2016 FCW Rising Star Awards Winners Announced

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FCW is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Rising Star Awards.

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The Rising Stars are not usually found at the top of the org chart, but they are already critical leaders in this community. Their work should be celebrated — and we should expect to see more of them in the years to come.

FCW, an 1105 Media publication, is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Rising Star Awards.

FCW’s Rising Star awards program recognizes individuals in the first 10 years of their federal IT careers who have gone above and beyond their official job descriptions. The awards are an opportunity for agencies and contractors alike to give their up-and-comers a turn in the spotlight – both as a reward to those top performers and as an example to others.

“As any good leader in federal IT would tell you, so much depends on having outstanding talent at all levels of an organization,” FCW Editor-in-Chief Troy K. Schneider said. "The Rising Stars are not usually found at the top of the org chart, but they are already critical leaders in this community. Their work should be celebrated — and we should expect to see more of them in the years to come.”

The 2016 Rising Star Award Winners:

Emily E. Antos
Assistant Program Manager, Engineering
Sea Warrior Program
Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic
Department of the Navy

Abigail Bowman
Deputy Director of Digital Engagement
Department of Commerce

Stacy Brownstein
Senior Manager of Federal Services
Attain

Allison Buchinski
IT Project Manager for the DHS Homeland Security Information Network Program
Java Productions Inc.

Brent D. Coffey
Director of Biomedical Informatics Development
Leidos Biomedical Research

Matthew J. Derenski
IT Cybersecurity Engineer
Office of the CIO
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
NASA

Jay Finch
Director of Agency Partnerships at 18F
General Services Administration
Caitlin Gaffney
IT Specialist
U.S. Agency for International Development

Gabrielle G. Gallegos
Director of IT Acquisition and Policy
Office of the CIO
Department of Homeland Security

Eric L. Goldstein
Senior Counselor to the Assistant Secretary for Cybersecurity and Communications
Department of Homeland Security

Tyrone Grandison
Former Deputy Chief Data Officer
Department of Commerce

Lt. Themba D. Hinke
Navy Engineering Duty Officer and Project Manager for the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command's Space Field Activity
National Reconnaissance Office

Brian J. Lawrence
Senior Manager of Advanced Technologies
Veracity Engineering

Hillary Lewis
Information Security Branch Chief and Senior Privacy Official
Office of Inspector General
Department of Health and Human Services

Walter Maikish
Federal Regional Sales Manager
Cisco

Nick M. Murray
Public-Sector Strategist for CDM and Cloud Programs
Splunk

Brendan R. Neutra
Senior DevOps Engineer
Nava PBC

Veretta "Tia" Norman
Agile Program Manager
Department of Homeland Security

Julia Ouimet
Business Analyst
Artlin Consulting

Kathryn Palmer
Application Rationalization Lead
General Services Administration

William Pratt
Director of the IT Standards and Program Support Divisions
Office of the CIO
Department of Homeland Security

Teresa Proctor
IT Specialist
Department of Homeland Security

Marc A. Santoro
Deputy Lead
Electromagnetic Railgun Fire Control Integrated Product Team
Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division
Department of the Navy

Michael Skorny
Contracting Officer
Federal Systems Integration and Management Center
General Services Administration

Deanna Stephens
Web Technology Specialist
Federal Communications Commission

Amanda Tabb
Director of Partner Services
Dovel Technologies

Elizabeth Anne Wilhelm
Partner
LeapPoint

Kathryn Wilson
Director
Jefferson Solutions

Nicole E. Wilson
Contracting Officer's Representative and Management Analyst
Computer Hardware, Enterprise Software and Solutions
Department of the Army

Lisa J. Wiswell
Digital Security Lead
Defense Digital Service
Department of Defense

The winners will be recognized at the GCN dig IT Awards celebration on October 13, 2016 and featured in the October issue of FCW. For more information on the Rising Star awards, visit https://fcw.com/risingstars

About FCW
FCW’s editorial mission is to provide federal technology executives with the information, insights, and strategies necessary to successfully navigate the complex world of federal business. By providing federal technology executives with the “who” and “what” they need to know to get things done, FCW delivers access to a powerful, hard-to-reach audience that controls the $112B technology purchasing in federal government. https://FCW.com

About 1105 Public Sector Media Group
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