George W. Bush Presidential Center
Exhibits & Events
Through our three Impact Centers -- Domestic Excellence, Global Leadership, and our Engagement Agenda -- we focus on developing leaders, advancing policy, and taking action to solve today’s most pressing challenges.
Stand-to 2021: A National Veteran's Convening
2021 National Security Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies
Rebecca Burgess is a 2021 National Security Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and managing editor and associate scholar of the forthcoming Classics in Strategy and Diplomacy project. She’s an Advisory Board Member of Combined Arms and of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation/Monticello, and a participant in the NEH Educating for American Democracy: A Roadmap for Excellence in History and Civics Education project. Rebecca researches the political and social institutions of democratic governance, including civics and national security, civil-military relations and the military life cycle, veterans and politics, and the political theory of empire. She has nearly two decades of combined public policy, administrative, and academic experience, holding the position most recently as a research fellow both in Foreign and Defense Policy and Social, Cultural, and Constitutional Studies at the American Enterprise Institute. Her work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Economist, Military Times, Newsweek, and The American Interest, among others. She is the co-editor, with Gary J. Schmitt, of McCulloch v. Maryland at 200: Debating John Marshall’s Jurisprudence (American Enterprise Institute, 2020).
Zachary D. Cohen, PhD
UCLA’s Depression Grand Challenge
Zachary Cohen is a Postdoctoral Scholar at UCLA’s Depression Grand Challenge. Under the direction of Professor Michelle Craske, he leads the DGC Tech Suite for Online Therapy in efforts to develop and disseminate personalized digital therapies for depression, anxiety, trauma, and sleep problems.
His research for the last decade has focused on answering the question “What Works for Whom?”, and on developing data-driven approaches to treatment selection and personalization.
Anne Marie Dougherty
Chief Executive Officer
The Bob Woodruff Foundation
Anne Marie Dougherty is the Chief Executive Officer of the Bob Woodruff Foundation, and an award-winning marketer, industry thought leader, and passionate champion for our nation’s veterans and their families. Under her dynamic approach to leadership and management, the foundation has grown from a small regional organization to a top-tier, nationally recognized brand and market leader. Dougherty has disrupted the traditional fundraising approach, leveraging metrics, relationships, and results to maximize the foundation’s $70 million investment impact. She utilizes an entrepreneurial approach in moving the foundation forward and establishing a standard of excellence that permeates the entire organization. Since she took on the role in 2011, Dougherty transformed the foundation’s annual Stand Up for Heroes event into a sustainable business model and growth engine that has raised over $55 million. Dougherty has also broken new ground in both programming and partnerships, establishing the foundation as an innovative hub for collaboration among partners ranging from the Department of Veterans Affairs, the National Football League, the Embassy of the State of Qatar to The Royal Foundation in the United Kingdom.
Dougherty was named The Nonprofit Times and American Marketing Association “Nonprofit Marketer of the Year” in 2012 and has received multiple awards on behalf the Foundation’s industry leading impact. Dougherty is a Leadership Council member of Nationswell, a member of the Board of Directors for the UN Women for Peace Association, and has appeared on a range of broadcast outlets including ESPN, Cheddar TV, Fox News, MSNBC to discuss the Foundation’s work, and has been featured in articles in USA Today, CBS News, Forbes, TIME Magazine, the Military Times, and has been a keynote speaker at industry events on topics including veterans, military families, high impact grant making, philanthropy, and women in leadership.
Dr. Christopher B. Howard
Robert Morris University
Dr. Chris Howard is the eighth president of Robert Morris University near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is a distinguished graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and earned a doctorate in politics as a Rhodes Scholar from the University of Oxford. He also has an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School, and in 2018 he received the school's Alumni Achievement Award. Dr. Howard's service to his country began as a helicopter pilot, then as an intelligence officer, where he was assigned to the elite Joint Special Operations Command. He served in Afghanistan in the Air Force Reserve and was awarded the Bronze Star. He also served as the Reserve Air Attaché to Liberia.
Before coming to RMU, Dr. Howard was President of Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia, and vice president for Leadership & Strategic Initiatives at the University of Oklahoma. Previously he worked in General Electric's Corporate Initiatives Group and Bristol-Myers Squibb’s Corporate Associates Program. Dr. Howard has served on the National Security Education Board, appointed by President Barack Obama, and the MyVA Advisory Committee for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. He is a member of the board of directors of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Young Presidents Organization. He is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute and a member of Sigma Pi Phi, the oldest African- American fraternity in the United States.
Dr. Howard won the Campbell Trophy, the nation’s highest academic award for a senior college football player. He is a member of the CoSIDA Academic All-American Hall of Fame and a winner of the NCAA Silver Anniversary Award. He also is a member of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics and a former member of the College Football Playoff Selection Committee. Dr. Howard is the founder and a trustee of the Impact Young Lives Foundation, a nonprofit organization that brings South African college students of color to the U.S. for summer educational and cultural tours. His wife, Barbara Noble Howard, is the foundation's executive director and a native of South Africa. The Howards have two adult sons, Cohen and Joshua.
Deloitte Consulting LLP
Liz Krepps leads transformation efforts for government organizations to help them evolve their business and operating models as they adapt to disruptions. As a Senior Manager for Deloitte’s work with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Liz leads transformation projects within the VA to modernize supply chains and improve health care operations. Her projects are focused on improving care for Veterans, their families, and caregivers and are organized around making the VA more responsive to the multi-faceted life experiences of their customers. Along with her responsibilities to develop and grow client relationships and drive business growth for the firm, Liz promotes Deloitte’s inclusive approach to talent, to support a diverse and innovative workforce, encourage co-learning and discovery, and help ensure a fulfilling talent experience. She also leads Deloitte’s pro bono work in support of advancing Veteran employment and wellbeing outcomes at the national level and leads the firm’s relationships with the George W. Bush Institute and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes. She serves as a member of Deloitte’s Veteran and Military Affiliated (VMA) Advisory Board and as co-chair of the national Veteran Employment Task Force. Additionally, she lectures at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) on Business Case Development and Productivity to post-graduate active duty Servicemembers in a clinical profession.
Lisa Lutz, a co-founder and President of SOLID, LLC, has over 25 years of experience as a Policy Analyst. She has worked in this capacity at both the federal and state levels of government and as a consultant to public and private sector clients. Lisa’s expertise spans several areas, including program evaluation, qualitative and quantitative research, workforce development, and occupational and job analysis. She has participated in and led numerous projects in these areas. Lisa’s work has concentrated on the development and implementation of programs to promote the professional development of service members and ensure their smooth transition from the military to the civilian workforce. For more than 20 years, she has specialized in the use of occupational credentialing as a means of doing so. She has performed research, provided policy guidance, and developed programs in this area for numerous organizations, including the Congressional Commission on Servicemembers and Veterans Transition Assistance, as well as the U.S. Departments of Defense, Labor, Army, Navy, Air Force, Energy, and Transportation. She has also worked with numerous companies and non-profits, including The American Legion, Lumina Foundation, and others to promote credentialing of Service members and Veterans. Lisa’s expertise has led to appointments to advisory committees by four Secretaries of Veterans Affairs to provide subject matter expertise on the implementation of education and credentialing benefits for service members and veterans. She has served as both a committee member and vice chair of the American National Standard’s Institute’s (ANSI) National Accreditation Board (ANAB) Personnel Certification Accreditation Committee (PCAC), which is responsible for overseeing the quality of certification programs. She is also a long-term member of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE) government affairs committee.
Lisa holds a B.S. in Political Science and Psychology and a Master’s degree in Public Administration (M.P.A.).
Robert A. McDonald
The April and Jay Graham Fellow
George W. Bush Institute
Robert A. McDonald is the April and Jay Graham Fellow at the George W. Bush Institute where he serves as a key member of the Institute’s Military Service Initiative team. In this role he is responsible for advocating for post-9/11 veterans and building awareness for the issues that affect their successful transitions to civilian life including employment, education, and health and wellbeing.
McDonald served Procter & Gamble (P&G) for 33 years with the last four as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. During his tenure as CEO of P&G, he helped to expand the footprint of the company brands such that one billion people became new customers of a company product.
Following his career at P&G, McDonald served as the United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs from 2014-2017. While at the helm of the VA, he was able to help transform the agency into one that delivered better care for our military veterans.
McDonald is personally and professionally committed to values-based leadership and to improving the lives of others. He is Chairman of the Board of RallyPoint Networks, Inc.—an online community of active duty military members and Veterans—and serves on the Board of Directors of the Partnership for Public Service, Audia International, Inc., the Association of Graduates of the United States Military Academy, the Boulder Crest Retreat Foundation, Quotient, and the McCormick Research Institute in Orlando, Florida. McDonald and his wife, Diane, are the founders of The McDonald Conference for Leaders of Character at West Point—an annual gathering that brings together the brightest young minds from the best universities around the world and partners them with senior business, nongovernmental organization, and government leaders in a multi-day interactive learning experience.
McDonald graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in the top 2 percent of the Class of 1975. He served as the Brigade Adjutant for the Corps of Cadets and was recognized by The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacturing, and Commerce as the most distinguished graduate in academics, leadership, and physical education. In 1978, McDonald earned his MBA from the University of Utah. An Army Veteran, he served with the 82nd Airborne Division. He completed Jungle, Arctic, and Desert Warfare training. And he earned the Ranger tab, the Expert Infantryman Badge, and Senior Parachutist wings. Upon leaving military service, then-Captain McDonald was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal.
Carmen P. McLean, PhD
National Center for PTSD, Dissemination and Training Division
Stanford University, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Associate Editor, Cognitive and Behavioral Practice
Dr. Carmen McLean grew up in Vancouver, Canada and moved to the U.S. to pursue postgraduate studies at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. She completed her predoctoral clinical internship at the University of Chicago Medical Center and a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Center for PTSD at the Boston VA Healthcare System. She then worked for six years as an Assistant Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Medicine. At UPenn, Dr. McLean worked at the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety with Dr. Edna Foa, developer of Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD, conducting treatment outcome research on OCD and PTSD. More recently, Dr. McLean moved back to the West Coast and accepted a position at the Dissemination and Training Division of the National Center for PTSD at the Palo Alto VA Healthcare System and a Clinical Associate Professor (Affiliate) position at Stanford University.
Chief Executive Officer
Ryan serves as Warrior-Scholar Project’s CEO and previously served as COO. He first got involved with WSP in 2013 and directed the WSP program at University of Michigan for four years. In addition to WSP, Ryan has led two Student Veterans of America chapters and mentors law school applicants through Service to School.
Ryan enlisted in the Marine Corps in 2005, culminating in two deployments to Iraq. Ryan then earned his BA from University of Michigan and JD from University of Virginia School of Law. His teaching experience includes working as a Teach For America corps member at an inner-city Detroit high school and as an adjunct instructor at Virginia Military Institute. Ryan has also worked for a variety of legal organizations, including a large national law firm, and has provided pro bono legal services to veterans pursuing discharge upgrades and VA disability appeals.
Ryan loves spending time with his beautiful wife and energetic sons. As a family, they enjoy escaping to the outdoors to conquer swing sets or climb mountains.
Military Affairs, Amazon.com
John is Managing Director for Amazon’s global Military Affairs. His team’s mission is to drive Amazon’s customer obsession with military service members, veterans and their families. John is committed to addressing the unique challenges facing transitioning military families. His responsibilities include talent acquisition, work force development, military entrepreneurship and veteran community engagement. John began his career with Amazon in 2017 as Regional Director of Reliability & Maintenance Engineering, where he delivered equipment uptime and performance for Fulfillment Centers across North America. John served 29 years in the U.S. Air Force, retiring as a Brigadier General. In his final assignment, John was the Asia policy and strategy advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He has over 3,000 flight hours as a Weapon Systems Officer in the F-111 and F-15E aircraft, including 800 hours of combat time over Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. John commanded an Air Expeditionary Wing during the Counter-ISIL campaign, an Air Expeditionary Group in Afghanistan, a Fighter Wing and a Fighter Group.
He is a graduate of the Joint Military Attaché School and accredited diplomat, having served as the Defense Attaché in the American Embassy in London. John also served as the Military Aide to President George W. Bush from 2003 to 2006 where he directed military support to the President and was responsible for the President’s emergency satchel or “the nuclear football.” He earned a bachelor’s degree in Engineering Science from the U.S. Air Force Academy and master’s degrees in Aviation Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, in Military Operational Art from the Air Command and Staff College and in Strategic Studies from the Army War College. John also completed the Senior Executive Fellows Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He resides in northern Virginia with his wife, Susan, and their three daughters.
Global Senior Manager for Organizational Research and Employee Listening
Kristin Saboe is the Global Senior Manager for Organizational Research and Employee Listening at Boeing. She is also responsible for formulating and leading Boeing’s Veterans and Military Spouses People Strategy.
Kristin is a 2019 graduate of the George W. Bush’s Stand-To Veteran Leadership Program Through Stand-To, Kristin advanced the execution and impact of Boeing’s strategy for its military-affiliated employees and the implementation of employer best practices and policies.
Amanda M. Spray, PhD
Clinical Psychologist, Clinic Director
The Steven A. Cohen Military Family Center
Clinical Associate Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry
NYU Langone Health
Dr. Amanda Spray, Program and Training Director for the Cohen Military Family Clinic (MFC) at NYU Langone Health and Clinical Associate Professor at NYU Grossman School of Medicine. Dr. Spray has been involved in building the MFC at NYU over the last seven years. During that time she has served as the Liaison to the VA Health System, founded the training program, and was involved in the early adoption of telemental health in the center. Dr. Spray provides evidence based individual and group therapy to veterans and military families. Dr. Spray earned her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Yeshiva University. She completed clinical internship followed by a primary care-based mental health and health psychology postdoctoral fellowship at the Department of Veterans Affairs, NY Harbor Healthcare System, Manhattan Campus. She has presented multiple symposia, panel presentations, and posters nationally and internationally. At NYU Langone Health, Dr. Spray serves as a member of the Department of Psychiatry Executive Advisory Committee, as an elected representative of the department on the Faculty Council for the NYU Office of Education, Faculty and Academic Affairs, and as the leader and founder of the Health System-wide Psychology Committee. In 2019, she was honored as a distinguished fellow by the NY State Psychological Association.
Special Assistant to the President for Veterans Affairs for the Domestic Policy Council
Terri Tanielian is a nationally recognized expert in veteran policy as well as mental health policy. Most recently, she served as a Senior Behavioral Scientist at the RAND Corporation where she led several landmark studies examining the needs of military service members, veterans, their families, and their caregivers. She has expertise in suicide prevention, sexual assault prevention and response, and behavioral health. She has testified multiple times in front of both the House and Senate. In 2019, she served as a RAND Congressional Fellow with the House Committee on Veterans Affairs where she informed evidence-based policy making designed to reduce veteran suicide. She has also served on several national advisory committees related to improving mental health responses to disasters, terrorist incidents, and public health emergencies. She has more than 100 peer-reviewed publications on topics ranging from improving access to and quality of mental health and substance use treatment, improving public health emergency preparedness and response, and improving support systems for veterans, military families, and caregivers. Between 2016 and 2020, she served as a senior fellow to the George W Bush Institute Military Service Initiative. Tanielian graduated from Boston University and received her Master of Arts degree from The American University.