Congratulations to Women in Homeland Security Members!

Congratulations to Women in Homeland Security Members!

WHS congratulates several of our members on their Fed100 awards, from DHS several of our members (and recent speakers!) were honored for their work! All have made significant contribution to their community. Learn more about them below:


Jeanne Etzel, FEMA
Jeanne is the Chief Information Officer within the Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency (DHS/FEMA). Jeanne is an accomplished executive with exceptional skills in leadership. She spent several years supporting key disaster response priorities within FEMA’s Logistics organization and supporting the critical National Disaster Medical Systems (NDMS) mission.

Prior to coming to FEMA, Jeanne served in several executive-level positions in private industry, including Chief Information Officer and Vice President at Capgemini U.S. and senior manager at PriceWaterhouseCoopers. Earlier in her career, Jeanne served as a Project Manager managing the implementation of major Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems. Jeanne has a wide and interesting background, which includes serving as a volunteer firefighter and paramedic, and received “Fireman of the Year” Award from the Richfield, Ohio Fire Department. Jeanne has a Bachelor’s of Science in Management from Myers University in Cleveland, Ohio.

Margie Graves, DHS
Margaret H. Graves was selected in September, 2008, to serve as the U. S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Deputy Chief Information Officer (CIO). As the Deputy CIO, she oversees an IT portfolio of $5.4 billion in programs. In addition, Ms. Graves manages the operations of the Office of the Chief Information Officer, which covers the functional areas of Applied Technology, Enterprise Architecture, Data Management, IT Security, Infrastructure Operations, IT Accessibility, Budget and Acquisition.
Prior to her selection as Deputy Chief Information Officer, Ms. Graves served as the Executive Director of the Enterprise Business Management Office within the DHS Office of the CIO. She developed and executed IT Portfolio strategies in alignment with the DHS Enterprise Architecture and established business processes for Capital Planning and Investment Control, departmental IT budget reviews and acquisition reviews. She also served as the Deputy Program manager for the Border and Transportation Security IT Integration Program. This program established the business case and the operational foundation for the current Infrastructure Transformation Program which is the DHS roadmap for consolidating and securing the IT Infrastructure including networks, data centers, e-mail, wireless services, desktop services, and help desk services.
Ms. Graves has 20 years of experience in the management consulting industry where she held executive positions and also performed consulting engagements for clients. She has experience in the areas of systems engineering, business process reengineering, strategic planning, financial management, mergers and acquisitions and venture capital planning. She worked for several firms in the National Capital Region such as Technology Applications, Inc., Advanced Technology, Inc., and Planning and Research Corporation. She dedicated 10 years with A.T. Kearney, Inc. working for clients in the chemical, utility and medical services industries as well as holding positions in financial and administrative management.
Ms. Graves holds a M.B.A. from the University of Virginia Colgate Darden Graduate School of Business Administration and a B.S. in Chemistry, also from the University of Virginia.

Donna Roy, DHS
Ms. Roy joined the DHS OCIO in December of 2006 as the Director of the Enterprise Data Management Office. As the EDMO Director, she is responsible for the develop a DHS strategy for the management for all data collected, created, used, managed, maintained, shared and stored by DHS and sponsors the implementation of initiatives set forth in the strategy. She is engaged in helping DHS lay the foundation and building blocks for an information sharing environment. She serves as the Executive Director for the National Information Exchange Model, a DOJ, DHS and Global Justice information sharing initiative. In 2008, Donna received the DHS Secretary’s award for Leadership Excellence for exemplary dedication and leadership in advancing the data management practices in order to institutionalize information sharing. She has been selected for 2009’s Federal Computer Week’s Federal 100 award recipient for advancing data management and information sharing.
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Leslie Barry, GTSI
A 20-year veteran of the IT community, Ms. Barry has led business development organizations for some of the industry’s largest systems integrators. Most recently the Director of Business Development at CA, Inc. (formerly Computer Associates), she represented the firm at several industry forums and helped build C-level client relationships across the federal government. Prior to CA, she performed the same functions at CSC, Fed Data, and other federally-focused organizations. Active in the IT community, Ms. Barry is a two-time Federal 100 award winner, the recipient of the 2003 “Outstanding Individual Industry Contributor of the Year” award from the Industry Advisory Council (IAC), and winner of the 2003 “Outstanding Support and Contribution” award from the Government Information Technology Executive Council (GITEC).

She is serving her second term on the Board of Directors of IAC as Vice Chair of Professional Development. In 2001-2002, she Chaired the IAC’s successful Partners Program, from which she graduated in 1998, an executive development program for emerging leaders in government and industry, and in 2005, created a “next generation” leadership program, named Voyagers which she patterned after the Partners Program. In addition, for the past eight years, she has been actively involved in the IAC Program Committee and has participated in the planning committees for IAC’s two major annual events, the Management of Change Conference, and the Executive Leadership Conference.
In addition to IAC, she is co-treasurer for the Association for Federal Information Resources Management (AFFIRM) and a former Board member of the AFCEA Washington Chapter. She belongs to the AFCEA Bethesda and Germantown chapters, the Information Technology Association of America (ITAA), and Women in Technology (WIT).
In January 2006, she Led a group of 15 IT acquisition and business executives from both the public and the private sectors on a trip to build houses for the poor in rural Nicaragua. In February, Leslie was part of a church group that spent the long President’s weekend in Pearlington, Mississippi, where they helped to gut houses and drywall churches which were left in ruins as a result of hurricane Katrina. This summer, she chaperoned her two teenagers and the church’s youth group that worked in a children’s camp in the Ukraine.
Ms. Barry received her BA in International Relations from Bucknell University where she also studied at the London School of Economics and in Vienna, Austria and did internships at the offices of Senators Lugar and Warner and at the Washington Office on Latin America.

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