principal partners

Melanie Roberts

Queen of Getting Things Done

What she does: Business consulting and quality assurance services to help leaders and teams succeed; delivering detailed analysis and assessments while not losing sight of the big picture.
Happy Place: Making a difference for our clients by finding solutions to problems facing leaders every day through listening, strategic thinking, collaboration, and hard work.
Superpower: Partnering with others to make things happen!


April Potts

Captain of Connections,
Ideation & System Thinking

What she does: Adds value to teams and individuals, helps identify root causes and solutions, supports incremental improvements, embraces data-driven decisions, and facilitates fun.
Happy Place: Working with groups to solve problems in a meaningful and engaging way that produces results.
Superpowers: Valuing emotional intelligence and its place in the workplace, and ability to flex to meet the needs of the workgroup.

Wendy Carney

People & Change Maestro

What she does: Full-scale change/transformation and oversight, marrying business objectives with people and process for positive, sustainable success.
Happy Place: Playing outside of the lines. Where people and business thrive, together. Partnering with business leaders to elevate trust, problem solving, and teaming. Providing the secret sauce between harnessing creative energy, relationships, and business objectives. When rich discovery leads to new possibilities and changed thinking, actions, or behaviors.
Superpower: Building deep relationships and igniting other’s superpowers!

Martin Casey


What he does: Quality assurance services to help projects recognize and manage risks. Leadership consulting for strategic planning and process improvement. Solution facilitation among complex interests and stakeholders.
Happy Place: Applying creativity and critical thinking to resolve difficult challenges. Collaborating on smart, actionable strategies. Keeping things on time and on track.
Superpower: Using observation and data to help see patterns and tell compelling stories



Our stellar Alliance

Karen Sampson

Karen Sampson

What gets me up in the morning:

I want people that are trying to do good in the world to have the tools they need to be effective. I focus on the quantitative side of management – using data to inform decisions, track progress, continuously improve implementation, and show value to stakeholders.

Why I chose Stellar:

A good team makes each member better, and I love working with Stellar Associates because our strengths combine to be greater than the efforts of any individual.

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Noemi L


What gets me up in the morning:

I have a strong background in project management, process improvement (Lean), change management, and strategic planning. One of my deep loves is building Continuous Improvement capacity in others. I have over 15 years public service experience, 7 years in retail, 2 years in healthcare. I have been a consultant and coach for over 11 years.

Why I chose Stellar:

As a small business owner I love being a Stellar Associate. It allows me the opportunity to work in a team and the freedom to take on some small personal projects. They are the most supportive team ever!

In my free time you’ll find me deep in a book, loving on my family and researching my next long weekend adventure!


Steven Ketelsen

What gets me up in the morning:

I’ve done my best work helping teams to build and integrate working, functional systems, and creating tools and processes to support the ability of enterprise to leverage that work. I’m here to assure my clients get that same satisfaction and can carry out their mission better because of the solutions they develop together.

Why I chose Stellar:

I chose to join the #WeAreStellar Alliance because they have a proven record of an expanding client service portfolio. I wanted not only to bring my knowledge to the team but to learn from each of the Alliance members as much as possible to hone my craft and expand my base of knowledge. Stellar has built a strong library of practices and artifacts that will improve my own practice. I feel deep alignment with the vision and mission of Stellar

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Beth Elder

Beth Elder

What gets me up in the morning:

My ultimate goal each day is to support the people around me to do the best they can in the most efficient way possible. I thrive when, I get to tackle problems and implement creative solutions; collaborate and facilitate constructive conversations; build relationships and break down barriers; and most of all when I get to celebrate progress with the people I'm working with.

Why I chose Stellar:

Women owned, women run, small but mighty, business with a "stellar" reputation. The work the team has done and is doing with the state of Washington, applying creative problem solving to help the success of the state, is something that I wanted to be a part of. From my first conversation with the team, I felt heard and recognized. Like my skill set mattered! Stellar immediately felt like the supportive environment that I wanted to be part of as I started my consulting journey.

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What gets me up in the morning:

I am passionate about learning, facilitating, coaching, consulting, and teaching. Helping others realize their full potential individually and as a team energizes me. I am dedicated to helping leaders and teams achieve desired results. I believe success is dependent on learning, continuous improvement, building connections, and effective relationships that drive change.

Why I chose Stellar:

Partnering with Stellar Associates allows me to collaborate and contribute synergistically with a supportive team that I believe will accomplish amazing work together

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Christi McGinley


What gets me up in the morning:

My desire to help others, personally and professionally, drives me. I believe that innovative solutions can be found for any challenge when each person is valued and thriving. Working with creative, talented, dedicated people to solve problems is my happy place.

Why I chose Stellar:

I selected Stellar above all others because of its reputation. I also wanted to work with a small business (women-owned!) that can be nimble and creative when problem-solving for clients. From my very first conversations, Stellar was welcoming and affirming. I feel, at last, I’ve found my home with Stellar.

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What gets me up in the morning:

I live to connect the dots, keep things organized amongst the chaos, and thrive on finding creative solutions to any challenge.

Why I chose Stellar:

Stellar is truly team focused. They provide a supportive and encouraging environment that makes work creative and fun!


Jeanne McShane


What gets me up in the morning:

Working with teams to find solutions to complex challenges.  I have worked on projects that have transformed the work of state government to better serve underrepresented communities.  And I have worked on smaller projects to maximize efficiency and job satisfaction for staff teams. The work we do  should be meaningful. Together we can hear from diverse voices and turn those perspectives into useful strategies for better outcomes. Implementing new initiatives is a fun and exciting adventure--let's go!

Why I chose Stellar:

Stellar Associates' mission and vision aligns with my values.  From our first meeting, I thought 'this is a team that is doing great things together.'  The Stellar team  uses data and innovative strategies to elevate their clients, team, and the communities we serve.  Their commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging is a beacon of hope for the future. This is a team I am proud to work, learn and grow with.

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Jennifer Vachon


What gets me up in the morning:

I believe that investing in, supporting, and developing people and culture is key for long-term organizational success. The thing that really gets me up in the morning are the results I see in my clients as they gain insight, clarity, and confidence through the work we do together. It’s an honor to see them create transformational changes in themselves, their teams, and their organizations.

Why I chose Stellar:

I knew from my earliest conversations that Stellar would provide the opportunity I’d been looking for: work on interesting projects in Washington with a small team whose values align with mine. This is a group of smart, interesting people who bring creativity, quality, rigor, and a bit of laughter to their work.
Yes, please!

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Meagan Darrow

Meagan Darrow

What gets me up in the morning:

I get up each day for the chance to create change, spend time with my kids, hit the slopes, and quilt with joy.

Why I chose Stellar:

Stellar is a place I can leverage my experience and expertise for a broader impact across diverse organizations and sectors. It allows me to guide clients, drive change, and contribute to positive societal outcomes while continuously learning and growing.




Julie Boyer co-founded Stellar Associates LLC in 2015 with Melanie Roberts. Julie was previously a senior associate with Sterling Associates, LLP, and she served for more than 30 years in state government in a variety of leadership roles. Julie retired in 2019.