SD Certified Workshop Leader
Joe joined the Stennis Institute at Mississippi State University in 2010 to help coordinate and lead project and program activities related to local community and economic development.
For over 15 years Joe has been working with rural communities, organizations, associations, and volunteers throughout the Southeast and Midwest. He has a strong passion for and a commitment to helping local “sparkplugs” realize their own potential and capacities. Joe strongly believes that these “sparkplugs” exist in every community or organization, and with the proper structure and support, they can go on to accomplish amazing results.
Joe brings a deep understanding of practical community engagement and development strategies to each project. He has worked with over 100 industry, public, higher education, and non-profit clients to not only develop collaborative strategies, but implement those strategies as well. The result is inspired community or organizational members armed with clear results to be achieved and the needed collaboration and implementation tools to achieve them.
Joe holds a B.S. degree in History, a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Administration, and a Ph.D. in Instructional Systems and Workforce Development, all awarded from Mississippi State University. He is both a Certified Strategic Doing Workshop Leader and a Certified Strategic Doing Faculty member. His Strategic Doing efforts have focused on working with rural communities, regions, and non-profit organizations in the areas of community and economic development, workforce development, and entrepreneurship.
Prior to joining the Stennis Institute in 2010, Joe was Interim Director of the Mississippi State Community Action, a Governmental Training Specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, and a City Planner for the City of Germantown, TN.
Joe is an active volunteer and advocate for community engagement and change in his own town, where he is involved with several improvement efforts and organizations. He and his wife Sarah are the proud parents of three children –Nate, Caleb, and Leah– and reside in Starkville, MS.
Geniphyr has been working in community, economic and workforce development for over 20 years, and is excited to bring Strategic Doing to Colorado, and support other practitioners in the network.
Glenda is the Chief Executive Officer with St. John Ambulance (SJA) in Newfoundland Labrador and New Brunswick, Canada. Leading complex collaborative discussions resulting in action is a passion! As Chair of the Canadian National Management Team for SJA, Glenda has applied the principles of Strategic Doing to produce action-oriented business plans and projects with stellar results.
Glenda holds a Bachelor of Neuropsychology from Memorial University in her home province of Newfoundland Labrador.
Deep meaningful conversations and collaborating to build strong networks resulting in a “happy faces, heart-felt laughter and big smiles” – that’s “Her Why!”
Dr. Lauren Goldstein serves as Strategic Engagement Specialist in the Office of the Chancellor at New Mexico State University (NMSU). In her position, Lauren works directly with departments, units, colleges, and administration to revise and optimize university processes. She provides support and expertise in organizational writing, communication, and facilitation related to the NMSU LEADS 2025 strategic plan.
She is currently PI on a Thornburg Foundation-funded project, Aligning Our AgriFuture (bit.ly/aligningouragrifuture), which uses multiple Strategic Doing convenings to address the question, “Imagine the Village of Los Ranchos is the center for sustainable urban agriculture in central New Mexico–what does that look like?”
At Arrowhead Center, NMSU’s innovation and entrepreneurship center, she piloted the integration of Strategic Doing with NSF I-Corps site teams to foster momentum toward commercialization. She is currently working with community champions across New Mexico to utilize Strategic Doing for strengthening entrepreneurial ecosystems through the Arrowhead Community Entrepreneurship Program.
Outside of work, she’s an avid silversmith, a poet, and a dog-whisperer.
Lauren earned her B.A. in English at Creighton University, her M.F.A. in creative writing at Virginia Tech, and her Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Professional Communication at New Mexico State University
Sara Hand has a diverse business development background across public and private sector enterprises, which including early stage investment experience. Her motto is “Think Big. Keep it Simple. Make it Happen.” Utilizing Strategic Doing, Sara drives action-focused agendas in solving complex problems and is widely recognized for consistently achieving her goals with grace and confident skill.
An entrepreneur, Sara uses her strengths to find and leverage unique value propositions and create synergistic partnerships. From Spark Growth, her business, organizational and community development practice to founder of 3.0 Leaders Conference and multiple community partnerships, Sara enjoys developing creative and collaborative solutions for delivering maximized results.
Sara is a visionary, a valuable leader and significant asset to her community. Her recognized accomplishments have presented opportunities with the State Department, the United Nations and the 2015 Harvard Future-Ready Economies Summit.
Janet Holston, Senior Advisor, credits her entrepreneurial mindset and love of new ideas to a diverse career spanning municipal government, business consulting and higher education. She began her career as an urban planner and city housing department director in South Bend, Indiana. After moving to Phoenix, Arizona she owned a consultancy focused on strategic planning, grants and project services for entrepreneurs. She was a longtime board member of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) in Phoenix where she helped reestablish NAWBO’s Women’s Enterprise Foundation and created its grantmaking program. In 2005, she was invited to join Arizona State University (ASU) and spent over a decade as part of its dynamic leadership, first working in research administration and development to start up a new research center and in economic development leading cross-disciplinary grant proposal development. Later, she served as strategist, administrator and liaison in the ASU Foundation and ASU President’s Office on a range of new projects and partnerships in art and design, community and economic development, health and higher education. Most recently at UNC-Chapel Hill she worked with the School of Government on new initiatives and with Innovate Carolina as a social innovation task force and Innovate Carolina Network member. Born and raised in North Carolina and Virginia, Janet has a bachelor’s degree in urban planning from Virginia Tech and an MBA from Arizona State University. She was a longtime evaluator and juror for the University Economic Development Association (UEDA) Awards of Excellence program and a founding member of the National Association of Research Development Professionals (NORDP).