strategic training, empowerment programming & solutions


Whoever wants to reach a distant goal 

must take many......steps

​Helmut Schmidt

about steps, llc

Strategic Training, Empowerment Programming and Solutions (STEPS), LLC. is a multi-faceted consulting firm designed to help diverse organizations (public, private, faith-based and non-profits) meet challenges confronting them.

Through meticulous planning, team building and partnerships with clients, STEPS tailors or customizes services and resources to address current and emerging human and capital concerns. STEPS provides a variety of services to meet articulated needs:


video production

program evaluation

technical writing

training manuals

grants & proposals

strategic planning

editing & publishing


parenting education


community development

staff development


meet the steps, llc team

dr . catherine williams, president and ceo

- Multi-talented leader with significant years of diverse consulting experience in public and private sectors.

- Expertise in coalition building, strategic planning,training and development.

- Extensive knowledge of education administration, teaching and learning strategies as well as pedagogical concepts and trends.

​- Outstanding public speaking, grant and proposal writing and proven track record for obtaining public and private support among a variety
of constituencies including corporations, foundation and government sources.

​Dr. Williams is President and CEO of STEPS, LLC.  Her academic credentials include: a Bachelor’s degree in French from Norfolk State University (Norfolk, VA); a Masters in Urban Administration from Georgia State University (Atlanta, GA); Masters of Divinity from Virginia Union University, School of Theology (Richmond, VA) and a Doctorate in Public Administration from the University of Georgia (Athens, GA).  After completing graduate school, she maintained dual careers – a college professor (Hampton University and Norfolk State University) and owner of a consulting business.  She was CEO and President of the Institute for Academic Coaching and Counseling which provided tutoring, mentoring, self-esteem, karate and parenting programs for inner city youth and adults. 

​She has received numerous awards and honors which include, but are not limited to, the following: Community Service Award, Flintstone Elementary School (Fort Washington, MD, 2006), Teacher of the Year at Strayer University (Suitland, MD, 2006), Donald R. Stoddard Faculty Award of Excellence, Strayer University (Washington, DC, 2004), University’s Most Outstanding Administrator Southeastern University (Washington, DC, 2003), Minority Small Business Advocate of the Year (Small Business Administration,1999), Teacher of the Year, Delaware State University (School of Business,1998), Who’s Who in American Education, 1993 and Outstanding Women of America, 1992. For these and other contributions and commitment, she is considered to be a treasure to the art of teaching.

claude l. matthews, esquire

- Network broadcast journalist with multiple career assignments

- Practicing attorney with substantial litigation experience

- Extensive knowledge of local and national politics

- Experienced public speaker and community leader

​Claude L. Matthews has combined careers in broadcast journalism and law.  His career began prior to the urban riots of 1968 which he covered for WTOP News, Washington.  Following his appointment as District Correspondent he covered the newly-formed home rule government of Washington, D.C. In that capacity he covered the Mayor, City Council and DC agencies for WTOP-RV and Radio.   In the Vietnam era of 1960’s he reported for television the antiwar protests at the Pentagon.  A five-year stint as co-cost of Harambee, a daily public affairs program followed.  For his work he received an Emmy nomination and the Frederick Douglass Award for distinguished journalism from the Howard University School of Communications.

Moving to NBC News, Washington, his career included work as editor and producer.  He was named WashingtonWeekend Nightly News Producer.  He covered the White House, Congress, the Pentagon and government agencies.  He was Supreme Court Producer for the network, covering the Court and various landmark decisions.  His work has appeared on Nightly News, the Today Show and MSNBC.  He covered UN agency hearings in Montreal, Canada following the terrorist attack and crash of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.  He accompanied Nelson Mandela as network producer during his first visit to the United States.  He has combined a free-lance journalism career in recent years with a law practice specialty of litigation and family law, including child abuse and neglect.

A graduate of Howard University and the Georgetown University Law Center, he is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, the District of Columbia and federal courts including the U.S. Supreme Court.  He completed the summer program in broadcast journalism at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

​His involvement in the community includes service on the District of Columbia Board of Appeals and Review, the Mental Health Association and the board of the Television News Center.   The Center rains journalist and seeks to improve the quality of news reporting.

mattie giles, edD

Dr. Giles received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from North Carolina Central University, a Master of Social Work from Howard University, Certificate in Advance Graduate Studies in Human Resources from the University of Maryland, and a Doctorate in Higher Education Administration and Supervision from Virginia Polytechnic Institution and State University.  She has also received training and certification in the following areas:

- Train the Trainer for Peace Corps (domestic and internationally)

- Train the trainer for the World Center for Development and Training

- Foreign Student Orientation Facilitator for the BLS countries

- Training of trainers for Department of Labor Academy

- Evaluator for the Council International Programs

- Evaluator for the American Council on Education – CREDIT

- Evaluator for the National Accrediting Commission of Cosmetology Arts and Sciences (NACCAS)

- Evaluator for the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (NCICS)

- Evaluator for the Foreign Service Division, Department of State

- Evaluator for the District of Columbia Education Licensure Commission

​Dr. Giles is recognized internationally as a leader in the field of social work. She is a consultant for Anderson & Associates, the World Center for Development and Training, and the Department of Labor.  Each year, Dr. Giles spends three weeks in the Caribbean and Central America as a member of a training team for research on families and substance abuse.  She is professor emeriti with the Urban Affairs, Social Science and Social Work Department at the University of the District of Columbia in Washington, DC.  She has served as the adjunct professor in the College of Human Ecology at the University of Maryland; George Mason’s University’s Social Work Program, and in the Continuing Studies Program at Georgetown University.  She currently teaches Ethics at the University of the District of Columbia’s Continuing Education Department and a course in the Human Services Program at the International Graduate University (DC). 

james e. savage, jr., ph.d

Dr. James Edward Savage, Jr. is licensed by the District of Columbia Board of Psychological Examiners and he is listed in the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology.  Dr. Savage received a Master of Arts and Ph. D from Northwestern University. He has served as Assistant and Associate Professor at both Howard University and George Mason University and as Vice President and Director of Research and Evaluation at E. Marie Johnson & Associates. Dr. Savage was recently elected President of the Association of Black Psychologists. He is a member of the following organizations:

- National Association of Black Psychologists (Past Eastern Region Chairman)

- American Psychological Association (Divisions: Clinical; Psychotherapy; Psychologist in Independent Practice)

- International Transactional Analysis Association

- District of Columbia Psychological Association

- District of Columbia Association of Black Psychologists

​Dr. Savage’s research in the areas of children, family, transactional analysis, and mental health has been published in refereed journals such as the Journal of Marriage & Family and Journal of Behavioral Sciences  His expertise has allowed him to serve as a training consultant for the Department of Navy, Naval Supply Command (Arlington, VA), an Expert for the Executive Office, District of Columbia Government and as a research consultant for Opportunities Industrialization Center (Philadelphia, PA).

dr. debbie bullock, edd

Dr. Debbie Bullock is a seasoned and results-oriented facilitator of the adult learning and work experience with a 20-year successful career history in the public and private sectors. She has major strengths in human resource management and is passionate about leading diverse groups and individuals to meet career, educational, and organizational goals. Dr. Bullock is the author of the book entitled, It’s All Good: When Lessons Lead to Blessings and has conducted research studies on mentoring programs for women in leadership, and success factors for African American women in corporate management. She holds an earned Doctorate of Education and Master’s degree in Human Resources Management from Wilmington University; and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from San Francisco State University. Currently, Dr. Bullock is the Director of Human Resources at the historic Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, the first HBCU, and she serves as President of the Delaware Alliance of Black School Educators.

the ambassadors (young adult leaders)

STEPS has expanded the team to include five gifted, talented, creative, highly skilled and savvy young leaders who “give back” and give their all to help train high school students, college students and new entrants to the workforce to reach their goals.

- Monica Kelly-Coleman

- Angela Millender

- Corey Robinson

- Kyle Taylor

​The Young Adult Leaders* provide administrative and technical assistance, training and consultant services to support all components of STEPS, LLC.  They also conduct Succexcellence Workshops, Orientation Programs, Saturday Academies, Boot Camps and Retreats for youth and young adults.