Our ALF Facilitators

Kevin McCarthy is an independent consultant whose primary work focuses on the individual and collective challenges faced by leaders and senior teams developing and executing strategic change.  His current work is with small to mid-size organizations in areas such as healthcare, education, and non-profit organizations working in community change.  Kevin works with leaders and senior teams as a thought partner/coach on strategic and emergent change efforts.

For the past seven years Kevin has been an Associate with Change-Logic, a global firm that focuses on large organizations working to align strategic change efforts. Kevin has consulted globally to organizations in the technology, health, manufacturing, and education sectors and has been an executive education faculty member facilitating small group learning session for Leading Change and Organizational Renewal programs at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

Kevin has helped to design and currently leads programs for chapters of the American Leadership Forum (ALF). He has delivered training sessions to diverse groups of leaders on topics of dialogue and diversity, systems/community change and models of emergent disruptive change.  Currently, he provides instruction and program content for the year-long program in the ALF Mountain Valley and Great Valley programs and in the Silicon Valley Education Change Initiative.

Kevin is currently a doctoral student at the Fielding Graduate University in Human and Organizational Development.  His studies are focused on the dynamics of diverse teams in leading disruptive change efforts. Originally trained as a Doctor of Chiropractic, Kevin worked for Palmer University and held various leadership positions over his 20+ years including Vice President for Education.  He provided leadership in a three-campus system for chiropractic and science education degree programs, patient care, and research.

Kevin obtained his Masters in Education from the University of Southern California and holds a Masters Degree in Organizational and Human Development. Kevin studied for two years with MIT Professor Bill Isaacs and his firm Dialogos focusing on the essential role of dialogue in constructing meaning and shared commitment to change efforts. Kevin has also completed training in Dialogue, Deliberation and Public Engagement, a certificate program sponsored by Fielding University and the Kettering Foundation.

Kevin can be at mccarthy@changerx.com or 408.513.4691

 

Susan Frazier brings a wide variety of leadership and consulting experience to her projects.  Susan began her career as a chemist, but was quickly pulled into change management efforts by her employer.  Provided with some of the best organizational development training in the country, Susan moved from internal consultant in a corporate setting to management positions.  She has been in the CEO role in regulated industries with union staff, quickly growing start-ups, and community organizations.  In every case her ability to bring people together in innovative ways has created unexpected and groundbreaking outcomes.

Susan worked in the utility industry for 15 years and was general manager of an electric gas and water company.  In that capacity she created innovative union agreements that changed the way the company worked and met the objectives of both management and labor.  She followed that with a stint as CEO of a subsidiary company, growing it from her own idea to 80 employees in under a year.

During all of this Susan had a deep commitment to community, serving on several boards and leading community projects.  She married her community and business experiences when she moved to California and took over the leadership of Valley Vision, a nonprofit dedicated to collaborative community solutions.  Her business acumen and innovation served her well in this role, growing the funding base, staff, reputation and impact of the organization exponentially.  Susan was instrumental in the design and execution of the award winning Blueprint project, a plan for integrated transportation and land use that has won national acclaim.

Susan is now a consultant focusing on organizational and community development, and a facilitator in the Mountain Valley American Leadership Forum’s Cohort Program, a year-long graduate program for Senior Fellows.  She holds a Master’s Degree in Management and Organizational Development from the College of St Scholastica.

Susan can be reached at susfrazier@icloud.com or 530-957-7840

 

Todd Vogel is a mountain guide, outdoor educator and retail mountain shop owner from Bishop, California,. Originally from Michigan, he moved to Bishop from Santa Cruz in 1988 to be closer to the mountains and the outdoors. His first job in Bishop was digging ditches for a local mountain resort – not the glamour job he was hoping for! His future wife-to-be also made the move with him and started working at the local mountain shop. Fast forward nearly thirty years and now Chris and Todd both own the store “Eastside Sports”, having purchased it in 2012. The store employs fourteen people and Todd currently serves as the bookkeeper – a position he had there for a year in 1989 – advertising director, CFO, HR head, and maintenance supervisor (toilet cleaner). The joys of owning a small business.

Todd is a well-regarded leader in the outdoor education community, having served on the board of directors of the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) in the early 2000’s and as the founding president of the thirty-four hundred member Professional Climbing Instructor’s Association (PCIA) from 2005 to the present. He is one of the founders of the PCIA Slope Access Technician program, which seeks to standardize techniques used to access technical terrain in the transportation and geo-hazard mitigation industries. He frequently speaks at outdoor leadership conferences on topics ranging from professionalism in climbing instruction to how to bring wilderness stewardship programs into outdoor education. Todd also serves as a Search and Rescue team member and a member of the Inyo County Planning Commission.

Recognizing the importance of helping future generations learn about the outdoors Todd founded the non-profit “Eastern Sierra Youth Outdoors”, in partnership with the local Rotary chapter, with grant funding in 2015. The free program takes up to thirty youth ages 12 – 17 on a five day climbing and backpacking camp each spring.

Todd spends about 16 weeks a year on outdoor programs. When he’s not pretending to help run Eastside Sports or out on a program, he loves to run with his dog, bird watch, hike, and try to ignore all the house maintenance projects he really should be doing.

Todd can be reached at  todd@outdoorlink.org or 760-920-0774