Stephany Perez Cohen Returns to M Powered Strategies

Posted in Human Resources / PACE Program on September 22, 2014
Stephany Perez Cohen

Stephany Perez Cohen

Former PACE apprentice, Stephany Perez Cohen, has come back to M Powered Strategies as a full-time consultant. Stephany first came to us after spending eight years in New York City working for the trade book publisher, Penguin Random House. As a member of the PACE Winter 2013 class, she worked for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) providing Organizational Design and Facilitation support for the Office of Technology Strategies (TS). In her new role, she will continue to support TS, leading the planning efforts around meetings for Design Pattern Vendor Engagements and Public Forums. According to Stephany, “The PACE Program provided a tremendous opportunity to diversify my background while enhancing my professional skills.” She is excited to continue her work at the VA and M Powered Strategies is thrilled to have her back.

AMP Jessica Gilles Joins M Powered Strategies Staff

Posted in AMP Program / Human Resources on September 04, 2014
Jessica Gilles speaking at the closing ceremony for the 2014 AMP summer session

Jessica Gilles speaking at the closing ceremony for the 2014 AMP summer session

Former Applied Management Professional (AMP) Jessica Gilles is now a full-time consultant at M Powered Strategies. As an AMP in the 2014 summer session, Jessica worked on two projects for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Information & Technology (OI&T). She will continue working with the VA under a contract with the Service, Engineering and Integration (SE&I) office.  Jessica holds a Master of Public Affairs and a certificate in Social Entrepreneurship from the School of Public & Environmental Affairs at Indiana University. After the experience and training she received in the AMP program, Jessica feels well prepared for a position as a full-time consultant with the Federal Government. “The AMP program initiated me into the world of government consulting and provided me with a great framework for moving ahead in my career as a consultant.”

AMPs Celebrate a Summer of Challenges and Achievements

Posted in AMP Program on September 02, 2014
AMPs Adam Katt, Maria Wahlstrom, Colin Doberstein and Jessica Gilles with MPS President, Kendall Lott

AMPs Adam Katt, Maria Wahlstrom, Colin Doberstein and Jessica Gilles with MPS President, Kendall Lott

After a productive summer developing meaningful products for the Office of Information and Technology (OI&T) at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the 2014 Applied Management Professionals (AMPs) celebrated the end of their apprenticeship at the National Press Club on August 21.  The celebration included the VA executive client, Dr. Aaron Drew; the prime contractor, SBG Technology Solutions; executive board members of the Project Management Institute (PMI) of Washington, DC;  former clients from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Department of Transportation (DOT), and the Secret Service; and of course, M Powered Strategies (MPS) staff.

Dr. Drew and the team spoke to the ten-week effort and the AMPs’ successful completion of two key projects. Their Open Source EHR Development and Schedule (OSEDS) Exchange wiki provides international and domestic EHR developers with a forum for sharing information about capabilities under development. The wiki will reduce duplication of effort, thereby reducing development costs for EHR products. To generate interest and increase the number of contributors to the site, Jessica Gilles, a 2014 AMP and now a permanent consultant at MPS, will present the wiki at the Open Source Electronic Health Record Alliance (OSEHRA) Conference in September. In attendance will be EHR developers and supporters from around the world.

The AMPs also produced two case studies to guide future capabilities planning for Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture (VistA)-5. Built over the interviews they conducted with clinicians across the US, the resulting reports on Clinical Decision Support and Telehealth outlined future needs and challenges from the clinicians’ point of view.

MPS manager and one of the team leads for the AMPs, Kat McDonald, was impressed with the AMPs’ work “Their ability to work effectively as a team, actively engage with the client, and respond to challenging and changing environmental needs led to the delivery of work products which will continue to provide value to the VA long after their project’s completion.”