Facilitators & Staff
Kim Anderson Heller
Vezeto Leadership Consulting
518 Maple Lane
Clarion, IA 50525
Kim Anderson Heller is the Executive Director of the Clarion Partnership for Growth and Lead Consultant for Vezeto Leadership Consulting. She provides program development, training and facilitation in areas of human and organizational development for both youth and adult audiences at the local, regional and national levels. Prior to her current role Kim served as a faculty member for eight years at the University of Georgia with the primary responsibility of managing Lead21 and providing facilitation in youth and adult leadership programming. Kim developed expertise in leadership and program development through years of experience with Agricultural Education, FFA and 4-H at the state and national levels. Kim received her undergraduate degree in Agricultural Education from Iowa State University, her master’s degree in Agricultural and Extension Education from UGA, and her doctorate in Adult Education at UGA. Her research focuses on the empowering practices of adults managing youth organizations.
The Consulting Psychology Group
5417 Lancelot Drive
Charlotte, NC 28270
Carolyn Humphrey is the Senior Consulting Psychologist and owner of The Consulting Psychology Group. Her areas of expertise include leadership; executive coaching; the design and implementation of psychological assessments; and, the creation, facilitation and evaluation of leadership training programs. She has also taught graduate and undergraduate courses at the Universities of Missouri, Utah and Georgia in psychology, assessment, management, personal development, and stress. Carolyn completed a B.A. degree in Psychology and Anthropology at Emory University and a M.A. degree in Counseling Psychology at the University of Minnesota. She received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology with a specialization in Organizational Development from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She has published articles in refereed journals and has presented research at national and international conferences on developing psychological assessments as well as the transfer of learning from training situations to the work place.
First Americans Land-grant Consortium (FALCON)
3508 S. Woods Edge Road
Columbia, MO 65203
John Phillips is Executive Director of First Americans Land-grant Consortium (FALCON), a non-profit association of tribal college land grant administrators, directors, and faculty. He is also the land grant program and policy consultant to the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC). Additionally, John is the principal of John Phillips Consulting, which provides training, extension, and research services in community development, with an emphasis on rural and Native American populations. From 2000-2005, John was the tribal college liaison at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), responsible for representing the interests of tribal colleges throughout USDA and the public. Previously, he directed the Cooperative Extension Program at Si Tanka University, Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation, South Dakota. John has a Ph.D. in rural sociology from the University of Missouri-Columbia, a M.S. in environmental systems from Humboldt State University, California, and a B.S. in computer science from California State University, Sacramento.
Georgia State University
Center For Ethics and Corporate Responsibility
PO Box 3994
Atlanta, GA 30303
Rob Williams is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Ethics and Corporate Responsibility at Georgia State University. He is a social psychologist who works with individuals, communities and non-profit organizations on leadership and organizational development. He has been on faculty at Duke University, Atlanta University and Union Institute and University. He has worked in leadership development and organizational consulting in higher education for the past 20 years. Rob is the author or co-author of numerous articles and book chapters on leadership and group dynamics and five assessment instruments in leadership, trust and change. He was a co-recipient of the Gold Award from the London Film Festival in 1978 for the film Mean Ol’ World, an ethno-musicology of blues singer and street musician Pearly Brown. He is a native of New England who grew up in a military family. Rob has a bachelor’s degree in English and master’s degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and a Ph.D. in social psychology from The Fielding Institute in Santa Barbara, CA. He is married and enjoys sailing on both coasts of the U.S and the Caribbean and is currently restoring a portion of a farm in the foothills of Northeast Georgia with native plants and wildlife habitats protected from hunting and development.
Larry Van De Valk
Community And Regional Development Institute
12 Warren Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
Larry Van De Valk is Executive Director of the Empire State Food and Agricultural Leadership Institute, or LEAD New York, a two-year leadership development program for adult professionals in the food, agricultural and natural resource industries. Van De Valk is also a Senior Extension Associate in the Community and Regional Development Institute (CaRDI), part of the Department of Development Sociology at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University. Larry earned a PhD in Adult and Extension Education, MA in Teaching and BS in Agricultural & Biological Engineering, all from Cornell, as well as an AAS in Forestry from Paul Smiths College. He has published several articles in refereed journals, and his research interests are in the areas of leadership development theory, program evaluation, and the social capital building effect of leadership development initiatives. Larry is the recipient of the State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service and the International Association of Programs for Agricultural Leaders Outstanding Leadership Program Director Award.
Rochelle Strickland Sapp
University of Georgia
Office of Learning and Organizational Development
102 NESPAL Building
Tifton, GA 31793
Rochelle Strickland is the Director of Leadership Programs at the University of Georgia’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Rochelle plays a key role in the coordination of the development and implementation of the LEAD21 faculty leadership program. In addition to LEAD21, Rochelle facilitates a state-wide leadersip program, Advancing Georgia’s Leaders in Agriculture and Forestry, for adults involved in the agriculture and natural resources industries. Prior to this role, Rochelle was the program coordinator for the Wedgworth Leadership Institute for Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Florida. Rochelle received her undergraduate degree in Agricultural Leadership Development from Texas A&M University and her master’s and doctorate degrees in Agricultural Education and Communication specializing in Leadership Development from the University of Florida. Her research focuses on evaluating the outcomes and impacts of leadership development programs, specifically within the agricultural context.
University of Georgia
Office of Learning and Organizational Development
315 Hoke Smith Building
Athens, GA 30602
Kristi Farner is the Conference Coordinator and Office Manager for the Office of Learning and Organizational Development for Cooperative Extension in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES). Leadership programs she is currently working with include LEAD21, Advancing Georgia’s Leaders in Agriculture & Forestry (AGL), Extend: Advanced Leadership Training Program, and Extension Academy for Professional Excellence . Kristi is a doctoral candidate in Adult Education focusing on institutionalizing community engagement in higher education. Farner has worked for CAES over 9 years. Prior to her current role she was the Development Coordinator for Cooperative Extension. Bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Family and Consumer Sciences in addition to a graduate certificate in nonprofit organizations were earned at The University of Georgia. Her master’s thesis examined work-group cohesion.