Graduate Faculty

Marlboro's graduate faculty is comprised of dedicated teachers and seasoned practitioners from a wide range of professions, who bring their real-world experience to bear in the classroom. Faculty members are exceptionally supportive of students, because they see themselves as colleagues invested in a vibrant and productive exchange of ideas to benefit their respective disciplines.

Marti Anderson • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

  • PhD California Institute of Integral Studies
  • MAT School for International Training

Marti Anderson is a teacher educator based in Bangkok, Thailand.  She has taught teachers at the graduate level for more than 20 years. She conducts a range of teacher training and professional development activities for teachers in South-East Asia and beyond.  During her career, Marti has provided professional development and training for teachers in dozens of countries on 6 continents.  Marti's doctoral studies focused on learning and change in human systems with special attention to how education can be transformational to both individuals and the groups they are part of.  Marti is passionate about supporting teachers to do their best work no matter what context they work within.  A prevailing interest is exploring what goes on "inside and between" people in education (Stevick 1980), and steadily moving towards a greater understanding of an inner and outer pedagogy of peace.

Debra Askanase • Management, Core CNL Consultant

Debra Askanase is the founder and Digital Engagement Strategist at Community Organizer 2.0, a digital and social media consulting firm to nonprofit organizations, specializing in online strategy and engagement. She is also a partner in Matterness Consulting with author and social media strategist Allison Fine. In both ventures, Debra translates her passion for digital engagement, and making stakeholders known, heard, and valued into creating a better world through digital engagement. Her award-winning Alltop blog offers advice and strategies for using digital media in the nonprofit sector.

Prior to opening Community Organizer 2.0, Debra worked for over 15 yeas at nonprofit organizations in the Boston area, originally as a community organizer and later as a program director, and executive director. She has been consulting to the mission-driven sector since 2009, helping organizations understand how to actively engage online stakeholders and move them to action. Debra tweets as @askdebra.

Debra has served in the leadership of the Boston 501Tech Club, where she remains active, and is a current member of NTEN’s Research Committee, where she indulges her inner data nerdiness. She lives in Waltham with one overactive puppy, two daughters, and her husband. In her free time, she throws pottery, enjoys walks in the conservation land near her neighborhood, and dreams of more time to read books.

Bill Baue • Management

As an internationally recognized expert on sustainability context, online stakeholder engagement, and sustainability communications, Bill Baue designs systemic transformation at global, company, and community levels. A serial entrepreneur, he's co-founder of a number of companies and initiatives, including: Sustainability Context Group, a global community of thought leaders and practitioners who advocate for context-based sustainability; Convetit, an online stakeholder engagement platform; and Sea Change Radio, a globally syndicated podcast on sustainability.

Bill works with organizations across the sustainability ecosystem, including AccountAbility, Audubon, Cabot, Ceres, Climate Counts, GE, Global Compact, Harvard, ICCR, United Nations, Walmart, and Worldwatch Institute. He serves on the Technical Advisory Group of the WWF / WRI / CDP Mind the Science, Mind the Gapinitiative on setting science-based carbon targets. He blogs for Guardian Sustainable Business and Sustainable Brands, where he also co-curates the #NewMetrics Channel. He was named on the Guardian Top 15 Thought Leaders in Sustainable Business and TriplePundit Top 30 Sustainability Bloggers on Twitter lists for his tweeting.

Bill lives in a cohousing community in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts with his wife Jiyanna and daughters Clara, Emma, and Aoife.

 

Mike Beardsley • Educational Technology

  • Course: Games and Simulations

Mike Beardsley is currently a fourth grade teacher at Putney Central School with over 25 years of experience in the classroom. His interest in presenting game-based learning theories and practices, as well as sharing his own experiences at regional conferences, all came about through his graduate work at Marlboro College Graduate School, culminating in a Master's in Teaching with Technology from Marlboro in 2014. Mike uses Minecraft Edu and Game-Based Learning approaches in his fourth grade classroom to engage all his students, no matter what learning style they favor. Technology has been an asset to his own “retooling” for the future, changing not only how he teaches but also how he himself learns. Originally from Connecticut, Mike moved many years ago to Vermont, where he met his wonderfully supportive wife Brenda and raised two children. Mike now lives in New Hampshire, and his hobbies include playing loud electric guitar, drawing, reading, and of course using technology in many forms.

Sally Bisaccio • Educational Technology

  • Work: Soutwest Vermont Supervisory Union

Sally is a technology integration specialist for the Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union in Bennington, Vermont. Sally has worked for the SVSU for over 15 years, serving first as a lab supervisor for the Bennington Elementary School and later as technology integrationist for the district. Sally earned her BA in sociology from St. Lawrence University and her MA in teaching with technology from Marlboro Graduate and Professional Studies. While at Marlboro, Sally was introduced to gaming as a powerful educational tool. She became an advocate for games in education and introduced MinecraftEdu to the SVSU. In collaboration with her Marlboro colleagues Jane Wilde and Mike Beardsley, she has presented educational gaming workshops at the BEST conference, Games in Education conference, Vermont Fest, and Dynamic Landscapes. Sally has three adult children, and lives in Bennington with her husband, two dogs and two horses. She enjoys riding, gardening, and exploring new technologies.

Will Bohmann • Educational Technology

  • Work: Center for Technology
  • Education: MAT and MSIT from Marlboro College Graduate and Professional Studies
  • Classes: Educational Technology

Will Bohmann is the educational technology integration specialist for the Center for Technology in Essex Junction, Vermont. Will has been working in the field of education for over 25 years, including a successful decade as chef instructor for the prestigious New England Culinary Institute. Will earned his BA from the University of Wisconsin and a dual masters in educational technology and information technology from Marlboro Graduate and Professional Studies. Will is active with VITA-Learn, and teaches educational technology courses for St. Michael's College and Southern New Hampshire University,  in addition to his duties at CTE. Will enjoys running the backroads and trails of Vermont, gardening, and cooking for his family.

Beverley Burkett Chair: TESOL • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

  • MAT, School for International Training
  • BA Honours, Rhodes University
  • BA, University of Port Elizabeth

Beverley Burkett has been a language teacher educator for more than 25 years. She was head of the Language in Education Unit at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, from 1985-2007. She engaged in research, teaching, and curriculum development, with a particular focus on the role of language in learning in multilingual contexts.  She is co-author of an ESL textbook series, Keys to English, and was team leader of a research project investigating the impact of additive bilingual (English–isiXhosa) curriculum delivery in a rural school in South Africa. She has presented academic papers at conferences in the UK, the US, Canada, Finland, Germany, Uganda, Botswana, Hong Kong, South Korea and has been an invited speaker at KOTESOL and southern African conferences. She has worked on language in education projects in Algeria and South Africa. 

Beverley was an active member of a community-based organization that worked for peace and justice in South Africa. When not teaching, she enjoys yoga and has an avid interest in design.

Mike Burns • Management

  • Work: BWB Solutions, Nonprofit Board Crisis
  • Education: MS in Nonprofit Management with Nonprofit Governance focus, Lesley College; Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Marketing, University of Hartford; BA in Business Administration, Marquette University
  • Course: Introduction to Nonprofit Governance

Since 1994, Mike has been a partner at BWB Solutions, a firm that strengthens organizations commited to social change. At BWB, Mike’s practice focuses on strategic planning, nonprofit governance, organizational development, and helping nonprofits assess their readiness for mergers and partnerships.  Mike’s mission is “to change the world one nonprofit at a time.” His skills include crisis management, conflict resolution, market research and analysis, and meeting facilitation. Mike has a special interest in governance, and frequently posts to his blog, Nonprofit Board Crisis, where he highlights nonprofit internal issues. He authored two chapters inYou and Your Nonprofit Board: Advice and Practical Tips from the Field’s Top Practitioners, Researchers, and Provocateurs published in 2013, and writes a column called “From the Nonprofit Board Chair Seat” for the quarterly magazine Nonprofit Advantage. Mike also serves as Board Secretary for the Alliance for Nonprofit Management, a national association of individuals and organizations devoted to improving the management and governance capacity of nonprofits.

Mike began his career as an executive director of a community health center, followed by 15 years as an executive director and primary consultant for a nonprofit capacity building organization.  During that time he also taught management on the faculty of the Antioch-New England Graduate Schools of Organization and Management and Environmental Studies. In addition to his professional work, Mike operates a small farm where he produces naturally certified asparagus, raspberries, garlic, strawberries and tomatoes. Mike has also been a professional foster parent for nearly 20 years.

Karen Cangialosi • Teaching for Social Justice (k-12)

Karen is a guest lecturer and module faculty member for the program on topics in the sciences. She is currently also a professor and chair in the Department of Biology of Keene State College.

Karen Case • Educational Technology, Graduate Certificate in Project Management

  • Work: Instructional Designer,  SUNY Clinton Community College
  • Class: Leading Change

Karen has been an educator for over 25 years, working at the pre-school through college levels. In her previous position at the Community College of Vermont (CCV) she coordinated courses and provided support for online faculty in the areas of art, art history, computer, and music. She was a member of the Project 2011 team at CCV, which assisted the transition to a new content management and learning management system at the Vermont state colleges. Currently Karen is the instructional design and development specialist at SUNY Plattsburgh in NY. She is a part-time instructor for the Vermont State College system in the areas of sociology, cultural change, education, and educational technologies.

Karen holds a PhD from Nova Southeastern University in Computing Technology in Education.  

Caleb Clark Chair: MAT-T • Educational Technology, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, Teaching for Social Justice (k-12), Graduate Certificate in Educational Technology

  • Contact: cclark@gradschool.marlboro.edu | 802-258-9207
  • Personal Portfolio
  • Classes: 
    Graduate courses in EdTech program: Web Design and Media Production, Instructional Design, Technology for Teachers
    Undergraduate: You Online: Manage your online presence and create a public portfolio, resume and bio.   

Caleb is the director of the EdTech master's program, where he also teaches and coordinates academic technology support. He has been a Web geek since 1994 and an educational technologist since 1999. Caleb's interests include: eportfolios, online media production for teachers, physical computing, citizen journalism, and humanizing technology.  Caleb's passion for Internet technology and media began when he joined the dot com revolution in San Francisco in the mid-1990s. He went on to work in educational technology in corportate (Netscape, Maxis), K-12 (High Tech High) and higher education (SDSU, NYU, Antioch) organizations before settling down at Marlboro College in 2008. Caleb regularly presents at conferences and publishes. 

Caleb's work also encompasses academic technology support for Marlboro's graduate school faculty, as well as technology integration consulting work for Putney Central Middle School. He is  the higher education representative on the board of VITA-Learn, the ISTE affiliate in Vermont. 

Caleb has an Master of Professional Studies from the Interactive Telecommunications Program at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, a Masters of Arts in Educational Technology from San Diego State University, and a Bachelor of Arts is from Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Jodi Clark • Management, Benchmarks for a Better Vermont, Core CNL Consultant

  • Work: Special Projects Manager at Southeastern Vermont Economic Development Strategies (SeVEDS), Team Member at Global Round Table Leadership
  • Education: MS in Managing Mission-Driven Organizations, Marlboro College; MA in Theater Education, Emerson College; B.A., Marlboro College
  • Certifications: RBA Training, January 2014

 

Jodi is a passionate, community-minded teacher, inspired by the magic groups can co-create. She began her journey co-creating what she has come to call "collective awesome" via co-founding a Renaissance Faire in Brattleboro, Vermont. Her professional journey has taken her from advising the LGBT student group and working extensively in student affairs at Marlboro College to teaching/directing for ActingOut, an issue-oriented improv theater training and performance program for youth in the southwestern New Hampshire. She has served in many community-based coalitions working to achieve community transformation in a number of areas including: after-school programs, community strategies for healthy food and physical activity, and substance abuse prevention.

Jodi has frequently served as a facilitator for and designer of community processes and meetings for United Way of Windham County, Healthy Monadnock 2020, Monadnock United Way, The Center for Nature and Leadership, and Monadnock Alcohol & Drug Abuse Coalition. She is a founding board member for Wolfgard Northeast, a wolf and wilderness education center in southeastern Vermont. Her current work interests are focused on peer-to-peer team and organizational leadership development for practitioners in the field of collective impact or other community-engaged collaboration structures, nature-based leadership and practices, and exploring embodied leadership via sword training and martial practice. Her personal practice of co-creation includes teaching and performing improv theater and stage combat and singing in choirs. She resides in Brattleboro with her wife and cat.

Olya Clark • Teaching for Social Justice (k-12)

Olya is the on-site field advisor for the MATS program. She is also currently a Ph.D. candidate in public health at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She holds a Master's of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with the focus in social justice from Keene State College, New Hampshire. She has extensive teaching, research, and other professional experiences in the fields of education and public health in Russia, India, and the United States.

Ray Clark • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

  • MA Brown University (Linguistics)
  • BA  University of New Hampshire (English)

Ray Clark has been involved in education since 1962 as a high school English teacher, Peace Corps Volunteer teacher trainer in Nigeria, teacher of English as a Second Language at the School for International Training. He also taught ESL for USAID in Islamabad, Pakistan, and for CitiBank in Istanbul, Turkey.

Also at the School for International Training he has held a variety of assignments. He was on the Peace Corps Training staff at SIT as language coordinator, TESOL instructor, and project director for training programs for Iran, India, Korea, and West Africa. He was the director of the Master of Arts in Teaching program as well as a faculty member teaching  a variety of courses, including Approaches, Four Skills, and Applied English Linguistics. He also supervised MAT candidates in every New England state and developed and/or managed ESL projects in New England, Louisiana, and Somalia. He directed a two-year project for the Peace Corps to develop materials for uncommonly taught languages.

Currently he is adjunct faculty at SIT, supervising student teachers and teaching introductory Turkish, and adjunct faculty at Southern New Hampshire University where he teaches for the University of Hanoi MA EFL Program. Since 1980, he and four partners have developed Pro Lingua Associates, a publishing company specializing in ESL materials. He is vice-president and senior editor, and has written several textbooks.

Stephen Clark • Teaching for Social Justice (k-12)

Stephen is a guest lecturer for the program on various social justice issues. He is also an Associate Professor of Psychology at Keene State College and a member of the Campus Commission on Diversity and Multiculturalism. His current research is on homophobia and heterosexism. He is also the editor of the newsletter, "Teaching Diversity."

Peter Crowell • Management

Peter is the founder of Context 360, Inc. Prior to founding the company, Peter held senior positions in various Fortune 500 companies. He was the SVP of technology for the McGraw-Hill media companies, CIO of CBS, Inc., president of Chase Access Services, a Chase Manhattan Bank, NA subsidiary, the technology architect for Chase Manhattan Bank, NA, and a partner in CSC Consulting. He started his career as a computer programmer and moved into his first CIO position in 1976.

Pat Daniel • Management

Dr. Pat Daniel works as a consultant and trainer, supporting corporations and non-profits on organization development, executive coaching, human resource development, strategic planning, communications, and sustainability. She also provides career and life coaching services for individuals.

Prior to her independent practice, Pat served as the associate director of Ceres, a national network of investors and environmental groups working with corporations to address sustainability challenges. She interfaced with Ceres companies, investors and stakeholder groups, and directed the annual Ceres Conference. She played a key role in the development and launch of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), and represented Ceres at the U.N. World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg. As the chief operating officer, Dr. Daniel managed operations, human resources, board relations, and strategic planning during a period when the organization more than doubled in size.

Before joining Ceres, Pat spent 11 years at Polaroid Corporation, where she served as worldwide training manager for Total Quality Management and corporate ethics and compliance. She led a re-engineering effort to enhance and streamline design for the environment and product stewardship, and managed the company’s environmental training. As an internal consultant and coach, she advised executives and employees on organizational and team development.

As a certified professional level Kripalu yoga teacher, Pat has taught yoga and meditation for over 20 years. She has a particular interest in yoga and the natural world, and has written about outdoor meditation for Yoga Journal.  She was the founding editor of the Green Yoga Association newsletter. 

She is the co-founder and managing editor of Engaging Peace, and blogs at WizardofEase.com

Julie DeCesare • Educational Technology

While studying at UMass Amherst, Julie developed an interest in film studies, production, and audiovisual collections and graduated with a BA in comparative literature and a concentration in film studies. Julie worked at Brown University Media Services as their technical coordinator while completing her master’s in library and information studies at Simmons College. After finishing her MLIS in 2005, Julie became digital media/film studies reference librarian at Boston College. At BC, she worked closely with instructional designers to bring multimedia content into faculty course sites and to create interesting web deliverables and physical audiovisual collections for the BC community.  In 2010, Julie left Boston College for the position of assistant professor and commons librarian, head of education & research at Providence College's Phillips Memorial Library, where she currently coordinates instructional and educational opportunities between the library and campus community.

Julie teaches Digital Research Technologies, where she is able to bring many of her interests together, Web video, Web 2.0 tools for teaching and learning, the evolution of online library collections, and open source publication. Her goal is to teach Marlboro College graduate students how to be effective/active online researchers and writers, how to evaluate online resources, and also to provide a set of free or open source web resources.

Alisa Del Tufo • Management

Alisa brings extensive experience in the nonprofit sector as well as an innovative approach to community engagement. In 1983 she established Sanctuary for Families in New York City to provide residential and non-residential services to battered women and their children. In 1993, Alisa founded CONNECT, which employs grassroots education, community organizing and capacity building to work for the prevention and elimination of family and gender violence, and has served as a model for other cities as well as federal policy changes. Alisa served as Executive Director of this 25-person organization from 1993 to 2006. As chair of the NYC Domestic Violence Housing Committee during this time, she led a two-year advocacy effort resulting in the dedication of 3 million dollars to develop permanent housing and support services for domestic violence survivors and their children in the city. 

Four years ago Alisa founded the Threshold Collaborative, a national initiative based in North Bennington. The Collaborative partners with communities to develop a vision and strategies that will support local strength and well-being. In recognition for her work as a leading social entrepreneur with the potential to change patterns across society, Alisa was appointed an Ashoka Fellow. The Ashoka Foundation points to her role in enabling communities to succeed where institutional intervention has failed.

Alisa served as a Rockefeller Fellow at Columbia University where she pursued a project entitled "Choosing Non-Violence" and was also awarded the Charles H Revson Fellowship on the Future of New York for her research the overlap of maternal and child abuse. She serves on the Mayor's Commission to Combat Family Violence in New York and the ACS Commissioner's Domestic Violence Advisory Committee, and is the recipient of the Susan B. Anthony Award from the National Organization for Women- NYC, the Distinguished Service Award from the NYC Police Department, and a Humanitarian Award from Colgate University.

Lucie deLaBruere • Educational Technology

Lucie explores how to use emerging technology for teaching and learning. She has over 20 years experience in consulting on technology and education. She is a Google Certified Teacher and Google Apps Certified Trainer. Lucie teaches graduate courses at St. Michael's College and is the winner of the 2009 Frank Watson VITA-Learn EdTech Award. Lucie received her Masters of Science in Internet Engineering from the Graduate School in 2000, and her Bachelors of Arts in Secondary Education and Social Studies from the State University of New New York at Oswego where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. She regularly presents at conferences and publishes articles.

Cheryl Eaton • Management

Cheryl's new business, Wild Genius, offers the same services she has provided through her prior work with Kelliher Samets Volk, such as brand, business, and marketing strategy and consulting, and market research. She said, "It will also allow me to utilize other competencies I’ve developed and delivered for clients, such as: helping organizations, teams and individuals to innovate around the future, and guiding them toward their bold visions."

"Here’s what I’m particularly excited about: providing the quality of thinking and guidance available from a national-caliber firm in a way that is accessible to those individuals and organizations that are doing good for people, communities, and the planet—broadly speaking, those working in the 'sustainability' space.

John Ehrenfeld Faculty Emeritus • Management

Dr. Ehrenfeld maintains a website and blog devoted to the subject of sustainability. In June 2009 he stepped down as Executive Director of the International Society for Industrial Ecology, after guiding its development since it was founded in 2000. He retired in 2000 as the Director of the MIT Program on Technology, Business, and Environment, an interdisciplinary educational, research, and policy program. Prior to joining the team at Marlboro, he served as an adjunct faculty member at the Bainbridge Graduate Institute. In October 1999, the World Resources Institute honored him with a lifetime achievement award for his academic accomplishments in the field of business and environment. He received the Founders Award for Distinguished Service from the Academy of Management's Organization and Natural Environment Division in August 2000. He spent part of the 1998-1999 academic year at the Technical University of Lisbon as a Fulbright Distinguished Scholar and was Visiting Professor at the Technical University of Delft during the 2000-2001 academic year. He serves on several boards. He is an editor of the Journal of Industrial Ecology, and is author or co-author of over 200 papers, books, reports, and other publications. 

Carol Forsythe • Management

  • Work: Project and Portfolio Management with NewsBank, inc.
  • Education: MS Library and Information Sciences, Drexel University; BA, European History, University of Massachusetts
  • Certifications: Quality Technician Certificate (ASQT), ASQ, and Project management Profession (PMP), PMI
  • Class: Project Cost / Schedule Management

For the past 10 years, Carol has worked at NewsBank as project manager, director of the project management services group, and finally in portfolio planning. She led the implementation of Agile Scrum project method at NewsBank. Carol has taught project management for six years, and led study groups for PMP certification readiness through the Keene PMI chapter. Prior to working at NewsBank, she worked as a project manager for 20 years with Digital Equipment, Compaq Computer, and Hewlett Packard.

Beyond her work in project management, she has taken on care for her young grandsons three days a week. She also likes gardening, sewing, and quilting, and is active in the Society of Friends (Quakers).

Ben Frost • Management

Ben Frost is the Director of Public Affairs at New Hampshire Housing, where he coordinates federal and state legislative initiatives and provides direct technical assistance to municipalities to help them develop regulations promoting affordable housing and sustainable development.  He frequently lectures on issues of affordable and workforce housing, planning and zoning law, and ethics.  Ben has over 25 years of experience as a land use planner, and over 15 years as an attorney, practicing primarily municipal law.  He has worked as a Senior Planner with the NH Office of Energy and Planning, the Executive Director of the Upper Valley Lake Sunapee Regional Planning Commission, and as a planner and administrator in local and regional government in New Hampshire and elsewhere in the Northeast.  He has taught Geography at Keene State College and Business Law at Southern NH University. 

 Ben is a member of the Governing Council of Housing Action NH, a low-income housing advocacy organization.  He is a board member of the NH Sustainable Energy Association and he represents New Hampshire Housing on theNH Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Energy Board.  Ben serves on the Executive Committees of the NH Planners Association and the Northern New England Chapter of the American Planning Association.  He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and of the legislative committees of the American Planning Association and the New Hampshire Bar Association. 

Kathleen Graves • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

  • Ph D University of Lancaster, UK
  • MAT School for International Training

Kathleen has worked on curriculum renewal and language teacher education in the U.S., Algeria, Bahrain, Brazil, Japan, and Korea. Her research focuses on the role of classroom practice in curriculum renewal and supporting teachers’ professional development as central to successful educational and curricular reform. She is interested in helping teachers to ‘think curricularly’ as they develop a reflective practice both individually and collaboratively. She started her career as an English teacher in Taiwan and later taught English in the US, Japan, and Brazil. She has served the faculties of the School for International Training, and the School of Education at the University of Michigan She is the editor/author of two books on course design, Teachers as Course Developers (Cambridge University Press) and Designing Language Courses: A guide for Teachers (Heinle Cengage). She is the series editor of TESOL’s Language Curriculum Development series.

Lori Hanau Co-Chair: Management • Management

Lori Hanau grew up in New England in an entrepreneurial family that taught her the value of self-reflection, wellness, and caring in fostering wise leadership and healthy, collaborative relationships and environments. She draws on these essential qualities in her work as advisor, facilitator and community builder.

Lori’s early career in business, including presidency of a manufacturing company, offered opportunities to observe and engage in diverse leadership styles and organizational systems. During this time, she began to differentiate between the qualities that support vibrant, sustainable organizations and social ecosystems, and those that lead to dysfunction. In a break from the corporate world, Lori pursued these qualities through an exploration of the service sectors of society, including health, science, philanthropy, spirituality and mission-driven business. Here, she found herself among innovators who were working for all aspects of whole systems change.

In 2002, Lori founded Global Round Table Leadership (GRTL) whose mission is to steward the emergence of a thriving, resilient world through the strengthening of the positive, essential qualities of our humanity. GRTL envisions a world in which individuals and communities come together through the best of our collective humanity for the good of the whole. To this end, GRTL engages people across all sectors in leadership development through the lens of whole systems and in building flourishing relationships with the self, one another and the systems of which we are a part.

Lori is the co-founder of the Mindfulness Practice Center in Keene, NH and acts as Community Builder and faculty member for Marlboro College Graduate and Professional Studies’ MBA program “Managing for Sustainability.” She is also honored to serve on the Advisory Boards for the Southeastern Environmental Education Alliance and Peace Day Live, and on the Board of Directors of the Social Venture Network.

Travis Hellstrom Co-Chair: Management • Management, Core CNL Consultant

  • Work: Managing Partner, Advance Humanity
  • Education: MA, SIT Graduate Institute; BS, Campbell University
  • Certifications: RBA Training, January 2014
  • Focus Areas: Nonprofit Management, Benefit Corporations, Triple Strength Leadership


Travis is an author, entrepreneur, executive advisor, and founder of Advance Humanity, a humanitarian consulting group dedicated to helping social entrepreneurs, social businessesm and nonprofits expand their influence and make a difference in the world. Advance Humanity is also one of the first dozen certified B Corporations in Vermont, alongside Ben & Jerry’s, Seventh Generation, and King Arthur Flour. Travis was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mongolia (2008-11), author of the Unofficial Peace Corps Volunteer Handbook and was a Peace Corps Fellow at SIT Graduate Institute where he received his MA in management. His focus was on social business and nonprofit management, and he wrote his thesis on "Leading Happiness: Shared Leadership and Happiness at Work in Certified Benefit Corporations." He has helped lead the certification of three Certified Benefit Corporations, including the first in Asia. 

Kate Jellema Associate Dean for Graduate and Professional Studies • Management

Kate directs the Center for New Leadership and also leads the Benchmarks for a Better Vermont project, a collaborative performance measurement initiative involving Marlboro College, the United Ways of Vermont, Common Good Vermont, SerVermont and the Vermont Community Foundation, with support from the Corporation for National and Community Service. She is a 2010 graduate of the Certificate in Nonprofit Management, serves as president of an independent school board, and is a 2012 graduate of the Vermont Leadership Institute. She is trained as a cultural anthropologist, and her academic work focuses on religious expression; the role of the past in the present; and war, displacement, and the experience of home. Kate has been awarded grants from the MacArthur Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, the National Science Foundation, and the Woodrow Wilson Foundation to support her research.

Will Keyser • Management

Will Keyser is a veteran entrepreneur and business startup counselor, as well as a writer and blogger on entrepreneurship. His company helps people start businesses and was a founder B Corporation. After a career in public relations and advertising he became a management consultant with a major French-based consulting firm, working in the socio-economic field--particularly in public enterprise and employment policy. He later established his own firm and ran it for 11 years before selling it to its 30 staff members for a nominal sum. The company specialized in employment and HR strategy, as well as management development and training. He worked with clients in banking, finance, the oil industry, power generation and distribution, electronics, engineering and food manufacturing.

His recent US startup clients have included a green fashion retailing chain in the Southeast, an online fitness business, a Texas-based group of green cemeteries, a low-tech communication company for the speech impaired and a number of one-person enterprises. His website is a wealth of free material on sustainable startup strategies.

Will has also been a UK government adviser in economic development, on the board of a regional venture capital company, a management association president, and a council member of an employers' federation. He was on the board of the Brattleboro Food Coop (a $16m, 2-store grocery business) and a panel member at the Brattleboro Community Justice Center. He is currently a volunteer horse handler at the Ride On Center for Kids in Georgetown, TX, that improves independence and life skills, in partnership with the horse.

He published eight books books on public enterprise in Europe. His most recent title is the ebook, Telling Startup Stories. Will brings an international perspective having lived and worked in the UK, US and France. He attended the University of Westminster and the London College of Communication in UK, as well as the Universities of Besançon and Lille in France. As a teenager he went to Outward Bound Mountain School and as a 69 year-old went on Outward Bound again, sailing off the coast of Maine. He served as an officer in the British Army Intelligence Corps during military service.

Suzan Kobashigawa • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

  • PhD Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • MAT School for International Training

Suzan Kobashigawa is professor in the School of Education at Northwest University. Suzan began her career teaching English in Japan and stayed for five years before beginning graduate school. She completed her MAT degree in TESOL through the School for International Training, Brattleboro, Vermont. Suzan completed her Ph.D. in composition and TESOL at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. While there, she focused on language and culture, literacy, and language revitalization. At Northwest University, Suzan has directed the English language program, and is the coordinator for the TESOL certificate program. She also teaches courses in Multicultural Education, Content Literacy/Secondary Methods, Research, Testing and Evaluation, and Phonetics. Currently, Suzan’s research interests are focused on qualitative inquiry (ethnography), language and culture, and literacy. In her spare time, Suzan has had a love-hate relationship with running, although she completes a half marathon annually, and she loves traveling, returning back to her family home in Hawai’i as often as she can.

Josh Kurzweil • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

  • MAT, School for International Training
  • Cambridge CELTA and DELTA.

Josh began his teaching career in 1990. He has taught and trained in Japan, Spain, the Republic of Georgia, and the United States. He received his master's degree in teaching from the SIT Graduate Institute and also holds the Cambridge CELTA and DELTA. Josh has been involved in developing the curriculum for the SIT TESOL Certificate and is a trainer of trainers. In addition to working on the SIT course, Josh has been a trainer with the Peace Corps and does educational consulting through the company, Berkeley Learning Teaching Consultants, which he co-founded. He is the author of Understanding Teaching Through Learning, which was published by McGraw-Hill in 2006, and his particular areas of interest include Experiential Learning, reflective practice, and lesson design. Josh lives with his wife and son in Berkeley, California.

Scott Lawrence Chair: BS-MIS • Management

Scott has worked in the technical and business sides of information technology since 1994. His early work was focused on tech support and IT project management in various engineering and manufacturing arenas. More recently, project portfolio selection and planning has taken his focus, particularly around financial and strategic IT management initiatives.

Since 2004, Scott has worked with Marlboro College Graduate and Professional Studies in several capacities. Starting with Capstone advising in 2004 and adjunct faculty positions in 2005, Scott now teaches Systems Analysis & Design and serves as the Chair of the BSMIS program.

Scott holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Resource Economics from the University of Vermont, a Master of Science degree in Management (Systems Integration Management) from the Marlboro College Graduate and Professional Studies Program, and a Master's Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University. 

Kim Lier • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

  • MAT, School for International Training
  • BA, University of Notre Dame

Kim’s experience in the field of education includes language teaching, program administration, and teacher training. In 1982 she went to Japan and spent three years teaching English to children, high school students, and adults. Upon returning to North America, Kim started teaching Japanese, initially at the junior and senior high school level in Indianapolis and later at two community colleges in North Vancouver, B.C.. These experiences generated so many questions about teaching and learning that she enrolled in the School for International Training (SIT) where she received a master’s degree in teaching. She stayed at SIT as a project manager for the next 10 years. During this time she returned to Japan to teach in and administer the final two years SIT’s Intensive English Program at Tokyo Jogakkan Junior College. Most recently Kim has taught Japanese at Marlboro College, conducted training for public school teachers in Massachusetts, helped develop a teacher-training course for a major publisher and returned to administrative work at the Marlboro College Graduate and Professional Studies in the Nonprofit Management Program.  

Christopher Lievense • Teaching for Social Justice (k-12)

Christopher is a field advisor for the program. He has been teaching for over 8 years in schools in Vermont, Chicago, Japan, and Bangalore India.

Mark McElroy • Management

  • Work:  Founder and Executive Director, Center for Sustainable Organizations
  • Education:  B.A., Philosophy, University of Delaware; Ph.D., Economics and Business, University of Groningen
  • Classes:  Foundations of Sustainability in Business
  • Mark McElroy’s LinkedIn profile

Mark W. McElroy, Ph.D. is an accomplished innovator, consultant, award-winning author and educator in the theory and practice of corporate sustainability management. He is particularly well-known for his ideas of tools, methods and metrics for measuring, managing and reporting the sustainability performance of organizations. He is the founder and executive director of the Center for Sustainable Organizations in Thetford Center, VT, and is arguably the world’s leading developer, practitioner and advocate of context-based sustainability (CBS).  CBS is an approach to sustainability management in which performance is tied to specific norms, standards or thresholds for what human impacts in the world must be, in order to be socially, economically or environmentally sustainable. It is unique in the field and is fully described in Dr. McElroy’s recent book, Corporate Sustainability Management – The Art and Science of Managing Non-Financial Performance.

Among Dr. McElroy’s other important accomplishments is his development of the Social Footprint Method, an innovative system for measuring the social sustainability performance of organizations. The Social Footprint Method is the world’s first context-based approach for assessing the social sustainability of an organization. When coupled with context-based environmental methods, the Social Footprint Method makes it possible to fully operationalize the so-called triple bottom line in unprecedented ways.

Dr. McElroy is a 35-year veteran of management consulting, having spent much of that time at Price Waterhouse, KPMG Peat Marwick – where he was a managing partner – and IBM Consulting. More recently, Dr. McElroy led Deloitte Consulting’s Center for Sustainability Performance in Boston, a think-tank he created that was dedicated to the study of sustainability measurement and reporting.

Julie McNeal • Management, Nonprofit Management Certificate

  • Work: Director of Finance and Operations, Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants
  • Education: Bachelor of Science, Business Administration, Eastern Connecticut State University

Julie McNeal, CPA, serves as the director of finance and operations for the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants. She is responsible for oversight of all aspects of the organization’s finances and human resources including budgeting, monthly financial results and forecasts, 990 tax reporting, payroll, and benefits. Julie is the primary liaison with the IRS and Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB). Julie manages a staff of five, doing her best to give them tools to do their best work.

Julie is a 2012 graduate of the Certificate in Nonprofit Management. In 2009, Julie was appointed by Connecticut Governor Rell to a task force tackling the state’s other post-employment benefits shortfall. In 2012, she was a member of the Connecticut Governor Molloy’s Business Tax Policy Review Task Force, appointed to broadly review the state’s business tax environment. In her spare time, Julie is working on her master’s degree in managing mission-driven organizations.

Craig Miskovich • Management

Craig advises hospitals and health systems, nursing facilities, health maintenance organizations and other healthcare providers in Vermont and New Hampshire in healthcare matters. Craig provides compliance and risk management advice to clients with respect to, among other things, involuntary mental health treatment applications and procedures, false claims act compliance and investigations, Medicare/Medicaid investigations, state legislative issues and professional responsibility complaints. Craig also helps clients respond to requests for healthcare information in civil and criminal matters and draft business associate agreements.

Craig is a graduate of Harvard College ('92 A.B.) and The University of Connecticut School of Law ('02 J.D.).

Janaki Natarajan Program Director, MAT-SJ • Teaching for Social Justice (k-12)

  • EdD, MEd, Harvard University
  • BA, Swarthmore College

Janaki is the director of the Spark Teacher Education Institute and program director for the MATS. She has been teaching for over 17 years. She also directs Bapagrama Educational Center, based in Bangalore, India. This school has a long tradition of social service and community organizing. Named after Thakkar Bapa, a co-worker of Mahatma Gandhi, who believed in equality of all people and who was against the caste system, the school became a place for children from poor families to learn and grow.

Beth Neher • Management, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

  • MSc Applied Linguistics, University of Edinburgh
  • CELTA and DELTA trainer, assessor and trainer of trainers
  • BA English Literature/TESOL minor, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Work:  Capstone Coordinator, Marlboro College Graduate and Professional Studies; Education Consultant (ELT and other teaching and teacher training); IPP (MA project) Adviser and adjunct faculty, Lesson Planning and Language Analysis (SIT Graduate Institute)
  • Classes:  Managing Change, Capstone I: Planning, English Applied Linguistics

Beth has been an educator for over 35 years, working with graduate, undergraduate, and EFL/ESL students aged 16+.  Her teaching has involved both direct classroom delivery, and blended and fully online courses, in private language schools and universities in the U.S and abroad.  In addition to teaching and training, she has managed TESOL programs in different capacities – principal of a small EFL program on the south coast of England, Director of Studies at International House New York and temporary DOS at International House London.  She has designed and participated in educational reform support programs, managed cohorts of teacher trainers and students, in person and virtually, and has been involved in professional writing, recently contributing to the NGL/Cengage ELTeach online teacher development program.  Beth currently teaches and works as faculty and adjunct faculty in Brattleboro, VT.  In addition to teaching in the MATESOL program, she is the Capstone Coordinator, teaches Capstone I: Planning, and teaches Change Management in the Health Care Administration program. She has presented at professional ELT conferences:  full-length pre-session workshops at the TESOL Convention, professional development workshops internationally and as plenary speaker.

Beth holds an MSC in Applied Linguistics from the University of Edinburgh, a Diploma in Educational Management, and a Diploma of Education.  She is a life-long learner and graduated with a Graduate Certificate in Project Management from Marlboro College Graduate School in August 2012.  She is currently serving on the Brattleboro Co-op Board of Directors.

Rick Oller • Educational Technology, Graduate Certificate in Educational Technology

Rick Oller is chief technology officer at Chief Media, LLC, in New York City. His interests include teaching and learning, educational software design, instructional design, the cognitive sciences, and science and technology studies. Rick has spent 25 years in information technology and software development, engaged in the creation of applications for media, financial services, education, and health care. At Chief Media he designed and developed Continuum, an advanced analytics system for multi-channel advertising. He is also the technology partner at Noosphere Marketing, where he writes technology white papers for corporations and nonprofit organizations and oversees all technology-based marketing strategies. Rick writes on education and technology and has been published in print and online. His involvement at Marlboro in the educational aspects of virtual worlds led to his contributing a chapter to The Immersive Internet: Reflections on the Entangling of the Virtual with Society, Politics and the Economy published in April 2013 by Palgrave Macmillan. Examples of his technical writing are featured in the companion website to A Guide to Writing as an Engineer. Rick received a BA in drama from Bennington College, and completed his MAT at Marlboro College in 2011.

Hillary Orsini • Management, Benchmarks for a Better Vermont, Core CNL Consultant, Nonprofit Management Certificate

  • Work: Organizational Development Specialist, Center for New Leadership at Marlboro College Graduate and Professional Studies
  • Education: MS Managing Mission-Driven Organizations, Marlboro College Graduate and Professional Studies; BS Environmental Geology, Northeastern University
  • Certifications: Nonprofit Management Certificate, Marlboro College; RBA Certified Trainer, Results Leadership Group

Hillary Boone, MSM, is the organizational development specialist at the Marlboro College Center for New Leadership. Hillary has trained and coached hundreds of organizations across New England in the use of Results-Based Accountability (RBA), and teaches “Outcomes and Evaluations for Learning Organizations” in the Managing Mission-Driven Organizations program at Marlboro College. She has presented her work nationally and internationally, and is a member of the Vermont Accountability Group steering committee and the Vermont Data Collaborative.

Hillary has served in leadership roles on the board of the Pride Center of Vermont, the Milton Mentor Advisory Committee, and the Divas Do Good initiative. In her free time, she is a stand-up comedian and host of the Moth StorySLAM in Vermont. Hillary recently moved to Colchester, where she can often be found tromping around outside and attempting DIY house projects.

Judith Reed • Teaching for Social Justice (k-12)

Judy is an education consultant for the MATS and Spark. Judy received an Ed.D. (in Organizational Development) and MAT from the University of Massachusetts. She has worked in the classroom and has had administrative experience for seven years. She has taught in teacher education for sixteen years. Her interests include social justice education, democratizing classroom and schools, and the role of public education in equity issues.

Andy Robinson • Management, Board Leadership Institute, Core CNL Consultant, Nonprofit Management Certificate

Andy provides training and consulting for nonprofits in fundraising, grant-seeking, board development, marketing earned income, planning, leadership development, and facilitation. Andy has worked with organizations in 47 US states and Canada. He specializes in the needs of groups working for human rights, social justice, environmental conservation, historic preservation, and community development.

Andy is the author of several books. His most recent, Train Your Board (and Everyone Else) to Raise Money, contains easy-to-use fundraising exercises. He is also the author of How to Raise $500 to $5000 From Almost Anyone, Selling Social Change (Without Selling Out)The Board Member's Easier Than You Think Guide to Nonprofit Finances, Grassroots Grants, and Great Boards for Small Groups, all helpful guides for nonprofit organizations. Andy is also a frequent contributor to Grassroots Fundraising Journal, a publication focused on the connection between fundraising, social justice and movement-building.

When he’s not on the road, Andy lives in Plainfield, Vermont with his spouse, a woodlot filled with wildlife, and a garden that is completely out of control.

Lindsey Rothschild • Educational Technology, Graduate Certificate in Educational Technology

Lindsey Rothschild is currently the coordinator of instructional design and support for Holyoke Community College (HCC). To this position, she brought 15 years experience teaching adult learners in a variety of contexts—community based organizations, community colleges, and universities. Lindsey embraced technology as a way to engage and motivate learners and quickly became a resource for her colleagues. In 2010, she enrolled in the Marlboro College MAT program to gain a deeper understanding of the principles behind instructional design. At that time, Lindsey was teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) at HCC and developed and implemented the first ESL blended courses as her MAT capstone project. Her degree from Marlboro combined with her teaching experience led to her current role as the instructional designer at HCC. Prior to working at HCC, Lindsey worked in New York City as an ESL instructor, teacher trainer, and curriculum developer. Lindsey holds an MAT from Marlboro College Graduate and Professional Studies, an MA in TESOL from Hunter College, and a BA in Social Policy from Michigan State University.

Beth Ruane • Educational Technology

Work: Library Director, Marlboro College
Course: Legal and Ethics

Beth has worked in the field of library and information science for over 10 years, most recently at Marlboro's Rice-Aron Library. Beth received her BA in English from Valparaiso University, an MA in English from North Carolina State University, and an MS in LIS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Before transitioning into librarianship, Beth worked in IT as a user services specialist supporting the use of educational technology, and has long been passionate about the thoughtful integration of technology into the classroom to enhance the learning experience.

Karen Saunders • Teaching for Social Justice (k-12)

Karen is a literacy specialist for the program. She holds an Master's of Science from the University of Massachusetts (forest ecology) as well as a Master's of Education from University of Massachusetts (reading and writing). Her speciality is in elementary pedagogy. She also has more than 20 years of K-8 classroom and Title I teaching. Karen has six years of experience as an adjunct faculty member in Keene State College's World Educational Links Graduate Program.

Elizabeth Schmidt • Management

  • Work: Associate Professor at Vermont Law School
  • Education: A.B., magna cum laude, Princeton University; J.D., Stanford University, where she was a Note Editor for the Stanford Law Review
  • Class: Social and Environmental Enterprises

Elizabeth Schmidt teaches Nonprofit Law and Property at Vermont Law School, and runs a reading group on Social Enterprise Law there. Previously, she taught Nonprofit Law, Family Law, Juvenile Law, Employment Discrimination, Legal Writing, and Legal Skills at the College of William and Mary.

In addition to being a law professor, Professor Schmidt has been a corporate litigator, legal counsel for GuideStar, a manager of educational outreach at Colonial Williamsburg, and a management consultant for nonprofit organizations. At both Colonial Williamsburg and GuideStar, she developed mission-related and revenue-producing programs. As a management consultant, she wrote strategic plans, helped organizations improve governance, guided organizations through transitions, and led seminars on legal and managerial issues facing nonprofits. She also authored several community assessments and helped communities determine how best to meet their goals.

Professor Schmidt has authored articles related to nonprofit governance, accountability, policies, and ethics, as well as a casebook on nonprofit law, Nonprofit Law: The Life Cycle of a Charitable Organization. She has also written about the emerging area of social enterprise.

Mary Scholl • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

  • MAT, School for International Training
  • BA, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Mary Scholl lives in rural Costa Rica and is the founder of Centro Espiral Mana, a teacher training center, a community English program and a volunteer teacher placement program. With over 20 years of language teaching experience, Mary has been working with developing teachers for over 15 years. She is a graduate of the School for International Training and has lived and taught in both public and private settings on three continents and has worked with developing teachers in the U.S., Japan, Libya, and most countries in Latin America. Mary is a frequent presenter at conferences in Latin America. Mary is deeply interested in creating joyful, compassionate, engaged, and empowering learning opportunities and has presented on topics including leadership within the classroom, the role of creativity in language learning, the role of compassion in learning, reflective practice, observation and feedback, learning-centered language teaching and thinking skills and intuition.

Mikaela Simms • Teaching for Social Justice (k-12)

Mikaela is the on-site field advisor for the Spark Program. She has been in education for ten years and has worked in schools in East Palo Alto, California and Guinea, West Africa.

Faith Terwilliger • Management

  • Work: Sole Proprietor of Terwilliger CPA, PLLC in Brattleboro, Vermont
  • Education: MEd School Psychology, James Madison University; MS Psychology, James Madison University
  • Certifications: Certified Public Accountant (CPA), State of Vermont; Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC), Co-Active Training Institute; Certification in Basic Mediation, Champlain College; Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition, eCornell

Faith Terwilliger has a varied background in accounting, psychology, coaching, training, HR,  and business operations. She manages a small accounting firm in Brattleboro, Vermont, specializing in working with professionals in the creative and alternative healing professions. The firm provides tax, bookkeeping, and business-owner coaching. Faith takes great joy in providing workshops to help individuals, divorcing couples, and small business owners.

Faith lives with her husband in Brattleboro, Vermont. When she is not keeping up with the tax code she is working hard to keep up with her four young adult children and keeping sane by playing the piano and learning French.

Tristan Toleno Co-Chair: Management • Management

  • Work:  Owner, Entera Artisanal Catering; Co-owner, Rigani Wood-Fired Pizza;Vermont State Representative
  • Education:  B.A., Wesleyan University; A.O.S., New England Culinary Institute; MBA in Managing for Sustainability, Marlboro College
  • Classes:  Introduction to Systems Thinking

Tristan has worked in the food-service industry for almost 20 years. For 10 years he was the managing partner and chef of Riverview Cafe, where he employed and supervised more than 400 employees. Prior to that, he trained almost 100 cooks, as he worked his way up the professional ladder to chef. Tristan has also started two new catering companies, Rigani Wood-Fired Pizza, and Entera Artisanal Catering. In January 2013, he began a term  in the Vermont House of Representatives, representing Brattleboro’s 3rd District where he uses his MBA training to advance sustainable social change throughout Vermont.

Tristan’s philosophical commitment to relationship-driven business and community systems is anchored by a willingness to serve. For many years he has been an active volunteer for many local and state organizations, including the Vermont Fresh Network, Landmark Trust, the Healthy Communities Coalition and the Brattleboro Area Chamber. Tristan’s Capstone project was on school food systems and a vision for change in local schools.

Tristan lives in Brattleboro with his wife, Susie, and their two son, Owen and Malcolm.

Melinda Weekes-Laidlow • Management

  • Work: Weekes in Advance Enterprises
  • Eduation: BA, Wesleyan University; JD, New York University School of Law; MDiv, Harvard University

Melinda Weekes-Laidlow is the president of Weekes In Advance Enterprises, an organizational development firm offering consulting, facilitation, coaching, and professional development services in arts and culture, social innovation, racial equitym and collaborative leadership spaces. Clients include The Smithsonian, Columbia University, Novo Foundation, and NAMAC (National Alliance for Media Arts & Culture). In addition to heading up her own law firm for several years, Melinda served as interim general counsel of Carver National Bank and worked as a senior associate for the Interaction Institute for Social Change, where she built the capacity of individuals, communities, and networks towards more effective, collaborative, and inclusive social change.

For several years, Melinda was managing director for Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation, publisher of the news website Colorlines, and presenter of Facing Race, the nation’s largest multi-racial, multi-disciplinary, inter-generational gathering on racial justice. There, she led organizational change initiatives, chaired its senior management team and supervised national projects in the areas of media, applied research, and racial equity consulting.

Ignited by the transformative possibilities at the intersection of art, business, and social change, Melinda is weaving these disciplines into her launch of a social impact fund designed to address the problem of anti-black racism. Melinda is an alumna of the Sojourner Truth Leadership Circle Fellowship at Auburn Seminary, serves on the advisory board of the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship at Wesleyan University, and is a social entrepreneur in residence at Echoing Green. She is ordained clergy, serving on the ministerial staff of the Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of New York, and holds degrees from Wesleyan University, Harvard University, and New York University School of Law. 

Claire Wheeler • Management, Benchmarks for a Better Vermont, Core CNL Consultant

  • Work: Principal, Rework
  • Education:MBA in Managing for Sustainability, Marlboro College; BA in Government, Smith College
  • Certification: RBA Training of Trainers, 2014; Rockwood Art of Leadership; Center for Whole Communities, Whole Thinking Retreat 

Claire Wheeler is a freelance consultant, contractor, and co-conspirator for sole practitioners, community-based businesses, and nonprofits. Her passion is to translate the creative genius of people and organizations into systems and structures that return value, efficacy, and sustainability.

Before starting Rework, Claire worked for 10 years in the environmental non-profit sector, as program director for the New England Grassroots Environment Fund in Vermont and as national canvass administrator for Public Interest Research Groups in Boston, Massachusetts. She has also earned her keep by knocking on doors, harvesting vegetables, and selling kites. 

Claire lives in Montpelier, Vermont, where she serves proudly as a representative to the Central Vermont Solid Waste Management District and as a committee member of the Hunger Mountain Coop Community Fund. She finds power in prose and splendor in spreadsheets.

Karen White Co-Chair: Management • Management, Graduate Certificate in Project Management, Core CNL Consultant

  • Work: Degree Chair, MS in Management, focus in Project Management, Marlboro College Graduate & Professional Studies
  • Education: MS, Information Systems, Graduate School of Engineering, Northeastern University; BS, with High Honors, University College, Northeastern University
  • Certificates/Awards: Project Management Professional (PMP®); Project Management Institute Fellow; US Army Commendation Medal

Over the past 15 years, Karen has provided training and consulting support to corporate and nonprofit organizations around the globe, helping them achieve organizational goals by improving their project management capabilities. Certified as a project management professional (PMP) by the Project Management Institute (PMI), a global leader in the development of standards for the practice of project management, Karen received the PMI Fellow Award in 2009 in recognition of her significant contributions to the profession and society.

Karen authored Agile Project Management: A Mandate for the 21st Century and the award-winning Practical Project Management for Agile Nonprofits, published in 2013. A former member of PMI’s International Board of Directors, Karen was the chairperson of the PMI Educational Foundation Board during the foundation’s initial capital campaign. Karen is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and an advocate for the American Cancer Society in addition to being an active volunteer at the Concord Hospital Payson Center for Cancer Care. She continues to support PMI by chairing the Ethics Appeals Committee as well as adjudicating and/or arbitrating special ethics allegations upon request of the board.
 
A resident of New Hampshire, Karen loves learning and developing new skills. Her latest adventure is starting her doctoral studies with a focus on the application of project management in entrepreneurial endeavors and micro-organizations. 

Richard Wizansky • Management

  • Work: Executive coaching; board development and training; fundraising strategy development; campaign advising; development inventories; proposal writing; major donor prospecting.
  • Education: Ed.D, Educational Policy, Research and Administration, UMASS-Amherst; MA, American Literature, Tufts University;  BA, English Language & Literature, Boston University

Richard has raised tens of millions of dollars for nonprofits over the past 40 years, specializing in obtaining six-figure-plus contributions from foundations, corporations, and individuals. In 2012, he founded BoldMoves Consulting with the mission of advising, training, and supporting nonprofits to maximize their resources and impact. Consults include campaign guidance, staff and board training, major donor prospecting and qualification, proposal writing, solicitation training, strategic planning, and case development, among others.

Richard received a doctorate in educational policy, research and administration from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He taught English literature and composition at Tufts University and Greenfield Community College from 1968 to 1989. From 1989 to 2011, Richard served in a variety of leadership roles with the Student Conservation Association, including development director, senior director for institutional advancement and associate vice president for corporate relations. In that role, Richard established SCA’s corporate partnership program and brought corporate revenue to more than $3 million annually within the first 18 months of his leadership. He is currently teaching fundraising and philanthropy at Marlboro.

Heather Wright • Management

  • Work: Labor & Employment Attorney, with a focus on employment, labor relations and human relations law, WrightJones
  • Education: Juris Doctor, Quinnipiac University School of Law; BS Business Administration & Human Resource Management, California State University
  • Certifications: Member of the Bar, New Hampshire and Vermont

Heather Wright is an attorney and founding partner of WrightJones, a law firm representing clients with a focus on sustainability. Prior to practicing law, Heather worked for over a decade as an HR professional, including roles in start-up organizations and cooperatives. As an attorney, Heather now leverages her HR background to provide a unique and thorough perspective on legal issues in the area of labor and employment law. Additionally, Heather routinely lectures on various HR and employment law topics at conferences across the country.