Event

2022 Annual Forum and Products Exposition

  • Date: 08/20/2022 - 08/24/2022
  • Instructor: Mr. Richard Nyberg
    Pro Business/Government Contracts Manager
    Mr. Richard Nyberg
    , Mrs. Rhonna Endres
    Executive Director
    Mrs. Rhonna Endres
    , Ms. Kimberly A. Bona
    Program Manager
    Ms. Kimberly A. Bona
    , Ms. Jennifer Sulentic
    Chief Procurement Ally
    Ms. Jennifer Sulentic
    , Mrs. Marcheta E. Gillespie, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPM, CPPB, FNIGP, C.P.M.
    President of NIGP Code and Consulting Services
    Mrs. Marcheta E. Gillespie, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPM, CPPB, FNIGP, C.P.M.
    Phone: 520-940-7194Fax: 520-791-4735
    Marcheta E. Gillespie, CPPO, CPPB, C.P.M., CPM, is currently the President of NOGP Code & Consulting. She is retired from public sector, having served as the Chief Procurement Officer for the City of Tucson. With over 28 years of experience in public procurement, Marcheta is a passionate advocate for her profession. Marcheta was inducted as a Fellow of the Institute in 2019. She was the 2017 Distinguished Service Award winner. She is a past NIGP President (2013-14) and served on the Board of Directors for 10 years. She is a past Chair of the UPPCC and a Council Member for 3 years. She was the first Chair of the NIGP Talent Council and Chair of the NIGP 2.0 Task Force, the historic project of governance model transformation. She has also chaired the NIGP Task Force for the Values & Guiding Principles Initiative, the NIGP Forum Committee and the NIGP Governance Committee. She has been an active leader and member of the NIGP Southern Arizona Copper Chapter since 1991. Marcheta has spoken and trained at hundreds of international, national, regional and local conferences and events. She is an NIGP Master Certified Instructor and has developed numerous training programs as well as written for national procurement publications. Marcheta owns MG Procurement Consulting, LLC, serving as a professional consultant on numerous agency projects. In 2009, Marcheta was selected as the NIGP Copper Chapter Manager of the Year.
    , Mr. Keith K. Glatz, NIGP-CPP, CPPO
    Purchasing & Contracts Manager
    Mr. Keith K. Glatz, NIGP-CPP, CPPO
    Phone: 954-597-3567Fax: 954-597-3565

    Professional Certification(s) obtained:
    CPPO, FCPM (Florida Certified Purchasing Manager), FCPA (Florida Certified Purchasing Agent)

    Experience:
    NIGP Instructor since 1995. Master Instructor since 1998 30 years of purchasing experience. Currently Purchasing & Contracts Manager – City of Tamarac. FL since 2003. Also worked for the State of Illinois (Buyer and Supervisor of Standards and Specifications), Lake County, IL (Asst. Director) and the Village of Skokie, IL (Purchasing Agent) 2007 NIGP Professional Manager of the Year

    Currently serve on NIGP Board of Directors in At-large Seat 14 since 2008, and previously served on the NIGP Marketing Committee from 2003 - 2008

    Former President of SE Florida Chapter of NIGP and the Illinois Association of Public Procurement Officials (Awarded Manager of the Year for both chapters)

    Active with the Florida Association of Public Purchasing Officers (FAPPO)

    Currently a consultant with the NIGP Procurement Management Assistance Program (PMAP)

    B.S. Degree from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1978)

    On the Faculty of:
    Introduction to Public Procurement
    Legal Aspects of Public Purchasing
    CPPO Prep
    CPPB Prep
    Capital Acquisitions

    , Mr. Ben I Vaught
    CEO
    Mr. Ben I Vaught
    , Ms. Rebecca L. Kee, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB, CJE
    Ms. Rebecca L. Kee, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB, CJE
    Phone: 501-288-1514Fax: 501-288-1514
    Rebecca has over 14 years’ experience in the public procurement field and has worked extensively to develop, create, and support educational programs and opportunities for the profession. Rebecca has served as adjunct faculty teaching procurement classes at Arkansas State University as well as an instructor for NIGP. Rebecca has served as Professional Development Chair and President for her local NIGP Chapters and on the Awards Committee for NIGP. Rebecca currently serves as NIGP Chapter Ambassador for Area 2 and as the Chairperson for the new Pathways Content Management Committee. Rebecca currently serves as Purchasing Agent for the City of Virginia Beach, VA.
    , Mrs. Holly Simpson, OPBC
    Contract Specialist
    Mrs. Holly Simpson, OPBC
    Phone: 503-934-1692Fax: 503-986-4469
    , Ms. Carrie F. Mathes, CPPO, APP, CPPB, C.P.M., CFCM, MPA, NIGP-CPP
    Procurement Manager
    Ms. Carrie F. Mathes, CPPO, APP, CPPB, C.P.M., CFCM, MPA, NIGP-CPP
    Phone: 407-836-5664Fax: 407-836-5899
    Carrie has over 25 years of procurement experience in both the private and public sectors. She currently serves as the Manager for the Orange County Procurement Division. Carrie has obtained several professional certifications including Certified Federal Contracts Manager (CFCM), Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO), Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB), Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.), and Accredited Purchasing Practitioner (A.P.P.). Carrie is Past President of the Florida Association of Public Procurement Officials (FAPPO), and the Central Florida Chapter of NIGP. She currently serves as Chair-Elect of NIGP’s Governing Board. Carrie received the Anne Deatherage Meritorious Service Award from NIGP in 2014, and was named the Professional Manager of the Year by NIGP in 2012. Carrie holds both Master and Bachelor degrees in Public Administration from the University of Central Florida and a Graduate Certificate in Emergency Management from the University of Central Florida.
    , Mr. Victor Leamer, CPPB
    Senior Buyer
    Mr. Victor Leamer, CPPB
    With over 30 years of public procurement experience at the county, state department, and state-wide levels, Leamer is currently the Senior Buyer with Spokane County in Washington. Victor earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcast Journalism from Western Washington University (Bellingham, WA) in 1985 and the Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) designation in 2009. Victor teaches Developing and Managing Requests for Proposals (in-person/online) and the Core Certificate: Foundations in Strategy and Policy for NIGP (virtual) and has presented NIGP webinars on protests, evaluating responsiveness in bids, and contract price adjustments. Victor also serves on NIGP's Talent Council (2021) and the Content Management Committee (formerly Knowledge Management Committee) since 2015 and is a founding member/former Vice President of the Alaska/Hawaii Governmental Procurement Association NIGP Chapter.
    , Mr. Victor Leamer, CPPB
    Senior Buyer
    Mr. Victor Leamer, CPPB
    With over 30 years of public procurement experience at the county, state department, and state-wide levels, Leamer is currently the Senior Buyer with Spokane County in Washington. Victor earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcast Journalism from Western Washington University (Bellingham, WA) in 1985 and the Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) designation in 2009. Victor teaches Developing and Managing Requests for Proposals (in-person/online) and the Core Certificate: Foundations in Strategy and Policy for NIGP (virtual) and has presented NIGP webinars on protests, evaluating responsiveness in bids, and contract price adjustments. Victor also serves on NIGP's Talent Council (2021) and the Content Management Committee (formerly Knowledge Management Committee) since 2015 and is a founding member/former Vice President of the Alaska/Hawaii Governmental Procurement Association NIGP Chapter.
    , Mrs. Carrie C. Roberts, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CAPM, C.P.M.
    Purchasing Director
    Mrs. Carrie C. Roberts, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CAPM, C.P.M.
    , Mr. David E. Nash, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB
    Procurement Specialist - Retired
    Mr. David E. Nash, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB
    David Nash retired as a Chief Warrant Officer Three from the United States Army in 1988 after 20 years of service in inventory management. In 2007, he retired from the City of Fort Lauderdale after 18 years of service in warehousing and procurement. David holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Business Administration. He was the last President of the Governmental Purchasing Association of Southeast Florida, having successfully led a merger with the SE Florida Chapter of NIGP in 2001. He was also the President of the Florida Association of Public Procurement Officials in 2006-2007. David was presented with FAPPO’s George H. Wolf Distinguished Service Award in 2010. In 2014, he was presented with FAPPO’s Educator of the Year Award. In 2019, he was presented with his second George H. Wolf Distinguished Service Award for his contributions to FAPPO during 25 years of membership. David is a certified instructor for NIGP and from 2010 to 2013 he served on the Evaluation Committee for the National Procurement Institute’s Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award. Since creating the online “Question of the Day” in 2007, he has helped thousands of procurement professionals prepare for their CPPB, CPPO and NIGP-CPP exams. For this contribution, he was presented with the "Spirit of NIGP Award" at the NIGP Forum in 2013. For his overall contributions to the procurement profession, he was presented with NIGP’s Distinguished Service Award at the 2018 Forum in Nashville, TN. David previously served as a Chapter Ambassador for NIGP in Area 5 for 4-1/2 years and currently serves on the Mentorship Committee and Radio-NIGP.
    , Ms. Kara M. Daniel, NIGP-CPP, CPPB
    Manager I - Purchasing
    Ms. Kara M. Daniel, NIGP-CPP, CPPB
    Phone: 417-523-0225Fax: 417-523-0496
    I began my career in public procurement with the City of Springfield’s Division of Purchases as 2004. During my time with the City I received four promotions. In 2018, I accepted a position at The School District of Springfield R-12 (Missouri), I currently serve the District as Manager I - Purchasing. I am very active in our profession. I serve the Missouri Association of Public Purchasing as Past President and NIGP as an Area 6 Chapter Ambassador. I was awarded the Buyer of the Year, Large Entity 2017 by the Missouri Association of Public Purchasing, a Chapter of The Institute for Public Procurement. I was awarded the Linda D. Windsor Distinguished Service Award by the Missouri Association of Public Purchasing in 2019, a Chapter of the Institute for Public Procurement. I was awarded the Manager of the Year, Large Entity 2021 by the Missouri Association of Public Purchasing, a Chapter of The Institute for Public Procurement. In 2019, I earned my CPPB Certification. In 2020, I earned my NIGP-CPP Certification. I am a 2018 graduate of Ozarks Technical Community College. I am very involved in my community, I am a Shrine Lady, a spouse member of the Elks Lodge 409, and an official steward for Little Free Library #16449. Professional Associations: NIGP, Chapter Ambassador 2017 - 2020 & 2021-2024 MAPP Communications Chair 2015 MAPP, Secretary 2016-2018 MAPP, President 2019, 2020, 2021 MAPP, Past President 2022
    , Ms. Myrna Quihuis, CPPB
    Procurement Officer
    Ms. Myrna Quihuis, CPPB
    Phone: 480-358-3173Fax: 480-358-3909
    , Lauren Fields
    , Mrs. RuthAnne K Hall, CPPO
    Mrs. RuthAnne K Hall, CPPO
    Phone: 847-377-2180Fax: 847-984-5995
    , Mr. Lars Benson
    Project Lead
    Mr. Lars Benson
    , Mr. Michael E. Bevis, Esq., NIGP-CPP, JD, CPPO, CPSM, DBIA, CJP, FNIGP, C.P.M.
    Chief Procurement Officer
    Mr. Michael E. Bevis, Esq., NIGP-CPP, JD, CPPO, CPSM, DBIA, CJP, FNIGP, C.P.M.
    Michael Bevis is an internationally recognized thought leader in the public procurement profession. He is currently Chief Procurement Officer for the City of Norfolk, Virginia, where he is charged with integrating business, technology, operations and budgeting goals to further the City’s commitment to grow Norfolk’s economy and adopt programs that build a solid foundation for partnering with the business community. His prior purchasing experiences have included Purchasing Agent for Arlington County, Virginia; Chief Procurement Officer for the City of Naperville, Illinois; Deputy Director of the Federal Acquisition Institute in Washington DC; Deputy Purchasing Agent for the City of Chicago and Purchasing Manager for the Chicago Park District. He also practiced law in Ohio, Illinois and before several US Federal courts before focusing on Procurement Management. Michael is passionate in his support of fellow professionals. He currently serves the Chair of the Center for Job Order Contracting Excellence and in the immediate past Chair of the Governing Board of NIGP the Institute for Public Procurement; he also represents the International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management on the Global Standards Board. Michael’s professionalism has been recognized by NIGP (Distinguished Service Award, Pareto Award of Excellence, Manager of the Year, Outstanding Agency Accreditation and Innovation awards), IFPSM (the Lewis Spangler Award), National Purchasing Institute (Achievement of Excellence in Procurement – awarded to his jurisdictions 16 times). Michael’s teaching experiences include 23 years as an Instructor for NIGP, independent curriculum and training development for various agencies. He has presented academic papers and taught professional development classes throughout North America, Latin America, Africa, Asia and Europe. He served as an Adjunct Professor at Old Dominion University, the University of Maryland and he has taught at DePaul University in Chicago, IL (both Procurement and Project Management Curriculums). Michael is a graduate of Georgetown University Law School (JD), Lincoln Memorial University (BA magna cum laude) and has completed post graduate studies at North Central College (Leadership Studies) and Northern Illinois University (Public Administration). He holds the NIGP-CPP, a CPPO from the UPPCC and the CPSM and lifetime CPM from the Institute for Supply Management.
    , Mr. Michael E. Bevis, Esq., NIGP-CPP, JD, CPPO, CPSM, DBIA, CJP, FNIGP, C.P.M.
    Chief Procurement Officer
    Mr. Michael E. Bevis, Esq., NIGP-CPP, JD, CPPO, CPSM, DBIA, CJP, FNIGP, C.P.M.
    Michael Bevis is an internationally recognized thought leader in the public procurement profession. He is currently Chief Procurement Officer for the City of Norfolk, Virginia, where he is charged with integrating business, technology, operations and budgeting goals to further the City’s commitment to grow Norfolk’s economy and adopt programs that build a solid foundation for partnering with the business community. His prior purchasing experiences have included Purchasing Agent for Arlington County, Virginia; Chief Procurement Officer for the City of Naperville, Illinois; Deputy Director of the Federal Acquisition Institute in Washington DC; Deputy Purchasing Agent for the City of Chicago and Purchasing Manager for the Chicago Park District. He also practiced law in Ohio, Illinois and before several US Federal courts before focusing on Procurement Management. Michael is passionate in his support of fellow professionals. He currently serves the Chair of the Center for Job Order Contracting Excellence and in the immediate past Chair of the Governing Board of NIGP the Institute for Public Procurement; he also represents the International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management on the Global Standards Board. Michael’s professionalism has been recognized by NIGP (Distinguished Service Award, Pareto Award of Excellence, Manager of the Year, Outstanding Agency Accreditation and Innovation awards), IFPSM (the Lewis Spangler Award), National Purchasing Institute (Achievement of Excellence in Procurement – awarded to his jurisdictions 16 times). Michael’s teaching experiences include 23 years as an Instructor for NIGP, independent curriculum and training development for various agencies. He has presented academic papers and taught professional development classes throughout North America, Latin America, Africa, Asia and Europe. He served as an Adjunct Professor at Old Dominion University, the University of Maryland and he has taught at DePaul University in Chicago, IL (both Procurement and Project Management Curriculums). Michael is a graduate of Georgetown University Law School (JD), Lincoln Memorial University (BA magna cum laude) and has completed post graduate studies at North Central College (Leadership Studies) and Northern Illinois University (Public Administration). He holds the NIGP-CPP, a CPPO from the UPPCC and the CPSM and lifetime CPM from the Institute for Supply Management.
    , Tamela Saldana
    SMBR Assistant Director
    Tamela Saldana
    , Mr. Michael Alan Wenzel, CPPO
    Education and Outreach Coordinator
    Mr. Michael Alan Wenzel, CPPO
    Phone: 207-313-8244Fax: 207-624-6578
    , Mrs. Erin A. D'Vincent, NIGP-CPP, CPPB
    Procurement Manager
    Mrs. Erin A. D'Vincent, NIGP-CPP, CPPB
    Phone: 512-974-3070Fax: 512-974-2388
    , Ms. Grace Enlow
    Buyer
    Ms. Grace Enlow
    Phone: 501-371-4560Fax: 501-371-4675
    , Ms. Althea Pemsel, CPSM, C.P.M., A.P.P.
    Ms. Althea Pemsel, CPSM, C.P.M., A.P.P.
    Phone: 754-261-4370Fax: 561-842-5105
    , Mr. Boyd Montgomery, CSFM, CSE
    Regional Business Manager, Sports Fields & Grounds, North America
    Mr. Boyd Montgomery, CSFM, CSE
    Phone: 952-887-7906Fax: 952-887-8694
    , Ms. Theresa Webb, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB, C.P.M., M.A.
    Ms. Theresa Webb, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB, C.P.M., M.A.
    Theresa Webb, M.A., NIGP-CPM, CPPO, CPPB, C.P.M. has over 30 years of experience in procurement in both the private and public sectors with about 18 years in public sector procurement. In her leadership roles prior to retirement from public procurement, Theresa oversaw the procurement of goods, services, technology, construction, capital improvement and PCard Administration. She has a Bachelors' in Business Administration and a Masters' degree in Business Management. Theresa is a certified NIGP Instructor, and a current Chair of the NIGP Accreditation Committee. Theresa is a member of NIGP, FAPPO, and North Florida Chapter of NIGP, and has been a member of multiple boards, committees, panels, task forces and councils for those organizations over the years. She was recognized by NIGP in 2013 as National Buyer of the Year.
    , Mr. John Littler
    Northwest Representative
    Mr. John Littler
    , Mr. John D. Veal, Jr., NIGP-CPP, CPPB
    Mr. John D. Veal, Jr., NIGP-CPP, CPPB
    Phone: 580-695-9090Fax: 202-481-2249
    John D. Veal, Jr. is the Deputy District Director for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Oklahoma District Office. He directs the Oklahoma District team in implementing an efficient and effective strategy that strengthens the entrepreneurial ecosystem and helps small business owners access capital, comprehensive technical assistance, and government contracting opportunities. In 2018 Veal served as Acting District Director for SBA's Illinois District Office and its Springfield Branch Office delivering SBA's programs and services throughout Illinois's 102 counties. He previously worked for the Richmond District Office as a Supervisory Business Opportunity Specialist and for the Oklahoma District Office as a Business Opportunity Specialist and Veterans Affairs Officer. He is a member of the 2018 Class of the Excellence in Government Fellows Program. Extensive experience in government contracting and a passion for empowering small business owners led Veal to make a difference with the SBA. He earlier served as the Defense Military Pay Officer at Fort Polk, Louisiana and Fort Sill, Oklahoma and, as a Business Coordinator with the Oklahoma Small Business Development Center (OSBDC). While with the OSBDC he was recognized as the Region VI and the Oklahoma District Office as the Veteran’s Small Business Champion of the Year for the U.S. Small Business Administration. Veal holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from Oklahoma City University. He is a Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) from the Universal Public Procurement Certification Council (UPPCC) and holds the Level I Contracting Certification from the Federal Acquisition Institute. Veal is a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in Desert Shield/Desert Storm as the Detachment Commander of the finance detachment. He was a member of the finance corps and retired in 1995 at the rank of First Sergeant, having served for more than 23 years. A strong commitment to his community also motivates him to serve in other capacities. He is a Life Member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. He is a past treasurer of the Ninth District of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. He was named Ninth District Omega Man of the Year and recently inducted in the inaugural class of the Oklahoma State QUES Hall of Fame for fraternal and community contributions. He the current President of the Oklahoma State Ques Association and a member of the Ninth District Council. Veal has served in key roles in other community organizations including serving as president of the Society of Case Research and a trustee for the Comanche County Industrial Development Authority. Additionally, he led Leadership Lawton/Fort Sill and served as District 5A governor for AMBUCS, a national charity dedicated to creating mobility and independence for people with disabilities
    , Gord Sears
    e-Procurement Consultant
    Gord Sears
    , Mrs. Lori E. Peterson, CPPO, C.P.M., NIGP-CPP
    Director of Purchasing
    Mrs. Lori E. Peterson, CPPO, C.P.M., NIGP-CPP
    Phone: 801-402-7803Fax: 801-402-7809
    , Ms. Stacy Lynn Adams, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB
    Director of Statewide Sourcing
    Ms. Stacy Lynn Adams, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB
    Phone: 803-737-4375Fax: 803-737-0639
    Stacy Adams, CPPB, NIGP-CPP is the Director of Statewide Sourcing for the State of South Carolina, Division of Procurement Services managing the State Term Contracting Teams. With nearly 20 years of experience her skills represent governmental purchasing at the county, state agency and state-wide levels. Stacy is a leader who is actively involved in content builds for the new NIGP Pathways program. She instructs courses as a NIGP Certified Instructor. Stacy is also an instructor for courses on behalf of the South Carolina State Fiscal Accountability Authority helping procurement professionals throughout the state learn various aspects of the profession. Stacy’s desire to “give back” to the profession she so dearly loves continues in her service to NIGP and its local Chapter, SCAGPO. As an active member of both, she serves on many committees and has been awarded Buyer of the Year for 2014 and was the recipient of the B.D. Bland Distinguished Service Award in 2018. Stacy currently serves on NIGP’s Talent Council Chair-Elect and serves SCAGPO on the Past President’s Council. Stacy is married to the amazingly charming and wonderful Charlie Adams. The two share 4 children and 3 wonderful grandchildren. Stacy is a graduate of Southern Wesleyan University with a degree in Business Administration.
    , Mr. Art Moore, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB
    Chief Procurement Officer - Capital Development Board
    Mr. Art Moore, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB
    Phone: 217-494-9036Fax: 217-558-1399
    , Ms. Barbara R. Johnson, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB, FNIGP
    APO, Retired
    Ms. Barbara R. Johnson, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB, FNIGP
    Barb is the former Agency Procurement Officer for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. She also served as the Procurement Manager for the Columbus Regional Airport Authority and the City of Columbus. Barb is currently serving on the NIGP Certification Commission. Barb has served on the NIGP Board of Directors and many Public Procurement Institute committees and task forces. In 2014, NIGP honored Barb with a Distinguished Service Award for her contributions to the Institute, the Procurement Profession and the entity she served. In 2008, NIGP recognized Barb as the Manager of the Year Awardee. In 2019, Barb co-developed the Pathways Module entitled "Mission and Public Benefit." In 2010, she co-authored the update to the text entitled “Strategic Procurement Planning in the Public Sector.” She also serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Public Procurement (JOPP.) Barb has instructed courses and workshops for The Ohio State University, NIGP-The Institute for Public Procurement, ISM – Institute for Supply Management, and many others upon request. Barb instructs many of NIGP's Pathways Courses as well as Risk Management, Legal Aspects and more.
    , Ms. Shirley J Webb, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB
    Ms. Shirley J Webb, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB
    , Mr. Chris Robinson, CPSM
    Procurement Manager
    Mr. Chris Robinson, CPSM
    Phone: 218-895-4168Fax: 218-894-5495
    , Carl Bonitto, CSCMP
    Manager of Purchasing and Risk Management Services
    Carl Bonitto, CSCMP
    Carl Bonitto has over 17 years of procurement experience and received his CSCMP designation through the Supply Chain Management Association of Canada in 2009. He currently is on the Ontario Public Buyers Association Certificate program advisory board as an instructor teaching courses since 2010. He also sits on the Supply Chain Management and Global Logistics advisory committee at Loyalist College and is currently a Chapter Ambassador and the Certification Commission Chair – Elect for the NIGP. He gained his procurement experience in a variety of business sectors including Automotive, Technology, Food, Sporting Goods and Municipal government. His current role as the Manager of Purchasing and Risk Management Services for the County of Northumberland allows him to procure a variety of goods and services for their seven diverse departments. Items include Construction, IT, Long Term Care, Paramedics and Consulting services. On the Risk management side he manages all legal matters and claims received by the County.
    , Mrs. Andrea L. Philyaw, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, PMP, CPPB
    Director, Procurement and Risk Management
    Mrs. Andrea L. Philyaw, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, PMP, CPPB
    Phone: 571-252-1427Fax: 571-252-1432
    Andrea has over 30 years public sector experience and has been the Director of Procurement and Risk Management for Loudoun County Public Schools, Virginia since February 2013. During her 22 years with the school system, Andrea has also served as a Bid Specialist, Procurement System Specialist, Oracle Project Manager, and Financial Services Coordinator. Andrea obtained a Business Administration Degree from Strayer University in 2005, the Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) designation in 2002, Project Management Professional (PMP) designation in 2018, and the Certified Public Purchasing Officer (CPPO) designation in 2019. Andrea enjoys the opportunities offered by the procurement profession and instructing individuals new to the profession. Andrea grew up on a farm in Iowa and loves spending time with her husband, children and grandchildren.
    , Mrs. Pauline Alles
    Contracts Administrator
    Mrs. Pauline Alles
    Phone: 801-918-6349Fax: 801-581-6081
    Pauline Alles is a Contracts Administrator/Senior Buyer in the U-Facilities Planning, Design & Construction department at the University of Utah. She was a former NIGP Chapter 3-year Board of Director, Vice President and past President. She is a member of the NCMA, National Contract Management Association and a member of the NBMBAA. She recently attained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from Western Governors University with plans to achieve her Masters in Management and Leadership in June 2023. Polly attributes her career success to her work experiences, life experiences, friends, mentors and peers, who are the most valued part of her education! She is a published author in the UK IN Procurement Magazine and contributing author in the US Government Procurement Magazine. She started her career in Supply Chain within the Retail Industry back in 1986, having 36 total years of supply chain, management and coaching experience. The retail company where she started her career, Woolworth-US/Woolco-Canada, and her US Northern Reflections Stores, played an integral part in helping to finalizing the 1994 NAFTA Agreement between U.S., Canada and Mexico. Polly believes that even when the half-full glass gets empty, we should take a moment to reflect, be grateful for when it was full, and focus on how to re-fill the glass with new possibilities!
    , Ms. Pam J Pedler
    Director of State Business
    Ms. Pam J Pedler
    , Ms. Tammy Rimes
    Executive Director
    Ms. Tammy Rimes
    Tammy Rimes is the Executive Director of the National Cooperative Procurement Partners (NCPP), the premier Association for educational content, legislative advocacy and support for cooperative procurement. She also formally served as Purchasing Agent for the City of San Diego, the 9th largest city in the nation and Emergency Logistics Chief during the 2007 Witch Creek Fires that raged for 17 days and destroyed over 2000 homes. Under her leadership, the City consolidated its warehouse operations, centralized all purchasing and contracting operations, and moved to a more customer focused approach. With past sales and marking experience in the airline, retail, electrical utility and wine industry, she has the unique perspective of working in three different worlds – corporate, government and entrepreneurial.
    , Mrs. Claudia Leon, CPPB
    Director of Procurement
    Mrs. Claudia Leon, CPPB
    , Mr. Greg Tatar
    Director of Procurement
    Mr. Greg Tatar
    , Mr. Rick Grimm, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB, FCIPS
    Chief Executive Officer
    Mr. Rick Grimm, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB, FCIPS
    Phone: 703-429-2590Fax: 703-736-9644
    , Brad Cummings
    VP, Procurement
    Brad Cummings
    , Mr. Nathan David Dawson
    Procurement Director
    Mr. Nathan David Dawson
    Phone: 803-730-3908Fax: 803-737-0102
    Originally from Australia, Nathan worked as an attorney both Down Under and in the UK before he found his true calling – procurement. He currently works for Lexington County School District One in Columbia, South Carolina buying goods and services (mainly IT-related) to help the schools prepare our leaders of tomorrow. Nathan also teaches NIGP classes to procurement professionals around the country, specializing in Technology and Cloud Procurement. And no, he does not know Chris Hemsworth.
    , Bill Davison, CPPO
    Director of Purchasing
    Bill Davison, CPPO
    , Ms. Lourdes ( Maria de Lourdes) Coss, NIGP-CPP, CPPO
    Ms. Lourdes ( Maria de Lourdes) Coss, NIGP-CPP, CPPO
    Lourdes Coss, MPA, CPPO - is the author of “Procurement Methods: Effective Techniques;” a certified John Maxwell Team Coach, Speaker, Teacher, and Trainer. She's also certified to train and consult on D.I.S.C. Personality Assessment Tool. Lourdes is an accomplished procurement professional with approximately 30 years of experience, 17 of which were leading procurement transformations in large organizations. Lourdes held Chief Procurement Officer and executive level positions in major public organizations, such as: City of Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago, Public Building Commission of Chicago, Cook County, and City of Houston; and is now working with Canon Solutions America as a subject matter expert for government. She continues to add value to public entities through consulting, training, and as an NIGP instructor. Lourdes led transformative changes in various agencies leading to savings in excess of $150 Million, higher personnel credentials; and transition to strategic/value add operations. She authored and implemented the procurement code for the City of Houston and participated in the development of and implemented the procurement code for Cook County. Achievements include: national awards for operational excellence, cost savings, 2016 Spirit of NIGP, and 2018 NIGP Integrity Award. Lourdes also held positions on various Boards, including NIGP. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Puerto Rico and received her MPA from Florida State University.
    , Ms. Lourdes ( Maria de Lourdes) Coss, NIGP-CPP, CPPO
    Ms. Lourdes ( Maria de Lourdes) Coss, NIGP-CPP, CPPO
    Lourdes Coss, MPA, CPPO - is the author of “Procurement Methods: Effective Techniques;” a certified John Maxwell Team Coach, Speaker, Teacher, and Trainer. She's also certified to train and consult on D.I.S.C. Personality Assessment Tool. Lourdes is an accomplished procurement professional with approximately 30 years of experience, 17 of which were leading procurement transformations in large organizations. Lourdes held Chief Procurement Officer and executive level positions in major public organizations, such as: City of Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago, Public Building Commission of Chicago, Cook County, and City of Houston; and is now working with Canon Solutions America as a subject matter expert for government. She continues to add value to public entities through consulting, training, and as an NIGP instructor. Lourdes led transformative changes in various agencies leading to savings in excess of $150 Million, higher personnel credentials; and transition to strategic/value add operations. She authored and implemented the procurement code for the City of Houston and participated in the development of and implemented the procurement code for Cook County. Achievements include: national awards for operational excellence, cost savings, 2016 Spirit of NIGP, and 2018 NIGP Integrity Award. Lourdes also held positions on various Boards, including NIGP. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Puerto Rico and received her MPA from Florida State University.
    , Ms. Carrie F. Mathes, CPPO, APP, CPPB, C.P.M., CFCM, MPA, NIGP-CPP
    Procurement Manager
    Ms. Carrie F. Mathes, CPPO, APP, CPPB, C.P.M., CFCM, MPA, NIGP-CPP
    Phone: 407-836-5664Fax: 407-836-5899
    Carrie has over 25 years of procurement experience in both the private and public sectors. She currently serves as the Manager for the Orange County Procurement Division. Carrie has obtained several professional certifications including Certified Federal Contracts Manager (CFCM), Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO), Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB), Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.), and Accredited Purchasing Practitioner (A.P.P.). Carrie is Past President of the Florida Association of Public Procurement Officials (FAPPO), and the Central Florida Chapter of NIGP. She currently serves as Chair-Elect of NIGP’s Governing Board. Carrie received the Anne Deatherage Meritorious Service Award from NIGP in 2014, and was named the Professional Manager of the Year by NIGP in 2012. Carrie holds both Master and Bachelor degrees in Public Administration from the University of Central Florida and a Graduate Certificate in Emergency Management from the University of Central Florida.
    , Ms. Lynda Allair, NIGP-CPP, CPPO
    Retired
    Ms. Lynda Allair, NIGP-CPP, CPPO
    Lynda Allair, CPPO has forty years of experience as a Public Sector Procurement Leader, involving policy development, post-merger amalgamation of functional groups, complex acquisitions, project implementation and change management, as well as business transformation within the provincial, municipal and health care sectors. Lynda retired from the BPS Supply Chain Secretariat, now a division of Supply Chain Ontario, for which she was a Project Lead providing project management advice and support to the broader public sector to modernize supply chain processes. Lynda is a Content Developer and Instructor for NIGP: The Institute for Public Procurement. She also instructs courses in public procurement at the University of Guelph and others upon request, as well as providing consulting services through NIGP's Consulting program. She is a frequent speaker at NIGP Forum and other public sector events. She is a Past President of the Ontario Public Buyers Association chapter of NIGP and served nearly ten years as a Canadian Public Procurement Council (CPPC) Board member from its inception. She is a Lions Club member, a Library Board member, Chair of her local Church Board and volunteers within the community. On the Faculty of: Pathways Program; Alternative Dispute Resolution; CPPB Prep; CPPO Prep; Legal Aspects of Public Purchasing; and Risk Management in Public Contracting.
    , Ms. Lynda Allair, NIGP-CPP, CPPO
    Retired
    Ms. Lynda Allair, NIGP-CPP, CPPO
    Lynda Allair, CPPO has forty years of experience as a Public Sector Procurement Leader, involving policy development, post-merger amalgamation of functional groups, complex acquisitions, project implementation and change management, as well as business transformation within the provincial, municipal and health care sectors. Lynda retired from the BPS Supply Chain Secretariat, now a division of Supply Chain Ontario, for which she was a Project Lead providing project management advice and support to the broader public sector to modernize supply chain processes. Lynda is a Content Developer and Instructor for NIGP: The Institute for Public Procurement. She also instructs courses in public procurement at the University of Guelph and others upon request, as well as providing consulting services through NIGP's Consulting program. She is a frequent speaker at NIGP Forum and other public sector events. She is a Past President of the Ontario Public Buyers Association chapter of NIGP and served nearly ten years as a Canadian Public Procurement Council (CPPC) Board member from its inception. She is a Lions Club member, a Library Board member, Chair of her local Church Board and volunteers within the community. On the Faculty of: Pathways Program; Alternative Dispute Resolution; CPPB Prep; CPPO Prep; Legal Aspects of Public Purchasing; and Risk Management in Public Contracting.
    , Mr. Drew Tuller
    National Program Manager Public Sector
    Mr. Drew Tuller
    , Ms. Lavera G Tolentino
    Acting Purchasing Agent
    Ms. Lavera G Tolentino
    , Ms. Stacy Gregg, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB
    Procurement Director
    Ms. Stacy Gregg, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB
    Stacy Gregg began her career in Public Procurement in 1996. Currently, she serves as Procurement Manager for the University of South Carolina in Columbia. Stacy is an active member both with the Institute and at the Chapter level, currently serving as an inaugural member of the NIGP-CPP Commission. Stacy has volunteered in other aspects as well, including former Awards Committee Chair, Ambassador with NIGP’s Region 4, and in multiple positions for the SC Association of Governmental Purchasing Officials. Stacy also has the distinction of being the recipient of NIGP’s 2019 DSA Award, 2014 Buyer of the Year award and multiple awards for SCAGPO, including the 2013 James H. Barnes Award which is the Chapter’s highest honor.
    , Ms. Stacy Gregg, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB
    Procurement Director
    Ms. Stacy Gregg, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB
    Stacy Gregg began her career in Public Procurement in 1996. Currently, she serves as Procurement Manager for the University of South Carolina in Columbia. Stacy is an active member both with the Institute and at the Chapter level, currently serving as an inaugural member of the NIGP-CPP Commission. Stacy has volunteered in other aspects as well, including former Awards Committee Chair, Ambassador with NIGP’s Region 4, and in multiple positions for the SC Association of Governmental Purchasing Officials. Stacy also has the distinction of being the recipient of NIGP’s 2019 DSA Award, 2014 Buyer of the Year award and multiple awards for SCAGPO, including the 2013 James H. Barnes Award which is the Chapter’s highest honor.
    , Mr. Michael R Thornton, CPPO
    Purchasing Manager
    Mr. Michael R Thornton, CPPO
    , Mr. Ronnie O. Barnes
    Program Coordinator - Purchasing
    Mr. Ronnie O. Barnes
    , Ms. Bobbie Tolston, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB
    Supervisor of Procurement
    Ms. Bobbie Tolston, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB
    Bobbie Tolston, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB Bobbie has over 20 years of management experience in public procurement. Bobbie is currently the Supervisor of Purchasing for Harford County Public Schools where she manages the procurement activities of the purchasing department and distribution center. Bobbie has a broad range of procurement experience and utilizes her knowledge to encourage procurement professionals to expand their knowledge through education. She has experience working with water utilities, local, and municipal government agencies. She is an instructor for NIGP, where she has contributed to the development of content for several NIGP courses.
    , Ms. Becca Blazak
    Partnerships & Community
    Ms. Becca Blazak
    , Ms. Elena McGrew
    Statewide Enterprise Procurement Manager
    Ms. Elena McGrew
    Phone: 360-407-9207Fax: 360-586-2426
    , Mr. Jon Stodola
    Sales Manager State & Local Gov't
    Mr. Jon Stodola
    Phone: 952-887-8808Fax: 952-887-8693
    Jon joined The Toro Company in 2015 and serves as the Government Contracts Manager for North America. In his role, he helps educate and support Toro’s internal and distribution teams on the use of Government Contracts and how to work with government agencies. Jon is also responsible for supporting a number of Toro’s key industry relationships – in addition to helping develop and implement strategies targeted at growing and supporting the Sports Fields & Grounds market segments, which represents professional and collegiate sports, educational institutions, and government - including federal, state and local entities. Jon has also earned a core certificate for Foundations of Strategy & Policy through the NIGP Pathways training program – working alongside public procurement practitioners. He is the Chair of the NIGP Business Council, which is comprised of representatives from 12 companies participating in the Institute’s Enterprise Sponsor Program. Enterprise Sponsors are leaders in their respective industries and have demonstrated a shared commitment to NIGP’s values of Accountability, Ethics, Impartiality, Professionalism, Service, and Transparency.
    , Mr. John (Jack) M. Pellegrino, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPCM
    Director of Purchasing and Contracting
    Mr. John (Jack) M. Pellegrino, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPCM
    Phone: 858-505-6565Fax: 858-576-8113
    Jack is the Director of Purchasing and Contacting for the County of San Diego serving over 3.3 million residents which is the 2nd most populous county in California, and the 5th in the United States. The Department of Purchasing & Contracting’s centralized procurement team awards over 1,400 new contracts a year supporting the County’s 42 departments. The County’s annual procurement spend exceeds $1.5 Billion of the County’s $6.4 Billion budget. Jack has 40 years of Government contracting and procurement experience leading diverse teams of contracting, procurement, and pricing staff in both the public and private sectors. Prior to joining the County, Jack held executive contracting and procurement positions in the private sector supporting government customers. He currently serves as the President of the California Association of Public Procurement Officials (CAPPO); and is a member of the Certification Commission for The Institute for Public Procurement (NIGP). Jack is a Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO), NIGP – Certified Procurement Professional (CPP), and Certified Professional Contracts Manager (CPCM) and Fellow designated by the National Contract Management Association (NCMA). He is also an instructor for the San Diego State University (SDSU) Extension Contracts Program.
    , Mr. John (Jack) M. Pellegrino, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPCM
    Director of Purchasing and Contracting
    Mr. John (Jack) M. Pellegrino, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPCM
    Phone: 858-505-6565Fax: 858-576-8113
    Jack is the Director of Purchasing and Contacting for the County of San Diego serving over 3.3 million residents which is the 2nd most populous county in California, and the 5th in the United States. The Department of Purchasing & Contracting’s centralized procurement team awards over 1,400 new contracts a year supporting the County’s 42 departments. The County’s annual procurement spend exceeds $1.5 Billion of the County’s $6.4 Billion budget. Jack has 40 years of Government contracting and procurement experience leading diverse teams of contracting, procurement, and pricing staff in both the public and private sectors. Prior to joining the County, Jack held executive contracting and procurement positions in the private sector supporting government customers. He currently serves as the President of the California Association of Public Procurement Officials (CAPPO); and is a member of the Certification Commission for The Institute for Public Procurement (NIGP). Jack is a Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO), NIGP – Certified Procurement Professional (CPP), and Certified Professional Contracts Manager (CPCM) and Fellow designated by the National Contract Management Association (NCMA). He is also an instructor for the San Diego State University (SDSU) Extension Contracts Program.
    , Mrs. Toni Cook
    Assistant Procurement Manager
    Mrs. Toni Cook
    Phone: 501-371-4780Fax: 501-371-4675
    , Mrs. Toni Cook
    Assistant Procurement Manager
    Mrs. Toni Cook
    Phone: 501-371-4780Fax: 501-371-4675
    , Aimee Bivins
    Sr. Marketing Specialist
    Aimee Bivins
    Phone: 310-217-3611Fax: 310-715-7057
    , Ms. Christin Webb, CPPB, MBA, NIGP-CPP
    Administrator
    Ms. Christin Webb, CPPB, MBA, NIGP-CPP
    , Mr. Art Moore, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB
    Chief Procurement Officer - Capital Development Board
    Mr. Art Moore, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB
    Phone: 217-494-9036Fax: 217-558-1399
    , Mr. Art Moore, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB
    Chief Procurement Officer - Capital Development Board
    Mr. Art Moore, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB
    Phone: 217-494-9036Fax: 217-558-1399
    , Steve Tran
    Steve Tran
    Phone: 206-373-9451Fax: 206-373-8961
    , Mr. David E. Nash, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB
    Procurement Specialist - Retired
    Mr. David E. Nash, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB
    David Nash retired as a Chief Warrant Officer Three from the United States Army in 1988 after 20 years of service in inventory management. In 2007, he retired from the City of Fort Lauderdale after 18 years of service in warehousing and procurement. David holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Business Administration. He was the last President of the Governmental Purchasing Association of Southeast Florida, having successfully led a merger with the SE Florida Chapter of NIGP in 2001. He was also the President of the Florida Association of Public Procurement Officials in 2006-2007. David was presented with FAPPO’s George H. Wolf Distinguished Service Award in 2010. In 2014, he was presented with FAPPO’s Educator of the Year Award. In 2019, he was presented with his second George H. Wolf Distinguished Service Award for his contributions to FAPPO during 25 years of membership. David is a certified instructor for NIGP and from 2010 to 2013 he served on the Evaluation Committee for the National Procurement Institute’s Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award. Since creating the online “Question of the Day” in 2007, he has helped thousands of procurement professionals prepare for their CPPB, CPPO and NIGP-CPP exams. For this contribution, he was presented with the "Spirit of NIGP Award" at the NIGP Forum in 2013. For his overall contributions to the procurement profession, he was presented with NIGP’s Distinguished Service Award at the 2018 Forum in Nashville, TN. David previously served as a Chapter Ambassador for NIGP in Area 5 for 4-1/2 years and currently serves on the Mentorship Committee and Radio-NIGP.
    , Ms. Barbara R. Johnson, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB, FNIGP
    APO, Retired
    Ms. Barbara R. Johnson, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB, FNIGP
    Barb is the former Agency Procurement Officer for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. She also served as the Procurement Manager for the Columbus Regional Airport Authority and the City of Columbus. Barb is currently serving on the NIGP Certification Commission. Barb has served on the NIGP Board of Directors and many Public Procurement Institute committees and task forces. In 2014, NIGP honored Barb with a Distinguished Service Award for her contributions to the Institute, the Procurement Profession and the entity she served. In 2008, NIGP recognized Barb as the Manager of the Year Awardee. In 2019, Barb co-developed the Pathways Module entitled "Mission and Public Benefit." In 2010, she co-authored the update to the text entitled “Strategic Procurement Planning in the Public Sector.” She also serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Public Procurement (JOPP.) Barb has instructed courses and workshops for The Ohio State University, NIGP-The Institute for Public Procurement, ISM – Institute for Supply Management, and many others upon request. Barb instructs many of NIGP's Pathways Courses as well as Risk Management, Legal Aspects and more.
    , Mrs. Andrea W. Mindenhall, CPPO, CPPB
    Mrs. Andrea W. Mindenhall, CPPO, CPPB
    , Mrs. Andrea W. Mindenhall, CPPO, CPPB
    Mrs. Andrea W. Mindenhall, CPPO, CPPB
    , Ms. Stéphanie Dion, NIGP-CPP, CPPB
    Director, Procurement Center of Excellence
    Ms. Stéphanie Dion, NIGP-CPP, CPPB
    , Ms. Stéphanie Dion, NIGP-CPP, CPPB
    Director, Procurement Center of Excellence
    Ms. Stéphanie Dion, NIGP-CPP, CPPB
    , Ms. Stéphanie Dion, NIGP-CPP, CPPB
    Director, Procurement Center of Excellence
    Ms. Stéphanie Dion, NIGP-CPP, CPPB
    , Ms. Stéphanie Dion, NIGP-CPP, CPPB
    Director, Procurement Center of Excellence
    Ms. Stéphanie Dion, NIGP-CPP, CPPB
    , Ms. Amber Yates, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB
    Procurement Administrator
    Ms. Amber Yates, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB
    Phone: 501-688-1450Fax: 501-688-1463
    , Ms. Christine A. Coghill, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB
    Procurement Director
    Ms. Christine A. Coghill, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB
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    , Ms. Kristie Brooks
    Strategic Account Manager
    Ms. Kristie Brooks
    Phone: 469-346-0439Fax: 954-247-2033
    , Ms. Penny M Owens, CPPO, NIGP-CPP
    Purchasing Agent
    Ms. Penny M Owens, CPPO, NIGP-CPP
    Phone: 865-215-2062Fax: 865-215-2277
    , Mr. Duff Erholtz
    Membership Development Administrator
    Mr. Duff Erholtz
    Phone: 218-894-5490Fax: 218-894-5495
    , Ms. Stefanie Taylor, CPPO CPCM CPPB, NIGP-CPP
    Contract Compliance Manager
    Ms. Stefanie Taylor, CPPO CPCM CPPB, NIGP-CPP
    Phone: 770-528-3661Fax: 770-528-8428
    , Mr. Jeremy Schwartz
    Chief Operating and Procurement Officer
    Mr. Jeremy Schwartz
    Phone: 218-894-5488Fax: 218-894-5495
    , Mr. Martin Behm
    Regional Strategic Account Manager
    Mr. Martin Behm
    Phone: 954-247-2038Fax: 954-247-2033
    , Dr. Kim Abrego, PT, DPT
    Chief Operating Officer
    Dr. Kim Abrego, PT, DPT
    As President of Disaster Recovery Services, LLC, Kim specializes in the platform development and supplier coordination aspects of complex disaster recovery services for public entities. Kim’s focus is on the strategic placement of risk preparedness, disaster remediation and restoration, debris removal, and claims recovery services, among others, with public entities to optimize reimbursement throughout all phases of disaster recovery and via all available funding sources, including FEMA’s Public Assistance program. Kim holds 18 years of experience in providing project claim coordination, data management, business development, and marketing coordination within the disaster recovery arena, supporting the restoration of operations and the preparation and review of damages claims and insurance valuations for those suffering from complex disaster events.
    , Mr. Cameron Mickey
    National Account Manager Government
    Mr. Cameron Mickey
    Cameron Mickey is the National Account Manager of Government and Strategic Accounts for our PRO Business Division. He has been with the Home Depot for 33 Years and for the past 9 years, his responsibilities surrounded the implementation, training and developing of our programs to help support our Agencies and Home Depot associates to support local government for the Home Depot US retail stores and Home Depot.com. He is dedicated to making sure that all Government agencies have a procurement solution from all sectors of the Business to Business and that they comply with the procurement standards. He also is responsible to work with the Home Depot contracts team to support our National CO-OP partnership with OMNIA Partners to ensure that all levels of the States, Local Government, Universities, K-12 and Non-Profits are able to utilize the Home Depot contracts to save the time and money with The Home Depot.
    , Mr. Dave Wetzel
    National Public Sector Leader
    Mr. Dave Wetzel
    , Mr. Vitesh Patel
    Procurement Manager
    Mr. Vitesh Patel
    , Ms. Danielle L. Hinz, CPPO, C.P.M.
    Executive Government Advisor
    Ms. Danielle L. Hinz, CPPO, C.P.M.
    , Mr. Gary Lambert
    Assistant Secretary
    Mr. Gary Lambert
    , Diane Daly
    Director of Certification
    Diane Daly
    Phone: 703-736-8900 Ext: 349Fax: 703-736-9644
    , Mrs. Melissa Couture
    Buyer
    Mrs. Melissa Couture
    , Ms. Traci L. Gorman, CPPO, CPPB
    Contract and Procurement Division Manager
    Ms. Traci L. Gorman, CPPO, CPPB
    Phone: 719-520-6398Fax: 719-520-6730
    , Ms. Kate M. Rotella, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, MPA
    Purchasing Director
    Ms. Kate M. Rotella, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, MPA
    , Mr. Nathan David Dawson
    Procurement Director
    Mr. Nathan David Dawson
    Phone: 803-730-3908Fax: 803-737-0102
    Originally from Australia, Nathan worked as an attorney both Down Under and in the UK before he found his true calling – procurement. He currently works for Lexington County School District One in Columbia, South Carolina buying goods and services (mainly IT-related) to help the schools prepare our leaders of tomorrow. Nathan also teaches NIGP classes to procurement professionals around the country, specializing in Technology and Cloud Procurement. And no, he does not know Chris Hemsworth.
    , Mrs. Lisa Mehalko, CIA, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPSM, CGAP, GCPM
    Director of Procurement
    Mrs. Lisa Mehalko, CIA, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPSM, CGAP, GCPM
    , Mrs. Erin A. D'Vincent, NIGP-CPP, CPPB
    Procurement Manager
    Mrs. Erin A. D'Vincent, NIGP-CPP, CPPB
    Phone: 512-974-3070Fax: 512-974-2388
    , Mrs. Erin A. D'Vincent, NIGP-CPP, CPPB
    Procurement Manager
    Mrs. Erin A. D'Vincent, NIGP-CPP, CPPB
    Phone: 512-974-3070Fax: 512-974-2388
    , Ms. Lourdes ( Maria de Lourdes) Coss, NIGP-CPP, CPPO
    Ms. Lourdes ( Maria de Lourdes) Coss, NIGP-CPP, CPPO
    Lourdes Coss, MPA, CPPO - is the author of “Procurement Methods: Effective Techniques;” a certified John Maxwell Team Coach, Speaker, Teacher, and Trainer. She's also certified to train and consult on D.I.S.C. Personality Assessment Tool. Lourdes is an accomplished procurement professional with approximately 30 years of experience, 17 of which were leading procurement transformations in large organizations. Lourdes held Chief Procurement Officer and executive level positions in major public organizations, such as: City of Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago, Public Building Commission of Chicago, Cook County, and City of Houston; and is now working with Canon Solutions America as a subject matter expert for government. She continues to add value to public entities through consulting, training, and as an NIGP instructor. Lourdes led transformative changes in various agencies leading to savings in excess of $150 Million, higher personnel credentials; and transition to strategic/value add operations. She authored and implemented the procurement code for the City of Houston and participated in the development of and implemented the procurement code for Cook County. Achievements include: national awards for operational excellence, cost savings, 2016 Spirit of NIGP, and 2018 NIGP Integrity Award. Lourdes also held positions on various Boards, including NIGP. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Puerto Rico and received her MPA from Florida State University.
    , Ms. Lourdes ( Maria de Lourdes) Coss, NIGP-CPP, CPPO
    Ms. Lourdes ( Maria de Lourdes) Coss, NIGP-CPP, CPPO
    Lourdes Coss, MPA, CPPO - is the author of “Procurement Methods: Effective Techniques;” a certified John Maxwell Team Coach, Speaker, Teacher, and Trainer. She's also certified to train and consult on D.I.S.C. Personality Assessment Tool. Lourdes is an accomplished procurement professional with approximately 30 years of experience, 17 of which were leading procurement transformations in large organizations. Lourdes held Chief Procurement Officer and executive level positions in major public organizations, such as: City of Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago, Public Building Commission of Chicago, Cook County, and City of Houston; and is now working with Canon Solutions America as a subject matter expert for government. She continues to add value to public entities through consulting, training, and as an NIGP instructor. Lourdes led transformative changes in various agencies leading to savings in excess of $150 Million, higher personnel credentials; and transition to strategic/value add operations. She authored and implemented the procurement code for the City of Houston and participated in the development of and implemented the procurement code for Cook County. Achievements include: national awards for operational excellence, cost savings, 2016 Spirit of NIGP, and 2018 NIGP Integrity Award. Lourdes also held positions on various Boards, including NIGP. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Puerto Rico and received her MPA from Florida State University.
    , Ms. Cheral A. Manke, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB
    Procurement Innovation Manager
    Ms. Cheral A. Manke, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB
    Phone: 360-407-9402Fax: 360-568-2695
    , Ms. Stephanie L. Akerley, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB
    Corporate Procurement Program Manager
    Ms. Stephanie L. Akerley, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB
    Phone: 301-454-1600Fax: 301-454-1606

    Stephanie Akerley is a Principal Procurement Specialist for The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. She partners with CEOs, executives and end users to assist them in gaining the right product or service at the right price at the right time. After spending nearly three decades working in procurement, Stephanie knows what truly drives the procurement process —and it’s not just about knowing all “the rules.” It’s how well you connect with the people you’re trying to help and communicate your understanding back to them. This is true not only for internal clients, but external clients.


    Stephanie earned her first CPPB in 1997. After taking a career break to raise her family, she once again earned a CPPB in 2015.

    In 2017, she earned her Certified Technology Procurement Specialist (CTPS) certification from the Certified Technology Professionals Executives Society.


    On the Faculty of :
    Introduction to Public Procurement
    , Mr. James Nichols Canjar, NIGP-CPP, CPPB
    Procurement Agent III
    Mr. James Nichols Canjar, NIGP-CPP, CPPB
    , Mr. Brett M. Wood, CPPO, CPPB
    Purchasing Manager
    Mr. Brett M. Wood, CPPO, CPPB
    , Mr. Charles E Mayfield
    Procurement Director
    Mr. Charles E Mayfield
    Phone: 773-553-2901Fax: 773-553-2901
    , Mr. Victor Leamer, CPPB
    Senior Buyer
    Mr. Victor Leamer, CPPB
    With over 30 years of public procurement experience at the county, state department, and state-wide levels, Leamer is currently the Senior Buyer with Spokane County in Washington. Victor earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcast Journalism from Western Washington University (Bellingham, WA) in 1985 and the Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) designation in 2009. Victor teaches Developing and Managing Requests for Proposals (in-person/online) and the Core Certificate: Foundations in Strategy and Policy for NIGP (virtual) and has presented NIGP webinars on protests, evaluating responsiveness in bids, and contract price adjustments. Victor also serves on NIGP's Talent Council (2021) and the Content Management Committee (formerly Knowledge Management Committee) since 2015 and is a founding member/former Vice President of the Alaska/Hawaii Governmental Procurement Association NIGP Chapter.
    , Mr. Victor Leamer, CPPB
    Senior Buyer
    Mr. Victor Leamer, CPPB
    With over 30 years of public procurement experience at the county, state department, and state-wide levels, Leamer is currently the Senior Buyer with Spokane County in Washington. Victor earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcast Journalism from Western Washington University (Bellingham, WA) in 1985 and the Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) designation in 2009. Victor teaches Developing and Managing Requests for Proposals (in-person/online) and the Core Certificate: Foundations in Strategy and Policy for NIGP (virtual) and has presented NIGP webinars on protests, evaluating responsiveness in bids, and contract price adjustments. Victor also serves on NIGP's Talent Council (2021) and the Content Management Committee (formerly Knowledge Management Committee) since 2015 and is a founding member/former Vice President of the Alaska/Hawaii Governmental Procurement Association NIGP Chapter.
    , Christine Wood
    Christine Wood
    Phone: 289-453-2026Fax: 289-926-8786
    , Mr. Terry L. McKee, CPPO, CPPB, MPA, NIGP-CPP, C.P.M. CPCP
    Procurement Director
    Mr. Terry L. McKee, CPPO, CPPB, MPA, NIGP-CPP, C.P.M. CPCP
    Phone: 865-403-1133 Ext: 1134Fax: 865-594-8858
    Terry McKee, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB, C.P.M. Terry McKee is the IT and Procurement Director for Knoxville's Community Development Corporation (KCDC) where he oversees the information systems, procurement and warehousing functions for this public housing and redevelopment agency. During his 32-year public procurement career, he has also led procurement for two other governments: Knox County Schools and Knox County. Terry has served as a member of the NIGP Procurement Consulting team since 1995 and has led or participated on review teams around the nation and in Canada. He earned bachelor degrees in Education and Political Science and holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Tennessee. Terry has pursued numerous educational opportunities beyond college including various certifications (CPPO, CPPB, C.P.M. and CPCP). Terry received the designation of Certified Public Administrator from the State of Tennessee. Along the way Terry has earned several honors including the “Spirit of NIGP” Award (2013), NIGP’s Innovation” Award, NIGP (2007), the East Tennessee Purchasing Association's “Purchasing Professional” of the Year (1993), the East Tennessee Purchasing Association's “Procurement Manager” of the Year (2017) and NIGP’s Purchasing Manager of the Year (2017). In 2020, the University of Tennessee's Masters in Public Policy Administration (MPPA), named Terry as a "Fellow" of the program. Terry has served his chapters in many capacities through the years including committee chair, secretary, treasurer, vice president and president (5 years). Terry has also served NIGP on the Research, Knowledge and Accreditation Committees; the local host committee for the Nashville forum; Global Best Practices and many other ad hoc committees.
    , Ms. Mary E. Zirock, CPPB, GCPA
    Asst Chief Procurement Officer
    Ms. Mary E. Zirock, CPPB, GCPA
    Phone: 404-631-1218Fax: 404-631-1277
    , Mr. Michael R Thornton, CPPO
    Purchasing Manager
    Mr. Michael R Thornton, CPPO
    , Mr. Sean Carroll, NIGP-CPP, CPPO
    Chief Procurement Officer
    Mr. Sean Carroll, NIGP-CPP, CPPO
    Phone: 518-473-5294Fax: 518-486-6099
    In August 2016, Sean Carroll was appointed as the Chief Procurement Officer for New York's Office of General Services. Mr. Carroll manages more than 1500 contracts with annual spend exceeding $22Billion and oversees New York Procurement Services Unit. Mr. Carroll is responsible for statewide contracts for commodities, services and Information Technology for state agencies, state campuses and other authorized users. His prior public sector experience includes the Director of Onondaga County Division of Purchase since December 2010, after serving as the Assistant Director and architect of their S.M.A.R.T. (Strategic, Modernized, Accessible, Responsive and Technology Driven) purchasing methodology; as Director of Investigations for the New York State Consumer Protection Board. In the private sector, Sean owned and managed a logistics and consulting firm for ten years, in between his government service.
    , Kendra Jackson
    Director
    Kendra Jackson
    , Molly McLoughlin, CPPO, CPPB, NIGP-CPP
    Director, Facilities
    Molly McLoughlin, CPPO, CPPB, NIGP-CPP
    Phone: 720-561-5045Fax: 720-561-5039
    , Mr. Kirk W. Buffington, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, C.P.M., CPFIM, MBA
    Mr. Kirk W. Buffington, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, C.P.M., CPFIM, MBA
    Professional Certification(s) obtained: CPPO, C.P.M. Experience: Kirk Buffington, C.P.M. is the Director of Finance for the City of Fort Lauderdale, Florida – a position he has held since 2014. He brings 19 years of procurement experience to the profession – including 17 years in public procurement for Florida municipal and county governments. Kirk holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business from Florida State University and a Master's Degree in Business Administration with a major in Logistics and Materials Management from Webster University. In service to NIGP Chapters, Kirk has held membership in the Central Florida Chapter of NIGP since 1993 and in the Southeast Florida Chapter since 1995. He has served as the Southeast Florida Chapter Vice President and was the President for two years. Kirk is a Certified NIGP Instructor and served as the President of the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing, Inc. in 2008-2009. In service to the profession, Kirk has also held numerous leadership positions within the Florida Association of Public Procurement Officials (FAPPO) and as its President in 2001. He was also a member of the Local Planning Committee for the 1997 NIGP Forum in Fort Lauderdale.
    , Mrs. Zulay Vincenty Millan, CPPO, CPPB, FCCM, NIGP-CPP
    Assistant Manager - Procurement Division
    Mrs. Zulay Vincenty Millan, CPPO, CPPB, FCCM, NIGP-CPP
    Phone: 407-836-5633Fax: 407-836-5899
    Zulay is currently Administrator for the Procurement Division at Orange County Government in Florida. Zulay Millan began her public sector career in 2001. Her career focus has been in Procurement and process engineering/ improvement. Zulay holds a Graduate Certificate in Public Procurement, a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and has her CPPO and CPPB certifications. She is currently representing Young Professionals on NIGP’s Member Council and is a Past President of the Central Florida Chapter of NIGP. In addition, Zulay has served on the Board of Directors and as Chair of various committees for the National Procurement Institute and the Florida Association of Public Procurement Officials. Zulay was designated the 2018 Procurement Manager of the Year in Central Florida and the 2018 NIGP Young Professional of the Year.
    , Mrs. Zulay Vincenty Millan, CPPO, CPPB, FCCM, NIGP-CPP
    Assistant Manager - Procurement Division
    Mrs. Zulay Vincenty Millan, CPPO, CPPB, FCCM, NIGP-CPP
    Phone: 407-836-5633Fax: 407-836-5899
    Zulay is currently Administrator for the Procurement Division at Orange County Government in Florida. Zulay Millan began her public sector career in 2001. Her career focus has been in Procurement and process engineering/ improvement. Zulay holds a Graduate Certificate in Public Procurement, a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and has her CPPO and CPPB certifications. She is currently representing Young Professionals on NIGP’s Member Council and is a Past President of the Central Florida Chapter of NIGP. In addition, Zulay has served on the Board of Directors and as Chair of various committees for the National Procurement Institute and the Florida Association of Public Procurement Officials. Zulay was designated the 2018 Procurement Manager of the Year in Central Florida and the 2018 NIGP Young Professional of the Year.
    , Ms. Bobbie Tolston, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB
    Supervisor of Procurement
    Ms. Bobbie Tolston, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB
    Bobbie Tolston, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB Bobbie has over 20 years of management experience in public procurement. Bobbie is currently the Supervisor of Purchasing for Harford County Public Schools where she manages the procurement activities of the purchasing department and distribution center. Bobbie has a broad range of procurement experience and utilizes her knowledge to encourage procurement professionals to expand their knowledge through education. She has experience working with water utilities, local, and municipal government agencies. She is an instructor for NIGP, where she has contributed to the development of content for several NIGP courses.
    , Ms. Theresa Webb, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB, C.P.M., M.A.
    Ms. Theresa Webb, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB, C.P.M., M.A.
    Theresa Webb, M.A., NIGP-CPM, CPPO, CPPB, C.P.M. has over 30 years of experience in procurement in both the private and public sectors with about 18 years in public sector procurement. In her leadership roles prior to retirement from public procurement, Theresa oversaw the procurement of goods, services, technology, construction, capital improvement and PCard Administration. She has a Bachelors' in Business Administration and a Masters' degree in Business Management. Theresa is a certified NIGP Instructor, and a current Chair of the NIGP Accreditation Committee. Theresa is a member of NIGP, FAPPO, and North Florida Chapter of NIGP, and has been a member of multiple boards, committees, panels, task forces and councils for those organizations over the years. She was recognized by NIGP in 2013 as National Buyer of the Year.
    , Ms. Amy C Flack, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB
    Senior Manager, Non-Capital Program
    Ms. Amy C Flack, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB
    Phone: 813-801-6059Fax: 813-870-8787
    , Mr. Keith K. Glatz, NIGP-CPP, CPPO
    Purchasing & Contracts Manager
    Mr. Keith K. Glatz, NIGP-CPP, CPPO
    Phone: 954-597-3567Fax: 954-597-3565

    Professional Certification(s) obtained:
    CPPO, FCPM (Florida Certified Purchasing Manager), FCPA (Florida Certified Purchasing Agent)

    Experience:
    NIGP Instructor since 1995. Master Instructor since 1998 30 years of purchasing experience. Currently Purchasing & Contracts Manager – City of Tamarac. FL since 2003. Also worked for the State of Illinois (Buyer and Supervisor of Standards and Specifications), Lake County, IL (Asst. Director) and the Village of Skokie, IL (Purchasing Agent) 2007 NIGP Professional Manager of the Year

    Currently serve on NIGP Board of Directors in At-large Seat 14 since 2008, and previously served on the NIGP Marketing Committee from 2003 - 2008

    Former President of SE Florida Chapter of NIGP and the Illinois Association of Public Procurement Officials (Awarded Manager of the Year for both chapters)

    Active with the Florida Association of Public Purchasing Officers (FAPPO)

    Currently a consultant with the NIGP Procurement Management Assistance Program (PMAP)

    B.S. Degree from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1978)

    On the Faculty of:
    Introduction to Public Procurement
    Legal Aspects of Public Purchasing
    CPPO Prep
    CPPB Prep
    Capital Acquisitions

    , Mrs. Paige McDonald, CPPO, CPSM, CPPB
    Assistant Purchasing Manager
    Mrs. Paige McDonald, CPPO, CPSM, CPPB
    , Mr. Allen Hunsberger, C.P.M., NIGP-CPP
    Assistant Director
    Mr. Allen Hunsberger, C.P.M., NIGP-CPP
    Phone: 858-505-6362Fax: 858-715-6453
    , Dr. Jesus J Amezcua
    Assistant Superintendent for Business Services
    Dr. Jesus J Amezcua
    , Dr. Jesus J Amezcua
    Assistant Superintendent for Business Services
    Dr. Jesus J Amezcua
    , Mr. Jon Stodola
    Sales Manager State & Local Gov't
    Mr. Jon Stodola
    Phone: 952-887-8808Fax: 952-887-8693
    Jon joined The Toro Company in 2015 and serves as the Government Contracts Manager for North America. In his role, he helps educate and support Toro’s internal and distribution teams on the use of Government Contracts and how to work with government agencies. Jon is also responsible for supporting a number of Toro’s key industry relationships – in addition to helping develop and implement strategies targeted at growing and supporting the Sports Fields & Grounds market segments, which represents professional and collegiate sports, educational institutions, and government - including federal, state and local entities. Jon has also earned a core certificate for Foundations of Strategy & Policy through the NIGP Pathways training program – working alongside public procurement practitioners. He is the Chair of the NIGP Business Council, which is comprised of representatives from 12 companies participating in the Institute’s Enterprise Sponsor Program. Enterprise Sponsors are leaders in their respective industries and have demonstrated a shared commitment to NIGP’s values of Accountability, Ethics, Impartiality, Professionalism, Service, and Transparency.
    , Ms. Shelley R Vineyard, NIGP-CPP
    Procurement Practice Leader
    Ms. Shelley R Vineyard, NIGP-CPP
    , Mr. John (Jack) M. Pellegrino, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPCM
    Director of Purchasing and Contracting
    Mr. John (Jack) M. Pellegrino, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPCM
    Phone: 858-505-6565Fax: 858-576-8113
    Jack is the Director of Purchasing and Contacting for the County of San Diego serving over 3.3 million residents which is the 2nd most populous county in California, and the 5th in the United States. The Department of Purchasing & Contracting’s centralized procurement team awards over 1,400 new contracts a year supporting the County’s 42 departments. The County’s annual procurement spend exceeds $1.5 Billion of the County’s $6.4 Billion budget. Jack has 40 years of Government contracting and procurement experience leading diverse teams of contracting, procurement, and pricing staff in both the public and private sectors. Prior to joining the County, Jack held executive contracting and procurement positions in the private sector supporting government customers. He currently serves as the President of the California Association of Public Procurement Officials (CAPPO); and is a member of the Certification Commission for The Institute for Public Procurement (NIGP). Jack is a Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO), NIGP – Certified Procurement Professional (CPP), and Certified Professional Contracts Manager (CPCM) and Fellow designated by the National Contract Management Association (NCMA). He is also an instructor for the San Diego State University (SDSU) Extension Contracts Program.
    , Mr. David Yarkin
    CEO
    Mr. David Yarkin
    Phone: 202-244-1820Fax: 202-894-5495
    , Mrs. Toni Cook
    Assistant Procurement Manager
    Mrs. Toni Cook
    Phone: 501-371-4780Fax: 501-371-4675
    , Ms. Stacy Lynn Adams, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB
    Director of Statewide Sourcing
    Ms. Stacy Lynn Adams, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB
    Phone: 803-737-4375Fax: 803-737-0639
    Stacy Adams, CPPB, NIGP-CPP is the Director of Statewide Sourcing for the State of South Carolina, Division of Procurement Services managing the State Term Contracting Teams. With nearly 20 years of experience her skills represent governmental purchasing at the county, state agency and state-wide levels. Stacy is a leader who is actively involved in content builds for the new NIGP Pathways program. She instructs courses as a NIGP Certified Instructor. Stacy is also an instructor for courses on behalf of the South Carolina State Fiscal Accountability Authority helping procurement professionals throughout the state learn various aspects of the profession. Stacy’s desire to “give back” to the profession she so dearly loves continues in her service to NIGP and its local Chapter, SCAGPO. As an active member of both, she serves on many committees and has been awarded Buyer of the Year for 2014 and was the recipient of the B.D. Bland Distinguished Service Award in 2018. Stacy currently serves on NIGP’s Talent Council Chair-Elect and serves SCAGPO on the Past President’s Council. Stacy is married to the amazingly charming and wonderful Charlie Adams. The two share 4 children and 3 wonderful grandchildren. Stacy is a graduate of Southern Wesleyan University with a degree in Business Administration.
    , Ms. Stacy Lynn Adams, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB
    Director of Statewide Sourcing
    Ms. Stacy Lynn Adams, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB
    Phone: 803-737-4375Fax: 803-737-0639
    Stacy Adams, CPPB, NIGP-CPP is the Director of Statewide Sourcing for the State of South Carolina, Division of Procurement Services managing the State Term Contracting Teams. With nearly 20 years of experience her skills represent governmental purchasing at the county, state agency and state-wide levels. Stacy is a leader who is actively involved in content builds for the new NIGP Pathways program. She instructs courses as a NIGP Certified Instructor. Stacy is also an instructor for courses on behalf of the South Carolina State Fiscal Accountability Authority helping procurement professionals throughout the state learn various aspects of the profession. Stacy’s desire to “give back” to the profession she so dearly loves continues in her service to NIGP and its local Chapter, SCAGPO. As an active member of both, she serves on many committees and has been awarded Buyer of the Year for 2014 and was the recipient of the B.D. Bland Distinguished Service Award in 2018. Stacy currently serves on NIGP’s Talent Council Chair-Elect and serves SCAGPO on the Past President’s Council. Stacy is married to the amazingly charming and wonderful Charlie Adams. The two share 4 children and 3 wonderful grandchildren. Stacy is a graduate of Southern Wesleyan University with a degree in Business Administration.
    , Mr. Dean Richard Mealy, II, II, NIGP-CPP, CPPO
    Town Purchasing Manager - NIGP-CPP, CPPO
    Mr. Dean Richard Mealy, II, II, NIGP-CPP, CPPO
    Phone: 561-227-7000Fax: 561-835-4688
    , Mr. David E. Nash, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB
    Procurement Specialist - Retired
    Mr. David E. Nash, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB
    David Nash retired as a Chief Warrant Officer Three from the United States Army in 1988 after 20 years of service in inventory management. In 2007, he retired from the City of Fort Lauderdale after 18 years of service in warehousing and procurement. David holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Business Administration. He was the last President of the Governmental Purchasing Association of Southeast Florida, having successfully led a merger with the SE Florida Chapter of NIGP in 2001. He was also the President of the Florida Association of Public Procurement Officials in 2006-2007. David was presented with FAPPO’s George H. Wolf Distinguished Service Award in 2010. In 2014, he was presented with FAPPO’s Educator of the Year Award. In 2019, he was presented with his second George H. Wolf Distinguished Service Award for his contributions to FAPPO during 25 years of membership. David is a certified instructor for NIGP and from 2010 to 2013 he served on the Evaluation Committee for the National Procurement Institute’s Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award. Since creating the online “Question of the Day” in 2007, he has helped thousands of procurement professionals prepare for their CPPB, CPPO and NIGP-CPP exams. For this contribution, he was presented with the "Spirit of NIGP Award" at the NIGP Forum in 2013. For his overall contributions to the procurement profession, he was presented with NIGP’s Distinguished Service Award at the 2018 Forum in Nashville, TN. David previously served as a Chapter Ambassador for NIGP in Area 5 for 4-1/2 years and currently serves on the Mentorship Committee and Radio-NIGP.
    , Ms. Barbara R. Johnson, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB, FNIGP
    APO, Retired
    Ms. Barbara R. Johnson, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB, FNIGP
    Barb is the former Agency Procurement Officer for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. She also served as the Procurement Manager for the Columbus Regional Airport Authority and the City of Columbus. Barb is currently serving on the NIGP Certification Commission. Barb has served on the NIGP Board of Directors and many Public Procurement Institute committees and task forces. In 2014, NIGP honored Barb with a Distinguished Service Award for her contributions to the Institute, the Procurement Profession and the entity she served. In 2008, NIGP recognized Barb as the Manager of the Year Awardee. In 2019, Barb co-developed the Pathways Module entitled "Mission and Public Benefit." In 2010, she co-authored the update to the text entitled “Strategic Procurement Planning in the Public Sector.” She also serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Public Procurement (JOPP.) Barb has instructed courses and workshops for The Ohio State University, NIGP-The Institute for Public Procurement, ISM – Institute for Supply Management, and many others upon request. Barb instructs many of NIGP's Pathways Courses as well as Risk Management, Legal Aspects and more.
    , Mr. Darin L. Matthews, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPSM, FNIGP, C.P.M.
    Executive Director/Chief Procurement Officer
    Mr. Darin L. Matthews, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPSM, FNIGP, C.P.M.
    Mr. Darin L. Matthews, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPSM, FNIGP, C.P.M. Darin currently serves as a director for Negometrix USA, a leading e-procurement provider, and is also Chair of the Procurement & Supply Chain Program at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He has thirty years of procurement management experience in state and local government, higher education, and private industry. Darin speaks throughout the world on a variety of procurement topics, and his writings have been featured in Inside Supply Management, Government Procurement, Inside Supply Management, The Public Manager and The Journal of Public Procurement. His books include Warehousing and Inventory Control, Logistics and Transportation, and Effective Supply Management Performance. He has served on the faculty at numerous universities including Florida Atlantic University, University of Illinois, Portland State University, and Cal-Berkeley. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business/Political Science and Master degrees in Acquisition Management and Education/Technology. Darin is a certified instructor for NIGP and served as their President in 2007. He has also served as a board member of the Universal Public Procurement Certification Council and the Public Procurement Research Center at Florida Atlantic University. In 2020 Darin began serving as host of the podcast, They Evolution of Procurement, which is available on Spotify, Apple, and Google. On the Faculty of: Adding Value to the Procurement Process Alternative Dispute Resolution Contracting for Construction Services Logistics and Transportation Planning, Scheduling and Requirements Analysis Protests: Managing Options for Positive Results Warehousing and Inventory Control
    , Tabatha Freedman, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB
    Senior Procurement Analyst
    Tabatha Freedman, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB
    , Mr. Robert Rhoads
    Strategic Account Manager / Public Sector - Eastern United States
    Mr. Robert Rhoads
    , Mr. Robert Rhoads
    Strategic Account Manager / Public Sector - Eastern United States
    Mr. Robert Rhoads
    , Ms. Elena Hoffnagle
    , Mrs. Lori Noyes
    Contracts and Procurement Manager
    Mrs. Lori Noyes
    Phone: 602-523-6033Fax: 602-523-6099
    I began my procurement career in 1997 with the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS). I have worked for the State of Arizona at various agencies ever since. I served two years as the Secretary for the Arizona State Capitol Chapter of NIGP and am currently serving as their Vice President.
    , Mr. Mike Mucha
    Deputy Executive Director
    Mr. Mike Mucha
    Mike Mucha is GFOA's Deputy Executive Director and the Director of the Research and Consulting Center. In this role, Mike oversees GFOA consulting projects, research activities, the Government Finance Review, planning for GFOA training and conference, the GFOA website, and other strategic initiatives for GFOA. Mike also leads GFOA’s consulting practice and focuses on providing guidance to local governments on how to use technology more effectively, improve business processes and administrative practices, and implement best practices in financial management. In this role, he has led over 100 projects for local governments procuring enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems. Mike has managed projects for both large and small governments, regularly speaks at GFOA training events, and has written numerous articles on public sector enterprise technology applications, budgeting, performance management, and strategic planning. Mike also currently serves on the NIGP Governing Board as a Thought Leader. Mike holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Iowa and a Master of Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University.
    , Ms. Christine A. Coghill, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB
    Procurement Director
    Ms. Christine A. Coghill, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB
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    , Ms. Kristy D Varda, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB
    Contracting Officer
    Ms. Kristy D Varda, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB
    Phone: 571-258-3144Fax: 540-665-0537
    Originally from Oklahoma and a proud Oklahoma State University Alum, Kristy spent 10 years as a military spouse before relocating to Virginia from Germany. Kristy completed her Masters in Biotechnology Studies in 2008 and her MBA in 2009 while working in a variety of industries. She began her official procurement career working as a Contract Specialist II for Fairfax County, specializing in procurement for Public Safety, IT and Libraries. In September of 2015, she became the Purchasing Supervisor for Frederick County Public Schools in Winchester, Virginia. Now she is a Capital Contracting Officer for Loudoun County Government. Her passion to help others grow in their procurement profession began with presenting webinars on Sole Sources and Software Procurement. She was part of the NIPG taskforce to write the Best Practices series on technology procurement. Most recently she worked on the team to develop the Pathways specialization course “Foundations of Technology Procurement”. She continues to work to build courses to enhance the learning opportunities for NIGP members as well as teaching both the Legal Aspects and Technology courses.
    , Ms. Kristy D Varda, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB
    Contracting Officer
    Ms. Kristy D Varda, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB
    Phone: 571-258-3144Fax: 540-665-0537
    Originally from Oklahoma and a proud Oklahoma State University Alum, Kristy spent 10 years as a military spouse before relocating to Virginia from Germany. Kristy completed her Masters in Biotechnology Studies in 2008 and her MBA in 2009 while working in a variety of industries. She began her official procurement career working as a Contract Specialist II for Fairfax County, specializing in procurement for Public Safety, IT and Libraries. In September of 2015, she became the Purchasing Supervisor for Frederick County Public Schools in Winchester, Virginia. Now she is a Capital Contracting Officer for Loudoun County Government. Her passion to help others grow in their procurement profession began with presenting webinars on Sole Sources and Software Procurement. She was part of the NIPG taskforce to write the Best Practices series on technology procurement. Most recently she worked on the team to develop the Pathways specialization course “Foundations of Technology Procurement”. She continues to work to build courses to enhance the learning opportunities for NIGP members as well as teaching both the Legal Aspects and Technology courses.
    , Mr. Thao Jones-Hill, Master Supplier
    SVP, OpenGov Procurement
    Mr. Thao Jones-Hill, Master Supplier
    , Mr. Jeremy Schwartz
    Chief Operating and Procurement Officer
    Mr. Jeremy Schwartz
    Phone: 218-894-5488Fax: 218-894-5495
    , Mr. Jeffery P. Peskuski, Business Council
    Strategic Contract Manager - Central Region
    Mr. Jeffery P. Peskuski, Business Council
    Phone: 630-640-4905Fax: 000-000-0000
    , Dr. Kim Abrego, PT, DPT
    Chief Operating Officer
    Dr. Kim Abrego, PT, DPT
    As President of Disaster Recovery Services, LLC, Kim specializes in the platform development and supplier coordination aspects of complex disaster recovery services for public entities. Kim’s focus is on the strategic placement of risk preparedness, disaster remediation and restoration, debris removal, and claims recovery services, among others, with public entities to optimize reimbursement throughout all phases of disaster recovery and via all available funding sources, including FEMA’s Public Assistance program. Kim holds 18 years of experience in providing project claim coordination, data management, business development, and marketing coordination within the disaster recovery arena, supporting the restoration of operations and the preparation and review of damages claims and insurance valuations for those suffering from complex disaster events.
    , Dr. Kim Abrego, PT, DPT
    Chief Operating Officer
    Dr. Kim Abrego, PT, DPT
    As President of Disaster Recovery Services, LLC, Kim specializes in the platform development and supplier coordination aspects of complex disaster recovery services for public entities. Kim’s focus is on the strategic placement of risk preparedness, disaster remediation and restoration, debris removal, and claims recovery services, among others, with public entities to optimize reimbursement throughout all phases of disaster recovery and via all available funding sources, including FEMA’s Public Assistance program. Kim holds 18 years of experience in providing project claim coordination, data management, business development, and marketing coordination within the disaster recovery arena, supporting the restoration of operations and the preparation and review of damages claims and insurance valuations for those suffering from complex disaster events.
    , Ms. Sai Xoomsai Purcell, CPPB
    Procurement Specialist IV
    Ms. Sai Xoomsai Purcell, CPPB
    Phone: 512-974-3058Fax: 512-972-4015
    , Mr. Casey Ryan Hook
    Senior Buyer
    Mr. Casey Ryan Hook
    Phone: 501-371-4560Fax: 501-371-4675
    , Mrs. Damaris Torres Cordova, NIGP-CPP, CPPB, DCCM
    Senior Procurement Agent
    Mrs. Damaris Torres Cordova, NIGP-CPP, CPPB, DCCM
    Phone: 813-870-8768Fax: 813-870-8787
    , Mr. Richard J Formella, FAC-C III, PMP, DBIA
    President
    Mr. Richard J Formella, FAC-C III, PMP, DBIA
    , Ms. Rebecca L. Kee, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB, CJE
    Ms. Rebecca L. Kee, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB, CJE
    Phone: 501-288-1514Fax: 501-288-1514
    Rebecca has over 14 years’ experience in the public procurement field and has worked extensively to develop, create, and support educational programs and opportunities for the profession. Rebecca has served as adjunct faculty teaching procurement classes at Arkansas State University as well as an instructor for NIGP. Rebecca has served as Professional Development Chair and President for her local NIGP Chapters and on the Awards Committee for NIGP. Rebecca currently serves as NIGP Chapter Ambassador for Area 2 and as the Chairperson for the new Pathways Content Management Committee. Rebecca currently serves as Purchasing Agent for the City of Virginia Beach, VA.
    , Ms. Clarissa G. Clark, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB
    Director of Purchasing
    Ms. Clarissa G. Clark, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB
    Phone: 803-664-0793Fax: 803-777-2032
    , Mr. Vitesh Patel
    Procurement Manager
    Mr. Vitesh Patel
    , Mr. Michael E. Bevis, Esq., NIGP-CPP, JD, CPPO, CPSM, DBIA, CJP, FNIGP, C.P.M.
    Chief Procurement Officer
    Mr. Michael E. Bevis, Esq., NIGP-CPP, JD, CPPO, CPSM, DBIA, CJP, FNIGP, C.P.M.
    Michael Bevis is an internationally recognized thought leader in the public procurement profession. He is currently Chief Procurement Officer for the City of Norfolk, Virginia, where he is charged with integrating business, technology, operations and budgeting goals to further the City’s commitment to grow Norfolk’s economy and adopt programs that build a solid foundation for partnering with the business community. His prior purchasing experiences have included Purchasing Agent for Arlington County, Virginia; Chief Procurement Officer for the City of Naperville, Illinois; Deputy Director of the Federal Acquisition Institute in Washington DC; Deputy Purchasing Agent for the City of Chicago and Purchasing Manager for the Chicago Park District. He also practiced law in Ohio, Illinois and before several US Federal courts before focusing on Procurement Management. Michael is passionate in his support of fellow professionals. He currently serves the Chair of the Center for Job Order Contracting Excellence and in the immediate past Chair of the Governing Board of NIGP the Institute for Public Procurement; he also represents the International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management on the Global Standards Board. Michael’s professionalism has been recognized by NIGP (Distinguished Service Award, Pareto Award of Excellence, Manager of the Year, Outstanding Agency Accreditation and Innovation awards), IFPSM (the Lewis Spangler Award), National Purchasing Institute (Achievement of Excellence in Procurement – awarded to his jurisdictions 16 times). Michael’s teaching experiences include 23 years as an Instructor for NIGP, independent curriculum and training development for various agencies. He has presented academic papers and taught professional development classes throughout North America, Latin America, Africa, Asia and Europe. He served as an Adjunct Professor at Old Dominion University, the University of Maryland and he has taught at DePaul University in Chicago, IL (both Procurement and Project Management Curriculums). Michael is a graduate of Georgetown University Law School (JD), Lincoln Memorial University (BA magna cum laude) and has completed post graduate studies at North Central College (Leadership Studies) and Northern Illinois University (Public Administration). He holds the NIGP-CPP, a CPPO from the UPPCC and the CPSM and lifetime CPM from the Institute for Supply Management.
    , Mr. Michael E. Bevis, Esq., NIGP-CPP, JD, CPPO, CPSM, DBIA, CJP, FNIGP, C.P.M.
    Chief Procurement Officer
    Mr. Michael E. Bevis, Esq., NIGP-CPP, JD, CPPO, CPSM, DBIA, CJP, FNIGP, C.P.M.
    Michael Bevis is an internationally recognized thought leader in the public procurement profession. He is currently Chief Procurement Officer for the City of Norfolk, Virginia, where he is charged with integrating business, technology, operations and budgeting goals to further the City’s commitment to grow Norfolk’s economy and adopt programs that build a solid foundation for partnering with the business community. His prior purchasing experiences have included Purchasing Agent for Arlington County, Virginia; Chief Procurement Officer for the City of Naperville, Illinois; Deputy Director of the Federal Acquisition Institute in Washington DC; Deputy Purchasing Agent for the City of Chicago and Purchasing Manager for the Chicago Park District. He also practiced law in Ohio, Illinois and before several US Federal courts before focusing on Procurement Management. Michael is passionate in his support of fellow professionals. He currently serves the Chair of the Center for Job Order Contracting Excellence and in the immediate past Chair of the Governing Board of NIGP the Institute for Public Procurement; he also represents the International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management on the Global Standards Board. Michael’s professionalism has been recognized by NIGP (Distinguished Service Award, Pareto Award of Excellence, Manager of the Year, Outstanding Agency Accreditation and Innovation awards), IFPSM (the Lewis Spangler Award), National Purchasing Institute (Achievement of Excellence in Procurement – awarded to his jurisdictions 16 times). Michael’s teaching experiences include 23 years as an Instructor for NIGP, independent curriculum and training development for various agencies. He has presented academic papers and taught professional development classes throughout North America, Latin America, Africa, Asia and Europe. He served as an Adjunct Professor at Old Dominion University, the University of Maryland and he has taught at DePaul University in Chicago, IL (both Procurement and Project Management Curriculums). Michael is a graduate of Georgetown University Law School (JD), Lincoln Memorial University (BA magna cum laude) and has completed post graduate studies at North Central College (Leadership Studies) and Northern Illinois University (Public Administration). He holds the NIGP-CPP, a CPPO from the UPPCC and the CPSM and lifetime CPM from the Institute for Supply Management.
    , Mr. Rick Grimm, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB, FCIPS
    Chief Executive Officer
    Mr. Rick Grimm, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB, FCIPS
    Phone: 703-429-2590Fax: 703-736-9644
    , Mr. Joseph Agostini, CPPO, RPPO
    Board
    Mr. Joseph Agostini, CPPO, RPPO
    , JP Behrle
    Deputy Chief Procurement Officer
    JP Behrle
    Phone: 518-474-3695Fax: 518-486-6099
    , Ms. Jennifer L. Olzinger, NIGP-CPP, CPPB
    Assistant Director/Procurement Manager
    Ms. Jennifer L. Olzinger, NIGP-CPP, CPPB
    Phone: 412-255-2482Fax: 412-255-2367
    Ms. Olzinger joined the Office of Management and Budget as the Assistant Director-Procurement Manager in September 2015. She is responsible for managing and coordinating the City’s procurement process, as well as overseeing the preparation and evaluation of bid proposals, selection of contractors and negotiation of contracts. Ms. Olzinger determines the procurement strategy for obtaining goods and services in the most effective and efficient manner; develops and enforces “best practice” policies and procedures to certify compliance with City Code; and ensures procurement practices are consistent, open and designed to encourage maximum competition and best value procurements. Ms. Olzinger and her team analyze the city-wide and departmental spending to identify opportunities to reduce costs and/or procure goods and services more efficiently and effectively to provide the best overall value to the City. Ms. Olzinger is currently serving as the First Vice President for the Pennsylvania Public Purchasing Association (PAPPA) for the 2022-2023 calendar years. She previously served as the PAPPA Board Secretary for the 2018-2019 term and Second Vice President for the 2020-2021 term. She is also serving a fourth term on National Institute of Government Purchasing (NIGP) Impact Circle, a task force created by NIGP to help them further develop their educational programs, promote workforce development and help reduce the barriers to obtain professional procurement certifications. In addition, the task force seeks to assist NIGP in tailoring their offerings to better prepare procurement staff across the Country to handle the varied “smart” technologies and more technically complex IOT procurements that Cities are looking to implement. Ms. Olzinger served as Acting Director of the Office of Management & Budget from September 2018 – September 2019. In addition to her primary duties as Assistant Director, Ms. Olzinger also oversaw all areas of the Department including Operating Budget, Capital Budget & Asset Management, Fleet, Grants and the administration of the Community Development Block Grant program. Prior to joining the City, she served as the Manager of Procurement Operations at Education Management, LLC, where she managed a team of buyers supporting the purchasing process for 100+ EDMC locations.
    , Mr. Nathan David Dawson
    Procurement Director
    Mr. Nathan David Dawson
    Phone: 803-730-3908Fax: 803-737-0102
    Originally from Australia, Nathan worked as an attorney both Down Under and in the UK before he found his true calling – procurement. He currently works for Lexington County School District One in Columbia, South Carolina buying goods and services (mainly IT-related) to help the schools prepare our leaders of tomorrow. Nathan also teaches NIGP classes to procurement professionals around the country, specializing in Technology and Cloud Procurement. And no, he does not know Chris Hemsworth.
    , Mrs. Lisa Mehalko, CIA, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPSM, CGAP, GCPM
    Director of Procurement
    Mrs. Lisa Mehalko, CIA, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPSM, CGAP, GCPM
    , Ms. Cheral A. Manke, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB
    Procurement Innovation Manager
    Ms. Cheral A. Manke, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB
    Phone: 360-407-9402Fax: 360-568-2695
    , Ms. Ginger R. Line, CPPB, MPA, NIGP-CPP
    Client Development Administrator
    Ms. Ginger R. Line, CPPB, MPA, NIGP-CPP
    , Mrs. Judy Ambrosi
    Director of CTS
    Mrs. Judy Ambrosi
    Phone: 407-933-9811Fax: 407-932-3286
    , Mrs. Carol Neelis
    Administrative Aide
    Mrs. Carol Neelis
    , Ms. Stephanie L. Akerley, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB
    Corporate Procurement Program Manager
    Ms. Stephanie L. Akerley, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB
    Phone: 301-454-1600Fax: 301-454-1606

    Stephanie Akerley is a Principal Procurement Specialist for The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. She partners with CEOs, executives and end users to assist them in gaining the right product or service at the right price at the right time. After spending nearly three decades working in procurement, Stephanie knows what truly drives the procurement process —and it’s not just about knowing all “the rules.” It’s how well you connect with the people you’re trying to help and communicate your understanding back to them. This is true not only for internal clients, but external clients.


    Stephanie earned her first CPPB in 1997. After taking a career break to raise her family, she once again earned a CPPB in 2015.

    In 2017, she earned her Certified Technology Procurement Specialist (CTPS) certification from the Certified Technology Professionals Executives Society.


    On the Faculty of :
    Introduction to Public Procurement
    , Mrs. Marcheta E. Gillespie, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPM, CPPB, FNIGP, C.P.M.
    President of NIGP Code and Consulting Services
    Mrs. Marcheta E. Gillespie, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPM, CPPB, FNIGP, C.P.M.
    Phone: 520-940-7194Fax: 520-791-4735
    Marcheta E. Gillespie, CPPO, CPPB, C.P.M., CPM, is currently the President of NOGP Code & Consulting. She is retired from public sector, having served as the Chief Procurement Officer for the City of Tucson. With over 28 years of experience in public procurement, Marcheta is a passionate advocate for her profession. Marcheta was inducted as a Fellow of the Institute in 2019. She was the 2017 Distinguished Service Award winner. She is a past NIGP President (2013-14) and served on the Board of Directors for 10 years. She is a past Chair of the UPPCC and a Council Member for 3 years. She was the first Chair of the NIGP Talent Council and Chair of the NIGP 2.0 Task Force, the historic project of governance model transformation. She has also chaired the NIGP Task Force for the Values & Guiding Principles Initiative, the NIGP Forum Committee and the NIGP Governance Committee. She has been an active leader and member of the NIGP Southern Arizona Copper Chapter since 1991. Marcheta has spoken and trained at hundreds of international, national, regional and local conferences and events. She is an NIGP Master Certified Instructor and has developed numerous training programs as well as written for national procurement publications. Marcheta owns MG Procurement Consulting, LLC, serving as a professional consultant on numerous agency projects. In 2009, Marcheta was selected as the NIGP Copper Chapter Manager of the Year.
    , Mrs. Marcheta E. Gillespie, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPM, CPPB, FNIGP, C.P.M.
    President of NIGP Code and Consulting Services
    Mrs. Marcheta E. Gillespie, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPM, CPPB, FNIGP, C.P.M.
    Phone: 520-940-7194Fax: 520-791-4735
    Marcheta E. Gillespie, CPPO, CPPB, C.P.M., CPM, is currently the President of NOGP Code & Consulting. She is retired from public sector, having served as the Chief Procurement Officer for the City of Tucson. With over 28 years of experience in public procurement, Marcheta is a passionate advocate for her profession. Marcheta was inducted as a Fellow of the Institute in 2019. She was the 2017 Distinguished Service Award winner. She is a past NIGP President (2013-14) and served on the Board of Directors for 10 years. She is a past Chair of the UPPCC and a Council Member for 3 years. She was the first Chair of the NIGP Talent Council and Chair of the NIGP 2.0 Task Force, the historic project of governance model transformation. She has also chaired the NIGP Task Force for the Values & Guiding Principles Initiative, the NIGP Forum Committee and the NIGP Governance Committee. She has been an active leader and member of the NIGP Southern Arizona Copper Chapter since 1991. Marcheta has spoken and trained at hundreds of international, national, regional and local conferences and events. She is an NIGP Master Certified Instructor and has developed numerous training programs as well as written for national procurement publications. Marcheta owns MG Procurement Consulting, LLC, serving as a professional consultant on numerous agency projects. In 2009, Marcheta was selected as the NIGP Copper Chapter Manager of the Year.
    , Mrs. Marcheta E. Gillespie, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPM, CPPB, FNIGP, C.P.M.
    President of NIGP Code and Consulting Services
    Mrs. Marcheta E. Gillespie, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPM, CPPB, FNIGP, C.P.M.
    Phone: 520-940-7194Fax: 520-791-4735
    Marcheta E. Gillespie, CPPO, CPPB, C.P.M., CPM, is currently the President of NOGP Code & Consulting. She is retired from public sector, having served as the Chief Procurement Officer for the City of Tucson. With over 28 years of experience in public procurement, Marcheta is a passionate advocate for her profession. Marcheta was inducted as a Fellow of the Institute in 2019. She was the 2017 Distinguished Service Award winner. She is a past NIGP President (2013-14) and served on the Board of Directors for 10 years. She is a past Chair of the UPPCC and a Council Member for 3 years. She was the first Chair of the NIGP Talent Council and Chair of the NIGP 2.0 Task Force, the historic project of governance model transformation. She has also chaired the NIGP Task Force for the Values & Guiding Principles Initiative, the NIGP Forum Committee and the NIGP Governance Committee. She has been an active leader and member of the NIGP Southern Arizona Copper Chapter since 1991. Marcheta has spoken and trained at hundreds of international, national, regional and local conferences and events. She is an NIGP Master Certified Instructor and has developed numerous training programs as well as written for national procurement publications. Marcheta owns MG Procurement Consulting, LLC, serving as a professional consultant on numerous agency projects. In 2009, Marcheta was selected as the NIGP Copper Chapter Manager of the Year.
    , Mrs. Marcheta E. Gillespie, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPM, CPPB, FNIGP, C.P.M.
    President of NIGP Code and Consulting Services
    Mrs. Marcheta E. Gillespie, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPM, CPPB, FNIGP, C.P.M.
    Phone: 520-940-7194Fax: 520-791-4735
    Marcheta E. Gillespie, CPPO, CPPB, C.P.M., CPM, is currently the President of NOGP Code & Consulting. She is retired from public sector, having served as the Chief Procurement Officer for the City of Tucson. With over 28 years of experience in public procurement, Marcheta is a passionate advocate for her profession. Marcheta was inducted as a Fellow of the Institute in 2019. She was the 2017 Distinguished Service Award winner. She is a past NIGP President (2013-14) and served on the Board of Directors for 10 years. She is a past Chair of the UPPCC and a Council Member for 3 years. She was the first Chair of the NIGP Talent Council and Chair of the NIGP 2.0 Task Force, the historic project of governance model transformation. She has also chaired the NIGP Task Force for the Values & Guiding Principles Initiative, the NIGP Forum Committee and the NIGP Governance Committee. She has been an active leader and member of the NIGP Southern Arizona Copper Chapter since 1991. Marcheta has spoken and trained at hundreds of international, national, regional and local conferences and events. She is an NIGP Master Certified Instructor and has developed numerous training programs as well as written for national procurement publications. Marcheta owns MG Procurement Consulting, LLC, serving as a professional consultant on numerous agency projects. In 2009, Marcheta was selected as the NIGP Copper Chapter Manager of the Year.
    , Ms. Lynda Allair, NIGP-CPP, CPPO
    Retired
    Ms. Lynda Allair, NIGP-CPP, CPPO
    Lynda Allair, CPPO has forty years of experience as a Public Sector Procurement Leader, involving policy development, post-merger amalgamation of functional groups, complex acquisitions, project implementation and change management, as well as business transformation within the provincial, municipal and health care sectors. Lynda retired from the BPS Supply Chain Secretariat, now a division of Supply Chain Ontario, for which she was a Project Lead providing project management advice and support to the broader public sector to modernize supply chain processes. Lynda is a Content Developer and Instructor for NIGP: The Institute for Public Procurement. She also instructs courses in public procurement at the University of Guelph and others upon request, as well as providing consulting services through NIGP's Consulting program. She is a frequent speaker at NIGP Forum and other public sector events. She is a Past President of the Ontario Public Buyers Association chapter of NIGP and served nearly ten years as a Canadian Public Procurement Council (CPPC) Board member from its inception. She is a Lions Club member, a Library Board member, Chair of her local Church Board and volunteers within the community. On the Faculty of: Pathways Program; Alternative Dispute Resolution; CPPB Prep; CPPO Prep; Legal Aspects of Public Purchasing; and Risk Management in Public Contracting.
    , Ms. Krystal Gilbert
    Program Manager, Public Sector
    Ms. Krystal Gilbert
    Phone: 870-703-0454Fax: 410-381-2586
    , Mr. Victor Leamer, CPPB
    Senior Buyer
    Mr. Victor Leamer, CPPB
    With over 30 years of public procurement experience at the county, state department, and state-wide levels, Leamer is currently the Senior Buyer with Spokane County in Washington. Victor earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcast Journalism from Western Washington University (Bellingham, WA) in 1985 and the Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) designation in 2009. Victor teaches Developing and Managing Requests for Proposals (in-person/online) and the Core Certificate: Foundations in Strategy and Policy for NIGP (virtual) and has presented NIGP webinars on protests, evaluating responsiveness in bids, and contract price adjustments. Victor also serves on NIGP's Talent Council (2021) and the Content Management Committee (formerly Knowledge Management Committee) since 2015 and is a founding member/former Vice President of the Alaska/Hawaii Governmental Procurement Association NIGP Chapter.
    , Mr. Donald G Buffum, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, FNIGP
    Associate Vice President & Chief Procurement Officer
    Mr. Donald G Buffum, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, FNIGP
    Phone: 662-325-2686Fax: 662-325-2135
    With more than 39 years in public procurement, Don is currently the Associate Vice President & Chief Procurement Officer at Mississippi State University. He previously served as the Director of the Office of Purchasing and Travel for the State of Mississippi. Don is a Past President of the National Association of State Purchasing Officials and was a charter member of the Mississippi Association of Governmental Purchasing Agents. Don is a Certified Public Purchasing Officer (CPPO), and is currently the chair of the NIGP Certification Commission. Don is a Past President of NIGP. Don is also a Master Instructor for NIGP. He has participated in several NASPO States helping States projects as well as NIGP Procurement Management Assistance Program (PMAP) projects. On the Faculty of: Fundamentals of Management and Leadership in Public Procurement Introduction to Public Procurement.
    , Mrs. Rebecca Seifert
    Procurement Specialist
    Mrs. Rebecca Seifert
    , Mr. Gary Allen Barkman, NIGP-CPP, CPPB
    Procurement Specialist Supervisor
    Mr. Gary Allen Barkman, NIGP-CPP, CPPB
    Phone: 480-472-6116Fax: 408-472-6125
    , Ms. Stacy Gregg, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB
    Procurement Director
    Ms. Stacy Gregg, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB
    Stacy Gregg began her career in Public Procurement in 1996. Currently, she serves as Procurement Manager for the University of South Carolina in Columbia. Stacy is an active member both with the Institute and at the Chapter level, currently serving as an inaugural member of the NIGP-CPP Commission. Stacy has volunteered in other aspects as well, including former Awards Committee Chair, Ambassador with NIGP’s Region 4, and in multiple positions for the SC Association of Governmental Purchasing Officials. Stacy also has the distinction of being the recipient of NIGP’s 2019 DSA Award, 2014 Buyer of the Year award and multiple awards for SCAGPO, including the 2013 James H. Barnes Award which is the Chapter’s highest honor.
    , Ms. Stacy Gregg, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB
    Procurement Director
    Ms. Stacy Gregg, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB
    Stacy Gregg began her career in Public Procurement in 1996. Currently, she serves as Procurement Manager for the University of South Carolina in Columbia. Stacy is an active member both with the Institute and at the Chapter level, currently serving as an inaugural member of the NIGP-CPP Commission. Stacy has volunteered in other aspects as well, including former Awards Committee Chair, Ambassador with NIGP’s Region 4, and in multiple positions for the SC Association of Governmental Purchasing Officials. Stacy also has the distinction of being the recipient of NIGP’s 2019 DSA Award, 2014 Buyer of the Year award and multiple awards for SCAGPO, including the 2013 James H. Barnes Award which is the Chapter’s highest honor.
    , Ms. Heidi Langley
    Ms. Heidi Langley
    Phone: 518-474-3695Fax: 518-486-6099
    , Mr. Michael R Thornton, CPPO
    Purchasing Manager
    Mr. Michael R Thornton, CPPO
    , Ms. Melissa Bauer
    Procurement Manager
    Ms. Melissa Bauer
    , Mr. Sean Carroll, NIGP-CPP, CPPO
    Chief Procurement Officer
    Mr. Sean Carroll, NIGP-CPP, CPPO
    Phone: 518-473-5294Fax: 518-486-6099
    In August 2016, Sean Carroll was appointed as the Chief Procurement Officer for New York's Office of General Services. Mr. Carroll manages more than 1500 contracts with annual spend exceeding $22Billion and oversees New York Procurement Services Unit. Mr. Carroll is responsible for statewide contracts for commodities, services and Information Technology for state agencies, state campuses and other authorized users. His prior public sector experience includes the Director of Onondaga County Division of Purchase since December 2010, after serving as the Assistant Director and architect of their S.M.A.R.T. (Strategic, Modernized, Accessible, Responsive and Technology Driven) purchasing methodology; as Director of Investigations for the New York State Consumer Protection Board. In the private sector, Sean owned and managed a logistics and consulting firm for ten years, in between his government service.
    , Mr. Sean Carroll, NIGP-CPP, CPPO
    Chief Procurement Officer
    Mr. Sean Carroll, NIGP-CPP, CPPO
    Phone: 518-473-5294Fax: 518-486-6099
    In August 2016, Sean Carroll was appointed as the Chief Procurement Officer for New York's Office of General Services. Mr. Carroll manages more than 1500 contracts with annual spend exceeding $22Billion and oversees New York Procurement Services Unit. Mr. Carroll is responsible for statewide contracts for commodities, services and Information Technology for state agencies, state campuses and other authorized users. His prior public sector experience includes the Director of Onondaga County Division of Purchase since December 2010, after serving as the Assistant Director and architect of their S.M.A.R.T. (Strategic, Modernized, Accessible, Responsive and Technology Driven) purchasing methodology; as Director of Investigations for the New York State Consumer Protection Board. In the private sector, Sean owned and managed a logistics and consulting firm for ten years, in between his government service.
    , Ms. Cyrenthia Ellis
    Procurement Manager
    Ms. Cyrenthia Ellis
    , Ms. Althea Pemsel, CPSM, C.P.M., A.P.P.
    Ms. Althea Pemsel, CPSM, C.P.M., A.P.P.
    Phone: 754-261-4370Fax: 561-842-5105
    , Mr. Kirk W. Buffington, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, C.P.M., CPFIM, MBA
    Mr. Kirk W. Buffington, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, C.P.M., CPFIM, MBA
    Professional Certification(s) obtained: CPPO, C.P.M. Experience: Kirk Buffington, C.P.M. is the Director of Finance for the City of Fort Lauderdale, Florida – a position he has held since 2014. He brings 19 years of procurement experience to the profession – including 17 years in public procurement for Florida municipal and county governments. Kirk holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business from Florida State University and a Master's Degree in Business Administration with a major in Logistics and Materials Management from Webster University. In service to NIGP Chapters, Kirk has held membership in the Central Florida Chapter of NIGP since 1993 and in the Southeast Florida Chapter since 1995. He has served as the Southeast Florida Chapter Vice President and was the President for two years. Kirk is a Certified NIGP Instructor and served as the President of the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing, Inc. in 2008-2009. In service to the profession, Kirk has also held numerous leadership positions within the Florida Association of Public Procurement Officials (FAPPO) and as its President in 2001. He was also a member of the Local Planning Committee for the 1997 NIGP Forum in Fort Lauderdale.
    , Mr. Jedediah Greenfield
    Mr. Jedediah Greenfield
    Fax: 832-395-2509
    , Mrs. Maria Agrusa, NIGP-CPP
    Mrs. Maria Agrusa, NIGP-CPP
    Phone: 714-308-0983Fax: 714-567-5057
    , Mrs. Maria Agrusa, NIGP-CPP
    Mrs. Maria Agrusa, NIGP-CPP
    Phone: 714-308-0983Fax: 714-567-5057
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