NOVA Corporation’s Manager of Business Strategy and Strategic Development, Brian Conroy, wowed the crowds at the Department of Homeland Security Technology Showcase in Washington, D.C. on May 19th, 2016. Conroy demonstrated NOVA’s FIST (Field Information Support Tool) solution and showed how it will support the Arctic Domain Awareness Center (ADAC) and the Community Based Observing Networks (CBON). FIST is a commercial-off-the-shelf smartphone and web-based Knowledge Management System that advances the power of data fusion and knowledge creation for a wide variety of mission sets to include military, law enforcement, governance, and humanitarian missions. FIST was developed by Kestrel Technolgy, LLC, a teaming partner with NOVA Corporation. To learn more, visit NOVA Corporation’s Solutions page and click on the FIST tab.
Pictured above, left to right: Brian Conroy (NOVA Manager of Business Strategy and Strategic Development) – Randy “Church” Kee Maj Gen, USAF (Ret) (Exec. Director Artic Domain Awareness Center (ADAC))– Leo Naboyshchikov (Kestrel Technology) – Vice Admiral Michel (USCG Commandant (CG-09))
“The intelligence aspect is that the local and federal law enforcement officers need to look at things from a risk-management perspective,” said Brian Conroy, Business Strategy and Strategic Development Manager at NOVA Corporation, which works with Kestrel Technology Group, the company that has produced the FIST system. “They need to find the high-risk areas [along the border], and if you have a tool that collects data and runs algorithms against it, you can conduct risk assessment and trend analyses. Human intelligence contributes to a holistic common operating picture.”
NOVA Corporation employees donated portions of their paychecks this Christmas to the Navajo United Way. The Navajo United Way goes beyond temporary fixes to create lasting change in communities on the Navajo Reservation. This is achieved by bringing people and organizations together around innovative solutions regarding education, income and health. The donations are part of NOVA’s annual Keshmish (Christmas in Navajo) Drive. Each Christmas NOVA selects a worthy cause and gives employees a chance to contribute through monetary and other donations. Navajo-owned NOVA Corporation is honored to be able to assist the Navajo United Way this year.
Congratulations to our 2015 NOVA Scholars! NOVA has awarded scholarships to 22 Navajo students studying STEM, Business and Engineering disciplines. This year’s recipients hail from Arizona State University, Diné College, Fort Lewis College, University of New Mexico, University of Phoenix, Northern Arizona University, Fashion Institute of Technology, New England College and Metropolitan State University of Denver.
NOVA has been awarding scholarships to Navajo students for many years, as part of its mission to give back to the economic prosperity of the Navajo Nation. Members of the scholarship committee and NOVA board members are excited to continue supporting the educational endeavors of Navajo students.
2015/2016 NOVA SCHOLAR RECIPIENTS:
Alyssa Neely, ASU; Brooke Overturf, ASU; Derrick Harvey, ASU; Shawn Bitsui, ASU; Randell Shorty, Diné College; Sylvita Slim, Diné College; Sheyenne Lacy, Fashion Institute of Technology; Tia Curley, Fort Lewis College; Brian Bex, Met State University of Denver; Erica Guy, New England College; Carl Haskie, NAU; Cecilia Bowsley, NAU; Chelena Betoney, NAU; Danielle Williams, NAU; Kenny Begay, NAU; Daven Tagaban, UNM; Diandra Bird, UNM; Pablo John, UNM; Shannon Peterson, UNM; Tonia Navakuku, UNM; DuWayne Begay, University of Phoenix; Leander Secody, University of Phoenix
NOVA has donated its refurbished laptops to the Adolescent Care Unit at Tséhootsooí Medical Center in Fort Defiance, Arizona. The Adolescent Care Unit is a 12 bed facility for at risk youth, ages 13-17, with psychiatric and/or substance abuse issues.
The majority of the patients at the Adolescent Care Unit (ACU) do not have access to computers or the internet in their respective communities. The donated laptops will be utilized by in-patient Navajo students, many of which have dropped out of school and are now making efforts to further their education. With these laptops, students can earn credits though an online recovery program.
NOVA donated the laptops as part of its mission to give back to the Navajo Nation. NOVA’s Interim CEO, Clara Pratte, said, “We aim to increase educational opportunities for Navajo youth so that they can branch out and become business leaders for the next generation. We provide scholarships and internships for them. Donating these laptops falls right in line with what we hope to accomplish, and it’s truly a pleasure to share this gift with the Adolescent Care Unit at Tséhootsooí Medical Center.”
NOVA hosted its 8th Annual 5k Race for the Nation and 1 Mile Fun Run on Saturday, August 22 in Chambersburg, PA. This family-friendly race is USATF-certified and boasts chip timing, along with over $1,000 in cash prizes to the top three men and women in the Open and Masters divisions. This year’s participants were also entered into a drawing for a large variety of door prizes.
NOVA started the Race for the Nation in 2008, and donates the proceeds to its scholarship program for Navajo students and Chambersburg area youth sports. The NOVA Scholar program provides college scholarships to Navajo students pursuing degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), all computer-related fields of study, and disciplines that are crucial to business functions, such as Accounting, Marketing, Business Management, Finance, Communications, etc…
A big thank you to all the participants, sponsors and volunteers who took part in this year’s 5k Race for the Nation and 1 Mile Fun Run!
NOVA Corporation is investing in 2 Navajo students this summer through its internship program. The internship program is part of NOVA’s overall mission to give back to the Navajo Nation by creating additional Navajo IT human resources. The students are working in NOVA’s Albuquerque, New Mexico and Chambersburg, Pennsylvania offices.
Intern, Malcolm Bob, comes to NOVA from Diné College in Tsaile, AZ, and is working in NOVA’s IT Department, in Albuquerque, NM. Bob’s duties include such tasks as handling trouble tickets, creating mailboxes for email and resetting laptops. Bob is a former recipient of a scholarship from NOVA Corporation through the NOVA Scholar program. Bob will return to Diné College in the fall to continue pursuing his degree in Business Administration.
Intern, Pablo John, is pursuing a degree in Business Administration with an emphasis on Finance at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM. John is working in the Contracts and Procurement Department in NOVA’s Chambersburg, PA offices this summer. John is assisting with various proposal efforts and learning contracts management software. John is a current NOVA Scholar.
Both gentlemen have plans to use what they learn at NOVA and in college to benefit the Navajo Nation. NOVA’s Senior Vice President, Clara Pratte says, “Empowering Navajo students through scholarships and internships is an integral part of our mission. We have plans to open a training center in our Albuquerque office to provide career development and certifications to Navajo students. Our goal is to give these students the skills to go out and get amazing jobs so they can turn around and use those skills to help develop the economy on the Navajo Nation.”
Innava Data Solutions data center hosted its anticipated grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony June 3, 2015at its facility in Mesa del Sol’s Innovation Park. More than 150 guests were in attendance at the state of the art, energy efficient data center.
At 133,000 sq ft, Innava Data Solutions is New Mexico’s largest data center. The first phase of internal construction is complete, featuring 6000 square feet of data center space containing 256 specially-designed DAMAC racks. When fully built out, the Innava data center will offer 80,000 square feet of BICSI Class F3 space in an area with low power costs and a low risk of natural disaster. Innava is built as a Tier III-rated facility with an uptime rate of 99.98%, and is capable of Tier IV facility upgrade, where applicable.
Innava President, Don Cox said, “We have designed a fully customizable data center with the resources to meet the operational needs of our federal and commercial customers. We are proud of what this agile, responsive and ground-breaking data center means for New Mexico and for the Navajo Nation.” Innava is a subsidiary of NOVA Corporation, a Navajo Nation-owned information technology company. One of the future phases of construction for Innava includes a training facility where Navajo students can come receive IT training and certifications. John Snider, CEO of NOVA Corporation, said, “This innovative data center is the realization of years of planning, and I couldn’t be more pleased with the outcome. Innava is the epitome of NOVA’s two missions: providing unparalleled IT solutions and giving back to the Navajo Nation.”
DAMAC, the creator of Innava’s custom racks, and a manufacturer of cutting-edge data center infrastructure equipment for 30 years, was present today. During the ceremony, DAMAC presented NOVA Corporation with a check for $11,500 to be utilized for NOVA’s scholarship program. Each year, NOVA donates college scholarships to Navajo students pursuing degrees in the fields relating to information technology and business.
Strategic partners for the Innava construction project include: Schneider Electric, B & D Industries, Bridgers & Paxton, Brycon Corporation, E & M International, Inc, ICSI, Powerline Technologies, Richardson & Richardson, Yearout Mechanical, Western States Fire Detection Co, DDC-ITS, DDC-CS, PNM
NOVA Corporation welcomes Clara Pratte as Senior Vice President of the company. “After careful consideration, NOVA Corporation is excited to name Clara Pratte Senior Vice President.” said John Snider, President and CEO, “Clara’s knowledge of federal contracting, procurement, and IT operations makes her an ideal candidate to join the leadership team of NOVA Corp.”
Ms. Pratte was most recently the Executive Director at the Navajo Nation Washington Office where she led the Navajo Nation’s federal advocacy efforts including assisting in the successful settlement of the Navajo Nation’s trust litigation claims resulting in the largest tribal trust settlement award in U.S. history. Previous to the Navajo Nation Washington Office Ms. Pratte was the National Director for the Office of Native American Affairs at the U.S. Small Business Administration and an IT Business Liaison and International Trade Specialist with the U.S. Department of Commerce. Ms. Pratte holds both a BS in Business from the University of Arizona and a Masters from Carnegie Mellon University. Ms. Pratte is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation from Tse Si Ani (Lupton), AZ and is Kinyaani (Towering House Clan).
Clara Pratte said, “I’m very pleased to join the NOVA team. This is a great organization with a proven history of industry leadership and commitment to providing benefits to its owner, the Navajo Nation.”