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Meet the CAI Core Team PDF Print E-mail

whoweareSMLThe Center for Applied Innovation (CAI) core team guides the day to day operations. The group consists of highly qualified experts dedicated to the CAI’s values, objectives who embody the innovative spirit on which the CAI was founded



Mr. Bob Morris
Founder and President

Bob_SMLThe founder and President of the CAI is Robert C. Morris, Jr. is Six Sigma Blackbelt trained with over 32 years experience in program management, quality improvement, and risk management honed in a myriad of diverse public-private sector programs and combat operations. He has a demonstrated ability to thrive in fast paced, high pressure environments and deliver above the goal and ahead of schedule. A proven track record as an operational, tactical, logistics, contingency response, training, quality improvement, acquisition, and program thinker, planner, and leader. He has an outstanding record of success in leading and improving multi-million dollar public, private, and humanitarian programs. He Excels at influencing outcomes and building highly productive teams. Bob Morris is a 31 year veteran of the United States Army with multiple combat tours, having achieved the rank of Colonel.

Dr. Wayne Walls
Technology Innovation Partnerships

Wayne_CAI_SMLDr. Walls is a cognitive psychologist with twenty-five years experience, specializing in human-computer interaction, human performance evaluation, and design through rapid prototyping. Common-sense approaches to improving usability, decision-making, and human error by focusing on people, their tasks, and their environment. A diverse set of experience in basic research (memory & cognition), commercial applications (automotive & medical), life-science research (protein biochemistry), military applications (training), simulation (automotive & aviation), and software development (design, programming, & implementation). He is the lead for project R&D and information technology enablers.


Chief of Police (Ret.) David J. Peck

Security, Policing, Leadership, Law Enforcement 

David_CAI_SMLMr. Peck has over 30 years law enforcement and first responder experience starting as a Patrol Officer graduating from the Connecticut Police Academy culminating as Chief of Police of the Fairfield, Connecticut Police Department, a department of 260 sworn and non-sworn members with a $16.0 million annual budget. Mr. Peck enjoys a National and International reputation as a strategic visionary with keen abilities to build consensus for shared objectives. He is known for building highly productive teams by developing relationship management skills, building collaborative partnerships with bargaining units, superiors, peers and subordinates at all levels.



Dr. Gerald Gahima
International Rule of Law, Trade, and Business Development (Africa and Latin America)

Gerald Gahima is an accomplished professional with proven record in private legal practice, government service, international development and global business. He practiced commercial law in Kenya before joining public service in Rwanda, where he served in various senior level positions, including Deputy Minister, Attorney General and Deputy Chief Justice. Gerald Gahima’s time of service in the Rwandan government coincided with the beginning of the process of reconstruction of the country following the war and genocide. This experience provided opportunities to develop skills in a very wide range of areas, including assessments of institutional effectiveness, policy development, institutional development and reform, legislative drafting, strategic planning, project design, human resource management and development, capacity building strategies, resource mobilization, donor coordination, monitoring and evaluation of program implementation, providing strategic advice to government institutions and establishment of networks and constituencies to support reform processes.

Dr. Jerome Mafeni , MPH, MDSc, FMCDS, FWACS 
Public Health Policy, African Public-Private Partnerships and West Africa

Jerome MafeniDr. Jerome Mafeni is currently CEO at ACHAP (African Comprehensive HIV/AIDS Partnerships), Botswana where he charged with business development and growing ACHAP’s portfolio in Botswana. Prior to this appointment he was the Snr. Technical Advisor for the Center for International Health, RTI International. Previously the Executive Director of AHNi. Prior to that he served as FHI Nigeria's Director of Health Policy and Systems Management from October 2009 while simultaneously working as Executive Director in situ of Achieving Health Nigeria Initiative (AHNi). He was effectively named substantive executive director of AHNi in December 2009 and later in April 2010 relinquished his position as FHI Nigeria’s Director of Health Policy and Systems Management.

Hon. Dr. Theogene Rudasingwa
Africa Affairs

Theo_CAI_SMLHon. Dr. Theogene Rudasingwa is a solutions-driven global thought leader, physician and accomplished diplomat. Visionary leader who implements innovative systems and processes in complex, uncertain, ambiguous and risky situations in emerging markets to yield, social, business and economic results. Tenacious innovator in various aspects of nation building, encompassing reconciliation, state capacity strengthening, governance, democratization, and inclusive socio-economic development. Excellent communicator who forges private-public partnerships, builds highly effective teams, and articulates global concerns while initiating grassroots empowerment to achieve sustainable impact.

Dr. Brooke Schaab, PhD
Research Analyst and Human Factors Expert

Dr. Schaab is an Industrial/Organizational psychologist currently conducting research to develop the skills and capabilities necessary to effectively build and lead teams in Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational (JIIM) environments. Dr. Schaab has collaborated with multinational organizations to advance methods that enhance trust and harmonization across diverse participants in humanitarian assistance efforts. Dr. Schaab is a adjunct faculty professor at Old Dominion University where she has taught courses in research design and statistics. She is the proud daughter of a retired US Air Force colonel and has the privilege of serving as a research scientist for both the US Army and the US Coast Guard.

Dr. Alan Spiker, PhD
Applied Psychologist

altDr. Spiker is a research psychologist with more than 30-years experience with expertise in measurement, cost effectiveness analysis, test development, and program evaluation. Throughout his career, Dr. Spiker has combined quantitative and qualitative research methods to evaluate the impact of various types of programs – health care, training, economic – on the recipient population. Dr. Spiker has designed, administered, and analyzed surveys for a variety of customers and projects, including assessments of maintenance errors for the US and Japanese nuclear power industry, the automotive industry, Illinois Department of Public Health, American Hospital Association, and all of the US military services.


Ms Katie Morris

Media, Public Relations and International Coordination

katie_CAI_SMLMs. Morris is an experienced Journalist with over 50 published articles, features, and interviews at the college newspaper level, 2 nationally published poems. An award winning writer, and journalist with over 4 years of proven track record in print, internet, film, and broadcast media. Proven writing and oral communications skills informed by a broad education and life experiences. Demonstrated command of contemporary and historic events, and ability to thrive in fast paced, high pressure environments. Success working with a myriad of public-private partners including the military and international organizations from direct experience in these areas.


Mr. Phil Palenkas
Program Manager and Government Contracting

Phil_CAI_SMLMr. Palenkas is an acquisition, and training expert for resolving issues concerning management processes and operations with over thirty years of experience. He has developed and conducted various levels of team building activities for systems development and creating improvements in current operating processes for USA and USN. Mr. Palenkas has 35 years military experience in the Army and Navy with Combat service in Vietnam and Operation Iraqi Freedom having retired with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. His is a native American and a disabled veteran.