The Management Team at T-Solutions is made up of professionals with a wide variety of skills and expertise.
Chief Executive Officer
Darlene Todd is a former US Public Health Service Officer and majority owner of T-Solutions.
A former nurse and hospital administrator, Darlene also serves the corporation as Corporate Secretary. Darlene has a Bachelor of Arts from Eastern Connecticut University and a Masters Degree of Public Health from the University of Hawaii.
Jim Todd is a multi-talented and specialized executive with an exemplary record of strong and caring leadership. Mr. Todd’s experience spans over 40 years in large-scale project management with U.S. Navy maintenance, ship acquisition programs and homeland defense projects.
After two years as a merchant engineer on freighters and tugs, Mr. Todd served 23 years in the U.S. Navy before retiring in 1991 as a Captain. He saw engineering duty on board ships in the Pacific and Vietnam, for which he received various combat/campaign decorations. His career also included positions in the maintenance and acquisition of ships. Jim’s last assignment before he retired was as a major acquisition Program Manager in Washington, D.C. with $11+ billion in programs and more than 60 ships in various stages of the acquisition process.
Since retiring from the U.S. Navy, Mr. Todd has had a succession of executive positions, each with increased responsibilities. He was Program Manager and General Manager at Intermarine, USA where he directed the shipyard in building Minehunter ships for the U.S. Navy. Jim followed that by joining
American Management Systems, Inc. in support of U.S. Navy surface ship maintenance programs and after tripling their revenue base on those projects, he was promoted to Corporate Vice President. Jim joined VSE Corporation in 2001 as its President & COO and is now the Chariman and minority owner of a Woman Veteran Owned Small Business (WVOSB), T-Solutions, Inc.
Mr. Todd has a Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, New York as well as a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a post-masters Mechanical Engineers degree from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. He has published articles in the Naval Society of Naval Engineers Journal on ship maintenance and quality assurance related subjects. He has served on the Board of Directors for Enengetic, Inc., VSE Corporation, the Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business Council and T-Solutions, Inc.
President / Chief Operating Officer
Andrea Nelson has over 15 years of exceptional business management experience and strong entrepreneurial leadership. She has worked for manufacturing, service and distribution businesses and is an experienced executive skilled in finance, strategy, operations and sales & marketing. Additionally, Andrea has run her own business offering Chief Financial Officer services since 2009.
Andrea started her career as a high school mathematics teacher at the Garrison Forest School in Owings Mills, MD and then as a Cataloguer, specializing in Nineteenth Century European Paintings & Sculpture at Sotheby’s, before getting her Masters in Business Administration.
After finishing her MBA, Andrea worked for International Paper’s Mergers & Acquisitions group in Purchase, NY. After this assignment, she transitioned to IP’s distribution business, xpedx, where she was responsible for strategic planning, logistics and real estate for their $2 billion northeast sector located in Cincinnati, OH. Andrea then moved to Cleveland, OH where she was responsible for all operations of xpedx’ $250 million regional distribution business. Her responsibilities included management of both union and non-union facilities. In 2002, IP tasked Andrea with becoming the CFO for its service businesses where she created a sales model by which to sell IP’s corporate services to all business units.
After work across International Paper’s finance, distribution and services businesses, Andrea moved into IP’s manufacturing sector, first as the Marketing Director for New Packaging Products where she successfully launched a ultra lightweight packaging product and then to run IP’s Mid Atlantic packaging business, headquartered in Chesapeake, VA.
Andrea left International Paper in 2009 to pursue her own entrepreneurial instincts and started Advance CFO, a business providing permanent, part-time Chief Financial Officers to small and mid-sized businesses. T-Solutions was one of Andrea’s first clients and in mid 2011, she transitioned into a full-time role as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer. Andrea’s experience brings a strong, commercial focus to T-Solutions, now as the company’s President and Chief Operating Officer.
Chief Financial Officer
Rachael Richardson has joined T-Solutions, Inc. in the role of Chief Financial Officer. She has 20 years of accounting experience, with 17 of those years in government contracting. She started her career in accounting as a file clerk and has held positions in accounts payable, accounts receivable and payroll becoming a Staff Accountant, Accounting Manager, and Controller. The former companies Rachael has worked for are services oriented, with her former company shifting to a production based environment. She was responsible for the integrity of financial statements, compliance with federal and state regulations, internal and external audits, internal controls, indirect rates, developing cost and price proposals in response to government solicitations, and compliance with the Federal Acquisition Regulations. She has a thorough knowledge of accounting in the government contracting field. Currently, Rachael holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. One of her many goals is to obtain her Master's Degree and CPA.
Kenneth S. Jacobs
Executive Vice President and Technical Director
Kenneth S. Jacobs is T-Solutions Executive Vice President and Technical Director. His responsibilities focus on special projects in support of the Navy’s Port Engineer Program and business development.
Ken was formerly Amtrak’s Deputy for Reliability-Centered Maintenance where he led the effort to modernize the railroad’s Mechanical maintenance program introducing Reliability Centered Maintenance validated, standardized maintenance procedures and a program of Continuous Maintenance. Innovations introduced by Mr. Jacobs at Amtrak were directly responsible for significant increases in rolling stock reliability, availability, on-time performance and the increased revenue that resulted. He is also the former Director of Maintenance Engineering at the U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA).
Originally trained as a Data Systems Technician in the Navy, Mr. Jacobs attended Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1975.
Since July 1975, Mr. Jacobs served in NAVSEA as a project engineer for boats and service crafts; as the Type Desk for AFS, AOR, AO, and AOG ship types; as manager of the Amphibious and Auxiliary Ship Maintenance Strategy Program where he was instrumental in the development and implementation of the Phased Maintenance Program; and for 19 years, until his retirement from Federal Service, as head of the Ship Maintenance Division responsible for ship maintenance improvement programs, including the successful Ship Maintenance Effectiveness Review Program (SHIPMER).
Senior Vice President of Business Development
Alex Heidt served as senior vice president and manager of the Alion Science and Technology Acquisition Programs Management Group (APMG) managing a $200M portfolio delivering expert program, acquisition and operational services as well as engineering support to customers throughout the U.S. Navy, Coast Guard, international government and commercial organizations.
Prior to joining Alion, Heidt was the senior vice president of business development for Harris Corporation’s information technology services, a $1B business area that provides engineering and professional services internationally. Before that, Heidt led Harris’ Air Force IT Services division. Previously, Heidt served as vice president of Global Mission Solutions for Lockheed Martin, heading operations, finance, and business development for a $450 million division.
Heidt's earlier positions include director of Business Strategy & Contracts for Lockheed Martin Information Technology and director of Business Operations for the Lockheed Martin Homeland Security Integrated Product Team. Heidt also worked with Orbital Sciences Corporation and Raytheon (E-Systems).
Heidt earned his juris doctor in Law, master of arts degree in Finance from Catholic University, and bachelor of science degree in Business Administration from Strayer University. He is admitted to the Virginia State Bar and served honorably in the U.S. Marine Corps.
Vice President / East Coast Deputy Project Manager
Mike Phillips’ experience spans over 30 years in marine repair and U.S. Navy maintenance. Mike served in the U.S. Coast Guard before becoming a U.S. Navy Port Engineer. He saw engineering duty onboard ships in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Vietnam. Mike has been directly involved in maintenance execution for over $90 million dollars worth of planning and production bringing a solid background in financial analysis of maintenance planning and execution.
Mike has solid knowledge and broad-based understanding of all aspects of Navy maintenance with strong people skills and an ability to interact at all levels and in order to develop positive results.
Mike has a Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy as well as a Master of Science in Oceanography from Florida State University.
Vice President / West Coast Deputy Project Manager
After 18 years of sailing as a Chief Engineer on offshore tugs & barges for Moran Towing, Bob Keyes came to the Port Engineer Program in 1989 and worked with MSO & the MCMs that were under construction at Peterson Brothers in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. When the MCMs moved to Ingleside, TX, Bob moved to LPDs, LSDs And after several years with the L-ships Bob moved over to Cruisers and later LHAs and LHDs.
After converting to a GS position, Bob became the Senior Port Engineer at South West Regional Maintenance Center. He worked at that position for several years and then returned to his home on the east coast. After a short hiatus on the east coast he returned to head up the Port Engineer Program-Pacific for T-Solutions in San Diego.
Bob has a Bachelor of Science degree from Maine Maritime Academy, a Chief Engineer-limited Ocean, and a First Assistant-Unlimited Steam & Diesel license.
Director of Human Resources
Roger Lorince has over 10 years of experience in human resource management, recruitment, program management support and business consulting. As the Director of Human Resources, Roger provides strategic and operational HR initiatives across all areas of the Human Resources Department and the Company.
Roger is qualified, trained and experienced in employee retention and recruitment, benefits and compensation, corporate policies and procedures, process improvement, recognition and rewards, organizational development and project administration. Currently, Roger holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from East Carolina University.
West Coast Office Manager
Elsa Perez has over 17 years experience supporting the Port Engineer program in San Diego, California. She is currently Office Manager and Assistant Facility Security Officer. She is the liaison between employees and corporate office.
Extensive familiarity with the Port Engineer Program and program personnel. In depth knowledge of security requirements for contractor personnel at navy facilities and other navy contractor sites.
Thoroughly familiar with travel, expense reporting and personnel requirements and procedures.