Our Leaders

Our Management Team

Sentrillion’s management team is committed to applying the highest standards of quality and excellence to every project the company undertakes. Through visionary leadership, dedication to superior customer service, deep knowledge of industry best practices, and experience in both government agencies and commercial companies, our leadership team is a guiding force that has been instrumental in the company’s success.

In the loving memory of Richard (Rick) Kay, we will honor your legacy by bringing great passion and entrepreneurial spirit to our teams. You have inspried our leadership forever.

Brannon Donlon

  • President

Brannon joined Sentrillion in 2016 as a Vice President. Prior to Sentrillion, he served as Deputy Director with the Department of Homeland Security’s US Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Before his tenure in the federal government, he served in several executive leadership positions including, president, vice president of sales and marketing, and regional vice president of commercial companies ranging from small business to Fortune 500. He has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions and has led several multi-million dollar deals. Brannon also serves on the Executive Board of Directors for the Border Patrol Foundation.

Brannon’s focus is on maintaining and developing strategic business relationships and ensuring our delivery of world-class services and solutions to our customers. He oversees our Program Management, Business Development, Engineering, and Operations Divisions.

Katie Powers

  • President

Over the past seventeen (17) years, Sentrillion has been Katie’s work home. Starting with the company in 2003, Katie has risen through the ranks of its finance department and served most recently as the company’s Chief Financial Officer. Through her years at Sentrillion, she played a significant role in its merger and acquisition activity, ensuring all stakeholders worked hand-in-hand to achieve common goals. Katie has been a valuable member of the Sentrillion management team for nearly a decade, becoming a trusted partner and adviser to its ownership group.

Katie’s focus is on streamlining internal business operations and ensuring that Finance, Human Resources, and the Administration divisions provide a holistic value to our internal and external clients with exceptional customer service.

Bryan Ackerman

  • Chief Administrative Officer

Bryan is the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) and General Counsel of Sentrillion. He has nearly 15 years of corporate legal experience, specializing in government contract law, commercial agreements, corporate transactions, and corporate governance. In addition to his responsibilities as Sentrillion’s in-house legal counsel, Bryan stresses excellence in the organization through a focus on compliance and quality.

Bryan also supervises the company’s contracts administration, compliance, government relations, network administration, and quality management departments. He received his Bachelor’s degree in political science and history from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from The Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law.

David Newton, PMP

  • Executive Vice President of Operations

Dave is the Executive Vice President of Operations for Sentrillion. He has been successfully managed government programs for over 25 years specifically in the areas of Information Technology and Electronic Security Systems. With more than 14 years at Sentrillion, he currently manages the Program Management Office (PMO) by providing leadership and oversight for all Sentrillion contracts.

Dave holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) from The Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Science in Information Systems Management (MSISM) from the George Washington University. Dave is a certified PMP and a long-time member of the PMI and IEEE.

Kara Gates

  • Vice President of Finance

Kara Gates is the Vice President of Finance for Sentrillion. She joined the company in 2011 and has served as Sentrillion’s Controller and Director of Finance prior to her current role. She has over 20 years of experience in government contract finance and accounting and has successfully guided and managed the financial operations of government contractors of a variety of size and scope, from a $100M business unit to a corporate home office tasked with expansion of US presence. She also has experience managing interactions with government contractor regulations agencies (DCAA & DCMA), ensuring corporate compliance with FAR and CAS requirements.

Kara’s main focus is on establishing, managing, and reporting financial budgets, and on establishing and implementing financial procedures and controls. Kara has her BS from Virginia Tech and her MBA from George Mason University.

Deanna Lyons

  • Vice President of Human Resources

Deanna has lead Sentrillion’s Human Resources department since joining the company in 2011. As Vice President of Human resources, Deanna uses her 20+ years of human resources experience to direct and manage aspects of the Human Resources functional area including Talent Acquisition, Benefits, Compensation Planning, Legal, and Federal compliance with a focus on operational effectiveness.

Deanna’s main focus is providing strategic planning and implementation for the organization as it pertains to recruiting, benefits, compliance, organizational development and training. She has helped Sentrillion establish and maintain a productive work environment, emphasizing a culture of high innovation and high employee morale.

Meghan Thomas

  • Vice President of Engineering

Meghan is Sentrillion’s Vice President of Engineering. She has over 20+ years of progressive experience in the design, integration, and installation of electrical, electronics, and data systems. Meghan manages all security and surveillance programs and projects in support of DoD and DHS objectives and is also responsible for the management and allocation of engineering, deployment, and logistics efforts and resources across multiple projects/programs. This includes management of Sentrillion’s test and development lab created for system development, integration, functionality and cyber security testing of solutions.

Since joining Sentrillion in 2000, Meghan has directed and participated in system installations at 145 of the 176 Customs and Border Protection Land Ports of Entry.