NCMA 2013-14 Chicago Chapter Leadership Bios Final 100213

Officers’ Bios
2012-13 Program Year
Chicago Chapter
11 March 2013
2013-14 Officers
Vice-President/Pres. Elect
Programs Chair
Membership Chair
Graalman Co-Chair
Graalman Co-Chair
Education/ Certifications/
Fellows Chair
Communications Chair
Webmaster/ Social Media
Board of Advisors
Trae Howell
Sean Garcia
Jay Gauthier
Tonya Tickler
Amanda Ewertowski
Kery Bartkowiak
Jennifer Krocza
Sean Garcia
Trae Howell
• Assistant Vice President at CNA Insurance
• Leads Vendor Management Office with over $300m+ in contracted services
• CNA employee for over 6 years
• Member of NCMA since 2012
• Originally from Galveston Texas
• BS in Computer Science from Northwestern University
• Candidate for Executive MBA from Purdue
• No kids. One Mini-Schnauzer
Roles & Responsibilities
• Lead the Chapter to ensure that the objectives of the Association are achieved
and to specifically meet the professional needs of Chapter members.
• Manage the timely performance of all chapter activities
Sean Garcia
• Director of Corporate Contracts & Pricing, Contract Policy & Process
• Boeing employee for over 24 years
• Member of NCMA since 1993
• Has earned CFCM and CCCM certifications
• Moved to Chicago (Deerfield) 1.5 years ago from St. Louis
• Grew up in Phoenix, AZ
• BS in Economics from Northern Arizona University
• MBA in Strategic Planning from Arizona State University
• Married with three children
• Plays the string bass and electric bass guitar
Roles & Responsibilities
• Certifications - Educate chapter members on the CFCM, CCCM, & CPCM,
organize study groups, and recognize individuals when they become certified
• Education - Communicate NCMA/other educational opportunities
• Fellows – Promote the Fellows designation and support members if interested
Jay Gauthier
• Contract Specialist, Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA)
• Formerly awarding and administering national IDIQ contracts for
pharmaceuticals and medical equipment for the VA
• Served three years as Contract Specialist with Dept. of Army, Fort McCoy,
• Earned DAWIA Level II certification and commensurate warrant
• Member of NCMA since 2008
• Operated private law firm for over 12 years primarily focusing on contract related
• JD from DePaul University College of Law
Roles & Responsibilities
• Ensure that effective systems of accounting, budgeting and forecasting,
investment management, credit and debt management, and cash flow
management are maintained.
Tonya Tickler
• Contract Price/Cost Analyst at Defense Contract Management Agency
• Federal employee since 2001 (DCMA, Air Force, National Park Service)
• Received DAWIA Level III Certification in 2010
• Member of the Defense Acquisition Corps since 2010
• BS in Business Operations from DeVry Institute of Technology, Addison, IL
• Member of NCMA since 2012
• Born and raised in Stephenson, MI
• Married with one German Shepherd
Roles & Responsibilities
• Take minutes at monthly Board Meetings
• Create & distribute program year calendar
• Support the Chapter president in recording the chapter activities that support the
Graalman requirements
Amanda Ewertowski
• Sr. Program Manager at CDW-G
• Manages team that covers State, Local, Education and Healthcare Contracts
• CDW employee for over 13 years
• Member of NCMA since 2006
• Grew up in Garland, TX
• BS in Political Science from Texas A&M University
• Completed Contract Management Certification from Villanova University in 2007
• Married with two boys
Roles & Responsibilities
• Responsible to recruit and retain members for membership in the Association
• Help the chapter achieve steady and healthy growth
Kery Bartkowiak
• Contracts Manager, Northrop Grumman
• Northrop employee for over 10 years
5 years in Southern California, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems
5 years in Rolling Meadows, IL, Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems
Member of NCMA since 2012
Returned to Chicago 5 years ago from Southern California
Grew up in Mount Prospect, IL
BS in Human Resource Management from University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign
Married with two children and one on the way!!!
Enjoys cross country skiing, kayaking, and wine tasting
Roles & Responsibilities
• Graalman Award - Guide Chapter Board members on the criteria utilized to
evaluate our Chapter’s success and value provided to our members. The Walter
A. Graalman Award is a national award to outstanding chapters, with three
categories of awards based on chapter size, and is presented by the NCMA
President at a Leadership Conference.
Jennifer Krocza
• Contracts Manager at Northrop Grumman Corporation
• Managing $800M in defense contracts
• Northrop Grumman employee for over 10 years
• Previously worked for a defense contractor in Atlanta, GA for 5 years
• Experience in Contracts, Export Management (ITAR and EAR), Security, and
Supply Chain
• BS in Psychology from Loyola University of Chicago
• Member of NCMA since 2011
• Grew up in Addison, IL
• Married with two daughters
Roles & Responsibilities
• Co-Chair of Graalman Award - Guide Chapter Board members on the criteria
utilized to evaluate our Chapter’s success and value provided to our members
• Support strategic planning and developing organization’s objective plans

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