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Leadership Team


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AMTIS, Inc. has talented and experienced personnel to serve you.

Leadership and Management Team

Donald B. Jones

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

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As Founder of BlackFish Federal and CEO, Mr. Jones fosters a corporate commitment to excellence bound by integrity. Under his leadership, BlackFish Federal has achieved performance superiority and strong financial growth. Mr. Jones has over 20 years of management, operations, and business development leadership experience in the management consulting and information technology fields serving the federal government.

Born in Washington DC, Mr. Jones attended Norfolk State University graduating with a B.S. in Business Management and Marketing. Prior to founding BlackFish, Mr. Jones held executive leadership positions at PwC, IBM, SRA, and KPMG. Mr. Jones brings a perspective that combines innovation, vision, and strong leadership to creatively exceed customer expectations.

Mr. Jones resides in Arlington, VA and enjoys traveling, cooking, sports of all kinds, and music. However, his real hobby is entrepreneurship in its various forms, and he enjoys learning, thinking of new ideas, and (most of all) mentoring future entrepreneurs.

John Folino

Chief Operating Officer

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Mr. Folino is the BlackFish Federal, Inc. COO. Prior to joining BlackFish, Mr. Folino was the Veterans Enterprise Technology Solutions (VETS), Inc. Senior Vice President of Operations. Mr. Folino played an important role in VETS’ phenomenal annual revenue growth from less than $15 Million in 2010 to more than $70 Million. Mr. Folino provided leadership and support for numerous VA contracts and directly managed VETS FAA acquisition support contract. Prior to joining VETS, Mr. Folino was Vice President of Operations at Jorge Scientific Corporation. At Jorge, Mr. Folino was responsible for oversight of corporate operations and business development. During his tenure at Jorge, the company grew from 2005 revenue of $32 Million to more than $170 Million in 2010. Mr. Folino holds master’s degrees in Economics and Systems Engineering from Binghamton University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Physics from St. John Fisher College.

Terry Ritchie, PMP

Senior Vice President of Training and Professional Services

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Terry has worked in the training and human performance field since 1987 when she received her M.S. in Industrial / Organizational Psychology from the University of Central Florida (UCF). She is an Instructional Systems Designer (ISD) who has worked on and managed programs for the Government as well as commercial sector. She provides the consummate blend of academic learning theory with a student-centered commonsense approach, providing training products that measurably improve task performance. She received her Project Management Professional (PMP) certification in 2010 and is an International Coach Federation (ICF) Associate Certified Coach.

Melvern (Mel) Rushing

Senior Vice President of Professional Services

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Mel completed his Navy career in 1993. A Vietnam combat veteran, he enjoyed assignments in international programs, naval operations, supply systems, and major weapons acquisition. In the private sector, he established and expanded business in the international, government, and defense markets, and served as the Executive Vice President of AgustaWestland, Inc., President & CEO of ETI Engineering, Inc., and General Manager of BAE Systems Detica GCS (Global Communications Solutions), Inc. Mel holds an MBA from the George Mason University School of Management and a B.S. in Public Administration from the University of Southern California School of Public Policy. He is a certified Weapon Systems Acquisition Manager with an additional sub-specialty in Integrated Logistics Support.

Sonja Gordon

Proposal Manager

Sonja is a U.S. Navy veteran who joined BlackFish Federal in July 2020. She is a proposal development professional with over 20 years’ experience supporting government proposals with knowledge that extends to opportunity assessment, business development, and capture management. Sonja has received a Foundation Level certification from the Association of Proposal Management Professionals (APMP) and is Shipley trained.

Cydney Albright

Director of Accounting & Finance

Cydney Albright, Director of Accounting & Finance

Cydney joined the AMTIS team in May of 2013 as a corporate intern and holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Florida. Cydney has experience managing all aspects of the Accounting department, including A/R, A/P, General Leger, and Payroll. She has experience maintaining compliance with Federal Travel Regulations and Federal Acquisition Regulations.

Suzanne Carolan

Director of Human Resources

Suzanne joined the AMTIS team in 2020 and brought with her over 14 years of Human Resources experience in the Federal government contracting sector. Suzanne has experience leading all aspects of Human Resources including recruitment, benefits, compensation management, employee relations, and government compliance. She and the HR team are dedicated to the mission of providing outstanding customer service to all of our employees.

Sarah Gillis

Director of Information Technology and Quality Assurance

Sarah has over 15 years of combined experience in the health care and federal government contracting industries. Since joining the AMTIS team in February 2014, Sarah’s dedication to providing high quality support has led to the establishment of our internal IT processes, quality assurance initiatives, purchasing and vendor relations, facilities support, and leadership of ISO 9001:2015 and CMMI for Services related efforts.

Pari Dumra

Director of Contracts & Pricing

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Pari supports BlackFish Federal by overseeing management of all corporate contract and subcontract administration functions to support our continued growth. She provides strong leadership support to the organization in the development and execution of BlackFish’s strategic initiatives and contract management process.

Pari has 10 years of experience as a Contracts professional within the private and public sectors, managing contracts for small, medium, and large size businesses. She holds a dual B.S. in Business Management and Marketing from George Mason University.

Candice Ahwah-Gonzalez

Director of Professional Services

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Candice joined AMTIS as the Office of Minority Health Resource Center (OMHRC) Project Director in April 2017. As Project Director, Candice provides oversight for the Resource Center and interfaces with the Director and Senior Staff at the Office of Minority Health. A Certified Program Management Professional (PMP) and Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES), she has earned a Master of Public Health degree (Behavioral Sciences and Health Education) from Emory University and Bachelor of Science degree (Community Health) from the University of Maryland-College Park.

Prior to joining the AMTIS and the OMHRC, Candice served as the Director of Benefits, Retirement, and Employee Health & Wellness for the District of Columbia Government, where she developed strategic performance plans, created and implemented District-wide policy, and provided oversight for more than $500 million of contracts related to employee health, benefits, and wellness. Prior to her service with the DC Government, Candice was a Program Manager for Safe Kids Worldwide – a global nonprofit focused on the prevention of unintentional childhood injuries, the leading cause of death for children in the United States. Candice has previously held public health program and leadership positions at the University of Delaware, Nova Southeastern University, the State of Florida, and the NIH National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, where she has used her expertise in project management, evaluation, health communications, partnership engagement, and leadership to elevate each organizations’ mission and achieve evidence-based outcomes.

Michael Kruszewski

Director of Professional Services

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Michael joined AMTIS in 2015. He has worked in the government contracting environment at Fort Eustis since 1985, after receiving his A.A.S. in the field of Electronics Technology. Michael brings over 30 years’ experience working on the Army watercraft, first as a Senior Electronic Technician then as an Electronic Surveyor. In 2016, he was promoted to Project Manager of the Watercraft Inspection Branch contract, and in 2017, he helped AMTIS secure a new five-year contract supporting the 7th Transportation Brigade with maintenance of the Army vessels stationed at Fort Eustis. Recently, Michael was promoted to Director of Professional Services now working with BlackFish Federal, Inc.

Ian Ross, PMP

Director of Professional Services

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Ian has been a Project Manager since May of 2011. He has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a master’s degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, both from the University of Central Florida. Ian is also a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and has maintained his certification for over six years. Ian manages programs with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Department of Justice (DOJ), United States Navy, Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and United States Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS).