- Work: Director of Program Planning and Evaluation, Mercy Connections
- Education: B.A., Education, Wheelock College
- Certifications: RBA Training with Deitre Epps, Williston, Vermont, January 2015
- RBA Quote: "To realize success is wonderful but to achieve a shared realization of success is profound! The potential of a group, nonprofit, public, governmental, education, etc., iles in first deeply understanding how we know we are making an impact. RBA is a simple way to chart, mobilize and achieve our shared results."
- Work: Community Organizer 2.0; Matterness Consulting; and faculty, MS in Management Program, Marlboro College
- Education: M.B.A. in International Business, Bar Ilan University; B.A., Emory University
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.
- Work: Executive Director, Vermont Parent Representation Center, Inc.
- Education: BA, Mills College; JD, Vermont Law School
- Certifications: Over 10 RBA trainings with Mark Friedman, beginning in 1995
- RBA Quote: “I am an RBA addict. The more the better.”
- Work: President, The Center for Leadership, Innovation, and Community
Over the past 25 years, Jeff Bercuvitz has trained and coached thousands of community builders, educators, and other leaders in more than 40 States, throughout Canada and in numerous countries in Africa, Asia, and Europe. As president of SPARKS: The Center for Leadership, Innovation, and Community (CLIC), Jeff helps organizations succeed by guiding their key leaders and teams to discover creative, inexpensive, and enjoyable ways to make their work more successful, as well as more personally rewarding and sustainable.
Jeff’s extensive client list includes the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Ben & Jerry’s Foundation, the Canadian Ministry of Justice, Cornell University, and the Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation. He has trained worldwide, including the Peace Corps in Tanzania, the Institute for Sustainable Communities in Poland, and USAID in Uzbekistan. Prior to founding CLIC, Jeff served as the president of Community Innovations and also as the executive director of the Working Land Fund, a Vermont-based not-for-profit organization that integrated sustainable agriculture, land preservation, and community economic development. Jeff also served as the director of the Regeneration Project of Rodale Press in Emmaus, Pennsylvania, which helped pioneer asset-based sustainable economic development and community-building strategies. For 18 years Jeff served on the advisory board of the socially responsible banking fund of Chittenden Bank, the largest bank in Vermont.
- Work: Director of Non Degree Programs, Marlboro College
- Education: MEd in Instructional Design, UMass Boston; BA in Sociology, Harvard College
- Course: Volunteer and Staff Management
Ariel Brooks specializes in educational and nonprofit program design, implementation and evaluation, as well as training design and delivery. She is passionate about providing high-quality, learner centered instruction and programming to students of all ages, and to fostering ongoing evaluation and reflection to ensure continual pedagogical improvement. Ariel began her career as the founding Program Manager for Strong Women, Strong Girls, a then-new nonprofit in Boston, MA. Ariel then served as the first Director of Training, Evaluation and Reflection for Phillips Brooks House Association, a college-student-led, staff-supported, 501c3 multi-service agency serving more than 10,000 clients in Greater Boston. During this time, Ariel also served as a consultant at various area nonprofits including New Sector Alliance, MA Coalition for Safety and Health and Bridgespan. Following a year teaching in Malawi, Ariel and her husband relocated to the Brattleboro area where Ariel has been instrumental in building new Marlboro College educational enrichment programs for teens, college students and adults. Ariel is also a member of the SeVEDS (Southeastern VT Economic Development Strategies) board.
- 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.
- Work: Community Investment Director, United Way of Windham County
- Education: M.S., Nonprofit Management, Milano Graduate School, New School University
- Certifications: RBA Training with Mark Friedman, Williston, VT Feb 2013
- RBA Quote: "I believe that we all want to know that the work we do makes a difference. RBA allows the vital nonprofit sector to tell its compelling story, garner support for its contribution to our communities, and articulate the collective positive impact we have in the lives of our neighbors."
- Work: Principal, Grant Associates
- Education: A.B. in English, Princeton University; M.A. in American Studies, University of Michigan.
David Grant is the former president and CEO of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation in Morristown, New Jersey. Earlier in his career, he and his wife Nancy co-founded and co-directed The Mountain School in Vershire Vermont, a semester-long interdisciplinary environmental studies program for high school juniors. A life-long teacher and performer, David has taken his one-man show as Mark Twain around the world.
David is the author of The Social Profit Handbook: The Essential Guide to Setting Goals, Assessing Outcomes, and Achieving Success for Mission-Driven Organizations (2015), published by Chelsea Green.
- Work: Global Round Table Leadership
- MBA Faculty Partner: Community Builder
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.
- 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.
- Work: Principal, Joe Heslin Strategies; Communication Strategist, New Ground Creative
- Education: MS in Management, Marlboro College; BS in Sociology, James Madison University
Joe works with organizations and social entrepreneurs to build and extend their mission, values and vision. The created messaging is always grounded in the three keys: engaging, dynamic and true. "Engaging" meaning that it's based in a compelling narrative that helps the audience create logic and emotion around the organization's message. "Dynamic" meaning that the messaging should move the audience toward specific actions and understandings. "True" meaning that people are looking for honesty and transparency in their organizational interactions. Most of his work is in education and nonprofits and, prior to his current work, he was the director of graduate admissions at Marlboro College where he built this authentic messaging approach. Joe is not nearly as self-aggrandizing as this bio might lead you to believe.
- Work: Organizational consulting as Principal of ReGeneration Resources
- Education: Master’s in Organizational Development, American University; Certificate in Mediation, Woodbury College, BS, St. John’s University (MN)
Greg Hessel is a trainer, facilitator, and consultant who works with clients throughout New England. The essence of Greg’s work is helping people, teams, and organizations to get unstuck, and then working with them to keep them from getting stuck as they move forward. Greg’s clients tend to come from the public and nonprofit sectors, and his work with them includes leading change initiatives, managing conflict, building teams, soft skills trainings, facilitating strategic planning, redesigning structures, and improving communication.
Greg directed Cheshire Mediation in Keene, New Hampshire, for 10 years before founding ReGeneration Resources in 2007. Prior to working for Cheshire Mediation, Greg spent time working in Bosnia, El Salvador, and Nicaragua, and while in Nicaragua he was part of a team that successfully negotiated the release of a kidnapped member of the Italian clergy.
- Work: Vermont Birth to Five
- Education: BA, St. Michael's College
- Certifications: RBA Training with Deitre Epps, Williston VT Jan 2014.
- RBA Quote: "I view RBA as a practical application of hope."
- Work: Executive Director, United Way of Addison County
- Education: BS - Economics, Emphasis Accounting, University of California, Santa Barbara
- Certifications: Mediation and Conflict Resolution, Woodbury College; RBA Training Deitre Epps, Williston VT, January 2014; RBA Training with Mark Friedman, Williston VT, February 2013
Kate is a former CPA with almost 25 years of working in different capacities with nonprofit organizations. She has worked with Price Waterhouse as an auditor in Los Angeles and Century City, CA. Thereafter, she was self-employed, primarily focusing on minority/women-owned businesses and nonprofit organizations for 10 years. Kate moved to Vermont and was the Executive Director of the Addison County Humane Society for several years and CoDirector of United Way of Addison County for seven years, before becoming Executive Director. She has served on various boards including the Vergennes Opera House, Lincoln School Board, Weather Vane United (senior housing in Lincoln) and the Vermont Humane Federation. Kate currently serves on the United Way Worldwides’ National Professional Council (NPC) and United Ways of Vermont and Addison County Chamber of Commerce boards.
During the span of Kate’s career, two recurring themes have been ever present:
1. Conflict: After years of avoiding, managing or containing conflict, Kate pursued professional development skills around the subject by attending a year-long mediation and conflict management certification program in 2001. She is most interested in conflict management in nonprofits and during end of life transitions. Kate has had the most practice mediating at home with her three sons, and in United Way of Addison’s County long process of changing from a traditional United Way to one focused on community impact.
2. Nonprofits and For-profits have more in common than not and should be learning from each other: There is a lot to learn from each other; whether it is a nonprofit developing necessary skills to effectively manage a strategic organization, or a forprofit’s understanding of its potential impact in a community.
- 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.
- Work: Assistant Provost for Inclusion, Valparaiso University; Managing Partner, The Consortium for Inclusion & Equity, (CIE) LLC
- Education: Ed.D., The University of Vermont; M.A.LS, Stony Brook University; B.A., Stony Brook University
- Certifications: RBA Training with Deitre Epps, Williston VT Jan 2014, with Mark Friedman, Williston VT Feb 2013.
- RBA Quote: "RBA is changing assessment and evaluation in the State of Vermont. It's a movement whose time has finally come."
- Work: Program Manager, Vermont Energy Investment Corporation
- 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 Orsini works at the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation, where she manages programs for the customer markets portion of Efficiency Vermont's commercial & industrial portfolio. Prior to VEIC, Hillary was assistant director at the Marlboro College Center for New Leadership. Hillary is a facilitator and Results-Based Accountability trainer. She has worked with hundreds of organizations across New England to implement RBA, and teaches Outcomes and Evaluations for Learning Organizations in the management 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 serves on the board of the Vermont Foodbank and Spectrum. She is an active member of the Milton Mentor Advisory Committee, and the Divas Do Good initiative. In her free time Hillary performs stand-up comedy and hosts the Moth StorySLAM in Vermont.
- Work:Executive Director, Umbrella Inc
- Education: Certificate in Nonprofit Management, Marlboro College; B.A Psychology/B.S Human Services, Lyndon State College
- Certification: RBA Training with Deitre Epps, Brattleboro VT April 2015
- RBA Quote: "I do this work because I enjoy helping social service organizations implement a structured approach to program assessment. RBA gives organizations a tool to help strengthen the community's understanding of their work, as well as a platform for emphasizing their value as an entity that prioritizes improving quality of life over profit."
- Work: Andy Robinson Consulting, LLC and www.trainyourboard.com
- Education: MFA, University of Arizona; BA, University of Pennsylvania
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.
- Work: Watershed Coaching, LLC
- Education: M.A. SIT Graduate Institute; B.A.- Villanova University
Kerry Secrest is a leadership coach for individuals and organizations, focusing on executive coaching, women’s leadership, team coaching, and leadership training. She has helped such organizations as ECCO USA, Kraft Foods, Inc., KPMG, American Red Cross, World Learning and SIT Graduate Institute, and AmeriCorps, along with a number of healthcare organizations and smaller organizations, and works with leaders to significantly increase their performance, goal-attainment, and personal fulfillment.
Kerry is committed to supporting women leaders. She founded the innovative Women’s Leadership Circles of Vermont program, a six-month, intensive leadership program for key women leaders in each county in Vermont now operated in partnership with Marlboro College. In 2013, she was invited to speak at the International Women’s Leadership Conference in California on the success of the program. Additionally, she facilitates national corporate courses for women in leadership, provides individual coaching for professional women, leads an annual women's retreat, and personally experiences the power of being more than 12 years in her own women's circle.
With a strong commitment to community, Kerry has recently been appointed to the Vermont Commission on Women, and is president of the board of the New England Center for Circus Arts. With international experience in Africa, Europe, and Asia, she finds that her international work provides her with a broader perspective for her coaching and organizational work. A dual citizen, she has been appointed by the foreign minister of Lithuania as the honorary consul to Vermont.
She is an integral coach with New Ventures West, credentialed with the International Coach Federation. She holds certificates in team coaching and the skilled facilitator approach, and in mediation through the Center for Dispute Settlement in Washington, D.C
- Work: Principal, Amanda Silver Consulting
- Education: M.S. in Positive Organizational Development and Certificate in Coaching for Emotional Intelligence from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University
As a trainer, coach and consultant, Amanda Silver has over 15 years of experience in developing the effectiveness of nonprofit and social change organizations. Amanda draws on mindfulness, emotional-intelligence and strength-based approaches to leadership and organizational development. She is passionate about creating the conditions that allow individuals, teams and organizations to thrive.
Amanda’s clients include higher education institutions, social service agencies, advocacy organizations, religious institutions, and social good businesses. Amanda has worked on strategic planning for the Provost’s Office and Division of Campus Planning and Facilities at Dartmouth College, where she currently serves as a Senior Training Consultant. Other clients include the Dartmouth Centers for Health and Aging, the Jewish Federation of Cleveland, OH; Creative Action, TX; the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston, MA; the New England Grassroots Environment Fund, VT; Just Vision, D.C. She is a founding member of the Consulting Team at the Center for New Leadership of Marlboro College, VT. Prior to launching her consulting practice, Amanda focused on leadership training and organizational change as Director of the Selah Leadership Program and Network, developed in partnership with the Rockwood Leadership Institute and representing 350 Jewish social change agents and 200 organizations.
Amanda holds an M.S. in Positive Organizational Development and a Certificate in Coaching for Emotional Intelligence from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. She serves on the Boards of the Institute of Jewish Spirituality, the New England Grassroots Environment Fund, and Cover Home Repair.
- Work: Competency Development and Attendance Council Coordinator, Windham Southeast Supervisory Union; Faculty, Marlboro Graduate College
- Education:M.I.A. Masters in International Administration School for International Training (SIT) Graduate Institute; B.A. Sociology Northwestern University
- Vermont Leadership Institute Certificate 2010; CONTACT Graduate Certificate in Conflict Transformation 2012; RBA Training of Trainers, with Deitre Epps, Williston VT, January 2014 with Mark Friedman, Williston VT, February 2013, Multiple RBA trainings with Mark Friedman 1999-2008
- RBA Quote: "What gets measured is therefore valued and gets done!"
- 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.
- 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.
- Work: Assistant Dean of Students, University of Vermont
- Education: M.A. Education Leadership and Policy from Ohio State University; B.S. Business Administration (Concentrations: Finance and International Business) from Ohio State University
- Certification: RBA Training of Trainers with Deitre Epps, Burlington VT May 2014
- RBA Quote: "I have worked professionally in assessment and program evaluation at two higher education institutions and I have rode the assessment waves of learning outcomes, key performance indicators, and more than a few strategic planning retreats. I have finally found RBA as a meaningful method for program evaluation, assessment, and strategic planning. For the last three years I have worked to institute RBA within the Division of Student Affairs at the University of Vermont where we work towards the following result: University of Vermont students are healthy engaged and successful."
- Work: Communications/Media/Journalism Professor
- Education: Ph.D. in Environmental, U.S. and U.S. Western History, University of New Mexico Albuquerque; MA in Environmental/U.S. History, University of New Mexico Albuquerque; BA in Environmental/U.S. History and American Studies, Princeton University
- Course: Connect with Your Community
Rob Williams, Ph.D. teaches new digital/social media, communications, marketing, environmental policy, and global studies courses at Saint Michael's and Champlain Colleges, the University of Vermont, and online through Sacred Heart University. A resident of Mad River Valley, he publishes the 2VR news journal; consults with PH-International, the U.S. Department of State, and the College For America; serves as the board president of the Action Coalition for Media Education (ACME), and runs the YakItToMe mobile food cart and gigs with pholk phunk power duo Phineas Gage on weekends.