Over the years, VISIONS has developed an impressive core group of consultants from a wide range of cultural backgrounds and professional experience. Presently, there are over 30 people with expertise in numerous fields - psychology, education, law, business, organizational development, communications, and health. Several consultants have extensive experience in grassroots community organizing and advocacy related to various social concerns and issues. VISIONS engages in a practice of internal staff development to keep our own journey authentic, fresh, and relevant.
, Ph.D., is a Licensed Psychotherapist who teaches, consults and has a private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area. Particularly interested in bringing the effects of systemic oppression into her psychological work, she has been engaged for many years in researching and implementing innovative educational policies for non-dominant groups in different cultures.
, PhD, is Executive Director and Co-founder of VISIONS, Inc. She leads the consultation and training components of the company. Author of Modern Racism: New Melody for the Same Old Tune, and Is Reconciliation Possible: Lessons from Combating Modern Racism, Dr. Batts has written extensively on modern racism and multicultural organizational change strategies. She is the originator of the VISIONS training model and experiential workshops.
Born in Rocky Mount, NC, Dr. Batts is an African-American woman who came of age in the 1960s. She earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from Duke University and is a licensed clinical psychologist. She earned a BA in psychology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Since 1976, she has provided multicultural education and change strategies to human service providers, educators, community leaders, and managers in a variety of settings. In 2006 The Episcopal Divinity School of Cambridge, Massachusetts conferred upon Dr. Valerie Batts the Degree of Doctor of Divinity. Working both nationally and internationally, Dr. Batts supports people and organizations in developing and maintaining environments that recognize, understand, respect, appreciate and utilize differences. Her compassion and belief in the transformative potential of humans and systems, makes her a highly sought after change consultant in public and private organizations.
, M.A., is a native of South Africa. She has been working as a consultant for community-based multicultural organizations and for the private sector for over 15 years. Skilled in the areas of conflict resolution, alliance building and anti-racism, she is particularly interested in exploring the meaning of whiteness and its impact on white people in this country.
, J.D., is a Senior Consultant and Co-founder of VISIONS. She is a former Director and one of the developers of the Wright Center - VISIONS' multicultural adult daycare health project in Rocky Mount, NC. She was also the Project Director for an award-winning diversity and community care education project for elders, disabled adults, their caregivers, and service providers. Ms. Bryant has 30 years of legal experience and was a NC state administrative law judge for ten years. She earned her JD at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Since then, she has held several appointed governmental positions of significant responsibility. Ms. Bryant actively supports numerous community organizations and has been elected to City Council of Rocky Mount. Ms. Bryant has been consulting and training individuals and organizations in applying principles of justice to interpersonal problem solving and organizational development for over 20 years. She particularly focuses on the areas of equal opportunity, affirmative action, community economic development, managing transitions, collaborative problem solving, meeting facilitation, internalized "isms," train-the-trainer models, and global inclusion issues.
, Ph.D., is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with a private practice in Richmond, VA. She divides her time between private practice and organizational consulting. She is an Associate Professor, in the Department of Family Practice, at the Medical Center of Virginia, in Richmond, VA. She blends these with her nursing background to focus on issues of diversity, leadership training, teambuilding, conflict management and sexual misconduct.
, Ph.D., cofounder of VISIONS, is a social psychologist specializing in race, ethnicity, and gender, and life-course issues. His work explores the ways that people withinstitutional power -- whites, men, and other, in a variety of business sectors -- make decisions that sustain inequalities in health and quality of life.
Dr. Capitman helped to develop the modern racism theory highlighted in VISIONS workshops and consultations. He earned his doctorate from Duke University. From 1986 to 2005, he was Director of Long-Term Care Studies and Corrdinator of the Inequalities Concentration at the Heller School, Brandeis University. He continues to teach and to research healthcare disparities at Brandeis.
Currently Dr. Capitman is Executive Director of the Central Valley Health Policy Institute and professor of Public Health at California State University, Fresno.
, MSW, has over 25 years of administrative and direct experience in human services, social work services, training, organizational development, and human resources in large and small organizations. She now provides training and consultation with groups and organizations in the areas of cultural competence and leadership development. She has been recognized for lifetime achievement by the Training and Development arm of the American Public Human Services Association, based on her leadership in public human services. Dana has a passion for social justice work and is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is currently continuing her professional development in group and family therapy at the Southeast Institute in Chapel Hill, N.C.
, MEd, works as a therapist for Easter Seals UCP in the Rocky Mount, North Carolina area, providing mental health services to children, adolescents, and adults. In addition to being a North Carolina Licensed Professional Counselor, she holds national certification from the National Association of Certified Counselors. Barbara previously served as the Director of Mental Health Education and Special Projects for the Area L. Health Education Center in Rocky Mount, where she provided consultation and technical assistance to a variety of health care and educational organizations. She was awarded the 2004 North Carolina Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service. In addition, she has served in various roles, both local and regional, with her church. Barbara earned both her BA and her MEd from the University of Virginia.
, M. Div., is a white man who has spent the past 25 years in social change efforts. He worked on fair housing, indigenous rights, and environmental issues before attending Harvard Divinity School. After graduate school, and for the next 18 years, he was a founding staff member and co-director of The Food Project, a nationally recognized organization that creates personal and social change through sustainable agriculture. He later became the director of diversity and capacity building at The Food Project. In those roles he developed and implemented an organization wide diversity initiative and ran trainings in youth development, leadership, and organizational development throughout the US for the Kellogg Foundation, USDA and many grassroots non-profits. In 2001, Greg authored the book Growing Together: A Guide to Building Inspired, Diverse and Productive Youth Communities. Greg joined VISIONS full time in October, 2009 as the Associate Director of Programs. He is committed to advancing equity through personal exploration and systems analysis as complementary strategies for change.
, M.A., LMFT, a Mexican American, is a trainer, process facilitator, and psychotherapist. He has been an advocate for community building through cooperation for thirty years, in both public and private sector contexts. He has worked extensively in the United States, Europe, and Latin American with groups and organizations assessing levels of cooperation; and training in communication and team building skills. Being bilingual, Felipe has trained psychologists and trainers in Mexico City, Monterey, Caracas, and Santo Domingo in Spanish for many years. He is an active member of the International Transactional Analysis Association. Felipe has published several articles on communication, gender equality, cooperation, and parenting / counseling men. Some have been translated into other languages.
, is the former Director of the Boston Women's Fund. As an educator and community activist, she provides training and consultation on issues of race, class, and gender. She is committed to issues of social and economic justice. The process of change and transformation inspires her. Ms. Gray has been involved with the issue of violence against women, women's issues, and empowerment issues for African-American women.
, Ph.D., is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and has since 1978 worked in the area of organizational development training and clinical consulting to municipalities, as well as non-profit, public and private corporations. He uses a whole-systems perspective in his consultations on organizational effectiveness and has a special interest in creating environments in which differences are celebrated.
, MA, brings to this work a wide of experiences which began in the civil rights era with sit-ins and organizing aimed at desegregating public facilities in his home town of Asheville, N.C. His passion for empowering oppressed peoples and his exceptional skills for facilitating the work of groups led him to study and work in this field for more than 40 years. In addition to working in the U.S., Jack has trained groups with outstanding success in Australia, Europe, and Israel in organizations ranging from industry, local, and federal governments to primary, secondary, and higher education and community-based organizations. He is President of Connectors, Inc. For more than 35 years, Jack has shared an interracial, intercultural marriage with Farzaneh Guillebeaux, born in Tehran, Iran.
, M.A., is a Licensed Counselor in private practice. She has conducted training both nationally and internationally since 1988 in the areas of empowerment for women, interracial / intercultural marriage, sexism, communication and conflict resolution.
, MA, MEd, focuses on cross-cultural issues in education and psychology. He serves as an internal consultant at Boston College and provides assessments and consultations on multiculturalism to universities and corporations. Mr. Holloway is the past director of an adolescent residential treatment facility in Boston and is the former President of Concerned Black Men of Massachusetts. His graduate studies at Boston College led him to his work in changing institutionalized inequalities.
, M.B.A., is an African-American consultant skilled in conflict resolution, process facilitation, change management and organizational effectiveness. He has over 30 years of experience with effective business management from a multicultural perspective including Supplier Diversity & Development Management and Diversity & Inclusion Councils. He earned a Bachelors degree in Economics from Harvard University and an MBA in Human Resources / Leadership from Waynesburg University. Before joining VISIONS, he was a Senior Human Resources Manager at Procter & Gamble. During his 22 year tenure at P&G, he had the opportunity to manage people, information, processes and systems. Mr. Johnson is a Supply Chain Management Leader with Organizational Development expertise.
, DMin, MEd, MA, MDiv, has been affiliated with VISIONS for six years, consulting with legal professionals, schools, colleges, local churches and dioceses. He earned his graduate degrees at the Andover Newton Theology School, Harvard University, and St. Michael's College. Rev. Dr. Kondrath is Chair of the Board of Trustees of Ecclesia Ministries, an organization working for and with homeless people in Boston. He consults in New Zealand and Australia, as well.
, Psy.D., a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, has provided multicultural psychotherapy and organizational development consulting since 1976. Dr. Lewis supports individuals and groups in creating social justice at four interlocking levels – the personal, interpersonal, institutional and cultural. As the mother of two daughters and two grandchildren, Dr. Lewis has a special interest in the health and empowerment of women and girls.
, MEd, is a lead consultant for VISIONS, as well as a licensed marriage and family therapist in private practice. She holds a graduate degree in counseling psychology from Lesley College. A deep commitment to personal liberation and social justice supports her focus on challenging oppression. Ms. Lynch empowers both individuals and organizations to embrace their uniqueness and to realize their full potential. She has extensive experience exploring these issues within educational, human service, community, government, and business settings.