Our company culture represents the Native American value that COMMUNITY is all-important. This core belief is demonstrated in our long-term relationships with clients, partners, and employees. We focus on delivering skilled support on-time and within budget.
CEO and President
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 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.
Senior Vice President
Ken Barnes founded Upper Mohawk, Inc. in 1988 and began working in the business full-time in 1993.
Mr. Barnes holds a 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. Mr. Barnes is a Native American from the Mohawk Tribe on the Six Nations Reserve in Canada.
Under Ken’s leadership, UMI transitioned from a commercial IT company into government contracting, starting out in IT with the BIA, adding training and development for the Department of Interior’s Office of Special Trustee and accounting within USAF.
In March 2018, Mr. Barnes turned over all the stock to UMI to his wife Patricia Barnes to move the company into a different marketing strategy. She owns 100% of UMI.
Ken Barnes is the Secretary of 7th Generation Community Services Corp.
Healthcare Trainer and Consultant
Brent has been involved for over 43 years in the emergency medical services and healthcare industries. Brent currently holds over 75 certifications and licensures which include, but are not limited to firefighting, ACLS, PALS, CPR, PHTLS, infection control, EMT, paramedic, hazmat, and lean process. His experience includes system development and evaluation, as well as and extensive curriculum development. He has a wide range of experience in the delivery of emergency medical services including Community paramedicine. He has a strong working knowledge of the National Response Plan including NIMS, bio-terrorism, and weapons of mass destruction. He has conducted multiple tabletop and live patient simulation exercises for over 25 years.
One example of Mr. Meadows vast experience was serving as the Executive Director of the Bradford Susquehanna EMS Council. The system was comprised of over 37 basic life support and advanced life support services, four 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 with a large EMS and hospital organization in Indiana as the EMS Education Coordinator. Brent has experience in tactical medicine as a past 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.
Awards and Recognition
Northrop Grumman Team Supplier Award
Northrop Grumman Corporation selected Upper Mohawk, Inc. to receive a 2012 World Class Team Supplier Award. UMI was nominated by Northrop Grumman’s Technical Services (NGTS) business unit for UMI’s subcontract with NGTS to provide support for Warner Robins Air Logistics Center Technical Data Systems and Data Management. This award is presented to those small business suppliers who have consistently demonstrated outstanding achievements and support of Northrop Grumman programs.
Department of Defense Mentor Protégé Program
In February 2005, UMI completed the DoD Mentor Protégé Program with Northrop Grumman Space Technology (NGST) as our Mentor. The DoD Mentor-Protégé (MP) Program was enacted in 1990 (Public Law 101-510) under the direction of former Senator Sam Nunn and Secretary of Defense William Perry. This program was established to provide incentives for (major) DoD prime contractors (Mentors) to help small disadvantaged businesses (SDBs), qualified organizations that employ the severely disabled, and women-owned small businesses (Protégés) develop technical and business capabilities. The goal of the program is to assist protégés to successfully compete for prime contract and subcontract awards. Successful Mentor-Protégé agreements provide a winning relationship for the protégé, the mentor and the DoD.
In 2003 UMI and NGST won the prestigious Nunn-Perry Award, which was first awarded in 1995 to recognize outstanding Mentor-Protégé teams formed under the auspices of the DoD Mentor-Protégé program.
All eligible nominations are reviewed and numerically scored by a review panel. The composition of the panel is at the discretion of the DoD Director, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSADBU). The panel may consider other pertinent information regarding the particular Mentor-Protégé agreement. The review panel presents their nominations in order of ranking to the DoD Director, OSADBU, for consideration for award. The number of awards is at the discretion of the Department of Defense.