Altamira’s leadership team is comprised of a unique and dedicated team of business professionals with a broad range of backgrounds and skillsets that effectively align with the core mission of Altamira Technologies.
Jane Chappell is the Chief Executive Officer of Altamira Technologies Corporation, a data analytics, data sciences, and advanced engineering company supporting the U.S. national security community headquartered in McLean, Virginia.
Jane Chappell is CEO, Altamira Technologies. Prior to joining Altamira, Jane spent 37 years at Raytheon. She was Vice President of Raytheon GeoSpatial Intelligence Solutions (GIS) from 2015-2019 with responsibility for developing customer-focused strategies, partnering with customers and industry teammates to shape markets, delivering on commitments and driving growth in the Intelligence, Commercial and International Space Ground business. Prior to GIS, she led Business Development and Strategy for Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services (IIS) from 2009-2015. Chappell also served on the Board of Directors for Raytheon Australia Pty Ltd from 2015-2019 and Raytheon Systems Limited from 2008 to 2011. She has progressed through various engineering and management positions supporting a number of strategic customers. She won the Raytheon CEO Leadership Award in 2008 and the Tim Moe award in 1999 for outstanding achievement in business development. She is a graduate of Raytheon’s Executive Leadership Summit. Chappell received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and computer science from Western Kentucky University.
Blaine Worthington is the Chief Operating Officer of Altamira Technologies Corporation, a data analytics, data sciences, and advanced engineering company supporting the U.S. national security community headquartered in McLean, Virginia.
As Chief Operating Officer, Blaine Worthington oversees Altamira’s intelligence business operations, drives the company’s overall business results, and ensures effective operational procedures.
Blaine Worthington is a dedicated professional with a proven history of success in managing multi-million dollar acquisition programs building and leading top-performing teams. Since joining Altamira in 2013, Blaine has expanded our Dayton, Ohio office from 10 employees to 225 employees.
Prior to Altamira, Blaine spent 21 years in the Air Force as an Acquisitions Officers where he served at the Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC), the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), Space Command, the U.S. Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT), and the National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC). While in the Air Force Blaine oversaw the acquisition, development, and implementation of cutting-edge intelligence systems and led a more than 250-member acquisition and engineering team. Upon retirement, he spent four years at Booz Allen as a Senior Associate managing intelligence contracts for NASIC.
Blaine holds a master’s degree in Strategic Leadership from AFIT along with a master’s degree in Computer Resources and Information Management from Webster University and a bachelor’s degree in Engineering from South Dakota State University (SDSU).
Adam Omar is Chief Financial Officer for Altamira Technologies Corporation, a data analytics, data sciences, and advanced engineering company supporting the U.S. national security community headquartered in McLean, Virginia.
At Altamira, Adam is responsible for the company’s finance, accounting, treasury, tax, contracts and compliance.
Adam has over 25 years of experience in financial management and business operations for global, technology and services companies in the government and commercial markets. Prior to Altamira, he served as the Chief Financial Officer for CyberCore Technologies, a cyber security and engineering firm providing services and technology to the U.S. Government. Prior to CyberCore Technologies, Adam held the Chief Financial Officer position for PlanetRisk, Inc., a provider of geospatial software technology and professional services to the U.S. Government and Orchestro, Inc., a SaaS predictive analytics software sales and development company. Both companies were acquired by prominent private equity, publicly traded or privately held firms.
Adam has previously served in finance leadership roles at SAIC, LexisNexis and Software AG. He has been responsible for development and implementation of business strategy, financial management and mergers and acquisitions for the assigned segments of the companies.
Adam holds a Master of Science in Finance degree from George Washington University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from George Mason University. He is a Certified Public Accountant in the Commonwealth of Virginia and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Caroline McConnell is the Chief Human Capital Officer of Business Development of Altamira Technologies Corporation, a data analytics, data sciences, and advanced engineering company supporting the U.S. national security community headquartered in McLean, Virginia.
As the Chief Human Capital Officer at Altamira Technologies Corporation, Caroline is responsible for helping Altamira’s most valuable assets, its employees, to achieve professional success and growth. Caroline will be developing and guiding Altamira’s talent management philosophy, and maximizing the organization’s strategy for acquiring, developing, rewarding and retaining the best talent. Altamira offers the utmost employee value proposition: providing incredible benefits offerings, recognizing great performance with rewards and promotional opportunities, providing training and development, hiring the best talent, and engaging with employees to make Altamira both a rewarding and fun place to work.
Caroline has over 30 years’ experience in human resources management, serving as a human resources executive at various DC-area based government contractors such as LabCorp, Metamor-PSINet, and over 12 years as Vice President, Human Resources for SAIC. For the most recent five years, Ms. McConnell performed as Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resource Officer for Engineering Solutions & Products LLC (ESP).
Ms. McConnell holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from George Mason University and has several professional certifications, including Senior Certified Professional from Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM-SCP), Strategic Workforce Planning (SWP) from the Human Capital Institute (HCI), as well as BIL Facilitator and Trainer certification with Development Dimensions International (DDI).
Richard Campos is the Senior Vice President of Business Development of Altamira Technologies Corporation, a data analytics, data sciences, and advanced engineering company supporting the U.S. national security community headquartered in McLean, Virginia.
Richard Campos is the Sr. Vice President of Business Development, Altamira Technologies. Prior to joining Altamira, Richard spent 19 years at Raytheon. He was the Program Director for a National Cyber Program under Raytheon Intelligence and Space from 2019 – 2021. In 2019, he was part of the Program Management Excellence conducting analysis of systemic and individual program performance as well as recommend strategies to grow existing programs. Responsible for defining and deploying program leadership processes, tools, training, metrics and initiatives that lead to the establishment of an effective community of practice and IIS program execution excellence. He also served as Director and Portfolio Manager for Infrastructure and Platform Services under Solutions (GIS) from 2011-2018 where he managed and directed the strategy, execution and resources for the Infrastructure Development Programs, Procurement Programs and Common Application Services portfolio to include Strategic Sourcing and Procurement, ITSM programs, Operations and Maintenance, Development of High Performance Compute and Storage Programs, Cloud Deployments, COTS Deployments, Data Distribution Services, SIGINT Archive, and Common Software Services Platforms (DevOps, API Gateways, etc.). In 2016 and 2017, he was the Business Development Lead and Capture Manager and provided the overall capture strategy for GeoINT Processing Pursuits.
In 2012, Richard received the Raytheon Program Leadership excellence award. Campos received a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and English from Wayland Baptist University and Masters of Science in Mathematics from Texas Tech University.
Brendan Comerford is the Vice President of Software and Systems Development of Altamira Technologies Corporation, a data analytics, data sciences, and advanced engineering company supporting the U.S. national security community headquartered in McLean, Virginia.
As Vice President of Software and Systems Development, Brendan Comerford oversees the software, systems, architecture groups, and supports major acquisitions. As a Project Management Professional (PMP), Brendan manages programs for the DoD and IC. For the National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC), Brendan serves as Altamira’s Program Manager (PM) for MEGASTAR, and deputy PM for the Advanced Technical Exploitation Program (ATEP II).
Before Joining Altamira, Brendan spent more than 10 years supporting NASIC and NGA leading software and systems development teams of over 30 engineers, architecting systems of systems, and running scrums of scrums. Brendan also spent more than 10 years supporting the commercial robot community in an R&D role developing complex robot controllers where he received patents in robot teaching methods.
Brendan holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Physics from Ohio Northern University.
Nicole Parrish is Vice President of Research and Development of Altamira Technologies Corporation, a data analytics, data sciences, and advanced engineering company supporting the U.S. national security community headquartered in McLean, Virginia.
As Vice President of Research and Development (R&D), Nicole Parrish oversees R&D and Intelligence Operations efforts within Altamira’s DoD accounts.
Nicole serves as Altamira’s Program Manager for multiple multi-million-dollar acquisition programs including the Advanced Technical Exploitation Program (ATEP II), the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)’s Janus Geography program, the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Distributed Radio Frequency (RF) Sensing (DRS) contract, and the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast (SE) GeoReadiness Center (GRC) Program.
Before joining Altamira, Nicole spent 10 years as a Geographic Information System (GIS) Professional serving programs with the NGA and the National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC). Nicole was responsible for providing data analytics and GIS support across NGA and NASIC mission areas for warfighter support. Nicole also spent 5 years as a GIS instructor for the Advanced Technical Intelligence Center and Clark State Community College.
Nicole holds a master’s degree in Criminal Justice from Tiffin University and a bachelor’s degree in GIS from Ohio University.
Jason Siminski is Vice President of Business Development for Altamira Technologies Corporation, a data analytics, data sciences, and advanced engineering company supporting the U.S. national security community headquartered in McLean, Virginia.
As Vice President of Business Development with Altamira Technologies Corporation, Jason has primary responsibility for Department of Defense and Intelligence Community business development. Jason is an accomplished and results-driven National Security leader with 23 years of experience across the National Defense portfolio as an active duty military officer, senior government civilian, and industry executive. Before joining Altamira, Jason served as Director of Business Development at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). Prior to his role at SAIC, he served in multiple senior leadership roles at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) and in the Office of the Secretary of Defense Policy (OSDP).
Jason holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Dickinson College, and a Master of Science in National Security Strategy from National Defense University, National War College. He was a fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Center for International Studies, Foreign Politics, International Relations and the National Interest, Seminar XXI. He is also a graduate of the Department of Defense Senior Leader Development Program (DSLDP).
Melonie Richey is the Vice President of Technology for Altamira Technologies Corporation, a data analytics, data sciences, and advanced engineering company supporting the U.S. national security community headquartered in McLean, Virginia.
As Vice President of Technology Solutions, Melonie oversees Altamira’s Research & Development (R&D) portfolio, technology strategy, and innovation across its strategic accounts. Melonie’s focus at Altamira is on Data Science and Engineering, and the integration of advance technology solutions and practice into critical mission programs within the domains of space, cyber, and intelligence analysis.
Before joining Altamira, Melonie ran analytic programs for several Intelligence Community agencies and, more recently, spearheaded the development of a Data Science and Engineering practice at a National Security solutions firm. She is a published author and adjunct lecturer in the areas of research and analytic methods, analytic writing, sociocultural modeling and simulation, and network science. Her areas of interest include large graph analytics, Machine Learning (ML) and deep learning, graph-based ML, and high performance computing.
Melonie holds a PhD from George Mason University in Computational Social Science, an MS from Mercyhurst University in Intelligence Studies, and a BA from University of Florida in Linguistics.
Board of Directors
Joseph R. Wright currently is Chairman of Altamira’s Board of Directors. He is also Executive Chairman of Sequoia Holdings, Chairman of Chart National’s Advisory Board, Chairman of the Investment Committees of ClearSky Power and Technology Funds, LLC, ClearSky Security Fund, and ClearSky Surry Capital, LLC, Chairman of SNA, Executive Partner to Comvest Partners and serves as member of the Board of Systems Control, and The Council of Chief Executives.
Previously, he was Chairman of Intelsat, CEO of PanAmSat, Chairman of FedData, Chairman of GRC International, Executive Chairman of MTN Satellite Communications, CEO of Scientific Games, Co-Chairman of Baker & Taylor, Vice Chairman and Director of W. R. Grace, Chairman of Grace Energy Company, President of Grace Environmental Company, Senior Advisor to Providence Equity, Vice Chairman of Terremark, President of two Citibank subsidiaries, Vice President and Partner of Booz, Allen and Hamilton, Board member of EBIX, in addition to Directorship and executive positions in several other smaller companies.
He also served in the U.S. Government under President Reagan as Deputy Secretary of Commerce and Deputy Director/Director of the Federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and was a member of the President’s Cabinet. In addition, he held various management and economic positions in the Federal Departments of Defense, Commerce and Agriculture.
David Wajsgras has 20 years of experience at the senior executive management level, providing operational, strategic and financial leadership in both the commercial and defense industries. Wajsgras most recently served as president of the Intelligence, Information and Services (IIS) business at the former Raytheon Company, now part of Raytheon Technologies (NYSE: RTX) after the merger with United Technologies Corporation in April 2020. Under Wajsgras’ leadership, IIS drove digital transformation by challenging traditional defense industry software development tools, culture and process standards through the implementation of commercial software best practices. Previously, Wajsgras was senior vice president and CFO at Raytheon and directed the company’s overall financial strategy. Before joining Raytheon, he held senior positions at Lear Corporation, Engelhard and Honeywell.
In 2019 and 2020, WashingtonExec named Wajsgras to its top 25 list of executives for leading change in uncertain times with a focus on digital transformation. Notably, in late 2019, WashingtonExec recognized him as the Intelligence Industry Executive of the Year. Wajsgras has appeared on Executive Mosaic’s annual Wash100 list of influential leaders in the government contracting arena for the last six years. He was named Federal Computer Week’s prestigious Industry Eagle Award winner in 2018 for his pivotal role in the U.S. government IT community. While CFO, Wajsgras was named one of the Wall Street Journal’s 25 Best CFOs of 2012 among larger companies in the Standard & Poor’s 500 index.
Peter Kuper is a Partner with ClearSky, with over $300M million currently invested in early-stage security companies. Prior to joining ClearSky, he was a Partner at In-Q-Tel, a venture capital firm that invests in companies developing technologies vital to the intelligence community, a position he started in 2009. In this role, he helped oversee In-Q-Tel’s information security investments and provided advice on cyber and technology issues to various federal government agencies (including intelligence and defense agencies, the White House, the Department of Energy, and the United States Postal Service) and held a TS-SCI clearance.
Since 2008, Kuper is also a founder and Managing Partner at HypAdvisor Consulting, a cybersecurity-focused consultancy that advises a range of industry participants, from startups to investment and research firms and large enterprises. He also currently serves as a consultant to the Internal Revenue Service and, since 2001, has been a member of the faculty at the Institute of Applied Network Security (IANS). Kuper also previously conducted equity research, including as the Lead Enterprise Software Analyst at Morgan Stanley and as Director of Equity Research at SG Cowen. He has authored numerous articles, papers and reports, and is a frequent speaker and lecturer, in the field of cybersecurity. Kuper holds a B.S. from the University of Rhode Island in business administration.
Bernard Noble is Managing Director of ClearSky which is currently investing through two funds: ClearSky Power & Technology II and ClearSky Security I. Noble has more than 18 years of business experience. Prior to joining ClearSky in 2012, he was a key member of NextEra’s investing team. Before joining NextEra in 2007, he served in multiple operational and financial roles at Rinker Materials.
Noble holds two B.S. degrees from the Florida State University, in finance and applied economics, respectively. He currently serves as a Director on the boards of Systems Control and Altamira. Additionally, he serves as a Board Observer for BHI Energy, PrecisionHawk and Novinium. Noble formerly served as a Board Observer for Sentient Energy, AutoGrid Systems, Aquion Energy, Greensmith Energy Management Systems and Space-Time Insight.
Ward McNally After the McNally family sold Rand McNally & Company, Ward spent 10 years supporting his own family’s direct private equity investing efforts, with a focus on partnering with other like-minded family investors.
In 2008, Ward founded McNally Capital to continue his family’s legacy of owning and operating private companies. Since our founding, Ward has worked with hundreds of family offices and business owners, with the dedicated purpose of supporting their objectives to create long-term value through Direct Family Capital.
Ward is currently the Chairman of FedData, ITS Logistics and Advanced Micro Instruments and sits on the boards of Genesys Aerosystems and Altamira Technologies. He is also a member of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Board of Visitors and a member of the Young President’s Organization.
Prior to founding McNally Capital, Ward spent 10 years as a partner with private equity firms The Edgewater Funds and Hammond Kennedy Whitney & Company. Previously, he worked in banking and financial services at Benedetto, Gartland & Company, where he focused on private placements for private equity funds, and Caremark International’s Physician Resources Division, where he was a member of the M&A team. Ward started his career at Bank of America in their Financial Engineering and Risk Management Group.
Ward has been a frequent speaker at family office, private wealth, and private equity conferences globally, including Citibank, UBS, and Campden, amongst many others. He has also been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Fortune, The New York Times and Bloomberg, amongst many other media outlets.
Ward holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a BA in Geography from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.