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CANA Welcomes Shawn Charchan and Mark Raffetto to Team CANA!

Updated: Nov 28, 2023

CANA would like to welcome aboard Shawn Charchan as our Technical Director of Energy Solutions, and Mark Raffetto as our Senior Operations Research Analyst! We are excited to have Shawn and Mark a part of team CANA. Get to know them below!

Shawn Charchan

Technical Director of Energy Solutions

“If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn't thinking.” - George S. Patton

Shawn joins our team with ten years of experience as a Marine, having served first as a logistician and later as a uniformed operations research analyst. After transitioning to civilian life in 2010 Shawn began work as a Senior Operations Research / Systems Analysis (ORSA) and team lead and quickly found a home providing both analysis and development of bespoke analytical tools in support of the Operational Energy (OE) community, including the Service Energy Offices, OSD, and DARPA. In his new role with CANA, Shawn will be responsible for developing energy-related offerings and transitioning those offerings into opportunities in which he will provide management, modeling, and simulation development, solution integration, and analysis support. He also presently serves as the Modeling, Simulation, and Analysis (MS&A) coordinator across the multiple current and proposed pilots CANA supports via the Southern California (SoCal) Tech Bridge.

Shawn holds a bachelor's degree in Quantitative Economics from the United States Naval Academy as well as a Master's in Operations Analysis from Naval Postgraduate School.

You can reach Shawn at and on Linkedin.

Mark Raffetto

Senior Operations Research Analyst

“Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.” - Albert Einstein

Mark Joins the CANA team with 27 years of experience in the United States Marine Corps flying helicopters, testing weapon systems, and teaching in the Operations Research Department at Naval Postgraduate School. He educated officers from each of the Services in objective testing, robust modeling, and defensible statistical analysis of the DoD’s toughest problems. His experience and perspective will help CANA teams ensure not only that our models work correctly but most importantly that the correct model is built for the intended purpose.

Mark holds a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Psychology from the State University of New York and a Master’s of Science in Operations Research from the Naval Postgraduate School.

You can reach Mark at and on Linkedin.

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