Leadership Academy - Virginia Tech - Roanoke Higher Education Center - A professional development certrificate program
 Leadership Academy - Virginia Tech - Roanoke Higher Education Center - A professional development certrificate program



Instructors & Coaches


Gay-Lynn Carpenter, PCC
Owner of Next Wave Coaching
Facilitator of Emotional Intelligence & Coach - Richmond location

Gay-Lynn Carpenter, PCC, is a leadership and communication coach. She works with emerging leaders, technical experts and rising executives to help them strengthen their leadership, presence and communications so they can be influential in their organizations.

Gay-Lynn's approach to coaching is a culmination of 30 years developing all manner of written and spoken communications and helping leaders engage their employees in business goals. She has worked in the health care, financial services, legal services, and non-profit sectors.

Gay-Lynn has held a credential from the International Coach Federation (ICF) for over 10 years and is Past President of the ICF Virginia Chapter. She has a Master of Science in communication management from Syracuse University and a Bachelor of Science in Cultural Anthropology and English from James Madison University.

Henry Cobb
Facilitator of Language for Leaders
Richmond location

B. Scott Crawford
Vice President, VA811, Roanoke
Facilitator of Making Smart Decisions & Design Thinking - Both Roanoke and Richmond locations

Scott is employed as the vice president for VA811 where he helps to keep Virginia’s underground utility infrastructure, excavators, property owners and property safe by identifying and marking underground utilities prior to excavations or demolitions. His professional experience includes overseeing and implementing professional development for ValleyStar Credit Union and MemberOne Federal Credit Union. He brings over 20 years of experience in education, having served as an adjunct instructor for Virginia Western Community College, a high school history teacher, social studies coordinator and a director of education for the Taubman Museum of Art. He also appeared on a monthly local news station (WSLS Newschannel 10) as the Art Detective.

At Member One, Scott developed new curriculum that allowed for a humanities and arts-based approach to business training. This unique method earned Member One national recognition with the 2013 Credit Union National Association Human Resources/Training Development (CUNA HR/TD) Excellence in Employee Engagement Award. Scott is a strong believer in the use of games to help make work fun and improve performance.

In addition, Scott has served on the City of Roanoke's Arts Commission. He published a book in 2013 called "Dating Jane," chronicling his research on a heretofore unknown postmortem portrait by the 19th century American artist Lilly Martin Spencer.

Scott graduated from Old Dominion University with a master's degree in History.

Gwin Ellis
City of Roanoke's Coordinator of Organization Development and Learning
Co-facilitator of Orientation and Creating an Inclusive Workplace - Roanoke location

Gwin Ellis currently serves as the City of Roanoke’s Coordinator of Organization Development and Learning. A Michigan native with deep-rooted family ties to the Roanoke Valley, Gwin fulfilled a lifelong dream when she relocated to Virginia. Prior to relocating, she served as Director of Human Resources for an affiliate of Southeastern Michigan's electric and gas utility, DTE Energy, Inc. She joined the City of Roanoke Department of Human Resources in 2001. Since then she has contributed as the Human Resources’ Learning Specialist; the Assistant to the City Manager in the City Manager’s Office; and Neighborhood Services Coordinator. In her current role in Human Resources, Gwin manages the organization's development and employee learning processes.

Gwin has enjoyed supporting Michigan and Virginia communities through Boysville of Michigan, Welfare to Work, Literacy Volunteers of America, as well as, Roanoke Public Schools' Help One Student to Succeed (HOSTS) mentor program. Her current projects include serving as the chair of the Diversity Advisory Council, project manager for several City initiatives, including the organizational culture change effort, the Lean Management Project and the organization’s Leadership Development Initiative.

Pamela (Pam) Gibson
Facilitator of Ethical Leadership - Richmond location

Elizabeth "Eli" Jamison
Assistant Professor of Practice at Virginia Tech
Facilitator of Adaptive Leadership, Emotional Intelligence, co-facilitator of Orientation and Creating an Inclusive Workplace, co-facilitator of Ethical Leadership - Roanoke location

Eli has been engaged in leadership and organizational development consulting for public, private, and nonprofit organizations for over 20 years. She spent more than 10 years at Radford University serving as director of the Master of Business Administration program and Leadership Development Center, and as an adjunct instructor of management in the College of Business and Economics. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Practice at Virginia Tech.

Eli's expertise, engaging presentation style, and ability to create customized training programs have afforded her the opportunity to provide keynote addresses for a variety of professional associations, as well as deliver customized training programs for organizations both locally and across the United States. Eli received her bachelor's degree from James Madison University, master's degree from Vanderbilt University, and doctorate from Virginia Tech.

Bill Kennan, Ph.D.
Professor of Communication, Radford University
Facilitator of Language for Leaders - Roanoke location

Bill has recently returned to the faculty at Radford University after 17 years in administration. He has served as the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, Associate Dean of the College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences, and Chair of the Department of Communication. As a professor of communication of 35 years, he taught a variety of classes at the undergraduate and graduate levels, including organizational communication, persuasion, research methods, public speaking, change and innovation, and training and development. His research focuses on social capital and public relations.

Bill has also served as a consultant and trainer for a variety of organizations. His skills in this area include teamwork, leadership, conflict, change management, information management, and international and intercultural communication.

John Lord
Founder and Consultant, Lord/Thompson Associates
Facilitator of Adaptive Leadership - Richmond location

John Lord is currently a consultant in private practice. In 2004, he retired after 20 years at the University of Virginia to form Lord/Thompson Associates (LTA), a training and consulting group specializing in leadership and organizational development. LTA targets its programs and services to colleges and universities, as well as federal, state and local governments.

For the last five years of his tenure at the University, John served as the Director of the Leadership Development Center, a resource dedicated to helping University executives, administrators, managers and supervisors succeed in their leadership roles. For the previous 15 years, he served as the Director of Organizational Development and Training, an enterprise designed to meet the professional development needs of the University’s 13,000 faculty and staff members.

A graduate of the University of Virginia, he also received his master’s degree in public administration from the University of Connecticut. He has been an active member and officer in various professional and non-profit organizations, including the American Society for Training and Development and Literacy Volunteers of America. He currently serves as a volunteer with Building Goodness Foundation, The Nature Conservancy, the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club and the Rockfish Valley Museum of Natural History.

Christian Matheis
Visiting Assistant professor, Justice and Policy Studies, Guilford College, Greensboro, NC
Co-facilitator of Ethical Leadership - Roanoke location

Christian is the former director of the Virginia Tech Graduate School’s Office of Recruitment and Diversity Initiatives, and serves as visiting assistant professor in the School of Public and International Affairs.

He specializes in ethics, political philosophy and philosophy of liberation with concentrations in feminism, race, indigeneity and global justice. His recent research focuses on different forms of solidarity in liberatory social movements, problems caused by identity politics and moral criteria regulating how state administrative agencies treat refugees. He has over 15 years of applied experience in grassroots/community organizing, government relations and human relations facilitation.

Christian is the co-editor of Migration Policy and Practice: Interventions and Solutions (Palgrave 2016), an emeritus editor of the journal SPECTRA: the Social, Political, Ethical, and Cultural Theory Archives (2012-2015), director of the Society for Philosophy in the Contemporary World (SPCW), and a Voices contributor to The Anarres Project for Alternative Futures. His work appears in various anthologies and edited collections.

Shizuka Modica
Founder of i.m.i. institute, LLC
Facilitator of Creating an Inclusive Workplace - Richmond location

As a learning facilitator, Dr. Shizuka Modica offers workshops and coaching in leadership and management through her company, i.m.i. institute, LLC, and helps individuals and organizations perform optimally and grow sustainably. She is an expert on high performance, meaningful work, leadership and change management. She integrates mindful practice into her teaching and coaching.

She is also Professor of Organizational Behavior and Leadership at the Kyoto College of Graduate Studies for Informatics and Adjunct Faculty at the University of Virginia (UVa) Darden School of Business. She earned her master’s in education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and her PhD in higher education from UVa. Previously, Shizuka was an international higher education administrator and publicist at the International University of Japan. At UVa, she managed a world-class cardiology research center and academic programs; researched and wrote business cases on leadership, organic growth and entrepreneurship; and taught organizational behavior.

Professional Coaches

Janet Crawford
Extra Ordinary Living
Both Roanoke and Richmond locations

As a professional coach, Janet leverages her experience as a health care executive where she learned the value and challenge of creating and maintaining an engaged and highly trained staff, of balancing attention on both strategy and operations, and of cultivating a style of courage and collaboration to improve results. Janet served on numerous state and national policy-making committees which strengthened her ability to find sustainable solutions by honing in on the common-ground issues. Personally committed to continuous learning and growth, Janet works with organizations and leaders who recognize the critical importance of emotional intelligence and communication skills to achieve their strategic initiatives while maximizing operational excellence. She applies the principals of neuroscience to help her clients find ways to thrive in times of change, take calculated risks and live into their potential. As a coach, presenter and meeting facilitator, Janet is known for her ability to challenge conventional thinking and promote possibility thinking to create sustainable change.

Janet holds a bachelor's in Business Administration from Baylor University and an MBA/MHA from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She is a graduate of Coaching University and has earned the designation of Professional Certified Coach from the International Coach Federation (ICF). For 18 years, Janet enjoyed a fulfilling and rewarding career in healthcare leadership positions working for Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) and Carilion Clinic. In 2004, she stepped officially into the world of entrepreneurship launching her career as a Professional Coach and Speaker through her business Extra Ordinary Living. Janet is active in the ICF Virginia Chapter and has incorporated coaching principles and philosophies into all of her life as she pursues the journey of extraordinary.

Anne Millehan
Roanoke location

Anne Millehan, founder of Millehan Coaching and Consulting, is a certified coach and consultant for company owners, leaders, and motivated executives. She specializes in business performance coaching and corporate strategy consulting.

Anne draws from her strong background in the financial and medical industries, having worked for Crestar Bank, Dominion Bank, Bristol Myers Squibb, GlaxoSmithKline and Sanofi. Her primary roles have been as manager, account manager, field trainer, field sales representative and management trainer. Her proven ability to penetrate new markets, capture market share, and accelerate corporate revenue gains, gives her a unique perspective when working with clients, particularly those determined to grow. In corporate positions, Anne has been a National Sales Champion twice, delivering in the top 2-8% of all sales representatives for both GlaxoSmithKline and Sanofi. She’s received Area Innovation awards as well as being recognized with Audacity, Solidarity, Creativity and Lead Teams Awards. She understands what it takes to achieve impressive sales results in a competitive marketplace. Her coaching and consulting work draw from this experience and knowledge.

Anne is active in the Roanoke community, serving on the board of the Blue Ridge Business Alliance and as a mentor for The Gauntlet, Virginia’s largest business program and competition. She is a founding member of the Healthcare Sales Professionals Association of Southwest Virginia.

Using her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and coaching certification through Coaching Training Alliance, Anne is focused on helping clients develop solid, customized, and effective solutions designed to accommodate both personalities and company cultures. She’s determined to help those she works with reach goals more quickly and easily. A member of the International Federation of Coaches as well as the local Virginia chapter, Anne takes continuous learning, confidentiality and ethics seriously.

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