As the founder and CEO of Jae Limited, Joan has developed and conducted training courses for government and industry in the areas of professional and career development, program management, acquisition management, contract administration, and security management. Joan has over 30 years of experience in the development, management, and presentation of training programs and courses. She has authored numerous training manuals for the Federal Government. And she has presented countless seminars and training courses across the country with most of her business resulting from business referrals and long term clients.
Having trained such a large number and wide variety of professionals from so many organizations, Joan is able to deliver high-quality instruction to diverse audiences. Her dynamic personality and expertise command student interest and involvement. Joan has trained thousands of students enrolled in Jae Limited’s Professional Development Series. Student critiques and client evaluations rate her training highly.
Joan has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA. She also has a Graduate Certificate in Leadership Coaching from the George Washington University, Washington, DC.
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Steve has worked in the areas of staff development and training, relationship management, and project management for over 25 years. He is also the principal and founder of Turning Point Therapeutic Services helping individuals successfully transition through career, education, and life decisions.
Steve also develops and conducts mental health training for mental health professionals, staff, and graduate students. His success with individuals and organizations can be attributed to forming connections with people, identifying strengths, and helping individuals and organizations develop the skills necessary to overcome obstacles in order to achieve their personal and professional goals.
Steve has transitioned organizations from program redesign and project turnaround to implementing public health initiatives. He served as a Senior Researcher for the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Office of Community Programs in the design and implementation of public health disease tool kits. He also served as the Project Director for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s End of Life Care for Persons with Serious Mental Illness.
Steve is a volunteer at the Maryland Responds Medical Reserve Corps assisting individuals in public health initiatives and emergencies and natural disaster response. He received his Master of Social Work from Barry University and his PhD in Policy and Management from Brandeis University.
James McLeod, MBA
Jim has over twenty years of experience in leading national defense and homeland security programs for the US Government. He has extensive experience in designing and presenting training on a wide range of topics to diverse audiences at all levels of intensity, performance, and skills. Topics include security programs, leadership and management, creativity and innovation, communications, system software, train-the-trainer, and quality management.
Of note, Jim developed a comprehensive school risk analysis method for tribal schools using best practices, and he provides pro bono risk analyses to non-profit schools, centers, and organizations for special needs children and adults.
Jim retired from Federal Service as a GS 15 Security Director having served with the Army, Immigration and Naturalization Service, and Department of Commerce and Bureau of Indian Affairs. He’s a subject matter expert in national defense and homeland security matters at tribal, national, and international levels. He is certified as a National Threat Analyst, Life Diplomat for Homeland Security, and Homeland Protection Professional by applicable governing bodies. Prior to civil service, James served on active duty in the Air Force in the Strategic Air Command and at the National Security Agency.
As a service-connected disabled veteran, he has Service Disabled Veteran Owned (SDVO) Small Business Concern status.
Academically, Jim holds a Masters Certificate in Homeland Security from the University of Maryland University College, an MBA from the University of Baltimore, and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Baltimore.
Shonn is the founding owner of Lafayette Consulting, a firm that assists businesses in finding Federal contracting opportunities, navigating through the labyrinth of Federal contracting laws and regulations, preparing compelling proposals, winning contract awards, and successfully performing and completing contracts. Shonn has 34 years of contracting experience with the US Army where he was a Contracting Officer with an Unlimited Warrant. He worked on acquisitions for research and development, IT services and supplies, construction, production, Foreign Military Sales, and professional services.
As an Associate, Shonn provides marketing and sales support through his extensive network of government and industry contacts across the nation. He also serves as our expert advisor on all aspects of government contracting including the development and submission of unsolicited proposals. Finally, Shonn will be assisting in expanding our training offerings to include contracting-related courses for both government acquisition organizations and commercial product/service providers.
Shonn has a Bachelor of Science degree from Towson State University, Towson, MD and a Master’s of Administrative Science (Management) degree from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD.
Jerry Sherk, M.A.
Jerry is President and founder of Mentor Management Systems, of Encinitas, CA. He has a masters degree in counseling psychology, and he brings unique experience gained from providing technical assistance and training to both adult and youth-based mentoring programs. During the past 17 years, Jerry has conducted workshops for hundreds of program staff, mentors and mentees, while helping over 300 mentoring programs develop their operating systems.
Jerry assisted in the creation of the operational structure for an Air Force mentoring initiative. He delivered over 60 mentor and mentee courses for the Air Force at Los Angeles AFB, CA, Peterson AFB, Colorado Springs, CO, and Kirtland AFB, Albuquerque NM.
Since 2000, Jerry has provided mentor and mentee training for the Greater Los Angeles Federal Executive Board (FEB). In 2007, he worked under the direction of Public/Private Ventures as the Mentoring Technical Assistance Director for the Department of Labor’s Prisoners’ Reentry Initiative. During this period, Jerry developed and facilitated web-based training, prepared training manuals for staff and mentors, and reviewed 20 ongoing programs around the country. Jerry also authored or co-authored a number of workbooks on mentoring.
In addition, Jerry is one of the founders and Past Executive Director of the Mentoring Coalition of San Diego County, as well as Past President of the NFL Retired Players Association, San Diego. From 1970-1981, Jerry was an All Pro defensive lineman for the Cleveland Browns. In 1976, he was named NFL Defensive Player of the Year. In 2005, Jerry was inducted by his team into the “Cleveland Browns Legends.”
Judy has 40 years of experience consulting and training on adult and youth mentoring. As Executive Vice President of Mentor Management Systems, she assisted in the design, development and launch of an Air Force mentoring initiative. She then delivered the mentor and mentee training to hundreds of Air Force mentors and mentees for three years.
Judy has managed the Adult Mentoring Program training sponsored by the Greater Los Angeles Federal Executive Board (FEB) and trained over 300 of their leadership associates and their mentors since 2000.
Working with Evaluation, Management and Training, Inc. of Folsom, CA under contract to the Department of Education, she developed the Mentoring Resource Center (a comprehensive web-based site for information and support), oversaw training activities, and technically supported 290 mentoring organizations.
Over the past decade, Judy has provided technical assistance to over 100 adult and youth mentoring programs. Judy’s “Training New Mentees,” authored for the Department of Justice, is being distributed by the National Mentoring Center. Judy also provides technical assistance through the Center for Applied Research Solutions of Folsom, CA.
Judy is a former Director of Marketing and Outreach for the Department of Education’s Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools Technical Assistance Center. She also served as a clinical analyst with the White House’s Special Action Office for Drug Abuse Prevention, and she directed national initiatives for the Bureau of Prisons and the Agency for International Development.