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Our Associates

Expert Advisers

Leadeship Management Associates (LMA) partners with professional colleagues who are also independent owners and operators of their own practices and/or businesses. Our Associates share similar values and beliefs that focus on a strength-based, respectful, and “wellness” orientation for helping individuals and organizations realize their full potential.

 

Christine Cowan-Gascoigne, MBA, MSSA, LISW-S

Christine works as an executive coach and psychotherapist, designs and facilitates leadership and management development programs, teaches interpersonal skills workshops, and consults in human resource issues in both for-profit and nonprofit organizations.  She founded The Leadership Company in 1990 to foster responsible leadership and help others understand its critical role in strengthening our families, businesses, and communities. 

Loree Vick

Loree believes that exceptional presentation skills are essential to deliver presentations that influence and cause audiences to take action. Loree launched Vick Communications to provide customized coaching and training in media, presentation and personal communication skills. She has coached and trained hundreds of executives, leaders, and groups in the art of communication delivery. In the corporate community, she has been instrumental in leadership development, core critical communications initiatives, content message creation, and video storytelling production and talent.

Ray Gonzalez, ACSW, LISW

Ray Gonzalez, ACSW, LISW, recently retired as the Executive Director of the Center for Cognition & Recovery in Beachwood, Ohio where he has helped develop CETCLEVELAND®, a community-based version of CET (Cognitive Enhancement Therapy, a revolutionary schizophrenia treatment program). He has more than 37 years of direct service, administration, and program development for persons recovering from mental illness.   

Virgil Stucker, MBA

Virgil is a visionary, mission-focused, non-profit leader with 30 years of experience focusing on the healing power of community, creativity, and philanthropy. He has served as Executive Director and President of seven not-for-profit organizations and founding board member of several others. He was also a turn-around agent for a health care system, a professor for master’s students in philanthropy and is a consultant to other visionaries. He helps good people and organizations accomplish great things through philanthropy and helps distressed families to find a recovery path for their loved ones with mental illness. Virgil is Founder and President of Virgil Stucker and Associates, LLC, a full-service therapeutic consulting firm.

Julie Konrad, AYS

Julie Konrad is a certified Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist (AYS). Ayurveda is rooted in the knowledge that humans follow the same rules and laws as other natural beings. When we ignore natural laws then imbalances begin to occur. These imbalances are what causes disharmony and disease in the mind and body. This system of medicine takes a look at the individual’s unique psychological, emotional and physical conditions and imbalances and uses elemental principles to bring balance back to the body. Julie works with individuals to set solid sleep, self-care, diet, meditation and exercise routines that strengthen the body, mind and spirit and allow the body’s own natural healing mechanisms to work. Julie is currently finishing her graduate degree to become an Ayurvedic Health Counselor (AHC) through the Himalayan Institute. Julie has been a speaker at the Rheumatology Nurses Society annual conference in 2016 and 2017 and has worked with The Cleveland Indians, and Case Western Reserve Medical School. Julie also teaches yoga, meditation and mindfulness in Cleveland, OH. You can find out more about Julie at lunapresenceyoga.com.

Peggy Barnes Szpatura

Peggy has over 30 years of fundraising experience working with professional for-profits and -non profits in the Cleveland/Northeast Ohio area. Her resume includes 13 years as a senior development officer for the Cleveland Clinic as well as director of development positions with the Alzheimer's Association Greater Cleveland Chapter, the Western Reserve Historical Society and Hopewell, a residential therapeutic farm community for adults with mental illness.

Lee Janovitz, CPA, MBA

Lee has over 20 years experience in finance, accounting and healthcare reimbursement. His background in healthcare finance includes work in  both for-profit and non-profits sectors. Currently he owns his own company focusing on small businesses development, offering revenue and cost management expertise and tax consultation services.  

Carol A. Szczepanik, Attorney

Legal matters including compliance, personnel and coaching services.

 

Christine Cowan-Gascoigne, MBA, MSSA, LISW-S

Christine works as an executive coach and psychotherapist, designs and facilitates leadership and management development programs, teaches interpersonal skills workshops, and consults in human resource issues in both for-profit and nonprofit organizations.  She founded The Leadership Company in 1990 to foster responsible leadership and help others understand its critical role in strengthening our families, businesses, and communities. 

Loree Vick

Loree believes that exceptional presentation skills are essential to deliver presentations that influence and cause audiences to take action. Loree launched Vick Communications to provide customized coaching and training in media, presentation and personal communication skills. She has coached and trained hundreds of executives, leaders, and groups in the art of communication delivery. In the corporate community, she has been instrumental in leadership development, core critical communications initiatives, content message creation, and video storytelling production and talent.

Ray Gonzalez, ACSW, LISW

Ray Gonzalez, ACSW, LISW, recently retired as the Executive Director of the Center for Cognition & Recovery in Beachwood, Ohio where he has helped develop CETCLEVELAND®, a community-based version of CET (Cognitive Enhancement Therapy, a revolutionary schizophrenia treatment program). He has more than 37 years of direct service, administration, and program development for persons recovering from mental illness.   

Virgil Stucker, MBA

Virgil is a visionary, mission-focused, non-profit leader with 30 years of experience focusing on the healing power of community, creativity, and philanthropy. He has served as Executive Director and President of seven not-for-profit organizations and founding board member of several others. He was also a turn-around agent for a health care system, a professor for master’s students in philanthropy and is a consultant to other visionaries. He helps good people and organizations accomplish great things through philanthropy and helps distressed families to find a recovery path for their loved ones with mental illness. Virgil is Founder and President of Virgil Stucker and Associates, LLC, a full-service therapeutic consulting firm.

Julie Konrad, AYS

Julie Konrad is a certified Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist (AYS). Ayurveda is rooted in the knowledge that humans follow the same rules and laws as other natural beings. When we ignore natural laws then imbalances begin to occur. These imbalances are what causes disharmony and disease in the mind and body. This system of medicine takes a look at the individual’s unique psychological, emotional and physical conditions and imbalances and uses elemental principles to bring balance back to the body. Julie works with individuals to set solid sleep, self-care, diet, meditation and exercise routines that strengthen the body, mind and spirit and allow the body’s own natural healing mechanisms to work. Julie is currently finishing her graduate degree to become an Ayurvedic Health Counselor (AHC) through the Himalayan Institute. Julie has been a speaker at the Rheumatology Nurses Society annual conference in 2016 and 2017 and has worked with The Cleveland Indians, and Case Western Reserve Medical School. Julie also teaches yoga, meditation and mindfulness in Cleveland, OH. You can find out more about Julie at lunapresenceyoga.com.

Peggy Barnes Szpatura

Peggy has over 30 years of fundraising experience working with professional for-profits and -non profits in the Cleveland/Northeast Ohio area. Her resume includes 13 years as a senior development officer for the Cleveland Clinic as well as director of development positions with the Alzheimer's Association Greater Cleveland Chapter, the Western Reserve Historical Society and Hopewell, a residential therapeutic farm community for adults with mental illness.

Lee Janovitz, CPA, MBA

Lee has over 20 years experience in finance, accounting and healthcare reimbursement. His background in healthcare finance includes work in  both for-profit and non-profits sectors. Currently he owns his own company focusing on small businesses development, offering revenue and cost management expertise and tax consultation services.  

Carol A. Szczepanik, Attorney

Legal matters including compliance, personnel and coaching services.