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Who We Are 2018-02-19T12:14:54+00:00

OUR CORE TEAM

JONATHAN BUCKI

Partner

Jonathan Bucki has worked with a variety of collaborations, organizations and community groups to build their capacity to respond effectively to the reality of their customers. He seeks to adapt cutting-edge ideas and applications and make them appropriate and effective for each organization. As a trainer and facilitator, Jonathan brings an energetic, creative and humorous spirit to his work. Jonathan has co-designed trainings for individual organizations as well as collaborative efforts who wish to increase their effectiveness. Jonathan holds a B.A. degree in Health, Faith, and Ethics from St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN. He also attended L’lnstitut Protestant de Theologie, Faculte de Theologie Protestante in Montpellier, France.

Phone: (651) 428-1191
Email: jonathan@dendros.com

YOSHIKO CHINO

As a seasoned executive leader, Yoshiko ‘Koko’ Chino holds a deep value in compassion, equity and inclusion balanced with productivity towards mission as critical factors for organizational success.  Most recently the Executive Director of Gallaudet Interpreting Service (GIS), she spent 8 years transforming this division at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC. Prior to working at GIS, she was responsible for overseeing a non-profit, statewide interpreter referral in New Mexico which provided services in hospitals, courts, law enforcement, and other private and public entities. Yoshiko has experience in the non-profit, higher education, government, and private sectors.

Born in Northern California and growing up in the Caribbean, Southern United States and the Southwest, her bi-cultural birth family, and multi-cultural “families of choice” have been a source of inspiration in her work. Emphasizing honesty and courage in communication, especially around difficult subjects, Yoshiko works with groups to help them choose curiosity over fear. She works with groups to keep open minds and hearts as they do meaningful work. Being raised in the Zen Buddhist tradition, and her continued work within equity and communication access, provide meaningful grounding for her work in leading organizational change. She brings a commitment to business results that acknowledges our human condition with compassion and honesty.

Yoshiko has been active in national and international leadership on issues concerning the Deaf community and communication access and equity. Yoshiko is a nationally certified interpreter with previous work experience within community settings, post-secondary education, the legal system, healthcare and Video Relay Service.

Yoshiko’s other professional interests include diversity in the interpreting profession, the Convention on the Rights for Persons with Disabilities and its implementation in developing nations, and the advancement of ethical standards for entities that provide interpreting services in the United States. Yoshiko holds her BS Summa Cum Laude in Signed Language Interpreting from the University of New Mexico and her Masters in Public Administration from Gallaudet University. When she is not working, she enjoys yoga, training for triathlons, and travel.

Phone: (505) 980-4040
Email: yoshiko@dendros.com

ADRIANA ROBERTSON

Adriana is a passionate Life Coach dedicated to inspiring and supporting people to create the life of their dreams – a life filled with purpose, connection, growth, and more.  Adriana works with leaders who are committed to stepping into their potential and savoring life fully.  Her clients are movers and shakers who are ready to make a difference in the world and remove the road blocks that are keeping them stuck. Bringing curiosity, compassion, and deep listening to her work, Adriana guides her clients to tap into their own truth and take inspired action.

With a background in yoga and mindfulness education, you can count on movement, mindfulness, and self-care techniques being embedded into all aspects of Adriana’s work. In addition to leading private and group classes, Adriana leads a variety of workshops for teams and organizations, focused on building resiliency, living with greater balance, and learning to thrive.

Adriana has also spent much of the last decade working in the areas of international and youth development, community building and public health. She holds a degree in International Relations and Psychology from The George Washington University. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, dancing, being in nature, hiking, practicing yoga and meditation, and spending time with loved ones.

Phone: (617) 823-3393
Email: adriana@dendros.com

SUZANN EISENBERG MURRAY

Emeritus Founding Partner

Suzann Eisenberg Murray has 18 years of experience in nonprofit organizations as a senior program director, executive director, trainer, and board member. Prior to entering the non-profit field, she spent 17 years in the private sector serving as a corporate trainer, public relations executive, senior level manager and business consultant.

Her diverse experience includes service with AFS Intercultural Program as their Central US Regional Director followed by nine years as Executive Director of Family Support Network, a statewide, community-based, child abuse prevention and family support organization. Suzann serves clients with sensitivity, deep listening and an individual approach – providing transitional leadership in difficult situations is a specialty. She approaches the work from a strength-based perspective – ensuring that organizations and their leaders are empowered to build and sustain their own capacity.

As a consultant, Suzann works locally, statewide and nationally serving organizations with diverse missions and programs. Suzann is committed to assisting organizations achieve their missions through assessment, planning, coaching and pro-active support.

Phone: (612) 210-6898
Email: suzann@dendros.com

OUR ASSOCIATES

ALBERT LINDERMAN

Albert Linderman, Ph.D., CEO of Sagis Corporation, is a cultural anthropologist guiding community change and leadership transitions. He recently led a backbone team of eight in a two year collective impact effort in Rapid City, SD. The city-wide system approach is the first of its kind. The initiative has been transferred to local leadership which is currently overseeing initiatives in 4 areas in 2017, Food Security, Affordable Housing, Behavioral Health and ACEs, as well as coordinating the work around the development of wrap around services for individuals and families in the most vulnerable situations. Over the past few years, Linderman worked with collective impact work in Woodbury, Minnesota, Cairo, Egypt, and leadership transitions for several major Minnesota health care organizations as well as for the Alliance of Community Health Plans in Washington, D.C. He is author of Why the World Around You Isn’t as It Appears (2012, SteinerBooks), and several recent articles including, “Rapid City Collective Impact: A City-Wide Effort to Create Quality of Life for all its Citizens”, Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies, Vol. 3, 2016.

Albert also worked with the DHH communities nationally for more than 25 years as a community organizer, interpreter, and executive director of two nonprofits. His 1997 anthropology PhD dissertation, The Deaf Story: Themes of Culture and Coping examined the lived experience of many DHH informants.

Email: alinderman@sagiscorp.com

KEVIN DYELS

Kevin Dyels has worked within the Deaf community for more than 25 years. He is a professional signed language interpreter and a member of the Board of Directors of several organizations, including the Potomoc Chapter Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. He is a founding executive with First Chair Interpreted Productions, a performing arts interpreting group. Kevin has mentored new interpreters and college students for more than twenty years. Additionally, Kevin served as a manager in two Washington, DC based interpreting agencies, where his primary focus was supporting teams of interpreters to perform their best out in the field.

Originally from northern California, Kevin presents workshops in theater, affect, team building, and self-confidence locally, nationally and in Hong Kong. He has traveled to India, Romania, and South Africa with Quest Visual Theatre, a performance group that presents workshops and performances to deaf and hearing audiences around the world.  Kevin holds a degree in theater and served as Production Manager for Deaf Way II, overseeing over 50 performances featuring the world’s best talented deaf performing arts groups.

When not interpreting, Kevin coordinates interpreters for various conferences and festivals, and works as a professional sound designer and disc jockey.  In his spare time he enjoys international travel.

Phone: (202) 270-4214
Email: kdyels@gmail.com

LEN ARON

Len Aron (M.Ed) has occupied Executive and Senior leadership positions in education, non-profits and government. As a leader, his focus and commitment has been to train managers, supervisors and line employees to move programs from good to great and to embrace the process of transition. Len has lived and worked internationally and continually develops his capacity to effectively train. He understands the strength, adaptability and flexibility of an organization to come from a combination of an inclusive style of leadership with an engaged workforce.

Len is skilled at coaching people as they go through organizational and personal change in the workplace. He has consulted with and led organizational turn arounds, understanding the need to continuously re-examine challenges and opportunities. Living a life of optimism and thriving in a rapidly changing world, Len brings his passion to training and support of others.

He and his wife, Brenda, enjoy the great outdoors, experiencing other cultures, and new adventures.

Phone: (360) 281-9051
Email: len@dendros.com

I have had the pleasure of collaborating with the Dendros team on several projects over the past years, and they are consistently highly respectful, engaging, and professional. A great team to work with!

— Suzanne Koepplinger, Executive Director, Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center

Over the years I have participated in innumerable facilitated meetings, planning sessions, charettes etc. I can say without reservation that one of the very best experiences I have had has been working under the facilitation of Jonathan Bucki. His efforts and results were more remarkable for the fact that he had an extremely disparate group to work with, many of whom had never met, and came from distinctly different backgrounds. Simply put, Jonathan is one of the best I’ve ever seen.

—Alexander Zwissler, Executive Director/CEO, Chabot Space & Science Center, Oakland CA

The Dendros Group represent the best of the participatory process. Their process was customized to fit the needs and capabilities of our organization and our staff. From the initial crafting of the idea to the completion of a plan, they worked with us every step of the way, stretching our own internal capacity.

—Julie Johnson, John Roe Distinguished Chair of Museum Leadership, Science Museum of Minnesota

Jonathan Bucki is a skilled and engaging facilitator. He possesses great ability to build a group’s sense of ownership and participation. Their commitment results in a stronger, more action oriented organization that can sustain its efforts. Diverse perspectives are heard and valued. The results are top notch.

— Jan Berry, President, MACC Alliance of Connected Communities

The Dendros team showed integrity, diligence, compassion and excellent follow-through on an extraordinarily complicated organizational assessment. Their recommendations to us were responsive to the data and forced the Board to address issues we had been avoiding.

—Richard Wilkinson, PATH, Inc., Former Board Chair, ICA-USA

The Dendros Group came to our rescue in style. We will always remember Dendros for the leadership and inspiration they provided.

— Cynthia Savage, CEO, Circle of Parents

Jonathan Bucki at Dendros Group is a masterful guide in strategic group processes. He helps leaders establish their shared vision and carefully and forcefully helps them develop a road map to success. His touch is gentle and wise. I recommend him with enthusiasm.

— Peter Benson, PhD, President & CEO, Search Institute

We needed to find the right facilitator to lead a group of strategic planners through a strategic planning process. The Dendros Group provided a skilled, sensitive approach to engage our Board of Directors in a supportive and challenging process. When we completed our plan we were a stronger organization. Thank you, Dendros Group, for never being business as usual. You inspire us.

— Kirsten Ellenbogen, President, Visitor Studies Association

Jonathan’s deep level of insight helped our company (and me) reach a new direction. He is a strategic thinker, trusted adviser, energizing coach, and role model who challenges how I look at the world, live my life, and do my work. His courageous and natural vulnerability in his coaching is contagious and continues to inspire me.

— Rob Yedlin, President, Cloud 9 Pixels

The Dendros Group is a great resource to the nonprofit community. Having worked with the Dendros Group on several projects, I admire the intellectual and creative capital they bring to planning and implementation and I appreciate their spirit of positive inquiry and problem solving.

— Molly Greenman, President and CEO, Family Partnership
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