Chief Executive Officer
Maureen Coyle is an accomplished business executive who serves as the CEO at KGS. She joined KGS in 2016 as Chief Strategy Officer; in 2017 she moved into the Chief Growth Officer and President positions. Ms. Coyle brings 29 years of executive management experience and extensive federal systems knowledge to the firm.
Prior to joining KGS, Ms. Coyle fulfilled two 5-year periods of U.S. Federal Government service at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA); more recently as a Senior Executive in the Office of Information and Technology and formerly as a Program Manager in the Veterans Health Administration. In addition, Ms. Coyle's previous professional experience includes leadership roles with Northrop Grumman Corporation; Science Application International Corporation (SAIC); OACIS Healthcare Systems; the University of Pennsylvania; ASM Research, an Accenture Federal Services subsidiary; Integic Corporation, Harris Corporation, and WebMD.
Ms. Coyle received a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Temple University. Early in her career, she was a newspaper photographer and sports reporter. An avid reader, Ms. Coyle plans to use her training as a writer and her personal and professional experiences to one day write a book … or two.
Chief Growth Officer
Robert Phoebus serves as Chief Growth Officer (CGO). Mr. Phoebus has over 30 years of Information Technology industry experience that spans leadership positions in operations, product development, business development, project management and consulting. He has served in executive and senior management positions in both private and public companies where he has a record of developing winning strategies that has lead to more than $5 billion in contract awards.
Prior to joining KGS, Mr. Phoebus provided executive leadership and management at IEM, STG, FRC, Nortel Government Solutions, RSIS, SAIC, and Electronic Data Systems (EDS). His experience in operations and business development, provides KGS with a deeper understanding of business strategy in the Federal Government market. Prior to his position with EDS, Mr. Phoebus came to private enterprise following a 10-year military career in the U.S. Marine Corps.
Mr. Phoebus holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science.
Chief Innovation Officer
Karen Bell serves as Chief Innovation Officer (CIO). Ms. Bell is responsible for driving innovation across the organization and cultivating a culture of entrepreneurship. She provides strategic direction for KGS’ internal infrastructure and information governance. Ms. Bell also is responsible for supporting operational excellence through the introduction of best practices and continuous process improvement.
Previously, Ms. Bell served as Senior Vice President and Deputy Chief Operating Officer (DCOO) for KGS. As DCOO, she assisted the Chief Operating Officer in overseeing day-to-day operations and implementing strategies and programs to ensure operational success and client satisfaction. Ms. Bell also served as Vice President (VP), Business Development, and as VP for the firm’s federal regulatory business group. Ms. Bell also held management positions with KGS predecessor company, Pinkerton Computer Consultants, as well as Blue Cross/Blue Shield of the National Capital Area, and supported the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (AMTRAK).
Ms. Bell holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of Maryland and is a member of the National Association of Professional Women and Women in Technology International.
Senior Vice President, TraumaFX®
Graham Palmer is the Senior Vice President for the TraumaFX product division of KGS. Mr. Palmer is responsible for leading the development and delivery of the state-of-the-art TraumaFX line of medical trauma training manikins to both military and civilian customers. He has held multiple positions in KGS, including Sales & Strategy Officer and VP of Business Development.
Mr. Palmer has more than 35 years of combined experience in the technology and telecommunications industries. Before joining KGS in 2008, he served as the Senior Vice President of Marketing for Telcordia Technologies where he grew significant market share through numerous innovative business solution launches. Prior to joining Telcordia, Mr. Palmer spent over 20 years with Nortel and held leadership positions in Marketing, Commercial Operations, Software Development, and Product Management. He led the development and implementation of commercial and operational strategies that supported business growth from $300 million to $1.2 billion.
Mr. Palmer holds a master’s degree in business administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business in London, Ontario, and a bachelor’s degree in engineering from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec.
Vice President, Finance
Rob Bartholomew is the Vice President of Finance at KGS. Mr. Bartholomew provides strategic leadership to evolve our financial framework, infrastructure, and team along with financial planning and analysis responsibilities, including enterprise level annual planning, monthly reporting, and forecasting.
Prior to joining KGS, Mr. Bartholomew successfully lead teams of financial professionals at BAE Systems and Alion Science and Technology in periods of rapid growth. He performed P&L management, budgeting, modeling, forecasting, reporting, and project control. He has broad experience with the financial aspects of project management, government contracting, Independent Research and Development (IR&D), capital investments, mergers & acquisitions, post-acquisition integration, earned value management, and facility management.
Mr. Bartholomew holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the Moore School of Business from the University of South Carolina and a Bachelor’s Degree in science from Virginia Tech. He is also a certified Project Manager Professional (PMP).
Vice President, Technology Services
Mike McCormick serves as Vice President, Technology Services. Mr. McCormick, who brings more than 25 years of Federal IT experience to KGS, manages the firm’s IT services portfolio and leads the delivery of technology solutions to KGS’ Civilian and Defense clients. In addition, he also is responsible for new business development and capture, including for the Veterans Affairs Transformation Twenty-One Total Technology Next Generation (T4NG) contract.
Prior to joining KGS, Mr. McCormick served as VP at LongView International Technology Solutions, where he led successful new business capture across a portfolio of Federal IDIQs spanning Civilian and Department of Defense accounts. He also held leadership positions with system integrators including Oracle Federal and CGI (then AMS).
Mr. McCormick holds a master’s degree in business administration from George Mason University and a bachelor’s degree in management information systems from University of Pittsburgh. He is a certified Project Manager Professional (PMP).
Vice President, Contracts, Compliance, and Pricing
Kathleen Massie is the Vice President of Contracts, Compliance, and Pricing (CC&P). Ms. Massie brings over 30 years of contract and business management expertise to her role at KGS. She leads the CC&P team, leveraging comprehensive understanding of Federal acquisition regulations and contract law to effectively resolve business challenges. Ms. Massie provides guidance and strategy on a broad range of Federal contract and acquisition matters, including the resolution of complex issues related to the negotiation, formation, and administration of IT services and products contracts, as well as subcontracts in the Federal Government and commercial markets.
Prior to joining KGS, Ms. Massie served as the Manager of Contracts for Hewlett-Packard’s (HP) Department of Defense (DoD) and Federal Healthcare divisions. In this role, she oversaw contract management for HP’s federal contracts across all DoD and civilian health care agencies and departments. During that time, Ms. Massie also served as the primary Contracts Negotiator for the more than $3 billion sole source award of the United States Navy’s Continuity of Services contract to HP. Previously, she worked as Director of Federal Contracts for Electronic Data Systems Corporation (EDS) for over 15 years and managed the Pricing department for Xerox’s Integrated Systems Operation (ISO).
Ms. Massie attended the University of Maryland and received a certificate in Procurement and Contract Management from the University of Virginia.
Vice President, Management Consulting
Laura Prietula serves as the Vice President for Management Consulting at KGS where she is responsible for establishing standardized management practices, leading transformational initiatives, and formulating professional and personal career paths, both for clients and internally in KGS. With more than 25 years of experience, Ms. Prietula's wide-reaching expertise includes business and IT portfolio management, organizational change management, and project execution.
Before joining KGS in 2016, Ms. Prietula worked in the healthcare and technology industries at the Department of Veterans Affairs for over 13 years, serving Veterans and their families. She led strategic initiatives including personal identification efforts such as VA’s healthcare identification card and information sharing with the Department of Defense. Ms. Prietula has also worked in the manufacturing, financial, and services industries.
Ms. Prietula has a bachelor’s degree in computer science engineering from Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey and a master’s degree in Decision and Information Sciences from the University of Florida. She has a Federal Acquisition Certification for Program & Project Managers Certification (FAC P/PM), Senior Level, as well a Project Management Professional (PMP) and Program Management Professional (PgMP) Certifications from the Project Management Institute.
Vice President, Proposals, Solutions, and Marketing Communications
Steve Van Veen joined KGS in 2016 to serve as Vice President (VP), Proposals, Solutions, and Marketing Communications (PSM). Mr. Van Veen provides strategic support and analysis of new business opportunities to achieve corporate growth goals. He is also responsible for ensuring consistent adoption of best practices for proposal support and management and optimizing business processes to maximize efficiencies, reduce costs, and increase contract revenue.
Mr. Van Veen has more than 20 years of experience winning business in both the Federal and commercial marketplace. Prior to joining KGS, he was the VP of Capture and Proposals at Systems Made Simple (SMS) for 6 years, where he established and managed a cross-functional capture and proposal organization that grew the company from $23 million to more than $300 million in annual revenue in less than 5 years.
In addition, Mr. Van Veen has served in a variety of proposal management, capture, marketing, pricing, and strategic business development capacities for large and small businesses, including MAXIMUS, NeuStar, MCI, Inc., Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), Intelisys, Nextel, and SMS.
Mr. Van Veen received a bachelor’s degree in English from The College of New Jersey. He is trained in Shipley best practices for capture and proposal management and earned an Information Structure Library (ITIL) v3 certification and an Association of Proposal Management Professionals (APMP) Foundation-level certification.
Vice President, Client Solutions and Engagement
Hussein Basaria serves as the Vice President of Client Solutions and Engagement, which includes DoD, Civilian, and Intelligence clients. Mr. Basaria provides comprehensive thought leadership around financial and grants management, information technology (IT), and business operations, as well as a unique combination of experience and expertise to help KGS clients achieve mission success.
Previously, Mr. Basaria served as Vice President of Financial Management Services for KGS. In that role, he was responsible for the delivery of financial improvement and risk management solutions to KGS' Defense and Federal Civilian clients.
Prior to joining KGS in 2015, Mr. Basaria served as Enterprise Systems Program Director at the U.S. Navy Engineering and Logistics Office. As Director, he was responsible for leading the Financial Management System Next Generation (FMSNG) Program Management Office delivering enterprise financial shared services and infrastructure to an Echelon II United States Naval Command. In addition, Mr. Basaria managed a portfolio of systems providing IT governance, development, deployment, and operational support to the U.S. Department of Navy enterprise business community.
Mr. Basaria earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and information systems from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a master’s degree in organizational management as part of a cohort program from Bellevue University.
Vice President, TraumaFX®
Carolyn Hollander is the Vice President for the TraumaFX product division of KGS. Ms. Hollander leads all front of the house activities and client relations for the state-of-the-art TraumaFX line of medical trauma training manikins to both military and civilian customers. She has held multiple positions in KGS during her tenure.
Ms. Hollander has dedicated more than 30 years to the field of federal government operations and technology industries. She has served at the U.S. Department of Justice, supported long-term programs for the military, the civil service, and, for the past 20 years, the private sector. Ms. Hollander has worked globally to craft innovative solutions that bridge the gaps for simulation. She combines technology and business skills to address requirements and mission needs. Ms. Hollander is recognized in many government and councils, associations, and forums that examine medical simulation, its use and enhancement.
With a focus on the mission of improving the survivability through better medical training, her clients include the Federal Government, major States, First Responders, NATO, and other foreign governments.
Ms. Hollander holds a master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California, attended a Foreign Policy Semester at American University, and earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego in La Jolla, California.
Vice President, Business Development
Ned Struzziero serves as a Vice President of Business Development at KGS. In this role, Mr. Struzziero leads the Heath Business Development group, which includes our Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) clients, and expansion into such agencies as Health and Human Services (HHS) and Defense Health Agency (DHA).
Mr. Struzziero joined KGS in 2010 as a Senior Account Executive, where he was responsible for managing the firm’s Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) contract. In 2014, he expanded his role to become the Director of Business Development for KGS’ Federal Civilian division.
Prior to joining KGS, Mr. Struzziero served in various positions at Iron Mountain Government Services (IMGS) supporting proposal, capture, and business development. At IMGS, he helped create Iron Mountain's Federal practice and led numerous capture efforts resulting in contract awards with a diverse set of customers, including the Federal Trade Commission, Securities Exchange Commission, Social Security Administration, and United States Department of Labor.
Mr. Struzziero holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Washington College and a bachelor’s degree in digital media from the Expression College for Digital Media.