Excalibur’s leadership is led by a talented team of professionals who have decades of success in serving both federal and local government, as well as the private sector.
Marcus R. White, President and Founder
Marcus directs The Excalibur Group with a passion for mentoring and his local community; he has motivated and led hundreds of talented professionals to well-matched careers. As founder and president of Excalibur, he has nearly two-decades IT experience supporting clients such as the National Cancer Institute and U.S. EPA. Marcus has provided network administration to user networks from 5 – 5,000 professionals. He has led help desk centers and their response teams with award-winning results. His experience includes establishing project expectations for local system administrators and division heads within the National Cancer Institute. He has developed communications materials and conducted research and analysis for EPA Regions 3, 8, and 10, as well as acted as the liaison between regional and pilot contacts and the EPA client.
Leading his company since 2006, Excalibur has expanded beyond the scope of legal to other professional industries including administrative and IT. Marcus has identified and acquired new business, and managed all aspects of client needs including the provision of personnel, follow-up and relationship management for medium to large-scale, short and long-term projects. Marcus has interviewed, mentored and coached numerous professionals for permanent job placement. Marcus is an alumnus of the College of William and Mary where he made his mark as a fencer, achieving All-American status as a junior, he went on to compete with the U.S. World Cup team in 2001 and 2002. He currently coaches fitness and Olympic weightlifting and competes on the local and national levels.
Marcus is committed to local and small business efforts and participates in chamber and SBA initiatives.
Emily LaVaun Marasco, Vice President and Co-Owner
Emily is a business development specialist and highly skilled in growth strategies, having supported a broad array of private and public sector initiatives. Her experience includes the implementation and program management of over $100M in state and federal contracts in the areas of environment, defense, communications, and the arts. Clients such as EPA’s Office of Policy, Economics, and Innovation, have commended her on creative problem solving, and exceptional quality of work. She successfully served as the Program Manager of Communications for the then third largest charity in the United States, Gifts In Kind International, as well as Director of Development for the Nature Generation and the National Association for Olmsted Parks. Her experience is broad and community-based.
Ms. Marasco has had the honor of being invited to serve on two of the Congress mandated and funded Corporation for National and Community Service peer review teams; advising on program funding including AmeriCorps State and National Review. With a passion for innovative solutions, professionalism, and creativity, Emily directs Excalibur’s business development. She has been a nominated member of the DC’s Chancellor’s Parent Cabinet advising on city-wide education policies and programs. She is active in advocacy efforts for equitable HUBZone and small business policy development.
Jessica Audsley, Director of Programs, DC Office
Jessica Audsley is Director of Programs at Excalibur where she leads programs in the Defense, Legal, and Professional Services industries. Her background as a Military Recruiter and a leader in the US Army lends Jessica a solid understanding of the expertise and solutions needed to help her clients tackle their biggest challenges.
Jessica’s consistent leadership, commitment to excellence, and solutions-oriented problem-solving allows Jessica the opportunity to regularly support Excalibur’s business development activities. Additionally, Jessica provides leadership for Excalibur’s Communications and Fulfillment teams.
As an Army Veteran, Jessica’s past accomplishments include a comprehensive Veteran employment program to provide opportunities for transitioning soldiers resulting in successful candidate pipelines for Vets looking for meaningful second careers. These efforts resulted in Excalibur being awarded the US Veterans Department of Labor’s 2018 Gold HIRE Vets Award.
Amber Faith, Program Manager, ACW Workforce Center
Amber is ACW Workforce Center’s Program Manager. She leads a team of case management and outreach specialists who provide Job Placement and Career Mentorship to participants on the TANF contract for the city’s Department of Human Services.
Amber utilizes her background in adult education and program development to enhance local workforce development opportunities. She forges private and public sector partnerships and creates business processes that put the families of the community first in their quest for sustainable employment.
Highlights in Amber’s background include curriculum development and delivery for the Women’s Empowerment Program ISP, which helped increase awareness and access to higher education opportunities for females in Japan. In DC, Amber was a teacher, developing student enrichment for disadvantaged youth in DC’s Ward 7 and 8. Her programming for students helped participants develop the tools to deal with stressors both inside and outside of the classroom, leading to the development of long-term life skills.
Amber is a published playwright and was awarded the Smith College Book Award for Outstanding Leadership and Academic Performance among her many recognitions for her work with communities both globally and locally.
Amber holds a BA in Education from the prestigious Smith College.
Chilsai Fahrenkrog, Recruiter, DC Office
Coming from Abilene, Kansas, Chilsai is a dedicated military spouse and mother of two. Her experience includes supporting full-scale HR efforts and analysis in banking and finance. Her role as recruiter includes providing expertise in IT, Defense, and the Professional services industries to work with candidates to match them with ongoing client needs.
Chilsai graduated with a Psychology degree from Fort Hays State University.
Jonathan Poulson, Accountant, DC Office
Jonathan Poulson is Excalibur’s on staff Accountant.
“Nothing changes, if nothing changes,” one of his favorite mantras and the perfect quote to describe his professional career. Jonathan began working with Entech Engineering shortly after school where he performed numerous duties from asset collection, surveying, and assessment of building structures for government facilities to include but not limited to; the Architect of the Capitol (AOC), the Library of Congress, the U.S. Capitol, and the Supreme Court.
After nine long years, Jonathan decided he was ready for a major career change and transitioned into the wonderful world of finance. There he spent many years supporting a variety of organizations ranging from the automobile industry to one of the largest federal credit unions in the world. Although Jon found his niche in numbers, that itch for change struck once more.
After working in highly transactional environments, he sought new employment with a company that not only aligned with his financial knowledge and experience but also his social interests. Excalibur’s commitment to impact the surrounding communities as demonstrated through its daily work and philanthropic initiatives presented Jon with an opportunity to have more relational and interpersonal interactions at work and was the exact change he desired.
Jonathan attended Morgan State University. He is married to his lovely wife and best friend. Together they have three handsome, busy, boys.
Kristen Poulson, Human Resources Manager, DC Office
Kristen Poulson is a Human Resource (HR) Manager at Excalibur with a passion for streamlining processes and increasing operating efficiencies. Her policy development is employee-experience centric, understanding that a large part of what makes any organization successful is its people.
Kristen has nearly a decade both as a government contractor and civilian, supporting government organizations such as, the Personnel Security Investigation Center of Excellence – PSI CoE, Chemical Material Activity – CMA, Recovered Chemical Materiel Directorate – RCMD, Defense Finance and Accounting Service – DFAS, Defense Contract Management Agency – DCMA, and Edgewood Chemical Biological Center – ECBC. Her experience is especially aligned to manage an employee base of government contractors such as Excalibur’s.
Kristen obtained her HR Management certification from the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM-CP).
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