Our People

For more than 35 years, ELG has assisted such clients as Sunoco, Deloitte & Touche, Chase Manhattan Bank, Seagate, Qwest, St. Paul Companies, Coors Brewing, the National Security Agency, US Coast Guard, and the US Military.

ELG takes a results-oriented approach, basing its work on long experience and empirically proven methods. No fads here. The leadership, staff and associates of Executive Leadership Group, Inc., have achieved distinction within their respective areas of expertise. Here is a brief introduction to each one.

Wendi Peck

Wendi Peck

CEO

With over 15 years of corporate experience and over 20 years of consulting experience, Wendi provides consultation and advisory support to senior leaders on organizational culture, strategic planning and execution, strategic communication, leadership, and organizational performance. In addition, she designs and delivers seminars for executive leaders on those topics, as well as writes extensively about them.

In 1996 Wendi left her corporate position to found a boutique management consultancy serving senior leaders in both private and public sectors. Her company became successful quickly and in 1999 acquired another consultancy. The company was then re-named “Executive Leadership Group, Inc.” (ELG). It is a small business and has been certified women-owned by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council.

As a consultant, Wendi has worked with senior leaders across a variety of industries. Private-sector clients have included companies such as Seagate Technologies, Molson-Coors, and ING. Public-sector clients have included all of the US military services, National Security Agency, and Coast Guard. In recent military work, Wendi and the ELG team have assisted several senior Navy leaders with strategic planning and execution, organizational alignment, and strategic assessment.  She has also provided consultation to senior Air Force leaders in support of their squadron revitalization efforts. Most of her work is at the C-level or, in the military, at the senior officer or senior civilian level.

As a public speaker and teacher, Wendi has delivered many seminars on practical issues facing leaders. This includes the design and delivery of ELG’s collaborative working sessions to help clients accelerate big improvements. Wendi has also designed and taught corporate and military leadership programs. This includes serving as curriculum advisor and adjunct faculty to the Center for Executive Education at the Naval Postgraduate School for 10 years, and providing executive seminars for the Haas School of Business (University of California, Berkeley) and for the Joint Special Operations University. Wendi received her MBA from the University of Denver and a Masters Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University. She is a member of the U.S. Naval Institute, Navy League and Women in Defense.

Wendi co-authored with Bill Casey “Managing for Results,” a monthly column for the Denver Business Journal, and was a contributing author to the book, Business Driven Information Technology: Answers to 100 Critical Questions for Every Manager, sponsored by the University of Colorado at Denver’s College of Business and published by Stanford University Press. Wendi and Bill Casey recently co-authored the book, Executive Smarts: 25 Quick Reads on Managing for Results.

Wendi Peck Resume


William Casey, Ph.D.

William Casey, Ph.D.

President

William Casey has more than 40 years of experience in teaching and consulting on the topics of strategic planning and execution, organizational behavior management, organizational structure design, and strategic communication. He also provides executive coaching and senior advisory support in those areas.

In 1981 Bill co-founded Paris Casey, Inc., which was acquired by another firm in 1999 to become Executive Leadership Group, Inc., where he serves as President. Prior to that, he was a vice president with a subsidiary of Deloitte & Touche, the Garr Consulting Group. Bill has worked with senior leaders across a wide variety of industries, and across all the US military services, National Security Agency, and Coast Guard. The majority of military work has been with the US Navy. In recent military work, Bill and the ELG team have assisted several senior Navy leaders with strategic planning and execution, organizational alignment, and strategic assessment, such as Navy-wide onboard network security.

Other clients have included Chase Manhattan Bank, Sunoco, Zurich Life Insurance, The Denver Post, The May Company, Microsoft, Qwest, and Molson Coors Brewing Company. Most of his work is at the C-level or, in the military, at the senior officer and senior civilian level. There he teaches, consults, and provides tailored advisory services.

Bill has designed and delivered over 500 seminars, including one on how to design and deliver seminars. Bill has served in a variety of academic settings, including 10 years as curriculum advisor to the Center for Executive Education at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, where he also taught senior executive classes on strategic planning and execution, and how to brief senior leaders. Bill co-designed and was lead faculty member for the award-winning University of Denver/U S West masters-level certificate program in project management. Bill has also taught for the Haas School of Business (University of California, Berkeley), the Daniels School of Business and University College (University of Denver), Marylhurst College (Oregon), the Joint Special Operations University, and others. He completed his doctorate in psychology at the University of Kansas, with a dissertation that focused on business applications of behavioral reinforcement theory; his MA is in Education. Bill is a member of the U.S Naval Institute and Navy League.

He writes both professional and popular articles on management and has co-authored three books in the areas of psychology and communication, and co-authored a chapter for each of two texts on management. For two years Bill co-authored, with Wendi Peck, “Managing for Results,” a monthly column in the Denver Business Journal, and contributed to the book, Business Driven Information Technology: Answers to 100 Critical Questions for Every Manager, published by Stanford University Press. Bill and Wendi Peck recently co-authored the book, Executive Smarts: 25 Quick Reads on Managing for Results.

William Casey Resume


The Team

Patrick Anderson

Patrick Anderson

Patrick is a strategy advisor in the UK, specializing in cyber operations and network defense. His work has involved updating the legislation covering online investigations, integrating digital investigations into mainstream police work, and defining a methodology for cyber threat analysis.

Prior to this he worked as an Investigator and Intelligence Analyst for UK law enforcement at the national level, specializing in online investigations. He has both research and central government experience, having served as a policy advisor in HM Government, as well as conducting forensics research on behalf of a foreign police force.

Patrick received his MRes in Scientific Research Training from Keele University, and his MSt. In International Relations from the University of Cambridge.


Claudia M. Baca, PMP, OPM3 Certified Assessor

Claudia M. Baca, PMP, OPM3 Certified Assessor

Consultant

Claudia has been active in the project management industry since 1984 and has experience in the information technology, telecommunications, and e-commerce industries.

Claudia is also an experienced writer and technical editor. She is a co-author of the paper “Organizational Project Management Maturity Model (OPM3)” presented at the PMI Global Congress Europe, 2003. She also co-authored the “The Past, the Present and the Future of OPM3” presented at the PMI Global Congress North America, 2004. In addition, she is the technical editor of the PMP Project Management Professional Study Guide and the IT Project + Study Guide and is the co-author of PMP Project Management Professional Workbook, all published by Sybex. In 2005 she published the Project Management Spotlight on Change Management and the PMP Project Management Professional Study Guide Deluxe Edition both by John Wiley Publishing. She also wrote Project Management for Mere Mortals, published in 2007 by Addison Wesley. Claudia has managed many mission critical projects for a major telecommunications company and several Internet companies. She most recently was the VP of Consulting Services for a nationally known project management consulting firm. She lectures and teaches for the Project Management Institute’s Denver chapter as well as for Colorado State University and Front Range Community College. Claudia is a member of the leadership team that produced the standard for Project Management Maturity, OPM3 and is currently working on the second edition of that standard. In addition, she has a Masters Certificate in Program Management from Denver University. She earned her PMP in 1995 and was re-certified in 2001 and 2004.

Claudia is a certified OPM3 ProductSuite Assessor and Consultant. She has assessed and improved project management maturity in organizations ranging in size from a nuclear power plant to a 50 employee telecommunication networking company.


Hal Barge

Hal Barge

Hal Barge has over thirty years of experience in leadership and organizational change, both in the US Navy and in the private sector. He completed a career as a Submarine Officer, which included command of the Submarine USS MICHIGAN, and command of a submarine industrial repair facility in the Pacific Northwest. Hal served as the community manager for the Navy’s 25,000 nuclear-trained enlisted workforce, and as a senior inspector for nuclear reactor operational safety inspections. He completed his career in two key roles on the staff of the Commander, US Submarine Forces, responsible for budgeting and future capabilities, and for maintenance and modernization of the US Submarine Force. In the private sector, Hal has had a leadership role in organizational quality, and a profit and loss role in engineering project management.

Hal’s expertise includes business process improvement, leading change, strategy execution, and project management. He is certified by the American Society of Quality as a Certified Manager of Quality and Organizational Effectiveness. Hal earned a Bachelor’s degree in Physics at the University of North Carolina, and an MBA at the Harvard Business School.


Ralph Brainard

Ralph Brainard

Ralph Brainard specializes in Business Process Reengineering, Strategic Planning & Execution, Technology Design, Executive Level Coaching, Team Building & Leadership, and Program Management.

Ralph has been involved in some significant engagements. He led, managed and coached both the sale and delivery of an Order Fulfillment Process evaluation engagement for a $1 billion software products company. He identified opportunities to utilize J.D.Edwards’ OneWorld ERP software to not only introduce new internet based self-service, but also improve order accuracy 90%, increase employee productivity 155%, and reduce maintenance billing cycle time 92%. The bottom line – an initial investment of $2.7 million that would return 116% over 4 years with payback within 17 months. He served as interim Process Owner for Order Fulfillment during transition of this business transformation effort over to the client.

Ralph also led, managed and coached both the sale and delivery of a process re-engineering effort within the Information Technologies organization of a major Regional Bell Operating Company. He identified opportunities to reduce system support response time by 50-80%, reduce required resources to support the system change process by 40-50%, reduce rework by 60-70%, improve system development productivity by 60-70%, and improve overall quality. He transitioned the implementation of this business transformation effort over to the client, providing project management assistance to client implementation teams and organizational change coaching to senior management.

In addition, Ralph led, managed, and coached both the sale and delivery of a major turnkey, strategic change engagement. He defined a new $20 million first year targeted market segment for a global e-messaging services company. He designed a new business process model that leveraged the client’s defined competitive advantage for their new, hosted Microsoft Exchange Service offering. He designed, built, validated and deployed the core Go-to-Market operational support processes and organizational structure.

Ralph has his MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago, Graduate School of Business, a BSEE with Honors from Lafayette College, and Certificate of Mastery from the Hammer and Company: Business Process Reengineering & Change Management.


Madisen Casey

Madisen Casey

Madisen Casey provides administrative and targeted project support. This includes materials preparation, data entry and management, and logistics management and related client communications. Maddie brings a very diverse background to the ELG team – from being a circus arts instructor to facilitating team building events for young people. She has a special interest in group facilitation and team building and is developing her credentials in these areas.


Lara Ewing

Lara Ewing

Lara Ewing applies 25 years of expertise to assist organizations achieve richer results through facilitating dynamic, effective meetings. Her sophisticated facilitation processes focus the team’s efforts on key people, systems and external factors to deliver the outcome efficiently.

Lara uncovers issues beneath the surface, bringing them to light with respect and humor. This discovery frees the group to move beyond differences, stale thinking, and limiting perceptions into innovative solutions. Organizational life is full of frustration resulting from poorly run meetings. Meetings spring to life when the group is achieving results rapidly. Entrepreneurial solutions emerge when the process is lively and fun.

She has facilitated meetings for hundreds of CEOs and senior executives for more than 20 Fortune 500 companies on six continents. Clients credit her with saving their organizations, key client relationships, partnerships and sanity.

Clients Include: American Express, Avaya, Citicorp, First Data, GlaxoSmithKline, HP, Intel, Johnson & Johnson, Merck, Merrill Lynch, Monster Cable, Nokia, Procter & Gamble, and Sun Microsystems.


Aaron Gray

Aaron Gray

Aaron is an analyst of elite politics and social dynamics in contemporary China, with over 20 years of experience watching and writing about the country. For the past decade he has provided analysis and expertise on China’s political institutions, leadership strategy, internal stability, security and intelligence forces, social protests, and propaganda system for government and private sector customers. Mr. Gray formerly served as a political analyst for the Office of East Asia and Pacific Analysis at the Central Intelligence Agency and as lead researcher for a non-profit organization monitoring Beijing’s activities on China’s western border. He recently contributed several chapters for a book length study on Politburo decision-making, including a detailed analysis of information flow inside the Chinese Communist Party bureaucracy. Mr. Gray holds an MA in International Studies with a China Studies focus from the University of Washington and is a graduate of the Hopkins-Nanjing Center for Chinese and American Studies.


Jodi Grossman

Jodi Grossman

Jodi has extensive experience in leadership and executive coaching and training, team effectiveness, group facilitation, strategic planning and execution, and project management. As both an employee and consultant in the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors, Jodi has worked successfully with people from a multitude of industries. Her clients have included many Fortune 1000 companies (Verizon Wireless, United Airlines, Seagate, Coors Brewing Company, GreatWest Healthcare, Level3 Communications, Washington Mutual, Amgen, ConocoPhillips, Qwest, Abbott Labs, and Hewlett Packard), as well as the National Sheriffs’ Association.

Jodi has conducted training and coaching programs in subjects such as leadership development, project management, team effectiveness, interpersonal communication, presentational speaking, and job performance management. She also facilitates strategic planning sessions, project planning and review meetings, group problem-solving, and focus groups.

Recently Jodi implemented comprehensive leadership, management, culture, sales enablement, and customer training for a global healthcare technology company. For a major multinational oil company, Jodi led organizational development and training efforts for a business unit undergoing major cultural change. Additionally, in the public and not-for-profit sectors, she managed projects with volunteer staffs and severely constrained budgets. Jodi has served as a volunteer consultant with Social Venture Partners, an organization that facilitates capacity-building for not-for-profits.

Jodi has a BA from the University of Colorado and a Masters degree in Applied Communication from the University of Denver. She is certified to administer the Hogan Leadership Assessments, Pinsight Leadership Simulations, the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), the Denison Culture Survey, and is a Prosci-certified organizational change management practitioner.


Kristen Gunness

Kristen Gunness

Kristen Gunness has over 15 years experience in providing perspective, expertise, and targeted advice on China and East Asia with both private sector and military clients. She is Adjunct Fellow for China Affairs at the RAND Corporation, where she specializes in Chinese military and foreign policy issues. Formerly, Mrs. Gunness served as the Director of the Navy Asia Pacific Advisory Group at the Pentagon, where she advised the Chief of Naval Operations on security and foreign policy trends in East Asia. Prior to her position on the Navy staff, she was Senior Project Director on Chinese military and security affairs at CNA.

Mrs. Gunness has extensive experience studying, living, and working in China. She is a graduate of the Hopkins-Nanjing Center for Chinese and American Studies, and has studied Mandarin at Beijing Capital Normal University and the Harbin Institute of Technology. In addition, she worked as a business consultant in a well-established Shanghai firm, where she spent several years consulting and traveling in China, Taiwan, and Southeast Asia. Mrs. Gunness has written extensively on Chinese security, foreign, and economic affairs. She is the co-editor of Civil-Military Relations In Today’s China: Swimming In A New Sea (M.E. Sharpe, June 2006). She holds an MA in Security Studies from Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service.


Erica Hoffman

Erica Hoffman

Erica Hawley Hoffman brings over 18 years of organization development, leadership development and leadership coaching experience with clients in diverse industries. Erica is committed to awakening the potential in others and expanding choice and possibility in their lives.

Erica has coached all levels of the workforce, from senior executives to individual contributors. She has a proven record of helping clients become better communicators and achieve a greater sense of purpose and balance in their lives.

She has a passion for experiential learning and has created high-impact learning opportunities for her clients in unique venues such as sailing on the Chesapeake Bay and building a Habitat for Humanity house.

Erica’s work includes designing and delivering large-scale leadership development and culture change programs for her client organizations. Erica’s client list includes Children’s National Medical Center, US Department of Education, US Department of Health and Human Services, Habitat for Humanity, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, Northrop Grumman, US National Security Agency (NSA), PACT, USinternetworking, United States Naval Academy, and Vision Technology Services, among others. Highlights of her work include designing and facilitating an 18-month Leadership Development Training Program for emerging leaders at Northrop Grumman, a program which has been running for over 10 years, implementing Strengths-Based Leadership Coaching partnerships at Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, and coaching a Company Commander at the US Naval Academy.

In addition to creating customized individual and team assessments for her clients, Erica is an experienced facilitator in several individual, team, and organizational assessments including the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), DDI Leadership Mirror 360-degree feedback, PDI 360-degree Feedback, Strengthsfinder 2.0, Gallup Workforce Engagement Survey, Firo-B, Strong Interest Inventory, Conflict Dynamics Profile, Leadership Practices Inventory, DISC, and Thomas Kilmann Conflict Profile.

Erica received a B.A. in Education and Cultural Anthropology from James Madison University and also completed post-graduate work in Organizational Behavior and Human Resources Development at JMU. Erica holds two graduate certificates in both Organization Development (2003) and Leadership Coaching (2008) from Georgetown University. She is a certified professional coach (PCC) with the International Coaching Federation (ICF.)


Rebecca Hoskins

Rebecca Hoskins

For the past four years, Rebecca has worked exclusively with organizations in the Department of Defense to develop and implement strategies for achieving organizational goals. She brings more than 16 years experience in developing and directing strategic initiatives – from strategic planning to multinational programs and product launches – as well as a broad background in marketing and communications.

As an experienced educator and certified facilitator of the Whole Goal® methodology, Rebecca has led dozens of seminars and workshops with whole commands, intact work teams, and diverse audiences. She consistently receives top ratings from clients because of her ability to make complex concepts practical and applicable to achieving measurable results.

Rebecca received a BS in Journalism from Northwestern University and has achieved advanced certification in ELG’s courses and methodologies related to strategy articulation, planning and execution.

Rebecca’s DoD clients have included the National Security Agency/Central Security Service Hawaii (NSA/CSS Hawaii); Navy Information Operations Command Hawaii (NIOC Hawaii); Navy Network Warfare Command (NETWARCOM); OPNAV N3/N5 Navy Special Projects (NSP); Office of the Secretary of the Navy, Office of Program and Process Assessment (OPPA); Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal; and U.S. Coast Guard Materiel and Logistics Command, Pacific (MLCPAC). Her commercial clients have included Thompson Micromedex, Qwest, Syntex Laboratories, and DuPont Pharmaceuticals.


Jennifer Johnson

Jennifer Johnson

Leveraging twenty years of corporate experience and ten years of organizational development and consulting experience, Jennifer partners with organizations, teams and leaders to drive excellence in leadership and overall organizational impact.

Jennifer works with leaders across a wide variety of industries both domestically and internationally, as well as individuals representing several branches of the military. She is well known for her ability to create an environment of trust and transparency to help inform and drive organizational change.

Jennifer has worked for several Fortune 500 and 100 companies, allowing her to cultivate deep business acumen, which influences her work with individuals, teams and companies. Her work across these companies offers invaluable global experience in Europe, Asia and Australia, and across industries as diverse as office product distribution, financial services and technology.


Angelica Kajiwara

Angelica Kajiwara

Angelica Kajiwara stands at the forefront of two of the fastest moving elements of business: strategic communications and digital marketing. She has spent over 10 years crafting messages, reaching audiences and connecting the dots between people, technology and information.

Angelica has worked for or consulted with Booz Allen Hamilton, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, political candidates and many more. She’s appeared as a subject matter expert for the United Way Emerging Leaders, interviewed industry-wide thought leaders for her article in the Public Relations Journal: Twitter as a Public Relations Tool, and written captivating words for visionaries across business, academia and politics.

Most importantly, Angelica has built a reputation for developing personalized communications and marketing strategies. Embracing the core values of trust, excellence and innovation, Angelica received the innovation performance award from Booz Allen Hamilton, garnered the highest engagement score for Johns Hopkins Medicine and joined her team in accepting the 2014 Silver Stevie Award for Communications or PR Campaign/Program of the Year.

Angelica holds a Master of Arts in Communication from Johns Hopkins University and a Certificate in Marketing Strategy from Cornell University.


Kelsey Keating Hall

Kelsey Keating Hall

Kelsey is a Project Coordinator for ELG and provides analytical, logistical, and research expertise across multiple projects and strategic initiatives. Her experience working with senior executives across industry and the Department of Defense gives her a strategic perspective as well as deep knowledge to assist in solving complex organizational challenges.

Kelsey has unique insight into executive management, both in the private and public sectors, from her over four years as an analyst for the Office of the Secretary of Defense in the Pentagon. From 2012 to 2015 Kelsey was the Program Analyst and research lead for the Defense Business Board (DBB), a group of senior-level corporate executives appointed to advise the Secretary of Defense on challenging business issues and best practices. In that role she worked directly with Board members to manage Task Group studies for the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Defense on issues areas such as public-private partnerships, defense acquisition reform, science and technology management, and corporate performance management. For her work with the DBB, she was awarded the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service in July 2015.

Previously, Kelsey served a rotational assignment in the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction where she worked on treaty compliance issues, including a project to streamline and modernize a nuclear compliance reporting system. Prior to that she served a rotation in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs as a Constituent Inquiries Liaison where she researched and articulated DoD programs and policies to Congressional staff. She also served in the Directorate for Organizational and Management Planning as a Junior Management Analyst where she authored legislative proposals and appeals for the DoD.

Before she came to the Department of Defense in May 2011, Kelsey was an Intern with United States Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) in her Washington, D.C. office. Prior to that she was contracted to the Department of the Interior's Office of the Secretary as a Records Management Specialist.

Kelsey received her Master of Science in Defense and Strategic Studies from Missouri State University in 2012 and her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Grove City College in 2009.


Kevin Kelleher

Kevin Kelleher

Kevin is a consultant focused on strategic communications and continuous improvement within complex management structures. He combines his military experience with a deep understanding of business process design methodologies to help organizations align and achieve objectives.

Kevin served four years in the United States Marine Corps, included two tours in Iraq as an operations specialist for Task Force Military Police. Kevin was an honor graduate of the Marine Corps Field Artillery Fire Controlman Course and taught at the Non-Commissioned Officer Academy.

Kevin is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in International Security at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver. Kevin is a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.


Herb Koplowitz, Ph.D.

Herb Koplowitz, Ph.D.

Herb is a leading world expert in Requisite Organization, consulting globally for 25 years in this approach to implementing strategy. His clients appreciate his ability to translate his deep understanding of best-practice organizational theory into practical solutions to complex business problems.

Clients also appreciate his ability to listen to their concerns and then explain, in clear terms, a solution to their problems.  Clients often comment that a conversation with Herb changes the way they understand organizations and management; and that this revelation allows them to solve problems they were unable to solve before.

Herb consults with executives and trains managers to be more effective and efficient with strategy implementation through:

  • aligning structure to strategy, so that each strategic goal is assigned to a role at the appropriate level and strategy is implemented faster and easier;
  • organizing staff to structure, ensuring that employees’ capabilities match the requirements of their roles;
  • training managers to develop the skills required to direct and support employees and hold them accountable.

Herb has worked in the financial, pharmaceutical, confectionery, retail, food, automotive, high tech, education, and utility sectors as well as the Canadian Armed Forces.  His clients have included the Bank of Montreal, National Commercial Bank of Jamaica, Alberta Treasury Branches, Scotia Jamaica Life Insurance, Nesbitt Burns, General Motors, IBM, Sears Canada, Canadian Tire and George Weston Limited.  Additionally, he has taught performance management and organizational design to business leaders in Canada, the U.S., Jamaica, South Africa, Russia, and India.

Herb is a psychologist trained in organizational design, managerial practice and human capability.  He holds a B.A. in mathematics and philosophy from Cornell University, a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Massachusetts and registration as an organizational psychologist in Ontario.


Jason Lewis

Jason Lewis

Jason Lewis is a facilitator, management consultant, and executive coach. He specializes in change management, leadership development, and innovation.

For the past 13 years he has led innovation and change simulations for admirals, executives, professors and managers. He has facilitated sessions on coaching, difficult conversations, high-performing teams, and innovation. As a consultant Jason works with energy, pharmaceutical, government, retail and finance clients to effect meaningful organizational change, whether it is a new facility, a new management system, or a reorganization. He works with leaders to improve engagement, upgrade processes, or manage projects. He also facilitates teaming sessions using assessments such as DiSC, True Colors and Four Sight. Clients rave about his grasp of the content, and his humor and energy.

Jason received his Master’s degree in Leadership and Training from Royal Roads University in 2007. His thesis investigated the impact of Improvisational theatre techniques on team performance. He has been published in Training and Development magazine and Training Media Review. His clients include ExxonMobil, GE Healthcare, Suncor, Haliburton, Microsoft, and the U.S. Navy’s Naval Postgraduate School.


Susan May

Susan May

Susan May has over 20 years of experience in leadership, organizational development, human performance, and change management consulting. She began her career at Accenture where she spent nine years helping clients achieve greater levels of performance via various initiatives. Her expertise lies in organization design and development, business process improvement, program / project management, large-scale change management, communication planning / execution, leadership development / alignment, performance metrics / management, and training design / development. In 2002, Susan continued her consulting career in Denver. She is known for her facilitative, partner-based approach.

Her clients have included: the United States Navy, the National Security Administration, Accenture, Deloitte Consulting, Corporate Express (pre-acquisition), Tucson Electric Power, Rock Bottom Restaurants, Samsonite, Boeing Military Aircraft, Gateway, Hospital Shared Services, Truven Health Analytics, Tenneco Shared Services, Tenneco Energy, Tenneco Packaging, Burlington Resources, United Dominion Realty Trust, Blue Cross / Blue Shield of Tennessee, Mobil (pre-merger), Celanese, Williams Energy, and Federal Express.

Susan’s client accomplishments include:

  • Co-developing the overall strategy for how a large consulting company would position and sustain leadership development for their high-level executives.
  • Co-facilitating the strategy articulation of two companies seeking a better sense of their purpose and direction.
  • Helping a rapidly-expanding business effectively implement new back-office technology in 100 of their stores and in their headquarters so they could operate more efficiently and grow with greater ease.
  • Defining and leading the Change Management efforts for a global SAP implementation resulting in a successful roll-out and consolidation of duplicative costs / functions.
  • Helping a high-growth company identify and develop leadership competencies for their various leadership levels.
  • Helping multiple companies enhance the performance of their teams through issue diagnosis and performance support solutions.

She has a B.A. in Psychology from Texas A&M University, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a minor in Business Administration.


Diane Mazzoli

Diane Mazzoli

With over 20 years of consulting experience as an organizational effectiveness and program management leader, Diane provides strategic direction and implementation support for complex, organization-wide change initiatives. Diane works nationally and internationally, in the public, private and government sectors. Engagement types include program management, business process assessment and redesign, strategic communication, collaborative problem solving, learning design and delivery, leadership and team development.

She collaborates with stakeholders to design and execute customized solutions that transform organizations, enhance performance and make the most of opportunities that change provides. Diane is consistently successful partnering with organizations requiring critical thinking, situational leadership, and strategic organizational understanding, as well as innovation, and creativity.


Kenneth E. Miller

Kenneth E. Miller

Ken Miller is a sought after presence on the Washington DC Defense consulting arena. He is a recognized global Defense and Aerospace strategic consultant, actively serving industry giants and related commercial markets in his international network.

A native of Columbus, Mississippi, Ken began his professional career in 1975 as an aerospace engineer with the Naval Air Systems Command. He advanced to weapons systems acquisition management as the Assistant Deputy Program Manager for the H-3 Anti-submarine Helicopter, later serving as the Deputy Program Manager for the E-6A and the Principal Deputy Program Manager for the A-6/EA-6 Weapons Systems. In April 1989, the Navy established the new Program Executive Offices within the acquisition command. Ken was selected as the first Deputy for Acquisition in the Program Executive Office (Tactical Aircraft Programs). He provided policy and execution advice to the Program Executive Officer on assigned programs.

Ken was appointed to the Senior Executive Service as the second Deputy Program Executive Officer (Tactical Aircraft Programs), providing direction and advice on acquisition-related issues for a variety of aircraft and weapons programs. In 1994, he was selected as the Assistant Commander for Corporate Operations, where his responsibilities included the strategic planning and corporate business functions of the Naval Air Systems Command. His leadership and acquisition management duties continued with assignments, such as the Chief Information Officer and the Principal Assistant for Acquisition, Programming and Budgeting for the Director of Air Warfare within the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations. Ken was later selected as the Assistant Deputy, Chief of Naval Operations, Warfare Requirements and Programs, where he defined and developed a variety of warfare requirements for the Department of the Navy. Ken’s final government service position was Special Assistant for Acquisition, Governance and Transparency to the Secretary of the Air Force, Washington, D.C. He assisted in the direction, guidance and supervision of Air Force programs for research, development and acquisition of systems, supplies and services. This included the formulation of acquisition and contracting policies and the management oversight of specific acquisition programs. Ken is a frequent speaker at government, industry and national forums.


Jan Newton

Jan Newton

Jan has over 30 years of experience engaging both large and small groups to move quickly towards change and get excited about their progress. She is a master facilitator helping others create vision, strategy, process redesign, and plans so that excellent ideas are embraced and can be implemented. The work isn’t easy and requires experience, flexibility, and tenacity to facilitate decisions among people with seemingly competing interests and agendas.One client described her well, “Jan helps people get their thoughts out into the open so that new ideas can emerge and does this with speed, focus, a spark of mischief and fun.”

In addition to group/team facilitation, Jan has authored many workshops; Making Projects Work – The Human Side of Project Management, Consulting Essentials, Meetings That Deliver-Facilitation Skills for Leaders, and Communication Styles - Knowing Yourself and Others.

Her clients include Global Directories, Manatt, Phelps and Phillips Law, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Great-West Healthcare, AMGEN, Atlanta Gas Light Resources, BellSouth Advertising & Publishing, Georgia Department of Education, IBM, Sensis (Australia Telecom Company), West Virginia University Hospitals and many, many more.

Jan holds a Masters Degree in Organizational Development from the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western University, Cleveland, Ohio.  She and her husband live in the mountains of western North Carolina and the panhandle of Florida.


Jan North

Jan North

Jan North is a consultant with more than 20 years experience in strategy formation, project management, strategic goal alignment, training design and execution, process reengineering, and change management in the private, military, and volunteer sectors. Her clients include several U.S. Navy command clients, as well as numerous Computer Manufacturing, Insurance, and Food Distribution companies, in the U.S. and abroad. She has expertise in strategic planning execution, comprised of measurable goal setting, strategic alignment work, strategic plan formation, and extensive client offsite preparation for Navy Region Europe/Africa/Southwest Asia (CNREURAFSWA), Navy Installations Command (CNIC), Navy Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV), FCC/C10F, IDFOR, and three of the Offices of the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV N4, N2/6, N17).

In addition Jan has led the conversion activities for several custom software implementations, primarily in the Sales Force Automation, Order Processing and Call Center functions. She has managed several project teams to implement process improvements and call center technologies. Jan introduced and implemented several call center technologies which helped increase productivity by 30% and maintain improvement gains of over $6MM. She managed an inter-department project team which developed one of the first web-based process management systems designed to help 6-SIGMA projects maintain productivity and monetary gains. She also developed and implemented a series of 6-week “turn-key” business, software systems, and change management training programs for hundreds of new and transferred employees impacted by a project which centralized 18 order processing call centers.

Jan has conducted numerous system conversion and continuing education technical training courses, primarily for Sales and Marketing and Call Center audiences. Jan designed, developed and wrote the curriculum for many of the courses.

Jan has a BA from Colorado College and an MBA from the University of Colorado.


David L. Shern, Ph.D.

David L. Shern, Ph.D.

With more than 30 years of distinguished service in mental health services research and system reform, Dr. David Shern is one of the nation’s leading mental health experts. In September of 2012 he stepped down after six years as President and CEO of Mental Health America (MHA), formerly the National Mental Health Association, the country’s oldest and largest nonprofit advocacy organization addressing all aspects of mental health and mental illness. Prior to joining MHA, Dr. Shern served as professor and dean of the Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute (FMHI) at the University of South Florida, one of the largest research and training institutes in behavioral health services in the United States. He also founded and directed the National Center for the Study of Issues in Public Mental Health – a National Institute of Mental Health-funded services research center – located in the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH).

His work has spanned a variety of mental health services research topics including epidemiological studies of the need for community services; the effects of differing organizational, financing and service delivery strategies on continuity of care and client outcome, and the use of alternative service delivery strategies such as peer counseling and self help on the outcomes of care. He has authored more than 100 publications including papers in Health Affairs, Psychiatric Services, Medical Care, Health Services Research, American Journal of Psychiatry and the American Journal of Public Health. In 2006, Shern received the Carl Taube award from the American Public Health Association in recognition of his career contributions to mental health services research.

In 2000, Governor Jeb Bush appointed Dr. Shern to the Florida Commission on Mental Health and Substance Abuse. He was elected Chair of the Commission by his fellow Commissioners and spearheaded an effort to develop a new statewide focus on and governance model for behavioral health across all human service agencies and settings.

Dr. Shern received his Bachelor of Science, Masters and Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Colorado, Boulder.


Alison Sigmon, M.Ed., LPC, PMP

Alison Sigmon, M.Ed., LPC, PMP

Alison has over 25 years of experience as a facilitator, trainer, digital strategist, and writer. With proven success in organizational development, project management, communication, and teamwork, she has led project teams and executives in creating and executing business development, fundraising, and growth strategy.  She has held senior level positions and executive roles in startups in a variety of industries to include food & beverage, entertainment, ecommerce, and Internet applications.

She began her career in the US Air Force where, as an operations officer, she managed projects and airlift operations around the world including support for White House Communications, humanitarian relief initiatives, DEA, and the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. Alison is a Gulf War veteran.  After completing her M.Ed. in clinical counseling, she left the military, where she rose to the rank of major, to pursue clinical practice and entrepreneurial interests.

She is a Project Management Institute PMP certified project manager who has trained, consulted with, facilitated, and coached tens of thousands of people over 16 years in large enterprises and government agencies around the world. Clients include the United Nations System Staff College, Starbucks, Catalent Pharmaceuticals, Activision/Blizzard Entertainment, Coach, Warner Brothers, Sony Pictures, Boston Scientific, Verizon Wireless, Barclay’s Bank, United Airlines, Noble Energy, Emerson Electric, Herbalife, AMGEN, Level 3 Communications, NC Blue Cross Blue Shield, Social Security Administration, Virginia Department of Transportation, and Bank of America.

She has led many projects including: software and user experience design; digital content strategy and management; brand design and management; marketing, advertisement, and communications strategy; business development and fundraising; crowdfunding; product growth; ecommerce and merchandising; video design and production; and data analysis.

Her presentation and publishing efforts focus on the behavioral side of project management and relationships. Alison published her first book, Delivering Bad News in Good Ways, an Amazon bestseller and the first in a series, in spring 2016. Her next book, Managing Up to Keep Your Projects From Falling Down, is due out in early 2017.

She holds an undergraduate degree in English from the University of Georgia and a Master of Education degree in clinical counseling. She is an avid distance runner, mountain hiker, writer, and traveler, and she has an insatiable curiosity about people, places, and things.


Melinda Sota, Ph.D.

Melinda Sota, Ph.D.

Dr. Melinda Sota is an instructional designer with more than 10 years experience designing instruction for both K-12 and adult learners.

She has contributed to the design of both commercial and grant-funded programs, including the CODiE award-winning Headsprout Reading Comprehension. While at Headsprout, she led the design of an iPad program to teach pitch and melody to preschool learners and an interactive whiteboard series teaching science concepts and principles to elementary and middle school learners. As an independent consultant, she has contributed to several projects, including an NIH-funded training game for emergency responders.

Dr. Sota has experience and expertise in all aspects of the instructional design process, with a particular focus on content analysis and formative evaluation. The majority of her design work has been on programs delivered via computers, tablets, and interactive whiteboards. As a result, she has many years’ experience contributing to and leading cross-functional teams that include subject matter experts, editors, programmers, graphic artists, and sound engineers.

Dr. Sota holds an M.A. in Behavior Analysis from Western Michigan University, a Ph.D. in Instructional Systems from Florida State University, and was an Institute for Education Sciences (IES) Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Oregon’s Center on Teaching and Learning.


Sarah Steverman, Ph.D.

Sarah Steverman, Ph.D.

Sarah Steverman has more than 10 years of expertise in behavioral health services, policy, and research. In January 2013, Sarah left her position as Director of State Policy at Mental Health America (formerly the National Mental Health Association) to complete her doctorate and provide consulting services. In her consulting work, she has provided expertise on HHS and DoD contracts related to mental health prevention financing and implementation, sexual assault prevention and response, and behavioral health and sexual assault data analysis. She has testified before state legislatures, presented at regional and national meetings, and provided technical assistance to state and federal policy makers, community leaders, the media, and the general public on various behavioral health issues.


Pamela Taylor

Pamela Taylor

Pamela Taylor brings over twenty years of experience in management consultation, working across privately owned, publically traded, and non-profit entities. Pam has served her clients as a buyer’s advocate and management coach. Her projects are designed to overcome hurdles specific to the client organizations. Pamela has also helped her clients build organizational frameworks that balance the needs of growth and risk management. She advises her clients on system development and subsequent process design with an emphasis on practical application.


Linda Thaut

Linda Thaut

Linda has over 25 years of experience in operations management, administration, project coordination, contract management, financial management, security operations, human resources, and other executive and operational tasks. She has assisted several executives enabling them to focus more on the strategic vision, as well as, implemented various process improvements to aid in efficient and effective operations. Prior to joining Executive Leadership Group, she worked for USF&G/St. Paul Insurance Company and the medical/healthcare industry.


Marc W.D. Tyrrell, Ph.D.

Marc W.D. Tyrrell, Ph.D.

Marc is a symbolic Anthropologist with over 20 years of consulting experience with Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and military organizations.  His work focuses on how people make sense of their lives using symbol systems, and how these systems shape, and are affected by, rapid changes in technology and the environment.

An unabashed Renaissance man, Marc draws on multiple disciplines, including his background as a professional Baroque singer, in his work with organizations.  By combining social science (data, empirical models, historical trends, etc.) with art (tempo, rhythm, harmony, perspective, etc.), he has produced pragmatic solutions for clients in a variety of areas including strategic and cross-cultural communications, threat analysis, brand and narrative construction and developing pragmatic, self-improving communications strategies.

Over the past 20 years, Marc has presented on these topics at the Academy of Management, the American Sociological Association, the Canadian Anthropology Society, Microsoft Research, the Center for Army Analysis, and the Naval Post Graduate School amongst other places, as well as publishing and blogging on them.

Marc has taught Interdisciplinary Studies, Anthropology, Sociology, History and Conflict Studies at Carleton University and the University of Ottawa.  He is currently on the Board of Advisors of the Centre for Indigenous Research in Culture, Language, and Education at Carleton University.  From 2009 to 2015, he was a Senior Research Fellow with the Canadian Centre of Intelligence and Security Studies.