People are the most important ingredient to any successful enterprise. We embrace that reality through a willing collaboration with trusted partners. In addition to the accomplished principals below, Capital Advocates is aligned with reputable individuals and organizations covering the gamut of public policy expertise, government relations, communications capabilities and business development strategies. From specific low profile projects to major multi-media, multi-disciplinary efforts, we can assemble and manage the appropriate project team to deliver results.
William R. Teator
President & CEO
Bill Teator provides overall project management and strategic communication to Capital Advocates, LLC clients. He has 18 years of experience in government and public affairs serving the needs of elected officials, corporate, small business, municipal and non-profit organizations. He specializes in strategic planning, project management and execution to identify and deliver public policy and business development solutions supporting research, commercial and economic development goals of clients.
Bill has successfully assisted clients with identifying strategic opportunities for growth in relation to public sector priorities and developing plans that foster public-private collaboration and shared success. He leads implementation coordinating project team, client and third party stakeholders within the often shifting political, policy, business, finance and public opinion dynamics. He is experienced coordinating multi-disciplinary teams of lobbyists, media relations, paid advertising, business planning professionals and other professional advisors frequently necessary to deliver overall success in public affairs campaigns and business development projects.
Bill has led government and public affairs projects on behalf of Fortune 500, start-up, non-profit, higher education and public institutions. His experience covers numerous industry and policy sectors including agriculture, energy, finance, healthcare, trade, transportation, veterans and technology/telecommunications issues. Some representative clients over the years are University at Buffalo, Energy East Corporation, StemCyte an adult cord blood stem cell collection and advanced therapeutics company, the Community College of Philadelphia, Tyson Foods, the National Milk Producers Federation, American Farm Bureau, General Electric and more.
In 2011, Bill served as voluntary Chair to the Energy Policy Advisory Committee of Congressman Chris Gibson (R-NY) recruiting experts across alternative, renewable, traditional power generation and transmission sectors. In 2001, he assisted the co-chair and Executive Director of a Presidential appointed task force on improving VA and Department of Defense healthcare to our nation’s veterans, securing a broad array of leading healthcare, veteran and military advocacy experts.
Bill remains a senior strategic advisor to comprehensive public relations firm, Xenophon Strategies, in Washington, D.C. Bill was a public and government affairs consultant with The Solomon Group, LLC from 1999 to 2002 after serving for four years (1994-1998) as Press Secretary and Legislative Aide to then Congressman and House Rules Committee Chairman Gerald B.H. Solomon (R-NY, 1979-1999). He started Capital Advocates, LLC in May of 2003 after working for The Livingston Group, LLC upon its acquisition of The Solomon Group the year before. In 2006, he relocated his family and primary business to New York’s Capital Region where he grew up and helped serve the communities while working in Congress.
Teator received his BA from Binghamton University. He was born and raised in Durham, New York in that states northern Catskills region. He currently resides with his wife and two children in Saratoga Springs, NY. Bill is active in Boy Scouts of America, youth coaching and advising emerging and small growth businesses in energy, health, real estate and agribusiness sectors.
Kim Parr Teator
Ms. Parr Teator provides professional performance management services, focusing in the areas of strategic communication planning and development, organizational management, training development and delivery, human resource development, and job-task-analysis. Additionally, Parr Teator handles business operations for Capital Advocates, LLC.
Prior to Capital Advocates, Parr Teator has years experience as a Consultant with Accenture, LLC, providing human performance consulting services for private sector and Federal Government clients including NASA, Department of State, USPS, IRS, HUD and Freddie Mac. During this time, she lead the design, development, and delivery of communication plans and materials, lead training development and delivery efforts, assessed various business issues, recommended strategy, and implemented solutions to address the identified needs. Additionally, she created change navigation and knowledge transfer plans to transition to the recommended organization designs. Parr Teator has also worked to help develop agent competencies for the Directorate of Intelligence with the FBI.
Parr Teator earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and NYS Elementary Teaching Certification at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. She later received her Master of Arts degree in Organizational Management from The George Washington University.
Shannon Meadors Oscar
Government Relations Manager
Prior to joining Capitol Advocates, Shannon Meadors Oscar served as legislative staff in both the House of Representatives and the Senate. In the House, Meadors worked as senior staff for former Congresswoman Anne M. Northup of Kentucky, whose committee assignment was to the Appropriations Committee, where she was the Vice Chair of the Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Subcommittee. Staffing Mrs. Northup on Labor-HHS appropriations was her primary responsibility. As part of her duties, Meadors coordinated multiple appropriations projects for entities throughout the state, planned and prepared for Subcommittee hearings, drafted legislation and report language and coordinated legislative tasks and agenda with White House and Congressional offices on a wide range of priority issues for the Congresswoman, from healthcare and education to foreign affairs and adoption.
Her time in the House of Representatives was preceded by service in the Senate, where she worked on the legislative staffs of Senators Fred Thompson of Tennessee and Wayne Allard of Colorado. In these roles, she staffed the Senators on a number of issues, primarily focused on trade, foreign affairs, labor, and defense.
Meadors received a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Affairs at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She later earned her Master of Arts degree in International Commerce and Policy at George Mason University.
Lara Roholt Westdorp
Grants/Public Sector Marketing Specialist
Ms. Roholt Westdorp has extensive experience in program and budget evaluation in both the Executive and Legislative branches of the Federal Government. She spent over seven years developing policy and programs with the Office of Management and Budget in the Executive Office of the President and the House of Representatives Armed Services Committee. In each organization, she wrote and evaluated program justifications and budget requests. Understanding the mindset of the reviewer makes Roholt Westdorp uniquely qualified to write and evaluate grant proposals.
As a consultant, Roholt Westdorp has worked with small and medium sized businesses developing policy and legislative strategies to market the company at the Federal level. In particular, she identifies sources of funding, provides leverage to obtain funding, and facilitates the release of funding. Her success is the result of developing a matrix that combines the unique characteristics of a program or company, proposals drafted with a Federal sector focus, policy makers and federal process access points.
In addition to understanding the micro-elements of Federal processes, Roholt Westdorp's background enables her to blend the details with the larger goals of the grant and granting office. While at the Office of Management and Budget, Lara served as a Special Assistant to the Director, the Program Association Director for National Security and International Affairs, and the Director of the National Security Division. Each position provided experience in working at macro-federal policy level as well as increasingly more political environments. Furthermore, the positions required her to work closely with staff from the White House, Vice President's Office, the National Security Division, as well as various OMB offices and divisions to resolve and coordinate policy issues. Roholt Westdorp earned her M.P.A. at Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs, and her B.A. at Ohio State University, with Summa Cum Laude with Distinction.
Ms. Whiteman is a principal for Strategic Access Consulting, a firm specializing in government relations and political consulting.
Catherine has over 15 years of experience, providing legislative, political and public relations counsel to Members of Congress, the US Senate, the executive branch and private sector interests. She served as a senior counselor on insurance, securities, banking, international trade and general business issues to The Honorable Greg Ganske (R-IA), former member of the US House of Representatives and House Commerce Committee member.
She then turned her expertise to the U.S. Senate, working for Senator Michael D. Crapo
(R-ID) as top policy and political advisor to the Senator on issues before the Senate Banking Committee and in his duties as Chairman of the International Trade and Finance Subcommittee. Catherine left the Senate in 2001 when she was appointed Director of Congressional and Public Affairs for the US Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security. Her key focus was reauthorization of the Export Administration Act.
Recognized for her experience in the financial services arena, having been involved in efforts to restructure the financial services industry in both the House and Senate, she was hired as Director of Federal Government Affairs for the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America. Here she represented the interests of over 1000 leading property-casualty companies before Congress and the Administration as association spokesperson and advisor on key legislation and regulatory matters.
Catherine also has experience conducting opposition research and fundraising efforts on behalf of political candidates.
Catherine has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Hollins University and holds a Juris Doctorate from Baylor University School of Law.
Preferred relationships allow us to bring additional world-class experts to meet your demands in all of our service areas.