Managing Partners

Bob Mullen

Co-founder of CORTAC Group. Twenty-five years of experience as a systems engineer, program manager, and proposal manager for a variety of DoD, commercial, and international programs. Experience includes rotary-wing defensive avionics systems, C4-ISR systems, ERP Systems, a variety of military communications satellites and system architectures. Stong leadership and client skills. BS in Physics from Principia College, completed UCLA Executive Management program.

Tom Eide

Co-founder of CORTAC Group. Twenty years of experience as a program manager, systems engineer, proposal manager, and mergers and acquisitions integration lead. Broad experience on a wide range of systems ranging from aerospace and defense to information technology and software. Former USAF officer. BS in Astronautical Engineering from the USAF Academy and a MS in Telecommunications from the University of Colorado. Completed the Mergers and Acquisitions Program at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Jim Helsper

Co-founder of CORTAC Group. Thirty years of experience as a systems engineer, technical capture manager, proposal manager, and business strategy consultant. Well-known for helping clients expand into new business areas by defining innovative strategies and implementations. Worked for Hughes Space and Communications on military communication satellites, space-based sensors, anti-satellite systems, and a variety of classified programs. BA in Physics from UC San Diego and MS in Astronomy & Astrophysics from UC Santa Cruz.

Client Delivery Team


Bill Harris

Twenty years of experience in strategic business planning, proposal leadership, program management, and systems/software engineering for DoD, other Federal, and commercial projects. Experience includes manned and unmanned ISR aircraft, defensive avionics, communications networks, guided ordnance, IT services, and ERP system implementations. BSEE from SUNY-Buffalo, MSEE from Binghamton University, Mergers & Acquisitions program at University of Chicago.

Bruce Cooper

Thirty-five years of experience as a systems engineer, capture team leader, program manager, and engineering executive. Experience includes a broad range of maritime and C3I programs at Hughes Aircraft, Raytheon, and L-3 Communications. Held key roles in the successful pursuit, capture, and execution of the JATAS, LPD-17 and DD-21 programs. BSEE from Northwestern, MS in Computer Science from Cal State-Fullerton, and Executive Program in Management Certificate from UCLA.


Dave Gaines

Twenty years of experience in acquisition management, information systems, software and proposal development. Retired USAF officer with DoD Level III certifications in Acquisition Program Management and experience as a Source Selection Evaluation Board Chair. Experience includes force protection and base security systems, maritime emergency response and protection, ISR systems, information systems design and development, and counter-IED jammers. BS in Engineering from the USAF Academy, MS in Software Systems and Information Resource Management, MBA in Finance, and PhD in Decision Science and Information Systems.


Jonathan Scofield

Over 14 years of experience as Vice President leading large, geographically diverse teams through business-building, competitive proposal, contractual delivery, and consulting activities. Currently, Sr. Director for the Seattle market, Jonathan has broad experience across public and commercial industries on highly complex, billion dollar systems and solutions spanning from information technology to new aircraft and communication systems. BS in Political Science from USAF Academy, MBA in Strategy and Management from the University of Massachusetts, and Green Belt in Lean Six Sigma. Certifications in Program Management, Systems Engineering, Logistics, and Test and Evaluation.

John Skiffington

Forty-two years of experience in acquisition management and proposal development. Retired DoD civilian with DoD Level III certification in Quality Assurance and experience as a government representative within aerospace and defense manufacturing facilities; member of source selection evaluation teams; leading multi-functional teams; managing budgets and resources and resolving issues as a Defense Contract Management Agency Deputy Commander, and leading proposal development teams as a proposal manager. Experience includes working with electronics systems, aircraft and avionics systems, tactical missile systems, light weapon systems, business systems and information technology, and health care claims processing. BS in Business Management from the University of Massachusetts – Lowell and MA in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix.

Mike Bednarz

Forty years of experience in program management and business development. Experience includes programs for all four US military services, NATO, foreign governments, and US defense contractors including space systems, fixed and rotary wing aircraft, ground weapons, and service contracts. Retired USAF officer having served as Deputy Director C-17 program, Director USAF Airborne Reconnaissance, and Director Electronic Combat Program Office. BS in Engineering Management from the USAF Academy, MS in Engineering Administration from SMU, and JD from the University of Texas.


Bert McCracken

Twenty-five years of government, industry, and senior business consulting in the aerospace sector. Specializing in integration of business processes and proposal management. Broad experience on intelligence systems, IT and services projects involving DIA, NGA, NASA and classified clients. Known for diplomacy, team building, tone setting, success oriented leadership, conflict avoidance and problem resolution. Sound knowledge of product lifecycle management. Strong team building and leadership abilities. BS in Business Administration from San Jose State University.

Stacy Graham

Stacy has over 10 years project management and finance experience. She has worked on large scale government contracts executing cost and schedule integration. In addition she has experience in managing project controls at numerous government agencies. She most recently has been an IT project manager focused on software development and deployment.

Max Marshall

Max has recently completed his Bachelors of Business Administration in Finance. In addition he has exposure and understanding of the inner workings of the DCD department.

Cristine Varzali

Fifteen years of experience in program management, procurement, strategic sourcing, and employee benefit plans. Strong background in leading cross-functional teams on large RFP projects, contract negotiations and managing vendor performance. Industry experience includes retail, technology, and health care. Bachelor of Arts in English and Communications from the University of Washington.

James Fleming

Thirteen years of experience in project management, financial analysis, proposal development, and mergers and acquisitions integration. Extensive experience and proven cross-team collaboration skills across several verticals including information technology, software, aerospace, healthcare, and energy sectors. Former USAF officer. BS in Management from the USAF Academy and an MBA from Rice University.

Rob Chapman

Rob has over 8 years of successful background in Global Operations Program Management, Data Analysis & Reporting, and Scheduling as a V- for Microsoft. Rob has driven business objectives with internal stakeholders across all MS PGs and successfully lead Microsoft programs such as Microsoft Active Protections Program and Global Citizenship Program building relationships with external partners on a global level driving strategic initiatives, process improvement, data management, project planning, scheduling and execution.

Randy Gross

Randy Gross has over 7 years’ experience as a Project Manager for a Marriott Intl. preferred GC in nationwide Hotel Renovation Construction that includes two years executing financial controls. In addition, he has experience as a PM Owners Rep for a Consultant Firm in the Hospitality Renovation division managing the full life cycle of projects such RFP selection, vetting, cost controls, cash flows, financial forecasting, pay requests, and Vendor and subcontractor pay app processing.

Derek Regan

Nine years experience successfully implementing and executing program planning & controls on complex federal and commercial programs. Expert in cost / schedule management tools and techniques with advanced MS Office integration. Proven expertise in schedule risk analysis (SRA), earned value management systems (EVMS) and cost / schedule integration. Experienced instructor in beginning and advanced planning courses. B.S. in Material Engineering from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

Dan S. Ellison

Thirty five years’ experience in Project Management, schedule management and business operations successfully implementing and executing program planning & controls on large and small DoD and commercial programs. Expert schedule management tools and techniques with MS Office integration. Proven expertise in schedule risk analysis (SRA), integrated program planning and cost / schedule integration. Demonstrated ability to lead and inspire people across functional disciplines. Proven ability to plan and manage projects from conception through execution. Proven program controls leader with highly successful experience in all aspects of proposal planning development. Expert problem solver with superior tools, integration, analytical, and communication skills. Business Management University of Phoenix.

Marcio Pacheco

Twenty five years of experience in the Technology Industry with senior expertise in Program, Project and Product Management, Software Development, Planning and Launches, Business Development, Marketing Campaigns, Events, Global Programs and Alliances, OEM & Partner Relationship, IT Strategy and Planning, Six Sigma, Cloud, Datacenter Technologies and Services. Background in Mechanical Engineering, Computer Sciences and Business Management.

Adam McKee

Six years’ experience implementing and executing program planning & controls on complex federal and commercial programs. Experience in cost / schedule management tools and techniques with advanced MS Office integration. Experience with schedule risk analysis (SRA), earned value management systems (EVMS) and cost / schedule integration. Recent focus on Cloud Infrastructure Construction . B.S. in Aeronautical Science / Communications from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical .

Kje Sundberg

Fifteen years leading and facilitating cross functional teams including thirteen years progressively training, mentoring, and executing proposal and capture management processes and five years leading lean six sigma projects at the black belt and master black belt level. Demonstrated ability to successfully deliver facilitative proposal and team leadership across multiple industries, corporate cultures, varying processes and tools, and customers. MBA from the University of Phoenix and B.S. Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wyoming.

Patrick McMurtry

Thirty years of experience in Human Factors design and Program & Project Management consulting. Experience in PPM implementation, software development lifecycle management, software release management, manufacturing lifecycle management, insurance and financial product lifecycle management, and Department of Defense IMP-IMS. Expert in schedule management including critical path methodology, schedule risk analysis and cost-schedule integration. BS in Psychology from Louisiana State University, MS in Psychology from North Carolina State University.

Jesse Phillips-Mead

Microsoft Certified Professional and Microsoft Visio MVP. Two years experience in executing and implementing tools based program planning and controls in private sector. Acknowledged as expert in dashboard creation utilizing Microsoft SharePoint with Excel and Visio Services out of the box functionality. Proven expertise in Microsoft Project, Project Server 2013 and Project Online. Five years certified as apprentice Air Traffic Controller in Oregon Air National Guard managing communication for all aircraft transiting Kingsley field airspace, pursuing AA in Airway Science.

Luke Snell

Six years of experience in graphic design. Served as a graphic designer, graphics team lead, and overall production lead. Experienced in print design, information graphics, web design, corporate branding and identity, marketing collateral and advertising campaigns. Software knowlege includes Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, Acrobat, MS Office. BA in Graphic Design from Principia College.

Joe Pace

Fifteen years of experience in project management, government acquisition, financial and cost analysis and proposal development. Builds high performing teams that support strategy development, operational analysis and business analytics. Former USAF Officer with previous Headquarters defense programming and legislative experience. BS in Aeronautical/Astronautical Engineering from Purdue University, Master of Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle University and enrolled in Executive MBA program at Coles College, Kennesaw State University.

Tim Muscott

Twenty-five years of experience in the Technology Industry focused on Project/Program Management, Information Technology, Mergers & Acquisitions, as well Software Engineering with PC, Embedded and Services software. Proven leader with combined technical and business skills with the ability to succeed in diverse domains, environments and teams. BA in Business Administration, with emphasis on Management Information Systems.

Erich Feigel

Thirty-five years of experience in program management, proposal/capture management, and technical leadership on government and commercial programs in US and UK. Experience includes space and ground-based systems, manned vehicles, UAVs, and Information Technology systems. Experience in all phases of competition management from strategy development through contract negotiations and performance. Supported and lead competitions for Army, Air Force, Navy, and commercial Information Technology bids for State Government, DLA and FBI.

Darcie O’Brien

Fifteen years of experience in graphic design. Graphic artist and team lead supporting a variety of proposals for satellite, manned spacecraft, aircraft, electronics, and information systems proposals. Skill set includes Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Acrobat Pro, Autocad/Autodesk, and QuarkXpress. Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Colorado.

Jennifer Galvanin

Over 8 years of experience as a Program Manager and Operations Manager leading complex, international operations and cross-functional teams in a high operations tempo environment.  Experience in project management, project controls and integrated scheduling in worldwide datacenter design, construction and deployment.  Former United States Air Force Intelligence Officer with a BS in Psychology from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Operations Team


Bill Funke

Vice President, Business Development – National Practice. Twenty years of experience in sales and marketing. Worked in various industries with large multi-billion dollar corporations leading sales teams to maximize customer relationships through improved customer intimacy. Strong background in brand building and leading organizations towards achieving goals while improving customer service and satisfaction. BA in Business Administration from Principia College.

Kate Farrell

Business Operations Manager for CORTAC Group. Responsible for invoicing, accounts receivable, contracts management, and operations support for CORTAC Group since its inception. Ten years of experience as a proposal production manager, corporate trainer, and technical writer. Managed the production of proposals for major aerospace & defense and IT programs across multiple industries. BS in Biology and BA in English from Western Washington University.

Doris Mullen

Benefits administrator and HR support for CORTAC Group. Supported a wide range of industries including interior design, clothing, automotive, documentary production as well as non-profit organizations. Experienced in broadcast writing, editing, public relations and fund raising. BA in Journalism from Cal State University, Northridge.