Patrona Corporation is a certified small business founded in 2005. Our workforce consists of proven professionals who are innovative and dedicated to the successful fulfillment of our customers’ missions. We are a financially strong, growth-oriented firm with our headquarters located at 1220 12th Street SE ,Washington, DC and field offices in Portsmouth, and Dover, NH.


Patrona Corporation is an Enterprising, Agile, and Experienced Provider of High Quality, Cost Effective, and Innovative Solutions Built on a Team of Highly Skilled Professionals with a Focus on Traditional Values.


To provide prompt accurate technical. programmatic,quality assurance and administrative support expertise to our customers. 


To become the leading provider of professional services to include Engineering, Quality, Program Management and Administrative Support while providing a professional atmosphere built around trust for our employees, customers, and partners


The Company is a small business focused on supporting the Department of Defense. The Company was founded on a common desire to follow “Traditional Values” in all aspects of its operation.  These values are the cornerstone for each business decision we make on every fundamental level.




Chief Executive

As the Chief Executive Officer and a Co-Founder of Patrona Corporation, Mr. Joseph Novak is responsible for oversight and supervision of all aspects of the company’s operation. Mr. Novak has built and leads the company’s senior executive team whose focus is setting strategic direction, developing company culture and values, and following a process-oriented approach to ensure that actions are driven toward common goals.

Mr. Novak has more than 34 years of program and technical support experience. He brings Patrona a wealth of knowledge and insight related to acquisition, maintenance, design and construction, modernization, technical and logistic programs, technical analysis, quality assurance and engineering logistics.

Mr. Novak received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh.



Chief Financial

As Chief Financial Officer, Mr. John (Jay) Vance leads the Company’s financial strategy. Mr. Vance is responsible for all areas of accounting and finance including financial statements, budget management, and cost analysis. 

Mr. Vance has more than 34 years of experience in accounting, finance, tax, and auditing. He has held numerous leadership positions, including Senior Accountant, Senior Director of Accounting, and Controller, supporting government contractors, technology companies and small businesses in the public and private sectors.

Mr. Vance received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree, majoring in Accounting, from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.



Executive Vice President of Strategic Planning and Growth

As Executive Vice President, Strategic Planning, Execution and Growth, Mr. Timothy Bassett provides senior leadership and technical expertise to Patrona’s broad array of emergent customer initiatives.  Mr. Bassett is instrumental to the strategic alignment of Patrona’s work with customer organizations. His vision and foresight further strengthens Patrona’s positioning for future work as it capitalizes on the strategic market opportunities that will make Patrona the preeminent service provider for the submarine and greater Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) community.

Mr. Bassett has more than 39 years of technical, senior management and strategic planning expertise. Prior to joining Patrona Corporation, Mr. Bassett was Executive Director of the NAVSEA Submarine Maintenance Engineering, Planning & Procurement (SUBMEPP) Activity located at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine.

Mr. Bassett received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, in Lowell, Massachusetts. He also received a Master Degree in Engineering Management from the University of Western New England College in Springfield, Massachusetts.



Executive Vice President
of Business Operations

As Executive Vice President, Business Operations, Mr. Robert Morrissey is responsible for a broad variety of service delivery functions, including customer relationships and satisfaction, organic growth, overall operational and program management, personnel engagement, evaluation and satisfaction, and special projects.

Mr. Morrissey brings more than 37 years of leadership and management experience to Patrona. He has managed support efforts in most of the Program Executive Offices (PEO) of the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), including PEO Submarines, PEO Carriers, PEO Ships, and PEO Littoral Combat Ships (LCS), as well as the Directorates for Logistics, Maintenance and Industrial Operations, Corporate Operations, Chief Information Officer, and the Office of Strategic Planning.

Mr. Morrissey earned his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Old Dominion University and served as a nuclear trained submariner in the U.S. Navy.



Vice President
of Contracts

As Vice President of Contracts, Ms. Amy Burrell leads the Company’s contracts management strategy. Ms. Burrell is responsible for providing leadership, policy, direction, training and oversight in support of the Company’s contract negotiations, documentation and relationship management. She is the principle advisor to the company on contractual matters and serves as the principle interface with government contract clients. 

Ms. Burrell has over 25 years of experience in contracts, business strategy, accounting and finance. She has held numerous leadership positions, including Vice President of Strategy and Growth, Senior Technical Representative, Chief Financial Officer and Accounting Manager, supporting government contractors and small businesses in the private sector.

Ms. Burrell received her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, NH.


John McCullough

Vice President
of Business Development

John McCullough: As Vice President, Strategy and Growth, Mr. John McCullough provides senior leadership and technical expertise to Patrona’s business area and program managers.  Mr. McCullough develops and leads market assessments and new business capture efforts. He develops solutions for business and customer initiatives, always with a focus on quality and delivering value to our customers.

Mr. McCullough has more than 30 years of experience in the management and execution of engineering and technical services for a wide variety of federal agency customers under a diversity of contract vehicles. Prior to joining Patrona Corporation, Mr. McCullough held senior management and engineering positions with large and small contractors, primarily focused on submarine and surface warfare shipbuilding and ship systems contract requirements under the cognizance of Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA). He was formerly a Nuclear Engineering qualified Submarine Warfare Line Officer in the U. S. Navy.

Mr. McCullough received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry from the College of William and Mary, a Master of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Virginia and a Master of Science degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from George Mason University. He has also completed Executive Education coursework at the Darden School of Business.



Vice President
of Engineering

As Vice President of Engineering, Mr. D. Scott Williams is responsible for providing leadership and technical oversight of Patrona’s cadre of engineers, supporting emergent customer initiatives and leading Patrona’s Technical Advisory Board. His immense wealth of engineering knowledge is a major contributing factor to the creation of contract deliverables and technical proposals of the highest possible quality. Patrona prides itself on being the company that customers can turn to when a difficult technical issue needs immediate and decisive response. Mr. Williams leads Company efforts to make sure it can deliver on this promise.

Prior to joining Patrona Corporation, Mr. Williams was Chief Engineer at the Submarine Maintenance Engineering, Planning & Procurement (SUBMEPP) Activity, a part of NAVSEA located at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine.  He has 35 years of Federal Civilian Service, employed in various engineering and management positions related to U.S. Naval nuclear submarine life cycle maintenance, modernization, reliability, safety, and cost control.

Mr. Williams received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of New Hampshire, in Durham, New Hampshire. He is also Certified Level III as a Department of Defense Acquisition Professional in Systems, Planning, Research, Development and Engineering.



of Human Resources

As Director of Human Resources, Ms. Trish Arnone leads the company’s Human Resources Department.  Ms. Arnone is responsible for all compliance, benefit, and employee relations.  Ms. Arnone has more than 21 years of experience in partnering with group clients to manage and communicate various human resource policies, procedures, laws, standards, and other government regulations to ensure compliance.  Ms. Arnone has a degree in Management Development and is an active member of SHRM.






Steven Schulze  joined Patrona Corporation as Vice President of Navy Technical Support Services in September 2019. He has since moved into the role of President of Patrona Corporation. His vision is to expand, lead, align and integrate the technical services portfolio Patrona Corporation delivers to the US Navy.  Mr. Schulze has more than 30 years of experience in managing and executing engineering and technical services across a wide range of engineering disciplines supporting the life cycle engineering maintenance and modernization of ships, submarines and naval systems.

Prior to joining Patrona Corporation, Mr. Schulze served as NAVSEA’s Deputy Chief Engineer and Chief Technology Officer accountable for executing the Navy’s technical authority policy across all ships, submarines, vehicles and assigned systems. 

Mr. Schulze holds a Master of Science degree in National Resource Strategy, from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University.  He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Ocean Engineering from the Florida Institute of Technology.