Contract consulting sharing my expertise in a collaborative fashion with organizations desiring significant change in process, systems, structures and culture using encouraging storytelling telling as the fundamental form for effective communication to inspire, inform, and connect with others



  • Leadership Development
  • Team Effectiveness
  • Diversity Awareness
  • Experiential Learning
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Partnership Development (Win/Win)
  • Dialogue
  • Organizational Development
  • Systems Thinking
  • Organizational Storytelling
  • Mindscapes

Profession Experience

‚Äč2015-Present Adjunct Professor, Department of Communication, East Tennessee State University, 

                                                                                                  Johnson City, TN
2001-Present  Private Organizational Consultant, Storyteller and Keynote Speaker.          

                                                                                                  Afton, TN,                   Organizational Consulting in all aspects of storytelling as an fundamental form of communication in  for-profit and non-profit organizations across the US, Europe and Asia. Storytelling Performances for events and concerts focused on entertainment, enlightenment, and change. Keynotes for conferences, business groups, and gatherings in both profit and non-profit sector


1981– 2001    Eastman Chemical Company        
Organizational Learning Consultant,    (1998-2001)

Kingsport, TN
Responsibilities: To develop, coordinate, teach and coach the internal leadership development programs and to provide team development activities and mentoring to individuals across the global organization. Teaching and coaching the global sale organization in the shift from transactional selling to developing business solutions. Corporate change agent.

Division Empowerment Facilitator and Coach  (1994-1998)
Responsibilities: Coordination and delivery of all aspects of empowerment training and development extending from the operations teams to the division management team.


Manager, Organic Services Analytical Laboratory (1990-1994)
Responsibilities: Management of 51 direct reports responsible for analytical testing of materials from production and development laboratories within Organic Chemicals Division. 


Analytical Chemist, Infrared Spectroscopy (1981-1990)
Responsibilities: Operation of the Infrared Spectroscopy Development Laboratory doing method development and identification of non-routine samples from the development laboratories and production areas within Organic and other divisions within the Tennessee Eastman Division of ECC.  Development of on-line process analysis using spectroscopy.   

National Storytelling Network Board: Southeast Regional Director
NSN Brimstone Grant Committee for Applied Storytelling
NSN Special Interest Group: Storytelling in Organizations
Performing Member of Jonesborough Storytellers Guild
Member Volunteer State Tellers I
International Storytelling Center

1964 - 1966     Meredith College                                                Raleigh, North Carolina

1966-1968       Norfolk General Hospital                                      Norfolk, Virginia
Medical Technologist

1978-1981        Old Dominion College                                            Norfolk, Virginia
Bachelor of Science in Chemistry,  Certified by ACS

2000-2005     East Tennessee State University                            Johnson City, Tennessee
Masters of Arts in Storytelling

Covey Leadership Institute
Certified Applied Psychological Testing
Frame Build, Leadership Dynamics INC
Development Dimensions Incorporated

Facilitator: Leadership Kingsport and Johnson City
Public Speaking and Storytelling : Community Events and local Assisted Living Facilities
Kingsport Art Counsel : Contributing Artist
Church Retreat: Planning and Program Development & Delivery


Raj Mehta, Retired Director Eastman Chemical Company


Bill Wight, StoryWorx


Dr. Joseph Sobol, Faculty of Creative Industries, Professor of Storytelling, University of Wales