Michael Ross, CEO and Founder
Michael Ross founded Cambridge Federal in 2012. Cambridge Federal (CF) is a certified HUBZone, Veteran Owned Small Business (VOSB) and Maryland DoT Small Business Entity (SBE), with its main office located in Cambridge, Maryland. CF is a founding member of the Dorchester County Department of Economic Development (DCED) incubator initiative and is located in a multi-tenant facility. CF has five lines of business; Aeronautics, Base Operations and Energy Efficiency (BOEE), Business Consulting (BC), Information Technology (IT) and Investigations and Security (I&S). Mr. Ross established Cambridge Federal in an effort to increase employment opportunities, investment and economic development for Cambridge and Dorchester County residents.
Mr. Ross is an Adjunct Professor at Salisbury University and he received his Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Maryland College Park in 1993, a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Maryland College Park in 1991 and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Maryland University College in 1989.
Mr. Ross is a US Navy combat veteran and a Naval Aviator, who was deployed to Beirut, Lebanon in the early 1980s, was a member of the United Nations’ Multinational Peacekeeping Force and served in Operation Urgent Fury (Grenada) in 1983. During his time in service, Mr. Ross served in VAQ-131 (EA-6B) and VP-68 (P3) squadrons.
After serving and obtaining a formal education, Mr. Ross progressed through various positions with increasing responsibilities over the years and has worked for the following Fortune 500 companies; Booz Allen Hamilton (BAH), Martin Marietta, Lockheed Martin, Level 3, L-3, Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC), and Rome Research Corporation.
Over the years, Mr. Ross has always strived to be an active and contributing member to the communities in which he resided. While in graduate school, he volunteered as a Counselor, Trainer and Mentor for a troubled youth program in Washington, DC. Mr. Ross has been a youth Ice Hockey Coach for many years, served on the Board of Directors for a non-profit organization and served his church by becoming a lay Eucharistic Minister.
Through working with these various Fortune 100 – 500 Companies, Mr. Ross has achieved over 30 years of professional experience serving commercial, federal, state, local, and civic entities. This professional experience combined with his military training, formal education and desire to give back to the community positioned him well to become the founder and CEO of Cambridge Federal.
Nicole Ross is a licensed CPA with over 25 years of experience. She graduated from the University of Maryland College Park with degree in Accounting and Finance and received her MBA from Loyola College. Mrs. Ross has Big 4 experience with E&Y and has held various positions over the years. Such as, Senior Auditor, Senior Financial Analyst, Manager of Corporate Planning and External Reporting, Manager of Financial Reporting, Associate Director of Finance, and Director of SEC Reporting. She also holds certifications in Oracle, Deltek, Hyperion, Peoplesoft, and Microsoft Office systems.
In addition to being CFO, Mrs. Ross mentors the accounting interns….and keeps Mike in line with the Feds.
Louis Nichols, Investigations, Security and LiveScan Fingerprinting, Director
Louis Nichols graduated from Cambridge South Dorchester High School in 1986. Mr. Nichols received his Associates in Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from Wor-Wic Community College in 1992. Mr. Nichols also studied Behavioral Science at Wilmington University.
Mr. Nichols served in the US Army from 1986 to 1989 and was stationed in Fort Sill, Oklahoma and Hanau, West Germany. Mr. Nichols was honorably discharged in 1989. After serving in the US Army, Mr. Nichols has dedicated 20 years to Law Enforcement. During these 20 years, Mr. Nichols has been involved in Basic Patrol Functions and Investigations, Community Policing, Bike Patrol, First Line Supervisor, Command Staff/First Line Administrator duties to include policy and departmental standards, personnel management, training coordinator, recruitment, officer certification compliance and liaison to the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commission.
Mr. Nichols has also been a member of the State of Maryland Programs with the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention (G.O.C.C.P.) to include; Hot Spots Initiative, Collaborative Supervision and Focused Enforcement (C.S.A.F.E.), Violence Prevention Initiative (V.P.I) and Safe Streets Initiative. In addition, Mr. Nichols is a member of numerous committees; including, Partnership for Drug Free Dorchester (PDFD), Communities Mobilized for Change in Alcohol (CMCA), Cold Weather Shelter/Homeless Board, Minority Achievement Taskforce, Dorchester County Drug Court, Dorchester Criminal Justice and Treatment Network, Partnership with Mid-Shore Mental Health, Mobile Crisis, Crisis Intervention, Emergency Management and Disaster Readiness and Response.
Mr. Nichols is a recipient of the Governor’s Certificate of Merit, Senate of Maryland Citation of Excellence, The Maryland General Assembly Citation, Mid-Shore Mental Health Systems Caliber Award and the American Legion Department of Maryland Certificate. In addition, Mr. Nichols has earned numerous departmental citations and awards as well as multiple letters of recognition and appreciation for service from citizens and government officials.
Over the years, Mr. Nichols has always strived to be an active and contributing member to the communities in which he resided. Mr. Nichols volunteered with the Dorchester County Parks and Recreation Pop Warner Football coaching staff; he assisted the coaches and youth in winning Region and Division Championships. In addition, Mr. Nichols has spent numerous years mentoring the youth of Cambridge in conflict resolution, realizing potential and overcoming obstacles.
Keri Dinkel graduated from West Virginia University with a degree in Agribusiness Management and Rural Development and a minor in Communications. Shortly after graduating, she began working for Cambridge Federal as the Office Manager. Ms. Dinkel is responsible for all daily administrative duties, proposal development, and performing Livescan Fingerprinting. In addition, Ms. Dinkel assists with marketing collateral development, oversees Cambridge Federal’s social media sites, and is the WordPress website administrator. Ms. Dinkel is also a certified Maryland Notary.
Rick Woodcock is a senior technology professional with over 20 years of experience in business and technology alignment, planning, cost reduction, process management, and day-to-day operations. He advises Cambridge Federal with logistic and strategic direction and goals while assisting with developing new revenue streams by way of technical consulting proposals and government and security contracts. Before joining Cambridge Federal, Mr. Woodcock was the CIO for the US Naval Institute. Prior to that, he was the Director of Information systems at Lancaster Community Hospital, and was a NASA Service Delivery Manager and Branch Chief.