Paul Wertheim

Nicole Alonzo

Director / Technology Consulting

Nicole Alonzo joined PCG in 2022 and serves as a Director on the Technology Consulting team. In this role, Nicole is responsible Certification and Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V) project leadership and helping clients manage projects and solve complex problems for enterprise-wide, public-facing government sector projects. Nicole has over 16 years of experience working with public and private sector clients on technology and infrastructure projects.

Nicole holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Colorado State University, and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Western Governors University. Nicole also holds a Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI) and a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.

Eugene (Geno) Astarita

Vice President / Technology Consulting

Geno Astarita joined PCG in 2013 and serves as a vice president of the Technology Consulting team. In this role, Geno is responsible for software and application development project leadership and regulatory business requirements solutioning for enterprise-wide, public-facing government sector projects. Geno has over 20 years of experience working with government clients in both the public and private sector at all levels, from municipalities to the federal government, across the U.S.

Geno holds several degrees, including a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. Geno also holds a Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI) and an ITIL® (Information Technology Infrastructure Library) certification from Pink Elephant.

Rhonda Brinkoeter

Director / Technology Consulting

Rhonda Brinkoeter joined PCG in 2021. As a director of the Technology Consulting team, Rhonda provides project management and oversight of independent verification and validation (IV&V) projects. With over 25 years of experience in information technology (IT), Rhonda’s expertise includes project management, quality assurance, IV&V, application testing and training, requirements analysis, strategic planning, and procurement assistance. Rhonda is uniquely qualified to lead planning and procurement efforts on behalf of our clients.

Rhonda holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Texas Lutheran University, a Certified Scrum Master (CSM) certification from the Scrum Alliance, and a Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI).

Rick Cavazos

Director / Technology Consulting

Rick Cavazos joined PCG in 2021 and serves as a director of the Technology Consulting team. In this role, Rick is responsible for developing business and technical solutions for state and local government clients, including operations and program management services. Rick has over 30 years of experience with telecommunications, health care, security, hosting, and grant management. Rick leverages his knowledge of industry standards, enterprise technical and information management strategies, and governance policies on engagements to keep projects on track and in compliance.

Rick holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, San Diego. He also holds an ITIL® (Information Technology Infrastructure Library) certification from PeopleCert and received his Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification from Lawrence Technological University.

Yvonne De la Rosa

Director / Technology Consulting

Yvonne De la Rosa joined PCG in 2006 and serves as a director of the Technology Consulting team. In this role, Yvonne is responsible for providing project management and oversight of independent verification and validation (IV&V) projects as well as legacy conversion projects and phased implementations. Yvonne has over 25 years of experience in the information technology (IT) field, including technical leadership, project management, quality assurance, application testing and training, system requirements analysis, and strategic planning.

Yvonne holds a Bachelor of Science degree from California State University, Chico, an Eclipse IV&V® Professional certification, and a Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI).

Mitch Dobbins

Practice Area Director / Technology Consulting

Mitch Dobbins joined PCG in 2008 and serves as practice area director of the Technology Consulting team. In this role, Mitch is responsible for providing strategic direction, oversight of operations and business development, and client delivery. Mitch has over 25 years of experience managing, designing, developing, implementing, or overseeing large-scale technology consulting projects. These projects cover a wide breadth of subjects, including public-sector healthcare, human services, education, public safety, corrections, and tax accounting programs.

Mitch holds a number of degrees, including a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from both Georgetown University in Washington D.C. and ESADE Business and Law School in Barcelona, Spain, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from California State University, Stanislaus.

Fred Forrer

Vice President / Technology Consulting

Fred Forrer joined PCG in 2010 and serves as a vice president of the Technology Consulting team. In this role, Fred is responsible for evaluating and overseeing large and complex information technology (IT) projects for state and local governments covering a variety of domains. They include health and human services, education, public safety, and administration.

Fred has over 30 years of experience with state government consulting and is actively providing independent verification and validation (IV&V) and project management office (PMO) services for state clients across the U.S. Fred has helped more than a dozen states develop and implement health insurance exchanges (HIE/X); plan and manage their health information technology planning; and procure and plan efforts related to their Medicaid programs.

Panagiotis Fotopoulos

Director / Technology Consulting

Peter Fotopoulos joined PCG in 2020 and serves as a director of the Technology Consulting team. In this role, Peter is responsible for leading the system integration team and positioning PCG as a system integrator for software-as-service (SaaS) and cloud solution services aligned with government information technology (IT) engagements. Peter has over 14 years of experience supporting state and local government engagements, including the design, build-out, and implementation of IT systems.

Peter holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California, Davis.

Joseph Frasca

Director / Technology Consulting

Joe Frasca joined PCG in 2021 and serves as Director for the Technology Consulting team. He is responsible for service delivery and staff development and is working to build PCG’s Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V) and System Integration (SI) service lines. Joe has over 20 years of experience in public sector IT consulting managing complex engagements throughout the United State, with experience in IT system implementations, project oversite, and Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V).

Joe holds several degrees, including a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Bachelor of Arts in Administrative Studies from the University of California, Riverside. Joe also studied at the London Business School. In addition, Joe has received his Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI) and has also received his Certified Scrum Master (CSM) certification from Scrum Alliance.

John Grieco

Director / Technology Consulting

John Grieco joined PCG in 2018 and serves as Director for the Technology Consulting team. In this role, John is responsible for the design, development, and implementation of technology solutions for state and local government clients with a focus on data management and legacy system modernization in the cloud. John has 10 years of experience working in nearly all roles and phases of an IT project.

John holds several degrees, including a Bachelor of Science degree with an emphasis on Computer Science and Entrepreneurship from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Saint Martin’s University in Lacey, Washington. Additionally, John studied at the University of Duisburg-Essen Mercator School of Management in Duisburg, Germany, and is an International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB®) certified software tester and a Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe®) certified Scrum Master.

Jeff Hellzen

Chief Technologist / Technology Consulting

Jeff Hellzen joined PCG in 2001 and serves as a chief technologist of the Technology Consulting team. In this role, Jeff is responsible for supporting the team’s operations, including technical oversight of proposals and projects, providing subject matter expertise in a wide cross-section of domains, and supporting individual projects.

Jeff has over 30 years of information technology (IT) experience, including 20 years with state and federal government projects involving technical assessments and technical verification and validation. Jeff also has over 10 years of experience providing technical management for a number of private sector companies where he was responsible for all aspects of IT and provided subject matter expertise for next-generation software systems and industry standards.

Gwyn Jackson

Director / Technology Consulting

Gwyn Jackson joined PCG in 2014 and serves as a director of the Technology Consulting team. In this role, Gwyn is responsible for project management and oversight of technical teams providing software development, independent verification and validation (IV&V) services, business analysis, and requirements development, with a focus on the healthcare industry. Gwyn has over 35 years of experience implementing strategic projects with multiple integrated third-party products, vendors, and stakeholders.

Gwyn holds an Eclipse IV&V® Professional certification, a Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI), and a Professional Scrum Master 1 (PSM-1) certification from Scrum.org.

Rob McKenney

Director / Technology Consulting

Rob McKenney joined PCG in 2014 and serves as a director of the Technology Consulting team. In this role, Rob is responsible for leading business strategy, operations, architecture, and technical teams. Rick’s leadership primarily focuses on the independent verification and validation (IV&V) and Medicaid information technology architecture (MITA) domains. Rob has over 20 years of experience in the design, development, and implementation of advanced technologies and governance processes that are responsive to client needs.

Rob holds a Master of Business degree from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.

Dana McLean

Director / Technology Consulting

Dana McLean joined PCG in 2011 and serves as a director of the Technology Consulting team. In this role, Dana is responsible for project management, oversight, and delivery of a variety of information technology (IT) projects for clients across the Pacific Northwest. Dana has more than 30 years of experience working throughout all phases of the system development life cycle, including providing leadership, direction, and oversight across the procurement, initiation, planning, execution, and close-out phases.

Dana holds a Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI).

Sylvia Mitchem

Director / Technology Consulting

Sylvia Mitchem joined PCG in 2020 and serves as a director of the Technology Consulting team. In this role, Sylvia is responsible for project management and business development activities, primarily in the public health and healthcare domains. Sylvia has over 14 years of experience providing project management, independent verification and validation (IV&V), and quality assurance (QA) services to clients as well as training, support, and guidance to states on operational readiness reviews and certification.

Sylvia holds a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. Sylvia also holds a Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification and a PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)® certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI).

Aftab Mohammed

Director / Technology Consulting

Aftab Mohammed joined PCG in 2013 and serves as a director of the Technology Consulting team. In this role, Aftab is responsible for project management, oversight, and delivery of large and complex projects for clients across the U.S. Aftab has over 20 years of experience in the information technology (IT) industry and has worked extensively with a number of California state agencies, including the Franchise Tax Board, the Department of Social Services, the Department of Health Care Services, the Department of Public Health, and the Department of Education. Aftab also leads quality assurance, actively working with his team to develop initiatives to improve the services we provide to clients.

Aftab holds a Master of Engineering degree from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas.

Bret Mohninger

Vice President / Technology Consulting

Bret Mohninger joined PCG in 2008 and serves as a vice president of the Technology Consulting team. In this role, Bret is responsible for providing direction and leadership for business development activities conducted in multiple states as well as managing project activities for several critical projects across the U.S. Bret has over 20 years of experience with state and local government consulting and is actively providing client management and advisory services for multiple projects.

Bret holds several degrees, including a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada, and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of California, Davis. In addition, Bret holds a Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI).

Brian Nagy

Vice President / Technology Consulting

Brian Nagy joined PCG in 2011 and serves as a Vice President of the Technology Consulting team. In this role, Brian is responsible for project management, oversight, and delivery, primarily for independent verification and validation (IV&V) projects for state government clients. Brian has more than 10 years of experience implementing IV&V and business analysis services; performing assessments and analyses; reducing project risks; improving project processes; and documenting, communicating, and explaining project findings to stakeholders. Brian also serves as a program manager for PCG’s Eclipse IV&V® team and actively contributes to PCG’s Eclipse IV&V training program.

Brian holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. Brian also holds a Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI) and a Professional Scrum Master 1 (PSM-1) certification from Scrum.org.

Ruben Ramos

Director / Technology Consulting

Ruben Ramos joined PCG in 2014 and serves as a director of the Technology Consulting team. In this role, Ruben is responsible for business systems analysis and project management at all levels of public sector organizations. Ruben has over 25 years of experience in the initiation, planning, execution, operation, and close-out of projects, and has led teams in design, testing, and issues management for child support, health and human services, and desktop application systems.

Ruben holds an Eclipse IV&V® (Independent Verification and Validation) Associate certification and a Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI).

Gary Reimers

Vice President / Technology Consulting

Gary Reimers joined PCG in 2008 and serves as a vice president of the Technology Consulting team. In this role, Gary is responsible for independent verification and validation (IV&V), quality assurance (QA), and security services provided by the firm nationally. Gary has over 20 years of experience with large enterprise system design and implementation in both the public and private sectors, and he is actively engaged in multiple projects for state agencies across the U.S.

Gary holds several degrees, including a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, Sacramento, and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. Gary also holds an ITIL® (Information Technology Infrastructure Library) certification from the ITIL Certification Management Board.

Nicolle Suvada

Director / Technology Consulting

Nicolle Suvada joined PCG in 2021 and serves as a director of the Technology Consulting team. In this role, Nicolle is responsible for project management and oversight primarily in the independent verification and validation (IV&V) and healthcare technology domains. Nicolle has over 20 years of experience with healthcare information technology (IT), worker’s compensation, and risk management information systems (RMIS) software implementations. Nicolle also has extensive experience coordinating and communicating with project stakeholders and senior leaders on projects across the U.S.

Nicolle holds an Eclipse IV&V® Associate certification.

Laurie Thornton

Vice President / Technology Consulting

Laurie Thornton joined PCG in 2005 and serves as a vice president of the Technology Consulting team. In this role, Laurie is responsible for advising state government agencies on all aspects of planning, development, implementation, and oversight of complex business and technical solutions. Laurie has over 30 years of experience delivering impactful results with client-centric approaches, specializing in the health and human services sector. Laurie is actively engaged in multiple client projects and leads integrated system services for clients—across the U.S.

Laurie holds several degrees, including a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Davis, and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo. Laurie also holds a Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI) and an organizational change management certification from Prosci®.

Paul Wertheim

Vice President / Technology Consulting

Paul Wertheim joined PCG in 2011 and serves as a vice president of the Technology Consulting team. In this role, Paul is responsible for project management and delivery of independent verification and validation (IV&V) services to state and local governments in the areas of workforce services and integrated eligibility systems.

Paul has over 15 years of experience in both the public and private sectors delivering digital content management, energy trading and risk management, and healthcare and financial system solutions. In addition, Paul has provided oversight for independent security assessments and federal testing attestation; delivered planning and procurement services; and conducted in-depth technical analysis of system architecture and design.

Paul holds several degrees, including a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California, San Diego, and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Jason Wolcott

Director / Technology Consulting

Jason Wolcott joined PCG in 2016 and serves as Director with the Technology Consulting team. In this role, Jason is responsible for project management and oversight of Medicaid Enterprise Systems (MMIS/Eligibility/LTSS etc.) projects for state government clients. Jason has more than 22 years of state organization experience specializing in Medicaid policy and operations, including client and provide enrollment, claims payment, credentialing, financial and functional eligibility, and Medicaid Information Technology Architecture (MITA). Jason also serves as an Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V) subject matter expert and actively contributes to PCG’s Eclipse IV&V training program.

Jason has been awarded a Master of Anthropology in General Systems Theory degree from the University of Texas in Austin, Texas and a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree from American University in Washington D.C. Jason also holds an Eclipse IV&V Professional certification and a Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI).