The YCNS Team is dedicated to making business better. We uphold our mission and are consistently looking for opportunities to better improve YCNS and our clients. Take a second and get to know the wonderful people that are dedicated to helping you make work and life better.
Our Founder, Sinikka Waugh
Sinikka is a recognized leader in understanding people and in adapting tools, techniques, and processes to meet the demands of the situation at hand. As a popular presenter and trainer, her energetic and engaging style drives home the art and science of making business better for individuals, teams, and organizations.
Since 1996, Sinikka has successfully applied analysis and leadership expertise to improve performance in a wide array of industries. As a project manager, business analyst, facilitator, trainer, and coach, Sinikka is known for consistently helping teams find innovative ways to solve problems and get things done. Since 2006, Sinikka has provided compassionate leadership in transformation initiatives. Her results-driven professionalism blends seamlessly with her down-to-earth, “try this now” approach and her passion for helping others reach their goals and interact more effectively with others.
Sinikka is currently serving as the Director of Outreach for the Central Iowa PMI Chapter.
Sinikka holds a BA from Central College, an MA from the University of Iowa, and is a certified Project Management Professional through the Project Management Institute. Sinikka and her husband Spencer live in Indianola, Iowa with their two daughters.
Our Coaches, Partners, & Key Contributors
Don Cue is a senior leader and change agent with extensive experience in people leadership, team member development, Change Management, Project Portfolio Management, Strategic Planning, Program Leadership, Information Protection, visual and written communications, systems and process design. He has extensive experience in leadership and change delivery backed by a deep foundation of technical understanding. Don believes in building and maturing teams to carry organizations farther faster, the power of optimism, and the strength of planning, hard work and determination. He loves to lead teams to envision what could be and chart the course to success.
Gary Walljasper brings more than 20 years of strategic human resources consulting experience to The Carlson Group, LLC and Your Clear Next Step. His professional career has included multiple management and leadership roles involving extensive advisory work and partnership with middle and senior management. Areas of focus have included leadership development/effectiveness, strategic talent management, human capital planning, individual and organization development, strategic recruitment/retention, team dynamics, career planning, M&A integration, work-life focus, and employee engagement. Known for his leadership development and coaching, Gary has presented at several conferences on a wide range of strategic initiatives, including talent and leadership development, human capital planning, and learning transfer. His diverse background of capabilities include: HR Executive, Corporate Trainer/Facilitator, Leadership Coach, and a Leader of People.
Jill Huffman started with Your Clear Next Step in 2017 as a Communications Specialist. She works mostly behind the scenes to make sure our facilitators have everything they need to make your business better. She is here to help our clients with whatever they might need, but also uses her writing and editing skills as one of the voices behind many of our publications. She is a Central College graduate with a BA in Political Science and Communication Studies.
Renee Cue is an experienced senior project manager and business analyst with an emphasis on insurance and financial services. She has an extensive background in financial credit delivery operations, information models, database marketing, property/casualty and life insurance, strategic planning and operations. Renee has excellent management and consulting capabilities with superior written and verbal communication skills. She is creative, independent, and results–oriented. She works well within all levels of an organization, making her a valuable asset to any project. Renee is a very strong leader in both strategic and tactical endeavors.