Berkana’s Board of Directors consists of a group of dedicated practitioners deeply committed to the vision, values and principles of the Institute. Board members are based in four states across the U.S., as well as in Europe. Participation on the board of the Institute requires a remarkable investment of time and energy, given that this body fulfills a key function at Berkana in programmatic design, sustainabilty and strategic thinking.
Stephanie Pace Marshall is the Founding President and President Emerita of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy—the nation’s first three year public residential institution for high school age students academically talented in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.) She was the founding president of the National Consortium for Specialized Secondary Schools in Mathematics, Science and Technology, and a president of the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), one of the world’s largest international education associations. She is internationally recognized as a pioneer and innovative leader and teacher as well as an inspiring speaker and writer on leadership, learning and schooling, STEM education and talent development, innovation, and the design of generative and life-affirming learning environments and institutions that ignite and nurture the goodness and genius within each child. Dr. Marshall has held leadership positions in every level of education: superintendent of schools, district curriculum administrator, a graduate school faculty member, and an elementary and middle school teacher. She earned a B.A. from Queens College (New York), an M.A. from the University of Chicago, and a Ph.D. from Loyola University of Chicago, and she received four honorary doctorates in science and in arts and letters.
Phil Cass. Phil Cass, PhD just completed 16.5 years as the CEO of the Columbus Medical Association and Affiliates, 12.5 years as President of the Franklin County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board and before that 5 years as the CEO of Southeast, Inc., a mental health services provider. He is now affiliated with the TPL Group, Inc. where he provides strategic consultation, process design and facilitation as well as coaching, Phil’s work is local, national and international. He holds a Bachelors Degree from Kenyon College in Biology, a Masters Degree from Fairfield University in Counseling and Guidance and a PhD from The Ohio State University in Counseling and Guidance. He lives with his wife Laura and is a proud father, step-father and grandfather.
Julie Arts. Julie (Belgium) works for the Presencing Institute. She is an economist, designing and hosting change & innovation processes. Her projects range from long term (multi-stakeholder) innovation labs, to organizational change projects and participatory leadership programs. In all her work Julie tries to create learning environments that bring together intention, attention and action. Julie is also part of the U.Lab team. “U.Lab: Transforming Business, Society and Self” is a massive open online class or MOOC created and hosted by the Presencing Institute, Edx and MITx (Boston, USA). Her role is mainly focused on supporting and connecting people, ideas, communities and hubs, as well as on bringing this format to institutions and the business world.
Jennifer Smith. Jennifer is EVP and Chief Information Officer of Zions Bancorporation. Jennifer was previously Director of Internal Audit. She also has held various positions at Wells Fargo & Company from 1995-2006, including Senior Vice President Operations Risk Management; and, Director of Technology and Operations Audit. She holds an honors B.A. degree and M.S. degree in economics from the University of Utah. Jennifer has received several business honors, including being named one of the top “40 Business Leaders under 40” by Utah Business magazine in 2010. In 2011, she was named as a member of 1 of 4 top U.S. banking teams, in American Banker’s “25 Most Powerful Women in Banking” edition and one of the top “30 Business Women to Watch” by Utah Business magazine in 2012. In 2012, she was named a prestigious International Women’s Forum leadership fellow. Jennifer is a member of the YWCA of Utah’s Board of Directors and has previously held positions on the United Way’s board of directors and was chair of their Women’s Leadership Council. In 2011 she received the Women’s Philanthropic Network’s Member of the Year award, and United Way’s Heart and Hands award. Jennifer, her husband and their two teenage children live in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Minni Jain. Minni Jain’s skill is in bringing unlikely combinations of people together to bring about the action needed for change in complex systems. Her driving force has always been to keep the focus on the search for the deeper spiritual meaning of life, to aspire to that which is higher than ourselves. She initiates and connects grass-root level movements in India, which is where she originally comes from and in the UK where she now lives. Using all her abilities, her motivation is to enable a voice for the poorest of the poor, the richest of the rich, the marginalized and the dispossessed, to regain human dignity and simplicity in their lives. Minni is the Operations Director of the ‘FLOW’ Partnership which has revived 7 rivers through community action in arid areas of Rajasthan, India. She is also a Trustee of Earthinks UK, a Trustee of the Agroforestry Research Trust and an Editor of the Holistic Science Journal. Minni also helps co-ordinate a series of workshops called Process and Pilgrimage which explore the relation between Science and Spirit through dialogues on knowing, knowledge and experience.