Team bios

Noble Kumawu

Noble is IODA’s President since October 2022.

Psychologist with a post-graduate specialization as an Organization Development [OD] Consultant having pursued his education at Birkbeck University, London; East London University, UK, and Harvard University, Boston, USA.

He divides his time between Africa and Europe, undertaking relevant Facilitation, Organizational Development (OD) & Management Development Consultancy, Training and Research assignments or strengthening the capacity of local consultants to do so. Noble is the current President of the OD Institute, Ghana and superintends over the training of OD Practitioners and Change Leaders in Post-Graduate Diploma or Master’s Degree in Organisation Development.

Noble has undertaken various short and long-term consultancy, research and/or training assignments for various clients including development partners such as United Nations, World Health Organisation, European Union, Africa Union Commission, etc. Prior to his election as the President of IODA, Noble also served as the President of the Organisation Development Practitioners Association (ODPA), Ghana.

Sasha Farley
Puerto Rico
General Vice President

Sasha works as an Organization Development consultant who is passionate about identifying and cultivating inclusive organizational cultures and helping clients recognize the positive potential engaged and empowered individuals can have on the mission success of an organization. A special area of focus includes helping organizations, leaders, and teams adapt to remote working and incorporate new philosophies and approaches around the future of work. 

In her work she leverages her expertise and experience in facilitation, organization design, change management, process improvement, and strategic planning to work collaboratively to achieve clients’ goals. She is also passionate about ensuring diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility, and justice are integrated into her approaches and desired outcomes of the work she supports.

Sasha has worked with government agencies and private companies in the United States and overseas. She received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Neuroscience and earned her Master’s degree in Organization Development from American University. She currently lives in Puerto Rico and enjoys being out in the beautiful nature and connecting with her family and culture. 

Deirdre Culbreath-Walton

Deirdre Culbreath-Walton is Assistant Vice President of Human Resource Operations and Employee Relations at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. She also teaches Organizational Communication as an Adjunct Instructor in the Temple’s College of Education, AOD program. In her role at Temple University, she leverages performance management, reward systems, coaching, and mentoring to develop the best human capital, strong teams, and effective organizations.

Deirdre was educated at Shippensburg University in Shippensburg, PA, USA, where she earned a BA in Communication and a minor in Public Administration, and Temple University, where she received a Master of Education in Adult Organizational Development and a Master of Science in Human Resource Management.

She is honored and excited to join IODA and be part of the Board as Treasurer.

James Eckley
South Africa
Operations Manager

James runs the day-to-day operations of IODA and can deal with your member queries and correspondence.  He also supports the activities of the EC and the various sub-committees.

Glenda Hutchinson

Glenda Hutchison

Glenda works as an organization development consultant with the primary purpose of providing organizations with assistance in achieving best business outcomes by working with their people most effectively.

She has over 20 years’ experience in corporate organization development, training, management coaching and education with a range of businesses and organizations, both public and private. Her roles have included planning and implementing large culture change programs, designing and facilitating programs in personal development, management and leadership development, transition management, facilitation and communication skills. She works with all levels of an organization.

Glenda is a qualified practitioner of the Hogan Assessments, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and a certified practitioner of the William Bridges – Managing Organizational Transition process.

She is past president of the Organization Development Australia (ODA) association.

Sophie Dazin
Marketing & Social Media

Sophie helps us communicate IODA’s activities through IODA’s various channels, including: newsletters, mailers, social media, website, press. Sophie’s role also includes making sure IODA’s message and mission are disseminated across all continents.

Ron Banerjee
VP Affiliations & Partnerships

Ron Banerjee, MPS, CCP, CFS, CLTC, is a financial advisor specializing in the tax-exempt markets for Voya Financial Advisors, Inc. He is also the Managing Partner and President of Arjuna Envirotech Inc., a family owned venture capital/private equity related company which assists in bringing technology and business enterprises out of the incubator and to the market. A former Training and Development Officer for the Center for Independent Living of Central PA, Ron is currently a doctoral student finishing his dissertation in Workforce Education and Organization Development and Change at the Penn State University. Ron received a Master of Professional Studies degree in Organization Development and Change from the same university. 

Banerjee is a Prosci® Certified Change Professional in ADKAR® and a published large-scale and DEIB cultural change expert. Ron has brought his energy and presencing to the Organization Development Community as the developer and leader of the ODN Welcome Group and Penn State OD and C liaison to the Pennsylvania Workforce Education Association. Ron is known globally as the creator of his Rapid Response Organization Development (RROD) model, an action plan for an OD response in times of crisis. 

Banerjee is a decorated disabled veteran of the U.S. Navy and has been nationally recognized by the US Veterans Administration as an advocate for his fellow disabled veterans. Banerjee is also an active community leader holding Board and leadership positions in a variety of organizations including the Organization Development Network, Meals on Wheels of State College, the International Fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta, and the Penn State University World Campus Alumni Society. 

Carmina Taylor
VP Strategic Projects

Carmina Taylor has been an Organizational Development Practitioner for over 10 years in the Philadelphia region. She is currently the first Director of Campus and Community Engagement at Jefferson University. She is a consummate community leader in Pennsylvania who organizes Civic Saturdays, conversations that build bridges and trust between community members from different walks of life. She believes we are better off when we listen to one another, are open to different perspectives, and “coalesce around what it means to be a U.S. citizen.” Carmina is the founder of the “We Can’t Wait” Pennsylvania Statewide Coalition for Racial Equity and the Movement for Black and Brown Lives of Montgomery County, PA. Through her work as the President of the Ambler Branch of the NAACP, she has worked with 14 Montgomery County Police Departments to create engagement plans that help close the divide between law enforcement officers and the communities they serve. On September 15th last year, Carmina was honored by the White House at President Biden’s United We Stand Summit as a national, local hero “UNITER”, for her years of work against hate throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. 

Lakshmidevi Vasudevan
VP Membership & Communications

Lakshmidevi Vasudevan is an Organization Development and Dance movement therapy (DMT) practitioner. Her inner work of change started with ISABS (Indian society for applied behavioural science) ODCP (Organisation development certification program) and continued with awareness to change through movement from DMT in Tata Institute of social sciences (TISS), Mumbai. Her all-time mentors and go to persons are Vasudevan Alasingachar,
VM Ramalingam and Sohini Chakraborty. (Ocean of wisdom & knowledge in OD & DMT)

Lakshmi brings embodied experience and movement exploration as an integrated approach for holistic growth and development of people for all age group and gender. Having around 20 plus years of overall experience, she has worked as HR professional for 11 years. As a Founder of “Way to Roots” for last 13 years she is into OD consulting. From 2019 she is integrating embodiment and movement practice through “Kalpavriksha4you” as part of interventions. 
She is also a professional classical dancer and finds meaning, solace and expressions through movement and dance. She is passionate about holding monthly online space for people to bring back the forgotten body wisdom through “Body wisdom circle.”

Marrisa Fernando
VP Conferences & Events

Marrisa Fernando currently holds the position of Assistant Professor working as a full time Lecturer and Program Director of the Master of Management in OD and PhD in OD at the Graduate School of Business and Advanced Technology Management, Assumption University, Thailand. She also serves as the Editor in Chief of the international academic journal ABAC ODI Journal Vision. Action. Outcome, as well as a team member of the ODI Institute of Assumption University that serves as the consulting arm of the OD Program.  

Marrisa is an experienced OD professional with expertise in educational management, consulting, professional competence development, talent management, training delivery, train the trainer, L&D, R&D, strengths-based strategic planning. She has extensive experience working in educational management in basic and higher education, consulting, HR management and development and OD in various companies. She is a long-standing member of IODA and has presented or co-presented in IODA Conferences in Japan and Geelong, Australia, and the World Summit in Portland, USA. She was also part of the organizing team of the ODWS 2021 held virtually from Assumption University, Thailand.