Executive Team

Joseph Caravalho, Jr., M.D., MG, U.S. Army, Ret., President and Chief Executive Officer, serving HJF since 2017

Dr. Caravalho graduated with a Medical Doctorate from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences School of Medicine in 1983. For more than 30 years, he has served the U.S. Army in various leadership positions, including Commanding General of the Southern Regional Medical Command and Brooke Army Medical Center, the Northern Regional Medical Command, and the Army Medical Research and Materiel Command and Fort Detrick in Maryland.

Before becoming Joint Staff Surgeon, he was Army Deputy Surgeon General and Deputy Commanding General (Support) of the U.S. Army Medical Command. Clinically, Dr. Caravalho held positions as a staff internist, nuclear medicine physician and cardiologist.

Previous to joining HJF, Dr. Caravalho served as the Joint Staff Surgeon at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. He was the Chief Medical Adviser to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, providing recommendations to the Chairman, the Joint Staff and Combatant Commanders on a wide range of medical and readiness issues.

Elizabeth T. ("Betsy") Folk, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, serving HJF since 1992

Betsy Folk is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. She is responsible for keeping the headquarters functions coordinated and synchronized on behalf of the president and CEO.

Previously, she led HJF’s Office of Sponsored Programs and Acquisitions, which serves as the central point of contact for administrative activities for grants and contracts awarded to HJF. The office handled many activities, including award set-up, management and compliance, procurement of supplies and services, and negotiation and management of agreements with collaborating institutions.

Before joining HJF as manager for the Finance Department, Ms. Folk worked for Deloitte for five years. She has held various roles at HJF, including Director of Financial Planning and Vice President of Program Services. She has a Master of Business Administration from the University of Maryland and is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive).

Catherine M. Clark, J.D., Senior Vice President for Legal Affairs, General Counsel and Secretary, serving HJF since 2015

Ms. Clark leads HJF’s legal and technology transfer teams in support of the company’s mission and advises management and the Council of Directors on legal matters affecting the organization.

Before joining HJF as Assistant General Counsel in 2015, Ms. Clark served as Vice President and Assistant General Counsel of Vencore, Inc. (formerly QinetiQ North America, Inc.), and held prior positions with other government contracting organizations and in law firm practice.

Ms. Clark received her B.A. cum laude from Dickinson College and her Juris Doctorate magna cum laude from the Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law where she served on the Editorial Board of the Law Review.

Wendy Dean, M.D., Senior Vice President of Program Operations, serving HJF since 2018

Dr. Dean graduated with a medical doctorate from the University of Massachusetts in 1991. As Senior Vice President of Program Operations, she will oversee HJF’s customer-focused operational units, processes and strategies.

With more than 15 years of private practice as psychiatrist and in emergency medicine, Dr. Dean most recently worked with the U.S. Army as the Assistant Director and Medical Officer for the Tissue Injury and Regenerative Medicine Program Management Office. During her time there, Dr. Dean oversaw more than 25 FDA-regulated clinical trials and 14 clinical intervention trials as well as drove national meetings in ethics and reimbursement.

Prior to joining HJF, Dr. Dean was the Program Manager for the New Jersey Center for Biomaterials where she managed conflict of interest for a large research consortium. 

Cynthia L. Gilman, J.D., Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, serving HJF since 2007

As Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, Cynthia Gilman supervises all strategic communication, business development and public-private partnership efforts.

Previously, Ms. Gilman led the Center for Public-Private Partnerships, where she directed the effort to foster collaborations among the Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs, civilian academia and industry to advance the long-term health and well-being of America’s wounded, ill and injured service members, veterans and their families. She also led the Heroes of Military Medicine Awards dinners and The Veterans Metrics Initiative.

Prior to joining HJF, Ms. Gilman was a partner for 11 years in a Washington, D.C., law firm after practicing law for 10 years in San Diego. She received her Bachelor’s from Emory University and her Juris Doctorate from the University of San Diego School of Law. She also studied for one year at the London School of Economics.

Michael Stambaugh, GPHR, SPHR, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, serving HJF since 2018

Michael Stambaugh, GPHR, SPHR, serves as HJF’s Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer. He acts as HJF’s principal strategic advisor on global human capital and human resources directives and initiatives and will be responsible for leading a human resources team that is flexible, responsive and focused on customer service..

Prior to joining HJF, Mr. Stambaugh worked for Women for Women International, which serves women who are survivors of war in post-conflict and conflict-affected countries, where he was Vice President of Human Resources. He was also Director of International Human Resources at Creative Associates International and spent 10 years overseas with Kellogg Brown & Root.

Mr. Stambaugh is an Army veteran. He received his master’s degree in human resources and employee relations from Penn State University.

Corey Hastings, MBA, CPA, Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, serving HJF since 2018

As Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, Mr. Hastings is responsible for ensuring the integrity of HJF’s financial and budgetary controls and reporting systems, ensuring adequate financial flexibility to execute the company’s operating and strategic plans, and informing executive decision-making across HJF.

Prior to joining HJF, Mr. Hastings was with the AARP Foundation as Vice President, Workforce Programs.  He was promoted from Director of Finance. After serving in his first role as Senior Management Consultant, he left AARP to be the Executive Manager of the Uniformed Services University’s Center for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine and later returned to AARP Foundation. Previously, he also held finance and management positions with Development Alternatives, Inc. and HJF, as a Program Manager at Uniformed Services University.

He received a Master of Business Administration from the Mason School of Business at William and Mary and a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. He was licensed as a certified public accountant in 2009.

Alyssa Shepard, Ph.D., Vice President for Research Administration, serving HJF since 2001

Alyssa Shepard, Ph.D., leads HJF’s Office of Research Administration, which serves as the central point of contact for managing grants and contracts awarded to HJF. The office handles numerous activities, including award set-up, management and compliance, procurement of supplies and services, and negotiation and management of agreements with collaborating institutions.

Before joining HJF as Manager of Intellectual Property, Dr. Shepard worked in the biotech industry in both research and technology transfer positions. She has held various roles at HJF, including HJF Director of Intellectual Property and Director of USU Services. She has a Ph.D. from Harvard and is a Registered Patent Agent.

Jessica A. Bejarano, J.D., Vice President and Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer, serving HJF since 2018

As Vice President and Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer, Jessica Bejarano is responsible for establishing, maintaining and overseeing an effective compliance and ethics program for the Foundation.

Prior to joining HJF, Ms. Bejarano served as Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer at PAE where she was responsible for the ethics and compliance program, the Code of Conduct, ethics and compliance training, and leading investigations as needed. She also chaired the Compliance Council and Privacy and Data Protection Council. Ms. Bejarano also served as an Empowered Official for the International Trade Compliance Office and managed government contracts for Lockheed Martin.

Ms. Bejarano received her bachelor's degree in Government and International Relations from Cornell University, and her Juris Doctorate and General Counsel Certificate from Syracuse University College of Law.

Rizwan A. Jan, CISSP, PCIP, CTPRP, Vice President and Chief Information Officer, serving HJF since 2016

Rizwan Jan, CISSP, PCIP, CTPRP, is Vice President and Chief Information Officer. He is responsiblie for directing IT operations, including the strategy, execution and management of HJF's technical investments. Mr. Jan served previously as Chief Information Security Officer and launched HJF's Global Information Security Office. He has been with HJF since May 2016.

As CISO, Mr. Jan directed staff in identifying, developing, implementing and maintaining processes across HJF to reduce IT risks and protect HJF’s information according to Federal cybersecurity regulations. Mr. Jan also developed the Cybersecurity Awareness Program to maintain awareness among HJF employees.

Mr. Jan holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration (Finance) from Frostburg State University. He is a member of (ISC)², an international nonprofit association for information security leaders. He has been a Payment Card Industry Professional and Internal Security Assessor from the PCI Security Standards Council and is currently a Certified Third Party Risk Professional from Shared Assessments. He is also a member of the ISACA CSX Working Group and sits on the Enterprise Mobility Advisory Board.

Hilary Longo, Vice President of Communications, serving HJF since 2018

As Vice President of Communications under Strategic Communications, Hilary Longo is responsible for the Communications and Design Departments. She spearheads all corporate marketing, public affairs and communication efforts. Ms. Longo is responsible for the development, implementation and evaluation of the HJF strategic communications plan.

Prior to joining HJF, Ms. Longo led strategic communications and marketing functions for international high-tech organizations where she created, socialized and implemented multi-channel communication programs to support corporate objectives. She was Principal and Chief Marketing Officer for Marketing Habit, and Vice President, Marketing, North America, for Eurotech.

Ms. Longo has an M.S. in technology management from the University of Maryland University College and a B.S. in technical communications from Clarkson University.

Council of Directors

Philip A. Odeen

Chairman Philip A. Odeen is Lead Independent Director of global power company AES Corp., and  non-executive Chairman of Convergys Corp., which is engaged in customer management and information management. He retired in 2002 as Chairman of TRW Inc., an aerospace, defense and automotive company that merged with defense contractor Northrop Grumman Corp.

Previously, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of BDM International Inc., an IT firm acquired by TRW. Before joining BDM, Odeen was Vice Chairman of Management Consulting Services at accounting firm Coopers & Lybrand. He has served on several Department of Defense advisory boards.

U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-Rhode Island)

U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-Rhode Island) is the ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. After graduating from the United States Military Academy in 1971, he received an active-duty commission in the Army.

Over the course of his military career, he earned the Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Ranger Tab, Senior Parachutist Badge, and Expert Infantry Badge. He later earned a master’s in public policy from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and a law degree from Harvard Law School in 1982.

He served three terms in the Rhode Island State Senate and three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. Reed was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1996.

U.S. Representative Salud Carbajal (D-California)

Representative Salud Carbajal, a Democrat who serves California’s 24th congressional district, is a member of the House Committee on Armed Services.

He attended the University of California, Santa Barbara and Fielding Graduate University, where he earned a Master’s in organizational management. Carbajal also served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve for eight years.

Before his election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2016, he served on the Board of Supervisors for Santa Barbara County.


U.S. Representative Scott DesJarlais (R-Tennessee)

Representative Scott DesJarlais is currently serving his fourth term in Congress representing Tennessee's fourth congressional district. He serves on several committees in the House, including Oversight and Government Reform, Armed Services, Agriculture, Subcommittee on Readiness, and Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces.

He is also a member of the House Freedom Caucus as well as the GOP Doctors Caucus.

DesJarlais earned degrees in chemistry and psychology from the University of South Dakota and went on to receive his Doctor of Medicine from the University of South Dakota School of Medicine.

Richard W. ("Tom") Thomas, M.D., D.D.S., MG, U.S. Army, Ret.

Richard W. ("Tom") Thomas, M.D., D.D.S., MG, U.S. Army, Ret., is the sixth President of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. In his position, Thomas is responsible for the academic, research and service mission of the University. He advises the assistant secretary of defense for health affairs and the four surgeons general on a wide array of issues related to graduate health professions education and health care research.

He retired from the Army in May 2016 at the rank of Major General. He is a physician and dentist whose last assignment was Chief Medical Officer and Director of the Defense Health Agency Healthcare Operations Directorate.

He graduated from West Virginia University (WVU) on an ROTC scholarship in 1981. He is a graduate of the WVU School of Dentistry and served in the U.S. Army Dental Corps before receiving his Doctor of Medicine degree from the WVU School of Medicine in 1994. He earned a master’s degree in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College in 2006.

The Honorable Beverly Byron

The Honorable Beverly Byron served seven successive terms in Congress as a Democratic representative from Maryland.

She was the first woman to head a subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee, chairing the Military Personnel and Compensation Subcommittee, where she oversaw more than 40 percent of the Department of Defense’s budget. She also chaired the House Special Panel on Arms Control and Disarmament. She was named to the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission in 1993.

The Honorable John H. Dressendorfer

The Honorable John H. Dressendorfer retired as Vice President of Government Affairs at L-3 Communications Corp. Previously, he was Vice President of Government Relations for Titan Corp., which L-3 acquired in 2005.

Prior to working with Titan Corp., he was Vice President of Government and External Affairs for the American Forest & Paper Association. He was President and Founder of the lobbying firm Dressendorfer Laird.

He also served as a Special Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs under President Reagan and was an Assistant to Secretary of Defense Melvin Laird during the Nixon administration.

Marine Corps General John (“Jay”) Paxton, Jr., Ret.

Marine Corps General John (“Jay”) Paxton, Jr., Ret., joined the Council of Directors in 2017. He served as the 33rd Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps before retiring in 2016. As the second-highest ranking officer in the Marine Corps, he played a critical role in ensuring the health and wellbeing of Marines. With deployments to locations worldwide, he emphasized, advocated and recommended priorities for the Marine Corps.