About Us

 

Sandra DiCosola — Owner and Executive Consultant

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Sandra has helped large and small businesses succeed at each stage of the procurement lifecycle for over 28 years. She has performed contract administration for large businesses such as Williams International and Northrop Grumman Corporation as well as numerous small companies. She is a long time member of the National Contracts Management Association. Ms DiCosola collaborates with the Summit Team as an executive consultant, project leader, contracts/grants manager, and specialist in budget and accounting system development.

John Berryman– Technical Writer and Management Consultant

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John has an extensive background in grant proposal writing, editing and coordination, program management, and marketing and business development. Prior to working with Summit Contract Management, he worked on nearly one hundred SBIR Phase I and II proposals with awards totaling over $13 million. He has submitted proposals to numerous federal research agencies in areas such as laser sensing systems, medical devices, GPS systems, and semiconductors and photonics.

Jan Knight – Market Research, Proposal Editorial Reviewer and Management Consultant

jan_0312_editedJan is Summit’s primary business and market research analyst who helps clients with the commercialization section of government grants and also acts as the team’s Red Team Editorial Reviewer. She is an independent research specialist and President of Bancroft Information Services. She holds an M.A. in Information Resources & Library Science from the University of Arizona, and a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley.

Ina Merson – Executive Acquisition Consultant

Ina has almost 40 years experience in the acquisition field with significant emphasis and knowledge of the Federal Acquisition IMerson 1 8 14Regulations, other agency acquisition regulations, policies, procedures, and the cradle-to-grave contracting process. She worked for almost 33 years for the federal government in the Washington, D.C. area. Her entire career was in Supply and Contracting working for the Navy, the Food and Drug Administration, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  She retired as the Branch Chief/Contracting Officer at NOAA in September 30, 1999. After retirement from the government, she worked remotely for ASI Government, a Virginia based company, doing acquisition research and writing until she began working as an Acquisition Consultant at Raytheon Missile Systems from January 2005 until April 2009.  She has a degree in Business Management from the University of Maryland, University College. She is a lifetime National Contract Management Association (NCMA) Certified Professional Contracts Manager (CPCM) and NCMA Fellow.

Leon Radziemski Ph.D. – Summit Senior Technical Proposal Reviewer and Executive Consultant

SA visit no flash LJR 6-28-2013 004 (1)Dr. Radziemski is also President of Piezo Energy Technologies, LLC.  He spent 16 years as Staff Physicist and Project Manager at Los Alamos National Laboratory and twelve years at Washington State University where he interfaced with the hi-technology materials, computer science, and biotechnology communities. Radziemski has had considerable experience writing successful R&D proposals to the DOE, the NSF and NIH. He reviewed proposals for four years at the Research Corporation, a foundation for the advancement of science.

Reid Silvern — Management Consultant

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Reid was a contracts and procurement professional for the Defense Contract Management Agency for 33 years. He has a bachelors degree from California State University Northridge.  He was a price/cost analyst for DCMA during the period 1977 through 2004.  He was both an Earned Value Management Specialist from 1994 through 2010 as well as a price/cost analyst. From 2004 through 2010, Reid worked exclusively as an Earned Value Management Specialist. He has earned DAWIA certifications at Level III for CONTRACTS (Price/Cost), Level II for CONTRACTING and Level II for Budgeting, Cost Estimating and Finance (BCF).  He has extensive Price/Cost Analysis background including evaluating complex ACAT I program proposals for negotiated contract and negotiating spares, field service and changer orders.  From 2000-2004, he was the price/cost analyst at DCMA Southern Europe in Wiesbaden, Germany where he was the audit liaison with the French and German governments under a HOST CAS agreement.

James Vickers – Executive Consultant

imgA1James is currently an Executive Consultant for Summit Contract Management in Tucson, AZ. He has over 30 years experience in acquisitions and contracting, including major acquisitions, contract claims, international contracting, contracting processes, and Value Engineering.  He recently retired from Raytheon Missile Systems where he served as Director of Contracts for Advance Security and Directed Energy System Product Lines for Raytheon Missile Systems (RMS) in Tucson, Arizona. Prior to this position, he led the Export Licensing group and spent 13 years on the AMRAAM program. He led RMS Value Engineering efforts as well as contract compliance efforts including new initiatives.  He is a frequent speaker on Value Engineering and Shared Savings, and Government contracting regulations initiatives and other acquisition issues.