President and CEO
Joe Linza is an entrepreneur and results-oriented chief executive who has launched, grown, and operated diverse organizations in the environmental consulting marketplace, especially around water (the “Hydrosphere”). He is focused on having a positive impact on people, providing solutions to customers, and creating value for stakeholders. He is responsible for leading and positioning Lynker Technologies for a strong reputation and market presence in the Hydrosphere sector by: delivering innovative scientific, technology, and management solutions to Federal, state & local, and commercial clients; developing Lynker staff for achieving professional growth; executing the corporate strategy; and building a strong brand and image.
Joe is active in industry groups supporting this market. He and Lynker support a number of community causes and activities. He is a long-time certified soccer coach for each of his three kids.
Chief Operating Officer
Scott Dratch comes to Lynker after a distinguished career in the Army and Industry. He completed a successful 20+ year career in the Army where he was a Military Intelligence Officer, Information Technology professional and experienced Joint Cyber officer in the early days of cyber. Scott’s final assignment was as the Y2K Task Force Director for US Forces in Europe. He served as both a COR and a Program Manager in multiple assignments while on active duty. Following his Army career, Scott went to work in government contracting for General Dynamics where he held multiple director-level positions in Operations, Business Development, Engineering, Technology and Strategy. After over 10 years in General Dynamics he spent some time in Harris Corporation and then as the Chief Operating Officer for a mid-sized government contracting services company before coming to Lynker as its COO. Scott has his Bachelor’s Degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point in General Engineering and his Master’s Degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Computer Science. Scott brings academic experience from his three years as an Associate Professor of Computer Science at West Point and a year as Operations Director at Defense Acquisition University.
Vice President, Marine, Ocean, and Coastal Science and Information Division -East
Jill Meyer has 26 years of experience in coastal and ocean science and conservation with 20 years overseeing coastal and marine science and conservation contracts. She holds a M.S. degree in Marine Science from the Virginia Institute of Marine Science where she focused on coastal resource management and policy and wetland science. Ms. Meyer has extensive technical experience in coastal management and restoration, marine field data collection and monitoring, coral reef conservation, fisheries management, and spill response and restoration. She has managed technical projects and directed operations in the private sector and for federal government contracts with agencies including National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), National Park Service (NPS), and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). At Lynker, Ms. Meyer manages the Marine, Ocean and Coastal Services and Information Division- East that includes support for NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management (OCM), Office of Coast Survey (OCS) Nautical Charting System, Center for Operation Oceanographic Products and Services (COOPS) operational tide, current, and harmful algal bloom products, tand the NE and SE Fisheries Science Centers and Regional Offices.
Chief Scientist and Executive Director, Water and Environmental Resource Management Group
Graeme Aggett, PhD
Graeme Aggett is Chief Scientist and Water Resources Management Practice Lead with Lynker Technologies and has 22 years of wide-ranging experience in water resources management. As Water Science lead at Lynker he is focused on conceptualizing, developing, implementing and directing projects involving Hydrologic and Hydraulic Modeling; Forecasting; Water Decision Support System Design and Development; Natural Hazard and Risk Assessment; Climate Change Impact Assessment and Adaptation Planning; Geospatial Science and Technology Application and Development. He continues to maintain an active research and publishing program in this field, and has served on numerous review panels and has been a Principal Investigator on various federal research projects (NASA, NOAA and USDA). He is also an editor for several international journals. Graeme received his Ph.D. (Hydrology/Geomorphology) from the University of Southern California, and his M.S. (Hydrology/Engineering) and B.S. (Hydrology/Geomorphology/GIScience) from the University of Auckland.
Vice President for Marine, Ocean & Coastal Sciences and Information Group - West
Christopher Hawkins, PhD
Chris has had a life-long interest in the coast and has spent his whole career in marine and coastal management. He has worked in the Florida Keys, American Samoa, and Hawaii in education, program management, and human dimensions research. Most recently, he directed Lynker’s Sustainable Pacific Program, establishing and maintaining partnerships with nonprofits and other capacity-challenged organizations. He is originally from western Massachusetts and enjoys spending time there with his large extended family when he can, as well as in Alaska with his wife Sarah’s family. Chris lives on Hawaii Island and is excited to lead Lynker’s efforts on the West Coast, Alaska and the U.S. Pacific Islands.
Chief Systems Engineer
Matt comes from General Dynamics Mission Systems and its predecessor companies with over 30 years of experience in a variety of leadership roles, including Business Area Director, Program Director, Chief Technology Office, Director of Engineering, and Distinguished Member of Staff, developing solutions and supporting capture for mission critical programs, ranging from development of undersea hardware to unmanned systems to IT systems for defense, homeland security, and restricted customers. Matt received his undergraduate from M.I.T. and received his Master’s degree from Stanford. He resides in Fairfax, Virginia.
Sam De Bow Jr.
RADM Samuel P. De Bow, Jr. is presently the Vice President of Lynker Technologies directly supporting the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Office of Coast Survey as the Enterprise Product Manager. RADM De Bow retired from active duty on October 1, 2007 after close to 30 years of service and in 2008 became the Director of the Center of Excellence for Research on Offshore Renewable Energy at the University of Rhode Island, Graduate School of Oceanography. RADM De Bow was the prior Director of the NOAA Commissioned Corps and NOAA’s Office of Marine and Aviation Operations. RADM De Bow’s active duty career focused on NOAA’s mission to ensure safe navigation. During his career he conducted hydrographic surveys throughout most of the coastal waters of the United States.
Director of Operations and Pricing
Travis Wilhoite serves as the Director of Corporate Services and leads the finance/accounting, contracts, HR, proposal functions. He is responsible for operational tasks including, but not limited to, payroll, AR/AP, “cradle to grave” contract management of Government and commercial prime and subcontracts, Subcontract administration, general business development activities including pricing analysis, and ongoing program support. Travis holds an undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Pittsburgh.
Vice President of Capture & Solutioning
Susan Howell has over 20 years of experience as an Earth science researcher and leading business growth and operations. She brings a solution-oriented approach based on her experience in designing, developing, implementing, and integrating technical solutions for federal and state agencies. She has managed business development and directed operations in the private sector for federal contracts with agencies including NOAA, NASA, USACE, DOI, DHS, and various NGOs. Dr. Howell’s expertise span coastal/natural engineering, geomorphology, environmental and military remediation, heliophysics, and disaster and resilience policy. Much of her research lies at the interface of novel approaches to integrate social sciences and quantitative physical sciences. As Lynker’s VP of Capture & Solutioning, Dr. Howell focuses on expanding Lynker’s growth and capabilities, developing vision and strategy, building customer relationships, developing teaming partnerships, and leading capture management. Dr. Howell earned her Doctorate in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Vanderbilt University.
VP Marketing, Communications & Business Identification
Kathy has over 25 years’ experience in Marketing and Business Development. She holds a B.S. Degree in Commerce with a concentration in Marketing and Computer Applications from The University of Virginia. For Lynker, Kathy plans, implements, and manages marketing, communications, and business identification strategies. In her role she contributes to the overall growth of the company.
Human Resources Manager
Over 20 years of HR experience, Society of Human Resource Management Certified Professional (SHRM-CP), and experienced Human Resource (HR) leader spanning all HR and operational innovations, with a focus on helping a healthy and growing firm succeed. My HR leadership allows me to contribute to corporate growth and customer satisfaction. My experience spans HR activities and leadership for onsite and offsite; time and materials, firm fixed price, and cost-plus fixed fee; and multiple agencies, NOAA (all ProTech Domains), NASA, USACE, AFRL, and others.