Melanie Roberts is a principal and co-founder of Stellar Associates, LLC. She has been a management consultant since 2008 and brings over 30 years of state of Washington government experience. She has thorough knowledge of government, legislative, budget, accounting, performance management, information technology, and personnel processes.
Prior to her consulting career, Melanie was in senior leadership and analyst roles and a member of the executive management teams of several state agencies. In her roles as a budget professional at various state government agencies (including the Office of Financial Management), and as a management consultant, she has worked with managers and staff to design chart of accounts, develop cost allocation methodologies, perform program assessments, develop financial and performance management tools and reporting processes, and conduct workload studies and financial modeling to identify the true cost of lines of services. She has been involved in Washington State Government’s progression in performance management practices over the last two decades and was instrumental in getting performance management systems established in the Departments of Labor and Industries, Corrections, Employment Security, Health, and Social and Health Services.
With over eight years of consulting experience, Melanie is an expert level consultant and has provided services to many state and local agencies including quality assurance services for seven Level 3 technology projects. Her areas of expertise include strategic planning, organizational assessments, program audits and studies, financial modeling, policy analysis, workload analysis, performance management, and information technology quality assurance.
Melanie is adept at finding creative solutions to complex business problems. Her ability to do detailed analysis while not losing sight of the big picture is evident as she focuses on helping leaders and teams succeed. She graduated from the Evergreen State College with Bachelor of Arts Degree and has attended numerous graduate level courses.
April Potts is a principal of Stellar Associates, LLC. With 25 years of public service experience, Ms. Potts spent 18 of those years leading program and system reform. Her projects crossed divisional boundaries, providing structure and transparency for project teams, leadership, and stakeholders.
For most of Ms. Potts career, she has assessed operational policies and practices, identified performance gaps related to service delivery and program management, and determined solutions to address program deficiencies and to improve service delivery. Serving on agency leadership teams, Ms. Potts conducted reviews of strategic objectives and led the redesign of strategic planning. Working with executive leadership and stakeholders, Ms. Potts redesign efforts included adoption of new performance measurements and alignment with federal outcomes.
Ms. Potts has provided baseline, on-going, and post implementation quality assurance assessments for both business programs and information technology projects. Using specific methodology, Ms. Potts assessed current project conditions against established criteria, identifying any gaps as well as root cause. As a member of the executive management team, Ms. Potts had responsibility for statewide plans for quality assurance activities and continuous process improvements.
Wendy Carney is a principal of Stellar Associates, LLC. with over 20 years of public service experience. Wendy is by nature a people proponent, relationship builder and connector. In her career, she has had great opportunity to make a difference through her leadership and oversight roles in Human Resources, DEI, Organizational Development, and Organizational Change Management to name a few.
Known for her OCM OG work, Wendy is sought after for advice, recommendations, quality assurance and oversight. Over the span of her almost 30-year professional life, Wendy has enjoyed designing, developing, re-structuring and implementing programs for HR, OCM, Training and DEI where none existed or had previously failed, finding strong, sustainable success. She is a consummate professional that brings optimistic, light energy to every project or engagement.
Wendy executes her work in a collaborative, methodical and repeatable manner utilizing her lean background in TPS and Six Sigma. Certified and practiced in five change management methodologies (to include advanced Prosci), leadership coaching, training programs (DiSC, MBTI, Crucial Conversations, Lominger, 16- Personalities (and more)), human resources and organizational development, she brings a vast menu of options to choose from and tailor to each client’s need.
Always looking for ways to innovate and improve the human experience, Wendy was one of the first to establish and design tools that identify, monitor and bring visibility to people-related progress. She is passioinate about her work and the outcomes for her clients. Wendy always keeps staff front of mind in planning and executing for each initiative. She brings a wealth of organizational and people expertise, significant project success and unmatched experience.