2011 Symposium on Service and Inclusion:
Improving the Member Experience Through Intentional Strategies

Plenary Speakers

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Building the Foundation for Success

Opening Plenary

Thursday, December 8, 2011: 8:00am - 8:45 am

  • Jennifer Byerly- Director, Rockport Engagement Center and AmeriCorps Alum
  • Jewel Bazilio-Bellegarde- Senior Training Officer for Disability Inclusion, The Corporation for National and Community Service
  • Mary Bryant- Project Director, Nevada Center for Excellence in Disabilities Project
  • Paula Sotnik- Project Director, NSIP
  • Scott Carter- AmeriCorps Member

Strategies for Engagement in Service

Lunch Plenary

Thursday, December 8, 2011: 12:30pm - 1:45 pm

  • Jamie Kirsch- Veteran/ AmeriCorps Alumna
  • Jewel Bazilio-Bellegarde- Senior Training Officer for Disability Inclusion, The Corporation for National and Community Service
  • Robert Velasco, II- Chief Executive Officer (Acting), The Corporation for National and Community Service
  • Zernial Bogan- Veteran/AmeriCorps Alumnus

Strategies for Success During Service

Opening Plenary

Friday, December 9, 2011: 8:00am - 8:45 am

  • Erin Gannon- Senior Training Associate, NSIP
  • Paula Sotnik- Project Director, NSIP
  • Roxy B. Rocker- Training Associate, NSIP

Continuing Success After Service

Lunch Plenary

Friday, December 9, 2011: 12:30pm - 1:15 pm

  • Jill Houghton- Executive Director, US Business Leadership Network
  • Sheila Fesko, PhD- Project Director, NextSTEP
  • William Kiernan, PhD- Director, The Institute for Community Inclusion, University of Massachusetts Boston
  • Koby J. Langley- Senior Advisor to the CEO, Wounded Warrior Support, Veterans and Military Families
  • CDR Dave McAfee- Wounded Warrior Support, Naval Sea System Command (NAVSEA)
  • CDR Stephen D. Tomlin- Wounded Warrior Support, Naval Sea System Command (NAVSEA)

Speaker Bios

Koby J. Langley – Biography

Senior Advisor to the CEO
Wounded Warrior, Veterans and Military Families

Mr. Koby Langley was appointed as the Senior Advisor for Wounded Warrior, Veteran and Military Family Initiatives at the Corporation for National and Community Service in November of 2011. The Corporation leads the President’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve.

Mr. Langley previously served at the Department of Defense where he was appointed to the Senior Executive Service by Secretary Robert Gates in 2010, and served as the Special Assistant to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Wounded Warrior Care and Transition Assistance Policy. There, he served as the team lead with executives from the Departments of Labor and Veterans Affairs in the development and launch of the Veterans Job Bank with the Chief Technology Officer to the President and leading industry experts from Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft.

In 2009, Langley developed strategic communications policy for the Department of Veterans Affairs as a Special Assistant to Secretary Eric K. Shinseki. He also developed the strategic planning portfolios for offices reporting directly to the Office of the Secretary, and served as a representative on the Presidential Study Directive Team for Military Families and the Presidential Task Force on Puerto Rico’s Status.

In 2008, Langley was appointed to the Presidential Review Team for the Department of Veterans Affairs. From 2006 to 2008, Langley was the managing member of a litigation firm and a community organizer for military Veterans, and he worked as a volunteer Veteran organizer for the successful Congressional campaign of the first Iraq War Veteran elected to Congress. Having served in Kosovo and Iraq, Langley is a decorated military officer, two-tour Combat Veteran, and a recipient of the Bronze Star for Service. He also served as a Judge Advocate General Attorney, supporting hundreds of federal litigation cases for the Department of Justice and the United States Army across the Nation. Langley is published in numerous national news outlets, and was the originating editor of the award winning blog www.warriorcare.mil.

A graduate of Notre Dame University, Langley went on to earn his Juris Doctorate from the University of Colorado, Boulder and then attended the Judge Advocate General School at the University of Virginia. Langley is a Harvard Law School Certified Mediator and is currently a Masters candidate (MPA) at Georgetown University.

CDR Dave McAfee - Biography

Wounded Warrior Support

CDR McAfee has served continuously on active duty for the U.S. Navy at NAVSEA HQ since March 2009. CDR McAfee is developing the NAVSEA Wounded Warrior Hiring & Support Program from the ground up. The program has been very successful in creating and institutionalizing best practices for transitioning Wounded Warriors to meaningful civilian careers.

In FY2011 the NAVSEA Wounded Warrior Program hired an astounding 434 Disabled Veterans. The goal for his organization in FY2012 is 500 hires. NAVSEA received the CNO’s award as the number one Command in the U.S. Navy for hiring and supporting Wounded Warriors. In FY11 the NAVSEA Wounded Warrior Program received three national HR awards for hiring and support of America’s Wounded Warriors.

CDR McAfee helped to organize two DON Wounded Warrior Hiring & Support Conferences that are now the model for all of DOD and includes CNO and SECNAV as supporters. The NAVSEA Program has garnered sponsorship from senior leaders from the following organizations: Congress, Dept. of Navy, Dept. of Army, USMC, Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Dept. of Labor, and OPM. He has been a dedicated advocate for Wounded Soldiers, Marines, Airmen, and Sailors.

When not on military reserve duty CDR McAfee has served as a civilian engineer for the U.S. Navy since 1985. He has served as a program manager in areas of advanced ship structures, survivability, and software development for ship design tools.

After 911, CDR McAfee was mobilized for two years to the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), where he worked jointly with a number of INTEL and law enforcement agencies to develop an advanced Counter-Terrorism Operations Center. In his last reserve assignment as a drilling reservist he served as Executive Officer for the NAVSEA Operations Center Reserve Unit.

His wife and daughter have been involved with church outreach efforts for servicemen and women for several years. Part of this effort has involved supporting Wounded Warriors in the National Capitol Region.

CDR Stephen D. Tomlin

United States Navy

Commander Tomlin was born in Phoenix, Arizona and raised in Sedona, Arizona and North Wilkesboro, North Carolina. After high school, he enlisted in the Navy as a Nuclear Machinist Mate and completed the Navy’s nuclear training pipeline at Orlando, Florida and Charleston, South Carolina as an E-4. In 1989 he applied and accepted a NROTC scholarship.

Commander Tomlin graduated in 1994 from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, New York with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. Following completion of Surface Warfare School, he served as Gunnery Officer, Assistant Combat Systems Officer and then Boarding Officer (Maritime Interdiction Operations) off Iraq on USS CUSHING (DD 985) until March 1997. During his tour, the crew completed an Arabian Gulf deployment and won the Battle “E” twice.

In May 1997, he reported to USS ROBIN (MHC 54) where he served as Operations Officer, completing post overhaul shakedown operations, a three-month deployment, and a seven- country NATO Mine Warfare exercise. Upon completion of his tour in November 1998, he then entered the Naval Postgraduate School, graduating with a Master of Science in Astronautical (Space Systems) Engineering in June 2001. While there, he received a lateral transfer to the Engineering Duty Officer community.

Reporting to Strategic Systems Programs Headquarters in Washington, DC September 10, 2001 Commander Tomlin became the Navigation Branch Systems Project Officer, and then in February 2003 as the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) Coordinator for the Navy. While START coordinator he supported DoD’s Joint Staff for SLBM technical issues in Geneva, Switzerland and conducted a D5 ballistic missile START demonstration at Strategic Systems Facility, Atlantic (SWFLANT) for Russia, Ukraine, and the Republic of Kazakhstan. Commander Tomlin served as Office-in-Charge (OIC) of SPF’s Cape Canaveral Detachment in June 2005, and reported back to SSP HQ summer of 2009 to become Navigation Branch Head.

While serving as OIC, Commander Tomlin was selected in July 2007 for a one-year IA (Individual Augmentee) position to Iraq in Baghdad’s Green Zone to oversee the Iraqi Ministry of Defense’s facility reconstruction efforts for Iraq’s Special Operation Forces, Navy, numerous Air Force bases, and all Iraqi Foreign Military Sales (FMS) construction projects.

Since December of 2010, Commander Tomlin has been working as the Wounded Warrior (WW) Liaison Officer at Naval Sea System Command in Washington, DC, where he assists in the hiring and employment transition support of WWs from the Army, USMC, Navy and USAF.

Commander Tomlin’s personal decorations include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal with one gold star, and various unit and service medals and awards. He is married to the former Kimberly Ellen Pierce of Durham, North Carolina. They have three sons, Joshua, Daniel and Adam who reside with them in Clifton, Virginia.