2021 Candidate Bios
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Candidate for Vice President:
Teresa "Tess" Isola
Tess Esola is a dedicated professional with over 25 years of experience in organizational change. In her early career as an Inspector General for the Department of Defense she gained a solid foundation in organizational assessments. Tess then shifted her professional practice to organizational development to work with leaders and organizations to design solutions proactively. This foundation is complimented by additional focus on how individuals, teams, organizations, systems and communities foster and cultivate change and transformation. Her current immersion in the field of study in organizational change is on effectively setting and measuring the people side of change and why that is critical to business.
Candidate for Vice President:
Cristyn Cram is a Senior Change Management Strategist at Booz Allen Hamilton, where she leads the firm’s enterprise change management function—helping executive leaders and employees navigate complex changes ranging from new career models to multi-year cultural transformations. She has been engaged in the ACMP community for over six years as a member, volunteer, and speaker. She volunteered on the DC Chapter's Programming, Events, and Training Committee before joining the DC Chapter board as Director of Training in 2019 and was a speaker at the 2019 ACMP Global conference where she shared the story of Booz Allen’s purpose and values transformation. Cristyn holds three certifications in change management including ACMP’s Certified Change Management Professional (CCMP), Prosci’s Certified Change Practitioner, and the Certified Change Management Advanced Practitioner (CMAP) certification through Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.
Candidate for Secretary (unopposed):
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 20 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 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 multiple change management certifications to include: Master LeMarsh Managed Change Certification, Master Strategic Human Capital (MHCS) Certification, Change Management Advance Practitioner (CMAP) Certification. She also holds related certifications in Human Centered Design, Strategic Workforce Planning, and Agile. Tamia serves on the board of directors for the YMCA Loudoun County and is a member of, the Association of Change Management Professionals, the Society of Human Resource Management, and CALIBR.
Candidate for Director, Communications and PR (unopposed):
Cynthia Hartman has over 25 years of strategic communications and change management experience in academic, government and corporate environments. She spent her early career in communications-related roles in higher education, focused on engaging internal and external audiences through strategic communications. In 2011, Cynthia landed in a change management role for a large, multi-institution ERP implementation. That experience changed her professional focus, as she discovered an affinity for the people side of change. She now spends her days supporting clients as they navigate large organization or technology transitions, utilizing her ability to collaborate with multiple constituencies, accurately assess cultural and organizational elements of a situation, develop responsive strategies, and build consensus among stakeholders to drive sustainable change. An ACMP-DC member since 2016, Cynthia holds a Bachelor’s in English and a Master’s in Professional Writing. Additionally, she earned a Prosci® Change Management certification and is a Certified Change Management Practitioner (CCMP™). She also earned a Change Management Advanced Practitioner (CMAP) certification from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University (as part of Booz Allen’s Change Management program). Cynthia was the DC chapter Board Secretary for 2017-2019 and looks forward to serving the chapter again in the role of Director, Communications and PR.
Candidate for Director, Communities of Practice (unopposed):
Stephanie is a Sr. Manager of Strategic Solutions at Sunrise Senior Living, focusing on change management and strategic communications. An experienced manager with a successful history leading in project management, sales, cross-business unit teams and strategy development, Stephanie is a perpetual learner. With a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Florida (Go Gators) followed by three masters degrees, she strives to maintain a beginner's mind. Stephanie is a Florida native; however, as a MilSpouse she resides in northern Virginia and enjoys spending time with family and friends, especially at the local vineyards and craft breweries.
Candidate for Director, Training
Stacy is an innovative, results-oriented change management professional with extensive professional experience focused on the career development of others. She has spent more than 20 years in the learning and development space and holds a Master’s in Education in Organization and Leadership from the University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign. She became certified with PROSCI as a client in 2004, helping design and deliver Sponsor training globally as well as setting up their first Enterprise Change Management team. Her early change work was focused on international large-scale process and system implementations. She is a certified Project Manager (PMP) and a ICF Associate Certified Coach (ACC). With background and two additional certifications in Human Resources, she has participated in Change Management activities for startups, mergers and acquisitions, Fortune 500 companies and Higher Education institutions. As a senior leader at a Fortune 100 company, she was responsible for training design teams in compliance and human resources, bringing separate training entities under one umbrella including design and implementation of new processes and procedures for intake and demand, creative development and training production.
She is currently a Change Management Principal Consultant in the Advisory Group for Avaap, a consulting company that focuses on large organization change and system implementations in Government, Higher Ed and Healthcare. She currently plans, designs and delivers training for clients. She loves watching others grow and coaching leaders to better position them to reach their full potential. Motivated and action-oriented, she has been a volunteer with ACMP global and the ACMP-DC chapter since 2019, where she has reviewed training and served as a speaker liaison for seminars.
Candidate for Director, Training
A'ndrea is a Prosci Change Management Practitioner with over 14 years in the federal government. She has worked in a variety of positions to include: Acting Budget Officer, Administrative Officer, Data Quality Section Manager and Sr. Customer Experience Strategist. She has spearheaded multiple change management initiatives, which impacted internal and external stakeholders at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). A'ndrea is pivotal in HUD adopting Change Management Methodologies at the agency, with her most recent accomplishments including the approval to implement a HUD Innovation Lab which is designed to enhance the Employee Experience. Highlights of her accomplishments include improving business operations by engaging leaders, establishing standard operating procedures and conducting training to enhance and achieve consistent quality product and services. She currently serves as an Instructor for the HUD Continuity of Operations Leadership Development Program.
A'ndrea also serves on an Advisory Committee with Bowie State University Faculty to develop and design strategies for enhance instructional training. She has held other positions in her career such as Acting Budget Officer, Administrative Officer, Data Quality Section Manager, Sr. Customer Experience Strategist. Additionally, she is a graduate of the African American Federal Executive Association Fellow Program and HUD’s Coaching Program. She holds the following certifications: FAC-Project/Program Management- Expert Level III, Emotional Intelligence Trainer, Prosci Change Management Practitioner. A’ndrea has been active member of the ACMP DC- Fed Community of Practice since 2019.