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Staff members are actively involved in all aspects of the Conference in various roles. Collectively, they function as the conference management, with responsibility for maintaining the conditions that support learning, including managing the task, space and schedule. In addition, they take other specific roles, including Director, Administrator and Consultant. As consultants, staff members will offer observations and impressions about what is happening, based on their own experience and knowledge, with the goal of focusing attention on group processes and their impact on participants. Staff will be drawn from the following.

Kimberley A. Turner, Ph.D., M.Div. - Director

Dr. Kimberley A. Turner is an Associate Minister, Metropolitan Baptist Church; Program Manager, DC Health; Associate of the A.K. Rice Institute for the Study of Social Systems; Associate and Past President of the Washington-Baltimore Center for the Study of Group Relations.Dr. Turner obtained a Ph.D. in Organizational Communication from Howard University and a Masters of Divinity Degree from Wesley Theological Seminary.  Dr. Turner is also an Ecumenical OD consultant who assists churches and faith-based organizations in addressing challenges that threaten the health of their institution.  She believes the ability of individuals to work effectively in groups and organizations is influenced by the way in which authority is vested and how responsibilities for leadership and followership are assumed. 

Flora Taylor, Ph.D. - Associate Director

Psychologist and Organizational Development Consultant in private practice in West Orange NJ, Adjunct Professor of Group Dynamics and Director of Summer Group Relations Conference at Teachers College, Columbia University; Lecturer of Group Dynamics and Organizational Politics at The School of Public Policy and Planning, University of Pennsylvania; Fellow of the A.K. Rice Institute, member Washington-Baltimore Center.

Brittany Fauntleroy - Administrator

Brittany Fauntleroy was born and raised in Baltimore, MD and has a Bachelor's Degree in Speech Communication from Morgan State University. She has over 10 years of communication experience and was awarded the "Dr. Lucia S. Hawthorne Award" for outstanding communication from Morgan State University in 2015. She also has a non-profit organization called L.E.A.P., Ladies Excited About Purpose, that offers the youth mentorship, self-assurance and personal development.

Larry Franklin - Associate Administrator

Larry Franklin was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, Larry Franklin is a Strategic Communications major at the illustrious Morgan State University. Larry currently serves as the Communications Specialist at Yorkwood Elementary School in Baltimore City, where his primary responsibilities include content development, social media management, event planning and management, and development of the school’s monthly newsletter. Larry has spent his academic career, honing in on his gift, small businesses in achieving their communications and digital marketing goals.


He has been recognized by the Dean of the School of Global Journalism & Communication at Morgan State University and by the Maryland Chapter of The Public Relations Society of America for his hard work and recommendation ofMorgan State’s PRSSA Chapter faculty advisor.


Most recently, in the summer of 2018, Larry had the opportunity to travel to Havana, Cuba with the dean of the School of Global Journalism & Communication of Morgan State University, to work on a documentary featuring the role of Afro Cubans in the arts. Larry’s primary role centered around the project’s communications needs, in which he created and updated a website daily, scheduled interviews, and posted to the school’s social media accounts.

Earl Braxton, Ph.D. - Consultant

Dr. Earl T. Braxton is the President of Edge Associates, a management training and consulting firm in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Dr. Braxton's special interest is organizations undergoing profound change, high risk groups, and effective models for managing the work of groups and executive teams. He is a member of N.T.L. Institute and creator of the video series "Effective Management of Work Groups under Conditions of Conflict and Stress." Dr. Braxton has coached and consulted to numerous executives and management teams in both corporate and public sectors. He was on the clinical faculty of Yale University, is a past director of National Annual Group Relations Conference on Authority and Leadership sponsored by the A.K. Rice Institute and served as Special Assistant to the Dean of the School of Education, Duquesne University, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He has written and lectured extensively on organizational behavior, family systems, and group dynamics. Dr. Braxton is Board President, Innovative Cultural Education and Training Institute, Pittsburgh, PA. Fellow, AKRI, Member, Midwest and Boston Center Affiliates of AKRI. 

Janice Brewington, Ph.D. - Consultant

Dr. Janice Brewington is chief program officer and director for the center for transformational leadership at the National League for Nursing, where she developed and implemented two yearlong leadership programs. For three years, she previously served the NLN as chief program officer and senior director for research and professional development. Janice was provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. While at NC A&T State University, she had a unique opportunity to be an “executive on loan” for 18 months with the Gillette Company in Boston where she was employed as manager for university relations in talent acquisition, human resources, global shared services, North America.  


Dr. Brewington’s educational background includes a BSN degree from NC A&T State University, an MSN degree from Emory University, and a PhD degree in Health Policy and Administration from the School of Public Health, with a minor in Organizational Behavior from the School of Business, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also received a certificate from the Management and Leadership Institute at Harvard University.


A fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, she has provided organizational development consultation services to nonprofit businesses, city and county agencies, and universities in areas such as organization assessment, strategic planning, team building, effective management, conflict management, coaching, communication systems, leadership, consensus building, and program assessment and evaluation. She is also an executive coach. She has been on the consultant staff for numerous group relations conferences in the US, Europe and Asia. As a scholar, she has published articles, recently published a book with Dr. Salvatore Tagliareni, Roving Leadership: Breaking through the Boundaries, and secured over $19 million of grant funding. 

Sheri-Ann Cowie, Ph.D. - Consultant

Sheri-Ann hails from Jamaica, W.I. and received her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from New York University (NYU). She is an adjunct professor at NYU’s Department of Applied Psychology where she teaches group dynamics and individual counseling to graduate students. She was elected recently to the Board of the A.K. Rice Institute for the Study of Social Systems. Sheri-Ann is the founder and clinical director of Children's Century LLC, a private practice psychology and consulting organization. She uses psychodynamic group therapy as a major modality in treatment. Sheri-Ann has consulted to small and large study groups at residential and non-residential group relations conferences.  

Candice Crawford-Zakian, Psy.D. - Consultant

Candice A. Crawford-Zakian, Psy.D., is a consulting psychologist specializing in system psychodynamics, leadership development and innovation.  She is a leadership consultant and executive coach within executive education and degree programs at INSEAD (France) and the Harvard Graduate School of Education Doctorate of Education Leadership (Ed.L.D.) program. She also holds faculty appointments at Harvard Graduate School of Education and William James College where she teaches courses on group dynamics and team development. In addition, Dr. Crawford-Zakian is an Affiliate Consultant for Konu, LLC., a boutique consultancy specializing in Adaptive Leadership and Immunity to Change. She is also a Consultant at Subculture, an innovation firm founded by former IDEO practitioners that leverages design thinking and leadership. 


Dr. Crawford-Zakian is the Conference Director for the 2019 – 2021 January residential group relations conference series conducted in the Tavistock tradition and sponsored by the Boston the Center for the Study of Groups and Social Systems (CSGSS), an affiliate of the A.K. Rice Institute.


Outside of her work with organizations and leaders, Dr. Crawford-Zakian is a vocalist and songwriter. She has toured nationally with a variety of original bands and has produced and performed in a wide span of genres including; alternative rock, progressive metal, jazz and hip-hop.

Sarah Hedlund, Ph.D. - Consultant

Sarah L. Hedlund, Ph.D. is a psychologist, psychoanalyst, and Clinical Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology at George Washington University. She has a private practice in Dupont Circle where she conducts therapy and neuropsychological assessments with children, adolescents, and adults. She is Director of Training at the Frost School and she is also on the faculty of the Masters in Organizational Development program at American University. She is a member of NTL, is the Treasurer of the Washington Baltimore Center of the A.K. Rice Institute, and is a member of AKRI.


Patrick Jean-Pierre, Psy.D. - Consultant

Patrick Jean-Pierre, B.A./M.P.S. (Stony Brook University) Psychology/Human Resources, M.A. (CUNY Brooklyn College) I/O Psychology, M.A. (NYU) Education, Psy.D (Rutgers University) Organizational Psychology. Range of professional experiences in the field of education includes teaching, counseling and leadership development, as well as, organizational consulting that fosters systemic change.  Currently, Assistant District Director of Diversity, Recruitment and Retention, Schenectady City School District; Former Deputy Assistant Director, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, University at Albany; Former Director of Technical Assistance Center on Disproportionality at Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools, New York University; Former leadership consultant at the Wharton School of Executive Education; Small group instructor at University of Pennsylvania; Consultant, A.K. Rice Institute (AKRI) for the Study of Social Systems; Member: New York Center, AKRI.


Jonathan Rust, Ph.D., NCC - Consultant

Jonathan Rust, Ph.D., NCC, is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Counseling at the State University of New York (SUNY) at New Paltz where he coordinates the Masters of School Counseling Program and teaches in Masters of School Counseling and Masters of Mental Health counseling programs.  Dr. Rust is a New York State licensed psychologist and a Nationally Certified Counselor, who maintains a small private practice in Poughkeepsie, NY.   Additionally, Dr. Rust a consultant candidate and associate of the A.K. Rice Institute for the Study of Social Systems and its affiliate the New York Center for the Study of Groups, Organizations, and Social Systems.


Chris St. John, M.A. - Consultant

Chris is a lecturer at IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland teaching on corporate programs, as well as serving as a coach and consultant on executive learning programs. She is an instructor of Process Consultation at Teachers College, Columbia University. In addition, Chris is an independent leadership and organization development consultant that focuses on the design and delivery of customized leadership development programs, coaching, team development, and facilitation of strategic thinking workshops.  Chris’ work as a doctoral student in the Social-Organizational Psychology program at Teachers College, Columbia University focuses the psychodynamics of helping relationships in the workplace as well as on applying systems psychodynamics to organization change efforts in order to develop more just and equitable workplaces. She is a member of The New York Center for the Study of Groups, Organizations & Social Systems and a certified group relations consultant with The A.K. Rice Institute for the Study of Social Systems. Chris is from Massachusetts and lives in Brooklyn, NY. 


Nancy Wilson, Ph.D. - Consultant

Nancy Wilson, PhD lives in Austin, Texas where she works as a Psychology Consultant for Social Security Disability Determination Services.  She received her BA from the University of Pennsylvania and her PhD from McMaster University.  She is a Fellow of the A.K. Rice Institute, a member of the AKRI Training and Certification Committee, a Mentor in the Training Program, and a member of the AKRI Director Development and Search Committee.  


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