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Dr. Dana Johnson

Dr. Johnson is a Professor of Pediatrics and member of the Divisions of Neonatology and Global Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota where Dr. Johnson co-founded the International Adoption Program in 1986. His research interests include the effects of early institutionalization on growth and development and the outcomes of internationally adopted children. Dr. Johnson serves on the editorial boards of Adoption Quarterly and Adoptive Families Magazine and has authored numerous scholarly works. He received the Distinguished Service Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award from Joint Council for International Children’s Services, the Friend of Children Award from NACAC and the Harry Holt Award from Holt International. He serves on the board of directors of Joint Council on International Children’s Services, Half The Sky Foundation and SPOON Foundation. Dr. Johnson has two birth daughters and an adopted son from India.

Peter Leppanen

Pete is the proud father of two children adopted from a small country in eastern Europe. He has been an informal advisor to Craig and Both Ends Burning for several years and in August 2013 was formally engaged to help define the organization’s future strategy.

Mr. Leppanen’s background includes serving as a board member and volunteer consultant to Wide Horizons For Children. He also ran the organization for six years as President and CEO, overseeing child permanency programs in a dozen countries around the globe, including the United States. These programs included family preservation, family empowerment, orphan support, community development focused on healthcare and education, adoption counseling, domestic and international adoption and post-adoption support.

In his prior career, Mr. Leppanen worked in consulting for 25 years. As a Senior Partner at CSC Consulting, he directed a consulting practice focused on strategy, business process re-engineering, and systems integration.

Richard K Lochridge

Dick Lochridge was the Founder and President of Lochridge & Company, Incorporated, a management consulting firm based in Boston from1986 to 2010. Prior to founding Lochridge & Company, Mr. Lochridge spent 16 years with The Boston Consulting Group, in the end serving as a Member of the Management Committee in charge of all of BCG’s non-U.S. offices, based in Munich, Germany, from 1981 to 1985. In 1976 and 1977, Mr. Lochridge was a Vice President with Norton Simon, Inc., a $3 billion consumer goods conglomerate, in New York. At Norton Simon, Mr. Lochridge was in charge of Marketing and Strategy.

In over 35 years of consulting, Mr. Lochridge has worked with leading companies on virtually every continent on a wide range of strategy, operating, and organizational issues. Industry experience ranges from consumer goods through basic process industries, from financial services through a variety of retail firms, from automotive giants to fast-paced high technology companies, from start-ups through the mergers of large global corporations. Over the past few years, he has focused on helping large, complex companies organize to turn their strategies into reality. Since the early 1980s, the majority of his clients have been international firms, requiring him to work in over 60 countries.

He is a Director of Dover Corporation, The Lowe’s Company, and PetSmart. In 2014, he will join the board of Knowles Corporation, a Dover spin-off. Mr. Lochridge was formerly a Director of Scott Paper Company, Hannaford Brothers, Dynatech Corporation and John H. Harland Company.

Mr. Lochridge graduated from Dartmouth College with a BA in economics and Stanford University with an MBA in Finance and Marketing. He served in the U. S. Navy from 1967-1969 briefly on an MSO (Minesweeper – Ocean) and an Instructor in Management at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.

Paul Schulz

Paul is a CEO, “second career” nonprofit leader, and philanthropist. Most recently, Paul was the CEO of the American Red Cross, Los Angeles Region, from 2007 through 2013. In those seven years Paul helped to raise over $100 million, leading a team that strategically focused the Red Cross and engaged new audiences to support its mission of disaster relief and emergency response. His team tripled annual revenue from individuals, foundations and corporations, consolidated nine chapters into one region saving $8 million annually and managed a staff of 100 and volunteer team of thousands.

Prior to joining the American Red Cross Paul led sales and marketing for Overture, acquired by Yahoo for $1.3 billion in 2003. At Overture, Paul helped grow sales from $50 million to over $1 billion in 5 years, and helped the company deal with human resource and management issues during a period of explosive growth.

Prior to Yahoo, Paul was a publisher. He was President of Recycler Classifieds, the largest collection of private party ad newspapers in Los Angeles. He doubled profits and added new titles, helped launch Recycler.com and supported the sale of the Recycler to the Los Angeles Times for $200 million in 1998.

Paul started his career at McKinsey & Company, the global consulting firm. At McKinsey Paul focused on strategy, organizational development and restructuring while working with clients that included Unilever, NBC and the Los Angeles Times.

Paul earned his Masters in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford where he was a Rhodes Scholar and threw the javelin on the varsity track team. Fortunately no one was hurt. He was a summa cum laude graduate of Claremont McKenna College where he earned his BA in Economics, was President of the Claremont Speech & Debate Team and Captain, MVP and Academic All American of the baseball team.

Paul is currently consulting on global philanthropy issues with the UCLA Center for World Health. He serves on the California Community Foundation Board of Directors, overseeing $1.3 billion in charitable assets and serving on CCF’s audit and program committees. He has also served on the boards of directors for Goodwill Industries of Southern California, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles, the Gould Center at Claremont McKenna College and Nolo Press, a for-profit company focused on legal publishing.

Paul is married with three children and is active in his hometown of La Canada.

Chad Turner

Chad Turner is a recent graduate with a JD/LLM in International and Comparative Law from Duke University School of Law. He first became interested in international adoption issues while studying international relations as an undergraduate at Brigham Young University. He spent time interning at Carolina Adoption Services before beginning to work for Both Ends Burning in the spring of 2014. Chad co-authored the Both Ends Burning report on Nepal, Paper Chains. He has also written an article on U.S. child trafficking charges, or the lack thereof, and international adoption which was published last year in the Duke Forum for Law and Social Change. Chad also interned at the Hague Conference on Private International Law where he helped in preparations for the Special Commission on the Hague Adoption Convention and acted as recording secretary at the Special Commission. He has a wonderful wife and two beautiful children. Chad is fluent in French and Spanish.

Frank Wagner

Frank Wagner has been a full time consultant in the leadership field since 1981. His consulting career began when he joined the staff part time at The Center for Leadership Studies with Paul Hersey in the late 1970’s. He then became a partner and director at Keilty, Goldsmith & Boone. Besides co-founding Prism Ltd in1986, Mr. Wagner currently serves as a Director with GEO Strategic Services Inc., an organization focused on helping organizations with strategic action in FastTime.

In the leadership development arena, Mr. Wagner’s training specialty is leadership behavior; with an emphasis on commitment, teamwork, influence across organizational boundaries, coaching, and faster strategic planning and execution. His training designs all revolve around a specific leadership model supported by exercises and tools to apply the concepts learned.

As a behavioral coach, Mr. Wagner brings a wide range of experience working with individuals from mid-level management through C-level positions. First with the Alliance for Strategic Leadership (A4SL), then with Marshall Goldsmith Partners, he oversaw the training process in Marshall Goldsmith’s method of behavioral coaching for their first two years in business. In this capacity, he co-developed and trained all coaches in the Marshall Goldsmith Partners network. Now Mr. Wagner is a partner in The Marshall Goldsmith Group and co-founder of “Stakeholder-Centered Coaching” with Chris Coffey and Marshall Goldsmith. He also serves as a coach and facilitator for Global Leadership Associates.

Clients
For Profit: Apple Computer, Citibank, Coca-Cola, Cisco, Darden, Dun & Bradstreet, the FBI, General Foods, Hawaiian Airlines, IDS Financial Services (after acquisition by American Express), IBM; Intel, KPMG, Lawrence Livermore & Sandia National Laboratories, Microsoft, National Semiconductor, NationsBank (now B of A), Reebok International, Sequent Computer (now part of IBM), Tektronix, Trinity Rail, Toyota Financial, Warner Lambert, Wells Fargo Bank and the UCLA Technical Management Program. In addition to his partnerships with large corporations, Frank has enjoyed working with a number of smaller emerging companies. These include 3D Systems, Jive Software; Keen Footwear, Pinnacle Entertainment, Network Associates and Rhythm & Hues Studios.

Not for Profit: The EastWest Institute, American Red Cross, Canadian Red Cross, International Federation of Red Cross & Red Crescent Societies, UNDP Bureau of Conflict Prevention and Recovery, UNICEF, Volunteers of America.

Mr. Wagner earned his Ph.D. and MBA from The Anderson School of Management, UCLA, where he also served as a Post Doctoral Scholar. His undergraduate degree is in Economics from Santa Clara University.

Mahsa Noble

Mahsa Noble is the president and founder of Mahsa Rahmani LLC, an umbrella company she started in 2005. She graduated with a masters degree from Instituto Marangoni in Milan and worked with top industry veterans for over twelve years. Raised in Iran during its turbulent revolution, Mahsa has experienced first hand what it is like to grow up in an oppressed environment as a child – amidst war, poverty and violence. From the age of six until thirteen when she finally left Iran, Mahsa knew what it was like to feel hungry, scared and unsafe, what children experience on a daily basis living in orphanages. The mother of two children, she is dedicated to ensuring that no child will ever have to experience the fear and uncertainty that she once did. As a result of her philanthropic efforts, in 1997, the state of Massachusetts and the American Cancer Society awarded her for her work and commitment in supporting breast cancer research. Along with that, she is a passionate advocate for personal health, working with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital at Colombia Presbyterian’s heart foundation, Franciscan Children’s Hospital and the Leslie Fang Foundation in their fundraising efforts. A former executive in the fashion industry, Mahsa currently works as a writer, and is in the process of producing a feature film based on her first novel which will be published this year. She splits her time between New York, Boston and Martha’s Vineyard.

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