Koniag Information Security Services (KSS), an Alaska Native Corporation (ANC) and Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB), is 8(a) certified by the Small Business Administration (SBA). Created in 2011, KSS is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Koniag, Inc. and is one of nine companies which comprise the Koniag Government Services Sector.
Our parent company, Koniag Inc. was formed pursuant to the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971 and currently serves over 3,800 Alaska Native shareholders. Koniag, Inc. is headquartered in Kodiak, Alaska and operates subsidiaries spanning several business sectors and markets around the country, including: Government Services, Information Technology (IT), Natural Resource Development, Oilfield Services, Real Estate Services, Technical Services, and Tourism.
Please visit www.koniag.com for more information about Koniag's family of companies.
Our mission is to provide exceptional services, deliver on all promises, build better business solutions, and be “first to mind” when customers need difficult problems solved. Our client-centered approach to meeting requirements relies on industry-proven processes. We listen to our customers, validate our understanding, and work collaboratively with our customers to produce solutions that exceed expectations.
The KSS portfolio includes the Office of the Secretary of Defense Deputy Chief Management Officer (OSD DCMO), Defense Health Agency (DHA), Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Department of Defense (DoD) Chief Information Officer (CIO), Office of the Undersecretary of Defense (Comptroller) (OUSD(C)), White House Communications Agency (WHCA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) National Academy, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), as well as Intelligence and Special Operations communities.
Edward O’Hare, CEO
Edward O’Hare joined Koniag Incorporated in 2011 as the company’s Senior Vice President of Koniag Government Services, and President and CEO of KSS. He has extensive experience in the IT and telecommunications sectors, including leading strategic planning and supply operations for government organizations.
After service in the U.S. Army, Mr. O’Hare began a long career in both the public and private sectors. His positions included Assistant Commissioner for the Integrated Technology Services at the General Services Administration (GSA) where Mr. O’Hare managed GSA IT and telecommunications contracts, which totaled more than $22B a year. In the private sector, Mr. O’Hare worked with government consulting contractors. Prior to coming to the Koniag family of companies, Mr. O’Hare served as vice president of business development for Dynanet Corporation.
Mr. O’Hare possesses more than 35 years of IT and government contracting experience. He also led the development of many groundbreaking systems, including the GSAAdvantage and GSAAuctions electronic commerce systems. He was proud to lead IT operations for the 2008 U.S. presidential transition.
Rick Lester, President
Rick Lester joined Koniag Incorporated in 2004 as a Technical Program Manager in the Technology Business Sector (now Koniag Government Services) providing executive communications solutions and support to the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) until 2012 when he moved to the Sector’s headquarters to serve as the Chief Technology Officer.
Mr. Lester retired from the U.S. Army in 2003 after 26 years of service. His last position was as Director of Technology/Chief Technology Officer for the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) at Ft. Bragg, NC.
Mr. Lester has 37 years of experience in numerous leadership, operational and technical roles supporting the Federal Government, Department of Defense, and Intelligence and Special Operations communities. A combat veteran, he continues to serve from the private sector and is highly regarded for his ability to solve complex problems and management of technical teams in the analysis, planning, design, development, and implementation of emergent technologies.
Adrienne Dunlap, Vice President
Adrienne Dunlap joined the Koniag team in May 2014, working with the management team to streamline daily operational activities, manage and grow KSS programs, and contribute to the development of KSS strategic goals and objectives. She is an experienced professional with expertise in proposal management, proposal writing, business development, and capture management for USG and commercial proposals.
Ms. Dunlap possesses a Master of Arts in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Texas at Austin, where she was selected as a member of the National Security Education Program's Arabic Flagship, a program which included immersive language and cultural training in Egypt and Syria. Upon completion of her graduate work, Ms. Dunlap supported the DoD’s critical counterterrorism objectives working as an Arabic Linguist and All-Source Analyst.
Since transitioning to the corporate world, she has worked for emerging small businesses supporting DoD contracts to better support their Customers by optimizing business processes, improving operational efficiency, and ultimately elevating the level of service provided to Customer objectives. Ms. Dunlap achieved her Project Management Professional (PMP) certification in 2015.
Matt Carle, Vice President for Enterprise Planning & Analytics
Matt Carle leads KSS’s Enterprise Planning and Analytics practice, focused on the primarily Defense market. Matt specializes in helping to improve the operations of complex organizations by providing timely, accurate, and reliable information to decision makers.
Matt joined Koniag in 2012 and has supported the Federal Government for nearly twenty years with extensive experience in business transformation, enterprise planning, business process improvement, financial management, business operations, and solution development and delivery of information technology services. Prior to joining KSS, he held management positions in both large and small companies where he oversaw multiple accounts providing services to clients across the Federal Government.
Erin Crean, Director of Strategic Development
Erin Crean joined KSS in March 2015, as a Task Lead on the OSD DCMO contract, providing subject matter expertise to support Department-wide business optimization initiatives and investment management processes.
Erin graduated from Florida State University with a degree in Political Science. Coming from a multi-generational Navy family, she naturally gravitated toward work supporting the military and DoD. She has more than 15 years of experience managing consulting projects for both Defense and Civilian agencies, with a focus on improving and streamlining processes, increasing efficiency, and transforming business operations with the DoD.
Erin now uses her experience to help KSS expand its core capability offerings and implement strategies for identifying and capturing new growth opportunities.