President and CEO
Lisa is many things…a visionary entrepreneur, Marine Corps veteran, a fighter, an innovator, a dedicated patriot. Above all else, she is a leader.
Lisa founded Constellation West in 1997 after serving in the Marine Corps, earning a business degree, and starting a family. Since then, she has grown the company into a multi-million dollar IT engineering powerhouse, with nearly 200 employees across 20 states. Today, she is an award-winning business leader, who has been recognized not only for her business success, but also for her dedication to supporting our nation’s veterans.
Lisa began her service to country when she joined the Marine Corps in 1981 and was honorably discharged in 1985, having attained the rank of Corporal. While in the Corps, she initially worked in Communications as a Field Radio Operator, later moving to the Battalion level working as Unit Diary Clerk before being promoted to Assistant Unit Diary Chief.
After graduating from the University of Nebraska at Omaha magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and a triple specialization in Management Information Systems, Accounting and Japanese Strategic Information Systems, Lisa served as a consultant on engagements such as information and technology project management, methodology implementation, architectural and software design, development, and testing.
She founded Constellation West, focusing primarily on delivering IT solutions for the commercial marketplace, including Ameritrade, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Commercial Federal, Computer Sciences Corporation, ConAgra, First Data Resources, HDR, Honeywell, InfoUSA, State of Nebraska, Pamida, Raytheon, The Interpublic Group, and Union Pacific Railroad.
In 2001, Lisa extended her service to country by steering Constellation West into the federal marketplace, landing contracts with agencies such as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the U.S. Strategic Command, Air Force Weather Agency, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Today, 100 percent of the company’s business comes from federal contracts.
The U.S. Small Business Administration recognized Lisa for her active support boosting opportunities for veterans in business and advocating for special consideration for veteran-owned small businesses in government.
Strongly committed to supporting America’s veterans, Lisa currently serves as a board member for At Ease, an organization that provides free or reduced fee PTSD treatment for veterans and their families, and is a past board member of Task Force for Veterans Entrepreneurship, and the National Association of Veteran Owned Businesses Association (NaVOBA). Lisa has been a guest speaker at many veteran-focused programs and events, like “Boots to Business”, a training program developed to introduce and train transitioning service members to business ownership. She actively mentors SDVOSB and WOSB firms.
Chief Financial OfficerDale joined Constellation West in November of 2015 as Chief Financial Officer (CFO). His responsibilities include Accounting, Financial Planning and Reporting, Treasury, Compliance, Human Resources, Security, and Operations. As a member of the executive team, Dale reports directly to the President and Chief Executive Officer. Dale has more than 25 years of industry experience across a wide variety of Finance, Accounting, Audit, Treasury and Operational roles. Dale’s experience includes key leadership positions in the area of finance. He was the Corporate Controller and Vice President of Finance for GTSI, a publicly traded corporation where he re-engineered the corporate ERP system to meet a key strategic goal of migrating to services contractor. He was also instrumental with a significant acquisition and the eventual sale of the company. Dale’s experience spans many disciplines with large and small, private and public companies including General Dynamics, Booz Allen Hamilton, GTSI, and Unisys. Operationally, he has led organizations through strategic and financial planning processes resulting in detailed long-term plans managed through a rigorous process to monitor progress and adjust to emerging market conditions. Dale has successfully established goals and objectives across organizations, made key hires to execute plans, established key metrics, and incentive plans to achieve corporate goals. He has developed internal operational processes and review processes leading to successful execution of plans and outstanding operational and financial results. He has held other key senior positions including Vice President of Finance and Lead Auditor for large publicly traded corporations. These positions have provided excellent experience across multiple disciplines including financial & strategic planning, SOX, mergers and acquisitions, FAR, CAS, DCAA liaison, GAAP, policy development, indirect rate structures, pricing, procurement, corporate ethics programs, business process re-engineering, accounting and financial operations, internal control monitoring, fraud and misconduct, enterprise risk management, contract negotiation, acquisition integration, and investment analysis.
Chief Operating Officer & Senior Vice President for Strategic CaptureDave joined Constellation West in April of 2016 as Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Senior Vice President for Strategic Capture. Dave is responsible for oversight of Business Development and Capture, Strategy, Account Management, Information Technology and other company functions. As a member of the executive team, he reports directly to the President and Chief Executive Officer.
Dave has more than 30 years of Industry and Military experience across a wide variety of technology, intelligence, research and development, and management roles. Prior to joining Constellation West, Mr. Crenshaw was the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Alion Science and Technology, a $900 million advanced technology and engineering services company. Mr. Crenshaw was responsible for Alion’s Technology Initiatives, Internal Research and Development (IR&D) Program, and was the Corporate Account Executive for the $500 million Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC) account. He was also Deputy Sector Manager for the $456 million Technology Engineering and Operational Solutions Sector (TEOSS), focusing on Army Operations, Modeling and Simulation, Air Force Engineering and R&D, Intelligence, Special Operations Forces Support, Logistics, Information Technology, Systems Engineering and Architecture, Weapons Systems Engineering, and Nuclear Power and Engineering.
Mr. Crenshaw also served as SVP and Director of Strategic Operations with P&L management of several strategic areas of the company including the Corporate Proposal Center, the GSA/GWAC Program Management Office (PMO), the Information Assistance Contracts (IAC) PMO ($450 million in program revenue). As Capture and Proposal Executive he won numerous bids including the $5 billion DTIC Cyber Security Technical Area Task Multi Award contract (CS TAT MAC), the $3 billion DTIC Defense Systems (DS) TAT MAC and the DHS EAGLE II contract.
Prior to joining Alion in 2010, Mr. Crenshaw held various senior positions at SAIC such as CTO of the $860M Logistics and Engineering Solutions Business Unit and VP for Operations. As CTO, he led technology related initiatives to support of all aspects of multiple Operations and the Business Unit. Mr. Crenshaw joined SAIC in 1995 as a systems engineer and was the Chief Engineer for the DISA GCCS-J and DII COE and other C4ISR systems. He also served as Deputy Operation Manager of a $242 million Operation with 780 personnel.
Mr. Crenshaw is also a Certified Systems Engineer with over 29 years of practical experience in systems engineering and integration, enterprise systems architectures, systems administration, security and information assurance, network engineering, and software development. He is a veteran of Desert Storm and served for 12 years in the Air Force in the fields of Systems Administration, Intelligence Collection (SIGINT, COMINT and ELINT), C4ISR, C2, and Cryptology and Linguistics. Mr. Crenshaw holds numerous Military decorations and was awarded the NSA Director’s Scientific and Technical Achievement of the Year Award. Mr. Crenshaw has been married to his wife Mia for 30 years and has two sons; Chris who is 27 and Conner, who is 17. He enjoys shooting, fishing, programming in Linux, and cave exploration and mapping. He is a member of the Potomac Speleological Society and Izaak Walton League of America.
Senior Vice President, Business Development
Cari came to Constellation West in 2016 bringing more than 25 years of combined engineering, operations, strategic planning, and business development experience. Her responsibilities encompass all aspects of business development and revenue growth for the company.
Prior to joining Constellation West, Cari was a Senior Vice President for Xerox Federal Solutions Group and at CSC (now CSRA) she was the senior director for all business development relative to the Federal market IT infrastructure solutions. Throughout her career, Cari has held numerous leadership positions from market development, alliance management, analyst relations, Federal executive for solution productization, and business development.
Cari received her Bachelor of Science degree from Pennsylvania State University in Electrical Engineering and Technology coupled with graduate studies in systems engineering at George Mason University
Vice President of OperationsDennis Hammer is a seasoned finance and business operations executive with more than 29 years of experience in all segments of our Government business. He plays a very key role in driving the company’s operations in implementing corporate strategic initiatives and ensuring operational excellence in achieving our corporate goals. In his new role as Vice President of Operations, Hammer will be responsible for facilitating annual planning, operational management and reporting, staffing and recruiting, training and development, and various key operational functions.
Hammer is a graduate of Bridgewater College, where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. He began his career with Northrop Services Inc., a division of Northrop Corporation, and held executive positions with ManTech International Corporation and GTSI Corp.