Deborah Hunt is the founder, president and CEO of iPower LLC. An experienced professional and recognized visionary leader, Ms. Hunt has more than 30 years of executive level IT managerial and technical experience. Adept at providing hands-on leadership and direction in the process improvement, CMMI, CMMC, quality assurance, internet and telecommunications arenas, she has consistently exceeded client expectations by appropriately matching scarce resources against competing priorities.
Ms. Hunt also served as an advisor to George Mason University's PTAC/SBDC and has been an adjunct professor at American University. Prior to founding iPower in 2001, Debbie was the Vice President/Director for IT Consulting and Integration Company where she was responsible for oversight, business development, business administration, and human resource management of a wide spectrum of IT programs, projects and task orders. During her tenure she grew her department by 100% and attained the company’s first SEI CMM certifications.
Debbie holds M.S., Mathematics, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and B.S., Mathematics, Greensboro College. She is a certified PMP, certified CMMI Lead Appraiser, and a CMMC-AB Provisional Lead Assessor for the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certifications.
Chief Growth Officer
During her career, Cheryl Waldrup has spent over 20 years in corporate growth, capture, brand management, partner marketing, strategic planning, business development. She has extensive experience spanning diverse markets in both large scale and smaller, entrepreneurial environments. At iPower, Cheryl will oversee all business development, bid and proposal, capture and marketing functions, as well as social media and public relations and will drive our company’s strategy for growth. Cheryl is a seasoned leader, serving her second term as an elected member of the ACT-IAC Executive Committee, where she chairs the Professional Development Committee.
Cheryl holds an MBA from Capella University with a specialization in leadership. She is a graduate of the ACT-IAC Partners’ program (2012) and is also active in NACD where she is a current Governance Fellow, the Government Business Executives Forum (GBEF) as well as the National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) where she earned certifications in Foundational Leadership and Advanced Leadership.
Bryan McElwee is iPower LLC’s Senior Manager of Training Delivery and Co-Chair of iPower’s Program Management Office (PMO). In these roles Bryan is responsible for managing and overseeing training and service delivery for iPower government and commercial customers and projects, supporting day-to-day operations, and ensuring achievement of key performance objectives across the organization.
Bryan is responsible for the delivery of training (as an instructor) to iPower clients in the areas of CMMI, quality assurance, performance management, configuration management, organizational training, and continuous improvement. Additionally, Bryan supports iPower’s business development process with proposal management and writing and serves as iPower’s Security Incident Response Manager.
Bryan has over 20 years’ experience in quality management and process engineering/improvement for both government and commercial sectors. Bryan holds a B.S. in Integrated Science and Technology from James Madison University as well as multiple certifications, including ISO 20000 Lead Auditor, CMMI Instructor (for Development, Services, and Supplier Management), Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, Change Management, and Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) Registered Practitioner. Bryan is a seasoned manager and consultant with experience supporting hundreds of customers and managing project teams with up to 28 team members.
Christine Saurini is iPower LLC’s Senior Manager of Continuous Improvement and Co-Chair of iPower’s Program Management Office (PMO). In these roles, Christine is charged with ensuring iPower organizational goals and objectives are achieved while providing top quality service to our clients.
In her Continuous Improvement role, Christine is responsible for the delivery of process innovation and continuous improvement initiatives across the company to assist the CEO in strategically planning and driving iPower’s success and growth of the business and to ensure the organization and staff have the required certifications to be the leaders in our industry.
Christine has spent her career in continuous improvement and quality leadership positions for both government and commercial sectors. She holds an MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University as well as multiple certifications to include ISO 9001/ ISO 27001 Lead Auditor, CMMI Professional, Six Sigma, and Certified CMMC Professional. Christine is also the iPower Facility Security Officer (FSO) and Insider Threat Program Senior Officer (ITPSO). She is a thought leader in the continuous improvement, quality, and cybersecurity industries who has consulted hundreds of customers and participated in and lead teams in numerous appraisals, audits, and assessments.