Kashmir Birk is co-founder of The True North Corporation, a management consultancy dedicated to helping individuals and organizations to build resilience. Mr. Birk started his career in finance at Ford Motor Company and then worked through quality engineering and marketing. He left Ford Motor Company in 1990 to set up a business in the UK to develop high-performance systems, processes, and structures.
Over the past 25 years, Mr. Birk has been helping leaders across multiple sectors develop systemic approaches to performance and productivity improvement by aligning strategic purpose (True North) with organizational culture, structure, systems, and process. He has helped executives at organizations as diverse as Dow Chemical, Allstate Insurance, Starbucks Coffee Company, The Nielsen Company, Royal Canadian Mint, Pfizer, AstraZeneca, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Barclays Bank, National Public Radio (NPR), and Toyota Motor Manufacturing. Mr. Birk holds a B.A. in economics from the University of Leeds.
Sara M. Bolton, M.D
Sara M. Bolton, M.D., is clinical assistant professor of psychiatry, department of psychiatry, Harvard Medical School. Dr. Bolton is also medical director of the emergency and admissions service for McLean Hospital. Formerly, she was psychiatrist-in-charge of the dissociative disorders inpatient unit and assistant psychiatrist in intensive outpatient psychiatry service, both at McLean Hospital. Dr. Bolton has a private practice in psychopharmacology and psychotherapy. Her clinical areas of specialty are addressing decision points and crises in adult development, post-traumatic stress disorder, dissociative disorders, and personality disorders.
Dr. Bolton obtained her B.A. from Williams College with a major focusing on conflict analysis and approaches to conflict resolution. She received her M.D. from Harvard Medical School and completed her psychiatric residency training at McLean. She has particular interest in coaching individuals facing challenges at work, and teaching technical experts how to manage and lead in organizations.
Leocadia Burke, Ph.D., (Lee)
Leocadia Burke, Ph.D., (Lee) heads the executive-coaching department at Levinson and Co. She has been with Levinson since 1980, during which time she has taught in leadership seminars for managers and officers of several hundred corporations. She has consulted with companies on a variety of organizational and human resources issues, but her special interest has been, and is, executive development.
Dr. Burke has provided executive development, career counseling, team building, and organizational consultation for numerous companies. Dr. Burke was awarded a Ph.D. from Boston College. She is a licensed psychologist and a certified arbitrator. She has published in professional and popular journals, and has co-authored a book on personality attributes. Prior to her tenure at Levinson and Co., Dr. Burke held faculty positions at Carnegie Mellon; Tufts University; Boston College; and Boston University. In addition, she conducted research and held clinical positions in hospitals and universities.
Neill Carson, Ph.D.
Neill Carson, Ph.D., was director and CEO of the Harding Consulting Group, an international firm specializing in the creation and design of competitive organizational structures and management systems, before he joined Levinson and Co. In its early projects, the Harding Group worked closely with Dr. Elliott Jaques, integrating his concepts and methods with contemporary systems and information theory to obtain solid, competitive results for its clients. Dr. Carson has implemented major organizational, structural-change projects in North America, and has consulted to large companies such as Canadian Tire, Sunoco, AT&T, Lucent, and Engelhard. He has also consulted to high-tech and entrepreneurial firms, banks, financial-service companies, and healthcare organizations.
Dr. Carson has an extensive background in behavioral-science applications in business, as well as in computer technologies and artificial-intelligence technologies. He holds a Ph.D. in psychology, was a postdoctoral fellow at Yale, and received his MBA from the University of Houston executive program. Dr. Carson currently lectures at the University of Houston in its executive development programs, as well as in the department of industrial and organizational psychology.
Gary Chinman, M.D.
Gary Chinman, M.D., became an associate director of Physician Health Services, Inc., (PHS) in 2010. PHS is a non-profit corporation founded by the Massachusetts Medical Society that provides confidential consultation and support to physicians, residents, and medical students facing health concerns related to alcoholism, substance abuse, behavioral or mental health issues, and physician illness. Dr. Chinman is also assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He graduated from Dartmouth Medical School and completed his psychiatry residency training at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center, after which he completed clinical fellowships at Harvard University Student Health Services and Harvard Community Health. He has been affiliated with Brigham and Women’s Hospital for over 10 years and also directs courses and teaches in the Harvard Longwood Psychiatry Residency Training Program. Dr. Chinman is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology and maintains an active private practice in general adult psychiatry.
Donald A. Davidoff, Ph.D., (Don)
Donald A. Davidoff, Ph.D., (Don) is chief of the department of neuropsychology and director of the Neuropsychology Fellowship Program at the McLean Hospital, Harvard Medical School. Dr. Davidoff is also an assistant professor in the department of psychiatry, Harvard Medical School and psychologist, McLean Hospital. He founded the Geriatric Neuropsychiatry Unit in 1993 and was its psychologist-in-charge for 15 years, retiring from that position to focus on research. Dr. Davidoff’s primary research interests include the diagnosis and management of patients with dementia, treatment-resistant affective disorders, optimal aging, nonverbal learning disabilities, and affective and motivational aspects of memory functioning. He is also a senior consultant for Levinson and Co.
Dr. Davidoff received a B.E. from City College of New York, an S.M. in mechanical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from City University of New York. He is also the coauthor (under the pseudonym G.H. Ephron) of the recently published mystery novels, Amnesia, Addiction, Delusion, Obsessed, and Guilt, a series about the forensic neuropsychologist, Dr. Peter Zak.
Barry Deane has over 20 years of knowledge and experience in the practical use of Requisite Organization (RO) in the workplace. He has worked in a variety of senior executive roles in the heavy-engineering and mining industries in Australia and other countries around the world.
Mr. Deane is an expert in helping managers identify and address key organization and business issues to achieve lasting reform and sustainable results. He is passionate about the application of science-based principles and practices focused on the development of trusting, productive working relationships between employer and employee. Mr. Deane holds a B.Sc. in civil engineering, and he is a fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia, and was a Myer Foundation Visiting Fellow at Pennsylvania State University in 1993.
Sheila Deane has over 20 years of experience in the science-based application of Requisite Organization principles in the workplace. She has human resource management and line management experience in retail, manufacturing, services, and heavy-engineering industries.
Ms. Deane’s expertise is in leadership effectiveness and measurement, organization design and implementation, team working, and strategic human resource management. An expert in organizational relationship management, Ms. Deane is recognized as a courageous and supportive partner of line managers at all levels. Ms. Deane holds a B. Business in business administration with distinction and an AHRI award for academic excellence.
Tim Havens, M.D.
Tim Havens, M.D., has for more than two decades coached successful leaders to improve and optimize their effectiveness. In addition, he designs and presents leadership programs to managers and executives, consults to business, government, educational and healthcare organizations with particular expertise in managing personal and organizational change. In addition to his role as co-director of this program, Dr. Havens is senior vice president at Levinson and Co., a psychoanalyst at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, a guest lecturer at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, as well as at other major universities. He has written about effective organizational leadership and lectures extensively on leadership development, managing organizational change, executive coaching, medical leadership, and building effective management teams.
Matthew Lahaie, M.D., J.D. (Matt)
Matthew Lahaie, M.D., J.D., (Matt) is a physician who specializes in the care of individuals with mental illness. Dr. Lahaie is currently a clinical fellow at Harvard Medical School and a fellow in the MGH/McLean Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program, where he provides clinical care, supervises and teaches medical students and trainees, participates in fellowship administration, and works to enhance knowledge of and improve clinical care for children and adolescents with mental illness. His clinical interests and expertise revolve around the intersection of psychiatry and the law, adolescent and transitional age populations, forensic psychiatry, organizational psychiatry, medical education, psychodynamic psychotherapy, group psychotherapy, and psychotic disorders.
In particular, Dr. Lahaie has a developing interest in organizational psychiatry. He is currently a co-leader of the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society Organizational Psychiatry Interest Group and is pursuing further training and experience as an organizational and leadership consultant. Dr. Lahaie has obtained training in both business, which he studied as an undergraduate at the Sloan School of Management, and law, which he studied and obtained a J.D. from Arizona State University while on sabbatical from Mayo Medical School.
Ranna I. Parekh, M.D.
Ranna I. Parekh, M.D., is director, division of health equity, at the American Psychiatric Association (APA). The mission of APA’s division of health equity is to meet the professional needs of psychiatrists from minority and underrepresented groups and improve the quality of care for minority and underserved populations. Dr. Parekh is a child/adolescent/adult psychiatrist who has practiced at Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean Hospital, both Harvard Medical School affiliates. She has also worked as a director for Watershed Associates, a Washington, D.C.-based negotiations consulting firm, which serves Fortune 1000 clients. Dr. Parekh specializes in collaborative negotiations and emotionally charged negotiations; her clients have included NASA, Chevron, and Merck. She has traveled extensively and has practiced psychiatry in such places as Australia and New Zealand. Dr. Parekh was also the chairperson for the Massachusetts General Hospital department of psychiatry’s diversity committee.
Dr. Parekh earned a B.A. in chemistry, BSc. in biology with a co-major in black studies, and M.D. degrees from Wayne State University. She also has a M.P.H. degree, with a special concentration in international health, from the Harvard School of Public Health.
Leslie Pickell is partner and senior vice president, business development, at Levinson and Co. Ms. Pickell has over 20 years of commercial and human resources experience in the healthcare and biotechnology supply industry. She joined the Institute from a client organization, Nycomed Amersham, where she held positions in sales, sales management development, and organization development; and spent three years as director, global leadership development. In this role, she was instrumental in the design and the implementation of the Strategic Leadership Development Program—an executive-level global development process created in alliance with The Levinson Institute.
Ms. Pickell brings a broad range of skilled knowledge in the areas of performance management, development systems, and merger integration work. She has worked closely with numerous executive teams helping them to align their business and organizational strategies. Prior to joining Amersham, Ms. Pickell held sales and marketing roles with Abbott Diagnostics.
Fernando Rodriguez-Villa, M.D.
Fernando Rodriguez-Villa, M.D., is psychiatrist-in-charge, Bipolar and Psychotic Disorders Program, at McLean Hospital, and senior fellow at Harvard Medical School. He is on the attending staff at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital as a consultant to the Spanish Clinic. Dr. Rodriguez-Villa is active in medical and psychiatric education at Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts General Hospital-McLean Residency Program. His main areas of interest include: socio-cultural aspects of care, consumer perspectives, stigma, and the understanding and treatment of bipolar and psychotic disorders. He also maintains a private practice.
Formerly, Dr. Rodriguez-Villa was the director, hospital services, at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center; and director, psychiatric crisis service, at Beth Israel Hospital. Born in Cuba, Dr. Rodriguez-Villa earned his B.S. at the University of Puerto Rico and his M.D. from the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University. He completed his psychiatric residency at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, Westchester Division, and the Beth Israel Hospital in Boston.
Leonardo Schvarstein is managing director of Levinson and Co., Latin America. A highly regarded industrial engineer and social psychologist, he specializes in organizational design and change management, paying particular attention to the related communication processes. Mr. Schvarstein has consulted extensively throughout the world, assisting many private corporations and state-owned companies to go through the particularly challenging contexts of the last 15 years. His clients and consultation include USAID, the World Bank, and the Inter-American Development Bank in judicial reform processes and the modernization of the administration of courts in Latin America (Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Honduras, Paraguay, Santo Domingo, and Uruguay).
Mr. Schvarstein is currently a professor of general management and organizational design in undergraduate and graduate courses at the Business School of the University of Buenos Aires.
Alexander Spradling, Ph.D., (Alec)
Alexander Spradling, Ph.D., (Alec) has been working for over 30 years as an organizational consultant, coach, and educator, primarily in the United States and in Argentina. Dr. Spradling has held various senior positions at Levinson, Pacific Bell, and McKay & Associates. He has also worked as a freelance consultant. Dr. Spradling specializes in mindfulness practice, Accountability Leadership, systems thinking, and wellness (i.e., stress management).
Dr. Spradling holds a Ph.D. in human science, with specialization in organizational systems inquiry, from Saybrook University (San Francisco); and a master’s degree in holistic health education (counseling) from J. F. Kennedy University. He did postgraduate training in Requisite Organization theory at The Levinson Institute, in organizational learning at the Society for Organizational Learning, and in negotiation with William Ury at Harvard University. Dr. Spradling has extensive international experience, numerous cross-cultural skills, and fluency in several languages.
Manjola Ujkaj, M.D., Ph.D.
Manjola Ujkaj, M.D., Ph.D., is instructor in psychiatry, Harvard Medical School; research associate at the McLean Imaging Center, McLean Hospital; and psychiatrist at McLean Hospital’s Neurotherapeutics Department and the North Suffolk Mental Health Association. Dr. Ujkaj’s interests include teaching and academics, advancing clinical practice and clinical research in psychiatry, and organizational work and consultation. She has always been interested in systems dynamics and in promoting constructive organizational change and transformation.
Born in Albania, Dr. Ujkaj received her M.D., summa cum laude, from the University of Bologna, Italy, and her Ph.D. in human psychobiology from the University of Modena and Reggio-Emilia, Italy. Dr. Ujkaj joined Harvard Medical School in 2006 and has been working as an active faculty member with Levinson and Co. since 2007. She completed her residency training at the Harvard Boston VA Healthcare System in 2012. Dr. Ujkaj is fluent in Albanian, English, French, Italian, and Spanish.
Mark Vanelli, M.D.
Mark Vanelli, M.D., is the chief medical officer of Adheris, a medical technology and education company that develops medication compliance programs for patients with chronic illnesses. He has previously worked as a management consultant at Braun Consulting and as a medical director at Tewksbury Hospital, where he sat on the hospital’s executive committee.
Dr. Vanelli received his M.D. from Brown University and his psychiatric training at Harvard Medical School. In 1995, he concluded that his medical training did not adequately prepare him for the world of market-based medicine and he enrolled in the executive MBA program at Boston University, from which he graduated in 1997. Before receiving his medical degree, Dr. Vanelli worked overseas in the area of public health and provided consultation to international healthcare organizations.
Christian Boden is owner of Human Agency, a management consulting firm in Stockholm, Sweden. Mr. Boden is a psychologist and organizational consultant; he is also co-founder of the Scandinavian Center for Organizational Psychology. Previously, Mr. Boden was a senior OD consultant at Sandahl Partners.
Mikael Gordon is vice president at Levinson and Co. and senior Levinson representative for Scandinavia. In this capacity, he has successfully provided Requisite Organization consulting and training in Europe to German and Swedish companies. Previously, Mr. Gordon was general manager for bio-analysis systems at GE Healthcare. In this role as a GE executive, he was accountable for a division of advanced analytical systems for drug research and development with global sales of $200M (USD).
From 2007 until 2012, before returning to GE, Mr. Gordon worked at Haemonetics, Inc., where he was president, global markets; and president, Europe. As president, global markets, he was accountable for all markets outside North America accounting for $360M (USD) in annual sales. As president, Europe, he had P&L accountability for European sales of $120M (USD) through a direct sales force covering 10 key markets.
From 1997 to 2007, Mr. Gordon worked at GE Healthcare/Amersham/Pharmacia, where he held a number of increasingly senior leadership roles.
Mr. Gordon has extensive management experience in the medical devices and life sciences industries, as well as management experience in telecom. In addition, he has strong functional depth in sales, marketing, finance, and information technology; this has underpinned his success in general management positions. In addition to his roles growing global businesses, Mr. Gordon has successfully delivered profitable growth for business start-ups and business turnarounds. He also has solid management-consultant and information-technology experience.
Mr. Gordon has proven people-leadership skills, team-building abilities, and exceptionally strong communications skills. He speaks several languages fluently and, during his career, has been based in Sweden, the Netherlands, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, and, for a short period, the United States. Mr. Gordon has a B.S. degree in international economics and business administration from the Stockholm School of Economics and has participated in several executive-education programs.
Lawrence Ramsdell (Larry) is vice president of business development for Levinson and Co, and the president of Lontra Consulting LLC in Austin, Texas. Mr. Ramsdell is accountable for generating new business opportunities for Levinson and Co, as well as serving as the primary contact for all SONARIO software-related training and design issues. Previously, Mr. Ramsdell was senior account executive at EMC Corporation; district sales manager, director of business operations, senior account executive, and senior sales consultant at Oracle Corporation; director of business development at CKI; and program director, project manager, and senior systems analyst at Presearch Incorporated.