Our People

At Sendero our people are the differentiator. We hire and nurture intelligent, unpretentious, and collaborative professionals who align with our core values. Individuals come from diverse backgrounds, bringing a breadth and depth of experience, but we all share passion for defining and achieving agile, innovative solutions for our clients.

The spirit of how we operate is evident through every interaction with our team. Taking an entrepreneurial approach, a focus on stewardship, and a belief in strong relationships, we empower one another, our communities, and our clients daily. It’s the unique balance of knowledge and expertise—coupled with empathy and compassion—that enables us to partner with you to define success together. From Associates to Partners, get to know some of our team members below.

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Alex Corum

Favorite part of your job? "Helping others excel in their role by offering continuous learning opportunities."

Hobbies: “Traveling with my husband, spending time with family/friends, and loving on our two miniature dachshunds!”

Amanda Kraft
Principal, Consulting
With over 15 years of management consulting experience, Amanda brings a deep understanding of learning management systems, organizational change...
Amy Goad

Community focus: “I enjoy volunteering with and mentoring the high school students of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas, specifically through my involvement in the Junior League of Dallas – Collegiate STEPS and the Urban Land Institute – Building Industry Leaders programs.”

Hobbies: “I enjoy volunteering, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.”

Bret Farrar
CEO and Founding Partner
Bret’s top priority is building Sendero into a world-class organization respected for its outstanding people, its collaborative culture, and its...
Brian Childs

Why Sendero? “I was attracted to the people and the culture. I was excited at the prospect of joining a company where I would not only be spurred on professionally by my coworkers but could also be friends with them.”

Hobbies: “Whether its playing soccer or Spikeball or even the occasional backpacking adventure, outside of work you will find me doing just about anything outdoors.”

Christi Bellon
Senior Director, Finance & Accounting
As Senior Director of Accounting and Finance at Sendero, Christi’s primary responsibility is to provide financial results and reporting to support...
Daniel Wetesnik

Why Sendero? “It's a supportive, fun culture, the variety of work, and the opportunity to accelerate my career.”

Hobbies: “Church community group, competitive men's soccer, gathering groups of friends together for any occasion, and anything outdoors: camping, hiking, fishing, athletics.”

Diana Batten

Why Sendero? “The variety of projects and the warmth of the people.”

Hobbies: “The performing arts scene in Houston and anything Disney!”

Eric McConnell
Principal, Consulting
An extensive consulting skillset, strong leadership background, and passion for helping clients succeed enables Eric to lead and deliver successful...
Hilary Worrell

Why Sendero? “I started at a large consulting firm that required a lot of travel and a lot of night and weekend work. It was not a sustainable career path for me. Sendero provided the same type of dynamic work, but was also able to offer a better work/life balance with a local client focus.”

Hobbies: “I enjoy yoga, traveling and University of Texas football. I’ve recently tried my hand at gardening too, but it seems my green thumb isn’t quite so green.”

Jeff Schar
Principal, Consulting
Jeff brings over 15 years of consulting leadership experience to Sendero clients. He provides leadership roles in engagements centered on mergers &...
Jordan Kragen

Why Sendero? “The people. As I went through the interview process, each person I met made me even more confident that this was the company I wanted to be a part of. I also really loved that the company really lived the core values.”

Hobbies: “I love to read, volunteer, and cook.”

Julie Shochat

Why Sendero? “The culture is not just a set of words. It’s palpable, and you really have to experience it to understand it. The components of the culture that appealed to me most were respect, true collaboration, and entrepreneurial spirit – and those became evident during my interview process.”

Hobbies? “Spending time with my family, which includes my husband, our three kids, our two dogs, my parents, and my sister. Also, photography.”

Kallie Smith

Favorite Sendero memory: “There are many, but one that sticks out is my first week on the job at Bret and Ruth’s house. I can look back on it now and see how much we have grown over the years.”

Hobbies: “Enjoying time with my daughter and husband, watching Oklahoma football and the Texas Rangers.”

Katie Schreiber

Favorite Sendero memory: "It's from the quarterly meeting we had in 2015 at the Texas Rangers Ballpark. We met in a beautiful open room, played catch on the field, hit in the Rangers batting cages, and ended the day with a Happy Hour on the field!”

Hobbies: “Working out at different fitness studios through a program called ClassPass, trying all the new food spots around town, going to Texas A&M football games, starting new creative art projects, learning about fashion, and traveling!”

Kelsey Hooten

Favorite part of the job: “When candidates accept our offers! We are highly selective about who we ask to join, so we celebrate when someone decides to make Sendero their new work home. It’s special knowing that we helped that individual make a significant life decision.”

Hobbies: " Spending time in the weight room at Equinox-Highland Park, following Texas Aggie football, and reading.”

Kyle Berry
Principal, Consulting
With a goal of aligning IT and business objectives, Kyle helps organizations focus their technical talents on items that differentiate their...
Lauren Lyngstad

Favorite part of the job: “There are many, but one that stands out is how supported I feel by our leadership team to pursue my passions, both in and out of the office.”

Hobbies: “Being active and teaching workout classes, losing my voice at sporting events, traveling (and eating!) my way across the country, and spending time with my family and friends.”

Luba Popov

What attracted you to Sendero: "The first thing that stood out was the culture and passion people exhibited when I talked to them about what they do. The second thing was the diversity of projects and the opportunity to grow and expand my knowledge of different industries."

Hobbies: "I enjoy a challenging bike ride on a nice day, and of course, baking! I don’t follow recipes much, but morph different ideas into one – sometimes the end-result is exceptional and sometimes not-so-much, but my co-workers always take part in being taste-testers and are happy to provide feedback for improvement!"

Melody Mattox
Senior Director, Talent Management
As Senior Director of Talent Management, Melody leads Sendero people-related strategic initiatives and provides leadership to all Talent Management...
Mike Berberich

Favorite part of the job: “I love coming to work knowing that I will be challenged and that I get to work with other smart people who care about my success.”

Hobbies: “Beyond chasing my 2.5 year old son, I enjoy going to sporting events, reading up on sports stats, and watching TED talks.”

Paula Tovar

Community focus: "I am passionate about helping our younger generations to unleash their full potential as members of our community, regardless of their socioeconomic background."

Hobbies: "I enjoy spending quality time with friends and family by having deep conversations over coffee (I love coffee!). I also love exploring new places and experiencing new cultures. Last but not least, I enjoy listening to the stories of successful entrepreneurs and learning from their fascinating journeys and their business strategies."

Ruth Farrar
COO and Founding Partner
Ruth’s primary responsibilities are driving strategic planning, ensuring alignment with Sendero’s award-winning culture, and leading the internal...
Scott Miller
Senior Partner, Consulting
A strategic thinker, advisor, and leader focused on guiding and delivering value for Sendero’s client relationships, Scott supports the strategic...
Scott Simari

Favorite Sendero memory: “The memories that make me smile are usually associated with a challenge. There’s something special about tackling issues or roadblocks as a team. Let’s just say a lot of bonding occurs when you’re in a war room!”

Hobbies: “I’ve been called a professional hobbyist so I won’t list them all. At the moment, I really enjoying cycling, woodworking, and gardening.”

Scotty Buoy

Favorite part of the job: "I love being able to develop our junior employees at the firm. I’m currently managing six resources and also the Career Advisor for six other employees. Being able to watch and help people develop in the career inspires me to be better in my own career."

Hobbies: “Most of my time is spent chasing down my two sons (3 and 1), but when I get a chance I love to play golf and basketball."

Shwetha Bhat

Favorite part of your job? "I love going to work every day, not knowing exactly what to expect. There are constantly new problems to solve, new clients to meet, and new ways to help the project move forward successfully. Being involved in the ever changing world of technology, I am always learning new things and offered opportunities to grow as an associate. Additionally, working with such supportive and bright co-workers gives me the confidence that I can overcome any challenge."

Hobbies: "My hobbies include dancing, discovering restaurants in DFW, and trying new yoga studios!"

Staci Thetford

Why Sendero? “I loved that Sendero was locally focused. Additionally, the Career Advisor program really stood out to me as a way to have a mentor and a guide as I made this career switch.”

Hobbies: “I love to cook! I used to have a food blog about 5 years ago. I do still love trying to cook new and exciting dishes and you can usually tell when I’ve made something extravagant by the number of dirty dishes I create in the cooking process.”

Susanne Turnbo
Principal, Consulting
Through utilization of her deep management consulting and IT operations experience, Susanne plays an instrumental role in creating positive results...
Wayne Tung
Partner, Consulting
Through more than 20 years of consulting and industry experience, Wayne has successfully delivered numerous consulting engagements for energy,...

The spirit of how we operate is evident through every interaction with our team. Taking an entrepreneurial approach, a focus on stewardship, and a belief in strong relationships, we empower one another, our communities, and our clients daily.

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