Dr. Baginski has served as CEO of Leadership Lake County since January 2012. She has over 35 years of experience in communications, marketing and management in public, private and nonprofit organizations. She is a certified Behavior Styles trainer through the Effectiveness Institute. Dr. Baginski is a frequent speaker on leadership in life and in the workplace, and building cultures of leadership.
Dr. Baginski was Laketran’s first Director of Public Relations and Marketing from 2000 through 2010, earning numerous national awards for communications during her tenure. She has also served as an adjunct professor at Cleveland State University in the College of Education. She is a long-standing and active member in the Mentor Chamber of Commerce and the Ohio Governor’s Council on People with Disabilities Youth Leadership Forum. She is a graduate of Leadership Ashtabula 1996, Leadership Lake County 2004, and the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program in 2016. She currently serves as Chair of the national board of the Association of Leadership Programs. She is a member of Lakeland Community College’s Hall of Fame. She received the Maureen Fitzgerald Leadership Award from Governor’s Council on People with Disabilities in 2008 for positively impacting the lives of students with disabilities. In 2014, she was a recipient of Lakeland Community
College’s Woman of Achievement Award.
Dr. Baginski is a Mayfield Heights resident with her husband, Thom and sweet pup, Lucy.
Contact Jessie at jbaginski AT leadershiplc DOT org.
Born and raised in the Mountain West in a state that boasts more antelope than people, he found his way to Iowa with the opportunity to play college baseball. He graduated a Hawkeye with a degree in Economics before embarking on a diverse and winding path of business and relationship development opportunities.
He is a sharp dressed, smooth talking, Tough Mudder that between Crossfit workouts and climbing the 14,000 ft peaks of Colorado spreads the gospel of the Iowa City area in an effort to attract business to the region. From Automated Vehicles and Education Technology to Natural and Organic Foods, Tom takes his work seriously, but rarely himself. He found his way to ICAD via a sorted and checkered career history with roles at Allsteel, Tippie College of Business, and community place-making with the Blue Zones Project. Along the way he has lived in Silicon Valley and Austin, TX, but proudly calls Iowa City his home.
His journey with Strategic Doing started in Dec 2016 and has led to over 45 local practitioners being trained since January 2018. He became a CWL in September 2019 with the goal of achieving Fellow in 2020. He has participated in nearly 2 dozen engagements to date and is working closely to become an SD Affiliate in partnership with the University of Iowa.
He is married with two teenage step-sons, three dogs, and a cat that keep things interesting outside the office. He volunteers his time as a High School baseball coach, enjoys golf, cooking, and a good bike ride. The simple things in life, like good beer, good food, and good conversations along with family and friends are what he finds the most rewarding.
Phone: (563) 506-3280
Andrea Fay Barber-Dansby (Fay) serves Purdue University Polytechnic Institute as a faculty member with The School of Engineering Technology instructing students in Industrial Engineering Technology. Fay’s area of focus is system thinking/application and lean systems.
Prior to joining Purdue, Fay was an adjunct professor with Ivy Tech Community College and Indiana Wesleyan University and spent 18 years in industry with General Motors. At General Motors, she served in multiples capacities: industrial and project engineering/flexible manufacturing systems and simulations, and sales/marketing. Fay has a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University and MBA from Columbia University.
Fay has conducted collaborative projects with Purdue Black Alumni Organization, a local church and campus/community engagement.
Brad uses Strategic Doing to achieve transformation in large organizations. He has extensive experience is operations and maintenance and is currently helping Evonik re-imagine maintenance and reliability in manufacturing. He also has several projects running that are working toward implementation of modern digital tools. Think about “automation” while thinking about business processes and you’ll line up with Brad. He is certified in Strategic Doing with 15 years of work experience in two industries: oilfield services and pharmaceutical manufacturing. He worked for Schlumberger for 13 years in their Wireline business segment and gained experience in operational systems, asset management, and technology development and commercialization. Brad has an engineering degree from Purdue (BSME with EE minor) and is currently employed by Evonik in Lafayette, IN.
Jessica Bell is a Project Manager in the Grants Hub at Iowa State University. Jessica is experienced in research development, team science and project management best practices that are used to improve funding and project success for research and research teams. Her thirst for knowledge, along with the connections made help foster and grow research networks and create an environment where researchers and their teams thrive.
Strategic Doing has been proven as an effective tool in higher education to utilize existing networks and resources to address complex problem universities face. Jessica uses Strategic Doing to advance departmental, college, and university initiatives towards measurable outcomes quickly through applying the Strategic Doing credo to instill concepts of civility, psychological safety and equity of voice in the process.
Jessica graduated from Iowa State University with her Bachelors of Science in Animal Ecology and is working towards her Masters in Project Management from Colorado State University Global.
Signe Bell is Director of Nonprofit and Community Programs and Policy Scientist with the Center for Community Research and Service (CCRS) in the Biden School of Public Policy and Administration at the University of Delaware and has been working with nonprofits and community organizations for more than 20 years. She is a BoardSource Certified Governance Trainer and a Licensed Standards for Excellence® licensed consultant and directs the Nonprofit Management Certificate Course (NPMCC) program at the University of Delaware. Signe has a B.S. in Human Services and an M.P.A. with a specialization in Nonprofit & Community Leadership from the University of Delaware. Prior to joining the staff of the Center for Community Research and Service in 2002, she worked in the area of Youth Development with several youth serving nonprofits. Signe loves working with nonprofit/community leaders and boards and helping them attain their professional and organizational goals, as well as working with Public Policy and Nonprofit Leadership Certificate Program students as they plan and prepare for a career in Public Policy and/or Nonprofit Leadership.