CMLDP Faculty

CMLDP Program Manager  
Collins.jpgPo Collins, CPCM, C.P.M., Fellow
General Manager of Engineering
Illinois State Toll Highway Authority
   
CMLDP Faculty  
Russell BlaineRussell J. Blaine, CPCM, Fellow, Past President
Vice President
Wyle, Aerospace Division Group's Program Development Office
Eliott BranchElliott Branch, Fellow
Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy
Bill Bressette, CPCM, CCCM, CFCM, FellowBill Bressette, CPCM, CCCM, CFCM, Fellow
Princiapl, Baker Tilly
Currier.jpgMichelle Currier, CPCM, CFCM, Fellow
Professor of Contract Management
Defense Acquisition University
Michael Fischetti, J.D., CPCM, FellowMichael Fischetti, JD, CPCM, Fellow
Executive Director
National Contract Management Association
William S. KaplanWilliam S. Kaplan, CPCM, Fellow
Principal, Working Knowledge CSP LCC
SMTF14 - KirlinJim Kirlin, CPCM, CFCM, Fellow
Senior Subcontracts Manager
Raytheon Company
rupert.jpgKim Rupert, CFCM, CPCM, Fellow
Senior Vice President
SAIC
SMTF14 - Tong OelrichJoyce Tong Oelrich
Senior Attorney
Microsoft
William WeisbergWilliam Weisberg
Principal
Law Offices of William Weisberg PLLC
 

 

 


 

Russell BlaineRussell J. Blaine, CPCM, Fellow
Past President
Wyle, Aerospace Division Group's Program Development Office

Russ Blaine is Wyle’s vice president for program development in the company’s Aerospace Group. He previously managed Wyle’s C4ISR Mission Systems Business Unit in Burlington, Massachusetts. Prior to assuming his position with Wyle, he served as the chief of staff and director of contracting for the Electronic Systems Center, supporting the management of the Center’s $25 billion Command and Control, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance portfolio of systems. In 2004, he served as the deployed commander of DCMA’s Northern Iraq site in Baghdad. He is also a master missileer, having served eight years as a missile launch officer and instructor of the Minuteman II system within the U.S. Air Force’s Strategic Air Command. He received a BA in psychology from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcerster, Massachusetts, and an MBA from Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts. He was a 2001 Air Force National Security Fellow at Harvard’s JFK School of Government.

Eliott BranchElliott Branch, Fellow
Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy
Elliott B. Branch is the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Acquisition and Procurement) in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development and Acquisition). He is the senior career civilian responsible for acquisition and contracting policy that governs the operation of the Navy’s world-wide, multibillion-dollar acquisition system. Mr. Branch is the principal civilian advisor to the Navy Acquisition Executive for acquisition and procurement matters, serves as the Department of the Navy’s Competition Advocate General and is the leader of the Navy’s contracting, purchasing and government property communities.

Prior to joining the Navy Acquisition Executive’s staff, Mr. Branch was the first civilian director of contracts at the Naval Sea Systems Command. In that role he led one of the largest and most complex procurement organizations in the Federal government. As the senior civilian for contracting at NAVSEA, Mr. Branch was responsible for the contractual oversight of the Nation’s most complex shipbuilding and weapons systems procurement programs. His duties involved the obligation and expenditure of approximately $25 billion annually.

He is a member of the Senior Executive Service (SES). Members of the SES serve in the key positions just below the top Presidential appointees. They are the major link between these appointees and the rest of the Federal work force. SES members operate and oversee nearly every government activity in approximately 75 agencies.

Mr. Branch spent time in the private sector, where he specialized in acquisition and project management education, training and consulting for the federal workforce and its associated contractors. In this role, Mr. Branch was responsible for the design, development, delivery and maintenance for a wide variety of course material ranging from project management to contract law. Mr. Branch’s clients included Computer Sciences Corporation, QSS Group, BAE Systems, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, and the Departments of Defense, Energy, Justice and State.   

Bill Bressette, CPCM, CCCM, CFCM, FellowBill Bressette, CPCM, CFCM, CCCM, Fellow
Director
Baker Tilly

Bill Bressette is a principal in Baker Tilly’s Government Contracts Advisory Services Consulting Group. Based in Washington, DC, he has worked with government contractors for over 15 years on a broad range of contract compliance and pricing matters, including strategic pricing analysis, proposal preparation, contract administration, compliance, and audit support. He also advises contractors on GSA Schedule contract administration and compliance program best practices. He is a former president of the NCMA Tysons Corner Chapter, and he is vice chair of the Commercial Products and Services Committee of the ABA’s Section of Public Contract Law.

Collins.jpgPo Collins, CPCM, C.P.M., Fellow
General Manager of Engineering
Illinois State Toll Highway Authority

She is General Manager of Engineering for the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority, where she leads the Contract Services organization, including construction and professional services contracting, and document control.   Collins is also owner and president of CnC Consulting, Inc. where she provides business (entrepreneurial) coaching. Her previous assignments included serving as the Director of Contracts for Chemring Energetic Devices, where she was responsible for contract management, exports, and security. Prior to joining Chemring, she served at the Director of Contracts at Navistar Defense, and the Senior Manager (contracts) heading knowledge and process improvement management for Raytheon's Network Centric Systems contracts. She is a Six Sigma specialist with over 25 years' experience in contract/procurement management, including assignments as a buyer, subcontract administrator, and contract manager. Her additional experience includes ethics compliance and diversity.  She has served NCMA in numerous positions at the chapter and national levels. Besides serving as Northeast Indiana Chapter president and national director, she has also served on and led several national committees, and was elected to / served in two national offices. More recently, she has supported the NCMA Women's Forum initiative.  She is a past recipient of NCMA's National Achievement Award, Albert Berger Outstanding Chapter Leadership Award, Blanche Witte Award Honorable Mention, and is a two-time recipient of the James E. Cravens Membership Award. She has also received the NCMA North Central Region's Distinguished Service Award and the Fort Wayne YWCA's "Women of Achievement" Award. 

Currier.jpgMichelle Currier, CPCM, CFCM, Fellow
Professor of Contract Management
Defense Aquisition University

Ms. Michelle Currier serves as a Professor of Contract Management at the Defense Acquisition University (DAU), Middle Atlantic Region. Ms. Currier brings a wealth of real-world experience to the classroom from her 34-year career, having served with distinction as a Contracting Officer, Division Chief, and Director of Contracts at the Naval Research Laboratory, Military Sealift Command, Small Business Administration, Naval Sea Systems Command, and the Army Contracting Command. Ms. Currier has received numerous awards and recognitions, including the Superior Civilian Service medal in 2006, DAU Corporate Ask-A-Professor Award in 2010 and 2011, DAU MAR Faculty of the Year 2012 and was awarded the DAU Distinguished Teacher in 2013. Additionally, she was recognized by Inside Business as one of the Top 25 Women in Business. Michelle has earned both the Certified Professional Contracts Manger (CPCM) and Certified Federal Contracts Manager (CFCM) designations from the National Contract Management Association (NCMA) and is DAWIA Level III certified in Contracting. Ms. Currier was competitively selected and is a graduate of the inaugural class for the U.S. Army's Senior Leadership Development Program. Ms. Currier is a Past National President of the NCMA (2001-2002) and an NCMA Fellow. NCMA has recognized Michelle with the Alvis D. Keen Honorary Life Member Award, the Charles A. Dana Distinguished Service Award, Outstanding Fellow Award, the NCMA Education award and several National Achievement Awards. Ms. Currier previously served on the NCMA Board of Directors. 

Michael Fischetti, J.D., CPCM, FellowMichael Fischetti, JD, CPCM, Fellow
Executive Director
National Contract Management Association

Michael Fischetti is the executive director of NCMA. He assumed this position in July 2012 after retiring from the U.S. federal government as a member of the Senior Executive Service. He has 30 years of diverse acquisition experience, including leadership, management, policy, and contracting officer positions involving oversight, program management, and procurement operations of supplies and services in multiple government, civilian, and industry organizations. He holds a JD; an MS in national resource strategy from the National Defense University, Industrial College of the Armed Forces; an MA in business management from Central Michigan University; and a BA in economics and political science from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Within NCMA, he was twice elected to a three-year term on the NCMA Board of Directors (since 2007) and served on the Executive, Audit, Strategic Planning, and Professional Standards and Ethics Committees. He served a term as national secretary, and for the Washington DC Chapter he served as president, vice president, treasurer, director, and chairman.

William S. KaplanWilliam S. Kaplan, CPCM, Fellow
Director
Working Knowledge CSP LLC
Bill Kaplan is the founder of Working KnowledgeCSP LLC. Through October 2009, he was the chief knowledge officer, knowledge management practice manager, and corporate ethics officer for Acquisition Solutions, Inc. (now ASI Government). Prior to this, he served as the deputy knowledge management practice manager and a senior consultant for SAIC. Prior to his responsibilities at SAIC, he completed a distinguished career in contracting and program management in the U.S. Air Force and the Department of Defense, retiring in the rank of colonel. During his military career, he earned numerous personal and unit awards and service medals, including the Defense Superior Service Medal and the Legion of Merit Medal.

SMTF14 - KirlinJim Kirlin, CFCM, CPCM, Fellow
Senior Subcontracts Manager
Raytheon Company
Jim is a Senior Subcontracts Manager with Raytheon Company in Fort Wayne, IN. Jim has 30 years of contracts and supply chain experience in the government and industry. Prior to joining Raytheon as a Contracts Manager, Jim served in the U.S. Air Force as an acquisition officer. Jim has a BSBA from the University of Florida and an MBA from the University of Montana. Jim is a member of seven contracting/supply chain/compliance professional associations: NCMA, IACCM, ISM, CIPS, APICS, PMAC, and SCCE. Jim holds seventeen professional certifications in subcontract management, compliance, contracting, supply chain, and supplier diversity, from the U.S., U.K. and Canada. Jim holds NCMA’s Lifetime CPCM and Lifetime CFCM. He is a NCMA Fellow and has been honored with the NCMA Charles A. Dana Distinguished Service Award, the NCMA National Achievement Award and the NCMA Education Award (twice). Jim served on the NCMA Board of Directors and served as Chair of the Policy Committee. He is the author of two articles in NCMA’s Contract Management magazine. He has presented at six NCMA World Congresses and at numerous National Education Seminars and Chapter meetings. Jim is the author of the book “Subcontract Management - A to Z” published by the NCMA in 2014.  

rupert.jpgKim Rupert, CPCM, CFCM, Fellow
Senior Vice President, SAIC

Kim Rupert is the senior vice president for corporate contracts, procurement, and pricing for SAIC. She is responsible for setting policy across the functional organization to facilitate business operations and ensure compliance with laws and regulations. She rejoined SAIC in this corporate capacity in December 2007 after a brief stint at QinetiQ North America as their senior vice president of contracts and procurement. Before that, she spent 12 years in positions of increasing responsibility at SAIC. Prior to that, she worked in the contracts department of Ideas, Inc., a company later acquired by SAIC. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland and received an MBA from Johns Hopkins University. She also has a masters certificate in government contracting from The George Washington University. She has previously served on NCMA's Board of Advisors and as a chapter vice president and president of NCMA's Baltimore-Washington Corridor Chapter.

SMTF14 - Tong OelrichJoyce Tong Oelrich
Senior Attorney, Government Contract Compliance
Microsoft
Joyce Tong Oelrich is a Senior Attorney at Microsoft Corporation focusing on government contract compliance. Prior to joining Microsoft, Joyce was an attorney at Bryan Cave LLP where she represented commercial companies doing business with government entities. Joyce counseled clients on a variety of government contract issues such as ethical and corporate compliance, product sourcing compliance, intellectual property, acquisitions of government contractors, bid protests and claims. In 2013, Super Lawyers selected Joyce as a Rising Star in Washington, DC for her work in government contracts.  

William WeisbergWilliam M. Weisberg
Principal
Law Offices of William Wesiberg PLLC
Bill Weisberg is the principal of the Law Offices of William Weisberg PLLC, which he founded in 2013 after practicing government contract law in large law firms for over 25 years, the last 10 of which he chaired the Government Contract practice groups of two international law firms.  Bill represents prime and subcontractors and grantees in all phases of government contracts and related areas, including protest and claims litigation, counseling, compliance, and the transactional and intellectual property aspects of government procurement.  Bill’s clients include traditional defense and non-defense government contractors, as well as primarily commercial companies and other entities that have the government as “a” customer, rather than their primary customer. 






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