PNDC Consortium of Trainers

Sharon Strand Ellison's vision has been to collaborate with a network of highly seasoned, independent professionals in order to provide transformational learning for professional and community organizations. While almost all of the trainers in the consortium began their training in Powerful Non-Defensive Communication between ten and twenty years ago and some have more than 1,000 hours of formal training, each person in the PNDC Consortium is outstanding in his or her own areas of expertise. Sharon and other trainers also offer workshops for the public and some trainers offer coaching for professional development and/or personal growth.

PNDC Consortium Trainers are dynamic, straightforward, articulate, and compassionate. They also understand that finding humor, even in stressful situations, is essential to the learning process. They are adept at using a wide variety of creative training tools, whether providing individual coaching, facilitating workshops and training programs, or presenting at conferences.

Sharon Strand Ellison, Founder and Executive Director of IPNDC, a pioneer in the field of eliminating defensiveness, is the creator of the Powerful Non-Defensive Communication™ (PNDC) process and the author of Taking the War Out of Our Words. With her daughter, Ami Atkinson, she produced the audiobook Taking Power Struggle Out of Parenting, winner of a Benjamin Franklin Award. Sharon has been a Scholar in Residence at St. John’s University and a nominee for the Leadership in a Changing World Award. Her clients include Hewlett Packard, Wells Fargo, the United States Deparment of Justice, Roche Molecular Diagnostics, the Smithsonian, and the Centre for Dispute Resolution in London. More about Sharon . . .
 

Ami Atkinson Combs, Director of IPNDC, is co-author of the Benjamin Franklin Award winning audiobook Taking Power Struggle Out of Parenting. As Sharon Strand Ellison's daughter, she has been an active participant in the discussion and development of Powerful Non-Defensive Communication from an early age. Together, they often co-facilitate conference presentations and workshops. More about Ami . . .


 
Jesse Combs, a graduate of UC Berkeley, is the co-founder of Clearstream Consulting LLC, a firm providing project management services and information technology (IT) support. In conjunction with his technical expertise, Jesse is an outstanding project manager, clear communicator, and natural teacher. With this combination of talents, Jesse can customize a strategic plan based on the client’s organizational characteristics and needs, thereby facilitating integrated team functioning and the achievement of project goals and deadlines, all while enhancing client loyalty. Organizations he has worked for include Lawrence Livermore Laboratory, Systemix and Nike. More about Jesse . . .
   

Vicki Dello Joio has 40 years of experience as a Qigong practitioner and is a Master Teacher who specializes in teaching people how to tap into the powerful resource of their own energy. A seasoned theater performer and director, Vicki is also a conference speaker, workshop facilitator and consultant in professional and community environments, along with providing workshops for the public. Using improvisation, theater games, and martial arts, she empowers people to remain non-defensive during conflict so they can have the clarity needed for high-level creative problem-solving. Her clients include Marin Cancer Institute, the Oakland Museum and the Manitoba Government in Canada. More about Vicki . . .

   
Michael Bell, a graduate of Cornell University, is a founder and principal of InPartnership Consulting, specializing in business assessments, change management strategies, and cultural competence for both profit and nonprofit organizations. He has been a core member of national think tanks, including Fetzer's "Healing the Heart of Diversity." An astute, tenacious, international trainer and speaker, he assists organizations in understanding their cultures and their need for transformational learning. One of his specialities is working with executives charged with leading and implementing change initiatives. His clients include Coco-Cola, The Kellog Foundation, and the United Nations. More about Michael . . .
 
Mercedes Martin is a graduate of the University of Miami and has a Masters Degree in Leadership Development from UCSF, as well as having completed advanced study and research in organizational development. She is a founder and principal of InPartnership Consulting. A native Spanish-speaking international consultant and conference speaker, Mercedes introduces cutting-edge organizational development tools and does intensive work with corporations in European and Latin American countries as well as in the United States and Canada. She has been a member of three national think tanks, including "Consensus Building Processes for Organizations and Communities." More about Mercedes . . .
   

Teresa Karns Edmondson, M.Ed., a summa cum laude graduate from William Jewell College, has completed post-graduate training in Natural Systems Thinking from The Bowen Center in Washington, D.C. She is also a Certified Birkman Consultant. The founder of Edmondson Consulting Group in Houston, Texas, Teresa works with Fortune 100 firms both nationally and internationally. Helping organizations work more effectively and with greater emotional intelligence, she offers executive coaching, conflict resolution, and team development programs as well as giving speeches and workshops. Her clients include ExxonMobil, Bayer Corporation, Shell Oil, MD Anderson Cancer Center, and Raytheon Systems Company. More about Teresa . . .

   

Vittoria Adhami,, the founder and principal of “From Now On,” is a Life Coach and Professional Coach. She is vice-president of COSTI, the largest Canadian social service agency helping immigrants and refugees integrate into Canadian society. Vittoria has translated the PNDC Introductory Program into Italian and she now teaches PNDC in Europe. More about Vittoria . . .

   
Kevin Jones is a communication consultant, actor, and jazz guitarist. He leads transformative workshops focusing on crucial social, cultural, and interpersonal issues, as well as teaching organizational and management skills. He is a magnetic, funny, engaging speaker, able to hold the attention of diverse audiences including "difficult" groups initially unreceptive to participation. He incorporates an understanding of the impact of "social rank" on the functioning of people at all levels in any organization. Kevin also does intensive work with African-American men on confronting their own history and healing and on achieving their goals. His clients include AT&T, Kaiser Permenente, and Microsoft. More about Kevin . . .
   
Sherry Mouser has more than 40 years of experience as a communications professional, both as a radio announcer and in the corporate advertising field. Also a freelance graphic artist, she founded Mouser Art, a web design business. With 14 years of PNDC training, Sherry has stellar analytical abilities and exceptional verbal skills, as well as being compassionate and possessing a quick sense of humor, all of which make her an outstanding PNDC trainer and coach. Offering phone consultations and using Skype, she coaches individuals with regard to personal and professional issues, and also couples. Her focus is on empowering people to explore and express their authentic voice with clarity and power. More about Sherry . . .
   
Dr. Monza Naff is the author of Must We Say We Did Not Love: The Need for Divorce Rituals in our Time and the Director of Inner Growth Services. A college professor for 25 years, she has more than 20 years of experience with PNDC. An exceptional facilitator of group process, Monza always respects diverse opinions and has an extraordinary ability to create trust, bringing people together in community. She offers keynotes, workshops and consultations on the power of ritual in creating transitions that honor the past while moving forward with strength and openness into new phases of life. Monza also consults with therapists and other professionals who wish to offer these skills to their clients. More about Monza . . .
   

Dr. Kostas Bagakis is a bilingual Greek-American and an early member of the "Unlearning Racism." His deep theoretical understanding of and original teachings about societal structures (including class, race, and gender) as well as his gentle and articulate manner give him a profound ability to build community among people of diverse backgrounds. He focuses on the essential, often ignored, issue of "class" as a major factor in organizational breakdown and, ultimately, a key to enhancing people's ability to work and live together in diverse communities. Kostas speaks at conferences and facilitates training nationwide, as well as teaching at San Francisco State University. More about Kostas . . .

 

Fabienne McPhail Naples, the first appointed Assistant Dean of Students directing the Women's Center at Stanford University, has a degree in journalism and public relations. She has over 20 years of involvement as a trainer with a focus on women's empowerment and leadership, as well as issues confronting African-American women, cross-gender dialogue, and violence in the workplace. A dynamic facilitator who uses creative methods for experiential learning, she challenges women and men alike to examine how their own attitudes affect their individual and group performance. She speaks at conferences nationwide and works in educational, nonprofit and corporate settings. More about Fabienne . . .

   
Mady Shumofsky is a graduate of Brown University, an award-winning mediator, and owner of a black belt in Jujitsu. Combining the discipline and strategic thinking of her martial art experience with her emphasis on community building, she offers mediations and teaches conflict management for corporations, small businesses, city governments, police and fire departments, nonprofits, and neighborhood groups. She has ten years of experience working with attorneys on employment disputes and provides ADR trainings for attorneys and mediators. Mady was a member of the Board of Directors for the Association for Dispute Resolution of Northern California. She was the first PNDC Trainer to offer public workshops. More about Mady . . .
   
Margaret Benson Thompson is a licensed Marriage, Family and Child Counselor who also provides training and supervision for therapists, along with being a workshop facilitator and conference speaker. Her work focuses on viewing individual psychological issues within a cultural and community context. Drawing on Qigong, a meditative martial art, she has extensive training with Vicki Dello Joio. Margaret presents on topics including mentoring youth, American history from a multicultural perspective, solution-focused therapy, child abuse assessment and prevention, and community problem solving. Margaret has worked extensively with high-risk adolescents. She also has a private practice. More about Margaret . . .

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