We live by our corporate motto, “Serving Those In The Arena”. If our customer fails at their mission, ITA fails at our mission. It is critical to our success that our customer be successful.
President/Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Melo is currently the Chief Executive Officer of ITA International, LLC. which he co-founded with his wife Kathy in 2003. ITA International was awarded its first government contract for one full time employee in 2005 and has grown to over 360 full and part time employees in 20 different states within the US and overseas in the Middle East. ITA International provides integrated services in the areas of operational support, marine engineering and…
data analytics for customers conducting global operations.
Mr. Melo served on active duty for over 23 years, as a Surface Warfare Officer in the U.S. Navy. Upon retiring from the U.S Navy, he was the Director of the Virginia Troops to Teachers Program prior to establishing ITA International.
Mr. Melo serves on the Board of Directors the Virginia Chamber of Commerce, the United Way of the Virginia Peninsula Campaign and the Virginia Tech Athletic Fund. He is the Chairman of the Deans Advisory Board, The College of Natural Resources and Environment at Virginia Tech. He also served on the Governor’s Commission on Job Creation and Economic Development and the Secure Commonwealth Panel.
He received his Bachelor of Science in Forestry (Environmental Conservation) at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1979 and a Masters of Education from Old Dominion University in 1993.
Chief Governance Officer
Mrs. Melo currently serves as the Chief Governance Officer of ITA International, which she co-founded with her husband Mike in 2005. She is responsible for the oversight of the financial and governance programs within ITA International, including all ISO Qualifications. In addition, she serves on the Board of Directors for ITA International. ITA International was awarded its first government contract for one full time employee in 2005 and has grown…
to over 360 full and part time employees in 20 different states within the US and overseas in the Middle East. ITA International provides integrated services in the areas of operational support, marine engineering and data analytics for customers conducting global operations.
Prior to joining ITA, Mrs. Melo worked as an Early Childhood Educator for over 20 years in over 10 different schools across the country.
Mrs. Melo serves on the York Foundation for Public Education Board of Directors and the Mary Baldwin University Advisory Board of Visitors.
She received her Bachelor of Science from Mary Baldwin University in 1981 in Psychology with K-4 Teaching Certificate.
President, ITA Global Security
Mark leads a team of professionals that deliver integrated customer solutions internationally. Mark is a retired federal employee with 34+ years of experience, 21 of those years as a senior member of the Senior Executive Service (SES). While his early career focused on Financial Management and Logistics/Business transformation in the Pentagon, his last two assignments were in Fleet operational commands initially as the Deputy Commander, Naval Network Warfare…
Command in Norfolk VA responsible for providing leadership for over 15,000 personnel in over 20 countries supporting, 290 ships, and approximately 900,000 customers. His final assignment he served as the Executive Director/Chief of Staff for U.S. Fleet Forces Command in Norfolk VA generating ready Navy forces for global employment, providing operational and planning support for two Combatant Commanders, and running the business of the Fleet. He also served as the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Senior Civilian.
Mr. Honecker holds a Bachelor of Science in both Business Administration and Economics and a Master of Public Administration (MPA). Additionally, he has completed the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Seminar XXI program in Foreign Politics, International Relations and National Security and is a 2009 graduate of the Hampton Roads CIVIC Leadership Institute. His government awards include the Presidential Rank Award from the last four Presidents and both the DoD and DoN Distinguished Civilian Service awards.
President, ITA Data Analytics Center
Keith McGhee has 27 years of experience providing holistic business and information technology solutions for The Department of Defense, The Department of Homeland Security, and The State Department. His technical solutions include data analytics, enterprise software development and global deployment, commercial off-the-shelf software selection and integration, data center…
management, and global help desk.
Mr. McGhee has held executive leadership positions at CACI (Senior Vice President of Industrial Consulting and Systems) and American Systems (Vice President of Global Training and Development). He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aerospace Engineering from Virginia Tech; a Master of Business Administration from The College of William and Mary; and a Master of Science in Computer Science from Old Dominion University. He holds a Project Management Professional (PMP) certificate from the Project Management Institute and has received continuing education certificates in Strategic Negotiations and Leadership from Harvard University and Stanford University.
Chief Contracts Officer
Mike awards and manages contracts and subcontracts. A retired Navy Captain, he is Defense Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) Level III Certified in Acquisition for Contracting and for Acquisition Logistics. Among his Navy billets, he has served as Acquisition Executive, Navy Fleet Logistics Center, Norfolk, VA; Officer in Charge, Navy Regional Contracting Center, London UK and Deputy Chief of Contracts, Defense Contract Management Agency…
, Dayton OH. While in the Navy, he served in various material management and financial positions afloat and ashore. He served as Government Co-Chair for the Tidewater Government Industry Council, a council of Government and Industry representatives organized to provide effective avenues of communication, cooperation, and consultation between numerous government activities and private industry in Hampton Roads regarding contract management issues.
He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a BBA in Accounting, and the Ohio State University with an MBA in Marketing and Operational Logistics.
Chief People Officer
Katelyn Byrd provides coordinated support services in Talent Management, Security and Facilities, Information Technology, and Strategic Communications tailored to the broader achievement of corporate goals at ITA.
Katelyn believes that our ITAers are at the very heart of our organization, and takes great pride in leading a People Group that supports every…
ITAer both professionally and personally.
Katelyn previously served at the pleasure of Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli III as Director of Administration, overseeing support services in Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology, and Office Operations for the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Katelyn has served in progressive leadership roles since beginning her tenure at ITA in 2014, within the Customer Solutions, Operations, and Marketing and Communications departments.
Katelyn holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management from Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business.
Chief Financial Officer
John Altizer joined ITA in April 2012 as the Chief Financial Officer. The majority of his more than 33 years experience is in the US Government Contracting space supporting agencies of DoD, NASA, DHS, and DOS in the area of professional services, construction, operations and maintenance, and training. Prior to joining ITA, John worked overseas in both Turkey and Egypt. In Turkey, John was the Business Manager for the Base Maintenance contact…
at Incirlik Airbase. In Egypt, John was the Country Controller for a large construction company performing contracts for the Army Corps of Engineers.
In the commercial sector, he worked as CFO for a builder of Custom Carolina Sportfishing boats in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
Mr. Altizer, a Virginia native, graduated from Virginia Tech in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science in Business and a Major in Accounting. He received his CPA certification in 1988.
Senior Vice President Operations Group
Jon Tobias has over 38 years’ experience in the Department of Defense and industry, Mr. Tobias has assumed high pressure, time sensitive positions within the government and private sectors. His principle strengths include strategic planning, program management and oversight, organizational change management, and assuring…
For 25 years, Mr. Tobias proudly served in the U.S. Navy as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) officer which included EOD Mobile Unit command, and major command of a Mine Countermeasures Squadron. While assigned to the Chief of Naval Operations, he provided analysis and assessment of capabilities, effectiveness, and costs of Anti-terrorism programs, as well as Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Defense programs. He served in U.S. FIFTH Fleet as the EOD/Mine Warfare/Naval Coastal Warfare officer and in SEVENTH Fleet as a port security/harbor defense task unit commander. In addition, he was a Naval Weapons Station Ordnance Officer managing a $7B weapons and munitions inventory that included explosive safety, security, production, maintenance, transportation, and storage.
Following his transition from the Navy in 2006, Mr. Tobias was a Joint Service and Interagency requirements and concept development consultant for Whitney, Bradley and Brown where he led successful strategic consulting, concept and requirements development programs, and capabilities-based assessments for Marine Corps, Navy and DOD Biometrics. In 2012, Mr. Tobias transitioned to be the Business Director for Bluefin Robotics, an industry leading manufacturer of Unmanned and Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (UUV/AUVs) where he led defense business development and proposal efforts to expand the UUV market in the U.S. Defense industry and to Southeast Asia, Europe, and South America. Mr. Tobias served on the Board of Directors of the EOD Warrior Foundation from 2010 – 2015.
Mr. Tobias is a native of Reading, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Muhlenberg College in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. He earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the Florida Institute of Technology and a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College.
Senior Vice President, Talent Management
Amber L. Lempke provides leadership and direction for all talent acquisition and and human resources management strategies as the Senior Vice President for Talent Management at ITA International.
Prior to her transition to the private sector, Amber was a member of the Senior Executive Service, and held multiple leadership roles in public service, most recently as the Chief Human Resources Officer…
for the U.S. Census Bureau. She has also worked in strategic human capital management positions within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Department of Energy, and FEMA.
A native of Georgia, Amber began her career as U.S. Naval Supply Corps Officer following graduation from Rhodes College with a B.A. in International Studies and Economics. She was assigned as a Naval Officer, and later, government civilian, to the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program, in Washington DC (also known as Naval Reactors), ultimately serving as the program’s human resources director.
Amber holds a Master of Arts degree in Legislative Affairs from the George Washington University’s School of Political Management, and a Master of Science degree in Human Resources Management from University of Maryland, University College. She has also earned certification as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR).
Director, Quality and Security
Glenn Mallo leverages ISO-certified processes and data analytics to deliver winning ITA solutions, enhance customer satisfaction, continuously improve ITA’s safety and environmental performance, and meet contract and regulatory requirements. As Director for corporate quality at ITA, Glenn led a team of teams in the successful implementation and certification…
of ITA to ISO 45001:2018 as well as the company’s transition to ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 Management Systems.
Glenn is a nuclear trained U.S. Navy veteran with over 30 years’ experience in Program Management, Data Analytics, Leadership, People Development, Quality Assurance, Reactor Controls Maintenance, Operations, and Training. Prior to joining ITA, Glenn served as Command Master Chief for U.S. Second Fleet, Battle Force Seventh Fleet/Carrier Strike Group 5, Task Force 20, USS Carl Vinson (CVN70), Training Center Great Lakes, HM-15, and USS Oak Hill (LSD15).
SBIR Program Manager
Lauren Campbell serves as the Program Manager for ITA International’s support to Department of Defense Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Programs. Her team works with potential clients to understand and apply SBIR procedures, develop SBIR acquisition packages to operationalize organization requirements, and coordination application of ITA…
support for client SBIR programs.
Lauren served on the US Navy contracting team for the Supervisor for Shipbuilding (SUPSHIP) where she worked on contract awards, quality control, and also served as the lead Public Relations Officer.
Her operational support, government contracting experience, and SBIR program expertise enables ITA International to support customer acquisition of decision support tools. These tools accelerate organization transition to data-centric processes with improved readiness to support warfighter requirements.