Kristen Wright, PhD, CCMP is an Associate Director at Guidehouse, and has always been fascinated by the power of language to drive cultural change. In academia, this interest led her to a focus both her teaching and research on rhetoric and communication, looking at the impact of language and trends in everything from theatre to business. Interested in more directly applying the theory and concepts that she had been teaching, Kristen eventually made the switch to federal consulting. There, her background drew her naturally to change management and how we can more effectively persuade people to embrace new ideas and activities. In particular, she enjoys working with leaders to improve their public speaking and storytelling abilities, helping them to more effectively sponsor their own change initiatives. Kristen earned her BA from Vanderbilt, her MA from Texas A&M, and while earning her PhD at Catholic University, Kristen served on the board of the graduate student association. She has previously served on the board of the ACMP DC for 4 years as the Communications Director, then chapter Vice President, and she is active in ACMP Global.
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.
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.
Rebecca Sweda leads Celerity’s Operational Excellence Group and Organizational Change Management Practice. She has over 15 years’ experience managing projects requiring her expertise in transition and organizational change management. Rebecca led the re-design and implementation of Celerity’s Organizational Change Management Practice and has authored the SEALSM framework.
Throughout her consulting career, Rebecca has been a leader of corporate-wide transformation programs, including end-to-end design and implementation and management of new initiatives. She has a proven record of executing strategic and operational initiatives with cross-functional alignment to implement and realize results for multiple stakeholders. Rebecca provides expertise in organizational change management, and uses her strengths with stakeholder management, cross-functional alignment and communications, and risk management to identify, monitor, and measure all aspects of the transformation. Rebecca is a Certified Change Management Professional (CCMP) and a member of the Association of Change Management Professionals. She has a B.S. in Commerce from the University of Virginia and an MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
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 at the University of Texas at El Paso 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 from Duquesne University and a Master’s in Professional Writing from Carnegie Mellon University. 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.
Sarah Bowers is an experienced change management consultant providing support to a range of federal clients. Her work primarily focuses on human capital transformations and building change management capability and capacity within the federal workforce. She is motivated to help clients make change management approachable, such that it becomes a pillar of business operations. Ms. Bowers holds a change management practitioner certification in Prosci® and is a Certified Change Management Professional. As Director, Membership and Volunteer, Ms. Bowers will work to continue connecting change practitioners to the ACMP DC community and to elevate brand recognition to broaden the membership spectrum.
Director, Communities of Practice
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.
Director, Programs & Events
Kate Shanahan is an experienced change management professional with background in change management, program management, organizational design, and strategic planning. She has worked with organizations across the federal government and commercial sector to plan and implement change management strategies, conduct change readiness assessments, and build capacity and understanding among leadership and employees. Ms. Shanahan currently leads organizational change management for Freddie Mac’s IT division, driving change implementation across transformative initiatives impacting the enterprise. She currently holds five certifications including Prosci® Change Management, Project Management Professional (PMP)®, Certified ScrumMaster (CSM)®, Strategic Workforce Planning, and Design Thinking. As Director of Programs and Events, Ms. Shanahan will work to create fun and exciting opportunities for change professionals to develop meaningful relationships that help them leverage and share each other’s knowledge and experiences
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.