Project Team

The key project staff with the Alaska DOT&PF Civil Rights Office includes:

Rashaud Joseph – Civil Rights Office Manager

Sunny Haight – Deputy Director, Administrative Services Division

David Lee – Central Region Office Engineer

Jeff Jenkins – Chief of Contracts, Southcoast Region

Sharon Smith – Chief of Contracts, Central Region

Ronald Hollar – Civil Rights Office, Research Analyst

Barbara Tanner – Chief of Contracts, Northern Region

Mark O’Brien – Consultant

MGT Consulting Group (previously MGT of America) completed our first post-Croson disparity study, we have successfully conducted over 220 disparity and disparity-related studies for public sector clients across the country. MGT has a proven track record of conducting legally defensible disparity studies that have played a vital role in assessing and evaluating the extent of marketplace discrimination, if any, on a national scale. Our mission is to provide high quality, value-added consulting solutions that exceed the expectations of our clients and provide a meaningful return on investment to our clients and all other stakeholders. Visit our website at to learn more about our services and projects.


We have over 30 years of firsthand experience with the complexities involved in conducting disparity studies aligned with current methodologies and legal standards. A snapshot of our credentials includes:

  • Experience withstanding legal challenges
  • Enhanced private sector analysis, including building permits analysis.
  • Comprehensive approach to availability analysis, covering bidder/vendor and custom census (Dun and Bradstreet).
  • Conducting a robust anecdotal analysis, which includes separate stakeholder interviews.
  • Comprehensive review of all available data.
  • Highly credentialed staff, including Ph.D. research staff and masters level research staff.
  • Conducted more studies in racially, ethnically, and socio-economically diverse communities than most other firms.
  • Regression analysis upheld multiple times by federal circuit courts. 


Executive Vice President, MGT Consulting Group, 1983–Present

Dr. Seamon has over 30 years of consulting, research, and graduate teaching experience and has played a major role in over 100 of MGT’s disparity studies. His disparity study areas of expertise include qualitative research methods, community engagement, and outreach and policy analysis.

Project Responsibilities: Executive in Charge, Policy Research


Vice President, Disparity Research, MGT Consulting Group, 1999–Present

Mr. Smith is nationally recognized for managing and directing disparity studies and is the leader of MGT’s disparity team and MGT’s disparity study business unit. He has directed over three dozen studies since joining MGT and has managed some of the largest disparity studies in the country. Mr. Smith’s key roles are developing and refining MGT’s methodology and quality standards for conducting disparity studies.

Project Responsibilities: Project Director, Qualitative Research


Senior Consultant, MGT Consulting Group, 2008–Present

Mr. Bernal has research experience in economic theories, including Microeconomics Theory, Macroeconomic Theory, Econometrics, Regression Analysis, Human and Labor Resource Economics. He conducts extensive research using statistics and mathematical computation to analyze data using his extensive experience working with SAS, SPSS, database design, Excel, Access, and other Microsoft Office Suites. In addition, Mr. Bernal is a juris doctor and is fluent in English and Spanish.

Project Responsibilities: Legal Researcher, Lead Quantitative Researcher


Senior Consultant, MGT Consulting Group, 2019–Present

Ms. Stewart has more than a decade of experience managing large, complex research projects and disparity and availability studies. She has been a lead researcher or project manager on over 40 such studies and has been a repeat presenter at ACCA for project goal setting and contract data collection for disparity studies.

Project Responsibilities: Data Assessment & Collection, Quantitative Research


Consultant, MGT Consulting Group, 2018–Present

Ms. Opheim has over 11 years of experience working with data systems and analytical methods and techniques and is key member of the disparity data collection and analysis team. Her experience translating data analysis results to inform decision making about disparity findings and conclusions is critical throughout this project. Ms. Opheim will provide data representation modeling, illustrating the various sets of data to provide a visual analysis of the representative depictions and models.

Project Responsibilities: Data Collection, Quantitative Research




Project Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate and manage the focus groups and public meetings
  • Conduct one-one-one interviews with business owners
  • Conduct custom census survey



Project Responsibilities:

  • Conduct Custom Census Surveys for Availability
  • Conduct Anecdotal Surveys

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