Ellen Kelley | CPCM |President – Ellen Kelley
Ellen is currently the Contracts Training Manager at MIT Lincoln Laboratory and specializes in Research and Development contracts, major acquisitions, and high stakes negotiations. She previously held the positions of Manager of Security and Transportation Systems at Raytheon Company, and International Contracts and Procurement Manager at Metcalf & Eddy. Ellen graduated with a BA in Economics from the University of Delaware and an MBA (Acquisition and Contracts) from Western New England University. She has earned a CPCM certification from NCMA. She has been an active member of the Boston Chapter throughout her career, serving as Vice President of Programs and Chair of the Advancing Professionals Committee. Contract Management Magazine published her article “Getting Out Alive: How Hostage Negotiation Tactics in Contract Negotiations Can Help Your Deal ‘Survive’ ” in the February 2016 issue, as well as her interview in the “President’s Corner” in the September 2017 issue. Ellen is honored to serve as President of the Boston Chapter for the 2016-2018 Program Years.
Lieutenant Colonel Taona A. Enriquez, Co-Vice President, Programs – Taona Enriquez
Lieutenant Colonel Taona A. Enriquez is the Director of Contracting Operations, Battle Management, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts. She leads 250 Airman and government civilians across 14 Divisions in the contracting execution of a $19 billion FYDP portfolio of ACAT, non-ACAT, technology transition, and Foreign Military Sales programs. Lieutenant Colonel Enriquez earned her commission in 2001 through the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps at the University of New Mexico. She has served in a variety of leadership positions at the Squadron, Wing, MAJCOM and COCOM levels. Prior to her current position Lt Col Enriquez served as a Department of Defense Legislative Fellow and was assigned to Senator Lisa Murkowski’s office, United States Senate, Washington, D.C. She also served as an Aide-de-Camp to the Commander, United States Air Forces Europe and Air Forces Africa, and to the Commander, United States European Command and Supreme Allied Commander Europe. Lt Col Enriquez deployed as a Contingency Contracting Officer in support of the Office of the Defense Representative to Pakistan, Islamabad, Pakistan and also served as the Expeditionary Officer in Charge, 56th Helicopter Maintenance Unit in support of the 56thExpeditionary Rescue Squadron’s Combat Search and Rescue mission in Bagram, Afghanistan. She holds the Senior Acquisition Badge, APDP Level III certification as a Contracting Officer, her Unlimited Contracting Officer Warrant and is a qualified Aircraft Maintenance Officer which she earned upon completion of the Acquisition Logistics Exchange Experience Tour (ALEET) program.
Andrew Deardorff | Co-vice President, Administration/Secretary – Andrew Deardorff
Andrew Deardorff is a Subcontract Compliance Manager at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, working to ensure the Lab’s Purchasing System remains in an approved status. He has over 25 years in defense and the defense industry, starting his career as a US Army military intelligence officer. Following military service, he worked at Hanscom Air Force Base in the area of program control, and later became a Certified Internal Auditor, working for Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and BAE Systems. He also spent five years as a Security Director in the diamond and diamond jewelry business.
Andrew is a graduate of Harvard College with a degree in Russian and Soviet Studies. He earned an MBA from Western New England College and is a Certified Federal Contract Manager.
Donna DeFuria | Co-Vice President, Administration/ Secretary – Donna DeFuria
Donna DeFuria is a Contracts Specialist at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, Lexington, MA. Her introduction into the contracting arena began in 2010 in construction contracting. She went on to become a Contracts Specialist in 2015. Donna most recently received her degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Acquisition and Contract Management from Strayer University. She also holds a Certificate in Procurement and Contracts Management from the University of Virginia. In 2014, the Contracting Services Department at MIT Lincoln Laboratory awarded her a Certificate of Appreciation for outstanding performance and contributions. In addition, she has been previously involved with NCMA as a volunteer in the area of event planning.
Sheralyn Fallon| Co-vice President, March Workshop – Sheralyn Fallon
Sheralyn Fallon is a Sr. Subcontracts Administrator at MIT Lincoln Laboratory (MIT LL), focusing on major acquisitions for the Communications Systems Division. Ms. Fallon joined MIT LL as a participant in its inaugural Leadership Development Program for Contracting. Prior to joining MIT LL Sheralyn worked in the legal and financial industries.
Ms. Fallon holds a BS in Business Administration and an MBA from Boston University and a Master’s Certification in Procurement & Contracting from the University of Virginia. She has earned both the CFCM and CPCM NCMA certifications. Sheralyn is an alumni of 2015-2016 National Contract Management Association Contracts Leadership Development Program
David G. Barr, CPCM | Co-vice President, March Workshop
David Barr is the Principal Contract Administrator at L3 Advanced Programs, Inc.
David Barr has been a contracts professional for over 30 years, mostly in the greater Boston area. He has been an active member of the NCMA Boston Chapter for virtually his entire career, and a regular contributor to the annual March Workshop in various roles. This year Mr. Barr is serving as the Co-VP of the 2018 March Workshop. Mr. Barr has worked for both large and small businesses, and his expertise is in cradle-to-grave contract administration and management from the proposal stage through execution and closeout, and FAR/DFAR compliance. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of New Hampshire, and an MBA in Government Contracts & Acquisitions from Western New England University.
“I’m delighted to be part of the 2018 MW, and grateful for the opportunity to work with such a dedicated team, focused on assembling an invigorating day full of practical training sessions in a very collegial environment.”
Steven Tran | Vice President of Membership – Steven Tran
Steven Tran is a Sr. Contracts Administrator responsible for managing and administering the MIT Lincoln Laboratory Prime Contracts with the Air Force. Working closely with the Air Force Contracts and Program Management Office to resolve contract-related issues, he leads monthly contracts meetings, performs business and legal analysis, redlines contractual documents, and reviews new R&D project packages for contract compliance. In addition, Steven is an advisor on efficiency and productivity, and manages Laboratory communications with other FFRDCs in the areas of contracting and subcontracting. Steven’s past achievements include formulation and implementation of the Contracts’ Department Strategic Plan, and leading a number of process improvement efforts. Prior to this role, Steven completed a four year development program with rotational job assignments in Commercial Procurement, R&D Subcontracting, Financial Reporting, Budgeting, Contracts, and Compliance. His success can be documented through various team-, department-, and organization-wide awards.
Steven holds an MBA from Boston University Questrom School of Business with a concentration in Operations and Technology Management, a BS in Economics and Finance from Bentley University, a Master’s Certificate in Procurement & Contracting from the University of Virginia, and is Six Sigma Greenbelt Certified. He has been accepted into the 2016-2017 NCMA Contract Management Leadership Development Program, and is a CFCM and CPCM certificate holder.
Maria Mpelkas | CMLDP
Maria Mpelkas is the Contracts Manager, Contracts Operations at Raytheon Company. Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN), with 2016 sales of $23 billion, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts. In her current role, Maria is responsible for supporting the day-to-day operations of the Corporate Contracts function and helping to enable the enterprise Contracts function in the areas of policy, process and technology as well as operational reporting and metrics. Maria leads the Contracts Technology Council, an enterprise wide collaborative body of Contracts professionals that develops technology solutions driving risk reduction and increased productivity. Maria holds a master’s degree in business administration, international finance from Suffolk University and a bachelor’s degree in international business from Saint Anselm College.
Paul Leuchte, | Treasurer – Paul Leuchte
Paul has over 25 years of wide-ranging contract management experience in the military and commercial environments, both domestic and international. Currently, Paul is the Director-Government Contracts at Mercury Systems, Inc. Previously, he served as both Senior Contracts Manager and FSO supporting iRobot Corporation’s Defense Unit. Prior experience includes being the Contracts lead at an international business and litigation consulting firm, and the Contracts/Business lead for a contractor at the DOT/Volpe Center supporting the Acquisition Division. Paul proudly served for 23 years with the MA Air National Guard retiring as the First Sergeant of the 567th AF Band where he also performed on Trumpet, French Horn, and led the marching and ceremonial units as Drum Major.
Paul holds a MBA/Acquisitions & Contracts from Western New England University and a BA/Political Science from Bridgewater State University. He recently earned the CPCM certification. He is also certified by the NCMS (NISPOM Professional Association) as an Industrial Security Professional (ISP).
Lorrie Baines | Controller
Lorrie Baines is the Branch Chief for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs where she is the supervisor of a team of Contracting Officers responsible for all service procurements across Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Connecticut in Network Contracting Office One for the Department of Veterans Affairs. She received her MBA from Southern New Hampshire University in 2016
Don Allen | Advancing Professionals Committee Co-Chair
Don Allen currently works at MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory as a Leadership Development Program (LDP) member in the Contracting Services Department; a rotational LDP, Don has served in numerous rotational assignments: Commercial Procurement, Professional Services, Construction, Financial Reporting, Contracting Liaison to the Aerospace Division; and is currently working out of the Technology Communications Office (TCO). Don began his career in the U.S. Navy as an Intelligence Specialist serving on the command staff of two operational theater commanders. Following his military service, Don graduated on the Dean’s list with an MBA from the University of Houston’s Bauer College. Don currently serves the NCMA Boston Chapter as the Advancing Professionals Committee Chair, and is a Pro Vita NCMA member.
MaryAnn B. Pinto, Esq | MBA, CFCM, CPCM | Co-IT Chair – MaryAnn B. Pinto
MaryAnn is a member of the State of New Hampshire and Commonwealth of Massachusetts bars, has her CFCM and CPCM and has over 15 years of legal experience in the Government arena. She holds a Masters in Business Administration along with a Juris Doctorate. She has experience dealing with Federal Government, State and Municipalities along with Global and Commercial companies. In the global arena, MaryAnn has worked with primarily with sales and procurement in the EMEA and the Far East. She speaks some Arabic, Spanish and Portuguese with her predominant language being English.
Prior to becoming a lawyer, MaryAnn spent around 15 years working in manufacturing – dealing daily with customers and vendors. She has led the Materials, Purchasing, Master Scheduling, IT and Customer Service teams. She understand the technology behind the business and relevant laws.
MaryAnn is the founding member of Federal Contract Solutions, LLC. FCS is a women owned small disadvantaged business founded to assist companies with their contracting needs specifically in the areas of Government, Global and Commercial Contracts. FCS caters to the market that needs an expert in specialized contracts – Government and Global combined with a solid understanding of the commercial item market and its changing laws.
Dawn Sousa | Co-IT Chair – Dawn Sousa
Dawn has over thirty years of experience in Purchasing across various industries, working her way up from a Purchasing Assistant to a Senior Buyer. Ms. Sousa has been in a Contract Specialist at MIT Lincoln Laboratory for the past five years where she supports the Operational Contracts Team focusing on Software Licensing and Maintenance Agreements. Ms. Sousa holds a BS in Liberal Studies from Northeastern University, a Certificate in Procurement & Contracts Management from University of Virginia, and an AS in Business Management from Newbury College. Currently, Ms. Sousa is pursuing a degree in Information Technology at Northeastern University.
Elisabeth Cassinari | Marketing and Outreach Chair
Elisabeth Cassinari is an Executive Assistant with Harvard University’s Department of Physics. Additionally, she works with families and children impacted by Autism and other developmental disabilities as an RBT for Alternatives ABA. She received her M.Ed from Northeastern University in 2017 and is currently working on her BCBA at Fitchburg State University.
Marsha Cervantez | Fellows and Awards Chair – Marsha Cervantez
Marsha Cervantez is a federal acquisition professional with 18 years’ experience with the Government and Defense Industry. Currently, Ms. Cervantez is a Contracts Manager for General Dynamics C4 Systems in Needham, MA, responsible for the management of US Government contracts and subcontracts. Previously, Ms. Cervantez served 11 years as a Contracting Officer for the US Air Force. Ms. Cervantez holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Cornell University and an MBA from the University of Arizona. Ms. Cervantez has been an active NCMA member of both the Saguaro and Boston Chapters throughout her career. She has held the positions of Saguaro Chapter VP of Education, Boston Chapter VP of Programs and VP of Administration, was named the Boston Chapter’s 2006 Outstanding Young Professional, and most recently, was named the Boston Chapter’s “Member of the Quarter” in 2013. Marsha is honored to serve as President for the 2014-2015 Program Year, and hopes to reach out to members and prospective members to sustain the Boston Chapter’s rich heritage of Education and Integrity in the Contract Management arena.
Michael Gauthier | CVice President of Education
Michael D. Gauthier, CPCM, MCPPO
Gauthier currently serves as a Team Lead in the Contracting Services Department at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. He provides oversight, direction, and leadership to a tactical group of contracts professionals in the construction unit in accordance with FAR, DFARS, and MITLL policies and procedures. Before MIT, he was the Chief Procurement Officer for the City of Woburn, Procurement Analyst for City of Somerville and worked for many years servicing the Federal and State Governments as a contractor.
He is certified as a Massachusetts Certified Public Purchasing Official (MCPPO) and as a Certified Professional Contracts Manager (CPCM) by the National Contract Management Association. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Boston College, and pursuing a Master’s in Public Administration at Framingham State University
Gauthier was a presenter at the 2016 NCMA World Congress and 2015 March Workshop. He is a published author in NCMA and Massachusetts Office of the Inspector General publications.
Tim Wind | Advancing Professionals Committee Co-Chair
Tim Wind is a contract specialist with the National Park Service’s Northeast Region Office in Charlestown, MA. He supports all contracting needs of the national parks in the New England area, specializing in construction and utilities. Prior to his current role, Tim held positions in policy and operations at National Park Service’s WASO headquarters office in Denver.
Tim holds an MBA from Regis University as well as a BA in Economics from the University of Northern Colorado. He also has level II FAC-C certification.
Robert Budlong, Social Media Support – Robert Budlong
Originally from Springfield, MA. He enlisted in the Navy in 1980 and served 20 years to retire from the service in 2000. He served in Desert Shield and Desert Storm. After retiring from the Navy, he went to the University of Connecticut to earn his degree in Business. He worked as a Contracting Officer for the Naval Facilities Engineering Command in Washington, DC. Then moved to Massachusetts to become a Contracting Officer with The General Services Administration, Public Building Services.
Cara Wulf is a Co-VP of Programs
Cara is an Associate at McCarter & English, LLP, and focuses her practice on government contracts and regulations. She counsels her clients regarding compliance with federal, state, and local public procurement requirements. She also assists in litigation involving bid protests, claims, and other disputes before federal agencies, courts and the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). Prior to joining McCarter, Cara worked for multiple U.S. Department of Defense agencies, where she gained experience with the FAR and DFARS. Cara has extensive experience litigating claims under the Contract Disputes Act (CDA) before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals (ASBCA), and interfacing with the Department of Justice in connection with complex litigation before the Court of Federal Claims and various U.S. District Courts. She also has experience litigating issues regarding cost allowability, allocability and reasonableness, the Cost Accounting Standards (CAS), responses to contracting officer final decisions (COFDs), design-build construction contracts, requests for equitable adjustments, differing site conditions, delay claims, various programs administered by the Small Business Administration (SBA), contract terminations for default and convenience, and advising on prime contract and subcontract terms and conditions. Cara received both her BA and JD from the University of Michigan.
Lillian Mezynski Contract Administrator
Lillian currently serves as a Contract Administrator at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), focusing on the Institute’s Complex Contracts. At MIT, Lillian reviews and negotiates commercial contracts and provides guidance for procurements covered under the Uniform Guidance Procurement Standards. Lillian holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Suffolk University and earned her Juris Doctor degree from Villanova University’s Charles Widger School of Law in 2015. She has also received a Masters Certificate in Government Contract Management from Villanova University.