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Roy S. (Rick) Rogers IV

History Associates Chairman of the Board

Rick-Rogers-IV-2013Mr. Rogers is a _____ at Westat, a social science research, statistical analysis, and evidence-based communications company. Prior to joining Westat, he was founder and president of Fenestra Technologies, an innovative information technology services company. Mr. Rogers has also directed several software engineering projects for private sector and federal government customers and is an innovator who holds two patents in the areas of metadata management and digital archives. Mr. Rogers played a key role in Lockheed Martin’s team for the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) Electronic Records Archives (ERA) program. He continues to support several electronic survey projects for the U.S. Census Bureau and a cloud-based video collection and tagging system for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Mr. Rogers earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Carleton College and an MBA from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.

Mr. Rogers performs service in the Frederick, Maryland, community serving as chairman of the local Boy Scouts districts and as a member of the Tech Frederick advisory board, the Community Foundation of Frederick County’s scholarship committee, and the Rotary Club of Carroll Creek.

Reynolds (Ren) Cahoon

Reynolds Cahoon LLC

Ren-Cahoon-2013Reynolds (Ren) Cahoon is founder and president of Reynolds Cahoon LLC, serving public, private sector, and higher education organizations as an advisor on strategy, the role of information management in business transformation, and digital preservation. For more than thirty-five years he has been assisting organizations worldwide in managing and preserving their most important materials. He has served as director of advanced programs for Lockheed Martin, senior advisor on electronic records to the Archivist of the United States, assistant archivist and CIO for the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, and managing director of the Family History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Mr. Cahoon has also served on the International Council on Archives Automation Committee, Board of the Civil War Trust, International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists, and Executive Committee of the Federal CIO Council.

Monica L. Fries

Environmental Lawyer

Monica L. Fries, who serves on History Associates’ compensation committee, is an environmental lawyer engaged in all aspects of environmental remediation activities. She also counsels clients on general environmental regulatory and compliance matters and assists clients with environmental aspects of property and business transactions. She has more than twenty years of environmental law experience and previously served as partner with a major regional law firm in St. Louis, Missouri; counsel to the Olin Corporation in Norwalk, Connecticut; attorney at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation; and assistant attorney general for the State of Ohio’s Environmental Enforcement section. Ms. Fries earned her B.S. in biology and history from Heidelberg University, her J.D. from Ohio Northern University, and her LL.M. in environmental law from Pace University. She is admitted to practice law in Missouri, Ohio, and New York.

John K. Jacobs

Artex Fine Art Services

John-Jacobs-2013John K. Jacobs is the founder and president of Artex Fine Art Services. Mr. Jacobs has been involved in the safe handling, transport, and storage of museum artifacts for over twenty-five years. He began his career in the museum field as registrar of the New Museum of Contemporary Art, where he managed an extremely active traveling exhibitions program, numerous on-site installations of contemporary art work, and the museum’s collection. Mr. Jacobs later worked for Crozier Fine Arts, where he not only managed the international services and crating and packing departments but also developed many new and innovative crating and packing techniques that established Crozier as one of the premier art handling companies at that time. In 1990 Mr. Jacobs and others established Artex Fine Art Services. Since that time, Artex, which serves a broad base of government and nonprofit cultural institutions as well as private collectors, has become the largest and most comprehensive fine art services company in the United States, with offices in Washington, D.C., New York, Boston, Ft. Lauderdale, and Los Angeles. Mr. Jacobs holds a B.A. from Antioch College and an M.F.A. in sculpture from Hunter College.

Bradley J. Kinsey

Kinsey & Kinsey, Inc.

Brad-Kinsey-2013Mr. Kinsey is a founder and chief executive officer of Kinsey & Kinsey, Inc., a national provider of enterprise resource planning software and related services which is based in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. He is an honors graduate of DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, and holds an MBA from Indiana University. In addition to the History Associates board, he is a member of the Board of Directors of Cadence Health System and the Board of Directors of Wheaton Bank & Trust.

Elise Kohn

North Carolina Next Generation Network (NCNGN) project

Elise-Kohn-2014Elise Kohn is Senior Advisor & Program Director for the North Carolina Next Generation Network (NCNGN) project where she provides strategic guidance and coordinates interactions with a variety of stakeholders to support ten municipalities and universities in their efforts to secure ultra-high speed connectivity for their communities. Before joining NCNGN, Ms. Kohn helped launch The University Community Next Generation Innovation Project, Gig.U. She managed the day-to-day operations of the Gig.U consortium of over 35 leading research universities as they completed a request for information process that helped demonstrate the economic case for ultra-high speed broadband networks. Prior to Gig.U, Ms. Kohn worked at the Federal Communications Commission as a Policy Advisor in the Wireline Competition Bureau and as the Adoption Director of the Omnibus Broadband initiative. Before entering public service, Ms. Kohn served as the Budget Director for Obama for America and the Presidential Inauguration Committee, and prior to that she was a Vice President in the Global Leveraged Finance Group of Merrill Lynch. In her role at Merrill Lynch, Ms. Kohn assisted a number of high-profile clients from a variety of industries access the capital markets and assess the risks associated with strategic acquisitions, divestitures, and infrastructure investments. Ms. Kohn began her professional career as a Research Historian with History Associates Incorporated. She holds a JD/MBA from New York University School of Law/Stern School of Business and a B.S. in biology with a minor in history from Indiana University Bloomington.

Rachel T. McGuckian

Miles & Stockbridge P.C.

Rachel-McGuckian-2013Ms. McGuckian is a principal with the law firm Miles & Stockbridge, representing a wide range of businesses as well as private clients. She is a seasoned litigator at both the trial and appellate levels and is consistently selected as a Super Lawyer in the area of business litigation in Maryland and Washington, D.C. Ms. McGuckian received her B.A. from The Johns Hopkins University and earned her J.D. magna cum laude from the University of Baltimore School of Law.

Timothy P. Mertz

Financial Consultant

Tim-Mertz-2013Mr. Mertz has more than thirty years of management and client experience as a banking professional, including business development, client advising, legal negotiation, fiscal and employee management, budgeting, investment, and tax strategies and strategic planning. He has served as senior vice president (SVP) at Northern Trust; SVP and manager of PNC Bank’s Suburban and Western Maryland Wealth Management Offices; SVP and senior banking service advisor for the Law Firm Services Group; and vice president and senior private banking relationship manager for a bank in Washington, D.C. He was also a first vice president and manager for Mellon Financial Corporation. Mr. Mertz holds a B.S. in economics from Clemson University.


Philip L. Cantelon

Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer

3Philip L. Cantelon served as president of History Associates from 1981-2006. He is an expert on oral history, foundations, business and energy history, and the history of deregulation. He is the author or coauthor of numerous books, including The History of Consolidated Freightways, Inc. and CNF Transportation Inc., 1929-2000; The History of MCI, 1968-1988: The Early Years; The Roadway Story; and Crisis Contained: The Department of Energy at Three Mile Island.

He is the coeditor of Corporate Archives and History: Making the Past Work and The American Atom, both widely used college textbooks. His articles have appeared in Technology and Culture and American Heritage. Dr. Cantelon’s client list includes General Electric, the Kendall and GAR Foundations, Consolidated Edison Company, Texas Instruments Inc., MCI Communications Corporation, the American Furniture Hall of Fame, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, and The Children’s Inn at NIH. He is a founding member of the National Council on Public History and the Society for History in the Federal Government. He received the Society’s Franklin D. Roosevelt Award for 2004.

Dr. Cantelon also plays an active role in the affairs past and present of Montgomery County, Maryland – he has served as chairman of the county’s Historic Preservation Commission and served as president of the county’s historical society. For nine years he taught contemporary American history at Williams College; he also held a Fulbright Professorship of American Civilization at Kyushu National University and Seinan Gakuin University in Japan. Dr. Cantelon is a graduate of Dartmouth College, earned his MA at the University of Michigan, and received a Ph.D. in history from Indiana University.

Rodney P. Carlisle


4Rodney P. Carlisle, a founding member of History Associates, offers extensive expertise in oral history, petroleum policy, energy history, naval R&D policy, nuclear reactors, technology and policy, press and media, and post-Cold War military strategy. His publications include Encyclopedia of the Atomic Age; Where the Fleet Begins: A History of the David Taylor Research Center, 1899-1987; and Supplying the Nuclear Arsenal: American Production Reactors, 1942-1992. Dr. Carlisle has also co-written Jack Tar: A Sailor’s Life with J. Welles Henderson, which chronicles daily life aboard merchant and naval ships between 1750 and 1910, and Brandy, Our Man in Acapulco: The Life and Times of Colonel Frank M. Brandstetter with Dominic Monetta, about a Hungarian immigrant who became a noted hotelier and Army intelligence officer.

Dr. Carlisle is professor emeritus of history at Rutgers University in Camden, New Jersey, where he has taught courses in recent American history, the history of espionage, nuclear history, and public history. He is a graduate of Harvard College and received his master’s and doctoral degrees in history from the University of California at Berkeley.

Richard G. Hewlett


5Richard G. Hewlett is widely recognized for his work in the history of science and technology. He established the historical office and archives at the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission and served as chief historian of that agency and its successors until leaving government in 1980. Dr. Hewlett has served as historiographer for the Washington National Cathedral since 1978. He is the coauthor of The New World, 1939-1946, Atomic Shield, 1947-1952, and Atoms for Peace and War, 1953-1961, a three-volume history of the Atomic Energy Commission. He also coauthored Nuclear Navy, 1939-1962, a history of Admiral Rickover and the U.S. nuclear fleet. With History Associates he published Jessie Ball duPont, a biography of the prominent southern philanthropist.

He has received the David D. Lloyd Prize from the Harry S Truman Library Foundation, the Distinguished Service Award from the Atomic Energy Commission, the Richard W. Leopold Prize from the Organization of American Historians, and the Henry Adams Prize and Franklin D. Roosevelt Award from the Society for History in the Federal Government. Dr. Hewlett attended Dartmouth and Bowdoin Colleges and, after serving with the U.S. Army Air Corps in China during World War II, received his MA and Ph.D. in modern history from the University of Chicago.

Robert C. Williams


6Robert C. Williams retired in the spring of 2003 as Vail Professor of History at Davidson College, where he served for twelve years as vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty. Dr. Williams is the author of numerous articles and books on Russian history, including Ruling Russian Eurasia: Khans, Clans, and Tsars; Russian Art and American Money, 1900-1940 (nominated by Harvard University Press for the Pulitzer Prize); Klaus Fuchs: Atom Spy; and Russia Imagined: Art, Culture, and National Identity, 1840-1995. His articles and book reviews have appeared in the Slavic Review, History and Theory, Canadian Slavonic Studies, and American Historical Review.

Dr. Williams has been an active member of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies and the American Historical Association. He has received grants and fellowships from the American Philosophical Society, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the George F. Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies.

Dr. Williams taught at Williams College and Washington University in St. Louis, where he was chair of the History Department and dean of University College. At Davidson, he received the Thomas Jefferson Award for outstanding service and teaching. Dr. Williams is a graduate of Wesleyan University and earned his MA in Russian studies and Ph.D. in history from Harvard University.

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