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Who We Are

We built Diaconia on our values:
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Serve our Colleagues with Dignity and Inclusion
We create an environment where innovation, high-performance, and disruptive thinking are encouraged and rewarded.
2
Serve our Clients with Dedication and Integrity
We apply vision, creativity, and unbridled technical prowess.
3
Serve our Community with Diligence and Impactfulness
We give back - creating opportunities and laying the groundwork for the next generation of technologists and innovators.
Diaconia Difference
At Diaconia, we partner with our customers to solve problems and overcome challenges. We believe that innovation works best with reality in mind.
That means:
  • Finding innovative solutions that create value for your business
  • Executing those solutions within your organization's timeframe, budget, and operational needs
  • Partnering with you to continue to provide high-quality, progressive ideas that push your business forward
Diaconia owes you our best ideas, our best people, and our best execution. We intend to deliver.

Our People

Praveen
Singalla
Founder & CEO
Collin
Chung
Chief Information Security Officer
Kimrey
Tefft
Chief People Officer
Kishore
Kakani
Chief Architect
Fabien
Laurier
Chief Sustainability Officer
Kathy
Fuller
Chief Financial Officer
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Praveen
Singalla
Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Praveen Singalla is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Diaconia. He has spent the last two decades delivering successful programs across both Private and Public sectors. His core expertise is rooted in developing innovative, fact-based, realistic solutions and performance based operating models to bridge business demands with robust IT strategies.

Prior to founding Diaconia, Praveen supported various small, mid-size and large organizations where he held executive positions with a focus on growth, partnerships and client engagement. He is a PMI certified Project Management Professional, Certified Scrum Master and Certified Six Sigma Green Belt Professional. He earned his bachelor’s in computer science engineering from Anna University (India) and currently pursuing his EMBA at Kellogg School of Business (Northwestern University).

As an avid enthusiast and advocate for ‘Meaningful Mentorship’, where the emphasis is more on a holistic mentoring approach focusing on both personal and career transformation, Praveen spends his free time conducting seminars, boot camps and workshops on various business, IT & personality development topics focused on empowering individuals with the will and desire to succeed in life.

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Collin
Chung
Chief Information Security Officer

Collin Chung is the Chief Information Security Officer of Diaconia. Collin has spent the past decade building cyber security, privacy, and compliance programs in both the private and public sectors. He leverages his strengths of ideation, communication, command, significance, and futuristic, when exercising his core expertise developing high-functioning teams and building programs that seek to make security a capability/feature.

Prior to joining Diaconia, Collin consulted with a wide variety of organizations across multiple industries including healthcare, chemicals, insurance, digital marketing, higher education, etc. As a subject matter expert in cyber security, Collin possesses numerous security certifications including the CISSP, CRISC, and CISA. Collin also specializes in project management and is a CSPO and CSM.

Collin graduated from the University of Georgia, with a Bachelors in Management Information Systems and Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management with an MBA. Collin is further pursuing an additional Masters degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Cyber Security Global Policy. Prior to starting the Master’s program at Georgia Tech, Collin developed the cyber security curriculum for professional education there and taught as an adjunct professor. Outside of his work with Diaconia, Collin continues to teach at the University of Central Florida.

Collin is passionate about fostering growth whether it is growing himself or others. Collin is at the forefront of two non-profit organizations championing cyber security and developing curriculum at two extreme ends of the spectrum: high school and in the boardroom.

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Kimrey
Tefft
Chief People Officer

Kimrey Tefft is the Chief People Officer for Diaconia. She is a results-focused facilitator, expert team strategist, coach and confidante with more than 25 years of progressive leadership and team development experience. She is known for her ability to connect and collaborate with individuals at all levels in order to maximize employee engagement, retention and performance.

Prior to joining Diaconia, Kimrey’s background includes 20 years in the lodging and hospitality industry, having held key executive positions in Operations, Sales & Marketing, Loss Prevention and Human Resources. For the past decade, she has owned and operated a private consulting company that designs and delivers customized solutions to teams that are seeking to achieve breakthrough results.

Kimrey received a bachelor’s degree in Human Resources from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC, with an emphasis on organizational development and psychology. She is a certified facilitator for the Gallup Organization, Vitalsmarts and The Culture Works in the areas of strengths development, critical communication skills and employee motivation. She is a strong proponent of strengths-based organizations and believes that people are every company’s greatest asset.

Kimrey is most passionate about inspiring and empowering others to achieve higher levels of achievement. She does more than listen. She provides consultation, education and support to individuals that want to improve their quality of life - both at work and at home. She is a strong supporter of mental health initiatives and provides compassionate coaching to people in need.

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Kishore
Kakani
Chief Architect

Kishore Kakani is the Chief Architect of Diaconia. He has been highly successful in his professional career spanning over two and half decades working in various private and public sector organizations to develop an enterprise architecture framework that aligns strategy, processes, and IT assets with business goals.

He is an accomplished technology-driven Chief Architect professional and IT leader spanning architecting cloud solutions including business architecture, data architecture, system infrastructure, security configuration for on-prem and cloud managed services.

Prior to joining Diaconia, Kishore supported various small, mid-size, and large organizations where he worked closely with the executive leadership to build Enterprise Architecture programs from the ground up and demonstrated the value of Enterprise Architecture to the organizations. He is a TOGAF certified enterprise architect, AWS cloud certified architect and a PMI certified Project Management Professional.

Kishore has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical science engineering from Bombay University (India) and a master’s degree in MBA from Kellogg School of Business (Northwestern University). He is an active speaker at various cloud and DevSecOps conferences sharing his knowledge and expertise in these areas.

As a long-time, technology leader with vast experience in multiple IT domains, I want to bring meaningful Enterprise Architecture practices to civilian Federal agencies and help improve organizational impacts through productivity, agility, product and service timeliness, and cost reduction. The motivation is to empower the executive leadership to make informed decisions and build cost-efficient modernized IT solutions.

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Fabien
Laurier
Chief Sustainability Innovation Officer

Dr. Fabien Laurier is Diaconia's Chief Sustainability Innovation Officer. He has over 20 years of experience applying science-based knowledge, technology, and innovation to enable public, private, and nonprofit organizations to effectively manage environmental risks and opportunities needed to thrive in a rapidly changing world. His specialty is in harnessing the latest advances in digital product development, remote sensing, and machine learning to derive actionable insights and metrics that clients use to guide and measure effectiveness of sustainable business operations and climate change risk mitigation.

As an accomplished executive leader and transformation strategist, Fabien has had repeated success guiding high-impact initiatives and organizations and served in various leadership positions, including at National Geographic, the Department of the Interior, the White House, NASA, and the U.S. Global Change Research Program. Fabien holds a PhD in oceanography and is a recognized expert in climate change science, policies, and climate change resilience and preparedness.

Fabien is passionate about our planet and its natural and cultural diversity and richness. He has made it his personal mission to demonstrate and scale ways in which data, technology, and product design can be used to guide sound business decisions while promoting long term value creation and better management of the natural capital. Fabien is an amateur wildlife photographer, ethnographic art collector, and an avid explorer of the world's last wild places.

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9658 Baltimore Ave Suite # 300 - 5C
College Park, MD 20740
240 753 8282
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