People Are The Engine Of Our Company


Donna Scassera launched DLS in her home office in 1995, taking her skills as a professional engineer and background in program management to forge a company based on her ideals. In a period of declining federal budgets, she focused on providing our clients cost effective and quality solutions. This original value proposition has never wavered as DLS grew and market conditions changed.

DLS helps meet our customers' goals by delivering purposeful, reliable and resilient solutions.  We continually improve and adapt our services to support our customers' most important missions, applying our abilities as engineers, logisticians, analysts, technicians, and subject matter experts to achieve success for our customers.   

Today, we are a dynamic professional services company with a 20-year heritage based on the simple mantra: people are the engine of our company.  We give our support to organizations and individuals - be it customers, colleagues, partners, or members of our communities - to fulfill their potential. 

Our Mission, Vision and Values


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Our Mission: Our mission is to create a team of exceptional talent to fuel our vision and power the engine of our company.


Our Vision: Our vision is to optimize and interpret our customers’ complex data to provide creative, right sized, cost effective, and sustainable solutions for a world class client experience.


Our Values:

  • Approach each day with confidence and pride. Act with honesty and integrity.

  • Care about the client experience. Care about others before yourself. 

  • Recognize your work is significant. Our work is securing our United States.

  • Win together. See the positive and goodness in people.

  • Enjoy everyday. Build each other's self esteem.  Reinforce a feeling of professionalism. 


Donna Scassera, PE
President, CEO and Founder

Kevin Rodriguez
Senior Program Director

Barbara Ellison, CPA

Savannah Pegg
Business Development Specialist



DLS Engineering serves the communities in which we live and work by providing leadership and financial support for educational, cultural and charitable programs.  We have strong ties with the U.S. Coast Guard, and we are honored to support our neighbors and friends.

Virginia Beach / Norfolk, Virginia

Old Dominion University (Board of Visitors)

Virginia Beach Chamber of Commerce

Women in Defense Greater Hampton Roads

Wounded Warrior Program

Virginia Beach Police Supervisors' Association

Virginia Beach Little League Baseball

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

College of the Albemarle

Friends of the Museum of the Albemarle 

Elizabeth City Chamber of Commerce

Albemarle Area United Way 


We would like to give a special thanks to César Hidalgo for use of his art.  
César Hidalgo is the Director, Macro Connections at the MIT Media Lab and an Associate
Professor at MIT. You can learn more about his work at