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.
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).
Vice Presient Business Development
Cindy is a native of North Carolina and has called the Hampton Roads community home since 1984 while on active duty with the U.S. Navy. After serving, Cindy began what has become a lifelong rewarding career of guiding firms through business development, revenue growth, structured operations, contract negotiations, compliance, and capital acquisitions; focusing on small and mid-growth firms in the defense, state, and commercial sectors. Cindy spent eight years working for the US Department of Commerce's MBDA under agreements with the US SBA and Federal Agencies, focused on growing small firms to become seasoned performing prime contractors for the US DoD and other federal agencies.
Cindy was a principal participant on the successful proposal for NASA's largest Agency Wide Engineering Contract valued at $240 million dollars - the "Systems Analysis and Mission Support" Program - with AlliantTech Systems Space. She became the Director of Operations, managing a staff of professionals in contract administration, audit and compliance, sub-contract administration, finance, human resources, project management, and business development. She became the Business Proposal Manager for the subsequent recompete TEAMs contract and was awarded the contract for an additional five years.
Cindy was offered a position as the Director of Government Sponsored-Industry Assistance Programs at Old Dominion University and provided oversight for the Hampton Roads Procurement Assistance Center & Hampton Roads Veterans Business Outreach, for which she wrote the proposal for the SBA and brought the center to the University as only one of 16 nationwide. Also in her role there, Cindy assisted business owners in understanding and developing strategies for doing business with the federal, state, and local governments & specifically assisted Veterans & Service Disabled Veterans in business development and federal programs. Cindy has also served in the capacity of Director of Contracts for BRSC , a large global energy and O&M engineering firm, and as VP of Business Operations of CPT, Inc., a SDVOSB firm.
Cindy has been recognized during her career by the U.S. Small Business Administration as the Veteran Small Business Advocate for the Commonwealth of Virginia, as the Minority Business Advocate by the Chamber of Commerce, and by various organizations for assistance to and on behalf of the growth and development of small businesses in Hampton Roads. She has developed and provided numerous training courses in the areas of contracting, procurement, teaming, and business development strategies to businesses, organizations, federal government staff, and University affiliates and is a recognized SME in the industry.
Cindy is very proud to be a Navy Veteran and a charter/founding member of the Women in Military Service Memorial at Arlington.
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.
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.