Company

Leadership

Anthony L. Otten
Anthony L. Otten
Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Otten, has more than 25 years experience as a Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, with extensive experience in general and financial management, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and strategic planning. Mr. Otten has a B.S. degree from MIT and a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.


Jeffrey Wagonhurst
Jeffrey Wagonhurst
President & Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Wagonhurst, joined Versar in 1999 and most recently served as Executive Vice President in charge of the Company's Program Management Group. Mr. Wagonhurst has over 40 years experience in construction management and government contracting. He served 30 years in the United States Army, retiring at the rank of Colonel. Mr. Wagonhurst has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Austin Peay State University, a Masters of Arts Degree in Business Management from Webster University, and a Masters of Building Construction from the University of Florida.


">Cynthia A. Downes, CPA
Cynthia A. Downes, CPA
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer

Ms. Downes joined Versar in April of 2011 as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer. Prior to joining Versar, Ms. Downes has been Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Environmental Design International, an engineering firm, based in Chicago, specializing in environmental and civil engineering. Ms. Downes also spent 15 years at Tetra Tech, ultimately serving as Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer of Tetra Tech, EM Inc. Ms. Downes is a certified public accountant (Illinois). She received a B.S. from Purdue University and an MBA from Northwestern University (Kellogg) in 2002.


Allessandria (Sandy) Albers
Alessandria (Sandy) Albers
Vice-President - Human Resources

Ms. Albers joined Versar in November 2013. As a senior-level HR executive, she brings with her over 25 years of experience within high tech, government and HR consulting venues in both domestic and international HR arenas. She has worked for some of the world’s top multi-national technology organizations, and possesses a unique expertise in joint venture, merger and acquisition due diligence, acting in key business partner/advisor roles. Prior to joining Versar, Ms. Albers served as Vice President, Human Resources for a privately held technology firm based in the DC metropolitan area. Ms. Albers holds a BS in Commerce from the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce and an MS in Management from National-Louis University.


Rob A. Biedermann
Rob A. Biedermann
Senior Vice President, Engineering & Construction Management

Rob A. Biedermann has served as the Senior Vice President for Engineering & Construction Management and oversees engineering, construction management operations domestically and internationally since 2013.  Before that, Biedermann was responsible for domestic construction and construction management operations for Versar.  When first joining Versar in 2010, Rob served as the Afghanistan In-Country Program Manager until June, 2011.   Between July, 2011 and June, 2012, he was assigned as Program Manager for Versar’s DAVINCH Chemical Weapons Demilitarization Project, Deseret Chemical Depot, Utah.  Biedermann served in the US Army for 12 years departing in 1997 as a Corps of Engineers Major to include service in Operations Desert Shield and Storm with the 249th Engineer Combat Battalion (Heavy), the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), the 555th Engineer Group (Combat) and Mobile District, US Army Corps of Engineers.  After leaving the service, Rob served as the Construction Operations Manager and General Manager for JB Rodgers | Kinetics from June of 1997 to March of 2003.  From 2003 to 2010, Biedermann served as the Chief Operating Officer and President of JB Henderson Construction, Inc. of Albuquerque, NM.  Rob holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Heavy Construction and a Master’s of Science degree in Construction Management, both from Arizona State University. 

 

Currently Vacant
Suzanne J. Bates
Senior Vice President, Environmental Services Group

Suzanne Bates, B.S., M.S. joined Versar in September 2013 as a senior program manager and lead operations manager.  Currently, Suzanne serves as Senior Vice President and Group Manager for Versar’s Environmental Services Group.  Prior to joining Versar, Suzanne served as the Environmental Group Lead for Geo-Marine, Inc, leading programs and projects focused on the Department of Defense and other federal agencies.  She is a graduate of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi with a Bachelors of Science degree in biology and chemistry and a Masters of Science degree in marine sciences. 


Linda M. McKnight
Linda M. McKnight
Senior Vice President, Business Development

Linda M. McKnight joined Versar in April 2013 as Director, Business Development. She was promoted to Vice President in May 2013 and elected to Senior Vice President in May 2013. Prior to joining Versar, Ms McKnight owned her own independent consulting service for three years. Prior to that she worked for KBR Government Services Group in a variety of business development leadership roles for 17 years. She held the position of Vice President of Global Sales & Marketing the last six years at KBR. Prior to that she was Business Development Director for Zapata Engineering. She received her Associates of Arts degree from Brevard Community College.


Wendell A. Newton
Wendell A. Newton
Senior Vice President, Professional Services

Wendell A. Newton, was elected a Senior Vice President for Versar’s Professional Services Group in July 2014. Mr. Newton brings twenty-five years’ experience in leadership and management in the areas of contracts, operations, finance, project management, human resources, and business development. Mr. Newton served as Vice President for J. M. Waller's Operations Division managing the company's professional services resources world-wide and providing oversight to nearly 300 engineering, scientific, management and professional support staff. He was responsible for financial resource planning and execution, technical and cost preparation, project planning and execution, and the direct interface with J. M. Waller's client base. Prior to joining J. M. Waller, Mr. Newton was a career U. S. Army officer with a number of Field Artillery and Recruiting assignments including service as Director of Operations for the Army's Southeast U.S. Recruiting Region. Mr. Newton has a Bachelors degree in Vocational Education from Auburn University.


James Villa
James Villa
Senior Vice President, General Counsel

Mr. Villa joined Versar in March 2014 as Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary, and Chief Compliance Officer. Prior to joining Versar, Mr. Villa was Vice President and General Counsel of Colonial Parking, Inc. and before that, was Vice President and Chief Counsel at AOL, Inc. Mr. Villa spent 11 years as a Trial Attorney with the United States Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division and also served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia. He is a former commissioned officer in the U.S. Army Reserve, having commanded a combat support MP company in support of Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm, and Task Force Freedom. Mr. Villa received his B.A. from the University of Michigan and his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.