Meet Our Team

Our hiring philosophy: Does the candidate bring skills and experience beyond what we already possess? Your strategy in selecting a consultant should be similar. Our consultants add to your resources with academic and professional experience in business, social services, law, engineering, and the sciences.

  • Whitney Agopian

    Whitney Agopian

    Whitney has a strong background in rule and policy analysis, contract development and the procurement process, as well as research and writing skills.   She has worked in a variety of industries including healthcare and law.  She has additional experience in grant writing; working with non-profits; and program monitoring and evaluation, which she gained while serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer.  Whitney…

  • Nicole Alonzo

    Nicole Alonzo

    Nicole is passionate about communication. She thrives when meeting with others and is most satisfied when she can bring together a group of people from different backgrounds and get everyone on the same page. This has served her especially well in project management, where the technical/engineering side of an issue can appear to be at odds with the business needs of an agency. The most satisfying…

  • Alli Anderson

    Alli Anderson

    Alli is always up for having the tough conversations that deliver the best results. And she thrives on collaboration, challenges, and new ideas. She brings over a decade of experience in the public, non-profit, and private sectors mainly working with human service agencies and the juvenile justice system.

  • Holly Bingeman

    Holly Bingeman

    Holly’s background consists of business operations, financial disciplines, project management, quality assurance and testing, marketing and communications, and customer services. Having strong business, computer, communication skills, and organizational skills, Holly builds authentic relationships with her customers and peers. Furthermore, she has diverse experience with RFP development, quality…

  • Julie Breedlove

    Julie Breedlove

    Julie joined Public Knowledge with more 15 years’ experience in government agencies that serve children and families. She has extensive experience in federal reporting, and she trained state employees in federal documentation. Her background also includes conducting needs assessments and gap analyses, as well as developing RFPs for state agencies.

  • Rhonda Brinkoeter

    Rhonda Brinkoeter

    Rhonda has over 20 years of project management experience in both the private and public sectors. Her experience includes large-scale technology project management, risk management, requirements analysis, configuration management, and management of testing and data conversion efforts. She is skilled in Quality Assurance, Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V), feasibility studies, procurement…

  • Adam Brown

    Adam Brown

    Adam is a management consultant with over 10 years of experience in project management, quality assurance, quality control, engineering, transportation design, risk identification and mitigation, technical documentation, writing, editing, performance metrics, quality standards, software development and implementation projects, project coordination, and stakeholder engagement. Adam has developed, analyzed,…

  • Paul Cartland

    Paul Cartland

    Paul has over 20 years of experience helping public and private sector clients solve business problems using technology in the fields of health, human services, logistics and customer service. Paul earned a Bachelor of Science in Sociology and a Master of Science in Systems Management while serving in the US Navy. After retiring from the Navy, he did post graduate studies in project management. His…

  • Melissa Davis

    Melissa Davis

    For more than 20 years, Melissa has helped public sector leaders identify strategic improvement opportunities, enhance strengths, and achieve desired outcomes at the community, city, county, and state levels. With a background in organizational development and project management, Melissa helps clients identify their vision for the future and design a strategy to achieve it. She consults on a wide…

  • Jessica Dill

    Jessica Dill

    Jessica is a big picture thinker who likes to get to the core of the project and why it matters. She is solution focused, and she enjoys asking questions and connecting the dots. A certified Medicaid Professional, she brings recent experience in IT planning and procurement for public health agencies. Her background also includes IT Roadmap development, alternatives analysis, feasibility studies, RFP…

  • Greg Gamette

    Greg Gamette

    Greg has 18 years of consulting experience with public and private sector organizations. He has worked with numerous state agencies and large companies, helping them improve their use of information in decision-making processes. He has performed planning, design, implementation, data analysis, independent verification & validation (IV&V), quality assurance (QA), and other project management…

  • Candace Garman

    Candace Garman

    Candace gets excited at the prospect of finding a more efficient way to complete a process. She has a knack for understanding pain points and road blocks and using them to drive process improvements and uses her excitement to garner buy-in when implementing change management. Her 12 years in the public sector have given Candace the experience needed to take on any project, big or small. She is experienced…

  • Kellynn Gates

    Kellynn Gates

    Kellynn is the proposal coordinator for Public Knowledge, LLC. Her ten years of writing and editing experience enable her to help find the words to answer the reader’s unasked questions. She loves to find the balance between clarity and conciseness. Kellynn draws on her administrative experience to meet deadlines, establish priorities, and delegate tasks. She strives to keep growing and learning…

  • Sibyl Govan

    Sibyl Govan

    Sibyl is both analytical and practical. She dives into complex problems, quickly digests the relevant data, and looks for the most expedient way to move forward. Her past career as a public manager, along with her MPA degree, give her a unique understanding of our government clients. Sibyl has managed projects in the telecommunications, GIS, health insurance, natural resources and Justice sectors.

  • Kassie Gram

    Kassie Gram

    Kassie has 19 years of project management experience and is a certified Project Management Professional through the Project Management Institute. During her nine years with Public Knowledge, she has managed more than two dozen projects. Her work is focused on supporting our health and human services clients in project management, system and program implementation planning, stakeholder and communication…

  • Jerilyn Grow

    Jerilyn Grow

    Jerilyn has 13 years experience managing projects and programs in the public and non-profit sector. Her professional focus for the past 10 years has been Quality Assurance (QA) and Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V) projects. Additional management consulting experience includes planning, alternatives analysis, procurement assistance, vendor performance and contract compliance monitoring,…

  • Shannon Grzybowski

    Shannon Grzybowski

    Shannon has more than 12 years of state and local government experience in policy research and analysis, organizational improvement, project management, and performance auditing. She has deep and varied experience conducting strategic planning and organizational assessments, facilitating teams, and helping organizations prepare for and implement change. Shannon has strong research skills and is…

  • Christoph Hansel

    Christoph Hansel

    Christoph has over 20 years of experience in IT and Management Consulting. He has extensive business analysis and project/program management skills across a wide range of industries and verticals. Christoph has extensive experience using various lifecycle methodologies for IT implementations. He has strong analytical skills and is fluent in English, German, and Spanish. Christoph received his Bachelor…

  • Alicia Chancellor Hansen

    Alicia Chancellor Hansen

    Alicia has been assisting people in managing, improving, understanding, and utilizing their data and data systems for over 10 years. Her passion for statistics and data analysis, primarily in public health and health care, combined with project and program management experience, contribute to her unique strengths in identifying productive solutions and collaborations between IT, software developers,…

  • Renee HK LeBlond

    Renee HK LeBlond

    Renee draws on her experience in program evaluation, creation, and administration to provide research, project control, analysis, and reporting services for our clients. Prior to joining Public Knowledge, she conducted federal policy and best practices research to assess and develop diversity programs at the Oregon Department of Transportation and the Oregon Legislature. Her duties included compiling…

  • Jill Hooper

    Jill Hooper

    Jill has more than 25 years of experience in communications and organizational change management (OCM). She has expertise in change readiness, developing and implementing effective communication strategies for internal and external audiences, and content development. This expertise is coupled with strong organizational and research skills. Jill is adept at building high-quality, respectful, and trusting…

  • Barbara Kloth

    Barbara Kloth

    An optimistic visionary and creative problem solver, Barbara thrives on helping individuals, organizations, and communities achieve their goals. She is able to break the big picture down into logical increments and help people implement step-by-step change. She uses her excellent communication skills to articulate a clear path forward, get stakeholders on board, and bring them together to work toward…

  • Ramona Kramer

    Ramona Kramer

    Ramona has provided professional management consulting services to health and human services agencies for more than 19 years. Ramona has deep experience assisting clients plan, procure, and implement new systems and program services resulting from federal initiatives including the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the USDA Food and Nutrition Service. Ramona currently manages an IT planning…

  • Dava Leonard

    Dava Leonard

    Dava has more than 25 years of combined experience as a writer, editor, teacher, entrepreneur, volunteer manager, and public relations professional. She completed her BS in Consumer Studies at the University of Utah and her MA in Organizational Communication at Ohio University. Her teaching and training experience includes business communication, organizational behavior, interpersonal communication,…

  • Marc Leonard

    Marc Leonard

    Marc joined Public Knowledge with experience as a management trainee, political campaign field organizer, and team leader in his community. He uses his excellent analytical, technical, organizational, interpersonal, and problem-solving skills to provide project management support on projects for our clients. His current duties include project control and scheduling, deliverable review, testing, and…

  • Kelli Mahan

    Kelli Mahan

    Kelli is the Business Operations Manager for Public Knowledge. She has more than 25 years' experience in human resources management, event planning, operations management, and administrative support. She has worked with state and local government entities, non-profit organizations, and private industries, including health care, family entertainment, and legal services.  Kelli manages the business…

  • Marshall Major

    Marshall Major

    Marshall is the Chief Information Officer for Public Knowledge and has been serving professional service firms technology needs since 1993, most recently as the IT Director for an Idaho law firm. With over 26 years in technology design, strategy and training, he has an extensive background in computer networking starting with Novell NetWare and extending through Windows and Linux servers, VMWare virtualization,…

  • Stephanie Meisner-Maggard

    Stephanie Meisner-Maggard

    Stephanie has 15 years of experience managing projects and programs in the private, public, and non-profit sectors. For the last 10 years she has focused on business and marketing management through advising small to large businesses, as well as policymakers. She has extensive experience in problem identification and solution implementation through the work of addressing organizational and industry…

  • Sara Melendez

    Sara Melendez

    Sara has more than six years of event management and planning experience, and she has coordinated nearly 800 gatherings.  She brings strong problem-solving, communication, and organizational skills to every project. Sara believes careful listening is a key to her success. She can hear and respond to her clients’ expressed needs, and she can detect underlying, unrecognized issues. She knows how…

  • Stacey Obrecht

    Stacey Obrecht

    Stacey is the Chief Executive Officer of Public Knowledge, LLC, and has more than 20 years of experience working within governmental agencies, educational institutions, and nonprofit organizations in business operations, strategic planning, communications and stakeholder engagement, program management, project management, rule analysis and design, policy analysis and design, quality assurance, group…

  • Aaron Oldre

    Aaron Oldre

    Aaron has a background of ten years in the neuroscience community working with BI tools on big data. He has experience in pipeline optimization and tracking key performance indicators of large scale data production pipelines. Aaron is skilled at influencing cross-functional stakeholders to drive clarity and alignment around reporting needs and processes. He is able to manipulate and analyze large…

  • Allison Olson

    Allison Olson

    Allison offers over 13 years’ experience in child welfare, including direct service, project management, policy development and oversight, team management, program coordination, and stakeholder engagement. With a focus on change management and implementation planning, Allison has led public child welfare agencies through assessments of current practice as well as work planning to achieve systems…

  • Jeff Pearson

    Jeff Pearson

    Jeff has 18 years of product design and project management experience with private sector organizations. He has performed stakeholder management; translated high level customer requirements into detailed project requirements; managed multi-disciplinary teams through product design through release into the marketplace; and led product quality assurance efforts using traceability matrices to ensure…

  • Ron Puent

    Ron Puent

    Ron has over 23 years of experience in the public sector and Medicaid field. He has hands-on experience managing operations programs, technical projects, large-scale system implementations, and fiscal agent business units. Ron held leadership roles on the Colorado Fiscal Agent Account from 2000 to 2017, working collaboratively with Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (DHCPF) management…

  • Naomi Snodgrass

    Naomi Snodgrass

    For more than 20 years, Naomi has supported state governmental clients engaged in planning and implementing federal and state health and human services programs. She consistently seeks to understand the big picture context and the "why" of every situation. She is skilled in strategic planning and assessing organizational needs for large system projects, analyzing and facilitating stakeholder input…

  • Kristin Sparks

    Kristin Sparks

    Kristin is the Chief Operations Officer for Public Knowledge. She has 20 years of experience in consulting to public-sector clients involved with health care programs, health care payment systems and financial payment and reporting systems. She specializes in independent verification and validation (IV&V), quality assurance, process improvement and project management coaching on system and policy…

  • Leah Steinle

    Leah Steinle

    Leah has more than 7 years experience helping local, state, and private entities administer public health programs and implement IT systems. Her experience with state government allows her to understand the opportunities and challenges public programs face. She has helped implement several successful technology projects, including a State Agency Model (SAM) Management Information System (MIS) which…

  • Damion Strommer

    Damion Strommer

    Damion brings to Public Knowledge over 20 years’ experience delivering technology solutions in the private and public sectors. In the last 10 years he has developed a passion for helping Federal and State government agencies improve the lives of constituents through technology procurement, design, development and implementation. A self-proclaimed "communications guy", Damion has made his career…

  • Bree Thompson

    Bree Thompson

    Bree’s experience includes time in public education and state government. She has served as facilitator for professional development and as a project planner. She has worked within the healthcare field as well as participating in the planning of an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) System for Montana Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). She has also assisted in state policy revision and new software…

  • Angela Torres

    Angela Torres

    Angela has more than 18 years’ experience working with State agencies to ensure program and project compliance with federal and state rules and regulations, successful new project implementations, partnership and participation in agency system transitions, and upgrades. Angela has a national perspective on State Medicaid programs with hands-on experience in nine states. Angela is committed to expert…

  • Jen Vachon

    Jen Vachon

    Jennifer has been helping public agencies and non-profit organizations address human challenges, increase effectiveness, and manage change for over 15 years. She brings a blend of organizational development and public sector management experience that enables her to quickly understand underlying issues and work with clients to develop relevant and practical solutions. Jennifer provides professional…

  • Louise Volpe

    Louise Volpe

    Louise has been with Public Knowledge for eight years, including five as our business operations manager. As part of that role, she analyzed staff utilization data and created reports used to forecast workloads and optimize staffing. With a background as an event planner, project administrator, and executive assistant, she can track small details while maintaining a view of the whole picture. In…

  • Andrew Yost

    Andrew Yost

    Andrew is a licensed attorney, professional educator, and experienced leader in managing organizational change. He has expertise in developing purpose-driven mission statements, implementing new organizational structures, and evaluating project efficacy. He has worked with state dependency courts, child welfare agencies, public school systems, and the federal government to implement new initiatives…