Neil J. Elgee, M.D., President
Dr. Elgee founded the EBF in 1993. After medical school, residency and research fellowship training and military service, he then from 1957 to 1993 practiced Internal Medicine with a subspecialty in Endocrinology and Metabolic Diseases and served on the clinical faculty of the University of Washington. He is a Master of the American College of Physicians and a Member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. A bit of an essay writer, his latest is "Laughing at Death: The Evolution of Humor to Disarm Fundamentalism." Right click here and select "save target/link as."
Daniel Liechty, Ph.D., Vice President
Dan Liechty is Professor of Social Work and a member of the Graduate Faculty at Illinois State University. He is the author/editor of a number of books pertaining to the study of Ernest Becker's ideas, including Transference and Transcendence, Reflecting on Faith in a Post-Christian Time, Death and Denial, and The Ernest Becker Reader. Liechty also serves as Vice-President of The Ernest Becker Foundation and as Webmaster of the EBF Internet discussion group (listserv).
Daniel J. Dunn, M.B.A., Treasurer
Daniel Dunn joined the Board of Directors in 2007 with credentials for which the Board has great need, that of advisor to the Treasurer. He has an A.B. in Economics and an M.B.A. in Finance, and a 13-year work history in management in governmental and corporate worlds. In the last 10 years he has been an equity analyst and portfolio manager. Well-read, including history and Becker, his interests are wide.
Michael Baumgartner, CEO, Burke, Inc.
Michael Baumgardner, Ph.D. (Social Psychology) Ohio State 1978. In 1980 he begin work for Burke, Inc., a top market research firm, gradually moving into management roles, becoming President and CEO in 2004. He retired in 2010. In addition to his business orientation his philosopher side has been growing, especially since he read Denial of Death in the early 90's. When we became aware of each other in 2007, the fit was obvious and he joined the Board in January 2008.
Deborah Jacobs, Executive Director, ACLU, New Jersey
Deborah Jacobs brings to the EBF Board the East coast presence of an experienced non-profit executive used to dealing with volunteers and disparate constituencies, and passionately concerned with the future of the EBF. She read The Birth and Death of Meaning in Skidmore when Sheldon Solomon was in charge of the Core Curriculum, and brought that inoculation to application by serving with her invaluable experience on the 2006 EBF Executive Director search committee. She holds a B.A. in English Literature and an M.A. in Liberal Studies from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY. In 1990, she was awarded a Fulbright grant to study in Helsinki, Finland.
Jean Lipman-Blumen, Ph.D., Drucker Graduate School of Management
Jean Lipman-Blumen is the Thornton F. Bradshaw Professor of Public Policy and Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Peter F. Drucker Graduate School of Management, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA. She is an organizational sociologist (Ph.D. Harvard; A.B. and A.M. Wellesley College). She spent post-doctoral years of study in mathematics, statistics, and computer science and in 1978-79 was a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. She is co-founding director of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Leadership at the Peter F. Drucker Graduate School of Management and also Director of the Achieving Styles Institute, a Pasadena-based consulting group. Her book, The Connective Edge: Leading in an Interdependent World (1996, Jossey-Bass), is now available in paperback under the title Connective Leadership. It was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, the George Terry Book Award from the Academy of Management, and the Jessie Bernard Award of the American Sociological Association. It was chosen as a featured volume for the European Executive Book Club Associates. The Connective Edge has been translated into Chinese, Portuguese, and Russian. It is currently being translated into Korean. Prof. Lipman-Blumen's book, Hot Groups: Seeding, Feeding, and Using Them to Ignite Your Organization (Oxford University Press, 1999), received The Association of American Publishers Award (Scholarly/Professional Division) for "The Best Business Book of 1999." It has been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, Finnish, and Korean and will soon appear in Chinese. Prof. Lipman-Blumen recently co-authored Inside Adult Stepfamilies and in 2005 published The Allure of Toxic Leaders: Why We Follow Destructive Bosses and Corrupt Politicians and How We Can Survive Them, a Becker-based book.
Jane M. McCormmach, J.D.
Jane M. McCormmach joined the board in 2007 and provides a much-needed legal brain for the Board of Directors. As an Estate Attorney, it was her idea to form the EBF, and now she joins the Board she co-created. She is honored for her work in arbitration and arbitration training, and has served on many boards. Before going into law, she was a social worker, which may help account for her interest in the EBF.
John D. Wynn, M.D., Psychiatrist, Seattle, WA
John Wynn, , MD., is a psychiatrist and organizational consultant in private practice in Seattle, Washington. John graduated from Yale College (BA Philosophy, 1979) and went on to medical school at the University of Illinois (MD 1983) and board certification in Internal Medicine (1986) and Psychiatry (1991). He pursued advanced training at the UCLA Center for the Study of Group and Organizational Dynamics, and was on the Center faculty from 1989-91. John joined the School of Medicine clinical faculty at UCLA in 1989 and at U. Washington in 1994, where he is now a clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Since 2000 he has been medical director for psychooncology (cancer psychiatry) at the Swedish Cancer Institute in Seattle. He is also a leadership consultant to executives in industry, government and the professions.