During her graduate studies, Valerie Andrews received and acknowledged her call to preach the gospel and became the first female clergy licensed by the Bright Side Baptist Church of Lancaster, PA. Now living in Philadelphia, Reverend Andrews is currently Associate Minister of St. Paul’s Baptist Church and the Business Manager for the Church of the Redeemer Baptist where she assists the Senior Pastor and Trustee Ministry with the management, development, implementation, coordination and evaluation of the Church’s business practices, procedures and employees.
Val is an active member of the Philadelphia Baptist Association where she served as an Adaptive Challenge Consultant for Domestic Violence, and represented the Pennsylvania region as Senator for the Minister's Council of the American Baptist Churches (USA). She has been President of the Pennsylvania Eastern Keystone Baptist Association's Women's Division, and, was appointed to the National Executive Board of the American Baptist Women’s Ministries of American Baptist Churches-USA, as Coordinator of Events. In 2013, she was nominated and honored as one of 104 Influential Black Women in Philadelphia by the N.A.A.C.P. She is the proud mother of three children: Joy, Jasmine and Ronald Jr.
Val earned a B.A. in Liberal Arts/English and M.Ed. in Counseling Education from Millersville University, was ordained by the Pennsylvania Eastern Keystone Baptist Association and earned the M. Div. degree from the Palmer Theological Seminary, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Systems Wisdom.
Michael K. Asada
After 34 years of government service as an Army officer and Department of the Army civilian, Michael Asada founded and is president of InVenture Associates LLC, an executive management consulting service that specializes in facilitating business opportunities.
Michael’s previous positions included Program Executive Office Ground Combat Systems Deputy and Chief of Staff, and in the 6th Battalion, 32nd Armor Regiment, Tank Platoon Leader, Battalion Heavy Mortar Platoon Leader and Tank Company Commander. He was also Professor of Program Management at the U.S. Defense Acquisition University (DAU), Associate Professor at the U.S. Military Academy, and Executive Officer to the Head of the Mechanical Engineering Department.
His academic credentials includes a B.S. in Engineering from the U.S. Military Academy, M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, and Fellow of the Institute of Systems Wisdom.
Al Bradley is a native of Philadelphia. He professed vows as a Redemptorist and was ordained in 1988. He is the Pastor/Rector/Shrine Director at St. Peter the Apostle Parish/National Shrine of St. John Neumann in Philadelphia and helped plan the 2015 World Meeting of Families.
Al began his career in a large congregation in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands where he directed religious education and volunteer initiatives. In 2002, he became an elected member of the Provincial Council based in New York City and served administrative duties across the East Coast and Caribbean while managing a $3 million budget as well as various renovation projects.
Al earned a B.A. in Philosophy from St. Alphonsus College; MDiv from Washington Theological Union; M.S. in Organizational Leadership/Professional Administration from Duquesne University; and he is a Fellow of the Institute of Systems Wisdom.
Michelle Capobianchi is Hiring and Training Manager at Villanova University where she has oversight for complex organizational and personnel activities including the University meal plan, and revenue reporting for all retail operations. She is an active national member of the Society for Human Resource Development (SHRM) and the National Association of College and University Food Service (NACUFS) from which she was a scholarship recipient for their Leadership Institute hosted by Nestle Corporation. She is also the recipient of the Villanova University Distinguished Service Award.
Michelle earned a B.A. in English with a minor in Business from Villanova University; M.S. in Human Resource Development and post-Master’s Certificate in Human Resource from Villanova University; and is a Fellow of the Institute of Systems Wisdom.
Through his undergraduate experiences, Travis Douglas learned he had a passion for working with college students. He experienced and appreciated the meaningful impact that student affairs staff can have to support student success and on the delivery of co-curricular programs that promote understanding of diversity and social justice issues.
Previously holding positions in housing and residential education at the University of California, Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz, he is now Assistant Vice President for Residential Learning and Inclusion Programs at Rowan University where he supervises two administrative departments. As the university’s Chief Housing Officer for the auxiliary housing portfolio he has been responsible for opening more than 2,500 new construction housing over the last 8 years through public-private partnerships. He also oversees the Office of Social Justice, Inclusion and Conflict Resolution, which he helped to create. The Social Justice office houses the campus Multicultural, Women’s, LGBTQ+, and Spiritual Exploration Centers, as well as mentoring programs.
Travis earned a B.A in Political Science from Sonoma State University and M.Ed. in College Student Affairs Administration from University of Georgia. He was inducted into the National Residence Hall Honorary, the premiere honorary supported by the leading international organizations advocating for the interests and welfare of residence hall students, in the Laura Gale Chapter at Sonoma State University, and was made an honorary member of the Holly Bush chapter at Rowan University. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Systems Wisdom.
John Ervin’s leadership education began while serving in the U.S. Military as a non-commissioned officer and then as an Army Nurse Corps Officer. He continues to be a volunteer mentor and career coach to fellow military veterans.
His current position is Assistant Vice President of Surgical Operations at Virtua Medical Group, associated with Virtua Healthcare System of New Jersey. He is an experienced nurse and nurse executive who has led surgical services departments in local hospitals, large academic medical institutions, and ambulatory care centers at Walter Reed Army Healthcare System, Hahnemann University Hospital, Kennedy Health System, and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.
John earned a B.S. in Biology from Excelsior University; B.S. in Nursing from Villanova University; M.B.A. in Innovation and Entrepreneurship from Northeastern University; Executive Certificate in Healthcare Operations from the T. Chan’s School of Public Health at Harvard University; Graduate Certificate in Lean Healthcare Operations from Thomas Jefferson University; and Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Policy from George Mason University. He is a Certified Professional Life Coach from Fowler International Academy of Professional Coaching, and a Fellow of the Institute of Systems Wisdom.
Brittany Holton began her career as a teacher in Boston where she developed the art curriculum for Boston Renaissance Charter Public Schools. She subsequently transitioned into the corporate food industry and is currently Category Manager with The Kellogg Company previously in Jacksonville, FL and now in Philadelphia. Britt has responsibility for the Snacks and Morning Foods portfolios at Wakefern Food Corporation, the largest retailer-owned cooperative in the US comprised of 50 member companies that own and operate retail supermarkets under the ShopRite, Price Rite and The Fresh Grocer banners. Prior to positions with Kellogg, she worked as a community development manager at Frito Lay and as an analyst for Mondelez International and Kraft Foods.
Britt is a member of Women of Kellogg and Kellogg’s Leaders Developing Leaders program, the Network of Executive Women, and the Young Professionals Network of Philadelphia. She has also been a women’s lacrosse coach in Pennsylvania and Florida.
She earned a B.A. in Fine Arts from Saint Joseph’s University, an M.A. in teaching from Tufts University, and she is also a Fellow of the Institute of Systems Wisdom.
Born in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, her family relocated to Philadelphia where she attended and graduated as class Salutatorian from the William Penn High School. Val subsequently earned a B.A. in English and M.Ed. in Counseling Education from Millersville University. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Systems Wisdom.
Eugéne Louis de Klerk
From Pretroria, South Africa, Eugéne de Klerk is a freelance consultant affiliated with Dominus In en Uitvoere (Pty) Ltd and its associated organizations in Pretoria, South Africa. He was previously Operations Manager at Benheck Marketing (Pty) Ltd, and Contract & Business Development Coordinator at Eurocopter Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd in Johannesburg.
With language competencies in English, Afrikaans, Dutch, Flemish and French, his professional work includes identifying and improving management and systems problems, enhancing public image, and generating new revenue growth. He was involved in the successful launch of leadership of a new business unit team at Airbus Helicopters South Africa, as well as developing and implementing a competitor benchmark system, market information reporting system and a joint venture value adding product with a leading global underwriter.
Eugéne earned two B.Com. degrees, one in Financial Management and a second in Aviation Management from the University of Pretoria, and a Ph.D. in Management of Technology and Innovation from the Da Vinci Institute for Technology in Johannesburg. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Systems Wisdom.
In 1998, Derek Hunsberger won the Democratic Primary for U.S. House of Representatives (New Jersey District 2), later losing to incumbent Congressman Frank LoBiondo in the general election. While he remains politically engaged, his professional life has been primarily focused on higher education.
For a decade, Derek worked at Rowan University rising to Assistant Chief in the Department of Public Safety. He was subsequently recruited by the University of Pennsylvania to lead a newly created student program for Residential Services and was subsequently promoted to be the university’s Sr. Associate Director for Building Operations. He has been the recipient twice of Penn’s highest staff award, Models of Excellence, was one of two finalists for the Model Supervisor award.
Derek holds a B.A. in Communications from Rowan University, an M.S. in Organizational Dynamics from University of Pennsylvania, and he is a Fellow of the Institute of Systems Wisdom.
Adena Johnston is Vice President of Talent Development for CCI Consulting, an independent human capital consulting firm, and a Certified Women’s Business Enterprise for which she oversees leadership development, executive coaching and all organizational effectiveness engagements. She is also adjunct professor in the School of Continuing and Professional Studies at Philadelphia University. Adena was previously Campus President and Metro President for the three Philadelphia campuses of Devry University.
She earned a B.A. and M.A. in Sociology from Case Western Reserve University; M.S. in Organizational Dynamics and Graduate Certificate in Organizational Consulting and Executive Coaching from University of Pennsylvania. She is an Associate Certified Coach of the International Coach Federation and a Fellow of the Institute of Systems Wisdom.
Darshi Mody from Mumbai, India has been a freelance interior designer and a design consultant for approximately 10 years and has been an instructor/tutor for 7 years holding affiliations with Maharashtra State Board of Technical Education and Yashvantrao Chauhan Maharashtra Open University which provides Satellite-based education supported by the Indian Space Research Organization. She is also an appointed Discipline Leader for the collaboration of Interior Design Programs with Birmingham City University (BCU) in the UK.
Darshi’s academic/teaching areas include Research Methodology, Interior Design, Interior Space Design, and Material Theory and Life Space Planning. She has been affiliated with Institutes of Fashion, Design and Technology and at the Rachna Sansad School of Interior Design. She completed a comprehensive teacher training program at Birmingham City University where she studied new strategies for bringing a paradigm shift in various spheres of Indian academics.
Darshi earned a B.Sc in Resource Management from Mumbai University, an M.Sc in Resource Management from S.N.D.T University which has affiliations with the Association of Commonwealth Universities and the Swedish International Development Agency, and she is a Fellow of the Institute of Systems Wisdom.
Growing up and residing in Syracuse, New York, Mike Molta’s first six years of professional work was as a (Lincoln) car salesman. He subsequently moved to Philadelphia to accept a position as Senior Program Coordinator in the Wharton School of Business at University of Pennsylvania. In this role, he collaborated with Wharton faculty to foster relationships, assess needs, and design and implement comprehensive executive education programs for some of the largest organizations in the world including BP, Novartis and UPS.
Mike joined Thomas Jefferson University in 2015. As Learning and Development Specialist working with the VP of Talent Management he is responsible for internal staff and leadership training, the organizational performance competency framework, and integration efforts including mission, vision and values for the expanding enterprise including the merger with Philadelphia University.
Mike graduated with honors from Keuka College in Upstate New York earning a B.S. in Organizational Management. He also earned an M.S. in Organizational Dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania, and he is a Fellow of the Institute of Systems Wisdom.
Growing up in public housing in Meridian, Mississippi and being provided an opportunity to participate in Boys and Girls Club, William Myles gained valuable experience working, communicating, and impacting the community through the arts as he established the largest youth choir in the city of Meridian. This choir assembled at-risk youth throughout the city providing them alternative solutions to the streets. While maintaining this volunteer role, he was also Resources Center Activities Director then Director of Community and Supportive Services at the Meridian Housing Authority.
William is now Executive Vice President of Community Operations and Resident Development at the Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) the biggest landlord in Pennsylvania and the nation’s fourth largest housing authority. Working in partnership with the city and state governments as well as private investors, he oversees a department responsible for providing social, educational, and other self-sufficiency opportunities to over 80,000 low to very low income residents of Philadelphia.
William earned a BA in Advertising from the University of Southern Mississippi, an MBA Degree from the University of Phoenix, and he is a Fellow of the Institute of Systems Wisdom.
Jim Plummer is Director of Operations at Main Line Audiology where he oversees the Business Operations of five offices including management, financial, billing, marketing and sales.
He enjoyed a full career in the US Federal Government, and has led operations for the American Red Cross, Quest Diagnostics, Penn Medicine, Main Line Health and Crozer-Keystone Health System. He has been intensely involved with mentoring students in his positions on the Alumni Boards at Rosemont College and Delaware County Community College. He is a Veteran of the Vietnam Era and served as a Medical Corpsman in the United States Armed Forces.
Jim earned a B.S. in Business Communication, an M.S. in Management and a Graduate Certificate in Health Care Administration from Rosemont College; and an M.B.A. in Health Care Administration from Eastern University where he was a member of the Delta Mu Delta (business) Honor Society. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Systems Wisdom.
Frank Rivello is Vice President at Core Human Factors, Inc., a human factors engineering research firm that specializes in healthcare-related products. He is responsible for the operation of the firm including the development of long-term and operational strategies, as well as maintaining a vibrant culture that will support the organization’s continued growth.
Prior to Core Human Factors, Frank was with Vanguard Systems, Inc. a software development and information technology consulting firm, where he was responsible for the company’s largest division. Frank began his 20 year career at Vanguard Systems as a junior-level programmer and rose to Vice President of Professional Service and Vice President of Partners and Alliances, then Regional Vice President.
Frank completed the Executive M.B.A. program from Villanova University where he was inducted into the Beta Gamma Sigma (business excellence) International Honor Society. He notes, "I’m proud to have been admitted to the Strategic Leadership Doctoral program. This program offers an exceptional opportunity to not only further my understanding of Systems and Design Thinking, but to apply that knowledge to help my own and other organizations as they confront the an ever-increasing complex and volatile business environment."
Bob Schatz is the CEO/Owner of Agile Infusion, a training and consulting practice that helps large enterprises successfully adopt lean/agile practices. His 30+ year career in the field of enterprise software and systems development and leadership included holding leadership positions at GE/Lockheed-Martin, Liquent, Primavera Systems, and Solstice Software.
Bob began his practice as a result of leading the much-publicized agile transition at Primavera beginning in 2002 then helping many other companies around the world do the same. His clients have included NASA, SAP, HP, Scripps Networks, Turner Broadcasting, Intuit, H&R Block, Jewelry TV, Disney, Accenture, Avid, Line6, US Federal Government Agencies, Cisco, Intergraph, and Symantec.
He earned a B.S. in Computer Science from Temple University; M.S. in Organizational Dynamics from University of Pennsylvania; and he is a Fellow of the Institute of Systems Wisdom.
Paula Anne Smith-Benson
Reverend Paula Anne Smith-Benson is the founder and Pastor at Reign in the Rain Ministries, Inc. in New Jersey where she preaches, teaches and provides pastoral care. She is also the co-founder and Director of Leadership Development at the Women Veteran Command Center, an organization serving female veterans in the Philadelphia area.
Paula’s background includes retiring as a Major from the United States Air Force Nurse Corps following more than 20 years of active service including as Flight Commander, Family Advocacy Nurse, and Troop Commander in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. She has also held positions as Clinical Nurse, Certified Nurse Midwife, and Quality and Patient Safety Manager. She continues to exhibit a strong commitment to the community as a member of the National Association of University Women, National Black Nurses Association, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.
Paula earned a B.S. in Nursing from Hampton University where she was inducted into Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society. She also earned an M.S. in Nursing specializing in Nurse Midwifery from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is a Certified Christian Life Coach from Freedom Bible College and Seminary and Fellow of the Institute of Systems Wisdom.
Guy Thigpen is Director of Analytics for the City of Philadelphia Land Bank where he is responsible for GIS and Analytical Services including the LAMA system, modeling and simulation, training, and special projects. He also teaches part-time at the University of Pennsylvania. Previously he worked for the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority where he founded the City Urban Fellows program and directed the Geospatial Services Unit. Prior to this he was vice president of planning at the Jersey City Medical Center.
From the University of Pennsylvania, Guy earned a B.A. in Economics, M.S. in Urban Spatial Analytics, and MPhil in Organizational Dynamics with a Graduate Certificate in Project, Program and Portfolio Leadership. He also earned an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and he is a Fellow of the Institute of Systems Wisdom.
Tina Wiltsee is Executive Director of Advantage Supports a consultancy that provides support coordination and case management to families in the South New Jersey area. She was previously Director of Business Development for Avenues to Independent Living which allocates and monitors state subsidized case management services for adults with developmental disabilities.
For 20+ years previously, Tina was a telecommunications engineer at several large corporations including Senior Engineer at CSC working on the DuPont account. Her career shift occurred after taking a sabbatical to live in Costa Rica where she taught English and helped on a humanitarian project in which she taught the women how to launch new businesses.
She earned a B.A. in German Language and Literature from Rutgers University, M.S. in Strategic Leadership from Neumann College, and she is a Fellow of the Institute of Systems Wisdom.
Teresa Wolfgang has more than 27 years of experience leading and directing change management, strategic, operational, and tactical planning for domestic and international activities in the military, private, and public sectors. She is currently Strategic Planner for Axiologic Solutions working inside the U. S. Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). Previous private sector experience includes Nonprofit Executive Director, Regional Revenue Manager, and Board of Directors member and Vice President for the nonprofit Philadelphia Veterans Comfort House.
Having achieved the rank of Colonel, Teresa is also currently Chief of the Central Asian States Civil Affairs Planning for the 352 Civil Affairs Command. She has been Battalion Commander, Detachment Commander and Civil Affairs Planner, and Operations and Program Manager in the US, Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait, and Egypt.
She holds a B.A. in Sociology from Methodist College; M.S. in Management from Troy University; and an M.P.A. and Post Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Villanova University. She is also a Fellow of the Institute of Systems Wisdom.
Nan (Nick) Zhao
Nick Zhao is co-founder of Aishang International an e-business enterprise one aspect of which supports international students, workers, and others who want access to Asian products and services while residing in the Greater Philadelphia area.
Nick began his professional career as an application and training engineer working in the Beijing office of Banner Engineering, a Minnesota-based company. He then became Strategic Product Manager for the Beijing office of Cognex Corporation, a Massachusetts-based organization. As he was involved when both companies were trying to enter the Chinese market, his work included helping to establish U.S. representative offices in Beijing and Shanghai, to create a distribution network and to set up manufacturing plants in China.
Nick earned a B.S. in Engineering and Accounting from Beijing University of Technology; M.S. in Systems Engineering from University of Pennsylvania; and he is a Fellow of the Institute of Systems Wisdom.