Tamela Gibbs, a Huntsville, AL native, is Owner and President/CEO of WaveLink, Inc. Her technical career experience runs the spectrum of Information Technology-- from Database Developer and Administrator, Software Trainer and Curriculum Developer, System Administration, Network Administration, Disaster Recovery and Contingency Planning to Information Security and Cyber Security. Additionally, she has worked as a consultant and previously served as Vice President of a small startup. She holds a BSBA in Management and a Master’s Degree in Management Information Systems from UAH. Tamela is active as a community volunteer and serves on the Board of Directors of several local non-profits. Currently, she is President of the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce’s Women’s Business Council. She is a graduate of Leadership Huntsville/Madison County’s Management Academy Class 2, and a graduate of Leadership Class 26. In 2012 she was named the HASBAT (Huntsville Association of Small Businesses in Advanced Technology) Professional of the Year. Tamela is married to Paul with whom she has two daughters.
Paul A. Gibbs
Vice President, Engineering
Mr. Gibbs began his career in the engineering program at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Working as a co-op student for a local contractor, he graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1989. After obtaining his degree and while employed full time as a defense engineer, he achieved a Masters in Engineering from the University of Alabama in Huntsville with a concentration in electro-optics in 1994.
Since that time, Paul has worked in many areas of engineering, all supporting our nation’s defense at Redstone Arsenal. He is a Subject Matter Expert in Sensor and Countermeasure systems, Avionics System of System Architectures (SOSA), and Software Integration / Interoperability.
He has 28 years of experience in software / systems engineering, sensor and weapons integration, and test & evaluation, spanning the Aviation (CMWS, ATIRCM, CH-47F, UH-60M, AH-64E, ARL-E) and Missile (M270A1 and HIMARS launchers, Army TACMS Block I / IA missiles, and Guided MLRS) segments of local industry. Paul lives in the Huntsville, AL area, has been happily married to Tamela, and is the proud father of two daughters.
Human Resource Manager
Candice Thrash began her career in the United States Air Force, where she served on active duty for 10 years as a Personnel Specialist. Since leaving the military in 2006, she has worked in the Government Contracting Human Resources field. Candice joined the WaveLink team in 2014 as Manager of Human Resources where she is responsible for managing all aspects of the Human Resources. Her duties include recruiting top talent, providing guidance on current HR legislation and topics, administering company personnel programs, policies and procedures, overseeing and managing company benefits, and ensuring compliance with federal and state employment regulations. Candice additionally serves as assistant Facility Security Officer.
IT/Cyber Programs Manager
Mr. Chiri is an IT Service Delivery Manager and Cyber Solution Architect with 20+ years in the management, tools technology and risk management areas. Mr. Chiri has broad experience in addressing the entire life cycle of an organization's needs, consulting with corporate and government IT leaders to optimize resources by clarifying and prioritizing requirements and serving as a point of contact (POC) for senior leadership. Mr. Chiri provides IT technology solutions and risk management guidance for the protective design of enterprise networks, promoting awareness of technology issues and ensuring sound security principles in organizational vision and goals.
Don holds a BS from Knox College, a MS in Computer Science from Texas A&M University, a MS from the Army War College, multiple security and technical certifications and is a retired Army Colonel. During his career, he has worked with a variety of business and government organizations providing helping clients navigate today’s unprecedented environment of opportunity, risk and regulation for clients such as the Department of Homeland Security, US Federal Reserve System, DISA and DoD military services.
Program Manager, Software Programs
Judy began her career at Fort Monmouth in New Jersey. Judy graduated from Rutgers University with a double major in Computer Science and English Literature. Judy has worked in many areas of software engineering, from coding of communication, missile guidance, and simulation software, requirement definition, and formal qualification testing to CMMI process development, product management, and program management. Judy has supported diverse product lines including satellite ground station, military communication, anti-radiation missile, infrared imaging air-to-surface missile, surface-to-air missile, and flare/laser countermeasure systems.
Judy joined the WaveLink Team in 2008 as a senior software engineer, and is now responsible for managing software programs, CMMI process development, and assisting with strategic development.
Judy resides in Huntsville with her husband Eric Rogers where the two enjoy playing music and managing Moondust Big Band.
William Jack (Bill) Boone, III
Mr. Boone attended Millsaps College from 1963-1965, received his Bachelor degree in Mathematics in 1967 from Mississippi State University, and received a Master of Business Administration in 1978 from the University of Houston, Clear Lake. His early career was in Flight Operations with NASA Johnson Space Flight Center from 1967-1983. He participated in the Apollo missions as a Flight Dynamics Officer, including all the Lunar Landings and Apollo 13. On Skylab, he integrated the solar physics science into the overall flight plan and on the early Shuttle flights, he was a Payload Officer.
In 1983, Mr. Boone left NASA to work as a technical manager. He then began a career in Business Development utilizing his communication skills, creativity, and business savvy. He worked with several companies, crisscrossing Texas, Colorado, California, and Alabama. In 2005, Mr. Boone retired as Director of Business Development for Lockheed Martin. Mr. Boone then worked as an independent consultant for several aerospace companies prior to joining WaveLink, where he assists with strategic development, identifying new business opportunities, and leveraging relationships for long term success.
Mr. Boone resides in Huntsville, Alabama, with his wife, Rebecca.