Lenz Bayas served as an Instructional Designer for Learning Development at Management Concepts. In this role, he designed and developed training courses for live, virtual, and blended instructional delivery. Prior to working for Management Concepts, Lenz worked as a middle school and high school teacher, providing differentiated instruction in a wide variety of subject matter.
Robert Black serves as a Senior Subject Matter Expert and Instructor for Financial Management at Management Concepts. In this role, he has worked developing and delivering training to Federal employees in the areas of auditing, internal control, and appropriations law. Prior to joining Management Concepts, Robert spent more than 21 years as a Federal government auditor, including positions at GAO and the NASA Office of the Inspector General. In his free time, Robert enjoys traveling abroad and driving his ’79 Fiat Spider.
Tim Bowden specializes in creating assessment-based, data-driven solutions to create sustainable organizational performance improvement. Tim holds a BA from Rollins College and an MS in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Central Florida. In his free time, Tim enjoys coaching baseball, mountain biking, and spending quality time with his wife, 15 year old son, and 14 year old daughter.
Kriste Buchanan serves as a Senior Assessment Consultant for the People and Performance Consulting division at Management Concepts. In this role, she supports competency model development and customized competency assessments. Prior to joining Management Concepts, Kriste served as a consultant with The Pittman McLenagan Group. Kriste holds a BA in psychology from Shippensburg University and an MS in industrial/organizational psychology from Radford University. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and children.
Jessica Burke serves as the Product Manager for Leadership & Management at Management Concepts. In this role, she assists in the management of the leadership and management product portfolio, including guiding content creation and providing consultative support to shape new learning solutions. At Management Concepts, Jessica has also held the position of Senior Instructional Designer in Learning Development. Prior to joining Management Concepts, Jessica worked in the hospitality industry as a Training Development Specialist creating training videos and other interactive content. Jessica holds a BS in Business Administration with a concentration in Management from Christopher Newport University. In her free time, Jessica enjoys baking, trying new restaurants, and traveling.
Michelle Clark serves as a Senior Marketing Manager for Professional Services at Management Concepts. In this role, she oversees the consulting and business development marketing strategy for the company. Prior to joining Management Concepts, Michelle worked in the transportation, adult learning, financial, and energy verticals as well as numerous non-profit organizations. Michelle holds a BA in Communications, Legal Institutions, Economics and Government and a MS in Justice, Law and Society from American University and is a certified PMP. In her free time, she plays basketball and tennis, loves to travel and maintains a very heavy social schedule for her twelve-year old son, Justin.
Daniel D’Angelo holds a BA in Journalism & Mass Communication and Asian Languages & Literature from the University of Iowa, as well as an MFA in Creative Writing from George Mason University. In his free time, Daniel enjoys playing basketball, reading news and literature, and writing poems.
Phil Davidson serves as a Senior Subject Matter Expert and Instructor for Financial Management at Management Concepts. In this role, he develops and delivers training for Federal employees in the areas of accounting, appropriations law, auditing, budgeting, internal control, and ethics. Prior to joining Management Concepts, Phil served a long and distinguished career in service to his country, including four years as the Director of the Defense Finance and Accounting Service regional office in Dayton, OH. He has trained thousands of Federal employees in 40 countries across 5 continents in financial management. Phil holds master’s degrees in manpower management and national security strategy and is a Certified Defense Financial Manager. In his free time, Phil enjoys rooting for his Mississippi State University Bulldogs.
Connie holds a BS in Economics and Management and graduate studies in International Marketing and Management from Michigan State University. She is also a graduate of the Coaches Training Institute, an International Coach Federation Accredited Training Program. In her free time, Connie enjoys international travel, contemporary art, and spending quality time with her husband and son.
Tom Dungan III
Tom Dungan III serves as CEO at Management Concepts. During Tom’s 22 year tenure, the company has successfully grown ten-fold. In addition to Management Concepts, Tom is also President of Andover Investments, LLC, a holding company for investment activity in banking and real estate activities, and sits on the board of directors for Virginia Heritage Bank and the Professional Services Council. Tom is an active member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and served in various roles including Chapter Chairman. He is a Certified Public Accountant and worked previously with Arthur Andersen. Tom holds the a BBA in Accounting from the College of William and Mary.
Lowell Dye serves as a Senior Consultant for Project & Program Management at Management Concepts. In this role, he serves as a content expert and instructor. Prior to joining Management Concepts, Lowell has spent more than 30 years in project, program, and portfolio management including training, consulting, and implementation in a variety of commercial and government organizations. He is the co-editor of Project Portfolio Management: Selecting and Prioritizing Projects for Competitive Advantage and Managing Multiple Projects: Scheduling and Resource Allocation for Competitive Advantage, as well as author of several articles and a frequent speaker on project and portfolio management. Lowell holds a BS from Excelsior College and an MS in Operations Management from the University of Arkansas. He is a certified PMP and a PRINCE2 Registered Practitioner. In his free time, Lowell likes to fish, watch old movies, and is active as a human rights advocate for North Koreans and North Korean Defectors.
Tara Ebrahimi is the Managing Editor at Management Concepts. Her writing has appeared in several print and online publications including the New York Times. She currently lives in Chicago with her dog Ernie.
Debbie Eshelman serves as the Managing Director for Human Capital and Talent Management for the People and Performance Consulting division at Management Concepts. In this role, she advises senior leaders in the private sector and Federal government agencies on talent management, performance improvement, and leadership development. Prior to joining Management Concepts, Debbie was a Principal Consultant in KornFerry’s Leadership and Talent Consulting government practice. In this role she led numerous consulting projects focused in the areas of leadership and human capital management. Debbie also previously served as a director at PricewaterhouseCoopers where she led top strategic accounts for the firm. Debbie holds a BA in education from the University of Florida and an MS in human resource development from Virginia Polytechnic Institute.
Ruth Famojuro has contributed to many of the courses in the Grants curriculum including most recently, Developing and Monitoring Indirect Cost Rates Under 2 CFR 200. She has completed the Grants Management Certificate Program™ (all three tracks) and contributed toward development of the Grants Professional Certified (GPC) credential. In her free time, Ruth enjoys simplifying, organizing, and seeking out naturally and architecturally beautiful locations with her family.
Lahaja serves as Organizational Culture Lead and Senior Human Capital Advisor for Management Concepts. In this role, she is responsible for the design and implementation of change, development, and performance management. Lahaja is a Prosci™ Certified Change Management Practitioner and Leadership Coach with over 15 years of experience providing culture assessments to strengthen business performance and build organizational capability; strategy alignment; leadership program design, assessment, and facilitation; talent and comprehensive change initiatives; and succession planning. Lahaja holds a BA from Howard University and a graduate degree from the University of Michigan.
Meghan Garman serves in an Analytics and Market Research function on the Product Management Team at Management Concepts. In this role, she assists many teams across the organization in making strategic, data-driven decisions around product development, business operations, sales, and marketing strategies. She has 7+ years of analytics experience including roles at the Advisory Board Company and Chase Credit Cards. In her free time, she enjoys playing recreational volleyball, attending local sporting events, and traveling with her husband.
Rick Hurley serves as an Instructor for Financial Management at Management Concepts. In this role, he develops and delivers different types of training for Federal employees in the areas of appropriations law, budgeting, financial management, program analysis, and cost estimating. Prior to joining Management Concepts in 1995, Rick served as a Navy pilot and Financial Manager for more than 21 years. His assignments included several Financial Management tours in the Washington, DC area including jobs in the Navy CFO office and instructing at the Defense Systems Management College at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. Ricks holds a BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MBA from the University of West Florida’s College of Business. In his free time, Rick enjoys traveling, spending time with his family, and being outdoors. He especially loves visiting his first grandchild, Stella, living much too far away in Denver, Colorado.
Christina Jackson is a Senior Acquisition Analyst/Subject Matter Expert for Management Concepts after serving as a Senior Acquisition Consultant with ASI Government supporting The Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency in Washington, D.C. Prior to working with ASI, Christina was a contracting officer at The Department of Veterans’ Affairs, The Department of the Interior and The Federal Trade Commission. As a Federal contracting officer, she conducted cradle to grave contracting acquiring a broad scope of goods and services, including IT, furniture, professional services and construction projects. Christina is a licensed attorney and practiced law as a civil litigator before joining the acquisition workforce. She enjoys reading, shooting sporting clays, checking items off her bucket list and spending time with her family and dogs.
Shane Jernigan serves as a Grants Analyst/Subject Matter Expert at Management Concepts. In this role, Shane develops course content for Federal grants training courses and analyzes developments affecting grants administration. Prior to joining Management Concepts, he served as a Grants Director to multiple members of Congress. He also has prior experience in law enforcement and education. Shane holds a BA from the George Washington University and a M.Ed. from Marymount University. In his free time, Shane avidly reads 2 CFR 200 and he also loves attending Colorado Mammoth home games and traveling. Shane lives in Denver, Colorado.
Kathryn Johnson works with organizations to align their culture to achieve greater performance outcomes through desired behavior change. The disciplines that influence how Kathryn approaches work with organizations, teams, and individuals include learning & development, human resources, analytics, acquisition & contract management, and education. Her most recent publication is The Insider’s Guide to Supervising Government Employees, published by MC Press.
Teresa Wedding Kloster
Teresa Wedding Kloster has more than fifteen years of managerial experience at a Fortune 100 company and over a dozen years in leadership and management development. She coaches leaders at all levels and provides leadership education in both public and private sectors, in the Washington DC area and abroad. In addition, her company Kloster Associates consults with organizations helping them design and implement effective programs that increase workforce leadership capacity. With a coaching certificate from the Georgetown University Leadership Coaching Program, she is also certified by the International Coach Federation. Among her numerous publications and presentations is Anytime Coaching: Unleashing Employee Performance, co-authored with Wendy Sherwin Swire.
Richard Lashford serves as a Consultant for the People and Performance Consulting division at Management Concepts. In this role he works with clients to manage the delivery of a range of organizational improvement services, as well as contributing to business development activities. Prior to Management Concepts, Richard’s roles have involved project management, business development, sales support, solution development, proposal development, and client service delivery. Richard holds a BA in Politics and Modern History from the University of Manchester, an MBA from George Mason University, an MSc ECON from University of Wales, Aberystwyth, and a PMP professional certification. In his free time, Richard enjoys hiking, cooking, and spending time with his family.
Annie Levin is an expert in operations management, process engineering, and performance improvement, she has previously served as Chief Operating Officer and PMO Director at a small IT services company, and was Program Manager of the Product Lifecycle Management Center of Excellence at one of the world’s largest wineries.
Paul Lohnes serves as a Senior Consultant for Project & Program Management at Management Concepts. In this role, he serves as a subject matter expert for the creation and delivery of IT project and program management content. In addition to working with Management Concepts, Paul has been active in project management for more than 34 years, beginning soon after he left the Navy in 1981. He has developed more than 60 technical, business, and management courses and seminars and has delivered those to 10,000+ attendees in more than 100 events. He is an internationally renowned project and risk manager speaker drawing on his 30+ years of public speaking and educational experiences and skills, including holding teaching positions at both UC Berkeley in California, and the State University of New York’s Institute of Technology in Utica, Rome. Paul holds a BS in Computer Science from Regents College and an MBA in Finance from Golden Gate University, San Francisco. He is also PMI PMP certified.
Stephen Maier serves as President of Management Concepts and as a member of its advisory board. He joined Management Concepts in 2011, bringing more than 30 years of leadership experience to his role in the company. Steve oversees the implementation of the company strategy focused on achieving its mission of unleashing the potential of individuals, teams, and organizations. Before joining Management Concepts, Steve served as Vice President & General Manager of Government Solutions at SpringCM, Inc. Prior to that, he held positions in executive management, operations, sales, and marketing roles in learning, publishing, technology, defense, and manufacturing companies focusing on accelerating business growth while rapidly expanding an organization’s ability to operate as an efficient high-performance team. Steve is a graduate of the University of Michigan, with a BS in Computer & Information Science. He received his MS in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University.
Anna Mauldin serves as the Product Management Director for Leadership & Management at Management Concepts. In this role, she oversees the leadership and management product portfolio, including the launch of new leadership and management products. She works with experts across Management Concepts, as well as industry thought leaders, to craft learning experiences designed to help professionals build critical leadership and management skills. She also serves as a subject matter expert and was a contributing author to the 2011 book The Insider’s Guide to Supervising Government Employees. Anna holds a BS from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College and an MBA with emphasis in innovation management from the University of Colorado. In her free time, Anna is in her kitchen with the music cranked up, enjoying a glass of wine and cooking a fantastic meal with her husband and two little girls.
Michael McGraw serves as a Senior Instructional Designer for Learning Development at Management Concepts. In this role, he designs and develops learning experiences across multiple modalities. Prior to joining Management Concepts, Michael worked at a test prep company and as a social studies teacher in Albemarle County. Michael holds a BA in Government as well as a MA in Teaching from the University of Virginia. In his free time, Michael enjoys watching sports, fishing, and coaching basketball.
Shari Merrill serves as the Executive Director of Product Management at Management Concepts. In this role, she leads a team of product management directors and professional experts to identify, design, and deliver solutions that will improve individual, team, and organizational effectiveness. Prior to joining Management Concepts, Shari worked as Product Manager at the Society for Human Resource Management, where she designed and launched a professional development suite of competency of diagnostic tools. She also worked as an Advisor at CEB in Rosslyn, VA and London, England. Shari holds a BA from The George Washington University and an MSc from the London School of Economics. In her free time, Shari enjoys traveling, cooking, and volunteering with the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer.
Holly Mooney develops curriculum for live and online classrooms. She holds a bachelors from Kutztown University and is pursuing a master’s degree from George Mason University. In her free time, Holly enjoys spending time with her husband and their many pets, as well as riding and competing on her horse.
Maria Morukian serves as an Instructor for Leadership & Management at Management Concepts. Prior to joining Management Concepts, Maria was a leadership development specialist at the Department of State Foreign Service Institute, and served as Executive Director at the National MultiCultural Institute. She has also been an adjunct professor at both George Washington University and American University’s Intercultural Management Institute. Maria holds a BA from the University of Michigan and an MBA from American University’s School of International Service. She is an Advisory Board Member at the Society of Intercultural Education, Training, and Research (SIETAR), DC Chapter, and regularly speaks and publishes about diversity, inclusion, and cultural competence. In her free time, Maria spends time with her husband and two daughters in DC, and is an avid runner and outdoor enthusiast.
Joy was a Managing Research Psychologist at CSRA, and a Research Scientist at HumRRO. Joy holds a BS in Psychology and Philosophy from the University of Scranton, and a PhD in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She was a Fulbright Fellow, a National Research Council Postdoctoral Research Associate, and is a Society for Human Resources Management Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP). In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two young children, and her dogs Porter and Blue, one of which is the worst-behaved dog in the world. He knows who he is.
Molly Parker works on the development and updating of courses and content. She also delivers training and consultative support to Federal employees in the areas of cost and pricing and contracting. Molly has spent more than 25 years in the Federal government, including positions at FAI, DAU, and the DHS. In her free time, Molly enjoys taking advantage museums and art galleries in the DC area.
Natalya Pestalozzi serves as the Coaching and Mentoring Practice Lead for the People and Performance Consulting division at Management Concepts. In this role, she contributes to the development of the strategic direction for Management Concepts leadership coaching and mentoring capabilities. Prior to joining Management Concepts, Natalya has coached clients at various organizations, and at all levels. Natalya is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a Master of Applied Positive Psychology where she has also served as an Assistant Instructor. She also holds an Associate Certified Coach credential through the International Coach Federation. In her free time, Natalya enjoys travel, Latin dancing, and designing custom jewelry.
Cleve Pillifant works with Federal clients to establish customized workforce development programs and provided related professional services. He Cleve was a Senior Director at PwC for 7 years and served 22 years in the Marine Corps, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. Cleve holds a BBA from The University of New Mexico’s Robert O. Anderson School of Management and a MS Management, Logistics Management from the Naval Postgraduate School. In his free time, Cleve enjoys being with his family that includes five grandchildren; reading, gardening, working on interesting special assignments, and not commuting every day.
Erica Preston serves as the Product Management Director for Grants & Assistance at Management Concepts. In this role, she works company-wide to maintain and grow workforce training and enhancement products and services for grants professionals. Prior to joining Management Concepts, Erica spent more than 10 years with Booz Allen Hamilton as a management consultant. Her experience spanned grants management, stakeholder engagement, and program and contract management for homeland security and other Federal clients. During that time, she completed Management Concepts Grants Management Certificate Program™. Erica holds a BA from Johns Hopkins University and an MBA from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. In her free time, Erica enjoys spending time with her family and friends, especially when it involves good food and wine.
Dawn Reynolds serves as a Senior Instructional Designer for Learning Development at Management Concepts. In this role, she is responsible for the design, development, and implementation of virtual, instructor-led, and blended training experiences. Dawn also works as an English teacher with Loudoun County Public Schools in the Adult Education program. Prior to joining Management Concepts, Dawn worked for the University of Maryland and has worked extensively in education curriculum development. Dawn holds a BA in American Studies from Brandeis University and a Ph.D. in American Studies from University of Maryland, College Park. In her free time, Dawn enjoys gardening, healthy eating, and lifting weights.
Tanya Russo serves as the Director for Human Resources at Management Concepts. In this role, she has responsibility for talent management, employee relations, training and development, and benefits administration. Prior to joining Management Concepts, Tanya worked at several large Washington DC law firms where she was responsible for summer associates programs, lateral hires, and recruiting. She also worked at Mercer Management Consulting. Tanya holds a BS in Public Administration from George Mason University. In her free time, Tanya likes to spend time with her family and also enjoys traveling.
Marc D. Shapiro
Over his 25+ year career, Marc has delivered programs worldwide from the C-Suite to the organizational front lines. Marc holds a BA in Speech Communication from Penn State University and an MA in Communication Studies from the University of Iowa. In his free time, Marc enjoys reading, traveling, golfing, and spending quality time with his family. Follow him at www.linkedin.com/in/marcdshapiro
Supriya Sharma serves as an Instructional Designer for Learning Development at Management Concepts. In this role, she creates content for cross-platform training in Federal grants, acquisitions and contracting, leadership development, and creative thinking. Prior to joining Management Concepts, Supriya worked as a communications and learning specialist for international development agencies in Kathmandu, Nepal. Supriya holds a BA in English and Politics from Mount Holyoke College and an MA in English from Georgetown University. In her free time, Supriya enjoys reading and playing squash.
AJ Shirley serves as the Training Manager for Learning Development at Management Concepts. In this role, she supports the company’s design community with formal onboarding and on-the-job training programs and assists team members in achieving their professional development goals. Prior to this role, AJ worked as the senior editor for Management Concepts Financial Management and Program & Project Management, supporting the quality and effectiveness of learning solutions developed for these subject areas. When she is not delivering training sessions for her team members, AJ enjoys cooking and singing to her dogs in the kitchen and whiling away the hours reading in her hammock.
Alison Schuster serves as an Instructor Training, Development, & Outreach Manager for Resource Management at Management Concepts. In this role, she oversees corporate train-the-trainer programs in order to certify instructors on how to successfully leverage technology in classrooms. Prior to joining Management Concepts, Alison worked in HR and sales for several DC area companies. Alison holds a BA in Sociology from Clemson University and an MS in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from Walden University. She also holds a Prosci Change Management Certification. In her free time, Alison enjoys cooking, good wine, and spending quality time with her husband and little boy.
Steven Simpson serves as General Counsel at Management Concepts. In his role, Steven is responsible for providing the highest quality and most relevant legal advice to ensure the company can achieve its business goals. His advice covers the range of the company’s internal and external activities, including employment matters, government and commercial contracts, corporate governance, intellectual property protection, licensing, and regulatory compliance. Steven also chairs the company’s Risk Committee. Prior to joining Management Concepts, Steven spent time at the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia, United States Department of State, and International Labor Organization. Steven holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Rochester and graduated summa cum laude from the American University Washington College of Law. He also graduated with highest honors from The George Washington University Law School with a Master of Laws in Government Procurement Law. Steven is a member of the New York, District of Columbia, and Virginia bars.
Jim Sowers has more than 30 years of experience including a mix of consulting practice leadership, project management, client service, organization effectiveness, compensation, change management, and academic activities. He assists clients through strategic initiatives, evaluating organizational and human resource department effectiveness, compensation design and through the implications those changes can bring. Jim holds a AB in History from Colgate University, an MBA from William & Mary, and a Ph.D in Management of Organizations from Columbia University.
Sarah Sprockett serves as the Product Management Director for Financial Management at Management Concepts. In this role, she leads the creation and implementation of Federal financial management development programs for sector clients. Prior to joining Management Concepts, Sarah served as Business Development Director at InfoReliance and Information Experts. Sarah holds a BA and a M.Ed. from Kent State University. In her free time, Sarah coaches girls soccer and volunteers for the Alzheimer’s Association.
Wendy Sherwin Swire
Wendy Sherwin Swire has more than fifteen years of coaching experience and has worked with more than 1,000 coaching clients in the government and private sectors. She served as an Adjunct Professor at John Hopkins Carey Graduate School of Business. In addition, her company, Swire Solutions, LLC, improves performance through executive coaching, consulting, training, and conflict resolution services. A graduate of the Georgetown University Leadership Coaching Program, Wendy is also certified by the International Coach Federation. Among her numerous publications and presentations is Anytime Coaching: Unleashing Employee Performance, co-authored with Teresa Wedding Kloster.
Andrew Swinson serves as a Senior Assessment Analyst for the People and Performance Consulting division at Management Concepts. In this role, he supports the development and delivery of client surveys, evaluations, and assessments. He’s involved in data collection and analysis, maintenance of information systems, and reporting of assessment data. Andrew holds a BA in Psychology from James Madison University. In his free time, he enjoys playing golf, listening to true crime podcasts, and running with his dog, Nugget.
Teidi Tucker serves as the Product Management Director for Project & Program Management at Management Concepts. In this role, she leads the creation and implementation of project and program management, business analysis, systems engineering, Agile, and IT development programs for Federal and private sector clients. Prior to joining Management Concepts, Teidi was a business development and sales executive at Communispond, Productivity Point International and Paladin Software. Teidi holds a BA from San Diego Mesa College and studied at the Art Institute of Atlanta and University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. In her free time, Teidi spends time with her husband and menagerie of animals in San Diego.
Chuck Williams served as the Practice Director for Acquisition & Contracting at Management Concepts. In this role, he planned and managed the acquisition and contracting products and services, which included analysis of relevant markets and their competitive landscapes. In addition, he developed new products and services, and supported the business development team. Prior to working at Management Concepts, Chuck spent a 30-year career in Air Force acquisition positions. Chuck holds a BS in Mathematics from the United States Air Force Academy and an MS in Engineering Management from Northeastern University.
Vi Zenone worked for the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) as the Outreach & Marketing lead for OPM’s training centers. Vi holds a BA in Biology from the University of Virginia and is a Certified Federal Contracts Manager (CFCM). In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, with an emphasis on molecular gastronomy. When not in her kitchen/lab, Vi is seeking new culinary adventures, catching up on her reading list, and unwinding with her family.