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Leadership Team

Paul S. Bracy, Founder
Paul is a Human Relations educator and consultant. He has over 50 years of experience developing and delivering educational training programs to corporations, institutions, and governmental organizations both nationally and internationally. During his 21-year career in the United States Air Force, Paul developed and led the military’s race relations educational program for 12,000 military and civilian employees, while assigned to Kadena AFB, in Okinawa Japan, during the 1970’s. During his career in the military service, Paul was twice awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal for outstanding performance and leadership.

 

Upon retiring in 1978 from military service, Paul continued his human relations career through working with a variety of diversity and inclusion consulting firms and his own firm, Collaborative Strategies, Inc. until his second retirement in 2009. 

 

Paul was also a community outreach coordinator for the Adolescent Violence Prevention Project in Boston MA working with community agencies and delivering violence prevention education across the communities of Boston. He opened the first in the nation office of Adolescent Violence Prevention at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. In 1989 Paul co-founded and was the first president of Concerned Black Men of Massachusetts.

Sheila Ralston Bracy, M.Ed., Board

Sheila is a retired organizational consultant. She has of 40 years of organizational development experience.

She was the Corporate Ombudsman in the Diversity Office for Fleet Bank Financial for four years. Before her employment with Fleet, Sheila consulted to them as an Executive Coach and organizational development consultant for a three-years.

 

Sheila consulted with the Gillette Company’s "Excellence Through Diversity" initiative for four years, as their diversity in-house consultant overseeing the Company's sexual harassment prevention and diversity management programs.  She also, advised the Boston and Andover Police Departments in the areas of diversity and sexual harassment prevention.

 

She founded and was a principal owner Collaborative Strategies Inc (CSI)., a management and organizational development firm.  Sheila is particularly adept at facilitating diversity and change management initiatives for task forces, committees, boards of directors and strategic planning teams.

 

Before the creation of CSI, she held many high-level management and human resource positions in the public and private sectors.  In 1982, she was named director of personnel and affirmative action for the Massachusetts Parole Board.  She was also the manager of affirmative action for the Department of Environmental Protection in 1984, where she implemented a minority recruitment program and a mentoring network for women and people of color.  As the director of human resources for the Metropolitan District Commission (MDC) in 1985, she managed the personnel activities of 1,600 employees.  She also directed the Resource Center for Female Offenders for the Justice Resource Institute and Quincy's Multi-Service Center of Survival, Inc.

 

Sheila received her M.Ed. from Antioch University (now Cambridge College), and an undergraduate degree from Middlesex Community College.  

Bill Friedman, Board

Bill has over thirty years of consulting and training experience in a wide variety of organizations including legal, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, biotech, non profit, finance, and higher education. He has worked with individuals at all levels, including executives, managers, supervisors, and line personnel.

Bill has developed and delivered an array of education programs on such topics as Building High Performing Teams, Diversity in the Workplace, Inclusion, Leadership, and Communication.

 

Bill has a M.S. in Organization Development/Human Resource Development from American University/NTL and a B.A. in Psychology and Social Relations from Harvard University.

Peter H. Raymond

​Peter has advanced degrees in counseling and consulting psychology, worked eleven years with students at Wellesley College as a resident director on personal and community issues. As an English teacher at Noble and Greenough School, he advised the Gay-Straight Alliance for twelve years. He has taught undergraduate and graduate organizational behavior courses as an adjunct professor at Babson College, coached rowing at all levels in the 1970s, and is now a writer of fiction and non-fiction, including an unpublished monograph on blind action as a barrier to collaboration in work and personal relationships, and another unpublished monograph, a close reading of The Merchant of Venice.

Randee Wilding

​Randee is a graphic designer and artist with over 25 years of experience in technology and consulting.  He has worked both nationally and internationally on design, marketing and software projects for Fortune 500 companies and government organizations.  He received his B.A. from the University of Maryland, College Park.  Randee is committed to social justice and racial equity.

Joanne Zitek

Joanne has devoted most of her career to helping organizations and individuals succeed by operating more effectively across differences of all types. She has provided a full range of consulting services, including advising on organization assessment, strategy and implementation; executive coaching; and the design and facilitation of learning systems.

She has consulted nationally and internationally to organizations in the healthcare, consumer products, technology, engineering, financial services, pharmaceutical, transportation, communications, publishing, food and manufacturing industries, as well as to government, higher education and nonprofit organizations. 

 

Joanne was Senior Vice President of Center Focus International, Inc., an organization change and global diversity and inclusion consulting company. She was a founding Managing Director of C5 Global Strategic Services, a consulting company that contributed to the global success of Chinese enterprises through culturally appropriate business and communications strategies. 

 

Prior to that she served as Board Bank Manager at the United Way of Massachusetts Bay, where she assisted boards of directors to diversify; as a Director of Management Development at Fidelity Investments; and as a Manager of Professional Development at Bank of Boston.     

Joanne holds a B.S. from Cornell University and an Ed.M. from Boston University. 

 

She is an ardent appreciator of both human diversity and the diversity of life found in the rest of the natural world.

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