Rear Admiral Kevin E. Lunday
U.S. Coast Guard Commander, Coast Guard Cyber Command &
Assistant Commandant for Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and Information Technology (C4IT)
U.S. Coast Guard
Rear Admiral Lunday commands Coast Guard Cyber Command and also serves as the Assistant
Commandant for Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Information Technology (C4IT).
As Commander of Coast Guard Cyber Command, he is responsible for delivering effects in and through
cyberspace to operate and defend Coast Guard networks, enable Coast Guard operations and protect the
maritime transportation system. As the Assistant Commandant for C4IT, he is responsible for the
management and oversight of all Coast Guard C4IT operational, business, and infrastructure assets.
From June 2014 to July 2016 Rear Admiral Lunday served as the Director of Exercises and Training (J7),
U.S. Cyber Command where he was responsible for joint training of the Cyber Mission Force and delivery
of a trained and ready cyberspace forces for the Department of Defense.
He served as the Executive Assistant to the 24th Commandant from 2011 to 2014. Prior to that, he served
as Commanding Officer of Coast Guard Maritime Intelligence Fusion Center Atlantic. Rear Admiral Lunday
has also served in a variety of legal, intelligence and operational assignments in the Coast Guard, including
command afloat and ashore.
Rear Admiral Lunday is a Distinguished Graduate of the National War College with a Master of Science in
National Security Strategy and a graduate of the Naval War College (College of Command and Staff). He
holds a Juris Doctor from George Washington University Law School and Bachelor of Science in Marine
Engineering from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.
He is Judge Advocate and licensed to practice law in Virginia and before the U.S. Supreme Court. Individual
military awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (2), Meritorious Service Medal (3),
Coast Guard Commendation Medal (4) with Operational Distinguishing Device and Coast Guard Achievement
Medal (2) with Operational Distinguishing Device. He is the recipient of the 2004 U.S. Intelligence Community
National Intelligence Certificate of Distinction. He is also the recipient of the 2005 American Bar Association
SCAFL Outstanding Military Service Career Judge Advocate Award.
SES Thomas P. Michelli
Acting Principal Deputy CIO DOD
U.S. Coast Guard
Mr. Thomas P. Michelli currently serves as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) & Deputy
Assistant Commandant for Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Information
Technology (C4IT) for the U. S. Coast Guard. In this capacity, Mr. Michelli guides the
development of C4IT and cybersecurity strategic policy and governance. He oversees the
acquisition, design, engineering, operation, maintenance and recapitalization of the Coast
Guard’s $1.5 billion C4IT infrastructure.
Mr. Michelli started his career of government service in the U.S. Army Reserve in 1984 after
graduating from Franklin University and commissioning from the Ohio State University Army
Reserve Officer Training Corps program. He retired from the Army Reserve with the rank of Colonel.
In the private sector, Mr. Michelli served as Director of International IT Operations, and Director
and Chief Information Officer, Europe, Middle East and Africa at the global commercial real estate
firm Cushman & Wakefield. He also served as Chief Technology Officer, Army Business Unit at
General Dynamics Information Technology.
In 2006, Mr. Michelli transitioned to government service as Chief, Information Operations Division
for the Defense Threat Reduction Agency. He subsequently joined the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA)
in several senior leadership roles including the DLA’s first Director of Intelligence. He ultimately was
appointed to the Senior Executive Service in 2010 and served as DLA’s Executive Director of Enterprise
Solutions, J64. Following DLA he was the Chief Information Officer for U.S. Immigration and Customs
Enforcement (ICE), Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in Washington, DC and then Deputy
Assistant Commandant for C4IT & Deputy CIO for the U.S. Coast Guard.
His education includes a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Finance from
Franklin University, Columbus, Ohio and a Master of Science Degree in Computer Information Systems
from St. Mary's University, San Antonio, Texas.
His military awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious
Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal and other meritorious decorations.
SES Brian P. Burns
Acting CIO &
Acting Deputy Assistant Commandant for C4IT
U.S. Coast Guard
Mr. Brian P. Burns serves as the Deputy Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the U.S. Coast Guard.
Mr. Burns started his Federal service in 1997 as member of the Senior Executive Service with
more than 13 years of commercial information management, technology and product development
experience. He served in several information management, technology, and cyberspace Deputy
Assistant Secretary, CIO, Deputy CIO or other senior executive positions within the Department
of Veterans Affairs; Department of Defense; Department of the Air Force; Department of the Navy;
Department of Education; Department of the Interior; Department of Health and Human Services;
and the Department of the Treasury Internal Revenue Service.
In the course of his career, Mr. Burns has received numerous awards and citations, most notably
the Department of the Air Force Award for Meritorious Civilian Service, E-Gov Technology Leadership
Award, 2005 Federal Computer Week Fed 100 Award, Federal CIO Council Showcase of Excellence
Award, and the Department of Health and Human Services Secretary's Award for Distinguished Service.
Mr. Burns graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical and computer engineering
from Drexel University and a Master of Arts degree in psychology for human factors engineering from
George Mason University.
CIV Barbara Whitelaw
Acting DCIO &
Director of Staff
U.S. Coast Guard
Barbara Whitelaw joined CG-6 as the Chief of the Office of Enterprise Performance Management in 2015.
She is currently acting as Deputy Chief Information Officer and Director of Staff for CG-6.
Ms. Whitelaw has served the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) since 2007. Before joining CG-6,
she was Chief of Staff, Office of the Chief Information Officer, DHS Headquarters. In this capacity, she was
the principal advisor to the Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Deputy CIO, with responsibilities for budget,
acquisitions, strategic communications, human resources, and support programs. While in this position, she
led the development of the Department’s IT Strategic Plan (2015-2018) and implemented the IT Career Path
professional development plan.
Previously, she served as Chief of Staff, Human Capital Business Systems, Office of Chief Human Capital
Officer. In this capacity, Ms. Whitelaw managed all business aspects of staffing, and strategic communication
and served as an advisor to the executive director for policy, projects, and initiatives. Her accomplishments
included leading the Human Capital Segment Architecture project, which won the Excellence in Enterprise
Architecture Award for 2011 in the category of Leadership in Government Transformation Using Enterprise
Architecture. Ms. Whitelaw also led the development of the DHS Human Capital Strategic Plan and the
compilation of the first robust Human Resources Information Technology (HRIT) systems inventory, which
furthered HRIT Portfolio Management efforts. In addition, Ms. Whitelaw collaborated with the Chief Learning
Officer to create and manage the DHS University, a Department-wide academic program for GS 13-15s.
Before joining DHS, Ms. Whitelaw served at the Department of Health and Human Services, where she
wrote congressional testimony for the Secretary of Health and Human Services, tracked legislation, and
advised on fiscal and policy matters for the Assistant Secretary for Resources and Technology. She also
served as a policy analyst for the U.S. Farm Credit Administration, performing governance and regulatory
analysis on corporate applications.
Ms. Whitelaw is PMP certified and is an alumnus of the Presidential Management Fellows Program and a
former Peace Corps Volunteer. She is a California native and received her Master’s degree from the University
of California, Davis. In her free time, she enjoys motorcycling, gardening, leading her Girl Scout Troop, and
officiating local and national level bicycle races as a race official with USA Cycling.