Mike Racey, Founding Board Member and Treasurer
Senior Analyst, Business Transformation
Brad Hall, Vice President
Change Management Consultant
Morgan (Deegan) Smithson, Secretary
Navigator Management Partners
Eileen Lehmann, Communications Chair
Senior Consultant, Organizational Change Management
Navigator Management Partners
As a passionate leader of people and process for more than 10 years, I appreciate the delicate
balance between the two, and how it uniquely presents itself in all aspects of Change
Management. I am super excited to join this group of thought leaders and collaborative
I stumbled into my Change Management career over 20 years ago. I was a high school Social Studies teacher when I was introduced to a career opportunity at a large consulting company…and the rest is history. After many years leading large ERP implementations, found myself joining a small, rapidly growing human performance agency, TiER1 Performance Solutions, in Cincinnati.
I’m currently a Managing Director at TiER1, responsible for leading our Change Management practice. I love talking about change and how it impacts individuals, even in the largest organizations. I’ve been a member of ACMP since 2013, and honored to be a new Ohio Chapter board member in 2016.
Hi, I’m Deb and I too, am excited to be a founding member of the ACMP Ohio Chapter! I joined ACMP in 2015, attended the conference, met Sarah, Jillian, Sue, and Mike and was hooked! I got my start in change management working on projects for a large international consumer products company. I saw firsthand how stakeholder engagement, communication and training can impact the outcome of projects. Now I live it every day and love it! I received my PROSCI certification in 2014 and currently work in Change Management at Cardinal Health.
Deb Stets, Founding Board Member and Programming Co-Chair
Sr. Consultant, Strategic Planning & Execution
John Perkins, Board Member
Tier1 Performance Solutions
Hello, I am Phil. My career in change management began in the early 1980’s while leading a large business reorganization project in the UK. I was struck by the huge impact that engaging people can have on individual emotions, group momentum and project success. That lesson learned at an early age, combined with a passion for people, shaped the rest of my career. For the past thirty years I have been leading organizational initiatives across North America, in a variety of industries including manufacturing, financial services, healthcare, consumer products aerospace and utilities.
I am delighted to be part of such a dynamic group, and to help further the profession of change management.
Christy King, Programming Co-Chair
Vice President, Governance & Change Control
I am pleased to be one of the newest members of the ACMP Ohio board. I eagerly supported the chapter at its beginning, but only recently had a chance to join. Becoming a change manager was a natural fit for me when I discovered what I did as a communications strategist was part of the standards of practice. I’ve been helping employees and other public audiences through change my entire career.
Membership in other groups taught me what a benefit it is to have a community of like-minded professionals nearby. I will be pursuing my CCMP this year, so I plan to take advantage of the national power of ACMP, too. As Communications Chair, I hope to help all our members gain as much from membership as I do.
Hello! I'm Sarah and I'm thrilled to be a founding member of the ACMP Ohio Chapter. I joined ACMP Global in 2013. After attending my first conference in 2014 I joined the Chapter Formation Committee. Spending time on that committee gave me insight into how exciting local chapters were and how much energy there was to create one here in Ohio.
I got my introduction to Change Management while working on mergers and acquisitions in the casino industry. I realized how emotional major changes could be for employees and dedicated myself to making those experiences better for all involved. I received my Master's Organization Development in 2013 from Bowling Green State University and am a Senior Change Consultant at Change4Growth Consulting.
Hello, I have been with Nationwide Insurance for the past fifteen years. My core focus within the company has been sales delivery, digital integration, project business lead, and property product training leader. Prior to a career in insurance I spent five years as a successful business to business sales leader within the technology and consumer products industries. Currently a change leader for a transformational program within the Commercial Insurance vertical. My main responsibilities include the sales distribution areas of Nationwide Insurance to make sure they adopt and understand the company’s one brand strategy. I hold several professional designations that include the Stanford University Advanced PM Certification, Commercial Lines Coverage Specialist and the PROSCI Change Management Certification. I earned my Bachelors of Arts degree from Wake Forest University and completed a Masters of Science in Management from Indiana Wesleyan University. I have lived in Columbus, Ohio for thirteen years with my wife Kelly.
Sarah Sontheimer, Founding Board Member and President
Senior Consultant, Program Change & Enablement
Hey there, I attended my first ACMP Global Conference in 2015 and it left enough of an impression on me to help start an Ohio chapter! My specialty is communications and I added OCM activities when I joined Scotts. My career path includes stops at Chase, the City of Dublin and ThisWeek Community Newspapers (appropriate since I have a Journalism degree from The Ohio State University).
I have a passion for bringing the perspective of the end-user to help teams successfully deploy projects, training and communications. (Also, Sarah says I have mad editing and math skills - and that I lead the way in teaching technology to this formation committee.)
Advancing the Field of Change Management in Ohio
Welcome! My name is Morgan and I'm ecstatic to be a part of the ACMP Ohio Chapter. I joined the chapter after making a switch from internal HR to consulting, and I wanted to thoughtfully contribute to growing the ACMP Ohio chapter and what we could offer our peers in terms of continuous education and networking. I enjoy working on teams and implementing new ideas!
I'm currently an analyst with Navigator Management Partners with HR experience in higher education, retail, and banking. I'm passionate about understanding process improvement, analyzing data, designing learning and communication tools, and preparing solutions and recommendations for leadership. I've recently earned my Master of Human Resources Management from The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business after completing my BBA in Management and Legal Studies at the University of Georgia
Phil Swettenham, Sponsorship Chair