Leadership Team


Highlight’s leadership is committed to building an organization that delivers innovation, collaboration, and results. We serve the unique needs of our government clients. By focusing on our core values and hiring and retaining the best people in the industry, we have grown to be a company trusted by our clients and our partners alike. 

Aarish Gokaldas

Chief Executive Officer

Tracy Nguyen

Chief Financial Officer

Ashley Nichols

Vice President for Corporate Strategy & Development

Kevin Long

Vice President, Digital Government

Lia Melakou

Vice President, Mission Solutions

Elaine Schlegel

Vice President of Contracts

James "Jim" Eselgroth

Director of Technology and Innovation

John Chewning

Director of Operations, Digital Government

Lisa Klein

Director, Mission Solutions

Mary Padberg

Director of Administration

Fiona Sityar

Director of People & Culture

Matt Dotson

Recruiting Manager

Our Board of Directors


Highlight is proud to have an independent Board of Directors consisting of an experienced, respected, and diverse group of government contracting industry professionals. Our Board provides strategic direction and expert oversight of the company behalf of our Employee Owners.

Rebecca Andino

Director, Chairperson


Elma Levy



Paul P. Peou



Nancy Peters