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Leadership Team

Paul A. Dillahay

and Chief Executive Officer

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NCI President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Paul A. Dillahay brings more than 20 years of executive-level experience within the government IT services sector to his role at NCI. He has proven experience delivering sustainable top-line growth, operational excellence and process improvement. In his current position, he is responsible for oversight of all company operations; development and execution of the company’s growth strategy, including strategic transactions; and investor relations. Before joining NCI, Paul was executive vice president for CACI’s health and litigation solutions group. He also served as executive vice president of corporate development while there. Prior to CACI, Paul served as president and CEO at ASRC Federal, where he had principal responsibility for day-to-day operations of ASRC Federal subsidiaries and shared services center. He held the position of chief operating officer (COO) prior to his role as president and CEO. In addition, Paul’s career has included such positions as chief strategy officer for Anthem’s federal government solutions business, executive in residence for Seabury Aerospace Group, president and COO of USIS, and vice president of operations for a defense division at Lockheed Martin. Paul holds a bachelor’s in management science from Lock Haven University. He has completed executive education at both the Kellogg School of Management and the Harvard Business School.

Allen Badeau, PhD, PMP

Chief Technology Officer, Vice President
and Director, NCI CREATE Lab

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Dr. Allen Badeau is the chief technology officer for NCI, as well as the director of the NCI Center for Rapid Engagement and Agile Technology Exchange (CREATE) Lab. In this role, he leads innovation research and development activities designed to add value to NCI’s customers and their missions, including cutting-edge technologies such as artificial intelligence, quantum computing, software defined networks, robotics, advanced data analytics, agile DevSecOps and many other areas.

With the CREATE Lab, NCI is building next-generation, value-based solutions for its customers utilizing a collaborative, knowledge-sharing environment. Under Allen’s direction, the CREATE ecosystem brings together people, processes, and ideas, as well as software and hardware resources — exploring the strategy and implementation of new and advanced technologies, and redefining how innovation is integrated into our customers’ environment.

Prior to joining NCI, Allen held various leadership roles at ASRC Federal, CSC, Innovative Management & Technology Services and Lockheed Martin. Allen received his bachelor’s in physics, and both his master’s and doctoral degrees in mechanical engineering from West Virginia University.



Michele R. Cappello

Senior Vice President,
General Counsel and Secretary

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Bringing 25 years of relevant experience, Michele R. Cappello serves as general counsel and secretary for NCI. Michele has been with NCI since August 1997 and is responsible for all legal, contractual and purchasing matters for the corporation. Prior to joining NCI, Michele spent 10 years as in-house counsel to Network Solutions, Inc. and its spin-off company, Netcom Solutions International. Michele earned her bachelor’s in psychology from Ladycliff College and her JD from George Mason University School of Law.

Sandra Gillespie

Chief Operating Officer

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Sandra Gillespie serves as chief operating officer for NCI, responsible for overseeing all operational programs for the company. Before becoming COO, she was senior vice president and general manager of NCI’s Agile and Analytics Sector. She brings more than 30 years of executive information technology experience to her role. Sandra has demonstrated achievement and success in guiding globally positioned teams and providing innovative solutions. Her expertise includes information technology, mission system integration, logistics, infrastructure and professional services. Prior to joining NCI, Sandra served as senior vice president of health and compliance programs for CGI Federal, overseeing the strategy and growth for its operations, with more than 1,500 employees across the U.S. She also served in executive roles at Federal Capgemini Government Solutions, GTSI, Raytheon, Lockheed Martin and DynCorp. Sandra holds a bachelor’s in computer science and accounting, and a master’s in business administration from Jacksonville State University. She also attended executive leadership training from Harvard University and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Charles (Chuck) Hicks Jr.

Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
and Treasurer

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Chuck Hicks serves as executive vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer for NCI, responsible for leading the finance functions for the company. He brings more than 25 years of experience providing strategic oversight of financial and business operations for a number of federal government contractors and large corporations.


Chuck’s expertise includes merger and acquisition (M&A) transactions, integration initiatives to improve operational excellence, efficiency and performance, as well as the development of strategic partnerships. He is recognized as a change agent and a highly respected finance/business leader in the GovCon industry.


Before joining NCI, Chuck served as the CFO for Cresa Global, Inc. Prior to this, he was executive vice president for strategic growth, chief operating officer and CFO for SC3, a mid-sized federal contractor focused on the intelligence community, which is now part of General Dynamics Information Technology. He also served in executive leadership roles at ASRC Federal, SAIC and USIS. His career also includes having worked at Ernst & Young and serving in the U.S. Navy.


Chuck holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Maryland College Park. He also completed executive M&A education from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Vasili Ikonomidis

Chief Information Officer

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Vasili Ikonomidis serves as NCI’s chief information officer. In this role, he is responsible for leading the Management Information Systems (MIS) functions across the enterprise, which includes both the corporate and AdvanceMed MIS teams.


Vasili brings nearly two decades of experience to his CIO role leading advanced information technology (IT) programs. He has overseen the management of customer contracts through all phases, from kick-off through completion, directly supporting as many as 16,000 customers. He is well regarded for transforming inefficient contracts into successful, highly responsive programs by employing best practices and leveraging innovative technologies.


Before joining NCI, Vasili held various IT management positions at several leading software and government contracting companies, including NetCentrics, Advanced Systems Development, Inc., and CACI. His career also includes having worked at Creative Information Technology, Inc., and Dynamics Research Corporation.


He holds a bachelor’s degree in information systems from York College of Pennsylvania.

Brad Mascho

Chief Artificial Intelligence Officer

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Brad Mascho serves as NCI’s chief artificial intelligence officer. In this role, he is responsible for leading a new corporate division focused around artificial intelligence (AI) initiatives and strategy to accelerate, automate and augment repeatable processes for NCI’s customers, quickly turning data into actionable intelligence.




Before joining NCI, Brad co-founded CrossChx, Inc., the industry leader in building meaningful AI that empowers and scales humans. Backed by nearly $50 million in venture capital and under his direction as president, CrossChx quickly expanded to a nationwide customer base with more than 100 employees. During this time, the Ohio-based company made Columbus Business First’s list of Best Places to Work for three consecutive years. Prior to this, Brad served as an advisor to several fast-growing technology startups. He also spent a decade advising members of Congress and was an executive at a leading insurance association. Brad earned a reputation as a “change agent” after tackling significant challenges in healthcare such as the opioid crisis and global identity resolution. He earned a B.A. and M.A. from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

Bridget Medeiros

Senior Vice President
and Chief Growth Officer

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Bridget Medeiros serves as senior vice president and chief growth officer. She brings more than 30 years of military and government industry experience to the role. Before joining NCI, she served as vice president of business development at CACI International for the health and litigation solutions markets, where she was responsible for developing a growth strategy and building a robust pipeline. Prior to her time at CACI, Bridget was senior vice president of business development for ASRC Federal, where she and her team were responsible for achieving 18 percent growth over a three-year period, including winning key new business pursuits valued at more than $2.5 billion in total contract value. In addition, she led business development at Lockheed Martin for the information systems and global services business, as well as the global training and logistics division for 13 years. Bridget’s career also includes 18 years as a civil servant within the Defense Department in transformation management positions and three years in the U.S. Air Force.

Clay Worley

Senior Vice President and
Chief Human Resources Officer

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Clay Worley serves as senior vice president and chief human resources officer for NCI, responsible for the company’s human resources and security strategy and execution. Clay brings more than 30 years of experience leading human resources teams and driving human capital initiatives across HR functional areas in support of business objectives, most recently as vice president of Human Resources for DXC Technology’s U.S. public sector organization. Prior to this, he worked in various HR leadership roles at Leidos and L‑3 Communications. He currently serves on the board of the Washington Women’s Leadership Initiative as well as the HR Alliance DC organization, and is a member of the board of directors for BioPharma Global. He is involved with community and charitable organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, the Paralyzed Veterans of America’s National Veterans Wheelchair Games, the American Heart Association, and the Northern Virginia Technology Council’s Tech Talent and Veterans Employment initiatives. Clay holds a bachelor’s in business administration from the University of Louisville and a master’s in business administration from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland.