Board of Directors

The SelfDesign Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors which determines the general policy of the foundation, makes laws for its governance, manages its investments, and directs the expenditure of funds.

anne adams

Anne Adams

Anne has worked with many Fortune 500 companies and educational institutions both nationally and internationally. She has designed and led transformation programs through seminars, courses and educational engagements for individuals, corporations, professional groups and educational institutions for more than 30years. She has been a teacher, school director, university instructor, manager in an international educational corporation, and a business consultant to both large and small corporations.

Anne has worked with senior leaders and their teams from companies as varied as IBM,Mars, Heinz, AT&T, Lucent Technologies, Procter & Gamble, The Rouse Company, EZ Communications, to government entities, e.g. the Pentagon, and non-profits, e.g. IONS, and schools throughout the United States and India.

Dr. Adams contributes her expertise to business and education transformation by integrating transformative practices, e.g. The World Café, a process in collaborative dialogue, Appreciative Inquiry, a framework for creating a learning organization, The Collaborative Way,integrating a company’s values, behaviors and culture, with Creating the Conditions for Individual,Cultural and Organizational Transformation, (ICOT) a systemic, integral approach for sustained transformation.

brandy mccray

Brandy McCray - Secretary

Brandy is a small business owner, a visionary, a researcher, a speaker, a landscape painter, a parent, a writer, and an educator.

Brandy grew up outside of Memphis to a family of entrepreneurs. As a teenager during summer and winter breaks, she floated between businesses working and saving for travel around the country and eventually the world.

She majored in English and Fine Art with a in Spanish during college, and assisted the curator for the art museum on campus. She thought her next step would be in the direction of galleries or museums, but a unique opportunity arose in the field of education. She began to work as a governess to a family with 9 children. While researching holistic education models, she found SelfDesign and the SelfDesign Graduate Institute. She started her journey with SDGI and it has changed how she relates to her children, her students, and how she tries to draw forth a student’s inner wisdom and sense of who they are while learning.

During her master’s thesis process, she brought the knowledge she gained during her time with SelfDesign into a public high school art classroom in Mississippi through an action research program. This action research process lead to the development of Personally Relevant Curriculum, a developmentally aware and open curricular model that can be used with a variety of subject matter to enhance the teacher’s ability to understand students and tie together student interests with standard curriculum.

She is in conversations currently with advocates of the arts and education in Mississippi to bring the knowledge and curriculum into classrooms across the state. Her passions for art, education, and business are beginning to synthesize into an offering she can bring to schools, teachers, and students. She hopes to continue to bring many of the transformative ideas she has learned exploring the world and collaborating with many different people into her local communities.

david marshak

David Marshak - President of SDGI, ex officio

Co-founder of an alternative high school; public school teacher; developer of religious education curriculum for the Unitarian Universalist denomination; Assistant Superintendent in a small public high school district in Vermont; Professor in the College of Education at Seattle University, Adjunct Instructor at Western Washington University and Fairhaven College; Board Chair of Explorations Academy and founder of Explorations Academy Online; Founding President of the SelfDesign Graduate Institute.

jeff goebel

Jeff Goebel

Jeff Goebel is a leading expert in helping individuals and communities attain their goals and remove the obstacles that lie in the way, with nearly twenty years of national and international successes in consensus building, conflict resolution, and visioning for sustainable solutions. As an award-winning consultant in private practice, he has worked on catalyzing positive change with everyone from non-profits to government agencies, multi-national corporations to small family ranchers. He has developed a highly effective program of respectful listening, visioning, and planning that attains long-range and long-lasting change through 100% consensus and “buy-in” of all parties. His articles and studies have been published in professional journals, anthologies, and on his blog. He is currently writing a book entitled: One Thing You Can Do To Save the Planet, an “every person’s” guide to reversing the catastrophic deterioration of the eco-system that draws on his extensive research and experience in carbon sequestration, range management, and conservation history and practices.

His current clients include the National Geographic Society, several Pueblo Tribes of New Mexico, a coastal timber community in Washington state, and a complex eco-restoration and socio-economic renewal program in Molokai. In his volunteer work, Jeff offers his services and training workshops to a long list of individuals and organizations, from community activists to troubled families, schools and veterans facing the challenges of reentering civilian life in a harsh economic climate.


  • Candidate for PhD, Public Affairs & Policy, Hatfield School of Government, Portland State University Sept. 2009
  • Masters of Regional Planning, Washington State University Jan. 2002
  • Bachelors of Science, Range & Forest Management, Washington State University Jan. 1980
  • Certified Consensus Building & Conflict Resolution Facilitator, Consensus and Associates
  • Certified Educator, Holistic Management International
  • Certified Enterprise Facilitator, Sirolli Institute
  • Certified Leadership Facilitator, Covey Leadership Center
  • Organizational Development Business Group pool of contractors, Washington State Department of Personnel
  • Practitioner, Native Network, Tucson, AZ
jon ouellette

Jon Ouellette

Jon Ouellette is a senior executive with more than 30 years’ experience in leading vibrant organizations, including the largest Canadian-owned insurance brokerage, and has experience in financial services, oil and gas engineering, and real estate sectors. His philosophy and methodology focus on increasing bottom line performance through exceptional employee engagement. He has a rare ability to create and lead teams to embrace change and powerfully deliver on a vision.

Jon’s leadership style is to assist progressive companies through developing superior management teams and engaging employees with appropriate systems, in particular, performance based compensation, collective creation of a vision and specialized communication protocols which fuel accountability, entrepreneurialism and productivity. He is known for his strategic insight that facilitates the highest and best contributions from the team members he works with both in the for profit and non-profit sectors.

Jon is currently on the Board for Enterprise For Good, a self-funding Social Enterprise, supporting children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and lives in Calgary, Alberta.

linda inlay

Linda Inlay

Linda is an educator at Our Lady of Sorrows School in Wahiawa, Hawaii, where she collaborated with the founders of the Ho`āla Educational Philosophy, a combination of Adlerian principles and Carl Roger’s self-actualization theory. Ho`āla in Hawaiian means, “awakening of the self,” and the philosophy emphasizes the core values of responsibility, respect, resourcefulness, and responsiveness in this awakening process. Later, Linda entered the California public school system and served for eighteen years as principal of River School in Napa County, where she introduced the Ho`āla educational philosophy. During her tenure, River School received two California Distinguished School Awards, the Promising Practices Award and National School of Character Award, and the California School Board Association’s Golden Bell Award. Founder of the the Ho’āla Foundation for Education, a nonprofit dedicated to sharing Ho’āla with families and schools.

renee poindexter

Renée Poindexter - Chair

Renee Poindexter is the founder of Living the Potential Network, a collaborative of social entrepreneurs interested in designing authentic learning environments. She is a former high school English teacher who discovered the significance of learning in the world of business—over 25 years in a variety of industries—including technology, healthcare, financial services, construction, advertising and public relations, executive search, coaching, and consulting. An accomplished trainer, facilitator, success coach, and organizational consultant, Renee has worked with non-profit organizations, schools, and businesses to facilitate the positive changes needed to fulfill the organizational vision. Her background in continuous improvement has assisted her in designing programs to inspire people to lead with their heads and hearts connected.
Renee is Chair of the SelfDesign Foundation in the United States. She has served as an Advisory Board member with Univera, Inc. and currently with Village Home Education Resource Center.

terry cochran

Terry Cochran

Vice-President, Finance

Terry brings a variety of IT and business skills to SelfDesign. As a website designer, his sites include one of the earliest and longest-lasting ones on the World Wide Web. A life-long learner, he enjoys mastering new technology capabilities and helping his clients make the best use of them. After earning a B.A. at the University of Michigan and an M.B.A. at Eastern Michigan University, Terry worked for many years as a financial executive with a large nonprofit health care data research firm. He has also been a small business owner, a financial consultant, and a sales rep. In addition, he has served on the board of directors or advisory board of three different alternative schools over the years. He learned recently, in fact, that one of them is still using the business systems that he implemented 25 years ago. He hopes to help SelfDesign build both a web presence and back-office systems that are used for 25 years into the future.