Excelerate's Management Consulting Team


Jana De Anda

Jana De Anda

Background

President at Excelerate with 15 years of experience guiding Fortune 500 organizations across many industries through development of go-to-market strategies, identification of new product innovation and optimization of operations standards to drive clear financial benefit.

Superpowers

Transformational Change Leadership. Customer Experience Optimization. Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis. Strategic Planning.

For Fun

Cherishing time with my community of friends and family. Exploring different cultures and their histories. Watching my nieces and nephews learn and grow. Listening to live music.

Beliefs

Lead with both your mind and your heart. Be an active listener. Never stop learning. Live an intentional life.

 
 
Nilay Thakkar

Nilay Thakkar

Background

CEO and Founder at Excelerate with more than eight years in consulting as a Principal and VP/Market Lead with North Highland. Prior to that, eight plus years in Financial Services with HSBC and Wells Fargo. 

Superpowers

Process Optimization. Portfolio Prioritization. Capability Gap Assessments. Market Assessment. Agile Transformation.

For Fun

Spending time with family. Traveling. Running. Yoga. Schooling my kids in hoops!

Beliefs

Appreciate complex problems. Network a lot and help connect others.  Do good.

 


Crystal Duncan

Crystal Duncan

Background

Director of Brand and People at Excelerate with more than 17 years of communications, brand, wellness and public relations experience. Previously consulted with WebMD and Waggener Edstrom working with clients such as Microsoft, Starbucks, American Airlines and T-Mobile.

Superpowers

Storytelling. Branding. Problem Solving. Connecting.  

For Fun

Distance running and outdoor adventure seeking. Soaking up sun with my family at the beach. Interior design.

Beliefs

Embrace change. Act with purpose. Own your story. Strive to leave everything better then you found it. 

 


Vay Shire

Vay Shire

Background

Senior Manager at Excelerate with over 7 years of experience in eCommerce and Vendor Management in Retail and Financial Services. Former Naval Officer. 

Superpowers

Analyzing a Holistic Picture. Communicating and Facilitating. Unifying and Motivating towards a common goal.

For Fun

Spending time with my wife and son.  Cinephile.  Listening to records.  Watching baseball.

Beliefs

Always be transparent.  Listen before you speak.  Think critically.  Never ask others to do something you aren’t willing to do yourself. 


Mary Randall

Mary Randall

Background

Director at Excelerate with over 15 years of experience leading projects for Fortune 500 organizations across various industries focused on strategic consulting, market research and training. Previously worked as an Education Performance Consultant for Becton Dickinson.

Superpowers

Strategy Development & Planning. Technology Implementation. Process Optimization. Organizational Development. Facilitation, Training & Leadership Coaching.

For Fun

Spending time outdoors with my husband and two young boys. Enjoying all San Diego has to offer. Cooking. Staying connected with friends and distant family. Watching super hero movies.

Beliefs

Be a lifelong learner. Stay curious just a little bit longer. You are wash and wear (don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty).


Ashley Allen

Ashley Allen

Background

Senior Consultant at Excelerate with background in project management and analytics servicing. Worked with Fortune 500 clients across various industries including retail, consumer packaged goods, healthcare and insurance.

Superpowers

Advanced Analytics. Strategic Planning. Consumer Experience Management. Business Process Improvement. Market Intelligence.

For Fun

Spending time with my husband and dog. Cooking. Hot Yoga. Staying connected with friends and family around the globe.

Beliefs

Character matters - always. Perpetual curiosity. Life is too short to do things that make you marginally happy, invest your time wisely.


Kristin Washburn

Kristin Washburn


Background

Manager at Excelerate with over 12 years of business development, product design and development and program management experience for global brands, retailers, manufacturers and governments. 

Superpower

Making the impossible seem possible. Brand Management. Supply Chain. Business Transformation. Technology Implementation. Leadership Development and Coaching.

For Fun

Adventure travel. Beach walks. Rock climbing. Reading. Cooking. Foraging. Conservation.

 Beliefs

Small incremental improvements lead to transformational change. You never know when you need a friend so be kind to everyone.

Andrew Roch

Andrew Roch

Background

Manager at Excelerate with over 12 years of consulting experience. Built enterprise wide risk infrastructure for tier 1 investment banks. Increased operational productivity, elimination of end user computing, and increase of operational reinvestment rates for Morgan Stanley.

Superpowers

Risk Management. Systems Architecture and Infrastructure. Project Management. Operational Efficiencies. Stakeholder & PMO Communications. Agile/Scrum Methodologies.

For Fun:

Guitar. Playing soccer. Golf. Reading. Keeping up to date with New England sports teams.

Beliefs

You are never wrong to do the right thing. Be kind always. Instead of saying goodbye, plan your next hello.


Ann Tofolo

Ann Tofolo

Background

Senior Manager at Excelerate. Former VP at Fortune 5 company, with 8 years of consulting experience and 15 years in leadership roles.

Superpowers

Governance and Leadership. Process Development, Measurement and Optimization. Problem Solving. Project Excellence and Delivery.

For Fun

Time with family and friends. Exploring. Anything that requires moving – biking, running, skiing, hiking.

Beliefs

A true leader unlocks other people’s potential to be great. You can’t talk and listen at the same time.


Chris Dean

Chris Dean

Background

Manager at Excelerate with over 20 years of experience with technical implementations and process development. Experience working with a wide range of industries including legal, manufacturing, medical device/healthcare, transportation, financial, information security, academic, hospitality, architecture, government, realty and pharmaceutical.

Superpowers

Enterprise Assurance and Disaster Recovery Planning. Infrastructure Design and Management. Facilitation. Training Presentations and Delivery. Technical Implementations.

For Fun

Avid Yoga. Reading. Watching movies. 49er football. Drag racing. Dominoes. Music.

Beliefs

Start with empathy for what is heard and let that sit in space. “We have two lives, and the second begins when we realize we only have one.” - Confucius


Gillian Molina

Gillian Molina

Background

Manager at Excelerate with 10 years of experience in marketing management, digital content strategy, training and development and program and project management in PaaS/SaaS, financial technology, athletic apparel and education industries.

Superpowers

Strategy Development and Execution. Technology and Process Optimization. Content Marketing. Digital Storytelling. Team Development.

For Fun

Enjoying nature with my soon-to-be-husband and dog. Exploring cities around the world and soaking in history. Cooking. Watching movies.

Beliefs

Be fully present and authentic. Assume positive intentions in others. Be willing to listen with an open mind.


Dannielle Lowe

Dannielle Lowe

Background

Manager at Excelerate with 10+ years of experience in aerospace, retail, supply chain, healthcare and energy industries. Expertise in manufacturing and lean operations. Leading teams through critical transitions, taking a facilitative approach to finding creative solutions to complex problems.

Superpowers

Process Improvement and Optimization. Communications. Organizational Change Management. Project / Program Management. Digital Transformation.

For Fun

Exploring new cities, restaurants and museums. Perusing old bookstores. Cheering on the Portland Trailblazers, Timbers and Thorns. Catching a play or concert at the Schnitz. Visiting the Portland Flower Market and creating floral arrangements. Spending time with family and friends.

Beliefs

Age Quod Agis - do well whatever you do. Live with intentionality, Speak with authenticity, Lead with vulnerability, Serve with integrity and practice empathy.