And your 2019 ACMP Atlanta Board of Directors Nominees Are...

Patricia Howard
BIO: Exceptional leader with over twenty years of experience in implementing complex people, process, and technology changes. Earned a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from Virginia Tech, and began my career as a process/project engineer in the oil, gas, and chemical industries, working for companies such as DuPont, Exxon, and Celanese. I also worked in consumer products, as a Senior Project Manager, at Philip Morris USA (now Altria). When I moved to Atlanta, I made the switch to software engineering/consulting, with a specialty in rolling out supply chain systems in a variety of industries (health care, e-commerce, apparel and retail). I joined Macy’s Systems and Technology in 2011 as a Software Development Manager, with responsibility for rolling out a new warehouse management system across the distribution network. Currently employed by Macy’s Technology as a Principal in the Organization and Process Optimization (OPO) team. Responsibilities include planning and executing company-wide organization and process changes to improve efficiencies, increase speed to market, and reduce costs. Previously worked as a Program Director in Strategy and Solutions at Coca-Cola Refreshments, where I worked with the Business Transformation Office to implement significant business process and system changes in the North American Business Unit.

Why You wish to Join the Board:
I am a new member of ACMP Atlanta and want to get more involved in the organization for several reasons. The chapter is off to a great start and this is an exciting time of growth. By serving on the Board, I can help the chapter broaden its reach and attract more members through our various programs, events, training, and marketing/communications (my main area of interest). I have a track record of earning respect and building trust, which when combined with my passion for teaching and giving back, will make me a valuable member of the Board. In addition, as a change management professional, I understand the importance of coaching and influencing as key ingredients in promoting successful change. I am a leader who can effectively coach others (a full 360 degrees, and can also be coached) to reinforce desired behaviors within an organization. I have also become very adept at influencing without direct authority in my role as a change agent. Furthermore, I collaborate well, am a strategic thinker, and am very strong when it comes to tactical execution. In summary, I would love to bring my skills and energy to ACMP Atlanta to help the chapter continue to grow on a path to success. Thank you for your time and consideration of my application.

Banks Denney
BIO: I am currently a Senior Consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton, a management and information technology consulting firm in Atlanta, GA. I have supported Booz Allen’s Health Market in a variety of public health initiatives, including IT development, quality improvement, training development, communications, and grants management for clients at CDC, VA, and ACF. Currently, I serve as a Business Analyst for an IT development project at CDC’s Newborn Screening group. I enjoy the challenges, changes, and opportunities that my career provides, and I am always seeking to grow in new areas.

In addition to my work at Booz Allen, I’m an avid Public Health Professional and Certified Health Education Specialist. My educational background and experiences lie in health promotion, specifically in chronic disease prevention. I channel my passion for health promotion in all areas of my life, whether it is through my current work, volunteer efforts, or hobbies. When I am not outside with my dog, I am either doing yoga, cooking, trying new food, or exploring new places (with good food).

Why you wish to join the board:
After completing Prosci’s Change Management Certification Program this past spring, I realized the importance of applying Change Management methodologies and tools to effectively manage and prepare for change across organizations. As a consultant, I believe this skill is vital in helping clients achieve project success. I am currently leveraging this knowledge and applying it in my current role as a Business Analyst.

Through the change management program, I also learned about the vast community of change management professionals right here in Atlanta! If selected as an ACMP board member, I would love to continue growing my change management knowledge, building my network, and gaining experience in an active leadership role. Additionally, I am seeking to grow my experience in communications, an area that plays a key role in change management. I believe the ACMP board member position would provide a great opportunity for communicating the work that ACMP is doing around Atlanta and encouraging others to get involved.

Maryann Heil
BIO: I am an experienced leader who improves performance by breaking down the bureaucratic barriers that isolate strategy from process, pit people against technology, and undermine the value of enterprise-wide changes. My experience includes both public and private sector organizations and spans several industries, including manufacturing, aerospace, insurance and health care, transportation, and oil and gas.

My current employer is Gulfstream Aerospace, headquartered in Savannah, Georgia. My focus there is change management, project management, business development and improvement, strategy, communication, and stakeholder relationship management. My professional development is ongoing, having earned my MBA from Ohio University and certification in PROSCI, PMI, Lean/Six Sigma, and Lean Change Management.

In addition to my experience and education, I have demonstrated the key skills required to serve on ACMP Atlanta’s Board. For several years, I served as a liaison between the nation’s largest single-line insurance organization and its board members. As a result, I am familiar with cabinet-type board structure and parliamentary procedure. Moreover, my current job asks me to be a strategic thinker, to be organized, and to have the ability to facilitate, communicate, and motivate. Finally, I am dedicated to ACMP. I was an ACMP Texas Board member until my recent relocation to Georgia. I also earned the honor of having a white paper published by ACMP Global and serving as an evaluator of submitted white papers and presentations proposals for regional and international conferences. ACMP chapters are a great platform to inspire, educate and connect people.

Why you wish to join the board:
I would like to be considered for the ACMP Atlanta Board of Directors. My goals include continuing the organization’s mission of promoting both change management and its practitioners. One way to accomplish this goal is by continuing ACMP Atlanta’s success at delivering relevant and thought-provoking content and network opportunities. A second way is to expand the geographical focus of the organization to the coastal region. Savannah, in particular is home to Gulfstream Aerospace, a global leader in manufacturing, selling, and servicing high-end technology. Moreover, Savannah is home to a crucial international import distribution center. The Savannah Port is in fact North America’s largest single container terminal. These two organizations alone cover a wide-ranging variety and scale of projects, requiring both change-capable employees and change manage professionals as coastal Georgia maintains its competitive edge. A significant part of the southeast’s economy would benefit from a closer connection to ACMP Atlanta.

Nichelle Evans
BIO: Nichelle Marie Evans is an accomplished HR Professional and Certified Change Management Leader. She has over 15 years of experience as a consultative business partner, delivering results for both for-and non-profit organizations across a diverse range of industries. In addition to her work as an HR Leader, she is an active member of her church, a committed mentor, and volunteer who is dedicated to fostering the development of life and leadership skills in others.

Currently, Nichelle is the Director, Global Organizational Development and Change Management at Assurant where she is a thought leader for strategic global organizational development initiatives and programs. Nichelle is responsible for identifying process improvements, as well as developing and implementing consistent methodologies and new tools that support the employee experience and the achievement of enterprise goals ethically and productively.

She has helped organizations respond to the challenges of workforce development, fostering aninclusive culture and human capital management in generalist, specialist, and management roles with companies such as MBNA/Bank of America, RochesterWorks! Career Center, Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies, GE/NBCUniversal, Comcast/NBCUniversal.

She also owns her own company, CareerRemix, LLC which specializes in helping job seekers to translate their skills to land meaningful employment. To date, she has written hundreds of resumes, cover letters, and LinkedIn profiles, she has coached countless individuals to put their best selves forward as they “retool, re-position, re-launch, and re-mix” their careers to achieve the highest heights in their chosen career path. Nichelle generously gives her time and energy to help encourage individuals across the career spectrum.

Nichelle currently resides in Atlanta, GA and in her personal time she enjoys networking, reading, writing, serving as “on-call” HR, professional development and career counselor to her friends, traveling- internationally, mentoring young adults and training her labradoodle Tobe.

Why you wish to join the board:
Going into 2019 I am eager to take a larger role in helping to grow our local chapter. One of my main objectives for joining the board is to take on the challenge of finding creative ways to help (very) busy professional change agents to get involved. I think that ACMP-Atlanta offers a unique opportunity not only to give back to our profession and share, but also to boost the learning and growth of individual capabilities so we stay relevant and advance our roles within in our industries.

I have been in HR for over 15 years and specialized in Change Management for the last 5 years, given my career path the mission of ACMP Atlanta is extremely aligned, I am passionate helping to empower change practitioners and promote the change management in partnership with local organizations and businesses. As a Prosci TTT-certified practitioner, I am always looking for opportunities to teach, learn and advance our function.

 In my previous role as Secretary on the National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC) Atlanta Board, I played an integral role during a growth period for the organization. In addition to “traditional” secretary activities, I leveraged my MBA expertise in Organizational Management to help the board to clearly define and document the roles and responsibilities of each board position and committee. As a board member, believe that I can bring these transferrable experiences to help the chapter to define a sustainable internal operational structure and continue to grow by leaps and bounds. 

The next ACMP Atlanta Board of Directors nomination process has begun! 

ACMP Atlanta Chapter members who are interested in leading the next phase of our Chapter’s growth are encouraged to run for a seat on the Board. Key details, including how to express interest in running, are listed below. More information and opportunities to ask questions will be available in the coming weeks.

We Want You!

How to Apply

Email with the following information that will be listed in your candidate profile:

  • Your full name
  • Up to 250 words on why you wish to join the Board
  • Up to 250 words on your professional background / bio
  • A headshot

Key Dates

  • August 22 – October 14, 2018: Application Period
  • September 4, 12; October 2, 2018: Election Q&A Conference Calls
  • October 15 – November 15, 2018: Chapter Voting
  • November 16 – 30, 2018: Officer and Committee Selection
  • December 1 – 31, 2018: Board Transition Period


  • Two-year term, serving from January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2020
  • Approximately 10 hours per month
  • Engaged Board participation, chapter governance, and fiduciary responsibility
  • Active leadership role requiring strategic planning and volunteer management
  • Define its officer and committee leadership roles and vote of assignments with new Board

Board and Role Selection

Once selected, the new Board will define its officer and committee leadership roles and vote of assignments

  • Officer roles include Chapter President, Treasurer, and Secretary
  • Committees are formed by Board and often chaired by Board members

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