Sara Tickler, Program Director

Sara Tickler, Psy.D., has been a principal Organization Development consultant for the past 25 years. Sara has also taught courses at the Masters level since 2003. She is committed to democratic participative processes in the workplace and has a depth of experience and expertise in systems analysis, change management, business process improvement, survey construction and delivery, and conflict resolution. Sara has worked with a wide variety of not-for-profit, private and public sector clients over the years. Sara holds a Doctorate Degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and a Master of Arts in Organization Development.

Debora Hammond, Academic Coordinator

Debora Hammond has been teaching in the Hutchins School of Liberal Studies since 1996. She completed her doctoral work in the history of science at the University of California at Berkeley, focusing on the history of systems thinking.

She has been particularly interested in finding ways to nurture more participatory, co-creative approaches to decision making. Her teaching in the Hutchins School, which emphasizes student-centered interactive learning, is an active embodiment of this orientation. In addition to teaching undergraduate courses on healthcare, monetary systems, and food systems, she works with graduate students in the Action for a Viable Future MA program, and is actively involved in the local community on food policy and sustainability. Beginning in the fall of 2009, she began working with Saul Eisen to take over as Director of the Organization Development MA Program, and assumed full responsibility for the program in the fall of 2011.

Dr. Dale Ainsworth

Dr. Dale Ainsworth has worked in a variety of industries and non-profit settings in leadership and consultant roles focused on transition and change planning, implementation, and management. He is an accomplished group facilitator with experiences in a variety of cultural settings. Dale has spent much of his career working in the nonprofit sector consulting to multi-stakeholder collaborations working to accomplish common goals.

Dale holds a Master of Science degree from Pepperdine University in Organization Development, and a PhD degree from Saybrook University in Organizational Systems. Dale continues to research and lead efforts to develop capacity in transorganizational systems, where multiple organizations work together to accomplish a common, large-scale goal.

In addition to his consulting practice, Dr. Ainsworth is a full-time faculty member at California State University, Sacramento. He is a published author and frequently presents to audiences on the topic of collaboration as a means to address large-scale issues and intractable problems.

Margaret Barkley

Margaret Barkley has been teaching and facilitating groups for twenty years. She received an M.A. in Psychology from SSU with a focus on group facilitation and collaborative learning, and taught in the SSU Psychology Department, teaching core courses and a specialized course for students with math anxiety. She facilitated Interpersonal Dynamics in the MBA Department at Stanford University as part of their facilitation training program, and later facilitated the same course as adjunct faculty in the Law Department of the University of San Francisco.

Margaret has led a writing group for fourteen years and has worked with a wide range of groups with particular interest in Depth Psychology. She is principal of Barkley & Associates, a real estate brokerage in Sonoma County, and has extensive experience in helping groups form intentional community. She is especially passionate about self-awareness and communication skills as essential tools for interpersonal effectiveness.

Andrea Dyer

Andrea Dyer is a founder of Demeter Matrix Alliance, an alliance of senior practitioners who provide coaching, consulting, education, and facilitation to guide leaders and organizations in their efforts to create sustainable excellence. Andrea has worked as a consultant with organizations for over 20 years. One distinguishing aspect of her work is the ability to address the systemic relationship between organizational structure, culture, leaders, and teams--thereby creating conditions to produce lasting change.

Andrea works with her clients to recognize that they will not be as successful in the future operating from their assumptions of the past. Some of her clients have included Agilent, Archstone Smith, The Coca-Cola Company, The Crowden Music Center, Hewlett Packard, Levi-Strauss & Company, The Minute Maid Company, Moody's KMV, Pillsbury Winthrop, Ploughshares Fund, and Sun Microsystems. She has been a presenter at several conferences and workshops on the topics of integral coaching, leading strategic conversations, and organizational learning.

Andrea is credentialed as a Professional Certified Coach by the International Coach Federation and New Ventures West, a premier and well established Coaching Organization.

David Warner

David Warner, M.A. is a business consultant, executive coach, and trainer specializing in whole-system approaches to organization and team development. He consults nationally to organizations in the public, private, and non-profit sectors to help leaders and groups work more effectively. As a facilitator, he helps large and small groups manage their agendas and meet their goals.

Dave has a passion for training. Highly skilled in instructional design, he takes great pleasure in developing client-specific curricula. His knowledge of work systems and corporate culture, coupled with his ability to assess organizational needs, allows him to design and present relevant, engaging training that people are excited to put to use.

Both a qualified administrator of the MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) and a certified trainer in The Enneagram in Business, Dave is an expert in personality typing systems and believes in the value of the common language they bring to teams and businesses. He is currently using the Enneagram (an ancient and widely applicable nine-point system for understanding personality, motivation, and behavior) to help organizations learn to communicate effectively, manage conflict, develop high-performing teams, and increase leadership competency and effectiveness.

Visiting Experts

In addition to our regular faculty, a number of other organization development practitioners and educators provide a rich range of perspectives through short workshops, guest presentations in courses, internships, and participation in students' culminating project committees.

Saul Eisen, Ph.D.

Saul Eisen, Ph.D. is one of the founders of the OD Program at SSU. His international consulting practice integrates strategic planning and organization development. He partners with clients to develop empowered individuals, high performing teams, competitive organizations, and thriving communities. As part of this work, he facilitates small and large group conference sessions, bringing together stakeholders with diverse perspectives. He guides them in creating an environment in which they can discover common ground, develop a shared vision for their desired future, and generate concrete action plans for implementation. Follow-through support provides training and coaching for task-force groups, and consultative guidance through the crucial implementation stages.

Among his clients have been Fortune 500 companies such as Bank of America, Texas Instruments, and Hewlett-Packard; educational institutions such as Rancho Cotate High School, Instituto Centro-Americano Administración de Empresa (Costa Rica), and the Jerusalem Academy of Art; and community organizations such as the three federations of Kibbutzim in Israel, the City of Sebastopol, the Napa County Department of Health and Human Services, the School Board and Town Council of Windsor, and the Oregon Symphony.

Lee Glickstein

Lee Glickstein, founder of Speaking Circles International, is an authority on authentic leadership communication. He delivers keynotes, workshops and private coaching with a unique combination of inspiration and step-by-step innovation. He facilitates ease, power and effectiveness in clients ranging from professional communicators to "non-speakers" with severe stage fright.

His own long term stage fright motivated Lee to develop a simple but elegant approach to break through the epidemic fear of being fully oneself with groups. This process of discovery led him to a thorough understanding of the principles of authentic leadership communication through the practice of Relational Presence.

In 1989, Lee developed Speaking Circles as a modality to make his innovative approach available globally. Since then he has facilitated thousands of Speaking Circles, workshops and retreats, and Speaking Circles International has trained over 500 Speaking Circle Facilitators around the world.

Lee is author of Be Heard Now! Tap Into Your Inner Speaker and Communicate with Ease (Broadway Books), How to Speak Naturally and Powerfully in Front of Any Audience (Sounds True Audiotapes), and the Ebook: Speakers' Guide to Authentic Connection: The Alchemy of Influence through Relational Presence.

Lee graduated from Brooklyn College with a B.A. in Sociology in 1966. He was a social worker in New York City for eight years before moving to California to "follow his bliss." He performed stand-up comedy in San Francisco before becoming an innovator in the field of "humor as healing," serving as Director of the Humor in Medicine Program at the California Pacific Medical Center in the early 1990's. In 1996, Lee was awarded the Athena Award for Excellence in Coaching and Mentoring.

Lee lives in Marin County, California. His hobby is constructing crossword puzzles for the New York Times.