AJ Schuler, Psy.D. - President
A.J. is a business transformation consultant, executive coach and Principal of Schuler Solutions, LLC. Through 20 years of professional service, A. J. has led strategic change initiatives encompassing strategy, innovation, reorganization, and the implementation of new enterprise technologies, including accounting and resource planning systems. He has served both commercial and public sectors, including Campbell’s Soup, The National Institutes of Health, Blue Origin, the U. S. Department of Justice, and Marriott International, among others. As Director of Membership, his focus on behalf of ACMP-DC is to support the development of a vibrant community of professionals who enhance their own capabilities and deliver measurable business value to the organizations they serve. In the DC area, A. J. is a founding member of The Wharton Club of DC’s Leadership Council, and a past Graduate MBA Program Lecturer at The Wharton School, teaching negotiation.
Cynthia Hartman - Secretary
Cynthia Hartman has over 20 years of strategic communications experience in academic and corporate environments. After 17 years in marketing communications and teaching business communication courses at the University of Notre Dame, Cynthia landed in a change management role at the University of Texas at El Paso. There she managed the change management and communications aspects of a large, multi-institution PeopleSoft implementation. She discovered an affinity for supporting the people side of change and helping large organizations as they sought to minimize resistance to change while fostering positive perceptions of, confidence in, and long-term commitment to adopting new processes and practices. She went on to earn a certification in Prosci Change Management methodology and currently works as a change management consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton. Relatively new to the Baltimore-Washington area, she is looking forward to serving the DC chapter as secretary, and connecting with DC area Change Management colleagues!
Galen Wilson - Treasurer
Galen is a Prosci Change Management certified Strategic Communications and Organizational Change Management Manager at North Highland. She has ten years of proven experience in supporting and driving complex change management projects and providing strategic communications solutions for the public sector and corporate and non-profit organizations. A results-driven and customer focused consultant, she currently provides deep expertise in supporting the human factor for clients. Previous clients include the Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and local non-profits. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Boston College in Chestnut Hill, MA and she recently obtained her Scrum Master certification from Scrum Alliance. Galen is a founding member of the Association of Change Management Professionals DC Chapter and has served as a volunteer or Board Member (Director of Public Relations 2016-2017) since its inception. She looks forward to bringing her vast knowledge of the chapter and organization to her new role as Treasurer to support the continued growth and offerings of ACMP DC.
Kathleen (Katie) Prasser - Director, Membership
Katie Prasser is President of Grove Consulting, LLC, an independent, woman-owned management consulting firm based in the Washington, DC metro area. Combining more than three decades of experience gained in multiple industries with organizations at all stages of the business life cycle, Katie offers insightful, practical, and affordable services that help leaders, teams, and organizations realize their full potential and create sustainable impact. Her services include strategic planning, organization change, leader and team development, and stakeholder engagement. Katie’s clients include the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Agriculture (USDA), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), several organizations in the California Agriculture community, and numerous local county governments. Prior to launching her own consulting practice in 2008, Katie served in leadership roles in the non-profit, local government, telecommunications, financial, and DoD contracting industries. Katie has a Master’s degree in Management, a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Behavioral Science, is a Prosci Certified Change Management professional, and is also certified in numerous psychometric assessment tools.
Kristen Wright, Ph.D. - Director, Public Relations
Kristen is a Senior Consultant and the Change Management Practice Lead at Evans Incorporated. 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 Aviation Administration (FAA). 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.
Larry Chomicki - Director at Large
Larry Chomicki is a change management professional and business leader with over 20 years of experience developing and executing robust change, process optimization and communication programs that target all organizational levels (enterprise/division/business unit). He has worked with associates across multiple industries including financial services, communications, technology, not-for-profits and is currently the Director of Change Management for ICMA-RC’s Future Focus division. During his tenure at ICMA-RC, Larry has provided change leadership for corporate-wide transformational projects (e.g., multiple Salesforce deployments, other large recordkeeping system implementations and business process optimization/implementation efforts), as well as corporate-level strategic planning, the launch and management of an operational risk management department and several new product launches from concept to realization. Prior to his current role at ICMA-RC, 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) among others. Larry is passionate about continuous learning and has successfully completed Prosci’s Change Management Certification Program and is currently working on his Advanced Change Practitioner certification. He also earned his PMP from the Project Management Institute (PMI) and his CCMP from ACMP. He received his undergraduate degree in English Education from SUNY Albany and his MBA from George Mason University. Larry is very excited at the opportunity to serve ACMP and work to advance its mission, promote the change management discipline and get to meet other ACMP members.
Elizabeth (Liz) Johnson - Director at Large
Elizabeth (Liz) Johnson is an Organizational Change Management (OCM) Consultant with E&M Johnson Associates, LLC. She has experience working with public and private sector as well as international clients. Liz started her career with Price Waterhouse working with the State of Maine managing the OCM, communication and training activities for the implementation of a number of ERP applications. Recently she developed and implemented change management strategies for large pharmaceutical implementing multiple systems, a large distributor implementing a data governance program and is currently working on OCM and communication activities for system implementation for a large transportation client. Previously, Liz was a Senior Manager at Capgemini and a Director at Sogeti. As a Director at Large, Liz looks forward to focusing on continuing to build out the Federal Community of Practice, as well as support other ACMP DC board activities. She has a BA in Communications from Allegheny College in Meadville, PA and an MBA from Joseph M. Katz School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh.