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brittany westling
president & CEO

Brittany Westling started Team b. in 2011. Over the past years, she has created a company that is bursting with knowledge and talent, using persistence, hard work, and a stubborn streak. While her years of experience in strategy, communications, marketing, and PR can be described as broad and random, it has given her a Swiss Army Knife toolset that can be utilized in almost any situation. On the corporate side, she has built Team b. from the ground up. From bookkeeping and legal to recruiting and IT she has done it all. Clients love her ability to connect people and information through communication and strategic engagement. Over the years she has learned enough to know 'you don't know what you don't know' - and she will remind you if need be. Her sense of curiosity leads her and her clients to creative solutions to complex problems. Fun fact: Brittany and her husband Brandon loaned their favorite term of endearment fr‍‍‍om their friends and families to the company- 'Team b.'.

whitney starring-thompson
director of strategy & corporate development

Whitney Starring-Thompson is like a rare gem, a fine wine, and a strategist all rolled into one lovely package.  Whitney's no-nonsense approach to solving our client's toughest challenges comes from more than 15 years of experience in event production, marketing, strategic engagement, public relations, and communications. She embodies Team b.'s core values and works tirelessly to make our clients look like rockstars. Her colleagues and clients describe her as a unicorn because she is a master at pulling off the rare combo of strategy and action. She has helped our clients succeed through times of crisis, budget cuts, product launches, and congressional testimonies. Her name has become a verb around these parts... much like google. When we need to get a leg up on a big project we Whitney* it. (*Whitney: verb - to analyze a situation, make a plan, and get to work in short order.)

Katie Chewning
katie chewning
design lead & corporate development

Katie Chewning is a graphic design magician. Her ability to turn an idea or an Excel spreadsheet into a clear visualization is astounding. From print and web design to coding and editing; she does it all - and fast, too. Clients often comment on how amazing it is to look over her shoulder and watch her work when she's in the zone bringing their ideas to life on the screen. She brings several years of graphic design experience to our team and has worked on a number of high-visibility deliverables for our clients in the federal government and national laboratories. To top it off she is the perfect combination of sugar and spice. Her warm smile and easy laugh make her quick wit an unexpected and delightful surprise that will catch you off guard in the best of ways.

maggie hines
workflow manager & corporate development

Maggie Hines is what we call a “Jill of all trades”. She has over 10 years of experience in project management, event planning, strategic engagement and communications. When faced with a challenge, Maggie makes fast work of bringing people together and delivering solutions. She thrives in a fast-paced environment, makes order out of chaos, and has an insane attention to detail that ensures projects are done right the first time. When clients and partners need our help tackling an assignment that has a lot of moving parts we thank the stars that Maggie is on our team to lend her organization skills and help keep things running smoothly around here. The fact that she tells great stories, has a quick wit, and cares deeply about giving back to her community are just a few other reasons we love having her on our team.

melissa haynes
senior engagement manager

Melissa came to Team b. with 25 years of experience in strategic communication and change management including more than a decade in the arena of US and Allied Defense. We’re not 100% sure what she did during that time, but we’re pretty sure it was awesome based on the parts she can share. She is unmatched when it comes to developing a creative, well-researched, plan to solve a problem – and then implementing that plan and witnessing measurable change happen as a result. She is also an expert storyteller. This talent comes in handy when she is helping clients convey important and complex information. It is a skill which helps her detect subtleties, and process information as it is received in a unique manner that provides insight many would otherwise miss. Melissa grew up in Australia, and occasionally still puts a random “u” in a word where it doesn’t belong, it adds colour and flavour to our lives and makes her a client favourite as well.

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katie chewning
design lead & corporate development

Katie Chewning is a graphic design magician. Her ability to turn an idea or an Excel spreadsheet into a clear visualization is astounding. From print and web design to coding and editing; she does it all - and fast, too. Clients often comment on how amazing it is to look over her shoulder and watch her work when she's in the zone bringing their ideas to life on the screen. She brings several years of graphic design experience to our team and has worked on a number of high-visibility deliverables for our clients in the federal government and national laboratories. To top it off she is the perfect combination of sugar and spice. Her warm smile and easy laugh make her quick wit an unexpected and delightful surprise that will catch you off guard in the best of ways.

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katie schmidt-harris
senior communications manager

Katie Schmidt-Harris is a strategic mastermind. Her ability to take in information, interpret situations, read people, and deliver the right message at the right time make her a valuable asset to Team b. and our clients alike. She brings a decade of experience to the game and is a genius when it comes to gathering information and distilling it into tangible, usable deliverables. Her innate ability to organize a seemingly random - and often incomplete - pile of information into a story, report, white paper, or article is uncanny. Our clients love her because she is always willing to jump in, help out, and get the job the done. We love her because she makes us laugh, keeps us grounded, and usually has snacks tucked in her bag.‍‍‍

duquesa pike
event lead

DuQuesa could provide a masterclass on event planning and coordination. Her ability to multitask, organize, and handle logistics is unmatched. With 15 years of experience in executive support under her belt, she is well-versed in anticipating client requirements and providing solutions before the request is even made. She enjoys projects she can lead from start to finish, and delivers concise and straight forward advice. She learned this time-saving tactic and candor from her early days working and living in the big apple. We count on DuQuesa for a few things, but her greatest attribute may be recommending the best places to eat in the DC area.

amanda webster
instructional design lead

Amanda navigates the world of Instructional Design with ease and dazzles her clients and teammates with her creativity.  Her propensity for organization and tidy to-do lists leads to training courses and educational experiences that are both well-researched and highly-effective. We’re unclear on her actual middle name, but it may as well be, “Impact,” because she takes great care to ensure that clients and customers learn the latest, most relevant information, skills, and techniques through her courses and facilitation guides. Amanda’s love for staying up on all things instructional design, emerging technology, and virtual learning ensure our clients get the absolute best. Our clients love her work because she takes a project from cradle-to-grave with precision, efficacy, and a hint of humor. We love her because she’s cool under pressure, and so long as you don’t incessantly tap your pencil or challenge her to a bottle flipping contest, you’re going to love working with Amanda as much as we do. 

morgan bangura
senior instructional designer &
corporate development

Morgan Bangura is one of the most positive people we know. She brings five years of training and instructional design experience - and fresh creativity - to our team. She loves attacking training problems with interactive and engaging solutions. She is a great collaborator and provides fun new ideas, so we can deliver the best work possible to our clients. We are pretty sure Morgan has never met a stranger so getting to know her is easy, but if you find yourself struggling for conversation ask about her dog and cat (who is more like a dog). Morgan is always full of excitement no matter what the day brings. Her can-do attitude leads to innovative solutions to our client's training challenges and her contagious smile makes the process fun for everyone involved.

maura dishart
marketing & communication strategist

Maura Dishart knows how to connect with audiences and deliver impactful messages. Her skills in strategic communication and online marketing are strong and she delights our team and clients with her enthusiasm for learning new things and providing value. She is the embodiment of the age-old saying 'honesty is the best policy' and is well known for providing our clients with her honest opinion to deliver products and strategies that work best for them. She is also meticulously organized and creates excel charts and lists for just about everything. In fact, she's also been known to straighten and organize desks, cabinets, shared drives, and supply closets when no one is looking. Her dry wit and direct communication style keep us both honest and entertained.

jian zapata
communication & engagement strategist

Jian shows true passion in all aspects of her life. She brings 10+ years of experience working important issues like veterans affairs, national security, commerce, and trade to our team as a communication and engagement strategist. She is big on process improvement and keeps us and our clients focused on producing great results. Jian is in her zone when she's working behind the scenes to keep the productivity train running on time and smoothly. She embodies the term “cool as a cucumber” and has the ability to tackle challenging projects with an even head and calm demeanor. As an added bonus, her task spreadsheet game is next level and has helped the team when brain power is low.

malissa levesque
communication & engagement strategist

Malissa Levesque shines brightest when she has the opportunity to combine policy development, organizational theory, and design into her work. She is a go-getter and is always willing to provide a helping hand to our team and clients. Malissa brings years of experience in service to the Federal Government and a finely tuned instinct when it comes to improving processes and providing insight. She has a love for operations, communications, policy, and executing initiatives, but her real passion lies in project management and teaming with clients and partners to work towards making Federal government more efficient. Malissa is easily the most stylish member of Team b, arriving on the scene polished and ready to get organized and deliver results. Her attention to detail help our company and our clients make progress and reach goals. We are so happy to have Malissa's sunny attitude and expertise on our team

kathryn haake
marketing & communication strategist

Kate joined Team b. in June 2021 following 10+ years of editorial experience, working in the media as both a journalist and an editor. Her education and training has made her passionate about communicating clearly and effectively. So, when she is not scrubbing a document clean of any and all grammatical and punctuation errors, you can find Kate crafting content for our clients that flows seamlessly, adding limitless value to any communication strategy. Kate focuses daily in providing the type of diligent and hands-on support that organizations need most; no deadline is too tight and no problem is too complex for her to handle. While she can juggle a diverse portfolio solo, she also is collaborative and enjoys working with her talented colleagues to bring about the most effective and direct solution to any obstacle that presents itself. Her loves include globetrotting and man's best friend, which contribute to her ability to relate to audiences far and wide (including four-legged ones). Kate's love of clear communication, and dogs, makes her a perfect fit for our team!

kaetlyn green 
marketing & communication strategist

Kaetlyn is extraordinary. When it comes to organizing projects and events she's a pro at herding cats and compiling data to ensure that the right information gets to the right people at the right time. She has racked up years of experience planning, developing, and maintaining events both large and small. From creating marketing materials and developing budgets to arranging equipment and briefing board members, Kaetlyn can do it all. Our team and clients rely on her organization and professionalism to tackle tasks and find opportunities to streamline communication. As a former hockey player, Kaetlyn embodies the word team, "skating” in wherever she sees a need. We are delighted to have Kaetlyn as our Collaborative Captain, working with every Team b'er to bring our clients a win.

mackenzie turk
marketing & communication strategist

Mackenzie is passionate about creating genuine relationships and meaningful connections with her clients and colleagues. These strong relationships help her craft the right strategies and execute well-structured plans for each client deliverable. Mackenzie is a team-player who you'll often find huddled up with her team members, our partners, and clients planning the best solution for the task at hand. As a former broadcast journalist, MacKenzie is a pro at meeting tight deadlines and delivering the perfect line under pressure. Her attention to detail carries over from work to her personal life; as a lifelong Marylander, she can dissect a crab with medical precession all while cheering on the Ravens. In true Team b. form, Mackenzie has a love for pets. Her Frenchie, Oliver, has perfect attendance for all company meetings.

kylie phillips
graphic designer & corporate development

Kylie is a breath of fresh air, bringing positivity to all her projects whether it is with Team b. or our clients. As a true artist, Kylie commits to staying ahead of the curve by learning the latest design trends. Her goal is to bring an illustrative and distinct visual identity to her designs. Kylie is extremely inquisitive, asking our clients and team all the questions to get to the heart of any request. The benefits of these detective-like interrogations are numerous; clients get exactly what they asked for, small project details are tied in throughout the design, and delivered with a fresh spin. Team b. loves having such a talented teammate to collaborate with and enjoys it when she shares her personal drawings and artwork. 

kiley coatney
instructional designer & corporate development

Kiley brings a neon burst of ideas and energy throughout the workday. As a national print and advertising design awardee she leans into ideation and concept building to bring her brightest work to every project. Kiley’s skill set and energy fuel her abilities as a strategist, instructional designer, and brand architect. Our clients enjoy her vibrant perspective and new take on old trends. As bright as her work shines so too does her love for animals (specifically hairless cats and frogs), cheese, and all things horror. 

gillian jackson
marketing & communication strategist

Gillian brings her creative spirit and positive outlook to every project she works on. Her background in journalism makes Gillian adept at storytelling and creative writing, providing a fresh perspective on client deliverables and Team b. initiatives. With four years of experience in diversity, equity, and inclusion, employee engagement, and crisis communications, Gillian is excited to expand upon these skills to deliver effective and thoughtful communication. Having difficult conversations or handling stressful situations is where she shines brightest as she seeks the opportunity for growth for herself and clients alike. Her creative nature does require some down time to recharge, often cozied up with a hot cup of green tea.  

toni kallungal
instructional designer

Toni is a tech-savvy, innovative instructional designer energized by utilizing tools to create engaging learning experiences for clients. She is passionate about developing accessible and individualized eLearning content through inclusive instructional design and storytelling.  Toni credits her instructional design process to leveraging user personas and data-driven design. She brings a life-long learner attitude to her work every day and is motivated by strategy and professional development. The rest of the team tries to play catch up with Toni’s seemingly endless supply of energy, but it may be the craft coffee beverages she makes every morning. Luckily, she generously shares her recipes with the team. 

ashley mower
event coordinator

Ashley brings flair into every event she manages. With seven years of event and meeting management, she has a knack for meeting client needs ranging from coordinating with vendors, creating detailed timelines, and preparing checklists to account for any scenario. Her attention to timing and details makes our clients look and feel like rock stars! Ashley enjoys collaborating on projects with her teammates to bring fresh and creative ideas to the table. She loves a challenge to push herself to grow and learn to elevate our client’s events and engagements. As one of the most punctual Team b.’ers you will find her at least five to ten minutes early for every event. When she’s not planning the next big thing for clients, you will find her cooking a delicious meal or out in her garden with her dog and husband close by.  

andrew moorcones
engagement strategist

Andrew is our gourmet data deliverer, taking complex excel sheets from overwhelming to digestible. He is skilled at weeding through the numbers and providing our clients with clear-cut solutions. With over a decade of experience supporting federal clients, Andrew knows how to provide the right guidance and creative solutions for every project. He prides himself on being flexible to suit the needs of any request that may come his way. If the food puns weren’t a-bun-dantly clear, Andrew is also an accomplished chef and enjoys creating delicious meals for his family and friends.  

erin ball
engagement strategist

Erin Ball is a mastermind when it comes to expertly crafting strategic communications for our clients. Erin has supported leaders across many disciplines but finds the ever-changing nature of science and technology to be particularly alluring. She is a passionate storyteller and enjoys turning challenges into goal-driven narratives, ensuring client initiatives are carried out in a strategic and thoughtful manner. She is a perfect fit at Team b. and thrives when working collaboratively with our team and clients. Her storytelling abilities stem from her love of reading, and her wealth of knowledge can have her discussing contemporary fiction one minute to tips and tricks for mushroom foraging the next.  

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joyce deuley
strategic project & communications specialist

Joyce is a problem solver extraordinaire with an innate ability to bring ideas to life with special focus on improving communities and organizations both big and small. Her background in Energy, Smart Cities, and Internet of Things (IoT) markets coupled with her entrepreneurial spirit are assets to any project she touches. Joyce thrives when discussing and developing solutions for emerging technologies and studying their potential impacts on communities. Our clients are dazzled by her ability to research a topic and assemble actionable plans that drive impact and deliver value. When she is not solving problems for our clients, you can find her flexing her creativity through knitting, poetry, and baking. You’ll have to get in line if you want one of her famous lemon ricotta bars.

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