Procurement Conference Speaker Bios

A. John Shoraka currently serves as the Associate Administrator of Government Contracting and Business Development at the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). His team supports thousands of small businesses every year as they compete for over $500 Billion in federal prime contracts and billions more in subcontracts.
 
Prior to his current role, A. John Shoraka served as Regional Administrator for the SBA. As Regional Administrator for Region 3, Shoraka was responsible for the delivery and management of SBA’s small business programs, financial assistance, and business development program initiatives throughout the region.
 
With a background in business development, international trade, government contracting, and management, Shoraka works on behalf of small businesses and entrepreneurs across the region as they turn to the SBA for the tools they need to start, grow, succeed and create jobs. 
Shoraka previously served as vice president at The Aries Group in Silver Spring, Md., a business and financial consulting firm where he was responsible for implementing multi-year projects throughout the world. 
 
Prior to accepting the appointment as Regional Administrator, he served as chair of the Small Business Association for International Contractors, where he represented 26 small business contractors that provide services to the United States Agency for International Development. 
 
Shoraka has collaborated with USAID officials and Congress to promote equity in small business contracting and opportunities for small business contractors within USAID. In addition, Shoraka served as adjunct faculty at Catholic University of America where he taught courses in international business and management science.
 
Shoraka holds a B.S. from the University of Maryland, College Park and an MBA from George Washington University. 
 

Angela Dingle, CMC®, CGEIT 
Angela Dingle, President and CEO of Ex Nihilo Management, LLC, is a Certified Management Consultant (CMC®) with over twenty years of experience in management, business leadership, IT governance, risk management, compliance, software engineering and quality assurance. She holds a Master of Science in Management Information Systems from Bowie State University, Bowie, MD and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from DeVry Institute, Columbus, OH and is Certified in the Governance of Information Technology (CGEIT). 
 
Angela serves on the Board of Directors for the Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) Education Foundation, the Institute of Management Consultants (IMC) and the Advisory Board for Enterprising Women Magazine. She is a WIPP National Partner and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. 
 
Recipient of Enterprising Women of the Year Award 2012 
Recipient of The American Small Business Coalition Eagle Spirit Award 
Recipient of Compuware Corporation's Profiles in Excellence Award 
Recipient of Data Computer Corporation of America’s Presidential Award 
Author, The Female Entrepreneur Blog 
Featured Guest on Federal News Radio’s Women in Government Series 
Contributing Author, Washington Technology Magazine 
Participant in the Center for Women’s Business Research, Accelerating the Growth of Businesses Owned by Women of Color 
Speaker, “Cool Women, Hot Jobs” Career Day, The Young Women’s Leadership School 
Mentor, FIRST Robotics Competition, Theodore Roosevelt SHS 
Featured in United Who’s Who Registry of Executives and Professionals 
 

Anthony Briggs, Small Business Program Manager 
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission 
 
Anthony Briggs joined the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) in 2007 through the agency's Nuclear Safety Professional Development Program. Mr. Briggs began his NRC career by supporting the agency's quarter-billion-dollar commercial contracts program, and administered some of the agency's largest and most complex acquisitions.  Upon graduation from the Nuclear Safety Professional Development Program, Mr. Briggs joined the NRC's Small Business Program as a Small Business Specialist, where he designed and implemented small business infrastructure and policies to provide maximum acquisition opportunities for small businesses. Mr. Briggs served as acting Small Business Program Manager throughout 2011 and, in 2012, was permanently named Small Business Program Manager. Under Mr. Briggs' management of the Small Business Program, the agency achieved its first U.S. Small Business Administration Scorecard letter grade of "A" for fiscal year (FY) 2011 performance, released the largest small business set-aside in the agency's history, published the largest NRC partial small business set-aside, developed the largest service-disabled veteran-owned small business set-aside to date, exceeded all five of its small business prime contract goals for the first time in FY 2012, and awarded the largest amount of dollars to date to women and service-disabled veteran-owned businesses in FY 2013.  Mr. Briggs received his undergraduate degree in a pre-law track from the University of Maryland and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. 

Brian Friel, Government Contracts Analyst, Bloomberg LP
Brian Friel has covered Washington spending, policy and politics for 18 years at some of the most prestigious media organizations inside the Beltway including National Journal, Congressional Quarterly and Government Executive. He has covered government spending for Bloomberg since July 2011.
 

 


Brian Hebbel, Director, Division of Quality Contracts, Office of Acquisition and Grants Management, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
 
Mr. Brian Hebbel is a Division Director in the Office of Acquisition and Grants Management for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).  He has been a Contracting Officer for 30 years and has been at CMS since 1989.  He has a Master’s Degree in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. He is also President of the National Contract Management Association Woodlawn Chapter.   
 

David P. Stephens
President and Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Stephens is responsible for strategy and execution, directing the overall sales, operations, and development of the company's solutions and service offerings to the Federal Government.
Stephens draws from two decades of leadership experience in forging key relationships, growing revenues and building value in companies from start-ups to Fortune 500s. Prior to his current position, Stephens was Chief Executive Officer of Savi Technology, where he led its growth, innovation and transformation into a global solutions company. His success at Savi led to its acquisition by Lockheed Martin in 2006. He was later appointed CEO where he increased global sales and market share while driving innovations that were adopted by the industry.
Stephens has held executive management positions in general management, business development, sales, research and development, and business operations, including senior management positions at Lucent Technologies and AT&T Corp. At Lucent Technologies as Vice-President of Business Development-Government Solutions, he successfully led all growth efforts for the newly formed business unit. During a 17-year career at AT&T, he established a reputation for success in business turnaround, innovative technology solutions and new business development while leading multiple business units.
Other positions Stephens has held include President and Chief Operating Officer of SIGCOM, Inc. and Managing Partner of The Tracey Group, a firm he co-founded that helped companies develop strategic market plans, build sales organizations and successfully conduct business with the Federal Government.
Stephens earned his MBA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and his BS Degree from Lenoir-Rhyne College. He has also completed the Advanced Management Program from UNC-Chapel Hill. Stephens is a thought leader in various areas such as acquisitions, market expansion, new product/solution development and implementation, and sales/sales messaging, known for repeatable and consistent results. He sits on the Advisory Board for MedLogistics, LLC.   
 

DeVance Walker, Jr., Ph.D.
 
  DeVance serves as the Acting Chief, Division of Business Empowerment at the Montgomery County Department of Economic Development.  Several of his initiatives, such as the Business Mentorship Program and former Procurement Fairs, have received national and local recognition.  He manages a Division with emphasis on small business development; business navigation; marketing the Local Small Business Program and Minority, Female, and Disabled-Owned Program; small business conferences and seminars; and contract administration.  He served as the manager for the County’s acclaimed Business Resource Center.  During his years with the County, he has received more than 120 business and community service awards. He is a military veteran and served as a strike team leader in the United States Air Force.
 
In addition to his public experiences, DeVance is the President and Founder of the Speakers’ and Writers’ Guild.  He served as president of Montgomery Times newspaper.  He is the former editor of Montgomery County news for the Washington D.C. Informer newspaper.  He served as managing editor of the Montgomery County government’s In Touch Newsletter and Business View.
 
DeVance was a former candidate for the Maryland House of Delegates.  He was vice-president of the local NAACP (two terms) and chair of the education committee for the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. of Montgomery County.  He served as a Commissioner for the Governor of Maryland’s Trial Courts Judicial Nominating Commission.  He was a member of the Advisory Board for the Center for Community and Economic Development, Institute for Development and Entrepreneurship Advancement at Bowie State University.  He served as chairperson on the D.C. Metropolitan District Advisory Council of the U.S. Small Business Administration.  He served 14 years as a member of the Board of Directors for Florence Crittenton Services of Greater Washington. He served as vice chairman and chairman for Montgomery County’s Diversity Council.
 
DeVance holds an Associate of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Allan Hancock Jr. College, Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Howard University, and Master of Arts in Public Administration from Howard University.  He has also received his Ph.D. degree in Political Economy and Public Administration.
 
In addition to his full-time position with Montgomery County, DeVance is an Adjunct Professor at Coppin State University, University of Baltimore, and formerly with Howard University.

Diane L. Lewis-George grew up in a small town in Western Pennsylvania that she still secretly calls “home.”  She graduated from Houghton College, New York with a double major of Communication and Psychology and big dreams of a job in radio.  After a brief stint as a radio personality at a popular radio station in Pennsylvania, Diane moved to Maryland where she met her procurement career.  She began as a Buyer for Montgomery County Public Schools, then became Assistant Purchasing Administrator for Howard County, Maryland and now serves as the Director of Procurement & Contracting for Frederick County, Maryland.  Diane stays incredibly busy.  She was recently asked to take on direction of the Risk Management department, she is currently the Project Manager for Frederick County’s ERP implementation, and recently served with Senators Middleton and Kittleman as the appointed MACo representative for the Task Force on Prevailing Wage in Maryland.  

Dianne Tolliver is Vice President of the L-3 Multiple-Award Resource
Center (MRC). The MRC is responsible for L-3’s major Government-Wide
Acquisition Contracts (GWACs), GSA Schedules, and other large,
multiple-award Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity contract vehicles.
Before joining L-3, Ms. Tolliver was a senior vice president at SAIC and
Director of the Government Contract Support Center (GCSC). Under her
leadership, the GCSC achieved CMMI Capability Level 5 for Project,
Monitoring and Control. She previously served as senior vice president
for SAIC’s Business and Engineering Group where she directed a
geographically dispersed organization focused on large-scale business
and aerospace information technology. While at SAIC, she received two separate CEO Achievement Awards for Excellence. Prior to SAIC, Ms. Tolliver was Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Vice President for Program Operations at Boeing Information Services, where she directed enterprise CIO activities and led business process improvements and change management initiatives. Ms. Tolliver holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from California State University, Northridge, CA, and a Master of Science in Public Administration from California State University, Bakersfield, CA. She is PMP-certified through the Project Management Institute,
CPO-certified by the Board of Certification for Professional Organizers, and holds a Yellow Belt in Lean Six Sigma. She serves on the Radford University Advisory Council for the College of Business and Economics.
 

Donald Camden, Chief, DoDIIS Contracting, CFO-MS3

Donald Camden serves as the Chief of the DoDIIS contracting division at the Defense Intelligence Agency. The division is responsible executing the agency’s IT budget valued in excess of $800M annually. On request, the division also executes contract actions in support of other agencies and the services. Prior to assuming this position in 2009, Don was a contractor for eight years providing acquisition support to NSA and DIA. Don was commissioned an Infantry officer and served nine years in various Infantry assignments prior to becoming a contracting officer in 1985. His contracting assignments include tours with DLA, DISA, AMC, Delta Force, and European Contracting Command. He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy and holds a MBA. He is Level III certified in Contracting as well as Program Management. 

Dorothy Callahan, National Government Services, Small Business and Strategic Alliance Manager
 
Dorothy joined National Government Services as the Small Business and Strategic Alliance Manager in December 2011.  She has the responsibility for developing and managing small business relationships and partnerships for teaming purposes.  She collaborates with cross-organizational resources in identifying areas of need for small business as well as leverage internal support to qualify the small businesses identified.  Since joining NGS she has increased the pipeline of Small Business partners, implemented an Industry day bringing Small Business, NGS Leadership and program managers together for teaming opportunities.  In addition to her dedicated advocacy to small business, in 2012 NGS received the “Champion of Veteran Enterprise Award” from the National Veterans Coalition.  
Prior to joining NGS Dorothy was with the Global Supplier Diversity organization at IBM and was the SBLO for IBM U.S. Federal’s Global Business Services Division.  Dorothy’s career with IBM spanned more than 25 years which included administration, management, contract’s management, sourcing strategy, subcontracts management and bid and proposal support.  
 
Dorothy has been a frequent guest speaker or panel participant at small business events such as CMS Industry Day, Department of Interior SB Outreach, the US Women’s Chamber of Commerce National Conference and The National 8A Conference.
 
Ms. Callahan brings over 20 years of expertise in acquisition and contract management in the private and federal government arenas.  With a background working with the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), Defense Acquisition Relations (DFAR), Small Business Administration (SBA) Size Standards, NAICS Codes, OSDBU and variety of regulations of federal, state and local regulations, she is a seasoned veteran in managing multiple subcontractors and partners for large and mid-scale procurements.
 

Doug Weisburger, Manager, Green Business Certification Program, Senior Planning Specialist, Sustainability Programs, Department of Environmental Protection, Montgomery County Government
 
Doug Weisburger is a Senior Planning Specialist in Montgomery County’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) where he coordinates community sustainability programs and manages the Green Business Certification Program. Prior to his work with DEP, Doug worked in the County’s Office of Management and Budget focusing on environmental policy and budgeting. Doug holds a Master of Public Policy with an emphasis on environmental policy from the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy, and a Master of Arts in International Affairs from The George Washington University. Before working for the County, he worked with the Peace Corps (staff and volunteer); Ashoka: Innovators for the Public; and the Council on Foreign Relations. 
 

Emily Webster Murphy is Senior Counsel to the Committee on Small Business in the U.S. House of Representatives, specializing in contracting and workforce issues.  In the 112th Congress, Ms. Murphy was the primary author of the small business contracting reforms in the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013, which became Public Law 112-239 on January 2, 2013.  This is Ms. Murphy’s second time with the Committee, where she worked on government contracting, lending, and telecommunications issues in the 1990s.  In the interim, Ms. Murphy has focused on federal procurement issues, most recently spending 4 years as the general counsel and vice president for operations at a start-up satellite telecommunications company. In addition to her time practicing as a government contracts lawyer, Ms. Murphy served as the Associate Administrator for Government Contracting at the U.S. Small Business Administration, and as the Chief Acquisition Officer at the U.S. General Services Administration.  Ms. Murphy is a graduate of Smith College and the University of Virginia School of Law.   
 

Eric R. Coffman, CEM, CEP, LEED-AP BDC is Chief of Energy and Sustainability (OES) with the Montgomery County, Department of General Services (DGS).  DGS is the custodian of the County’s building portfolio and fleet operations.  In this capacity, he is responsible for launching a portfolio of initiatives to comprehensively green the County’s operations.  Currently, he is coordinating millions of dollars in utility budgets, and recently launched a multi-site opportunity for solar development.  Before joining DGS, Eric was the County’s Senior Energy Planner with the Department of Environmental Protection and responsible for developing and implementing a wide variety of policies and programs related to energy and climate issues.  He currently chair’s the U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency facilitated State Energy Efficiency Action (SEEA) Network Existing Commercial Building Working Group. Eric is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM), Certified Energy Procurement Professional (CEP) and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP BDC).     

Gloria Larkin, President of TargetGov, is a nationally-recognized U.S. federal government contracting marketing and business development expert.  She is the author of two books: “The Basic Guide to Government Contracting" and “The Veterans Business Guide: How to Build a Successful Government Contracting Business” both available on Amazon. 
 
Her TargetGov clients have won billions of dollars in federal government prime and subcontracting contracts as a direct result of her team’s efforts in guiding companies through planning, positioning, and pursuing federal contracts.
 
Larkin is the Vice-Chair of the Educational Foundation Board of Directors, a past Governing Board Member and past Co-Chair of the Procurement Committee of Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP), a national organization representing over 4,700,000 women business owners nationwide through our 75 affiliate organizations. 
 
She has been interviewed on MSNBC and quoted multiple times in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, INC Magazine, Forbes, Entrepreneur Start-ups Magazine, and Government Executive magazine. Among other honors, she was named the 2010 Women in Business Champion of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration, a 2011 MEA Fifty Influential Women awardee and the 2010 Enterprising Women of the Year Awardee. 

Hope A. Lane, CPA, Partner, Government Contract Services Group
Hope A. Lane, CPA, leads Aronson LLC’s Government Contract Consulting Practice with over 20 years of broad-based experience in the government contracting arena. She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting
from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and is responsible for assisting clients in all areas of government contract-related financial compliance and contract administration.
 
With an exclusive focus on government contracting, Ms. Lane possesses in depth understanding and intensive hands-on experience. She has served in financial management positions with several regional federal contractors and has extensive experience in the management of all accounting and finance functions. Hope is actively involved in the Professional Services Council, National Contract Management Association and Women Impacting Public Policy.
Ms. Lane is a guest speaker and lecturer for associations and industry trade groups and a featured speaker on the Government Contracting industry at Aronson LLC’s Executive Briefings. 

Jaclyn Smyth is the Associate Director of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Strategic Sourcing Program Office (SSPO) within the Office of the Chief Procurement Officer (OCPO) where she is responsible for the Information Technology and Security initiative portfolio.  She has several years of experience in Federal procurement and acquisition-related fields where she has worked on a wide variety of large-scale DHS-wide and Federal-wide procurements.  Ms. Smyth is an active participant in the Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative Software Commodity Working Group where she lends her expertise in negotiating Government-specific terms and conditions to establish software agreements.  Prior to her Federal Career, Ms. Smyth served as a Principal with E3 Federal Solutions during which time she consulted on DHS procurements.  Her private industry experience also includes working in business development, human resources, and marketing.  Ms. Smyth holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the George Washington University, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management with a concentration in Political Science from Roger Williams University.  

Jim Ghiloni is the Acting Director of the Center for Government-Wide Acquisition Contract (GWAC) Programs at the GSA. The Center for GWAC Programs resides within the Office of GWAC and IT Schedule Programs portfolio in the Office of Integrated Technology Solutions (ITS) within the Federal Acquisition Service (FAS).  The Center assures that necessary and proper GWACs are developed, maintained, and overseen in order to successfully meet the mission needs of GSA’s federal agency customers.  Mr. Ghiloni also acts as the Alliant Program Manager, responsible for overseeing the procurement of the Alliant and Alliant-Small Business GWACs. 
 
Previously, Mr. Ghiloni worked with the FEDSIM organization, as a Senior Project Manager and later as the Group Manager for Navy and Marine Corps Programs. Mr. Ghiloni also served as the Transitional Manager for the SmartBUY program when it was transferred from the Office of Government-Wide Policy to the Federal Technology Service (FTS).  Mr. Ghiloni has extensive experience managing GWAC task orders and acquisitions. Mr. Ghiloni is a Certified Project Management Professional.  
 
Prior to entering government service, Mr. Ghiloni worked as a senior network engineer in the private sector. He has a bachelor's degree from Wesleyan University and a master's degree from Indiana University.

Jean Crowder Drummond, President of HealthCare Dynamics International (HCD International). Jean is a dynamic and knowledgeable health care professional with vast experience providing executive oversight on extensive quality services across the Federal, state, community and private health sectors. Specifically, Jean’s strength lies in her ability to bridge the gaps between health policy, program implementation, and access to care for our most vulnerable populations. In addition, Jean is passionate in assisting those in vulnerable populations to leverage community partnerships. Her experience managing, designing and implementing outreach programs with a focus on customer service, leadership and management, and cultural sensitivity and diversity will ensure that the HCD International has the appropriate training, skills, attitude, and knowledge to effectively perform ‘excellence in service’ to all of its clients. 
 
Jean also engages in numerous educational and professional developmental activities in her pursuit of the improvement of the quality health care delivered to all Americans. Among her many accomplishments, she has designed and successfully executed numerous marketing campaigns promoting various community wide initiatives. She began HCD International in 1991 after a successful career as a practicing clinician. Her focus on placing only the best candidate for the position based on skills, experience, work ethic, and drive ensures that clients receive excellent value on each contract.  This high level of customer satisfaction is documented by the fact that HCDI has been awarded every contract re-compete for which they were the incumbent contractor since 1996.
 
Jean holds a Bachelor’s Degree as a Physician’s Assistant from Howard University and earned her Master’s Degree in Public Administration in the area of Health Care Management from Bowie State University.  She has served as Corporate Monitor on over 100 funded projects in the fields of health care and social services. 

Jeffrey R. Cook, CPA, CITP, CIPP, Aronson LLC, IT Audit and Advisory Group Lead
Jeff Cook leads Aronson LLC’s IT Audit and Advisory Services Group and is a senior manager in the Government Contract Services Group. He has over twelve years of public accounting experience with a concentration over the past nine years in government contracting and technology.
Jeff is an engaging and innovative practitioner whose work experience includes IT audit support for financial statements, SOC audits, IT security compliance, as well as performing financial statement audits, reviews, and compilations. Since joining Aronson after working with a Big 4 accounting firm, he has distinguished himself as the firm’s leading IT audit and cybersecurity expert and he was instrumental in the creation and growth of the IT advisory practice. An enthusiastic learner, Jeff is passionate about innovation and always seeks to learn more about this exciting field.
Jeff received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Loyola College in Maryland. In addition to being a CPA in the state of Maryland, he is also credentialed as a Certified Information Technology Professional (CITP) and Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP). As an industry thought leader, Jeff speaks and writes on various IT security topics throughout the year, and is an active member of the AICPA, IMTA, ISACA and IAPP. 

Jeffrey Hale, NOAA AGO Small Business Officer
Mr. Hale is the Small Business Officer for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Acquisition and Grants Office (AGO). The role of the Small Business Officer is to advise AGO management on matters relating to the development, evaluation, and implementation of Federal and Commerce small business procurement program policies and regulations. 
Mr. Hale began his service with NOAA in 2001 as a contractor working for a Disadvantaged, Woman and Veteran Owned Small Business. As a contractor, he served with the National Geodetic Survey until he was hired by the Government in 2004. Mr. Hale continued his career with the National Geodetic Survey through 2009, serving as the contracting program manager while also working closely with AGO and receiving his Contracting Officer’s warrant through the Delegated Procurement Authority Program. In 2009, Mr. Hale transferred to the Department of Agriculture in Raleigh, North Carolina where he served as the Contracting Officer, Leasing Officer, and Grants & Agreements Specialist for the state. Mr. Hale then moved to the Small Business Administration in 2011 where he served as the Procurement Center Representative, Commercial Marketing Representative, Size Specialist, and Certificate of Competency Specialist. In 2013, Mr. Hale re-joined NOAA as the Small Business Officer in the Acquisition and Grants Office. Mr. Hale’s background covers all aspects of Federal acquisition, as well as intricate knowledge of small business programs and policies.
Mr. Hale graduated from Ohio University in 2000 with a B.S. in Environmental Geography. He was born and reared in Maryland, where he currently resides with his wife, two daughters, and son. 

Jim McCarthy, Owner & Technical Director, AOC Key Solutions, Inc. (KSI)
Mr. James McCarthy is the Founder, Principal Owner, and Technical Director at AOC Key Solutions, Inc., a Chantilly, Va.-based consulting firm that specializes in helping companies win government contracts through strategy, capture, and proposal development services. Mr. McCarthy is a widely recognized authority in capture and strategic planning to help companies navigate a clear path into the government contracting marketplace. His “Principle-Centered Winning” approach to federal contracting emphasizes ethics and integrity. He is also recognized as a leader in team building and preparation for oral presentations. Mr. McCarthy is also the host of “Government Contracting Weekly,” a television show focused on winning government contracts, airing Sunday mornings on WUSA*9.

 

John Hale III is the Director of the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization at the U.S. Department of Energy. In this role, Hale advocates for small businesses including small disadvantaged, 8(a), women-owned, service-disabled veteran-owned, and Historically Underutilized Business Zone businesses. He is committed to increasing contracting opportunities awarded to small businesses, establishing goals, promulgating policy, and developing programs to encourage small business participation in procurement opportunities. Hale also specializes in guiding small businesses through the process of contracting with the U.S. Department of Energy. 
 
Mr. Hale is the former Deputy Associate Administrator for the Office of Capital Access at the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The primary focus of this effort included improving the agency’s strategic partnership with its lenders and their federal bank regulatory agencies. Moreover, he engaged lenders to identify opportunities for the SBA to design efficient programs that they would embrace with enthusiasm while optimizing credit quality. 
 
During his tenure, several key accomplishments included: 
Generation of a record 61,689 loan approvals totaling to $30 billion of project financing in FY2011 representing a 13% increase in approved loans and a 45% increase in approved dollars; 
Implementation of strategies that attracted over 1,300 new and returning lenders that made SBA loans in FY2011; Engagement of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation to provide credit risk management training for SBA staff and collaborate with risk management modeling and metrics to enhance SBA’s off-site monitoring of 4,500 lenders. 
 
Prior to joining the SBA in January 2011, Hale worked for an internationally renowned turnaround consulting firm serving as a Chief Restructuring Officer for numerous underperforming middle market companies. Additionally, Hale served in several capacities at two super regional banks, including an internal consultant focused on re-engineering processes and evaluating capital budgeting projects, a Vice President middle-market loan officer, and a Vice President special assets officer. He also worked as an Engagement Manager serving the financial services industry for a national business consulting firm. 
 
Hale holds a Master of Science in finance from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Michigan.

Judy Stephenson is the Montgomery County Small Business Navigator. In this role she serves as a liaison between small businesses and county departments and agencies.
 
Prior to joining the Department, Judy managed OFFICEPRO, Inc., a small technical training company in Gaithersburg. During her 10 years at OFFICEPRO, she more than doubled revenues and diversified the client base, working with public and private organizations of all sizes. Her previous experience included management positions in printing and graphic arts in private industry and government including AlphaGraphics, Capital One and the State of Texas. 
 
While in private industry Judy was involved with several business and non-profit organizations, serving on the Board of Directors for the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce, the Montgomery County Business Roundtable for Education and LearnServe International. 
 
Hale holds a Master of Science in finance from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Michigan.

Kathy Lazor has been an administrator for the Montgomery County Public Schools for over 25 years.  For the past four years, Kathy has been the director for the Department of Materials Management with oversight of the Procurement Unit, the central warehouse including supply chain management and distribution, the Taylor Science Materials Center, the Editorial, Graphics, and Publishing Services Unit, and the Division of Food and Nutrition Services.  
Kathy was the co-chair of the work group to rewrite the strategic planning framework for the school system.   She has a fully implemented strategic plan that aligns with the system’s plan and uses performance measures to monitor effectiveness and improve efficiencies for her department.

Keir Bancroft provides a range of services to government contractors. Mr. Bancroft represents clients in litigation, including bid protests, size and status protests, and contract-related disputes before tribunals including the GAO, the SBA, boards of contract appeal and the United States Court of Federal Claims.  Mr. Bancroft also drafts and negotiates subcontracts, nondisclosure agreements, joint ventures, mentor-protégé agreements, and licensing agreements on behalf of clients. 
 
Within the broad rubric of cybersecurity, Mr. Bancroft specializes in information security and privacy compliance. He helps clients comply with standards under the Federal Information Security Act (“FISMA”), the Department of Defense Information Assurance guidelines, the Privacy Act, and similar requirements. Mr. Bancroft also focuses on national security and industrial security issues arising under the National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual (“NISPOM”).
 
Before joining private practice, Mr. Bancroft served as an attorney advisor and the Privacy Officer in the United States Department of the Treasury, Bureau of Engraving and Printing. There, he counseled and represented the Bureau in all facets of federal procurement and was responsible for ensuring Bureau systems complied with privacy and information security requirements. 

Kevin Boshears was named Director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) in May 2003. He is responsible for the overall implementation of the department’s small business procurement program.
 
Mr. Boshears was Director of the Treasury Department’s OSDBU since February 1999. He served in the same office as a procurement analyst since June 1995 and was responsible for providing guidance to the small business specialists located in Treasury’s twelve bureaus.
 
He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in the procurement field, having served as a contracting officer for the Justice Department prior to his duties with the Treasury Department. Mr. Boshears is a well known instructor in the federal small business procurement arena. He has conducted numerous training courses, presentations, and briefings on contracting with small, small disadvantaged, 8(a), women-owned small, HUBZone, and service disabled veteran-owned small business concerns. 
 
As the Vice-Chair of the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization Directors' Interagency Council from FY 2001 through FY 2004, his efforts have been widely recognized with various awards from small business trade associations, other federal agencies, and industry organizations. In 2006, he was presented with the Frances Perkins Vanguard Award for Exemplary Utilization of Women-Owned Small Businesses by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) – marking the fourth year that he received this award. In April 2005, he was presented with the Federal Gold Star Award of Excellence by SBA in recognition of the exemplary performance of the Department and its dedicated personnel who carry out the aggressive goals and strategic initiatives that help ensure a role for small business in the federal marketplace. He holds a BBA degree from the College of William and Mary, and earned his MBA from Liberty University.

Larry A. Davis, Partner, Aronson Capital Partners 
Larry Davis is a Partner and Founder of Aronson Capital Partners. Larry has over 25 years of transactional experience in mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and financings. He has worked on more than 40 transactions involving middle‐market defense and government services companies. Notable transactions include the sale of Texeltek to TASC, Atlantic Coast Telesys to SAIC, AEPCO to VT Group, PLC, and Capital City Technologies to Ernst & Young. Larry is widely recognized as an industry expert and is a frequent speaker at industry events and a sought after advisor to owners of emerging growth companies.
 
Before founding Aronson Capital Partners, Larry was VP of Finance at DynCorp where he participated in 15 strategic acquisitions constituting the nucleus of DynCorp's professional services business. Prior, Larry was CFO of a middle market Information Technology Services company that was acquired by DynCorp in 1990.
Larry is a founding member of the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce's Government Contracting Network and serves on the Board of Directors of Hearts and Homes for Youth, a charitable organization that provides support to at‐risk youth.
 
Larry received his B.S. in Accounting from the University of Maryland ‐ Robert H. Smith School of Business. 

Leticia Vélez is a relationship driven and proven entrepreneur, who believes in creating value for her business stakeholders and community partners. During her business career, Ms. Vélez has created, led and managed the following companies: ⋅ Chicago Mini Bus Travel (founded in 2004). As President and CEO, she is driven by providing clients a partnerships for safe, reliable and affordable transportation. ⋅ Vélez Enterprises (founded in 2012). Facilitates the formation of critical solutions for entrepreneurs, organizations and non-profits. ⋅ Vélez Energy (founded in 2014). Created with a focus on clean energy solution; Vélez Energy will be fully operational by late 2014. Philanthropic Commitment Ms. Vélez and her companies have donated transportation to charitable organizations, as well as donating time to causes alongside her team of employees. Additionally, Leticia values “Sharing it Forward” thru mentorship and connecting people. Board Participation Ms. Vélez is/has been a member of many national, regional and local organizations including:
  • • Women Impacting Public Policy
  • • Latino Coalition
  • • Enterprising Women Magazine
  • • National Latina Business Women Association
  • • World Business Chicago: Strategy 10 Initiative Committee 
Ms. Vélez credits the relationships she has built through these organizations for contributing to and supporting her success and growth. She founded the “Chicago’s Golden Circle” which includes alumni of Goldman Sachs’ 10,000 Small Business Programs. 

Mrs. Brainard is the Director of the Strategic Sourcing Acquisition Division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Acquisition and Grants Office. The role of the Strategic Sourcing Acquisition Division is to reduce management layering, obtain more favorable discounts, maximize competition, and increase efficiency and effectiveness through enterprise-wide solutions.
Mrs. Brainard began her federal service in the summer intern program. As an intern, she served with the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and the U.S. Customs Service. Mrs. Brainard began her federal acquisition career with the General Services Administration (GSA). Mrs. Brainard had various assignments with GSA at the Tools Commodity Center, General Products Commodity Center, and National Furniture Center where she worked special projects such as the Pentagon Renovation, Travel Management Center, and Packaged Service programs. She also had the opportunity to work at the Resolution Trust Corporation during its mission to resolve the Savings and Loan crisis. In 2002, Mrs. Brainard joined NOAA's Acquisition and Grants Office and after multiple assignments, assumed the role as Director of the Strategic Sourcing Acquisition Division.
Mrs. Brainard graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park (1983) with a B.A. in Economics. She earned a Masters in Business Administration from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX in 1993.
 
Mrs. Brainard was born in Washington, D.C., and reared in Maryland where she currently resides. She is a member of the National Contract Management Association, Executive Women in Government, and the Howard County Fine Arts Advisory Council. Mrs. Brainard is married and has three sons. 

Lisa M. Firestone, MHSA President and Owner of Managed Care Advisors, Inc. has been involved in the healthcare industry for more than 30 years gaining recognition for her expertise in the areas of workers’ compensation, disability management and employee benefit program development, management, evaluation and strategic planning.  Ms. Firestone has been actively involved in the evolution of workers’ compensation case management and disability management programs, most recently focusing on the federal workers’ compensation and disability systems.
 
Ms. Firestone started her career in hospital administration at a large, university-based medical center, followed by more than six years as a health benefits consultant and practice manager with The Martin E. Segal Company and American International Healthcare.  Prior to founding MCA in 1997, Ms. Firestone served as Vice President and Principal with Managed Care Options.
 
Ms. Firestone has recently been named to the Governing Board of Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP), is a Co-Chair of the WIPP Procurement Committee, is a member of the WBENC Certification Committee, and is an at-large member of WPO.  In addition, Ms. Firestone was named the 2011 VIP (Victory in Procurement) Teaming Government Contractor of the Year by American Express Open.
 
Ms. Firestone has an undergraduate degree from the University of Delaware and a Masters degree in Health Services Administration from George Washington University. 

Mauricio P. Vera is a career member of the Senior Executive Service and, since 2008, has served as Director of the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID’s) Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU).  In this role, Mr. Vera leads USAID’s efforts to provide maximum opportunities for small businesses to participate in agency contract awards through outreach, education, and creative procurement initiatives.  Under Mr. Vera’s leadership, USAID recently achieved significant and unprecedented increases in its small business accomplishments. Specifically, USAID improved its percentage small business accomplishments in every socio-economic category in FY 2013.  The agency also earned a “B” grade on its SBA scorecard for FY 2012, after having earned an “A” in FY 2011.  These were significant improvements from the “C” grade received in FY 2010 and “F’s” from FY 2007 to 2009. 
 
Mr. Vera served as Chair of the Federal OSDBU Directors Interagency Council in FY 2013, after having also served in this capacity in FY 2010 and 2011.  
 
From 2001 to 2008, Mr. Vera managed the Small Business Program at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).  From 1993 to 2001, Mr. Vera established and managed the Smithsonian Institution’s Supplier Diversity Program.  Mr. Vera, a native of Chile, has an MBA from George Mason University and a B.S. degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Maryland. 

Mauricio P. Vera is a career member of the Senior Executive Service and, since 2008, has served as Director of the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID’s) Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU).  In this role, Mr. Vera leads USAID’s efforts to provide maximum opportunities for small businesses to participate in agency contract awards through outreach, education, and creative procurement initiatives.  Under Mr. Vera’s leadership, USAID recently achieved significant and unprecedented increases in its small business accomplishments. Specifically, USAID improved its percentage small business accomplishments in every socio-economic category in FY 2013.  The agency also earned a “B” grade on its SBA scorecard for FY 2012, after having earned an “A” in FY 2011.  These were significant improvements from the “C” grade received in FY 2010 and “F’s” from FY 2007 to 2009. 
 
Mr. Vera served as Chair of the Federal OSDBU Directors Interagency Council in FY 2013, after having also served in this capacity in FY 2010 and 2011.  
 
From 2001 to 2008, Mr. Vera managed the Small Business Program at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).  From 1993 to 2001, Mr. Vera established and managed the Smithsonian Institution’s Supplier Diversity Program.  Mr. Vera, a native of Chile, has an MBA from George Mason University and a B.S. degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Maryland. 

Melissa "Lisa" Jenkins is a proven performer with more than a decade of experience in the federal government working with small businesses in the areas of policy, budget analysis, procurement, and contracting.  With the Department of Homeland Security (TSA component), performing complex budget analysis and planning as a small business program analyst.  Her tenure with DHS has given her a platform that has showcased her leadership ability and prowess in coalition building and enhancing organizational effectiveness.   
     
Jenkins previously served with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization.  Her work there led to NRC, for the first time, achieving four out of five small business goals during the first year of the plan’s deployment for the SBA Scorecard.  Jenkins personally advised small businesses on regulations regarding ethics and compliance, guiding these businesses expertly through the federal regulation process.  Prior to Jenkins career in Federal Government, Lisa worked in Public Relations for CBS Radio.  Jenkins has been honored with numerous awards for her distinguished professional and academic achievements.  She received Performance Awards from DHS/TSA and she received Performance Awards and Special Act Awards from the NRC, and has been inducted in the Sigma Beta Delta Honor Society and the Alpha Beta Kappa National Honor Society.  In her spare time, Lisa volunteers to help community members in need.

Michael W. Donaldson, PMP, Group Manager, GSA FEDSIM Enterprise Group Michael W. Donaldson, Group Manager in FEDSIM has 25 years of experience in information technology management and oversight, particularly within the federal government procurement and acquisition arenas. 
 
He joined the General Services Administration's (GSA) Federal Systems Integration Management Center (FEDSIM) in 2013.  In his current position, he manages a staff of program managers; each of whom manage a portfolio of projects servicing many of GSA’s internal Information Technology requirements.  This includes the GSA FAME/CAMEO orders, which represent the largest requirement GSA-wide for its internal consumption.
 
Prior to this time, has worked at the Department of Labor, where he managed a portfolio of contracts for the office of the Chief Financial Officer.  This portfolio included a Commercially-provided Department-Wide Accounting System, which was hosted and operated by the Contractor, and used to modernize the Department’s accounting practices.
 
Mr. Donaldson had a prior tour of duty at GSA FEDSIM, and also spent several years in industry with NCI Information Systems, where he was a Vice President who served in several roles, including managing the PMO for the GSA Alliant Contract, and the Corporate Quality and High Performance Quality Management Office.  Prior to 2002 Mr. Donaldson held a variety of positions in the Federal and Commercial Information Technology Industry.
 
Michael Donaldson is a Project Management Professional (PMP) as certified by the Project Management Institute (PMI), a Certified Project/Program Manager Level 3 (FAC P/PM III) as certified by the Federal Acquisition Institute (FAI) and he also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Technology and Management from the University of Maryland. 

Michael Howard, Deputy Director of Procurement, Maryland Department Health & Mental Hygiene (DHMH)
 
Michael Howard is a native of Queens, New York and has lived in the Baltimore-Washington Area since 1996. In May, 2013 he was hired as the Assistant Director for Procurement in the Office of Procurement and Support Services in the State’s Health Department. He has held procurement positions in the Department of Budget and Management and University of Maryland University College.  Michael is a graduate of Howard University in Washington, DC.  He and his wife have two kids. 

Mitchell J. Ross
Mr. Ross is the Director of the Acquisition and Grants Office of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), a bureau of the U.S. Department of Commerce. He is responsible for the acquisition and financial assistance activities of NOAA. Formed into its current state in 1970, NOAA traces its lineage to 1807 with the creation of the Coast and Geodetic Survey. The bureau is dedicated to understanding and predicting changes in the environment and to conserve and manage coastal and marine resources.
 
Mr. Ross began his federal service in 1978 when he was appointed to the first class of Presidential Management Interns and assigned to the Department of the Navy. His internship focused on acquisition management. Mr. Ross joined the Naval Air Systems Command as a career civil servant in 1980 and became a Contracting Officer. 
 
Mr. Ross left federal service in 1985 to join BDM International Incorporated, a professional and technical services firm. He had multiple assignments and became the Vice President, Corporate Contracts and Procurement, responsible for all contract activities of the operating company engaged in business with the U. S. federal government. His areas of responsibility included contracts, pricing, subcontracts, procurement, property, and export/import. Mr. Ross managed the small business program, the insurance and risk management program and served as the corporate representative to industry associations and government on federal acquisition matters. 
 
Mr. Ross returned to Government service in 2002 when he joined NOAA. After multiple assignments, he became the Director of the Acquisition and Grants Office. NOAA is the largest bureau of the U.S. Department of Commerce and devotes half of its budget to acquisition and financial assistance. The contracts and grants awarded by NOAA address critical national priorities in the environment and science.
 
Mr. Ross graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (1976) with a B. A. in Political Science. He obtained a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Southern California (1979) and a M. A. in Government from Georgetown University (1988). Mr. Ross completed the Federal Acquisition Management Course at the Defense Systems Management College (1979) and the National Security Studies Program at Georgetown University (1988).
 
Mr. Ross was born in New York, reared in California, and currently resides in Virginia. He is a member of the American Society for Public Administration, the Association of Proposal Management Professionals, and the National Contract Management Association. He is a member of the federal Senior Executive Service. Mr. Ross is married and has two adult children.

Pam Jones, Chief, Office of Procurement, Department of General Services, Montgomery County 
 
Pam Jones has been with the Montgomery County, Maryland, Office of Procurement for more than 19 years.  The Office of Procurement is a Division within the Department of General Services, responsible for procuring commodities and services for the County. As the Division Chief, she manages an office consisting of two sections, which includes Procurement Operations and Procurement Services.  Ms. Jones holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of Maryland.  She also holds designations of (1) Certified Public Manager (CPM) through George Washington University in partnership with the Council of Government, (2) Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) and (3) Certified Professional Purchasing Officer (CPPO) by the Universal Public Purchasing Certification Council, a member of the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing.  She is also an active member of the Maryland Public Purchasing Association, Inc.  In 2013, Montgomery County Maryland was awarded the prestigious Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award (AEP) from the National Procurement Institute (NPI). 

Pamela J. Mazza is the managing partner of PilieroMazza PLLC, a Washington D.C. law firm that assists small to mid-sized government contractors with their government contracting, corporate, labor and employment, and litigation needs.  Ms. Mazza’s specific practice areas include all aspects of government contracts law, small business programs, compliance, audits and investigations, and general corporate counseling.   
 
Ms. Mazza is a frequent speaker at national conferences for government contractors.  She also conducts in house training for corporations on small business compliance and government contracting issues.    
 
Ms. Mazza serves as general counsel for the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce, the Montgomery County Chamber Community Foundation, the National Veterans Small Business Coalition and the Small Environmental Business Action Coalition.  She is a founding member and frequent instructor of the MCCC Veterans Institute for Procurement.  She is a member of Women Impacting Public Policy and received their 2012 President’s Award for the training and leadership assistance she provides.
 
Ms. Mazza is admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia and Virginia, as well as before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and various other federal courts. 

Patrick L. Johnson, Director of Procurement, Montgomery College
 
Mr. Johnson started his public procurement career at the county government level, and shifted to higher education more than twelve years ago. Along the way, he has gained invaluable public procurement experience at the federal and state levels. He currently serves as procurement director for Montgomery Community College where he oversees the unit’s centralized procurement functions. Mr. Johnson is certified through the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP) and is a graduate of Washington Adventist University.  He is an avid bowler, and diehard Washington Redskins, and Wizards fan. 

Paul Hurst is a Senior Program Manager within the Lockheed Martin Corporation’s Enterprise IT Solutions business for Information Systems & Global Solutions – Defense and Intelligence Solutions. He has 30 years of experience in a wide variety of business acquisition and program management positions within IBM Federal Systems, Loral and Lockheed Martin. He brings deep proposal and program management experience from a multitude of programs and has been qualified as a Lockheed Martin Program Management Professional.  His current role is as Subcontract Program Manager supporting DISA’s GSM-O contract. 

Rafael Fagundo has more than 25 years of business experience and more than 17 years in information technology, client care, and business development. At Sierra 7, Rafael is responsible for Sierra 7’s overall success. 

Previous to Sierra 7, Rafael was CEO of Xcalibur, Inc, an IT Government Consulting firm based in Reston, VA.  

Prior to joining Xcalibur, Rafael was responsible for business development with Lockheed Martin Maritime Systems and Sensors group. At Lockheed Martin, Rafael worked to grow the U.S. Coast Guard’s largest recapitalization effort, the $17 billion dollar Integrated Deepwater System.
 


Before joining Lockheed Martin in 2003, Rafael served as President and CEO of ASPEN, an Application Service Provider based in Reston, VA. Rafael successfully led the sales, consulting, and operations units, ultimately executing a successful sale of the business to OutTask, a larger Application Service Provider based in Alexandria, VA. Prior to ASPEN, Rafael served as Chief Technology Officer at Warmcorners.com. In this capacity, Rafael successfully guided the development of Warmcorners' e-commerce portal. Rafael also served as a Senior Manager at KPMG (now BearingPoint, Inc., delivering client relationship management solutions for Fortune 500 organizations. 

Rafael also served as Vice President of Information Technology and Operations and ultimately Chief Information Officer for Max Worldwide, a leading strategic marketing firm with a significant client care specialty in Herndon, Virginia, Toronto, and London. In this capacity, he was responsible for all aspects of client care, including service delivery, technology, staffing, quality assurance, and training. Rafael also worked with USEC, a Global Energy Company, as Director of Information Systems.
 
At USEC, Rafael led the re-engineering of all plant wide business systems and all information systems at the newly created headquarters. 

In addition, Rafael worked on Capitol Hill as an aid to a member of the U.S. Senate. Rafael also worked for several political organizations ensuring appropriate operations and information technology. Rafael served more than 4 years in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Kidd as well as for the Navy Judge Advocate General in Alexandria, VA. Rafael studied Business Management at the University of Phoenix and has also completed Six Sigma Training.  

Rassa Davoodpour, Manager, Smart Growth Initiative, Office of Special Projects- OSP, Department of General Services, Montgomery County, Maryland
 
Rassa Davoodpour is a manager in Office of Special Projects (OSP), Department of General Services (DGS), responsible for planning, design, and construction of special projects assigned by the Director of DGS or the County Executive in the Montgomery County Maryland. 
Rassa is managing the Smart Growth Initiative Program which involves moving and expanding existing uses to different facilities from a macro perspective that would provide the County with better long-term solutions for public facility needs.  
 
She has also been involved with implementing Commissioning since 1988.  She believes commissioning is part of design philosophy providing a method of virtual construction during design and verification during construction.  
 
She developed the 1996 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Building Design Policy and Guidelines as well as the Commissioning Plan and Commissioning Guide for MCG.
She has obtained her Mechanical Engineering degree from The George Washington University, Washington DC.  

Robert Bigman recently retired from Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), after serving a thirty year distinguished career.  Recognized as a pioneer in the field of classified information protection, Mr. Bigman developed technical measures and procedures to manage the nation’s most sensitive secrets.  As an information security trailblazer, Mr. Bigman participated in developing security measures for Government computers well before commercial industry found the Internet.  He then developed creative solutions to allow the CIA to use the Internet to further its mission without exposure.  With twenty-five years of experience, Mr. Bigman worked in every area of information and data security, the last fifteen years as the Agency's Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). As the Agency CISO, Mr. Bigman managed a large organization of technical and program officers responsible for the protection of all Agency information.  As the CISO, his responsibilities included cryptography, information security policy/processes, standards and requirements, testing and network defense/response.  Mr. Bigman also served as the Agency's designated officer for all discussions with the information security industry and its commercial partners. Mr. Bigman has contributed to almost every Intelligence Community information security policy/technical standard and has provided numerous briefings to the National Security Council, Congress and presidential commissions. Mr. Bigman's earlier assignments at the CIA included participation in the technical design of the Intelligence Community's first counterterrorism database and delivery of the Agency's first secure TCP/IP local and wide area network for the Counterintelligence Center.  In recognition of his expertise and contributions, Mr. Bigman has received numerous CIA and Director of National Intelligence awards.
 
Mr. Bigman is now an independent consultant and works with U.S. Government, foreign governments and the top 50 Fortune corporations, helping them build productive cyber security programs.  His company, 2BSecure, is located in Rockville, Maryland. 

Robert Coen , Acting Director, CIO-SP3, CIO-SP3 Small Business and ECS III GWAC Program, National Institutes of Health Information Technology Acquisition and Assessment Center (NITAAC)
 
As the Acting Director of The NIH Information Technology Acquisition and Assessment Center (NITAAC), Robert Coen sets the strategic vision for this NIH GWAC program, which consists of three Government-Wide Acquisition Contracts (GWACs) valued at $50 billion. These contract vehicles – CIO-SP3 and CIO-SP3 Small Business and ECS III – enable any Federal Agency to quickly and easily procure information technology (IT) products, services and solutions in support of their agency missions. Mr. Coen is a 2012 ACT-IAC Partner, and serves on the Board of Advisors of the Government Information Technology Executive Council (GITEC) and the National Contract Management Association.

Roland L. Jones is the Acting Director of the Office of Central Services (OCS) and Purchasing Agent for Prince George’s County, Maryland.  As the principal of a centralized support services agency, Mr. Jones provides strategic leadership and guidance to multiple divisions including; Contract Administration and Procurement, Facilities Operations, Fleet Management, General Services, Supplier Diversity and Development, Human Resources, Budget and Information Technology.  Under his leadership, the agency has rededicated its focus to exemplary customer service to better serve its diverse customer base.
Prior to his current position, Mr. Jones served as the Executive Director of the Minority Business Opportunities Commission/Supplier Development & Diversity Division of the Office of Central Services Prince George’s County Government.  He administered the Prince George’s County minority business program serving as the key advisor for minority business issues. He was also responsible for providing leadership, administrative direction, and overall management of the County’s Supplier Development & Diversity Division.
 
Mr. Jones was the former Director of Procurement & Contract Management for the Maryland Department of Environment where he served as the chief procurement officer having ultimate departmental responsibility for purchasing and contracting services.  He has over 25 years of Procurement & Supply Chain Management experience and has always served as a strong advocate for the inclusion of minority, women, veteran, service-disable veteran, HUBZone, 8(a), and small business enterprises.  He has a proven track record of exponentially increasing dollars spent with historically underutilized businesses at AT&T, Booz, Allen & Hamilton, Sprint Nextel Corporation, GTSI, I-NET, Fannie Mae, Corporate Systems Resources, Commerce Funding Corporation, WANG, and Getronics Government Solutions.
 
Roland holds a Master of Science in Procurement & Contract Management from the University of Maryland - University College and a Bachelor of Arts in the Administration of Justice from Howard University.  He is a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. (Gamma Pi chapter) and has held numerous leadership positions within the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC), the Maryland/DC Minority Supplier Development Council (MD/DC MSDC), the Institute for Supply Management, the Minority Business & Professional Network, Inc., the United States Pan-Asian American Chamber of Commerce (US PAACC), the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC), the Senior Executive Corporate Advisory Board (SECAB), and the Procurement Corporate Advisory Board (PCAB).  
 
For his commitment to excellence in advancing the agendas of historically underutilized businesses, Roland has been the recipient of many accolades including “Supplier Diversity Advocate of The Year” (MD/DC MSDC, 2001), “Supplier Diversity Coordinator of the Year” (MD/DC MSDC, 2001), “President’s Award” (MD/DC MSDC, 2005), "America's Top Diversity Advocates" (DiversityBusiness.com, 2007), "25 Powerful Minority Men In Business" (Minority Enterprise Executive Council, 2003), "2007 Champions of Diversity" (Diversity Plus), “Supplier Diversity Advocate of The Year” (MD/DC MSDC, 2007), “25 Powerful Minority Men In Business” (Minority Enterprise Executive Council, 2007), “Corporate Supplier Diversity Person of The Year” (Minority Enterprise Executive Council, 2007), “50 Powerful US/International Business Executives”, (Minority Enterprise Executive Council, 2012), and Maryland/District of Columbia Minority Supplier Development “Leader of the Year” (MD/DC MSDC, 2012).

Roselie A. Bright, ScD, MS, PMP
 
Position: Program Manager, Office of Information Management and Technology, Office of Informatics Technology and Innovation, Office of Operations, Office of the Commissioner
FDA
 
Dr. Roselie Bright was well positioned to become an epidemiologist at FDA after earning a Master of Science in Food Science from Cornell and a Doctor of Science in Epidemiology from Harvard.  Her career focus has been on building infrastructure to better support health IT, including epidemiology, health surveillance, outcomes research, and identification of suspect products.  After working in drug epidemiology at Harvard, she worked many years at the FDA Center for Devices and Radiological Health, followed by a year at the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research and several years at the Office of Commissioner level working on improving IT tools and databases to support FDA work.  Lately, she’s also become involved with coordinating and supporting health IT activities across FDA.

Ms. Sandra Broadnax is the Director of the Small Business Programs Office at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), Springfield, VA.  She is responsible for promoting the use of small, Small Disadvantaged, HUBZone, Women-Owned small, Veteran-Owned, Service Disabled Veteran-Owned businesses, Historically Black Colleges/Universities and Minority Institutions within NGA.  Ms. Broadnax assists program managers, technical personnel, procurement officers and requiring activities by matching NGA’s requirements to the capabilities of small businesses utilizing market research.  She participates in acquisition review boards and processes and provides technical assistance through outreach programs.  Ms. Broadnax monitors the Office of the Secretary of Defense 
assigned socio-economic goals as well as NGA’s small business subcontracting goals.  She manages the Mentor-Protégé Program for small disadvantaged businesses ensuring the agreements align with NGA’s mission and vision and has served as a representative of the Wounded Warrior Program.    
 
With over 35 years of Federal Government service, Ms. Broadnax manages NGA’s small business programs with knowledge and dedication.  She began her career as a clerk typist at Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska working in the 21st Supply Squadron.  She transitioned to the contract acquisition profession becoming a contract specialist at the Communications Electronics Command in Eatontown, New Jersey and has worked passionately in the career at assignments in Alaska, Hawaii and Nebraska.  Ms. Broadnax joined NGA in 2002 after a three year assignment at the National Reconnaissance Office’s SIGINT Division.  She assumed her current position in 2004 and continues to provide the stability and consistency required of the position while ensuring the highest benefits to the small business community.   
 
Ms. Broadnax is a recipient of the Meritorious Civilian Service Award in recognition of her outstanding service as the Director of the Small Business Programs Office.  In 2012, she was honored by the Small and Emerging Contractors Advisory Forum (SECAF) as the Government Small Business Advocate of the Year and by the Department of Defense Office of Small Business Programs with the Team Award.  Additionally, her management of NGA’s Mentor-Protégé Program has garnered the Nunn-Perry Award for the past five years.  Ms. Broadnax holds an Associate Degree in Business Administration from the University of Alaska and both a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Master of Business in Administration in Acquisitions Contracts from Strayer University.  She is currently attending Walden University pursuing a PhD in Information Systems Management.

Ms. Sharon Davis is a Small Business Advocate in the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Small & Disadvantaged Business Utilization.  In this capacity, Ms. Davis is the OSDBU’s Acquisition Planning Forecast System Coordinator, Events Coordinator, and Mentor-Protégé Program Manager providing guidance to large and small businesses interested in developing a Mentor-Protégé relationship with the Department of Homeland Security.  The purpose of the Mentor-Protégé Program is to foster the establishment of long-term business relationships between DHS large prime contractors and small business subcontractors which strengthens subcontracting opportunities and accomplishments at DHS.
 
She also counsels small businesses interested in doing business with DHS, participates in conferences and outreach activities sponsored by government agencies, congressional members, and trade associations.  Ms. Davis came to work for DHS in late 2009 from the Department of Treasury where she held a dual position as a Small Business Specialist and Contracting Officer.  Prior to working at Treasury, Ms. Davis worked for Federal Emergency Management Agency as a Contract Specialist.  Ms. Davis has over fourteen years of federal government procurement experience and twenty-five years of federal government service.  She is a strong believer in promoting opportunities for small businesses.

Steven Spaller, Director, Veteran and Military Health Accounts, National Government Services, a Wellpoint company
 
Steven has been Director, Veteran and Military Health Accounts since January, 2013. Mr. Spaller joined WellPoint in 2013 supporting its National Government Services (NGS) business. Prior to joining NGS, Mr. Spaller served as Senior Principal within the Federal Health Group of Systems Research and Applications Corporation, Inc. Mr. Spaller held the role of Director of Veteran Health, SWG, International Business Machines, as well as Vice President, Government Solutions for Monster Worldwide. 
 
He has more than 20 years of leadership experience negotiating and managing government contracts and public/private partnerships, and has extensive experience within the Veteran community. Additionally, he served as a board member for several key Veteran and Youth organizations in the Washington, DC area. Mr. Spaller is a member of the Health Information Management Systems Society (HiMMS) and other industry associations. He is very active with the National Disabled Veteran Winter Sports Clinic and the Wounded Warrior Project. Mr. Spaller attended St. Lawrence University and the University of Puget Sound.

TERESA L.G. LEWIS, Director, OFFICE of SMALL and DISADVANTAGED BUSINESS UTILIZATION, U.S. DEPARTMENT of HEALTH and HUMAN SERVICES 
 
Teresa Lewis is a career member of the Senior Executive Service. She assumed her duties as the Director, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), on November 6, 2011. Teresa is responsible for developing policy and initiatives; implementing and managing the Department’s small business program. She is also responsible for ensuring that all small businesses have the “maximum practicable opportunity” to participate in providing goods and services to HHS. The OSDBU also oversees HHS’s efforts to increase the participation of Minority Serving Institutions of Higher Education and Historically Black Colleges and Universities in HHS programs and activities. 
 
As OSDBU Director at the Department of the Treasury, March 30, 2008 – November 5, 2011, Teresa ensured that small businesses were able to market their goods and services; and receive their fair share of contracting opportunities. Under Teresa’s leadership, Treasury met four of its five prime contracting goals in Fiscal Year 2010 and all of its prime contracting goals in Fiscal Year 2011, including goals for service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses and small businesses located in historically under-utilized business zones (HUBZone). 
 
Teresa served over 10 years in various positions at the U.S. Small Business Administration Headquarters, such as the Director, Office of Management and Technical Assistance/8(a) Business Development Program (May 2006 - March 2008); Assistant Administrator, Office of Federal Contract Assistance for Veteran Business Owners (April 2005 – May 2006); Procurement Policy Analyst, Office of Policy Research, Office of Government Contracting (May 2002 – April 2005); Area Director (East Coast), HUBZone Empowerment Program Office (June 2000 – May 2002); and Senior Eligibility Specialist, Team Leader, Office of Small Disadvantaged Business Certification and Eligibility (June 1998 – June 2000). 
 
She came to the Small Business Administration following six years of Government contracting experience as a contract specialist with the Department of the Air Force and the Department of Commerce. 
 
Teresa is a retired Major from the United States Air Force. 
A native of High Point, North Carolina, Teresa received a Master of Arts Degree, with honors, in Procurement and Acquisition Management from Webster University, St Louis, Missouri and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. 
 
Teresa is the recipient of the 2011 SBA Administrator’s Leadership Award.

Tracey L. Pinson, Director, Office of Small Business Programs, Office of the Secretary of the Army
Washington, D.C.
 
Ms. Pinson advises the Secretary of the Army and the Army Staff on all procurement issues related to the utilization of small businesses in the performance of Army contracts. She is responsible for the management and leadership of the Department of Army small business program valued over $20 billion per year. She provides management and oversight for the Army mentoring program for small businesses. She also develops policies and initiatives to enhance the participation of Minority Institutions in Army funded programs. Ms. Pinson is a member of the Senior Executive Service, level 5. She occupies a critical acquisition position and possesses a top secret security clearance. She is a principal member of the Army Secretariat and is the highest ranking female civilian in the Army acquisition career field. Under her leadership the Army has led the federal government in contract awards to small businesses for over 10 years.  

Mrs. Vini Ehsan is President and Founder of Arch Systems an 8(a) minority, woman-owned small business located in the historically underutilized Baltimore City, hub zone. Vini has 15+ years of experience in numerous projects at various Federal agencies.  Vini holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science and Information Technology, Master’s Certificate in Information Assurance, Master’s Degree in Computer Systems Management, and  is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Technology Entrepreneurship (due completion in 2014). As President and CEO of Arch Systems, Vini strives hard and champions to make this business a success for each and every woman entrepreneur in the IT field, particularly minorities and disadvantaged businesses. She is an active member of the U.S Women’s Chamber of Commerce, Maryland Chapter of HIMSS and the National Contract Management Association (NCMA). 
 
Vini has provided IT expertise at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in over 20 projects in various phases of the SDLC;  Enterprise Architecture, Requirements Management, Business/Systems Analysis, Technical Writing, Quality Assurance, Software Development and Testing. Vini is well respected and has worked closely with many business owners at CMS to understand their business needs and to provide excellent solutions that not only meet and exceed expectations, but to deliver on time and within budget.
 
Her experiences and knowledge at CMS are linked to today’s challenges of healthcare reform and quality initiatives. Additionally, her support to CMS in the business process areas of Electronic Health Records (EHR) systems has made her an instrumental resource of knowledge in the areas of HL7 standards and physician quality reporting. Additionally, being an advocate of industry best practices, she strives to bring perfection to the work being performed in the IT field whether it may be planning, technical documentation, business or systems analysis and design.
 
Vini is currently working on health IT entrepreneurship to research, design and develop cost-effective and innovative solutions that will help overcome health delivery, performance and quality challenges. Her vision is the integration of health information in the provider community, government and public health as well as beneficiaries to improve the quality of care. Her mission is to support healthcare solutions that provide the beneficiaries, providers, and the government easy access to data and analytics that will help to lower costs, provide easy access and avoid waste, fraud and abuse.

Vipul (Vip) Sharma is Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for the Civil Government Solutions operating unit of L-3 National Security Solutions. He is an innovative and hands-on technology leader whose current role is to provide technical expertise and advanced solutions
development for customers and pursuits. His areas of specialization include cybersecurity, enterprise class application and kernel software development, Agile development, cloud computing, virtualization, network design and analysis, active RFID, and RTLS.
 
Mr. Sharma joined L-3 in 2011 to bolster L-3’s cyber initiatives. Prior to his arrival in L-3, he founded a company which developed ground-breaking technology for behavior-based malware detection. He also delivered a wide variety of advanced technology products and services worldwide for organizations such as DirecTV, GM, Ford, RomPetrol, Exxon, PAZ, Total, Cisco, U.S. Army, and Kenya & Ghana Revenue Authority.
 
Mr. Sharma holds four U.S. patents, with seven more under approval. He earned his Bachelor of Science from the Institute of Engineering & Technology in Lucknow, India, and has completed all requirements for his Master of Science in Computer Science from the California State University, Chico, CA..

William “Bill” T. Anderson, Procurement Officer, Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County, MD  (HOC)
 
Bill has been the chief purchasing agent for HOC for the last 25 years.  Bill oversees all aspects of the Commission’s procurement functions.  Prior to coming on board, he worked for the Montgomery County Office of Procurement, beginning as an intern and working all the way up to Senior Buyer.  A life-long resident of Montgomery County, graduating from Seneca Valley High School and an alumnus of Montgomery College, Bill presently resides in Poolesville.