Ron collaborates with a number of other talented practitioners working to strengthen the leadership of organizations using a variety of mediums. Ron’s Affiliate network serves as a resource to strengthen the quality of his own consulting practice. Ron may seek feedback from his Affiliates to structure a portion of a retreat he facilitates. Or, he may bring an affiliate in as a co-facilitator on an entire project. Affiliates include:

Sara Daleiden, s(o)ul: With a relationship to the arts, education and advocacy, Sara consults with nonprofit and for profit entities, as well as cultural workers of many disciplines, from emerging to established levels. With bases in Los Angeles and Milwaukee, the agency offers support for empathetic, structural development of individual, organizational and community identity embracing various scales of experimentation, connection and production. Strategic professional services cover concepting, planning, networking, funding, public relations, field research, implementation and evaluation. Initiatives and platforms encourage active interpretation and embodied exploration of local places valuing public space, civic participation, economic sustainability, pedestrian awareness and celebration of difference.

Elissa Perry, Think.Do.RepeatElissa Perry helps people and groups of people with a justice mission be better at what they do.  For 20 years she has worked as a staff member, consultant and coach in the areas of leadership, education and the arts. Elissa also teaches in the MA in Leadership Program at Saint Mary’s College of California where she facilitates diverse, cross-sector and multi-issue learning communities in developing and implementing leadership plans and practices and recently helped establish a social justice concentration. Recently, her work has been focused on developing shared leadership as it pertains to culture change and movement networks.

René Castro, Facilitation Lab: Rene is a seasoned community social worker, educator and native of Southern California who spent his career helping government, foundations and non-profit organizations identify their goals and maximize their potential. He believes everyone should have access to a livable community–one that provides individuals and families, regardless of income, race or documentation status, the chance to live a healthy, meaningful life. He thrives in addressing conflict and helping teams work through feeling stuck. René is an authentic listener and loves encouraging everyone to find their voice. He is passionate about using his extensive experience in facilitation, management, research and planning to achieve inclusiveness, equity and health for disadvantaged communities.

Marco Cassone, MSOD, Crux100 Consulting: Marco has a passion for helping individuals, teams, and small organizations get better results. He thrives working with groups experiencing gridlock, friction, poor climate, and low engagement by helping them realign their purpose, people, work, and culture to a shared, re-engergized vision. With a background in arts management, Marco now develops strategy, programs, and committees on the Board of the Organization Development Network. In his private practice, he facilitates organic and intuitive, yet structured processes, including mission/vision/values work, strategic planning, change management/communication, leader/staff coaching, team building, and Board/staff retreats.

Jeremy Grandstaff, S & G EndeavorsAs a co-founder of S & G Endeavors (a consulting firm specializing in strategic development, meeting facilitation, and leadership training), Jeremy brings a list of assets from his deep involvement with non-profits, five year tenure as the full-time Member Services Director for Alliance for Biking & Walking, and his personal experience as a blind person seeking the highest level of pedestrian expectations, including access to transit. He has worked as an Organizational Development consultant for over ten years with various groups including the City of Detroit Health Department, National Wildlife Federation, Bricker Consulting, American Public health Association, and America Walks.

Aurisha Smolarski, MA, MFTIAurisha utilizes her background in psychology, education and advocacy to enhance her work as a mediator and therapist. She offers an individualized and empathetic approach to mediating conflict in the work place and in community, incorporating the use of respectful and effective communication techniques, solution focused strategies and contextual and emotional integration. Aurisha also offers individual, couples and group therapy, in a confidential and safe setting, for folks interested in working on personal challenges and in developing and recognizing their own unique strengths, communication styles and coping skills to create positive changes in their work and personal lives.