Scott Leonard founded PM2 Strategies in 2012 to provide program management consulting services to clients who are progressing manufacturing in the U.S. For over 25 years, he has served government clients who run programs for manufacturing R&D, manufacturing technology scale-up, technology transition, and economic development. He has helped clients with all facets of program management, such as identifying technology areas for investment, writing requests for proposals, supporting source selection, strategic and business planning, managing projects, developing metrics, writing success stories, and facilitating strategic planning workshops. He has evaluated the business viability of products and programs and recommend improvement strategies.
Most recently, Mr. Leonard has served as strategic advisor to the government program managers for the Manufacturing USA institutes focused on additive manufacturing (America Makes) and robotics (ARM). He advised the institutes in areas such as strategic business planning, technology roadmapping, membership model development, member engagement, project management, metrics and reporting, education and workforce program planning, and workshop facilitation.
Prior to founding PM2 Strategies, Mr. Leonard was a program manager for a major defense contractor, overseeing a $5M per year consulting practice. He has advised senior executives and provided program management and analytic services to clients who ran manufacturing R&D programs with $50M annual budgets. He has led numerous Industrial Base Assessment study teams and conducted industry research and analysis. Mr. Leonard developed a Business Readiness Level method for evaluating commercialization risks for new technologies and co-developed a Technology Transition Risk Assessment tool. In the 1990's, Mr. Leonard managed over 80 R&D projects (budgets from $40K to $4 million) for a small R&D company. He has worked in technical areas such as robotics, 3D printing & additive manufacturing, biofuels, power semiconductors, superconductors, lasers, infrared sensors, materials, optical coatings, IED detection, and others.
Mr. Leonard earned the Project Management Professional Certification from the Project Management Institute in 2001. He has a B.S. degree from Carnegie Mellon University and an MBA from the University of Dayton.
Elizabeth Henry brings over a dozen years of program management, strategic communication, business development, and management consulting experience to our clients. Ms. Henry supports our clients as a Government Strategic Advisor to the Manufacturing USA Institutes program. Prior to joining PM2 Strategies, she was the Channel Sales Manager for a manufacturer of 3D printers, managing top accounts for direct metal sales. In this role, she took a strategic approach to opportunity scouting, lead generation, and onboarding of new customers, significantly increasing direct metal channel sales. Ms. Henry identified and secured key partnerships and established new contracts with major organizations and developed a university and national lab engagement program.
Ms. Henry previously owned her own consulting firm in Switzerland, training executives in strategic communications and consulting to national politicians, bankers, and major media companies. She worked on investment pitches and commercialization projects for autonomous vehicles, nanotechnologies, soft electronics, and sensor integration technologies. Ms. Henry speaks five languages and earned a B.A. from University of Pittsburgh.
Dr. Christina Maranto is a Senior Program Manager supporting the U.S. Department of Defense on advanced manufacturing strategy through her work with the Joint Defense Manufacturing Council. Christina combines her strengths in program and strategic management, experiences in building partnerships, and background in scientific research, to lead complex science and technology (S&T) programs to completion. Before joining PM2 Strategies, Christina was a Scientific and Strategy Advisor to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). In this role, she worked with a DARPA program manager to develop and manage new R&D programs within the Biological Technologies Office and advised and supported the DARPA acquisition process, including solicitations, proposal evaluation, and source selection. Before DARPA, Christina supported the National Science Board (NSB), the presidentially-appointed governing body of the National Science Foundation (NSF). During her tenure at NSF, she contributed policy analysis and strategic advice to inform conversations on NSF’s budget, programs, structure, strategic plans, and NSF vision. She worked on broad issues in S&T policy, including acting as the staff co-lead for a major NSB initiative focused on building opportunities for the Skilled Technical Workforce – the workforce that fuels the advanced manufacturing industry.
Christina served as a fellow for both the AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowship and the National Academies Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Fellowship. She earned her PhD in Biology from the University of Washington, M.S. in the Biological Sciences from the University of California, Irvine, and B.A. from Bowdoin College. Christina is currently completing a certificate in Legislative Studies at the Georgetown Government Affairs Institute.
Stephanie Mathis is a Senior Business Analyst supporting the Air Force in its role as Executive Agent of the Defense Production Act Title III Program. Ms. Mathis advises and supports Air Force program managers on a more than $30 million portfolio of DPA Title III projects, influencing the decisions of Air Force customers, stakeholders, and industry partners. In her nearly twenty-year career with the DPA Title III Program, she has facilitated decision making throughout the acquisition and execution of numerous projects; assisted in developing and monitoring key technical and business metrics; and analyzed project performance and proactively identified issues and resolutions leading to more successful project outcomes. Ms. Mathis has guided industry partners in developing their business and marketing plans; and assisted in preparation of DoD project acquisition strategies, performance work statements, and proposal evaluations.
Ms. Mathis earned an MBA from Wright State University and a BS from Clemson University.
James Neely supports the US Air Force as a subject matter expert in the Defense Priorities and Allocations System (DPAS), which resolves material/materiel shortfalls for acquisition programs under both peacetime and wartime conditions. Prior to joining PM2 Strategies, Mr. Neely served in multiple roles in his career with the US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Manufacturing and Industrial Technologies Division. Most recently, Mr. Neely was the Team Lead for the Industrial Base Team for the Defense Production Act (DPA) Title III Program and the Air Force Industrial Base Assessment Program. He also served as a Deputy Program Manager for the DPA Title III Program Office and as Program Manager for the DPA Title III Advanced Drop-In Biofuels Production Program, which involved over $1.067B in Government and industry partner funding. He served as the AFRL Manufacturing Technology Division’s Technical Business Manager responsible for financial planning, programming, reprogramming and reporting.
Prior to that, Mr. Neely served as the Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC) DPAS Program Manager and developed and implemented DPA Title I Air Force policy; resolved requests for Special Priorities Assistance to support weapon system urgent needs; and developed tools to more efficiently execute DPAS processes. Mr. Neely was a Program Manager for a significant portion of the industrial materials programs for AFMC. In this role, he was responsible for the extension of a wide range of contracting and manufacturing concepts, principles and practices, and the development of complex inter-command industrial materials management concepts, methods and procedures for use by other acquisition technical and management personnel for the Diminishing Manufacturing and Material Shortages (DMSMS) and DPAS Programs.
During his career, Mr. Neely was recognized with the Air Force Civilian Achievement Award; the Blacks in Government (BIG) Meritorious Service Award; R. Lee Kennard Manufacturing Technology Heritage Award; and the Exemplary Civilian Service Award. He earned a Masters’ in Public Administration from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a Bachelors’ degree in Political Science from the University of Georgia.
Kelly Visconti, P.E., is a Senior Program Manager with PM2 Strategies currently supporting the U.S. Department of Defense on additive manufacturing and advanced manufacturing strategy. For the first ten years of her career, Ms. Visconti gained industrial experience as an engineer and manager at The Linde Group, the world's largest industrial gas company. She led RD&D projects for the application of industrial gases to a range of manufacturing processes, from an award-winning advanced combustion technology for steel blast furnaces to innovative wastewater treatment solutions. Most recently she served for six years in the Advanced Manufacturing Office at the U.S. Department of Energy as a Technology Manager. Ms. Visconti was the program manager for the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation and the initial program manager for the RAPID Manufacturing Institute, two DOE-funded public-private partnerships for advanced manufacturing innovation. She was a member of the Technical Advisory Board for three other institutes that are part of the Manufacturing USA network and closely supported interagency advanced manufacturing activities.
Ms. Visconti is a 2017 recipient of the George Washington University’s Arthur S. Flemming Award for Leadership and Management in recognition of her leadership in the effort to drive the investment of $900 million into public-private partnerships under the Manufacturing USA initiative. She was selected and served as an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy Fellow (2011-2012). She is a Project Management Professional (2017) and a licensed Professional Engineer (2006). Ms. Visconti received her M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Rutgers University (2005) and B.S. in Chemical Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University (2001).
Dawn Bellinger is our Administrative Manager, responsible for financial management, contracts management, regulatory compliance, and human resources. Prior to joining PM2 Strategies in 2016, Ms. Bellinger was a paralegal for a medium-sized general practice law firm. Her professional experience also includes several diverse roles that prepared her well to wear so many hats for PM2 Strategies, including: financial accounting roles for UC Berkeley Space Sciences Laboratory and Medical University of South Carolina; federal and state contract management and compliance for Medical University of South Carolina and University of Cincinnati. She was also the Business Manager for Minorities in Math Science and Engineering (M2SE), a non-profit organization that prepared minority high school students for college degrees in STEM fields.
Ms. Bellinger is a U.S. Navy veteran. She holds a B.A. from University of California, Berkeley and an M.A. from University of Cincinnati.