Leadership

Our leadership team supports our outstanding employees to help customers achieve mission outcomes by effectively leveraging data and business automation solutions. As you read the experience of our extremely accomplished team, remember that our objective as a leadership team is to enable employee and customer success.

Our Leadership Team

Dyson Richards

Chief Executive Officer

Dyson Richards

Chief Executive Officer

Dyson Richards applies three decades of experience and skills building federally focused IT and consulting companies to continue to enhance cBEYONData’s reputation as a leading product development and professional services firm. Dyson works with customers, government leaders, strategic partners and cBEYONData’s practitioners to align corporate offerings with the evolving needs of our current and future clients. Dyson served in the U.S. Navy where he operated nuclear power plants aboard the USS Enterprise. After 8 years of service, he leveraged his Navy roots in the government contracting industry serving in roles of increasing responsibility at Newport News Shipbuilding, Keyfile Corporation, Vredenburg, American Management Systems (AMS), RGS, USfalcon, and Xcelerate Solutions. Dyson holds a M.S. degree in Technology Management from the University of Maryland Global Campus and a B.S. degree from The New School in New York.

David Schmidtknecht

President & Chief Solutions Officer

David Schmidtknecht

President & Chief Solutions Officer

David Schmidtknecht has over 30 years of technical and management experience in the Information Technology industry and is responsible for setting long term sales and delivery strategy for cBEYONData’s suite of products and solutions. In his new role of Chief Solutions Officer, David will focus on leading the development, sales, and customer success of the CFO Control Tower and BAS solution lines. The recent sales success and list of prospects continue to grow at a rapid pace requiring a dedicated executive to support to these solutions. David will focus on providing a strong vision for the CFO CT line of solutions in addition to supporting our CFO CT customers and delivery teams. David is a recognized leader in business analytics and federal financial management and has a long track record of managing a number of successful firms. Prior to founding cBEYONData, David worked as a Vice President at Data Management Group, Controller at Collaborex, and Practice Lead at Noblestar. David is a CPA and PMP and holds an M.S. degree in Finance and B.S. degree in Accounting from Strayer University.

Dawn Sedgley

Chief Capability Officer

Dawn Sedgley

Chief Capability Officer

Dawn Sedgley, Chief Capability Officer and President of cBEYONData, is a leader and subject matter expert in ERP design, implementation, testing, and advisory capacities for over 20 years. Dawn has experience in both the private and public sectors in the areas of Budgeting, Planning, Management Accounting, and Effective Enterprise Management. Dawn’s mission for cBEYONData is to remain at the forefront of advanced strategic and managerial accounting practices within sophisticated ERP environments. Her vision for cBEYONData has been realized by fostering the company’s reputation and developing a team of highly specialized consultants. Dawn’s role includes operating as project lead and knowledge consultant for full-lifecycle system integration projects; Management accounting conceptual design; business process re-engineering; implementation of best practices; managing various projects and project teams simultaneously, and in-depth business case analysis. By performing and monitoring these events, Dawn successfully addresses clients’ corporate and project expectations, through sound recommendations and effective enterprise optimization solutions. Dawn’s expertise in managerial accounting and SAP systems led her to co-author The 123s of ABC in SAP, published by Wiley in 2001. She graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Financial Planning, and completed her MBA, with concentrations in Logistics & Transportation and Information Systems, from the University of Tennessee in 1992.

Bryan Eckle

Chief Solutions Officer

Bryan Eckle

Chief Solutions Officer

Bryan is the Chief Solutions Officer at cBEYONData. He collaborates with our clients and leads our consulting team to identify and solve complex problems with clean and simple solutions. Bryan's expertise lies in implementing people, process, data, and technology solutions to make the business of government run better. He is constantly evaluating emerging technologies (AI/ML, data, automation) to identify the optimal solutions to our client’s business challenges. He received his BS in Business Administration from Mary Washington College and holds a certification in ICAgile.

Gray Beck

Chief Financial Officer

Gray Beck

Chief Financial Officer

Gray Beck has over a decade of experience in successfully delivering professional services to federal, state, and local government customers. As the CFO, he is responsible for planning and executing cBEYONData’s financial strategy and managing the Company’s finance and accounting functions. Gray’s focus is on optimizing the Company’s financial resources to continue to develop and deliver best-in-class service offerings. Prior to joining cBEYONData, Gray held CFO roles at Klein-Hersh International and Quadel Consulting. Gray holds an M.S. degree in Finance and a B.A. in Economics from Washington University in St. Louis, as well as a PMP certification.

Zhenia Klevitsky

Chief Growth Officer

Zhenia Klevitsky

Chief Growth Officer

Zhenia is a proven growth strategist with expertise in developing and implementing effective strategies for expanding business within the public sector. Zhenia’s experience spans across small, mid, and large size businesses where she led teams in identifying and capturing new business and expanding client relationships with federal agencies.

In her role as Chief Growth Officer, Zhenia drives expansion into new customers and translates the Company’s vision into a growth strategy focused on aligning cBEYONData’s core competencies with pursuits.

Zhenia is a Women in Technology (WIT) Board Member and previously served on the executive leadership team for American Council for Technology-Industry Advisory Council (ACT/IAC) as Executive Committee Vice Chair at Large; and a Washington
Homeland Security Roundtable (WHSR) Steering Committee Member. She has spoken at multiple Reverse Industry Days, including the Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration, and the Department of Defense.

Zhenia holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Bloomsburg University and an MBA from American University. She also has an executive certificate in management and leadership from the MIT Sloan School of Business.

Cherie Dugas

Vice President of Organizational Development

Cherie Dugas

Vice President of Organizational Development

Cherie Dugas is a leader, architect and subject matter expert driving solutions in complex ERP environments, both commercial and federal, for over 20 years.

Cherie has experience in Human Resource Management, Accounting, Cost Management, Budgeting, Planning and Enterprise Data Warehouse through design, implementation, testing and sustainment on multiple programs.

After graduating from Tulane University with a Masters in Accounting degree in 1998, she went on to serve as a Controller of a maritime company and then on to payroll accounting for a fortune 500 company. Both of these opportunities exposed Cherie to the world of ERP implementations (both Oracle and SAP) where she served as the accounting and human resources business process subject matter expert on the implementation teams. Then, in 2001, became a consultant herself, where the marriage of her business process background and technology capabilities came together.

With 20+ years of consulting experience, Cherie continued to provide her expertise to clients on large, complex engagements as the Director of Mentoring and Skills Management at Alta Via Consulting. This position allowed her to work with all the consultants in the company to ensure they are being coached and mentored in their careers, optimally trained for personal and professional growth, and given the opportunities to become the best consultants they can be within the company.

Now as the new Vice President of Organizational Development, she takes pride in the culture of cBEYONData as well as what it produces for its clients and believes that starts with its people.

Denise Oberndorf

Vice President of Client Services

Denise Oberndorf

Vice President of Client Services

Denise Oberndorf has over 20 years of experience with P&L management, ERP implementation, auditing, and executive leadership in the GovCon Industry. She is a strategic and caring leader with the ability to build and energize multi-discipline, diverse, high-performance work teams to accomplish clients’ most challenging missions while meeting business needs. Denise is an advocate for innovation and considers herself a lifelong learner. She has a B.S. degree in Accounting and Economics from Frostburg State University and Master’s degrees in Business Administration (MBA) and Public Administration (MPA) from Syracuse University.

Ryan Ferrario

Director, Civilian Client Services

Ryan Ferrario

Director, Civilian Client Services

Ryan Ferrario has been supporting the Federal Government for over 20 years and has an extensive track record of successfully managing and overseeing concurrent customer IT programs. As the Director of Client Services, he is responsible for overseeing all details for our clients, ensuring that all work is delivered on time and within budget. Ryan has over 15 years supporting Data Analytics and Business Intelligence initiatives within the federal space, including over a decade doing so with federal financial data. He holds both a Top Secret clearance and a PMP certification and has direct experience with large ERP implementations and support. Ryan is a 1999 graduate of James Madison University’s College of Business.

Mike Woods

Director of Client Services

Mike Woods

Director of Client Services

Mike has over 26 years of experience as a business owner, strategic advisor, and energetic leader of several growth stage government consulting companies. Mike has experience across all areas of a federal government consulting company and leverages it to help companies grow. As the Director of Client Services, Mike has responsibility for employee development, customer satisfaction, driving high customer ROI and organic growth. He earned a BA in Economics from the University of Virginia and MBA from the University of Maryland. He has certifications as a PMP, Scrum Master and ITIL Foundations Practitioner.

Carolyn Hoskins

Vice President of Human Resources

Carolyn Hoskins

Vice President of Human Resources

Carolyn Hoskins is an experienced Human Resources professional with over 20 years of success supporting the IT and GOVCON industry. Her talent acquisition expertise spans across multiple disciplines from project management to information technology to accounting & finance. She has significant experience attracting and retaining cleared professionals in the federal government sector, as well as for Fortune 500, nonprofit and state/local government. Carolyn’s focus at cBEYONData is to enable our people to be successful during their tenure with the firm. Prior to cBEYONData, Carolyn spent 2 years at Data Management Group as the Senior Technical Recruiter. Additional experience includes over 8 years in the staffing industry recruiting and placing high level Accounting & Finance professionals. Carolyn has a Bachelor of Science in Public Administration from George Mason University.

Michael Huffman

Sr. Vice President of Business Development

Michael Huffman

Sr. Vice President of Business Development

During his 30+ year career, Michael Huffman has spent over 20 years building, growing, and managing organizations, programs, and projects. He has extensive experience with addressing customer needs with solutions, providing consulting service excellence, and managing a wide range of federal government contracts. Michael has led organizations and projects ranging from small projects with one resource to large federal programs with values exceeding $100M. He has 15 years of expertise with COTS ERP and financials systems including the Oracle eBusiness Suite and CGI’s Momentum. He has direct experience with large system implementations and ongoing operations and maintenance of ERP systems. He has led the application of agile project management techniques and provides hands on experience implementing agile principles and processes.

At cBEYONData, he is responsible for growth of the company with hands-on engagement in all aspects that impact how the company meets and exceeds revenue goals. He works closely with delivery leadership, helping the program teams identify and apply the best solutions for customer requirements. He works as part of the team to identify new business opportunities and successfully win the ability to deliver the best outcomes for our federal clients. He oversees the visible presence of the company with the right marketing and advertising approaches to reach our future customers.

Michael holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering Technology from Old Dominion University and a Master of Business Administration from the College of William and Mary. He is also a certified PMP as well as holding multiple agile certifications.

Rey Rivera

Vice President of Business Development

Rey Rivera

Vice President of Business Development

Rey is a visionary leader with 20+ years of experience in the Department of Defense. As VP of Business Development at cBEYONData, he spearheads strategic growth by analyzing markets, developing proposals, and managing federal contracts. Rey's extensive background as a Soldier, DoD Civilian, and Consultant has equipped him with invaluable expertise in modernizing business systems, process re-engineering, data analytics, and financial operations. He works hand in hand with delivery leadership, cultivates relationships, and implements sales strategies to drive revenue growth. Rey holds a BS in Business Administration from Colorado Technical University and an MBA from the American InterContinental University.

Kamran Khan

Vice President of Business Development

Kamran Khan

Vice President of Business Development

In Kamran Khan’s 35+ years in federal government contracting, he has helped multiple small, medium and large businesses successfully promote and execute a wide range of IT solutions and services including business systems solutions, cybersecurity services, network engineering and management, IT service management, program management and automation. Kamran has built and let business development organizations that resulted in their substantial growth and eventual acquisition by large businesses. He has led business development and capture efforts to successful pursue and win multiple GWACs and Agency IDIQ contracts with total contract ceiling exceeding $20B, and has won over $300M in funded work.

At cBEYONData, Kamran is responsible for expanding cBEYONData’s stellar data analytics, business intelligence and financial data management and reporting solutions and services into the DoD, and supporting other growth efforts as needed.

Kamran holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from George Mason University and a Certificate in Procurement and Contracting from the University of Virginia.

Keith Johnson

Chief Technology Officer

Keith Johnson

Chief Technology Officer

Keith Johnson has over 25 years of technical and managerial experience in the Information Technology field. As the CTO for cBEYONData, Keith manages teams of IT professionals on our various projects. He also provides technology expertise for our proposals and oversees the company’s technology infrastructure, technological planning, and development. Keith has led teams of analysts, programmers, and technical experts in the development of enterprise-wide, mission-critical applications using a variety of development tools across numerous platforms. Keith has managed and implemented numerous data warehouse, business intelligence, and enterprise information management solutions using technologies such as SAP BusinessObjects, MicroStrategy, and Microsoft. Prior to joining cBEYONData, Keith worked as the CTO at Data Management Group, Integration Manager at iFinance, and Data Warehouse Practice Manager at Noblestar. Keith holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the State University of New York at Binghamton.

Frank Ruff

Vice President, Solutions

Frank Ruff

Vice President, Solutions

Frank Ruff has been a thought leader and visionary in the planning and analytics space over the past two decades. He has a proven track record of building effective teams and commercially successful products. Mr. Ruff has advised the largest companies in tech, financial services, energy, higher education, and now brings his expertise to the Federal Government.

In his new role as Vice President of Solutions, Mr. Ruff is responsible for leading a rapidly growing solutions team that is laser focused on bringing modern technology and efficient processes to the federal government. Frank also leads the customer success function so he’s also responsible for the overall success of our solution deployments. He works closely with all areas of the business to ensure cBEYONData solutions deliver value to our customers. Frank also serves as the chief solution architect ensuring that products are designed and built to the highest standards.

During his 25+ year career, Frank has focused almost entirely on planning and analytics solutions. Frank’s passion for planning and analytics has led him to hold many roles in this area. He’s been a leader in development, product, and customer success and knows how to deliver valuable solutions to customers. He has advised a wide range of organizations across industries and geographies.