Trustee since 2007
Dr. Robert A. Calico, Jr. became an advisor to the Riverside Research Board of Trustees in January of 2007. Dr Calico received his doctoral degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Cincinnati in 1971. While a doctoral student he was an instructor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering. He joined the faculty of the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) in 1972. He taught and did research in the area of dynamics and controls publishing extensively on topics including flexible satellite attitude dynamics and control, aircraft spin dynamics, and the control of time periodic systems. Dr. Calico became the Dean of Engineering at AFIT in 1989 and assumed additional duties as the Institute's Academic Director in 2004. He held both positions until January of 2006 when he stepped down as Dean. He retired from AFIT in July 2006.×
Trustee since 2013
Mr. John Giering is a retired Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of NCR Corporation. He has served in controllership, finance and administration, and general management positions for NCR with assignments in Ohio and Europe. Prior to joining NCR he was a senior audit manager with PricewaterhouseCoopers. Mr. Giering is a Certified Public Accountant and, in 1990, was recognized as the Outstanding Member in Industry by The Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants. He received the Outstanding Alumnus Award of the Omicron Chapter of Beta Alpha Psi, an accounting honorary, at The Ohio State University in 1992 and received the 1992-3 Alliance/NCR Partnership Award from the Dayton Area Chapter of The Alliance of Black Telecommunications Employees, Inc.
Mr. Giering served on the Board of Directors and was chair of the Audit Committee for a financial institution with operations in Ohio, Florida, and Colorado. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the holding company of that financial institution. He also serves on the Board of Advisors for a vision care company with offices in Ohio and Pennsylvania. An avid community volunteer, he was recognized as the Outstanding Community Volunteer in 2003 by Dayton Culture Works and the Outstanding Company Chairperson of the 1990 United Way campaign in Dayton.
Mr. Giering holds a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Duke University and a master of accounting degree from The Ohio State University. He is a resident of Kettering, Ohio where he lives with his wife, Gloria.×
Trustee since 2014
Currently the Chairman of the United States Geospatial-Intelligence Foundation’s (USGIF) Board of Directors, the Chairman of the Open Geospatial Consortium Board of Directors, and the CEO of JKH Consulting, Mr. Harris has contributed significant advancements to national security throughout his 39-year career in both the public and private sectors.
Previously the President of Missiles and Space, President of Special Programs, and a corporate officer at Lockheed Martin, Mr. Harris has accumulated extensive experience in aerospace, defense, and intelligence consulting. Prior to his career in the private sector, he provided direct support to both the US Secretary of Defense and the Director of Central Intelligence in several senior leadership positions within the US government, including Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Space, Director of the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), and Associate Executive Director of the Intelligence Community Management Staff.
Mr. Harris has received numerous awards, most notably the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, the CIA Distinguished Service Medal, the NRO Medal for Distinguished Service, the USGIF Lifetime Achievement Award, Aviation Week Laureate Citation, NDIA’s Peter B. Teets space industry achievement award, and the James V. Hartinger Award for military space achievement.
In addition to acting as USGIF’s Chairman, Harris is a member of the US Strategic Command’s (USSTRATCOM) Strategic Advisory Group, the Sandia Intelligence Advisory Panel, and the National Security Agency Advisory Board (acquisition).
Mr. Harris holds a bachelor’s degree in Photographic Science and Instrumentation from the Rochester Institute of Technology, where he is also a Trustee. He serves on several corporate boards.×
Trustee since 2012
Maureen D. McBride comes to Riverside Research after a 32 year career with the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), a Federal Government Corporation which provides electricity for nine million people in parts of seven states.
During the mid 1970s, Ms. McBride served as Law Clerk for the Chief Judge of the Oregon Court of Appeals and as Attorney-Advisor for the Administrative Office of the United States Courts in Washington, DC.
She began her TVA career in 1978 as a staff attorney and rose to the position of Executive Vice President and General Counsel in 2001. She also served as Corporate Secretary.
Ms. McBride received a BA in political science from LeMoyne College in Syracuse, NY and a JD from the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University in Washington, DC.
She currently serves on three non-profit boards in her community and has recently served on two others.×
Trustee since 2007
Brigadier General James M. Mungenast, USAF (Retired), became a Trustee of Riverside Research in April 2007, following nine months as a Consultant to the Board. General Mungenast received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Huntingdon College, Montgomery Alabama in 1971; Masters of Arts in Industrial Relations from the University of Alabama in 1973; and Juris Doctor from the Columbus School of Law, Catholic University of America in 1979. He served on active duty in the Air Force from 1973 to 1975 and in the AF Reserve until his retirement in 2007, from his position as the Mobilization Assistant (MA) to the Director, Defense Intelligence Agency. Prior positions in the AF Reserve include MA to the Intelligence Directorate (J2), US European Command (where he was activated for Operation Iraqi Freedom and also served as Acting J2); Individual Mobilization Augmentee (IMA) to the Commander, National Air and Space Intelligence Center; and IMA to the Director, Missile and Space Intelligence Center.
Jim’s civilian career included 26 years at the Tennessee Valley Authority, Knoxville Tennessee, retiring as a Senior Attorney in January 2005. His primary areas of expertise included labor and employment law, compensation, and administrative law. Prior to his employment with TVA, he served in human resource positions with the Defense Logistics Agency, Patent and Trademark Office, and the General Accounting Office.
He is the State President of the Air Force Association; Vice Chair of the Department of Defense’s Tennessee Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve; and active in several other military, alumni, church, and veteran activities. He lives near Knoxville Tennessee with his wife Jeanie.×
Trustee since 2016
Dr. Steven Omick is President and CEO of Riverside Research. He has over 28 years of research and executive leadership experience in the private sector and defense and intelligence industries.
Prior to joining Riverside Research, Dr. Omick was President of Applied Communications Sciences (ACS), where he established a framework for the commercialization of intellectual property developed through a combination of independent research and development and US government research programs. Ultimately, he led the integration of ACS into its parent company, Vencore Labs Inc. Preceding ACS, Dr. Omick was President and CEO of Rincon Research Corporation (RRC), a leading provider of digital signal processing products and engineering services for the US government intelligence community. He first joined RRC in 1996 as a research engineer designing, developing, and fielding prototype digital communications capabilities.
A published author in the field of computational electromagnetics, Dr. Omick also served on the faculty of New Mexico State University where he taught electrical engineering courses and led research programs.
Dr. Omick holds a BS in electrical engineering, an MS specializing in power and control systems, and a PhD in computational electromagnetics from New Mexico State University.
Trustee since 2006
Mr. Pitts joined the Board of Riverside Research in 2006 and serves as the Chairman. He has over 35 years of experience in the management of engineering, research, government acquisition, and industrial operations. Mr. Pitts has served as general manager and vice president for divisions of Goodrich, Raytheon, Hughes Aircraft, and Northrop Grumman. During his career, Mr. Pitts was engaged in state of the art research, development, and production programs for government and industry applications. His areas of responsibility included optical systems and sensors, satellite attitude control systems, imaging technology, surveillance systems, and reconnaissance systems. Prior to joining industry, Mr. Pitts held various senior positions in the Surveillance Directorate at the USAF Rome Air Development Center (RADC). Mr. Pitts received a BS degree in Physics from St. Bonaventure University and an MS in System Management from the University of Southern California.×
Trustee since 2015
Currently the Chief Executive Officer of Shea Strategies, LLC, Mr. Shea is a business leader and intelligence professional serving in an advisory capacity to public and private companies, government agencies, private equity investors, and academic institutions.
Previously the President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Leidos, a leading scientific, engineering, and technology company, he was the principal architect in the creation of Leidos when he served as the COO of Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). While with SAIC, he led the company’s support to the National Security Community, providing technology services and products for customers across the full spectrum of national security programs. Prior to his time with SAIC, Mr. Shea held executive leadership positions with TASC as Director, Space & Intelligence and PAR Technology Corporation, culminating as Technical Director, Digital Cartography. He also served as an Imagery Analyst & Remote Sensing Specialist with the Kansas Applied Remote Sensing Program of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Space Technology Center.
Mr. Shea is a founder of the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation and the organization’s highly acclaimed GEOINT Symposium, where he also served as President, CEO, and Chairman of the Board for ten years. In 2003, Mr. Shea was named one of the 12 members of the National Commission for the Review of the Research & Development Programs of the US Intelligence Community.
Mr. Shea serves as a member of several advisory boards, most notably the National Intelligence University Foundation, George Mason University College of Science, the Intelligence and National Security Alliance, and the University of Virginia’s Department of Systems and Information Engineering He is an internationally recognized author and has served on several major international refereed journal editorial boards.
Mr. Shea is a 2009 recipient of the Federal Computer Week Fed100 award for top executives in the information technology industry, a 2013 inductee into Executive Mosaic Washington 100, and he received the 2014 Washington Business Journal/National Association of Corporate Directors Outstanding Director award.
Mr. Shea holds a Master of Arts from The University of Kansas, a Bachelor of Science from the State University of New York at Albany, and has attended several distinguished executive development programs.×
Trustee since 2015
Mr. James D. Shields was elected to the Riverside Research Board of Trustees in April 2015. Having accumulated over 25 years of executive leadership experience with technology-based businesses supporting both Department of Defense and commercial customers, Mr. Shields specializes in strategic planning, business development, and growth.
Mr. Shields is the former president and chief executive officer of Draper Laboratory, a leading not-for-profit resource for guidance, navigation, and control technology. In his 13-year tenure at Draper Laboratory, he created programs and established efforts to broaden the sponsor base through focusing the application of Draper capabilities on new problems in biomedical, energy, and intelligence systems to complement the Laboratory’s traditional national security and space efforts. Prior to his time at Draper Laboratory, Mr. Shields spent 29 years with The Analytic Sciences Corporation, where he held several director-level positions and spent thirteen years as Vice President.
Presently, Mr. Shields also serves on the Alumni Advisory Council for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT’s) Engineering Systems Division and is a director of Passport Systems and Aerodyne Research. He is also a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
Mr. Shields earned both his Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering from MIT. He has also completed several leadership development programs for senior executives offered by the Harvard Business School.×
Trustee since 2016
Mr. York was elected to join the Riverside Research Board of Trustees in March 2016. He brings a wealth of executive and board of director and trustee experience to the Board, along with having served most recently on the Board of the Riverside Research small business for-profit subsidiary, Applied Research Solutions (ARS), since its inception in 2013.
Mr. York was President of the Burndy Corporation for ten years, Executive Vice President of Framatome Connectors International for five years, and President of Saber Equipment Corporation for two years.
His corporate board experience includes Burndy Corporation, Nihon Burndy (a JV company), Saber Equipment, Robroy Industries, ARS, Canine Fence Company, and PCD Inc. Mr. York is the Chairman of the Robroy Compensation Committee and was previously the Chair of the PCD Audit Committee. He has also served on several non-profit association boards. Mr. York brings an extensive background in general management, board level oversight, and operations.
Mr. York earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and completed the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School.×