Visiting Committee

The Norwich University Board of Fellows is an all-volunteer organization that operates as an arm of Academic Affairs. It is a proactive organization with an abiding passion for Norwich. Members have successful careers in areas related to the College of Liberal Arts (COLA) and its mission is to enhance the academic reputation of Norwich by:

  • improving the student academic experience.
  • attracting higher quality students to Norwich.
  • preparing, in a real world context, students for their chosen vocation.
  • helping COLA retain its students.
  • providing student/faculty access to alums and their professional contacts; the “Norwich Network.”

The board works in partnership with the COLA dean (and respective faculty) and university management to develop programs/initiatives specific to the COLA that benefits the students, faculty, and staff such as supporting the annual Crime Scene Investigation Symposium (CSI), the Spring Todd Lecture Series, Expert Voices, mentoring students and assisting with internships and job opportunities for graduates.

The Visiting Committee meets in person on campus twice a year with many scheduled conference calls during the year. Many Fellows visit the campus regularly to strengthen their relationships with university management and to interact with students in the classroom.

Charles “Chuck” Nettleship IV ’85, M’03

Charles Nettleship IV

LTC (USAR, Retired) Chuck Nettleship works for KeyLogic Systems. Inc. as Director of Business Development-National Security Programs. He served as Senior Manager-Homeland Security for Raytheon developing business solutions for international maritime, border and critical infrastructure protection programs; Associate with Booz Allen Hamilton managing Marine Corps continuity of operations and whole of government interagency solutions and business management positions within the electronic asset disposition/recycling and American Iron and Steel/Steel Recycling Institute.

Chuck has vast experience with interagency operational/counterterrorism planning and Foreign Consequence Management at US European Command (USEUCOM) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS). He was an operational planning officer for Turkey and Black Sea Region at the Office of Defense Cooperation-Ankara, J35 US European Command (USEUCOM) and J9 Interagency Partnering Directorate J9-IRD). He supported Iraq Survey Group at Camp Slayer, Iraq leading counterterrorism missions related to document and media exploitation (DOMEX) and DOMEX training for the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). Chuck served with the 94th RSC, 78th DIV Field Exercise Brigade, and 80th DIV (Engineer Team Chief, Battalion XO), and platoon leader/XO 317th Engineer Battalion (Combat Mechanized), 130th Engineer Brigade in Germany.

Chuck retired as a Lieutenant Colonel from the US Army Reserves in June 2013 at Devens, MA supporting US European Command (USEUCOM) as Branch Chief for the ECJ9-IRD with over 28 years active and reserve duty and numerous deployments to the Middle-East and Europe. Chuck received both his MBA (2003) and BA (1985, Corps of Cadets) from Norwich University. Chuck resides with his wife Andrea (Vermont College ’84) and family (Chad, Molly and Emma) in Bedford, NH.

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Anthony “Tony” Johnson ’94

Anthony JohnsonAnthony (Tony) Johnson is a U.S. Navy veteran with over 20 years of experience as a leader and manager in private industry and government. He is a U.S. foreign policy and national security researcher, whose academic interests and experience includes the intersection of religion and identity-based conflict, and contemporary U.S. foreign and national security policy. Tony also works on issues of inclusion, civil rights, and social justice.

In 2011, Tony was hand-picked by the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Combating Terrorism to serve as the Advisor for Special Operations and Irregular Warfare. He served in this post at the Pentagon through 2013. He currently holds a national security research position at the Institute for Defense Analyses where his work is focused on US military strategy, concept and doctrine development; interagency and regional security policy assessments; operational analyses of joint military systems for war-fighting; red teaming, and experimentation.

Tony began his career as a Cryptology/Information Warfare Officer in the United States Navy. Following his naval service, he worked in private industry as a management strategy consultant on large-scale technology systems-integration efforts, corporate leadership development and organizational design programs. Tony has also led cross-functional strategy consulting teams that provided mission-critical business intelligence and research services to a diverse range of government agencies and private companies.

Tony is a proud Zoobie, former Regimental Bugler, and Distinguished Naval Graduate of Norwich University (’94). He is a member of DoD’s Force of the Future panel, a Senior Security Fellow with the Truman National Security Project, a 2012 Aspen Institute Ideas Festival Scholar, as well as the founder and Co-Director of the TruDiversity Initiative, a nationwide campaign focused on broadening engagement with America’s underrepresented minority communities on issues of U.S. foreign and national security policy.

Tony lives in Washington, D.C. with his husband Juan and their dog, Tiger.

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Winfield Adkins ’96

Adkins Winfield

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Bob Carroll ’97

Bob CarrollBob Carroll is Partner and Head Trader responsible for all trading activity at Smith Cove Capital.  Smith Cove Capital is a global hedge fund based in Greenwich, CT.

Prior to Smith Cove Capital, Bob joined Perry Capital in 2006 as a credit trader and became Managing Director in 2010, and Head of Trading in 2013. He was responsible for managing four traders globally and for all trading activities in North and South America, Europe and Asia. As a trader, Bob covered all asset classes with a broad and flexible investment mandate. He was also responsible for pricing the portfolio and identifying legal, tax and accounting issues and closely involved with the mentoring and development of employees across the firm. Prior to joining Perry Capital, Bob was a trader at Litespeed Partners, a Manhattan, NY based event driven hedge fund. He joined Litespeed in 2002 as the fourth employee, and was actively involved with the overall strategy of the firm until 2006. He began his career at Imperial Capital where he held various roles, including junior trader, until 2002.

Bob earned a BA in Communications from Norwich University – The Military College of Vermont – in 1997.

In addition, Bob served on the Board of Directors for Brian R. Bill NU ’01 and Walter N. Levy NU ’63 Memorial Golf Tournaments.  He currently resides in Riverside, CT with his wife Samantha of 12 years.  He has two sons – Jack and Justin.

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John DiFederico ’92

Potriat of John DiFedericoJohn DiFederico is a Captain with the New Canaan Police Department (CT) with over 25 years of experience in law enforcement. He currently serves as Captain of Operations and is second in command of the Police Department, having responsibility for creating and overseeing operational plans for criminal investigations, youth services, patrol, traffic enforcement and animal control.

Prior to serving as Captain of Operations John served as Captain of Staff Services, Investigations Sergeant, Training and Recruitment Sergeant as well as various patrol duties. He is a certified instructor in firearms, and has advanced training in cell phone and computer forensics, fraud investigations and traffic crash reconstruction.

John is currently attending the University of New Haven pursuing his Master’s degree in Public Administration. He is also an adjunct instructor for the Penn State Justice and Safety Institute.

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Dave Forbes ’93

Dave ForbesDave Forbes, a Booz Allen Hamilton Director, has over 22 years of experience in defense-related operations and consulting. He is a key leader within Booz Allen’s Analytics Functional Community and leads service offerings around advanced analytics, portfolio management, infrastructure, and innovation.

Dave leads Booz Allen’s Navy and Marine Corps Infrastructure and Environment business, supporting clients in the National Capital Region, as well as across geographies in the continental United States and the Asia Pacific.
While at Booz Allen, Dave has led teams supporting key initiatives such as the Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR), Maritime Domain Awareness, Navy Strategic Planning Process, Marine Corps Expeditionary Energy, and Marine Corps Expeditionary Force Development.

Dave joined Booz Allen in June 2004 after 11 years of service in the United States Army. He served in command or staff positions at the company through division-level, culminating his time in service as a staff officer in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Headquarters, U.S. Army. Beginning in 2002, he was a strategic planner in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. In these roles, he worked and coordinated with OSD leadership, Combatant Commands, Secretaries of Military Departments and Service Chiefs, as well Service Staffs and the defense policy community.
Dave graduated from Norwich and the Corps of Cadets in 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies. He was a Distinguished Military Graduate and commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army.

Dave holds a Master of Public Policy with concentration in Science and Technology from the George Mason University School of Public Policy.

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Joel Eckert ’72

Joel EckertDr. Joel O. Eckert ’72 is a Licensed Psychologist and partner in Eckert & Associates of Peoria, Illinois. Joel supports the Illinois Department of Corrections and The Children’s Home and has been a licensed psychologist since 1984. His clinical experience and training is quite diverse. Prior to entering private practice in 1990, he served as chief psychologist for Peoria’s Human Service Center for 5 years, also serving as director of Human Service Center’s Stress Management and Biofeedback Department.

Dr. Eckert received his Bachelors Degree in Secondary Education (English Major) in 1972, from Norwich University. He received his Masters Degree in General Experimental Psychology as well as his certification in School Psychology both in 1977, from Ball State University. Dr. Eckert received his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Florida Institute of Technology in 1983 following completion of his internship at the East Virginia Medical School. He is credentialed by the National Register of Health Care Providers in Psychology.

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Trevor W Hough ’95

Trevor HoughTrevor is an active duty Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) serving in the United States Army and currently stationed at the Pentagon as a Military Intelligence officer on the Joint Chiefs of Staff J25, where he is the Chief of Counterterrorism and Special Operations Forces intelligence.

Trevor enlisted in the Army as an Infantryman in 1993 and served until 1995 as both an Infantryman and Tank Crewman in the Vermont Army National Guard. He was commissioned in 1995 as a Second Lieutenant after graduating as a Distinguished Military Graduate from Norwich with a degree in International Affairs (cum laude). From 1996 to 1999, Trevor served in both the First Cavalry and 2nd Infantry Divisions at Fort Hood, Kuwait, and Korea in a variety of Armor officer positions to include Tank Platoon Leader, Scout Platoon Leader, and Cavalry Troop Executive Officer.

In 1999, Trevor transitioned from the Armor branch to Military Intelligence (MI) branch and he has served in a variety of special operations and intelligence positions throughout his career.

Trevor attended the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in Monterey, CA from 2008 to 2009 and graduated with a Master of Science degree. Trevor and his thesis teammates received the NPS Distinctive Thesis Award for their work on a thesis titled, “What Makes Intelligence Fusion Centers Effective.”

While at Norwich, Trevor was involved with WNUB, Harvard Model United Nations, Rugby, and the NU Tank Platoon. Trevor is originally from Lake Placid, NY and he and his wife, Erin, reside in Virginia.

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Meghan Kennedy ’12, M’14

Meghan KennedyMeghan Kennedy is currently a member of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary’s Briefing Staff. She began her career with DHS as an intern in 2011. After graduating from Norwich in 2012 with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Spanish, Meghan was invited back to DHS for another round of interning while she attended Norwich for a Master’s in Public Administration (MPA) with a concentration in Organizational Leadership. While interning, Meghan assisted in the coordination of the DHS Wind Farms Operating Instruction and wrote the DHS Monthly Operational Roll-up Report. After completing the MPA in January 2014, she began working with the Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear Explosives Section in the DHS Office of Operations Coordination. Shortly afterwards, she joined the Briefing Staff in July 2014. While working on the Briefing Staff, Meghan has provided support to DHS Senior Leadership during several terror attacks, including the 2016 Orlando club shooting, the 2016 Brussels attack, and the 2015 Paris attacks.

Meghan is working towards a Master’s Certificate in Counterintelligence with the National Intelligence University. When she is not working or doing schoolwork, she is actively involved with the local lacrosse community, serving as an assistant coach for the Chantilly High School Girls program. While at Norwich, Meghan played on the women’s soccer and lacrosse teams. She is originally from Lowell, Massachusetts.

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Duane Martin ’67

Duane MartinDuane was a Sales Professional in the Communications Business for 37 years. He started his sales career before paging and cellular phones were on the market beginning his sales career with Motorola who developed the First portable radio used to win the war in WW2 and the First Radio on the moon. Duane started off by selling Basic Two-Way Radio Systems with Motorola Communication and Electronics Group and eventually sold all Motorola’s Communications Products to the US Government and the Private Sector.

Duane was also involved with IBM’s Nationwide (Digital Communications System) the DCS Brick in the 1980’s while working for Motorola and served as the lead liaison person between IBM and Motorola in the 1980.

He left Motorola after 23 years and became a National Accounts Manager and a Branch Manager for Map Mobile Communications-the largest Professional Answering Service in America. He later became a General Manager of Cellular One Of Orange County New York, and finally finished his professional career with Nextel before being acquired by Spring selling the Iden Motorola Communication Systems to Corporations and Government in the Hudson Valley.

Duane is a 1967 graduate from Norwich University and resides in Somers, NY. He leads the coordination of the COLA Board of Fellows Mentoring Program.

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Matt McCann ’94

Matt McCann
Matt McCann is the DHS Office of Infrastructure Protection’s Regional Director for New England. He concurrently serves as a Captain in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve, assigned as the Senior Reserve Officer for Sector New York, the organization’s largest field command.

Matt last worked as the Deputy Federal Preparedness Coordinator for DHS’ Federal Emergency Management Agency Region 1 focused on enhancing whole community resiliency in six states. Prior to this role, he was an Assistant Director at the Department of State’s flagship National Passport Center which handles ~50% of passport adjudication and processing nationwide. Matt previously worked for the U.S. Coast Guard as the Preparedness Program Manager at the First District following multiple active duty tours throughout the Northeast and Great Lakes regions. He collaterally spent six years on the Coast Guard’s Incident Management Assist Teams rising to Team Leader and achieving National Incident Management System Type I Incident Commander certification. Prior to active service, Matt worked as a Plant Manager for Ashland Chemical and as a Cartage Operations Supervisor for Airborne Express. Matt’s response history includes the JFK Jr. search/recovery, the 9/11 NYC terrorist attacks, the Deepwater Horizon spill, and hurricanes Isabel, Katrina and Ike. He is a Certified Emergency Manager©.

Matt earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies/History from Norwich University in 1994 and a Masters of Public Administration from the University of New Hampshire. He is an alumnus of the GS Graduate School’s Executive Potential Program and has further studied at the US Naval War College and the National Defense University.

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Mark Meservey ’85

Mark Meservey

Mark Meservey currently serves as Vice President of Government Operations for Oshkosh Corporation. In this capacity, he interacts with the Executive and Legislative branches of the Federal government on defense issues.

Meservey, a former U.S. Army Captain and U.S. Coast Guard Captain with over 25 years of distinguished service, attended Norwich University as an Army Reserve Officer Training Corps scholar, graduating magna cum laude and with a commission as a Second Lieutenant of Army Aviation on 17 May 1985. He entered Active Duty at Fort Rucker, Alabama for the Aviation Officer Basic Course and Initial Entry Rotary Wing training. In 1986, he completed flight training and was assigned to the 12th Aviation Brigade, Wiesbaden Army Airfield, serving as a Black Hawk helicopter pilot through the last days of the Cold War in Cyprus and Germany. While in Europe, he deployed to Ethiopia to participate in an internationally sensitive search and rescue operation for the late Congressman Mickey Leland. Upon his return to the United States, he graduated from the Aviation Officer Advanced Course as an Honor Graduate. In 1990, Meservey accepted a direct commission in the U.S. Coast Guard as a Lieutenant Junior Grade and initially served at Air Station Clearwater, FL as an HH-3F and HH-60J search and rescue pilot. He was subsequently assigned to Air Station Cape Cod in 1994 as a Flight Instructor and Pilot Examiner.

In 1998, he attended Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs as a full graduate scholar, earning a Master of Public Administration degree. Following graduate school, he completed an assignment with the U.S. Department of Transportation in Washington, DC in the Office of the Secretary of Transportation as the lead budget analyst for the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) responsible for developing and justifying FTA’s multi-billion dollar budgets to the President’s Office of Management and Budget and the United States Congress. In 2004, Meservey transferred to Air Station Washington where he served as Executive Officer flying the C-37A Gulfstream V executive jet across the globe for Department of Homeland Security Secretaries and Coast Guard Commandants. In 2006, he was assigned to Capitol Hill as the Coast Guard’s Liaison to the United States House of Representatives where he worked directly with the Coast Guard’s appropriations and authorizing committees to ensure the Service received the necessary resources and legislative authorities to effectively execute its eleven congressionally-mandated missions.

Prior to joining Oshkosh, Meservey was assigned to the Federal Aviation Administration as the Coast Guard’s liaison for all manned and unmanned aviation matters. He has accumulated over 3,800 flight hours in seven different military aircraft and holds FAA certifications/ratings and three academic degrees. He is also a Massachusetts Institute of Technology Seminar XXI fellow. His military decorations include Naval and Army Aviator Wings and a variety of personal, team and unit commendations. Meservey is a native of Chatham, Massachusetts and is married to the former Kathleen Kober of Franklin, Massachusetts. Mark resides in the Washington DC area.

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Neil F. Murphy ’94

Neil Murphy

Neil Murphy is a retired United States Marine Corps lieutenant colonel working at ExxonMobil doing global internal communications. Prior to joining ExxonMobil in 2014, Neil served as an active duty USMC officer culminating his career as the USMC director of media relations at the Pentagon. He served in a number of positions from the USMC public affairs director; New York City; military assistant to the Command General (NATO Regional Command SW – Afghanistan in Helmand Province; deputy director of public affairs US Forces Japan; and other combat postings overseas. Neil received a bachelor’s degree in english and communications from Norwich in 1994 and a master’s in public administration from the University of Oklahoma in 2000. Of special note – Neil wears the cannons of the Norwich Independent Battery.

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Ned Quigley ’71

Ned Quigley

Ned Quigley works at Brown University, overseeing 500+ undergraduate students a year studying overseas.

His previous work experiences include: Middlebury College (Executive Director of Communications), Boston University (Director of International Programs), Syracuse University (Director of Admissions for Overseas Programs), Harvard University (Associate to the Dean Of Admissions in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences), and Norwich University (Director of the Russian School, Associate Dean of Admissions, Director of Social, Cultural, and Recreational Affairs). Ned served as a Military Intelligence officer (Counterintelligence, CPT, US Army).

He holds a BA in Modern Languages from Norwich, Magna Cum Laude, and a EdM from Harvard University in Administration, Planning and Social Policy. Ned resides in Marblehead, Mass.

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Scott Shelton ’97

Scott SheltonScott Shelton is a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Senior Fellow. He currently serves as the DHS Washington Liaison Group (WLG) member to the Department of State. He is also a Liaison to the National Cybersecurity and Communications Center (NCCIC). His responsibilities have included Assistant Senior Watch Officer for the National Operations Center (NOC) and Operations Chief of DHS Crisis Action Team which executes the day-to-day operations information sharing and assessment for the Secretary, White House and all Homeland Security Enterprise partners.

He has served as the Owner and Administrator for Homeland Security Information Network (HSIN) International Community of Interest. During the Haiti Earthquake, he served as the DHS representative to the National Security Staff Interagency Planning Council and the Department of State.

Scott graduated from Norwich University in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice. He earned a Masters of Business Administration in 2000. In 2013, through a partnership between DHS, the National Security Agency and Naval Postgraduate School, Scott was accepted into the Master of Science, Cyber Security and Operations Program which is currently ongoing. Scott, a native of Long Island, New York, is a Professional Association of Dive Instructors (PADI) Open Water Scuba Instructor and has been diving on six of the seven continents.

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Steve Sobelman ’67

Steve SobelmanDr. Steve Sobelman ’67 is a Licensed Psychologist and maintains a private clinical psychotherapy practice in Towson, Maryland. He currently serves on the staff at Kennedy Krieger Institute.

And, he is an Emeritus Professor of Psychology at Loyola University, Baltimore, Maryland, where he taught undergraduate and graduate courses as well as conducted psychotherapy research that resulted in books, book chapters, and professional articles (current co-editor, Journal of Unified Psychotherapy and Clinical Science). At Loyola, he served as Chair, Graduate Programs in Psychology for almost two decades and was responsible for major changes and growth in the graduate programs of study, to include complete changes in M.A. and M.S. programs of study and the creation of the doctoral program in clinical psychology.

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