Our culture is one of helping others. Our mission statement is simple: “We love helping people make technology work for them.” We pride ourselves on how we meet our mission.
You can rely on us to always be responsive. We’re there when and where you need us.
You can rely on our technical excellence. We do the job right.
We are enjoyable to work with. When you need help, you don’t need someone telling you what you did wrong. You need the right solution. That’s our strength.
Meet the Athena Management Team:
BRUCE A. KELLING – President and CEO:
Bruce is a co-founder of Athena Advanced Networks which is quickly making its mark as the preeminent managed services company serving the needs of mission critical Public Safety systems. Athena is setting new standards for 100% availability of 911 dispatch systems.
Prior to Athena, Bruce was the founder and long-time CEO of Tiburon Inc., which for many years was the country’s largest privately owned provider of software systems to Public Safety agencies with over $50M in annual revenue. He was also a founding member of the Integrated Justice Information System (IJIS) Institute, a non-profit organization established at the invitation of the U.S. Department of Justice to help the nation improve its Public Safety and Justice information sharing capabilities. In 2009, Bruce was awarded the prestigious IJIS Shumate Award given annually to the person who contributed most to national information sharing efforts. In 2016, he was recognized again by IJIS and became the second person in the history of the organization to be awarded emeritus status. Currently he chairs the IJIS Institute (FBI) CJIS Programs Advisory Committee which is at the forefront of several national initiatives including Next Generation NCIC, N-DEX, NIBRS, “paperless” UCR and NGI – Next Generation Identification.
During his career he managed the design and implementation of scores of large scale Public Safety systems in the U.S. and overseas. Included in these landmark projects were the International Justice and Public Safety Network (Nlets), Florida Crime Information Center (FCIC), the Puerto Rico Criminal Justice System, the Venezuelan Police Information System and several systems in Canada including those of Ottawa, Edmonton, and Winnipeg.
Bruce is happily married for many years to his wife Susan and has seven grandchildren. He shares his time between Venice, FL and Southern Oregon. He is an avid traveler and sailor, works on antique sports cars and motorcycles, and studies Spanish.
DENNIS L. MATZEN – VP Of Engineering and Tools & Technology:
Dennis Matzen is the Chief Engineer and one of the initial founders of Athena Advanced Networks, Inc. Dennis has over 35 years in the Public Safety industry. After serving in the Air Force as a radio technician, Dennis joined the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s office where he began his career as a communications technician. He eventually took on the additional role of manager of the County’s 911 CAD dispatch system. This was his introduction to computer and network systems. Following his career with the Sheriff’s office, Dennis joined Tiburon, Inc., where he formed the Systems Support Group (SSG) which provided IT infrastructure support for the company’s clients. Dennis has provided system engineering services to hundreds of agencies located in the U.S. and overseas. In 2010 Dennis teamed up with Bruce Kelling to form Athena Advanced Networks. Dennis continues to build upon his experience at the Sherriff’s office and Tiburon to provide trend-setting managed services, equipment and network deployment, and problem-solving services to Public Safety agencies.
Dennis lives on a small ranch in Southern Oregon with his wife Michele. He enjoys helping friends and neighbors with their technology issues. His diverse interests include rafting on the Rogue River, being a ham radio operator and caring for the family horses.
JOHN GROVE – VP of Business Development:
John has proven track record of business development, IT projects, and implementation of technology solutions. His expertise is in public safety applications, datacenters/NOCs, contact centers, unified communications, information technology, telecommunications, SaaS, mobility solutions, security, and facility environmental control systems.
John served as a Senior Consultant at Mission Critical Partners providing technical consulting services to public safety agencies to solve mission critical public safety communication challenges. Prior to MCP, John was Executive VP for over 15 years at GRS, a $40 million company providing design, installation, and maintenance services of premise and hosted based applications for numerous industries, consistently exploiting technology transitions to solve complex client issues.
John is happily married for many years to Rachel and they are proud parents of two great young adult children, Max and Mia. John is an avid traveler and enjoys culinary experiences, exercising, reading, motorcycling, and spending time outdoors with his family and friends.
MARK MOLONEY – Systems Engineer:
Mark Moloney, a West Point graduated with 18 years of IT experience. His focus on customer service and using the leadership training he received in the military has made him unique in the industry. He has 10 years of experience working on public safety radio networks as a systems administrator and network administrator. He has worked on developing standard product offerings for large companies. He is an expert in Active Directory, SharePoint, backup solutions, network security, and network design. He is a “Jack of all Trades” who can see the big picture and is known for finding better ways of doing things. For several years, he lived on a sailboat and still loves to go sailing at a moment’s notice.
CORY BLUHM – Engineering Operations Manager:
Cory has almost 20 years of experience in the field of Municipal IT, with the last 10 years focused on supporting the critical systems for 911, Fire/EMS, and Police networks. Among his varied experiences, he served as a technical liaison to the Brazos Valley Texas BVCNet which is an organization of local government agencies teamed up to securely link their networks. He continued to expand his technical and managerial knowledge by graduating from University of North Carolina in 2013 as a Certified Government Chief Information Officer. His broad IT skill set, along with a “can do” attitude, is beneficial when trying to methodically track down and resolve issues. His time in municipal management honed his personal skills and helps him understand and empathize with government needs such as working within very tight budgets.
In his free time, Cory enjoys spending time on his ranch in Texas and working on any number of outdoor hobbies to include: motorcycle riding, playing Polo, hunting and wood working. He also enjoys many indoor hobbies such as construction/remodeling projects and implementing IT based home automation solutions.
CHUCK NUZUM – CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER:
Chuck has tremendous breadth and depth of experience as a CFO that ranges from private start-ups to large publicly traded companies. His experience includes serving as the CFO of the Tyburn Group, a financial services company and as the Controller of Dey Pharma, a large pharmaceutical manufacturing subsidiary of Merck.
Prior to that he was Vice President of Finance and Administration at Tiburon, Inc., a leader in public safety and justice information systems. For more than two decades, Mr. Nuzum was CFO of Loomis Fargo & Co., the well- known provider of ATM system, armored car and other security services. Chuck also served in other senior executive positions in the U.S. and abroad for Loomis, as well as for SPL Worldgroup and OCS Technologies.
Mr. Nuzum, a Certified Public Accountant, earned his BA at the University of Washington at Seattle. A U.S. Army Special Forces veteran in Vietnam, he earned the Bronze Star and the Army Commendation Medal. Chuck is the proud father of five children and enjoys time with his seven grandchildren.
CAROLYN FUSON – CFO Business Manager:
Carolyn has over two decades of finance and administration experience. Before joining Athena Advanced Networks, she served for over 15 years as the Controller and Chief Accountant for Tiburon, Inc. a leading public safety and justice software and service provider. She established the company’s accounting and administration systems and was the finance member of the management team. She was a key driver in helping the company establish a large banking line of credit. Under her watch, the company’s revenues grew from less than $5M a year to over $50M. Carolyn is an avid supporter of a work culture based on extensive employee involvement and was key in implementing an Open Book Management program within Tiburon. Carolyn’s free time is devoted to her family, pursuing her interest in water painting and gardening and is a passionate reader.
CHRIS PETERS – Accounting Manager:
Chris has over 20 years of experience in the finance and accounting industry. She has provided a wide variety of financial consulting services to clients over the years giving her a broad knowledge of what it takes to manage accounting practices and produce a successful outcome in a corporate environment. Chris works hard to build strong relationships with customers, employees, banking and insurance agents, and professional service advisors. She has been married to her husband, Jason, for over 20 years and they are the proud parents of two daughters, Katie and Jenna.