Our experienced consultants bring a powerful blend of analytic and creative skills from diverse fields, including change management, finance, engineering, communications, education, policy, design, and corporate leadership.
Tara Carcillo, President and CEO
As President and CEO of The Clearing, I am responsible for managing and growing the firm to become one of Washington DC’s premiere strategy and design consultancies. I have nearly 15 years experience as a professional in whole systems design, enterprise transformation, systems modeling, facilitation, and leadership development. I am accountable for operations, business growth, employee development, corporate strategy, and overall company health.
As a consultant, I have supported leaders in the U.S Air Force, World Bank, General Services Administration, Federal Aviation Administration, American Red Cross, Small Business Administration, Department of Homeland Security, Office of the Secretary of Defense, and Administrative Office of the Courts, along with various associations. I have a particular interest in workplace strategy. In addition to my consulting work, I served directly in the public and higher education sectors.
I received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Washington College, and I hold a Master of Arts in Whole Systems Design and Organizational Systems Renewal from Antioch University.
Wendy Reid, Director of Consulting
As the Director of Consulting at The Clearing, I direct and coordinate client delivery, staff, and operations in accordance with the company’s policies, goals, and strategic objectives. I have over twenty years of experience with proven leadership, business development and project management expertise in the aerospace and defense industries.
Before joining The Clearing, I was the Founder & CEO of Savoy Consulting Group, where I worked with businesses to enhance market strategies, create qualified pipelines, shape alliances, improve operational efficiencies, and achieve business transformation. Prior to that, I served as Vice President, Operations Manager for Alion Science and Technology Corporation, where I managed a business unit that supported the U.S. Navy, U.S. Army and the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). Prior to my time at Alion, I served as Vice President, Operations Manager at SAIC, where I effectively restructured and led an organization of 1000+ professionals supporting the Department of Defense, the Armed Forces, and the Intelligence Community. I entered the aerospace and defense industry after several years as a lawyer in Los Angeles.
I obtained a J.D. from the UCLA School of Law as well as an LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center. I received a Bachelor of Arts from Yale University. I possess a certificate in Government Contracting and Procurement from the University of Virginia’s School of Continuing Professional Education, and I am a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).
Tom Wade, Chief Financial Officer
I have more than 18 years of experience providing measurable outcomes to organizations. At The Clearing, my primary responsibilities include managing the firm’s financial operations, providing an appropriate level of transparency, and implementing related accounting controls to safeguard company assets.
Prior to joining The Clearing in 2009, I served as the Director of Finance at Touchstone Consulting Group, a division of SRA International. During my three-year tenure, I focused on executing the integration of accounting systems with those of the parent company, providing visibility into the division’s financial performance and its connection with business activity, and assuring effective accounting controls.
Previous to my role with Touchstone, I served as a business manager for a $72M Department of Defense contract (QSS Group, Inc.). Earlier in my career, I served as a business manager and controller for two companies within the chemical industry: Great Lakes Chemical and National Starch and Chemical.
I hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Finance from Clarkson University and have since complemented this education with thirty credit hours towards a Master in Business Administration.
Ashley Rosecrans, PHR, Human Resources Manager
As The Clearing’s Human Resources Manager, I bring years of experience in human resources and benefits administration. At The Clearing, I oversee employee relations, human resource and benefits administration, recruiting and retention, onboarding and orientation, policy creation, and performance and compensation management.
Prior to joining The Clearing, I was the Human Resources Manager at Global Risk Advisors, where I focused on benefits and human resource administration, employee relations, onboarding, policy creation, recruiting and retention, and audit compliance project management. I also served in a variety of human resource related roles at Watkins Meegan LLC and Population Services International.
I received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Elon University and was awarded my Professional Certification in Human Resources in December 2014.
Nicholas Srebrow, Director of Business Development
As the Director of Business Development, I am responsible for all aspects of the firm’s business development efforts in the federal, commercial, and non-profit sectors. I bring decades of experience managing business development teams, establishing new business units, leading strategic planning endeavors, and developing creative business development solutions.
Prior to joining The Clearing, I was a Senior Director at A&M, a $1B global professional services firm specializing in turnaround and interim management, performance improvement, and business advisory services. In this role, I created new service offerings, directed business development efforts that led to significant revenue growth, and served as team lead for a variety of client engagements.
I also served as Vice President and SBU Lead for the Enterprise Services Group at List Innovative Solutions, a technology and management consulting firm, and as a Principal/Director in the Strategic Security Solutions practice at Touchstone Consulting (SRA). In each of these roles, I was responsible for growing new and existing client accounts as well as working with clients to identify key growth opportunities and areas of strategic improvement.
I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from George Mason University.
Chris McGoff, Co-Founder
I have spent the last 30 years helping governments and organizations engender new, transformative possibilities for a better world. Through my work and research, I have developed a comprehensive approach, called the PRIMES, geared towards helping organizations drive to consensus and solve wicked problems – those involving the highest levels of stakeholder and technical complexity. For example, I helped the World Bank create a new formula for aid allocation that minimized the problem of corruption and renewed the World Bank’s power to address global poverty.
My client list includes most of the agencies of the U.S. federal government as well as a wide range of organizations, including IBM, AARP, Consol Energy, DuPont, the United Nations, and Boeing. Additionally, I have facilitated strategy sessions for over 10,000 government and industry professionals.
Prior to launching The Clearing in 2009, I founded my first company, Touchstone Consulting Group, in 1991, which grew to $40 million in revenue and 200 employees and was bought by SRA International Inc. in 2005. Prior to founding Touchstone, I designed and built IBM’s Decision Support Center and initiated the commercialization of work group technology there.
I have a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from the University of Scranton and an Master of Science in Industrial Engineering from Texas Tech University. I also serve as an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland Graduate School of Public Policy.
John Miller, Co-Founder
As Co-Founder, I am responsible for providing counsel to The Clearing’s President and leadership team about the firm’s strategic direction, financial performance, business development, and operations. I collaborate with The Clearing’s leadership team to help formulate the company’s vision, develop and monitor strategies for long-term financial health and business growth, and develop future leadership within the company. In addition, I work with many of the firm’s clients to build and implement transformational strategies.
Prior to joining The Clearing, I was one of the founders of Ironclad Technology Services, LLC (Ironclad), a strategic business, IT consulting, and engineering services company focused on the federal government market. At Ironclad, I served as Vice President and Director of Operations, overseeing all aspects of service delivery, sales, contracts, and administrative services functions.
Before co-founding Ironclad, I was also one of the founders of Touchstone Consulting Group where I influenced the growth of the company from its initial entrepreneurial stage into a world-class consultancy. Among other duties, I performed as Director of Operations, overseeing all internal operations. Previously, I held positions of increasing responsibility at IBM over a ten-year period.
I hold a Bachelor of Science degree from Central Michigan University and have completed more than 1,000 hours of additional education, including meeting facilitation, leadership, visual information management systems, marketing strategies, program management, federal sales, and presentation skills.
Larry Danner, Senior Principal
As Senior Principal, I work with my clients to create strategic alignment around an idea or initiative, enhance an organization’s strategy and vision, and improve stakeholder communications. I also provide facilitation for both large-scale client meetings and working groups. For more than 30 years, my efforts around building strategies, messaging, and designing products to meet complex and changing organizational needs has resulted in improved leadership alignment, unified vision, critical buy-in, and advocacy from diverse stakeholder groups.
Prior to joining The Clearing, I worked in the educational world; most recently, I was the President and CEO of the Washington Christian Academy, where I helped guide the organization through a significant cultural change while installing a new mission and vision. I have also been the Principal or Head of School for the Evangelical Christian School in Memphis, TN, the Covenant Christian Academy in Colleyville, TX, and the Texas Christian Academy. In parallel to these experiences, I have independently managed my own enterprise, Danner Consulting Services, helping primarily non-profit clients in leadership, strategy, and conflict resolution.
I have a master’s degree from the Dallas Theological Seminary and a Bachelor of Science degree from the Arlington Baptist College.
Patti Engstrom, Senior Principal
As a Senior Principal with The Clearing, my passion is helping leaders create alignment in their organizations and achieve high performance in their missions. Within the Workplace Practice, I advise leaders on how to drive workplace transformations of varying size and scale, including ways to develop workplace strategies, anticipate and mitigate risk, engage employees, and outfit the impacted workforce with tools and support throughout the lifecycle of the project. With more than 15 years of government and management consulting experience, I specialize in workplace change, stakeholder engagement and alignment, strategic communications, and organizational and cultural transformation.
Prior to joining The Clearing, I advised leaders in public agencies like the Department of Homeland Security and the Defense Department, organizations like SRA International, and in a variety of other public and private sector consulting roles. While I currently concentrate mostly on workplace transformation, I have had the pleasure of working in such diverse projects as communications, change management, strategic planning, cultural transformation, and even city planning.
I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Virginia.
Cate Gregory, Senior Principal
I came to The Clearing with more than 18 years of experience in strategy development, stakeholder alignment, leadership development, and organizational transformation. Before joining The Clearing, I was a member of the Senior Leadership team at SRA’s Touchstone Consulting Group. In this role I led the National Security Business Unit, providing consulting and executive coaching services to clients across the Department of Defense and Intelligence agencies. I was also responsible for talent development across the company.
I serve as an executive coach and work with leaders in the public and private sectors to develop their own strengths to achieve lasting outcomes for themselves and their organizations. I truly believe that greater self-awareness is the key to unlocking individual potential. As a Senior Principal at The Clearing, I work to bring together diverse groups with competing agendas and successfully align them around a common purpose or goal. I work with leaders and their teams to identify, fully define, and align around a common vision and organizational strategy.
I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Virginia and received my Certificate in Leadership Coaching from Georgetown University. I am certified to administer The Leadership Circle™ 360 Assessment and Culture Survey, the Drexler/Sibbet Team Performance™ Model, and the DiSC profile. I am also a certified consultant, instructor, and coach for Trusted Advisor Associates.
Laura Hershon, Senior Principal
As Senior Principal, I bring over 20 years of finance, underwriting, business strategy, and consulting experience. At The Clearing, I am responsible for providing advisory services to our clients regarding strategy, value enhancement, alignment, organizational transformation, and facilitation. I also work with our clients to devise their value proposition, provide leadership guidance, create cost allocation analysis/benchmarking as well as Return on Investment analysis.
Prior to joining The Clearing, I served as Director of Investments at Federal Realty Investment Trust (NYSE: FRT) and CarrAmerica Realty Corporation, both publicly traded real estate investment trusts. At these firms, I had the pleasure of leading teams that completed over $2B in acquisitions and dispositions and was responsible for managing all aspects of a transaction, including financial underwriting, due diligence, contract negotiation, title and survey review, and settlement. Prior to that, I worked in investment banking at Deutsche Bank, working with companies to enhance value and prepare for liquidity events, and IB Capital, where I worked on the turnaround and restructuring of underperforming companies and assets.
I received an MBA from Duke University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Delaware.
Ron Ivey, Senior Principal
As Senior Principal at The Clearing, clients approach me because they have an innovative idea, cause, or initiative, and they need to garner support to achieve results. I love working with them at the whiteboard to clarify their idea and then design an execution process to enroll the fewest, most important internal and external players in their strategy. Together, we build the team, create a compelling narrative, and implement the initiative against timelines, projected impact, and return on investment. It is powerful to see these leaders solve some of the most technically and socially complex problems in the world. We created The Clearing to be a consultancy for these agents of transformation. My clients have included major oil companies, the Department of Defense, the Department of State, the Oversees Private Investment Corporation, The Aspen Institute, and the US Green Building Council.
I also lead brand management activities for the firm, including the design direction of our core service offerings, client products, our website, and the design of our office spaces. I believe that good brand management is all about creating daily “wow” experiences for clients, employees, and partners.
Previous to consulting, I served as Legislative Assistant on energy, foreign relations, and small business policy for United States Senator George Allen. Having an understanding of Congress, the Administration, and the policies related to energy, natural resources, and international affairs has been valuable for my client work in both the public and private sectors.
I received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Economics, and International Business from Oklahoma State University.
Julisa Mandeville, Senior Principal
As a Senior Principal with The Clearing, I primarily focus on workplace strategy engagements in support of our public and private sector clients. I have acted as a strategic change advisor on an enterprise-wide mobile work transformation and have also had the pleasure of designing a corporate governance process to help clients improve the performance of technologies. With 15 years of diverse experiences, I specialize in organizational change, program management, communications, employee engagement, and the underlying data analysis required to support customers’ and leaders’ business objectives.
Prior to joining The Clearing, I worked with the General Services Administration (GSA) to bridge the organization’s staff and the newly available collaborative technologies. I helped design the training and adoption experiences for 12,000 users. Also at GSA, I served as a senior strategist in the Green Proving Ground program, where we identified newly invented energy-saving technologies to be implemented across a portfolio of $500B in U.S. federal property that included over 8,300 owned and leased buildings. Before my public service, I served as a strategist in organizations like SRA International, Humana, and IBM/PwC. I was privileged to lead a variety of projects, including those focused on change management, employee engagement, portfolio management, innovative technologies, strategic initiatives, customer segmentation, and supply chain analyses.
I received my undergraduate degree from Duke University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Regina Perkins, Senior Principal
I have been partnering with senior leaders for more than 20 years to affect change in federal, commercial, non-profit, and international organizations, including the City of Calgary, U.S. Agency for International Development, U.S. Air Force, General Services Administration, Defense Finance and Accounting Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, NATO, District of Columbia Government, Council of Governments, Girl Scouts of the USA, the American Red Cross, the World Bank, and the International Finance Corporation. These partnerships resulted in significant increases in strategic alignment, communication, collaboration, and innovation, leading to improved performance and realized business results.
I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Science and Computer Information Systems from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
Jennifer Rosa, Marketing Manager
As the Marketing Manager, I am responsible for supporting The Clearing’s growth through strategic planning, development, and implementation of marketing and communications activities, including value proposition and messaging development, demand generation, and content creation.
Prior to joining The Clearing, I was a Communications Manager at Nolan Financial where I was responsible for increasing brand awareness and audience engagement. I was also a Client Services Manager at TIG Global (a subsidiary of MICROS Systems) and served as a Marketing Manager and National Account Manager at Clear Channel Outdoor in the Washington DC/Baltimore region. During my tenure at Clear Channel, I led a successful new product launch that included positioning and messaging, content creation, communications, marketing strategy and execution. I have worked with public and private sector clients on developing marketing and communications strategies to increase brand awareness, generate leads, and drive business results.
I received a Bachelor of Science in Business Management with a concentration in Marketing from North Carolina State University.
Timothy Rund, Senior Principal
As a Senior Principal, I help deliver shared services strategy and innovative thought leadership in support of organizational transformation. At The Clearing, my focus is on expanding mind share in the area of shared services and assisting our team with shared services transformative engagements.
I have extensive experience in delivering federal shared services as a career member of a global public sector institution. My private sector experience has been focused on delivering strategic transformation, initially as a corporate Director of Shared Services Strategy. Most recently, I played a key role in helping to create a collaborative space for public sector representatives and industry experts to design and deliver an enterprise-level, federal shared services strategy as a founding member of the Shared Services Round Table and the Shared Services Leadership Coalition.
I hold a master’s degree in Information Systems and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from The George Washington University.
Jonathan Spector, Senior Principal
As a Senior Principal, I regularly assess what services are most valuable to our customers and their organizations and consider how to best communicate our work to the world. My 25+ years of experience in leading and growing businesses in management and technology consulting companies have uniquely suited me to take a leadership role in company growth.
Prior to joining The Clearing, I was a Federal Business Development Manager at IBM. I started my professional career at CGI-AMS / American Management Systems, Inc., where my various roles over 14 years included Client Executive, Business Development, Client Relationship Management, and Chief eBusiness Officer. I completed Harvard Business School’s General Management Program, and I hold a Bachelor of Science from the University of Maryland.
Cara Valentino, Senior Principal
As a Senior Principal, I bring decades of experience as an organizational change consultant, program manager, facilitator, and certified leadership coach. At The Clearing, I am responsible for leading multiple client engagements and project teams to deliver strategic visioning, change management, and organizational development for both the public and private sectors. The efforts have included leading an organizational transformation effort for the U.S. Department of Defense’s POW/MIA Accounting Agency to examine, understand, and improve the full spectrum of the agency’s functions and services. I have also managed a portfolio of projects for the American Petroleum Institute and the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers, focused on strategic communication and stakeholder engagement initiatives.
Prior to joining The Clearing, I was a Director at Community Wealth Partners, where I provided leadership coaching, strategic planning, facilitation, and organizational development support to senior level clients in non-profit organizations and foundations, including The Annie E. Casey, Wells Fargo, and Newman’s Own Foundations.
I also served as a Managing Consultant for IBM, where I led teams of consultants in business process assessments and re-engineering, strategic planning, organizational design and development, and strategic communication initiatives for the federal government. Prior to that, I was a Client Development Manager for GE Capital, where I was charged with designing, executing, and analyzing marketing and operations programs for brands like Fred Meyer and the Disney Store.
I obtained a Master of Arts in Security Studies from Georgetown University, a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Connecticut, and a Certificate in Leadership Coaching from Georgetown University.
Jen Vanmeter, Senior Principal
I joined The Clearing team in the fall of 2012. Here, I teach and practice the PRIMES with established and emerging leaders who are committed to achieving extraordinary results. I have over 20 years of experience in achieving business results by engaging stakeholders, gaining consensus for action, and creating motivation for implementation. I have worked across the federal government to help political appointees create powerful legacies by setting and successfully executing their strategic priorities.
At the Department of Veterans Affairs, I worked in the central office’s IT organization as a leadership coach and strategy SME, serving rising leaders who volunteered to tackle some of the organization’s stickiest challenges and boldest opportunities. At the Department of Agriculture, I worked with leaders to explore leadership alignment and strategic opportunities on a major SAP implementation. At the Department of Homeland Security, I led stakeholder alignment work with the first responder community at the local, state, and federal levels. At the Department of Defense, my organizational development work enabled the head of a newly formed office in Homeland Defense gain alignment on his directorate’s structure, develop a roadmap, and establish an operations tempo. I also guided the DFAS CFO and her leadership team to reorganize 1200 person support services organization.
In the private sector, I’ve led more than 20 strategic initiatives over the entire project lifecycle, mostly with clients in the San Francisco Bay Area. In the non-profit arena, I cultivated relationships with private, foundation, and corporate donors and state, local and federal governments in leading a $36M capital campaign for the Capital Area Food Bank in Washington, DC. In addition to expertise in strategy development, I have solid operational abilities in finance, marketing and intarsia knitting.
I have a Certificate in Leadership Coaching from Georgetown University, a Master of Business Administration from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, and a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and French from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. I am also certified by Trusted Advisor associates to teach Being a Trusted Advisor.
Bill Wernick, Senior Principal
As a Senior Principal at The Clearing, I bring more than 30 years of management and management consulting experience in the public and private sectors. I have expertise in program and project management, financial management, strategic planning, facilitation, business process analysis, organizational change management, business transformation, requirements writing, and operation management. At The Clearing, I am responsible for leadership development training, executive coaching, and strategy.
Prior to joining The Clearing, I was the Director of Business Development at the Federal Leadership Institute, where I was responsible for revitalizing business development while overseeing day-to-day operations. I spent eight years at SiloSmashers, Inc., a leading strategy, management, and technology consulting firm in Fairfax, Virginia, where I partnered with the Homeland Defense Business Unit to provide program management for software development, business process reengineering, financial management, and CIPC consulting services. I also was the Founder and Principal of Guest Metrics, where I conceptualized and wrote logic for Check-Level Analysis, which provided a unified 360 view into guest behavior and business performance.
I am an adjunct faculty member at the Maryland Institute College of Art in the master’s degree program. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Parsons College, and I am a member of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society.
Theresa West, Senior Principal
As a Senior Principal at The Clearing, I bring more than 25 years of professional experience in a broad range of areas including meeting design and facilitation, strategic planning, leadership development, organizational change, and stakeholder engagement. I have led engagements with both public and private sector organizations focused on strategic transformation. Prior to joining The Clearing, I was a Senior Director at SRA International, where I was responsible for leading a practice area focused on organizational change and strategic communications.
I am passionate about partnering with organizations that dare to make a difference. I have been fortunate enough to work with leaders to tackle topics such as emergency response, community sustainability, safety and health, and environmental protection. I have designed and facilitated numerous sessions with diverse stakeholders from different cultures and perspectives to gain alignment on complex challenges.
I received a bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems and Finance from the University of Virginia.