Executive Team

Craig Anderson, Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President and Treasurer, serving HJF since 1989.

Anderson has risen from controller to senior vice president and CFO during his nearly 30 years with HJF. He is responsible for financial activities and serves as acting chief executive when needed. In addition, Anderson acts as director and treasurer of HJF Medical Research International, a wholly owned subsidiary. Currently, he leads day-to-day activities.

Prior to his work at HJF, Anderson served as the youngest director of finance for the Town of Herndon, Virginia, solving infrastructure and fiscal issues. He attended Graduate Business School at Washington University in St. Louis.

Elizabeth (Betsy) Folk, Vice President, Office of Sponsored Programs and Acquisitions, serving HJF since 1992.

Folk leads 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 handles 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, 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).

Stephen E. Goodwin, Vice President, Operations, serving HJF since 1993.

Goodwin manages the Foundation’s information technology and communications functions. He joined HJF in 1993 to lead the U.S. Military HIV Research Program’s IT team, came to HJF’s headquarters in 1999 and was appointed vice president of operations in 2003.

Prior to joining HJF, Goodwin held a variety of positions within the information technology industry. He worked at the Institute for Defense Analyses, taught mathematics in an independent secondary school and served as an active-duty U.S. Army officer with a specialty in explosive ordnance disposal.

Arthur W. Hapner, Vice President, Program Management, serving HJF since 2000.

As vice president of the Program Management Office, Hapner supervises a team of research program managers who are responsible for the administration of complex scientific programs around the world. He has held various positions, including executive director/chief operating officer and administrative director of one of HJF’s largest programs, where he ensured compliance, developed budgets and mentored personnel.

Prior to his HJF position, Hapner led teams in daily activities for joint medical operations and engineering integrated processes. He formulated and enforced work standards, communicated policies and assigned responsibilities. He was a chief executive officer for the U.S. Army, directing activities of multi-site medical emergency evacuation organizations throughout Europe. He holds a Master of Business Administration and is a certified project management professional.

William E. Slade, Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Legal Department, serving HJF since 2004.

Slade serves as vice president, general counsel and secretary, a position he has held since October 2008. Previously, he served as an assistant general counsel with HJF. Slade manages the HJF Legal Department, which includes the Technology Transfer Department, and advises senior management on all legal matters affecting the Foundation, including government contracts and assistance agreements, corporate law, intellectual property, technology transfer activities, employment law, corporate compliance, and litigation matters.

Before joining HJF, Slade was a vice president and senior corporate counsel with ACS Government Services, Inc., in Rockville, Maryland. Prior to joining ACS, he was a partner at the law firm of Patton Boggs LLP in Washington, D.C., where he was a member of the firm’s Government Contracts Practice Group. Slade began his career on active duty with the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts in economics from St. Lawrence University, a JD from Vermont Law School, and a Master of Laws in Government Procurement Law from The George Washington University National Law Center.

Cynthia Gilman, J.D., Vice President, Center for Public-Private Partnerships, serving HJF since 2007.

Gilman leads the Center for Public-Private Partnerships, where she directs 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 leads the Heroes of Military Medicine Awards dinners and The Veterans Metrics Initiative.

Prior to joining HJF, 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 degree from Emory University and her Juris Doctorate degree from the University of San Diego School of Law. She also studied for one year at the London School of Economics.

Council of Directors

Philip A. Odeen

Chairman Philip 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 John McCain (R-Arizona)

U.S. Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) is chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee and serves on the Senate’s committees on Foreign Relations, Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, and Indian Affairs.

He entered the Naval Academy in June of 1954 and served in the U.S. Navy until 1981. He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Arizona in 1982 and elected to the Senate in 1986.

His military honors include the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Legion of Merit, Purple Heart and the Distinguished Flying Cross.

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 degree 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. Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas)

U.S. Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) serves as chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts in history from Texas Tech University in 1980 and went on to the University of Texas Law School, where he graduated in 1983.

For the next several years, he worked in Washington, D.C., including serving as deputy assistant secretary for legislative affairs in the State Department under President Reagan. In 1989, he joined his brothers in the cattle business and practiced law in Amarillo.

He was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1994.

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

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 degree 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.


Richard W. Thomas, M.D., D.D.S., MG, USA (Ret)

Richard W. Thomas, M.D., D.D.S., MG, USA (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 Dressendorfer

The Honorable John 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.