Management Team

Zia Islam

President and CEO

Zia Islam is the award-winning Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Zantech. Under his leadership and strategic direction, Zantech has grown from one person to a large solution leader with an impeccable reputation for delivering value in service to our great nation in more than 30 CONUS locations nationwide and a strong OCONUS presence. Over the past 12 years he has grown Zantech to an impressive $50M in revenue. Prior to establishing Zantech in 2007, Mr. Islam spent 14 years at General Motors Corporation as a Senior Project Manager. He focused on continuous process improvement, earning the ASI Six Sigma “Black Belt Award” for Design and receiving the GM Chairman’s Honors award. He brings the same quality focus to Zantech. Mr. Islam received a MS in Systems Engineering from Ohio University. In addition, he holds BS and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Aligarh Muslim University, having received an Aligarh Muslim University “Gold Medal” upon completing his Masters degree.

Richard Zelkowitz

Chief Growth Officer

Richard Zelkowitz is the Chief Growth Officer of Zantech, responsible for driving the firm’s growth from Strategy through all aspects of the Business Development Lifecycle. He is well versed in the competitive acquisition process from both a contractor, as well as a government customer perspective. Immediately prior to joining Zantech, Mr. Zelkowitz held several leadership positions within the Business Development organization of BAE Systems for over 20 years, including Capture Management, Business Development Operations, and IDIQ Management. He and his teams won over $2.75 billion in IT, engineering, and analytic business across the Civilian, Defense, and Intel markets. Before joining BAE, he served as General Counsel for the U.S. Senate, Office of the Sergeant at Arms, where he was responsible for all of the Senate’s technical acquisitions, including the legislative information and financial management systems, as well as the Senate’s first performance-based operations and maintenance contract. He also served successfully as a government official at the Government Accountability Office as a bid protest attorney addressing a variety of issues across the federal government contracting market. Mr. Zelkowitz holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, a JD from Washington University in St. Louis, and a BA from Johns Hopkins University.

E.J. Trivette, PMP

Director, Capture

E.J. Trivette serves as the Director of Capture for Zantech. Mr. Trivette has over 20 years of experience in Federal Government contracting including design, development, engineering, program management, business operations, business development, capture, and proposal development. He has worked as the lead engineer for teams in the development, operations, and maintenance of systems that directly support the warfighter including aircrew trainers, part task trainers, live-virtual-constructive engagement systems, RF system test signal generators, and data center upgrades. Mr. Trivette has served in a variety of operational leadership roles at both small and large businesses and has over 10 years of direct experience in Business Development and Capture Management. Prior to entering the defense contracting industry, Mr. Trivette had a distinguished career in the US Air Force, retiring as the lead officer instructor at the National TEMPEST School at Lackland AFB, Texas. Mr. Trivette earned a PMP certification from the Project Management Institute and a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Florida.

Edward (Ned) Bielski, CPA

Corporate Controller

Ned Bielski has served 25 years as a Controller or Finance Director for government contractors including Lockheed Martin, L3, Chenega, SOS International and the Titan Corporation. He is well versed in financial reporting, systems implementation, proposals, taxes, DCAA compliance, and treasury. He has spoken to national audiences on government compliance, systems implementation, and the role of the GovCon Controller. He has worked in both the federal professional services, as well as manufacturing sectors. He has served extensively for 15 years in the international arena, having lived and worked overseas. Mr. Bielski is an ex officer with the US Air Force. He holds a CPA license in the State of Florida, and has been active in the AICPA, FICPA, and the Professional Services Council. He graduated from Purdue University achieving an MS in Industrial Management and a BS in Aeronautical Engineering.

Deanna Winstead, PhD

Proposal Manager & Marketing Lead

Deanna Winstead drives Zantech’s proposal development process with more than 14 years of experience supporting proposal efforts for Federal Government contracts as well as making contributions to social science research in the areas of education, workforce development, school violence prevention, substance abuse prevention, and child abuse and neglect prevention. Dr. Winstead’s proposal efforts have focused on federal government and civilian programs that primarily provide information technology, systems engineering, logistics support, and health IT services. Overseeing corporate marketing and branding are also key components of Dr. Winstead’s skill set. Dr. Winstead earned her PhD in Research Methodology from George Mason University, a MEd in Educational Psychology with a concentration in assessment, curriculum, and evaluation, and a BA in Psychology.

Kimberly Barker, SPHR

Vice President of Human Resources

Kimberly Barker serves as Zantech’s Vice President of Human Resources and is responsible for all aspects of Human Capital. Ms. Barker possesses over 15 years of Human Resources and general Business experience from various industries and organizations.  From Recruiting to Onboarding and Benefits to Performance Management, Ms. Barker runs an efficient, compliant and cost-effective HR Organization, as well as one that values and builds the professional skill development of the team. Ms. Barker graduated from Washington State University with a BA in International Business and Marketing and has held her Senior Professional Human Resources certification since 2005.

Ling Peterson

Director of Recruiting

Ling Peterson drives talent acquisition as Zantech’s Director of Recruiting. Ms. Peterson possesses over 12 years of full-desk technical recruiting experience in the federal consulting industry supporting government contractors including Blackstone Technology Group, Maximus Federal/Acentia, and CSC. Ms. Peterson utilizes her sourcing savvy and networking panache to find top notch technical talent, support project teams, and implement innovative recruiting process improvements. Known for her ability to build rapport; Ms. Peterson excels at cultivating lasting relationships with both clients and candidates to improve overall business performance across organizations. Ms. Peterson is a George Washington University alumni where she studied Genetrics and Physical Anthropology and has been a Certified Internet Recruiter since 2013.

Dr. C. Allan Foy

Senior Advisor

Allan Foy, Ph.D., retired from Zantech in 2016 and serves as a Senior Advisor, offering continued support in strategic decision making and proposal development within the Federal Government market sector. Before joining Zantech, Dr. Foy spent more than 15 years leading successful capture and proposal development efforts for large and small business clients, including QSS Group, Inc., Raytheon, and SAIC. Dr. Foy spent 16 years with System Planning Corporation (SPC), during which time he provided program management leadership for nationally-important programs to design, develop, fabricate, deliver and operate state-of-the-art instrumentation radar systems for Department of Defense low-observable programs. He holds a Ph.D. degree in Mathematics from the University of Michigan and a B.S. degree from the U.S. Naval Academy. Dr. Foy served our great nation as a nuclear submarine officer while on active duty in the U.S. Navy.