Lester Coffey, President, has drawn upon his extensive knowledge, expertise and combination of management and leadership acumen to build Coffey Consulting into a nimble, diverse and responsive company that empowers its clients to achieve sustained success. Lester managed and participated on key initiatives in operational and financial areas for two Fortune 20 firms in the energy and telecommunications sectors. During that tenure, he customized and mastered business approaches that continue to produce client-driven success while building impressive and diverse skill-sets that are value-driven and goal oriented. Lester’s high level of integrity and success is built on his commitment to a focus that is constantly updated and on resources positioned to take advantage of emerging market opportunities to better serve clients. The firm’s foundation is its staff, which is built and deployed as small and large teams to harness creativity and innovation to achieve results. Each associate understands that pulling together translates into winning together. We undertake engagements that are led, managed and executed to create wins for clients, and their key stakeholders, and for the firm. Lester earned his Master in Business Administration from The Pennsylvania State University and Bachelor of Science from the Mississippi State University.
Amy Coffey is Chief Administrative Officer and Senior Vice President of Coffey Consulting, responsible for finance, contract administration, and human resource functions in addition to serving as the Quality Assurance Officer. In collaboration with the firm’s President, Amy oversees all contractual activities of projects, including coordination and consolidation of monthly, periodic and final reports. As financial administrative officer, she manages resources to support operations for on-going and proposed projects. With more than two decades at the helm, she is highly qualified with deep experience and expertise at all levels of the firm’s operations, she is exceptionally suited to achieve a high level of operational and project performance. Amy is honest, straightforward, client-focused, and team-oriented and is the heart beneath Coffey’s unparalleled reputation across public, government and private sectors. She earned her bachelor of arts from The Pennsylvania State University, and prior to joining Coffey Consulting in 1996, was a special education teacher. Her first assignment was in a rural Florida school teaching in a portable classroom with no air conditioning, and heat was provided by an in-room stove. Her compassion is evident in the inspiration she shares with her engaged, committed and dedicated staff known for producing exceptional, high-quality work.
Putri “Dani” Abdullah
Putri “Dani” Abdullah, Research Associate, has more than seven years of experience as a federal support contractor with expertise in grants management and workforce development. She strives to assist grantees and clients by meeting their goals and by providing technical assistance tools. She thrives in an environment with diverse projects, in particular those related to workforce development that help people find employment. She is adept at working independently and enjoys using her skills in team projects in a collaborative setting to accomplish project goals and quality deliverables. She holds a degree in International Business and Marketing from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Empowerment & Facilitative Services
Bernie Antkowiak, Senior Director, Empowerment & Facilitative Services, has more than a decade of experience in developing, delivering and coordinating technical assistance and training, and conducting evaluations of workforce programs. He has worked under contracts with the U.S. Department of Labor and individual states. Before joining Coffey Consulting, he was Assistant Secretary for Workforce Development with the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation for the State of Maryland where he developed and implemented an aggressive and innovative plan for change. He obtained his initial workforce development experience doing research and evaluation work for a large urban workforce development organization. He became Manager of the Research and Evaluation Unit and held numerous progressively responsible positions in program operations. His experience spans virtually all facets of workforce development such as assessment and academic remediation, case management and support services, occupational training and transitional jobs, and business services and job placement. Bernie has worked with diverse groups including economically disadvantaged, homeless, disabled, formerly incarcerated, seniors, and welfare recipients. He holds a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Loyola College, Baltimore.
Ben Coffey, Researcher/Technical Support, has eight years of experience working with Coffey’s U.S. Department of Labor’s Reentry Employment Opportunities grants program. He facilitates technical support for client webinars, maintains grantee databases, and provides on-site and logistical support for conferences and client events. He is a diligent researcher and works with REO grantees and also with the National Center for Education Statistics Summer Forums and Data Conferences. Collaborating with clients and colleagues provides opportunity to share research, valued input and generate solutions to benefit clients. Ben is attending Montgomery College for Business and Economics and has completed certificates in Microsoft Excel and Access.
Mason Erwin, Education Policy Researcher and Analyst, works on qualitative and quantitative research projects focusing on student outcomes and higher education faculty and staff. He is data coordinator on the Frontier Set initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. A responsive and collaborative colleague, he works closely with institutions to improve student outcomes using data-driven, outcomes-based methodologies. With more than five years of experience, he is a dedicated and driven team player who strives to harness data to generate insights that improve policies and benefit students, workers, and society with tenacity and a strong focus on client success. He holds a bachelor of Business Administration degree from Cleveland State University and a master’s in Public Policy from Georgetown University.
Sandra McKinney Holcomb, Research Associate/Accountant, has more than 25 years of full-charge and cost accounting experience. Sandra’s attention to detail, flexibility, and responsiveness provide solid support to project managers assuring quality work products. She works on Coffey’s U.S. Department of Labor’s Reentry Employment Opportunities grants program providing support to the Project Manager. She seeks out opportunities to add to her skill-set by pursuing education, which she translates into implementing new skills to support project accounting and assistance with project analysis on behalf of her colleagues. Sandra earned an undergraduate degree in Accounting and an MBA in Accounting from Strayer University.
Carol R. Johnson
Carol Johnson, Meeting Planner/Coordinator, has more than 25 years of experience in administrative coordination and meeting planning/management. During her 15 years with Coffey Consulting, she has become an accomplished expert using Cvent to plan and organize meetings and events, specializing in online registration websites. Carol has received multiple accolades from the federal government and private sector personnel for her designs, implementation and management of meeting registration websites. She is passionate about working on meetings of any magnitude, making the best arrangements to ensure a smooth flow of internal and/or external events while paying close attention to details. In her free time, she coordinates fundraising events for scholarships for college-bound students who may not qualify for traditional scholarships and is currently president of the organization. She is a native of Washington, D.C., and holds an associate’s degree in Business from Strayer University.
Josiah Leighton, Job Corps Academic Manager, has devoted the last 10 years to education as a classroom instructor, a department manager, a curriculum designer, and an educational consultant with Coffey Consulting’s contract with the National Office of Job Corps at the U.S. Department of Labor. His passion is to help improve educational access, quality and outcomes for underserved populations and he appreciates the collegial environment and the Coffey team. His experience and skills allow him to provide solutions at the planning, analysis and implementation stages of projects. Before joining Coffey, he worked concurrently in the fields of finance, for Bloomberg L.P., and publishing, and as a freelance illustrator. A graduate of Yale University, Josiah was recently honored for his impact on students’ lives with the 2016 Yale Educator Award.
M. Drennan Lindsay
M. Drennan Lindsay, Senior Meeting Manager, holds Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) and Certified in Exhibition Management (CEM) designations and more than 25 years of experience managing and providing logistical support to conferences, meetings, workshops, and tradeshows ranging in size from 10 to more than 30,000 participants. She has worked with numerous government agencies and has provided management, direction and logistical support planning grant reviews, international meetings, internal government agency trainings, national conferences, exhibitions, and poster presentations. Drennan has worked on numerous large conferences for the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics. Positive under pressure and gracious to all, she is detail-oriented and efficient, a skilled trouble-shooter, and prepared for the unexpected challenges of event management. Her eight years at Coffey Consulting elevated her professional growth opportunities and expanded her skill set to include coordinating security for high-level presenters and behind the scenes finesse to ensure outstanding and successful events on behalf of clients. Drennan earned her bachelor of arts degree in Psychology and English (writing concentration) from Mary Washington College (now the University of Mary Washington).
Jennifer “Jen” Rismiller
Jennifer “Jen” Rismiller, Research Associate, has more than 15 years of experience as a versatile administrative professional including research, report/correspondence writing, logistics/project/team coordination, meeting planning, conference support, documentation, and file management. During her 12 years with the firm, she has contributed to a variety of support-related projects, specifically the U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics’ annual Summer Forum and STATS-DC Data Conference. She is a key contributor to this project by managing registrations and communications, developing the agenda program and materials, organizing and reviewing presentations, preparing the evaluation report, and supporting the event of approximately 900 attendees and more than 100 concurrent sessions. Jen earned her bachelor of science degree in Business Administration from the University of Maryland University College.
Devinder “Dave” Singhla
Devinder (Dave) Singhla, Business Consultant, brings more than 20 years of professional experience providing technical support on proposal development and contract execution as well as performing financial analysis, planning and reporting. His expertise and love for numbers provides strategic and strategic and tactical recommendations to the company and clients, particularly in contract administration of budgeting for proposals. Dave likes challenging projects that take advantage of his background and skill sets. He earned his bachelor of science degree in Chemical Engineering from India’s Punjab University and a certificate in Accounting from the University of Virginia.
Roger Therrien specializes in the labor market sector and in workforce information in the state and federal government. He served 18 years as the Director of the Connecticut Labor Department’s division responsible for responding to workforce development system needs for economic, workforce and career information in Connecticut. At Coffey, he contributes to the advancement of the Industry Competency Model Initiative and the support of the Workforce Information Advisory Council. He is leading the development of CMC website enhancements and tools (use of knowledge of ONET), and heading work on the WIAC members’ foundational knowledge of the WLMI system. In collaboration with his colleagues and clients, he focuses on initiatives that are critical to the efficient operation of the labor markets. Roger holds a master’s degree with emphasis on research methods, evaluations and performance measurement for program and management analysis, and a bachelor of arts degree in sociology.
Daniel Weissbein, Project Manager, has more than 15 years of experience leading and directing research, evaluation, training, and technical assistance projects for government organizations and private companies. He has extensive experience studying workforce programs and initiatives at the federal, state, and local level. He specializes in assessment, training design and evaluation, program evaluation, process analysis, and organizational assessments conducted through methodologies including surveys, site visits, interviews, focus groups, and process mapping. He has worked extensively within federal, state, and local organizations, including the U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Transportation. He is currently the Project Manager of a formative evaluation studying a new initiative at USDOL’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, leading a team to examine the initiative as it develops and provide feedback to make it more effective. He is driven to help clients achieve the greater good for the public. He earned his Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Michigan State University.