Joan Myers, a long-time president of the North Carolina Technology Association, is joining defense contractor at the end of this month.

Myers is giving up her position as director of special projects for the Partnership for Defense Innovation and the , which is based in Fayetteville. She joined DSTA earlier this year, giving up a position at SAS in Cary.

Before joining SAS in 2007, Myers was president of for nine years and was a strong advocate for the creation of DSTA as well as a defense industry-related business cluster across North Carolina.

In joining ARA, Myers is teaming up with a firm that opened an office at the DSTA new business incubator in Fayetteville last June. ARA also has an office inn North Raleigh.

ARA, which is based in New Mexico, has 73 offices across the U.S.

“They are an outstanding company that provides state-of-the art science, engineering and technical support services to government and industry,” Myers told and Local Tech Wire. “I will be doing business development and teaming to expand their presence with their traditional Department of Defense and other agency relationships and exploring new relationships and opportunities for the company.”

Myers will report to Allen York, who is ARA’s vice president and manager for the southeast division.

“I feel privileged to be joining a company with such incredibly gifted engineers, scientists and technologists and excited to continue to work in areas that impact our national security and well being,” Myers said.