2011 CODA Leadership Conference, Portland Maine
Opening Keynote Address:
Andy Goodman is a nationally recognized author, speaker and consultant in the field of public interest communications who helps nonprofits, foundations, government agencies and educational institutions reach more people more effectively. He is the author of Storytelling as Best Practice, Why Bad Ads Happen to Good Causes and also publishes a monthly journal, free-range thinking, to share best practices in the field.
Andy is best known for his speeches and workshops on storytelling, presenting, design and strategic communications, and has been invited to speak at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, the Woodrow Wilson School of Public Affairs at Princeton, as well as at major foundation and nonprofit conferences. In 2007, he was selected by Al Gore to train a thousand volunteers who are currently conducting presentations on global warming throughout the US and around the world. And in 2008, he co-founded The Goodman Center, an online school, "to help do-gooders do better".
Andy who is based in Los Angel also serves as a Senior Fellow for Civic Ventures and is on the advisory boards of VolunteerMatch and Great Nonprofits. To learn more about his work, please visit www.agoodmanonline.com and www.thegoodmancenter.com.
Fritz Grobe and Stephen Voltz are the mad scientists behind EepyBird. Fritz, is also a professional juggler. Stephen, is also a lawyer. Both of these skills have proven useful in managing EepyBird insanity!
EepyBird explores creativity, and in particular, the ways in which ordinary objects can do extraordinary things. In their laboratory deep in the woods of Buckfield, Maine, Fritz and Stephen and their creative team experiment with Coke & Mentos, sticky notes, paper airplanes, shampoo, and more. They spend countless hours searching for ways to transform these things from everyday life into something new, into something unforgettable, exploring innovative uses of everyday objects.
• Left mathematics studies at Yale University to become a circus performer
• Lead actor and featured solo clown in “Birdhouse Factory” – a touring Cirque du Soleil spin-off
• Winner of 5 gold medals at the International Jugglers Championships
• Set a world record for most object juggled between two people: fifteen
• Board of Directors, Celebration Barn Theater
For the first twenty years of his life, Fritz wanted to be either a designer for Lego or a mathematician. Then came juggling. While attending Yale University, he founded the Yale Anti-Gravity Society, the university’s juggling club. After leaving Yale, he turned to Celebration Barn Theater’s renowned performing arts school where he studied physical theater.
Fritz was artistic director of the juggling and dance ensemble “blink” from 1995 to 2000, which won both the Dance Portland Professional Choreography Showcase and the International Jugglers Festival Team Championships in Las Vegas.
In 2004, Fritz was in the original cast of “Birdhouse Factory,” a theatrical circus created by a group of Cirque du Soleil performers.
• A.B. from Oberlin College
• Law degree from New York University
• Trial lawyer in federal and state courts, winning leading cases in Massachusetts involving discrimination, fraud, racketeering, etc.
• One-man show at San Francisco’s EXIT Theater and Fringe Festival
• Board of Directors, Celebration Barn Theater
Before Stephen grew up to be a lawyer and a responsible adult, he was inspired to become a performer by the vibrant street performing scene that surrounded him as a kid growing up in San Francisco. He taught himself to juggle at an early age and to eat fire when he was a teenager.
Armed with those skills and a few magic tricks, he took to the streets to perform while he was in high school and college. Stephen and his brother John performed at Bay Area tourist attractions including San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf. Their act stood out primarily because it featured a William Tell-like stunt in which Stephen would place an apple on his brother’s back and chop it in half with a two-foot steel machete, wielding the machete so as to slice the apple neatly in two but stopping the blade just in time to avoid maiming his brother.
Their mother did not approve.
While keeping up with a fulltime law practice, Stephen returned to performing several years ago and has studied physical comedy extensively at Celebration Barn.
Crafts/Art and Funding - Turning Challenges into Opportunities Panel
Michael D. Baran is Director of the Office of Community Development within the Maine Department of Economic & Community Development. He has worked with the Department for over 23 years and prior to being named Director served as Technical Assistance Program Manager for eight years. As Director, Mike manages the State Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program as well as the Municipal Investment Trust Fund, Riverfront Community Development Bond Program, Neighborhood Stabilization Program, Disaster Recovery Program and several other initiatives. Mike and the OCD staff work closely with Maine communities, and Regional Councils and Planning Commissions to provide project funding, training, and increase local capacity.
Mike was instrumental in the planning, development and initial administration of the Rural Somerset County Replacement Housing Program funded through a $1,000,000 RHED grant provided by HUD.
Prior to working for DECD, Mike was employed by the Maine Division of Community Services overseeing the State’s weatherization and home repair programs and going back farther than he admits, remembers working with the Task Force on Human Needs, Androscoggin Valley Community Action and Oxford County Community Services.
Mike attended Western Connecticut University and lives in Monmouth where he is on the board of the Theater at Monmouth and the Monmouth Federal Credit Union. He is a proud recipient of a 1990 U.S.A. Department of Health & Human Services Inspector General’s Integrity Award and in 2004 was honored with the Maine State Manager of the Year Award.
Barry Bergey became Director of Folk and Traditional Arts at the National Endowment for the Arts in January 2001. In addition to managing NEA grants on folk and traditional arts, Bergey directs the NEA National Heritage Fellowships, the premiere American lifetime honors for individual accomplishments in folk and traditional arts. Bergey provides guidance and support for folk arts infrastructure and statewide apprenticeship programs, as well as technical assistance in the field. Bergey also provides ongoing counsel to the U.S. Department of State on international cultural policy issues.
Bergey came to the NEA as Senior Arts Specialist in 1985 after having served as the State Folk Arts Coordinator in Missouri. Bergey has been active in the field of cultural heritage for the past 30 years as a fieldworker, festival organizer, radio producer, curator, and arts administrator.
His involvement in international arts policy issues has included serving on the U.S. delegation for the UNESCO Intergovernmental Meetings of Experts.
Felicia Knight is president of Knight Vision International, a strategic media and policy consulting firm founded in 2009.
For five years, she served as Director of Communications for the National Endowment for the Arts, an independent agency of the federal government, which is the nation’s largest annual funder of the arts across all disciplines. Under Chairman Dana Gioia, Knight played a vital role in re-shaping and restoring the public image of the NEA. While there, Knight supervised national and international media strategies for multi-million dollar programs that advanced the NEA mission of supporting artistic excellence and improving access to the arts for all Americans. While at the NEA Knight worked with international funders such as Boeing, Verizon, and Darden Restaurants.
Prior to her time at the NEA, Knight served for five years as Director of Communications for United States Senator Susan M. Collins of Maine. Before that, Felicia Knight enjoyed a 20-year career as an award-winning broadcast journalist.
She is based in Maine with her husband, Towle Tompkins the Director of Operations for Outside Television.
Carolyn Patterson has been Director of the Illinois Artisans Program for the Illinois State Museum since 2001. Carolyn is actively involved in promoting the arts through education and civic engagement. She is an active and involved member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the Museum Store Association, Arts Alliance Illinois and the Association of Midwest Museums. She has served on the CODA board since 2006.
John Rohman is Chairman of the Board of WBRC Architects•Engineers in Bangor. For many years, John has had a strong interest and involvement in the arts and has served as chair of the Board of Directors of the Maine Crafts Association and on the Board of Directors of the Bangor Symphony. John is also the past national President for the Board of Directors of the National Assembly of States Arts Agencies (NASAA), the national organization that serves all state arts commissions. In addition to past service to NASAA he also now serves on the board of the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA). Currently John is serving as the chair of the Maine Arts Commission and the Board of directors of the American Folk Festival-both of which are keeping him very busy!
“Organizational Self Assessment: How To Do It Well”
Suzanne Austin is Senior Consultant for the Institute for Civic Leadership, a nonprofit based in Portland, Maine. Suzanne has prior experience as an executive director, and now provides consulting support to nonprofit boards, including board retreats, self-assessments, board development, and governance education and training.
Cathy Fellenz is a certified coach and leadership consultant. Cathy coaches individuals seeking change, including nonprofit executive directors, and consults with organizations on board development and leadership transitions, having served as both interim executive director and transition consultant in five different organizations.
Karen Foster has an independent consulting practice helping nonprofit boards and managers with strategic planning, governance and board development. Karen is also experienced in executive transitions, having served as interim executive director for five different nonprofit organizations.