Leadership

Jeff Powell, CEO

Mr. Jeff Powell   
Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Powell is an industry veteran with more than 30 years in the federal government services marketplace. As CEO, Mr. Powell is responsible for the strategic direction and profit and loss of a growing small business providing systems engineering, software development IT services, and strategic communications support to the federal government. He joined Strongbridge in August 2012 as President where he was responsible for managing corporate operations and driving the growth of the business using his executive leadership skills gained in managing organizations of up to 1,200 employees. Prior to Strongbridge, Mr. Powell was with ECS Federal, LLC where he held the position of Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for eight years. As COO, Mr. Powell was responsible for all contract operations, customer satisfaction, business growth, and quality initiatives, overseeing the growth of that organization from approximately $12 million in annual revenue with 70 employees in 2004 to more than $140 million and 800 employees in 2011. Mr. Powell was previously Vice President and General Manager of Titan Corporation's IT Outsourcing Division, and has held management positions of increasing responsibility with Averstar, CBSI, and Allied Signal, following his service with the U.S. Air Force. Mr. Powell earned his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, cum laude, from the University of Maryland and Master of Science in Business from Johns Hopkins University.

 

Mr. Anthony Schulien   
President

​Mr. Schulien joins Strongbridge with more than 29 years of broad experience in the government contracting and technology industry. Mr. Schulien is responsible for managing corporate operations, driving growth, ensuring complete customer satisfaction, and executing the company’s mission. Prior to joining Strongbridge, he was the CFO, Treasurer, and Secretary of ECS Federal, LLC from 2004 through 2015, during a period of rapid organic and acquisitive growth. At ECS, Mr. Schulien managed all Finance and Administration departments and oversaw every aspect of business management and corporate back-office functions, including: financial planning and analysis; banking; M&A negotiation, due diligence and integration; accounting and cash management; contract administration; pricing; legal; human resources; facilities; security; IT; risk management; and commercial real estate. During his tenure at ECS, Mr. Schulien was a key leader for all seven of the firm’s acquisitions, and was a finalist for the 2013 Northern Virginia Technology Counsel's “Private Company CFO of the Year” awards. Prior to ECS, Mr. Schulien served as the Director of Corporate Development for Advanced Technology Systems, Inc., (ATS) where he assisted the CFO with its diversification strategy into the commercial IT marketplace as a lead manager on four separate acquisitions for ATS and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Appix, Inc. Mr. Schulien earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Maryland, College Park, and is an active member of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG).

 

Mr. Geoff Raines   
Chief Strategy Officer

Mr. Raines brings over thirty one years of technical and engineering experience in the IT industry with significant strengths in Technology Innovation, Systems Engineering, and Software/Systems Development. His career has focused on structured project management techniques with a technical depth in systems engineering strategies. He has a proven history of applying leading edge technologies, such as cloud computing, service oriented architectures, and advanced security solutions, for Federal and commercial clients, and communicating those technologies and strategies to decision makers. Mr. Raines joins Strongbridge after 10 years with the MITRE Corporation, where he consulted to Government clients including the Department of Defense, the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), the Army, and the Judiciary among many others. Mr. Raines was MITRE’s representative to the Congressional Cloud Computing Caucus Advisory Group. He wrote MITRE’s book on cloud computing, which was referenced in the national cloud strategy by the White House, and ran MITRE’s cloud computing C-level industry blog. Previously, Mr. Raines was the Vice President of ECS Federal, LLC, where he developed enterprise-level technical solutions concerning large-scale software development, multi-systems integration, telecommunications, enterprise architecture, and security certification and accreditation. He organized and applied corporate resources to express complex technical designs in compelling formats for Government customers. He managed ECS’s bid response processes including bid/pipeline development, technical solution development, assessment of competitive advantage, corporate teaming arrangements, and development of technical and management materials, tripling the revenue of the company during his time there. Mr. Raines holds a B.S. in Computer Science from George Mason University.

 

Mr. Doug Maurer   
Senior Vice President & CFO

Mr. Maurer brings to Strongbridge more than 20 years of finance, risk management and contracts experience, including senior management positions at Fortune 500 companies as well as privately held organizations. At Strongbridge, he is responsible for corporate finance, contracts management, pricing and project control. Prior to joining Strongbridge, Mr. Maurer was a Senior Vice President at Lehman Brothers Bank, where he was in charge of credit, risk management and loan operations for their student loan subsidiary. Before joining Lehman Brothers Bank, Mr. Maurer was a Vice President at Sallie Mae, with responsibility for credit and loan portfolio analysis. Additionally, Mr. Maurer was the Chief Financial Officer for two privately held companies including Electronic Consulting Services, a professional services firm providing systems engineering and information technology services to the federal government. Mr. Maurer received a Master of Science in finance from The George Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.

 

Mr. Danny Taglienti   
Senior Vice President, Operations

Mr. Taglienti brings more than 20 years of experience and executive leadership in the IT and software development industry, supporting both federal and commercial contracts. At Strongbridge, he is responsible for managing operational performance on contracts, customer satisfaction, quality assurance, and new business development. Prior to joining Strongbridge, Mr. Taglienti co-founded The Push Group, a leading digital media company based in Northern Virginia where he served nine years as President and CEO, working with customers such as Automatic Data Processing, Sunrise Senior Living, the Postal Regulatory Commission, and General Services Administration. Additionally, Mr. Taglienti held a senior management position with Etensity Inc., a global digital media consulting firm where he was instrumental in the growth of his practice from its headquarters in Northern Virginia to six locations internationally. Mr. Taglienti received his Bachelor of Science in advertising and digital media design from University of Maryland, College Park.

 

Mr. Ritesh Pahwa   
Technical Director

Mr. Pahwa brings more than 20 years of technical experience and executive leadership in the IT and software development industry, supporting both federal, state and local, and commercial contracts. At Strongbridge, he is responsible for managing technical delivery on contracts, program management, customer satisfaction, and new business development. Prior to joining Strongbridge, Mr. Pahwa worked with a leading federal consulting company based in Northern Virginia, where he served as IT Director and managed various large IT contracts for customers including USDA, FBI, IRS, NIH, DOT and FRB.
Before coming to Northern Virginia, Mr. Pahwa held senior management and various technical positions with Palm Beach County, Florida, Information Systems Services for more than 15 years supporting all major county departments with their IT needs.

 

Ms. Judy Fry   
Business Development Manager

As Business Development Manager at Strongbridge Corporation, Ms. Fry supports the company's business objectives and initiatives; focusing on complete customer satisfaction by defining long-term, organizational strategic goals and building key relationships with industry peers and target federal agencies. Ms. Fry works together with an internal team to increase business across the Federal Civilian IT spectrum, offering a broad portfolio of services and delivering solutions to meet the ever changing requirements of the people and organizations Strongbridge serves. Previously Ms. Fry worked as Associate Director of Sponsorship at the American Council for Technology and the Industry Advisory Council; managing all aspects of sponsorship for numerous, annual conferences and events; having responsibility for meeting one-third of organizations annual revenue through cultivating and managing relationships for the portfolio. Additionally, Ms. Fry worked at ICF International supporting provision of services to government and commercial clients in technology.

 

Ms. Patricia Damron, PHR, SHRM-CP 
Human Resources Manager

Ms. Damron joined Strongbridge with more than 17 years of human resources experience, including experience in healthcare and state government. At Strongbridge, she is responsible for all of the human resources functions, including: recruitment, hiring, and on-boarding; benefits programs; employee relations and welfare; employee communication, and compliance.
Before joining Strongbridge, Ms. Damron was the HR Specialist for Natek, Inc., where she was responsible for all HR functions. When Strongbridge purchased Natek’s contracts, she assisted with the seamless transition of employees from Natek to Strongbridge. Before Natek, Ms. Damron was the HR Benefits Specialist for the Virginia Department of Transportation, with a focus on health, dental, vision, disability, life insurance, and retirement planning/counseling benefits.
Ms. Damron began her HR career at the Inova Health System as an HR Generalist with a focus in on-boarding, benefits, compliance and data analysis. She earned her Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification in 2012, and her Society of Human Resources Management Certified Professional certification (SHRM-CP) in 2015.