About Us

Why choose Hill Associates?

If you have a large IT infrastructure system or program you need to plan, develop, transition, operate, or secure, Hill Associates is the company you can trust for staffing and support.

  • Enterprise IT Experts

    We specialize in enterprise class telecommunications, network, and cloud infrastructure solutions, and are experts in the demanding security needs of large government organizations.

  • We are a Part of Your Team

    We come in as your partners ensuring that your IT network and computer systems are securing your data, delivering the power and flexibility that you need to deliver critical services, and expanding smoothly as your organization evolves.

  • Proactive Solutions

    Our team delivers proactive solutions to avoid potential IT issues before they become a problem.

Our History

Hill Associates started in 2002 with the mission to help federal agencies benefit from the technical expertise of our original consultants. As we helped our clients solve their toughest challenges, our clients gave us more problems to solve.

With every new opportunity we dedicated ourselves to making our clients’ mission our own, and took pride in the accomplishments we achieved alongside them. As a result, our team grew and evolved over time along with our clients.

We have built our reputation as a trusted IT partner that delivers a full range of business and technical advisory services, and are ready to help you next.

Wise Counsel, Proven Performance

Hill Associates can provide your leadership team with the wise counsel that only comes from seasoned and experienced professionals. Our spotless reputation is built upon proven, solid, and reliable performance that exceeds our clients’ expectations.

We are led by a team of proven technical and business professionals with a history of success in architecting, designing, implementing, optimizing, and overseeing IT infrastructure programs, projects, and initiatives. The leadership team is committed to exceeding customer expectations and translating our extensive experience and industry expertise into measurable value for you.

Kelsey Hill

President & Executive Principal

Kelsey brings over 25 years of leadership experience across the private and public sectors. He is a multifunctional business and IT executive with proven expertise in leading successful sales, information systems, and telecommunications organizations. His skills include a strong leadership model that blends the important conceptual business and technical leadership processes during periods of growth and restructuring, a unique ability to deliver high value technological solutions through motivated teams that enhance sales, productivity, customer satisfaction, and revenues while reducing critical factors, such as costs associated with maintenance and error.

His experience includes responsibility for global sales, marketing, technical services, product management and customer care organizations for software and consumer services companies.

Kelsey completed postgraduate studies in Management Information Systems, and has a Master of Science and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.

Kelsey focuses on:

Strategic planning management

Enterprise operations

Sales and marketing

Technology management

Corporate governance

Jim Naughton

Senior Vice President and Executive Principal

Jim brings over 25 years of IT management and consulting experience in the federal government and commercial sectors related to infrastructure, networking, electronic commerce and cyber security. His strengths are in program management, strategic planning, product marketing and management, operational effectiveness, and customer relations. 

He has held senior leadership positions involving the design, acquisition, and implementation of enterprise IT services, evolution of a large-scale managed network service, delivery of electronic commerce services to a global clientele, business and channel management of Silicon Valley joint ventures, and management of software development teams.

Jim has a Master of Science in Telecommunications Management and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. 

Jim focuses on:

Program and project management

Strategic IT planning and acquisition

Cost-effective solution development, implementation, and enhancement

Management of initiatives and commercial offerings across the product and service lifecycle

Customer relations and stakeholder management

Brian Fraize

Senior Vice President and Executive Principal

Brian brings over 20 years of professional engineering and technical management experience in IT architecture and engineering. His diverse background includes industrial engineering, software product management, system design and implementation, information security assessment and policy development, and management of enterprise-scale secure data telecommunications solutions for Federal, State, and Local law enforcement agencies.

His experience includes designing and implementing secure data communications networks for very large federal agencies, developing telecommunication solutions using a managed-services approach, and engineering complex technical solutions tailored to meet client mission-essential performance and information security requirements.

Brian has a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems Management.

Brian focuses on:

Enterprise telecommunications architecture and design

Telecommunications as a service

Trusted Internet Connection (TIC) as a service

Information system security management

Managed information systems service delivery and operations

Customer and business relationship management

ISO20K/ITIL process implementation and integration

Brian Clary

Senior Vice President and Executive Principal

Brian brings over 17 years of experience in management and technology leadership across commercial and federal government markets.  His professional background involves leading cost efficient, high visibility initiatives across the full technology lifecycle from initial strategic frameworks and service design to large-scale transition, operations, and continual service improvement.

His proven experience with diverse organizational disciplines includes mergers, acquisitions, and divestiture specialization, strategic planning, contract and performance management, service management, and financial management.

Brian has a Bachelor of Arts in Telecommunications.  He also holds ITIL and wireless management certifications.

Brian focuses on:

Infrastructure and operations

IT strategic planning

Large-scale acquisitions

IT service delivery

Federal market financial management

Performance management

Alessandro Bucelli

Vice President, Technology and Corporate Development

Alessandro brings over 17 years of technology management experience leading large teams on complex programs and initiatives.  His skills cover the full IT lifecycle from conceptualization and strategy, to acquisition and contracting, to architecture, design, and development, to implementation and transition, to project and program management, to performance improvement, and to customer and stakeholder management.

His experience includes designing and implementing complex IT systems and managing large programs and contracts for various public sector agencies, as well as product management in the international telecommunications sector.  

Alessandro has a Master of Science in the Management of IT and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics.  He also holds certifications in ITIL and ICAgile, and is a Certified ScrumMaster (CSM).

Alessandro focuses on:

Technology innovation

Cloud architecting, big data, and economics

IT strategic planning

IT service delivery

Infrastructure operation and enhancement

Agile development

LanChi Bui

Director & Facility Security Officer

LanChi brings over 20 years of IT management experience in the commercial and Federal government markets. Her strong customer focus and ability to manage cross-functional teams produce high value results for organizations.

LanChi is highly proficient in project management of large-scale infrastructure projects, including voice services, LAN, WAN, and data center build outs. She effectively manages vendors in order to achieve innovation and high-quality technology capabilities at cost effective prices for customers.

LanChi also serves as Hill Associate’s Facility Security Officer (FSO). She has a proven record of administering United States government security policies and procedures, managing Defense Security Service (DSS) annual inspections, achieving high ratings. LanChi oversees the security program, and develops and executes training programs and security measures to ensure all requirements are in accordance with the National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual (NISPOM) procedures.

LanChi has a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Marymount University.


LanChi focuses on:


Vendor management

Service lifecycle management

Operations management

Project management 

Facility security management

Barbara Granfield

Practice Leader, Unified Communications Strategy and Solutions

Barbara brings over 18 years of experience as an IT consultant and manager in the public sector developing and implementing broad scope voice, video and unified communications service delivery initiatives. She is results-oriented with an outstanding history of leveraging technical expertise to consistently provide highly effective global business solutions. She collaborates with executives to ensure applications, systems infrastructure, and technologies add value to the business.

She has worked in multiple industries including financial services, telecommunications, publishing, pharmaceutical, and the public sector. Barbara has successfully managed complex software development projects, ERP implementations, and voice and network infrastructure implementations in a matrixed environment.

Barbara has a Master of Science in Systems Management and a Bachelor of Science in Economics. She is an active member of the Project Management Institute (PMI) and is a certified Project Manager Professional (PMP).

Barbara focuses on:

Project management of large-scale software development projects

Project management of voice systems and network implementations

Project management of ERP implementations

Next generation unified communications technologies and solutions

Melinda McCrary

Senior Finance Director

Melinda brings over 25 years of experience in IT specializing in financial management and applications software development in the commercial and federal government markets. Her strengths are a strong customer focus, ability to work across functional teams, ability to work efficiently to create repeatable processes, and commitment to continual process improvement.

Her experience includes a variety of roles as a consultant and manager supporting change management initiatives for a major carrier, leading a group of developers and analysts at a niche telecommunications provider, and managing a $60M wide area network budget at a Federal agency.

Melinda has a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Clemson University. She is an active member of the Project Management Institute (PMI) and is a certified Project Manager Professional (PMP).

Melinda focuses on:

Financial management

Data management and optimization

Business analysis

Service lifecycle management

Jim McArdle

Director, Administration & Finance

Jim brings over four decades of business experience to Hill Associates.  He is a former practicing CPA with a Master of Science in Taxation and is currently a Certified Tax Specialist™ and a Certified Annuity Specialist®.  He was formerly a federal auditor, a university instructor of accounting and tax, founder/CEO of four software development and marketing businesses, divisional president of a NYSE staffing company, and consultant for various other businesses.

Jim focuses on:

Overall corporate administration

Financial management, reporting, and compliance  

Financial best practices and improvements in systems and operations

Support of business development and marketing efforts

Meryl Williams

Senior Manager, Human Resources

Meryl brings more than 15 years of business, change management, and human resources (HR) leadership experience from Government contracting, law firms and technology companies. Meryl has provided both internal and outsourced support, recruiting, benefit design, and employee complaint investigation services; strategic planning; change and project management; workplace dispute resolution; and social media support for leaders and businesses. Central to her work as a HR Practitioner is to partner with leaders at all levels to recruit and attract the best talent to meet challenges, which in turn maximizes success for both the organization and the individual. Meryl is a long standing active member of the SHRM – Society for Human Resources Management, and serves on several professional boards.

Meryl focuses on:

HR Administration

Benefits Administration

New Employee On-boarding

Talent Management

Employee Relations


Performance Management