The LS Technologies (LST) leadership team shares a vision of excellence and commitment to customer service.
Keith A. Wallace
As the President, Keith is accountable for both tactical and strategic corporate planning and execution. Keith has a 33-year career comprised of progressively increasing technical and management positions in the federal government, private and military sectors. He has direct experience in the management, acquisition, architecture, engineering, test, integration and operations of multi-billion dollar programs. Keith holds a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Management, Summa Cum Laude, and is a Project Management Institute, Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) since 2004.
Allison S. Poltorak
Chief Executive Officer
Allison Poltorak is the Chief Executive Officer. She has more than 35 years of industry experience in program management and business execution, including 15 years developing complex, high performance systems and solutions and integrating them into the FAA’s NAS. Allison has extensive experience in the development and execution of strategic, tactical, and operational business plans. She holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Virginia, and a Master’s degree in Engineering Administration from George Washington University.
Derek B. Bigelow
Chief Financial Officer
Derek Bigelow, CFO and co-owner of LST, is responsible for all financial operations, including the offices of controller and internal audits. Prior to joining LST, Derek served the FAA as a program manager responsible for financial management of numerous FAA programs. Derek also worked in the Office of Finance, Martin Marietta Air Traffic Systems. Derek holds a Master of Business Administration from Cornell University in Finance as well as a Bachelor of Science, Business Administration from Georgetown University in Management Science.
Chief Operating Officer
Jim Little is the Chief Operating Officer. Jim brings to this role more than 35 years of experience in program management, government consulting, program development and execution, and business operations. He has held significant leadership positions in both private industry and the government (FAA), and he holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
Stephen R. Dash
Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Advanced Programs
Steve Dash is the VP of Corporate Strategy and Advanced Programs and oversees business development for LST. Prior to joining LST, Steve had a 22-year career with the FAA where he was the Director of ATC Communication Programs, responsible for several large-scale program undertakings. He led the award and program execution of the FAA Telecommunication Infrastructure (FTI) nationwide communication infrastructure. Steve led several Next Generation enabling program efforts, including: Data Comm, NVS and SWIM. He concluded his FAA career acting as Deputy Director, Enterprise Programs where he was responsible for the planning, procurement and execution for all ATC Communications, Weather, Navigation, and SOA Messaging programs. Steve has a Bachelor of Science in Economics from York College and is a Project Management Institute, Certified PMP since 2003.
Vice President of Air Traffic Management Services
Rich Jehlen is the Vice President for Air Traffic Management (ATM) Services. Prior to joining LST, he had over 37 years’ ATM experience across the Department of Defense (USAF) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). During his tenure, his leadership responsibilities included; operational units, Air Traffic Procedures, Airspace, Automation, Planning, and Requirements, as well as, the development and deployment of both safety critical and advisory ATM systems. He led organizations with over 300 indirect reports as well as small-scale teams, one of which was recognized with the National Air Traffic Service Team Award. His international experience included selection as the U.S. member to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) for ATMRPP and FPLSG, engagement with international partners for the successful Mini-Global Demonstration, and served as the FAA lead for Annex 4 of the FAA/Eurocontrol Memorandum of Cooperation (focused on Operational Harmonization. Rich holds a Bachelor of Science, Summa Cum Laude, from Excelsior College.
Vice President of Operational Support Services
As Vice President of Operational Support Services, Dale Olpin is responsible for managing contracts and resources in support of Federal Operations programs. Dale has been with LST since 2001 and has served several roles including Senior Field Engineer, Project Manager, and Director. Prior to joining LST, Dale had a 12-year career with the FAA at the Salt Lake City ARTCC where he was the Airspace Telecommunications Lead. He has extensive experience supporting NAS Operations as well as implementation and engineering support for the FAA in the Field, Regional, and Headquarters offices. He manages LST’s technical organizations supporting field maintenance, second level engineering, program administration, as well as NAS Operations. Dale holds a Bachelor of Science in Electronics Engineering from Weber State University. He is also a Project Management Institute, Certified PMP since 2013.
Vice President of Air Traffic Systems
Steve Reynolds serves as Vice President of Air Traffic Systems with responsibility for leadership in LST’s business area of NAS Air Traffic Control Systems. Prior to joining LST in 2019, Steve had a 35 year career with the FAA serving in leadership roles in Technical Operations’ NAS Security & Enterprise Operations and in the PMO’s En Route & Oceanic Second Level Engineering. Steve brings experience in cybersecurity, deploying major NAS modernization systems and capabilities, and maintaining critical NAS systems.
Steve is a certified PMP and holds a BS in Information Sciences from Stockton State.
Mary Kay Snyder
Vice President of Engineering Services
Mary Kay Snyder is the Vice President of Engineering Services with responsibility for leadership and strategic direction for LST business in the areas of engineering, program management, acquisition management, and implementation for communication, information, and network systems as well as enterprise wide services for cyber security and technical training support. Her portfolio includes customers in both the FAA and United States Navy. Mary Kay spent 10 years working in program management, implementation and operations engineering for the FAA and over 20 years working in the private sector supporting the federal government in program and acquisition management with 8 years as the president of a woman owned business. Mary Kay holds a Master of Science in Engineering and Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from West Virginia University and a PMI Program Management Professional certification.
Vice President of Enterprise Services
As the VP of Enterprise Services, Laura Adams is responsible for leading and developing LST’s FAA enterprise-level management support that enables portfolio management and capability implementation. Services within the business unit include financial management, enterprise architecture, WJHTC test and evaluation, and NAS resiliency. She has more than 20 years of experience in the aerospace, defense, health, and homeland security industries leading teams that provide strategic planning, program management, systems engineering, and acquisition management support. For the past 12 years, she supported interagency Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) planning and implementation efforts including FAA portfolio analysis and capability development, DoD investment strategy, and NASA advanced vehicle research. Laura has a Bachelor of Science from George Mason University and earned Enterprise Architecture, PMP, and ITIL v3 certifications.
Vice President of Corporate Services
Rachel Wardley is the Vice President for Corporate Services with responsibility for leadership and strategic direction for LST’s human resources, recruiting & staffing, benefits administration, information technology, facility management, security, and quality management. She brings more than 10 years’ experience in Human Resources, business operations, government consulting, and program development and execution. Rachel holds a Master of Business Administration from Georgia College and State University as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Spanish from the University of Virginia. She has earned her Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and Project Management Professional (PMP) certifications and is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).