Board of Director Biographies
The NCMA Board of Directors consists of association members who serve as individuals, not as representatives of their agencies or employers.
Russ Blaine is the vice president of Wyle Aerospace Group’s IDIQ Management Office. He previously managed Wyle’s C4ISR Mission Systems Sector in Burlington, Massachusetts. Prior to assuming his position with Wyle, he served as the chief of staff and director of contracting for 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, Iraq. 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.
Elliott B. Branch, Fellow—Past President
Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (RD&A)
1000 Navy Pentagon, BF992
Washington, DC 20350
Phone: (703) 614-9595
Elliott Branch is the executive director, Acquisition and Logistics Management, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development, and Acquisition). Prior to assuming his current position, he was the first civilian director of contracts at the Naval Sea Systems Command. He is also a member of the Senior Executive Service (SES). He previously 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. Prior to that, he served as the chief procurement officer for the Government of the District of Columbia and held various positions in the SES with the Department of the Navy. In 1993, he became a member of the SES as the director, Shipbuilding Contracts Division, at NAVSEA. He next served as executive director, Acquisition and Business Management, Department of the Navy. While in this position, he also served as project executive officer, Acquisition Related Business Systems
He holds a BS in economics from the University of Pennsylvania and has completed the Executive Program at the University of Virginia Darden School. He has received the Navy Distinguished Civilian Service Medal, the David Packard Excellence in Acquisition Award, the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Executive, and the Vice Presidential Hammer Award for Reinventing Government.
Phone: (513) 900-7737
Larry Trowel has been in the contracting profession both in the U.S. Air Force and in private industry for over 35 years. His air force assignments included both operational and acquisition duties—he served as a procuring contracting officer at the Air Force Plant Representative Office and as Defense Contract Management Command commander. He also served as the air force policy representative on the Defense Acquisition Regulations Council. Following his air force career, he joined GE Aviation, where he was responsible for government contracts, pricing, risk management, and related business processes for all GE-Aviation military propulsion and aviation systems products.
Trowel graduated from the University of Connecticut with a BA in economics and the University of Montana with an MBA. He is also a graduate of the Air Command and Staff College and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.
Phone: (202) 496-7215
Fax: (202) 496-7756
Jack Horan is a partner in the Washington, DC, office of McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP. He concentrates his practice in government contracts, civil fraud, and white collar criminal defense. He has represented clients related to all aspects of federal, state, and local government procurement and grant law. His expertise includes counseling, bid protests, claims preparation, complex litigation, internal investigations, and voluntary disclosures. In addition, he has represented government contractors and their employees under investigation by government agencies and federal and state grand juries.
He is a former assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, where he served in the Misdemeanor, Felony, Appellate, and District Court sections. As an assistant U.S. attorney, he supervised criminal investigations by local and federal law enforcement authorities, and has represented the United States in numerous jury trials, hearings, and appellate arguments in the District of Columbia and federal courts. He also holds a BS with honors and distinction from Rutgers University and a JD cum laude from Georgetown University. He is a member of the District of Colombia and Maryland bars.
The Boeing Company
13100 Space Center Blvd.
Houston, TX 77059
Phone: (281) 226-4641
Penny White is a senior manager of contracts and pricing at The Boeing Company. She serves as acquisition manager for the Space Exploration business unit. Prior to joining The Boeing Company, she served as director of procurement at United Space Alliance, a company jointly owned by The Boeing Company and Lockheed Martin. She started her aerospace career with Rockwell International in 1989 as a contract administrator. She obtained her bachelor's degree in finance from Mercer University and went on to Tulane University, where she obtained her Juris Doctor degree.
As a member of NCMA's Space City Houston Chapter, White served as vice president of education, vice president/president elect, and president. She has also co-presented three workshops at NCMA's World Congress. In addition to NCMA, she is currently a member of the Georgia State Bar, the Institute of Supply Management, the National Property Management Association, and Leadership Texas Alumni Association. .
Kim Rupert, CPCM, CFCM, Fellow—Director and Chair, Finance and Budget Committee
1710 SAIC Dr MS T1-14-2
McLean, VA 22102
Phone: (703) 676-7657
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.
Rupert 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 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.
Michael Fischetti is the executive director of the National Contract Management Association (NCMA). He assumed this position in July 2012 after retiring from the federal government as a member of the Senior Executive Service.
Fischetti 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. Prior to coming to NCMA, he was in the Senior Executive Service (SES) as the component acquisition executive and head of contracting within the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs)/TRICARE Management Activity, managing over $55 billion per year for DOD’s Military Healthcare System.
Fischetti holds a Juris Doctorate (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. He is a certified professional contracts manager (CPCM), has attained Level 3 acquisition workforce certifications in contracting and program management with the DOD, and Level 3 contracting from the Department of Energy.
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, served as president, vice president, treasurer, director, and chairman. He was awarded the NCMA fellow designation in 1997.
Karl Bird, CPCM, Fellow—Director
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
4800 Oak Grove Drive, Mail Stop 291-209
Pasadena, CA 91109
Phone: (818) 354-6190
Karl Bird is the acquisition division manager at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. He leads a division of 165 people engaged in issuing contracts totaling $755 million for all laboratory support as well as major space systems. He is a longtime NCMA member, former Dayton Chapter director, and chapter president from 1985–1990. He currently supports and attends the LA/South Bay Chapter on its board of advisors. He also supports and attends the San Gabriel Chapter. He is also a frequent speaker at NCMA chapters, seminars, and workshops.
Bird was recently appointed to the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. His acquisition career includes contracting assignments with the U.S. Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Defense Logistics Agency, and Air Force. He later served as Deputy Chief, Alternate Dispute Resolution Division, and senior trial attorney in the Office of the Air Force Chief Trial Attorney at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. In 2006, he was a member of the Defense Intelligence Senior Executive Service and director of contracts at the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, California.
He holds a BA in business management from Central Oklahoma University, an MBA from Texas A&M Texarkana, an MS in national resource strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, and a JD magna cum laude from the Capital University Law School in Columbus, Ohio.
Bill Bressette, CPCM, CCCM, CFCM, Fellow—Director
8219 Leesburg Pike, Ste. 800
Vienna, VA 22182
Phone: (703) 923-8624
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. Mr. Bressette is a former President of the NCMA Tysons Chapter, and he is Vice Chair of the Commercial Products and Services Committee of the ABA’s Section of Public Contract Law.
Sara Brown, CFCM, Fellow—Director
Ball Aerospace and Technology Corporation
9675 W 108th Cir
Westminster, CO 80021
Phone: (303) 533-7518
Sara Brown is currently a contract administrator for Ball Aerospace and Technology Corporation. She started her contracting career in 2005 with the United States Air Force and has been a member of NCMA since 2008. Sara has served as treasurer, awards, university outreach, and membership chairs of her various chapters. Nationally, she has presented at four major conferences and has been published in Contract Management magazine. Sara graduated from Oklahoma State University with a bachelor's degree in marketing and received her master's degree in public administration from the University of Oklahoma. She is also a graduate of the distinguished Contract Management Leadership Development Program.
Phone: (260) 602-5081
Po Collins is completing two terms on NCMA’s Board of Directors. 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.
Michelle M. Currier, CPCM, CFCM., Fellow—Director
Defense Acquisition University
1968 Gilbert St, Ste 660
Norfolk, VA 23511
Phone: (757) 635-8261
Michelle Currier is a professor of contract management at the Defense Acquisition University and currently serves as the Mid-Atlantic course manager regional representative for the "FAR Fundamentals" course and the "Ask-A-Professor" program. Over the course of her 32-year career, she has 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.
She is a graduate of the inaugural class for the U.S. Army's Senior Leadership Development Program in 2007. She holds a BS and an MS in contracts and grants management from American University. She is also DAWIA Level III certified. She is a past national president of NCMA (2001–2002) and has received numerous NCMA awards.
Department of Veterans Affairs
Phone: (202) 461-6920
Jan Frye was appointed as the deputy assistant secretary for acquisition and logistics and the senior procurement executive at the Department of Veterans Affairs in 2005. A retired U.S. Army colonel, he served in senior acquisition and logistics positions during his 30-year career. He is the recipient of numerous military awards and decorations, including the Legion of Merit Medal. He holds the Acquisition Professional Development Program's highest certifications in program management and contracting.
Raytheon Intelligence and Information Systems
PO Box 660023
Dallas, TX 75266
Phone: (972) 205-4293
Patricia Garcia is vice president of contracts for Raytheon Intelligence and Information Systems. She has over 28 years of experience within government and commercial contracting, including 24 years at Raytheon Company. Before assuming this position, she was the director of contracts for Integrated Communications Systems of Raytheon Network Centric Systems. In 1984, she worked in acquisitions at the Robins Air Force Logistics Command Center. She holds an MBA in business administration and a bachelor's in business administration from Georgia College. She is also a qualified Raytheon Six Sigma specialist.
Doris Gray, JD, CCCM, Fellow—Director
Avnet Technology Solutions
8700 South Price Road
Tempe, AZ 85284
Phone: (480) 794-6334
Doris Gray is a senior contract manager for Avnet, Inc. She holds a BA from Duke University and a Juris Doctor from George Washington University Law School. Her career has covered the broad spectrum of all areas of contracts: commercial, international, and government (state, local, and federal), including participation in claims before GAO and the Board of Contracts Appeals. She has been awarded the President’s Award by the sponsors of the Black Engineer of the Year Award, the CEO Award by Motorola, and the 2009 NCMA Outstanding Fellow Award.
She is a member of NCMA’s Phoenix Thunderbird Chapter, where she has served in many positions during her 30-year NCMA membership. She is an NCMA Fellow, a Certified Commercial Contract Manager (CCCM), and Chairperson for her Chapter's Fellows. She has also been a speaker at chapter workshops and national conferences, served as a Contract Management Leadership Development Program (CMLDP) mentor, and has been published in Contract Management Magazine, and led the local CCCM certification training. She has also served at the national level on the Professionalism Advocacy Committee and the faculty of the CMLDP.
William S. Kaplan, CPCM, Fellow—Director
Working KnowledgeCSP LLC
11107 Corobon Lane
Great Falls, VA 22066
Phone: (571) 934-7408
Bill Kaplan is the founder of Working KnowledgeCSP LLC, a SDVOSB and independent consulting company with a practice in knowledge management and organization performance serving clients in both the public and private sector. Through October 2009, Kaplan was the chief knowledge 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. He completed a distinguished career in acquisition 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.
Rodney F. Matsushima, Fellow—Director
7600 Leesburg Pike, Suite 440E
Falls Church, VA 22043
Rodney Matsushima is currently an executive vice president at Suntiva, LLC. He has been in the government acquisition and assistance business for more than 39 years. He is also an adjunct professor in the International Defense Acquisition Resource Management Program of the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, and an instructor for the U.S. Agency for International Development. During his 20 years of active duty as a Naval Supply Corps officer, Matsushima held various management positions.
An active member of NCMA, he has previously served on the Board of Advisors. He is currently a member of NCMA's Washington DC Chapter. He received his BS in biology from Purdue University and his MS in acquisition and contract management from the Naval Postgraduate School.
Bill McNally, CPCM, Fellow—Director
Phone: (202) 358-2090
Bill McNally is a retired U.S. Air Force colonel and a member of the SES. He is currently serving as the assistant administrator for procurement and the deputy chief acquisition officer of NASA. From October 2005 until August 2007, he served as special procurement advisor for NASA's Exploration Systems Mission Directorate. He has held various joint acquisition assignments in the TOMAHAWK Cruise Missile Program and Strategic Defense Initiative Organization, among others. He was also the military deputy to the deputy undersecretary of defense (acquisition reform).
McNally has over 35 years of acquisition experience within the Department of Defense, as a consultant, and now with NASA. He was selected for the U.S. Air Force's Education with Industry (EWI) program with the Boeing Helicopter Company. He holds an MBA from Golden Gate University and is a resident graduate of the U.S. Air War College and the DOD Program Management course. He is a certified Joint Specialty Officer and is Level III certified in the field of contract management.
Terry Raney, Ph.D.—Director
2120 Washington Blvd, Suite 300
Arlington, VA 22204
Phone: (703) 486-3266
Dr. Terry Raney is senior vice president and division group manager of the Acquisition Support Group of CACI International, Inc. He has 40 years of acquisition, contracting, and professional academic experience including service as the acting associate deputy assistant secretary (contracting) for the U.S. Air Force. He was chief of contract policy for the air force for four years and was the air force policy member of the Defense Acquisition Regulations Council. He was a professor and department chairman at the Defense Systems Management College (now the Defense Acquisition University). He also served as the deputy department head of the Department of Economics and Geography at the Air Force Academy, where he was an assistant professor of economics and director of acquisition research.
He holds a Ph.D. in economics from Georgetown University and an MA in economics from the University of Memphis. He is a past member of the NCMA Board of Advisors and is a co-chair of the Professional Services Council Acquisition Policy Committee. He has spoken regularly at national federal government and industry professional association acquisition and contract management conferences and symposiums. He is also a frequent guest lecturer at Defense Acquisition University and civilian agency senior contract management and acquisition management courses.
Thomas D. Robinson—Director
Department of the Air Force, SAF/AQC
Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
Phone: (571) 256-2414
Mr. Thomas D. Robinson is the Associate Deputy, Assistant Secretary (Contracting) at the Pentagon in Washington D.C. He is responsible for the technical direction and supervision of the programs and functions including the planning, direction and implementation of policies, programs, and objectives governing Air Force Contracting to include the entire spectrum of Air Force operational, central and major weapons acquisitions. Mr. Robinson is a retired AF Colonel with 28 years of active duty experience in Contracting. He has commanded two squadrons, served as contract manager, chief of operational contracting division, staff acquisition officer for USAFE at Ramstein Air Base, principal advisor to United States Forces Azores on acquisition requirements, executed contingency effort in support of Operation Joint Endeavor, deputy chief of contracting division for F-22 Systems Program Office, Deputy Mission Support Group Commander at Eglin AFB and as the Director of Contracting, Ogden Air Logistics Center, Hill AFB, Utah. Prior to his current SES position, Mr. Robinson served as the Senior Contracting Official at both the Air Education and Training Command (AETC) and the Pacific Air Forces (PACAF).
Philip E. Salmeri, CPCM, Fellow—Director
13242 Laurel Lane
King George, VA 22485
Phone: (540) 735-4048
Phil Salmeri has represented the assistant secretary of the navy (acquisition reform) as the subject matter expert on the U.S. Navy's use of past performance information in source selections. He also provided consulting support to various program managers in support of large systems and construction projects. In addition, he conducted seminar programs for NCMA from 1994 to 2002. He has also worked with the Defense Acquisition University in the development of the "Service Acquisition Mall."
Debra W. Scheider, CPCM—Director
Phone: (703) 808-4226
Debra Scheider is the senior procurement executive, head of contracting activity, and director of contracting for the National Reconnaissance Office. An acquisition professional for over 30 years, she has firsthand experience in all facets of acquisition including cradle to grave classified and unclassified contracting, acquisition policy, acquisition training and source selection, workforce management, industrial property management, real property, logistics, and government purchase card programs. She holds a BS from American University, an MBA from VPI&SU, and a MPP from the University of Maryland. She has served on the NCMA Board of Advisors and is a past recipient of the NCMA Global Contracting Award.
Allie Stanzione, CPCM, CFCM, Fellow—Director
MIT Lincoln Laboratory
238 W Main Street
Hopkinton, MA 01748
Phone: (617) 851-1033
Mrs. Allie Stanzione is an Operational Contracts Team Lead at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory (FFRDC). Throughout her career, Stanzione served in numerous contracting positions in commercial, international, federal, state and local government contracts field. Stanzione is a graduate of NCMA’s distinguished Contract Management Leadership Development Program, and holds a CFCM, a CPCM and a Contracts Fellow designation. She authored several articles which were featured in the Contract Management Magazine and the Journal of Contract Management. Stanzione is an active member of the Boston Chapter and has served as a VP of Membership, Programs and IT. She is a winner of the NCMA Headquarters James E. Cravens Membership Award and a recipient of the Honorable Mention in the Sixth Annual Macfarlan Excellence in Contract Management Research and Writing Program. She holds an MBA from New York Institute of Technology and Masters Certificate in Government and Commercial Contracting from Villanova.