Specific Relevant Logistics Experience
- Employed by the Broward County Elections Bureau as Precinct 31-N Poll Inspector during the November 5 general elections, my logistics skills were employed in the distribution and removal of iVotronic computers, and in the distribution and posting of notices, supplies, material, and documents.
- Working with American Red Cross/Disaster Services in response to hurricanes Isadore and Lili in Louisiana, my logistics skills came to the fore when discussing our Disaster Computer Operations (DCO) procurement, inventory, and distribution procedures throughout the state in material support of that Disaster Response. Installing over 180 laptop computers in about ten locations, the logistics management of our inventory was vital in terms of availability of equipment and supplies, repair and maintenance, and security. My recommendation that we establish a formal "quartermaster" position was accepted and acted upon, thus providing all technicians with a cleanly operating and secure system. It then became my task to train the nominated quartermaster in every aspect of the logistics function in support of the Disaster Computer Operations.
- Field Programs Delegate with American Red Cross:
- Assigned to Geneva, Switzerland to coordinate with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the International Committee of the Red Cross. Purposes: 1) to engage in meetings with Managers of Logistics regarding their concerns about duplication of logistics efforts in the Balkans; and 2) to pry out a long-overdue Logistics Report about a Yugoslavia feeding program for 1.5 million refugees.
- Assigned to do a Program Review (Finance, Logistics, Administration, Personnel issues) of the bilateral Balkans Regional Program (Macedonia, Kosovo, Albania). Ascertained that there was no duplication of logistics efforts as believed in Geneva, and so informed both Geneva and Washington, D.C.
- Assigned in response to the floods and landslides disaster in Venezuela, coordinated with ARC's Emergency Response and International Relief Teams, collaborating to set up ARC's formal bilateral Delegation in that country - as Finance & Administration Delegate. Coordinated with assigned Logistics Delegates to ensure smooth operations of their emergency responsibilities.
- Resident Advisor for Logistics, El Salvador 519-0308 Health Systems Support Project (APSISA: Proyecto de Apoyo a los Sistemas de Salud)(USAID/Clapp & Mayne, Inc.) 1991-1992. TASKS: 1. Assisted the Ministry of Health (MOH) to develop its annual pharmaceutical requirements. 2. Assigned pharmaceutical costs per GSA schedules. 3. Assisted the MOH in development of biomedical supply and equipment needs for its five regional biomedical centers and the central biomedical laboratory. 4. Assisted USAID and the MOH in supervising the receipt, customs clearance, transfer, offloading, separation, classification, and inventory of shipments received. 5. Assisted the MOH in processing insurance claims against damaged and/or missing shipments. 6. Assisted the MOH's Quality Control Department to clear shipments through for determination of national distribution. 7. Monitored distribution to the MOH's five Regional Warehouses; cooperated in monitoring onward distribution to Health Centers, Health Units and Health Posts (under U.S. Embassy Security Office clearances). 8. Audited shipment invoices, packing lists, Air Waybills, Bills of Lading, GBLs, manifests, AID/HPN Shipment/Status Information Reports, and DPSC Military Shipment Labels, Shipment Status Reports and Unify Reports, to ascertain accuracy of aerial and surface shipment data in conjunction with amount actually received. 9. Designed special Informes de Recibo (Receiving Reports) based on immediate inventories, and Informes de Medicamentos Recibidos y Pendientes de Recibirse (reports of Medicines Received and Pending Receipt) against all shipments in terms of every PIO/C, Contract, Purchase Order, Order for Supplies or Services, and other procurement instruments of AID/HPN. 10. Wrote a 97-page Spanish-English Glosario Médico-Logístico/Medical-Logistics Glossary as a training and logistics resource document, which had an impact on the country. 11. Produced Spanish-language simplified and formatted pre-shipment notices, translating from a) English and b) codified, bureaucratic systems (of AID/W, U.S. Despatch/State Department, and the U.S. Defense Personnel Support Center). 12. Provided technical assistance to APSISA and MOH personnel and to Clapp & Mayne, Inc., and University Research Corporation, advisors to enhance their understandings of AID and DPSC policies, procedures, terms and conditions. At termination of my contract, I left my Ministry of Health/APSISA counterpart - Sr. Rafael Antonio Clará A. - fully trained to take over all tasks, as a matter of capacity building.
- Project Paper Design (Logistics), Health Sector Assistance Project #656-0227, Mozambique (USAID/Research Triangle Institute), June/July, 1991. Employed as a member of a 4-person team, I assessed the Essential Drugs Program & Medical Logistics Systems at 8 sites in the provinces of Zambezia, Niassa and Cabo Delgado, traveling through combat zones under escort of Government troops. Developed joint UNICEF/USAID Essential Drugs Program Procurement Plan for the Project Paper Design. Developed Constraints Section in terms of national Essential Drugs Program and Medical Logistics System.
- Warehouse and Logistics Specialist, Perú Child Survival Action Project (USAID/Medical Services Corporation International), August/September, 1990. Employed as a member of a 4-person team, I evaluated the CSAP cold-chain and warehouse infrastructure of the Peruvian Ministry of Health in the National Warehouse (Lima) and in the Provincial Warehouses in Piura, Iquitos, Cusco and Apurimac.
- Resident Advisor as MIS Manager/Logistics Advisor/Laparoscopic Maintenance Advisor, El Salvador 519-0210 Population Dynamics and Reproductive Health Project (USAID/Cambridge Consulting Corporation), 1989-1990. Management responsibility for the procurement of medical supplies and equipment for distribution to Ministry of Health warehouses, nationwide. Established warehouse guidelines in consultation with MOH Chief of Logistics and USAID/HPN Logistics Office. Performed on-site monitoring of storage and distribution procedures in the MOH National Central Warehouse and five Regional Warehouse facilities (including shirtsleeve unpacking, inventory, and internal warehouse operations, alongside Salvadoran laborers). With country on a wartime footing, travel throughout the country's conflictive zones with U.S. Embassy Security Office approval was frequent.
- Logistics Workshop Principal (USAID/Development Associates/U.S. Centers for Disease Control/PROFAMILIA), 1985-1986. Design planner,logistician, and Training Principal for this major logistics workshop delivered in Bogotá, Colombia. Workshop design over a one-month period in December, 1985, then delivery in January, 1986, to 35 USAID and invited host-countries representatives from 8 countries. Purpose of the workshop: to introduce the new CDC-designed Procurement Table format for international application of same.
- Regional Director for Latin America & Caribbean Region, Family Planning International Assistance (USAID), 1978-1984. Regional oversight responsibility for the procurement and shipping of supplies to 80 projects (freestanding projects and projects within governments) in 18 countries. Compliance Officer with responsibility for monitoring USAID transportation, customs, storage and distribution policies within contractors' warehouses. Travel throughout the Latin America region amounted to 65% of work.
- Executive Director of Project Apache (Arizona Medical Association/Arizona Perinatal Program, White Mountain Apache Indian Tribe), 1975-1978.Logistics management of high-risk maternity air evacuations (medical supplies for in-flight use). Procured matériel for application within Indian Health Service Hospital. Supervised supply management for perinatal outreach program on the Reservation. Established guidelines and procedures for the operation of the project warehouse in concert with Indian Health Service policies.
- Foreign Service Officer (FS0-7 Refugee Officer), Viet Nam with U.S. Agency for International Development, 1967-1968. Logistics management of food (Bulgar wheat, milk, meat, etc.) and building supplies (sheet-metal roofing and cement) throughout 13-Province II Corps. Distributed supplies and matériel to provinces, districts and villages. In-flight monitoring, off-loading and onward transportation supervision. Investigated corruption, misuse and abuse within refugee operations commodities system, i.e., illegal sale of water by government troops, illegal diversion of roofing materials and cement by U.S. personnel, and unauthorized sale of foodstuffs. Travel throughout active combat zones amounted to about 40% of work. Received State Department Service Medal in recognition of work performed, Purple Heart for wounds received in combat.