Meet Alban's Consultants
Learn more about the backgrounds, consulting philosophies, and focus areas for each of our Alban consultants. These individuals are among the most experienced and faithful congregational consultants working today. As a community of practice, they sustain Alban's nearly four decades of experience consulting with congregations and their leaders.
Susan Beaumont , Senior Consultant
Susan translates sound business practices and organizational development into the world of faith, particularly among larger congregations and their staffs and boards. Her specialties include change management, leadership development and staff team effectiveness.
Cathy Lee Cunningham, Field Consultant
Cathy Lee believes in congregations and their capacity to change the world. She specializes in healthy communications, facilitated dialogue, team-building and conflict transformation. Cathy Lee sees her role as a consultant to be a sacred calling to equip congregations to engage in meaningful conversations that open pathways to new life, hope and growth.
Dan Hotchkiss, Senior Consultant
When congregations seek guidance for discernment and dialogue around issues of planning, visioning, and governance, Dan is a valued partner for his creative approaches and sensitive understanding of the human and institutional dynamics within congregations.
Speed Leas, Consultant
Speed Leas is a nationally known consultant to religious organizations and an educator of church leaders, including pastors, laity, and church executives. He has earned a special reputation as an authority on conflict.
Alice Mann, Consultant
When it comes to helping congregations pursue their callings within their context, no one is better than Alice at transforming the conversation into a positive, fruitful experience. She is wonderfully wise, thorough, and down to earth.
Susan Nienaber, Senior Consultant
With a background as a counselor and therapist, Susan combines compassion with independence when working with congregations on issues of conflict, dialogue, crisis, personnel, professional misconduct, leadership, and interpersonal dynamics.
Sarai Rice, Field Consultant
Sarai Rice loves to work with churches who are exploring their role in their community and visioning for their future – seeking to discern what and who God is calling them to be. She is skilled at planning and program development, as well as working with churches who are dealing with discord and decline.
Linda Rich, Field Consultant
Linda Rich is a specialist in coaching, leadership, organizational development, and management consulting. In addition to working with synagogues and non-profit organizations, she has worked with large corporations and small businesses.
Ed White, Consultant
An avuncular and encouraging presence, Ed's long career as a pastor, denominational executive, and consultant has given him deep knowledge of congregations and their leaders that benefits all who work with him.
John Wimberly, Field Consultant
John served congregations for 38 years, thirty
of those years at Western Presbyterian Church in Washington, DC. John’s quest for continuing personal,
spiritual and professional growth led him to complete a PhD in systematic
theology and an Executive MBA program. He consults with congregations on issues such as
the creation and implementation of strategic plans, congregational growth and
the empowering use of endowments.