2019 Candidate Bios

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Candidate for Vice President:

Jennifer Duff

Jennifer Duff is a seasoned change management and human capital professional with over 20 years of experience transforming organizations to streamline operations and align the workforce to new ways of doing business. She focuses on the intersection of people, process and change to guide client organizations to adopt new practices and drive accountability for measuring progress toward change. She was recognized as Workforce Magazine’s Game Changer of the Year for her innovative people-management practices and the ability to foster a culture of trust, respect and empowerment. Ms. Duff holds a PMP, is a Prosci-certified change practitioner and has successfully managed several highly visible projects at the C-suite level. In 2018, Ms. Duff served as ACMP-DC’s volunteer program coordinator and established the foundation for a sustainable, strengths-based program. She sees opportunities on the horizon for the chapter to align the change management practice to monumental shifts in the industry (e.g., artificial intelligence (AI)), build relationships with private, non-profit and Government teams to share best practices and build bridges with other professional organizations to offer holistic development opportunities to members. Known for her welcoming presence and engaging style, Duff’s passion for using innovative approaches to unlock a teams’ potential makes her a highly regarded leader, team builder, and consultant.

Candidates for Secretary:

Wes Ven Johnson

I have been a Change Management consultant for 25 years, starting with Accenture and eventually becoming an independent change management consultant with my boutique company, Ven Global Strategies. My typical focus is large-scale, technology-driven transformation. I am Prosci certified and currently studying for my CCMP certification with ACMP. I live in the Southwest Waterfront area of DC, where I recently served as Secretary and then Treasurer for a local “age in place” non-profit, Waterfront Village.

After following the ACMP LinkedIn Group for several years, I officially became an ACMP member in late 2017 and immediately thought, “I should have joined years ago!” I love mixing and networking with other professionals who understand the joys and challenges of helping people transition through complex changes. Upon joining, I immediately dove in and volunteered for an AMCP Global committee and the Membership Committee of our local ACMP DC chapter. On the global committee, I worked with a team to produce the inaugural New Member Webinar which launched in December 2018. For our DC chapter, I spearheaded the effort to launch our new Career Center, giving DC-area organizations access to the incredibly talented group of change management practitioners who make up our membership. My volunteer work plus all the happy hours, book clubs, community of practice panels and webinars I’ve attended over the last two years has provided a rich and rewarding member experience. As Secretary of the Board, I will continue my service to ACMP DC with the same passion, energy and dedication.

Tamia Ward-Blakely

Ms. Tamia Ward-Blakley, Senior Associate with Booz Allen Hamilton, is a senior leader in the talent and change management practice within the Civilian Services Group. With over 19 years of professional experience, Tamia has led federal government and global private sector clients to implement change management, talent management, data analysis and IT integration initiatives. As a strategic functional advisor, she works with clients to shape and define strategy and execute plans to drive innovative solutions. As a former civilian within the Federal Government, Tamia supported organizational strategy and people-focused initiatives across various roles. Prior roles also include a career in financial services, as a Financial Advisor.  As Secretary, Tamia would like to enhance governance and operations to deliver a high-quality ACMP DC member experience, integrate chapter initiatives and influence engagement with chapter members.  Tamia holds a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Michigan- Ann Arbor and possesses a Graduate Certificate in Change Management from Georgetown University.  She holds a Master LeMarsh Managed Change Certification, Master Strategic Human Capital (MHCS) Certification, Strategic Workforce Planning Certification (SWP), and Change Management Advance Practitioner (CMAP) Certification.  She serves on the board of directors for the YMCA Loudoun County and is a member of the National Association of Female Executives, the Association of Change Management Professionals, the Society of Human Resource Management, and CALIBR.

Candidate for Treasurer:

Larry Chomicki

Larry Chomicki is a change management professional with over 20 years of experience developing and executing robust change, process optimization, communications and training programs. He has worked across multiple industries including communications, technology, non-profits and is currently the Director of Change Management at ICMA-RC, a financial services corporation helping public sector employees build retirement security. During his tenure, Larry has provided change leadership for enterprise-wide transformation, innovation and strategic planning efforts, launched an operational risk management department and contributed to other change projects. Prior to his current role, he worked as a consultant at Accenture and Evans Incorporated, leading change management projects and delivering value to clients such as Verizon, the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Larry is passionate about continuous learning and has successfully completed Prosci’s Change Management Certification, earned his PMP from the Project Management Institute (PMI) and his CCMP from ACMP. He earned his undergraduate degree in English Education from SUNY Albany and his MBA from George Mason University. Larry is very excited at the opportunity to continue to serve in his second term on the ACMP-DC Board, and work to advance its mission, promote the discipline and meet other ACMP member.

Candidate for Director, Public Relations and Communication:

Kristen Wright

Kristen is a Manager in the Health Sector Practice at Guidehouse.  She is Agile and Prosci certified, and in addition to change management, her consulting work has included business process reengineering, team building, strategic planning, public speaking, and strategic communications for a variety of clients within the Federal Government. Before becoming a consultant, Kristen taught rhetoric, writing, and literature at The United States Naval Academy and at The Catholic University, where she earned her doctorate and she served for two years as the Graduate Student Association Director of Public Relations. She earned her MA from Texas A&M and her BA from Vanderbilt 

Kristen has served as the Director, PR and Comms during the 2018/2019 board year, and she looks forward to the opportunity to continue to serve the local change management community.

Candidate for Director, Training:

Cristyn Cram

Cristyn Cram is a Senior Change Management Strategist at Booz Allen Hamilton where she leads large-scale corporate change initiates. She helped stand up Booz Allen’s first internal change management capability and has over eight years of experience helping leaders and employees navigate complex change ranging from new career models to multi-year cultural transformations. 

Cristyn has been an ACMP DC Chapter member since the chapter's inception and currently serves as a volunteer on the chapter's Programming, Events, and Training (PET) Committee. She is an ACMP Certified Change Management Professional (CCMP), a Prosci Certified Change Practitioner, and a Georgetown University certified Change Management Advanced Practitioner (CMAP). 

Having built her career through a combination of hands-on experience and professional development, Cristyn understands the value of training and development to career growth. She would love to give others the opportunity to broaden their change management expertise and is excited about the opportunity to evolve and expand the chapter’s training offerings with feedback from members. 

Candidate for Director, Communities of Practice:

Anne Marie DiNardo

Anne Marie DiNardo is a change management leader who leverages her knowledge and expertise to advise government clients on implementing high profile programs. Her focus areas include strategic communications, user adoption, organizational change, public speaking, knowledge management, and storytelling. She is looking forward to leveraging these skills to advance the Federal CoP mission for professional collaboration and empowerment on behalf of the ACMP DC Chapter. Ms. DiNardo has given talks on incorporating change management into project plans for area project management Institute brown bags, and has made conference presentations on creating an impactful change culture. She currently implements outreach strategies for a DoD initiative that oversees research and development projects to innovate and modernize learning technology to benefit the U.S. Federal Government and its workforce.  During her career, she has advised agency executives on change management best practices for government-wide IT modernization policy implementation, and developed innovative ways to use web-based tools to empower staff worldwide in support of a President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief program. She earned a Master’s degree in Communications, Culture and Technology from Georgetown University, a Master’s degree in Public Relations from Boston University, and a Bachelor's degree in Television-Radio from Ithaca College. 

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