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Thank you for a Successful Spring Training Conference!

The Coalition for Government Procurement would like to thank everyone who attended this week’s Spring Training Conference – Procurement Watchwords for 2023: Market Continuity, Cybersecurity, Supply Chain Security, and Sustainability. Your participation was key in having an incredibly valuable dialogue at the event between industry and the Federal Government about the latest procurement-related developments. We would especially like to recognize our speakers, whose contributions and expertise were crucial to the success of the conference:

Day One Speakers

Keynote Addresses:

  • Lesley Field, Deputy Administrator for Federal Procurement Policy, Office of Management and Budget (OMB)
  • Mark Lee, FAS Assistant Commissioner, Office of Policy and Compliance, General Services Administration (GSA)
  • Jeff Koses, Senior Procurement Executive, GSA


  • Charlotte Phelan, Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) Assistant Commissioner, Office of Enterprise Strategy Management, GSA
  • Erv Koehler, FAS Assistant Commissioner, Office of General Supplies and Services, GSA
  • Tiffany Hixson, FAS Assistant Commissioner, Office of Professional Services and Human Capital Categories, GSA
  • Laura Stanton, FAS Assistant Commissioner, Office of Information Technology Category, GSA
  • Christopher Bennethum, FAS Assistant Commissioner, Office of Assisted Acquisition Services, GSA
  • Bill Toth, FAS Assistant Commissioner, Office of Customer and Stakeholder Engagement, GSA
  • Townsend Bourne, Partner, Sheppard Mullin
  • Larry Hale, Deputy Assistant Commissioner, IT Category Management, GSA
  • Kevin Funk, Supply Chain Risk Management Expert, GSA
  • John Tenaglia, Principal Director, Defense Pricing and Contracting, DoD
  • Lt. Col. Jason Holman, Deputy Director, Defense Procurement Initiatives, Defense Pricing and Contracting, Department of Defense (DoD)
  • Shon Lyublanovits, C-SCRM Program Office Director, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)
  • Cameron Reid, Director, Baker Tilly
  • Susan Cassidy, Partner, Covington & Burling
  • Holly Elwood, Senior Advisor to the Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Program, Environmental Protection Agency
  • Brennan Conaway, FAS Branch Chief, Acquisition Policy Division, Office of Policy and Compliance, GSA
  • Troy Cribb, Director of Policy, Partnership for Public Service
  • Joanne Woytek, SEWP Program Manager, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
  • Andrea Ross, Contract Specialist, NASA
  • Cheryl Thornton-Cameron, Executive Director (SES) Office of Acquisition/SCRIM Operations, GSA
  • Joel Lundy, Director of IT Software Category, ITC, GSA
  • Patricia Waddell, Director, Office of IT Services, GSA
  • John Breen, IWAC Chief, Projects Branch, GSA
  • Kristine Stein, IWAC Business Development Director, GSA
  • Shaun Kelly, MAS Branch Chief, GSA
  • Chuck Hardy, Chief Architect, GSA PBM
  • Chris Hamm, Director, FEDSIM, GSA
  • Corey Nickens, Deputy Assistant Commissioner, AAS PMO (DAC), GSA
  • Jennifer Allsbury, Contract Specialist, GSA
  • Ricky Clark, Deputy Director, NIH Information Technology Acquisition and Assessment Center (NITAAC)
  • Ed Wilgus, Executive Outreach, NITAAC
  • Erin Pacifico, Contracting Officer, NITAAC
  • Adam Soderholm, Acting Director, Program Operations, GSA PSHC
  • Keith Jeffries, Director, Office of Contracting Operations, GSA
  • Ana Eckles, Director, Human Capital Solutions, R2, GSA
  • Bob Woodside, Director, Region 2 Supply Acquisition Center, GSA
  • Teresa McCarthy, Director, Heartland Region, GSA
  • Latasha Goines, Director, Southwest Supply and Acquisition Center, GSA
  • Ryan Schrank, IWAC Director, GSA
  • Stephanie Halcrow, Senior Fellow, Center for Government Contracting, George Mason University
  • Brig. Gen. Al Abramson (ret.), Vice President, National Armaments Consortium
  • Kristine Kassekert, Director, Other Transaction Learning, Defense Acquisition University

Day Two Speakers

Keynote Address:

  • Phil Christy, OALC Deputy Executive Director, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)


  • Phil Christy, OALC Deputy Executive Director, VA
  • Dr. Angela Billups, Executive Director and Senior Procurement Executive, OALC, VA
  • Andrew Centineo, Executive Director, Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, Veterans Health Administration (VHA)
  • Spencer Roberts, Executive Director, Logistics, VHA
  • Joe Maletta, Executive Director, Acquisition, VHA
  • Paul Freeman, Partner, Crowell & Moring
  • Lorraine Campos, Partner, Crowell & Moring
  • James Kim, Partner, Arnold & Porter
  • Moshe Schwartz, President, Etherton and Associates
  • Stephen Ruscus, Partner, Baker & Hostetler
  • Craig Hilliard, Division Chief, Medical/Surgical Prime Vendor (MSPV) Supplies, VHA
  • Katie Hulse, Director, Acquisition Services 3, Strategic Acquisition Center (SAC), VA
  • Mike Easley, Deputy Program Manager, Medical Supply Program Office Commodities, VHA
  • Dr. Jennifer Martin, Deputy Chief Consultant, PBM Services, VA
  • Col. Joseph Hoffert, Risk Management Executive Division, Defense Health Agency (DHA)
  • Terri Pryor, Program Manager, Integrated Clinical Systems, DHA
  • Capt. Edward Norton, Chief, Pharmacy Operations Division, DHA
  • Marsha Petersen, Chief, Pharmacy Support Branch/Senior Contracting Officer, DHA
  • Ruth Herman, Division Chief, Pharmaceutical Prime Vendor Program, Defense Logistics Agency (DLA)
  • Dr. Julia Trang, Strategic Sourcing Pharmacist/Industry Technical Liaison, DHA
  • Maryann Dimeo, IST Chief, Medical Surgical Prime Vendor Program, DLA
  • Fred Miller, IST Chief, ECAT Lab Dental and Optical Programs, DLA
  • Joanmarie Grace, Lead Contracting Specialist, ECAT Medical Surgical/Manufacturing Direct Programs, DLA
  • Penny Nechanicky, Director for Prosthetics and Surgery Aids, VHA
  • Ardene Nichols, Clinical Liaison Nurse, Prosthetic and Sensory Aids Service, VA
  • Brian Shepard, Supervisory Contract Specialist, SAC, VA
  • Joy Smith, Director of Contracts, Acquisition Services 4-6, VA
  • Zach Wilcox, Contracting Officer, Strategic Acquisition Center (Prosthetics), VA

We would also like to recognize the officials who served at our four “Ask the PMO” tables, including three the Coalition held for the first time, on GSA MAS, VA FSS, Med/Surg Supply BPAs, VA Pathfinder, and GSA Pricing Tools:

  • Stephanie Shutt, Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) PMO Director
  • Jack Tekus, Management Analyst, MAS PMO, GSA
  • Derek Tribble, Senior Program Analyst, GSA
  • Quianna Enang, Contract Specialist, GSA
  • Amit Rajput, Customer Service Director, GSA
  • Dena McLaughlin, FAS Regional Commissioner, Region 3, GSA
  • Josh Royko, Branch Chief, FAS Catalog Management Office
  • Mike Shepherd, Director, Catalog Management Office (CMO), Office of the Regional Commissioner Mid-Atlantic Region, FAS
  • Craig Hilliard, Division Chief, MSPV Supplies, VHA
  • Sarah Keefer, Branch Chief, MSPV Supplies, VHA
  • Jeremy Parker, Branch Chief, MSPV Supplies, VHA
  • Daniel Shearer, FSS Director, VA
  • Lydia McKay, FSS Chief, Program Management & Resource Support Division, VA
  • Diana Lawal, FSS Chief, Pharmaceutical/Dental B Division, VA
  • James Booth, FSS Chief, Medical/Surgical A Division, VA
  • Ashley Hammond, Portfolio Manager, CMSO, VA
  • Robert Overbey, Customer Advocate, Office of Procurement, Acquisition and Logistics (OPAL), VA
  • Angela Aicher, Project Manager, Innovation on Pathfinder, VA

Our members played a key role in the preparation and execution of the conference by serving as moderators for the various panels, lending their expertise to help make the sessions highly informative for all attendees:

  • Aaron Wasserman, SAP
  • Brian McManus, Amazon
  • Tim Barrios, MillerKnoll
  • Tad Laszewski, GDIT
  • Tony Celeste, Ingram Micro
  • Kelly McGriff, HNI Corp
  • Roger Sion, Deloitte
  • Mike Pullen, CGI Federal
  • Mike Bell, Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Joel Hinzman, Oracle
  • Gabrielle Horton, Grainger
  • Moshe Schwartz, Etherton and Associates
  • Parry Carter, McKesson
  • Ryan Sanford, Boston Scientific
  • J’Aime Conrod, Horizon Therapeutics
  • Alan James, Stryker
  • Karol Ann Sharp, AvKARE
  • Alexander Hastings, Covington & Burling
  • Kurt Meyer, Abbott

This conference was made possible by the tremendous support of our sponsors. Our sincere thanks to these organizations for supporting our mission and increasing dialogue between government and industry:

Platinum Sponsors: AvKARE, Covington, McKesson
Gold SponsorsAmazon Web Services, Dell Technologies, Four Points Technology, Raytheon Technologies
Silver SponsorsThe Gormley Group, GDIT, Sheppard Mullin
Coffee and Networking SponsorSAIC
Wi-Fi SponsorFUTREND Technologies

The Coalition remains dedicated to delivering high-quality engagements that benefit the government contracting community as a whole. We are grateful for your participation, and look forward to continuing the partnership throughout this year and beyond. We hope to see you at more of our events as we come upon another quarter packed with opportunities to build common sense in government procurement.

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