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Our Team

Donald Mills (President and General Manager)

Our President and General Manager is Donald G. Mills.  He is a U.S. Army veteran and has over over 30 years in shipbuilding and ship repair. He brings his vast array of knowledge, experience and skill to the company. His skill levels are only surpassed by his ability to manage people, resolve complex problems, and produce results.

Donald’s career reflects an untarnished reputation for excellence and on-time project completion, during his 22 years with Newport News Shipbuilding in positions as an X42 nuclear and non-nuclear Pipe Supervisor, Construction Supervisor, that was responsible for the construction and testing of both nuclear and non-nuclear operating systems and components, Field Planner & Construction Coordinator, as well as Construction Engineer that supervised multimillion dollar projects in support of ship arrival/departures, annual dry certifications, and operationg system upgrades and replacements.

Ernestine Mills (Vice President/VP of Finances)

Mrs. Mills has been established in the banking field over 22 years. She has managed subordinate supervisor(s) who supervise employee(s) ensure every aspect of healthy cash flow was attained.
Mrs. Mills is a Suffolk, VA native with deep ties to the community and state level. She is the President over Legacy Properties (Real Estate) and Donald G. Mills, PCC, LLC (church development). She oversees all day to day operations of these two companies.
Mrs. Mills serves as the Vice President of Finances for Mills Marine & Ship Repair, LLC.

 Jerome Nixon (VP of Development/Strategic Planning)

Mr. Nixon is a retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel who served 20 years in a wide range of command, leadership, maintenance and management positions. His last military assignment was Joint Logistics Officer for the J5 Joint Doctrine Center located at Naval Air Station Norfolk.
After retiring from the Army, he worked as a Financial Services Manager for Household Finance Company. In 1999, he joined Ford Motor Company as a Materiel Handling Specialist where he focused on improving logistics and fleet vehicle maintenance and repairs systems.
Mr. Nixon received his Bachelors of Art in Political Science at Old Dominion University where he was an R.O.T.C., Distinguished Military Graduate. He received his Master of Business Administration degree from Emory-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona, FL. He is also a graduate of the Army Command General Staff College and the Joint Forces Staff College.
Mr. Nixon serves as the Vice President for Business Development/Strategic Planning for Mills Marine Ship Repair, LLC.

 John Cliborne (Dir of Waterfront Operations)

Mr. Cliborne has over 30 years of shipbuilding and ship repair experience including his 25-year tenure at Newport News Shipbuilding.  He is a graduate of the Newport News Shipbuilding Apprentice School as a Marine Electrician.  He also held the positions of Nuclear Quality Inspector, Test Planner Crane Engineering and Maintenance, Nuclear Shift Refueling/Fueling Engineering, Virginia Class Submarine Production Manager, and Nuclear Superintendent at Newport News Industrial. He has additional experience serving as Project Manager, Program Manager and Production Manager for local ship repair companies before assuming duties as the Director of waterfront Operations at Mills Marine & Ship Repair LLC. He brings valued knowledge of engineering technical details, production processes and ship’s systems.  He possess extensive experience and quality relationships with the various naval maintenance activities (regional Maintenance Centers, NAVSEA Program Offices, TYCOMS, and Technical Warrant Holders), as well as, local ship repair companies )MHI,Tecnico, BAE, NASSCO, QED Systems, etc.) He has a record of proven success for timely completion of various large/complex projects on a variety of naval platforms (CVN, DDG, CG, LHD, LPD and Coast Guard Cutters.

Priscilla Tarr (Contracts Manager)

Ms. Tarr has 49 years of experience in the contracting field as a Procurement Contracting Officer and as an Administrative Contracting Officer.  She developed procurements for five year IDIQ Contracts which were firm fixed price, time and material, as well as, cost type.  She solicited requirements, conducted past performance and technical evaluation on proposals received and awarded contracts.  She administered  five year contracts which included soliciting, evaluating and awarding task orders under these contracts.  Priscilla also negotiated changes, issued modifications, and processed invoices for the task orders awarded.  The yearly estimate of these contracts were $5M plus. She has settled requests for equitable adjustment ranging from $25k to $3.8M.  She has awarded Simplified Acquisition Orders with an average yearly estimate of $750k and issued orders under material contracts with a yearly estimate of $2.5M.  In addition to supervising over 16 Contract Specialists, Priscilla was also the Small Business Deputy for Supship/MARMC for many years.

 Wadiya Saunders (Human Resources Manager)

Mrs. Saunders is an accomplished HR professional with over 21 years of experience in the public and private sectors. Wadiya specializes in talent management, employee relations, employee benefits, HRIS systems, and development. Wadiya is responsible for implementing human resource management strategies that enables Mills Marine to recruit, train, and retain a high performing and motivated workforce. Also, she is  responsible for developing and implementing onboarding, training and development, performance management, employee retention, benefits administration, employee relations, policies and strategies. Wadiya Holds a BA in Human Resource Management from Saint Leo University. Also, a Human Resources Certification from Old Dominion University. She served as Vice President (2009-10) & President in (2010-11) for Association of Records Managers & Administrators (ARMA). She is a current member of Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) since 2003. Wadiya has worked for two major ship repair companies located in the Hampton Roads area and has been in various leadership positions. She also possesses knowledge of the industry, as well as, process improvement.  Mrs.Saunders serves as the Human Resource Manager of Mills Marine & Ship Repair, LLC.