Our Leadership

Leadership Team

Seasoned experts guide ATI’s strategy.

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    Chris Van Metre

    President and CEO

    Chris Van Metre was born in Philadelphia, PA, the son of a career naval officer. He moved frequently with his family many times during his childhood starting school in Charleston, SC, and ultimately graduating from high school in Virginia Beach, VA. After high school, Chris attended the University of Notre Dame on a Naval ROTC scholarship and majored in Aerospace Engineering. After graduation, he was commissioned an Ensign in the U. S. Navy and immediately began nuclear power and submarine initial training. After completion of this training, Chris reported to his first submarine duty assignment in Charleston, SC. It was during this assignment that he married the former Rose McEwan of Charleston, SC. He completed a 20-year Navy career that included four submarine assignments, including command of a fast attack submarine, as well as a variety of shore assignments focused on training and education. After retirement, Chris returned to the Lowcountry and joined the Advanced Technology Institute (ATI), a small Research and Development management services company and subsidiary of the South Carolina Research Authority (SCRA), in North Charleston, SC. Originally hired by ATI as a project manager in May 2005, Chris soon transitioned into a Business Development role, responsible for growing ATI’s market reach and business portfolio.

    In April 2012, he became the third President and CEO of the renamed Advanced Technology International (ATI). In this role, he oversees the strategic direction of ATI, which has grown to a $1.5 Billion collaboration management services company. ATI’s mission is to lessen the burden of government by supporting federal government agencies, industry, and universities in the collaborative execution of our nation’s most innovative research initiatives. ATI-leads R&D collaborations that cover a broad array of technology domains including armaments, biotechnology, electromagnetic spectrum, space technologies, advanced materials, shipbuilding, and ship repair. Building multi-disciplinary teams from the private sector (Fortune 500 companies to small businesses), federal agencies and universities to deliver prototype technologies is a prominent feature of these programs.

    Chris’ experience includes strategic planning, technology development road-mapping and multi-organizational and multi-disciplinary consortia formation. His technical and engineering expertise has been invaluable in creating teams to focus R&D efforts in many areas. He has been the catalyst behind new alliances formed among stakeholder groups from industry, academia and the federal government to define and prioritize technology requirements and potential solutions, where robust collaboration among diverse groups was critical to a successful outcome. During his tenure at ATI, Chris has overseen two acquisitions and, in 2017, the sale of ATI from SCRA to Analytic Services (ANSER) in Falls Church, VA. As President and CEO, Chris has led the growth of ATI from annual revenues of $150 Million to $1.5 Billion with ATI repeatedly being recognized as a South Carolina Best Places to Work.

    Chris is very active in the local community, serving on the Lowcountry Heart Walk Executive Leadership team, as Chair of the Citadel’s Engineering Leadership and Program Management Advisory Board, as the Regional Director of Officials for SC High School League Swimming and as a mentor for several local young professionals. Chris and Rose are the incredibly proud parents of three children: Brian, a Navy Lieutenant teaching NROTC at Notre Dame, Ashleigh, a Navy Lieutenant physician in her first year of residency at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD and Regan, a Navy Ensign in first year of Medical School at USC-Greenville. They are also the parents of four dogs – two English Bulldogs, a golden retriever and a Great Dane mix.

    Chris Van Metre was born in Philadelphia, PA, the son of a career naval officer. He moved frequently with his family many times during his childhood starting school in Charleston, SC, and ultimately graduating from high school in Virginia Beach, VA. After high school, Chris attended the University of Notre Dame on a Naval ROTC scholarship and majored in Aerospace Engineering. After graduation, he was commissioned an Ensign in the U. S. Navy and immediately began nuclear power and submarine initial training. After completion of this training, Chris reported to his first submarine duty assignment in Charleston, SC. It was during this assignment that he married the former Rose McEwan of Charleston, SC. He completed a 20-year Navy career that included four submarine assignments, including command of a fast attack submarine, as well as a variety of shore assignments focused on training and education. After retirement, Chris returned to the Lowcountry and joined the Advanced Technology Institute (ATI), a small Research and Development management services company and subsidiary of the South Carolina Research Authority (SCRA), in North Charleston, SC. Originally hired by ATI as a project manager in May 2005, Chris soon transitioned into a Business Development role, responsible for growing ATI’s market reach and business portfolio.

    In April 2012, he became the third President and CEO of the renamed Advanced Technology International (ATI). In this role, he oversees the strategic direction of ATI, which has grown to a $1.5 Billion collaboration management services company. ATI’s mission is to lessen the burden of government by supporting federal government agencies, industry, and universities in the collaborative execution of our nation’s most innovative research initiatives. ATI-leads R&D collaborations that cover a broad array of technology domains including armaments, biotechnology, electromagnetic spectrum, space technologies, advanced materials, shipbuilding, and ship repair. Building multi-disciplinary teams from the private sector (Fortune 500 companies to small businesses), federal agencies and universities to deliver prototype technologies is a prominent feature of these programs.

    Chris’ experience includes strategic planning, technology development road-mapping and multi-organizational and multi-disciplinary consortia formation. His technical and engineering expertise has been invaluable in creating teams to focus R&D efforts in many areas. He has been the catalyst behind new alliances formed among stakeholder groups from industry, academia and the federal government to define and prioritize technology requirements and potential solutions, where robust collaboration among diverse groups was critical to a successful outcome. During his tenure at ATI, Chris has overseen two acquisitions and, in 2017, the sale of ATI from SCRA to Analytic Services (ANSER) in Falls Church, VA. As President and CEO, Chris has led the growth of ATI from annual revenues of $150 Million to $1.5 Billion with ATI repeatedly being recognized as a South Carolina Best Places to Work.

    Chris is very active in the local community, serving on the Lowcountry Heart Walk Executive Leadership team, as Chair of the Citadel’s Engineering Leadership and Program Management Advisory Board, as the Regional Director of Officials for SC High School League Swimming and as a mentor for several local young professionals. Chris and Rose are the incredibly proud parents of three children: Brian, a Navy Lieutenant teaching NROTC at Notre Dame, Ashleigh, a Navy Lieutenant physician in her first year of residency at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD and Regan, a Navy Ensign in first year of Medical School at USC-Greenville. They are also the parents of four dogs – two English Bulldogs, a golden retriever and a Great Dane mix.

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    Julia Martin

    Chief Financial Officer

    Ms. Martin is the Chief Financial Officer of ATI. In this role, she works with ATI’s leadership team and its Board of Directors to develop strategy for the organization. She provides financial leadership, serves as liaison for financial reporting to federal agencies, external auditors and company stakeholders and provides supervision and management of the day-to-day financial operations of ATI. She directs banking and credit activities, ensures the development of the Annual Operating Plan, and maintains appropriate capital structure to support the plan. Ms. Martin ensures regulatory compliance and establishes appropriate internal controls for the business in order to manage and reduce risk, and oversees the estimating, pricing and rate development for federal contracts. She also serves as primary interface with corporate legal counsel for financial and tax issues. As CFO, she serves on the Ethics and Compliance Committee and the Retirement Plan Committee. She currently supervises the Accounting and Finance Department.

    Ms. Martin was previously the CFO of the South Carolina Research Authority (SCRA) with similar responsibilities. In addition, she served as Treasurer of ATI and SC Launch, Inc., interfaced with the Audit/Finance Committees of ATI, SC Launch, Inc. and SCRA Boards of Directors, supervised the Human Resource department, supervised facilities operations, and supported early stage investment activities. Other positions within SCRA included Director of Budgeting and Costing, senior financial analyst and financial analyst. As Director, she was responsible for compiling the annual financial operating plan and federal rate projections as well as preparing Cost Accounting Standards Board (CASB) required disclosure statement submissions and managing pricing support for proposal activities. Her responsibilities also included performing financial research, analyses, and management reporting and providing audit support and conducting auditor interface. Julia monitored compliance with government regulations, including Cost Accounting Standards and Federal Acquisition Regulations, reviewed contract terms and conditions for potential financial impact and provided guidance on practical application of government regulations.

    Prior to joining SCRA in 1993, Ms. Martin was with First Federal of South Carolina where she served as a branch manager. Julia earned a B.S. degree in Business Administration from the College of Charleston, with an additional Major in Accounting. She has completed graduate coursework at the College of Charleston and is a Certified Management Accountant. She is currently a member of the Institute of Management Accountants, Financial Executives Institute, and the National Association of Corporate Directors. Ms. Martin is a Class of 2014 Liberty Fellow and an alumnus of the Riley Institute’s Diversity Leadership Initiative. She currently serves on the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and its Executive Committee, as well as the Board of Trustees for Charleston Southern University. She previously served on the Chamber Board’s executive committee as its Vice-Chair for Innovation and Vice-Chair for Finance. She also previously served on the board of the City of Charleston Southern Marlins Racing Team (SMRT) and the Board of Directors for STEM Premier. In 2014, the American Business Awards named Ms. Martin the Non-Profit Executive of the Year.

    Ms. Martin is the Chief Financial Officer of ATI. In this role, she works with ATI’s leadership team and its Board of Directors to develop strategy for the organization. She provides financial leadership, serves as liaison for financial reporting to federal agencies, external auditors and company stakeholders and provides supervision and management of the day-to-day financial operations of ATI. She directs banking and credit activities, ensures the development of the Annual Operating Plan, and maintains appropriate capital structure to support the plan. Ms. Martin ensures regulatory compliance and establishes appropriate internal controls for the business in order to manage and reduce risk, and oversees the estimating, pricing and rate development for federal contracts. She also serves as primary interface with corporate legal counsel for financial and tax issues. As CFO, she serves on the Ethics and Compliance Committee and the Retirement Plan Committee. She currently supervises the Accounting and Finance Department.

    Ms. Martin was previously the CFO of the South Carolina Research Authority (SCRA) with similar responsibilities. In addition, she served as Treasurer of ATI and SC Launch, Inc., interfaced with the Audit/Finance Committees of ATI, SC Launch, Inc. and SCRA Boards of Directors, supervised the Human Resource department, supervised facilities operations, and supported early stage investment activities. Other positions within SCRA included Director of Budgeting and Costing, senior financial analyst and financial analyst. As Director, she was responsible for compiling the annual financial operating plan and federal rate projections as well as preparing Cost Accounting Standards Board (CASB) required disclosure statement submissions and managing pricing support for proposal activities. Her responsibilities also included performing financial research, analyses, and management reporting and providing audit support and conducting auditor interface. Julia monitored compliance with government regulations, including Cost Accounting Standards and Federal Acquisition Regulations, reviewed contract terms and conditions for potential financial impact and provided guidance on practical application of government regulations.

    Prior to joining SCRA in 1993, Ms. Martin was with First Federal of South Carolina where she served as a branch manager. Julia earned a B.S. degree in Business Administration from the College of Charleston, with an additional Major in Accounting. She has completed graduate coursework at the College of Charleston and is a Certified Management Accountant. She is currently a member of the Institute of Management Accountants, Financial Executives Institute, and the National Association of Corporate Directors. Ms. Martin is a Class of 2014 Liberty Fellow and an alumnus of the Riley Institute’s Diversity Leadership Initiative. She currently serves on the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and its Executive Committee, as well as the Board of Trustees for Charleston Southern University. She previously served on the Chamber Board’s executive committee as its Vice-Chair for Innovation and Vice-Chair for Finance. She also previously served on the board of the City of Charleston Southern Marlins Racing Team (SMRT) and the Board of Directors for STEM Premier. In 2014, the American Business Awards named Ms. Martin the Non-Profit Executive of the Year.

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    Keith Sauls, CCEP

    Sr. Vice President, Business Operations/Compliance Officer

    Mr. Keith Sauls serves as the Senior Vice President for Compliance and Business Services for ATI. Before his move to ATI, he served as the Vice President for Business Services at Analytic Services, Inc. (ANSER) where he was responsible for a variety of services to include Security, Human Resources and Recruiting, Media Services, Information Technology and Corporate Communications.

    Keith served in a variety of positions at ANSER prior to becoming a corporate officer. These positions included various analyst and management positions within the company. In these positions he focused initially on addressing some of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) most complex issues through the federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) operated by ANSER on behalf of DHS. These issues included the creation of the first National Response Framework, a full-scale revision to the National Incident Management System and the first Quadrennial Homeland Security Review. He later transitioned to a Business Services role starting with the later phases of implementation of the Oracle Enterprise Business System and continuing with full oversight of all Oracle EBS operations.

    Prior to joining ANSER, Keith served for 27 years in the U.S. Navy. A nuclear-trained submarine officer, he completed multiple shipboard assignments, culminating in command of USS ASPRO, USS DRUM and USS TAUTOG. Following his command tour, he completed assignments at Commander Submarine Force Atlantic headquarters and with the EISENHOWER Carrier Battle Group where he served as the Atlantic Submarine Force Plans and Policy Officer and subsequently as the Assistant Chief of Staff for Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) and as the Information Warfare Commander. His final active duty assignment was as the Deputy Director of the War on Terrorism Directorate on the Joint Staff in Washington, DC where he was responsible for Combatting Weapons of Mass Destruction and War on Terrorism policy.

    Keith is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering. He subsequently earned a Masters degree in National Security Strategy from the National Defense University.

    Mr. Keith Sauls serves as the Senior Vice President for Compliance and Business Services for ATI. Before his move to ATI, he served as the Vice President for Business Services at Analytic Services, Inc. (ANSER) where he was responsible for a variety of services to include Security, Human Resources and Recruiting, Media Services, Information Technology and Corporate Communications.

    Keith served in a variety of positions at ANSER prior to becoming a corporate officer. These positions included various analyst and management positions within the company. In these positions he focused initially on addressing some of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) most complex issues through the federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) operated by ANSER on behalf of DHS. These issues included the creation of the first National Response Framework, a full-scale revision to the National Incident Management System and the first Quadrennial Homeland Security Review. He later transitioned to a Business Services role starting with the later phases of implementation of the Oracle Enterprise Business System and continuing with full oversight of all Oracle EBS operations.

    Prior to joining ANSER, Keith served for 27 years in the U.S. Navy. A nuclear-trained submarine officer, he completed multiple shipboard assignments, culminating in command of USS ASPRO, USS DRUM and USS TAUTOG. Following his command tour, he completed assignments at Commander Submarine Force Atlantic headquarters and with the EISENHOWER Carrier Battle Group where he served as the Atlantic Submarine Force Plans and Policy Officer and subsequently as the Assistant Chief of Staff for Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) and as the Information Warfare Commander. His final active duty assignment was as the Deputy Director of the War on Terrorism Directorate on the Joint Staff in Washington, DC where he was responsible for Combatting Weapons of Mass Destruction and War on Terrorism policy.

    Keith is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering. He subsequently earned a Masters degree in National Security Strategy from the National Defense University.

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    Russ Keller

    Sr. Vice President, Medical and Software Services Division

    Mr. Keller serves as the ATI managing executive for the company’s Medical and Software Services division, a portfolio of programs that encompasses the health sciences, homeland security, public safety and e-commerce technology domains.

    Russ joined ATI’s former parent organization, SCRA in October 2005 to establish the company’s alternative energy business unit. Focusing initially on in-state opportunities for commercializing hydrogen and fuel cell technologies, he helped create the University of South Carolina – City of Columbia Fuel Cell Collaborative. This collaboration received national recognition in 2009 as the recipient of the Southern Growth Policies Board Innovator Award, and international recognition in 2011 as a recipient of the “Excellence in Economic Development Award” from the International Economic Development Council. Since transferring to ATI Russ has created a number of novel public-private partnerships across the spectrum of state, national and international entities. These partnerships include a collaboration that successfully validated a process to recover hydrogen from landfill gas and use the hydrogen to power a fleet of fuel cell fork lifts, an international collaboration between technology companies in South Carolina and counterpart companies in Israel, and a government-industry-academia enterprise partnership involving the design, startup and operation of the Medical Technology Enterprise Consortium. He currently serves on the Executive Committee for the Space Enterprise Consortium.

    Prior to joining SCRA, Russ served a 26 year career in the U.S. Navy. A nuclear-trained submarine officer, he completed four tours of duty at sea, culminating in command of USS SPRINGFIELD, a nuclear-powered fast attack submarine. Following his command tour, he completed back-to-back assignments totaling 4½ years in the Navy’s Office of Legislative Affairs in Washington, DC, where he served as a principal advisor to the Secretary of the Navy and the Chief of Naval Operations and was responsible for developing the legislative strategy for a $70 billion portfolio that included all Navy procurement, research and development and operations and maintenance programs. His final active duty assignment was as the Commanding Officer of the Naval Nuclear Power Training Command in Charleston, SC, where he was responsible for the initial nuclear power training for every officer and enlisted Sailor in the nuclear Navy.

    Russ is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering. He subsequently earned a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. In 2010 he completed the “South Carolina Diversity Leaders Initiative” executive leadership training program sponsored by the Riley Institute at Furman University.

    Mr. Keller serves as the ATI managing executive for the company’s Medical and Software Services division, a portfolio of programs that encompasses the health sciences, homeland security, public safety and e-commerce technology domains.

    Russ joined ATI’s former parent organization, SCRA in October 2005 to establish the company’s alternative energy business unit. Focusing initially on in-state opportunities for commercializing hydrogen and fuel cell technologies, he helped create the University of South Carolina – City of Columbia Fuel Cell Collaborative. This collaboration received national recognition in 2009 as the recipient of the Southern Growth Policies Board Innovator Award, and international recognition in 2011 as a recipient of the “Excellence in Economic Development Award” from the International Economic Development Council. Since transferring to ATI Russ has created a number of novel public-private partnerships across the spectrum of state, national and international entities. These partnerships include a collaboration that successfully validated a process to recover hydrogen from landfill gas and use the hydrogen to power a fleet of fuel cell fork lifts, an international collaboration between technology companies in South Carolina and counterpart companies in Israel, and a government-industry-academia enterprise partnership involving the design, startup and operation of the Medical Technology Enterprise Consortium. He currently serves on the Executive Committee for the Space Enterprise Consortium.

    Prior to joining SCRA, Russ served a 26 year career in the U.S. Navy. A nuclear-trained submarine officer, he completed four tours of duty at sea, culminating in command of USS SPRINGFIELD, a nuclear-powered fast attack submarine. Following his command tour, he completed back-to-back assignments totaling 4½ years in the Navy’s Office of Legislative Affairs in Washington, DC, where he served as a principal advisor to the Secretary of the Navy and the Chief of Naval Operations and was responsible for developing the legislative strategy for a $70 billion portfolio that included all Navy procurement, research and development and operations and maintenance programs. His final active duty assignment was as the Commanding Officer of the Naval Nuclear Power Training Command in Charleston, SC, where he was responsible for the initial nuclear power training for every officer and enlisted Sailor in the nuclear Navy.

    Russ is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering. He subsequently earned a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. In 2010 he completed the “South Carolina Diversity Leaders Initiative” executive leadership training program sponsored by the Riley Institute at Furman University.

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    Dolly Pelto

    Sr. Vice President, Program Management Office

    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.

    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.

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    Mica Dolan, CPCM

    Sr. Vice President, Contracts and Procurement

    Ms. Mica Dolan is the Sr. Vice President of the Contracts and Procurement Department.  ATI’s Contracts and Procurement Department is responsible for prime contract and subcontract management in support of ATI’s Divisions as well as procurement in support of both programs and general operations. Ms. Dolan’s responsibilities include negotiating and overseeing ATI prime contracts, which total over 16 billion dollars. Many of these contracts are complex, involving various government agencies, industry partners, and universities.

    In addition, she is responsible for organizing, training and overseeing over forty contract and procurement personnel in the administration of the company’s over billion dollar annual spend in subcontract and procurement awards in compliance with federal procurement standards.

    Prior to this role, Ms. Dolan supervised a team of contracts managers and subcontract administrators responsible for the executing of ATI’s Other Transaction Agreement based consortia. Her experience with Other Transaction Agreements started in 2008 as she served as the contracts manager for the National Armaments Consortium (NAC), the industry and academic component of the DoD Ordnance Technology Consortium (DOTC).  Ms. Dolan has been instrumental in developing a set of best practices that has enabled project throughput to increase more than ten-fold.  She has been involved with the startup of a number of OTA-based consortia, to include consortia formation, negotiating terms and conditions with the government, establishing solicitation processes, providing member training, and working hand in hand with the government throughout the execution of the OTA.

    Ms. Dolan has an M.B.A from The Citadel and a B.S. in Finance and Management from the University of South Carolina. She is a Certified Professional Contracts Manager and is also a Riley Institute Diversity Fellow.

    Ms. Mica Dolan is the Sr. Vice President of the Contracts and Procurement Department.  ATI’s Contracts and Procurement Department is responsible for prime contract and subcontract management in support of ATI’s Divisions as well as procurement in support of both programs and general operations. Ms. Dolan’s responsibilities include negotiating and overseeing ATI prime contracts, which total over 16 billion dollars. Many of these contracts are complex, involving various government agencies, industry partners, and universities.

    In addition, she is responsible for organizing, training and overseeing over forty contract and procurement personnel in the administration of the company’s over billion dollar annual spend in subcontract and procurement awards in compliance with federal procurement standards.

    Prior to this role, Ms. Dolan supervised a team of contracts managers and subcontract administrators responsible for the executing of ATI’s Other Transaction Agreement based consortia. Her experience with Other Transaction Agreements started in 2008 as she served as the contracts manager for the National Armaments Consortium (NAC), the industry and academic component of the DoD Ordnance Technology Consortium (DOTC).  Ms. Dolan has been instrumental in developing a set of best practices that has enabled project throughput to increase more than ten-fold.  She has been involved with the startup of a number of OTA-based consortia, to include consortia formation, negotiating terms and conditions with the government, establishing solicitation processes, providing member training, and working hand in hand with the government throughout the execution of the OTA.

    Ms. Dolan has an M.B.A from The Citadel and a B.S. in Finance and Management from the University of South Carolina. She is a Certified Professional Contracts Manager and is also a Riley Institute Diversity Fellow.

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    Brian Piedfort

    Vice President, Business Development and Communications

    Brian currently serves as Vice President, Business Development and Communications for ATI. For his internal customers, Brian provides oversight of business development activities, tracking and trending of proposals and assists with business development efforts across ATI. He is also well-versed in R&D consortia design, development, and execution. He provides counsel to senior government and industry leaders in a wide variety of consortium models, including Other Transaction Agreement (OTA)-based enterprises.

    Over the course of a decade, he served in the Maritime & Manufacturing Technologies Division in multiple roles, gaining valuable experience in federal R&D program management. As a Program Manager, he led the team supporting the Office of Naval Research’s (ONR) Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) program and was instrumental in the design and implementation of innovative processes specifically focused on increasing the program’s technology transition rate. He also was responsible for the planning and execution of ONR’s Seabasing Science and Technology research efforts, a $53M portfolio of projects focused on developing advanced technologies and systems with direct applicability to shipboard internal cargo (material and weapons) movement.

    Brian’s background includes 21 years of Naval service involving operational deployments aboard a U.S. nuclear ballistic missile submarine and several years of service as the senior enlisted advisor on various operational and headquarters staffs for five different Navy Flag Officers including Commander Submarine Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet and the Superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy.

    Brian was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Valdosta State University in Georgia, and was certified by the Project Management Institute as a Project Management Professional.

    Brian currently serves as Vice President, Business Development and Communications for ATI. For his internal customers, Brian provides oversight of business development activities, tracking and trending of proposals and assists with business development efforts across ATI. He is also well-versed in R&D consortia design, development, and execution. He provides counsel to senior government and industry leaders in a wide variety of consortium models, including Other Transaction Agreement (OTA)-based enterprises.

    Over the course of a decade, he served in the Maritime & Manufacturing Technologies Division in multiple roles, gaining valuable experience in federal R&D program management. As a Program Manager, he led the team supporting the Office of Naval Research’s (ONR) Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) program and was instrumental in the design and implementation of innovative processes specifically focused on increasing the program’s technology transition rate. He also was responsible for the planning and execution of ONR’s Seabasing Science and Technology research efforts, a $53M portfolio of projects focused on developing advanced technologies and systems with direct applicability to shipboard internal cargo (material and weapons) movement.

    Brian’s background includes 21 years of Naval service involving operational deployments aboard a U.S. nuclear ballistic missile submarine and several years of service as the senior enlisted advisor on various operational and headquarters staffs for five different Navy Flag Officers including Commander Submarine Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet and the Superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy.

    Brian was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Valdosta State University in Georgia, and was certified by the Project Management Institute as a Project Management Professional.

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    Marty Ryan

    Vice President, Naval Technologies Division

    Mr. Ryan is a Vice President of ATI, Naval Technologies Division Lead, and the Executive Director of ATI’s three Navy ManTech Centers of Excellence. He is responsible for four major Navy programs including; the Naval Shipbuilding Research Program (NSRP), the Composites Manufacturing Technology Center (CMTC), The Naval Shipbuilding and Advanced Manufacturing Center (NSAM), and the Center for Naval Metalworking (CNM). In his capacity as Executive Director for the three Navy Centers, he is responsible for overall center operations including the Center’s role in the Navy’s needs identification process, the project formulation process, the portfolio of technical projects (currently 50 active projects with 30 more in development), and technology transfer.

    Prior to joining ATI, Mr. Ryan served as Science and Technology Advisor to Lieutenant General Wallace Gregson, where he managed the R&D and Technology Transition program for Marine Corps Forces in the Pacific. He identified S&T requirements for all Marine Corps forces assigned to the Central and Pacific Commands, to include the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific Rim. He supported Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom through the pursuit, evaluation, development, and successful deployment of technologies to counter the evolving asymmetric threats within the region. Prior to his assignment with the operating forces, Mr. Ryan served as Deputy NAVAIR Manufacturing Technology Program Manager and then Program Manager in 1999 and 2001, respectively. During this tenor, he worked closely with the ONR ManTech Office and was an active participant in the development of Navy ManTech guidance and processes. He managed the NAVAIR needs identification process, including the initiation, and subsequent coordination, of several CMTC ManTech projects. Mr. Ryan represented PEO interests to ensure initiation and transition of critical technologies to key air weapons platforms. He coordinated all NAVAIR ManTech efforts within the Centers of Excellence to include project monitoring, industry participation, and transition. Mr. Ryan also worked extensively with the DoD Joint Defense Manufacturing Technology Panel and Chaired the JDMTP Sub-Panel on Advanced Manufacturing Enterprises. The panel coordinated the DoD efforts in Intelligent Manufacturing, Supply Chains, Lean Manufacturing, and Benchmarking with the efforts of the DOE, DOC, NASA, and NSF.

    Mr. Ryan was awarded a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from Florida Tech in 1988.

    Mr. Ryan is a Vice President of ATI, Naval Technologies Division Lead, and the Executive Director of ATI’s three Navy ManTech Centers of Excellence. He is responsible for four major Navy programs including; the Naval Shipbuilding Research Program (NSRP), the Composites Manufacturing Technology Center (CMTC), The Naval Shipbuilding and Advanced Manufacturing Center (NSAM), and the Center for Naval Metalworking (CNM). In his capacity as Executive Director for the three Navy Centers, he is responsible for overall center operations including the Center’s role in the Navy’s needs identification process, the project formulation process, the portfolio of technical projects (currently 50 active projects with 30 more in development), and technology transfer.

    Prior to joining ATI, Mr. Ryan served as Science and Technology Advisor to Lieutenant General Wallace Gregson, where he managed the R&D and Technology Transition program for Marine Corps Forces in the Pacific. He identified S&T requirements for all Marine Corps forces assigned to the Central and Pacific Commands, to include the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific Rim. He supported Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom through the pursuit, evaluation, development, and successful deployment of technologies to counter the evolving asymmetric threats within the region. Prior to his assignment with the operating forces, Mr. Ryan served as Deputy NAVAIR Manufacturing Technology Program Manager and then Program Manager in 1999 and 2001, respectively. During this tenor, he worked closely with the ONR ManTech Office and was an active participant in the development of Navy ManTech guidance and processes. He managed the NAVAIR needs identification process, including the initiation, and subsequent coordination, of several CMTC ManTech projects. Mr. Ryan represented PEO interests to ensure initiation and transition of critical technologies to key air weapons platforms. He coordinated all NAVAIR ManTech efforts within the Centers of Excellence to include project monitoring, industry participation, and transition. Mr. Ryan also worked extensively with the DoD Joint Defense Manufacturing Technology Panel and Chaired the JDMTP Sub-Panel on Advanced Manufacturing Enterprises. The panel coordinated the DoD efforts in Intelligent Manufacturing, Supply Chains, Lean Manufacturing, and Benchmarking with the efforts of the DOE, DOC, NASA, and NSF.

    Mr. Ryan was awarded a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from Florida Tech in 1988.

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    Shawn Gore

    Vice President, Armament Technologies Division

    Mr. Gore is Vice President of the Armament Technologies Division at ATI. Mr. Gore leads the coordination and execution of solicitation processes and single-point contracting efforts for three 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. He also supports the overall management of the National Armaments Consortium (NAC) which includes over 700 companies and academic institutions brought together to enhance warfighter lethality and survivability.

    In addition to DOTC, the Armament Technologies division includes the Aviation and Missiles Technology Consortium and the Border Security Technology Consortium, which are both 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.

    Mr. Gore previously served as the Program Director for the DOTC and NAC programs. His specific responsibilities for the DOTC program included assisting with schedule management, milestone and deliverable tracking, and invoice tracking. He also completed the quarterly reports to the government detailing program and financial status. For NAC, he managed a nationally distributed group of industry and academic partners. Mr. Gore understands the correlation of technical accomplishments with financial progress and making sure customer requirements and deliverables are meeting the planned objectives, on time and within budget. Mr. Gore has the innate ability to both comprehend and compile complicated data in an easy to understand format.

    Prior to joining ATI, Mr. Gore served as a Civil Engineer in the USAF. Second Lieutenant Gore led the Construction Management Element responsible for $40 million of active facilities/infrastructure construction and repair. Captain Gore spent a year and half as the Civil Engineer Program Flight Commander, responsible for the program development of all future construction and repair, developing a program valued over $100 million. Captain Gore’s last year in the Air Force was spent in the Middle East as a Civil Engineer Operations Flight Commander. He supervised 200 military and 60 contracted civilians in the daily maintenance and repair operations for the largest base in Southwest Asia.

    Mr. Gore was awarded a Master of Science Degree in Engineering and Environmental Management from The Air Force Institute of Technology. He received a Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering from The Citadel. Mr. Gore received his Project Manager Professional (PMP) certification in June 2010.

    Mr. Gore is Vice President of the Armament Technologies Division at ATI. Mr. Gore leads the coordination and execution of solicitation processes and single-point contracting efforts for three 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. He also supports the overall management of the National Armaments Consortium (NAC) which includes over 700 companies and academic institutions brought together to enhance warfighter lethality and survivability.

    In addition to DOTC, the Armament Technologies division includes the Aviation and Missiles Technology Consortium and the Border Security Technology Consortium, which are both 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.

    Mr. Gore previously served as the Program Director for the DOTC and NAC programs. His specific responsibilities for the DOTC program included assisting with schedule management, milestone and deliverable tracking, and invoice tracking. He also completed the quarterly reports to the government detailing program and financial status. For NAC, he managed a nationally distributed group of industry and academic partners. Mr. Gore understands the correlation of technical accomplishments with financial progress and making sure customer requirements and deliverables are meeting the planned objectives, on time and within budget. Mr. Gore has the innate ability to both comprehend and compile complicated data in an easy to understand format.

    Prior to joining ATI, Mr. Gore served as a Civil Engineer in the USAF. Second Lieutenant Gore led the Construction Management Element responsible for $40 million of active facilities/infrastructure construction and repair. Captain Gore spent a year and half as the Civil Engineer Program Flight Commander, responsible for the program development of all future construction and repair, developing a program valued over $100 million. Captain Gore’s last year in the Air Force was spent in the Middle East as a Civil Engineer Operations Flight Commander. He supervised 200 military and 60 contracted civilians in the daily maintenance and repair operations for the largest base in Southwest Asia.

    Mr. Gore was awarded a Master of Science Degree in Engineering and Environmental Management from The Air Force Institute of Technology. He received a Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering from The Citadel. Mr. Gore received his Project Manager Professional (PMP) certification in June 2010.

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    Thornton White

    Vice President, Manufacturing and Threat Countermeasures Division

    Mr. White is the Director of the ATI Manufacturing and Threat Countermeasures Division, which includes research and development programs in metal part manufacturing, technologies to counter weapons of mass destruction, and medical pharmaceutical and diagnostic requirements to enhance the mission effectiveness of military personnel. He is the Executive Director for the American Metalcasting Consortium (AMC) that is developing new metalcasting technologies and processes for the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) to produce higher-quality, cost-effective castings while reducing the lead times for new and replacement parts in weapons systems. He has over thirty-three years’ experience leading and working with government and commercial clients in a number of areas, including project management and control, financial budgeting and analyses, material acquisition and management, activity based cost (ABC) analyses, predictive and preventive maintenance, and engineering and chemical analyses.

    Prior to joining ATI, Mr. White was a Senior Manager and the Charleston, SC Office Director for Arthur D. Little, Inc. At ADL, Mr. White provided program management support to numerous clients involving such projects as healthcare, information protection, computer-integrated manufacturing, activity‑based cost analyses, and electrical power generation. Prior to joining ADL, Mr. White was a Project Engineer for Life Cycle Engineering. Mr. White developed and implemented predictive/preventive maintenance programs for electrical rotating equipment, including chemical analyses of solvents and solutions proposed for the cleaning of electrical rotating equipment. Prior to working at LCE, Mr. White was a Test Engineer at Charleston Naval Shipyard where he developed written test procedures, provided technical support, and directed testing for the various activities involved in the overhaul of nuclear submarines.

    Mr. White has an M.B.A. from The Citadel, a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Florida, and a B.S. in Chemistry from Jacksonville University. He is a certified Project Management Professional and a registered Engineer‑In‑Training (EIT) in the state of South Carolina.

    Mr. White is the Director of the ATI Manufacturing and Threat Countermeasures Division, which includes research and development programs in metal part manufacturing, technologies to counter weapons of mass destruction, and medical pharmaceutical and diagnostic requirements to enhance the mission effectiveness of military personnel. He is the Executive Director for the American Metalcasting Consortium (AMC) that is developing new metalcasting technologies and processes for the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) to produce higher-quality, cost-effective castings while reducing the lead times for new and replacement parts in weapons systems. He has over thirty-three years’ experience leading and working with government and commercial clients in a number of areas, including project management and control, financial budgeting and analyses, material acquisition and management, activity based cost (ABC) analyses, predictive and preventive maintenance, and engineering and chemical analyses.

    Prior to joining ATI, Mr. White was a Senior Manager and the Charleston, SC Office Director for Arthur D. Little, Inc. At ADL, Mr. White provided program management support to numerous clients involving such projects as healthcare, information protection, computer-integrated manufacturing, activity‑based cost analyses, and electrical power generation. Prior to joining ADL, Mr. White was a Project Engineer for Life Cycle Engineering. Mr. White developed and implemented predictive/preventive maintenance programs for electrical rotating equipment, including chemical analyses of solvents and solutions proposed for the cleaning of electrical rotating equipment. Prior to working at LCE, Mr. White was a Test Engineer at Charleston Naval Shipyard where he developed written test procedures, provided technical support, and directed testing for the various activities involved in the overhaul of nuclear submarines.

    Mr. White has an M.B.A. from The Citadel, a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Florida, and a B.S. in Chemistry from Jacksonville University. He is a certified Project Management Professional and a registered Engineer‑In‑Training (EIT) in the state of South Carolina.

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    Mike Atkinson

    Vice President, Sea, Space and Air Division

    Mr. Atkinson has a passion for providing US warfighters with the innovative technologies needed to ensure the United States remains ahead of our adversaries—a passion rooted in his 20-year Naval career. Today, Mr. Atkinson pursues that passion as a Vice President of the Sea, Air and Space Division, where he oversees the management of five Other Transaction (OT) consortia and a DARPA-funded consortium established for satellite standards development. With more than a decade of experience at ATI, Mr. Atkinson has previously served as the Program Manager for the National Spectrum Consortium (NSC) and the Vertical Lift Consortium (VLC) Program Manager. He also led the stand-up of the Undersea Technology Innovation Consortium (UTIC) and the Information Warfare Research Project Consortium (IWRP), and he currently oversees the operations of all four and the Space Enterprise Consortium (SpEC). Under Mr. Atkinson’s leadership, each of these five OT consortia develops cutting-edge technologies that advance warfighter capabilities and enhance national security.

    As previously mentioned, Mr. Atkinson was a Master Chief with the United States Naval service. He served as a nuclear operator and senior department advisor on board fast-attack submarines and served as a senior instructor and class director for various Naval Nuclear training commands. Following his 21 years with the Navy, Mr. Atkinson was a health physicist with the government at Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center, Charleston serving as the Engineering Manager for the NAVSEA RADIAC Calibration Certification Program. Mr. Atkinson received a Bachelor of Science (and Applied Science Technology) degree in Nuclear Engineering from Thomas Edison University in Trenton, New Jersey and a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Physics from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas. Mr. Atkinson has also received his Project Management Professional certification from the Project Management Institute in 2005. More recently, he completed Stanford Innovation and Entrepreneurship Certificate in January 2016.

    Mr. Atkinson has a passion for providing US warfighters with the innovative technologies needed to ensure the United States remains ahead of our adversaries—a passion rooted in his 20-year Naval career. Today, Mr. Atkinson pursues that passion as a Vice President of the Sea, Air and Space Division, where he oversees the management of five Other Transaction (OT) consortia and a DARPA-funded consortium established for satellite standards development. With more than a decade of experience at ATI, Mr. Atkinson has previously served as the Program Manager for the National Spectrum Consortium (NSC) and the Vertical Lift Consortium (VLC) Program Manager. He also led the stand-up of the Undersea Technology Innovation Consortium (UTIC) and the Information Warfare Research Project Consortium (IWRP), and he currently oversees the operations of all four and the Space Enterprise Consortium (SpEC). Under Mr. Atkinson’s leadership, each of these five OT consortia develops cutting-edge technologies that advance warfighter capabilities and enhance national security.

    As previously mentioned, Mr. Atkinson was a Master Chief with the United States Naval service. He served as a nuclear operator and senior department advisor on board fast-attack submarines and served as a senior instructor and class director for various Naval Nuclear training commands. Following his 21 years with the Navy, Mr. Atkinson was a health physicist with the government at Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center, Charleston serving as the Engineering Manager for the NAVSEA RADIAC Calibration Certification Program. Mr. Atkinson received a Bachelor of Science (and Applied Science Technology) degree in Nuclear Engineering from Thomas Edison University in Trenton, New Jersey and a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Physics from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas. Mr. Atkinson has also received his Project Management Professional certification from the Project Management Institute in 2005. More recently, he completed Stanford Innovation and Entrepreneurship Certificate in January 2016.

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    Kelly Cusanelli

    Vice President, Human Resources

    Mr. Cusanelli manages the day-to-day activities of both the Human Resources and Compliance Departments. He supervises team members, provides guidance, focuses on development and set priorities of work.

    Mr. Cusanelli currently holds several certifications; “Professional in Human Resources” (PHR), Strategic Workforce Planning (SWP), SHRM-Certified Professional (SHRM-CP), and Certified Compliance & Ethics Professional (CCEP). Prior to moving to Charleston, Mr. Cusanelli was the Law Office Manager for the Washoe County District Attorney’s Office in Reno, Nevada. He managed the DA’s office for over two years. This organization was the largest law office in Northern Nevada that consisted of approximately 180 specialized personnel who are dedicated to public safety, law enforcement, and the prosecution of criminal acts.

    Mr. Cusanelli retired from the United States Army in May 2009 after 25 years of service at the rank of Command Sergeant Major/E-9.

    Mr. Cusanelli manages the day-to-day activities of both the Human Resources and Compliance Departments. He supervises team members, provides guidance, focuses on development and set priorities of work.

    Mr. Cusanelli currently holds several certifications; “Professional in Human Resources” (PHR), Strategic Workforce Planning (SWP), SHRM-Certified Professional (SHRM-CP), and Certified Compliance & Ethics Professional (CCEP). Prior to moving to Charleston, Mr. Cusanelli was the Law Office Manager for the Washoe County District Attorney’s Office in Reno, Nevada. He managed the DA’s office for over two years. This organization was the largest law office in Northern Nevada that consisted of approximately 180 specialized personnel who are dedicated to public safety, law enforcement, and the prosecution of criminal acts.

    Mr. Cusanelli retired from the United States Army in May 2009 after 25 years of service at the rank of Command Sergeant Major/E-9.

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    Mike Johnson, CISSP©

    Vice President, Information Technology

    Mr. Johnson serves as ATI’s Vice President of Information Technology.  In this role, he is responsible for executive oversight of all aspects of Information Technology and the strategic direction of ATI’s Information Systems. Mr. Johnson uses his leadership, programmatic and technical skills to bring together the technical experts, domain experts and support staff to successfully develop and deliver secure technology solutions that address client’s strategic needs.

    Mike previously held the position of Information Security Manager at ATI prior to becoming the Director of Information Technology. In this role, he was responsible for the overarching enterprise-wide security strategy and ensured all governmental regulatory security requirements were addressed and followed including NIST and DFARS.

    Prior to moving to ATI, Mike was the IT Architect at the South Carolina Research Authority (SCRA) where he was responsible for implementing, monitoring, and maintaining all SCRA critical infrastructure and was also responsible for reviewing new and existing IT projects, systems designs, and procurement/outsourcing plans for compliance with IT standards, architectural plans, and the organization’s strategic business goals.

    Mr. Johnson received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina with a major in Management of Information Systems. His technical certifications have included Cisco Certified Security Professional (CCSP), INFOSEC Professional, Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), Certified Novell Engineer (CNE), and Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

    Mr. Johnson serves as ATI’s Vice President of Information Technology.  In this role, he is responsible for executive oversight of all aspects of Information Technology and the strategic direction of ATI’s Information Systems. Mr. Johnson uses his leadership, programmatic and technical skills to bring together the technical experts, domain experts and support staff to successfully develop and deliver secure technology solutions that address client’s strategic needs.

    Mike previously held the position of Information Security Manager at ATI prior to becoming the Director of Information Technology. In this role, he was responsible for the overarching enterprise-wide security strategy and ensured all governmental regulatory security requirements were addressed and followed including NIST and DFARS.

    Prior to moving to ATI, Mike was the IT Architect at the South Carolina Research Authority (SCRA) where he was responsible for implementing, monitoring, and maintaining all SCRA critical infrastructure and was also responsible for reviewing new and existing IT projects, systems designs, and procurement/outsourcing plans for compliance with IT standards, architectural plans, and the organization’s strategic business goals.

    Mr. Johnson received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina with a major in Management of Information Systems. His technical certifications have included Cisco Certified Security Professional (CCSP), INFOSEC Professional, Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), Certified Novell Engineer (CNE), and Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

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    Paige Shannon, Esq.

    Compliance Officer/ Corporate Counsel

    Paige Shannon serves as ATI’s Compliance Officer and Corporate Counsel. In this role, she works with ATI leadership to develop and implement legal and compliance strategies for the company. In addition, Ms. Shannon oversees the day-to-day operations of the Compliance Department and provides legal guidance to ATI leadership and business units, including the Program Management Office, Finance, Contracts Management, and Human Resources departments.

    Ms. Shannon has more than 15 years of experience as a general counsel and compliance officer in the federal contracting sector.  Prior to joining ATI, she was Deputy General Counsel and Vice President of Risk and Compliance at Kforce, Inc., an international professional staffing firm specializing in the areas of technology and finance/accounting.   She also previously served as General Counsel for Horne International and as General Counsel and Director of Human Resources for Infinite Computer Solutions.

    Ms. Shannon holds a Juris Doctor from the Columbus School of Law at The Catholic University of America, a Master of Business Administration from George Mason University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from The Catholic University of America.  She is a member of the Virginia Bar and Washington, D.C. Bar, as well as an active member of the Association for Corporate Counsel.  Ms. Shannon is also a Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional (CCEP).

    Paige Shannon serves as ATI’s Compliance Officer and Corporate Counsel. In this role, she works with ATI leadership to develop and implement legal and compliance strategies for the company. In addition, Ms. Shannon oversees the day-to-day operations of the Compliance Department and provides legal guidance to ATI leadership and business units, including the Program Management Office, Finance, Contracts Management, and Human Resources departments.

    Ms. Shannon has more than 15 years of experience as a general counsel and compliance officer in the federal contracting sector.  Prior to joining ATI, she was Deputy General Counsel and Vice President of Risk and Compliance at Kforce, Inc., an international professional staffing firm specializing in the areas of technology and finance/accounting.   She also previously served as General Counsel for Horne International and as General Counsel and Director of Human Resources for Infinite Computer Solutions.

    Ms. Shannon holds a Juris Doctor from the Columbus School of Law at The Catholic University of America, a Master of Business Administration from George Mason University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from The Catholic University of America.  She is a member of the Virginia Bar and Washington, D.C. Bar, as well as an active member of the Association for Corporate Counsel.  Ms. Shannon is also a Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional (CCEP).