brittany westling
president & CEO

Brittany Westling started Team b. in 2011. Over the past nine years, she has created a company that is bursting with knowledge and talent, using persistence, hard work, and a stubborn streak. While her 12 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
senior strategist & 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
graphic designer

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.

 
katie schmidt-harris
marketing & communication strategist

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.‍‍‍

 
orfa torres-jaen
marketing & communication strategist

Orfa is a seasoned pro in congressional affairs and strategic messaging with over a decade of experience. She helps us, and our clients, make an impact and drive a point home when it matters most. She is the master at overcoming what we call 'analysis paralysis' and uses her innate ability to jump into a situation and provide recommendations and direction to keep projects and timelines moving forward. Orfa sets high expectations for herself and pushes our team to find ways to improve and streamline the way we run projects and solve problems. She's not all serious though - she is quick to find the perfect gif to bring humor to a text thread and loves to watch cartoons.

 
david lord
senior manager, learning experience
& corporate development

David is a talented training program manager and instructional designer who does everything he can to bring ingenuity to his projects and create meaningful learning experiences. He creates training products that are engaging, creative, visually appealing, and polished. He is passionate about creating products that help learners understand the content without being bored or fatigued by them. All of this passion for training means our clients have the most user-friendly and entertaining trainings around for their own staff and their customers. Plus he holds the Team b record for most hours logged playing Zelda, Breath of the Wild.

 
morgan bangura
instructional designer

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.

 
maggie hines
marketing & communication strategist

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.

 
seth rogers
senior manager, learning experience
& corporate development

Seth Rogers is passionate about crafting top notch learning experiences. He is a seasonally bearded training sage who leverages a decade plus of learning and development experience to consult and construct learning solutions for our clients. He has built behavior-changing courses for a range of organizations including some of the country’s leading insurance companies, government agencies, and higher education non-profits. Seth is a techie at heart, so he’s always on the lookout for emerging modalities to better support Team b. and our clients’ goals. Clients describe him as creative problem solver that communicates with candor, humor, and compassion. His team members get a kick out of his southern drawl, knowledge of uses for shiplap, and his aversion to cold weather.

 
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.

 
ollie cooperwood
communication & engagement strategist

Ollie Cooperwood is a detail oriented, results driven strategic communication machine. Over the past decade, he has executed communication strategies to deliver messages, increase awareness, and drive organizational change. He is a listener and observer which makes him a pro at understanding our clients’ needs and working with them to solve problems and deliver results. As a former United States Marine, Ollie is disciplined and keeps our team and clients focused on the task at hand and working toward long-term goals. He is often described as stoic, but we know that his inner optimist and adrenaline junky keep spirits high and creativity on point. He approaches his work and relationships with the perfect blend of seriousness and levity while delighting our team and clients with quality solutions and big laughs. And true to his title of strategic communication machine, he is known for his excellent usage of emojis to convey feeling behind the text to make sure his team members are dialed into the message he’s sending. 

 
andrea kowal
communication & engagement strategist

Andrea is a pro at turning silos into squads and ensuring that our clients make decisions with the most pertinent information available. She spent 15 years operating in the military communication arena running programs and action groups and lends her experience as both a service member and civilian to help our team and clients operate strategically. She is thoughtful and intentional when advising clients on their toughest challenges to ensure that we deliver the most perfect solution for any given scenario. Along with being a master at connecting people and information she is also one of the most thoughtful members of our team.  Andrea is the unofficial Team b. Mom, making sure everyone remembers to eat lunch, has a plan for any natural disaster, and providing helpful advice!

 
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

 
 
melissa haynes
communication & engagement strategist

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.

amanda webster
instructional designer

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. 

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