Co-Founder and CEOjtaylor@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.×
Co-Founder and CEO
Co-Founder and Presidentjcassimatis@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 in 2009, John began his career at Arthur Andersen. He subsequently held executive leadership positions at Kepner-Tregoe, Ernst & Young and First Consulting Group’s Healthcare and Life Sciences consultancy, and eventually established his own firm, VantagePoint Consulting.×
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Chief Consulting Officerdebbie@tayganpoint.com
Debbie has more than 20 years’ experience leading and advising business transformation efforts and managing complex programs requiring systems and process integration, including merger integration programs focused on driving greater efficiencies by consolidating operations. Debbie coaches executives on how to effectively sponsor improvement and integration efforts with a focus on creating accountability through a variety of change management, performance measurement tools and risk assessments. She has implemented large-scale change initiatives in a number of Fortune 500 organizations, leveraging her outstanding project management, influence and communication skills. Debbie consistently demonstrates the ability to lead and coach teams to produce bottom-line, culturally-appropriate solutions that deliver sustainable value. Prior to joining TayganPoint, she held executive positions leading business transformation initiatives at various financial services organizations, including JPMorganChase, Harleysville Insurance, and GE Financial Assurance.×
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Chief Administrative Officerjszakacs@tayganpoint.com
As the Chief Financial Officer 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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Amy has more than twenty five 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 has coached and developed leaders responsible for major change initiatives such as 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 led assignments at a variety of life sciences businesses including, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer and Guilford Pharmaceuticals; and not for profit organizations, such as The American Red Cross, The Philadelphia Youth Network and the Society for Conservation Biology.×
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 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.×
A Senior Consultant at TayganPoint, Sondra Leibner is an experienced organizational development, change management, communications and executive development professional, known for working with companies to breakthrough organizational dysfunction and create high performance teams and organizations. She has more than 20 years experiences in organizational consulting and change management.
Prior to joining TayganPoint, Sondra led large transformational projects in global companies, such as Merck, BMS, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, Aramark, BP and Prudential Financial, resulting in significant breakthroughs in performance for the enterprises. She has designed and developed 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/communication programs. Sondra utilizes coaching and facilitation skills to help clients achieve dramatic improvements in performance by developing and implementing bold, compelling directions and objectives, establishing future-based leadership skills and creating deep alignment around organizational values, principles and management styles.×
A leader in business transformation with extensive experience in mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, Judith Millsaps has demonstrated expertise in finding value through disciplined program and project management. With proven 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 reengineering and Lean Sigma initiatives to define, deliver and implement 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.×
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 re-engineering, Research and Development, and strategy development and implementation.
Dan’s career began at JP Morgan where he directly assisted industry analysts in valuing companies. After earning an MBA, he joined Merck holding positions in Financial Evaluation and Analysis, Divisional Financial Services, Treasury, Johnson and Johnson/Merck Joint Venture, Corporate Operational Excellence, and Research and Development. Dan led the Strategy Realization Office for Merck's Research and Development Division, where he led the Division's merger integration team for the Merck/Schering-Plough merger. Dan then joined Celgene Corporation as Executive Director of Global Financial Planning and Analysis.×
A Principal consultant at TayganPoint, Joan Walker has over 20 years of experience managing and leading large global programs as well as driving business process and IT solutions to support business strategies for large corporate clients. She is an accomplished organizational business and IT leader with proven ability to build, motivate and lead diverse global teams to achieve program objectives while aligning IT strategy with business goals. Joan leads TayganPoint’s IT Effectiveness Practice which focuses on helping our clients and IT leaders leverage opportunities to improve the value of IT to their organizations.
Joan’s first half of her career began at GE in the IT consulting division supporting the operational division and subsequently moved onto an integration firm providing training and program management to various fortune 500 companies. The second half of her career was in the Pharmaceutical industry and worked for Johnson & Johnson as a Business Relationship Director supporting Global PMO, Finance and HR. Subsequent to J&J, she led the Advisory Services department in Global Data at Merck in which she managed over 50 employees, and was instrumental in managing the client facing application database team and established a new business relationship management support group and PMO in order to successfully deliver Global data services to the business units of Merck. At Merck is where Joan obtained her Agent One certification in Change Management and was the global Change Lead on an IT Operating Model Program which was successfully implemented at Merck.×
Rachel has more than 20 years’ experience leading diverse, complex initiatives in highly challenging environments across a continuum of business functions from Engineering, Manufacturing, Research and Development, Safety, Health & Environmental and Human Resources. 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.
Prior to joining Tayganpoint, Rachel had a successful career at a major pharmaceutical company where she held positions of increasing responsibility in Engineering, Safety, Health & Environment and Human Resources demonstrating her expertise in business process and performance improvement, strategy development, and planning and execution. Rachel continues that success at Tayganpoint through supporting a variety of businesses including, Merck, Novo Nordisk, Allergan and Verizon.×
Strategic Account Executivechartwig@tayganpoint.com
A Strategic Account Executive at TayganPoint, Charles D. (Chas) Hartwig has more than 30 years of global industry and consulting experience, with particular depth in Information Technology (IT) effectiveness, business process improvement, organizational design, and strategy development & implementation. Chas has broad experience in the Life Sciences sector, as well as experience in the Home Healthcare and Industrial B2B sectors. He also serves as an advisor to venture capital investors and early stage technology companies.
Chas’ background includes 15 years with Johnson & Johnson in CIO and senior IT roles, spanning the medical device, pharmaceutical/biotech, diagnostics, and consumer healthcare segments. He served as Chief Information Officer for Janssen Supply Chain, J&J’s Surgical Care Group, Ethicon, and Ortho Clinical Diagnostics. Chas’ experience includes 7 years as a senior IT executive at Merck & Co., Inc., where he formed and led Merck’s business process redesign organization, as well as 5 years as a management consultant with Deloitte. Chas holds a BA in Computer Science from Colgate University and an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.×
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A Senior Consultant at TayganPoint, Lisa Weller Cooney has more than 20 years of experience leading global, enterprise transformations in the information services, pharmaceutical, and medical device industries. Her areas of expertise include program / project leadership, continuous improvement, organizational development / change management, technology deployment, ISO and SSAE16 implementation, and acquisition integration.
Lisa’s career began in consulting where she designed field service operations for medical device companies by conducting end-user surveys, performing focus groups and competitive analyses. She moved to IMS Health, a leading information services provider to the pharmaceutical industry, where she held increasingly demanding roles as Operations Process Improvement Leader, Global Quality Director, and V.P. of Enterprise Process Engineering. Since returning to consulting, Lisa has helped her pharmaceutical clients to set up continuous improvement programs and implement significant supply chain and quality transformation programs. Lisa has received a series of excellence awards including the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association Rising Star award and the IMS Summit Award.×
A Senior Consultant at TayganPoint, Jonathan Hunt has more than 30 years of experience advising clients and actively participating in technology-enabled transformation programs at Fortune 500 companies. His areas of expertise include strategy formulation, technology and business process improvement, transformation program and project management, organizational re-design and change management.
After acquiring his MBA in Accounting and Information Systems, Jonathan focused his career on financial, operational, and technology management, holding the positions of CFO & COO for NYC-based publishers. After these industry roles, Jonathan changed his focus to Management Consulting. In this capacity, he has led and participated in numerous consulting initiatives, providing thought leadership involving shared services, cross-functional process improvement, organizational change, technology design and implementation, acquisition due-diligence, business planning and performance measurement. His expertise spans product design/engineering, sales and marketing, supply chain management, financial management, HR, and executive leadership.×
A Senior Consultant at TayganPoint, Mike has more than 25 years of experience advising and working with some of the world’s leading Life Sciences R&D organizations. His areas of expertise include project management and implementation, business process improvement in R&D, Manufacturing, Regulatory and Operations.
Mike’s career began in the Imaging Technology industry where he focused on Marketing and Business Operations for leading companies such as Scitex and Polaroid Graphics Imaging. After acquiring his MBA, Mike became an independent management consultant and later joined TayganPoint in the Cambridge, MA location where he focuses on Life Sciences and Medical Devices.
Mike is called upon by our clients to ensure flawless project execution and has a proven record of exceeding customer expectations. He has a passion for performance excellence and operations and cross functional project team development.×
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. Having worked on multiple merger projects, Erik is experienced with fast-paced complex implementations that include multiple strategic objectives.
Prior to joining TayganPoint, Erik began his consulting career as the project manager for Enterprise Content Management, Document Management, and Advanced Scanning software implementations. He was the process mapping "go to" person on multiple projects in manufacturing, legal, service, academic, and medical environments. He is highly organized and detail oriented, which is consistently noted by clients when viewing his project deliverables.×
Jacinta is an experienced professional with over 30 years of leadership in organizational development and human resources management, change execution and communications, dispute resolution and mediation, design and delivery of executive development and knowledge management programs, and coaching and mentoring. She is skilled in international labor relations, employee development, and contract negotiations.
Prior to joining TayganPoint, Jacinta was in private practice, providing HR, organizational development, employment strategy and governance advice to a range of clients. She has held senior HR and OD roles at Fletcher Challenge (then New Zealand’s largest company), including designing and implementing a custom ‘People Development Practices’ program. Previously Jacinta was an Advocate, representing employers and government agencies in contract negotiations, conflict resolution and labor disputes.
Christina has more than 20 years of experience leading and managing innovative solutions that enable business transformation. She has led and supported strategy formulation and implementation, technology process improvement, program and process management, organizational re-design and business analytics for global companies. Her commitment to continuously provide value added service to her clients by keeping their needs at the fore front has earned her trust and respect among her clients.
After graduating in computer science and engineering, Christina’s career began at CGI where she earned roles of increased responsibility implementing large scale global solutions for clients across various vertical industries. She then became a technology lead at Oracle for an insurance product. After receiving her certification in PMP, Christina joined Tyco to help support and build the PMO implement strategic initiatives. Her most recent role was for UST Global where she managed a portfolio of services for a health care client focused on improving patient lives while reducing administrative costs.×
Joanne has over 27 years of in-depth project management experience in the areas of compliance, supply chain, and manufacturing support for the Healthcare industry. She specializes in managing highly technical, complex projects in an ever-changing global regulatory environment. These projects require a variety of technical and managerial competencies, critical thinking, and decision-making skills, and Joanne has a proven track record for driving results and deliverables on time and under budget.
Joanne’s career began at Merck & Co, Inc., where she was instrumental in providing technical solutions and drove the use of risk-based guidance in support of strategic Safety, Health & Environmental goals, business process improvement, and manufacturing capacity planning. She has developed and implemented business process tools, metrics, and software solutions, and has successfully integrated continuous process improvement in order to manage fast-pace changes in a highly regulated environment. Joanne has supported the implementation of both integration and divestiture projects in the areas of compliance, manufacturing, and product supply, and has led multi-cultural and global
A Consultant at TayganPoint, Brooke Formica has more than 15 years of experience in strategic and tactical change management and communications work. Brooke has designed, developed and executed the change management support associated with several large scale business transformation initiatives. She has provided both the leadership and hands-on change planning, communications planning and content development associated with many of these initiatives. Brooke’s collaborative style has led to multiple successes when establishing cross functional stakeholder groups and providing local support during a variety of global transformation initiatives.
Brooke’s career path began at Chase Manhattan Bank in Communications and then she assumed a variety of positions with increasing responsibility within the JP Morgan Chase & Co. organization culminating as the VP, Director of Change Management, Procurement Operations. She has since worked at Johnson and Johnson, Bristol–Myers Squibb and Merck in a variety of Change Management and Communications roles.×
A consultant at TayganPoint, Hans has more than 26 years of experience in business management, process design and improvement experience across a variety of industries. Hans specializes in process design improvement analysis and tool design development with a current emphasis on IT Effectiveness, including Strategy, Portfolio Planning, Disaster Recovery and Implementation Planning.
Hans’ strength is his ability to quickly understand and analyze existing client programs and process engineer solutions for greater efficiencies and productivity. An integral part of this strength is his ability to communicate this analysis in an interesting and informative style, easily understood by clients at all levels.
Since joining TayganPoint in 2006, Hans has drawn daily upon his experience of running several small businesses, as well his management consulting for clients in large pharma, Department of Defense, as well as the consumer / fashion industry in a variety of different capacities including IT strategy and effectiveness, regulatory compliance, finance programs, as well as safety & environmental program improvements. Hans has also obtained certification in ITIL.×
Chris has over twenty years of leadership and consulting experience, including strategy development, organizational development, program implementation, change management, and process improvement in a wide range of industries. He has served as an executive leader in multiple organizations and successfully implemented policies and projects in a variety of challenging environments. His expertise has been acknowledged through appointments to statewide commissions and taskforces on facilities and procurement, project management, budget development, and technology organization.
Prior to joining TayganPoint, Chris worked at a senior level for the state legislatures of California and Nevada, two governors, and as a vice president in higher education. He has worked on policy and program initiatives in life science, transportation, health and human services, food services/hospitality, taxation, education, insurance, criminal justice/corrections, and business regulation.×
Bryant Lemieux has over 10 years of Business Process Management (BPM) and Process Improvement experience in Life Sciences, Energy, and Financial Industries. 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 / Aris) 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.×
Bob Macfarlane has over 25 years of experience in designing, developing, and implementing solutions for clients in a broad range of industries. His areas of expertise include program and project management, business process improvement, change management, and information technology design and development. Bob is recognized as an exceptional leader with an entrepreneurial nature, high energy level, and strong 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.×
Sarah is an experienced Organizational Development consultant, leader, facilitator and change agent driven by the simple belief that organizations can change the world. With experience across multiple industries in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sector, Sarah brings depth in Change Management, Coaching, Diversity & Inclusion, Corporate & Social Responsibility and Strategy Development & Execution.
Prior to joining TayganPoint, Consulting Group, Sarah held a variety of roles within Human Resources and Organizational Development at major technology companies, pharmaceuticals, retailers and healthcare systems. Throughout her career, Sarah led major transformational programs designed to support a variety of changes from culture to the launch of new business ventures. Sarah has led strategic planning across multiple business units with specific focus on helping leaders and teams develop transformative strategies, plans, teams and cultures that enable success.
A versatile leader with a history of driving business transformations, including systems and organizational change for clients in multiple industries, not-for-profit and government. As a Consultant at TayganPoint, Molly has experience advising and working with cross-functional project teams in organizational design, transition planning, workforce management and process improvement. She is an experienced program manager with proven abilities to implement change for clients resulting from internal business reorganizations, mergers & acquisitions, IT transformations and process reengineering.
Prior to joining TayganPoint, Molly was a Manager at a mid-sized consulting firm in Seattle, WA. As a project manager, she lead system implementations impacting diverse functional areas of client companies and managed complex acquisitions. Molly began her career as a Civil Engineer in environmental consulting.×
Jay Stanell has an extensive consulting background in finance, Six Sigma business process improvement and design, project management, strategy, leadership development, organizational design He has worked for and with a diverse group of organizations within the Pharmaceutical, Financial Services/Wealth Management, Healthcare, Manufacturing, Consumer Products, and IT Industries. Jay has enabled C-level individuals, to create 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 then joined GE in 1987 in Internal Audit and progressed through a series of increasingly responsible roles, domestically and internationally, within the Accounting, Financial Planning, Sales/Marketing, Mergers & Acquisitions, and Six Sigma groups. Later, as a consultant he has leveraged his finance and Six Sigma skills and has taken on a series of assignments where he analyzed, selected, and managed high value process design, deployment, and improvement efforts in premier companies.×
Rob has more than fifteen years of pharmaceutical, distribution and services industry experience holding various leadership positions across the spectrum of business functions from sales & marketing, product development, strategic sourcing, and business development. Throughout his career, Rob has been successful leading and implementing leading strategic, executive-level projects, including strategy development, process redesign, business process improvement and change management. With a proven track record of driving top and bottom line growth, Rob transforms strategy into results.
Rob's experience covers major global companies including Pfizer and VWR International..×
As an Analyst at TayganPoint Consulting Group, Patrick Barnard brings 10 years of cross functional experience in data analysis, project management and project leadership. He has worked across operations, brand management, marketing and sales providing market research to increase market share. He has extensive experience in analytics working with consumer research, syndicated data, Nielsen and IRI proprietary databases, NITRO, Panel Fact / HomeScan, and Microsoft applications. Patrick is skilled at managing multiple priorities and deliverables while establishing credibility with cross-functional business partners and varying levels of management. Prior to joining TayganPoint, Patrick worked at large manufacturing companies in the consumer packaged goods space. By utilizing systems with point of sale market data, he was able to assist sales, marketing and category leadership regarding volume sales, category share and standing within the market.
Since joining TayganPoint during the summer of 2015, Patrick has gained direct client experience in analytics and statistics, data reporting and tool creation, process mapping, job description creation and project management leadership.×
A Senior Analyst at TayganPoint, Chelsea has more than 2 years of organizational design and development experience working with the largest public healthcare system in the United States. Through her experiences an Associate Director of Organizational Development for NYC Health and Hospitals, her areas of expertise include organizational re-design, leadership development, and strategic training development and implementation.
Prior to her work in healthcare, Chelsea was a human resource Assistant Manager for 3 years in the fitness industry. She led the development and facilitation of competency skill assessments to maximize employee-organization fit among candidates for employment. This experience led her to pursue a Master of Arts in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from NYU. There, she partnered with the KornFerry advisory firm to develop a strategic social network analysis as an effort to identify informal work relationships among front-line staff.
A knowledgeable and versatile leader with over twenty five years of experience in process improvement and operational excellence using Lean Six Sigma techniques across multiple industries. Neil Conroy’s areas of expertise include business transformation strategy and implementation, business process improvement, program management and change management.
Neil’s career path began at Nissan Motor Manufacturing where he learned the fundamentals of Lean Production and Continuous Improvement (Kaizen). He moved to Johnson & Johnson where he advanced through Process Excellence roles of increasing responsibility. Neil has initiated and led organization-wide improvement programs in complex manufacturing and R&D settings. Neil believes in the value of talent development and servant leadership having trained, mentored and coached dozens of colleagues in process improvement, many of which went on to become Lean Six Sigma certified.×
Connor Eby is a recent graduate of Cairn University, majoring in Business Administration; there he obtained both his Bachelors and Masters degree. He was selected as a leader for the business club, Enactus. Connor’s duties included designing and presenting the media for his chapter to be used in the national competition. Other tasks included the organization of resources (Personnel and Finances) to fund and launch a profit generating business, organizing charity events and leading educational programs. Connor also was the captain of his NCAA soccer team in which he assisted with the transition of leadership in the athletic department.×
Yvonne Ellis-Clarke is an experienced consultant, dynamic HR Leader and committed team-builder. She drives solutions that meet business objectives and operational efficiency. She has been recognized for excellence in project management, initiating change, establishing solid strategic partnerships and coaching others through business transformation. Yvonne has proven expertise in leading organizations through complex projects and is a resourceful business partner who collaborates across functions. She understands the importance of building teams, champions solution identification, and creates an environment of accountability.×
As an Analyst at TayganPoint Consulting Group Kara brings her entrepreneurial and business management 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, 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.×
A Senior Consultant at TayganPoint, Kim Griffin is a seasoned professional with more than 20 years of experience as a change management and communications consultant. She is well-known for helping large, global organizations successfully navigate through complex, transformational change with minimal disruption to the business. Kim has a proven ability to translate strategic objectives and priorities into actionable, high-value change programs that deliver sustainable results for her clients. Her style of hands-on, active engagement combined with her passionate ‘can do’ attitude has resulted in visible successes for her clients.
Kim began her consulting career at Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) as a change management consultant with a focus on large-scale ERP solutions across industries. She later joined PriceWaterhouseCoopers Consulting (now IBM Consulting) where she was quickly promoted to Principal, focusing on the Financial Services industry. Upon leaving PwC, Kim continued to deliver change management and communications consulting services with top-tier Life Sciences organizations. By applying change and communications principles, her actionable, results-driven programs are the right combination of leadership engagement, coaching, training and education, communications and reinforcement. Subsequently, Kim has contributed to the stellar performance of teams and individuals across the US and beyond.
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A Senior Consultant at TayganPoint, Jeff Handen has over twenty years’ experience in pharmaceutical and biotechnology R&D working with some of the world’s leading Life sciences R&D organizations. His areas of expertise include strategy formulation and implementation, process improvement, program and process management, systems implementations, organizational re-design and business analytics.
Jeff’s career path began with academic appointments at the National Institutes of Health as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow and as a founding member of the University of Pennsylvania’s Institute for Medicine and Engineering. Subsequently Jeff assumed positions of increasing responsibility with PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting where he focused on R&D Optimization. Jeff then joined Merck Research Laboratories as a Director of Portfolio Management helping to execute and manage Merck’s portfolio of clinical studies. And prior to joining TayganPoint Jeff spent 6 years with Medidata Solutions, Inc. developing and implementing clinical trial technology solutions.×
As a Senior Analyst at TayganPoint, Josh Holden has experience advising and working with cross-functional teams to improve and innovate internal processes, execute strategic decisions, identifying insights through qualitative and quantitative analysis, and enhancing organizational quality and excellence. His areas of expertise include business process improvement, program and project leadership, organizational development, and business analytics and design.
Josh’s career began as an internal Process and Organizational Development analyst within the Financial Services and Call Center industries. He was responsible for improving internal processes and implementing LEAN methodologies into training models, policies, and procedures, as well as operationalizing analytical and performance reporting infrastructures. Josh held Marketing and Global Pricing leadership roles in the Financial Software and Services industry. He has led the transformation of Sales and Marketing Operations groups, where he was responsible for improving and managing innovation projects, designing and implementing analytical and performance reporting infrastructures, and cultivating organizational development and communication plans. Josh’s most recent work includes managing an analytic and reporting capabilities program for a Shared Services initiative and implementing an IT Operations database disaster recovery and continuity plan.×
A Senior Consultant at TayganPoint, Dave brings more than 10 years of business experience advising and working with many major corporations in the country. His areas of expertise include strategy formulation and system implementation, business process improvement, education training facilitation, and data collection and reporting.
Dave most recently worked for Omnicare Pharmacy which is a long term care pharmacy servicing Nursing and Assistant Living facilities. Dave quickly moved up through the ranks to become a project manager of a team that implemented an electronic medical records system in those homes. He later became a corporate trainer for new hires for the entire Northeast region. Most recently Dave joined the TayganPoint team as a senior analyst. Dave has received multiple awards for his hard work and dedication for going above and beyond for the customer and the company.
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A Senior Analyst at TayganPoint, Melissa brings more than eight years of experience in project planning and execution. She has served as the lead project manager for numerous web development projects for national and global organizations. Her recent projects have focused on improving business operations by eliminating silos, reducing manual processes, and equipping organizations with the tools they need to drive the business.
Melissa has experience in every phase of the project lifecycle, from design through training. As a result, she is skilled at managing a cross-functional team and equipping all members with the information they need to achieve project objectives. Her focus on documentation and communication helps guide projects to completion in a timely manner and ensures that stakeholder expectations are met.
A Consultant at TayganPoint, Kim Lehman is a certified Project Manager with more than 15 years experience in areas of Regulatory & Legal Compliance, Corporate Governance, Human Resources, and e-Learning.
Prior to working at TayganPoint, Kim worked for various Fortune 500 companies, including Tyco International and Teva Pharmaceuticals where she was hired to help build a new Global Compliance Program and led a number of projects in collaboration with other cross-functional teams, including R&D, Medical Affairs, IT and HR.
Kim’s areas of expertise include program and project management, technology implementation, planning and execution, process improvement, risk management, and communications management.×
A Senior Analyst at TayganPoint, Julie brings several years of experience in program leadership, financial planning and accounting to the team. Julie’s experience across various industries provided the opportunity to plan, execute, direct and complete client audit engagements.
Julie’s career path began at Grant Thornton where she focused on Business Operations to improve their overall financial reporting process for some of the top companies in the area. She has worked with diverse groups within the healthcare, financial services, manufacturing, and non-profit industries, where she was able to gain a comprehensive understanding of client operations, processes, and business objectives in order to complete regulatory and financial reporting. She also worked in the financial services industry where she worked with hedge fund clients to deliver financial statements and regulatory reporting.
A Senior Analyst at TayganPoint, Wuraola Oladokun has more than 5 years of experience working with executives primarily in the legal industry and actively engaging in opportunities to improve efficiencies. She has demonstrated timely execution of strategy, tactics, processes, and training improvements to build capacity and fulfill broader business objectives. Among her areas of expertise are knowledge management, process improvement, project management, and business analytics.
After acquiring a MBA, Wuraola began her career at Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check, LLP; an award-winning midsize law firm with 32 partners and offices in both Philadelphia and San Francisco. As a Settlement Coordinator, she processed class action settlements, conducted investigative research, and led her department in establishing best practices and standards in email marketing, document imaging, and settlements. Wuraola then became an Investor Relations Coordinator, where her position was expanded to include analyzing investor positions and making recommendations on “high loss” clients to pursue. She received outstanding reviews from management year after year.×
A Consultant at TayganPoint, Michelle Peltzer has more than 20 years of experience across a diverse group of industry’s including healthcare and pharma. A passionate and seasoned practitioner of LEAN Six Sigma across all levels of organization. Michelle is committed to enabling teams on identification and removal of waste from internal processes, challenging existing paradigms, enabling teams to think, act, and deliver differently.
Her areas of expertise include program/project management, continuous improvement, business process mapping, process improvement, organizational development, change management and technology deployment.×
With over 25 years of experience, Adam Berman is TayganPoint’s Senior Director of Talent Management, where he’s in charge of talent acquisition and development for the company. He is also a key member of the Senior Leadership Team and the Operations Leadership Team.
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 to drive and grow profitable revenue, recruit, develop and retain talent, implement a variety of programs and reduce organizational expenditures.×
With over 15 years of experience, Laura Fulton is TayganPoint’sController, 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.×
As the Office Manager of TayganPoint Consulting Group, Suzanne is the primary point-person for all office needs. She is responsible for fulfilling the requests of all personnel, including IT administration, office supplies/budget, collection and audit of employee time and expenses, management of internal calendars, staff and conference room schedules, company travel, management of virtual office needs in Boston, property management communication, office security management and employee benefit support to Human Resources.×
In her role as Director, Business Development at TayganPoint, Lynn brings 30 years of healthcare and life sciences industry experience. Having begun her career as a Registered Nurse, she has added breadth and depth of experience in sales, sales management, sales training, marketing, brand management and market research. Lynn’s diverse background enables her to recognize changing conditions and keep up-to-date with trends while seeking opportunities to improve the business and is adept at leading teams through complex, difficult and pivotal assignments to achieve intended outcomes.
Lynn is a polished, action-oriented leader with strong strategic capabilities. Her ability to cultivate, understand and anticipate the needs of the customer has been key to earning a “seat at the table” and providing effective solutions and recommendations. Her broad experience in Healthcare and the commercial side of the Life Sciences business allow her to cut through complexity, see connections others miss, and solve business challenges through creativity and innovation. Her work is infused with the spirit of collaboration, a strong sense of humanity, and she is respected as a “straight shooter” who partners with clients and colleagues to best meet their unique need.×
Since joining the firm in 2014, Barry Rudner is responsible for leading the Human Resources function for TayganPoint. In supporting strategic company growth, he is focused on the employment lifecycle including onboarding, compensation & benefits, learning & development, performance management, communications, employee engagement & relations, technology and compliance.
Barry has over twenty years of HR experience in supporting professional services organizations in the Pharmaceutical, Consulting, Procurement, and TIC (Testing, Inspection, Certification) sectors for both small companies and global organizations. Prior to joining TayganPoint, he worked in leadership roles for GEP, Intertek, Quantitative Technologies Inc., Evonik (f/k/a Degussa) and Rhône-Poulenc.×
A versatile leader with broad legal, accounting and business experience, Sheila Steinberg currently applies her expertise as TayganPoint’s Project and Operations Manager. Since joining TayganPoint in 2013, Sheila has been responsible for project contract review and approval, project budget oversight, resource time and expense management, onboarding projects and staff, liaison between client facing consultants and internal operations, and oversight of office management.×