ACT-IAC Voyagers Announces 2014 Graduating Class

Twenty-Four ‘Rising Stars’ from Government and Industry Complete Competitive Leadership and Development Program

CAMBRIDGE, Md.--()--The American Council for Technology and Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC), the premier public-private partnership in the government IT community, today announced the successful completion of the Voyagers Program by the 9th graduating class in program history. The Voyagers Program is a highly competitive leadership development program for mid-level professionals with a 1:1 ratio of government and industry participants, preparing them for future leadership roles within their respective organizations. The 2013-2014 Voyagers graduates completed the program at the 34th Annual Management of Change (MOC) training and education event held in Cambridge, Md.

“The 2014 ACT-IAC Voyagers graduates join a distinguished list of past participants who embody the spirit of the program, which is to shape government and industry management and relationships for the public benefit. The 24 ‘rising stars’ each embody a willingness and desire to reach across the fence in an effort to enhance citizen services,” said Donald Staren-Doby, Voyagers Program Government Chair.

He added, “The government and industry chairs and vice chairs, their individual agencies and companies and the ACT-IAC staff all believe that developing and guiding a new breed of civil servant is a real and powerful way to make a lasting impact on the federal government and the industries that assist it. We are all very proud of the 2014 Voyager’s class and expect great things from them!”

The Voyager participants undergo a nine-month program that provides a facilitated and trusted partnership between government and industry. After successfully completing the program, graduates received Continuing Education Units and will continue their executive development as members of the ACT-IAC Fellows community – a trusted, collaborative network made up of over 600 government and industry executives.

“The 2014 Voyagers class planned and brought in top-notch leaders to learn from, participated in community service events, and for the first time this year, culminated their journey by taking an active role in conducting ACT-IAC MOC sessions,” said Kendall Holbrook, Voyagers Program Industry Chair. “We congratulate the 24 Voyagers -- they are individuals to 'watch' as they work towards making the federal government better through true collaboration and partnership.”

2014 Voyagers Program government graduates are:

  • Mittal Desai, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
  • Kevin Foley, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • David Larrimore, General Services Administration
  • Giovanni Onwuchekwa, General Services Administration
  • Kevin Richman, General Services Administration
  • Blake Scates, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Eric Schultz, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Michelle Street, National Institutes of Health
  • Kent Taylor, General Services Administration
  • Weber Wang, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Tina Wilson, Library of Congress
  • Alexandra Zaslavsky, General Services Administration

2014 Voyagers Program industry graduates are:

  • Kila Christensen, Visionary Integration Professionals
  • Duane Cummings, CGI Federal
  • Anjali Dighe, LeapFrog Solutions, Inc.
  • Mike Farahbakhshian, Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Madaleine Hillsberg, ISYS Technologies
  • Mike Hulsey, Mythics
  • Steve Irish, Hewlett-Packard
  • Ryan Kauzlick, Battle Resource Management, Inc.
  • Ashley Nichols, CACI
  • Farrell O’Neill, RIVA Solutions, Inc.
  • Beth Smith, Octo Consulting Group
  • Jonathan Veal, CDW Government

Donald Staren-Doby, of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Kendall Holbrook, of Dev Technology Group, were this year’s Voyagers Program co-chairs. Both are alumni of the Voyagers program. Vice Chairs this year included Naveen Krishnamurthy of RIVA Solutions, Inc., Jolene Merkel of the Federal Aviation Administration, Tanya Swart of CGI Federal and Julie Trencher of the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

ACT-IAC also announced the opening of applications for the 2015 Voyagers Program. Applications will be available on June 25, 2014 for the 2015 Voyagers Class. The application deadline for the 2015 Voyagers Program is July 25, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. For more information on the ACT-IAC Voyagers Program, please visit:

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

ACT-IAC is the premier public-private partnership in the government IT community and an example of how government and industry work together. ACT-IAC is a nonprofit educational organization created to advance government through collaboration and education. The organization provides an objective, vendor and technology-neutral and ethical forum where government and industry are working together to develop innovative strategies, effective and efficient solutions and best practices. Headquartered in the Greater Washington, D.C. area. ACT-IAC also has chapters in Pacific region (based in San Diego) and the Rocky Mountain region (based in Denver).

Learn more about our organization and how to become a member at or call (703) 208-4800. Connect with ACT-IAC on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.


Sage Communications (for ACT-IAC)
Heather Dratler, 703-533-1619


Sage Communications (for ACT-IAC)
Heather Dratler, 703-533-1619