Melissa S. Kelly-McCabe


Melissa S. Kelly-McCabe, President and CEO of Clear Intent Strategy, Inc., is a strategist, business adviser, and dynamic public speaker. She has worked in industry and with executives for over twenty- five years. With hands-on experience in non-profit leadership, economic development management, manufacturing, engineering, and statistics, in both private and public settings, Melissa coaches leaders and their organizations in applying concrete methodologies aimed at creating and implementing real strategy. She has worked with organizations in 50 states, Puerto Rico, The Bahamas, Europe and South America to create clarity of strategy, communicate vision, and cause positive and lasting change in their organizations. Melissa is one of the architects of ExporTech™, part of President Obama’s National Export Initiative. Early in her career, she worked and traveled with Dr. W. Edwards Deming for five years, researching and teaching Deming management principles. She is a full faculty member at the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland, a Master Credentialed Coach, and a member of Gestalt Institute of Cleveland, Gestalt International Study Center, International Coach Federation, and Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy.

Melissa holds a Masters of Science in Organization Systems, focusing on Change Processes, from the University of Southern California, and a Bachelors degree in Statistics, minor in Industrial Engineering, from the University at Buffalo.

Melissa has lived in New York, Northern Virginia, Washington DC, and for years, traveled non-stop domestically and internationally for work and play. Now, she and her husband have put down roots and live quietly by a lake in New York State…just minutes from a ski mountain.

“My biggest contribution is to help leaders look at the big picture and support them as they apply strategic thinking and concrete methodologies aimed at implementing real strategy for their organizations.”


Ann Wood

EdsonAnnAnn Wood began her marketing and exporting career working for one of the nation’s largest frozen food facilities, JR Wood Inc., located in the San Joaquin Valley of Central California. While at JR Wood, she oversaw marketing and the international division which exported to over thirty countries worldwide. She was also responsible for directing facilities located in Guatemala and Hong Kong. In 2001 Ann took over as Chairman of the Board at JR Wood and, over a 2-year period, successfully negotiated the a sale of this closely held family-owned business to Dole Foods for over $180M.

After JR Wood, Ann continued to consult with small to mid-sized family-owned businesses on turnaround, sale and merger transactions.

Currently, Ann acts as a private facilitator for the National Institute for Standards and Technology-Manufacturing Extension Partnership’s ExporTech™ Program. ExporTech™ is a “how-to” program that helps small- or medium-sized companies enter or expand into global markets by assisting in the development of an international growth plan customized specifically for their business. By utilizing a local team of export experts, the program helps companies move quickly beyond planning, into actual, profitable export sales. In this role, she draws upon her extensive and unique background in international exporting.

Ann holds an undergraduate degree in Marketing and an MBA with an emphasis in International Business Boise State University. In 2014 she finished her Masters in International Diplomacy (MDY) from Norwich University.

At home in Boise, Ann and her family enjoy many of the outdoor activities that the beautiful Idaho landscape has to offer – running, skiing and cycling. She serves on the Boards of Riverstone International School (Idaho’s first International Baccalaureate authorized institution) and TRiCA (a children’s arts program). She also lends support to Idaho Voices for Children.


Nigel K. Moore

Bio Photo (002)Nigel is a seasoned executive with a 30+year portfolio of success, proactively driving change in the manufacturing and service sectors designed to systematically create or expand a company’s domestic and international business. Nigel has over 25 years of management consulting experience in new business development and International sales, operations, and general management. Nigel currently works with the National Institute of Standards and Technology-Manufacturing Extension Partnership program (NIST MEP) working to improve sales performance and operations within its 60 centers nationally and specifically is part of the National ExporTechTM Team as an Export Consultant expanding the ExporTechTM brand, working with 20+ states and more than 250 manufacturers nationwide in their quest to expand global business.

He holds an MBA from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management, a BS in Mechanical Engineering from EastBerks Technical College, and studied Economics at Oxford University.


May Carter

maycarter-5-smallerMay Carter has been a strategy consultant for over 25 years. As an independent consultant with Stone & Associates, she has worked extensively with the U.S. Department of Commerce as well as on a wide range of private and not-for-profit projects such as assessing the potential for open ocean aquaculture in the U.S.; the prospects for U.S. job growth in solar manufacturing; and the structure, segmentation map, and market potential of a regional water technology cluster.

Prior to Stone & Associates, she worked at Telesis-Towers Perrin, where her focus included manufacturing, logistics, and market strategy for Fortune 500 companies. Additional industries in which she has experience include water and wastewater treatment, bioscience, medical devices, aerospace / defense, and pharmaceuticals.

She has experience as a successful small business entrepreneur and is focused on the growth of U.S. manufacturing jobs.

She holds a degree in economics from Brown University.


Teri Collard

Teri Collard has been the office manager for Stone & Associates since 1999. She has more than 25 years experience, having worked for an industrial design company in southern New Hampshire as their Office Manager, a Boston-based commercial advertising firm as Executive Assistant to the New Business Vice President and as Programs Coordinator for an educational institute in downtown Boston organizing industrial design-related programs around the world.

In addition to her corporate work, she’s an active volunteer. She organizes the local library’s largest fundraising event – a 5K walk/run through historic downtown Kennebunk. She also serves on Town committees. Unwinding activities include baking for friends/family, watching backyard movies and tending to perennial and vegetable gardens when Maine’s short growing season allows.