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.

Dr. Joseph Green is President of both Davidson Technologies Inc. and Warfighter Solutions (a Joint Venture supporting US Army SMDC). Joe has management responsibilities for all personnel and all functional areas of the company.

Dr. Green is a retired Army Military Intelligence officer with a highly distinguished career spanning thirty-five years in Intelligence Operations and Analysis, security, organizational management, training and project development, and human resources development. He holds a BS in Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point, an MA in Organizational Management, and a Ph.D in Management and Leadership. He previously served as Division Manager and Business Development Manager for a major DOD contractor and as General Manager and a partner owner for an Intelligence Engineering Firm.

Mohammed A. Khan, Jr. is Senior Vice President for Davidson Technologies, Inc.  In this role he directly supports the CEO and President of Davidson Technologies, Inc. and leads Davidson’s Defense, Advanced Technologies (Government and Commercial), and International Business Areas.

Mr. Khan’s executive leadership experience within Industry is wide-ranging.  Prior to joining Davidson Technologies, Inc. he served as the Senior Vice President of Aerojet Rocketdyne’s Defense Business Unit, as well as Vice President & Senior Director for both Orbital ATK and Exelis.  He brings extensive Defense, Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance, Space and Commercial industry experience in leading complex multi-company business pursuits, as well as guiding Multi-National and Strategic Partnership Initiatives.

Prior to joining industry, Mr. Khan served 22 years in the U.S. Air Force and held roles of increasing responsibility before retiring as a Colonel in 2010. His leadership roles in the Air Force included nuclear and space operations, budget, strategy development, program management, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, space launch, and missile defense.

Mr. Khan holds a BA from California Lutheran University, a MAs from Embry-Riddle University and the National Defense University.

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).

Melanie Baker, Senior Vice President, Corporate Operations, is responsible for the identification and capture of programs, execution of customer campaigns, and the lead and execution of marketing and sales efforts in support of the company’s corporate growth strategy. In this role, she works closely with the CEO, President and Program Managers to engage with the USG customers to understand technology and program needs, conduct customer satisfaction surveys and resolve customer issues to ensure program success.

Melanie’s 29 years of experience in Business Development includes the identification, qualification and capture of new programs and the keeping sold of current programs. The primary focus of her career has been on the development of corporate business capture plans, strategic planning, customer engagement plans and execution, and understanding of the DoD Acquisition Process.

Melanie holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Industrial Engineering and Management from Kennesaw State University in Atlanta, GA. She is a member of several professional organizations to include ASMDA, NDIA, and WID. As an active member of the Huntsville Community and as part of her love for service, she serves on the Board of Directors for The Riley Center, The National Children’s Advocacy Center and Phoenix Services.

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 and Information Science from Trinity University in San Antonio, TX.

Kim Hill, Vice President Accounting/Comptroller, is responsible for the overall accounting operations of the company.  Kim’s role includes ensuring the company is in compliance with generally accepted accounting principles, DCAA and IRS regulations, and ensuring the current ERP system and internal control structure are both efficient and effective.  She also represents the Company in relationships with various US Government agencies, external auditors and banking institutions.  Kim manages and oversees the daily operations of all accounting matters of the company including cash management, timekeeping, payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable and financial statement preparation.

Kim has over 25 years of accounting experience.  She received her CPA certification in 1995 and worked in public accounting for over 15 years.  During this time, she gained experience in various areas including, but not limited to, auditing, financial statement preparation, financial analysis, corporate and individual tax and client relations.  Kim joined the Davidson Technologies team in 2006.

Kim received her Bachelors of Science in Business Administration in Accounting and is a member of the Alabama Society of Certified Public Accountants (ASCPA) as well as the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).

Gregory Arnold, Vice President, Contracts and Program Manager, works with a team of contracting professionals to provide superior contract and subcontract management expertise to a wide variety of customers.  In this role, Mr. Arnold is responsible for ensuring compliance with all contractual requirements at both the prime and subcontract levels, submission of all proposals, and negotiation of all contractual instruments.  He also has management responsibility for maintaining a DCMA-approved purchasing system.  In addition, he has program management responsibility for several programs within the DTI portfolio for both NASA and the Army.  Greg is the Empowered Official (EO) for DTI.

Greg has over 19 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 contract agreements in Israel, France, Belgium, Norway and Saudi Arabia.

Greg holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Pre-Law, a MBA, and a Masters of Science in Project Management.  He is a member of the National Contract Management Association (NCMA) and 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).

Corey Averitt, Vice President Cyber Initiatives, is responsible for identifying new opportunities related to cyber growth for new and current customers in addition to providing technical expertise for architecture solutions and proposal management. He also leads the design and development of the structure of computerized systems and components according to suitable cost-benefit specifications, viable technology, and user experiences that meet the requirements set forth by our customers.

Corey has over 17 years of experience providing cyber solutions to complex problems and IT services to a myriad of customers. He has provided cyber support on contract with NASA and the US Army, as well as providing cyber consultation to commercial sectors including healthcare, financial, and government industries.

Corey holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Management Information Systems from Auburn University, Information Assurance and Cybersecurity Graduate Certificate from UAH, and a Masters of Science in Management Information Systems from UAH. He also holds an Active certification as a Information Systems Security Professional.

Laura Burke, Vice President 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 Program Management to assist with corporate growth goals and operational 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 pursuing 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, computing cost allocations and various 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 Bachelors’ of Science in Business Administration/ Accounting from the University of Alabama in Huntsville.

Frederick Portis, Vice President, Missile Defense Programs, is Davidson Technologies’ lead engineer for all Missile Defense contracts with cleared personnel in Huntsville, California, Colorado, and Alaska. He also leads the assessment of Davidson’s technical/engineering capabilities, strengths & weaknesses in support of capability development.  As Technical SME, he provides executive-level support in the analysis, design, integration, test, and documentation during execution of multiple programs.

Frederick began his 22 year U.S. Air Force career as research engineer and Engineering Mechanics instructor at the United States Air Force Academy prior to becoming a student pilot.  He became the Chief of Aerodynamics and Performance Analysis Division for Kelly AFB Logistics Center, leading the $800M T-38C Avionics Upgrade Program, and served as the Boeing C-17 liaison for development and acceptance testing.  Transferring to Maxwell AFB as a professional military instructor, he built an “Airman First” mentality with student development of USAF doctrine and core competences through curriculum development to include capstone wargame exercises.  He resumed his journey of technical excellence in leadership as Director of Operations for F-15 Operational Flight Program Developmental and Operational execution of ACC and AFMC operational test and evaluation (OT&E) to field the largest avionics upgrade in USAF history.

In his various roles from Program Manager, Deputy Director to Technical Director, he managed execution BMDS flight tests to prove the power of missile defense, inspire warfighter confidence, and anchor System and Element-level models. Mr. Portis managed technical issues associated with GMD, THAAD, AN/TPY-2, and Target of Opportunity tests by deriving objectives, managing risks, designing evaluation criteria, performing analysis, assessment and reporting.

He became the Test Engineer supporting system level GMD flight and ground test with planning, integration, execution, analysis and reporting for GMD system level tests.  Mr. Portis provides Davidson Technologies leadership on multiple programs through management of specialized teams in all phases of acquisition to include providing executive level reviews to senior leadership. He is responsible for development, procurement, and fielding of first of kind or unique capabilities for major weapons systems with over 25 years of defense experience.

Frederick holds a Master of Science in Military Operational Art and Science from Air University, Maxwell AFB, AL, and Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering and Bachelor of Science in Engineering Sciences from United States Air Force Academy.

Eric Handy(COL US Army retired), serves as Vice President Space and Missile Defense Initiatives, is Davidson Technologies lead for identifying new opportunities related to Space and Missile Defense  growth for new and current customers.

Eric served our Nation as an Army officer for 30 years, culminating his military career as the Deputy Commander for Support, Space and Missile Defense Command / Army Forces Strategic Command (SMCD/ARSTRAT).

Eric began his career as a PATRIOT battery platoon leader and Executive Officer in Germany and deployed in support of Operations DESERT SHIELD/ DESERT STORM.  He served as an instructor for the ADA Officer Basic Course before being assigned to Fort Hood, Texas to serve as the Assistant Brigade Operations Officer and PATRIOT Battery Commander deploying his unit to Southwest Asia in support of Operation DESERT FALCON.

Eric is a graduate of the United States Military Academy, West Point, earning a BS in Management, with a concentration in Quantitative Analysis. Eric has earned Master’s Degrees from the Army War College and Marine Corps University in Strategic Studies and Military Studies, respectively.  He is a Harvard University – Kennedy School – Senior Executive Fellow and has completed certifications in Data Analytics (Cornell University) and Business Analytic (Harvard Business School).