GTSC hosted CBP Day 2016 in July 2016 taking the most comprehensive look to date at the components mission, divisions, and responsibilities. Special thanks to our supporters and event chairs: Sharie Bourbeau, WBB and Dennis Murphy, ASM Concepts.


Welcome & Opening Remarks

  • Kristina Tanasichuk, CEO, GTSC
  • Sharie Bourbeau, Principal, WBB
  • Dennis Murphy, President, ASM Concepts


  • Randolph D. “Tex” Alles, Assistant Commissioner, Office of Air and Marine Operations
  • Woody Lee, Principal Executive Assistant Commissioner for Operations Support

The State of Trade Facilitation

  • Brenda Brockman- Smith Assistant Commissioner, Office of International Trade

Inside CBP

  • Charles Armstrong, Strategic Advisor, GTSC and former CIO and Assistant Commissioner, Office of Information Technology, CBP

Luncheon Keynote

  • RADM John C. Acton (ret.), Special Advisor to the Presidential Transition and Strategic Advisor to GTSC
  • Tina Sung Vice President, Government Transformation, Partnership for Public Service

Budget Outlook

  • Michelle Mrdeza, Senior Advisor, Cornerstone Government Affairs & Strategic Advisor, GTSC; former Majority Staff Director of the House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Homeland Security

Facilitating Travel: Mission, Operations & Challenges

  • Moderator: David Aguilar, Partner, GSIS and Strategic Advisor, GTSC; Former Chief, Border Patrol, CBP
  • Colleen Manaher, Executive Director Planning, Program Analysis and Evaluation DHS/CBP/OFO
  • Valerie Isbell, Acting Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Office of Information and Technology, CBP
  • Chief Benjamin Huffman, Acting Chief, Law Enforcement Operations, U.S. Customs & Border Protection

Supporting the Mission

  • Eugene Scheid, Assistant Commissioner, Office of Administration

Capstone Keynote

  • Linda Jacksta, Assistant Commissioner, Office of Human Resources Management