The North American Commission of the EoC helps coordinate the activities of the association on behalf of its members.
The current members of the commission are:
Jim Funk is president and consultant at J L Funk & Associates, an Economy of Communion business formed in 2010 that provides services in organizational development, leadership and physician development, executive and organizational assessments, executive coaching, strategic planning and career planning. Jim graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from St. Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Indiana, and he earned his Master’s degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Indiana University/Purdue University at Indianapolis. He completed the Strategic Human Resource Management Executive course at Harvard University, is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources by HRCI and SHRM, he completed the Executive Ministry Leadership Program from Ascension Health and Aquinas Institute of Theology, and has certifications in Formation Science, Theology and Anthropology from the Epiphany Association, and in Organizational Development from the National Training Labs (NTL).
Jim offers a number of workshops and assessments for leaders at all levels, tailored to the development needs of the individual or group. Jim’s approach to executive coaching is strategic, integrating the development needs of the individual executive with the business and mission needs of the organization. His understanding of strategic business issues and roles brings a results-oriented and mission/values-based approach to his consulting and coaching assignments.
Dr. John Gallagher is a Professor of Management at Maryville College in Maryville, Tennessee. In late 2014, he and Dr. Jeanne Buckeye from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN published their first book, Structures of Grace: Business Practices of the Economy of Communion (New City Press). Since 2007, Dr. Gallagher has been involved in researching the business practices of companies that participate in the Economy of Communion, a worldwide movement with goals of using private enterprise to address social problems.
At Maryville College, he teaches strategic management and international business courses and also executive MBA courses at the University of Tennessee. Prior to his academic career, Dr. Gallagher spent over 20 years as a corporate executive and consultant in both manufacturing and service industries. He completed his undergraduate education at Boston College, and earned his MBA and Ph.D. degrees from The University of Tennessee.
Elizabeth is a native of Detroit and graduate of Kalamazoo College, where she studied political science, Spanish and international economics. She began her career researching corporate social responsibility in Brazil and Italy. Elizabeth then spent four years working in domestic microfinance with ACCION USA, where she focused on public-private partnership development, including the “Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream” microloan program to grow small food and beverage businesses in urban communities nationwide.
In 2012, Elizabeth returned to her hometown of Detroit to build a nonprofit organization called Michigan Corps, designed to leverage social enterprise to support Detroit and Michigan’s economic transformation. She founded the Michigan Social Entrepreneurship Challenge, seeding hundreds of social enterprises with resources and attracting nearly $2 million in new entrepreneurial investment from business and philanthropic leaders. Elizabeth is currently serving as a Community Solutions Fellow with The White House, and is pursuing her Master in Public Policy degree from Princeton University.
Executive Director/Founder of Spiritours, a tour operator specialized in Christian pilgrimages and spiritual healing tours. She has traveled around the globe a few times and has visited all the continents. Since 1992, she has been organizing group trips professionally and has been leading them regularly in different countries.
She founded Spiritours in 2003 and joined the Economy of Communion North American Association the same year. She studied administration and theology at Laval University in Quebec. She speaks French, English and Spanish fluently. She is a member of the Focolare movement and of Religions for Peace-Quebec.
John Mundell is president and CEO of MUNDELL & ASSOCIATES, INC. (MUNDELL), an earth science, environmental and water resources consulting firm founded in 1995 and based in Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.A. A professional engineer, a licensed professional geologist and a social entrepreneur with over 35 years of consulting experience, he has served as senior director and expert for numerous environmental projects throughout the world. He has a B.S. and M.S. in Civil Engineering from Purdue University and has completed doctoral coursework at the University of Notre Dame in environmental engineering.
Mr. Mundell founded MUNDELL in 1995 as part of the Economy of Communion in Freedom (EoC) network of companies. Launched in Brazil, South America in 1991 by Chiara Lubich, the founder of the international Focolare Movement. Made up of about 860 businesses worldwide in over 50 countries, the EoC business owners promote a culture of giving and social justice through businesses animated with the values of universal brotherhood. As part of his involvement in the EoC, Mr. Mundell currently serves on the International EoC Commission and the North American EoC Commission which help coordinate the activities and development of the EoC at both global and national levels.
Nicola (Nick) Sanna
Nick is the COO of RiskLens and is responsible for the definition and the execution of the company strategic positioning, messaging, and go-to-market strategies. A serial entrepreneur, Nick’s passion is to help the industry close the gap that separates IT from the business. Prior to RiskLens, Nick contributed to closing that gap as CEO of Netuitive, a leading IT Operations Analytics (ITOA) software company and as CEO of e-Security, the pioneering Security Information and Event Monitoring (SIEM) company that was ultimately sold to Novell.
Earlier, Nick contributed to the growth of ASG from $9m to $150m as VP EMEA and as COO, and acted as the VP Sales and Marketing for Amplitude Int’l, the n.1 French antivirus co. at that time whose product got acquired by Symantec. Nick is a regular lecturer at universities across the US on the subject of social entrepreneurship and is an advisory board member of the business school at CUA. Nick is fluent in 5 languages and received a masters degree in Economics and Trade from the University of Rome La Sapienza.
Three working groups have been established for 2015-2016 for achieving the following goals:
- Improving the communication and networking within the association
- Articulate the value proposition of the EoC in a language best suited for a North American audience
- Identify the criteria for/select social developmental projects in North America