Congrats to the FY19 IDEAL selectees!

By February 20, 2019September 17th, 2019Career Development, Ideal
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FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Feb. 20, 2019)—Please join the Director, Acquisition Career Management (DACM) in congratulating the 63 Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW) professionals selected for the Inspiring and Developing Excellence in Acquisition Leaders (IDEAL) program for FY19.

IDEAL is a leadership development program for AAW civilians at GS-11/12/13 or broadband equivalent with leadership and supervisory potential. The program prepares participants for future positions where they will lead people, teams and other work groups.

IDEAL is sponsored by the Army DACM Office, with the Army Acquisition Center of Excellence providing classroom instruction and facilitation. For FY19, the program will be offered at two locations: Warren, Michigan, and Washington, D.C. Selectees at both sites will begin the program in March.

Program participants will take part in three one-week resident sessions held over six months. Between sessions, they will return to their workplaces to exercise new skills and put into practice the concepts and competencies they learned and examined during the resident sessions. The curriculum will include classroom instruction, site visits, guest speakers and special projects.

The selection process for the program was especially competitive this year, with more than 150 applications submitted. Applications were reviewed and the selectees recommended by a selection board consisting of senior AAW professionals throughout the Army. Observations regarding successful applications included:

  • Senior Rater Potential Evaluation (SRPE): High or Exceptional Potential rating; senior rater comments highly recommend for leadership training; recognition of employee’s exceptional potential; some degree of employee excellence in the SRPE; rationale that reflected the IDEAL program.
  • Resume: Shows depth of experience; well-written; concisely highlights accomplishments and skills; shortened bullet format is the best.
  • Acquisition Career Record Brief: Up to date.

The selectees for FY19 are:

Brian Arthur Life cycle logistics U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command (AMCOM)
Erika Bachmann-Zawaideh Program management Program Executive Office (PEO) for Combat Support and Combat Service Support (CS&CSS)
Eddie Baker Program management PEO for Aviation
Michael Baker Engineering U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM)
Kheng Be Program management PEO CS&CSS
Travis Bloss Engineering U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command (CECOM)
Rachel Capaldi Contracting U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM)
Dawn Carie Contracting PEO CS&CSS
Jennifer Carroll Program management RDECOM
Jonathan Catalano Contracting U.S. Army Materiel Command (AMC) – 414th Support Brigade
Indu Chauhan Business – financial management PEO for Enterprise Information Systems (EIS)
Jacnita Combs Contracting U.S. Army Contracting Command (ACC)
Chaz Cunningham Contracting ACC
Tanasha Dalton Business – financial management Chief of Staff of the Army – G8
Stephanie Davis Contracting U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)
Remo Dela Cruz Contracting ACC
Jody Denney Life cycle logistics AMCOM
Evan Derrow Engineering RDECOM
Tom Douglas Jr. Engineering PEO CS&CSS
Marie Drager Contracting ACC
Jermaine Dunham Contracting ACC
Marigrace Gaglio Business – financial management PEO CS&CSS
Nicholas Garon Program management PEO CS&CSS
Michelle Gregory Program management PEO CS&CSS
Monica Griffin Engineering RDECOM
Heather Gruenewald Program management PEO CS&CSS
Chad Haering Engineering RDECOM
Lacey Harrison Business – cost estimating PEO for Missiles and Space (M&S)
Jennifer Hayden Contracting U.S. Army Medical Command
Joscelyn Hopkins Business – financial management PEO CS&CSS
Robert Ignozzi Life cycle logistics TACOM
Keelan Jennings Engineering RDECOM
Yolanda Johnson Life cycle logistics TACOM
Shtjefan Juncaj Engineering RDECOM
John Kelly Program management HQ U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center
Travis Kennamore Test and evaluation U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command
Matthew Kleinberg Program management PEO for Ground Combat Systems
Amy Larson Contracting ACC
Kevin Lennan Program management PEO EIS
Solina Mao Information technology PEO EIS
Brittany McCray Information technology AMCOM
Robin Miller Life cycle logistics AMCOM
Perla Moncayo Life cycle logistics TACOM
Adam Murphey Information technology CECOM
Carl Polcyn Life cycle logistics PEO CS&CSS
Natale Pulizzi Life cycle logistics TACOM
Cassandra Reilly Engineering RDECOM
Ryan Ridderikhoff Contracting PEO CS&CSS
Timothy Roseberry Life cycle logistics PEO for Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors
Angela Sarinelli Contracting Joint PEO Armaments and Ammunition
Victoria Sarkisian Contracting PEO CS&CSS
Terrence Shepherd Life cycle logistics TACOM
Racheal Smiljkovich Contracting ACC
Michael Son Contracting AMC – 414th Support Brigade
Keith Stilwell Program management PEO Aviation
Nancy Sykes Contracting USACE
Ernest Vivian Jr. Life cycle logistics PEO CS&CSS
Andrew Vlaeminck Business – financial management PEO CS&CSS
John Weir Contracting PEO M&S
Brandon Williams Engineering RDECOM
Leslie Wilson-Smith Life cycle logistics TACOM
Hanna Yaldo Engineering RDECOM
Courtney Young Engineering RDECOM

Additional information about the IDEAL program can be found at


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