Meet Our Executive Leadership Team

We have hand-selected a diverse and accomplished leadership team, with each person bringing unique experience, skills, and perspective. Let’s work together to design innovative HR and CR solutions to promote operational efficiency and a sustainable workforce in your organization.

James Sasser
President & Chief Executive Officer

James Sasser

As founder and President of GovStrive, James brings 20 years of top-tier professional services experience focused on business transformation and process improvement, shared services centralization and optimization, operational performance, and talent management. James has successfully led project teams through complex, large-scale design and implementation projects, supported clients to stabilize, operate, and optimize their business, and built methodologies and tools to support evolving needs of the federal government marketplace. As an innovative and progressive leader, he works with all levels of an organization to develop high performing, collaborative teams. James holds a B.S. in Business from the University of South Florida and an MBA from Auburn University.


Clyde Thompson
Senior Vice President

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Clyde brings 36 years of dedicated government service, serving in numerous executive management and administrative positions across the USDA at the department- and agency-level, including Deputy Administrator for Operations and Management for Rural Development, U.S. Department of Agriculture Associate Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Associate Assistant Secretary for Administration, and Deputy Chief for Business Operations for Forest Service. Clyde’s outstanding accomplishments were acknowledged across government as the recipient of two Presidential Meritorious Rank Awards. At GovStrive, he calls upon his expertise and knowledge to provide executive advisory support to government executives, managers, and management teams. Clyde holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Jackson State University and a MBA from the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater.


Joe Abusamra

Joe Abusamra

Director of Service Delivery & Employee Engagement

Renee Barfield

Renee Barfield

Director of Human Resources

Gaye Cook

Gaye Cook

Director of National HR and CR Operations

Anjuli Desai

Anjuli Desai

Senior Manager, Process, Policy, and PMO


Dale Foster

Dale Foster

Director of Dublin Customer Care Center

Amanda Franks

Amanda Franks

Leader of IDIQ Programs and Contract Administration

Katrina Hsen

Katrina Hsen

Director of Innovative Tools & Analytics

Marc Legaspi

Marc Legaspi

Director of Technology Solutions & Deployment


 
Mona McLendon

Mona McLendon

Financial Controller

Anthony Mercaldo

Anthony Mercaldo

Senior Manager, Data-Driven Decision Support