Engage with one another, develop knowledge and skills, share expertise, and contribute to our community.

Elizabeth Scott, PhD

Elizabeth Scott, PhD is an organizational development consultant and founder of Brighter Strategies, LLC; building empowered organizations through the pursuit of best practices and continuous improvement initiatives. Dr. Scott’s firm utilizes a three-dimensional approach that focuses on your people, processes and overall performance.

Dr. Scott has provided training and consulting services...

Chris Swisher

Chris holds a M.S. in Organization Development from American University, a Leadership Coaching Certificate from Georgetown University, a B.A. in Philosophy from Virginia Commonwealth University, and has a certification for Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI), as well as certificates from ATD in Coaching, Action Learning, and Training.  He is currently a Principal at Evans Incorporated...

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Mark Sachs

Board Member

Mark has been an experienced organizational consultant and executive coach for more than 20 years.  He believes that people and their organizations often have much more potential than they give themselves credit for.  

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David Kading

Board Member

David Kading is a Senior Associate with Brighter Strategies. He specializes in organization development and is skilled at bridging theory and practice within his work. David has over seven-years’ experience in team development and experiential education as well as a master’s degree in Organizational Development and Knowledge Management (ODKM). David has worked effectively with teams spanning public and private sectors, higher education, local government, associations, and non-profit organizations. His approach is a thoughtful exploration and journeying alongside his clients through a process of authentic discovery.

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Judy Rodgers

Board Member

Judy Rodgers is an executive and resilient leadership coach, organization consultant, and facilitator who brings a deep mindset of innovative thinking and practical approaches to leaders and organizations who want to succeed and thrive in the face of constant turbulence and change. Judy works with leaders to breakthrough barriers, envision possibilities, navigate change, and accomplish significant and challenging goals.

Peggy Linden

Board Member

I consider myself to be an "Embodyment" coach.
My work involves the weaving together of three specialized areas of expertise - Resilient Leadership Coaching, Creativity, and Craniosacral Therapy. With over 40 years of applied experience, I've found that  through a confluence of these three elements that my clients have their most powerful breakthroughs - uncovering promising opportunities and filling them with irresistible drive 

Eliyahu Lotzar, Ed.D

Board Member

Working at the organizational, team, and individual levels, Dr. Eliyahu Lotzar serves as guide and goad for organizations to reframe problems and activate opportunities. His consulting and training firm, Reframed Reality, is focused on increasing unity and performance in in-person and virtual workplaces. His international cross-sectoral experience includes non-profit, associations, social service, higher education, healthcare, and the corporate sector.

Karen Porterfield

Board Member

Karen Porterfield is an organization development and management consultant who uses methods both traditional (coaching, facilitation, and training) as well as non-traditional (mindfulness practices and systemic constellation work) to foster individual and organizational health and growth.  Prior to consulting, Karen worked in external affairs for not-for-profit organizations including The Phillips Collection, the National Building Museum, and The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Dawn McAvoy

Board Member

Dawn McAvoy is energized by helping leaders and organizations be more effective. She focuses on identifying and closing gaps in systems, processes, and service, in addition to managing projects smoothly with proactive collaboration and service delivery. She enjoys drawing on 25+ years of varied experience (working with small businesses, consulting companies, nonprofits, universities, and more) to help others achieve desired and elevated outcomes.

Our Story

35 years of community building…..

The Chesapeake Bay Organization Development Network (CBODN) emerged from a 1984 national Organization Development Network conference held in the Washington, DC metro area. CBODN founders were energized by their role in hosting the conference and committed to building a network that spans the communities around the Chesapeake Bay area, including Baltimore, Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Northern Virginia. We are honored that 35 years later we can help to carry forward the tradition for the next generation of OD practitioners. CBODN has the advantage of a unique and valuable combination of resources in the DC metro area: premier graduate OD programs whose faculty and students keep their fingers on the pulse of our field; a vast system of federal government agencies and related subcontracting, lobbying and other supporting organizations; headquarters to many corporations, associations and nonprofits; a hub of world-renowned OD consultants; and a global, diverse, highly educated population that benefits from the visibility of being in our nation’s capital. This rich, dynamic milieu has fostered the study, teaching and practice of OD in a spectacular way. CBODN is proud to hold the sole distinction of having twice received the Outstanding Regional OD Network Award from the OD Network. 

Our history continues with you. Be a part of our next chapter: Join now!

CBODN Founders
CBODN Presidents
Ralph Bales Chris Swisher2018  
Kari Fisher-Uman Lynn Orosco2016  2018
Denny Gallager

Rick Collier 2015 – 2016
Jane Gouveio

Deanna Larsen 2014 – 2015
Paul Hottle

Jessica Zucal 2013 – 2014
Gail Hughes

Jill Hinson 2012 – 2013
Bob Marshak

Phil Nimtz 2011 – 2012
Nedra Weinstein

Everett Marshall 2010 – 2011

Kathryn Gaines 2009 – 2010

Michelle Poche Flaherty 2008 – 2009

Laura Gramling 2007 – 2008

Laura Gramling 2006 – 2007

Mike Fandey 2005 – 2006

Laurie Reuben 2004 – 2005

Patricia Divecchio And Todd Erickson 2003 – 2004

James Alexander 2002 – 2003

Sharan Newman 2001 – 2002

Linda Smith 2000 – 2001

John McCall 1999 – 2000

Myrna Beol 1998

Betsy Hosteller 1997

Diane Hetherington 1996

Judy Lewis 1995

Sheila Haji 1994

Brenda Jones 1993

Peter Narlin 1992

Judith Leibowitz 1991

Judy Vogel 1989 – 1990

Nedra Weinstein 1988 – 1989

John Shannon 1987 – 1988

Ralph Bates 1985 – 1987
Note: from 1991 through 1998, CBODN operated on a calendar year. From 1984 through 1990 and again beginning in 1999, CBODN has operated on a fiscal year of July 1 – June 30.

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Who We Are

Chesapeake Bay Organization Development Network (CBODN) - is the premier DC Metro area network and community of practice of Organization Development (OD) practitioners. Founded in Chesapeake Bay, MD, our name still pays homage to our founders, and we are grateful for their brilliant minds and vital contributions to the field of OD.

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  • (202) 630-6663
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