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  Lewin Fellows

John L. Bennett, Ph.D.

John L. Bennett is Associate Professor of Business & Behavioral Science, Director of the MS in Executive Coaching program and Director of the MS in Organization Development with the McColl School of Business at Queens University of Charlotte. In addition, he is an Associate Adjunct Professor in the MSOD program at American University. He teaches graduate courses and is an executive coach, consultant, educator, researcher, and author. John has 30 years of experience as an executive coach and consultant in various industries including biomedical services, pharmaceutical manufacturing and distribution, the development and delivery of essential human services, mergers and turnarounds, new product development, marketing and technology systems. He is author of numerous articles and his latest book is Coaching for Change (Routledge). John earned a BS degree from Mars Hill College, MPA degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and an MA and Ph.D. in human and organizational systems from Fielding Graduate University. He earned the Professional Certified Coach (PCC) credential through the International Coach Federation (ICF) and the Board Certified Coach (BCC) through the Center for Credentialing & Education (CCE). He is actively involved in several professional organizations. His current research interests include executive readiness for coaching and congregational leadership.

Earl T. Braxton, PH.D.

Dr.Earl T. Braxton is a senior OD consultant and coach with deep experience in all sectors. He has taught at several colleges and universities, including Yale University and Chatham College. His Ph.D. is in Organizational Psychology from Union Graduate School; he also holds a M.S. in Community Leadership and a B.S. in Recreation, Youth Leadership and Sociology, both from Springfield College. He has completed post-doctoral work in clinical psychology. Since 1986, Dr. Braxton has been President and CEO of Edge Associates, serving a wide variety of client systems. He is a specialist in the Tavistock approach to group dynamics. He is known for his knowledge and clinical skills in working with power and authority, psychodynamics of organizations, and socio-technical systems. As an adjunct professor, he co-teaches the Introduction to Organization Development and Team Dynamics (Interventions I) courses at American University. A member of the NTL Institute, Dr. Braxton is a seasoned lab trainer and experiential educator

Ann Caton

Ann Caton is a Partner at Potomac Group LLC, an organization development consulting firm that works in partnership with teams, leaders and organizations to increase their effectiveness and ability to manage change. Her clients include labor organizations, educational institutions, government agencies and nonprofit groups. Ann comes to the field of organizational development with ten years of experience in growing and leading mission-driven organizations. Ann earned her MS in Organization Development at American University / NTL Institute with distinction, and is a past recipient of the Segal-Seashore Fellowship Award. She is a bilingual Latina of Peruvian descent and holds a BA in Latin American history from Cornell University. She is certified in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator; trained in polarity management; and is a member of the NTL Institute for the Applied Behavioral Sciences.

Ashley McSwain, MSW and MSOD

Ashley is the president of Consultants for Change Inc. (CFC) a dynamic consulting firm which assists emerging nonprofits to manage their projects, build infrastructure and capacity and write successful grant proposals. Ashley leads the women’s reentry initiative for the District of Columbia to provide vision and support to women returning home following a period of incarceration. She coordinates this initiative in collaboration with the Mayor’s Office, Community Based Organizations and the local jail. She is the former Executive Director for Our Place DC, a nonprofit that offers programming and resources to currently and formerly incarcerated women as they transition back into the community. Ashley is a licensed Social Worker and holds a Master of Social Work from Temple University and a Master of Organizational Development from American University’s NTL program located in Washington, DC. She is a certified domestic violence counselor, is qualified to administer the Myers Briggs Type Indicator and has worked in the human services field for over twenty-five years. Ashley is an adjunct professor at Montgomery College teaching nonprofit management and also teaches grant writing for Maryland Nonprofit. She served six years as a probation officer in Philadelphia while working as Deputy Director for the Bucks County Housing Group for ten years serving homeless and low income families.

Kurt K. Motamedi, Ph.D.

Kurt Motamedi is Professor of Strategy and Leadership at Pepperdine University and has served as its Dean of executive programs and Chair of the Academy of Management Consulting Division. He co-founded Pepperdine’s doctoral program in organization change and consults organizations and executive teams across industries globally. He is highly rated as an executive educator and change consultant. Kurt served as a long-term faculty of UCLA Ojai Leadership Laboratories. His Ph.D. and MBA (with honors) are from UCLA Anderson School of Management where he later served on the faculty. Kurt’s articles have appeared in numerous academic and practitioner journals. He is a fellow of Lewin Center for applied behavioral sciences and a member of the Academy of Management and Society for Industrial and Organization Psychologists. Kurt enjoys the outdoors, hiking, classical music and working with global executives for change projects.

Mary Ann Rainey, Ph.D.

Mary Ann is an executive coach and organization consultant with a global client base. She specializes in the application of holistic perspectives to improve organizational performance and transformation.Her executive leadership experience includes Vice-president of Organizational Effectiveness of Exelon Corporation†and Vice-City Manager of East Cleveland, Ohio. She is co-founder of GestaltOD Partners LLC. Her experience as a teacher of Gestalt theory and practice spans more than 20 years and includes co-chairman of the US and International Organization & Systems Development (OSD) Programs and co-founder of the Ghana OSD Program. She is a past board member of NTL Institute and has taught in the NTL OD certificate programs in the UK, India and Singapore and management programs at Case Western Reserve University and Benedictine University. Mary Ann has published articles on topics including experiential learning, leadership, Gestalt practice and Appreciative Inquiry. She and her husband live in Chicago, Illinois.

Ilene C. Wasserman, Ph.D.

Ilene Wasserman has over 25 years of experience in Organizational Consulting, Change Management, Leadership Development and Executive Coaching. As Founder of ICW Consulting Group, Ilene helps leaders and teams leverage domestic and global diversity by enhancing communication and collaboration to transform organizational cultures through engaging the whole system. Ilene works with Fortune 100 companies in the fields of finance, health care, higher education, as well as community-based groups. In addition to consulting and coaching senior executives, Ilene holds adjunct faculty positions at Teacher’s College, Columbia University and St. Joseph’s University. Ilene received her PhD from the Fielding Graduate Institute in Human and Organizational Development, holds Masters Degrees in both Counseling Psychology and Social Work from Washington University and a Bachelor degree from Cornell University in Human Development. She is trained in Future Search, Gestalt, and Appreciative Inquiry. She is a charter member of the Appreciative Inquiry Consulting Group and a member of the Organizational Development Network, Academy of Management, and NTL. Ilene is a member of the Board of Governors of the Center for Creative Leadership and the Public Dialogue Consortium, a Fellow of the Taos Institute and on the board of the Forum of Executive Women.