RAI professionals have broad functional and industry expertise in fields as varied as healthcare and manufacturing. Each member of our team brings a highly effective skill set and a demonstrated ability to apply those skills in any industry. The professional staff of Restructuring Associates can be characterized by its outstanding accomplishments, commitment to results, strong integrity, and friendly professionalism.

Thomas J. Schneider
President, C.E.O. and Founder

Thomas J. Schneider

Dr. Thomas J. Schneider is the President, CEO and Founder of Restructuring Associates Inc. in Washington, DC.  He was Partner then Of-Counsel to the law firm of O’Connor & Hannan in Washington, D.C. Dr. Schneider is a member of the Boards of the J. Craig Venter Institute, the Florey Neuroscience Institutes, the National Underground Railway Freedom Center, the Citizens Development Corps (CDC), and the American Australian Educational Leadership Foundation where he is also the treasurer.

Over the past 30 years, Dr. Schneider has acted as a management consultant for many of the largest companies and organizations in the USA, Canada and Australia, across industry, government, not-for-profits, and healthcare.  He has published widely and lectured around the world on corporate competitiveness, high performance organizations, change management, innovative industrial relations and on biotechnology.

He was a member of the Secretary of Energy’s Advisory Board from 1994-2000, and was the Science and Technology Policy Advisor for Presidential candidate Bill Clinton in 1992 and for General Wes Clark in 2003-04.

Dr. Schneider received his A.B., magna cum laude with highest honors from Harvard University, and his J.D. from Harvard Law School.  He obtained a Doctor of Philosophy Degree from Oxford University in industrial and organizational sociology.

In 1999 he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia “for the leadership in the restructuring of industrial relations in the United States of America.”

He was given the “2009 Outstanding Practitioner Award” by the Labor Employment Relations Association (LERA).  Dr. Schneider was designated a “Nationally Recognized Expert” (NRE) by the United States Government, Office of Personnel Management (OPM) in October 2009.

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John R. Stepp (Retired)

Former Deputy Under-Secretary of Labor Dr. John R. Stepp has been involved in labor-management relations for over thirty years as a mediator, administrator and consultant. Dr. Stepp has attained national and international recognition as an advocate of improved labor-management relations and high performance organizations in unionized environments. As Deputy Under-Secretary, he created the Bureau of Labor-Management Relations and Cooperative Programs. Before joining the Department of Labor, Dr. Stepp directed the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service's preventive mediation program and served as a Federal mediator.

Dr. Stepp received his Bachelor of Science degree in industrial management from Georgia Tech and earned his M.B.A. degree from Emory University. He obtained his Doctor of Business Administration degree from the University of Georgia.

In 1990, Dr. Stepp received the American Society for Training and Development National Award for "Outstanding Achievement in Employee Involvement in the Workplace." He has authored some two dozen journal articles addressing the future of labor-management relations.

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Gary I. Bergel

As a consultant and as a human resource executive, Gary Bergel has worked in North America and Australia on the design and implementation of high performance organizations and labor-management cooperative efforts.

In 1997, Mr. Bergel was the first Managing Director of Schneider (Australia) Consulting, RAI's Australian management consultancy, and served in that capacity until 2002. Prior to joining Restructuring Associates Inc., Mr. Bergel was a consultant with Sibson & Company, and a human resource director for General Mills, Inc. While at General Mills, he also served in a variety of other human resource generalist positions, including as a human resource manager for specialty manufacturing plants.

Mr. Bergel has lectured and taught seminars on labor-management cooperation, interest-based negotiations, non-traditional work systems, salary broad-banding, and alternative compensation. He served as an Adjunct Professor of Business in Deakin University 's Faculty of Business and Law in Melbourne, Australia, and is a member of the faculty of WorldatWork (formerly the American Compensation Association), where he co-authored WorldatWork's skill-based pay training program and is a member of its technical review panel. Gary 's work has been published in Compensation & Benefits Review , the Journal of Business and Professional Ethics, and Perspectives on Work.

Mr. Bergel received his B.A. degree in political science from Columbia University and his M.B.A. from Northwestern University 's J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management, where he was selected by the faculty as the outstanding student in Organization Behavior. Mr. Bergel is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR). He was designated a “Nationally Recognized Expert” (NRE) by the United States Government, Office of Personnel Management (OPM) in October 2009.

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Michelle E. DeYoung

Ms. DeYoung has over 20 years designing and leading organizational transformation and redesign projects through strategic alliances, with a specialization in labor-management partnerships.  Her industry experience includes healthcare, public utilities, manufacturing, and telecommunications. Her expertise is in developing and implementing alliance-based performance improvement.  The scale of her project management and integration of best practices has ranged from optimizing factory work teams to the senior executive level, yielding enterprise-wide transformation impacting large businesses in the public and private sectors.  She has developed innovative compensation schemes, has created and delivered training and development plans, and redesigned work processes to support organizational change. She also regularly facilitates conflict resolution sessions and has led multiple bargaining teams (covering 8 International and 26 local unions) through an Interest Based Negotiation process yielding a National Agreement historical in scope.

She is a sought after speaker and workshop leader at conferences in the U.S. on creating strategic alliances to improve performance based on interest based processes.  She also speaks at international venues on topics ranging from economic and social development to best practices in the business arena.

Michelle received her Master of Science in Economics with Distinction and a Post Graduate Diploma, in International Relations with Distinction from the London School of Economics.  She received a Bachelor of Science with Honors from James Madison University.

Prior to joining RAI, Michelle spent nine years abroad in Australia, South Africa, Great Britain and Spain working in both non-profit and for-profit organizations.  She speaks Spanish and continues to volunteer her skills, time and resources to enterprises in developing countries, with her most recent endeavors in India and Nigeria. 

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Charles D. Huggins

Charles Huggins has extensive experience leading joint union-management groups in the development of high performance partnerships, advising clients across a broad range of industries. Prior to joining RAI, Mr. Huggins spent 21 years in the labor movement as Executive Director of the United Association of Office, Sales and Technical Employees, and as Business Agent and Field Representative, respectively, for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the Wisconsin Nurses Association.

Mr. Huggins received a B.A. and an M.S. in industrial relations from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

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Ann M. Gray

anngrayAnn Gray is a six-sigma-certified consultant with over eight years of experience across numerous industries including aviation, transportation and healthcare.  She brings expertise in project management, data analysis, quality assurance, and strategic planning to the RAI team and its clients.  Ann has worked across the United States and internationally with organizations and their employees to improve operations and implement major change efforts. As part of the development of these change initiatives, Ann has led and supported collaborative union and management engagement in joint planning, work redesign, and process improvement efforts.  An example of Ann’s comprehensive client support is her work with a major government agency, where she led the development of multi-year strategic plans and the coordination and standardization of business goals and metrics; this work was underpinned by the engagement of agency stakeholders from across the country. 

Ann earned her Bachelor’s degrees in Economics from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.  She is a member of the International Aviation Club (IAC), the Project Management Institute (PMI), and is an American Society for Quality (ASQ) certified Six Sigma Greenbelt.

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Robert Leventhal


Robert B. Leventhal‘s experience in the fields of high performance high engagement organization, group facilitation, labor/management cooperation and employee involvement began1980 when he helped craft the agreement between the Bell System and its unions to create one of the largest quality of work life efforts in the United States. He spent ten years as Assistant to the President of the Telecommunications International Union, where he directed the union's efforts in quality of work life processes and technology change.  In 1989, he joined Restructuring Associates, beginning his work with companies and unions in defense, food processing, energy and health care.

Mr. Leventhal was recognized by his professional peers when he was named the 1985-86 Director of the Quality of Work Life Network of the American Society for Training and Development.  He has published several articles on the role of unions in cooperative labor-management efforts, including "What Managers Should Know About Union Involvement in New Work Systems" in The Journal for Quality and Participation, The Association for Quality and Participation.

A 1972 graduate of Colgate University, Mr. Leventhal also obtained a Masters degree from the School of Corporate and Political Communications at Fairfield University.

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