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Paul ("Chip") Levengood, Chair

Mr. Levengood is Chair of the Board of Overseas Vote Foundation.  Being a UOCAVA voter himself, he is an invaluable DC liaison and advisor regarding OVF strategy.

Throughout his career, Mr. Levengood has worked with nongovernmental organizations handling economic development in less developed countries. In keeping with this life-long engagement, he was Vice Chair of EnterpriseWorks/VITA, an international not-for-profit organization working to combat poverty through economic development programs based on sustainable, enterprise-oriented solutions. He was Chairman of VITA before the two organizations merged a few years ago.
 
Mr. Levengood retired from the Madrid office of JP Morgan in 2000 after having spent most of his working life either living outside the US or traveling constantly.  The second half of his career was in investment banking; the first half was in commercial banking, operations management and systems development.  He spent his first ten years working in Latin America including residing in Sao Paulo, the last twenty years dealing with Europe and the Middle East, and more than ten years residing and working in Brussels and Madrid.
 
Upon graduating from Yale University with a BA in political philosophy, he joined the Peace Corps. He was sent to Costa Rica to work as a rural community development volunteer, an experience that was to be a formative influence in his life. After returning to the US to continue his education, he earned an MBA at Columbia University in international finance.
 
Mr. Levengood and his family divide their time between Madrid and the eastern shore of Maryland.


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Richard D. Vogt, Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer

Richard D. Vogt, CPA, CVA is the Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer of Overseas Vote Foundation. Mr. Vogt works closely with the President and CEO, Ms. Dzieduszycka-Suinat in providing strategy recommendations based on financial analysis and projections, cost identification and allocation, and revenue/expense analysis. He manages all aspects of the organizationʼs financial operation.
 
He is owner of Vogt & Company, P.C., a CPA and consulting firm. He is a Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA) with the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts. Mr. Vogt has over nine years of professional accounting experience and over seven years of professional valuation experience. He is member of the South Carolina Association of Certified Public Accounts and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).

In addition to providing tax and advisory services for small business clients, Mr. Vogt has provided valuation advisory services for a wide range of issues including complex business valuation, option pricing models, shareholder dissent, and economic damages.

He has worked as an senior auditor for Deloitte & Touche, a private industry controller for a manufacturing company and designed, developed and operated a four-unit restaurant company in California and Washington state. He has a Bachelor of Art in Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management from Michigan State University and a Master of Business Administration from Clemson University.

 


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Susan Dzieduszycka-Suinat, President & CEO

Susan Dzieduszycka-Suinat heads the Overseas Vote Foundation (OVF) and its associated initiative, U.S. Vote Foundation (US Vote). As the Co-founder, President and Chief Executive Officer, Susan orchestrates the work of the foundations around the greater goal of creating an environment conducive to positive electoral reform. Her work encompasses the foundations’ strategic and operational planning, innovation and technical development, and commercial and marketing programs. In addition, Susan is actively engaged with voter support, outreach, research programs and policy development programs.

An active public speaker, Susan has addressed the National Association of Secretaries of State and the National Association of State Election Directors, among other esteemed organizations. She has also testified in Congress in support of overseas and military voting rights, and has been an outspoken leader in support of improving overseas and military voting policies, which inspired creation of the CLOVE Initiative in 2012. She has also actively participated in the efforts of the Uniform Law Commission to develop and propagate adoption of the Uniform Military and Overseas Voting Act (UMOVA) across the states. OVF, through Susan’s direct efforts, has been the recipient of grants from The Pew Charitable Trusts, the Carnegie Foundation of New York, and the JEHT Foundation.

Under Susan’s leadership and creativity, the foundations have positioned themselves as the standard bearers for user-oriented voter services. This expertise is demonstrated across the 18 websites currently run by the foundations.  These include the Overseas Vote Foundation website, Youth Vote Overseas, state-specific sites for Kentucky, Ohio, Minnesota, New York and Vermont, county specific sites for Bernalillo County, NM and Okaloosa County, FL, and strategic voter outreach sites for the League of Women Voters, and Rock the Vote among others.

Susan has now expanded her focus to include domestic voting challenges as seen by the launch of U.S. Vote Foundation (US Vote). US Vote adopts OVF’s concept of a customized voter services site to provide web applications and information services that assist citizens to become active voters. US Vote piloted a Spanish-language initiative together with Hispanic Communications Network, Voto Ausente USA, across 12 states in 2012, and debuted its first hosted system for the National Association of Colleges and Universities (NAICU) ‘Your Vote Your Voice’ program.

Susan received a Bachelor’s degree in environmental studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz and certifications in organizational development, large-scale project management and marketing from the University of California, Berkeley. She was honored as a Google Fellow at the Personal Democracy Forum 2009 in Barcelona, and is a participating member of the Election Verification Network. A native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, Susan and her family reside in Munich, Germany.


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James ("Jim") Brenner, Member of the Board

Mr. Brenner  is a cofounder of Overseas Vote Foundation and served as Chairman of the Executive Board until February 2007.

Mr. Brenner is CEO of Broad Cove Partners and has over twenty years of finance and investment experience in public and private sector organizations, with a particular focus on structuring partnerships between private fund managers and government and quasi-public institutional investors. Before helping found Broad Cove Partners, Mr. Brenner was an executive in the Global Alliance group of State Street Global Advisors. Previously, Jim led a Harvard University team working with international financial institutions, public and private sector experts on the development of technology and venture capital.  During the same period, Jim was invited by a group of international financial institutions to undertake a benchmark study of emerging market investment funds.  

Prior to that, Mr. Brenner was a Senior Vice President and Portfolio Manager at AEW Capital Management, where he led the firm's efforts in assisting the government's Resolution Trust Corporation in the development of the innovative Multiple Investor Fund (MIF) program, designed to help divest failed thrifts' real estate assets.

Prior to joining AEW, Jim spent five years as a senior staffer in the U. S. Senate and was responsible for major legislation covering international trade, tax, banking and finance issues.   

Mr. Brenner earned a BA degree (Phi Beta Kappa) in Government in 1979 at Wesleyan University. Awarded a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship for independent study outside the United States, Mr. Brenner traveled to rural India, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand from 1979 to 1980 to study village technology and development.  He earned a Master’s in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School at Harvard University in 1982.

Jim Brenner lives in Washington D.C. and works much of the time in Ghana, Africa.

 


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Pat Hollarn, Member of the Board

Pat Hollarn has brought her years of invaluable experience as Supervisor of Elections in Okaloosa County, Florida, to the Overseas Vote Foundation Executive Board. She is recognized as a leading proponent of increasing the enfranchisement of UOCAVA voters and works with FVAP and EAC and others in the private sector to further the use of secure electronic means to that end.

Ms. Hollarn is nationally renowned for her unwavering dedication to the democratic process of voting and introduction of new technologies in her jurisdiction, including the installation of the first PCs and participation in Internet voting projects.  She served as Supervisor of Elections in Okaloosa County since 1988 and as State Certified Supervisor of Elections since 1991, the second Supervisor of Elections in Florida to be nationally certified by The Election Center.

During her years of service as Okaloosa County's Supervisor of Elections, Ms. Hollarn has upgraded the county's voting system to its current Diebold Accu-Vote system blended with the TSX touch screens for disabled voters, and devotes a great deal of time and effort to voter education. Even before "Motor Voter," countywide awareness programs increased voter registration greatly. Her introduction of KIDS VOTING, later revised to KIDS VOTE, TOO, has been very successful in training students to be voters for life.

She is a long time member of both the International Association of Clerks, Recorders, Election Officials and Treasurers (IACREOT) and Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections, and served as the Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections in many capacities, and as president in 1998-99. She has been a member of the National Task Force on Election Reform since 2001, working closely with congressional staff as well as other election administrators on election laws. She testified on several issues in Governor Bush's Task Force on Election Reform in 2001, and in December 2002 was appointed as one of four Supervisors of Elections in an advisory panel to the Governor's Task Force II on Elections.

Ms. Hollarn has a B.A from the University of New Hampshire, did graduate work at New York University and St. Mary’s University, has a Certificate in Public Administration from Florida State University, and is a Certified  Elections & Registration Administrator through Auburn University.

Pat Hollarn lives with her husband in Okaloosa, Florida near her children and grandchildren. 


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John B. “J.R.” McDonald, Jr., Member of the Board

John B. “J.R.” McDonald, Jr. is the Vice President, Northwest Florida Operations within Corporate Domestic Business Development.  In this role, J.R. serves as the senior Lockheed Martin executive in the northwest Florida area and represents all of the relevant business areas/units that operate in the Fort Walton Beach-Pensacola-Tyndall AFB area.  Additionally, J.R. leads the Joint Customer Focus Team with Lockheed representatives at the U.S. Combatant Commanders’ headquarters around the world.

Prior to being named to this position in July of 2009, Mr. McDonald served as the Director for the F-22 “Raptor” Program -Washington Operations.  In this position he directed the Corporation’s liaison with the Pentagon, the Executive branch and the media on all matters relating to the F-22 program.  He was the subject matter expert on the Raptor program and worked with the legislative staff to brief Congress, especially members of the Authorization and Appropriations Defense Committees on all aspects of the F-22 program.

Before joining Lockheed in 2002, Mr. McDonald was the Senior Airpower Analyst working for the Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force’s Task Force Enduring Look (AF/CVX).  In that capacity he was responsible for capturing airpower lessons learned during Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.  He was also a commercial airline pilot for a major US carrier.

Prior to joining AF/CVX, J.R. served fourteen years as a fighter pilot in the USAF.  He was an Instructor and Mission Commander in the F-15C, spent three years as the Air Force’s F-15 Demonstration pilot, and he was 7th AF’s Chief of Air Superiority in Korea.  He also spent time on the Air Combat Command staff in the F-22 requirements division where he was the chief of training and avionics.

He has over 3000 hours in several fighter aircraft including 167 combat hours over Iraq.

J.R. is a 1986 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy with a BS in Sociology/Law.  He is a trustee of the USAF Academy’s Falcon Foundation and a member of the Air Force Association.


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Denise Sangster, Member of the Board

Denise Sangster is an information technology market veteran, whose professional knowledge and years of experience have greatly benefited Overseas Vote Foundation.

She is president and CEO of Global Touch, a company she founded in 1989 and is recognized as a global authority on developing profitable and productive go-to-market strategies, effective customer, channel and alliance partnerships, and innovative and cost-effective channel strategies for leading information technology companies.  

Ms. Sangster has been a featured columnist on technology, partnering, and channel trends for a variety of IT and financial publications and has been published in over thirty countries.  Since 1991, her columns and feature articles have appeared in The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal Europe, Nikkei Byte, PC Week, Computer Reseller News and many others. She also served as Intel's eBusiness Network channel analyst and columnist, a private portal for Intel’s 40,000 (active) channel partners across the globe.  

She was a Director of the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee (1980 to 1984) and a member of the Board of Directors for the United States Women’s Olympic Rowing Committee (1984 to 1992), and the University of California Women’s Athletic Advisory Council (1988 to 1996).  She presently serves as an active Board or Advisory Board member of several technology, private investment funds, and channel companies in the U.S. and Europe, as well as the Midsummer Mozart Festival (San Francisco, CA) and the Jack London Aquatic Center (Oakland, CA).

Ms. Sangster graduated from the University of California at Berkeley and completed graduate work at Berkeley, Harvard, INSEAD, and London School of Economics.

She lives and works in Contra Costa, California.

 


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David Wagner, Special Advisor to the Board, Security and Privacy

David Wagner is Overseas Vote Foundation’s advisor in regard to systems security and voter privacy issues.

Dr. Wagner is an associate professor of computer science, at the University of California, Berkeley and a well known researcher in computer security and cryptography. An expert on computer security and security issues pertaining to electronic voting, Dr. Wagner is a member of the ACCURATE Center, a Center for Correct, Usable, Reliable, Auditable, and Transparent Elections. He is also on the Election Assistance Commission's Technology Guidelines Development Committee. In addition, he has published two books and nearly a hundred peer-reviewed papers, advised government agencies and software companies on how to make digital cell phones, wireless networks, encryption standards, and next-generation Internet protocols more secure.

Dr. Wagner received an A.B. in Mathematics from Princeton University in 1995, an M.S. in Computer Science from Berkeley in 1999, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Berkeley in 2000.

He lives and works in Berkeley, California.