Robert B. Mack

Chairman for the NUARI Board of Directors

Robert B. Mack is a Norwich University Trustee Emeritus and chairman for the NUARI Board of Directors. His business career is in healthcare management, private investing in startup in health insurance companies and HMOs, and former CEO of HMO. Spouse is Tammie. Trustee Emeritus Robert B. Mack received an honorary Doctor of Business Administration degree at Norwich University’s May 14, 2006 Commencement ceremony.

Robert O. Lindefjeld (NU’86)

Rob Lindefjeld is the General Counsel and Chief Intellectual Property (IP) Counsel of the nanotechnology firm Nantero—the number one semiconductor manufacturer in America and the first to send carbon nanotubes into space. In August 2013 he’ll become the Chairman of the American Bar Association Section of IP Law, the largest organization of IP lawyers in the world, helping formulate our country’s national policy in the area of patents, trademarks, and copyrights. A Lifetime member of the Partridge Society, Rob is a past president of the NUAA.

Norwich has been without a doubt the foundation upon which I have built my career and life. The things that I learned at Norwich—whether it’s the Honor Code, whether it’s perseverance, whether it’s the requirement to look out after each other, or whether it’s leadership training—all have benefited me and made me who I am today.

Thomas Leavitt

Currently serving as President and CEO of the Northfield Savings Bank, Tom Leavitt has almost 25 years of banking and 13 years of industrial experience. Tom has a MBA from the University of Pennsylvania/The Wharton School and a B.S. from the University of New Hampshire/Whittemore School of Business & Economics.

William M. Lasky (NU’69)

 William Lasky for more than 40 years held management and upper management positions leading global industrial and heavy-duty manufacturing companies and has, since 2004, served on at least seven corporate boards as a board member, chairman, and director.  Prior to becoming a businessman recognized for his visionary leadership, Bill served as a Captain and pilot in the United States Army for four years. Mr. Lasky received a B.S. in business from Norwich.

Joel Kobert (NU’65)

Joel A. Kobert is recognized as one of the most esteemed lawyers in New Jersey. Indeed, he has been named as a Super Lawyer in New Jersey Super Lawyer in the field of Land Use/Zoning. His other principal area of practice involves commercial and residential real estate development.

Mr. Kobert has a long history of service to the New Jersey State Bar Association, having been its President and the President of the Board of Trustees of the New Jersey Lawyer. He also served his country with honor during the Vietnam War, obtaining the rank of Captain in the United States Army and being awarded the Bronze Star. He worked in the administration for two Governors of New Jersey and was appointed to numerous Supreme Court committees. Mr. Kobert is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, a member of Who’s Who in American Law, a Trustee for Blair Academy and the Vice-Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Norwich University.

Frederick M. Haynes, PhD (NU’58)

Frederick M. Haynes, Norwich University Class of 1958, has given generously of his time, talent and treasure to benefit his beloved alma mater. A natural leader and gifted statesman, he enriched the university through 25 years of faithful service on the Board of Trustees, serving as vice chairman of the board from 2003 to 2011. He also served as chairman of the university’s “Leadership Campaign” from 1996 to 2001. An outstanding athlete and captain of the football team, he was inducted into the Norwich Athletic Hall of Fame for both football and hockey in 1988.

Fred, together with his wife, RoxAnn, have opened their hearts and their home to countless Norwich graduates, serving as hosts and mentors. They continued to demonstrate their loyalty to Norwich by supporting the project to renovate Sabine Field.

General Alfred M. Gray, USMC (Ret.)

Retired Gen. Alfred Gray was the 29th Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps from 1987-91. As Commandant, General Gray assisted in the formulation of national and international policy, and strategy. He also served as a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, as well as being military advisor to the President, the National Security Council and the Secretary of Defense. In 1991, after 41 years of service, General Gray retired from the U.S. Marine Corps and joined Garver International Associates.

General Gray holds a B.S. degree from the State University of New York. He is the recipient of two honorary Doctor of Law degrees, one from Lafayette College and the other from Monmouth College. He is also the recipient of a Doctor of Military Science degree from Norwich University and a Doctor of Strategic Intelligence degree from the Defense Intelligence College.

William T. Goodman

Will Goodman is the Vice President for Policy at the National Defense Industrial Association. Formerly Will was the Association’s Director of National Security Issue Development and Legislative Policy. Will leads and manages NDIA’s policy staff, reports directly to NDIA’s Chairman of the Board and its President and CEO, and is responsible for Association-wide policy initiatives as well as managing the Association’s activities through several of its divisions. Will serves as the lead interface between NDIA and government leaders.

Previously, Will served as the Senior Defense Adviser to Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont, the most senior member of the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee and the Co-Chair of the Senate National Guard Caucus. In this capacity, Will offered Senator Leahy advice and assistance in all matters pertaining to defense appropriations and policy, intelligence collection and analysis, international trade, space exploration, and a variety of other issues.

Before joining Senator Leahy’s staff, Will worked in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy as the Assistant for Plans to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Americas’ Security Affairs. Will was responsible for the policy formulation of certain combatant command plans from planning guidance through final approval by the Secretary of Defense. Will wrote and coordinated an original DoD Instruction on the Pentagon’s participation in the National Exercise Program (DoDI 3020.47) and helped in the preparation and approval of domestic counterterrorism policy.

Will is a recipient of the Office of the Secretary of Defense Exceptional Civilian Service Award, the National Guard Bureau’s Minuteman Trophy, the NGAUS Patrick Henry Award, and the EANGUS Patriotism Trophy. He has a master’s degree with honors from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and a bachelor’s degree, honors and Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Florida.

Andy Zybas

Project Manager, Defense Technologies Research Institute, NUARI. The Defense Technologies Research Institute (DTRI) was established to leverage technology as a significant enabler to enhanced performance on a complex, asymmetrical battlefield. Our battle-experienced personnel provide a unique link between the current user and the private sector provider of an emerging technology. Specifically, DTRI promotes research and development of advanced man portable systems in the areas of visual augmentation, sensors, mobility equipment, communications and information assurance, and force protection by seeking to adopt, adapt, or modify existing or new technologies that provide expanded capabilities to US forces.

Phil T. Susmann

President, NUARI; Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, Norwich University Phil Susmann is the President of Norwich University Applied Research Institutes (NUARI). NUARI serves the national public interest through the study of critical national issues and the development of related educational and training programs. NUARI conducts rapid research, develops and deploys needed technologies and addresses related policy and technology issues to enhance the national capability for preparedness and response. NUARI is a non-profit corporation organized by the Trustees of Norwich University. NUARI accomplishes its mission through the development of strategic alliances and teams, partnerships, and outreach programs with diverse public and private sector stakeholders. NUARI to date has received more than $62M in applied research funding. NUARI has active projects in Cyber Security, Defense Technologies, and Educational Technology and Delivery. NUARI continues to develop the DECIDE® Platform, a strategic decision-making and communication exercise tool set. The DECIDE® Platform provides an unparalleled cyber threat experience to simulate a broad range of cyber threats and incident scenarios in a dynamic online environment. DECIDE® helps organizations exercise and experiment response plans and technical solutions, honing the real time decision-making capabilities, strategic communications’, critical infrastructure security, and sector level coordination that prevent cyber incidents from becoming a business disaster. NUARI created the financial sector exercises Quantum Dawn© operated in conjunction with industry institutions, associations, law enforcement, homeland and national security, and financial sector regulators. NUARI has executed DECIDE® events internationally including Singapore, South Africa, and the European Union. NUARI is a member of the National Cybersecurity Preparedness Consortium, NCPC, organized around the Cyber Security Maturity Model (CCSMM) to provide cyber security training and education to “whole communities”. NCPC has been awarded Continuing Training Grants in support of these efforts by the Federal Emergency Management Agency in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016. NUARI works closely with NCPC members in the development and delivery of cyber security curriculum and education and training courses. NUARI has developed cyber security education and training technologies for hands-on experiences, partnering with industry tool developers and emerging technologies to prepare cyber security professionals. Phil Susmann is also Vice President of Strategic Partnerships at Norwich University. He is responsible to the President of the university for government relations, strategic cyber security business development, and supporting the Board of Trustees New Business Initiatives and Strategic Planning Committee. Phil has been at Norwich University for 30 years as a faculty member, Chief Information Officer, and was responsible for the creation of the Cyber Security Programs, and the research and development activities that became NUARI in 2002.