Management Faculty

Marlboro’s management faculty members are not only dynamic teachers, but also working professionals and leaders in their fields. As faculty-practitioners, they generously share their firsthand insights into the challenges, opportunities, and best practices shaping their disciplines.

Lori Hanau Co-Chair: Management • Management, Core CNL Consultant

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. 

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.

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. 

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 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.

Marta Ceroni • Management

  • Work: Executive Director, Donella Meadows Institute
  • Education: PhD Forest Ecology, University of Parma; BS, Biology, concentration in ecology and environmental management, University of Parma 

As the executive director of the Donella Meadows Insitute, Marta’s work focuses on fostering systems thinking for the design of sustainable regional economies. Before joining the institute in 2012, Marta had worked for 10 years as a research professor at the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics at University of Vermont. There she taught and did research on how nature contributes to people’s well-being through services, such as water purification by wetlands or climate regulation by forests. In 2011 she was featured in Transparent Radiation, a documentary of the Gund Institute on the ecological, economic, and philosophical reasons for alternatives to nuclear energy.

Marta has also done international consulting with the United Nations Development Programme, quantifying ecosystem services in monetary terms to build capacity for local management of natural assets. Marta has been delighted to work with students and professionals in face-to-face, online classes, and in ateliers, hands-on travel courses to solve a sustainability issue over two weeks. A forest ecologist by training, over the years Marta has seen the redesign of the economic system as the leverage point to get to “unsustainability.” Besides her work, Marta gets energized by dance, accordion playing, native Italian cooking, and the experience of the wilderness and friendship in the Upper Valley of Vermont and New Hampshire.

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.

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.

Robert Crowley • Management

  • Work: IT Director Hampshire College, Founder and CEO of PivotWerks
  • Education: BS, Management Information Systems, Marlboro College
  • Certificates: Certificate in Project Management, Marlboro College; certified scrum product owner and wilderness first responder
  • Classes:  Ideation, Design-Thinking and Strategy
  • Bob’s Wordpress and twitter account

Bob Crowley wants to live in a world where it is okay to color outside the lines. Bob is the director of information technology at Hampshire College and the founder and CEO of, a firm that uses right-brain tools to solve left-brain problems using design thinking and agile execution. He has worked in the field of information technology for over 30 years. When he is not helping his team to apply new methodologies to wrangle the latest wicked problem, you can find him serving on the board of directors for Central Mass Search and Rescue or teaching courses for the American Red Cross.

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

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.

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. 

Tina Hadari • Management

  • Work: Nonprofit consultant and creative stratagist
  • Education: Doctorate of Musical Arts, University of Colorado; MM, Music, Yale University, BS, Biology & English, Tufts University; BM, Violin Performance, New England Conservatory
  • Certificates/Awards: William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund, Community Leadership Program; New Haven Arts Council GroundBreakers Award; Yale School of Music Distinguished Alumni Award

Tina Lee Hadari is a nonprofit leader with over 15 years of experience engaging communities in the arts and improving education outcomes. Uniting her arts expertise and commitment to social justice, she founded and built the nationally awarded, high-performing arts organization Music Haven from the ground up over 10 years. This includes fundraising over $2 million to grow the organization into a thriving and vital community resource employing ten staff members, who provide transformative arts education programs for under-resourced neighborhoods in New Haven, Connecticut. 

Tina Lee brings to her consulting practice a broad experience in program development, evaluation, strategic planning, fundraising, budgeting and financial analysis, grant-writing, human resources, staff training and development, board development, and public relations. Most importantly, she has acquired a deep understanding of the true meaning of leadership, as only the experience of uniting a community around a mission and a sense of purpose with very little resources will teach you.

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.

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. 

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.

Kevin McQueen • Management

  • Work: Partner, BWB Solutions, LLC
  • Education: A.B., Ethics and Political Philosophy, Brown University

Kevin McQueen brings extensive experience in corporate finance with a deep commitment to facilitating social change through mission-driven organizations. He joined the firm BWB Solutions full-time in 2001. Kevin is also an adjunct faculty member with the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy at The New School in New York City, where he teaches finance and business development. Prior to joining BWB, Kevin was an independent consultant, providing management and strategic planning assistance to public and private economic development organizations and financial intermediaries. His extensive experience in the corporate and development finance fields was gained through positions with Citibank, NatWest, and Capital Impact Partners (formerly NCB Development Corporation). Kevin currently serves as chairman of the board of Partners for the Common Good and as a director of Community Health Accreditation Partners.

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.).

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.

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.

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.

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.

Jaime Simmons • Management

  • Work: Development director for Berkshire Hills Music Academy
  • Education: Doctoral work in Organizational Development, Fielding Graduate University; MA, Socially Responsible Business & Sustainable Communities; BA, Interdisciplinary Arts and Science, University of Washington

Jaime Simmons is currently the development director for Berkshire Hills Music Academy in South Hadley, Massachusets, as well as a trainer and organizational innovator. For over 20 years she has aided in building sustainable and vibrant organizations. Jaime grew three businesses from start-up to established companies through social responsible efforts, effective planning, smart budgeting, responsible growth, and innovative marketing. She also serves as a consultant to numerous nonprofit organizations and for-profit businesses, aiding organizations through forward momentum moments and change-oriented strategic growth. She is passionate about constructing equitable systems; building networks and partnerships; providing youth-driven leadership opportunities; championing  diversity and inclusion efforts; and guiding personal and professional growth.

Jaime loves her time at Marlboro and appreciates the relationships that she has built with other faculty partners and fellow learners. Residencies allow her to reinvigorate her work in the world with new ideas and inspiration. 

Beth Tener • Management

  • Work: Principal, New Directions Collaborative
  • Education: MS, Environmental Technology, Imperial College, London; BA, Political Science, Bates College
  • Certificates: Permaculture Design

Beth Tener is a facilitator and strategy coach who works with collaborative initiatives that bring together business, government, and the social sector to address complex challenges, such as transitioning to a clean energy economy, rebuilding regional food systems, and ensuring equity of educational opportunity for children. As the principal of New Directions Collaborative, she helps organizations working on these and similar issues to find their shared purpose, align their work, and create structures for collaboration so they can achieve greater impact. A critical component of this work is design and facilitation of participatory meetings that enable people to create new connections, build trust, and work more effectively to change systems. She also brings tools to map networks and visualize systems. Examples of recent clients include United Way of Greater New Bedford, Success Boston, Great Neighborhoods Network, Massachusetts Global Warming Solutions Project, and Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund. Beth was previously the executive director and co-founder of Sustainable Step New England, a non-profit that worked with businesses, governments, non-profits, and universities to provide training in sustainability principles and help them develop strategies to take action appropriate to their context.

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.

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.

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.