2015 Board of Directors

President – Stephen Guine   (1-year term)StephenGuine_Picture

Stephen Guine is a systems engineering manager for Northrop Grumman Aerospace in Palmdale, California. He has over seventeen years of experience implementing and managing systems engineering activities on multiple Northrop Grumman programs and projects as well as for other organizations including Kaiser Permanente, PacifiCare, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, and the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.

Stephen is also the founder of The Strategy Department — a strategy and systems engineering consulting firm focused on bringing strategic systems thinking and project execution to community-based nonprofit organizations and small businesses. In this capacity, Stephen has over twenty years of experience in business process and technology consulting, information architecture development, strategic planning, and end-user education and training. 

Stephen holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of California Santa Barbara, a Master of Public Policy from USC, and an M.B.A. from the Drucker School of Management,. In addition, Stephen has earned certificates in systems engineering and in Aerospace Project Management from Caltech, and a certificate in Digital Avionics from the University of California, Los Angeles. Stephen is a proud veteran of the United States Marine Corps.

Vice-President – Terry Rector   (1-year term)TerryRector

Terry has over thirty years of experience in the aerospace industry, holding positions of increased responsibility as a systems engineer, Program/Project Manager, Space Systems Operator, and Intelligence Analysis. Terry retired from the United States Air Force and currently is a Senior Project Engineer at The Aerospace Corporation, El Segundo, California.

 Terry serves as Aerospace’s Program Test Lead supporting the Space and Missile Systems Center’s MILSATCOM Protected Tactical Service programs. In addition, Terry supports Small Business Innovated Research efforts. In this role, Terry is supporting the research and development, requirements generation, integration and testing of MILSATCOM programs and projects, multiple contractors and technologies.

 Prior to working for Aerospace, Terry was the Vice President of Government Relations for a high tech small business specializing in 3-D chip stacking, cognitive data processing, and tactical sensors for several different land, air and space platforms. With over five years experience in small business, Terry understands the value of successful leadership and management of short schedules, tight budgets, and highly complex technical systems delivered by highly diverse, geographically separated teams comprised of various engineering disciplines. Lastly, Terry served for more than twenty years in the United States Air Force in communications, space, and intelligence systems.

Secretary – Jeffrey Willis (1-year term)

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Treasurer – Harvey Soldan (2-year term)HarveySoldan

Harvey Soldan is a systems engineer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and has over 30 years experience in NASA, military, and commercial systems. He joined JPL as a contractor in 1987 and is currently the Deep Space Network Systems Engineer for the DSN Aperture Enhancement Project, adding new 34m aperture antennas to the existing DSN at all three complexes around the world. Previously, he was the Deep Space Network Tracking, Telemetry, and Command Systems Engineer.

Harvey has worked on many military and commercial programs specializing in technical publications, testing, communications, and systems engineering for hardware and software intensive systems. In addition, he has worked on projects at TELOS, Raytheon, Walt Disney, Avicom and Gould NAVCOM.

Harvey received his B.A. from The John Hopkins University in Biology with a minor in Chemistry.  Harvey is completing his second term as INCOSE-LA treasurer and served as the 2013 Mini-Conference Chair.

Director, Ways and Means – Paul Cudney (3-year term)

Paul Cudney has volunteered for the INCOSE Los Angeles Chapter since he joined INCOSE in May 2000. He was registrar for CSER-2011, twice Track Chairman at INCOSE-LA Mini-Conferences, twice Secretary, and served as Membership Director from 2004 through 2012. Paul supports activities to increase the knowledge and stature of our members, and seeks to increase volunteer participation as a low-risk opportunity for direct job-related experience.

Paul retired in 2009 from Lockheed Martin as a Senior Systems Engineer. He has nearly 45 years experience in systems integration, software maintenance, test, and verification for real-time control systems involving aircraft, missiles and satellite ground systems. Starting with System Development Corporation in 1964, Paul helped update the SAGE (Semi Automatic Ground Environment) system – the first networked air defense command and control system. Among other projects, he designed and implemented the multi-computer control program for the Air Combat Maneuvering Range (you saw ACMR displays in the movie Top Gun).

Paul has been active in other technical societies, serving as Chairman of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), and Chairman of the ACM Committee on Chapters. Paul also has volunteered on the Steering Committees for the Southern California and Los Angeles Software Process Improvement Network (SPIN).

Director, Systems Engineering Education – Padman Nagenthiram (1-year term) 

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Director, Programs  – Rick Hefner (1-year term)

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Director, Communications – Bob Noel (1-year term)  

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Director, Membership – Phyllis Marbach (1-year term)Phyllis Marbach

Phyllis Marbach is a Senior Software Engineer for Boeing Defense Space & Security. Phyllis has over 30 years’ experience in aerospace programs; including satellites, chemical lasers, the International Space Station, and various propulsion systems. Currently she is working with Boeing Commercial Airline projects applying Systems Engineering Best Practices and the Boeing Agile Scrum for Engineering. Phyllis has been a Boeing Agile Coach for Unmanned Air Systems, Networked Radios, and research programs. Ms Marbach, a Certified Scrum Master, a Certified Scrum Product Owner and a Scaled Agile Coach, holds an MS degree in Engineering from UCLA. She has been a member of INCOSE for four years and is an author of three papers and numerous presentations on Network Centric Operations Industry Consortium in 2006 and more recently agile systems engineering presented to local engineering groups, international conferences and publications.