The 2020/2021 Board of Directors
Jennifer Duff - President
Jennifer Duff is a seasoned change management and human capital professional with over 20 years of experience transforming organizations to streamline operations and align the workforce to new ways of doing business. She focuses on the intersection of people, process and change to guide client organizations to adopt new practices and drive accountability for measuring progress toward change. She was recognized as Workforce Magazine’s Game Changer of the Year for her innovative people-management practices and the ability to foster a culture of trust, respect and empowerment. Ms. Duff holds a PMP, is a Prosci-certified change practitioner and has successfully managed several highly visible projects at the C-suite level. In 2018, Ms. Duff served as ACMP-DC’s volunteer program coordinator and established the foundation for a sustainable, strengths-based program. She sees opportunities on the horizon for the chapter to align the change management practice to monumental shifts in the industry (e.g., artificial intelligence (AI)), build relationships with private, non-profit and Government teams to share best practices and build bridges with other professional organizations to offer holistic development opportunities to members. Known for her welcoming presence and engaging style, Duff’s passion for using innovative approaches to unlock a teams’ potential makes her a highly regarded leader, team builder, and consultant
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 3 years as the Communications Director, and she is active in ACMP Global.
Tamia Ward-Blakely - 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.
Larry Chomicki- Treasurer
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.
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.
Sarah Bowers -
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.
Anne Marie DiNardo - Director, Communities of Practice
Anne Marie DiNardo is a change management leader who leverages her knowledge and expertise to advise government clients on implementing high profile programs. Her focus areas include strategic communications, user adoption, organizational change, public speaking, knowledge management, and storytelling. She is looking forward to leveraging these skills to advance the Federal CoP mission for professional collaboration and empowerment on behalf of the ACMP DC Chapter. Ms. DiNardo has given talks on incorporating change management into project plans for area project management Institute brown bags, and has made conference presentations on creating an impactful change culture. She currently implements outreach strategies for a DoD initiative that oversees research and development projects to innovate and modernize learning technology to benefit the U.S. Federal Government and its workforce. During her career, she has advised agency executives on change management best practices for government-wide IT modernization policy implementation, and developed innovative ways to use web-based tools to empower staff worldwide in support of a President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief program. She earned a Master’s degree in Communications, Culture and Technology from Georgetown University, a Master’s degree in Public Relations from Boston University, and a Bachelor's degree in Television-Radio from Ithaca College.
Kate Shanahan -
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
Cristyn Cram - Director, Training
Cristyn Cram is a Senior Change Management Strategist at Booz Allen Hamilton where she leads large-scale corporate change initiates. She helped stand up Booz Allen’s first internal change management capability and has over eight years of experience helping leaders and employees navigate complex change ranging from new career models to multi-year cultural transformations.
Cristyn has been an ACMP DC Chapter member since the chapter's inception and currently serves as a volunteer on the chapter's Programming, Events, and Training (PET) Committee. She is an ACMP Certified Change Management Professional (CCMP), a Prosci Certified Change Practitioner, and a Georgetown University certified Change Management Advanced Practitioner (CMAP).
Having built her career through a combination of hands-on experience and professional development, Cristyn understands the value of training and development to career growth. She would love to give others the opportunity to broaden their change management expertise and is excited about the opportunity to evolve and expand the chapter’s training offerings with feedback from members.