Officers of the Corporation
Jerry M. Wohletz
President and CEO
Jerry joined Draper June 2022 after a 22-year career with BAE. He was most recently vice president and general manager of BAE Systems Electronic Combat Solutions (ECS), responsible for managing all stages of the electronic warfare product life-cycle. He also served as the executive interface for an extensive customer base that included senior Department of Defense officials as well as global defense organizations. Prior to joining Electronic Combat Solutions, he served as vice president and general manager for BAE Systems FAST Labs.
Jerry holds a bachelor’s degree with highest distinction in aerospace engineering from the University of Kansas; his master’s degree and Ph.D. from MIT are in aerospace & astronautics and in estimation & control respectively.
Tara S. Clark
Vice President of Operations and Commercial Programs
Tara joined Draper in 2016 to lead the commercial program office, with a focus on bioprocessing solutions for precision medicine in addition to her Commercial role. Tara’s responsibilities expanded in 2021 to also include her overseeing Draper’s overall operations. Formerly, she was general manager of North American Clinical Operations for Miltenyi Biotec and Director of Marketing for Baxter Healthcare Corporation. She was elected as the first industry representative to the International Society for Cellular Therapy (ISCT) Advisory Board, is an active Member of the American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (ASMBT) and was recognized by the Boston Business Journal as a “Woman to Watch in Science and Technology, 2017."
Anthony S. Kourepenis
Vice President, Engineering
Tony joined Draper as a student in 1985 and became a staff engineer in 1988 in support of inertial instrument design, development and assessment. He assumed his present role as Vice President of Engineering in 2022, overseeing all of Draper's Engineering departments. Previous Engineering and Programs leadership roles at Draper include Vice President of Strategic Systems, Principal Director of Strategic Systems, Principal Director of Engineering and Director of Internal Research and Development.
Robert S. Bacon
Vice President for Navy Strategic Systems
Bob joined Draper in 2011 as a Systems Engineer to support strategic programs, a mission he has focused on throughout his career of nearly 20 years. Most recently Bob served as Director for Strategic Guidance, Navigation & Control Programs, with cradle-to-grave responsibility for managing the Trident II D5 Strategic Guidance Program. Prior to that he was the Associate Director for Advanced Programs and also served on a multi-year inter-governmental assignment to Navy Strategic Systems Programs, where he led an enterprise-wide digital engineering transformation initiative and planning for future modernization programs.
Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of the Board of Directors
Mary joined Draper in December 2022 as head of Draper’s legal department and secretary of the Board of Directors. Prior to Draper, she was Assistant General Counsel & Director at General Dynamics Corporation as well as in-house counsel at General Dynamics Information Technology, CSRA LLC and Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC). Before moving in-house Mary was in private practice for several years in two large law firms in Washington, D.C.
Mary holds degrees with honors from Yale University (B.A.) and Georgetown University Law Center (J.D.).
Neil J. Adams
Vice President, National Security and Space
During a 35-year career with Draper, Neil has served in numerous leadership roles of increasing responsibility throughout the organization. Before becoming vice president for NS&S, Neil was Principal Director for Space and Defense Programs. Previous positions include the Director for Algorithms and Software in Engineering, Corporate Director for Independent Research and Development managing Draper’s technology investment portfolio; and Associate Director for Guidance, Navigation and Control. An Associate Fellow in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Neil holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in aerospace engineering from the University of Cincinnati and Pennsylvania State University, respectively.
Vice President, Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer
Christine was promoted to Vice President, Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer in October 2021 after serving as the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer in 2020 and as Draper’s Principal Director for Finance since 2017. Prior to joining Draper, Christine served as Director of Budget and Financial Analysis at MIT and as Vice President, Corporate Planning, at the Performance + Lifestyle Group, a publicly traded footwear business with $1 billion in sales. Previously, Christine worked in investment banking for 15 years, during which time she managed financial transactions for clients across a number of different industries.