Emeritus board of Directors

Meet the Emeritus Board of Directors


Vernon Allwood

Nathan Avani

Dr. Avani completed his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology in 1985 from Michigan State University. Dr. Avani has been a high school teacher, a community college instructor, and an educational consultant with the Michigan Department of Education. Dr. Avani was also a consultant for the USAID – United States Aide For International Development. Dr. Avani was a Professor at Lehman College of the City University of New York from 1986-2002. He was Chair of the Department of Middle and High School Education at Lehman College from 1998-2002 and Chair of the Department of Secondary Education at San Francisco State from 2002-2014. Dr. Avani is currently Professor of Educational Psychology in the Department of Secondary Education at San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California. Dr. Avani is the author of the following books:  1998 MENTORING WORKS! A Peer Helping Program For Middle and High School Students (Facilitator’s Guide and Youth Workbook) and 2001 YouthLink – Developing Effective Mentoring Programs, (Facilitator’s Guide and Youth Workbook). Dr. Avani served on the Board of Directors of the International Mentoring Association (IMA) and held positions of Vice President and President of the Association.  Dr. Avani’s research focus is in the area of youth mentoring. Other areas of interest are school reform, small school development, and technology in education.

William Brescia

Dr. Linda Coy, former President

presidential term: 2012 – 2014

Dr. Coy has served as the Executive Director of the Educator Support Center, as the President and Executive Director for the Three Rivers Education Foundations, and as the president of the Northwest Regional Education Collaborative for the State of New Mexico, as well as serving as the IMA Board President 2012-2014. She has directed multiple multi-million dollar federal education initiatives, and has served as District Superintendent in various New Mexico school districts and as Campus Director for the New Mexico Highlands University-San Juan Campus. Dr. Coy holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction, Learning Technologies.

Maurice Davis

Nora Dominguez

Truls Engstrom

Jan Hall

Dr. Janice L. Hall worked for four universities in her 23 years as a Teacher Educator; Arizona State, Indiana State, Idaho State and Utah State. During those years she mentored student teachers in school levels 1-12. She also was the Director of Field Experiences at Idaho State and Utah State. Jan enjoyed working with student teachers, always assigning herself to several so she could stay current in the schools with the trials and responsibilities of new teachers. She was the Coordinator of the Beginning Teacher Internship Program at Idaho State College of Education for two years. She belonged to organizations such as the International Mentoring Association, the Association of Teacher Educators, and the National Association for Beginning Teachers. She had multiple publications about mentoring including the power of state-school relationships. In H. Portner (Ed.).,Teacher induction and mentoring: The state of the art and beyond. She also served on multiple boards including: the Board of Directors of the International Mentoring Association and as a commissioner on the Association of Teacher Educators, Quality Leaders for Novice Teachers. Since retirement, she returned to the public school setting as an elementary music teacher. Returning to public school teaching, where she began, was her dream.

David James

Frances Kochan

Margo Murray

Margo Murray, MBA, CPT, C-EI, has been a member of IMA since 1984. She served Director on the International Board for a number of years, and is a Director Emeritus. The preeminent researcher, designer, and evaluator of facilitated mentoring, she has collaborated with clients on strategic planning and mentoring processes in over 100 organizations in 26 countries. Her best seller book, Beyond the Myths and Magic of Mentoring:  How to Facilitate an Effective Mentoring Process, is considered the seminal work on facilitated mentoring. Earning the International Society for Performance Improvement’s three highest honors – Outstanding Member, Member for Life, and President – she serves as mentor to many of its leaders.  Margo was the first woman ever to Chair the Executive Board of the International Federation of Training & Development Organizations in it’s 45 year history, & one of only three to be awarded Honorary Member. Margo has been an invited speaker at many International, Regional, and National events, including the United Nations Secretariat.

Charles Allen Sadberry, Sr. 

Charles is a lifelong Texas resident, and since 2000, he has worked as a mentoring consultant. Before that, he worked for the City of Fort Worth Public Health Services as the Fort Worth, Texas Human Specialist Sr. where he was in charge of mentoring outreach, and for TXU electric. He has been involved in many community organizations including: Antioch Missionary Baptist Church Trustee; Code Blue Grant Board; President Emeritus, Calvert Colored High School Alumni Association, Inc.; Fort Worth Black Chamber of Commerce & NAACP; Fort Worth Prairie View Alumni Association Life Member; Prairie View A&M University National Alumni Association Life Member; Parliamentarian and Public Relations-Fort Worth Prairie View Alumni; Highland Hills Neighborhood Association; Re-Use Task Force Committee for State School Property (Resource Connection); South Police Division Captain’s Advisory Board; 1st African American President of South Side Lions Club; South Side Lions Club Membership Chairman; South Side Lions Board of Directors; Tarrant County Harvest Advisory Board; Star Telegram Advisory Board; Gang Resolution Task Force Committee; Lions Club Melvin Jones Award; and District 90 Youth at Risk Board.

Linda Stromei

Martha Warfield


Dr. Martha Warfield received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Science from Western Michigan University, a Master of Arts Degree in Education from the University of Oregon and a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Counseling Psychology from Michigan State University. As a licensed psychologist, she established the first female African American-owned mental health clinic in the state. Following her private practice, Dr. Warfield relocated to Western Michigan University as a psychologist and Associate Professor in the University Counseling and Testing Center. Shortly thereafter, she became the Director of the Division of Multicultural Affairs and was promoted to Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs in 2002. In addition to her other ongoing duties, she was tapped the following year to direct the Presidential Initiative on Diversity and Multiculturalism. In the latter role, she led the effort to develop the WMU’s Diversity and Multiculturalism Action Plan and now oversees the initiative as well as its related administrative unit, which was renamed the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Trustees approved the promotion of Dr. Martha Warfield to the new position of vice president for diversity and inclusion, effective July 1, 2009.

Jerry Wilbur


Dr. Jerry Willbur (Dr. J) has consulted nationally and internationally with large multi-billion dollar organizations such as S.C. Johnson, the ServiceMaster Company, Fujitsu I.T. Consulting, etc. and has also created and led several successful startups in the healthcare and high tech fields. He is an award winning, internationally known researcher and implementer with a well-earned reputation as a culture doctor. He helps create high performance cultures. He does this by developing effective leadership teams using a customized, structured mentoring strategy. He describes his methods in his two books. Because of his research in the field of mentoring he was selected as Vice President of the International Mentoring Association, serving for eleven years and is now a Director Emeritus. He also served on the Imperial College of London/British Petroleum mentoring advisory board for science and engineering for six years. He is founder of The Leadership Mentoring Institute (www.leadershipmentoring.com), and currently serves as Senior Vice President, Chief Talent Officer for the Delta Management Group, a consulting company that has served several leading university medical centers such as UCLA and the Ohio State University Medical Center, as well as many leading catholic healthcare systems. He is also a co-founder of Gentech Dentist (www.gentechdentist.com) a leading innovator and provider of high tech, digital, ‘paperless’ dentistry in the USA. He also served as a founding board member for WaveQ (www.waveq.net), a successful high tech company in the cloud computing and software as a service markets that was just acquired by KPIT Cummins. He also serves as a director for the Live Your Dream Foundation, dedicated to creating mentoring opportunities for resilient learners and based in Vancouver, Washington.