Meet the Rajant Team:
Leading Our Organizational & Technological Innovation

Rajant’s recognition as a market leader in wireless broadband mesh has been made possible by its forward-thinking team. Meet the management leaders that continue to pioneer Rajant’s pervasive, multi-frequency wireless solutions to meet evolving customer requirements.

Robert J. Schena – Chairman, CEO & Cofounder

In 2002, Robert Schena co-founded Rajant Corporation, the pioneer of Kinetic Mesh™ Networks. Mr. Schena has successfully grown this once small startup in Wayne, Pennsylvania to have a strong international presence in a broad array of markets including military, industrial, transportation, utilities, and telecommunications. Today, Rajant is doing business in over 50 countries with large global partners and has offices across the U.S., including offices in Pennsylvania, Arizona, Kentucky, and Alabama.

In 1999, Robert Schena co-founded Airclic, Inc., a wireless application and scanning company and raised $15 million from a group led by Goldman Sachs and Blue Capital Management. Motorola and Symbol Technologies forged a partnership to acquire Airclic and closed a $287 million financial round as well as the contribution of intellectual property in excess of $162 million. Also in 1999, Mr. Schena participated in the founding of World Wide Packets, a Gigabit Ethernet company.

In 1996, Mr. Schena successfully obtained for his company an FCC license to provide an Open Video System, becoming the first one to do so. In 2004, he was successful in changing U.S. telecommunications regulations, resulting in obtaining the first FCC license for broadband services delivered in the U.S. from a Canadian satellite.

In 1992, Schena founded FutureVision of America (FVA), forging a partnership with Bell Atlantic to commercially launch the first video dial tone and digital TV over television. FVA was successfully sold to Bell Atlantic.Prior to founding FVA, Schena served as the CFO, Treasurer, Vice President of Finance and Vice President of Marketing for Harron Communications.

Mr. Schena was appointed to the State of Pennsylvania’s Ben Franklin Technology Board by Governor Ridge in 2001, reappointed by Governor Rendell in 2004 and 2008, and reappointed by Governor Wolf in 2016. He serves on the Board of the Methodist Home for Children. In late 2010, Mr. Schena was named to Governor Corbett’s Marcellus Shale Transition Team. Mr Schena sits on the Kentucky EPSCoR Board as well as the Morehead State University Foundation Board.

Mr. Schena earned a BA in Business Administration from Temple University and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He has lectured extensively on broadband communications to professional and corporate organizations.

Paul Hellhake – Chief Technology Officer & Cofounder

In 1984, Paul Hellhake founded ROI Computer Services, Inc., a technology integration firm which has worked for a prestigious list of clients. Next, he co-founded and was Managing Director of FutureVision of America Corp., which developed and deployed the nation’s first commercial ATM, switched-digital, fiber-to-the-curb network and was sold to Bell Atlantic, Corp. in 1996. Mr. Hellhake also served as Chief Technology Officer of TelQuest Satellite Systems, LLC, a satellite uplink communications company, which was sold to MCI in 1999.

Mr. Hellhake holds a U.S.A patent for his invention of an Interactive Broadband Multimedia System. He has been quoted as an expert in numerous publications including Interactive Week, Discover, Science and he has been interviewed on TV programs such as Nightline, CNN, Walter Cronkite’s Universe and a PBS technology special.

Mr. Hellhake holds a B.S. degree and an M.B.A. degree in Technology Management.

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Geoff Smith – Executive Vice President, Sales & Marketing

Geoff Smith started his career at AT&T Bell Labs developing high speed modem technologies. He has led Modem, DSL and Wireless R&D teams prior to joining Proxim Wireless in 2000 where he held senior executive positions managing R&D, Sales and Marketing enabling indoor and outdoor mobile internet. In 2015, Mr. Smith founded Wave Mobile Solutions, a DSRC V2X radio company focused on Connected and Autonomous Vehicles.

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Michael J. Van Rassen – Executive Vice President of Business Development

Mr. Michael J. Van Rassen graduated from the University of Toledo and was commissioned in the Ordnance Corps in 1985. He earned a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from George Mason University in 1996. He is a combat veteran of Operation Just Cause and Desert Storm.

Mr. Van Rassen has 20 years of Acquisition experience in uniform and as an Army Civilian. Mr. Van Rassen started the C-RAM effort in the summer of 2004 and led that effort until his retirement from Federal Service in 2016. During this tenure, he led acquisition efforts in Command & Control, Missiles, Guns, Radars, and Communications. He is the past recipient of the Army Product Manager of the year, The Superior Civilian Service Award, and 2017 inductee to the Air, Space, Missile Defense Distinguished Civilians Wall of Honor.

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Peter Lenard – Senior Vice President, Business Development

Peter Lenard has been with the company since its formation in 2002 and has held various roles throughout the years. These include development of the company’s first business plans, program management of over $15 Million in government R&D contracts, management of proposals and other corporate contracts. Mr. Lenard also was responsible for Rajant’s introduction and business development into the Australia open-cut mining sector, achieving extensive penetration and deal capture over a 6 year period. Following that, he has been the lead on Rajant’s business development in the rail transportation sector. He is currently focusing on business development and strategic account management for the company.

Mr. Lenard is an officer of the company and the Corporate Secretary. He is also the Facility Security Officer for the company.

Previously, Mr. Lenard was the Vice President of Technology Services at the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern PA. He was a member of the senior staff and managed a significant team responsible for deal evaluation, university technology transfer and portfolio company development. Previous to that he held technical and program management positions at General Electric and Lockheed Martin Corporation.

Mr. Lenard received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Tufts University and a Masters in Management Degree from Penn State University.

Gary Anderson – Senior Vice President, Business Development

Gary Anderson’s background includes several high-tech business startups, including the founding of AEI, where he served as President and CEO, and the Director of Sales at Vivato. Selling AEI in 2001, he was subsequently nominated by the Bush Administration to serve as the Assistant Secretary for the Department of Veteran’s Affairs. However, after September 11, 2001, he withdrew his nomination and volunteered to assist the Administration in establishing the Transportation Security Administration and the Department for Homeland Security.

Mr. Anderson directed a large international organization while serving as the U.S. Representative to Australia in support of its Bicentennial, where he acted as the only foreign representative on the Australian Bicentennial Committee. He has been featured on regional television and radio programs, and has published articles on Disaster Recovery Planning, Year 2000 mitigation, Computer Security, VIRUS prevention, detection and elimination, in various business and financial management newspapers, magazines and publications.

Mr. Anderson retired from the United States Navy as a senior naval officer, and graduated with honors from Troy State University with a B.S. in Business Administration. Mr. Anderson was a Distinguished Naval Graduate and Honor man of Officer’s Candidate School.

Dave Schena – Chief Financial Officer

David Schena is responsible for corporate accounting and financial oversight. As member of the executive management team, Mr. Schena is responsible for the company’s finances, supervising audits, shareholder relations, human resources, implementing financial controls and advising the Board of Directors. As an officer, Mr. Schena is Treasurer and Assistant Secretary.

Previously, Mr. Schena was the VP of Finance for Digital Broadband Applications Corp and responsible for reviving its intellectual property which facilitated the formation of Rajant Corporation. Mr. Schena has extensive experience in network integration and previously specialized in CIO functions for small businesses. This expertise was utilized during Rajant’s startup phase.

Mr. Schena received a BS in Electrical Engineering from Lehigh University and a BA in Business Administration from Temple University.

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Diana Logue – Vice President of Finance and Operations

Diana Logue’s responsibilities at Rajant cover a wide range of accounting and operational functions to include strategic planning, reporting, financial analysis, project management, month-end close processes, budgeting, and inventory control. Over the past 15 years, Diana held a number of positions in the Financial and Accounting arena with increasing levels of responsibility to include human resource and personnel management, end of year auditing over-sight, leasing arrangements and contracts, tax reconciliation and reporting, and training of support staff. Prior to her arrival at Rajant, she was the Controller at the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce Ms. Logue obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from West Chester University of Pennsylvania.

Marty Lamb – Vice President, Technology Development

Marty Lamb is primarily responsible for software and firmware development for all of Rajant’s products. He is also the designer and implementer of Rajant’s cryptographic architecture and leader of Rajant’s FIPS 140-2 and other cryptographic validation efforts. Mr. Lamb is the Facility Security Officer for the company’s Downingtown engineering factility.

Outside of Rajant, Mr. Lamb is the creator and maintainer of several open source software projects as owner of Martian Software, Inc. He was a presenter at the 2004 Spam Conference and his projects have been covered in Jonathan Zdiarski’s book “Ending Spam” and the developer journal JavaMagazin. His NailGun Java application server is included in the JRuby implementation of the Ruby programming language.

Highlights of Mr. Lamb’s work prior to Rajant include providing the full lifecycle of custom software solutions as a Software Architect at ROI Computer Services, Inc., providing network consulting services and developing network topology analysis software as a Member of Technical Staff at Bell Communications Research (Bellcore), and developing hardware and software for services on the nation’s first residential fiber-to-the-curb optic network as a Project Engineer at FutureVision of America.

Mr. Lamb holds a B.S. in Computer Engineering from Lehigh University and an M.B.A. in New Ventures and Entrepreneurship from Penn State University.

Dava Baumann – Vice President, Global Marketing

Dava Baumann is responsible for Rajant’s global marketing vision and strategy. A brand-driven marketing professional with over 20+ years’ experience in wireless and networking technology, Ms. Baumann is a recognized expert in channel marketing and sales enablement having lead numerous initiatives for major market leaders in the wireless broadband industry.

Prior to Rajant, Ms. Baumann spent the past ten years in senior management roles where she led the development and successful implementation of numerous lead generation and product launch campaigns globally. As Director of Marketing at Orthogon Systems in the UK, Ms. Baumann was the marketing force behind this start-up’s eventual acquisition by Motorola, where she directed wireless backhaul initiatives with Motorola’s public safety, WiMAX and LTE business units. Post Motorola, Ms. Baumann managed the global integration of the Motorola wireless networks portfolio to its new-found brand Cambium Networks.

From 1994-2003, Ms. Baumann spent her early career years learning every aspect of the channel and distribution world. As the Director of Marketing of Marketing for Westcon Group, she directed worldwide marketing strategy, brand awareness and corporate communications for this $2 billion plus networking distributor, capturing significant new market share for vendor partners Cisco, Avaya, Nortel and RSA Security.

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Charles ONeill – Vice President and General Counsel

Charles ONeill is responsible for the development and management of Rajant’s intellectual property portfolio, including patents, trademarks and licensing. Mr. ONeill also oversees the crafting and negotiation of worldwide distributor and reseller agreements, as well as other transactional matters. He is responsible for the institution of and management of Export Administration Regulations compliance programs, and upholding compliance for FCC, EAR, ITAR, CE, RoHS and other matters.

Prior to Rajant, Mr. ONeill was principal at Law Offices of Charles ONeill, where he ran a statewide litigation practice concentrating in professional liability, criminal defense and business litigation with emphasis on risk reduction, contract coordination/management and general counsel function for educational institution and corporate clients.

Mr. ONeill received a BS from Cornell University, and a Doctor of Law (JD) doctorate degree from Widener University School of Law. He also received a Master of Laws (LLM) in Legal Advocacy from Temple University’s James E. Beasley School of Law.