Leadership Team

Members of Lynker

Joe Linza

Founder and President

Members of LynkerJoe Linza is an entrepreneur and results-oriented chief executive who has launched, grown, and operated diverse organizations in the environmental consulting marketplace, especially around water (the “Hydrosphere”). He is focused on having a positive impact on people, providing solutions to customers, and creating value for stakeholders.  He is responsible for leading and positioning Lynker Technologies for a strong reputation and market presence in the Hydrosphere sector by: delivering innovative scientific, technology, and management solutions to Federal, state & local, and commercial clients; developing Lynker staff for achieving professional growth; executing the corporate strategy; and building a strong brand and image.

Joe is active in industry groups supporting this market.  He and Lynker support a number of community causes and activities.  He is a long-time certified soccer coach for each of his three kids.

Samuel P. De Bow Jr. RADM, NOAA (Ret.)

Vice President

Members of LynkerRADM Samuel P. De Bow, Jr. is presently the Vice President of Lynker Technologies directly supporting the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Office of Coast Survey as the Enterprise Product Manager. RADM De Bow retired from active duty on October 1, 2007 after close to 30 years of service and in 2008 became the Director of the Center of Excellence for Research on Offshore Renewable Energy at the University of Rhode Island, Graduate School of Oceanography. RADM De Bow was the prior Director of the NOAA Commissioned Corps and NOAA’s Office of Marine and Aviation Operations. RADM De Bow’s active duty career focused on NOAA’s mission to ensure safe navigation. During his career he conducted hydrographic surveys throughout most of the coastal waters of the United States.

Bob Tibbs, PMP

Chief Technology Officer

Members of LynkerMr. Tibbs has over 24 years of executive management and oversight experience in leading and delivering Information Technology services and strategies across disparate technologies in the technical domains of Architecture, Design, Analysis, Infrastructure and Development across the federal government. With extensive experience in managing large complex programs and rapid delivery IDIQ contracts, he has successfully integrated next generation methodologies and technologies such as, cloud computing, SCRUM based agile programming, DevOps, enterprise search, and large data management/analytics to meet evolving client needs.

Prior to joining Lynker Technologies, Mr. Tibbs has served as Vice President of Operations for Halvik Corporation to implement mature human resources, contracting, program management, financial management, marketing and business development practices to rapidly increase corporate growth and capacity as well as lead the CMMI-DEV 3, ISO 20000, and 27000 corporate certifications initiatives. Additionally, he has served as a Vice President of Federal Civilian at Chartis Corporation and as a Senior Program Director at ManTech overseeing large $150m+ IDIQ contracts. Mr. Tibbs is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), certified Scrum Master (CSM), and ITIL v3.

Kathy O’Day

Vice President of Business Development

Members of LynkerKathy O’Day brings 20 years of experience in sales & marketing to her position as Lynker’s VP of Business Development. She is responsible for developing growth and marketing strategies and management of the firm’s proposal process. Kathy’s previous position was Director of Business Development at Centurion Research Solutions where she sold a business intelligence solution to government contractors and managed a sales and research support team. During her tenure, Centurion sales averaged 40% annual growth. The company was acquired by Deltek in 2013 and she transitioned to a senior sales position, selling to companies in the public sector. Kathy earned a B.S. from the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce.

Graeme Aggett, PhD

Director, Chief Scientist and Water Resources Division

Members of LynkerGraeme Aggett is Chief Scientist and Water Resources Management Practice Lead with Lynker Technologies and has 22 years of wide-ranging experience in water resources management. As Water Science lead at Lynker he is focused on conceptualizing, developing, implementing and directing projects involving Hydrologic and Hydraulic Modeling; Forecasting; Water Decision Support System Design and Development; Natural Hazard and Risk Assessment; Climate Change Impact Assessment and Adaptation Planning; Geospatial Science and Technology Application and Development. He continues to maintain an active research and publishing program in this field, and has served on numerous review panels and has been a Principal Investigator on various federal research projects (NASA, NOAA and USDA). He is also an editor for several international journals. Graeme received his Ph.D. (Hydrology/Geomorphology) from the University of Southern California, and his M.S. (Hydrology/Engineering) and B.S. (Hydrology/Geomorphology/GIScience) from the University of Auckland.

Liz Tarquin

Director, Marine Sciences Division

Members of LynkerElizabeth (Liz) Tarquin is a Project Management Professional (PMP) with over 23 years of experience leading teams, coordinating and managing programs, and delivering measurable results to government and private industry customers, including NOAA, the USDA, the IRS, Hagler-Bailly Envirionmental Consulting, and the New Zealand Ministry of Agriculture and Fishers (MAF). Prior to joining Lynker and while living in Australia and New Zealand, Ms. Tarquin was an independent consultant assisting in capture strategy, proposal writing, and marketing efforts for various US federal contracting companies. An adept information architect, Ms. Tarquin also designed and developed numerous systems, including one of the first successful .NET solutions for the USDA OCIO. She also served as program manager and solution architect at Biosecurity New Zealand (BNZ), where she led the development of a spatially explicit database of marine environmental values and attributes of the New Zealand coastline, including species occurrences and diversity, breeding areas, habitat distribution, and cultural identity indices. In her current role as Director for Marine Sciences, Ms. Tarquin is responsible for managing the NMFS Professional, Scientific, Administrative, and Technical Services IDIQ across five major US regions, as well as our BPA with the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

Ms. Tarquin is a graduate of Georgetown University where she received degrees in International Marketing and Business. In addition to PMP, she also holds certifications in ITIL v3 and RUP and has served as an Agile Scrum Master on numerous IT projects. Currently based in Hawaii, Ms. Tarquin is an avid cook, cyclist, stand up paddle boarder, and vinyasa yoga practitioner.

Jill Meyer

Director of Ocean and Coastal Services

Members of LynkerJill Meyer has 25 years of experience in coastal and ocean science and conservation with 16 years overseeing coastal and marine science and conservation contracts. She holds a M.S. degree in Marine Science from the Virginia Institute of Marine Science where she focused on coastal resource management and policy and wetland science. Ms. Meyer has extensive technical experience in coastal management and restoration, marine field data collection and monitoring, coral reef conservation, fisheries management, and spill response and restoration. She has managed technical projects and directed operations in the private sector and for federal government contracts with agencies including National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), National Park Service (NPS), and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Ms. Meyer earned numerous client and company awards for her ability to maintain coordination among a diverse group of partners and lead high performing teams ensuring quality and timeliness of products and deliverables for multi-million-dollar contracts. At Lynker, Ms. Meyer manages the growing Ocean and Coastal Services Division that includes support for NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey (OCS) Nautical Charting System and the Center for Operation Oceanographic Products and Services (COOPS) operational tide, current, and harmful algal bloom products.

Lee Stang, PMP

Program Director

Lee Stang serves as Program Director at Lynker Technologies. He brings to Lynker an extensive background in Government Program and Project Management. Prior to joining Lynker, Mr. Stang served for almost 40 years in the Federal Government. Mr. Stang served in the Senior Executive Service as director of the Electronics Records Archives Program at the National Archives and Records Administration. Prior to that, Mr. Stang spent almost 30 years working for the National Weather Service on multiple weather observing and processing programs. Mr. Stang is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He was a member of the Industry Advisory Council (IAC) Partners Program in 2004. Mr. Stang is a Project Management Professional certified by the Project Management Institute.