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Our Team

Our team consists of experts and strategic advisors that have broad and more than 250 years’ collective experience within the Federal Market.

Leadership Team

Barry Grant
Co-founder and President


Barry has more than 20 years' experience with large Federal IT acquisitions, including all stages and details of business development, capture, teaming, proposal management, pricing, staffing, recruiting, scheduling, transition-in, execution/operations (program/project management), go-live, O&M, and transition-out. He is ITIL-certified and holds a Master’s Certificate in project management.  He also has a strong understanding of Federal Government business and IT challenges as well as strong relationships with Federal senior leadership through his business development and delivery management experience.

Frank Dominick
Vice President, Strategic Growth Advisory and Capture Services


Frank Dominick has more than 15 years of experience supporting capture efforts valued over $4.0B across a diverse set of high-profile Federal agencies. He specializes in account plan development, business development, go-to-market plans, pipeline development, opportunity identification, and qualification support, pursuit, capture and proposal activities, executive leadership training, strategic planning, and merger and acquisition strategies. He is a Shipley Certified Professional and has a B.A. in Hospitality Management.

Chris Davis
Director, Proposal Services


Chris Davis is an accomplished Shipley-trained, Association of Proposal Management Professionals (APMP)-certified professional, Chris has more than 20 years of experience in strategic planning, capture development and execution, and proposal management for large and small businesses within the GovCon industry. Chris is responsible for winning complex technical and management contracts valued at over $635M while serving in capture or proposal management leadership roles.

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Meet Our Team of Experts

Ethel Anderson
Senior Principal Consultant

Ethel has more than 27 years’ experience at USDA, managing resources and investment activities for mission-critical financial and program activities. As FMMI Program Manager she supported the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) Administrative and Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrative implementations. She was responsible for agency adaptation to FMMI, data conversion, Organizational Change Management (OCM), and training, and was the OCFO liaison. Ethel worked extensively on the design for the FSA program implementation into FMMI for Farm Programs, Farm Loan programs, and Commodity Operations. As the MIDAS Integration Manager, she supported two MIDAS implementations, Farm Programs and Business Partner, and was responsible for integrations of programs, data, and environments with both FSA legacy systems and with OCFO FMMI. As Chief of the Administrative and Program Application Office, Ethel was instrumental in the development of the “FMMI Readiness” concept and systems, now the FSA Integrated Financial Systems (IFM). She has a BS in Computer Information Systems.

Kent Armstrong
Senior Vice President, Infrastructure, Cloud and Enterprise Application SME


Kent has more than 40 years’ experience in IT operations. He served as the USDA Associate CIO for Data Center Operations and Enterprise Application Services. He led the OCIO effort to stand up a portfolio of fee-for-service, shared services, and cloud services including IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS. He has a BS in Animal Science and Industry.

Tony Capo, PMP
Senior Principal Consultant, Cybersecurity SME


Tony is an expert IT professional with 45 years’ experience within USDA and private industry who has provided executive leadership and program management on numerous USDA departmental Information and Cyber Security Enterprise initiatives. He has a BS in Business Administration and Marketing.

Lena A. Goodwin
Technical Proposal Writer

Lena is a professional writer with more than 30 years’ experience in Federal and non-profit proposal and grant writing, technical editing, proofreading, and market development with both public and private clients. She holds a Master’s in Environmental Policy.

Rosemary Hall, PMP
Senior Principal Consultant, CPIC SME


Rosemary has more than 30 years’ experience managing investment activities and resources to deliver mission-critical IT solutions for USDA, including extensive MIDAS and WBSCM expertise. She is ITIL-certified and holds an MBA in Personnel and Industrial Relations.

Carlene Riveland
Graphic Designer

Carlene is a graphic designer with more than 15 years’ experience specializing in communicating complex technical ideas in proposals as well as digital and printed media.

Mike Rodgers
Senior Principal Consultant, Network SME

Mike was a career federal IT employee for more than 35 years. He started at the National Security Agency (NSA), moved to the USPS, and then went to USDA in 1988, where he stayed until retiring in 2012. He served as lead computer specialist, lead network specialist, and supervisor at both USPS and USDA.  His experience includes managing government-mandated IT consolidations, relocations, and build-outs of industry best practices for hosting mission-critical applications for USDA, including the migration of GSA’s contracts from FTS2000 to FTS2001 and then to Networx. He managed and participated in the evolution of government IT infrastructure from large mainframe processing datacenters to distributed client/server platforms supporting Cloud computing.

Pam Siemiatkowski
Senior Principal Consultant, COR SME

Pam has more than 40 years of experience with USDA in IT, project management, and COR roles. She is an expert in application development management, budget planning, acquisition planning and development, governance, and monitoring. She holds a BS in Computer Science.

Rubi Trujillo
Proposal Graphic Designer

Rubi's 10 years of proposal graphic design experience include data visualization and infographics.  With the ability to successfully adapt and design for a wide breadth of industries, she has provided winning design services for proposal efforts aimed at civilian and defense federal entities, and state and local government agencies. Her experience includes not only adhering to government proposal specifications but also creating customized branded styles for proposals. 

Carol B. Turpin
Proposal Manager

Carol is a successful proposal manager and writer with 30 years’ experience. She has helped to win $14.1B in funded contract value and $102.8B in IDIQ ceiling value across Federal Civilian, DoD, State, Local, and commercial markets for small, mid-size, and Fortune 100 clients. She holds a Master’s in English.

Carl Zulick
Senior Principal Consultant, GIS SME

Carl is a senior business development specialist with more than 40 years’ experience at DOI and USDA. He has expertise in strategic planning, Geospatial Information Systems (GIS), land use planning, environmental analysis, IT modernization, governance, and business process reengineering. He has an MBA and a Master’s in Landscape Architecture.

Diego Maldonado 
Senior Principal Consultant, Cybersecurity SME

Diego is a cybersecurity and Information Technology professional with over 40 years of experience in the U.S. Naval Service, Federal Civil Service (USDA/Rural Development, OCIO DISC, U.S. Department of Justice), and the Private Sector. He has held various positions, including Sr. Vice President of Government Programs & Project Management, IT Specialist, Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), and Privacy Officer. Diego has extensive knowledge and direct experience with USDA and is fully credentialed as a CISSP.

Deana Hicks
Senior Principal Consultant, Federal Acquisition SME

Deana Hicks is an acquisition professional with over 20 years of Federal government experience. She is a retired leader with cradle-to-grave contracting experience for a wide range of professional services and products. Deana has extensive knowledge and direct experience of USDA contracting processes and procedures.  After working at GSA with the Schedules program, she worked as a Contracting Officer at FNS for 3 years and held multiple key positions during her nearly 10-year tenure at Forest Service, including Branch Chief for National Contracts, Acting Assistant Director for National Procurement, and detail as the Branch Chief of IT Contracting.  

Monique Outerbridge
Senior Principal Consultant, Federal Health IT SME

Monique is a former Health IT executive at IBM and has extensive federal experience with agencies like HHS, FDA, NIH, and CMS. Her expertise in strategic leadership played a key role in managing IT systems for health initiatives such as HIPAA and ACA. Monique's federal tenure includes impactful roles at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Department of Health and Human Services. Monique was the Government Program Manager for the initiative under the Obama administration.  She studied Computer Systems Engineering at Howard University and Information Systems Management at the University of Maryland Global Campus.

Clint Swett
Senior Principal Consultant, Federal IT SME

Clint is an experienced executive-level leader and manager with skills developed through both civilian government and military experience. He has demonstrated expertise in life cycle management, information technology (IT) operations, change management, strategic planning, requirements management and analysis, technical architecture design and analysis, and cybersecurity. Clint has a strong analytical ability to consistently produce innovative IT solutions for complex and ever-evolving enterprise problems related to information and data management, security, financial management, and human capital. He has extensive knowledge and direct experience at the USDA, where he worked for 12 years, serving as the CTO and Digital Transformation Executive of FPAC for over 5 years. Before his time at USDA, Clint served as the Director of the Technology and Service Organization at the USMC Defense Finance Account Services.

Clay Cole
Senior Principal Consultant, Federal IT SME

Clay has over 33 years of progressive experience in Information Technology, working across various industries such as Federal Government, Transportation, Telecommunications, Financial, and Retail. His diverse technical background is complemented by proven executive leadership, business development, service development, and customer engagement skills. His innovative approaches to solution architecture, presentation, and proposal development have resulted in technology sales worth hundreds of millions of dollars, consulting service contracts worth hundreds of millions of dollars, and annual operational cost savings worth tens of millions of dollars. With experience as both a technology vendor and customer, he provides a unique perspective on strategic planning for Digital Transformation and Cloud Computing Adaption. Clay holds a B.S. in Electronic Engineering Technology.

Mark Day
Senior Principal Consultant, Federal IT SME

Mark is an accomplished professional with over 30 years of experience in academia, public, and private sectors. He specializes in the intersection of public policy and information technology, both from a mission-driving role and in operations (cloud, security, etc.), and acquisition. He has a proven track record of success in leading IT operations, policy, and security for the federal government in Deputy Chief Information Officer (DCIO) and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) roles. As the former Deputy Assistant Commissioner for Integrated Technology Services at the General Services Administration (GSA), Mark provided direct leadership of Category Management implementation for the largest reseller of IT services and products to the federal government (GSA's Integrated Technology Service $23B in 2015). Mark holds a B.S. in Political Science from Southwest Baptist University.

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