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About Contracting and Procurement Services

Karen Thomson, Interim Director


Karen Thomson manages the procurement and contracting activities for goods and services for PSU. Her role includes the supervision of the central procurement office staff, ensuring compliance with all state and federal contracting regulations, and the implementation of best procurement practices in higher education. Prior to her current position, Karen served as Assistant General Counsel for Research at PSU and also as a Contracts Officer in Research and Strategic Partnerships. Her background includes the management of procurement activities and global contracts for Mentor Graphics Corporation. Karen holds a BS with Honors in Political Science from PSU and a Juris Doctorate from Lewis and Clark Law School. She is a member of the Oregon State Bar and the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing.

Contracts and Procurement

Martha Kierstead, Contracts Officer


Martha Kierstead holds the position of Contracts Officer with PSU. Prior to joining the CAPS team Martha served as a Contracts Officer in the Office of Research and Strategic Partnerships at PSU for over 14 years. She is currently on the team which is coordinating the operating agreements, along with the planning and acquisition for furniture, fixtures and equipment, for the Collaborative Life Sciences Building with OHSU. Martha is a member of the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing.


Ahrea Summers, Interim Contracts Officer


Ahrea Summers holds the position of Interim Contracts Officer for CAPS where she handles a variety of agreements and purchases. She provides a high level of customer service and training to all University departments, as she administers our electronic procurement system, ePSU Marketplace. Ahrea attended the University of Oregon where she studied Sociology and Accounting. She is a proud member of the Portland Area Business Association and the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing.


Paul L. Thomas, Contracts Officer


Paul Thomas holds the position of Contracts Officer for PSU where he handles all types of agreements. He has played an instrumental role in the Collaborative Life Sciences Building (CLSB), one of the largest projects in region. In addition to negotiating an operating agreement with Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) for procurement practices on CLSB, he has served in a lead procurement role for the furniture, fixtures and equipment acquired for the new building. His background in public procurement, higher education, and customer service together with his prior experience in the bio-sciences tools and reagents industry provide for a solid foundation and commitment to collaboration and exceptional customer service. Paul is a member of the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing.


William Terry, Contracts Officer


Bill Terry holds the position of Contracts Officer for PSU and handles all types of agreements including equipment leases, consulting contracts, and intergovernmental agreements. Whether working with an international supplier or a local government, Bill finds a way to negotiate a favorable contract for PSU. He has an extensive background in purchasing, contracting and supply management in the manufacturing sector. Bill is a member of the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing as well as the Institute for Supply Management.


Rob Babcock, Interim Procurement Coordinator


Rob Babcock holds the position of Interim Procurement Coordinator for CAPS where he monitors incoming activities such as contracts and purchases. He plays a key role in the contracting process for goods and services, as well as construction contracts. Rob has completed several courses through the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing and is a graduate of Clackamas Community College. Prior to joining CAPS, he worked in warehousing and vendor management in the petroleum waste industry.


Construction Contracting

Stacey Balenger, Supervisor


Stacey Balenger is currently the Supervisor of Construction Contracting and before that she was a Contracts Officer in CAPS at PSU since 2009. Her current duties include the supervision of Construction project procurements including public improvement projects, small capital construction projects, and On-Call agreements. Stacey has a strong background in promoting contract opportunities for Minority, Women and Emerging Small Businesses (MWESB) and also the procurement of sustainable products and equipment. She is a member of the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing and is active with the Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs. Stacey graduated from PSU in 2014 with a degree in Social Science.



Hanna Emerson, Contracts Specialist


Hanna Emerson is a Contracts Specialist for PSU, specializing in construction related contracts. Her tasks include the preparation of contracts for projects including painting, flooring, electrical, and abatement. Hanna often works with contracts covered by Oregon prevailing wage rate laws as established by the Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI). She ensures proper notification to BOLI and monitors the payment of prevailing wages by contractors and subcontractors. Hanna has been with CAPS since 2011 and is also a PSU student. She is currently in her pre-med studies and hopes to become an orthopedic surgeon in the future.


Bryanne Grafton Conrad, Contracts Associate


Bryanne Grafton is a Contracts Associate for the Construction Contracting Section of CAPS. She performs a variety of key duties within the procurement and contracting process, including contractor notifications on Invitations to Bid, Requests for Proposal, and Notice of Award. She is particularly passionate about working with minority, women, and emerging small businesses (MWESB). She actively promotes PSU contracting opportunities to MWESBs, participates in business outreach events, and continually tracks utilization data for MWESB contracts and subcontracts. Bryanne began here employment at PSU in 2011 as a student and later graduated from PSU with a BA degree in English.