The Hanley Center staff team is thrilled to partner with these amazing leadership development and strategy experts.

Derek Ahl, Lead Faculty

Derek is our Lead Faculty and as such he leads the Health Leadership Development Course and the Physician Executive Leadership Institute Foundational Course and co-leads the Dyad Leadership Development Course.  Derek also works with our health-related clients providing team consultations, process facilitation (strategic planning, board development, etc..) and executive coaching.  The results of Derek’s deep work with leaders is often palpable and enable strategic improvements to relationships, processes and outcomes.

For the past 20 years, Derek has been working with leaders across a variety of industries, including healthcare, to drive individual and organizational effectiveness through implementation of systems thinking, applied learning and interpersonal behavior practices and solutions.

With a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership, his specialties include process facilitation, performance management, strategy implementation and leadership development.  He is certified as a Professional Coach, as well as in a variety of training, personality and leadership assessment tools. Derek began his career as an Instructor with Hurricane Island Outward Bound, and subsequent roles include Adjunct Faculty at UNH, Educational Consultant with the Institute on Disability, and Associate Education Director at the Browne Center for Innovative learning.  From these experiences, as well as serving in the USAR as a Combat Medic, Derek developed the conviction that leaders who focus on building depth in connection and understanding among their constituents demonstrate enhanced capability in achieving meaningful and sustainable impact.

In his free time, Derek enjoys working on his farm and volunteering to assist community organizations.

Jan Kearce

Jan Kearce is a Senior Leader for Workforce and Leadership Development at MDF and serves as one of the visiting faculty for the Daniel Hanley Center.  She is change leader, strategic partner, facilitator and coach who brings deep passion and experience to her work with leaders, teams and organizations. Jan has over 30 years of experience working with leaders and teams across-sectors and geography in her leadership roles with organizations focused on manufacturing, outdoor education, the environment, leadership and consulting. Jan has led organizations and initiatives that have focused on quality, safety and operational excellence; great places to work; creating an internal training institute; multi-location mergers; and developing regional and statewide leadership. Jan has a BA in Journalism from the University of Georgia; a Master’s Degree in Human Resource / Organizational Development from American University and NTL;Leadership Coaching certification from Georgetown University; and is both a graduate of and current Program Director of MDF’s Leadership Maine and ICL (Institute for Civic Leadership). Jan formerly led ICL, a founding design partner for the HLD program.

Bob Wright, Strategic Consultant, Facilitator, Executive Coach 

Bob Wright is an organization development consultant, strategic planner and leadership coach committed to helping organizations clarify and realize their missions, and to encouraging employees to bring more of who they are to what they do.  In addition to facilitating our signature PELI and HLD programs, he supports Hanley clients in strategic planning and solving complex organizational challenges.

Bob has designed and implemented organization and leadership development initiatives throughout North America, Asia, Europe and Africa.  He also works with health care systems, state and local governments, and non-profit organizations on quality management, organization culture development, work systems redesign, strategic and business planning, and community-building efforts.  Among his clients are Boston College, Bose Corporation, Children and Families First, Christiana Care Health Services, Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust, the Delaware Healthcare Commission, The Economic Commission for Africa, The Maine Commission for Community Service, the National Institutes of Health, Nemours Health and Prevention Services, the Peace Corps, the Smithsonian Institution, the Student Conservation Association, the United Nations, and the YMCA.

He annually facilitates the acclaimed Maine Association of Nonprofits Leadership Institute for Executive Directors. Bob has served on several nonprofit boards, holding numerous roles including board president. Bob holds a Masters degree in Management from the School for International Training, and a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Intercultural Communication.  He is trained in Gestalt Psychology, and is a Professional Certified Coach with the International Coaching Federation.  His other interests include poetry, woodworking and sailing the Maine coast.