Subject Matter Experts
In addition to our core team, The Barthwell Group has 10 Subject Matter Experts. These nationally and internationally known leaders in their fields advise our firm and work on engagements on a case-by-case basis. This elite group includes board members of Fortune 500 companies, current and past chief executives of multi-million dollar companies, board members of elite educational institutions, former White House Fellows, and current and former senior administrators of top colleges and universities. All of our Subject Matter Experts have extensive knowledge of their fields developed through decades of experience. Our Subject Matter Experts fields of expertise include:
- Business Administration / Management
- Computational and Information Science
- Future Focused Planning
- Higher Education
- K-12 Education
- Master Planning
- Organizational Turnaround / Restructuring
- Project Management
Joseph B. Anderson
Joseph B. Anderson is currently the majority owner, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of TAG Holdings, LLC which owns several manufacturing, service, and technology based entities based in both North America and Asia. These entities serve a variety of industries including automotive, consumer products, and recreational vehicles. TAG Holdings had revenues exceeding $500 million in 2009 and is the second largest African-American owned business in Michigan. Previously, Mr. Anderson held multiple executive positions at General Motors and acquired a controlling interest in a privately held entity, Chivas Products Limited, which manufactured interior trim products and lighting assemblies principally for the automotive industry.
Mr. Anderson currently serves on the company Boards of Directors of Quaker Chemical Corporation, ArvinMeritor, Inc., NV Energy, Valassis Communications and Rite Aid Corporation. He is also on the Executive Committee of the National Association of Black Automotive Suppliers. Mr. Anderson’s community involvement includes Horizons-Upward Bound Advisory Board and the National Recreation Foundation.
During his military career, Mr. Anderson commanded troops as an infantry officer in the 82nd Airborne Division and served two tours of duty with the 1st Cavalry Division in Vietnam. Mr. Anderson and the infantry platoon he commanded in Vietnam were subjects of the highly acclaimed documentary film “The Anderson Platoon.” Mr. Anderson’s military awards include two silver stars, five bronze stars, three Army Commendation Medals, and eleven Air Medals. In 1977, Mr. Anderson was selected to be a White House Fellow and worked as Special Assistant to Secretary of Commerce, Juanita Kreps.
Mr. Anderson is a graduate of the United States Military Academy, and received two Master’s degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles. He is also a graduate of the Harvard Advanced Management Program, and received an Honorary Doctorate from Kettering University.
Frederick Bland, FIA, AICP is the Managing Partner at Beyer Blinder Belle, a New York-based architecture and planning firm, which is internationally known for its preservation work. He has provided design leadership over the past 35 years for educational, residential and cultural facilities in both the U.S. and in China. He has directed downtown redevelopment plans nationally, working with clients that require options for long-term growth. Mr. Bland began his career at Beyer Blinder Belle in 1972, became the first non-founding partner in 1978, and Managing Partner in 2004. An Adjunct Professor in the Fine Arts Department of New York University since 1990, he has also lectured on design at Yale University, Columbia University, Pratt and City College. He is a member of the Vestry of Trinity Church, Wall Street; Chairman of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden; and serves on numerous other civic boards in New York City including the James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation, the Evergreens Cemetery, and the Mark Morris Dance Group. Mr. Bland’s projects have included the U.S. Capitol, Ellis Island, Grand Central Station, and the Rockefeller Center. His recent educational master plans include: Princeton University, the Harvard Business School, and the University at Buffalo. Frederick Bland received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Yale University.
Joseph Booth, Jr.
Joseph Booth, Jr. is a distinguished professional executive with more than 31 years of senior management and decision-making experience in procurement and contract management. Mr. Booth is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of Integrity Property Group. Mr. Booth formerly held several positions at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company that include: Director of Procurement, where he managed 100 buyers across 1,000 suppliers; Material Site Lead, in which he was responsible for all programs at the Marietta, Georgia location; and Director of Ethics, where he managed ethics programs for 22,000 employees.
Mr. Booth has served as the Chair of Supplier Integration Management, an executive forum that integrates functions in subcontract management of suppliers through improved communication, coordination, and metrics tracking. He has also chaired several Lean events resulting in reductions in supplier proposal process and increased efficiency and accuracy in subcontract management.
Ms. Foster-Cheek is a Subject Matter Expert at The Barthwell Group, where she has primarily worked with Diversity Training initiatives. She previously worked as the Senior Vice President of Global Human Resources at Onyx Pharmaceuticals and is also the former Vice President of Human Resources at Johnson & Johnson, where she developed and implemented strategies to create leadership teams in Asia and Africa and to build leadership among women. Ms. Foster-Cheek earned her undergraduate degree at Baruch College of the City University of New York and received an M.B.A. from Columbia University, Graduate School of Business. Ms. Foster-Cheek is also a Certified Diversity Trainer and a Certified Facilitator for the National Training Lab.
Dr. Nathaniel Irvin is a highly respected futurist who frequently advises corporate America. He is the founder and president of Future Focus 2020, a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to providing leadership in bringing futurist thinking to urban America and minority communities. Dr. Irvin is a frequent lecturer who has engaged many groups and organizations in strategic conversations about the future focused on significant social, political, economic, technological, and environmental trends and events that will have the greatest impact on urban communities by the year 2020 and beyond. He has been widely quoted in the press and regularly provides commentary for NPR’s Weekend Edition. In 2005, he was elected as a member of the Board of Directors of the World Future Society. He was the chair of the 2008 Annual World Future Society Meeting. Dr. Irvin has over 30 years of experience in education and not-for-profit management. He is currently the Strickler Executive in Residence, Professor of Management at the College of Business at the University of Louisville. He is also a Visiting Executive Professor of Future Studies at the Babcock Graduate School at Wake Forest University. Dr. Irvin is a graduate of the University of South Carolina. He holds a Doctorate in Musical Arts from the University of North Texas and Master’s degree in Media Arts from the University of South Carolina. He is a graduate of the Institute for Educational Management, Harvard University Graduate School of Education.
Dr. Calvin Jamison is a recognized higher education expert, with experience in community development and expertise regarding higher education budgets. Dr. Jamison is currently the Vice President for Business Affairs at The University of Texas at Dallas. Previously, he served as: Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer at Hampton University, Assistant to the President at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and Chief Executive Officer / City Manager for the City of Richmond, Virginia.
Dr. Jamison is a graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (B.S., M.A., and Ed.D.).
Sergeant Major (Retired) Michael L. Kufchak
Sergeant Major Kufchak, a combat veteran with a Purple Heart, is one of The Barthwell Group’s Subject Matter Experts. He has worked primarily with Military training initiatives. Sergeant Major Kufchack has over 30 years of experience in the U.S. Marine Corps, where he enlisted in January 1982. During his career, he was a rifle-range instructor for entry-level Marines and a drill instructor and senior drill instructor at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in Sand Diego, California. He also served as an infantry platoon sergeant and gunnery sergeant, battalion operations chief and company first sergeant in various units. He has participated in the development of numerous sexual assault / harassment prevention programs and post-combat reintegration programs.
Amelia K. McDonald
Amelia K. McDonald has 20 years of experience leading strategy development, organizational improvement, and execution for c-level executives in challenging situations such as managing high growth, exploiting quickly changing market dynamics, and reversing severe underperformance. She has had a demonstrated commercial impact across multiple sectors of health care: medical technology, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, payers, and providers.
Previously, as a Principal at Katzenbach Partners, she helped grow the consulting firm from 15 consultants to 120 consultants over a seven-year period. In addition to advising clients on matters of strategy and organizational performance, Ms. McDonald helped to develop the firm’s initial strategy, established the firm’s talent management function, and co-founded its Houston office, the firm’s first outside of New York. Ms. McDonald began her consulting career at McKinsey & Company, working primarily with leading healthcare and pharmaceutical companies in the US and Europe. Additionally, Ms. McDonald has seven years of experience as an equity analyst on Wall Street, leading coverage of the medical technology industry, first for Credit Suisse and later for Lehman Brothers. She has also held positions at DuPont as a process engineer in Belle, West Virginia, and a systems analyst in Wilmington, Delaware.
Ms. McDonald holds a Master’s in General Management from the Darden Graduate School of Business and earned a Bachelor’s in Chemical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Most recently, Dr. Radhakrishnan served as Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, a HBCU, in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Dr. Radhakrishnan is a retired Director of Computational and Information Sciences Directorate at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, where he managed a $180 million budget and over 750 government and contract employees. Dr. Radhakrishnan is also a Founding Director of the Information Technology Laboratory at the U.S. Army COE Waterways Experiment Station.
Dr. Radhakrishnan is the recipient of numerous accolades and awards, including: the Presidential Rank Award for exemplary and sustained performance as a Senior Executive in the U.S. Army; the Exceptional Civilian Service Award (twice); and the Meritorious Civilian Service Award (thrice) from the Department of Defense.
Dr. Radhakrishnan is a graduate of Madras University (India), and earned his Master’s in Civil Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (Bombay), and his doctorate in Civil Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin.
Frank Savage is the Chief Executive Officer of Savage Holdings. Previously, Mr. Savage was the Chairman of Alliance Capital Management International. Mr. Savage is an internationally-known business person and is an experienced University trustee. He chaired the Board of Trustees at Howard University during its extremely successful capital campaign which raised over $200 million. Mr. Savage has had a distinguished career in international banking, corporate finance, and global investment management. He serves, and has served, on the boards of several corporations and not-for-profit organizations, including Bloomberg L.P., Lockheed Martin Corporation, Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Trustees (and Chair of the Investment Committee) of Howard University, and Trustee Emeritus of Johns Hopkins University.
Mr. Savage is a graduate of Howard University and holds a M.A. degree from the Johns Hopkins Nitze School of Advanced International Studies. He is based New York.
An expert in finance and globalization, Lena Sene currently serves as: a Director at Deer Isle Capital; a Board of Trustees’ member at Bates College; a Senior Advisor to the President of the International Economic Alliance; and a Consulting Advisor to the Missing Middle Initiative. Ms. Sene is also a Founding Member and Board Member of Network 20/20, a non-profit organization that prepares mid-career young leaders in the United States to participate in entrepreneurial diplomacy by means of educational Initiatives.
Ms. Sene is a former a White House Fellow and Investment Representative at Lehman Brothers, where she advised high net-worth individuals on a full range of investment strategies. Ms. Sene has also previously served as a Private Banker at JPMorgan, where she helped advise 200 high net-worth families whose assets measured over $4.5 billion. Ms. Sene has also served as a Board member of the U.N. Association of New York and as a member of the Economic Club in New York.
Carroll Stevens is the Senior Vice President at Cambridge Education, a global firm based in the U.K. known for enhancing organizational effectiveness to improve student outcomes. He is responsible for Cambridge's Education and Health Practice in the U.S., and a strategy advisor worldwide. In addition to his expertise in enhancing student outcomes, particularly among student from underrepresented populations, Mr. Stevens is a nationally-regarded expert in developing and implementing successful development / fundraising strategies for higher education institutions. Mr. Stevens is also an advisor to the Stupski Foundation and the Lillian Goldman Charitable Trust, and a trustee at three universities. He was formerly Associate Dean at Yale Law School and the University of Kentucky College of Law. He is the co-founder of Achievement First, the largest charter school organization in Connecticut and New York City.
Mr. Stevens holds a B.A. in Communication Arts and a L.L.D. from Georgetown College, and a J.D. from the University of Kentucky.
Dr. Kristy Woods is an academic physician (tenured professor) and leader. She is board-certified in Internal Medicine with 30 years of experience in clinical care, research, education, and academic administration. Dr. Woods is currently the Physician Advisor at Executive Health Resources.
Previously Dr. Woods has served as: Associate Vice President for Research and Faculty Development at Howard University Health Sciences; Medical Consultant at the Department of Health and Human Services, NC Disability Determination Services; and Medical Consultant / Physician at the Department of Defense. Dr. Woods has also served on the faculty of The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, the Medical College of Georgia, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Meharry Medical College, and Wake Forest University School of Medicine.
Dr. Woods has been involved as a principal investigator and / or co-investigator on numerous research projects involving hemoglobinopathies, quality of life, and utilization of healthcare resources for patients with sickle cell disease and diabetes. She has received approximately $2.9 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health, and additional funding from other government agencies, private corporations, and foundations.
Dr. Woods is well-published with more than 20 articles and five book chapters. She has also been a requested speaker, both nationally and internationally.
Dr. Woods received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Oberlin College, a Doctorate in Medicine from Tulane University School of Medicine, and a Master’s of Public Health from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.