Leadership

Leadership

LTG Ronald Lee Burgess Jr. – Chairman of the Board

LTG Ronald Lee Burgess Jr. retired from the U.S. Army after more than thirty years of service. Throughout his accomplished career, LTG Burgess served as the 17th Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) and the Director of Intelligence Staff at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). LTG Burgess earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Auburn University where he currently leads Cyber and Department of Defense initiatives. LTG Burgess also holds a Master of Science degree in Education from the University of Southern California and a Master of Military Arts and Science from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. LTG Burgess has garnered numerous awards and decorations for his efforts during his active service and post-retirement roles.

Leslee Belluchie – President

Leslee Belluchie is a graduate of Auburn’s School of Mechanical Engineering. Ms. Belluchie has spent her career focused on developing, deploying and supporting systems for the Department of Defense and our country’s intelligence agencies. She began her career at Westinghouse as a project engineer designing the launch system for the Seawolf submarine and was subsequently promoted into a program management position managing the design and manufacture of various classified communications systems for our nation’s military.

Ms. Belluchie went on to work as Vice President of Business Development for Computer Sciences Corporation’s $2B Intelligence and Law Enforcement Division, CEO at NCR of their $100M Teradata Government Division, Partner at IBM leading their National Intelligence Agency Programs and Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President of SI International where she was responsible for developing and managing the company’s strategic growth. In 2010, Ms. Belluchie and her partner raised a private equity fund – FedCap Partners, LLC – that is solely focused on investing in high-end, high impact government contractors that are focused on addressing our country’s biggest challenges in cybersecurity, intelligence and energy. Currently Ms Belluchie is the President of Noblis NSP, formerly National Security Partners.

Ms. Belluchie was awarded the Association for Corporate Growth’s Private Equity Dealmaker of the Year Award in 2011, and in 2013 she was honored as Auburn’s Outstanding Graduate of the School of Mechanical Engineering. She is also member of the Auburn University Alumni Council, Chairman of the Development Committee for The George Washington University Katzen Cancer Research Institute and the Vice Chairman of the Auburn School of Mechanical Engineering Advisory Board.

David J. Lee – Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Lee brings a wealth of experience working with government and commercial partners focused on solving challenging technology issues. Prior to joining NSP, he was the CEO and co-founder of LMN Solutions, a highly regarded provider of software engineering, cyber security, and geospatial solutions. Mr. Lee has worked across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa and holds a B.B.A. in Finance from James Madison University, M.S. in Information Systems & Telecommunications from Johns Hopkins University, and an Executive Program Certification in Management & Leadership from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

David Karish – Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Karish has over 30 years of experience in finance and accounting for firms serving the federal government. He has held Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer positions with public companies listed on the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ, with responsibilities encompassing taxation, finance and accounting, contracts, SEC reporting, and human resources. Mr. Karish is a Certified Public Accountant (Inactive).

William Ard, BGen USAF (ret) – Executive Vice President of Strategic Consulting

Mr. Ard brings more than 32 years of experience as a military officer, general officer, SES and government contractor to NSP. He was the first Director of Workforce Plans and Resources for the newly established Office of the Director of National Intelligence. In addition to supporting a host of national level cyber-related initiatives, Mr. Ard was handpicked to help oversee and manage a one-of-a-kind investment portfolio, encompassing six unique projects delivering cyber capabilities to the nation, valued at $1B across the FYDP. He is a renowned expert in the Federal Planning, Programming, Budgeting and Execution (PPBE) process, as well as manpower/workforce planning. Mr. Ard holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration, from Virginia Tech and a Master of Science in Management at Troy State, as well as having graduated from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces and the National Security Management Course at the Maxwell School at Syracuse University.

Matthew McKnight – Executive Vice President of Mission Solutions

Mr. McKnight has a record of success in business and as a technical expert. Previously he was the President and co-founder of LMN Solutions. His expertise is in custom software development and integration projects focusing on Natural Language Processing, entity resolution, information retrieval, Geographic Information Systems, Open Source Software, scalable data analytics, and rapid web application development. He drives agile software development with lean principles and a relentless focus on excellence. He has led worldwide deployment efforts for applications he authored for the US Government. Mr. McKnight has a degree in Cognitive Science from the University of Virginia and has participated in numerous graduate education programs.

Wajeeha A. Naeem – Executive Vice President Corporate Development

Ms. Naeem brings a broad spectrum of leadership, client focus, and technical expertise to NSP. She uses her background to identify synergies between NSP’s two lines of business, Mission Solutions and Strategic Consulting, in order to provide optimal solutions to the client. Previously, Ms. Naeem was the Chief Operating Officer and co-founder of LMN Solutions.  In addition to her corporate focus she is engaged with the customers NSP supports through her leadership roles in programs across the classified market. Her experience ranges from systems architecture to software design, development and delivery. Ms. Naeem takes special interest in facilitating the advancement of Agile methodologies to ensure customer success along with effective and efficient use of resources. Ms. Naeem has a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Georgetown University.

Diana Gresham – Vice President Human Resources

Ms. Gresham has had a successful and diverse career spanning over 30 years in both the government and private industry. She brings a wealth of experience and leadership to her position in NSP. She has worked in the Intelligence Community and private sector as an HR professional, Chief Operations Officer, and as a Vice President of Service Delivery Programs. Ms. Gresham has managed several large programs and as the Program Manager she grew a contract from $30 to $113M in 3 years. Ms. Gresham is SHRM-certified and is a leader within AFCEA’s Women in Intelligence Group.