Consulting Team

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Cindy Abbott, PMP


Position:
Managing Consultant

Year Joined the Firm:
2010, over 23 years IT industry experience

Range of Experience:
Ms. Abbott is a client services and IT management professional. She has a proven ability to work with clients to define requirements, research technical options, and successfully deliver innovative solutions to support the goals of the organization. She has successfully managed teams of four to 22 members, along with P&L responsibility from $1M to $5M.

Expertise:
Technology Planning, Technology Procurement, Implementation, and Operations 


Chris Ashford


Position:
Consultant

Year Joined the Firm:
2005, over 21 years IT industry experience

Range of Experience:
Mr. Ashford ia a results-driven professional with expertise as a developer and sysadmin for Windows Server; UNIX/LINUX, including SQL Server; Informix; Sybase; and Oracle.

Expertise:
Database and Web Applications


Wesley Crews


Position:

Managing Consultant

Year Joined the Firm:
2001, over 15 years IT industry experience

Range of Experience:
Mr. Crews has successfully planned, marketed, developed and implemented innovative technology solutions for public and private sector clients. Mr. Crews has expertise in technology consulting, application development, IT product development, systems design, system analysis, database administration and system administration. Backed by his experience as an application developer and information analyst, Mr. Crews brings significant experience to bear when evaluating a client's use of technology and implementing technology solutions.

Expertise:
Application Development, Assessments and Process Re-engineering


Lee Curtis


Position:
Managing Consultant

Year Joined the Firm:
2006, over 30 years IT industry experience

Range of Experience:
Mr. Curtis has been a top-tier IT manager with a number of public sector organizations. Mr. Curtis has provided in-depth consulting to both the private and public sectors supporting a wide range of IT technologies. He is an experienced project manager, accomplished writer and a well-versed consultant providing in-depth technology assessments and innovative strategic plans.

Expertise:
Technology Implementations, Operations and Strategic Planning


Rick Elwood


Position:
Consultant

Year Joined the Firm:
2016, over 15 years of IT industry experience

Range of Experience:
Mr. Elwood holds a degree in Computer Science and has a long history of IT experience ranging from web development, networking, technical support and electronic repair. He stays up to date on current and trending developments in software and IT.

Expertise:
Java, .Net, PHP, JavaScript, C++, Python, C, Perl, C#, Swift and x86 Assembly. Built and maintained web sites; responsible for web and mail servers; designed, implemented, and maintained a network running both Macintosh and Windows-based personal computers, routers, hubs, scanners, and file servers.


Michael Gomez


Position:

Managing Consultant

Year Joined the Firm:
2016, over 15 years of finance industry experience

Range of Experience:
Mr. Gomez attained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and a Master of Public Administration degree, and has more than 15 years of public sector experience. Mr. Gomez’s experience includes roles as Sponsor and Lead Project Manager for the implementation of a new Enterprise Resources Planning (ERP) system for a public sector agency. His responsibilities and oversight included budget planning, implementation, testing, data validation, and administration. Since joining the firm, Mr. Gomez has focused on ERP consulting where his background has allowed him to effectively address customer needs and technology solutions.

Expertise:
Procurement/Selection, Project Management, Implementation


David Gougis


Position:

Managing Consultant

Year Joined the Firm:
2007, over 23 years IT industry experience

Range of Experience:
Mr. Gougis’ experience includes working within the public sector environment, as well as providing consultative services to organizations serving the public sector. This unique background has allowed Mr. Gougis to develop expertise in addressing customer needs and developing effective technological solutions.

Expertise:
Project Management, Strategic Planning, Process Re-engineering, Technology Procurement and Implementation


Rick Hayes, PMP


Position:
Managing Consultant

Year Joined the Firm:
2004, over 19 years IT industry experience

Range of Experience:
Mr. Hayes has demonstrated skills in project management, technology delivery, requirements analysis, technology consulting, costing, strategic planning, systems design, proposal development, and financial management. He has a proven track record of supporting both long term operations and small and large-scale project management and system implementation efforts. Mr. Hayes has led numerous types of projects, including software development, help desk, telecommunications network, data center operations, hardware/software maintenance operations, applications maintenance, and overall technical support.

Expertise:
Strategic Planning, Project Management, and Technology Procurement and Implementations


Rick Keyes, MSc, PMP

Rick Keyes
Position:
Managing Consultant

Year Joined the Firm:
2016, over 25 years of IT industry experience

Range of Experience:
Mr. Keyes has experience ranging from an IT Systems Analyst to serving as the Chief Information Officer for public sector organizations. A certified Project Management Professional, he has extensive project management experience for a variety of state and local government IT projects both for NexLevel and as owner / operator of his own consulting firm. Mr. Keyes also has participated in or led technology assessments and software procurements both as a consultant and as a public-sector project owner. He is extremely effective at building delivery teams to achieve organizational objectives and to implement IT solutions, and is skilled in contract and vendor management. 

Expertise:
Initiative Development, IT Portfolio Management, Operational Assessments, Policy/Procedure Development, Project Management, Vendor/Contract Management, RFP Development, Strategic Planning


Kristin Landstrom, MBA, PMP


Position:

Managing Consultant

Year Joined the Firm:
2001, over 18 years IT industry experience

Range of Experience:
Ms. Landstrom's expertise includes managing large technology implementations and operations, which included developing project plans and estimates, overseeing day-to-day project activities, providing project control, leading efforts to identify project risks and alternatives to mitigate those risks and keeping projects on schedule and on budget, while ensuring all deliverables and milestones are met.

Expertise:
Project Management, Technology Implementations and Operations


Stephen Madler


Position:
Managing Consultant

Year Joined the Firm:
2014, over 30 years IT industry experience

Range of Experience:
Mr. Madler has been a top-tier IT manager with a number of public sector organizations. Mr. Madler has provided in-depth consulting to both the private and public sectors supporting a wide range of IT technologies. He is an experienced project manager, and a well-versed
consultant providing in-depth technology assessments and innovative strategic plans.  He has provided interim IT support at all levels of IT.

Expertise:
Interim IT support, Project Management, IT Governance, Strategic Planning, Operational Assessments, Disaster/Recovery Planning, Policy/Procedure Development, Best Practices


Nancy Roberts


Position:
Technical Writer Consultant

Year Joined the Firm:
2015, over 20 years technical writing experience

Range of Experience:
Ms. Roberts’ experience includes a concentration in writing, editing, and maintaining a wide range of technical documentation. The documentation includes operational manuals, user guides, agency status reports, client required system security documents and filings, and technical training communication materials. These tasks required input and/or decisions regarding overall design and layout of documents including the origination of charts, diagrams, figures, and text to include complete, accurate, and detailed descriptions to achieve overall objectives. Ms. Roberts has worked as a technical writer for a nationwide healthcare organization, and has written/edited Request for Proposal (RFP) responses for the federal government and the private sector.

Expertise:
Operational Manuals, User Guides, Training Materials


Mike Stein


Position:

Managing Consultant

Year Joined the Firm:
2013, over 30 years IT industry experience

Range of Experience:
Mr. Stein has more than 30 years of experience in the public sector, the telecommunications industry, and commercial banking. His career has been focused on helping organizations effectively utilize technology to solve business problems through business process re-engineering, strategic systems planning, procurement assistance, definition of requirements, and project management. In recent years, he has been primarily engaged in facilitating the development of IT strategies, assisting organizations in finding effective ways to exchange information, and in improving internal processes. Prior to joining NexLevel, he served as a Principal at IDC, as the Director, Systems and Technology Programs, for SEARCH: The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics, as the Team Leader, Public Safety and Justice for Gartner (formerly Gartner Group), and as a Solutions Director, Information Services Group (ISG), Unisys Corporation.

Expertise:
Strategic Planning, Project Management, Process Re-engineering, Technology Procurement and Implementations, IT Governance


Wendell Yacur, PMP


Position:
Senior Consultant

Year Joined the Firm:
2000, over 23 years IT industry experience

Range of Experience:
Mr. Yacur is an accomplished management consultant, project manager, proposal manager, procurement manager, recruiter, trainer, and documentation specialist, which includes the project management and oversight of IT implementations; development and implementation of business processes; and development of technology proposals, strategic plans, IT policy and process/procedure documentation, grant proposals and request for proposals (RFPs). He has extensive experience with state and local government, public utilities and private industry, supporting industries such as human services, health services, environmental services, fish and game, and utilities.

Expertise:
Strategic Planning, Procurement/Selection, and Project Management

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