The

Team

Whether its supporting your next event with visual note-taking, designing an energizing and productive team retreat, or deep-diving into an organizational challenge, our team has the experience and dedication needed to support meaningful and lasting engagements. 

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Owner and Executive Director

Lauren Green

  • George Mason University, M.S. in Organization Development and Knowledge Management, 2016

  • Coaching Certification, International Coaches Federation, 2020 

  • Myers Briggs Type Indicator, The Myers-Briggs Company, 2019

  • EQi 2.0 and EQi 360, Otto Kroeger Associates, 2019

  • Drexler/Sibbet Team Performance Model, Grove Consultants International, 2018

  • Certified Virtual Facilitator, INIFAC, 2020

  • Trained and experienced in facilitating using organization development, knowledge management, change management, leadership development, systems thinking, team development and norming, Appreciative Inquiry, and human-centered design modalities 

  • Trained and experienced facilitating engaging and productive online workshops and collaborative sessions using Zoom, Mural and Google Documents. 

  • Specialties include: Graphic Facilitation, Strategic Visioning, Appreciative Inquiry Summits, World Cafes, Open Space Technology, Design Sprints, Innovation Workshops, Team-Building Retreats, Group Dynamics, Lean Startup, Liberating Structures, Blue Ocean Strategy, and Motion Theatre

  • 30 years of experience in movement and kinesthetic intelligence study

  • 10 years of experience facilitating virtual meetings and managing online communities

  • 10 years of experience in holistic strategic communications planning and consulting

  • 10 years of experience in visual communications design (social media, graphic design, video design)

  • 6 years of experience facilitating in person strategic planning, design thinking, team-building and other group process meetings and conferences 

  • 5 years of experience in graphic recording and digital scribing for conferences, workshops, seminars, meetings, and courses, both online and in person 

  • 5 years of experience in career and leadership coaching, with a special focus on diversity and inclusion, self-care, resilience, and personal visioning

As a certified virtual facilitator, certified coach, experienced visual note-taker and effective leadership development trainer, Lauren Green believes in the power of visualization to support productive and dynamic group process. She is recognized for her high-energy and ability to fuel connectivity and engagement. Lauren has an extensive toolkit of modalities for designing inclusive, engaging and productive sessions, both in person and online. With a social media followership of more than 2,000 people and having managed online communities for more than 10 years, Lauren is well-versed in the nuances of building and sustaining connection in the online space. 

 

Lauren is the owner and executive director of Dancing with Markers®, a team of visual practitioners who hold space for individuals, teams and organizations, as they work towards their vision and achieve their goals. Lauren is a partner and associate with Lizard Brain, a team of high in-demand facilitators and visual consultants. She is also an associate with several Washington, DC area visual practitioner networks, including Wayfind, Crowley & Company, and See in Colors. Lauren holds a master's degree in Organization Development and Knowledge Management from George Mason University and a bachelor’s of fine arts degree in dance from SUNY University at Buffalo. Lauren is an International Coach Federation certified coach and an MBTI® and EQi (emotional intelligence) Practitioner.

Learn more about Lauren

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Project Associate

Vickie Smith

Vickie Smith is an enthusiastic visual practitioner excited about building community around visuals through scribing. As a recent graduate of Saint Joseph's University’s Organizational Development and Leadership Masters program, she has done, and continues to do, extensive research on graphic facilitation and its contribution to virtual environments. She is trained and experienced in learning design and facilitation. Vickie is passionate about personal branding, personality assessments and employee engagement initiatives, fueled by her love of people and community. 


Vickie, her husband, Marcus, and their dog, Moose, live in farmy Fogelsville, Pennsylvania where they like to frequent the local wineries and get into too many house projects at once.

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Lead Associate

Brian Tarallo

  • 15 years of experience in facilitation, strategic planning, leadership development and training, organizational development, team development, project management, and visual consulting.

  • International Association of Facilitators (IAF) Certified Professional Facilitator (CPF), 2016.

  • Certified to deliver the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI®), the Fundamental Interpersonal Relations Orientation – Behavior (FIRO-B), and the Drexler Sibbet Team Performance Model (TPM.)

  • MBTI® Master Practitioner (in progress.)

  • Project Management Institute (PMI) Project Management Professional (PMP.)

  • Certified Virtual Facilitator, INIFAC, 2020

  • Trained and experienced in delivering the Grove Consultants’ Strategic Visioning, Lego® Serious Play®, Crucial Conversations, the Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument (TKI), the Organizational Cultural Assessment Indicator (OCAI), Social Styles, Theory U, the Tuckman Model of Team Development, and Lencioni’s Five Dysfunctions of a Team.

  • Trainer and facilitator in visual problem solving and other visual methods, including, mindmapping, strategic visualization, process improvement mapping, change management modeling, and visual coaching.

  • MBA from Arizona State University focusing in Development and Finance.

 

Brian Tarallo is a graphic facilitator and the managing director of Lizard Brain Solutions.  He works with clients to visually solve their most critical issues.  His areas of focus include corporate strategy, organizational development, leadership development, and strategic planning.  He is an associate of the Grove Consultants International, a training subject matter expert for the Army’s “Red Team School” (UFMCS - the University of Foreign Military and Cultural Studies), a member of the International Association of Facilitators (IAF), a sponsor, member, and presenter of the International Forum of Visual Practitioners (IFVP), a member and presenter of the Chesapeake Bay Organizational Development Network (CBODN) and a member and presenter of the Mid-Atlantic Facilitators' Network (MAFN.)

 

Brian’s clients include federal agencies, national associations, and major firms within the healthcare, defense, and management consulting industries.  He has written and taught extensively about graphic facilitation.   In 2014, Brian delivered a TEDx Talk, "What's Wrong with This Picture," on the power of visual literacy, which has had over 16,000 combined views.

Check out Brian's website!

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Lead Associate

Erin Gordon

  • MBA, MS-Strategic Management, CPF, CVF, PMP, ICP-ACC, RYT-200, Certified MBTI® Practitioner, Everything DiSC® Authorized Partner, Trainer and Facilitator

  • Founder and Executive Director of ENG Consulting (ENG LLC) operating as WAYFIND; collaborative partner of the Grove Consultants International.

  • Specialties: Strategic planning, visual collaboration, human development and creative leadership.

Erin Gordon is a professional facilitator and strategy consultant that specializes in visual methods to solve complex challenges and craft meaningful experiences. With more than a decade of consulting and facilitation experience both in-person and virtually with top consulting firms, for the largest systems implementations in the world, and at the most senior ranks across the whole of government, Erin is sought after by clients and partners alike to lead projects that drive lasting transformation and organizational change.

 

In relentless pursuit to deliver excellence through results that push the creative edge, Erin founded WAYFIND in 2016 to intentionally focus on inspiring a world of purposeful, practical creativity. Since its founding, WAYFIND has facilitated the cocreation of new corporate and talent strategies, led design sprints and visualized countless systems to map the current state and identify new paths forward for public and private industry. Erin increasingly coaches leaders and teams utilizing agile methods and leading practices as a certified agile coach (ICP-ACC), MBTI® practitioner, and DiSC® authorized partner, trainer and facilitator. She also designs and delivers workshops and training for facilitating virtual collaboration and leading in virtual environments.

 

Erin holds a MBA and MS in Strategic Management from Indiana University and BS in Commerce and Spanish from the University of Virginia. She is a Certified Professional Facilitator (CPF) with IAF, Certified Virtual Facilitator (CVF) with INIFAC, and maintains a Professional Management Professional (PMP) certification with PMI. Erin grounds her design thinking and innovation expertise with certification from the University of Virginia and is a registered yoga instructor (RYT200) with Yoga Alliance.

Check out Erin's website!

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Associate

Lisa Nelson

Lisa Nelson loves combining art with life.  By using the power of visuals, Lisa helps to bring key points and ideas to the surface.  Her visual summaries cover topics ranging from business and leadership to community and faith.  Her work has been featured in Entrepreneur with over 3500 social media shares.  Lisa has helped a variety of organizations use the power of visuals including Dell, Ogilvy, AARP, and GE.  In addition to graphic recording, Lisa enjoys presenting fun and engaging workshops like Sketchnotes for Beginners. 

You can sign up for free visual notetaking tips, drawing lessons, and fill in the blank templates at seeincolors.com.

Lisa is a native New Yorker and a graduate of Howard University.  She is a member of the International Forum of Visual Practitioners and is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).

Check out Lisa's website!

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Associate

Rachel Thompson

Rachel Thompson is the Founder and Strategic Director of Daring Studios and works at the intersection of strategy and design using human-centered and visual methods.  Rachel has over a decade of professional experience with human-centered design and design thinking, strategic facilitation, graphic facilitation, virtual facilitation, experiential learning and teaching, and coaching. 


Currently based in Washington, DC, Rachel has a B.A. in Anthropology and French from Kansas State University. She is a Design Thinking Facilitator at the Academy of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland and an Adjunct Instructor for the Design Leadership MA/MBA program at the Maryland Institute College of Art.

She has been a part of the leadership team of the NOVAScribes, the DC Graphic Facilitation Meetup, the Design Thinking: DC Meetup, Service Design DC Meetup, and the DC Service Jam. She is a member of the International Forum of Visual Practitioners (IFVP)  and Mid-Atlantic Facilitators' Network (MAFN). Rachel is the host and producer of A Note of Daring podcast.  


Training includes:

  • Seth Godin’s The Creative’s Workshop

  • Seth Godin’s The Podcasting Fellowship

  • The Grove’s Designing and Leading Change 3-day Intensive

  • Kelvy Bird’s System Scribing Lab

  • The Grove’s Facilitating Virtual Collaboration

  • Ten Directions - Integral Facilitator Essentials: How Great Meetings Come to Life

  • Freedom to Fight: The Essential Skills for Transforming Conflict with Confidence with Diane Musho Hamilton by Ten Directions

  • Willing to Feel: Essential Skills for Emotional Maturity with Diane Musho Hamilton by Ten Directions

  • Independent study and completion of Brené Brown’s Courage Works Courses (60+ hours) Including The Gifts of Imperfection, The Anatomy of Trust, Self-Compassion, The Wisdom of Story, Living Brave Semester, Heartfelt: The Power of Apologizing

  • Storytelling Bootcamp by Story District

  • Experience with Lego Serious Play, Systems Thinking, The Grove’s Visual Facilitation Templates, The Grove's Team Performance Model, World Café, Open Space, and Scenario Thinking.

Check out Rachel's website!

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Associate

Alece Birnbach

Alece Birnbach has had a lifelong passion for drawing and storytelling.  During her career as an advertising art director she created campaigns and collateral materials for numerous brands including American Express and Kimberly Clark.  As a commercial illustrator her characters lived on products sold at major box stores such as Target and Marshalls.  Today as a graphic recorder, Alece continues to communicate in pictures and words, synthesizing content and making it more accessible for audiences all over the world, from Fortune 500 companies to small nonprofit organizations.

Alece also co-authored and illustrated the book series Dorothy’s Derby Chronicles, empowering girls to stand up against bullies and feel confident in their bodies.

Check out Alece's website!

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Associate

Mark Korsak

Mark Korsak has been drawing and designing professionally for over 25 years with a variety of experiences creating cd covers, book jackets, theater and event posters, editorial illustration, storyboards, pre-production art, murals. logo design, branding, web design, catalog design, photography and merchandising. After moving to Washington DC, he was introduced to graphic recording and has enthusiastically pursued it.

Check out Mark's website!

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Associate

Tobey Busch

Tobey Busch began graphic recording and sketchnoting in 2011 after seeing a graphic recorder at a plenary session of a conference. Immediately after being introduced to the craft, she dove in and participated in every opportunity to engage with other visual practitioners at all levels and start to hone her skills. While her initial training and practice was using traditional marker and paper, she has almost fully transitioned to the digital space and her iPad is almost always on hand. Tobey not only enjoys recording live workshops and conferences, but has an expanded portfolio that includes general graphic design and marketing pieces for clients such as the Best Friends Animal Society, the American Heart Association, and Chemonics International. 

 

In her “real life” Tobey is a senior pharmaceutical management advisor with the Office of Health Systems in the Bureau for Global Health at USAID where she is responsible for providing technical guidance to USAID on matters related to pharmaceutical management and health systems strengthening. Prior to joining USAID, Tobey worked with USAID implementing partner Management Sciences for Health (MSH) on implementation of several international public health programs. At MSH her work focused on development and oversight of monitoring and evaluation systems, including M&E tools, indicators, and reporting mechanisms. Tobey has a background in access to essential medicines programs in developing countries, working with non-governmental organizations across Latin America and the Caribbean and in Africa. Tobey received her MPH from Yale University’s School of Epidemiology and Public Health in 2017 where she focused on public health policy.

 

Tobey is a passionate about her work and is grateful to be able to involved in both visual practice as well and international public health.  

Check out Tobey's website!

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Associate

Wade Forbes

Wade has always enjoyed using art (painting, portraits, murals, illustration, graphic recording, sketchnoting) to create better experiences for everyone around him. After a 15-year hiatus into the cyber security realm, Wade is finally using his artistic ability full-time to help groups generate better conversations, find new understanding, and be a part of the creative process.  By tapping into his teaching, theater, consulting, intelligence analysis, and design thinking backgrounds, he can use both sides of his brain with art to accomplish things he sincerely loves. When he’s not drawing, he’s enjoying doing something outdoors or eating something delicious with his wife and kids.

Check out Wade's LinkedIn!

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Associate

Renatta Algalarrondo

Visual recorder of live and virtual meetings for executives, boards and their teams, creating strategic illustrations and custom charts and facilitating idea walls at small and large events, delivering trainings and facilitating groups.

Organizer and illustrator of complex functions and processes building from work with Fortune 500 companies and public institutions worldwide.

Fluent in Spanish, Portuguese and English, Renatta specializes in visual capture for international and multi-cultural events in multiple languages simultaneously. Her multifaceted nature has fueled a career that includes roles as entrepreneur, businesswoman, former HR manager and a pioneer leader in the field of visual recording. Serving as board member of the professional association for visual practice and founding member of the IFVP Institute.

She is a contributing author of The Visual Facilitation Field Guide.

Check out Renatta's website!

ABOUT

Dancing with Markers® offers visual facilitation, visual-note-taking, coaching, workshops and training, and consulting services, both in person and through virtual sessions. 

MEET US

Meet us in an upcoming Friday Coffee Chat, an opportunity to grow confidence in the virtual environment, connect with other facilitators, and learn about our offerings and events. 

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