consulting services

Established in October of 2000, Johnson and Associates is a consulting firm comprised of a select group of management and training professionals located throughout the state of Wyoming.  Ernie Johnson, owner and founder of janda consulting,  started the business after working in public service in Wyoming for more than 34 years.   This experience has allowed Mr. Johnson to identify and recruit key personnel in the state who have the necessary credentials, experience and established reputations in their fields of expertise.  All associates have been carefully selected by the owner and are highly regarded as true professionals by their peers.

Ernie Johnson serves as Director of Services for all projects under contract.  He is the primary point of contact for all business dealings and personally assigns all associate personnel. 

Attention to detail, a sincere customer orientation and unwavering commitment to provide quality professional service are the values that "drive" this company.



Janice Lampert retired from her position of Administrative Services Director/Treasurer for the City of Douglas in July 2010.  Ms. Lampert worked for the City for more than 18 years and was responsible for management and supervision of the day to day operations of the City’s human resources, risk management, investments, and finance department including fund accounting processes, utility billing, payroll, asset management, internal controls, municipal utility rate analysis, and also served as assistant to the City Administrator.  Ms. Lampert worked for more than 15 years in the banking/savings & loan industry prior to her employment in municipal government.

Ms. Lampert attended Chadron State College and the University ofWyoming majoring in Business Administration.  In 2005 Ms Lampert attained certification as a Municipal Clerk from the International Institute of Municipal Clerk’s  Association.

Ms. Lampert has served on numerous committees with the most recent being through the Wyoming Association of Municipalities including Legislative Services and the Clerk’s & Treasurer’s Board of Directors, and as a trustee of the Wyoming Government Investment Fund.

Ms. Lampert has worked with Johnson and Associates for more than five years.


Johnson and Associates


The selection and involvement of associates depends on the nature of the project and the urgency for completion.  Associates who have a variety of project skills and abilities are available throughout the state of Wyoming.  Current projects involve the associates below:

Rebecca Gitthens  has an extensive background business and management. Mrs. Gitthens graduated from Western Nebraska Community College with an Associate of Arts in Computer Science. She completed her studies at Chadron State College, graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1994 with comprehensive majors in Accounting and Business Management.  She has accumulated in excess of 1,000 hours of additional coursework as a Certified Public Accountant..

Mrs. Gitthens worked in public accounting conducting audits for non-profit, governmental, and corporate entities, in addition to public utilities.  She also prepared tax returns, payroll and financial statements for individuals, corporations, partnerships, and trusts.  Gitthens experience includes private industry on Special Projects Coordinator and as an Internal Auditor. In addition, she has performed Mediation and been employed as a Facilitator for Family Group Decision-Making and Juvenile Multidisciplinary Team Meetings. Since 2003, she has served as the Director of Finance and Operations for Mountain States Lamb Cooperative. Gitthens consults on a variety of business and personnel matters, in addition to executive and personal coaching.

Mrs. Gitthens is a member of the American Institute of Public Accountants and the National Association of Cooperative Accountants.  She has been active as 4-H leader, in youth activities and Women’s ministries. Mrs. Gitthens and her husband, Edward, raise cattle and alfalfa in Glendo, WY.  They have two adult sons, Dewey and Travis.

Susie Dziardziel graduated from the University of Wyoming with a B.S. in accounting and holds a CPA certification. Most recently, Susie completed her M.B.A. in general business from Amberton University.

Working in agricultural sectors for the last 23 years has developed her entrepreneurial business skills. Susie has shared these skills on various committees, a term on the Wyoming Transportation Commission, and community college classrooms.

Susie manages the databases for the Youth and Alcohol  and Alcohol and Crime in Wyoming Projects for Johnson and Associates.


Lori Emmert  retired as the Chief of Police of the Douglas Police Department.  Ms. Emmert has 27 years of experience in law enforcement, beginning her career in Dispatch in 1980.  She worked her way through the ranks and was appointed Chief of Police in 2003.   

Ms. Emmert has been a Guest Instructor for the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy for twenty years on the following subject areas:  Ethics, Communications Radio/Telephone procedures, Liability Updates.  Chief Emmert is currently the Secretary/Treasurer for the Wyoming Association of Sheriffs and Chiefs of Police.

Ms. Emmert received her Associate of Arts Degree from Eastern Wyoming College in 1998 and graduated from the FBI National Academy in 2006.

Ms. Emmert has worked with Johnson and Associates as an associate for more than ten years. 

Her areas of expertise include: Leadership Development, StrategicPlanning, Event/Grant Coordination and Management, and Emergency Communications Assessments.

Ms. Emmert was inducted into the Wyoming Association of Sheriffs and Chiefs of Police LAW ENFORCEMENT HALL OF FAME in 2016.

Ernie Johnson earned a Master's Degree in Public Administration from the University of Wyoming and has

extensive experience working with executives in achieving excellence, managing and implementing change,

increasing agency effectiveness and maximizing program efficiency.

Mr. Johnson has over twenty-four years experience as an administrator of a state agency with direct

responsibility for budget development and administration, planning, organizing, directing, staffing and program services delivery.  

Mr. Johnson was a police officer for the city of Casper, Wyoming for ten years, serving in a variety of progressive capacities.  He was the Director of the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy for 23 years and the Executive Director for the Wyoming Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission for three and one-half years - he was also a governor-appointed member of this Commission for 18 years.  He is a graduate of the F.B.I. National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.

Mr. Johnson recently retired from teaching in the Criminal Justice Department for the University of Wyoming.  He was a faculty member of the Criminal Justice Department from the fall of 2000 to the fall of 2012.

Mr. Johnson was inducted into the Wyoming Association of Sheriffs and Chiefs of Police WYOMING LAW ENFORCEMENT HALL OF FAME in 2011.
In addition, Mr. Johnson has:

  • conducted in-depth management studies for agencies in Wyoming, as well as agencies in New Hampshire and Massachusetts.  These studies assessed the delivery of program services by agencies with statewide responsibilities with a focus towards increasing organizational efficiency and improving agency credibility. Copies of these studies are available for review.
  • more than thirty-five years of experience in researching, writing and administering a wide variety of federal and state grants.  Grants involved in excess of several million dollars for a wide variety of purposes: personnel, equipment, training, research, as well as providing services with targeted priorities.
  • extensive experience in researching, developing and implementing a wide range of projects.  These projects varied in scope and duration and many required the involvement of multiple agencies and personnel throughout the state.  Many of these projects also involved the enactment of state legislation.
  • conducted feasibility studies mandated by the Wyoming Legislature and for local governmental entities.  Copies of some of these studies are available for review. 
  • over thirty-five years experience as a trainer and training administrator.  He has established credibility as an effective trainer on a wide array of topic areas - the last twenty-five years focusing and lecturing nationwide on supervision and management issues.
  • provided a forty-hour training course to the command staff of the Lithuania National Police on "The Office of Professional Responsibility; and an eighty-hour course to investigators and prosecutors in Lithuania on "Sex Crimes Investigation."