CMLDP Faculty


Blaine_RussRussell J. Blaine, CPCM, Fellow, Past President
Chief Operating Officer
Beyond Mission Capable Solutions 

CMLDP Faculty

BranchElliott Branch, Fellow
Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy

currier1Michelle Currier, CPCM, CFCM, Fellow
Professor of Contract Management
Defense Acquisition University

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

Staff_Fischetti209Retouchf_Small_sqMichael Fischetti, JD, CPCM, Fellow
Executive Director
National Contract Management Association

Kaplan1William S. Kaplan, CPCM, Fellow
Principal, Working Knowledge CSP LCC

Kaplan1Jim Kirlin, CPCM, CFCM, Fellow
Senior Subcontracts Manager
Raytheon Company

SMTF14_TongOelrichJoyce Tong Oelrich
Senior Attorney

ReidTom Reid, CPCM, Fellow
Chief Problem Solver
Certified Contracting Solutions LLC

SMTF14_WeisbergWilliam Weisberg
Law Offices of William Weisberg PLLC

Faculty Bios

Russell J. Blaine, CPCM, Fellow Past President
COO, Beyond Mission Capable Solutions 

Russ Blaine is the Chief Operating Officer for Beyond Mission Capable Solutions, an economically disadvantaged woman-owned small business. He perviously served as 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.

Elliott 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, 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.

Po 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. 

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

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, 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. 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.

Jim Kirlin, CFCM, CPCM, Fellow

Jim is formerly 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.  

Tom Reid, CPCM, Fellow
Chief Problem Solver
Certified Contracting Solutions LLC

Tom Reid is Chief Problem Solver for Certified Contracting Solutions, LLC (CCS) headquartered near Denver, Colorado. CCS, in existence since 2002, provides training, contract management services, and mentoring & marketing services to the government and its contractors. Mr. Reid has worked for over 30 years in government contracts and business operations. Following seven years as a Government attorney specializing in procurement, he has served as a senior executive in both large and small companies demonstrating expertise in contract management, business development, training, leadership development, legal and litigation management, strategic planning, and management of multi-million dollar business operations. He is a Fellow with the National Contract Management Association, has served as co-chair of the Council of Fellows, and has served as chapter president in three different NCMA chapters. He served a two-year term as a member of the National Board of Directors for NCMA, was named NCMA’s Outstanding Fellow for 2006, and received the NCMA National Achievement Award in 2009. Mr. Reid is the lead author of Selecting Contract Types, published by NCMA, and numerous articles for Contract Management magazine.  His latest books, Government Contract Law Basics, and Terminations, published by Management Concepts were released in 2007. He has spoken internationally on a vast variety of topics related to federal, commercial, and international procurement.

Joyce 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 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.