Meet The Team

"Strategy is not really a solo sport – even if you’re the CEO."
― Max McKeown, The Strategy Book

Kellie Burns Peterson

Client Services Coordinator, Fairfax

Kellie came to Virginia PTAP after 12 years as the Director of Office Administration and Communication for a non-profit.  In her role there she handled a variety of duties including facility management, facility scheduling, equipment purchasing, website maintenance, social media marketing, print media, monthly/weekly printed and online newsletters and bulletins.  With previous experience in sales and marketing positions for several private sector firms, she also trained as a technical writer for a small Defense contractor and has experience with Procurement and Contracts with the Department of the Army.  Drawing on a diverse background of experience, Kellie especially enjoys working with clients while learning all the aspects of PTAP’s role in connecting small business to Government contracts and assisting clients to meet with knowledgeable counselors.

Cecelia Cotton

Lead Procurement Counselor, Hampton

As the Virginia PTAP Lead Counselor for the Hampton Roads area, Cecelia F. Cotton coordinates support services to assist businesses in finding government procurement opportunities, and assists government agencies in reaching socioeconomic goals. Retired from Civil Service after 31 years, Ms. Cotton served as a Contracting Specialist, Procurement Analyst, and OSDBU for the Army. She has an A.A. in Public Administration, B.A. in Human Resources Management, and a Graduate Degree in Religious Studies. She is Level III DAWIA certified contracting professional. Cecelia loves serving the needs of others, and lives by the motto: “Time is money to the small business person.” She enjoys singing, writing, public speaking, studying Scripture, old movies/sitcoms, and spending time with family.

Robert B. Gahagan

Procurement Counselor, Fairfax

Bob Gahagan has over 45 years experience which includes US Army Reserves (1LT), IBM Corporation (25 years, retired), entrepreneurship and small business start-up. He founded a government proposal consulting company, helping clients win $3B in contracts, $90M of which were based on client teams he coached to win oral presentations for bids. As a Virginia PTAP instructor for 18 years teaching the “Responding to RFPs” class and 15 years as Procurement Counselor, Bob’s greatest satisfaction is helping clients hone their communication skills to develop Capabilities Statements, prepare for agency meetings, review proposal responses, and plan for government and large prime outreach events.

Michele McCoy

Procurement Counselor, Chesapeake

Michele McCoy started with Virginia PTAP in July 2015 following 33 years of federal service with the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). While at NOAA she held the positions of Purchasing Agent, Contract Specialist, and Branch Chief, Simplified Acquisitions. Michele was Small Business Specialist from 1994 until her retirement as a Contracting Officer with a Level III unlimited warrant at NOAA. She worked closely with the Commerce Office of Small Disadvantaged and Business Utilization (OSDBU), and often spoke on behalf of the department at events throughout the country. Michele has a BA in Humanities from Virginia Wesleyan College, post graduate courses in Business Management, and enjoys helping small businesses find success in the federal government contracting world.

Thomas Miglas

Director, Southern Region

Counseling businesses in government contracting for over a decade, Tom Miglas served in the US Air Force from 1962 until 1966 before moving on to hi-tech industry where he worked for 35 years, eventually becoming a senior level manager. With a bachelor’s degree in Management from Sacred Heart University, graduating Summa Cum Laude, Tom uses his technical background and fondness for digging into problems to find solutions which benefit Virginia PTAP clients across the state.

Joseph Moore

Procurement Counselor, Hampton

Joseph Moore, CPCM, started as part time counselor for Virginia PTAP in 2005, becoming full time Director for the Hampton Roads area of the statewide program later that year. After enjoying years of helping clients find unique solutions, he took a 5 year hiatus in 2010 to work as a Federal Government Contracting Officer in Maryland supporting a special IT program. Returning to the Virginia PTAP in March 2015, Joe is an experienced Contracting Officer in both private industry and government and finds great enjoyment using his knowledge to help clients obtain positive results.

Linda Owen

Procurement Counselor, Chesapeake

Often working from the Chesapeake Economic Development Office, Linda Owen has provided counseling for Virginia PTAP since retiring from Civil Service in 2007. A graduate of St. Leo University, she began government service in 1976 at the Naval Air Station, Norfolk. She has worked in procurement and purchasing for a many naval installations including NAVAIR, NAVSEA, NAVFAC, NAVSUP, NAVAL MEDICAL, and SPAWAR. While Director of the Small Business Program, she met all small business goals for both of the commands under her direction. She enjoys meeting new people, learning their stories, and providing valuable information to assist them to grow their business and achieve the American Dream.

Dr. Christine Rainwater

Procurement Counselor, Fairfax

Dr. Christine Rainwater has over twenty five years of experience working in the federal contracting arena and supporting businesses in their involvement in the set-aside contracting opportunities. She provides support to companies through Virginia PTAP, her own small business consulting firm, and when she is not too busy she designs curriculum for the military. Dr. Rainwater is an Adjunct Professor at both graduate and undergraduate levels in business, management, entrepreneurship, and marketing. She has excellent strategic problem solving and troubleshooting skills finding innovative solutions to small business challenges. As a counselor she specializes in helping companies with 8(a), 8(m) or (EDWOSB), SDVOSB (CVE) and Hub-Zone set aside contracting certifications.

Richard Rosanelli

Procurement Counselor, Richmond

Richard Rosanelli has over 32 years of contracting/procurement experience with four Federal agencies (USPS, Treasury Dept., State Dept., & DLA/DoD) as an unlimited contracting officer and deputy director of a SBO. In addition to being a CVE Counselor, Richard can help with understanding the FAR, interpreting solicitations, and assist with marketing strategies, to name just to a few of his areas of expertise. Richard brings a wealth of experience and understanding in how the Federal agencies operate and an in-depth knowledge of the procurement process to help clients understand how to contract with government at all levels.

Elizabeth Torrens

Operations Manager, Fairfax

Elizabeth Torrens moved into her role as Operations Manager for Virginia PTAP in 2014 after working as the Assistant Business Manager for the MEC-Fairfax. She loves looking for a big-picture solutions while still accounting for detail. Easily changing hats, Elizabeth has done everything from driving tractors at a pumpkin patch, answering retirement questions during the financial crisis, to breaking ground on a sustainable food forest on the GMU Fairfax campus. Finding a home at the Mason Enterprise Center since moving to Virginia has been rewarding and she looks forward helping clients make use of the valuable services at Virginia PTAP.

Frank Toth

Procurement Counselor, Fairfax

Frank Toth brings decades of acquisition/purchasing experience to his position as a procurement counselor. While on active duty as US Air Force and civil service employee at Wright Patterson AFB, Frank’s responsibilities continually evolved as Contracting Officer for Research and Development, aircraft procurement, and Foreign Military Sales to European and Middle Eastern military allies. At GSA, he was team leader for the transition of the Federal Procurement Data System from DOD to GSA, Director of Public Buildings Service Contract Management Division, and Director of Federal Protective Service. Acquisition and purchasing experience with Bethlehem Steel Corporation and Cornell University Aeronautical Test Laboratory rounded out his goal to experience, grow and share entrepreneurial knowledge.

Timothy Wedin

Timothy Wedin brings over 20 years’ experience in providing consulting services in federal contracting within project management, program management, RFP analysis and response tactics, business development and customer relations. He has developed and managed project pipelines, capture management plans and teaming strategies as they related to target markets. Timothy has directly implemented strategic initiatives meeting financial objectives and managing related budgets. Timothy successfully managed various overseas design building construction projects, which, were later recognized as some of the most successful projects ever see by the Department of State. He executed and directed the design and implementation for a Special Projects Division that was directly in-charge of performing physical security upgrades for various U.S. Embassies world-wide. Timothy received his Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Technology from California Polytechnic State University and also holds a Facility Security Officer Certification from the Defense Security Services Academy.