It was Madison who had the original idea for The GreenTree Foundation – the non-profit that started it all. After seeing the pain that her family experienced, she wanted to “start a company to help people get the help they need – even if they can’t pay for it.” So, with the help of Michael and Sarah, she did. The GreenTree Foundation funds leader development scholarships as well as the development of the Retreat campus. Madison is a generous young lady who loves people. When you get the chance to meet her, she’ll capture your heart just like she has ours.
Dennis has been an executive coach and leader for more than 10 years working with small organizations, mid-sized businesses, and large corporations. He travels extensively helping leaders uncover constraints and make road maps to increase performance. As an author and trainer, he assists leaders in leveraging time and resources more effectively through strategic planning, and building People Oriented Systems™. Dennis is a member of the Board of Directors.
Dennis is a Certified Public Accountant and an associate at Deloitte & Touche who specializes in student leadership development and systems and process development. He has extensive experience in retail, private and public institutions of higher education and information technology. Dennis is Secretary and Treasurer of The GreenTree Project and a member of the Board of Directors.
For more than 30 years, Dr. Eugene Nichols has mentored hundreds of leaders in education and non-profit organizations. He is a highly regarded counselor, coach, empathetic listener, and principled educator. Since 1979, Dr. Nichols has served as an education administrator, non-profit leader, and counselor. He has a doctoral degree from Tennessee Temple University and has conducted significant research in counseling and mentoring leaders.
Dr. Nichols is the author or Passing the Baton and regularly speaks and presents at conferences, churches, and on college campuses on a variety of topics, including Counseling, Mentoring Leaders, and World Outreach. Dr. Nichols is the lead pastor of Loudoun Church in Leesburg, Virginia and the founder of the Retreat at StoneyBrook, a relaxation and counseling retreat for leaders in Central Virginia. He and his wife, Sharon, reside in Leesburg, Virginia.
Dr. Nichols has led consistent growth in businesses, non-profits, and colleges and universities for more than 25 years. He is the author of Creating Your Business Vision and has a Doctor of Education degree in Organizational Leadership. Michael is a GiANT Worldwide Partner and consults with leaders, teams, and organizations around the world as they work through culture development, vision development, strategic planning, process development, and life and work balance. He speaks at conferences, events, businesses, and on university campuses all over the world.
Sarah is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Georgia and has counseled leaders, couples, families, and children in a variety of settings including educational, non-profit, religious, and business environments. She is Vice President of The GreenTree Project and directs the day-to-day operations of The Retreat at Guidestone Hills. She manages the recruitment, selection, training, and coordination of all personnel.