Meet the Appreciative Inquiry Team

Faculty & Staff

Lindsey Godwin

Lindsey N. Godwin, Ph.D.

Academic Director

Lindsey is the Robert P. Stiller Endowed Chair of Management at the Robert P. Stiller School of Business. She holds an MS in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University and a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University, where she studied with David Cooperrider and Ron Fry, the thought leaders in Appreciative Inquiry.

Before coming to Champlain, Lindsey served as a research associate for the Center for Business as Agent of World Benefit (B.A.W.B.) at Case Western Reserve University (now the Fowler Center for Sustainable Value) and remains a creative contributor to the Fowler Center today. Her work has been published in a variety of journals and books, such as the Oxford Handbook of Positive Organizational Scholarship. Lindsey was recently a Journal of Business Ethics guest editor for a special issue on positive organizational ethics; she also served as guest editor for a special issue on advances in the AI Summit for the AI Practitioner Journal. Lindsey is an editor and contributor for the fourth volume in the research book series Advances in Appreciative Inquiry.

Lindsey has presented at national and international conferences, including the Annual Academy of Management Meetings. She has served as co-chair for past World Appreciative Inquiry Conferences held in Orlando, Florida and Kathmandu, Nepal and on the Advisory Board for the conference in Ghent, Belgium as well as a 2015 conference in South Africa. With a passion for helping organizations leverage their potential through strengths-based change, Lindsey has consulted with organizations including Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, the Vermont Federal Executive Association (VTFEA), World Vision, the Houston Independent School District, the California Teachers Association, Imagine Nepal, the United Nations, the American Society of Association Executives and the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain.

Image of interim managing directorJessica Blackman

Managing Director

Jessica Blackman brings to the Cooperrider Center a passion for bringing positive possibilities to life through research, listening, and action oriented clear communications. She has worked extensively as a researcher, analyst, and writer, first at the Federal Reserve Bank, then in economic consulting, and upon moving to Vermont, with the Governor's office. She started her work with the Center on the World Positive Education Accelerator (WPEA) and then as the Applied Practice Manager. As the managing director, she will continue to build relationships and systems that enable the Center to deliver on its mission of being the global hub for connecting people to learn, apply, and amplify Appreciative Inquiry. Jessica has a passion for music, having played piano since first grade, sung with choirs across the country, and even fronted a band in San Francisco. She lives with her husband and two children in Burlington, VT and embraces the joyful noise of life!

 Alyssa Doyle, Sr Operations and Communications CoordinatorAlyssa Labare

Senior Operations and Communications Coordinator

Alyssa was born and raised in New Hampshire. She attended Keene State College in her home state and graduated in 2010 with a BA in Journalism. After graduating, Alyssa worked as a communications assistant at Dartmouth College's Institute for Lifelong Education, where she happily worked for two years. She left Dartmouth for the city to chase her dream of graduate school. In May 2014, she graduated from Emerson College in Boston with a master's degree in Communication Management, focusing on public relations. Throughout her time at Emerson, Alyssa was active on various civic engagement initiatives and nation-branding projects. She was one of three graduate students to pioneer the Emerson/Bird Street Civic Engagement Project, which mentors at-risk youth in Dorchester. The project provides education about using communication as an alternative to violence and mentors students through various activities such as the making of non-violence/anti-bullying Public Service Announcements.

In the fall of 2014, Alyssa, her fiancé and their puppy relocated to Burlington. She joined the David L. Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry family in January 2015, just two months after the Center's dedication. She feels very fortunate to be a member of such a wonderful team and enjoys being a part of the Center's growth. Her interests include art, reading/writing, photography, event planning, hiking and being a mom to her puppy.