Facilitation Team

Kim Anderson Heller

Vezeto Leadership Consulting
(515) 851-2019

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.

Carolyn Humphrey

Voyagers Consulting
(704) 844-9062

Carolyn Humphrey is the Senior Consulting Psychologist and owner of Voyagers Consulting. 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 workplace.

Greg Pennington

Pennpoint Consulting Group
(404) 201-2974

Greg Pennington serves as Managing Partner for PC|G. As a former V.P. Senior Leader Development and Planning for a global multi-industrial company, his team was responsible for enterprise succession planning, leadership expectation models, global senior leadership forums and enterprise accelerated learning programs. His experience in human resources, training and development, diversity and inclusion, and executive coaching, include leadership roles with Hay Group, RHR International, and J. Howard & Associates. His leadership development programs include high potential development, accelerating leadership development for women and persons of color, and driving teams to high performance. Greg holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and a B.A. degree cum laude in Psychology and Social Relations from Harvard University. He is a member of the American Psychological Association, President for the Society of Consulting Psychology, and Past President Atlanta Chapter Association of Black Psychologists. Married over 30 years, with two children, his passion-pursuits include drawing, painting, and competitive Judo.

John Phillips

John Phillips Consulting
(706) 310-4199

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, an M.S. in environmental systems from Humboldt State University, California, and a B.S. in computer science from California State University, Sacramento.

Rochelle Sapp

University of Georgia
Office of Learning and Organizational Development
(979) 571-3067

Rochelle Sapp 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 leadership 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.

Larry Van De Valk

Cornell University
Executive Director, LEAD New York
(607) 255-6891

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 Ph.D. 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.

Karen Argabright

University of Georgia
Office of Learning and Organizational Development
(937) 638-8853

Karen Argabright is a Postdoctoral Associate within the Office of Learning and Organizational Development at the University of Georgia. Her contributions include supporting the coordination and implementation of the national LEAD21 faculty leadership program; playing an integral role in the development of the IAspire Leadership Academy; and coordinating and strategizing UGA Extension’s Employee Engagement Initiative. Previously, Karen was highly involved with Ohio State Extension where she led several organizational development projects related to strategic foresight, culture change, employee and supervisor development, and new employee onboarding. Her research focus is on advancing organizational leadership, culture, and change in today’s complex environments. Karen holds a bachelor’s in Animal Science and masters and doctorate degrees in Agricultural and Extension Education from Ohio State. Prior to her life in academia, Karen worked 10 years in the farming/ranching industry as a manager of equine operations in both Texas and Ohio.

Kathryn Fife

University of Georgia
Office of Learning and Organizational Development
(706) 542-9695

Katie Fife is the Program Coordinator for the University of Georgia’s Office of Learning and Organizational Development in Athens, Georgia. Her responsibilities include coordinating multiple leadership programs on both the state and national level, in addition to assisting with programs and projects affiliated with UGA Extension. Katie holds both a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Agribusiness from the University of Georgia.