Leadership

Bob Donahue

President & Chief Executive Officer


Bob Donahue, Jr. is President and Founder of By Light. Bob’s in-depth expertise in the Government Telecommunication Sector has been the driving force behind the rapid growth of the company. Prior to starting By Light, Bob served as an active Duty Army Officer with extensive real world experience in both tactical and strategic communication units. His last assignment was as Program Manager for the DISN Expansion Program (DEP) at DISA, delivering critical infrastructure to the Department of Defense. Bob has an M.S. in Telecommunications and a B.S. in Computer Science. Military qualifications include the Master Parachutist Badge and Ranger Tab.

Mike Bowser

Senior Vice President


Mike has been developing and delivering DWDM, SONET, ATM and IP solutions to the Federal Government for more than 14 years. Prior to joining By Light, Mike served as Vice President of Federal Systems for LAMBDA Opticalsystems where he focused on 3D MEMS based all-optical-switching and metro DWDM platforms. He also led worldwide sales efforts at Acorn Networks, a semiconductor manufacturer specializing in OC-192 traffic shaping and hardware-based QoS solutions. Mike has also served as a Global Account Manager for Fore Systems/Marconi where he directed all aspects of the USAF sales territory. Prior to Fore Systems, Mike held engineering management positions with DynCorp and Harris Corporation. He holds B.S. degrees in Computer Engineering and Business Administration and is a distinguished graduate of the Defense Language University.

Don Cole

Senior Vice President, DISA


Don joined By Light in 2004 and serves as Senior Vice President of Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) programs. With an extensive background in the telecommunications arena of more than 35 years in the areas of management and business development, Don has led multiple large-scale telecommunications projects for billion-dollar industry leaders. Before By Light, Don held various key positions at AT&T in sales, marketing, and program management. Under his leadership, AT&T successfully implemented high technology programs with the Department of Defense, federal civilian agencies, and foreign governments. Following AT&T, Don joined Qwest Communications Government Systems as Senior Director of DoD Programs, where he played a critical role in the development of Qwest’s defense market and provided leadership and management for all project activities supporting the Defense Department. In addition, he established and managed the Qwest team supporting the National Coordinating Center for Telecommunications (NCC) and the President’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC). Don holds a Master’s Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University.

Lucy Donahue

Senior Vice President, Federal Healthcare


Lucy Donahue is responsible for defining the vision, strategy, and execution of the Federal Healthcare vertical at By Light, including leading the Transformation Twenty-One Total Technology Next Generation (T4NG) $22 billion prime contract with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. With more than 20 years of technology and business experience, Ms. Donahue leverages real world expertise from the Federal Healthcare, Department of Defense, and commercial sectors. Prior to By Light, Ms. Donahue delivered profitable growth for Cisco Systems in Federal Healthcare and the Department of Defense, playing a significant role in Cisco’s partnerships with customers and industry organizations to enable the Government to complete its mission to protect, defend, and serve the nation. Ms. Donahue holds a B.A. degree in Psychology from Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.

COL (Ret.) Rod Phillips, PhD, PMP, SSBB

Vice President, U.S. Army Territory


Rod served more than 29 years in Army positions that required mission-critical telecommunications solutions at tactical, operational, and strategic levels, and supported worldwide joint and special operation requirements. Prior to joining By Light, he served as the Chief Information Officer/G6 for 1st Corps at Fort Lewis, WA. He was directly responsible for the Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence (C4ISR) design, deployment, and integration of signal resources for 1st Corps throughout the Pacific Region. In this role, he led the procurement, operation, management, and systems-of-systems interface for joint and combined communication networks in support of foreign internal defense, peace keeping, direct actions, and humanitarian operations. His By Light responsibilities include project management roles with AMC, AGC, DARPA, and special programs.

John D. South

Chief Financial Officer


John joined By Light in 2006. John has held several executive and senior-level finance positions with telecommunications companies, namely TeleCorp PCS (former AT&T Wireless affiliate) and the U.S. unit of Cable & Wireless. John began his career in public accounting with KPMG Peat Marwick and Laventhol. John is a CPA with a Master’s Degree in Taxation from American University and a B.S. in Accounting from University of Maryland.

COL (Ret.) Robert (Bob) T. Bell, Jr.

Vice President, Space and Missile Defense Systems


Bob joined By Light in 2010, and has 31 years of Department of Defense experience developing and managing multi-discipline and diverse organizations in both the corporate world and within the U.S. Army. Before By Light, Bob supported government customers at Redstone Arsenal Alabama Aviation and Missile Life Cycle Management Command (AMCOM), the Program Executive Office Command, Control, and Communications Tactical (PEO C3T), the Army Materiel Command (AMC), the U.S. Army Security Assistance Command (USASAC), and the Missile Defense Agency (MDA). Bob is a native of North Alabama and served 26 years in the Army Signal Corps achieving the rank of Colonel.

Steve Kastin, MD

Chief Medical Officer and Healthcare IT Strategist


Steve Kastin joined By Light in 2016, after serving almost 25 years in the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). In his current role, Dr. Kastin provides a dual perspective – that of both a clinician and a technologist. His insights help assure that By Light products and services conform to real-world clinical workflows that healthcare workers will embrace. A Nuclear Medicine physician by training, Dr. Kastin has served in a number of clinical and technical leadership positions, including as Director of Diagnostic Services at the Bronx VA Medical Center, Chief Health Informatics Officer for the VA New York/New Jersey Healthcare Network (VISN 3), Chief Information Officer for VISN 3, and Chief Healthcare IT Strategist for the VA’s national Office of Information and Technology. Dr. Kastin also chaired the VA’s national Radiology Informatics Committee and was a member of a number of other national groups that helped set policy for the VA, including the National Leadership Board’s Informatics and Data Management Committee. Dr. Kastin holds a Doctor of Medicine Degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City.

Joe Boyd

Vice President, DISA Programs


Joe joined By Light in 2014 and serves as Vice President of Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) programs. Before coming to By Light, Joe held the position of Senior VP with CACI International, Inc., and is a retired Army Signal Officer and former DISA SES/Chief, Network Services. Joe is a senior information systems executive and program manager with over 38 years of military, Federal/DoD, and private industry experience designing, acquiring, implementing, operating and sustaining a myriad of information technology solutions for the Department of Defense. Joe’s strengths include extensive experience directing, leading, and managing a variety of multi-million dollar defense telecommunications programs and contracts at both the tactical and strategic levels and is highly knowledgeable in a wide range of computer, voice, data, video, terrestrial and satellite transport technologies with particular expertise in building and sustaining IP networks. He holds a M.S. Degree in Management from National-Louis University and a Bachelor of Professional Aeronautics Degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Jason Cole

Vice President, DISA Programs


Jason has 16+ years of program management experience. He joined By Light in 2005 and is responsible for managing By Light’s Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) programs. Jason provides technical and managerial oversite for Project Managers, Engineers and System Technicians assigned to DoD locations around the world. Certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP), Jason successfully leads By Light’s large scale Information Technology programs implementing and sustaining DISA’s global transport, voice, video and data network infrastructure, providing Information superiority to the President, Combatant Commanders, Senior Leadership, Services, Agencies and Warfighters. He is a graduate of Virginia Tech and holds numerous program management certifications.

COL (Ret.) John Schleifer

Vice President, Cyberspace Business Development


John joined By Light in 2016 and he has over 33 years of demonstrated expertise in global cyber operations, intelligence operations, technology integration, communications systems management, resource management and training. Prior to joining By Light, John served as the VP and CTO in the Defense Sector of L-3 National Security Solutions where he led the innovation efforts to provide integrated advanced solutions to DoD customers in the areas of cybersecurity, IT, cloud, mobile, and big data analytics. John is a retired Army Signal Colonel with extensive senior level Joint and Army Staff experience. He has commanded Brigade and Battalion level Signal forces in Iraq and Afghanistan and provided C4ISR capabilities to over 600,000 deployed US and Coalition Forces. He most recently served at DISA as the Commander of the Joint Staff Support Center and was also the Director of Operations (J3) of Joint Task Force – Global Network Operations during the establishment of USCYBERCOM as a Sub-unified Command of USTRATCOM. John has a Masters Degree in Administration from Central Michigan University and Masters in Strategic Studies from the US Army War College.