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The USPTC Program Office Staff help coordinate the Naval Postgraduate School’s efforts in its role as the USPTC.

 

 Mr. Thomas Hazard, Deputy Vice Provost, Special Initiatives, and Director, USPTC Program Office

Tom Hazard joined the faculty of the Naval Postgraduate School in 1992.  His responsibilities include strategic planning and operational oversight for international outreach and partnering efforts, business process review, and innovative approaches to leveraging education and research resources for integration across Department of Defense, State Department, and NATO partner capacity building goals and objectives.  A native of California, Mr. Hazard received his Bachelor of Arts in business management from California State University Fullerton, and his master’s in systems management at the University of Southern California.  As a former Marine Corps Aviator with over 38 years of Military/Department of Defense experience in training and education, Mr. Hazard possesses a broad range of organizational and business management skills.  His civilian awards include the Joint Chiefs Meritorious Civilian Medal, the Navy Meritorious Civilian Medal, and the Navy Superior Civilian Service Medal.

Program Office Staff

 

 Mr. Alan Howard, Deputy Director, USPTC Program Office

Alan Howard joined the faculty of the Naval Postgraduate School in 2009.  His responsibilities include international outreach and partnering efforts, business process review, program management, and leveraging opportunities to match academic and research resources across Department of Defense, State Department, and NATO partner capacity building goals and objectives.  Prior to joining NPS, he spent 15 years in international shipping and logistics and, as Director of eBusiness Development for a large multinational with over 10B Euro in annual revenue, had global responsibility for strategy, product development, and operations in the online space.  Having spent most of his career based in Europe, Mr. Howard returned to his native Monterey, California, in 2002.  Mr. Howard earned his Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Chinese Studies from Wheaton College and earned his Master of Business Administration/Master of International Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management.

 Vice Adm. Phil Quast (USN, Retired), Senior Fellow

Phil Quast joined the faculty of the Naval Postgraduate School in 1997.  His responsibilities include outreach to major commands with the goal of building partnership capacity.  Prior to joining NPS, he served 38 years in the U.S. Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer.  During his service, he commanded numerous ships and units including River Patrol Division 532 (Viet Nam), USS Stoddert (DDG-22), USS Bunker Hill (CG-52) as Commissioning Commanding Officer, Missouri Battle Group (Kuwaiti Tanker Operation), Nimitz Carrier Group (Desert Storm), and Military Sealift Command.  He was selected by fellow Commanding Officers as the initial Pacific Fleet recipient of the Stockdale Leadership Award.  As Commander, Military Sealift Command, he was also awarded the National Defense Transportation Leadership Award.  Following retirement from active service, Vice Adm. Quast served as an Advisor to the Chancellor of California State University (Executive Education and International Programs), and as the Admiral Boorda Chair of Manpower/Personnel/Transportation. From 2002- 2010, he was the Director of Executive Development for the Navy's Senior Executive Community.

 Col. Ed Lesnowicz (USMC, Retired), Field Operations Director

Ed Lesnowicz joined the faculty of the Naval Postgraduate School in 2005.  As the Field Operations Director for the United States Partnership for Peace Training and Education Center (USPTC) Program Office, he is responsible for a variety of projects, including the development of the partnership that brought Peace Support Operations Modeling (PSOM) to NPS.  Prior to joining NPS, Col. Lesnowicz served 38 years in active duty service in the U.S. Marine Corps.  After enlisted service in Vietnam, he earned a Bachelor of Art from U.C. Santa Cruz and was commissioned as an Artillery Officer in 1974.  During the Somalia conflict of 1992-1993, he commanded a UN PKO contingent from the 3rd Battalion 11th Marines.  Col. Lesnowicz also serves at NPS as the Associate Director for Research at the National Security Institute and as the Director of Operations in the Simulation, Experiments, and Efficient Designs (SEED) Center for Data Farming.

 Mr. Peter Bertelsen, Research Associate

Peter Bertelsen started working at the Naval Postgraduate School in 2010, and he is the lead for all programs coordinated by the USPTC Program Office in the U.S. European Command (EUCOM) area of responsibility.  His responsibilities include research, development, and management of theater security cooperation programs; international outreach and partnering efforts; and leveraging opportunities to match Naval Postgraduate School academic and research resources across Department of Defense, State Department, NATO, and U.N. partner capacity building goals and objectives.  Prior to joining NPS, he spent 15 years in the private sector in program and project management roles.  Most recently, he headed up business consulting programs for a regional economic development corporation in southwestern Montana, managing a $2.4 million loan fund and a $1 million Small Business Administration grant.  Mr. Bertelsen received a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of California at San Diego and received his Master of Business Administration/Master of International Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.  Having lived in both Spain and Denmark, Mr. Bertelsen is conversant in Spanish and Danish.

 Mr. Nathan Christensen, Research Associate

Nathan Christensen started working at the Naval Postgraduate School in 2011, and he is the lead for all programs coordinated by the USPTC Program Office in the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) and U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) areas of responsibility.  His responsibilities include research, development, and management of theater security cooperation programs; international outreach and partnering efforts; and leveraging opportunities to match Naval Postgraduate School academic and research resources across Department of Defense, State Department, NATO, and U.N. partner capacity building goals and objectives.  Prior to joining NPS, he spent 10 years in the private sector with Multi-National Corporations, primarily focused on Sales, Marketing, and Client Management with accounts ranging between $100M-$500M in annual sales.  He had regional responsibility for developing and executing strategy as well as interface optimization.  Mr. Christensen received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in Spanish Language from Colorado State University in 1998 and received his Master of Business Administration/Master of International Management from Thunderbird in 2001.  Additionally, he is fluent in Portuguese.

 Ms. Tahmina Karimova, Research Associate

Tahmina Karimova started working at the Naval Postgraduate School in 2010, and she is the lead for all programs coordinated by the USPTC Program Office in the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) area of responsibility.  Her responsibilities include research, development, and management of theater security cooperation programs; international outreach and partnering efforts; and leveraging opportunities to match Naval Postgraduate School academic and research resources across Department of Defense, State Department, NATO, and U.N. partner capacity building goals and objectives.  Prior to joining NPS, she worked with international, governmental, and non-governmental organizations with a focus on public policy, public relations, government elections, gender issues, and international relations.  Ms. Karimova received her graduate diploma in Intercultural Communications and Linguistics summa cum laude from the Russian-Tajik (Slavonic) University in 2006.  She attended the Postgraduate Political Science Program at the Tajik Academy of Sciences in 2006-2008 and earned her Master of Public Administration in International Management from Monterey Institute of International Studies in 2011.  Ms. Karimova’s background and regional expertise encompass countries of Central Asia and Eurasia, and she is fluent in Russian, Tajik, Farsi (Dari), and English.

 Mr. Brandon Humphrey, Research Associate

Brandon Humphrey started working at the Naval Postgraduate School in 2011, and he is the lead for all programs coordinated by the USPTC Program Office for NATO and in the U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM) and U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM) areas of responsibility.  His responsibilities include research, development, and management of theater security cooperation programs; international outreach and partnering efforts; and leveraging opportunities to match Naval Postgraduate School academic and research resources across Department of Defense, State Department, NATO, and U.N. partner capacity building goals and objectives.  Prior to joining NPS, Mr. Humphrey spent four years as an infantry platoon sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps.  During his time as an active duty Marine, he deployed to Iraq twice in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and was battlefield promoted to the rank of 1st Lieutenant in 2007 while serving as Joint Security Station Commander in Ramadi, Iraq.  As a result of his service, he earned a Bronze Star Medal, Navy Unit Commendation Medal, and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.  Mr. Humphrey received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Illinois, Chicago, in 2010 and a master’s in Public Administration from the Monterey Institute of International Studies in 2012.

 Ms. Lori Meeks, Research Assistant

Lori Meeks started working at the Naval Postgraduate in 2010.  Her responsibilities include research, analysis, and assisting the USPTC Program Office Managers in program coordination, research, and development in support of the goals of NPS as the USPTC.  Prior to joining NPS, she spent six years in Business Management and Client Relations and also served as Human Resources Manager for a rehabilitative medical practice.  As a military spouse, Ms. Meeks has worked in many different regions of the U.S. and in diverse sectors of business, including the private sector, defense contracting, and as a civilian U.S. Navy employee. She has also worked with a number of charitable organizations in the areas of marketing and events management.  She received her certification as an Official Passport Agent for the U.S. Department of State in 2011, and is an expert on the Joint Federal Travel Regulations.  Ms. Meeks graduated summa cum laude from Argosy University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a minor in Art History.  Ms. Meeks is currently pursuing her Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification.  Having studied and traveled to French-speaking countries, Ms. Meeks also speaks conversational French.

 Ms. Rebecca Smith, Research Assistant

Rebecca Smith started working at the Naval Postgraduate School in 2011.  Her responsibilities include funding and grant research, relationship development throughout combatant commands, and developing and executing a variety of research projects and programs across International Outreach and Partnership for Peace Consortium initiatives.  Prior to joining NPS, she spent five years as a Financial Advisor and Registered Principal, with over $12M of investment capital under management, and as a Certified Federal Employee Benefits Specialist.  During her 15 years in the private sector, she also served as Operations Manager for a foreclosure property management firm and as a Department Manager for a retail corporation.  Ms. Smith graduated magna cum laude from Columbia College with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Management.  She is currently pursuing her Juris Doctorate at Monterey College of Law and serves on the Executive Board of the Monterey County Bar Association.  Ms. Smith is a trained Mediator, and volunteers her time with local organizations to include Ag Against Hunger, the California International Airshow, and the Conflict Resolution Center.

 Ms. Lois Hazard, Research Assistant

Lois Hazard started working at the Naval Postgraduate School in 2010.  Her responsibilities include developing and executing a variety of research projects and programs across International Outreach and Partnership for Peace Consortium initiatives. Additionally, she is responsible for researching and applying best practices for the development, coordination, and execution of short courses, workshops, meetings, and conferences and hosting visiting VIPs and delegations.  Prior to joining NPS, she spent seven years as the Events Manager for University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, where she was responsible for all presidential events and participated in launching Pacific’s most successful capital campaign to date.  She has received bronze and silver medals at both the district and national level from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) for Pacific’s Sesquicentennial Celebration, a gold medal CAPPIE Award from the Sacramento Public Relations Association (SPRA) for Overall Public Relations Programs, and also received the Vice President’s Award for Professional Excellence during her tenure at Pacific.  Ms. Hazard graduated summa cum laude from Holy Names University with a Bachelor of Arts in French and Italian.

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