Mark Burnham founded The Burnham Group after more than 20 years advocating for universities, large research facilities, and associations in Washington.  After graduating from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in Political Science, he began his career on Capitol Hill on the staff of a now senior Member of Congress. There, he worked his way up to serving as the Congresswoman’s liaison to the House Appropriations Committee with a focus on appropriations for NASA, the National Science Foundation, NIST and the Veterans’ Administration.  His work included establishing a mental health research lab at the VA, increasing funding for NASA’s Earth Science Missions, and developing the legislative foundation for the World War II Memorial.  Following law school at Boston College, he worked on several major product liability cases for the law firm JonesDay.  

David Cherington has more than 25 years of experience working on and off Capitol Hill, where he developed a breadth of knowledge focused on impacting federal budgets and policy. Cherington has worked on Capitol Hill for a Congressman on the Appropriations Committee, on the Professional Staff of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and for an Ivy League University. Off the Hill, Cherington worked on behalf of science and technology giant Battelle, where he worked to increase federal funding for key science and technology programs, changed laws to drive competitive advantage for his employer, and raised Battelle's profile on Capitol Hill, at the White House and across the key agencies.... 

Deb Muchmore
Tel: 517.643.7261

Deb Muchmore is president and CEO of Deb Muchmore Consulting, a Midwest-based public affairs, communications and strategies practice. She is a respected go-to expert for organizations that seek help developing effective and comprehensive solutions to difficult situations.

She has counseled dozens of organizations with public, crisis and complicated regulatory challenges to achieve crucial business objectives and respond appropriately to public interests. Her portfolio of work throughout Michigan and the Midwest spans diverse industries, issues and communities.  For her work, Deb has been ranked among Michigan’s top five most effective public relations professionals in Michigan’s annual MIRS/EPIC-MRA Michigan Capitol Insiders survey.

Jean S. Frankel is founder and principal of Ideas for Action, LLC. She is an internationally known and

respected management consultant, educator, facilitator, and executive coach, and is a trusted thought partner to senior academic and administrative leaders in colleges and universities, as well as CEOs and executive directors of professional and philanthropic nonprofit organizations. 


As an experienced consultant, Frankel also helps organizations find solutions to critical issues and challenges. She is a proven strategist, with group process and analytical skills enhancing her ability to develop collaborative solutions with clients in the areas of strategic planning, leadership development, and organizational structure, process and culture change....


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