The 2009 Rising Stars

These 28 innovators who help keep government on the front line of IT

As government works to keep pace in an increasingly interconnected, online world, agencies need the innovative thinking, energy and commitment of a new generation of information technology leaders. The 2009 Rising Stars are among those who meet that need — 27 innovators in government and industry whose work is making a difference. The Rising Stars awards are a joint program by the 1105 Government Information Group, including GCN, Federal Computer Week and Washington Technology. For more on this year’s winners, go to http://fcw.com/pages/2009-rising-star.aspx.

Maj. Donald Samuel Abbott-McCune
Army, United States Military Academy

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Public Health Informatician
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Christina Bapst
Program Manager
Homeland Security Department

Kristine Beck
Web Team Lead, Military Health System

Maj. Heather W. Blackwell
Legislative Fellow to E. Benjamin Nelson, U.S. Senator
Air Force

Alma Cole
Branch Lead Focused Operations, Office of Information and Technology
U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Louis Carrion
Multi-Functional Professional
General Dynamics Information Technology

John Collier
Systems Engineer
Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corp.

Don Gunnell
Lead Project Engineer

Jeremy Ryan Hiers
Assistant Product Manager, Enterprise

Anthony Hoang
Principal Information Architect
Homeland Security Department

Dr. Marwan M. Jamal
Associate Professor and Acting Chief Technology Officer
Information Resources Management College, National Defense University

Goldy Kamali
Founder and President

Lt. Joseph John Kattar
Air Force

Jason Khan
Chief Technology Officer and Director of Business Development
Touchstone Consulting Group

Zhenia Klevitsky
Senior Director of Corporate Development
SE Solutions

Robert Lech
Division Director

Ephraim S. Lo
Senior Systems Engineer

Elizabeth (Beth) Sherry Maloney
Managing Director
Palladian Partners

Vanessa Leigh Manchester
CONNECT Program Manager
Iris Partners

Ryan McCullough

Mary Beth Murphy
Program Director, HSPD-12
Internal Revenue Service

Steven (Steve) Posnack
Policy Analyst
Health and Human Services Department

Richard J. Renomeron
Senior Engineer
Turner Consulting Group

Joseph Arthur Rhodes
Log Automation Officer
Army Department

Harold R. Schliesske
Deputy Product Director
Army Department

Emily Scott

Genen Soo Hoo
Certified Application Developer Level II
New York Police Department


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