NCMA Boston Chapter Officers

Mike Gauthier | President –

Mike Gauthier currently serves as Team Lead / Supervisor in the Contracting Services Department at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. He provides oversight, direction, and leadership to a highly skilled team of contracts professionals in accordance with FAR, DFARS, and MITLL policies and procedures. He is also an Adjunct Faculty Member at Brandeis University Rabb School of Continuing Studies (Division of Graduate Professional Studies) teaching Negotiation, Procurement & Contract Management, and Project Management in the Government. Previous to MITLL and Brandeis, he was the Chief Procurement Officer for the City of Woburn, and worked for many years servicing the US Government, various state governments, and NGOs as a small business owner.

He is certified as a Certified Professional Contracts Manager (CPCM), a Certified Federal Contracts Manager (CFCM), a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, a Certified Contingent Workforce Professional (CCWP), and Massachusetts Certified Public Purchasing Official (MCPPO).   Gauthier is designated as a Fellow of the National Contract Management Association

Gauthier holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Boston College, a Master’s in Public Administration at Framingham State University, and trained extensively at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Christina Graves | VP of Events –



Jacky Ingram | VP of Events –



Jordan Oravetz | VP of Events –

Jordan is a Jordan Oravetz is the Chair of Professional Advancement with NCMA Boston. Jordan is a Boston-area native and currently serves as a Vendor Management Specialist and Buyer at the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory in Cambridge, MA. Previously, Jordan supported Draper’s National Security and Space Programs as a Contracts Administrator. Prior to her time at Draper, Jordan was a contractor supporting the C3I Infrastructure Division at Hanscom AFB, MA. In her spare time, Jordan enjoys traveling and is a frequent visitor to CorePower Yoga.



Victor Paduchak | March Workshop VP –



Lisa Barone | March Workshop VP –



Ian Greene | Administration VP –

Ian Greene is a Subcontracts Administrator and Leadership Development Program Candidate at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. Originally hailing from Concord, NH, he held positions in client services with Lincoln Financial Group and in contracts management with a small healthcare technology company in the Boston area prior to joining MIT Lincoln Laboratory. Ian holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Syracuse University.


Geoff Merritt | VP Treasurer –

Geoff Merritt is a Director in the Industry Specialty Services Group at BDO with a focus on Government Contracts. This group of over 100 professionals provides unique business solutions to organizations across a wide array of industries including government contracting, life sciences, nonprofit, manufacturing, technology, and construction among others.

He has over 15 years of professional finance experience with a focus on Government Finance & Compliance in the Aerospace & Defense sectors. Geoff has held management positions with small and mid-sized divisions of large corporations overseeing compliance matters relating to FAR, CAS, TINA, and Government Business System controls. Geoff received a BS in Business Administration from the University of Vermont and earned his MBA and MSA from Bentley University.



Marsha Cervantez | Awards VP –

Marsha Cervantez is a federal acquisition professional with 25 years’ experience with the Government and Defense Industry. Currently, Ms. Cervantez is a Sr. Principal Contracts Manager for General Dynamics Mission Systems, responsible for the development and negotiation of domestic and international business engagements. Previously, Ms. Cervantez served 11 years as a Contracting Officer for the US Air Force. Ms. Cervantez holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Cornell University and an MBA from the University of Arizona. Ms. Cervantez has been an active NCMA member of both the Saguaro and Boston Chapters throughout her career. She has held the positions of Saguaro Chapter VP of Education, Boston Chapter VP of Programs, VP of Administration, President and Chairman of the Board.  She is pleased to continue supporting the Boston Chapter in her current position as Awards Chair and as an advisor to the Board.  “I believe in cultivating a rich, diverse, and integrated professional contracting community equipped to devise solutions for today’s and tomorrow’s acquisition challenges—we are stronger together.”


Ryan Connell | Board Chairman

Ryan Connell is the Commercial Item Group (CIG) pricing supervisor for Boston and Philadelphia (Northeast). Ryan started his career as a support contractor working as a cost estimator supporting the battle management division at Hanscom AFB, MA. Ryan left MCR Federal in 2010 and joined civil service as a United States Air Force price/cost analyst. Ryan quickly became involved with incentive contracting and championed many excel models and incentive contracting classes. In 2013, Ryan left the Air Force to join DCMA, as the first Raytheon IDS pricing lead in the newly formed ICAT structure. Ryan led many cost savings initiatives, and was recognized at the pentagon by Mr. Kendall (AT&L) for The Workforce Individual Achievement Award in Contracting for 2015.  In 2016, Ryan decided to help with the Commercial Item Group initiative within the agency. Ryan holds his Masters of Business Administration from Webster University. He is currently DAWIA Level III certified in contracting, Level I certified in Program Management and is a member of the Defense Acquisition Corp, NCMA & NDIA. Ryan Lives in Boston with his wife Jennifer.



Ellen Kelley | Vice Chairman – 

Ellen is currently the Senior Compliance Manager at MIT Lincoln Laboratory and specializes in Research and Development contracts, major acquisitions, and high stakes negotiations.  She previously held the positions of Manager of Security and Transportation Systems at Raytheon Company, and International Contracts and Procurement Manager at Metcalf & Eddy/AECOM.  Ellen graduated with a BA in Economics from the University of Delaware and an MBA (Acquisition and Contracts) from Western New England University.   

Ellen was honored to serve as President of the Boston Chapter for the 2016-2018 Program Years.  She has earned a CPCM certification from NCMA and has been an active member of the Boston Chapter throughout her career, serving as Vice President of Programs and Chair of the Advancing Professionals Committee. Contract Management Magazine published her article “Getting Out Alive: How Hostage Negotiation Tactics in Contract Negotiations Can Help Your Deal ‘Survive’ ” in the February 2016 issue, as well as her interview in the “President’s Corner” in the September 2017 issue.

Ellen was awarded the designation of Fellow in 2018 in recognition of her significant contributions to NCMA and the field of contracting.



Paul Leuchte | Board Secretary  –

Paul has held wide-ranging contract management roles in the military and commercial environments, both domestic and international. Currently, Paul leads the Contracts Department at Mercury Systems, Inc. Previously, he served as both Senior Contracts Manager and FSO supporting iRobot Corporation’s Defense Unit. Prior experience includes being the Contracts lead at an international business and litigation consulting firm, and the Contracts/Business lead for a contractor at the DOT/Volpe Center supporting the Acquisition Division. Paul proudly served for 23 years with the MA Air National Guard retiring as the First Sergeant of the 567th AF Band where he also performed on Trumpet, French Horn, and led the marching and ceremonial units as Drum Major.

Paul holds a MBA/Acquisitions & Contracts from Western New England University and a BA/Political Science from Bridgewater State University. He holds the CPCM certification.



Arthur Langford | Co-VP of Programs –

Arthur Langford is Sr. Manager, Contracts Lead for Medium Range Air Defense programs with Raytheon Company in Burlington, MA. Arthur has held leadership positions for domestic and international contracts pursuits and program execution in defense & electronics and professional services industries. Arthur in 2019 completed a fifth overseas assignment where he lived in Muscat, Oman and served as Commercial Lead and Deputy GM for Raytheon Oman branch. Prior experience includes assignments living in Saudi Arabia and former Soviet Union supporting INF and START Treaties and Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction bilateral agreements.

Arthur holds a BA in Business from American InterContinental University, a JD from Massachusetts School of Law, an LL.M in Int’l Business Law from Boston University School of Law, and studied Russian Language at George Mason and Moscow State universities. He holds an Executive Education Certificate in Leadership & Influence from Babson College, and is a Certified Contract & Commercial Management Expert with IACCM.



Diana Laurent | Co-VP of Programs –

My passion for human development and connection can be traced back to my pre-professional days. From yearbook committee and class treasurer in High School to the creation and implementation of the Community Development and Social Action Club in Business School, I have been on the human development path from the start. Why? I like bringing people together and get them excited about the things that excite me. Outside of the office, I am interested in facilitating human liaison and professional development through Networking. As Co-VP of Programs for NCMA, my diverse background in the legal and non-profit sectors before entering Federal Service, will allow me to bring people together to foster connection through a robust schedule of monthly program events.

I have a BA in Justice Studies from Cambridge College, a JD from Massachusetts School of Law, and a MBA from Hult International Business School. I am licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts.  Being fluent in English, French, and Haitian Creole, I am an avid Juvenile Justice Rights activist and fiercely committed to the protection and promotion of human rights and human dignity in America and Worldwide. In my spare time, I volunteer as youth ministry director providing leadership, care, and advice to teenagers, second-generation immigrant teenagers, and their families from Boston and the surrounding communities.



Jeremiah Herr | VP of Programs –

Jeremiah Herr has been serving as an Active Duty Military Officer in Air Force Contracting for the last two years. Currently working in agile software development for all the major aircraft platforms in the United States Air Force. He is leading and building teams as his large organization transitions from a waterfall development process to an agile sprint process with release on customer demand while staying in cadence with the Developmental and Operational Testing organizations. Previously, Mr. Herr served 16 years as a Special Warfare Operator calling in Air Strikes with some of the most elite units in the United States Military and with foreign partners. He has participated in many combat operations, to include the invasion to Iraq in 2003. His previous experience adds invaluable real world representation for all end users in large acquisition organizations such as Air Force Material Command and Air Force Life Cycle Management Center. Mr. Herr holds a Masters in Business Management from Ashford University.



Anthony Hugar | VP of Membership –

Anthony is Associate Corporate Counsel at Pegasystems Inc.; supporting the various business functions.  Anthony is a licensed attorney in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and a 2014 graduate of Suffolk University Law School. He received his CCCM in 2018 and advocates for young professionals and students to join the NCMA to take advantage of its strong network and education opportunities.