Ms. Pelto leads ATI’s Program Management Office with strategic and operational responsibility for all program areas. Her principal responsibilities include process improvement, knowledge management, monitoring and evaluation, communications and network development, and liaison with key internal and external stakeholders. Ms. Pelto is responsible for leading improvement initiatives and is the driving force for managing improvement initiatives across teams to deliver business results. She plays a key role in influencing change within and across ATI divisions and will build capability through knowledge sharing and coaching; engage effectively with stakeholders; and deploy appropriate methodologies and toolsets.
Prior to this role, Ms. Pelto served as the Vice President of an operational division at ATI. Ms. Pelto led the coordination and execution of solicitation processes and single-point contracting efforts for six programs, to include the largest program managed by ATI, the Department of Defense Ordnance Technology Consortium (DOTC). DOTC is an integration of Government, Industry, and Academia into a single enterprise executing joint and co-funded initiatives; sharing and developing goals and objectives, resources and assets; and utilizing existing personnel, facilities and equipment. She also supported the overall management of the National Armaments Consortium which includes over 750 companies and academic institutions brought together to enhance warfighter lethality and survivability.
In addition to DOTC, the division included the Vertical Lift Consortium, the National Spectrum Consortium, the Medical CBRN Defense Consortium, Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Consortium and the Border Security Technology Consortium, which are all modeled in some part after DOTC. These consortia are in various stages of execution, but all are focused on advancing the state of the art in their respective technology domains.
She previously served as the Deputy Technical Director for the National Shipbuilding Research Program, a collaboration of 12 major U.S. shipyards focused on industry-wide implementation of solutions to common cost drivers. This consortium has been managed by ATI since 1997.
Ms. Pelto has participated in the development of technology roadmaps and strategic investment plans. She has played a key role in executing these plans through coordination of R&D solicitations, proposal evaluation, award, contracting and performance monitoring. Ms. Pelto’s long-term relationship with industry clients gives her a strong understanding of their needs and makes her well-suited to develop and implement improvements that increase value to the customer.
Prior to joining ATI, Ms. Pelto spent several years in both shipbuilding and ship repair yards. Experience gained while at these shipyards includes planning, scheduling, ISO 9002 management, and shipyard operations. Ms. Pelto is a former Lieutenant in the U.S. Naval Reserve as part of the Merchant Marine Reserve Individual Ready Reserve Group.
Ms. Pelto received a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Marine Engineering with a minor in Shipyard Operations Management from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. She spent a year at sea on four ocean-going merchant vessels gaining operational experience as a marine engineer, earning an unlimited Third Assistant Engineers License for both steam and diesel vessels.
Ms. Pelto is certified by Institute of Certified Professional Managers as a Certified Manager™ and is also a Riley Institute Diversity Fellow. She is a member of the Navy League of the United States.