Joy Taylor

Co-Founder and CEO

jtaylor@tayganpoint.com

Co-founder and CEO of TayganPoint Consulting Group, Joy Taylor is an accomplished professional, with over twenty years of cross-functional experience in Lean Sigma, team facilitation, program management, project leadership, and communications and change management. She has a proven ability to manage complex, global programs and initiatives, drive process and productivity improvement efforts and lead change in a fast-paced environment.

Prior to founding TayganPoint Consulting Group, she was part of the Strategic Six Sigma Consulting Practice at IBM (formerly PWC), where she was responsible for developing and implementing large scale Six Sigma deployment and implementation plans for global clients. Prior, she served in various quality leadership roles at General Electric and as a Vice President at Sentient Enterprises Venture Capital.

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Joy Taylor

Joy Taylor

Co-Founder and CEO

John Cassimatis

Co-Founder and President

jcassimatis@tayganpoint.com

Co-founder and President of TayganPoint Consulting Group, John Cassimatis has more than 25 years of experience advising and working with some of the world’s leading corporations in various industries. His areas of expertise include strategy formulation and implementation, business process improvement, organizational re-design, change management and information technology strategy. Recognized for his extensive experience in finance and executive management, John is often called upon by senior leaders of global companies to assist with major organizational transformations.

Prior to founding TayganPoint, John began his career began at Arthur Andersen. He subsequently held executive leadership positions at Kepner-Tregoe, Ernst and Young and First Consulting Group’s Healthcare and Life Sciences consultancy.

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John Cassimatis

John Cassimatis

Co-Founder and President

Amy Flynn

Principal Consultant

Research & Development

aflynn@tayganpoint.com

Amy has more than 20 years of pharmaceutical, medical device and diagnostic management and leadership experience across the spectrum of business functions from research and development, operations, and quality to marketing and business development. Amy led and supported major change initiatives focused on mergers, acquisitions and partnerships, internally driven strategy formulation and implementation efforts, as well as process and systems improvement projects. She consistently delivers value by combining her exceptional ability to inspire faith in her vision with outstanding organizational skills to drive project completion.

Prior to joining TayganPoint, Amy has increasingly responsible assignments with a variety of life sciences businesses including, Johnson and Johnson, Guilford Pharmaceuticals, Pfizer, Hemasure, and GE Healthcare; and not for profit organizations, such as The American Red Cross, The Philadelphia Youth Network and the Society for Conservation Biology.

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Amy Flynn

Amy Flynn

Principal Consultant

Research & Development

Andrew Hunter

Principal Consultant

Shared Services & Outsourcing; Life Science

ahunter@tayganpoint.com

Andrew has over 25 years of industry and consulting experience, including extensive expertise in strategy development, change management, communications, organizational design, and process improvement. While he has experience in a wide range of industries, Andrew’s main focus has been working with life sciences companies. Andrew has significant hands-on experience leading and implementing change in challenging environments. He leverages his engineering background and operational mindset to streamline business processes and has a strong track record for delivering results, managing teams and developing staff.

Prior to joining TayganPoint, Andrew was a Principal in the life sciences practice of Capgemini and held the position of Vice President of Project Management and Clinical Operations at a Clinical Research Organization. He has also held a range of operational and general management positions in the aerospace and engineering industries.

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Andrew Hunter

Andrew Hunter

Principal Consultant

Shared Services & Outsourcing; Life Science

Debbie Neuscheler

Principal Consultant

Process Improvement, Strategy Alignment & Execution

debbie@tayganpoint.com

Debbie Neuscheler-Fritsch has over 20 years of experience leading and advising business transformation efforts and managing complex programs requiring systems and process integration. She has led multi-year implementations of projects with wide-ranging scope and considerable change management challenges.

As a Certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt, Debbie has trained and coached hundreds of improvement team leaders and executives on how to use Lean Six Sigma tools and methods to tackle a wide range of business issues. She advises executives on how to effectively sponsor improvement efforts and create performance incentives and measurement tools (balanced scorecard). She has also implemented Lean Six Sigma in a number of Fortune 500 organizations, leveraging her outstanding project management, influence and communication skills.

Prior to joining TayganPoint Consulting Group, Debbie held senior executive-level positions leading Lean Six Sigma programs at various financial services organizations, including JPMorgan Chase and several business units at GE Capital. Before that, she was a principal consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers Strategic Six Sigma Practice.

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Debbie Neuscheler

Debbie Neuscheler

Principal Consultant

Process Improvement, Strategy Alignment & Execution

John Collins

Senior Consultant

Finance Transformation, Program Management

jcollins@tayganpoint.com

For more than 25 years, John has guided organizations through Global Transformation Initiatives, PMO Design and Deployment, Process Standardization and Improvement, Application Development and Integration, Organizational Restructuring and Strategic Sourcing Initiatives. John’s experience includes the delivery of large and complex initiatives involving global and diverse teams. He has demonstrated leadership abilities and extensive practical experience in Software Project Life Cycles (SDLC), Process Improvement and Program Management Methods and Best Practices.

Prior to joining TayganPoint, John founded and ran a consulting company focused on helping clients develop capabilities to meet the challenges of today’s rapidly changing business landscape. Previously in his career, John served as the Vice President of the JP Morgan Chase Asset and Wealth Management Merger PMO during the JPMC and BankOne merger and also ran a Global Outsourcing practice for Computer Horizons Corporation.

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John Collins

John Collins

Senior Consultant

Finance Transformation, Program Management

Mike Kinnear

Senior Consultant

Supply Chain

mkinnear@tayganpoint.com

Mike Kinnear is a highly motivated, versatile leader more than 20 years of experience working with corporations in Life Sciences and other industries. His areas of expertise include project management, strategy development, business process improvement, and operations management. Mike’s approach allows stakeholder’s to think beyond the project boundaries to incorporate all elements within an organization – project goals, business dependencies, customer needs and corporate strategy – to deliver success to the business.

Mike is called upon by clients to ensure flawless project execution and has a proven record of exceeding client expectations. He has a passion for performance excellence, operations and project team development. His consulting experience is augmented with corporate experience with Polaroid where he worked in Marketing and Operations.

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Mike Kinnear

Mike Kinnear

Senior Consultant

Supply Chain

Victoria LaRosa

Senior Consultant

Sales, Marketing & Analytics

vlarosa@tayganpoint.com

Victoria is a seasoned consultant supporting clients within the pharmaceutical, energy, and healthcare industries. She offers expertise in such areas as process improvement, project and program management, Six Sigma, strategy execution, change management, and most recently, organization development. Her driving motivation is to help organizations successfully navigate change and behavioral transitions in parallel with the development and implementation of effective and efficient solutions.

Prior to joining TayganPoint, Victoria started her career as a Market Researcher at Gemalto (former Gemplus International) directly supporting the Marketing Director for the North American region. She has been a process and project management consultant for over 7 years.

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Victoria LaRosa

Victoria LaRosa

Senior Consultant

Sales, Marketing & Analytics

Sondra Leibner

Senior Consultant

Organizational Change Management

sleibner@tayganpoint.com

Sondra Leibner is an experienced organizational development, change management, communications and executive development professional, known for working with companies to breakthrough organization dysfunction and to create high performance teams and organizations. She has more than 20 years experience in organizational consulting.

Prior to joining TayganPoint, Sondra led large transformational projects in global companies, such as Merck, BP, Prudential Financial and Lucent Technologies, resulting in significant breakthroughs in performance for the enterprises. She has designed and delivered large projects involving direct interaction with thousands of employees at all levels. She specializes in building and maintaining high performance teams, executive leadership development, and designing and delivering change management/communications programs. Sondra utilizes coaching and facilitation skills to help clients achieve dramatic improvements in performance by developing and implementing of bold, compelling direction and objectives, establishing future-based leadership skills, and creating deep alignment around organizational values, principles and management style.

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Sondra Leibner

Sondra Leibner

Senior Consultant

Organizational Change Management

Marybeth Lynch

Senior Consultant

Research & Development

mlynch@tayganpoint.com

Marybeth Lynch has more than 14 years of experience advising and working with several of the world’s leading Life Sciences Research and Development organizations. Her areas of expertise include strategy formulation and implementation, business process improvement, program and process management, organizational re-design and business analytics.
Marybeth’s career began at Merck where she focused on Business Operations for Merck Research Labs (Merck’s Research and Development Division).

After acquiring a dual MBA, she became a management consultant for the Campbell Alliance and subsequently became an Associate Partner at IBM where she pioneered the effort to bring IBM’s Watson technology (deep analytics) into the Life Sciences Research and Development space. Marybeth has received a series of awards for excellence including Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association Rising Star, Super Star Facilitator and Super Star Coach.

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Marybeth Lynch

Marybeth Lynch

Senior Consultant

Research & Development

Judith Millsaps

Senior Consultant

Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures

jmillsaps@tayganpoint.com

A leader in business transformation with deep experience in mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, Judith Millsaps has demonstrated expertise in finding value in operations management and delivering high-impact solutions that improve gross margins. With extensive experience as team leader, coach, facilitator, and instructor Judith has lead global, cross-functional teams to deliver sustainable changes to an organization. She has leveraged business process design/reengineering and quality initiatives, and defined, delivered and implemented business transformation programs.

Prior to joining TayganPoint, Judith worked in several consumer-oriented industries, such as healthcare, financial services and telecommunications. She is a talented speaker and educator, having led many executive-level presentations at GE and other Fortune 100 companies. Judith was responsible for deploying the initial Six Sigma roll-out at GE Capital TIP and has deployed Six Sigma organizations in other Fortune 100 financial services organizations (JPMorgan Chase, AIG and Nationwide Insurance). During her career, she managed over 20 merger/integrations /divestitures in financial services, healthcare and energy industries.

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Judith Millsaps

Judith Millsaps

Senior Consultant

Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures

Dan Patrick

Senior Consultant

M&A, R&D, Program Management

dpatrick@tayganpoint.com

A Senior Consultant at TayganPoint, Daniel Patrick has more than 25 years of experience in the Life Sciences and Financial Services industries. His areas of expertise include program and project management, merger and acquisition planning and integration, business process reengineering, Research and Development, and strategy development and implementation.

Dan’s career began at JP Morgan where he directly assisted industry analysts in valuing companies in support of mergers and acquisitions transactions and other financial advisory work. After earning an MBA in Finance and Marketing, he joined Merck where he held positions of increasing responsibility in Financial Evaluation and Analysis, Divisional Financial Services, Treasury, Johnson and Johnson/Merck Joint Venture, Corporate Operational Excellence, and Research and Development. In his last role at Merck, Dan led the Strategy Realization Office for the Research and Development Division, where he managed and prioritized the portfolio of the Research and Development Division’s strategic and large scale transformation initiatives and led the Research and Development Division merger integration team for the Merck/Schering-Plough merger. Dan then joined Celgene Corporation as Executive Director of Global Financial Planning and Analysis, responsible for the global quarterly forecasting and financial review cycle, annual planning and budgeting process, and the reporting of actual and forecasted financial performance.

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Dan Patrick

Dan Patrick

Senior Consultant

M&A, R&D, Program Management

Tom Rosella

Strategic Account Executive

Sales, Marketing & Analytics, Strategy Alignment & Execution

trosella@tayganpoint.com

Tom is a highly motivated influential leader with broad business experience, exceptional conceptual and interpersonal skills, and proven expertise in strategy, business planning, business transformation, governance, enterprise process management, change management and program and project management.

Tom has more than 25 years of experience, predominantly in the pharmaceutical industry, leading global transformation efforts. Prior to joining TayganPoint, Tom was a Director in KPMG’s Customer Strategy and Growth Practice driving sales and marketing transformation for life sciences companies. Prior to KPMG, Tom spent 24 years at Merck leading strategy and transformation groups in Merck’s Marketing, Global Business Services, Finance, Research, and IT organizations.

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Tom Rosella

Tom Rosella

Strategic Account Executive

Sales, Marketing & Analytics, Strategy Alignment & Execution

Joanie Walker

Senior Consultant

IT Effectiveness & Transformation

jwalker@tayganpoint.com

Joan Walker has over 20 years of experience driving both business process and IT solutions to support global business strategies for large corporate clients. She is a senior organizational leader with proven ability to build, motivate and lead diverse global teams to achieve program objectives while aligning IM strategy with business goals.

The first half of Joan’s career was with General Electric in the IT consulting division supporting the Operational division and subsequently with an integration firm providing legal software training and program management to various Fortune 500 companies and law firms. She moved on to work with an IBM Premier Consulting firm responsible for managing the IT Services Practice to provide IT Strategy, Application Services Delivery and Program Management for clients in the medical device, manufacturing and pharmaceutical industries. The second half of her career began with Johnson and Johnson as a Business Relationship Director in the IT Services division supporting Global PMO, Finance and HR. After which, she led the Advisory Services department in Global Data at Merck in which she managed over 50 employees and built a business relationship management team, a PMO, and managed the database team to support Merck’s various business units.

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Joanie Walker

Joanie Walker

Senior Consultant

IT Effectiveness & Transformation

Erik Alfiero

Consultant

Research & Development

ealfiero@tayganpoint.com

Erik is an effective project manager, analyst and strong team member whose expertise impacted multiple projects with several Fortune 500 companies. He is a creative problem solver, highly competent in the areas of workflow analysis, process mapping, software implementation and training.

Erik was the communication and process mapping “go to” person on multiple projects in manufacturing, legal, service, academic, retail and medical environments. He is highly organized and detail oriented, which is consistently noted by clients when viewing his project deliverables.

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Erik Alfiero

Erik Alfiero

Consultant

Research & Development

Hans Irr

Consultant

Supply Chain

hirr@tayganpoint.com

Hans Irr has more than 22 years of business management, process design and improvement, and project management experience in Life Sciences, Technology and Manufacturing industries. He specializes process improvement tool development, process change and implementation, data analysis, and database prototyping design. Hans’ strength is the ability to quickly understand and analyze existing client programs and processes and engineer solutions for greater efficiencies and productivity.

Prior to joining TayganPoint Consulting, Hans was the founder of a company specializing in designing and building custom three-dimensional projects. This experience has provided him with insights into running every aspect of a business from sales, administration to project management and overseeing production functions. Hans joined TayganPoint consulting in 2006.

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Hans Irr

Hans Irr

Consultant

Supply Chain

Chris Janzen

Consultant

Finance Transforamtion

cjanzen@tayganpoint.com

Chris has over 20 years of business and consulting experience, including strategy development and implementation, organizational development, process improvement, and change management in a wide range of industries. He has served as a C-level executive and successfully implemented policies and projects in a variety of challenging environments. Chris appreciates the enabling power of well-designed processes and quality business analysis for decision-makers. His expertise has been acknowledged through appointments to several statewide commissions and taskforces on procurement, project management, budget development, and technology organization.

Prior to joining TayganPoint, Chris worked for the state legislatures of California and Nevada, two governors, and as an executive vice president in higher education before consulting on program, labor, and project management in higher education and not for profit organizations. He has worked on policy and program initiatives in transportation, health and human services, pharmaceuticals, food services/hospitality, taxation, criminal justice, business regulation, and small business development.

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Chris Janzen

Chris Janzen

Consultant

Finance Transforamtion

Michael LaMonaca

Consultant

Sales, Marketing & Analytics

mlamonaca@tayganpoint.com

Michael LaMonaca has almost 10 years of strategic experience in the Life Sciences industry. He has cross-functional experience in Lean Six Sigma, Kaizen Workshop Design and Facilitation, Program Management and Project Leadership, and Change Management. Michael has an ability to manage complex initiatives, drive process and productivity improvement efforts, lead teams through change, and deliver measurable results in a fast-paced, dynamic environment. Michael has a documented history of exceeding client expectations and performance targets.

Prior to joining TayganPoint Consulting Group, Michael spent four years working in Merck’s Corporate Strategy Office where he served as an internal consultant. In this role, he partnered with internal clients across the enterprise and provided leadership and advisory services for strategic initiatives that were aligned with the company’s long term strategic objectives. Before that, he worked in Merck’s Global Clinical Supplies Operations organization where he piloted and implemented a first-in-industry planning and distribution process for ancillary clinical supplies that saved more than $3MM in supply costs in the first year alone. He also worked for McNeil’s Global Procurement Group supporting its National Engineering Division.

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Michael LaMonaca

Michael LaMonaca

Consultant

Sales, Marketing & Analytics

Bryant Lemieux

Consultant

Process Improvement

blemieux@tayganpoint.com

Bryant Lemieux is a subject matter expert in the area of Business Process Management (BPM) and process improvement. He specializes in creating “As-Is” and “To-Be” process maps, BPMN 2.0 compliant models and data visualizations. Bryant drives improvement efforts by utilizing his vast understanding of mapping tools (Visio / IBM Blueworks / Bonitasoft / Bizagi) and natural interviewing skills to uncover potential issues and valuable information. His unique “narrative” style of process mapping allows him to deliver a complete, accurate, and user friendly process picture.

Bryant is also very adept at creating interactive and engaging eLearning courses that meet training requirements and enhance learner retention. He is experienced with Sharepoint setup and configuration, enabling improved project support via robust document management and data tracking. Bryant is a power user of MS Office products, providing additional support to projects. He masters software quickly, finds creative solutions to problems and is always on the hunt for additional tools to add to his “productivity arsenal”.

Bryant spent the first part of his career as a Registered Nurse (RN) specializing in critical care. After working in Health Care Industry for many years, Bryant decided to pursue his interest in computers (Networking / Programming). His background in nursing gave him a strong appreciation for process and critical thinking. This coupled with his passion for technology naturally lead him to the field of consulting.

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Bryant Lemieux

Bryant Lemieux

Consultant

Process Improvement

Bob Macfarlane

Consultant

IT Effectiveness & Transformation

bmacfarlane@tayganpoint.com

Bob Macfarlane is business and IT strategy consultant with over 25 years of experience in designing, developing, and implementing solutions for clients in a broad range of industries. His areas of expertise include project management, business process improvement, logistics, change management and information technology design and development. Bob is recognized as an exceptional leader with an entrepreneurial nature, high energy level, and outstanding management skills.

Bob started his career as an engineer, building satellite systems for the U.S. Air Force and later General Electric. He subsequently transitioned into business consulting and held senior management positions with Princeton Consultants and Navigant Consulting. In 2005, Bob was recalled to active duty to support Operation Enduring Freedom and later to serve as a staff officer at the Pentagon. In 2010 Bob returned to his civilian career and joined the government contractor firm Booz Allen Hamilton.

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Bob Macfarlane

Bob Macfarlane

Consultant

IT Effectiveness & Transformation

Jackie Misiak

Consultant

IT Effectiveness & Finance Transformation

jmisiak@tayganpoint.com

A Consultant at TayganPoint, Jackie Misiak has more than 25 years of experience driving both business process and IT solutions to enable global business strategies for some of the world’s leading corporations.  She is a senior leader with the proven ability to lead global, multifunctional teams to deliver business process transformation and technology solutions with best in class speed and quality. Her areas of expertise include strategy formulation and implementation, business process improvement, program and process management, organizational effectiveness.  She is Six Sigma Green Belt certified.

Jackie’s career started in Finance working in various companies in cost accounting and financial/business planning.  While driving process improvement work in Finance, she embraced the power of technology as an enabler for process transformation and obtained an MBA in Information Management.  She subsequently worked in IT partnering with business leaders to develop and implement IT strategies with process improvements that realized significant business benefits. She also has substantial experience with establishing and managing IT shared services operations, including the implementation of business planning processes.  In addition she has worked with various business areas touching supply chain, source to settle, order to cash and accounting to reporting processes.

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Jackie Misiak

Jackie Misiak

Consultant

IT Effectiveness & Finance Transformation

Monica Morgan

Consultant

Organizational Change Management

mmorgan@tayganpoint.com

Monica Morgan is a resourceful, results-oriented communication, change management and marketing professional with extensive experience in internal and external stakeholder support including organizational positioning, messaging, and employee communications utilizing tools and channels appropriate to the objective and audience. She has demonstrated expertise in sales, navigating international markets, executive coaching, and team management.

Prior to joining TayganPoint, Monica lead the corporate and marketing communications team of a GE business, served as a sales executive and managed Fortune 100 accounts for both EDS and AT+T, produced live, satellite-delivered television events, and lead teams at PBS, the American Film Institute, the Capital Children’s Museum and the Friends of the National Zoo.

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Monica Morgan

Monica Morgan

Consultant

Organizational Change Management

John Nolan

Consultant

Change Management

jnolan@tayganpoint.com

John Nolan has an extensive background in Program Management and Change Management with an expertise in Leadership Development. He has experience working across industries with specific focus on the financial services and pharmaceutical industries. While with his previous engagement John partnered with the finance department of a global pharmaceutical company to program manage and develop a comprehensive change management program for a global, long term Finance and IT infrastructure and business alignment initiative.

Prior to joining TayganPoint, John partnered with a variety of large organizations to create and manage large scale change management and leadership development programs. John brought assessment, customized development and project management skills to these clients in order to create projects customized to their needs.

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John Nolan

John Nolan

Consultant

Change Management

Tanuj Pandey

Consultant

IT Effectiveness & Transformation

tpandey@tayganpoint.com

Tanuj Pandey has more than 12 years of experience in leading multinational and multicultural teams in developing and implementing growth strategy, technology products and controls, performance and process Improvement initiatives, and guiding organizations through change. Tanuj has worked with, and advised, some of the world’s leading Life Sciences, Healthcare and Banking organizations, including Otsuka, GE Healthcare, Deloitte, Freddie Mac, Merrill Lynch and JPMorgan Chase.

Prior to joining TayganPoint, Tanuj led a Strategy and Operations consulting/ advisory team at GE Healthcare, developing technology products and consulting services to improve operations. Tanuj has received a series of performance recognition awards, including ‘Above and Beyond’ (at GE, twice, for ‘External Focus’ and ‘Imagination and Courage’), and ‘Outstanding Performance’ (at Deloitte, for excellence in consulting and client service).

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Tanuj Pandey

Tanuj Pandey

Consultant

IT Effectiveness & Transformation

Molly Romano

Consultant

IT Transformation & Change Management

mromano@tayganpoint.com

A Consultant and versatile leader with history of leading business transformations, including systems and organizational change for financial services, retail, government, and non-profit clients. Molly has managed and supported multi-functional project teams.  As a program manager, she drove implementations impacting diverse functional areas of client companies, including: product administration, information technology, customer service, human resources, legal, compliance, risk, security, marketing, communications, accounting, and finance.

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Molly Romano

Molly Romano

Consultant

IT Transformation & Change Management

Jay Stanell

Consultant

Shared Services & Outsourcing

jstanell@tayganpoint.com

Jay Stanell has an extensive consulting background in finance, Six Sigma business process improvement and design, project management, leadership, and Six Sigma and Lean Green/Black Belt Training. He has worked for and with a diverse group of organizations within the Pharmaceutical, Financial Services/Wealth Management, Healthcare, Manufacturing and IT Industries. Jay has worked with C-level individuals, creating tactics and methods to advance the overall strategy within the given work environment. He has played an integral part within the regulated entities creating process for large teams and he has managed large scale, domestic and global, transformational efforts.

Before joining TayganPoint, Jay had an early career as a CPA. He joined GE in 1989 in Audit and progressed through a series of increasingly responsible roles, domestically and internationally, within the Accounting, Finance, Sales/Marketing, Mergers and Acquisitions, and Six Sigma operations. As a consultant he has leveraged his finance and Six Sigma skills and taken on a series of assignments where he analyzed, selected, and managed high value process design, deployment, and improvement efforts in premier companies

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Jay Stanell

Jay Stanell

Consultant

Shared Services & Outsourcing

Rob Tiberi

Consultant

Sales, Marketing & Analytics

rtiberi@tayganpoint.com

Rob has more than 15 years of pharmaceutical, distribution and services industries experience holding various leadership positions across the spectrum of business functions from sales and marketing, product development, sourcing, and business development. Throughout his career, Rob has been successful leading and implementing leading high-level, cross-functional projects, including internally driven strategy formulation and implementation, process redesign, and change management projects. He is continually recognized as a strong team player with dedicated work ethic and exceptional leadership skills to drive project completion.  Rob's experience covers major global companies including Pfizer and VWR International.

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Rob Tiberi

Rob Tiberi

Consultant

Sales, Marketing & Analytics

Rachel Wieder

Consultant

Program Management

rwieder@tayganpoint.com

Rachel Wieder is a highly motivated, versatile leader with over 20 years’ experience in leading diverse, complex programs and projects in highly challenging environments. Rachel is successful at translating the complex, big picture into concrete and practical plans by communicating and collaborating effectively with executive, technical and business stakeholders. Rachel’s integrated approach allows her to think beyond the project boundaries to incorporate all elements within an organization – project goals, business dependencies, customer needs and corporate strategy – to deliver intended end benefits.

Rachel is a lean Six Sigma Black Belt and trained change management leader with expertise in business process and performance improvement, strategy development, planning and execution.

During her tenure at Merck, Rachel mentored and trained a team of Project Managers and Belts Candidates to look at projects with the end in mind: identify performance goals, understand current operations, and to streamline business processes to eliminate redundancy, optimize resources and add value to the organization.

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Rachel Wieder

Rachel Wieder

Consultant

Program Management

Lauren Ettlinger

Analyst

lettlinger@tayganpoint.com

As an Analyst at TayganPoint Consulting Group, Lauren Ettlinger brings her experience in communication with a thorough background in broadcasting and storytelling. Her areas of expertise include communication, research and delivery, data analytics, change management, and company training.

Lauren’s career path began at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism where she reported, anchored, and was a weathercaster at the Phoenix PBS affiliate. She then went on to Bakersfield, California as a multimedia journalist, sports reporter, and weekend weather anchor for the local ABC affiliate. She is proficient in Final Cut Pro, Soundtrack Pro, and Compressor. She knows basic HTML, has filmed and edited in HD video, and has 15 years of on-camera experience. As a multimedia journalist, Lauren crafted story ideas, built sources and story leads, engaged interviews, shot her own video, edited packages, wrote stories for the air and web, and conducted live broadcasts from remote locations on a daily basis. She has mastered the art of compressing information and crafting it to engage a public audience.

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Lauren Ettlinger

Lauren Ettlinger

Analyst

Kara Giagnacova

Analyst

kgiagnacova@tayganpoint.com

As an Analyst at TayganPoint Consulting Group, Kara brings her entrepreneurial skills to the team.  Kara’s two years in the pharmaceutical industry provided the opportunity to manage process improvement projects through strategy formulation and implementation, communication, program and process management, and organizational re-design.

Upon her graduation from Temple University, Kara promptly began her career with Merck & Co.  Her role in Merck’s venture to create a centralized retention center allowed Kara to become the subject matter expert and train key employees on the new technologies and systems employed. Hungry for more knowledge, Kara expanded her skills set to become Green Belt Certified and a student of the Six Sigma Certification.

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Kara Giagnacova

Kara Giagnacova

Analyst

Josh Holden

Analyst

jholden@tayganpoint.com

As an Analyst at TayganPoint, Joshua Holden has experience advising and working with cross-functional teams to improve and design internal processes, supporting decision making by identifying insights through qualitative and quantitative analysis, and providing change management plans to an international workforce. His areas of expertise include business process improvement, program and process management, organizational development, and business analytics and design.

Joshua’s career began as an internal Process Improvement and Organizational Development analyst within the Financial Services and Call Center industries. He was responsible for integrating LEAN methodologies into training curriculums, policies, and procedures, as well as operationalizing analytical and performance reporting infrastructures. Joshua transitioned into Marketing and Global Pricing Analyst role in the Financial Software and Services industry. He has led the development of Global Pricing and Marketing Operations groups, where he was responsible for improving and managing pricing and market intelligence program offices, designing and implementing analytical and performance reporting infrastructures, and cultivating organizational development and communication plans.

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Josh Holden

Josh Holden

Analyst

Jim Szakacs

Chief Administrative Officer

jszakacs@tayganpoint.com

As the Chief Administration Officer (CAO) of TayganPoint Consulting Group, Jim is responsible for all finance/accounting, HR, information technology (IT), risk management and insurance, banking, audit, legal and personnel relations. He also develops the firm’s financial models for growth.

Prior to joining TayganPoint, Jim held several senior management positions, including: EVP; Chief Financial Officer of Eastern Research Services, LLC; CFO; Controller of Omicron Consulting, Inc; and CFO; COO of Calvary Baptist Ministries. He also served as Senior Auditor at EisnerAmper (formerly Goldenberg Rosenthal), and as an auditor and business advisor at Grant Thornton.

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Jim Szakacs

Jim Szakacs

Chief Administrative Officer

Adam Berman

Director of Talent Management



With over 25 years of experience, Adam Berman is TayganPoint’s Director of Talent Management, where he’s in charge of talent acquisition and development for the company.

Prior to TayganPoint, Adam held several managerial and senior leadership positions for companies including Kreischer Miller, Joule, Inc., The Compass Group/Flik International, and Manhattanville College. In these roles he helped recruit talent, implement programs and reduce organizational expenditures.

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Adam Berman

Adam Berman

Director of Talent Management

Susan Peters

Director of Marketing

speters@tayganpoint.com

A Director of Marketing, Susan is responsible for creating and executing marketing and public relations strategies in support of TayganPoint’s growing brand.

Susan brings over 14 years of experience in a variety of B2B and B2C industries, including senior living, professional services, and print media – all in the area of marketing and public relations.

Most recently, she served as the Corporate Marketing Manager for ACTS Retirement Life Communities, driving strategic brand efforts and responsible for supporting the independent sales and marketing goals of the organization’s 23 communities. She previously held positions with Kreischer Miller, Calkins Media, GMAC and IKON Office Solutions.

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Susan Peters

Susan Peters

Director of Marketing

Barry Rudner

Human Resources Manager

brudner@tayganpoint.com

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Barry Rudner

Barry Rudner

Human Resources Manager

Sheila Steinberg

Operations Manager

ssteinberg@tayganpoint.com

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Sheila Steinberg

Sheila Steinberg

Operations Manager

Laura Fulton

Accounting Manager  

lfulton@tayganpoint.com

With over 15 years of experience, Laura Fulton is TayganPoint’s Accounting Manager, where she oversees the process areas of Payroll, AP, AR, Cash Management, monthly reporting and financial analytics. In addition, Laura streamlines systematic and financial processes to reduce inefficiencies.

Laura brings a diverse background to the TayganPoint team. Before Laura came onboard, she worked extensively on all sides of the accounting field. Specifically, she has held positions as a public accountant with Arthur Andersen and Deloitte and Touche, a SOX and internal audit specialist under Protivit Consulting, a successful entrepreneur at Integrated Sports Therapy, a health and wellness company, and most recently in private accounting as an Assistant Controller for Mercury Solar Systems, a solar design and installation company.

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Laura Fulton

Laura Fulton

Accounting Manager  

Janice Cassimatis

Office Administrator



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Janice Cassimatis

Janice Cassimatis

Office Administrator

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