Biographies

Our team, our expertise


TIG is distinguished from other advisory firms by the blend of talents and relationships of its founders, principals, and associates.

Stu Van Scoyoc

H. Stewart “Stu” Van Scoyoc

President

Stu Van Scoyoc provides strategic advice and counsel to leaders of Fortune 500 companies, trade associations, colleges and universities, and local government and municipal entities.  Recognized around Washington for his ability to see the bigger picture, and how his clients fit into that picture, Washington Life included Stu as one of its “Power 100.” In 1994, he established The Implementation Group (TIG) to provide professional assistance in the implementation and evaluation requirements of publicly funded programs. TIG specializes in opportunity identification and capture strategies for federal grants and contracts.  One of Stu’s core beliefs in government relations is that you must be in position to deliver the right message, to the right person, at the right time.  Implementing this belief time and time again, with a strategy tailored to each unique issue, has made Stu a trusted advisor to clients across the country. Stu earned a Bachelor of Science from Lehigh University, where he also received the Alpha Phi Omega Award for Leadership and Outstanding Service to the University.  He earned his law degree from the University of Maryland.  A chemical engineer by training, Stu started his career as an engineer at the DuPont Company, before joining DuPont’s government affairs office in Washington.  Prior to creating Van Scoyoc Associates, he was a Vice President at Charls Walker Associates and a Founder of Winburn, Van Scoyoc & Hooper.  In addition to Van Scoyoc Associates, he owns Capitol Decisions, Inc., The Implementation Group, and, separate from the government affairs firms, is a Partner in the law firm Van Scoyoc Roberts PLLC. 

Dr. Joseph Danek, PhD

Joseph G. Danek, Ph.D.

Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Joe Danek serves as the Chief Operating Officer of TIG.  As TIG’s Senior Vice President, Joe provides consulting services to universities, schools and other not-for-profit organizations primarily in science, technology, mathematics, and engineering (STEM) education and research.  He has a broad understanding and extensive experience in developing, implementing, and evaluating STEM education, research programs and demonstration projects across multiple disciplines and agencies. His experience includes:  consulting work at TIG over the last 20 years and a 26 year career in the Senior Executive Service (SES) at the National Science Foundation (NSF), and middle school science teaching.   Joe is the former Executive Director of the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR)/Institutional Development Award (IDeA) Foundation, a not-for-profit organization established by the EPSCoR jurisdictions (comprised of 28 states, DC, and Puerto Rico) to support efforts to enhance their STEM research and education capabilities. He remains a Senior Advisor to the Foundation. Prior to his position at TIG, Joe served in a variety of positions at the NSF.  Over his 26 year career he developed and helped launch 16 national programs in STEM research and education that extended from K-12 though faculty/institutional development.  As NSF’s Director of the Office of Systemic Reform, he managed an annual budget of over $140 million directed at improving K-12 STEM Education in rural and urban centers across the United States.  In addition, he also founded and directed the agency’s EPSCoR Program and chaired the Federal-wide EPSCoR Interagency Coordinating Council.  Prior to this, he was the Director, Human Resource Development Division, where he was involved in designing and directing the NSF’s initiatives to increase the participation of minorities, women, and persons with disabilities in STEM careers.  Joe also served on several inter-agency senior management teams to broaden participation in science in the U.S.  He earned his B.S. degree from Mount St. Mary’s College (Maryland) and his Ph.D. in Science Education from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Kelvin Chu, PhD

Kelvin Chu, Ph.D.

Vice President

Kelvin Chu, Vice President, joined The Implementation Group in 2015 after serving as an NSF program officer for three years. Kelvin has significant experience with research development, program building, and administration of research capacity-building programs, in both academia and at the federal level.  He brings expertise in evaluation and assessment, private sector initiatives, and cyberinfrastructure initiatives.  Kelvin has worked to support faculty pursuing extramurally-supported research by helping principal investigators and transdisciplinary teams of researcher faculty in their pursuit of funding.  He has a deep familiarity with evaluation, assessment, and post-award management for research projects.  As a former faculty member, research administrator, and program officer, Kelvin has first-hand knowledge of and experience in growing and supporting a research enterprise as well as practical knowledge of campus-based efforts to encourage faculty scholarship and extramural research funding.  Since coming to TIG, Kelvin has helped universities bring in more than $150 million in small, medium, and large-scale awards. He served as a Program Officer at NSF in the Office Integrative Activities.  At NSF, he managed projects worth $137 million in the physical, life, mathematical, and social sciences. Prior to this, Kelvin served as Senior Associate Director of a state-wide research initiative in Vermont, building research capacity and education infrastructure.  As a faculty member, he received over $44 million to run large NSF- and NIH-funded centers. He was Senior Associate Project Director for the Vermont Genetics Network, a large-scale, multi-university NIH award.  In addition, he was a member of the Executive Committee for the Northeast Cyberinfrastructure Consortium, a consortium of five states in the North East that collaborated on building regional cyberinfrastructure. Kelvin holds a Sc.B. in Physics from Brown University and a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  He was a Director's Postdoctoral Fellow at Los Alamos National Lab.

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Andrea R. Boldon

Associate Vice President

Andrea brings 20 years of proposal development, review, refinement and production services to TIG clients.  Andrea provides: strategy and tactical support; internal proposal reviews; color teaming; virtual and on-site debriefs as well as coordination services to track and implement internal proposal reviews and color team findings; and proposal management services (proposal templating, compliance tracking, graphics support, editing/proofing/fine-tuning).  As one of the first employees of the company, Andrea joined TIG following work as a Press Assistant with the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging.  She staffed TIG's and EPSCoR-IDeA Foundation's Center Development Initiative (CDI). CDI was designed to increase the number of EPSCoR/IDeA states with large-scale Center awards.  As Manager and subsequently Director, Andrea worked with firm principals to establish and fine-tune major proposal development service offerings, particularly as related to large-scale Center work. Andre has been instrumental in growing the firms network of disciplinary reviewers. In her role as Associate Vice President, she works with firm principals and clientele to capture private and federal dollars for client projects.  Over the last five years, she has helped TIG's clients to win several Center-like awards, including NSF & ERC’s, DOE Energy Frontier Research Centers, a NIH Clinical and Translational Award, a NSF Partnerships for International Research and Education, and Manufacturing USA Institutes supported by DOD and DOE.

Eleanor Bowling

Eleanor M. Bowling

Director of Projects

Eleanor serves in the capacity of Director of Projects for The Implementation Group.  She has been with the firm since 2008 and coordinates TIG’s internal and external review process, securing consultants in multidisciplinary science areas to review and comment on client proposals ranging from small to large-scale.  She provides proposal development services, in particular, internal reviews on proposals across all major federal funding agencies.  Eleanor also coordinates client capability assessments, strategic planning activities, and gathers intelligence from federal agencies to provide general advice and consultation to TIG clients.  Eleanor’s experience draws from working primarily at Vanderbilt University in the fields of education and biomedical research. While at Vanderbilt, Eleanor designed and coordinated professional development summer institutes for Peabody College ranging across the disciplines and professional fields of study. Eleanor’s background also includes managing interdisciplinary Ph.D. and M.D./Ph.D. programs for the biomedical sciences at Vanderbilt’s School of Medicine. Eleanor received her BA in Political Science and Public Administration from Elon University in North Carolina. She is a AAAS Leadership Seminar in Science and Technology Policy Fellow.

Tom Devlin

Tom Devlin

Program Manager

Since joining TIG in 2016, Tom has investigated eight funding opportunities at NSF, the Department of Defense, the Department of Commerce, and other Federal agencies that support science and technology research at national universities.  He provides focused analyses on programs that promote basic research in science and engineering disciplines, and collaboration between academia, industry, and government partners to leverage resources, advance innovation, and enhance economic competitiveness. Tom regularly prepares detailed analytical reports on federal agency programs. He explores the importance of partnerships as a defining characteristic of the programs and identifies funding trends.  Tom’s work includes comparative analysis of key features, requirements, and evaluation criteria from the federal agency solicitations. Prior to working with TIG, Tom was a Vice President and Division Manager for SAIC.  For over 25 years with SAIC, Tom assumed progressively challenging technical management responsibility involving marketing, staffing, subcontracting, budgeting, resourcing, executing, and reporting for energy and environmental policy projects. He earned a B.S. in Accounting and a M.S. in Environmental Science from Saint Louis University.

TIG Senior Associates and Network of Disciplinary Experts

TIG’s expertise is complemented by the firm's Senior Associates, several of whom are ex-agency program officials, and disciplinary consultants, including those who have long-standing experience with institutional offices of sponsored research. 

TIG's 250+ disciplinary consultants come from every sector and play a critical role in proposal development.  Our reviewer confidentiality policy mandates that we keep the identity of our disciplinary consultants anonymous. However, these funded investigators, Center Directors, ex-agency officials come from academia, government, and the private sector, and have a successful 20 year track record of working with TIG to advise faculty teams, conducting pre-reviews of proposals prior to submission, and providing critical feedback and insight to individual researchers and teams to materially strengthen proposals.