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Meet Our Team

Our KYPTAC Staff is built on experienced professionals, with diverse backgrounds and strong ties to government agencies and contracting companies.
 
Nancy Brown, PMP
State Director
Lexington

Nancy is a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) with 13 years of domestic and international experience working for-profit and non-profit corporations. Nancy started out her career working for Queen Rania of Jordan. After moving to United States from Jordan, 19 years ago, Nancy went on to serve a wide range of clients and companies, such as Valvoline Headquarters and UK HealthCare. Before joining the KYPTAC team in 2016, Nancy served as a program manager for the Going Places Network, an opportunity development and self-sufficiency initiative funded by the Walmart Foundation, in collaboration with Dress for Success Lexington. Nancy has a passion for delivering strong results and making a difference in her favorite state - Kentucky!

 

Nancy received her Bachelor of Arts in communications from the University of Kentucky and is currently residing with her husband and son in Lexington, KY.

Griffin Melzer
Procurement Consultant
Lexington

Griffin Melzer joined the KYPTAC team in October of 2019 as an Aerospace Focused Counselor. Prior to joining the KYPTAC, Griff worked with the Kentucky Aerospace Industry Consortium (KAIC), promoting it’s mission by enhancing the marketing presence and expanding networking efforts to assist in the continued growth of aerospace in Kentucky. For over a year and a half, Griff and the KAIC team traveled all over the globe to build strategic partnerships on behalf of the Kentucky aerospace and defense sector. He looks forward to continuing his support of the industry through his new role here with the KYPTAC.

 

Griff graduated from Salisbury University in Maryland in 2017 with a B.S.  in Business Administration.

Jared Mosqueda
Program Administrator 
Lexington

Jared brings experience in Project Management and Community Engagement in both the for-profit and non-profit world. After graduating college, Jared moved to Charlotte to help fundraising efforts for the United Way. He then moved back to Lexington, KY to pursue a role in Community Engagement and most recently held a role in Project Management. An original native of California, Jared moved to Kentucky as a child and has grown to call the Commonwealth home. 

 

Jared earned a Bachelor's degree in History from the University of Kentucky. 

Jon Olsen, MBA
Senior Procurement Consultant
Lexington

Prior to joining  KSTC, Jon was the Procurement Operations Manager for the Corporate Services Office of the Western Area Power Administration. Jon has a total of 30 years experience in Federal contracting and financial assistance award placement and administration.  Within the Department of Energy, he held positions as a Contract Specialist, Grants and Agreements Specialist, and Contracting Officer for the Western Area Power Administration and Golden Field Office. He also was a civilian Contracting Intern with the US Army, and a Contract Negotiator with the US Air Force.

 

Jon earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Alaska – Anchorage, and an MBA from the University of Colorado – Denver.

 
Melinda Whitfield
Senior Procurement Consultant
Bowling Green

Melinda comes to KYPTAC with 10+ years’ experience assisting in the writing and management of over $10M in government grants (including Small Business Innovation Research grants), contracts and proposals. Most recently, she was the Principal Investigator of an SBIR project with the Department of Energy. Prior to this, she conducted scientific research characterizing nano materials and developing new techniques in the growth of two-dimensional materials.  She formerly held the position of Director of the Western Kentucky University Cyber Defense Laboratory and taught an acoustics course for the Department of Physics and Astronomy. As part of her cybersecurity work, she received Certified Ethical Hacker and Computer Network Defense Architect certifications

 

She received both Bachelor's and Master's of Science degrees in Physics from Western Kentucky University.

 
Carrie Willett
Senior Procurement Consultant
Elizabethtown

Carrie got her first exposure to government contracts as a Trial Attorney with the US Air Force’s Legal Operations Agency, which handles litigation regarding all Air Force acquisitions throughout the world. In that role, Carrie defended source selections in bid protests at the Government Accountability Office and the Court of Federal Claims, as well as at the agency level. Additionally, Carrie litigated contract claims and disputes at the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals. After several years in DC, Carrie moved on to become the Contracts and Fiscal Law Attorney Advisor for the 21 st Space Wing at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs. In this position, she provided cradle-to- grave acquisition and fiscal law advice to Air Force personnel at Peterson and at seven geographically separated units around the world, from Greenland to Diego Garcia. 

 

From there, Carrie went into private practice as an associate with a corporate law firm, specializing in government and commercial contracts, and corporate compliance. She is an attorney licensed in Kentucky and has practiced in state court, representing clients in domestic and civil litigation, but her primary interest is public procurement.

 

Carrie has a Bachelor’s Degree in English and a Juris Doctor from the University of Kentucky, and a Master’s Degree in Education from Troy University.

 

Jim’s primary experience comes from 15+ years in the banking and insurance fields. Prior to teaming with KYPTAC, Jim was a Management Consultant with the South Central (KY) SBDC, assisting new and experienced entrepreneurs with their small businesses.

 

Jim received his B.S in Agribusiness Management from Eastern Kentucky University.

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Jim Reams
Procurement Consultant
Somerset

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