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News | Sept. 19, 2022

Employees graduate from Emerging Leaders Pilot Program

By DCMA Total Force Directorate

Defense Contract Management Agency employees from across the nation recently participated in a virtual graduation on August 29, representing the first class from the Emerging Leaders Pilot Program, managed by the Total Force Directorate staff.

The cohort of 47 employees, representing many diverse job series, completed the demanding 18-month leadership development program. During the program, employees took part in Skillsoft training, completed book report assignments, participated in specialized Office of Personnel Management training, and completed other individual and team projects designed to build leadership competencies. In addition to the academic aspect of the program, participants also received mentorship.

“The graduates of the program should be extremely proud of their accomplishments,” said Clint Covert, Total Force Programs Branch team lead. “These men and women represent the future leaders of DCMA and we’re excited to see their contributions to the continued success of our agency.”

Covert also noted 45 percent of the class received a promotion while participating in the program. “It’s an amazing accomplishment, but should come as no surprise,” he added. “The level of professionalism and aptitude displayed over the past 18-months was on full display and we expect great things from these graduates.”

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This year’s graduation class includes:

  • Heather Andersen - industrial specialist, DCMA Manassas, Eastern Region Command​
  • Janene Olivia Anderson - contract specialist, Western Region Staff, Western Region Command​
  • Judith Aurelio - corporate administrative contracting officer, Cost and Pricing Regional Command​
  • Jason Balas - quality assurance specialist, Central Region Command
  • Brian Beckendorf – ​​​​​​​​​​​​ lead quality assurance specialist, Aircraft Integrated Maintenance Operations
  • Brandon Bennett - engineering subject matter expert, Aircraft Integrated Maintenance Operations
  • Joshua Brody - quality assurance specialist, DCMA International Middle East​
  • Christopher Browning - management and program analyst, Western Region Command​
  • Susan Caskey - procurement analyst, Central Region Command​
  • Adam Caudle - assistant contract management office counsel, Eastern Region Command​
  • Victoria Chan - engineer, Cost and Pricing Regional Command​
  • Daniel Coker - quality assurance specialist, Eastern Region Command​
  • Ryan Copeland - quality assurance specialist, Central Region Command​
  • Evan Cummings - manufacturing team supervisor, Central Region Command​
  • Jeffrey Decker - engineer, Central Region Command​
  • Richard Evers - quality assurance specialist, Central Region Command​
  • Mathew Faig - lead price analyst, Eastern Region Command ​
  • Robert Ford - engineering and manufacturing supervisor, Central Region Command​
  • Coray Gibson - engineer, DCMA International Command ​
  • Mayanara Gonzalez - contract administrator, Eastern Region Command​
  • Jose Henderson - supervisory management analyst, DCMA headquarters​
  • Kyle Jacobs – quality assurance specialist, Central Region Command
  • Andrea Jones - administrative contracting officer, DCMA headquarters
  • Tracy Jones - quality assurance specialist, DCMA headquarters ​
  • Ricky Kind - corporate administrative contracting officer, Cost and Pricing Regional Command
  • Aaron Koop - supervisory general engineer, Eastern Region Command​
  • Stefanie Lorenzo - quality assurance specialist, Eastern Region Command
  • Lawrence Lyford - combat rescue helicopter program integrator, Eastern Region Command​
  • Kevin Manley - quality assurance specialist, Eastern Region Command​
  • Ron Marchlewski - administrative contracting officer, Central Region Command​
  • Shakirah Muhammad-Ruiz - performance advocate for workload acceptance, Program Manager Portfolio Management and Business Integration Executive Directorate
  • John Pomaranski - lead quality assurance specialist, Eastern Region Command​
  • Mark Price – quality assurance specialist, Eastern Region Command
  • Amy Rafaniello - administrative contracting officer, Western Region Command​
  • Tammy Ryan - electronic business specialist information, Technology Executive Directorate​
  • Mindy Smith - management analyst, Eastern Region Command​
  • Vanessa Lynn Snyder - management analyst, Technical Directorate, DCMA Headquarters​
  • Robert Stephens - operations research systems analyst, Portfolio Management and Business Integration Executive Directorate​
  • Charles Taylor, Jr. - engineer, Aircraft Integrated Maintenance Operations
  • Paul VanLuvender III - quality assurance specialist, Eastern Region Command​
  • Camille Washington - administrative contracting officer, DCMA Special Programs South, Special Programs Command​
  • Mitch Weingel - engineer, Western Region Command​
  • Beverly Welsh - administrative contracting officer, Aircraft Integrated Maintenance Operations
  • Cecilia Whaley – quality assurance specialist, Central Region Command
  • Ebony Williams - procurement analyst, Eastern Region Command​
  • Alex Wood - quality assurance specialist, Central Region Command​
  • Marcus Yoo - industrial specialist, Western Region Command​

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