Management Team


Paul P. Donahue
President and Chief Executive Officer

Paul P. Donahue is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Centerra Group, LLC. Centerra, which employs 10,000 people, is headquartered in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida and provides paramilitary, security, fire and emergency protection, K-9, naval base operations support, and explosive ordnance and mine removal services to sensitive government, UN and NATO facilities. Paul has been with Centerra since 1994.

Mr. Donahue has 25 years of experience in the financial and operational management of government, public, private and private equity organizations. He was the EVP and GM of Gulf Coast Operations responsible for the oversight of a 650-person security force. Prior to this, Paul was the Treasurer and CFO responsible for all financial operations of Centerra. Paul became the COO in 2006, President in 2010 and CEO in 2012.

Mr. Donahue is a Certified Protection Professional (CPP) with the American Society of Industrial Security (ASIS), is certified in Homeland Security (CHS) with the American College of Forensic Examiners International (ACFEI), is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA), is a Certified Forensic Accountant (CRFA), is a Certified Business Manager (CBM), and frequent public speaker on the importance of Business Ethics.

Mr. Donahue holds a BBA in accounting from the University of Miami and MBA from Palm Beach Atlantic University (PBA) where he is on the Rinker School of Business Board. Paul received the PBA MBA Distinguished Alumni Award in 2008 and the PBA Free Enterprise Medal in 2013. Paul attended the Stanford Graduate School of Business Directors’ Consortium in 2011, and the Yale School of Management CEO College in 2016. Paul is also a Board Member of the DOE Nevada Test Site Historical Foundation.

Together with his wife of 20 years and two teenage children, he resides in Palm Beach County. Since 2005, he is the owner and president of a private helicopter company that provides FAA Part 141 training, charter, executive transport, night vision training, news, sports event and life safety support coverage. Paul values his personal associations with AOPA and the volunteer aviation support to the Veteran’s Airlift Command as he and his wife maintain private pilot licenses with rotorcraft ratings.


Deborah F. Ricci
Chief Financial Officer

Ms. Ricci joined Centerra in November 2015 as Company’s the Chief Financial Officer. As the Chief Financial Officer, she manages the finance, accounting and information technology functions of the Company.

Prior to joining Centerra, Ms. Ricci most recently served as CFO for a leading counterterrorism firm in the Washington DC area where she was instrumental in the successful sale of the Company to a large government contractor. For more than 20 years, she has been a financial executive for foreign and domestic operations in mid-market defense, technology, and manufacturing companies. Her experience includes the day-to-day management of finance, accounting, information technology, pricing, contracts and human resources. , Ms. Ricci was named the CFO of the year for mid-sized companies by the Washington (DC) Business Journal.

Ms. Ricci was a fellow at the University of Pittsburgh where she earned a Master of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Strategic Planning. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Bentley University in Waltham, MA. Ms. Ricci began her career as a certified public accountant in 2012.


David I. Beckett
General Counsel

David I. Beckett is the General Counsel of Centerra. Mr. Beckett joined Centerra in 2010. He previously represented, as outside legal counsel, The Wackenhut Corporation in 2002 when Group 4 Falck acquired it.

Mr. Beckett has over 20 years of legal experience – 15 years in private practice (Shearman & Sterling in New York City and Akerman Senterfitt in Miami) and more than seven years as general counsel of both public and private companies. In addition, Mr. Beckett has over seven years of investment banking/finance experience (Salomon Brothers and Gleacher & Co. in New York City).

Mr. Beckett reports directly to the CEO of Centerra and is responsible for all legal matters relating to Centerra and its subsidiaries and affiliates, either directly or through managing outside legal counsel. Legal matters include general commercial matters such as contractual issues (negotiations, drafting, disputes), litigation (employee discrimination and wage-hour claims, contract disputes) and legal matters concerning CONUS/OCONUS government contracting business (arising from having the U.S. Government as the customer), as well as issues involving the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) and supplements (e.g., procurement issues, requests for equitable adjustment, claims, protests), ITAR, FCPA, FCA, DCAA and government investigations.

Mr. Beckett has an LL.M. from New York University School of Law, a J.D. from the University of Florida College of Law, and a B.A. from the University of Florida.

Mr. Beckett is admitted to practice law in Florida, New York and Wyoming.


Marcia B. Aldrich
SVP, Human Resources

Marcia B. Aldrich is the Sr. Vice President of Human Resources for Centerra. Ms. Aldrich joined the Company in 1987 and has served in various Corporate Human Resources positions, including Human Resources Generalist, Manager, Compensation and Benefits and Director of Employee Relations.

In 2013 Ms. Aldrich was promoted to her current position of Sr. Vice President, Human Resources. This role encompasses oversight for Employee Benefits, Employee Relations, Talent Management, Compliance, and Labor Relations, the latter of which was assumed from December, 2012. Ms. Aldrich is responsible for setting human resources direction through policies and procedures, and providing leadership in developing and executing human resources strategy in support of the overall business plan. She works closely with the executive management team on HR initiatives to continuously promote the organization’s culture of an Employer of Choice.

Prior to joining Centerra, Ms. Aldrich worked as an HR Generalist for a temporary staffing agency for three years.

Ms. Aldrich is a graduate of Florida International University, where she was awarded a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration. She is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management.


Richard K. Allen
SVP, Operations & Quality Assurance

Richard “Rich” K. Allen is the Senior Vice President of Operations & Quality Assurance for Centerra. Mr. Allen has over 35 years of experience leading Security, Safety, Fire & Emergency Services and Quality programs. He oversees a multi-million dollar portfolio and provides management oversight for over 40 projects.

Mr. Allen has successfully led complex security and emergency services organizations in challenging environments, including the Combat Theatre of Iraq, as well as major Department of Energy and Department of Defense sites.

Prior to assuming his current positions, Rich served the company and the US Air Force in the following capacities; Senior Vice President/Principal Program Manager WSLLC Fire & Emergency Services Iraq, Vice President Operations, Wackenhut Services, Inc. Headquarters, Vice President and Deputy General Manager, Savannah River Site, Vice President and General Manager, Rocky Flats and Director, Security, Air Force Space Command, U.S. Space Command and North American Air Defense Command.

Mr. Allen is a Certified Project Management Professional. Additional credentials include; Board Certified Antiterrorism Specialist, National Incident Management System Certified, Human Performance Improvement, Dynamics of International Terrorism, Quality Facilitator, Lean & Six Sigma, Earned Value Management Systems, Financial Management for Executives and Level IV Antiterrorism Executive Seminar.

Mr. Allen is a proud veteran who has earned numerous military decorations to include the coveted Air Force Legion of Merit. He holds a Master of Science, Public Administration Management – Central Michigan University, Bachelor of Science, Political Science – North Carolina A&T State University. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy.and Cornell University’s Executive Financial Management Program.


Jean (John) F. Burleson
SVP, Operations

John Burleson is the Senior Vice President, Operations, for Centerra Group, LLC. He is responsible for corporate oversight and management of the Federal Protective Service contracts held by Centerra Group, in addition to other security functions for the corporation. Mr. Burleson has been with Centerra since January 2000.

Mr. Burleson has over 45 years of organizational experience in increasingly responsible positions in military command, law enforcement and nuclear security management. Mr. Burleson previously served as President, Centerra Integrated Services, LLC, Fort Worth, Texas. Prior to his position at Integrated Services, he served as Senior Vice President and Executive General Manager, Department of Energy (DOE) Operations, where he was responsible for overseeing Centerra’s DOE and National Nuclear Security Administration contracts across the United States. He served six years as Senior Vice President and General Manager, WSI-Oak Ridge. Previous positions supporting DOE include Vice President and Deputy General Manager, WSI-Oak Ridge, and Director, Safety and Performance Assurance, WSI-Nevada.

Prior to Mr. Burleson joining Wackenhut in January 2000, he served for almost 30 years in the U.S. Army as an Infantry Officer and Military Police Officer. His last major military assignments include: Provost Marshal, US Central Command; Brigade Commander and Provost Marshal, US Forces Korea; and Deputy Provost Marshal, US Army Europe. He is also qualified as a US Army Senior Parachutist and Ranger.

John holds a Masters of Public Administration (MPA) from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Marketing from the University of Alabama. He is a graduate of the US Army Command and General Staff College, Armed Forces Staff College, and the US Army War College.


Nathaniel "Nat" Fogg
SVP, Mergers & Acquisitions and Corporate Development

Nathaniel Fogg is SVP for Mergers & Acquisitions and Corporate Development at Centerra Group. Mr. Fogg is responsible for all aspects of deal sourcing and execution for acquisition targets. He also provides support in the areas of strategy and business development. In this role Mr. Fogg coordinates closely with the CEO of Centerra as well as with the deal team at A&M Capital Partners.

Prior to joining Centerra, Mr. Fogg was a Principal, Partner, and charter member of the Chertoff Group, a boutique advisory and M&A firm specializing in national security markets. During his tenure with Chertoff, he led the firm’s Private Equity M&A Advisory Practice and founded Chertoff Capital, the firm’s Investment Banking arm and registered broker dealer. Previously, Mr. Fogg held roles with Booz Allen Hamilton.

Mr. Fogg also served at the Department of Homeland Security in the Bush ’43 Administration as the Deputy Chief Operating Officer at FEMA, helping to restore the agency’s reputation and image post-Hurricane Katrina.

Mr. Fogg began his career as an officer in the U.S. Navy, serving on various ships in the Atlantic and Pacific Fleets as a Surface Warfare Officer.

He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a B.A. from Yale University.


Steve Hafner
COO, DOE Operations

Steve Hafner is the Chief Operating Officer for the Centerra’s Department of Energy (DOE) Operations.

Colonel Hafner began his professional career as an Air Force Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) Launch Officer at F.E. Warren Air Force Base (AFB) in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Subsequent assignments included a tour of duty on the Strategic Air Command (SAC) Airborne Command Post, staff assignments at SAC Headquarters in Omaha and at the Pentagon, and command assignments at Grand Forks AFB, North Dakota, F.E. Warren AFB, Wyoming, and Kirtland AFB, New Mexico. He is a graduate of Squadron Officers School, the Armed Forces Staff College and the Air War College.

A career Air Force Logistician, Colonel Hafner led ICBM missile maintenance organizations at Branch, Squadron and Group levels. As the Logistics Group Commander for the 90th Space Wing at F.E. Warren AFB, Colonel Hafner provided supply, contracting, transportation, missile maintenance, and nuclear weapon maintenance support for an Air Force Space Command wing of 50 Peacekeeper and 150 Minuteman III ICBMs and 4,500 airmen.

Colonel Hafner’s final military assignment was commander of what is now Field Command, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, at Kirtland AFB in Albuquerque, New Mexico. After retiring from the Air Force, he worked at the Sandia National Laboratory before becoming the Director of what is now DOE’s Office of Secure Transportation.

His formal education includes a BS from the University of Missouri at Columbia and an MBA from the University of Wyoming. He is also a certified Project Management Professional.


Rick Tye
SVP, Business and Proposal Development, Safety, Fire & Emergency Services

Rick Tye has been with the company since 2004 and has more than 25 years of experience in federal, state, city and special district leadership positions, and 15 years in commercial/contract development. Mr. Tye was promoted to VP Business and Proposal Development for the company in January 2010 and subsequently SVP in January 2014. During his tenure in senior Business and Proposal Development roles, he has been responsible for the company being awarded millions of dollars in new business contracts.

Prior to his BD positions, he served as Vice President and General Manager of WSI Iraq Operations, where he designed, implemented and led the largest contingency operation of Firefighters in US Government history. At its height, the program generated annual revenue over $100M. Prior to joining the company, Mr. Tye was a Fire Chief, Texas Fire Training Director and the Director of the Emergency Services Training Institute, the largest trainer of first responders in the nation. There he was responsible for generating $40 million dollars in new business contracts annually to fund operations, and developed programs nationally and internationally to support the training of over 69,000 professionals each year. Chief Tye is a founding member of the National Domestic Preparedness institute and Texas Task Force 1 Urban Search and Rescue team. Chief Tye also served as the Director of Federal and International Programs at Texas A&M University, responsible for Business Development for the Texas Engineering Extension System.

Mr. Tye earned his Master’s Degree in Leadership from Pepperdine University, his B.S. in Business Administration from St. Edwards University, his A.A.S. in Fire Science from the Community College of the Air Force and completed his doctoral coursework in Marketing with North Central University. He holds the Chief Fire Officer Designation and is nationally certified in 22 areas. In 2008, Chief Tye was awarded the International Association of Fire Chief’s Safety Excellent Award for his work in Iraq.