About Our Consultants

ESC consultants are typically retired or semi-retired executives who volunteer their time as their way to give back to the community. All have a lifetime of valuable experience and are trained to understand the unique requirements of the nonprofit sector.

Here is a sampling of the backgrounds of just a few of our many outstanding consultants:

Diana Bing

Diana Bing retired from IBM as the corporate director of enterprise learning where her programs and initiatives won numerous awards. Her career with IBM encompassed extensive worldwide managerial and executive experience in sales, marketing, coaching and service delivery. She has also co-authored two well-received books on growing a career.

Expertise: Executive Coaching, Leadership Training

Al Decker

Al Decker is a consultant in enterprise risk management, business continuity, information security and privacy in internal controls. He has more than 30 years of experience in private industry and public accounting. Al is the co-author of a top-selling book on the practical implications of the enterprise risk management process.

Expertise: Guided Organizational Assessment, Board Development

Michael Friedman

Michael Friedman was the executive director at Vacamas Programs for Youth in New York City. He worked for over 30 years with programs for at-risk youth. Michael has served on several nonprofit boards including the American Camping Association and the New York State Camp Directors Association.

Expertise: Board Development, Retreat Facilitation

Dave Gettles

Dave Gettles held a variety of executive positions, including regional vice president, during his 25+ years in the insurance industry. He took an active role in talent development of individuals and teams throughout his career. Upon retirement, Dave served as an instructor for the NCSU Business Coaching Certificate Program. In addition to teaching, he worked with individuals and organizations for successful employee onboarding experiences.

Expertise: Executive Coaching

Bobbi Hapgood

Bobbi Hapgood is an organizational leader and nonprofit strategist with expertise in fundraising, philanthropic leadership and board governance. She has served on several nonprofit boards and advisory boards including the Educational Foundation of America, the Environmental Defense Fund and UNC’s PlayMakers Repertory Company.

Expertise: Fundraising Planning

Ed Haugh

Ed Haugh is a senior advisor who held a variety of upper-level management positions over 25 years with the Asian Development Bank in South Asia. He managed the social sector division, designing and implementing projects in the education, health and water supply sectors.

Expertise: Strategic Planning, Retreat Facilitation, Outcomes Measurement

Doug Hurley

Doug Hurley held a number of senior executive leadership positions in higher education, most recently as vice president for information technology/CIO and chairman of the FedEx Institute of Technology at the University of Memphis. Doug was also a research analyst at Gartner, Inc.

Expertise: Guided Organizational Assessment, Board Development, Retreat Facilitation

Marilyn Longman

Marilyn Longman held several senior business and marketing management positions for Kraft Foods and General Foods. As a business director, she had profit and loss responsibility for many large businesses and also specialized in new business development and planning.

Expertise: Executive Coaching, Retreat Facilitation, Strategic Planning

Linda Luftig

Linda Luftig served as executive vice president for public affairs at HSBC Holdings for North America where she had responsibility for public relations, employee communications, investor relations, philanthropy and events. She also served as director of commercial and trust marketing for CoreStates Financial.

Expertise: Communications/Marketing, Merger Communications, Retreat Facilitation

 

Tom Medlin

Tom Medlin is a retired CPA who served as the chief financial officer of the North Carolina League of Municipalities, as well as the vice president and controller for the Durham Life Insurance Company. He spent more than 30 years in the financial services industry in both the nonprofit and for-profit sectors, with extensive experience in auditing, profit analysis, budgeting, expense control and internal control assessments.

Expertise: Financial Assessment

Don Tiedeman

Don Tiedeman was the vice president of information management organization of the consumer communications services business unit of AT&T. During his 35 years, he held numerous executive positions in operations, finance and information systems. He later served as a senior consultant for Fujitsu Consulting.

Expertise: Strategic Planning, Merger Exploration, Board Development, Retreat Facilitation, Executive Coaching

ESC has over 60 consultants with equal levels of skills and experience.

 

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