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Director, Procurement and Risk Management
Loudoun County Public Schools
Procurement Services/Risk Management
21000 Education Court Suite 301
Ashburn, VA 20148-0000
Phone: 571-252-1427
Fax: 571-252-1432
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Mrs. Andrea L. Philyaw, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, PMP, CPPB

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.
University of North Carolina at Wilmington
753 Sailor Ct
Kure Beach, NC 28449-0000
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Mr. John Lee Robinson, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPSM, CPPB, C.P.M.

John Robinson, CPSM, CPPO, C.P.M. CPPB is the Director of Purchasing for the University of North Carolina at Wilmington where he leads a Purchasing Team focused on best value procurement, process improvement, supply relationship management and customer engagement. Prior to his arrival at UNCW, John served as Director of Procurement for the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority where he led a procurement transformation project taking the organization from a decentralized procurement operation to a centralized procurement and strategic sourcing operation. Additionally, prior to his arrival at RDU, John served as Director of Materials Management at the North Carolina State Ports Authority and Senior Procurement Agent with the Charlotte Mecklenburg School System. John served the first twelve years of his procurement career in the textile industry with J.P. Stevens & Company. John is also the President of 1 Positive Leadership, LLC, a Certified Coach, Trainer and Speaker with the John Maxwell Team, an instructor in Supply Chain and Procurement with the National Institute of Governmental Procurement and an ISM certified instructor for Certified Professional in Supply Management Prep. John specializes in leadership development, coaching and teaching; public/private sector supply chain, procurement and contracting; employee engagement, emotional intelligence; and development and building organizational success from the inside out accomplished through building collaboration and efficiency in business processes and developing individual knowledge and skills. With more than 28 years in supply chain operations of manufacturing and public sector, John brings working knowledge and academic knowledge to your operation. Holding a Master of Science Degree in Leadership, Bachelor of Science in Business, Certified Professional in Supply Management and Certified Purchasing Manager credentials from the Institute for Supply Management, and Certified Public Procurement Officer and Certified Professional Public Buyer credentials from the Universal Public Procurement Certification Council; John has invested in a career of personal and professional development focused on helping others succeed and achieve their goals.
Director of Procurement & Payment Services
Pima County Community College District
4905D E. Broadway Blvd
Tucson, AZ 85709
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Mr. Terryl A Robinson, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB

Terryl (Terry) A. Robinson, CPPO, CPPB, MBA currently serves as the Director of Procurement and Payment Services for Pima Community College in Tucson, AZ. Additionally, he serves as an Adjunct Professor and Subject Matter Expert (SME) for PCC's Logistics & Supply Chain Management Program. As PCC's Chief Procurement Officer responsibilities include, college wide purchasing, contract signature authority, p-Card Program Management, and Accounts Payable Services. Formally the a Principal Contract Officer and Lead (Supervisor) for the City of Tucson Business Services Department’s Procurement Satellite Office for the Tucson Water Department. He is responsible for managing the contracting staff and overseeing Tucson Water’s wide ranging portfolio of contracts; which have a contracting value in excess of $400 million dollars. Mr. Robinson has over 10 years leadership experience with City Government and over 15 years of managerial and corporate training experience in private sector business. EDUCATION: Holds a MBA from Troy State University (2000); is an alumni of the University of Arizona’s Eller Executive Education Program (2017); and a 7 year UABA Board Member. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate Degree in Higher Education through Grand Canyon University with a dissertation focused on online collaborative learning. Mr. Robinson is currently a Certified Instructor for the NIGP. He is also an active member of the Southern Arizona Copper Chapter of the NIGP, currently serving as the chapter's VP of Education.
Procurement Solutions Group, LLC
107 Mulberry Ct,
Pine Knoll Shores, NC 28512
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Mrs. Renee A. Rogers, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB, C.P.M.

Renee spent over 20 years in public procurement, starting out as a buyer with Pima County, and moving up to executive management roles in public entities. Renee has worked in City, County, and Airport Authority environments, getting entrenched in procurements including those using grant funds from a wide variety of state and federal agencies. Renee has continued to work with local public and private agencies in the procurement field, primarily in a consulting role. Renee has also been a public procurement instructor for over 30 years. Throughout her career, Renee has actively participated in professional associations in leadership roles, including serving as Professional Development Chair for both the Airport Purchasing Group and the Michigan Public Procurement Officer Association (MPPOA). Renee has taught numerous public procurement and related classes at procurement association conferences, as well as within her entities. Renee holds several professional certifications including NIGP Certified Procurement Professional (NIGP-CPP), Certified Public Purchasing Officer (CPPO), Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.), Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB),and Professional in Human Resources (PHR). She is a graduate of Troy State University (Masters in Business) and Michigan State University (Bachelors in Marketing). Renee has received awards recognizing her contributions to the public procurement profession, including the MPPOA Purchasing Manager of the Year Award and the MPPOA Marvin Klang Award, which recognizes a lifetime contribution to the public procurement profession. In addition while she was the chief procurement officer, two of Renee's former entities became a first time recipient of the National Purchasing Institute’s Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award.
Town of Manchester
375 Allyn Street, Unit 9
Mystic , CT 06355
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Ms. Kate M. Rotella, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, MPA

1409 Lewie Rd
Gilbert, SC 29054-0000
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Ms. Mary L. Sims, NIGP-CPP, CPPO

On the Faculty of:
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Developing and Managing Requests for Proposals in the Public Sector
Fundamentals of Leadership and Management in Public Procurement
Introduction to Public Procurement
Planning, Scheduling and Requirements Analysis

Supervisor of Procurement
Harford County Public Schools
Procurement Department
102 S. Hickory Ave.
Bel Air, MD 21014
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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.
3510 Vintage Trail
Woodstock, GA 30189
Phone: 770-686-1371
Fax: 770-528-8428
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Mr. William J. Tommie, Jr., CPPO

Professional Certification(s) obtained: CPPO

Work Experience – 1981-1989 – Manager of Purchasing, Greenwood School District 50, South Carolina 1989 – 2008 – Coordinator of Purchasing, School District 5 of Lexington and Richland Counties, South Carolina 2008-2012 – Director of Construction Procurement, School District of Pickens County, Pickens, South Carolina 2012 – Present – Director of Purchasing, Cobb County Government, Georgia.

On the Faculty of:
Fundamentals of Leadership and Management in Public Procurement
Sourcing in the Public Sector

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Mrs. Rashpal U.

1489 Scenic Valley Drive
Loveland, CO 80537
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Mrs. Rhonda S. Ulmer, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, C.P.M.

Rhonda Ulmer is currently the Procurement Manager for the City of Casselberry. She has over thirty years’ experience working in both private and public sector procurement. She began her purchasing career in 1973 managing contracts for the Trident Missile Program for General Dynamics Corporation. Her passion for procurement grew as she entered the public sector and gained experience from city, county, school board and higher education. She earned her B.A. Degree from the University of Central Florida and aspired to growth professionally with certifications. Currently a lifetime Certified Purchasing Manager and a Certified Public Procurement Officer (1994). Certified Negotiator (2012). She received the FAPPO Distinguished Service Award in 2008; Served as President of the Florida Association of Public Purchasing Officers (2000); and was President of the Central Florida Chapter of NIGP. Rhonda continues to support a number of professional organizations, through speaking and working on various committees. She has served on the Governor’s Task Force to assist in rewriting the Auditor selection procedures; NIGP Research Committee and instrumental in the vision for creation of a set of comprehensive principles, standards and procedures, (NIGP’s Values and Guiding Principles); as well as serving on the UPPCC Board of Examiners. Rhonda's hobbies include boating, biking, skiing and traveling.
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