Both the SimIS leadership team and supporting staff provide the talent and diversity to accomplish various tasks that are outside of their routine skillset
Innovation and determination remain a key factor in our success, along with the unparalleled relationships we build with each of our partners and clients throughout the defense, healthcare and business communities.
Johnny Garcia, Ph.D., CEO
Dr. Johnny Garcia is the Founder and CEO of SimIS, Inc. He has over 25 years of engineering experience that includes systems architecture design, software development, database development, C4I systems development, logistics systems development, and new technology insertion for the Department of Defense, Department of Energy, NASA, Department of Commerce and Department of Homeland Security. Dr. Garcia has received a Bachelor of Arts Degree and a Bachelor of Science Degree from St Leo College, Master of Business Administration and Masters of Science from Florida Institute of Technology and completed his PhD in Modeling and Simulation from Old Dominion University.
Dr. Garcia is a result-oriented professional with experience, and comprehensive expertise in development of Models and Simulations, Command and Control, Targeting and Service Oriented Architecture applications. He has sixteen years of experience and training in combat, aerospace, and related systems. Dr. Garcia served in the US Navy for six years as an Operations Specialist and received numerous awards and commendations. Dr. Garcia used this experience and simple core values of integrity, quality and honesty to build SimIS.
Amber Horton, VP/Chief Financial Officer
Amber Horton is VP/CFO of SimIS Inc. She has more than 12 years’ experience in accounting and small business supporting the Department of Defense. Amber has grown with SimIS since its inception in 2007.
Amber has earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Management from Old Dominion University, and received her MBA in Accounting and Finance from Florida Institute of Technology.
Kenneth Allison, Program Director
Mr. Kenneth Allison is the Program Director for SimIS, and is located at the Stafford field office. Mr. Allison has over 20 years of Government Contractor experience supporting the Department of the Navy, Marine Corps, and NASA in a variety of roles. Mr. Allison studied at the University of Mary Washington, and received his Bachelor’s Degree focusing in Computer Information Systems (2009). He is also a credentialed Certified Enterprise Architect (2011), with more than 9 years of focused and specialized architecture experience.
Kenneth continues to work diligently to develop lasting relationships with all that he works with, ensuring that each engagement achieves a consistent level of excellence. He has provided direct support to both the Chief Systems Architect and Chief Operational Architect of the Marine Corps in support of architecture development and architecture reviews. He has been the lead architect for several Marine Corps programs that include USMC Manpower Systems, USMC Intel Programs, PEO Land Systems, and MARCORSYSCOM (PfM SES).
In recognition of his efforts in supporting PEO Land Systems, Mr. Allison received a Certificate of Commendation (2015) for the critical role in supporting the Program Office. His dedication and meticulous execution enabled the program office to meet a critical Milestone C statutory requirement by completing the Common Aviation Command and Control System (CAC2S) Architecture, ISP and Joint Staff Certification of the CAC2S NRKPP.
Mr. Allison’s experience, attention to detail, professionalism, and work ethic illustrate why he is recognized as a subject matter expert for the United States Marine Corps architecture community.
Phoebe Stelle, Contracts Officer
Phoebe Stelle is the Contracts Officer for SimIS, Inc. She has over 15 years of dedicated experience in contract administration with both large and small organizations. Phoebe has been negotiating contracts for SimIS since 2013. Detail oriented with a versatile skill set in the areas of DoD and Commercial contracts, accounts receivable and payable, procurement, business development and website design and implementation.
Bill Campbell, JPO Support Contract Program Manager
Bill Campbell is the Sr. Program Director for SimIS’ Test and Evaluation efforts. Bill served in the US Navy for over 26 years, starting out as an Electronics Technician in the Naval Nuclear Power Program, then after commissioning, as a Naval Flight Officer (NFO) in the E-2C Hawkeye, a Tactical Action Officer, NFO Instructor, Operational Test Director, and NROTC Assistant Professor of Naval Science. Since his Navy retirement in 2002, Bill supported the Joint Test and Evaluation (JT&E) Program on the Engineering Services contract in various capacities including Lead Test Planner, Operations Research Systems Analyst, and Task Manager on a variety of programs including Joint Methodology to Assess C4ISR Architecture Joint Test (JT), Joint Shipboard Weapons and Ordnance Quick Reaction Test (QRT), Joint Shipboard Ammunition and Ammunition Board Reviews QRT, Joint Test and Evaluation Methodology JT, Joint Data Integration JT, and Four Pillars of Integrated Air and Missile Defense JT. Between JT&E projects, he also served as a Sr. Program Manager at the Office of Naval Intelligence supporting the Joint Deployable Intelligence Support Systems, Naval Information Technology Enterprise Services, and Intelligence Product and Analysis Support programs. Bill is now the Contract Program Manager and Lead Analyst for the JT&E Program Office (JPO) Support Contract. Mr. Campbell earned his Master’s in Engineering Management from Old Dominion University.
Jasmine Thompson, Marketing and Sales Director
Jasmine is the Marketing and Sales Director. She has over 10 years of experience working in multiple environments such as Telecommunications, Retail and Industrial Manufacturing, which includes work with a Fortune 500 company. Jasmine brings multiple skills such as Product Marketing, Business Development and Public Relations to SimIS.
Jasmine earned her Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Sports Management from Old Dominion University and is currently pursuing an MBA in Marketing from Louisiana State University - Shreveport. She is an active member in the community serving as a Board member for the Portsmouth Police PAL program; as well as a committee member with STARBASE Victory, a children’s STEM program in Portsmouth, Virginia.
Chess Harris, Business Development Director
Chess Harris serves as the Director for Business Development and manages the implementation of CMMI and ISO programs for SimIS’s advanced distance learning, test and evaluation, and autonomous vehicle programs. He joined SimIS in 2018 after serving with CGI as the Vice President for Army and Training Programs, providing international military education, training, intelligence services, IT services, test and evaluation, and exercise program support for DOD programs world-wide.
He served as Assistant Vice President, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) developing and managing the SAIC’s corporate Training Services business campaign plan and contracts supporting US Forces Korea/CINC United Nations Command training and exercise programs, and IT/Simulation Engineering support for Combatant Command/Joint Task Force exercises at USJFCOM’s Joint Warfighting Center (JWFC).
Mr. Harris served with Camber Corporation, where he developed and implemented the USAFRICOM Staff Training Program, the National Guard Joint Force Headquarters-State staff training program, the Saudi Arabia National Guard Staff Course, and provided the program support for the General Officer CAPSTONE program.
Mr. Harris graduated from the United States Military Academy, West Point and served for twenty-six years as an Infantry officer in the United States Army in infantry/armor unit Command and staff positions in Europe, Southwest Asia, and continental United States. He led the integration of live-virtual-constructive exercise solutions for US and NATO partner units at the US Training Center in Europe; served as Director, International Peacekeeping Policies (Office, Secretary of Defense) where he led the development and integration of common collective training programs across 17 international training centers, and; Dean, Joint Forces Staff College where he taught Joint Professional Military Education-Phase II programs to mid/ senior US and international officers.
He has a master’s degree in Information System Technologies from the Naval Postgraduate School and graduate of multiple National Defense University and corporate management programs. He resides in Suffolk, Virginia.