Staff

Julie Campbell

President

Julie Campbell

Julie Campbell serves as the President, Severn Leadership Group (SLG), Inc.  Prior to joining SLG, she served in several leadership positions at Booz Allen Hamilton and at ARINC Incorporated, a Collins Aerospace company, most recently as the Associate Director of Enterprise Sourcing where she led a global team providing sourcing, procurement, and contract management of IT hardware, software, and services.

Prior to industry, Julie served over 20 years in the United States Navy, in the areas of information technology, space systems, and acquisition.  She managed the lifecycle of IT programs ranging from $2M – $2B.  Previous positions included:  Navy Space Cadre Advisor, responsible for 1300+ Navy personnel working in space-related positions; Commander of the First Presidential Communications Command and Emergency Communicator for the President of the United States at the White House Communications Agency; and Senior Advisor to the Director of Signals Intelligence, at the National Reconnaissance Office.

Julie has a passion for mentoring others.  She has been a senior fellow with the Severn Leadership Group since 2013.  She has participated in Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Young Life as a small group facilitator.

Julie received a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy, a Masters of Science degree in Space Systems Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School and Masters Degrees in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Marine Corps Command and Staff College and the School of Advanced Warfighting.

Julie is married to Chris Campbell, who serves as the Associate Head Coach for Track and Field at the US Naval Academy.  They have two sons, Mark and Luke.

Ray Rottman

Program Manager

Ray Rottman

Ray Rottman Colonel, U.S. Air Force (Ret) is a founding member of the Severn Leadership Group.  He currently serves as the Executive Director of the Association of Military Colleges and Schools of the United States (AMCSUS), a position he has held since 2013. His duties include the development and promotion of 44 independent military colleges and schools (e.g. University of North Georgia). Ray   Ray retired from the United States Air Force in 2012 after serving 30 years in a variety of assignments to include various leadership and command positions at the Squadron (100 personnel), Group (500 personnel) and Wing (3,200 personnel) levels. His career included seven years abroad with assignments in Germany and Belgium, in addition to multiple deployments to forward operating locations in Iceland, South Korea, England, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Iraq. Ray’s service to the Air Force included duties as an instructor and Course Director at the U.S. Air Force Academy, a speechwriter for both the Commander of U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Chief of Staff of the Air Force and as the Deputy Director of the Secretary of the Air Force and Chief of the Air Force’s executive action team. Ray was responsible for establishing and leading NATO’s first capability management entity, which brought structure and focus to a complex international planning process. He culminated his career as Vice Commandant of the Air War College (the Air Force’s senior professional military education entity).

Ed Sheppard

Program Director

Ed Sheppard

Ed has expertise leading people and dynamic programs in high visibility results-oriented environments. He has led enterprise programs and developed partnerships with global corporations to achieve mutual success. Ed has specialized expertise in strategic planning, strategy implementation and change management, DHS & USCG Operations, Incident Management, Aviation Depot Operations and Fleet Maintenance, Acquisitions, Risk Management, Program/Project Management, Process Improvement, and Metrics Development, Analytics, and Storytelling.

He currently helps teams who are struggling with incomplete strategy execution plans or are anxious about how to engage with employees regarding change management efforts. Ed guides teams to solve problems by identifying strategic priorities, developing roadmaps to close gaps and supporting change management initiatives to achieve desired and sustainable outcomes.

During his 26-year military career in the United States Coast Guard (USCG), he served in a variety of leadership positions including as the Commanding Officer of Base Honolulu and as the Commanding Officer of Enlisted Personnel at the Coast Guard Academy, where he also served as a full-time instructor in the Engineering Department. He has operational experience both as a Shipboard Deck Watch Officer, Operations Officer, and Navigator on a 180 foot ocean-going buoy tender and as a Coast Guard Aviator for 20 years flying the MH-60 (Jayhawk) and MH-65 (Dolphin) helicopters and the HC-130 (Hercules) fixed-wing aircraft. Ed has significant experience conducting operations with DHS, DOD, and other federal interagency, state, and local partners conducting homeland security enterprise missions.

Ed served as a USCG Aeronautical Engineering Officer with experience as an operational Engineering Officer (EO) and two tours at the Aviation Logistics Center (ALC), the Coast Guard’s aviation depot, where he led depot maintenance, repair, and overhaul operations and acquisition management. At ALC, Ed served as the Product Line Engineer of the Long Range Surveillance (HC-130) Product Line providing support to 27 fleet HC-130 aircraft; the MH-65 Helicopter Product Line Manager where he oversaw support of the USCG’s fleet of 101 MH-65 helicopters; and as Deputy Director, where he led 1480 people and a $348 million annual budget in supporting 190 USCG aircraft at 26 field units.

Ed also served as a Coast Guard Liaison Officer (CGLO) to the DHS Office of Strategic Planning where he served as a senior advisor on maritime policy issues and developed long-range strategic plans. He facilitated the development of U.S. national policy documents including development of the 1st-ever DHS Quadrennial Homeland Security Review (QHSR) and the 1st- ever Air Domain Awareness security governance strategy.

Ed Sheppard received his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Coast Guard Academy and a M.S. degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

He is married to his wife Jacquelyn and they have two children.

Aaron Thieme

Program Manager

Aaron Thieme

Aaron Thieme is a Colorado native who has lived in New England with his family since 1998.  Aaron and his wife Lynnie met in their second semester of their senior year at Vanderbilt University and moved to Connecticut while Aaron was in the Navy.  Aaron enjoyed a long career at sea as a submarine officer while Lynnie did the hard work, raising their kids Maya, Mason, and a variety of dogs.

Aaron and Lynnie are foodies who are always on the hunt for an out-of-the way place for a great meal along with exploring new things in the kitchen.  Aaron has been a Severn Leadership Group senior fellow for Groton, Connecticut since its expansion there and enjoys challenging himself and others in the discovery of self and selfless service to others.

Aaron stays busy training for triathlons, marathons, and hiking in the Rocky Mountains.  When he’s not exercising, he and Lynnie enjoy their vegetable garden, good books, and managing a free library.

Judy Farrell

Communications Director

Judy Farrell

Judy Farrell serves as the Communications Director, Severn Leadership Group (SLG), Inc.  In addition, Judy has been a professional speaker, trainer, and leadership coach since 2016 and has served in staff and leadership roles at Grace Church San Diego, Mid Atlantic Community Church, Downtown Hope Annapolis, and The Blue Ribbon Project.

Prior to launching her coaching business, Judy served nine years in the United States Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer. During her first six years in the Navy she led Sailors aboard two guided missile destroyers based in San Diego and Yokosuka, Japan, and developed and led training operations with foreign navies as part of the destroyer squadron staff in Naples, Italy.  During her next three years, Judy traveled around the US as a Reservist teaching leadership courses to both junior and senior Officers.

Judy earned her Bachelor of Arts in Entrepreneurship and Venture Management with minors in both Management and Naval Science, as well as a Master of Arts in Administrative Leadership from the University of Oklahoma. She is also a Certified Professional Coach (CPC) graduating from the Institute of Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC).

Judy is married to David Farrell, a Navy helicopter pilot currently serving as a Junior Professional Military Professor (JPMP) at the US Naval Academy.  They have two young boys, Reis and Brooks.

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