Each of DSA’s leaders has a long list of lifetime career accomplishments and expertise in subject matter areas. DSA’s leaders include a group of committed, long-term employees and/or have an extensive background in business development, information technology, and marketing services. Many also have a strong military background or experience.
Fran Pierce, President, CEO and Chairman of the Board
Fran Pierce began her information technology career with Ford Aerospace where she worked on the design and implementation of a backbone data communications network. She was later employed by the RCA Corporation in the area of communications product development.
Fran joined DSA as a System Design Analyst for a large-scale data switching system. She was promoted to chief engineer and overall technical manager, and then became the Program Manager.
She advanced to Vice President and Technical Director, then appointed Executive Vice President and General Manager of the New Jersey Operation. She was Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Washington, D.C. Operation, and became President and Chief Executive Officer in 1991. Fran began serving on the DSA Board of Directors in 1980 and elected Chairman of the Board in 1991.
Fran is serving her second term as a member of the Board of Directors of Chestnut Hill College. She was a 2016, 2013, 2006, and 1998 finalist for the Ernst & Young Greater Philadelphia Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Technology Services, and a recipient of the Women's Fund of New Jersey Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Technology.
DSA, the company led by Fran, is an eight-time winner of the Inc. 500│5000. In 2016, DSA was inducted into the Philadelphia 100 Hall of Fame as a five-time winner. The Philadelphia 100 recognizes the fastest-growing privately held companies in the Philadelphia region.
In 2014, Fran received the Iris Newman Award, as recognition of a woman who exhibits a trailblazing spirit in her respective field and who provides strong leadership and support in the entrepreneurial community. Fran was also awarded New Jersey Tech Council’s 2014 CEO of the Year – Private Company Award which recognizes a CEO who demonstrated vision and leadership over several years and has shown an ability to lead and inspire the organization to a new level of growth.
SmartCEO Magazine honored Fran with a Brava! Women in Business Achievement Award, recognizing her as one of Greater Philadelphia’s most influential female leaders in 2010. Philadelphia SmartCEO100 selected Fran as a leader in the 2012 Best-Run Companies program. She was a winner in the Philadelphia SmartCEO 2013 Circle of Excellence in the category of Minority-Run Companies.
Fran was selected as a 2006 Pennsylvania Best 50 Women in Business award winner based on her dedication to business growth, professional and personal accomplishments, community involvement, and advocacy for women in business.
Fran was named to the Board of Directors of The International Eye Foundation, an organization dedicated to the promotion of peace through the prevention of blindness. She is currently serving her third term as Chair of the Finance Committee.
Fran serves on the Rowan University Dean of Engineering's Advisory Council since 2007. She currently serves as Member on the Center for Community Leadership and Entrepreneurship Advisory Board at Neumann University. In 2013, Fran received SMART’s Women’s S&T Leadership award.
Fran was a finalist for the Technology Council of Maryland’s 2004 Executive of the Year Award, a unique recognition by the high technology community. In 2003, Fran was selected as a Woman of Distinction by the Philadelphia Business Journal and the National Association of Women Business Owners. This award is based on commitment to professional excellence and community involvement.
A past Associate Director of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA), Fran served as president for its Philadelphia Chapter and headed the chapter’s efforts to award scholarships to deserving young candidates pursuing a career in communications and security. For her efforts, she received the AFCEA Educational Foundation Award
She served on the Advisory Board of The Secretary of the Army's National Science Center.
Fran co-chaired the National Association of Computer Consultant Businesses (NACCB) annual conference in Los Angeles. She is a founding member of The Open Door Education Foundation, the NACCB's not-for-profit, charitable arm whose mission is to help talented young people with limited financial resources receive the training and skills necessary to keep the United States in the technological lead.
Professional memberships include: Alliance of Women Entrepreneurs, Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA), Army Alliance, Association of the United States Army (AUSA), Association for Corporate Growth (ACG), ESOP Association, Forum of Executive Women, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Mid-Tier Alliance, National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), National Defense Industry Association (NDIA), New Jersey Technology Council, Northern Virginia Technology Council, PACT, Potomac Officers’ Club, Board Member of Strengthening the Mid-Atlantic Region for Tomorrow (SMART), SmartCEO, Sunday Breakfast Club, TechServe Alliance, Union League of Philadelphia, Vistage International, and Women in Defense (WID).
Fran received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Chestnut Hill College and attended graduate school at Temple University.
John Foley, EVP, Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer
John Foley is an accomplished leader, skilled at setting organizational vision and tactics to achieve strategic objectives. In his capacity as EVP and CFO, John is responsible for the management and direction of the company’s strategic growth initiatives, accounting, finance, contracts, procurement functions, internal IT services and quality management.
Prior to joining DSA, John was employed by CIGNA Corporation as Business Finance Officer for CIGNA’s Shared Service functions including finance, human resources, legal, public affairs, executive management, government regulations, real estate, and other services.
He spent 15 years at Lockheed Martin Information Systems and Global Services where he held a variety of positions including Finance Transformation Director, Pricing Director, Accounting Manager, post-M&A Integration Project Manager, and Proposal Specialist. He also previously worked for eBay (Half.com) as Senior Business Analyst, Business Intelligence.
John has earned numerous awards throughout his career including 2015's SmartCEO Executive Management Award CFO and two Lockheed Martin NOVA Awards, their highest honor, for M&A integration projects.
John has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Rutgers and an MBA in finance, also from Rutgers. Additional professional development includes Harvard Business School, Darden Business School, and Lockheed Martin Executive Strategies Program.
Roger Salomon, Corporate Secretary
Roger Salomon is Secretary of the Company, Member of the Board of Directors, and Trustee of ERISA plans for DSA.
With more than 30 years of experience in information technology, Roger Salomon began his career in 1968 with New Jersey Bell Telephone as a computer scientist. Subsequently, he joined ITT Defense Communications Division in Nutley, NJ, where he worked as a software developer for ITT data communications projects, eventually becoming technical lead for a message switch product.
Roger joined DSA in 1971 as a software engineer working on data switching systems for Western Union International in New York City. In the mid to late 1970s, he spent six years in Europe serving as a system architect, consultant, and project manager for DSA customers.
Returning to the U.S., Roger was named Program Manager for DSA’s international operations. Under his direction, DSA delivered software and IT services for communication systems to Asia, Europe, and North and South America for DSA customers Siemens, AG, and Philips Telecommunications.
As Senior Vice President, Roger's responsibilities expanded to include such domestic customers as the U.S. Army at Ft. Monmouth. Under Roger's executive management, DSA supported the Program Executive Office Command, Control and Communication (Tactical) (PEO C3T) Knowledge Management program.
Roger holds a Bachelor of Science from Montclair State College. He is a member of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association, Air Traffic Control Association, Association of the U.S. Army, and the Information Technology Association of America.
Bill Jones, Vice President & General Manager, Integrated Solutions Group
As Vice President and General Manager of DSA’s Integrated Solutions Group, Bill Jones manages the company’s operations in the D.C. Metro and Midwest Regions. He directs support to DSA’s customers and their customers in building innovative solutions that improve performance in all critical mission areas of the information technology spectrum. He joined DSA in 1995 as a Lead Engineer and was promoted to Program Manager. He became Program Director in 2002, and advanced to the position of Vice President in 2005, overseeing DoD Command, Control, Communications, and Computer (C4) Programs for the D.C. Operation.
Prior to joining DSA, Bill served as a Communications and Electronics Officer in the U.S. Army for 20 years. Bill was responsible for directing, managing, leading, and coordinating daily operations for a 300-person organization. While assigned to the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), Bill served as a Project Officer for more than $250 million in strategic government-owned and -leased communications transmission systems. He drafted and managed the $100 million Pacific Consolidated Telecommunications Network (PCTN) acquisition and supported the implementation of the Defense Message System (DMS). Bill was recognized as a key project officer and subject matter expert in Pacific Terrestrial Transmission issues. He has more than 30 years of experience in telecommunications, information systems, defense acquisition, and project management.
He serves as President of the Fort Belvoir Chapter of the Armed Forces Electronic Communications Association (AFCEA).
Bill has a Bachelor of Science in Business and Computer Science from the University of Maryland and holds a Master of Science from the Naval Postgraduate School in Systems Technology — Joint Command, Control, and Communications. In addition, he holds a Master of Science in Systems Engineering — Security Engineering from George Mason University.
Randy J. (RJ) Kolton, Senior Vice President of Business Development
Randy J. (“RJ”) Kolton serves as DSA’s Senior Vice President of Business Development. In his role, RJ is responsible for planning, implementing, and managing DSA growth strategies and business development (BD) operations. He manages the DSA BD staff and focuses on sustaining and expanding current business services, identifying new market segments for growth, and developing new products and services.
Most recently, RJ was Senior Vice President, Strategy & Corporate Development for Ideal Innovations, Inc. (I-3), a mid-sized, privately-held professional services firm that offers technology development, consulting and program management services. In that role, he planned, implemented, and supported I-3’s growth strategies. Prior to joining I-3, RJ was Senior Vice President, Strategic Business Development for L-3 Communications Services Group (LSG) and concurrently Senior Vice President, Strategic Business Development, for MPRI, which was acquired by L-3 in 2000. While at LSG, RJ managed business development of the Group’s five divisions, which achieved sales growth from $3.4B in 2005 to $4.3B in 2010. At MPRI, RJ served as one of the key senior leaders responsible for increasing revenue from $47M to $1.2B in eleven years.
A retired US Army lieutenant colonel, RJ served for over 22 years as an infantryman and military strategist in various command and staff positions in the White House, US Central Command, Department of the Army, and the 82d Airborne and 3d Infantry Divisions. During 1997-1998, he served as Special Assistant, Strategy in the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. He also was Special Assistant and Speechwriter to the Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, 1993-1994, and Special Assistant for Strategic Initiatives to the Unified Commander, U.S. Central Command, 1994-1997. RJ served as the G-5 (Political-Military Officer) for the 82d Airborne Division during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, 1990-1991. During 1985-1988, he was an Assistant Professor of History at the U.S. Military Academy. RJ’s military awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, four Army Meritorious Service Medals, Joint Service Commendation Medal, three Army Commendation Medals, Ranger Tab, Master Parachutist Badge, and Expert Infantryman Badge.
RJ received a Bachelor of Science from the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, New York; a Master of Arts, History from the University of Texas, Austin, Texas; and a Master of Military Art and Science, Strategy from the School of Advance Military Studies, Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas.
Kathleen Kirk, Vice President, Strategic Solutions Group
Kathleen is Vice President of DSA's Strategic Solutions Group. She supports the U.S. Army Program Executive Office for Command, Control, and Communications Tactical (PEO C3T) Military Technical Solutions Office. With more than two decades of experience supporting Information Technology in DoD and industries including Aerospace, Pharmaceutical, and Telecommunications, Kathleen has held positions in Program Management, Software Development, and Secure Network Architecture and Operations.
Projects that Kathleen supported have received the following awards:
- Army Knowledge Management Award (overall KM maturity for PEO C3T and MilTech Solutions)
- Army Knowledge Management Award for Technology for milSuite
- Army Knowledge Management Award for Process and Technology for the Single Interface to the Field (SIF) System and milSuite
- Government Information Technology Executive Council Award for Program Management Excellence
- Army Knowledge Management Award for Knowledge Management in Battle Command
- e-Gov Institute Knowledge Management Recognition Award for Successful Use of Innovative Knowledge Management Practices
Kathleen was awarded a Master of Business Administration from Pennsylvania State University and a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems from Drexel University. She is also Certified Lean Six Sigma.
Robert Wheeler, Vice President C3T Operations
Robert Wheeler is the Vice President of DSA’s Command Control and Communications-Tactical (C3T) Operations Group based out of Aberdeen, MD. He also serves as the Program Manager for the U.S. Army Program Executive Office Command Control Communications - Tactical (PEO C3T) Military Technical (MilTech) Solutions Office. Robert provides technical management and expertise on project efforts that include milSuite, the Department of Defense social business solution behind the Firewall; SharePoint Collaboration Services, one of the largest SharePoint 2013 collections in the Army; and the Single Interface to the Field (SIF), providing trouble-ticketing to Soldiers and Field Support Personnel around the world.
Robert brings 20 years of Information Technology experience supporting the National Defense, Automotive and Insurance industries. He has held positions in Executive Management, Program and Project Management, and Operations Management.Robert has led teams responsible for the development, implementation and sustainment of Enterprise Department of Defense and Department of the Army collaboration, knowledge management and IT service management solutions supporting military, civilian and contractor users around the world.
His efforts with these projects have resulted in numerous awards including:
- Army Knowledge Management Award (Overall Knowledge Management maturity for PEO C3T and MilTech Solutions)
- Government Computer News Honorable Mention for Outstanding Information Technology
Achievement in Government
- Army Knowledge Management Award for Technology for milSuite
- Army Knowledge Management Award for Process and Technology for SIF and milSuite
- Government Information Technology Executive Council Award for Program Management Excellence
Robert joined DSA in August 2015. Prior to joining DSA, Robert served as the Chief Operating Officer for Symbolic Systems, Inc.
Robert has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Bloomsburg University and has been supporting the Federal Government and Department of Defense, including the Army Acquisition Community, since 1997.
Andrew Levine, Program Director and Business Intelligence Administrator for the Army Contracting Command at Ft Dix, NJ
Andrew Levine is the Program Director for the Strategic Solutions Group located at Fort Dix, NJ, where he also functions as the Business Intelligence Administrator for the Army Contracting Command. In support of the U.S. Army, Andrew manages a team responsible for the development and sustainment of the Virtual Contracting Enterprise (VCE) suite of tools.
The VCE suite of tools has streamlined Army business processes, automated the capture and management of data, provided oversight of contracting activities, and ensured that the contracting workforce is properly trained, qualified, and equipped to succeed in supporting the contracting mission. During his tenure, Andrew and his team developed the Management Control Process (MCP) tool for the Communications and Electronics Command (CECOM), which was awarded the CECOM Life Cycle Management Command (LCMC) Innovation award in 2007.
Andrew joined DSA in 2005 as the Business Intelligence Administrator for the CECOM Acquisition Center at Ft. Monmouth, NJ. Andrew supervises the DSA Technology Council, a recent Executive Council initiative. The Technology Council identifies prominent technologies in today’s workspace, allowing DSA to leverage that knowledge as they support customers and their initiatives, both today and in the future.
Andrew has a B.A. in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) from Rowan University. Andrew has also been certified in Security+, Business Objects and ITIL v3 Foundation and has achieved Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) status. Andrew has been supporting the Federal government since 2001 and the Army acquisition community since 2002.
Bill Player, Senior Director, Integrated Solutions Group, Business Solutions
Bill Player is responsible for DSA business cultivation, growth, and management within the U.S. Air Force. Since joining DSA, Bill manages programs and oversees business interactions from DSA’s Fairfax, VA, and O’Fallon, IL, offices. He has led successful teams, supporting such efforts as Net Centric Enterprise Services (NCES), Defense Message System-Air Force (DMS-AF), Global Electromagnetic Spectrum Information System (GEMSIS), and Advanced Computer Flight Planning (ACFP). Bill joined DSA as an Operations Director in 2004, bringing his operations from Northrop Grumman and in-progress work at DISA and the Air Force Communication Agency to DSA. He was promoted to Senior Director in 2008.
Prior to joining DSA, Bill held positions with Sterling Software, Inc., Computer Associates, Inc., Logicon Inc., and Northrop Grumman, Inc., advancing in position and operational responsibilities through a series of corporate buyouts. Bill served in the U.S. Air Force for 21 years. His career highlights include superintendent of project oversight for the Defense Message System-Air Force (DMS-AF), where he designed and implemented the system utilized to track LAN/WAN infrastructure hardware/software upgrades, a portion of the DMS project, at all Air Force installations; Superintendent of Plans and Programs, Air Forces Iceland, where he managed all aspects of the installation of four Radar sites and communications for a new Command Post; Program Management Specialist at HQ Engineering Installation Division (EID), where he oversaw all upward-generated communication/computer projects for three Major Air Force Commands; and on-board computer technician aboard the E-3 Sentry AWACS aircraft, serving Air Force operations in NATO, Mid-Eastern, and U.S. environments.
Bill holds degrees of Electronics Systems Technology, Aerospace Equipment Technology, and Telecommunications Management from the Community College of the Air Force. He also holds numerous certifications and has course work in Information Technology, Business Management, and Defense Acquisition from both the University of Maryland and the Defense Acquisition University.
Marie Meyers, Senior Director, Human Resources
Marie Meyers is responsible for overseeing DSA's Human Resources Department.Marie is a Senior Director located at DSA's company headquarters. She manages a team of Human Resources, Recruiting, and Security professionals who serve across DSA's lines of business. Marie's role is essential to ensuring that DSA provides a premier employment experience for our DSA Team and the best talent to solve our customers' evolving needs. She is responsible for administering, developing, and effectively communicating policies that are compliant with employment laws and corporate initiatives as well as overseeing employee development and employee relations.
Marie brings more than 20 years of human resources experience within the Federal and commercial industry. She has directed HR departments that serve organizations with more than 2,500 employees and has experience leading teams that provide exceptional customer service in support of overall operational effectiveness.
Marie holds a B.S. from the Pennsylvania State University and attended graduate school at Drexel University and Rosemont College in Philadelphia.
Marie volunteered in 2011 and 2012 on a local government-planning committee and Veterans Assistance Transitions program, and currently serves on the Human Capital Committee for Bancroft Neurohealth in Haddonfield, NJ.
Marie volunteers her time mentoring college graduates with resume and career guidance in her local community. She is an active member of SHRM, TechServe Alliance and has made multiple guest appearances on HR Radio Today in Philadelphia discussing the role HR plays in business.
Mike Donovan, Senior Director, Strategic Solutions Group
Mike is a Senior Director for the Strategic Solutions Group (SSG) supporting Army and Joint customers. As Kathleen Kirk's Deputy, Mike helps oversee programs and strategic initiatives within the business unit. He currently supports the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense (JPEO-CBD) as Program Director managing a large Knowledge Management effort. This effort includes the development of enterprise knowledge management strategies and capabilities to improve knowledge capture and dissemination. Mike has lead the development of a DSA Lean Six Sigma/Continuous Process Improvement program to help both DSA and customers find efficiencies and cost savings through process improvement.
Mike joined DSA in 2001 as a Senior Developer supporting internal Knowledge Management efforts. Mike has worked closely with multiple business units supporting IT programs across D.C. metropolitan area in his career with DSA. In 2007, Mike was promoted to Director and in 2011 moved to Aberdeen, MD, to support SSG strategic business initiatives at Aberdeen Proving Grounds.
Prior to joining DSA, Mike supported the development of Knowledge Management capabilities for the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization (BMDO)/National Missile Defense (NMD). Mike’s work extended into the state and local government sector providing knowledge management support for a large consulting firm in Northern Virginia.
Mike has a Master’s degree from the University of Virginia in the Management of Information Technology (MSMIT) and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Ferrum College. He is CompTIA Security+ certified and also holds a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI).
Cynthia Scott, Senior Director, Contracts and Business Strategy
Cynthia Scott is Senior Director of Contracts and Business Strategy. In this position, Cindy leads the contracts department with expanded responsibilities in supporting growth strategies.
Cindy Scott began her career with the U.S. Navy, taking on increasing responsibility until she held the position of Contracting Officer. She also was the Contracts Director for Air Products, supporting numerous customers including the Department of Energy. Cindy held the role of Contracts Director for a $3 billion global business unit at Lockheed Martin while managing a contracting staff of more than 50 employees located all over the world.
Cindy held the office of Vice-President elect of the National Contracts Management Association (NCMA) Bucks-Montgomery Chapter (PA). She was also the Membership Chair for National Contract Management Association (NCMA) and was the President of the Federal Women’s Program during her career at the Naval Air Warfare Center. She also held the title of Diversity/Inclusion Lead during her time at Lockheed Martin.
Cindy graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in Math/Computer Science from Gwynedd-Mercy College and holds a Master of Business Administration from LaSalle University.