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AMIIC Welcomes New Advisory Board Members

January 12, 2023

(HUNTSVILLE, Ala.) As part of its ongoing efforts to support Army modernization and Alabama’s need for 500,000 skilled workers by 2025, the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation and Integration Center (AMIIC) has announced the addition of five new members to its advisory board. 

The new board members are comprised of local leaders who will join AMIIC’s current governing body to bring their expertise to the organization. They include Dr. Kuan Collins, Executive Director of Digital Innovation at Axient; Greg Brown, Co-CEO and CFO of Brown Precision, Inc. (BPI); Dr. Alisa Henrie, Program Coordinator for the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH)’s new Engineering Technology Bachelor of Science program; Johnita Romine, Education Training Programs Manager at North AlabamaWorks; and John Stough, Chief Solutions Architect​​ for JHNA.  

“We’re honored to welcome the newest additions to the AMIIC advisory board and are grateful for the service of our founding members who helped shape the AMIIC vision and launch us into the community,” said AMIIC Executive Director John Schmitt. “Our newest members represent the very best thought leadership our community has to offer across government, industry, and academia fields. They’ll join a powerhouse team critical to our support of workforce modernization. We’re beyond appreciative of their time, talents, and insight in helping to meet AMIIC’s strategic mission for Alabama and for our National Defense.”

“AMIIC’s vision to partner in domains like digital engineering and workforce modernization is critical to our national security posture,” said Dr. Kuan Collins. “I’m honored to be on the advisory board because I am confident that the path to digital transformation is anchored in workforce modernization. We cannot get there without partners like AMIIC and the subject matter expertise and thought leadership that they provide to the community.”

New AMIIC advisory board members:

Dr. Kuan Collins – Dr. Kuan Collins is the Executive Director for Digital Innovation at Axient, where she is responsible for leading and driving Axient’s digital transformation and innovation investments and solutions for all customer segments across the company. Dr. Collins is recognized as a technical expert and resource in digital transformation, IT modernization, specialized engineering, intelligent software, and analytics areas. In addition to mentoring startups at the Capital Factory and the University of Alabama Huntsville (UAH) Invention to Innovation Center (I2C), she is adjunct faculty at the University of Maryland Global Campus School of Business, the UAH College of Engineering, Department of Industrial Systems Engineering, and Alabama A&M University College of Business.

Greg Brown – Greg Brown has been the CFO at Brown Precision, Inc. since joining the company in 1995. Over the past 25 years the company has grown to over 150 employees and has diversified its manufacturing capabilities and customer base. After Greg became Co-CEO in 2001, his role expanded to include growth and expansion planning, civic involvement, and public relations. Greg has served in numerous leadership roles in the Huntsville business community, including positions as the 2022 Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee Board Chair, 2018-20 Board Chairman of the Huntsville Committee of 100, Board President of the Huntsville Industrial Group (HIG), and Advisory Board member of the Alabama Defense Advanced Manufacturing Community.

Dr. Alisa Henrie – Dr. Alisa Henrie is currently the Program Coordinator for UAH’s new Engineering Technology Bachelor of Science Degree program, which focuses on the application of key aspects of science and engineering to product improvement, manufacturing, construction, and engineering operations. Her industry experience includes working with Boeing, where she worked with the Boeing 747 and ran special projects on materials fire safety across the entire Boeing commercial fleet. In addition to her other responsibilities at UAH, she works with UAH’s Tech Trek program teaching middle school STEM educators from across the state how to implement Engineering principles in the classroom.  

Johnita Romine – Johnita Romine is the Education Training Programs Manager at North AlabamaWorks and serves as the liaison between education, business, and industry. A former business/marketing teacher, work-based learning coordinator, and career technical education state specialist, Johnita serves as the facilitator of the organizations’s Educator Workforce Academy and Workforce Connections programs as well as the event coordinator for the World of Work. At North AlabamaWorks, she connects stakeholders to build the workforce across the region. Johnita is an advocate for education and workforce development and has held leadership at the local, state, and regional levels within the educational arena. 

John Stough – John Stough is the Chief Solutions Architect for JHNA. John has over 25 years of professional experience that includes a variety of technical and leadership roles in multiple industries from aviation, industrial controls, cybersecurity, robotics, 3D visualization, missile defense, and active-duty service in the U.S. Air Force. John is a core member of the JHNA leadership team and provides technical leadership to JHNA architects supporting a variety of defense programs and domains. In this role, he provides direct support to the U.S. Army Program Executive Office (PEO) for Aviation as a Subject Matter Expert for Enterprise Architecture and Modular Open Systems Approach (MOSA) transformation. He also serves as Chairman of the Aviation and Missile Technology Consortium (AMTC) Executive Committee and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Vertical Lift Consortium (VLC).


The Advanced Manufacturing Innovation and Integration Center (AMIIC) was established to accelerate the adoption of state-of-the-art manufacturing technologies and build the Northern Alabama workforce of tomorrow. AMIIC will work to stimulate Alabama’s economy, workforce, and advanced manufacturing sector through its state-of-the-art demonstration facility and a significant expansion of education and workforce development programs available to both students and workers. Based in Huntsville, Ala., AMIIC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM).


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