Edward Tuorinsky, a Service-Disabled Veteran, brings nearly two decades of experience to DTS in areas of leadership, management consulting and information technology services. Prior to founding the company, Mr. Tuorinsky was a Captain and logistics officer in the U. S. Army, serving at various locations nationally and abroad, including Korea, Germany, and Kosovo. For ten years, he also headed the professional services divisions of two federal government consulting firms, managing multi-million-dollar project portfolios, with billions of program dollars at stake. Prior to that, Mr. Tuorinsky worked for L-3 Communications, where he provided project management and consulting expertise for the development of several federal government logistical systems.
Mr. Tuorinsky is best known among his clients and colleagues for his indispensable leadership and vision as well as his integrity. He holds a Bachelor of Science in biology from the College of William and Mary and a Project Management Professional certification. Additionally, he is trained in CMMI methodologies.
Mr. Tuorinsky proudly serves on the NVSBC (National Veteran Small Business Coalition) National Board of Directors and the National Small Business Association (NSBA) Leadership Council.
Director of Professional Services
Melissa Ho builds on 20 years of experience and expertise in business process management, governance, and training, developed in service of a wide variety of federal government agencies across the civilian and defense sectors. Prior to joining DTS, she spent nine years managing government consulting projects, where she focused largely on business process reengineering, change management, and training/instructional design projects, with extensive work in areas of federal acquisitions and finance. Previously, Ms. Ho was a training coordinator for American Management Systems.
She has her Master of Education in adult education from George Mason University and a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from the University of Virginia. Additionally, she is a certified Project Management Professional and trained in CMMI methodologies.
Director of Cybersecurity Operations
Derek Kernus, Director of Cybersecurity Operations, leads a team of cybersecurity professionals focused on helping federal contractors and other businesses build or remediate their cybersecurity programs to meet compliance requirements. In his role, he seeks growth opportunities in emerging technologies, enhances DTS’ use of technology solutions, and monitors the company’s own compliance. His insights benefit clients needing process improvement, technology transformation, and fractional CIO support.
Mr. Kernus has a strong background in IT and Cybersecurity as well as government compliance. Before joining DTS, he was a successful regional manager for several strategic technology firms. Mr. Kernus’s leadership abilities were awarded the William and Mary Cypher Award and he served on the Executive Board for MBAA and the MBA Student Council. He holds a Master of Business Administration from William and Mary’s School of Business, and Certified Information Systems Security Professional and Certified Cloud Security Professional certifications from ISC2.
Director of Federal Health
Nichole Priddy brings over 15 years of experience in contract management, business process improvement, change management, and communications. Prior to joining DTS, she spent five years managing multi-million-dollar projects across the Defense Health Agency (DHA) for Cherokee Nation Businesses (now Cherokee Nation Federal). Prior to that, Ms. Priddy worked for Booz Allen Hamilton, where she primarily consulted on communications, change management, and knowledge management. She utilizes efficient and effective methods to standardize business processes and is extremely well-versed in government organizational and administrative practices. She holds an undergraduate degree in Communications.
Director of Operations
Brian Sims, a retired Air Force Officer, brings over 20 years of experience to DTS. Before joining the firm, Mr. Sims was a Joint Qualified Officer-Level 3 and logistics readiness squadron commander leading core logistics functions. He has worked extensively coordinating the Air National Guard inputs and meeting mandated reporting requirements for Air National Guard equipment, vehicles, and resources.
As the Director of Operations Mr. Sims collaborates with senior leadership, setting and driving organizational vision, operational strategy, marketing and growth, and human resources. He helps translate strategy into actionable goals for performance and growth, supporting DTS’ inclusive culture, and ensuring team members thrive.
Mr. Sims is a mentor via his extensive LinkedIn network and through the Veterati online mentoring platform. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – Kenan-Flagler Business School.