Illumination Works, a leading provider of user-centric digital transformation, is proud to announce the promotion of Jan Turkelson to Senior Vice President. In her new senior executive role, Jan will play a crucial role in the organization’s leadership including formulation and implementation of vision, strategy, client engagement, culture and talent development, market expansion, and continued growth of the Government Division.

Proven High-Quality Results

Jan has been a visionary leader at Illumination Works (ILW) for nearly 10 years. With over 20 years of experience in Department of Defense (DoD) data and systems, Jan is dedicated to high quality results, data innovation, and helping her clients successfully tackle their most challenging strategic and technical visions.

Revenue/Personnel Growth. Jan’s exceptional leadership style has driven significant positive change throughout the organization. Under her direction, our Government Division has grown its revenue by 90%, expanded its team twofold, and established a strong culture of collaboration, innovation, and trust.

Market Expansion. Jan’s team has expanded ILW’s data engineering, data science, and data visualization offerings across the DoD to include Air Force growth into the intelligence and nuclear weapons domains and data innovation projects with the Army and the Navy.

I have had the privilege to know and work with Jan for over 20 years. She is the one of the brightest and hardest working people I have ever met. I’m very excited for Jan and this next chapter at ILW.

Jon Mitchell

CEO/CTO, Illumination Works

Jan is one of those rare individuals who really can do it all. I would rank her among the top three individuals I have had the pleasure of working with in over forty years in this business. As we grow our company and expand into new markets, Jan’s steady leadership and attention to details will continue to be a key factor in our success!

Hugh Bolton

President, Illumination Works

Prime Contracts. Under her guidance, Jan’s team has propelled the Government Division forward from providing subcontractor support to successfully executing as a prime contractor. In 2019, ILW became one of 19 vendors on the $13.4B SBEAS indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ), and in 2023, was awarded a 5-year, $50 million Data Analytics as a Service (DAaaS) SBIR Phase III IDIQ for which two task orders are underway with more on the horizon.

Innovation. Jan’s team broke the code on innovation in 2019 with ILW’s first SBIR award. Since then, ILW has been awarded 10 Phase I SBIRs, 8 Phase II SBIRs, and our first Phase III IDIQ, with more awards pending. Our SBIRs have resulted in five ILW artificial intelligence (AI)-driven data solutions:

  • ADCAT™ Automated Data Cleansing and Analysis Tool
  • Odin™ Data Rights Understanding
  • Linnea™ Part Printability Recommendation System for Additive Manufacturing
  • Theia™ Automated Data Labeling and Curation
  • ReadyX™ Maintenance Planning Decision Support

More About Jan

Jan has deep expertise across large and complex data solutions including enterprise data management, data science, data engineering, data visualization, system/application implementation, and business transformation. She is proficient in Air Force information management and increasing the value of data with functional expertise spanning DoD, AI enablement, logistics, supply chain, contracts, and finance. Jan holds degrees in Accounting and Information Systems Auditing and Controls. She has held certifications in Program Management Professional, Lean/Six Sigma Green Belt, and Certified Information System Auditor.

In her spare time, Jan can be found supporting her active family or working to make a difference in the world. She has a strong passion for medical and childrens charities. She is active in TWIGs, an auxiliary of Dayton Children’s Hospital that raises funds for pressing needs, such as mental health. Jan is also involved in fundraising for the Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia Foundation.


Please join us in congratulating Jan on her promotion. Jan is an invaluable asset to the ILW Team. Her dedication, vision, and deep understanding of the government sector have significantly contributed to ILW’s growth and success, and we look forward to watching her continue to thrive and innovate in her new role as Senior Vice President at Illumination Works.

I’m grateful I found my home at ILW nearly 10 years ago. I’m fortunate to work with such an incredibly smart and collaborative team who constantly inspire me with their dedication and innovative ideas. Together, we support leading edge technology that challenges us to push boundaries and create amazing solutions. I am humbled by the privilege to be surrounded by such a talented group of individuals.

Jan Turkelson

Senior Vice President, Illumination Works

About Illumination Works

Illumination Works is a trusted technology partner in user-centric digital transformation, delivering impactful business results to clients through a wide range of services including big data information frameworks, data science, data visualization, and application/cloud development, all while focusing the approach on the end-user perspective.

Established in 2006, ILW has primary offices in Dayton and Cincinnati, Ohio, as well as physical operations in Utah and the National Capital Region. In 2020, Illumination Works adopted a hybrid work model and currently has employees in 15+ states and is actively recruiting.


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