True innovation is achieved when you combine deep industry expertise and penetrating analysis with fresh perspective and original thought. The very qualities we seek out in our talent across every discipline.
Here at Guidehouse, our leaders are focused on inspiring creative and disruptive solutions from their team at every level. Shepherding progress to deliver transformative results aligned with your mission. Making an impact for the agency; making a difference in the world at large.
Larry Albert, CPA
Larry Albert, CPA
Larry is a partner at Guidehouse working in the areas of financial management, audit readiness and remediation and internal controls and risk management. His client list includes the U.S. Department of Defense, primarily serving the United States Air Force.
Prior to joining Guidehouse, Larry was an audit partner at Arthur Andersen and performed financial statement audits of commercial and federal organizations. He has served two-thirds on the Executive branch and large independent agencies in the Federal Government.
Larry holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and is a certified public accountant in Virginia.
Jeremias is a managing director at Guidehouse working in the areas of strategy, program and project management, human capital and agile technology development.
At Guidehouse, he works across the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) with a focus on the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Prior to joining Guidehouse, Jeremias was a senior business transformation consultant at IBM Global Business Services, where he also supported emergency management strategy and transformation initiatives throughout FEMA. He began his career as a Presidential Management Fellow (PMF), managing large policy, regulatory and social science research projects at the Farm Credit Administration (FCA) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
Jeremias holds a Master of Public Administration from The University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish/International Business from St. Edward’s University. He also holds both a PMP and CSM certification.
Melanie Thomas Armstrong, CPA
International Development & Diplomacy Leader
Melanie Thomas Armstrong, CPA
International Development & Diplomacy Leader
Melanie leads Guidehouse’s International Development & Diplomacy Sector, which supports transformative projects for the U.S. State Department, USAID, World Bank, Millennium Challenge Corporation, Peace Corps and the United Nations. Her client teams focus on helping developing nations tackle some of their toughest challenges, such as access to medicine, IT transformation, power sector reform and empowerment of women and girls.
Melanie began her career as an auditor. Prior to joining Guidehouse, she was a partner at PwC, Unisys and Arthur Andersen. She led the creation of PwC’s federal internal controls (A-123) practice and numerous government transformation efforts. In the early 1990s, she supported the privatization of Czech companies.
Melanie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from The University of California, Los Angeles and studied abroad for a year at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. She is a certified public accountant in California and Virginia.
Craig is a managing director at Guidehouse with a focus on information assurance and IT risk management. Craig supports multiple federal organizations at the forefront on cybersecurity to help them in their mission to protect national security interests.
Prior to Guidehouse, Craig spent 19 years at PwC consulting with federal and commercial customers to identify cybersecurity risks and evaluate the effectiveness of IT process controls. Craig’s knowledge of federal standards enables him to clearly communicate the impact of IT control weaknesses and the requirements to implement strong cybersecurity solutions to federal executives.
Craig holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Brigham Young University. Craig is a certified information systems auditor (CISA), certified information system security professional (CISSP), certified in risk and information system controls (CRISC) and project management professional (PMP).
Christine is a partner at Guidehouse working in the areas of strategic change, organizational transformation, human capital, facilities and construction management and business process improvement. At Guidehouse, she leads the Department of Justice account and works across the broader law enforcement community.
Christine has dedicated more than 17 years supporting law enforcement execution of their critical mission objectives. Prior to joining Guidehouse, Christine was a partner at PwC in the law enforcement practice established after 9/11. In her tenure, she has worked across a broad cross section of both public and private sector clients including major domestic and international telecommunications firms and the United Nations.
Christine holds a Master of Business Administration from The George Washington University School of Business and a Bachelor of Science from The State University of New York at Binghamton.
Cindi Bassford PMP, CISA, CISSP, LSSYB
Cindi is a managing director at Guidehouse working in the areas of cybersecurity, health policy and system integration. She works across the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Department of Education and on select publicly traded and privately held companies.
Prior to joining Guidehouse, Cindi provided international system implementation, cybersecurity and financial controls support to the healthcare and financial services industry for clients such as Johns Hopkins University, Allied Irish Bank and T. Rowe Price.
Cindi holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems from Loyola University. She is active in the Baltimore community as a former board member for Friends of Great Kids Farm.
Mark is a partner at Guidehouse working in the areas of strategy, operations improvement, capital project planning and oversight, program management and financial management. He leads various accounts within the U.S. Department of Transportation, including the FAA, FTA and OST.
Prior to joining Guidehouse, Mark was with Accenture supporting systems integration and transformation efforts at the U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Mark is a project management professional (PMP), and he’s earned a Bachelor of Science in Decision Information Systems and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, both from the University of Maryland.
Charles is the Chief Operating Officer of Guidehouse and oversees the day-to-day performance of the company’s business operations. He drives business performance by operationalizing the company’s go-to-market vision and aligning corporate services to meet the needs of Guidehouse clients and employees.
He was previously a partner at PwC, leading investigations of computer-based crimes of national significance and operational integrations of corporate transactions in the aerospace and defense market. He was previously the chief information officer for SAIC and general manager of its cybersecurity unit.
Charles serves on the Inova Health Care Services Board. He has a Master of Jurisprudence from the Seton Hall School of Law and a Bachelor of Science from Texas A&M. He completed his Master of Business Administration at the University of Montana and he is a graduate of the United States Air Force’s Space and Missile program. Charles also completed an executive education at MIT Sloan and the Harvard Business School.
Laura Bryce has led Technology, Digital Transformation, Design, and Customer Experience projects for more than 20 years in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. She currently leads the Digital and Emerging Technology practice for Guidehouse. With a background in IT strategy and design, Laura works with organizations and corporate leaders to develop and implement technology strategies and digital solutions that transform their organizations, modernize their technology platforms and enterprise architecture, improve service delivery, reduce costs, and drive higher customer satisfaction. She advises business leaders on how to optimize the use of digital platforms and emerging technologies to drive innovation in product design, application development, and service delivery. Laura helps clients design and execute comprehensive digital channel strategies via web, social, and mobile platforms. As part of product or program design, she often helps clients understand market perceptions around their brand or product, develop or redesign their brand strategy, execute marketing campaigns, and measure results.
Laura leads Agile design and development projects and has extensive experience in customer research, ethnographic field study, human-centered design, rapid prototyping, usability and accessibility testing, DevOps, and IT modernization.
Laura holds a Bachelors of Arts from the University of Virginia. She has worked with clients in North America, Europe, and Asia on technology and design projects in the areas of financial services, economic development, national defense, environmental conservation, transportation, immigration, healthcare, and retail.
Jim is a managing director at Guidehouse working in the areas of performance management, supply chain and logistics, business processes improvement and business intelligence. At Guidehouse, he works across the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. State Department and other national security customers.
Jim has more than 30 years of experience serving in government and private sector positions, including serving as Deputy Under Secretary for Intelligence at the Department of Homeland Security, Executive Associate Director at Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Assistant Director for Intelligence at ICE, Director for the Human Smuggling and Trafficking Center and Special Agent in Charge for Homeland Security Investigations.
Jim holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from California State University at Long Beach and is a graduate of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. Throughout his distinguished career, Jim received numerous awards and commendations from the Secretary of Homeland Security, the U.S. Attorney General, the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, the Director of the National Security Agency and the Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Dennis Chesley is a Partner at Guidehouse with more than 25 years of experience serving public and private global entities with a focus on risk, performance and strategy. Prior to joining Guidehouse, Dennis was the Global Leader of Risk Consulting at PwC. He led PwC’s work on the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO) update to the Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) framework. A joint initiative of five private-sector organizations, COSO provides thought leadership to senior management on governance, business ethics, internal control, ERM, fraud and financial reporting. In addition, Dennis was the key sponsor of PwC’s Risk Advantage mindset, which moved risk management from a separate function to an integral part of the organization, linking risk with strategy to boost performance and gain competitive advantage.
Experienced in developing integrated strategic solutions for risk management, operations, compliance, internal control and technology, Dennis has led several large, complex projects, including an ERM engagement for the IRS and the startup and operations of the U.S. Treasury’s Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). Over the last four years, Dennis has placed particular emphasis on automation, advanced analytics and artificial intelligence in all aspects of risk and performance, from strategic alignment to fraud. Using his deep data background and knowledge of risk, Dennis has led the development of innovative solutions across the risk and performance analytics spectrum.
Previously, Dennis was a Senior Vice President and member of the executive management team at a global security, managed services and consulting company, responsible for more than $200 million in business integrations across 10 separate businesses. In this capacity, he deployed an integrated performance and risk management approach and established multi-disciplined teams around the world to implement strategic and financial objectives, improving both the business and technology functions. He also played a key role in the cultural aspects of the integrations, reducing costs from the legacy companies while implementing a new operating model and new financial and management reporting systems.
Dennis has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the Pennsylvania State University and has attended executive masters courses at Duke University.
Kim is a partner at Guidehouse responsible for the delivery of healthcare and agile technology solutions to federal healthcare clients. Kim’s efforts are heavily focused on helping the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs define strategies for healthcare optimization.
Prior to joining Guidehouse, Kim was a partner in PwC’s public sector. She matured two service-disabled, veteran-owned small businesses focused on technology and healthcare services. With a past faculty position at George Mason University in advanced composition for science and technology, Kim brings extensive writing, communications and strategic analysis experience in support of government transformation initiatives.
Kim is a project management professional and certified scrum master. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Language, Literature and Writing from Eastern Michigan University and a Master of Arts in Literature and Writing from California State University, San Marcos.
Chris Clarke, CPA
Chris Clarke, CPA
Chris is a partner at Guidehouse focusing on audit readiness, internal control assessments, risk management and technical accounting support. At Guidehouse, he works across the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Department of Justice and Intelligence Community supporting a variety of federal financial management offerings.
Prior to joining Guidehouse, Chris worked at PwC for 18 years in audit, forensic accounting and investigations, and financial management spanning both the public and private sectors.
Chris has a Master of Science in Accounting from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Arts from the College of William & Mary in addition to being a certified public accountant in Virginia, certified government financial manager and certified fraud examiner.
Mike Donoghue CPIP, CLTD
Mike is a partner at Guidehouse working in the areas of facilities management, operations redesign and performance management. At Guidehouse, he works across the U.S. Department of Transportation, Special Operations Command and various commercial industries.
Prior to joining Guidehouse, Mike served in the U.S. Army as both a military police soldier and commissioned armor officer assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division. During his service, he supported global defense operations from Platoon to Coalition level with multiple deployments overseas.
Mike holds a master’s degree in organizational design from George Mason University and a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from West Virginia University. He is a certified private pilot and drone pilot, as well as a Six Sigma Green Belt.
John is a managing director at Guidehouse specializing in organizational effectiveness, transformational change and shared services. At Guidehouse, he works with international organizations including the World Bank Group, United Nations, Millennium Challenge Corporation and Peace Corps.
Prior to joining Guidehouse, John worked for McKinsey & Company in their public sector practice. Overall, John has more than 16 years of public and private sector consulting experience, primarily focused on federal civilian and multilateral organizations.
John holds a Master of Business Administration from Georgetown University and a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Boston College. He is a certified project management professional (PMP) and a certified defense financial manager (CDFM).
Jim Ebel, PMP
Jim is a partner at Guidehouse working in the areas of acquisition program management, financial management, acquisition logistics and performance management. At Guidehouse, he works across the U.S. Department of Defense and leads our U.S. Air Force Account.
Prior to joining Guidehouse, Jim worked in acquisition program management, financial management and acquisition logistics at PwC, CACI and American Management Systems. He began his career as an Air Force officer and as both a consultant and an officer in the U.S. Air Force. He has worked on major defense programs, including C-17, C-5, C-130, Global Hawk, F-15, Air Force Working Capital Fund, CV-22 tiltrotor, B-2 stealth bomber and the Army Transportation Information System.
Jim holds Master of Business Administration from George Washington University and a Bachelor of Science in Human Factors Engineering from the United States Air Force Academy. He holds a PMP and is a trained facilitator and DAWIA certified program manager and financial manager.
Tony Elachkar, CPA
Tony Elachkar, CPA
Tony Elachkar, CPA, CGFM, CGMA
Tony is a Managing Director at Guidehouse working in the areas of financial management, internal control, risk and compliance. He leads projects across the Departments of Homeland Security and Justice, and at several Civilian Agencies.
Tony has over 40 years of experience, 27 of which within the Federal government. Prior to Guidehouse, Tony worked as a financial auditor and financial manager at three Federal government organizations and practiced auditing serving clients in various industries.
Tony holds a BA equivalent degree in Accounting and Auditing from the College du Sacre-Coeur in Lebanon and has taken certain classes at George Mason University to qualify to sit for the CPA Uniform Examination. Tony leads the planning and delivery of training to our teams, clients and the Federal financial community. He co-Chairs or is a member of several AGA national training events Technical Committees.
Matthew Fava, CPA
Matthew Fava, CPA
Wm. Matthew Fava, CPA, MBA, CGFM, CDFM, CFE, CGMA
Matt is a managing director at Guidehouse and leads financial management engagements that include audit readiness, audit remediation, business process improvement and internal control related services. At Guidehouse, Matt works across the U.S. Department of Defense focusing on the U.S. Air Force.
Prior to Guidehouse, Matt spent 15 years at PwC’s public sector group leading both federal and commercial engagements that included financial statement audits, audit readiness, Sarbanes-Oxley and OMB Circular A-123 implementations. Matt started his career serving on active duty as a Quartermaster Officer in the U.S. Army.
Matt holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Alaska and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Alfred University. Matt is a licensed CPA in both Virginia and Washington D.C. and holds the CGFM, CDFM, CFE and CGMA credentials.
Walt Fennell, CPA
Walt Fennell, CPA
Walt Fennell, MAcc, CPA, CGFM
Walt is a partner at Guidehouse working in the areas of financial management, internal control remediation and compliance assessment. At Guidehouse, he leverages his training and experience to support a broad range of clients across the federal government.
Walt has more than 30 years of accounting and auditing experience and was responsible for some of the largest and most complex audits ever completed by PwC’s public sector division, including several “first-ever” audits and audits which resulted in “first-ever” unmodified opinions. Walt has served on various committees for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board (FASAB).
Walt holds a Master of Accountancy from George Washington University as well as a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Southern Adventist University. He is a certified public accountant as well as a certified government financial manager.
David Fisher has been successfully leading business transformation programs in both the public and private sectors for more than 20 years. He currently he leads the Guidehouse Risk Consulting practice, with a particular focus on assisting federal agencies to design, implement and fully operationalize enterprise risk management (ERM) programs. As the former chief risk officer at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) who stood up the organization’s first ERM program, David recognizes that ERM solutions require cultural adaptation around the mindsets and behaviors that are essential to enabling enterprise-wide risk transparency, along with the mechanisms that must be established to enable efficient and effective identification and management of the organization’s highest priority portfolio of risks.
David spent nearly ten years as a senior executive in the federal government, leading transformation efforts across at the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the IRS. At DoD, he served as the first permanent director of the newly established Business Transformation Agency (BTA), leading the effort to enhance business operations across the vast DoD enterprise. At GAO, he served as the chief administrative officer / chief financial officer, where he was responsible for all internal operations.
David is a graduate of Stanford University, and received his Master of Business Administration from Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business and Administration, where he earned the Dean’s Scholarship award. He is the author of the book, Optimize Now (or else!): How to Leverage Processes and Information to Achieve Enterprise Optimization (and Avoid Enterprise Extinction).
Brian is a partner and leads work related to Financial Services Operations, Federal Credit and Technology Modernization. He has more than 20 years of public and private sector financial services experience, including 15 years in loan programs and small business lending.
After graduate school, Brian was selected into the Presidential Management Internship (now PMF) program and worked at the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Later, he joined Newtek Business Services and held a number of senior executive positions, including division president and national sales manager. Throughout his career he has successfully led numerous start-up, early stage and turnaround projects.
Brian has a Master of Arts in Urban Affairs from Saint Louis University and a Bachelor of Arts from John Carroll University.
Nicole is a partner at Guidehouse working in the areas of strategic planning, business process improvement and customer relationship management. At Guidehouse, she works across the Intelligence Community (IC) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Prior to joining Guidehouse, Nicole was a consultant at KPMG Consulting, BearingPoint and PwC’s public sector. She developed organizational transformation strategies for clients across the national security landscape, reviewing procedures, policies and customer engagement.
Nicole holds a Master of Public Administration from George Mason University and a Bachelor of Arts in European Studies from the College of William & Mary. She serves on the advisory board for Working Mother Media’s Annual Leadership Summit for Women in National Security Careers and the executive steering committee for the Society of 1918 at William & Mary.
Sherlonda Goode-Jones is a Partner in the Public Sector Financial Services practice at Guidehouse. Her consulting career embodies more than 22 years of experience in financial services, transportation and pharmaceuticals. Sherlonda is a recognized thought leader in operations consulting. Her domains of expertise include operations strategy and transformation, transactions and service operations.
In her current role, Sherlonda leads a team that provides advisory services to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, as well as to other federal agencies involved in housing finance, financial stabilization and credit operations. She has helped to transform the service operations of some of the largest federal credit programs, while providing transaction services to billion dollar portfolios for housing and small business loans.
Sherlonda holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Marketing from the University of Virginia and a Master of Business Administration from the Darden School of Business, where she completed international business studies at the International University of Japan.
Todd Gray, MBA, PMP
Todd is a partner at Guidehouse working in health markets, specializing in strategy, business transformation and performance management. He leads our Atlanta-based consulting team focused on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), where he has supported the client with large enterprise transformation programs, including the design and implementation of a working capital fund for shared services, the development of CDC’s first enterprise risk management (ERM) program and a risk management framework for emergency operations, as well as the development of a portfolio management framework for enterprise administrative business systems.
Prior to joining Guidehouse, he worked with other public sector clients, including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of State, the Department of Justice, the US Postal Service and the Japanese Ministry of International Trade and Industry.
Todd holds a Master of Business Administration from the Ohio State University with a concentration in finance and international business. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from Wake Forest University. Todd earned his PMP certification and is trained in lean six sigma.
Alicia is a partner at Guidehouse who is passionate about serving mission-based organizations and helping them transform to make a positive impact on society while balancing cost efficiency, service, quality and compliance.
Alicia serves as our firm diversity leader, commercial healthcare practice leader and global engagement partner for key federal healthcare accounts, including the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. She has more than 25 years of consulting experience serving clients and growing high performing teams. Throughout her career, she has served the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, U.S. Military Health System, U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Education, state and local governments, for-profit education organizations, public and private colleges and universities, academic medical centers and commercial healthcare providers.
Before joining Guidehouse, Alicia was a partner at PwC where she was the commercial healthcare provider leader that grew the academic medical center and education advisory business, a vice president at BearingPoint and partner at KPMG Peat Marwick.
Alicia holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Lehigh University and attended INSEAD’s Executive Education Program, Understanding Business’ Strategic Agenda. She is a certified health care financial professional and certified change management professional.
James (Jim) is a partner at Guidehouse working in the areas of strategy and operations, supply chain management, product support and organizational transformation. At Guidehouse he works across the U.S. Department of Defense and provides subject matter expertise to our teams across the commercial and public sectors.
Prior to joining Guidehouse, Jim worked as a management consultant with PRTM Consulting within its Aerospace and Defense practice, focusing on supply chain management, product support and development. He began his career with General Motors Corporation supporting manufacturing operations and vehicle launch programs.
Jim holds a Master of Science in Industrial Administration from Carnegie Mellon University, a Master of Engineering in Industrial Engineering from the University of Buffalo and a Bachelor of Science from the Rochester Institute of Technology. He is certified as a lean six sigma black belt.
Chris is a managing director at Guidehouse, focusing on business transformation strategy and execution for federal health clients.
Prior to his position at Guidehouse, he served as a director in PwC’s public sector practice and a management consultant at BearingPoint, supporting federal clients with a broad array of management consulting services.
Chris earned a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Kentucky. He also holds a specialization in design thinking and innovation from the University of Virginia Darden School Of Executive Education and is a certified government financial manager (CGFM).
John Hunt, a partner at Guidehouse, is the public sector solutions leader focused on solving complex problems in the areas if cybersecurity, data analytics, robotic process automation and AI, digital and emerging technologies, ERP and business intelligence, IT strategy, supply chain risk management, enterprise risk management, and addressing capital projects and infrastructure.
John has 25 years of experience supporting both the private sector and the federal government, both as an employee for a U.S. Defense agency and as a PwC principal. John’s strengths lie in defining needs, maximizing value and achieving consensus.
John earned an Master of Science from Johns Hopkins in Computer Science and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Louisville in Engineering, Math, and Computer Science (EMACS). John is CISSP certified.
Jack L. Johnson, Jr.
Defense Sector Leader
Jack L. Johnson, Jr.
Defense Sector Leader
Jack Johnson is a partner with Guidehouse and leads the firm’s National Security practice. His portfolio of responsibility includes all service components within the U.S. Department of Defense (Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps), the Office of the Secretary of Defense, all other defense organizations and defense agencies as well as the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. He provides subject matter expertise in the areas of risk management, investigations, intelligence and security.
Previously, Jack Johnson was appointed as the first chief security officer (CSO) for the newly formed U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). In this capacity, he was involved in the establishment of DHS and integrating the 22 agencies that now comprise the department. He directed all security-related activities for DHS organizations and its 200,000 employees, was designated as the Cognizant Security Authority (CSA), having responsibility for all classified programs and information, as well as serving as the first DHS representative to the National Security Council.
Prior to his appointment at DHS, Jack Johnson had served more than 20 years with the United States Secret Service, rising to the position of deputy assistant director and serving in a wide range of assignments of increasing responsibility and complexity. His career includes the full range of investigative and intelligence related duties, both domestically and internationally, as well as assignments with various presidents, vice presidents, presidential candidates, and foreign heads of state.
Jack Johnson received his bachelor of science degree from the University of Maryland, a masters degree in forensic science from George Washington University and has completed additional post-graduate study at the University of Virginia and Johns Hopkins School of Management. He has previously testified before Congress on homeland security and national security related issues and is a frequent speaker at many national and international conferences, seminars, and symposiums. Additionally, he has also been featured on the CBS Morning Show, 60 Minutes, Forensic Files and The Today Show.
Sonie Kalidindi PMP, CSM
Sonie is a managing director at Guidehouse working in the areas of program management, data management and process automation. Sonie is a trusted, collaborative and dedicated advisor to public sector clients including the General Services Administration and the U.S. Department of Labor. Sonie has a passion for leading teams to deliver high value and impact that help her clients solve their complex problems.
Prior to joining Guidehouse, Sonie worked at KPMG where she advised and supported mission-critical and visible programs for public sector clients. She began her career as a technology analyst.
Sonie holds a Master of Science in Computer Science from George Mason University and a Bachelor of Science in Electronics and Communications Engineering from Osmania University. She is PMP certified and a certified scrum master.
Anaita is a partner at Guidehouse’s U.S. State and Local Government Advisory Practice, leading the northeast region. She has expertise in project management, customer experience, organizational design and governance, business process reengineering and data analytics. At Guidehouse, Anaita works with several state and city agencies on the topics of public housing, disaster recovery, transportation, grants management and operations.
Prior to joining the public sector, Anaita worked in financial services, focusing on compliance and operations in capital markets and banking.
Anaita holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania. Anaita currently sits on the board of the Regional Plan Association (RPA) and on the advisory board of Power My Learning, a New York-based non-profit focused on youth education and digital learning.
Bill Lewis, CPA
Financial Services Sector Leader
Bill Lewis, CPA
Financial Services Sector Leader
Mr. Lewis leads the financial services practice of Guidehouse. He is a retired partner of PwC, where he led audit and advisory engagements for large financial services entities and led its U.S. Banking and Capital Markets business and its Global Financial Services Regulatory Practice.
At Guidehouse, he and his team provide services to government agencies with federal credit programs or other mission or operating objectives that involve financial institutions, the capital markets and the companies that serve them as counterparties or regulated entities.
He has served as a PwC representative on the AICPA’s Depository Institutions Expert Panel, chairman of the AICPA’s Depository Institutions Guide Combination Task Force and a professional accounting fellow with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.
Cara McFadden, PMP and PMI-ACP
Cara is a passionate and collaborative leader focused on creating an environment where her teams are empowered and inspired to deliver high quality services that help clients solve their most important, complex problems. At Guidehouse, she is a partner within the international public sector practice, primarily focused on the U.S. Department of State.
Cara has been delivering information technology and business process transformation projects to public sector clients for nearly 20 years, specializing in IT project and portfolio management, strategic planning, evaluation and business process reengineering, and organizational change management.
Cara holds a Bachelor of Science from George Mason University, where she was a Division I athlete. She is a certified project management professional and agile certified practitioner.
Caitlin McGurn, CPA
Caitlin McGurn, CPA
Caitlin McGurn, CPA, PMP, CISA
Caitlin McGurn is a partner at Guidehouse focusing on financial management, risk management, strategic planning, project management, business transformation and asset management and disposition. At Guidehouse, Caitlin works on clients in the area of financial services, including the U.S. Department of Education, National Credit Union Administration and the U.S. Department of Treasury.
Caitlin has more than 15 years of experience and joined PwC as an assurance intern in Boston. She has worked in multiple areas, including commercial assurance, systems and process assurance and advisory consulting. Caitlin has supported clients in an advisory capacity across both the commercial and public sectors.
Caitlin has a bachelor’s degree in accountancy from the University of Notre Dame and a master’s degree in accountancy from Boston College. She is a CPA, a certified information systems auditor, a certified facilitator and a project management professional.
Scott McIntyre MBA, MS
Scott is the CEO of Guidehouse and a partner focused on government, aerospace and defense. His experience includes financial modeling, debt and cost restructuring and M&A transaction services.
Prior to joining Guidehouse, Scott was a partner at PwC where he led their U.S. and global public sector businesses as well as their U.S. National Security Practice. He was previously partner at KPMG focused on government, aerospace and defense, and industrial manufacturing clients.
Scott holds a Master of Science from The Johns Hopkins University, a Master of Business Administration from Willamette University and a Bachelor of Arts from Washington & Jefferson College. He is the chairman of the board of the Prevent Cancer Foundation and a board member of the Baldrige Foundation.
Robert McNamara is a managing director at Guidehouse and leads the strategy and IT solutions practice. At Guidehouse, he works across industry sectors advising senior executives on their business and technology strategies, helping them increase performance, build capabilities, improve service and reduce costs. Recent clients include the USPS, DHS-FEMA and NYPD.
Prior to joining Guidehouse, Robert led the federal strategy practice at Accenture. He has 20 years of consulting experience, working with clients on business, IT, and cybersecurity strategies, organization and operating model development, workforce improvement, enterprise transformation, process improvement, M&A and sustainability with commercial and public sector organizations in North America and Europe. He began his career at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and JP Morgan Chase, serving in various financial and investment banking roles.
Robert has a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Northwestern University. He also has his PMP certification.
Gaurav is a managing director in Guidehouse’s Capital Projects & Infrastructure (CP&I) services and leads the infrastructure resilience and recovery efforts in the state and local markets.
An architectural engineer with more than 19 years of experience, Gaurav specializes in supporting public sector entities involved in the delivery of large and complex multi-billion dollar disaster recovery programs, with a focus on long-term recovery and capital asset rebuilding strategies. He has been involved in recovery efforts in Texas, Missouri, Puerto Rico, New York, Louisiana, Colorado, Japan and Indonesia.
Gaurav has advised clients on project management oversight, governance assessments, risk assessments, contract reviews, policies and procedures, and management controls within several industries including energy, oil and gas, transportation, healthcare, hospitality and education.
Bryan Miller, CIA, CRMA, PMP
Bryan is a partner at Guidehouse working in the areas of financial management, supply chain strategy and operations redesign. He has more than 17 years of industry experience focused on delivering large scale transformational programs to the U.S. government, both locally and overseas. At Guidehouse, he works across our U.S. Department of Defense accounts and serves as the lead partner for the U.S. Navy portfolio.
Bryan leads high performing teams passionate about securing our Navy’s supply chain, increasing financial agility and improving the efficiency of some or our nation’s most critical aviation, surface and undersea platforms.
Bryan holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Economics from the University of San Diego, as well as multiple industry leading certifications. He is a PMI-certified project manager, certified internal auditor and certified risk manager.
State and Local Government Leader
State and Local Government Leader
Chris is a partner and the leader of Guidehouse’s State and Local Government practice. Chris has more than 25 years of experience helping to transform local governments, specializing in modernizing their economies, solving critical policy problems and identifying ways to leverage technology as an enabler of change. Chris has partnered with mayors and governors from leading U.S. and international cities, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Barcelona and Astana. Additionally, Chris leads the Guidehouse team of more than 100 consulting professionals dedicated to improving the quality of our communities and local governments.
Prior to joining Guidehouse, Chris served as the chief information officer for the city of Chicago for six years, helping Mayor Richard M. Daley to revitalize the nation’s third largest city. Chris and the Chicago team stood up the country’s first 311 customer call center and implemented a comprehensive enterprise resource planning (ERP) system, while also deploying tools to connect citizens with their government.
Chris holds a Master of Business Administration from the JL Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, and a Bachelor of Arts from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Chris lives on Chicago’s north side with his wife and three children.
Health Sector Leader
Health Sector Leader
Jill is the Guidehouse Health leader for the public sector. In this role, Jill oversees our delivery to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Military Health System and the Social Security Administration.
Prior to joining Guidehouse, Jill was a partner and the public sector health and benefits leader at PwC. She also served in various management consulting roles with KPMG and BearingPoint.
Jill is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A lifelong learner, Jill has completed professional education and certifications at INSEAD and Stanford University. She is also a certified project management professional (PMP). Jill serves on the board for The Children’s Inn at NIH and is a member of the Academy Health Corporate Council.
Bob is a partner at Guidehouse working in the areas of strategy and operations. At Guidehouse, he is a leader in our operations practice and heads our U.S. Army business and works primarily across the U.S. Department of Defense.
Prior to joining Guidehouse, Bob worked in strategy and operations at top-tier consulting firms where he led multiple strategy, transformation and operations engagements with a focus on measurable and sustainable improvements to performance and cost. He began his career as a U.S. Army Officer.
Bob holds a Master of Business Administration from Duke University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Accounting from Georgetown University. He also earned a graduate certificate in ERP (SAP) from Indiana University.
Ruben is a managing director at Guidehouse leading the ERP practice, which provides services in ERP Implementations, ERP Operations and Maintenance, Business Intelligence and Enterprise Performance Management. At Guidehouse, he works across the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Intelligence Community, Department of Defense and the State of Texas.
Prior to joining Guidehouse, Ruben worked as a principal at Deloitte Consulting where he focused on ERP Implementations, operations and maintenance and assessments. Over his career, he has worked in 18 countries across multiple commercial and public sector clients.
Ruben holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Lamar University in Computer Science with a minor in Accounting.
Mr. Phaneuf is currently a leader in the financial service practice. Some of Paul’s clients include the FDIC, NCUA, Federal Reserve Bank, OCC, and U.S. Treasury.
Paul has a broad array of consulting expertise, including IT services, program management, business process re-engineering, strategic planning, cost accounting, internal control reviews, auditing of policies and procedures, and regulatory reviews.
Paul has more than 25 years of experience in both the public and private sectors (financial services). He is a certified public accountant in Virginia and he graduated with a finance degree from Clemson University.
Tracey Pratt is a partner at Guidehouse with specific responsibility as a leader in the National Security Practice. She has more than twenty years of experience serving both the public and private sector with expertise in strategy development and execution, business transformation, change management, benchmarking and performance management.
Tracey joined the company in 2008 to assist in building the intelligence community (IC) practice focusing on strategy development and execution to support the IC mission. Tracey currently serves as a subject matter expert in strategy design and execution for our intelligence community practice. She has experience supporting agency level directors with strategy development and transformation, including assisting with the strategic transformation and implementation of one IC agency’s ten year strategy, receiving the Director’s Award for her contribution to their success.
Tracey is also committed to promoting women in leadership by serving on the Working Mother’s Media planning board for their Annual Women in National Security Careers Summit. Tracey graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science.
Raveen is a managing director at Guidehouse working in the areas of economic development, organizational strategy and large scale transformation. At Guidehouse, he concentrates on the state and local government space including large states, counties, cities, school districts and non-profit organizations.
Prior to joining Guidehouse, Raveen was an engineer at Intel Corporation and a financial analyst at the Federal Reserve Board.
Raveen holds a Master of Business Administration and Master of Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Illinois.
Tom Rhoads, CPA
Tom Rhoads, CPA
Tom is a managing director at Guidehouse working in financial management and operational efficiency. Within Guidehouse, Tom works across the U.S. Department of Defense serving the military services and the department’s other defense organizations.
Tom holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Brigham Young University and is a certified public accountant.
Debbie is the chief financial officer at Guidehouse, managing the financial operations of the business. She oversees the accounting, financial planning and analysis, treasury, tax and pricing functions of the firm.
Prior to joining Guidehouse, Debbie served as chief financial officer of Constellis and Centerra Group. Prior to her role at Constellis, she served as chief financial officer of A-T Solutions until its sale to PAE in 2015. She began her career as a certified public accountant at KPMG.
Debbie holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh, where she attended as a Fellow of the Katz Graduate School of Business. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Bentley University.
Lisa is a partner at Guidehouse working in the areas of strategic planning, business process transformation, enterprise risk management, large scale program management, internal controls, asset disposition and change management. At Guidehouse she has several years of experience leading teams at the U.S. Department of Education Federal Student Aid (FSA), Department of Treasury, IRS, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, National Credit Union Administration and Fannie Mae, among others.
Prior to joining Guidehouse, Lisa worked at the Government Accountability Office, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe.
Lisa holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in accounting from Webster University, where she studied at the Vienna campus in Austria.
Rick Rodman, MBA
Rick is a partner at Guidehouse working in the areas of strategic planning, trend assessments, business case studies, operational effectiveness and business process re-engineering. Rick’s projects have required him to manage the development and implementation of large scale programs at several federal civilian agencies.
He has received numerous recognition awards from his clients for his leadership, performance and contribution to excellence. He served as one of the partners who helped win the 2014 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award for performance excellence through innovation, improvement and visionary leadership.
Rick holds a Master of Business Administration from Georgetown University, and a Bachelor of Science in Imaging Science from Rochester Institute of Technology. He was an engineer at NASA, and while there received several certificates of appreciation for outstanding work from Robert Crippen (former Center Director of Kennedy Space Center) and from astronauts for support of shuttle launches.
National Security Sector Leader
National Security Sector Leader
M. John Saad, PMP
John is a partner at Guidehouse working in the areas of organizational transformation, operations redesign, claims analysis and financial management. At Guidehouse he leads our homeland security and law enforcement sector, which encompasses our work across the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Department of Justice and the Intelligence Community.
Prior to joining Guidehouse, John worked in PwC’s forensics practice on complex claims analysis including numerous post-disaster claims funds and compensation programs such as the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, Qatar Katrina Fund and the TSA Airline Security Infrastructure Fee.
John holds a Master of Business Administration in Strategy and a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. He is program management professional and he serves on the board of directors for the Homeland Security and Defense Business Council, as well as the American Red Cross National Capital Region. John is an adjunct professor of business administration at George Washington University.
Pete is a partner at Guidehouse focusing on mission effectiveness for clients facilitating strategy development, customer/mission requirements management, operations optimization, human capital optimization and unit costing assessments. At Guidehouse, he works across the government, most recently for the 17 components of the intelligence community and has responsibility for the Federal Advanced Programs account for Guidehouse.
For 25 years, Pete has assisted federal, state and local governments as well as other not-for-profit organizations and universities in creating, studying and leveraging commercial and other government leading practices in mission and operational effectiveness. Pete assists today’s leaders in creating an agile workforce and enterprise to maximize the impact on mission for the dynamic demands of our citizens.
Pete holds a bachelor’s degree in science in business management from George Mason University with additional coursework in Europe studying consumer engagement and change management. Pete has also studied strategy development and leadership at INSEAD’s Asia campus in Singapore. Pete is a member of the board of directors for the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA) and a board of trustee member for the Intelligence and National Security Foundation (INSF).
William O. Seiferth, CPA
William O. Seiferth, CPA
William O. Seiferth CPA, CFE, CGMA, PMP
William is a managing director at Guidehouse leading program management, risk management, eDiscovery, investigations, cybersecurity and business process reengineering engagements. At Guidehouse he works across the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation and the commercial sector.
Prior to joining Guidehouse, William worked more than 27 years with PwC performing independent assessments, strategy, forensic accounting, financial management and cyber risk assessments. He directed some of PwC’s most contentious/high profile engagements involving eDiscovery, computer forensics, investigations, money laundering, cyber security and security assessments in both the federal and private sectors.
William holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and English from Virginia Military Institute and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from George Mason University. He is a certified public accountant, certified fraud examiner, chartered global management accountant and a project management professional.
Chas Shaffer is the chief information officer at Guidehouse, responsible for all aspects of information technology and data security, including IT strategy, cloud solutions, networking, end user devices and back office systems.
Chas joins Guidehouse with more than 25 years of senior IT leadership experience. Prior to joining Guidehouse, Chas was the CIO for PwC Public Sector LLP, where he led the “cloud first” strategy and business transformation for the practice. He has also held positions as a CIO partner with Tatum, project executive roles at IBM and IT managing director roles with PwC Management Consulting Services.
Chas has a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology from Old Dominion University and has completed Executive MBA programs at the University of Richmond Robins School Of Business. Chas is PMP certified and is a registered EIT.
Riz is a partner at Guidehouse and leads the capital projects and services practice focusing on bringing innovative solutions for our clients operating in the built environment.
Riz specializes in supporting entities involved in the delivery of large and complex multi-billion dollar capital investments and programs, working side by side with project owners, developers, financiers/investors, corporates, government entities and international contractors on improving capital project performance in the infrastructure, energy, transport, real estate and industrial sectors.
Riz holds a Bachelor of Arts in Education in Architectural Engineering, Construction Management and Business Administration from Penn State University and also serves on the board of the College of Architectural Engineering.
Jas Singh is a managing director at Guidehouse working in the areas of enterprise resource planning, business intelligence and enterprise performance management solutions. At Guidehouse, he works in the solutions horizontal delivering technology and business solutions to a diverse set of public sector clients.
Prior to joining Guidehouse, Jas worked in enterprise resource planning at BearingPoint, implementing agency-wide financial management solutions for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and other public sector entities. He began his career delivering supply chain and financial management solutions with Infosys technologies.
Jas holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engg from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi. He is a PMP certified professional and holds multiple technical certifications in Oracle and related technologies.
David Sites, CPA
David Sites, CPA
David Sites, MBA, CPA, CISA
Dave is a managing director at Guidehouse working in cybersecurity, financial management controls and operational efficiency. At Guidehouse, he works across the U.S. Department of Human Services, serving the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Controls.
Prior to joining Guidehouse, Dave worked in the areas of IT security, operational process improvement, credit review and due diligence for acquisitions of banks and savings and loans for Citigroup.
Dave holds a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Baltimore. Dave is an adjunct faculty member at the Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland.
Rodney is a managing director at Guidehouse working in the area of national security, particularly on intelligence, homeland security and defense issues, and leads our open source solution, including supply chain risk management and social media research and analysis. He works across the national security spectrum on open source, mission execution, strategic planning and business process improvement primarily related to the Intelligence Community, U.S. Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, Department of State, Department of Justice, Department of Treasury and other departments and agencies partnering with them.
Before joining Guidehouse, Rodney was a consultant with PwC’s public sector. Prior to that, he served a full career in the U.S. government, including as chief of station in the Middle East, CIA chief of staff under two directors, senior director and special assistant to the President at the White House and assistant commissioner at U.S. Customs and Border Protection. He helped stand up the National Counterterrorism Center and began his career as a presidential management intern and an analyst.
Rodney holds a Master of Business Administration from a European university, and he’s completed post-graduate studies at Columbia University. He also holds his bachelor of arts degree from UCLA.
Chris is a managing director at Guidehouse responsible for all client sales and account development. Chris leads, manages and directs strategic sales and pipeline development across U.S. federal government, international multilateral (e.g., NATO), and state and local accounts. Chris also has responsibility for developing, managing and fielding the public sector sales team.
Prior to joining Guidehouse in 2005, Chris was a partner and global healthcare sales leader at Bearingpoint, Inc. (formerly KPMG, LLP). He began his career as an epidemiologist with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention in Atlanta.
Chris holds an Master of Public Administration and Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Texas Tech University. He also attended executive leadership programs at The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
Bill Stephens, Ph.D.
Bill Stephens, Ph.D.
Bill is a managing director at Guidehouse, leading the firm’s Data Analytics team. At Guidehouse, he supports account teams to meet their clients’ data analytics needs across the federal, state and local governments and international organizations.
Prior to joining Guidehouse, Bill was a senior vice president in the Consumer Finance Division of SunTrust Bank, covering mortgages and other consumer lending. He began his career as a foreign service officer at the U.S. Department of State.
Bill holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Maryland with a specialty in econometrics.
Julie Teahan, PMP, CCMP
Julie is a partner at Guidehouse working in the areas of change management, strategic planning and talent innovation. At Guidehouse, she works across the Military Health System, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Agriculture and National Institutes of Health.
For more than 20 years, Julie has used a combination of strategy, behavioral science, creativity, and endless energy to help businesses navigate their journey to something better.
Julie holds a Master of Science in Applied Behavioral Science from Johns Hopkins Carey School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Loyola University in Maryland. She is certified in project management, facilitation and change management. She speaks frequently on a number of topics, including talent innovation, flexibility in the workplace, personal branding and employee engagement.
Phil is a partner in Guidehouse’s Defense Practice, where he brings over 30 years of operations strategy, supply chain and strategic sourcing experience to bear on client issues within the Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security. A passionate, high-energy leader, Phil focuses on delivering exceptional value to clients by clarifying strategic vision and translating this vision into practical improvements that yield significant, tangible and sustainable results.
Prior to Guidehouse, Phil spent 10 years in executive and line-management positions responsible for logistics, customer service, and product management. Phil also worked over 20 years with leading operational consulting firms – PwC, PRTM, A.T. Kearney and Deloitte – where he specialized in supply chain management, acquisition support and manufacturing.
Phil graduated cum laude from Dartmouth College, earning a double major in engineering and psychology, and received an Masters of Business Administration with distinction from Harvard Business School. Phil has also completed Executive Education courses at London Business School and INSEAD.
Shannon White, MBA, PMP, CSM
Shannon is a partner at Guidehouse working in the areas of grants management, internal controls, transformation and process improvement. At Guidehouse, she works across the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Shannon also serves as the firm’s Corporate Social Responsibility Leader, where she helps to lead the firm’s volunteer and giving efforts.
Prior to joining Guidehouse, she worked as an investment banker, a senior officer managing community development programs and as a volunteer high school teacher in South Africa. She has also served as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy.
Shannon holds a Master of Business Administration in Finance from Columbia Business School and a Bachelor of Arts in Government from Georgetown University.
Land, Resources & Infrastructure Leader
Land, Resources & Infrastructure Leader
Karen is honored to serve the government as a partner at Guidehouse, helping agencies improve their services to customers and citizens, reducing risk, optimizing assets and achieving results that stand up to scrutiny. She leads Guidehouse’s Science & Infrastructure sector, which includes service to the U.S. Departments of Transportation, Interior, Agriculture, Commerce, Energy and others – all with missions that are data- and risk-focused, and charged with effective management of our nation’s land, infrastructure and resources.
Karen began her career at Arthur Andersen as a founding member of the firm’s government consulting practice. She also served as vice president of a market research firm focused on government programs and was with the PwC public sector for 10 years (six years as a partner).
Karen has a master’s degree in education and bachelor’s degrees in history and journalism. She is a certified facilitator and an experienced trainer and writer. She derives extreme pleasure from bringing order to chaos and strategically charting courses to leave organizations better than she found them.
Brian Wodarski CISSP, CISA, CGEIT
Brian is a partner at Guidehouse, specializing in helping clients manage the intersection of information technology and risk while managing organizational change, regulatory compliance, and external and internal threats. At Guidehouse, he works across the homeland security and law enforcement space.
Prior to joining Guidehouse, Brian held positions of increasing responsibility at several professional services firms and within industry, where he developed significant experience with IT strategy, program management, security and governance risk and compliance.
Brian holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and an Master of Science in Management Information Systems, both from Northern Illinois University. He is CISSP, CISA, and CGEIT certified.
Pavel Zaprudsky, PMP
Pavel is a managing director at Guidehouse focusing on organizational strategy, process improvement and emerging technologies. At Guidehouse he works in health markets out of our Atlanta office with a focus on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Pavel has worked across multiple programs within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to include obtaining ISO20K certification of a datacenter, operation of an enterprise email system and standup of a working capital fund. He began his consulting career enhancing business viability of media outlets in emerging markets on behalf of the U.S. Agency for International Development and advising UPS on benefits administration.
Pavel holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Georgia and a Bachelor of Science in Physics and Power Engineering from Belarusian State University. He is PMP and ITIL certified, a trained facilitator and an ACT/IAC fellow.