About Us

All Directors/Officers are APMP members in good standing and affiliated with the Greater Midwest Chapter of APMP. Our 2019 Greater Midwest Chapter’s Board of Directors are:

Hayley Flamm, CF APMP | Chair

Hayley Flamm is an APMP Certified proposal manager with Burns & McDonnell where she implements proposal best practices, manages a team of proposal coordinators, conducts strategy sessions, develops win strategies, and manages pursuits from capture to shortlist. Prior to her current position, she served as pursuit strategy specialist where she assisted with the development of new pursuit training modules, conducted training sessions, and assisted in the implementation of pursuit best practices company-wide. Hayley has been an active member of APMP and the Greater Midwest Chapter since 2011. She is a frequent attendee and presenter at the APMP Annual Bid and Proposal Conference and GMC events. Hayley served as 2016 Publications Chair, 2017 Membership Chair, and 2018 Vice Chair. Based in Kansas City, MO, Hayley looks forward to serving as your 2019 Chapter Chair and delivering the greatest value to our members.

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Stacey Duwe, CP APMP  |  Vice-Chair

Stacey Duwe is a Consultant/Content Manager with Shipley Associates assisting a Global Proposal Services team with content curation, developing new content, refining existing content and strategic messaging, and supporting sales in winning new business on the most complex, highest revenue, strategic deals. Prior to joining Shipley Associates, she managed a national center of excellence RFP team at a large financial services firm for three years. Additionally, Stacey has been providing proposal and content management consulting services through her own company, Write Fit Solutions, since 2011. With more than 10 years of professional writing and project management experience, she has managed the RFP process on federal, state and local government, and commercial opportunities across a range of industries. Stacey earned her BA in English and women’s studies from Cleveland State University in Cleveland, OH. She is an active member of APMP and has earned both Foundation and Practitioner Level Certifications. Stacey was also named to APMP’s inaugural 40 under 40 class.

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Bette Sturino, CP APMP  |  Communications Chair

Bette Sturino has more than 13 years of proposal management experience and currently supports commercial/local government RFPs for BMO Financial Group’s Treasury & Payment Solutions team. Her experience includes proposal management, content development, and proposal center management. She enjoys mentoring new professionals and being an advocate for APMP. Bette earned her Practitioner Certification in 2016. She has been involved on GMC’s Board in varying roles (2014 Events Committee, 2015 Professional Development Support, 2016 Professional Development Chair, 2017 Vice Chair, and 2018 Chapter Chair). Bette created the chapter’s 2016 webinar series called “Proposal Vitamins to Boost Your Competencies”, which will be refreshed through the South Africa Chapter in 2019.

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 Alan MinnickAlan Minnick, CF.APMP  |  Treasurer

Alan Minnick is an Executive Director and Senior Proposal Manager at JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. He supports J.P. Morgan’s Commercial Banking sales force in responding to RFP’s for Treasury Services opportunities for middle market businesses and government units across the United Sates. He has over 23 years of experience in proposal management. Alan also has seven years of business development and product management experience in the in eGovernment services market. He has served on the Chapter’s Board since 2008. Alan holds the foundation level certification in APMP. Alan lives in Chicago, IL.

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Andrea Dunger, CF APMP – Events

Andrea Dunger serves as Staff Associate, Contracts and Proposals for Vizient, Inc., an Irving-TX based Group Purchasing Organization (GPO). Prior to her position with Vizient, Inc. she served as Proposal Manager for MedAssets Performance Management Solutions, Inc., which was acquired by Vizient in February, 2016. Andrea has served for the past two years on the GMC Events Committee, and at the Symposium in 2013 attained her Foundation Certification.

She has also participated in many of the webinars offered to expand her proposal knowledge base and is often asked to share her learnings with her team. She is viewed as a valuable addition to not only the proposal team but the company in general.

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Jen Roemer  |  Membership

Jen has been with Element Fleet Management (Formally GE Capital Fleet Services) since 1988. Element provides leasing and fleet management services. She has worked in a variety of positions from Tax, Accounting, Operations, Sales, Customer Service, Product Management and RFPs for more than four years. Having the opportunity to work in many areas of her company has grown her network of SMEs and product knowledge. Jen is also on the Steering Committee of Element’s Women’s Network in Eden Prairie, MN.

Outside of work, she volunteers with the local chapter Dollars for Scholars board.

Jen is new to APMP and sees the value in being a member. The webinars and the mentor program have provided her with deeper insight on how other companies handle their RFP process. In communicating the value of APMP to her manager, the rest of her team will be joining next year. She looks forward to her involvement with the Greater Midwest Chapter.

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Richelle Weihe, CF APMP  |  Professional Development

Richelle is an APMP Foundation level certified proposal manager professional with ten years of experience in proposal development and research development in higher education, the non-profit sector, Medicaid managed care, and government relations. She is currently a manager of proposal development at the Centene Corporation, the largest Medicaid managed care provider in the United States, where she works with the business development team to produce competitive RFP responses for new business and reprocurements.� Before making the move to the private sector, Richelle helped advance the research mission of the Michigan Center for Integrative Research in Critical Care (MCIRCC) at the University of Michigan, by using APMP practices to support Center physician members to develop high-impact proposals in emergency medicine. Prior to joining MCIRCC, Richelle worked for Arizona State University’s (ASU) Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development, using APMP best practices to manage high-value, strategic proposals across the university, and where she was nominated and awarded the Rookie of the Year award for 2015. Richelle looks forward to helping our members grow professionally as Professional Development/Mentorship Chair in 2019.

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Corinne Jorgenson, CF APMP  |  Publications

Corinne is an experienced proposal leader and subject matter expert, with more than a decade of experience in the craft of managing proposals. She is the Director of Marketing, Communications, and Proposals for Riverside Research, a not-for-profit supporting research in the nation’s interest. In 2018, she was a member of the APMP Greater Midwest Chapter board support committee and has earned her foundation certification. In 2018, Corinne was recognized as an APMP 40-Under-40.

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Silke Cole, CF APMP | Secretary

Silke is a Senior Proposal Writer at top 15 accounting and advisory firm Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP. She manages proposal projects from kick-off through delivery and is passionate about devising customized win strategies tailored to each opportunity. Her areas of expertise include state and local government as well as the energy and utilities sector. In 2017, Silke joined APMP and obtained her Foundation certification. She enjoys bringing our members together through organizing local meetups and learning from each other by sharing industry insights and best practices. Her active involvement in the Greater Midwest Chapter earned her the 2018 Member of the Year award.

Silke came to proposal management from a 20-year career in film production and international distribution. She previously executed a major content management project for Warner Bros. and implemented marketing campaigns for several media organizations. Originally from Germany, Silke is a graduate of Freie Universität Berlin with a Master of Arts in American Studies. She currently lives in the Milwaukee area with her husband and daughter. In her free time, she serves as a docent for two nonprofit organizations dedicated to architectural preservation, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Burnham Block and Wright in Wisconsin.

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FarrellBruce Farrell  |  Webmaster

Bruce Farrell is Proposal Director for the Management Consulting practice Plante Moran. He has been working in business communications and development for 20 years. Bruce has a genuine passion for all manner of design and he frequently presents at APMP events on the topic. This is his sixth year serving on the GMC Board–he served as Chapter Chair for three years. He is also a member of APMP International’s Board of Directors and he is Co-Chair for its Chapter Liaison Committee.

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Events Committee

Dena Stukenberg, CP APMP

Dena Stukenberg, CP APMP serves as the Divisional Vice President, Proposals & Enrollment for Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC). Dena has been with HCSC for over 20 years and has held various roles within proposal development. She is currently responsible for oversight of all commercial proposal operations for HCSC’s five divisions (Illinois, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas), Open Enrollment support and meeting planning that support client and consultant events. Proposal operations include responding to Request for Proposals (RFPs) and Request for Information (RFIs) received from local and national consultants, brokers and accounts as well as content management for maintaining commonly used answers for proposal responses.

Dena previously worked at HCSC’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Dental Network of America where she responded to dental Request for Proposals for all HCSC divisions. She has been recognized as an industry leader in the proposal profession by her colleagues internally as well as through non-HCSC Blue Plans and the Association for Proposal Management Professionals (APMP).

Dena Chairs the RFP/RFI Workgroup through the Consortium. She is actively involved with the APMP and serves on the Midwest Chapter Board. Over the past few years, she has been a mentor to other APMP colleagues, presented numerous times for APMP, once at the APMP Annual Conference and again through a APMP Webinar series for development and growth trainings for proposal professionals.

Dena has over 22 years of experience in a Proposal environment and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Illinois State University. She also holds a Practitioner Level Certification through APMP.

Christine Sowinski, CF APMP

Christine Sowinski, MBA, CF APMP is a Technical Proposal Manager at Michels Corporation in Milwaukee, WI. She joined APMP in 2018 and serves on the Events Committee and co-presented at the 2019 Symposium. Christine has 12 years of proposal and marketing experience in the architecture/engineering/construction industry. When she’s not managing proposals – she enjoys traveling, volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House, and baking cookies.

Megan Kean

Megan Kean has spent the past six years in the A/E/C industry as a Proposal Coordinator. Currently, she works for Kiewit, focusing her strategic efforts in the energy markets across North America. Prior to joining the corporate world, Megan spent seven years in higher ed as part of a communications and marketing team. It was there she was first introduced to the world of proposal… by writing RFPs.

Megan earned her B.A. in English, art, and journalism from Augustana University (Sioux Falls, SD), and her M.S. in Technical Communication from Missouri S&T (Rolla, MO). She achieved her Foundation Level Certification in 2017. For the past five years, Megan has served on the Events Committee for the Greater Midwest Chapter and is excited to make the jump to a new position on the board.

Marketing Committee

Darla Lambert

Darla is a proposal coordinator for CRB, a leading engineering, construction and consulting firm for the life sciences industries. She has 20 years of experience in managing proposals in the federal, healthcare and IT arenas. She lives in St. Louis, Missouri (Go Cards!)

Heidi Romero, CP APMP

Heidi Romero joined BMO Harris Bank (then M&I Bank) in 2004 as a Treasury Management Sales Associate for Business customers and Inside Sales. From there she was promoted to a Sales Associate for the Commercial and Mid-Market client base. In 2010 she was promoted to Officer and moved into a Senior Implementation and Portfolio Management role during the M&I/Harris Bank acquisition working with large corporate customers through the merger. In April 2014, Heidi joined the Proposal/RFP Team as a US Proposal Manager for the bank. She was then promoted to Assistant Vice President in January 2016. She has been an active member of APMP since 2014 and achieved her Foundation level accreditation in June 2015, as well as her Practitioner certification in September 2018. Heidi works diligently to instill APMP’s best practices and her proposal passion in every opportunity which resonates through her team and the sales process. Heidi is based in Milwaukee, WI.

Heidi assisted on the GMC Events Committee in 2016, 2017 and 2018 and the GMC Marketing Committee in 2019. She looks forward to continuing her support of the GMC in her Board position as the Events Chair in 2020.

Erin Ortiz, CP APMP

Erin Ortiz is a capture manager at Derco, A Lockheed Martin Company where she strategizes and proposes solutions for USG, international military, and OEM customers. She is a proud member of APMP since 2016 and has used the best practices outlined in the PMBOK and BidCon sessions to enhance efficiency and effective bids. In addition to being part of the 2019 40 Under 40 Class, Erin holds the APMP Practitioners Certificate, participated in the mentorship program, presented at the GMC symposium, and volunteers on GMC committees.

Katherine Becchina, CF APMP

Katherine Becchina, CF APMP is a proposal strategist at an AEC firm headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri. Like most people, Katherine stumbled into the proposal industry nearly six years ago and got her start printing and binding proposals for the company. With the help of great mentorship, she was quickly introduced to the opportunities and possibilities in the pursuit and marketing industry. After a few years of hard work and dedication, she now provides strategic sales and marketing support and leads capture teams on a range of proposals including multi-million dollar strategic pursuits. Katherine is also a member of the marketing committee on the APMP Greater Midwest Chapter and looks forward to serving the board next year as Publications Chair.