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 recenly served as the Vice President of Marketing & Communications 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
Blair Wagner is an organizational consultant and leadership coach with mastery in change management and organizational development. With 20+ years of experience and strong business acumen, Blair is a natural relationship-builder skilled in maximizing the strengths of both organizations and people with mastery in collaboratively implementing change.
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 Russell 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.