Committee Contacts

For more information about the CDCA, please use the following contact information.

Contracts Industry Council
Heather Walker | 843-746-5311

The Contracts Industry Council (CIC) Committee will function as an advocate for the Association’s membership at the periodic CIC meetings. The committee will collect input from the Association’s membership for incorporation onto the monthly agenda and will disseminate information of meeting results to the association’s membership by posting approved CIC meeting minutes to CDCA website.

Education Committee & Summer Internship Program
CHAIR: Dena Elrod | 843-266-7521
CO-CHAIR: Robin Burke | 912-258-4840
CO-CHAIR: Kris Busch | 843-614-5944

The Education Committee will enhance the technical capabilities of the Association in support of local DoD organizations. It is responsible for generating student interest, funding various educational initiatives and creating outreach to regional academia. The committee will promote and administer the Association’s Summer Internship Program and also maintain awareness and complement/support other educational initiatives that are being undertaken by other organizations. The committee will be responsible for the execution of educational initiatives on behalf of the Association.

CHAIR: Becky Roberts | 210-800-7417
CO-CHAIR: Katie Arrington | 843-442-9047
CO-CHAIR: Brian Lindgren | 843-465-3481

The Events Committee will sponsor and encourage community events, projects, activities, services, programs, and public improvements which are of mutual interest and benefit to the Association, the defense industry, and the war-fighter. It will seek ways to host events and activities which promote/complement Association’s objectives and promote the local defense industry

Membership Committee
CHAIR: Robin Burke | 912-258-4840
CO-CHAIR: Andrea Julius | 843-412-4467

The Membership Committee will maintain the dues and membership structure. It also provides guidance to the Board with strategies to improve the membership of the Association. The committee will be responsible for reviewing eligibility criteria for membership and for making recommendations with regard to changes to membership categories and dues. The committee recommends to the Board strategies for growing membership and retaining current members.

Philanthropy Committee
CHAIR: Heather Walker | 843-746-5311
CO-CHAIR: Robin Burke | 912-258-4840
CO-CHAIR: Brain Lindgren | 843-465-3481
CO-CHAIR: April Nadeau | 843-442-8235

The Philanthropy Committee will provide opportunities for philanthropic activities and services to the community by reviewing current and future charitable organizations that the Association can support with donations aimed at helping the community and the war-fighter. It will continually provide philanthropic support to charitable organizations that benefit the community, our region and our war-fighters.

Political Relations Committee
CHAIR: Steve Amell | 843-412-2466
CO-CHAIR: Kris Busch | 843-614-5944
CO-CHAIR: Red Hoover | 843-261-7916
CO-CHAIR: Becky Roberts | 210-800-7417

The Political Relations Committee will perform as an advocacy group for the defense industry in the Charleston metro area and other surrounding regions. It develops connections to local interest groups and individuals including local, state, and federally elected officials, chamber of commerce, technical development groups, professional military organizations and committees, as well as defense agency leadership. It takes action to provide information, solicit desired outcomes, and to promote issues in the best interest of the local defense community. It actively works in the best interest of SPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic and the Charleston Joint Base on Military Value, Transformation and in support of the Joint Warfighter. It researches and coordinates efforts to initiate special legislation that will help the various commands of the Charleston region to perform expanded or new missions. It also reports all of its activities and funding actions to its members in the Board’s Annual Report along with any results or outcomes of said actions.

Public Relations Committee
CHAIR: Heather Walker | 843-746-5311
CO-CHAIR: Robin Burke | 912-258-4840
CO-CHAIR: Brain Lindgren | 843-465-3481
CO-CHAIR: April Nadeau | 843-442-8235

Public Relations Committee will present the mission, vision and values of the Association to the public. It will provide all official media contacts, speaking engagements, press releases, public affairs issues and other related contacts with the media on behalf of, or in representation of, the Association. It will develop all forward facing materials for the Association. The Vice President will hold the office of Public Relations Committee Chair.

Small Business Committee "SBIOI"
CHAIR: April Nadeau | 843-442-8235
CO-CHAIR: Jimi Elderman | 804-647-6994

The Small Business Committee will foster increasing potential business base of small businesses for prime and subcontracting opportunities. The committee will develop a synergetic network of professional competent small businesses that have proven infrastructure, processes, program management and technical skills to successfully integrate their products and services as potential SB primes or subcontractors for peacetime and mission critical operations in support of the warfighter.

Summit Committee
CHAIR: Katie Arrington | 843-442-9047
CO-CHAIR: Andrea Julius | 843-412-4467
CO-CHAIR: Jim Harmon | 843-810-5937

The Summit Committee will plan, organize and execute all facets of the annual C5ISR Summit. It will host the annual Summit in support of the goals of the Association, primary customers, and the vision for the greater Charleston region.

Technology Committee
CHAIR: David Hamburger | 843-323-6567
CO-CHAIR: Becky Roberts | 210-800-7417

The Technology Committee will support the strategic initiatives of the Association through effective and seamless integration of information technology into all appropriate functions of the Association. It will respond to the strategic technology needs of the Board, its committees, and our membership.

Ways, Means and Rules Committee
CHAIR: Brain Lindgren | 843-465-3481
CO-CHAIR: Charlie Templeton | 843-296-7982

The Ways, Means, and Rules Committee will enhance operational effectiveness and maintain order within the Association. It is commissioned to ensure that all By-Laws and traditions of the Association are respected and maintained. The committee will also to make certain that parliamentary procedures are followed. The committee will examine and maintain all policies, processes, guides, rules, and regulations – whether documented or undocumented. It will oversee all matters relating to the process of raising revenue for the Association. The Secretary will hold the office of Ways, Means, and Rules Committee Chair.

Brand Evangelist-Operations Executive
Cynthia Holt | 843-324-2661

Financial Assistant
Aimee Pereira | 843-597-1505

All other information, send inquiry to:
Or write to
PO Box 61089
Charleston, SC 29419