Executive Team

The Upper Mohawk, Inc. Executive Team is made up of some of the brightest in the industry. Upper Mohawk, Inc. strives to provide the best service in the industry and that requires excellence in management and leadership.

Patricia Barnes


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Pat Barnes,CEO and President, oversees all areas of UMI; including sales, marketing, training, budgeting, proposal writing, and strategic planning. She is directly responsible for business development and planning, program management and administrative operations. After a successful career in training and development which included owning and operating her own company she joined UMI in 1998. She oversees the development and implementation of UMI's numerous multi-million dollar federal contracts. Some of our current and most recent contracts under Pat's management include the Office of Historical Trust Accounting Special Distribution Project, Office of Special Trustee for American Indians, Office of Trust Records, and Administration for Native Americans. Her extensive training experience was instrumental in UMI's contracts with the Department of the Interior to provide assessment, curriculum development and training services for the Trust Management Improvement Program and training and facilitation on the handling of Trust Records. Through such opportunities Pat has gained significant contacts in numerous tribal organizations and federal agencies.
Pat supports and motivates a dedicated team toward steady managed growth through encouragement and directions based on the company's core values. UMI is diverse in the makeup of our staff as is reflected in our capabilities. Pat values and supports our customers as well as our partners and always endeavors to be their best business advocate. No matter the size of the project, Pat puts her extensive expertise into needs assessments, training development, design and training management. She is a recognized provider of high quality evaluations and consultations in the areas of performance, productivity, and employee and management training issues.
Pat is not only involved in the community in which she lives but also in giving back to the Native American community. She currently resides on the board of directors as President of 7th Generation Community Services Corporation.


Kenneth G. Barnes


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Ken Barnes is the Senior Vice President of UMI. Ken is or has been active on various boards including 7th Generation Community Services Corporation, Native American Chamber of Commerce, Native American Business Alliance, Ohio State University Board for Minority Business and the National Minority Supplier Development Council. Ken started in the Mail Room with Chrysler Corporation while attending night school. He achieved his Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science from St. Clair College. He held various computer programming positions with Chrysler Corporation until being hired by Federal Mogul Corporation where he was instrumental in the selection of all major manufacturing systems including all hardware and software. As Manufacturing Systems Manager for ARO Corporation, he was responsible for managing five plants and all manufacturing computer related systems. Ken is a Native American from the Mohawk Tribe on the Ohsweken, First Nations Reserve in Canada.


Charlotte Hicks


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Charlotte Hicks is UMI's Chief Operating Officer and Training and Development Manager. Ms. Hicks began working with UMI in October 2004 and in addition became the Executive Director of 7th Generation Community Services Corporation in Feb. 2005. Prior to joining UMI she worked for the State of Florida for over thirty years in social services and child protection. She held positions in direct services, supervision, management and quality assurance before moving to the training and staff development arena in 1994. As a job coach, classroom trainer and trainer supervisor Ms. Hicks further developed her training skills before becoming the director of a regional training center for three years. Ms. Hicks was instrumental in the initial development and continuing administration of the Florida Child Protection Certification and Training Program. This included management of the curriculum development, testing and certification, and training provision for all child welfare staff in Florida.
As the Training and Development Manager for UMI she is responsible for ensuring compliance with the continuing education standards and criteria for all training programs. Since 2014 she has been a Commissioner with the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) which includes reviewing applications whereby organizations are accredited to become IACET Authorized Providers. Ms. Hicks earned a Masters degree in Public Administration from the University of Central Florida and has a post graduate Certificate in Project Management from the University of South Florida.


R. Brent Meadows


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R. Brent Meadows has been involved for over 25 years in the Emergency Medical Services field and holds numerous teaching certifications which include Firefighting, ACLS, PALS, CPR, PHTLS, and Hazmat. His experience includes system development and evaluation and extensive curriculum development and evaluation and extensive curriculum development and the delivery of the emergency services program including a strong emphasis on the NRP with NIMS. He also has extensive experience in WMD, Bio Terrorism programs and has conducted multiple tabletop exercises over the past 15 years.
Mr. Meadows has served as the Executive Director of the Bradford Susquehanna EMS Council. The council was comprised of over 37 Basic Life Support, BLS and Advanced Life Support, ALS Services, five hospitals including a Level 2 Trauma Center, and an Enhanced Aero-Medical System covering all of Bradford and Susquehanna Counties in Pennsylvania.
He currently served as the EMS, FIRE, and EMA Liaison for Upper Mohawk, Inc., in addition to working at IU Health Methodist Hospital. At IU Health Methodist Hospital, Mr. Meadows is a lead instructor for the Emergency Response Training Institute (ERTI) which includes courses such as ACLS, PALS, CPR, EMT, Paramedic, Hazmat, Emergency Response, Leadership and Management. At this facility, he also works as a Project Manager, course scheduler for the department, employee workflow scheduler for the department, special even paramedic, and handles Tactical Medicine as a SWAT Medic for the FBI and the Indiana State Police. In addition to this, Mr. Meadows also works as an Adjunct Instructor at the US Fire Administration/ National Fire Academy, teaching courses in EMS Management, Advanced Leadership issues in EMS, Special Operations, and Incident Command for EMS. He is also currently a Director of an American Heart Association CTC and is certified by the American College of Emergency Physicians as an Advanced Trauma Life Support, ATLS Coordinator.
Mr. Meadows acts as a consultant in management, education, and an organizational leadership specialist to corporations, hospitals, and emergency medical service organizations. He regularly speaks at local, regional, and state and national conferences as he is considered a specialist in disaster preparedness for healthcare facilities and the Hospital Emergency Incident Command System, HEICS, in addition to bio-terrorism and weapons of mass destruction.


Gordon Anderson


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Gordon Anderson has, throughout most of his career, worked in the field of finance as a Principle Analyst as well as a Supervisor. Mr. Anderson has been recognized as someone who is industrious and innovative. He monitors, coordinates, and tracks items such as contract adjustments/expenditures, staffing requirements, training needs, project costs, projects schedules and supplies. Mr. Anderson was required to analyze status reports for identification of project shortfalls or variances. He took corrective actions to ensure all projects are completed on schedule. Mr. Anderson has been recognized for his leadership ability and willingness to work with any type of situation.
During his employment with Upper Mohawk, Inc., Mr. Anderson was a Principle Financial Analyst under a contract with the United States Air Force. Mr. Anderson was responsible for overseeing he financial processes of the contract. Mr. Anderson was also moved from the Georgia area to the Corporate Headquarters to become the Finance Manager for UMI, the position he is still currently in. Mr. Anderson, during this time, has been able to organize, define and better utilize the financial situation of UMI. He is recognized for his innovative ideas and implementation.
Suring his employment with Cirrus Technologies, Inc., Mr. Anderson was the Principle Financial Analyst and managed the Tri-Annual Review Program with over $1 billion worth of obligations. He identified errors and recommended corrective actions for obligatrions and expenditure imbalances. Mr. Anderson oversaw Recovery Report Programs exceeding $20 million per month. During this time, Mr. Anderson was both the Project Lead and Supervisor for 12 people.
During his employment with Mevatec/BAER Systems, Mr. Anderson was responsible for Unliquidated Obligations adjusted over $45 million work of contract ULOs and NULOs (Negative Unliquidated Obligations). Mr. Anderson also developed Activity Based Costing (ABC) models for eight Air Force divisions, which included leading workshops, activity lists; correlation of divisional resources, analyzed all data and benchmarked processes across divisions. Through this, a best practices database was developed.
During his employment with the US Census Bureau, Mr. Anderson filled the position of Cost Analyst/Field Manager. Mr. Anderson was responsible for determining the cost/budget and directorship for the 17 census operations including calculating cost associated with facilities, personnel, and equipment and saved over $1 million of an authorized $3.3 million. Mr. Anderson evaluated and analyzed needs and implemented plans for recruiting, testing, hiring, and training personnel from 72 Counties in the State of Georgia.