Our Leadership

Susan M. Kidd

Founder & CEO

Susan M. Kidd is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of DRT Strategies, Inc.  Ms. Kidd has more than 27 years of professional consulting experience over a diverse set of industries including Federal and State government agencies, as well as commercial clients within the Transportation, Health Care, Manufacturing, and Financial industries. 

As CEO of DRT Strategies, Ms. Kidd has led the company's significant growth landing DRT on the Inc. 500|5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in America for its 8th consecutive year.  Additionally, DRT has been honored with the Stevie Awards for Women in Business for “Fastest-Growing Company of the Year” and “Employer of the Year.”   

Ms. Kidd has been featured as a Brava! Award winner, honoring the 25 top female CEOs by SmartCEO magazine and CRN Channel named her as one of the "Top 5 Female Executives" of their Fast Growth 100.  She has also been recognized as one of the "Fifty Influential Entrepreneurs in Business" by the Minority Enterprise Executive Council.

Ms. Kidd holds a Master’s degree in Business with a Management concentration from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science with a minor in Mathematics from the University of Maryland.  

Sonja Risner

Chief Administrative Officer

As Chief Administrative Officer for DRT Strategies, Inc., Sonja Risner oversees the operations of DRT’s Accounting, Human Resources and Facilities Departments. Ms. Risner joined DRT in 2007 and has been responsible for managing the corporate office functions of the company for over 11 years.  During her tenure, DRT has grown from 10 to 250+ employees, a corporate headquarters was established, as well as three regional offices. 

Ms. Risner joined DRT with more than 15 years experience working with small businesses in the investment banking, legal and non-profit industries in the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area.  As her career began, she focused exclusively on accounting, but soon progressed to include office management, human resources, and recruiting among her areas of leadership. 

Her career evolution was a natural fit for DRT, as the company was growing quickly and sought overall operational support, but yet wasn’t large enough to support an entire team of professionals dedicated to specific operational functions.  Ms. Risner now works closely with a team of talented professionals who bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the execution of the operational functions of DRT.

Ms. Risner holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Accounting from The Robert G. Merrick School of Business, The University of Baltimore.

Jay Hadley

Vice President, Civilian Business Unit

Jay Hadley is Vice President for DRT Strategies, Inc., and leads the Civilian Business Unit which provides agile IT delivery, program management, IT service management (ITSM), and cybersecurity solutions and services to government clients. Mr. Hadley is responsible for financial performance, delivery oversight, and growth of DRT’s Civilian business. 

Mr. Hadley has more than 20 years of professional consulting experience supporting a diverse set of U.S. Federal, State and Local, Commercial and International clients.  Prior to joining DRT, Mr. Hadley served as Senior Vice President at ICF where he led the Digital Technology Solutions business.  He was responsible for the delivery and growth of the public sector digital services business, which supported federal agencies and state governments, and transformed how they utilize technology, manage data, and engage with stakeholders.  At ICF, Mr. Hadley led lines of business with 230+ staff that generated more than $50M in annual revenue. 

Mr. Hadley started his consulting career at American Management Systems (AMS)—now CGI—where he led complex IT projects for multinational corporations and led the Commercial Environmental, Health & Safety IT practice. 

Mr. Hadley is an American Council for Technology-Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC) Fellow and earned a Master of Science in Management (MBA) from Georgia Tech and a Bachelor of Arts from Duke University.

Kathy Taylor

Vice President, Health IT

As the Vice President of Health IT for DRT Strategies, Inc., Kathy Taylor leads DRT’s strategic and emerging customer accounts within the Health IT sector.

Ms. Taylor has been instrumental in growing DRT’s business across the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and in leading efforts to enter new markets such as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Her focus includes delivering quality IT solutions, ensuring high customer satisfaction, and developing strategic relationships.

Ms. Taylor is an executive leader with over 26 years of experience in information technology management. Her broad experience spans multiple industries including commercial consulting, software product manufacturing, and federal consulting. She has managed large federal contract portfolios, managed complex software development projects, and deployed enterprise applications across diverse user groups.

Ms. Taylor earned her Bachelor’s degree in Information Systems from Virginia Commonwealth University and is a Project Management Professional (PMP) ®.

Clara L. Hickerson

Vice President, PR & Marketing

As Vice President of Public Relations and Marketing at DRT Strategies, Inc., Clara Hickerson leads all press, marketing, communications, promotions, brand development and management, social media, and special event initiatives for the company. 

Ms. Hickerson joined DRT in 2007 as employee #5, starting as a Senior Manager and Project Management Office (PMO) Lead on an $8 billion restatement for a multi-family mortgage services organization, MuniMae and its subsidiaries. For over 11 years, she has successfully led several client projects with Deutsche Bank (Indymac), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Department of Transportation (DOT), and the Small Business Administration (SBA). From November 2014 through March 2017, her role expanded to also include managing DRT’s Quality Program efforts, leading the company through successful ISO 9001:2008 certifications of DRT’s Quality Management System and obtaining a Capability Maturity Model Integration for Development (CMMI-DEV) Level 3 appraisal of our software development practices.   

Prior to joining DRT, Ms. Hickerson served as the Yahoo! Buzz Marketing Spokesperson for movie press junkets and weekly radio interviews on entertainment, pop culture and top Yahoo! searches. She also worked on the development and implementation of content, creative strategy, and promotions for a new site section, Yahoo! OMG (now Yahoo! Celebrity and The Insider). Correspondingly, she worked on several marketing initiatives including the Pepsi College Tour, Casino Royale DVD Release Sweepstakes, Transformers Sweepstakes, and the Suze Orman book campaign, Women & Money. From 1999 to 2005, Ms. Hickerson also served as Director of PR and Special Events for Associated Television and PM Consulting Corporation.

In 2014, Ms. Hickerson was honored with the Washington Executive Management Award: Chief Marketer by SmartCEO Magazine. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcast Journalism and English from the Honors Program at the University of Maryland.  

Stephen M. Dye

Managing Director, Cybersecurity Solutions

As a Managing Director for DRT Strategies, Inc., Stephen M. Dye leads the Cybersecurity Solutions practice leveraging his years of experience and expertise in information technology and software security. 

Prior to joining DRT Strategies, Mr. Dye was worked for several organizations to include Booz Allen Hamilton, Accenture, Syniverse Technologies, and LightSquared, creating wireless and mobility solutions to enable organizations realize their mobility strategy. Mr. Dye has designed and implemented mission critical mobility solutions for projects across the Department of Defense, the United States Census Bureau, Motorola, and Nextel Communications.  

Mr. Dye has also served the Federal Reserve Bank, The Inter-American Development, Thomson Reuters, the Department of Commerce National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), and the Department of Labor (DOL), implementing secure software development solutions.

In the course of his career, Mr. Dye earned several awards for service to the U.S. Army and Airforce.  Mr. Dye is a published author and has written books on GPS, Wireless Data, and software security.  Mr. Dye earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Bromley Tech, Kent, England and is a Certified Ethical Hacker (C|EH).

Geoff Dick

Managing Director & FDA Account Lead

As Managing Director at DRT Strategies, Inc., Geoff Dick leads DRT’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) portfolio and is responsible for managing the firm’s solution delivery and customer satisfaction at this key customer account.   

Prior to joining DRT Strategies in 2012, Mr. Dick held a variety of positions in Federal and commercial information technology consulting.  From 2009-2012 Mr. Dick delivered security, preparedness, and emergency management services in the Indian commercial sector. 

From 2001 to 2009, he was an associate at Booz Allen Hamilton where he led teams in design, development, and deployment of information technology systems, principally in the Federal defense and homeland security markets.  Prior to his time at Booz Allen, he worked in technology positions for a Silicon Valley start-up and a private equity firm.  

Mr. Dick started his professional career as an Army officer in the U.S. Field Artillery where he received several awards for commendable service. He earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Virginia Military Institute.  

Kristin Hug

Managing Director & USDA Account Lead

As a Managing Director and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Account Lead for DRT Strategies, Inc., Kristin Hug is responsible for the oversight and success of all client work and business development within the account. 

Ms. Hug has been instrumental in growing DRT’s business across the USDA and in establishing an environment that fosters teamwork and collaboration.  Her focus includes delivering quality solutions, ensuring high customer satisfaction, and developing strategic relationships. Ms. Hug is a leader with over 19 years of experience in management consulting.  Her experience spans both commercial and federal consulting with a focus on IT enterprise program management and strategy, business process reengineering, and customer relationship management.

Prior to joining DRT Strategies, Ms. Hug worked at Deloitte Consulting where she supported the Program Executive Office for the Department of Navy’s Enterprise Information Systems, managing a nearly $2B portfolio of enterprise capabilities to include the 700,000-client global Network for the Navy and Marine Corps.  Ms. Hug was also employed with BearingPoint and Arthur Andersen where she provided consulting to clients in HR services including employee retention and training, operational consulting with large commercial organizations, and IT application implementations.

Ms. Hug earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.  She is a Project Management Professional (PMP) ® and a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.

Chris Zeiders

Managing Director, Technology Solutions

As the Managing Director of Technology Solutions for DRT Strategies, Inc., Chris Zeiders drives exceptional project delivery, develops and sustains new and innovative technology consulting services, supports company growth through developing technical solutions on business proposals, and mentors fellow DRTers.

Mr. Zeiders started his career as a developer with CGI Federal supporting the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service (CMS). He ultimately promoted to senior manager, playing an instrumental role in modernizing and advancing CMS’ digital services stemming from the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003. 

Mr. Zeiders experience includes management, technical and enterprise architecture, leading systems development and integration on highly visible and public-facing applications. He first joined DRT Strategies in 2009 to lead a team of over 30 professionals to deliver one of DRT’s first major technology implementation projects. In 2015, Mr. Zeiders transitioned to the role of Managing Director for Technology Solutions, enabling DRT to continue to grow in technical excellence and develop new capabilities and solutions, including IT Service Management, Cloud, and Data Analytics/Visualization.

Mr. Zeiders is a recipient of the CGI Excellence in Innovation Award. He earned a Bachelor of Science, Graduation with Distinction degree in Computer Science from Duke University.