Two Chapter Members Selected for NCMA’s 2017-2018 CMLDP Class

Jennifer Aubel : August 11, 2017 1:30 pm : Chapter News, Spotlight

NCMA DC is proud to recognize Amar Medatia and Glenda Urgiles for their selection for the prestigious and highly competitive NCMA Contract Management Leadership Development Program (CMLDP). The CMLDP is designed to develop the next generation of acquisition and NCMA leaders. Program participants receive 180 hours of training in fundamental leadership, association volunteerism, NCMA governance, and contract management during this intensive, year-long educational experience.

Amar Medatia, CFCM, is the founder and CEO of SAMCorp, a contract management consulting firm. Medatia started his career as a Contract Specialist with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) before moving over to the Department of Commerce. Prior to his current endeavor, Amar was a Senior Contract Manager for RedJack in Silver Spring, MD. Amar earned his undergraduate degree in Marketing and International Business from The George Washington University. He also holds a Masters Degree in Government from Johns Hopkins University.

Glenda Urgiles, MBA, is a Lead Contracting Officer at the General Services Administration (GSA). Before joining the federal government, Urgiles served in the United States Army as an Aviations Operations Specialist. Upon her honorable discharge from the Army, Glenda joined the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and worked her way up to the position of Contracting Officer. She joined the contracting team at GSA almost three years ago. Glenda earned her undergraduate degree in Organizational Leadership from Fordham University. She also holds an MBA from Strayer University.

Please join us in congratulating Amar and Glenda for this achievement. We look forward to their continued contributions to the Chapter through the CMLDP and beyond!

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Chapter Members Graduate from CMLDP at World Congress

Jennifer Aubel : August 1, 2017 8:49 am : Chapter News, Spotlight

Vanessa del Toro, Todd Schwartz, and Dafina Wise (pictured with Chapter President Ray McCollum) graduated from the prestigious NCMA Contract Management Leadership Development Program (CMLDP) at the 2017 World Congress in Chicago. The CMLDP is a cornerstone of NCMA’s professional development efforts. It is is designed to help develop the next generation of acquisition and NCMA leaders through an intensive year-long educational experience.

Vanessa, Todd, and Dafina spent the last year completing this challenging program, which requires participation in NCMA conferences, webinars, and in-person training events (for a total of 180 CPE hours!). They also wrote graduate-level research papers on contract management topics with guidance and feedback from two senior contracting professional mentors.

We want to congratulate Vanessa, Todd, and Dafina for completing this challenging program and representing the Chapter so well. Way to go guys – we are proud of you!!!

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A Night with the Nationals – Networking and Membership Drive

Jennifer Aubel : July 16, 2017 3:56 pm : Special Programs

September 14, 2017 – September 14, 2017

1500 South Capitol Street, SE

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Three Chapter Members Featured in March CM Magazine!

Jennifer Aubel : March 16, 2017 3:00 pm : Chapter News, CM Magazine, Spotlight

Congratulations to chapter members Ray McCollum, Allan Burman, and Jessica Abrahams for being featured in the March 2017 CM Magazine!

Chapter President Raymond L. McCollum, CPCM, was selected for this month’s “Chapter President’s Corner”. In the article, Ray discusses the most rewarding aspects of being the president of our chapter, including how we have attracted enough new members to make us the largest NCMA Chapter in the country. He also talks about our investment in the younger generation through our annual Outstanding Academic Achievement Award.

Ray is a Branch Chief and Supervisory Contracting Officer at the General Services Administration (GSA). Prior to entering the federal workforce, Ray served for nine years in the U.S. Army. He received his Masters in Project Management from The George Washington University and his undergraduate degree from the Ohio State University. He is FAC Level III certified in contracting and program management and FAC-C Level II certified in COR.

Dr. Allan Burman was selected for this month’s executive interview entitled “The Ultimate Focus Should Always be Great Outcomes.” In the interview, Al discusses his 20+ years of federal service, as well as how he spun off his company, Jefferson Solutions, a few years after moving to the private sector. He also talks about the benefits of his membership in NCMA, stating “I have found the connections and friends I have made through NCMA over the years to be invaluable to both my career and my enjoyment of the profession.”

Al is the President of Jefferson Solutions, the government consulting arm of the Jefferson Consulting Group. Jefferson Solutions provides analysis, evaluation, program management, and acquisition assistance to over 50 federal departments and agencies. Al also serves on the Section 809 panel. In his tenure with the federal government, Al served as the OFPP Administrator and in other policy positions in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and OMB. He earned his PhD from The George Washington University, a master’s degree from Harvard, an undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University, and studied at Bordeaux University in France as a Fulbright Scholar. Allan is an NCMA Fellow and serves on the national Board of Advisors.

Jessica Abrahams provided the Congressional Update in this month’s issue. The update contains critical information on legislation and regulations impacting the contracting community. Abrahams covers topics such as the regulatory freeze, expanding DHS security and privacy requirements for contractors, updated OMB guidance on preparing for and responding to PII breaches, and a FAR prohibition on contracting with companies that restrict whistle blower disclosures via confidentiality agreements.

Jessica is Partner and Chair of the U.S. Government Contracts practice at Dentons US LLP. Jessica is regarded as one of the nation’s leading government contracts lawyers. She represents clients in a variety of industries, including biodefense, health care, information technology, defense services, supply chain and infrastructure development. Jessica earned her undergraduate degree from Wellesley College and her juris doctor from Case Western Reserve University School of Law. She also holds a master’s degree from the Georgetown University Law Center.

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Congratulations to Linda Ditoro for Earning her CPCM!

Jennifer Aubel : March 16, 2017 2:02 pm : Certifications, Chapter News, Membership, Spotlight

The NCMA DC Chapter is proud to recognize Linda Ditoro for earning her Certified Professional Contracts Manager (CPCM) certification. The CPCM is NCMA’s highest certification level and the exam is only open to professionals with undergraduate degrees, five or more years of contract management experience, and at least 120 hours of Continuing Professional Education (CPE).

Linda is employed by The Boeing Company as Senior Manager, International Finance. In this position, she supports Contracts organizations across the Enterprise and within subsidiaries with engagement of consultants that support international business. Prior to joining Boeing, Linda was the Director, Government Contracts at Navistar Defense and the Financial Controller for ADT’s Federal Systems Division. Linda spent 15 years with Motorola Inc. and during that time served as Director of Compliance for Motorola Credit Corporation and chaired Motorola’s Government Contracts Compliance Council. Early in her career Linda was a Contracts Specialist for both NASA and the U. S. Army.

Linda received her MBA from The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from The University of Alabama in Huntsville.

Congratulations, Linda, on your accomplishment! We are so pleased to have such experienced professionals in our Chapter.


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