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C&O Resources, Inc. Employee, Staff and Consultant Bios.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

SANDRA L. CHARLES: Ms. Charles has over 16 years in the USG in both the National Security and Foreign Policy communities; serving as Director, Near East and South Asia, member of the National Security Council staff, in the White House and as Deputy Assistant Secretary (acting) of the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and in International Security Affairs. She has expertise in Middle Eastern, South Asian and African issues and programs related to US national security and foreign policy goals and objectives. She has participated in high level negotiations and policy development on security cooperation, international agreements, foreign military sales, peace initiatives, and crisis management, including the first Bush Administration's policy for Operation Desert Storm.

Vice President

AMBASSADOR ADAM ERELI: Ambassador Ereli is a proven leader and innovator in the fields of foreign government relations, international education, business development, commercial advocacy, and media relations and crisis communications. He has advised sovereign governments and parastatals in Europe, Africa and the Middle East and is a regular commentator on U.S. and Arab television networks.

Senior Adviser

AMBASSADOR RONALD L. SCHLICHER: Ambassador Ron Schlicher was the State Department's Principal Deputy for the Middle East; Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Counter Terrorism; Ambassador to Cyprus; Deputy Assistant Secretary / Coordinator for Iraq and served in Iraq with the CPA; Deputy Director for Regional Affairs in the Office of the Coordinator for Counter-Terrorism (S/CT). Deputy Chief of Mission in Beirut, Lebanon.; Chief of Mission and Consul-General in Jerusalem. He also served in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia; Damascus, Syria; and Cairo and Alexandria, Egypt and as Chief Civilian Observer at MFO in the Sinai as well as in other positions at State Department. He is fluent in Arabic (several dialects) and French.

Senior Adviser

JOY E. DRUCKER: Joy E. Drucker has had over twenty years of experience working in the Executive branch, U.S. Congress, and the private and non-profit sectors on a wide range of foreign policy and national security issues. From 2011-2013, she was Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs, an office where she had previously served, from 1999-2001, as the Legislative Management Officer for Near Eastern Affairs. She was a Vice President at Stonebridge International, a strategic advisory firm founded by former National Security Advisor Samuel Berger, and served in leadership capacities at a number of Washington’s leading think thanks, including the Council on Foreign Relations and the Partnership for a Secure America. Ms. Drucker began her work in Washington as foreign policy adviser to the House Minority Leader Richard Gephardt.

Senior Adviser and Executive Director of SASI

NATE MASON: Nate worked for the U.S. government for eight years focusing primarily on North Africa economic and commercial policy. His last assignment was Commercial Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli from 2011-2013. He is currently a consultant based in Washington DC working with companies seeking to do business in the Middle East & North Africa.

Senior Adviser for Congressional Affairs

M. ROXANNE PERUGINO: Roxanne Perugino has over thirty years’ experience in congressional affairs and foreign policy. Her specialty is the legislative process and the US Foreign Assistance program. Ms. Perugino most recently served as the Legislative Policy Analyst for the Arab Center Washington DC. Prior to that she was the Senior Associate for Congressional Affairs at C&O Resources. Following more than a decade on the House Foreign Affairs Committee Ms. Perugino served as a Washington consultant to various foreign governments, including Egypt, Tunisia, Lebanon and Pakistan.

Senior Adviser

AMBASSADOR LINCOLN BLOOMFIELD, JR.: Ambassador Bloomfield focuses on global security issues, defense and foreign policy issues, arms transfers, defense industry issues, FMS-DCS export controls (ITAR), and energy resilience for critical infrastructure in Africa, the Americas, the Middle East and Asia.

Senior Adviser

COL. P. J. DERMER, (Ret.): Colonel (Retired) Pj Dermer was one of the Army’s foremost National Security and Middle East Regional experts. He fostered substantial contributions at the national level by operationalizing strategy in the complicated environments of the Middle East, Europe and Africa. He is seasoned strategist, mentor, educator, and trainer for host nation governments and private business interests.


CAITLIN MILLER: Caitlin Miller is a foreign policy professional based in Washington, D.C. Prior to attending law school, she spent three years on Capitol Hill working for members of Congress in both the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate. She has experience overseas as the Communications Officer at the International Institute for Strategic Studies - Middle East based in Manama, Bahrain. Caitlin received her Juris Doctor with a concentration in International Law from the Duquesne University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from Loyola Marymount University.

Information Analyst

L. DAVID HERMAN: Mr. Herman has worked with Ms. Charles for four years at C&O Resources, Inc. He started out as an intern while attending George Mason University, where he graduated the Honors College with a Bachelor of Science in Economics, and now works full-time gathering and summarizing news and information on the Middle East, as well as attending and writing about various related events in and around the D.C. area.

Business Manager
Corporate Secretary/Treasurer

RANDALL L. ALLEN: Mr. Allen has seven years USG experience as a former Department of Defense employee working for the Defense Mapping Agency before moving to the private sector. He is a graduate of VA Tech with a background in Geography, Thematic Mapping and Remote Sensing and GIS technologies. He also has a Business degree and an extensive backgound in providing business and IT services in the corporate sector. For additional information, please visit www.randall-allen.com.

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