New Cypress Associate

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LtGen James K. “Kevin” McLaughlin, USAF(Ret)

LTG David D. Halverson, USA(Ret), Chief Executive Officer, is proud to announce that LtGen James K. “Kevin” McLaughlin, has joined the Cypress International team as an Associate, effective 1 November 2017.   “Kevin comes to us with over 34 years of extensive experience in national security and defense leadership roles.  He has commanded at the squadron, group, wing and numbered air force levels.  His most recent assignment was as the Deputy Commander, U.S. Cyber Command.  His transformational vision and expertise in the disciplines of cyber, space, intelligence, C4ISR, planning and preparation, and test and evaluation will be a tremendous addition to the Cypress team.   We are excited about him joining our team and our commitment to enabling our client’s success.”

Kevin has also served as the Commander, 24th Air Force and Commander, Air Forces Cyber, Joint Base San Antonio – Lackland TX; Director, Space Operations, HQs USAF, Washington, DC; Deputy Director, Global Operations (DJ3), U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt AFB, Neb; Vice Commander, U.S. Air Force Warfare Center, Nellis AFB, Nev.; Director, Joint Operationally Responsive Space Office, Kirtland AFB, N.M. and various other unique assignments.


Sharlene J. Donovan, COL (Ret.), USA

General John H. Tilelli, Jr., USA(Ret), Chairman of Cypress International, is proud to announce that retired Army Colonel Sharlene J. Donovan will join Cypress International and assume the duties of Director of Training, SOF and Army Innovation Programs, effective 1 December 2017. “Sharlene comes to us with nearly 27 years of experience in defense acquisition leadership roles in aviation, training, acquisition, special operations, and combat theater assignments. Her demonstrated expertise in the disciplines of program management, joint operations, leadership, budget and training will be an excellent addition to the Cypress team.”

While on active duty, COL Donovan served as the Army’s Deputy Director of Investments in the Army Budget Office, Director for ASA(ALT) Forward and as Strategic Advisor to the FORSCOM Commander.  Prior to that she was the Project Manager for Instrumentation, Targets and Threat Simulators (PM ITTS) and Chief of Staff at PEO STRI in Orlando, FL.  She also served on the Joint Staff as the J8 Capabilities and Acquisition Division Branch Chief for Strategic and Tactical Programs, and as Branch Chief for Contingency Operations Budget in the J8 Programming, Budget, and Analysis Division.  Prior to this assignment she served as Product Manager for MH-60 Special Operations Aircraft and as an Acquisition Corps Assignments Officer. In addition to these, COL Donovan has served in a variety of assignments as Assistant Program Manager, Special Operations Aviation Combat Mission Simulators (160th SOAR(A)), Assistant TRADOC System Manger-JSTARS, GUARDRAIL Instructor Pilot, HUNTER UAV Company Commander, Joint UAV Detachment Commander.  She also served as the 4500th JSTARS Squadron Executive Officer during Operation Joint Endeavor. 


Jennifer S. Santos

General John H. Tilelli, Jr., USA (Ret), Chairman of Cypress International, is proud to announce that Ms. Jennifer S. Santos will join Cypress International, as Vice President, USAF and DoD Innovation, upon her departure from the Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee, effective 1 August 2017.  “Jennifer comes to us with over 20 years of extensive experience; she is highly regarded as an USAF leader with a breadth of knowledge in national strategic matters.  Serving in the executive and legislative branches combined with her previous industry experience makes her a phenomenal tri-sector leader. Jennifer is a strategic thinker and problem solver as well as a proven acquisition professional; government financial specialist; and congressional staff member.  Her demonstrated expertise in preparing, justifying, executing and evaluating DoD programs and budgets will be a great addition to our Cypress team.  Of note, Jennifer’s recent experience as Professional Staff Member, U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, Washington D.C. will be of tremendous value to our clients.  We welcome her to our team of leaders at Cypress International.”  

Jennifer’s experience includes:  Senate Professional Staff Member with oversight of OSD Strategic Capabilities Office, DARPA, DIUX, USAF aircraft procurement, Navy RDTE, and Army Aviation procurement programs; Special Program Review Group (SPRG) Executive Secretary and Division Chief, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force, Acquisition (SAF/AQ), Washington, D.C.; Special Access Programs (SAP) financial management, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Financial Management and Comptroller (SAF/FMB), Washington, D.C.  She also worked for ANSER, Anteon Corporation, and Alion Science and Technology as an acquisition and budget specialist, with experience on F-22, advanced missiles and USAF anti-tamper programs for SAF/AQ. 

Ms. Santos is a graduate of University of Tennessee-Knoxville, with an MBA in Aerospace and Wheeling Jesuit University with a BS in Mathematics.   


David D. Halverson, LTG (Ret.), USA

General John H. Tilelli, Jr., USA(Ret), Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Cypress International, is proud to announce that retired Army Lieutenant General David D. Halverson will join Cypress International and assume the duties of Chief Executive Officer, effective 1 October 2016. “Dave Halverson was a great soldier and served our Nation with dedication and distinction for over thirty-seven years.” Dave’s recent assignments include: U.S. Army Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management and Commanding General of the U.S. Army Installation Management Command; Deputy Commanding General, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, Fort Eustis, Virginia; and Commanding General of the U.S. Army Fires Center of Excellence, Fort Sill, Oklahoma.

Dave has also served as the Director of Force Development, G-8; Director of Operations, Readiness, and Mobilization; Deputy Commanding General (Support) for the 4th Infantry Division; Central Command J3, Chief of Plans and planned, and coordinated, and executed war plans for Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom; and Commander in Chief Team Chief in the Office of the Chief of Staff for the Army, Program, Analysis, and Evaluation Directorate.  He has served in various staff and leadership positions including command at every level from Battery to Post Command.  His addition to the Cypress team will provide tremendous value to our clients.

General Tilelli will continue to serve Cypress’ clients as the working Chairman.