Our Leadership Team
Rafael Fagundo, CEO
Rafael Fagundo has more than 25 years of business experience and more than 17 years in information technology, client care, and business development. At Sierra 7, Rafael is responsible for Sierra 7’s overall success. Previous to Sierra 7, Rafael was CEO of Xcalibur, Inc, an IT Government Consulting firm based in Reston, VA.
Prior to joining Xcalibur, Rafael was responsible for business development with Lockheed Martin Maritime Systems and Sensors group. At Lockheed Martin, Rafael worked to grow the U.S. Coast Guard’s largest recapitalization effort, the $17 billion dollar Integrated Deepwater System.
Before joining Lockheed Martin in 2003, Rafael served as President and CEO of ASPEN, an Application Service Provider based in Reston, VA. Rafael successfully led the sales, consulting, and operations units, ultimately executing a successful sale of the business to OutTask, a larger Application Service Provider based in Alexandria, VA. Prior to ASPEN, Rafael served as Chief Technology Officer at Warmcorners.com. In this capacity, Rafael successfully guided the development of Warmcorners’ e-commerce portal. Rafael also served as a Senior Manager at KPMG (now BearingPoint, Inc., delivering client relationship management solutions for Fortune 500 organizations.
Rafael also served as Vice President of Information Technology and Operations and ultimately Chief Information Officer for Max Worldwide, a leading strategic marketing firm with a significant client care specialty in Herndon, Virginia, Toronto, and London. In this capacity, he was responsible for all aspects of client care, including service delivery, technology, staffing, quality assurance, and training. Rafael also worked with USEC, a Global Energy Company, as Director of Information Systems. At USEC, Rafael led the re-engineering of all plant wide business systems and all information systems at the newly created headquarters.
In addition, Rafael worked on Capitol Hill as an aid to a member of the U.S. Senate. Rafael also worked for several political organizations ensuring appropriate operations and information technology. Rafael served more than 4 years in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Kidd as well as for the Navy Judge Advocate General in Alexandria, VA. Rafael studied Business Management at the University of Phoenix and has also completed Six Sigma Training.
Laurie Chapman, Chief People Officer
Laurie Chapman has over 20 years of experience in government contracting. As Chief People Officer, Laurie oversees managing the strategy and processes related to building and retaining the exceptional team of professionals at Sierra7. She optimizes Sierra7’s people-centered activities such as hiring, training, professional development, and performance management to ensure these efforts support the company’s growth and bottom line. Prior to her position as CPO, Laurie was Sierra7’s Vice President of Operations, responsible for contract management and the day to day operations of the company. As in that role, Laurie continues to utilize her experience to supporting the clients and employees of Sierra 7 to maximize productivity and ensure customer satisfaction.
Prior to joining Sierra 7, Laurie was Director of Government Services at XcelHR, a national PEO organization, where she founded and created their Government Services and Staffing Division, generating millions of dollars in new revenue. She oversaw compliance regulations with the ever-changing requirements for government contractors, assisting over 500 government contracting companies in the areas of business development, proposal writing, teaming, performance and compliance with FAR, DFAR, CFAR, and DOL regulations and standards. With a passion to help small businesses succeed and a vast background in government contracting, she successfully facilitated the awarding of over $100 million in federal contracts and assisted her client companies in delivering those contracts with a high degree of customer satisfaction. Laurie also performed management analysis of client companies and assisted in creating management and operational plans for their growing businesses, while helping them to reduce G&A and overhead for improved bottom line profitability.
Prior to her career at XcelHR, Laurie was the owner and founder of AES Consultants, a small government contracting and staffing firm. AES was successful in helping small companies get started in the government and state contracting arenas. By assisting in teaming agreements, proposal writing, contract performance and staffing, AES was a vital part of over 400 awarded contracts. At AES, Laurie developed unique recruiting and staffing expertise in filling hard to find professionals in the areas of Cyber Security, Information Technology, Engineering, Program Management and Business Analytics. The company was also named Employer of the Year by a local college for training, hiring and placing many of their Information Technology students. AES was also the premier staffing firm for an Army contract placing over 400 certified individuals to work on an IT Helpdesk support contract nationally.
A native of Huntsville, AL, Laurie has worked with Army AMRDEC, NASA and MDA to help bring qualified talent and companies to the ever-growing government contracting community at Redstone Arsenal. Laurie has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and her FCME certification from the University of Alabama. With military members in her immediate and extended family, Laurie is dedicated to serving our men and women in uniform, our nation’s veterans, and ensuring the success of Sierra7.
Frank Rendon – Chief Financial Officer
Frank Rendon has more than 30 years of leadership and management experience including executive positions in financial management, operations, logistics and supply chain management. As Sierra7’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Frank focuses on the financial aspects related to development and execution of the overall strategic direction and business growth. Specifically, he leads and develops finance, accounting, forecasting, contracts, and IT corporate operations.
Prior to joining Sierra7, Frank was the Financial Management Principal at Immersion Consulting, a SDVOSB company, specializing in Defense Travel System Support, Financial Management, Information Technology, and Engineering services. He provided corporate leadership on all Financial Management Program Operations and Business Development activities to include sourcing for new opportunities, capture management, strategic pricing for bid submissions, proposal management and program execution. As proposals were awarded, he supported key start up activities and contract transition, participated in contract kickoff meetings, and supported new recruitment and staffing.
Prior to his role at Immersion Consulting, Frank was Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Advanced Technology Systems Company (ATSC), a company engaged in providing border and maritime surveillance solutions to government, military, and commercial customers. He directed overall Business Operations, Business Development and Operational Programs. He was in-charge of the implementation of company policies and procedures. He resolved issues in relation to ATSC's operations which include sales, production, and marketing.
Prior to joining ATSC, Frank spent six years with Accenture, a global management consulting firm, where he served as Managing Director in the firm’s CFO Advisory services and Financial and Enterprise Performance domain leading the Navy Financial Improvement and Audit Readiness (FIAR) program. He has experience in a broad array of finance, accounting, logistics and information technology projects holding a variety of leadership positions with a focus on delivering value and return on investment to Accenture’s clients.
Prior to transitioning to industry, as a civil service leader with the Bureau of Naval Personnel as the Deputy Comptroller, Frank transformed and revitalized the financial business processes as best practices which significantly improved the Navy’s ability to monitor financial data and provided leadership with timely, reliable, and actionable data to make decisions. Prior to transitioning to civil service, he spent 21 years in the Navy as a Supply Officer where he held an array of financial management and logistics roles.
Frank holds a Master of Business Administration from the Naval Postgraduate School and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Oregon State University.
John Peterson – Chief Operating Officer
John Peterson has 35 years as a Federal Government contractor leading a variety of information technology programs. His experience has included the creation of corporate service offerings, new business development and over 25 years of managing large organizational entities and complex information technology programs. He has been responsible for the management of personal services organizations that provide IT and business process consulting, enterprise level system analysis and development, and world-wide system deployments. His experience includes contract, financial and customer management activities as well as all aspects of staff recruitment and leadership. The vast majority of his career has been spent supporting federal healthcare organizations such as the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Military Health System/Defense Health Agency and the Department of Health and Human Services.
Before joining Sierra7, John served as a Vice President within Booz Allen Hamilton’s Health Practice with a specific market focus on Military Health and the Defense Health Agency. Prior to that he supported the Department of Veterans Affairs primarily through the T4/T4NG contracts. In these roles he oversaw delivery and business development, provided people leadership and supported strategic planning for the business unit.
As Vice President and Operations Manager within SAIC’s Health Solutions Business Unit (HSBU) he was responsible for building and running SAIC’s business with the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA). He also served as the Operations Manager for SAIC’s Military Health Systems Operation. In that role, he managed the delivery of professional services to Department of Defense clients around the globe.
John also served as Vice President and General Manager of Daou Systems’ Government & Integration Services Practice. In this role, he was responsible for all sales and delivery in the government healthcare space. Additionally, he provided financial management, marketing and executive-level client relationships as a part of Daou’s corporate leadership team.
He started his professional career with 19 years in Electronic Data Systems’ (EDS) Federal Government Strategic Business Unit. He grew through the ranks to become a Vice President in the federal government healthcare sector. At EDS, he supported numerous clients, including DoD Health Affairs, the Air Force Electronic Systems Command, the PEO for Standard Army Management Information Systems and the Department of Veteran Affairs.
John has a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Computer Science from Boston College. He enjoys supporting veteran service organizations such as Paralyzed Veterans of America, Honor Flight and Wreathes Across America both personally and with his work family.
Richard Tucker, Chief Performance Officer
As Chief Performance Officer, Richard Tucker provides leadership and support to developing, administering, interpreting and reporting on the success of Sierra7’s client services and business operations. He applies business intelligence and analytics through practical continuous process improvement for the achievement of the corporation’s primary objective of service excellence.
Richard has more than 25 years of experience in Federal and commercial contracting. His domain expertise includes implementing disciplined governance to large-scale systems integration and deployment programs driven by a passion for quality. He is experienced with guiding organizations to operate at CMMI Maturity Level 3; he has served as a CMMI SCAMPI ML5 Appraiser; and he has implemented ISO9001 quality management systems for defining and managing business operations. He has served as a senior advisor to establish program governance at cabinet agencies and as an expert witness on project management controls in litigated disputes. Richard was also instrumental in two successful venture capital funded “dot com” software firms during the heyday of Internet startups.
Mr. Tucker holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management. He is a Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Scrum Master (CSM), a Prince2 Practitioner, and certified in ITIL v3 Foundations.
Carter Craft, VP of Operations
Carter Craft has more than 25 years of management and leadership experience in the IT Operational and Professional Services industry with an additional 7 years of small business development and entrepreneurship, managing more than $350M in Federal IT programs, $500M in commercial IT expansion, and $8M in private small business revenue growth. With Sierra7, Carter is focused on managing the delivery of Veterans Affairs T4NG and legacy T4 projects for the corporation. In this role, he ensures that all projects are implementing CMMI, as well as leveraging singularly or as a hybrid, PMBOK, ITIL, ISO, Agile, and SDLC methodologies.
Prior to coming to Sierra7, Mr. Craft spent 12 years with HMS Technologies as the Senior Vice President focused on the delivery of the Veteran Affairs portfolio of projects. His tenure also included hands-on project management roles, business develop, and corporate executive leadership.
The primary focus of his early career was that of infrastructure design and implementation on some of the largest DoD contracts of their time. This included the OSCAR (Outside Cable Rehabilitation) Project for the US Army and RCAS (Reserve Component Automation System) for the Army Reserve while employed with GTE Government Solutions. Mr. Craft then joined UUNET and managed the expansion of their internet infrastructure from 19 HUBs to over 105 HUBs worldwide before being acquired by WorldCom and Verizon. These and other large scale multi-million-dollar national deployments solidified his expertise in field operations, construction management, data center management, global logistics, procurement, maintenance, master scheduling, global operations management, project and program management.
Mr. Craft has a bachelor’s degree in Management from the National-Louis University and is PMP and CSM certified. As his career has advanced, he finds his proficiency and passion revolving around developing project teams and growing IT delivery/Professional Services organizations. His personal gratification lies with the end client’s satisfaction and having his team proud of themselves for delivering the finest services possible.
Steve Gosewehr, VP of Technology & Security
As Vice President of Technology and Security, Steve Gosewehr is focused on providing comprehensive IT and security solutions to federal clients. Within his 20+ years of progressively senior roles in both private and federal sectors, Steve has proven himself a thought leader focused on truly understanding clients’ needs. Prior to joining Sierra7, Steve was Chief Technology Officer and Chief Security Officer of Liberty IT Solutions, a Federal Healthcare Solutions provider based out of Herndon, VA. In this executive position, Steve provided critical support of multiple aspects of the company including business development, delivery, and running the corporate IT and Security programs. Steve was instrumental in winning over $100M in new business, while providing direct consulting for delivery on multiple contracts.
Before joining Liberty IT Solutions, Steve had multiple senior roles at the Department of Veterans Affairs, most recently running the data center security program for the Department of Veterans Affairs as Deputy Director, Enterprise Operations Systems Security. In this role, Steve was responsible for systems security and privacy at VA’s national data centers, which included $100’s of millions of IT investments across most types of IT platforms. Steve managed 85 security specialists covering Access Management, Technical Security, Information Assurance, Risk Management, and Privacy with a budget of $25M. During his 8 years at the VA, Steve was also selected for the Leadership VA Program, a highly competitive leadership development program and supported all of the major national initiatives to address critical audit findings throughout VA’s Office of Information Technology.
Prior to joining VA, Steve was a Senior IT Security Auditor for the U.S. Government Accountability Office. Steve was involved in many critical security audits and reviews of federal programs including FBI’s classified network, FAA’s Air Traffic Control System, SEC’s first ever financial audit, and a government-wide review of Federal efforts to combat cybercrime. Before joining federal service, Steve was a Senior Software Engineer for Alcatel, a global telecommunications provider.
Steve holds a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin, a Master’s of Computer Science from the University of Texas at Dallas, and a Bachelor’s of Computer Science from Bradley University. Additionally, Steve’s certifications include Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Information Security Auditor (CISA), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), and Certified Authorization Professional (CAP).
Darrell Heinrichs, VP of Business Development
Darrell Heinrichs has over 30 years identifying, capturing and executing information technology, professional services, and outsourcing contracts in both the commercial, and federal government sectors. Darrell’s experience spans civilian and military programs covering both new development and support activities using a wide variety of contract types and vehicles. Darrell is well-versed in all program aspects ranging from pursuit to financials to contracts/subcontracts to vendor management to leadership and customer care activities. Darrell has supported Agencies such as the Departments of Justice, Education, Agriculture, Homeland Security, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services, but has spent much of his career supporting Military Health/Defense Health Agency and primarily the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Prior to joining Sierra7, Darrell supported MAXIMUS in the pursuit and execution of several State-level initiatives providing call center support services to individual State’s Unemployment Insurance functions which were overwhelmed due to the impact of the COVID virus.
At Optum (United Healthcare) as the Director of Strategic Programs, Darrell co-captured 3 Regions of Veteran’s Affairs Community Care Network program leading all teaming and pricing activities and overseeing the design and development of the technical solution.
In the years prior to that, Darrell was responsible for the capture and execution of a wide range of programs spanning the Federal Government. Programs ranged from Professional Services contracts such as the Department of Defense Nurse Advice Line or supplying Healthcare Informaticists to Veterans Affairs to Information Technology programs such as deploying an Electronic Health Record solution for the Department of Homeland Security and an Enterprise Service Bus to the Interagency Program Office to providing hundreds of IT specialists to Veterans Affairs to provide new development and sustainment support to their suite of healthcare solutions and infrastructure.
Darrell has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Portland in Computer Applications Management. He volunteers time in his community supporting an organization that provides jobs for adults with special needs.
Roy Jones, VP of Contracts
Roy Jones has more than 15 years of experience in contract and project management. He manages all aspects of Sierra7’s contracts department, writing, evaluating, negotiating and executing contracts, creating and maintaining relationships with suppliers and customers, Problem-solving contract-related issues. He also performs in-house legal review of all incoming and outgoing legal documents and agreements. Roy attributes his collaborative negotiation style to his many years working as a professional recruiter and employee relations manager prior to moving into the contract management profession.
Mr. Jones has a Master of Science in Industrial Relations from West Virginia University, a Master’s Certificate in Government Contracting from George Washington University School of Business, and is a National Contracts Management Association (NCMA) Certified Professional Contracts Manager (CPCM).
As a proud Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business, our support similar businesses is unmatched. Sierra7 proudly supports our men and women in uniform through the following organizations:
Armed Forces Foundation
Wounded Warrior Foundation
Semper Fi Fund
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