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Russell Smith
Russell SmithPresident, Founder

He has overseen its growth into one of the largest and most recognized proposal service companies in the nation. For him, every part of the work is exciting: Serving the customers, educating the prospects, engaging the consultants.

Prior to founding OCI, he worked as a proposal manager for several federal contractors including ManTech. Originally from West Texas, Russell completed two degrees at the University of Texas before moving to Virginia. Following service in the Army, he completed his Doctorate at the College of William and Mary. He is a past president of the National Capital Area Chapter of the APMP.

In his time off, Russell enjoys playing the piano.

Silvia Morales
Silvia MoralesCOO

She is OCI’s longest-serving team member. Her deep knowledge of OCI’s proposal consultant community makes her OCI’s ‘go-to’ person for staffing. Her gift for understanding the needs of the clients and candidates helps the company to excel.  In her role as COO, Silvia additionally helps direct sales activities in way that increases profitability, and she is nearing completion of a B.I.S in Human Resources and Cyber Security.

Sudha Sharma
Sudha SharmaFinance Manager

She oversees all areas of finance and administration including, payroll, accounts payable and receivables and general ledger.

Prior to joining OCI, she served as an Accounts Manager in multi-million-dollar IT consulting firms, including international companies. She holds a master’s degree in Economics from Kanpur University, India, and an Accounting Certificate from Northern Virginia Community College.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and loves to be outdoors. Gardening, hiking, and biking are at the top of her list!

Mark Mikelson
Mark MikelsonBusiness Development Manager

He is exceptionally good at listening to customers’ business needs and proposing solutions to address those needs. He’s a heck of a nice guy so give him a call and buy some proposal services!

Susan Hirka
Susan Hirka Director of Business Development
Her relationship-building skills have been valuable in accelerating growth and generating new revenue. Susan served as a Politically Appointed Special Assistant to the Ambassador and Undersecretary of International Communications and Information Policy at the Department of State.
She holds a BS in Business from the University of Maryland and an MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management, DeVry University.
Daniela Guillen
Daniela GuillenMarketing Manager

By managing OCI’s marketing strategies, she aims to provide value for customers through thought leadership and content development. For nearly 10 years, she has led successful events, webinars, as well as social media and communication strategies. Previously, Daniela worked for organizations like the World Bank and public relation agencies, GYMR and Edelman in Washington, DC. She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU)  with a B.S. in Public Relations and grew up in Northern Virginia.

During her time off, she enjoys yoga and dance, traveling and spending time with loved ones.