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 Chief Executive Officer

As President and CEO of The Clearing, I am responsible for managing and growing the firm to become one of Washington D.C.’s premiere strategy and design consultancies. I am accountable for operations, business growth, employee development, corporate strategy, and overall company health. I have nearly 15 years of experience as a professional in whole systems design, enterprise transformation, systems modeling, facilitation, and leadership development.

As a consultant, I have supported leaders in the United States 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, Chief Operating Officer

As the COO of The Clearing, I provide the leadership, management, and vision necessary to ensure that the company has the proper operational controls, administrative and reporting procedures, people, and systems in place to effectively grow the company and to ensure financial strength and operating efficiency. I have over 20 years of experience in government contracting.

Before joining The Clearing, I was the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Savoy Consulting Group, where I worked with small 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, and before that as Vice President, Operations Manager at SAIC. I entered the aerospace and defense industry after several years practicing law in Los Angeles.

I obtained an LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center, a J.D. from UCLA School of Law, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University. I possess a certificate in Government Contracting and Procurement and I am a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).

Ashley Rosecrans, Human Resources Manager

In my role as Human Resources Manager, I oversee employee relations, human resource and benefits administration, recruiting and retention, onboarding and orientation, policy creation, and performance and compensation management. I have broad experience across the spectrum of human resources-related disciplines.

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.

Myke Jones, Director of Finance

Kristen Booth, Director

In my role as Director, I serve as co-lead for a team of consultants who focus on the commercial sector. I provide 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.

Nicholas Srebrow, Director

In my role as Director, I serve as the co-lead for our group focused on the commercial sector. I lead a team of consultants focused on delivering best-in-class organizational change management services to our clients in this space. I have deep experience working with clients to identify key growth opportunities and areas of strategic improvement, in addition to growing new and existing client accounts.

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 Strategic Business Unit 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 (now SRA).

I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from George Mason University.

Cara Valentino, Director of Consulting

As Director of Consulting, I am responsible for the development of our people and teams in service of achieving outstanding outcomes for our clients. As a Senior Principal, I also lead multiple project teams in delivering strategic visioning, change management, and organizational development for both the public and private sectors.

Prior to joining The Clearing, I worked for IBM, where I led teams of consultants in business process assessments and re-engineering, strategic planning, and strategic communication initiatives for the federal government. Prior to that, I was a Client Development Manager and graduate of the Leadership Development Program at GE Capital.

I hold 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.

Theresa West, Director

As a Director, I lead a team of consultants with a focus on the public sector. I am responsible for delivering excellence to our clients through services in meeting design and facilitation, strategic planning, leadership development, organizational change, and stakeholder engagement. I have over 25 years of experience leading 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 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 of Science in Management Information Systems and Finance from the University of Virginia.

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 United States 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

Regina Perkins, Partner

As a Senior Principal, I lead a team of consultants focused on delivering excellence to our clients in the public sector. I have been partnering with senior leaders for more than 20 years to affect change in federal, commercial, non-profit, and international organizations.

Previous clients include the City of Calgary, United States Agency for International Development, United States 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.

Sharon Benjamin, Senior Principal

As a Senior Principal, I support leaders seeking to effect profound transformation within themselves, their organizations, and their communities. I have over 25 years of experience in creating authentic, wide engagement in change projects, and have designed and led evaluation and change management efforts across multiple sectors.

I have served as a trusted advisor to senior leaders in health care, federal agencies, and non-governmental organizations. Notable clients include the Administrator of the General Services Administration, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, the World Bank, the United Nations Development Programme, the Gates Foundation, National Association of Counties, American Society for Public Administration, Population Council, and several regional healthcare institutions.

For 12 years I taught the Leadership Capstone for the Executive Master of Public Administration program at New York University, and for the last two have been on the faculty of the Master of Science in Organizational Dynamics (MSOD) program at the University of Pennsylvania. I have served on the boards of over two-dozen nonprofit organizations including Plexus Institute, BlueVoice.org, American Oceans Campaign, Earthworks, the advisory board of Oceana. I was also a co-founder of EarthShare, a national environmental fund-raising federation that has raised more than $300 million since its inception. I have also authored several publications, most recently Unexpected Gifts: Solve Tough Problems with Adaptive Positive Deviance and our team also received recognition in the New York Times for application of Positive Deviance in healthcare as an “outstanding idea”.

I received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Political Science from Taylor University, a Master of Public Administration from Michigan State University and a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from The Union Institute & University.

Yasmeen Burns, Senior Principal

In my role as 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 led 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 Masters of Business Administration in Organization Development from Johns Hopkins University, Carey Business School. I am also a former Board Member for the Organization Development Network.

Larry Danner, Senior Principal

As a Senior Principal, I have more than 30 years of experience in co-creating vision, cultural and institutional transformation, mission development and implementation, building consensus and alliances, problem solving, and conflict resolution.

With an approach grounded in anthropology and behavioral economics, I have guided small and large organizations through the highly complex intellectual, emotional, and political dynamics of culture transformation. I have done that work for organizations from small non-profits to mid-size law firms to large federal agencies and international firms with worldwide impact. My clients have included the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation, the European Investment Bank, the Evaluation Cooperation Group, the Department of Defense, Veterans Administration, the Washington DC City Council, the Greater Washington Metropolitan Council of Governments, Portland General Electric, National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago, Saint Francis Hospital (San Francisco), Maryland Department of Transportation, National Institute of Standards and Technology, the firm of Horwood Marcus & Berk (Chicago), the University of the District of Columbia and other educational entities across the country.

I have provided my clients with strategic alignment, communication, change management, and group facilitation for both large-scale client meetings and working groups. I have proven success in building strategies, messaging, and design products to meet complex and changing organizational needs – resulting in improved leadership alignment, unified vision, critical buy-in, and advocacy from diverse stakeholder groups.

In addition, I have wide experience in strategic planning and implementation, leadership development and coaching, building organizational infrastructures, cultivating constituent relationships, policy development, public communications, project management, community relations, instructional and program design and development, personnel supervision and management, facilities design and utilization, educational leadership, consulting, and general administration.

Chris Dietz, Technology Integration Manager

As The Clearing’s Technology Integration Manager, I am responsible for identifying and deploying the right technology to support the firm’s strategic needs. I explore how to execute our mission and deliver the greatest value to our clients by leveraging the best available tools, and by creating an environment that enables our teams to be productive and innovative anywhere in the world.

Prior to The Clearing, I worked for Computer Sciences Corporation as the Operations Manager for the WTC Health Program, supervising the team responsible for enrolling first responders of the 9/11 attacks in a healthcare program to treat their conditions. Before that, I was a Police Officer in the New York City Police Department for nearly five years. I bring a strong sense of service to all of the work that I do. I have a BA in Economics from Connecticut College and an MBA from the Robert Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland.

 

Paige Douglass, Senior Principal

In my role as a Senior Principal, I empower and support peak performance culture, guiding leaders across all sectors to spark transformational change. I am responsible for bringing Peak Performance Culture training and tools to those who are intentional about achieving outcomes. In my role as a business developer, I partner with leaders to clarify their pains and dreams, setting clear direction and measuring impact.

With 15,000+ professional facilitation hours over 14 years, I bring expertise in deep listening and human development. I have facilitated public-private partnerships, multi-agency mergers, strategic alignment, and interactive conferences in many lines of business: city planning, logistics and supply chain management, information technology, and human resources lines of business.

I was one of the first employees at The Clearing, helping start the business with my colleagues in 2009. Prior to rejoining The Clearing, I spent 4 years in the Netherlands, founding a sales and customer success training company for self-managing organizations.

I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Medieval & Renaissance Studies from Washington & Lee University.

Patti Engstrom, Senior Principal

As a Senior Principal, I lead our workplace practice and advise executives 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. My passion is helping leaders create alignment in their organizations and achieve high performance in their missions, and 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.

Rebecca Gaynor, Senior Principal

As a Senior Principal, I focus on results in leadership alignment and unified vision, gaining critical buy-in, and promoting advocacy from diverse stakeholder groups. I am a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) with over 13 years of consulting experience, and I specialize in strategic communication and change management for technology, organizational, and workplace change.

At The Clearing, I have managed programs for multiple United States federal government agencies, including the Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Department of Interior (DOI), General Services Administration (GSA), the Department of Defense (DoD), and regional governments, as well as a range of organizations in the commercial energy, public safety, and non-profit sectors. Prior to joining The Clearing I worked at both Accenture and SRA International’s Touchstone Consulting Group to manage communication, engagement, and outreach projects and advise leaders in federal agencies such as the DHS and DoD.

I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from James Madison University and I hold a Master of Arts degree in Communication from Johns Hopkins University.

Evan Isaacs, Senior Principal

As a Senior Principal, I bring over 12 years of professional experience in a broad range of areas including project management, stakeholder engagement, team and leadership development, and strategic program planning and execution for clients in the public and private sectors.

I am passionate about partnering with individual leaders and organizations to work towards solving their toughest challenges and building skills and leadership capacity along the way. I have had the chance to work in the areas of business process management, emergency response, and strategic action planning to create more efficient, effective organizations and business functions–and people.

I received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Michigan and I am a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) through the Project Management Institute. Additionally, I am certified in administering the EQ-i and EQ360 Emotional Intelligence assessments.

John Moore, Senior Principal

In my role as Senior Principal, I bring over 30 years of public and private sector senior executive experience driving innovation, supporting global operations, solving tough organizational problems, enabling multilateral partnerships and leading people with compassion.  I have a passion for leadership development, organizational and cultural transformation, strategic planning, and enterprise stakeholder engagement.

Prior to joining The Clearing, I served in the US Intelligence, Foreign Service, and Law Enforcement Communities, while maintaining a private consulting practice.  As a Senior Intelligence Service Executive, I directed and supported enterprise operations and missions, world-wide as well as lead a variety of transformational domestic and international initiatives.  Over the course of my professional journey and as a leader, I have been able to develop a wide range of on-the-ground expertise in the domains of strategic organizational development and change management; strategic planning and implementation; program/project development and integration, executive leadership coaching and talent development; physical/technical security operations and crisis management (hostile and combat areas); worldwide supply chain, asset management and logistics; enterprise shared services; cyber defense; facilities planning and operations; and policy development.

I received a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from The University of South Carolina. I also hold certifications in Leadership Coaching (ICF) from Georgetown University’s Institute for Transformational Leadership, Executive Leadership Development from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, and Strategic Leadership from The Center for Creative Leadership, Colorado.

Alex Perrin, Marketing Manager

In my role as Marketing Manager, I am responsible for the development and execution of the firm’s marketing strategy. I have experience across a variety of marketing disciplines, including branding and go-to market strategy development, website design and management, content creation, and corporate communications.

Prior to The Clearing, I was a Senior Customer Experience Manager at Leidos, formerly Lockheed Marin, focusing on customer relationship management and end-user services. During my tenure as Marketing
Manager at Zippy Shell USA I oversaw corporate marketing and franchise relations. An entrepreneur at heart, I co-founded Digital District, a 501(c)6 organization aimed to fostering innovation and education in the digital sphere. Through my work with Digital District I have lectured at George Washington University, Salisbury University, Fannie Mae, and Freddie Mac.

I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Business from Boston University and my Master of Arts in Business Administration from George Washington University.

Timothy Rund, Senior Principal

As a Senior Principal, I help deliver shared services strategy and innovative thought leadership in support of organizational transformation. 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 of Science degree in Information Systems and a Bachelor of Science 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. I have over 25 years of experience in leading and growing businesses in management and technology consulting companies which has 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.

Rasheedah Stephens, Office Operations Manager

In my role as Office Operations Manager, I lead planning and execution for all corporate events and meetings in our rapidly growing office with a focus on efficiency, time management, safety, and employee engagement. My goal is to foster a supportive and inspirational workplace for employees by effectively managing daily operations.

Prior to The Clearing, I worked at SRA International, where I managed a collaboration center for 80 employees. My passion for logistics management and outstanding customer service allowed leaders to collaborate on strategy, change management, and communications for multiple federal government agencies such as Department of Homeland Security and General Services Administration along with a number of commercial agencies.

I received my Bachelors of Arts degree in Sociology from Douglass College, Rutgers University.

Jen Vanmeter, Senior Principal

In my role as Senior Principal, 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. I have facilitated complex stakeholder alignment and served as a leadership coach and subject matter expert for the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Agriculture, and the Department of Homeland Security. In the private sector, I have 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, D.C.

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.

Travis Wright, Senior Principal

As a Senior Principal, I work alongside senior executives to isolate and resolve business challenges that require in-depth and thoughtful strategic planning, system transformation, and disciplined financial management. I have been building teams, improving processes, and managing large-scale programs for over 20 years.

My career started in the military; I graduated flight school at the age of 19 and advanced to instructor pilot and Special Operations aviator with the United States Army. Upon meeting my goals in the Army, I continued to serve in the National Guard while working as a commercial airline pilot. Then ready to contribute beyond aviation, I began building a reputation and distinguished career in key roles as senior White House liaison, strategic program manager, and executive consultant. I’m passionate about building coalitions, bridging communication gaps, and empowering public, private and non-profit organizations to consistently outperform expectations for productivity, profitability or cost savings, and accountability.

I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Professional Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, a Master of Science degree in Project Management from George Washington University, and am a graduate of the Nonprofit Management Executive Program at Georgetown University.