Alumni Spotlight is pleased to announce The Top 100 Consultants of 2022. These professionals flourish in the face of disruption and are quick with their strategic problem solving expertise. As economic uncertainty surges, this year’s awardees are heavily relied upon to provide advice and direction to the companies and industries they serve. They are intuitive, skilled communicators with the ability to listen and evaluate the myriad of considerations when making big complex decisions. While their kinds of consultancies vary, this year's awardees share strategies that produce success. As the world inevitably changes, consultants will be there to help through the next level of disruption.
Among this year’s awardees is Barry Friedman, Product Management Consultant for AireSpring, who uses his extensive experience to manage product portfolios ranging from $4M to over $1B; Michelle Hutchison, Senior Consultant of Organizational Change Management for Cardinal Health, who spent the past 15 years assisting large organizations through change initiatives aligned to specific cultures and audiences; and Anthony Hunt, Global Transformation Program Management Consultant with Dell, who uses his business transformation skills to energize organizations toward achieving results rapidly.
This year’s awardees exude professional and expert advice enabling organizational and individual advancement. Please join us in celebrating the achievements of The Top 100 Consultants of 2022.
1. Cynthia Jones
Adoption & Change Management Consultant, Microsoft
Cynthia Jones is an Adoption and Change Management Consultant with Microsoft. She is a seasoned consulting professional with over 25 years of client service experience in large scale transformations and technology deployments, change management and communication, digital asset implementation, HR function and process improvement, organizational design, SAP, and Workday implementation experience. Jones is passionate about people, end user favorability and adoption, exceeding client expectations and maintaining long-term relationships.
Before joining Microsoft, Jones was a change management lead and communications consultant at The Coca-Cola Company, and before that, a principal at The North Highland Company. Earlier in her career she worked with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia as an HR generalist and compensation consultant. Jones graduated from Miami University with an undergraduate degree in management.
2. Melissa Bucaria
Risk Management Senior Consultant, CVS Health
The Johns Hopkins University
Melissa Bucaria began her professional career 12 years ago. Today, she is a Risk Management Senior Consultant with CVS Health. CVS Health is the leading health solutions company that delivers care across the country. They reach people in more ways and improve the health of communities across America through their local presence, digital channels, and nearly 300,000 dedicated employees, including more than 40,000 physicians, pharmacists, nurses, and nurse practitioners.
Bucaria first got her start in 2010 as a legal assistant at the Law Office of James M. Burke. From there, she went on to Behman Hambelton before eventually rising to become an associate at Foster & Eldridge, her most recent position prior to joining CVS Health. Bucaria graduated from New England Law - Boston with a JD and from The Johns Hopkins University with an undergraduate degree in psychology.
3. Barry Friedman
Product Management Consultant, AireSpring
Georgia Institute of Technology
Barry Friedman is a Product Management Consultant for AireSpring. Headquartered in Los Angeles, AireSpring is an award-winning provider of cloud communications and connectivity solutions serving thousands of businesses nationwide. AireSpring provides fully managed and connected end-to-end, next-generation solutions for multi-location enterprise customers, including SD-WAN, Unified Communications (UCaaS), Business VoIP, Hosted Phone Systems, SIP Trunking, MPLS, Managed Failover, Managed Security, and Internet. AireSpring's solutions are offered through a diversified network of channel partners that includes distributors, master agents, managed service providers, and value-added resellers. Friedman has 26 years of experience. He began his career in 1996.
Before joining AireSpring, Friedman was the owner of Barry's UTV Adventures and before that a director of product and project management at Nations Info Corp. Earlier in his career he worked with EarthLink as a director of business development and implementation. Friedman graduated from California State University, Northridge with an undergraduate degree in business administration, and from Georgia Institute of Technology with an undergraduate degree in financial analytics.
4. Michelle Hutchison
Senior Consultant of Organizational Change Management, Cardinal Health
Michelle Hutchison is a Senior Consultant of Organizational Change Management for Cardinal Health. She first joined the company in 2021. Cardinal Health is a distributor of pharmaceuticals, a global manufacturer and distributor of medical and laboratory products, and a provider of performance and data solutions for healthcare facilities. With operations in more than 30 countries and approximately 44,000 employees globally, Cardinal Health is essential to care. They are navigating the complexities of healthcare and providing scaled solutions to help customers thrive in a changing world. They strive to be a trusted healthcare partner by driving growth in evolving areas of healthcare, while building upon distribution, products, and solutions to meet customer needs.
Hutchinson has more than 15 years experience in assisting large organizations through organizational change initiatives using alignment and communication strategies tailored to the culture and the audience at hand. Previously, Hutchison was a senior security analyst at L Brands. Earlier in her career she worked with Accenture as a consultant. Hutchison earned a JD from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, an MBA from The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business, and an undergraduate degree in economics from Miami University.
5. Tonya Wallace
Senior Change Management Consultant, Chevron
The University of Texas at Austin
Tonya Wallace began her professional career 15 years ago. Today, she is a Senior Change Management Consultant for Chevron. Chevron Corporation is a multinational energy corporation. It is one of the largest companies in the world and the second largest oil company in the United States. Chevron is engaged in every aspect of the oil and natural gas industries, including hydrocarbon exploration and production; refining, marketing and transport; chemicals manufacturing and sales; and power generation. As of 2021, Chevron ranked 27th in the Fortune 500 with a yearly revenue of $94.7 billion and market valuation of $190 billion.
Wallace first got her start in 2007 in corporate communications at Hess Corporation. From there, she went on to Halliburton as a senior change management consultant, her most recent position prior to joining Chevron. Wallace graduated from Gonzaga University with an MA in communication and organizational leadership, and from The University of Texas at Austin with an undergraduate degree in corporate communication.
6. Randy Miller
Enterprise Change Management Consultant, Anthem
The Ohio State University
Randy Miller began his professional career 31 years ago. Today, he is an Enterprise Change Management Consultant with Anthem. Anthem is a leading health company dedicated to improving lives and communities and making healthcare simpler. Through its affiliated companies, Anthem serves more than 118 million people, including more than 45 million within its family of health plans.
Miller first got his start in 1991 as a workshop program manager at Hearlihy & Company, Inc. From there, he went on to Modern School Systems, before eventually rising to become a professional development coordinator at Springfield City School District, his most recent position prior to joining Anthem. Miller graduated from The Ohio State University with an undergraduate degree in international business.
7. Margot Brown
EAP Management Consultant, UnitedHealth Group
University of Notre Dame
Margot Brown is an EAP Management Consultant for UnitedHealth Group. She first joined the company in 2015. UnitedHealth Group is a health care and well-being company with a mission to help people live healthier lives and help make the health system work better for everyone. UnitedHealth has 340,000 colleagues in two distinct and complementary businesses working to help build a modern, high-performing health system through improved access, affordability, outcomes, and experiences. Optum delivers care aided by technology and data, empowering people, partners, and providers with the guidance and tools they need to achieve better health.
Previously, Brown was an LMFT and EAP counselor at her private practice and before that an instructor at Notre Dame de Namur University. Earlier in her career she worked with Gray's Group Home as a consultant. Brown earned a PsyD in counseling psychology from the University of San Francisco, an MA in systemic psychology from the University of Notre Dame de Namur, and an undergraduate degree in speech language pathology from San Francisco State University.
8. Monica Burke
Senior Management Development Consultant, Kaiser Permanente
University of California, Los Angeles
Monica Burke is a Senior Management Development Consultant for Kaiser Permanente. Founded nearly 80 years ago, Kaiser Permanente (KP) is an integrated managed care consortium, based in Oakland, California, and is now the nation’s leading not-for-profit health plan. KP proudly serves over 11 million members from 600+ locations in 8 states and DC. Together, the company’s 200,000+ employees work as one to positively impact the lives of their members, employees, and communities. Their quality of care has been highly rated and attributed to an emphasis on preventive care, its doctors being salaried rather than paid on a fee-for-service basis, and an attempt to minimize the time patients spend in high-cost hospitals by carefully planning their stay. Burke has over 20 years of experience. She began her career in 2001.
Before joining Kaiser Permanente, Burke was an analyst at Accenture. Earlier in her career she worked with AT&T as an external organizational development consultant. Burke graduated from Alliant International University-San Francisco Bay with a PhD in organizational psychology, and from the University of California, Los Angeles with an undergraduate degree in psychology.
9. Anthony Hunt
Global Transformation Program Management Consultant, Dell
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Anthony Hunt is a Global Transformation Program Management Consultant with Dell. He first joined the company in 2008. Dell is instrumental in changing the digital landscape the world over. It is among the world’s leading technology companies helping to transform people’s lives with extraordinary capabilities, from hybrid cloud solutions to high-performance computing to ambitious social impact and sustainability initiatives. Hunt is an experienced executive with demonstrated business transformation skills and the ability to direct and energize organizations toward achieving results rapidly. He has over 20 years of professional experience in IT, finance, consumer services, manufacturing, and general management
Previously, Hunt was a VP at Electrolux Major Appliances and before that, an IT director at General Electric. Earlier in his career he worked with Dow Corning as a plant accounting team leader. Hunt earned an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an undergraduate degree in business from The Ohio State University.
10. Beth O'Donnell
Senior Organizational Change Management Consultant , Chevron
The University of Texas at Austin
Beth O'Donnell is a Senior Organizational Change Management Consultant for Chevron. She first joined the company in 2017. Chevron Corporation is a multinational energy corporation and is one of the largest companies in the world. They are engaged in every aspect of the oil and natural gas industries, including hydrocarbon exploration and production; refining, marketing and transport; chemicals manufacturing and sales; and power generation. Chevron is constantly working to provide reliable, affordable and ever-cleaner energy for the millions around the world that rely on them.
Previously, O'Donnell was a project manager for organizational development at SCI. Earlier in her career she worked with the City of Houston as an administrative assistant to the mayor's chief of staff. O'Donnell earned an undergraduate degree in graphic and interior design from The University of Texas at Austin.
11. Yukiko Brown
VP & Risk Management Consultant, Wells Fargo Bank
Yukiko Brown is a Vice President and Risk Management Consultant with Wells Fargo Bank. Wells Fargo & Company is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.9 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, investment and mortgage products and services, as well as consumer and commercial finance, through 8,050 locations in 38 countries and territories to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. Wells Fargo is considered a systemically important financial institution by the Financial Stability Board and is one of the Big Four Banks of the United States. Brown has over 28 years in the financial services industry. She began her career in 1994.
Before joining Wells Fargo Bank, Brown was a consultant at Ernst & Young. She graduated from Stanford University with an MS in operations research and from Brown University with an undergraduate degree in applied mathematics.
12. Christine King
Strategic Consultant, MassMutual
Christine King is a Strategic Consultant for MassMutual. The Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company, also known as MassMutual, is a Springfield, Massachusetts-based life insurance company. They provide financial products such as life insurance, disability income insurance, long term care insurance, retirement/401 plan services, and annuities. They are ranked as one of the largest United States corporations by total revenue. King has over 42 years in the financial services industry. She began her career in 1979.
King has a passion for vendor relationship management, technology communications, operations process improvement, strategic initiatives, and executive reporting/analysis. Before joining MassMutual, King was a senior manager of vendor management at Fidelity Investments and before that, a technical support manager at Oracle. Earlier in her career she worked with Boston College as a journalism instructor. King graduated from Boston College with an undergraduate degree in English.
13. Amy Dring
Senior Vice President & Treasury Management Consultant, Wells Fargo
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Amy Dring is a Senior Vice President and Treasury Management Consultant with Wells Fargo. She first joined the company in 2020. Wells Fargo & Company is a diversified, community-based financial services company. It is engaged in the provision of banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance. It operates through segments including community banking, wholesale banking, wealth and investment management, and others.
Previously, Dring was an executive director and senior treasury management officer for middle market banking at JPMorgan Chase & Co. and before that, a senior treasury management sales consultant at Wachovia Bank. Earlier in her career she worked with First Union National Bank in various positions. Dring earned an undergraduate degree in industrial relations and psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
14. Nicholas Lanza
Advisory Senior Consultant, Deloitte
Arizona State University
Nicholas Lanza is an Advisory Senior Consultant with Deloitte. He first joined the company in 2021. Deloitte, founded in London in 1845 and expanded into the United States in 1890, is a multinational professional services network with offices in over 150 countries and territories around the world. Deloitte is one of the big four accounting organizations and the largest professional services network in the world by revenue and number of professionals. They provide audit, consulting, financial advisory, risk advisory, tax, and legal services with approximately 334,800 professionals globally.
Previously, Lanza was a VP and consultant of model strategy and data analytics at Northern Trust Corporation and before that, a VP and consultant of credit risk analytics at Wells Fargo. Earlier in his career he worked with the Greater Phoenix Economic Council in research and strategy. Lanza earned an MBA in finance, an MPP, and an undergraduate degree in economics, all from Arizona State University.
15. Jeffrey Shontz
IT Project Management Consultant, Nationwide Insurance
The Ohio State University
Jeffrey Shontz is an IT Project Management Consultant with Nationwide Insurance. He first joined the company in 2004. Nationwide is a group of large U.S. insurance and financial services companies based in Columbus, Ohio. They currently have over 25,000 employees across the world. Nationwide is one of the largest insurance and financial services companies, focusing on domestic property and casualty insurance, life insurance and retirement savings, asset management, and strategic investments. Shontz is a successful project manager and analyst with a focus on organizational change, process, and infrastructure projects.
Shontz earned an MA in biology from William & Mary, an undergraduate degree in atmospheric science from The Ohio State University, and an undergraduate degree in botany from Ohio Wesleyan University.
16. Ruthie Keidel
Business Initiatives Consultant, Wells Fargo
University of California, Los Angeles
Ruthie Keidel is a Business Initiatives Consultant for Wells Fargo. She first joined the company in 2000 as events and meetings manager. Wells Fargo. is a premier, diversified and community-based financial services firm, serving investors nationwide through around 12,000 financial advisors. It is engaged in the provision of banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance. Keidel is seasoned professional in meetings management and strategy and training and events.
Previously, Keidel was a CMP committee co-chair at MPI Northern California Chapter, and before that, an independent hospitality industry recruiter. Earlier in her career she worked with National Casual Full-Service Restaurant Chain as a national director of service training. She is a Certified Meetings Manager, a global Convention Industry Council designation. Keidel earned an undergraduate degree from the University of California, Los Angeles.
17. Christine Farney
Senior Principal Consultant, Oracle
The University of Texas at Austin
Christine Farney began her professional career 32 years ago. Today, she is a Senior Principal Consultant with Oracle. Oracle is a cloud technology company that provides organizations around the world with computing infrastructure and software to help them innovate, unlock efficiencies, and become more effective. Oracle also created the world’s first and only autonomous database to help organize and secure customers’ data. Their cloud infrastructure offers higher performance, security, and cost savings. It is designed so businesses can move workloads easily from on-premises systems to the cloud, and between cloud and on-premises and other clouds.
Farney first got her start in 1990 as a senior consultant at PeopleSoft. From there, she went on to Alltel as senior consultant, her most recent position prior to joining Oracle. Farney graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with an undergraduate degree in economics.
18. Stephen Surdna
Talent Management Consultant, Deloitte
Stephen Surdna is a Talent Management Consultant for Deloitte. Deloitte is a multinational professional services company which administers a network with offices in over 150 countries and territories around the world. It is one of the Big Four accounting organizations and the largest professional services network in the world by revenue and number of professionals. As of 2020, Deloitte is the third-largest privately-owned company in the United States, according to Forbes.
Surdna has served with Deloitte for nearly 12 years. He earned his MBA from Harvard University.
19. Matthew Hudak
Assistant VP and Analytics Consultant, Wells Fargo
University of California, Berkeley
Matthew Hudak is an Assistant VP and Analytics Consultant with Wells Fargo. Wells Fargo is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.9 trillion in assets. Their vision is to satisfy customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, investment and mortgage products and services, as well as consumer and commercial finance, through 8,050 locations, 13,000 ATMs, the internet and mobile banking, and has offices in 38 countries and territories to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. Hudak has over 10 years of experience in developing, implementing, and analyzing database marketing strategies.
Before joining Wells Fargo, Hudak worked in marketing operations at Acxiom Digital. Earlier in his career he worked with VentureOne as a research analyst. Hudak graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with an undergraduate degree in economics.
20. Rett Peel
Data Quality Management Technical Consultant, SAS
University of Virginia
Rett Peel is a Data Quality Management Technical Consultant for SAS. He first joined the company in 2011. SAS is a trusted analytics powerhouse for organizations seeking immediate value from their data. It has been applying analytics to the toughest business problems for decades. With SAS, customers get solutions built on a powerful analytics platform and millions of lessons learned. The company has customers in 146 countries and its software is installed at more than 82,000 business, government, and university sites.
Previously, Peel was a development associate in Java at Freddie Mac. Earlier in his career he worked with Camrett Logistics as a dispatcher. Peel earned an undergraduate degree in computer science from the University of Virginia.
21. Melissa Colburn
Absence Management Implementation Consultant, The Hartford
The Ohio State University
Melissa Colburn is an Absence Management Implementation Consultant for The Hartford. The Hartford is a leader in property and casualty insurance, group benefits, and mutual funds. With more than 200 years of expertise, The Hartford is widely recognized for its service excellence, sustainability practices, trust, and integrity. It serves more than one million small businesses, and sells products primarily through a network of independent agents and brokers. Colburn is a results oriented professional with over 13 years of experience exceeding revenue targets in the healthcare industry, offering proven success and experience in account management, finance, compliance, administration, and project management.
Before joining The Hartford, Colburn was an implementation project manager at York Risk, and before that, an account executive at CareWorks USA. Earlier in her career she worked with GatesMcDonald as an account executive. Colburn graduated from The Ohio State University with an undergraduate degree in natural resources management and policy.
22. Blaze Walker
AVP & Business Execution Consultant, Wells Fargo
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Blaze Walker began his professional career over 12 years ago. Today, he is an AVP and Business Execution Consultant with Wells Fargo. Wells Fargo is a multinational financial services company with corporate headquarters in San Francisco, California. The company has operations in 35 countries with over 70 million customers globally. As its corporate responsibility, Wells Fargo is creating solutions to pressing societal challenges such as diversity and inclusion, economic empowerment, environmental sustainability, community giving, environmental and social risk management, environmental, social, and governance reporting.
In his role, Walker focuses on developing robust automated reporting and ad-hoc solutions to support the company’s fraud and claims management contact strategy. Walker graduated from East Carolina University with an MBA, and from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with an undergraduate degree in talent management/HR and economics.
23. Debra Ross
Change Management & Communication Consultant, Pfizer
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Debra Ross is a Change Management and Communication Consultant for Pfizer. She first joined the company in 2021. Established in 1849, Pfizer is a leading research-based biopharmaceutical company. It develops and produces medicines and vaccines for immunology, oncology, cardiology, endocrinology, and neurology. The company has several blockbuster drugs or products that each generate more than US$1 billion in annual revenues. Pfizer applies science and global resources to deliver innovative therapies that extend and significantly improve lives. Ross has more than 20 years of experience navigating change and incorporating employee engagement, internal/employee communications, training, and executive communications into the tactics mix.
Previously, Ross was a consultant for employee experience and communications at Medline Industries and before that, she worked in commercial operations at Astellas Pharma. Earlier in her career she worked with CVS Caremark Corporation as a director of corporate marketing and communications. Ross earned an undergraduate degree in mass communications from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
24. Martha Boss
Principal Consultant, AECOM
University of Nebraska at Omaha
Martha Boss is a Principal Consultant with AECOM. AECOM, a Fortune 500 firm, is the world’s trusted infrastructure consulting firm, delivering professional services throughout the project lifecycle, from planning, design and engineering to program and construction management. On projects spanning transportation, buildings, water, new energy and the environment, AECOM’s public and private-sector clients trust the firm to solve their most complex challenges. Its teams are driven by a common purpose to deliver a better world through its unrivaled technical expertise and innovation, a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion, and a commitment to environmental, social and governance priorities. Boss has over 32 years of experience. She began her career in 1989.
Before joining AECOM, Boss was a manager of risk group and project manager at URS Corporation, and before that, she served in risk management at HWS Consulting Group. Earlier in her career she worked with the US Army as an industrial hygienist safety officer. Boss graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha with an undergraduate degree in biology and engineering.
25. William Moon
VP & Change Management Program Senior Consultant, State Street
William Moon is a Vice President and Change Management Program Senior Consultant for State Street. He first joined the company in 2018. State Street Corporation is a financial services and bank holding company headquartered in Boston with operations worldwide. It is the second oldest continually operating United States bank, and is the largest custodian bank in the world, providing securities services. Moon is an experienced leadership, organization development, and change management consultant helping leadership teams successfully execute strategic initiatives. He coaches leaders and their teams for improved effectiveness as change agents developing new levels of performance.
Previously, Moon was a manager of organizational change management at Hasbro, and before that, a transformation specialist at the Rhode Island Department of Education. Moon earned a master’s degree in education from Stanford University, a master’s degree in divinity in biblical studies from Boston University School of Theology, and an undergraduate degree in English from Yale University.
26. Kevin Grothouse
Vice President and Treasury Management Consultant, Capital One
Kevin Grothouse is the Vice President and Treasury Management Consultant of Capital One. He first joined the company in 2017. Capital One is an American bank holding company specializing in credit cards, auto loans, banking, and savings accounts, headquartered in McLean, Virginia. It is on the list of largest banks in the United States and has developed a reputation for being a technology-focused bank. The bank has 755 branches including 30 café style locations and 2,000 ATMs. Grothouse serves in the Government Banking Division and is focused on public fund and public higher education clients in the Mid-Atlantic region.
Previously, Grothouse was a VP and treasury management consultant at U.S. Bank. Earlier in his career he worked with Elavon, Inc. as an assistant VP and regional sales manager. Grothouse earned an undergraduate degree in business, marketing, and international business from Miami University.
27. Anup Dewan
Principal Consultant of Cybersecurity & Risk Services, Wipro
Anup Dewan began his professional career 32 years ago. Today, he is a Principal Consultant of Cybersecurity and Risk Services for Wipro. Wipro is a leading global information technology, consulting, and business process services company. It harnesses the power of cognitive computing, hyper-automation, robotics, cloud, analytics, and emerging technologies to help its clients adapt to the digital world and make them successful. They are a company recognized globally for its comprehensive portfolio of services, strong commitment to sustainability and good corporate citizenship. Wipro has over 220,000 dedicated employees serving clients across six continents.
Dewan first got his start in 1990 as a systems engineer at HCL Hewlett Packard. From there, he went on to Fujitsu ICIM, before eventually rising to become a director of cybersecurity and risk management at IBM, his most recent position prior to joining Wipro. Dewan graduated from Harvard University with a degree in cybersecurity and risk management.
28. Robert Bischoff
Design Management Consultant, US Foods
Robert Bischoff began his professional career over 40 years ago. Today, he is a Design Management Consultant with US Foods. US Foods is one of America’s greatest food companies and a leading foodservice distributor, partnering with approximately 300,000 restaurants and foodservice operators to help their businesses succeed. With 28,000 associates and more than 70 locations, US Foods provides its customers with a broad and innovative food offering and a comprehensive suite of e-commerce, technology, and business solutions. US Foods is headquartered in Rosemont, Illinois, and generates more than $28 billion in annual revenue.
Bischoff first got his start in 1982 as a senior designer at the National Zoological Park, Office of Graphics & Exhibits. From there, he went on to Source, Inc. before eventually rising to become a principal at Bischoff Brand Design, his most recent position prior to joining US Foods. Bischoff graduated from Yale University with a MFA in graphic design, and from Indiana University Bloomington with an undergraduate degree in graphic design.
29. Noel Conneely
Vice President and iShares Investment Management Consultant, BlackRock
University of Notre Dame
Noel Conneely is a Vice President and iShares Investment Management Consultant with BlackRock. He first joined the company in 2008 as regional sales manager. BlackRock, Inc. is a multinational investment management corporation based in New York City. Its purpose is to help people experience financial well-being. Founded in 1988, initially as a risk management and fixed income institutional asset manager, BlackRock is the world's largest asset manager, with US$10 trillion in assets under management as of 2022, and it operates globally with 70 offices in 30 countries and clients in 100 countries. BlackRock makes investing easier and more affordable. It contributes to a more resilient economy that benefits more people.
Conneely earned an undergraduate degree in accounting from the University of Notre Dame.
30. Richard Cundey
Human Capital Management Consultant, ADP
Penn State University
Richard Cundey began his professional career 26 years ago. Today, he is a Human Capital Management Consultant for ADP. ADP is a provider of human resources management software and services. It is a comprehensive global provider of cloud-based human capital management (HCM) solutions that unite HR, payroll, talent, time, tax, and benefits administration, and is a leader in business outsourcing services, analytics, and compliance expertise. The company’s unmatched experience, deep insights and cutting-edge technology have transformed human resources from a back-office administrative function to a strategic business advantage.
In 1996, Cundey served as an HR director at CompHealth. From there, he went on to Salt Creek, before eventually rising to become an HR generalist and recruiter at Extend Health, his most recent position prior to joining ADP. Cundey graduated from Penn State University with an undergraduate degree in psychology.
31. Howard York
VP & Financial Consultant of Operational Risk Management Services, Wells Fargo
Howard York is a Vice President and Financial Consultant of Operational Risk Management Services with Wells Fargo. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.9 trillion in assets. It provides banking, investment and mortgage products and services, as well as consumer and commercial finance, through 8,050 locations in 35 countries with over 70 million customers globally. York is a finance executive with progressive experience in financial leadership, strategic analysis, mergers and acquisitions, expense, and growth initiatives. He has 32 years of experience. He began his career in 1990.
Before joining Wells Fargo, York was a director of financial planning at Baker & Taylor and before that a senior finance manager at Louisiana Pacific. Earlier in his career he worked with Principal Financial Group as an associate manager. York graduated from Duke University with an MBA in finance, and from the University of Notre Dame with an undergraduate degree in government and business.
32. Pareeja Kamboj
Senior Consultant and Transformation Management & Program Manager, KPMG
California State University - East Bay
Pareeja Kamboj is a Senior Consultant and Transformation Management & Program Manager for KPMG. She first joined the company in 2018. KPMG is a multinational professional services network, and one of the Big Four accounting organizations. It provides audit, tax, and advisory services with its 227,000 outstanding professionals working together to deliver value in 146 countries and territories. Their industry focus helps KPMG firms’ professionals develop a rich understanding of clients' businesses and the insight, skills and resources required to address industry-specific issues and opportunities.
Previously, Kamboj was a senior manager of business applications at Imperva, and before that, a technical program manager and product owner at Proteus Digital Health. Earlier in her career she worked with AirMagnet Inc. as a software engineer. Kamboj earned an MS in computer science from California State University - East Bay and an undergraduate degree in technology from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.
33. Sean Reynolds
Decision Science Product Consultant, The Walt Disney Company
Florida State University
Sean Reynolds is a Decision Science Product Consultant with The Walt Disney Company. The Walt Disney Company is a multinational mass media and entertainment conglomerate headquartered at the Walt Disney Studios complex in Burbank, California. From classic animated features and exhilarating theme park attractions to cutting edge sports coverage, and the hottest shows on television, The Walt Disney Company has been creating unforgettable stories that connect with audiences around the world. Reynolds has over 19 years of experience. He began his career in 2003.
Before joining The Walt Disney Company, Reynolds was an operations research analyst and program management analyst at the Science Applications International Corporation and before that, an operations manager at the Florida Center for Reading Research. Earlier in his career he worked with the United States Air Force as an avionics systems team leader. Reynolds graduated from the University of Central Florida with an MS in industrial engineering, and from Florida State University with an undergraduate degree in psychology and business administration.
34. Kenneth Kleinheinz
Work Management & Equipment Reliability Consultant, Tokyo Electric Power Company
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Kenneth Kleinheinz began his professional career nearly 31 years ago. Today, he is a Work Management and Equipment Reliability Consultant with Tokyo Electric Power Company. Tokyo Electric Power Company, headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a Japanese electric utility holding company servicing Japan's Kantō region, Yamanashi Prefecture, and the eastern portion of Shizuoka Prefecture. It is the largest utility in Japan serving millions of homes and businesses worldwide with more than 34 subsidiaries and 32 affiliates in 8 countries and employs approximately 42,060 people. The company was established in 1951 and is listed on the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
Kleinheinz first got his start in 1991 as an engineering director at NextEra Energy Resources. From there, he went on to the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations as senior evaluator in equipment reliability, his most recent position prior to joining Tokyo Electric Power Company. Kleinheinz graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with an undergraduate degree in metallurgical engineering.
35. Susan Niles
Senior Organizational Change Management Consultant, Leidos
Old Dominion University
Susan Niles is a Senior Organizational Change Management Consultant with Leidos. Leidos, formerly known as Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), is a defense, aviation, information technology, and biomedical research company headquartered in Reston, Virginia, that provides scientific, engineering, systems integration, and technical services. Niles is an experienced professional who excels at IT communications, project and client relationship management. She has over 16 years of experience. She began her career in 2005.
Before joining Leidos, Niles was a senior client manager with United Healthcare and project manager at Altruista Health. Prior to that, she served as a project director at Dovel Technologies. Earlier in her career she worked with Anthelio Healthcare Solutions as a director of client services. Niles graduated from Old Dominion University with an undergraduate degree in international relations.
36. Joshua Kohen
Wealth Management Consultant, Ameriprise Financial Services
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Joshua Kohen is a Wealth Management Consultant with Ameriprise Financial Services. He first joined the company in 2006 as national sales consultant in brokerage and managed products. Ameriprise Financial is a diversified financial services company and bank holding company headquartered in Minnesota. It provides financial planning products and services, including wealth management, asset management, insurance, annuities, and estate planning. Its network of more than 10,000 financial advisors delivers personalized financial advice to help clients reach their goals. Ameriprise has corporate locations throughout the U.S. and across the globe, and advisor offices in all 50 states.
Kohen earned an undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
37. Samantha Holsworth
Program Project Management Consultant, Concentrix
Florida State University
Samantha Holsworth is a Program Project Management Consultant for Concentrix. She first joined the company in 2022. Concentrix is a leading global provider of customer experience solutions and technology, improving business performance for some of the world’s best brands including over 100 Fortune Global 500 clients and over 125 new economy clients. Every day, from more than 40 countries and across 6 continents, Concentrix provides services to clients in its key industry verticals including technology & consumer electronics, retail, travel & ecommerce, banking, financial services & insurance, healthcare, communications & media, automotive, energy, and public sectors.
Previously, Holsworth was a project management consultant at PK, and before that, an operations program manager at Amazon. Earlier in her career she worked with Pensacola Little Theatre as an education director. Holsworth earned an undergraduate degree in drama/theater arts and stagecraft from Florida State University.
38. Joel Cervelloni
Energy Management Consultant, Booz Allen Hamilton
The Johns Hopkins University
Joel Cervelloni began his professional career 20 years ago. Today, he is an Energy Management Consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton. Booz Allen Hamilton is a management and information technology consulting firm. For more than 100 years, military, government, and business leaders have turned to Booz Allen Hamilton to solve their most complex problems. As a consulting firm with experts in analytics, digital, engineering, and cyber, Booz Allen helps organizations transform. It is a key partner on some of the most innovative programs for governments worldwide and trusted by their most sensitive agencies. Cervelloni focuses on energy, water, and infrastructure consulting to advance environmentally sustainable technology and policy.
Cervelloni first got his start in 2002 as a consultant at Accenture. From there, he went on to PA Consulting Group, Inc., before eventually rising to become the director of business development at OptiRTC, Inc., his most recent position prior to joining Booz Allen Hamilton. Cervelloni graduated from The Johns Hopkins University with an MS in environmental planning and management, and from Loyola University Maryland with an undergraduate degree in business administration, finance, and marketing.
39. Staci Livendale
Treasury Management Consultant and Vice President, Fifth Third Bank
Staci Livendale began her professional career 32 years ago. Today, she is a Treasury Management Consultant and Vice President for Fifth Third Bank. Fifth Third Bank (5/3 Bank) is a bank headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, at Fifth Third Center. It is the principal subsidiary of Fifth Third Bancorp, a diversified bank holding company. One of the largest consumer banks in the Midwestern United States, it operates 1,136 branches and 2,469 automated teller machines in 11 states.
Livendale first got her start in 1990 as a senior outerwear buyer at Mercantile Stores and Dillard Department Stores. From there, she went on to Options for Individuals where she served as president and chairman of the board, her most recent positions prior to joining Fifth Third Bank. Livendale graduated from Miami University with an undergraduate degree in fashion merchandising.
40. Kendall Toarmina
Organizational Effectiveness Management Consultant, Slalom
Kendall Toarmina is an Organizational Effectiveness Management Consultant with Slalom. She first joined the company in 2021. Slalom is a global consulting firm focused on strategy, technology, and business transformation. Founded in 2001 and headquartered in Seattle, Slalom has organically grown to over 11,000 employees. In 41 markets around the world, Slalom's teams have autonomy to move fast and do what's right. They are backed by regional innovation hubs, a global culture of collaboration, and partnerships with the world's top technology providers.
Previously, Toarmina was a manager of organization and workforce transformation at PwC and before that, an independent consultant in HR at Rice University. Toarmina earned an MBA in strategic management and an undergraduate degree in business and Hispanic studies from Rice University.
41. Kurt Duprey
Management Consultant, Centric Consulting
Kurt Duprey is an instinctive leader and problem solver with extensive expertise in leading strategic change that creates competitive advantage. Duprey believes that in order to effectively and efficiently leverage technology an IT leader must possess a broad-based background that encompasses multiple IT disciplines. Duprey’s unique combination of skills, knowledge, and passion around solving business problems has resulted in significant improvements in business outcomes and employee morale. Duprey’s most recent experience has been as an agile coach and change management leader, for a Fortune 500 client modernizing their cyber security processes and migrating to agile delivery methods. In this role, he is providing leadership and direction for not only his client but for the core delivery team, which is made up of security expertise from another consulting firm.
As a senior IT and Insurance leader, at Liberty Mutual, Duprey has significantly improved outcomes for; the largest IT application portfolio in Commercial Insurance, Enterprise Storage Operations, and the integration of content management solutions for Personal Insurance. Duprey previously served as the Security PMO leader, establishing a security PMO, reduced variance to budget by 17%, rescued a key security program while improving the effectiveness and efficiency of delivery. Prior to joining Liberty Mutual, Duprey was a Client Delivery Executive for EDS where he led IT delivery for multiple agencies in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He was also part of the senior leadership team that led a major corporate transformation, regionalizing delivery and utilizing lean practices. Duprey has extensive experience in leading change and improving outcomes in many IT organizations in the areas of Healthcare, P&C Insurance and State and Local government. Duprey holds an MBA degree from Syracuse University and an undergraduate degree from Cornell University.
42. Mark Renfro
Principal Management Consultant, SEI
The University of Texas at Austin
Mark Renfro is a Principal Management Consultant with SEI. Systems Evolution, Inc. (SEI) is a boutique business and technology consulting firm committed to delivering superior value to local clients since 1992. It pairs cutting-edge technologies with custom-tailored solutions to drive powerful business results for some of the most influential companies in the world. It offers the agility, consistency, and personal attention of a local partner while providing the reach and knowledge assets of a national organization. SEI supports critical client needs in areas including data and analytics, technology enablement, information security, strategy and operations, and concept to delivery. A 100% employee-owned business, SEI operates local offices in 10 states. Renfro has over 28 years of experience. He began his career in 1994.
Before joining SEI, Renfro was a program manager at Kiran Analytics and before that, a managing partner and management consultant at Waypoint. Earlier in his career he worked with Bank One as a regional sales manager for Dallas. Renfro graduated from The University of Texas at Dallas with an MBA and from The University of Texas at Austin with an undergraduate degree in economics.
43. Ken Marsh
Wealth Consultant & Senior Vice President, First Citizens Bank
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Ken Marsh began his professional career nearly 32 years ago. Today, he is a Wealth Consultant and Senior Vice President of First Citizens Bank. Founded in 1898, First Citizens Bank helps personal, business, commercial, and wealth clients build financial strength that lasts. It is the largest family-controlled bank in the United States, and is continuing a unique legacy of strength, stability, and long-term thinking that has spanned generations. First Citizens also operates a nationwide direct bank and a network of more than 600 branches in 22 states. Industry specialists bring a depth of expertise that helps businesses and individuals meet their specific goals at every stage of their financial journey.
Marsh first got his start in 1990 as a personal banker and branch manager at Wachovia Bank. From there, he went on to Wells Fargo Private Bank as SVP and senior private banker, his most recent positions prior to joining First Citizens Bank. Marsh graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with an undergraduate degree in labor and industrial relations.
44. Katie Mangin
Smooth Launch & Quality Resident Engineering Consultant, SRG Global
University of Michigan
Katie Mangin is a Smooth Launch & Quality Resident Engineering Consultant with SRG Global. SRG Global, a Guardian company, is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of high value coatings on plastic for the automotive and commercial truck industries with a manufacturing presence in major world regions including North America, Western and Central Europe, and Asia. SRG Global engineers solutions for greater surface durability, structural integrity, enhanced functionality, vehicle efficiency, and design flexibility. The result is the development of innovative exterior and interior products and processes that create value for customers and consumers and create a positive impact in the environment and society. Mangin has 25 years of experience. She began her career in 1997.
Before joining SRG Global, Mangin was a business development and planning analyst at eValidate and before that, a quality consultant at Ford Motor Company. Earlier in her career she worked as a QRE manager. Mangin graduated from the University of Michigan with an undergraduate degree in business.
45. Lorin Wingate
CTP, VP & Senior Treasury Management Consultant, Umpqua Bank
The University of Texas at Austin
Lorin Wingate is a CTP, VP and Senior Treasury Management Consultant of Umpqua Bank. Umpqua Holdings Corporation, doing business as Umpqua Bank, is a financial holding company based in downtown Portland, Oregon. The company’s main operating segments are personal banking and lending, business banking and lending, and wealth management. As of 2020, Umpqua Bank was the largest Oregon-based bank and had 243 branches in Oregon, Washington, California, Nevada, and Idaho. Wingate has 36 years of experience. He began his career in 1986.
Before joining Umpqua Bank, Wingate was a CTP, VP, and treasury management sales consultant at Sterling Savings Bank and before that, a VP and cash management consultant at JP Morgan Chase. Earlier in his career he worked with Bank of California as an operations officer. Wingate graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with an undergraduate degree in vocal performance.
46. Ram Mulam
Senior Technology Management Consultant, Deloitte Digital
Ram Mulam is a Senior Technology Management Consultant for Deloitte Digital. He first joined the company in 2017. Deloitte Digital is a high performing and an innovation driven ecosystem of ingenious and bold professionals, whose impact transcends borders. It creates new growth by elevating the human experience with connected ideas, technology, and talent. Whether it is helping clients reimagine journeys and rewarding experiences for their customers, citizens, patients, and employees, apply human-centered design to new websites and apps, or accelerate new growth through digital transformation, Deloitte Digital centers everything it does around real people’s lives.
Previously, Mulam was a senior IT specialist and solution architect at IBM and before that, an IT lead analyst and developer at Sigma-Aldrich. Earlier in his career he worked with NetCracker as a software programmer and analyst. Mulam earned an MBA from Cornell University and an undergraduate degree in engineering from Sri Venkateswara University.
47. Charlie Yu
Change Management Consultant, Guidehouse
The Johns Hopkins University
Charlie Yu is a Change Management Consultant for Guidehouse. He first joined the company in 2018. Guidehouse is a leading global provider of consulting services to the public sector and commercial markets, with broad capabilities in management, technology, and risk consulting. By combining its public and private sector expertise, Guidehouse helps clients address their most complex challenges and navigate significant regulatory pressures focusing on transformational change, business resiliency, and technology-driven innovation.
Previously, Yu was a team manager for the United States Marine Corps, and before that, a healthcare consultant and site lead at Athena Consulting. Earlier in his career he worked with the United States Commission on Civil Rights as a civil rights commission senior analyst. Yu earned a master’s degree in political science and government from The Johns Hopkins University and undergraduate degrees in sociology and political science from Georgia State University.
48. Rebecca Smith
Healthcare Management Consultant, Milliman
Rebecca Smith is a Healthcare Management Consultant for Milliman. Milliman is among the world’s largest independent actuarial and consulting firms. Founded in Seattle in 1947, Milliman has offices in key locations worldwide. Through consulting practices in employee benefits, healthcare, investment, life insurance and financial services, and property and casualty/general insurance, Milliman serves the full spectrum of business, financial, government, union, education, and nonprofit organizations. In addition to consulting actuaries, Milliman’s body of professionals includes numerous other specialists, ranging from clinicians to economists. Smith has 13 years of experience. She began her career in 2009.
Before joining Milliman, Smith was a senior program manager for clinical insights and analytics at Aetna, a CVS Health Company. Earlier in her career she worked with Caribbean Primate Research Center as a field researcher. Smith graduated from Columbia Business School with an MBA, and from Harvard University with an undergraduate degree in human evolutionary biology.
49. Jeanne Hilpisch
VP & Senior Treasury Management Relationship & Sales Consultant, Associated Bank
University of Michigan
Jeanne Hilpisch began her professional career 36 years ago. Today, she is a Vice President and Senior Treasury Management Relationship & Sales Consultant of Associated Bank. Associated Banc-Corp is a U.S. regional bank holding company providing retail banking, commercial banking, commercial real estate lending, private banking, and specialized financial services. It is the largest Wisconsin-based bank with a rich history that traces back to 1861. Associated Bank has $35 billion in assets and has 1.3 million customer accounts spanning eight states, with a strong focus on its core three-state Midwest footprint. Associated Bank serves retail consumers, as well as small and large business clients.
Hilpisch first got her start in 1986 as a treasury management sales consultant at Norwest Bank Minnesota. From there, she went on to Dain Rauscher Wessels before eventually moving on to become a senior treasury management consultant at Wells Fargo Bank, her most recent position prior to joining Associated Bank. Hilpisch graduated from the University of Minnesota with an MBA and undergraduate degrees in economics and political science, and from the University of Michigan with a master’s degree in public policy.
50. Ben Zuchowski
Senior Marketing Consultant, Plante Moran
Ben Zuchowski began his professional career 14 years ago. Today, he is a Senior Marketing Consultant with Plante Moran. Plante Moran is one of the largest audit, accounting, tax, consulting, investment banking, and wealth management firms in the United States. At Plante Moran, an engagement is much more than a professional transaction. It’s a personal experience where clients are confident that the firm is looking out for them, no matter their size, location, or what goals they’ve set. With the firm’s seamless service, recognized expertise, and personal approach to relationships, its clients have clarity and confidence. Plante Moran has more than 3,300 professionals committed to exemplary client service every day.
Zuchowski first got his start in 2008 as a recruiter at Kelly Services. Zuchowski graduated from Northwestern University with an MS in communication, and from the University of Michigan with an undergraduate degree in English and communication studies.
51. Mike Appel
Principal Consultant of GIS and Data Management, ERM
University of Notre Dame
Mike Appel began his professional career over 20 years ago. Today, he is a Principal Consultant of GIS and Data Management for ERM. Headquartered in London, United Kingdom, ERM, formally known as Environmental Resources Management, is a multinational consultancy firm which focuses on sustainability. As the largest global pure play sustainability consultancy, ERM partners with the world’s leading organizations, creating innovative solutions to sustainability challenges, and unlocking commercial opportunities that meet the needs of today while preserving opportunity for future generations. Its diverse team of world-class experts supports clients across the breadth of their organizations to operationalize sustainability, underpinned by its deep technical expertise in addressing their environmental, health, safety, risk, and social issues.
Appel graduated from Oregon State University with an MS in geology and from the University of Notre Dame with an undergraduate degree in geology.
52. Jeff Stark
Risk Management Consultant, Insurance Office of America
Florida State University
Jeff Stark began his professional career over 17 years ago. Today, he is a Risk Management Consultant for the Insurance Office of America. Insurance Office of America (IOA) is a full-service insurance agency founded in 1988. Today, IOA is one of the fastest-growing independent agencies in the United States. Headquartered in Longwood, Florida, IOA has more than 1,200 associates located in over 60 offices in the U.S. and London.
Stark first got his start in 2005 as an account manager at CareMax Medical Resources. From there, he went on to AlphaStaff MGA, before eventually moving on to become an insurance broker at RT Specialty, his most recent position prior to joining IOA. Stark graduated from Florida State University with an undergraduate degree in international marketing and management.
53. Walter Akana
Career Management Consultant, Right Management
Columbia University in the City of New York
Walter Akana began his professional career 31 years ago. Today, he is a Career Management Consultant with Right Management. Right Management has more than 40 years of expertise in the talent lifecycle. Its insight and technology-driven solutions are designed to work with their client’s needs and organizational culture. It accelerates the capabilities of a workforce to ensure talent and business is prepared to meet the demands of a strategic global workforce. Their two main services include Career Transition Management: ensuring your people are supported to find their next opportunity at ease, protecting brands and maintaining business continuity; and Workforce Career Management: helping businesses create agility within their workforces through flexible programs for managers and individuals.
Akana first got his start in 1991 as a training manager at Credit Suisse. From there, he went on to Wachovia (now Wells Fargo), before eventually moving on to become a career coach at IMPACT Group, his most recent position prior to joining Right Management. Akana graduated from Columbia University in the City of New York with an MS in social work.
54. Wendy Goodyear
VP & Regional Wealth Management Consultant, American Century Investments
University of Virginia
Wendy Goodyear is a Vice President and Regional Wealth Management Consultant for American Century Investments. American Century Investments is a leading asset manager focused on delivering investment results and building long-term client relationships while supporting research that can improve health and save lives. Goodyear has over 26 years of experience. She began her career in 1995.
Before joining American Century Investments, Goodyear was a regional sales director at Calamos Investments - Southeast FL and Puerto Rico divisions. Earlier in her career she worked with John W. Henry & Company, Inc as a VP of investor services. Goodyear graduated from NYU Stern School of Business with an MBA in management, and from the University of Virginia with an undergraduate degree in history.
55. Deron Neblett
Senior Strategic Energy Management Consultant, CLEAResult
Deron Neblett began her professional career 31 years ago. Today, he is a Senior Strategic Energy Management Consultant with CLEAResult. CLEAResult is the largest provider of energy efficiency, energy transition, and decarbonization solutions in North America. Since 2003, its mission has been to change the way people use energy. Today, the company’s experts lead the transition to a sustainable, equitable, and carbon-neutral future for communities and the planet. Its hometown teams collaborate with a diverse network of local partners to deliver world-class technology and personalized services that make it easy for commercial and industrial businesses, governments, utilities, and residential customers to reduce their energy use and carbon footprint.
Neblett first got his start in 1991 at Creneau Media. From there, he went on to Houston Press, before eventually rising to become a sustainability consultant at Clean Power Marketing Group, his most recent position prior to joining CLEAResult. Neblett graduated from Rice University with undergraduate degrees in biology and art history.
56. Jaime Hirsch
Brand Management Consultant, Fairlife
University of Michigan
Jaime Hirsch is a Brand Management Consultant for Fairlife. She first joined the company in 2019. Fairlife is a Chicago-based dairy company that creates great-tasting, nutrition-rich and value-added products to nourish consumers. Hirsch is an experienced marketing consultant with a demonstrated history of working in brand and marketing management across multiple categories and businesses. She has a proven record of developing and implementing brand strategy, growing brands, launching new products, and leading cross functional teams. Her clients range from large consumer goods companies to small businesses and start-ups.
Previously, Hirsch was a global digital & media manager at Beam Suntory, and before that, a marketing manager for the new ventures team at Wrigley. Earlier in her career she worked with Kaulkin Ginsberg as a project assistant. Hirsch earned an MBA from Michigan State University - Eli Broad College of Business, and an undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Michigan.
57. Andy Burton
Senior Consultant in the Strategic Management Group, Carollo Engineers
Andy Burton is a Senior Consultant in the Strategic Management Group of Carollo Engineers. Carollo Engineers is the largest firm in the United States dedicated solely to water related engineering. Since 1933, this single-minded focus has allowed the company to make some unique commitments to both clients and staff. It has opened the door to the very best talent in the water industry, innovative water solutions, unparalleled client service, and above all, a collaborative and collegial working environment that makes them a great company to work with, and for. Burton has 12 years of experience. He began his career in 2010.
Before joining Carollo Engineers, Burton was a consultant and analyst for the Water Group at AECOM, and before that, an air quality engineer for the CEE Department at the University of Pittsburgh. Earlier in his career he worked with CONSOL Energy as a database administrator for environmental compliance. Burton graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with an MS in civil and environmental engineering, and from Duke University with an undergraduate degree in marine biology and biological oceanography.
58. Scott Snell
Cloud Cost Management Consultant, OpenX
University of California, Los Angeles
Scott Snell is a Cloud Cost Management Consultant for OpenX. OpenX Software Ltd. is a programmatic advertising technology company founded in 2008. It is the world’s leading ad exchange for data and identity. With industry-leading technology, premium service, and huge scale, OpenX brings greater reach for buyers and higher revenue for publishers across every format, from mobile to CTV. The company is 100% Cloud-based, which improves performance, scalability, speed, and global reach. Snell has 27 years of experience. He began his career in 1995.
Before joining OpenX, Snell co-founded GoTo.com, Inc. and before that, he served as a consultant at Ranker. Earlier in his career he worked with Los Angeles Times as a marketing associate. Snell graduated from Texas McCombs School of Business with an MBA in international marketing, from The University of Texas at Austin with an MA in East Asian studies, and from the University of California, Los Angeles with an undergraduate degree in psychology and sociology.
59. Craig Barbakow
Senior Management Consultant and Agile Coach, Point B
University of California, Los Angeles
Craig Barbakow began his professional career 25 years ago. Today, he is a Senior Management Consultant and Agile Coach for Point B. Point B is a global consulting firm solving the world’s most complex business challenges through leading industry expertise and capabilities. The firm’s groundbreaking solutions are steeped in technology and help organizations realize their vision during times of dramatic change. Taking a people-centered approach, Point B gives its customers a clear path to an inclusive and sustainable future. The firm’s diverse set of industry, capability and technology experts can be found across the United States, with international reach via their partnership with Nextcontinent.
Barbakow first got his start in 1997 as a director of retail operations at VCA Animal Hospitals. From there, he went on to IBM Software Group, before eventually rising to become a senior management consultant at PwC, his most recent position prior to joining Point B. Barbakow graduated from Arizona State University with an MBA and an MS in management information systems, and from the University of California, Los Angeles with an undergraduate degree in political science and international relations.
60. Susan Wolski
Senior Management Consultant, Cella
Rochester Institute of Technology
Sue Wolski is a Management Consultant leading the Creative Operations Consulting practice at Cella. Sue is an innovative and accomplished Creative Services Marketing Executive. She has built and developed best-in-class creative services teams and operations in both agency and in-house corporate environments. Sue supports Fortune 500 marketing and creative leaders in assessing current state operations, developing strategic plans to evolve the in-house agency, and implementing change. She has extensive experience designing and coaching effective and thriving organizations and work processes that deliver quality creative products. Sue has been instrumental in working with companies to not only improve creative operations but also to bring the creative business in-house. Sue holds a strong belief that an in-house agency should be run as a business and benchmarked against both internal and external agencies. She understands the strengths and benefits of the right in-house group and brings that understanding to her clients. Sue has worked through needs analysis to formulate business plans and gain authorization to develop IHAs. She has put plans in place and assisted the start-up work which has resulted in several thriving in-house agencies.
Prior to her consulting work at Cella, Sue held positions as SVP of Brand Management at Freedom Mortgage and VP of Brand Management at PHH Corporation. She was the Head of Creative Services at Lincoln Financial Group where she helped consolidate the marketing and creative organization. In addition, Sue was a founding partner of an integrated marketing communications company, Trinity Communications. Sue began her career as a graphic designer and is a graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology. She has certificates in Change Management and Change Leadership from Cornell University.
61. Lauren Spencer
Wealth Management Planning Consultant, Fidelity Investments
Florida State University
Lauren Spencer is a Wealth Management Planning Consultant with Fidelity Investments. Established in 1946, Fidelity Investments is a multinational financial services corporation based in Boston, Massachusetts. Its goal is to make financial expertise broadly accessible and effective in helping people live the lives they want. Fidelity offers investment management, retirement planning, portfolio guidance, brokerage, and many other financial products. It is one of the largest asset managers in the world with $4.5 trillion in assets under management. Spencer has over 11 years of experience. She began her career in 2010.
Spencer graduated from Florida State University with an undergraduate degree in finance and multinational business.
62. Daniel Marcus
Software Program Management Consultant, Good Shepherd Services
Columbia University in the City of New York
Daniel Marcus began his professional career over 30 years ago. Today, he is a Software Program Management Consultant for Good Shepherd Services. Good Shepherd Services goes where children, youth, and families face the greatest challenges and builds on their strengths to help them gain skills for success. They provide quality, effective services that deepen connections between family members, within schools, and among neighbors. They work closely with community leaders to advocate, both locally and nationally, on behalf of their participants to make New York City a better place to live and work. Good Shepherd Services leads in the development of innovative programs that make a difference in the lives of children, youth, and families today.
Marcus first got his start in 1992 as a founder at JDP Group. From there, he went on to Mabon Securities, before eventually moving on to become a field representative at Progressive Turnout Project, his most recent position prior to joining Good Shepherd Services. Marcus graduated from Columbia University in the City of New York with an undergraduate degree in operations research.
63. John Robinson
Business Process Technology Consultant, Farm Credit Financial
John Robinson is a Business Process Technology Consultant with Farm Credit Financial. Organized in 1995, Farm Credit Financial Partners, Inc. (FPI) is the largest and most innovative provider of technology products and services to the Farm Credit System. A customer-owned service organization, FPI supports six agricultural credit associations (ACAs) from Maine to California with over 62,000 members and $40 billion in Farm Credit assets. Through a customer focused approach, FPI is improving lending for American agriculture with technology that is robust, reliable, and intuitive.
Before joining Farm Credit Financial, Robinson was a senior business analyst at Financial Partners, Inc. Robinson graduated from Isenberg School of Management, UMass Amherst with an MBA, and from Cornell University with an undergraduate degree in agriculture and life sciences.
64. Michael Tedeschi
Management Consultant, Chaucer
Michael Tedeschi is a Management Consultant with Chaucer. He first joined the company in 2018. Chaucer helps clients transform beyond a technology focus, developing their culture, improving their strategy and operating models to enable them as digital enterprises, to create new value for customers, employees, shareholders, and wider society. By analyzing customers’ current operating model in line with their business strategy and taking insights from industry best practice, Chaucer works with customers’ leadership teams to design and implement a new operating model that will enable customers’ strategy and bring new agile ways of working.
Previously, Tedeschi was a life sciences consultant and before that, a consultant at Centerline Partners. Earlier in his career he worked with Booz Allen Hamilton as an associate. Tedeschi earned an undergraduate degree in business administration and management from Georgetown University.
65. Michael Martin
Cyber Warfare Consultant, Marine Corps Cyber Auxiliary
American Military University
Michael Martin began his professional career over 19 years ago. Today, he is a Cyber Warfare Consultant for the Marine Corps Cyber Auxiliary. In April 2019, the Marine Corps announced the newly established Marine Corps Cyber Auxiliary (Cyber Aux), a volunteer organization aimed at increasing Marine Corps cyberspace readiness. The Cyber Aux is comprised of a small cadre of highly talented cyber experts who train, educate, advise, and mentor Marines to keep pace with constantly-evolving cyber challenges.
Martin first got his start in 2002 as a mission information manager at the United States Air Force. From there, he went on to the United States Department of Defense. In addition to his role with Cyber Aux, Martin is a director for configuration management at STR. Martin graduated from American Military University with an MBA, and from Thomas Edison State University with an undergraduate degree in communications.
66. Cynthia Hartman
Senior Change Management Consultant, Avaap
Carnegie Mellon University
Cynthia Hartman is a Senior Change Management Consultant for Avaap. She first joined the company in 2018. Avaap is an industry-focused management and technology consulting firm with experience in Workday, Tableau, and other applications. It offers full life cycle expertise from system selection through post-production support, including data analytics and a dedicated team with the skills and experience in planning and delivering successful change management programs. Hartman is a passionate communications professional with a focus on helping people within organizations successfully understand, navigate, and sustain transformational change. With over 20 years of experience in academic, corporate, and government environments, she collaborates with multiple constituencies to assess situations, develop responsive engagement strategies and tactics, build consensus among stakeholders, and ultimately execute all phases of strategic communications and change management plans to drive organizational success.
Previously, Hartman was an associate in organization strategy, transformation, and change management at Booz Allen Hamilton and before that, a change management communications consultant at The Abreon Group. Earlier in her career she worked with Mendoza College of Business, University of Notre Dame as an adjunct instructor. Hartman earned a master’s degree in professional and technical writing from Carnegie Mellon University, and an undergraduate degree in English from Duquesne University.
67. Curtis Wilgosh
Management Consultant, PwC
Curtis Wilgosh is a Director with PwC, a leading professional services firm located in 156 countries with more than 295,000 employees. He is a leader within PwC's Cloud & Digital practice who guides Fortune 500 clients through large, complex business transformations by digitizing their Financials, Supply Chain, Planning & Budgeting and Customer Relationship Management and Human Capital functions. His expertise is in S&OP, supply chain planning, manufacturing, Oracle Cloud and emerging technologies within the Life Sciences industry.
Wilgosh regularly speaks at international conferences on topics related to operating a leading practice supply chain in the Cloud. He serves on the Dartmouth Hockey Alumni Advisory Board, the Olin Advisory Board and the Oracle Cloud Planning & Manufacturing Field Advisory Board. Wilgosh graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with an MBA, and from Dartmouth College with an undergraduate degree in environmental studies.
68. David Mendlowitz
Business & Technology Management Consultant, Freed Associates
David Mendlowitz is a Business and Technology Management Consultant for Freed Associates. He first joined the company in 2011. Freed Associates is a California-based consulting firm comprised of a team of experts who work exclusively in healthcare. With more than 26 years of direct experience in the healthcare industry, its teams collaborate with each client in their unique environment on complex and critical initiatives to deliver enduring value. Founded by Dava Freed in 1991, Freed Associates continues to consult with healthcare organizations on strategic and tactical initiatives. Its consultants provide specialized knowledge in healthcare management, operations, and IT for health systems, health plans, large IPAs and managed service organizations.
Previously, Mendlowitz was a business and technology management consultant at Global Healthcare Exchange and before that, at Deloitte Consulting. Mendlowitz earned an undergraduate degree in business administration and management information systems from Miami University.
69. Frank Mueller
Management Consultant, IPM
Frank Mueller is a Management Consultant with IPM Integrated Project Management Company. IPM is a private company that has been in the industry for 34 years. Its headquarters is located at Burr Ridge, Illinois. Since 1988, IPM has helped more than 500 companies in multiple industries identify, plan, and execute their good ideas in more than 5,000 projects and counting. The company has helped shape the professional project management field. Today, IPM uses those established processes to plan and execute initiatives, with the aim of helping businesses achieve its strategic goals and positioning them for future success. Mueller has 14 years of experience. He began his career in 2008.
Before joining IPM, Mueller was a director of performance improvement at CHRISTUS Health and before that, a consulting manager at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois. Earlier in his career he worked with Awnings Plus as a sales representative. Mueller graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with an MHA, and from Miami University with an undergraduate degree in business administration.
70. Patrick Levendusky
VP & Senior Investment Consultant, BNY Mellon
Patrick Levendusky is a Vice President and Senior Investment Consultant for BNY Mellon. He first joined the company in 2020. BNY Mellon is a global investments company dedicated to helping its clients manage and service their financial assets throughout the investment lifecycle. Whether providing financial services for institutions, corporations, or individual investors, BNY Mellon delivers informed investment and wealth management and investment services in 35 countries. It is the world's largest custodian bank and securities services company, with $45.5 trillion in assets under custody, and $2.3 trillion in assets under management, as of 2022.
Previously, Levendusky was a VP and advisor consultant at Nuveen, and before that, an internal sales consultant at Van Kampen Investments. Earlier in his career he worked with Morgan Stanley as a financial advisor. Levendusky earned an undergraduate degree in finance from Miami University.
71. Chris Jenkins
SVP & Wealth Management Consultant, Capital Group
The University of Memphis
Chris Jenkins began his professional career over 26 years ago. Today, he is a Senior Vice President and Wealth Management Consultant of Capital Group. Since 1931, Capital Group, home of American Funds®, has been singularly focused on delivering superior results for long-term investors using high-conviction portfolios, rigorous research, and individual accountability. Today, Capital Group manages more than $1.7 trillion in equity and fixed income assets for millions of individual and institutional investors. During his career, Jenkins has stood shoulder to shoulder with stood shoulder to shoulder with some of the most elite financial advisors to help bring clarity to a complex world to better serve investors through investment vogues and manias and bull and bear markets.
Jenkins first got his start in 1994 as an area sales representative at Capital Group, before eventually rising to become a VP with Franklin Templeton, his most recent position prior to joining Capital Group. Jenkins graduated from The University of Memphis with an undergraduate degree in finance and financial management services.
72. Prateek Panigrahi
Management Consultant, GE Healthcare
Prateek Panigrahi is a Senior Management Consultant of the Command Center for GE Healthcare. He first joined the company in 2012 as a product surveillance engineer. GE Healthcare Partners specializes in data analytics, financial modeling, and clinical insights for healthcare organizations and systems, and is one of the largest consulting firms in the world dedicated exclusively to healthcare consulting. It creates value for its clients by leveraging the power of GE Healthcare to solve the most challenging problems in the industry through the delivery of client problem-back solutions, long-term strategic partnerships, and advanced analytic capabilities.
Previously, Panigrahi was a clinical research associate at Abelson-Taylor, and before that, a researcher at Hartmann SENSE Laboratory. Earlier in his career he worked with Northwestern University as an IT consultant. Panigrahi earned a master’s degree in biomedical engineering and an undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering and psychology from Northwestern University.
73. Victoria Falaguerra
Workforce Management Consultant, Spencer Thomas Group
Victoria Falaguerra is a Workforce Management Consultant for the Spencer Thomas Group. She first joined the company in 2014. Spencer Thomas Group (STG) is a woman-owned professional services firm that delivers comprehensive business solutions. STG's human-centric methodology is grounded in deep knowledge of people, culture, and human capital management. With global experience in over 90 countries on six continents, its hundreds of IT, HR, and payroll-focused transformations have taught the company that every implementation is a cultural transformation. STG listens carefully to their client’s specific needs, then designs an affordable, customized approach to match the organization's business challenges, resource structure, culture, and budget.
Previously, Falaguerra was a project management consultant at RCM Technologies. Earlier in her career she worked with ADP as a senior project manager. Falaguerra earned an undergraduate degree in psychology from Northwestern University.
74. Nyel Aquino
Organizational Change Management Consultant, TACG
University of Arizona
Nyel Aquino is an Organizational Change Management Consultant with TACG. TACG is a federally recognized tribally-owned small, disadvantaged professional services firm headquartered in Dayton, Ohio. Founded in 2006, TACG has experience providing professional services to the Department of Defense, Federal Civilian, and State & Local industries. The company brings expertise to its client’s organization so they can focus on their core mission. TACG diligently delivers effective solutions for clients in five key capability areas including information technology optimization, program and functional leadership, cyber security, human capital management, and foreign military sales. Aquino has over 22 years of experience. He began his career in 2000.
Before joining TACG, Aquino was a management operations analyst at NJVC-LLC and before that, a center manager at Hopebridge. Earlier in his career he worked with the United States Air Force as a medical technician. Aquino graduated from The University of Arizona Global Campus with an MBA and an undergraduate degree in health care administration.
75. Deke Matthews
Business Project Management Consultant, Nationwide Financial
The Ohio State University
Deke Matthews began his professional career 18 years ago. Today, he is a Business Project Management Consultant with Nationwide Financial. Nationwide, a Fortune 100 company, is one of the largest and strongest diversified insurance and financial services organizations in the United States. They provide a full range of insurance and financial services products including life insurance, public and private sector retirement plans, annuities, and mutual funds. Nationwide Financial makes simplicity a priority by providing financial professionals with straightforward, client-ready materials, easy-to-use tools, and products and services that are transparent, so they can spend less time dealing with time-consuming tasks and more time helping clients.
Matthews graduated from The Ohio State University with a master’s degree in social work, and from Bowling Green State University with an undergraduate degree.
76. Tammy Dunne
Risk Management Consultant, The Redwoods Group
Tammy Dunne is a Risk Management Consultant for The Redwoods Group. She first joined the company in 2018. The Redwoods Group is a socially conscious organization that operates as a highly specialized provider of property/casualty insurance underwriting, risk management, and claims adjusting services. Its mission is to improve the quality of life in the communities it serves. Redwoods work by connecting to brokers, selecting the coverage needed, and helping with safety, claims management, billing, training, underwriting and more.
Previously, Dunne was a director of achievement gap programs at YMCA of the Triangle and before that a program manager at Donate Life North Carolina. Earlier in her career she worked with Columbia Hospital Corporation as a corporate paralegal. Dunne earned an undergraduate degree in political science from Emory University and an undergraduate degree in human resource management from Villanova University.
77. Jeanne-Marie Daly
Management Consultant, Kenway Consulting
The Johns Hopkins University
Jeanne-Marie Daly began her professional career 28 years ago. Today, she is a Management Consultant of Kenway Consulting. Kenway Consulting is a management and technology consulting firm whose entire reason for existence is to help companies and its employees. It strives to provide all clients with unmatched quality and service, and specializes in the areas of technology solution delivery, enterprise program leadership, and information insight.
Daly first got her start in 1994 as a manager at Accenture. She graduated from Northwestern University with an MS in biomedical engineering and from The Johns Hopkins University with an undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering.
78. Erin Edgington
Senior Communications & Change Management Consultant, Launch Consulting Group
The University of Texas at Austin
Erin Edgington is a Senior Communications and Change Management Consultant with Launch Consulting Group. Launch Consulting is a veteran-owned and operated technology firm. It navigates world-class organizations through digital transformation. Because every industry is now evolving, Launch specifically empowers people, helping them harness data, implement the tech they need in a digital-first world, and enhance the human experience. Launch employs modern tools and methodologies to build the infrastructures needed to generate greater business value, and long-term value for consumers. Edgington has over 16 years of experience. She began her career in 2006.
Before joining Launch Consulting Group, Edgington was a senior strategic communications and digital content consultant at OilCM and before that, a senior communications consultant and organizational change manager at ConocoPhillips. Earlier in her career she worked as a global communications and program development manager. Edgington graduated from Rice University and the University of Florida with master’s degrees, and from The University of Texas at Austin with an undergraduate degree.
79. Teena Mabe
Risk Management Consultant, Builders Mutual Insurance Company
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Teena Mabe is a Risk Management Consultant for Builders Mutual Insurance Company. Builders Mutual is a leading writer of commercial insurance products dedicated exclusively to the construction industry. They work to reduce risks, prevent fines, and help builds go as smoothly as possible through safety education, risk management consulting, and complete insurance coverage. Headquartered in North Carolina, Builders’ market now includes the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast. They have a history with the North Carolina Home Builders Association and maintain strong partnerships with various industry associations. From the groundbreaking to the ribbon cutting, Builders help to avoid risks and enjoy a job well done. Mabe has nearly 18 years of experience. She began her career in 2004.
Mabe graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with an undergraduate degree.
80. Colleen Torell
Vice President & Senior Consultant, Keystone
Colleen Torell is a Vice President and Senior Consultant for Keystone. She first joined the company in 2012. Keystone Partners has been helping individuals at all levels and companies of all sizes, across a broad range of industries, navigate career changes for over 35 years. It offers consistent, high-quality solutions for the most complex of career management challenges, including career transition services, leadership development, executive coaching, team and team leader coaching, succession planning, career planning, customized training, meeting facilitation, executive assimilation, performance management and retirement planning.
Previously, Torell was a director of legal recruiting at Choate, Hall & Stewart and before that, an associate director of career development at Boston University School of Law. Earlier in her career she worked with Cooley, Manion, Moore & Jones, P.C. as a paralegal. Torell earned a JD from Suffolk University Law School and an undergraduate degree in English from Boston College.
81. David Johnson
Senior Data Management Consultant, Ironside
David Johnson is a Senior Data Management Consultant for Ironside. He first joined the company in 2018. Ironside was founded in 1999 as an enterprise data and analytics solution provider and system integrator. Clients hire Ironside to acquire, enrich and measure their data so they can make smarter, better decisions about their business. Regardless of the industry or specific business challenges, Ironside has the experience, perspective, and agility to help transform an analytic environment. From strategy to execution, the company helps organizations translate business goals and challenges to technology solutions that enable business insight, analysis, and data-driven decision making.
Previously, Johnson was a managing director and head of IT at State Street Global Advisors – India. Earlier in his career he worked with Intersource Technologies as a director of technology. Johnson earned an undergraduate degree in management information systems from Northeastern University.
82. Tyler Reiser
Management Consultant and Manager, Greencastle Consulting
Penn State University
Tyler Reiser is a Management Consultant and Manager for Greencastle Consulting. Greencastle Consulting is a 100% veteran-owned and operated implementation consulting firm that tackles critical projects with a unique, military-precision approach. Founded by veterans in 1997, Greencastle provides metric-driven results to businesses looking to maximize growth. It is subject matter experts in change management, process improvement, and project management. Using Implementation Management as the foundational approach to every project, the company helps its clients meet and exceed their definition of success. Reiser is a change agent leader and published author with a passion for life-long learning, exploration, and achievement. He effectively utilizes a broad range of problem-solving skills developed over 15 years of planning and executing vision in multiple industries.
Before joining Greencastle Consulting, Reiser was a founder, principal, and consultant at Strategic Bonds and before that, a project management consultant at Warriors Ethos. Earlier in his career he served with the United States Air Force as an explosive ordinance disposal technician. Reiser graduated from Penn State University with a master’s degree, and from Bellevue University and Community College of the Air Force with undergraduate degrees.
83. Rick Kraus
Principal Management Consultant, Centeva
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Rick Kraus began his professional career 39 years ago. Today, he is a Principal Management Consultant for Centeva. Centeva is a woman and minority owned small company that is deeply rooted in Federal Acquisition with members of the company’s executive team having spent decades in the Federal Service and decades more supporting the Government as industry partners. Centeva’s historical-and-still-core capability of professional servicing and PMO support has grown to also include superior technical capabilities, product development, and system transformation. From software engineering to data administration, through broad program management support, Federal agencies of today turn to Centeva to help modernize their processes and systems through innovative solutions.
Kraus first got his start in 1983 as a director of product development at Persoft, Inc. From there, he went on to Artisoft, before eventually rising to become a senior manager at ASI Government, his most recent position prior to joining Centeva. Kraus graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with an MS in computer science and chemistry.
84. Jean Lieverman
Senior Project Management Consultant, Pcubed
University of Michigan
Jean Lieverman is a Senior Project Management Consultant with Pcubed. She first joined the company in 2017. Pcubed is the world’s leading consultancy dedicated to project, programme, portfolio, and change management. In her role, Lieverman uses her hands-on expertise in capturing data, performing data analysis, and collaborating with users to turn results into valuable information to be consumed for business decisions. Her experience lies in support for project and portfolio management in the areas of tools, processes, reporting, and training. She is a developer with strong, current technology skills.
Previously, Lieverman was a senior project manager at Advisicon and before that, she worked with Pfizer Pharmaceuticals as a statistical programming manager. Lieverman earned an MS in bioengineering and an MPH with a concentration in biostatistics from the University of Michigan.
85. Robin Simmons
Principal Management Consultant, Helios HR
Columbia University in the City of New York
Robin Simmons is a Principal Management Consultant for Helios HR. She first joined the company in 2016 as senior HR consultant. Headquartered in the Washington DC metro area, the Helios HR team helps leaders navigate the challenges of today’s workplace during times of growth, transition, and uncertainty through human capital and talent acquisition consulting. Its solutions are designed to support an organization’s ability to attract, engage, and develop top talent. Helios’ core lines of business are HR outsourcing, consulting, and recruitment services.
Previously, Simmons was a HR director and business partner at Engility Corporation and before that, a HR director at Dynamics Research Corporation. Earlier in her career she worked with Unilever Bestfoods as a HR specialist. Simmons earned an MS in social work from Columbia University in the City of New York and an undergraduate degree in social work from Syracuse University.
86. Derek Carter
Energy Management Consultant, Ideal Impact
Derek Carter is an Energy Management Consultant for Ideal Impact. Ideal Impact was founded in 2009 to use its world-renowned expertise to generate $10 billion for education and ministries. The company has over 750 partners in the DFW, Houston, and Austin areas. Its model is to perform a free, non-binding investment grade audit for ministries, colleges, or schools to determine if there is an opportunity to divert spending on energy back to fund an organization. Carter has 16 years of experience. He began his career in 2006.
Before joining Ideal Impact, Carter was a minister to families and children at Christ United Methodist Church and before that, he was a lead pastor at River Point Church. Earlier in his career he worked with Rosen Heights Baptist Church as a senior pastor. Carter graduated from Duke University with a master’s degree in theology, and from Houston Baptist University with an undergraduate degree in communication.
87. Brad Ashton
Principal Consultant of Technology Management, Concurrent
The Ohio State University
Brad Ashton is a Principal Consultant of Technology Management for Concurrent Technologies Corporation. He first joined the company in 2004. Concurrent Technologies Corporation (CTC) is an independent, nonprofit, applied scientific research and development professional services organization providing innovative management and technology-based solutions to government and industry. As a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, CTC’s primary purpose and programs are to undertake applied scientific research and development activities that serve the public interest. Ashton is an experienced consultant skilled in intelligence analysis, analytical methods/tools, government organizations (Depts of Defense and Energy), energy technology and policy analysis, customer relationship management, and proposal writing.
Previously, Ashton was a senior program manager at Battelle Memorial Institute in Columbus, Ohio. Ashton earned a PhD in industrial and systems engineering from The Ohio State University and an undergraduate degree in engineering science from United States Air Force Academy.
88. Bernie Licata
Senior Management Consultant, Stanislaus County
Saint Mary’s College of California
Bernie Licata is a Senior Management Consultant in the Chief Executive Office of Stanislaus County. He first joined the organization in 2014 as human resources manager. The Stanislaus County Chief Executive’s Office is a team of dedicated staff who are committed to making Stanislaus County a better place to work, live, and visit. Licata has 34 years of public sector service experience in cross-functional team leadership, change management, HR, civil rights/ADA, policing, emergency & risk management, education, and consulting. He is a strong program and project management professional with a reputation for fostering partnerships and building high functioning teams that achieve desirable outcomes.
Previously, Licata was a higher education specialist at McGraw-Hill. Earlier in his career he worked with the City of Hayward as a police lieutenant. Licata earned a master’s degree in criminal justice and law enforcement administration from Stanislaus State Extended Education, and an undergraduate degree in business administration and organizational management from Saint Mary's College of California.
89. Jen Halikman
Senior Management Consultant, Huntzinger
Jen Halikman is a Senior Management Consultant for Huntzinger. She first joined the company in 2021. Huntzinger is known for helping their clients leverage their IT investment through a range of IT advisory, implementation and staff augmentation services that are designed for both immediate and sustained impact. Recognized as one of the fastest growing healthcare consulting companies, Huntzinger attributes their success to the commitment they make to each client and their objectives, as well as the performance required to achieve greater returns on their IT investments.
Previously, Halikman was an IT director of applications at Baptist Health South Florida - Palm Beach County Region and before that, an IT clinical informatics pharmacist at UNC Health Care. Earlier in her career she worked with Boca Raton Regional Hospital as a pharmacist. Halikman earned a master’s degree in medical informatics from Northwestern University and an undergraduate degree in pharmacy from Rutgers University.
90. Kai Beasley
Senior Management Consultant, M2 Strategy
Kai Beasley is a Senior Management Consultant with M2 Strategy. M2 is a strategy and management consulting firm whose motto, “Think Differently & Work Smarter,” is integrated in all components of its solutions and operations. Collaborating with the company’s Federal clients, it helps solve their most pressing challenges associated with their workforce, processes, and systems. From developing and implementing clients’ strategic plans to establishing no-code enterprise portfolio frameworks, all the firm’s engagements include components that provide positive cultural shifts. Beasley has over 13 years of experience. He began his career in 2008.
Before joining M2 Strategy, Beasley was a strategy and performance management subject matter expert at CACI International Inc. and before that, a project manager at SNVC. Earlier in his career he worked with AARP as a communications specialist. Beasley graduated from Emory University with an undergraduate degree in communication and media studies.
91. Sharla Cloutier
Principal Management Consultant, Salient Management Company
Sharla Cloutier began her professional career over 14 years ago. Today, she is a Principal Management Consultant for Salient Management Company. Salient provides visual data mining and analytics systems for large and complex enterprises in CPG, retail, healthcare, and education. It designs, delivers, and supports industry-tailored, transformative solutions for business and government that instill a data-driven culture of continuous improvement. Salient envisions a world where business and government operate more productively and with less waste in the process of creating what they value.
Cloutier first got her start in 2007 as a manager at Accenture. From there, she went on to Vitae Foundation as director, her most recent position prior to joining Salient. Cloutier graduated from Princeton University with an undergraduate degree in operations research and financial engineering.
92. Jennifer Ganancio
Organizational Effectiveness Consultant, Digineer
Jennifer Ganancio began her professional career over 9 years ago. Today, she is an Organizational Effectiveness Consultant with Digineer. Digineer is a management and technology consulting firm. From the top-down, Digineer listens and asks the tough questions to identify the root business challenge or opportunity. They exceed client expectations while delivering high-value results. Clients engage with Digineer to manage transformational events and deploy real solutions that drive revenue, lower costs, increase operational efficiency, align business/management practices, bring clarity to internal change-related initiatives, and ensure legal compliance.
Ganancio first got her start in 2012 as a communications specialist at Healthland. From there, she went on to Patterson Companies where she served as an SAP training specialist, her most recent position prior to joining Digineer. Ganancio graduated from Miami University with an undergraduate degree in psychology.
93. Humberto Raya
Supply Chain Management Consultant, Supply Chain Wizard
Humberto Raya began his professional career 15 years ago. Today, he is a Supply Chain Management Consultant with Supply Chain Wizard. Supply Chain Wizard is a management consulting, digital innovation, and solutions firm, and a global leader specializing in serialization and traceability, supply chain strategy and operational transformation programs with presence in North America, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. Supply Chain Wizard partners with organizations in designing, developing, and implementing digital solutions using state-of-the-art technologies such as IoT, AI, machine learning, and blockchain through its Cloud Platform to enable end-to-end digital supply chain transformations in the life sciences & pharmaceutical industry, also serving some of the world's largest pharmaceutical manufacturers, contract manufacturers, and packagers.
In 2007, Raya served as a general manager and aerospace technical manager at Montana Metal Products. From there, he went on to Ammeraal Beltech North America before eventually moving on to operations management at Rieke Office Interiors, his most recent position prior to joining Supply Chain Wizard. Raya graduated from Elmhurst University with an MS in supply chain management.
94. Samira Nazem
Principal Court Management Consultant, National Center for State Courts
Samira Nazem began her professional career 18 years ago. Today, she is a Principal Court Management Consultant for the National Center for State Courts. The National Center for State Courts (NCSC) is an independent, non-profit organization focused on improving the administration of justice in the United States and around the world. For more than 50 years, the NCSC has shared authoritative knowledge and expertise to address current and emerging issues and trends in state court administration. Its mission today, promoting the rule of law and improving the administration of justice in state courts and courts around the world, springs logically from its original purpose to gather information and produce innovations to benefit all courts.
Nazem first got her start in 2004 as a research assistant at American Institutes for Research. From there, she went on to Women's Research and Action Group, before eventually rising to associate director of programs and advocacy at The Chicago Bar Foundation, her most recent position prior to joining NCSC. Nazem graduated from the University of Chicago Law School with a JD and from Yale University with an undergraduate degree in women's and gender studies.
95. Sarah Erb
Operations Management Consultant Manager, Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Florida State University
Sarah Erb is an Operations Management Consultant Manager for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) focuses on creating strong community partnerships, safeguarding Florida’s natural resources, and enhancing its ecosystems. DEP staff, including biologists, chemists, attorneys, engineers, park rangers, geologists, law enforcement, and administrative staff, who work daily to protect Florida’s air, water, and land.
Before joining DEP, Erb was an English teacher at Leon County Schools. Erb graduated from Florida State University with an MBA and from the University of Florida with an undergraduate degree in American literature.
96. Sameer Shroff
Senior Management & IT Consultant, Arcadis
Columbia University in the City of New York
Sameer Shroff is a Senior Management and IT Consultant for Arcadis. Arcadis is the leading global design and engineering consultancy for natural and built assets. Applying their deep market sector insights and collective design, consultancy, engineering, project and management services, Arcadis works in partnership with their clients to deliver exceptional and sustainable outcomes throughout the lifecycle of their natural and built assets. Whether it is maximizing space in cities or making wasteland habitable, Arcadis delivers exceptional and sustainable outcomes for their clients. The company has 28,000 people active in over 70 countries with the knowledge and expertise to improve the quality of life in rapidly growing cities around the world. Shroff has 23 years of experience. He began his career in 1999.
Before joining Arcadis, Shroff was a business analyst at Houston Chronicle and before that, a senior web developer at Nylon Technology. Earlier in his career he worked with Malcolm Pirnie as an IT consultant. Shroff graduated from Columbia University in the City of New York with an undergraduate degree in computer science.
97. Mike Haid
Senior Risk Management Consultant & Credit Risk Manager, Crews Banking
Florida State University
Mike Haid is a Senior Risk Management Consultant and Credit Risk Manager with Crews Banking. For more than 90 years in the financial industry, Crews Banking, a family-owned business, has focused on serving the people and businesses of Florida. Each of its personal banking products reflect its commitment to giving a premier banking experience with convenient features and tools to help their clients succeed. With 22 locations serving 13 counties throughout Central and Southwestern Florida, the Crews Banking Corporation family of banks gives world-class service with a community touch. Haid has over 16 years of experience. He began his career in 2006.
Before joining Crews Banking, Haid was a loan review officer at Wauchula State Bank. Haid graduated from Florida State University with an undergraduate degree in finance and real estate.
98. Kate Studebaker
Threat Management Consultant, Nationwide
The Ohio State University
Kate Studebaker is a Threat Management Consultant for Nationwide. Nationwide, a Fortune 100 company based in Columbus, Ohio, is one of the largest and strongest diversified insurance and financial services organizations in the United States. An industry leader in driving customer-focused innovation, Nationwide provides a full range of insurance and financial services products including auto, business, homeowners, farm and life insurance; public and private sector retirement plans, annuities and mutual funds; excess & surplus, specialty and surety; pet, motorcycle and boat insurance and more. Studebaker has 8 years of experience. She began her career in 2014.
Before joining Nationwide, Studebaker was a critical infrastructure manager at the Ohio Department of Public Safety. Studebaker graduated from the University of Cincinnati with an MS in criminal justice and from The Ohio State University with an undergraduate degree in criminology.
99. Chris Wagner
Vice President & Senior Investment Management Consultant, Morgan Stanley
Chris Wagner is a Vice President and Senior Investment Management Consultant with Morgan Stanley. Morgan Stanley is a multinational investment management and financial services company headquartered in New York City. It mobilizes capital to help governments, corporations, institutions, and individuals around the world achieve their financial goals. For over 85 years, the firm’s reputation for using innovative thinking to solve complex problems has been well earned and rarely matched. Morgan Stanley is committed to maintaining the first-class service and high standard of excellence that have always defined the firm. Wagner has over 23 years of experience. He began his career in 1999.
Before joining Morgan Stanley, Wagner was a senior private wealth advisor at Wells Fargo Advisors and before that, a financial advisor at RBC Wealth Management. Earlier in his career he worked with Poole, McKinley and Blosser as a government relations associate. Wagner graduated from Florida State University with an undergraduate degree in finance.
100. Mara Mintz
Strategic Communication & Change Management Consultant, Blue Beyond Consulting University of Wisconsin-Madison
Mara Mintz is a Strategic Communication and Change Management Consultant for Blue Beyond Consulting. Blue Beyond Consulting is a woman-owned management consulting firm that partners with the world’s leading organizations to enhance performance, build value, and create actionable strategies. It offers a wide variety of services across talent, communications, culture, DEI, change management, and organizational effectiveness. Whether it’s a Fortune 500 client, a not-for-profit organization, an educational institution, or a small business, Blue Beyond’s experienced teams provide tailored strategies and solutions for today’s most complex challenges. Mintz has 16 years of experience. She began her career in 2006.
Before joining Blue Beyond Consulting, Mintz was a director of alumni relations at USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, and before that, a director of young adult engagement at The Jewish Federation. Earlier in her career she worked with FC Dallas as a foundation program coordinator. Mintz graduated from the University of Southern California with a master's degree in communication management and from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with an undergraduate degree in journalism and mass communications.