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SHAWN RYAN

Commissioner

Georgia Department of Administrative Services

Shawn Ryan was appointed as Commissioner of the Department of Administrative Services by Governor Nathan Deal on October 1, 2017. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Ryan was the president of the Georgia Student Finance Commission, which administers the state’s post-secondary scholarship, grant and financial aid programs. He previously served as the director of Georgia’s Integrated Eligibility System, the largest information technology project in state history, and as director of communications for the Georgia Department of Public Health. Mr. Ryan has more than a decade of experience in Washington, D.C., where he worked in the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives, as well as for the Mortgage Bankers Association and the Heritage Foundation. He is a graduate of the University of Vermont. Mr. Ryan and his wife, Jennifer, live in Atlanta and are parishioners at the Cathedral of Christ the King.

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LISA EASON

Deputy Commissioner of State Purchasing Division,

Georgia Department of Administrative Services

In August 2015, Lisa became the Deputy Commissioner of the State Purchasing Division at the Georgia Department of Administrative Services. In this role, she is responsible for the administration of the State’s purchasing and PCard programs, the sourcing division, which includes the Goods, Services & IT, Contract Management, Agency Sourcing and Data Analytics units. She also manages the Audit Division which is responsible for auditing sourcing and PCard activities for the State. Additionally, Lisa is responsible for the Policy and Training division which administers the states purchasing training program for both state employees and suppliers, as well as the development and oversight of Georgia’s procurement and PCard policies and procedures. Lisa began her professional career with the State of Georgia as an intern with the Georgia Department of Audits in January of 1995. She also worked as an accounting manager in the Georgia Insurance Commissioner’s Office before being hired in 1999 by the Department of Technical and Adult Education, which later became the Technical College System of Georgia. During her tenure with the Georgia Technical College System, she was promoted to the position of Assistant Commissioner of Administration. In this capacity, Lisa provided assistance and guidance in all areas related to the administration of fiscal affairs, purchasing, human resources and information technology for Georgia’s 22 technical colleges, the Office of Adult Education, and Quick Start (the System’s workforce training program). Lisa graduated from the University of West Georgia in August of 1996 with a BBA in Accounting and in July of 2015 with a Master in Business Administration. She also graduated from the TCSG Leadership Academy in October of 2008 and the Governor’s Executive Leadership Program in June of 2010. She recently served on the Alumni Board of Directors at the University of West Georgia where she remains active in supporting education.

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PAUL VITALE

Keynote Speaker, Founder

Vitale Communications, Inc.

Paul Vitale has become one of America’s most sought-out speakers and trainers by using his unique combination of excitement, energy, and experience to encourage and motivate others. The founder of Vital Communications, Inc., Paul is a native of Arkansas and acquired his degree in mass communications and journalism from the University of Central Arkansas. For almost twenty years, Paul has impacted individuals and organizations, imparting an understanding of the leadership and determination required to excel. Through his keynote presentations, seminars, and retreats, Paul helps his clients build strong teams and increase productivity. He speaks worldwide about the significance of optimism, a strong work ethic, and concepts vital to personal and professional growth, while reaching hundreds of thousands of people from all walks of life. Paul’s energetic and enjoyable presentation style has made him a favorite at countless universities, meetings, conventions, seminars, and training conferences. His diverse client list includes ESPN, Walmart, the United States Postal Service, Southwest Airlines, the National Football League, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Washington Redskins, Landstar Global Logistics, the Georgia Department of Education, United Way, Tyson Foods, the Minnesota Vikings, the Antiques Roadshow, the University of Kentucky, the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the Los Angeles Rams, and Dole Hong Kong. Prior to speaking professionally, Paul was director of the Convention and Visitors Bureau in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Preceding his role at the CVB, Paul launched his professional career with the largest marketing firm in the State of Arkansas—Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods. His team was responsible for all of the Natural State’s tourism promotion. Paul has written the best sellers Are You Puzzled by the Puzzle of Life?; Sell With Confidence; Pass It On; and Discover the Now. He has also written several curriculums in use across the nation and recorded Live Life Like You Mean It. Paul has been featured on NBC, ABC, FOX, and the Minnesota Vikings Entertainment Network, and is a regular guest on talk shows sharing his insight and life strategies. Paul’s expertise, enthusiasm, and ability to encourage people to exceed their potential have been described by his audiences as extraordinary. In his spare time, Paul enjoys volunteering with Big Brothers/Big Sisters, the March of Dimes, the New Mexico Crime Victims Reparation Commission, the HIKE Foundation, and the Arkansas Hospitality Association. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Game for Life National Advisory Board, a graduate of the Little Rock Citizen’s Police Academy as well as Leadership Greater Little Rock, a member of the Board of Directors of the Arkansas Travel Council, served on the Los Angeles Rams Training Academy Leadership Board, and was commissioned a Kentucky Colonel. Paul was selected by the readers of Arkansas Business as Best Motivational Speaker and Trainer.

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DEB WALLACE, C.I.G., C.F.E.

Inspector General

Office of the State Inspector General

Ms. Wallace became Inspector General on October 7, 2013, after working as Senior Deputy Inspector General and having served under the three prior State Inspectors General. She has been with the office since its inception in 2003. As State Inspector General, Ms. Wallace directs the Office responsible for investigating allegations of fraud, waste, and abuse in the Executive Branch of state government. Ms. Wallace has twenty-five years of experience conducting administrative and criminal investigations in both state and federal government and holds credentials as a Certified Inspector General (CIG) and Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). A retired Lieutenant Commander, she is also a 20 year veteran of the U.S. Navy, skilled in the areas of leadership, management, and administration. Her professional experience in the federal government includes working as a Criminal Investigator with the U.S. Naval Criminal Investigative Service, Compensation Investigator with the U.S. Army Criminal Investigative Division, and Security Specialist with the U.S. Department of Energy. Ms. Wallace also worked for the State of Tennessee as an Internal Affairs Investigator and Program Manager for the Department of Corrections prior to joining our office. She holds a Master of Science from Troy State University in Troy, Alabama, and a Bachelor’s degree with Honors from Chaminade University in Honolulu, Hawaii. Ms. Wallace is originally from Athens, Tennessee.

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AUSTIN MAYBERRY

Certified Public Accountant, Certified Fraud Examiner

Office of the State Inspector General

Austin Mayberry is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE).  Prior to accepting his position as an OIG Investigator in March 2014, he worked as a member of the National Financial Services Group for BKD, LLP, a national accounting firm, in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Mr. Mayberry specialized in external audit, internal audit outsourcing and co-sourcing, and regulatory compliance review. During his time in public accounting, Mr. Mayberry served numerous institutions ranging in asset size from thirty million to two trillion dollars spanning a diverse industry set. Mr. Mayberry has received advanced training in Interviewing and Interrogations, Public Corruptions Investigations, and Contract and Grant Fraud Investigations. He also has received advanced training from Georgia Southern’s Fraud and Forensic Accounting program. Mr. Mayberry received both his Bachelors of Science in Business majoring in Accounting and his Masters of Accounting degrees from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where he minored in business legal studies. Mr. Mayberry is originally from Toledo, Ohio.

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BECKY ALEXANDER

Audit Supervisor

Georgia Department of Administrative Services

Becky Alexander is with the Georgia Department of Administrative Services, and is the audit supervisor for enterprise-wide continuous monitoring for statewide p-card and purchasing activity. Previously, she worked as an external auditor for the Georgia Department of Transportation. She received a BBA in Accounting from Clayton Statue University and Masters in Accountancy from Georgia Southern University. She has over ten years of state and local government procurement, p-card and auditing experience.

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JOYCE AULD

Procurement Training Specialist

Georgia Department of Administrative Services

Joyce J. Auld is a native of Virginia. In 2004, she relocated to Georgia with her retired military husband after traveling the world. After relocating to Georgia, Joyce became very serious and focused on completing her educational pursuit. As a Dean’s List recipient at Shorter University, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree (Management) in December 2007. Knowing the value and importance of education, Joyce immediately enrolled in the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program (Human Resources) with Strayer University. In December 2009, she completed the requirements for an MBA with a 3.9 GPA. Joyce has a passion and gift for working with married couples, specifically those in a blended family. She is a certified marriage facilitator for numerous marriage curriculums. In 2012, Joyce was awarded the Leadership Award from Georgia Family Council (now Georgia Center for Opportunity). She has received many other awards from organizations in the community for her work with blended families. Joyce and her husband have been featured in numerous magazine articles. They also starred in the documentary “Blended – The Unspoken Truth About Blended Families.” Joyce is the author of “What’s Really Happening in African-American Relationships.” Joyce has worked with several state entities in various procurement roles. She currently works as a Procurement Training Specialist with the Department of Administrative Services. In July 2016, Joyce obtain the national certification - Certified Purchasing Public Buyer (CPPB) from the Universal Public Procurement Certification Council. Other certifications held by Joyce include; Georgia Procurement Professional Associate (GCPA), Georgia Certified Procurement Manager (GCPM), Carl Vinson Institute of Government (CVIOG) – Primary Government Accounting Series and the Budget and Financial Management certification for state government.

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JIM BARNABY

USG Strategic Sourcing Director

University System of Georgia

Jim Barnaby serves as the USG Strategic Sourcing Director for the University System of Georgia. Mr. Barnaby served in the US Army for over 20 years and retired as a First Sergeant. As an Army Infantry First Sergeant and Platoon Sergeant, he dedicated the majority of his time to leading, planning and logistics. Some of the highlights of his military career were serving 9 years in Europe, training new recruits as a drill sergeant at Ft. Benning, Georgia and receiving the Bronze Star for actions in Desert Storm. His last duty assignment was at North Georgia College, where he served as a military instructor. After retiring from the Army in 1997, Mr. Barnaby remained with North Georgia College and began working in Auxiliary Services. After completing a BA in Business Management he was hired as the agency’s CUPO and the Director of Materials Management. During this time there he established new procurement processes and launched the new PeopleSoft eProcurement Module. In 2008 earned his National Certification as a Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) and then his Certification as a Public Purchasing Officer (CPPO) in 2009. In 2010 he was given the opportunity to work at Georgia Perimeter College as the Associate Director of logistical Services. During the first year two years at GPC he launched eProcurement and Georgia First Market Place. In 2014 he was promoted to Director of Logistical Services. In 2016 Georgia Perimeter consolidated with Georgia State University. In July 2016 Mr. Barnaby accepted a position as the USG strategic Sourcing Director.

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RICK BEAL

Group Category Manager, Strategic Sourcing

Georgia Department of Administrative Services

Rick is the Group Category Manager for the Goods team in the State Purchasing Division for the State of Georgia. In this role, Rick is responsible for leading a team of procurement professionals charged with sourcing enterprise wide tangible commodities. His team’s statewide contract portfolio includes contracts such as Office Supplies, MRO, Guns and Ammunition, Generic Drugs, Liquid Propane Gas, Diagnostic Instruments, Biological Supplies, Hospital and Medical Supplies, and Police Pursuit Vehicles just to name a few. The Goods team’s statewide contract portfolio is valued at over $340M.

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JOSH BORDEN

GPC Conference and Operations Manager, State Purchasing Division

Georgia Department of Administrative Services

With more than 26 years of experience in Procurement, Contract Management, Negotiations, and Mentoring, Josh Borden is the GPC Conference and Operations Manager with State Purchasing and has been a valuable resource for agencies, universities and colleges statewide. He acts in a consultative role in policy and best practices. He has partnered and presented with the National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO) and National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP). He also serves as a Trainer for State Purchasing in RFP, Contract Administration and Negotiations and is currently partnering on a class for APO/CUPOs.

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MARY CHAPMAN

Director of Policy and Training

Georgia Department of Administrative Services

Mary Chapman serves as the Director of Policy and Training for the Department of Administrative Services, State Purchasing Division. Mrs. Chapman has more than 10 years’ experience in state government procurement and contract negotiations. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from Georgia State University and her Juris Doctor from the University of Georgia Law School.

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GARY CRAFT

Category Manager

Georgia Department of Administrative Services

Gary O. Craft, C.P.M., GCPM is a Category Manager with the SPD Agency Sourcing Division, with more than 25 years of experience in supply chain and strategic sourcing, human resource management, talent management, risk management and temporary staffing. Gary earned his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in Political Science at Jacksonville State University and an MPM – Project Manager certification from the Keller Graduate School of Management. He is a Certified Purchasing Manager through the Institute of Supply Management (ISM) and hold a Georgia Certified Purchasing Manager certification through the State of Georgia.

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STEVE EKIN

Director, Surplus Property Division

Georgia Department of Administrative Services

Steve Ekin serves as the Director of the Surplus Property Division. Prior to joining DOAS, Mr. Ekin was the Director of Operations for an international import company where he was responsible for daily operations and logistics of a high volume distribution/manufacture facility. Mr. Ekin earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the University of Phoenix and is a Certified Professional Property Administrator from the National Property Management Association. He is retired from the US Coast Guard.

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BEVERLY DENSON

Category Manager, IT Sourcing

Department of Administrative Services

Beverly is a Category Manager with the Department of Administrative Services in the Strategic Sourcing Unit of State Purchasing for the State of Georgia. In this role, she is responsible for sourcing, negotiating and implementing complex enterprise IT agreements that maximize cost reduction and savings strategies. Beverly’s current IT portfolio includes sourcing a new PC Statewide contract and providing a contract vehicle for Cloud solutions for Georgia.

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SHERIDA EDWARDS

Category Purchasing Manager

Department of Community Health

Sherida Edwards has more than thirty years of experience in Georgia State Government, of which more than sixteen of those years, she has served in the state's procurement process working at various state agencies including DOAS, GTA and currently DCH.  She is an accomplished and seasoned Procurement Professional with a wealth of experience managing large scale information technology (IT) procurements.  Her IT Procurement experience footprints can be seen throughout the state, including successfully procuring the state's Integrated Eligibility System (IES), Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) System, Kronos, State Automated Child Welfare Information System (SACWIS) now SHINES and a host of many more.  Sherida’s footprints across the state are not limited to procurement, she has also been instrumental in improving customer service throughout the state.  As an original member of the former Governor’s Office of Customer Service, she participated in many Rapid Process Improvement and Call Center Improvement projects streamlining processes, as well as speeding up call answer times, resulting in Georgians receiving Faster, Friendly, Easier services.  Sherida holds a MPA, BS in Business, as well as several professional certifications including a CPPO, GCPM and GCPA.

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KIM FORD

Agency Sourcing Manager

Georgia Department of Administrative Services

Kim Ford is a DOAS Agency Sourcing Manager, previously with the IT Sourcing Group and a Senior Contract Officer with Kennesaw State University.

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MCCALL GINSBERG

Legal Services Director

Georgia Department of Administrative Services

McCall Ginsberg joined DOAS in June 2014 as Deputy General Counsel. Prior to joining DOAS, Ms. Ginsberg Served as Assistant Legal Counsel and directed contracting and procurement functions for the Georgia Department of Education and the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority. She served as Legal Aide to the Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives during the 2001 and 2002 legislative sessions. Ms. Ginsberg is a “Double Dawg,” having earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Georgia and a JD from the UGA School of Law.

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DANA HARRIS

Group Manager, Agency Sourcing

Georgia Department of Administrative Services

Dana Harris is the Group Manager of the Agency Sourcing Team for Georgia’s Department of Administrative Services. Dana is a NIGP Certified Public Procurement Officer and received her B.A. in Public Administration from San Diego State University and MPA from California State University, Dominguez Hills. In 1999, after a private sector career, she began working in the field of public procurement. . Dana is a seasoned State of Georgia employee with over 10 years of service leading procurement events valued from $5,000 to $1 Billion dollars annually with a mix of everything in between.

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CARL HALL

Contract Management Manager, SPD

Georgia Department of Administrative Services

Carl A. Hall, PhD, Esq., is the Contract Management Manager in the Department of Administrative Services-State Purchasing Division. He is responsible for overseeing the management of statewide contracts (Goods, Services and Technology). Dr. Hall has over 30 years of progressive Procurement and Contracting experience, having worked in both public and private-sector organizations. A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Dr. Hall is a graduate of The University of Tennessee-Knoxville, John Marshall Law School and Madison University. He is a member of the State Bar of Georgia. Dr. Hall is also on the faculty of Strayer University as an Adjunct Professor in the College of Business.

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LINDLE HATTON

CEO

NASPO

On July 31, 2017, Lindle Hatton, Ph.D., began his tenure as the National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO) first Chief Executive Officer. A familiar face within NASPO, Lindle previously served as a consultant and advisor to the NASPO Board of Directors and NASPO ValuePoint Management Board since 2013. During that time, he was instrumental in providing valuable guidance for the association’s strategic programs, including the formation of NASPO’s Procurement U and its higher education initiatives. At the time of his appointment, the NASPO Board of Directors selected Lindle for this role because of his in-depth knowledge and understanding of NASPO and the NASPO ValuePoint Cooperative Purchasing Organization, including the organizational structure, operations, mission, values, and objectives of each organization; and his expertise in developing and establishing a degreed program within the system of higher education. Lindle has more than 27 years of experience in professional organizations, higher education, and private business. He has provided consulting services to a wide range of private and public-sector organizations, non-profit associations, as well as international countries in developing their economies and business ventures.

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TRAVIS HORSLEY

Data Analyst

Georgia Department of Administrative Services

Travis Horsley is on a mission to utilize data analytics and concepts to improve efficiency in the public sector. He is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology with a dual-BS in International Affairs & Modern Languages and Public Policy, with a MS in Public Policy from the same alma mater. A Georgian by birth, he enjoys the nexus of technology and humanities. Striving for a customer-centric focus of government services, he supports State Purchasing Division of the Georgia Department of Administrative Services in their auditing and recovery efforts.

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TOYIA M. HUNTER

Director of Purchasing

Technical College System of Georgia

Toyia Hunter is currently the Director of Purchasing at the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG).   She has over 24 years of procurement experience in both County and State government.   She is responsible for planning, directing and managing the purchasing operation of TCSG and the 22 statewide technical colleges.  In 2004, Toyia earned her National Certification as Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB).  She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from Georgia Southern University. Mrs. Hunter has been married for 21  years and has three children.

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CLARENCE INGRAM

Group Category Manager, Strategic Sourcing

Georgia Department of Administrative Services

Clarence Ingram is a Group Category Manager within the Strategic Sourcing Unit of State Purchasing for the State of Georgia. In his role, he is responsible for negotiating and implementing statewide enterprise agreements, spend management, customer and supplier relationship management, cost reduction, and savings maximizing strategies in the area of Information Technology and Professional Services.

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MICHAEL JONES

President

NASPO

Michael A. Jones has been employed with the State of Alabama for over 25 years. Most of Michael’s employment time has been in Information Technology. Michael began his employment with the Division of Purchasing as the Deputy State Purchasing Director in 2009 and became the State Purchasing Director in 2010. Michael received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Science and Business Administration from Troy University and is currently serving as President of the National Association of State Procurement Officials.

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BERNIE JOY

Category Manager, SPD/IT Sourcing

Georgia Department of Administrative Services

An Atlanta native, Bernie Joy is a graduate of Mercer University. He has been a Procurement Professional for 15 years and has delivered over 3000 speeches to various groups.

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JOHN KREEGER

Senior Compliance Auditor

Georgia Department of Administrative Services

Over the past 20 years, John has gained purchasing, financial management and audit experience in state and local government and higher education in both the US and the UK. Prior to moving to the UK in 1997, he worked for the Internal Revenue Service. John has an M.A. in Political Science from Villanova University and a B.A. in Political Science from Edinboro University in Pennsylvania. John and his wife live in Cherokee County, GA.

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RACHAEL KRIZANEK

Internal Controls and Policy Manager

State Accounting Office

Rachael Krizanek is the Internal Controls and Policy Manager at the State Accounting Office. She is responsible for establishing and monitoring the Statewide internal control guidance which is based on the Federal Green Book. Also, Rachael is responsible for accounting and business process policies, along with certain Federal reports. Rachael’s prior experience included 15 years as an Auditor for the NY State Comptroller’s Office. The audits were performed in accordance with Federal Yellow Book Standards, and were mainly operational, compliance, or internal control objectives of local governments (cities, schools, counties, etc). Rachael has a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Binghamton University and is a CPA (licensed in NY).

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REBECCA KRYSTOPA

Policy Operations Manager

Georgia Department of Administrative Services

Rebecca Krystopa joined DOAS in 2016 as part of the State Purchasing Division's P-Card Unit, and in the fall of 2017 became the division's Policy Operations Manager. Prior to joining DOAS, Rebecca spent 22 years at Georgia Piedmont Technical College, most recently as the Director of Administrative Services, overseeing the college's student accounting, bookstore, payroll, p-card program and various finance office functions. Ms. Krystopa is a graduate of Reinhardt University with a B.A. in Organizational Management and Leadership.

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KRISTEN MATEKENYA

HR Specialist, HRA

Georgia Department of Administrative Services

Kristen Matekenya is an HR Specialist 3 in the Human Resources Administration unit of the Georgia Department of Administrative Services (DOAS). She is a member of the Enterprise Talent Management Support team where she works as the Program Coordinator for the Statewide Temporary Staffing Program. Under this program, she serves as a subject matter expert supporting the agencies across the State with their temporary staffing needs. She and her team members successfully implemented the new Administrative Temporary Staffing Contract and is currently implementing the new IT Temporary Staffing Contract. Prior to joining DOAS, Kristen worked at a mid-sized staffing firm as a Branch Manager in the private sector. This position gave her a well-rounded understanding of temporary staffing and Human Resource Management. She is a Certified Professional with the Society of Human Resource Management. She studied Business Administration and Marketing at Georgia State University and earned a Master of Science in Human Resource Management from Troy University.

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BO MCDANIEL

Enterprise Talent Management Services Director, HRA

Georgia Department of Administrative Services

Bo McDaniel began his career with the state in 2005, at the Georgia Department of Labor, where he spent 10 years. He started his career there as a HR Analyst 1, and was promoted through the HR Analyst career path before joining the leadership ranks as Deputy Human Resources Director in 2007. He was promoted to Human Resources Director in 2009. Bo moved to DOAS Human Resources Administration in June 2016 as the Enterprise Talent Management Services Director, and continues in the role today. Enterprise Talent Management Services provides consultation and service to state employers in the areas of recruiting, performance management and temporary/contingent staffing. The unit also provides quarterly training to state human resources professionals. Prior to his public-sector career, he gained 20 years of Human Resources Director experience in the private sector, including director level roles at WebMD, Six Flags and Domino’s. Bo McDaniel grew up on a farm in Northwest, GA. He married a city girl from Powder Springs, GA and they raised two wonderful daughters together. Bo and his wife reside in Kennesaw, GA and enjoy Georgia’s State Parks as often as they can. Bo graduated from West Georgia College with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration degree, with a Marketing focus.

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DARRYL MITCHELL

Chief, Contract Pricing and Analysis

Georgia Department of Administrative Services

Currently serves as the Chief, Contract Pricing and Analysis for the State Purchasing Division within the Georgia Department of Administrative Services. A procurement professional with over 25 years in the field spanning the federal, state and private sectors, Darryl has leveraged his education and training in the areas of accounting & auditing, along with a love of math to examine & establish best practices for contract pricing. He is joined by the DOAS "MATHLETES" - Jalisa Ferguson, Yolanda Reeder & Brandon McKeen.

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KYLE MORTON

Team Georgia Marketplace Business Advisor

Georgia Department of Administrative Services

Kyle Morton is a senior consultant with over eighteen years of cumulative functional and technical PeopleSoft experience. To complement his accounting background, he has experience in PeopleSoft Financials and Supply Chain Management implementations, support, workflow, and end-user training. Specific proficiency in eProcurement/Purchasing, Project Costing, Supplier Contracts Management, Strategic Sourcing, Procurement Card, Sciquest, Accounts Payable, Asset Management, Commitment Control and General Ledger.

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CONRAD NORMAN

Enterprise Learning and OD Manager

Georgia Department of Administrative Services

Conrad Norman is the Enterprise Learning and OD Manager for DOAS in the Human Resources Administration division. He’s been with the State of GA and DOAS for 10 years, following a successful 20-year career in the private sector managing Human Resources, learning, and talent development for International Automotive Corporation, Sears Holding Corporation, and The Home Depot USA. Conrad received his B.S. in Political Science from City University, Los Angeles and his MBA from Heriot-Watt University. He is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources through the HR Certification Institute (HRCI), a Senior Certified Professional (SCP) through the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) and is a certified consultant in a variety of leadership development, personality, and team effectiveness assessment instruments. He is also an active national member in the Association of Talent Development (ATD), formerly known as American Society of Training & Development, and the International Society of Performance Improvement.

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NANCY PARROTT, PMP, CCM, ITIL

IT Investment Consultant

Georgia Technology Authority

Nancy manages the Investment Governance Program for the EPMO. Over the past five years she has worked to create and implement processes to support agencies in making more informed investments in technology. She works directly with the agency business leads as well as the State Purchasing Office of DOAS to identify opportunities for leveraging state technology resources across the enterprise. She is the initial point of contact with agencies requesting new technology investments and conducts assessments to identify potential impacts and risks and make recommendations for mitigation strategies. She supports technology initiatives through the initiation and planning phases and works closely with the State Chief Technology Officer in reviewing state technology procurements. Nancy has created templates and reference checklists based on best practices to assist agencies with Business Case Analysis and Procurement Strategies. Nancy spearheads a cross-agency team with DOAS State Purchasing to ensure consistency of message and policies related to enterprise technology procurements. She has worked with DOAS to assess agency maturity in technology investment practices and has collaborated on the development of a statewide training effort to address opportunities for improvement. Nancy is certified in Organizational Change Management and provides training through the EPMO Professional Development Program. She also developed and delivers an executive level course which prepares agencies for managing the large amount of change introduced into their environment.

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AJAY PATEL

Director of Procurement

Georgia Institute of Technology

Ajay Patel is currently the Director of Procurement at the Georgia Institute of Technology.  He has over 20 years of direct and indirect procurement experience overseeing a variety of commodities in various industries including higher education, automotive, utilities, apparel, textiles and consumer goods.   Ajay has spent the majority of his career in industry working for companies such as Ford Motor Company and Georgia Pacific.  He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.

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LEANNA JORDAN PIERRE

Procurement Manager and Legal Associate

State Road and Tollway Authority

Leanna Jordan Pierre is currently the Procurement Manager and a Legal Associate for the State Road and Tollway Authority managing over 200 active contracts totaling more than $30 million annually. Leanna started her career in procurement in 2013 with the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority, administering procurement and contracts involving both State and Federal Transit Administration funds. Leanna received Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Emory University in 2009 and her Juris Doctor and Master of Science in Health Administration from Georgia State University College of Law in 2013. She is licensed to practice law in the State of Georgia. When she is not working at the office, she spends her time with her husband and son and working on her recipe blog: www.mrsislandbreeze.com.

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ROB PRINZO

President

The Prinzo Group

Rob Prinzo is a Principal Consultant with the Prinzo Group, management consulting firm that works with organizations to improve business processes and customer service through the implementation of technology. He specializes in converting complex business strategies into actionable implementation plans. Rob has written three books and numerous articles on business process improvement and project management. His articles have been featured in a number of leading business publications including Chief Information Officer (CIO), Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Computer World, Supply and Demand Chain Executive and the IHRIM Journal. He holds a master's degree in industrial management and a bachelor's degree in marketing, both from Clemson University.

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JAN PYTELEWSKI

Deputy State Purchasing Officer, State Purchasing Division

Georgia Department of Administrative Services

Jan Pytelewski serves as the Deputy State Purchasing Officer for the State Purchasing Division (SPD) of DOAS. In her current role, Ms. Pytelewski manages various SPD sourcing disciplines including statewide contract development, statewide contract management, sourcing analytics, and agency sourcing. Ms. Pytelewski has been a successful practitioner of strategic sourcing concepts and the application of procurement best practices for over 25 years. Prior to joining DOAS, Ms. Pytelewski held Procurement/Supply Management leadership positions with BellSouth Telecommunications, AT&T and SunTrust Bank. Since 2010, Ms. Pytelewski has conducted many major sourcing events for the State of Georgia covering a variety of products and services such as network equipment hardware/software, risk management software, web development services, disaster recovery services, school nutrition software, Inmate telephones, customer relationship management solutions, and financial aid processing services. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia and her Master’s from Georgia State University. In addition, she has earned her certification as a Business Performance Coach from Kennesaw State University.

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MARIA ROUX

Quality Assurance Compliance Manager

Georgia Department of Transportation

As the QA Compliance Manager for GDOT, Maria is responsible for ensuring GDOTs compliance with State and Federal rule/laws as pertains to procurement. This role is also responsible for auditing the procurement function as well as developing and providing training to all procurement staff and end user/personnel who touch the procurement function. Maria was formally the SPD Training supervisor responsible for the procurement training function, and has over twenty years of experience managing, developing and delivering training for large and small entities/corporations.

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GERALD SCHAEFER

Director, Audits

Georgia Department of Administrative Services

Gerald Schaefer joined DOAS in June 2015. Gerald is responsible for cost recovery audits and administrative fee reviews of statewide contracts and p-card and procurement audits of state entities. Prior to joining DOAS, Gerald worked as a performance auditor in the Georgia Department of Audits, and as an internal auditor for the City of Atlanta Auditor’s Office, and for the Georgia Department of Education. Gerald has over 20 years of auditing experience and holds the following professional certifications: certified public accountant, certified fraud examiner, and certified information systems auditor. Gerald earned a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Georgia and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Missouri.

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JIM SEAFORT

Senior Account Executive

ExpoPlus

James Seafort is a Senior Account Executive at ExpoPlus, where he oversees all aspects of the trade shows ExpoPlus produces, along with design of all specialty units and floorplans. James graduated from UCLA with a Culinary Arts degree and Golden West College with an Accounting Certification. After graduating, he lived in Los Angeles before settling in the Atlanta area. James brings 12 years’ experience in the General Service Contractors field. He was in the U.S. Navy in from 1987-2003.

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TETCHJAN SIMPSON

Category Manager, IT

Georgia Department of Administrative Services

Tetchjan is a Category Manager in the State Purchasing Division of the Georgia Department of Administrative Services. Tetchjan is responsible for developing complex technology contracts such as Software, IT Temporary Staffing and Enterprise Equipment. She has over 11 years of contracts and procurement experience working at GDOT, GATech, Xerox Global Procurement, MARTA and DOAS.

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MAJORIE SIMS

Contract Manager

Georgia Department of Administrative Services

Majorie Sims is Graduate of University of West Georgia with a Bachelor's in Business Administration. She is a Certified Professional Public Buyer and Georgia Certified Purchasing Manager.

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CARRIE STEELE

Manager, Agency Sourcing

Georgia Department of Administrative Services

Carrie Steele is an agency sourcing manager for the state purchasing division at DOAS. She has over 15 years of experience in procurement experience with the State of Georgia. She graduated from Queens University with a bachelor’s degree in biology and accounting. Prior to DOAS, She previously worked for Georgia Court of Appeals.

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REBECCA SULLIVAN

Assistant Commissioner and General Counsel

Georgia Department of Administrative Services

Rebecca Sullivan joined DOAS in May 2014 as General Counsel, Assistant Commissioner of Government Affairs. Ms. Sullivan is responsible for the legal department and all legal matters affecting the state’s enterprise procurement, risk management, human resources, fleet management and surplus property business units. Prior to joining DOAS, Ms. Sullivan practiced law with the Political Law Group, a Chalmers LLC, served as a policy advisor and executive counsel to Governor Sonny Perdue, and practiced labor and employment law with Elarbee, Thompson in Atlanta. She is a “Double Dawg,” having earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Georgia and a Juris Doctor from the UGA School of Law.

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MATT TAYLOR

Category Manager

Georgia Department of Administrative Services

Matt Taylor is a Category Manager in SPD and has been with DOAS for 11 years. He rejoinged the Goods group in August 2017, and worked in the Services group for 6 years before that. Mr. Taylor began his career with DOAS in the Goods group and worked there for 5 years. He currently manage the Gases portfolio for re-sourcing. In his free time, Matt enjoys reading, running, movies, and UGA football.

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DORNA WERDELIN

GPC Content Committee Chair, Communications & Learning Officer

Georgia Department of Administrative Services

Dorna F. Werdelin serves as the GPC Content Committee Chair, and the Communications & Learning Officer with the Georgia Department of Administrative Services State Purchasing Division. She is responsible for statewide procurement training for purchasing personnel and companies wishing to do business with the state of Georgia. Mrs. Werdelin also manages the communications and outreach functions in the Division, and is the Georgia Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) Certification official, acting as a dedicated resource to those businesses. She has extensive experience in ERP project management, government and public relations, strategic planning and communications, training and organizational development. Dorna has worked with the State of Georgia government for over 10 years, formerly as the Assistant Director of the Georgia Leadership Institute and Enterprise Learning Division at the State Personnel Administration. Prior to the state, Dorna was the Deputy Information Officer at the largest oil refinery in the western hemisphere, in St. Croix, USVI. Dorna has an MBA in Human Resource Management and is currently pursuing doctoral studies at the University of Georgia. She also holds a Georgia Certified Purchasing Associate certification and sits on the NASPO Training Coordinator Planning Committee and the Metro-Atlanta Intergovernmental Association of Equal Opportunity Officials (MIAEOO).

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KIAJA WILLIAMS

Senior Business Analyst

Georgia Department of Administrative Services

Kiaja Williams is a senior business analyst for Team Georgia Marketplace. She has over 15 years of experience in application development/support and system analysis. She graduated from Auburn University with a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering. She previously worked for IBM in the Enterprise Storage Server group.

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MARY ZIROCK

Operational Procurement Manager/Agency Procurement Officer

Georgia Department of Transportation

Mary Zirock started her career in procurement in 1995 and is a professional known by many within the State of Georgia procurement profession. Mary has a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Baldwin Wallace University in Berea Ohio. Mary is currently the Agency Procurement Officer for the GA Department of Transportation and her procurement team of 37 is responsible for the broad range of routine activities associated with transportation systems, which include rail, county airports and transit systems, all of which the agency is responsible. Prior to her current position, Mary’s experience includes working at DOAS as an Operations Purchasing Agent 1 and certifications trainer at DOAS.