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Qualis Corporation is a woman-owned small business headquartered in Huntsville, Alabama near Redstone Arsenal and the Marshall Space Flight Center. We provide technical services in the areas of engineering analysis, testing, and support services to both commercial and Government customers.

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Qualis Corporation is deeply committed to our Mission, Vision, Values, and Quality Statements.


To be the partner of choice for superior services and innovative solutions.


We apply our highly skilled personnel to advance customer mission success through superior solutions for Defense and Civil programs.


We value
• integrity
• excellence
• our unique character and abilities
• safe practices
• customer and community service.


Qualis provides services and products that exceed customer expectations through our commitment to continuous improvement in total life cycle management.


PEOPLE – Promote leadership, provide opportunity, and continue to earn loyalty for our employees.
CUSTOMER – Earn the highest performance ratings from our customers.
GROWTH – Sustain and grow our business base.
COMMUNITY – Grow our reputation for active community involvement in the places we call home.

Qualis Corporation is a woman-owned small business headquartered in Huntsville, Alabama near Redstone Arsenal and the Marshall Space Flight Center. Qualis was established in 1993 by  Chief Executive Officer, Elizabeth N. Morard and former Executive Vice President, Mary A. Engel.  Qualis was founded on the principles of the highest standards of technical services. Qualis currently supports NASA, the US Army, and the US Air Force, and the US Navy. Qualis is the recipient of many local and national awards.

Qualis executive management consists of skilled, honest, mature, and focused leaders.

Elizabeth Morard

ELIZABETH MORARD, Founder, Board Chair and Co-CEO

Elizabeth Morard is co-founder of Qualis and serves as Chief Executive Officer.  Morard provides senior executive direction, is responsible for the strategic growth and planning of the company, and serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors.  She served as both President and CEO since the company’s inception through more than twenty-two years of operation.  Morard has an over twenty-five year history in the aerospace and defense industry, and has been very active over a number of years in the local and business community participating in a variety of community service projects. 256-971-1707
Rod Duke

ROD DUKE, Co-CEO and President

Roderick (Rod) Duke serves as Qualis Corporation President. Duke oversees company operations and is responsible for executing corporate strategy and daily executive management of the organization including managing corporate business development, business operations and infrastructure activities.  Mr. Duke supports the company’s strategic planning and organizational and company growth initiatives. Previously, he held the positions of Chief Operating Officer of MCR Federal LLC and of Analytical Services Inc., and Vice President of BAE Systems Analytical Solutions Group. Mr. Duke has served within the defense, homeland security, intelligence communities and NATO areas of the federal and international sectors for over 30 years. 256-971-1707

JON CABRA, Executive Vice President

Jon Cabra serves as Qualis Executive Vice President. Cabra leads the corporate strategy and business development team, the Strategic Programs Business Unit as well as managing and directing key science and technology efforts on-going at Qualis. While leading the corporate growth strategies, he collaborates with all Qualis business groups to drive critical development initiatives across the company. Cabra serves as a key member of the Qualis executive team and advisor to the CEO to help shape the company’s overall strategic direction.

Prior to joining Qualis, Cabra led the Avionics Products Division at Dynetics and delivered products, services and technical solutions for the Army, Air Force, Navy, and joint DoD programs. He was responsible for the development, strategic planning, continuous process improvement goals and overall management of the organization.

Carlos Kingston

CARLOS KINGSTON, Senior Vice President of Corporate Development – Technology Programs

Carlos Kingston serves as Qualis Corporation Senior Vice President of Corporate Development -Technology Programs and is responsible for the management, development and strategic planning for innovative business opportunities of the firm’s technology initiatives. Kingston previously served as Qualis Vice President of Missiles and Space Group before his appointment as Chief Operating Officer (COO) supporting the operations of U.S. Air Force, Army, Missile Defense Agency (MDA), DoD Joint programs, and NASA programs. Kingston’s 30-year career includes Senior Program Manager leadership for the Air Force’s Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) and Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) programs for Boeing, and he served as Logistics Director in the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) Project Office and then as the Deputy Project Manager for THAAD at MDA. He has held senior positions with the U.S. Army and the MDA and was a member of the Senior Executive Service (SES) with the MDA as Program Director of the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) Program responsible for managing National Ballistic Missile Defense capability.

Patti Baker

PATTI BAKER, Vice President of Accounting and Finance

Ms. Patti Baker serves as Vice President of Accounting and Finance for Qualis Corporation. In this capacity Ms. Baker manages and oversees daily operations of all finance and accounting matters of the company, including General Ledger, Timekeeping, Payroll, Accounts Payable, Invoicing, and Accounts Receivable to include financial planning, reporting, management, preparation of corporate financial statements, tax filings, and contract close-outs. She serves as the corporate liaison for all governmental and outside audits, as well as with the banking and insurance institutions. Ms. Baker has been with Qualis Corporation since 2005, and currently has over 30 years governmental accounting and finance experience in the federal sector.

Nicole Keel

NICOLE KEEL, Vice President of Program Control

Ms. Nicole Keel serves as Vice President of Program Control for Qualis Corporation. In this capacity Ms. Keel oversees the monthly, quarterly and annual contract reporting. This includes working with Qualis COO, Vice Presidents, Directors and Program Managers and Government Customers to ensure contract compliance, financial reporting, forecasting and supporting contract closeouts and audits. Ms. Keel has been with Qualis Corporation since 2008, and currently has 21 years of governmental accounting experience.


Keanna Nichols

KEANNA NICHOLS, Vice President of Human Resources

Ms. Keanna Nichols serves as Vice President of Human Resources for Qualis Corporation. She has extensive human resources experience in the collegiate, utilities, and government industries. Nichols originally joined Qualis to focus on the area of benefits and is now responsible for all full cycle aspects of the Human Resources department. Nichols has been with Qualis Corporation since 2004. She is a community volunteer who is active in the Society for Human Resource Management and currently serves as a member of the United Cerebral Palsy in Huntsville.

MARC PETERSON, Senior Vice President, Warfighter Services and Test Range Programs

Marc Peterson serves as Qualis Corporation Vice President of Strategic Programs. In this role, Peterson supports U.S. Air Force and Army strategic programs and Space Force programs by adding value to their organizations and providing strategic advisory services in test and evaluation (T&E), cyber, engineering and acquisition management. Prior to this role, he served as Qualis Senior Director of Strategic Programs and Program Manager supporting major prime contracts and subcontracts for the Air Force, Missile Defense Agency, and strategic Army programs. Peterson’s resume includes a 25-year distinguished career in the Air Force culminating at the O6 level and service as Commander of the Air Force Operation Test and Evaluation Center’s (AFOTEC) Detachment 4 at Peterson AFB, CO, where he supported operational T&E for 32 space, cyberspace, ballistic missile, and missile defense test programs.

AMANDA BROWN, Vice President of Logistics

Amanda Brown serves as Qualis Corporation’s Vice President of Logistics. In this role, she supports the U.S. Army Program Executive Office (PEO) – Aviation and PEO Missiles and Space programs. Ms. Brown brings over a decade of Logistics Management experience to the table, as well as almost two decades of defense industry experience and knowledge focused across Materiel Release, Integrated Product Support, Logistics, Project Management, Operations, Marketing, and Strategic Planning. Most of her career has been spent side-by-side with her DoD customers leading or supporting logistics efforts that directly impact U.S. Soldiers and allies. Ms. Brown also has a rich history in helping shape corporate culture, relationships, and ideals by serving on multiple committees, boards, and panels throughout her contractor career. Ms. Brown has a Master of Science (M.S.) in Management, with a focus in Logistics Management from Florida Institute of Technology (FIT) as well as a Bachelor’s Degree from Auburn University.

TOM HANCOCK, Vice President of Warfighter

Tom Hancock serves as Qualis Corporation’s Vice President of Warfighter Services, in this role he supports national security related missile defense and space domain projects within the Qualis portfolio primarily for the US Space Force and world-wide combatant commands. Hancock is a respected subject matter expert in defense policy, missile defense, and combatant command planning and operations having served as a joint staff officer at five different combatant commands during his 35-year Air Force career. This included tours In ICBM operations, Missile Warning, Space Control, Special Technical Operations, Special Operations, and Missile Defense. He served as the Chief of the Unified Space Vault during the combat operations of OEF and OIF. His Air Force career culminated with service as the Director of Policy, Plans and Allied Integration (J5) and Director of Training and Exercises (J7) at JFCC IMD.




Safety is a high priority for Qualis management and employees. Qualis management encourages employees to actively participate in safety training and events, and presents “Safety Awards” to employees who make special contributions to workplace safety. You can review the Qualis Safety Manual to review our safety policies. Many of our customers have also recognized Qualis for our high safety standards.


NASA awarded Qualis’ Materials Testing for Aerospace Environments (MTAE) contract a NASA Level 1 Safety Award for achieving consistently excellent evaluations in four safety elements:

  • Management commitment and employee involvement
  • System and worksite hazard analysis
  • Hazard prevention and control
  • Safety and health training

In addition to achieving and maintaining an average score of 90% (≥ 36 out of 40 cumulatively) for at least one year, the Level I award requires NO lost-time injuries for the MTAE contract during that year. The MTAE contract, with the ICRC / Qualis team, has achieved more than 500,000 work hours without a lost-time injury.

Qualis’ is a lead integrator of mission critical services of DoD and Civil Space Systems.  Qualis management and employees support a wide range of projects.


Qualis provides a full spectrum of acquisition and engineering services to DoD and Civil Space Systems including systems, subsystems, and component engineering.  Qualis provides systems engineering support for developing, acquiring, and fielding both technologically superior and affordable weapon and space systems.  Qualis focuses on defining customer/mission needs and required functionality early in the acquisition cycle, documents requirements, then proceeds with system and program validation while considering the complete system lifecycle.


Qualis provides Cyber Systems Test and Evaluation, Developmental Test and Evaluation (DT&E), Operational Test and Evaluation (OT&E), integrated DT/OT&E, and combined test facilities (CTF) services to virtually all USAF air-delivered weapon systems, Army and Navy weapon systems and specifically Joint DoD Unattended Aerial Systems (UAS) and Unattended Ground Systems (UGS), and Civil space systems.


Qualis supports research and development, procurement, logistics support, maintenance, fielding, financial management (including ULO/NULO analysis, cost estimating, cost modeling, cost analysis, earned value management – EVM analysis), scheduling and IMS to assist/support our customers and their missions in acquiring technologically superior and affordable systems.


Qualis provides executive level strategic advisory service to defense agency customers and select clients.  Personnel serve as subject matter experts in strategic planning, program and project planning, engineering and management.


Qualis provides robust Cyber Security Services to the DoD encompassing an array of disciplines to DoD, with focus on assessment of current and persistent Cyber Security posture of military capabilities. Our proven performance includes Cyber Security assessment support for NORAD & USNORTHCOM, USPACOM, and a broad span of Military Service organizations and Weapons System platforms. We offer services across the Cyber Security assessment lifecycle, from initial research and planning to final reporting and recommendations, delivering vulnerability remediation and mitigation, Risk Management Framework compliance and security control assessments, and Mission Assurance analysis. Internally, Qualis makes Cyber Security a high priority and have taken the necessary steps to become and stay DFARS Compliant well ahead of the government mandated timeline.

Qualis Cyber Security Services include:

•Red Teaming
•Cybersecurity Vulnerability and Mission Assurance Assessments
•Cyber Exercise and Event Planning and Execution
•Risk Management Framework
•Authorization and Accreditation
•Risk Mitigation and Remediation
•Security Engineering and Management

Qualis has proven performance on contracts supporting the following customers.


  • US Air Force
  • US Army
  • US Marine Corps
  • NASA
  • US Navy
  • Missile Defense Agency (MDA)


  • Technical Services Company
  • Transition Experience – Programs and Workforce
  • “Upper Excellence” Performance Ratings
  • Financially Capable
  • Facility Clearance; ITAR Certified
  • Award Winning


  • Relationship-based Services
  • Tailored Support and Professional Expertise
  • Exceptional Value and Proven Management and Cost Control
  • “The highest level of integrity in all our dealings”


Better Business Bureau of North Alabama’s Torch Award for Ethics” So nice to work in a company where Ethics and Integrity comes first !!


Qualis Corporation received the 2010 SBA Administrator’s Award of Excellence.  Elizabeth Morard, President and CEO, proudly accepted the award at the Jacobs ESTS Group’s HBCU/MI (Historically Black Colleges/Minority Institutions) Summit.


Huntsville, Ala., May 12, 2010 – Qualis Corporation announced today that the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center has named Qualis as the recipient of their Contractor Excellence Award for Small Business Services for 2009. This award represents significant contributions to the Marshall Space Flight Center’s mission.
Qualis CEO, Elizabeth Morard commented: “It is truly an honor to receive the Contractor Excellence Award. This recognition is directly attributable to Qualis employees who focus on our customer’s mission – and do it well. I sincerely thank them for not only their excellent work, but their initiatives to help our company continuously improve. We are proud to be part of the vital work of NASA Marshall and its significance to this country.”
Robert Lightfood, acting director of the Marshall Center, presented the award May 11 at Marshall’s annual Center Director’s Breakfast. The event was attended by some 300 community leaders, elected officials and industry partners.

Qualis Corporation, founded in 1993, is a woman-owned small business that employs more than 350 people and has 16 years of proven performance on more than 60 contracts supporting the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Navy, NASA, major primes, and commercial customers. Qualis’ skilled, diverse workforce in 16 states, Afghanistan, and Iraq has expertise spanning multiple disciplines including systems engineering, test and evaluation, logistics, and acquisition and program management. Qualis ranked number 1967 on the 2007 Inc. Magazine’s 5,000 list of fastest-growing private companies in the country, ranked 1294 on the 2008 list, and ranked 1280 on the 2009 list.

For more information, contact Charlotte Hughes at (256) 971-1707 or chughes@qualis-corp.com or visit www.qualis-corp.com.


DiversityBusiness.com, the nation’s leading multicultural internet site, recently named Qualis Corporation 2nd of the “Top Small Businesses in Alabama” and 153rd of the “Top Women-Owned Businesses in the United States (Div500)”.


Inc. magazine ranked Qualis Corporation number 1280 on its Inc. 5000 list of the fastest growing privately held companies in the country in 2009. This was the third year in a row Qualis has ranked on the Inc. 5000.


Qualis is committed to fostering an inclusive environment without regard to race, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, phsyical challenge, marital status, or status as a covered veteran as relates to employment. Each unique individual is treated fairly, respectfully, and has equal ability to contribute to the success of the organization.


Qualis Corporation received national recognition of the economic power of multicultural and women-owned business. DiversityBusiness.com, the nation’s leading multicultural internet site, named Qualis Corporation 2nd of the “Top Small Businesses in Alabama” and 153rd of the “Top Women-Owned Business in the United States (Div500)”. Qualis was also ranked several other high rankings including “Top Woman-Owned Business in Alabama” and “Top Diversity Owned Business in Alabama”.


Qualis Corporation is committed to fostering a diverse workforce. Various recruitment sources including collegiate partnerships are used to ensure the achievement of this goal.

  • Society of Women Engineers
  • National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
  • Workplace Diversity.com
  • MilitaryHire.com
  • RetirementJobs.com
  • LatPro.com


  • Tuskegee University
  • Florida A&M University
  • Alabama A&M

As a leading integrator providing technical and engineering services, Qualis Corporation ensures that critical programs, products, and systems are acquired, tested, and fully operational in order to support the urgent operational needs of our customers to ultimately support and protect the Warfighter, Homeland Defense and Human Spaceflight. We understand the importance that our services have on the environment and the Earth and are committed to protecting it.
The scope of our Environmental Management System involves improving Qualis Corporation’s environmental performance through more efficient use of resources and reduction of waste, gaining a competitive advantage, and the securing the trust of our stakeholders.
To minimize environmental impacts concerning our activities, products and services, we shall:
• Comply with applicable legal requirements and other requirements to which Qualis Corporation subscribes which relate to its environmental aspects.
• Prevent pollution, reduce waste and minimise the consumption of resources.
• Educate, train and motivate employees to carry out tasks in an environmentally responsible manner.
• Encourage environmental protection among suppliers and subcontractors.
Qualis Corporation is committed to continual improvement of environmental performance. This policy will be communicated to all staff, our customers, and be available for the public.

Thank you for visiting our website! As an employer, a teammate, or corporate citizen of the community, the Qualis Corporation Team stands ready to be your partner in success. Our team adds value to a variety of meaningful programs – engage us!
Elizabeth Morard-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Qualis Corporation
Welcome and thank you for visiting our website! I invite you to “surf” our site and get to know us better. Qualis is honored to have the opportunity to support important national security and civil agency programs. Feel free to reach out to us in person to learn more about our company.
Rod Duke, President, Qualis Corporation

I would like to welcome you to Qualis Corporation. We are excited that you are taking interest in our company. At Qualis, we value the unique character and ability of our employees, and hope that you will find us as an employer of choice. We would not be able to achieve the mission and vision of our company, without the hard work and commitment of our employees. To our employees, thank you for your service. To our potential employees, we hope that you will take the opportunity to get to know us.
Again, Welcome!
Keanna Nichols, Vice President of Human Resources, Qualis Corporation