Akerley, Stephanie

Ms. Stephanie L. Akerley, CPPB
Principal Procurement Specialist
Maryland National Capital Park & Planning Commission
6611 Kenilworth Avenue, Suite 300
Riverdale, MD 20737


Stephanie Akerley is a Principal Procurement Specialist for The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. She partners with CEOs, executives and end users to assist them in gaining the right product or service at the right price at the right time. After spending nearly three decades working in procurement, Stephanie knows what truly drives the procurement process —and it’s not just about knowing all “the rules.” It’s how well you connect with the people you’re trying to help and communicate your understanding back to them. This is true not only for internal clients, but external clients.

Stephanie earned her first CPPB in 1997. After taking a career break to raise her family, she once again earned a CPPB in 2015.

In 2017, she earned her Certified Technology Procurement Specialist (CTPS) certification from the Certified Technology Professionals Executives Society.

On the Faculty of :
Introduction to Public Procurement

Allair, Lynda

Ms. Lynda Allair, CPPO
Ministry of Finance
981 Sharpe Line
Cavan, ON L0A 1C0



Lynda Allair, CPPO has almost thirty years experience in procurement within a variety of agencies.

Lynda is a Project Lead with the BPS Supply Chain Secretariat of the Ontario Ministry of Finance, Treasury Board Office. The Secretariat manages the OntarioBuys program which provides funding and advice to the province’s broader public sector (BPS) – currently principally, hospitals, school boards, colleges and universities - to help them modernize their supply chains and other back-office processes.

Prior to returning to the Ontario government, Lynda was Procurement Services Manager for the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) - Canada’s largest mental health hospital - in Toronto, where she was responsible for all facets of the hospital's procurement functions. She was also a lead member for a number of working groups involved in post-merger amalgamation of functional groups, implementation of new initiatives and, more recently, the hospital’s Site Redevelopment.

Before joining CAMH, Lynda was Purchasing Agent for the Toronto Public Library, responsible for procurement of complex acquisitions and major projects, drafting policies and procedures and acting in an advisory capacity to senior staff and end-users. Prior to that she was Purchasing Officer for the Centre of Forensic Sciences (Ontario's forensic sciences laboratory), a department of the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, responsible for all materials management functions, with emphasis on the acquisition and maintenance of scientific and computer equipment, acquisition and importation of sensitive and restricted materials, and control of all fixed assets.

Lynda is currently a Director for the Canadian Public Procurement Council, a member of the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing’s Finance Committee (formerly Education) and an NIGP instructor, and a Past President of the Ontario Public Buyers Association.

On the Faculty of:
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Ethics: A Survival Kit for Public Procurement
Fundamentals of Leadership and Management in Public Procurement
Introduction to Public Procurement
Legal Aspects of Public Purchasing
Risk Management in Public Contracting
Sourcing in the Public Sector

Badillo, Denise

Ms. Denise E. Badillo, CPPO, CPPB
Purchasing Director
City of North Charleston
2500 City Hall Lane
PO Box 190016
North Charleston, SC 29406


Denise has 24 years of procurement experience, 20 of those years have been in the public sector and with the City of North Charleston, where she currently serves as the Director of Procurement. She became certified as a CPPB in 2002 and earned her CPPO in 2014.

Denise has been an active member of NIGP and her local chapter, South Carolina Association of Purchasing Officials, since 1998. She is currently serving on the executive board of the local chapter.

Denise enjoys serving her community, reading, hiking, volunteering and spending time with family. She is married to Ricky Badillo; together they have five children and five grandchildren.

Barkley, Sally

Ms. Sally C. Barkley, CPPO,PMP,C.P.M.,M.B.A.
Retired Members
13524 Cedar Creek Ln
Silver Spring, MD 20904-0000



Professional Certification(s) obtained:

Professional Experience:

Business Technology Analyst III

August 2007 – 2012 Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, Laurel, MD
Functional Implementer for Enterprise Resource Planning System, supporting the Procurement/Logistics functions

Management Support Specialist III

July 2004 – August 2007 Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, Laurel, MD
Management and technical support to Director/provided technical reports, contract administration, training Special projects leader/led Reengineering of Fleet Services and Inspection Services, implemented new Corporate Performance Management System

General Services Unit Coordinator (formerly Division Support Administrator

November 1988 – June 2004 Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, Laurel, MD
Responsible for managing Commission’s support services/managed mail/printing/graphics services/moveable assets
Special projects leader/Commission representative for interagency document management task force

Purchasing Agent (rose from Senior Buyer, Contract Supervisor

January 1981 – November 1988 Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, Laurel, MD
Responsible for Commission’s procurement operations/developed the agency’s Procurement Manual, instituted the agency’s MBE program
Automated the purchasing operations


University of Maryland, College Park, MD, May1976 BS/Marketing
George Washington University, Washington, DC, May 1987 MBA/Procurement & Contracting

Honors and Awards:

Governor’s Citation for successful MBE Program, 1988
General Manager’s Awards for successful MBE Program, 1985, 1988
Certified Public Purchasing Officer, 1986-present
Certified Purchasing Manager, 1981-present

On the Faculty of:

Contract Administration
Risk Management
Strategic Procurement Planning

Bauccio-Teschlog, Theresa

Ms. Theresa R. Bauccio-Teschlog, CPPB
Purchasing Manager
City of Everett - WA
3200 Cedar Street
Everett, WA 98201

(425) 257-8864

Theresa is the Purchasing Manager for the City of Everett in Everett Washington. She has 20+ years of procurement experience of which, over 16 years have been spent in public purchasing. She enjoys conducting Requests for Proposals for service contracts and administering construction projects from cradle to grave. Theresa has participated on both the Specifications and Protests Global Best Practice Task Force teams. In her spare time, she frequently teaches Adding Value to Procurement, World Class Procurement Practices, and Managing your End Users and Suppliers: “It’s all about Relationships!. She is a past Membership Secretary for the Washington State Chapter of NIGP and is currently the chapter’s Education and Research Chair.

Theresa is a graduate of Seattle University where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a dual concentration in both Operations Management and Marketing.

On the Faculty of:

Contract Administration in the Public Sector

Contracting for Construction Services

Developing and Managing Requests for Proposals in the Public Sector

Brennan, Paul

Mr. Paul J. Brennan, CPPO,FNIGP
Director of Purchasing
County of Rockland
Department of General Services
Bldg. A, 2nd Floor, Sanatorium Rd.
Pomona, NY 10970-3554


Certifications held: CPPO

Paul Brennan currently serves as Director of Purchasing for the County of Rockland, and has held procurement positions in both the private and public sectors for over 20 years. Paul has achieved accreditation as a Certified Public Purchasing Officer and Certified Purchasing Manager.

Both the National Purchasing Institute, and the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing have recognized the County of Rockland’s Purchasing Division, under Paul’s leadership. Rockland County's Purchasing Division has been awarded the "Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award" as well as the "Outstanding Agency Accreditation Achievement Award".

Paul was a founding member of the Hudson Valley Municipal Purchasing Group (HVMPG) and has been instrumental in the implementation of a regional approach to local government procurement in the Hudson Valley. In 2003, the New York State Forum on Information Resource Management (NYSFIRM) selected the HVMPG’s Regional Bid Notification system as the best local government web application in New York State for 2003.

Paul currently serves as President of the NIGP Board of Directors and on the Executive Board of the New York State Association of Municipal Purchasing Officials, Inc. and is a past president of the association.

Paul has previously presented programs for SAMPO, NIGP and various affiliates of the Institute of Supply Management, as well as participated as a panelist for Satellite Seminars sponsored by the Institute of Supply Management and the Office of the New York State Comptroller.

Paul resides in Suffern, NY with his wife Kristin and daughter Emily.

Buffum, Don

Mr. Don Buffum, CPPO, FNIGP
Executive Director, Procurement & Contracts
Mississippi State University
PO Box 5307
Mississippi State, MS 39762-0000


With more than 25 years in public procurement, Don is currently the Director, Procurement and Contracts, Mississippi State University. He previously served as the Director of the Office of Purchasing and Travel. Don is a Past President of the National Association of State Purchasing Officials and was a charter member of the Mississippi Association of Governmental Purchasing Agents. Don is a Certified Public Purchasing Officer (CPPO), and is currently the chairman of the Universal Public Purchasing Certification Council. Don is also a Master Instructor for NIGP. He has participated in several NASPO States helping States projects as well as NIGP Procurement Management Assistance Program (PMAP) projects.

On the Faculty of:
Fundamentals of Management and Leadership in Public Procurement
Introduction to Public Procurement

Carney, Dennis

Mr. Dennis T. Carney, CPPO, MBA
3101 Bembridge Road
Columbus, OH 43221


Dennis Carney, CPPO, MBA, recently retired from the Columbus City Schools in Columbus, Ohio where he was Purchasing Director for 15 years. His responsibilities included managing the procurement, warehouse, and delivery services departments. He has written numerous RFP’s for products, services, and software. Mr. Carney also negotiated contracts for the school district and was a member of the district’s minority vendor participation team. His departments developed an electronic bidding system, a delivery services work order system, and an Access database that managed the district’s records retention warehouse. Prior to working for the schools, Mr. Carney worked for nine years in the private sector for the procurement department at Bank One. Mr. Carney has an MBA from Capital University where he graduated with highest honors and is a member of Toastmasters International. Mr. Carney teaches Developing and Managing Requests for Proposals in the Public Sector and Sourcing in the Public Sector for NIGP.

Chasteen, Nadine

Ms. Nadine Chasteen, CPPO, CPPB
308 Rosewood Circle
Mauldlin, SC 29662


Nadine Chasteen, CPPO, CPPB, has served the public sector for 30+ years and currently serves as the Director of Procurement Services which includes purchasing and contracts. Nadine is a graduate of Southern Wesleyan University with a degree in Business Administration. Her background is in finance and grants and she has been in public purchasing for 18+ years. Nadine is a Certified Professional Public Official and Buyer and serves as a face-to-face trainer for the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing. Nadine has written and initiated a training class for all Greenville County employees who are involved in procurement and contracts and also organized and led cooperative training classes for vendors with the County and Municipalities. She enjoys sharing her experiences and knowledge with other purchasing professionals ranging from the basics to management.

Nadine has been a member of NIGP and the local chapter since 1997. She has served on the executive board of the local chapter in many different capacities during that time and is committed to professional development. She has also served NIGP as a volunteer for the Quality Control Teams for several Forums and the Community Service projects held prior to the Forums.

Nadine enjoys serving her community through the United Way and American Cancer Society. She’s committed to helping where she can.

On the Faculty of:
Fundamentals of Leadership and Management
Introduction to Public Procurement

Comly, Mary Jane

Ms. Mary Jane Comly, CPPO,CPA
7021 G Haycock Rd
Falls Church, VA 22043


An accountant by training, Mary Jane entered the procurement field in the after several years as a tax specialist and agent with the Internal Revenue Service. She began her procurement career in the early 1990’s as a federal Contract Specialist, buying base-level services and equipment for the U.S. Coast Guard. She moved on to become a Buyer for the City of Fort Lauderdale, purchasing a variety of commodities from palm trees to port-a-potties.

Mary Jane came to Fairfax County, Virginia in 1997, where she became the team leader of the Department of Purchasing and Supply Management’s procurement audit program team. Mary Jane and her team also implemented and administered the County’s procurement card program.

Currently a member of the Department’s management team, Mary Jane is now a procurement management analyst. As a jack-of-all-trades in the purchasing shop, she performs a variety of jobs, including writing procurement policy and procedures, tracking departmental performance, and creating and presenting procurement-related training to county internal and external customers.

Mary Jane is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University. She holds a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) certificate and a Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO) certificate. She is very proud to be a Master Instructor for NIGP.

On the Faculty of:
Ethics: A Survival Kit for Public Procurement
Introduction to Public Procurement
Legal Aspects of Public Procurement

Condon, Edward

Mr. Edward V. Condon, M.C.M., M.B.A., C.P.P.O.
Chief, HOB Supply Management Branch
Anne Arundel County
45 Independence Ave SW
House Office Buildings
Washington, DC 20515


Edward V. Condon III is originally from Goshen, New York. Mr. Condon is the Chief, HOB Supply Management Branch of the Architect of the Capitol, House Office Building. He oversees acquisition, inventory and disposition of supplies and equipment controlled by the jurisdiction. The Architect of The Capitol (AOC) serves Congress and the Supreme Court. The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) is the builder and steward of the landmark buildings and grounds of Capitol Hill. The AOC staff preserves and maintains the historic buildings, monuments, art, and inspirational gardens on the Capitol campus. Mr. Condon oversaw the Category Management function for Anne Arundel County’s large scale and diverse purchasing, procurement, and contracting functions. Mr. Condon has instituted strategic procurement planning with Capital/ Maintenance Services, Public Safety/Human Services, Administration, Parks/Planning, Technology/Transportation, and Facilities/Public Works commodities. Mr. Condon oversaw the acquisition and contracting for several next-generation Automated People Movers (APM) systems including at the Minneapolis St. Paul Airport. He led the acquisition and contracting for state of the art innovative systems for the Las Vegas Eiffel Tower, MD Anderson Medical Center, and The Mayo Clinic. Mr. Condon has a Master’s Certificate in Government Contract Management from George Washington University and is a Certified Professional Procurement Officer (CPPO) from the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP). Also, he is understudy for the FAC-C level three certification. Mr. Condon graduated from Goshen High School in Goshen New York earning a regents scholarship. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University and a Master’s degree from Nova Southeastern University. He is an instructor for the National Institute of Government Procurement. Mr. Condon is an Officer in the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary for over eighteen years serving as a staff officer in the areas of Information Systems, Diversity, and Public Affairs. He stated that when you join the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, you could find yourself saving lives, protecting the environment from polluters, and much more. We don't just train. We train and perform! Mr. Condon is a leader in the Walk to Emmaus movement dedicated to a global ministry supporting the spiritual formation of Christians seeking to know and experience God more fully. He is involved with Ransom Heart Ministry devoted to helping people discover the heart of God, recover their souls in God's love, and learn to live in God's Kingdom. He is a frequent speaker at Christian conferences. Mr. Condon in 2016 hiked to the base camp of Mount Everest.

Coss, Lourdes ( Maria de Lourdes)

Ms. Lourdes ( Maria de Lourdes) Coss, CPPO
5933 N. Sauganash Lane
Chicago, IL 60646



Lourdes Coss, MPA, CPPO - is the author of “Procurement Methods: Effective Techniques;” a certified John Maxwell Team Coach, Speaker, Teacher, and Trainer. She's also certified to train and consult on D.I.S.C. Personality Assessment Tool. Lourdes is an accomplished procurement professional with approximately 30 years of experience, 17 of which were leading procurement transformations in large organizations. Lourdes held Chief Procurement Officer and executive level positions in major public organizations, such as: City of Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago, Public Building Commission of Chicago, Cook County, and City of Houston; and is now working with Canon Solutions America as a subject matter expert for government. She continues to add value to public entities through consulting, training, and as an NIGP instructor. Lourdes led transformative changes in various agencies leading to savings in excess of $150 Million, higher personnel credentials; and transition to strategic/value add operations. She authored and implemented the procurement code for the City of Houston and participated in the development of and implemented the procurement code for Cook County. Achievements include: national awards for operational excellence, cost savings, 2016 Spirit of NIGP, and 2018 NIGP Integrity Award. Lourdes also held positions on various Boards, including NIGP. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Puerto Rico and received her MPA from Florida State University.

Culpeper, Alan

Mr. Alan H. Culpeper, CPPO, VCM, VCO
Director of Procurement
County of Culpeper
155 West Davis Street, Suite 100
Culpeper, VA 22701-2622

(540)727-3488 (3)

Alan H. Culpeper, CPPO, VCO, Director of Procurement and Communications for Culpeper County, Virginia. Mr. Culpeper has been employed with the County of Culpeper since 2001 and holds a Bachelor degree in Business Administration.

As the Director of Procurement for the County he leads the Purchasing Team in providing services for the acquisition of goods/services and constructions ensuring all goods/services are of appropriate quality and are acquired in a timely and cost effective manner at the least expense to the County.

As the Communication Director his team is charged with the responsibility of planning, constructing, operating and maintaining a Public-Safety communication network for County agencies, and to support all voice communication.

Mr. Culpeper is a charter member of the Virginia Association of Governmental Purchasing (VAGP) and currently sits on the VAGP Professional Development Foundation. He is a certified Instructor and a Certified Public Purchasing Officer (CPPO) with the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP) and is a certified Virginia Contracting Officer (VCO) with the State of Virginia.

Having a passion for public procurement and leadership Mr. Culpeper provides insights and solutions for a changing purchasing workforce. Using the knowledge gained though NIGP, and VAGP he helps purchasing professionals focus on enhancing and improving their ability to capture the meaning of government purchasing, and to improve their efficiencies.

As an NIGP Instructor he promotes confidence, challenges minds, and guides positive outcomes. VAGP will benefit from his purchasing knowledge and his unshakeable belief in the ability that all public purchasing officials can do great things.

On the Faculty of:
Developing and Managing Requests for Proposals in the Public Sector
Presentation Skills for Procurement Officials

Daniels, Maureen

Ms. Maureen D. Daniels, CPPO, CPPB, VCO
Procurement Management Account Executive
Virginia Department of General Services
1111 East Broad Street
PO Box 1199
Richmond, VA 23218-1199


Maureen currently works for the Department of General Services, Division of Purchase and Supply as a Procurement Management Account Executive (AE). As an AE Maureen assists with the procurement management of approximately 40 state agencies by providing consultation, advice, process remodeling, e-procurement solutions, regulation and policy interpretation, compliance reviews and training. She is an instructor for the Virginia Institute of Procurement VCA and VCO certification programs and presents at DPS’s Annual Forum. Maureen has over 28 years experience in Public Procurement, she served in the United States Air Force, worked for Miami-Dade Transit and the City of Richmond. Maureen has her Bachelors Degree and an Associate Degree in Business Administration and also holds CPPO, CPPB, and VCO certifications. On the Faculty of: Contract Administration Introduction to Public Procurement Practical Specification Writing Strategic Procurement Planning

Davis, Gregory

Mr. Gregory Davis
1112 Manatee Ave., W., Ste. 803
Bradenton, FL 34205-7804


Davis, James

Mr. James H. Davis, CPPO, M.B.A.
Medical University of South Carolina
3490 Old Ferry Road
John's Island, SC 29455-7832


On the Faculty Of:
Fundamentals of Leadership and Management in Public Procurement
Introduction to Public Procurement
Legal Aspects of Public Purchasing
Planning, Scheduling and Requirements Analysis

Davison, Bill

Mr. Bill D. Davison, CPPO
41122 56th Ave.
Rice, MN 56367



Professional Certification(s) obtained: CPPO, B.S. Economics; University of Minnesota M.S. Contract Administration and Acquisition; Florida Institute of Technology

Bill is the Director of Purchasing for Stearns County Minnesota. He has Experience in Design Build and Traditional bidding. He has developed numerous RFP’s for several enterprise software systems, website projects and professional services including; County financial system, Zoning and planning consultants, architects and automation of Law Enforcement operations and 800 mhz radio. Bill is adjunct professor for Florida Atlantic University, he teaches Contract Administration for graduate and undergraduates.

Bill is a master instructor for NIGP.

Bill has authored several procurement texts; The 2004 NIGP Contract Administration text, and was the text editor for the 1999 Intermediate Public Procurement text, lead author for the 2000 Contract Management text.

Bill has had 3 papers, on Contract Administration, accepted for publication in the Journal of Public Procurement and Journal of Research Management. These papers have been presented at the 2nd and 3rd annual International Public Procurement Conferences. Bill was selected by NIGP as the 2000 National Manager of the Year.

On the Faculty of:
Fundamentals of Leadership & Management
Introduction to Public Procurement
Contract Administration
Protest and Disputes: What's a Buyer to Do?

Eady, Mary

Ms. Mary J. Eady, CPPO
Procurement Agent, Sr.
DeKalb County
1300 Commerce Drive
Decatur, GA 30030


Everett, Carolyn

Ms. Carolyn L. Everett, CPPO, CPPB
103 Quail Run
Frankfort, KY 40601


Professional Certification(s) obtained: CPPO, CPPB

Experience: Carolyn retired from Commonwealth of Kentucky’s Finance and Administration Cabinet, Division of Engineering & Contract Administration (DECA), where she served a Strategic Procurement Specialist III.

> With over 29 years of experience, she has held a variety of positions in both the private and public sectors. Carolyn started her formal procurement career in the private sector, purchasing IT hardware, software, and paper goods for manufacturing plants, including Whirlpool Corporation. Later, she took a public procurement position at the Cabinet for Health & Family Services (CHFS), where she began as Administrative Secretary to the Branch Manager of the Procurement Dept. There, she moved through the ranks of Purchasing Officer I, II, III, Purchasing Agent I, and Internal Policy Analyst II, conducting complex Request For Proposals (RFPs) for Child Support, Food Stamps, Medicaid, IT technology, maintenance agreements, copiers, cell phones, etc. She also conducted solicitations for construction projects, equipment, maintenance, repairs, and Capital projects for the various State agencies, as well as the Kentucky universities and Department of Military Affairs.

Carolyn is a long time member and served as Chapter President for the Kentucky Public Procurement Association (KPPA) and serves on the Forum Committee for NIGP

NIGP Courses / Topics:
Contract Administration
Contracting for Construction Services
Developing and Managing Requests for Proposals
Introduction to Public Procurement

Fleming, Beth

Ms. Beth D. Fleming, CPPO, CPSM, C.P.M.
PO Box 833
Krum, TX 76249-0000


Beth D. Fleming has held position of the Director of Purchasing for Denton County since 1992. Beth received her BBA from Texas Woman's University and has received CPSM certification in 2013 and lifetime C.P.M. certification from the Institute of Supply Management (ISM). She received her CPPO from the UPPCC in 2007. In 2015, Beth was elected to the Member Council of NIGP, the Institute for Public Procurement, where she also serves as a Certified Instructor. She has also served in many other professional positions including Past President for the Texas County Purchasing Association (TCPA) and Past President for the National Purchasing Institute (NPI). She has served on the Affiliate Support Council and the Executive Committee for ISM. Beth has served as Chair for the Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award® established by NPI for three years. Under her leadership, the Denton County Purchasing Department is one of only six government entities in the United States to receive the Achievement of Excellence in Procurement award from the NPI for all twenty years since its inception.

Beth provides training and professional development for public procurement professionals and taught as an adjunct professor for the University of North Texas teaching Supply Management for 12 years. Ms. Fleming is the author of Buying E-Procurement for Government Agencies: Funding Models and Challenges, 2005, published by Decision Science Institute and Funding e-Procurement Initiatives in US Government Agencies: Challenges, Models and Trends published by the International Journal of Procurement Management in 2010.

On the faculty of:
Contract Administration
Legal Aspects of Public Purchasing
Developing and Managing Requests for Proposals in the Public Sector

Foster, Joyce

Ms. Joyce D. Foster, CPPO, CPPB
Contract Administrator
DeKalb Peachtree Airport
2000 Airport Road
Chamblee, GA 30340



Joyce has over 25 years of experience in Public Procurement and is currently the Contract Administrator for DeKalb Peachtree Airport, the second busiest airport in the state of Georgia. Her responsibilities include complex solicitations, leasing and contracting services. Joyce is an Instructor for NIGP in face-to-face classes and in online instruction. She is a contributor to the development of the CPPO and CPPB Prep Guides, the Protests Text and to the development of the Contract Administration, Contracting for Public Sector Services, Risk Management and Specifications online courses. A graduate of Georgia State University, Joyce holds Lifetime CPPO and CPPB designations. She served on the Board of Directors for Georgia NIGP for several years and was the 2009 Georgia NIGP Public Purchasing Buyer of the Year. On the Faculty Of: Contracting for Public Sector Services Contracting for Public Sector Services Online CPPB Prep CPPO Prep Contract Administration Contract Administration Online Contracting for Construction Services Developing and Managing RFPs in the Public Sector Developing and Managing RFPs in the Public Sector Online Introduction to Public Procurement Protests: Managing Options for Positive Results Risk Management in Public Contracting Risk Management in Public Contracting Online Strategic Procurement Planning in the Public Sector Specifications CPPB Prep CPPO Prep

Fugate, Diana

Mrs. Diana Fugate
Montgomery County Department of Job and Family Services
1111 S Edwin C. Moses Boulevard
Dayton, OH 45422


Gerhardt, Theresa (Terri)

Mrs. Theresa (Terri) M Gerhardt, CPPO, CPPB
5732 Sunburst Drive
Powder Springs, GA 30144


Terri Gerhardt, CPPO, CPPB, Purchasing Manager for Georgia Institute of Technology. Ms. Gerhardt has worked in public procurement for over 20 years. She has the unique experience of starting her career in public education at the grade school level working her way through the system to become director of procurement. Terri moved to higher education in 2012 holding positions at Valdosta State University and her current position at Georgia Institute of Technology.

Terri has developed and taught classes for the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing, Georgia Chapter of NIGP, Governmental Purchasing Association of Georgia, Fayette County Public Schools, Valdosta State University, Georgia Institute of Technology and 2013 NIGP Forum. She has served as the Education Chair for the Georgia Chapter of NIGP.

Terri believes the classroom experience should facilitate learning and provide tools needed for application of best practices. She encourages every student to strive for success.

Terri serves on the faculty of the following NIGP courses:

Contracting for Public Sector Services
Developing and Managing Requests for Proposals in the Public Sector
Ethics: A Survival Kit for Public Procurement
Fundamentals of Leadership and Management in Public Procurement
Risk Management in Public Purchasing
Sourcing in the Public Sector
Warehousing and Inventory Control

Ghamami, Omid

Omid Ghamami, CPSCM, MBA
Folsom Lake College
10 College Pkwy
Folsom, CA 95630



Omid Ghamami, MBA, CPSCM has 18 years’ experience with Intel Corp, holding responsibility for $1B + in annual expenditures as a procurement executive, and also managing Intel's global procurement operations. He was also responsible for the negotiation planning, execution, & training processes for the entire $16B global procurement organization.

Omid specializes in helping public procurement professionals generate better performance results, better influence results with end users and bid committees, the ability to better drive best value decision making within the constraints of the public procurement environment, and the skills needed to prevent supplier performance excursions instead of being able to respond to them. His passion is helping public procurement professionals find new ways of driving procurement excellence.

Since 1995, Omid has performed consulting, training, and executive coaching for thousands of procurement executives and professionals from 24 different countries on topics related to the entire spectrum of procurement, supply chain management, purchasing contract law, negotiations, and supplier management. Omid has the trained all 50 Chief Purchasing Officers of the United States and has worked with many public procurement associations, agencies, and cooperatives.

Omid has published a multitude of articles in prestigious global procurement journals, is the author of two procurement books that are best-sellers in the profession and has 50+ hours of TV appearances as a procurement industry expert. He has been sought out and interviewed by Fortune Magazine regarding Fortune 500 strategies for success in the 21st century and has also presented by request to Harvard University’s prestigious Supply Chain Management program.

Omid is also the founder, chief architect, & exclusive Adjunct Professor of Procurement for the only procurement curriculum/certificate program in the California State Community College System.

Omid holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business from California State University Sacramento and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of California, where he was Class President. He is also a Certified Purchasing and Supply Chain Manager (CPSCM™) and is the founder of the Center for Purchasing and Supply Chain Management Excellence.

Gillespie, Marcheta

Mrs. Marcheta E. Gillespie, CPPO, CPPB, C.P.M., CPM
12725 W. Emigh Rd
Tucson, AZ 85743


UPPCC Chair of the Governing Board; Past President of NIGP Marcheta E. Gillespie, CPPO, CPPB, C.P.M., CPM, is the Director for the City of Tucson's Department of Procurement. With over 25 years of experience in public procurement, Marcheta is a passionate advocate for her profession. Her areas of expertise include organizational leadership, strategic planning, public sector contracting, project management, program development, marketing, cooperative procurement, training and public speaking. Marcheta currently serves as the Chair of the UPPCC Governing Board. She was the 2013-2014 President of NIGP - The Institute for Public Procurement, and served on the Board of Directors for 10 years. She was the first Chair of the NIGP Talent Council and Chair of the NIGP 2.0 Task Force, an historic project of governance model transformation. She has also chaired the NIGP Task Force for the Values & Guiding Principles Initiative, the NIGP Forum Committee and the NIGP Governance Committee. She has been an active leader and member of the NIGP Southern Arizona Copper Chapter since 1991. Marcheta has spoken and trained at hundreds of international, national, regional and local conferences and events. She is an NIGP Master Certified Instructor and has developed numerous training programs as well as written for national procurement publications. Marcheta owns MG Procurement Consulting, LLC, serving as a professional consultant on numerous agency projects. In 2009, Marcheta was selected as the NIGP Copper Chapter Manager of the Year. On the faculty of: Contract Administration Introduction to Public Procurement Sourcing in the Public Sector Promoting the Procurement Function

Gregg, Stacy

Ms. Stacy Gregg, CPPO, CPPB
Procurement Manager
University of South Carolina
1600 Hampton Street
Suite 606
Columbia, SC 29201-4226



Stacy Gregg began her career in Public Procurement in 1996. Currently, she serves as Procurement Manager for the University of South Carolina in Columbia. Stacy is an active member both with the Institute and at the Chapter level, currently serving as an Ambassador with NIGP’s Region 4 and in her second term of President of the SC Association of Governmental Purchasing Officials. Stacy also has the distinction of being the recipient of NIGP’s 2019 DSA Award, 2014 Buyer of the Year award and multiple awards for SCAGPO, including the 2013 James H. Barnes Award which is the Chapter’s highest Award.

Groat, Deborah

Ms. Deborah S. Groat, CPPB,C.P.M.,ACG
108 Metispa Dr.
Severna Park, MD 21146

(410)732-0500 (1007)


Gustafson, Michael

Mr. Michael B. Gustafson, CPPO, CPPB, MBA
8000 John Davis Drive
Apt 1602
Frankfort, KY 40601-7576

(502) 680-2671


Mike recently retired from the Commonwealth of Kentucky on August 1, 2016. While he was with the State, Mike was in the Office of Procurement Services (OPS) in the Finance and Administration Cabinet (FAC) where he was a Strategic Procurement Specialist II.

Mike began his procurement career with the State in April 2000. During this time he had the responsibility of creating and administering the Master Agreement Contracts for many of the transportation related items - Fleet vehicles, school buses, tires, tractors, mowers, backhoes, all terrain vehicles, boats, aircraft, Fleet fuel, diesel and propane fuels. Most recently Mike had been the subject matter expert on all types of insurance, advertising, marketing, and digital media services, office supplies, and public safety and law enforcement items.

He worked with many State Agency representatives in the development of Request for Bids (RFBs) and Request For Proposals (RFPs) which resulted in Contracts and Master Agreement Contracts for their use. These were for the use of many of the State Agencies, local governments (cities and counties), schools, and universities.

In addition to Mike’s State procurement-related experience, Mike has management supervisory experience. His supervisory responsibility and accountability were for various size U.S. Army active-duty units (as a Platoon Leader for a 35-person platoon and as a Battery Commander for a 150-person Air Defense Artillery battery.) He had responsibility for office staff management in logistical and supply-related active and reserve-duty offices. Mike served as an Instructor as well as a Regional Coordinator for 6 years in the Command and General Staff Officer College (CGSC) and taught various strategic and logistical courses to military personnel. Mike retired from the US Army Reserves with 28 years of service.

Mike has served as the supervisor for the procurement office / warehouse in an automotive Tier 1 parts supplier. Mike insured that the procurement and warehousing activities were accomplished in a timely manner to allow for uninterrupted parts production and delivery.

Mike received his Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO) certification in November 2008 and his Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) certification in April 2002. Prior to his retirement, Mike also served as a member of the Kentucky Public Procurement Association (KPPA) Board of Directors and was the Chairperson of the Education, Professional Development, and Certification Committee.

In his new role as being retired, Mike plans to continue facilitating NIGP courses.

Contact information:

Email: mikegustafson54@gmail.com

On the Faculty of:



Contract Administration in the Public Sector

Developing and Managing Requests For Proposalsin the Public Sector

Introduction to Public Procurement

Sourcing in the Public Sector

Strategic Procurement Planning

The Legal Aspects of Public Purchasing

Hart, Jodi

Mrs. Jodi S. Hart, CPPO, CPPB, MBA
Chief Procurement Officer
City of Fort Lauderdale
100 N. Andrews Avenue, #619
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301-1016



Jodi Hart is the Chief Procurement Officer for the City of Fort Lauderdale. Jodi began her purchasing career in 1994 and has been involved in Procurement and Inventory Management in both the public and private sectors for over 20 years. Having, worked in private business, commodities speculative buying, medical purchasing. City Government, K12 and higher education, Jodi has a diverse background to offer in the classroom. Jodi holds both the CPPB and CPPO certifications and has an MBA from Florida State University. On the Faculty of: CPPB Prep CPPO PREP INTRO to Public Procurement Protests

Hayes, Renee

Mrs. Renee M Hayes, CPPO,CPPB
Purchasing and Fixed Assests Manager
Sarasota County School Board
101 Old Venice Road
Osprey, FL 34221


Hayslette, Kenneth

Mr. Kenneth D. Hayslette, CPPO, CPCM, C.P.M.
PO Box 4563
DeLand, FL 32721-4563


Kenneth is a professional consultant, speaker, & trainer specializing in the areas of Public Procurement, Contracting, Communications, and Personal Achievement. His passion is to assist others to become successful and thus happier in their careers and personal life.

During his 42+ year procurement career Kenneth has been responsible for the centralized & decentralized procurement of almost every type of commodities, services, and construction.

Ken’s background includes serving as the Operations Manager for a mid-sized consumer electronics firm. Subsequently he worked for Volusia County, FL working his way up from Buyer, Purchasing Agent, Purchasing Systems Coordinator, to the Purchasing Director. He also has served as the Procurement Services Director for Lake County, FL, Services Contracts Manager for the District of Columbia, and Purchasing Manager for Rockville, MD. Ken is currently in private practice providing educational and consulting services to individuals, public and private organizations.

Johnson, Barbara

Ms. Barbara R. Johnson, CPPO, CPPB, MPA
State of Ohio Department of Corrections
4002 Deer Run Ct
Maumee, OH 43537



Barb is the former Agency Procurement Officer for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. She also served as the Procurement Manager for the Columbus Regional Airport Authority and the City of Columbus.

Barb has served on the NIGP Board of Directors and many Public Procurement Institute committees and task forces. In 2014, NIGP honored Barb with a Distinguished Service Award for her contributions to the Institute, the Procurement Profession and the entity she served. In 2008, NIGP recognized Barb as the Manager of the Year Awardee. In 2010, she co-authored the update to the text entitled “Strategic Procurement Planning in the Public Sector” which is published for use in the class with the same title for NIGP. She also serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Public Procurement (JOPP.)

Barb has instructed courses and workshops for The Ohio State University, NIGP-The Institute for Public Procurement, ISM – Institute for Supply Management, and many others upon request.

Barb serves on the faculty of the following NIGP courses:
Capital Acquisitions
Contracting for Public Sector Services
Developing and Managing Requests for Proposals in the Public Sector
Fundamentals of Leadership and Management in Public Procurement
Introduction to Public Procurement
Learning Leader Bootcamp
Legal Aspects of Public Purchasing
Logistics and Transportation
Practical Specification Writing
Strategic Procurement Planning
Risk Management in Public Purchasing
Warehousing and Inventory Control

Kennedy, John J.

Mr. John J. Kennedy, CPPO
Public Procurement Consultant
61 Columbia Ave.
Hopewell, NJ 08525


Professional Certification(s) obtained: John holds two nationally recognized procurement certification designations: CPPO (Certified Public Purchasing Officer), and a lifetime C.P.M. (Certified Purchasing Manager).

Experience: John is currently the Chief of the Purchase and Property Unit of New Jersey's Administrative Office of the Courts. Prior to coming to the Courts, John worked for a wide array of public purchasing organizations, including a state-wide contracting office, a public university, and an Information Technology organization. John has over 22 years of government contracting experience and has conducted procurements ranging from the very basic to the extremely complex.

On the Faculty of:
Developing and Managing Requests for Proposals in the Public Sector

Kerkhoff, Joy

Ms. Joy M. Kerkhoff, CPPO
3 Bristlecone Court
Savannah, GA 31419



Joy M. Kerkhoff, CPPO, CPPB, retired 2014 as the Director of Purchasing for the City of Savannah. With over 30 years’ experience in local government purchasing, Joy has an excellent combination of procurement knowledge and educational skills to teach procurement professionals, public employees and vendors. Joy is a graduate of the Ohio State University with a degree in secondary education and completed supplemental coursework in purchasing, accounting and business law. She is a Certified Professional Public Officer and Buyer, serves as an instructor for NIGP: The Institute for Public Procurement, and has led seminars and courses on public sector purchasing to procurement professionals, business owners and government employees. Joy has written and developed curriculum for several courses on procurement and finds training her fellow purchasing professionals to be her dream job.

She has been active within the NIGP community for over 20 years serving as the local chapter president for three terms as well as other positions on the executive board. She has been a moderator for several networking sessions and volunteered on the Quality Control team at five different NIGP forums. Joy also served as a mentor to students completing home study course to obtain certification.

Joy believes in serving her community, volunteering for the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life, United Way and the Interfaith Hospitality Network for many years. As a faithful community volunteer, she was named a Jefferson Award winner in 2010. Originally from Dayton, Ohio and a die-hard Buckeye fan, Joy and her supportive husband Paul have two daughters, Kathleen and Megan, and a sweet, neurotic dog, Kody.

On the Faculty of:
Introduction to Public Procurement
Contract Administration in the Public Sector
Developing and Managing Requests for Proposals
Sourcing in the Public Sector
CPPB Prep Online
Developing and Managing Requests for Proposals Online

King, Ronald

Mr. Ronald King, CPPO, CPPB, VCM, VCO
NIGP: The Institute for Public Procurement
4106 Monument Ave
Richmond, VA 23230


Kolodisner, Michael

Mr. Michael J. Kolodisner, CPPO
Retired Members
26481 La Traviata
Laguna Hills, CA 92653-7583



Michael J. Kolodisner, CPPO, is currently President of Pro-Train a training and consulting company located in Laguna Hills, California.

Mike is a Certified Public Purchasing Officer. Prior to his current position, he was the chief purchasing and contracting officer for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, the largest water agency in the United States. Before that he was Director of Administrative Services for Orange County, California. Mike has done training and consulting for both private and public organizations throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia and South America.

Mike has a B.A. from the University of Maryland and has attended graduate school at George Washington University.

On the Faculty of:
Effective Contract Writing
Legal Aspects of Public Purchasing
Principles and Techniques of Problem Solving

Risk Management in Public Contracting

Leamer, Victor

Mr. Victor A. Leamer, CPPB
Senior Buyer
Spokane County
1211 West Gardner Avenue, 2nd Floor
Spokane, WA 99260

509 477-3693


Victor Leamer is currently the Senior Buyer with Spokane County in Washington previously working 30 years with the State of Alaska. He has presented NIGP webinars on protests and contract price adjustments and leads the online course Developing and Managing Request for Proposals. Victor has a bachelor's degree in Broadcast Journalism from Western Washington University (Bellingham, WA). Victor also serves on NIGP's Knowledge Management and Content Management Committees.

Lewis, Sharon

Ms. Sharon T. Lewis, CPPB, M.P.S., M.A., VCO
Purchasing Division Chief
Arlington County
2100 Clarendon Blvd
Suite 501
Arlington, VA 22201



Professional Certification(s) obtained:

Purchasing Manager, City of Roanoke, VA
12 years experience local government, Higher Education procurement
17 years private purchasing
Board of Directors, Virginia Minority Supplier Development Council (VMSDC)

Associate - Strayer University Acquisition & Contracts Mgmt Bachelors - Strayer University - Business, with a Major in Acquisition & Contracts Mgmt, Minor in Legal Studies Masters in progress - George Washington University School of Law - Masters in Paralegal Studies (M.P.S.)

On the Faculty of:
Contract Administration
Introduction to Public Procurement
Developing and Managing Request for Proposals

Lochbaum, Christina

Ms. Christina D. Lochbaum, CPPO, CPPB
Ohio Department of Public Safety
4003 Mad River Road
Grove City, OH 43123


Christina began her procurement career in June of 1987 at the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT). After managing inventories, conducting purchasing quality assurance reviews, and contract solicitations for ODOT, she accepted a position at the Ohio Department of Public Safety (ODPS) as a Program Administrator in November 2011. In her current position, Christina’s duties in the Major Acquisitions Unit is to develop and manage Request for Proposals (RFPs), Request for Quotes (RFQs), and Invitation to Bid (ITB) for the eight agencies within the ODPS. Christina is also responsible for managing large procurement projects such as the state of Ohio’s Digital License Plate System. Christina has a B.S. in Business Forensics, a M.S. in Business Psychology from Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio and is currently pursuing a PhD in Organizational Leadership at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Indiana. On the Faculty of: CPPB PREP CPPO PREP

Lopez, Mary " Jane"

Ms. Mary " Jane" Lopez, CPPO
State of Colorado
5972 McIntyre Court
Golden, CO 80403


Summary: 20 years of experience providing customer service to state agencies, local governments and higher education institutions. Extensive background in writing request for proposals (RFPs), negotiating contract terms and resolving contract performance issues.

Work Experience:
Part Time Certified Trainer 09/98-current
National Institute of Governmental Purchasing Instructor on RFP writing, contract management, contract services and competitive negotiations. Have taught in Georgia, Florida, New York, Illinois, Virginia, Arizona, Oklahoma, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Washington and Colorado.

Government Sales Representative 07/00 – 7/03
Gateway Business
Responsible for providing information on new computer equipment, services and total computer solutions to government agencies located in Colorado, Wyoming and Montana.

Procurement Manager 04/89 – 07/00
State of Colorado
Developed and awarded RFPs for state contracts that generated over 88 million dollars a year and were used by state agencies, higher education, cities, counties and school districts.

Senior Purchasing Agent 07/69 – 03/89
University of Colorado Health Sciences Center
Prepared and awarded bids for technology equipment and various software applications used at the medical center.

University of Colorado – BS in Marketing 1978
Certified Public Purchaser (CPPO) - 1996

Membership Affiliations:
National Institute of Government Purchasers
University of Colorado Hispanic Alumni Board
Denver Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Colorado Parent and Child Foundation

On the Faculty of:
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Capital Acquisitions
Ethics: A Survival Kit for Public Procurement
Fundamentals of Leadership and Management in Public Procurement
Introduction to Public Procurement

Mastandrea, Angela

Ms. Angela Mastandrea, CPPO
Director, Procurement and Strategic Sourcing
St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton
49 Charlton Avenue East
Hamilton, ON L8N 1Y3


Angela Mastandrea is the Procurement Manager for the City of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. She has been in public procurement since 2002, all with the City of Hamilton.

Her education background includes completing the Bachelor of Science in Engineering program in Environmental Engineering at the University of Guelph and has obtained her CPPO designation in 2007 and her management designation (CIM) in 2005.

Angela is currently a member of the Chapter Relations Committee and was previously a member of the Professional Development Committee of NIGP.

Matthews, Darin

Mr. Darin L. Matthews, CPPO, CPSM, FNIGP, C.P.M.
University of California - Santa Cruz
19 Arabian Way
Scotts Valley, CA 95066



Darin currently serves as director of procurement for the University of California, Santa Cruz. He has over twenty years of management experience in state and local government, higher education, and private industry.

He is a past-president of the Oregon Public Purchasing Association and a former board member of NAPM - Willamette Valley. Darin speaks throughout the world on a variety of procurement topics, and his writings have been featured in Inside Supply Management, Government Procurement, Inside Supply Management, The Public Manager and The Journal of Public Procurement. His books include Warehousing and Inventory Control, Logistics and Transportation, and Effective Supply Management Performance. He has lectured at numerous universities throughout North America and serves on the faculty of Portland State University, School of Business Administration.

Darin is a Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO), a Certified Professional in Supply Management, (CPSM) and a Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.). He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business/Political Science and a Master’s degree in Acquisition Management. Darin is a Master Instructor for NIGP and served as their President in 2007. He has also served as a board member of the Universal Public Procurement Certification Council and the Public Procurement Research Center at Florida Atlantic University..

In 2012 he was recognized with NIGP’s highest honor, the Albert H. Hall Memorial Award. Darin is also a recipient of NIGP’s Distinguished Service Award, and the Lewis E. Spangler Award from the International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management.

On the Faculty of:
Adding Value to the Procurement Process
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Contracting for Construction Services
Effective Management of Construction Contracts
Logistics and Transportation
Managing End Users and Suppliers: It's all About Relationships
Planning, Scheduling and Requirements Analysis
Protests: Managing Options for Positive Results
Warehousing and Inventory Control
Worldclass Procurement Practices

McClure, Monica

Monica Lee McClure
Contract Management Supervisor
City of Austin FSD Purchasing
710 E. Cesar Chavez
4th Floor
Austin, TX 78701


Melchior, Vonda

Mrs. Vonda M Melchior, C.P.M.
Director of Purchasing
Hillsborough Community College
39 Columbia Dr.
Tampa, FL 33606


Vonda Melchior has worked in purchasing and contracting since graduation from Florida State University. Prior to her current position as purchasing director, she worked in city, county and federal government procurement and in procurement for the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games (ACOG).

She has held Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.) and Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) designations.

She has served as President of the National Association of Educational Procurement Florida Region, President, of the Tampa Bay Area Chapter of National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP) and chair of the Council of Purchasing Professionals (COPP).

Vonda graduated from FSU with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing with a concentration in Purchasing and Industrial Management and has over 500 hours continuing education in Purchasing, Contracting, Federal Grant Procurement, Legal Aspects of Purchasing and Administration of Government Contracts.

She currently serves on the COPP Grants Subcommittee for the State of Florida College System Colleges.

Moynihan, Jerome

Mr. Jerome D. Moynihan, CPPO, C.P.M., MBA
119 Woodhaven Road
Woonsocket, RI 02895




ASSISTANT DIRECTOR FOR SPECIAL PROJECTS, Division of Purchases State of Rhode Island - December, 2010 – June , 2012 Responsibilities similar to those listed below, with state-wide procurement training duties.

ADMINISTRATOR OF PURCHASING SYSTEMS, State of Rhode Island, September, 1996 – December, 2010 Responsibilities include the development and promulgation of purchasing policies involving the acquisition of supplies, equipment, services, and construction projects for state departments and agencies. Further duties include supervision of the technical and clerical staff.

PURCHASING AGENT/PROPERTY MANAGER, City of Woonsocket, RI 1982 - August, 1996 Responsibilities included the preparation of specifications for the procurement of all municipal goods and services, creation and maintenance of a fixed asset inventory system, and the disposal of surplus property.

Adjunct Instructor of Business: Subjects taught include Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Management, Marketing, Organizational Behavior, Human Resources Management, Introduction to Finance, and Principles of Investments. Dean College, Franklin, Massachusetts – 1999 to present

On the Faculty of:
Contract Administration
Contracting for Construction Services
Developing and Managing Requests for Proposals in the Public Sector
Sourcing in the Public Sector
Contracting for Construction Services

Muttart, Jacob

Mr. Jacob Muttart
Procurement Officer I
Ada County
200 W. Front St.
Boise, ID 83702


Nance-Young, Athena

Ms. Athena Lynn Nance-Young, CPPB,CPTM
1505 Randolph Street
Carrollton, TX 75006


Nash, David

Mr. David E. Nash, CPPO, CPPB
Retired Members
9026 NW 44 Court
Sunrise, FL 33351-5336



David Nash retired as a Chief Warrant Officer Three from the United States Army in 1988 after 20 years of service in inventory management. In 2007, he retired from the City of Fort Lauderdale after 18 years of service in warehousing and procurement. David holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Business Administration. He was the last President of the Governmental Purchasing Association of Southeast Florida, having successfully led a merger with the SE Florida Chapter of NIGP in 2001. He was also the President of the Florida Association of Public Procurement Officials in 2006-2007 David was presented with FAPPO’s George H. Wolf Distinguished Service Award in 2010. In 2014, he was presented with FAPPO’s Educator of the Year Award. In 2019, he was presented with his second George H. Wolf Distinguished Service Award for his contributions to FAPPO during 25 years of membership. David is a certified instructor for NIGP and from 2010 to 2013 he served on the Evaluation Committee for the National Procurement Institute’s Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award. Since creating the online “Question of the Day” in 2007, he has helped thousands of procurement professionals prepare for their CPPB and CPPO exams. For this contribution, he was presented with the "Spirit of NIGP Award" at the NIGP Forum in 2013. For his overall contributions to the procurement profession, he was presented with NIGP’s Distinguished Service Award at the 2018 Forum in Nashville, TN. David currently serves on a number of committees for NIGP, as well acting as a Chapter Ambassador in Area 5 since 2015. On the Faculty for: Contract Administration in the Public Sector Contracting for Public Sector Services Developing and Managing Requests for Proposals in the Public Sector Ethics: A Survival Kit for Public Procurement Introduction to Public Procurement Legal Aspects of Public Procurement Protests: Managing Options for Positive Results Risk Management in Public Contracting Sourcing in the Public Sector Strategic Procurement Planning in the Public Sector

Olson, Cheryl

Mrs. Cheryl L. Olson, CPPO, C.P.M., MBA, CPM
Seminole County Public Schools
400 East Lake Mary Blvd.
Sanford, FL 32773


Cheryl has been the Director of Purchasing and Distribution Services for The School District of Seminole County, Florida since August 2014. She has over 31 years of public procurement management experience, which spans Federal contracts/grants, centralized school districts, county governments, and related activities. In addition, she has over five years of experience in the private sector financial and technology areas. Cheryl obtained a Business Administration Degree from William Jennings Bryan College in 1981, a Certified Public Manager designation in 2001, her Lifetime Certified Purchasing Manager designation in 2007, the Florida Certified Contract Negotiator designation in 2008, the Certified Public Purchasing Officer designation in 2009, and her MBA in Public Administration in 2014. Cheryl served as President of the Florida Association of Public Procurement Officials (FAPPO) in 1999 and President of the Central Florida Chapter of the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP) from 2004 through 2006. She currently serves as Parliamentarian for the Central Florida Chapter of NIGP, and as the Appointments Chair and Board Member for FAPPO. Cheryl has a passion for procurement and understands the value of training and mentoring others who have a desire to learn and grow in this exciting profession. Her goal is to look for ways to offer continuous process improvements for her agency and to engage her staff in the adventure. Cheryl was born in Indianapolis, Indiana. Her Special Interests/Hobbies include: scuba diving/snorkeling, travel, physical fitness/health and raising three miniature dachshunds.

Pabor, Edward

Mr. Edward Pabor, CPPO,CDT,C.P.M.
257 South 47th Street
Springfield, OR 97478



Ed Pabor has over 28 years of professional procurement background, in aerospace, semiconductor manufacturing, operations manager, pulp & paper, equipment manufacturing, overseas electronic manufacturing, and of course Public Procurement; retiring after 10 years with the City of Eugene, Oregon. At his position for the City of Eugene, Ed supervised 2 buyers, and managed Inventory & Warehouse operations, Logistics & Transportation, solicitations including RFPs, RFQs, ITBs, and sole source agreements, for Public Improvements, Capital Equipment, and professional services. Ed also administered/managed many of the contracts for chemicals, commodities, and QRF services. Ed is well versed in contract law and public procurement best practices, and his experience in international trade has helped hone his excellent negotiation skills.

Ed believes that working within the parameters of Purchasing Law, and being a good steward of public funds are the main priorities in Public Procurement. Particular areas of expertise and focus are Supplier Management, Commodity Management, and Contract Administration.

Ed is also a Master Instructor for the National Institute of Governmental Procurement (NIGP) and lectures for other international purchasing bodies. He teaches the following courses; Contracting for Construction Services, Legal Aspects of Public Purchasing, Logistics & Transportation, Introduction to Public Procurement, Strategic Procurement Planning, Warehouse & Inventory Control, CPPB & CPPO preparation.

Pennington, Richard

Mr. Richard Pennington, CPPO, J.D., LL.M.
1042 South University Blvd
Denver , CO 80209



Professional Certification(s) obtained: CPPO, C.P.M.,J.D.


From 2013 to 2018, Richard Pennington was general counsel to NASPO ValuePoint, the nonprofit subsidiary of the National Association of State Procurement Officials that supports the states in their national cooperative procurements. Previously, he served of counsel to the Denver office of McKenna, Long & Aldridge LLP, where he advised clients on federal, state and local government procurement. Richard is the former director of the Division of Finance and Procurement, Colorado Department of Personnel & Administration, where he managed a division consisting of the Office of the State Controller, the State Purchasing Office, Central Collections Services, and State Buildings and Real Estate Programs. He previously served as State Purchasing Director, after working for the Colorado Attorney General as procurement and construction litigation counsel. Richard is a retired Air Force Colonel and judge advocate who started his career as a B-52 pilot and later became a judge advocate specializing in federal procurement. He served as Chief of Air Force Commercial Litigation Division, working with the Department of Justice in litigating bid protest, bankruptcy, contract disputes, and patent infringement cases filed in federal courts across the nation. Richard received his Air Force commission and undergraduate B.S. degree in engineering mechanics from the Air Force Academy. He has a J.D. degree from the University of Denver and Master of Laws degree in government procurement law from The George Washington University. In 2005, he was selected as the Manager of the Year by the Colorado State Managers Association. He is a Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.), a Certified Public Procurement Official (CPPO), and an honorary member of the National Association of State Procurement Officials. Richard is the author of Seeing Excellence: Learning from Great Procurement Teams (Hugo House Publishing, 2013).

Pressing, Nancy

Ms. Nancy Pressing, CPPB, VCO
Contract Administration Manager
VCCS - Shared Service Center
147 Daleville Centre Dr
Daleville, VA 24083


Nancy Pressing is an Instructor for NIGP and manages contract administration for the Shared Services Center (SSC), Virginia Community College System (VCCS). SSC manages nearly 700 contracts for 23 community college serving over 226,000 students, over 86,000 FTE. With a passion for learning and growth, Nancy holds several certifications and degrees and engages in professional development. Certifications include Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) and Virginia Contracting Officer (VCO). Degrees include MBA, BS Management, and AAS Accounting. For over 17 years Nancy has issued and managed procurement contracts in both state and federal government. Her prior centralized procurement positions were with Virginia's Department of General Services, Radford University, Virginia Tech, and SPAWAR (Navy). Nancy serves as a Vice Chair, Education Committee for VAGP, the Virginia chapter of NIGP.

Przymus, Nancy

Ms. Nancy K. Przymus, CPPO, CPPB, MBA
Birchknoll Enterprises
1501 23rd Avenue NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418-0000


Professional Certification(s) obtained: CPPO, CPPB

Nancy Przymus has 25 years of government experience with the City of Minneapolis. As a Senior Buyer, she evaluated vendor responses for both sealed bids and RFPs averaging $126,000,000 each year. From 1998 to 2008 Nancy served on the State of Minnesota Technology RFP team where she represented Minnesota cities and counties in that venture resulting in the annual expenditure of $170,000,000 statewide. Nancy is a former president and board member of the Minnesota Chapter of NIGP) and a national instructor for NIGP. Nancy received her BA in Political Science from the University of Minnesota in 1987 and her Masters of Business Administration from Metropolitan State University in 2003 with a published thesis entitled: “E-Procurement for Municipal Government”. Nancy is CPPB and CPPO certified. Nancy also trains small businesses to answer government bids and proposals and assists them with TBE applications required by various agencies across the nation.

Purdy, Mike

Mr. Mike Purdy
PO Box 46181
Seattle, WA 98146

(206) 295-1464


With more than 40 years of experience, Mike Purdy is a nationally recognized expert and speaker on public procurement and contracting issues. Mike worked for the City of Seattle for more than two decades where he administered the city's construction and consultant contracts as the city's Contracting Manager. He then spent five years at the Seattle Housing Authority where he served as Contracting and Procurement Manager, overseeing all of the contracting and purchasing (construction, design consultants, other consultants, service providers, goods and supplies) for the largest residential landlord in Washington state. In 2005, he was appointed as the Contracts Manager for the University of Washington's Capital Projects Office where he was responsible for managing design and construction contracts for more than $1 billion worth of projects at the University Since his retirement in 2010, Mike has worked as a self-employed consultant through his firm, Michael E. Purdy Associates, LLC, providing strategic assistance to government agencies in managing the complexities of public contracting. Mike is a sought-after speaker and has provided well-received and relevant training across the country. He also maintains a popular Public Contracting Blog at http://PublicContracting.blogspot.com, designed to keep public agencies, contractors, and consultants up-to-date on key developments in public procurement and contracting. Mike has a bachelor's degree in business and public administration and an MBA, both from the University of Puget Sound (Tacoma, WA), and a master of divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary (Pasadena, CA). On the Faculty of: Best Practices in Developing Public Construction Bid Documents; Tools for Ensuring Contractor Performance on Public Construction Projects; When Bad Things Happen to Bids: Strategies for Ensuring a Successful Public Construction Project

Rickard, Robin

Mr. Robin J. Rickard, CPPO,OPBC
369 SE 15th Place
Canby, OR 97013-0000



Professional Certification(s) obtained: CPPO, OPBC Experience: Prior to retiring, Rob served as the Chief Procurement Officer for the Oregon Secretary of State’s Business Services Division in Salem, Oregon. Before then, he served many years as Chief Procurement Officer for both the Oregon Department of Administrative Services and the Oregon Department of Transportation, after spending several years in private sector materials management positions. He is a graduate of Warner Pacific College and holds the designation of Certified Public Purchasing Officer (CPPO) through the Universal Public Purchasing Certification Council(UPPCC) as well as Oregon’s in-state certification, OPBC. Rob serves as a Master Instructor for NIGP and is a regular speaker at their Annual Forums and through their Webinars, as well as at chapter conferences. He also provides training throughout Oregon and the United States on a wide variety of procurement related topics as well as providing training opportunities for suppliers. In 2000 Rob received OPPA’s Harold F. Vaughn Award for contributions to public purchasing. In 2001 he was recognized as the OPPA and NIGP Professional Purchasing Manager of the Year. In 2006 Rob received NIGP’s Distinguished Service Award. In 2008 Rob received the Oregon Department of Administrative Services, Partners in Public Purchasing’s Lifetime Achievement Award. He is a past president of both Oregon Public Purchasing Association and the Columbia Chapter of NIGP, and is currently active in both chapters. Rob and his wife Betty currently reside in the small town of Canby, Oregon. When he is not serving the procurement profession, he is active with the Oregon Road Runners, where he was recently named to their Hall of Fame. On the Faculty of: Alternative Dispute Resolution CPPB & CPPO Prep Ethics: A Survival Kit for Public Procurement Legal Aspects of Public Purchasing Introduction to Public Procurement Protests and Disputes: What's a Buyer To Do?

Rigterink, Peter

Mr. Peter A. Rigterink, CPPO, CPPB, VCO
134 Hunters Trail Rd
Farnham, VA 22460-0000



Professional Certification(s) obtained: CPPO, CPPB, VCO

Experience: Mr. Rigterink is a Master Instructor for NIGP and has been the procurement field for over 18 years. He currently works full time as Procurement Manager at the Virginia Department of Fire Programs in Richmond, VA. His responsibilities include procurement and contracting services, working primarily on complex solicitations.

Prior to working for various agencies in the Commonwealth of Virginia, Mr. Rigterink worked as a Contracts Administrator for the Department of Health and Social Services, the largest state agency in Delaware. Primary focus was spent on professional service contracts.

On the Faculty of:
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Contract Administration
Contracting for Public Sector Services
Developing and Managing Requests for Proposals in the Public Sector
Fundamentals of Leadership and Management in Public Procurement
Introduction to Public Procurement
Performance Based Requests for Proposals
Planning, Scheduling and Requirements Analysis
Risk Management in Public Contracting
Sourcing in the Public Sector

Robinson, John

Mr. John Lee Robinson, CPPO, CPSM, CPPB, C.P.M.
University of North Carolina at Wilmington
601 South College Road
Wilmington, NC 28403-0000



John Robinson, CPSM, CPPO, C.P.M. CPPB is the Director of Purchasing for the University of North Carolina at Wilmington where he leads a Purchasing Team focused on best value procurement, process improvement, supply relationship management and customer engagement. Prior to his arrival at UNCW, John served as Director of Procurement for the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority where he led a procurement transformation project taking the organization from a decentralized procurement operation to a centralized procurement and strategic sourcing operation. Additionally, prior to his arrival at RDU, John served as Director of Materials Management at the North Carolina State Ports Authority and Senior Procurement Agent with the Charlotte Mecklenburg School System. John served the first twelve years of his procurement career in the textile industry with J.P. Stevens & Company. John is also the President of 1 Positive Leadership, LLC and a Certified Coach, Trainer and Speaker with the John Maxwell Team and an instructor in Supply Chain and Procurement with the National Institute of Governmental Procurement. John specializes in leadership development, coaching and teaching; public/private sector supply chain, procurement and contracting; employee engagement, emotional intelligence; and development and building organizational success from the inside out accomplished through building collaboration and efficiency in business processes and developing individual knowledge and skills. With more than 28 years in supply chain operations of manufacturing and public sector, John brings working knowledge and academic knowledge to your operation. Holding a Master of Science Degree in Leadership, Bachelor of Science in Business, Certified Professional in Supply Management and Certified Purchasing Manager credentials from the Institute for Supply Management, and Certified Public Procurement Officer and Certified Professional Public Buyer credentials from the Universal Public Procurement Certification Council; John has invested in a career of personal and professional development focused on helping others succeed and achieve their goals.

Robinson, Kathy

Mrs. Kathy D. Robinson, CPPO, CPPB
Deputy Executive Director
Commonwealth of Kentucky, Finance & Administration Cabinet, Office of Procurement Services
702 Capitol Ave., Room 096
Frankfort, KY 40601


Kathy has over 25 years of procurement experience, in both the State Government and in the private sector. She is the Deputy Executive Director for the Office of Procurement Services in the Kentucky Finance and Administration Cabinet. Kathy has been a NIGP instructor since 2012 and teaches the Introduction to Public Procurement, Developing and Managing RFPs in the public sector, and CPPB and CPPO prep classes. She has developed and presented training on a variety of procurement subjects for the Commonwealth and for the Kentucky Public Procurement Association (KPPA). Kathy has been active in KPPA throughout her state government career. She served on the Board of Directors for three consecutive terms and has chaired the Education and Professional Development Committee, the Awards and Scholarship Committee and the Diversity Committee. She served as Board Treasurer for two years.

Rogers, Renee

Mrs. Renee A. Rogers, CPPO,CPPB,C.P.M.
Procurement Solutions Group, LLC
107 Mulberry Ct,
Pine Knoll Shores, NC 28512



Renee has spent over 20 years in public procurement, starting out as a buyer with Pima County, and moving up to executive management roles in public entities in the Detroit area. Renee has worked in City, County, and Airport Authority environments, getting entrenched in procurements including those using grant funds from a wide variety of state and federal agencies. Renee retired in 2011 and has continued to work with local public and private agencies in the procurement filed, primarily in a consulting role.

Throughout her career, Renee has actively participated in professional associations in leadership roles, including serving as Professional Development Chair for both the Airport Purchasing Group and the Michigan Public Procurement Officer Association (MPPOA). Renee has taught numerous public procurement and related classes at procurement association conferences, as well as within her entities.

Renee holds several professional certifications including Certified Public Purchasing Officer (CPPO), Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.), Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB),and Professional in Human Resources (PHR). She is a graduate of Troy State University (Masters in Business) and Michigan State University (Bachelors in Marketing).

Renee has received awards recognizing her contributions to our profession in the form of first a Purchasing Manager of the Year Award from MPPOA, and more recently their Marvin Klang Award which recognizes a lifetime contribution to the public procurement profession. In addition while she was in the top procurement spot, two of Renee's former entities became a first time recipient of the National Purchasing Institute’s Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award.

Rosen, Mary

Ms. Mary Cate Rosen
Bergen County
One Bergen County Plaza
Room 331
Hackensack, NJ 07601-0000


Sanmiguel, Anthony

Mr. Anthony Sanmiguel
Bexar County
1103 S. Frio, Purchasing Suite
San Antonio, TX 78207-0000


Sims, Mary

Ms. Mary L. Sims, CPPO
1409 Lewie Rd
Gilbert, SC 29054-0000


On the Faculty of:
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Developing and Managing Requests for Proposals in the Public Sector
Fundamentals of Leadership and Management in Public Procurement
Introduction to Public Procurement
Planning, Scheduling and Requirements Analysis

Sletten, Bonnie

Ms. Bonnie Sletten, CPPO,C.P.M
1011 W Chatham Drive
Payson, AZ 85541



Bonnie Sletten has over 25 years of experience in procurement and contracting; 13 years in the public sector.

Her experience includes, Private industry, Higher education, Transportation, and the State of Idaho, Division of Purchasing as a Purchasing Officer and e-Procurement Administrator. Her strengths are in e-procurement administration and management, providing training for 24 state agencies and staff users. In addition she facilitated and taught classes in procurement to state agencies as well as outreach programs to various political subdivisions and the supplier community. For 7 years she served on two sourcing teams for commodities with NASPO Value Point and managed the contracts for the state.

Bonnie has served as Professional Development Chair, 2 term past President, Secretary and Directors for several NAPM, ISM and NIGP chapter boards. In 2006 earned the Certified Public Purchasing Officer (CPPO) designation from the Universal Public Procurement Certification Council (UPPCC) and is a lifetime Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.) from the Institute of Supply Management (ISM). Bonnie serves as a trainer for NIGP-The Institute for Public Procurement, ISM – Institute for Supply Management, and others upon request.

On the Faculty of:
Ethics A Survival Kit for Public Procurement
Fundamentals of Leadership and Management
Introduction to Public Procurement
Legal Aspects of Public Procurement
Protests and Disputes
Sourcing in the Public Sector
Strategic Procurement Planning

Smith, Myra

Ms. Myra D. Smith, CPPB
3540 Cherry Hill Ct.
Beltsville, MD 20705-3657



Myra Smith is a Master Instructor for the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing. Her procurement career spans over 31 years, all of which were spent at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). She was hired as an Expediter, promoted to a Buyer, Supervisor and ended her tenure at WMATA as a Contract Administrator.

Ms. Smith has purchased a wide variety of goods and services and has global purchasing experience. She was the co-chair for the Washington Metropolitan Area Council of Governments, a member of the Baltimore Chamber of Commerce, member of the Executive Board of her local NIGP chapter, participated in numerous Minority Vendor Fares, conducted workshops for NIGP and teaches courses for both LEAP, and GCC classes.

On the Faculty of:
Ethics: A Survival Kit for Public Procurement
Introduction to Public Procurement
Legal Aspects of Public Purchasing
Risk Management in Public Contracting
Sourcing in the Public Sector

Smith, Vikki

Ms. Vikki L. Smith, CPPB
Purchasing Agent Supervisor
5865 Trinity Pkwy
Centreville, VA 20120


Tolston, Bobbie

Ms. Bobbie Tolston, CPPO, CPPB
Supervisor of Purchasing
Harford County Public Schools
Purchasing Department
102 S. Hickory Ave.
Bel Air, MD 21014



Bobbie Wilkerson, CPPO, CPPB Bobbie is a veteran who served in the U.S. Navy and received an honorable discharge. She graduated Cum Laude from Northeastern Illinois University where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree with a concentration in Business Administration. She has over 19 years of public procurement experience. Bobbie is currently the Supervisor of Purchasing for Harford County Public Schools where she oversees the day to day activities of purchasing and the distribution center. She has been successful with spearheading the implementation of several Enterprise wide technology enhancements during her career. These enhancements were geared towards streamlining business processes and increasing staff efficiencies and productivity. Bobbie has a broad range of procurement experience and utilizes her knowledge by assisting agencies to cultivate their procurement department. She has experience working with water utilities, local, and municipal government agencies. She has developed training programs for procurement professionals (i.e. procurement cards, procurement processes and procedures, etc.). In addition, she has provided training to various minority business during “How to do Business” outreach events. Bobbie is very passionate about the procurement profession and enjoys sharing her passion with others. She oftentimes acts as a mentor to other procurement professionals. It is her belief that by sharing her knowledge and experiences with others, this helps the procurement profession to grow! Bobbie has enjoyed being a member of NIGP since 1999.

Tommie, William

Mr. William J. Tommie, Jr., CPPO
Purchasing Director
Cobb County
3510 Vintage Trail
Woodstock, GA 30189


Professional Certification(s) obtained: CPPO

Work Experience – 1981-1989 – Manager of Purchasing, Greenwood School District 50, South Carolina 1989 – 2008 – Coordinator of Purchasing, School District 5 of Lexington and Richland Counties, South Carolina 2008-2012 – Director of Construction Procurement, School District of Pickens County, Pickens, South Carolina 2012 – Present – Director of Purchasing, Cobb County Government, Georgia.

On the Faculty of:
Fundamentals of Leadership and Management in Public Procurement
Sourcing in the Public Sector

Updike, Steven

Mr. Steven K. Updike, CPPB,FCCM,FCN,FCPA
General Services Administrator
Office of the State Court Administrator
500 S Duval Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1900


On the Faculty of:
Contract Administration

Steve Updike, CPPB, is a former fraud investigator who now serves as a Government Operations Consultant with the Office of the Director of the Child Support Enforcement Program within the Florida Department of Revenue. He is responsible for procurement, contract management and administration of service related contracts under the federal guidelines of the federal Department of Health and Human Services Block Grant under which the program operates. He currently manages the contract for the development of the new federally funded Child Support Enforcement Automated Management System (CAMS), a custom enterprise resource system to manage the Florida Child Support Enforcement Program.

Steve holds certifications as a Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB), Florida Certified Negotiator (FCN), Florida Certified Contract Manager (FCCM), Florida Certified Purchasing Agent (FCPA), and an NIGP Certified Instructor in the area of Contract Administration and Procurement Law. He is a past President of the Tallahassee Chapter of NIGP.

Vallie, Leslie

Mr. Leslie Vallie, CPPO
Chief Executive Officer
The Professional Procurement Group
7783 West Friend Drive
Littleton, CO 80128-5548



Mr. Vallie is a professional speaker, facilitator, trainer, procurement and business improvement consultant. He focuses on training seminars, strategic planning, and government procurement and contracts consulting, contract claims resolution, and construction project management.

Mr. Vallie has worked extensively with the public and private sectors, including school districts, federal and local governments. He worked for many years for the federal government holding numerous positions as Contracting Officer, Policy/Claims Advisor, Construction, Service and A/E Contracting Chief, and Executive Director of Procurement & Contracts where he negotiated contracts, developed implementation strategies, wrote policy, resolved claims issues, developed curricula, and handled operational issues that ranged from day-to-day supervision to legal matters.

His education background includes: BA Finance\Accounting, BA Government Contracting, MS Contract Management Cert. George Washington University, and over 800 hours continuing Education in Finance, Management, Accounting, and Acquisition.

Varda, Kristy

Ms. Kristy D. Varda, CPPO, CPPB
Purchasing Supervisor
Frederick County Public Schools
1415 Amherst St
Winchester, VA 22601

540-662-3889 (88237)

Originally from Oklahoma and a proud Oklahoma State University Alum, Kristy spent roughly 10 years as a military spouse before relocating to Virginia from Germany. Kristy completed her Masters in Biotechnology Studies in 2008 and her MBA in 2009 while working in a variety of industries. In 2010, she stumbled upon the role of government procurement. Later in 2011, she began her official procurement career working as a Contract Specialist II for Fairfax County, Virginia specializing in procurement for Public Safety, IT and Libraries. September of 2015 she accepted the position of Purchasing Supervisor for Frederick County Public Schools in Winchester, Virginia. Kristy has led several multi-jurisdictional procurements, has presented webinars to NIGP on Sole Sources and Software Procurement and has worked with the task force to write the Procurement of Technology Best Practice documents. She is the proud mother of 1 college aged daughter and 2 sixteen pound canine fur babies.

Walton, Jon

Mr. Jon M. Walton, JD, CPPO, CPPB, CPM
Contracts Officer
Oregon Business Development Department
775 Summer St., Suite 200
Salem, OR 97301-1280


A good chunk of Jon Walton’s higher education was devoted to environmental and natural resources policy and science, and he helped start a Pacific Northwest conservation group bringing together disparate stakeholders on win-win conservation projects. Jon spent his first five years after college as a wilderness skills instructor working with juvenile delinquent youth. Later odd jobs included FEMA-funded mental health work for victims of natural disasters, and providing leadership training to executives of major corporations. A member of his state bar for 27 years, he always intended to put his legal training toward service in the public sector, and started by working as legislative staff, and then a state agency lobbyist, at his state legislature. Someone obviously having difficulty figuring out exactly what to do when he grows up, Jon came to government procurement in 1997, working in state agencies, and has been fortunate to handle a large variety of procurements and contracting situations. Jon strives to be a champion for state procurement training and certification in Oregon, has a graduate Certificate in Public Management, is heavily involved in the NIGP Principles and Practices initiative, was Chair of the NIGP Legislative & Position Committee, and was the 2015-16 Buyer of the Year. Jon is currently serving on the NIGP Governing Board, and is an NIGP Instructor on the faculty of Introduction to Public Procurement, Developing & Managing Requests for Proposals, and Legal Aspects of Public Procurement.

Webb, Theresa

Mrs. Theresa Webb, CPPO, CPSM, CPPB, C.P.M., M.A.
Procurement Official
Manatee County
1112 Manatee Ave., W.
Suite 803
Bradenton, FL 34205-7804



Theresa Webb has over 25 years of experience in procurement in both the private and public sectors with 15 years in public sector procurement. Theresa is the Procurement Official for Manatee County government and oversees the procurement of goods, services, technology, construction and capital improvement projects. She has a Bachelors' in Business Administration and a Masters' degree in Business Management. Theresa is the 2019-2020 President for the Florida Association of Public Procurement Officials (FAPPO), having served on the Board for the past three years. Theresa holds CPPO, CPPB, CPSM and C.P.M. certifications and is a current member of FAPPO, NIGP, Sarasota Bay Area Chapter of NIGP, Tampa Bay Area Chapter of NIGP, NPI, ISM and the Gulf Coast Chapter of ISM. She is a member of the NIGP Global Best Practice Task Force for Market Research and Analysis and has recently served on the NIGP Talent Council and as the Talent Council Liaison to the Pipeline and Placement Committee. She has also served on the NIGP Member Council, the NIGP Global Best Practice Task Force for Specifications, the LINCS Advisory Board for St. Pete College, the Airport Purchasing Group Board, and the Tampa Bay Area Chapter of NIGP Board for five years (including President in 2014). Additionally, she has served as a member of the ISM Report on Business survey panel. Theresa was recognized by NIGP in 2013 as National Buyer of the Year. Theresa has taught 50+ workshops, webinars and training seminars for procurement professionals as well as over 100 training classes for staff, internal customers and the supplier community over her career.

Weber, Christine

Ms. Christine O. Weber, CPPB, C.P.M.
State of Colorado - Retired
6945 Old Ranch Trail
Littleton, CO 80125



Christine has been a procurement professional for over 20 years.Her experience includes 10 years corporate procurement, management, training, and change management for companies in the Washington, D.C. area, such as Macy‘s Northeast, the J C Penney Corporation, and Creative Hairdressers, Inc.

Public procurement experience includes director-level and statewide experience at a wide variety of Colorado agencies, including Colorado State Patrol, University of Colorado, the Colorado Department of Human Services, and the State Purchasing & Contracts Office for Colorado.

She looks forward to supporting your organization with challenging, fun, and effective hands-on approaches to learning. As a seasoned professional, Christine easily relates to new buyers, strategic sourcing staff, or program staff, and also inspires executives responsible for producing cost-effective team results while operating within a challenging political environment.

On the Faculty of:

Practical Specifications Writing

Developing and Managing Requests for Proposals

Introduction to Public Procurement



Ethics: A Survival Kit for Public Procurement

Protests: Managing Options for Positive Results

White, Shelly

Shelly White
Wichita Public Schools
903 s. Edgemoor Ste. 203
Wichita, KS 67218


Woodson, Margaret

Ms. Margaret Woodson, CPPO
Manager, Procurement Services
South Carolina Department of Public Safety
PO Box 1993
Columbia, SC 29016

803 896-9672
(803) 896-5201

Margaret Woodson, CPPO, has more than 20 years in public procurement.

Her experience was gained from positions in complex procurement including working for the state’s health and environmental agency, higher education institutions, a housing authority, and serving as the state director of the Governor’s Office of Small and Minority Business Assistance.

A passionate advocate for education and the procurement profession, she has developed and conducted procurement training and presentations for agency staff, business owners and elected officials.

Margaret has been an active member of the SC Association of Governmental Purchasing Officials, serving as committee chair, board member and mentor. She has been a presenter during both SCAGPO and NIGP Forums, and is currently an after-school STEM tutor for K-12 students.

Margaret is a graduate of the North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University with a degree in Biology, and received a Masters from Clemson University.

Wyatt, Katherine

Ms. Katherine J. Wyatt, CPPO
Manager, Purchasing and Risk Management
Town of Oakville
1225 Trafalgar Road
Oakville, ON L6H 0H3

905-845-6601 (3087)

Manager of Purchasing and Risk Management Town of Oakville

Kathy Wyatt started in public procurement in 1990 and has served in various management positions throughout the broader public sector both in municipal and education sectors. Kathy is currently Manager of Purchasing and Risk Management for the Town of Oakville in Oakville, Canada.

She obtained her CPPB accreditation in 1999 and her CPPO accreditation in 2006 and began teaching courses for NIGP in 2009.

For many years Kathy was a member of the governing board of the Ontario Public Buyers Association (the Ontario chapter of NIGP), holding the position of Director of Communications and still sits on the Editorial review board for the Caveat Emptor, the official newsletter of the OPBA.

Kathy teaches various courses as part of the OPBA Principles Certificate Program as well as teaching opportunities with NIGP.

On the Faculty of:
Ethics: A Survival Kit for Public Procurement
Fundamentals of Leadership and Management
Protests and Disputes
Sourcing in the Public Sector

Yin, Kevin

Mr. Kevin C. Yin, CPPB
1800 SW 1st Avenue, Suite 300
Portland, OR 97201


Kevin has been in procurement for 20+ years, in both private and public sectors. Currently, he is the Director of Procurement & Contracts (Chief Procurement Officer) for TriMet in Portland, Oregon. He and his team are responsible for developing and administering the District's procurement policies and procedures, and all procurement activities.

Kevin's thoughts on learning... 1) You're never too old to learn. 2) It's forever. No one can ever take that knowledge away from you. 3) Learning should be fun (your brain may experience a bit pain, but it's temporary). Kevin is a member of both local NIGP chapters in Oregon, the Columbia Chapter of NIGP and the Oregon Public Purchasing Association (OPPA), and the Washington Chapter of NIGP. Kevin has served on committees and on the Board of the OPPA Chapter of NIGP, including serving as the OPPA President during FY2008-2009. He is currently serving as the Vice Chair of the NIGP Member Council.

Kevin graduated from the University of Oregon (Eugene, Oregon) in 1993 with BAs in Finance, Marketing, and Psychology. GO DUCKS!

Kevin lives in Oregon since 1989 and currently resides in the city of Happy Valley, a suburb of Portland. He is married to Kelly for over 24 years. They have two children, Ethan (16) and Abbie (14).

On the Faculty of:
CPPB Prep /
Developing and Managing RFPs in the Public Sector /
Introduction to Public Procurement

Zavala, Laura

Laura Zavala
Purchasing Specialist II
Williamson County Purchasing Department
100 Wilco Way, Ste. P101,
Georgetown, TX 78626


Zeeh Chorley, Donna

Mrs. Donna Zeeh Chorley
University of Alberta - Supply Management
2 Eden Court
St. Albert, AB
T8N 6L1


Donna Zeeh Chorley has worked within Public Procurement since 1981 in a variety of capacities from administration to management. She has been fortunate in her career to have worked with and bought a diverse selection of commodities and services, including construction. Donna currently is a Procurement Specialist for Procurement and Contract Management within the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. She has both her CPPO and CPPB Certifications and has been teaching with NIGP since 1997. Donna is a Master Instructor for NIGP and has served on the Executive and various Committees within NIGP’s Canada West Chapter since 1989 including Vice-President (2009 & 2010), President (2011 to 2014), and Past President (2015). Her focus in teaching is to make the valuable learning experience open, educational, memorable and fun.

On the Faculty of:
Ethics: A Survival Kit for Public Procurement
Planning, Scheduling and Requirements Analysis