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our team

Simatree brings the right talent from our team to your team

Our team is comprised of experts in a range of technical and management fields to combine the right resources for the solution.  Whether it is deep coding expertise or change management, we have the skills to drive your transformation from the top.  Simatree’s philosophy is to bring principal level leadership to engagement, no matter the size, to ensure your solution starts and ends with expertise.

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Patrick

McCreesh

Managing

Partner

Patrick provides executive leadership on strategy, analytics, and change management through consulting, facilitation, and research.  He successfully leads teams to develop strategic plans, analytics programs, and guide change management on large-scale transformations.  Patrick designs and executes institutions that are built to last with 18 years of consulting experience including more than a decade with consulting-leader Booz Allen Hamilton.  He is a leader in the global change management community.  Patrick brings global best practices to each engagement as a Certified Change Management ProfessionalTM, a Prosci Certified Practitioner, and a Project Management Professional.  He also teaches change, leadership, and team development at George Mason and Georgetown Universities, and serves on the Association of Change Management Professionals (ACMP) Global Board.  Patrick completed his Ph.D. in Public Policy from George Mason University, earned a Master of Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and he holds a BA in Foreign Affairs and History from the University of Virginia.

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Wesley

Flores

Managing
Partner

Wes knows data. He is a senior data management and analytics executive with 20 years of experience in the full lifecycle of data.  Wes brings expertise in master data management, business intelligence, data warehousing, analytics, CRM, data integration, data quality, quoting and ordering platforms, and user experience and mobile solutions.  He has a proven track record and passion for setting up high-performance teams and implementing world-class information management platforms through his ability to effectively communicate key strategies, gain stakeholder alignment, and drive user adoption in support of key technology and organizational goals.  Wes has extensive experience leveraging relationships to drive value in organizations and is a recognized industry international speaker. Wes has directed IT organizations of 200+ resources and directed multiple global, large scale, multi-year programs of 20M+ and managed global organizations across continents. 

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Jay

Williams

Co-founder

Jay knows business.  He sits at the intersection of business and entertainment bringing more than 15 years of successful business leadership to Simatree.  Jay is the host of ESPN’s The Boardroom and is a NBA analyst for ESPN.  Additionally, Jay is a New York Times bestselling author and an established premier keynote motivational speaker for executive business conferences and charitable organizations nationwide.  Jay is one of the most prolific college basketball players in history and was the second overall pick in the 2002 NBA draft.   A devastating motorcycle accident seemingly derailed his promising NBA career.  What should've been a setback turned into a 'set up' because of Jay’s right perspective.  Jay looks at life through the lens of "why not?" rather than "why?"  His strong work ethic, positive attitude, commitment to excellence, determinedness, and unrelenting perseverance make Jay an uncommon leader at Simatree and in the business arena.  Jay graduated from Duke University in 2002 and was the first athlete at the university to earn his degree in just three years.

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Elizabeth
Sicuso

Principal

Elizabeth is an experienced management consultant who has focused her career on leading organizational transformations for clients across the public sector.  Elizabeth is a trusted resource to clients in both the public and private sectors who are ready to move from piecemeal transformation success to enterprise-wide operational excellence.  She leverages professional certifications in project management and change management, along with her skills in stakeholder management, process improvement, and leadership development, to develop and implement tailored approaches that best fit organizational needs.  Elizabeth brings a strong passion for creating public value and data-driven decision-making to her work. Elizabeth is well versed in strategic planning through execution in delivery and has served in both senior advisor and leadership positions, having served as a Chief of Staff to a Fortune 500 company executive and having managed the financial, contracting, and staffing responsibilities of a 50-person delivery team. Elizabeth graduated from Boston University with Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and holds a Master of Public Policy from American University.

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Scott
Kirby

Principal

Scott is a transformational leader who drives organizational change across all levels of government and the private sector as both a government official and consultant. Scott brings over 25 years of experience creating solutions for complex problems and 14 years navigating change within the immigration enforcement environment. While at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) he led large scale organizational transformation projects, including data-driven management solutions for the White House and senior decision makers. Scott led teams that built cutting edge information technology tools and systems. As a skilled communicator and member of the ICE speaker's bureau, Scott conveys complex information about technology-driven programs to Congress, Government leadership, Public stakeholders, and corporate leaders. Scott graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing and Communications.

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Steve
Kuo

Senior Manager 

Data Science

Steve is a senior analytics leader with over ten years of experience providing hands-on data science and machine learning solutions for his clients. He knows there is no one-size fits all framework and understands the need to tailor each approach to utilize the right algorithms and analytical principles to unlock trends, patterns, and insights from raw data. Steve leads cross-functional teams that create innovative statistical models, devising and utilizing a mix of tools and platforms to inform critical business decisions. He graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Criminal Justice and holds a Master of Science from Texas A&M University in Analytics. He has also earned a data science specialization certification and is a Project Management Professional.

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Mellissa

Perez

Operations Manager

Mellissa is a highly adaptable, passionate executor of strategic vision. With a bias for action, Mellissa is highly effective at collaborating with teams at multiple levels. Throughout her career, Mellissa has led human capital initiatives that have successfully addressed and solved challenging business problems. Mellissa holds a bachelors in Psychology from California State University and is a Professional in Human Resources (PHR).

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Juan

Vega

Director of Technology and Architecture

Juan is a senior cloud data engineer and full stack application developer with expertise in multiple database technologies, design methodologies, and development technologies. His extensive experience in design and development spans across large scale 100+ Terabyte data warehouses for Fortune 15 and application implementation expertise for mission-critical systems. When you have the hardest problems to solve or your system fails and nobody else knows what to do, that's when you call Juan. His relentless pursuit of understanding and resolving, coupled with his architecture expertise results in the best solution design and problem-solving in that space...often being called by CIOs to resolve what other companies and organizations can't solve. Recently Juan completed his certification in Azure Data Engineering.  He has previous certifications for Teradata Certified Professional, Oracle DBA Certified Professional, Sun Certified Java Programmer.  He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with Bachelor of Business Administration with Major in Accounting.

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Catherine Quinn

Senior Associate​

Catherine is an experienced management consultant with a track record of empowering all stages of organizational transformation. She has helped federal clients assess their current state, define their future goals, create step-by-step roadmaps, and implement chosen tactics – all undergirded with change management techniques. Catherine is passionate about using innovative communication and engagement approaches throughout change journeys to ensure all stakeholders have a voice and access to the information they need, when they need it. She has experience leading cross-functional teams and is a Change Management Certified Practitioner and ICAgile Certified Professional. She holds a Master of Public Policy and Bachelors of Arts in Foreign Affairs and French, all from the University of Virginia.

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Max Tassano

Senior Associate

Max joins as a Senior Associate with previous experience helping establish and support various IT programs for federal agencies. He has worked closely to shape and implement IT policies, especially related to data center and cloud modernization, federal IT acquisitions, and emerging technology use cases in government. Max has an MS and BS from Carnegie Mellon University.

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Katie
Lucas

Senior Associate

Katie is a strategic consultant with over 16 years of experience leading complex projects across multiple client spaces and in business development roles. With an eye for data modeling and a love for organization, she has led diverse projects on behalf of clients across multiple agencies, including the Departments of the Interior and Justice. Katie graduated from the University of Vermont and holds a Project Management Certification.

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Ryan
Kirby

Senior Technology Manager -Application Architecture

Ryan is an expert in client interface development and design for enterprise commercial mobile and web applications. Over 18 years of software engineering and architecture experience in both the commercial and federal sectors has afforded him the expertise to successfully bring concepts to life having launched multiple prototypes to fully operational capabilities and products for the most scrupulous of customers. Ryan is always interested to take on new challenges and consistently works on keeping up with both the latest and greatest technologies, as well as reported lessons learned from mature and more tested technologies. He is very involved in keeping his “solution edge” sharp, and mindful of when they’re situationally appropriate. His work in both the federal and commercial sectors has provided him with a unique ability to quickly foresee obstacles, adapt, and work in high-stress environments while keeping the team focused and morale high.

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Sarah
Luna

Sarah is a communications professional with over ten years of experience in marketing, graphic design, and media relations. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications from Texas Wesleyan University.

Program Coordinator

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Enrique

Gomez

Enrique goes above and beyond to deliver exceptional customer experience. He has over ten years of experience working with clients across multiple sectors, leading cross-functional projects to help increase profitability, improve quality, and increase efficiencies. Enrique’s strong analytical skills and interpersonal skills make him a highly effective analyst, translating between technical data scientists and business clients. He has created and led business development initiatives for multiple publicly traded companies, using a data-driven decision making approach to solving an organization's challenges. Enrique is skilled across a variety of programming languages and business intelligence tools, including Salesforce and Oracle CRM, MicroStrategy and SQL. Enrique earned a BS in Finance from Montclair State University and holds multiple certifications in sales and customer experience.

Associate

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Max
White

Max is a strategic human capital professional with over six years of experience in management consulting. He has specifically focused on building human capital programs (assessment, placement, and training) to enable technical transformations, and developing accompanying resources to promote successful program adoption and knowledge sharing across stakeholders. Max has led cross-functional teams delivering change management services for federal government and commercial clients, developed implementation strategies, and designed comprehensive training programs to assess data science skills and create customizable pathways for staff. He graduated from Washington College with Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and holds a Master of Science from the University of Baltimore in Industrial-Organizational Psychology. He also earned a change management specialization certification from Prosci.

Associate

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Campbell
Farina

Campbell is a Senior Consultant specializing in organizational transformation and governance. She is passionate about helping organizations build the necessary momentum to achieve their goals while striking the balance between results-driven and process-driven leadership. Her work has helped federal government clients successfully lead their organizations through large-scale change and manage their people and processes effectively. Campbell is a certified Prosci Change Management Practitioner, ICAgile Certified Professional, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy & Leadership and Spanish from the University of Virginia.

Senior 
Consultant

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Sophie
Griffiths

Data

Scientist

Sophie is a data scientist with a background in financial economics and internal audit. She is passionate about transforming data, both quantitative and qualitative, into compelling visuals that are universally understandable and easy to identify and interpret patterns, trends and other correlations. Sophie excels in data story-telling and presenting to executives, focusing on the business impact of analytical projects. She graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and is a certified Tableau Data Analyst.

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Kevin
Johnson

Kevin is a data scientist with a passion for using data analytics to solve complex business problems. He has four years of experience as a consultant for various government clients. Kevin recently graduated with a master’s degree in Data Analytics Engineering from George Mason University where he focused on statistical analysis and predictive analytics. He is skilled in a variety of programs including Python, R, SQL, Mongo DB, and SAS to name a few. He received his undergraduate degree from the Mcintire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia.

Data

Scientist

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Kit 
Mahoney

Data

Scientist

Kit is a data scientist with over four years of experience in data management and analysis. With a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Hampden-Sydney College and a Master of Science in Data Science & Analytics from Georgetown University, Kit has a strong academic background with a passion to help clients succeed in optimizing their business processes with actionable insights. He has been a key member of cross-functional projects that have utilized a variety of programming languages and data visualization platforms, including R, Python, SQL, and Tableau. Kit is driven to use his data science skills to assist clients in making clearer decisions for the future based on various statistical methods in order to drive productivity and manage key resources across all aspects of their business.

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Daniel Crystal

Senior

Consultant

Daniel is a senior consultant and experienced mixed methods researcher. He joined Simatree after over two years at Gartner conducting strategic research for internal audit and enterprise risk executives at hundreds of organizations. He has developed a track record of success in synthesizing large amounts of complex information, getting to the root of client problems, and delivering novel, actionable solutions. He graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and History.

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Azucena Rivera

Data

Specialist

Azucena is a young Latina professional dedicated to serving marginalized populations in her community. Her previous experience includes working as a Data Team Member in an Emergency Intake Site for unaccompanied immigrant children as well as an Office Specialist with Travis County Health and Human Services providing support and resources to those in need of housing, food, and utility assistance. Throughout her career, Azucena has served as a mentor for new hires and as a lead on numerous data projects. Azucena holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Texas State University.

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Miles
Waggoner

Data

Scientist

Miles is a data scientist with a background in analytics and software development. He has several years of experience using Python, SQL, and Spark to solve data-oriented and business problems. Miles is passionate about natural language processing, machine learning, and statistical analysis. He intends to use his skills and background to discover insights, uncover opportunities, and develop data solutions for clients. Miles received his bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University and is currently pursuing a master’s Degree in data science.

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Shea Tarring

Consultant

Shea is passionate about guiding large-scale projects from concept to completion. She has the attention to detail needed to catch issues and course-correct to meet the long-term goals of her client. By taking a data-driven approach, Shea aims to increase productivity and efficiency of each project. She recently graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Shea’s concentration in Business Analytics provided her with skills in programming languages R, and SQL, as well as the data visualization platform Microsoft Power BI.

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Isaiah Flores

Data
Specialist

Isaiah has over 5 years’ experience working in CRM, Program Analytics, and process improvement. When working as a Production Planner, he applied Lean principles to optimize results and enhance project performance. Using these same principles in his approach to analytics, he is able to generate actionable statistics that drive decision making while providing valuable insights. Isaiah has experience implementing custom tools and solutions utilizing power apps and power automate to meet the specific needs of the customer.

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Justine
Hu

Analyst

Justine is a results-oriented consultant passionate about global tech policy and digital solutions. She previously worked for TikTok, an autonomous vehicle start-up, the State Department, a UN Agency, and two social policy non-profits. Justine has a BA in International Relations and Middle Eastern Studies from Colgate University and is currently completing her MS in Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University.