Management Team

Russell T. Wright

Chairman and CEO

Russell T. Wright is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of SENTEL Corp. A recognized technology leader known for crafting the requisite strategic vision to achieve business goals, Mr. Wright, has a unique blend of executive acumen, global team-building and IT solutions development. Mr. Wright believes SENTEL’s philosophy is straightforward and simple: To perform focused work dedicated to providing practical solutions to complex problems while building and maintaining long-term strategic partnerships with each customer.

Mr. Wright previously served as Chief Executive Officer of Dimensions International, Inc. (DI). He was responsible for the overall direction and leadership of DI, including establishing and presenting its strategy, goals and objectives. Mr. Wright managed and directed the day-to-day operations, which included management over the operational aspect of each department, including Human Resources, IT, Finance, Contracts and Business Development.

Taking over the top spot at the global IT and aerospace management company from his father in 2003, Mr. Wright then led the sale of the majority of DI to publicly traded Honeywell International Inc. in a deal valued at $230 million. As part of the deal, Wright, formed WC Holding and acquired SENTEL’s assets. Mr. Wright also retained an executive position and ran day-to-day operations once the acquisition was in its final phase.

Mr. Wright served as Vice President of Honeywell Technology Solutions Inc.  (HTSI), a wholly-owned government services subsidiary within Honeywell Aerospace, which serves the space, military and commercial aviation markets.  Wright led the HTSI business that provided space, networks and communications support, logistics and engineering services for the Department of Defense and federal civilian customers. In business for nearly 60 years, HTSI performs missions of national and scientific importance. Headquartered in Columbia, MD, HTSI employs more than 5,000 people working at customer locations worldwide, including NASA centers and Department of Defense installations.

Russell Wright is a member of the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC), the Fairfax Chamber of Commerce, and serves on George Mason University’s Diversity Advisory Board. Mr. Wright holds a B.A. in Business Management from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, holds a Masters in Business Administration and Project Management from Keller Graduate School, and has a Masters Certificate in Government Contracting from the George Washington University School of Business and Public Management. Mr. Wright also completed the Minority Business Executive Program at the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College. Mr. Wright has been a resident of Virginia for over 25 years.

William E. Ward

President and COO

William E. (Kip) Ward is the President and COO of SENTEL Corp. SENTEL Corporation is ideally positioned to provide its engineering and logistics solutions to an ever increasing set of international partners.

A retired Army General Officer, Ward, the inaugural Commander of the United States Africa Command (AFRICOM), successfully established the nation's newest and uniquely positioned interagency geographic command responsible for all U.S. defense and security activities on the African continent and its island nations with staff representatives from State, Commerce, Treasury, Homeland Security and other U.S. Cabinet Departments and Agencies. Prior to commanding AFRICOM where his visionary leadership promoted the value of forging relationships, creating partnerships, enhancing regional cooperation and the importance of sustained security engagement in pursuing U.S. national interests, Ward was the Deputy Commander, United States European Command, responsible for the Command's day to day activities.

Ward is a decorated combat veteran and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Morgan State University in Baltimore and a Master of Arts Degree in Political Science from The Pennsylvania State University. A Master Paratrooper, he is a graduate of the Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced courses, Ft Benning, Georgia, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Ft Leavenworth, Kansas, and the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania. General Ward was an assistant professor, Department of Social Sciences, teaching political science and public policy at the United States Military Academy, West Point.

Selected by the then U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to serve as the United States Security Coordinator, Israel-Palestinian Authority in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, Ward brought a degree of fairness and equity praised by both parties. He has held other key Army, Joint and Combined command and staff assignments over a distinguished forty (40) plus year career including NATO Force Commander in Bosnia, Commander 25th Infantry Division and Vice Director for Operations, J-3, The Joint Staff, during the September 2001 terror attacks. In the Pentagon, he was at the center of determining and carrying out the U.S. government's defense and interagency response actions to the attack. He is a distinguished and steady leader having commanded at every level from platoon as a Lieutenant to geographic command as a General. Ward has spent his life in selfless service to the Nation, safeguarding America's interests at home and abroad and has an enviable reputation for his teamwork.

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Amy LaCivita

Executive Vice President

Amy LaCivita is the Executive Vice President of SENTEL Corporation. She joined the team in February 2009 with more than twenty years experience.

Prior to joining SENTEL, Ms. LaCivita served for ten years as Vice President of Contracts of Dimensions International, Inc., managing a staff of fourteen contracts professionals, until they were acquired by Honeywell. During that ten-year period, the company grew from $30M in annual revenue to $210M in annual revenue. Accomplishments included receiving “Outstanding” rating on GSA Schedule Contracts Compliance Reviews (IT, MOBIS and Logistics Worldwide), receiving “Outstanding” ratings on DCMA Small Business Compliance Reviews, and maintaining an “Approved” status on Government Property Audits.

At Honeywell, she had the role of Contracts Manager of the Logistics Division of Honeywell Technology Solutions, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Honeywell, where she served for a year and a half.

Her previous roles included Subcontracts Manager of the Civil Programs team at Booz-Allen & Hamilton, Inc. and Senior Subcontract Administrator at TRW (now Northrop Grumman). While at TRW, Ms. LaCivita formed a continuous process improvement team to reduce the contract closeout cycle time. As a result of the team’s efforts, the time to close a contract was reduced by half. Her team’s achievement was recognized when they were awarded the TRW Systems Integration Group’s East Division Continuous Process Improvement Award in 1994.

Before beginning her career in contract administration, Ms. LaCivita was a music teacher in the Prince George’s County, Maryland public school systems. While teaching she was voted Outstanding Teacher of the Year by the faculty at Gwynn Park High School in Prince Georges County.

Ms. LaCivita graduated summa cum laude earning a B.A. in Education from The Ohio State University. She holds a Master's of Science in Technology Management from the University of Maryland, and a Certificate in Contracts and Procurement from the University of Virginia. She is an active member of the National Contract Management Association and serves the community as a member of the City of Fairfax Band, the Virginia Grand Military Band, and the Cathedral Brass.

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Mike Royer

Chief Financial Officer and Vice President

Mike Royer is the Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of SENTEL.  Mike directs and manages SENTEL’s financial analysis, strategy, policy, reporting, acquisitions and ventures

Prior to becoming SENTEL’s CFO, Mike previously has held similar roles for AEGIS Defense Services ($285M security and risk management company), Millennium Engineering and Integration ($120M systems engineering and integration company), and was Vice President of Finance at L-3 Communications, responsible for top level financial oversight and operations of the six services divisions ($4.4B).

With over 25 years of finance and management experience, Mike has served in a number of senior financial management positions within the government contracting arena, both public and private.  Mike has extensive experience managing multimillion-dollar accounting, finance, and revenue operations.

A dynamic leader, Mike is accomplished in developing financial strategies that enhance organizational growth and maximize sustainability. His expertise includes design of short- and long-term financial plans, investment management, financial problem solving, corrective action plan implementation, acquisition strategy and execution, and facilitating multimillion-dollar debt servicing and restructuring.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and Business Administration and is a Certified Public Accountant.

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Chet C. Young

Vice President of Logistics

Chet C. Young is the Vice President of SENTEL’s Logistics Division, which provides a full range of innovative logistics support services worldwide.  He graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater, with a BS in Political Science, and was commissioned as a United States Army, Quartermaster Officer. Additionally, he holds a Master of Strategic Studies degree from the United States Army War College, and a Master of Public Administration degree from Shippensburg University.  With over 33 years of government and commercial experience, his career includes numerous positions in strategic, operational, and tactical logistics, focused on operations; planning; policy development; supply chain management; and training

Colonel (R) Young has held logistics command and staff positions within the Army and joint environment including numerous Division assignments, Headquarters Army Materiel Command, and Headquarters, Department of the Army Staff, in addition to assignments with Defense Logistics Agency, and the Marine Corps University. His final military assignment was as Chief, Troop Support Division, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff - G-4, Headquarters, Department of the Army, Washington, DC., responsible for providing guidance and oversight of pertaining to Army policy, programs and processes, equipment, systems and support, relating to aerial delivery; Soldier clothing and individual equipment; mortuary affairs; laundry and bath; petroleum; subsistence/food services; and water distribution and production.

Prior to joining SENTEL, Mr. Young served as Director of Logistics Operations, at Dimensions International, Inc., and continued in that position until after its acquisition by Honeywell Technology Solutions, Inc. (HTSI). Upon leaving HTSI, he served as the Director of Logistics, for Logistics Systems Incorporated, and then Director of Logistics – Operations, at SENTEL Corporation before assuming his current duties as Vice President of Logistics.

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Michael J Smith

Vice President of Engineering

Michael J Smith Michael J Smith is Vice President of SENTEL's Engineering Business Unit. He leads the Systems Engineering, Spectrum Engineering and Engineering Services Technology Groups. The Engineering Business Unit provides innovative solutions and services in support of National Security Programs related to Chemical Biological Defense, Sensor Integration Systems and Customs and Border Security Programs.

Prior to joining SENTEL, Michael was Director of Scientific & Engineering Applications Group for ITT Corporation. During his 13 years with ITT, Michael led several major programs in support the Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear (CBRN) Defense Program. As a senior technical program manager, he managed multiple ID/IQ Contracts with a cumulative value just under $1B and supported by twenty or more subcontractor team partners on each. Additionally, Michael successfully led the Worldwide Collection of Backgrounds and Interferent Signatures Program to establish a compendium of environmental signatures that affect the performance of chemical and biological detection sensor technologies and modalities. He was the program manager for the Sensor Location Optimization Tool Set (SLOTS) Development Project; an advanced artificial intelligence research effort to determine detector placement solutions to meet operationally defined criteria. Michael led the Restoration of Operations (RestOps) Advanced Concept Technology Demonstration (ACTD) Information Management System Project to integrate CB sensor systems, installation incident reports, and event tracking at Osan AB, Korea to provide persistent situational awareness. His team was awarded the ITT Silver Ring of Quality and the US Army Materiel Command's (AMC) Greatest Inventions Awards for this project.

Michael also spent 13 years as a Department of Defense civilian, as a Research Physicist. He conducted research on the Applications of Lasers in Surgery and Medicine while working at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences under a Strategic Defense Initiative Office sponsored grant. Following this, Michael performed research to support spectroscopy based detection of aerosolized biological agents at the Edgewood Research, Development and Engineering Center.

Michael served as a member of the advisory committee for the Catholic University of America's Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science from 2006 to 2010. He currently serves on the Chemical Biological Defense Acquisition Initiative Forum (CBDAIF) promoting collaboration and communication between government and industry-leading Systems Integrators.

Sandy Brucker

Vice President of Contracts

Sandy Brucker is the Vice President of Contracts at SENTEL Corporation. Ms. Brucker has the executive authority and responsibility in the company for contracts, subcontracts, purchasing, consulting agreements, government property, teaming agreements, nondisclosure agreements, and cost proposals. She joined the team in February 2009 with more than twenty years experience.

Prior to joining SENTEL, Ms. Brucker served for seven years with Dimensions International, Inc. (DI) as the Director of Contracts. During her seven-year tenure with DI, the organization grew from $52M to over $210M in consolidated revenues and expanded to over 30 locations worldwide.

DI was acquired by Honeywell, Inc. in 2007. At Honeywell she had the role of Contracts Manager in the Logistics Division of Honeywell Technology Solutions, Inc. (HTSI), where she served for a year and a half. She was a key member of the both the acquisition and transition teams.

Prior to working for DI, Ms. Brucker was the Contracts Manager at MCI Telecommunications Corporation responsible for the contracts response to their FTS2000 proposal. Her previous roles included Contracts Manager at Booz Allen Hamilton and Senior Contracts Administrator at JAYCOR and McDonnell Douglas Corporation. Throughout her career, Ms. Brucker has worked with most every civilian (including the FAA) and DOD agency and has a special interest in logistics and international efforts.

Ms. Brucker earned a B.A. in Business Administration from Michigan State University and a Certificate in Contracts and Procurement from the University of Virginia.

Gladys Mitchell-Reed

Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer

Gladys Mitchell-Reed is the Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer for SENTEL. She manages the corporate-wide ethics and compliance program initiatives and assists the company in continuing to maintain the highest level of ethical standards in daily operations. She also provides guidance to employees on how to make appropriate decisions when faced with ethical dilemmas.

Previously, Ms. Mitchell-Reed served as Chief Ethics Officer for Dimensions International, Inc. (DI), Lockheed Martin, and Affiliated Computer Services Inc. for a combined 10 years of ethics program experience. She is member of both the Ethics Officer Association and the Ombudsman Association and is a mediator certified by the Justice Center of Atlanta, GA.

Ms. Mitchell-Reed has more than 22 years of local and federal government experience, notably in key senior management positions within the Department of Human Services, as well as 15 years of experience in the private sector.

Ms. Mitchell-Reed received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of the District of Columbia. Her post-graduate education continued with the Senior Fellows Program at Harvard University and the Appraisal Program at the University of the District of Columbia.

 

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