Board of Directors

Joe Connell
Executive Director

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Joe Connell, Executive Director

Joe Connell is the Executive Director of the Strategic Deterrent Coalition. He is a graduate of Kansas State University and received his Air Force commission through the ROTC program. Joe and his family spent 25 years in service to our nation in space and missile operations, legislative affairs, and acquisition program management. Following his retirement, he worked in the aerospace and defense industry at the Director and Corporate Vice President level supporting space and strategic systems capabilities in Washington, DC. Joe is currently a senior management advisor to industry and government for space and missile programs. He holds an MPA from Golden Gate University, and MA in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College. He is a graduate of the Air Force Air Command and Staff College where he received the Secretary of the Air Force Leadership Award, Air War College, and Naval War College. Joe also completed executive education programs at Carnegie-Melon University and the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Murray Viser

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Murray Viser, President

Mr. Viser graduated from Centenary College of Louisiana with degrees in Psychology and Business Administration. He is a member of the Air Force Civic Leader, Air Force Global Strike Command Civic Leader Programs, Louisiana Military Affairs Committee, Shreveport Chamber of Commerce and Greater Bossier Chamber of Commerce; Treasurer, Shreveport-Bossier Business Alliance for Higher Education; President, STARBASE Louisiana, Inc.; and Treasurer, 8AF Consultation Committee.

Lamberth W. Blalock
Vice President

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Lamberth W. Blalock, Jr., Vice President

Mr. Blalock retired from the Air Force in January 1999. During his Air Force career his assignments included a tour in Southeast Asia and across the United States as a Minuteman ICBM crew member, command of an operational ICBM unit, and various positions within Headquarters Air Force at the Pentagon, Strategic Air Command, U.S. Strategic Command, Air Force Space Command, and the Joint Strategic Target Planning Staff. Following his retirement from the Air Force he worked for Orbital ATK as Vice President, Strategy and Business Development, Vice President, Air Force Programs, and as Vice President and Deputy, Strategic Programs. After his retirement for Orbital ATK he established his own Consulting LLC as an independent aerospace and defense consulting company. Lamberth was the first elected SDC Executive Director and currently serves as the SDC Vice President.

He has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from East Carolina University and a Master’s in Safety from the University of Central Missouri.

Richard W. Hartle

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Richard W. “Rick” Hartle, Treasurer

Mr. Hartle graduated from New Mexico State University with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He retired from a 35 year career with The Boeing Company as Director of Business Development for the company’s Directed Energy and Strategic Systems programs. His assignments ranged from design engineering, corporate internal audit, product development engineering/program management and he led strategy, investment decision and capture activities as a senior leader in business development. While with Boeing, he worked on ICBM and related deterrent programs for nearly 30 years. He remains deeply engaged in community support of the military as a board member of the Utah Defense Alliance and as Treasurer and past-Chair of the Top of Utah Military Affairs Committee executive board. He is a life member of the Air Force Association and currently serves as the AFA National Secretary. Mr. Hartle also serves on the Board of Directors for SIMX Tactical LLC and remains active in strategic systems programs through Triad Systems International.

Bruce Christianson

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Bruce Christianson, Secretary

Mr. Christianson graduated from Minot State University with a degree in Economics and is also a graduate of the Realtors Institute and the Institute of Real Estate Management. He has been a licensed North Dakota Real Estate Broker since 1975. Mr. Christianson’s professional and community affiliations include twenty years with the Minot City Council; former Ward County Commissioner, serving two years of his term as Chairman; gubernatorial appointment to the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education; Midwestern Higher Education Commission; past president of the Minot State University Foundation and its Board of Regents. He was a fifteen-year member of the United States Air Force Air Combat Command Commander’s Group. Mr. Christianson is a charter and current member of the United States Air Force Global Strike Command Community Leader Group.

Donald Alston
Executive Director, BOR

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Major General C. Donald Alston (USAF Ret), Executive Director, SDC Board of Regents

Maj Gen (Ret.) C. Donald Alston General Alston retired from service in the U.S. Air Force in 2012. His 34-year career included command of ICBM units at the squadron, group, wing and numbered air force levels, and culminated as commander of 20th Air Force and U.S. Strategic Command Task Force 214. General Alston served as the Director of Air, Space and Information Operations, Air Force Space Command; Director of Strategic Communications and Spokesman for Multinational Force – Iraq; and as the first Assistant Chief of Staff for Strategic Deterrence and Nuclear Integration on the Air Staff. General Alston mentors nuclear professional development programs as a permanent faculty member in AFIT's School for Advanced Strategic Studies. General Alston is also a Senior Fellow at the Potomac Foundation and is consultant to several major US corporations.

He earned his B.S. at the Air Force Academy and holds an MBA from Golden Gate University. He is also a graduate of the National Security Management Course at The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University; 6- Sigma AFSO Leadership course from the University of Tennessee; and the Senior Executives in National and International Security Program, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

Tom Cullen
Associate Executive Director

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Tom Cullen, Associate Executive Director

Tom Cullen serves as the Associate Executive Director of the Strategic Deterrent Coalition. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration/Public Accounting from the College of Saint Thomas in St. Paul Minnesota, and Master of Arts from Golden Gate University in Public Administration. Tom served in the USAF for over 26 years in leadership positions at the wing, numbered air force, and major command level across the space and missile enterprise. During his Air Force career, his responsibilities ranged from leading planning, programming, integration and analysis of capabilities and programs for Air Force Space Command’s annual President’s Budget Submission, providing operational oversight and direction for all land-based missile systems at three missile wings in the areas of policy and procedure development, implementation of training and evaluation requirements, to managing critical sustainment, modernization, and operational systems test programs across all components of the space and intercontinental ballistic missile nuclear enterprise. Tom currently works in the aerospace and defense industry providing direct support to essential programs within our nation’s strategic deterrent weapon systems.

Joe Scallorns
President Emeritus

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Joe Scallorns, President Emeritus

Mr. Scallorns resides in California, Missouri. He is an Air Force Civic Leader (Emeritus) and a Civic Leader of Air Force Global Strike Command. He continues to be an active supporter of Whiteman Air Force Base. He is a retired community banker with over thirty years’ experience. He has served on the boards of several banks, insurance companies and other business organizations. He has also served on the boards of numerous not-for-profit, community development and charitable organizations.

Mr. Scallorns is a graduate of the University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri and The Stonier Graduate School of Banking, Rutgers - The State University, New Brunswick, New Jersey. He is the recipient of the United States Air Force Distinguished Public Service Award and the United States Air Force Scroll of Appreciation.

Greg Blair
Board Member

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Greg Blair, Chairman, Abilene Military Affairs Committee

Greg Blair is the Manager of Customer Service and Community Affairs for AEP Texas, an electric transmission and distribution company. He is responsible for managing, coordinating, and facilitating solutions to strategic company, customer and community issues. He joined AEP Texas in 1985 as an engineer at Paint Creek Power Station. In addition to engineering, he has held various marketing, operations, and customer service positions in his 34 years with AEP Texas. Greg is active in the Abilene community and is the past Chairman of the Abilene Chamber of Commerce. In addition, he serves on the Board of Directors for the Development Corporation of Abilene, Abilene Improvement Corporation, West Texas Rehabilitation Center, Ben Richey Boys Ranch, and Abilene Industrial Foundation. He is currently the Chairman of the Abilene Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee and serves as the Honorary Commander to 7th Bomb Wing Commander.

Greg graduated in 1984 from Texas Tech University with a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Timothy J. Burke
Board Member

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Timothy J. Burke, Board Chair, Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce

Timothy J. Burke is President and CEO, Omaha Public Power District (OPPD). He joined OPPD in April 1997 as vice president. He has served as vice president of Customer Service & Public Affairs, overseeing Customer Service Operations, Customer Sales & Service, Customer Strategy, Economic Development, Safety & Technical Training, Corporate Marketing & Communications, Operations Analysis, Governmental Affairs, and Environmental & Regulatory Affairs. In May 2015, he became president and CEO.

Tim’s local and industry board affiliations include, the American Public Power Association, Large Public Power Council, Nebraska Power Association, Business Ethics Alliance Trustee, United Way of the Midlands, StratCom Consultation Committee, Offutt Air Force Base Advisory Council, and Air Force Global Strike Command Civic Leader.

He holds a master’s degree in public administration from Drake University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Buena Vista University.

Gregory V. Frencken
Board Member

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Gregory V. Frencken, Whiteman Area Leadership Council

Mr. Frencken is an Air Force Global Strike Command Civic Leader representing Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri. He is an active supporter of Whiteman AFB currently serving as President of Whiteman Area Leadership Council and Board Member, as well as being a Past President, of Whiteman Base Community Council. In addition, he received a gubernatorial appointment to the Missouri Military Preparedness and Enhancement Commission in 2019.

Greg has over 30 years of experience in the insurance and financial services industry. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri, Columbia, with a B.S. in Health Services Management. Mr. Frencken has served as a board member and in leadership positions of numerous community based, civic, not-for-profit, and community development organizations in the Whiteman AFB region.

Steven Grooms
Board Member

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Steven Grooms, Interim Chairman, Montana Defense Alliance

Steven Grooms is the President/CEO of 1st Liberty Federal Credit Union, Great Falls Montana. He is the Interim Chair of the Montana Defense Alliance, past Chair of the Military Affairs Committee (MAC). Steve has also served as Chairman of the Great Falls Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee and Board of Directors 2014-2015 and past Chair 2015-2016. Steve served as a member of the Community Depository Institutions Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis 2013-16. He serves as Chairman of the Supervisory Committee of Millennium Corporate Credit Union. Steve is the Chairman of the Montana Credit Union Network Governmental Affairs Committee and is the Vice Chair of the Montana Credit Union Network Health Insurance Trust. He is serving as a US Air Force Global Strike Command “Key Civic Leader” 2013-present, representing Malmstrom AFB and Great Falls, Montana.

Mark J. Jantzer
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Mark J. Jantzer, Chairman, Task Force 21 Minot

Mr. Jantzer became General Manager of The Computer Store, Inc. in July 2000. The company is family owned and provides information technology solutions in Western North Dakota. Mark is a Minot City Council Alderman, re-elected in 2012, and 2016. He is the Minot City Council President. Mr. Jantzer has been involved in support of Minot Air Force Base for over 30 years, serving for 20 years as Chairman of Task Force 21, Minot’s Base Retention Group.

In 2000, the Governor of North Dakota appointed Mark to the North Dakota State Military Affairs Task Force. From 2000 to late 2009, he served on the Air Force Space Command Civilian Leaders Group, until moving to the same role under Air Force Global Strike Command. Currently in his third four-year term, Mr. Jantzer serves on the USAF Chief of Staff's Civilian Leaders Advisory Group. As a founding member of the Honorary Commanders Program at Minot, Mark has been associated with over 26 officers as an honorary.

Scott Landguth
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Scott Landguth, Executive Director, South Dakota Ellsworth Development Authority

Mr. Landguth is a lifelong resident of Rapid City, South Dakota. Upon completion of his Engineering Degree, Mr. Landguth took a position with C.E.T. Environmental Services in Denver, Colorado. In this position, his duties focused primarily on the design and construction of wastewater treatment plants. This position provided him with the opportunity to return to the Black Hills as Project Manager for the construction of a new treatment facility for the town of Keystone, South Dakota at the base of Mt. Rushmore. Following this project, Mr. Landguth took a position with Pete Lien & Sons, Inc., a Rapid City based mining and construction company. Over the next decade, Mr. Landguth rose from the position of Environmental Engineer to Vice President, Environmental, Safety, IT, and Human Resources. In 2009, Mr. Landguth formed his own consulting company, Incentive Consulting. His primary client is the South Dakota Ellsworth Development Authority, for which he is under contract to serve as the Executive Director. He attended and graduated from Rapid City Stevens High School. Scott holds a B.S. in Biology from the University of South Dakota, M.S. in Civil/Environmental Engineering from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, and M.S. in Industrial Psychology from Kansas State University.

Sheila M. McNeill
Board Member

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Sheila M. McNeill, President, The Camden Partnership

Sheila M. McNeill is a past National President of the Navy League of the United States. The Navy League is the only civilian organization dedicated to supporting the sea services – the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Flag Merchant Marine. She is a region leader for General Dynamics/Electric Boat’s Submarine Industrial Base Conference and on the Board of Directors for the Strategic Deterrent Coalition and the Dolphin Scholarship Foundation. She served as vice chairman of the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services (DACOWITS), an advisory committee to the secretary of defense and other DOD and DHS officials, she was the founding president of the St. Marys Submarine Museum and Co-Chair of the USS Bancroft Memorial.

McNeill was recognized as one of the 100 Most Influential Georgians in Georgia Trend Magazine. She is the sponsor of the USCGC SEA HORSE (WPB 87361) and served as Chairman of the USS GEORGIA (SSGN 729) Return to Service Committee and Chairman of the USNS Brunswick Committee.

McNeill has received the Secretary of the Navy's Distinguished, Superior and Meritorious Public Service medals; the United States Coast Guard's Distinguished and Meritorious Public Service medals, U.S. Armed Forces Spirit of Hope Award, International Federation of Maritime Associations Service Medal, Spanish Navy League's highest honor and the Georgia Chapter of the National Defense Industry Association’s Citizen Soldier Award.

Dale G. Steenbergen
Board Member

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Dale G. Steenbergen, President & Chief Executive Officer, Greater Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce

Greg Steenbergen career accomplishments include more than 18 years of successful management experience in Chambers of Commerce, Agri-Business operations and Small Business. In addition to his tenure in Cheyenne, Dale has also served as the President of the Dahlonega, Georgia and Woodward, Oklahoma, Chambers of Commerce. Dale’s spent the early part of his career in the cattle industry, where he held progressively responsible management positions at purebred cattle operations in Michigan, North Carolina and Texas. Dale and his family are the owners and operators of NS Bar Cattle. Dale is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Georgia Economic Developers Association and the Georgia Chamber of Commerce Executives. During his tenure with the Woodward Chamber, Dale was a member of the Board of Directors of the Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce Executives including serving as Secretary-Treasurer, the Prairie Heritage Alliance and the Prairie States Coalition Steering Committee.

Dale received a BA degree in Political Science from Oklahoma Baptist University in 1991. He is a graduate of the Center for Chamber of Commerce Excellence, the Georgia Academy for Economic Development, the Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce Management Skills Series, Leadership Woodward and a member of the Woodward Rotary Club, and has earned his Institute for Organization Management designation in the US Chamber’s Institute program.