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.

Executive Committee 

 Larry Trowel, CPCM, CFCM—President

Phone: (513) 900-7737

ltrowel@gmail.com

Larry Trowel has been in the contracting profession both in the U.S. Air Force and in private industry for over 37 years. His Air Force assignments included both operational and acquisition duties. He served as a Procuring Contracting Officer at the Electronic Systems Center, Commander of an Air Force Plant Representative Office and Defense Contract Management Agency office, and as Executive Officer for the Deputy Assistant Secretary (Contracting), Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Acquisition). Larry also served as the Air Force Policy Representative to the Defense Acquisition Regulations Council and led the U.S. Government Interagency team charged with writing the FAR Part 12implementing regulations for FASA Title VIII (Acquisition of Commercial Items). Following his Air Force career, Larry joined GE Aviation where he served as the General Manager for Government Contracts and Pricing, and later as General Manager for GE-wide Government Business Practices & Processes. Larry 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. Larry holds the NCMA Certified Professional Contracts Manager (CPCM) and Certified Federal Contracts Manager (CFCM) designations.

 

Penny L. White, J.D., Fellow—President-Elect 

The Boeing Company

Phone: (281) 226-4641

penny.l.white@boeing.com

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.

 

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

Phone: (978) 868-1011

Russell.blaine@wyle.com

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 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.

 

John G. Horan, J.D.—General Counsel
McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP
1900 K Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20006-1108

Phone: (202) 496-7215
Fax: (202) 496-7756

jhoran@mckennalong.com

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.

 

Debra W. Scheider, CPCM, Fellow—Director   and Chair, Professional Standards and Ethics Committee

Phone: (703) 808-4226

debra.scheider@nro.mil

Debra W. Scheider is the Senior Procurement Executive, Head of Contracting Activity and Director of Contracting for the National Reconnaissance Office.  Appointed in 2004, she is responsible the execution of all NRO contracting and contract policy. An acquisition professional for over 30 years, she is an expert in major system contracting and has firsthand experience in all facets of acquisition including high-tech, cutting edge, highly classified contracts.  Her responsibilities include cradle to grave implementation of classified and unclassified contracting.  She designs and implements NRO acquisition policy through the NRO’s FAR like supplement the NRO Acquisition Manual (NAM).  Her responsibilities include acquisition training of over 3,500 students and the performance of over 100 source selections per year through the NRO Acquisition Center of Excellence (ACE).  She is responsible for management of the contract officer workforce, industrial property management, all leasing, and government purchase card programs. As the NRO Deputy Senior Manager for Services she designed a framework to more effectively manage requirements and cost for service contracts. Ms. Scheider is also the Procurement Integrity Official, and the Suspension and Debarment Official for the NRO.   She holds a B.S. from American University, an MBA from VPI&SU, and a MPP from the University of Maryland.  She serves on the NCMA Board of Directors, is a Certified Professional Contract Manager, and NCMA Fellow.

 

Kim Rupert, CPCM, CFCM, Fellow—Director and Chair, Finance and Budget Committee
SAIC
1710 SAIC Dr MS T1-14-2
McLean, VA 22102

Phone: (703) 676-7657

rupertk@saic.com

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, J.D., CPCM, Fellow—Executive Director
21740 Beaumeade Circle, Suite 125
Ashburn, VA 20147

Phone: (571) 382-1123

michael.fischetti@ncmahq.org

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.

 

Directors

Bill Bressette, CPCM, CCCM, CFCM, Fellow—Director
Baker Tilly
8219 Leesburg Pike, Ste. 800
Vienna, VA 22182

Phone: (703) 923-8624

bill.bressette@bakertilly.com

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 Technologies Corp.
9675 W 108th Cir
Westminster, CO 80021

Phone: (303) 533-7518

Saraebosu10@gmail.com
 
Sara Brown is currently a contract administrator for Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corp. and is responsible for negotiating critical defense contracts in support of the F-35 Lightning, the most advanced fighter aircraft in the world. She started her contracting career in 2005 with the United States Air Force where she had the opportunity to work for Air Force Material Command, Air Force Space Command, and US Special Operations Command. She is a Certified Federal Contracts Manager (CFCM) and received her Fellows designation from NCMA in 2012. Sara is also a graduate of their distinguished Contract Management Leadership Development Program. 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. Sara received the Secretary of the Air Force Professionalism in Contracting Award in 2010 and was acknowledged by Oklahoma State University Spear’s School of Business as Outstanding Young Alumni in 2012.

 

Carly J. Cox, CFCM, Fellow—Director 
Peerless Technologies Corporation
Fairborn, OH

Phone: (937) 490-5000

Carly.Cox@epeerless.com

Carly Cox is the Director of Peerless Technologies Corporation’s Business Analytics Division responsible for business development, capture, proposals, and operations. Prior to this, Carly was the Director of Contracts & Procurement for Peerless overseeing all contracting, purchasing, pricing, and project control functions across the corporation. She holds an M.S. in Acquisition and a B.S. in Organizational Leadership. Carly has served the NCMA community through the Women’s Forum Community working group, the CMLDP Oversight Committee, the University Outreach and Relations Committee, and Dayton Chapter leadership including as Chapter President.  Additionally, Carly writes and teaches contract management curriculum as a Consultant, speaks at NCMA conferences and chapter events, and has been published in CM Magazine. Carly was appointed to the National Board of Advisors and the Council of Fellows in 2013 and has received several recognitions for professional achievement and community involvement including Dayton Business Journal’s Top 40 Under 40 Award, NCMA’s Top Professionals Under 40 in Contract Management Award, NCMA’s National Achievement Award, and the Albert Berger Outstanding Chapter Leadership Award.

 

Ronald Falcone, CPCM, Fellow—Director
Distributed Solutions Incorporated
Reston, VA

Phone: (703) 471-7530

ronf@distributedinc.com

Ronald Falcone is co-founder and Executive Vice President at Distributed Solutions, Inc., where he oversees all aspects of Contracts Management. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of Virginia’s Procurement and Contracts Management Program. As an active member of the NCMA Tysons Corner Chapter, including former President, he has served in numerous volunteer and board positions. Nationally, he has presented at leadership conferences and has been published in Contract Management magazine. He holds a BS in Business Administration from the Pennsylvania State University, an MBA from the University of Phoenix, and is a graduate of the University of Virginia’s Procurement & Contracts Management Certificate Program.

 

Patricia Garcia—Director
Raytheon Intelligence and Information Services
Dulles, VA

Phone: (972) 205-4293

p-garcia@raytheon.com

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 Government Solutions, LLC
8406 E Appaloosa Trl
Scottsdale, AZ 85258

Phone: (480) 794-6334

doris.gray@avnet.com

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 Chapter Development, Governance, and  Professionalism Advocacy committees and the faculty of the CMLDP.

 

Jonene Johanson, CPCM, CFCM, Fellow—Director
Ogden Air Logistics Complex
Morgan, UT

jonenejohanson@gmail.com

Jonene Johanson is Branch Chief of Force Development and Analysis at Ogden Air Logistics Complex, Hill Air Force Base, Utah, responsible for 50+ contract management interns and support staff. She began her contracting career as a student intern in 2001 and has held progressive positions in contracting supporting programs such as F-16, KC-10, B-52, Aircrew Training and Rehearsal Support (ATARS), and Mature and Proven Aircraft (MAPA) leading to her current assignment. Ms. Johanson holds a BS and MBA from Weber State University (WSU), where she currently teaches Principles of Contract Management as an adjunct MBA instructor. She is a graduate of the distinguished Contract Management Leadership Development Program, holds a CFCM, CPCM, and Contracts Fellow designation, and has been published in Contract Management Magazine. She holds an unlimited warrant, DAWIA certification Level III in Contracting and Level I in Program Management, has completed Air Command and Staff College, and is a graduate of the distinguished DoD Executive Leadership Development Program. As a member of the Great Salt Lake Chapter, Ms. Johanson has served in multiple positions, such as Scholarship Chair, Treasurer, NES Committee, President Elect, and President. She served on the National University Outreach Relations Committee from 2008-2013, is a CMLDP mentor and a two-time World Congress co-presenter.

 

William S. Kaplan, CPCM, Fellow—Director
Working KnowledgeCSP LLC
Great Falls, VA  22066

Phone: (571) 934-7408

bill@workingknowledge-csp.com

Bill Kaplan is the founder of Working KnowledgeCSP LLC, an SDVOSB and independent consulting company with a practice in knowledge management, acquisition management, and organization performance serving clients in both the public and private sector. Through October 2009, Kaplan was the Chief Knowledge Officer, KM 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.

 

Rodney F. Matsushima, Fellow—Director
Suntiva, LLC
384 Myrtle Pl
PO Box 521
Occoquan, VA 22125

703-944-8857

rmatsushima@suntiva.com

Rodney Matsushima is currently the Executive Vice President at Suntiva, LLC. He has been in the government acquisition and assistance business for more than 40 years. He is an adjunct professor in the International Defense Acquisition Resource Management Program of the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, and works with  the U.S. Agency for International Development creating and delivering customized Acquisition and Assistance Courses to their 80 Worldwide Missions and Headquarters staff. During his 20 years of active duty as a Naval Supply Corps Officer, Matsushima held various senior management positions in the Acquisition and Contract Management field. An active member of NCMA, he previously served on the Executive Advisory Council, President of the Beach Cities Chapter and Director of the Monterey Peninsula Chapter. 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, Monterey, CA.

 

Kathy Nicodemus, CPCM—Director
General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems
Fairfax, VA

Phone: (410) 371-9969

kathleen.nicodemus@gd-ais.com

Kathy Nicodemus is the Vice President of Contracts at General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems. General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems is a business unit of General Dynamics Corporation and a provider of end-to-end intelligence and cyber mission integration and solutions to customers in the defense, intelligence and homeland security communities.  Ms. Nicodemus has over 25 years of contract management experience with the federal government, commercial and international customers and has been with GDAIS for nearly 17 years with positions of increasing responsibility. Ms. Nicodemus is currently responsible for a team of 125 contract and subcontract professionals managing contract administration, subcontract administration, and contract policy and compliance for GDAIS. Under Ms. Nicodemus’ leadership, GDAIS has established a career development framework including a successful training program, NCMA participation, position rotations, and special assignments to foster the growth of its contracts and subcontracts professionals and strengthen contract/subcontract execution and compliance for GDAIS. She has also been instrumental in the development and implementation of automated systems and tools to increase contract and subcontract efficiencies resulting in significant operational improvement savings and a wide-ranging contracts/subcontracts training program leveraged by other General Dynamics business units. She also provides contractual support for mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and integration efforts. Ms. Nicodemus has a Master’s Degree from the Johns Hopkins University, Carey School of Business and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Maryland, College Park. In addition, she is a Certified Professional Contracts Manager (CPCM).

 

Thomas D. Robinson—Director 
Air Force Lifecycle Management Center/PK
Wright-Patterson AFB, OH

Phone: (937) 255-3741

coltdr1@gmail.com 

Mr. Thomas Robinson is the Director of Contracting for the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at Wright-Patterson AFB, OH.  He is responsible for a $200B Major Weapons Systems portfolio with over $37B in annual contract spend overseeing 1900 Contracting personnel. He previously served as the Executive Director of Air Force Installation Contracting Agency at Wright-Patterson AFB, OH.  He is responsible for the technical direction, supervision, and programs and functions in Air Force Operational Contracting.  Prior to this he served as the Associate Deputy, Assistant Secretary (Contracting) at the Pentagon in Washington D.C. 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
King George, VA

Phone: (540) 735-4048

salmeri@crosslink.net

Philip E. Salmeri CPCM, NCMA Fellow has over 40 years of Government contracting experience with the Navy and the Air Force as a negotiator, contracting officer, branch head and a program manager in addition to commercial consulting support. Mr. Salmeri was an associate Professor for the College of Southern Maryland. He is the founder and first president of the Dahlgren Chapter of NCMA. He received the Meritorious Service Award in Scholarly Research from the South Eastern Consortium for Electrical Engineering Education (SCEEE). He is a recognized expert on Performance Based Services Acquisition and Best Value Procurement.  He is the president and CEO of M & M  H  Design, Inc., and Potomac Executive Suites, LLC.  He is the author of Negotiations - Strategies, Tactics and Countermoves, Management Concepts’ Action Packs on Best Value Procurement, and Performance Work Statements. He assisted in the rewrite of the OMB guidebook for services acquisition. His latest efforts have been in support of DAU‘s SAW (Service Acquisition Workshops). He was the Subject Matter Expert (SME) for the development of  DAU’s Service Acquisition Mall (SAM), a website that facilitates performance based services acquisitions. He was the SME for the development of the automated tool, Acquisition Requirements Roadmap Tool (ARRT), a computer based tool which produces a template for a PWS, PRS and a QASP. He is presently developing for DAU a Source Selection Criteria tool, a Performance Assessment tool and an Independent Cost Estimating tool which will be tied to the ARRT.

 

Allie Stanzione, CPCM, CFCM, Fellow—Director
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory (FFRDC)
Hopkinton, MA

Phone: (617) 851-1033

allie_izmailoff@yahoo.com

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.

 

Melissa Starinsky—Director
Veterans Affairs Acquisition Academy (VAAA)
Frederick, MD

Phone: (240) 215-0561

Melissa.Starinsky@va.gov

Melissa Starinsky is Chancellor of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Acquisition Academy, where she oversees the training of more than 32,000 members of VA’s acquisition workforce, ensuring the VA has the most qualified program, supply chain, and facility managers, and contract specialists/contracting officers.  The curriculum includes competency assessments, classroom and online learning, mentoring, on-the-job experiences, training toward federal certifications, and continuing education. She began her career as a Contract Specialist in 1989 as an intern with the Department of Defense and progressed since that time into roles of increased responsibility in both Government and industry; giving her a well-rounded perspective of the acquisition system.  Prior to her role as Chancellor for the VA, Ms. Starinsky held notable senior level positions such as the Staff College Director for the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine and as the Deputy Director of the Office of Acquisition and Grants Management for the Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.   As an operational Contracting Officer where Ms. Starinsky spent a large part of her career, she supported major programs for the agencies she served with a protest-free and on-time award track record.   In all of these roles, she was known for her ability to problem solve, lead strategic and transformational efforts, innovate, collaborate, and drive process and operational improvements within the acquisition system.  Her current role as Chancellor of the VA and her addition to the NCMA Board of Directors will bring a blend of workforce development, acquisition expertise, and the advocacy our profession needs. Ms. Starinsky holds a B.S. in Business Management from the University of Maryland, is a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute, and is FAC-C Level III certified.

 

Charlie E. Williams Jr.—Director
CWilliams LLC

charlie@cwilliamsllc.com

Prior to establishing CWilliams LLC, Mr. Charlie E. Williams, Jr. served as the Director, of the Defense Contract Management Agency. As Director, Mr. Williams was responsible for leading a Department of Defense Agency that consisted of more than 12,000 civilians and military personnel who execute worldwide contract management responsibilities, covering more than 18,000 contractors and $200 billion in unliquidated contract obligations. In Mr. Williams’ previous assignments, he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Contracting, in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, and the U.S. member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s Airborne Early Warning and Control Programme, Board of Directors. His prior assignments included Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary, Contracting in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force from March 2002 to 2003. During his time in the Air Force Secretariat, he also served as Business Advisor to the USAF PEOs for Space, Fighter Attack Aircraft and, Command Control and Combat Support Systems. Mr. Williams entered federal service in 1982 through the Air Force Logistics Command’s Mid-Level Management Training Program, Kelly Air Force Base, Texas. Upon graduation, he served as senior buyer and contracting officer at Kelly AFB in San Antonio TX. From 1984 to 1987, Mr. Williams was a procurement analyst in the Resources and Analysis Division of the Headquarters Air Force Logistics Command (AFLC), Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. He participated in the Air Force’s prestigious Education with Industry program, working at General Electric’s Aircraft Engines Division, Cincinnati, Ohio, from June 1987 until July 1988. Following this year of duty in the private sector, Mr. Williams became the Director of Business Strategy in the Acquisition Logistics Division at Wright-Patterson. In 1990, Mr. Williams was named as Chief, Logistics Support Contracting Division, and to Deputy Chief for Resources, Management and Analysis, Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC), Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, in 1992. Mr. Williams is a member of the Defense Acquisition Corps and is Level III certified in Contracting. He is a member of the National Contract Management Association Board of Directors, a Director of the Procurement Roundtable and a Trustee with the Subcontract Management Institute. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, a Master’s Degree from Tennessee State University, Nashville and a Master’s Degree from the National Defense University. He is also a 1996 graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, where he earned a second Master’s Degree in national resource management. His awards and recognitions include a Special Service Award, Meritorious Civilian Service Award, Exceptional Civilian Service Award, Meritorious Executive Presidential Rank Award and the DoD Medal for Distinguished Civilian Service.

 

Stephen J. Yuter, CPCM, CFCM, Fellow—Director
Department of Health and Human Services/Indian Health Service

Phone: (301) 443-5774

sjyuter@aol.com

Stephen J. Yuter is the Acting Director of Acquisition and Head of the Contracting Activity at the Department of Health and Human Services, Indian Health Service. He has overall responsibility and accountability for contracting operations, acquisition policy, and workforce development. Prior to assuming his current position, Mr. Yuter served as the Deputy Assistant Chief Procurement Officer for Policy, Systems, and Risk Management at HUD and as a Branch Chief with the DHHS Program Support Center. As a member of the NCMA Potomac Chapter, Mr. Yuter has served as President, Vice-President, and Education Chair, and at the national level on the Awards and Honors Working Group. He has been a program speaker several times at the NCMA World Congress. In addition to NCMA, he is currently a member of the Project Management Institute and the CAUCUS Association of Technology Acquisition Professionals. Mr. Yuter holds a B.S. in Marketing and Business Administration from Florida Atlantic University, an M.S. in Management from the Florida Institute of Technology, and a Master's Certificate in Government Contracting from the George Washington University School of Business. He is the recipient of the 2011 NCMA Outstanding Academic Achievement Award and the 2013 NCMA Top Professionals Under 40 in Contract Management Award.






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