Our network of professionals, located in every region of the country, allows Cardea to build specialized project teams to meet distinct client needs. We are a team that supports each other, learns from each other and builds on the very best in each other to provide clients with an exceptional combination of expertise in the areas of strategic planning and execution, communications, marketing, nonprofit management and leadership development.
Cardea team members have worked with industry leaders in the aviation, education, energy, transportation, manufacturing, technology, and nonprofit sectors, as well as numerous government agencies.
- Jennifer E. Jones
- Jennifer Comeau
- Melissa S. Kelly-McCabe
- Harry Rieckelman
- Tracy Saunders
- Barbara Raab Sgouros
- Mick Weltman
Jennifer E. Jones
In 1998, Jennifer started Cardea Communications and combines a 25-year career in public affairs and nonprofit senior leadership with expertise in strategic communications, message strategy and organizational development.
Jennifer has applied her strategic communications and message development expertise to many environmental advocacy campaigns including climate and energy issues, wildlife conservation, river conservation and land use management.
As Vice President, Strategic Communications at the National Wildlife Federation, Jennifer led the integration of the media, web and branding teams. Through expert coaching and team building, Jennifer brought the department to a new level of effectiveness and innovation. As chief message strategist, Jennifer improved the organization’s policy communications with key stakeholder groups, specifically related to climate and energy legislation. She has delivered inspirational message trainings to numerous groups. Jennifer has also held leadership positions at Defenders of Wildlife, Friends of the Earth, and served as communications and fundraising consultant to scores of other environmental, health and education nonprofits. She was a founding member of the Potomac Conservancy and board member of the Potomac Riverkeeper.
Jennifer’s experience also includes executive leadership positions at the Hawthorn Group and Reese Communications companies where she directed the corporate positioning and communication strategy for industry leaders in the aviation, aerospace, automobile, energy and hazardous waste sectors.
She has a Masters of Arts in Corporate and Political Communication from Fairfield University, Organization, Systems and Development, Group Process and Coaching certifications from the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland and a Bachelor of Arts in History/Journalism from the University System of New Hampshire, Keene State. She is a member of the, International Association of Facilitators, Chesapeake Bay Organizational Development Network, and the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland.
“At the core of every successful business, marketing or advocacy campaign is an effective communications strategy. Building that strategy requires not just facts and figures, but heart — that emotional connection that moves people. With endless possibilities to communicate, it’s more important than ever to show up with authenticity and impact.”
Jennifer Comeau has one focus: to inspire and unleash the human spirit. She does this using retreat workshops, motivational speaking, coaching and leader development, instructional design, and through her original music.
Founder and CEO of I-Amplitude LLC, and JenniferComeau.com, Jennifer has for decades led organizational initiatives in strategy, leader development, and operational improvement for nonprofits and corporations.
Clients include National Wildlife Federation, Buffalo Olmsted Conservancy, Maine General Health System, ABET Inc., Bank of The Bahamas, National Institute for Standards and Technology, Prudential Real Estate Headquarters, Transamerica Corp., Hilton Hotels Worldwide Headquarters, Hyundai, and 20th Century Fox.
In addition to her Masters of Engineering degree from the SUNY at Buffalo and a Bachelors degree in Industrial Engineering from General Motors Institute, Jen is a coach certified by Front & Center Communications. Her post-education in organizational development include workshops in Strategy, Assessment, Balanced Scorecard, Gestalt Techniques, Facilitation, and Instructional Design.
Jennifer now spends much of her time conducting retreat workshops for people who are changing the world. These are time-out-of-time experiences of personal growth and exploration, refocusing and replenishment. As a seasoned performer and motivational speaker, Jennifer has spoken or performed at conferences and events such as the International Coach Federation, Maine Human Resources, Hospice of Southern Maine, and International Manufacturing Technology Conference.
Melissa S. Kelly-McCabe
President and CEO of Clear Intent Strategy, Inc., is a strategist, executive coach, and dynamic public speaker. Having worked in industry and with corporate executives for more than 25 years, she assists leaders and boards create clarity of strategy, cause positive and lasting change, and realize their visions. Melissa's reach spans hundreds of service and manufacturing companies, nonprofit firms, and industrial economic development corporations in 50 states, Canada, and the Caribbean. Prior to forming Clear Intent Strategy, Melissa held positions with WNY Technology Development Center, Inc., Price Waterhouse LLP, and General Motors Corporation, and was a guest lecturer at George Washington University and University at Buffalo. Melissa was an assistant to Dr. W. Edwards Deming for five years, researching thinking processes and teaching groups about Deming management principles. (Dr. Deming is credited with transforming Japanese management principles and causing the quality revolution.)
Melissa holds a Masters of Science in Organization Systems, focusing on Change Processes, from the University of Southern California, and a Bachelors degree in Statistics, minor in Industrial Engineering, from the University at Buffalo. Melissa is a Gestalt Institute of Cleveland graduate, with an advanced certificate in Gestalt Working with Physical Process, and pursuing Gestalt Professional Certified Coach status. She is a certified Family Business Advisor, Galliard Group, LLC, and is certified in Appreciative Inquiry, Case Western Reserve University. She is trained in Emotional Freedom Technique and is a member of the International Coach Federation, International Association of Facilitators, OD Network, and the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland.
At home in the beautiful Finger Lakes Region of New York State, she spends time sculpting, skiing, gardening, and looking for bears in the woods.
"My biggest contribution is to help leaders look at the big picture and support them as they apply strategic thinking and concrete methodologies aimed at implementing real strategy for their organizations."
Harry Rieckelman's has 30 years of experience working with federal and local governments as well as private industry. His 3 Keys coaching philosophy develops confidence in individuals by aligning their strengths with vision and behavior. Harry is a licensed clinical social worker by the National Association of Social Workers and a certified coach by the renowned Newfield Network. Among his clients, the Department of Homeland Security, NASA, IBM, FedEx, and the U.S. Forest Service. Harry has a Masters in Social Work, is a licensed psychotherapist and a U.S. Air Force combat-era veteran.
As an organizational consultant and executive coach, Tracy has worked for the past 25 years with startups, small businesses and Fortune 50 firms. She is highly regarded for helping companies and individuals access new potential, improve their performance and achieve desired results. Her clients have included Children’s National Medical Center, Freddie Mac, NASA, McKinsey & Company, Northrop Grumman, National Education Association and the National Wildlife Federation.
Tracy’s strengths lies in executive coaching, designing and facilitating intensive leadership development programs and leading strategic organizational change. She also facilitates small and large group meetings and retreats.
Tracy earned a Master’s degree in Human Resources from George Mason University and completed post-graduate training in organizational development at Columbia University. Later, she studied organizational change, group process and coaching at the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland and the Gestalt International Study Center in Cape Code, MA. She is an ACC-certified coach through the International Coaching Federation. Tracy is qualified to administer a range of leadership assessment instruments inclucing The Leadership Circel Profile, Hay’s Emotional Competency Inventory (ECI), the Cultural Orientations Indicator®, FIRO-B, the Survey of Influence Effectiveness, and the Myers Briggs Type Indicator™.
Barbara Raab Sgouros
Barbara has more than 20 years of direct marketing and design experience. She brings solid strategic thinking and inspirational creative direction to achieve client objectives with results-oriented solutions.
Barbara began her design career in the Washington DC market as a graphic designer for MDB Communications, Inc. After a few short years, she was promoted to art director at the Adams Group and then senior art director at Reese Communications/RTC Direct where she later became a creative supervisor, helping establish and oversee award-winning direct marketing programs. As creative director at Loughlin Creative, Barbara developed strategies, supervised creative and incorporated Touchpoint™ Marketing as a relationship builder through various multi-media campaigns. Barbara has worked on many prominent clients throughout her career such as American Express, Delta Air Lines, Mead Johnson, Schering-Plough, Rodale, USAir, Verizon and World Resources Institute. She was instrumental in the strategy development and creative implementation of a loyalty direct marketing program for Enfamil baby formula. Barbara holds a bachelor's degree in graphic design from Carnegie Mellon University and studied graphic design in Florence, Italy through Kent State University's master's program.
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, Mick Weltman has more than 20 years experience in management and organizational development, strategic and operational planning, teaching and training. Mick has worked as an international business consultant to for-profit and not-for-profit organizations and counseled scores of small businesses and nonprofits in leadership development, financial and project management. Mick specializes in nonprofit management for small organizations doing a lot with limited resources. He has also developed and led numerous Executive Directors’ business roundtables that have helped scores of leaders collaborate and commiserate on the unique challenges they face.
He has served as Adjunct Professor in Asia for Ottawa University, Adjunct Professor in the MBA Program for Marylhurst University in Oregon and Associate Professor in the Department of Organization and Management for Antioch New England Graduate School in New Hampshire. Mick has a Masters of Business Administration and Finance from Southeastern University, a Masters of Arts in International Development Management, School for International Training, an Organizational Development Certification, Georgetown University and a Bachelor of Arts from University of Kansas. Mick enjoys international travel and cultures, is an avid outdoorsman and is very active in his community.
"In our turbulent world, organizations of all types are struggling to keep pace with increasing demands, decreasing budgets, changing technology, and growing competition. As a creative business advisor, and results-oriented partner, I help organizations first see their possibilities and then help them stay on track to achieve them."