We come from many disciplines and share a common passion for social change. Our seasoned group of strategists, designers and practitioners come from the arts, humanities, urban planning, sociology and law; healthcare, medicine and social work; systems engineering and quality improvement; and non-profit and business administration, marketing and communications.

Our core team members use our proven methods to deliver our services, and we tap our network of specialized collaborators to round out tailored project teams as needed.

Consilience Group Principals

CG Principals are system and organization strategists, designers and builders. Educated as “makers” and experienced as leaders, together they bring over 40 years experience launching and growing enterprises in the private and social sector.

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Traci Sampson Managing Principal

As co-founder and Managing Principal of Consilience Group, Traci Sampson catalyzes transformative change for organizations, systems and communities.  She blends her passion for social change, creative skills and broad experience in sectors that impact individual, family and community transformation, to design and lead innovation and change initiatives. Traci has delivered strategic planning and management consulting to numerous large and mid-size organizations in dynamic, complex environments. She offers deep expertise in collaborative coalitions and collective impact, with nearly two decades of experience in cross-sector service continuums and systems of care for children. Traci has designed multiple system change initiatives funded by the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Education, Justice and Housing and Urban Development, as well as state and municipally-funded initiatives.

Prior to co-founding Consilience Group, Traci designed and led new market innovation and professional development initiatives for Fortune 500 companies including Apple Computer, FedEx, and MCI Telecommunications. Traci began her career as an award-winning independent filmmaker developing innovative partnerships for arts and education. She holds a Bachelor degree in Fine Art from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art.

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Meredith Hennessy, MUP Principal and Practice Leader

Meredith Hennessy, CG Principal and Practice Leader, draws on twelve years of professional experience designing and implementing large scale outcome-focused, multi-partner human services and workforce initiatives. Her work with stakeholders includes developing governance structures, identification of common goals and metrics, aligning resources, developing integrated business processes, designing data collection strategies, and harnessing data for quality improvement.

Prior to joining Consilience Group, Meredith launched MissioniQ, a social enterprise for the national nonprofit intermediary Seedco. MissioniQ worked exclusively with nonprofits to develop outcomes- focused system solutions for workforce and human services programs. Her leadership in this field was informed by her experience as Vice President of Seedco’s Mid-South programs, where she oversaw a $17 million project portfolio serving under-resourced adults and families with multiple programs. Meredith’s approach to problem solving and solution engineering is influenced by her formal design training. She holds a Masters in Urban Planning from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and a Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Studies from Rice University.

Core Team

Our core team of cross-disciplinary consultants are skilled in applying proven CG tools, methods and processes for consistent impact.

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Vicki Beaver, BSN, MSN Senior Consultant

Vicki Beaver draws on over thirty years of diverse professional experiences in improving healthcare access, quality and outcomes. Her experience encompasses planning, construction and development of healthcare delivery sites and patient- and family-centered care delivery models. With a specific focus on increasing positive health outcomes for vulnerable women and children, she has been a lifelong advocate for accessible, high-quality care for expectant mothers and newborns in Tennessee.

Prior to her work with Consilience Group, Vicki served as the Executive Director of Nurses for Newborns, bringing prevention-based care and vital RN home visits to six counties in Middle Tennessee. During her time with Nurses for Newborns she secured local, state, and national grants to launch a multi-year research initiative. She has also transformed and rebuilt multiple perinatal units in hospitals in Tennessee and California through various directorship roles. She also served as a Professor of Nursing at the Vanderbilt School of Nursing in Nashville, TN.

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Emilie Bowman Project Specialist

Emilie Bowman has a background in communications and public relations working specifically with faith- and community-based organizations. Prior to her work with Consilience Group, Emilie served as a Global Mission Fellow assigned to the Workers Interfaith Network in Memphis, Tennessee, where she connected the mission of the church with local labor strategies. In the Memphis community, her passion for justice has motivated her to volunteer with various groups fighting for a living wage, women’s health, and Palestinian liberation.

Emilie continues to affect radical transformation in the community through her work with Consilience Group. She has supported the formulation of strategic priorities for Shelby County Government’s Community Services Division, allowing its programming to more effectively serve Memphians. Emilie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication and a Minor in Comparative Religion from Miami University in Ohio.

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Cheryl Dickson, MD, MPH Strategic Advisor

Cheryl Dickson is a clinician, medical educator and health administrator with a passion for reducing health disparities in urban and rural settings. Cheryl provides strategic and program development consultation to Consilience Group’s patient- and family-centered healthcare practice.

Currently Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the Medical College of Georgia and adjunct professor in the University of Georgia School of Public Health, she develops cultural competency curriculum for medical students, facilitates clinical-community partnerships and works with the School of Public Health to develop programs to eliminate healthcare disparities. As a leader at large community-based hospital systems, Cheryl developed medical school cultural competency curriculum and co-facilitated cultural competency training for continuing physician education in New Jersey and California; in partnership with local health departments, facilitated an asthma coalition and immunization task force; and served as principal investigator for a Johnson & Johnson-funded initiative to build hospital-community partnerships to improve child health. Cheryl received her MD degree from UMDNJ/New Jersey Medical School and her MPH in Health Policy and Management from Columbia University.

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Jenessa Mae Gebers, MA Researcher and Project Coordinator

Jenessa Gebers recently joined the Consilience Group team and brings a rich background in research with experience in both qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis. Jenessa is an expert in synthesizing data for actionable research to drive program design. Before working with Consilience Group, she fed her passion for human rights by designing and conducting research with Church Health in Memphis and Uganda Village Project. In these positions she conducted needs assessments, systems analyses, and ethnographic research to develop strategy and strengthen programming.

She holds a Masters of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Memphis, with concentrations in Medical Anthropology and Globalization, Development, and Culture and an Honors Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Christian Brothers University.

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Crystal Oliver, MBA System Analyst

Crystal Oliver blends her commitment to serving people with her passion for effective service delivery by helping organizations build and manage people-centered systems and data-driven quality improvement. Her work with Consilience Group includes program and service design, program evaluation and performance management support.

Crystal has extensive experience in the public sector, with prior positions at the Tennessee Department of Human, Middle Tennessee State University and the Tennessee State Legislature. Her public sector work included policy support, operational improvement, staff development and cultural/service delivery transformation. She has also worked for national and local non-profits, where she managed programs for employment and self-sufficiency. Crystal holds a Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Business Administration from Middle Tennessee State University.

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Heather Walker-Clark, MPA Project Leader

Heather Walker Clark is Project Leader/Sr. Consultant at Consilience Group, rejoining the team ten years after her original tenure supporting CG’s system of care practice. She brings 17 years of diverse professional experience and proven results in research and outcome evaluation, juvenile justice and mental health reform, community and economic development, project management, and systems of care design and transformation.

Heather has spearheaded over $30 million in public grant funding to leverage $50 million of private investments for public-private partnerships focused on smart growth/development, innovative infrastructure, and improved quality of life for people facing disadvantage. Her most recent work is with a Northeast Arkansas community action agency, Crowley’s Ridge Development Council, to develop a system of care around access to healthcare services for residents with social barriers.

Prior to rejoining Consilience Group, Heather served in executive positions at the City of Jonesboro and the A-State Delta Center for Economic Development. She serves on several non-profit boards and co-owns “Innovative Investments, LLC,” where run-down buildings and houses are purchased, rehabilitated, and rented at affordable rates.  Heather holds a BA in Psychology and an MPA from the University of Memphis. She holds two national certifications, one in not-for-profit management and another in Crime Analysis and Criminal Intelligence.

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Sarahbeth Winn, MPP System Analyst/Designer

Sarahbeth Winn brings ten years of experience as a systems designer and engineer with the majority of her career devoted to the public and nonprofit sector. She is an expert in identifying and correcting system vulnerabilities and bridging systems across multiple agencies and organizations for child- and family-centered services. Sarahbeth brings her talents to Consilience Group as a systems analyst and solution designer.

Prior to her work with Consilience Group, Sarahbeth was the Program Director for the Child Welfare Initiative (CWI) where she was responsible for coordinating and managing an effective partnership and service delivery with the local Children’s Court of Los Angeles.  Previously, she worked for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the Los Angeles Mayor’s Office of Economic Development, the California Legislative Analyst’s Office and as a systems engineer for Raytheon. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Washington University, and a Master of Public Policy from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is also a Greenbelt in Lean Six Sigma.