To ensure meaningful results for our clients, Greenleaf’s staff offers the perfect mix of science and organizational expertise, including neuro, social and medical sciences; public health; emotional intelligence; strategic planning; organizational development and change management; leadership and staff development; and program management.
In addition to science and organizational expertise, our team combines experience in diverse areas of wellbeing, including trauma recovery, holistic health, stress management, and group psychology. We quickly discern our clients’ unique needs and develop tailored, innovative programs that deliver lasting results.
We’re a talented, compassionate, and engaged team with diverse backgrounds and a profound commitment to a wellbeing-focused culture inside Greenleaf. We invite you to explore our bios below.
Siddharth Ashvin Shah, M.D., M.P.H.
Founder and CEO
Siddharth Ashvin Shah, M.D., M.P.H., is a physician, public health scientist and thought leader who seeks to change the way we regard our society’s helpers, protectors, and healers—people and organizations who operate in demanding and traumatic environments.
As founder and CEO, he provides hands-on leadership of Greenleaf’s operations. This includes collaborating with his expert staff on the development of integrative wellbeing solutions that deliver extraordinary value to clients, as well as guiding the firm’s strategic expansion and enabling a mindful internal culture for its staff.
Siddharth’s interdisciplinary expertise spans the humanities, social sciences, common sense preventive medicine, cross-cultural resilience and spiritual practices, trauma-informed care, disaster public mental health, and real-world applications of cutting-edge neuroscientific thinking.
Greenleaf grew out of Siddharth’s international consulting to governments, health care organizations, NGOs, and the private sector in the areas of chronic high stress, brain health, trauma resiliency, strategic communications, and leadership effectiveness. Before founding the firm, he conducted a private practice at the GW Center for Integrative Medicine in Washington, D.C.
Previously, Siddharth headed the Preventive Medicine Residency Program at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center in Brooklyn, along with a faculty appointment in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan, New York City.
Siddharth received his Bachelor of Arts in religious studies from Rice University in Houston and completed his Doctor of Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. After one year of specialized training at the Karl Menninger School of Psychiatry, he attended the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai for advanced training in preventive and behavioral medicine and a Masters in Public Health.
What inspires Siddharth? When people achieve the sublime, a kind of magic, in their lives. I can see it in the way they hold themselves in the ordinary, how they lose themselves in play…and how they show up for adversity.
Adia Bailey, Contract Specialist, has been with Greenleaf since 2014. An integral part of the client team delivering institutional support to USAID’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), she provides expert contract administration and management services for the humanitarian organization. These include producing contract and related documents and ensuring compliance.
Previously, Adia worked for more than five years at MAIC, Inc., a business management consulting firm in Hyattsville, Md. There, she served Department of Homeland Security clients in contract management and data analyst positions.
Adia has certified knowledge in a wide range of database and federal contracting software applications. She has completed coursework in business administration at Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Va. What inspires Adia? “I love the quote, ‘Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.’ It keeps me moving whenever I get an idea for a new task.”
As Security Specialist, Anthony Hall manages oversight and implementation of Greenleaf’s corporate and individual security compliance. Anthony works closely with candidates, employees, senior management, and appropriate government agency officials to process all facility and individual clearance requirements, and ensuring compliance with all government regulations.
Anthony has completed coursework towards a Bachelors from the University of South Florida in Tampa, Fla. What inspires Anthony? ”I’m inspired by my mother, who was a very hardworking individual with great integrity. She taught me to perform every task to the best extent of my abilities.”
Instructional Design Specialist
Arielle Schneck, Instructional Design Specialist, is currently on the client team serving USAID’s Office for Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) training unit. She works closely with team members and client stakeholders to develop training standards and engage e-learning programs for the humanitarian organization.
She comes to Greenleaf from TJ Westlake, Inc. in Arlington, Va., where for several years she held training and related management responsibilities at the Department of State's Foreign Service Institute. Arielle has also held instructor positions with AmeriCorps in Arlington, Va., and Chungdahm Learning in Cheonan, South Korea.
She completed a Master of Arts in Instructional Design and Technology from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. in May 2018, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Women's and Gender Studies from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa. What inspires Arielle? “The outdoors. Whether out in the woods, on a mountain top, or on the busy streets of downtown D.C., being outside helps my creativity flow freely.”
Christopher “Kit” Larsen
Training Unit Manager
Christopher “Kit” Larsen, Training Unit Manager, takes a team leadership role in the development and delivery of client programs including those for USAID’s Office of Food for Peace. He is primarily responsible for working with client stakeholders on the design, development, implementation, and assessment of training solutions.
Previously, Kit worked for the Department of Defense for many years throughout the spectrum of learning - instructor, curriculum developer, instructional designer, researcher, and author. His career also includes the founding of and curriculum design for One Shepherd Leadership Institute, a not-for-profit school offering leadership development for civilian and government personnel.
Kit holds a Ph.D. in learning technologies with an emphasis in educational psychology from the University of Missouri, where he also earned his Master of Education in educational technologies. He is a veteran of the United States Army. What inspires Kit? “I'm a sucker for the underdog. I'm inspired by stories of people who triumph in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. That's adventure.”
Instructional Design Specialist
Dan Schneck, Instructional Design Specialist, is part of Greenleaf’s team that is serving USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) training unit. Dan collaborates with colleagues to design, develop, and deliver materials for online and in-person learning experiences.
Previously, Dan worked at the California Department of social services where he oversaw the creation of new training modules from inception through the production and go-live stages. He is fluent in Latin and Greek. He has also taught Latin and chaired the Electives Department at a prestigious high school.
Dan earned his Master of Arts degree in Classical Philology from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Fla. and his Bachelor of Arts in Classical Studies & Classical Languages from John Carroll University in University Heights, Ohio. What inspires Dan? Reading Greek and Roman literature. “I am amazed at how deeply I can be connected to someone writing 2,500 years ago. It reminds me that we are all part of a larger culture that is living, breathing, and will keep us going beyond our life spans.”
Dani Munro-Blackshear, Trainer, serves on the Greenleaf client team that provides a range of institutional support services to USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA). Using proven methodologies and technologies, she works with client stakeholders to develop and facilitate customized trainings to serve a range of staff learning needs for OFDA employees.
Previously, Dani comes to Greenleaf from Imagine Lincoln Public Charter School. Additionally, she has held several other roles which provided case management and counseling support to children and their families.
She holds a Master of Education in Counseling from Howard University in Washington, D.C. as well as a Bachelor of Science in Child Development from East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C. What inspires Dani? "My family inspires me. Whether it is me being the nurturer and keeping them on task, or just sitting back watching their growth and accomplishments, I'm inspired each day by the goals they set for themselves and the determination to see it through."
Senior Instructional Designer
Danielle Williams, Senior Instructional Design Specialist, is currently on the client team serving USAID’s Food for Peace training unit. She designs learning experiences for effective learning, supporting FFP in achieving their organizational goals.
Previously, Danielle worked at two property management firms, where she used various proven training models and methodologies in combination with mobile technology to improve staff learning and performance. She has also served in public education as a specialist in instructional design, training, and facilitation.
She earned her Master of Arts in adult education and training from the University of Phoenix in Phoenix, Ariz., and her Bachelor of Science in English education from Bowie State University in Bowie, Md. What inspires Danielle? “Music is my biggest inspiration because it gives people the ability to connect on a personal level.”
Emily Dockery, Trainer, is part of Greenleaf’s team that is serving USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) training unit. Using proven methodologies and technologies, she works with client stakeholders to develop and facilitate customized trainings to serve a range of staff learning needs for OFDA employees.
Prior to joining Greenleaf, Emily provided a high level of customer service to senior researchers, visitors, and guests as the Receptionist at the RAND corporation in Arlington, Va. Emily has also worked in marketing, communications, and volunteer management in the U.S., Azerbaijan, and Cambodia.
Emily earned her Bachelor of Arts in History from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. What inspires Emily? “Artists, specifically writers. I think stories brighten our lives. My favorite poet, John Keats, wrote, 'A thing of beauty is a joy forever.' I think stories in any shape or form helps sustain people in both good times and bad.”
Manager, Communications and Operations
As Practitioner and Manager, Erin Petersen is a key member of the Communications and Operations team. She plays an essential role in operations, client delivery and account management, content development, and business development.
She comes to Greenleaf from Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C. where she worked for over a decade in medical education. She also has experience as a clinical mental health counselor specializing in trauma and psychological first aid for distressed persons.
She holds a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and a Master in Education from Regent University in Virginia Beach, Va. as well as a Bachelor of Arts in History from Bridgewater State University in Bridgewater, Mass. What inspires Erin? “I am always inspired when I am afforded the opportunity to help people make forward progress no matter how big or small. I love to ask how I can help someone move from point A to point B and then walk alongside them on the journey until they arrive there.”
As Executive Liaison, Jennifer Cochran is a key member of the headquarters team. Jennifer works directly with senior leadership and will be responsible for performing a number of business development and administrative duties to include nurturing business relationships, project and program management, along with content development and research.
Prior to working for Greenleaf, Jennifer has previous experience in working with NGOs, International Organizations, and donors. She most recently worked at Global Communities.
Jennifer earned a Bachelors of Arts in French from the California State University, Long Beach in Long Beach, Calif as well as a Diploma in World Politics and a Masters of Science in International Relations from the London School of Economics in London, England. What inspires Jennifer? "I am inspired to contribute to the creation of a new paradigm of cooperation, interconnectedness, wholeness, and joy -- to live in a world where every being can fully thrive.”
Instructional Design Specialist
Jourdain Henderson, Instructional Design Specialist, is part of Greenleaf’s team that is serving USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) training unit. Jourdain collaborates with colleagues to design, develop, and deliver materials for online and in-person learning experiences.
Previously, Jourdain worked at George Mason University where he served as the Navigate Technology Manager and Instructional Designer. Prior to that, he was a Residential Community Director, Instructor, and Student Affairs Coordinator for the University of West Georgia.
Jourdain earned his Bachelors of Science in Education and his Masters of Education degree
in Professional Counseling and Higher Education Administration from the University of West Georgia in Carrollton, Ga. What inspires Jourdain? “I am inspired by people, innovative ideas, opportunities to learn, create and the breaking down of social constructs that are in existence as barriers to transformative change. “
Juletta Mims, Recruiter, serves on the Greenleaf client team that provides a range of institutional support services to USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA). She supports the OFDA divisions in recruiting and hiring humanitarian experts to serve in the field and in the Washington, D.C. headquarters.
Previously, Juletta comes to Greenleaf as a buyer for Phoenix International. Additionally, she holds extensive contracts and procurement experience in both the government and private sectors.
She has completed coursework in Business Management from Prince George’s Community College in Largo, Md. as well as having obtained several certificates from the National Institute of Government Purchasing, George Washington School of Business and Public Management, and GSA Training Center respectively. What inspires Juletta? "People's success stories inspires me. Knowing that an individual has accomplished their goals and endured any obstacle to achieve them, confirms that having determination will ultimately reward you."
Chief of Staff
Kathy Cox serves as Chief of Staff and Director of Communications Operations at Greenleaf. She oversees all activities within the company, works directly with the CEO on strategic growth planning, and effectively leads numerous operational areas, including recruitment and human resources, administration and budgeting, internal communications, business development, and marketing. She is also a member of Greenleaf’s management team.
Previously, Kathy served for six years as Crew Chief at Harmony Crew, a strategic engagement firm in the Washington, D.C. area. There, she led the firm’s operations, marketing, strategic partnerships, and client workshops and retreats.
Her career also includes management and operations positions at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Friends of Fort Dupont Ice Arena, and MindBank Consulting Group, all in the Washington D.C. area. In addition, she has extensive experience as an independent consultant, providing operations, fundraising, and event services to a range of clients.
Kathy is certified in Servant Leadership by the Robert K. Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership in Atlanta, Ga., and in Quantum Leadership by the Academy of Total Intelligence in Oxford, England. She was named a SmartCEO Brava Awards Honoree in 2016, celebrating female business leaders who combine their entrepreneurial spirit with a passion for giving back to the community.
Kathy is an active member of Leadership Greater Washington, the Association of Talent Development, and Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind. What inspires Kathy? “Those moments when you take note of the perfect synchronicity in the world – whether it be something visually beautiful, the emotional lift of a great song, or connecting with someone through a smile.”
Keerror Colquitt, Recruiter, serves on the Greenleaf client team that provides a range of institutional support services to USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA). She supports the OFDA divisions in recruiting and hiring humanitarian experts to serve in the field and in the Washington, D.C. headquarters.
Prior to joining Greenleaf, Keerror worked as a Business Operations Analyst for the Federal Consulting Group. Additionally, she held various customer service and administrative positions.
Keerror earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Boston College in Chesnut Hill, Mass. What inspires Keeeror? “Hearing other people’s life stories inspires me because it reinforces my belief that there isn’t one path to our destination. We will all get there in our own timing, in our own way.”
As Training Coordinator, Kelly Mack is part of Greenleaf’s team that is serving USAID’s Office of Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) training unit. Using proven methodologies and technologies, she works with client stakeholders to develop and facilitate customized trainings to serve a range of staff learning needs for OFDA employees.
Prior to working for Greenleaf, Kelly taught English overseas in Costa Rica and Chile. She also worked in higher education administration for Georgetown University.
Kelly earned a double Bachelors of Arts in Spanish and in Global Studies from the University of Vermont in Burlington, Vt. What inspires Kelly? “People who embody kindness, selflessness and perseverance inspire me. I know that if I personify these qualities everyday, I will later look back and be satisfied with the way I lived my life.”
Kyle Springer, Instructional Designer, is part of Greenleaf’s team that is serving USAID’s Office of Food For Peace (FFP) training unit. Kyle designs training materials and collaborates with the rest of the FFP team to develop new trainings and update existing trainings.
In addition to his responsibilities at Greenleaf, Kyle also currently serves as an aviation officer in the U.S. Army National Guard. Prior to joining Greenleaf, he worked as a Learning and Development Specialist for Goodwill Industries of the Valleys and was a substitute teacher for middle and high school students.
Kyle earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Human Ecology from the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. What inspires Kyle? “My family, especially my wife, and their hard work. They have always shown me that putting forth the extra effort and little bit of time is always worth the better outcome.”
As Practitioner and Senior Advisor, LeRoy Thompson counsels Greenleaf teams on tailored sustainable solutions for clients operating in highly demanding environments, enabling them to improve enterprise performance while protecting employees’ emotional wellbeing. He joined in 2010 when Greenleaf partnered his long-time management consulting firm, Thompson & Associates.
Since then, LeRoy has taken on an expanded role in delivering programs and results to Greenleaf clients. Prior to founding Thompson & Associates in 1983, LeRoy was an Associate with McKinsey & Company in their Washington D.C. office, where he led a range of client strategy projects and mastered the consulting firm’s well-known hypothesis approach to solving business challenges. He has served a wide range of government, healthcare, corporate, and non-profit clients.
LeRoy’s business expertise spans organizational development, systems thinking, quantitative and qualitative research, strategic planning, process complexity reduction, change management, leadership development, instructional design, and facilitation and training.
He holds a Master of Business Administration in finance and international business from Columbia University Graduate School of Business in New York City as well as a Bachelor of Liberal Arts in English and American literature and language from Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. He is an award-winning business author and has been a featured speaker at numerous national and international business conferences. What inspires LeRoy? “Being around people who have a passion for learning. It reminds me to not be content with what I currently know and believe to be true.”
Lori Schlesinger, Training Coordinator, is part of Greenleaf’s team that is serving USAID’s Food For Peace (FFP) training unit. Lori provides support to the training team, schedules and arranges logistics for training courses, maintains the learning management system (LMS), and assists OFDA learners with the LMS and course registration.
Prior to joining Greenleaf, and still currently as a reservist, Lori serves our Armed Forces as an Air Transportation Specialist with the U.S. Air Force. In addition to her primary Air Force role, she also serves in multiple volunteer capacities, in addition to Events Coordination and Administrative Support.
Lori is finishing her Master of Science degree in Management at the University of Maryland, University College in Adelphi, Md. where she also earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities. What inspires Lori? “Random acts of kindness. The little things really do make a big difference.”
Luis Diaz Laabes
Instructional Design Specialist
Luis Diaz Laabes, Trainer, is part of Greenleaf’s team that is serving USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (FFP) training unit. Using proven methodologies and technologies, he works with client stakeholders to develop and facilitate customized trainings to serve a range of staff learning needs for FFP employees.
Previously, Luis worked as a Vice Consul at the United States Consulate General in Ciudad Juarez. He was also formerly a Spanish language and culture teacher for the Foreign Service Institute as well as at a local high school.
Luis earned both his Master of Arts degree in Translation and his Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Education from the University of Puerto Rico in San Juan, Puerto Rico. What inspires Luis? “Teaching. Not only teaching in an academic setting but in all aspects of life. The fulfillment and satisfaction one gets from imparting knowledge to another person is a feeling that is powerful and unparalleled.”
Meghana Venkatesh, Trainer, works on the Greenleaf team serving USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) training unit. Using proven methodologies and technologies, she works with client stakeholders to develop and facilitate customized trainings to serve a range of staff learning needs for OFDA employees.
Previously, Meghana served as International Projects Assistant and, before that, International Programs Fellow, at Global Cold Chain Alliance in Alexandria, Va., a member organization that supports more than 1,300 companies in 75 countries who serve the food industry by providing third-party, temperature-controlled supply chain services.
She is from Austin and holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. What inspires Meghana? “My parents inspire me. They worked very hard and sacrificed a lot to get to where they are today. All of the opportunities and experiences my sister and I have had is thanks to their selflessness.
As Practitioner and Senior Advisor, Dr. Nancy Spangler, Ph.D., OTR/L has extensive experience developing workplace health and resiliency strategies. She specializes in applying a systems-based approach to create positive change in individuals and organizations.
Nancy devises collaborative relationships with employers to optimize programs, policies, and practices supporting psychological health across the spectrum of prevention methods, screening, and effective treatment. In order to enhance human performance, she has the ability to blend leadership philosophy, neuroscience, mindfulness, and workplace health promotion according to client needs. Her varied clients have included health care organizations, benefits consultants, pharmaceutical companies, professional organizations, digital learning providers, and governmental agencies.
Nancy holds bachelor and masters degrees in occupational therapy from the University of Kansas, and she has practiced as an occupational therapist in a variety of settings. Her PhD is in Therapeutic Science, a special interdisciplinary program at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Her previous clinical work included serving adults with brain injuries and children with developmental disabilities related to autism, cerebral palsy, and abuse.
Nancy has published peer-reviewed articles and textbook chapters on behavior change and workplace mental health issues. What inspires Nancy? "I'm inspired when I see groups of people with all kinds of differences -- in strengths, personalities, knowledge, and experiences -- coming together to do great things in the world. It can be meaningful, powerful, and joyful."
Naveeda Naeem, Recruiter, serves on the Greenleaf client team that provides a range of institutional support services to USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA). She supports the OFDA divisions in recruiting and hiring humanitarian experts to serve in the field and in the Washington, D.C. headquarters.
Naveeda comes to Greenleaf with over 4 years of experience in procurement. She was most recently working as a Procurement/Business Analyst with the General Services Administration.
Naveeda earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Queens College in Flushing, N.Y. What inspires Naveeda? “Hard work and persistence inspires me. There is no such thing as 'impossible', some just lack the drive to keep getting up after the falls.”
Nichole “Niky” Grogan
Training Unit Manager
Nichole “ Niky” Grogan, Training Unit Manager, takes a team leadership role in the development and delivery of client programs including those for USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) training unit. She is primarily responsible for working with client stakeholders on the design, development, implementation, and assessment of training solutions.
Previously, Niky was CEO of Thinkwell Healing Group, an initiative she founded to coach women and young girls to personal and professional wellness. Her career includes instructional design and training roles in the Washington, D.C. area for numerous Intelligence Community and private sector organizations. She also served for 10 years in the United States Air Force as Russian and Uzbek Linguist/Instructor and Command Language Program Manager.
Niky earned her Bachelor of Science in adult education and training from St. Joseph’s College of Maine in Standish, Maine. She is a certified instructional designer and a certified wellness coach. What inspires Niky? “Stories of triumph. When an individual overcomes a situation that has left others immobilized in despair, I'm reminded that I can overcome obstacles too, no matter the level of difficulty!”
Nikia Young, Recruiter, serves on the Greenleaf client team that provides a range of institutional support services to USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA). She supports the OFDA divisions in recruiting and hiring humanitarian experts to serve in the field and in the Washington, D.C. headquarters.
Nikia comes to Greenleaf with over 10 years of experience in procurement. She was most recently working as an Administrative Technician with National Institutes of Health.
Nikia has completed coursework towards an Associate degree from Prince George’s Community College in Arlington, Va. What inspires Nikia? “As an Administrative professional, I have always been motivated by the fact that, at the end of my work shift, I have put forth my best efforts to complete the agency's mission.”
Tia Wilkinson, PSC Coordinator, serves on the Greenleaf client team that provides a range of institutional support services to USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA). Tia plays a key role in facilitating communication with job candidates for OFDA’s personal services contracts positions and job postings, in accordance with U.S. Government procurement regulations.
Previously, Tia comes to Greenleaf from Kepler Research where she provided procurement services for the Department of Justice. Additionally, she has held several other administrative roles which supported both U.S. government and international NGO clients abroad.
She holds a Master of Science in International Business from Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y. as well as a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from West Virginia University in Morgantown, W.Va. What inspires Tia? “I am inspired by diversity. Whether it's diversity of people, culture, food, landscapes, it motivates me to get out and try something new, meet new people, travel, discover, and to learn and enjoy all that life has to offer.”