Morris, Nelson and Associates, LLC (MNA) combines over 180 years of industry, military and government service to provide cutting-edge analytical, innovation and decision services to help leaders, managers and staffs tackle their greatest problems.  Our team of leader-practitioners draws from a wide array of complementary skills, qualifications, certifications, and experience across multiple, integrated domains and disciplines to provide unique, innovative and holistic approaches to problem solving and decision making.   Founded in 2015, we help organizations focus on the capabilities they need to succeed, the processes required to effect change and the decision tools needed to excel in a rapidly changing world.

MNA is a certified Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) headquartered in Leavenworth, KS, with offices in Ohio and the Washington, D.C. area.   We measure our achievements through the success of our customers and the lens of our values - integrity, honesty, respect and excellence. 

Rodler (Rick) Morris, PhD.
Co-founder / President

Co-Founder and President, Rick leads the MNA innovation practice after nearly 30 years developing and leading integrated, interdisciplinary innovation, learning, and knowledge capabilities for some of the world’s largest enterprises.  Using creative teams, Rick designed and successfully applied breakthrough information technology, processes, structures, and leader development and facilitation approaches.  Over their life cycle, these innovations (new ideas successfully applied) have saved many lives and billions of dollars and helped create highly significant new sources of value, including transnational approaches to war and crime fighting.

John Nelson
Co-founder / CEO

Our Co-founder and CEO, John has vast experience adapting, integrating and applying diverse methods and frameworks for solving complex problems and enabling organizations to achieve their objectives.  For the past several years, he has worked extensively with both government and non-governmental organizations combatting transnational organized crime, with an emphasis on countering human trafficking and drug trafficking.  Since retiring from the Army in 2007, John has published several articles and presented at numerous professional conferences on organizational improvement, analysis and knowledge management topics.

Stephen (Dave) Nichols
Chief Operating Officer

A retired U. S. Army Infantryman, Dave coordinates all operations, administrative and human resources support to our business.  In addition, he serves as a planner and facilitator for multiple training exercises involving Customs and Border Patrol, the Office of Field Operations, the El Paso Intelligence Center and other Department of Homeland Security organizations.  He is currently designing a training and expertise program involving 23 separate skills for novice, apprentice, journeyman and master maturity levels.

Maria Minchew
Vice President of Business Development

Maria leads MNA’s business development efforts with full circle expertise in all facets of business development, opportunity capture, proposal development and program management and execution.  She has 25 years of military operations, training, doctrine, research, analysis and executive administrative expertise and 15 years of corporate experience supporting Government customers.  Maria assisted in the development and application of cutting edge analytical processes and supported numerous studies and projects for DOD, the Army and DHS.