Rachele Cooper founded Aptive with a goal of leveraging technology and communications to improve organizational performance and support our nation’s Veterans.
With this mission in mind and using skills acquired over an eclectic career—serving in the military, working as an engineer at the Naval Research Lab and leading national marketing and communications campaigns—Rachele and her team offer Aptive’s clients fresh perspectives, unique insights and committed partnership.
She’s led complex, high-profile engagements spanning health promotion and disease prevention, strategic communications, technology transformations and organizational change management. Since forming Aptive her work has impacted health care modernization, the opioid epidemic, Veteran homelessness, suicide prevention, access to care, health technology and national defense. Rachele is a member of the Elev8 Advisory Council.
- U.S. Navy Veteran
- 2023 Entrepreneur of the Year, Mid-Atlantic Region, Ernst & Young
- 2023 CEO of the Year, Washington Exec
- 2022 FedHealthIT 100 Awardee
- 2020 Leading for Impact, Women in Leadership honoree
- 2020 Dream Big Veteran-Owned Business Achievement Award – U.S. Chamber of Commerce
- Prosci Change Management Practitioner
- M.A., New York University
- B.S., Aerospace Engineering, University of Michigan
Ben Barker is an experienced industry leader with over 16 years of success across the federal government contracting landscape. As Chief Strategy Officer, Ben helps guide Aptive’s corporate strategy and leads Aptive’s Growth Team, providing oversight, guidance and technical direction for Client Development Leads, Capture and Proposal Managers, Solution Architects and Writers. Ben assists Aptive in expanding its footprint in the federal government while focusing on innovative customer solutions.
Ben is an accomplished executive with expertise in technical program management, solutions engineering, leadership, and corporate strategy. Within these focus areas, he has led and managed initiatives for companies like GovCIO, Leidos and ManTech. Most recently, Ben was Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Senior Vice President (SVP) of Growth & Solutions for GovCIO, resulting in private equity sale to Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe (WCAS).
- Certified Scrum Master
- Associate Certificate in Contract Management, The George Washington University
- Project Management Professional (PMP)
Jennifer is a proven leader in the federal professional services industry with over 25 years of experience driving business development, capture operations and corporate development for large international companies, including ICF, Philips Healthcare and Deloitte. She leads business growth activities in partnership with Aptive business leaders, ensures the company continues to create and deliver differentiated solutions and capabilities with an eye toward gaining and retaining competitive advantage and market leadership.
Jennifer is solutions-driven with strong experience adding appropriate growth infrastructure and resources to federal practices as organizations expand. She takes a customer focused approach and is skilled in identifying, establishing and growing strategic partnerships across the industry. Jennifer successfully leads cross-functional teams to support the implementation of strategic initiatives that ultimately increase revenue and market share, achieving key growth targets.
Known for her ability to create and execute impactful account strategies, Jennifer utilizes her background in organizational behavior to tailor responses and solutions to customer needs. Jennifer’s research experience, client delivery skills and extensive understanding of the federal marketplace allow her to accurately and effectively analyze the competitive landscape to shape winning strategies. She has guided small businesses into the mid-size market, coached and led teams on a $1B+ pipeline of sales opportunities, managed portfolios worth hundreds of millions of dollars and assembled multi-functional teams to solve agency-specific challenges.
MBA, Organizational Behavior, The George Washington University
BBA, Marketing, Economics, Temple University
Clive Ballard is responsible for the continued advancement of Aptive’s Veteran health services, providing strategic direction that ensures Aptive’s cutting-edge health care solutions and capabilities remain firmly focused on Veteran-centered outcomes.
With more than 20 years of commercial and federal management consulting experience, Clive brings a wealth of experience in the design, planning and implementation of strategic plans, management system frameworks and other mechanisms focused on continual improvement, mission enhancement and operational efficiency—particularly in the health care and hospital settings. Through his work with numerous federal clients, Clive has led delivery of, and served as a technical advisor for, national strategy, policy and guidance; program evaluation and performance measurement; multi-stakeholder working groups and technical advisory committee facilitation; and enterprise-wide program implementation efforts.
Prior to joining Aptive, he was a Senior Manager in Deloitte’s Operations Transformation practice, leading efforts across federal health accounts and within the Quality, Safety and Improvement Offering.
- MS, Project Management, The George Washington University
- BSc, Biological Sciences, The University of Edinburgh
- Business Strategy Certificate, McKinsey Academy
- Certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt
Max Entman is a proven communications and marketing leader with a track record of launching strategic, results-driven campaigns and public awareness programs. He guides project teams as they deliver strategic and innovative solutions to Aptive’s clients. He also leads business development activities, helping Aptive expand its strategic communications and recruitment marketing footprint across the federal government.
He has over 13 years of experience in the communications and marketing field with a focus on delivering digital and creative solutions to accelerate innovation and transform target audience behavior. In addition to experience with numerous federal agencies, Max brings the perspective of leading work with large corporations and leading non-profit organizations to the development of solutions for Aptive’s public sector clients. From enterprise website transformations to targeted digital campaigns with multimillion-dollar budgets, he leads teams to drive business value for Aptive’s clients.
- MA, Global Communication, The George Washington University
- BA, Public Policy and International Relations, Duke University
Kathryn (Kat) Dame leads Aptive’s employee engagement and experience, learning and development, corporate events and knowledge management. Kat has 20 years of experience directing major transformative initiatives that require leadership, program management, workforce development and strategic planning.
- Diversity and Inclusion Certificate, Cornell University
- MarCom Platinum Award Winner, “Print Media | Print Creativity”
- The Holmes Report, Gold SABRE Award Winner, “Marketing to Youth”
- BA, Communications, Spanish, James Madison University
Kay Bagchi provides leadership in client service delivery across Aptive’s Veteran health account for capabilities and solutions in strategic planning, program and project controls, enterprise-wide program integration, program evaluation, Congressionally mandated reporting, governance, data analysis and organizational change management support. Kay has more than 20 years of consulting experience spanning federal government clients such as the Veterans Health Administration, the Food and Drug Administration, National Institutes of Health, Department of Treasury, Internal Revenue Service, General Services Administration and commercial clients in the finance and health sectors. She leads Aptive’s Mental and Special Population Health Capability Group.
- MA, Professional Communication, Clemson University
- MA, English, Calcutta University
- Project Management Professional
- Lean Six Sigma
- Prosci Change Management
- Agile Scrum Master
Ari Friedman has over 15 years of experience managing complex federal projects, with in-depth policy research and programmatic assessment knowledge and the ability to shape and direct implementation of project activities across national organizations. A proven expert in building and leading project teams within high-pressure environments, he brings expertise in measuring outcomes, process improvement, data management, qualitative and quantitative performance analysis, report development and executive briefing and legal analysis. Ari leads a team of more than 80 management consulting professionals within Aptive’s Veterans Health account providing program management, assessment and implementation support for several high-profile Veterans Health Administration initiatives, in addition to supporting emerging and urgent priorities.
- Member, The Bar of Maryland
- Member, The Bar of the District of Columbia
- JD, St. Thomas University School of Law
- BS, Finance, Syracuse University
Dr. Sanders has 16 years’ experience leading public health and health care initiatives in the public sector. She has led high-impact projects centered around several preeminent health concerns, including suicide prevention, mental health, emergency preparedness and response, women’s health, Veteran and Service member health, childhood obesity and rural health.
Dr. Sanders has demonstrated subject matter expertise in secondary research, program evaluation and measurement, strategic planning, program management, health information management and revenue cycle management, qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis, health communication, change management, performance improvement, technical assistance and translational science. She has applied these skills in her support of several clients, including the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), Defense Health Agency (DHA), Department of State (DOS), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR).
- DrPH, Leadership, University of Illinois at Chicago
- MPH, Epidemiology, University of Toledo College of Medicine
- BS, Movement Science, University of Michigan – Ann Arbor
- Project Management Institute (PMI) Project Management Professional
- Prosci Certified Change Management Practitioner (CCMP)
Emily Howell is a research-driven communications strategist and business development specialist with a decade of experience leading multimillion dollar campaigns for federal clients. Emily uses her background in service delivery for agencies such as the Departments of Transportation and Veterans Affairs, National Institute on Drug Abuse and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to identify client pain points and develop high-quality, innovative solutions. She has overseen the capture, bid and execution of hundreds of millions of dollars of communications and marketing projects throughout the federal government. She excels at building relationships with partners and clients and developing teams that drive results.
- Project Management Professional (PMP)
- George Washington University’s Milken Institute of Public Health 950 Award Winner
- MPH, George Washington University
- BA, University of Michigan
Jordan Atkinson is a seasoned business development professional who brings 14 years of experience in federal contracting to Aptive’s management consulting work. Jordan manages and executes the full business development lifecycle across multiple simultaneous pursuits and proposals as well as facilitating growth, fostering relationships and establishing value-added teaming strategies. He helps build a qualified pipeline of opportunities in addition to helping shape customer requirements, translate customer needs into actionable features, drive differentiation and create compelling value propositions. Jordan focuses on developing a pipeline for Aptive with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), formulating and implementing an integrated business development strategy that provides a clear path forward for Aptive with DHS.
Jordan has experience working with DHS since 2010, focusing on multiple capabilities, including command, control, communications, computers, cyber, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C5ISR), cybersecurity, information technology, weapon systems sustainment, acquisition program management and resource management. Jordan brings additional expertise in planning and implementing continuous process improvements for enterprise-wide business development tactics, techniques and procedures.
Jordan has overseen identification, qualification, capture, bid and execution of hundreds of millions of dollars of work across the DHS enterprise. Jordan brings an extensive network, cultivated through years of participation in industry associations and events, which he uses to build winning teams who provide industry-leading services to the government. Through his time as a government contractor, Jordan has formed a detailed understanding of the government’s needs, objectives and priorities and works tirelessly to improve his team’s position for each opportunity.
- Certified Project Management Professional (PMP)
- MBA, Boise State University
Emily is an experienced leader in contingent workforce solutions with robust skills in management, operations and leadership. She leads a nationwide staffing initiative for the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) where she oversees a program management office and is responsible for organizing, directing and managing all aspects of contract operations. She also designs and implements innovative approaches to manage the 40+ partners, staffing agencies, clinical associations, credential verification organizations and universities that support the VHA initiative.
With a wealth of expertise spanning more than a decade, she has honed her abilities across several sectors. She has overseen portfolios of strategic workforce solutions clients for national hospitals and health systems made up of 150 hospital facilities. She leads cross-functional teams of client-facing individuals to provide exceptional service delivery to clients and collaborates across service lines to provide optimized workforce solutions.
In prior roles, Emily led Managed Service Programs for major health systems with close to 75 facilities across several states. She has secured hundreds of millions of dollars in contract renewals and grown revenue portfolios by 40% and business portfolios by over 350%. Emily specializes in building strong relationships and fostering long-term partnerships, actively participating in fundamental people and process strategy improvement initiatives.
- B.A., International Business, Minor, Spanish, University of Central Florida
- Founding Board Member, One Hope United
Brian LoVecchio is a business strategist and operations leader with over 20 years of experience leading large-scale transformation programs with federal government clients and global Fortune 500 companies. At Aptive, he oversees a portfolio of projects related to health technology, particularly electronic health record modernization. Brian’s focus is on ensuring successful project delivery, maintaining contractual compliance and promoting growth within his team. Drawing on his extensive consulting background, Brian leads business development activities that expand Aptive’s portfolio with new clients.
Brian’s experience spans a range of areas, including digital product development and management, merger integration, strategy development and implementation and business process redesign. His expertise in management, business strategy, financial advisory and data governance models has contributed to national digital product launches for large commercial companies, provided operations and restructuring guidance for multiple large federal agencies and program offices, and managed the implementation of large-scale technology platforms for both large federal agencies and financial services companies.
- MBA, Finance and Strategy, University of Rochester
- BS, Business Management, SUNY Geneseo
Marisa Cole is a strategic powerhouse leading a team of creative thinkers and communicators in strategic engagement initiatives. She oversees project delivery, drives service offering maturation and conducts business development activities for a growing portfolio of contracts across the federal government, such as the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Department of Defense (DOD). She is a skilled writer and facilitator with 20 years of experience mobilizing change in federal and health care environments. Marisa’s areas of expertise include managing strategic communications efforts and directing change management for large scale enterprise-wide transformation initiatives.
Throughout her career, Marisa has supported a wide variety of government clients, including DOD, VA, Department of Homeland Security (DHS), United States Postal Service (USPS) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). She is highly skilled in cultivating trusting relationships with clients and colleagues and has a passion for clear communication and transformative change. Marisa’s prior roles focused on advising and coaching executive and mid-level leaders on communications and change management skills and techniques; creating innovative approaches to reach diverse, geographically-dispersed populations; and providing trusted guidance on communication, branding and marketing of organizational initiatives, policies and services. She has spent a significant portion of her career implementing and guiding change management strategy to transform large, integrated health care systems into high reliability organizations.
- Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS), Institute for Healthcare Improvement
- Prosci Certified Change Management Practitioner (CCMP)
- MA, Communications, The Johns Hopkins University
- BA, International Studies, The Johns Hopkins University
Jon Brooks is a federal leader and U.S. Army Veteran with more than 20 years of experience supporting multiple agencies. At Aptive, Jon oversees a portfolio of health care-related projects and is responsible for the overall management of service delivery, quality, risk and cost control. He monitors and reports on the team’s financial performance, manages resources, builds key stakeholder relationships, leads project teams and mentors a learning culture across the enterprise.
Jon’s work in the industry includes project and program management experience leading large-scale, enterprise-level, transformative initiatives, including health care transformation, supply chain improvement/optimization and IT transformation. He has led teams of 50+ subcontractors and managed a $1.4B prime contract award, including a portfolio of 14 contract/task orders with over $30M in total contract value. Jon also led activities within the full business development lifecycle and designed go-to-market strategies.
In past roles, Jon has supported the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Defense and the Intelligence Community. He has built multi-year pipelines while leading pricing activities and coordinating strategic capture initiatives. Jon’s efforts led to exceeding profitability goals by over 75%, doubling service line headcount and revenue. He is a proven leader who has worked for top firms such as Rios Partners, IronArch Technology, and Deloitte and is highly skilled in developing meaningful relationships and strategic partnerships.
- Project Management Professional, PMI
- Certified Supply Chain Professional, ASCM
- Certified in Logistics, Transportation and Distribution, ASCM
- B.S., Business Administration, University of Arkansas
- MBA, American Intercontinental University
Nassim is an experienced federal consulting leader with a background in information technology and health care management. She leads a large portfolio and team, including Aptive’s work with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Electronic Health Record Modernization effort. Nassim ensures contractual compliance and stability, monitoring conformance to project requirements while facilitating strategies to achieve business objectives. She works closely with her team to support business development and proposal activities across her account.
With a history of working with digital and data-focused solutions, Nassim has successfully led large scale multi-million-dollar programs related to process automation, data extraction, data-driven modernization and digitization for federal agencies, supporting hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of tasks at any given time. Nassim’s previous roles included formulating strategies and leading implementation plans for companies like GovCIO and Leidos. She has managed hundreds of team members in intake, digitization, reporting and solution delivery while also leading strategy, planning and delivery for technology opportunities and digital transformation efforts.
- MBA, Healthcare Management, Davenport University
- B.S., Psychology, George Mason University
- Project Management Professional, PMI
- Certified Scrum Product Owner
- Certified Scrum Master
- HIPAA Professional
- Active NACLC/Public Trust
Jeff Kappel is a highly skilled program management and systems acquisition professional with 20+ years of experience working with both major defense contractors and federal government professional services firms. He leads a team that provides business and operational support to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Health Services Corps (IHSC) medical mission, including strategic planning, management, administration, design, research, implementation, and dissemination.
Jeff is a hands-on collaborator with extensive experience providing direct, on-site support to DHS and Department of Defense clients, including the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) and U.S. Navy. In previous roles, he provided DHS acquisition program management expertise, developed program acquisition strategies and artifacts, created cost estimates and integrated master schedules, and performed risk management and configuration management activities.
- DOD Top Secret Clearance
- DHS Public Trust/Prior CBP Background investigation
- Certified Project Management Professional (PMP)
- Certified Scrum Master (CSM)
- MSE, Industrial and Operations Engineering, University of Michigan
- MSE, Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, University of Michigan
- M.S., Industrial Engineering, Pennsylvania State University
Jeremy James is a trusted advisor and collaborative executive with a successful track record spanning more than 24 years focused on the federal contracting industry. Jeremy’s well-rounded career includes a balance of managing strategy, operations, external customers, and internal service organizations. At Aptive, he leads a team of strategic engagement professionals whose focus is to drive innovation while effectively managing client goals and satisfaction. Jeremy’s experience leading multiple service centers, aggressively increasing revenue growth, overseeing client delivery, and creating robust multi-million-dollar pipelines will support Aptive’s growth and long-term goals.
Jeremy has overseen multiple major strategic capture efforts while streamlining and optimizing internal processes to maximize growth and profitability. He brings deep federal technology landscape and management consulting experience working with several agencies in the Intelligence Community, various Defense Departments and Federal Agencies among others. After spending his early career at GDIT and Raytheon, he successfully founded, scaled, and sold a government consulting firm. Prior to joining Aptive, Jeremy was a Chief Strategy Officer, Chief Operating Officer, and a successful entrepreneur. Utilizing his wide range of experience, which also includes corporate development, P&L oversight, and transforming operations, Jeremy will lead Aptive’s Mission Support Team toward personal and professional growth and development.
- MS, Systems Engineering, The George Washington University
- BS, Information Systems, West Virginia University
- Certified Project Management Professional (PMP)
- D.C. Co-Chair, Operators Guild
- Limited Partner, FOG Ventures
Abby Rosenberg helps clients address challenges, implement organizational improvements, communicate effectively and improve health care access and equity. With nearly 15 years of federal consulting experience, Abby leads technical assistance, health education, research and evaluation and program management projects, using data to drive decision-making and impact. She supports projects for the Department of Veterans Affairs, Defense Health Agency and Department of Health and Human Services.
- Prosci Certified Change Management Practitioner (CCMP)
- Project Management Professional (PMP)
- MPS, Georgetown University
- BA, Communications, University of Maryland
Yessenia “Yessie” Castillo is an accomplished health professional, consulting executive and program leader. She leads the growth and operations for Aptive’s Civilian Health account.
Yessie leads Aptive’s efforts with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and other federal health care projects. She supports business development activities, including strategic planning and solutioning related to program evaluation, implementation, measurement, public health, mental health, suicide prevention and substance use disorder.
A results-driven self-starter with a proven background in the academic and federal health care sectors, Yessie has over 18 years of experience, particularly in public health, evaluation and data analytics. In previous roles, she supported several Veterans Health Administration (VHA) contracts, primarily focused on mental health and suicide prevention, including evaluating the national rollout of the Women’s Health Transition Training, President’s Roadmap to Empower Veterans and End a National Tragedy of Suicide (PREVENTS), VHA’s Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Clinical Decision Framework, Creating Options for Veterans’ Expedited Recovery (COVER) Commission for VHA and supported the VHA Primary Care Services Office for Post Deployment Health Services.
- Candidate, DrPH, Diverse Populations and Health Equity, Mercer University
- MPH, Epidemiology, Rutgers School of Public Health
- B.S., Cognitive Psychology, Duke University
- Prosci Certified Change Management Practitioner (CCMP)
- Certified PMI Project Management Professional (PMP)
- HRSA Building Education and Student Training in Maternal and Child Health Fellowship
Dr. Tara Fannon is a human-centered design researcher and educator with 13 years of experience developing and leading high-impact projects in the U.S. and abroad. Her work in education, non-profit, government and corporate sectors has led to actionable changes in the areas of diversity, equity and inclusion; disability accessibility; mental health care access; workplace equity; and environmental sustainability. Throughout her career, Dr. Fannon has published widely and earned grants, fellowships and awards for her research and writing capabilities, including Excellence in Leadership as a market research team leader. Her love of teaching and learning is complemented by a love for mentorship and seeing team members flourish. At Aptive, Dr. Fannon leverages these passions along with intellectual curiosity and creativity, and an ability to build relationships to lead and support the research team and serve clients. Her skills, passions and exposure to different markets enable her to work collaboratively across diverse needs and interests to deliver teams and clients compelling data-driven insights and recommendations.
- PhD, Sociology, National University Ireland, Galway
- M.A., Sociology of Health and Medicine, University College Dublin, Ireland
- B.A. Honors, Sociology, University College Dublin, Ireland
Taylor Grant is a creative leader and experienced designer who applies human-centered design to produce innovative and impactful visual communication materials. Through strategic oversight, she ensures the creative team develops engaging brands and campaigns that achieve client goals while informing, inspiring and encouraging action. She creates thoughtful brand identities, paid media, social, events, out-of-home advertising, websites and outside-the-box creative executions that connect with target audiences and leave a lasting impression.
Taylor has more than 12 years of experience in visual communications and her eye for design and prior work with federal agencies provides Taylor with the ability to lead, support and serve Aptive’s creative team.
- Telly Award Winner for Art Direction in Social Impact
- MS, Communications Design, Pratt Institute
- BA, Psychology, Dartmouth College
Tim Huntzberry serves as Director of Talent Acquisition and leads Aptive’s recruitment and staffing efforts. He works with top executives to develop and execute strategies designed to attract top level performers in key markets throughout the federal sector.
With more than 15 years of experience in the recruitment and career development arena supporting companies including CACI and Masterson Technology, Tim is well versed as a competitive problem-solver and maximizer of strategies and tools designed to attract top level producers and draw new talent to the company. His strong relationships and rich experience in talent acquisition help Aptive continue to build a culture of inclusivity and personal growth, while attracting the talent of tomorrow to meet the evolving needs of our clients.
Tim is a Veteran of the U.S. Navy.
Josh Askarinam is a financial expert with 13 years of experience in investor relations; corporate financial strategy; accounting management; financial reporting, modeling and analysis; budgeting; business planning; and process improvement.
Josh oversees Aptive’s financial strategy and serves as a financial advisor to the executive leadership team. He enhances the availability of financial data to help executives make better informed decisions and works to ensure the company remains compliant with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) and other accounting, auditing and financial regulations. Josh helps establish and implement financial policies, including performing risk assessments and preparing annual budgets and forecasts.
Josh helps preserve Aptive’s financial health by overseeing accounting operations, budgeting, improving financial processes and maintaining investor relations.
- Licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
- BS, Accounting, University of Maryland
Chris Hysick is a proven digital and information technology (IT) expert with over 30 years of experience in the industry. Chris leads a comprehensive IT team in delivering innovative, secure solutions to Aptive and its project teams, in addition to maintaining corporate certifications to remain compliant and certified to work. One of his specialties is collaborating with executive leadership and communicating their IT business concerns and objectives throughout all levels of the organization, delivering accurate and suitable information for every employee.
Chris leads the efforts for Aptive to become certified and maintain certifications in CMMC 2.0, ISO/IEC 2000-1:2018 and ISO/IEC 27001:2013. He is largely focused on assisting Aptive’s Digital Transformation services area, working closely with leaders to reduce overhead and help pinpoint valuable areas in a path forward.
Prior to working for Aptive, Chris worked in an IT support role at a company where 15 years later he became a part owner. He then moved to a role that involved overseeing a team of up to 13 people, managing technology infrastructure and operating co-located data center operations. Chris joined Aptive in 2020 and led an effort using gap analysis to understand the company’s IT deficiencies. As a result, he implemented one of the company’s first major project improvement software systems, which Aptive still uses today.
Rachael Levine leads Aptive’s communications, quality and compliance initiatives, working across all lines of business and corporate operations to cultivate, centralize, share and leverage information. Known for her solution-oriented, highly organized style of leadership and the ability to apply human-centered design and change management strategies, Rachael empowers teams throughout Aptive to succeed by facilitating collaboration and idea sharing. Rachael institutes procedures, establishes processes and maintains and documents our knowledge base to continually improve quality and efficiency throughout the organization.
Prior to her current position, Rachael led strategic communications efforts for public health, technology, military and federal organizations for more than 10 years. She provided program management, strategic planning, communications and engagement, product development, qualitative research and evaluation, outreach and media relations/public relations support for multimillion dollar national initiatives and campaigns and helped guide senior level staff with creative consultative expertise.
- Prosci Change Management Certification
- Certified Human-Centered Design Practitioner
- MA, Strategic Communications, American University
- BA, Communications and Media Studies, Fordham University
Seth Niman leads Aptive’s media team, delivering marketing solutions and strategies to our federal and commercial clients. Seth and his team have extensive expertise in planning, negotiating and optimizing advertising campaigns designed to achieve their customers’ goals with specific, measurable results.
Seth applies a holistic approach to planning and buying across the media landscape, including digital programmatic, paid search, paid social, digital video/audio, connected television, out of home, print, television and radio. He utilizes a research-oriented process to develop the ideal media and advertising strategy, selecting the channels that align with the client’s overarching strategy and advancing their marketing objectives.
With more than 20 years of experience as an advertising, media and marketing professional, Seth has supported the branding, recruitment and product marketing efforts for Fannie Mae, McDonald’s, Cava, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
- BA, English, University of Virginia
An agile business strategist, Dr. Opsahl leads marketing and corporate communications at Aptive. She has 18 years of experience helping federal, commercial and nonprofit organizations achieve objectives through program management, health care, strategic communications, research, digital and technical assistance/training services.
She is a mission-driven professional known for improving access to and quality of services, designing person-centered initiatives and developing evidence-based, creative solutions. Much of her work focuses on assisting federal health agencies with communicating important information to key stakeholders to effect change. She’s led initiatives addressing homelessness, rural health, public health, PTSD, patient safety, health systems and Veteran services.
- AcademyHealth Translation and Dissemination Institute Committee Member
- 2013 Presidential Awardee, American Association of Public Health Physicians
- PhD, Educational Leadership, University of North Dakota
- MA, Communication, University of North Dakota
- BA, Communication, University of North Dakota
Amelia Poling serves as the Director of People Operations at Aptive. She is responsible for leading Aptive’s overall Human Resources (HR) strategy, leadership development, cultural development, compensation and benefits, HR operations, employee relations and security. She works with corporate leaders to build and manage a people-first HR organization that reflects and supports their dynamic needs.
Amelia contributes to efforts that have resulted in: more effective and streamlined companywide talent acquisition and onboarding practices that better utilize technology; expanded hiring of Veterans; an initiative to harmonize compensation and benefit programs across the Company to promote efficient internal movement of talent; and more thoughtful, comprehensive talent development programs. One of her major contributions has been opening an important dialogue between Aptive and its employees through a comprehensive survey that engages employees at all levels and serves as the foundation for future change and progress related to people operations.
Amelia has worked with organizations such as the Department of Defense (DOD), Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). She has 12 years of experience building close, collaborative teams through transparent communication and individual empowerment. In prior roles, Amelia oversaw the delivery of risk communications instruction to identify and address concerns, communicate sensitive issues in a public forum and help identify the best formats to share information.
Amelia works to ensure that each department embodies a culture of respect, psychological safety, accountability and engagement across Aptive teams.
- U.S. Army Veteran
- Certified Human Resources Professional (SHRM-CP)
- Prosci Change Management Practitioner (CMP)
Kaveh is a creative visual storyteller with extensive video production experience, both in studios and on location. His role is to direct, manage and oversee video production and visual storytelling strategy at Aptive and to help enhance and elevate visual direction for creative campaigns nationwide. Over the past 15 years, Kaveh has been a part of teams and organizations that tell effective stories, conceptualizing creative ideas while thinking outside the box to showcase the most innovative stories, brands and campaigns. At Voice of America, he co-created the ‘People in America’ series, which became one of the most popular and widely watched visual series for TV and online platforms. At USA TODAY, Kaveh helped build and create the foundation for digital video franchise storytelling. At Moko Social Media, he helped build the video department from the ground up and created visual franchise series for all of its verticals.
Kaveh’s core passion is to create a safe, collaborative space for storytellers and creatives that helps foster vision, inspiration and creativity. “As creatives, we do our best work when we come together and that’s exactly what we’re building at Aptive and what sets us apart.”
- Expertise in Adobe Creative Cloud Suite, 508 Compliance
- M.A., Film and Video, American University
- B.S., Finance, George Mason University
- Award Winner, Platinum and Gold Hermes Creative Awards
- Award Winner, Platinum and Gold MarCom Awards
Jennifer Farrell is an innovative learning and development leader who strives to ensure employees have access to the best training and development resources to be successful in their jobs. At Aptive, she leads a team that creates and curates interactive and relevant standardized curricula for 500+ employees and implements learner-centered development initiatives throughout all levels of the organization, collaborating and consulting with business leaders to develop targeted training solutions.
Since her start with Aptive in 2022, Jennifer has established and successfully implemented a Learning Management System (LMS), five communities of practice, an executive coaching program, an internal training academy, administered the employee professional development stipend and managed a comprehensive budget for tools and resources. She also led the Veterans Training Program, comprised of transitioning military service members and Veterans who can pursue project management courses to receive certifications such as PMP, Agile and ITIL.
Throughout her career in government consulting, Jennifer ensured service delivery excellence for global learning and development contracts at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Labor and Department of Defense. She designed and developed a standardized curriculum in alignment with federal guidelines used by 200,000 servicemembers annually and trained hundreds of trainers on the subject matter and adult learning principles. Additionally, as a workshop facilitator, Jennifer coached 6,000 of America’s Veterans through their military to civilian career transition by delivering dynamic and educational planning workshops. She has developed quality assurance programs, prepared contract training infrastructure and materials, built standardized virtual training templates and delivered synchronous onboarding sessions.
- M.A., Political Communication
- B.A., English Language and Literature, University of Northern Iowa
- Customer Experience Professional Certification, Medallia
- Communicating for Impact, McKinsey & Company
- Certified Professional (SHRM-CP), SHRM
- Adult Learning Theory, Association for Talent Development