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Deputy State Procurement Officer
State of South Carolina, Division of Procurement Services
1201 Main Street, Suite 600
Columbia, SC 29201
Phone: 803-737-4375
Fax: 803-737-0639
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Ms. Stacy Lynn Adams, CPPB

Stacy Adams, CPPB, is the Deputy State Procurement Officer for the State of South Carolina, Division of Procurement Services managing the State Term Contracting Teams. With nearly 20 years of experience her skills represent governmental purchasing at the county, state agency and state-wide levels. Stacy is a leader who is actively involved in content builds for the new NIGP Pathways program. She instructs courses as a NIGP Certified Instructor. Stacy is also an instructor for courses on behalf of the South Carolina State Fiscal Accountability Authority helping procurement professionals throughout the state learn various aspects of the profession. Stacy’s desire to “give back” to the profession she so dearly loves continues in her service to NIGP and its local Chapter, SCAGPO. As an active member of both, she serves on many committees and has been awarded Buyer of the Year for 2014 and was the recipient of the B.D. Bland Distinguished Service Award in 2018. Stacy currently serves on NIGP’s Talent Council and as its liaison to the Pipeline and Placement Committee and serves SCAGPO on the Past President’s Council. Stacy is married to the amazingly charming and wonderful Charlie Adams. The two share 4 children and 3 wonderful grandchildren. Stacy is a graduate of Southern Wesleyan University with a degree in Business Administration.
Principal Procurement Specialist
Maryland National Capital Park & Planning Commission
6611 Kenilworth Avenue, Suite 300
Riverdale, MD 20737
Phone: 301-454-1600
Fax: 301-454-1606
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Ms. Stephanie L. Akerley, CPPB

Stephanie Akerley is a Principal Procurement Specialist for The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. She partners with CEOs, executives and end users to assist them in gaining the right product or service at the right price at the right time. After spending nearly three decades working in procurement, Stephanie knows what truly drives the procurement process —and it’s not just about knowing all “the rules.” It’s how well you connect with the people you’re trying to help and communicate your understanding back to them. This is true not only for internal clients, but external clients.

Stephanie earned her first CPPB in 1997. After taking a career break to raise her family, she once again earned a CPPB in 2015.

In 2017, she earned her Certified Technology Procurement Specialist (CTPS) certification from the Certified Technology Professionals Executives Society.

On the Faculty of :
Introduction to Public Procurement
Ministry of Finance
981 Sharpe Line
Cavan, ON L0A 1C0
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Ms. Lynda Allair, CPPO, NIGP-CPP

Lynda Allair, CPPO has forty years of experience as a Public Sector Procurement Leader, involving policy development, post-merger amalgamation of functional groups, complex acquisitions, project implementation and change management, as well as business transformation within the provincial, municipal and health care sectors. Lynda retired from the BPS Supply Chain Secretariat, now a division of Supply Chain Ontario, for which she was a Project Lead providing project management advice and support to the broader public sector to modernize supply chain processes. Lynda is a Content Developer and Instructor for NIGP: The Institute for Public Procurement. She also instructs courses in public procurement at the University of Guelph and others upon request, as well as providing consulting services through NIGP's Consulting program. She is a frequent speaker at NIGP Forum and other public sector events. She is a Past President of the Ontario Public Buyers Association chapter of NIGP and served nearly ten years as a Canadian Public Procurement Council (CPPC) Board member from its inception. She is a Lions Club member, a Library Board member, Chair of her local Church Board and volunteers within the community. On the Faculty of: Pathways Program; Alternative Dispute Resolution; CPPB Prep; CPPO Prep; Legal Aspects of Public Purchasing; and Risk Management in Public Contracting.
Purchasing Manager
City of Everett - WA
3200 Cedar Street
Everett, WA 98201
Phone: 425-257-8901
Fax: 425-257-8864
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Ms. Theresa R. Bauccio-Teschlog, CPPB

Theresa is the Purchasing Manager for the City of Everett in Everett Washington. She has 20+ years of procurement experience of which, over 16 years have been spent in public purchasing. She enjoys conducting Requests for Proposals for service contracts and administering construction projects from cradle to grave. Theresa has participated on both the Specifications and Protests Global Best Practice Task Force teams. In her spare time, she frequently teaches Adding Value to Procurement, World Class Procurement Practices, and Managing your End Users and Suppliers: “It’s all about Relationships!. She is a past Membership Secretary for the Washington State Chapter of NIGP and is currently the chapter’s Education and Research Chair.

Theresa is a graduate of Seattle University where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a dual concentration in both Operations Management and Marketing.

On the Faculty of:

Contract Administration in the Public Sector

Contracting for Construction Services

Developing and Managing Requests for Proposals in the Public Sector

Owner/Software Trainer
The Software Pro
6057 East Briarwood Circle
Centennial, CO 84121
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Ms. Dawn Bjork, MCT

With over 25 years' experience as a tech translator and problem solver, Dawn Bjork is The Software Pro®. Dawn shares smart and easy ways to save you time and increase your productivity through her work as a nationally recognized technology speaker, software trainer, and computer consultant. The author of 9 books, Dawn is a Microsoft Certified Trainer and has also earned more than 30 other professional certifications including Microsoft Office Specialist Master (MOSM). Dawn is also the Past President of the Colorado chapter of the National Speakers Association.
3831 N.E. 23rd Avenue
Lighthouse Point, FL 33064-7438
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Mr. Kirk W. Buffington, CPPO, C.P.M., CPFIM, MBA

Professional Certification(s) obtained: CPPO, C.P.M. Experience: Kirk Buffington, C.P.M. is the Director of Finance for the City of Fort Lauderdale, Florida – a position he has held since 2014. He brings 19 years of procurement experience to the profession – including 17 years in public procurement for Florida municipal and county governments. Kirk holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business from Florida State University and a Master's Degree in Business Administration with a major in Logistics and Materials Management from Webster University. In service to NIGP Chapters, Kirk has held membership in the Central Florida Chapter of NIGP since 1993 and in the Southeast Florida Chapter since 1995. He has served as the Southeast Florida Chapter Vice President and was the President for two years. Kirk is a Certified NIGP Instructor and served as the President of the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing, Inc. in 2008-2009. In service to the profession, Kirk has also held numerous leadership positions within the Florida Association of Public Procurement Officials (FAPPO) and as its President in 2001. He was also a member of the Local Planning Committee for the 1997 NIGP Forum in Fort Lauderdale.
Executive Director, Procurement & Contracts
Mississippi State University
PO Box 5307
Mississippi State, MS 39762-0000
Phone: 662-325-2861
Fax: 662-325-2135
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Mr. Donald G Buffum, CPPO, NIGP-CPP

With more than 39 years in public procurement, Don is currently the Executive Director, Procurement and Contracts, Mississippi State University. He previously served as the Director of the Office of Purchasing and Travel. Don is a Past President of the National Association of State Purchasing Officials and was a charter member of the Mississippi Association of Governmental Purchasing Agents. Don is a Certified Public Purchasing Officer (CPPO), and is currently the chair of the NIGP Certification Commission. Don is a Past President of NIGP. Don is also a Master Instructor for NIGP. He has participated in several NASPO States helping States projects as well as NIGP Procurement Management Assistance Program (PMAP) projects. On the Faculty of: Fundamentals of Management and Leadership in Public Procurement Introduction to Public Procurement.
3101 Bembridge Road
Columbus, OH 43221
Phone: 614-670-1891
Fax: 614-451-9685
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Mr. Dennis T. Carney, CPPO, MBA

Dennis Carney, CPPO, MBA, recently retired from the Columbus City Schools in Columbus, Ohio where he was Purchasing Director for 15 years. His responsibilities included managing the procurement, warehouse, and delivery services departments. He has written numerous RFP’s for products, services, and software. Mr. Carney also negotiated contracts for the school district and was a member of the district’s minority vendor participation team. His departments developed an electronic bidding system, a delivery services work order system, and an Access database that managed the district’s records retention warehouse. Prior to working for the schools, Mr. Carney worked for nine years in the private sector for the procurement department at Bank One. Mr. Carney has an MBA from Capital University where he graduated with highest honors and is a member of Toastmasters International. Mr. Carney teaches Developing and Managing Requests for Proposals in the Public Sector and Sourcing in the Public Sector for NIGP.
Director of Purchasing and Contracts
Utah State Board of Education
250 East 500 South
PO BOX 144200
Salt Lake City, UT 84114
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Mr. Zac Christensen, CPPB

5933 N. Sauganash Lane
Chicago, IL 60646
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Ms. Lourdes ( Maria de Lourdes) Coss, CPPO

Lourdes Coss, MPA, CPPO - is the author of “Procurement Methods: Effective Techniques;” a certified John Maxwell Team Coach, Speaker, Teacher, and Trainer. She's also certified to train and consult on D.I.S.C. Personality Assessment Tool. Lourdes is an accomplished procurement professional with approximately 30 years of experience, 17 of which were leading procurement transformations in large organizations. Lourdes held Chief Procurement Officer and executive level positions in major public organizations, such as: City of Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago, Public Building Commission of Chicago, Cook County, and City of Houston; and is now working with Canon Solutions America as a subject matter expert for government. She continues to add value to public entities through consulting, training, and as an NIGP instructor. Lourdes led transformative changes in various agencies leading to savings in excess of $150 Million, higher personnel credentials; and transition to strategic/value add operations. She authored and implemented the procurement code for the City of Houston and participated in the development of and implemented the procurement code for Cook County. Achievements include: national awards for operational excellence, cost savings, 2016 Spirit of NIGP, and 2018 NIGP Integrity Award. Lourdes also held positions on various Boards, including NIGP. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Puerto Rico and received her MPA from Florida State University.
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