Linda W. Belton was appointed Director of Organizational Health by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs in 2008. She works nationally to promote and establish policies and programs geared to sustaining a healthy workplace. Prior to her current position, Ms. Belton was Director, Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 11; Administrator of the Division of Care and Treatment Facilities in the Department of Health and Social Services for the State of Wisconsin; and vice-president of Mercy Medical Center in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Ms. Belton received her R.N. in 1970 from the Jameson Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Pennsylvania; a B.S. in Psychology from the University of the State of New York in 1981; and an M.S. in Nursing Administration from Columbia Pacific University in 1983. In 1991, she completed the program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. During her career, Ms. Belton has received numerous honors and awards, including the 2005 Meritorious Presidential Rank Award; the 2001 Distinguished Executive Presidential Rank Award; the 1995 Distinguished Service Award from the American Society of Public Administration; the 1989 Women in Government Award; and the 1988 Excellence in Leadership Award. Ms. Belton is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) and holds Certification in Nursing Administration, Advanced (CNAA).
Jeff Blade is CEO of Matilda Jane Clothing and past Executive Vice President and Chief Financial and Administrative Officer at Vera Bradley. He has been the Interim President, Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer and CFO of the Steak n Shake Company (SNS). At SNS, Jeff was focused on leading transformational change and participating in the development and implementation of the Company’s strategic plan. Prior to joining Steak n Shake he was Vice President of Finance at Cott Beverages USA. He joined Cott in 1999 as part of the executive team that led a successful turnaround effort of this $1.0B+ publicly traded company. This included transformational change of the finance organization to develop a team capable of being business partners in driving the initiatives of the organization. Jeff also spent 11 years at Kraft Foods in a variety of finance assignments working across the value chain. He started his career at Price Waterhouse working in the Indianapolis and Chicago offices as a member of the audit practice. Jeff received a B.S. in Accounting from Butler University and an M.B.A. from Northwestern’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management and is a Certified Public Accountant. He is active in Junior Achievement and serves on the Board of Visitors of the Butler University College of Business Administration, the Board of Directors of Alpha Kappa Psi, the professional business fraternity, and the Board of Directors of the Indianapolis Opera.
Bruce has been with the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL®) since 1991 and currently serves as Executive Vice President (EVP) of the Americas Region. Prior to being named EVP, he served as a senior faculty member working with a diverse array of clients from around the globe and from a variety of industries. He served as the Colorado Springs Campus Director for eight years and directed the administrative functions for that Campus for another eight years. In addition to his campus-based duties, Bruce has served as Director of Corporate Resources for the center, addressing such issues as the development of a center-wide faculty capacity planning model. He also chaired the Center’s Operating Committee for two years. Prior to joining CCL, Bruce worked in a variety of positions in his career including 13 years in the energy industry working for three Fortune 500 companies in positions ranging from engineering to leading the corporate planning and development department in one organization, to general management of a major strategic business unit, and three years in the food processing industry as vice president of administration.
Bruce received a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and an M.B.A. from the University of Houston.
SALLY CHEW (CHEW-ONG GEK TEE)
Sally Chew (Chew-Ong Gek Tee) is Director of the International Relations & Industry Services Department at Temasek Polytechnic, a government-funded institution of higher education in Singapore. She is also responsible for the IP Management/Tech Transfer Office. She previously served as Deputy Director of the School of Business and Director of Strategic & Quality Development. Before joining Temasek, she was in private legal practice for 15 years. She is the National President of the Girls Brigade in Singapore, International Vice President of the Asia Girls Brigade, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Greenleaf Centre for Servant Leadership (Asia). She is a founding member of Beyond Imagination Pte Ltd, a social enterprise in Singapore; she is an Associate Lay Leader in her church; and she is the mother of six children.
In January of 2013, Wendy Collie became the President and CEO of 12-store, locally owned and operated grocer, New Seasons Market. She is also a member of the New Seasons Market board of directors. A resident of Portland, Collie was most recently President of Consumer Businesses for Knowledge Universe, the largest privately held early childhood educator. Prior to joining Knowledge Universe, Wendy worked for Starbucks Coffee Company for almost 18 years. Starting as a district manager, Wendy served in various leadership roles both in field operations and support positions such as regional director and vice president within the Pacific Northwest, area general manager for EMEA based in Europe and, most recently, serving as Senior Vice President and General Manager for Starbucks U.S. Licensed Stores and Seattle’s Best Coffee Co. Wendy dedicates time to volunteer with non-profit organizations, including teaching a course on women in leadership and mentoring MBA students at the University of Washington. She is currently a Board Member of the Oregon Business Association Board, a statewide business leadership group focused on ensuring Oregon’s continued economic success.
Larry Gluth is Senior Vice President of Habitat for Humanity, U.S. and Canada. Prior to this, he worked as an executive for Starbucks in Seattle. When Hurricanes Katrina and Rita struck the Gulf Coast in 2005, Larry took a yearlong sabbatical from Starbucks and volunteered with HFHI’s Operation Home Delivery program. After a year, he returned to Starbucks but soon realized that his heart remained with the ministry of Habitat. With the support of his wife Gailynn, and son Connor, Larry joined Habitat full-time in January of 2007 to lead the operations of the U.S. and Canada area office. Implementing programs such as the Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative and investing in a long-term strategy for Habitat ReStores has allowed Habitat for Humanity to serve more families in the United States in fiscal year 2011 than ever before. A graduate of the University of Utah, Larry has served on various committees and boards over the years, including the East King County affiliate as board chair for two years. He currently chairs the University of Utah’s National Advisory Council, and was a 2010 recipient of the University’s Distinguished Alumnus award. Larry also serves on the Atlanta Community Advisory board for the U.S. Army.
Mr. Haskins has been President and Chief Executive Officer since January 2009 after serving as Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President since 2008. Previously Mr. Haskins served as Vice President of Operations. He joined the company in 1983 after graduation from Virginia Military Institute with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. He also attended Executive Programs at the Darden School of Business (University of Virginia).
James Lemoine is an Assistant Professor of Organization and Human Resources at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. He earned his Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and his BS in Agricultural Economics from Louisiana State University. His research and teaching specialize in the areas of leadership and motivation, including emphases on organizational citizenship, creativity, gender, informal and non-hierarchical leadership, and servant leadership. Jim is the author of several articles published in outlets such as the Harvard Business Review and Journal of Applied Psychology, and has written one book, Business Defined. He has presented and received awards for his research at meetings of the Academy of Management and Southern Management Association.
Prior to his return to academia, Jim spent 12 years in business, consulting, and entrepreneurship, working for organizations such as the Schwan Food Company, TRI Leadership Resources, and AT&T. He is a former president of the Louisiana FFA Alumni Association and a past presenter at the Points of Light Conference on Volunteering and Service.
MARY J. MEEHAN
Dr. Mary Meehan is president and honorary alumna of Alverno College. Prior to joining Alverno College, Meehan was the executive vice president for administration at Seton Hall University. She also has an extensive professional health care background having previously served as executive vice president and chief operating officer at St. Mary’s Hospital in NJ and as administrator and CEO of St. Vincent’s Hospital in Harrison, NY. Meehan is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, and is a licensed professional mental health counselor. Meehan earned her bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate from Seton Hall University and also earned a graduate degree in health policy and management from New York Medical College. Meehan is very active in the Milwaukee community serving on the boards of Froedtert Health, Grand Avenue Club, Milwaukee Achiever Literacy Service, and chairing the Board of Sacred Heart School of Theology. On a state and national level, Meehan currently serves on the boards of the Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (Vice Chair), National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (Treasurer), NCAA (Chancellors/Presidents Advisory Group), Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (Vice President), Women’s College Coalition, Georgian Court University in New Jersey, and the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership.
Joseph Patrnchak is the Chief Human Resources Officer of the Cleveland Clinic Health System. Prior to joining the Clinic, Joe served as Chief HR Officer and Senior Vice President for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts. Prior to joining Blue Cross Blue Shield, Joe served as Vice President of HR for Compaq Computer Corporation Global Customer Services Division and held a number of vice president positions at Digital Equipment Corporation. Joe holds an MS in Human Resources Management and Organizational Development from American University in Washington, DC, and a BA in Sociology from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. He is also a graduate of the Northwestern University Kellogg School, Advanced Executive Program and a graduate of the Insead University, Fontainebleau France, International Management Program.
ROBERT N. THOMAS (GREENLEAF CENTER BOARD CHAIR)
Dr. Thomas earned his BA in Economics from LaGrange College, his MBA from the Executive MBA Program at Georgia State University, and his Ph.D. from the University of Georgia. His areas of specialization are corporate leadership and governance, ethics, entrepreneurship, and servant leadership.
Dr. Thomas joined Georgia Tech in January 2006 to develop a curriculum and create programming for the Institute for Leadership and Entrepreneurship, an interdisciplinary unit that enhances leadership and entrepreneurship for socially responsible and sustainable value creation. Dr. Thomas also is a senior academic professional in Georgia Tech’s business school, the College of Management, where he teaches courses in leadership. In addition, he serves as executive director of the Georgia Servant Leadership Alliance, a non-profit organization that promotes the concept of servant leadership among Georgia’s colleges and universities.
Prior to joining Georgia Tech, Dr. Thomas was a senior leadership fellow at North Georgia College and State University (NGCSU), and the director of LaGrange College’s Servant Leadership Initiative, a five-year organizational development program designed to integrate the principles of servant leadership into the culture of the college and its local community. He currently is on the Board of the Bennett J. Sims Institute for Servant Leadership, and has served on the boards of the ArtReach Foundation, the Americorp Carelink Council, the Youth Leadership Troup, and the Southern Institute for Business and Professional Ethics.
Ashley Turner currently serves as a Registered Nurse in Labor and Delivery at St. Francis Hospital in Columbus, Georgia. She is a 2014 graduate of Columbus State University’s School of Nursing earning her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Certificate in Servant Leadership. During her time at Columbus State University, Ashley participated in the Servant Leadership Program, earning one of CSU’s top scholarships. As part of the program, Ashley participated in eight academic courses focused on servant leadership and gave over 500 hours of service back to the Columbus community in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Midtown Medical Center, Big Brother/Big Sisters, Habitat for Humanity, Fox Elementary School, the Literacy Alliance and Girls, Inc. Ashley’s initial interest in studying servant leadership came from her grandfather, William Bradley Turner, a strong advocate for the practice of servant leadership in the Columbus community and beyond. This initial interest was solidified during Ashley’s high school years at Brookstone School, where she participated in the Brookstone Servant Leadership program. Ashley is passionate about servant leadership and the importance of its practice in all organizations. Ashley also serves on the Easter Seals of Columbus, GA Board and the Bradley/Turner Foundation Fifth Generation Board.
Howard Behar’s career in business spans over 50 years, all in consumer oriented businesses covering several industries. He retired from Starbucks Coffee after 21 years where he led both the domestic business, as President of North America, and was the founding President of Starbucks International. During his tenure, he participated in the growth of the company from only 28 stores to over 15,000 stores spanning five continents. He served on the Starbucks Board of Directors for twelve years before retiring.
Howard now serves on several Boards including for-profit and non-profit organizations. They include Anna’s Linens, Sterling Savings Bank, Wild Ginger Restaurants, EZ Grill, Inc. and the advisory board of Anthos Capital. His non-profit commitments are to the University of Washington Foundation, The Robert K. Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership, and the Washington Business Alliance. He lives in Seattle, Washington, with his wife Lynn, and enjoys spending time with his children and his five grandchildren.
JOHN C. BURKHARDT
Dr. Burkhardt is a professor of higher education and the Director of the National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good at the University of Michigan. From 1993-2000, John was program director for leadership and higher education at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, where he led several major initiatives focused on transformation and change in higher education and participated in a comprehensive effort to encourage leadership development among college students. John serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Leadership Studies. He was a senior fellow at the James McGregor Burns Academy for Leadership at the University of Maryland, a fellow of the Salzburg Seminar in American Studies (Austria) and a visiting scholar at the University of California-Los Angeles. He is past chairman of the board of the St. Joseph Mercy Hospital System and a trustee emeritus of the Eastern Michigan University Foundation. John has been honored as an exemplary alumnus of the University of Michigan School of Education, an Institute for Educational Leadership Fellow (1986) and a Kellogg National Fellow (1989-1992).
Geneva Johnson is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of Family Service America, Inc. and Families International, Inc. She earned a B.S. degree from Albright College, an M.S. in Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University, and a Certificate in Executive Management from the Harvard Business School. She began her career in human services as a Program Director for the Houston YWCA. She served United Ways in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New York before joining the United Way of America in 1978 as a Senior Vice President responsible for strategic long-range planning and public policy. She served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Family Service America from 1983 to 1994, and as Executive Director of the Women’s Leadership Institute at Mount Mary College from 2001 to 2004. She currently serves as the Chair of the Advisory Board of the Institute.
Mrs. Johnson has received numerous recognitions and awards. In 1985, Savvy magazine named her one of the top 12 nonprofit executive women in America, and in 1990 Business Weekmagazine named her one of the top five best managers in the United States in the social services field. She has served on many boards, including the Peter F. Drucker Foundation and the National Center for Nonprofit Boards. Her current board memberships include The Social Enterprise Initiative at the Harvard Business School, Froedtert Hospital, Leader to Leader Institute, and Volunteers of America.
JACK LOWE, JR.
TDIndustries is a national mechanical construction and facility service company, headquartered in Dallas, with offices in Austin, Ft. Worth, Houston, Phoenix, and San Antonio. Founded in 1946, TDIndustries has developed into one of America’s premier specialty contracting companies. For sixteen consecutive years, the company has appeared in FORTUNE magazine’s list of the 100 best companies to work for in America. Jack Lowe attributes the trust which underpins their success to the employee-owned company’s “servant-leader” philosophy, in which all 1700 employees are Partners. 2012 revenue is about 375 million dollars.
Jack Lowe, Jr. joined TDIndustries in 1964, became the CEO and Board Chair in 1980, and in December 2004, retired as CEO. He currently serves on the Boards of Directors for Zale Corporation, Drew Industries, KDC, and NACD North Texas. He has always been an active community member, including service to the Dallas Independent School District and Dallas Citizens Council and has received numerous awards for his lifetime achievements. Jack graduated Magna Cum Laude from Rice University with a BA and BSEE degrees, and served two years in the U. S. Navy. He and his wife, Mary, have six grown children and nine grandchildren.
RICHARD R. PIEPER, SR.
Richard Pieper has served for more than fifty years as a leader of PPC Partners, Inc., which owns a series of electrical service and construction firms. Richard joined Pieper Electric as President in 1960. At that time the family-owned business had eight employees and was doing $250,000 of business per year. Today, PPC Partners, Inc. employs 1,300 people, has sales in the low nine figures, and is one of the top electrical contracting firms in the United States. It is known for its management principles, and in particular, its pace-setting continuing education programs addressing all employee needs. Richard serves on the Boards of Character Education Partnership, Junior Achievement, Milwaukee County Boy Scouts of America, Learning for Life, Boys and Girls Clubs, Present Music, Florentine Opera, Electrical Contracting Council Foundation, Boelter Companies, Inc., and Elliot Companies, Inc. He has endowed chairs for professors of servant leadership at colleges and universities. He is also Past Greenleaf Center Board Chair.