Brenda is originally from Omaha, NE and has traveled extensively throughout the US while serving in the Air Force. After a 24-year career Brenda retired from the Air Force in 2009 as a Senior Master Sergeant and entered private industry. During her military tenure, Brenda served, among other positions, as Unit First Sergeant, Regional Coordinator of a Counterdrug Support Program ending her military career as the NCOIC of Acquisitions, Technology and Logistics Unit. In the private section Brenda is currently the Director, IDIQ Program Management Office for Booz Allen Hamilton Engineering Services, in Annapolis Maryland. Engineering Services is a subsidiary of Booz Allen. Prior to taking the directors position Brenda worked as the Small Business Program Manager and teaming coordinator where her role was to provide outreach and liaison between business units and potential small business partners. Brenda has also an accredited Project Management Professional (PMP) and has supporting multiply large scale projects for DoD including building curriculum for the Defense Acquisitions University, and mentoring entrepreneurs with a special interests in coaching Veteran Owned Businesses in how to succeed in Federal Contracting.
Brenda joined Project Opportunity in 2013 as an instructor utilizing her military and civilian contracting experience to support future Veteran Entrepreneurs.
Through her experience, Brenda has developed a proven mentoring and coaching ability, providing group and one-on-one support and creating training resources. Throughout her military and civilian career, she has found the most fulfilling aspect to be providing mentoring, encouragement, and resources to fellow service members and colleagues as they discovered the full range of their capabilities and future goals. Her unique perspective offers her the opportunity to assist veterans in a successful career transition after the military.
Brenda holds a Masters Degree in the Science of Administration. She has additional certifications in HR and Project Management. She has a Bachelors degree in Education from the University of Alaska and is currently pursuing postgraduate work in leadership and Career Coaching Certification.
Brenda is a member of the Baltimore PMI, AFCEA Women In Technology, National Professional Women’s Association and various other professional organizations. In 2012 Brenda was appointed to the Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs Commission.