With over 31 years of ship design and program management experience she has gained knowledge from early design development through decommissioning, including a tour in foreign military sales. She served as the Deputy Program Manager for the LPD 17 Amphibious Transport Dock Program (ACAT 1) for 8 years. Through her leadership, the program delivered 6 ships each time with improving levels of material condition. LPD 28 and 29 under construction are serving as transition ships to the LXR CDD capability. The LPD 30 construction contract was recently awarded and this will be first Flight II ship.
From 1995 through 2001 she started as the Deputy Ship Design Manager (SEA 05D) for the LPD 17 Amphibious Transport Dock Program, where she was responsible for total ship system integration and detail design of the lead ship. She was part of a government/contractor collocated team at Avondale Shipyards in New Orleans, LA. She later became the SDM leading a multi-faceted cross functional team which included shipbuilding industry partners. After graduating from the NAVSEA’s Commander’s Development Program Class XVIII she returned to the LPD 17 Program but as the Acquisition Director in PMS317.
Ms. Lyon’s previously worked in ASN (RD&A) starting in 2007 as the Director for Auxiliary and Amphibious Ships for the Office of Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (ODASN Ships). She worked with programs to successfully pass DOD acquisition milestones and SECNAV Acquisition Gate Reviews. She represented the Service Acquisition Executive to OSD leadership, congressional staffs and other Services/Departments. Her demonstrated mastery of advanced management, organizational functions, and methods were key to effectively guiding programs from early stage acquisition through full rate production milestone decisions.
Her awards include two Navy Superior Civilian Service Awards and two Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Awards. She is an acquisition professional, DAWIA Level III certified in Program Management and System Planning, Research, Development & Engineering.
Ms. Lyons’ education includes a Bachelor's in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech and Master’s in Business Management from Florida Institute of Technology. Her executive education includes Darden Executive Leadership and University of North Carolina.