About The Team

Understanding the need for expertise from different fields, Touchpoint is staffed with professionals from different disciplines.  Our experts have experience working with US and foreign governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), civilian international development agencies, the Department of Defense, the Department of State, as well as private industries.  Our professionals have decades of experience and successes in their respective fields and provide the highest level of professionalism.  Our expert teams are custom built for your organization’s need.

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Kristine Womack Ziems

Kristine Womack Ziems is a founding member and Chief Executive Officer of Touchpoint. As an attorney and consultant specializing in legal development in emerging democracies, she has over 17 years of professional experience and six years of overseas field experience living and working in Eastern Europe, the Caucuses, and Central Asia. Mrs. Ziems has a worked with the U.S. Department of State Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI), the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), academic institutions, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and private firms. She is a published author on a variety of legal development issues, has developed and presented rule of law training curricula for professionals – including internationals and local nationals, as well as law students, and has first hand experience developing and implementing governance and rule of law programs.

 

Mrs. Ziems has a broad range of programmatic experience including anti-corruption efforts, anti-trafficking in persons, civil society development, comparative law – including Shari’a law, traditional/informal/customary laws, criminal defense/legal aid development, custody and detention laws, election laws and observation, gender advocacy, human rights advocacy, legislative drafting, professional legal development, and public awareness campaigns.

 

Mrs. Ziems received her Bachelors of Arts in government and philosophy from the University of Texas. She holds a Doctorate of Jurisprudence from the University of Houston and is licensed by the State Bar of Texas.

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Our Team of Experts

Touchpoint has a diverse network of professionals with decades of experience and successes in justice, rule of law, democracy and governance, military service, law enforcement, security sector reform, as well as in the medical and mental health field.  Our experts are active in their respective fields maintaining the highest level of skills, professionalism, experience, and expertise.  Touchpoint’s network of professionals allows us to build our teams to meet your specific needs.

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Frederick Ziems

Fred Ziems is a founding member of Touchpoint and a United States Military Special Forces Veteran with 21 years military experience. During his time in active service, Mr. Ziems worked internationally as a singleton and on small teams specializing in cross cultural engagements and training. He served in numerous countries in Europe, Asia, Southwest Asia, and Africa. He has extensive inter-agency experience in all of these theaters working with high level U.S. and foreign government officials, inter-agency task forces, international development agencies, non-governmental organizations, and civil society organizations.

 

Mr. Ziems is the inventor of the assessment and selection process for the Office of Special Warfare (OSW).  The Regimental Validation Exercise (RVE) Mr. Ziems designed, developed, implemented, and supervised is the selection process that ensures the highest qualified Green Berets are selected for their unique mission set.  Mr. Ziems developed and managed the entire RVE process from its inception in 2010 through February 2014 when he retired from active service. During that time Mr. Ziems also advised and was a chief architect of the OSW training course, which prepares the individuals selected at the conclusion of the RVE to execute their unique and highly sensitive missions.