Optimos Advisory Board
Optimos Advisory Board meets quarterly with CEO Lisa Mascolo to review the company’s performance and to discuss matters of strategic importance to Optimos and its clients. Sanjay Puri, Optimos founder and owner, serves as chairman. The board provides the CEO with insight and guidance related to the evolution and execution of Optimos Corporate Strategy for Growth and Health.
Sanjay Puri, Optimos founder, is chairman of Optimos Advisory Board. He launched Optimos in 1994, a few years after he won a grant from the Commonwealth of Virginia to re-train white-collar workers laid off from the telecommunications industry.
Sanjay hired some of these now-sophisticated, well-trained students and Optimos was born. The company’s first client was the World Bank, whose employees needed training on Lotus Notes. Eventually, Sanjay expanded Optimos training portfolio to include Oracle and Siebel.
An authority on U.S-India relations, Sanjay is the founder and president of the Alliance for U.S.-India Business (AUSIB). Through AUSIB, he formed a U.S. congressional taskforce on U.S.-India investment and trade relations.
In addition, Sanjay serves as chairman of the U.S.-India Political Action Committee (USINPAC), which represents more than 2.7 million Indian-Americans. USINPAC works with Congress to help ensure that this community’s issues are addressed.
Sanjay is a naturalized American citizen, with interests and affiliations both in his native India and in the United States. He earned his master’s in business administration at George Washington University. Read more about Sanjay at www.sanjaypuri.com
Dr. Edward H. Bersoff, an Optimos Advisory Board member, is former chairman and chief executive officer of ATS Corporation, now part of Salient Solutions. He founded BTG, Inc. an information systems and technical services company, in 1982, took it public in 1994, and was the company’s president and chief executive officer when he sold it to Titan Corp. in 2001.
From 2002 to 2003, Dr. Bersoff was a managing director of Jeffries/Quarterdeck Investment Partners, LLC, an investment banking firm dedicated to the aerospace, defense, information technology, government services and space industries. He founded Greenwich Associates, LLC, an advisory firm that serves the business needs of rapidly growing companies.
Dr. Bersoff’s decades-long career successfully developing and delivering high-tech public sector solutions led FedTech Bisnow in 2009 to dub him “the dean of current government contractors…who knows how to build companies and was present virtually at the creation of Beltway tech.”
Presently, Dr. Bersoff is chairman of Holy Cross Hospital. He is a former trustee at New York University, the former rector at the Virginia Commonwealth University, and a former board member of the George Mason University Foundation and the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation.
Dr. Bersoff taught mathematics for nearly 10 years, at distinguished institutions of higher learning that include New York University, Kingsborough Community College in New York, Northeastern University, American University and Boston University. He holds an A.B., a M.S. and a Ph.D. in mathematics from New York University and is a graduate of the Owner/President Management Program at Harvard Business School.
Alexander E. Dean, an Optimos Advisory Board member, is a veteran technology consultant with more than 40 years’ experience providing technical, business and strategy solutions to major U.S. corporations.
He spent 30 years with consulting giant Accenture LLP (formerly Andersen Consulting), holding several senior leadership positions in the company’s Communications & High Tech operating group, including worldwide global managing partner; Asia-Pacific managing partner; and southeastern U.S. managing partner.
Mr. Dean serves as a trustee and member of the executive committee of the William & Mary Business School Foundation. For six years, he served as vice chairman and director of the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts in Vienna, Va.
A Massachusetts native, Mr. Dean holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a M.B.A. from George Washington University. He served as an officer in the U.S. Coast Guard in the late 1960s and early 1970s, where he specialized in military high technology and communications projects.
Optimos Executive Leadership Team
Meet the team, who works under the leadership of CEO Lisa Mascolo. These experienced executives are committed to driving Optimos growth, nurturing and developing Optimos employees, and enabling Optimos clients with smaller, smarter, faster, cheaper solutions.
Lisa Mascolo joined Optimos as chief executive officer (CEO) in September 2011, bringing nearly 30 years’ public sector and IT experience to the role. Lisa spent most of her career at global consulting giant Accenture LLP, most recently as managing director of the company’s U.S. federal business (now Accenture Federal Services). She served previously as Accenture’s U.S. country managing director. Before that, she was group chief executive of the company’s global Health and Public Service operating group.
Lisa also previously led Accenture’s U.S. public sector outsourcing work and was responsible for implementing the company’s strategy to increase its outsourcing market share, particularly in state and local markets. She also led the North America Public Service business to achieve and sustain a CMMI level 4 external assessment.
Her long held view of “do good and do well” as well as her business philosophy – be rigid on the vision and flexible on the details – helped inform both the strategic plan for Optimos and the company’s "smaller, smarter, faster, cheaper" approach to government services and solutions.
Her commitment to philanthropy has both a local and global focus and is centered around education and women’s initiatives. She is a member of the Board of Dress for Success D.C. and is a regular supporter of Room to Read and Teach for America.
Lisa holds a B.S. in systems planning and management from Stevens Institute of Technology where she is member of the Board of Trustees.
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Raj Parameswaran serves as Optimos chief operating officer (COO). In this capacity, he oversees the company’s strategic growth plans and helps establish and drive processes that Optimos incorporates into its successful client engagements.
An Optimos veteran of more than 14 years, Raj has played a key role in the company’s evolution to a premier provider of smart, affordable public sector IT services and solutions. His primary focus is helping Optimos clients maximize their technology investments and derive measurable benefits for their organizations.
Raj has extensive experience implementing enterprise services for the federal government, including enterprise resource planning, customer relationship management, applications integration, portals and SOA-based solutions. He holds a M.S. degree in information systems.
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Ashwani Sehgal, an 11-year Optimos veteran, is the company’s chief technology officer (CTO), responsible for shaping and executing Optimos long-term technology vision and driving innovation across the company and its client base. He has more than 17 years’ experience designing and delivering enterprise software solutions.
As CTO, Ashwani plays a key role in promoting Optimos reputation for technological excellence, leading the company’s efforts to define and articulate the innovative technology aspects of new business pursuits and proposals. He also directs Optimos technology research and development efforts, including designing custom demonstrations and proofs of concept for current and potential clients.
Ashwani holds a degree in electronics engineering from Bangalore University, India, and earned a master’s in business administration from the Masstricht School of Management, the Netherlands.
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Tarun Saxena is Optimos chief financial officer (CFO). A certified public accountant, Tarun is responsible for Optimos financial management, including reporting, transparency, taxes and long-range planning.
Tarun has extensive operational and financial experience in both services and manufacturing industries. Before joining Optimos in 1998, he served from 1992–1998 as controller for Vidicomp Distributors Inc. in Houston, overseeing operations, financial reporting and planning.
From 1990-1992, he was general manager, finance, for Intercraft Ltd., in India. In addition to finances, he managed the company’s project divisions in Russia and Ukraine. Earlier, Tarun held senior management positions in companies in Australia and India, and managed the finance departments of Lloyds Corporation in London and Luxor Pen Company in India.
On behalf of Optimos, Tarun mentored Tyonek Technologies, a small, disadvantaged Alaska native corporation, via the Small Business Administration’s mentor-protégé program. He holds a graduate degree in commerce and a diploma in Australian tax, and is certified in Oracle financial applications.
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Jeena Philips, a 17-year veteran of Optimos, is the company’s chief human resources officer. She oversees efforts to recruit and retain top talent; design and implement employee training and performance management programs; enforce Optimos compliance with federal government regulations; and administer benefits.
Jeena is committed to the continuous education of Optimos employees, helping ensure they have access to training opportunities that align both with Optimos clients’ business needs and their own career development plans.
Jeena holds a degree in psychology from Women’s Christian College in Chennai, India. She earned a master’s in personnel management and industrial relations from Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai, India, and a master’s in human resources management from Marymount University in Arlington, Va. Jeena is an active member of the Society for Human Resource Management.
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Doug Munro joined Optimos in August 2012 as director of technical recruiting. He has extensive technical recruiting experience, primarily in the national security arena. Throughout his career, Doug has recruited exceptionally skilled individuals for positions in information technology, project and program management, contracts administration and intelligence analysis.
Prior to joining Optimos, Doug served as vice president at Interferometrics, Inc., which provides analytical, scientific, engineering and management services to the public and private sectors. While at Interferometrics, he also served as vice president and director of staffing for Global Veteran Staffing, LLC - an organization he helped launch and that provides military veterans with overseas job opportunities.
After attending both the University of Maryland Baltimore County and San Diego State University, Doug held recruiting positions at Integrated Communications Solutions in Frederick, Md., and at Crossroads Consulting in Washington, D.C.
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Lisa Meyer is Optimos director of communications, a position she has held since September 2011. Lisa is a 20+-year veteran of the public relations industry with both private and public sector experience. She spent about a dozen years creating and executing strategic communications programs for the U.S. federal government contracting market, working first for the Professional Services Council as vice president of communications. From there, Lisa joined Unisys to support the company’s $1 billion-per-year U.S. federal business as director of communications.
After six years at Unisys, she moved to Accenture, managing the $22 billion company’s media and industry analyst efforts for its U.S. federal business. She also has served the non-profit market, managing media outreach and internal communications on issues facing both the insurance and dietary supplement industries.
Lisa’s experience includes internal and external stakeholder communications; media strategy and execution; crisis management; executive message development and training; and comprehensive editing. She holds a degree in journalism from the University of Maryland’s College of Journalism.
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Meredyth J. Sauter is Optimos marketing and relationship management consultant, a position she has held since June 2012. Meredyth has nearly 20 years’ experience providing strategic marketing and communications services primarily focused on companies serving the federal government. She has worked in several industries including IT, communications, and professional services, and spent the last 10 years at Deloitte and Accenture, where she drove the defense, intelligence community and public safety industry marketing efforts.
Meredyth's experience includes integrated marketing programs to support horizontal markets including mobility, logistics, and financial management. She has also managed more than 25 professional industry associations and supports multiple philanthropic organizations.
Meredyth earned a B.S. in education, a M.S. in management, and a M.B.A. in marketing from the University of Maryland. She also holds an Executive Leadership Certificate from the Yale School of Management.
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Rajiv Bartakke joined Optimos as senior manager in May 2013, bringing more than 20 years’ experience selling and delivering enterprise-wide IT solutions to the public sector. He works closely with Optimos program managers and business development professionals to develop and deliver relevant, cost-effective and innovative solutions to federal government clients.
Raj’s focus on articulating the value of IT solutions and services during the business development process helps clients realize and continually optimize the return on their IT services investments throughout the system’s lifecycle.
Raj spent nearly 17 years selling and delivering Oracle-based solutions primarily to the federal government, as well as state and local governments and educational institutions. Over the course of his career, he has managed the sale and delivery of a portfolio of Oracle-based enterprise solutions that include Oracle Financials, Oracle Human Capital Management , and Oracle Customer Relationship Management. Raj also is well-versed in building solutions involving Oracle middleware and analytics solutions.
Raj holds a B.A. in economics and business administration from Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pa., and a M.B.A. from The American University in Washington, D.C. He is a PMI-certified project management professional and also holds an ITIL certification.
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Peter Warren, a career federal IT consulting executive, joined Optimos in 2012. As vice president, sales strategy and business development, he fosters strategic partnerships with large and small systems integrators, technology vendors, and current and prospective clients to help facilitate and innovate federal government services to citizens.
Peter’s 25+ years’ experience includes developing cloud strategies and self-service portals for federal agencies. In the early 1990s, he worked with wide-area data network engineering teams to provide high-speed TCP/IP fiber optic connections between the nascent commercial Internet and high-performance research networks such as the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Sciences Network, known as ESnet, and the Cooperative Research and Education Networks, known as COREN.
Before joining Optimos, Peter was director of business development at Accenture Federal Services LLC, now a wholly owned subsidiary of Accenture LLP. Previously, he was vice president of corporate sales for Commerce One and, before that, was a senior manager with MCI Government Markets.
Peter holds a B.A. from the University of Virginia. He is active in committees and interest groups of the Northern Virginia Technology Council, the Industry Advisory Council and the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association.
As a member of The Fabulous Dialtones, a band he co-founded, Peter has been entertaining locals for more than 15 years.
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Scott Lyon joined Optimos in 2011 as vice president and general counsel, responsible for all corporate legal, contractual and compliance matters.
Previously, Scott was senior counsel at Accenture Federal Services LLC, now a wholly owned subsidiary of Accenture LLP. He was responsible for the full spectrum of legal services and support for major civilian and defense programs and agencies. Before joining Accenture in 2008, Scott was senior counsel at Americom Government Services, Inc., the government contracting arm of global satellite operator SES. Previously, he was senior counsel at Earthlink, an IT services, network and communications provider to businesses and consumers, and general counsel at ATCALL, a northern Virginia-based full-service telecomm provider.
Scott earned a B.A. in political science from James Madison University and a J.D. from George Washington University’s National Law Center. He is admitted to practice in Virginia and in the District of Columbia and is an active member of the Washington metropolitan-area chapter of Association of Corporate Counsel.
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Stephanie James joined Optimos in 2011 as the company’s portfolio administrator. In this role, she is responsible for assisting proposal teams with responses to RFIs and RFPs; conducting market research; maintaining and updating Optimos policies; and managing contract processes and procedures.
Before joining Optimos, Stephanie spent more than13 years with Accenture LLP, most recently in the company’s Health & Public Service Operating Group, as part of the capability development team. In this capacity, she provided proposal management, market research, knowledge management and analysis services to the sales, business development and capture teams. Stephanie is a certified proposal management professional (PMP).
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Steve Ohlhoff is senior manager, enterprise business solutions, a position he’s held since joining Optimos in August 2010. He is responsible for new revenue generation and business development activities for half of the company’s portfolio of public sector clients.
Steve brings more than a dozen years’ IT experience in CRM, business analytics, applications outsourcing and e-commerce. Before joining Optimos, he spent two years as applications sales manager at Oracle Public Sector. Previously, Steve served 10 years with GE Information Services, first as an applications sales representative, then an applications channel manager and, ultimately, as southeast regional sales manager.
Steve holds a B.S. in economics from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and a M.B.A. in global economics from the University of Phoenix.
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