Meet The LGA Team

A diverse group of family business consultants from all over the world who serve family enterprises through LGA. All the Associates in our firm bring multi-disciplinary knowledge and international experience to their projects. Click on any team member below for additional detail and a video introduction.

Alice C. Buhl, MBA Don Carlson J.D. Gustavo Adolfo Carvajal, MBA
Devin DeCiantis, MPP Michèle Desjardins, F.C.Adm, CMC Neus Feliu, Ph.D.
Connie Gersick, Ph.D. Kelin E. Gersick, Ph.D. Katherine Grady, Ph.D.
Holly Isdale, Esq. Fernanda Jaramillo, MBA Ivan Lansberg, Ph.D.
Maria Dolores Moreno, MBABarbara Murray, Ph.D. Wendy R. Ulaszek, Ph.D.
Francisco Valera
  • Alice Buhl, MBA

    Alice Buhl has extensive experience in philanthropy and nonprofit management. Alice has served as executive director of the Conference on Education and of the Metropolitan Association for Philanthropy in St. Louis, and senior vice president of the Council on Foundations in Washington, DC. (more…)

  • Don Carlson, J.D.

    Don Carlson is an executive, educator, attorney and entrepreneur. His current work on governance planning draws from all of those perspectives, with focus on the role of values in family enterprises and foundations. (more…)

  • Gustavo Adolfo Carvajal, MBA

    Gustavo Adolfo Carvajal is presently the Chairman of the Board of CARVAJAL S.A., a multi-division family business founded over 100 years ago in Cali, Colombia.  Over the past 30 years, while making his career in the company, Gustavo’s has also participated in the (more…)

  • Devin DeCiantis, MPP

    Devin DeCiantis specializes in financial, operational, and strategic aspects of family enterprise. He brings a background in corporate strategy, economic analysis and investment banking to his work with family businesses, family offices and family foundations. (more…)

  • Michèle Desjardins, F.C.Adm, CMC

    Michèle Desjardins is a Certified Management Consultant and a Fellow Chartered Administrator. She has extensive consulting and executive experience. She is President of Koby Consulting Inc., a management consulting firm. (more…)

  • Neus Feliu, Ph.D.

    Over the last 20 years Neus has developed an expertise in corporate and family business governance specializing in large Latin American and European Family Businesses.

    An economist and organizational psychologist by training, Neus holds a Ph.D. from ESADE Business School, (more…)

  • Connie J. G. Gersick, Ph.D.

    Connie J. G. Gersick, currently Visiting Scholar at the Yale School of Management, was a professor of Human Resources and Organizational Behavior at UCLA’s Anderson Graduate School of Management for 17 years.  Her research interests include women’s career and adult development; women in Asian business families; and the effects of time and deadlines on project teams. (more…)

  • Kelin E. Gersick, Ph.D.

    Kelin Gersick is a Management Fellow at the Yale School of Organization and Management, and Professor Emeritus of Organizational Psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology. He is also co-founder and a senior partner of Lansberg, Gersick & Associates, a research and consulting firm in New Haven, Connecticut, that serves family businesses, family offices and family foundations. (more…)

  • Katherine Grady, Ph.D.

    Katherine Grady is a Partner in LGA and a family business consultant for over 20 years. Her consultative work focuses on continuity planning, governance design, leadership development, executive coaching, and family team building with family businesses, offices and foundations. (more…)

  • Holly Isdale, Esq.

    Holly Isdale is an Affiliate at Lansberg, Gersick & Associates LLC, focusing on continuity planning. A tax attorney by training, Holly has spent the last two decades advising wealthy families on personal estate and investment planning and trust management for JPMorgan, Goldman Sachs and Lehman Brothers. (more…)

  • Fernanda Jaramillo, MBA

    Fernanda Jaramillo is a Senior Associate working primarily in Central and South America. Fernanda has extensive experience supporting families in the process of generational transition, with a particular focus on designing corporate and family governance, developing policies to support governance, designing leadership transition processes, developing shareholders agreements and family agreements, and developing educational programs to prepare the next generation. (more…)

  • Ivan Lansberg, Ph.D.

    Ivan Lansberg grew up in an entrepreneurial family in Venezuela. He has consulted with complex family businesses in the USA, Canada, Asia, Europe and Latin America, and has made significant contributions to the understanding of family business governance and succession. He was one of the founders of the Family Firm Institute (FFI) and the first editor of its professional journal, the Family Business Review.   (more…)

  • Maria Dolores Moreno, MBA

    Maria Dolores Moreno has worked in the field of finance in family-owned businesses over the last twenty years.  Before becoming a consultant, she was the Chief Financial Officer of a major family enterprise in Central America. During her professional career she has worked extensively on family business financing, mergers and acquisitions, financial restructuring, dividend policies, stock ownership programs and executive compensation. (more…)

  • Barbara Murray, Ph.D.

    Barbara Murray is an Affiliate at LGA and has been a family business consultant for over 20 years. During this time the focus of her work has been on continuity planning, emphasizing the development of Family Governance as a key factor in the success of family enterprises over the generations. (more…)

  • Wendy R. Ulaszek, Ph.D.

    Wendy Ulaszek holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in family systems and organizational behavior. At LGA, in addition to her work on family governance and family foundations, she has a special focus on executive coaching, succession planning, and the development of the next generation. (more…)

  • Francisco Valera

    Francisco Valera is an Associate with Lansberg, Gersick & Associates in Spain. He specializes in research and consulting to complex family enterprises.

    Prior to joining LGA, he was the Technical Director of the Instituto de la Empresa Familiar in Barcelona. (more…)