Carolyn Bacon, president of Bacon and Associates, Inc., is an organizational development consultant who has served public and nonprofit organizations in the Twin Cities for over 15 years. Her work focuses on strategic management, organizational facilitation, attaining citizen and stakeholder input, creating organizational measurement systems, organizational design, executive coaching and team development.
Lesley Blicker has been a community faculty member in the College of Management at Metropolitan State University since January of 2000. As President of DesignWorks, Lesley is a management consultant in the areas of total quality management, large systems change, collaboration and systems integration efforts. Prior to starting her own company, Lesley was a Senior Consultant at the Wilder Foundation, an organizational consultant at HealthEast, Inc., Executive Director of the Community Clinic Consortium, and a Business Specialist with the Minnesota Department of Trade and Economic Development, where she earned a Governor’s recognition award for work on the Star Cities program.
Beth Bibus has been a compliance services officer with the Minnesota Department of Human Rights since 1999, assisting businesses with developing and implementing AA/EEO programs required under the Minnesota Human Rights Act. She also monitors these businesses to ensure their compliance with EEO laws and regulations and is a board member of the Minnesota State Affirmative Action Association (MSAAA), a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting AA/EEO practices and the professionalism of people in the field.
Dr. David Bouchard is a nationally known authority in Information Technology. He is Coordinator of Metropolitan State University’s Masters in MIS program and Graduate MIS Certificates, Professor of Management Information Systems (MIS) in the MBA and MMIS programs at Metropolitan, and President, Age of Information, Inc., a national IT consulting firm.
His 20 plus years of experience in MIS include seven years as expense systems manager for a Fortune 500 company, faculty member and Director of Support Services at the University of Minnesota, fifteen years of Minnesota and national consulting and teaching on IT issues, and fifteen years as Professor of MIS. He designed, wrote and gained all approvals for two of the largest graduate programs in MnSCU, Metropolitan State’s MBA and Master of MIS (MMIS) programs, and was co-author of the national award-winning Visualization program at Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Dr. Bouchard holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, summa cum laude, and Masters degrees in Marketing and MIS, from the University of Minnesota, and a Ph.D. in MIS. He also holds the FLMI degree in insurance and numerous certifications.
His research interests include productivity through IT, user interface design/human factors, information visualization, strategic management of technology, systems design, web application and other areas.
Mychal Coleman is a doctoral candidate at the University of St. Thomas and teaches in the College of Management at Metropolitan State University. He has published several studies on the effectiveness of cooperative learning and currently consults with a wide variety of organizations in mergers and acquisition, change management and strategic planning initiatives.
Steve Creason is an attorney, licensed to practice in Minnesota. For the past 8 years he has worked as a consultant for many organizations including: Stroh’s Brewery, AT&T, NSP, Wisconsin Electric Company, AT&T Broadband, the United States Postal Service and others. He was a technical architect in the telecommunications practice at Accenture, formerly Andersen Consulting. In February 2002, he left Accenture for a full time Professorship at Metropolitan State University, where he consults with organizations on strategic decisions pertaining to wireless, telecom and the net economy.
John Gilbertson has been conducting AA/EEO audits for over 10 years as a compliance services officer with the Minnesota Department of Human Rights. Currently president of the Minnesota State Affirmative Action Association and the Minnesota coordinator for the American Association for Affirmative Action, he also chairs the Affirmative Action Committee for the Minnesota Association of Professional Employees (MAPE) and serves on the Minnesota Advisory Committee to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission.
Margaret Hargreaves, Program Supervisor in Hennepin County’s Community Health Department, is responsible for the Ryan White HIV Services Planning Council, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and Assessment Units. She is currently chair of the Countywide Balanced Scorecard Measurement Team.
Roger Israel, Certificate Coordinator, is an Associate Professor of Public Administration at Metropolitan State University, with lead responsibility for the College of Management’s Public Administration and Nonprofit Management Program. He was on the Hamline University faculty for 9 years and spent 26 years in state, local and regional government, including six years as Director of Research and Long Range Planning for the Twin Cities Metropolitan Council.
Jessica Lynn Jackson, Esq. is a practicing attorney with Blackwell Igbanugo P.A. where she works with corporations, public sector employers, higher education institutions and nonprofit organizations. She has extensive experience investigating complex discrimination/ harassment matters and developing and delivering interactive training relevant to illegal discrimination, AA/EEO and diversity.
In addition, she is dedicated to and experienced in resolving conflict through mediation and other creative forms of alternative dispute resolution (ADR).
Stephanie Lackas (Grey) has experience as diversity manager with the StarTribune designing diversity training, developing trainers and overseeing implementation. She was also a director on the Minnesota Cultural Diversity Center Board and on the steering committee of the Twin Cities Diversity Roundtable.
Cecilia Martinez is Chair of the Ethnic Studies Department at Metropolitan State University. She has conducted national evaluations on community development programs in collaboration with the Rockefeller Institute of Government and local community organizations. She is Research Director for the American Indian Policy Center and has worked with community agencies in a variety of areas including: community-based planning, eliminating health disparities, anti-racism assessment, and welfare planning. She is also a Senior Fellow at the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research, University of Delaware.
Martha McDonell is Outreach Coordinator for the City of St. Louis Park. She has been involved in grass roots neighborhood organizing for over 15 years. She worked for ten years in the nonprofit environmental sector, coordinating outreach and communications for St. Paul’s award winning recycling program. Her work in St. Louis Park includes supporting suburban neighborhood organizations, volunteerism and the City’s community visioning process.
Gary Miller is an independent consultant in the areas of inner-city community development and programming, philanthropy, program evaluation, and community research. He has worked in a variety of capacities—as a researcher, evaluation consultant, community planner, program developer, funder and fundraiser. Gary’s consulting projects have included research and policy development in community development, urban education, alternative and charter schools, student support services, teacher preparation, culturally-specific juvenile offender programs, community technology centers, community-based and culturally-specific organizational development and community forums.
Kathy Mullarky directs the Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity at the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development where she has developed numerous training programs for diversity, equal opportunity and employment law. She is responsible for investigating employee and consumer complaints and is a mediator with the state mediation program. Ms. Mullarky is a member of the advisory board for this certification program.
Julie Neraas is a faculty member in the Graduate Liberal Studies Program at Hamline University where she was named Outstanding Teacher in the masters program in 1996. An ordained Presbyterian minister and spiritual director, she is a frequent speaker and retreat leader across the country. Julie has been a minister in four churches, chaplain at Macalester College and St. Mary’s Treatment Center. She has a particular interest in the area of work and vocation.
Michael O’Day is the manager of diversity programs for Northwest Airlines, Inc. where he oversees the development of over 60 affirmative action plans covering 37,000 employees. He has managed over 20 U.S. Department of Labor affirmative action compliance reviews and conducts audits of selection and compensation practices to ensure fair treatment of employees. Mr. O’Day has a master’s degree in industrial relations and a bachelor’s degree in business management, both from the University of Minnesota.
Clint Pires has been Deputy City Manager of St. Louis Park since 1998. Prior to that, he served as Manager of Information Technologies and Assistant to the Director of Public Works, also in St. Louis Park. He also serves in volunteer capacities with the St. Louis Park Schools, and is an adjunct faculty member at Hamline University’s Graduate School in Public Administration and Management.
- Credentials: CFA, ASA, AVA, BVAL
- Master Certified Business Appraiser (MCBA)
- President of Minnesota Business Valuation Group
- Worked as analyst for Dunn & Bradstreet
- Director of research and corporate finance for regional investment banking firms
- Licensed and registered for security sales with the Boston Stock Exchange, the Midwest Stock Exchange, the New York Stock Exchange and the NASD
- Authored and published investment newsletters
- Managed branch office of a commercial bank.
Frank Schweigert is community liaison for the Northwest Area Foundation, serving urban and rural communities in Minnesota and Oregon. He holds a Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Administration, with specialties in educational foundations, community leadership, and moral learning. Frank is a frequent speaker and retreat leader on social justice, leadership, restorative justice and has published several articles on these topics.
Sara Taylor is the Principal of Sentient Consultants, has over 10 years of experience as diversity director for Ramsey County and leadership development specialist for the University of Minnesota Extension. She is a certified Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Instructor and has been a member of the Minnesota Cultural Diversity Center, Casa de Esperanza, Nobles County Human Rights Commission, American Heart Association, MUDE (Dominican Women in Development) and the Alliance for Racism Free Communities. Ms. Taylor has a master’s degree in diversity and organizational development from the University of Minnesota.
Thomas Walkington is lead instructor for the Balanced Scorecard certificate program and is a principal planning analyst in the Hennepin County Office of Planning and Development. He is Coordinator for Strategic Management and Project Manager
for implementation of the county’s balanced scorecard. He has 20 years of experience in the public and nonprofit sectors and teaches at Metropolitan State University and Hamline University.
Lyle Wray has been President of the Citizens League since 1992. Prior to joining the League staff, he served as Chief Administrator of Dakota County, Human Services Director for the County, and Director of the Quality Assurance and Protective Services Division of the Minnesota Department of Human Services. Lyle received his Ph.D. from the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada. He is a community faculty member at Metropolitan State University and has taught at a number of other colleges and universities in the Twin Cities Area.