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Holst and Associates Consultants/Advisors

Jessica Anderson

Jessica Anderson is currently an independent consultant, helping organizations and individuals to better understand the people side of their businesses, industries, and workplaces. Prior to providing independent consulting services, she was a Test Developer and Work Group Lead for a large testing organization and was primarily responsible for coordinating and facilitating content development for licensure and certification program exams. She also managed job analyses, standard settings, and prepared final reports for clients. As a psychology course instructor at Baruch College and a graduate research assistant through the City University of New York Graduate Center, Ms. Anderson focused on verbal and mathematic standardized testing.

Jessica completed PhD-level coursework in industrial and organizational psychology at the City University of New York Graduate Center and holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Wisconsin - River Falls.

Anne Browning

Anne Browning has over 25 years of experience in the test development industry. Ms. Browning assists corporations, credentialing organizations, and associations on key management issues: strategic planning, marketing, and feasibility planning for computer based testing (CBT). She evaluates proposals and manages the RFP process for procurement. Ms. Browning provides management support: conducts management and operations audits, reviews and revises organizational policies, provides guidance for committees, manages vendor projects and assists in meetings management and facilitation.

Anne holds her BA, Georgetown University, Magna cum Laude and is an ANSI Management System Lead Auditor (ISO/IEC 17024. She has won numerous awards and is well published in the credentialing field.

Joyce Dexter

Joyce M. Dexter has more than 30 years of experience in producing publications for individuals, trade associations and other organizations. She has been freelancing since 1992. Her background includes writing and editing monthly magazines, a biweekly newspaper, and numerous training manuals and directories for three international trade groups. Ms. Dexter has extensive editing experience, including editing the historical series of hearings of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee; research and editing for the former Secretary of State Cyrus R. Vance during the preparation of his memoir, Hard Choices, published in 1982; editing the memoirs of a noted radio broadcast journalist (published by HarperCollins in May 1994, it became a No. 1 bestseller in New Zealand) and a University of Maryland professor.

Joyce’s skills include writing articles, manuals, and books, transcribing testimony, writing press releases, and developing company and individual profiles.  She is an excellent interviewer, desktop publisher and designer. Publications management, layout and graphic design, and technical editing skills are some of the additional skills that round out this accomplished professional, whose tag line is  ‘So you’re never at a loss for words.’

Edward R Ellis (Buster)

Buster Ellis possesses extensive top-level executive management experience, gained while serving in senior leadership positions in both the U.S. military and industry positions. He amassed a record of superior performance – including commanding the Combined Joint Force Task Force NORTHERN WATCH, the 19th Air Force, and the only Joint Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training Wing in the USAF - throughout a 34-year career in the U.S. Air Force, before retiring as a Major General. In his post-military career, he has gained additional expertise in the management of multi-million dollar programs, large organization policy development, strategic business development and strategic planning. He served as Program Manager for a five-year, $108,000,000 academic instruction and exercise support contract for the U.S. Air Force’s command and control training mission. As a senior management consultant General Ellis has worked with several successful multi-year, multi-million dollar contract proposals including; L-3 Communication, Global Security & Engineering Services, Inc; DynCorp International LLC; URS Corporation, Inc; M1 Support Services; Kellogg Brown & Root, Inc.; and the University of Maryland.

Buster holds a M.A in Business Statistics from University of Alabama, a B.S. in Business Management from Virginia Polytechnic Institute; he is a graduate of the Naval War College and a graduate of the Harvard Ukrainian National Security Program, Kennedy School of Government.

Michelle Fox

Award-winning innovator and Oxford-educated cleantech deployment expert Dr. Michelle Fox is co-founder and CEO of Lucey-Fox Associates. In 2012 she was selected as one of the top federal innovators by the “Fierce Markets” Network, an organization that tracks the latest developments in government. In a MacArthur fellow-like secret process, Dr. Fox, the driving force behind the National Training and Education Resource, (NTER) was identified as a major innovator at the nexus of infotech and cleantech. Prior to LFA, Dr. Fox served as the Chief Strategist for Education and Workforce Development and founding Director of the Tech-to-Market Program within the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). In addition to NTER, Fox provided strategic direction for education and workforce development programs, especially through the integration of advanced learning technologies. Under her leadership, a wide-ranging group of cross cutting programs including workforce, integrated deployment (a comprehensive approach to supply EE/RE technologies at a community level), commercialization, technology information management, finance, education, small business innovation research and technology transfer were fused into a new tool for market transformation.

Dr. Fox serves on numerous committees including the American National Standards Institute’s Certificate Accreditation Program Committee, the Center for Energy Workforce Development’s Education Advisory Council, the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program’s Social, Economic and Workforce Implications of IT Board and the National Science and Technology Council’s Committee on STEM Education.

Michelle earned her B.A. in interdisciplinary studies at Trinity College, Hartford, CT; her M.A. in History at King's College, London; and her Doctorate at Oxford where she studied emerging information technologies and wrote on the interplay of vision, texts and images.

Beth Holst

Beth Holst has worked in key executive management positions in dynamic, high visibility, resource-constrained environments that included NGOs, professional associations, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), government agencies, hospitals, workforce investment boards, and the private sector. Before launching her consulting firm, Holst and Associates, LLC, Ms. Holst focused her efforts on creating scalable strategies and business plans that increase capacity and effectiveness of organizations.

Her expertise includes identifying opportunities to improve the efficiency and quality of programs, expanding the reach of organizational offerings, and addressing immediate and potential challenges through risk assessment modeling. Through community and work projects, Ms. Holst has led teams of employees, volunteers and contractors to keep projects moving despite complex analysis and strict government regulations. She has worked for over 15 years building programs that enhance workforce capacity and competency.

As Vice President of Strategic Alliances and Business Partners at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), Ms. Holst created scalable strategies and critical industry and governmental linkages for the Council that enhanced and grew their mission. At the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI), Beth was the first senior staff member hired. She quadrupled LEED® Professional Credential participation so that today almost 195,000 credential holders are engaged in transforming the built environment. Under her leadership, GBCI broadened the reach of LEED® through exams and technology, a credential maintenance program, customer service and staffing. She also helped drove the initiative and secured ISO/ANSI 17024 accreditation for the all LEED® Professional Credentials.

Beth serves on the ANSI Homeland Security Standards Panel (HSSP), the ANSI Conformity Assessment Policy Committee (CAPC), the ANSI Certificate Accreditation Program's (ANSI-CAP) Accreditation Committee, and is a member of the Project Management Institute. She holds an MBA from St. Joseph’s College of Maine is a graduate of American University with a BA in Political Science, has a paralegal certificate in Business and Environmental Law from University of San Diego and a Master Certificate in Applied Project Management from Villanova University.

Michael Rosenfeld, PhD

Dr. Rosenfeld has conducted and managed a wide variety of applied research projects for government, non-profit, and for-profit clients for more than 30 years. His primary areas of expertise include:

Dr. Rosenfeld is currently President of Rosenfeld & Associates, a consulting firm working in the area of licensing and certification, and is a Lead Assessor for the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) where he is involved in applying ANSI standards to certification agencies seeking accreditation.

Dr. Rosenfeld has presented papers at several prestigious conferences and is the author or co-author of more than 90 articles and technical reports. Dr. Rosenfeld was also the co-editor of the CLEAR Exam Review, a journal dealing with issues of licensing and certification, for more than 20 years.

Mike earned his Ph.D. in industrial psychology with a minor in measurement from Purdue University. He received his M.A. in industrial psychology with a minor in statistics from Purdue, and his B.A. in psychology from Temple University. He has taught courses in introductory measurement and statistics at the University of Pittsburgh and at the West African Examinations Council in Lagos, Nigeria.

Stanley A. Seidel

Mr. Seidel served in the United States Army with the Fourth Infantry Division in Vietnam. After his honorable service Stan returned to attend and graduate from Rutgers University with a B.A. in History. Mr. Seidel began his over 30 years of exemplary career in the public employment and training field in the State of Florida working as a Disabled Veterans’ Outreach Program (DVOP) Specialist, Employment Interviewer, and an Employment Specialist and Local Veterans’ Employment Representative (LVER). Mr. Seidel’s career includes holding several positions at Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) a division of the U.S. Department of Labor where he eventually became the Chief, Employment and Training Programs, Office of Operations and Programs. He was administratively responsible for several programs including the Disabled Veterans’ Outreach Program/Local Veterans’ Employment Representative, Transition Assistance Program, Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program, Job Training Partnership Act Title IV Part C, as well as numerous special projects including Licensing and Certification, PROVET and integration of VETS programs under the Workforce Investment Act.

When serving as the Director, Office of Operations and Programs, his responsibilities included line authority and overall supervision of the Operations and Program staff including VETS field staff. Additionally, Mr. Seidel provided day-to-day direction for the operation of the National Veterans’ Training Institute for the development of training plans and needs of VETS staff as well as the DVOPs and LVERs in the current service delivery systems.

Stan retired from the DOL and volunteered with Easter-Seals Serving DC, MD and VA, Military & Veterans Services. Working with Easter-Seals, he assisted in starting a new innovative program entitled “Veterans Staffing Network” which is a staffing agency devoted to veterans, service-members and their spouses. Stan’s passion and true desire to assist Veterans in obtaining meaningful employment was and is still a driving force when advising organizations in the creation of recruitment and training plans.