M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust

Meet the Team

Board Leadership General Coaches

Bob King
Board Coach
Bob King is the founder and Principal at C.O.O. Services, LLC., which provides fractional Chief Operating Officers (C.O.O.’s) to mid-market companies and non-profits. In addition, the firm, which was started in 2008, has a retained executive search arm and consults with business owners and non-profits on exit, succession and transition planning, Bob’s specialty. Prior to starting C.O.O. Services, Bob served as President of a national manufacturing company in the office products markets He started his career at Georgia-Pacific Corporation, where he held a wide variety of managerial and leadership roles, culminating in being named Area President for a major division. Bob currently serves on the Board of Directors for three local corporations (a healthcare company, a Trust Company and a chemical manufacturer) and two non-profits (a Christian Camp and C3 Leaders). He has a BA from Middlebury College and a Masters in Business from Emory University. Bob is a Certified Executive Coach, a Certified Management Consultant (CMC®), as well as being a Certified DISC Assessment Professional. Jeannie, his wife of 38+ years, and he, have three adult children and 2.5 grandchildren, all who live in the greater Seattle area. He tries to live by his life mission statement, The 7 F’s.
Greg Ligon
Board Coach
Greg Ligon serves as CEO for Ligon Group Consulting, a consulting practice dedicated to helping leaders and organizations “discover what’s next and create pathways to get there.” The organization founded by Greg and his wife, Susan, provides customized organizational consulting, leadership coaching, and strategic branding that helps defeat confusion, create focus and maximize kingdom impact. Greg has served church and non-profit leaders for over 30 years including both founding roles and executive roles in multiple organizations. He served with Leadership Network for 22 years completing his tenure there as Chief Innovation Officer and has also provided leadership in both in local church and through university ministry. Greg combines a “what’s next” spirit of innovation and a “get it done” process to his work of coaching and consulting. His work in brand management and executive coaching includes authors Max Lucado and John Eldredge and the Jesus Calling brand.
Jennifer Jukanovich
Board Coach
Jennifer is a Ph.D. student in the Global Leadership and Change program at Pepperdine University, co-hosts the Forum on the Future of Education in Africa Post-COVID-19 and consults with nonprofits and educational institutions. From 2013-2019, Jennifer served as Vice President for Student Life at her alma mater, Gordon College. Prior to joining the Gordon College administration, Jukanovich lived and worked in Rwanda, where her family co-founded Karisimbi Business Partners. Jennifer has previously served as the Founder and Executive Director of The Vine, executive assistant to the president of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, and personal assistant to President Clinton’s volunteer religious liaison and as an associate with the Renaissance Weekends. She has her B.A. in Political Studies from Gordon College, and earned a Master’s in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. Jennifer is active on the boards of the Boston Higher Education Resource Center, Teaching Training Together and is a lay leader of family ministries at Christ the Redeemer Anglican Church. Jennifer and her husband, Dano, live in Wenham, Massachusetts, with their three children.
Russell West
Board Coach
For more than 30 years — College President, Dean & Professor, Impact Strategist, Executive Coach…and even Marine Drill Instructor for Officers — West has partnered with work leaders to align efforts to impact. By profession, Russ is a certified executive performance coach, facilitating C-suite decision support for Advent Health in Tampa, Ocala, North Pinnelllas and several non-acute teams (HR, Marketing, VPs). He excels at cultivating empathic work teams that leverage their strengths for uncommon social impact. In his spare time, he learns quiet from horses, autonomy from a sailboat and whimpering through pandemic-induced yoga.
Deborah Wilds
Board Coach
Deborah Wilds is a Senior Fellow for the Murdock Charitable Trust. Dr. Wilds has a long and distinguished career in education as a teacher, founder of an independent school, non-profit leader and philanthropy officer. She served as president of the College Success Foundation, worked as a senior program officer for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and as the deputy director of the American Council on Education’s Office of Minorities in Higher Education. She is an experienced board member and coach. She currently, chairs the Board of Directors of the Equal Opportunity Schools, serves on the Seattle Pacific University Board of Trustees and coaches for the Murdock Trust’s Essentials of Development. Throughout her career, Dr. Wilds has served on public, university and non-profit boards, including the Washington State Board of Education, Philanthropy Northwest, College Spark Washington, Council of Christian Colleges and University, the Corporation for Enterprise Development, and the Seattle University Board of Regents. She holds a Ph.D in Higher Education Policy, Planning and Administration from the University of Maryland College Park.
Ron King
Board Coach & Faculty
Ron King is a Senior Fellow at the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust and has extensive experience in both the business and nonprofit sectors. For twenty years, Ron served as CEO of Western Family Foods. He has also served on several nonprofit boards. He holds degrees from Washington State University and the Stanford Executive Program. Ron can be contacted at ronk@murdocktrust.org.
Kimberly Thornbury
Board Coach & Faculty
Dr. Kimberly Thornbury joins the Trust after 26 years of working in private higher education. Her work has focused on college student development, strategic planning, enrollment, new media initiatives, and marketing. She joins us from her most recent work at The King’s College in New York City. Kimberly is a nationally recognized expert in crisis management and college student success, and has spoken widely at national conferences and colleges. Her insights on leadership have been featured in publications such as Christianity Today and Christian Higher Education as well as numerous chapters included in books such as Life as Triage and Christian Leadership Essentials. Kimberly has served on both national and local nonprofit boards and has been a consultant for Christian colleges for almost 15 years. She tweets about organizational development at @kthornbury and can be reached at kimberlyt@murdocktrust.org.
Ed McDowell
Board Coach & Faculty
Ed McDowell currently serves as the Executive Director of Warm Beach Camp and Conference Center, a ministry serving 90,000 people annually. Prior to his role at Warm Beach Camp, Ed served as Senior Pastor of a Free Methodist Church and as Dean of Students at Central College in Kansas. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Education from Seattle Pacific University, a Master of Education in Educational Counseling from Wichita State University, and an Associate of Arts degree in Christian Studies from Central Christian College of Kansas Ed is an experienced consultant and board member, having served on a wide variety of boards ranging from higher education, K-12 education, a crisis help line ministry, national associations, local churches, an adoption foundation, and currently serves as the board chair for Christian Camp and Conference Association (CCCA).
Jay Barber
Board Coach
In 2008, Dr. Jay Barber was appointed the first Senior Fellow with the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, during which time he has coached organizations through the Essentials of Development and Board Leadership and Development programs. A highly regarded leader in his community, Jay was elected to the Seaside City Council and was appointed to fill out the unexpired term as Mayor of Seaside, Oregon upon the death of long-time Mayor Don Larson, until he was then elected for a full 4-year term as Seaside’s mayor. Dr. Barber is the President emeritus of Warner Pacific University and former Director of the Oregon Health Sciences University Foundation, where his leadership inspired exponential growth and strategic success. Bringing a skill for leadership development and a wealth of nonprofit board experience, Dr. Barber has served as a director for 15 years and 2 years as chair of the Board of Directors of Mercy Corps, a relief and disaster organization based in Portland. He has also served as chair of the Responder Life Board of Directors, a Portland based not-for-profit serving the needs of first responders and their families.
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