Each of our team members is passionate about helping businesses and nonprofits build their organizations. Coming from a variety of backgrounds such as organizational development, business management, finance, adult education, social psychology, sociology and psychology, our team works cohesively to improve organizations. We work with a range of external partners that bring different JEDI skills and experiences to complement our work.

Alexander P. Moss

President

Alexander P. Moss MPPM

President

Alex Moss, MPPM, is a founder and president of Praxis Consulting Group, Inc., where he advises employee owned, nonprofit, and mission-driven corporate clients in fully engaging employees to drive organizational performance. His expertise includes ownership culture, strategy, governance, leadership, and workforce education and engagement, and he is a frequent speaker and author on these matters.

Alex currently serves as a Trustee of the Employee Ownership Foundation. He is a past member of the Board of Directors of the National Center for Employee Ownership, and of both the Board of Directors and the Board of Governors of The ESOP Association. He has chaired The ESOP Association’s professional advisory committees on Fiduciary Issues and on Ownership Culture, and he has served the employee ownership community in numerous other capacities.

Alex is current Board Member of two ESOP firms, he has served on the boards of a number of cooperative and non-profit community organizations, and he previously managed the social enterprise initiatives of a non-profit community organization. He holds a master’s degree in public and private management from the Yale School of Management and an AB from Brown University.

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Virginia J. Vanderslice

Principal

Virginia J. Vanderslice PhD

Principal

Virginia J. Vanderslice, PhD, is a Principal with Praxis Consulting Group and is the firm’s immediate past President, a position in which she served for 21 years since co-founding the firm. Praxis focuses on aligning leadership, culture and strategy to enhance organizational performance to increase share value for employee owners.

Ginny has more than thirty years of experience assisting employee-owned companies in the areas of leadership development and organizational culture transitions designed to maximize the opportunities that come with employee ownership. A major focus of her work during the last ten years has been designing and delivering leadership development programs that support the creation and maintenance of high performing ownership cultures and that deepen each firm’s leadership capacity.  Employee ownership brings both opportunities and challenges for leaders that are different from those in traditionally owned companies. To support the long term sustainability of employee-owned companies, her work includes assisting firms in creating succession systems that cover all key organizational roles, incorporating executive assessment and individual or group coaching where appropriate.

Ginny has published widely in both trade and peer review journals.  In addition to her work at Praxis, Ginny is a faculty member of the graduate program in Dynamics of Organization at the University of Pennsylvania where she teaches courses on organizational change.  Ginny is the founder and Academic Director of a unique leadership development program for current and incoming CEOs/ Presidents of employee-owned companies.  The program is offered by the University of Pennsylvania in partnership with the Employee Ownership Foundation.

Ginny holds BS and MS degrees from Cornell University and a PhD in the social psychology of groups and organizations from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

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Nancie C. Zane

Principal

Nancie C. Zane PhD

Principal

Nancie C. Zane, PhD, is a social psychologist and a principal with Praxis Consulting Group. For over twenty years, Nancie has worked with non-profits, for-profits and public sector organizations to build diverse staff and board leadership teams, strengthen staff relationships, and develop effective communication strategies—all in the service of helping organizations achieve their goals. Nancie also works to help organizations re-align their organizational mission, culture, and structure through innovative visioning and strategic planning processes. In addition, Nancie heads the coaching practice within Praxis that serves mid-level managers and senior leaders. She has coached and taught in the Wharton Advanced Management and the Executive Education Program and is certified in Clark Wilson, Hogan Surveys, the ESCI (emotional Intelligence), and SAVI communications.

Nancie has taught courses at the University of Pennsylvania for over 15 years focused on organizational diagnosis, group and team dynamics, and strategic thinking and planning. In addition, Nancie has designed and delivered courses on women and leadership and intergroup relations and was a visiting lecturer at the University of Haifa and the Golda Meir Center in Haifa, Israel. Her co-authored publication with Kenwyn Smith, PhD, Organizational Reflections: Parallel Processes at Work in a Dual Consultation won a Macgregor Award from the Journal of Applied Behavioral Sciences. Her other publications focus on the creation of corporate commitment to organizational diversity as well as re-thinking student discipline in the context of school restructuring.

Nancie recently stepped down from the national board of the Alliance for Non-profit Management; she was co-president of the Philadelphia Center for Organizational Dynamics for 3 years; a member for 10.

Nancie received a BS from Cornell University in criminal justice and community psychology and a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania with a concentration in social psychology. She was awarded the Tompkins County Human Rights Award for her work in the criminal justice system and the development of the Tompkins County Sexual Abuse Task Force, a multi-disciplinary approach to providing treatment to offenders and survivors while focusing on prevention.

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Sarah James

Principal/ Program & Marketing Manager

Sarah James

Principal/ Program & Marketing Manager

Sarah James is Program and Marketing Manager and a Principal at Praxis where she coordinates the details of our Leadership Development programs, Penn CEO program, Marketing and special projects. She brings to Praxis her experience in administration, fundraising, event planning, and customer service.

Prior to joining Praxis, Sarah was the Member Benefits Coordinator at WXPN, a public radio station. There she helped to create a community within the membership by coordinating membership events, producing fund drives and delivering excellent customer service to 24,000 members.

For several years, Sarah worked at Weavers Way Co-op, an active member-owned food cooperative. Her duties there varied–from board coordination, workshop planning, and marketing. She participated in strategic planning with Praxis while on the staff of the co-op. She also served as Membership Coordinator at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education where she coordinated fundraiser events and membership communication.

Sarah has her BA from Connecticut College and her MFA in printmaking from the University of Washington in Seattle. Sarah does ceramics work and is a passionate volunteer in support of women’s health issues.

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Linshuang Lu

Principal

Linshuang Lu MSOD

Principal

Linshuang (pronounced “Lin-Shang”) Lu, MSOD, is a Principal at Praxis Consulting Group. She currently provides organization development, strategic planning, leadership development and culture change services to nonprofits and employee-owned companies. She is passionate about helping organizations develop their leaders and foster deeper staff engagement in order to create better workplaces and achieve greater impact.

Linshuang plays an active role in the employee ownership community, regularly speaking at regional and national conferences, and writing on leadership development and culture topics. She has served on the board of the ESOP Association and the National Center for Employee Ownership. Linshuang is currently a member of the Ownership Culture Committee of the ESOP Association.

In the nonprofit community, Linshuang serves on the Advisory Board of Leadership Learning Community and is a Steering Committee Member of Philadelphia’s INTERGEN. She has contributed to publications by the Center for Creative Leadership and the OD Practitioner on leadership and impact.

Linshuang teaches a master’s level course on Team Dynamics at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and financial leadership in the Nonprofit Executive Leadership Institute (NELI) Certificate Program at Bryn Mawr College. She has guest taught in two courses at the University of Pennsylvania’s Nonprofit Leadership for Social Change Master’s Program.

Prior to joining Praxis, Linshuang worked at Nonprofit Finance Fund where she taught workshops and provided consulting services to nonprofits in financial planning, management and education. She was one of the lead developers and writers of the NFF/Guidestar Financial Scan Report. She has also worked as a strategy consultant at Mercer Oliver Wyman (now Oliver Wyman), advising companies on new product development and risk management.

Linshuang holds a master’s of science in organization development from American University. She also completed the Huntsman International Studies and Business Joint Degree Undergraduate Program at the University of Pennsylvania, with a BS in Economics from the Wharton School of Business and a BA in International Studies and Comparative Literature.

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Kathleen McInerney Kane

Principal

Kathleen McInerney Kane

Principal

Kathleen McInerney Kane is a Principal at Praxis and brings 25 years of management consulting experience to her work with leaders, teams and organizations. Kathleen’s broad exposure to organizational life enables her to see desired outcomes clearly and support her clients in achieving them. Kathleen is particularly effective in helping to create strategic advantage through the development of leaders.

Kathleen has partnered with a broad range of employee owned, private sector and non- profit organizations. Her areas of focus include:

  • Coaching
  • Executive Assessment and Succession Planning
  • Group Process Design and Facilitation
  • Leadership Development
  • Executive Development
  • Organizational Design
  • Systems Level Change

Kathleen combines her knowledge of employee ownership with her extensive experience working in the healthcare industry and leads the healthcare practice within Praxis. Her most recent work has focused on working with clinical leaders to further develop their leadership capacity.

Kathleen’s diverse client list includes: Aqua Engineers, BAYADA Home Health Care, Comcast Corporation, DCS Corporation, Einstein Healthcare Network, Inspira Healthcare Network, Inergy Automotive Systems, Sentry Equipment Corporation, Play On Philly!, and Habitat Bucks County.

In her previous role as the Global Director of Learning & Organization Development at Deloitte, Kathleen and her team were responsible for the development of 25,000 consultants on a global basis. Kathleen was also a trusted advisor to the partners at Deloitte relative to organizational change and succession system development.

Kathleen holds a BA in Communication from the University of Denver.

Other Relevant Qualifications

  • Emotional and Social Competency Inventory
  • Clark-Wilson 360° Leadership Practices Survey
  • Hogan Personality Inventory
  • Hogan Development Survey
  • Hogan Motives, Values & Preferences Inventory
  • Myers Briggs Type Indicator®

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Jon M. Sweigart

Principal

Jon M. Sweigart MSS

Principal

Jon Sweigart has experience providing practical and strategic support for the client’s learning and performance goals. His work helps organizations build healthy, productive workplaces where employees engage in meaningful ways and build strong owership cultures in their broadest sense.

He draws on his professional experience in senior management, human resources, talent development and workplace learning in his work with employee-owned, nonprofit and private sector organizations.

Focus areas include:

  • Executive assessment
  • Coaching with individuals and teams
  • Multilevel leadership development design and facilitation
  • Large- and small-group process design and facilitation
  • ESOP communication
  • Strategic planning

Through his work, Jon has shifted organizations from an exclusive focus on training events with limited impact to a sustained process focused more on the resources, social interaction, and performance support that encourage autonomy and continuous learning for longer-term impact. Prior to joining Praxis, Jon served as Vice President of Personnel and Professional Development at a nonprofit organization, where he helped develop a signature service delivery approach based on customer-centered, data-informed and culturally appreciative principles.

He frequently presents at ESOP Association and National Center for Employee Ownership (NCEO) events and is a member of the ESOP Association’s Ownership Culture Committee.

Jon is a certified practitioner in the following assessments:

  • EQ-i 2.0/EQ 360, an assessment of Emotional Intelligence
  • Hogan Leadership Assessment Series
  • Clark Wilson 360° Leadership Practices Survey
  • Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)
  • Team Diagnostic Survey (TDS)

He holds a bachelor’s degree in English/communication from Goshen College and a master’s degree in clinical social work from the Bryn Mawr School of Social Work and Social Research.

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Betty Cotton

Principal/ Financial Administration

Betty Cotton

Principal/ Financial Administration

Betty Cotton is the Office Manager/Financial Administrator and a Principal at Praxis. She brings to Praxis a diversified set of skills, including administrative support, bookkeeping, office management, customer service, computer, and research. Her duties include supporting staff and consultants in their work. She is responsible for client invoicing, expense tracking and general accounts payable functions. Prior to joining Praxis, she was a long time employee at a woman owned consulting firm. There she oversaw the day-to-day operations of the firm and was responsible for the financial functions of the firm.

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Molly Mead

Senior Consultant

Molly Mead EdD

Senior Consultant

Molly Mead, EdD has worked and consulted extensively in employee ownership and nonprofit sectors, helping organizations with strategic planning, organizational design, and change work.

Before joining Praxis, Molly had a 30-year career in higher education, most recently at Amherst College where she was the founding director of the Center for Community Engagement and a member of the American Studies faculty. Molly came to Amherst from Tufts University where she was on the faculty of the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and the founding director of the Tisch College of Civic Life.

Molly is a national expert on the role of diversity in effective organizations. She co-authored the award-winning book, Effective Philanthropy (with Mary Ellen Capek), in which they make the case if foundations want to do impactful grantmaking their staff and board need to be deeply diverse.

She has significant experience helping nonprofit organizations do strategic planning. Because of her background as an educator, she always strives to help the organization she is working with learn strategic planning skills. Strategic planning clients include: the Metastatic Breast Cancer Alliance, the Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations, three units within Drexel University (The Lindy Center, the Dornsife Center, and Action for Early Learning), Lambda Legal, and the Annie E Casey Foundation.

Molly has worked with the National Breast Cancer Coalition as the educational facilitator of Project LEAD, an internationally recognized program teaching the science of breast cancer to breast cancer advocates. Over 1500 hundred people have gone through this program in its 25 years. Many participants in this program have gone on to partner with researchers, improving the design of breast cancer research.

Molly holds an AB from Cornell University, an MBA from Simmons College and an EdD from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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Danie Greenwell

Director of Operations

Danie Greenwell PhD

Director of Operations

Danie Greenwell is the Director of Operations at Praxis. For more than a decade, Danie has worked with socially responsible businesses and nonprofits focusing on finance, marketing, IT, and operations.

She holds a PhD in Communication, Culture, & Media from Drexel University and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania. While at Drexel, she developed and taught community-based learning courses including, “Promoting Health and Wellbeing” and “Communication in Grassroots Organizations” in partnership with the non-profit LIFT and “Urban Farming Communities” in partnership with the Enterprise Center CDC/Walnut Hill Farm. In fall of 2012, Danie  successfully completed the training program for “Inside-Out: The Prison Exchange Program” and served on the Drexel advisory committee to expand the model to include other communities. In 2017, she received the college level graduate student award for Civic Engagement at Drexel University.

Danie is passionate about good food, women’s health, environmental stewardship, and improving access to resources for the thousands of Philadelphians who live in poverty. As a member of the Philadelphia non-profit scene and former president of Philadelphia’s Young Nonprofit Leaders, Danie has worked and volunteered with many area nonprofits including serving as a founding board member of the Philadelphia Orchard Project and currently serves as a trustee of the Union Benevolent Association.

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Nelson Parrish II

Senior Consultant

Nelson Parrish II MA

Senior Consultant

Nelson Parrish, II, MA is a thought leader with experience in the development and implementation of processes and programs to facilitate individual effectiveness and organizational productivity. With an emphasis on the integration of leadership, diversity, and change management, he enables people and organizations to communicate across differences, manage change, and maximize effectiveness.

Focus areas include:

  • Executive Coaching
  • Leadership Development
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Strategic Planning
  • Change Management
  • Public Speaking and Group Facilitation

Nelson has consulted for nonprofits, for-profits, employee-owned companies and federal and local government in including higher education, financial services, healthcare, and socially responsible businesses.

Before his career as a consultant, Mr. Parrish was a manager of people and processes in the financial services industry. As the former Vice President of Change Management, Inclusion, and Development, one of his achievements was to design, implement, and measure a significant system change process that increased leadership effectiveness, diversity competence, and organizational performance.

Nelson holds a master’s degree in Organizational Management from The University of Phoenix, a Bachelor of Arts degree from Millersville University, certifications from The Amherst Writers & Artists Group in Writing Group Leadership, Bucknell University-Central Atlantic Advanced School of Banking, Howard University-Coalition Building Institute, and The Philadelphia Institute for Paralegal Training.

Demonstrating a strong commitment to his community, Nelson serves as treasurer of The Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the performance, education, and preservation of jazz music.

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