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UPPCC Board of Examiners (BOE) Members

The responsibility of the UPPCC Board of Examiners is to collectively provide expertise for the consistent development of the UPPCC certification examinations and provide expertise in the evaluation of and decisions on matters relating to certification, recertification and revocation.

The BOE is composed of 18 total members split into two sub-committees, the CPPO Team and the CPPB Team led by the Chairman of the full BOE. The Chairman serves a dual role on the BOE as both a member of the BOE - CPPO Team and as Chairman of the BOE. The CPPO Team is responsible for test development activities relating only to the CPPO program only while the CPPB Team is responsible for test development activities relating only to the CPPB program. CPPO Team members must at minimum be currently certified as a CPPO and CPPB Team members must at minimum be currently certified as a CPPB.

Each sub-committee is composed of 9 members; 2 members each recommended by NIGP and NASPO and appointed by the UPPCC Governing Board. Additional sub-committee members include one recommended member from each of the following collegial organizations and appointed by the UPPCC Governing Board; California Association of Public Purchasing Officers (CAPPO), Florida Association of Public Purchasing Officers (FAPPO), National Association for Educational Procurement (NAEP), and National Procurement Institute (NPI). One additional member representing the Canadian Federal Government is appointed by the Governing Board.

UPPCC Board of Examiner (BOE) members serve three-year terms and can serve a maximum of 3 consecutive terms. If you are currently UPPCC certified and want to review the service qualifications, please review the UPPCC Board of Examiners Position Description and the UPPCC Conflict of Interest & Confidentiality Statement for an in-depth description of this rewarding volunteer role and its various responsibilities. If you meet the qualifications and are sincerely passionate about promoting and enhancing your profession, please contact the current UPPCC Governing Board Chair or the chief executive officer of the organization for which you are interested.

2013 UPPCC Board of Examiners (BOE) Members

Chair

Denise K. Finn, CPPO, C.P.M., CPPB
Associate Director, Purchasing Division
University of Kentucky
E-mail: denise.finn@uky.edu
Representing: NAEP
Team Appointment: CPPO
Serving 2nd Term as Chair: 2013-2015
Serving 3rd Term as a Member: 2013-2015

Denise has over sixteen years purchasing experience in both the public and private sector, beginning her career as a raw materials buyer at ICI Superior Explosives. She is currently the Associate Director, Purchasing Division for the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky. Previously Denise served as the Director of Procurement and Contract Management for Yavapai Community College in Prescott, Arizona.

Denise has been actively involved in both local and national public purchasing associations; having chaired the Professional Development Committee and the Membership Committee for NAEP, served as a Director Elect on the NPI BOD, and was a founding member of the Grand Canyon Chapter of NIGP where she then served as both VP and President. Denise received a Business Administration/Accounting Degree from Cambrian College in Sudbury, Ontario Canada and earned the designations of A.P.P. and C.P.M. from ISM and the CPPB and CPPO from UPPCC.

Denise is honored to represent NAEP on the UPPCC Board of Examiners and have an opportunity to be part of the success of the UPPCC certification programs.

Members

Brenda Thielen Willard, CPPO, CPPB
Acquisitions Manager
State of Minnesota
E-mail: brenda.willard@state.mn.us
Representing: NASPO
Team Appointment: CPPB
Serving 2nd Term as a Member: 2011 - 2013

Brenda Thielen Willard is the Acquisitions Manager, Assistant Director for the State of Minnesota, Dept. of Administration, Materials Management Division. She has a BA in Business Management from Bethel University. She has work in purchasing for more than 27 years (20 years in the public sector and seven years in the private sector). She is responsible for managing the Purchase of goods, non-professional technical services, and construction.

She has been an active participant in NIGP and has served NIGP in many areas, including: Board Member, Vice President, President, Past President, and has served on several NIGP committees. She has also served as a Master NIGP Instructor.

Rick S. Hughes, CPPO, CPA
Director, Bureau of Procurement - Wisconsin
Deptartment of Administration - Division of Enterprise Operation
E-mail: rick.hughes@wi.gov
Representing: NASPO
Team Appointment: CPPO
Serving 1st Term as a Member: 2013 - 2015

Kathy McAuley , CPPO, CPPB
Purchasing Team Leader
New York State Office of General Services
E-mail: kathleen.mcauley@ogs.ny.gov
Representing: NASPO
Team Appointment: CPPO
Serving 1st Term as a Member: 2011 - 2013

Gail Carter, CPPB
State Procurement Analyst
State Procurement Office
Oregon Deptartment of Administrative Services, State Svs Div
E-mail: gail.l.carter@state.or.us
Representing: NASPO
Team Appointment: CPPB
Serving 2nd Term as a Member: 2013 - 2015

Barbara Grilli, CPPO, CPPB, C.P.M., FCCM
Purchasing Manager
City of St. Petersburg
E-mail: barbara.grilli@stpete.org
Representing: NIGP
Team Appointment: CPPO
Serving 2nd Term as a Member: 2013 - 2015

Denise "Denni" Baumer, CPPB, C.P.M.
Formerly Purchasing Manager, Delta Diablo Sanitation District
E-mail: dennibaumer@gmail.com
Representing: NIGP
Team Appointment: CPPB
Serving 2nd Term as a Member: 2013 - 2015

Jackie Watkins, CPPO, CPPB
Office of Policy and Budget
Cabinet for Health and Family Services
E-mail: jackie.watkins@ky.gov
Representing: NIGP
Team Appointment: CPPO
Serving 1st Term as a Member: 4/2013 - 2016

Carmela Thornton, CPPO, CPPB
Assistant Director
Office of Administration
Division of Purchasing & Materials Mgmt
E-mail: carmela.thornton@oa.mo.gov
Representing: NIGP
Team Appointment: CPPB
Serving 1st Term as a Member: 2011 - 2013

Carmela has over fifteen years purchasing experience in the public sector, beginning her career as a service buyer with the State of MO Purchasing. She is currently the Assistant Director, with the State of MO-Division of Purchasing and Materials Management.  Previously, Carmela served as the Assistant Bureau Chief for the Department of Health in Jefferson City, Missouri.

Carmela has been actively involved in both local and national public purchasing associations; having served as a board member on NIGP Board of Directors and as President of the Missouri Association of Public Purchasing, Inc. her local NIGP chapter.   Carmela received a B.S. degree in Marketing and MBA degree in Business Management from Lincoln University in Jefferson City, MO.

Carmela is honored to represent NIGP on the UPPCC Board of Examiners and have an opportunity to be part of the success of the UPPCC certification programs.

Dan Marran, CPPO, C.P.M.
Purchasing Manager
City of Sparks
E-mail: dmarran@cityofsparks.us
Representing: CAPPO
Team Appointment: CPPO
Serving 3rd Term as a Member: 2013 - 2015

Dan Marran is the Purchasing Manager for the City of Sparks, NV, a full service City of more than 80,000 in Northern Nevada. Dan holds a BA from California State University, Northridge. He has ten years of public purchasing experience in municipal agencies in NV and CA as well as public school experience in a K-12 school district. He earned his C.P.M. in May of 2000 and his CPPO in January of 2007. Prior to his work in public procurement, he worked in private industry as a logistics and operations manager in the wholesale auto parts industry.

During his public procurement career, Dan has become a strong advocate for taking a new approach to customer service in government procurement. He has had the opportunity to speak on this and other subjects at conference events sponsored by the California Association of Public Purchasing Officers (CAPPO), the California Association of School Business Officials (CASBO) and the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP).

Dan has been an active member of the California Association of Public Purchasing Officers (CAPPO) for 9 years and has served in various roles including Chapter Chair, Conference Committee Member and Board Member of the organization. Dan is proud to serve as CAPPO's designated representative to the UPPCC.

Mark B. Logan, CPPO, CPPB, C.P.M., A.P.P
Director of Purchasing
Cerritos College
E-mail: mlogan@cerritos.edu
Representing: CAPPO
Team Appointment: CPPB
Serving 1st Term as a Member: 2011 - 2013

Mark B. Logan is a purchasing and contracts professional currently employed by Cerritos College as the district's Director of Purchasing. Mark's responsibilities for the district include the management of activities and operations for contracting, purchasing, public works, warehouse operations, mail, and telecommunications.

Prior to joining Cerritos College, Mark worked at Chaffey College where he managed the purchasing services department consisting of purchasing, contracts, public works, warehouse and mail operations, and facilities scheduling; the Clark County Housing Authority, where he was fully responsible for the development of the agency's contracts administration department; and Professional Community Management, administering a wide range of contracts for a private planned community with a population of more than 18,000 residents.

Mark is a graduate of California State University, Fullerton, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Business Administration degree in Finance with a concentration in managerial finance and investments. Mark has earned the professional designations of CPPO and CPPB from UPPCC and C.P.M. and A.P.P. from ISM.

A few of the professional groups and associations that Mark is a current member of include the National Institute for Governmental Purchasing (NGIP), California Association of Public Purchasing Officers (CAPPO), National Contract Management Association (NCMA), Institute for Supply Management (ISM), and the Southern California Community College Purchasing Association (SCCCPA).

Mark currently resides in Orange County, California with his lovely wife and family and is honored to represent CAPPO to serve on the UPPCC Board of Examiners.

Wendy Geltch, CPPO, CPPB
Retired
Former Director of Purchasing, Polk State College
E-mail: wgeltch@hotmail.com
Representing: FAPPO
Team Appointment: CPPO
Serving 2nd Term as a Member: 2013 - 2015

Wendy earned her Bachelor's degree in Business Administration/Human Resource Management from Barry University. She also has an associate's degree in Business Administration from PBCC. She graduated from Lathrop High School in Fairbanks, Alaska.

She holds seven professional procurement certifications; CPPO, CPPB, Lifetime C.P.M., Lifetime A.P.P., FCCM, FCPM and FCPA. She has instructed numerous procurement, contract administration, and certification seminars for FAPPO and as a Master Instructor for NIGP, in addition to presenting sessions at numerous annual conferences.

Wendy is also an active member of NIGP, FAPPO, NAEP, ISM, NPI, and is the current President of NAEP-Florida Region. She is the Immediate Past-President of the Cooperative of Purchasing Professionals (COPP -- comprised of the purchasing officials representing the 28 Florida community colleges). Wendy was the Charter President of the award-winning Mid-Florida Chapter of NIGP (2005-2006) and served FAPPO as President in 1993-1994, after "going through the chairs" for three years as Treasurer, Secretary, and Vice President.

Wendy received the Distinguished Service Award from FAPPO in 2001. Under Wendy's leadership, Polk State College earned NPI's Achievement of Excellence in Procurement for the past eight years. Additionally, she was selected as COPP's "Member of the Year" for 2009.

Wendy began her career in purchasing in 1975 working in the Purchasing Department for the Alaska Pipeline (Alyeska Pipeline Service Company). She previously was the Purchasing Manager for Seminole County and the Contract Manager for the Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County. She currently holds the position of Director of Purchasing/Risk Manager for Polk State College.


Linda Balcombe, CPPO, CPPB
Directror, Purchasing
Pinellas County School Board
E-mail: balcombel@pcsb.org
Representing: FAPPO
Team Appointment: CPPB
Serving 1st Term as a Member: 8/2012 - 2015

Alan Phillips, CPPB, CTPM
Director of Materials Management
Texas Southern University
E-mail: PhillipsA@TSU.EDU
Representing: NAEP
Team Appointment: CPPB
Serving 2nd Term as a Member: 2011 - 2013

Diane Palmer-Boeck , CPPO, CPPB
Chief Purchasing Officer
City of Plano
E-mail: dianep@plano.gov
Representing: NPI
Team Appointment: CPPO
Serving 1st Term as a Member: 2013 - 2015

Mark Neihart, CPPB, C.P.M., A.P.P., CPM
Regional Manager, Southwest
National IPA
E-mail: neihart4@msn.com
Representing: NPI
Team Appointment: CPPB
Serving 2nd Term as a Member: 2011 - 2013

Mark A. Neihart has joined the National IPA team as Regional Manager, Southwest. In this role, Mark will work with agencies in Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico to assist with the utilization of the National IPA cooperative contract portfolio.

Mark has over 25 years of public procurement experience. He was most recently with the City of Tucson, AZ where he served as Director of Procurement since 2007. Prior to his role as Director, Mark served the City of Tucson as Deputy Director from 1998 to 2006 and Contract Officer/Contract Administrator from 1990 to 1998.

He was also a key member of the procurement function for the State of Arizona as Contract Specialist/Assistant Purchasing Manager from 1987 to 1990.

Mark is an active member of the National Purchasing Institute, Inc. (NPI). He was elected by his peers and served as President of the organization in 2009.

Mark is a lifetime Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.) lifetime Accredited Purchasing Practitioner (A.P.P.), Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) and Certified Public Manager (CPM). He achieved a B.S. in Purchasing and Materials Management from Arizona State University's College of Business.

International Advisors

Dhirah Chaudhary, CPPO, CPP, MBA
Manager of Purchasing/Contract Services
City of Vaughan
E-mail: dhiraj.chaudhary@vaughan.ca
Representing: Canadian Government
Team Assignment: CPPO
Serving as an Advisory Member Since: 2012

Asad Chugtai, CPPO, CPPB, C.P.P., C.P.M.
Purchasing Services Director
Corporation of the City of Vaughan
E-mail: asad.chugtai@vaughan.ca
Representing: Canadian Government
Team Assignment: CPPB
Serving as an Advisory Member Since: 2012