The Team

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Teresa Cowan Jones, M.Div.

Teresa Cowan Jones holds a B.S. in Psychology and a Master of Divinity (a four-year interdisciplinary degree) from Vanderbilt University, both with highest honors. A professionally trained graduate of Coach U, she also completed advanced training in Executive Coaching. This ten-year formal study of human development reflects her love for behavioral science and translates into a keen ability to facilitate the change process for individuals, organizations and communities.

 Author of over 100 tools of effectiveness, Teresa has served as coach and faculty at the Center for Progressive Leadership, a national, bipartisan organization focused on political leadership and policy. She has served as Chief Executive Officer, Program Coordinator and consultant to nonprofit organizations, taught university courses in sociology, and led numerous retreats and workshops. As a progressive minister, she created several developmental and social programs and has twenty years of professional experience in leadership development in both the public and private sectors. 

A love of learning keeps her engaged in continuing education, which occurs through her reading of current research and membership in the International Coach Federation (ICF), which is the premiere coaching credentialing agency that establishes industry standards.

Teresa’s approach is based in the science of human development; the neuroscience of behavioral change; contemplative practices that help the mind manage the brain and circumvent burnout; cultivation of total intelligences (cognitive, emotional and contextual/spiritual); and a combination of neocortical (conceptual) and limbic (emotional/sustained) learning for long-term results. Through insight, compassion and humor, her integral, holistic approach emphasizes awareness and action.

 

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Jennie Mullins, M.P.H.

Ms. Jennie Mullins has led numerous public health workforce development programs,community capacity building and leadership development initiatives with over ten years of experience with governmental, non-governmental, non-profit, tribal agencies and community coalitions. She served as the Project Director and Co-Investigator for the Southwest Public Health Leadership Institute from 2002-2010, which is part of national network of regional institutes funded by the CDC aimed at strengthening leadership capacity to address public health concerns. Ms. Mullins was instrumental in designing, developing, implementing and evaluating Leaders across Borders / Lideres a traves de las Fronteras, a binational leadership development program for community health professionals in the US-Mexico Border region. Jennie also teaches collaborative leadership courses and workshops to strengthen community partnerships.

Originally from Melbourne, Australia, Ms. Mullins has worked in the fields of adult and adolescent alcohol and substance abuse treatment, sexual assault treatment and prevention, women's health, youth wellness and education, Elder health and Indigenous health. She has worked extensively with the Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona, the Tohono O'odham Nation and the urban Indian health program in the Tucson Area on community health initiatives.

Ms. Mullins is a graduate of the National Public Health Leadership Institute, Year 13 and is the Chair-Elect for the National Public Health Leadership Development Network. She has served on the board of the Public Health Leadership Society since 2007 and is the immediate Past-President of the Arizona Public Health Association.

 

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Lowell D. Jones, Ph.D.

Lowell is currently Vice President, Engineering at the innovative startup AeroValve LLC.  Upon earning his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Vanderbilt University, Lowell held senior positions in systems and mechanical engineering at multiple R&D and manufacturing firms where he honed his process design skills. His expertise in precision engineering developed his attentiveness to detail while his extensive work in systems modeling and analysis enhanced his whole systems perspective. These two capacities fused into an effectiveness for project management, and Lowell was selected to lead a cross-functional team undertaking a stringent $8.5M state-of-the-art opto-mechanical project for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories. This intensive project further developed Lowell’s skills in scheduling, budgeting, and supervising large-scale projects.

Through those years of experience using formal Project Management techniques in the corporate arena and as a consultant, Lowell refined a gated process used for the development of products, services and for processes themselves. This disciplined method drives the deliverable(s) through feasibility, prototype, and pre-production phases before production occurs and services are rendered on a larger scale.

Lowell possesses a rare skill set that weds a capacity for complex problem solving with a keen emotional intelligence, a combination that makes him particularly suited for high-level management of both systems and people. This management ability directly served the Southwest Center for Economic Integrity, a nonprofit that promotes ethical profits and responsible commerce, in which he served as the board president for four years.