NCEO Contact Information and Staff Directory
National Center for Employee Ownership
1629 Telegraph Ave., Suite 200
Oakland, CA 94612-3445
At NCEO since 2005
Loren Rodgers joined the NCEO in 2005 as its research director and became its executive director in 2010. He writes extensively on employee ownership in professional and academic publications and has spoken at events around the world. Since he entered the field in 1995 as a consultant, he has worked with hundreds of companies and presented to thousands of people. His expertise includes ESOPs, equity compensation, best practices for employee ownership companies, research, effective communications, employee motivation, corporate governance, ESOP transactions and operations, and business literacy.
Loren has a master's degree in public policy from the University of Michigan, where he studied employee ownership and international development with a focus on Slavic Europe.
Cofounded NCEO in 1981
Corey Rosen, Ph.D., is the cofounder and senior staff member of the NCEO. He co-authored, along with John Case and Martin Staubus, Equity: Why Employee Ownership Is Good for Business (Harvard Business School Press, May 2005). Over the years, he has written, edited, or contributed to dozens of books, articles and research papers on employee ownership. He is generally regarded as the leading expert on employee ownership in the world.
Corey received his Ph.D. in political science from Cornell University in 1973, after which he taught politics at Ripon College in Wisconsin before being named an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow in 1975. He worked on Capitol Hill for the next five years, where he helped initiate and draft legislation on ESOPs and employee ownership. In 1981, he formed the NCEO.
At NCEO since 1993
Managing Director Eimear Burke-Elzy is the NCEO's most senior staff member, having served since 1993. She handles all of the NCEO's financial matters and oversees all administrative operations. Originally from Ireland, Eimear lived and studied in Spain and France, where she met her husband before coming to the U.S. She has four terrific kids she has raised while working here and is an active community volunteer and busy soccer mom.
Member and Customer Service Associate
At NCEO since 2007
Before joining the NCEO, Monica worked with students with disabilities and The One-Stop Career center at the College of Alameda, and then in a number of departments at the Peralta Community College District, including payroll, budget and finance, purchasing, and human resources. She earned an associate's degree in social studies and general curriculum from the College of Alameda in 1999, and is planning on pursuing a bachelor's degree in the near future.
As a member and customer service associate at the NCEO, Monica is responsible for completing online orders, processing payments, shipping orders, assisting with customer services, and assisting staff with other assignments as needed. Monica is passionate about helping others, which is apparent in her daily work assisting NCEO customers. She comes from a large family she enjoys spending time with; she is the mother of three lovely daughters.
At NCEO since 2014
As the outreach coordinator for the NCEO, Timothy Garbinsky works with volunteers, allied organizations, and the press to creatively and effectively disseminate information about employee ownership and advance the NCEO's mission. He earned his BA in English from Duke University in 2009 and has since worked as a content creator and an educator, skills which he will transfer to the NCEO.
Originally from the D.C. metropolitan area, Tim has lived, worked, and studied in three continents over the past decade, cultivating a passion for other cultures and all peoples. He likes to read and write, listen to and create music, and stay active whenever possible.
Director of Culture and Engagement
At NCEO since 2013
Dallan Guzinski is the director of culture and engagement at the NCEO. He was born and raised in the Bay Area and received his master's degree in political science from Pennsylvania State University. At the NCEO, Dallan works closely with employee-owned companies to develop and administer custom employee surveys that are used to help gauge the quality of their ownership cultures and take full advantage of employee ownership. He is also a contributor to NCEO publications and Webinars.
In his free time, Dallan enjoys traveling, hiking and exploring California's abundant natural beauty, meeting new people, and discovering both new and old music. He also boldly claims to be one of the most devoted European football (soccer) fans you will likely ever meet here in the States.
Achaessa James, CEP
At NCEO since 2010
Achaessa James, CEP, is a product manager at the NCEO, where she works on broad-based equity compensation projects, writes on current regulatory and administrative issues, and advises NCEO members on equity compensation planning. Achaessa has designed and delivered equity administration and corporate governance education programs to attorneys, paralegals, and accounting staff. As part of her staff functions at the NCEO, she can work with companies on a preliminary basis to review legal, accounting, tax, and other issues relating to all forms of equity compensation, as well as matters concerning plan design, administrative setup, and training programs. She also maintains an active consulting practice outside the NCEO to provide longer-term administrative, audit, and corporate transaction support for private companies.
Achaessa is a Certified Equity Professional through the CEP Institute at Santa Clara University's Leavey School of Business. She has worked in the venture capital and start-up community since 1999, supporting private stock placement transactions, IPO registrations, and administering non-public and micro-cap company equity compensation plans for companies such as Shop.com, Classmates.com, Jones Soda, and Telegent Systems.
At NCEO since 2000
Colleen Kearney's original position as seminar director has evolved along with technology into the world of Internet-based meetings. Now, as the NCEO's seminar/Webinar director, she organizes several in-person seminars and about 45 Webinars each year. Colleen's previous experience includes planning medical conferences for surgeons as well as many types of fundraising events for the Arthritis Foundation, such as managing a marathon training team. She was also the vice-chair of a local Half Marathon/10K event that is a major fundraiser for a K-12 school system in California. Colleen is a volunteer leader for Sierra Club National Outings-Hawaii Subcommittee.
Deborah Krant, CMP
At NCEO since 1997
Deborah has more than 38 years of experience in event and meeting planning. Her job includes creating and handling budgets and timelines, obtaining sponsorships, organizing speaker selection, finding locations and negotiating hotel contracts, dealing with menus and on-site logistics, creating marketing campaigns and working with other staffers to develop conference and meeting structures including evaluating. She spent 20 years producing arts events, and the last 18 years as the NCEO's conference director. She received her CMP (Certified Meeting Professional) in 2000. An active member of MPI (Meeting Professionals International) she is a past member of the board of directors of Litquake, a San Francisco literary festival, and currently volunteers to produce various festival events each fall. Since the fall of 2010, she has taught classes at the San Francisco State University College of Extended Learning in the certificate program in event planning; she currently teaches the core class "Fundamentals of Event Planning." Additionally, she sometimes acts as author tour agent for her writer husband. She has a B.A. in theatre from University of Michigan and a certificate in meeting planning from San Francisco State.
Event and Administrative Associate
At NCEO since 2015
Christine assists the conference director and seminar/webinar director with the planning and execution of meetings and the annual conference. She also supports the managing director with customer service and administrative operations.
Originally from the East Coast, Christine has a BBA in marketing from George Washington University, a degree in travel and tourism from Stevenson University, and professional certification in meeting planning from San Francisco State University. Her diverse work experience includes management and administrative positions in the hospitality and art academic environments.
Christine has three fabulous children, who are all food professionals in the San Francisco Bay Area. A lifelong learner, Christine enjoys taking a variety of classes at local colleges. She and her husband enjoy traveling to Hawaii, eating the great food and wine of Northern California, and snuggling with their miniature dachshunds Pancake and Waffles.
At NCEO since 2016
As research associate, Nathan Nicholson assists in managing the NCEO's research and survey projects, as well as its internal company and member data. A recent Bay Area transplant from upstate New York by way of D.C., Nathan has a professional background in public policy analysis, nonprofit administration, and legal research. Before joining the NCEO, he worked at FairVote, a D.C.-area nonprofit dedicated to election policy reform. He received his BA in Linguistics from Cornell University in 2012.
Director of Publishing and Information Technology
At NCEO since 1994
As the NCEO's director of publishing and information technology, Scott is in charge of all publications except the newsletter for members (the Employee Ownership Report). He designed and created the NCEO's present line of books and is the author or coauthor of several books himself, including the best-selling An Introduction to ESOPs (16th ed. 2016) and Understanding ESOPs (2008). He is an attorney and served at the U.S. Department of Labor as an attorney-advisor from 1991 to 1993 before coming to the NCEO. After obtaining bachelor's and master's degrees in music from UC Davis and UCLA respectively, he earned his J.D. from California Western School of Law, where he graduated magna cum laude.
Scott created the NCEO's first Web site in 1994 and has maintained the NCEO's presence on the Internet since then. Twice a month, he prepares the NCEO's email bulletin and sends it to over 12,000 subscribers. As the NCEO's director of publishing, Scott does everything from gathering the material to laying it out and getting it printed.
Outreach and Membership Coordinator
At NCEO since 2013
As Outreach and Membership Coordinator, Ramona focuses on spreading the word about the benefits of employee ownership to companies, community groups, business leaders, and the public. She also works to ensure that the NCEO's membership is supported and growing. She brings to her job diverse professional experiences from managing education and outreach programs at a small theater company, to line cooking at a large film studio, to running all technical aspects of live performances.
Ramona has a BA in Sociology with an emphasis in social inequality and a BA Theatre from the University of California, San Diego and can often be found having detailed conversations comparing and contrasting Mexican culinary styles in Northern and Southern California.
Event and Administrative Assistant
At NCEO since 2017
Rochele Roura-Foster joined the NCEO as the event and administrative assistant. She supports the conference and seminar team by coordinating sponsor relations, registrations, memberships, and other event details.
Originally from the California Central Valley, Rochele graduated magna cum laude from CSU Stanislaus, earning her bachelor's degree in communication studies with a focus in public relations and event management. Along the way, she also studied visual communication, advertising, and fine art. She has built over 16 years of customer service skills; independently planned private, small business, and nonprofit events; and previously worked for the Stanislaus County Fair as the sponsor and events coordinator.
Outside of work, Rochele enjoys listening to country music and classic rock, watching nature and history documentaries, hunting through used bookstores, visiting fairs and festivals, catching movie premieres, watching sports, playing softball, and spending time with her husband and 3 dogs: Mayo, Dozer, and Copper.
Photos (except Achaessa James) by Pamela Arriera and Lia Sutton
At NCEO since 2014
As a research director at the NCEO, Nancy Wiefek manages ongoing research projects and explores new ways to make the research relevant to our members. She brings experience studying broad trends in politics and the economy and brings that to bear in placing the research in context.
Nancy graduated summa cum laude from Temple University with a B.A. in political science and a minor in Russian. She earned an M.A. and Ph.D. at Penn State University in political science with a focus on survey methods. Her book The Impact of Economic Anxiety in Postindustrial America, published in 2003 by Greenwood Publishing, used original survey data to examine the impact of emotions and economic anxiety on political beliefs and opinions.
In her free time, she loves to be around animals and the ocean, and catch up on the latest scientific findings on the role of emotions in human and animals.