The firm draws upon a wide range of experienced consultants and nonprofit executives to meet the specific needs and interests of its clients. Our Advisory Consultants sometimes serve on client teams, working directly with clients, and at other times are advisory to client teams and do not meet with clients.
Janet Fleetwood, a Consulting Associate of the firm, has extensive experience in academic medicine, higher education, and strategic plan development and implementation. A former Fellow of the prestigious Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) program, Professor Fleetwood is a full professor at Drexel University in the School of Public Health and formerly was a full professor in the Drexel University College of Medicine, where she now holds an affiliate title in the Department of Surgery. Professor Fleetwood is trained as a bioethicist, and has published in leading journals and obtained grant funding from national funders. She was on the medical school faculty for over twenty years, and has served as a Division Chief, Departmental Vice Chair, and chair of numerous medical school committees including Faculty Appointments & Promotions and the Hospital Ethics Committee. After twenty years as faculty in the medical school, Professor Fleetwood moved into university administration full-time. She subsequently served as Senior Vice Provost and as Vice Provost for Strategic Initiatives at Drexel University where she led the University-wide strategic planning process, working closely with the University President and Provost. She engaged over two hundred stakeholders in the Drexel’s planning process, including key members of the Board of Trustees, faculty, and staff, and held the first day-long planning retreat that engaged faculty and administrators in mixed teams. Following the successful publication, dissemination, and launch of the strategic plan, Fleetwood designed an innovative system for plan implementation, tracking metrics and achievements over five years. In addition, at the plan’s mid-way point, she recognized that many of the objectives of the original plan had been met and that others needed to be updated. She subsequently led a plan refresh, again engaging key stakeholders, to ensure that the plan remains a relevant, evergreen document in an ever-changing higher education environment. In addition to her work at Drexel University, Professor Fleetwood has led the strategic planning process of the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium, a member organization focusing on higher education. She also worked closely with The Academy of Natural Sciences, a research institute and public museum, as it developed a strategic plan to capitalize on its new affiliation with Drexel University and the many challenging issues related to continued relevancy and membership. Dr. Fleetwood earned her PhD in philosophy from the University of Southern California, and her MPH from Drexel University. In addition, she holds a certificate from the University of Pennsylvania in non-profit program management and a certificate from Drexel University in Global Health.
Michael S. Weingarten, MD, MBA, FACS
Michael S. Weingarten, an advisory consultant to AKA|Strategy, is Professor of Surgery at Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He serves as Chief of Vascular Surgery and is Medical Director of the Drexel Wound Healing Center and the Drexel Non-invasive Vascular Laboratory. Dr. Weingarten is actively involved in the medical school. He is the Surgery Clerkship Director for third year medical students and the Pathway Director for fourth year medical students entering the field of surgery. He also is a member of the faculty teaching patient and physician relationships and physical diagnosis. He was just named as Assistant Dean of the Scholars Program for the medical school. This will be one component of the medical school’s new curriculum starting in the Fall of 2017. Dr. Weingarten has developed and taught the Business of Health Care course to the second and fourth year medical students for the past 10 years and has developed and maintained an online Business of Health Care course for third-year students. These courses provide future physicians with an overview of healthcare economics and the U.S. healthcare system and touch on the many business and regulatory issues that increasingly impact the practice of medicine, examining health insurance, the role of the F.D.A, drug development and the pharmaceutical industry, and malpractice. Medical school students and faculty have responded enthusiastically the College of Medicine’s introduction of these courses, and they are increasingly in demand by practicing physicians seeking continuing professional education. For the past 15 years, Dr. Weingarten has been engaged in translational research with colleagues from the Drexel Biomedical Engineering School. He and his colleagues have been awarded approximately $6 million in research funding, published approximately 23 papers in peer review journals, received two patents, and graduated five PhD candidates. Dr. Weingarten and his associates were just awarded a five year $3 million grant from the NIH to explore the role of ultrasound and wound healing. Dr. Weingarten served as a civilian volunteer with the US military in the Combat Casualty Program. He worked as a surgeon at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, a US Army hospital in Germany, caring for wounded troops from the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan for 2 weeks every year for 6 years. He also volunteered as a surgeon in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake. Dr. Weingarten received his BS summa cum laude from SUNY Binghamton and his MD degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He earned an MBA degree from Villanova University. He completed a general surgical residency at NYU-Bellevue Medical Center in New York City and a vascular fellowship at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. He is boarded in both general and vascular surgery.
Flora N. Taylor
Flora Taylor, an AKA Advisory Consultant, is an organizational development consultant and group dynamics specialist. She is particularly interested and experienced in psychodynamic approaches to organizational development. Dr. Taylor’s practice areas include organizational assessment, applied and focus group research, diversity, large group facilitation, team development, and executive coaching. She designs, directs, and staffs many experiential conferences, simulations, and retreats for executives on the dynamics of organization life using Social Systems (Power Lab) and Group Relations methodologies. She earlier worked with the Wharton Center for Applied Research (now CFAR) and has worked with Ashoka University, Rutgers University, School of Social Policy and Practice at the University of Pennsylvania, Seton Hall University, Teachers College of Columbia University, and William Alanson White Institute. She has lectured and written widely about organizational development, leadership, and group development. Dr. Taylor’s nonprofit clients include American Jewish World Service, American Academy of Dermatology, American Board of Internal Medicine, Baltimore Nurses Association, Bergen County Division of Youth and Family Services, Columbia University, D.C. General Hospital Executive Nurses, Ford Foundation, Just Beginnings Collaborative, Philadelphia Foundation, A.K Rice Institute, SAGE (Services and Advocacy for LGBT Elders), SEED, Stanford University, University of Pennsylvania, William Alanson White Institute, and Wissahickon Hospice, among others. Her for-profit clients include Aecom, BNP Paribas, Discovery Channel, Eileen Fisher, Inc., General Electric, Nabisco, PSE&G, Thomson Reuters, Tunnell Consulting, and Viacom, among others. She received her A.B. cum laude in 1980 from Harvard University and her Ph.D. in 1994 from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a Licensed Psychologist.
Richard Baznik has extensive experience as a senior executive officer, strategist, planner, communicator and consultant for a wide variety of higher education institutions and other nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and Europe. He serves as Managing Director of Management Assistance for Nonprofit Agencies (MANA), a regional pro bono consulting group based in Oberlin, Ohio.
Mr. Baznik is highly skilled in helping organizations to develop strategies that target their strengths and opportunities and at integrating these strategies with organizational development, governance, communications, partnership building and resource generation.
Mr. Baznik served for more than 40 years in senior executive roles at Case Western Reserve University, where he is now Vice President Emeritus for Public Affairs. Specific assignments during his tenure at Case Western Reserve include managing all internal and external communications; launching and managing government and community relations programs; coordinating strategic planning, international affairs, executive search and institutional research; and advising and representing the President on a wide range of issues. In his most recent assignment, he was Director of the Institute for the Study of the University in Society, where he researched and wrote a new history of the institution and explored the evolving role of research universities in society. He continues to offer a variety of undergraduate courses at the University.
He has served as the Founding Chair of the University Magazine Network, a national consortium of research universities; Founding Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Friends of the Cleveland School of the Arts; incorporator and officer of the Board of Trustees of the Buckeye Health Center, a primary care and birthing center serving inner city residents that has since been integrated into University Hospitals of Cleveland; and a trustee and officer of Karamu House, an arts, education and community-service organization focused on African American culture. Mr. Baznik received his B.A. in classics (English, Greek, and Latin) from John Carroll University and completed the Executive Program at the University of Virginia’s Colgate Darden Graduate School of Business.
R. Dyke Benjamin
R. Dyke Benjamin has extensive experience as an investment and financial counselor to a wide range of commercial and nonprofit institutions.
A Managing Director of Axiom Capital Management Inc., Mr. Benjamin manages investment portfolios, analyzes securities, and leads a course on securities analysis and finance to managements, other investors, and interns. Mr. Benjamin is a former Director of Lazard Asset Management, LLC where he was an Investment Analyst and Counselor for more than thirty years. Prior experience included portfolio management and analysis.
One focus of Mr. Benjamin’s work has been the governance and financial structures of charitable institutions. In the investment advisory sector, Mr. Benjamin has consulted widely in the U.S. and abroad on a broad range of financial investment guidelines, strategies, tactics, and governance issues.
Mr. Benjamin is a volunteer and former CEO of The Annie Tinker Association for Women Inc.; Archives Committee Chair and former Treasurer/Chair of Audit Committee for the Bibliographical Society of America Inc.; Advisor to the Board of Trustees of The Modern Language Association; Treasurer and Member of the Executive Committee of The American Trust for the British Library; Advisor to the Finance Committee of St. Philips Church in the Highlands; Member of the Finance Committee of the Support Center for Nonprofit Research; Member of the Board of The Five Points Mission, a United Methodist City Society nonprofit organization, and, a member of The Harvard Business School’s New York Regional Campaign Committee. Mr. Benjamin is a member of the New York Society of Security Analysts, The Analysts’ Group, and The Financial Planning Association. A former Treasurer of The Century Association, Mr. Benjamin is now Chair of that organization’s Committee on Memorials.
Mr. Benjamin has served on the US House of Representatives Select Committee on Hunger, the Vestry of St. Bartholomew’s Church, The Board of Directors of Girls Inc., and the Council of the Grolier Club of New York City where he was Treasurer. Mr. Benjamin is an Advisory Consultant for AKA/Strategy and a Board member elect of The National Institute of Social Sciences, which honors the highest level of contribution to the betterment of American Society and provides aid to promising young scholars.
Mr. Benjamin has spoken widely on financial and advisory matters as well as on the subject of John Ruskin, a 19th century British author, artist, art critic, naturalist, architectural preservationist, political economist, and social reformer. Among Mr. Benjamin’s publications are Greater World Stability Through Innovative Ethical Finance; John Ruskin, The Formation of a Private Collection; Ruskin Observed; and, Ruskin Remembered. Mr. Benjamin has lectured during NYU classes about Library Special Collections Management subjects, including Evaluating the Recipient of your Collection.
Mr. Benjamin received his B.A. in Social Relations from Harvard College and his M.B.A. from The Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration. A Class Marshall of his Harvard undergraduate class and an American record holder, Mr. Benjamin was co-recipient of The Athletic Department’s Bingham Award for “best representing the high purposes of Harvard.”
Patricia R. Burch is a Consultant of the firm and one of two managing principals of The Stillwater Group, a management consulting firm specializing in financial analysis and academic planning for institutions of higher education.
Ms. Burch has extensive experience in strategy, finance, operations management and organizational effectiveness for a diverse set of higher education clients, including research universities, liberal arts colleges, schools of art and design, historically black colleges and universities, theological seminaries, and single-sex colleges. She has assisted a number of clients with mergers and other forms of institutional alliances; business planning; and exploration of strategic options.
She held a variety of administrative positions at Columbia University from 1981 to 1993, including Budget Director for the Arts and Sciences and Associate Provost for Planning and Policy Analysis. She staffed Columbia’s university-wide strategic planning process and directed studies of a wide range of financial and policy issues in the University’s schools, academic programs, and libraries.
She received her B.A. in Economics and her M.B.A. in Business Economics and Non-Profit Management from Columbia University.
Jules L. Coleman
An Advisory Consultant of the firm, Jules L. Coleman is a renowned legal and political philosopher who most recently served as the Senior Vice Provost for Academic Planning at New York University, in which position he played a significant role in NYU’s Global Research University. In addition to his provostial duties, Dr. Coleman served as Professor of Philosophy in both New York and at the Abu Dhabi portal campus and as Professor in the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music in the Tisch School of the Arts.
Immediately prior to joining the faculty and administration at NYU, Dr. Coleman was the Wesley Newcomb Hohfeld Professor of Jurisprudence at Yale Law School and Professor of Philosophy in Yale University. During this period Dr. Coleman also served as an academic advisor to the provosts of several universities, including NYU and Ohio State (during Myles Brand’s tenure). He began his academic career as a Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of California- Berkeley. Prior to joining the faculty of Yale Law School, he was Professor of Philosophy at the University of California-Santa Barbara, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the University of Arizona. He has also been a distinguished visiting professor at a number of universities around the world.
The author of a dozen books and over a hundred academic journal articles and essays in popular magazines, Dr. Coleman’s scholarly contributions have been the subject of international conferences in Colombia, Italy, Spain, and the United States and several books have been devoted to critical discussions of his work. He has been a Guggenheim Fellow and was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award from Brooklyn College from which he received his B.A. degree. He has presented distinguished named lectures in legal and political philosophy, including the Hart Lecture and the Clarendon Lectures in Law at Oxford, the Austin Lecture at Cambridge University, and the Fresco Lectures at the Universities of Genoa and Palermo. Most recently, he was honored by Peru for his lifetime contributions to law and legal theory.
Dr. Coleman received his B.A. from Brooklyn College (CUNY), his Masters of Study in Law from Yale Law School and his Ph.D. in Philosophy from The Rockefeller University. He has also received honorary degrees from several universities in the United States and abroad.
Ed Colker has had a distinguished career as an artist, arts administrator, arts academic leader and publisher.
His university/college faculty and leadership posts include Cooper Union (Provost), Cornell University (Chair), Pratt Institute (Provost), State University of New York- Purchase (Dean), University of the Arts (Founding Provost), University of Illinois- Chicago (Research Professor of Art & Director, School of Art & Design), and University of Pennsylvania (Professor).
His awards include Florsheim Art Fund, Graham Foundation/University of Illinois, Guggenheim Fellowship, Illinois Arts Council and Rochefort-en-terre, France artist’s residency, 2007. Additional distinctions include Coleman, Hunterdon, Noyes and Rosenwald prizes, Taylor Arms Medal, Printing Industries of Pennsylvania Gold Medal and commissioned editions for the International Graphic Arts Society and The Print Club of New York.
His work exhibited in the U.S. and abroad include Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, National Collection of Fine Arts, Neuberger Museum, Poets House and U.S. Art-in-Embassies. His works in permanent collections include Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Getty Research Institute, Museum of Modern Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Worcester Art Museum and Whitney Museum as well as numerous university library/special collections, including Brown, Chicago, Columbia, Cornell, Harvard, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, NYU, Stanford and Yale Universities.
Among his retrospective career exhibitions are Five Decades in Print, which toured the U.S. in 1998 and 1999 with final showing in NY, 2004, and, most recent, (solo exhibition) 50th anniversary: selected editions - Poets House, NY, 2010.
His arts consultancies include universities, state and regional accrediting boards, National Endowment for the Arts, U.S. Department of State and Israel Ministry of Education.
He has lectured throughout U.S. at colleges, universities and museums including Arizona, Bates, Cooper Union, Houston, Illinois, Iowa, Longwood, Pratt Institute, Texas Christian and Vanderbilt. Mr. Colker is Founder (1966) of Editions du Grenier (now Haybarn Press) for publication of fine art limited editions with drawings and prints in collaboration with poets and in response to poetic texts, which have included Anania, Brubeck , Char, Cummings, Jabès, Neruda, Norris, Stevens and Sutzkever and poet groups, as Gathering, 2010, Voices to Share, 2011 and Opposed to Indifference, 2012.
He is a graduate of the Philadelphia Museum School of Art and received his B.S. (Founder’s Honors) and M.A. with special studies in Europe from New York University.
Diane B. Frankel
An Advisory Consultant of the firm, Diane B. Frankel is a San Francisco-based consultant engaged in strategic planning, board building, executive search and fundraising for nonprofit arts and culture organizations.
Prior to joining Management Consultants for the Arts, Ms. Frankel was Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services; Executive Director the Bay Area Discovery Museum; Program Officer, Children, Youth and Families of The James Irvine Foundation; Director for Museum Studies at the John F. Kennedy University; and Associate Director of Education at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
She has served as Board Chair of the San Francisco Art Institute, President of ArtTable and Chairperson of the Washington DC chapter of ArtTable. She has been a Board member of the diRosa Preserve, National Foundation for Jewish Culture and the Urban Library Council and is a member of The Museum Group.
She received her M.A.T. in Museum Education from George Washington University and her B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley.
A Project Consultant of the firm, Susanna Ginsburg has significant expertise in assisting both public and private client organizations to design, implement and assess investment strategies and performance, program initiatives and policies. Ms. Ginsburg has extensive experience in women’s health including reproductive health. Her most recent efforts involved work with the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association examining current trends and issues related to family planning through focus groups at the national PPFA meetings and development of a policy framework to address family planning with the new administration. She was the principal developer of the National Family Planning Performance Measurement System and one of the original developers of the National Women’s Health Report Card.
Ms. Ginsburg’s consulting and research experience has focused on emphasizing improvement of the health and well-being of vulnerable populations through strategic consulting to public agencies, health care providers, nonprofits and foundations, public policy analysis, program design and implementation, evaluation, and development of data and performance measurement for organizations including the Health Resource and Service Administration, the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research and the Department of Health and Human Services, among others.
As a President and CEO of SG Associates Consulting, a firm that specializes in providing strategic consulting to foundations, public entities, health care organizations and nonprofits, Ms. Ginsburg is involved in conducting policy analyses on critical health issues and impacts of policy change; and designing and evaluating programs for performance improvement and assessment of impacts. She was previously Managing Vice President of Health Services Research and Evaluation at Abt Associates in Cambridge, Vice President and Practice Director of The Lewin Group and an independent consultant in several policy research firms and community development and planning organizations.
Ms. Ginsburg is a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine and sits on the Steering Committee for Bright Futures for Women’s Health and Wellness. She has been an adjunct faculty member at the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Hygiene, a Clinical Instructor at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Boston University School of Social Work. She has written, published and spoken widely on issues concerning public health research and policy.
Ms. Ginsburg undertook her Doctoral studies at Brandeis University’s Heller School of Social Policy and Management. She received her Master of Social Work in Administration from the University of Michigan and earned her B.A. in Social Sciences from Michigan State University.
Neil Grabois is currently Dean of the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy at The New School. He previously served as Vice President and Director for Strategic Planning and Program Coordination at Carnegie Corporation of New York, where he was responsible for the direction, conduct and evaluation of all programs of the Pew Charitable Trust.
Dr. Grabois served as President of Colgate University for 11 years. He was previously Provost of the College, Dean of Faculty and Dean of the College at Williams College. As a professor of mathematics, he taught at Colgate University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, State University of New York at Albany, University of Oregon, University of Pennsylvania, Wesleyan University and Williams College.
Active in educational organizations, Dr. Grabois has chaired and served on accreditation teams for the Middle States and New England Associations of Colleges and Schools. He has served on numerous educational boards and committees, including Harvard University’s assessment seminar and Pew Foundations’ science advisory committee.
Dr. Grabois received his B.A. in Mathematics from Swarthmore College and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania. He also holds a certificate from the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard University. Dr. Grabois was awarded an honorary doctorate of laws from Williams College and an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Colgate University.
An Advisory Consultant of the firm, Jerry M. Hultin is President Emeritus of Polytechnic Institute of New York University and Senior Presidential Fellow of New York University, where he focuses on creativity, innovation, and economic development around the world. Mr. Hultin is an advisor for the growth of New York University’s global network university, including its portal campuses in Abu Dhabi and Shanghai and its fourteen other global locations on six continents.
Before joining Polytechnic University, Mr. Hultin was Dean of the Wesley J. Howe School of Technology Management and Professor of Management at Stevens Institute of Technology. He was earlier Under Secretary of the U.S. Navy, where he led numerous programs that supported innovation to meet the evolving needs of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. He was Vice Chairman of Jefferson Partners, LLC, an investment banking and financial advisory firm; founder and principal of several law firms; and CEO and COO of several manufacturing companies.
Mr. Hultin has consulted in higher education, technology, defense, healthcare, finance and environmental sectors and helped to create and support several national, nonprofit programs that provide leadership, community development and job skills to young people from all walks of life.
Mr. Hultin served on the Board of Directors of the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac) and was Advisor to the Chief of Naval Operations Executive Council. He is currently Chairman of the Global Advisory Council of the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona; Vice-Chairman of the One Globe Summit in New Delhi; and Vice-Chairman of Strategic Renaissance 21 in the US and China. He is a member of the Advisory Board of Global Youth Innovation Network in Africa and a member of the Global Science and innovation Action Council, appointed by the Prime Minister of Malaysia.
Mr. Hultin received his B.A. in Political Science, History, and Economics from Ohio State University and his J.D. from Yale University.
Samantha Jang, an Advisory Consultant of the firm, has extensive experience in providing strategic and development counsel to a wide variety of nonprofit organizations in the Bay Area.
Her clients include The Trust for Public Land, Guide Dogs for the Blind, SFJAZZ, Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco Department of Child Support Services, Gateway Public Schools, Lindsay Wildlife Museum, and the University of California at San Francisco, among others.
Earlier Ms. Jang served as Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at Planned Parenthood Golden Gate; Associate Director of Corporate and Foundation Development at San Francisco Parks Trust; and Senior Grants Officer at the California Academy of Sciences.
She earned a B.A. from Occidental College in English and Comparative Literary Studies.
Michael M.E. Johns, M.D.
Michael M.E. Johns, M.D. is currently Professor of Medicine and Public Health at Emory University, where he served as Chancellor from 2007 until 2012, and previously as Executive Vice President for Health Affairs, CEO of The Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center, and Chairman of the Board of Emory Healthcare. As leader of the health sciences and Emory Healthcare for 11 years, Dr. Johns engineered the transformation of the Health Sciences Center into one of the nation’s preeminent centers in education, research, and patient care. Highlights include major growth and reshaping of the research enterprise, development of enhanced curricula for each of the health professions schools (Medicine, Nursing, and Public Heath), recruitment and retention of world-class faculty, formation of Emory Healthcare through consolidation and realignment of Emory’s extensive clinical enterprise, and the most extensive facilities improvement plan in Emory history, including new buildings and facilities for biomedical research, new homes for both the schools of Nursing and Medicine, a new vaccine center, a new cancer institute, a new pediatrics center, and reconfiguration and rebuilding of the Emory Crawford Long Hospital campus in midtown Atlanta.
Previously, Dr. Johns was Dean of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Vice President of the Medical Faculty, after having served as Professor and Chair of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and as Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs. As a cancer surgeon of head and neck tumors, he was internationally recognized for his clinical care and his studies of treatment outcomes.
Dr. Johns was elected to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in 1993. He has served as a member of the IOM Council, as Vice Chair of the Council of the IOM, and on many IOM committees. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, past Chairman of the Council of Teaching Hospitals of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), and Chairman of the AAMC’s Board of Advisers of the Institute for the Improvement of Medical Education. He is a past member of the Governing Board of the National Research Council, the National Governing Board of the Clinical Center of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Council of the National Center for Research Resources, NIH. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors and as President of the American Board of Otolaryngology, as Chair of the Board of the Association of Academic Health Centers, and as Chair of the Council of Deans of the AAMC. He is past Editor of the Archives of Otolaryngology; he currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of the American Medical Association and chairs the Journal Oversight Committee of Academic Medicine.
Dr. Johns also serves on a variety of other boards, including Johnson & Johnson, the Genuine Parts Company, AMN Healthcare, the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, LifeAlly and West Health. He is a past member of the Board of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Maryland, Williams and Wilkins Company, I-Trax, Inc., and the Georgia Tech Research Center Inc. He co-chaired the Task Force on Biotechnology Development of the Atlanta Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce.
Dr. Johns received his bachelor’s degree at Wayne State University and his M.D. from the University of Michigan Medical School.
Andrea Kihlstedt is a Project Consultant of the firm and widely experienced in planning and coordinating fundraising programs and capital campaigns.
Ms. Kihlstedt has a remarkable record of successful development programs and capital campaigns, typically assisting clients raise more money than they ever thought possible. Over the past 25 years, she has assisted dozens of organizations expand and reinvigorate their fundraising programs. She has a wide range of experience, working with community-based organizations and national organizations. She has conducted assessments and training programs for the ACLU, the Robin Hood Foundation, Hudson Guild Settlement House and the Cancer Center for Lancaster General Hospital among many other organizations. Ms. Kihlstedt is a frequent speaker on fundraising and related topics at national conferences.
Ms. Kihlstedt has written extensively about fundraising. Her book, Capital Campaigns: Strategies That Work, now in its 3rd edition (Jones and Bartlett, 2009), is a standard reference in the field. Her new book, How to Raise $1 Million in Ten Bite-Size Steps (Emerson & Church), came out in 2010.
Ms. Kihlstedt is co-founder of Asking Matters™, an innovative web-based resource that enables people to identify their Personal Asking Styles and understand how best to use their styles in asking for gifts. The site also provides a compelling video library of people talking about asking and giving.
Ms. Kihlstedt served on the founding Board of MATA, an organization that encourages the work of young composers, and founded and ran a successful concert series for emerging performers in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Ms. Kihlstedt received her B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania and her M.A. in Philosophy from Brown University.
Jack Krauskopf is presently Distinguished Lecturer and Director of the Center for Nonprofit Strategy and Management in the School of Public Affairs of Baruch College, City University of New York. He was previously Chief Program Officer of the 9/11 United Services Groups; Senior Fellow, Roundtable on Comprehensive Community Initiatives at the Aspen Institute; President of Corporation for Supportive Housing; and Dean of the Robert J. Milano Graduate School of Management and Urban Policy of the New School.
Earlier, he was Commissioner of New York City Human Resources Administration; Director of the Center for New Jersey Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs of Princeton University; Deputy Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Health and Social Services; Director of the Office of Newark Studies of Rutgers University; and Acting Director and Deputy Director of the Cleveland (Ohio) Department of Human Resources and Economic Development.
Mr. Krauskopf has written and spoken widely on social services, child welfare, urban policy, employment policy and city government. He has taught at Baruch College, Cleveland State University, Pratt Institute, Princeton University, Rutgers University School of Law and the University of Wisconsin. He has consulting experience with a wide range of nonprofit and governmental clients.
Mr. Krauskopf is presently on the boards of the Center for Urban Community Services (former Chair), Citizens Committee for Children of New York, United Neighborhood Houses, Cultural Institutions Retirement System, and Brotherhood-Sister Sol. He is on the advisory boards of New York City Independent Budget Office, Child Welfare Watch, Agency Capacity and Excellence Task Force of UJA Federation of New York, and Selection Committee of New York Nonprofit Excellence Award.
He received his B.A. magna cum laude from Harvard College and his M.P.A. from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs of Princeton University.
Lynn M. Taussig, M.D.
Dr. Taussig, a Consultant of the firm, retired in January, 2006 as President/CEO of National Jewish Medical and Research Center, a position he held for nearly 13 years. Currently, he is a Special Advisor to the Provost (for the Life Sciences) at the University of Denver and a consultant to National Jewish. He serves as the chair of the steering committee for the National Institutes of Health’s Childhood Asthma Research and Education (CARE) Network.
Prior to assuming his position at National Jewish, he was Professor and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics and Director, Steele Children’s Research Center at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center. He was on the faculty of the University of Arizona for 19 ½ years and began the Pediatric Pulmonary Section at that institution. In 1980, Dr. Taussig initiated the Tucson Children’s Respiratory Study, a major longitudinal study of the risk factors for asthma; the study continues today.
He is the author of more than 165 scientific publications and six books and monographs. He is a recipient of numerous honors and awards including the Alumni Achievement Award from Washington University School of Medicine, the Distinguished Achievement Award from the American Thoracic Society and the Kendig Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Dr. Taussig is a graduate of Harvard University and Washington University School of Medicine.
Susan S. Wallach
Susan S. Wallach has extensive experience in nonprofit governance as a nonprofit board leader and advisor and in structured problem solving as former Special Counsel to the law firm of Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP. She has served as an Overseer of Harvard University, where she chaired the Standing Committee on Humanities and Arts in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and served on the Executive Committee as well as the Committees on Institutional Policy, Alumni Affairs and Development, and the Joint Committee on Inspection (the University’s audit and risk management committee). Ms. Wallach presently serves on the Visiting Committees to Harvard College, Harvard Law School and the Harvard Graduate School of Education as well as the Departments of Music and of Slavic Languages and Literatures in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. She chairs the Dean's Council of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. She also serves as a Trustee of Deerfield Academy, is a member of the Columbia University Human Embryo and Human Embryonic Stem Cell Committee and heads the Advisory Council of the Center for the Study of Transformative Lives at NYU. She has served as a Trustee of Radcliffe College and the Trevor Day School. She has also been a Director of AFS-USA (formerly American Field Service), an international high school student exchange program; a member of the Executive Committee of the Friends of the American Museum of Natural History; and a member of the Advisory Committees of the Schlesinger Library and the Harvard Children's Initiative. Ms. Wallach received her B.A. cum laude from Harvard/Radcliffe College and her J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School. She is a recipient of the Harvard Medal.
Michael E. Whitcomb, M.D.
Michael E. Whitcomb, M.D. served the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) for 11 years as senior vice president for medical education and director of the division of medical education, as well as director of the AAMC Institute for Improving Medical Education, retiring in 2006. He continues a consultative practice to assist universities in establishing new medical schools or new regional campuses.
Dr. Whitcomb has served leadership roles in several outstanding academic medical institutions, most recently at the Ohio State University where he was assistant vice president for health services following appointments as associate dean for clinical affairs in the College of Medicine, medical director of the University Hospitals, chief of the pulmonary disease division and associate chair of the Department of Medicine, and founding director of the Center for Health Policy Studies. Previously he was a member of the pulmonary disease division at Boston University where he also served as section head at the university hospital; Dean of the schools of medicine at the University of Missouri-Columbia; faculty at the University of Washington; and Lieutenant Colonel in the Army Medical Corps where he was chief of the pulmonary disease services at Tripler Army Hospital and Walter Reed General Hospital.
Dr. Whitcomb has published over 100 papers covering a wide range of topics (clinical medicine, medical education, and health policy issues), and authored a number of special reports for government agencies and professional organizations, over 70 editorials for Academic Medicine while serving as editor-in-chief of the Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges, and major reports on new and developing medical schools and graduate medical education for the Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation.
In addition to teaching and conducting scholarly work in clinical medicine, Dr. Whitcomb was a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow of the Institute of Medicine (Congressional Fellowship Program); was the founding director of the division of graduate medical education at the American Medical Association; and has held faculty appointments in the health care management departments at George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services and Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix.
Dr. Whitcomb received his undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University and his M.D. from the University of Cincinnati, and completed an internal medicine residency and fellowship in pulmonary medicine at Walter Reed General Hospital.