Devona E. G. Williams, Ph. D. President/CEO
Dr. Devona Williams founded Goeins-Williams Associates, Inc., (GWA) a successful performance consulting business in 1986 to “help organizations achieve greater productivity in strategic work environments”. As President/CEO of GWA, Dr. Williams has contributed her talents to helping more than 50000 individuals in hundreds of organizations increase their performance and effectiveness.
GWA focuses on People, Process and Performance™ and works with clients to develop solutions to meet organizational and individual objectives and achieve lasting results. The company provides a range of consulting services including assessments, focus groups, strategic planning, meeting facilitation, organizational and individual development.
Dr. Williams is an expert in strategic planning, organizational performance assessment, development and improvement, meeting and retreat facilitation. She speaks frequently on business, diversity, leadership, motivation, and success and is often quoted in the media on these topics. Dr. Williams is the author of, The Intentional Consultant: How to grow a sustainable consulting practice. Williams is a contributing author to the inspirational book, Remarkable Women and creator of the national bestselling Spice of Life® Diversity Card training tool.
Prior to her entrepreneurial success Williams was an executive with the DuPont corporation and held appointments in public policy administration with the Federal government and Delaware legislature.
An active community servant, Williams is the Chair of the Delaware State University Board of Trustees and Foundation, a member of the Governor’s Supplier Diversity Council and the Department of Health and Social Services Reorganization Task Force. She was a former President of the Delaware Chapter of the National Associate of Women Business Owners (2008-2009).
Williams was named Entrepreneur of the Year by the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Psi Iota & Psi Epsilon Chapters in 2010. In 2009 GWA was named a Top 100 MBE in the region. The Denver Business Journal and the Delaware Today Magazine have recognized Williams and her business as Outstanding Woman Owned business in 2005 and 2006. GWA received the Marvin S. Gilman Superstars in Business Award in June 2000. Williams is an award-winning authorized distributor of training products including DISC with the former Inscape Publishing Company.
Williams holds a doctorate in Urban Affairs & Public Policy, University of Delaware with a specialization in social policy, program planning, and analysis and an is an experienced assistant professor of Organizational Development and Leadership at the University of Delaware’s School of Urban Affairs. In 1995, she was honored by the University of Delaware’s Presidential Citation for Outstanding Achievement and the Distinguished Alumna Award from the University’s College of Urban Affairs & Public Policy.
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Ms. Lorrie Goeins brings more than 15 years as an educator and over 10 years in retail to Goeins-Williams Associates. Her educational career includes academic instruction in social studies at for the Howard County School District in Ellicot City, Maryland and the Christiana School District in Delaware.
Ms. Goeins has expertise in facilitating meetings, leading discussion groups and moderating community focus groups. She has been an active member of the GWA team since 1997 as has worked on a number of survey research projects including the Wilmington Consortium Infant Mortality Focus Group Study, the City of Wilmington Economic Development focus group study, the State of Delaware Strategic Planning initiative for a Diabetes, the Lutheran Community Services marketing study and Membership focus group project for the Wilmington Senior Center.
Ms. Goeins is a graduate of West Chester University and has studied in Paris, France. She has language proficiency in Spanish and French.
Catalina J. Natalini, Associate
Catalina J. Natalini is the owner of Lingua Franca and has been providing interpreting and translating services to a variety of small and medium sized businesses, public schools and the courts since 2006. Her expertise is in the areas of education, business, medical and legal interpreting and translating, and in the language pair Spanish-English but services in other language combinations are also provided upon request.
Ms. Natalini has been an Associate Professor at La Salle University in the Certificate in Translation and Interpretation since 2006 and has been involved in syllabus development and design as well. Ms. Natalini was appointed as the Delaware State Representative for the International Medical Interpreters Association in 2012.
Ms. Natalini has been a guest speaker on interpretation at the National Association of Judicial Educators Conference in Philadelphia, PA. (2008). She presented as a panelist on interpreter ethics at the Third East Coast Regional Conference, Translator and Interpreter Development, in Philadelphia, PA. (2009). And she also participated as a speaker in the Education Program, The Language of Justice, organized by Widener University School of law, Legal Institute and the Pennsylvania Interbranch Commission on Gender, Racial & Ethnic Fairness. From 2008 to 2012, she sat as a member of the State of Delaware Court Interpreter Advisory Board which oversees compliance with provision of interpreting and translating services in the courts, as well as the certification of court interpreters in the State of Delaware.
Ms. Natalini holds a Master degree in English Linguistics and Literature from the University of Zurich, Switzerland, and a Certification in Court Interpreting in the language pair English-Spanish. She is a member of the American Translators Association (ATA), the Delaware Valley Translators Association (DVTA), the National Council on Interpreting in Health Care (NCIHC), and the International Medical Interpreters Association (IMIA) where she actively participates in the Terminology Committee and the Trainers Division.
Bonnie Miller is a seasoned learning & organizational development professional who practices mindful leadership. Bonnie’s mission is to make a positive impact and cut through the gibberish that prevents organizations and employees from getting things done. Bonnie’s association with GWA began in 1999 and she continues to contribute and grow along with GWA’s core service areas.
Bonnie’s experience spans more than 25 years. She recently worked at UCLA Events & Transportation managing the Training & Organizational Development unit where she led not only leadership and management development programs, goal alignment and cultural change, but helped to increase capacity in response to business expansion.
Bonnie has worked in a diverse range of organizations such as healthcare, state government and higher education. Bonnie prides herself as a strategic thinker with a collaborative spirit. Bonnie’s value for building relationships (through presentations, coaching, planning, leadership development, cultural awareness, etc.) is the key to exceeding expectations.
Bonnie earned her master’s degree in Training & Organizational Development from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. She is also a proud graduate of the University of Delaware and supporter of Blue Hen athletics.
Bonnie loves all Philadelphia sports teams and in her spare time attends games, practices meditation, Chinese Medical Qigong and Pilates.
Mary M. Perkins, M.Ed.
Mary Perkins brings more than 20 years of experience to Goeins-Williams Associates, Inc. as a national consultant and educator on quality management and person-centered care. Ms. Perkins is experienced in training, conference presentation, organizational development, meeting facilitation and working with large groups facilitating change in workplace environments. She has worked within large corporations, small non-profit organizations, universities, hospitals, and government agencies.
She has experience designing, developing and implementing programs for a wide variety of workplace environments. As a masters’ level trained educator, she brings a strong background in adult development and adult education theory. Ms. Perkins has worked with GWA on several meeting facilitation, national conference and focus group projects with the State of Delaware Department of Education, the Division of Public Health and a national Foundation. Ms. Perkins’ skill and knowledge provide additional support to GWA’s clients.
As the founder and current partner of Wesmar Associates, Lewes DE she has worked with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ, the University of Delaware and Delaware Technical & Community College – Terry Campus. Her most recent experience was as a VP of Quality at Genesis Healthcare Inc. Her experience with disability provider organizations and more recently with the eldercare field provides a rich background for information and understanding of workplace development issues and environments and organizational processes. Additionally, she has served as a a corporate staff development manager and a compliance officer for the Federal District Court.
Ms. Perkins holds a B.A. in Education from University of St. Joseph in Connecticut and a M.Ed. from Temple University.