Our team is passionate about collaborating with organizations to develop their people and culture, and help them reach their goals. We come from rich backgrounds in organizational development, business, finance, adult education, social psychology, sociology, and psychology. We also work with trusted strategic partners whose expertise, skills and experience complement ours.

Alexander P. Moss


Alexander P. Moss MPPM


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.

He is a Trustee of the Employee Ownership Foundation and 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 currently serves as a BoD member of three ESOP companies, and chairs two of those. He has served on the boards of a number of cooperative and nonprofit community organizations, and he previously managed the social enterprise initiatives of a nonprofit community organization. He holds a master’s degree in Public and Private Management (MPPM) from the Yale School of Management and an AB from Brown University.

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Virginia J. Vanderslice


Virginia J. Vanderslice PhD


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


Nancie C. Zane PhD


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

Managing Principal

Linshuang Lu MSOD

Managing Principal

Linshuang (pronounced “Lin-Shang”) Lu, MSOD, is a Managing 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 diversity, equity and inclusion, leadership development, strategy and culture topics. She has served on the board of the ESOP Association and currently serves on board of the National Center for Employee Ownership.

In the nonprofit community, Linshuang serves on the Board of the Untours Foundation and Leadership Learning Community, an organization dedicated to transforming leadership in the nonprofit sector. She has contributed to publications by the Center for Creative Leadership and the OD Practitioner on leadership and impact.

Linshuang has taught a master’s level course on Team Dynamics at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and teaches financial leadership at the Nonprofit Executive Leadership Institute (NELI) Certificate Program at Bryn Mawr College. She is also one of the Core Faculty members of the University of Pennsylvania ESOP CEO Program, co-sponsored by the Employee Ownership Foundation.

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 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 of Science in Organization Development from American University. She completed the Huntsman International Studies and Business Joint Degree Program at the University of Pennsylvania and the Wharton School of Business.

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Kathleen McInerney Kane

Managing Principal

Kathleen McInerney Kane

Managing Principal

Kathleen McInerney Kane is a Managing 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


Jon M. Sweigart MSS


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 ownership 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.

Get to know Molly Mead:

How to Measure Diversity Internally and Build Inclusive Workplace Practices in Pursuit of Racial Equity

Five Tips for Financial Literacy Training

Strategic Thinking Framework Options

Developing Resilience


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.

Get to know Nelson Parrish:

How to Measure Diversity Internally and Build Inclusive Workplace Practices in Pursuit of Racial Equity

NCEO Webinar: The Good, The Bad and the Difficult

How to Get Started on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Work

Q&A with Nelson Parrish on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion during COVID-19

Webinar: Creating an Inclusive and Diverse Company



Lindsay Shafer


Lindsay Shafer MA


Lindsay Shafer is a Consultant at Praxis Consulting Group. She currently provides ESOP communications services, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, strategic planning, and other organization development services to nonprofits and employee-owned companies. Lindsay has over 15 years of experience as a facilitator and trainer and project manager, and has worked with for-profit, nonprofit, government, and education clients. She is passionate about helping clients enhance their understanding of the value of diversity in all levels of the organization, develop more inclusive policies and practices that contribute to an ownership culture, and communicate across differences.

Prior to joining Praxis, Lindsay worked in the nonprofit sector where she focused on project management, content development, program evaluation, and conference planning. She has worked with dozens of clients to evaluate programmatic needs and design and implement customized DEI programs. Lindsay believes that more equitable and inclusive workplaces not only attract and retain diverse talent, but also provide leadership opportunities for all.

Lindsay holds a BA and MA from the University of Pennsylvania.


Jennie Msall


Jennie Msall MBA


Jennie Msall, MBA, is a Consultant at Praxis Consulting Group, where she provides organization development, strategic planning, and training to employee-owned companies and nonprofits. Jennie has 11 years of experience working with nonprofits on strengthening organization systems and culture to drive strategy and impact.  She is also an experienced facilitator and trainer and is passionate about creating strong and participatory workplace cultures that enable mission-driven organizations to achieve meaningful results.

Prior to joining Praxis, Jennie worked at the nonprofit organization the ICA Group, where she directed its employee ownership conversion program. In this role, she served on the organization’s leadership team and provided overall program management to a team of consultants working on employee ownership transitions across ICA’s program areas.

Jennie also has experience working for and with Community Development Financial Institutions and nonprofits focused on food systems change and housing access. She previously served on the Board of Directors for Boston Community Cooperatives and is currently on the Board of Directors for Urban Greens.

Jennie holds an MBA from the University of Massachusetts Boston and a BA in Urban Studies from Vassar College.


Sokmala Chy

Operations Manager

Sokmala Chy MPA

Operations Manager

As the Operations Manager at Praxis, Sokmala Chy (pronounced So-ma-la Chai) focuses on our firm’s financial planning and operational systems. She also provides data analysis, project management, and other support for clients.  She brings to Praxis her experience working in government, client services, and nonprofit environments.

Committed to supporting values-driven organizations, Sokmala has worked at various nonprofit organizations. Before joining Praxis, Sokmala managed operations and headed the business office at Cranaleith Spiritual Center. Formerly, she was Executive Director at the Cambodian Association of Greater Philadelphia and a member of the Mayor’s Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs.

Guiding Sokmala in her professional pursuits is her belief in giving people, individually and collectively, freedom and opportunity to develop to their full potential, and to lead productive and creative lives. She feels deeply connected to Praxis’ approach to building ownership culture and high-engagement participatory workplaces where people feel welcomed, valued, respected, and heard.

Sokmala holds a Master of Public Administration from West Chester University, with a concentration in Nonprofit Management. She has her Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Political Science from Temple University. In her free time, Sokmala enjoys hiking, camping, and jigsaw puzzles.