Our Team

“Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life.”

-Amy Poehler

Shaara Roman

Founder

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Shaara is passionate about advising companies on creating successful strategies on organization design, values alignment in hiring and leadership, eliminating toxic stressors in the workplace and fostering engaged and productive teams. Shaara is a frequent speaker on the role of company culture in driving employee and business success. Prior to founding The Silverene Group, Shaara held executive leadership positions at CGI, Fannie Mae, NRECA and Visa. Born in, Bombay, India, raised in Lagos, Nigeria, and educated in the UK, Shaara’s global upbringing provided the foundation for her distinctive expertise in crafting winning workplace strategies for multinational organizations. She holds an MBA from Georgetown University and serves on two non-profit boards. As a working mom, Shaara is busy on weekends cheering her teenage kids in their various activities.

Carla Fernandez de Castro

Senior Consultant

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Carla designs, develops and facilitates workshops to build skills, improve team dynamics and shift employee mindsets to improve organizational effectiveness and drive culture change. She holds a Graduate Certificate in organizational development and leadership from American University; an MS from the University of Manchester; and a BA from Loyola University New Orleans. Of all her impressive credentials, the most remarkable may be her multilingualism in English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese. Carla is an avid cyclist who can be found whizzing between clients in the Metropolitan area.

Christopher Smith

Facilitator Partner

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Chris is experienced facilitator and frequently creates dynamic, interactive workshops intended to instill preferred behaviors and create customized experiences from which employees can play a more engaged and meaningful role in their organization. Chris spent the early part of his career at Booz Allen Hamilton, PwC and BearingPoint. Chris is a Certified Change Management Professional (CCMP), a recipient of the Change Management Advanced Practitioner (CMAP) masters level certificate from Georgetown University, a Master of Managed Change, and certified in the Everything DiSC® suite of assessment tools. He completed his undergraduate studies at Williams College before achieving his masters at the University of Virginia. He chairs the board of the Juliet Grace Smith Foundation and is a member of the Leadership Arlington Class of 2018. He resides in Arlington, VA with his wife and two daughters.

Erika Seely

Assistant

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Erika is a multi-tasking, project manager who brings her organizational, communication and customer service skills to bear every day in support of the team. Her strong personal and task management skills keep things moving! In addition to being super-organized, she gets to use her creative skills in building social media posts. Erika holds a Bachelors’ degree in Human Resource Management and a Masters degree in Human Dynamics from Western International University. She loves to spend time outdoors and lives with her husband and three kids in Phoenix, AZ.

Fiona Grant

Facilitator

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Fiona helps professionals explore new perspectives, build personal resilience and create momentum in their lives. As a coach, diversity and organization development consultant she draws on her 25-year HR career at Accenture and Lockheed Martin, where she led work on executive talent management, leadership development, succession planning, recruitment, employee engagement and D&I initiatives. At Accenture she created the LGBTQ network and ensured future sponsorship. Fiona received a MA in HR Management from Westminster University and a BA in Politics and History from Birmingham University in the UK. She has a Certificate in Leadership Coaching from Georgetown University, is a Leadership Circle Certified Coach and a CliftonStrenghts Certified Coach. She is a keen cyclist, loves the outdoors and is a parent to two teens.

Katherine Holloway

Facilitator

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Katherine Holloway is passionate about helping organizations advance women and minorities in the workplace, so they can realize the improved financial results associated with a diverse leadership team and workforce. Katherine has studied the challenges that women can face climbing the corporate ladder and she has led training workshops on these and related communication skills topics. Katherine served as a Principal at rogenSi, a global training firm that supports leaders in effective communication, leadership, sales and mindset. She began her career in finance at Merrill Lynch, Fidelity Investments and Deutsche Bank. Katherine earned her BSBA in accounting from Georgetown University. Katherine and her husband, Mark, met at Georgetown and “bleed Hoya blue.“ The couple resides in Washington, DC with their two young children.

Kim Barbano

Communications Strategist

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Kim is inspired by The Silverene Group’s commitment to helping companies create safe and equal workplaces for everyone and focuses on messaging, outreach, and public engagement as we work beyond #MeToo. Kim’s career has been dedicated to helping forward thinking, mission-driven organizations get to the core of who they are, identify their most pressing needs, and develop the best ways to tell their own compelling stories. Kim holds a B.S. in Communication from the University of Miami School of Communication in Coral Gables, Florida, where she majored in both public relations and international studies and minored in marketing. She resides with her husband in Arlington, Virginia and outside of public relations is a group fitness instructor and personal trainer.

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