Meet our Executive Team

jsciandra John Sciandra
President and CEO

John R. Sciandra is a 30-year veteran in the IT field. He is founder and President/CEO of NACON Consulting, LLC, a provider of Distance Learning solutions to the Federal Government.

His IT career began while serving in the U.S. Army in Special Operations where he designed and built complex mission support systems. After retiring from the Army, he worked as a software engineer and chief architect in the private sector. Shifting focus to concentrate on computer security, Mr. Sciandra worked at the U.S. Army CERT as an IA engineer and incident handler where he built a cyber forensics lab, supported a joint task force investigation and assisted the FBI in tracking down an international hacker. After forming NACON and working on IA contracts within the DoD, Mr. Sciandra shifted the company focus to fill a need in providing virtual hands-on training solutions. This continues to be his passion.

Mr. Sciandra holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Park University and a Master of Science degree in Information Security from James Madison University. Mr. Sciandra is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). As President and CEO, he continues to strive to offer creative solutions.

 

bsciandraprofileBelinda Sciandra
Vice President

Belinda H. Sciandra is Vice President in charge of Human Resources, Recruiting and Public Relations for NACON.

In this capacity, she leads HR operations and defines HR policies for the company’s employees and is responsible for hiring and distributing company news to publications.

 

Ms. Sciandra earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government and International Affairs from Florida State University and is a member of the National Press Club.



kleonardKent Leonard
Chief Operating Officer

Kent Leonard serves as the Chief Operating Officer of NACON, reporting to the CEO, where his driving mission is delivering corporate guidance as well as day-to-day operational management. Mr. Leonard provides direction regarding the design, development, and implementation of tactical and strategic directives to align NACON’s activities with their overarching objectives and corporate strategy.

Mr. Leonard is an accomplished IT and operations leader who has been immersed in the Distance Learning and transaction-based technology industries since 1995. Mr. Leonard's prior leadership experience includes 12 years with Blackboard, Inc. (NASDAQ: BBBB), a global leader in enterprise technology and Distance Learning. Expertise in Distance Learning market segments includes K-12, higher education, associations, corporations, and government. As a highly regarded professional he has advised and managed several hundred implementations throughout North America.

Mr. Leonard also brings broad operational experience ranging from strategic operations to professional services, training, installations and client support. Most recently he was Vice President of Product Delivery at Event Innovation, a progressive technology company deploying networking applications for identity management and business intelligence.

Prior to Blackboard, Mr. Leonard represented a software services company, NYMA Inc., and was responsible for promoting and advancing relations with the Federal Government through the design, development, and delivery of turnkey software solutions for the Department of Energy (DoE) and Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC).

Mr. Leonard holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Virginia Tech and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).

 

gfishback2Grace Fishback
Controller

Grace Fishback is Controller for NACON and is responsible for facility management, HR administration, annual budgeting, forecasting, business planning and analysis, financial reporting on all activities of the company and general accounting functions.

Ms. Fishback manages company-wide efforts to implement new processes and procedures and to analyze and recommend changes for current financial policies and procedures.

Ms. Fishback joined NACON in 2006 and was named Controller in 2008. She comes to NACON from Nordstrom, where she principally handled account management and problem resolution.

With extensive knowledge and education of accounting and finance, Ms. Fishback has over 18 years experience in management and accounting.