Our experienced management 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.

Management

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.

Founders

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 a 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.

Senior Staff

Vandana Ram Allman

As a Senior Principal, I am responsible for designing and delivering marquee leadership programs for executives and their teams. I help leaders and teams connect in new ways, commit to action, and advance the strategic objectives of the organization together. I offer over 20 years of global experience, working with individual leaders and teams that span the United States, Europe, and Asia.

As an executive coach and strategic partner, I have helped leadership teams achieve clarity about their organization’s mission, values, and impact on one another and the constituencies they serve.

Within the professional services industries, I have resolved critical succession and executive development needs to advance the next generation of leadership talent. I spent 10 years with the Gallup Organization as the Global Practice Group Leader and Senior Strategic Consultant for Leadership and Talent Development, where I led the advancement of psychometric tools and implementation within complex global organizations. I have helped transform leadership teams in industries such as government, healthcare, intelligence, legal and with companies who are providers to the United States Department of Defense.

I frequently speak before professional groups on topics such leadership visioning, organizational transformation, high performing teams, strengths-based leadership, engaging the workforce, and leading across differences.

I have an Executive Certificate in Leadership Coaching from Georgetown University’s Institute for Transformational Leadership as well as coaching Certifications in Gallup’s StrengthsFinder™ and Executive Leadership Interview assessments. I obtained a Master of Science in Human Resource Development and a Bachelor of Arts in Theology, both from Xavier University.

Yasmeen Burns, Senior Principal

As a Senior Principal, I bring over 15 years of experience in organization development focused on large-scale multi stakeholder change efforts, culture transformation, strategic planning, organization design, and leadership development. I have lead agile teams, innovation labs, and product development efforts at large federal agencies and in the private sector.

I have helped leaders in complex organizations successfully remove barriers, establish organizational awareness, alignment, and coordinated action; which has resulted in community and organization-wide effectiveness, growth, and innovation.

I have a Bachelor of Arts from Georgetown University, as well as a MBA in Organization Development from Johns Hopkins University, Carey Business School. I am also a former Board Member for the Organization Development Network from 2012 to 2015.

Kristen Booth, Senior Principal

At The Clearing, I am responsible for providing advisory services to our clients regarding culture and organizational transformation, stakeholder alignment initiatives, and strategic planning. I partner with senior leaders in the public and private sectors to improve performance and business results through aligning strategic goals and messaging, executing performance-support strategies, and providing leadership coaching and guidance.

In addition to my consulting work at The Clearing, I have worked directly with private industry in the United States, Australia, and Japan in a range of verticals, including automotive, higher education, and tourism. Over my 20 year career, my customers have included the World Bank, Ford Motor Company, National Geographic, the Federal Aviation Administration, Departments of Defense, State, Commerce, and Homeland Security, the City of Boston’s Office of Homeland Security, and the Council of the District of Columbia.

I received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Vanderbilt University and hold a Master of Arts degree in Organizational Management from The George Washington University.

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.

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.

 

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.