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Aerospace and Defense Advisor, The Ohio Office of the Governor

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine today announced the appointment of retired Colonel Joseph E. Zeis Jr. to serve as Senior Advisor for Aerospace and Defense, a cabinet-level position Governor DeWine created to focus on Ohio’s military and aerospace installations.
Governor DeWine made the announcement during a keynote speech to the Dayton Development Coalition today.
“I promised that when I became Governor, I would create a cabinet-level military liaison who would report directly to me on our vitally important military bases across the state,” Governor DeWine said. “Colonel Zeis has a tremendous level of expertise, and I am very pleased he is serving in our administration.”
Zeis is a retired U.S. Air Force Colonel, with over 26 years of service. He graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1981, and he holds Master’s Degrees in Aeronautical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology and in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. He is a Master Navigator, a Distinguished Graduate of the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School, and a certified Acquisition Program Manager who has presided over advanced technology contracts of major aircraft systems. In his last active duty position in the Air Force, he commanded the 46th Test Wing at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.
Following his retirement from the Air Force, Zeis served as Executive Vice President and Chief Strategic Officer of the Dayton Development Coalition from 2007 to 2013. In this role, he was responsible for identifying, facilitating, and implementing aerospace and technology-related opportunities to support business development and expansion in the Dayton region. He is also a graduate of the University of Dayton School of Law and has worked as an attorney with Sebaly, Shillito & Dyer, in Dayton, since 2016.
The Governor’s Senior Advisor for Aerospace and Defense is a new position created by Governor DeWine to protect Ohio’s military and aerospace installations, including Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and NASA Glenn Research Center. The Senior Advisor for Aerospace and Defense will report directly to the Governor and will identify and seek growth opportunities for the state’s military and aerospace installations, concentrate on economic development opportunities of defense industries, and work to advance the quality of life for service members and their families.


Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC) lead for Combatant Command (CCMD), Joint Staff, and OSD level staff coordination. 

Mr. Garay serves as the Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC) lead for Combatant Command (CCMD), Joint Staff, and OSD level staff coordination. In this capacity, Mr. Garay coordinates with the CCMDs to ensure that their needs are addressed in the various Science and Technology (S&T) forums, enabling the CCMDs to acquire innovative solutions to underpin the capabilities they need to perform their mission sets. Mr. Garay retired from the Marine Corps after 33+ years of uniformed service. He was Commissioned with US Naval Academy (USNA) Class of 1986, and is also a graduate of the Marine Corps Command & Staff College and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.



Executive Director DefenseWerx



Laurie Moncrieff is presently serving as the Executive Director of DEFENSEWERX overseeing two locations in Florida, one in Las Vegas, Nevada, a facility in Montgomery, Alabama, one in Vicksburg, Mississippi, and an office in Flint, Michigan These locations are funded by Air Force Research Laboratory at Eglin Air Force Base,  USSOCOM at MacDill Air Force Base, the Secretary of the Air Force, Air University, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense.    Laurie received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Packaging Engineering from Michigan State University in 1982. She held various business development and executive level positions with several Fortune 500 companies. Laurie joined her father’s company, Schmald Tool & Die, as Sales Manager in 1995. She purchased the business in 1997. In 2007 Laurie established Adaptive Manufacturing Solutions LLC; a vertically integrated collaborative of Michigan based companies. In 2011 she established ReSET, Restructuring Skills thru Education & Technology, and the Manufacturing Innovation Technology Institute (MITI). ReSET worked with students and educational institutions from K-12, Community Colleges, and Universities to provide hands on experiential learning in a fully operating facility focusing on advanced manufacturing, innovation, and entrepreneurship.


The Regional Manager and liaison to centers in the North Midwest region of the country

Mr. Mastalski is a recent “new join” to the NIST Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program for service as a Regional Manager and liaison to centers in the North Midwest region of the country. Those centers will include Indiana, Illinois, and Michigan along with Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska.


Prior to joining NIST MEP, Mr. Mastalski was most recently with NASA at the Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) in Huntsville, AL.  There he served as an Aerospace Technologist (AST) and the Center Agreements Manager within the Partnerships & Formulation Office (PFO), Science & Technology Office (STO). He came to NASA and Marshall in late August 2012 serving as a Team Lead & Strategic Analyst within the Center Office for Strategy, Office of Strategic Analysis and Communication (OSAC), MSFC.


In his 6 years at Marshall, Mr. Mastalski was responsible for the development and implementation of Space Act Agreements (SAA) for the large, technically diverse MSFC; maintaining over 300 active business agreements per annum while generating approximately 100 new SAAs a year. He expertly led a team managing new Business / Program opportunities, Proposal Development with Principal Investigators (PIs) and Partnerships for Marshall, while assisting in the formulation and integration of strategic vectors for the historic space flight center.

Prior to joining NASA, Mr. Mastalski has over 20 years of Executive Management and worldwide Business Development experience in high technology businesses; providing sophisticated computer & communications systems and IT services to U.S. federal & state agencies, commercial & defense industry contractors as well as International / foreign country programs. His applied leadership, program management expertise and business acumen produced steady sales growth and solid business foundations for fledgling high technology enterprises, both foreign and domestic.

Mr. Mastalski also served the nation as a Major, in the United States Marine Corps Reserve, with 12 years of progressive command and technical experience in Air Defense units and for the Marine Corps Research, Development and Acquisition Command (MCRDAC). There he provided innovative technical leadership in the C4I & Aerospace systems acquisition management field. Highly successful as a Project Officer, Capt. Mastalski directed ground breaking Air Defense and Ballistic Missile Intercept concept development efforts. He boldly led prototype engineering, product testing & evaluation, and acquisition management within a rapidly evolving digital computing and communications environment. Concurrently he managed large RDT&E ($15M) and Procurement ($250M) budgets that incorporated International / Foreign Military Sales (FMS) joint ventures. Capt. Mastalski’s most notable professional experience was as a Commanding Officer for a Surface-to-Air Missile battery. In 1988 he was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal recognizing his leadership and service as a HAWK Missile Battery Commander and Battalion Operations Officer, 2nd LAAM Battalion, USMC.


The regional administrator for the Great Lakes Region of the U.S. Small Business Administration

 Robert Scott serves as the regional administrator for the Great Lakes Region of the U.S. Small Business Administration, overseeing the delivery of the agency’s financial assistance, technical assistance and government contracting activities throughout Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin.

Prior to the SBA, Scott ran his own consulting firm, practiced law at Oldham & Deitering in Clayton, Ohio, and served as the vice mayor in Kettering, Ohio, where he remains in service as a city councilman. He has worked in the Ohio House of Representatives as a legislative aide and on several major political campaigns in Ohio, including serving as the state director for Donald J. Trump for President. Additionally, Scott wrote for the Dayton Daily News, Dayton City Paper and was a syndicated columnist for Brown Newspapers, Inc.

Scott received a B.S. from Wright State University and an honors juris doctorate degree from the University of Dayton School of Law. He is a member of the Dayton Masonic Lodge, Ohio State Bar Association and Kettering Rotary Club. Scott received a “Forty under 40” award from the American Association of Political Consultants in 2016 and the Dayton Business Journal named him one of the city’s notable “Forty under 40” professionals in 2015.


Director, Manufacturing Assistance Programs, at the Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA)

Susan Foltz is a Certified Business Advisor and State Director of the Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program.  She has been at the Ohio Development Services Agency for more than 17 years.  Mrs. Foltz has a passion for small business success.  

She is a former business owner and has spent more than two decades in the manufacturing field.  First at an oilfield production equipment manufacturer in the 1980’s and 1990’s.  She worked in the sales office and became the executive assistant to the President/CEO generating bills of materials and scheduling production along with monitoring and reporting oilfield production and horse racing.  

The second - a small manufacturer (15 employees) of mobile medical clinics, built on semi-trailer chassis.  She provided operations management for office and plant.  Tasks included purchasing, human resources, accounts payable, financial reporting, creating production drawings, and back-up welder.  Clinics were sold across the US and exported to Kazakstan and Mexico in the 1990’s.  

She is a trained color analyst; 7-year Baldrige examiner for Ohio’s Partnership for Excellence; Certified GrowthWheel® Business Advisor and US Army veteran.  

She most recently completed the Technology-driven Market Intelligence and Technology Scouting (TDMI/TS) certification with NIST and RTI International.  

She holds a BA in Business Management from Cambridge State University.  In 2004 she was named Mom-of-the-Year for Fairfield County.  She resides on the family farm in rural Fairfield County with her husband, David; mother of 6 and grandmother of 10. 


Chief, Discovery & Integration, USCENTCOM CCJ8-Science & Technology

Mr. Scharringhausen, is a Department of the Air Force Civilian (DAFC), serving as the Chief, Discovery & Integration at United States Central Command, on the Command Science Advisor’s Staff, for the Commander, as the “Technology Scout” for the USCENTCOM Commander. He is responsible for discovery of technologies, research, analysis, and sponsor development of new & emerging technologies which have the potential to provide material solutions to Headquarters and Component validated needs to prepare the command for current and future operational requirements that support the National Military Strategy and the USCENTCOM Combatant Commander’s Strategy. Mr. Sharringhausen attended The Ohio State University graduating with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics & Natural Resources. Master’s degree in Human Resources from Webster’s University, graduate of Air War College, Air Command & Staff College, and Squadron Officer School. In 2001 he received the Distinguished Alumni Award from The Ohio State University.


Statewide Program Manager, Ohio’s Procurement Technical Assistance Center, Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA)

In May 2015, Sharon A. Smith was named Ohio’s Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) Statewide Program Manager at the Ohio Development Services Agency. In that role, Sharon is responsible for administrating and overseeing the Ohio PTAC network consisting of 7 offices providing government procurement assistance to Ohio’s businesses.

Prior to assuming the responsibilities of the PTAC network, Sharon served as the Assistant Deputy Chief of the Office of Community Assistance. In that role she was responsible for managing the office’s federal block grant programs, which includes the Home Energy Assistance Program, Home Weatherization Assistance Program and the Community Services Block Grant. In addition the office oversees the regulated utilities Universal Service Fund programs which complement the federal Home Energy Assistance Programs. Smith with the Office of Community Assistance team ensured that Ohio’s low-income citizens had the resources they needed to manage energy costs.

Smith has been with the Ohio Development Services Agency for more than 29 years, serving first as an Industrial Representative in the Business Services Division and was responsible for. serving 13 counties in northeastern Ohio. In that role, Smith worked on Ohio’s business retention and expansion initiatives while helping employers address their workforce development needs. Smith also served as Assistant Deputy Chief for the Minority Business Division, administrating and overseeing the Minority Business Assistance Centers, the Minority and Small Business Financial Incentive programs and the Procurement Technical Assistance Center programs. 

Prior to joining the Ohio Development Services Agency, Smith served as an Account Executive with the Private Industry Council of Columbus and Franklin County, helping employers address their workforce development needs and also owned and operated her own business. She has a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management from Wilberforce University and a master’s degree in Education from Capella University. 

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