Miriam L. Awad served as Deputy Counselor for Economic Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok and covered trafficking-in-persons, child labor, and macroeconomic issues. Miriam joined the Foreign Service in 2004 with a tour at the Consulate General in Jerusalem where she promoted economic development in the West Bank and Gaza and coordinated Palestinian participation in multilateral water talks and regional projects and programs.
Lieutenant Colonel DeDe S. Halfhill served as the deputy director for public affairs, U.S. Pacific Command, where she lead and synchronized joint public affairs operations, planning, coordination, and administration within the Department of Defense’s largest geographic combatant command. She provided guidance and counsel to four service components, four sub-unified commands, U.S. departmental staffs and allied military representatives throughout the Asia-Pacific region.
Ho Park joined the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy in December of 2014 after serving as Political Minister at the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Rome, Italy. Prior to that, he served as Political Counselor at the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Paris, France.
Ho joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, before known as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MOFAT), in 1992 and began his tour in the United Kingdom as Second Secretary in 1998 and later served in Laos as First Secretary.
Mordica Simpson served as Deputy Economic Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Bogota, Colombia, and previously served as the Special Assistant to the Department of State’s Under Secretary for Political Affairs covering the Western Hemisphere. Other tours include the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala City, where she managed labor and human rights issues, as well as a Brazil desk officer in Washington, where she covered political and military issues. She plans to conduct research on the role of Latin America as an energy source for the United States.
Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Rich L. Stitzer comes to the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy from the Office of the Army National Guard Chief Surgeon, National Guard Bureau in Arlington Virginia. LTC Stitzer received his United States Army commission upon graduation from Ozark Christian College and the Missouri Southern State College Reserve Officer Training Corps program in 1992. Over the last 4 years, he served as the Chief of Medical Operations for the Army National Guard.
Lieutenant Colonel Brian Sullivan comes to ISD from Headquarters, Department of the Army, where he worked as the Assistant Executive Officer to the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations. Lieutenant Colonel Sullivan has led infantry units from the platoon to the battalion level and has multiple combat tours in both Afghanistan and Iraq. His most recent tour was in Kunar Province, Afghanistan where he led the coalition effort to transfer security authority to partner Afghan forces. Lieutenant Colonel Sullivan’s other assignments include serving as a strategic planner on the Joint Staff and as an instructor of advanced airborne operations.
Major Robert C. Arnett was a member of Air Mobility Command’s Phoenix Mobility Program, and served as the Chief of Standardization and Evaluations, 621st Contingency Response Wing, Travis Air Force Base, CA. Major Arnett received his commission in 2003 from the United States Air Force Academy and earned his wings in 2005 at Laughlin AFB, Texas. He has flown the C-21, been an instructor pilot in the KC-135, and completed four deployments supporting Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.
Major Kimberly Jennings led one of five divisions for the Headquarters Pacific Air Forces Directorate of Manpower, Personnel, and Services, Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam, Hawaii. As the Chief of the Senior Leader Management Division, Major Jennings was a personal adviser to COMPACAF, Vice COMPACAF, three NAF Commanders, and ten Wing Commanders for all senior officer matters.
Major Lance J. Ratterman was a member of Air Mobility Command’s Phoenix Mobility Program assigned as Director of Operations, 817th Global Mobility Readiness Squadron, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey. The 817 GMRS is responsible for employing military professionals to extend the air mobility enterprise by establishing and sustaining wide-spectrum airbase operations to support the Combatant Commander. The squadron is comprised of 26 Air Force specialty codes consisting of security forces, weather, intelligence, airfield operations, civil engineers, contracting and communications personnel ready to deploy to permissive and uncertain environments on short notice in order to bridge the gap between seizure and sustainment forces.