- Delaware Valley Chapter Board of Directors
Mr. DeMarco is the President and Managing Member of PRICE Systems L.L.C., a privately held company in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey. PRICE is the world leader in Parametric Planning, Estimating, and Budgeting tools and services with clients in the North America, South America, Europe, and Asia. PRICE introduced the first commercially available Hardware and Software Cost Estimating Models in 1975 and attained its industry leading position through dedication to speed, quality and customer satisfaction.
Mr. DeMarco received a Bachelors degree in Mathematics from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and a Masters degree in Computer Science from the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, NJ.
Since joining PRICE Systems in 1981, Mr. DeMarco’s accomplishments include the development of the PRICE electronics cost model (PRICE M), major enhancements to the PRICE hardware model (PRICE H), and the personal computer program XPERT/H. As PRICE Product Development Manager for several years, Mr. DeMarco led a team of operations researchers, logisticians and computer scientists in the development of parametric models and tools to serve the cost estimating and analysis community. During his tenure as the leader of PRICE Systems, PRICE migrated its tools to desktop and client/server computing platforms and has introduced several new services including professional services, tailored on-site training, the PRICE Knowledge Manager, and PRICE TruePlanning, TrueFindings, and TrueMapper
Mr. DeMarco is a recognized expert and frequent speaker on predictive cost modeling for optimizing planning, budgeting, and cost management. He has contributed over 20 papers on cost estimating, analysis and management and is cited on two U.S. patents for cost estimating techniques. In 1997, Mr. DeMarco received the highest honor bestowed by the International Society of Parametric Analysts (ISPA), the Freiman Award. In 2001, Mr. DeMarco served on the NASA International Space Station Management and Cost Evaluation Task Force (IMCE) to help address cost growth on the program. Mr. DeMarco works with many cost engineering societies and is the past President of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) Delaware Valley Chapter.
In 1998, Mr. DeMarco led the management buyout of the PRICE Systems business unit from the Lockheed Martin Corporation to form PRICE Systems, L.L.C. PRICE is now an independent employee-owned business dedicated to helping enterprises manage cost and sustain profitable growth through faster, better planning, estimating and budgeting.
Juan Peñalver serves as director of international business development for Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems (RMS). Based in Moorestown, New Jersey, he leads a team responsible for customer relationships and new business development in Europe and South America.
Prior to joining RMS International Business Development, Juan served as the director of international business development for the Surface & Sea-Based Missile Defense Line of Business in Moorestown.
Juan has held a series of increasingly responsible positions since joining Lockheed Martin as a market analyst in the late ‘80s. Following early assignments focused on air traffic management programs, he led development of the industrial cooperation program for a major international Aegis combat system sale.
In 1996 he joined Lockheed Martin’s corporate international organization as regional director for southern Europe, working in both London and Madrid. His activities focused on naval, space and aeronautics programs in Spain, Italy and Portugal. He returned to the U.S. in 2003 to lead missile defense and combat systems business development.
Juan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Rochester and the Master of Science in Foreign Service degree from Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Delaware Valley Chapter of the National Defense Industrial Association.
As a Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve, now retired after 26 years of service, he deployed to Iraq from May 2010 to June 2011. His military decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (2 awards), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, and Navy Commendation Medal (2 awards).
Mr. Philip Jaurigue began his career in private industry supporting Navy shipbuilding and aircraft programs. In 1989 he founded Sabre Systems, Inc. and has served as CEO since its inception. Mr. Jaurigue provides strategic business leadership to drive the direction, stability and growth of Sabre. Under his guidance and leadership, Sabre has grown into a highly successful technology and engineering services company.
Mr. Jaurigue is a board member for several organizations including: The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA), The Committee of Seventy, The Free Library of Philadelphia, Liguori Academy, The Kaitlin Murphy Foundation, and previously the Cancer Support Community of Philadelphia. He is also the current chair of the Strengthening the Mid-Atlantic Region for Tomorrow (SMART) organization, which supports research and development as well as technology-based opportunities in the Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania region. And additionally, serves on the Dean’s Council of the Fox School of Business of Temple University. He previously served as president of the Entrepreneurs Forum of Greater Philadelphia and the Philadelphia 100 Alumni Association. Mr. Jaurigue is a frequently scheduled speaker at Philadelphia area universities and is also a regular co-host on the Executive Leaders Radio program in both Washington, DC, and Philadelphia.
Under Mr. Jaurigue’s leadership, Sabre was recognized for its longstanding history of growth and was inducted into the Philadelphia 100® Hall of Fame as its inaugural member. His commitment to exhibiting the entrepreneurial spirit earned him the prestigious Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year® Award for IT Solutions. In recognition of his leadership role in the Delaware Valley, the Philadelphia Soul of the Arena Football League invited Mr. Jaurigue to its ownership group.
Mr. Jaurigue is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Temple University in Computer Information Sciences.
Sam Thevanayagam is the President and CEO of Parts Life, Inc. and DeVal Lifecycle Support. Parts Life, Inc., an AS9100D certified small business, is an innovative company focused on providing customized parts and obsolescence solutions to support the Defense, Aerospace, Heavy Duty, and Automotive industries. Known for agility, efficiency and affordability, the value created by Parts Life, Inc. results in lifecycle sustainment and service life extension for mission-critical assets. The work of Parts Life, Inc. directly impacts the warfighter and the U.S. taxpayer, saving millions of dollars each year together with ensuring systems are mission ready. Under Sam’s leadership, Parts Life, Inc. has quickly become a key industry leader, and earned a reputation of excellence and achievement in quality and performance by working closely with its customers to support individual needs.
Continuing to address the needs of his customers, Sam became the owner of DeVal Lifecycle Support in September 2017. DeVal Life Cycle Support, LLC, formerly known as DeVal Corporation, is an AS9100D certified organization. DeVal brings over sixty years of experience in high technology manufacturing/remanufacturing of Armament Support Equipment for the United States Military, Industry, and Foreign Allies. DeVal’s customer service-oriented team, along with their engineering design and reverse engineering capabilities, has made DeVal stand out in the fleet as the optimum source for support equipment. Their past and present performance has established DeVal as the original equipment manufacturer of approximately 53 families of legacy Aircraft Support Equipment. These families encompass various types of Weapon Transport Adapters, Bomb Hoists, Munitions Trailers, Dollies, Maintenance Platforms, Cargo Loaders, Drawbars, Tow Bars, and Self-Propelled Weapon Loaders.
Sam is passionate about extending the life of expensive mission critical assets and developing cost effective supply solutions with the agility and speed of a small company supporting the US war fighter and tax payer. Sam is devoted to empowering, mentoring, and developing people within his sphere of influence, and is deeply involved in his community and church.
Ms. Kozior serves as the Director of Logistics and Sustainment Solutions for Andromeda Systems Incorporated (ASI). Her duties include identifying program wide initiatives to improve performance and reduce lifecycle cost through development and implementation of acquisition strategies including Performance Based Logistics (PBL), incentives and other strategic sourcing techniques primarily supporting the F-35 JSF. Ms. Kozior joined ASI in 2017 after retirement from the federal government.
Prior to ASI, her most recent assignment was as Director of Defense Logistics Agency Philadelphia and Chief of the Contracting Office. Ms. Kozior was responsible for procurement of approximately $1.2B annually in Naval Aviation components and another $1.1B annually in strategic contracts with two of DLA’s largest Aircraft primes. She was the lead for an Enterprise PBL valued at $3.6B. She led several other major acquisition initiatives supporting the F-18, V-22 and H-1 aircraft and led the introduction of performance based contracting strategies for DLA consumables.
Previously, she served as the Deputy Director of the NAVSUP WSS (formerly NAVICP) Fixed Wing Contracting Department and was the NAVSUP WSS lead for implementing the 2005 BRAC recommendation to consolidate procurement under the Defense Logistics Agency. Ms. Kozior has also served as the Director of Small Business Programs at NAVSUP WSS.
Ms. Kozior began her federal career in 1985 as a contract specialist at the NAVSUP WSS, then known as the Naval Aviation Supply Office. She has served in a variety of assignments which have provided her with extensive acquisition, logistics and management expertise. She has experience as a contracting officer for Navy spares, repair and PBL contracting. She played key roles in transforming both Navy and DLA weapon system support under performance based strategies. Her efforts include development of new Program Management skills, changes in Navy and DLA Working Capital Fund obligation and cost recovery strategies, updates to acquisition policies, and development of Business Case Analysis models, contract incentive clauses, Electronic Data Interfaces and partnership relationships between commercial contractors and organic depots. She served as DLA lead for development of the Naval Aviation Enterprise PBL Guidebook.
Programs under her cognizance have been recognized by the Navy in its 2007 DON Competition and Procurement Excellence Award, by the DoD in 2006 as its Component Level PBL Winner, and in 2007 as DoD’s System Level PBL Winner. She also has received both the DLA (2014 and 2017) and Navy (2003) Meritorious Civilian Service Awards.
Robert W. Coates
Bob joined L3 in April of 2005. Bob is responsible for generating new business opportunities in main stream and adjacent markets for power distribution products and systems, predominantly for Navy combatants, submarines and carriers. Shock hardened circuit breakers and switchboards along with the newly developed Power Node Control Center (PNCC®) and Power Node Switching Center (PNSC®) are the vital building blocks supplied by SPD Electrical Systems to keep the US Navy dominant on the seas.
Prior to joining L-3, Bob worked for AREVA T&D as General Manager of the Static VAR Control Group where he was responsible for the P&L of the business. Having worked up from development engineering through Sales & Marketing to GM, Bob in his 15 years with AREVA (formerly ALSTOM & Cegelec) led innovative advancements to the large industrial and utility companies both domestically and internationally that demanded reliable power quality solutions.
With SAIC, Bob was instrumental in bringing the first commercial application of a Proton Particle Accelerator for the treatment of cancerous tumors into a hospital environment. As the power systems engineer, Bob worked with a team of scientists and engineers at Fermilab to develop the particle accelerator. Bob moved with the accelerator to Loma Linda University Medical Center where he oversaw the commissioning and beam delivery power systems.
Bob graduated from Drexel University with a BS in Electrical Engineering. Bob served active duty in the US Air Force with station assignments in Texas and Germany.
Bob has served as President of the Marine Machinery Association (MMA) and the NDIA-Delaware Valley Chapter where he remains an executive board member for both organizations. He is a member of IEEE, ASNE, SNAME, Navy League, Navy Submarine League, Surface Navy and several other professional organizations.
Bob currently resides in Haddonfield, NJ with is wife Lisa and daughter Danielle.
Patricia Woody Reeves
Patricia Woody Reeves is the founder of PWR Consulting Group, LLC, a Woman Owned Small Business. Her 34 years of professional leadership, technical management, innovation, and community engagement have uniquely positioned her for this role.
She earned the distinction of becoming the first woman NAVSEA Warfare Center, Machinery Research and Engineering Distinguished Senior Scientific Technical Manager (SSTM). For over 8 years, Ms. Reeves steered the largest of the technical departments in the Naval Surface Warfare Center and the only Machinery System Command in the Navy, leading nearly 1,400 engineers and scientists. The administered an annual budget in excess of $800M and was the decision maker responsible for the overall strategic, technical and managerial direction of machinery programs related to US Navy surface ships, submarines and aircraft carriers.
During this period, her organization experienced unprecedented technical, financial and diversity growth, positioning the Philadelphia Division for the future.
She has been an avid champion of diversity policies that advocate proactive leadership, involvement and mentorship to eliminate barriers. She established PA MESA with US Navy CNO and Temple University; established Urban Youth Racing School partnership; adopted George Washington Carver High School of Engineering and Science enabling STEM initiatives throughout the region.
Patricia has been at the forefront of building community relationships and driving sustainable involvement, collaborating with academia, business and neighborhood organizations. She established partnerships at the Navy Yard to further research and education initiatives throughout the region; led efforts with the Keystone Innovation Zone for electric power and energy technology initiatives at the Navy Yard with Penn State. She established a partnership with Ben Franklin Technology Partners (BFTP), Delaware Valley Industrial Research Corporation (DVIRC) and Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC) to further research and education at the Navy Yard, enabling cooperative research and STEM initiatives throughout the area.
She is actively engaged in Numerous professional societies and civic associations including Penn State’s Center for Engineering Outreach and Inclusion, Villanova University Engineering Advisory Board Member, NDIA Delaware Valley Chapter, ASNE, ASME, IEEE, SWE. She is a founding member of Women in Defense Liberty Chapter.
She has written numerous technical articles and has a prolific speaker at conferences on a variety of topics including technology, STEM, diversity and leadership.
She is the recipient of numerous awards from the Navy, academia, technical societies and the community to include Main Line Today Power Women, Philadelphia Business Journal Women of Distinction Award, Drexel University College of Engineering Alumni Circle of Distinction Award, Drexel University Alumni Association Special
Distinction Award, IEEE Philadelphia Section Corporate Technology Innovation Award, NDIA National Model Chapter, Department of the Navy Meritorious Civil Service Awards to name a few.Patricia received her B.S.E in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and her M.S.E. in Engineering Management from Drexel University.
Patricia is a thought leader and exceptional role model who is respected and admired by the many people whose lives she has touched through her consistent outreach.
Jane Lowenstein, original founding member of WID Liberty Chapter, acts as chief elected officer and presides over all chapter business. She ensures that decisions, orders and resolutions of the Board of Directors are delegated and carried out in accordance with the chapter’s mission and approved bylaws. Jane is the liaison with the NDIA Delaware Valley chapter and the primary contact with the Women in Defense Headquarters staff in matters of resource and financial allocations.
Jane is one of the partners in JanBara & Associates, a leadership, talent and coaching consulting firm that accelerates the performance of people and organizations.
Leonard F. DeStefano Jr.
Leonard DeStefano is currently a Director on the Board of McKean Defense Group Inc, a consulting firm that provides information technology and naval engineering services to the US Navy. Headquartered at the Navy Yard in Philadelphia, PA, McKean Defense also has offices in Virginia, Washington, D.C., Indiana and California.
Mr. DeStefano is a cofounder of McKean Defense and has served as the Chairmen of the Compensation Committee for approximately eleven years and as the Secretary of the Board for the last three years. In addition, he holds the position of Chief Operating Officer.
Mr. DeStefano had both private and public sector industry experience prior to establishing McKean Defense. He worked as a senior executive for market leaders in the power generation industry, including Koch Industries, John Zink and TODD Combustion. Mr. DeStefano’s work took him to power plants around the world with extensive travel in Continental Europe, Eastern Europe and the United States. Prior to that, he spent seventeen years supporting Naval Sea Systems Command. As a Senior Technical Agent, he travelled the globe supporting ships for the US Navy.
Mr. DeStefano grew up in the Philadelphia area, attending twelve years of private school. He then completed a four-year curriculum of apprenticeship training for a US Naval Shipyard in just three years, graduating first in his class. Mr. DeStefano is a member of the American Society of Naval Engineers, a Life Member of The Naval Institute, The Union League of Philadelphia, Aronimink Golf Club and The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.
Having lived in Philadelphia, Huntington Beach, CA, Fairfield CT, Mr. DeStefano currently resides in Newtown Square, PA with his wife Elaine and two children, Jessica and Christopher. He spends his spare time enjoying his family, playing golf and coaching (U10) little league baseball at Newtown Edgemont Little League (NELL).
Len holds a Department of Defense Top Secret security clearance.
Areas of Specialization
David provides audit, tax, and management consulting services for a variety
of clients and industry groups. His areas of expertise include government contractors, engineers, architects, and other service-related companies. He serves as an instructor for in-house professional training seminars and has conducted seminars throughout Pennsylvania regarding compliance with the
Federal Acquisition Regulations. David has advised clients on either buying or selling their businesses and has completed over $1 billion in transactions. He has developed unique due diligence and postacquisition tools to facilitate a successful transaction.
David serves as a member of the firm’s ESOP Group. He has advised owners on exit strategies and has assisted numerous companies in developing, a
comprehensive succession plan that addresses the owner’s liquidity needs and also addresses the cash flows of the company. As the Government Contracting Industry Group Leader, David works with a number of Department of Defense contractors and many contractors supporting second tier Government organizations such as Homeland Security and the Department of Energy. He also works with a number of professional service firms that support state Departments of Transportation and other state agencies, to assist them with their indirect cost rates. As the leader of the Architectural and Engineering Group, David is very involved in looking at the year-end tax planning for his professional service clients to determine that they are taking advantage of the cash basis method of accounting for tax purposes and also the potential tax credits that they may be eligible.
In addition, David assists clients in obtaining loans from banks. As a former bank CFO, he understands the underwriting process so he can present the loan proposal in terms that are easily understandable.
David joined Kreischer Miller in 1994. Prior to joining Kreischer Miller, he was the Chief Financial Officer for a local bank and worked for a large national accounting firm, where he audited financial institutions and closely-held companies. David has been coaching Horsham’s Challenger Baseball League—a league for disabled children—for over 15 years and owns a tree farm in Western PA.
Professional and Business Affiliations
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants – Member
Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants – Member
Horsham Rotary – Member, Past President, and 2010 Ike Jarrett Memorial Award Winner for
significant contributions to the community
Horsham Chamber of Commerce – Member of the Board of Directors
Supply Force Account Management – Officer and member of the Board of Directors
Greater Valley Forge Transportation Association – Member
College Settlement – Member of the Finance Committee
American Council of Engineering Companies – Member
Engineers Club of Philadelphia – Member
American Institute of Architects – Associate Member
National Defense Industrial Association – Board Member
Education and Certifications
Certified Public Accountant in Pennsylvania
B.S. – Washington and Jefferson College