Meet Our Team

The world's leading experts at building your adaptive learning capacity.


Pontifex Consulting and its partners have over a century of combined experience in systems THINKING.  Below are are few of its internationally renowned experts.

Chris Soderquist  Chris has nearly twenty years experience as a system thinking consultant and educator, with a diverse set of clients from the private and public sectors. He is a guest lecturer at the Darden School of Business (University of Virginia) in their Executive Education Program, a faculty member in Marlboro College’s graduate school, a member of the Boeing Engineering Leadership Program’s development team, and co-designer of the Legislative Health Certificate Program at the Georgia Health Policy Center.  He is a contributing author to The Change Handbook (Berrett-Koehler, 1999) and delivers system dynamics webinars for isee systems, where he is a consulting partner.

Chris’s most recent focus areas include public health, energy and environmental policy; NGO strategic planning; and local, community-based sustainability efforts.  Additionally, his research interests include linking dynamic modeling with social network analysis, as well as dashboard/scorecard development, implementation, and monitoring. Some of Chris’s clients include: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, The World Bank, UNDP, World Economic Forum, the State of California, the State of Georgia, The Boeing Company, Hewlett-Packard, Nissan, and Northwestern Mutual.

Craig Weber – The Weber Consulting Group  Craig Weber is the author of the groundbreaking book, Conversational Capacity: The Key To Building Successful Teams That Perform When The Pressure Is On (McGraw-Hill, 2013), and the founder of The Weber Consulting Group – an alliance of experts committed to helping people build more resilient, healthy, and agile organizations. Craig helps an eclectic range of clients improve their performance by treating dialogue as a discipline.  Known for his articulate, creative, and engaging style, Craig is a sought after consultant and speaker. In 2012 he was awarded the prestigious Vistage International Speaker Of The Year Award.

Frank Barrett Frank Barrett, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Management and Organization Behavior in the Department of Systems Management at the Naval Post Graduate Academy. He is also a faculty member of the Human and Organizational Development Program at Fielding Institute. Frank’s professional interests and expertise lie in Appreciative Inquiry, improvisation and organizational innovation, organizational learning, spiritual development, social impact of information technology and information revolution, global studies. He is a consultant to organizations in profit, non-profit, and governmental sectors. He has written and lectured widely on social constructionism, appreciative inquiry, organizational change, jazz improvisation and organizational learning. He has published articles on metaphor, masculinity, improvisation, organizational change and organizational development in the Journal of Applied Behavioral Science; Human Relations; Organization Science, and Organizational Dynamics as well as numerous book chapters. He wrote “Generative Metaphor Intervention: A New Approach to Inter-group Conflict” (with D. Cooperrider) which won the award for best paper from the Organizational Development Division of the Academy of Management in 1988. Frank was co-author of a paper that won the best paper award in the Organizational Development and Change Division of the Academy of Management in 2003. The paper was titled, “Planning on Spontaneity: Lessons from Jazz for a Democratic Theory of Change”. He is co-editor of Appreciative Inquiry and Organizational Transformation (Vermont: Greenwood Books, 2001). Frank is also an active jazz pianist. In addition to leading his own trios and quartets, he has traveled extensively in the United States, England, and Mexico with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra.

Beth Bratkovic – Keepin’ It Simple Consulting  Beth has been an organization development professional for 25 years. Her experience ranges through multiple industries, fortune 500 companies, Executive meeting facilitation through 1:1 coaching. Beth’s true love is leadership development and her business is designed to provide world class development opportunities at a reasonable price to those companies and individuals who desire to become an expert at their trade; leadership.

Georgia Health Policy Center  The Georgia Health Policy Center has more than 19 years of experience offering objective information on health policy, financing, and coverage to the Georgia General Assembly. Since 2008, the GHPC has offered a unique legislative education initiative, applying systems thinking to state health policymaking.

Systems Thinking Collaborative The Systems Thinking Collaborative specializes in improving organizations’ abilities to manage their most complex issues. Whether your organization faces a difficult call to change, a strategic fork in the road, an intractible team dynamic, or a persistent operational problem, the Systems Thinking Collaborative can help your team understand the situation, and create enduring solutions for your success.

Steve Peterson –The Peterson Group  Steve Peterson focuses on advancing the art and science of dynamic modeling. Steve’s client work over the past 10 years has applied dynamic modeling in a diverse array of topic areas, including strategy design, personnel management, finance, marketing analysis, and business process improvement. He has worked in a wide range of industry, government, and non-profit settings. His project work typically integrates dynamic modeling, group facilitation, and data analysis to help groups come to a common understanding of the dynamics of proposed initiatives.  Steve is a senior lecturer at the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College, where he teaches popular courses in system dynamics modeling.

Applied Systems Thinking   We have worked with thousands of people across every sector and numerous industries in many countries and cultures. We have developed many of the innovations that make Systems Thinking accessible to organizational leaders and enable them to achieve significant, sustainable change. We share a long-time collaboration through Innovation Associates and a commitment to share what we have learned with our clients and colleagues.

Susan Fairchild, New Visions  Susan Fairchild joined New Visions in 2009. She heads the research and knowledge management initiatives that support continuous improvement and the surfacing of promising practices in NYC schools. Prior to joining the organization, she served as a program director at The Epsilon Group, an international healthcare consulting organization. She holds a master’s degree from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and a Ph.D. from New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development with a focus on teacher workforce issues and survey methods. She has served as an adjunct professor at New York University and has taught graduate level program evaluation courses. For several years she has collaborated with Chris Soderquist on systems thinking initiatives in education. She has lead systems thinking workshops at academic institutions such as the University of Basel in Switzerland as well as for Principal Leadership programs in Dallas and New York City.

Climate Interactive  Climate Interactive creates interactive, scientifically rigorous tools that help people see connections, play out scenarios, and see what works to address the biggest challenges we face. Their tools and simulations cover a range of topics, from climate change and clean energy to disaster risk reduction and resilience. Their work is guided by principles of transparency, collaboration, and staying action-oriented.

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