Leadership

Sri Vadi, President

As the President of USG 1, Mr. Vadi is the central strategist behind the company’s vision. He brings over 20 years of experience both as a consultant and as a general manager. Mr. Vadi was USG 1’s principle founder in 2002 and has lead the team in providing consulting strategy, advice and support to agencies and companies nationwide.

Mr. Vadi started his career working as a consultant for several large Fortune 500 companies. It was in these positions that Mr. Vadi gained first-hand experience working at sites alongside teams of technical consultants. In 2002, he started his own consulting company where his vision is to provide expertise and personnel to clients who want to see their goals executed in a cost-effective manner.

Mr. Vadi was awarded as one of the Philadelphia Business Journal’s 2016 Minority Business Leaders and received a letter of recognition from Pennsylvania U.S. Senator Robert Casey Jr. for his hard work, leadership, and commitment to providing quality IT solutions to clients throughout his career. Mr. Vadi is also a graduate of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Emerging Leaders program, Class of 2017.

Mr. Vadi attended Oklahoma City University for his M.S. in Computer Science.

Lara Zelnio, Vice President

Ms. Zelnio brings more than 20 years of technology and contract delivery experience to USG 1. in her role as the Senior Director. Her background in managing the accounts of federal, state, and commercial clients provides USG 1’s customers the service expertise they need to run their programs, projects and day to day operations more effectively.

Prior to joining USG 1, Ms. Zelnio was a Senior Manager for ISS Solutions, a Geisinger Health System company. While there, she served in several roles including the management of the IT Staffing Line of Service, Depot Services, the Technical Assistance Center, IT Product Procurement Sales and the acquisition of Contact Center Services. Prior to these roles, she also served as the IT Manager for both Infrastructure and Software Acquisition operations.

Before joining ISS Solutions, Ms. Zelnio worked for Computer Maintenance International, a Federal Computer Corporation company, where she oversaw the day to day operations for a nationwide IT hardware maintenance contract with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Ms. Zelnio earned a B.S. in Business Management from George Mason University and an MBA, with a concentration in Finance, from LaSalle University. Additionally, she holds a Project Management Certification from Penn State University.

Deborah Appel, Corporate Counsel

Ms. Appel brings more than 35 years of experience as an attorney to The United Solutions Group Inc. in her role as the Corporate Counsel. Ms. Appel started working as a GS-1102 contract negotiator for the USAF/ALC a year out of law school and since then has remained active in the Government Contracting arena. For three years she advised Japanese companies on contracting with the US Government while living in Japan. She worked as a contract administrator for three years with Lockheed Martin on the Strategic Defense Initiative contract in Colorado Springs and has spent over 28 years advising and representing contractors in disputes/claims with the Government.

Her practice is now limited to business/corporate law and representing companies that engage in government contracting. She has practiced before the various boards of contract claims and the GAO on disputes over the years. Ms. Appel brings both Commercial and Federal contracting expertise and guidance necessary for USG to help provide the best service to its Commercial, State/Local and Federal clients.

As well as her in-house counsel license for Pennsylvania, she is licensed in several other states. In addition, Ms. Appel is a member of the bars of the Supreme Court of the United States, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the US Court of Federal Claims and numerous Federal District Courts in both Oklahoma and New York.

Ms. Appel graduated with her JD from the University of Oklahoma in 1981 and holds a Masters Certificate in the Administration of Government Contracts from the University of Phoenix as well.