About BENS

Senior Staff

Chief Operating Officer

Guy 'Tom' Cosentino

Tom oversees the day to day operations while improving outreach to, and strategic dialogue with, senior civilian and uniformed national security leaders...Read More


Chief Administrative Officer

Lisa Jackson

Lisa is responsible for all technological needs, including network administration, database management, and telecommunications...Read More


Senior Vice President for Support and Controller

Karen Kinnamont-Stewart

Joining BENS in June 2019, Karen brings over 27 years of business experience....READ MORE


VADM Andrew Lewis

Senior Vice President of Policy and Projects

Vice Admiral Andrew Lewis, USN (Ret.)

As Senior Vice President of Policy and Projects, Admiral Lewis works collaboratively with business executives and leaders in the federal government’s national security enterprise....READ MORE


Senior Vice President for Strategy & Engagement

Debbie McCarthy

Debbie has served as a Senior Vice President since July 2012, having before served as BENS' Director of National Accounts...Read More


Senior Vice President for Development

Jennie Moonis

Jennie provides leadership, strategy development and coordination of membership activities at BENS...Read More



Hannah Beitler

Policy Associate

Hannah Beitler

Hannah supports the Senior Vice President for Policy/Projects and works with the BENS Policy team to develop...READ MORE


Director for Chicago

Natalie Callone

Natalie came to BENS from the American Jewish Committee where she worked closely with the Midwest Diplomatic Corps....READ MORE


Technical Support Specialist

Brandon Cooper

Brandon is responsible for all technological needs, including network administration, database management, and telecommunications...READ MORE


Senior Director for Policy/Projects

Peter Crail

Peter comes to BENS after over a decade working on national security issues in government and the non-profit sector...Read More


Kasey Dresser

Development Manager

Kasey Dresser

As the Development Manager, Kasey supports BENS’ fundraising, member outreach, and development activities...READ MORE


Director for Texas

Matthew Elias

Matthew has been the Texas Regional Director since 2007, having previously served in leadership roles at the Annuity Board of the Southern Baptist Convention...READ MORE


Sarah Higgins

Director for New York Metro Region

Sarah Higgins

As Director of BENS New York Metro region, Sarah coordinates membership activities within the greater tri-state area....READ MORE


Vice President for Partner Engagement

Jennifer Giglio

Jennifer serves as BENS’ Vice President for Partner Engagement where she is responsible for enterprise-wide management and oversight...Read More


Receptionist & Assistant to the Controller

Fran Johnson

An IBM retiree with 30 years of service, Fran serves as the Receptionist/Assistant to the Controller...Read More


Assistant to the Controller

Kelvin Johnson

Kelvin serves as Assistant to the Controller and provides accounting support...Read More


Director for California

Katie Kenning

Katie joined BENS in 2010 bringing experience in marketing, customer relationship management and membership development...READ MORE


Director for Boston

Michelle LeBretton

Michelle coordinates membership activities within the greater Boston area...Read More


Senior Director for Publications/Communications

Clinton Long

Clinton manages the creative development of all BENS’ publications and marketing materials...Read More


Vice President for Development

Vickie McGrath

Vickie serves as BENS’ Vice President for Development where she focuses on the strategic direction and management of BENS’ membership recruitment...READ MORE


Executive Assistant to the
President & CEO

Rose Melnicki

Rose is the direct point of contact for and manages all aspects of the office of the President and CEO...READ MORE


Director Policy/Projects

Caroline Preston

Caroline supports the Senior Vice President for Policy/Projects and works with the BENS Policy team to develop and manage...READ MORE


Data Analyst & Office Assistant

Brittany Rumber

Brittany came to BENS with a background in data management, analysis, and customer relationship management...READ MORE


Catherine Sendak

Vice President for Policy/Projects

Catherine Sendak

Catherine is responsible for managing and coordinating BENS’ national security-related projects...READ MORE


Vice President for Member Engagement

Patrick Sweeney

Patrick joined BENS in 2019, having previously worked for the National September 11th Memorial & Museum....READ MORE


Southeast Region Director

Sidney Talley

Sidney became the Southeast Regional Director in 2020, after serving as Director of National...READ MORE


Finance & Office Assistant

Jacqueline Taylor

A native Washingtonian, Jackie’s career has included public service at places such as Sasha Bruce....READ MORE


Director of Communications

Nate Thompson

Nate joined BENS in 2020, managing website content, email communications and supporting member engagement...READ MORE


Alexandra Volp

Director for the Washington DC Metro Region

Alexandra Volp

As Director for the Washington DC Metro Region, Alexandra is responsible for building upon a strong BENS network of existing...READ MORE


Vice President for Emerging Challenges

James Whitaker

James facilitates member efforts to identify and address emergent issues affecting U.S. security...READ MORE


Research Director

Sean Withington

Sean joined BENS with a background that has covered professional research in technology, population health, terrorism, and political dynamics in the Middle East...READ MORE


Connect With Us:

BENS National Office | 1030 15th Street NW, Suite 200 East | Washington, D.C. 20005
Phone: (202) 296-2125 | Fax: (202) 296-2490 | Email: bens@bens.org

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