Tim Barnhart, Founder and President
After years of working in government as a Human Resource Management professional, Tim Barnhart founded Federal Management Partners (FMP) in 1991. His goal was to build an HR consulting firm that could fill a missing space in the management consulting marketplace, i.e., transforming the highly regulated business of Federal Human Resources Management into a strategic asset for Federal agencies. Mr. Barnhart has 30 years of strategic human capital experience in a broad range of disciplines. He has been instrumental in the design and implementation of a number of HR Demonstration projects and alternative personnel systems across Government. He was cited in Michael Hammer's The Reengineering Revolution for his contributions regarding business process reengineering in the Federal environment. He has presented at numerous conferences and symposia, and his views on HR in the Federal government are frequently quoted in Government Executive Magazine, and other professional publications.
Erin Pitera, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Erin Pitera brings over 12 years of diverse Human Resources Management experience and is currently Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at FMP. In this role, she provides leadership across FMP in the execution of strategies for client relationships, business growth, human capital, and infrastructure. Ms. Pitera also provides executive oversight for FMP’s Learning and Development Practice. Since joining FMP, she has worked extensively on civilian acquisition workforce issues and has expertise related to strategic human capital planning, workforce planning, talent management, learning and development, organizational transformation, and evaluation. Prior to joining FMP in 2004, she worked in the private sector in a broad range of HR disciplines. Ms. Pitera holds a B.A. in Political Science, with a specialization in International Studies and a Minor in Economics, and an M.A. in Industrial Relations.
Carolyn Kurowski, Senior Vice President
Carolyn Kurowski has over 15 years of experience leading a diverse range of projects and providing analytical and consulting services in the area of Human Resource Management. Her experience includes working with cross-functional teams and internal working groups to: identify and prioritize issues, develop and redesign processes, and apply methodologies tailored to the unique needs of a variety of Federal clients. In the course of her work, she has led major and complex training projects with clients that have often continued for multiple years. She is an expert trainer, and also has considerable skills developing and integrating the use of technology to support learning, career development, and training program goals. She is currently working with the Department of Veterans Affairs Learning University as the Project Director, designing a world-class online resource that offers current and potential employees a “one stop shop” for career planning and development, known as MyCareer@VA. Ms. Kurowski received her B.A. from Notre Dame University and her M.A. in Developmental Psychology from Clark University.
Sherean Miller, Senior Vice President
Sherean Miller joined FMP in 2000 and currently serves as the executive leading FMP’s business development activities. Ms. Miller also oversees FMP’s Civilian Accounts and Technology Practice and has over 13 years of experience providing support on a wide range of human capital- and technology-related projects. She has developed long-standing partnerships with Federal Departments and Agencies to help implement a multitude of human capital initiatives in the areas of strategic human capital planning, human resource solutions, and organizational effectiveness. She has also worked extensively across FMP on many projects that have involved strategic workforce planning, HR technologies and tools, competency validation and analysis, career development, organizational assessment, and organizational development interventions. Ms. Miller holds a B.A. degree in Psychology from Penn State University and an M.A. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. She was named the George Mason University IOPSA Distinguished Master’s Alumni for 2009.
Nathan Bailey, PhD, Vice President
Nathan Bailey has more than 14 years of professional and educational experience related to technology design, development, and deployment; HR transformation initiatives; change management; competency modeling and analysis; training design and evaluation; and project management in the corporate, academic, and Government sectors. Dr. Bailey has considerable experience with HR technology and transformation initiatives, working with several agencies, including the Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Labor, the National Archives and Records Administration, and the Department of Energy, to evaluate and deploy new enterprise human resources information systems. Dr. Bailey is also working with the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products to develop a web-based competency assessment and career development system. Dr. Bailey has also worked extensively with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services on tasks related to performance management, training development and evaluation, performance measurement, metrics and reporting, and organizational assessment. He received his Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Old Dominion University and is currently leading the expansion of FMP’s Technology Center of Excellence.
Liana Grassi, Vice President
Liana Grassi joined FMP in 2008 and brought with her over 15 years of diverse Human Resources Management experience in the private sector, which lends a unique perspective to FMP’s Federal clients. Her expertise focuses on addressing the communication, behavioral, and implementation issues involved in all types of organizational change. She leads a team of consultants in a variety of client engagements often focusing on organizational and leadership development, employee engagement, and training development and delivery. Ms. Grassi has most recently managed projects with a number of private sector organizations, such as Aetna Life Insurance Company, to provide organizational design support; National Public Radio, to provide training for their newly created performance management system; National Industries for the Blind, to help standardize their recruitment and training programs; and The British Standards Institution, to provide business process reengineering expertise. Ms. Grassi holds a B.A. in Language and International Trade from Clemson University. Ms. Grassi currently leads the expansion of FMP’s Commercial Services Practice.
John Salamone, Vice President
John Salamone is responsible for shaping the continued development and expansion of FMP’s human capital capabilities and leading practices. Prior to joining FMP in 2009, Mr. Salamone spent nearly 17 years in the legislative and executive branches of our Federal Government. His project expertise includes strategic human capital planning, organizational development and transformation, program and performance management, and creating and managing HR governing structures and reporting processes. He is a member of the Partnership for Public Service’s Chief Human Capital Officers Strategic Advisors to Government Executives program, and is a regular guest on Federal News Radio and contributor to Government Executive. He received his M.P.A., with a concentration in Management, from George Mason University.
Lisa Sper, Vice President
Lisa Sper has more than 20 years of diverse human capital and organizational development experience, including 10 years in private sector professional services firms as an HR practitioner and internal consultant. Ms. Sper leads FMP’s Civilian Accounts and her expertise includes project management, strategic planning, organizational assessment and design, workforce planning, leadership development, facilitation, and training development and delivery. Since joining FMP in 2003, she has developed long-term, trusted advisor relationships with stakeholders across a variety of Federal civilian agencies, in particular with Offices of Inspector General, and scientific, natural resource, and financial regulatory agencies. Ms. Sper holds a B.A. in Psychology from University of Virginia, an M.A. in Human Resource Management from the George Washington University, and is a certified MBTI® practitioner.
Anne Marie Acton, Managing Consultant
Anne Marie Acton joined FMP in 2009 as a Managing Consultant, bringing with her a unique combination of private and public sector expertise as a human resources management professional. Following a career at AT&T that included senior positions in human resources, training, marketing, and communications, she spent 14 years at the General Services Administration (GSA) serving as the Director of Training and Organizational Development and the Director of Human Resources. While at GSA, Ms. Acton led the development and implementation of an award-winning, nationwide recruitment and branding campaign that was cited by the Partnership for Public Service as one of the top ten recruitment strategies in the Federal government. She won a coveted “Telly” award for the GSA Recruitment Video (a national competition honoring outstanding non-network television commercials and programs). She is also the only two-time winner of the International Public Management Association for Human Resources “Leading Edge” Award. Ms. Acton is an innovative human resources leader with extensive experience in human capital strategy, talent management, organizational transformation, project management, business process reengineering, survey administration, and performance management. Since joining FMP, her clients have included the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the National Archives and Records Administration, and the Defense Intelligence Agency.
Stacy Cook, Managing Consultant
Stacy Cook joined FMP in 2008 and currently leads FMP’s Learning and Development Center of Excellence, which specializes in analyzing, developing, delivering, and evaluating customized training programs. Prior to joining FMP, Ms. Cook served a tour with the Department of Defense Task Force for Business and Stability Operations in Iraq. Stationed in Baghdad, Ms. Cook led a mix of government and contractor teams in a full-spectrum of organizational development efforts with local businesses designed to revitalize the economy of Iraq. Since joining FMP, Ms. Cook has translated this unique experience into innovative learning and development solutions for FMP’s public and private sector clients. Additionally, Ms. Cook has deep expertise in instructional systems design, eLearning design and delivery, strategic communications, and performance management. Ms. Cook holds B.A. degrees in Political Science, International Studies, and Russian Language and Literature from the University of Wisconsin. She is currently pursuing her M.A. in Adult Learning and Leadership from the Teachers College of Columbia University.
Jessica Milloy, Managing Consultant
Jessica Milloy (formerly Goobic) joined FMP in 2007. Ms. Milloy specializes in organizational design, workforce analysis, strategic planning, onboarding, mentoring, coaching, outreach and communication, leadership development, training and development, and project management. Her current and previous clients include the National Science Foundation, the National Park Service, Amtrak's Office of the Inspector General, the National Industries for the Blind, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. She has significant experience managing multiple, concurrent projects with complex deliverables and timelines, maintaining client relationships, staff supervision, and strategic planning. Ms. Milloy holds a B.A. in English and Secondary Education and an M.S., Ed. in Adult Education and Human Resource Development, both from James Madison University.
Lindsay Muirhead, Managing Consultant
Lindsay Muirhead joined FMP in 2006 after completing her graduate degree and working for several years as a human resources generalist in the private and non-profit sectors. For over five years as an FMP consultant, Lindsay supported over a dozen Federal agencies to design, develop, and implement strategic human capital solutions and tools. Previous clients include National Science Foundation, Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Energy Office of Science, Amtrak Office of Inspector General, Department of Education Federal Student Aid, and many more. In 2011, Lindsay brought her consulting expertise to an internal FMP role as the Business Operations & HR Manager. She focuses on supporting and enhancing FMP’s high performance culture through best-in-class human capital practices, as well as the smooth and efficient operation of FMP’s contracting, finance, and facilities functions. Lindsay has a B.S. in Commerce from the University of Virginia and an M.S. in Management from Boston University. She is also a certified Professional in Human Resources and an active member of the Northern Virginia SHRM Chapter.
Ben Porr, PhD, Managing Consultant
Ben Porr has six years of experience managing the development and implementation of strategic human capital initiatives. His technical expertise includes competency modeling, program and process evaluation, strategic planning, career development, recruitment and hiring, and employee engagement. In his current role as a Managing Consultant, Dr. Porr leads a team of consultants across a variety of consulting engagements. His primary projects include developing the MyCareer@VA occupational content and tools for the Department of Veterans Affairs and developing and implementing various strategic human capital initiatives within the Center for Veterinary Medicine within the Food and Drug Administration. Dr. Porr is a member of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology and presents his work at local and national conferences. He received his Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from George Mason University.
Bryanne Cordeiro Reynolds, PhD, Managing Consultant
Bryanne Cordeiro Reynolds has more than eight years of experience providing analytical and consulting services in the area of strategic human resource management for public sector organizations. She has managed projects in the areas of: organizational assessment, job analysis and competency modeling, survey development and administration, performance management, workforce planning, program evaluation, and work-life effectiveness. Dr. Reynolds and her team are currently engaged in strategic human capital initiatives with a variety of organizations including the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, and the U.S. Agency for International Development. Dr. Cordeiro Reynolds received her Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from The Pennsylvania State University. She has presented her work at the annual conferences of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology and has published in scholarly journals on the topic of work-life balance. Dr. Cordeiro Reynolds developed and implemented a work-life effectiveness program at FMP and was instrumental to FMP’s attainment of a CARE (Companies As Responsive Employers) award.
Mike McManus, Senior Advisor
Mike McManus joined FMP in 2012, after 35 years of experience in the Federal sector, including over 28 years of analyst experience in human resource management, special studies, and compensation. Mr. McManus led a multi-year initiative that successfully developed and implemented pay bands and performance pay at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. He was also instrumental in the development and implementation the Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System for the Department of Defense Intelligence Community. Mr. McManus is skilled in workforce planning, performance management, alternative compensation systems, and policy development, and has a B.S. degree in Economics from the University of Nebraska. Since joining FMP, Mr. McManus has provided support to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Strategic Systems Programs of the Navy, the Defense Intelligence Agency, and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.
Henry Romero, Senior Advisor
Henry Romero joined FMP in 2002, continuing a career in Federal Human Resources Management that has spanned 35 years. He brings to FMP expertise in the full range of HR functions, but especially in the areas of strategic workforce planning, pay-for-performance, HR organizational design, and the changing role of the HR practitioner. Mr. Romero’s Federal career included service as the U.S. Office of Personnel Management’s Associate Director for Workforce Compensation and Performance. His prior assignments include serving as Director of Personnel for the U.S. Department of Justice and various HR positions with the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the Department of Navy. Mr. Romero also managed a large compensation and employee benefits program for California’s second largest county. Mr. Romero’s recent consulting projects have involved improved Human Capital Planning at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency and at the Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General; Workforce Planning at the National Science Foundation; improved HR delivery systems at the Department of Labor; and HR Transformation initiatives at the Comptroller of the Currency and at Navy’s Strategic Systems Program. He holds a B.A. degree from the University of Texas at El Paso and an M.P.A. degree from San Diego State University.
Glenn Sutton, Senior Advisor
Glenn Sutton joined FMP in 1999 after nearly 30 years in the Federal service. He has a unique combination of public sector HR and technology experience, having served as Director of Personnel for the Voice of America and as Deputy Chief Information Officer at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. Over the past few years, Mr. Sutton has played a leading role in FMP's growth, focusing on the company's investments in human capital, infrastructure, and business development. He has continued to lead and participate in consulting engagements, including strategic workforce planning, evaluation of personnel demonstration projects, human resources information systems, HR operational support, and organizational analysis. Mr. Sutton serves as a member of FMP’s Board of Directors. He holds a B.A. degree in Economics and an M.B.A. degree from George Washington University.
Ellen Tunstall, Senior Advisor
Ellen Tunstall joined FMP in 2006 following more than 34 years in Federal Human Resources Management. A proven senior leader, program manager and team builder, she has comprehensive HR expertise and experience. As Deputy Associate Director for Talent and Capacity at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) she was responsible for government-wide employment policy. As a Division Chief in OPM’s Office of Insurance Programs, she managed oversight of the nation’s largest health and life insurance programs with over four million enrollees and annual premiums of almost $3B. Before leaving government, she was the Acting Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Civilian Personnel Policy, responsible for civilian personnel programs affecting over 800,000 U.S. and foreign nation employees around the world. Ms. Tunstall is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service, the Department of Defense Career Service Award, and the Air Force Meritorious Civilian Service Award. She formerly chaired the HR Curriculum Advisory Panel for the Graduate School U.S.A. and is a past president of the International Personnel Management Association’s Federal Section. She was also elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration in 2012. A graduate of the Federal Executive Institute, Ms. Tunstall has a B.S. degree from James Madison University and an M.S. degree in Business Management from Troy State University.