Chair, Security and Counter Intelligence Division, NDIA, Chief Security Officer, Science Applications International Corporation
2020 Joint NDIA/AIA Industrial Security Webinar
Michelle has over 20 years of security experience in addition to seven years of human resources experience, enabling her to approach organizational issues with a broad knowledge of human capital, compliance, ethics and security. She has experience as an HR Professional, Facility Security Officer, Information Systems Security Manager, Director of Security, Vice President and currently is the Chief Security Officer for SAIC.
In her security roles, Michelle has been a champion for government/ industry partnership. Michelle frequently engages the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency to improve both the Security program of the corporations she supports, but also industrial security as a whole by participating on working groups through NCMS, ISWG, ASIS and the NISPPAC.
Michelle’s leadership at AMERICAN SYSTEMS transformed the security program of 8 CAGE Codes to a status of 8 Superior ratings and her leadership at BAE achieved 11 out of 11 Superior ratings in 2016 and 2017 with 3 of the 11 sites earning Cogswell awards during this time.
Michelle currently serves as the Chair for the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) Security and Counterintelligence Division. This division is responsible for monitoring all security matters relating to the NISP, Special Access Programs and other activities that affect national security programs and corporate assets.
Michelle served as the Industry Spokesperson for the National Industrial Security Program Policy Advisory Committee (NISPPAC) from 2016 to 2018 and was one of eight industry members representing the community of 13,000 cleared facilities from 2014 to 2016.
Michelle was active within ASIS International and led the Policy and Issues Working Group Chair on the Defense and Intelligence Council in 2014, acting as the liaison between the NISPPAC and ASIS and creating the Policy and Issues Matrix which is used throughout industry and government to track pressing issues.
Michelle sat on the ISWG Personnel Security Committee and was a co-author of their Scattered Castles white paper in 2012 which opened the channels of communication between DSS, ISWG, DNI and various other government agencies regarding industry access.
Michelle has been a member of NCMS since 2004, received her Industrial Security Professional (ISP) Certification in 2007 and served on the Board of Directors from 2009 to 2013. Michelle was elected to the Executive Committee as Secretary of the Board in 2011, and in her tenure, chaired the International, Communications, and Awards Committees. Prior to her Board appointment, Michelle was elected as the Secretary of the Capital Region Chapter of NCMS from 2006-2007 and as the Capital Region Chapter Chair from 2007-2009.
Michelle has been a Notary Public for the Commonwealth of Virginia since 2001. She holds a B.A. in English from the University of Mary Washington and an M.A. in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix. In November of 2011, Michelle graduated from the Washington Field Office FBI Citizens Academy. She was recognized in 2016 as one of the Washington Business Journal’s “40 Under 40 Business Leaders.”
Michelle is a mother to a dynamic and active 9 year old boy, is a Virginia native, born in Haymarket, and currently resides in Berryville, Virginia. In her spare time, she enjoys learning about alternative medicine and is currently studying to achieve her Master’s Degree in Clinical Herbalism by 2021.