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Ralph Lary, CEO - Managing Partner

Ralph Lary

CEO - Managing Partner

Ralph L. Lary, III is the Managing Partner/ Founder of Arena Technical Resources, LLC (ATR) in Rockville Md., and is responsible for the executive management of a full service information technology consulting and staffing company. Prior to ATR, he was the Vice President and General Manager, DC Region, for Spherion, a global technology services company, and Senior Consultant with Price Waterhouse. Ralph is a University of Maryland, College Park graduate, with a Bachelor's of Science in Aerospace Engineering and Master's of Business Administration in Finance and Marketing. Ralph grew up and still resides in Potomac, Maryland, and when he’s not working at ATR he enjoys working on Laryland, his family farm in Maine, and spending time with his wife Nancy and two sons, Leon and Roswell.

Nancy Lary, CFO - Partner

Nancy Lary

CFO - Partner

Nancy Lary earned her undergraduate degree in Economics and received a Master's in Business Administration. Nancy began her career in Economic Research before entering the Price Waterhouse Office of Government Services management consulting. Ms. Lary was hired from Price Waterhouse to create the IT department at a fast growing Dental Benefit company and eventually was promoted to Vice President of IT and Claims Processing.   Nancy retired for a few years to raise her two sons who both graduated from the United States Naval Academy and continue to serve in the Navy as Nuclear Officers. Ms Lary returned to work for Arena Technical Resources in Human Resources and Financial Management. She continues in this function today and has been with ATR for 12 years. 

Charles Tenly, COO - Partner

Charles Tenly

COO - Partner

Charles joined ATR in January 2009 and works to continue to grow the company with a focus on day-to-day operations and business development. He continues to deliver services to Fortune 50 companies and work with smaller businesses in growing their companies. Charles is extremely passionate about the industry and enjoys working with individuals and organizations helping them make best informed decisions.  Charles sits on the Board of Directors for ImagineBC, a collaborative project built by entrepreneurs, tech enthusiasts, and dreamers.  Charles graduated with his Bachelor's in Communication from University of Maryland.  He is a die hard Terps and Skins fan!  In his spare time you can find him and his wife chasing their two young kids around parks or ball fields. 

Michael McKenna, Partner

Michael McKenna


Mike became a partner in 2005 (ATR began in 2002) with business partner Ralph Lary III and Charles Tenly. Now in its fourteenth year of business, ATR continues to grow organically year over year by refining the successful business model process that has been the backbone of the company’s success.  Mike and his wife, have two children one currently a college sophomore and one working in health care. In his spare time, Mike enjoys golf, running and traveling. Family and friends say that Mike is “incredibly positive” and approaches his personal life as well as his business with a can-do attitude. 

Brett DellaPenna, Partner

Brett DellaPenna


After graduating from Auburn University in 2008, Brett started his career in outside sales working for a telecommunications and information technology company in Atlanta, GA. He ended up back home in 2010 where he started his career in IT Staffing at ATR. As a Senior Technical Recruiter/Account Manger, Brett helps to train and develop new recruiters. He prides himself on building strong relationships with both candidates and clients. Brett is an avid sports fan and loves rooting for the Auburn Tigers.  War Eagle!  

Matt Benz, Partner

Matt Benz


Born and raised in Bethesda, Maryland, Matt has been working at ATR as a Technical Recruiter since early 2015. Talking to new people and helping connect IT professionals with exciting opportunities drives him on a daily basis. Outside of working at ATR, you will usually find Matt at one of three places: College Park to watch Maryland Terrapins Football & Basketball; Chinatown to root for the Washington Capitals at Verizon Center; or playing a round of golf at his home course TPC Potomac.

Aileen Grau, Human Resources Manager

Aileen Grau

Human Resources Manager

Aileen was born and raised in Rockville, Maryland and is a recent graduate of the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia. She graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology and a minor in Business Administration. While there, she was also the manager of the basketball team for two years. When she’s not working, she enjoys hanging out with friends, reading, and volunteering at her local animal shelter. Aileen is very excited about joining the ATR team and looks forward to learning new strategies and growing within the company.

Don Bacon, Account Director

Don Bacon

Account Director

Don joins ATR with 22 plus years of IT Staffing and Solutions experience. Prior to ATR he was with Randstad, a global HR / Staffing Recruiting company. His primary role the last 15 years was in their Strategic Account Organization with a focus on driving both business and delivery for a Fortune 100 client. He looks forward to parlaying that experience into success with ATR and is excited to be able to mentor others who are newer to the industry. Don is a graduate of University of Maryland- College Park with a Bachelor’s in Criminology / Psychology Minor . He and his wife Denise reside in Bethesda, Maryland. They have two children, a son who graduates from college in May and a daughter who is finishing up year one in college. Don loves to cook, read fiction paperbacks and is still active in competitive softball.

Telka Schmidt, Technical Recruiter

Telka Schmidt

Technical Recruiter

Telka was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and she is a recent graduate from Hood College in Frederick, Maryland where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Integrated Communications and Marketing. While at Hood, Telka played Volleyball for two years, was the President of the acting and performance program, and worked in Sports Medicine and Athletic training. Telka loves being outdoors and is a true city girl at heart. In her free time she enjoys photography, working out, and going to concerts anywhere she can find one. Telka loves meeting and learning about new people and is excited for the opportunities and challenges ATR has to offer. 

Brian Plummer, Technical Recruiter

Brian Plummer

Technical Recruiter

Brian is from New Windsor, Maryland and is a recent graduate from the University of Maryland. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication with a minor in Leadership Studies. During his time at the University of Maryland he played Offensive Line on the Football team. He enjoys being outdoors and traveling and is a big Terps and Redskins fan. Brian was an intern at ATR during the summer of 2018 and is excited to be a part of the team again.  

Conner Cotting, Technical Recruiter

Conner Cotting

Technical Recruiter

Conner graduated from Washington College in Chestertown, MD in May of 2019. He joined ATR as a Technical Recruiter in October of 2019 and is already enjoying his time recruiting! Previous to joining, he was a Training Camp intern for the Baltimore Ravens for the Summer of 2019 which was an exciting experience. Having grown up in Silver Spring, MD, he has been an avid DC sports fan. His favorite athlete is Alex Ovechkin, but LeBron James is a close second. Outside of sports and work, Conner is a fan of all music and gladly accepts recommendations. He is excited to make an impact with ATR through providing both clients and candidates with effective employment solutions.

Miranda Gardiner, Technical Recruiter

Miranda Gardiner

Technical Recruiter

Miranda is a Maryland native who graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in Film and Media Studies. After college, Miranda worked on several freelance film projects before working for Jigsaw Productions as an assistant researcher on a true crime documentary series (soon to be released on HBO). Following her freelance film career, she discovered her true passion for connecting and helping people, which led her to ATR. Outside of work, Miranda enjoys traveling and learning new things. She volunteered twice as a leader for Children’s International Summer Village (CISV), a peace education camp aimed at exposing children to different cultures at a young age. As a CISV leader, Miranda traveled to both Italy and India as the legal guardian for two groups of children. From her previous experience in film, Miranda brings resourcefulness, exceptional organizational skills, and a zest for learning to the ATR team.

Meredith Laray, Technical Recruiter

Meredith Laray

Technical Recruiter

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Bart Teems, ATR's IT GUY

Bart Teems


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