The Principals

PeopleTec Leadership

PeopleTec's founders and principals have an outstanding history of providing excellence in the technology services sector. Each of the principals of the company has 20 plus years of experience in their respective areas of responsibility. They have been directly or indirectly involved in the design, development, application and management of Engineering, Modeling & Simulation, Rapid Prototyping, Cyber Security/Intel and Program Support for a multitude of DoD and Civilian Federal sector customers. It is the vision and leadership of our principals that act as the cornerstone of our customer focused commitment to consistently deliver excellence in the most cost efficient, timely and ethical manner possible.


Ms. Terry Jennings

Co-Founder, Chairman of the Board, CEO

Ms. Jennings' professional career has spanned many facets of corporate administration and employee relations. She has over 25 years of experience in the defense services industry. Prior to joining PeopleTec, she was a corporate Vice President of Administration at SAIC where she oversaw administrative operations for the southeast region. From 1995 through 2003, Ms. Jennings was the Chief Administrative Officer, Corporate Secretary and a Director at Quality Research, Inc. She was responsible for all aspects of corporate administration including Human Resources, Security, Facilities, Technical Publications and Corporate Information Systems. Ms. Jennings attended Motlow State College in Tennessee.


Mr. Doug Scalf

Co-Founder, President

Mr. Scalf's entire professional career has been in the technical services industry where he has held positions from Systems Analyst to Senior Vice President. Prior to joining PeopleTec, he was the Vice President of Operations for Modeling, Simulation & Training at SAIC. From 1997 to 2003, he served in various roles including Vice President and Senior Vice President for Quality Research's Modeling, Simulation & Training Group. In this capacity, he was responsible for over 250 employees in eight states and annual revenues of over $25M. From 1982 until 1997, Mr. Scalf worked at Computer Sciences Corporation in various technical and management positions. He received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Alabama in Huntsville and has over 30 years of experience in the area of modeling, simulation and technical program management.


Mr. Frank Jennings

Executive Vice President of Operations

Mr. Jennings' professional career includes over 30 years of experience in Finance and Government contracting. Prior to joining PeopleTec in 2005, Mr. Jennings worked as a consultant to local small businesses preparing cost proposals and establishing DCAA-compliant accounting systems. From 1991 to 1999, Mr. Jennings worked for Tec-Masters where he was Vice President of Operations, responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the company and interfacing with the managers of 200 plus employees. From 1986 to 1991, he worked as the Director of Program Control for SRS Technologies. Prior to 1986, Mr. Jennings spent 12 years in the public accounting industry working for various CPA firms. He earned a B.S. in Business Administration, with a major in Accounting, from Tennessee Tech University.


Ms. Anna Catherine Cowley

Chief Financial Officer

Ms. Cowley brings over 13 years of financial experience to PeopleTec and provides accounting and finance support for both the commercial and Government sectors. Ms. Cowley joined PeopleTec in 2006 as Accounting Manager and served as the Director of Finance since 2012. Prior to joining PeopleTec, Ms. Cowley served as a Public Accountant with White Fleming & Co., P.C. She received her CPA in 2006 and is an active volunteer supporting a number of community organizations.   Ms. Cowley earned a B.S. in Business Administration and a M.S. in Accounting from the University of Tennessee.


Mr. Stan Pruett

Chief Technical Officer

Mr. Pruett is a retired Air Force Brigadier General with over 30 years of management and engineering experience, including 15 years in Missile Defense. Mr. Pruett leads the company’s Technical Fellows Program and provides oversight for technical contracts. He also directs PeopleTec’s research and development programs. Prior to joining PeopleTec, Mr. Pruett served as program manager of Boeing’s Weapon Systems Operation Support Group which supported the GMD program and Test Manager for the Boeing activities for the MDA BMDS Integrated Flight Test. He earned a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Auburn University and an M.S. in Engineering from University of Alabama in Huntsville.


Mr. Doug Barclay II

Senior Vice President

Mr. Barclay brings over 30 years of Program Management in the area of modeling, simulation, trainer development, and software development expertise in the defense technical services arena. He has held a range of positions including Computer Scientist, Director, Division Manager and Vice President. Prior to joining PeopleTec, he was Vice President of the Exercise and Analysis Division for the Modeling, Simulation & Training Group at SAIC where he was responsible for over 80 employees with revenues exceeding $12M. From 1998 to 2003, Mr. Barclay served as a Director in Quality Research's Modeling, Simulation & Training Group and from 1984 until 1997, he worked at Computer Sciences Corporation in various technical and management positions. He received a B.S. in Computer Science from Auburn University in 1984.


Mr. Mark Braun

Senior Vice President

Mr. Braun has over 30 years of engineering and management experience supporting DoD organizations including USASMDC/ARSTRAT, STRATCOM, MDA, TRADOC, JFCOM, PEO Missiles and Space, Army Test Command and AMCOM on major system developments and advanced technologies/concept developments. Prior to joining PeopleTec, Mr. Braun held positions with General Electric and MEVATEC Corporation. Most recently, Mr. Braun was Vice President for Army & Joint Programs at BAE Systems where he had management responsibility for over $240M in annual sales. Mr. Braun has a B.S. in Physics, an M.S. in Electrical & Computer Engineering and an M.B.A. Mr. Braun recently earned his PMI Project Management Professional Certification.


Mr. Brad Blume

Vice President

Mr. Blume has over 20 years of systems engineering and management experience supporting system and advanced technologies/concept developments for major DoD organizations including the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines. He has focused expertise in the area of advanced sensing concepts and air and missile defense systems and has supported the Army Air and Missile Defense community over the last 10 years. Mr. Blume has a B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Auburn University.


Mr. Bill Elliot

Vice President

Mr. Elliott has over 30 years of engineering and management experience supporting DoD organizations including USASMDC/ARSTRAT and PEO Missiles and Space. Prior to joining PeopleTec Mr. Elliott served as a Vice President for MEVATEC (acquired by BAE SYSTEMS) where he served as the Deputy Program Manager for the USASMDC SETAC effort and as Director for Technology. Mr. Elliott received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alabama in Huntsville and a M.S. in Engineering. He also holds BS in C&BA from the University of Alabama with an emphasis in Corporate Finance and Investment Management.


Dr. Dana Tanner

Vice President

Dr. Dana Tanner has over 25 years of experience in software development and IT services, specializing in software process, business process improvement, and business intelligence applications. Prior to joining PeopleTec, she worked in business development with RDA Corporation, a Microsoft Gold Certified provider. In 2003, Dr. Tanner was a Vice President at SAIC, continuing efforts she had begun at Quality Research, Inc. From 1999 to 2003, she was the Vice President of Information Systems at Quality Research, where she managed nearly 100 employees with $10M in annual revenue. From 1992 to 1999, Dana founded and was President of Keystone Solutions, specializing in Oracle database applications development. Dr. Tanner has a B.S. in Computer Science and Mathematics from Wesleyan College, an M.S. in Mathematics and a PhD in Applied Mathematics from the University of Alabama in Huntsville.


Ms. Tina Nicholson

Vice President

Ms. Tina Nicholson has over 25 years of experience in acquisition and program management supporting multiple DoD organizations including MDA, USASMDC/ARSTRAT, PEO Missiles and Space, PEO Aviation, Acquisition Career Management Office, and PM Army Acquisition Information Management.  She is currently the MiDAESS Program Manager for the MDA, Agency Operations Support Capability Group 5 contract.  In addition, Ms. Nicholson leads both the SETAC Space and Missile Defense Technical Center Strategic Planning and Technical Support task order and is the AMCOM EXPRESS PM for PEO Aviation, AGSE Product Office Programmatic Support.  Prior to joining PeopleTec, Ms. Nicholson served as a Director and Senior Project Manager at MEVATEC (acquired by BAE SYSTEMS).  She earned a B.S. in Mass Communications from Middle Tennessee State University. 


Mr. Dennis Dunaway

Vice President

Mr. Dunaway has over 25 years of experience in Army Aviation, including over eight years as a UH-60 Black Hawk pilot and is considered an industry leader in condition-based maintenance (CBM). He is currently leading PeopleTec’s systems engineering support, test & integration, CBM, and standardization for Army Aviation platforms. Prior to joining PeopleTec Mr. Dunaway was the Huntsville Operations Manager for Honeywell (formerly Intelligent Automation Corporation), a project manager at Avion, and at Scientific Atlanta.


Mr. Chris Horgen


Mr. Horgen is both the Senior Managing Partner of the Southeastern Technology Fund and an Operating Consultant with Eastside Partners. While serving at the Southeastern Technology Fund, Mr. Horgen has directed 10 investments, totaling approximately $120 million. He has over 30 years of experience in mergers and acquisitions, financial advising and company operations. Mr. Horgen brings a wealth of operational and management expertise having been the founder of Nichols Research Corporation (Nichols) and serving as its Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Chairman for 18 years. He has served on the Board of Directors of four public companies and four defense technology companies.


Dr. Dusit Charern


Dr. Charern was the Founder and CEO of Quality Research for over 15 years. Dr. Charern mentored Doug Scalf, President and Terry Jennings, Chief Executive Officer, both founders of PeopleTec, during their time as Executive Officers at Quality Research. The entrepreneurial training received under Dr. Charern was invaluable in providing the experiences that the founders used in establishing PeopleTec. Dr. Charern's high-level advice and guidance became the foundation of PeopleTec and is consistent with his people-oriented culture at Quality Research. Dr. Charern's "people first" principles were critical in laying the platform and establishing PeopleTec as a customer and employee-centric company.