Thought Partners


BAYS Florida

GPS is supporting BAYS Florida in developing and implementing strategies to maximize business development opportunities that improve outcomes for youth and families in juvenile justice and child welfare systems.  In particular, our work is focused on leveraging organizational expertise to support dually served youth. Our partnership includes strategic consultation on program development; identifying growth strategies for organizational expansion in and beyond Florida; and strategic planning.

I have known Jody for several years and throughout that time, she continues to keep youth and families first, regardless of the position. She is a great asset to BAYS Florida, consistently scanning national trends to encourage the organization to grow strategically to benefit those youth and families. She is particularly passionate about those youth with open juvenile justice cases that are also served by child welfare, encouraging growth that benefits both systems to get youth home to their families when it is safe to do so.

– Robert Patterson, President and CEO, BAYS Florida


Virginia DSS

GPS co-led a system wide strategic planning effort utilizing root cause analysis and Implementation Science in the development of the Department’s Federal Child and Family Services Plan (CFSP) and Annual Progress and Services Report (APSR). Our six -month consulting engagement relied heavily on strategic facilitation and intentional communication with executive leadership to successfully deliver the Federal reports to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Administration on Children and Families (ACF).

Working with Jody was a pleasure. She brought sincere professionalism and a strategic approach to her work with the Virginia Department of Social Services. ​Jody worked well with the team and always knew just the right moment to inject a bit of fun into the work.  She was a true partner in the work.

– Kristin Zagar, Assistant Deputy of Family Services, Virginia Department of Social Services