Our Team

Paul Middlebrooks, Program Manager, PTAC Counselor

Paul Middlebrooks, Program Manager, PTAC Counselor

(East Tennessee)

Provides technical assistance to Tennessee industries interested in procurement opportunities with units of government. Helps companies with market research, marketing strategy, analyzing solicitation contracts, and understanding federal acquisition regulations.

Other competencies include business development, proposal development, bid estimating, GSA schedule contracting, project management, and supply chain development.

  • 40 years' marketing and consulting experience
  • Market Analyst, Business Development, Marketing Consultant, and Industry Sales experience
  • ISO 9000 Lead Auditing
  • Six-Sigma Champion
  • Six-Sigma Green Belt
  • Certified Contracting Assistance Specialist
  • Project management Professional (PMP)
  • Certified Veterans Business Counselor
  • BS, Marketing

Debbie Barber, PTAC Counselor

(Middle Tennessee)

Counsels companies on federal contract processes and federal acquisition and federal acquisition regulations.  Other competencies include helping companies with certification processes, sourcing government business opportunities in Tennessee, and assistance to women-owned businesses.

  • 25 years' experience in procurement
  • Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (APTAC)-VP for Education), Ohio PTAC Program Director, National Contract Management Association (past-president), National Contract Management Association-Music City Chapter (past-president), Women for Economic Leadership and Development, Women’s Business Enterprise Council South (Tennessee representative), Women’s Business Enterprise Council-Southeast
  • Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Certified Contracting Assistance Specialist (CCAS)
  • Certified Procurement Professional (CPP)
  • Certified Veterans Assistance Counselor
  • BS, MA degrees
Debbie Barber, PTAC Counselor
Russell Toone, PTAC Counselor

Russell Toone, PTAC Counselor

(West Tennessee)

Counsels companies on federal contract processes and federal acquisition regulations.  Advises companies on RFP submittals and military specification (MillSPec) requirements.

Other expertise includes federal acquisition regulations training and assistance to industries and focusing on assistance to veteran owned businesses.

  • 44 years' industry and consulting experience
  • Plant Productivity Engineer, Quality Technical Director, Project Engineer, Process Engineer, Industrial Engineering Technician, Government Contract Consultant, Industry Sales 
  • Certified Veteran Assistance Counselor
  • Six-Sigma Black Belt
  • Certified Contract Assistance Specialist (CCAS)
  • Vietnam Veteran
  • BS, Engineering

Veronica Clark, Procurement Consultant

Provides capability statement reviews and company registration assistance (i.e., DUNS, EIN, and SAMS) for CIS customers interested in procurement opportunities with units of government and prime contractors.

Other expertise includes director-level positions in administration, marketing, and community engagement.

  • 12 years' experience in project management, marketing, and communications
  • BS, MBA
Veronica Clark, Procurement Consultant
Lynn Reed, Productivity Consultant

Lynn Reed, Productivity Consultant

Develops and delivers ISO 14001:2015 environment system training and assistance to industry.  Provides environmental regulatory EPCRA Tier II and EPCRA Form Reporting assistance to industries and communities.

Other expertise includes ISO 9001:2015 competencies, six-sigma, product failure mode effect analysis (PFMEA), 8-D, and customizing supply chain development programs.

  • 43 years' industry experience as a chemical and industrial engineer
  • Production supervisor, lead start-up engineer, design and development engineer, production superintendent, quality consultant, and environment consultant experiences
  • ISO Environment Management System Lead Auditor
  • ISO Quality Management System Lead Auditor
  • Six-Sigma Black Belt
  • B. S. Chemical Engineering, MS, Industrial Engineering degrees

Walter Idol, Program Manager, Safety Consultant,

Emergency Preparedness and Response

Develops and delivers safety and emergency response training programs and audits to manufacturers, first responders, public works, and healthcare organizations. Manages the Health, Safety, and Emergency Preparedness Program at CIS.

Other expertise includes confined space, trench and structural collapse, and machinery rescue competencies to support and develop OSHA compliance, worker safety, emergency response, operational recovery, and continuity.

  • 40 years' Emergency Response experience as a career professional and volunteer
  • Line and Company officer experience through Command Staff and Chief of Department roles
  • OSHA Authorized Outreach Trainer for General Industry, Construction, and Disaster Site Workers
  • Licensed Paramedic
  • BS, MS degrees
Walter Idol, Program Manager, Safety Consultant,
Bryan Lane, Safety Consultant, Program Coordinator

Bryan Lane, Safety Consultant, Program Coordinator

OSHA Compliance

Develops and delivers safety training, conducts safety audits, and develops OSHA-compliant safety Programs for Tennessee companies. Manages the Southeastern OSHA Training Institute (OTI) Education Center in Tennessee that provides OSHA standards and trainer classes for those wanting to become Authorized OSHA Outreach Trainers.

Other expertise includes OSHA 10-Hour and OSHA 30-Hour General Industry, OSHA 10-Hour Construction, OSHA Safety  Program Development, OSHA Standard-Specific Training (e.g., Lockout, Hazard Communication), Accident Investigation, and OHSAS 18001 Training And Auditing.

  • 30 years' Industry Experience, Consulting
  • Past experience includes Safety and Quality Assurance, Inventory Control, Lean Manufacturing, and Sales
  • OHSAS 18001 Internal Auditor
  • OSHA Authorized Outreach Trainer 
  • BA degree

Charles Gluck, Safety Consultant- DOT, HAZWOPER, Haz Mat

Assists industry with all phases of Occupational Safety Training, Inspection, Plan Check of responders. Generates and Interprets Fire Codes and OSHA Codes for responders.  Provides OSHA General Industry Instruction, 40-Hour HAZWOPER, 16-Hour DOT, and refresher training programs.

Other expertise includes PSM/IIPP Ammonia Safety in Responding, Chlorine Education, Monitor Equipment training, Forklift Training, and Train the Trainer.

  • 37 years' Professional Firefighter, 25 years Fire Life Safety Consultant
  • Past experiences include Hazardous Materials Specialist and Incident Commander
  • ICS 100, 200, 30, 400, 700, 800 certifications
  • BA, Public Safety Management
Charles Gluck, Safety Consultant- DOT, HAZWOPER, Haz Mat


The CIS Advisory Council was established to provide an advisory service to CIS. The council is composed of center stakeholders (state, federal, and local) and manufacturers that center management rely on for advice and guidance in relation to the needs of Tennessee manufacturers. The Council does not have fiduciary responsibility; it is strictly advisory in nature.

Allen Borden

Assistant Commission

Economic and Community Development

Carol Howard

President of Operations

Storm Copper Components

Mike Brennan

Operations Director

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters

Dan Lilley

MEP Account Manager

Center Strategies & Support NIST/ MEP

Chris Clark

Senior Director

Y-12 National Security Complex

Tom McCormack

Director of Quality Assurance

Walker Die Casting

Kinion Dunn


DBT, Inc.

Carol Howard

President of Operations

Storm Copper Components

Alan Edington

Director of Operations

Tennessee Bun Company

Tom Rogers


Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Catherine Glover


Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Kelvin Smalley

General Manager

Aerojet Ordinance

Clint Gwin


Pathway Lending

Dave Sondgeroth

Continuous Improvement Manager

Marvin Windows and Door of TN