Meet the AlarisPro Team

Our team of highly skilled professionals includes military and civilian pilots, test pilots, mechanics, maintenance logisticians, safety experts, engineers and business leaders. Together, we bring decades of experience in manned and unmanned aviation operations, maintenance and safety to AlarisPro.

Tony Pucciarella

Tony Pucciarella

President and CEO

Tony “Pooch” Pucciarella is a retired U.S. Navy Commander, serving as a Patrol Plane Mission Commander, Operational Test Pilot, VIP Pilot, and Aviation Engineering Duty Officer (AEDO). Before starting his career in the Navy, Tony received an aeronautical and astronautical engineering degree from The Ohio State University. He later received an MBA from Loyola University Maryland’s Executive Program. He is certified as an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) and is rated in aircraft ranging from the iconic B-25 to the fastest business jets flying today. Tony is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) with extensive experience in managing projects of all sizes and complexities. He is an active multi-rotor and fixed-wing UAS Pilot with extensive experience in small and large UAS operations.

Tony served as the Airspace Integration Certification Lead for the Navy’s Triton UAS program and led the development of the program’s safety case for Sense and Avoid (SAA). He is active in ongoing rulemaking and standards development as a member of the FAA’s UAST and ASTM’s F-38 Committee. Tony co-led a workgroup supporting the larger Detect and Avoid (DAA) group on FAA Special Committee 228 (SC-228).

With an established background in manned and unmanned aviation, engineering, aircraft systems integration, operational testing, and business, Tony was well-poised to address the growing critical needs gap in the UAS Industry. He assembled a team of highly skilled individuals in 2013 to design the architecture for what became AlarisPro - the most comprehensive UAS Operations and Maintenance program available.

Don Ferguson

Don Ferguson

Vice President of Software Development

Don brings over 35 years of programming experience to the AlarisPro development team. He began working with microprocessors and microcontrollers in the early 80’s using machine and assembly language. At that time, evenings and weekends were often divided between writing hexadecimal code and wire wrapping development boards to test new programs. Don also has a rich background in customer service, having served as a the customer service director for Eagle Test Systems, Inc., an international automated test equipment company prior to founding his own software company in 2003. As Lead Software Developer, Don leads the development team and is responsible for all software released on the Web, Android and iOS applications. He is also responsible for the application architecture, database and delivery platform.

Brian Doherty

Brian Doherty

Account Executive

Brian is a resilient relationship builder leading sales across all markets for AlarisPro. His focus is on building the sales strategy, driving customer acquisition, and developing long-term partnerships. Prior to AlarisPro, he led the telecommunications vertical at Measure UAS, pioneering industry specific solutions while driving business development. His experience in telecom and the UAS industry provides valuable insight and contribution to the unmanned conversation. Brian earned an economics degree from the University of Miami and an MBA in finance from Florida International University.

Thomas Meyer

Thomas Meyer

Director of Commercialization

Thomas services as the Director of Commercialization where his focus is on identifying new strategies, partnerships, and go-to-market approaches for AlarisPro. He works to forecast technology developments and their impact on industries in which AlarisPro capabilities provide value for the user, further identifying verticals and markets for the expanded use of AlarisPro beyond aviation.

With over 14 years of experience in the small UAS industry, Thomas was a pioneer for the sector. He introduced the first electrically powered multi copter UAS to the US as early as 2006, initiating programs with the FAA, the Department of Justice and the Department of Defense. His early relationship with the FAA yielded progress for the entire industry, among them the first COA ever granted to a small UAS. In the defense sector, Thomas also solicited the first acquisition and deployment of small electrical powered UAS by the US Army under the program Telluride.

With one of the longest track records in the industry, Thomas saw the potential of commercial enterprise applications early. He was a major part of ground-breaking pathfinder and IPP programs with BNSF railway, Walmart and UBER, moving the entire industry forward and paving the way to commercialization on a large scale.

Elle Pechiney

Elle Pechiney

Marketing and Account Manager

Elle works to create innovative content marketing solutions that accelerate brand growth, voice, and business objectives for AlarisPro. Prior to AlarisPro, she served as a versatile marketing and procurement coordinator at Marriott International and went on to become an Account Executive for a prominent furniture retailer in the hospitality space. In her spare time, she continues to give back to the local community by serving on the board of directors for NEWH, a global scholarship-based organization. Elle graduated from Auburn University in 2016 with a degree in Business Management.

Donna Kuang

Donna Kuang

Front End Software Developer

Donna has an elaborate background in technology and health sciences. She is experienced in both front and back-end development, and is proficient in HTML5, CSS3, SASS, JavaScript, and the MERN stack, to name a few. She actively works on integrating responsive designs and focuses her attention to creating clear and simple interfaces. By using graphics, text, layout, and interactive elements cohesively, Donna is interested in presenting users with an experience, not just presenting the information.

With a rich background in psychology, physical therapy, nursing, and technology, Donna is enthusiastic about the endless possibilities of utilizing UAS for the implementation of health care necessities.

Alexandra Harrison

Alexandra Harrison

Back End Software Developer

Xandra graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology with a BS in Computer Engineering and a minor in Psychology. She has worked as a Software Developer for several years and is passionate about problem solving, helping others, and bridging the gap between people and technology. She is excited to be part of AlarisPro in order to bring functionality and convenience to managers of UAS fleets, as well as reliability and safety to everyone the industry touches.

Jeff Harris

Jeff Harris

Mobile Application Developer

Jeff works closely with our software development team to implement new features and continue the development of the AlarisPro application for mobile users. Jeff joins AlarisPro as a recent graduate from Frostburg State with a M.S in Applied Computer Science and dual B.S. degrees in Math and Computer Science. When he isn’t working on our mobile app, you can find Jeff working as an auto technician where he is able to engage with his passion for diesel trucks.

Bill Sheleheda

Strategic Advisor

Bill has over 30 years of experience in financial markets and served as VP of Merchant Sales for Discover Card/Morgan Stanley. He was on the initial team that created Discover Card Financial Services and supported multiple merger and acquisition teams for Morgan Stanley. Bill currently serves as Strategic Advisor for AlarisPro.

Diarmuid Corry

Strategic Advisor

Diarmuid has over 25 years of experience in aerospace engineering, specializing in flight test instrumentation, data acquisition, and processing. Diarmuid graduated from Dublin City University, Ireland, with a degree in electronic engineering. He also holds a master’s degree in telecommunications. Diarmuid was co-founder of a successful flight test instrumentation company that became a major player in the global market for flight data acquisition. He has an MBA from the Open University in Milton Keynes, UK.

With his combination of engineering and business experience, Diarmuid is enthusiastic about the transformative potential of UAS and is interested in how traditional aerospace vehicle monitoring and flight safety procedures can be applied to this arena.