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"Without hustle, talent will only carry you so far."

Meet Our Team


Elaine Dickson, Founder

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Elaine Dickson is Owner and CEO of Mavenly Consultants, LLC, a national consulting firm providing accounting, finance and strategy services to growth-oriented businesses. Ms. Dickson is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and DEI Consultant. Her focus areas include accounting, risk management, strategy and transformational DEI practices. She is also the principal in client negotiations and oversees the strategic direction of the business.


Prior to her current role, Elaine served as President of E2 Global Consultants, a finance and accounting firm providing consulting to senior level accounting and finance leaders. Additionally, she held several management positions in banking and investment institutions.

Elaine graduated from the University of Massachusetts-Boston with a degree in Management, concentration in Accounting, obtained a Master of Business Administration from Bentley University and a Master of Science in Journalism from Boston University. She also holds Certificates in Regulatory Compliance from University of Pennsylvania-Coursera, Change Management and Governance from Macquarie University-Coursera and Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination from West Virginia University-Coursera.

In addition to Mavenly Consultants, Elaine is also the Co-Founder of Reading Owls International, a grassroots organization working to improve educational outcomes and advance equity in education for Jamaican students. Reading Owls imagines a world in which every child has the resources to help him or her succeed. Ms. Dickson also serves as a mentor in the RI Hub Venture Mentoring Service (VMS), as advisor with Teach for America RI and board member with Diversity and Inclusion Professionals (DAIP) and Community MusicWorks.  Most recently, she served as Clerk (Chair) of the Moses Brown Admissions and Enrollment committee and as a member of their Executive Committee and Board of Trustees (2013-2019) and Head of School Search Committee (2022).

Nicole Grandison, EA, CBP, NTPI Fellow®

Nicole has over 15 years of tax experience working in Public Accounting. She represents clients before the IRS on a range of issues and also provide expert advice to high net worth clients, small businesses and not-for-profit entities with varying tax needs, including multi-state tax filings, cross-border transactions and cryptocurrency matters.


She holds a Masters Degree in Taxation from Golden Gate University, a BA from the College of the Holy Cross, a Professional Certificate in Accounting from Stonehill College, as well as a Certified Bitcoin Professional Certificate. Nicole is also an IRS Enrolled Agent and NTPI Fellow.

Our Partners

“If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” 

We collaborate with strategic thought leaders who share our passion for excellence and first class customer service.


Organizational Strategy Alignment and Execution

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Leadership  Development

Executive Coaching

Business Process and Workflow Design

Talent Management

Organization Assessment

About JamesGoode Associates

JamesGoode Associates, an HR Consulting firm, offers small to mid-sized organizations access to big-company sophistication and rigor. JamesGoode expert approach to human capital and organization effectiveness brings solutions that fit each client's needs, from idea to execution. They meet organizations where they are and helps propel them to where they want to be. The team is driven by the belief that just because you’re small doesn’t mean you can’t think big.

JamesGoode Associates works in concert with C-suite executives, internal HR teams and partners to bring the best  support to each client.  

Lynell James, Principal

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Lynell James brings more than 25 years of diverse business experience to helping individuals and organizations reach their fullest potential. As a senior executive in a variety of industries including financial services, manufacturing and the non-profit sector, Lynell has developed end to end organization effectiveness solutions grounded in a deep understanding of operational and cultural dynamics and has served as a valued collaborator and advisor to her clients.
As a founder and principal of JamesGoode Associates, Lynell works with organizations to operationalize their strategic plans and enhance their leadership and management capabilities. Partnering with the C-suite and internal HR resources, she has helped organizations navigate mergers and acquisitions, implement diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives, and upgrade their internal operational workflows and processes.     

Stephanie Goode, Principal

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Stephanie Goode combines 25 years of experience as a Chief Human Resources Officer and Chief Learning Officer in financial services, healthcare and media to accelerate team and executive performance and operational excellence.  Stephanie has led organization alignment initiatives and operations restructuring resulting gains in efficiency and client satisfaction.  She combines functional experience with a commonsense approach to operating reality, making her a valued partner to executive teams looking to connect people, strategy and execution. 


As a principal and co-founder of JamesGoode Associates, Stephanie works with organizations on operational transformation, organization assessment and restructuring, and identifying and developing key talent to support organizational growth.   Stephanie is a certified executive coach and has partnered with C-suite executives and Boards of Directors to develop senior leaders.

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