Ruthann Bates has over 35 years of government contracting experience, primarily with DHHS agencies such as the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. She has been working as an independent consultant since 2009, providing business development, strategic planning, and client relations support to major corporations that provide health research and information management services to the Federal government.
Ms. Bate’s most recent prior position was at Lockheed Martin, where she was Vice President of Government Healthcare Solutions. Her clients included DHHS, DoD, VA, and other health-related agencies. She also served as Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, working on strategic planning and mergers and acquisitions. Prior to working at Lockheed Martin, she was Vice President of Health Programs at Aspen Systems Corporation. Highlights of her career include designing and managing major information dissemination programs on HIV/AIDS, cancer, and clinical trials for CDC, NIH, and FDA.
Ms. Bates holds a B.A. from Regis College, Weston, Mass., and an M.A. from Columbia University, both in chemistry, and has been a member of the American Chemical Society since 1980. She has served on numerous advisory boards in the HIV/AIDS field, and is on the Board of Directors of Hope for Children-US, a nonprofit organization devoted to supporting children orphaned by AIDS in Ethiopia.
Mr. Cavallini has decades of experience in planning, administration, program evaluation, acquisition, human resources and financial management in large, complex government organizations. He served as a Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for over ten years, often acting as the Assistant Secretary of Defense responsible for all Communications, Command, Control, Intelligence and Information Management (C3I) programs. Mr. Cavallini participated actively in various acquisition processes and reviews, and also was a member of the DoD Program Review Group (PRG) for many years. He often led OASD (C3I) participation in all phases of the DoD planning and budget process. Mr. Cavallini has served as a consultant to Jefferson for numerous DoD, acquisition and commercial services management projects.
In supporting Jefferson-led projects, Mr. Cavallini provided three years of management support for the Department of Commerce's Competitive Sourcing Office (renamed Commercial Services Management). His efforts involved coordinating, managing and overseeing the FAIR Act report. He also provided multi-year program management support to DoD in defining and identifying those serving in the Defense acquisition workforce. He has also provided strategic acquisition expertise to numerous other federal agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National Institutes of Health.
Mr. Cavallini received a bachelor's degree in mathematic from Wilkes University and a master's degree in economics/public administration from the University of Rochester.
Kimberley Joiner has worked in both the Legislative and Executive Branches of our government and in the private sector for over 16 years. Most recently, Kim worked for Truestone Communications, LLC as a Project Manager/ Senior Policy Analyst. Here Kim was assigned to supervise a contract with the Department of Homeland Security, Intelligence and Analysis, Information Sharing and the Collaboration branch. In this role she was able to continue procuring and cultivating key relationships within the Department of Homeland Security to assist customers with networking and building solid business contacts.
Prior to her recent assignment at DHS she worked for General Atomics doing Business Development. She was asked to join this privately held company to create a Homeland Security Portfolio in order to promote GA’s technology used primarily by the Department of Defense. During her time she was also successful in opening new markets with the Department of Energy and the National Reconnaissance Office.
Kim previously worked in the Office of Legislative Affairs at the Department of Homeland Security. Her biggest responsibility in the department was working to resolve inter-component conflicts as they affected legislative outreach. Specifically, Kim worked to ensure that Department Leadership and other DHS officials were provided with the most accurate, timely, and useful information and guidance regarding congressional activities and views. Coming to Capitol Hill in January 1995, Kim served as a staffer in the office of Congressman Jim Bunning and transitioned to the Senate following Senator Bunning’s election in 1998.
Kim earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Georgetown College with a double major in Communications and Political Science and received the Lyndon B. Johnson fellowship. She continues to remain active with her alma mater. An avid golfer, Ms. Joiner is a member of the Women’s Congressional Golf Association; she volunteers with DC Cares and is active in the Kentucky Society of Washington, DC.
Melanie Morris has nearly a decade of experience in a government relations and federal health policy.
Most recently she served as a Senior Director at Simon & Co., a boutique health policy firm. At Simon & Co., Ms. Morris represented her clients before Congress and the Administration advancing their goals through legislative initiatives.
Previously, she served as Director at Jefferson Consulting Group (JCG), where she worked in the firm's government relations practice. In addition to furthering her clients' business goals by working with Congress and the Administration, Mrs. Morris conducted several market assessments and developed strategic business plans directing clients in how to further their business with the federal government.
Before working at JCG, Ms. Morris was at Raytheon Company, where she served as a policy specialist coordinating business agreements and handling relations between Raytheon and a range of customers, including the U.S. and foreign governments.
Ms. Morris is also an accomplished researcher and has written articles on Medicaid and Health Reform.
Ms. Morris earned her MA and BA from the University of Arizona, with majors in political science and international relations.
Thomas Pamperin is the former Deputy Under Secretary for Disability Assistance (DUSDA) in the Veterans Benefits Administration of the Department of Veterans Affairs having retired on June 3, 2011, after a lengthy career that included 17 years in various leadership positions in VA’s Central Office. During most of his tenure in that position he oversaw the program offices for the VA’s Compensation, Pension, Fiduciary, Loan Guaranty, Education, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment and Out Reach programs.
During his tenure in Washington he worked extensive with the Department of Defense, Social Security Administration, Department of Justice and many other federal agencies and advocacy groups.
Prior to Central Office Mr. Pamperin serviced in the Milwaukee, Des Moines and Wichita Regional Offices administering the disability and survivor benefit programs provided by VA.
Prior to becoming the DUSDA, Mr. Pamperin served as Deputy Director of the Compensation and Pension Service (C&P). He was responsible for policy and regulatory development, budget formulation, procedural guidance and training programs for regional office staff delivering VA benefits to America’s eligible Veterans and dependents. Mr. Pamperin was promoted to the Senior Executive Service in March 2007.
Mr. Pamperin served as co-lead of joint DoD/VA Integrated Disability Evaluation Program designed to streamline, make more transparent and reduce variability in the process used by the Department of Defense to separate Servicemembers for disability. He served on the Advisory Board to the Secretaries of Veterans Affairs and Defense on Veterans and Dose Reconstruction, and on the Department of Defense’s Disability Advisory Counsel. He also served as the lead on the development of the Benefit Delivery at Discharge Program; the Compensation & Pension Service’s re-engineering efforts, early paperless efforts with on-line applications for benefits, the creation of on-line resources and training materials for field staff, as well as numerous other projects.
Mr. Pamperin graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Madison with Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Business. He is a graduate from the United States Army Command and General Staff College, the Federal Executive Institute Leadership in a Democratic Society Program as well as training at Wichita State University and the Aspen Institute. He served as an Infantry Platoon Leader in Vietnam with the 101st Airborne Division and retired from the Army Reserve as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1994.
Paul Wohlleben is President of Wohlleben Consulting LLC. Wohlleben Consulting LLC provides management consulting services focused on strategic business growth in the Federal market, focused capture and acquisition assistance, and internal operations and controls aimed at maximizing organizational efficiencies and returns.
Immediately prior to forming Wohlleben Consulting LLC, Mr. Wohlleben was a Partner in the Global Public Sector practice at Grant Thornton LLP, an accounting and management consulting firm. In this role, Mr. Wohlleben was responsible for managing and expanding Grant Thornton’s support for all Federal agencies, delivering a broad scope of services that included financial management/accounting, performance management, information technology, and process improvement. Federal revenues at Grant Thornton increased by over 800% during his leadership tenure.
Prior to joining Grant Thornton, Paul was the Chief Information Officer at the General Services Administration, Public Buildings Service (PBS). Before joining PBS, Mr. Wohlleben served as the Deputy Chief Information Officer at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Paul began his Federal career at the Department of the Treasury.
Mr. Wohlleben continues to be active in the Federal IT community. He served as Chair, Federal Committee, Information Technology Association of America, from 2001 – 2004. Mr. Wohlleben also served consecutive terms as President of the Association for Federal Information Resources Management from 1995-97. In 1996, 1998, and 2001 Mr. Wohlleben was a recipient of Federal Computer Week’s Federal 100 Award in for his leadership efforts in the Federal IT community. He was also the recipient of the 1996 IT Government Executive of the Year Award presented by the Federation of Government Information Processing Councils. Mr. Wohlleben is a certified Project Management Professional. He is a regular contributor to thought leadership in the Federal IT space through his column “The Business of IT” which is published in FedTech Magazine.
An alumnus of Virginia Tech, Paul graduated in 1972 with a degree in business administration. After a tour of duty in the U.S. Army, he earned his MBA from George Washington University and attended the George Mason University Law School. He lives in Oakton, Virginia, with his wife Sharon, daughters Alyssa and Erica, and son Matt.