Management Team

Dr. Ashok K. TharejaPresident & CEO

Ashok Thareja founded A&T Systems in 1984. During the last 33 years he has led the company’s development through both internal growth and acquisitions. He enabled the acquisitions of VCampus, Inotech, and Tominy. In 1997, A&T incubated and funded Snare Networks. Dr. Thareja guided its product marketing and financial strategy. In September 1999, Computer Associates acquired Snare Networks.

In April 1999, he founded Orblynx and led the company as its Chairman and CEO for two years. Through Orblynx, he experienced the great telecom roller coaster ride from incubating the company through personal assets, getting the company funded with $50 million of venture money, launching a highly valued global content distribution business, and dissolving the company as the capital markets shut down for the telecom sector.

He currently serves on the Board of Visitors for the College of Computer, Mathematical and Physical Sciences at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Prior to being at A&T, as a research faculty member, Dr. Thareja led research at the Laboratory for Parallel Computation at the University of Maryland. There he directed research and development efforts in parallel processing. He also conducted research in performance monitoring and modeling of UNIX systems. Prior to that he was at BGS Systems. As an R&D Manager at BGS Systems, he developed the modeling tool BEST/1-SNA for IBM’s SNA networks. Dr. Thareja received his Ph.D. in Computer Science, in the area of performance modeling of computer networks such as ARPANET, at the University of Maryland.

 

Jennifer CorridonController

Jennifer corridonAs Controller, Ms. Corridon is responsible for A&T corporate accounting—financial reporting, audits, accounts payable and receivable, purchasing, and payroll. She has worked for A&T since 2003 in a wide range of accounting roles. She has experience with numerous accounting/payroll software packages, including implementation of new systems and operation of existing systems. She has 20 years of experience in government and commercial sectors, including legal and medical. Previously she has worked for CeLight, Inc., EB Networks, and Mentor Technologies.

She holds an A.A. in accounting and business management from Essex Community College. She also received certificates from Dunn & Bradstreet courses for collections, accounts receivable, and management.

E-mail:jennifer.corridon@ats.com

 

Mureed NazirChief Technology & Information Officer (CTO/CIO)

MureedAs A&T’s CTO and CIO, Mureed Nazir is responsible for setting information management strategy and direction to develop and deploy IT plans that can achieve strategic business goals for the company and its clients. Mr. Nazir is involved with the architecture and design, installation, and administration of LAN/WAN systems in datacenter infrastructures with Windows, Novell, UNIX, Cisco and TCP/IP devices and equipment. He is fluent in Computing Center Operations and Maintenance with a vast knowledge of security, CoOP, programming, platforms, and networking.

Mr. Nazir is an accomplished Executive Manager of Information Technology with demonstrated success in developing strategies and directing technology initiatives that have produced high levels of performance and profitability. He has developed state-of-the-art system architectures with significant exposure to complex, multi-location systems, Storage Area Networks, security, and high volume environments. Mr. Nazir is an enthusiastic leader, with proven ability to build, challenge and motivate teams in order to maximize levels of productivity and has excellent communications skills to support documentation development, proposal writing, change management, and contract negotiation. Mr. Nazir has a deep understanding of how technology impacts and supports business.

Mr. Nazir has earned his B.S. in computer science from the University of Maryland, along with a B.S. from the University of Karachi, Pakistan, and an M.S. from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. He also did graduate work in environmental and hydrological engineering with an emphasis on computer applications, simulations and digital modeling (pending dissertation).

E-mail:mureed.nazir@ats.com

 

Adam NouravarsaniVP, Telecommunications & Infrastructure Services

Adam Nouravarsani started his career at A&T in July 2000 by joining InoTech, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of A&T as a Lead Technical VP. Shortly thereafter he was appointed President and CEO of InoTech, leading the company into network and systems management services for both commercial and government customers. In 2004 InoTech and A&T merged, and Mr. Nouravarsani began heading the Telecommunications and Infrastructure Services divisions of A&T as a Vice President. He is also Program Manager for all of A&T’s GWACs and MAS contracts.

Mr. Nouravarsani is a graduate of the University of Nebraska Lincoln Engineering College and has degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Before joining A&T, he was President of Digicon Technologies, Inc., in Austin, Texas, and VP of Network Management Services at Sytel, Inc. Mr. Nouravarsani started his career in IT and Telecommunication in December of 1983 at the University of Nebraska Medical Center Computing Services Department.

E-mail:adam@ats.com

 

Melissa RawlsHR and Recruiting Manager

Ms. Rawls manages all aspects of recruiting, selection, new-hire orientation, and training processes. She also handles employee relations and coordinates corporate compliance with Federal & State regulations.

Ms. Rawls joined A&T in 2007. Before that she worked as a technical recruiter for General Dynamics and the Department of Commerce. She has also served as a Human Resources generalist for the U .S. Agency for International Development and the Center for Development and Population Activity.

She earned an A.A. from Fayetteville State University and is working on her B.A. She is a Member of Society for HR Management.

E-mail:melissa.rawls@ats.com

 

Fred Sanders—VP Emeritus, Strategic Relationships, Sales & Marketingfred-sanders

After 20+ years of exemplary service at A&T, Mr. Sanders retired in August 2017.

For inquires related to Strategic Relationships, Sales & Marketing, please contact A&T Reception (240-705-7800) to speak to the appropriate person.

 

Kimberly TharejaFacility Security Officer

As Facility Security Officer (FSO), Ms. Thareja manages all aspects of A&T’s security programs, which include educating and keeping employees up-to-dateKimberly, holding regular trainings at corporate and remote sites—for A&T employees and customers, reviewing and ensuring security policies are current and valid, etc.  Ms. Thareja is a member of NCMS: The Society of Industrial Security Professionals and of Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ISAC), and regularly attends security related training that helps A&T keep abreast of security developments.

Ms. Thareja joined A&T in 2007 as Assistant FSO, and in 2012 took over as FSO. Prior to joining A&T, she has 15 years of experience working as a computer network engineer at General Electric (GE) on its World Wide Proprietary Computer Network. This work required her to travel around the world installing customer computers on the network.

Ms. Thareja holds a B.S. from the University of Maine in Computer Science, with a minor in Electrical Engineering.

E-mail:kimberly.thareja@ats.com

 

Jeffrey WilliamsVP, Program Management

Jeffrey Williams has 35 years of IT and Telecom Program Management experience and is currently heading the Program Management Practice at A&T. He has extensive experience managing  programs/projects of varied complexities.  Mr. Williams is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and ITIL Foundations 2 professional. He joined A&T in 2007 as Program Manager for the USARC Voice Communications and Internet Protocol Router Network Services contract, where he managed daily operations for the USARC program that provisioned/maintained all Army Reserve Center voice/data circuits nationally at 950+ sites.

Mr. Williams has an M.B.A. in management from the University of Maryland University College and a B.B.A from Brenau University.

Mr. Williams served in the U.S. Army from 1982 to 2004 in various Information Technology positions. Upon retirement, he served as a Department of the Army Civilian Information Technology Specialist from 2004 through 2007 responsible for the reset/refit of all IT communications equipment for a major Army division.

E-mail: jeffrey.williams@ats.com

 

Brian Zernhelt—Director of Business Development, Maryland State and Local government

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Brian Zernhelt joined A&T in 2017 as Director of Business Development. He has 25+ years of experience in sales and business development management roles, with 15+ years in the Information Technology industry. Throughout his career, Mr. Zernhelt has succeeded building and managing business consortia to service his customer’s needs.  He has a deep understanding of the impact technology plays in today’s business world and follows a consultative approach to introducing the latest technical solutions. At A&T, his primary role is working with Maryland state, municipal, and local government entities.

Mr. Zernhelt is a 1984 graduate of Shippensburg University, where he earned a B.A. in both public relations and speech communications.

E-mail: brian.zernhelt@ats.com

 

Richard Ziegfeld, Ph.D.Director of Proposals

Richard Ziegfeld, A&T’s Director of Proposals since 2010, has led hundreds of communications projects and is an expert team-builder, writer, and editor. He has managed and written proposals for 30+ years. Dr. Ziegfeld is the author, co-author, or editor of 16 book-length products, including several about writing in a business environment and designing content for both print and electronic media.

Across a variety of roles (writing videos, documents, and proposals for technical clients including NASA and IBM and managing writing and training groups), he gained broad knowledge of science, research, and development in an array of disciplines from telecommunications and IT through aerospace and microgravity science. As Director of Proposals, Dr. Ziegfeld has managed hundreds of projects involving diverse teams.

He holds three degrees from the University of Texas, Austin, including a Ph.D. in comparative literature and two M.A.s—in English Literature and German Literature.

E-mail:richard.ziegfeld@ats.com