Executive Management TeamNPO Management
Christo Sedor, CEO
As a former military helicopter pilot for almost 20 years, Christo Sedor has watched as military technologies move forward with great speed while he has kept his knowledge of new technologies current. Sedor served in the U.S. Army as an Aviator from 1982-1999. Since then, he has brought his high level of technical skills to: CA Technologies as a Senior Services Architect, Numara Software as a Senior Implementation Consultant and for Tek Systems as a Network Engineer. Sedor was educated at the American InterContinental University and Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and has taught Computer Information Systems. Now Sedor’s vision is to properly outfit organizations with the tools they need to exceed their own expectations. Identifying and sourcing new revenues and utilizing the newest technologies to execute national and international strategies are part of his vision for Covenant Business Solutions. Forming a team with complementary skill sets and moving organizations forward is Sedor’s vision for Covenant Business Solutions. Email: Christos@covenantbusinesssolutions.org
Deborah Martinez, Managing Director
For a four-year period, Deborah Martinez was the Executive Director of the International Ultraviolet Association (IUVA). This small, specialized association was little known until International marketing strategies and alliances were put into place by Martinez. These actions catapulted IUVA into an international forum with access to UV scientists, engineers and industry leaders excelling in the field of UV technology applications. While at IUVA, Martinez Initiated credentialed educational courses to membership and public and helped promote the organization within environmental, technical, water and wastewater governmental agencies, and engineering industries. She brought new sponsorship funding to conferences and enhanced Exhibition Hall, so industry leaders could share their products with research and development professionals. Martinez helped incubate educational programs for community college and youth engagement with UV devices and the engineering talent behind them.
As AHETEMS Director, Deborah Martinez worked closely with the Society for Hispanic Engineers (SHPE) Together, these organizations reached out to their membership and invited them to take part in unique educational programs and STEM based initiatives for students who had not yet entered the workforce, but were preparing to do so. Martinez formalized partnerships with organizations like NASA, National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), and prominent engineering professionals and firms. An NNSA grant was obtained for $3 million. With this funding an educational internship program was begun. This NNSA grant allowed minority students of Hispanic and Latino descent the opportunity to work paid internships over summer and winter breaks at nuclear sites across the United States. Internships were open to engineering students in their 3rd or 4th year of college, with a required 3.2-3.4 GPA. Martinez and her team built a website and publicized the NNSA Internship program and sent an educational coordinator to nuclear facilities to work with interns on site. Martinez also managed AHETEMS conferences, including all aspects of finances and budget oversight. She cross-pollinated conferences with educational initiatives such as the NNSA grant and garnered support and participation nationwide for AHETEMS programming.
While working for the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) as Director of Professional Development and Conferences, Deb Martinez gained a skill for developing a non-profit organization in the nascent stage. Part of her strategy involved reaching out to existing members and offering them interesting programs, conferences and publications as well as an opportunity to get involved in these. With some ingenuity and the right contacts and persistence, Martinez created a program for Military Engineers who were non-commissioned officers transitioning out of military to civilian life. The program assisted these members of the Armed Forces to obtain undergraduate degrees when their military careers commenced. During the time that Martinez held this position at the Society of Military Engineers, she brought 1.3 million in through Conferences. This organization conducted an average of 30 conferences each year, and this financial gain added to their resources and ability to support their objectives.
Keith Edward Osterhage, Managing Director
Keith brings more than three decades of experience in management and administration, consulting, program evaluation, policy development and implementation as well as financial and regulatory compliance. He has held leading administrative positions at five universities, and consulted at scores of others regarding best practices in research administration (pre award, post award, audit/finance, and regulatory compliance). He has developed programs for mentoring and training young professionals and has led teams of 10-30 professional staff. Having managed over $1 billion in funding from government, industry and foundations (grants, contracts, cooperative agreements) for programs of research, training and technical assistance, he has also worked directly as a contractor/consultant for NIH, DOD, Energy, EPA, Transportation and Education Departments.
Keith’s professional training includes a Bachelor of Arts and two graduate degrees. He has also been a Graduate Fellow and has been a CRA (Certified Research Administrator) since 1993. In his professional positions and his consulting assignments he has focused on three key points: 1. Customer Service, 2. Culture of the Organization, and 3. Continuous Process Improvement. That has enabled his success in growing successful programs and advancing mission. His work has included professional roles in government, SBA 8(a) minority contractors and academia. And he is a seasoned professional in the area of contracts and grants—from proposal/budget development, award/program management, through project/award close out, having used a variety of instruments from purchase orders, to cost plus fixed price contracts, to competitive grants programs and cooperative agreements and sub-awards/subcontracts. His work has also included marketing and managing contract/continuing education programs (both for credit and noncredit in nature).
Rosemary Estrada-Aguirre, Director of Operations and Programs
Rosemary Estrada Aguirre’s career highlights her management experience in nonprofit operations and programing geared to engineering, education, and promotion. She has diverse experience, including program development, engineering, grant writing, budget and forecasting, meeting planning, website management, report preparation, training, and interaction with government agencies. She has the ability to manage multiple projects, train others, problem solve and possesses excellent written and oral communication skills. Estrada Aguirre holds a Bachelor of Science in University Studies from the University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX, 2012. Her emphasis was in Engineering, Physical Science and Business. This unique skill set is what has led to a career in non-profit management that focuses on technical and engineering professions. From 2011-2015, Aguirre worked for the International Ultraviolet Association (IUVA) first as an Executive Assistant, then in the role of Program Manager, and finally as Program Director in 2013. Prior to her work with IUVA, Estrada Aguirre was the National Nuclear Security Administration Program Coordinator for the Society of Hispanic Engineers, which helped co-administer (with AHETEMS) a paid internship program for Hispanic and Latino students of engineering at nuclear sites across the United States. Rosemary Estrada Aguirre resides in Grand Prairie, Texas.
Lisa M. Agosto, Executive Administrative Assistant
Lisa Agosto is a seasoned executive administrative assistant with over 20 years of experience. Having held several positions in the corporate financial/banking world, among them, she worked for Popular Community Bank/Popular Investments, JP Morgan/Chase and the New York Botanical Garden. While at Popular, she assisted the #1 executive financial consultant in the nation [7 years running.]
Recently, she served at “the Bronx House,” a non profit organization as a teacher’s assistant where she received two awards for excellence, [“for her vigorous attention in the empowerment of the children of the Bronx.”] In her spare time, Lisa has advocated for community beautification projects and public safety for “the Bronx Park East Community Assn.” She also has been active in local Democratic politics.” Her favorite quote is: “Be the Change you want to see in the world…”- Gandhi