Our Advisory Board shares their strategic insights and growth-oriented business expertise to help position Workplace Healing as the leading service provider for addressing grief in the workplace.

Advisory Board

Sandra Brown, Board Member, Workplace Healing Advisory Board

Sandra V. Brown,
LCSW, LMSW, SAP

``I’ve seen firsthand how trauma, loss and grief impact individuals and teams. It can be difficult to know how to help people as they experience grief and loss. As leaders, we care about our people but feel helpless when we see them struggle. Workplace Healing’s Human Recovery Plan provides a road map to support your team through difficult times. Such support not only helps individuals and teams heal, it builds organizational cultures where people feel valued and engaged.``

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Sandra V. Brown, LCSW, LMSW, SAP, is the owner of The Employer’s Resource, which provides organizational development & training services for employers of all sizes. With more than 20 years of experience in training and organizational development, Sandra delivers extensive knowledge of organizational dynamics and expertise in behavioral health. She has considerable experience in leadership development, executive coaching, mediation, team-building activities, culture assessments and harassment/discrimination consulting.

Sandra, who has a Master’s in Social Work, combines her knowledge of behavioral health and human resources to assist organizations of all types to address the difficulties inherent in employees and teams. A much sought-after trainer who has developed customized training for companies large and small, Sandra is also an experienced facilitator of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), Strengths-Finder, Insight Inventory, EQ-i (Emotional Quotient Inventory) and Predictive Index.

Sharon Davis, WPH Advisory Board, Board member

Sharon Davis,
LPC, LMFT, NCC, CCMHC

``Many of the grievers I counsel are in unchartered waters and feel alienated in the workplace at a time when they need support the most. People often avoid a griever because they fear they will do or say the wrong thing and cause more pain. The Human Recovery Plan provides a means for leaders and employees to feel competent in helping each other facilitate healing through times of trauma and loss by providing a sense of cohesion, belonging and being valued.``

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Sharon Davis, LPC, LMFT, NCC, CCMHC is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia and Oklahoma, a Licensed Marital and Family Therapist in Oklahoma and a National Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor with over 40 years of experience in private practice and hospital settings. Sharon delivers a wealth of knowledge and experience in grief recovery to the WPH Advisory Board.

Sharon’s passion for helping people navigate death and the grieving process began in the early 1980s when she helped establish the Chisholm Trail Hospice in Duncan, OK. At the time, hospice was a new concept in the U.S. The need for work-based healing programs became evident as people she counseled continued to work while caring for a dying loved one or while grieving the loss of someone they cared about. Employees would sometimes find it necessary to seek short-term disability or arrange for time off without pay in order to effectively grieve. When Sharon’s nine-year old niece died from leukemia, she saw firsthand the struggles her family went through with little support.

An active member of the community, Sharon volunteered for 15 years as a group facilitator, providing support for people with terminal illness and their families, including bereavement support.

Sharon received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Mary Washington College of the University of Virginia and her Master’s degree in Counseling from the University of Georgia. Sharon also served a three-year term on the Oklahoma Licensed Professional Counselor Board.

R. Lee Harris, Advisory Board, Workplace Healing

R. Lee Harris,
CRE, CPM

``As business leaders, we generally have no idea how to deal with the grief that members of our teams experience. Workplace Healing provides the playbook for a balanced head and heart approach to embracing this subject that has heretofore been somewhat taboo.``

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R. Lee Harris, CRE, CPM, is the President and CEO of Cohen-Esrey, LLC, a Kansas City-based family of companies involved with apartment management, multi-family investment, tax credit syndication, affordable housing development and construction in 20 states.

A Certified Property Manager through the Institute of Real Estate Management and a CRE designated by the Counselors of Real Estate, Lee has been personally involved in the management of more than 75,000 multifamily units and 25 million square feet of office building, industrial and shopping center space throughout the country. He has worked with real estate investment trusts, insurance companies, pension funds, banks, savings and loans, developers, government agencies and corporate and individual investors.

An award-winning leader in his industry, Lee is the author of The Customer is King! and An Entrepreneur’s Words to Live By. He currently serves as the vice chair for the Johnson County Airport Commission, council member of the Kansas State University College of Education Development Council, founder/benefactor of the Tomorrow’s Teacher Scholarship Program and a mentor in the Helzberg Entrepreneurial Mentoring Program.

Heidi Lehmann, entrepreneur, tech influencer, Workplace Healing Board Member

Heidi Lehmann

``The ability for corporate level executives to address grief and recovery from trauma such as death is essential for the workplace of the future, in particular as more companies become remote or hybrid and teams more distributed.``

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Heidi Lehmann is a global entrepreneur, successful leader, tech influencer and board member experienced at taking ideas and companies from concept to scale. She excels at commercialization, high visibility partnership, market development and fundraising. She loves mission-driven companies and concepts which have a huge global impact. She is skilled at navigating complex ecosystems to achieve results.

For seven years, Heidi has focused on the intersection of industrial IoT, climate and worker safety. Kenzen is a cloud-based wearable physiology solution with unparalleled heat science to prevent heat injury and death on worksites. The Kenzen solution has been deployed to industrial conglomerates across the globe.

Among her multiple accomplishments, Heidi is the co-founder of successful venture-backed companies, including Kenzen (workforce safety/ IoT/climate tech) and Third Screen Media (mobile ad platform acquired by AOL for $105m). She was also co-founder of MoxieQ an early influencer platform that worked with celebrity influencers and NBC/BravoTV, and co-producer of the media franchise “Queen Boss” – highlighting African American female entrepreneurs – which aired on BET 2017 (acquired by Viacom/CBS).

A highly sought-after speaker and media source, Heidi has been featured in dozens of national and international publications, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, NPR, Oil Review Middle East, Occupational Health & Safety and SheWired. Industry recognitions include 2017 Women to Watch Retail, 2015 Women of Influence, New York Business Journal, 2014 TechWeek 100 Most Influential People in Tech and more.

Jim Paglia, Advisory Board, Workplace Healing

Jim Paglia

``With grief costing employers billions of dollars each year in lost productivity, Workplace Healing's Human Recovery Plan fills a gaping void, providing leaders with the vital resources and training they need to better support employees who have experienced the loss of a loved one.``

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Jim Paglia is President and CEO of In’s & Out’s LLC (DBA) Brands That Stand, a strategic consulting firm he founded in 1995 to focus on guiding and aligning brand strategy.

Prior to In’s & Out’s, Jim had a lengthy career with various major advertising and public relations firms, overseeing national and global brands. He later formed Tassani & Paglia, an integrated marketing communications firm that grew to over $50 million in annual billing.

An in-demand consultant, speaker, workshop facilitator and university lecturer, Jim has represented clients in industry-leading companies and organizations such as American Express, Brunswick, Center for Disease Control, First Alert, IBM, Inland Steel, McDonald’s, Walt Disney World, Wendy’s, Workhorse Custom Chassis (Formerly GM Truck Body Div.), United Soccer Coaches, and many universities. He specializes in consulting with national nonprofit groups including the International Mentoring Association, the March of Dimes, the National Museum of Health and Medicine, and the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), as well as state and municipal government entities. Jim has contributed to many strategic plans for clients in a wide range of industries and businesses.

Jim served as the first Chairperson of the Board at G2 Development of Michigan, where he is an investor. G2 operates under the brand names 7Engines and Steampop and is a cannabis grow, processing and retail business that runs in a consumer dispensary and an eight-acre indoor grow and processing facility.

A strong proponent of youth sports, Jim enjoys coaching soccer at the youth, high school, and college levels. In addition, he is deeply involved in the professional game through client engagements in North America and Great Britain. Jim is also the bestselling author of A Guide to Volleyball Basics which was widely distributed in the packages of the leading volleyball equipment and apparel manufacturers and is now available as a free download on the U.S. Volleyball website.

Diana Toman, Workplace Advisory Board, Board Member

Diana Toman,
JD, MBA

``The Human Recovery Plan and the work of Workplace Healing fills a much-needed gap that I have experienced both as a leader and employee. Supporting employees through significant life events builds loyalty and true engagement both with the impacted employee as well as their colleagues.``

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Diana Toman, JD, MBA, is the Chief Executive Officer of The Toman Advisory Group, LLC, a strategy and governance advisory firm. A former chief legal and corporate affairs officer, she is an internationally recognized and respected Fortune 500 executive leader and strategic legal advisor with extensive commercial experience in global markets. As a trusted advisor to boards of directors, C-suite executives and functional teams, Diana guides clients through a myriad of global business, legal, and governance issues while also leading their organic and acquisitive growth.

Diana is an influential, solutions-oriented leader who actively partners with clients to achieve their corporate objectives and reduce risks. She builds high-achieving teams and inspires the best in people through a foundation of integrity, trust, communication, and purpose.

Throughout her impressive 20+ year career, Diana has served organizations of varying sizes and industries with a unique breadth of responsibilities. Prior to launching Toman Advisory Group, Diana was the Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary of Arconic Corporation (NYSE: ARNC) with broad leadership responsibilities for the $7B+ Fortune 500 aluminum manufacturing company, including legal, compliance, environmental, health and safety, government affairs, community engagement, and ESG/sustainability. Diana also served as the President and Director of the Arconic Foundation, an independently endowed foundation with $180M+ in assets.

Diana has held several leadership positions at publicly traded companies, including Compass Minerals International, Inc. (NYSE: CMP), an essential minerals company, General Cable Corporation (NYSE: BGC), a Fortune 500 global wire and cable manufacturing company, Gardner Denver, Inc. (NYSE: GDI), an industrial manufacturing company, and Waddell & Reed Financial, Inc. (NYSE: WDR), a financial services company. She began her career with the law firm of Levy & Craig, P.C.