Program & Operations Management

Dustin LeClair, PMP
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Dustin LeClair, PMP
PMP, Director of Programs

Mr. LeClair’s wide-ranging background from university nuclear operations through policy analysis and development and program management provide him with a breadth of experience in nuclear strategy and program development and execution.  He brings a combined understanding of strategic approaches to policy application and the execution of specific programs and projects that directly support national goals in the control of and maintenance of U.S. nuclear capability.  His educational achievements and certifications enable him to effectively plan, manage and execute complex activities in support of that goal.

Education: Mr. LeClair received a B.S. in Nuclear Engineering from Texas A&M University, and his M.S. in Defense and Strategic Studies from Missouri State University. Among others, he has also completed professional development courses in Advanced Nuclear Concepts, Nuclear Forensics for the Federal Workforce, Nuclear Expertise Training Course and the Nuclear Weapons Acquisitions Professional Program. He holds certifications as a Nuclear Weapons Acquisition Professional in Project Management and Systems Engineering; Leadership and Development Certificate (Project/Team Lead Level); Contracting Officer’s Representative, Level II; and is a Project Management Professional (PMP). He has also held a Senior Nuclear Reactor Operator’s License from the NRC and holds a current DOE Q Clearance.

Experience: Mr. LeClair’s career includes experience as a Deputy Nuclear Reactor Supervisor at the Texas A&M Nuclear Science Center where he supervised production of radioisotopes for medical and commercial uses and as an Energy Security Policy analyst at the George C. Marshall Institute providing analysis for the formulation of DoD energy policies and technical directions and participating in conference events and activities on topics of interest. While at SAIC, he led a team of researchers in evaluating strategic weapons verification, negotiated with other Federal agencies on investment alignment for radiological detection technologies for national security. He also authored guidance for USAF implementation of the US-IAEA Integrated Safeguards and Additional Protocol agreements. As an R&D Program Manager for Schafer Corp., he performed major program management tasks including managing an R&D portfolio, developing and maintaining project plans, working with operational users to develop well-defined requirements for prevention of radiological and nuclear smuggling, developing program documents including acquisition plans, SOWs and related documents for executing contracts, interagency agreements, and similar agreements. As a Federal program manager for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), he performed oversight of design and construction of line item construction projects, developed strategic plans to guide a $400M annual investment baseline, managed support contracts as the Contracting Officer’s Representative, and directed a project to increase the efficiency of the Earned Value Management process across multiple programs.

Alena Jeffery
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Alena Jeffery
Senior Program Manager, PMP, Language

Alena is a motivated and pro-active PMP certified Agile manager, military spouse, first-generation immigrant and graduate with honors from a HBCU with comprehensive education and subject matter expertise in supporting large scale Government and Military contracts, projects and programs, leading cross-cultural teams, managing client and stakeholder relationships, and working as a liaison between the delivery teams and various management layers, seeks position within the qualifying field to become a valuable member of the team. She has a steadfast work ethic and pays meticulous attention to detail, She brings diversity, perspective, unique capability to AAC.


Chad Lowry
Chad Lowry
Chad Lowry
Senior Program Manager, Crane Operations

Chad is currently assigned to a persistent surveillance system ground (PSS-G) US Army contract.  He oversees refurbishment and upgrade activities of surveillance trailers for the US Army. His duties include maintaining staff by recruiting, selecting, orienting, and training employees and developing personal growth opportunities. His staff job is to improve results by coaching, counseling, and disciplining employees; planning, monitoring, and appraising job results; conducting training, implementing enforcing systems, policies, and procedures. He is in charge of complete operations by developing schedules; assigning and monitoring work, gathering resources, implementing productivity standards, resolving operations problems, maintaining reference manuals and implementing new procedures. He ensures quality service by enforcing quality and customer service standards. Mr. Lowry has a Bachelor of Science in Electronics and Computer Technology from Indiana State University.


Steve Ross
Steve Ross
Steve Ross
Senior Program Manager, Savannah River Operations

Mr. Ross is currently a Senior Staff Engineer for AAC. In this role, he is responsible for providing systems engineering support for Consolidated Nuclear Security (CNS) located at Oak Ridge, TN and Pantex, TX. Additional tasks on other programs and proposal efforts may be required.

Mr. Ross worked for InGenics Corporation as a consulting engineer for process development. He was responsible for selecting equipment for processing parts to build the Solar Array. He compared various manufacturers to meet production expectations and determine costs, and worked within a LEAN manufacturing layout.

Mr. Ross worked for KA Hamilton and Associates and Sub Contract by Ansaldo Signal He was a consulting engineer for new product manufacturing and a construction contractor for manufacturing operations. As a consulting engineer, Mr. Ross provided on-site factory support for the first 80 units of Car-borne Controller for Communication Based Train Control (CBTC), built in Shenyang, China. He facilitated design changes, correct specifications, troubleshooting, quality audit, and LEAN introduction. As construction contractor, Mr. Ross was responsible for light commercial renovation projects in support of LEAN objectives, including systems wiring area, surface mount assembly expansion, vital relay encapsulation relocation, and to service and repair the facility.

Mr. Ross worked for Ansaldo Signal (formerly Union Switch & Signal), Railway Signaling and Train Control Systems, located in Batesburg, SC. Mr. Ross was a Quality Manager for manufacturing and global supply chain.

Mr. Ross worked for General Electric Company (currently Lockheed Martin), located in Syracuse, NY from 1984 to 1989 and again from 1990 to 1992 as part of the Aerospace Group: Ocean and Radar Systems Division. From 1990 to 1992, Mr. Ross was a component/hardware design engineer for product engineering.

Brenton Manweiler
Brenton Manweiler
Brenton Manweiler
Deputy Program Manager, HSE Joint Venture

Mr. Manweiler is currently a Systems Engineering Director and Project Area Manager for AAC. In this role, he is responsible for providing Total Lifecycle Systems Engineering support for AAC Prime contractor customers such as Consolidated Nuclear Security (CNS) and Alion Science and Technology. With his tenure at AAC Brenton has managed multiple programs delivering RAM-C and life cycle cost analyses for CNS. Through the trained use of advanced analytics software, he had provided valuable information to our prime customer and advanced the quality and methodology of product AAC delivers on its contracts. He is certified in ITIL Foundations and has completed his six-sigma green belt training.

Mr. Manweiler holds a Masters in Systems Engineering from the College of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering, George Washington University, Washington DC (2017). He also holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration, Computer Information Systems and Management Concentrations from Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO in 2013.


Chris Woodcock
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Chris Woodcock
Program Manager, SWORD

Mr. Woodcock supports the business development efforts of Advanced Automation Corporation (A.A.C.) and Special Weapons and Ordnance (S.W.O.R.D.) by providing subject matter expertise in support of proposal creation.

Mr. Woodcock holds a Bachelors’ Degree in Political Science from the State University of New York.  He has over 30 years of managerial experience and has held senior leadership roles within the retail energy industry.  He is also the Principal/Chief Instructor of Trident Personal Defense, a firearms and tactics training provider.  Trident Personal Defense serves both civilian and military customers.

Mr. Woodcock served in the United States Navy and the United States Coast Guard. He has experience in corrections, nuclear security, facility security and force protection.


Jolene Miller
Jolene Miller
Jolene Miller
Manager of Human Resources

As Office Manager, Ms. Miller is responsible for inter office communication and coordination. This includes processing of all incoming and outgoing employees and their associated human resources (HR) issues. In that role she also coordinates many purchases and shipping and receiving processes. Jolene is also an Accounting Associate making sure all income and expenses are entered correctly into the accounting system. Ms. Miller is a licensed Notary Public in the state of New York.

Ms. Miller previously worked at McCraith Beverages in Marcy, NY in Accounts Payable. There she entered AP invoices, and was responsible for posting and cutting checks. Ms. Miller also worked in Customer Service. There she would communicate with customers on a daily basis, as part of her job was to answer customer questions and work through any issues a costumer may have. Jolene also did account reviewing where she used Microsoft Excel daily to stay organized and compare utilities on a monthly and yearly basis and track any increases. Ms. Miller also trained other employees and supported audits.

Tracy Armstrong
Tracy Armstrong
Tracy Armstrong
Facility Security Officer

Ms. Armstrong has a history of military experience and administration which she brings to Advanced Automation Corporation (AAC). Under Ms. Armstrong’s direction, AAC was registered as an Economically Disadvantaged Woman Owned Small Business (EDWOSB) and obtained its Department of Defense (DoD) Facility Clearance. Ms. Armstrong has eight years of experience as the FSO/security specialist for AAC. All personnel requiring security clearances are cleared through her. Ms. Armstrong also deals with ITAR and foreign employment and tax issues for AAC’s outside the continental United States (OCONUS) efforts. Additionally, Ms. Armstron provides project management duties, to include tracking contract requirements deliverable lists (CRDL) and management of deliverables. She also provides research and assistance with certificates need for the growth and development of the company.

Prior to joining AAC, Ms. Armstrong was the Office Manager at Ashley Home Furnishings. In this role, she met with manufacturing representatives and sales personnel; provided inventory management and control for the store; and was responsible for the management of all sales and financing documentation for the staff. Ms. Armstrong was also responsible for store layout and window displays and general appearance. Ms. Armstrong worked as an Office Manager for ARBRO Inc., located in Keeseville, NY. She was the supervisor of customer service employees to include hiring and evaluation. She provided oversight on all accounts receivable, accounts payable, invoicing, and purchase orders. Ms. Armstrong was also responsible for all customer service, including dozens of daily phone calls, mail correspondence and e-mail correspondence, and she coordinated directly with manufacturers, along with DHL, UPS, USPS and all shipping billing and claims. Additionally, Ms. Armstrong was responsible for inventory data management and is proficient in Quick Books, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Outlook and other software programs.

Jeremy Tyler
Jeremy Tyler
Jeremy Tyler
Business Strategist, Logistics Analyst, and Mobile Apps Developer

In his informatics and logistics role for AAC, Mr. Tyler is leading the development of streamlined, agile sustainment application technologies for mobile phones. Mr. Tyler also actively teaches across the U.S. in the areas of systems engineering, program acquisition, production, quality, and manufacturing and logistics all in the context of long term sustainment. His DoD Secret clearance is currently pending.

Mr. Tyler has developed an asset tracking system that is being used in the current war fighting efforts in Afghanistan and throughout the world. Mr. Tyler has assisted in the development of sustainment models for the U.S. Navy that helped architect the logistics and supply plans for long and short term deployments. Mr. Tyler helped develop the requirements for the first Prognostics Health Management (PHM) module for the U.S. Navy based on an Applications Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) chip. Once the chip was developed via the Office of Naval Research (ONR), Mr. Tyler helped test and evaluate the first chips accepted by the U.S. Navy. These chips are part of add on modules that are connected to deployed systems world-wide. The ASIC Modules collect data on temperature, humidity and shock the system experiences. Once the systems have been deployed, the U.S. Navy collects their individual data and analyses it to determine use case induced failures. This data yields insight to how to design and maintain better systems.

Mr. Tyler has more than 10 years of experience in the sustainment and depot support for military systems fields. He has been at the technician level to help maintain and sustain systems for more than 8 years.