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Get to Know the Corporate Team Behind OCT Consulting
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Atul Kathuria is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of OCT Consulting. With more than 20 years of management consulting experience, Atul provides strategic leadership, management and vision. Prior to founding OCT Consulting in 2013, Atul worked as a management consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton and Ernst and Young.
Atul holds a Bachelor of Engineering and Master of Business Administration (MBA). He is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and holds Advanced Change Management Certification (CMAP) from Georgetown University.
Vice President, Operations
Wayne Smith is OCT Consulting’s VP of Operations. Wayne is a multifaceted manager with vast experience in Business Development, Program and Project management, Personnel Management, Emergency Management, Emergency Medical Services, Education and Training, and Exercise Development and Execution. He brings an extensive background in Program and Project Management, Emergency and Disaster Management, and expertise in Adult Education and Training. Wayne is also an Air Force veteran with 22 years of military experience.
Wayne holds a Master of Public Administration from Villanova University and a Master of Science in Health Sciences, Emergency and Disaster Management from Trident University International. He obtained his bachelor’s in applied arts and sciences with a concentration in Political Science and International Relations from Midwestern State University. He also holds certificates in Essentials of Project Management, Mastering Project Management, and a Master Certification in Applied Project Management from Villanova University.
John Raffier is OCT's Corporate Program Manager, and has significant leadership, strategic planning, human capital management, policy development, process improvement, and program/project management experience supporting the Department of Defense and other federal government agency. John is also a U.S. Navy veteran with 20 years of military experience.
John has earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from the College of the Holy Cross, a Master of Arts in National Security Affairs from the Naval Postgraduate School, and a Masters of Business Administration in Human Resources Management from the University of Phoenix. He is a certified and current Project Management Professional.
A U.S. Marine Corps veteran with significant experience with technical program management including wireless communications, electronic warfare, and supporting research and development activities with multiple Federal Government agencies and the Department of Defense.
Phil holds a MBA from Boston University and a Master of Science in Systems Engineering (Electronic Warfare) from Naval Postgraduate School. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Arizona.
Senior Human Resource Generalist
Jennifer Purdy is OCT Consulting's Sr. HR Generalist. She is a certified HR Professional with an extensive background in office administration and full life cycle human resources activities within the private and Government Contractor sectors. As a member of OCT's Corporate Team, Jennifer provides recruiting, benefits administration, and other infrastructure functions.
Jennifer has earned Associates Degrees from Northern Virginia Community College in both Liberal Arts and General Studies with an emphasis in Business Administration. She also holds an active Society of Human Resources Certified Professional certification.
Maria has HR and Office Administration experience, which includes a strong recruiting background with Government contracts. Her experience includes sourcing, scheduling, applicant tracking, and qualifying candidates. At OCT Consulting, she assists with recruiting and other HR functions and started in December 2022.
Maria has earned her Bachelor of Business Administration from Radford University with a concentration in Management and a Minor in Communications. I also am HRCI certified in having my Associate Professional in Human Resources certification, earned in October 2020.
Business Development Associate
Brianna Cebello is a Business Development Associate at OCT Consulting and brings over two years of experience in capture management, market analysis, and proposal coordination for various government clients. Before joining OCT, she was a Senior Business Development Associate at IESC and an education volunteer for the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic. She joined the OCT team in 2023.
Brianna holds a Bachelor's Degree in International Affairs with a minor in Spanish Language and Literature from George Washington University.
Business Development Associate
Allison Whyte is a Business Development Associate with extensive project development experience across multiple industries. Prior to joining OCT, Allison worked on developing projects in manufacturing, theatre, and other live events, and commercial construction and development. She joined the OCT team in 2023.
Allison holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) from Carnegie Mellon University. She has also completed several project management training courses through the Project Management Institute (PMI) as well as the Harvard Business School Online’s CORe program.
Nikhil Gupta is OCT Consulting’s Director of Information Technology. As an IT executive, he provides strategic vision, planning, team leadership and development of mission-critical information systems, software applications and technology support and infrastructure systems that enable organizations to achieve long-term goals.
Nikhil holds a Bachelor of Engineering from an engineering college in India and Master of Business Administration (MBA) from George Washington University, Washington DC.
Cyber Security Program Manager
James Harless is the Cyber Security Program Manager with the OCT Consulting. Jim is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional with more than 20 years of Cyber Security and IT experience. He has experience at many federal agencies. Jim has extensive Cyber, IT, Project Management, Agile, DevSecOps, and Recruiting experience.
James holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Information Systems from Salisbury University. He also is Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certified.
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