Payal Tak, President and CEO
Ms. Payal Tak has over twenty years of experience in the fields of Information Technology and Telecommunications. The founder of TELESIS, she manages the company’s operations and leads business development, strategic planning, and customer communications.
Under Ms. Tak’s leadership, TELESIS has consistently delivered the promise of its tag line and has exceeded client expectations. Established in 1998, today TELESIS has become a highly successful and respected small businesses in Federal Government contracting. Under Ms. Tak’s leadership, TELESIS has established relationships with Federal government agencies, major contractors, and leading industry partners.
Ms. Tak has been recognized as “Small Business Person of the Year” by the United States Small Business Administration. Ms. Tak holds a Master of Science in Telecommunications from Johns Hopkins University.
Tammie O’Brien, Vice President of Human Resources
Ms. O’Brien, manages and oversees the Human Resources operations at TELESIS Corporation. She is responsible for administering programs to ensure recruitment and retention of a diverse workforce, manage effective HR systems and information for reporting and analysis. Ms. O’Brien develops and implements policies and procedures to ensure an equitable workplace for our staff members and ensures compliance with Federal and State statues. She is responsible for effective communications regarding Human Resources and new directives that cover a wide spectrum of HR requirements. Ms. O’Brien has over thirty four years of experience in HR Management in Federal, Private and Commercial sectors. Her areas of expertise include labor relations, employee relations, dispute resolution, ethics, benefits administration, HR information systems, and development of policies and procedures. She handles all aspects in the HR field with an emphasis on employee relations, training and is a Subject Matter Expert in her field.
Dave Jefferson, Vice President
Dave Jefferson serves as a Vice President of Customer Engagement with TELESIS. He is responsible for customer engagement lifecycle activities including solution development, value-based marketing, and relationship management at the company. Before joining TELESIS, Mr. Jefferson was a principal at Worldwide Information Network Systems (WINS), where his twelve years of leadership culminated in the successful acquisition of WINS by ManTech Corporation in 2011. At WINS he was responsible for strategy formulation, business development, and customer relationship management.
His career spans more than 25 years of business and technology experience in both federal and commercial markets. His expertise ranges from information technology to business operations and sales. He received a BA in Political Science at Boston University, and has earned several distinctions throughout his career including being the recipient of the Hammer Award for Excellence in Government.
Sonia Dua, Director of Programs
Ms. Dua is a Director of Programs for TELESIS and manages multiple contracts to deliver Help Desk and Contact Center requirements. With over 20 years of experience in the management of programs, Ms. Dua has developed strong and lasting working relationships with TELESIS’ clients, vendors, program teams and partners. Under her leadership, her teams have consistently delivered the promise of TELESIS’ tag line and exceeded customer expectations. Ms. Dua has successfully led multiple implementations of standardized program management methodologies at TELESIS resulting in a successful CMMI Level 2 appraisal for the company. She has also led the successful delivery of highly visible and congressionally mandated programs in support of Government agencies and as a result has earned several awards and recognitions in her career. Ms. Dua has a Master’s degree and is PMP and ITIL certified.
Dustin Goetz, Director of Homeland Security Programs
Dustin Goetz brings over 15 years of experience in program and project management for federal contracts in the fields of Information Technology, IT Security, and Operations & Management. His professional and technical expertise ranges from Certification & Accreditation, Security Policies/Procedures, and Strategic Security Planning, to large IT portfolio planning including budgeting, reporting, consolidation, operations, and strategic planning. This experience coupled with a strong sense of client/customer relations allows Mr. Goetz to fully understand, implement, and manage projects, of various sizes, scope, and complexity to successful completion while maintaining client relations and expectations. Mr. Goetz has a Bachelor’s of Science in E-Business Management, 8-year PMP, and is certified in Project Scheduling and Risk Management. He has been formally recognized by his clients with multiple awards for quality of work, ability to effectively lead/manage project teams, and rehabilitate programs that were previously categorized as high-risk programs. Mr. Goetz brings a wide range of client experience to the TELESIS Management team, to include Government organizations to include, but not limited to Department of Defense, various US. Intelligence Organizations, Department of Commerce, Drug Enforcement Administration, Department of Energy, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, and Customs and Border Protection.
Karen Rivera, Director of Cyber Security
Ms. Karen Rivera is TELESIS’ Director of Cyber Security Programs and in her role, she is responsible for Cyber Security programs and customer relationship management. Ms. Rivera has over 10 years of Information Technology and Cyber Security experience. She has led and assisted several key initiatives for Federal and Commercial organizations. Ms. Rivera uses her Cyber Security, Risk Management and Project Management skills to tackle the diverse array of Federal and organizational requirements with disciplined efficiency. Her management efforts empower teams, consistently driving improvements in Cyber Security Programs, while simultaneously achieving on schedule, under budget service delivery. She graduated with a BS in Science and was at the top of her Network and System Security Educational Program. Ms. Rivera is a recipient of 11 awards for leadership, information technology, telecommunications and has a passion for excellence. She holds certifications in CRISC – Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control, C|EH – Certified Ethical Hacker, CISSP – Certified Information System Security Professional and PMP – Project Management Professional.