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2017 Annual Conference


The Call of Our Time: OD Innovating for Impact

Dan Roller

Psy.D, M.Ed., Managing Director, Acris Project

Dan is a very experienced strategy execution and OD consultant leading complex organization transformations inside large corporations like Allstate and as an external consultant for firms like Diamond (now PwC) with top tier clients like United Airlines, American Express, Discover, CME Group and more.Recently Dan refocused his work on communities and school districts and started a non-profit — the Acris Project which is dedicated to helping these communities and districts transform themselves by finding and utilizing their hidden assets, i.e. individuals and groups who add needed capabilities and capacity to affect lasting change.

Melanie Funchess

Partner, Acris Project

Melanie has dedicated her life to engaging and elevating the voices of marginalized communities.She has been a tireless advocate, activist, and supporter of causes dedicated to the elimination of poverty and inequity in her community and in communities across the country. She has designed and implemented initiatives focused on increasing access to mental health services.She has worked with many different professional groups to increase cultural awareness and competence.She has presented nationally on all of the above topics and has a TEDx talk on implicit bias.

Irv Rubin

Ph.D., CEO, Temenos, Inc.

Irv Rubin — consultant, writer, professor, and irrepressible idealist — was educated in Cambridge, Massachusetts (B.S.E.E. Tufts University; M.S. and Ph.D. Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology). Dr. Rubin established his company, Temenos Inc., in 1985. Its unique 1:1 non-anonymous feedback tool, The Behavior Minder®, has influenced the lives of over ten thousand individuals around the world. Dr. Rubin is considered one of the founders of modern organizational development. Over a million people — worldwide — have greatly benefited from his textbook, Organizational Behavior: An Experiential Approach (originally co-authored with David Kolb and James McIntyre; now in its eight edition) His decades of experience in health care earned him the recognition of being the first non-physician to be made an Honorary Member of the American College of Physician Executives. In response to the ubiquitous saying, "it's not personal, it's just business," Dr. Rubin responds, "there is no such condition, it's all personal."

Jim Maddox

Ph.D., Professor & Consultant, The Maddox Consulting Group

I am an OD consultant passionate about helping individuals and organizations experience life to the fullest and engaging in positive, transformational change. I am on the faculty of Friends University as a tenured Professor of Business.My broad industry and international experience includes manufacturing, aerospace, energy, financial, public, healthcare, education, and non-profit. I earned my Bachelor's Degree from Benedictine College, a Master's Degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and a Ph.D. in Human Resource Development from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. I am a Registered Organization Development Consultant (RODC). My current passion in my consulting, writing, and teaching center around engaging in transformational change involving work with indigenous people and developing communities and organizations.I have done consulting work in the United States, Brazil, Bolivia, Ghana, and Ecuador.

Linda A. Provenza

Founder and Principal, Strategies for Change, Inc.

Linda Provenza, M.A., founder and principal at Strategies for Change Inc. has been driving CHANGE and TRANSFORMATION for organizations and individuals worldwide for the close to 20 years by creating large scale system re-designs, programs, and training that drive these changes and cultural transformation initiatives that engage staff at all levels. Prior to this, she served as the National Director of Learning and Development for an international healthcare organization with over 22,000 employees where she built the foundation for a state-of-the-art learning and development department.She has a Master of Arts degree in Sociology and has served on multiple boards for non-profits and social justice groups.Linda brings passion, creativity, and an open heart to all of her work. She believes in and inspires others to embrace change and continue to evolve.In so doing, what was not possible becomes possible and people, organizations, and society at large are transformed in the process.

Marc Hanlan

Ph.D., Partner, LLMC Partners

Marc has been supporting group transformations for more than 35 years in a wide range of public and private organizations, from the 82,000-user US Navy ERP to the operational transformation of thousands of field service workers at Exelon to the creation of self-managed factories at General Electric.He has worked with more than 150 high-performance teams achieving 'breakthrough' results in profitability, quality of service, and sustainability while increasing quality of work life.Marc’s work has been recognized by the US Navy, a PBS special, and GE Global Best Practices.He has taught Organizational Development for 15 years at the graduate level at PennState and PCOM.Marc is the author of a textbook on breakthrough change and is the holder of patents covering material processing and controls.He holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Development and Change from Fielding Graduate University.Marc has deliberately flown planes upside-down, measured Earth-Moon orbits for the U.S. Air Force, designed part of the International Space Station, and started numerous companies along the way.He is a proud father of 3 and grandfather of 4.

Michael Brenner

Ed.D., President, Right Chord Leadership

As president of Right Chord Leadership, Dr. Michael Brenner helps leaders and teams at all levels strengthen the essential skills needed to achieve peak performance.He achieves this by drawing on the lessons he's learned as an international leadership consultant, executive coach, keynote speaker, author, and educator for more than 17 years and as a professional musician for over 30 years. "At first glance, comparisons between music and organizational life may not be readily apparent," says Michael. "But the parallels are definitely there.Playing music is all about harmony, collaboration, execution, and communication.That’s exactly what leadership and teamwork is all about." Michael has partnered with leading companies in a variety of industries, including Burlington Stores, QVC, SAP, the University of Pennsylvania Health System, Hahnemann University Hospital, Drexel College of Medicine, the City of Philadelphia, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Chester County Hospital, Boeing, The Goddard School, Godiva, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. He has worked for several not-for-profit organizations as well, including Philadelphia FIGHT, United Communities Southeast Philadelphia, and Liberty Resources.Michael has designed and taught courses in systems thinking, negotiation strategies, interpersonal relations, and organizational behavior at Immaculata University, La Salle University, and Temple University.He was 2014 president of the Philadelphia chapter of the Association for Talent Development (ATD) and Chairman of the chapter’s 2015 Regional Learning and Development Conference.He is also a board member at the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey. Michael has been a featured speaker at many industry events and conferences and has delivered programs on emotional intelligence and change management in Sri Lanka and Australia.“I expected foreign audiences to be vastly different from American audiences, but they're not," says Michael. "Everyone is looking for that elusive ingredient that will foster great performance on their teams.But that ingredient doesn’t exist.It’s a combination of factors that make the difference between a healthy culture and a dysfunctional one." Michael holds a doctorate in Adult Learning and Leadership from Columbia University and a master's degree in Adult and Organizational Development from Temple University.In addition to consulting and teaching, Michael currently performs in two Philadelphia-area bands.He lives in Broomall, PA.

Michael C. Taylor

CEO, SchellingPoint

A SchellingPoint co-founder, Mike leads their research on Alignment Optimization and the Alignment Optimization Technology. Mike has used Alignment Optimization in over 100 projects in the Fortune 50, pre-revenue ventures, not-for-profits, academia, associations, global alliances, and government agencies. Mike's customers are external and internal management consultants who use Alignment Optimization to design, sustain, and repair corporate and departmental strategies, transformation projects, government policies, strategic alliances, mergers, outsourcing contracts, and similar collaborative initiatives. Prior to forming SchellingPoint, Mike was a turnaround CEO, after building MDS with five colleagues from Andersen Consulting (Accenture), where Mike was a Director in the Products Industry. Mike holds a B.Sc. (Hons.) in Mathematics, Operational Research, Statistics, and Economics from the University of Warwick, England, and has lectured on Alignment Optimization at Cornell, Duke, Penn, SMU, Warwick, and Wharton business schools.

Scott Span

MSOD, CSM, CEO & Lead Consultant, Tolero Solutions

Scott is a Leadership Effectiveness & Change Management specialist with an ongoing record of success guiding leaders in managing successful change. He has over 15 years of experience in leading and managing projects and change initiatives to achieve success.Through his work, he helps clients in achieving success through people - creating high-performance organizations that are more responsive, productive and effective - where engaged employees enjoy working and customers enjoy doing business. Scott holds a Masters in Organization Development (MSOD) from American University and the NTL Institute. He is a certified Scrum Master as well as has certifications in FIRO-B and various other tools.

Monica Eliou

MGA, President, and CEO, MSE Advisory Group

Monica has 24 years of experience in the healthcare industry. She has honed IT strategy and implementation expertise over the last 15 years. She achieves strategic integration of electronic health records through strong project management.Organizational change management has been instrumental in creating strong foundations for sustainability. Strategic integration of varied expertise has led to enhanced financial performance that is grounded in the client’s goals. Monica's project leadership has resulted in robust project governance, clinical improvements, technology, system, and supply chain optimizations, and cultural transformation.Monica holds a BA in Business Administration from Loyola University Maryland and an MGA in Healthcare Administration from the University of Maryland University College.Monica is an active member of HIMSS, the American College of Healthcare Executives, and the National Association of Professional Women.

Isabelle Suares

Meeting Facilitator, Independent

For the last 10 years, Isabelle Suares managed a Change Management Office for Cisco. In this position, she managed a portfolio of transformational, multi-year programs impacting the roles, processes, and tools of over 30,000 stakeholders. Prior to Cisco, she built then sold a training and consulting company specialized in program management, led large programs in R&D, Acquisitions, Procurement, Supply Chain, and Services for several high-tech firms. Isabelle’s success is anchored on her practical, hands-on, agile and repeatable approach with strong emphasis on engagement of stakeholders and accelerated business results. Isabelle blends her portfolio and changes management deep expertise to achieve demonstrable results. Isabelle contributed to the Cisco Change Management standards, to ACMP Body of Standards and is a regular speaker at industry conferences.Isabelle now focuses on designing and facilitating meetings and workshops.

Joseph P. Foran

MA MP PCC, Senior Consultant/Executive Coach, Coverdale/The Management Edge

Joe Foran came to OD/TD & coaching from a career as an executive & consultant in business, government, & non-profits.He focuses on building collaborative skills, process skills, & common purpose in teams – particularly multi-organizational teams.Another principal focus is leadership and personal awareness & effectiveness in managers & executives.His clients include multinationals in consumer power, transportation & logistics, & personal care, plus scientists, engineers, attorneys, & managers in federal agencies & engineering firms.Clients value his leadership experience, scientific & technical understanding, and broad & deep OD/TD skillset.Certified in multiple assessments (MBTI, DiSC, SDI, and Eckerd CDP/EMP), he is also an MBTI Master Practitioner & ICF Professional Certified Coach (PCC).He holds a Masters degree in Organization & Management Development (Fielding Graduate University).He is currently Senior Consultant with the International OD consultancy; Coverdale, and The Management Edge, Inc.; an OD firm focused on government agencies.

Judith H. Katz

Ed.D., Executive Vice President, The Kaleel Jamison Consulting Group, Inc.

Fueled by her passion for addressing systemic barriers and known for her boundless energy and sharp analytical mind, Judith Katz brings over 30 years’ experience to her work in strategic culture change. As EVP of The Kaleel Jamison Consulting Group, Judith is a dynamic speaker and internationally known author. The 25th anniversary of her landmark book, White Awareness: Handbook for Anti-Racism Training was celebrated with the publication of a revised edition. She co-authored The Inclusion Breakthrough: Unleashing the Real Power of Diversity; Be BIG: Step Up, Step Out, Be Bold; and Opening Doors to Teamwork & Collaboration: 4 Keys That Change EVERYTHING. Recipient of ODN’s Lifetime Achievement Award and one of Profiles in Diversity Journal’s Pioneers of Diversity, Judith is a member of the Board of Trustees of Fielding Graduate University.

Frederick A. Miller

CEO, The Kaleel Jamison Consulting Group, Inc.

As CEO of The Kaleel Jamison Consulting Group, Inc.—named one of Consulting magazine’s “Seven Small Jewels”—Fred specializes in developing workforce strategies that accelerate results to deliver higher organizational performance. Cited as a forerunner of corporate change in The Age of Heretics, Fred has been honored as the OD Network’s youngest lifetime achievement award recipient and named one of the 40 Pioneers of Diversity by Profiles in Diversity Journal. He was managing editor of the classic The Promise of Diversity, and co-authored The Inclusion Breakthrough: Unleashing the Real Power of Diversity, Be BIG: Step Up, Step Out, Be Bold, and Opening Doors to Teamwork and Collaboration: 4 Keys that Change EVERYTHING. A past member of the board of directors of Ben & Jerry’s Homemade, Inc., he serves on the boards of Day & Zimmermann, the Sage Colleges, Hudson River Partners, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Center for Automated Technology Systems.

Hannah Elise Jones

Consultant, Great Place to Work Institute

Hannah is passionate about empowering individuals through organizational change. As a consultant, Hannah has worked with organizations across industries to assess and understand their culture, in ways that enable positive change and unleash the potential of individuals. Her passion for improving the workplace experience drew her to the field of OD while at UC Berkeley, where she received an Interdisciplinary Field Studies degree, magna cum laude. Currently a student in the Master of Science in Organizational Development program at Pepperdine University, Hannah is curious about the ways in which the field of OD can push its boundaries and become an essential strategic business function in all organizations. Outside of academic and professional pursuits, Hannah is an avid runner and outdoor adventurer. She lives in San Francisco, where she enjoys spending time exploring the city and surrounding Bay Area.

Julie Benesh

Ph.D., Department Chair, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Julie Benesh is an interdisciplinary practitioner-scholar who loves developing organizational leaders, talent, systems, and teams to support culture change and associated financial turnaround, infrastructure transformation, customer satisfaction, and employee engagement. As a learning designer, facilitator, presenter, intervener, and team-builder, she helps leaders and contributors to imagine and collaborate more effectively to achieve enhanced strategic outcomes. She has served on the boards of several professional associations (currently ODN/Chicago), presented at international conferences, including the Association for Psychological Type, and has studied with numerous thought leaders including Meg Wheatley, Edgar Schein, Marvin Weisbord, Christopher Worley, and Harrison Owen. Julie is also an award-winning fiction writer who coaches writers and taught creative writing.

Linda Klonsky

Dept Chair, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Linda Klonsky, Ph.D. has consulted to local, community and national non-profits in the US, focusing on leadership development, board governance, strategic planning, and change management. She teaches and chairs organizational leadership and business psychology. Linda also designed and implemented the leadership program at Hebrew Union College in New York City.Linda completed her doctoral work in Human and Organizational Systems at Fielding Graduate University, Santa Barbara, CA. Linda, a Johns Hopkins Fellow in Change Management, was awarded the Leadership Educator certificate from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, and Certificate of Achievement in Organization Development by the National Training Lab (NTL) Institute.

George W. Hay

Associate Chair, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

George W. Hay, Ph.D. is a scholar-practitioner of management with global experience in business and academe. As a research practitioner, he leverages market and organizational insight to lead business building strategies. George also teaches graduate students in courses related to leadership, research and organizational development. His mission is to improve postsecondary education through the application of market and organizational insight, strategic change, and next generation leadership development.

Leslie Mullens (Hawaii)

President, PlayBook Consulting Group

Leslie Mullens is president & CEO of PlayBook Consulting Group, a Hawaii-based management consulting firm focused on statewide strategic planning and organizational effectiveness. She has developed and facilitated hundreds of workshops and retreats for Hawaii’s leading corporate, nonprofit, and government communities. An expert in change management, cultural transformation, and cross-sector collaborative problem solving, her approach builds team capacity and confidence to get the job done. Prior to launching PlayBook in 2004, Leslie led Cisco Systems’ global e-commerce and systems integration strategy across the company’s B2B ecosystem, an initiative that saved Cisco $400M in its first two years.Leslie is an Omidyar Fellow in leadership development and is a change management consultant for the Aspen Institute’s national policy initiatives on mobility from poverty. In the past six months, she has designed change management strategies for Hawaii’s Department of Human Services and Hawaii Gas and launched First Hawaiian Bank’s Leadership Development initiative.

Timothy R. Brock

Ph.D., CPT, CRP, Chief Executive Officer, The Institute 4 Worthy Performance

Tim Brock is CEO of The Institute 4 Worthy Performance.During his Air Force career, Dr. Brock was a Nuclear Weapons Specialist and a Missile Combat Crew Commander for two weapon systems where he was responsible for multiple operations-focused performance improvement initiatives.While at Lockheed Martin, he was the Manager for their Science of Learning and Performance Improvement team for global human and organizational performance improvement solutions. He has over 30 years of learning, performance improvement, and evaluation experience in the military, education, healthcare, and corporate environments for organizations around the globe. Dr. Brock published a study entitled “Training NASA Astronauts for Deep Space Exploration Mission: A Research Study to Develop and Validate a Competency-Based Training Framework” (2007).His current research integrates competency-based performance with integrating big data analytics technology.Dr. Brock earned his Doctorate degree from Capella University in Education with a specialization in Training and Performance Improvement.

Corrie A. Voss

MOD, Ed.D., Consultant and Adjunct Professor, Bowling Green State University

Dr. Corrie A. Voss is a scholar, practitioner, and entrepreneur. Her research area focuses on using behavioral science principles to develop and maximize the positive potential inherent in human systems and organizations. Her recent doctoral work on conscious leaders practicing Conscious Capitalism examined leader identity development through personal narratives and explored the ways in which these executives continued and encouraged further personal and professional development in themselves, their employees, and in their communities. Dr. Voss is passionate about unleashing the untapped potential and increased engagement that can be achieved when we are operating at our highest and most developed levels of human functioning. She is an Adjunct Professor in the Masters of Organization Development program at Bowling Green State University, an emerging publisher, and has also served as a consultant for private, public, and non-profit organizations.

Eric Sanders

Ph.D., Assistant Professor - Chair Undergraduate Business Programs, Cardinal Stritch University

Eric Sanders is a scholar-practitioner (someone who bridges between those in academia and those in the "real world"), teacher and organization development consultant (OD Economist). He currently teaches and chairs undergraduate business studies at Cardinal Stritch University, and has taught leadership, organization development, management and economics at several universities. His consulting clients over the past twelve years have included firms in distribution, financial services, manufacturing, retail, telecommunications, and non-profits. In addition to a Ph.D. in Organization Development, Eric has an MA in Economics and focuses his work on helping clients achieve measurable outcomes from their interventions. He is a Past President of ODN/Chicago and has served ODN as a Conference Committee Member and as a Regional Connector.

Lisa Marie Main

MA, ABS, Principal Consultant, Continuum Consulting Services, LLC

Lisa Marie Main, MA, ABS, Co-founder and Principal Consultant, Continuum Consulting, is an accomplished leader, insightful consultant, executive coach, and engaging facilitator who delivers results with backbone and heart. She has traveled the world partnering with Fortune 50 companies such as Procter and Gamble, JP Morgan Chase, as well as Nestle, Alcon, Kellogg’s, community organizations and INGOs. Her acute understanding of the subtle energies and dynamics in human systems, coupled with creativity, are brought-to-life in all that she designs and delivers. Lisa recently served internally as COO and Director of Learning and Development for Verus Global, affording her a deep understanding and respect for the complexities challenging leaders and organizations today. Lisa earned her Masters Degree in Applied Behavioral Science, Leadership and OD in Human Systems. Since 1999, Lisa has incorporated and promoted the leading-edge knowledge and benefits of somatic-systemic approaches supported by neuroscience and interpersonal neuro-biology.

Wendy B. White

CEO, Continuum Consulting Services, LLC

Wendy B. White, ODCC, Co-founder and CEO, Continuum Consulting, is an international Organizational Development leader partnering with clients in a wide range of sectors from Fortune 500 companies to government, educational institutions, International NGO’s, and social entrepreneurs.This experience, coupled with internal OD roles with FHI360 and Blue Cross Blue Shield allows her to go beyond best practices theory to an insider’s understanding of the challenges clients face as they navigate cultural norms, generation gaps, employee engagement, differing personalities and company politics. Wendy is an innovative leader and consultant creating and facilitating Future Wave events, and incorporating serious game technology, MBTI, Appreciative Inquiry, and Experiential Solutions that ensure desired, sustainable, results.

Jonathan Estes

Founder and CEO, Smart Game Systems

Jonathan Estes, Founder, and CEO, Smart Game Systems, is an accomplished leader, keynote speaker, insightful writer and an innovator in Learning and Organizational Development.During the birth of the internet, as CEO of New Course Education, Jonathan contributed to the development of some of the first eLearning modules for universities and corporate training, he also developed an analytics tool, ProCourse, to substantiate the business impact of interpersonal skills training.With a degree in International Development, he led highly effective adult literacy campaigns in North and South America and with TheraSim, Jonathan led international teams in the deployment of simulation software for HIV/AIDS health practitioner training in sub-Saharan Africa.Jonathan is now coupling his expertise in business with education, eLearning, simulations, analytics and a passion for games to serve as a change agent leveraging the power of serious games with community leaders, corporate teams, and INGOs, making a difference in the world.

Lori Nemeth

Ph.D., Principal, Davis & Associates -Organization Consulting Services

Lori has a 30-year career in employee and organization development.In her current role leading an organizational development department in a college, she developed the OD function from a one-person unit focused mainly on faculty development to a work team impacting development and change at the levels of individuals, groups, and the organization.Prior to the work at the college, Lori worked in teaching hospitals to deliver development programs for physician leaders and improve working relationship between physicians and the hospitals.For a significant part of her career, Lori held several positions in employee learning and development in banking.Lori holds a Ph.D. from Fielding Graduate University in Human and Organizational Systems, an Honors Business Degree, a Bachelor of Education, and a Master of Education from Western University in Canada.

Melissa Barry

MA, Senior Consultant, Strategy & Organizational Effectiveness, Ketchum

Melissa Barry is an organizational psychologist at Ketchum, a global marketing communications agency within Omnicom. She provides counsel on organizational effectiveness, strategy implementation, change management, and group dynamics. Much of Melissa’s work involves inquiry-based assessment followed by bespoke individual, group or organizational intervention. Melissa is a skilled facilitator and program designer, and she is known for coming up with innovative and novel solutions. Melissa received her MA in Social-Organizational Psychology from Columbia University and her BS in Human Development from Cornell University. She is also certified in several assessments including MBTI, FIRO-B, and Social Styles. In her free time, Melissa enjoys traveling and photography. You can connect with Melissa on Twitter @melissabarry.

Usha Gubbala

M.A.O.D., Organization Design, Strategy, Transformation Consultant, August Public Inc.

Usha specializes in building organizations’ and communities’ capacity to innovate, adapt, and thrive in the face of unprecedented complexity, change, and uncertainty. She holds an immense passion for designing new ways of working that support teams in becoming more collaborative, self-managed, and innovative. She believes in the power of creating workplaces where employees feel energized by meaningful work, and supported in continually growing and developing.As an Organization Transformation Consultant at August Public, Usha works with enterprise organizations to build their muscle for adaptivity, customer-centricity, and dynamic learning. Prior to joining August, Usha worked at Google focusing on team development and organizational learning. She holds a Master’s degree in Organization Development and a Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Behavioral Studies.

Gayla S. Napier

Ph.D., Principal, Ciber, Inc.

Gayla S. Napier is a is a Principal Consultant guiding organizations through strategic and transformational change. She is an internationally recognized facilitator, strategic change consultant and conference presenter. Her background includes managing large-scale transformational change, leadership development and culture change initiatives for organizations. For over fifteen years, her work has honed her global perspective and developed her awareness of the intricate dynamics of human interactions and complexities of organizational systems and culture. Gayla has served Fortune 500s, multinationals, government agencies and private companies and has provided thought leadership, coaching, and guidance to senior leaders in a variety of industries and sectors. Gayla holds a Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Systems from Fielding Graduate University, and two M.A. degrees in Human Development and Organizational Design and Effectiveness. Gayla holds multiple professional certifications including Project Management Professional (PMP) and Certified Change Management Professional (CCMP).

MaryAnn Lohmueller

M.A., Culture Change Leader, Kaiser Permanente

MaryAnn has been an Organization Development practitioner for 30 years.Her expertise encompasses large-scale change leadership, culture development, group dynamics, leadership effectiveness as well as executive coaching. She currently serves as a Culture Change Leader, in the Northern California Region of Kaiser Permanente.She is an accomplished practitioner, collaborative coach, insightful facilitator, and published author.Her years of national consulting experiences show through her dynamic, thoughtful, energetic and highly interactive style.Her responsive approach is anchored in solid theoretical underpinnings while providing practical results.Most importantly, MaryAnn has been informally educated to live as an optimist.Her passion in life is to inspire others to “give a voice to things unspoken”.On a personal level, she demonstrates intellectual curiosity, nourishes her humanitarian spirit, invests energy in her physical well-being, and consciously stimulates her creative energies. 

Lisa M. Vaughn

Ph.D., Professor of Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Lisa M. Vaughn, Ph.D., is a professor of pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center within the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine with a joint appointment in educational studies at the University of Cincinnati College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services. She is formally trained as a social psychologist, counselor, and medical educator. Dr. Vaughn has specific training and experience in community-based participatory research, community engagement, qualitative research methodologies, and culturally relevant health care with a focus on understanding health disparities and promoting health equity specifically with minority and immigrant families and vulnerable youth.

Paul Goehrke

MSPOD, Business Development Specialist,

Paul Goehrke is a 2016 graduate of Weatherhead Schoool of Management, where he attained a Master of Science in Positive Organization Development and Change. He has previously presented at the MOD/MPOD 40th Anniversary Conference and Forum, examining the complexity's role in shaping the future of OD practice and education. Paul studied the humanities as an undergraduate at Yale University.

Paula Rettenmaier

M.S., Organization Development Lead, American Water Works Company, Inc.

Paula Rettenmaier is the Organization Development Lead at American Water Works Company.She works as an internal consultant to the business, manages the performance management process, and works to embed Organization Development (OD) and Change Management best practices across the enterprise.Paula has experience in a variety of industries as both an internal and external OD practitioner.Paula obtained her Masters of Science in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from San Francisco State University. 

Emma Kirkman

Global OD Strategist, Talent Teq

Emma is a global organizational development strategist and internationally certified coach.As an aspiring futurist Emma is fascinated by trends and possibilities; she thrives being around ideas and innovation.Emma is a passionate leader for change and boldly challenges the status quo.She enjoys applying fresh thinking to opportunities and champions creativity.Emma values her connection with her peers and professional community; she regularly contributes by speaking at conferences, participating in case studies and mentoring emerging OD leaders.

Jon Kesler

Principal Consultant, Center for Veterans Enterprise Transformation, The MITRE Corporation

Jon Kesler is a Principal Consultant with the MITRE Corporation, a Federally Funded Research and Development Center, where he partners with Federal agencies in organization design and the integrated implementation of change across lines of business and entire agencies. Jon has also worked closely with agencies in implementing customer-centric practices and the systematic advancement of leadership development for a changing world. Previously, Jon worked in a variety of organization development roles internally and externally. As a retired Air Force officer, Jon had the privilege to serve as a squadron commander, which he describes as “the best job ever.” In his spare time, he contributes to brain and brawn to Big Hearts Under the Big Sky, a Montana-based non-profit that provides family-focused outdoor adventures for children facing life-threatening illnesses, Veterans and active duty military members who have provided extraordinary service, and women recovering from breast cancer.

Sarah A. Nissenson

Principal Consultant, Human and Organizational Systems, The MITRE Corporation

Sarah Nissenson has over twenty years of organizational change management experience in both external and internal consulting roles. Since joining MITRE’s Human and Organizational Systems department, she has been one of the company’s top thought leaders on complex customer initiatives that require close interaction with senior executives; expertise in organizational analysis, assessment and design; stakeholder engagement and the design of large group interventions; and strategic communications. Sarah has been an integral part of MITRE’s Leadership Development project at VA since its inception. Additionally, Sarah provides highly valued leadership to MITRE teams as a project leader and supervisor, helping to ensure the growth and development of the company and its people in the direction that will best serve MITRE’s federal sponsors. For balance, Sarah dedicates a great deal of time, heart and soul to canine rescue groups and is an avid runner.

Maureen L. Marks

Ph.D., NCOD Deputy Director, Consulting Services, Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration (VHA), National Center for Organization Development (NCOD)

Dr. Marks has over 20 years’ experience with the VA.As NCOD Deputy Director, Consulting Services, she sets the vision for the Consulting Services staff which provides on-site and virtual organization development services. She oversees the development of services using principles, practices, and techniques that foster organizational health including enhancing employee engagement and psychologically safe work environments through promotion of a servant leadership culture as well as utilizing effective change management strategies.She oversees a range of programs that support leadership in the fast-paced environment of health care and other Veteran services.Dr. Marks is a member of NCOD’s executive leadership team.She is the co-author of a book chapter entitled “Civility, Respect, and Engagement in the Workplace (CREW):Creating Organizational Environments that Work for All” published in the book Creating Healthy Workplaces (2014) edited by Caroline Biron, Ronald Burke, and Cary Cooper.

Leni Wildflower

Ph.D., PCC, Knowledge-Based Coaching in the Workplace

Leni Wildflower is an executive coach, consultant, author and educator working in the US, UK, Europe, China and Latin America. She has taught at Fielding Graduate University in the Masters Program in Organizational Management and Design (OMOD).She designed Fielding’s, Evidence-Based Coaching Education and Training Program, directing it from 2004 to 2009.Currently, she delivers an ICF accredited program, Knowledge-Based Coaching in the Workplace, to corporate clients, including Sony PlayStation, WhiteWave Foods, Getty Images, Whirlpool International and Prudential Life Insurance Company. Leni co-edited The Handbook of Knowledge-Based Coaching: From Theory to Practice, (John Wiley and Sons in 2011) which is now used in coaching schools throughout North America. She is also the author of The Hidden History of Coaching (McGraw Hill, 2013).Leni has certifications from William Bridges and Associates in Change Management, in Immunity to Change process, and in motivational interviewing. She is a qualified MBTI practitioner.

Cindy Miller

Ph.D., ACC, Cindy Miller Associates

Cindy Miller, Ph.D., ACC, is a coach, leadership, team, and organization development consultant with expertise in human development and first-hand experience leading organizations in global biotech, pharma and financial services companies. Her original research, Meaningful Work Over the Life Course, has inspired many to find more meaning in their work and lives. Cindy holds a BA from Georgetown University and Masters in Human Development and PhD from Fielding Graduate University in Human and Organization Systems.She is a certified in the Immunity to Change coaching process and is a certified International Coach Federation coach. Cindy is currently serving a three-year elected term on the OD Network Board of Trustees.

Luc Kamperman, MA.

Managing Partner, Veldhoen + Company

Luc has 15 years of experience as a strategic workplace consultant working with numerous clients in Europe, Australia, and North America. He inspires leaders to define their own workplace vision and helps formulate holistic Activity Based Working (ABW) design and implementation, integrating people, technology, and space. Luc holds a Master in Business Management. In 2008, Luc founded Veldhoen’s office in Sydney after leading the design of Macquarie Bank’s Shelley Street project, igniting widespread adoption of ABW environments across Australia.Mid 2013 Luc re-located back to the Netherlands to focus on business development in Europe and North America. Luc believes that every employee can, and should be trusted to perform at their best and that leaders are responsible for the sustainable growth of employees. This is key to unlocking true discretionary effort and engagement. Luc’s motto is “No one can whistle a symphony. It takes a whole orchestra to play it.”

Allison Tsao

M.S., SPHR, Senior Change Consultant, Veldhoen + Company

With 11 years of experience within HR, Allison has worked with numerous clients across the United States. In 2014, Allison moved to Sydney, Australia and joined Veldheon + Company as a Senior Change Consultant. Allison helps leaders develop and implement new ways of working through Activity Based Working (ABW) – enabling employees to work anywhere, anytime, and anyhow. Allison believes that organisations must rethink how they can thrive sustainably and enable their people to bring their authentic, whole selves to work. She is passionate about ABW as a workplace strategy that facilitates whole system change to challenge outdated workplace paradigms by leveraging the design of the physical space.Allison holds a B.S. in International Business, Management, and Marketing from NYU and a Masters of Science in Organisation Development from Pepperdine University. Allison’s motto hails from the great Kurt Lewin, “if you truly want to understand something, try to change it.”

Trevor Maber

Ph.D., M.A. CPHR, Business School Professor, University of Saskatchewan

An award-winning faculty member at the Edwards School of Business (University of Saskatchewan), Trevor has taught across the areas of leadership, human resources, training & organizational development, international business, presentation skills, and case analysis. Previously the Director of People Strategies with Saskatchewan Polytechnic, he leverages over two decades of experience in human resources, organization development, and project management to create positive change and continuous learning for the students, clients, and organizations he works with. He also partners with leading Canadian consulting groups while entertaining speaking engagements across North America. He is also active within the TED learning community as a TED speaker and TED-ED lesson designer and educator. Along with having recently completed his Ph.D. with Fielding Graduate University, Trevor holds an M.A. in Human Development (also from Fielding), an M.A. in Leadership and Training from Royal Roads University, and numerous coaching, facilitation, and assessment certifications.

Barry Cross

President, Elsie Y Cross Associates

A visionary in the field of Cultural Intelligence. Barry is driven to work with organizations to create awareness, skills, and knowledge to seek common ground, build trust, empathy and the ability to treat others the way they want to be treated. With thirty years of experience in the field of Behavior Science, he has worked with numerous organizations in various organizational and cultural settings.As President of Elsie Y. Cross Associates Barry leads their Cultural Intelligence vision and strategy. He published EYCA’s Diversity Factor on-line e-Journal.Barry has the ability to build meaningful relationships with his clients and is responsive to their needs.He partners in a way that fosters learning. Barry has extensive domestic and international travel experience and has worked as a computer engineer for Raytheon, the FAA and is a US Navy veteran.He is Secretary of the Ferrari Club of America.

Carolyn Godfrey

M.A., PCC, President, Evolve Consulting

Carolyn Godfrey is the President of Evolve Consulting & Coaching for over ten years. She has helped companies like Sandia National Laboratory, USDA, Pandora Internet Radio, TransUnion, and CH2MHILL. As a leadership coach, trainer and OD consultant, she has helped hundreds of leaders create breakthroughs in their personal leadership for over 20 years. Her work with individuals and teams in organizations has resulted in financial growth and positive employee interactions. Prior to founding Evolve, Carolyn held leadership positions in the software development and environmental engineering industries. This is where she learned the secrets to leadership, influence, and empowerment as she worked with technical professionals to maximize their organizational impact.Carolyn supports her clients to seize their own power in effective ways and work with the power dynamics that commonly exist inside organizations. She holds a Masters degree in HROD and a Professional Certified Coaching credential with the International Coach Federation. 

Christina L. Scott

MA, MSOD, Change Agent, District Government

Christina Scott is a change agent with 12+ years of experience grounded in education and public service.She believes that organizations should be places that maximize the gifts of others, allowing people to bring their true selves into their work.In her current role, she collaborates with executive leadership to improve performance, culture, and stakeholder value within her 600+ staff agency. She also yields local and international consulting experience.Christina began her professional career as a Teach for America corps member, and her work as an educator has helped her to see the importance of understanding one’s own bias, privilege, and cultural lens.In alignment with her passion for equity, diversity, and cultural transformation, Christina earned a Master of Science in Organization Development from American University and a Master of Arts in Urban Education from the University of Maryland.She earned her Bachelor of Arts in English from Fordham University.

Yodit Tewelde

PMP, MSOD, Director of Operations, House of Representatives

Yodit Tewelde, PMP yields nearly 10 years of expertise in streamlining core business operations through project management, communications, and leadership.As a first generation Eritrean immigrant who moved to Ethiopia, Kenya, and eventually the United States, her diverse upbringing has instilled in her the values of collaboration, cultural awareness, and social responsibility. These values led her to her current role where she manages a team of 18+ providing the necessary training and coaching, and she works with key stakeholders as part of a Congresswoman’s leadership team. Her accomplishments include conducting team development activities that drove collaboration and effective cross-functional teams. As a consultant, she has worked both locally and abroad, successfully helping organizations transition through restructuring. Yodit completed a Master of Science in Organization Development at American University and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Law & Diversity at Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA.

Shari Laldee

MSOD, Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations, UNCF

Shari Laldee brings a passion for education and over a decade of non-profit and organization development experience. In addition to organization development consulting, she is responsible for managing a portfolio of national partnerships that ensure that UNCF – the largest minority higher education organization - continues to play a critical role in enabling 60,000+ students to attend college annually. Shari formally has served at organizations such as The SEED Public Charter School of Washington, DC, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, and Children's National Medical Center.She also boasts global experience including consulting with a network of independent schools in Johannesburg, South Africa.Shari earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of Maryland and a Master of Science in Organization Development from American University.She also earned a Certificate in Fund Raising Management from Indiana University's Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and a Certificate in Board Education from BoardSource.

Ingrid Mendez

MSOD, Human Resource and OD Partner, Eileen Fisher, Inc.

Ingrid J. Mendez builds on 15+ years of Human Resources and Organization Development experience.Ingrid has held various Human Resource roles with increasing responsibility and resolve at companies such as EILEEN FISHER, INC, Discovery Communications, and North Shore Animal League.In addition to Organization Development Consulting, Ingrid serves as a Human Resources Partner where she leads all human resource functions for various teams including, but not limited to facilitating employee relations, hiring and onboarding, nurturing growth and development, and deepening the employee experience by promoting strong corporate culture. Ingrid has global consulting experience and takes a strong interest in coaching and diversity and inclusion.

Ingrid earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology at Queens College, City University of New York (CUNY) and a Master of Science in Organization Development at American University.She is a member of the Center for Creative Leadership and the Society of Human Resources Management.

Kimberly Walker

M.A., M.O.D., Training, and Technical Assistance Manager, Ph.D. Student, Urban Institute, Antioch University

Kim Walker is a devoted non-profiteer living in Washington, DC. In her professional life, she serves as a Training and Technical Assistance Manager with the Urban Institute's Policy Advisory Group, where she manages a team that helps local governments shift toward evidence-based decision making. She is also a Ph.D. student in Leadership and Change at Antioch University researching cross-sector partnerships around social justice issues. She also serves as the national board co-chair for the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN), a nonprofit dedicated to empowering young leaders to develop a stronger and more equitable social sector. She received a bachelor’s degree from the College of William and Mary, a master’s degree in urban planning from UCLA, and a master’s degree in organization development from Bowling Green State University.

Jeanine Becker

J.D., Manager of Learnings and Networks, Presidio Institute

Jeanine Becker has spent a decade as a Lecturer in Collaboration and Negotiation at Stanford Law School (from 2007-2017). In her role at the Presidio Institute, Jeanine is focused on R&D as well as building a movement for cross-sector leadership. Jeanine has led teams to close thousands of transactions on four continents and has had deep engagement with multiple cross-sector impact projects. As Founder/CEO of Collaborative Leadership Consulting, Jeanine provides coaching and consulting to mission-driven leaders who are committed to scaling their impact through strong relationships. Passionate about using collaboration for impact, as a Board Member of WorldPulse, Jeanine is collaborating with 5 women’s organizations, multiple corporations, and McKinsey Global Institute to launch women’s economic empowerment pilots in Kenya and India. She received a JD from Stanford Law School and a BA from Tufts University, with a focus on social movements and peace & justice studies.

Karen Dawson

M.A., Ph.D., Elephant Whisperer (it’s a great story:, Deeper Funner Change (

Karen Dawson helps teams and organizations unleash collaborative intelligence with a part think-tank, part consultancy Deeper Funner Change. Known for asking provocative questions that help people get unstuck, Karen coaches executives and designs team and organizational experiences that build collaboration muscles while getting important work done. Karen loves going fast on skis, sipping a good glass of red wine, and cracking open the conversation at a cocktail party. Past lives: theatre teacher; lieutenant in reserve military; chief flying instructor with the Canadian Cadet Gliding Program; a short stint as a jail matron. Karen currently serves as faculty at The Banff Centre, University of Calgary Haskayne School of Business, and Royal Roads University. She holds a Master of Arts in Leadership from Royal Roads University and a Ph.D. from Tilburg University in the Netherlands. Karen is based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Rebeca Dawn

MM, Principal, RDIC

The foundation of Rebeca Dawn’s career was spent as a music composer and performer working with various artists around the world and fostering creative collaboration environments. The next layer of her career was spent exploring business and regulatory reform through the demands of running a global project management office for a large financial firm during the financial crisis. The current layer combines the other two, working as a consultant to help dissolve barriers, improve flexibility, and bring balance to companies she works with.


Matt Stone

JD, COO, Temenos Inc.

Matt Stone brings to Temenos a history in business development, coaching, training, and law. Whether practicing family law or doing business development across multiple industries, relationship development has been central to every job Matt has undertaken. When he first learned of the transformative power of Temenos’s solution, he knew he had found his calling. Matt’s leadership role at Temenos includes directing all business development efforts, forming strategic partnerships, and facilitating training and seminar events globally. Based in Tokyo, Matt has recently led seminars and promotional events in Singapore, the U.S., and online. He has conducted training and coaching at such notable companies as Nissan, Honda, Hitachi, and Mitsubishi. Matt has a BA from the University of Oregon, and a JD from the University of Hawaii. He holds a coaching credential with ICF and is a member of the Oregon State Bar. He lives with his wife in Tokyo.

Gilmore Crosby

MSW, President, Crosby & Associates

Gil Crosby has been an Organization and Leadership Development Professional since 1984. His father and mentor, Robert P. Crosby, was awarded the ODN Lifetime Achievement award in 2016. The Crosby method integrates the best of old (the application of Lewinian theory and T-group methodology) and the new ("Mindfulness" and "Emotional Intelligence" for example). Gil is a master of whole systems business culture change. His skill as a catalyst for deep transformation keeps him in demand as an author, speaker, coach, and consultant.

Katherine Farquhar

Ph.D., ACC, Principal, Farquhar Change Associates, LLC

After 25 wonderful years with American University’s MSOD program (9 years as Director), Katherine pivoted to coaching, OD, community engagement (recently finished as Mayor of Brookeville MD), and inn-keeping. This mélange sharpens creativity, entrepreneurial capability, and grace, showing how the “space in between” serves people and systems.Her coaching focuses on transition points in clients’ lives, particularly during career shifts, at mid-career, and around retirement. Her OD clients range from non-profits to mid-sized corporations.Her work helps clients emerge from binding assumptions. They access creative thinking, channeling energies and focus toward pending change.Her approach accompanies the client to reframe and refresh as they newly vision, then carry forward in their journey. Katherine holds a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Boston U., a Georgetown U. certificate in Leadership Coaching, and is certified in numerous instruments. She pursues advanced learning about adult development.Soon, she undertakes Spain’s El Camino Pilgrim’s walk.

Kimberly Rattley

MSW, President, Creative Synergy Solutions, Inc.

Kimberly Rattley is President of Creative Synergy Solutions, Inc. She is highly sought after for her training and facilitating expertise. Kimberly is best known for designing experiential learning programs to improve team effectiveness, increase performance, and fine-tune business strategies in a creative manner.Her experience with drama-based programming includes founding four Playback companies and guiding professional playback projects for organizations worldwide. Through 25 years of serving clients within the domestic US and abroad, she and her firm have found that when forward-thinking organizations use these tested and proven creative learning strategies, even the most reluctant participants are turned into engaged learners.Kimberly's clients repeatedly remark that their project objectives are surpassed based on Kimberly's creative, highly engaged approach. Kimberly holds a B.A. and OD certificate from Georgetown University and an MSW from Howard University. She is a Certified Psychodramatist.

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