4QP Emergent Learning Practitioners
Fourth Quadrant Partners invites you to join us in celebrating the following individuals who have successfully completed the requirements for certification in Emergent Learning. 4QP awards certification at two levels -- Master Practitioner and Practitioner. Read more about 4QP’s Emergent Learning Certification Program®
Emergent Learning Master Practitioners
Viola Dessanti, Toronto, ON
Viola is the Director of Measurement, Evaluation and Learning at the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Canada’s largest grant-maker. She leads the learning agenda, helping to identify and answer questions that, if answered, will most improve the Foundation’s impact. Her team is a unique composition of strategic learning, business intelligence, evaluation, and knowledge management. Prior to joining the Ontario public service, Viola worked at the UN in Ecuador and Croatia, with a stint at the University of Toronto to complete her Masters in public policy.
Sharon Flanagan-Hyde, Phoenix, AZ
Sharon is a senior partner with Flanagan-Hyde Associates, LLC, a consulting practice that focuses on facilitation, research and evaluation, capacity building, strategic planning and action, and board development. She holds an M.A. in Organizational Change from Prescott College and a B.A. from Williams College. She is a BoardSource Certified Governance Trainer and an International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Accredited Business Communicator. Prior to founding the consulting firm in 2003, she was vice president and chief operating officer of a national health care market research and strategic planning firm.
Peter Flanagan-Hyde, Phoenix, AZ
Peter is a Senior Partner at Flanagan-Hyde Associates, LLC, a consulting firm dedicated to social justice, equity, and systems change. He works with nonprofits, public partners, foundations, and other organizations, providing expert guidance on organizational and program assessment and evaluation, capacity building, board governance, strategic planning, facilitation, and interim executive leadership. He holds a BoardSource Certificate in Nonprofit Consulting and a Certificate in Social Impact Measurement through Arizona State University, Lodestar Center for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Innovation, Nonprofit Management Institute. He was a Fellow in St. Luke’s Health Initiatives Alliance Initiative and a member of the American Evaluation Association. Peter has an MA in Computing in Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a BA in Astronomy and Physics from Williams College.
Ray Gordezky, North York, ON
Ray Gordezky has over 30 years of experience in design and facilitation of large scale organization and community based change, as well as leadership and team development. He has used and created a number of strategic change and learning initiatives, dialogic approaches to transforming conflict and complex challenges, and emergent learning approaches with public, not-for-profit, business and international organizations. During the past 10 years, Ray has designed and facilitated multi-stakeholder initiatives to address gender injustice and build collective impact in other areas of human rights. He regularly coaches senior executives and senior teams in emergent approaches to social change. Ray also teaches organization development at several Canadian Universities, and mentors new organization development practitioners. He has published chapters in The Change Handbook, 2nd Edition, The Handbook of Large Scale Change, and has authored a chapter in the 2015 book, Dialogic Organization Development: The Theory and Practice of Transformational Change.
Christopher Nelson, Washington, DC
Dr. Christopher Nelson is a Senior Evaluation Officer at the Independent Evaluation Group of the World Bank. An economist by training, he has worked in the evaluation of development aid projects for almost 20 years. He has previously worked as a Director of Evaluation at AusAID (the Australian Government aid program) and prior to that worked in Mozambique, South Africa and Paris with various NGO, academic and multilateral institutions. He has a PhD in evaluation with a focus on transdisciplinary approaches to evaluative method. Chris has worked extensively in the design and evaluation of agricultural, education, urban and social development projects in a range of countries. He has a particular interest in learning through the program cycle, complexity thinking and in iterative adaptive development. He is currently consumed with applying the principles of emergent learning to evaluation in various arenas within the World Bank.
Kelci Price, Denver, CO
Kelci Price is the Director of Research and Evaluation for the Colorado Health Foundation where she designs, implements, and coordinates comprehensive evaluation and learning strategies for the Foundation. She believes in using actionable and innovative evaluation to help improve outcomes for our communities. Previously Kelci served as an internal evaluator and Director of Data Program Management for the Chicago Public Schools, and as a senior evaluator with The Evaluation Center at the University of Colorado Denver.
Kelci earned her bachelor of arts in sociology and a bachelor of science in psychology from the Australian National University. After six years living in Australia, Kelci came back to the US for graduate school, earning a master’s degree and PhD in Applied Social Psychology from Loyola University.
Linda Riefler, Locust Valley, NY
Linda Riefler retired from Morgan Stanley in 2013 after 25 years at the firm where she served on the management and executive committees in her roles as Global Head of Research and Chief Talent Officer. Since then, she has been advisor to a number of start-ups and leaders in the for-profit and not-for profit sectors. She also serves as a director on the board of MSCI, Inc. and board member of numerous not for profits including Stanford Business School and Pencils of Promise. Ms. Riefler earned an MBA from Stanford University in 1987 and a B.A. from Princeton in 1983 with honors in economics.
Emergent Learning Practitioners
Jeff Clanon, Concord, MA
Jeff Clanon is a Founding Partner of Systems Perspectives LLC and also a founding consultant member of The Society for Organizational Learning. He is the former Executive Director of MIT’s Center for Organizational Learning and has over 30 years experience in the area of individual and organizational learning. Jeff currently focuses his practice on executive coaching and leadership development consulting primarily in the area of higher education and is working with senior administrators and faculty at Tufts University, Brandeis, UC Davis, UCLA and USC.
Natalie Portman-Marsh, Boulder, CO
Natalie is the owner of NPM Consulting, LLC in Colorado (strategic planning, project management, complex facilitation and Emergent Learning), adjunct faculty at the University of Denver, Graduate School of Social Work and is the current President of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Social Work, Colorado Chapter. For the last eleven years. Natalie was the Director at Spark Policy Institute located in Denver. She holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from Columbia University and is committed to ongoing learning.
Chad Robertson, Denver, CO
Chad is Project Coordinator for a consortium of family and private operating foundations that provide funding in the areas of art and culture, mental health and criminal justice reform, and early childhood education. He works with multiple teams on strategy, development, and evaluation of internal initiatives, as well as building capacity and stewarding relationships with external partners and grantees. A former high school teacher, Chad is devoted to social impact work and innovation.
Vicky Schubert, Reading, MA
Vicky has supported organizational change leaders for over twenty years. She held senior management positions with the Society for Organizational Learning and Pegasus Communications, two organizations influential in advancing innovative organizational learning and development practices globally. As a coach, Vicky partners with her clients to amplify their professional impact through purposeful systems awareness. Experienced in both for-profit and nonprofit operating environments, Vicky’s recent clients have included executives in multinational corporations and individual entrepreneurs and senior leaders and teams in higher education, philanthropy, and healthcare.
Cynthia Way, Metro DC Area
Cynthia Way, a Master Certified Coach, founder and President of Way To Go! inc., helps leaders and teams achieve breakthrough results. She provides executive coaching, team coaching, leadership development programs, emergent learning, facilitation, strategic planning, team retreats, keynote speaking, plenary sessions, systems thinking and customized training. Her signature offerings are Team Survival Intensive, a unique approach to teaming and Leader as Coach Mastery Program, fostering a culture of inspiration, engagement, accountability and respect with proven results. Her keynote topics include Living From Passion & Purpose and How Your Thinking Impacts Your Results.
Vera Wilhelm, Washington, DC
Vera Wilhelm is the program manager for operational learning in the vice presidency for Operational Policy and Country Services at the World Bank. She has developed and manages a range of learning programs for Bank staff and helped to initiate the Bank's learning from failure and science of delivery initiatives. Prior to this assignment, she held positions as an economist and country economist in Africa, Eastern Europe, South Asia and the vice presidency for Poverty Reduction and Economic Management, where she led work on poverty reduction strategies (PRSP) for developing countries. Vera has published on institution building, accountability and public finance issues in low income countries. Before joining the World Bank, she worked for HypoVereinsbank in Germany and France. She holds a PhD and a Masters degree in economics from the University of Cologne and a business administration certificate from NYU and HEC. In her spare time she likes to travel, hike, spend time with her daughters and cook.
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