Leaders

David Svec

Managing Principal & Co-Founder

 

As Managing Principal and Co-Founder of Veris Group, David Svec is active in strategic planning, management, and strategy execution.

Prior to forming Veris Group, David spent several years as a risk management consultant and subject matter expert with Booz Allen Hamilton where he led and managed client engagements and teams of cybersecurity professionals who advised clients on information assurance, security, privacy, and business continuity issues. During his period of service at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy’s International Affairs and National Security Division, David performed analysis of federal critical infrastructure protection and information assurance research and development programs and budgets.In addition to his risk management and cybersecurity consulting experience, David has over 15 years of proven sales, marketing, and management experience. He co-managed the consulting group at Reliacom, LLC, a successful IT integration and consulting startup, and he was in sales management for Accu-Tech Corporation, a national network products distributor. David also worked with the Ridgway Center for International Security and Global Risk Assessments, Inc., researching and analyzing global threats and assessing political and economic risks.

A certified Project Management Professional (PMP), David also holds the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified in Risk & Information Systems Control (CRISC), Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge (CCSK), and Certified Business Continuity Professional (CBCP) certifications. He has earned a master of business administration (MBA) from the Johns Hopkins University, and he holds a master of public and international affairs/international security (MPIA) from the University of Pittsburgh and a bachelor of arts in international studies/political science from Towson University.

Douglas Greise

Managing Principal & Co-Founder

 

As Managing Principal and Co-Founder of Veris Group, Douglas brings more than fifteen years of information technology consulting and management experience to the company.

As Principal, he oversees strategic planning, partnerships and client delivery areas for Veris Group. Douglas is an experienced executive responsible for the management and operation of the company’s client services and technology innovation program. He leads the business development efforts for multiple delivery areas and is responsible for establishing strategic partnerships and outreach initiatives to the private and public sector.

Prior to co-founding Veris Group, Douglas was a Booz Allen Hamilton Information Assurance (IA) manager and was part of the IA team. At Booz Allen, Douglas served as program manager for various civilian and defense projects and managed a team of IA consultants. He led successful proposal efforts and helped the team win various multi-year and sole-source contract awards. He also played an integral role in the project management of various tasks for the Defense Logistics Agency, Defense Distribution Center and the Office of Secretary Defense, Military Health Systems.

In addition to his extensive IA experience, Douglas also has a strong management background. Douglas was a senior manager for Reliacom, LLC, a successful IT integration and consulting firm. He joined Reliacom in the early formation of the company and was heavily involved in its growth and organizational structure. He managed the Business Solution Division (BSD) for Reliacom. He directed the strategic planning, business development and financial management of the Division and was a member of the executive management team. Through his efforts, the company achieved Inc 500 ranking after only five years in business and developed a comprehensive service offering to conduct security consulting, system integration and general IT services to federal government and commercial clients.

Douglas holds several certifications, including the Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE), Microsoft Certified Product Specialist (MCPS), and was a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT). He earned a bachelor of government and politics with a focus in international relations and telecommunications from the University of Maryland.

David McClure, Ph.D.

Chief Strategist

 

As Chief Strategist of Veris Group, Dave works closely with federal and state agencies to implement cloud strategies and technologies to secure and modernize IT, enhance business performance, and achieve high performance results.

He refines corporate strategies and develops joint solutions with the company’s leading industry partners. Dave served as the Associate Administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies from August 2009 until May 2014. As a leading political appointee for the Obama Administration in charge of federal IT innovation, he transformed his office into a powerful engine for making government operations more open, transparent, and participatory.

Through the use of innovative technologies, his office connected the public to government information and services through the Internet, collaborative Web 2.0 and public dialogue tools, call centers, and other emerging new media and citizen engagement technologies. His office created several award-winning web sites, including USA.gov, Data.gov, Challenge.gov, USABusiness.gov and several others. In addition, his office housed the PMOs for the Federal Cloud Computing and Federal Cloud Credential Exchange, the GSA FedRAMP program (currently the world’s largest implementation of how to efficiently and continuously evaluate cloud services provider security/privacy), and the Presidential Innovation Fellows projects, including GSA’s “18F” innovation project teams and portfolio.

Dave’s career spans nearly three decades with diverse IT roles inside and outside of government, including Managing VP for Gartner Inc.’s government research team, where he managed the global government research agenda and analyst support, and contributed to worldwide events and consulting; VP for e-government and technology at the Council for Excellence in Government, where he established the pioneering CIO SAGE mentoring activity for incoming government CIOs; and Director for Information Management Studies at the Government Accountability Office, where he conducted wide-ranging reviews of IT management capabilities throughout the federal government, founded GAO’s “best practices” reports, and helped write landmark IT reform legislation such as the 1996 Clinger-Cohen Act and the 2002 eGovernment Act. He also served on the Federal CIO Council Executive Committee, IAC/ACT Executive Advisory Board, Institute for Innovation for IAC/ACT, and the Executive Advisory Committee for AFCEA/Bethesda.

During his career, Dave has been recognized as an influential IT leader, including the following achievements: the 2014 AFFIRM Career Leadership Award, 2014 National Association of State CIOs Technology Champion Award, Executive Mosaic’s 2013 Washington 100 List for driving value to the American public through strategic vision, innovation and achievement, 2013 FedScoop 50 Federal IT Leader Award, 2013 American Council for Technology (ACT) John J. Franke Award for high impact, long-term leadership in the federal government, 2012 Fed100 Government Eagle Award recipient as the most significant individual affecting federal IT, 2012 FedScoop 50 Golden Gov Leadership Award, and a four-time winner of Federal Computer Week’s “Top Federal 100″ (1998, 2001, and 2004, 2012) for impact on government IT directions and improvements. Additionally, under his leadership, GSA received national and international awards for government innovation activities, including the 2013 Innovation in American Government Award from the Ash Center and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government for the Challenge.gov web platform used by 59 federal agencies to run challenges and prizes to crowd source for innovative solutions for tough government problems.

Dave has a Bachelor of Arts and a master’s degree in political science from the University of Texas, and a doctorate in public policy from the University of North Texas. He also completed post-graduate work in IT management at Harvard and George Washington universities.

John Epperly

Executive Vice-President, Operations

 

As the Executive Vice President of Operations, John is responsible for all client service delivery operations. He ensures timely and on budget delivery in accordance with Veris Group’s high quality standards. John’s delivery operations responsibility spans all of Veris Group’s service lines including Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC), FedRAMP/FISMA (Assessment and Advisory), Cyber Automation & Modernization, Technical Security Assessments, and Security Engineering. Prior to joining Veris Group, John was the Vice President for Operations and Managed Services at Digital Management Inc. (DMI), where he led service delivery and operations for managed mobility and enterprise hosting services. Some of his key clients included the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), Department of Agriculture (USDA), Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, U.S. Army Information Technology Agency, Department of State, and Washington Headquarters Services.

John has over 25 years of proven operations and service delivery experience in both the commercial and government sectors. He has significant international business experience in Asia Pacific, Europe, and the Middle East. Prior to Veris Group and DMI, John led both CONUS and overseas program teams at Booz Allen Hamilton for PEO Enterprise Information Systems. John led critical programs in Korea, Okinawa, Japan, and Germany during the implementation of the Joint Information Environment. Prior to Booz Allen, John served as Vice President of Communications and Computer Systems at Elbit Systems of America, a leading provider of high performance products and system solutions focusing on the defense, homeland security, and commercial aviation markets. He managed several products in support of the U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Air Force such as the RPDA-57 Ruggedized Handheld Computer, Lightweight Handheld Mortar Ballistic Computer, Tacter-31 Rugged Tablet Computer, Improved Data Modem product line as well as many power amplifier products including those for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and RT-1523 ASIP radio. John was further responsible for international supply chain management as well as profit and loss on all programs serving those markets.

John’s business experience is complemented by his service as a U.S. Army armor and infantry officer. John is still serving as a Colonel in the Virginia Army National Guard and is currently assigned as the G3 Operations for the 29th Infantry Division at Fort Belvoir. John has commanded at every echelon, from a tank platoon to an Infantry Brigade Combat Team. He commanded an Infantry Battalion during Operation Iraqi Freedom’s Surge Campaign in 2007-2008.

John is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). He earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Drexel University, and he holds a Master of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College as well as a Bachelor of Science in General Engineering and International Relations from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

James Leach

Vice-President, Service Development & Commercial

 

As Vice-President, Service Development & Commercial, James is responsible for leading Veris Group’s strategic vision for programs such as FedRAMP & Assessment Services, VA/PT Services, and SwA Services.

He provides oversight for the existing client base, policy/process development, and business development activities for Veris Group. He has led and is currently supporting several large scale projects, including those supporting the Department of the Treasury, Social Security Administration (SSA), and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). James has also supported other Veris Group projects regarding Security Control Assessments, Configuration Baselines, Project Management Oversight, Policy and Procedure Development, Penetration Testing, RMF – Continuous Monitoring frameworks and internal CMMI Level 2 requirements.

Prior to joining Veris Group, James provided systems, network, security support, and project management oversight at many Federal Agencies, Bureaus, and Commercial entities including General Services Administration (GSA), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Department of Interior (DOI), Department of the Treasury, Internal Revenue Service (IRS), AT&T, National Business Center (NBC), Corporate for National and Community Service (CNCS), and the Department of Agriculture (USDA). James worked extensively in the Managed Services/Hosting field with companies like Digital Broadcast Network, Intira Corporation, Cable and Wireless (C&W), and SAVVIS holding lead positions in Network Operation Centers and engineering.

James is an active member with several organizations such as PMI, ISACA, and (ISC)2 and holds the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), and Project Management Professional (PMP) certifications. He holds a bachelor of sports management from Liberty University.

Andrew Dunlop

Vice-President, Government Programs, Defense & Security

 

As Vice-President, Government Programs, Defense & Security, Andrew Dunlop leads Veris Group’s efforts in defining its strategy, conducting business development, and performing program management for the Department of Defense, Intelligence Agency, and other government service areas.

To date, he has led Veris Group’s contracts at the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) and Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD).

Andrew has over 15 years experience delivering information technology and information assurance solutions for the Department of Defense and other government customers. Prior to joining Veris Group, Andrew was an Information Security Analyst at the OSD Chief Information Officer (CIO) where he worked as the lead for developing and implementing transition efforts to the DoD Information Assurance Certification and Accreditation Process (DIACAP). He represented the OSD CIO for two consecutive years on the DoD DIACAP panel of experts at the National Security Agency Information Assurance Symposium. Andrew also worked for the Department of Justice, Washington Headquarters Service, and the Federal Housing Finance Board where he was responsible for leading the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) compliance efforts of the respective information assurance programs.

Andrew holds several certifications including the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Information System Auditor (CISA), Project Management Professional (PMP), and the Certification and Accreditation Professional (CAP). He has a bachelor of history from the University of Mary Washington and a master of policy analysis from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Michael Carter

Vice-President, Governance, Risk & Compliance and Cyber Readiness & Engineering

 

As Vice-President – Governance, Risk & Compliance and Cyber Readiness & Engineering, Michael is responsible for Veris Group’s strategic vision for two of its largest service lines. These service lines include Veris Group’s highly sought after FedRAMP Third Party Assessment Organization (3PAO) assessment team, as well as its security engineering channel support teams.

He serves as Veris Group’s primary liaison to the FedRAMP Project Management Office (PMO), while also serving as the program manager responsible for overseeing Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) 3PAO assessment. He successfully led the first Joint Authorization Board (JAB) 3PAO assessment (Autonomic Resources) and the first agency sponsored 3PAO assessment (AWS). Because of this support and the value he has brought to the information security community, specifically the federal security community, he was presented with a 2016 Federal Computer Weekly (FCW) Fed100 award.

Prior to joining Veris Group and rising through the ranks, Michael was an Information Security Analyst at Nortel Government Solutions where he was responsible for leading multiple security assessments across various civilian agencies, including NASA, OPM, GSA, DOE, and Treasury. Michael also worked for the GSA OIG, where he was responsible for leading the annual Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) security audit.

Michael holds several certifications, including the Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certification and Accreditation Professional (CAP), Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge (CCSK), and the National Security Agency – Information Assessment Methodology (NSA-IAM). He earned a bachelors of business administration degree in computer information systems and operations management from James Madison University.

William Malone

Vice-President, Business Development

 

As Vice-President, Business Development, Bill leads all federal government focused business development functions including sales, marketing, capture, and proposals.

Bill is responsible for driving growth and expanding Veris Group’s federal market penetration in core offerings such as cloud certification as a FedRAMP 3PAO, highly adaptive cybersecurity services such as cyber hunting, risk and vulnerability assessments, and penetration testing, and works closely with Veris Group’s Chief Strategist and commercial delivery leaders to bring innovative solutions and commercial best practices to the federal government.

Bill is an accomplished executive with over 25 years’ experience leading people, servicing clients, and growing businesses. He brings a rare combination of cyber and IT policy, technology, and mission expertise across diverse markets. He has leadership, operational, business development, and M&A experience in companies ranging from small business to mid-size publicly traded companies to a Fortune 40 company. Prior to joining Veris Group, Bill was President & COO of Tangible Security, a small, private-equity backed cybersecurity company with a focus in both federal government and commercial markets. Bill has also led significant P&L’s at Dell Federal Services and CACI.

Bill has a Master’s Degree in International Affairs from Catholic University, a Bachelor’s Degree in History from the University of Rochester, and a Certificate in Strategy and Policy from the U. S. Naval War College.

Tracie Cook

Director, Finance & Contracts

 

As Director, Finance and Contracts, for Veris Group, Tracie is responsible for all transactional aspects of accounting and contracts, as well as providing monthly financial analysis, reporting, and financial statements.

She is responsible for developing and implementing accounting policies and procedures. She ensures the accounting department is utilizing best practices and maintains compliance with external stakeholders such as DCAA. She actively participates in bid strategy and pricing activities.

Prior to joining Veris Group, Tracie assisted other government contractors with establishing in-house accounting functions and was responsible for managing all day-to-day financial activities. She instituted standard accounting policies and procedures that were in compliance with government audit requirements; established and managed time reporting systems; developed organizational and corporate budgets; and researched, recommended, and implemented changes to automated accounting systems. She assisted with contract management and was actively involved in bid strategy and pricing activities. Tracie has also worked with CPAs in the preparation of both corporate and personal income tax filings.

Tracie is a licensed CPA. She holds a bachelor of science in finance and management from Virginia Tech.

Beth Rodriguez

Director, Human Resources & FSO

 

As Director, Human Resources & FSO at Veris Group, Beth is responsible for overseeing compensation and benefits administration, payroll, recruiting and staffing logistics, employee relation activities, new employee orientations, compliance reporting, as well as security functions at the company.

Beth provides ongoing human resources and security support to all Veris Group employees.

Prior to joining Veris Group, Beth was a Human Resources Generalist and Recruiter for C2 Technologies, Inc., where she was responsible for full lifecycle recruiting, new employee onboarding, managing benefits, compensation analysis, policy development, and worker’s compensation. Beth also worked for Macy’s Logistics and Operations, where she was responsible for diversity initiatives, community volunteer efforts, corporate training, policy development, employee relations, and recruiting.

Beth is an active member of Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). She studied Accounting at Western Kentucky University and holds a bachelor of anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh.

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