Who We Are
The Freedom Team
Freedom is a team of program analysts, engineers, and strategic communicators ushering in a new generation of American space transportation systems and supporting key mission requirements that keep our homeland secure. We’re creating campaigns that inspire the spirit of exploration. We are managing complex systems and providing information systems. We’ve helped facilitate international scientific and engineering workshops on the exploration of deep space. We have supported the transformation of information technology (IT) systems within the Veterans Administration in our nation’s capital. Leaders in federal agencies trust our team to deliver when it counts.
Colonel Susan A. Ferrera, USAF (retired)
CHief executive officer (CEO)
Susan is Chief Executive Officer and Director of Freedom Information Systems, Inc. She served 26 honorable years in the United States Air Force with expertise in executive-level leadership, organizational development and management, and staff recruitment, training, and retention.
Susan was twice awarded the Department of Defense Defense Superior Service Medal for superior meritorious service in a position of significant responsibility, and the United States Air Force Bronze Star for meritorious service in a combat zone. She is also the recipient of numerous Department of Defense awards and recognition due to her significant work in personnel management.
Susan holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Geography from Florida International University, a Master of Arts Degree in Organizational Management from The George Washington University, a Master of Arts Degree in Human Resources from Webster University, and a Master of Arts Degree in Strategic Studies from the United States Air War College. She also completed senior executive courses with The Dale Carnegie Leadership Training for Managers, the US Air Force Senior Leader Logistics Course, and the United States Office of Personnel Management Civilian Performance Management and Labor Relations Courses.
President and Co-Founder
Mark established Freedom Information Systems, Inc., with his wife Andrea in 2003, and now serves as President of the company. In the past fifteen years Mark has supported and grown Freedom’s clients to include NASA, the Veterans Administration, U.S. Army, Department of Homeland Security, and the Missile Defense Agency. He currently works at NASA HQ providing integral support to the Exploration Systems Development executive staff.
Mark worked for over 13 years in the Aerospace Division of Teledyne Brown Engineering. Starting as a Spacelab integration engineer, he progressed to become the Project Manager on the International Space Station Payload Data Library, and the Space Transportation Information Network application. While at Teledyne Brown Engineering, he was nominated for the Dr. Harry J. Watson Engineer of the Year Award.
Shortly after founding Freedom Information Systems, Inc., Mark served as Chief of Staff for Garry Lyles, Program Manager of NASA’s Constellation Program. In 2005, he went on to serve as the executive officer of the Exploration Systems Architecture Study (ESAS) team. For his efforts on ESAS, NASA Administrator, Dr. Michael Griffin awarded Mark the Exceptional Public Service Medal, the highest NASA award given to contractors.
Mark holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from Auburn University.