Senior Consultants

Tony Buon

Tony Buon is a leading contributor to Signature Resources multinational expertise. He has worked with some of the world’s largest multi-national corporations. For sixteen years Tony was a Director and owner of one of Asia-Pacific’s largest Human Resource and Corporate Psychological Services companies.

Sharon Buttress, MD

Dr. Sharon Buttress, a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, brings a sophisticated set of competencies in dealing with health care systems and clinical leadership. Dr. Buttress has been a practicing physician and health care executive during her 30-year career. She served on the New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners and held two terms as President of the Clinical Directors Network.

Christy Crosser, BS, MA

Christy Crosser’s academic background includes organizational development and nonprofit management. Over the past 25 years she has served in the health care industry and nonprofit sector in executive and consulting roles.

Kathy McClurken Hanson, RN

With a strong background in health care, business and technical writing, public relations and journalism, Kathy Hanson brings a creative perspective to every phase of organizational management from groundbreaking and initial growth to reevaluation and expansion. An excellent facilitator, Hanson frequently applies her skills and experience in helping small business clients and professional associations develop marketing and self-promotions strategies. Hanson writes Web content, marketing materials, public relations pieces and training materials.

Jamie Hartshorn, MS

A frequent award winner in communications and public relations (e.g. Public Relations Society of America; National Agri-Marketing Association), Jamie Hartshorn brings to the consortium twenty years of practical experience formulating strategic public relations programs for organizations and managing the editing and production of magazines, newsletters, membership materials, media kits and corporate displays.

Nelson R. Hellwig, MBA

With a strong background in finance, management, process improvement, board relations, grant funding, and business development, Nelson Hellwig has extensive experience in healthcare, manufacturing, nonprofits and private equity firms. Before joining Signature Resources, Hellwig was Vice President and CFO of The Blood Center, a manufacturing pharmaceutical company that provides blood products and derivatives to hospitals and healthcare facilities. Hellwig also served as the Chair of Government Relations for America’s Blood Centers, the trade association representing 50% of the U.S. blood supply. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Southern Illinois University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of New Orleans. Hellwig has held the position of Adjunct Professor of Management for Concordia University Wisconsin, is Treasurer of the Childhood & Family Learning Foundation and is a member of the Leadership Council for the United Way of Southeast Louisiana.

Kenneth Hunter

Kenneth Hunter is a retired senior executive of the U.S. General Accounting Office and a certified public accountant. He currently leads the professional programs of the University of Maryland’s Institute for Global Chinese Affairs. Hunter serves as an international advisor to the Government Management and Reform Research Center, China Renmin University’s “National Public Emergency Management System Study.” He also is Co-chair of the Board of Directors of the World Future Society and works with futures researchers in business, government and nonprofit organizations on developing early warning and decision-making support.

Jim Kercheville

Jim Kercheville draws on more than 30 years of public relations and business experience to help organizations build communications programs to reach their key constituencies. Before joining Signature Resources, Kercheville was director of Editorial Services for the Denver and Los Angeles offices of Alexander Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide.

Eric Meade

Eric Meade leads nonprofits, businesses, and foundations through strategic planning and organizational transformation in situations where emotions run high. He delivers on client outcomes through inclusive and innovative facilitation as well as by contributing his own perspectives based on experience and on his unique, future-focused point of view. With authenticity, courage, and a sense of humor, there is no group situation or dynamic that Eric can’t handle.

Meade’s recent projects include facilitating a scenario-based 20-year master planning process for the Howard County (Md.) Department of Citizen Services, conducting an organizational assessment and redesign for the Oncology Nursing Society, developing a leadership development institute for the Society of Behavioral Medicine, leading strategic planning for the Young Adult Library Services Association, and designing the annual strategic summit of the Veterans Health Administration’s National Leadership Council. Recent keynotes include the Colorado Behavioral Healthcare Council, Aims Community College, and the Missouri Association of Area Agencies on Aging.

Previously, Meade was vice president and senior futurist at the Institute for Alternative Futures, where he developed scenarios of agriculture in Peru in 2030 for Oxfam America, of health and health care in 2032 for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, of technology and society in 2030 for IEEE, and of vulnerability in 2030 for the RWJF Vulnerable Populations Portfolio. He also led a strategic planning process for the Society of Behavioral Medicine, facilitated a multi-sector community health initiative in Memphis, created a pro-poor scenario toolkit for the Rockefeller Foundation, and worked on numerous projects for AARP. His previous work experiences include setting up the China sourcing operation of Melissa & Doug, Inc., a major U.S. toy manufacturer, and serving as a nuclear submarine officer in the U.S. Navy.

Meade serves on the Board of Directors of Counterpart International, a global development NGO, and is a past Board Chair of the World Future Society. He teaches strategic planning at American University’s School of International Service and is on the faculty of the command course for law enforcement officers in the state of California.

Meade has published new perspectives on international development in World Future Review (Spring 2011), Monthly Developments (April 2013), and the Stanford Social Innovation Review (Oct. 6, 2014), and is a co-author (with Les Wallace, Ph.D. and Dennis Derr, Ed.D.) of Personal Success in a Team Environment, a leadership development workbook for front-line managers and staff.

Meade has an MBA from INSEAD and a Bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Virginia. He is a certified practitioner of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and a graduate of the Newfield Network coach training program.

Nancy Pindus, MBA, CPA

Nancy Pindus has more than 30 years experience in research and consulting aimed at improving the effectiveness of services to low income families and other vulnerable populations. She has worked with a wide range of public health and community-based providers, including: community health centers, migrant health centers, family planning clinics, community mental health centers, substance abuse treatment programs, nutrition programs, and programs serving the elderly. Her areas of expertise include cost analysis and financial management, program evaluation, organizational analysis, health care workforce development including training and career advancement, grant writing and review.

Frank M. Reed, MD

Dr. Frank Reed is a strategically-oriented health care leader and board certified Family Physician with extensive experience in clinical practice, executive administration, managed care, board governance, research, and medical education. Dr. Reed combines experience in front-line, patient-centered work in diverse settings with leading-edge organizational theory and practice. He has helped health care professionals and organizations achieve durable positive change throughout his 36-year career.

Marilyn Soulsburg

Marilyn Soulsburg is a veteran of more than 33 years with the Federal Government. As an Executive in the Internal Revenue Service, she was recognized as an accomplished leader and role model. Well known for her skills in dealing with labor management issues, unions and contract negotiation, Soulsburg has established workplace programs to ensure diversity and improve quality of work life.

Robert M. Tobias, BA, MBA

Robert Tobias is a Distinguished Practitioner in Residence at American University, where he teaches public policy. He also is Director of the Institute for the Study of Public Policy Implementation. Mr. Tobias writes a bimonthly column for Government Executive magazine on current federal sector public policy implementation issues. He previously also served on the Internal Revenue Service Oversight Board with seven members from the private sector, the Secretary of Treasury, and the Commissioner of the IRS.He graduated from the George Washington University School of Law, where he was a member of the adjunct faculty for 22 years. He is a member of the District of Columbia bar.

Robert Villarreal, EdD

From his roots as the child of migrant farm workers to his completion of a doctorate in education and winning many national honors, Dr. Villarreal has shown that personal commitment, putting people first and setting high expectations will produce success. “Dr. V’s” long-term leadership success as principal at a multicultural elementary school has garnered individual honors as an IDEA Academy of Fellows Distinguished Educator, a Milken National Educator Award winner and the first recipient of the prestigious Terrel H. Bell Leadership Award from the U.S. Department of Education.

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