ACT-IAC Graduates the Voyagers 2013 Class at MOC 2013

Applications open to government and industry rising stars for 2013-2014 class

CAMBRIDGE, Md.--()--The American Council for Technology and Industry Advisory Council today announced the successful completion of the Voyagers Program by the 8th graduating class in program history. The Voyagers Program is a highly competitive leadership development program that pairs government and industry mid-level professionals together over a nine-month program, preparing them for future leadership roles in government and industry. The 2012-2013 Voyagers graduates completed the program at the Management of Change (MOC) 2013 training and education event taking place in Cambridge, Md.

“The ACT-IAC Voyagers Program is a nine-month professional development program for 'rising stars' in government and industry. The term Voyager denotes someone who makes a long, often perilous journey in search of new knowledge. We are very happy you are here to share in this celebration of the accomplishments and unique qualities of the 24 members of our graduating class of 2013,” said Margie Janney, 2013 Voyagers Class Government Chair. “This year’s members have been vigilant in their journey through the Voyagers program by participating in Situational Leadership training, organizing a very successful and ground-breaking Voyagers Got Talent charity event, assembling high-quality breakfast speaker events, starting a Fellows’ Spotlight corner, and contributing to a Voyagers-led teambuilding day with the current Partners class.”

After successful completion of this foundational program, individuals continue their executive development in the highly regarded community of ACT-IAC Fellows, a trusted, collaborative network made up of more than 500 government and industry executives.

2013 Voyagers Program government graduates are:

  • Stephanie Fultz, U.S. General Services Administration (GSA)
  • Sarah Garske, Library of Congress
  • Val Lunz, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • Jeremy McCrary, Office of Federal Procurement Policy
  • Samantha Kott-Kouril, GSA
  • John Murphy-Ballantyne, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Marci Shaffer-Hughes, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
  • Michael Skorny, GSA
  • Terri Smith, U.S. Department of Education
  • Rachel Watts, Library of Congress
  • Tye White, Federal Aviation Administration
  • Nicole Willis, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

2013 Voyagers Program industry graduates are:

  • Arash Ardalan, Beacon Associates
  • Michael Barrera, CGI
  • Jim Cillian, Red Team Consulting
  • Ben Lienard, SE Solutions
  • Cara McFadden, PwC
  • Amy McKenna, Lockheed Martin
  • Jon Moriarty, ICF International
  • Rasha Nahas, Accenture
  • Darryl Peek, Accenture
  • David Rubens, Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Jared Townshend, Deloitte
  • Kate Wolf, Centuria Corporation

Margie Janney, of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and Malcolm Harden, of CGI were this year’s Voyagers Program co-chairs. Both are alumni of the Partners program. 2013 Vice Chairs included Kendall Holbrook, of Dev Technology, Jessica Cassidy, of the U.S. Department of Energy, Dan Ellis, of Everware-CBDI, and Donald Staren-Doby, of USDA.

Applications are also currently being accepted for leadership as well as participant roles for the 2014 Voyagers Class. The application deadline for the 2014 Voyagers Program is July 5, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. For more information on the ACT-IAC Voyagers Program, and to apply for the 2014 class, please visit:

About ACT-IAC – Advancing Government Through Education, Collaboration and Action

ACT-IAC is recognized as the premier government IT community's public-private partnership and is an example of how government and industry work together. We are a non-profit educational organization created to advance government in serving the public through the effective application of IT resources. Our education, training, programming and collaboration opportunities enhance and advance the government IT profession. ACT-IAC's objective, vendor and technology-neutral, and ethical forum allows government and industry to collaborate and improve government through technology. Learn more about our organization and how to become a member at or call (703) 208-4800.


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Release Summary

The 2012-2013 Voyagers class graduates at the Management of Change 2013 training and education event taking place in Cambridge, Md. Applications open to government IT rising stars for 2013-2014 class.


Sage Communications (for ACT-IAC)
Marco Carranza-Walter, 703-207-0958