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PMA Welcomes Lea Williams and Charmain Lewis

October 2020

Lea Williams and Charmain Lewis, both of Charlotte, have joined PMA Consulting, adding great skill and experience to the team. "I could not be happier about the immediate support Lea and Charmain are offering dozens of nonprofit leaders we are working with right now," said PMA President Patton McDowell.  "They each have unique insight into what can best help a nonprofit leader with their strategic planning, fundraising, communications or personal development."


Eleanor "Lea" Williams is an Organizational Scientist who joined the PMA team in June of 2020. Prior to joining the firm, Lea dedicated her time to two main areas: earning her Ph.D. in Organizational Science from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and serving 15+ nonprofits through pro-bono consulting engagements. In addition to her nonprofit work, while obtaining her Doctorate, Lea also worked in several Talent Management/Organizational Development roles at large organizations in Charlotte, such as Ingersoll Rand, Duke Energy, TIAA, and Jacobsen. Given her strong research background, she is skilled at gathering input and synthesizing it to help nonprofit leaders develop innovative solutions. Her specialties include meeting effectiveness (the subject of her dissertation), leadership, board, and staff training and development, data analysis (both quantitative and qualitative), strategic planning, survey design, stakeholder research, and volunteer retention/engagement. She also received her Master's in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and her bachelor's degree in Psychology from Davidson College. 


Charmain Lewis is a Communications professional who joined PMA in September of 2020 after relocating to Charlotte with her family.  With over 20 years in both Communications and Education, she has extensive experience in leadership, building relationships, and company collaboration.  After serving thirteen years as an educator, Charmain spent several years writing business profile articles for MBE Magazine and Diversity Professional Magazine.  Eventually, she began consulting with clients on communication needs across multiple industries.  Charmain has helped multiple organizations develop objectives and strategies so they were able to formulate and execute a communications plan, bringing their vision to life.  She has played a key role in planning and coordinating events, including an inaugural conference for a non-profit organization in the medical field. Charmain is a graduate of Queens University of Charlotte with a bachelor's degree in Communications.