Board of Directors

With the transition of McKean Defense to an employee-owned company, a Board of Directors (BOD) was established. Our BOD is responsible for governance and oversight of the company’s operations, management team, and benefit plans including the Employee Stock Ownership Plan.
Joseph L. Carlini

Joseph L. Carlini

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Joe establishes the op tempo for the McKean team and is the cornerstone of our future vision. Internally, Joe is recognized as a leader whose practical business experience and open-minded management style creates the environment where our team can feel free to be innovative and empowered to deliver unique solutions to our customers.
Prior to establishing McKean Defense, Joe was a Group Senior Vice President with SAIC, where he spent 20 years. Joe has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Catholic University.
Larry D. Burrill

Larry D. Burrill

President, McKean Technical Services Group

Larry provides the group leadership and focus to meet the formidable challenges facing the Navy today. His guidance is grounded in efficiency and experience and our customers can count on him to provide comprehensive creative solutions.

Prior to co-founding McKean Defense, Larry spent 24 years in the United States Navy, where he retired as a Captain in 2001. He then went to AMSEC as Vice President and Operational Manager. Larry earned his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Maine Maritime Academy and his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering degree, with a focus in robotics controls engineering, from the Naval Postgraduate School.

Leonard F. DeStefano, Jr.

Leonard F. DeStefano, Jr.

Chief Operating Officer

Len is focused on enhancing our business performance and boosting our organizational health to embrace the full potential of our employee ownership model. Len has the ability to blend his 34+ years of technical expertise with sound business acumen, helping McKean Defense achieve a level of service that is truly uncommon.

Prior to co-founding McKean Defense, Len was a Vice President with SAIC/AMSEC, and a Vice President at Todd Combustion. He also spent 15 years with the government as an employee of the Naval Shipyards and NAVSEA Fleet Technical Support Center.

Michael J. Purcell

Michael J. Purcell

Chair, McKean's Audit Committee

Michael is the Chair of McKean Defense’s Audit Committee. Previously an Audit Partner at Deloitte LLP, Michael has provided assurance and advisory services to public and private enterprise clients of all sizes, including multi-national companies, middle market companies, and emerging growth companies. He has an extensive background serving technology, life sciences and healthcare, financial services, consumer products, manufacturing companies, and non-profit organizations.

Michael recently served as the Philadelphia Office leader of Deloitte’s middle market and growth enterprise services. He also had significant experience with audit/finance committees for both public and private enterprises. Michael has a B.S. in accounting from Lehigh University and an M.B.A. from Drexel University.

Jeffery L. Cherry

Jeffery L. Cherry

Board of Directors

Jeffery has spent more than 34 years in the federal market. His most recent work has included the analysis of how companies can achieve competitive advantage – and create societal impact – by tending to the needs of a broad array of stakeholders (customers, employees, communities and shareholders). Jeffery is the founder and director of Conscious Venture Lab and managing partner of Conscious Venture Partners, LLC/Conscious Venture Fund. Jeffery is also the founder, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and managing partner of The Porter Group, LLC. He serves on the Board of Sponsors of the Loyola University Baltimore Sellinger School of Business and is a member of the Board of Advisors for the Maryland Momentum Fund, the venture capital fund for the University System of Maryland.

Jeffery has a master’s and bachelor’s degree from the Catholic University of America.