Our experienced associates will work with you to define the objectives for each assignment and engage your organization to arrive at solutions to propel your institution to move from success to significance.
Dr. Viji George, President & CEO
Dr. George served as the eighth president of Concordia College in New York for 17 years and has of experience in all aspects of higher education. He serves as the lead consultant, manages all client relation functions and manages the work of our Associates. Dr. George currently serves on the Regional Board of Thrivent Financial, Al Amana International, Bronxville Adult School, Bethania Kids and the Christian Mission Charitable Trust.
Janet holds a Master's in Administration from Columbia and handles our client and community relation efforts. Janet served as Director of Admission at Concordia College--New York and has since served as Director of Church and Community Relations for nonprofit organizations.
Janet helps manage client relations, event management and community relations for the firm and plays a part in the International student recruitment efforts on behalf of the institutions we represent.
David has over 30-years of experience in brand development, design, advertising, marketing, e-commerce and early stage business development.
After working at ad agencies large and small, David established Barnum Design in 1998 and evolved from a creative services studio into a strategy firm focused on accelerating business inspiration into viable enterprise. In 2013, Barnum Design merged with marketing firm Wasabi Rabbit to create a new breed of agency that combines quantitative analysis with imagination to create positive change.
David has worked with brands ranging from TED, Hughes Corporation, Sysomos, American Express, Delta, DuPont, and numerous early stage ventures.
Practice areas: Branding & Communications
With the exception of three years as president of Outward Bound USA, Jack served as a superintendent of schools in four districts from 1980 to 2015–Portland Oregon (56,000 students) and three in New York. Dr. Bierwirth was deeply involved in leading statewide efforts in student assessment, teacher and principal evaluation and school finance. His last district was one of four schools worldwide to pioneer the use of PISA in 2006 and helped in the creation of the PISA for Schools. Jack has been widely heralded for his expertise formulating strategic outcomes and assessment, in addition to his financial acumen.
Jack chaired a statewide K-16 task force appointed by the NYS Board of Regents on college and career readiness, grading and NYS Regents diplomas. He is a Board member of the CUNY Macaulay Honors Program. Jack was recently asked by the NYS Commissioner of Education to serve as a “Distinguished Educator” overseeing the turnaround of an historically low performing district.
J. Gregory Coleman established J. Gregory Coleman Group in 2014 after a long and successful career as a Human Capital executive. He is recognized for his expertise in identifying and recruiting functional and operating expertise in the C-Suite across a broad range of industries, including corporate and non-profit sectors.
Mr. Coleman was a Senior Client Partner at Korn/Ferry International for more than 20 years, and at the time that firm became public, he led the Financial Services Practice. At Korn/Ferry he introduced the organizational concept of market subsectors and established the Firm’s Human Resources Practice. From 2008-13, he was a Managing Director with Boyden Global Executive Search. Earlier in his career he was vice president at Chase Manhattan Bank, in charge of executive and professional recruitment on a worldwide basis. Prior to Chase Manhattan, he was Director of Personnel and Administration for Paramount Pictures Corporation.
Mr. Coleman is a leader in executive search industry organizations, having been an active participant for many years in the Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC) and the International Association of Corporate and Professional Recruiters (IACPR).
Practice areas: Talent Acquisition
Dr. Lisa Decker
Dr. Lisa Decker is an educational entrepreneur with experience in grant writing, fundraising, talent acquisition, program and institutional accreditation as well as new program development. Lisa has led faculty, administrators and students on campus-wide initiatives, first at the University of Georgia, the City University of New York, Dominican College of Blauvelt and Concordia College New York. She is a long time student focused administrator who has held the positions of Vice President for Student Development, Associate Academic Dean and an Assistant Graduate Dean. Dr. Decker earned both a bachelor and master’s degrees from Kent State University and received her Ph.D. from Virginia Commonwealth University.
MaryAnne Denniston has a broad Human Capital background that includes higher education, not-for-profit, healthcare, consulting, financial services, and technology experience. In 1989 she formed The Denniston Group to provide interim Human Resources consulting services to both public and private companies. She and Greg Coleman have been collaborating closely on a number of key assignments since 2008.
Prior to establishing The Denniston Group, MaryAnne was a Vice President at Handy Associates, a Human Resource consulting firm specializing in executive selection and compensation. Previously, she was a Vice President at Bankers Trust Company in charge of Management Recruiting and had additional responsibilities leading efforts in college and university relations. MaryAnne spent five years with KPMG’s executive search consulting practice where she spent significant time supporting the higher education, not-for-profit search practice. She joined Peat Marwick from Booz Allen & Hamilton where she was Director of Research for Executive Search Services.
MaryAnne is a pro bono Account Director for The Taproot Foundation. As such, she leads teams of pro bono consultants providing human resources service grants, specifically Board Recruitment Strategy, Human Resource Capacity, and Performance Management, to high potential nonprofits. Ms. Denniston is on the board of Directors of Gramatan Village, a community based organization that supports senior citizens, facilitating their ability to gracefully age in place. Additionally, she served on the Board of the Bronxville Adult School for six years, the last two years as Vice Chair.
Practice areas: Talent Acquisition
Edward M. Dinan
Ed is a Health care executive with extensive experience in teaching hospitals, community hospitals and multi-hospital systems, including over 25 years as a CEO. He has been involved in numerous joint ventures as well as the consolidation of several hospitals. He has been active both nationally and in several state hospital associations, as well as on a local basis in numerous professional and civic organizations. He served as President /CEO of Lawrence Hospital Center in Bronxville, N.Y. for 16 years and has led organizations in Maryland, West Virginia and Delaware. He has extensive experience in strategic planning, leading those organizations through transformational decisions that led to their long-term success.
His experience in developing and providing relevant education to Boards of non-profit organizations is extensive. Ed has worked with numerous hospital Boards, guiding them through effective stewardship of their responsibilities, including navigating challenging and often difficult decisions. He has served as a volunteer Board member in numerous non-profit organizations and associations, often in a leadership capacity and has broad experience successfully developing a Board’s strategic directions, master facility plans and support for the successful execution of the decisions.
He has a long track record of leadership development, not only in an individual’s future career growth, but in preparing them to work effectively as a team to respond to new and challenging opportunities. Seven of his former Vice-Presidents have gone on to become CEOs, leading their own organizations to success.
Ed is currently an Executive in Residence at the Cornell University Sloan School of Hospital Administration. He is also a consultant to several law firms specializing in hospital corporate negligence.
Pat Drew has extensive experience in identifying and developing leadership talent within organizations. Pat Drew’s areas of expertise include top-level coaching, senior team alignment, and preparing executives and organizations for growth. Pat’s experience in helping executives achieve strong business results was acquired as Director in Human Resources at the New York Times for 20 years, Manager of Training at the New York Psychiatric Institute of Columbia University, and Senior Consultant with Guttman Development Strategies, a top leadership and organizational development firm.
Pat has coached and developed team effectiveness programs for executives of organizations such as The United Nations, New York City Administration of Children’s Services, New York City Department of the Homeless, VilllageCare and academic institutions such as Columbia School of Business and Fordham Graduate School of Business.
Pat has a specialty in helping managers who are deploying employees to dangerous or high stress assignments. This work is focused on building resilience and minimizing the impact of traumatic events on people and organizations. In addition to the New York Times, she has provided these services to The McClatchy Corporation, Getty Images, Human Rights Watch, the Committee to Protect Journalists, CNN (current assignment) and other media and advocacy organizations. Pat has Masters Degrees in Clinical Social Work, Psychology and European History.
Paul GrandPre, COO
Paul is a senior fundraising professional with broad-based experience in numerous areas of donor development, revenue generation, image promotion, Board development, volunteer engagement, and external relations. He is a results-oriented, entrepreneurial professional adept at relationship building, consensus- and team-building, and strategic planning.
As the Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Concordia College-New York, he developed and managed the goals and strategies for all fundraising campaigns as well as marketing and image promotion programs tailored to meet the needs of the College. His areas of senior responsibility included major gifts, the Annual Fund, planned giving programs, corporate and foundation relations, special events and reunions, and the college’s successful capital campaign initiative.
In addition to his development work at Concordia, Paul served as the Senior Director of Board Relations and Volunteer Engagement at Save the Children, a global non-governmental organization based in Westport, Connecticut whose mission is the eradication of poverty and disease.
Before leaving Wall Street to pursue his passion for non-profit work, Paul was a member of the Board of Trustees of Concordia College, where he served as Chair of the Advancement and Admissions Committee and as a member of the Investment Committee. He also served as Vice President of the Board of Trustees of The Village Lutheran Church and Chapel School. For many years, Paul was the Westchester County Co-Chair of the Bowdoin Alumni Schools Interviewing Committee—for which he received the college’s BASIC Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005--and served as a class agent for his college reunions.
Since 1988 when he acquired Boardroom Consultants, Roger Kenny has been helping Boards of Directors improve their role and contributions to companies. He has become an expert on Board Governance. He has placed over 600 Board Directors and successfully completed over 70 Board Assessments for large and small organizations, both profit and non-profit. He and Ram Charan co-authored a book about early-stage companies and how they can survive and win. Roger is on the Board of the National Association of Corporate Directors in New York and recently retired from the Advisory Board of Alexander Proudfoot, the world-wide consulting firm. He was a Senior Partner of Spencer Stuart in New York and California. He frequently contributes to major business publications. His thought-leadership articles have appeared in the Harvard Business Review, The California Management Review, The Business Quarterly, The American Banker, The Corporate Board, Directors and Boards, Directors Monthly and The Financial Review. In 2008, Roger was cited by Business Week as one of the 50 most influential headhunters. His peers awarded him the Gardner Heidrick Award for “Outstanding Contributions to the Industry”. In his early career he was in transportation management for the Port of New York and New Jersey Authority. He is a graduate of Manhattan College and received his MBA from New York University.
Practice areas: Board Assessment & Development
Immanuel Rup Kumar
Immanuel Rup Kumar serves as Director of Operations for our India Office located in Chennai, India. He has varied and vast experience of more than 30 years in the Hospitality and Education industries. He worked for the Taj Group of Hotels as a Human resource Professional before moving into the Educational Sector. He was instrumental in developing a CIE (Cambridge International Examinations) approved training Institute for Olive Group and has worked with British council examination services -Chennai and the IDP Australia examination services. He was instrumental in setting up the India Liaison Office for Concordia College –New York and played a pivotal role as Director-Operations. He is an expert in post-secondary student services and administration. He is a people’s person.
Practice areas: International Student Recruitment
T. Guy Minetti
Guy is an independent consultant providing advisory services to small- to medium- size organizations. His primary focus is advising clients on strategic and financial matters; including, analyses of operating efficiencies, funding requirements for growth initiatives and implementing cost-saving initiatives. Guy’s career started as a commercial lending officer with Connecticut Bank & Trust and Citibank. In 1981 he moved to investment banking with the firm of Kidder, Peabody where he initially focused on capital raising and merger and acquisition activities for financial institutions. In 1985 he started the firm’s High Yield Bond Department, which he managed until 1989. Since 1989, Guy has focused on his consulting services. From 1999-2005, Guy served as Vice Chairman of 1-800-Flowers with primary responsibility for strategic, business, and corporate activities.
Guy currently serves on the Board of Directors of Victory Capital Management, a Cleveland, Ohio asset management firm and Gramatan Village, a Bronxville, NY non-profit organization. He is a graduate of St. Michael’s College.
Irena Choi Stern
Irena is a creative and meticulous external relations professional, journalist, and editor. As Assistant Dean for Alumni Relations at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, Irena served as the primary contact for the vast network of J-School graduates, deepening their connection to each other and the university in support of the University’s resource development efforts. She established and managed the Columbia Journalism School Alumni Board and committees and oversaw the annual Alumni Reunion Weekend, whose attendance she grew five fold. She has extensive event management experience, ranging from small engagements to marquee events featuring celebrities such as Tom Wolfe, George Clooney and Johnny Depp.
Irena wrote features for the New York Times Westchester section and is a former member of the Bronxville School Board of Education and PTA President. She was raised in India, Egypt, Morocco and Jamaica, where father was posted as a diplomat. Irena is a graduate of Wellesley College, and received her master's degrees from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and Columbia Journalism School.
Mark is a seasoned, performance based, senior higher education executive offering 35 years of comprehensive and extensive knowledge and experience as a Chief Academic Officer, Chief Student Affairs Officer, and Chief Enrollment Officer. Mark is an entrepreneurial leader who is an agile problem solver, a results focused, collaborative, team builder, who knows how to create and align systems and develop outcomes-centered strategic plans. Recognized for creative, decisive and solutions based planning and decision making, Mark offers demonstrated success in business development developing performance based, low cost, agile start-up solutions producing rapid and sustainable margins.
Dr. Wahlers has extensive experience building strong, inclusive on ground and online academic programs which help institutions fulfill their mission and contribute to a building a sustainable financial model. Mark has established productive relationships with regional and professional accrediting agencies. He is both a presenter and evaluator for the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. He has served on evaluator teams for the American Bar Association and the NWCCU.
Mark has served on numerous boards and committees for The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod at the national, regional and local levels. He has contributed as a board member and volunteer with the City of Portland’s Concordia Neighborhood Association.
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