Our consultants are successful, experienced, and highly skilled professionals in their fields. We are client-centric and outcomes-focused. Our mission is to help clients improve outcomes and achieve goals by providing timely, impactful, and strategy-based business expertise.
Tess Ellis, President.
Tess founded Break Trail Strategies in 2016, after decades of helping companies become more efficient, prepare for growth opportunities, and implement the teams and strategies needed to succeed over the long term.
She has broad operational, program, and strategy implementation experience in non-profit, corporate, and government settings. She has been responsible for up to $4B in product lines, finding program savings of $1M annually, implementing new national programs, and managing remote teams and a portfolio of national contracts.
Tess has successfully turned around struggling divisions and programs, implemented new systems, managed large contracts, and developed and implemented strategies for national organizations. Along the way, she built and supported talented teams and implemented the tools necessary for long-term success, such as policies, training, improved use of technology, financial and budget analyses, and messaging and communications strategies.
Tess earned her Executive MBA from George Washington University and her B.A. in Literature from American University, both in her home town of Washington, D.C. She credits working full time while earning both degrees with helping her develop her strategic, prioritization, and organizational skills.
She moved to Denver in 2014 from Washington, DC.
Andrew Perry, Program & Technology Consultant.
Andrew is a creative problem-solver with an in-depth understanding of business information systems and an innate ability to identify the fulcrum points of complex systems and solve intractable business problems. Think of him as a forensic consultant: he'll get to the root of and find a solution to just about any business issue.
Andrew managed technology for and led a team that delivered an in-house system to manage the Universal Service Fund's $400M Rural Health Care program. He later built a comprehensive technology solution for the national Healthcare Connect Fund.
Andrew previously supported the U.S. Department of State. His successes included helping to turn around the one or our largest diplomatic mission's IT departments, coordinating overseas support for four U.S. presidents, and assisting Americans in difficult situations overseas.
Andrew has a Master’s degree in Computer Information Systems, and a Driving Strategic Impact executive education program at Columbia Business School in NYC.
Rekha Ayalur, Program & Technology Consultant.
Rekha is a creative thinker with extensive experience in Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), healthcare policy, and program management. She has a solid background in policy interpretation and implementation, and IT implementation efforts.
Rekha was previously the Product Owner on a large digital member experience project for Blue Cross Blue Shield’s Federal Employee Program (FEP) using SAFe development methodology to overhaul FEP’s member portal, developing mobile apps and development tools to ensure compliance.
She earlier worked for the District of Columbia’s Department of HealthCare Finance, where she was a responsible for implementing the Affordable Care Act, managing planning and establishment grants, supporting RFPs to create the D.C. Navigator program, and serving on various operating committees.
Rekha has a health policy-focused Master’s degree from John’s Hopkins University and a Program Management Certification from Vanderbilt University.