Leadership

President and CEO

Chris Van Metre

Mr. Van Metre was named the third President of Advanced Technology International in May 2012. Prior to being named President, Van Metre held roles as ATI’s Senior VP of Business Development Operations, program lead for the DoD Ordnance Technology Consortium and its industry component, the National Warheads and Energetic Consortium and Program Manager on the Advanced Maritime team. Van Metre completed a 20 year Navy career where he served in a variety of leadership and management positions in both staff and operational assignments, including submarine command. Van Metre holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and has completed graduate coursework at Tulane University and numerous executive education courses.

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Chief Operating Officer

Robert Tuohy

Mr. Robert Tuohy serves as ATI's Chief Operating Officer.

Before his move to ATI, Mr. Tuohy served as corporate Vice President for Special Projects where he was responsible for coordinating the company’s effort to identify and vet strategic-level opportunities to expand ANSER’s not-for-profit public service mission.

Prior to his appointment as Vice President for Special Projects, Mr. Tuohy served as Vice President of Marketing & Business Development, where he was responsible for the oversight of efforts to expand ANSER’s impact across the government in support of the corporation’s public service charter. He supervised the development and implementation of outreach, marketing and business development strategies.

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Chief Compliance Officer

Natalie Corella

With over 27 years of experience in contract management, procurement and administration, Ms. Corella leads the Corporate Contracts and Procurement department at ATI. Corella also oversees the government property system and the ATI small business program. She also serves as the Corporate Compliance Officer for the organization and is a Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional (CCEP).

Corella graduated from the University of Dayton and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communications with a minor in Marketing. She is a member of the National Contract Management Association, the National Association of Government Contractors, the Coalition for Government Procurement, the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics, the Southeast Small Business Council and the Greater Summerville/Dorchester County Chamber of Commerce.

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Chief Financial Officer

Julia Martin

Julia Martin serves as CFO of ATI. In this role, she also serves as a board member and Treasurer. She provides financial leadership, serves as liaison for financial reporting to federal agencies, external auditors and company stakeholders and provides supervision and management of the day-to-day financial operations of ATI. 

Martin earned a B.S. degree in business administration from the College of Charleston, with an additional major in accounting. She is a Certified Management Accountant, Class of 2014 Liberty Fellow, and recently served on the board of the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce.

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Chief Information Officer

Buddy McAlister, CISSP©, GSEC©, PMP©

Mr. McAlister is the Chief Information Officer responsible for overseeing all aspects of information technology across the company.

In addition to his role as CIO, he assists multiple programs and clients in the areas of Technical Leadership, Program Management, Cyber Security, and Systems Engineering.

Mr. McAlister uses his leadership, programmatic, and technical skills to bring together the technical experts, domain experts, and support staff to successfully develop and transition technology solutions that address client’s pressing needs. He successfully applies his expertise in client relationship management and business development to enhance ATI’s business.

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Medical and Software Services Division Lead

Russ Keller

Mr. Keller is a Senior Vice President and serves as the managing executive for the Medical and Software Services division.

Prior to joining ATI, Keller served a 26 year career in the U.S. Navy. A nuclear-trained submarine officer, he completed four tours of duty at sea, culminating in command of USS SPRINGFIELD. Next, he served as a principal advisor to the Secretary of the Navy and the Chief of Naval Operations for nearly 5 years in the Navy’s Office of Legislative Affairs. He was then Commanding Officer of the Naval Nuclear Power Training Command in Charleston, SC.

Keller is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and has a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He currently volunteers in the Citadel Cadet Corps Leaders Mentor Program, serves on the Board of the Wando High School Math, Science and Engineering Foundation, and participates in various other activities to advance public school STEM initiatives.

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Innovative Prototypes Division Lead

Dolly Pelto

Ms. Pelto is Vice President of the Innovative Prototypes Division at ATI. Pelto leads the coordination and execution of solicitation processes and single-point contracting efforts for five programs, to include the largest program managed by ATI, the Department of Defense Ordnance Technology Consortium (DOTC). DOTC is an integration of Government, Industry, and Academia into a single enterprise executing joint and co-funded initiatives; sharing and developing goals and objectives, resources and assets; and utilizing existing personnel, facilities and equipment. She also supports the overall management of the National Armaments Consortium which includes over 430 companies and academic institutions brought together to enhance warfighter lethality and survivability.  

In addition to DOTC, the Innovative Prototypes division includes the Vertical Lift Consortium, the National Spectrum Consortium, the Medical CBRN Defense Consortium and the Border Security Technology Consortium, which are all modeled in some part after DOTC.  These consortia are in various stages of execution, but all are focused on advancing the state of the art in their respective technology domains.

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Vice President, Business Planning and Development

Brian Piedfort

Mr. Piedfort currently serves as Vice President, Business Planning and Development with ATI. Prior to this role, he served in the Maritime & Manufacturing Technologies Division.

Mr. Piedfort’s background includes 21 years of Naval service involving operational deployments aboard a U.S. nuclear ballistic missile submarine and several years of service as the senior enlisted advisor on various operational and headquarters staffs for five different Navy Flag Officers including Commander Submarine Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet and the Superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy.

Mr. Piedfort was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Valdosta State University in Georgia, and was certified by the Project Management Institute as a Project Management Professional.

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Naval Technologies Division Lead

Marty Ryan

Mr. Ryan is a Vice President of ATI, the Naval Technologies Division Lead, and the Executive Director of the Composites Manufacturing Technology Center (CMTC). He oversees his division operations and all Naval Technologies programs. In this capacity, he interacts with other division managers and senior managers of other organizations including the major naval industry representatives.

Prior to joining ATI, Ryan served as Science and Technology Advisor to Lieutenant General Wallace Gregson, where he managed the R&D and Technology Transition program for Marine Corps Forces in the Pacific. Prior to his assignment with the operating forces, Ryan served as Deputy NAVAIR Manufacturing Technology Program Manager and then Program Manager in 1999 and 2001, respectively.

Ryan earned a degree in Physics from Florida Tech in 1988.

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Vice President of Corporate Contracts

Scott Savoie

Mr. Savoie is Vice President of Corporate Contracts for ATI.  He has over twenty nine years’ experience in federal contract management and procurement. He is responsible for business operations for ATI including contract and agreement management, proposal support, subcontract and procurement operations, budget and revenue plans, business development, and marketing support. Savoie began with ATI affiliate SCRA in 2008 as the Director of Contracts and Program Support. Prior to this, Savoie served for 22 years in the in the United States Air Force.  During his Air Force career, Savoie held numerous contract management positions, including four positions designated as a critical acquisition positions.  While active duty Savoie attained a Contracting Level III certification in the Acquisition Professional Development Program.

Savoie earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the U.S. Air Force Academy and a Master of Science in Contract Management from the Air Force Institute of Technology. He is a member of the National Contract Management Association.

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Logistics Technologies Division Lead

​ Thornton White

Mr. White manages the ATI Logistics Technologies Division, which includes research and development programs in casting, forging, and manufacturing. He is the Program Manager for the American Metalcasting Consortium’s (AMC) Casting Solutions for Readiness (CSR) Program, leading the development of new metalcasting technologies and processes for the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) that are producing higher-quality, cost- effective castings while reducing the lead times for new and replacement parts in weapons systems. He has over thirty-three years’ experience leading and working with government and commercial clients in a number of areas, including project management and control, financial budgeting and analyses, material acquisition and management, activity‑based cost (ABC) analyses, predictive and preventive maintenance programs, and engineering and chemical analyses.

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