Michael Powers has been a successful project manager for almost two decades working in the environmental, commercial construction, and IT industries. His research has focused on methods to achieve small business success in particular regions of the country. Powers earned a Master of Science in Administration and Business from The University of South Dakota and a Doctorate of Management in Organizational Leadership from The University of Phoenix.

Steven Soares works as a Data Analytic & Audit Resolution team lead in Financial Improvement Operations for the Department of Education. He has been recognized by the Department of Defense Comptroller for improvements to financial management internal controls. Recently, he received awards from the Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Financial Management and Comptroller, and the American Society of Military Comptrollers for large team process improvements. Soares holds an MBA from the University of Phoenix.

Kandis Wyatt, PMP, has served as a project manager for over 20 years. She has taught courses in public administration, business, disaster management, climate change, project management, logistics, ethics, supply chain management, and leadership/management. Her teaching philosophy is to promote learning and success in both the in-classroom and online teaching environments by using technology to develop effective training and support materials. Wyatt is a highly-recognized civil servant and has received several awards from the National Weather Service, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the Department of Commerce. She earned a Ph.D. in Public Administration, as well as master’s degrees in meteorology and water resources. In addition, Wyatt holds a Master’s Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University, a PMP® certification from ESI, and serves as a lifestyle coach.


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