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Elizabeth (Joanie) Barr

A portrait of Elizabeth Barr




 B.S. Computer Science, West Virginia University, 1986

Joanie Barr is the Vice President responsible for leading development of ManTech's Health Solutions strategy within the Mission, Cyber, and Technology Solutions (MCTS) Group, Civilian and Homeland Security business unit. With over 25 years of experience in information technology in roles ranging from software development and quality engineering to executive management, Joanie has supported and managed programs in both the DoD and Civilian Government arenas. Her customers have included the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the Smithsonian Institution, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Environmental Protection Agency, Financial Management Service, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, the Department of Education, the U.S. House of Representatives, the Office of Management and Budget, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the United States Postal Service, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the U.S. Army, as well as several International and State Government customers.

Joanie has served in numerous corporate leadership roles, including Core Competency Lead for Enterprise Management and Governance, overall Corporate Technology Team Lead, and Business Operations Lead. She has both participated in and led corporate software process improvement initiatives at Texas Instruments (TI), Software Performance Systems, Inc. (SPS), and McDonald Bradley, Inc. (MBI). She served as a member of the corporate Software Engineering Process Group (SEPG) for both SPS and MBI. From 1997-2006, Joanie contributed to significant growth of SPS, during which time the company was selected by ComputerWorld as one of the Top 10 Best Places to Work in IT in North America, with special recognition for excellence in diversity.

Joanie graduated Summa Cum Laude from West Virginia University in 1986 with a B.S. in Computer Science. She was a University Honors Scholar during her four years at WVU, and she was inducted into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi in 1985, an honor extended to only the top 7.5% percent of second-semester juniors. Joanie started her career at Texas Instruments in the Dallas, Texas area in the Defense Systems and Electronics Group. She served on the Executive Committee of the Dallas Fort Worth Association for Software Engineering Excellence (ASEE)/ Software Process Improvement Network (SPIN). She is a graduate of the American Council for Technology / Industry Advisory Council (ACT/IAC) Partners Program Class of 2002, and is now an IAC Fellow. She is a member of both Women in Technology and the Project Management Institute (PMI). She earned PMI's Project Management Professional certification in 2005. Joanie has presented at conferences with both national and international audiences and has received numerous awards throughout her professional career, including two Star Performer awards and a Quality Award for Excellence at TI. She served on the Advisory Board for the National Association of Minority Government Contractors in 2008. She is currently serving as one of four Vice Chairs for the ACT/IAC Voyagers Program, a professional development program for rising stars in Industry and Government. She is also part of an ACT/IAC Working Group that is assessing the issues associated with modernization of the Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture (VistA) for the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Joanie currently resides in Fairfax, VA with her son, Andrew Hill, a high school senior at Northern Virginia Christian Academy.