GCMS 2017 Main Stage Speakers 

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Symposium Chair

Jeffrey L. Napier, CPCM, Director, Office of Acquisition Services/Head of Contracting Activity,
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


In his role with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Jeffrey Napier leads an organization that awards and administers approximately 10,000 contractual actions with a total value of more than $7 billion annually. He began his career with the U.S. Air Force, 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. He has been an active member of NCMA for over 30 years and is a member of NCMA’s Board of Directors.


Main Stage Keynote 

Monday, December 4

Peter Warren Singer, Cybersecurity Expert, Strategist/Senior Fellow, New America Foundation


Peter Warren Singer serves as strategist and senior fellow at the New America Foundation, as well as an editor at Popular Science Magazine. He has been named by the Smithsonian as one of the nation’s 100 leading innovators, by Defense News as one of the 100 most influential people in defense issues, by Foreign Policy to their Top 100 Global Thinkers List, and by Onalytica social media data analysis as one of the ten most influential voices in the world on cybersecurity and 25th most influential in the field of robotics. His past work includes his role as coordinator of the defense policy task force for President Obama’s 2008 campaign; and serving as the founding director of the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence at Brookings, where he was the youngest senior fellow in its 100-year history. His award-winning books include Corporate Warriors: The Rise of the Privatized Military Industry, Children at War, Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century; and Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs to Know


Main Stage Keynote

Monday, December 4

Lynn A. Dugle, Chief Executive Officer, Engility Corporation


Lynn Dugle has more than 30 years of experience in defense, intelligence, and telecommunications. She began her career at Texas Instruments, and then held a number of officer-level positions with ADC Telecommunications. Prior to joining Engility, she spent more than a decade in senior management positions at Raytheon. She is a member of the Defense Science Board and serves as a director and member of the Audit and Technology Committees of State Street Corporation. She received the 2015 Diversity in Technology award from the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity and has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Women in STEM in 2012, a 2017 Wash100 honoree, and Diversity Journal’s Top Women Worth Watching in 2017.


Main Stage Keynote

Tuesday, December 5

James Byrne, General Counsel, Department of Veterans Affairs


As general counsel, James N. Byrne leads a nationwide team of attorneys, paralegals, and staff who support the mission and priorities of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) by providing sound legal expertise, representation, and as needed, critical problem-solving skills and risk-management advice to the secretary of VA and other senior VA leaders. As the department’s in-house law office, the Office of General Counsel serves as a full business partner to VA leaders and ensures the just and faithful execution of the laws, regulations, and policies that the Secretary has responsibility for administering, thereby enabling the department to accomplish its mission of service to our nation’s veterans. Previously, he served as associate general counsel and chief privacy officer at Lockheed Martin Corporation, where he was also the company’s lead cyber and counterintelligence attorney. Prior to that, he served as the career Senior Executive Service deputy special counsel with the Office of the United States Special Counsel, and both general counsel and assistant inspector general for investigations with the Office of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction.


Main Stage Discussion

Tuesday, December 5

Leadership Storytelling

Acquisition leaders will share stories of challenges they’ve overcome throughout their careers. Aligned to the GCMS theme, “Take Action: Understand. Adapt. Lead,” we'll hear about leadership components that help overcome failures and drive success.

Sarah Allen, Administrator, State Procurement Office, State of Hawaii
Timothy Cooke, Ph.D., President and CEO, ASI Government, LLC.
Soraya Correa, Chief Procurement Officer, Department of Homeland Security
Jeffrey L. Napier, CPCM, Director, Office of Acquisition Services/Head of Contracting Activity, 
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Steven L. Schooner, CPCM, Fellow, Nash & Cibinic Professor of Government Procurement Law and Co-Director of the Government Procurement Law Program, The George Washington University Law School
Steve Soroka, President and Chief Executive Officer, SourceAmerica

Main Stage Discussion

Tuesday, December 5

Acquisition Action Talks

This TED Talk–style discussion brings to the stage NCMA chapter representatives from around the country to discuss how they and their organizations have responded to recent acquisition challenges. They will each present for 7-8 minutes, specifically addressing the challenge, the decision-making process, and actions taken to reach the ultimate solution.

Kim Rupert, CPCM, CFCM, Fellow, Senior Vice President, Contracts and Pricing, SAIC, NCMA President 2017–2018 (Dulles Corridor Chapter)

Shene' Commodore, CPCM, Fellow
, President, Commodore Consulting LLC. (Atlanta Chapter)
Brian Hebbel, President, BARC Business Advisors (Woodlawn Chapter)
Matt Jeffery, CPCM, Contract Manager, Civil Space, Ball Aerospace (Denver Chapter) 
Kelly Scott, CPCM, CFCM, Director, Government Systems Contracts, Rockwell Collins (Greater Iowa Chapter)
Daniel Wierzba, Associate, Government Contracts Group, Crowell & Moring (Los Angeles/South Bay Chapter)

Main Stage Discussion Speakers

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Sarah AllenSarah Allen holds the dual position of state procurement administrator for Hawaii and the chief procurement officer for the Executive Branch. Confirmed by the governor and approved by the Hawaii Senate in 2013, she leads the state’s acquisition policy and workforce training. Previously, she was a senior manager for ASI Government Inc. (acting as the executive acquisition advisor to the acquisition director of the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency), as well as a senior acquisition analyst for CACI at the Pentagon; served in the U.S. Air Force in contracting; and held positions of CFO and CEO in IT and financial companies abroad. She is also currently an instructor the University of Phoenix in economics and finance and a standing arbitrator for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. She is an active member of NCMA and served on its National Board of Directors from 2002–2004.


Brian HebbelBrian Hebbel has over 34 years of federal contracting experience. Prior to his recent retirement, he served as a group director for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), with over 28 years of service at the CMS Office of Acquisition and Grants Management. He was a division director in the Department of Defense prior to his years of service at CMS. He authored a book in 2015, How to Market and Sell to the U.S. Government, A View from the Inside. He is currently consulting with government contractors.


Steven SchoonerBefore joining the GW Law School faculty in 1998, Steven Schooner was the associate administrator for procurement law and legislation at the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, served as a trial and appellate attorney in the Commercial Litigation Branch of the Department of Justice, practiced with private law firms, and, as an active-duty Army Judge Advocate, served as a commissioner at the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals. Until his retirement as an Army Reserve officer, he was an adjunct professor in the Contract and Fiscal Law Department of the Judge Advocate General’s School of the Army. He is also currently a faculty adviser to the ABA’s Public Contract Law Journal, serves on the Procurement Round Table and the advisory board of Government Contractor, and is a recipient of NCMA’s Lifetime Achievement Award.


Shene' CommodoreMs. Commodore, CPCM, Fellow is the founder of Commodore Consulting, helping businesses with government contracts, bids, negotiations, marketing, & training. Shene' gained her experience with the DCAA, DoD, VA, CDC, and local government as well as commercial contracting work for private companies.


Matt JefferyMatt Jeffery has 14 years of contract management experience working as a contracting officer for the Air Force, Department of Energy, and Special Operations Command. He is currently a contract manager at Ball Aerospace managing Civil Space programs for the company.


Kelly ScottKelly Scott was promoted to director of government systems contracts at Rockwell Collins in 2016. Her main area of focus has been streamlining the commercial item acquisition process. She’s worked with DCMA to establish the first agreement outlining the process of expectations for commercial items and price reasonableness. She began her career as a financial consultant for ING Financial Partners. In 2007, she took her first role at Rockwell Collins as a customer account specialist working with the Commercial Systems business unit, which sparked her interest in contracts. She then worked as a financial analyst to better understand the financial implications of contracts. In 2011, she accepted a role as contract administrator in government systems contracts. After growing into the contract manager role, she was promoted to her first leadership position in November 2014. She has held various roles with NCMA’s Greater Iowa Chapter, including programs chair, vice president, and president. In 2014, she was named the Greater Iowa Chapter Volunteer of the Year.


Timothy Cooke, Ph.D.Tim Cooke is a veteran of the government professional services industry, having built and grown premier companies in the industry, both organically and acquisitively. As owner, president, and CEO of ASI Government, LLC, he puts his experience to work to create value for government clients who leverage the marketplace through acquisition to create mission-essential capabilities for dozens of organizations. Previously, Cooke progressed through a 21-year career at SRA International. During that time, he directed the portfolio of operations research for military clients, including leading support services for the Seventh Quadrennial Review of Military Compensation. He helped develop SRA’s services in support of the Department of Defense (DOD) over-$350 million Corporate Information Management Initiative (DOD Business Process Reengineering). He received a Hammer Award from the Secretary of Defense in the late 1990s for his work on DOD acquisition reform.


Jeffrey NapierIn his role with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Jeffrey Napier leads an organization that awards and administers approximately 10,000 contractual actions with a total value of more than $7 billion annually. He began his career with the U.S. Air Force, 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. He has been an active member of NCMA for over 30 years and is a member of NCMA’s Board of Directors.


Steve SorokaSteve Soroka is SourceAmerica’s president and chief executive officer. Having joined SourceAmerica in 2015, he brought stellar strategic and customer service skills to his role, along with a depth of experience in leading highly complex programs. Prior to SourceAmerica, he served as group vice president at Unisys Federal Systems, where he was responsible for all facets of business for the Department of Homeland Security and other agencies. He has also held a variety of executive-level positions in the corporate arena, and draws on decades of public service, along with a background in startup and government businesses to guide SourceAmerica’s mission and efforts. He is proud to have served in the U.S. Navy as an officer for six years.


Soraya CorreaSoraya Correa was appointed as the chief procurement officer of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in January 2015. In this role, she provides leadership, policy, oversight, and professional development support for the DHS contracting workforce. She also assists the chief acquisition officer in managing major acquisition programs, ensuring each has a sound strategy, conforms to the Secretary’s “Unity of Effort” initiative, and fully supports DHS mission needs. She has previously held key leadership positions at several federal agencies, including the Naval Sea Systems Command, GSA, NASA, and USCIS.


Kim RupertIn her role as SAIC’s senior vice president of Contracts and Pricing, Kim Rupert is responsible for the management and administration of the company’s contracts—bringing the company $4.5 billion of annual revenue. She sets policies and defines processes and procedures to ensure efficient enterprise compliance with the company’s business systems and federal regulations, and acts as liaison for SAIC with key acquisition and contracting executives amongst peer companies and throughout the federal government. She has been with SAIC for over 20 years, having briefly left the company to become the senior vice president of Contracts, Procurement, and Pricing for QinetiQ North America before rejoining SAIC in a corporate role. She currently serves as the president of NCMA, and is a member of the Council of Fellows. She also participates in industry associations such as the Professional Services Council, the National Defense Industrial Association, and is a past chair of the Procurement and Finance Executive Committee of the Aerospace Industries Association.


Daniel WierzbaAs an associate in the Government Contracts Group in Crowell & Moring’s Los Angeles office, Daniel Wierzba focuses his practice on representing contractor clients in both counseling and litigation, including government compliance issues, internal investigations, disclosures, bid protests, contractual performance disputes, and appeals of contracting officer decisions before boards of contract appeals. He was recently elected as president-elect of NCMA’s Los Angeles/South Bay Chapter.

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