Leadership and Team


Chief Executive Officer
Josie Bell Lindsay

Josie Lindsay is the Chief Executive Officer of Bell & Lindsay, Inc., an internationally known organizational development, management training, executive coaching, and healthcare consulting firm. The company was founded in 1986 in Cleveland, Ohio.

Bell & Lindsay offers a range of services from customized workshops to whole systems change consulting. Her consulting and training practice has focused on four core areas: 1) Organizational Development, Inclusion Strategies, and Change management, 2) Inclusive Leadership Development and Executive Coaching, 3) Healthcare Consulting and Business skills for Healthcare and Technical Professionals, 4) Team Effectiveness and Facilitation. Thousands of professionals throughout the United States and abroad have attended Bell & Lindsay’s leadership development workshops and seminars.

She has coached executives in many Fortune 100 and 500 companies throughout the United States representing multiple industries. She has also facilitated many leadership retreats and team-building interventions in business and public sector organizations.

Before starting her consulting and training business, she was a Manager of Training, Organizational Development and Succession Planning at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Northeast Ohio. She was also formerly the Executive Director of a managed health care facility and a Director of Nursing.

Josie has presented at many Regional, State and National Organizational Development and Training Conferences. Her publications include: the co-authoring of Beyond Inclusion: Workplace Interconnectedness, Energy, and Resilience (2014), the co-authorship of Re-Thinking Project Management (June 1994 by IASA); Intact Workgroups as an Organizing Principle for Organizational and Management Development which was published in the Organizational Development Journal of Convention Proceedings; and Managing the Political Side of Change and Technology, published in the annual proceedings of the Association of Systems Management National Conference.  She holds a Master’s of Science Degree in Organizational Development and Analysis from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio and is a graduate of Leadership Cleveland and Leadership America. She completed post-graduate programs at the Gestalt Institute and at the University of New Mexico.

She has been recognized for her achievements by Akron-Beacon Journal, Crain‘s Cleveland Business, Cleveland Magazine, Kaleidoscope Magazine, Black Enterprise, Public Television and other media sources. She was honored as Entrepreneur of the Year by the State of Ohio in 1991. She was also honored by Johnson & Johnson in 2006 as an outstanding vendor. She is very active in the community and is a member of the President’s Council Foundation Board, a legacy member of the President’s Council, and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.


Mark F. Lindsay

Mark Lindsay served in President Clinton’s White House as Assistant to the President for the Office of Management and Administration. As the Chief Operations, Chief Financial, and Chief Information Technology Officer, the Assistant to the President for Management and Administration (M&A) leads the White House’s largest office with a staff of over two thousand five hundred, and managing a budget in excess of one billion dollars annually. This role reports directly to the President and the President’s Chief of Staff. His areas of responsibility included the White House Military Office (e.g., Air Force One, The White House Communications Agency, the Medical Unit and Camp David), to running the White House Operations and the Executive Office of the President’s Office of Administration (e.g., finance, information systems, human resources, legal/appropriations and security). Mark Lindsay managed the financing of Presidential political activities with Democratic organizations including the Democratic National Committee and its Chairman. President Clinton selected Mark Lindsay to be the operational lead for the White House’s 2001 transition preparation and execution.

Prior to his appointment to the White House, Mark Lindsay served as senior legislative aid and counsel to Congressman Louis Stokes (D-OH). On behalf of Congressman Stokes Mark Lindsay worked closely with Democrats and the Congressional Black Caucus on a number of business and economic issues. Significant activities included advising members of the South African Parliament who were responsible for the formulation of the new South African Constitution on United States Constitutional law and the political process. He worked with the Congressman to write national urban environmental revitalization legislation, and he worked on several Congressional task forces addressing such issues as ethics, affirmative action, Congressional redistricting, welfare reform, technology transfer, economic development, and international human rights.
Prior to his work with Congressman Stokes Mark Lindsay was a litigator for Dorsey & Whitney, Minneapolis, MN and Schiff, Hardin & Waite, Chicago, IL in that capacity he performed general commercial, securities, and antitrust litigation. Mark Lindsay assisted in the representation of significant business clients including the following examples: CBOE Chicago Board Options Exchange; American Express; Nuveen Investments; and First Bank System (now known as U.S. Bancorp).

Mark Lindsay was a member of Senator Hillary Clinton’s Minnesota Finance Committee for her 2008 Presidential campaign, and has been responsible for Presidential transition activities for the Executive Office of the President in 2001 and 2008. Mark Lindsay was the White House Office of Management and Administration agency review team leader for the Obama-Biden transition. He currently serves as a member of the board for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio, and is a trustee of Macalester College’s Board of Trustees Emeritus in St. Paul, MN.

While working with the UnitedHealth Group, one of the world’s largest healthcare companies Mark Lindsay served in a number of senior positions including President of the AARP Pharmacy Services Division and Vice President of Public Communications and Strategy. He coordinated all of the company’s worldwide contacts with the media as central spokesperson and communications leader. In addition, Mark Lindsay was responsible for developing and expanding the company’s relationship with democratic and republican state, local and national public officials in all fifty states.

Mark Lindsay joined the Livingston Group in 2008. At the Livingston Group Mark Lindsay employs his expertise in government relations and private sector management and communications to assist a wide variety of Livingston Group clients. Mark Lindsay focuses primarily on the following Livingston Group practice areas: Health Care and Pharmaceuticals; International Relations/Business Development; and Financial Service and Tax.

Mark Lindsay graduated from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. He obtained a law degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Law, graduated with a Masters degree with a concentration in International Affairs from Georgetown University, and graduated from the Advanced Management program at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Business School. He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar.




Don Marette represents Aflac with a primary concentration on strategic partnerships. He has formed a number of strong individual and corporate relationships to drive a cutting edge health and wellness model nationwide. Strategically cobranding partners to deliver a solution to the rising cost of health care in today’s market. His ability to envision the value of non-traditional partnerships creates a new dimension in market delivery. His bottom up approach and understanding that if the policy holder is satisfied, all parties will benefit tremendously is his core philosophy. Defining each partner’s role and establishing trust between all team members has been the hallmark of Don’s success.



Cristy L. Payne is a veteran insurance professional with Aflac, the leading provider of supplemental insurance products in the United States. During her 13 year tenure with Aflac, Cristy has consistently been a nationally recognized top producer. In addition to her own personal sales, she has been a successful team builder and manager. Cristy’s is an expert in field enrollment procedures and meticulously plans each mission to fit the client’s unique circumstances. Cristy has built her business by remaining knowledgeable and up-to-date on internal and external issues that affect employee benefits and by placing a priority on providing prompt, courteous service to her clients. A graduate of The University of Maryland, she currently resides in Maryland with her husband George and their two children.



Duane R. Gibson brings to Bell & Lindsay, Inc. experience on Capitol Hill in the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate. His federal government experience spans twenty-two years and encompasses several issue areas: complex legislative strategy, environmental matters, natural resources (mining and timber), defense/national security, transportation (automotive and aircraft), energy and energy efficiency, Native American affairs, tax, healthcare, appropriations, and education.

His extensive contacts at the staff and Member level in the House, along with numerous contacts in the Senate and the executive branch, were gained through nearly twelve years as a senior staff member for the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, the House Committee on Resources under Chairman Don Young (R-AK), and working for Chairman Ted Stevens (R-AK) of the Committee on Appropriations and the Committee on Commerce. He has extensive experience building coalitions, developing legislative and appropriations agendas, executing those agendas and producing results for clients.

Mr. Gibson holds two law degrees, one from Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C. LL.M., with distinction, and the other, a J.D., from Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Cleveland, Ohio. He also holds a degree in business administration from Bowling Green State University. Mr. Gibson is admitted to the Alaska Bar, the District of Columbia Bar and the Supreme Court Bar.



Holly A. Slocum, a financial executive with the rare combination of real world entrepreneurial sales experience and nonprofit consulting, marketing and management skills, currently serves as a consultant to businesses and nonprofit organizations. Her primary focus is on delivering health and wellness solutions to the rising cost of healthcare. Slocum has served as CEO/Executive Director of several arts nonprofits, in charge of strategic planning, marketing, fundraising and board development. She started and successfully ran a financial consulting firm providing financial planning, insurance and investment services to law firms, medical practices, the construction industry and other sectors. Her BA is from Carleton College, Northfield, MN.



Dr. Lindeman’s dissertation research in psychology (Harvard, 1985) modeled how people create and use categories for interacting with reality. Immediately after graduation, she became a full-time consultant on a Federal contract supporting the design of interactive systems for aviation crews. Her consulting services then broadened to include business-process systems in government and industry, such as financial services, insurance, healthcare, content storage/retrieval, multimedia creation, customer service, and others. Her background expertise includes double-entry financial accounting, logistics, and many kinds of technologies.

For more than 25 years, Dr. Lindeman’s consulting focus has been improving organizational and design processes. For example, for the Social Security Administration (through Lockheed Martin) she was the user-requirements lead for two projects that were first to move their paper-based processes to the Internet for public use. This included governance issues such as identifying roles for policy-making and decision-making processes, and identifying how to comply with legal, regulatory, and policy requirements. Each of the projects successfully completed both rounds of Agency approval, and both won special recognition awards.

Dr. Lindeman is an expert facilitator, presenter, and workshop-leader that can engage very diverse groups in process tasks such as business analysis. She also has led training workshops, such as coaching, performance appraisal, communication, team-building, and persuasion. Her special-purpose workshops include a series of facilitated meetings that identified the client organization’s strategic technical competencies, along with the outsourcing strategy providing the desired return while protecting intellectual properties.



Dr. Velvet Weems-Landingham is an Associate Professor of Management at Kent State University and serves as a Senior Consultant for Bell & Lindsay, Incorporated. She possesses a B.S, in Communications and Public Relations from Syracuse University, a Master’s in Management and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon, and a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Case Western Reserve University. In addition, she has provided executive training and consulting to numerous fortune 500 companies. Areas of consultancy include but are not limited to: leadership, competency development, emotional intelligence, individual & group effectiveness, technology integration and implementation, strategic planning & development, and human resource management.

Dr. Weems-Landingham possesses over twenty years of management consulting experience in both the public and private sectors, including a number of organizational management studies associated with implementing virtual work as a means to enhance organizational efficiency and effectiveness. She is a former Strategic Management Consultant for Skill Soft, formally SmartForce, the industry’s largest provider of Internet and Intranet-based training and development solutions. A major component of her work focuses on implementation and utilization of information and communications technologies to solve business problems. Areas of expertise include but are not limited to: leadership development, strategic planning, technology-enhanced teaching and learning, competency assessment and development, emotional intelligence, and appreciative inquiry.



Anita Alexander has over twenty years of training, coaching and consulting experience in strategy, leadership development and communication skills for technical professionals in Government, Fortune 500 companies and small businesses. Her consulting work focuses on the development and improvement of leadership skills of technical professionals in executive and management positions.

Ms. Alexander began her career as a project electrical engineer in the Construction of Facilities division at NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, Ohio. Her primary responsibilities involved the design and construction of electrical power systems and networks supporting research and test facilities. She later became a project manager of multi-disciplined project teams in the design and construction of various Space and Aerospace facility modifications and new construction. She has won several awards for her engineering expertise and project leadership. She later became an administrator and internal management consultant working directly for the Center Director and in the Office of Strategic Management. She has received several awards for her outstanding leadership on strategy teams and special assignments. She holds B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University. She received her M.S. degree in Industrial Engineering from Cleveland State University, and is a graduate of the Simmons College Program for Developing Managers in Boston, Massachusetts.



Leslie Parchment, D.O., M.P.H, physician, executive and consultant with significant accomplishments in developing business strategies, integrating delivery systems, improving quality and utilization management programs and coaching medical staff on healthcare business and practice issues. Formerly, Director of Operation at a local HMO. She holds a medical degree from Des Moines University and a Master’s of Public Health Degree from Hunter College. She completed her internship at St. Luke’s Hospital, Cleveland, Ohio and her residency in Internal Medicine at Akron General Medical Center, Akron, Ohio.

She serves as the Director of Health and Wellness Education and Integrative Wellness for Bell & Lindsay. She is experienced in wellness program planning, design, management and evaluation. Dr. Parchment focuses on wellness and prevention offering educational programs and presentations designed to assist individuals in changing their health outcomes through improved diet and lifestyle habits; to assist employers in reducing the costs of health insurance and medical care for employees; and to educate health care professionals about how to use diet and lifestyle for preventing, reversing, and stopping the progression of chronic diseases.



J. Goosby Smith received her M.B.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio and her B.S. in Computer Science from Spelman College in Atlanta, GA. “Dr. J.” is Associate Professor of Leadership and Management at The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina. Her research focuses on workplace inclusion and workplace spirituality in military, corporate and educational environments. She is co-author of Beyond Inclusion: Workplace interconnectedness, energy, and resilience (2014) with Josie Lindsay and other journal articles. Smith specializes in face-to-face and computer-mediated education and intervention, coaching, small group dynamics, strategic diversity and inclusion, and train-the-trainer program designs. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, American Mensa. She is a former disaster readiness trainer with American Red Cross of Ventura County, CA and a former board member of Interface Children and Family Services.