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UPPCC Governing Board Members

The responsibility of the UPPCC Governing Board is to establish policy and procedures and provide overall governance of the CPPO and CPPB certification programs. The Governing Board is composed of 6 voting members; 3 elected members from NIGP and 3 appointed members from NASPO. Additional non-voting, advisory members comprise the Governing Board. Non-voting, advisory members include 1 individual representing the Canadian Federal Government, 1 individual representing the U.S. Federal Government, the current chief executive officers of NIGP and NASPO, academicians and any other members appointed by the chair as needed.

UPPCC Governing Board members serve three-year terms and can serve a maximum of 3 consecutive terms. If you are currently certified as a Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO) and want to review Governing Board member qualifications, please review the UPPCC Governing Board Position Description and the UPPCC Conflict of Interest and 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 Chairman or the chief executive officer of either NIGP or NASPO for information on the organizations election and/or appointment process.

2014 UPPCC Governing Board Members

Chair

David P. Gragan, CPPO
Senior Procurement Director
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
E-mail: david.gragan@cfpb.gov
Representing: NASPO
Serving 1st Term as Chair: 2014 - 2016
Serving 3rd Term as Member: 2014 - 2016

David P. Gragan is the Senior Procurement Executive and the Assistant Director for Procurement at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, an independent agency of the Federal Reserve. He previously served in the cabinet of the Mayor of Washington DC as the Chief Procurement Officer for the District of Columbia. He has been a procurement professional since 1993, when he became the Chief Procurement Officer for the State of Indiana. He also served as the Texas state procurement director. Dave has served as a consultant to state and local governments on procurement reform and best practices, working for Accenture, Oracle and CGI. He is currently the vice chair of the Universal Public Procurement Certification Council. He has been honored with the distinguished service awards of both the National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO) and the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP). Dave is a Certified Public Procurement Officer, and a life member of NASPO. Before embarking on his public procurement career, he was a signals intelligence officer in the United States Marine Corps. He is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and the University of Southern California.

Vice Chair

Michael E. Bevis, CPPO, CPSM, C.P.M., PMP
Chief Procurement Officer
City of Naperville, Illinois
E-mail: bevism@naperville.il.us
Representing: NIGP
Serving 1st Term as Vice Chair: 2014 - 2016
Serving 2nd Term as a Member: 2014 - 2016

Michael Bevis, JD, CPPO, CPSM, C.P.M., PMP is Chief Procurement Officer for the city of Naperville, Illinois and an Adjunct Professor in the Graduate school at the University of Maryland University College. He is the Secretary and a member of the Governing Board of the Universal Public Procurement Certification Council and represents the International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management on the Global Standards Board. His prior purchasing experiences have included Deputy Director of the Federal Acquisition Institute in Washington DC, Deputy Purchasing Agent for the City of Chicago and Purchasing Manager for the Chicago Park District. He has also practiced law in Ohio, Illinois and before several Federal courts before focusing on Procurement Management.

He is an active instructor for NIGP, a former Member of the Board of Directors of NIGP, has served as a member and Chair of the NIGP Research Committee and is also active in NIGP's Consulting programs. He is the 2011 recipient of both NIGP's Distinguished Service Award and the IFPSM Lewis E Spangler Procurement Practitioner Award. In his current position he has been recognized as the Illinois Association of Procurement Officials 2004 Manager of the Year and the NIGP 2005 Manager of the Year. He has also led the City of Naperville to Outstanding Agency Accreditation from NIGP twice and the Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award twelve times; the 2006 NIGP Innovation Award; 100% Certification, the Sterling Award and the City of Naperville is also the first municipality to be awarded the prestigious the Pareto Award of Excellence in Public Procurement.

Immediate Past Chair

Norma Hall, FNIGP, CPPO, CPPB, CPM
Procurement Manager II
Office of Materials Management
State of South Carolina
E-mail: nhall@mmo.state.sc.us
Representing: NIGP
Serving 3rd Term as a Member: 2013 - 2015

Ms. Norma Hall is the UPPCC Governing Board Chair and retired as Director of Procurement Services for the South Carolina Department of Transportation after twelve years of service. She now serves as the Information Technology Management Officer for the Division of Procurement Services for South Carolina's Budget and Control Board. She worked for various agencies of state government over the past 38 years.

Norma has been a member of the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP) and the South Carolina Association of Government Purchasing Officials Chapter of NIGP (SCAGPO) since 1981 and served as President of NIGP for the 2005-2006 term. Norma is a Master Instructor and has been teaching for NIGP since 1986. She received NIGP's highest award, the Albert H. Hall Award, in 2009. In 1998, she received NIGP's Purchasing Manager of the Year Award. She is the 1989 Past President of her local NIGP Chapter. She was their 1991 recipient of the James H. Barnes Award for recognition of her achievements and contributions towards the advancement of governmental purchasing.

Secretary/Treasurer

Jean Clark, FNIGP, CPPO, CPPB, C.P.M., CPM
State Procurement Administrator
Arizona Department of Administration
E-mail: jean.clark@azdoa.gov
Representing: NASPO
Serving 1st Term as Secretary: 2014 - 2016
Serving 2nd Term as Treasurer: 2013 - 2015
Serving 2nd Term as a Member: 2013 - 2015

Jean currently possesses 25 years of public procurement experience at the State and local level. She began her career as a buyer and has continually progressed to upper level procurement positions. Her current position is serving as State Procurement Administrator for the State of Arizona.

She is Past President for the Arizona Capitol Chapter and Past President for the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing, Inc. (NIGP). She is also a Past President of the National Electronic Commerce Coordinating Council. She has obtained her procurement certifications as well as receiving a Master's in Public Administration.

Over her career, Jean has received the prestigious National NIGP Buyer of the Year Award and is the only procurement professional to be named the National NIGP Manager of the Year twice.

Members

Kevin Beardsley, CPPO, CPPB
Director, Purchasing Services
Virginia Beach Public Schools
E-mail: kevin.beardsley@vbschools.com
Representing: NIGP
Serving 2nd Term as a Member: 2013 - 2015

J. Kevin Beardsley, CPPO, CPPB is currently the Director of Purchasing for Virginia Beach City Public Schools. His previous position was Procurement Specialist VB Schools and he has been employed with VB Schools since 1985. Kevin obtained his MA Technology from Kent State University 1983 and BA Education from Ohio State University 1982.

Kevin's Professional Involvement includes UPPCC Board of Director; Virginia Association of Governmental Procurement (VAGP) Legislative Committee; VAGP At Large Board Member; VAGP Conference Planning Committee; NIGP Advocacy Committee and Technology Committee. In addition Kevin has presented many procurement related topics to various organizations and has written several articles on public procurement.

Kevin has received the following Honors and Awards: Superintendent's Quality Award-2006; VAGP J. Brad Oakley Scholarship-2003; City Manager's Quality Award-1999; Epsilon Pi Tau: The International Honor Society for Professions in Technology-1982; Graduate Fellowship-Kent State University-1982; as well as the following Agency Awards: NIGP Outstanding Agency Accreditation Award 2007-2010; NIGP Sterling Award Winner for Fully Certified Staff 2006-2009.

Monica Wilkes, CPPO, CPPB
Retired, Formerly Acting Deputy Director of Commodities, State of New York
E-mail: wilkes.monica@gmail.com
Representing: NASPO
Serving 1st Term as a Member: 2013 - 2015

Monica Wilkes is semi-retired after a long New York State career spanning close to four decades with the Office of General Services (OGS), Procurement Services Group (PSG). She continues to use her public procurement expertise performing consulting and volunteer work.

While with New York State, she most recently served as Acting Deputy Director of Commodities, responsible for the program that purchased products and non-technology services annually valued in excess of several billion dollars. She also held many lead policy roles such as Contributing Writer for the New York State Procurement Council Guidelines and OGS representative for the Office of the State Comptroller’s Vendor Responsibility Team; Tax Department Committee; Sweatfree Consortium; Minority/Women Owned Business Enterprise Committee; Business Process Improvement Coordinator; and Green Procurement Coordinator. She was a contributing author for many OGS policy and procedure resources available on the OGS website. She received several OGS Commissioner Quality Awards and worked with teams to develop contracts that achieved four National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO) Cronin Awards and one Society of Government Travel Professionals (SGTP) Award.

She is an honorary NASPO member and a contributing member to the Green Procurement, Marketing Meeting and Annual Meeting Committees and has enjoyed active roles, including speaker engagements, with the organization during the past two decades.

Monica has achieved both of the nationally recognized certifications of the UPPCC: Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO) and Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB). She is a lifetime member of the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP) and a graduate of the State University at Albany.

Her interests include family, travel, volunteer work and public procurement!

Advisory Non-Voting Members

Tony Grayson, CPCM
Acquisition Program Executive
Federal Acquisition Institute (FAI)
E-mail: anthony.grayson@fai.gov
Representing: United States Federal Government
Serving as an Advisory Member Since: 2012

Tony Grayson is currently Program Executive/Contracts for the Federal Acquisition Institute. Prior to accepting his current position in May 2012, he was a Professor of Contract Management at the Defense Acquisition University since June 2008.

Tony has over 40 years of acquisition experience. His experience spans acquisitions for major weapon systems, research and development, and supplies and services; including positions with the federal government, state and local government; and industry. In addition, Tony was an adjunct instructor in contracting and procurement for the University of Virginia for many years. He is a Certified Professional Contracts Manager and Fellow of the National Contract Management Association, and is Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act Level III certified in Contract Management and in Program Management, and Level III certified in Contracting by the Department of Homeland Security. Tony served in the U. S. Air Force for twenty-four years. He is a graduate of San Jose State College and the Air Force Institute of Technology.

Vacant
Representing: Canadian Federal Government

Rick Grimm, CPPO, CPPB
Chief Executive Officer
National Institute of Governmental Purchasing, Inc.
E-mail: rgrimm@nigp.org
Representing: NIGP

Rick Grimm became NIGP's fifth Chief Executive Officer in January 1998.

Rick holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from the University of Miami and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Florida International University. He served county governments and public school districts for 23 years, including over 12 years in the management of the public procurement function. Achieving CPPB certification in 1987 and CPPO certification in 1992, Rick received the NIGP Professional Purchasing Manager of the Year in 1993. In 1995, he was elected to the NIGP Board of Directors - serving in this capacity until his appointment as the Institute's Chief Executive Officer.

Under Rick's leadership, the Institute has re-written its major curriculum authored by academicians and practitioners under the LEAP Program (Learning and Education to Advance Procurement). LEAP includes six foundation courses, eight advanced courses, and an Executive Certificate program which incorporates a college-level capstone experience. The Institute has also added distance learning opportunities to NIGP's growing list of educational offerings. In 2005, the Institute launched an educational certificate program for government contractors. Additionally, under Rick's leadership, NIGP has instituted an agency accreditation program, the Public Procurement Research Center, a Journal of Public Procurement, a comprehensive marketing plan following a revised vision and mission statement, a strategic planning process for the Board of Directors and national committees, numerous enhancements to the NIGP Web site, and a Business Council that links corporate suppliers to the association. Since his appointment in 1998, 19 new NIGP Chapter Affiliates have been chartered including the Institute's first student chapter on the campus of the California Polytechnic Institute in Pomona.

Rick also served as President of the International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management (IFPSM) in 2004-2005 and remains an active member of their Board of Directors.

Nick Ruffin, CAE
Acting Director
National Association of State Procurement Officials
E-mail: nruffin@AMRms.com
Representing: NASPO

Academicians

Clifford McCue, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Public Administration
Florida Atlantic University - Urban & Public Affairs
E-mail: cmccue@fau.edu
Serving as an Advisory Member Since: 2003

Steve Gordon, Ph.D., FNIGP, CPPO
Old Dominion University
Dept. of Urban Studies & Public Administration
E-mail: sbgordon@odu.edu
Serving as an Advisory Member Since: 2012