Shawn Justice, Senior Vice President and General Manager
After serving for eight years in the United States Navy and then working as an engineer for small defense contractors, Shawn Justice founded Enlighten in 2007 to focus on the rapid development and deployment of cyber technology to support the nation’s security missions. A highly recognized expert in cybersecurity, Mr. Justice has over 15 years of experience supporting the Department of Defense (DoD) and other intelligence community customers with leading technology solutions to enhance warfighter capabilities and defense.
Prior to founding Enlighten, Mr. Justice was a systems integrator at Leading Edge Design and Systems where he led the integration of essential C4ISR data ingest and analysis tools. Mr. Justice served in the U.S. Navy for numerous, exemplary tours of duty and quickly rose through the enlisted ranks in the technically demanding cryptologic career field. While serving, he gained expertise in hardware and software isolation and in repairing state-of-the-art electronic, computer, and network equipment and related systems.
Mr. Justice is passionate about sustaining an organizational culture that values “technology-forward innovation” over traditional business development activities and allows his team to make the mistakes that ultimately drive them to greater success. He has fostered pride across the organization in protecting clients’ cyber spaces and, ultimately, the men and women in uniform defending our nation.
Duane Shugars, Vice President of Operations
As Enlighten’s Vice President of Operations, Duane Shugars is responsible for corporate and business development, strategic planning, operational and program management, and sales and marketing initiatives. He has led many major technical development projects for the company, including the unparalleled DoD cloud and cyber platforms.
Mr. Shugars has over 25 years of experience supporting intelligence community missions through executive and business development roles at leading firms, including Salient, where he stood up the company’s Maryland intelligence practice, and Texeltek. He also founded DSMCi and Concentia Digital, the latter of which developed solutions for critical gaps in the broadcast and healthcare markets. Prior to joining the private sector, Mr. Shugars spent nine years working for the Maryland Procurement Office (MPO).
Mr. Shugars holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Baltimore and is Project Management Professional (PMP) and ScrumMaster certified.
Emily Ringer, Director of Administration
Emily Ringer has served as the Director of Administration for Enlighten since July 2015. She has more than 20 years of professional experience in human resources, benefits administration, employee relations, operational management, and financial analysis. As an integral member of the business management team, Ms. Ringer ensures that Enlighten maintains a robust financial and operational outlook.
Ms. Ringer has an established track record in managing a diverse workforce, authoring and implementing corporate policies, improving internal process efficiencies, encouraging team collaboration, and facilitating strong customer relationships. Ms. Ringer has earned bachelors’ degrees in both biology and speech/communications and a master’s degree in business administration (MBA).
Steve Wagner, Technical Director
Steve Wagner formulates and leads the company’s day to day technical direction and oversight. He is a recognized subject matter expert on the Big Data Platform (BDP) and has over 20 years of experience in the architecture, development, and management of intelligence-related and commercial software applications.
Prior to joining Enlighten, Mr. Wagner led cloud system design and architecture efforts in support of defense and intelligence community missions at both TASC and L-3 Communications. Mr. Wagner holds a master’s degree in computer science from Johns Hopkins University, a master’s of theology degree from Dallas Theological Seminary, and bachelors’ degrees in English and biblical studies from Liberty University.
Brett Meyers, Director of the Software Engineering Group
Brett Meyers supervises software and analytic development for Enlighten. Mr. Meyers has extensive experience in distributed systems, cloud, cyber, and software engineering. He combines a passion for innovation, design, and quality to lead software development teams and deliver transformative solutions.
Prior to joining Enlighten, Mr. Meyers served in various technical roles including technical expert and team lead for software capabilities focusing on cloud and mission solutions at KeyW, TASC, and Lockheed Martin. Mr. Meyers holds a master’s degree in computer science from Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor’s degree in computer science from University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
Tim Israel, Director of the Cloud Engineering Group
Tim Israel manages Enlighten’s engineering activities across its portfolio of cyber analytic platforms and applications. Previously, Mr. Israel held several highly technical roles at Booz Allen Hamilton, where he facilitated the design, development, and deployment of applications built upon Hadoop, Zookeeper, Storm, and Accumulo.
Mr. Israel holds a bachelor’s degree in information systems and computer science from University of Maryland Baltimore County and has earned several professional engineering certifications.
Andrew Skene, Director of the Data Science & Analytics Group
Andrew Skene leads Enlighten’s data science and analytics innovation efforts, which include development of cyber threat hunting, anomaly detection, and user & data profiling capabilities. His expertise is in distributed computing with a particular focus on real time analytics.
Previously, Mr. Skene spent 12 years at Proteus, Wavetech, and SAIC on various research projects. He holds a B.S. in Physics from Carnegie Mellon University and a M.S. in Computer Science from George Mason University.
John Eubank, Director of Client Engagement
John Eubank has been with Enlighten, a MacB subsidiary, for the last two years. Prior to joining Enlighten, he was the Program Manager for the previous BDP prime contractor at DISA. Mr. Eubank brings an extensive history of technical project management, financial analysis, and contracts management to the Enlighten subsidiary.
As the Director of Client Engagement, Mr. Eubank oversees Enlighten’s portfolio of multi-million dollar IDIQs and Task Orders. He is thoroughly familiar with project requirements and tasking, the need for outstanding customer support, and the importance of a drive for innovation. In addition to his management roles, Mr. Eubank also provides systems engineering consulting, technical writing, enterprise architecture solution design, proposal support, and market analysis in collaboration with Enlighten’s cloud engineering teams.
Mr. Eubank holds two bachelors’ degrees from Towson University in business administration and computer information systems and a master’s degree in information management from the University of Maryland. He understands the rigors of the fast-paced tech sector and the innovation needed under agile constructs to deliver successful, production-ready solutions to the DoD. Mr. Eubank has over ten years of experience from the DoD, IC, and commercial sector that brings unique perspectives and an understanding of the operational scenarios affecting client applications.