Our Officers

Catherine Emerick
Catherine EmerickPresident
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.

Karen Fray
Karen FrayExecutive Vice President
Ms. Fray is a Project Manager for AISG, Inc. with a background in Public Administration, HR, Project Management, Training and Organizational Leadership and Analysis and holds a Masters Degree from Barry University.

Karen has had an opportunity to work in industries that cover her three most favorite things – good music, great training and exceptional food.

She dedicates her time to organizations that support our country’s military and their families and finds this as a rewarding way of serving and giving back. She works annually with the Princess Ball and the YMCA, industry organizations such as the Association of the US Army (AUSA) and the National Restaurant Association and serves on the Florida Hospital East Community Advisory Board.

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.

Dr. Elizabeth (Beth) Biddle
Dr. Elizabeth (Beth) BiddleTreasurer
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.

Our Directors

Daila (Dee) Espeut-Jones
Daila (Dee) Espeut-JonesPrograms
Ms. Espeut-Jones is a Program Manager for ZelTech, LLC in Winter Park.

Her background includes over 21 years of active service with the U.S. Army. She is the VP of Operations for Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Sunshine Chapter.

She is also active with National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA), Retired Air Force Marine Army Navy (RAFMAN) Club, Orlando Mayor’s Veterans Advisory Council, Semper Fidelis, Veterans of Foreign War (VFW) Post 4287 and Orange County Veterans Court mentor program.

Dana Masse
Dana MasseAwards and Recognitions
Ms. Masse is the Director of Systems Engineering for the ground training products and services at Cubic Corporation in Orlando, FL.

She has 15 years experience in domestic and international Live, Virtual, and Constructive training programs as well as Business Development and Capture Management background in logistics and training.

Dana graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in computer science and in 2011 with a Professional MBA. Ms. Masse’s responsibilities include development of technical solutions that enhance the Cubic portfolio for new proposals and existing programs by providing marketing support, customer/subcontractor support, and technical direction.

Her goal is to continue to work closely with military customers in order to help them solve mission critical problems.

Amanda Corrao
Amanda CorraoHistorian and Communications
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.
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.

Our Advisory Board

Tiffany Sanders
Tiffany SandersImmediate Past President
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.

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.