Patricia Kirk-McAlpine, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is Executive Director, Defense Contract Management Agency Space and Missile Systems Division (DCMAM) in Carson, California. She has oversight for providing acquisition support services for more than 23,946 contracts valued at $319 billion for the Department of Defense, other federal agencies and foreign governments. DCMA Space and Missile Systems Division’s 8 major field command offices provide contract administration, production surveillance, engineering services, and quality assurance oversight at more than 1,774 contractor locations throughout the United States.
Previous to her current position Mrs. Kirk-McAlpine was the Director of Contracting, Space and Missile Systems Center, Air Force Space Command, Los Angeles Air Force Base, California. In this position, Mrs. Kirk-McAlpine advised the command's Program Executive Officer for Space Programs on acquisition strategy, contracting processes, and acquisition reform and streamlining for Space Programs of the highest National Priority.
Mrs. Kirk-McAlpine began her federal service as a member of the three-year U.S. Army Career Intern Program. Following graduation from the Intern program, she was immediately assigned as lead negotiator with the U.S. Army Missile Command Hawk Missile System Program Office. As an Air Force civilian, her first assignment with the Air Force Plant Representative Office at Northrop Corporation was followed by a position as negotiator for the Space and Missile Systems organization Advanced Ballistic Re-entry System. Shortly thereafter, Mrs. Kirk-McAlpine became a contracting officer for the Secretary of the Air Force Office of Special Projects.
Achieving extensive experience in the field of contracting, Mrs. Kirk-McAlpine joined the Army's headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia, as a procurement analyst. Leaving the Army for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), she held numerous positions and was appointed to set up the first contracting component for the Office of Communications. This position presented an opportunity to expand her abilities, skills, and talents in broader leadership roles responsible for contracting for some of the Agency’s most critical and sensitive acquisitions. Continuing her progression, Mrs. Kirk-McAlpine began another civilian tour with the Air Force in 1988. She was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in 1998.
Her education includes a Bachelor of Arts, Stillman College, Tuscaloosa, Alabama; a Masters of Business Administration, Alabama A&M University, Huntsville, Alabama; Executive Development Program, University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles; Programs Managers Course, Ft. Belvoir, Virginia; Senior Executive Fellows Program, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts; Leadership for a Democratic Society, Federal Executive Institute, Charlottesville, Virginia; National Security Leadership Course, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York; Senior Executive Services Seminar, Air University, Montgomery, Alabama; and Executive Development the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Mrs. Kirk-McAlpine is the recipient of numerous awards to include: The Presidential Rank Award 2005; 2005 Empowerment Award, Los Angeles Political Action Committee; 2004 Woman of the Year, Women on Target; 2002 Los Angeles County Volunteer of the Year; numerous Exceptional Performance and Monetary Awards, Department of the Air Force and Department of the Army; Platinum Award, Central Intelligence Agency; Exemplary Civilian Service Award; Air Force Commendation Medal; Civilian of the Year, State of California Air Force Association; Spirit of the Dream Award, Space and Missile Systems Center; Outstanding Alumni Award, National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education; Counsel General of Indonesia Award; and Patriot Award for Outstanding Support to the Guard and Reserves. She is also a life member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Board Member of the Pearl Foundation, Board Member Greater Los Angeles Federal Executive Board; and Advisory Board Member, California State University Dominguez Hills School of Public Administration.
Her professional certifications include Contracting, Level III and Acquisition Program Management, Level III.
Terri D. Dyer, RN, MSN, MS is currently a Clinical Systems Nurse and Project Manager at Kaiser Permanente. Her work on the electronic medical record includes aspects of design, system build, and implementation. Terri has over 20 years experience in healthcare in the areas of nursing, healthcare administration, finance, and health research. She received her undergraduate degree from UCLA and a Masters in Health Administration from California State University Northridge. Recently, she received a second Masters of Science in Nursing from Mount St. Mary's College. She received honors from the faculty and was chosen as the student speaker for the Commencement Ceremonies. Her research interests are in the areas of Diabetes Knowledge in African American Women, Nursing Informatics, Diversity, and Minority Recruitment in Nursing. Upon her graduation in December 2009, Terri was offered a faculty position at Mount St. Mary's College and teaches “Health Care Informatics and Technology” at the Bachelors and Masters level.
Ms. Alisha Menzies earned a Master of Arts in Communication Studies from California State University, Long Beach. This fall she will begin her doctoral studies at the University of South Florida. Her doctoral studies will be in Communication with an emphasis in health communication focusing on HIV in the Black community. Alisha will also be teaching classes on race and communication.
Ms. Angila Romious earned a PhD in Environmental Analysis & Design at University of California, Irvine.
During her tenure at UCI she received several awards of achievement for her research which include; The Southern California Edison Award for Research on Energy and the Environment; Newkirk Graduate Student Fellowship; Dean's Dissertation Writing Fellowship; Summer Research Fellowship; and was named the 1st place winner for graduate student poster at the California Association of Environmental Professionals conference.
For her dissertation she conducted an environmental justice analysis of post suburban Orange County, CA. She identified "Hot Spot" tracts of environmental risks relative to Toxic Release Inventory sites using a GIS based cluster overlay spatial analysis technique. She also identified disparities between TRI host and non host communities in 21 socioeconomic variables. Angila has also conducted a demographic analysis of residential mobility among Blacks from Los Angeles County to the Inland Empire from 1940 to 2000 using U.S. Census data. She specializes in Corporate Environmental Responsibility.