M Powered Strategies welcomes Jimmy Church, the newest member of our team working at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on the Health Insurance Exchange (HIX) facilitation and coordination project. Jimmy developed an interest in senior-level government process facilitation while initiating economic development activities as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Tanzania. Upon his return to the States, he took on the daunting task of remodeling victim compensation operations for the Prosecuting Attorney’s office in his hometown of Seattle. He further fine-tuned his skill set overseeing special projects for the U.S. Department of the Treasury, the Department of Commerce, and the Embassy of the United Kingdom of Great Britain. Jimmy looks forward to bringing his experience, enthusiasm, and flexibility to the Department of HHS and M Powered Strategies team. Jimmy graduated with a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Washington and an M.A. in International Economics and International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).
M Powered Strategies would like to extend a warm welcome to Adam Maynard and Ashley Hill, who have joined our team at the Department of Health and Human Services.
After graduating from Rutgers University in 2009 with a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science, Adam Maynard moved to D.C. and began working as a paralegal for a major energy law firm in the District. There he honed his project management and document management skills while working for a variety of multi-national corporate clients. Adam also assisted and advised stakeholders in alternative dispute resolution measures negotiated between clients and their union counter-parts. Adam is excited to put these skill sets to further use, and to build new relationships in the public sector. For fun, Adam plays on and captains three different soccer teams, fishes, assuming he can ever find the fish and exploring the District and surrounding area with his girlfriend.
Ashley Hill earned a Master of Public Health from the University of Pittsburgh in Health Policy and Management, and a Bachelor of Science in Decision Science from Carnegie Mellon University. During her time at Carnegie Mellon she studied at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa where she engaged in a research and internship opportunity with the provincial Legislature Committee on Health. Later, while pursuing her graduate degree, Ashley participated in The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship program. As a fellow, she enhanced her project development and management skills while implementing a health and nutrition education program for homeless youth in a local underserved community. Upon completion of the Schweitzer Fellowship, the Ohio native, returned home to work with Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge on health policy initiatives. Ashley is excited to combine her interest in public service and healthcare at M Powered Strategies.
While the Facilitation Service Line has been a core offering at M Powered Strategies for some time, four of the company’s new hires have been re-energizing its efforts and changing how M Powered Strategies defines a service line. Each member of the team brings something different to the table in terms of professional background and personality to round out the team and its entrepreneurial efforts to build a successful arm of the company. The team and Kendall have spent hours deliberating the service line’s core principles, framework, and methodology in regular FSL build meetings and there is still much work to do. All of the time and effort will ultimately pay off with a source document that clearly outlines what it means to be a part of FSL, the service delivered to FSL clients, and the strategic direction for FSL’s growth to address the needs of the market seen in recent solicitations. As FSL continues to mature, our team hopes that other service lines will turn to us if help is needed to jump-start their service lines or facilitate the build. We will continue to develop the service line with new team members, securing contracts, and strengthening our team collaboration.
The FSL staff has also been hard at work with new projects as subcontractors within HHS and VA. Nic Turrentine, Erin Bankey, and Selena Hunn are supporting different meeting management engagements at HHS within the CIO’s office, while Justin is supporting the Stakeholder Enterprise Portal at the VA within VRM initiative.
M Powered Strategies began working with the Department of Health and Human Services in the Office of the Chief Information Officer this past spring to provide meeting management and organizational design to the governance bodies responsible for Capital Planning Investment Control and managing the Enterprise Performance Life Cycle. With thoughtful, outcome-oriented planning and a custom information capture tool, we are driving clarity, increasing accountability, and improving communication between all stakeholders so that our clients are able to make informed decisions important to development of their organizations.