Kayla Ransome

Kayla Ransome supports Lewis-Burke LLC as the Administrative Assistant. In her current role, she handles the front desk and is the first person visitors to the office meet.  She is also responsible for office events, travel and expenses, aiding in marketing and proposal development, analyzing data and metrics, and facilitating training initiatives.

Before joining Lewis-Burke, Kayla worked at the FDA as a Document Control Specialist managing various administrative tasks. Her previous role included the use of Action Requested Official (AROs) requests, data analysis, and standard operating procedures (SOPs) to ensure seamless operations and effective support for the team.

Kayla is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree from Western Governor’s University specializing in Business Administration.

Issue Expertise: Database management, administrative support, confidentiality agreements, event coordination and client hospitality.

Vital Statistics: Kayla was born at Andrew’s Air Force Base in Maryland and moved to Atlanta, GA shortly after she was born. She graduated high school 1-year early and in the top 10% of her class. She found a major interest in business and decided to pursue a degree that resembled those values. In her free time, she enjoys cooking and creating works of art.


Amber Hecht

Amber Hecht serves as Lewis-Burke's Chief Administration Officer serving in a critical role in managing a variety of responsibilities and performing administrative tasks to support the smooth functioning of the firm.

Before joining Lewis-Burke, Amber served 26.5 years as a logistician and senior leader in supervisory management, budget administration, and operations management for the United States Marine Corps. In this position Amber worked as internal controls, data analysis, database and dashboard creation, accountability of equipment, conducting briefs, updating standard operating procedures and support agreements, participating as a subject matter expert, monitoring program compliance, serving as a formal instructor and faculty adjunct. Amber has served in Cuba, Iraq, Norway, North Carolina, Kuwait, Bahrain, Virginia, and other areas in support of the nation’s defense and humanitarian efforts. Amber has also served as a drill instructor at Parris Island, South Carolina.

After retiring from military service, Amber worked as the Logistics Management Officer for Marine Corps Cyberspace Operations Group (MCCOG) at Marine Corps Base, Quantico, Virginia for two years. Amber was awarded a letter of recognition by the Headquarters Marine Corps Inspection Team on the program she stood up during her tenure.

Issue Expertise: Policy creation, leadership, business management, operations management, administrative support, and human resource management.

Vital Statistics: Amber was born in Staten Island, New York. Amber relocated with her family to Ocala, Florida before entering the Marine Corps. Amber completed her Bachelor of Business Administration, Cum Laude from Averett University, out of Danville, Virginia. Amber is currently working on a Master of Science in Human Resources at Liberty University. Amber has been awarded the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal three times, the Navy Marine Corps Commendation Medal once, the Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal six times, and numerous letters of recognition, appreciation, and certificates of commendation. When Amber is not working, she enjoys going on runs, sewing, and spending time with her daughters and watching live music in the DMV.


Hunter Gronlund

Hunter Gronlund leads Lewis-Burke’s internal operations by overseeing the firm’s technology, security, strategy, and planning, in addition to providing client management support.  His responsibilities include project management, managing vendor relationships, conducting research, advising the Chief Strategy and Business Officer, facilitating on-boarding of new clients, and ensuring the successful execution of client events. 

Additional Experience: Before joining Lewis-Burke, Hunter worked as a Computer Technician for ALEX Alternative Experts, where he managed the relocation of government technology and telecommunications equipment for the Department Of Energy (DOE), Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), and the Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate, among others.   

Hunter also worked as a military consultant and advisor, testing cutting-edge military technologies in simulated combat environments, providing in-depth, real-time feedback to project and program managers for the Office of Naval Research (ONR), Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and other major defense agencies.  

Vital Statistics: Hunter graduated from West Virginia University (WVU) with a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies.  He served as the Operations Officer of his ROTC Battalion and was a member of WVU’s Model United Nations team.  He was awarded Best Position Paper in the International Telecommunications Union while representing Japan in one of the largest Model U.N. events held at the collegiate level. 

Hunter is currently serving as the Commander of the 922nd Engineer Detachment in the West Virginia Army National Guard. He served five years as an enlisted soldier and was commissioned as an officer in 2018.  Some of Hunter’s hobbies included traveling, hiking, and cooking. 


Reed Skaggs, Ph.D.

Dr. Reed Skaggs, Lewis-Burke’s dynamic Chief Strategy and Business Operations Officer, combines a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry with decades of federal defense expertise to deliver strategic brilliance to clients. With a stellar track record of serving the national security S&T enterprise (Deputy Assistant Secretary of Army Research and Technology, Army Research Laboratory, and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP)) Reed is a force in shaping national policies and securing unique funding opportunities.  

As the go-to expert in defense and national security R&D, he spearheads initiatives to elevate clients’ federal presence and capitalize on emerging opportunities. With a passion for emerging technologies like quantum information sciences and infectious diseases, Reed is not just a leader but a visionary in navigating the evolving federal landscape of national security.  

Vital Statistics: Reed grew up in southern VA, attending Hampden-Sydney College followed by his pursuit of an advanced degree in physical chemistry at George Washington University.  Off-duty, you’ll find him on the golf course or cheering on his beloved Ravens and Nationals with his wife Jennifer and two daughters.