At SOAR Management Consulting, our company strength is built on our exceptional people including our experienced and knowledgeable leadership team. We believe that providing outstanding customer service to our clients, teammates and associates is what sets us apart from our competitors and contributes to our impeccable reputation.
Meet the Team:
Susan Barborek, President/CEO
Ms. Barborek is the President and CEO of SOAR Management Consulting, a woman-owned small business providing consulting services to public sector clients. Having worked at a variety of government agencies and with Big Four firms, Ms. Barborek has over 30 years of experience and is a practicing consultant who supports and advises SOAR clients in the areas of human capital transformation, business process analysis and improvement, strategic planning, facilitation, change management, and organizational analysis. She also serves as the firm’s Facility Security Officer (FSO). From 2004 until launching SOAR in 2015, Ms. Barborek served as Managing Principal for the Legacy Network, LLC, an award-winning consulting firm that she was proud to have co-founded and led to great success. That experience has paved the way for continued success in her second company, SOAR Management Consulting.
Ms. Barborek holds a B.A., Psychology and Communications from the University of Michigan and an M.A., Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of West Florida. She is also certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and holds a certificate in Strategic Workforce Planning.
Fun Fact: Ms. Barborek competed in the very first NCAA championship competition for women’s Division 1 college gymnastics. She continues her interest in gymnastics by serving as a local high school gymnastics coach. Recently she took a trip to Iceland with her daughter and enjoyed seeing the Northern Lights. During that same trip, she was thrown from a horse, broke four ribs and torn both rotator cuffs in her shoulders!
Todd Barborek, CFO
Mr. Barborek serves as the firm’s Chief Financial Officer where he is responsible for financial and accounting operations and financial reporting. Prior to SOAR, Mr. Barborek was Vice President at The Research Associates (TRA) for ten (10) years where he established a record of performance in technical and business project management, acquisition program implementation, program strategy, and extensive work with biometrics technology. He spent ten (10) years of his early career honing management consulting and business development skills at Booz, Allen & Hamilton then progressed through positions with PriceWaterhouseCoopers (now IBM) and BearingPoint (now Deloitte) before joining TRA.
Mr. Barborek has an MBA from Virginia Tech and B.S. in Computer Science from Murray State University.
Fun Fact: Mr. Barborek was never a collegiate athlete, but has participated in many odd sports. This includes an Ultimate Frisbee travel team while living in Alabama, the Corporate Sports Battle as an annual charity event where he met his wife, and most recently as member of a local Fairfax Gaelic football team.
Kelsie Garin, Operations Director
Ms. Garin serves as SOAR’s Operations Manager. In this capacity she is responsible for planning, organizing and directing the administrative and support activities at SOAR. She brings a wealth of experience in managing business and non-profit organizations. Before taking a break to raise her children, Ms. Garin worked successfully for IBM as a Marketing Representative focused on outstanding customer service and satisfaction. After leaving IBM, she volunteered and held board and advisory positions in various military spouses groups, PTA boards and sports teams including the Treasurer position for two different teams for several years.
Ms. Garin holds a B.A., Marketing from the University of New Mexico.
Fun Fact: Ms. Garin is the daughter of a PGA Club Golf Professional. She grew up playing golf from an early age and competed in Junior PGA and High School golf tournaments. Her ability to play well was a great advantage as she was asked to participate with potential clients in many golf tournaments. After years of raising two children, Ms. Garin hopes to return to the links to regain her handicap or at least have fun trying!
Gary Bowen, Contracts Specialist
Mr. Bowen has over 45 years of Business, Contract and Procurement Management experience and currently serves as the Contract Specialist for SOAR. Mr. Bowen’s extensive knowledge includes business and contract development, negotiation, administration and compliance, and program management and administration. Over his vast career he has provided valuable insight to the Aerospace, Defense, Environmental and Commercial technical services domain. Mr. Bowen now takes great pride in working with Woman-Owned Small Businesses, Small Businesses and Small Disadvantaged Businesses.
Fun Fact: While on a business trip to Sweden one winter Mr. Bowen spent a weekend in an Ice Palace Hotel located above the Arctic Circle. The entire hotel was made of ice…..beds, tables chairs, everything. Even cocktails were served in ice containers. It was an incredible experience!