I’m Jeff, a native Pennsylvanian fascinated by trees and people given a good ratio of the two. This site serves to document my full and balanced exploration of artful life and work.
I play drums and tabla and spend time between New York and Pennsylvania to pursue this discipline.
Zen Buddhism remains an important part of my life, and I practice at the Endless Mountain Zendo in Stillwater, PA.
I write often, and some is published here.
Throughout my 30s, I plan on pursuing graduate work in counseling psychology.
A few favorite things
- Positive, humanistic, existential psychology (Frankl, Rogers, Maslow)
- Organizational structures, architectures & complex change management (e.g., Peter Senge’s The Fifth Discipline)
- Tabla, drums, biorhythms & breathing – simultaneously when possible
- Family systems theory & the subject of healing cross-generational trauma (John Bradshaw)
- Complexity theory, complex adaptive systems
I have worked for 7 years in the healthcare domain, aligning and integrating software to fit strategic business needs during sustained periods of rapid change. Throughout college, I worked as a software trainer. As I write on my LinkedIn profile,
I am a teacher at heart with broad and deep experience at one of the country’s largest and most respected privately-held Medicaid pediatric dental groups. I was trusted to set strategic direction, improve core business processes and lead complex change shortly before a cross-generational ownership transfer was expected. My impact at this group was described “like a crater” by its ownership. By engaging the parts while respecting the needs of the whole, I leveraged software as the catalyst for organizational improvement and the “shift of mind” required of the group to proceed into its next phase of growth.
For a more nuanced take on my work as a change agent at Smiles4Keeps Pediatric Dentistry, Healing vs Fixing offers a subjective description of my less-technical accomplishments, however lasting. This and other strategic writing was distributed internally and catalyzed organizational changes.