McNary Group is your go-to partner for strategic consulting, technical assistance and project management. Our mission is to help those helping others. We come in when organizations need us and use a results-based approach to create a game plan for success. We then help clients take actionable steps that help them achieve their goals.

Fighting for a cause is no easy job. It requires expertise, experience, skills and a strong serving of tenacity to get the results your organization is striving for. We want organizations fighting for the greater good to be successful because when you win, we all win.

Let’s make a change together.


Lacey McNary, MSW

Founder and Principal, McNary Group

Lacey has expertise and over 15 years experience in facilitation, public policy identification and prioritization, as well as network and coalition building. Lacey joined the staff at Kentucky Youth Advocates in 2002 and served in many roles at the organization -including being a deputy director. Successes include leading a planning effort to improve oral health outcomes by developing a statewide oral health literacy campaign as she directed the Kentucky Oral Health Coalition. Lacey is adept at designing, initiating and sustaining a variety of projects and programs in several portfolio arenas, including health, early childhood and child welfare.

Lacey established critical linkages and fostered collaboration between diverse leaders at the local, state and national levels around influencing key decisions on behalf of children and families. She lead successful short and long term strategic planning efforts including various parts of the Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children. Her leadership was critical in the passage of several state level policy changes including allowing more time for children aging out of foster care to go to college, passage of the kindergarten entry dental screening bill, the inclusion of BMI collection on the school physical form, the removal of the face to face interview for children’s health insurance and the passage of booster seat legislation in Kentucky.

She has lead many efforts to convene and train advocates and volunteers in sharing their point of view with decision makers. Lacey was the founding leader of the decade-old Children’s Advocacy at the Capitol campaign as well as the designer and facilitator of several Child Advocacy Fellowships. She collaborated with national foundations and organizations to bring critical advocacy funding into the state to make Kentucky the best place in America to be young.

Lacey completed an 18 month leadership program hosted by the Annie E. Casey Foundation designed to equip state level child advocates with leadership and facilitation skills. The Leadership Institute for State Based Advocates focused on a Results Based Leadership and Accountability model. Lacey teaches masters level social welfare policy courses at the University of Louisville, Kent School of Social Work.


Melissa Johnson, LCSW

Principal Consultant, McNary Group and Owner of Gateway Therapy

Melissa is Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has a broad range of experience in social services as a practitioner and administrator. With nearly a decade of diverse career experience from private practice to government relations and resource development, Melissa works at the micro and macro levels to make positive change for individuals, organizations and communities who help vulnerable populations. Melissa has worked on many issues specializing in access to health care, especially behavioral health care and addiction recovery services. She is skilled in facilitation and planning and policy change initiatives. Melissa holds a MSSW from the University of Louisville Kent School of Social Work.





Marta Maria Miranda-Straub

Owner, Catapult Now, LLC

Marta is a Latina woman who has spent her life working towards building equity, inclusion and creating systems change. Her activism has focused on advancing social and economic justice for marginalized communities. She lives and works at the intersection of identities, ethnicity, race, gender and sexualities, applying an intersectional feminist lense to all that she does.

Marta has over 40 years of experience in organizational and clinical social work practice during which she has held multiple roles, such as, educator, psychotherapist, group worker, executive leader, community organizer, advocate, activist, coach, trainer, facilitator and public speaker.  She is the immediate past President/CEO of The Center for Women and Families, a 6 million dollar non-profit, where she raised 6, 7 and 8 figure gifts. Over the last 7 years she has led two successful collective impact initiatives in Louisville.

After retiring from The Center on February 28, 2018 she re-launched her consulting practice Catapult Now LLC where she provides organizational and leadership development, board development, executive coaching, facilitation and training services to nonprofit and for profit organizations. Her areas of expertise include violence prevention, coalition building, power privilege and cultural humility, trauma informed care, leadership development, conflict management/resolution, addictions and co-creating sustainable systems. Marta’s vision for her consulting work is to harness human potential and co-create systems change.


Joshua Poe

Principal Consultant, McNary Group and Owner of Acknowledge, Recognize, Connect (ARC) Consulting LLC

Joshua Poe is a nationally recognized city planner and housing policy analyst.  He began his career as a community organizer working on housing, labor, and economic justice issues.   He has a B.A. in Political Science from Berea College and a Master of Arts in Urban Planning from the University of Louisville.  He specializes in urban planning, data analysis, and data visualization.

In 2017 he authored and published the interactive storymap, Redlining Louisville: The History of Race, Class, and Housing in Louisville, KY, which received recognition from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government in its effort to recognize best-in-class data visualizations. Josh has a broad range of experience in many fields related to urban planning and social justice, including project management, public health, youth programs, strategic planning, workforce development, geographic information systems, transit planning, and community engagement strategies.  He is a pioneer in documenting and exposing how city planning was weaponized as a tool to deny black people land ownership and access to the accumulation of generational wealth.  His work on the history of city planning, inclusive design and equitable development makes him a featured speaker nationally.  His consulting work consists of developing equitable development strategies, creative place-making, and addressing root systems of power to create sustainable social change.

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