Conference for Global Transformation

2019 Journal Article Authors

Tom Braford

Tom Braford is co-founder of Irresistible Community Builders and has created Irresistible Ecovillage Solutions, a model for creating transformational settlements where people live and work cooperatively with their neighbors and in harmony with nature. He and his wife are creating a Drawdown Ecovillage in St Louis, Missouri. Braford led several past conference sessions, wrote a field report and presented six posters. His promise for the world is: The possibility that human being is safe and secure from all alarm and on our way to being ubiquitous in the far-flung universe by 2035 and living in Beloved Community now.

D. Nathalie Concepcion
D. Nathalie Concepcion graduated from New York University with a Master’s degree in social work. She later attended the University of Texas—Dallas where she completed a Master’s degree in business with an organizational behavior focus. She is the co-author of “The Hijacked Brain.” To learn more about Concepcion, visit her website:


Wayne Davis
Wayne Davis, who holds a doctorate, is a marine biologist, an educator, a judicial mediator, a firefighter, a soccer referee, a business owner, a small-town hero, and a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He is happiest when he is renovating a space that others have given up on, experimenting with ways to solve marine pollution problems, or thinking about how and why the world is as it is. Above all else, he is passionate about engaging others in life-altering conversations.

Cheryl Fox
Cheryl Fox is a licensed clinical social worker working with youth and families in mental health settings for nearly 30 years. As a behavioral health manager for the County of Ventura, she focuses on building inter-agency collaboration, empowering leaders and assuring quality, result-oriented mental health programs. She oversees programs for at-risk youth, teens and adults in a variety of settings. Inspired by the growth and development of others, she has coached in the Self-Expression and Leadership Program, assisted on the Wisdom accomplishment team in Los Angeles, and this is her third year as co-global Leader for Partnership Explorations.


Mike Ginn
Mike Ginn lives in Carmel, California, with his wife Carol Tisson and cat Greyson. He has retired to focus on his wellbeing and to expand the reach of his pro bono consulting.

Melissa Gold
Melissa Gold has been on the Conference for Global Transformation poster team since 2012 when she completed the Power and Contribution course, including being co-team leader for many years. Standing for everyone manifesting their intellectual and spiritual greatness through creativity and play, she also serves as the director of clergy education for Hellenion, an international polytheist organization of people practicing ancient Greek spirituality. Retired from education and IT, she also participates in charity bike rides and will take part in her 10th Ride to Conquer Cancer (220 km over two days) in June. Best of all, she’s a grandmother.


Toby Goldberg, MBA
Toby Goldberg, MBA, is a social entrepreneur who has brought fiscal expertise and innovation to roles in the public, private and nonprofit sectors over the past two decades. She has consulted on a variety of research and strategic planning projects on topics including women’s poverty, social enterprise development and the establishment of women’s employment centers in the Moscow region of Russia.

Goldberg currently works in the Ontario (provincial) public service, where she has led the design, delivery and oversight of social programs related to accessibility, women’s economic empowerment and refugee and vulnerable newcomer settlement.

Tony Graddon
Tony Graddon is a data analyst living in Hobart, Australia. He is passionate about equal opportunity and economic policy.


Carol Mark
Carol Mark is an entrepreneur in retail sales. A lifelong baker, Mark is at work on creating partnerships to fulfill on generating income making healthy delicious baked goods. She completed The Landmark Forum in 2002 and then the curriculum. From 2003 to 2006, she was an introduction leader and coach for the Introduction Leaders Program. After participating in Wisdom in 2005, she joined the Wisdom Toronto City Team and has assisted for over 10 years. She is currently a facilitator in training and her first course as a facilitator was where the Hot Writers’ group emerged.

Brian McFadin
Brian McFadin, Certified Professional Coactive Coach, is a master certified professional coach and business consultant, helping solo-preneurs, executives and entrepreneurs to clarify the soul of their mission and accomplish it with passion, ease and joy. McFadin lives in Boise, Idaho.

Fred Moss, M.D.

Fred Moss, M.D. has been a student of human behavior for all 60 years of his life, and a professional for the last 39. His Impossible Promise is that by 2030, each and every human will know that their voice is heard and that who they are and what they do matters. Moss is embarking on a worldwide tour this year, aimed at exposing how mental illness and mental health are defined in culturally specific areas and wonders if this might result in a finding that mental illness itself is a conversation that might indeed lend itself to global transformation.

Rose Navarro
Rose Navarro studied social work in Mexico. Her passion is being with people so now she works as interpreter/translator and actress. She is an introduction leader and interpreter for Landmark. Navarro’s commitment in the world is that all people follow their passions and dreams, to unite families and cultures through language and love, and to end domestic violence and “machismo.” Also, she has participated with Gahaw Tahir in the Greenland Foundation in Africa, Los Angeles and in Sacramento along with the United Nations.

John Robert Niec

Robert Niec led the Self-Expression & Leadership Program and was on staff at Landmark Education’s San Francisco center. He obtained a master of arts degree in music and worked in human resources. In 2016, Niec moved in with his 80-something parents to provide care. In May of 2017, both of them entered hospice, and subsequently died within a week of each other. He considers his time with his parents at the end of their life to be the hardest and most important work he has ever done. He is writing a book on dying, grief and transformation.


Ned Nikolov
Ned Nikolov is a physical scientist working for the United States Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service. He received his Ph.D. from Colorado State University. His undergraduate work was done in tree science in Bulgaria at the Bulgarian Institute of Higher Forestry.

Sophia Olivas

Sophia Olivas is the owner of GreyThorn Marketing, an internet image company with a global portfolio. An adventurer, Sophia has backpacked in more than 30 countries. She is a United Nations Association member, author and global speaker. She also founded the nonprofit Hope of Hope, focused on alleviating poverty, mental health and violence by working at source and empowering women through technology. She is also known as a butterfly chaser, tree climber, kite flyer that cart-wheels barefoot on soft grass, with an infectious wanderlust glow.

Jill Rickards
Jill Rickards is an entrepreneur who holds the credential of certified public accountant. She has owned and operated accounting and business advising firms for more than 38 years. Although she claims she is retiring from accounting she has taken on consulting with a start-up company to develop a financial structure that will support exponential growth. She is also developing herself as a coach for executives and teams to improve performance and others who desire personal change. As of late, she claims to be an “amateur philosopher” studying philosophers who have contributed to the study of ontology.

Sara Safari

Sara Safari is an author, speaker, mountain climber, college professor, electrical engineer and advocate for women empowerment. Four years ago, she climbed Mt. Everest to bring funds and awareness for the girls who become victims of human trafficking or are forced into early marriage. She received the Global Citizen award from the United Nations Association in 2015. She is a board member and director of development in Empower Nepali Girls foundation. She published her book “Follow My Footsteps” last year.. She has also received an award from the International Leadership Association and is working on a documentary film. 163/97

Merilyn Skelton
Merilyn Skelton is a passionate advocate for human rights. Her particular interest is for those who are overlooked, and disempowered. Skelton wants to see a world that includes everyone and where love is always present.

Ed Stroupe

Ed Stroupe spent 35 years as a software developer and designer. With his wife of 27 years, Mary, he co-founded Integritas, Inc., and led their development group to achieve five national certifications of their electronic medical record software. Since his retirement in 2013, he has devoted his time to a passionate study of philosophy, and, in 2017, published his first novel, “Signaling: A Message from the Future.” Stroupe sees the “Discourse as Access” inquiry as a powerful way to forward transformation in the world. He and Mary live with her mother and their three cats in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Melinda Voss
Melinda Voss was a 26-year staff writer for the Des Moines Register and Tribune, a co-founder and executive director of the Association of Health Care Journalists and the public relations director for the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. Her book, “From Mango Cuba to Prickly Pear America – An American’s Journey to Castro’s Cuba and Back,” was published in 2018. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in public health. A 2001 graduate of the Landmark Forum, she has taken many Landmark courses and assisted in various accountabilities. She became the journal editor in 2018.

Lorraine Warren

Lorraine “Rain” Warren is a Facilitator, educator, and deep-listener. She holds a Ph.D. in depth psychology specializing in community, liberation, and ecological psychologies from Pacifica Graduate Institute. Her research included interviews of genocide survivors in Rwanda, Central Africa. She is the recipient of: the APA Psychologists for Social Responsibility 2018 Josephine “Scout” Wollman Fuller Award for her work in peace-building and social justice; the 2016 Legacy International Humanitarian Award for impacting the lives of over 34,000 youth world-wide and the 2018 Conference for Global Transformation first runner-up award for her poster, “Creating a World that Listens.”

Katharina Wuppinger
After having completed the Introduction Leaders Program in 2011, Katharina Wuppinger resigned from her job in Austria to follow her dream to work in Africa. Since then, she has been leading education and youth programs for nongovernmental organizations, the European Union and UNICEF in Ghana, Sierra Leone and currently Egypt. Her commitment for the world is to empower the most vulnerable and make their voices heard. Despite living in Africa, she has found a way of staying connected with the transformational work of Landmark by completing the Wisdom Unlimited course and being the Facilitator of the Landmark webinar in Cairo, Egypt.

Karl Zeller

Karl Zeller taught the Being a Leader and the Effective Exercise of Leadership course as an experimental course at Colorado State University. He is also a science consultant working on climate research. He spent 40 years working in the fields of meteorology and air pollution for the Environmental Protection Agency, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service and for private consulting firms. He was an Air Force reservist weather forecaster for 26 years. He has a Ph.D. in boundary layer fluid mechanics from Colorado State University.