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.
Corey Rosen is the founder 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 has been called the leading expert on employee ownership in the world. He has been interviewed widely by major media and spoken around 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.
Megan Bonwell is the NCEO's events director. In this role, Megan works hand in hand with our Senior Director of Events to oversee and execute event strategy, timelines, and logistics. Megan has her bachelor's from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Administration and her master's in Project Management from the University of Southern California. She is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) through the Project Management Institute (PMI).
In her free time, Megan enjoys spending time at home with her family, walking her dog, woodworking, and cooking and baking for her family and colleagues.
Joanne has spent more than 30 years in corporate equity compensation and plan management. In recent years, she has provided independent equity consulting services to both private and public companies throughout the U.S. Joanne has actively participated in equity compensation education efforts since the 1980s; spoken at many industry events; and promoted, designed and implemented internal equity training programs for many companies. Joanne is a strong supporter of the CEPI program and is excited about the prospect of helping the NCEO to deliver consistently excellent resources to its CEPI Exam Prep Course students.
A San Francisco native who spent decades living in and watching Silicon Valley grow, Joanne recently left the traffic behind and relocated out to Tracy, CA. When she’s not exploring her new surroundings, you’ll find her reading, gardening, cooking, and spending as much time as possible with her two beautiful grand-girls!
Evelyn Castro joined the NCEO in 2021, bringing with her a diverse background in customer service and over 10 years of experience. Her people-centric nature and desire to help others have afforded her the ability to build strong professional relationships with both customers and her coworkers. She is pursuing her B.A. in Psychology at Arizona State University and will graduate in Spring 2022.
A San Francisco native, she has spent her entire life in the Bay Area. She enjoys exploring everything California has to offer with her son, and also hopes to travel more with him internationally. In her free time, she enjoys watching sports, dancing, and going out to eat at new restaurants.
As the director of finance and operations at he NCEO, Michelle is responsible for the overall financial management of the organization as well as managing human resources, office management and general business operations. She earned her BA from Ferris State University and brings over twenty-two years of Finance and Operations experience.
Michelle enjoys contributing to her Northern Michigan community in various volunteer capacities. And as a life-long learner, Michelle enjoys reading and researching multiple topics for fun. When she is not burying her head into a book or internet, she can be found attending the many sporting and musical events of her two teen daughters, traveling, boating, and golfing with her friends.
Grace Dawson is the membership associate at the NCEO, ensuring the continued success of the members by supporting the membership director in member communication, digital and print communication, and handling member orders. In addition, she supplements the customer service role, keeping the member experience at the heart of the process. Grace was born and raised on the East Coast and graduated summa cum laude with her BA in Communications from Plymouth State University after transferring from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland.
In her free time, Grace is equally content to travel the US and abroad or stay at home and try out new recipes. She enjoys skiing, tennis, interior design, cooking, and coexisting with any and all animals.
Nan joined NCEO in 2022 as executive assistant, bringing with her several years of experience as both administrative support staff and in a management capacity involving myriad administrative responsibilities. Nan’s educational and work background is primarily in the fitness industry where she coordinated multiple programs and managed fitness professionals, both of which required her special skills in organizing. Besides having a clear talent for it, she derives great satisfaction from creating order out of chaos.
When Nan is not at work, she can be found out on a trail in her hometown of Asheville, NC, in the kitchen cooking up something delicious, spending time with friends and family, out listening to (and/or dancing to) live music, or traveling somewhere–preferably abroad.
Timothy Garbinsky is the communications director at the NCEO. In his role, Tim 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 from Duke University in 2009 and has since worked as a content creator and an educator, skills which he transfers to the NCEO. Originally from the D.C. metropolitan area, Tim now lives in California's central valley with his wife.
As the communications associate at the NCEO, Madelyn works closely with the communications director to raise awareness about employee ownership and further the NCEO’s mission. She earned her BA and MA from DePaul University in 2018 and 2020, respectively, and has since garnered marketing experience in a wide variety of industries, from investment banking to e-mobility.
A Midwesterner at heart, Madelyn has lived in the Chicagoland area for almost her entire life. In her free time, Madelyn enjoys reading, watching horror films with her husband, practicing her makeup application skills, and running around the dog park with her poodle/husky mix, Koda.
Lindsay Isaac is the director of education at the NCEO. In her role, she supports the development and improvement of employee ownership communication and education as well as ownership culture and employee engagement. She earned her BA from New York University. Her passion for employee ownership stemmed from her nine years of experience in the EO space, working on both the company and service provider side.
When she’s not working, you’ll find Lindsay exploring all the beauty and quirks that Vermont has to offer. She also enjoys making jewelry, painting, traveling, and baking banana bread and other delicious treats with her young daughter.
As the NCEO's Director of Analytics and Business Intelligence, Nathan Nicholson is the technical lead for the NCEO's website, data management, and the Ownership Culture Survey. He also leads a variety of projects to provide the employee ownership community and the NCEO with actionable data. Nathan has a 10-year professional background in nonprofit policy advocacy, research, and data analysis. He received his BA from Cornell University in 2012 and is based in Oakland, CA. He is a recent father and a perpetually amateur musician and writer.
As the senior director of events for the NCEO, Jaymie Oviedo manages meetings and events that encourage thriving employee ownership. Jaymie is an experienced event operation and marketing professional serving across a multitude of industries. You’ll see her volunteering and modeling service to her family and friends.
She was born in the Pacific Northwest but has lived in San Diego, Phoenix, and Denver, and recently moved to the East Coast with her husband, two young children, and a family rescue dog. She is an avid Ironman triathlete, runner, hiker, and golfer.
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 (20th ed. 2023) and Understanding ESOPs (2020). 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 website in 1994 and has been involved with maintaining the NCEO's presence on the internet since then. Twice a month, he prepares the NCEO's email bulletin and sends it to over 15,000 subscribers. As the NCEO's director of publishing, Scott does everything from gathering the material to laying it out and getting it printed.
NCEO members are the heart of the employee ownership community. As Membership Director, Ramona supports the success of thousands of employee-owned companies and employee ownership experts. Ramona leads member communication, account management, and new member initiatives. She creates content and curates educational resources for members. Ramona also manages the NCEO’s peer networking programs, including year-round peer matching and special gatherings at NCEO events.
Ramona earned a BA in Sociology and a BA in Theatre from the University of California, San Diego.
A member of the NCEO customer service & operations team, Francesca brings a wealth of community management experience and a deep passion for employee ownership. Drawing on her sales and worker cooperative expertise, Francesca excels at building meaningful connections, cultivating trust, and championing the benefits of employee ownership. In her role, she acts as a resource connector, streamlining access to NCEO services, and guiding members in navigating the wealth of tools and opportunities at their disposal.
A national park enthusiast with a love for dancing, disco music, and dogs, she lives in Los Angeles with her longtime partner. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Anthropology and Social Change, where she conducts research on employee ownership as a driver for sustainable development.
As the NCEO’s senior research & data analyst, Liza is responsible for planning, designing, and executing research projects that benefit our members. She earned her MA in sociology from San Diego State University and is currently finishing up her PhD at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Liza brings extensive experience in labor and work-related research, and her previous work was focused on labor precarity, wage theft, and how digital technology is reshaping the boundaries and meaning of work.
In her free time, Liza loves going to the gym and traveling to new and exciting places.
Suzanne joined the NCEO in February 2018. She has spent the majority of her years in California and is now in the PNW. She has a diverse background, including culinary teaching, UX design, quality control and compliance, investments, fundraising and event management, website editing, and animal care and training. Suzanne is avid advocate for volunteering, fundraising and community building, almost anything outdoors, and talking up EO.
As 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. She is a Joseph Cabral and Robert W. Edwards Fellow through the Rutgers Institute of Employee Ownership and Profit Sharing.
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.