Blue Moon Consulting Group was established based on a shared vision & approach—a belief that the current “solutions” to reputational risk are piecemeal and insufficient to really manage the most critical risk organizations face. Furthermore, we believe that a strategic, holistic approach and a culture that values reputation as fundamental to business strategy, is the only way an organization can maintain an authority to lead, a right to operate, and an expectation of success over the long term.
And while we take what we do very seriously, we also believe a little levity can help build great client relationships, build trust amongst team members, and help us all manage the magnitude of some of the issues and events to which we must respond.
Simon Barker, Managing Partner >
Holding senior roles at Edelman, Visa and Marsh & McLennan prior to founding BMCG in 2014, Simon has provided crisis management counsel in response to protests, cyber-attacks, high profile product recalls, workplace violence events, natural disasters and a broad range of ethical, financial and social issues. His experience working side-by-side with clients in technology, industry, finance, healthcare, and higher-ed both nationally and internationally ensures that he understand the risks, stakeholder demands, and opportunities a crisis provides.
As Managing Partner of BMCG Simon has built an unmatched team of crisis management, business resilience and communication professionals ready to tackle your biggest challenges.
Kent Cassella, Client Lead >
A retired U.S. Army officer with more than 20 years of active-duty service, Kent has held a variety of leadership positions and has directed issues management, crisis management and crisis communications strategy for both the nation’s premier military academy and one of the world’s leading public research institutions. He brings to BMCG’s clients over 30 years of experience working with executive leadership in large, complex, diverse and dispersed organizations to develop strategy in crisis, conflict, emergencies and highly hazardous conditions.
Claudia Morain, Senior Consultant >
Claudia brings over 20 years of experience in journalism, media relations and crisis communications to BMCG. In previous roles at both public and private institutions, she managed multi-channel communications response for issues as diverse as protests, medical malpractice, labor unrest, sexual assaults, NCAA violations, and infectious disease outbreaks. With an insider’s understanding of news cycles, editorial decision making, and effective media outreach and advocacy, Claudia provides unparalleled insight, experience and media training to BMCG’s clients.
Mary Oakie, CBCP, Business Resiliency Lead >
Mary brings over 20 years of experience in all aspects of business resiliency, including serving as program director for a large financial services company. Well versed on global standards including FFIEC and ISO 22301 Guidelines for BCP/DR, she leads BMCG’s approach to business continuity including BIAs, plan development, training and exercising.
Jen Rettig, Partner, Senior Consultant >
Jen brings to BMCG over 15 years’ experience in marketing, analytics, planning and project management in both technology and education. Jen leads the development of BMCG’s crisis readiness assessment methodology and assists clients through the development of crisis management exercises, crisis and communication plans, and facilitated crisis management planning sessions. She has supported response to a variety of crises including racial and sexual harassment, whistleblower claims, academic freedom issues, protests, and terrorism.
Pam Roskowski, Senior Advisor, Security Management >
With 40 years of municipal, county, state and university public safety service, Pam brings extensive policing, emergency management, security, public safety policy and executive leadership experience and accomplishments to her role at BMCG. Pam provides our clients unmatched insight, leadership and experience as they develop, train, and build a strategic and integrated approach to workplace violence prevention, emergency management, safety and crisis response.
Lynn Tierney, Senior Advisor, Crisis Leadership >
As spokesperson for the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, Deputy Commissioner in the FDNYand member of the team assembled to lead New York City through the rescue and recovery after the 9/11 attack, and former Head of Communications for the ten campus University of California system, Lynn Tierney is one of the most experienced crisis communications experts in the country today. She provides real-time crisis communications and decision-making support for clients as well as leads the firm’s educational initiatives on crisis leadership.
Bob Wilkerson, Senior Advisor, Crisis Management >
With over 40 years’ experience leading response efforts to major natural disasters, civil disorders and infrastructure disruptions; Bob pioneered the concept of crisis management as an integrated management process and created and deployed many of the principals that have become the core practices of emergency response, continuity and crisis management industry today. This spirit of innovation coupled with his deep and expansive knowledge of the industry is applied to new challenges faced by BMCG’s clients.
Larry Bergmann, PhD, Senior Consultant >
Larry has over 35 years of experience working with individuals, families and organizations exposed to life-threatening and traumatic events. He has developed humanitarian assistance programs and violence prevention programs for businesses and public entities. He has also provided training to more than 100 organizations, trained threat management teams, served as an expert witness in violence related litigation and clinically assessed potentially violent employees.
Melissa Godes, Consultant, Marketing and Research
Melissa has deep experience providing analytics and marking insights to a wide variety of top retailers. For our BMCG clients, Melissa leverages this experience to deliver data driven insights to objectively evaluate performance, identify opportunities, and support strategies to optimize results given available resources and conditions.
Diane Risch, Senior Consultant >
Diane has been involved in corporate crisis and emergency management consulting for nearly 20 years. She has developed and implemented an on-line, in-house, propriety training academy for clients and conducted executive level facilitation sessions to develop crisis management plans for a number of Fortune 100 clients.