Founder & President, HobbleJog Foundation, Inc.
Founder & CEO, Swan Consulting Group, Inc.
Credentialed Executive and Physician Leadership Coach
Strength, courage and persistence are not mere words for Susan Hahn, founder and president of the HobbleJog Foundation. Susan embodies these traits every day as a survivor of a near-fatal accident in 2013. Only six weeks after completing her first triathlon, she was hit by a speeding car while crossing a highway with her bike. She not only survived–she is teaching others to thrive through the HobbleJog Foundation.
Susan is no stranger to coaxing out the potential of others. Her executive coaching firm, Swan Consulting Group, Inc., has been serving senior leaders and organizations since 2001 by providing organizational expertise and leadership coaching.
Before starting her consulting firm, Susan spent 17 years working in executive positions at Sheppard Pratt, a leading Baltimore-based behavioral health system. She started as a clinician, then moved up the ladder to manager, director, and eventually rose to Vice President & Chief Operating Officer. A lifelong learner, Susan holds advanced academic degrees and licenses that bridge psychology and business management.
Susan’s drive to recuperate from her traumatic brain injury (TBI) allowed her to recover the ability to walk and strengthened her body and her mind. Her recovery time taught her the qualities needed to confront adversity and win. Full of gratitude for her life, Susan dedicated herself to helping others and in July 2016 founded The HobbleJog Foundation, named after the half walk, half jog gait she demonstrated as she exercised her way to health. HobbleJog Foundation supports teens and young adults recovering from neurological trauma, inspiring them to reach their full potential.
Her friend and former boss, CEO Emeritus of Sheppard Pratt, Steven Sharfstein, MD noted “Susan, you took a major near-death tragedy in your life and turned it into something miraculous in support of young people who will move forward as our future leaders!”
Susan is also:
- Founding president of the International Coach Federation (ICF), MD chapter
- Published author
- Credentialed Physician Leadership Coach (Physician Coaching Institute)
- Inductee, 2017 Top 100 Women in Maryland (Daily Record)
Contact Susan: Smhahn@SwanConsulting.com; Susan.Hahn@HobbleJog.org; 410.975.9751
Susan M. Hahn, PCC
Principle, Noomis Project Management
Carrie Root is a consultant in operational efficiency, project management, and leader development, as well as a Team Lead with Economic Gardening and System for Integrated Growth (SIG), both with the Edward Lowe Foundation. With a BS in Clinical Psychology and a Master’s in Forensic Science, her central focus has been on people analysis and systems improvement.
The analytical skills she utilized in the field of forensics have been invaluable in her management consulting career. Understanding how people and systems work together is a puzzle that Carrie is not only skillful at putting together, but is able to teach others, as well.
After taking time to heal from a life-changing accident, and to examine what ultimately drives her, Carrie began her own company, Nomis Project Management, LLC. Calling on her passion and experience in her past careers, Carrie consults with clients relative to operational effectiveness, project management system development, and emerging leader development through her own highly customized programs and coaching. Finding the most effective and functional operational systems, is an area that Carrie is passionate about and has gained quite a reputation for excellence in this field.
In her work with Nomis clients, as well as in her work as Team Lead for Economic Gardening and System for Integrated Growth (SIG), Carrie brings teams together to solve challenging business problems. Carrie believes wholeheartedly, that real success comes with bringing the right people together, creating the right culture, and having the right tools available.
Carrie approaches all that she does with the goal of positively impacting another’s business trajectory. She understands that this affects not only the individual’s success, but the success of the company for which that person works, and it is that understanding that drives Carrie to approach every project with energy and enthusiasm.
Contact Carrie Root at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donald L. Cunningham is owner of Donald L. Cunningham, CPA, LLC, a full service public accounting firm located in Millersville, Maryland. He opened the firm in June 2001.
Donald l. Cunningham was born on June 16, 1958, in Washington, DC, and he grew up in Severna Park, Maryland. He graduated from Severna Park High School in 1976, where he lettered nine times in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track. Donald received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Towson University in 1980. While attending Towson University, he was a member of the accounting and marketing clubs. He also served a semester internship with the Department of Justice in Washington, DC. Donald obtained his Certified Public Accountant certificate in 1983, and went on to obtain a Master of Taxation degree from University of Baltimore in 1992.
Donald began his accounting career with the Washington, DC, firm of Beers & Culter. In September 1981, he joined the firm of Kupstas &Kupstas located in Annapolis, Maryland. After twenty years of service, Donald left the firm in May 2001 to realize his own dream. In June 2001, he opened his own practice, allowing him the opportunity to provide more personalized service to his clients. This flexibility has also allowed him to commit time to various civic associations and causes. This includes being a member of the Capital Campaign Committee of the Community Center located in Severna Park, Maryland as well as the past Board Treasurer.
Donald is married to Beth Ellen Cunningham, a former nurse. Beth is now the Office Manager for the Firm. They have three daughters, Laura, Sarah and Christine. The family resides in Millersville, Maryland.
Angie Halamandaris is a leadership and life coach who draws on more than 30 years of leadership and management experience working internally in the non-profit and healthcare fields. Her experience in working with fortune 500 companies in supporting their community and philanthropic strategies have made a difference in the lives of thousands throughout the country.
Angie is the Co-Founder and former President of The Heart of America Foundation®, and was instrumental in helping develop Give Kids The World Village, a 75-acre resort for terminally ill children helping raise more than $10 million for that effort. She has also served as an advisor to The Caring Institute, The Frederick Douglass Museum, The Hall of Fame for Caring Americans, the National Capital Area Foundation of the March of Dimes, the DCPS Library Task Force, and the Weinberg Foundation Library Project.
Under Angie’s leadership, The Heart of America Foundation raised more than $58 million, touching the lives of over 1,235,000, providing underserved children with 4 million books and revitalizing over 400 school libraries, technology labs, cafeterias and other educational spaces throughout the country. This effort was facilitated by strategic partnerships and lasting relationships with corporate partners, including Target, Capital One, Under Armour, FedEx, AbbVie, EcoMedia CBS, and other notable partners.
The innovative and successful non-profit/corporate partnerships Angie helped create for The Heart of America Foundation have been featured on Oprah, The Ellen Show and other national media outlets. She is a strategic thinker with a focus on creating win-win cross sector relationships to benefit multiple stakeholders. Angie is a graduate of the 2009 class of the Leadership Greater Washington program and is featured in the 2015 book Break the ceiling touch the sky – Success secrets of the world’s most inspirational women.
Ms. Halamandaris has been recognized by the Junior League of Northern Virginia as the 2007 “Woman of Vision Award” recipient, the 2013 Capital One Community Champion Award, the DC United 2012 Community Stars Award and the 2017 Cherry Blossom Champion Award. Under her leadership, The Heart of America Foundation has been honored with the 2008 Target “Best of the Bullseye Award for Innovation,” the 2009 Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Youth Partnership Award Finalist designation, and was named “One of the Best” by the 2009-10 Catalogue for Philanthropy Greater Washington.
Angie received her B.A. from the University of Florida in 1986 and is a graduate of Georgetown University’s renowned Executive Leadership Coaching Program, an International Coach Federation (ICF) certified program. She is the founder of the Juniper Group, LLC, a leadership coaching and consulting firm. Angie is dedicated to the concept that coaching is both a business tool and a life tool. Her years of experience in management, leadership training, resource development, coaching and public speaking inspires leaders to reach their full potential while maintaining a focus on work/life balance.
Irvine Nugent, Ph.D
Director and Chair, Rules/Compliance Committee
Irvine Nugent, Ph.D., PCC is the founder of Sonos Leadership, a leadership and presentation coaching and training practice in the Washington DC metro area. He possesses fifteen-plus years in senior leadership roles in organizations of various sizes, stages of growth and different sectors. Born in Northern Ireland Irvine brings to his practice a rich and varied experience. Growing up in a society torn apart by conflict and violence he has always been attracted to helping people grow more resilient in the face of life’s challenges. He has been privileged to work with many different cultures learning firsthand the challenges of effective communication and understanding. He is passionate about helping people grow in their presentation and speaking literacy so that their unique voice can be heard.
Dr. Nugent has a rich experience in the nonprofit sector. He has served as CEO of a number of large social service agencies. He received his doctorate in Management with a specialization in Nonprofit Agencies from Capella University. He is also a graduate of the Executive Leadership Coaching program from Georgetown University. He is an ATD credentialed Master Trainer and has offered seminars in various areas of leadership and management all over the country.
Director and Member, Membership and Fundraising Committees
Susan Washburn has a successful career in coaching, training, facilitation, event management and public relations. She began her career with the Department of Defense, resigning in 1996 to start The Powers Group. The Powers Group provides leadership development, executive coaching and organizational effectiveness consulting to multiple corporations, government agencies and higher education. She currently consults with more than 15 universities including Harvard, Cal Berkeley, Clemson University, University of Michigan, Yale, Cornell, and the University of Minnesota.
Susan has extensive education in psychology, sociology and business. She is certified in multiple personality assessments, attended Intensive Coach Training with Results Coaching Systems and holds a Masters Certificate in Project Management.
She is co-author of “Charting Your Course for Effective Communication” published in 2006, and is a frequent contributor to multiple business journals writing at length about empathy, humor and coaching in both business and nonprofit organizations.