Our Board is made up of members who direct and oversee association activities. They serve because of their strong leadership skills and commitment to our community. Their strong focus on strategic imperatives enable members to connect to create what’s next in the profession.
Melissa Starinsky is the director and head of the contracting activity for the Office of Acquisition & Grants Management within the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). She is responsible for overseeing the execution of CMS' contracting, discretionary grant, and interagency agreement activities. She began her career as an acquisition intern in 1989 with the U.S. Department of the Navy. Since then, she has held various acquisition, policy, and programmatic leadership positions within the federal government and the private sector—including deputy director of the Office of Acquisition & Grants Management, director of the Federal Acquisition Institute at the U.S. General Services Administration, and the chancellor for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Acquisition Academy.
Amanda is the Senior Vice President of Subcontracts and Procurement at CACI International Inc., a professional services and IT solutions company with $5B in revenue. In this role, Amanda leads an organization that purchases goods and services with an approximate spend of $3B per year. Amanda is responsible for setting direction, policy, and procedures based upon corporate-level strategy, and ensure the procurement and subcontracts personnel provide value and contribute to the overall success of the company. As a key position on the Executive Leadership Team, Amanda delivers on strategic initiatives, implements industry best practices, while maintaining a DCMA Approved Purchasing System.
Amanda has over 20 years of Procurement experience. Prior to joining CACI in 2008, she was with Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). Amanda holds an MBA from Marymount University and a BSBA specializing in Supply Chain Management from Bowling Green State University (BGSU). Ms. Christian is a longtime member of the National Contract Management Association, in addition, she serves on the Ivalua Executive Advisory Council, the BGSU Department of Management Advisory Council, and the BGSU Alumni Board.
Debra Scheider is Vice President, Corporate Contracts for Lockheed Martin Corporation. She is responsible for leading the Corporation in the areas of Contract policy, training, and works with all business areas to assess current and future contracts. She brings in-depth knowledge of contracting, supply chain risk management, procurement, and security involving large, complex, and classified contracts. Her background includes executive roles for Engility (now SAIC), the CIA, and the National Reconnaissance Office. Debra has also led two consulting service companies. In addition to her service to NCMA, she is a Director for the Procurement Round Table whose members bring recognized expertise in federal acquisition.
Washington, DC Chapter
Timothy M. Applegate, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the director, Acquisition Management and Integration Center, Headquarters Air Combat Command (ACC), Joint Base Langley- Eustis, Virginia. In this role, he is responsible for a total acquisition portfolio of more than $15 billion. He retired as a colonel in the U.S. Air Force in June 2013, and has over 31 years of acquisition and contracting expertise. He is a member of the Defense Acquisition Corps and is Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act Level III certified in Contracting.
Commodore Consulting, LLC
Powder Springs, GA
As founder and president of Commodore Consulting, LLC, Shene Commodore provides contract management, strategic planning, proposal writing, GSA services, training support services. She also works with government agencies to provide program management, acquisition support, and IT support services. As a procurement professional, she is an advocate of small businesses, women empowerment, and the career development of young professionals. She has taught over 3,000 government and contractor staff on the FAR, leadership, small business programs, and pricing. In October 2013, she was recognized by Minority Enterprise Advocate Magazine as one of the 25 Influential Women In Business for her dedication to helping clients win government contracts. She is the grateful 2014 recipient of the Security Industry Association’s (SIA) Government Policy award for her contribution & leadership to help SIA address the public policy challenges impacting the physical security industry.
National Contract Management Association
Kraig Conrad joined NCMA as Chief Executive Officer in November 2018 to help the Board advance growth in service of members and the mission. He has more than 20 years of association leadership experience. Prior to NCMA, he served as CEO of Professional Risk Managers’ International Association, where he guided the PRMIA Board of Directors and its global network of more than 50,000 risk professionals. Prior to PRMIA, Kraig held many roles at the National Investor Relations Institute including Acting Co-Chief Executive Officer, Vice President for Programs and Development, and Vice President for Professional Development. He also has served as Research Lead for Strategy Practice at Corporate Executive Board, Director of Corporate Finance and Risk Management and Director of Strategic Alliances at the Association for Financial Professionals, Senior Consultant for Braun Consulting, and Financial Analyst for Credit Suisse.
Kraig earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Southern California and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is a Certified Association Executive and member of the American Society of Association
Executives, and a Certified Treasury Professional and member of the Association for Financial Professionals.
North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
Iris serves as the Assistant Secretary for Procurement
Throughout her career, Iris has been committed to excellence in customer service, integrity and transparency in the acquisition process; and the development of the acquisition workforce. She is passionate about acquisition transformation, leveraging the strengths of the entire acquisition team across functional lines and throughout the acquisition life cycle.t, Contracts, and Grants at the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS) in Raleigh, NC. In this role, she is responsible for contracts and grants valued at over $18B spanning the entire spectrum of NC DHHS mission across the State of North Carolina.
Dulles Corridor Chapter
Heather Dallara has over 14 years of federal services contracting experience spanning a variety of defense and civilian customers. She joined General Dynamics in 2010 and at that time has supported defense, civilian, national security, and commercial customers. In her current role, she is Staff, VP Contracts for General Dynamics Information Technology, Inc., where she leads the contracts team for the company's Defense Division. She previously worked at L-3 Technologies, Inc. and Harris Technical
Services Corporation. She is a graduate of NCMA's Contract Management Leadership Development Program (CMLDP) and continues to support the CMLDP as a mentor for current students. She was recognized as one of NCMA's Advancing Professionals in 2014 and
has held numerous leadership positions in the Dulles Corridor Chapter.
Free State Chapter
Pat Fitzgerald is a Director in Baker Tilly’s government contractor advisory services group. He joined the firm in 2015, bringing with him over 35 years of experience in government auditing and acquisition. Previously, he served for five years as the director of the Defense Contract Audit Agency. He also served as the Auditor General for the U.S. Army, where he led the U.S. Army Audit Agency and reported directly to the Secretary of the Army.
Ted Harrison joins the board of NCMA from his current position as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Technical and Project Engineering, LLC. (TAPE). A 37-year U.S. Army veteran, he retired at the rank of Major General. He previously served at the Pentagon as Director of Operations for the Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management. He also served as Commanding General for the Expeditionary Contracting Command and Director of Contracting for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Earlier in his career, Mr. Harrison served in tactical assignments in Air Defense and Army Aviation.
Washington, DC Chapter
Jack Horan is a seasoned trial lawyer and litigator who has been lead counsel in over 30 jury trials and hundreds of criminal, civil, administrative, and arbitration hearings. He has also presented oral arguments on eight appeals before federal and the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. He has represented contractors and employees before both federal and state grand juries and in criminal proceedings in federal and state courts.
Wendy Masiello is currently an independent consultant, having retired from the U.S. Air Force as a three-star general in July 2017. During her 36-year career with the Air Force, she served as director of the Defense Contract Management Agency; deputy assistant secretary (contracting), Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition; and program executive officer for the Air Force’s $30 billion service acquisition portfolio. Her medals and commendations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Distinguished Service Medal, and the Bronze Star. She is currently a member of the board of directors for KBR Inc. and Board of Advisors for NCMA and the Public Spend Forum.
Jeffrey Napier is currently the Director for Acquisition Services in the Office of Financial Resources of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He is responsible for oversight of all CDC contracts, including quality assurance, compliance,
and development of policies and procedures. He began his federal acquisition career with the U.S. Air Force in the F-15 program and has progressed through leadership positions at the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of the Interior before coming to CDC. In 2013, he was confirmed into the federal Senior Executive Service (SES). He has been an active member of NCMA for over 30 years, serving in various roles, including president of the Atlanta Chapter.
Golden Gate Chapter
Dr. Rene G. Rendon is a nationally recognized authority in the areas of supply management, contract management, and project management. He is an associate professor at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, where he teaches in the MBA and Master of Science programs in acquisition and contract management. In addition, he has conducted research on acquisition and contract management for the Department of Defense and has taught acquisition and contract management courses to international military and civilian officials. He is a past recipient of the NCMA National Education Award and the NCMA Outstanding Fellow Award. He is a frequent speaker at universities and professional conferences and provides consulting to government and industry.
As Director of Contracts for Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., Steve Sarris is responsible for all aspects of the contracts function, including the evaluation, development, and implementation of the contracts department's long-term strategic goals and short-term tactical plans that support the business objectives of the company. Previously, he served in the Subcontracts Department of Lockheed Martin (formerly Martin Marietta) Denver Aerospace to include roles with increased levels of responsibility from cost analysis to department chief, and subcontract administrator.
East Tennessee Chapter
Heidi Timmerman is an independent consultant supporting commercial and government contractor clients; as well as a lecturer for the University of Tennessee’s Aerospace & Defense Programs within the Haslam College of Business. She has over 20 years’ experience in procurement, contracts, operations, and supply chain management. For close to a decade, Heidi served as the director of Procurement & Contracts Administration (PCA) at Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU); where she was responsible for customer contracting, strategic partnership projects, real estate, purchase-card administration, all procurement services, contracting systems, and ORAU’s small business program. In the private sector, she served as vice president of supply chain operations of IdleAire; where she was responsible for product and service support of 131 nationwide locations for this technology service start-up. Heidi also served as director of procurement, store services,