About BENS

Senior Staff

Chief Operating Officer

Guy 'Tom' Cosentino

Tom oversees the day to day operations while improving outreach to, and strategic dialogue with, senior civilian and uniformed national security leaders...Read More


Chief Administrative Officer

Lisa Jackson

Lisa is responsible for all technological needs, including network administration, database management, and telecommunications...Read More


Controller & Treasurer

Karen Kinnamont-Stewart

Joining BENS in June 2019, Karen brings over 27 years of business experience....READ MORE


Senior Vice President for Membership Strategy & Engagement

Debbie McCarthy

Debbie has served as a Senior Vice President since July 2012, having before served as BENS' Director of National Accounts...Read More


Senior Vice President for Membership

Jennie Moonis

Jennie provides leadership, strategy development and coordination of membership activities at BENS...Read More


Senior Vice President for Policy/Projects

Mara Rudman

Prior to BENS, Mara was the founder and principal of Quorum Strategies, a geopolitical strategic advisory firm...Read More



Senior Policy/Projects Associate

Katie Applebaum

Katie supports the Senior Vice President for Policy/Projects and BENS Policy/Project Directors....READ MORE


Policy/Projects Associate

Sean Berman

Sean supports the Senior Vice President for Policy/Projects and BENS Policy/Project Directors....READ MORE


Director for the Southeast

Conrad 'Connie' Busch

Connie manages all aspects of member engagement and development in the Southeast Region...READ MORE


Director for Chicago

Natalie Callone

Natalie came to BENS from the American Jewish Committee where she worked closely with the Midwest Diplomatic Corps....READ MORE


Technical Support Specialist

Brandon Cooper

Brandon is responsible for all technological needs, including network administration, database management, and telecommunications...READ MORE


Director for Policy/Projects

Peter Crail

Peter comes to BENS after over a decade working on national security issues in government and the non-profit sector...Read More


Director for Texas

Matthew Elias

Matthew has been the Texas Regional Director since 2007, having previously served in leadership roles at the Annuity Board of the Southern Baptist Convention...READ MORE


Director for D.C. Metro Area

Jennifer Giglio

Jennifer serves as the Director of the Washington, DC Metro Region and has a wealth of nonprofit and government experience in program development...Read More


Senior Membership Manager

Lauren Gray

Before joining BENS 2015, Lauren lived in Nairobi, Kenya where she worked as the Partnerships and Communications Manager for Makit East Africa Ltd...READ MORE


Receptionist & Assistant to the Controller

Fran Johnson

An IBM retiree with 30 years of service, Fran serves as the Receptionist/Assistant to the Controller...Read More


Assistant to the Controller

Kelvin Johnson

Kelvin serves as Assistant to the Controller and provides accounting support...Read More


Membership Manager

Courtney Joline

Before joining BENS as Membership Manager in February 2019, Courtney was on staff at the Shafik Gabr Foundation...READ MORE



Director for California

Katie Kenning

Katie joined BENS in 2010 bringing experience in marketing, customer relationship management and membership development...READ MORE


Director for Boston

Michelle LeBretton

Michelle coordinates membership activities within the greater Boston area...Read More


Director for Publications

Clinton Long

Clinton manages the creative development of all BENS’ publications and marketing materials...Read More


Director for the New York Metro Area

Vickie McGrath

Vickie joined BENS in 2009 bringing experience in membership recruitment and development, business development and relationship management...READ MORE


Executive Assistant to the
President & CEO

Rose Melnicki

Rose is the direct point of contact for and manages all aspects of the office of the President and CEO...READ MORE


Director for Policy/Projects

Frank Pigulski

Frank comes to BENS after serving nearly ten years on Capitol Hill...Read More


Data Analyst & Office Assistant

Brittany Rumber

Brittany came to BENS with a background in data management, analysis, and customer relationship management...READ MORE


Deputy Director for the Southeast

Sarah Strange

Sarah re-joined the Metro Atlanta Region of BENS in October 2018...READ MORE


Director for Member Engagement

Patrick Sweeney

Patrick joined BENS in 2019, having previously worked for the National September 11th Memorial & Museum....READ MORE


Director for National and
International Programs

Sidney Talley

Sidney joined BENS in 2016 following a six-year career as an Army Infantry Officer...READ MORE


Director for Strategic Communications

James Whitaker

James oversees all of BENS' internal and external messaging and branding...READ MORE


Senior Director for Policy/Projects

Aaron Woolf

Aaron is responsible for developing and managing national security-related projects....READ MORE


Connect With Us:

BENS National Office | 1030 15th Street NW, Suite 200 East | Washington, D.C. 20005
Phone: (202) 296-2125 | Fax: (202) 296-2490 | Email: bens@bens.org

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