CTS leaders are uniquely qualified, with niche expertise encompassing worldwide intelligence gathering, technology support, sensitive data collections, analysis and dissemination, and operational activities throughout the IC and DOD.





Theresa, a U.S. Army military intelligence veteran, has more than 20 years of experience in the Intelligence community. She began her work in intel with the National Security Agency (NSA), working as a Mandarin Chinese linguist during the Hong Kong turnover from the United Kingdom to China. Theresa then leveraged her international project management experience from her military service, as well as five years with the international software division of IBM, to support a small, ops-centric government contracting company in the intel community. As a senior program manager overseeing more than 125 people in a variety of intelligence, counter-terrorism, security and force penetration programs, Theresa learned the finer points of government contracting. A certified Project Management Professional (PMP®), Theresa earned dual Associate degrees in Spanish and Chinese Mandarin from Monterey Peninsula College. She graduated from Texas Tech University with dual Bachelor’s degrees in history and English, and received her Master’s in International Business from the University of Maryland. While she currently resides in Alexandria, Virginia, she considers Austin, Texas her home. Theresa is an active member of Dachshund Rescue of North America and has adopted eight hounds to date. Her love of the outdoors extends to gardening, boating and spending time on the beach.





Luca, a former federal account executive with a successful record of forging strategic alliances between government systems integrators and blue chip technology companies, is responsible for CTS’ IT vendor relationships as well as the firm’s IT infrastructure. In addition to over 15 years of federal contracting experience, his proficiencies include Big Data analytics and visualization, cloud computing, IT service management (ITSM), insider threat and fraud detection, identity management, and cyber solutions. He earned an MBA in International Business from the Monterey Institute of International Studies, now a graduate school of Vermont’s Middlebury College, and is ITSM-certified. An avid soccer fan and player, Luca has two children in college. He resides in Alexandria, Virginia, but hails from London, England.


Daryl Peace

Vice President of Operations


Daryl draws upon 17 years of IC experience and 14 years of public sector consulting to ensure CTS achieves its business and growth objectives. Before joining CTS, he was CEO of Peace Consulting Services, a security consultancy specializing in worldwide surveillance and counter-surveillance for U.S. Intelligence and Defense clientele as well as all source analysis, operation support, business process improvement, project management, and change management. The George Washington University graduate is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP®) and the co-host of Divergent Thought, a weekly radio show. Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, Daryl now lives in Arlington, Virginia. He enjoys travel and volunteers with Women in Technology (WIT), a not-for-profit organization providing advocacy, leadership, networking, and mentoring to women and girls in the Washington, D.C. area.


Cynthia Barnes

Director of Human Resources


Cynthia has more than 30 years of direct intel client experience as well as 10+ years as a management consultant. Her career has spanned numerous roles – HR officer, intel analyst, business analyst, human capital consultant – giving her a unique depth and breadth of understanding of this client space. For CTS, Cynthia develops and implements personnel resource strategies and oversees employment processing, compensation, health and welfare benefits, employee relations and retention, AA/EEO compliance, and labor relations. She studied at Morris Harvey College and the University of Virginia and earned her Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR®) certificate from American University. Born in Charleston, West Virginia, Cynthia now calls Fairfax, Virginia home. She enjoys reading, cooking and spending time with friends.


Chris Pahlmann

Director of IT


An engineer by trade with 8 years of U.S. government client experience, Chris joined CTS in 2017 as Director of IT, charged with helping Luca build and staff an exciting new division of CTS focused on IT sales, service and support. Chris holds a Bachelor’s degree in hotel administration, a Masters in information technology, is ITIL Foundations certified and is a ServiceNow Certified Implementation Specialist. His background includes work as a system architect for IBM, manager of technical services for KPMG and 2 years running his own firm, Pahlmann Consulting. He was born in central California but consider Las Vegas home. Chris and his wife currently reside in Ashburn, VA with their four-legged children, a dog and a cat. When he’s not working on remodeling their home, Chris can be found hiking in the Shenandoah National Park or sampling Loudoun County wineries.


Valerie Passwaiter

Director of Marketing


Valerie brings more than 30 years of marketing and corporate communications experience to CTS. She is responsible for the firm’s branding as well as planning and executing internal and external communications strategies. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Valerie has worked in the IC space since 2001 and has earned numerous awards and citations for strategic communications, multimedia development, and project management in support of client-based tradecraft, application development, information management, cyber security, and network engineering programs. The Cleveland State University graduate resides in Reston, Virginia and divides her free time between D.C.’s theater and concert venues and central Virginia’s Blue Ridge mountains.


Ann Hirsch

Director of Talent Acquisition


Ann, a seasoned recruiting professional and program manager, brings more than 25 years of experience to her role as CTS’ talent acquisition manager, including 15 years as a program manager and professional recruiter in the private industry as well as more than 10 years of service to our primary intelligence community client. Ann’s unique background includes supporting three Directorates and instituting a new hire program to engage family members in first day activities, affording spouses and domestic partners the opportunity to witness the swearing in ceremony and visit the headquarters compound. For CTS, Ann is responsible for staffing numerous multi-disciplinary positions to fill the company’s hiring needs as well as maintaining a pipeline of qualified candidates to staff future contract opportunities. In addition, Ann will lead the firm’s college recruitment activities to acquire entry level talent. Born in raised in Arlington, Massachusetts, Ann and her husband now call Myrtle Beach, South Carolina their home. When she’s not on the beach, Ann enjoys skiing, sailing, horseback riding and spending quality time with her husband and grandchildren.


John Janssen

Talent Acquisition Manager


John has spent 30 years working in the Federal sector. More than 20 of those years were overseas assignments in support of information technology and program management work while deployed to U.S. Embassies and Consulates through the Department of State. Later, he joined our primary intelligence community client as a staff officer where he worked to modernize the recruitment process to attract technical talent for critical national security positions. His work has provided extensive travel opportunities, and he speaks fluent Spanish and Vietnamese. Originally from California, John, his wife, and their son reside in Virginia Beach. His free time is spent enjoying his family time, motorcycle rides, home improvement projects, and travel.


David Newman

Program Manager


David is a U.S. Army military intelligence veteran, and has supported the intelligence community for more than 14 years. He has held a wide range of analytical and management positions across several intelligence disciplines supporting missions both home and abroad for numerous IC-related organizations. David is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP®) who joined CTS in 2015 and now serves as program manager for CTS’ largest contract. He spends his time traveling, playing poker, and rooting for his favorite Chicago sports teams. A Joliet, Illinois native, David now calls Centreville, Virginia home.