James O. Johnson proudly served our country in the U.S. Marine Corps. and as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy (USNA) for a combined 17 years. He currently serves as co-founder and CEO of the CognITek Group, a veteran-owned talent and solutions firm in Downingtown, Pa., and as co-founder and managing director of Susquehanna Solutions, a business consulting and talent acquisition company, also in Downingtown. Mr. Johnson is a founding member of the Susquehanna Valley USNA Alumni Association and is active in numerous professional and service-related organizations. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the U.S. Naval Academy.
Tahir Qazi has more than 20 years experience in technology leadership, holding management positions with companies, such as Comcast, AT&T and Cingular Wireless. He currently serves as CEO of iQuasar LLC, a software and IT solutions company in Sterling, Va. Mr. Qazi serves on the board of Habitat for Humanity of Burlington County (N.J.), Reviving Kashmir and the Kashmir Education Initiative. He earned his master’s degree in electrical engineering from Virginia Tech and his MBA in strategic management from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Steve Pashley is a user experience (UX) designer with more than 15 years experience creatively solving design challenges. He currently serves as lead UX designer for Elsevier Clinical Solutions in Philadelphia, Pa. A social-minded entrepreneur, Mr. Pashley is the founder and executive director of The Dare Two Foundation, which raises awareness of Type 2 Diabetes. He studied graphic design at Arcadia University.
Jerry Manas has more than 30 years experience in project and organizational consulting and management. He currently serves as the managing director of The Marengo Group, Philadelphia, Pa., an independent, management consulting firm that he founded in 2006. An internationally best-selling author, Mr. Manas’ professional development books have been critically acclaimed and cited by management thought leaders, such as “In Search of Excellence” author, Tom Peters. Mr. Manas is a founding member of the Create WE Institute and is active in the Project Management Institute (PMI). He is also a member of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers. He studied communications/arts at Temple University and holds a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from PMI.
Matthew Zinman founded the Internship Institute in 2007 to bridge the gap between education and employment with an aim to cultivate prosperity for students, veterans, organizations, communities and the economy overall. He began his own successful career in marketing communications as an intern. Working for some of Philadelphia’s largest public relations agencies and as a consultant to nearly 100 companies, Mr. Zinman also has managed and mentored more than 200 college interns. An experiential learning activist for the past 15 years, he is a frequent lecturer at colleges, universities, professional associations and civic organizations and a published author on a number of related topics. Mr. Zinman earned his bachelor’s degree at Temple University.
Andreas Graesser is the founder and CEO of innovad LLC, an innovator using Design Thinking for IT strategy, business transformation, and operational efficiency improvements of IT organizations. Mr. Graesser has more than 20 years’ experience in corporate growth leadership from his tenure with SAP SE, where his results-driven approach led to success for hundreds of customers across many industries such as banking, insurance, retail, hi-tech, oil-and-gas, and software. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Applied Science in Karlsruhe, Germany.
Stacy M. Halasa has 20 years experience as a grant and contract administrator with Ben Franklin Technology Partners, Northampton County Community Development and Lehigh Country Community Development. During her career, she has managed federal, state and community grants, with causes ranging from technology commercialization to environmental initiatives, tourism and community revitalization. Ms. Halasa studied at Millersville University.