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.