Faculty: 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:

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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.


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Ellen Raboin, Ph.D., is a collaborator and researcher in Human and Organization Systems. Her current work engages front line clinicians, patients, and family members in co-creating new ways of working together in their movement toward collaborative practice. Her research applies a practical communication perspective rooted in relational social constructionism. Broader interests include exploring the meaning of health and healing in support of health care transformation. She has 25 years of work experience including process engineering, hardware and software systems implementation, account management, and consulting in organization change.

Ellen is an Associate of The Taos Institute, an active board member for the Ronald McDonald House of San Francisco, and is Past-President of the Bay Area Organization Development Network. She holds a Doctorate in Human and Organization Systems from Fielding Graduate University, a Masters in Organization Development from Pepperdine University, and an MBA from Cal State.


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Geoff Bellman worked inside major corporations (Ideal Basic Industries, Amoco, and G.D. Searle) for 14 years before starting his own consulting firm in 1977. His external consulting has focused on renewing large, mature corporations such as Booz Allen & Hamilton, U.S. Bancorp, Verizon, Intuit, Ernst & Young, Shell, Price Waterhouse Coopers, BP, SABMiller, Boeing, and Accenture.

Over 250,000 copies of Geoff's books are in print in a dozen languages:

  • The Consultant's Calling: Bringing Who You Are to What You Do (Jossey-Bass, 2002-2nd edition). FORBES cited this book as among their most popular small business books.
  • Getting Things Done When You Are Not In Charge (Berrett-Koehler, 2001-2nd edition), a Fortune Executive Book Club selection.
  • The Beauty Of The Beast: Breathing New Life into Organizations (Berrett-Koehler, 2000), is about successfully working in large organizations.
  • Your Signature Path: Gaining New Perspectives on Life and Work (Berrett-Koehler, 1996) assists readers through significant life and career change.
  • The Quest For Staff Leadership (Scott-Foresman, 1986), received the National Book Award from The Society for Human Resource Management.
  • Finding the Magic: Why Some Groups Achieve Amazing Results, will be finished later this year. 

Geoff's consulting and workshops have taken him to five continents. He serves as guest faculty for several university graduate programs, including Pepperdine, Fielding, Antioch, Bowling Green, and Sonoma State. In 2006, Geoff was chosen to receive a national award from Organization Development Network for his contributions and generosity in advancing the profession.

Geoff grew up in Washington state, completed his undergraduate work at Gonzaga University, and did his graduate work at the University of Oregon.

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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.


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Lisa Heft is a facilitator and interactive learning specialist known internationally for her resources, trainings, tools, and workshops on Open Space Technology and other dialogic and interactive methods for engaging deeper reflection, learning, and dialogue. Whether facilitating international conferences, consulting on conflict resolution processes for teams working in Northern Iraq and East Timor, engaging interdisciplinary thinking between housekeepers, hospitality managers, and CEOs for the future of a luxury resort facility, teaching interactive learning methods to health monitoring specialists from developing nations, or facilitating learning and dialogue with prison inmates--Ms. Heft is known for her thoughtful design, clarity of communication, and ability to bring diverse people together in dialogue and co-creation.

Clients on five continents include the International AIDS Conferences, U.S. Departments of Labor and Transportation, National Forum for Geosciences Information Technology, One Ocean Marine Forum, U.S. Scholar-Athlete Games, Novartis Vaccines & Diagnostics, Inc., Family Health International, Bernardus Lodge and Winery, Quail Lodge Resort and Golf Club, International Federation of Red Cross Red Crescent Societies, Canadian National Council for Tobacco Control, Heifer International, San Quentin State Prison, and Columbia University Center for International Conflict Resolution (with whom Ms. Heft is a Fellow).

Ms. Heft is Vice President of the U.S. Open Space Institute, author of The Open Space Idea Book, and chapter author for "Beyond Bullets and Bombs: Grassroots Peace Building Between Israelis and Palestinians" and many papers on facilitation, interactive learning, and community health. Ms. Heft's resources and papers for facilitators and educators--as well as more information about Open Space--are available at her website.


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Gary Hochman has worked in the development of organizations for over 25 years and has served in senior executive, line, and staff roles. As founder of The HR Matrix, his consulting business integrates strategy, work systems design, and team and individual performance to enhance organizational effectiveness.

Throughout his career, Gary has led numerous projects helping executives and managers rapidly achieve results in a wide variety of demanding situations. His facilitation and leadership skills coupled with his business acumen and understanding of organization culture and change, have made him successful in a wide variety of interventions and situations, including start-ups, mature organizations, non-profits, and a diverse range of complex work systems. Working in close partnership with his clients, Gary designs highly interactive processes to support desired outcomes while building accountability and commitment throughout the workplace.

Gary is the former vice president of HR at OCLI / JDSU and senior organization development consultant at Hewlett-Packard. He holds a B.A. in sociology and a M.A. degree - with a focus in organization development and training - from the Curtis L. Carlson School of Management. In addition to his commitments to his family and the local non-profit community, he previously served on the faculty of the Organization Department Program at SSU for 6 years and USF for 4 years.


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Lenny Lind is President of CoVision, which has supported organization development projects with appropriate technologies since 1985. In 1991, CoVision began fielding a portable groupware system for meetings--Council--through which anonymous feedback from participants allows the views of a whole group to be addressed while all are still convened. To date, 2500 meetings have been supported by the firm. In 1997, work began on WebCouncil--an online collaboration platform for dispersed teams. This was the system used to host a Delphi conference moderated by Saul Eisen, to consider future OD intervention strategies, and the continuing professional development of OD practitioners.

Lenny is Co-author of "Facilitator's Guide to Participatory Decision-Making", 1996 (2nd ed., Jossey-Bass, 2004).

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Rosa Zubizarreta works with community and organizational leaders who want help in getting their well-intentioned people to be "on the same page". Her gifts include helping groups work skillfully with differences. Instead of simmering, festering, or boiling, those different perspectives can lead to an abundance of creative solutions, new understandings, and a deeper sense of teamwork.

As the owner and principal consultant of DiaPraxis (www.diapraxis.com), Rosa works with small businesses, non-profits, local government, and community groups. She also leads workshops in Dynamic Facilitation, a non-linear approach for transforming conflict into creativity. Rosa is the author of the forthcoming book, "From Conflict to Creative Collaboration: How Powerful Listening Brings Community into Being." In addition to completing the Master's program in Organization Development at Sonoma State (2002), Rosa also has professional degrees in multicultural education and in social work. At various times, she has worked as a teacher, translator, writer of educational materials, case manager, and psychotherapist.

Rosa's appreciation for the value of multiple perspectives began early on. Born in Peru to a Spanish-speaking family, she attended a German school for a few years before moving to the United States as a child. After living in California for several decades, she now lives with her husband in the Berkshires in Massachusetts.


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Melinda Stephenson is a coach and consultant with over 22 years of experience in human development on an individual, team and organization level. She provides an excellent balance of strategic vision, coaching and operational execution abilities.

Melinda provides in-depth coaching to senior teams and senior executives. She helps her clients see their patterns of behavior, identify their skill gaps, understand the root cause and then build the capacity to effectively manage their own development and improvement process. She draws on her knowledge of neuroscience, positive psychology, emotional intelligence and cognitive behavior change to help leaders and teams to improve their skills in areas such as strategic thinking, influence and persuasiveness, relationship and conflict management, and coaching others.

Melinda has also built human resource and change strategies for high-growth, global clients and she has completed extensive work in the creation of talent development strategies and leadership development program design. She is curriculum designer and co-founder of The Leadership Room - a one-year learning experience for high potential executives.

Recent clients include: Levi Strauss & Co., Applied Materials, BabyCenter, Adobe Systems, American Express, JCrew, Razorfish, Nike, ClifBar and Design Within Reach.

Prior to her career as an external coach and consultant, Melinda served as Gap, Inc. Sr. Director of Organization Development. She provided direct consulting support to the CEO and leadership team and helped to redefine the culture and implement large-scale change. Melinda managed a team of internal and contract organization development consultants focused on facilitating strategic change in product innovation, sourcing and inventory management, HR training strategy, brand marketing, and leadership development.

As Vice President of Human Resources for Gap Brand she led a product development life cycle improvement project that reduced cycle time by 20%. She supported the merger of the Gap Kids and Adult field organizations in the U.S. and reduced store operational costs by 12%. She also managed the design and execution of human capital strategies to expand the talent pipeline and build global general management skills.

Melinda holds a Bachelor's of Science in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University. She is certified as an integral coach by New Ventures West and is a certified facilitator for MBTI, Lominger Voices & Career Architect, 5 Dynamics and PDI Profilor tools.


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Drawing no sharp distinction between work and play, Edie and Charlie Seashore have been surfing white water through half a century of experiences that have ranged from individuals to small groups to large gatherings, from organizations to systems to global institutions, and now to understand "use of self" as the focus of their work.

Edith Whitfield Seashore, M.A., has more than 40 years of experience in successfully training and consulting with governments and corporations in organizational development and behavior. She is a past president of the NTL Institute and currently is on the faculty of the Johns Hopkins Fellows Program in Change Management. She is the co-founder of the American University/NTL Institute Master's Program in Organization Development and continues as a faculty member in that program. She has co-edited The Promise of Diversity as well as the book What Did You Say? The Art of Giving and Receiving Feedback.

Charles Seashore, Ph.D., has 37 years of experience as a consultant and trainer in corporations, health care, higher education, and government. He is currently on the faculty of the Doctoral Program in Human and Organizational Development of the Fielding Institute and teaches with Edith in the Johns Hopkins Fellows Program in Change Management and the American University/NTL Institute Master's program in Organization Development. He is an organization development consultant in many health care institutions including academic medical centers and teaching hospitals. He is a past chair of the board of the NTL Institute and co-authored the book What Did You Say? The Art of Giving and Receiving Feedback.