M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust

Meet The Coaches

Faith-Based Board Leadership & Development Program Coaches

Paula Kinney
Board Coach
Paula Kinney began her early career in education, as a high school English teacher; ironically, her first teaching position was at her former high school. She transitioned to the business world with the IBM Corporation, as an educational support specialist. Her time with IBM was productive; she optimized skillsets from both business perspectives, as well as, personal growth opportunities. Dr. Kinney later returned to education, serving in several senior administrative leadership positions. She currently provides consultancy to both non-profit and for-profit organizations. Her acquired expertise is in the areas of strategic planning, board development, effective communication skills, cultural proficiency awareness, and philanthropy. She serves and has served on several non-profit boards, which include, but not limited to, Providence St. Vincent Medical Foundation Council of Trustees; Providence St. Vincent Heart Advisory Board; Portland State University Foundation Board; George Fox University Board of Trustees; CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Board of Trustees; Antioch University Seattle Board of Trustees, and World Affairs Council of Oregon Board of Trustees. Paula received her B.A. from Yankton College, South Dakota; M.A. in Psychology from Antioch University, Seattle, and Ed.D., from Lewis & Clark College, Portland, Oregon. For more information, Dr. Kinney can be reached at https://paulakinneyconsulting.com/.
Ed McDowell
Board Coach
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). To learn more about Ed’s consulting ministry, or to contact him, visit: https://www.standpoint360.com.
Scott Rodin
Board Coach
Scott Rodin is president of The Steward’s Journey and Kingdom Life Publishing. He also runs Rodin Consulting, Inc. He is a Senior Fellow of the Association of Biblical Higher Education. Over the past thirty-five years Scott has helped hundreds of organizations in the U.S and abroad grow and flourish through leadership development, strategic planning and board development. Dr. Rodin holds Master of Theology and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Systematic Theology from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. He has authored several books including The Seventh Key, Christ Centered Generosity, and Development 101. For more information, Dr. Rodin can be contacted at scott@rodinconsultinginc.com.
Kim Triller
Board Coach
Kim Triller has been the executive director of Care Net Pregnancy & Family Services of Puget Sound, Washington State, since 1994. During this time, Kim also served 13 years as Regional Consultant for Care Net National and as National Trainer serving boards throughout the Pacific Northwest in Board Development, Strategic Planning and Conflict Resolution. Prior to her work at Care Net, Kim served for 16 years as Senior Program Director for Youth at the YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties. While serving at the YMCA, Kim served a few years as West Coast Commissioner for Youth Sports for the YMCA of the USA and collaborated on the production of the Youth Sports Administration Manual, and the national skills level curriculum for gymnastics. Kim is a graduate of Springfield College in Massachusetts, with a Bachelor’s degree in Education. To learn more about her work at Care Net Pregnancy Services of Puget Sound, and to contact Kim, email her at ktriller@carenetps.org and/or visit: www.carenetps.org.
Ron King
Board Coach
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
Senior Program Director for Enrichment Initiatives
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.
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