Current Members

John Engels is President of Leadership Coaching, Inc., a Rochester, New York-based leadership consulting and development company founded in 1996. His firm delivers advanced-level relationship management ideas, strategies and skills to CEOs, presidents and their executive teams. Leadership Coaching, Inc. has gained a national reputation for its Advanced Leadership Course, based on Bowen Family Systems Theory, and graduating more than 1,200 top-level leaders in the past two decades. John has attended and presented at Bowen Center conferences since 1994, and was a chapter author for Bringing Bowen Theory to Life, published in 2010. In addition to his monthly blogs, which feature the application of Bowen Theory to business and family challenges, John authors a regular leadership column for the Rochester Business Journal.

Jo Benson Fogel has been practicing law in Maryland for 38 years. For the last 25 years her primary focus has been on court-related matters involving families and individuals in the Maryland courts. She is certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy as a family law specialist. She serves clients of all ages involved in divorce, guardianship, custody, property distribution, estate planning and will administration. She is also active in the Maryland State Bar Association where her activities have involved teaching classes related to family law issues, law practice management, and dispute resolution. Ms. Fogel has an AV rating with Martindale Hubbell, the national lawyers directory, is listed in the Martindale Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers for Maryland, and has been designated a Maryland Super Lawyer. In 1999 the Montgomery County Bar Foundation recognized her for her Extraordinary Commitment to Delivery of Legal Services. She has attended many programs sponsored by the Bowen Center and has presented on panels at conferences and programs of the Center related to her areas of expertise. She considers serving on the Board of the Bowen Center to be a special honor and opportunity.

Carol Jeunnette, a retired Lutheran pastor, was introduced to Bowen theory by Rabbi Edwin Friedman. Over twenty years, her career has been a combination of ministry, study and application of Bowen theory, and efforts to find and develop connections between Dr. Bowen’s thinking and congruent theological perspectives. She holds masters’ degrees in Divinity and Counseling and Family Studies, as well as a PhD in Religion and Psychological Studies. The Voyagers, a clergy group begun by students of Rabbi Friedman after his death, has been a significant part of her work with theory, ministry and theology. The group has met twice each year since 1996, often with Bowen Center faculty members as speakers. In December 2014, Carol became the first Executive Director of The Murray Bowen Archives Project. Her work has included helping to develop a new website which will be launched this summer, strengthening the infrastructure of the organization, and helping to develop a database to store and retrieve archival material metadata. She is also part of a group of clergy working with the Bowen Center to consider ways to connect clergy to Bowen theory.

Edward Jones, Jr. has enjoyed a distinguished career of more than 30 years in radio, television broadcast and cable management and production. He began his in Cincinnati, Ohio at public television station, WCET, and over the years has accumulated numerous television and radio production credits and awards. Presently, he is General Manager and Executive Producer of UDC Cable Television, a 24-hour adult educational channel operated by the University of the District of Columbia and Executive Producer of the Family Center’s cable and Internet series, “Family Matters.” Ed is the former general manager of Howard University’s public broadcast station, WHUT-TV/Channel 32 in Washington, D.C. His early career includes tenures as program manager, executive producer, director and news producer for television broadcast stations, KDKA-TV, Pittsburgh, PA, WTOP-TV and WDVM-TV (now WUSA-TV) in Washington, DC, and WFSB-TV in Hartford, CT. and FM radio station WDCU-FM. He has served on the board of directors of the Freedom Forum First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University, National Association of Television Program Executives, Foundation of Minority Interest in Media and the Children’s Express Foundation, as well as the advisory boards of the National Black Media Coalition and Howard University School of Divinity.

Lee Kelley is a licensed clinical social worker specializing in work with families. She has been a student of Bowen Theory since first enrolling in the Postgraduate Program in 1974 and in 1981 she was also a clinical intern at the Bowen Center. In addition to the Advisory Board, she is on the Bowen Center Fundraising Committee. She has served on other boards of nonprofit organizations and fund raising committees. She is currently on the Foundation’s Board for University of Mary Washington, her alma mater.

Thomas Merkel has over thirty years of experience in general management, sales and marketing, finance, and accounting. Currently he is a partner in several closely held businesses. He serves as Chairman of a Rochester Vistage group, which is comprised of thirteen presidents or CEO’s of companies based in Rochester. He also serves as an operating director of a private equity firm, President of Monroe Golf Club, and supports several nonprofit organizations. Mr. Merkel has held positions with Nabisco and PricewaterhouseCoopers, a national accounting firm. He is a New York CPA, has an undergraduate degree from Ithaca College and an MBA from Rutgers University. Mr. Merkel attended the postgraduate training program at the Bowen Center for three years, ending in 2012. His interests in Bowen theory revolve around leadership and succession in the family business environment.

Cecile Whitehead is the President and Founder of Accurate Solutions, a company she established twenty-five years ago when she saw the need for small to midsize organizations to have timely financial statements customized to their particular needs. Accurate Solutions has been providing comprehensive accounting services to multiple small businesses and nonprofits ever since. She provides her clients with custom designed financial statements, invoicing, accounts receivable and payable, budgeting and financial forecasting. Cecile has been a student of Bowen family systems theory for more than two decades.

Former Members

Allen Blakey

Nancy Harter

Bradley J. Snyder

Kathleen Guinan