense, Department of State and USAID. Additionally, he assisted with advancing the US Governments United Nations initiatives by working with the key member states as well as NGOs and International Forums.

Previously he was a senior foreign affairs analyst with Booz Allen and Hamilton on contract to assist the Peacekeeping Institute in doctrine development. Prior to this assignment, he was a Colonel in the US Army serving as the Deputy Director of Special Operations for the Supreme Allied Commander Europe at the Supreme Headquarters, Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) from June 1995 to June 1999.

Mr. Flavin served in the US Army for 31 years in Infantry and Special Forces where he has had extensive experience in planning and executing at the Strategic and Operational level. He has participated in many of the key operations from Viet Nam through the Balkans. He was the Special Operations Chair at the US Army War College from 1991 to 1995 and prior to that serve of the staffs of the Officer of the Secretary of Defense and Department of the Army.

Nick Sabruno

Department of State, Diplomatic Security Service

In July 2017, Nick Sabruno became the Director of the Diplomatic Security Service’s Office of Overseas Protective Operations (OPO). As the OPO Director, Nick leads over 155 law enforcement and security professionals, who manage programs totaling $1.8 billion in annual expenditures to deploy over 40,000 security personnel at all U.S. diplomatic facilities worldwide.

Nick’s previous assignments include tours as the Director of the Office of Antiterrorism Assistance, Deputy Regional Security Officer (DRSO) for Security Operations at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, and DRSO for Protective Operations at the U.S Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq. He also served as the Regional Security Officer (RSO) Dhaka, Bangladesh, RSO Chennai/Calcutta, India, and as an Assistant RSO in Hong Kong.

Nick has also served domestically as a Chief of the High Threat Protection Division in OPO and as the Chief of the Criminal Fraud Investigations Branch. Nick began his DS career as a Special Agent in the Washington Field Office.

Prior to working for DS, Nick worked in the private sector and in corrections. Nick received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Allegheny College in Pennsylvania with a major in political science and a minor in German. Nick is a veteran of the United States Navy and is a member of the Senior Foreign Service.

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