President’s Letter

President’s Letter:

Dear Fellow NCMA Tysons Members, Friends and Family:

It is an honor and privilege to have the trust of my fellow members to lead this outstanding chapter for program year 2020-2021. As we enter the new year through the COVID-19 pandemic, I encourage you to share optimism and surround yourselves with uplifting and energizing connections in your lives including family, friends and extended peer relationships that help support your personal and professional endeavors. It is these types of positive connections that keep us strengthened and able to empower each other regardless of challenges.

During this time of uncertainty, we are undoubtedly reminded as a collective to use more compassion, understanding, humility and most of all, active listening to one another in business and private communication.  As a professional network and association, we celebrate the practice of both technical competency and people-focused consciousness.  One of our first initiatives this year was to strategically assess your planned membership use.  We sent you a survey that inquired how you plan to engage NCMA Tysons for your growth and development.    Your responses provided us great insight including courses desired, which industry you serve and your career level and goals.  This data helped to cultivate new initiatives while sustaining classic traditions, exclusive to the Tyson’s chapter.  Thank you so much for participating in this important outreach! Knowing who our members are and how to meet their career objectives is our long-standing purpose.

This year’s emphasis includes focus on servant leadership, collaboration, and building bridges of opportunities through cross-partnership with members, industry and government. We have seamlessly transitioned to the virtual platform for courses and events in consideration for the safety of our members. Therefore, I hope that you consider the goals you seek to accomplish and utilize NCMA Tysons to help you achieve your mission. Whether it be volunteering, networking, professional development, certification, empowering others, community service, we have an outstanding team ready to guide you in the right direction!

Let us pledge to make the upcoming year one of record impact for all members through our wide-variety of programming. I look forward to leading us as we continue our journey together to navigate NCMA Tyson’s Chapter as a leading industry standard for contract professionals.


Janelle E Taylor, NCMA Tyson’s President

NCMA Tysons Developing Professional Scholarship Winner

We are pleased to announce that Ms. Ashlyn L. Hodge is the winner of the NCMA Tysons Developing Professional Scholarship.  Ashlyn is a graduating High School Senior from College Park Academy in Riverdale, Maryland.  As a student of College Park Academy, she has participated on the Varsity Cheer Team as the Phoenix Varsity Captain, won Homecoming Princess, achieved perfect attendance and Honor Roll while maintaining a 3.451 cumulative GPA.  In the Fall Semester, Ashlyn will be attending Old Dominion University (ODU) in Norfolk, VA.  She will be majoring in Teachers Education Services with the desire in becoming an Elementary School Teacher.  She will be attending ODU as a University Scholar.  Congratulations Ashlyn!


Women in Leadership Virtual Lunchtime Retreat Series

During this time of unprecedented change, it is time for you to focus on the most important person in your life – YOU! As organizations prepare for the future of work in this new normal, they are seeing an increasing need for leaders to be equipped with emotional intelligence and self-awareness. A positive self-image is critical to be a successful leader and science tells us that raising your positivity causes your brain to be 31% more productive than at negative, neutral or stressed.

Join WIL for a four-week self-care series focused on you and your relationship with yourself. You will gain confidence and develop a new sense of self, at a time when you may need it most.

The goal is to help you discover your true center and learn how honoring that center will bring positive change to all areas of your life. You will walk away from this virtual retreat with these Positive Life Skills:

  • How to release old conditioning and self-doubt
  • How to raise your vibration and expand your awareness
  • How to listen to your inner voice to nurture your self-care and personal growth

Series Itinerary:

Week 1 – Self Care 101: “Ten self-care practices to create balance and improve self-worth”

Week 2 – Circling to your Center: “Transform your life and create a positive self-image”

Week 3 – Overcoming Fear: “Move from self-critic to self-champion”

Week 4 – Reflections for Moving Forward: “Living at the level of your True Self”

About the Speaker:

PJ Jackson is a senior advisor to C-Suite executives seeking to enhance their performance and transform their organizational culture. Author, influencer, difference maker, PJ brings a positive energy like no
other, she is truly one-of-a-kind! An applied scientist, who blends the art of fulfillment with the science of achievement through her proprietary process called “Circling to Your Center”.

PJ is a high energy leader, transformational change agent, and authority on women in business, she has spent three decades influencing change in federal government, defense and the aerospace industry.

PJ is the Chief Executive Office and founder of Positive Knowledge, LLC, a consulting firm for positive transformational change, whose goal is to increase the harmony of humanity, one choice, one step, one
moment at a time through love, kindness and respect. As a positive role model, PJ teaches her unique professional development offering Positive Life Skills. Through her own story, The Labyrinth Influence, Awaken the Wisdom Within, PJ is focused on helping people accelerate their personal growth, be grounded in a positive self-image, and inspires them to find their true purpose.

*The cost of attendance is free. However, the Tysons Chapter is accepting optional donations in support of Share of McLean, a local food bank providing emergency services to the Northern Virginia area.

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Message from the President – COVID19 Update

Dear NCMA Tysons Members,

I am sure that many of you have been monitoring the news via several media outlets so I will not bother to update you on what will be old news tomorrow.  However, I would like to update you on the state of the Chapter.   We remain concerned about the health and safety of our members and have decided to continue with virtual events for the remainder of the program year which ends June 30th.

Our first virtual dinner meeting on Tuesday, April 28th from 6:30pm – 8:00pm will feature Madame Michelle Currier who will lead a discussion on the topic “Leadership Perspectives: What would you do?  A TransDigm Discussion.”  Registration for our remaining dinner meetings will be free.  We have decided this is the time to help others and will instead fundraise for various organizations that are supporting COVID relief efforts.  For the next month,  we invite you to join NCMA Tysons in making a contribution to the World Central Kitchen to support those impacted by COVID19.  We have a goal of $2,000 and will match 50% of the funds raised.  Donations will be accepted upto our next virtual dinner meeting in which we will select another charitable organization participating in COVID relief efforts.

I want to thank you for your support of our events and when the time is right, we will be looking at dates to reschedule the Leadership Summit and the Women In Leadership Symposium in the future and will be sure to keep you informed.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns.


Jennifer Hanks, CFCM, Fellow
President – NCMA Tysons

April 2020 Elections

Dear NCMA Tysons Members:

Thank you for your continued support of the Chapter. Because of you, we are a leader in the NCMA and throughout the government contracting community.

As we approach our April election, we are requesting nominations for qualified Chapter Officers for the upcoming term. The two-year term will serve the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 program years. Per the NCMA Tysons Bylaws, a candidate must have maintained continuous membership in NCMA National and the Chapter for the current program year to be eligible for election as a Vice-President.

Please find the Chapter Officer positions that will be available for vote during the April election. We have also identified the incumbents that will be running again.

  • VP Secretary
  • VP Treasurer, Incumbent: Michael Whalen
  • VP Communications, Incumbent: Natalie McDonald
  • VP Programs
  • VP Education
  • VP Membership
  • VP Professional Growth & Development
  • VP Sponsorships, Incumbent: Fran Bishop
  • VP Outreach
  • VP Certifications
  • VP Government Relations and Policies
  • VP Operations, Incumbent: Stephanie Lemaitre
  • VP Partnerships

If you are interested, please submit your nomination package, no later than March 24, 2020 (March dinner meeting), to the chapter at A nomination package should include the following:

  • Statement of Qualifications and Intention (Explanation of your qualifications, volunteer history, and intended plans to assist the chapter);
  • Headshot and Bio;
  • NCMA Member Number;
  • Confirmation that you have read and understood the NCMA Tysons bylaws, Code of Ethics, and Conflict of Interest Policy.

Members may also nominate individuals for Chapter Officer positions by providing their name and email. We will reach out to the individual to determine qualification and interest.

Please direct any additional questions via email to

COVID-19 Announcement

Dear NCMA Tysons Members,

It is with great precaution and concern for the safety of our members that we cancel all in-person events through April 15, 2020, to include the Hot Topic Dinner Meeting on March 24th. The current situation with regard to the evolving and unfolding coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, has significantly affected event/activities planned not only globally but locally.

In response to the accelerating progress of COVID-19, NCMA Tysons has made the decision to provide continuous training opportunities in a virtual capacity until more definitive details emerge about COVID-19 and the ability to provide a safe space for attendees. All courses may be found at

I want to thank you for your support of our events and when the time is right, we will be looking at dates to reschedule in the future and will be sure to keep you informed.

In the meantime, you may email Mike Whalen at to request a refund by providing him with your confirmation of payment email for in-person events that you have registered for. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns.


Jennifer Hanks, CFCM, Fellow
President – NCMA Tysons

Congratulations to the Incoming CMLDP Class of 2020!

Anestacia G. Evans has been with Deloitte almost 4 years as a Subcontracts Manager. She is a Subcontracts Professional with twelve (12) years of experience working in the Federal Subcontracts Industry from Cradle to Grave. She has managed subcontracts of all degrees of complexity in the federal space across the OCONUS and CONUS environments. She has Graduate Certificates in Procurement and Contracts Management and Project Management from the University of Virginia and has a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from Strayer University. She began her undergraduate degree at North Carolina Central University and completed her Bachelor of Science at George Mason University. In her personal time, she enjoys fun and laughter with her family, traveling, and doing community activities like Meals on Wheels.

Kymiel Standifer is a native Floridian but moved to the DC area in 2009. She currently works for the IT and Data Analytics firm, Accenture Federal Services, as a Contracts Manger with various government clients. She joined the NCMA Tysons Chapter in 2013 and has held various roles such as Contract Life Cycle Series Volunteer, NCMA Tysons Conference Committee Board Member, Director of Awards and currently the Director of Program Support. In her spare time, she mentors with an esteemed college readiness program called College Bound as well as Big Brothers Big Sisters. She is also fluent in American Sign Language and led her to serve as a Board Member of the National Alliance of Black Interpreters – DC Chapter and Interpreter Coordinator of her Church. Kymiel believes that God provides many talents to everyone, professionally or personally, and if used in the right way even the smallest of these can make a huge difference. Page 5 NCMA Tysons Chapter Newsletter NCMA Tysons would like to congratulate the incoming CMLDP Class of 2020!

Janelle E. Taylor is committed to building effective systems that bridge mutual opportunities for small businesses, academic communities and industry professionals. Her passion for cultivating growth and empowerment is realized through advocacy, volunteer service and mentorship with a collective group of organizations. She serves as troop leader for the Girl Scouts of the Nation’s Capital, chapter mentor for the Project Management Institute (PMI) and is a member of NCMA Tyson’s chapter in which she serves on the Sponsorship Team and Leadership Development Committee. Ms. Taylor is a graduate of the University of Maryland, and a leader in improving programs, delivering acquisitions solutions and efficient project management with a record of outstanding past performance (awarded “Contractor of the Quarter”, November 2018), Office of Acquisitions, U.S. Customs and Border Protection- Department of Homeland Security. Ms. Taylor is CEO of JTOA Corporation- a professional services company that delivers strategy, consulting, and management training to the federal and private sectors. She is also founder of Jill Logistics, LLC – a local transport and commercial maintenance service company.

President’s Letter

Greetings NCMA Tysons members, friends and colleagues,

My name is Jennifer Hanks and I have the pleasure and honor of being the NCMA Tysons President for the 2019-2020 program year. I envision a new and exciting program year so I look forward to connecting with all of you at the new and signature events, training and networking opportunities.

The Acquisition and Contracting community is ever-changing and it is my goal to keep pace with providing innovative solutions to meet the needs of our members. The focus areas for this program year include execution of programs and initiatives through proactive and innovative leadership methods, increased engagement with sponsors to improve change integration response times, continued collaboration with other NCMA chapters, accountability and quality of our service offerings, continued fellowship with members and partners, and the timely execution of Committee initiatives (i.e. Women In Leadership, Leadership Summit Planning Committee, etc.).

We have an outstanding program year ahead! We will continue with our very successful Women In Leadership Initiative, our Contract Life-Cycle Series, and the NEW Subcontract Management training series for the current program year training courses. We will also continue supporting the Contract Management Leadership Development Program (CMLDP) and the Mentoring Program. More information to follow in this Newsletter.

On September 24th, we will kick-off the program year with Ms. Deanean Machis, CPCM, Chief Professional Development Officer and Education Director from NCMA HQ to share the vision and goals for NCMA for the upcoming year followed by our guest speaker Mrs. Stephanie Fugate, NCMA National Board of Directors member and USAID Division Chief, Professional Development and Training.   Details for this dinner meeting are provided within this Newsletter. Please come out and network, meet new friends and join in on the discussion.

Lastly, I want to thank our amazing 2019-2020 Board of Directors and Advisors and YOU who help make NCMA Tysons an amazing Chapter!

If you have any questions or would like information regarding the NCMA Tysons Chapter you may visit and follow us on social media. You may also contact me directly at and (202) 329-1766, and connect with me on LinkedIn.

Kind Regards,

Jennifer Hanks, CFCM, Fellow

President, NCMA Tysons