Our Officers

Karen Fray
Karen FrayPresident
Ms. Fray is a Program Manager for AISG, Inc. and holds a Masters Degree from Barry University.
Karen has had the opportunity to work in industries that cover her three most favorite things – good music, exceptional training and phenomenal food.
In addition to serving on this board, she works annually with the Princess Ball, Central Florida YMCA, and serves on the Florida Hospital East Community Advisory Board.
Dr. Elizabeth (Beth) Biddle
Dr. Elizabeth (Beth) BiddleExecutive Vice President
Dr. Biddle is an Associate Technical Fellow in the Boeing Research & Technology division. She is a Senior Scientist with over 15 years experience leading multi-disciplinary teams for several advanced instructional, training, and human performance research and development projects.

She earned a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering and Management Systems from the University of Central Florida.

Beth was awarded the Modeling & Simulation Award in Training by the Defense Modeling & Simulation Office (DMSO) in 2001 and nominated as a Charter Member to receive the Certified Modeling & Simulation Professional (CMSP) certification by the National Training System Association (NTSA) in 2002.

Beth has been an invited speaker for conference and workshops for organizations that include the Military Operations & Research Society, DMSO, Joint Fires Integration & Interoperability Team, Defense Advanced Research Project Agency, and the Army Training Support Center.

Catherine Emerick
Catherine EmerickTreasurer
Ms. Emerick is a Senior Capture Executive with Raytheon Company Intelligence, Information and Services (IIS) and has more than 30 years of professional experience in the Government Services industry.

Her current responsibilities include supporting Raytheon’s Global Training Solutions (GTS) for IIS strategy business portfolio.

Prior to joining Raytheon, Ms. Emerick held various senior executive positions in the industry supporting NASA, Air Force, Army, and Navy. Ms. Emerick also supports various industry organizations such as Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC), European ITEC, and the Central Florida Women In Defense (WID).

Ms. Emerick has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a minor in Computer Science University of Central Florida and a Master’s Degree in Management Information Systems from Webster University.

Julie Kent
Julie KentSecretary
Ms. Kent is a Sr. Principal Systems Engineer with Raytheon Company Intelligence, Information, and Services (IIS) in the Global Training Solutions (GTS) mission area. She is a systems integrator with over 20 years of experience supporting large scale, high consequence training.

In addition to work activities, Ms. Kent has participated in Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC), European ITEC and MODSIM World. She has supported education initiatives focusing on women with the Society of Women Engineers and the Girl Scouts. She is also an active volunteer at Winter Park Presbyterian Church.

Ms. Kent has a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech. She received a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from UMBC and an MBA from the University of Baltimore. She is slowly pursuing a PhD in Modeling & Simulation from UCF.

Our Directors

Amanda Corrao
Amanda CorraoPrograms
Ms. Corrao is a Program Planner at Lockheed Martin, Rotary and Mission Systems. She has supported the defense industry for ten years and has eight years of experience in program planning and management in both force on target and force on force live training. Miss Corrao graduated with her Master’s Degree in Business Administration in 2013 from the University of Central Florida.
Elizabeth Donovan
Elizabeth DonovanHistorian
Ms. Donovan is a Software Engineer for Lockheed Martin, Rotary and Mission Systems and is a member of Lockheed’s Engineering Leadership Development Program. She has worked in software architecture and development for emergency response, flight simulation, and logistics applications. Elizabeth has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Juniata College, and is pursuing her Master of Science in Systems Engineering from Johns Hopkins University.
Lorie Ingraham
Lorie IngrahamCommunications
Ms. Lorie Ingraham is an independent technical consultant for Engenium One LLC in Orlando, Florida. She has over 30 years of modeling & simulation (M&S) experience working on real-time software systems, training simulation systems and logistics operational analysis. She has also worked on the application of artificial intelligence, domain ontologies and machine learning for military solutions. Throughout her career, Ms. Ingraham has led software and systems engineering development teams and technology insertion efforts for US military training programs including support for Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy customers and international defense programs supporting Singapore, Greece, Sweden, Germany and the United Kingdom.

Ms. Ingraham received a bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Science Engineering from the University of Florida and a Master of Science in Computer Engineering degree from the University of Central Florida. Ms. Ingraham currently serves on the Board of Directors of Latino Leadership Inc. non-profit organization.

Valentina Merkulova
Valentina MerkulovaSpecial Projects
Ms. Merkulova is a financial advisor with Merrill Lynch where she focuses on providing sound financial advice to individuals and families. She was born and raised in Russia and has been living in the US for the past seven years. Valentina is a passionate supporter of local organizations helping women and girls to be
successful in life.
Tiffany Sanders
Tiffany SandersAwards and Recognition
Tiffany is the Vice President of Marketing for JHT Inc, a training, tech data and professional support solutions firm in Research Park. Her professional background includes over 15 years of marketing and public relations for local and national commercial entities and government organizations.

She is active with the Association of the United States Army (AUSA), Central Florida Navy League, Orange County Arts and Cultural Alliance, Downtown Arts District (DAD) and Citrus Council Girl Scouts.

Jenna Tuck
Jenna TuckMembership
Jenna Tuck is the Business Development and Sales Manager for The AEgis Technologies Group, Inc. in Orlando, Florida. Her background includes 12 years of experience in the Simulation and Training Industry, with experience in a broad range of positions in Research & Development, Engineering, Production Management, and Business Development. Jenna has held positions as Project Manager, Assistant Design Engineer, Production Manager, Business and Development Manager, and others during her 12 years in the industry. Jenna has a BSE from the University of Central Florida, and currently serves as Director of Women in Defense in Central Florida, and President and Founder of the Young Professional Outreach Network of Florida

Our Advisory Board

Debbie Berry
Debbie BerryDirector of Elections
Debbie L. Berry, Lockheed Martin Corporation, has over 30 years of experience in the simulation and training industry. Ms. Berry, a founding member of the Central Florida Chapter of Women In Defense, served as the inaugural chapter President and now serves in an advisory capacity. She previously served as President of the Central Florida Chapter of National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA), Historian of WID National, and President of the Association of the US Army Sunshine Chapter. Her credentials include Conference Chair Emeritus for I/ITSEC 2001 and ITEC 2009, charter member of the Modeling and Simulation Professional Certification Commission (CMSP) and alumnus of Leadership Orlando (Class 78)

Ms. Berry currently serves on the CFL NDIA Board, the Central Florida Veterans Memorial Park Foundation, the I/ITSEC Council of Chairs, the I/ITSEC STEM Committee, and the ITEC Conference Committee. Ms. Berry is the Orlando site lead for the MST Military/Veterans Employee Resource Group.

In recognition of her distinguished service, Ms. Berry is the second recipient of the prestigious NDIA Silver Medal. She has been awarded the AUSA Sunshine Chapter Royal of the Flamingo medallion and is the inaugural recipient of the CFL WID Debbie L. Berry Legacy Award.

Ms. Berry has a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of Florida.