Executive Team

Michael J. Moniz

Co-Founder, President & Chief Executive Officer

Michael J. Moniz is the co-founder, President, and CEO of Circadence® and has established the company as a leader in the Application Optimization and Cyber-Defense Market. His commitment to financial viability, strategic acquisitions, and the development of innovative intellectual property has driven Circadence’s strong, continued growth in the WAN solutions market. Notably, in 2008, he led the company to a first place ranking in the Deloitte Fast 50. Under his direction, the company has secured 24 patents, many focusing on high-growth market segments such as cloud and mobile computing.

Always pursuing ever-greater challenges, Mr. Moniz, an avid alpinist, co-holds the world speed record for his ascent of the 50 highest mountains in the U.S. in 43 days. He has summited five of the Seven Summits and in 2010 was named an Ultimate Adventurer by National Geographic.

Christopher T. Blisard

Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer

With more than 20 years of operational, business development, and leadership experience, Christopher T. Blisard has led Circadence as COO since 1999 and has been instrumental in its success since the founding of the Company. In addition to managing the day-to-day operations of the Company, Mr. Blisard has been a fundamental force in creating major OEM, partnership, and cooperative technology agreements with corporations such as Hewlett-Packard, Network Equipment Technologies, Accenture, Dell, Microsoft, Deutsche Telekom, and many other influential technology leaders in the industry.

An avid golfer and skier, Mr. Blisard participates in a variety of outdoor activities with his wife and three children. The family is also heavily involved in local nonprofit organizations and fundraising events for causes ranging from cancer research to outreach and support for the homeless.

Peter-Christian Olivo

Executive Vice President and General Counsel

Peter-Christian Olivo has served as Circadence’s Executive Vice President and General Counsel, and Secretary since 2000. In this role, Mr. Olivo is responsible for all transactional, intellectual property and regulatory matters for Circadence. Mr. Olivo also oversees all human resource functions for Circadence, including hiring, performance management, employee development and compensation and benefit programs that help attract and retain the talent necessary to fuel Circadence’s growth.

Ashton Mozano

Chief Technology Officer

With over two decades of professional experience in Information Technology and Information Assurance, Ashton Mozano joined Circadence as CTO in 2016. He leads the development of cutting-edge artificial intelligence technologies in cybersecurity and malware detection, as well as development of Circadence’s cybersecurity training platform, Project Ares. Previously, Mr. Mozano was a Cybersecurity Science & Technology lead at the Department of Navy, developing advanced solutions to counter malicious actors.

In addition to his role at Circadence, he is also a professor at the graduate Cybersecurity engineering program, and the graduate cybersecurity leadership program at the University of San Diego, as well as being a Navy Reserve Officer in the Cryptologic Warfare Community. He holds a Juris Doctorate as well as graduate degrees in Electrical & Computer Engineering, Operations Research & Industrial Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin, and undergraduate degrees in Microbiology, and Management Science & Information Systems from the University of California, San Diego. His spare time is spent with family and developing 3D MMO Real-time Strategy (RTS) videogames.

Todd L. Kannegieter

Vice President Finance

With over three decades of finance and accounting experience, Todd L. Kannegieter has served as Vice President of Finance for Circadence Corporation since 2001. Mr. Kannegieter is responsible for the overall financial management of the company, its financial reporting and transparency, and for multiple corporate functions including investor relations, treasury management and long-range financial planning.

Mr. Kannegieter has volunteered his time for several nonprofit organizations including the CFO/Treasurer for Flagstaff Academy from 2003 to 2008, a K-8 charter school in Longmont, CO, where he was one of the Founders in 2003. He was also instrumental in raising a $13.5 million bond in 2008 for Flagstaff Academy’s new school building.

R. Bradley Prewitt

Executive Vice President of Government Relations and Development

With over 20 years as an attorney, political advisor, business developer and strategic thinker, R. Bradley Prewitt has served on Circadence’s Executive Team since 2007.  Mr. Prewitt led the corporate initiative to locate Circadence’s Product Development and Advanced R&D Center in Tupelo, Mississippi, where he is based.  Prior to his work with Circadence, Mr. Prewitt worked as a defense lawyer in a civil litigation firm and later as general counsel to United States Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS) on Capitol Hill.

Beyond his professional pursuits, Brad manages his family’s 180 year old farm, which possesses not only a large herd of Angus and Brangus cows, but chickens and horses, row crop land, and two active 8 year old boys, the seventh generation to live on the farm.  Just down the road from their place, Brad is a member of Woodland Baptist Church where he teaches the adult Sunday school class and sings in the choir with his wife.

Mark Mihelic

Vice President of Technology & Government Programs

In his 25+ years in the Tech marketplace Mark Mihelic has held a variety of technical and management positions at several aerospace companies. He has wide ranging technical experience spanning from Weather systems, Satellites and Remote Sensing to the development and application of Software Development paradigms. Mark has authored several successful large program proposals, to both the US Government and foreign governments, most recently our $78.6M IDIQ award from TSMO. Mark’s most recent work is focused on advocating for and in pursuit of next generation Cyber Technologies.

Gary Morton

Vice President of Engineering

Gary Morton has 20+ years of experience successfully leading software and hardware product development programs predominantly in the networking and security space.  As VP of Engineering at Circadence, Mr. Morton has led innovative and successful new product initiatives in network optimization, cyber range management, and, most recently, cyber security training and assessment.  Prior to joining Circadence, Mr. Morton led the development of industry leading network security and high performance network products at SUN/Oracle, AT&T/NCR, and several startups.

Laura Lee

Vice President of Cyber Assessment & Training

Laura Lee shares her cyber expertise with our artificial intelligence advisors in order to build in-game avatars to help instruct players.  She is leading our team of experienced game designers to create an immersive and engaging cyber platform that embeds real-world cyber ranges in an “Ender’s Game”-like environment.  Ms. Lee brings an exceptional record of leadership in the field of cyber exercises and training, previously directing the research and development at Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Lab (JHU/APL), prior to joining Circadence. At Johns Hopkins, Ms. Lee developed the first ever Cyber Protection Team Crew Operations Manual for US Military Forces and National Guard Teams.  In support of US CYBERCOMMAND, she led the assessment of cyber teams at large scale cyber exercises and developed team defense strategies for effective roles and techniques against Advance Persistent Threats.

John Nipp

Vice President of Cyber Operations

John C. Nipp is responsible for the overall financial and operational management of our entire portfolio of Federal contracts. With over 22 years of Federal contracting experience, Mr. Nipp previously led our Federal programmatic effort from beginning to end, including strategy creation, contingency planning, risk mitigation, requirement and plan design for project life cycle deployment, and development of requests for proposals for external services. Currently, Mr. Nipp is a Colonel with the Mississippi Army National Guard. During the past 6 years Mr. Nipp has deployed twice to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

An avid runner, Mr. Nipp has completed numerous marathons and half marathons to include the New York City Marathon.  Also, he is very active with many nonprofit organizations focusing on the health and welfare of returning military members from combat deployments.