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April 2016

3323 Schoolhouse Road
Harmony, Florida 34773
Tel. 407 957-1494
Fax 407 957-4814


Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Human and Organizational Systems, Concentration in Sustainability Fielding Graduate University, Santa Barbara, California, July 2011

Master of Arts (MA), Human Development, Fielding Graduate University, Santa Barbara,
California, July 2009

Master of Arts (MA), Social Ecology, Goddard College, Plainfield, Vermont, December 1980

Bachelor of Arts (BA), Liberal Arts, Goddard College, Plainfield, Vermont, May 1979


Adjunct Faculty, Fielding Graduate University September 2011–Present
Design and deliver curriculum on leadership for sustainability, change management, sustainable organizational development, theories of sustainability, social entrepreneurship and innovation within the Sustainability Leadership Graduate Certificate program. Design and deliver curriculum on global intercultural skills and strategies, self as leader of change, organizational design, and leading by design within the Global Leadership and Leadership and Management Effectiveness Graduate Certificate programs. Utilized Moodle Online Learning Platform for curricula delivery and interaction. Interaction with students included both online forum communications and private and group teleconferences. Initiate and lead Fielding’s Sustainability Working Group, researching frameworks for implementing sustainability at an institution of higher learning, designing and completing a multiphase stakeholder engagement process, prepare and deliver quarterly reports to administration and other stakeholders, prepare comparative framework studies. Assistance with program recruitment. Published books include The Thinking Executive’s Guide to Sustainability (2013, Business Expert Press). Member of LEAP! Developing Sustainability Mindset, a Working Group of the United National Global Compact’s Principles for Responsible Management Education program. Conducting research on sustainable enterprise incubators and accelerators.

President, New Leaf Systems, Inc. June 1998-Present
Create and deliver personalized private and public individual and group coaching programs, workshops, and presentations on self-leadership, for-profit and non-profit leadership and strategy, goal setting, resource management, productivity improvement, potential and strengths development, and action planning. Provide organizational and individual development and training services to corporations and not-for-profit organizations including FedEx, Sony Electronics, NASA, Volvo Cars of North America, Hilton Hotels, the National Association of Professional Organizers. Published books include Stop Procrastinating Now (2007, New Leaf Publishing), and Productive Procrastination (2008, Echelon Press).

Senior Faculty Member and Certifier March 2002-November 2005
Schools of CoachVille, Coach Training Program
Develop curriculum on fundamental and advanced coaching methodologies. Teach advanced courses in coach development and training. Coordinate and deliver mentor programs to experienced coaches in innovative techniques including online platforms, teleconference summits, and other distributed learning models. Member of leadership team for curriculum design and delivery. Provide consultative advisement to board of directors.

Vice President, M. Kassel Investments September 1994–October 2001
Direction and oversight on investment management, including privately placed funds, commercial, industrial, and residential real estate. Liaison between board and clients to ensure optimal communication. Conducted needs analyses, supervised training staff. Designed and conducted record management systems; implemented company-wide quality management program; selected and monitored consultants.


International Coach Federation, Professional Certified Coach Credential
International Association of Coaches, IAC Master Certified Coach Credential
CoachU, Certified Graduate
CoachVille Certified Mentor Coach, Certified Teleclass Leader
The Evolutionary Institute, Certified Graduate

The Evolutionary Institute, London, England 2004-2006, Certified Graduate
The Graduate School of Coaching, Schools of CoachVille, 2002-2004, Certified Graduate
Coach U, 2001-2002, Coach Training Program Certified Graduate


Fellow, Institute for Social Innovation
LEED Green Associate: Accredited by Green Building Certification Institute
International Society of Sustainability Professionals Certificate
Certified Sustainability Professional by Canadian Sustainability Professional Institute


“The Sustainable Mindset: Connecting Being, Thinking, and Doing in Management Education”, co-authored paper. Paper accepted for presentation at Academy of Management Conference, Anaheim, California, August 2016 (Awarded Management Education and Development division’s Junior Faculty Best Paper Award, for the most significant contribution to management education by a Junior Faculty authorship team)

“Developing a Model for a Sustainability Mindset”. Paper presented at Academy of Management, Vancouver, Canada, August 2015

“Approaching, discussing, and acting on sustainability: How to develop sustainability mindfulness in action.” Discussion Symposium conducted at Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences, Pace University, New York, New York, June 2014

“The inevitability of embedded sustainable practices and a systems orientation in business operations.” Paper presented, Society for the Advancement of Management Annual Conference, Orlando, Florida, April 2014

“Making Sense of Emerging and Alternative Economic Models – What New and Existing Enterprises Should Know”. Paper presented at Beyond Sustainability Conference, Hillsborough Community College, Tampa, Florida, March 2014

“The informal economy and corporate sustainability reporting.” Panel paper presented at Academy of Management Annual Conference, Boston, Massachusetts, August 2012

“Corporate leaders and sustainability: The role of value orientation in sustainable change”,
Paper presented, Corporate Responsibility Research Conference, Leeds University, September 2011

“CEO social value orientation and its relation to sustainability practices in corporate America”,
Abstract accepted for Organizations and the Natural Environment Division, Doctoral Student
Professional Development Consortium, Academy of Management Annual Conference,
San Antonio, Texas, August 2011

“CEO social value orientation and its relation to sustainability practices in corporate America”,
Abstract accepted, Public and Nonprofit Division Doctoral Student Professional Development Consortium Academy of Management Annual Conference, San Antonio, Texas, August 2011

“Dealing With Procrastination: For Doctoral Students”, session presented at Fielding Graduate University Human and Organizational Development Program Winter Session, Santa Barbara, California, January 2009

“Seeking Commonalities Amongst Evidence-Based Coaching Research: Observations of a Coach-Practitioner” Paper presented at International Coach Federation Research Symposium, San Jose, California, November 2005

\"Beyond Belief, An Adventure in Truth,\" Paper presented at International Coach Federation Annual Global Conference, Quebec City, Canada, November 2004

“The Power of Procrastination” presented to the Society of Consumer Affairs Professionals, January 2004

\"Getting Ahead Without Getting A Headache,” Paper presented for New Jersey Association of Women Business Owners, September 2003

“Your Self Worth is Not Your Self Worth” Paper presented for Graduate School of Coaching, June 2003

\"Overcoming Email Overload\" Paper presented at the National Association of Professional Organizers Annual Conference, Denver, Colorado, May 2003

“The Top Ten Evolutionary Shifts That Coaches Can And Should Be Tapping Into,” Paper presented to CoachVille Annual Conference, San Francisco, May 2003

“Power De-cluttering For Busy Professionals” Paper presented for Philadelphia Area Coaches Alliance, November 2001


\"Understanding Responsible Management - Emerging Themes and Variations from European Business School Programs.\" (accepted for publication, 2016), Journal of Business Ethics.

“Corporate leaders and sustainability.” (2015) New Directions in Sustainability, Fielding Monograph Series (6), D. Willis & F. Steier (Eds.). Santa Barbara, CA: Fielding Graduate University.

“How do business schools support internal innovation and work on their strategy and their reputation? The case of responsible management.” (2015) Journal of Innovation Economics & Management, (2)17, 69-98.

The thinking executive\'s guide to sustainability. (2013) New York: Business Expert Press.

“The circle of inclusion: Sustainability, CSR, and the values that drive them,” (2012) Journal of Human Values, (18)2, 133-146.

Corporate leaders and sustainability: The role of value orientation in sustainable change. (2011) Paper presented at the Corporate Responsibility Research Conference, Leeds, England.

CEO social value orientation and its relation to sustainability practices in corporate America. (dissertation 2011), Fielding Graduate University, Ann Arbor.

Productive Procrastination, (2008), Echelon Press, Laurel MD.

Stop Procrastinating Now, (2007), New Leaf Publishing, Saint Cloud, FL.

“Seeking Commonalities Amongst Evidence-Based Coaching Research: Observations of a Coach-Practitioner,” International Coach Federation Research Symposium Proceedings, Sam Jose, California, November 2005


Academy of Management
International Society of Sustainability Professionals
U.S. Green Building Council, Central Florida chapter
International Coach Federation
International Association of Coaching


Harmony Community Development District Board of Supervisors, Seat 3, Harmony, Florida (2009-2017 - publicly elected position)

Fielding Graduate University Sustainability Working Group, Chair, Santa Barbara, California (2011-2016)

Harmony Nature and Animal Committee, Chair, Harmony, Florida (2014-2016)

Harmony Welcome Committee, Chair, Harmony, Florida (2014-2016)

Board of Governors, International Association of Coaching (2009-2012)

U.S. Green Chamber of Commerce Education Committee, Lead Member, Southeast Region,
Lake Mary, Florida (2011-2014)

Mobilization for Animal Rights, Board Chairperson, Bogota, New Jersey (1992-2004)

Hungry Hollow Cooperative Board of Directors, Member and Chair, Chestnut Ridge,
New York (1991-2001)


Harmony Nesting Bird Survey, coordinate and lead annual park survey of nesting bird species and locations in Harmony, Florida, results submitted to University of Florida (2005 – 2016)

Harmony Christmas Bird Count, coordinate and lead annual avian species count aligned with National Audubon Christmas Bird Count, Harmony, Florida (2004-2016)