Our people bring a unique combination of creativity and professionalism to The Grove. We take a very personal approach to our work with the belief that relationships are key to our success.

Our People

Meet Our Team

David Sibbet

David has been an organizational consultant and information designer since 1977. He is the author of John Wiley & Sons' three-volume Visual Leadership Series as well as many of The Grove's leading-edge group-process tools and models for facilitation, team leadership and organizational transformation. David is a master facilitator of large-scale group processes, strategic visioning and creative, future-oriented symposia. He frequently lends his coaching and design expertise to Grove project teams. His practice is informed by eight years of public affairs leadership development with the Coro Northern California Center for Civic Leadership. He holds a master's degree from Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and a B.A. in literature from Occidental College.

Laurie Durnell

Laurie is a senior consultant who has worked in organizational consulting, team development and management since 1993. A seasoned graphic facilitator and trainer, she has designed and delivered numerous programs incorporating Grove Storymaps and experience-based training for corporations and public-benefit organizations. In entrepreneurial and turn-around situations she has successfully managed rapidly changing organizations. Laurie has an M.B.A from Simmons Graduate School of Management, with an emphasis on organizational development, and a B.S. in natural resource conservation from the University of California, Berkeley.

Bobby manages The Grove's design team and handles all client requests requiring a design or consulting solution. In his 26-plus years at The Grove, he has worked on many communications-design and product-development projects. He has a master's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri, Columbia and a bachelor's degree in English literature from the University of California, Berkeley. He joined The Grove Consultants International in 1990.

Gisela Wendling

Gisela Wendling, Ph.D. is Vice President of Global Learning and Senior Consultant for The Grove Consultants International. Her expertise is based in twenty years of working and consulting within a wide range of private and public organizations. Pairing a systems perspective with dialogic approaches, she creates unique opportunities for interactive, content-rich, outcome-focused and highly transformative individual and group experiences. Gisela received a doctorate in human and organizational systems from Fielding Graduate University and was the Director of the Masters Program in Organization Development at Sonoma State University. Her deep appreciation for cultural differences and how to bridge them is informed by field experiences in Peru, Africa, and Australia.

Brings more than sixteen years of administration experience to her role managing all facets of administration and accounting at The Grove. She has a bachelor's degree in American studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz and holds a certificate in human resource management from San Francisco State University.

Has been the creative lead on a variety of communications-design and product-development projects in her fifteen years with The Grove. Tiffany has a bachelor's degree in design from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Rachel Smith

Rachel S. Smith is recognized for her expertise in making new technologies approachable through talks, trainings, and written materials and has authored instructional materials, guides, and monographs on the creative and technical aspects of teaching with technology. A specialist in project coordination and user-interface design, Rachel also develops ways to integrate technology into visual practice. Rachel holds a master's degree in education with an emphasis on educational technology from Stanford University and a bachelor's degree in art education from Florida State University. She is the author of Digital Visual Facilitation, a blog for visual practitioners.

Malgosia Kostecka

Malgosia Kostecka specializes in creating interactive visual frameworks for group collaboration and strategic visioning. With a background in education and project coordination, Malgosia is dedicated to leading participants in their process design, using creativity to achieve fruitful outcomes. She pursued the field of graphic facilitation after witnessing how previously frustrating meetings became successful and engaging with the use of a shared visual memory. Malgosia holds a bachelor of arts in psychology and fine art from The University of California, Santa Cruz.

Has more than twenty years of customer-service experience in a number of industries. She attended art school in New York.

Has extensive experience in customer service and operations support roles in a variety of settings. He studied English and Political Science at Northern Arizona University.

Has more than sixteen years of hands-on enterprise-support experience. He has an associate of the arts degree from Haskell Indian Nations University, and bachelor's degrees in elementary Indian education and contemporary Native American studies from Humboldt State University.

Has held many communications roles as a program director, social worker, curriculum writer, developmental editor, media coordinator, and environmental educator. She has a master's degree in social work from the University of Illinois.