About Us

Gradkell Systems, Inc. is a Woman-Owned Small Business (WOSB)

The owners are:

  • Theresa A. Gaston – Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
  • Nancy L. Smith – Secretary / Treasurer
  • Lauren E. Smith - Partner

Our NAICS codes are: 541511, 541512, 541513, 541519, and 511210.

About the CEO:

Ms. Gaston began her career with NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope at Goddard Space Flight Center. She received a bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems at the University of Alabama in Huntsville and pursued studies in Computer Science at the University of Maryland. Ms. Gaston worked briefly at Gradkell Systems before joining Oracle Corporation. She rejoined Gradkell in 2004 as a software engineer, and eventually as the project manager, for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Project Management System (PROMIS II) development and maintenance. She later moved over to manage the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Financial Management System (CEFMS) before stepping into the CEO position.


The company was founded in April 1990 by a husband-and-wife team and had the following owners:

  • Kelly S. Mitchell – CEO/President
  • Grady P. Gaston – Vice President
  • Edward Smoot - Partner

Ms. Mitchell left in June 2006 to start another company. Mr. Gaston resigned as President in May 2020 after 30 years of service.