The best leaders are ones that truly know themselves, what matters most to them, and what they stand for. At Metronome, we believe in Values-Based Leadership which has four guiding principles: 1. Self-reflection, 2. Balance, 3. True self-confidence, and 4. Genuine humility. Leadership is not necessarily a role - it is a set of skills and self-awareness that one can learn, improve, and build upon as they advance in their careers. The individuals below have discovered their personal core values, bring their whole selves to work each day, and continue to develop and improve their leadership skills – and they happen to hold leadership positions within Metronome.
A short bio of CEO Jen Virga
CEO and Co-Founder
University of Pittsburgh
Favorite Song: "Southern Style" by Darius Rucker
Our CEO, Co-Founder, and fearless leader, Jen, sees Metronome as a big family and cares for it as such. She is inspired by the energy and passion our employees exemplify each day which also spurs her to want to grow our Metronome family by adding new Pulsers. Her skills in attention to detail, organization, critical thinking, and delegation balance out our inimitable executive leadership team.
Jen has a gentle and nurturing soul. Before forming Metronome with her husband, Virgil, she was a registered nurse with a passion for fixing any issues she encountered. She loves to cook and has a dream of going back to school to learn all about the culinary arts.
Above all else, Jen values her family. Her ideal day would be simple - she'd spend time with her husband and three children, cook a nice meal, and read a good book. Her ultimate goal in life is to see her children grow into good, compassionate people and eventually have children of their own.
A short bio of President Vigil Virga
President and Co-founder
Favorite Song: "Home" by Jack Johnson
Our President, Co-founder, and Chief Spark, Virgil Virga, brings energy to any room he enters and to any person he meets. As one of the most passionate Pulsers around, he believes in hard work, simplicity, risk taking, and vulnerability - traits he contributes to his success in both work and relationships.
Virgil firmly believes in both physical and mental wellness. He constantly strives to improve himself in both, so if you're ever looking for a self-help book or a new workout, you know who to call. By embarking on a journey of self-improvement, Virgil has grown into a reflective, generous, and loving leader.
If Virgil could describe his perfect evening, it would be by the fire with his wife, Jen, and their three kids. With his family by his side and a guitar in hand, Virgil's heart soars. If he could have one superpower, he would want the ability to make anyone genuinely happy in an instant.
A short bio of Susan Parr
Chief Operating Officer
Old Dominion University
Favorite Song: "Party Up" by DMX
Our Chief Operating Officer, Susan, is also known as our Queen of Getting Stuff Done. She loves to enrich her mind by diving deeply into varied subjects to gain knowledge and understanding. In life and at work, she is motivated by collaborating with others to continuously improve. She believes that by working together, everyone can develop and grow.
One of Susan's deepest passions is to contribute - one way she lives that value is by giving back. Susan works within our local community of Fairfax, VA as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA). Through her role, she advocates for the rights of abused and neglected children in the foster care system.
This ODU Monarch loves to live in the moment with no regrets. In her free time, you can find Susan surrounded by loved ones. She lives for quiet nights of celebration with her family and friends.
A short bio of Charlie Painter
Charlie Painter, Ph.D.
Vice President of Business Development
Virginia Tech (Ph.D.)
University of MD University College (MBA)
Lenoir Rhyne University (BA)
Favorite Song: “My Head’s in Mississippi” by ZZ Top
Like a bloodhound pursuing new business, Charlie relentlessly chases opportunities. With over 30 years of experience in the Federal sector, he knows his way around the Intelligence Community. His uncanny ability to understand customers’ needs could be due to his training as a polygraph examiner – he knows how to ask the right questions and read people.
Charlie attributes much of the success he has seen throughout his career to his love of learning. As an avid reader, he constantly consumes new information. He especially loves keeping up-to-date with the ever changing cyber and national security fields, in which he is a graduate-level professor.
Charlie’s greatest source of pride is his three children, who are growing to be thriving young adults. He enjoys mild summer days spent with associates, friends, and family – preferably on the golf course!
A short bio of Sam Sanders
Director of People & Culture
SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP)
Michigan State University
Favorite Song: "Great is thy Faithfulness"
As the front man of our People & Culture (P&C) Department, Sam is passionate about policy. As a naturally curious people person, his love for Metronome stems from the unique texture and feel of our organization. Metronome’s array of intelligent minds and good humanitarians motivate Sam to be a better person and create a bigger impact on those around him.
Sam is a genuine and whole-hearted hoot with a contagious laugh. Every day, he pours his all into relationships with family, friends, and coworkers. He has a passion for staying fit in body, mind, and spirit. You can usually find him at the gym working out, reading a book, or catching up over brunch.
If Sam were to win the lottery, he would only change one thing about his life: He would move Metronome HQ closer to the beach so he could regularly enjoy seafood dinners with his partner while watching the sun set over the ocean.
A short bio of Tom Snopik
Senior Program Manager
Program Management Professional (PMP)
University of Maryland
Favorite Song: "Wish You Were Here" by Pink Floyd
Perhaps Tom’s greatest virtue and asset in his role as Senior Program Manager is his patience. He has a superior ability to show compassion and understanding to those around him. In his 20+ years of professional experience, Tom firmly believes that his Metronome family is the best group of people he’s ever worked with. We think pretty highly of him too.
In his free time, you can find Tom working with his wife on projects around their home and being a wonderful dad to his two daughters. He has a passion for cycling on the open road and loves spending time around his fire pit with family and friends. Tom’s dream vacation would be to see the Tour de France in person.
Tom believes in listening to his internal “Jiminy Cricket” to do what’s right, especially at pivotal moments. In doing so, he hopes to live and act in a way that always reflects positively on his family.
A short bio of Rebecca Woolson
Director of Culture & Engagement
University of Virginia
Favorite Song: "Embryonic Journey" by Jefferson Airplane
Our Director of Culture & Engagement, Rebecca, is incredibly grateful to have a job that so closely aligns with her personal core values. In collaboration with her fellow Pulsers, she leads the charge on Metronome's special programs, events, learning & development initiatives, and communications.
Rebecca loves to challenge her mind, learn, and explore different points of view. She's naturally curious and enjoys puzzles (literal and otherwise) for the opportunity to put together pieces and see a bigger picture. If she could have one super power, she would choose the ability to make people really listen and understand one another.
Her perfect day would most definitely include her sweet pug, Louie - our VP of Cuteness & Morale. It would also include some quiet time with a book or crossword, a walk on a beautiful trail, and quality time with her family and close friends.
A short bio of Mary Hastings
Director of Business Development
West Virginia University
Favorite Song: "Natural Mystic" by Bob Marley
As our Director of Relationships, Mary is charged with building our business through new opportunities. When Mary started with Metronome, our HQ was in the Virgas’ basement and there were five Pulsers on the payroll. She is proud to say that she has contributed to making our tremendous growth possible and has a passion for continuing to push Metronome into a winning state.
Mary is our original good vibe creator. She commits 100% to everything she does and has a desire to create deep connections with those around her. Her ideal day is full of nature. Mary would wake up in a hammock in the jungle, then go to her favorite ocean spot for a swim, and it would end with dancing to reggae in a thunderstorm.
Her biggest personal success thus far has been living a happy life every single day, which she attributes to discovering the passion in others. Mary’s greatest hope and plan is to live a full, passionate life and to show love and respect to everyone she encounters.
A short bio of Matt Mazarowski
Director of Program Delivery
Florida State University
Favorite Song: "Sun King" by The Beatles
Our Director of Program Delivery, Matt Mazarowski is a walking juxtaposition - he is at once extremely laid back and at the same time operates with a great sense of urgency. His ability to get things done quickly helps us to deliver our greatest asset - our people!
Matt has a passion for storytelling that he uses to make a point and more likely than not, make people laugh. He values love and respect above all else, which helps to make him one of the most relatable and approachable people you'll meet. One of his firm beliefs is that you're either getting better or you're getting worse - so he pushes himself and those around him to consistently improve.
The perfect day for Matt would be one spent with his loved ones, most especially his wife and two sons. He would take his boys to the park, have a nice family dinner, and then settle down to watch a good movie.
A short bio of Danny Gilbreath
University of Maryland University College
Favorite Song: "Hills and Valleys" by Tauren Wells
Our Controller, Danny Gilbreath, has dubbed himself Mr. Spreadsheets. His love of numbers, knack for process improvement, and analytical mind make him ideal for his role as our financial guru. One of Danny's standout traits is his reliability - you can always count on him for a good laugh, a helping hand, or a lively debate on superheroes.
Danny is just as organized in his day-to-day life as he is at work - he creates a Daily Wish List for what he would like to accomplish. He turns his wishes into reality which helps him to dabble in a number of things including singing, acting, and house flipping.
Above all else, Danny values his faith and family. He loves to spend time with his wife and two kids at the movies, grabbing a meal, or simply going on walks together. The happiness of his family is his greatest joy.
A short bio of Shaun Sandbloom
Information Technology Manager
American University (MS)
Azusa Pacific University (BA)
Favorite Song: “Hurts Like Heaven” by Coldplay
Shaun is our IT Manager and Head of Innovation. He uses his big picture perspective to keep Metronome’s IT infrastructure running smoothly and progressing. Shaun is a self-proclaimed nerd with a passion for continuing education. He loves to use outside-the-box thinking and technology to explore the infinite ways you can get from point A to point B.
As a former Navy sailor, Shaun understands the importance of dependability. He doesn’t shy away from responsibility or a challenge. He feels energized and rejuvenated when he bounces around ideas and laughs with others, which is why he feels so at home with Metronome.
On a nice day, you can find Shaun exploring the nooks and crannies of D.C. on his Triumph Bonneville motorcycle, especially if there’s an outdoor market nearby. He loves spending time with friends, traveling the world, and watching his hometown baseball team, the Kansas City Royals.
A short bio of Nehemias Cerritos
Deputy Director of Program Delivery
George Mason University
Favorite Song: "Mi País" by Neda
Nehemias "Nemo" Cerritos, also known as Chief Tortilla Flipper, is the Deputy Director of Program Delivery. He has a passion for helping others and does all he can to build authentic, lasting relationships with friends and customers. Within the first few minutes of meeting this inimitable Pulser, he will likely tell you stories about his native El Salvador and offer you pupusas.
With personal core values deeply rooted in his Salvadorian heritage, Nemo places family above all else. This value is one of the reasons he loves Metronome so much - he sees our company as one big family filled with people he deeply cares about. For this reason, Nemo finds joy in helping his coworkers learn and grow by sharing his knowledge and experiences. If Nemo had a super power, he'd make everyone around him the happiest they could be and would help them to see things in a positive light.
Nemo loves to play, watch, and talk about soccer. One day, he hopes to attend a Real Madrid game, Manchester City game, and the World Cup in person. He's also continually planning his next trip to his hometown in El Salvador, where he is happiest and feels most free simply spending time with his beautiful family.
A short bio of Matt Carabia
Senior Director of Business Development & Capture
Florida Atlantic University
Favorite Song: “Life is a Journey” by Clinton Fearon
Our Senior Director of BD & Capture, Matt, is a maestro at building relationships and business. Based in San Diego, he leads the charge on Metronome’s expansion to the West Coast. His ability to forge strong and long-lasting relationships is both his greatest strength and one of his greatest passions.
Matt is known for being highly driven and dependable, which makes him a valuable team member. One of the aspects he values most about Metronome is our energetic atmosphere and tight knit culture that fosters innovation and teamwork.
As a father of three, Matt’s greatest source of pride is in raising his children with his wife, Christina. He loves to share with them his love of the outdoors, and particularly surfing. You can often find him and his family catching waves, camping, hiking, or taking in San Diego’s ocean views over dinner with friends.
A short bio of Louie Woolson
Vice President of Cuteness and Morale
Olde Towne School for Dogs
Favorite Song: "Lou Dog Went to the Moon" by Sublime
Nearly every day is a perfect day for Metronome’s snuggly, curious, and extroverted VP of Cuteness and Morale, Louie. Our lovable little office pup thrives on belly rubs and spending time with his friends, both of which he can do all day long at work while simultaneously brightening everyone’s day. He is naturally adorable and has a personality to match, which is great for those who don’t think pugs are the cutest dogs around.
Louie has a self-proclaimed posh sense of style and loves to show off his bowties and costumes. When he’s not at work, Louie spends his free time playing with his cousins, eating, and napping. He’s an active guy who enjoys taking walks and playing with his many toys.
Louie holds true to his values of affection and curiosity, often greeting visitors with gentle kisses and a friendly bark. As a graduate of Alexandria’s Olde Towne School for Dogs, Louie is also committed to discipline and improving. Bo Obama went there solely to be groomed, but our Louie completed all his homework, graduated, and received a diploma!