ChangeMakers Partners is a social innovation incubator and consultancy devoted to increasing social equity through initiatives designed for large-scale systems change.
We generate ideas that hold promise for advancing social equity in new ways. Then we develop those ideas into tangible resources for systemic change.
Our projects begin with research. When our research indicates our idea would generate change, we spread the knowledge through publication, replication, gatherings and learning experiences.
To see a summary of our current social innovation projects and to learn how to support our research, click here.
We consult with educational, non-profit, community-based organizations and business to increase and sustain their impact on an increasingly equitable and inclusive world.
Our consultants specialize in strategic planning and intervention; project coordination and fundraising, identifying and documenting what works, higher education alignment and accreditation, and executive coaching.
We dedicate 10% of our consulting and educational efforts annually to pro bono work.
Who We Are
Lucinda Garthwaite, Lead Partner
Lucinda Garthwaite is an accomplished strategist and systems change practitioner. As a leader, writer, advocate, trainer and consultant, her focus is on liberatory social and organizational change. She has been associated with Goddard College for over twenty years, serving on the faculty, as Academic Dean, Chief Strategy Officer, and Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees. She was a Fellow of the Fielding Institute for Social Innovation from 2015 - 2017, and holds a Doctorate in Leadership for Change from Fielding Graduate University, a Masters in Education from the University of New Hampshire, and an MFA in Creative writing from Goddard College.
Daniel Sewell, Partner
Daniel Sewell brings over twenty five years of leadership in higher education and business to his work with ChangeMakers Partners. Dan served as Associate Provost of the Fielding Graduate University, and Provost and Executive VicePresident at Saybrook University. He is co-founder of the Worldwide Network for Gender Empowerment , and serves the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission. Dan holds a doctorate in psychology from Emory University, and a masters in psychology from the University of Louisiana – Lafayette.
Anna DiStefano, Associate
Anna DiStefano brings over forty years of work in higher education and social equity, most recently on the doctoral faculty of the School of Leadership Studies at Fielding Graduate University, where she served as Provost for fourteen years, as well as VP of Academic Planning & Program Development, and Dean of the College of Human & Organization Development. She was a WSCUC Commissioner from 2006-2012, and is a founding member of the Worldwide Network for Gender Empowerment. She holds Doctorate and Masters degrees in counselingfrom Boston University.
Lyn Chamberlin, Associate
Lyn Chamberlin is the Vice President for Marketing and Communications at the University of New Haven. In her wide-ranging career, Lyn has drawn from a wide variety of tools and experiences in public relations, communications, and marketing to help institutional brands in support of strategic institutional goals. Lyn is a graduate of Columbia University and holds a Master of Fine Arts from Vermont College of Fine Arts.
Ann Driscoll, Associate
Ann Driscoll has over twenty-five years of experience working in organizational development, training, and group facilitation. Currently Assistant Provost at Keene State College in New Hampshire, she holds a Doctorate in Applied Behavioral Science from the University of Massachusetts and a Masters of Science for Teachers from the University of New Hampshire. She also holds a certificate in Mediation and Applied Conflict Studies from Champlain College and an Advanced Practitioner designation from the National Association for Conflict Resolution.
Lenneal Henderson, Associate
Lenneal Henderson has over 30 years of experience consulting in the corporate, nonprofit, and governmental sectors on housing issues, energy management, environmental policy and public management.He is an internationally recognized urban scholar who has published and presented his work across all these areas of expertise. Lenneal received his A.B., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California, Berkeley and conducted post-doctoral work in International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.
Szabi Ishtai-Zee, Associate
Szabi Ishtai-Zee offers wide-ranging experience and expertise with organizational development, strategic planning, program evaluation, intercultural communication and diversity management, conflict management, curriculum design, adult education, and qualitative approaches to research. He is professor of human services at Lincoln University, and teaches in the doctoral program at Fielding Graduate University. Szabi is past chair of the Advisory Board of Temple University's Multicultural Training and Research Institute.
Julie Kaija Martin,Associate
Julie Martin has over 30 years of experience at all levels in resource development, marketing, communications, alumni relations, enrollment management, program development and deliver. She is a graduate of the University of Vermont, and holds a Masters of Education from Castleton State College, and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Sustainable Business and Communities at Goddard College.
Shelley Vermilya, Associate
Shelley Vermilya is a facilitator and educator specializing in compassionate approaches to inclusion and equity, with a particular skill in working with concern and resistance to change. She currently teaches gender and multi-cultural studies at the University of Vermont and St. Michael’s College. Shelley holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Vermont, and Masters in History from Goddard College.
Kathy Tiner, Associate
Kathy Tiner began her career in public education teaching children with special needs in elementary, middle, and high school. After 27 years of teaching, she served as Associate Dean in the School of Educational Leadership for Change at Fielding Graduate University. Kathy holds a PhD in Human and organizational Development from Fielding Graduate University and a Masters in Education from Adams State College, Colorado.