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 14 years he has grown Zantech to an impressive $50M in revenue. Prior to establishing Zantech in 2007, he 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, JD
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, he 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. Dr. 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.
Jim Barrineau, PMP (Colonel, USA RET)
Director, Army Programs
For over 30 years, Jim Barrineau has been involved in supporting the global enterprise IT environment for the Army and the entire DoD. For the first 20+ years of his career, Jim was an Army Officer rising to the level of Colonel where his tours included: Director, C-TNOSC; Director of Strategy, Policy, Plans and International Relations/J5 for the Joint Task Force-Global Network Operations (JTF-GNO); Project Director, Army Knowledge Online and Defense Knowledge Online, and finally Chief of Staff for the JTF-GNO, US Strategic Command. Following his retirement from the Army, Jim switched to the private sector, holding several Director level positions responsible for the management of a number of multi-million dollar per year contracts supporting the Army global IT environment. Jim holds a Masters of Military Strategic Studies from the US Army War College, MS in Telecommunications from Iona College, BS in Telecommunications from Northern Arizona University, a PMP certification from the Project Management Institute, and Security+ certification from CompTia.
Edward (Ned) Bielski, CPA
Vice President of Finance
Ned Bielski has served 25 years as a 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. Ned 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
Director, Competitive Intelligence & Proposal Management
Deanna Winstead drives Zantech’s proposal development process with more than 15 years of leadership and management of evaluation activities 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. She develops key performance indicators and complies internal performance metrics and qualitative data using a combination of open source data and information collection from staff to assess targeted customers. Her proposal efforts have focused on federal government and civilian programs that primarily provide information technology, systems engineering, logistics support, and health IT services. Developing our cloud-based knowledge management repository and overseeing corporate marketing and branding are also key components of her 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, PMP
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, Kim runs an efficient, compliant and cost-effective HR Organization, as well as one that values and builds the professional skill development of the team. Kim graduated from Washington State University with a BA in International Business and Marketing and has held her Senior Professional Human Resources certification since 2005 and her PMP certification from the Project Management Institute since 2020.
Director of Recruiting
Ling Peterson drives talent acquisition as Zantech’s Director of Recruiting. Ms. Peterson possesses over 15 years of full-desk technical recruiting experience in the federal consulting industry supporting government contractors including Blackstone Technology Group, Maximus Federal/Acentia, and CSC. She uses 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; Ling excels at cultivating lasting relationships with both clients and candidates to improve overall business performance across organizations. She attended George Washington University where she studied Genetrics and Physical Anthropology and has been a Certified Internet Recruiter since 2013.