The Board


Cristyn Cram

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. 

 


 Teresa "Tess" Esola

Vice President

 



Tess Esola is a dedicated professional with over 29 years of professional experience, with over 25 years of experience in organizational change. Her experience ranges across inspections and audits to organization development, leadership, process and performance improvement, organizational change and transformation in both public and private sectors. Tess grounds her consulting expertise in a ‘systems thinking’ mindset with experience across six industries: government, healthcare, technology, transportation, finance, and business. Tess is looking forward to engaging in the board process and serving the ACMP DC professional community by continuing to build change management capabilities, competencies and maturity across the ACMP DC chapter and connections to other professional association.

Professional Background and Experience

Tess continues to engage readily with the ACMP DC Chapter. She worked with colleagues at a previous consulting company to 'stand-up' their internal Change Management Community of Practice. This community connected with consultants and practitioners within the DC Chapter and prompted investments with business leaders to invest in change management training opportunities for the company’s consultants. In her early career, as an Inspector General for the Department of Defense, Tess 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 is in the field of study in organizational change. This focus is primarily on effectively setting and measuring the people side of change and why that is critical to business success.

Additional Training and Certifications

Tess holds a Master of Science, Organization Development, School of Public Affairs, American University. She also has certifications in Organization Development,

Prosci®/ADKAR Change Management Practitioner (PCMP), ACMP Master Class Certificate, and Prosci® Advanced Certification Change Management Practitioner.


Tamia Ward-Blakley 

Secretary


 

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

Treasurer




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

Director, Communications




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. 


Lisa Price

Director, Membership


In private, public, education and non-profit sectors, Lisa Price has ably applied change management best practices to successfully establish inaugural Program Management (EPMO), Project Management (PMO), Strategy Management, and Data Quality Offices which improve organizational performance excellence. As a collaborative change agent, she leads cross-functional teams in delivering business, technology and change management initiatives which yield measurable improvements in business outcomes.

As Senior Director, Strategy and Project Management at Prince George’s Community College, Lisa recently led the development of its Strategic Plan and leads the implementation, governance, and performance reporting of the Strategic Project Portfolio.

Selected professional credentials include the Certified Change Management Professional (CCMP), Prosci’s Certified Change Practitioner and Certified Train-the-Trainer, Strategy Management Professional (SMP), Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Scrum Master (CSM), and Lean Six Sigma Green Belt. Lisa is also trained as a Baldrige Performance Excellence Examiner.

An ACMP-DC member since 2019, Lisa holds a B.S. in Information Technology from the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) and a M.S. in Administrative Sciences from The Johns Hopkins University, and completed executive education in strategy, business, and change leadership at The Harvard Business School, Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and Cornell University. As a former Board Member for local chapters of the Project Management Institute and the Association for Strategic Planning, Lisa is thrilled to serve on ACMP-DC’s Board!



Stephanie Diaz 

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.


Jason Ely 

Director, Programs & Events



Jason Ely, Director of Business Transformation, with CGI Inc., is a global leader of change management for the IT industry. Jason is committed to building community around common goals and shared interests and, as Director of Programs and Events for ACMP DC, Jason leads the chapter’s efforts to plan, coordinate, host, and evaluate chapter programs, events, and training opportunities.

Professional Background and Experience

For almost 20 years, Jason has focused his work on the intersection of business strategy, operations, and the employee experience. Having supported over 30 clients with large, complex organizations, he has a proven track record of designing business models and leading teams to maximize a wide variety of outcomes. He is best known for his unique ability to develop genuine relationships and identify opportunities where others don’t.

Additionally, Jason has eight (8) years of experience serving on non-profit boards with proven success recruiting members and volunteers for a wide range of activities (e.g., office, admin, field work, case work, fundraising, social media, etc.). He also has three (3) years of non-profit startup experience and successfully earned numerous corporate sponsorships ranging from $500 to $50,000 annually.

Jason brings a depth of strategy, innovation, and passion to his work, and is excited to contribute to the greater good of the ACMP DC.

Certifications & Additional Training

Jason holds an MBA in Accounting and a Bachelor’s in Psychology. He also holds certifications as a Prosci Certified Change Manager, Project Management Professional (PMP), ICAgile Certified Professional (ICP), and Certified SAFe 4 Agilist (SA).



A'ndrea Jones

 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.


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