Overall Series Description:
Mentoring Moments" is a mentorship web series hosted by Ms. Lisa P. Smith, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Product Support. Each webinar will focus on different areas of career development and talent management featuring special guest panelists. Join us to hear mentoring tips and ask questions to Department of Defense leadership!
Ms. Lisa. P. Smith will chair a panel on the goals and benefits of mentorship. Panelists will share their philosophies on being a good mentee as well as a good mentor.
Ms. Lisa P. Smith, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, OSD
Ms. Lisa P. Smith, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Product Support and serves as the principal advisor to the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) leadership on policies, procedures, and actions related to the readiness and sustainability of major weapon systems. She is responsible for the development and implementation of acquisition and sustainment strategies and processes providing the Warfighter with cost-effective weapon system readiness across the life cycle. In addition, Ms. Smith coordinates and synchronizes ASD(S) international and partner engagements. She also manages the logistics and acquisition workforce for the Department of Defense. She assumed her current position in April 2021.
Tesa L. Lanoy, Chief Financial Officer/Comptroller, USSOCOM
Tesa L. Lanoy, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the principal financial advisor to the Command of U.S. Special Operations Command and the chief spokesperson for special operations budget and execution issues totaling more than $13 billion annually. Her office provides fiscal direction and guidance to the four USSOCOM component commands, and regularly interfaces with the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the military services and Congressional staffs.
Kevin J. Bostick, Director, Exercises and Coalition Affairs, J7/9, U.S. Southern Command
Serves as commander's principal executive level advisor concerning civil-military operations, training and exercises. Leads partnerships, exercises, civil affairs operations, science and technology, and humanitarian assistance activities to improve U.S. Military Readiness, build partner capacity, and counter transregional/transnational threats to meet global challenges. Works with COCOM, Interagency, and U.S. Embassies throughout SOUTHCOM AOR. Manages $65M budget. Executes the strategic direction, priorities, policies and guidance of SOUTHCOM CDR, DCDR, and COS.
Kesha Johnson, Director of Civilian Logistics Workforce within the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Product Support
Kesha Johnson is the Director of Civilian Logistics Workforce within the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Product Support. In this role, she is responsible for all aspects of the Department of Defense Logistics Enterprise workforce development, to include developing and leading civilian logistics workforce policy, training, and recognition. She assumed her current position in February 2023.
Ms. Johnson, a native of Virginia, entered Civil Service in July 2003 as a Department of Army Transportation Management Intern, and has over 19 years of logistics and workforce development experience.
Micaela Hamilton, Lead Product Support Integrator, C-130 Modification Section, USAF
Mrs. Micaela Hamilton is the Lead Product Support Integrator, C-130 Modification Section, C-130 Hercules Division, Mobility and Training Aircraft Directorate, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Air Force Materiel Command, Robins AFB, GA. Mrs. Hamilton supervises the process to maintain configuration control and Cyber security on all variants of C-130H/J, delivering the most diverse set of capabilities ever provided from a single aircraft. Mrs. Hamilton’s team manages 200 modification requests, and she directs the logistics of 15 modification and sustainment programs for the C-130H/J fleets valued over $5B for 470 C-130 aircraft at over 41 bases.
Kristina Ferguson, Weapon System Spares & Repair Parts Assessor, Spares & Fleet Logistics Support Branch, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV)
Ms. Ferguson currently serves as the Navy's weapon system spares & repair parts assessor for all systems utilizing the procurement appropriation. She is responsible for the review and validation of spares requirements for Navy programs utilizing OPN or WPN funding as well as Navy and Marine Corps programs utilizing APN funding. This equates to roughly 1100 unique programs or systems and more than $21.3B in requirements across five Systems Commands and twelve Resource Sponsors. Additionally, she is responsible for spares policy and process improvements and has become sought after by program offices with systems preparing to convert from Research & Development funding to Procurement or from New Construction to Operations & Sustainment for her depth of planning experience and knowledge of best practices. March 2023, she was appointed to the Life-Cycle Logistics Functional Community.