Our team

The APEX team is comprised of serial entrepreneurs, retired military members, scientists, academic researchers and former DoD executive leaders. Our standard for excellence is built on the diversity of our backgrounds that have afforded us a deep understanding of the importance of the APEX mission.
Erin Holden

Erin Holden

Program Manager & DAF Liaison


Erin Holden

Erin Holden

Program Manager & DAF Liaison


Erin Holden has 15 years’ experience in business development, communications, and policy and procurement with the DoD , U.S. Air Force and Air Force Research Laboratory. She has a Bachelor of Organizational Leadership.

Kathleen Gilpin

Dr. Kathleen Gilpin

Director of Discovery and Engagement


Kathleen Gilpin

Dr. Kathleen Gilpin

Director of Discovery and Engagement


Dr. Kathleen Gilpin was an applied research scientist within the 711th Human Performance Wing at the Air Force Research Laboratory and a research scientist at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory where she conducted research to assess the effects of traumatic brain injury. She served five years in the U.S. Navy as a surface warfare officer navigating amphibious ships and remains a member of the U.S. Navy Reserve. She has a Doctor of Philosophy in Neuroscience.

Michael Bianco

Michael Bianco

Process Navigation Project Engineer


Michael Bianco

Michael Bianco

Process Navigation Project Engineer


Mr. Michael Bianco has a strong background in mechanical engineering with years of research and experience in additive manufacturing. His relevant expertise includes program management and proffering engineering judgement on both state and federally funded projects.
Dr. Edie Williams

Dr. Edie Williams

Director of Innovation Programs


Dr. Edie Williams

Dr. Edie Williams

Director of Innovation Programs


Dr. Edie Williams has more than 40 years of experience in acquisition, technology and logistics in the DoD . Her experience includes a 25-year career on active duty with the U.S. Navy. Dr. Williams holds a Bachelor of Science of Business Administration, a Master of Science in Management, a Master of Arts in International Relations, and Doctor of Education, Human and Organizational Learning.

Dr. David Rude

Dr. David Rude

CLO, Director of Human Capital, Workforce Development, Edu & Training


Dr. David Rude

Dr. David Rude

CLO, Director of Human Capital, Workforce Development, Edu & Training


Dr. Dave Rude has 40 years of federal government experience in talent development, financial management and international relations. Dr. Rude previously served as Chief Learning Officer of the Department of Defense and National Nuclear Security Administration. He holds a Bachelor of Science of Business Administration, an MPA and a Doctor of Education in Human and Organizational Learning.  
Gretchen Caponga

Gretchen Capogna

STEM Manager


Gretchen Caponga

Gretchen Capogna

STEM Manager


Gretchen Capogna has eight years’ experience as a DoD government contractor. She’s coordinated STEM programs for the Air Force Research Laboratory and partnership collaborations between the U.S. Air Force and American universities. Ms. Capogna has an extensive background in education and has directed education programs for the U.S. Air Force at multiple bases in the U.S. and Europe. Ms. Capogna has a Bachelor of Political Science and Legal Studies.

Chris Wright

Chris Wright

Talent Management Specialist


Chris Wright

Chris Wright

Talent Management Specialist


Chris has over 20 years of experience in HR. Chris worked primarily for Professional Services Organizations. While Chris had the opportunity to work in all areas of HR her “sweet spot” is talent management. Chris has a love for implementing programs that help employees find their purpose and a career path that aligns with their many skills and talents.
Scott Walden

Scott Walden

Talent Management Specialist


Scott Walden

Scott Walden

Talent Management Specialist


Scott has over 30 years of experience working for such organizations as The Walt Disney Company, The Orlando Sentinel Newspaper, SunTrust and CIBC Banks, The US Government, Thomson Learning, Community Trust Bank, Indiana State University, Quest Management Group, Inc., Entergy and most recently at the Veteran's Administration (VAMC). 
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Dr. Frank "D9" DiGiovanni

Director of Operations and Technology


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Dr. Frank "D9" DiGiovanni

Director of Operations and Technology


Dr. Frank DiGiovanni has 41 years of government service and 26 years as a U.S. Air Force officer holding aviation ratings as a B-52H navigator and F-15A and A-37B pilot. He retired from the Air Force at the rank of colonel. Dr. DiGiovanni also held several command, director, and staff positions across the Air Force related to training policy, advanced training technologies, and sustaining the military's access to land, sea, and air training resources. He has served three operational deployments with the last in Pakistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan). Dr. DiGiovanni is a member of the Department of Defense ( DoD ) and Navy Senior Executive Service, serving in the Office of the Secretary of Defense for 11 years as the deputy director, where he was responsible for the programming and execution of the $900 million the DoD invests in worldwide joint training and training technologies.
Scott Swanson

Scott Swanson

Program Manager


Scott Swanson

Scott Swanson

Program Manager


Mr. Scott Swanson has a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Management and a Master of Science in Technology Commercialization. He has extensive experience working for the Special Operations (SOF) and the Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) Forces. He began his career flying rescue and special operations helicopters and was credited with nine lives saved over his career. He has been awarded the Knight Award and the Eaker Award for Outstanding Airmanship while performing open ocean rescues. Mr. Swanson spent the first half of his U.S. Air Force career in the U.S. Air Force Special Operations / Rescue Forces including numerous combat / contingency deployments. The second half of his U.S. Air Force career was spent as an unmanned aerial system (UAS) pioneer, and test and evaluation and acquisition program manager.
Dana Moore

Dana Moore

Information Scientist


Dana Moore

Dana Moore

Information Scientist


Dana Moore is a technical information specialist and expert patent searcher. In the past, she has helped inventors articulate and protect their inventions and patent attorneys write better patents. She also has experience in knowledge management, archiving and organizing information generated within an organization. She has 20 years of experience in university and mid- to large-size corporate settings and extensive capability searching a variety of databases using text-based, patent-classification code-based, and structure-based searching methods.
Antonnia Buie

Antonnia Buie

Program Manager


Antonnia Buie

Antonnia Buie

Program Manager


Antonnia Buie is a Dayton native and part of an military family. She graduated twice from ITT Technical Institute with an Associates and Bachelors of Science degree in Criminal Justice, both times in upper percentage of her class. She began her career in 2008 as a civil service member working in the 88th Medical Group. From there she honed her skills in management, logistics and acquisition in the Business Enterprise Branch, AFRL USAFSAM, AFRL Headquarters and AFLCMC Headquarters under the Pentagon. She obtained 3 certifications in Logistics and Acquisition Program Management through the Defense Agency University (DAU).
Bruce Howard

Bruce Howard

VP Strategic Initiatives


Bruce Howard

Bruce Howard

VP Strategic Initiatives


Bruce Howard has more than 15 years’ experience in DoD research and development and ten years’ experience with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Mr. Howard holds a Master of Computer Science.

Daniel Foose

Daniel Foose

Director of Data Science and Analytics


Daniel Foose

Daniel Foose

Director of Data Science and Analytics


Mr. Daniel Foose is a data scientist with a background in a variety of areas of data analytics, including chemometrics, research intelligence and natural language processing. Mr. Foose holds Masters of Science in Chemistry and Computer Science.
Angela Smith

Angela Smith

Director of Organizational Effectiveness


Angela Smith

Angela Smith

Director of Organizational Effectiveness


Prior to joining Parallax, Ms. Angela Smith served in various roles supporting research and strategy. Most recently, she served as the director of Institutional Effectiveness at Indiana University Kokomo, overseeing institutional research, strategic planning and accreditation. 
Chris Roby

Chris Roby

Software Developer


Chris Roby

Chris Roby

Software Developer


Chris Roby completed his master's degree in computer science at the University of Dayton in 2015. He has worked as a principal software engineer for various contacting companies supporting Wright-Patterson AFB , namely Lockheed Martin and General Dynamics. Mr. Roby enjoys problem-solving and developing creative software solutions, taking pride in overcoming challenges and achieving success.
Jessica Pacheco

Jessica Pacheco

Director of Marketing & Communications


Jessica Pacheco

Jessica Pacheco

Director of Marketing & Communications


Jessica Pacheco has nine years' experience in marketing and communications across non-profit, for-profit and government industries. She is certified in Google Analytics, content marketing, search marketing and competitive analysis. Ms. Pacheco has a Master of Media Communications and a Bachelor of Linguistics.
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Emma Warner

Marketing & Communications Specialist


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Emma Warner

Marketing & Communications Specialist


Emma Warner has seven years’ experience in marketing, communications and design across academia, nonprofit, and government sectors. She is skilled in written and verbal communication and specializes in content creation. Ms. Warner has a Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies with a concentration in Business Administration.

Sue Cumbers

Sue Cumbers

Executive Assistant


Sue Cumbers

Sue Cumbers

Executive Assistant


Sue Cumbers has over 20 years' experience in operations management across entrepreneurial and international business sectors. She is skilled in customer service, communications, financial operations, human resources and project coordination. Ms. Cumbers has a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and International Studies.

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