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Daniel Woodley

Chairman of the Board

Daniel Woodley

Daniel Woodley attended school in St Paul, Minnesota and was in the vocational program for Hospitality Management in High School. Upon graduation he enrolled in the University of Minnesota program in Hotel Restaurant and Institutional Management. While in college he was elected the Vice President of the student body and President of the Minnesota State College Student Union Association. He entered to the workforce as an Assistant Food and Beverage Director in the Hotel industry.

Dan was transferred to Falls Church, VA in 1978 to open the now-named Westin Hotel Tyson’s where he initiated the first work lab for Fairfax County Schools Marshall High School students to observe the interworkings of an active hotel kitchen experience. He became a Director of the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) in 1980, and served on the first Gala committee for five years. He was also a founding member of the RAMW Education Foundation and founded the Commercial Kitchen Services Inc. based in Alexandria, VA in 1984.

Dan and his wife Leah are supporting members of a pre-school (nino) for 162 underprivileged children in Jaco, Costa Rica known for over 20 years as the School of Nutrition. He has continued his involvement in Career and Technical Education (CTE) by sitting on the Fairfax County Schools CTE Advisory Committee for the past six years and was recently appointed by the Virginia Board of Education as Chairman (2015-2017) of the Commonwealth’s CTE Advisory Committee.

Dan’s other notable projects include the construction from donations of the Martha’s Table original kitchen (1982) in Washington, DC; founding sponsor of Marriott Hospitality Charter School; and two-time winner of the RAMW Rammy Awards.

Dan has had a successful career in commercial real estate and development at A. J. Dwoskin Commercial Real Estate since 1990.

Craig Quigley

Vice chairman of the Board

Craig Quigley

Craig Quigley serves as the Executive Director of the Hampton Roads Military and Federal Facilities Alliance, a public-private partnership dedicated to attracting, retaining, and growing federal facilities in the region.

A career naval officer, Mr. Quigley served 27 years on active duty, achieving the rank of rear admiral and serving as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs) at the Pentagon. Upon retiring from the Navy, Mr. Quigley accepted a position as Vice President of Communications & Public Affairs for Lockheed Martin Maritime Systems & Sensors, leading a 30-person communications team across eight states for a $3.5B operating company.

Following Lockheed Martin, Craig returned to federal government service as the Director of Communication for U.S. Joint Forces Command in Hampton Roads, VA, during a time of great transition in that organization.

Mr. Quigley is a 1975 distinguished graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, MD and served as president of his class. A native of Winthrop, IA, he is an active public speaker, and believes in the value of mentoring juniors and developing teamwork to accomplish difficult objectives. He has been listed in “Who’s Who in American High Schools” and “Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities,” and was selected as an “Outstanding Young Man of America” in 1980.

Craig serves as a member of the Communications Committee of the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association Board of Trustees. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Association of Defense Communities; the Board of Directors of the NASA Aerospace Support Team; the Board of Directors of VersAbility Resources; the Board of Directors of the Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance; the Board of Directors of the Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce; the Board of Directors of the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce; and the Board of Directors of the Hampton Roads Chapter of the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association.

Richards R. Shurtz, II

Secretary to the Board

Richard R. Shurtz, II

President & CEO Stratford University

Dr. Shurtz is President and CEO of Stratford University, headquartered in Fairfax, Virginia, a position he has held for over 30 years. Prior to Stratford University, Dr. Shurtz was Vice President of Physical Sciences for the BDM Corporation. Prior to BDM, he was a research physicist at the Night Vision Laboratory. Dr Shurtz’s research areas have included: Artificial Neural Systems, Semiconductor Lasers, Infrared Imaging, and Image Processing. He holds 15 patents and has authored 30 technical publications.

Stratford University is a member of several organizations including the Virginia Career College Association (VCCA) where Dr. Shurtz is on the VCCA Board of Directors. Dr. Shurtz is also active in the Northern Virginia Workforce Investment Board and frequently lobbies for legislative initiatives in both Richmond and Washington on behalf of these organizations. He received the 2009 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the Government/Education Services category for the Greater Washington Region.

Dr. Shurtz frequently speaks about Competency-Based Education and Training (CBET), and believes that CBET can be used for both career and economic development. Since 2000, he has also hosted Tech Talk 3WT radio (1500 AM) radio at 9 a.m. each Saturday morning—a program designed to attract new individuals to IT technology careers by translating complex IT topics into layman’s terms. Dr. Shurtz has presided over Stratford University’s growth from a single small campus to multi-campus locations in Falls Church, Woodbridge, Richmond, Newport News, Virginia Beach, and Alexandria, VA; as well as in Baltimore, MD and in New Delhi, India. Under Dr. Shurtz’s leadership, Stratford University became accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent College and Schools (ACICS), the American Culinary Federation (ACF), the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), and the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).

Dr. Shurtz received both his PhD (1975) and MS (1972) from Catholic University in Physics; and his BS (1968) from the University of Arkansas in Physics and Mathematics.

Veer Bhartiya

Veer Bhartiya

As REI Systems President and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Bhartiya exceeds client expectations every business day— overseeing strategic initiatives, advancing client missions, cultivating key client and strategic relationships, and monitoring major financial transactions.

REI Systems, a software engineering and professional services firm, specializes in Web-based workflow automation applications, government transparency, and federal E-Grants automation. Under Mr. Bhartiya’s leadership, REI has grown from a startup medical billing services provider in 1990 to a 500+employee-strong pace-setting software engineering and professional services firm, reporting more than $81 Million in revenue for 2015.

For more than 20 years prior to founding REI Systems, Veer was a professional in software engineering, information systems design, satellite communication technologies, navigation systems, grounding systems for Air Traffic Control (ATC) facilities, microwave landing system, and electronic hardware development for defense communication applications.

As a Program Manager on the NASCOM Message Switching System (MSS) High Speed Front End Replacements (FER) program with NASA/GSFC, Veer’s key project activities included site surveys, installation and integration, development of acceptance test procedures, training, maintenance, and software development support.

Prior to coming to the United States in 1983, Veer planned and coordinated multi-disciplinary Research and Development (R&D) projects in the high technology areas of electro-optics and oceanography.

Mr. Bhartiya earned a Master’s Degree (S.M.) in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Electronic and Telecommunications Engineering from Allahabad University in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India.

Michael Hillyard

Michael Hillyard

Dr. Hillyard is an independent consultant specializing in higher education strategy, governance, quality assurance, curriculum, accreditation, and regulation. He has performed work on behalf of colleges and universities; accrediting bodies; and foreign governments and institutions.

Dr. Hillyard has served as president of the University of St. Augustine, a health sciences institution that annually produces the United States’ largest and third-largest classes of physical and occupational therapists, respectively, through campus operations in St. Augustine, Boca Raton, and San Diego, as well as distance education and continuing education programs. He also served as president of Rockwell University, a two-campus and distance education provider of career-oriented information technology degree and certificate programs in the Washington, DC area. Dr. Hillyard was also formerly provost and executive vice president of the American Public University System, where he oversaw academic policy and operations for American Public University, American Military University, and American Community College—covering 15,000 students, 350 faculty members, and 160 degrees and programs.

In addition to numerous board membership positions, Dr. Hillyard has also provided international expertise on behalf of the Hong Kong government’s accreditation council, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s national accreditation commission, and Egypt’s national accreditation authority.

Dr. Hillyard’s public service includes active duty and reserve military experience that culminated with the rank of major. He has authored numerous publications in areas of national security, military affairs, leadership, and education.

Dr. Hillyard has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Miami University (Ohio); a master’s in military studies from the American Military University;and a master’s and doctorate of public administration from the University of Southern California. He has also completed post-doctoral studies with Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education.

With his wife (Cara) and their two sons (Andrew and Alexander), the Hillyard family resides in northeastern Florida.

Ed Meehan

Ed Meehan

Mr. Meehan is the founder of Arcady Bay Partners, an advisory firm that works with companies and investors in the technology and education sectors as an investor and advisor on financing, merger, and acquisition matters. In addition, he has done advisory work for several well-known investor groups in the education and technology sectors. He formed Arcady Bay Partners in 2002 and has worked with companies such as Lime Energy, Encorp, Venetica, eko Systems, Provost Systems, MedTech College, and others on M&A and fund-raising assignments.

From June 1998 to January 2002, Mr. Meehan served as managing director for Legg Mason, responsible for overseeing their technology banking efforts in Reston, VA, focusing on Internet-based business models. During that time, his group completed more than 25 financing and advisory assignments in the technology and education sectors. Ed was also responsible for raising private equity for companies such as Capella Education,, and Marketswitch; and IPO’s for Bluestone Software,, and U.S. Internetworking.

From 1978 to 1995, Mr. Meehan was with Merrill Lynch and from 1995 to 1998, he worked for Smith Barney in their respective New York City Investment Banking Groups. From 1978 to 1981, Ed was an accountant and accounting manager working in the international and leasing departments at Merrill Lynch. In 1981, he became an investment banker. At Merrill Lynch, he worked on structuring investment partnerships; performed M&A work for Merrill Lynch corporate initiatives; and worked with several U.S. public utilities such as PSE&G, Baltimore Gas and Electric, Southern Company, Texas Utilities, and Portland General. In his capacity as a utility and energy banker at Merrill Lynch, and later Smith Barney, Ed worked on more than 100 public debt and equity financing transactions, raising billions of dollars for clients in the sector as well as numerous M&A and strategic assignments.

Mr. Meehan has an MBA in finance and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from St. John’s University in New York. He is also/was a board member of EKO Systems, Vision Chain, Infotility, MindShare, and

Mary Ann Shurtz

Mary Ann Shurtz

Mary Ann Shurtz is the Executive Vice President of Stratford University, providing overall direction and supervision of university operations and personnel. Mrs. Shurtz is responsible for the development of budgets, forecasts, and evaluation of sales, marketing, advertising, and public relations initiatives within and external to the university. Mrs. Shurtz works closely with major advertising and public relations agencies in forming business development strategies and fostering successful business relationships that are in compliance with Department of Education, Veterans Affairs, Immigrations, Accreditations, and best practices standards and requirements. She has held this position since 1986.

Prior to joining Stratford University, Mrs. Shurtz was manager and supervisor of the Northern Virginia Office of Consumer Affairs from 1972-1986. Her role included investigation and mediation of complaints, reviewing legislative alternatives, and representation of the NVOCA office at public gatherings; and she was highly instrumental in the establishment f the Consumer Education and Information Association of Virginia.

Mrs. Shurtz has a Bachelors degree from Pittsburg State University and a Master of Business Administration from Stratford University.

Richard L. Anderson

Richard L. Anderson

Delegate Richard L. Anderson (Rich) represents the 51st House District in the Virginia General Assembly. He represents a district of 80,000 people, which stretches from Occoquan westward through Lake Ridge, Westridge, Manassas, Brentsville, and Nokesville.

In his legislative capacity, Del. Anderson chairs the House Committee on Science and Technology and sits as a member of the House Appropriations Committee, the House General Laws Committee, and the House Transportation Committee. Del. Anderson is a native of Roanoke, graduated in 1979 from Virginia Tech, and served for 30 years in the United States Air Force before retiring in 2009 as a colonel. During his military career, he commanded Titan II Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) launch centers and combat crews; led and operated a Minuteman II ICBM squadron, missiles, and launch crews; and served at HQ Strategic Air Command, HQ US Atlantic Command, HQ US Pacific Command, HQ US Air Force, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

As chair of the General Assembly Military and Veterans Caucus, Del. Anderson leads General Assembly initiatives that affect 800,000 Virginia veterans and their dependents. He is also a member of the Virginia Board of Veterans Services, the Virginia War Memorial Board of Trustees, the Virginia WWI and WWII Anniversary Commemorative Commission, and the Governor’s Commission on Military Installations and Defense Activities.

His non-veteran boards and commissions include chairmanship of the Virginia Commission on Civics Education, member of the Virginia State Crime Commission, member of the Virginia Commission on Youth, and member of the Virginia Joint Commission on Technology and Science (JCOTS).

Del. Anderson holds a BA degree in Political Science from Virginia Tech and an MA degree in Public Administration from Webster University. He is a graduate of the Air Command and Staff College, Armed Forces Staff College, and Air War College. Del. Anderson and his wife, Occoquan District Supervisor Ruth M. Anderson, reside in Woodbridge. Ruth is a retired 21-year military veteran and Air Force Nurse Corps leader.

Tariq Khan

Tariq Khan

Tariq Khan is the founder and CEO of Global Diversity Marketing. He is a recognized business leader in innovative marketing, strategy, digital marketing, social media, and diversity and inclusion arena. His distinguished 20-year career includes mostly working at global Fortune companies such as ING, Nationwide, and MetLife. In his last corporate position, Tariq was senior vice president and head of market development for ING, where he led ING’s strategy to expand growing target market with multi-channel distribution.

Tariq is also credited with developing and supporting the largest and most diverse distribution channel in the financial services industry. He has launched several award-winning branding campaigns, D&I program, and social media campaigns for the African American, Hispanic, Asian and women’s markets. Tariq’s work, interviews and articles have been published in several trade and industry publications.

Tariq’s equally impressive contributions in the non-profit world include: director at the Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund; creation and management of several scholarship events for APIASF students; director at the Asian Pacific Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS), a national non-partisan, non-profit; and director at the National Association of Asian MBA (NAAMBA) and Ascend, the largest Asian American professional organization. Tariq is also an adjunct professor of marketing and public relations at New York University’s graduate school in the fields of Integrated Marketing Communications, Competitive Intelligence, social media, Public Relations and C-Suite Leadership. Mr. Khan earned a bachelor’s degree in international marketing and advertising from Baruch College, New York; an MBA in marketing and management from St. John’s University, New York; and an Executive Management Certificate from Babson College, MA. He is a sought-after keynote speaker on marketing, branding, diversity, distribution, and sales growth; and has appeared on global mainstream media including CNN International LIVE.


Gerald L. Gordon, Ph.D.

Highlights: Virginia Business magazine named Gerald L. Gordon as its “2010 Virginia Business Person of the Year.” Since 2013, he has been on the magazine’s annual list of the 50 Most Influential Virginians. Leadership Fairfax, Inc. named Dr. Gordon the recipient of the 2011 Northern Virginia Regional Leadership Award. The International Economic Development Council presented Dr. Gordon with its Jeffrey A. Finkle Lifetime Achievement/Organizational Leadership Award in 2015.

Gerald L. Gordon, Ph.D., served as the president and CEO of the Economic Development Authority in Fairfax County, Virginia, the second-largest suburban office market in the nation and the largest in the Commonwealth of Virginia. He served with the FCEDA from late 1983 through the end of 2018, during which time office space in the county grew from 32 million square feet to more than 116 million, and jobs in the county grew from 243,000 to more than 600,000. As a result, the real estate tax rate has decreased from $1.47 to $1.15.

Dr. Gordon also worked for Arlington County, Virginia, and the United States Department of Labor. Dr. Gordon was instrumental in creating the Emerging Business Forum and bringing the 1998 World Congress on Information Technology to Fairfax County. In 2005, the FCEDA was named by Site Selection magazine as one of the Top Ten Economic Development organizations in North America. In 2007, Time magazine called Fairfax County “one of the great economic success stories of our time.” In 2011, the Washington Post said that “Fairfax County remains the economic wunderkind of Virginia and in many ways of the Washington area.”

TDr. Gordon has taught at Catholic University, the University of Maryland, George Mason University, and Virginia Commonwealth University. He has consulted with city and state governments throughout the United States and around the world, as well as the governments of Poland, the island of Vieques in Puerto Rico, and Micronesia. He has also served as a consultant to various government agencies, the United States Navy, businesses, non-profit organizations, associations, colleges and universities, and the United Nations.

Dr. Gordon holds a bachelor’s degree from The Citadel, a master’s degree from The George Washington University, and a doctorate in international economics from The Catholic University of America. He is the author of 13 books on strategic planning and economic development. His most recent book is Understanding Community Economic Growth and Decline: Strategies for Sustainable Development (Routledge Press, 2018). Other books have included The Economic Survival of America's Isolated Small Towns (CRC Press, 2015), The Economic Viability of Micropolitan America (CRC Press, 2013), Reinventing Local and Regional Economies (CRC Press, 2011), and The Formula for Economic Growth on Main Street America (CRC Press, 2009).

Dr. Gordon is the 2003 recipient of the prestigious Israel Freedom Award of the Israel Bonds organization. In 2006, Dr. Gordon became the first American to address the AllParliamentary Exports Group in the British House of Commons. In 2007, he was awarded a Fulbright Senior Scholarship.

In 2010, Virginia Business magazine named Dr. Gordon its “Virginia Business Person of the Year.” That year he also received the James Rees Award from the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce. In 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018, Virginia Business tapped Dr. Gordon for its “50 Most Influential Virginians” list. In 2015, the International Economic Development Council awarded Dr. Gordon its Jeffrey A. Finkle Organizational Leadership Award that is presented to someone has “continuously led the same public or nonprofit economic development organization with integrity, tenacity, and a philanthropic spirit for at least 15 years.”

Leadership Fairfax, Inc. named Dr. Gordon the recipient of the 2011 Northern Virginia Regional Leadership Award. In 2012, Transwestern, Delta Associates, Baker Tilly and PNC Real Estate honored Dr. Gordon as a TrendLines Trendsetter of the Year for the Washington metropolitan area for his contributions to the commercial real estate industry.

In the last decade Dr. Gordon chaired the boards of the Fairfax Symphony, the Arts Council of Fairfax County, the Foundation for Fairfax County Public Schools and the George Mason University Honors College. He also has served on the board of the International Economic Development Council, and is a Fellow Member and Honorary Life Member of the organization.

Dr. Gordon retired from the FCEDA at the end of 2018 and accepted a dual appointment at the College of Charleston (SC) where he will serve as a Fellow of the Joseph P. Riley Center for Livable Communities and will be a professor in the College’s Graduate School of Public Administration.