Our staff, WayFinders and Board Members have been working with organizations that are envisioning and creating new ways to be effective. LIFE Senior Services in Tulsa, Oklahoma has transformed its organization by using ad revenues from Vintage, a free senior magazine, to subsidize affordable housing and fund other senior services with the strategy provided by Ed Bogle, SVLF WayFinder. Park Plaza Church of God in the Tulsa, Oklahoma area is a shining example of churches that work. A major player in developing their vision and leadership was and is Harry Lay, another SVLF WayFinder. Our founder and CEO, Hugh Ballou, is a prominent figure in leadership training and organizational development. For the past 22 years he has worked with churches, nonprofit organizations, and entrepreneurs in a wide variety of projects. His most recent project is with the Community Foundation of the New River Valley in Christiansburg, Virginia, which supports the work of many local nonprofit organizations. These organizations only represent a small sample of the work of our experienced WayFinders with careers spanning 30 – 40 years each. Although SynerVision is a new organization, we are drawing on the wealth of experience of over 15 highly respected and proven leaders from around the country to staff our board of directors, advisory board, and to provide in-kind services to those we are serving.
Hugh Ballou is a Transformational Leadership Strategist and the President of SynerVision International, Inc. After forty years of musical conducting experience, he now works as executive coach, process facilitator, trainer, and motivational speaker teaching leaders in many diverse fields the fine-tuned skills employed every day by orchestral conductors. Hugh is the author of eight books on Transformational Leadership and is a recognized expert in working with leaders in churches, religious organizations, and business and non-profit communities.
Board of Directors
We are currently undergoing a transformation from a formative board to a more permanent board.
Andy Morikawa served for thirteen years as the Executive Director of the Community Foundation of the New River Valley, a non-profit foundation that provides full service assistance to donors who are seeking to maximize the benefit of their charitable giving and makes grants to charitable organizations that address community needs. He is now Executive Director Emeritus. Andy does coaching and facilitation work for community groups in governance and board development. His interest in nonprofit governance began in the 1970’s when he first started working with and for trustee boards. He has served on numerous community, national, and international boards. At the Community Foundation of the New River Valley Andy works to build group and team effectiveness, leadership development, board and trustee development, and grant making as fund raising, all of which he will bring to the SynerVision board as an expert on non-profit organizations.
Diane Akers is the President of The Blacksburg Partnership, a non-profit, independent economic development organization formed by leaders from the Town of Blacksburg, the business community, and Virginia Tech. The organization’s purpose is to bolster the vitality of Blacksburg through projects that attract visitors and retail prospects. Diane oversees the development of property, the revitalization of retail districts, special events, and marketing programs. With more than twenty years of professional and management experience serving local governments and small businesses, Diane will bring a wealth of experience to the SVLF Advisory Board.
Rev. Dr. Larry Dill has been Executive Director of the Institute for Clergy Excellence since February, 2003. The Institute (ICE) fosters excellence in pastoral leadership through peer group learning. After graduation from seminary, Larry served as pastor of rural, suburban, new church, and urban appointments throughout his ministry. Prior to establishing ICE he served at Trinity United Methodist Church in Huntsville, Alabama. Larry is a member of several leadership organizations in the Birmingham and Huntsville areas and has previously been named as Citizen of the Year by the Eastern Area Chamber of Commerce in Birmingham, Alabama. Rev. Dr. Dill will apply his many years of experience with the church to that sector of the SynerVision Leadership Foundation.
Dr. Wilson Luquire is recently retired as the Dean of the M. Louis Salmon Library and the University CIO at The University of Alabama Huntsville. He began his academic career in church music and organ studies and continues to serve on many boards and committees for the arts in the Huntsville area. His accomplishments at the university and in community service have received many awards and will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to SynerVision.
Dr. David S. Gruder, PhD, DCEP, has been hailed by Radio & Television Interview Reports as America’s Integrity Expert: the clinical and organizational psychologist who is today’s preeminent thought leader on practical ways to bring integrity back into daily life, relationships, business, politics, the media, eduction, and religion. As Integrity Revolution’s CEO & Founder, he passionately embodies its mission statement (described above) through writing, keynotes, training, mentoring, and media interviews on various aspects of integrity-centered living, working, loving and serving. An international speaker, trainer and TheraCoach for over three decades, Dr. Gruder has also given hundreds of interviews on many radio talk shows throughout North America and is a recurring guest for many of them. Dr. Gruder’s masters and doctorate are in clinical psychology with a secondary emphasis in organizational development and conflict resolution. His bachelors degree was in psychology and music, magna cum laude. He is also an ordained interfaith clergy and spiritual director.
James E. “Jim” Pearman, Jr., CPA/PFS, CFP®, is a 1970 honors graduate in accounting from Virginia Tech. He received his Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designation in 1972. His experience includes four years with Peat, Marwick, Mitchell CPAs (now KPMG Peat Marwick) and sixteen years as a banking executive with both large and small banking organizations. Jim has specialized in providing comprehensive financial planning since 1990 with special expertise in income taxes, estate and retirement planning. Medical Economics magazine selected Jim in 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2008 as one of the top financial advisors for doctors in the United States.
Jim Stanley is the Executive Vice President and Director of VII, Inc., a strategic planning, systems engineering and investment capital firm specializing in government and business initiatives. VII’s clients include major government agencies and corporations in the United States and around the world. Jim leads VII’s investment capital and financial consulting business as well as being involved in the engineering efforts of the firm. In addition to his business career, Mr. Stanley is on the Board of Directors and serves as the Vice Chairman of the International Center for Religion and Diplomacy, dedicated to peacemaking via a network of religious leaders and diplomats. Jim will serve on the SynerVision Leadership Foundation Board to lend his insight into the business component of the foundation.
Rev. Dr. William. H. Willimon comes to the board with decades of service to the church with pastor, theologian, bishop, and author among his many titles. As the second most widely read mainline Protestant pastor according to the Pulpit and Pew Research Center, Willimon is a highly recognized and esteemed figure in today’s church. He was elected in July 2004 as Bishop of The United Methodist Church and leads the 157,000 Methodists and 792 pastors in North Alabama.
Ed Bogle has more than thirty years of strategic and marketing consulting experience. He has demonstrated leadership as a trainer and mentor in strategic thinking, organizational leadership, market assessment, alliance development, sales management, and sales tactics all of which are assets to the SynerVison advisory board. He is currently a Strategic Consultant and founder of ideationEDGE, a strategic development and design firm that works closely with entrepreneurs to develop innovative solutions in market seizing strategy, branding and product design.
Sherita Herring is the Founder and President of the Kreative Images Foundation (K.I.), established in 2004. Sherita has structured and coached nonprofits throughout the United States and the world, and serves as a speaker, grant writing workshop facilitator and community strategist. She has aided in securing millions of dollars in funding, while helping to develop more than 600 businesses. Her extensive experience in grant procurement and facilitation, and economic development will be key pieces in her service to the SynerVision Leadership Foundation.
Tom Jurgensen has over 19 years of legal experience that he brings to the SynerVision Foundation. A graduate of the University of Oregon School of Law, Tom currently serves as CEO at Catalyst Law Group, APC as well as having founded three additional growing companies, Allylix, Inc., Urigen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and Inverseon, Inc. Jurgensen is a member of several for-profit and non-profit boards and is often called upon for his expertise in board agreements and contracts.
Jeffrey L. Magee, Ph.D. has been called one of leading “Leadership & Marketing Strategists” today. As a performance execution Coach he is well credentialed. He is a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), a Certified Management Consultant (CMC) and a Certified Professional Direct Marketer (PDM) and has been recognized as one of the “Ten Outstanding Young Americans” known as TOYA by the United States Junior Chamber of Commerce. Many of the Fortune 500 firms from BOEING and Harley-Davidson to Anheuser-Busch, USA/NASA, and El Paso Energy today use Jeff for PERFORMANCE EXECUTION® in the areas of managerial-leadership effectiveness and sales training and coaching.
Doug Lawrence brings his many years of experience as a musician, an academia, and an advisor to both church leaders and business executives to the advisory board, enabling him to offer a well-rounded approach to the foundation board. In 2007 Doug founded and became the CEO of Speaking as a Performing Art. His clients include many major corporation CEO’s who have come to respect his performance experience as an asset to the business community.
Harry Lay is a trusted advisor to CEO’s and business leaders worldwide. He has been featured in Fortune magazine and The Wall Street Journal. Lay has over 30 years of experience in the business world serving as the CFO/President of an International Architect & Engineering Firm, manager of a 60 million dollar multi-location business, and 19 years in public accounting in both local and national firms. Lay serves on a nt will be a major asset to SVLF.
Daniel Roth worked as Vice President for New Business Development for HarperCollins Publishers, a division of Rupert Murdoch’s NewsCorp, reporting directly to the Chairman George Craig. From 1991 thru 1995 Daniel joined Simon & Schuster as the Editorial Director and then Publisher of the Audio Publishing Division. In the five years under his leadership, the company consistently dominated the best-seller lists, won two Grammy Awards, was nominated for 2 others, and was the most profitable division on a percentage basis within all S & S publishing divisions. Daniel has served as either Executive Producer or Director of three documentary films; www.doyoubelieveinmagic.net is his most recent film, which was shot in the Townships of Cape Town SA. The movie was awarded an African Academy Award in Nigeria in April 2008. He is also a published poet.
Rev. Dr. John Savage specializes in working with churches, non-profit and business organizations as a senior consultant with The Kilgore Group, LLC., specializing in the fields of listening dynamics, conflict management and resolution, training, and consulting. He holds four earned degrees in music, education, divinity, and ministry. His work with over forty church denominations in addition to major corporations, gives him a multi-faceted perspective to clients.
Chuck Vollmer is the founder and President of VII, a strategic planning, systems engineering and investment capital firm specializing in government and business initiatives. He is also the President and co-owner of International Sports Marketing & Management Inc. Vollmer has worked to gain significant experience with national and homeland security, the MidEast region, and information security and information operations. His military, government, and business backgrounds bring a unique blend of experiences and views to the work of the foundation.