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David Sibbet
President and Founder

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.
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Laurie Durnell
Vice President of Consulting & Training

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.
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Rachel Smith
Director of Digital Facilitation Services

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.

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Giselle Chow
Senior Consultant

Giselle Chow, Senior Consultant, is seasoned at designing, leading, and facilitating group and institutional change processes. As a career educational leader and facilitator, she has developed and led many experience-based trainings using graphic facilitation and graphic recording. Her group leadership is informed by her expertise with appreciative inquiry models, restorative justice models, and narrative inquiry and theory. Giselle has extensive experience in educational leadership, including serving as Dean of Equity and Instruction and Acting Dean of Students in a San Francisco high school. She has an M.A. in Educational Leadership and a B.A. in Art History, both from Mills College in Oakland, CA.

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Gisela Wendling, Ph.D.
Director of Global Learning

Gisela Wendling, Ph.D. is Director 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.

Grove Staff
Tiffany Forner, art director View Bio Hide Bio 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. Megan Hinchliffe, CAO & assistant to David Sibbet View Bio Hide Bio 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. Cody Keene, workshops assistant View Bio Hide Bio 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. Donna Lafayette, workshop manager View Bio Hide Bio has more than twenty years of customer-service experience in a number of industries. She attended art school in New York. Edward Palmer, IT/ISS coordinator View Bio Hide Bio 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. Bobby Pardini, vice president of visual solutions View Bio Hide Bio manages The Grove’s design team and handles all client requests requiring a design or consulting solution. In his 24-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. Julia Sibbet, founding partner, Grove Tools, Inc. View Bio Hide Bio is the head of marketing and PR efforts at Grove Tools, with two decades of experience in sales, advertising and marketing, AIDS public health education, and nonprofit PR. She is a graduate of UC - Santa Cruz with degrees in Modern Society & Social Thought and Community Studies. Thomas Sibbet, founding partner and CEO, Grove Tools, Inc. View Bio Hide Bio oversees the Grove products business that ensures clients' needs are met with appropriate and timely product solutions. He received a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Humboldt State University. To contact Thom, email Jan Thomas, communications manager View Bio Hide Bio 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. Andrew Underwood, product fulfillment manager, Grove Tools, Inc. View Bio Hide Bio has worked at Grove Tools and The Grove Consultants International for eight years. He received a bachelor’s degree from Oberlin University.
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