TDS People

Cyber Security From the Inside Out™

TDS Leadership


Mark Tucker

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Mark Tucker is the founder and CEO of TDS. As a lifelong Seattle-based technology entrepreneur, Mr. Tucker has created many firsts in technology and started a number of companies. Ranging from the first online shopping platform (FactoryMall) through subscription music service (HitHive) to the first secure meshed network communications protocol (CoCo Communications), he excels at identifying nascent and disruptive technologies, providing the vision to transform them into viable products, as well as shepherd them to market.

James Burrell

Chief Technology Officer, Chief Security Strategist

James Burrell serves as the Chief Technology Officer and Chief Security Strategist for TDS. He previously served as a senior federal government executive in the position of FBI Deputy Assistant Director.

Kristy Kottis

Chief of Operations, Cyber Threat Analysis Center

Prior to joining TDS, Kristy served at the FBI for 24 years. Most recently, she served as the supervisor of the Threat Response Squad of the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF), a post she held for six years, making her the longest serving single assignment terrorism supervisor post 9/11. She was responsible for managing and supervising a 24/7 investigative and operational response unit for all terror threats and terror information affecting NYC. In that capacity, she was decision maker for interfacing and coordinating investigative efforts with all local and state law enforcement as well as private sector partners. Additionally, she acted as the FBI JTTF on-scene commander for Special Events, including Times Square New Year’s Eve, The U.S. Tennis Open, and the NYC Marathon.

During her career, Kristy was assigned to the Violent Crime Major Offender section, Washington Field Office, New York Division, FBIHQ International Operations Division, Terrorism Division, and also served on assignments in Pakistan, United Arab Emirates, Estonia, and Oman.

Lamont Silves

Senior Vice President

Lamont Silves is Senior Vice President for Temporal Defense Systems. He brings more than 25 years of public and private sector experience that includes public companies and venture-funded start-ups. Mr. Silves joined TDS from DynCorp International where he held business development and operational roles. Previously, he was President of Pathfinder Solutions, a strategic consulting firm based in Washington, DC. He also was Senior Vice President for Strategy and Business Development at CACI International and held executive positions at Vangent and Computer Sciences Corporation.

TDS Board of Directors


Mark Tucker

Chairman and CEO of Temporal Defense Systems

Austin J. Yerks, III

Founder and President of AJY III Government Strategies LLC

Mr. Yerks previously served as President of Defense Integrated Solutions and Services division at Computer Sciences Corporation since May 2006 and President of business development, Federal Sector until May 2006. He also served as President of North American Public Sector – Defense and Intelligence Group at Computer Sciences Corporation from 2005 to October 2011. He has served as a senior executive in the federal marketplace for over 30 years and from April 1998 to October 2011 held senior managerial positions with Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC).

Prior to joining CSC, Mr. Yerks held senior management and marketing positions with other prominent defense companies. He also served 10 years in the United States Army. He has been a Director of CISO Exchange since April 2005 and DLH Holdings Corp. since November 20, 2012. He has been a Director of NCI, Inc., since June 11, 2013. He is a member of the board of directors for the National Defense Industrial Association and other trade associations that support the government services market.

Mr. Yerks holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Miami and a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Lee Adams

President, Adams Enterprises

Lee began his employment career at ten years old during the summer months picking crops weekdays and moonlighting at a local restaurant as backroom boy and restroom cleaner on the weekends. Lee graduated in 1983 as a Deans Scholar in the School of Business and Economics and Magna Cum Laude from Central Washington University with Accounting and Finance degrees. During his time since college he has opened 11 of the 16 restaurants his Company operates today. Launched two startup businesses 1989-1991, involved in multiple real estate projects, and was one of the Founding Directors/Shareholders of Community First Bank in 1997. He is currently the Chairman of the Board at this Bank which is closing in on 300 million in assets and has four local branches. Lee is an avid investor of various assets and his passion for building businesses has led him to being an active early stage technology investor assisting a number of businesses to successfully exit and form fortune 500 strategic partnerships.

Kristy Kottis

Chief of Operations, Cyber Threat Analysis Center

TDS Board of Advisors


General Claude M. Kicklighter, Ret.

Former Commander, United States Army Western Command

General Kicklighter is a retired American Army Lieutenant General. He is a former commander of the United States Army Western Command (later United States Army Pacific), which he held from 1989 to 1991. He was also Director for Security Assistance for the US Army Security Assistance Center and Chief of Staff for the US Army Material Development and Readiness Command in Alexandria, Virginia, from 1981–1984 and Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics and Director of the Army Staff for the Office of Chief of Staff in Washington, DC.

He is an alumnus of Georgia Military College, Mercer University, George Washington University, and Industrial College of the Armed Forces. In 2007, he was named Inspector General of the Department of Defense, having previously served as Chief of Staff, Department of Veterans Affairs, Special Advisor to the Deputy Secretary of State for Stabilization and Security Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, Director of the Department of Defense’s Iraq Transition Team, Assistant Secretary for Policy and Planning, Department of Veterans Affairs and Deputy Under Secretary of the Army for International Affairs.

General Bryan D. Brown, Ret.

Former Commander, US Special Operations Command

General Brown served as the seventh Commander, USSOCOM, from 2003-2007 and retired from the US Army after forty years of service. Prior to commanding SOCOM, he served as Commander, Joint Special Operations Command. General Brown was a founding member and later Commanding Officer of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment. General Brown began his career as a Green Beret, serving in the 7th Special Forces Group in Vietnam.

His military education included the Field Artillery Officer Advance Course, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and the United States Army War College. He received a bachelor’s degree in history from Cameron University,
as well as a master’s degree in business from Webster University. General Brown also serves on the Board of the Special Operations Warrior Foundation.

Mark D. Iwanowski

Founder and CEO of MDI Associates

Mr. Iwanowski has over 25 years’ experience in growing international high tech business. First as an entrepreneur, Mr. Iwanowski was principal in several successful global start-ups in robotics, explosive detection systems and IT security. He later managed an IT outsourcing business for SAIC where he also invested variety of strategic start ups in then then emerging VoIP space.

Later, as Oracle CIO, Mr. Iwanowski pioneered the companies move in to its then nascent SaaS/cloud offerings. He was also a Managing Director with Trident Capital where he helped manage this leading VC firm investments in IT infrastructure and security.

Jeremy Bruestle

CTO, Spiral Genetics

Well-known for the publication of Airsnort, a tool that revealed security flaws in early Wifi networks and his work on a laser-based mosquito killer, Mr. Bruestle has an extensive background in distributed computing. At his previous venture, CoCo Communications, he grew the company from a seed company to a company with a 50-person development team. Mr. Bruestle has five issued patents and specializes in bridging the gap between academic research and applied technology. Recent projects include a parallel processing engine for cellular image analysis and an advanced retinal imaging system, developed in conjunction with researchers at Indiana University.

George Mason University

Center for Infrastructure Protection and Homeland Security

The Center for Infrastructure Protection and Homeland Security (CIP/HS), originally called the CIP Project, is located in the George Mason University School of Law. The Center received initial funding in 2002 and enjoyed subsequent renewal through the current fiscal year. Executive management of the grant is through The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). As the project expanded, on-going activities were leveraged to generate new funding that matured the project scope to address unexplored areas of critical infrastructure protection.

By 2004, the CIP Project grant had evolved into a family of projects under the overall umbrella of the Center for Infrastructure Protection and Homeland Security (CIP/HS), featuring core research (NIST- funded) and contracted research projects. Additional funding sources include, but are not limited to, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Department of Energy, Battelle, and SANDIA National Laboratories.