Trustee since 2010
Richard Annas has been President of Riverside Research since June 2010. During his eight-year tenure with Riverside Research, Richard has held a variety of positions—including Research Director, Executive Director, and Vice President—while taking on steadily increasing responsibilities for the conduct and general management of programs in research and technology development.
Richard has 39 years of experience in air-and-space operations, intelligence, and reconnaissance systems. His specialized experience in reconnaissance and surveillance systems includes all national and tactical systems and encompasses all phases of the TPED process.
After retiring from the U.S. Air Force in 2000, where his final assignment was Commander of the National Air and Space Intelligence Center, Richard continued to work in the intelligence field as a contractor. He teamed with AT&T Government Solutions before joining Riverside Research in 2002. As Associate Director in the Dayton Office, he provided expert technical support to many organizations at Wright Patterson Air Force Base—including NASIC, AFRL, ASC, and many others—and played critical support roles for major ongoing programs involving MASINT, information operations, software protection and anti-tamper efforts, and advanced sensor analysis.
Richard is a graduate of the Air Force Intermediate and Senior Service Schools in residence and has an MA in Business Administration from Central Michigan University.×
Trustee since 2001
Stephen Brodie is an attorney and currently a partner in the law firm of Herrick, Feinstein LLP at Two Park Avenue in Manhattan. Mr. Brodie's practice is concentrated in corporate and real estate law. His relationship with Riverside Research dates back to 1980 when he was an associate in the firm of Sharfman Shanman Poret & Siviglia, P.C. He has been involved in the lease negotiations for Riverside Research offices around the country for over 25 years.×
Trustee since 2007
Dr. Robert A. Calico, Jr. became an advisor to the Riverside Research Board of Trustees in January of 2007. Dr Calico received his doctoral degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Cincinnati in 1971. While a doctoral student he was an instructor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering. He joined the faculty of the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) in 1972. He taught and did research in the area of dynamics and controls publishing extensively on topics including flexible satellite attitude dynamics and control, aircraft spin dynamics, and the control of time periodic systems. Dr. Calico became the Dean of Engineering at AFIT in 1989 and assumed additional duties as the Institute's Academic Director in 2004. He held both positions until January of 2006 when he stepped down as Dean. He retired from AFIT in July 2006.×
Trustee since 2001
Mr. Coyne was employed by Riverside Research in 1985 as a Research Director in support of the Space Defense Initiative and was Director of Planning and Development when he left the institute in 1990 to form his own consulting company. Mr. Coyne became a trustee in 2001 and serves on both the Audit and Compensation committees. Prior to joining Riverside Research he was engaged for more than 30 years in radio wave propagation research at the Rome Air Development Center. Mr. Coyne has planned, organized, directed and participated in numerous propagation studies applied to radar and communication systems for the US Air force and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. He has served on multiple advisory panels and has organized and chaired national and international symposia. Mr. Coyne is a member of Commission G of The International Scientific Radio Union (URSI). He is a graduate of Utica College of Syracuse University and has an MS in Systems Management from the University of Southern California.×
Trustee since 2013
Mr. John Giering is a retired Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of NCR Corporation. He has served in controllership, finance and administration, and general management positions for NCR with assignments in Ohio and Europe. Prior to joining NCR he was a senior audit manager with PricewaterhouseCoopers. Mr. Giering is a Certified Public Accountant and, in 1990, was recognized as the Outstanding Member in Industry by The Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants. He received the Outstanding Alumnus Award of the Omicron Chapter of Beta Alpha Psi, an accounting honorary, at The Ohio State University in 1992 and received the 1992-3 Alliance/NCR Partnership Award from the Dayton Area Chapter of The Alliance of Black Telecommunications Employees, Inc.
Mr. Giering served on the Board of Directors and was chair of the Audit Committee for a financial institution with operations in Ohio, Florida, and Colorado. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the holding company of that financial institution. He also serves on the Board of Advisors for a vision care company with offices in Ohio and Pennsylvania. An avid community volunteer, he was recognized as the Outstanding Community Volunteer in 2003 by Dayton Culture Works and the Outstanding Company Chairperson of the 1990 United Way campaign in Dayton.
Mr. Giering holds a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Duke University and a master of accounting degree from The Ohio State University. He is a resident of Kettering, Ohio where he lives with his wife, Gloria.×
Trustee since 2014
Currently the Chairman of the United States Geospatial-Intelligence Foundation’s (USGIF) Board of Directors, the Chairman of the Open Geospatial Consortium Board of Directors, and the CEO of JKH Consulting, Mr. Harris has contributed significant advancements to national security throughout his 39-year career in both the public and private sectors.
Previously the President of Missiles and Space, President of Special Programs, and a corporate officer at Lockheed Martin, Mr. Harris has accumulated extensive experience in aerospace, defense, and intelligence consulting. Prior to his career in the private sector, he provided direct support to both the US Secretary of Defense and the Director of Central Intelligence in several senior leadership positions within the US government, including Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Space, Director of the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), and Associate Executive Director of the Intelligence Community Management Staff.
Mr. Harris has received numerous awards, most notably the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, the CIA Distinguished Service Medal, the NRO Medal for Distinguished Service, the USGIF Lifetime Achievement Award, Aviation Week Laureate Citation, NDIA’s Peter B. Teets space industry achievement award, and the James V. Hartinger Award for military space achievement.
In addition to acting as USGIF’s Chairman, Harris is a member of the US Strategic Command’s (USSTRATCOM) Strategic Advisory Group, the Sandia Intelligence Advisory Panel, and the National Security Agency Advisory Board (acquisition).
Mr. Harris holds a bachelor’s degree in Photographic Science and Instrumentation from the Rochester Institute of Technology, where he is also a Trustee. He serves on several corporate boards.×
Trustee since 2012
Maureen Dunn McBride comes to Riverside Research after a 32 year career with the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), a Federal Government Corporation which provides electricity for nine million people in parts of seven states.
During the mid 1970s, Ms. McBride served as Law Clerk for the Chief Judge of the Oregon Court of Appeals and as Attorney-Advisor for the Administrative Office of the United States Courts in Washington, DC.
She began her TVA career in 1978 as a staff attorney and rose to the position of Executive Vice President and General Counsel in 2001. She also served as Corporate Secretary.
Ms. McBride received a BA in political science from LeMoyne College in Syracuse, NY and a JD from the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University in Washington, DC.
She currently serves on three non-profit boards in her community and has recently served on two others.×
Trustee since 2007
Brigadier General James M. Mungenast, USAF (Retired), became a Trustee of Riverside Research in April 2007, following nine months as a Consultant to the Board. General Mungenast received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Huntingdon College, Montgomery Alabama in 1971; Masters of Arts in Industrial Relations from the University of Alabama in 1973; and Juris Doctor from the Columbus School of Law, Catholic University of America in 1979. He served on active duty in the Air Force from 1973 to 1975 and in the AF Reserve until his retirement in 2007, from his position as the Mobilization Assistant (MA) to the Director, Defense Intelligence Agency. Prior positions in the AF Reserve include MA to the Intelligence Directorate (J2), US European Command (where he was activated for Operation Iraqi Freedom and also served as Acting J2); Individual Mobilization Augmentee (IMA) to the Commander, National Air and Space Intelligence Center; and IMA to the Director, Missile and Space Intelligence Center.
Jim’s civilian career included 26 years at the Tennessee Valley Authority, Knoxville Tennessee, retiring as a Senior Attorney in January 2005. His primary areas of expertise included labor and employment law, compensation, and administrative law. Prior to his employment with TVA, he served in human resource positions with the Defense Logistics Agency, Patent and Trademark Office, and the General Accounting Office.
He is the State President of the Air Force Association; Vice Chair of the Department of Defense’s Tennessee Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve; and active in several other military, alumni, church, and veteran activities. He lives near Knoxville Tennessee with his wife Jeanie.×
Trustee since 2006
Mr. Pitts joined the Board of Riverside Research in 2006 and serves as the Chairman. He has over 35 years of experience in the management of engineering, research, government acquisition, and industrial operations. Mr. Pitts has served as general manager and vice president for divisions of Goodrich, Raytheon, Hughes Aircraft, and Northrop Grumman. During his career, Mr. Pitts was engaged in state of the art research, development, and production programs for government and industry applications. His areas of responsibility included optical systems and sensors, satellite attitude control systems, imaging technology, surveillance systems, and reconnaissance systems. Prior to joining industry, Mr. Pitts held various senior positions in the Surveillance Directorate at the USAF Rome Air Development Center (RADC). Mr. Pitts received a BS degree in Physics from St. Bonaventure University and an MS in System Management from the University of Southern California.×
Trustee since 2012
Ms. Heidi Schultz has dedicated her career to environmental protection, worker health and safety, and public health. As a founder and Vice President at Eastern Research Group, Inc. (ERG) for nearly 30 years, she directed the firm's Climate and Energy Services business practice, which focused on providing engineering, scientific, analytical, and communications support to federal agencies in developing and implementing major initiatives related to climate research, mitigation, and adaptation; energy efficiency; renewable energy; and cleaner transportation. She led teams in supporting both voluntary and regulatory programs for the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), including Energy STAR, Climate-Ready Estuaries, Climate Leaders, AgSTAR, the Green Power Partnership, Natural Gas STAR, WaterSense, Smartway Transport Program, Clean Diesel Program, and the nation's first program for mandatory reporting of greenhouse gases. For the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, she directed nationally recognized scientists in providing expert technical and scientific review of thousands of documents summarizing the health and environmental effects of hazardous substances found at waste sites across the country. For the US Department of Energy, she spearheaded contract support for domestic business energy efficiency efforts.
For many years, Ms. Schultz also led ERG's business development efforts, helping the company grow from its original 10 employees to its present 400. She has managed more than 20 mission support contracts with the federal government, each with a duration of 5 years. Over the years, she also served as the firm's Conflict of Interest Officer and Facility Security Officer, and was responsible for ensuring compliance with myriad federal and state government labor laws and requirements.
Ms. Schultz holds a BA in Geology from Wellesley College. She lives in Lexington, MA with her husband and son, and the family spends a lot of time in Vermont where they enjoy many outdoor activities.×
Trustee since 2005
Dr. Leslie W. Seldin joined the Board of Riverside Research in 2005 and serves as the Vice Chairman. He is presently retired from the active practice of general dentistry after providing care for 38 years. He is an Associate Clinical Professor of Dentistry at the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine, from which he obtained his degree. He is the Chairman of the Dean's Advisory Council and provides ongoing support for the school's outreach into the underserved areas of Manhattan.
He presently serves as the Advisory Chairman of the Greater New York Dental Meeting, the largest dental convention in the country. He has served the dental profession in a multitude of important positions throughout his career, including his service as 1st Vice-president of the American Dental Association, President of the Dental Society of the State of New York and President of the New York County Dental Society.
He continues to be one of the National Media Spokespeople of the American Dental Association, a group that advises consumers about achieving optimum oral health as well as addresses critical issues on behalf of the profession in the public forums.
Dr. Seldin has been honored by being selected to be a fellow of the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists and the Pierre Fauchard Academy. In 2004, the Jarvie Burkhart Award was bestowed upon him, the most prestigious honor given by the New York State Dental Association, for his dedication and contribution to the art and science of dentistry.
Dr. Seldin is a well known and respected lecturer who provides his colleagues with insight into the legal, moral and ethical aspects of dental practice. In addition he is a respected expert who provides guidance and expert testimony in courtrooms on these issues.×
Trustee since 2015
Mr. James D. Shields was elected to the Riverside Research Board of Trustees in April 2015. Having accumulated over 25 years of executive leadership experience with technology-based businesses supporting both Department of Defense and commercial customers, Mr. Shields specializes in strategic planning, business development, and growth.
Mr. Shields is the former president and chief executive officer of Draper Laboratory, a leading not-for-profit resource for guidance, navigation, and control technology. In his 13-year tenure at Draper Laboratory, he created programs and established efforts to broaden the sponsor base through focusing the application of Draper capabilities on new problems in biomedical, energy, and intelligence systems to complement the Laboratory’s traditional national security and space efforts. Prior to his time at Draper Laboratory, Mr. Shields spent 29 years with The Analytic Sciences Corporation, where he held several director-level positions and spent thirteen years as Vice President.
Presently, Mr. Shields also serves on the Alumni Advisory Council for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT’s) Engineering Systems Division and is a director of Passport Systems and Aerodyne Research. He is also a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
Mr. Shields earned both his Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering from MIT. He has also completed several leadership development programs for senior executives offered by the Harvard Business School.×