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Resume – George Meier

Box 452, New Denver, British Columbia V0G 1S0

250-358-7904 / 250-551-8422

meier@heartsrest.com

George K. Meier, B.Sc., J.D., M. Div.

Using a blend of 37 years of experience as a minister, attorney, nonprofit executive and nonprofit board member, my consulting practice is focused on helping leaders thrive in their work to transform organizational performance, individual lives and communities.

Currently

  • Co-founder of Heart’s Rest Retreats, organizing and hosting conferences and retreats on environment, spirituality, leadership, and other topics since 2006.
  • Conference Minister, Kootenay Presbytery of the BC Conference of the United Church of Canada, half-time—April 2009 to date. Provide support and resources for ministry personnel and congregations in the Kootenays. Focus on organization of Presbytery events, discernment of mission and vision.

Employment Background

  • Interim Minister, Boundary Pastoral Charge United Church of Canada—October 2008 to December 2010. Resolve conflict, set vision and revise organizational structure.
  • Consultant for churches in the Pacific Northwest Conference of the United Church of Christ, The BC Conference United Church of Canada, and the Anglican Church of Canada—October 2007 to 2010. Issues of church renewal, governance, leadership and conflict.
  • Consultant for Community College in BC—November 2009. Discerning vision and mission.
  • Interim Minister and consultant, half-time, at University Congregational Church in the University District of Seattle. My work focused on visioning and leadership development for this 900-member church – July 2006 to September 2007.
  • Executive Director, half-time, Zimmerman Community Center, Portland, Oregon. Zimmerman’s mission is “building community, connecting people & enhancing spirit” in Portland’s River District. Zimmerman was collaborating with other non-profits to develop a community center and early childhood education centre in a mixed-use affordable family housing project. July 2006 to June 2008.
  • Pastor and Co-pastor, Community Church of the Monterey Peninsula, Carmel, California USA – October 1998 to 2006
  • Pastor, Pioneer Congregational Church, Sacramento, California USA – 1992-1998
  • Special Assistant to President, Pacific School of Religion, 1992; organizing special events
  • Partner, Stoel Rives LLP Portland, Oregon, USA 1970-1989
  • Business litigation; Special Deputy Attorney General for the State of Idaho 1988-89; member of the Oregon State and New Jersey Bar Associations; admitted to practice in U.S. Dist. Ct. N.J. and Oregon; U.S. Ct. Appeals (9th Cir.), Federal Court of Appeals, and U.S. Supreme Ct.

 

CAPABILITIES AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Leading Change

Develop skills in leading change and anchoring that change in the organization’s culture
  • Trained staff to revise meeting patterns and content to better balance management and transformational issues critical to the life of the organization.
  • Helped a large governing board operate more efficiently as to management issues and make equal time for transformational issues.
  • Helped staff and governing boards evaluate mutual expectations and the working partnerships necessary to lead change, including establishing more effective ways of initiating, evaluating and supporting new directions.
  • Led workshops for hundreds of people as to leading change and the challenges in anchoring change in the organization’s culture.
Analysis of impediments to a change of direction or mission and opportunities to leverage incremental change to realign the organizational system in healthy ways
  • Led religious organizations to identify and penetrate new market segments that resulted in growth and a more diversified market base.
  • Assisted a large church in understanding why adopted proposals for change were rarely implemented and coached them toward successful implementation.
  • Trained lay and clergy leaders in the skill of building coalitions for change.
  • Led workshops and helped lay leaders practice transformational leadership skills to achieve a healthier balance between managerial and transformational leadership.

Organizational Assessment and Planning

Align financial and personnel evaluation criteria with organizational purpose and mission
  • Helped personnel committees and governing boards understand the way evaluations support transformation or preserve the status quo.
  • Helped governing boards understand the benefits of policy-based governance.
  • Coached an Executive Director of a major Sacramento Homeless counseling agency in establishing and using critical financial controls which resulted in long-term financial stability and service expansion.
  • Led a board of directors through a consensus process to create the commitments by which board members would relate to one another and conduct business.
Assessments of critical internal and external realities that disclose organizational opportunities and constraints
  • Developed a demographic profile of an under-served population and the internal organizational strengths to serve that population which led to increased church attendance and a healthier member age distribution.
  • Led church members to embrace their urban location and remodel a 14,000 sq. ft. space to serve the surrounding urban population, including the addition of two service agencies, a spiritual counseling service and preschool.
  • Identified mission-compatible collaborating partners to raise capital for remodel of church facilities. Leveraged long-term leases for low-interest construction loans.
 Assessed fundraising strategies and the timing and use of fundraising consultants
  • Helped evaluate and plan successful fundraising strategies to meet annual budget needs and capital campaigns.
Developed a flexible, life-giving model for strategic planning
  • Helped organizations develop strategic planning that avoided rigidity and lost opportunities in rapidly changing contexts.
  • Resourced and supported organic neighbourhood community planning to achieve public policy changes as to amenities for urban families.

Leadership, Team & Community Development

Developed self-directed teams that empowered team members in their work and maximized executive efficiency
  • Developed at the time, the largest and most inclusive stakeholder consortium relating to the development of Old Town in Portland, Oregon.
  • Implemented a self-directed team concept that empowered team members, freed top management to focus on larger organizational issues, and established a clearer understanding between organizational leaders and team members as to respective roles and desired outcomes.
  • Collaboration with County Executive in opening Hooper Detox Center in Portland, Oregon.
  • Helped found and advise a special transportation agency and a system of diversion centers for youth in Multnomah County, Oregon.
Developed effective community-based work groups and collaboration to support the organization’s mission
  • Through community collaboration, organizations were able to achieve their missions in ways that never would have been otherwise possible, including AIDS ministries, a 14,000 sq. ft remodel, and a financially sound proposal for urban community center and affordable early childhood education.
  • Identified a consortium of non-profit collaborators to achieve mission elements shared by each organization that resulted in a unique funding plan for a community centre and early childhood education program in Portland, Oregon.

Summary of Legal Career Results

  • Developed and coordinated the State of Idaho’s strategy for increasing wild salmon runs returning to their tributary systems.
  • Analyzed a foreign multinational corporation’s marketing strategy and practices in North America for antitrust violations resulting in a successful outcome for a major regional distributor.
  • Merged the Portland Teachers Retirement Fund program with the Oregon State Public Retirement System with almost two million dollars in actuarial surpluses returned to teacher participants.
  • Achieved positive outcomes for an international fast food franchisor with respect to franchisee relationships in the Pacific Northwest.
  • US national speaker on labor antitrust issues in the construction industry and regional speaker on antitrust and franchise law issues.
  • Led and motivated large teams of lawyers and support staff in regional and national cases involving tens of millions of dollars.
  • Negotiated positive outcomes for various publicly traded corporations as to multi-million dollar claims in such areas as the Alaska Pipeline construction, power plant construction, turbine generators, patent issues in the field of liquid analysis, and renovation of paper production facilities.
  • Coordinated the preparation of a successful Federal Environmental Impact Statement for the construction of a coal-fired power plant in Wyoming.
  • Created and taught a course for legal assistants on the elements of antitrust legal claims and the types and nature of corporate business records pertinent to each claim element.

Non-profit and Governmental Board Memberships

  • Member, Legal Services for Seniors in Monterey County, California 2004—2006
  • Member, Rosebery Parklands Development Society 2008 to date
  • Secretary, Carmel Valley Rotary Club, member 1999—2006
  • Founder & Board Member, Interfaith Pastoral Counseling in Monterey, 1999—2004
  • Member & President, Board of Directors for The Northern California Nevada Conference of the United Church of Christ 1993—1997
  • Member and Chair of Francis House (homeless counseling) 1992—1996
  • Member, Cathedral Pioneer Church Homes, Inc. 1992—1998 (Senior housing in Sacramento, CA operated by the Retirement Housing Foundation)
  • Member, Samaritan Counseling, Sacramento, CA, 1997—1998
  • Co-founder, Central City Concern (Portland’s largest housing agency for homeless) 1976—1989
  • Legal advisor in the creation and operation of Special Mobility Services (provider of transportation for older adults and mobility disadvantaged) – 1971—1989
  • Co-founder and Board Chairperson, SW Youth Service Center (diversion of youth from justice system) in Portland – late 1970s
  • Chairperson, Central Advisory Board to the Department of Human Services Multnomah County, Oregon – late 1970s
  • Organizing Member, Willamette West Habitat For Humanity in Portland, Oregon

EDUCATION

BS, Washington and Lee University 1966 with special attainments in commerce; JD, Dickinson School of Law 1969; MDiv, Pacific School of Religion 1992; Alban Institute conflict resolution training;  Leadership Monterey Peninsula 2000; Transitional Ministry training 2006

Contact Us

250 358 7904

info@heartsrest.com

6912 HWY #6,  BOX 452, NEW DENVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA
 V0G 1S0 CANADA

 

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