The Houseman & Associates team is composed of a diverse staff of accomplished Instructors. Each professional was chosen based on unique expertise they provide to our firm.
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David Houseman founded H&A in 1981 to enrich the COR training landscape, enable CORs to reach their full potential, and foster agency mission success. Since then, his training programs have populated 15 federal departments, 19 independent agencies, the Smithsonian Institution, and the federal courts. He developed over 20 procurement-related courses and has presented over 30,000 hours of classroom instruction. He has an AB from Princeton University.
Jeannie Stipp worked at the law firm of Miller, Miller & Canby and later at the Department of Health and Human Services (including the National Institutes of Health, Food and Drug Administration, Health Services Administration, and the Administration for Children and Families). She worked for the Agricultural Committee, National Governor’s Association from 1983 to 1986 and then for the Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President as the organization’s correspondence control officer reporting directly to OMB Directors Miller, Wright, Darwin, Panetta, and Rivlin, as she coordinated sensitive communications between OMB offices, White House representatives, and Congressional staff. Upon retiring from Government, she received the Seal of the President of the United States. In 1997, she joined H&A as our Chief Logistics Officer overseeing delivery of training classes and related logistics.
Dottie Hersey has had an extensive and varied career in industry, private law practice and with the federal government. Dottie was Associate General Counsel and Senior Contracts Director for General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products, Inc., in Charlotte, NC for nine years. Prior to joining GD, Dottie spent several years as an Associate Attorney in Holland & Knight LLP’s Government Contracts practice group, where she supported clients in matters associated with government contracts and export compliance. In addition, Dottie worked for 24 years in various positions in the federal civilian service at the Department’s of Justice and Transportation, as well as the Government Accountability Office.
Dottie has led and supported government and commercial contracting matters in the U.S., the United Arab Emirates, the Kingdom of Jordan, Italy and South Korea. Since 2010, Dottie has been an elected member of City Council in Tega Cay, SC, where she also served for two years as mayor pro tempore. Dottie holds a JD degree from The Catholic University of America, an MS from Villanova University and a BS from LaSalle University.
Greg Hardy has over 15 years of procurement training experience. Previously, he served as a senior procurement officer with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He oversaw a major nationwide contracting program and developed performance metrics to measure/improve contractor performance. He worked on a joint USDA/USAID team in Nairobi, Kenya and Kampala and Entebbe, Uganda assisting Non-Government Organizations (NGO’s) in awarding and managing contracts, grants, and cooperative agreements.
Shelly Goergen has over 22 years of acquisition and contracting experience across several agencies including DoD, GSA, NIH, Interior, and NATO, serving as a warranted Level III Contracting Officer, Acquisition Policy Analyst, and Acquisition Program Manager. Since leaving federal service, Shelly has developed and delivered a variety of contracting and program management training, including all of the required courses for FAC-C and FAC-COR certification. She holds a Masters Degree in Acquisition Management from American Graduate University and a Bachelor of Science in Business from Park University.
Mr. Kepplinger served as the editor of the second edition of GAO’s four-volume publication, Principles of Federal Appropriations Law. He has been a frequent speaker, writer, and instructor on appropriations law matters. His latest contribution was an analysis of the appropriations and accounts clause of the Constitution for The Heritage Guide to the Constitution (2005, Heritage Foundation). Mr. Kepplinger is widely regarded as an expert on federal appropriations law.
As the General Counsel of GAO, Mr. Kepplinger was responsible for providing high quality, timely, legal advice by a professional staff of over 140 attorneys and signed on behalf of the Comptroller General legal decisions and opinions and was a member of the GAO Executive Committee and Executive Resource Board.
As Associate General Counsel, he supported General Counsel’s management and leadership of the Office of General Counsel and was responsible for the quality content of GAO appropriations law decisions and opinions on a wide variety of legal matters. Mr. Kepplinger supervised the preparation, and edited the second edition of the multi-volume Principles of Federal Appropriation Law (“the Redbook”) and instituted the development of GAO’s Principles of Appropriations Law course.
Mr. Kepplinger received numerous GAO awards, including the Comptroller General’s Award (2009), Distinguished Service Award (1996, 2001). He authored a number of articles on federal appropriations law and other legal matters and has spoken on, or taught, appropriations law matters at local and national seminars and conferences.
Elizabeth Woodruff is a former general counsel for the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, the Government Accountability Office (procurement attorney), the Department of Justice (trial attorney), and the Department of Labor (appellate attorney). She taught COR at the GAO. She has a LLM (Labor Law) from Georgetown University Law Center, a JD from University of Virginia School of Law, and a BA (Government) from the University of Virginia.
Greg Williams is a former Senior Procurement Executive, Millennium Challenge Corporation, where he organized and staffed the Procurement Division from the agency’s inception and drafted procurement policies and procedures for the award of all contracts to support the mission of the organization. He was Manager of the Contract and Administrative Services Division, Overseas Private Investment Corporation, supervisory contract specialist at FDIC and the US Army, Ft. Belvoir, and a procurement analyst at DoJ and DoI. He has been an adjunct professor at UDC since 1999 and on the Board of Advisors for NCMA since 2007. He received a MBA in Business Administration (UDC) and a BS/BA (Georgetown University).
Tom White is a former Logistics Director at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center where he managed multiple contractor operations for logistics, purchasing, administrative services, and travel. He then served as program manager for a company’s $89 million IDIQ contract supporting the TSA. He now works as an independent consultant on proposal teams for companies bidding federal government contracts. He has an MS (Information Technologies) from Marymount University, an MPA (Management) from Golden Gate University, and a BA (Government) from Cal State University, Sacramento.
Julie Taitt is a former Director, Information Management, EPA after spending most of her federal career in procurement. She managed infrastructure support for Congressional and Intergovernmental Divisions including budget formulation and execution, contracts/grants management, space planning, facilities management, computer systems management, Bankcard purchasing, and training. She taught COR for the USDA Graduate School and consistently placed in the top 1% of instructors nationwide. She has a MA from MTS and a BS from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Chuck Roney has spent nearly 30 years in the federal appropriations field. While serving as an Assistant General Counsel at the Government Accountability Office he was involved both in the creation of appropriation law opinions responding to issues raised by congressional committees and federal agencies and in advising GAO management on appropriation law issues arising in GAO’s day-to-day operations. Chuck also worked for several years on various projects for the House Appropriations Committee. He has taught federal appropriation law courses for nearly twenty years. He has a JD from the Washington College of Law and a BS from New Mexico State University.
Fred Keefer is a former IRS, Senior Manager Chief, A/P and Funds Management, District Office Controller, Chief Field Branch, Section Chief, Group Manager, Program Analyst, and Revenue Officer. He formed and lead Tiger Teams and many working groups which identified, negotiated, and implemented new processes and procedures across organizational lines. He conducted numerous in-house training sessions and workshops for the IRS in areas of cost accounting, financial management, and program management.
Kent Goodger spent 35 years in federal procurement with USDA, GSA, HHS, Olympic Coin Committee (contracting officer – Presidential Appointment), US Mint (Deputy Director for Procurement), National Consumer Cooperative Bank (Director of Procurement – Presidential Appointment), and EPA. He received an instructor of the year award from the EPA Institute and a career achievement award from the USDA Graduate School. He has a BS from the University of Maryland.
Mark LaCroix has over 30 years of experience in federal procurement with the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Air Force. His positions included Supervisory Contract Specialist, Base Deputy Chief of Contracts, and Contingency Contracting Officer, including deployments in Europe and Central America. His experience extends to all types and areas of contracting including services, supply, A&E, and construction. He was responsible for the in-house training of Purchasing Agents and Contract Specialists for Level 1 and 2 certification. Since retiring, his classroom training has focused on FAC-COR and FAC-C including simplified acquisition courses.
Phil Baldwin is a former Manager, HQ Procurement, USPS (after serving as Manager/Systems Integration and Manager/IT). He streamlined postal service activities and upgraded procurement practices. He was director of all logistics activities including chief procurement officer at FMS (Treasury). He developed the first advanced procurement planning system in the bureau, the first COR certification program for the Department, and the first quality assurance review process. He has a MBA from George Washington University and a BS from Penn State.
Carol Amano is a former contracting officer at the Departments of Homeland Security, Justice, and Defense with over 30 years of federal contracting experience. She established, facilitated, and/or presented acquisition training classes to Government contract specialists, CORs, purchasing agents, and purchase cardholders for 20 years and has trained for Houseman & Associates since 2005. She has a Masters in Acquisition Management from American Graduate University and a BS in Management (with a business emphasis) from Park University.