A. “Trey” Traviesa is the CEO and Chairman of the Board at MGT Consulting Group. In these roles, he oversees all aspects of MGT’s business lines and corporate administration. Between 2004 and 2008, Mr. Traviesa represented Tampa and certain areas of East Hillsborough County as a leader in the Florida House of Representatives.
His complete career experience spans almost two decades in a variety of banking, venture capital, and corporate operational leadership endeavors in Washington, D.C., New York, Austin, Dallas, Beijing, Mumbai, Budapest, and Florida. A business-growth leader at heart, Mr. Traviesa is co-founder and managing partner of Strategos Group. He recently served as president and COO of Tampa-based Laser Spine Institute during a period of rapid growth and as founder of V3 Partners, LLP, a disruptive-growth oriented venture capital partnership. He also served as an officer in the U.S. Navy Reserves.
Mr. Traviesa remains active in Florida and national politics and policy through his role on the board of directors for Jeb Bush’s Foundation for Florida’s Future, as a member of the Mitt Romney for President national finance team, and as an executive committee member for Associated Industries of Florida, the leading advocacy organization for major business and industry in the state.
Committed to various charitable causes, Mr. Traviesa is active with Christ the King Catholic Church, the Tampa Museum of Art, Trinity Café, and the Pediatric Cancer Foundation.
Mr. Traviesa graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and received an M.B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin.
Dr. Fred Seamon is an Executive Vice President and has been affiliated with MGT for over 30 years, where he directs most of MGT’s organizational development projects with government and the nonprofit sector.
Prior to joining MGT, he was on the faculty of the School of Social Work, the Askew School of Public Administration and Policy and the Pepper Institute on Aging at Florida State University where he taught graduate courses and conducted public policy research in several areas related to access, equity, and workforce diversity. During his tenure at Florida State University, he also served on the Governor’s Ethnic and Racial Bias Study Commission.
Over the past 30 years he has conducted consulting projects in over 40 states and 14 countries, many of which have involved capacity building, strategic planning, and organizational development. He directed MGT’s first disparity study and has played a major role in a majority of the 200 disparity studies conducted by MGT since 1990. In addition to providing executive oversight of MGT’s disparity research projects, he is intimately involved in the qualitative research and policy analysis components of the disparity studies conducted by MGT. His professional career began as a juvenile probation counselor in Volusia County, Florida.
Dr. Seamon holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Bethune-Cookman College, and a Master of Social Work and a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Florida State University. He also is certified as a mediator by the Florida Supreme Court. Fred maintains affiliations with the following organizations: American Society for Training and Development, American Society of Public Administration, Florida Academy of Certified Mediators, Florida Advocacy Council on Minority Business Development, International Personnel Management Association, National Association of Workforce Development Professionals, and National Forum for Black Public Administrators.
J. Bradley Burgess is an Executive Vice President for MGT Financial Services with over 25 years of experience in local government consulting. His primary professional focus has been cost allocation methodologies, user fee analysis, state and local claim and grant applications and negotiations, and indirect cost rate proposal development. Mr. Burgess has personally served over 175 cities and 26 counties within the State of California during his 25+ year consulting career and has provided consulting services to 19 of the California’s 20 largest counties. He has a broad background in government, public policy, and journalism.
In 2003, he was one of the three founding partners of Public Resource Management Group, LLC (PRM). Mr. Burgess, along with the firm’s partnership group, merged PRM into MGT of America, Inc. (now MGT Consulting Group). Early in his career, Mr. Burgess was the transportation budget analyst for Governor Jim Thompson’s staff in the State of Illinois. He also was a contract consultant for Continental Illinois National Bank in Chicago and a professional journalist in Kansas City. Along with publishing his own monthly magazine, he has worked on several professional projects in Egypt, Israel, and Saudi Arabia.
Mr. Burgess received a Master’s degree from the University of Chicago – Harris School of Public Policy Studies and his Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri.
Dr. Edward Humble is Vice President of Education at MGT Consulting Group. In this role, he oversees all aspects of both the PK-12 and Education Facilities divisions. Dr. Humble has over four decades of experience in education as a teacher, principal, superintendent, university instructor, and educational consultant. Over his career, Dr. Humble has directed many school district and statewide educational planning projects. He has been involved in all aspects of educational management and has a deep understanding of the effective practices necessary to improve student performance. His work has focused on finding creative ways to address inequities in educational delivery systems, curriculum planning, staffing solutions, facility master plans, and the overall organizational structure to effectively improve the educational objectives of these organizations. The Education Group provides a wide range of services, including facility condition assessments, educational adequacy assessments, educational specifications, community collaboration, operational and performance reviews, strategic planning, and long-range master planning.
Dr. Humble holds a Bachelor’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Oregon, a Master’s degree in Educational Administration from Portland State University, and his Ph.D. from the University of Idaho. He maintains affiliations with the American Association of School Administrators, Board of Directors for Idaho Superintendents Association, Association 4 Learning Environments (formerly CEFPI), Idaho Association of School Administrators, and Phi Delta Kappa.
Dr. Ray Thompson is Vice President of the Higher Education Consulting Group at MGT. He began his career at MGT in 1982 and has been serving higher education clients since then. Dr. Thompson has directed or participated in more than 400 project engagements including academic program needs assessments, workforce studies, market analyses, marketing and enrollment management reviews, facility space planning, student housing and auxiliary services needs, and institutional or program image and awareness. His work at MGT has encompassed a wide-range of program planning at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional level for higher education institutions, state systems and coordinating agencies, and other education-related entities across the country. Dr. Thompson has led hundreds of focus group and small group discussions and input sessions for college and university planning, as well as customer and stakeholder research.
Dr. Thompson received his Bachelor’s degree in Social Psychology and his Master’s and Ph.D. in Communications from Florida State University. He is active with a large group of professional associations, including the Association for Institutional Research, Association of College and University Housing Officers–International, Society for College and University Planning, Southeastern Association for Community College Research, Southern Association for Institutional Research, and State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO).
Ms. Nancy Stepina-Robison is Vice President of MGT’s Human Capital Consulting Group with more than 30 years of experience in project management and administration, including human resources policy, executive, administrative, and staff compensation, organizational and management reviews, planning and feasibility studies, state and federal government relations, and marketing. Since joining MGT in 1998, Ms. Stepina-Robison has directed or participated in over 150 client engagements. She has been directing classification and compensation and Human Capital related studies for MGT for most of the 17 years she has been with MGT. She also has conducted numerous needs assessments and organization and management reviews in the higher education and PK-12 sector. Ms. Stepina-Robison has taught courses in human resources management and labor relations at the College of Business at Florida State University.
Prior to joining MGT, Ms. Stepina-Robison served as Vice Chancellor for the State University System of Florida, providing state and federal lobbying support. She also was responsible for system wide classification and compensation administration, collective bargaining, and faculty relations while serving in the Florida Board of Regents Human Resources Office. She served as a Research Associate in the Center for Employment Relations and Law and has worked in a number of human resources positions for BP/Amoco (formerly Standard Oil of Indiana).
Ms. Stepina-Robison holds a Master’s degree from the Institute of Employee/Management Relations at the University of Illinois, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Binghamton University, the State University of New York. Representing MGT, she has been actively involved with the Society of Human Resources Management, Society for College and University Planning, National Association of College and University Business Officers, and the College and University Professional Association – Human Resources.
Mr. Reggie Smith is Vice President of the Disparity Solutions Consulting Group and has been with MGT for over 17 years. He has extensive project management experience and has directed some of the largest disparity studies ever conducted in this country, e.g., the State of Texas, Commonwealth of Virginia. Mr. Smith has a broad knowledge of state government operations and policy and specializes in the management and direction of reengineering and administrative technology projects, performance and operational reviews, and organizational assessments for county, city, and state government agencies. Additionally, he has in-depth understanding of the environment in which school districts operate and has been a team member on a number of school district performance reviews in several states.
Prior to consulting, he spent over 15 years in various managerial and administrative positions with state agencies. Mr. Smith began his professional career as a social worker in Okaloosa County, Florida and was a former state director of a human service program.
Mr. Smith received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Florida and is active with the Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC).
Mr. Dodds Cromwell is the Senior Vice President of the Facilities Group and specializes in facility assessments and long-range planning for educational clients. His complete career experience spans more than two decades as the firm’s principal architect and planner on a wide-range of projects. He has worked with public school districts, colleges and universities, state and local governments, and educational institutions in foreign countries. As project director for numerous facility master plan projects, he has been responsible for facility assessments—including both building condition and educational suitability, demographic studies, capacity and utilization analyses, and community engagement activities. His career has involved work in over 30 states and several foreign countries.
Prior to joining MGT, Mr. Cromwell had careers as both an architect and an elementary school teacher. Mr. Cromwell is a licensed architect and also holds Master’s degrees in Counseling from California State University and in Elementary Education from Southern University. He received his architectural degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and is a member in good standing with the American Institute of Architects (AIA).
Ms. Susan Zoller is the PK-12 Education Director at MGT Consulting Group. In this role, Susan oversees all aspects of MGT’s work in schools and school districts that span from early learning through grade 12. Starting in 2008, she has led projects for MGT in 29 states.
Ms. Zoller’s complete career experience spans more than 40 years as a teacher, principal, curriculum director, and deputy superintendent to support effective teaching and learning and efficient operations in public schools. She has worked and taught at all levels, elementary through college, across the country from Pennsylvania to Washington State. Her last public school position was Deputy Superintendent for Bellingham Public Schools in Washington, a position she held for ten years. During her tenure there, Ms. Zoller negotiated contracts, monitored workplace environment issues with both staff and managers, and directed the instructional programs within the district.
Since joining MGT, Ms. Zoller has used her expertise as a school administrator in the review of programs and operations in school districts and for several state departments of education. Her background has prepared her to direct or participate in engagements that include facility assessments, educational specifications, community collaboration, operational and performance reviews, and prioritization planning. As part of the community collaboration for these projects, Ms. Zoller has led hundreds of community facilitation meetings and small group discussions for school districts, as well as hosting input sessions for district stakeholders and staff.
Ms. Zoller serves as the lead evaluator for program and teacher evaluation studies. Recent longitudinal studies include analysis of the implementation and impact of the Kentucky Read to Achieve (RTA) project, as well as new teacher evaluation systems in Florida under their Race to the Top (RttT) project and in Tennessee as part of their Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF 4) federal grant. Each program evaluation project includes creating research protocols, gathering and analyzing large data sets, and developing findings and recommendations.
Ms. Zoller also led two projects that analyzed the fiscal impact of charter schools – one for Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools and more recently reviewing the impact of charter schools on Los Angeles Unified School District.
Ms. Zoller received her Master’s in Reading and Literacy from the University of Pennsylvania, and her Bachelor’s of Combined Social Sciences from the Univeristy of California – Santa Barbara. In addition, she participated in a Doctoral Program from the University of Pennsylvania and received an Administrative Program Certificate for Educational Administration from the University of Idaho. She is a member of the American Association of School Administrators and the American Evaluation Association.
Eric Parish is an Executive Vice President for MGT Financial Services. He brings a broad range of experience to MGT, including over 20 years of experience preparing 200+ cost allocation plans (OMB Circular A-87), and over 50 user fee studies for government clients in 14 states. Mr. Parish has taught hundreds of government finance officials indirect cost theory and application through numerous training sessions. He is a frequent presenter at conferences and workshops for clients, state and local governments and associations, and also is an active member of the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA).
In 2003, he was one of the three founding partners of Public Resource Management Group, LLC (PRM). Mr. Parish, along with the firm’s partnership group, merged PRM into MGT of America, Inc. (now MGT Consulting Group).
Mr. Parish received a Master’s degree from the University of Phoenix in Business Management and his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Wichita State University.
Jim Olson is a Regional Vice President for MGT with over 30 years of experience in financial consulting, including cost allocation, indirect cost rates, user fee studies, child care fund consulting and operations, Title IV-D, GIS revenue enhancement, and assessment consulting. By assisting in preparing cost allocation plans and plans for Title IV-D Child Care Funds, Mr. Olson maximizes the recoveries of state funds by working with county and/or state court staff to identify and effectively manage costs associated with placements in detention and foster care settings. Mr. Olson developed a comprehensive program of claiming for the child support agencies including preparation of applications, monthly claiming, automated time accounting and audit defense. In addition, he currently provides special assistance to communities in need of establishing their GIS presence and using the GIS data to enhance assessments and improve the assessment function.
Mr. Olson earned his Bachelor of Arts in Accounting, Economics, and Political Science from Central Michigan University.
Mr. Joe Clark is the Vice President of Technology for MGT. He works closely with the PK-12 education group as well as other MGT consulting divisions. In these roles, he oversees all technology projects and supports all divisions in projects that include technology or use technology for gathering and analyzing data. He has worked in school districts across the nation, evaluating the impact technology has in the classroom. Mr. Clark understands the importance of using technology to engage, inspire, and motivate students to learn differently and teachers to teach differently. His expertise in helping districts make the transition from a device-focused culture to a learning-focused culture helps districts use technology as a catalyst to change their instructional paradigm.
Mr. Clark’s career experience is focused on work in public education, including serving as the Chief Information Officer for the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). His areas of expertise include: database design, database management, technology systems and application development, network design, and information technology implementation and analysis. He is proficient in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) analysis and he has a depth of experience in the context of K-12 education relating to demographics, including enrollment projections and capacity and utilization data analysis. Mr. Clark has expertise with a broad range of software, including SQL, Internet Information Server, ArcView GIS, and Microsoft Office and regularly provides and reviews plans for professional development that support the use of technology.
Mr. Clark received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Portland State University. He is a member of the OSPI Technology Advisory Committee, the United States Department of Education Technology Advisory Group, the School Interoperability Frameworks-Instruction Strategies Work Group, and the United States Opening e-Learning Consortium. In addition, he remains committed to local educational issues and is an active, long-time member of the Chehalis School Board.
Louise Lopez is the Executive Vice President of Finance and Accounting at MGT. She comes to MGT from a distinguished career of over 20 years of finance and accounting leadership experience. She held various finance and accounting leadership roles at Progress Energy Florida (now Duke Energy) from 1997─2007. In her 10 years at PEF, Louise held positions including Controller, Director of the Internal Audit, and Finance Director of the Energy Delivery Business Unit where she had finance and accounting oversight. Louise was responsible for budgeting and forecasting as well as 5- and 10-year planning. She led the critical Sarbanes-Oxley compliance program for Progress Energy and also was responsible for various SEC reporting requirements.
Since 2007, Louise has held numerous finance leadership roles at professional services powerhouse, PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP. Louise led the first Internal Controls and Compliance team for PwC. She transitioned to the Controller’s team as Director of Accounting and Financial Reporting where she was responsible for the monthly close process and various complex accounting matters such as practice protection and cash/tax books. Starting in 2014, Louise led various acquisitions and integrations for PwC. As the Finance Integration leader for a global business combination, she was responsible for the business case development, 3-year plan, and all systems and business integration. In this role, Louise spent considerable time in Mexico City where her bi-lingual skills were essential to the success of the deal and integration. Prior to her most recent role, Louise led the Internal Controls and Compliance team for PwC as well as the accounting and reporting responsibilities for the partnership.
A highlight of Louise’s career was being selected as part of a distinguished group of leaders in PwC’s premier leadership development program, called Genesis Park (GP). GP was a year-long global experience working with staff and partners on location across the world on the firm’s top strategic initiatives.
Louise holds a Master’s in Accounting with a specialty in Tax from the University of South Florida, a Bachelor’s in Accounting with honors from the University of Florida, and is a CPA.
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Mr. Steve Manders is the Controller at MGT and a Vice President, with over 30 years of accounting and financial reporting experience. He has held positions of increasing responsibility for successful publicly traded corporations and not for profit organizations in various industries, including wholesale groceries and healthcare.
Mr. Manders started his professional career in public accounting in St. Louis, and has been a Tallahassee resident since 1986. His prior experience includes work on corporate annual and quarterly reports and various corporate filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including Forms 10-Q, 10-K and S-1 debt registrations. His not for profit experience includes oversight of various quarterly and annual filings required by the State of Florida, Office of Insurance Regulation as well as the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, and extensive work on the annual Form 990.
Mr. Manders earned his Bachelor’s degree in Accounting at Marquette University, and is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in the State of Florida.
Mr. Robert Holloway is Director of Strategic Proposals and Disparity Operations, with over 17 years of management consulting experience across many practices, leading projects and serving clients in over 30 states.
His primary area of expertise is in evidence-based strategic planning, informed by stakeholder engagement and economic, educational, and demographic data. Mr. Holloway has led numerous efforts to estimate and forecast market demand, supply, and workforce gaps, and to leverage resulting information to assist clients in the development of novel strategies and delivery models to best serve the unique and diverse needs of customers and constituents. He also has extensive experience working with clients in business processes reengineering; economic impact analysis; funding allocation studies; human capital assessments; staffing, workload, and productivity analysis; and space utilization analysis.
Mr. Holloway’s efforts over the last several years have emphasized technology, serving in project management, stakeholder engagement, and requirements development roles on design and implementation teams for IT projects ranging in scale to over $30 million. His efforts to identify and document stakeholder needs and design responsive systems have been recognized and adopted by statewide agencies as a standard for systems design. He has played key roles in helping to architect and refine student longitudinal data systems that link educational outcomes with workforce data in both Florida and Kentucky, helping these states to respond to the heightened national emphasis on institutional accountability and outcomes.
Mr. Holloway received his Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Florida State University, graduating magna cum laude, and is a member of the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources.
Ms. Jennifer Niccolai is MGT’s Human Capital Manager. With over 10 years of relevant HR experience, she provides human capital leadership for both complex and routine functions including employee relations, legal compliance, talent acquisition, performance management, compensation, and payroll/benefits administration. She designs and enhances current HR policies, procedures, and systems to improve the overall operation and effectiveness of MGT. Her background in HR includes managing all North American HR functions for a global software company and performing a generalist role for a hedge fund administration company that was a leader in its industry.
Ms. Niccolai received her M.B.A. with an HR concentration from St. Leo University and her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Florida. She is active with the Society for Human Resource Management and The Human Capital Institute.
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