LCG provides insight with impact to public programs that advance our society. For more than 20 years, LCG has been a leading provider of technology-based consulting services, biomedical research support, grants management, decision analytics, software engineering and IT operations that empower programs with health and science missions and increase their transparency and efficiency.

LCG listens and understands. Effectively managing information, ideas and technologies is central to your team’s success. We’re the partner that helps you reach your goals, expertly navigating the rapidly changing needs and special requirements of government. Your vision is our vision: good government, only better.

As a minority-owned, small business (SB), LCG promotes customer satisfaction, employee recognition, innovative technologies and forward-thinking processes.

Conrad D. Kenley

Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer

As principal business and technology strategist, Conrad brings nearly forty years of experience to LCG. He is regarded as a leader in innovative program management and information technology enabled strategies to lower costs and optimize processes throughout the grants management and scientific research life cycles.

 Prior to founding LCG in 1990, Conrad held senior financial management positions in the private sector. He began his career at Arthur Andersen where he audited major industrial corporations and nonprofit enterprises. Conrad served as the chief financial officer of a business unit at American Express and as director of financial reporting at MCI Communications.

 Later, at Merrill Lynch, Conrad led a team that planned and negotiated an outsourcing arrangement for the company’s global telecommunications network.

 Conrad is a certified public accountant, and he holds both a B.S in engineering and an M.B.A from Cornell University.

Melissa McCullough

Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Melissa manages all financial operations, including corporate accounting, financial reporting, strategic financial planning, income taxes and corporate treasury, and works closely with the COO and CEO to carry out strategic initiatives. With over 15 years of leadership level financial management and strategic business operations experience, Melissa is also responsible for risk management, contracts management, government contract compliance, human resources, and internal IT/networking. She has a proven track record of effectiveness and is a trusted advisor to all members of the leadership team.

Prior to joining LCG, Melissa was the executive director of business operations for ManTech International’s MTSC Division/Cyber Sector, overseeing accounting, budgeting and financial operations. Before that, she was vice president, finance and administration for Emerging Technologies Group, USA where she led all financial operations, human resources, IT, and contracts. She played a lead role in the successful acquisition of Emerging Technologies Group, USA by ManTech International.

Melissa sits on multiple advisory boards and is an active member of Small and Emerging Contractors Advisory Forum (SECAF), National Association for Finance Professionals (NAFP), National Contract Management Association (NCMA), and National Association for Female Executives (NAFE).

Melissa holds a B.A. in business administration from Western Illinois University and an M.B.A with a concentration in organizational management from Strayer University.

Carey Parrett

Vice President

Carey has nearly two decades of experience within the federal discretionary grant review environment, with 12 years of project management and seven years of senior management experience. Carey has led multiple teams through the federal grant review process from announcement drafting to final award decisions. He has managed all project aspects including planning, managing scope, setting up the team, assigning task responsibilities, setting deadlines, creating and managing the execution plan, and monitoring and controlling resources, budget, schedule, and client and stakeholder expectations and communications.

Carey has directed the support of multiple high-profile, politically-sensitive grant reviews, and in 2005, was the personal recipient of the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Assistant Secretary’s Outstanding Contractor Award for his team management of the Office of Community Services Peer Review and Operational Grants Support Services contract.

Throughout his tenure at LCG, Carey has provided front line support and led teams in support of all facets of the federal grant review process. His deep familiarity with these processes, coupled with his project management skills, allows him to successfully execute the high profile, resource intensive undertaking of grant review management.

Carey has a B.S. in decision science and management of information systems and an M.B.A, both from the George Mason University. 

Carlene Carter

Program Management Office Director

As LCG’s Program Management Office (PMO) Director, Carlene Carter brings keen leadership and technical expertise to project managers and project teams. She ensures all projects meet LCG’s strategic goals and initiatives, with high emphasis on client relations and satisfaction. 

Carlene offers 21+ years of contract experience serving the Federal Government, and provides a career history of quality project management and project portfolio oversight. Her past experience includes supporting the CMMI appraisal process and providing exemplary leadership in LCG’s successful CMMI Level 3 certification effort.

From the outset of Carlene’s LCG tenure in 2006, she has built a proven track record as a solutions-driven professional. As a leader, she meets our clients’ visions and goals through understanding and unwavering commitment. In doing so, she serves as the catalyst for growth opportunities, improved relations, stronger teams, exceptional collaboration, and enduring partnerships.

Carlene holds a B.A degree in English with a minor in Communications from Virginia State University. She is a certified CMMI Associate, a member of Women in Technology (WIT), and a 26-year active member of a national public service organization.

Chanaka Perera

Director, Technical Services

As the Director of Technical Services, Chanaka serves as LCG’s lead technologist, responsible for spearheading the development of innovative and modernized IT solutions to address client business needs. He takes a holistic approach to managing, evaluating and implementing solutions which are in alignment with federal government initiatives and mandates such as Cloud First, Open Government, Federal Enterprise Architecture, Mobile First, NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K), and Transparency. Chanaka’s leadership in LCG’s expansion and re-defining of corporate capabilities in these areas is a critical component of the company’s digital strategy to support government scientific research support, health IT and grants management.

Chanaka previously served as a program manager at LCG, where he was responsible for overseeing teams of information technology consultants providing IT services for thousands of users across various government agencies—many of which have been recognized with NIH Director’s Awards. Throughout his career at LCG, he has lead several Modern IT Initiatives at NIH, some of which have included Business Process Automation via collaborative and workflow tools. These initiatives significantly increased the productivity of grants management specialists in the federal government, resulting in greater efficiencies in the grants management life cycle. Additionally, Chanaka’s efforts continue to help federal agencies achieve greater cost savings through customer education and the adoption of open-source and cloud technologies.

Chanaka holds a B.S. in computer information systems from Florida Gulf Coast University and is a PMI Certified Project Management Professional (PMP). He has been recognized by the NIH National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering with a Director's Award for implementing web content management systems for the organization’s public website and is an active team mentor in the HHS Ignite Program.


The Laurel Consulting Group was founded in 1990, and within four years began providing management support services to federal government agencies as an 8(a) certified small business. In 1998, LCG won its first National Institutes of Health contract, providing the institute with IT services. After successfully graduating from the 8(a) program in 2001, our corporate headquarters was relocated to Arlington, Virginia, and Laurel Consulting Group became known as LCG, Inc. In 2002, LCG opened an office in Rockville, Maryland to serve its growing NIH customer base.

The Environmental Protection Agency recognized LCG in 2003 with its SDB Contractor of the Year award. In response to the E-GOV Act, in 2004 LCG developed a web-based program called GAMES, now known as the Application Review Module (ARM). We also implemented Telework Online at several NIH Institutions, reducing processing time, increasing flexibility and eliminating the previous paper-based system.

In 2005, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Office of Community Services (OCS) awarded LCG its Outstanding Contractor Award for using new technologies and innovative foresight to re-engineer the ACF/OCS competitive discretionary grant review process.

The National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Aging awarded LCG its Director Award in 2008 for enhancing the Institute’s ability to manage and gain greater insight into Extramural Grant funding dollars using the web-based LCG developed ADAMS.net.

Again in 2011, ACF/OCS recognized LCG with its Outstanding Contractor Award – this time for superior service and support of the grant review process.

In 2012, LCG won CIOSP3 Small Business Government Wide Acquisition Contracts (GWAC) in all 10 task areas. The following year, the company migrated ARM to the cloud, lowering costs for its government clients and providing better security and increased capacity for an increasingly complex application.

LCG introduced the mobile app “Who Wants to Be a Bioengineer?” in 2014 at the third annual USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo to help the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) encourage students to explore the field of bioengineering and pursue careers in research.

Also in 2014, LCG redesigned Science Advances, an existing National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) application, to enhance its performance and usability; won over $50 million in business on the CIOSP3 vehicle; and helped its federal clients award more than $1.6 billion in federal grants.

Since its beginnings, LCG has provided national and international grants support services to over 30 federal discretionary grant programs, and we continue to develop and implement emerging information technology based solutions. With each success, LCG continues the development of efficient technology solutions and improved grants management administration. A rapidly growing company with an increasingly diverse slate of services, we continue to tailor support to each individual client’s needs.

For two decades this unwavering commitment to customer service and client satisfaction has made us a key partner in the federal quest for good government made better.

Corporate Responsibility

We work hard, but that’s not all there is to our success. LCG owes a great deal to those who keep commerce moving in the region, to the clients who trust us for excellent service and innovative products, and to our neighbors in the community. We’re grateful to those who have made our achievements possible and that’s why we give back. LCG is proud to support projects that help those in need, enhance the character of where we live and work, and make our community just a little better every day. We encourage giving throughout the year, match employee giving and take part in events that help draw awareness to causes near and dear to us including:

  • NIH Children’s Inn
  • The Northern Virginia Urban League Scholarships
  • Race for the Cure
  • The DC Jazz Festival
  • The Warrior Dash
  • The Color Run 5k
  • Annual Food Drives
  • Matched Employee Giving

To learn more about LCG’s community programs and upcoming events, please contact us at info@lcginc.com.