Rice & Associates, Inc. has carefully selected the following Associates based on their specialized expertise, pre-eminence in their field and, most importantly, our personal experience of their work. Associate status is determined through rigorous evaluation to ensure the continuing standard of excellence of Rice & Associates, Inc.
Debra J. Gawrych, MBA
Debra J. Gawrych, MBA is the Senior Consultant with Rice & Associates, Inc., a company whose purpose is to promote effective leadership skills at both the individual and organizational levels. She is a nationally known consultant with large corporate clients such as Procter & Gamble and Wachovia, as well as smaller local and individual clients. She has been a dynamic change agent for thirty years. Corporate experience includes Business and Management consulting, system sales, systems analysis, process improvement, trading floor investments, executive coaching, organizational change, leadership training and development.
After several years of working with leading consulting firms, Debra’s focus on Executive Coaching and her commitment to bringing the idea of leadership to a more personal level, provides her with a versatile approach to Strategic Planning, Employee Engagement, Facilitation and High Performance Leadership. She specializes in growing leadership and building strong teams wherever she is engaged; corporate, non-profit, sports federations and in her personal life. The slogan of her work is Providing Powerful Tools for Leading Change.
Foster W. Mobley
Foster W. Mobley is an internationally-known consultant specializing in the development and effective implementation of strategic direction and change within organizations. Foster approaches comprehensive organizational change efforts through the vehicles of total quality management, work re-design/re-engineering, and executive and management development. Foster has worked in eight countries with regional and multinational firms in the Fortune 100 such as St. Joseph Health System, KPMG Peat Marwick, Citibank, First Interstate Bank of California, and United Technologies Corporation. He served as Adjunct Professor of Management at Pepperdine University's School of Business and Management between 1983 and 1988. He holds a BA from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) and an MBA from Pepperdine University.
Kay Johnson brings 30 years of experience in management effectiveness and organizational development. Her experience includes teams and team development in quality initiatives, negotiating conflict, creativity and change. She is one of 70 women in the world who holds the designation of Certified Speaking Professional. Kay has worked in three countries with international firms and has taught in major MBA programs. She holds a Masters Degree with a focus in Marketing Communications. Kay is certified in negotiations from Harvard University through The Negotiation Project and completed an internship in Quality Initiatives with Dr. Edward Deming. Additionally, Kay is a member of the World Future Society and tracks trends for clients nationally and internationally.
Her clients include Coopers & Lybrand, Pepsico, Yale University Medical School and American Express. She is an author of two books, How to Put Ten Hours in an Eight Hour Day, which is a best seller, and Great Bosses.
Christopher Musselwhite, M.A., Ed.D
Christopher Musselwhite has been involved in organizational and human resource development since 1972 and is currently a senior adjunct program associate at the Center for Creative Leadership. Chris is nationally known for his design of training simulations and assessment tools including World Products International, the Land of WASA, Our Town, and Paper Planes, Inc. which are used by the Center and distributed nationally by Discovery Learning. In addition, Chris has developed and delivered programs in leadership development, managing change, total quality management, and the development of technical teams and technical managers. He has worked throughout North America as well as Europe, South America and Asia. In addition to earning a master's degree in industrial engineering, Chris has an ED.D in Adult Learning with an emphasis in organizational training and development from North Carolina State University. He has held a variety of positions including associate professor of engineering and industrial manager, and has published numerous articles and book chapters on leadership development, self-managed teams, and time-based innovation.
Melanie Tuttle, Esq.
Melanie Tuttle, with Tuttle Law, PLLC has been practicing business and employment law for over 30 years. She has extensive experience in counseling large and small companies on general corporate, commercial and securities law matters and advising on mergers, acquisitions, dispositions and financings. She also has considerable experience advising employers on labor and employment issues. She regularly assists clients with discrimination and harassment claims, EEOC investigations, wage and hour issues, and breach of contract claims and advises clients in developing effective employment policies and practices and employee handbooks. Ms. Tuttle conducts seminars on various topics of employment law and assists employers in conducting investigations of harassment, whistle-blower and other employment claims. She also counsels both for-profit and nonprofit entities regarding corporate governance and provides training regarding directors’ fiduciary obligations and legal responsibilities and how to improve board and management effectiveness. Previously a mechanical engineer with Procter & Gamble and General Electric, Ms. Tuttle practiced in a large, multinational law firm and small, boutique firms before founding her own practice. She seeks to provide pragmatic advice, making the law relevant and understandable to her clients.
Sherry Roberts brings 25 years of publishing and business communication experience to Rice & Associates. She is a frequent contributor to USA Today and the New York Times Magazine. As the founder of The Roberts Group, a public relations firm, her expertise lies in helping client companies deliver their message to customers, employees, stockholders, the media and the community. Ms. Roberts' powerful workshop series, Writing Your Way to Power in the Workplace, helps business people write comfortably, effectively and persuasively, and covers such topics as writing for greater influence, combatting writer's block, dealing with procrastination and deadlines, and participating effectively in group writing project.
Sandra McKnight, owner of Voice Power Studios and featured in the Wall Street Journal as an executive personal voice trainer, is an internationally renowned expert in voice coaching, executive speaking skills and presentation skills. Sandra combines 25 years of cross-cultural experience in training and coaching business professionals. With 35 years of stage, film and television experience, Sandra teaches business leaders and sales professionals to speak with power, confidence, authority, persuasiveness and credibility as they lead, motivate and influence their audiences. Her customized private voice coaching program, "Your Voice Is Power in Business" is conducted over the telephone anywhere in the world. In addition, her unique Executive Speaking Skills private coaching intensive is designed to create confident, powerful and charismatic presenters who are recognized as outstanding speakers in their profession. Her clients include: The International Coaching Federation, Northrop Grumman Corp., Intel, Microsoft, Electronic Data Services, MCI, US Coast Guard, British Petroleum Group, Ernst and Young, American Society of Training and Development, University of California, & Navajo and Apache Nations.
Robert L. Olson
Robert L. Olson, Process Improvement Specialist, has more than 30 years of practical experience in process improvement techniques such as Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma, statistics, and problem solving. Since 1999, he has been successfully consulting and training various manufacturing and service professionals through colleges/universities and in over 50 clients' facilities. Olson's Lean Manufacturing programs include Lean Intro, The 5S System, Value Stream Mapping, Kaizen, and customized blends of the Lean tools. Clients have realized multi-million dollar savings and increased customer satisfaction with step-level improvements in process efficiency, quality yield, safety performance, on-time service, and workplace organization. His Six Sigma expertise includes the DMAIC Basic Class, Green Belt Certification, and Black Belt consultation. Bob earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and is a registered Professional Engineer (PE) in North and South Carolina. He is a ASQ-certified Six Sigma Belt Belt and is currently chair-elect for his local ASQ branch.