Kate Nelson, Partner

Kate Nelson

Kate has over 20 years of business and change management experience helping large and small companies worldwide get people ready, willing, and able to work in new ways. Kate is the co-author of two popular books on organizational change management, The Change Management Pocket Guide and The Eight Constants of Change. Kate's clients have spanned the retail, consumer products, life sciences, healthcare, and manufacturing industries. Kate has authored articles in regionally, nationally, and internationally distributed publications and is frequently cited as an expert in the field of organizational change. Kate is also a frequent speaker at conferences and organizational events on the topic of managing change and developing an engaged and productive workforce.  Before co-founding Change Guides in 2005, Kate worked with Deloitte Consulting serving clients and shaping the firm's Change Management practice.  She earned a BS from the College of William and Mary, an MBA from the Fisher School of Business and a MS from the School of Natural Resources at Ohio State University. Kate is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Global Association of Change Management Professionals (ACMP).  She currently lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Stacy Aaron, Partner

Stacy Aaron

Stacy has more than 25 years of business and academic experience specializing in change management, marketing and organizational behavior. Stacy, with her partner Kate, founded Change Guides in 2005 and co-authored two popular books on organizational change management, The Change Management Pocket Guide and The Eight Constants of Change. Stacy has provided change management consulting and training to organizations of all industries and sizes, helping her clients implement strategic and operational changes through a people strategy focused on effective communication, stakeholder engagement, leadership alignment and reinforcement. Stacy has authored articles and is cited as an expert in the field of organizational change. Stacy has been a speaker at national and global conferences such as The Global Association of Change Management Professionals, Lean and Six Sigma, Building Capability, World Conference on Quality, and The Ohio Society for Human Resource Management. Before co-founding Change Guides, Stacy worked with Deloitte Consulting serving clients and helping to shape the firm's Change Leadership practice. She has taught marketing, management and organizational behavior at Miami University of Ohio and Wilmington College. Stacy earned her BS from Miami University of Ohio and an MBA from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. She currently lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Consultants and Trainers

Andie Wafzig

Andie brings over 13 years of experience in Organizational Change Management and Knowledge Management to Change Guides.

Andie has broad change management expertise, including organizational communication strategy, social media engagement, best practice identification, and knowledge sharing and retention. Andie has worked with a big three consulting firm where her client industries included Federal and State Government, Fast Moving Consumer Goods and Chemicals. 

Annie Ayvazian

Annie ConsultantAnnie has over 14 years of experience across a broad range of human resource disciplines. She is skilled at assessing organizations, designing systems, and determining solutions to improve efficiency and effectiveness. Annie is an energetic leader with the capability of utilizing skills and experience to unleash the potential of individuals, teams, and organizations.  In addition to consulting, Annie is one of our change management lead trainers.

Key competencies are human resource management, change management (including communication strategy and tactics), project management, systems design/implementation, and organizational assessments.

Beckie Schretter

Beckie, Consultant TrainerBeckie has over 17 years of OD and Change Management experience. She excels in working with cross functional teams to create and execute business strategies, including strategic alignment of people strategy.  Beckie has been involved in managing changes that drive performance for a variety of clients from Fortune 500 organizations to local businesses.  In addition to consulting, Beckie is one of our change management lead trainers.

Change Management competencies include strategies and execution in stakeholder management, leader engagement, communication and training, people strategy alignment, leadership development, coaching, project management and process facilitation.

Beth Jones

Beth has over 14 years of experience designing, implementing and actively managing a wide range of strategic change management and marketing initiatives for Fortune 500 companies.

Experience includes working across multiple functional areas, including change management, brand management, market research, finance, and advertising. History of increasing responsibilities and strong comfort with executive level presentations and communications. Customization of change management strategies including communication strategy and execution, leadership involvement planning and execution, stakeholder analysis and engagement, and weekly team meeting and presentations.  

Gina Giannitelli

Gina, DirectorGina brings 19 years of experience to her clients.  She has led many aspects of Organizational Change, from leadership alignment to adoption support.  Gina worked at Deloitte Consulting prior to Change Guides in various consulting and HR leadership roles, notably contributing to the firm's Talent Management and Talent Development strategy and execution.  Gina serves as a live-virtual instructor for Change Guides.  

Key competencies include organizational change; change strategy and advisory support; multi-national implementations; change management, communication, training and adoption plan development; communication and training content design/development/ delivery; pulse and adoption survey design and analysis; human resource management strategy and execution; project management/PMO. 

Nirvana Patel

Nirvana, Consultant

Nirvana has over 13 years of Project Management experience working with multi-functional teams to lead the design and release of small and large scale projects.

Key competencies include, business process/landscape analysis and driving solution implementation through the design, development, release and adoption process.  Her primary strength is the ability to understand the culture and internal processes of an organization and use this to ensure effective Project and Change Management consistent with client goals/success criteria. Nirvana has worked extensively with CPG companies to help achieve project goals in Marketing (including R&D), HR and IT disciplines.  

Shannon Stautberg

Shannon, ConsultantShannon has over has over 18 years of experience performing project and change management roles for large-scale system implementations, strategic, and operational analysis projects. 

Shannon's experience includes business process reengineering and improvement, development and execution of communications, and training activities necessary to support successful ERP and CRM implementations, change management strategy, and execution.  She has also helped fast growing companies manage change throughout the merger and acquisition of new companies. She has performed benchmarking analysis and research to help inform system and/or organizational change for some of the world’s largest market research firms with participants ranging from senior public offices and C-level finance executives to everyday consumers of leading consumer products.