Staff

Client Services Manager

Claire Bilski

Claire’s passion for the WMFDP mission is evident in her relentless and enthusiastic support of our clients. Her expertise in project management and technology serve her well in supporting our clients.

Client Development Dir.

Cynthia Nielsen

Cynthia draws from her deep experience in marketing & communications, conflict resolution, and facilitation to support WMFDP’s mission and deliver value to its clients.

CHIEF CONSULTING OFFICER

Jim Morris

Jim has 30 years of experience working and leading in purpose-driven consulting organizations. At WMFDP, he directs and supports our team of consultants and facilitators, as they deliver one-of-a-kind world-class services to WMFDP clients, globally. He’s also responsible for the integrity and excellence of program delivery, curriculum development and innovation, and instructional design of WMFDP’s programs. Jim began his journey with WMFDP in 2000 when he attended his first White Men’s Caucus and began working with WMFDP in addition to leadership development and coaching practice.  The Caucus had a profound impact on Jim; and he began looking for ways to blend his work with WMFDP’s experiential approach to engaging white men in developing their own courageous leadership practices.

He’s been an adjunct faculty at Duke Leadership and Training Associates, Virginia Tech, The Executive Forum and The American Leadership Forum.  He is the author of The Five Insights of Enduring Leaders, a book that teaches how to develop leadership traits, to uncover and enhance them in others and to inspire others to changes the world.

Director of Client Service

Merrilee Bruce

Merrilee enjoys providing attentive support to clients across the country. She loves the enthusiastic atmosphere and inspired work done by WMFDP. All of which show up daily as heartfelt dedication.

Director of Finance

Pam Shelly

Thirty-four years in public education. Principal of magnet urban and rural schools, affiliating with experiential methodology. Additionally, loves math.

Chief Operating Officer

Peggy Nagae

Peggy excels at team building, communication, strategic planning, cultural competence, always finding ways to invoke the human spirit at work. Her work is collaborative, values-based and results-oriented. The work often begins on a personal level with executives and cascades to other leaders and people managers. Peggy ensures that clients realize the highest impact from their investment in creating inclusive organizations. She is former board member of both the Asian American Justice Center and the Center for Asian Pacific American Women, and is co-chair of the Leadership Advisory. Peggy received a master’s degree in Psychology from the University of Santa Monica and her doctorate in law from Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College. In addition to holding a J.D. degree with honors from Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College, Peggy has a M.A in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica, and a M.A. in Illumination Sciences from the Jwalan Muktikã School for Illumination Sciences.

She was recently awarded the American Bar Association’s ABA 2017 Spirit of Excellence Award for her work on diversity and inclusion within the profession. Peggy was the lead attorney for Minoru Yasui in reopening his WWII Japanese American incarceration case, Yasui v. United States and was recognized for for for her work on this case by the the National Japanese American Citizen’s League Redress Committee. Peggy is also an appointee to Civil Liberties Public Education Fund by President Bill Clinton.

Chief Bus. Dev. Officer

Dr. April Abernethy

Dr. Abernethy oversees our business development team and marketing efforts. She is an acknowledged leader in organization transformation and has a passion for strategic planning. She encourages teams to see the impossible and pushes them to challenge the status quo. She has over twenty five years experience in leadership development, fundraising and organizational development. She also bring diversity and inclusion curriculum design and facilitation experience.

April received her doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, OR. She brings a breadth of experience from her global work in travel, integrated healthcare and the nonprofit sector. She is fluent in English, Spanish and working on Italian.

Consultants

Senior Consultant

Amalia Alarcón Morris

Amalia’s talent is her ability to unify people from diverse cultural backgrounds and disciplines. As a bilingual, bicultural Latina she is able to work fluidly in both English and Spanish. Amalia has 25 years of experience in cross-cultural community building with an emphasis on intercultural communication, organizational development and strategic planning. She has extensive experience working with Latino, African American, American Indian, Asian and Pacific Islanders as well as LGBTQ and disability leaders.

Senior Consultant

Anita Bhasin

Anita brings a global mindset to her work which reflects her extensive international experience. Originally from London, England, Anita has 20 years of experience in Sales, Marketing, and HR in Europe, India, and the US. As an organization development consultant, she has worked with clients ranging from The Nature Conservancy to Microsoft. She graduated from the Pepperdine MSOD program with the Graziadio Leadership Award where her thesis topic was Adaptive Leadership. Her other certifications focus on group process work and include Case in Point, T-Groups, Action Learning and NeuroLeadership. Anita now lives and works between Bend, Oregon and Seattle, where along with her husband and son she enjoys nature and travel.

Consultant

Bo Razak

Bo is an innovative and experienced change consultant with more than 25 years of consulting experience. He has designed and conducted diversity and inclusion programs, coordinated long-term organizational development interventions, and led training that supports change. He also developed the “Impact Thinking framework”, a unique planning tool for implementing organizational change. Bo specializes in organization culture change and leadership development. He has worked with leaders at all levels in for- and non-profit organizations in the US and overseas.

Consultant

Chad Simmons

Chad has extensive experience in organizational development with organizations that promote diversity, awareness and inclusion. He brings a wide range of experience having dedicated most of his time to integration and community engagement through his work in HR. He is a veteran human resource professional holding posts with Kraft Foods, Amoco Corp, Citicorp Diners Club and the University of Iowa Healthcare. He graduated from Morehouse College, holds an MBA from the University of Iowa, and has his SPHR and GPHR from the HR Certification Institute.

Senior Consultant

Cherie Buckner-Webb

Cherie is a professional coach and consultant, who brings a breadth of experience to her work. Her expertise includes cross cultural collaboration, leadership development, facilitation, consultation and coaching for individuals, teams and organizations. She has a background in international business including positions in program management, diversity consultation, business and and organizational development. Cherie holds a bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership and a master’s degree in Social Work Administration. In November 2010, Cherie made history when she was elected to be the first African-American legislator in Idaho.

“I’m all about supporting highly motivated women and men to navigate the waters of their lives with purpose.”
Senior Consultant

Cliff Jones

Cliff has consulted with a broad range of organizations for over 25 years. His work includes, leadership development, team building, supervision, conflict resolution, group facilitation and nonprofit board development. He’s worked with hundreds of organizations and thousands of leaders in building strong effective organizations. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Community Services and Public Affairs from the University of Oregon with a focus on community education and Social Psychology. Cliff is a recipient of the Nordstrom’s Diversity Award. He has a long standing connection with the Nonprofit Association of Oregon and is co-founder and key consultant of their diversity, equity and inclusion capacity building program.

Consultant

Donna Ginn

Donna is an organization-change practitioner, committed to ethical leadership, business excellence and personal success. She has international experience and over 20 years in strategic planning, organization-culture change, executive coaching, leadership and team development. Donna has served as executive with Procter & Gamble where she led the organization development and human resource departments for the Latin American Division, as well as Information Systems and Product Development. She completed her master’s degree in organizational development at American University and a certificate in organization development at MIT’s Sloan School of Management and NTL Institute for Applied Behavioral Science.

Consultant

Emily Joye McGaughy

Emily is fiercely committed to bringing the spirit of love to the hard, necessary work of equity and partnership within organizations. She has extensive facilitator experience in large corporations, and working within communities, youth programs, mental health services, LGBTQ centers. She is a lifelong scholar passionate about the intersection of spirituality and social justice. Emily believes there is no movement toward justice without first examining the truth about how power, privilege and oppression operate at all levels of society. She has a Master’s of Divinity Degree from Pacific School of Religion and is currently working on a Master’s of Social Work with a concentration on Mental Health at the University of Southern California.

Consulting Psychologist

Jacki Bearce

Jacki is focuses on the intersection of race and gender and has worked with organizations to increase communication and diversity. As an African-American woman, psychologist, and experienced counselor, Jacki uses her unique insight to support WMFDP consultants, as needed, during their facilitations. She is trained in individual counseling from humanistic, behavioral, and cognitive points of view as well as being experienced in group facilitation and consultation. Jacki was formerly director of the Counseling Center at Amherst College. She graduated from Merrimack College and has her doctorate in counseling psychology from the University of Massachusetts.

Senior Consultant

Jim Morris

Jim has 30 years of experience working and leading in purpose-driven consulting organizations. At WMFDP, he directs and supports our team of consultants and facilitators, as they deliver one-of-a-kind world-class services to WMFDP clients, globally. He’s also responsible for the integrity and excellence of program delivery, curriculum development and innovation, and instructional design of WMFDP’s programs. Jim began his journey with WMFDP in 2000 when he attended his first White Men’s Caucus and began working with WMFDP in addition to leadership development and coaching practice.  The Caucus had a profound impact on Jim; and he began looking for ways to blend his work with WMFDP’s experiential approach to engaging white men in developing their own courageous leadership practices.

He’s been an adjunct faculty at Duke Leadership and Training Associates, Virginia Tech, The Executive Forum and The American Leadership Forum.  He is the author of The Five Insights of Enduring Leaders, a book that teaches how to develop leadership traits, to uncover and enhance them in others and to inspire others to changes the world.

Consultant

Jo Ann Morris

Jo Ann is a WMFDP co-founder, today serves as an executive coach and senior organization development consultant, passionate about inspiring courageous leadership, dialogue work and designing transformative learning sessions. She has more than twenty years of experience in executive coaching and development. Her corporate career spanned engineering, information technology and organizational development. Engineering management taught Jo Ann to lead large organizations and maximize gender as a leadership competency. Her Integral Coaching practice focuses on courageous leadership, team development, executive coaching and organizational development. Through teaching thoughtful learning application she produces remarkable enterprise-wide results. Jo Ann is currently working towards a doctorate in Human Development with a concentration in Transformative Learning and Social Justice.

Senior Consultant

Kristin Chung-mei Lensen

Kristin brings a focus on intercultural relations and diversity to her consultant work. Through her skill and experience in the field of organizational development, she has helped clients in a range of fields from engineering and sciences to public health and law enforcement. Kristin has successfully helped clients manage organizational change and create more equitable, inclusive and productive work environments. Her experience includes strategic action planning, visioning, process facilitation and dialogue, conflict resolution, individual/team coaching, and training. Kristin earned a master’s degree in Intercultural Relations from Antioch University.

Senior Consultant

Mark Havens

Mark is highly skilled at helping clients clarify and align their mission, vision and values. He creates results-driven structures and processes for organizational growth as well as helping companies develop effective strategies and teams. Mark has authored or co-authored several books and articles on experience-based learning and has designed and led leadership and team development courses for clients globally. He has developed and taught graduate level teacher training programs at Boston University, Indiana University, and Portland State University. He recently designed and facilitated a course on leadership at the Singapore Management University (SMU). Mark has a master’s and doctorate degree from Boston University and a bachelor degree from the University of Utah.

Consultant

Mary Marino

Mary is a business change consultant and executive coach who has been working with executives from Fortune 500 companies in leadership positions for 15 years. In her work Mary draws upon psychology to create effective communication and team development strategies. She works with individuals and teams to open pathways for bringing heart, deeper purpose, passion and true calling into their lives and work. She was involved in groundbreaking research on women and leadership in higher education and was on the faculty at State University of New York at Albany, where she taught psychology, program design, evaluation and research methodology.

Consultant

Michael Brazzel

Diversity coach, economist, former manager in US gov’t agencies and a university educator-researcher. Co-founder of NTL Institute’s Diversity Leadership Cert. Program. MA in organization & HR development from American Univ., PhD economics from Tulane.

Consultant

Michael Collins

Michael has over 25 years of experience in business operations, human resources, leadership development and workforce diversity. He has held leadership positions at New York City Transit, City University of New York, American Airlines, Citi and American Express. He has an MBA from the University of North Carolina – Greensboro, and is a proven leader with a unique interdisciplinary background.

"Great organizations find a way to build on differences so that people feel better about themselves, their workplace and their ability to contribute."
Senior Consultant

Moe Carrick

Moe Carrick partners with organizations who seek an active, engaging and thought-provoking approach to improving work and the workplace. With 25+ years of experience as an internal leader and external consultants to organizations of all types, Moe has found that rigorous self-awareness, honest dialogue, active involvement, and empathy are fundamentals to improving individual and team effectiveness. A frequent contributor to Conscious Company Media on topics of Diversity and Inclusion, Moe is also author of best-selling book (Maven House Press) FIT Matters: How to Love Your Job, Moe holds a master’s degree in Organization Development from Antioch New England University, is a Certified Coach, and is a Certified Daring™ Way Facilitator using the work of Dr. Brene´Brown

Consultant

Nancy Brown

Nancy has over 40 years of experience working consciously on race, gender and sexual orientation issues in herself and in client organizations. As a white, heterosexual, U.S. born woman, she often finds herself in the majority and uses her majority group status to surface and challenge assumptions and patterns connected to difference. Her clients have included Apple, Corning, Cummins, HP and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. She has served as adjunct faculty or guest lecturer at American University, Purdue University and the University of Cincinnati. Through experience and reflection she continues to discover and work to eliminate racist, sexist and heterosexist practices.

Senior Consultant

Noah Prince

Prior to joining WMFDP, Noah had over 15 years of experience as an education and social justice advocate and leader in equity, inclusion and leadership development work.. With deep roots leading inclusion efforts inside public school systems, Noah now brings his considerable talents to work with WMFDP Fortune 500 clients. Noah’s unique and sought after approach is fueld by his passion for the work of engaging white men and others. He specializes in bringing attention to generational differences and engaging majority members to see themselves as part of the process and to build more inclusive organizations.

As a white man serving in public education roles, Noah personally witnessed the direct impact of both equitable leadership and systemic inequity while working for nearly a decade in the Philadelphia Public Schools. In addition to teaching five years in the Philadelphia public schools, Noah has worked for the College Success Foundation, Tacoma 360, served as Dean of Community Partnerships and Parent Outreach in Tacoma Public Schools and as an equity entrepreneur. He received his BA in Black Feminist Thought at Evergreen State College; and an MA in Education from Temple University.

Noah's work is inspired by the Yogi Berra quote: "When you come to the fork in the road, take it!"
CONSULTANT

Pat Costello

Pat is personally and professionally committed to developing healthy organizations –where everyone thrives in an equitable workplace. Through 25 years consulting, coaching, advising, and facilitating around the world, Pat has come to believe that businesses only prosper when their people do. Pat’s unique background includes a B.A. in Educational Psychology; founding a team development practice; coaching senior executives and teams with Korn Ferry International; and leading learning expeditions to Mount Kilimanjaro and Everest base camp.

When your employees are free to bring their entire selves to work, they thrive. When they engage with colleagues who see the world differently, they grow.
Senior Consultant

Peggy Nagae

Peggy excels at team building, communication, strategic planning, cultural competence, always finding ways to invoke the human spirit at work. Her work is collaborative, values-based and results-oriented. The work often begins on a personal level with executives and cascades to other leaders and people managers. Peggy ensures that clients realize the highest impact from their investment in creating inclusive organizations. She is former board member of both the Asian American Justice Center and the Center for Asian Pacific American Women, and is co-chair of the Leadership Advisory. Peggy received a master’s degree in Psychology from the University of Santa Monica and her doctorate in law from Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College. In addition to holding a J.D. degree with honors from Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College, Peggy has a M.A in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica, and a M.A. in Illumination Sciences from the Jwalan Muktikã School for Illumination Sciences.

She was recently awarded the American Bar Association’s ABA 2017 Spirit of Excellence Award for her work on diversity and inclusion within the profession. Peggy was the lead attorney for Minoru Yasui in reopening his WWII Japanese American incarceration case, Yasui v. United States and was recognized for for for her work on this case by the the National Japanese American Citizen’s League Redress Committee. Peggy is also an appointee to Civil Liberties Public Education Fund by President Bill Clinton.

"Given the impact of our work, it's not difficult to get passionate about it."
Consultant

Richard Schaeff

Rich has been leading organizational and personal change work for over thirty years as an executive leadership coach; an experiential facilitator for individual and team development; a culture change specialist; a mediator and conflict resolution facilitator; and a trainer for transformational curriculum. Clients appreciate Rich’s approach of combining humor, authenticity and assertiveness to create environments that allow others to hold the real tensions of difference while embracing diverse voices for genuine growth.  His international work has included small groups in board rooms, hundreds in auditoriums, dozens in ropes courses, and one on one. While the curriculum may differ by group and size, Rich’s aligned approach remains the same: everyone wants their true selves to be seen and heard.

Consultant

Rick Schroder

Rick brings a pragmatic approach to the development and implementation of sustainable diversity and inclusion strategies for global organizations. With more than 18-years of experience in the field in organizations like Shell Oil, Campbell Soup and GlaxoSmithKline, Rick has gained a breadth of techniques for implementing organizational change. Rick is an avid supporter of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), Out & Equal, and PFLAG (Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians and Gays). He currently serves on the Corporate Advisory Board for the US Business Leadership Network (USBLN).

Senior Consultant

Robin Gerald

Robin is an executive coach, and facilitator/trainer with a depth and breadth of education and experience in human resources, leadership coaching and workforce diversity and inclusion. For more than 25 years she has approached her work with one goal in mind: To educate, inspire, equip and empower people with awareness and skills necessary to contribute at maximum potential in their professional and personal lives. Robin specializes in working with organizations and individuals to achieve quantifiable results and is particularly adept at using expert questions and analytical ability to help clients quickly focus on the core area of needed change, then design processes and action steps to make it happen.

Senior Consultant

Steve Proudman

Steve is an experiential consultant and dynamic facilitator. His humanistic approach uses strategies that combine the head and heart in a participative process focused on individual growth. He has more than 25 years experience in organizational development and teaching. Steve serves as an adjunct faculty member of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Executive MBA Program. Steve received a MS in Adult and Continuing Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is an avid cyclist and travels internationally to gain greater appreciation for diversity. Steve is active with the Shivas Irons Society and gratefully supports the All Burma Monks Alliance.

Senior Consultant

Tim McNichol

Tim is known for his engaging style and approach that helps clients examine and change the underlying thinking patterns and business structures that most impact their results. He brings more than 25 years of experience as an organization development consultant and coach helping organizations and leaders improve their effectiveness. Tim has found the complex and often emotional issues related to diversity, inclusion and intercultural humility to be an ideal crucible for developing the leadership skills needed to succeed in today’s global business environment. He holds a masters degree in Whole Systems Design from Antioch University.

Consultant

Todd Crossett

Todd is passionate about tapping the tremendous human potential in organizations and communities, and supporting leaders in building diversity & inclusion. Todd began his career as an organizational consultant, coach and facilitator over 20 years ago, and facilitated public initiatives on diversity as a local government leader, city manager and consultant. Today he focuses on working with executives in the private, non-profit and public sectors to sharpen leadership skills –helping them use their power to help others be seen and heard.