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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.

Samuel Loman, Account Manager

Samuel Loman

Account Manager

Sam is from Kensington, Maryland and is a recent graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park where he attained a Bachelors of Science in Finance & International Business with a minor in Spanish Language, Business, and Cultures. During his time at Maryland he completed a two year scholars program that focused on business, society, and the economy. Additionally, Sam loves traveling and was able to go on a short study abroad trip to the United Arab Emirates and a full semester abroad in Barcelona, Spain. When Sam isn’t at work you can find him rooting on the Capitals, Redskins, Wizards and Nationals. Sam loves helping others and is excited to be able to do so on a daily basis while at ATR. 

Chris Backes, Sr. Technical Recruiter/Business Analyst

Chris Backes

Sr. Technical Recruiter/Business Analyst

Originally from St. Louis, MO, Chris is a graduate of Loyola University New Orleans. He moved to the DC Metro area for a Master’s program in philosophy at CUA. After deciding to transition out of academia, Chris joined ATR in 2018. When he isn’t at in the office, Chris enjoys practicing his French, cooking, and the occasional Marvel movie. Chris looks forward to the challenges of a new environment and is eager to learn more skills while at ATR.

Anna Aponesto, Technical Recruiter

Anna Aponesto

Technical Recruiter

Anna was born in the Philippines and moved to the USA when she was 9 years old. She has recently earned her Health Sciences degree in Frostburg State University. During her time there, she had served as a Resident assistant, the VP of International Relations Club and was a Senator Representative on the SGA. She loves to play tennis and lacrosse. If it has anything to do with the outdoors, she’s ready for it. She plans on traveling the world and experiencing and learning about new cultures to broaden her world views and perspectives while finding ways to help those around her. 

Kyle Walsh, Technical Recruiter

Kyle Walsh

Technical Recruiter

Kyle is from Gaithersburg Maryland and went to Gaithersburg High School! Kyle spent two years living in Boston, MA working at Sprint learning and perfecting Sales. In May of 2018 Kyle moved to Towson Maryland to run his own sprint store for the last year. Kyle Joins the ATR staff in August of 2019 with a goal of learning and succeeding in the staffing industry. In Kyle’s free time you can catch him watching his West Virginia Mountaineers, Maryland Terrapins, and Washington Redskins! Kyle looks to bring his hard working ethic to ATR.

Marykate Grande, Technical Recruiter

Marykate Grande

Technical Recruiter

Mary-Kate is a recent graduate from Radford University and obtained her B.A. in Economics,her focus was financial and analyst studies. At Radford University she joined several clubs and organizations, two of which being the nationally recognized fraternity, Zeta Tau Alpha and the women’s studies club! Becoming President of ZTA was one of the best experiences of her life and she gained a lot of leadership experience from this. Attending conferences in Georgia, Baltimore and Orlando throughout her time at Radford, all for leadership was an amazing experience. Marykate spends her free time with her puppy Bryce, a black lab/shepherd mix, working out, and cooking. Marykate enjoys anything that involves the beach and visits Long Beach Island, New Jersey every single summer. Beginning to work at ATR this summer (August, 2019) is something she is really looking forward to and something she feels she is going to love and learn a lot from. 

Payal Patel, Sr. Technical Recruiter

Payal Patel

Sr. Technical Recruiter

Princey is from Florida and graduated from the University of Florida (Go Gators). While at UF, she was a dancer on the Gator Garba Team, secretary and a banquet director for the Indian Student Association. She has lived in Houston for the past 3 years pursuing a career in optometry. She came to Washington DC for a conference and fell in love. The area was very diverse and had a lot to offer from the city scene to the outdoor activities around the area. While applying to new jobs as she changes career paths, she kept the area as an option, and fortunately found us. She is excited to start with us to help others find their dream jobs. 

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.

Joshua Ivey, Technical Recruiter

Joshua Ivey

Technical Recruiter

Joshua Ivey a graduate of Towson University. Has joined the ATR Family in February of 2020. Previous to joining ATR he was a Technical Recruiter at another Staffing Agency in the DC Metropolitian area. Born and raised in the District of Colombia, in his spare time you can find Joshua hanging out with his friends and traveling the world!

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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Oluseyi Adenegan, Technical Recruiter

Oluseyi Adenegan

Technical Recruiter

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Caitlin Hoyt, Technical Recruiter

Caitlin Hoyt

Technical Recruiter

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Chris McKenna, Business Analyst

Chris McKenna

Business Analyst

Before coming to ATR was the Vice President and Treasurer of Phi Sigma Kappa at Towson University. Chris helped organize fundraisers and social events throughout the university which helped the fraternity build a stronger network with the Towson community. Outside of work, Chris spends his time at his home in Annapolis where he enjoys watching Ole Miss on Saturdays, the Ravens on Sundays, and playing golf in the off-season. Chris looks foreword to working with the team over at ATR.

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