Mary Ann Downey, Director of Decision Bridges, holds a BA, MED, and MSW from the University of North Carolina.
Through her company, Performance Dynamics, she designed and taught courses on leadership,
communication and conflict resolution in private, public and nonprofit organizations.
Mary Ann co-founded Start-Up Education, a nonprofit that teaches at-risk students how
to start and operate small businesses and designed a curriculum for this purpose.
She has experience as clerk and board member for many organizations including American
Friends Service Committee, Friends Journal, and Earlham School of Religion. She is a
member of the Atlanta Friends Meeting. She designs and teaches courses on Quaker decision
process to adults and students for Quaker and non-Quaker groups. For an example of
Mary Ann's continuing work in the field read Building
Community in the Classroom .
Bill Holland, Assistant Director of Decision Bridges, holds an MA from the University of Georgia, and a PhD in urban sociology at Georgia State University.
He served as a lobbyist, political strategist, project manager, mental health therapist, and executive director in nonprofit and government settings.
For six years, he was the Southeast Regional Executive Director of the American Friends Service Committee.
His experience includes both teaching, chairing and serving on numerous boards which have adopted consensus decision making.
He is a member of the Atlanta Friends Meeting and recording clerk for Southern Appalachian Yearly Meeting.
For an example of Bill's continuing work in the field read Who's in Charge: Power and Authority in Organization's Using Consensus Decision-Making
Vera L Stenhouse, PhD, Facilitator and Workshop Leader, holds a Masters degree in Education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst,
and a PhD from Emory University. She has recently co-authored Designing a House for Diversity: A Blueprint for Personal Diversity Effectiveness,
a workbook for private, public and nonprofit settings featuring exercises that help assess group dynamics, organizational culture, systems,
and practices for effective personal and professional development.
She also consults with the Friends School of Atlanta, a Quaker institution, conducting staff development workshops and is in the process of
implementing the school's self study project. Vera has been trained by and worked with several nonprofit organizations engaged in addressing
issues of conflict, resolution, team and consensus building.