Our Story



Our Story



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.  She focused on cost effectiveness and quality in a period of declining federal budgets.  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: honesty and integrity in all we do.  We give our support to organizations and individuals - be it customers, colleagues, partners, or members of our communities - to fulfill their potential. 



It is our mission to deliver simple, sustainable solutions to improve the effectiveness of assets and systems while reducing costs and increasing reliability.  At DLS we have a clear goal: to simplify complexity.

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Honesty and integrity in all we do is the heart of our values. We seek to build a community of professionals who together improve our customers' ability to achieve success.  We empower and encourage others to pursue and reach their goals. 


Donna Scassera, PE
President, CEO and Founder

Kevin Rodriguez
Senior Program Director

Barbara Ellison, CPA

Savannah Pegg
Business Development Specialist


Our Community

Our Community


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. 
His creative and inspiring view of information captures DLS' ambition to simplify complexity. 
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