Leadership Team

Bridget McCaleb, Catalyst & CEO

Mrs. Bridget (Abashian) McCaleb combines over 25 years of management experience with software engineering/development, including R&D of Artificial Intelligence and cybersecurity systems. In addition to her executive responsibilities at Sentar, Mrs. McCaleb spends a significant percentage of her time working directly with Sentar’s government customers and business partners to solve their cybersecurity needs.

Darren Kraabel, President

Darren joined the Sentar team in 2019 with over 25 years of experience leading large, mission-focused organizations. Prior to joining Sentar, Darren was the Chief Technology & Innovation Officer for Jacobs, where he led their global digital transformation. He also served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Jacobs’ largest ($1.3B) business unit focused on cybersecurity, intelligence analytics, and information technology solutions for the Department of Defense and National Intelligence Community. Darren also previously served as a USAF Officer where he helped develop leading-edge combat capability for Special Forces units. In 2019, Darren was selected for Washington Exec’s “Top 25 Executives to Watch” list.

Peter Kiss, Chief Visionary Officer, Co-Founder

Mr. Peter Kiss combines over 40 years of executive management experience with expertise in software systems engineering, analysis and development, and in-depth R&D work in the areas of Artificial Intelligence, cybersecurity, and BMC3 systems. Mr. Kiss started his career out of academia at IIT Research Institute. He then joined General Electric as an analyst, later becoming chief engineer and then deputy Program Manager for a very large classified program. Soon after, Peter ended his career at GE as Manager of Advanced Programs. While at GE, he received additional management and executive skills training at their Crotonville complex. He continued his career as an executive with the BDM Corporation, where he developed an entirely new and profitable business area for the company. Peter worked on various missile defense and BMC3 programs since 1983. In 1990, Peter founded Sentar, Inc. and was CEO for 20 years. In addition to continuing his executive responsibilities at Sentar, Peter spends significant time contributing strategically to the company and its projects. He has been a significant contributor to the company’s R&D in knowledge-based systems and agent-based technologies, including the invention of the Patented KnoWeb® technology. Peter’s technical work has been focused on cybersecurity technologies and solutions since the early 2000s.

Karen Kiss, Corporate Director & Vice President, Co-Founder

Karen’s experience began in retail where she was quickly promoted to managing several fabric stores early in her career. Next, she gained significant HR experience working for a recruiting firm before accepting a position as an employee relations specialist with a hospital. Later, she was hired into General Electric’s Space Systems HR department in Huntsville as Staffing Center Manager for a 500-person program surge. Karen began her first entrepreneurial opportunity as owner of three franchise stores for 13 years before being hired as the corporate Regional Director over 19 states. Karen co-founded Sentar in 1990, and is a member of the corporate Leadership Team. Karen’s primary responsibilities include community relations, strategic planning, and business development. Karen also spends a significant amount of time and effort giving back to the Huntsville community. Karen is a member and Past President of the Women’s Economic Development Council (WEDC). She serves on several boards, including the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra (HSO) Foundation, HSO Board of Trustees, HSO Guild, and More to Life Huntsville, while also holding leadership roles in other organizations.

April Nadeau, Senior Vice President (DoD Programs)

Since 2008, April Nadeau has actively participated in a variety of roles throughout the Charleston Defense Industry, and is well-respected in both government and contractor communities. She joined Sentar in March 2013 as the Division Manager, and was soon promoted to Vice President in February of 2016. April directs all of Sentar’s Navy, Marine Corps and Health IT programs, responsible for managing multiple projects, people and processes. April facilitates positive results through energetic individual efforts and efficient resource management. Her efforts resulted in Sentar receiving recognition as one of the Best Places to Work in South Carolina for 2016 – 2020 (earning the #1 spot in 2020) and Best Places to Work in San Antonio for 2020. April’s efforts also earned Sentar FedHealthIT Innovation Awards in 2018, 2019, and 2020 as well as the ESGR Above & Beyond Award. For three consecutive years (2017 – 2019), April was awarded to the FedHealthIT 100 list, a prestigious award given to those who drive change and advancement in the Federal Health Information Technology market, and was selected to the inaugural FedHealthIT100 Hall of Fame in 2020. As a valued member of Sentar’s Leadership team and Board of Directors, April develops strategic ways to grow the company by extending its reach and reputation. These tasks include opportunity identification and capture, acquiring and maintaining customer and partner relationships, and supporting proposal efforts. Aside from her executive duties at Sentar, April is active among numerous philanthropic organizations including CDCA, IWRP Consortium Executive Committee, WID, PCDC, AOC, and AFCEA. She also has experience as a Lean-In Circle Moderator for Government and Industry, mentoring individuals in a forum that serves to empower women to achieve their professional ambitions. April graduated with a BA in History from Tulane University. 

David Huchette, Vice President (Special Missions)

Mr. David Huchette (Dave) has a long (30 year) history in the Intelligence Community supporting a variety of organizations. Dave started his career as a FORTRAN programmer on a large SIGINT system. Dave has spent most of the last 20 years in various management and business development roles for a variety of large and small companies including: General Dynamics, CSC, KPMG, and Verizon. Most recently, Dave has been the COO of a small Virginia-based company, where he served many roles including: FSO, HR, recruiting, contracts, and business development. During his tenure, he was responsible for significantly growing the firm as well as diversifying the contract base to include agencies such as NRO, NGA, USAF, Army, and US Navy.

Joseph Sabin, J.D., Vice President (Health Information Technology)

Mr. Joseph Sabin, J.D., serves as Vice President for Health Information Technology (HIT) programs. Joe has nearly 30 years management and execution experience within cybersecurity, health IT, HIPAA compliance, policy, technology, and communications domains. As the Program Manager for Sentar’s Defense Health Agency (DHA) and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) contracts, Joe has led and consistently grown various functional teams and activities. In addition, Joe helps guide business development and capture strategy efforts, and further contributes to corresponding capability identification, development, and sustainment. Joe proudly served in the U.S. Army as Audio Visual Director for Presidential Events within the White House Communications Agency (WHCA) and Newscast Director for the American Forces Korea Network (AFKN). Joe holds a Juris Doctor and Post Graduate Certificate in Communications Law and Policy from the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from George Mason University. He has earned the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Certified Business Continuity Professional (CBCP) designations, among others credentials.

Amy Wilson, Vice President (Sales & Strategy)

Amy joins Sentar after nearly three decades of dedicated support to federal government clients throughout the Department of Defense and numerous Civilian agencies, with primary focus on mission IT, cybersecurity and intelligence operations services. Amy brings extensive sales and operations leadership experience to the position, focused on delivering differentiating solutions in the Intelligence Community and DoD markets. Prior to joining Sentar, Amy served as Division VP of Growth & Sales for Intelligence and Information Solutions at Jacobs, where she led the development of a diversified pipeline totaling $12B in revenue. She also provided executive sales leadership of more than a dozen bids totaling $1.6B in revenue in FY19, including active participation in all phases of the opportunity lifecycle.

Jill Malliet, Vice President (Business Administration)

Jill joined Sentar in 2018 and leads a team of superstars who provide Business Operations and Infrastructure Support. She has over 30 years of professional and management experience with a variety of GovCon and commercial companies providing services in such areas as engineering, SaaS, logistics, genetics, guarding and aircraft maintenance. Her passion is driving customer-focused results by maximizing utilization of system and human resources while implementing process improvements in the Finance, Accounting, Human Resources, Security and Contracts Management functions. Jill is a CPA and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

Manny Lovgren, Vice President (Navy and Marine Corps)

Mr. Manny Lovgren, a veteran of the United States Navy (USN) and a resident of Charleston, South Carolina, serves as the Vice President (VP) of Sentar’s Navy and Marine Corps. With over 33 years of Operational and Business Development leadership and management experience providing DoD Professional Services, Manny leads Sentar’s Navy and Marine Corps programs, people, and processes through his position. During his Operations-Business Development career, Manny played a key role in growing one business from $10M to $100M, a second business from $100M to $200M, and a third business from $200M to $450M. In his most recent role, he grew the revenue by 24% and increased profitability by 246%. Prior to joining Sentar, Manny spent 8 years as the Senior Vice President (SVP) of Life Cycle Engineering’s (LCE) Federal Solutions Group (FSG).  LCE is a privately held, employee-owned company that provides a variety of solutions and services for private industry, public entities, government organizations, and the Department of Defense.  FSG supported clients’ systems, processes, and equipment in the acquisition and operating life cycle for NAVWAR, NAVAIR, USMC, NAVSEA, NSWC, NUWC, USCG, MSC, and other commands and government agencies. Prior to LCE, Manny spent 26 years working with General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT) and its predecessor companies Analysis & Technology (A&T) and Anteon. Locally, Manny serves on the Board for the Charleston Defense Contractor Association (CDCA), Industry Lead on NIWC Atlantic’s Contracts Industry Council (CIC), is a member of the South Carolina Lowcountry Chapter of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA), Trident United Way (TUW) committees, Lowcountry Mayors Homeless to Hope Committee, and on Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce. 

Paul Presson, Vice President (Army, Air Force and Space)

Paul Presson serves as Sentar’s VP of the Army, Air Force and Space Business Unit. Paul was active in the United States Air Force for just over nine years, after which he served Jacobs for over twenty-three years. Paul’s positions have been wide-ranging, including assisting with helpdesk, computer systems, network devices, and VOIP systems. In his career, Paul has managed multiple IT teams in software development and efforts to obtain CMMI level 3 in Development. He holds multiple certifications, including PMP, CSM, and CISSP. His supported customers include various U.S. Army clients, NASA, and most recently the Missile Defense Agency. When asked about what he looks forward to most in his position, he says, “I look forward to helping advance the Sentar 2.0 strategy where we ‘build upon our successes and our culture to become the converged cyber company our connected world demands’.”

Vincent Mihalik, Vice President (ICS & Cyber Consultancy)

Vincent Mihalik is an innovation and emerging technology strategist with decades of experience spanning both government and commercial domains. He currently serves as the Vice President responsible for P&L and Growth & Sales for Sentar’s Industrial Controls Systems and Commercial Consulting Business Unit. Notable career highlights include serving as the Digital Mail Program Manager for Congress in the wake of the 2001 anthrax attacks, innovation and emerging technology leader at Gartner, Principal Author and Strategy leader for the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency’s first ever integrated Technology Strategic Plan, and Hammer Award recipient awarded by the Vice President of the United States serving as a key member of a government modernization team. He is also a veteran with more than 30 years of military service specializing in intelligence support to cyberspace operations. Over the course of his career, he has held senior leadership positions serving the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Department of the Navy, and Intelligence Community Agencies. He holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from the Johns Hopkins University and a master’s degree in Strategic Intelligence from the National Intelligence University. He also holds post graduate certifications from the University of Pennsylvania – Wharton School of Business and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

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