Executive Bios

Dorothy Davidson is a native of Northern Virginia. After receiving a BS in Mathematics in 1956, she accepted a position as a Research Mathematician with the US Air Force Air Staff at the Pentagon during which time she was selected for the one year Management Intern Program. While in the program she continued studies in business administration and advance mathematics.  In 1962, Dr. Davidson joined the research staff at the US Patent Office as a research mathematician where she worked in research for the development search algorithms to be utilized in patent searches. In 1963 at the expense of her employer Dr. Davidson was sent for intensified courses in System Engineering.

In 1965, Dr. Davidson joined private industry where she again worked on DOD programs in designing Command and Control, Information Retrieval systems for both field and headquarters. During the 70s she began designing systems for military use within the NATO community.

Within her scope of NATO support, Davidson interfaced with NATO countries private industrial firms and research institutes on the development of CC and weapon systems for respective countries.

In 1996 Dr. Julian and Dorothy Davidson founded Davidson Technologies. Dr. Dorothy Davidson took over the leadership of Davidson Technologies, Inc. after the death of her husband Dr. Julian Davidson January 2013.

John W. Holly is an experienced senior industry executive and former soldier. His industry experience includes serving as the Senior Defense Advisor to KPMG (UK), Chairman of the UK Atomic Weapons Establishment Management Limited, and Chief Operating Officer of Lockheed Martin UK. Prior to moving to London, he was the Vice President of Missile Defense Systems in Lockheed Martin’s Space Systems Company and the Vice President for Huntsville Operations for Lockheed Martin Corporation, based in Huntsville, Alabama.

Before joining Lockheed Martin, he was the President and Managing Director of Analytical Services Incorporated, a Nationally recognized specialty engineering firm that was acquired by ASRC Federal in 2007.

During a distinguished career in the United States Army, he rose to the rank of Major General leading the development and initial deployment of the National Missile Defense System for the United States of America against Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBM). Additionally, he was the Program Executive Officer for the Army’s Tactical Missile Systems. His final military assignment was the Deputy Director of the US Missile Defense Agency.

He possesses a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy, and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and is a Visiting Professor, Faculty of Engineering, Environment and Computing at Coventry University in the United Kingdom.

Mandy Kerce, Chief Human Resources Officer, works with a team of HR professionals providing Human Resource services including, but not limited to: compliance, benefits, salary survey analysis, development of policy and procedures, compensation plan, development, recruiting, performance evaluation and guidance with employee relations to the Davidson Technologies Inc. team.

Mandy’s 20 years of experience in Human Resources includes consulting services to government contractors and commercial customers. She has been involved with leadership and key personnel; recruitment and selection; policy and procedure development; employee relations; training programs; compensation and benefit programs; conduct on and off-boarding of employees; monitor unemployment claims; conduct reference checks and evaluate reference data concerning previous employment and education; develop and maintain professional relationships with college, university and community college placement offices as a source to generate qualified applicants; communicate with employment agencies and search firms including negotiating and controlling employment related fees; perform projects such as survey participation and analysis.

Mandy graduated with a Bachelor of Human Resources. She is also a member of the National Society of Human Resource Managers (SHRM).

Joey Leary, Senior Vice President of Eastern Operations, is responsible for leading and growing the Ballistic Missile Defense (BMDS) and Cybersecurity efforts for the company in the Eastern US Region, as well as ensuring our customers consistently receive outstanding support. In this role, he works closely with the corporate executive team, as well as DTI’s program management team.

Joey’s professional career spans 23 years, focusing on Software Engineering and Software Development, culminating into his last position, Cybersecurity Engineer, on the Missile Defense Agency’s (MDA’s) Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) program.  Additionally during his time at Davidson, he has been responsible for designing and developing analytical software products with capabilities to examine the lethal effectiveness of THAAD intercepts, X-Band Radar (XBR) cueing algorithms, analyzing the efficiency of missile defense coverage footprints and leakage, and developing environment models and firing solutions for the Anti-Satellite (ASAT) program.

Joey holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Science and Mathematics from Jacksonville State University, and an MBA from the University of Alabama, Huntsville.  He also maintains CISM®, CISSP®, and C|EH™ Cybersecurity certifications from ISACA®, (ISC), and EC-Council.

Rick Powers, Senior Vice President of Western Operations, is responsible for leading several programs supporting multiple customers including the U. S. Air Force and the Missile Defense Agency (MDA). He works closely with the executive leadership team, including the CEO and President, in developing and growing engineering efforts in the Western US.

Rick began his career as a software engineer in Houston, Texas for Ferranti International Controls developing Energy Management Systems and SCADA systems for large electrical utility companies. Mr. Powers joined the telecommunications giant MCI, leading software and database teams in various software projects and managing corporate IT/Telecommunications projects in excess of $15M. He joined SPARTA Inc. in 2002 leading Modeling and Simulation software teams, most notably the Missile Defense Space Warning Tool (MDST) Software organization on the JRDC. Rick transitioned from SPARTA to Davidson Technologies Inc. in 2011 and soon began leading Davidson’s JRDC Program. Mr. Powers leads the Davidson efforts on several high-profile programs as well as being responsible for the development and implementation of business growth plans in the Western Operations.

Rick holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Science and Information Science from from Trinity University in San Antonio, TX.

Laura Burke, Vice President of Business Operations, collaborates with executives, management and other departments to execute day to day operations for Davidson Technologies. In addition to working directly with the Business Management team to provide financial analysis to executives, she works closely with the Program Management team to assist with corporate growth goals and activity.

Laura’s career with Davidson began over 17 years ago and has provided her with in-depth knowledge that enables her to support various departments. Starting out as a front desk receptionist while pursing her degree, she then moved on to the Accounting department where she acquired a deep understanding of the financial activity of the corporation by processing invoices, reconciling revenue and computing cost allocations and other accounting duties. After being selected for the Business Manager role in 2015, which further expanded her operational horizon, she continues her tenure with Davidson as our VP of Business Operations.

Laura graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration/Accounting from the University of Alabama in Huntsville.

Gregory Arnold, Chief Risk and Commercial Officer, leads a team of professionals in delivering superior risk management, proposal management, contract management, and subcontract management expertise to a wide variety of customers across the Davidson Technologies, Inc. (DTI) Enterprise. He also has executive management responsibility for maintaining a DCMA-approved purchasing system. Greg is the Empowered Official (EO) for DTI.

Greg has over 20 years of experience in both the public and private sector with a proven track record of delivering results for the customer. He has an extensive background in functional and programmatic management with international business acumen having led program planning, implementation, execution, and negotiation of contractual agreements in Israel, France, Belgium, Norway, Canada, and Saudi Arabia.

Greg holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Pre-Law, a Master of Business Administration, and a Master’s of Science in Project Management. He is a member of the National Contract Management Association, is a Certified Professional Contract Manager (CPCM) and Certified Federal Contract Manager (CFCM). In addition, he is Level III Certified in Federal Contracting through Defense Acquisition University (DAU).

Meredith Payne is Senior Director of Enterprise Marketing at Davidson, a premier technology and engineering company. Operating since 1996, our highly skilled system engineers, analysts, cyber-security professionals, and senior subject matter experts have helped solve some of our Nation’s most difficult technical challenges.

Payne leads Davidson’s newly formed Enterprise Marketing and Communications group.  In this expanded role, Payne overseas the development of Davidson’s corporate communications strategy and execution, manages the creation and consistency of Davidson’s internal and external communications and drives operational excellence by executing marketing, which supports the company’s corporate growth strategy.

Payne has over two decades of in-depth experience across the defense industry; public and non-profit sectors.  Skilled in Business Development, Communications, Marketing, Strategic Planning, and Non-Profit Program Management.  She holds a Master Degree in Science from Auburn University in Montgomery, is a graduate of Leadership Huntsville/Madison County Class F-35 and L-33 and volunteers with several local non-profits in the Huntsville/Madison County area.

Eric Handy serves as Davidson’s Vice President for Strategy and Business Development (BD). In this leadership role, Eric and his dedicated team are responsible for Davidson’s corporate strategy formulation and execution, strategic growth, and business development.

Eric brings 30+ years of military experience in leadership and staff positions at all levels. He has extensive knowledge and success in tactical to strategic planning, strategy and policy development, financial management, organizational design, and functional analysis. Eric is an acknowledged expert in Missile Defense (Avenger, Patriot, and Ground-based Missile Defense), Space (PNT/GPS, communications, overhead persistent infrared imagery), Capability Development (JCIDS), data analytics, operations research systems analysis and cyber.

Eric is a graduate of the United States Military Academy, West Point, earning a BS in Management – Quantitative Analysis. He is a graduate of the Marine Corps’ Command and Staff College and the Army War College, earning Master’s Degrees in Strategic Studies and Military Studies. He is a Harvard University – Kennedy School – Senior Executive Fellow and has completed Data Analytics Certification (Cornell University) and Business Analytics Certification (Harvard Business School) programs. Some of Eric’s military awards include the Bronze Star, Combat Action Badge, Master Space Wings, and the Valorous Unit Award.

James Gatewood serves as Davidson’s Senior Director of Information Technology. In this leadership role, he provdes direction and governance for the continued development of the innovative and robust secure IT infrastructure.

Prior to joining Davidson, James spent over 19 years in the IT and telecommunications industry at ADTRAN, INC. His prior experience includes in depth management of cloud and infrastructure services, network solutions and information security.

James holds a Bachelors in Computer Information Systems from the University of Alabama-Huntsville.