GovConNet Institute Instructors


Meet the GovConNet Institute's expert professional service provider instructors:  

 Jackie Asencio, President & CEO, C2 Essentials, Inc.
 Phone: (703) 444-0096
 Fax: (703) 433-9014

Jackie Asencio is President/CEO of C2 Essentials, Inc., one of the region’s leading human capital management service providers. With more than 30 years experience, Ms. Asencio has been a major influence in helping small government contractors grow and compete in the federal market place. As a seasoned trainer and coach, Ms. Asencio works closely with business owners ensuring their human capital management strategies are aligned to their business goals. She has extensive experience of full life cycle recruiting, talent management, succession planning, career development, reward and recognition strategies, performance management, regulatory compliance, compensation, benefits, risk management, and outplacement services. Prior to founding C2 Essentials Ms. Asencio provided human capital management support to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Department of State, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Environmental Protection Agency, National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of the Treasury Overseas Private Investment Corporation, and the World Bank Group.

Nichole DeVries Atallah, Associate, Labor and Employment Law and Litigation, PilieroMazza PLLC
Phone: (202) 857-1000

Nichole Atallah is an associate with PilieroMazza PLLC and primarily practices in the areas of labor and employment law and general litigation.  Nichole counsels clients in a broad range of employment matters, including compliance with Title VII, ADA, ADEA, FLSA/wage & hour, FMLA, wrongful termination and reduction in force. Nichole has worked extensively with clients in complying with the Service Contract Act and the Davis Bacon Act and, when necessary, assists clients through Department of Labor compliance audits and investigations.  Nichole works proactively with clients to establish and maintain effective human resource policies that discourage employment disputes and lawsuits.  Additionally, Nichole vigorously advocates on behalf of her clients that have unionized workforce, assisting them during collective bargaining, labor-management disputes, and disputes pending before the National Labor Relations Board.  Her goal in representing employers is to help retain management rights and avoid costly disputes.

Nichole also practices in our multi-jurisdictional Litigation Group and has experience navigating the complex nature of administrative agency claims, as well as all types of civil forums, such that she can assist your company in navigating a wide range of civil disputes.  While at PilieroMazza, Nichole has successfully assisted clients in a variety of areas such as breach of contract, including enforcement of non-compete and employment agreements, contract performance and failure to pay disputes; wrongful termination; defamation; and the False Claims Act, among others.  Although Nichole always strives to resolve a dispute early to the benefit of her clients prior to litigation, when early resolution is not possible, Nichole advocates zealously on behalf of her clients during litigation to resolve the complaint as efficiently as possible. 

Nichole graduated from the George Washington University cum laude, where she received a B.A. International Affairs in 2004 and she received her law degree from the Georgia State University College of Law, magna cum laude, in 2010. Nichole is currently a member of the District of Columbia Bar and the Georgia Bar.

Paul J. Bulger, Senior Vice President, Powertek Corporation

Oversees Powertek's operational activities, focusing on meeting employee and customer expectations.

Identifies targeted business opportunities.

Mentors project management and business development teams.

PJ has 30 years of experience developing and executing corporate growth programs for IT companies servicing the Federal sector. He has held Senior VP and Board of Director positions for large national firms, and has achieved growth rates of up to 50o/o for the small businesses he has led.

Joseph Buyalos, Partner, Employee Benefits, The Insurance Exchange, Inc.
Phone: (240) 876-3566
Fax: (301) 330-1270

Joseph Buyalos is a Partner with The Insurance Exchange. He leads the firms Employee Benefits practice and in his 20 years with the firm has tremendous experience in designing and negotiating ultra competitive fringe benefit programs for his many government contractor clients ranging from employers with around 50 employees up to 5,000 employees worldwide including several war risk countries. In addition to government contractors, Buyalos also has several large technology, association, and non-profit clients. He is also the driving force behind the GovConNet Benefits Survey which will give government contractors throughout the region and the country access to real-time high quality benefits benchmarking data at no cost to Survey participants.

Christopher Craig, President & Chief Operating Officer, Unanet Technologies
Phone: (703) 964-2149

In his role as President and Chief Operating Officer, Christopher Craig is responsible for all aspects of Unanet operations and performance. Under his leadership, Unanet has developed into the leading provider of cloud computing business management software for project based organizations. Since joining Unanet in 2000, Mr. Craig has contributed to Unanet’s growth through a variety of roles related to product management, professional services, customer account management, marketing, and business development. He has helped build the customer base to over 900 organizations, and revenue has increased 20% year over year for the last nine years. Mr. Craig has over 15 years of experience in the technology arena. Prior to Unanet, he worked in project-based services organizations, which helped Unanet become laser-focused on what these organizations need from a software solution. Mr. Craig has a M.S. in Information Systems and B.S in Systems Engineering from The University of Virginia.

Larry Davis, Managing Partner, Aronson Capital Partners
Phone: (301) 231-6200
Fax: (301) 222-8230

Larry Davis is Managing Partner of Aronson Capital Partners. Larry leads the firms M&A advisory practice, which is focused on the Federal IT sector. He has over 20 years of M&A and corporate finance experience in the federal sector having completed over 25 transactions. As a result of his unique industry experience, he serves as a strategic advisor to middle-market companies assisting them in developing strategies to enhance shareholder value.

Antonio R. Franco, Partner, PilieroMazza PLLC
Phone: (202) 857-1000
Fax: (202) 857-0200

Tony Franco is a senior partner with PilieroMazza and oversees the Government Contracts and Small Business Programs Groups. His over 25 years’ of legal experience includes all aspects of federal government contracting, representing clients on a wide range of complex regulatory matters. Mr. Franco’s practice also involves representing clients with protests and claims against the federal government and in disputes between prime and subcontractors.

Mr. Franco primarily focuses on representing clients interested in pursuing opportunities set aside under preferential procurement programs, such as the small business, 8(a), HUBZone, SDV and WOSB programs. In representing these firms, Mr. Franco provides guidance on how to team, joint venture and position their company to successfully defend awards from size and bid protests.  His practice extends to assisting firms with compliance on solicitation requirements, the FAR, and continued eligibility to participate in different small business contracting programs.  Mr. Franco’s practice also encompasses the representation of Tribes, Alaska Native Corporations and Native Hawaiian Organizations, including their subsidiaries, and potential teaming and equity partners structuring transactions in a highly regulated environment.

Darrell M. Hineman, CPA, CFE, Director, CohnReznick
Phone: (703) 286-1722

Darrell M. Hineman, CPA, CFE, is a director with CohnReznick’s Government Contracting Industry Practice, located in the Washington, D.C., area.  He has spent his career in accounting and Federal Government contracting arena, assisting clients in navigating through government contracting regulations, especially in researching and interpreting the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) cost principles, Cost Accounting Standards (CAS) and various other regulatory supplements.  He has worked with many branches of the U.S. Government, such as the Department of Defense (DOD), the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to name a few.

Darrell has worked both in the industry, as a government contractor, and as a government auditor for the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA).  Prior to joining the Government Contract Industry Practice, he managed CAS disclosure statement and 45 indirect cost pools for large IT contractor; prepared detailed cost impact proposals; and wrote numerous policies and procedures that covered such areas as procurement, compensation, and labor.  Early in his career, he served as an auditor with DCAA, where he led multiple engagements.  His experience with DCAA extends to cost proposals, claims, equitable adjustments, progress payments, CAS compliance, defective pricing claims, and other government dealings.

 As principal point of contact for the government, Darrell evaluated and implemented internal control processes (i.e. business systems) to ensure compliance with Federal regulations and to minimize disruptions in such areas as standardizing of direct versus indirect cost elements to properly account for business transactions in accordance with federal regulations, assisting clients to efficiently document their processes and identify value-added activities, and creating indirect rate structures for various small and large business groups to competitively price proposals within CAS requirements.

Daniel S. Koch, Counsel, Miles and Stockbridge
Phone: (301) 517-4827

Daniel S. Koch practices in three principal areas: (1) government contracts law, including both counseling and litigation, (2) technology, intellectual property and services contracting and licensing, including trademark and copyright matters, and (3) antitrust and business tort counseling and litigation.

Government Contracts:

For more than 25 years, Dan has advised government contractors, particularly professional services and information technology firms, on the full range of government procurement issues. Typical counseling mattersthat confront businesses in this ever-changing and highly legalized environment include teaming agreements and subcontracts, disputes between prime and subcontractors at all levels, small business, minority and service-disabled veterans’ preference issues, GSA schedules issues, organizational conflicts of interest, issues relating to protection of intellectual property in government contracts, terminations, claims, debarments and suspensions, and state and local procurements.

On the government contracts litigation side, he has brought and defended innumerable bid protests before the Government Accountability Office (formerly the General Accounting Office, or GAO), the Court of Federal Claims, the Federal Aviation Administration’s Office of Dispute Resolution for Acquisition (ODRA), agency protests and size protests before the Small Business Administration, qui tam (False Claims Act “whistleblower” cases), litigation before the boards of contract appeals, other administrative tribunals, arbitration panels and courts. When disputes between contractors arise, he counsels on or defends allegations of unfair competition and antitrust violations.

Technology Agreements:

 Dan drafts a wide variety of complex licenses and service provider contracts for an equally wide variety of professional services and technology businesses, including e-commerce, hosting and application service provider (ASP) contracts. A former computer systems programmer, Dan’s extensive high-tech background enables him to quickly master technologically complex subjects. He also maintains an active trademark and copyright practice, particularly as relates to Internet issues.

Antitrust and Business Tort Counseling and Litigation:

 During his nine years at the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Competition, Dan Koch was one of the principal drafters of the premerger notification rules implementing the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, and directed or participated in numerous anti-merger investigations and preliminary injunction cases. In private practice, he served as antitrust counsel to the plaintiff in one of the landmark antitrust cases successfully challenging exclusion of a health care professional from a hospital-based medical practice. He retains a special interest in applying common-law unfair competition doctrines to business tort cases.

Before joining Miles & Stockbridge in 2012, Dan was a principal at Paley Rothman in Bethesda, Maryland. He joined Paley Rothman in 1995; prior to that, he was engaged in the private practice of law with his own Washington, D.C. law firm, growing to six attorneys from 1988 to 1992, and at Doyle & Bachman. In 1986, he held an International Affairs Fellowship from the Council on Foreign Relations, after serving as a foreign law consultant with the Law Offices of Lee & Ko in Seoul, Republic of Korea, in 1984-85. From 1976-1984, he conducted antitrust investigations and litigation for the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Competition. After law school, he was a law clerk to the Hon. Stanley S. Brotman, Judge of the United States District Court in Camden, New Jersey.

David McClure, Ph.D., Chief Strategist, Veris Group, LLC
Phone: (703) 760-9160

As Chief Strategist of Veris Group, Dave works closely with government and industry clients to ensure secure cloud technologies are brought to market that enhance business performance and achieve high performance results.   He leads corporate development and growth strategy, business development operations, long-term strategy and execution, marketing and client relationship management.  He provides in-depth client relationships with Federal government and Commercial sector executives.  Veris Group is one of the fastest growing small to midsize cybersecurity services in the country.  It was recently named one of the leading outside firms government and commercial organizations rely on for cyber assistance, and one of the top cybersecurity professional services firms in North America.

Dave served as the Associate Administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies from August 2009 until May 2014. As a leading political appointee for the Obama Administration in charge of federal IT innovation, he transformed his office into a powerful engine for making government operations more open, transparent, and participatory.  His office created several award-winning web sites, including,,, and housed the PMOs for the Federal Cloud Computing and Federal Cloud Credential Exchange, the GSA FedRAMP program (currently the world’s largest implementation of how to efficiently and continuously evaluate cloud services provider security/privacy), and the Presidential Innovation Fellows projects, including GSA’s “18F” innovation project teams and portfolio.

Dave’s career spans nearly three decades with diverse IT roles inside and outside of government, including Managing VP for Gartner Inc.’s government research team, where he managed the global government research agenda and analyst support, and contributed to worldwide events and consulting; VP for e-government and technology at the Council for Excellence in Government, where he established the pioneering CIO SAGE mentoring activity for incoming government CIOs; and Director for Information Management Studies at the Government Accountability Office, where he conducted wide-ranging reviews of IT management capabilities throughout the federal government, founded GAO’s “best practices” reports, and helped write landmark IT reform legislation such as the 1996 Clinger-Cohen Act and the 2002 eGovernment Act. He also has served on the Federal CIO Council Executive Committee, IAC/ACT Executive Advisory Board, Institute for Innovation for IAC/ACT, and the Executive Advisory Committee for AFCEA/Bethesda.

Nicole Mitchell, Partner, Government Contract Services Group, Aronson LLC
Phone: (301) 222-8231
Fax: (301) 231-7630

Nicole Mitchell, CPA is a partner in Aronson’s Government Contract Services Group, where she specializes in accounting and financial issues impacting government contractors.

Nicole has a broad-based background in generally accepted accounting principles and cost principles related to government contractors, including Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) and Cost Accounting Standards (CAS). With in-depth knowledge of the key financial business systems and compliance risk unique to government contractors, Nicole provides consulting and accounting services in the areas of financial regulatory compliance, contract pricing, and complex cost accounting structures.

Nicole has been a guest speaker on various financial and government contracting topics for such organizations as the AICPA, MACPA, GWSCPA, VSCPA, and the Veteran Institute for Procurement. She co-authored a Thompson RIA reference manual for controllers, titled, “Doing Business with the Federal Government” and is a regular contributor to Aronson’s Fed Point blog.

Nicole actively participates in the Montgomery County Chamber Community Foundation. She is also a member of several professional organizations, including the AICPA, Professional Services Council and the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce. In 2013, Nicole was named an Emerging Leader at the GWSCPA’s Women to Watch Awards.

Nicole received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Frostburg State University and a masters in business administration from Mount Saint Mary’s College. Nicole is a licensed CPA in the State of Maryland and received an award from the State of Maryland for one of the highest scores on the CPA exam.


Stephen P. Ramaley, Associate, Miles and Stockbridge
Phone: (703) 610-8626

Stephen P. Ramaley is a government contracts lawyer with experience prosecuting and defending bid protests before the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, executive branch agencies, and the GAO. Steve also assists public and private entities with regulatory compliance; government audits and fraud investigations; domestic preference rules (BAA/TAA) and export control laws; intellectual property rights and cyber-security; subcontractor and teaming agreements; and other matters relating to domestic and international commerce.

 Before joining Miles & Stockbridge, Steve was an associate with the Centre Law Group in Tysons Corner, Virginia.  Steve was Editor-in-Chief of the International Law Review at the American University Washington College of Law, where he graduated magna cum laude and Order of the Coif. Steve was an Echols Scholar as an undergraduate student at the University of Virginia, from which he earned degrees in Government & Foreign Affairs and Middle Eastern Studies.

Timothy P. Schmitt, Vice President, Aronson Capital Partners
Phone: (301) 222-8285

Mr. Schmitt has over six years of middle-market investment banking experience at Aronson Capital Partners. Since joining ACP, Mr. Schmitt has worked on numerous notable transactions including the sale of Kimmich Software Systems to Vistronix, Hawthorne Services to the Berger Group, Novonics Corp to Camber Corporation, TexelTek to TASC, PMSI to KS International, and i2S to Camber Corporation. Prior to joining ACP, Mr. Schmitt worked in the Aerospace and Defense industry group of Deloitte & Touché, LLP. Mr. Schmitt graduated magna cum laude from the University of Richmond with a B.S. in Business Administration and is a licensed CPA.

Charlie Shafer, Senior Consultant, Red Team Consulting, LLC
Phone: (703) 787-9009

Mr. Shafer is one of Red Team Consulting’s most sought after consultants.  He brings an extensive amount of experience within proposal management, coordination, writing, editing, and color reviews.  He maintained over an 80% win rate over the last three years. Mr. Shafer has supported proposal efforts of all sizes and types, from highly structured, multi-company efforts for large ID/IQ responses, to quick GSA schedule responses with very limited proposal support. Mr. Shafer has won multi-billion dollar technology contracts. He has valuable procurement experience with a wide variety of DOD (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and DOD components) and civilian entities, in addition to government-chartered corporations.  Mr. Shafer also brings a unique skillset in understanding the government evaluation process and applies that understanding towards helping clients optimize their win probability.  Mr. Shafer holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature from the University of Virginia.

Carole Stoebe, President, Red Team Consulting, LLC

As the founder of Red Team Consulting, Ms. Stoebe serves as Red Team’s President and Executive Consultant. During her 17-year federal contracting career, she has become one of the most successful capture/proposal professionals in the industry, with involvement in over $65 billion in contract wins.  She has provided direct leadership and strategy development on programs that have resulted in more than $7 billion in profitable revenue, and has successfully managed some of the information technology industry’s highest profile contracts.  Over the course of her career, she has maintained a win rate of nearly 90%.

Ms. Stoebe developed Red Team’s Proposal Development Methodology, which strives to clearly tailor proposal responses to specific RFP instructions and evaluation factors. Ms. Stoebe conducts training and seminars on these and other federal procurement related topics, and has been featured as a panelist numerous times for ACT/IAC events relating to government contracting.

Ms. Stoebe graduated Magna Cum Laude from James Madison University with a B.A. in Political Science. She received a Certification of Appreciation from the US Army for program management leadership, was the recipient of a “Women of Excellence” honor from the National Association of Professional & Executive Women, and is an active member of ACT/IAC.

Jeremy Welsh, CLCS, Vice President, The Insurance Exchange, Inc.
Phone: (301) 279-5500
Fax: (301) 330-1270

Jeremy Welsh is a Vice President in the Commercial lines division of The Insurance Exchange, Inc. Jeremy has nearly 10 years of industry experience and specializes in risk transfer for the Government Contractor community ranging from IT Contractors to Janitorial Service companies. Jeremy provides property-casualty consulting and brokerage services for over 300 clients in VA, MD, and DC. His services include identifying risks, managing costs, coordinating strategies to prevent injuries, improving safety and claims management systems, reviewing contract insurance requirements and providing international coverages. Jeremy has an excellent understanding of the exposures Government Contractors face and has the expertise, capabilities and partnerships to insure those risks.

Jon Williams, Partner, PilieroMazza PLLC
Phone: (202) 857-1000

Jon Williams is a partner with PilieroMazza and a member of the Government Contracts Group. He also works with the Business & Corporate and Labor & Employment Groups. Mr. Williams has 14 years of experience advising contractors on a wide range of government contracting matters and Federal Acquisition Regulation compliance, including the federal procurement programs for small businesses (such as the 8(a) and SDVOSB programs). He represents many contractors in bid protests, size protests and appeals, and related administrative and court proceedings. He regularly helps contractors to establish and navigate teaming, subcontract, joint venture, and mentor-protégé relationships. Mr. Williams also counsels clients regarding claims and disputes with the government, growth and exit strategies, data rights and trademark issues, Service Contract Act compliance and negotiations with labor unions, and responses to proposed suspension and debarment proceedings, among many other matters. Mr. Williams is a member of the Small and Emerging Contractors Advisory Forum (SECAF) and serves on their Legislation and Regulatory Committee.

Christine Williamson, CPA, PMP, Government Contracting Industry Practice Leader, CohnReznick
Phone: (703) 847-4412
Fax: (703) 761-4815

Christine is a Partner and practice leader for the firm’s Government Contracting Industry Practice.  She brings over 20 years of experience and is responsible for managing day-to-day business operations including scheduling, hiring, as well as mentoring staff and provides project oversight and is responsible for the strategic direction and growth plans of the Practice.

In her role of overseeing project completion, she performs such activities as providing staff with technical guidance as it relates to FAR, DCAAM, CAS, GAGAS, and GAAP and she oversees audit, tax, and many government contracting consulting projects such as indirect cost submission audits, accounting system and other business system reviews and audits, and incurred cost proposal development, reviews and audits.

In her continuous dedication to providing additional value to government contractors, Christine has been instrumental in developing the following tools and resources for this community:

  • GovCon Academy – on-site learning that offers educational modules that can be customized to specific client needs on various government contracting related topics
  • GovCon Lunch & Learn Series – Lunch events throughout the year that provide government contractors with valuable information on topics applicable to their business.  CohnReznick has both internal subject matter experts as presenters as well as invites outside experts from organizations such as DCAA, DCMA, SBA, law firms and other agency and professional organization
  • WJ Technologies - She was key in forming WJ Technologies to offer accounting software implementation and consultation to clients

Over her 20+ years of professional experience, Christine has worked in both public accounting as well as serving as a Controller for a government contractor.  She brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her leadership role at CohnReznick and is a sought after speaker for industry organizations and has contributed writings to industry publications.

Alfred M. Wurglitz, Principal, Miles and Stockbridge
Phone: (301) 517-4822

Alfred M. Wurglitz practices in two principal areas: (1) government business relationships such as contracts, grants, and financial assistance, and (2) technology and services transactions such as technology and business process outsourcing, technology development agreements, technology licensing and business transactions, and related export controls.

Government Contracts: Al counsels, litigates, and lectures in many areas including government contract formation and negotiation; issues in commercialization and privatization; rights in technical data; GSA schedule contracts; procurements; claims preparation; debarment and suspension proceedings; procurement fraud investigations and qui tam cases; contractor self-governance and compliance programs; defective pricing; cost recovery under contracts and grants; and equitable adjustments. For more than twenty-five years, Mr. Wurglitz has engaged in government-related matters, including bid protest, contract dispute, false claim, qui tam and other matters, before the boards of contract appeals (BCA), federal district courts, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the Government Accountability Office (and before losing bid protest jurisdiction, the General Services Administration and federal district courts), as well as agency-level protests and disputes before federal, state and local agencies.

Technology Transactions and Licensing: Al has over twenty-five years’ experience in technology transactions in industries including information technology, financial, insurance, health, defense, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, petrochemical, manufacturing and retail. He helps plan, negotiate and document technology and business process outsourcing agreements. He represents clients in transactions involving system acquisition, licensing and distribution, custom technology development, and Internet and e-commerce arrangements. In addition, he advises on intellectual property protection for technology products and services. Al represents clients domestically and internationally in technology joint ventures, joint development agreements, and other complex technology transactions such as acquisition and divestiture of product and service lines. He assists clients in litigation and arbitration of complex technology performance, copyright infringement and trade secret misappropriation cases. He represents businesses and other organizations regarding export controls and other export-related matters. He also represents clients in government financial assistance programs.

Publications and Speaking Engagements: Al has authored publications and lectured on technology licensing and development, intellectual property in government contracts and grants, competition in contracting, disputes and remedies, government financial assistance, contractor self-governance, outsourcing transactions, outsourcing disputes, restrictions on outsourcing, and open source licensing.

Before joining Miles & Stockbridge in 2005, Al was a partner at O'Melveny & Myers LLP. He joined O'Melveny in 1993, after serving as General Counsel of a major systems integrator, technology developer and professional services company headquartered in McLean, Virginia. Al served in the Carter Administration as Assistant General Counsel, Executive Office of the President, Council on Wage and Price Stability. While finishing his law degree at Loyola University Law School at night, Al served as a procurement officer in the U.S. Air Force space program. Before then, he received a graduate degree in law and government from Oxford University in the U.K., studied law at New York University Law School, and received a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Air Force Academy. Al served as a law clerk to the Honorable John Minor Wisdom on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Honorable Willian E. Doyle on the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.