Listee Features — Management

Teresa Hardy


Teresa Ann Hardy is a strategic planning and business consulting expert with more than 20 years of expertise in her field. Currently, she is the owner of Hardy, Graham, & Associates LLC and a program project manager at The Collaborative Firm, where she specializes in helping businesses manage, transform, and streamline their information technology programs. She is responsible for managing 15 contracts with clients across industries to ensure that projects are fully realized to a high degree and that clients, staff, and employees are able to meet organizational goals. Since the beginning of her career, Ms. Hardy felt called to help her fellow professionals develop through program training and to support others in finding their own versions of success. She

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Linda Perez


Backed by more than 40 years of experience in her professional endeavors, Linda Sanders Perez is highly regarded for her valuable knowledge and skill in various aspects of management, including project and program management, project planning and leadership. Ms. Perez’s career commenced immediately following her high school graduation. Young and eager, she joined the workforce at the Boeing Company, where she would excel for the entirety of her career until retiring in 2016. Well-known as a leader in engineering worldwide, The Boeing Company is an American multinational corporation that designs, manufactures, and sells airplanes, rotorcraft, rockets, satellites, telecommunications equipment, and missiles worldwide. The company also provides leasing and product support services. Joining the company in 1979, Ms. Perez initially served

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Rita Cave was inspired to a career in business by her father, who owned and operated a carpet-laying company until he was 72. Proud to have established her own business at the age of 19, she spent more than eight years in the mortgage industry before turning her attention toward management. From 2008 to 2009, she owned a bar before spending three years as a trainer for Martin Bower and Reyes Holdings, LLC and five years as the director of customer service for Rhinehart. In 2017, Ms. Cave became the manager of multi-unit national accounts for the Performance Food Group, where she manages an eight-person department that handles 30 national accounts. With considerable expertise in organizational leadership, management and training,

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Edith Dorsey


Edith D. Dorsey, PhD, earned her Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University of Pittsburgh. After working several years as a registered nurse, Dr. Dorsey quickly realized that she could contribute more to others and the world by continuing her education and acquiring business experience to complement her clinical expertise. Dr. Dorsey received a Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix and a Doctor of Philosophy in business administration, specializing in leadership and organizational development, from North Central University. Her leadership research was described as “ground-breaking.” She received high scholastic recognition from two international honor societies during her doctoral program and completed advanced leadership studies at Wharton and Harvard. Dr. Dorsey is a certified project management professional

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Irene Sanchez


After 38 years of Federal Government service, Irene Sanchez retired in 2018, from the Department of Treasury, Bureau of Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Upon retiring, Ms. Sanchez received the Albert Gallatin Award for exemplary service. She also received a commendation from the offices of each of the United States Presidents which she served. Ms. Sanchez began her career with the Federal Government while still in high school. As a student aide, she initially performed a variety of clerical jobs, but because she possessed a strong knowledge of computers, she was asked to teach staff members how to use personal computers to automate administrative tasks. Before long, Ms. Sanchez became a key player in the workforce, and upon turning 18 years

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Ocassa “Cassie” Thompson began her professional journey by earning a Bachelor of Arts in history, with a minor in education, from Good Counsel College in White Plains, New York, in 1969. She went on to do graduate coursework and then began her junior high and high school teaching career on Long Island, New York. After nearly three years of teaching, which she thoroughly enjoyed, she followed her other interest, that of government service. Mrs. Thompson began her career with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in 1974. Throughout her 33-year career with the CIA, she made a considerable impact as both a minority and a woman, and she is forever grateful to the colleagues and friends she worked with over the

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Kathleen Hedges


Earning a Bachelor of Arts from Pepperdine University in 1977, Kathleen A. Hedges was inspired to enter the field of project management, because it offered a wide range of opportunities that she didn’t see in other fields, in part, due to how new project management was as a field at the time. She joined the RAND Corporation as a research assistant in 1978 and then achieved the same role with the Science Applications International Corporation in 1980. Remaining with SAIC, she rose to become a project manager in 1984 and achieved her Master of Business Administration in market research from George Mason University in 1985. Ms. Hedges has also been certified as an internal controls auditor and as a project

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Renée Roth


Renée Marie Roth’s professional endeavors began when she was still in high school and had a part-time job at a mail processing company. Upon graduation, she was offered a managerial position, but she declined in favor of pursuing further education. Joining Grand Valley State University, she completed a Bachelor of Science in health professions with a minor in psychology while working for Louis Padnos Iron & Metal Co., where she garnered first-hand experience in policies, procedures and hiring. She achieved her degree in 2008 and began work with a small company, where she was responsible for running the office. Ms. Roth owned and operated her own company for a time as well. With considerable experience in leadership, office management, problem

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Nicole Pingleton


Attributing much of her success to the support of the people she works with, as well as being a problem solver, Nicole J. Fernandez holds considerable expertise in line management and resourcing. She began her studies at the University of Kansas in 1997, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in health information management in 2001. During this time, she supported her education by working as a lifeguard and swim instructor with the Jayhawk Club; the head lifeguard for the Robinson Natatorium at the University of Kansas; and, briefly, as a law clerk for Butt, Thornton & Baehr PC. Subsequently completing an internship at the University of New Mexico Hospital in 2001, she served as an underwriter for CNA Insurance

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ShaYanna Mungo


Holding considerable expertise in relationship development, Dr. ShaYanna Mungo first embarked on her professional journey in sixth grade, when she was trained as a peer mediator at Kennedy Middle School. In high school, she completed two medical internships and developed significant interest in neuroscience and psychology, particularly in how people operate with one another. Additionally, over the course of her early education she moved around between eight different schools and was exposed to a variety of different interpersonal relationship types. Joining North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology in 2000, becoming the first person in her family to graduate from college. From there, Dr. Mungo obtained a Master of Business Administration in

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