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  • Kai Anderson
    Kai Anderson
    Co-Chairman
  • Barry D. Rhoads
    Barry D. Rhoads
    Co-Chairman
  • Jesse Barba
    Jesse Barba
    Associate
  • Dave Belote
    Dave Belote
    Senior Vice President
  • Jordan Bernstein
    Jordan Bernstein
    Chief Operating Officer
  • Kevin Binger
    Kevin Binger
    Senior Vice President
  • Mark Clack
    Mark Clack
    Senior Vice President
  • Donna Jo Denison
    Donna Jo Denison
    Vice President
  • Tom Dennis
    Tom Dennis
    Executive Vice President
  • Nicole Di Resta
    Nicole Di Resta
    Senior Vice President
  • Susann Edwards
    Susann Edwards
    Vice President
  • Andrew Forbes
    Andrew Forbes
    Vice President
  • Kaleb Froehlich
    Kaleb Froehlich
    Vice President
  • Mary Ann Gilleece
    Mary Ann Gilleece
    Senior Vice President
  • Michelle Greene
    Michelle Greene
    Senior Vice President
  • Amelia F. Jenkins
    Amelia F. Jenkins
    Senior Vice President
  • Arthur Mason
    Arthur Mason
    Executive Vice President
  • Steven McKnight
    Steven McKnight
    Senior Vice President
  • Terry Paul, BG, USMC (Ret)
    Terry Paul, BG, USMC (Ret)
    Executive Vice President
  • Vernon Simmons
    Vernon Simmons
    Vice President
  • Barbara Sutton
    Barbara Sutton
    Executive Vice President
  • Janie Wise
    Janie Wise
    Vice President
  • Christopher Cole, Rear Admiral, USN (Ret)
    Christopher Cole, Rear Admiral, USN (Ret)
    Senior Advisor
  • Hon. James K. Coyne
    Hon. James K. Coyne
    Senior Advisor
  • Gregg Hartley
    Gregg Hartley
    Senior Advisor
  • The Honorable Gary J. Krump, LTC, USAR (Ret)
    The Honorable Gary J. Krump, LTC, USAR (Ret)
    Senior Advisor
  • Rebecca Lambe
    Rebecca Lambe
    Senior Advisor
  • James H. Lofton
    James H. Lofton
    Senior Advisor
  • Rear Admiral G. Dennis Vaughan, USNA (Ret)
    Rear Admiral G. Dennis Vaughan, USNA (Ret)
    Senior Advisor
Kai Anderson
Co-Chairman

Advocating for a broad range of corporate and non-profit clients, as Co Chairman of Cassidy and Associates Kai Anderson helps build and manage brands and reputations. In addition, he specializes in legislative strategy and balancing the responsible development of natural resources and critical infrastructure with conservation.

Kai Anderson came to Washington a newly minted Ph.D. in geology from Stanford University to serve a one-year Congressional Science Fellowship more than a decade ago. Having grown up in eastern Oregon, Kai was eager to apply his background in natural resources and environmental science to policymaking. In addition to his energy and environment portfolio, Kai handled agricultural, water, gun rights, higher education, Native American, and rural development issues during a six-year tenure with Senator Harry Reid, which culminated in the role of Deputy Chief of Staff.

While originally an unlikely candidate for a congressional staffing position, Kai’s interest in politics and policy, competitive spirit, and pragmatic problem solving skills earned him the respect of his staff colleagues on both sides of the aisle. Kai’s mastery of the legislative process and skill in fostering collaborative relationships both on and off the Hill make him an indispensable resource, capable of working on a wide range policy issues, for his clients.

Leveraging his unique blend of Capitol Hill experience and scientific background, Kai evaluates his clients’ challenges, designs meaningful solutions, and communicates clients’ needs and priorities to policy makers. By distilling the essence of his client’s challenges and focusing on solutions, Kai effectively promotes his client interests. His dogged pursuit of every appropriate legislative and administrative avenue makes his practice particularly successful.

Kai believes that a collaborative, bipartisan approach involving multiple stakeholders allows him to most effectively execute his client’s strategy and leads to better policy.

While a powerful advocate on diverse array of issues, Kai’s passion lies in the energy, climate, environment, and public lands realm. Kai appreciates our nation’s profound energy challenges and opportunities and is active in the responsible development of advanced and renewable energy sources.

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Barry D. Rhoads
Co-Chairman

As Co Chairman of Cassidy and Associates Barry Rhoads leverages his decades of Washington experience to assist clients with legislative and appropriations programs while creating common sense solutions. A native of the farms of Western Pennsylvania, Barry arrived in Washington as an officer in the U.S. Army and tax prosecutor at the U.S. Department of Justice.

Barry is best known for his work with a long list of states and communities facing the daunting threat of military base closure or realignment. After returning from service as a war crimes prosecutor during the first Gulf War, Barry was named Deputy General Counsel to the 1991 Department of Defense Base Realignment and Closure Commission. During this time Barry worked on every aspect of the first round of base closures, with an emphasis on environmental remediation, and was instrumental in the establishment of the Commission and its operating procedures. A regular writer and speaker on the topic of military basing, reuse and development, Barry has received special recognition for his pioneering work in various aspects of defense-related privatization.

In 2001 Barry founded the Rhoads group which grew into a very successful firm. The Rhoads Group focused on defense and homeland security issues, working with public and private sector organizations, colleges and universities seeking to support the defense and security of the United States. In late 2010, Barry accepted a merger offer from Cassidy and Associates, ensuring the continuity of his work with Rhoads Group and greatly expanding the resources available to clients.

Prior to taking the helm of his own firm, Barry was a partner in the Washington law firm of Verner Lipfert where he began his defense practice developing and implementing legislative strategies for a broad range of defense and aerospace contractors, Fortune 500 corporations and high-technology leaders.

Before joining the Base Closure Commission, Barry was a partner at the firm Watt, Tieder & Hoffar, where his practice included government contracts, construction litigation, and defense and security issues. In 1987, during his tenure as a federal prosecutor for the Tax Division of the United States Department of Justice, he was named the Department of Justice Tax Division Outstanding Attorney of the Year.

Barry retired from the United States Army after 22 years of service, holding the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, and holds a BA from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and his JD from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

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Jesse Barba
Associate

Jesse is an Associate at Cassidy and Associates where he helps clients successfully navigate the legislative and regulatory landscape across the federal government. Jesse strives to build strategic relationships for stakeholders and clients so they may secure critical investments and help educate decision makers in Washington.

Jesse recently served as a Legislative Assistant to U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH) where he managed a public policy portfolio that included energy, financial services, transportation and labor issues. He was responsible for monitoring federal policy, interacting with state and local government stakeholders and briefing lawmakers and their staff on Congressional and Administration initiatives and priorities. He also served as the Congresswoman’s liaison to the Congressional Progressive Caucus and Congressional Alaskan Pacific Asian Caucus, and has strong connections to the Congressional Black Caucus. Jesse earlier served a similar role to U.S. Rep. Edolphus Towns (D-NY).

A Native of New York, Jesse earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from American University and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in legislative affairs at The George Washington University.

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Dave Belote
Senior Vice President

Dave is a Senior Vice President at Cassidy and Associates, helping clients successfully navigate issues at the nexus of renewable energy and national defense.  Before joining Cassidy, Dave served as Vice President for Federal Business at Apex Clean Energy where he earned one of the first six small-business awards under the Army Corps of Engineers Multiple Award Task Order Contract for solar energy.

Earlier, Dave was the first Executive Director of the Department of Defense Siting Clearinghouse at the Pentagon, where he built a “one-stop shop” for industry to work with federal, state, and local government agencies to ensure that utility-scale renewable energy and transmission projects were compatible with military operations and installations. Dave developed the process and published the Federal Rule allowing local officials, industry, and military leaders to assess mission compatibility of a wide range of projects. He concluded the first-ever Memorandum of Understanding between DoD and a wind developer, protecting flight paths and radar approaches for flight trainees while simultaneously promoting large-scale economic development; since joining Cassidy, he has successfully negotiated four similar memoranda for developers, facilitating the permitting of nearly 1 gigawatt of wind power while protecting critical military capabilities. For these accomplishments across the public and private sectors, Dave was recognized as a White House Champion of Change: Veterans Advancing Clean Energy and Climate Security.

Dave is a retired Air Force colonel and F-16 pilot who earned two Bronze Stars during Operation Iraqi Freedom and served as commander for Nellis Air Force Base. He is also a five-time Jeopardy! champion.

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Jordan Bernstein
Chief Operating Officer

As the Chief Operating Officer of Cassidy and Associates, Jordan manages the day-to-day operations of the firm while also representing his clients who are as diverse as global brand names to national non-profits, large integrated health systems, universities and trade associations. He specializes in devising and executing comprehensive legislative strategies directed at promoting clients’ specific federal policy and funding objectives in Washington.

Jordan’s exceptional ability to create and grow relationships between the federal government and public and private entities is grounded in his tenure as Chief of Staff to Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson.   In this role, Jordan not only had unique inside-access to the legislative process, but also was an essential participant in the determination of congressional policy and appropriations.  His policy work encompassed healthcare, transportation, homeland security, education, telecommunications, corporate governance, defense, and other front-burner topics.

Jordan provides trusted advice and counsel to many of his clients as their general representative in Washington relying on his keen awareness that client issues don’t fall neatly into a single category and that the best solutions come from having a deep understanding of the entire legislative and political process.

He earned a bachelors degree in Political Science from Michigan State University and an M.A. in Political Management from George Washington University.

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Kevin Binger
Senior Vice President

Kevin is a Senior Vice President at Cassidy and Associates, representing prominent tech and industrial companies and their interests in cybersecurity, privacy, as well as tax and trade. Kevin helps technology innovators build strong relationships in Congress and at federal agencies, impact the policy-making process, and get results. He has a successful track record of executing winning strategies for clients in areas ranging from privacy to pensions to helium supply.

Kevin has 20 years of senior staff experience on Capitol Hill, including his tenure as Chief of Staff to one of the largest committees in the House of Representatives – the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee — where he helped write the law creating the Department of Homeland Security.  While serving on the Committee, he developed an expertise in federal procurement laws and laws directly affecting high-tech companies.

His work on Capitol Hill was recognized by Roll Call newspaper which named him one the 50 Most Influential Staffers in Congress.

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Mark Clack
Senior Vice President

Mark is a Senior Vice President at Cassidy and Associates and has worked for over twenty years on various facets of public policy. Applying his professional experience in the U.S. Congress, in politics, at NGOs and within the private sector, Mark helps clients navigate within the U.S. Congress, the Department of State, the Department of Defense, USAID and other federal decision making bodies.

His experience drafting and advising on legislation and oversight activities has been invaluable to clients from many different corners of the country and world. Mark moved to his current position from KRL International where he conducted issue advocacy, profile-building, outreach, research and analysis on behalf of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, ArcelorMittal London, Liberia, Chevron and numerous others. Prior to joining the private sector, Mark served as a Senior Legislative Assistant for Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) and staffed the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and OSCE. During his tenure he led efforts to create the Prince George’s County Africa Trade Office.

Mark also worked for House Foreign Affairs Committee Ranking Member Sam Gejdenson (D-CT) and served as his Senior Advisor for Africa, sustainable development and public health. Prior to serving on the committee he was Congressional Liaison to the Africa Development Foundation and Congressional Black Caucus staff for Chairman Kweisi Mfume (D-MD). He was the national Field Secretary and Director of Branch and Field services for the NAACP where he was responsible for 1700 youth, college and adult units. He also served as the Deputy Director for Public Campaign, focusing on clean election issues. In addition, Mark was Legislative Director for Kweisi Mfume and staffed the Committee on Small Business and the Committee on Education and Labor. He has also worked on a dozen political campaigns at the local, state and federal levels.

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Donna Jo Denison
Vice President

Donna Jo, a Vice President at Cassidy and Associates, provides clients with expertise on the development and deployment of legislative, regulatory and advocacy strategies. She specializes in food, nutrition and appropriations issues and where these sectors connect with a broad range of policy, budget, and regulatory matters from production, research, health and food safety, to international trade and commerce.

She brings in-depth government relations experience to Cassidy having served for 12 years as a senior policy and political aide in the U.S. Senate advising U.S. Senators Mary Landrieu and J. Bennett Johnston, and uses that background to help her clients successfully navigate the legislative process. Her pragmatic approach to solving multifaceted problems and advancing solutions across party lines has enabled her to develop effective advocacy strategies on behalf of her clients. Her diverse client experience includes advising an agricultural cooperative with $2B in consumer sales, facilitating trade and food safety crisis management for a multinational meat packing company, to working with a large community college system on the advancement of research, food and nutrition programs. Having a broad understanding of the legislative and regulatory process and how political hurdles often interfere, enables her to drive success for her clients.

Prior to her work at Cassidy, she served as Director of Legislative Affairs for United Fresh Produce Association where she led the produce industry’s International Trade Council and served as a member of USDA’s Agriculture Technical Advisory Committee in Fruits and Vegetables.

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Tom Dennis
Executive Vice President

Tom is an Executive Vice President at Cassidy and Associates, representing client interests in energy security, climate change, environmental policy, transmission and renewable energy siting and environmental permitting, alternative vehicles, fuel economy standards, advanced coal commercialization, tax and trade policy.  He has served in leadership positions at the Department of Energy and as a senior executive for two of the nation’s largest investor-owned electric utilities.

Tom has worked on nearly every facet of energy policy, including electric utility policy, regulation and tax matters, transmission and power generation development, and procuring federal financing for landmark energy projects. He has a strong track record helping his clients promote and win government incentives for new energy technologies, the most recent engagements involving the development and deployment of advanced coal and carbon capture and storage technologies.

Tom also represents a major automobile manufacturing company on issues from CAFÉ Standards and climate change to safety regulation and alternative vehicle and fuel technologies and earlier assisted the state of Illinois in the design and execution strategy to secure an historic $1billion in funding for the FutureGen near- zero emissions advanced coal technology facility.

In addition to his work at the Federal level, he is intimately involved in California’s electricity market development and the siting of one of the nation’s largest electric transmission and renewable energy projects that will serve major markets in the Western United States.

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Nicole Di Resta
Senior Vice President

Nicole is a Senior Vice President at Cassidy and Associates, successfully helping clients anticipate, understand, and navigate the policy, budget, and regulatory actions across the federal government while protecting their interests and creating opportunities.

Utilizing her substantial knowledge and experience of Congress and the Executive Branch, Nicole develops comprehensive strategies for clients. She actively pursues legislative and administrative avenues for opportunities and solutions. Nicole advocates for a broad range of corporate and non-profit clients in the National Security area, tailoring unique approaches to promote her client’s interests, raise awareness on issues, and develop results.

She joined Cassidy and Associates after serving 16 years on Capitol Hill, most recently on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense as a Professional Staff Member. Her portfolio for the Defense Subcommittee included the Defense Health Program and all medical research and health information technology; missile procurement for all Services; Marine Corps Procurement; Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Fund; programs and authorities related to security stabilization and operations in the Global War on Terrorism; and military bases and commands in Hawaii and the Pacific Area of Responsibility. She also supported the Hawaii delegation through the 2005 BRAC process, successfully removing Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard from the closure list.

Nicole negotiated key policy provisions with multiple committees and government entities in a bipartisan and bicameral basis. She facilitated working relationships between numerous private sector entities and government officials to foster groundbreaking medical research and technology benefiting service members and their families.

Prior to joining the Defense Subcommittee, Nicole worked as a Professional Staff Member for the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Treasury and General Government. Nicole also served on the personal staffs of Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Congressman Edward Markey (D-MA).

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Susann Edwards
Vice President

Susann is a Vice President at Cassidy and Associates, providing political and policy insight to clients and developing successful economic development strategies for military communities. Her experience in developing successful coalitions and grassroots campaigns have been instrumental to her work as communities and military bases across the nation adapt to the new restricted budget realities in Washington and at the Pentagon.

Susann developed her innovative approach to strategy formulation during her years working on state and national political campaigns. At the Democratic National Committee, she worked with senior Party officials to create strategies, resolve problems and organize high-profile events. She used her creative talents to help manage the Platform Committees at three Democratic Conventions.

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Andrew Forbes
Vice President

Andrew is a Vice President at Cassidy and Associates, where he develops and deploys comprehensive legislative strategies for clients. His in-depth experience on Capitol Hill includes serving on the staff of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, where he worked on the 2005 Highway Bill and aviation policy. More recently, he served as Senior Legislative Assistant to a Florida Congressman where he handled an issue portfolio that included all appropriations, transportation, defense, judiciary and energy issues.

Andrew also served as a policy advisor to the Governor of Florida in the State’s Congressional Liaison Office where he worked closely with Florida’s U.S. Congressional Delegation to ensure that the State’s economic development needs were met at the federal level. In his capacity there, Andrew also served as the State’s primary contact in Washington during the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

Since coming to Cassidy in 2010, Andrew has assisted a multitude of clients in securing beneficial policy provisions and funding in relevant defense and transportation legislation. He has a keen understanding of procedures and relationship dynamics that make Capitol Hill work and uses that understanding to be an effective strategist and tactician.

A native Virginian, Andrew earned a BA in International Relations from Lafayette College in Easton, PA, and is also a graduate of Gonzaga College High School here in the District.

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Kaleb Froehlich
Vice President

Kaleb is a Vice President at Cassidy and Associates, providing clients valuable counsel and innovative solutions in the energy, environmental, and natural resources sectors. Kaleb has significant expertise in the critical issues affecting these areas as well as extensive knowledge of the relevant regulatory processes and players which allows him to effectively assist clients in engaging with and navigating Capitol Hill, various federal agencies, and other important federal and state governmental bodies and personnel. A native of Alaska, Kaleb also has unique experience and background with issues involving public lands, timber, mining, fisheries management, oil and gas, and Alaska Natives affairs.

Prior to joining Cassidy and Associates, Kaleb served for nearly six years as Senior Counsel to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and its ranking member, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska). In that capacity, he was involved in a wide range of issues, including public lands, wildlife management, and environmental regulation. Notably, he helped shape the final versions of the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009, which designated nearly two million acres of wilderness, and the Helium Stewardship Act of 2013, which was designed to avert an historic shortage of helium threatening the medical, technology innovation, and space industries. In addition, Kaleb served as the lead counsel on numerous pieces of Alaska-specific energy and natural resources legislation, which became law.

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Mary Ann Gilleece
Senior Vice President

Mary Ann is a Senior Vice President at Cassidy and Associates, helping clients understand, identify and create strategic solutions across the federal government and the federal procurement system with special attention to the capabilities and needs of the national security agencies.  She has guided manufacturers of major systems as well as smaller end items and component parts and providers of professional and technical services.

Mary Ann has advised Fortune 100 companies and top defense contractors and served in senior positions in both executive and legislative branches.   Clients continue to benefit from Mary Ann’s considerable insight into the Pentagon’s acquisition and manufacturing processes that she gained while serving as Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering.  As Deputy Undersecretary, she served as the principal advisor to the Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering in all matters concerning management and policy for the Department of Defense (DOD) acquisition and manufacturing processes. She also served on the Joint Contract Administration Coordinating Council. Mary Ann directed the effort to make procurement system improvements embodied in Executive Order 12352, on Federal Procurement Reforms. As the DOD member of the OMB Executive Committee on Procurement Reforms, she recommended acquisition changes necessary to upgrade the government contract process.

She is an Honorary Lifetime Member of Women in Defense and of National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA). She serves on the NDIA Washington Chapter Board of Directors. She is Chairman of the Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program which was created by Congress in 1992.

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Michelle Greene
Senior Vice President

Michelle is a Senior Vice President at Cassidy and Associates and a recognized military healthcare professional with more than 20 years of leadership experience in the U.S. Army. Clients benefit from both her operational experience in the Army and the Military Health System as well as her legislative expertise gained while serving as the Chief of Congressional Affairs in the U.S. Army’s Office of the Surgeon General and an Army Budget Congressional Liaison.

As the principal advisor to the Army Surgeon General on all congressional and legislative matters, she formulated the Surgeon General’s position on legislative issues and developed the congressional engagement strategy for all senior leaders of the Army Medical Department. As an Army Budget Congressional Liaison to the U.S. House and Senate Appropriations Committees she served as a conduit and advisor for the Army leadership and the Congressional Appropriations Committees on topics including Army Healthcare, Medical Research and Development, Medical Procurement, Chemical Demilitarization, Military Construction and Chemical and Biological Defense.

Michelle is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and holds a Master’s degree in Health Evaluation Sciences from the University of Virginia and a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from the University of Massachusetts.

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Amelia F. Jenkins
Senior Vice President

Amelia is a Senior Vice President at Cassidy and Associates where clients rely on her in depth experience on Capitol Hill working on every facet of natural resource policy from western water issues to tribal matters to forest management.

Amelia joined Cassidy in May after serving as Deputy Staff Director and Senior Policy Advisor to the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources since 2011. Amelia served as chief policy advisor and strategist to then U.S. Rep. and now U.S. Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA), U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and its current Ranking Member U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) on legislative matters involving the management of 600 million acres of federal land, domestic energy production, tribal matters, territories and insular areas, wildlife, and western water. She was also the primary policy contact with House leadership, White House Legislative Affairs, Council on Environmental Quality, in addition to Departments under the committee’s jurisdiction.

Prior to the committee, Amelia was Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs at the Department of Energy where she served as the top assistant to the Assistant Secretary and directly managed and oversaw the Department’s interaction with Members of the House of Representatives and all local, state, and tribal governments.

Her tenure in Washington has also included serving as Senior Advisor and Subcommittee Staff Director to the House Committee on Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water and Power; Director of Coalition Development for the Western Governors’ Association; Senior Legislative Staff for the House Committee on Resources; Legislative Director for U.S. Rep. George Miller (D-CA); and Legislative Aide to Congressman DeFazio.

Amelia earned a master’s degree in Environmental Science and Forest Economics from the University of Idaho and a bachelor’s degree in Business and Economics from Weber State University.

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Arthur Mason
Executive Vice President

Arthur is an Executive Vice President at Cassidy and Associates and is well known for his extensive network of relationships throughout high levels of government, politics, business and non-profits. He works with clients to advance their objectives by providing the strategic advice and connections needed to position their issues for success. Over his career at Cassidy & Associates, he has served a wide variety of clients including corporate giants, entrepreneurial start-ups, name brand retail products, large healthcare systems, and premier educational institutions.

A popular and entertaining speaker, Arthur is frequently asked to address organizations on “What’s Happening in Washington.” The diversity of his experience and expertise provides a unique viewpoint that cuts to the core of legislative and political issues. He has served as a guest lecturer on contemporary politics at American University. He has moderated panels for the intelligence community and authored an article on the landscape of challenges facing Congress during an election year.

A native of Brookline, Massachusetts, Arthur was a member of the United States Army and served in the infantry as a first lieutenant and captain in Vietnam. While a company commander, he was awarded the Silver Star for Gallantry in Action, the Bronze Star, three Air Medals, a Valorous Unit Citation, and numerous other declarations.

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Steven McKnight
Senior Vice President

Steven is a Senior Vice President at Cassidy and Associates and a veteran trial attorney who brings his substantial legal and policy background to the table in support of a variety of clients in the financial, business, and defense arenas.

Steven began his legal career handling a broad range of sophisticated corporate and financial litigation matters while in private practice. Among his areas of expertise were intellectual property litigation and transactions, later leading to his serving as chair of the local bar committee on intellectual property and invitations to lecture at seminars on related topics.

In 1987 Steven joined the U.S. Justice Department and served as a prosecutor specializing in tax fraud and financial crimes. Steven continued to specialize in financial crimes after being appointed as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee. During this tenure he also handled large-scale civil and criminal forfeiture matters as well as bankruptcy and other civil cases for two divisions of the district.

Joining forces with his colleague at the Department of Justice, Barry Rhoads, Steven turned his skills towards legal and public policy work on economic and defense matters, handling defense-related privatization and development issues, including representation of communities on base closure matters.

During his service as the firm’s senior legal advisor, Steven has broadened the scope of the public policy expertise at Cassidy while focusing on policy reform advocacy and representation of clients in Executive and Legislative Branch settings.

A native of Tennessee, Steven is a summa cum laude graduate of Vanderbilt University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts from the School of Arts and Science, and his J.D. degree from the School of Law, where he was a member of the Vanderbilt Law Review.

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Terry Paul, BG, USMC (Ret)
Executive Vice President

In a town where defense and security of the homeland are at the top of the agenda, Terry stands out as leader in the consulting industry as he serves as an Executive Vice President at Cassidy and Associates. A remarkable military career combined with intimate familiarity of the legislative process, Terry brings extraordinary value to the firm’s clients.

During his military career as an infantry officer, he served in various command and staff positions at virtually every echelon from platoon through division. He was co-founder of the renowned Marine’s Infantry Officers School and a distinguished graduate of the Marine Corps University Command and Staff College in Quantico, VA.

General Paul is best known in Washington for his experience as the Marine Corps liaison officer in the U.S. Senate, a post he held from 1988 until his promotion in 1998 to the position of Director of Legislative Affairs for the Marine Corps. In that capacity, he affected coordination between both houses of Congress and the Marine Corps.

The gains to the Marines’ defense funding was unprecedented during his tenure. His world travels with senior legislators provided opportunity for mentoring and allowed a forum for presenting candid advice on military matters. In recognition of his success on Capitol Hill, Terry was presented the nation’s highest peacetime award, the Distinguished Service Medal, upon departure from the Corps.

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Vernon Simmons
Vice President

Vern is a Vice President at Cassidy and Associates and specializes in working on behalf of defense policy and procurement stakeholders to help them secure federal funding and promote their issue-specific needs in Washington. He brings U.S. Department of Defense budget, acquisition, and resource management expertise to bear on behalf of Cassidy & Associates’ clients. Combined with his organizational, financial, and strategic planning capabilities, Vern is an excellent asset to our clients.

He came to Cassidy and Associates following a distinguished military career where he served in a variety of leadership and financial positions across all levels of the U.S. Air Force. In his most recent assignment, he served as Deputy Chief of the U.S. Air Force Budget and Appropriations Liaison Division where he worked with Members and staff of the House and Senate Appropriations and Budget Committees in order to promote the legislative priorities of the Secretary of the Air Force and Chief of Staff of the Air Force. In this role, his primary responsibility was to garner support for the $117 billion Air Force budget called for in the President’s Budget. Vern also held the position of Assistant for Congressional issues in the U.S. Air Force, Budget and Appropriations Liaison Division with responsibilities for science and technology, medical, and information technology issues.

Formerly, he served for two years as the Budget Director of the Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, where he was responsible for a budget of $26 billion in appropriated funding which supported 85,000 personnel at 10 major installments.

Earlier in his career, Vern held other notable positions including Commander of a 50-person Air Force Comptroller Squadron at Seymour Air Force Base, North Carolina; U.S. Air Force Budget Analyst at the Pentagon; and several other prestigious positions. He attained Top Security Clearance during his tenure with the Air Force.

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Barbara Sutton
Executive Vice President

Barbara is an Executive Vice President at Cassidy and Associates with over 30 years of combined experience working both in the federal government and in federal government relations. She navigates the intricacies of Congress and across federal agencies, effectively leveraging this experience on behalf of many of the firm’s largest and longest standing clients by successfully identifying creative opportunities and solving problems.

For more than 25 years, Barbara has advised corporate CEOs, university and college presidents, hospital executives, municipalities and leaders of non-profit entities on the implications of federal legislation and related regulatory policy.  She is a firm believer that in order to be an effective lobbyist, one must fully understand the intersection of policy and politics as it relates to a client’s challenge or its strategic planning goals.

Barbara’s accomplishments are grounded in the kind of first-hand experience that comes only from working at the highest level of Congress where she served on the Leadership Staff of former Speaker of the House, Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill, Jr. until 1987 when she joined Cassidy & Associates.  Her frequent interaction with nearly every office in the House of Representatives, Senate, the White House and the executive branch agencies has provided her with access to an extensive bipartisan political and legislative network in Washington which she maintains to this day.

A lifelong Red Sox fan, Barbara is a native of Boston and received her B.A. from Trinity College in Washington, DC.

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Janie Wise
Vice President

Janie is a Vice President at Cassidy and Associates, helping clients successfully navigate policies and regulations at the nexus of energy, climate and national security. Janie earlier served as a Congressional Affairs Liaison for the Department of Energy where she was responsible for monitoring federal energy policy, interacting with state and local government stakeholders and briefing lawmakers and their staff on DOE initiatives and priorities. Prior to the DOE, Janie served on the staff of the House Committee on Science and Technology under Chairman Bart Gordon (D-TN) and Subcommittee Chairman Brian Baird (D-WA), where she focused on federal authorizations for on energy and environment research, development and demonstration.

A native of Knoxville, Tennessee, Ms. Wise is a graduate of The University of the South, Magna Cum Laude. She holds a Masters of Science in Engineering Management and Systems Engineering from The George Washington University.

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Christopher Cole, Rear Admiral, USN (Ret)
Senior Advisor

Using the breadth of experience gained from his career in the Navy and private sector, Rear Admiral Christopher Cole, U.S. Navy (Retired) strengthens the Cassidy and Associates’ Defense Practice in helping our clients build business with the Navy.

During his military career as an aviator, Rear Admiral Cole served in various flying and staff positions, ultimately commanding two aircraft squadrons and two amphibious ships. He graduated from the Naval War College, was a member of the Secretary of Defense Strategic Study Group, and attended the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

As a Flag Officer, Rear Admiral Cole served as the Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Korea in Seoul, Republic of Korea; Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic in Norfolk, Virginia; and Director, Ashore Readiness Division (N46) in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations in Washington, D.C., leading the Navy in the formation of consolidated Navy installation management and preparations for Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) 2005.

Since his retirement from active service in January 2004 Rear Admiral Cole has been a highly successful consultant to the Defense Industry in national security, energy strategy, environmental protection, BRAC, military construction, and installation management. He also serves on boards of several non-profit organizations, including Navy Wounded Warrior Safe Harbor Foundation, the Military Bowl, and the Professional Housing Management Association.

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Hon. James K. Coyne
Senior Advisor

Former Congressman Coyne comes to Cassidy and Associates after eighteen years with the National Air Transportation Association (NATA). His tenure there covered a period of great growth and challenge for the aviation industry. Aviation interests operate in one of the most regulated sectors in the country and need an especially strong voice to make sure their public policy interests are protected. The association represents aviation businesses at over one-thousand U.S. airports and has worked to promote all forms of civil aviation for nearly seventy years.

Prior to taking the helm of NATA, Coyne was a Member of the House of Representatives, business man, and Reagan political appointee. After running a successful chemical and industrial materials firm for nearly a decade, Coyne was elected to represent the 8th District of Pennsylvania. While in Congress, Mr. Coyne was deeply engaged in issues pertaining to banking, energy, technology, trade and fiscal policy.

Upon leaving Capitol Hill Coyne took a position in the Reagan White House, serving as Special Assistant to the President and directing the Office of Private Sector Initiatives.

Since leaving the public sector Mr. Coyne has led a number of trade associations and advocacy groups. This included serving as President of the American Consulting Engineers Council, American Tort Reform Association, and Americans to Limit Congressional Terms. Through his successful leadership of these organizations, Mr. Coyne has worked on a broad swathe of public policy issues at the state and federal level.

Coyne holds degrees from Yale University and Harvard Business School. He has also served on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.

 

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Gregg Hartley
Senior Advisor

“Gregg Hartley was one of the most savvy chiefs of staff to a leadership member that I’ve known in 30 years,” stated a prominent Washington lobbyist shortly after Mr. Hartley moved to the private sector. He has been repeatedly ranked as one of the “Top Hired Guns,” a list of select professionals published by The Hill.

Gregg Hartley provides his clients with a connection to a broad number of key Republicans in both the U.S. House and Senate. Mr. Hartley was the senior staffer and advisor for eighteen years to U.S. House of Representative Roy Blunt (R-MO), the former Republican Whip, and his expertise provides clients with a competitive advantage. As Chief of Staff to the Whip, he was part of the leadership staff who worked for the then Speaker, Majority Leader, Conference Chair, and seven other leadership offices. From the Republican Whip Office, Hartley directed coalition efforts, working with outside groups in “grow the vote” activities.

Mr. Hartley’s many relationships are enhanced by his political insights and ability to develop effective legislative and public affairs strategies. From 2003 to 2014 he served as Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer of Cassidy and Associates, directing the efforts of thirty-five government affairs professionals and overseeing the professional services rendered to the firm’s almost 100 clients. He directed the firm’s Communications and Media Practice, and has led teams serving commerce, transportation and financial services clients, including clients such as The Walt Disney Company, AT&T, Eagle Picher, Emerson Electric/Liebert Power, American Airlines, One Laptop per Child and The Doe Run Company. He was highly involved in representing the firm’s international and foreign affairs clients including the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Equatorial Guinea, and a range of clients in Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Russia.

Mr. Hartley holds a degree in Economics and Urban/Regional Planning. He studied emerging country economics under Robert S. Hardie, the economist responsible for land reform in Post-War Japan and U.S.-led efforts in the Philippines. Mr. Hartley has also studied public administration, planning and business at the graduate level.

Mr. Hartley worked in then-Governor John Ashcroft’s Administration, as Blunt’s senior political aide in the Missouri Office of the Secretary of State, and in the first term of the Reagan Administration for a quasi-public agency, the Legal Services Corporation, as Director of Field Services. He also has worked in the banking, mortgage and securities sectors for local and national institutions. Early in his career, he led programs for Legal Aid of Southwest Missouri and Southwest Missouri Office on Aging.

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The Honorable Gary J. Krump, LTC, USAR (Ret)
Senior Advisor

Judge Gary J. Krump, is a Senior Advisor at Cassidy and Associates, and is one of Washington’s leading experts in federal contracting and federal market development. Judge Krump works with clients to build or expand their federal customer base, navigate the complex world of federal contracting and mitigate problems which may arise in serving the federal customer.

Prior to joining the firm, Judge Krump served as the Chairman & Chief Judge of the Department of Veterans Affairs Board of Contract Appeals. As Chairman, Judge Krump was responsible for ensuring the fair and timely disposition of disputes involving construction, supply and service contract challenges on a wide variety of cases where VA or other federal agencies were claimants.

From 1992 until 2003, Judge Krump also served as a member of the Procurement Executives’ Council (Chief Acquisition Officers’ Council), including serving two terms as Vice-Chairman of the council, and Chair of the Executive Committee. The council is comprised of all senior procurement officials from across the entire federal arena. In 1993 President Clinton appointed Judge Krump to the President’s Committee For Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled, where he served until his retirement from federal service, including serving two terms as Chairman of the group.

Prior to his appointment to the bench, Gary served in a variety of senior roles in the Department of Veterans Affairs, including serving as the VA’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Materiel Management. As Deputy Assistant Secretary of one of the largest acquisition and materiel management programs in the federal government, he directed and set policy in support of all VA facilities, as well as other government agencies and managed the VA’s Office of Acquisition and Material Management, the VA’s National Acquisition Operations Service in Washington, DC, the National Acquisition Center at Hines, Ill., and the Denver Distribution Center.

A career member of the Senior Executive Service, Gary served in many other capacities within the Department, including Acting Assistant Secretary for Acquisitions and Facilities, Director of the Office of Real Property Management, Director of Acquisition Management Service, and as Deputy Assistant General Counsel. The judge is also a frequent speaker and writer on a variety of topics related to federal procurement policy.

Gary began his federal career in 1972 as an attorney in the U.S. Army, serving as a Judge Advocate Officer and later a senior staff attorney.

A native of North Dakota, Gary holds a B.A. from North Dakota State University, an M.B.A. from Southern Illinois University, and a J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School. He is also a graduate of the US Army Command and General Staff College, the Federal Executive Institute, Leadership VA, and the Senior Managers in Government Program at Harvard University. Gary and his wife Mary Kay have two sons.

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Rebecca Lambe
Senior Advisor

A seasoned veteran of state and federal policy initiatives and Democratic campaigns, Rebecca Lambe is one of the nation’s top political strategists. After graduating from one of the nation’s leading Journalism schools, Lambe applied her training to political campaigns in 1992, a decision that led to two decades of developing and executing winning electoral strategies for candidates and clients. Lambe’s mastery of the political process, tenacity and keen understanding of what drives political decision-making has been invaluable in both the arena of political campaigns and policy initiatives.

Most recently, Lambe was a founding board member of Project New West, an organization committed to developing research and successful message and electoral strategies for progressives in the West and is a founder and top strategist to Majority PAC, the Democratic SuperPAC instrumental to holding the Senate Democratic majority in 2012. Lambe also served as Majority Leader Harry Reid’s chief political strategist and has been widely credited as the architect of his stunning re-election comeback in 2010. In 2011, she was awarded campaign manager of the year by the prestigious American Association of Political Consultants. New Yorker Magazine called Lambe Reid’s “secret weapon.”

Recruited to Nevada in 2003, Lambe was tasked with rebuilding the Democratic Party’s campaign apparatus in Nevada. Under her leadership, the Party made steady gains through the 2006 cycle. In 2006, Lambe led the effort to secure the first-ever early Western presidential caucuses in Nevada, which resulted in massive Democratic voter registration gains and a near Democratic sweep in 2008.

Lambe’s commitment to the West includes efforts to both harness and protect its natural resources. Lambe founded the Clean Energy Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting a clean energy economy nationally, in Nevada and throughout the West. CEP has helped establish a dialog and create the environment necessary for the development of a clean energy and transmission in Nevada. The Clean Energy Project has helped to facilitate the widely attended and publicized National Clean Energy Summits in partnership with the Center for American Progress and Senator Harry Reid.

Prior to her work in Nevada, Lambe served as Deputy Chief of Staff to the late Gov. Mel Carnahan (D-MO) and played a key role in his historic campaign for the US Senate. Lambe also served as State Director and campaign manager for Senator Jean Carnahan (D-MO). During her time in Missouri, Lambe worked for numerous elected officials and candidates. In 1996, Lambe worked as a researcher for Farinella & Associates, a national campaign research firm and later for Philadelphia-based Shorr & Associates.

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James H. Lofton
Senior Advisor

James works extensively with defense, aerospace, high-tech firms, colleges, universities, and non-profit organizations on a broad range of federal appropriations and legislative issues. His knowledge of the legislative and appropriations process and relationships gained from more than 28 years on Capitol Hill provides clients with innovative approaches to the achieving their government relations objectives.

James assists university and industry clients in developing partnerships that leverage their unique capabilities to obtain federal funding for research and related infrastructure in support of state and local economic development priorities. He is currently developing strategies with several of these clients to introduce and match their innovative technologies and research capabilities to changing federal budget priorities including renewable energy and homeland security. He is proactively helping clients adapt to the new federal budget challenges and potential changes in rules and guidance for the Congressional Appropriations process and is focused on helping clients develop relationships with potential agency sponsors and the key members of Congress and staff.

Earlier in his career, James served as Legislative Director for Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS) where he coordinated the Senator’s legislative and appropriations agendas and served as principal advisor on defense, transportation, energy, water resources, economic development, and the federal budget. His experiences serving as Staff Director for two Senate Subcommittees and understanding of the Committee process is especially useful to several clients in obtaining language in authorization, appropriations bills and committee reports to support policy and funding goals.

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Rear Admiral G. Dennis Vaughan, USNA (Ret)
Senior Advisor

The critical importance of defense and homeland security permeates almost every corner of the government today, and Rear Admiral G. Dennis Vaughan (Retired) serves as an invaluable link between the military, defense, and intelligence communities, and Cassidy and Associates clients. His military career is exemplary, and combined with his private sector corporate experience, Rear Admiral Vaughan has the resources, expertise, and business savvy to successfully engage leaders in Congress and the federal agencies on behalf of our clients.

Rear Admiral Vaughan spent his last five years of active duty in the U.S. Navy in senior level positions at the Pentagon, and prior to that, worked for many years in corporate leadership roles. His unique combination of high-level military and corporate expertise makes him exceptionally qualified to understand and assist industry leaders in developing and strengthening their relationships within the federal government in order to meet their specific legislative and regulatory goals.

As an Admiral in the Navy, Vaughan served as Program Executive Officer (PEO) for Navy’s Mine Warfare; Chief of Naval Reserve; Deputy Commander of Military Sealift Command Pacific and Far East; and, Commander of Naval Inshore Undersea Warfare Group ONE, in addition to other assignments. In all, Rear Admiral Vaughan has had 13 commands including Command at Sea and Command Ashore, and has served in critical operations in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Croatia, Haiti, and Vietnam. In his private sector work, he was President and Founder of Puget Sound Boat Works; President of TRA Real Estate Division; and Program Manager of major defense and aerospace programs.

Admiral Vaughan began his naval career as an NROTC engineering student at Oregon State University, and later graduated with a degree in Marine Science from the U.S. Naval Academy, continuing his studies at Seattle University to earn his M.B.A. He also has attended Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, the Armed Forces Staff College, the Naval War College, and the Army War College. Rear Admiral Vaughan testified frequently before Congress while in the Navy, and has been a featured speaker and columnist on management and leadership.

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