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Strategic Initiatives has assembled a highly qualified group of key personnel to provide our clients with the highest level of professional service and expertise. All Strategic Initiatives personnel have a strong history of working together and share a common philosophy and knowledge base. I addition to participating on the Strategic Initiatives team, each of the key personnel also provide independent consulting services in their respective areas of expertise.
Charles Anders, President of Strategic Initiatives, has over twenty-five years experience working on complex issues in government and the private sector. He served as Director of the Arizona Division of Environmental Health Services (State EPA) and was Assistant Director of the Arizona Department of Transportation where he was responsible for policy and planning.
In 1996, Mr. Anders founded Strategic Initiatives where he has worked extensively with public and private agencies, citizen advisory groups, and project teams to resolve a wide range of issues. Mr. Anders has conducted numerous strategic planning sessions and management retreats. He specializes in using interactive technology to enhance communications and understanding among groups and participants.
Mr. Anders also has over 10 years experience in the private sector. As lead consultant for an international environmental consulting firm, he was responsible for hundreds of projects including investigation and remediation of hazardous waste sites, facility siting, environmental permitting and compliance, and strategic planning. He is a professional engineer and has extensive experience interfacing with the public, private industry, state agencies, and local governments.
Dr. George Land
Dr. George Land, founder of the Farsighrt Group, is an author, speaker, consultant, and general systems scientist with a broad and varied background in communications, business, education, and government. While serving as chief executive of an international television network, he began investigations into stimulating and directing creativity. This research ultimately led to the formulation of his Transformation Theory—a theory of transformation that integrates principles of creativity, growth, and change.
From these principles Dr. Land developed unique strategic thinking processes for organizations. He invented the first computer-assisted interactive approaches to group creative and strategic thinking, which are now used by over 400 major corporations worldwide. Dr. Land has also taught interdisciplinary science and creative process to the faculties of some three dozen universities. Among his articles and books is his seminal work Grow or Die: the Unifying Principle of Transformation. Originally published in 1973 by Random House, it was a main selection of the Saturday Review Book Club and was submitted by Random House as its nominee in the science category for the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award. He has also written Breakpoint and Beyond: Mastering the Future - Today.
Dr. Martha Rozelle
Dr. Martha Rozelle has 25 years experience in public policy development, third-party facilitation, process design, and conflict resolution for a wide range of projects. As a result of her extensive experience in the application of different collaborative problem solving techniques, she is comfortable on the “firing line” and has facilitated a consensus or designed effective communication strategies for more than 300 forums and citizen committees.
Dr. Rozelle managed the public involvement practice for a large international engineering firm for 19 years, and today is the President of the Rozelle Group, Ltd. She holds a Ph.D. in community management and education from Arizona State University and an MS in public administration from Florida State University.
As a representative in the forefront of her profession, Dr. Rozelle is the Past President of the International Association for Public Participation and has authored several articles regarding the incorporation of public values in decision making.
Barbara Lewis, founder of Catalyst Consulting, has 18 years of experience in public involvement, facilitation, and environmental planning. Her experience includes designing as many as 45 public involvement programs and facilitating more than 100 public forums.
Ms. Lewis has substantial experience working for local governments throughout North America. One of Ms. Lewis’ strengths is the strategic design of participatory planning processes that effectively integrate public input with technical studies. She has a successful track record in designing and facilitating committee processes and is experienced with a variety of processes for facilitating public forums, including traditional meeting and open house formats as well as computer-assisted strategic planning, Samoan circles, and other innovative approaches to gaining meaningful public input.
Ms. Lewis holds a BA in economics, magna cum laude, from Colorado College and an MS in water resources management from the University of Wisconsin. She is a member of the International Association of Public Participation and the International Association of Facilitation.
Brenda Vander Meulen
Brenda Vander Meulen, MA, SPHR, founder of River Hills Consulting, has more than twenty years of professional experience as a consultant, trainer, and manager. She has been consulting with corporate clients since 1996. Previously, Brenda was Director, Human Resources for Herman Miller, Inc. and Manager, Corporate Planning.
Brenda graduated Magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and Psychology from Hope College and earned a Masters in Management degree from Aquinas College. She is nationally certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources by the Human Resources Certification Institute. Other training includes dialogue skills, systems thinking, cultural diversity, and self-organizing systems. Her publications include “Designing an Integrated Base Pay Delivery System” (Human Resource Professional, January/February 1997) and “Herman Miller Puts the ADA into Action” (Facility Management Journal, May/June 1992).
Brenda is a member of the adjunct faculty at Davenport College of Business, and is affiliated with the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) and American Compensation Association. She is a charter member of the Consultants Forum, a professional emphasis group of SHRM, and has served on its Board of Governors since 1998. She is a frequent speaker on Human Resources issues both locally and nationally.
Sean Brady, MA, founder of Prism Decision Systems, is currently a consultant accelerating and improving decision-making in organizations. His expertise includes strategic planning, project management, qualitative customer research, negotiations and alliance management.
Prior to consulting, Sean was manager—strategic planning for the electric generation business at New York State Electric & Gas Corporation (NYSEG) where he coordinated strategic planning, employee communications, competitive intelligence and alliance management. He was also project manager for NYSEG’s annual report as well as regional and national public relations initiative.
Sean is a leader at the annual Creative Problem Solving Institute, a frequent speaker at national conferences, a published writer, and he was a presenter at the 1998 Fourth Annual International Creativity Conference in Pretoria, South Africa. From 1979 to 1991 Sean was a teacher of English and the gifted and talented.
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