Kathleen McCollum
President & Chief Executive Officer
University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center

Ms. McCollum serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center (UM BWMC), a member of the University of Maryland Medical System. She started her career at the University of Maryland Medical Center in strategic planning. She then joined UM BWMC as Vice President and Executive Director of the Tate Cancer Center, an affiliate of the UM Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center. She was promoted to Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President for Clinical Integration, with oversight for operations, nursing, local HR and strategic planning.

Ms. McCollum holds a bachelor’s degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Health Science degree in Health Finance and Management from Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health. A resident of Anne Arundel County, Ms. McCollum is active in the community, having served on boards or volunteered for several community organizations, including Hospice of the Chesapeake, Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation, BWI Business Partnership and Anne Arundel County Public Schools.

Wendy Noble
Deputy Director
National Security Agency

Ms. Wendy Noble serves as the Deputy Director and senior civilian leader of the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA). In this capacity, she acts as NSA’s chief operating officer, overseeing strategy execution, establishing policy, guiding operations, and managing the senior civilian leadership. As an agency deputy in the U.S. national security system, Ms. Noble supports the U.S. defense and intelligence enterprise by informing national security policies, and positions NSA as an integrated mission partner to enable U.S. decision advantage and security against foreign threats.

She began her NSA career in 1987 as a cryptologic linguist. Throughout her tenure, Ms. Noble has served in numerous analytic, technical, and leadership roles spanning target and language analysis, strategy development, joint collection programs, and liaison operations, serving at both NSA Headquarters and various overseas locations.

Ms. Noble is certified as a Collection Officer and has completed several Joint Duty Assignments. A graduate of the University of Maryland (B.S., Spanish Literature/Political Science), she has successfully completed multiple language immersion programs, to include the Russian Language Program at the Defense Language Institute, the NSA Arabic Language Program, and the French Language Program at the Institut de Français, Villefranche-sur-Mer France.

Ms. Noble is the recipient of three National Intelligence Meritorious Unit Citations, two Joint Meritorious Unit Awards, the Tordella Award, NSA’s Exceptional Civilian Service Award, a Meritorious Executive Presidential Rank Award, and the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal.

Valerie Sheares Ashby
President
University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Valerie Sheares Ashby began as the sixth president of UMBC on August 1, 2022. The first woman to serve in this role, she also holds a faculty appointment in UMBC’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Sheares Ashby joined UMBC from Duke University, where she had served since 2015 as dean of the Trinity College of Arts & Sciences. As dean, she led the development and implementation of strategic plans that resulted in significant new investments in faculty recruitment and development, philanthropy, and student engagement, and a realignment of operations that enhanced services and created operational efficiencies. Throughout, she consistently advanced diversity, equity, and inclusion as imperative to excellence in both teaching and research.

Prior to her tenure at Duke, Sheares Ashby chaired the chemistry department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) from 2012 to 2015. As a faculty member at UNC since 2003, she held numerous leadership positions and had experience at all levels of academic administration. She served on UNC’s Arts & Sciences Foundation Board of Directors and Research Advisory Council and chaired the university’s Institutional Conflict of Interest Committee and the College of Arts & Sciences Faculty Diversity Task Force. She engaged in all aspects of the undergraduate educational experience as director of undergraduate studies in the chemistry department, and she directed the UNC National Science Foundation Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate. Sheares Ashby was instrumental in UNC’s collaboration with UMBC to launch the Chancellor’s Science Scholars Program, which was among the earliest replication pilots by a research university of the Meyerhoff Scholars Program.

She began her academic career in 1996 as an assistant professor at Iowa State University and was promoted to associate professor in 2002. At Iowa State, Sheares Ashby served as a mentor for the Iowa State University Program for Women in Science & Engineering, a summer research program for undergraduate and high school students.

As a researcher, Sheares Ashby has focused on synthetic polymer chemistry, with an emphasis on designing and synthesizing materials for biomedical applications such as X-ray contrast agents and drug delivery materials. She is the recipient of the National Science Foundation Career Development Award, DuPont Young Faculty Award, and 3M Young Faculty Award, as well as numerous teaching and service awards, including the UNC Chapel Hill General Alumni Association Faculty Service Award and the Bowman and Gordon Gray Distinguished Term Professorship for excellence in undergraduate teaching and research. In 2022, Women of Color Magazine named Sheares Ashby its Technologist of the Year.

She received her B.A. and Ph.D. degrees in chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed postdoctoral research at Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz in Germany as a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow and NATO Postdoctoral Fellow.

Roxanne Wood
Moderator
Chief Executive Officer & President
Boeing Intelligence & Analytics

Roxanne Wood is Chief Executive Officer and President, Boeing Intelligence and Analytics (BI&A) In this position, Wood leads program management, business strategy, technological integration, campaign strategy, customer engagement, and production of intelligence solutions.
Roxanne is also Senior Director of the Ground Systems and Intelligence (GS&I) Organization, The Boeing Company. In this position, Wood leads Boeing’sSpace Mission System’s integrated Ground Systems business.

Wood has more than 25 years of experience in technology, strategy and business development across the U.S. Department of Defense and intelligence community with emphasis on Cyber, SIGINT and analytic operations. Prior to her current role as CEO, she held BI&A’s COO position, overseeing and implementing business operations, strategies and policies.

In addition, Wood was BI&A’s director of strategic capture, providing strategies for growth within the MPO market segment, as well as adjacencies such as USCYBERCOM, DIA and other intelligence agencies and has experience in delivering profitable revenue results, building organization talent, market expansion, and developing new product strategies.

Wood holds a Master of Science in Technology Management from University of Maryland, University College and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with a minor in mathematics from Towson State University. Additionally, she holds a PMP certification.