Executive Board

Governing the FLC

The FLC Executive Board determines policy and direction and establishes the annual budget. The Board is responsible for carrying out the organization’s mandated mission to promote, educate, and facilitate federal technology transfer.

Linda Burger
Chair

Linda Burger

National Security Agency (NSA) Technology Transfer Program

Linda Burger is the Director for the Office of Research and Technology Applications at the National Security Agency (NSA) and is the current Chair of the FLC Executive Board.

Prior to NSA, Linda led technology-based economic development programs for two Maryland counties, owned an information technology business, and worked as a systems consultant in the public and private sectors.

She earned an MAS from Johns Hopkins University, a BS in Information Systems Management from University of Maryland and is a Certified Licensing Professional (CLP) from the Licensing Executives Society.

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John Eisemann
Vice Chair

John Eisemann

USDA APHIS Wildlife Services, National Wildlife Research Center

John Eisemann is the Technology Transfer Program Manager at the National Wildlife Research Center, (NWRC) the research arm of the USDA-APHIS Wildlife Services program. He also serves as the Vice Chair for the FLC Executive Board.

John manages all technology transfer activities for the NWRC research staff and Wildlife Services field biologists. During his tenure, he has successfully expanded the technology transfer impact leading to numerous patents, licenses, MOUs, CRADAs and other formal product development collaborations aimed at managing wildlife-human conflict.

Prior to his work with the NWRC, John worked as a wildlife biologist for the US Fish and Wildlife Service and Environmental Protection Agency and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Philippines. He earned an MS in Environmental Studies/Wildlife Toxicology from the University of Maryland, and a BS in Wildlife Biology from Colorado State University.

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Laurie Bagley
Northeast Regional Co-Coordinator

Laurie Bagley

Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL)

Laurie Bagley leads the Technology Transfer office for the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) directing efforts to accelerate the commercialization and transfer of laboratory technologies to the marketplace, including developing an entrepreneurial ecosystem for lab scientists and implementing commercialization programs funded by the Department of Energy (DOE) and other federal programs.

She is also a member of the DOE National Laboratory Technology Transfer (NLTT) working group, an executive board member of the DOE Technology Transfer Working Group (TTWG), and a member of AUTM.

Laurie's previous experience includes research and marketing technologies for Princeton University's Office of Technology Licensing, IP consulting, and R&D and manufacturing experience in the medical device, semiconductor, and building products industries. Laurie holds a BS in Chemistry from Millersville University, Millersville, PA.

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John Bittman
Finance Officer/Host Agency Rep.

John Bittman

National Institute of Standards and Technology - NIST

John Bittman is an Interagency Policy Specialist in the Technology Partnerships Office (TPO) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). He works on convening intramural technology transfer personnel, conducting outreach to commercialization stakeholders, and assisting in program and policy formulation on behalf of the interagency technology transfer community.

Prior to joining TPO, John was a Presidential Management Fellow at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). He worked as a Technology Transfer Manager and Invention Development and Marketing Specialist within the NCI’s Technology Transfer Center, and as a Special Assistant in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

John served on active duty in the U.S. Army as a paratrooper, where he was deployed to Iraq as part of Operation New Dawn. He holds a PSM in nanotechnology, a BS in interdisciplinary studies (Physical, Biomedical, and Behavioral Sciences), and a Certificate in technology ventures from the University of Central Florida.

John Dement
Immediate Past Chair

John Dement

Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) - Crane Division

John Dement supports the Department of Defense as the T2 Senior Advisor at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC).  He has served the FLC in various Board roles including Chair.  John is active with the Interagency Working Group on Technology Transfer (IAWGTT) and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) Lab2Market activities to promote federal research and innovation.

John has been a Navy civil servant since 1990 at NSWC Crane. From 2007 to 2014, he served as the lab’s ORTA negotiating 140+ licenses and collaborative agreements.  He served the State of Indiana under an IPA (2015-16).  John has served as a Systems Engineer in Program Office, Science Advisor to the Fleet, and F-15E structural engineer.   He holds a BS in Civil Engineering and an MPA. 

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Jeffrey Ditullio
Member-at-Large

Jeffrey Ditullio

Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC)

Jeff DiTullio serves as the Innovation & Outreach Lead and Head of the Office of Research and Technology Applications (ORTA) for the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (DEVCOM) Soldier Center in Natick, MA, where he is responsible for Technology Transfer, International Programs, Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and the Office of Small Business Programs. 

Prior to joining the Soldier Center team, he served as Director of Business Development for Bionaut Pharmaceuticals where he was responsible for the licensing of technology and therapeutic programs.  He previously held several positions at Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives (MBI), most recently serving as Director of MBI’s Technology Commercialization Center, responsible for providing technology licensing and IP management services to research institutions and start-up companies.  Previously, he held an academic staff appointment as a Technical Instructor in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT.  

Jeff holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering and a MS in Environmental Science from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. 

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Jenna Dix
Facilitate Committee Chair

Jenna Dix

Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) - Crane Division

Jenna Dix is the Director of the Technology Transfer (T2) program at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane Division (NSWC), where she is responsible for the strategic management of the lab’s intellectual capital and developing strategic partnerships that enhance the research and development capabilities of NSWC Crane.

Prior to serving in the Technology Transfer Program, she spent ten years supporting the Navy’s Small Arms Program, providing multispectral programmatic and logistics support to the Navy’s Small Arms Program office.

In 2019, Jenna was the recipient of the National Rookie of the Year Award from the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer (FLC) and in 2018 was a part of the team who was awarded the DoD’s George Linsteadt Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer.
Jenna has a BA in Public Administration, a Graduate Certificate in Public Management and an MPA, all from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs.)

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Whitney Hastings
Promote Committee Chair

Whitney Hastings

National Institutes of Health

Dr. Whitney Hastings is a senior technology transfer professional with the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) Technology Transfer Center. She has decades of experience in technology transfer leading numerous technology transfer initiatives and managed diverse portfolios including therapeutics, medical devices, cosmetics, software and food safety technologies.

Prior to joining the NCI, Whitney was an Intellectual Property and Partnerships Manager at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), where she had a pivotal role in expanding the office to include patenting, licensing, enforcement and in growing the number of technology transfer partnerships at several FDA Centers. Before joining FDA she spent several years at NIH's Office of Technology Transfer (OTT), where she was a Senior Licensing and Patenting Manager and Acting Branch Chief of the Cancer Branch. Before working in technology transfer, Whitney worked in industry as an engineer with Corning, Inc. and was a fellow in the NCI Nanobiology program. She graduated with a BS in mechanical engineering and a minor in bioengineering from Clemson University and completed her master’s and PhD in Mechanical Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.

Whitney is the past Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) Awards Chair and currently serves on the FLC’s Executive Board as the Promote Committee Chair where she leads the efforts to promote and recognize noteworthy technology transfer efforts of all Federal Government laboratories and oversees three subcommittees – Strategic Communications, Website, and Awards.

David Kistin
Mid-Continent Regional Coordinator

David Kistin

Sandia National Laboratories (SNL)

David Kistin is the Manager of Technology and Economic Development at Sandia National Laboratories, where he leads technical assistance programs for industry partners in partnership with the State of New Mexico. He also serves as the Associate Director of Quantum Information Science (QIS) Ecosystem for the DOE Quantum Systems Accelerator (QSA), and as Director of the Sandia Science & Technology Park. 

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Valerie Larkin
Member-at-Large

Valerie Larkin

Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) - Division Newport

Valerie Larkin is the Technology Transfer Manager at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division Newport (NUWCDNPT) responsible for CRADAs, patent licensing agreements, and education partnership agreements. As a result of her success in establishing international technology transfer agreements, Valerie was named the FLC 2013 Rookie of the Year.

Valerie was the leader on a NIST/FLC pilot project that involved working with the Manufacturing Extension Partnership for the state of Connecticut and has been very active in working with state and local governments, industry, and universities in support of the burgeoning ocean technology ecosystem in southern New England.

Prior to her tenure at NUWCDIVNPT, Valerie was a principal scientist with an applied science consulting firm, where she was principal investigator on SBIR-funded projects with federal agencies.

Valerie earned an MS in Applied Mathematics and Engineering from Brown University, and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania.

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David Lee
Northeast Regional Co-Coordinator

David Lee

CCDC Armaments Center

David Lee is a Technology Transfer Associate in the Technology Transfer (T2) Office within the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Armaments Center (DEVCOM AC) headquartered at Picatinny Arsenal in New Jersey.

As a part of the DEVCOM AC T2 Team, David is responsible for all aspects of DEVCOM AC’s technology transfer practice including executing cooperative research agreements (with domestic, international, academic and industry partners), overseeing the DEVCOM AC patent portfolio, developing intellectual property licensing and marketing strategies, and facilitating and executing strategic partnerships, and agreements with other Federal and State partners.

David began his career with the Army as a Presidential Management Fellow working in labor relations and management employee relations. David received an AB in Government from Dartmouth College, a JD from Indiana University School of Law- Bloomington, and a BS in Biochemistry from Arizona State University. David is admitted to practice law in New Jersey.

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David Nicholson
Far West Regional Coordinator

David Nicholson

USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) – Pacific West Area

Dave Nicholson is the Technology Transfer Coordinator for USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Pacific West Area. 

Prior to joining the ARS, Dave was the Intellectual Property Attache at the U.S. Mission to the World Trade Organization in Geneva, Switzerland.  Prior to that he was an Associate Solicitor at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.  He began his legal career as a Litigation Associate at a large law firm in New Orleans, specializing in medical malpractice defense and general business litigation. 

Dave is a Registered Patent Attorney and licensed to practice law in Louisiana.  He is a graduate of the University of Mississippi School of Law and the University of Montana. 

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Richard Paul
National Advisory Council NAC

Richard Paul

National Advisory Council Chair

Richard R. (Dick) Paul is an independent consultant with more than 40 years of R&D-related management experience. He retired from the U.S. Air Force in 2000 with the rank of Major General after serving 33 years, and from The Boeing Company in 2007 as a vice president after serving seven years.

During his Air Force career, Dick served in three Air Force laboratories, a product center, two major command headquarters, Headquarters USAF in the Pentagon, and a joint staff assignment. His latter three AF assignments were aligned with the Air Force science and technology enterprise, and in his final assignment, he served as the first commander of the Air Force Research Laboratory. At Boeing, he served as a vice president in Boeing’s centralized research and technology organization that develops advanced technologies for Boeing’s family of commercial aircraft and defense-related aerospace products and systems.

Dick is currently the chair of the FLC’s National Advisory Council. Formerly, he served on the National Science Foundation’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR/STTR) Advisory Committee, as chair of the Innovation Research Interchange (IRI) Board of Directors, and as a member of the Missions Committee of the Sandia National Laboratories Board of Directors, the National Research Council Air Force Studies Board, and the Air University Board of Visitors. On the civic front, Dick is a current director and vice chair of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra’s Board of Directors.

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Karen Presley
Educate Committee Chair

Karen Presley

National Security Agency (NSA) Technology Transfer Program

Karen Presley is the Deputy Director of the Office of Research and Technology Applications at the National Security Agency (NSA) where she leads a team of technology transfer professionals.

Prior to joining NSA, Karen had vast experience in both the public and private sector and as an owner of an IP solutions business. She worked as an IP attorney with Washington DC law firms, a patent examiner with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, an electrical engineer with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and a computer systems engineer within the private sector. She also served as an adjunct professor with the University of Maryland Global College in the Cyber Security Policy Program.

Karen earned her JD from Texas Southern University, her LLM degree in Intellectual Property from George Washington University Law School, and a BS in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina A&T State University. She is Certified Licensing Professional (CLP) credentialed from the Licensing Executives Society, Inc. She is currently pursuing an MBA from New York University, Stern School of Business. 

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Vladimir Popov
Mid-Atlantic Regional Coordinator

Vladimir Popov

Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research

Vladimir Popov is the Director of the Partnership Development Office (PDO) at the Frederick National Laboratory, National Cancer Institute (NCI). He is responsible for providing comprehensive project management oversight of partnership project objectives, as well as developing and maintaining relationships between, client organizations, and local business communities in Maryland.

Prior to this role, Vladimir worked as a business development manager for the PDO. Before joining the Frederick National Laboratory, he worked as a manager in the healthcare industry, entrepreneur, and licensing manager. He completed two postdoctoral fellowships at Thomas Jefferson University and the University of Pennsylvania and holds a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and a BS in Biochemistry from Thomas Jefferson University. He is currently pursuing his MBA at Johns Hopkins University – Carey Business School.

David M. Pronchick
Member-at-Large

David M. Pronchick

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Lincoln Laboratory

David M. Pronchick is the Special Assistant For Operations in the Director’s Office at MIT Lincoln Laboratory (MIT LL). He has worked at MIT LL for 18 years.

Dave served in the Air Force for over 20 years, attaining the rank of Colonel. He held numerous positions of responsibility and retired from Hanscom Air Force Base in February 2003. He was a partner in a Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business that worked on international and government contract issues overseas. Dave’s primary expertise is in Government contracts. He has an ML in Government Contracts from George Washington University Law School, an ML in Taxation from Boston University School of Law, and a JD from Pepperdine University School of Law in Malibu, CA.

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Thomas Stackhouse
Member-at-Large

Thomas Stackhouse

Dr. Tom Stackhouse is the Director for the Technology Transfer Center (TTC) at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), within the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In this position, Tom oversees the management and technology transfer programs of the patent portfolio and marketing activities for the NCI and nine other institutes at the NIH. In addition, Tom provides oversight to the technology transfer activities of the NCI’s National Laboratory, The Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research (FNLCR), a Government-owned, contract-operated (GOCO) National Lab currently operated by Leidos Biomedical, Inc.

Tom assists the NCI in coordinating intellectual property parameters and guidelines for several key NCI initiatives. He works with state and local economic development groups to foster new partnerships that facilitate the use of NCI technologies and expertise to advance public health and stimulate the nation’s economies. Tom was one of the founders of the NIH Startup Challenge model, whose pilot was the HHS award-winning Breast Cancer Startup Challenge.

Tom has served as a Member-At-Large for the FLC Executive Board from 2009-2013, Vice-Chair of the FLC Education and Training Committee through 2019, and a past member of the FLC’s State & Local Government Committee.

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Sabra Tomb
Midwest Regional Coordinator

Sabra Tomb

Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)

Ms. Sabra L. Tomb is an attorney-advisor for Headquarters Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. As an attorney for the AFRL, Sabra provides legal support to AFRL’s $5 billion science, technology, research and development enterprise, including the laboratory’s nine component technology directorates and the 711th Human Performance Wing. She also partners with AFRL’s Functional Directorates to accelerate the Research & Development process and provides legal support to the AFRL leadership.

Prior to her role as an attorney for AFRL, Sabra worked in the AFRL’s 711th Human Performance Wing’s Office of Research and Technology Applications (ORTA) as a technology transfer specialist.

Before her career with the Air Force, Sabra worked in the fitness and natural health industries for over ten years, and during that time, owned a natural health store for seven years.

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