We are a boutique management consulting firm.

What does boutique mean? To us, it means we are purposefully small, allowing us to treat our clients uniquely. We don’t build cookie-cutter solutions and force fit our clients. Rather, we collaborate with our clients to intelligently transform their business. Thoughtful analysis, shrewd planning and precise execution are the hallmarks of our approach.

We focus on the people part of transformation.

We are baffled when people aren’t the primary focus in any transformation. People, processes and technology are traditionally considered the cornerstones for successful change, but truly everything comes back to people. Processes and technology are tools to assist — people are the agents for change. All of our transformation work recognizes this truth.

We have serious experience.

Since 2000, DAI Solutions has helped large government agencies like the Departments of Commerce, Defense, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security and Veterans Affairs transform their businesses. And, at the opposite end of the spectrum, we have helped small service organizations including NARA and SBA impact their local communities.

We are a certified woman-owned small business.

Being a certified woman-owned small business is an important distinction. Many government organizations are required to use certified woman-owned small businesses, and we qualify to help meet that mandate.

Our Team

Sherilyne E. Dougherty, Ed.D.
Chief Executive Officer

  Sheri is the founder and essence of DAI Solutions’ boutique management consultancy. She has guided the company since its inception, overseeing all aspects of management, with a strong focus on strategic planning and business development. Under her leadership, DAI Solutions has matured into a strategic, client-centered practice focused on the people part of transformation.  

Paula Antonovich
Chief Operating Officer

  Paula is the driving force and touchstone for DAI Solutions’ transformation philosophy. She is a recognized expert in organizational development, change management, communications and learning. Over her career she has managed complex transformation initiatives for the Departments of Defense, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security and Veterans Affairs.  

Suzanne Arden
Proposal Manager

  Suzanne is an experienced communicator who provides a powerful voice for DAI Solutions’ proposal development process. Her broad experience in communications and marketing, ranging from woman-owned small businesses to Fortune 500 media companies, is key to crafting the DAI Solutions’ success stories and creating persuasive proposals.  

Kizita Awuakye
Graphic Designer

  Kizita is an experienced designer. She combines a well-developed understanding of design concepts with a keen ability to fuse written and verbal messaging into a compelling visual story. She supports federal and corporate clients with convincing digital, print and web solutions.  

Shari Boyce

  Shari is an expert in stakeholder communication and outreach initiatives with an emphasis on technology and digital solutions. She leverages her previous experience with the International Monetary Fund to provide insight into the transformation of technical, organizational and business functions. She provides stakeholder outreach and communications at the Department of Health and Human Services.  

Allison Brooks

  Allison is a skilled logistics manager, playing a key role in maintaining the integrity of DAI Solutions’ training programs. She coordinates logistics across DAI Solutions for a wide range of transformation activities and is DAI Solutions’ lead consultant with the Department of Veterans Affairs Learning University program.      

Tahlia Cummings
Project Manager

  Tahlia is a seasoned project manager and an expert in digital technology solutions. Her work is key to the successful transformation of legacy business processes and systems. She has managed complex website implementations and a variety of technical and communications projects. Tahlia is applying her digital technology expertise at the Department of Health and Human Services.  

Elease Dennis

  Elease is experienced in logistics, management and training support for government and private-sector companies. Her career path has emphasized workforce training programs, most notably with the Defense Acquisition University. She provides senior executive support ranging from communications to logistics planning and coordination at the Department of Health and Human Services.  

Mayra Gonzalez

  Mayra specializes in health and behavior change communications, and is also an experienced copywriter. She manages our marketing, public affairs, and strategic communications for the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve and Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program. She previously developed strategic communications plans and public health campaigns for the Military Health System.

Bruce Hall
Production Manager

Bruce manages all aspects of DAI Solutions’ digital production and publication efforts and is a talented designer as well. He has directed branding campaigns, managed corporate identities and developed print publications for a variety of high-profile government clients. He supports the DAI Solutions’ transformation programs, overseeing product design, content, compliance and quality.  

James Manthey

  James’ communications expertise lies in change management for IT system development and implementation. Onsite at the Department of Health and Human Services, he is the technology expert for program support systems, including data management, communications and logistics. James was previously a change management consultant supporting the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.  

Michelle McLain
Project Manager

Michelle is a PMP certified, senior-level project manager with over 20 years of experience providing custom training solutions and support tools for adults. She has managed multiple large- and small-scale federal government human capital learning and development projects from initiation to project close-out, leading diverse teams throughout project life-cycles to design, develop, and deliver high quality custom learning programs.  

Karin Meadows

  Karin is an expert writer and accomplished communications consultant. She has experience in the commercial and federal sectors in all facets of messaging and media relations. Karin has a background in print journalism, and, while with the Associated Press, was part of a team of reporters named Pulitzer Prize finalists for their coverage of the 2000 presidential election ballot controversy.  

Tom Miller
Vice President, Business Strategy and Growth

  Tom has a wealth of experience and knowledge in the areas of business strategy and growth and has been a prominent force in our sector in the Washington, D.C., region for more than 20 years. He is focused on our efforts to continue strengthening our position as a leader in change leadership and transformation.    

Cindy Nguyen
Project Manager

  Cindy is truly an expert in the people part of transformation. She manages the delivery of complex, integrated change management solutions for highly visible government programs. Her strengths include her ability to cultivate relationships and build consensus across disparate organizations. She leads project management efforts for a large IT implementation effort at the Department of Health and Human Services.  

Sarah Palmer
Vice President

  Sarah is an expert in organizational transformation and leads DAI Solutions’ transformation practice. She provides strategic change and implementation leadership for transformation programs across the government. Her clients include the Departments of Defense, Health and Human Services and Veterans Affairs and the United States Department of Agriculture.  

Mike Pinkston
Project Manager

  Mike is a skilled writer and manager. A former naval submarine officer, he brings practical engineering program management experience and a diverse communications perspective to DAI Solutions’ change management practice. Mike leads communications efforts at the Department of Health and Human Services.

Tracy Schoenleber
Program Manager

  Tracy is a leader in workforce development. She conceptualizes and builds instructional development, training and strategic outreach programs for federal and commercial clients. Throughout her career she has focused on developing and implementing training and communications projects that help re-focus transition and strengthen large government workforces.  

Charmaine Smith

  Charmaine is an experienced change management, process improvement and project management professional. In her eight years of military service she devised training strategies and led the successful merger of several departments by streamlining processes and practices and utilizing the stages of high performing team development.  

Jeff Thompson

  Jeff manages the business side of DAI Solutions. He is extremely effective in developing innovative solutions to complex management challenges. Jeff is responsible for the nuts and bolts of the consultancy, including accounts payable, accounts receivable, billing, cash receipts and payroll.  

Steve Shreve
Senior Art Director

Steve is an art director and illustrator with extensive experience in publishing, marketing and advertising. He has helped develop branding solutions for government, nonprofit and private sector clients, including working with IBM and National Geographic. His visual approach to client work includes an emphasis on communications and identity. He is an expert in all aspects of art direction, including conception, writing, design and production.

Phillip Thompson

  Phillip is a talented strategist and writer with deep experience in the public affairs arena, supporting federal, military and congressional senior leaders with communications strategy and messaging in the area of change management for the past decade. Phillip is a Marine Corps combat veteran, a former member of the news media, and served as a fellow of The Lexington Institute.

John Viarella
Human Resources Manager

  John drives DAI Solutions’ human resources programs, handling employee relations, compensation, benefits administration, recruiting and training. He plays a vital role in the identification and acquisition of compatible, effective, high-performing consultants. John was previously a senior HR business partner at Booz Allen.