2018 Candidate Bios
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Candidates for Vice President
Ms. Duff believes people are the lynchpin to organizational success. Ms. Duff is a dynamic leader with more than 18 years of experience consulting to government and commercial clients with a depth of experience in change management, human capital, strategy and process improvement. She has lead numerous transformational change efforts streamlining business operations, centralizing services, engaging employees and strengthening organizational cultures—with a focus on measurable impact. She is a certified Prosci change leader and PMP certified project manager who is known for her emphasis on developing people, building teams and engaging the workforce to yield unprecedented results.
Ms. Duff holds a Master’s of Public Administration from American University and currently leads Eagle Hill Consulting’s Health and Life Sciences practice. She has received recognition as Workforce Magazine’s “Game Changer of the Year” (2016) and as EHC’s Leader Trailblazer of the Year (2017). Ms. Duff is energized by the opportunity to serve as the Vice President of the DC Chapter for ACMP. She hopes to further the practice through building an inclusive change community that reaches new practitioners, shares knowledge and experiences to enhance learning, and forges new partnerships to build holistic change experiences.
Katie Prasser is president of Grove Consulting, an independent, management consulting firm in Hanover, MD. She provides government, nonprofit and small business clients strategic planning, change management, leadership/team development, and stakeholder engagement services. Katie has more than 30 years multifaceted experience, including internal/external consulting, management, advisory, and COO/CEO roles in corporate, government, and nonprofit organizations at all stages of the business lifecycle. She holds an undergraduate degree in applied behavioral sciences, a master’s degree in management, is a Prosci certified change management professional, and is a licensed nonprofit board governance consultant.
Katie served as an active volunteer prior to being elected as the ACMP DC Membership Director in 2017. During her time on the board she has helped create programs and processes to welcome and engage chapter members, establish the chapter’s membership management system, formalize the governance structure and operations of the chapter, and expand/enhance members services, programs and experiences. In the role of Vice President, Katie would like to help grow and diversify the membership; expand and enhance a blend of high-quality in-person and virtual programs; strengthen networking opportunities to connect members, partners, and affiliates; and provide services to help CM professionals, their teams, organizations and clients, apply high-quality CM practices that enable them to realize their full potential.
Candidate for Director, Membership & Volunteers
Robin has served on the ACMP DC New Member Committee this past year. She worked closely with the Membership Director to develop a virtual new member orientation. Her top goal is to grow the entire Change Management community in the DC metro and surrounding areas by helping members see the value that ACMP can bring to their professional lives. Inclusion is a top value for her, and as the Director of Membership she will work to ensure that every member feels included and welcome in the community. She wants to get to know as many members as possible. She really believes in the mission of ACMP DC and is extremely excited about where the organization is going!
Candidates for Director, Programs, Events & Training
Matt Gaston currently is a Principal Consultant for Navigator Management Partners in their Organizational Change Leadership Practice, working with clients on business and technology transformation. Prior to joining Navigator, he spent 11 years at Booz Allen Hamilton, serving as Change Management Director, standing up a Change Management Organization (CMO) to lead corporate change management initiatives; and Senior Associate in Strategic Communications, building a 30+ FTE business in the Federal Space.
Prior to Booz Allen, Matt worked 15 years with United Way at the local, national and international levels in multiple communications and change management roles. Matt holds a BA in Political Science from Indiana University; and Graduate Certificates in Change Management Advanced Practitioner (CMAP) from Georgetown University and Organizational Change and Development from Hawaii Pacific University. He also holds a Certified Change Management Professional (CCMP), as well as a certification in Prosci, where he’s currently working to become an instructor.
Matt believes that programming is key to ACMPDC’s value proposition. A regular rhythm of meetings strengthens our network and provides platforms for learning. As Director of Program, Events and Training, he hopes to be able to build on existing momentum and provide even more opportunities for CM professionals to connect and learn.
Sanitta Smith Lanier is a goal oriented senior change management professional with Grant Thornton, LLP. For over 15 years she has led organizations through complex change transformation in both commercial and private sectors. She is an expert in guiding organizations to transition essential business processes and/or technical systems within the framework of change initiatives by ensuring the project objectives are attained on time and within budget.
Ms. Smith Lanier has a Masters degree in Educational Leadership and is also a Certified Project Manager. She has extensive expertise in organizational readiness, business transformation, technology integration, management consulting and strategic planning. Utilizing both project management and change management proficiencies, Sanitta develops strong relationships with clients and peers by managing communications and expectations across the board.
Given the breadth of knowledge, skills and abilities Ms. Lanier commands, her vision as Director of Programs, Events & Training for the Washington DC Chapter is to continue its growth and to be the trailblazer for the ACMP organization. Additionally, she wants to create programs that are engaging and transformative to equip the DC Chapter’s members with new and effective tools.
Candidate for Director, Business Development & Sponsorship
Dr. Farrell’s experience includes three decades of international and domestic support in technical and management consulting and various associated organizational roles to Fortune 500 commercial firms, state, and federal government entities in the areas of engineering, operations, quality, and cybersecurity. She has significant experience providing organizational change management, strategic development and alignment, business transformation, business process improvement, quality management, training, and integrated knowledge management services, as aligned to functional area verticals, as well as ‘total firm’ mandates, associated with Baldrige, ISO 9000, and (Lean) Six Sigma initiatives. Additionally, over the last 10 years she has in parallel focused on providing a wide range of change management related services to growth and governance maturing initiatives surrounding non-profit organizations providing services to the cyber, quality, and STEM arenas.
She seeks your vote and pledges to work to create domestic and international change management-oriented business development partnerships and sponsorships which focus on increasing member value, creating additional revenue flows, broadening organizational impact, and influencing the wider adoption of applicable best practices, processes, frameworks, techniques, and tools within academia, commercial, government, and non-profit industries.