Ravenswood Solutions, a subsidiary of SRI International, provides government agencies and commercial clients with technology and services for collective training, test and evaluation, policy analysis, performance assessment and operations. Our field-proven packages include high fidelity instrumentation, realistic training effects, and turnkey support services that are customized for each client.

Ravenswood Solutions leverages more than 20 years of experience in technology insertion, training support, and sustainment services. This heritage of world-class technology and dedication to customers has led the company to be the leading provider of mobile instrumented training and performance assessment for military ground troops and other security forces.

Our People

Daniel R. Donoghue

President & Chief Executive Officer

As the founding President and CEO of Ravenswood Solutions, Mr. Donoghue leads the company in maintaining quality performance to existing customers, and to an expanded customer base both domestic and abroad. He served 23 years in Naval Aviation that included senior staff positions at the Pentagon. Since then, he has held multiple senior leadership positions at WBB Consulting, Titan Corporation, and Jaycor Inc.

Mr. Donoghue holds a BS in Aerospace Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy and a MS in Aeronautical Engineering from the Navy Postgraduate School. He is also a graduate of the Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN).

Melissa O’Connor

Vice President of Finance

As the Vice President of Finance at Ravenswood Solutions, Ms. O’Connor is responsible for all areas of accounting, budgeting, financial statements, and proposal pricing with specific expertise in government accounting.  Ms. O’Connor has over 35 years of experience in Finance, Budgeting, and Government Accounting.  She began her career with SRI International in 1978 and supported the Engineering and Information and Computing Sciences Division as well as the Chief Operating Office until she transitioned to Ravenswood in January 2016.

Ms. O’Connor has a BA in Social Welfare and has completed graduate courses in Business Administration at Golden Gate University.

Chris Terndrup

Vice President & Chief Operating Officer

As the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Ravenswood Solutions, Mr. Terndrup’s oversight responsibilities include Human Resources, Marketing Communications, Information Technology, Facilities, Security, Procurement, Property, Environmental Health and Safety, and Export Control. Previously, he served as Executive Director of SRI International’s Instrumentation and Simulation Program, responsible for P/L for a 110 person, $80M revenue per year operation. He joined SRI as a student intern and resumed employment with SRI after receiving his BS degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Charlene Galanty

Executive Director, Contracts & Procurement

As the Executive Director of Contracts & Procurement at Ravenswood Solutions, Ms. Galanty is responsible for all areas of supervision, negotiation and administration of Contracts and Subcontracts. These include federal, state, commercial and international contracts and subcontracts.   Ms. Galanty has over 30 years of experience in Contracts, Subcontracts and Procurement.  She has performed as a Senior Contracting Officer and Procurement Supervisor with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), as well as senior positions with RAND Corporation, the University of Southern California (USC), Division Manager of Subcontracts at SRI, International and Deputy Director of Contracts/ Subcontracts at LinQuest Corporation in Los Angeles.

Ms. Galanty completed undergrad studies in Business Administration/ Business Management, Federal Courses, and holds a Master’s Certificate in Government Contracting from George Washington University.

Kipp Peppel

Vice President, Products & Services

As Vice President of Products & Services, Mr. Kipp Peppel leads the Products & Services team which is responsible for executing all Ravenswood Solutions client programs. He also directs internal research & development initiatives and collaborates with the business development team to develop new markets for existing offerings or generate new products and services in accordance with customer requirements. He started as an intern at SRI International in 1997, transitioning to Research Engineer upon graduation from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a BS in Aeronautical Engineering in 1998. Kipp assumed program management responsibilities for the FlexTrain Program in 2004 and continued in that role through 2015, before transitioning to Ravenswood Solutions.

Cyndi Turner Krisan

Executive Director, Corporate Business Development

Cyndi Krisan comes to Ravenswood Solutions with over 30 years’ experience in the simulation and training community. As the Executive Director of Corporate Business Development, she is responsible for identifying and pursuing new business that aligns with the RS strategic plan, as well as building a presence for RS in the Orlando simulation and training community.

Mrs. Krisan served as the General Manager for Saab Defense and Security USA, Simulation and Training where she was responsible for increasing orders and revenues for the live training market in the US. She has worked in various capacities in the simulation market, to include Business Development, Program Management and Systems Engineering roles. She is both a Certified Modeling and Simulation and Program Management Professional.

Cyndi is a member of the Board of Trustees for the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) and Vice President of the National Training and Simulation Association (NTSA) Executive Committee.

Krisan received her BS- degree from Southern Illinois University and her MBA from Le Tourneau University.

Marc Gimbel

Deputy Director, Products & Services

As the Deputy Director of Products & Services, Mr. Gimbel is responsible for the cost, schedule, and technical performance of company programs and supports new business opportunities. He has 14 years of experience working in system development, field operations, and program management. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Systems Engineering from Harvey Mudd College.

Bob Pidgeon

Director, Live Exercises

As the Director of Live Exercises, Mr. Pidgeon leads the company’s support to the Army National Guard’s eXportable Combat Training Capability and the Army’s Brigade Modernization Command. He served 26 years in the United States Army commanding Infantry formations worldwide from Company to Brigade. He’s held multiple management positions at Anteon, General Dynamics Information Technology and SRI International. Mr. Pidgeon Holds a BS from Worcester State University, an MA from the Naval War College in National Security Studies, and an MA from the Army War College in Strategic Studies.

Tony Hawkins

Director, Products & Development and Tech Programs

As the Director of Products & Development and Technology Programs, Mr. Hawkins leads a talented team of engineers to provide clients with leading-edge solutions tailored to their specific needs. He specializes in both system design and deployment, and he has fielded instrumented training systems for more than 14 years. Mr. Hawkins holds a BS in Engineering from Harvey Mudd College and a BA in Economics from Claremont McKenna College.

Stephen Ciesinski

Stephen Ciesinski is the Chairman of the Board of Ravenswood Solutions.

As president of SRI International, Stephen Ciesinski jointly develops SRI strategy with the CEO and ensures that corporate resources and talent are aligned with supporting SRI’s research needs. Mr. Ciesinski also serves as president of Global Partnerships at SRI. His organization has overall responsibility for identifying and securing SRI’s business opportunities in domestic and international commercial markets, U.S. and foreign government agencies, and R&D-based universities.

Ciesinski’s professional experience includes a number of industries and businesses: applications software, semiconductor capital equipment, telecommunications, mobile/wireless, medical devices, open innovation, and others. As a corporate officer, board member, advisor and investor, he has participated in or managed numerous strategic events, including new business formation, product launches, private financings, IPOs, M&A transactions, and leveraged buyouts. (more…)

John Prausa

John Prausa helped found Ravenswood Solutions and was the initial Chairman of the Board.  He now serves on the Board of Directors.

Mr. Prausa retired from SRI International (SRI) in 2017 after a 42-year career leading Engineering Research and Development teams.  He had increasingly responsible positions before being appointed as the Sr. Vice President of the Engineering and Systems Group (ESG), at the time the largest R&D group at SRI.

In that role, he had three Divisions reporting to him, 15 regional offices, and 800 staff members conducting research, development and deployment of technologies and systems in the areas of robotics and autonomous systems, space research, radar and signal sensing, intelligence, test and training systems and wireless communications.  Teams working under Mr. Prausa developed (more…)

Alan Stewart

Alan Stewart is a Managing Director with RA Capital Advisors. Previously, Mr. Stewart served as the CFO and Chief Development Officer of Epsilon Systems Solutions for more than ten years. In this capacity, Mr. Stewart led the infrastructure development, financial affairs, and M&A activity of the company as it grew from approximately $40 million in revenues to over $130 million.

Over the last 20 years, Mr. Stewart has served as an executive, owner, and board member for companies ranging in size from start-up to $100M+ and in industries ranging from internet, real estate, technology, staffing, software, fitness and media to government contracting. Prior to his business career, Mr. Stewart served over ten years as a nuclear engineer in the United States Navy submarine force. (more…)

Chris Gaertner

Chris Gaertner is Global Head of Technology Investment Banking at Rothschild & Co.

In this role, Chris is leading and coordinating the effort of more than 1,000 advisors across 55 offices in 40 countries.  In addition, he is responsible for building client relationships with many of the leading software, enterprise systems and Internet companies in the technology industry.  This includes M&A, Equity and Debt advisory and services. Prior to joining Rothschild in 2017, Chris was Global Head of Corporate Finance at Credit Suisse where he led and grew the firm’s technology investment banking practice.  Earlier in his career, Chris was a Managing Director in the Technology Group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Chris joined Merrill Lynch in 2005 and was Head of Merrill’s Technology Group, Head of Global Software and Enterprise Technology Investment Banking. Chris was a Managing Director at Lehman Brothers, recruited to establish the firm’s west coast software effort. (more…)

Dan Donoghue

As the founding President and CEO of Ravenswood Solutions, Mr. Donoghue leads the company in maintaining quality performance to existing customers, and to an expanded customer base both domestically and abroad. He served 23 years in Naval Aviation including service in senior staff positions in the fleet and at the Pentagon. Since then, he has held multiple senior leadership positions at WBB Consulting, Titan Corporation, and Jaycor Inc.

Mr. Donoghue holds a BS in Aerospace Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy and a MS in Aeronautical Engineering from the Navy Postgraduate School. He is also a graduate of the Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN).

General Walter (Skip) Sharp, Retired

United States Army

General Sharp commanded the United Nations Command, Republic of Korea – United States Combined Forces Command, and United States Forces Korea. General Sharp’s multiple command positions include: Regimental Commander 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Polk, Louisiana; Assistant Division Commander for Maneuver 2nd Infantry Division, Camp Red Cloud, South Korea; and Division Commander, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Georgia. He commanded troops in Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Operation Uphold Democracy in Haiti, and SFOR’s Multinational Division (North) in Bosnia.

General Sharp had four assignments at the Pentagon on the Joint Staff. He was the Deputy Director, J5 for Western Hemisphere/Global Transnational Issues; the Vice Director, J8 for Force Structure, Resources, and Assessment; the Director for Strategic Plans and Policy, J5; and the Director of the Joint Staff. (more…)

Lieutenant General Glen Webster, Retired

United States Army

Glenn Webster is a 41-year Army veteran who commanded units in Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan and the United States. A graduate of West Point, General Webster commanded at every level from platoon to division and field army. His operational experience includes assignments with five different Army divisions, two combatant commands, and twice with a field army and land component command. General Webster commanded a US tank battalion, training it in the US and in Germany. He was then selected to be the senior Armor and Cavalry Observer-Controller (OC) at the National Training Center (NTC) after DESERT STORM. He was the Commanding General of the NTC from 1998-2000. At the time of the September 11th attacks, General Webster was serving in the Pentagon as the Army’s Director of Training. (more…)

Lieutenant General Richard Zilmer, Retired

United States Marine Corps

Lieutenant General Richard Zilmer retired from active duty in January of 2011 following over 36 years of commissioned service. Among a variety of professional and volunteer activities, LtGen Zilmer presently sits on the CNA Military Advisory Board. LtGen Zilmer is an independent consultant and past board member with the Hershey Trust Company and Milton Hershey School Board of Managers where he served as Vice Chairman. He presently serves as a Highly Qualified Employee and Senior Mentor for the US Army.

During his military career, Zilmer served in a variety of operational and staff assignments throughout the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany and Japan. His operational commands consisted of Commanding Officer First Battalion, First Marines, Commanding Officer 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, Commanding General Multinational Forces -West (Anbar Province, Iraq) and Commanding General III Marine Expeditionary Force, Okinawa, Japan. Zilmer completed combat tours during Lebanon Peacekeeping Operations, Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom.


Lieutenant General H. Steven Blum, Retired

United States Army

Lieutenant General H Steven Blum retired after serving the Nation for over 42 years. General Blum’s final assignment was as the Deputy Commander, United States Northern Command, and Vice Commander, U.S. Element, North American Aerospace Defense Command (USELEMENORAD), headquartered at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, where he was the first National Guard officer to serve as a Deputy Combatant Commander.

General Blum has been appointed to the position of Executive in Residence with The Johns Hopkins University, School of Education, Division of Public Safety and Leadership. This appointment reflects the experience, education and the many contributions he has made to the nation in the field of public safety. (more…)

Major General Jerry C. Harrison, Retired

United States Army

While on active duty in the U.S. Army, Jerry commanded at various levels to include the 2nd Division Artillery in Korea and the Army Laboratory Command. His last assignment was as the Army Chief of Legislative Liaison. He was active in the Washington, D.C. chapter of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association and served as its vice president for STEM education. He also served as Chapter President of the George Washington Chapter of the Association of the U. S. Army.

Jerry Harrison served as Vice President and General Manager of Government Business Development at SRI International, focusing on the strategic expansion of SRI’s business with defense and civilian government agencies. (more…)

Major General R. Mark Brown, Retired

United States Army

Major General R. Mark Brown completed active duty as the Commanding General of U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) Joint Theater Support Contracting Command (C-JTSCC) headquartered at Camp As Sayliyah Qatar. The command executed support to warfighters in Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), conducting approximately 80 percent of all contracting actions in Afghanistan. In this capacity, he served as Head of Contracting Activity for C-JTSCC and had oversight and coordination authority for contracting in Iraq, Kuwait and Pakistan.

In his prior assignment as Deputy for Acquisition and Systems Management for the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology (ASA(ALT)) he was responsible for executive program management oversight for cost, schedule and technical performance, and implementation of acquisition policy and systems integration for over 600 Army programs. (more…)

Major General Melvin G. Spiese, Retired

United States Marine Corps

Major General Spiese was commissioned via the NROTC program after receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in May of 1976.

His final assignment on active duty was Deputy Commanding General, I Marine Expeditionary Force, and Commanding General, 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade. Prior to this assignment, he commanded the Marine Corps’ Training and Education Command, and had command of Marine Air Ground Task Force Training Command, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twenty Nine Palms, California. (more…)

Brigadier General James P. “Pat” O’Neal, Retired

United States Army

James “Pat” O’Neal completed 30 years of service as the DCSOPS for FORSCOM after serving on duty in command of armored formations, operations, plans, and training. He served in assignments worldwide involving deployment and employment of forces into uncertain situations like the Balkans. Spanning the period from 1969 to 1999, Pat O’Neal served in critical command positions from company to division, on the faculty of the United States Military Academy, as a fellowship student at the Harvard Kennedy School.  His service includes duty in the Republic of Vietnam, the Federal Republic of Germany, Bosnia, Croatia, Hungary, Iraq and the United States. (more…)