Teresa "Tess" Esola
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.
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.
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.
As a certified Prosci change management instructor/Certified Change Management Professional, Anne passionately champions meaningful ways to lead the people side of change. She is a Senior Change Management Strategist at the Department of Veterans Affairs where she has led change efforts across the 300,000-plus-employee agency to ensure America's Veterans receive the best outcomes. She draws upon her many experiences executing change across the VA where she developed and executed the first ever CM strategy for the Veterans Hospital Administration comprised of over 80 program offices and 160 medical centers. She also initiated a CM training program which has enabled 1500 new VA employees to receive training in Prosci’s 3-day change practitioner program.
Anne is a veteran, West Point graduate, and an Army wife, she believes in the power of networks and has built strong personal and professional networks all over the country. She would like to utilize her leadership experiences and change management knowledge to help enhance the mission of the ACMP DC chapter.
As Vice President, Anne would like to work with the ACMP DC chapter to sharpen roles and activities to improve chapter offerings in an efficient and effective way through the application of best practices.
Anne is a current member of ACMP DC where she has volunteered with the Federal Community of Practice (COP) for the last several years. She currently holds the following certifications: Prosci Change Practitioner, Prosci Advanced Practitioner, Prosci Change Practitioner Instructor, Certified Change Management Professional (CCMP).
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 22 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 is responsible for the enhancement of chapter governance and operations to deliver a high-quality ACMP DC member experience, integrate chapter initiatives, and influence engagement practices 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.
Tamia also 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.
Stacy is an innovative, results-oriented change management professional with extensive professional experience focused on change management and the career development of others. She holds a Master’s in Education in Organization and Leadership and various certifications including change management, Human Resources, Leader Development, and project management. She is also an ICF certified coach. She has participated in change activities for startups, mergers and acquisitions, Fortune 500 companies, Government, Healthcare and Higher Education institutions. As a principal consultant at Avaap, she is responsible for change management, communications, and training on large-scale systems implementations across multiple industries. She loves watching others grow and coaching leaders to better position them to reach their full potential. As a motivated and action-oriented volunteer, she is a volunteer with ACMP global and the ACMP DC chapter where she has served as a speaker liaison for annual events.
Stacy lives in Richmond, Virginia. She currently volunteers with a dog rescue group and is a member of Richmond Professional Women for Good, a Women’s Giving Circle focused on fundraising and donating time and money to the local community.
She currently holds the following certifications: Prosci, PMP (Project Management Professional), ACC (Associate Certified Coach), SHRM-SCP (Senior Certified Professional), SPHR (Senior Professional in Human Resources), Hogan Assessment, Personalysis, and Strengthsfinders (among others).
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!
Director, Communities of Practice
Matthew is a certified change management and project management professional. He currently the Director, Go-To-Market Enablement at Collinra where he is responsible for integrating Change Management best practices into global field enablement, learning measurement, and strategy for Go-To-Market (GTM), Marketing, Business Development, Sales, Sales Engineering, Customer Success, and Professional Services. In prior roles, he has led an award-winning global enablement program and Change Management standardizing role-based skills training and also transformed a training reporting team into an agile learning measurement and analytics function helping to drive to change adoption.
As the Director of Communities of Practice (CoP), Matthew would like to help offer and support delivery of activities-based models to connect real-world use cases, tips, and demos/examples of change management work in action for chapter members. He is specifically interested in these activities as they relate to the integration of program planning with change management and ways to integrate role-based skills learning measurement with change management. Matt is an active volunteer in the ACMP DC chapter supporting the Communities of Practice and contributing knowledge through the chapter’s speaker series.
Matthew currently holds the following certifications: Change Management (CCMP, PROSCI, Cornell), Project Management (PMP, PfMP), Agile (PMI-ACP, Scrum Master), and Six Sigma Green Belt (Process Owner). He is a graduate of Southern New Hampshire University where he received both a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Finance and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA).