Lawrence currently owns a high tech manufacturing business and has investments in the medical software and device industry as well as various real estate funds. In the past he has started and owned small to midsize manufacturing businesses in the United States, Brazil, Mexico, Europe, Singapore, Malaysia and China.
Lawrence served on the Boards of a number of companies such as York Industries, Research Biochemical, Sanford Brown, Tubular Steel, EntraCare Medical Devices and various manufacturing companies in the high tech industry.
Lawrence has done in-depth analysis of over 100 companies for potential acquisition. Currently the Lawrence Institute is working with several smaller ($2-$5 million) 501(c)3 companies to develop business models, market studies, improve financials, management teams and understand competitors.
As a board member, Lawrence has identified short and long range business strategies, hired and developed CEO’s and their teams, completed annual business plans with daily/monthly/quarterly/YTD performance reporting for growth measurements and analysis.
- 1988-Present: Merger and Acquisitions/Investments
- Early Career: Engineering and CEO of mid-size companies
Rev. Lee Martin McDonald
Rev. Lee Martin McDonald
Dr. Lee Martin McDonald (Th.M. Harvard University and Ph.D., University of Edinburgh, Scotland) has studied at many institutions including Cambridge University (England), Heidelberg University (Germany), and Harvard University. He is a professor of New Testament studies and president emeritus at Acadia Divinity College and former dean of the Faculty of Theology at Acadia University in Nova Scotia, Canada. He has taught New Testament Studies at Acadia Divinity College, Sioux Falls Seminary, Fuller Theological Seminary, Princeton Theological Seminary in 2007 – 2008 as a visiting professor, Chapman University, and lectured in a variety of graduate institutions in Canada, the USA, Athens in Greece, Budapest, Prague, and elsewhere. He also served for 6 years as president of the international Institute for Biblical Research (a community of hundreds of Old and New Testament scholars), was a chaplain in the U.S. Army, a pastor for more than twenty years, and has served on boards of directors for three graduate schools of theology. Lee has written and/or edited more than 30 books and written more than 100 articles and essays on biblical subjects, but also on practical issues for the church.
Dr. McDonald is a member of the prestigious Studiorum Novi Testamentum Societas and the Society of Biblical Literature. Selections of his books will be on display. He regularly speaks on biblical subjects, including how the Bible came to be and also what biblical scholars are saying about Jesus. He also addresses the question of the relevance of the Dead Sea Scrolls and other ancient non-biblical resources for understanding Jesus in his context and various passages in the New Testament. He is a specialist in the context of early Christianity and the origin of the Bible.
Carol A. Poore
President, Poore & Associates / Phoenix Phabulous Experience™
Carol A. Poore
As President of Poore & Associates, Carol assists organizations with strategic planning, organizational turnaround, strategic fundraising, urban placemaking/storytelling, donor cultivation, branding/identity building, marketing communication, and civic engagement. Clients have included University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix, Arizona State University, Maricopa County Medical Society, BioAccel, Arizona Technology Council Foundation, Arizona Community College Association, and Arizona School for the Arts.
Carol received her Ph.D. in Public Administration and her MBA from Arizona State University. Her primary field of research focuses on community development and how vital networks create healthy and vibrant communities and urban revitalization. Since 2011, she has served as a faculty associate at Arizona State University and teaches community development, public administration leadership, and public policy courses.
Her community board leadership service includes Chairwoman of Abrazo Scottsdale Hospital, Phoenix Community Alliance, Phoenix Friends of Public Art, and Dean’s Council for the W.P. Carey School of Business. She serves on a number of ASU community advisory boards as well as is a member of ASU Women & Philanthropy.
As Vice President at BioAccel on a consultant basis from 2015 to 2017, Dr. Poore oversaw development and capacity-building strategies leading to early-stage biomedical device and technology company start-ups, including major gift fundraising, venture capital and philanthropic funding through BioAccel’s Solutions Challenge competition, and higher education alliance building. Her leadership support focused on expanding BioAccel’s mission, to accelerate commercialization of bioscience med-tech device companies through student and adult entrepreneurial training, mentorship, and early-stage seed funding.
Dr. Poore served as president and CEO of Phoenix-based Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS, the only nonprofit HIV/AIDS service organization in the United States providing integrated clinical trial research, prevention, and chronic disease wellness services to serve a population of four million. From 2007 to 2013, she raised $23 million and led the successful development of an innovative, 55,000 square-foot community health and research center in Downtown Phoenix, named the Parsons Center for Health, Education and Wellness. Dr. Poore also secured $3.6 million in City of Phoenix bond financing, bringing government and community partners together to develop a one-stop, community-partnered health and educational center contributing to Downtown Phoenix revitalization.
Dr. Poore served as Vice Provost of Institutional Advancement and Public Affairs at Arizona State University’s West campus from 2002 to 2007, tripling campus fundraising while supporting a campus and four ASU colleges. Poore provided executive administration and directed a department responsible for all aspects of community outreach and advocacy, fundraising, marketing, branding and public events. While serving as a senior administrator for the largest public university in the United States, campus enrollment doubled in size, growing from 4,000 to more than 9,000 students during her tenure.
From 1997 to 2002, Dr. Poore served as Director of Marketing and Communication for New West Energy, a separate affiliate of Salt River Project (SRP), the nation’s third-largest public power electric and water utility based in Phoenix, Ariz. A member of the three-person business launch team, Poore developed the sales, marketing and communication strategies for New West Energy’s historical start-up leading to $500 million in energy sales within the first three years of conducting business in California and Arizona. In total, she spent 16 years at SRP in business start-up, strategic planning and public affairs leadership positions.
Carol’s book, “Building Your Career Portfolio,” is published by Cengage Learning, available in English, Korean, and German languages. She provides workshops helping students and senior leaders develop a personal purpose and align career, volunteer, and learning investments.
Paula J. Adkins
Interim Chief Executive Officer – Tumbleweed Center for Youth Development
Paula J. Adkins
An experienced leader with expertise to achieve vision and mission.
- University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, Master of Business Administration, 1992
- DePaul University, Chicago, IL, Bachelor of Arts, Business Administration, 1989
- Leadership – Provided vision, communication, organization, and motivation for new beginnings, working with employees, consultants, partners, donors, and volunteers.
- Strategic Planning – Worked with large and small organizations to define direction, achievable goals, synergies, and methodologies for growth while managing risk.
- Marketing and Development – Managed branding, advertising, and messaging to create identity, establishing strong donor relationships with new and former donors.
- Customer Service – Developed and managed multi-location, large and small organizations to provide training, automation, and structure to reduce costs and improve customer retention.
- Administration – Prepared budgets, managed financial performance, and developed IT systems and networks to support organizational functions.
- International – Worked in twenty-three countries, developing business plans with multi-partner teams, then hiring, training, and managing the local teams to implement those plans.
- Community Service – Served on academic and non-profit boards of many organizations.
Held key executive and leadership positions for Tumbleweed Center for Youth Development, General Dynamics, MTel Corporation, Sprint, Kelley Services, and several smaller organizations.
Physical Therapist, Retired
- Clinical therapist in private practice and Consultant;Colorado Springs, CO serving school systems and Private patients (1997 – 2008)
- National workshop facilitator on night-time electrical stimulation for children with neuromotor disability (1997 – 2000)
- Phoenix Assistance League (2011 – present)
- Tumbleweed Center for Youth (2012- 2015)
- Mountain View Presbyterian Church (2014 – present)
Special needs summer camps
- Florence Crittendon Foster Care Home (2016 – present)
Programs and individual mentor