Our instructors are sought-after leaders in their areas of expertise. They have led local, state and national organizations; written books, guides and training manuals; taught at colleges and universities; served on large and small nonprofit boards; and been hands-on practitioners in the field. Many now serve as consultants, helping nonprofit organizations across the region and the country to thrive.
- Work: Director, Program in Nonprofit Management; Project Director, Benchmarks for a Better Vermont
- Education: PhD, Interdisciplinary Program Anthropology and History, University of Michigan; MA, Johns Hopkins University; BA, University of Michigan
- Courses: Practicum in Nonprofit Management
Kate directs the Program in Nonprofit Management at the Marlboro College Graduate School, where she oversees the MS in Managing Mission-Driven Organizations, the professional development Certificate in Nonprofit Management, and trainings for nonprofit board members. She 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.
Kate 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.
- Work: President, The Center for Leadership, Innovation and Community
- Courses: “The Heart of the Matter” workshop
Over the past twenty-five years, Jeff Bercuvitz has trained and coached thousands of community builders, educators and other leaders in more than forty 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 eighteen years Jeff served on the advisory board of the socially responsible banking fund of Chittenden Bank, the largest bank in Vermont.
- Work: Consultant, Entrepreneur, Civic Activist
- Education: MBA, Adelphi University; BS, Mechanical Engineering, Lehigh University
- Classes: Operations, Logistics, and Supply Chaining: Industrial Ecosystems in Transition; Finance II: Corporate Finance and Sustainable Capital Management; Finance I
- Peter Crowell's blog
- Peter Crowell's website
Peter Crowell is the founder of Context 360, Inc. Prior to founding the company Peter held senior positions in various Fortune 500 companies. He was the Senior Vice President of Technology for the McGraw-Hill media companies, the CIO of CBS, Inc., the 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.
Peter started his career as a computer programmer and moved into his first CIO position in 1976. In 1998, after working on Web strategies at McGraw-Hill and CBS, he moved completely into the Web world when he founded and ran an Internet Systems Integration firm, Spider Partners, LLC. During that time he also acted as the President of an Internet community building company, UniverseONE, Inc.
An aggressive adopter of new technology to drive business results, Peter’s current work is spread across business education and sustainability research, consulting focused on new ventures, municipal planning and development, writing, and photography. All of his activities utilize the roles of strategist, mentor, coach, teacher, advisor, program designer and implementer.
He has held Chairman and President positions for the New York Chapter of the International Society for Information Management. He has taught courses in Information Technology Management, Business Strategy, Information Technology Strategy, eCommerce, Corporate Finance, and Process Reengineering in the MBA programs at Fordham University in New York City, Stevens Institute in New Jersey, and Metropolitan College in New York City. He currently teaches an assortment of business courses in multiple programs at Marlboro College Graduate School and in the MBA in Sustainability at Antioch University New England.
- Work: Bredenberg Associates, Strategic Coaches for High Performing Teams & Organizations. LinkedIn
- Education: M.A. Industrial-Organizational Psychology, University of New Haven, CT; International Business Studies, Sophia University, Tokyo; B.A. Asian Studies at Eckerd College
- Class: Practicum in Nonprofit Management
A skillful facilitator and strategic coach, Ingrid Bredenberg has been working with leadership teams in health care, government and business for over 23 years in her consulting practice, Bredenberg Associates. She and her colleagues guide and equip leadership teams and boards of directors in designing, preparing, and leading their organizations to fulfill their missions in the most agile and sustainable ways. She coaches leaders using innovative approaches and leading-edge resources for visioning, strategic thinking, governance and collaboration. Her skills have been honed through years of working with international thought-leaders, organizational designers and teachers in many fields of practice.
After completing her tenure as interim Executive Director and Chief Strategy Officer of CT League for Nursing, Ingrid moved on to serving as the interim Talent Development Officer of Ecovative Design http://ecovativedesign.com, a bio-tech firm which designs and manufactures biodegradable packaging materials “grown” from fungi. She mentors leaders who are preparing to move to the next levels in their careers. She also serves on the faculty of the Leadership Institute for Public and Political Impact.
- Work: President and CEO, Vermont Community Foundation
- Education: MA Public Administration, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; BA, Political Science, Bucknell University
- Course: Leading the Mission-Driven Organization I
- Find out How Stuart Comstock-Gay Became a Nonprofit Rock Star
- Follow Stu’s blog: What’s Stu-ing
Since 2009, Stuart Comstock-Gay has served as the President and CEO of the Vermont Community Foundation, which with $154 million in assets is Vermont’s largest foundation and is in the top ten percent of community foundations nationally for total assets and gifts received.
Stuart has extensive experience in building the capacity, reach, and impact of nonprofit institutions. He started his career at the American Civil Liberties Union, including ten years as executive director of the Maryland ACLU. He has also served as vice president and chief operating officer at the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, and executive director of the National Voting Rights Institute in Boston. While at the latter organization, he facilitated its merger with Dēmos, a national non-partisan research and advocacy organization based in New York City.
More recently, as director of the Democracy Program at Dēmos, Stu sought to strengthen inclusiveness and democracy in the U.S. by reducing barriers to voter participation and encouraging civic engagement. In that role he worked with election officials, legislators, and advocates across the country to pursue policies that would encourage greater political participation.
- Work: Pat Daniel Group and Engaging Peace
- Education: MA and PhD, Psychology, Boston University; Post-Doctoral Fellow, Psychology, Brown University; BA, Behavioral Sciences, Rice University
- Classes: Caring for the Human Organization, People and Teams, Human Resources workshop
- Pat Daniel’s blog and LinkedIn profile
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.
- Work: The Threshold Collaborative
- Education: MDiv Union Theological Seminary; BA, Colgate
- Courses: Leading the Mission-Driven Organization II, Appreciative Inquiry
- Read Alisa’s essay Community Building and Civic Engagement, A Case for Shifting our Paradigm
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. CONNECT 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.
- Work: Managing Partner, The Consortium for Inclusion & Equity, LLC
- Education: MS, Troy State University; BS, Johnson State College
- Course: Culture and Conflict
Dennis DePaul is a managing partner for the Consortium for Inclusion & Equity (CIE), LLC, an integrated diversity management consulting firm committed to helping organizations become more interculturally competent. He also serves as the Assistant Dean for Business Operations in the Division of University Relations and Campus Life at the University of Vermont; managing the financial and human resource activities for eleven departments. He also holds a lecturer position in the Higher Education Student-Affairs Administration (HESA) graduate program in the College of Education and Social Sciences. Dennis earned his Bachelor's degree from Johnson State College in Vermont and his Master's of educational leadership from Troy University in Alabama. In addition to his professional life, Dennis spends a considerable amount of time volunteering within his community. He has served as President and Board Member for several organizations including the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Vermont and currently serves as President of the Board for Vermont’s Camp Ta-Kum-Ta, a camp for children with cancer.
- Work: Founder/Principal, Wild Genius, a branding and innovation group inspired to unleash the “wild genius” within organizations and individuals
- Education: BA, Philosophy/Photography, Marlboro College, MBA in Managing for Sustainability, Marlboro College Graduate School
- Course: Needs and Wants in a Sustainable Society
- Watch Cheryl Eaton's "Wild Genius" TED talk video
- MBA Faculty Partner, teaching marketing in the Marlboro MBA program, Vermont
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.
- Work: Appreciative Inquiry Consultant
- Educa tion: BA, Biology, University of Massachusetts; Vermont Supreme Court Reader Program, Admitted to Vermont Supreme and Vermont Federal District Court; Snelling Center for Government, Vermont Leadership Institute
- Course: Appreciative Inquiry
In 2005, Sandi Everitt starting using Appreciative Inquiry in her professional and personal life to achieve strength based growth and change. Since 2009 she has taught Appreciative Inquiry at the Vermont Leadership Institute for the Snelling Center for Government and consulted with organizations on Appreciative Inquiry.
As a licensed attorney, Sandi’s legal work focused on resolving conflict through inclusiveness and bringing about growth and change in family, employment and consumer matters. She initially worked with non-profits as a partner in the private law firm of Sessions, Keiner, Dumont, Barnes and Everitt. She then became the De
puty States Attorney for Addison County and an Assistant Attorney General for Office of the Vermont Attorney General. In the Attorney General’s Office she worked with community and the business sector as the Director of the Civil Rights Unit, and most recently with consumers, businesses and advocates as Director of the Consumer Assistance Program.
Sandi is a member of the Vermont Bar Association Board of Managers and is the Association’s representative on the Vermont Bar Foundation. She is a member of the Vermont Bar Foundation’s Grants Committee and Chair of the Personnel and Governance Committee.
- Work: Principal, CPG Enterprises; co-founder, Governors’ Institutes of Vermont
- Education: MEd in Organization and Management, Antioch Graduate School; BA, Bennington
- Courses: Fundraising and Philanthropy; Planned Giving; Donor Fundraising workshop
Christine Graham is a specialist in Nonprofit Management and Fundraising. She has worked in the nonprofit sector since 1969 as staff and consultant to hundreds of organizations of all sizes and in all fields, primarily in Northern New England. . She specializes in fundraising planning and advisement, with a special focus on capital campaigns and building new and advancing annual fund programs. Recent clients include the King Street Center, the Vermont Symphony, Preservation Trust of Vermont, the Vermont College of Fine Arts, St Michael’s Episcopal Church, Burlington Community Health Center, Buxton School, and the Northern Forest Center.
Christine co-founded the Governor's Institutes of Vermont and served as its first director. She established several academic and revenue-generating programs at Bennington College as Director of Special Projects prior to serving there as Director of Development. She has served on numerous boards, commissions and task forces. The Business and Professional Women of Benningon County named Christine “Woman of the Year,” and she was selected as a Fellow of the Vermont Leadership Institute.
Christine is the author of numerous publications on fundraising and philanthropy, including "Keep the Money Coming: a Strategic Guide to Annual Fundraising," "Blueprint for a Capital Campaign” and “Asking.” She recently released a new publication, “Raising Money for Local Land Protection Projects,” in partnership with the Vermont Land Trust. She is editor and publisher of Nonprofit Vermont Newsletter, and the founder of both the New Hampshire and Vermont Directories of Foundations.
- Work: Vice President for Accountable Care, Fletcher Allan Health Care, Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Vermont
- Education: PhD University of Iowa, Health Policy and Management; BA, St. Michael’s College
- Read the profile of Church in Business People Vermont
On September 1, 2012, Church rejoined the leadership team at Fletcher Allen Health Care as their Vice President for Accountable Care and as Chief Operating Officer of Vermont Managed Care (VMC), a Fletcher Allen subsidiary. This new position will focus on Fletcher Allen’s health care and financing redesign as well as leading the day to day affairs at Vermont Managed Care.
Church brings to Fletcher Allan 13 years experience as president and chief executive officer of the Visiting Nurse Association of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties, one of the largest and oldest home health agencies in northern New England. Church also has extensive public sector experience, having served as Deputy Secretary of Administration, State Budget Director for Vermont, and Director of Administration at the Vermont State Health Department. His worked spanned four gubinatorial terms, including two with Democratic Governor Madeleine Kunin and two terms with Republican Governor Richard A. Snelling.
Prior to joining the Visiting Nurse Association, Church was Vice President for Finance at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, Vermont and Chief Financial Officer for the University Health Center. He served as a member of the Vermont State Colleges Board of Trustees for 13 years, serving as chair of the finance, investments, facilities, and strategic planning committees, and he continues to serve on a number of community and regional boards.
- Work: Jim LeFevre and Associates
- Education: MEd, Community Leadership and Development, Springfield College; BA, Goddard
- Courses: Workshops in Leadership, Strategic Planning, and Governance; Boarding 101; Partners in Nonprofit Leadership
Jim is an organizational consultant who has worked for more than 20 years with clients from many sectors of the nonprofit spectrum. These clients include statewide land trusts and humanities councils, museums, health care organizations, international family planning organizations, and Planned Parenthood affiliates throughout the United States.
In his consultancy, Jim draws upon his extensive career experience, including seven years as the Chief Strategic Officer for Planned Parenthood Federation of America, where he was the senior executive for strategic planning, R&D projects, and organizational change and development, working directly with the President on long-range and strategic initiatives. Jim created a major future planning process that included every PPFA affiliate and involved thousands of volunteer leaders, affiliate CEOs and program staff throughout the USA and culminated in PPFA’s award-winning Vision for 2025.
Earlier in his career, Jim served as the Chief Executive Officer of Planned Parenthood of Northern New England for 18 years. He is the author of two books: A Case for Merger: the Story of Planned Parenthood of Northern New England (1986) and Redirecting Boards: A New Vision for Governance for Planned Parenthood (1993).
- Work: Project Coordinator, Benchmarks for a Better Vermont; ADL Consulting
- Education: MPA, Lewis & Clark College; BA, University of Oregon
- Class: Outcomes and Evaluation, The Art and Science of Grantwriting
Anne Lezak is a seasoned writer/editor, grant writer, and organizational consultant. She is currently serving as the Project Coordinator of Benchmarks for a Better Vermont, a federally-funded initiative led by Marlboro College to integrate performance measurement systems in nonprofits across the state.
Anne’s content expertise is in policy, planning, and service issues in behavioral health, child and family services, and homelessness. Anne researches and writes monographs, articles, and technical assistance materials and has edited four books and many reports. She has prepared or been a major contributor to numerous winning grant proposals, including multi-million dollar federal applications. Anne also facilitates organizational retreats, leadership development workshops, and board training for non-profits, communities, and federal agencies. She regularly teaches grant-writing workshops and classes in Vermont and nationally, including a recent week-long workshop for Navajo Nation professionals.
Anne is deeply involved in her community and in local politics, and has chaired and served in substantive roles on a number of boards. She was Executive Director, Boys & Girls Club of Rutland County, and was previously Coordinator, Program for Homeless Mentally Ill Persons, for the National Institute of Mental Health (now Center for Mental Health Services).
- Work: Managing Partner, The Consortium for Inclusion & Equity, LLC
- Education: DEd, Educational Leadership & Policy Studies, University of Vermont; MA, Stony Brook University
- Course: Culture and Conflict
Dr. Stacey Miller is a managing partner for the Consortium for Inclusion & Equity (CIE), LLC, an integrated diversity management firm committed to helping organizations become more interculturally competent. Her full time position is at the University of Vermont where she serves as Director of Residential Life in the Division of University Relations and Campus Life. Over the course of her career she has facilitated countless training sessions and workshops locally, regionally and nationally focused on diversity awareness, social justice education, and intercultural competence. She has also served as a lecturer for cultural pluralism for the Higher Education Student-Affairs Administration (HESA) graduate program in the College of Education and Social Services. Stacey received her Doctor of Education in Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Vermont, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences and a Masters of Arts in Liberal Studies from Stony Brook University. She currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Howard Center for Children and Family Services.
- Work: Andy Robinson consulting
- Education: MFA, University of Arizona; BA, University of Pennsylvania
- Courses: Fundraising and Philanthropy, Grants and Earned Income workshop
- Read Confessions of a Capital Campaign Chair in Contributions magazine
- Watch Are You a Fundraiser? video
Andy provides training and consulting for nonprofits in fundraising, grant-seeking, board development, marketing earned income, planning, leadership development, and facilitation. Over the past fifteen years, 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, How to Raise $500 to $5000 From Almost Anyone, is designed for small groups with limited experience doing major gifts campaigns. Selling Social Change (Without Selling Out) features the work of two dozen progressive organizations that create and sell goods and services to support and extend their missions. Big Gifts for Small Groups, Grassroots Grants and Great Boards for Small Groups are classic guides for smaller nonprofits. 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: Is the owner of Facilitated Change, a consulting firm specializing in project management and training.
- Education: MBA, Anderson Graduate School of Management, UCLA
- Course: Managing Projects
Lisa is 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. She worked for Hewlett-Packard in California and Idaho from 1990-2002. Lisa is currently the president of the Monadnock Region Chapter of the Project Management Institute (http://www.pmi-keene.org ). Lisa has been teaching at the Graduate School since 2003, and has been MSM Program Director since 2006.
- Work: Tracy J Sloan CPA
- Education: B.S.B.A. Western New College College
- Course: Finance I: Accounting for Sustainable Management
Tracy Sloan started her professional career at Coopers and Lybrand as an auditor with a concentration on financial institutions, as well as non-profits. Her current work is focused on tax and financial consulting for individuals and small business. She is also interested in applying an entrepreneurial approach to non-profits.
- Work: Pontifex Consulting
- Education: BA Mathematical Methods in the Social Sciences & Political Science
- Course: Introduction to Systems Thinking
Chris Soderquist consults with organizational leaders to develop strategic solutions to complex issues. He has worked with Fortune 100 companies, international development organizations, national and state government organizations, and communities to help them better achieve the futures they desire. The name Pontifex ("bridge builder") was chosen because Chris's approach bridges the "hard" analytic approaches of statistical analysis and simulation modeling with expertise in managing the "softer" side of human dynamics. Chris uses his extensive experience in scorecard development, strategic planning, Systems Thinking/System Dynamics, group facilitation, and statistical/process analysis to facilitate the development of solutions that are effective and actionable—linking long-range strategic objectives to the daily operations of the organization.
Chris has over 15 years experience as a system dynamics consultant and educator, with a diverse set of clients from the private and public sectors. He is a guest lecturer at the Darden School of Business (University of Virginia) in their Executive Education Program, and on the Boeing Engineering Leadership Program's development team. He is a contributing author to The Change Handbook (Berrett-Koehler, 1999) and delivers system dynamics webinars for isee systems, where he is a consulting partner.
Chris's most recent focus areas include public health, energy and environmental policy; NGO strategic planning; and local, community-based sustainability efforts. Additionally, his research interests include linking dynamic modeling with dashboard/scorecard development, implementation, and monitoring. Some of Chris's clients include: CDC, The World Bank, UNDP, World Economic Forum, the State of California, the State of Georgia, The Boeing Company, Hewlett-Packard, and Nissan.
- 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. When the Riverview Cafe closed, Tristan started two new catering companies, Rigani Wood-Fired Pizza, and Entera Artisanal Catering.
From his work as a manager and trainer, Tristan developed a strong interest in human organizational challenges. 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’s philosophical commitment to relationship-driven business and community systems is anchored by a willingness to serve. In January 2013, he will begin a term in the Vermont House of Representatives, representing Brattleboro’s 3rd District. He hopes to use his MBA training to advance sustainable social change throughout Vermont.
Tristan lives in Brattleboro with his wife, Susie, and their two son, Owen and Malcolm.
- Work: Financial Consultant, Benchmarks for a Better Vermont; Treasurer and Development Committee Chair, AIDS Project of Southern Vermont; President of the Board, HeartSong Health In Community.
- Course: Financial Management 1 & 2
Julie van der Horst Jansen was a Project Developer and the Financial Manager in the Center for Teacher Education, Training and Research at the School for International Training (SIT). She worked at SIT for over 18 years and spent the last seven of those years as a Project Manager and Project Developer for the Center. No matter what her employment position has been, financial management has always been a part of her job description.
In addition to her work in the Center, she has co-taught the Financial Management module of the International Diploma in Language Teaching Management (IDTLM) course several times and has co-facilitated pre-convention institutes (PCIs) at several Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) conferences on the topic of financial management for new managers of language institutions.
She is also one of the co-authors of the financial management chapters of an educational management resource/textbook entitled, From Teacher To Manager: Managing Language Teaching Organizations, White et al., Cambridge University Press, 2008.
Currently, Julie is a freelance tutor and consultant and has also established a new career as a massage therapist. In addition, she serves on two non-profit boards. She is the Treasurer and Development Committee Chair for the AIDS Project of Southern Vermont and President of the Board for HeartSong Health In Community.
- Work: Collaboration and Organizational Development Consultant and Developmental Assets Coordinator, Windham Southeast Supervisory Union
- Education: B.A. Sociology, Northwestern University, M.I.A. and Graduate Certificate in Conflict Transformation, SIT Graduate Institute
- Classes: Outcomes and Evaluation
Diana is a collaboration and planning consultant who promotes cross-community initiatives, bringing together different sectors of the community to tackle a particular concern. Her hope is to convene exciting, positive, and meaningful conversations that cultivate an impact on what matters the most. As administrator of the Alliance for Building Community regional partnership, she became a trainer in the application of Results Based Accountability (RBA) from 1995-2008. To promote positive youth development, she helped develop a Social Competency Development curriculum in the Windham Southeast Supervisory Union (WSESU) as well as a Windham County Youth Council. Diana uses RBA to coordinate the WSESU School Attendance Council.
Diana facilitates the Community Equity Collaborative, a group of community leaders who monitor a vision where the greater Brattleboro area is recognized as an open and welcoming community celebrating diversity free of prejudice and discrimination of all kinds. She is the mother of two adult daughters and lives with her husband in East Dummerston, Vermont.
- Work: Greenleaf Consulting
- Education: M.Ed. Human Resources Education, Boston University; BA, Worcester State University; Training and Development Certificate, Worcester State University
- Course: Human Resources
With over 25 years of Human Resources experience, Carol has a broad-based capability to assist non-profit organizations to accomplish their goals, improve teamwork and enhance performance. As a member of the senior leadership team at Fallon Healthcare Systems in Worcester, MA, she implemented a quality improvement program which helped put Fallon in the list of Top 10 Best Healthcare Maintenance Organizations by the US World and News and Newsweek Magazines. From 2000 to 2008, Carol served as a senior manager in the Human Resources Department at Tufts Health Plan, directing corporate training, recruiting, staffing and organizational development. Most recently, she served as the Director of Human Resources at Grace Cottage Hospital in Townshend, VT where she was responsible for volunteer programs, talent acquisition, compensation, employee relations, benefits, and writing HR policies.
Earlier in her career, Carol has founded a consumer advocacy nonprofit, directed a child advocacy organization, and was the ED of a human services agency. As a result of her community work, she received recognition from Massachusetts Governor Dukakis for her dedication and service to children.
Carol continues to share her expertise through Greenleaf Consulting, a consulting practice she started 1997. The practice specializes in providing management training, work process and performance improvement, and reengineering support to non-profits, municipalities, educational and healthcare institutions.
- Work: Professor of Marketing, Champlain College
- Education: PhD Organizational Management, Capella University; MS Internet Strategy Management, Marlboro College Graduate School
- Course: Nonprofit marketing workshop
- Find out more about Elaine at Visify; follow Elaine on Twitter (ejyoung67); subscribe to Elaine's Facebook (ejyoung67); or add Elaine to your G+ Circle:
As a professor for marketing, Elaine uses her industry experience in the nonprofit and advocacy sector to bring the working world to the classrooms. She brings experience in marketing, public relations, media relations, event management, internet strategy as well as an in-depth knowledge of interactive and social media techniques, strategies and tools. In January 2012, Elaine was named a "Top Marketing Professor on Twitter" by Social Media Marketing Magazine.
Drawing on her own experience with organizations such as the World Resources Institute, the American Cancer Society, President Clinton's Council on Sustainable Development and the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, Elaine appreciates the importance of teaching students how to engage with the communities they are in, and how to apply successful business techniques to support causes and engage various publics.
Elaine recently completed a special project to develop an integrated social media marketing presence to help promote Champlain's Master's Degree Programs. Currently Elaine is on sabbatical working on writing a series of social media guidebooks for parents and families.
- Jeff Bercuvitz, Heart of the Matter
- Ingrid Bredenberg, Practicum in Nonprofit Management
- Stuart Comstock-Gay, Leading the Mission-Driven Organization I
- Peter Crowell, Managerial Accounting
- Pat Daniel, People and Teams; Caring for the Human Organization
- Alisa Del Tufo, Appreciative Inquiry; Leading the Mission-Driven Organization II
- Dennis DePaul, Culture and Conflict
- Cheryl Eaton, Needs and Wants in a Sustainable Society
- Sandra Everitt, Appreciative Inquiry
- Christine Graham, Donor Fundraising; Fundraising and Philanthropy; Planned Giving
- Churchill Hindes, Financial Management I and II
- Kate Jellema, Program Director
- Jim LeFevre, Strategic Planning, Boards & Governance
- Anne Lezak, Outcomes and Evaluation, Grantwriting
- Dr. Stacey Miller, Culture and Conflict
- Lizann Peyton, Board-Staff Relations
- Erin Narey, Writing Workshop
- Andy Robinson, Grants and Earned Income, Financial Management for Boards, Fundraising and Philanthropy
- Lisa Sieverts, Managing Projects
- Tracy Sloan, Managerial Accounting
- Chris Soderquist, Systems Thinking
- Tristan Toleno, Introduction to Systems Thinking
- Julie van der Horst Jansen, Financial Management I and II
- Diana Wahle, Outcomes and Evaluation
- Carol Williams, Human Resources
- Elaine Young, Nonprofit Marketing