President and Chief Executive Officer
David Odom has nearly three decades of experience
solving complex challenges
for government, industrial and commercial clients associated with mass
settlements, federal and state grant programs, and large-scale design and
construction projects. He has built an organization of leading experts –
including seasoned emergency managers and former military command staff – to
specialize in rapid deployment disaster recovery, grant funding, claims
management and information technology solutions based on their experience in
the largest events ever to impact the U.S.
David served as the CEO of the Deepwater Horizon Economic and Property Damage Settlement Program, a multidistrict litigation claims administration program managing over 400,000 claimants, over 3,100 personnel, and five vendors. For that project alone, he was responsible for over $12 billion in claims and an annual administrative budget of more than $580 million.
He has also acted as senior advisor for the City of New York HRO Housing "Build it Back" program, and as Senior Advisor for various South Carolina government entities for 2015 flood events. Additionally, David serves as CEO of Plexos International, formed through its sister company Plexos Data Solutions, LLC to provide regulatory assistance and software solutions to the oil and gas industry.
Earlier in his career, David served as Director, Gulf Central District for the Shaw Group where he was responsible for business development and program management for emergency response, federal grants, energy incentives and design/construction programs totaling more than $10 billion.
Chief Financial Officer and
Senior Vice President
Kirk Fisher earned his MBA at Louisiana State University and has more than 20 years of senior executive level experience. Fisher has successfully orchestrated turnarounds, managed large organizations and complex business models, and identified business opportunities and expense mitigation strategies centered around measurable process improvement. Kirk is accomplished in identifying financial opportunities and implementing strategies to capture those opportunities. Among his many accomplishments, he directed all facets of business operations for the Deepwater Horizon Economic and Property Damage Settlement Program while managing the distribution of the $20B trust set aside to compensate victims of the oil spill. He currently serves as an Adjunct Professor in the LSU Flores MBA Program, where he also worked collaboratively in the development and launch of the Management Consulting Specialization Program in the LSU E.J. Ourso College of Business.
Principal and Chief Strategy Officer
Over the past 30 years, Paul Rainwater has
distinguished himself as one of
the nation’s most experienced disaster recovery funding professionals.
Local, state and federal government agencies including the HUD National
Disaster Recovery Unit - as well as the executive branch - have relied on
his collaboration to develop action plans, policies and deployment
strategies. Paul has worked with both political parties to help citizens
recover across the country.
Paul helped design and then led the Louisiana Road Home Program - the largest housing reconstruction program in U.S. history. After the 2016 floods in Louisiana, he worked with Governor John Bel Edwards to secure additional funds. In response to Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey, he helped Governor Chris Christie’s staff develop the state’s federal aid request and response plan.
Through successful congressional testimony, Paul was responsible for the appropriation of more than $14B in FEMA and HUD programs approved for Louisiana after hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav and Ike. He played a significant role in the settlements and negotiations surrounding the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, and many others. Paul has also led successful emergency management initiatives for the City of New Orleans’ Sewerage & Water Board, the Restore Louisiana Program and The Louisiana Watershed Initiative.
Earlier in his career, Paul served as Legislative Director for U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu’s office, as Chief of Staff for Louisiana Governor Jindal’s administration and as Executive Director of the Louisiana Recovery Authority (LRA). He was also a colonel in the United States Army Reserves and Louisiana National Guard, earning a Legion of Merit, a Bronze Star and Combat Action Badge for deployments to Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan.
Chief Operating Officer
Bob Roberts is an infrastructure and construction
program expert with more than 30 years
of experience achieving aggressive goals and bottom-line results in complex
environments. Drawing on extensive
experience in U.S. civil infrastructure and disaster recovery markets plus
deep expertise in the global coastal,
marine and energy sectors, Bob oversees all aspects of Plexos’ operations,
strategic planning, market analytics
and business line performance.
Before he joined Plexos, Bob held leadership roles at Thompson Construction Group, AECOM, Brown & Root, Shaw Group/CB&I and the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources. He gained invaluable experience analyzing market conditions and collaborating with long-term strategic partners. He is highly regarded for his track record growing profitable business lines, identifying potential merger and acquisition targets, and implementing alternative delivery strategies across disaster recovery and civil infrastructure programs.
As Vice President of Thompson Construction’s Government Services Division and Senior Vice President of Disaster Recovery at AECOM, Roberts is credited with adding nearly $950 million in opportunities through expanded disaster recovery housing and mitigation infrastructure programs, and construction management services across the U.S. and its territories.
Earlier in his career, Bob helped form Shaw Group’s Coastal, Ports & Marine group, a $70 million science and engineering group dedicated to supporting domestic and international coastal and port infrastructure. He oversaw 200 staff in Louisiana, Alaska, Florida, North Carolina, Brazil and China.
As Project Manager for the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources, Roberts oversaw the $1.2 billion Mississippi River Diversion into Bayou Lafourche. He designed and implemented large river diversions, marsh creation projects, barrier island restoration and shoreline protection projects for USEPA, USDA, USFWS, NOAA, USACE and CWPPRA.
Chief Growth Officer
With more than 30 years of experience in large-scale
civil, infrastructure and building project management, Srinivas Krishnaswamy
has built a proven track record of managing multi-billion-dollar projects
while running efficient operations with diversified teams. A committed
strategic leader, Srini is responsible for designing and implementing
Plexos’ company-wide strategic growth plan and expanding key client
relationships in established and developing markets.
Before he joined Plexos, Srini spent 23 years at AECOM, most recently as Executive Vice President, Americas, where he grew the company’s portfolio across North and South Americas and diversified its program, project and construction management service offerings within the public and private sectors. He expanded new businesses and disaster recovery services across the U.S and territories including in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Florida, North Carolina, California, Texas and Louisiana. Srini also drove efficiencies in high-impact infrastructure projects benefitting the rail and healthcare industries at the state and local level.
Srini has developed particular expertise in delivering integrated service solutions and designing financial management and reporting metrics that help clients analyze key metrics and hit performance targets. Adept at implementing work share mechanisms, he identifies efficient solutions to provide flexible, quick ramp-up staffing solutions tailored to specific project needs.
While serving as senior project manager and deputy director of Program Planning and Controls for the $25 billion Los Angeles Unified School District New Construction and Modernization Program, Srini developed the strategic execution plan to build 80 new schools and 79 additions. He created an integrated financial system to manage and report on the status of the program, implemented quality control and contract procurement strategies, and designed change management procedures and disputes resolution structures.
Among his many career highlights, Srini served as the project executive for the $8 billion LA Community College District, a senior construction planner for the $1.4 billion Disneyland Resort Expansion, and as principal-in-charge of the $350 million Rio Hondo College Bond program and the $287 million Valley College New Construction and Modernization projects in Los Angeles. Srini also played a key construction management role in the $7 billion expansion of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and several construction programs to build or renovate medical facilities operated by UCLA and Kaiser Permanente.
Chief Information Officer
Ray Werline has gained more than 25 years of
interpersonal, process, problem-solving, and technical skills to design,
develop, and implement all aspects of IT for small, medium, and large-scale
projects, facilities, and divisions that contributed to multiple project
awards, increased proﬁt margins, and the Fortune 500 status of companies. He
is responsible for the team that upholds all NIST, HITECH/HITRUST, and SOC 2
standards in the design and customization of our systems, platforms, and
solutions, and for selecting and implementing the right technology to
streamline all internal and external operations across our business lines.
Based on Ray’s unique ability to understand client needs and requirements, he built an IT team for Plexos that spans all facets of technology, security, and client service. He is an integral and invested member of our client solutions development process known for his ability to build strong working relationships with clients and match their needs to the Plexos platform with the right set of deliverables. He is an enthusiastic team leader who mentors with a purpose and understands that strong working relationships create great teams and produce exceptional results.
Prior to joining Plexos, Ray served as Director of Infrastructure, Operations, and Cybersecurity for the Federal Services division of Chicago, Bridge & Iron (CB&I) where he oversaw the design and implementation of the IT division including all areas related to infrastructure, data centers, audit, shared services, cybersecurity, equipment migration, compliance requirements, and help desk formation and staﬃng.
Earlier in his career, Ray served CB&I (formerly Shaw Group) in various capacities as Project Information Manager for the Levy Nuclear Project; Senior Infrastructure Manager for the Nuclear Division; and Deputy Program Manager and IT Task Order Manager for the E&I Division overseeing the historic Louisiana Road Home Project.
Senior Vice President, Risk & Compliance
Carol is a masters-prepared Community Health Nurse
Practitioner with more
than 25 years of leadership experience in healthcare quality, patient
safety, risk management, and regulatory compliance in the healthcare
industry. In her role at Plexos Group LLC she serves as SVP of Compliance
for Plexos Healthcare.
Over the course of her career, Carol has served as a Chief Privacy and Compliance Officer, and provided risk, quality, privacy/HIPAA, patient safety and compliance advisory to over 300 hospitals, employers, insurance company and investor services domestically and internationally.
Prior to joining Plexos, Carol served as a Senior Vice-President for Aon Global Strategy and Aon Healthcare. She is a former Associate Director, Government Relations, for The Joint Commission. Notably, she has also served as Director, Performance, Risk, Governance and Compliance for PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), and as a Regional Risk Management Consulting Manager for AIG Healthcare and served as an IRO auditor for healthcare Corporate Integrity Investigations. Her clinical background includes public health, critical care, and perioperative nursing as well as Inpatient Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation and Treatment.
In her work with the National Accountable Care Learning Collaborative Taskforce (ACLC) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Learning and Action Network (CMS LAN), she was a member of a select taskforce of 50 individuals nationwide who were selected to develop national quality standards and metrics for Accountable Care Organizations. She earned her Master of Science in Nursing and Post-Master’s Certificate in the Community Health Nurse Practitioner Program at Rush University in Chicago, Illinois, and is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the International Honor Society for Nursing.
Carol has achieved certifications in healthcare risk management and compliance (Certified Professional Healthcare Risk Management (CPHRM), Certified Healthcare Compliance (CHC)) and Certified HIPAA Professional (CHP). Carol also volunteers for her local health department as a COVID-19 Contact Tracer and Case Investigator and is certified in Contact Tracing by the Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health and ASTHO.
Drawing on his 14 years of extensive experience in
the financial management
of large-scale, multi-disciplined projects and his solid background in
business and finance, Jason Jordan optimizes stakeholder decision making
processes. Known for his ability to improve forecasting accuracy and achieve
success in rectifying distressed projects, he focuses on data analytics to
help identify business process improvements that challenge the status quo in
class action settlements, federal and state grant programs, and large-scale
design and construction projects.
Jason has managed annual operating budgets up to $500 million with more than $15 billion in program expenses. He capitalizes on his vast experience with disaster recovery projects to establish financial controls that provide valuable direct and indirect returns. As the key client financial contact for the $230 Million U.S. Virgin Islands FEMA STEP Program, he performs several critical leadership functions, including labor cost validation, financial reporting, procurement, and audit and reconciliation.
Before he joined Plexos, Jason served as Director of Finance for the $12 billion Deepwater Horizon Economic and Property Damage Settlement. He built and managed a $400 million+ administrative budget covering 3,000 employees, 70 vendors, and 370,000 claims. By creating a forecasting culture with stricter guidelines and scenario analysis capabilities, he improved financial projection accuracy to within a 5% variance.
Earlier In his career, Jason managed a Fortune 500 company's financial activities for over 2,000 engineering, program management, disaster and mega projects. During that time, he matured several distressed projects into low-risk opportunities and converted a multi-million-dollar loss project into a profitable position.
Senior Vice President-
Director of Operations and
Disaster Service Business Leader
Derrick Stensrud has held a leadership role in
nearly every major disaster
recovery program to strike the United States since Hurricane Katrina. His
particular subject matter expertise in program management for HUD and
FEMA-funded housing projects and technology initiatives has been a critical
asset to disaster response and recovery efforts for the Louisiana Road Home
Program, the Texas Housing Assistance Program, the Galveston County Housing
Assistance Program, the NJ RREM, Program, the New York Build-It-Back
Program, the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and the Louisiana Hazard Mitigation
Grant Program. Clients appreciate his forward-thinking thought processes
that drive growth, scalability, and sustainability while generating
innovative solutions to solve complex problems.
Drawing on more than 18 years of management experience at world-class disaster recovery firms, Derrick’s knowledge and leadership have resulted in higher quality, lower costs and on-time delivery for critical program mandates spanning case management, damage assessments, quality assurance and quality control, call center operations, document management, applicant intake and processing, business intelligence, reporting, data handling and systems management. Committed to amassing highly qualified teams to ramp up quickly, he implemented custom software solutions and infrastructure by onboarding 30 infrastructure, software development, project management and business intelligence staff within 40 days for the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and stood up 35 claims service centers.
While serving as project manager for the United States Virgin Islands Emergency Home Repairs VI program – a FEMA-funded Sheltering and Temporary Essential Power (“STEP”) program for the Virgin Islands Housing Finance Authority – he created efficient and streamlined solutions for case management, IT infrastructure and operations, supply chain materials reporting, damage assessments, compliance and policy management, and call center staffing.
Senior Vice President, Analytics
Scot brings more than 25 years of experience in
program leadership, project management, operations, and process improvement
to his role at Plexos. He has an established track record of delivering both
efficiency and productivity, with a particular expertise in combining skills
and deliverables from disparate verticals into a cohesive program strategy
Among other relevant experience, Scot recently leveraged his experience in manufacturing to design and deploy a comprehensive material management system used to track medical materials at the New Orleans’ Morial Convention Center temporary Coronavirus hospital. This system tracks all equipment, consumables, reports on consumption levels, provides alerts for reorders, and allows for real time ordering and fulfilment from the treatment floor to the stock room.
For the U.S. Virgin Islands, Scot leveraged his degree in architecture from the University of Colorado at Boulder, his background in construction, and his operations capabilities to assist with hurricanes Irma and Maria recovery efforts. Scot designed, implemented and manages a proprietary supply chain and inventory management system for the Emergency Home Repairs program. Scot’s system tracks material from the time it’s ordered to the time it’s consumed for six subcontractors. He also oversees the inventory specialists, generates reports to help the program track material, and develops mathematical simulation modeling to forecast future inventory levels.
In addition, Scot designed, implemented, and managed a field reporting and communications tool for the Build It Back program - New York City’s Hurricane Sandy recovery initiative. The tool allows 150 users to communicate real-time field conditions for 1,500 construction projects. He also designed and ran a quality assurance and quality control program in compliance with federal regulations.
Earlier in his career, Scot served as director of business processes and reporting for the Deepwater Horizon Economic & Property Damages Settlement. He defined, measured, analyzed, implemented and controlled processes throughout the $400 million, 1,300-person organization. He served as the operational lead on both the policy and change management boards. Scot designed and implemented complex operational responses to policy decisions on behalf of the administration.
Vice President, Strategic Initiatives
Dennis González is a highly experienced program and construction management expert in
infrastructure and disaster recovery with 18 years of experience in major rebuilding and revitalization programs
in Puerto Rico and across the United States. A former Puerto Rico Department of Housing (PRDOH) Deputy Secretary
for Recovery, Dennis draws on program design, policy, compliance, and engineering experience in all phases of
successful multi-billion-dollar disaster recovery, housing, infrastructure, economic development and
construction projects for government and private sector clients.
After the devastation of Hurricane Maria, Dennis helped Puerto Rico repair more than 100,000 homes using $1.3B in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Sheltering and Temporary Essential Power (STEP) program funding. He also designed, managed, and implemented a $20.2B Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) program—the largest disaster recovery program in HUD and U.S. history. As the very first employee on that CDBG-DR program, he grew the team to over 350 staff to develop hundreds of programmatic guidelines, dashboards, and implementation manuals to successfully operate all aspects of the program. Dennis met frequently with members of Congress to advocate for the expedited delivery of CDBG-DR funds and collaborated with key federal stakeholders at FEMA and the Department of Energy to leverage other recovery funding and ultimately disseminate recovery funding to 3.2 million survivors.
Regarded for his energy and versatility, Dennis leads projects and programs towards profitable growth under strict quality standards. Among his career accomplishments, Dennis has managed a 54,000 public housing portfolio that encompassed over $1B in construction projects. His strategic problem-solving ability has led to efficient solutions in an additional $1.5B in construction projects for hospitality, commercial, high-end residential and multifamily housing, and sports centers.
Before he joined Plexos, Dennis served as a director at an emergency management consulting firm where he managed a $200M+ FEMA Public Assistance Program for more than 900 churches and diocesan facilities of the Puerto Rico Catholic Church.
Earlier in his career, Dennis served as Deputy Administrator of the Construction and Development Area of the Puerto Rico Public Housing Administration (PRPHA) where he oversaw engineering and architectural teams in large-scale construction and design programs.
Director, Human Resources
Darlene Burton is a certified Senior Professional in
Human Resources with 15
years’ experience in disaster recovery and federal project delivery. She
supports numerous responsibilities for our large and complex projects –
including major disaster recovery efforts – that rely heavily on short-and
long-term staffing solutions to meet client needs on a rapid-deployment
In addition to her project work, Darlene works together with our finance team to draft and manage the company’s timekeeping policies and ensures expedited client billings for accurate and streamlined results. She also manages the company’s internal HR policies including benefits, recruiting, leaves of absence, and management training. She is a strategic business partner to our executive team focused on client and employee relations, talent management and workforce planning.
While working on the U.S. Virgin Islands Emergency Home Repairs (STEP) program following hurricanes Maria and Irma, Darlene played an instrumental role in the growth of the program by meeting client needs for staff recruiting and onboarding of hundreds of employees on a short timeframe. In addition, she worked closely with the project management team to implement process improvements that helped minimize risk and meet client deliverables. Recently, she was responsible for onboarding over 500 employees in a matter of weeks for a call center project for the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.
Prior to joining Plexos, Darlene was the HR Operations Manager for the Federal Division at CB&I where she managed all of the union sites including military bases and federal government projects. While at Shaw Group she worked in the Environmental and Infrastructure Division as well as the Response and Recovery division where she was a part of the FEMA Individual Assistance and Technical Assistance Program and the Louisiana Road Home Project.
Darlene is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).
Director of Product Delivery
Debbie Fukutomi is an experienced IT professional
who collaborates with cross-functional teams to deliver end-to-end product
solutions for large, complex and cross-functional projects. She leverages
her software engineering and business acumen to assess operational needs and
project requirements to drive quality solutions through the use of agile
Known for her client-focused and adaptable approach, she coordinates multiple priorities between business users and stakeholders to ensure deliverables meet stringent technical and quality assurance requirements. As Director of Product Delivery for Plexos’ IT division, she works closely with our skilled technology experts to guide her team in achieving client success through innovative technology solutions powered by our proprietary Projexis platform.
Before formally joining Plexos, Debbie served as a Sr. Business Analyst and Project Manager for a construction consulting firm providing comprehensive construction, program, project and technical professional services for large-scale capital programs. As a contract partner with Plexos on the FEMA-funded Emergency Home Repair program for the U.S Virgin Islands, she oversaw the development and implementation of custom features for the Projexis system that streamlined the program applicant experience through construction management and cost control functionalities.
Earlier in her career, Debbie gained valuable SaaS and Cloud-based product development experience while working for a Fortune 500 human resource information, payroll processing, and tax and benefits administration company. She developed and managed deployment plans covering multiple product release schedules, defined quality assurance procedures and provided tactical support to client service and product implementation groups. Debbie also worked as a management analyst for a defense contractor, where she optimized data processing jobs and developed multiple custom systems for the U.S. Department of Defense, local government agencies and emergency medical service providers.
Director of Software Development and
Venkat Yaganti has nearly two decades of experience
in defining and guiding
application development vision and strategy. He drives technology
transformation and innovation by leading high-performance technology teams
and deploying new technologies and methodologies in an agile environment. He
is experienced in designing and implementing large-scale, mission-critical
applications and enterprise software products. Known for his ability to
transform concepts to meaningful business software tools, Venkat works in
tandem with the Plexos leadership team and strategic partners to implement
IT strategy and achieve organizational goals while ensuring Plexos
methodologies, best practices, and platforms uphold all NIST, HITECH/HITRUST
and SOC 2 standards.
Prior to joining Plexos, Venkat served in a number of IT leadership roles for healthcare professional service firms and subrogation companies where he honed his expertise in innovative technology solutions for large-scale data mining, cognitive robotic process automation, machine Learning algorithms, and architecture, design, and delivery. When he moved on to Aon Risk Solutions as a Technical development manager and senior technical Lead, he managed the development of a unified workflow and automation system and simplified and streamlined the company’s data environment. Most recently, as Senior Director and Automation Lead at Via Novus Financial, he established the company’s first Robotic Process Automation framework and led the development of new case management and reporting systems.
Senior Director of IT Operations
Cody Rico draws on more than 20 years’ experience in
system improvement and
performance design to strategically enhance the company’s on-premises
design. He vets and introduces new cloud-based technologies to provide a
dynamic, secure and robust environment. Working closely with the CIO and
executive team, Cody provides high-level management of IT projects within
the company. He is responsible for designing, implementing and directing the
processes, standards, capacity management, and the overall vision for the
company’s cloud-based systems that power critical large-scale projects with
tight deadlines. He ensures high performance and high availability of
information systems within a dynamic IT environment to maximize business
continuity, cost savings and growth, as well as compliance with NIST,
HITECH, and HITRUST standards. He currently holds Department of Defense
Prior to joining Plexos, Cody held several leadership and management roles that tasked him with oversight of company IT portfolios including IT project management, data center management, IT infrastructure, support operations, capacity planning and disaster recovery. While serving as senior IT manager he positioned his then-employer to receive a “Superior” compliance rating from the Department of Defense and Department of Energy. Cody also spent several years as an enterprise data center manager with operational responsibility for multiple data centers around the world supporting over 3,000 servers with 55,000 employees.
Director, Client Relations
Using her hands-on knowledge of major disaster
recovery efforts, Katie
Johnston connects government, commercial clients, and communities with
Plexos in the areas of construction management and disaster recovery to help
them respond, recover and rebuild. Katie’s vast experience includes managing
multifaceted HUD Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery
(CDBG-DR) construction projects for major disasters including hurricanes
Harvey and Michael. As a key point of contact for Plexos clients, she is an
attentive and proactive partner focused on exceeding objectives through the
efficient and timely delivery of our services.
A seasoned project manager and construction manager, Katie has skillfully coordinated workforces of more than 75+ subcontractors across programs in five states and seven disasters. She is fluent in all aspects of construction management - from development and execution of damage assessments - to cost estimation and repair.
Before she joined Plexos, Katie served in project management and client relations roles for major construction companies in connection with the Hurricane Harvey HUD CDBG-DR program, for which she facilitated the construction of 42 new homes. Her commitment and communication helped the organization maintain a 95% or above score for customer satisfaction. Earlier, she served in a construction project manager capacity for Hurricane Michael and Harvey CDBG-DR efforts to procure and supervise dozens of contactors, comply with master state and local building code requirements for more than 16 counties and recruit a talented pool of local and out-of-state contractors for long-term deployments.
Director, Project Controls
Jason Humphries has more than a decade of diverse
project controls management
experience on a range of local, state and government programs that have
exceeded $150 million. Working across Plexos’ business lines, he is
responsible for client program financial reporting and internal financial
reporting while helping to establish account structures that fulfill client
contract and reporting requirements. Often acting as the client liaison, his
resourcefulness, new approaches and creative ideas have enabled him to solve
critical program needs and ensure positive outcomes.
During his career, Jason has performed key cost analysis and cost management functions for large and complex disaster recovery programs. His experience includes financial oversight, forecasting, client reporting and other tasks for the USVI Emergency Home Repair (EHRVI) STEP Program, the Juan F. Luis Temporary Hospital Design Build in St. Croix and the Hurricane Sandy Long-Term Recovery Program in New York. For the EHRVI STEP program, Jason ensured adherence to all costing contract requirements and coordinated with all employees to ensure compliance with the contract.
Jason honed his mitigation analysis and QA/QC experience while working on the Louisiana Office of Community Development – Disaster Recovery Unit’s (OCD-DRU) $750 million HMGP grant application. His work creating tools to improve the Louisiana Governor's Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management’s pipeline of work and developing solutions for the challenges inhibiting production earned him the Continuous Improvement Incentive Program Award.
Local, state and federal governments rely on George
acumen and in-depth knowledge of Community Development Block Grant Disaster
Recovery (CDBG-DR) and Mitigation (CDBG-MIT) program requirements to ensure
billions in grant funds reach their intended targets quickly and in
accordance with terms of award and applicable regulations. In addition to
his 15 years of CDBG experience, George draws on decades of C-suite
experience at global corporations to effectively oversee many non-financial
project components – from operations, IT development and data storage, to
construction and engineering.
While serving as Plexos’ finance manager on programs such as the North Carolina Office of Recovery and Resiliency RebuildNC Program, George’s forecasts, calculations and verifications ensure maximized funding to restore hundreds of homes affected by catastrophic hurricane damage. He also leads financial application and administration efforts for major state-level disaster mitigation programs to minimize the impact of future storms.
After hurricanes Katrina and Rita devastated the city of New Orleans and surrounding areas, a global consulting services firm tapped George to serve as Director of Finance and Administration responsible for the disbursement of federal CDBG-DR housing funds for the Louisiana Road Home Project. Over the life of the program, George verified ownership of 120,000 homes and directed the award calculation, distribution and reconciliation of more than $9 billion in grant funds, while also storing and tracking over 3 million records. These tasks were accomplished without HUD concerns or findings and in compliance with federal, state and program policies and procedures including Stafford Act, Davis-Bacon, and applicable current financial and audit regulations such as 2 CFR 200. Along with his role in Katrina recovery, George worked with the State of New Jersey on Hurricane Sandy disaster recovery funding.
George is an avid volunteer who has dedicated his time to numerous community and relief organizations including the United Methodist Committee on Relief, the Seashore Mission homeless center, the Humane Society of South Mississippi, and as a Habitat for Humanity district construction manager.
Christine Armstrong is a highly skilled marketing
and development professional with a
successful track record of delivering and executing branding strategies.
Throughout her career, she has helped
companies and professional service firms across the U.S. and Canada design
and launch internal and external
communications programs for acquisitions and leadership changes,
organizational rebrands and website redesigns.
A trained journalist, Christine synthesizes complex concepts to draft compelling content that heightens brand understanding and articulates value for targeted audiences. She creates and executes highly visible and lasting brand strategies that support strategic business development and cross-selling goals.
Prior to Plexos, Christine was Senior Director of Marketing for GCG (now Epiq) where she led the legal settlement administration firm’s marketing and branding efforts, including a full-company rebrand. Earlier in her career, Christine held marketing leadership and writing roles at several of the largest law firms in North America.
Senior Proposal Manager
With more than 30 years of experience in disaster
recovery and financial
services, Liz Troia executes proposals that help local, state, and federal
government agencies understand the value Plexos brings to their largest
disaster, response, recovery, and mitigation efforts. Her combined knowledge
of regulated disaster and non-disaster programs provides a unique
perspective in delivering clear and consistent information to stakeholders
and decision-makers who seek streamlined and cost-effective
While working in key roles for CDBG-DR disaster recovery and Neighborhood Stabilization Program 3 (NSP3) initiatives, Liz served the NY Rising Buyouts and Acquisition Program under a Construction Management Support Services contract for properties in Staten Island, New York, that were impacted by Hurricane Sandy.
Previously, Liz served nine years on the Louisiana Road Home Small Rental Property Program as a Senior Manager covering three state contracts and four contractors. Her responsibilities included oversight and team management for the financial advisors, Uniform Relocation Act, benefit determination, anti-fraud, waste and abuse, loan recapture, and development and implementation of policy, procedures, and communication channels.
Before serving in disaster recovery, Liz was Vice President of Business Strategy and Development for the subprime division of Wells Fargo Home Mortgage. She was responsible for initiatives that included a national focus on compliance, loan quality, and credit policy.