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The program is delivered by outstanding faculty and trainers with extensive professional experience and research-based knowledge on effective management processes, leadership practices, and the legislative institution from throughout the country.  The curriculum design and delivery emphasizes learning by doing, with practical application of skills for effective communication, team building, negotiation, legislative staff and enduring professional relationships connected by core values.

The biographies represent presenters from current and previous LSMI programs in Sacramento.

  • Angela Andrews, Program Director, Legislative Staff Services Program, NCSL
  • Steve Boilard, Executive Director, Center for California Studies at the California State University, Scramento
  • Paul Danczyk,  Director, of Executive Education in Sacramento, University of Southern California Sol Price School of Public Policy
  • Ana Estrada Daniels, Leadership Consultant
  • Daryl Dixon, Founder, Diversity Resource Group
  • Roderick Q. Hickman, Roderick Q. Hickman & Associates
  • Laree Kiely, President, L. Kiely, Inc.—Organizational Effectiveness Consultants
  • Karl Kurtz, Director, Trust for Representative Democracy, National Conference of State Legislatures
  • David Landis, Teacher, College of Law & Public Administration, University of Nebraska
  • Mallorie J. Marsh, Associate Director of Education, Crocker Art Museum
  • Mark Quiner, Director of the Center for Ethics in Government, NCSL 
  • Melissa Sais, Manager of Museum Learning, Crocker Art Museum


Photo of Angela AndrewsAngela McConnell Andrews
Angela Andrews is the Program Director for NCSL’s Legislative Staff Services Program and leads a team whose core focus is to provide innovative programs and high-quality services and resources to legislative staff. She previously staffed NCSL’s Legislative Effectiveness Standing Committee and the American Society of Legislative Clerks and Secretaries (one of NCSL’s staff professional associations). Angela is knowledgeable legislative staffing structures, constituent service and citizen engagement practices, civility initiatives, and other topics related to the legislative institution.  

Angela has worked in or for legislatures for more than 12 years. Prior to joining NCSL in 2008, Angela served as a legislative aide in the Massachusetts House of Representatives and the United States Senate. She received her Master’s in Public Administration from Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts. She can be reached at angela.andrews@ncsl.org.


A photo of Steve BoilardSteve Boilard
Executive Director of the Center for California Studies at the California State University, Sacramento. The Center carries out its mission of “strengthening democratic governance” through a variety of programs, including the renowned Capital Fellows Programs, the high school civic education program LegiSchool, research programs, the annual Envisioning California conference, and other programming.

Prior to coming to the Center in 2012, Steve spent 14 years with the California Legislative Analyst’s Office, where he directed the office’s work related to higher education. He has also served as a university professor, and is currently on the faculty at Sacramento State. Steve holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He can be reached at steve.boilard@csus.edu.


Paul Danczyk, USC

Paul Danczyk, PhD
Paul Danczyk is the Director of Executive Education in Sacramento for the University of Southern California Sol Price School of Public Policy

In his current capacity, Paul designs, coordinates and presents in leadership and management programs – impacting national, state and local governmental and nonprofit organizations – and teaches master-level classes in California and, previously, Mexico. He is an executive coach, working with over 200 public sector executives, and cofounded and is the lead architect of www.LeadershipEnergizes.com.

Paul is President-Elect of the American Society for Public Administration, the leading interdisciplinary public service professional organization.

A returned Peace Corps Volunteer, Paul earned his PhD from the University of Pittsburgh, focusing on Public and International Affairs; Master of Public Administration from the University of Southern California; BS in education from the Pennsylvania State University; certified executive coach through the International Coaching Federation, trained at the Hudson Institute for Coaching; and holds Harvard University’s Mediating Disputes certification.

He and his wife are raising two sons. Paul enjoys landscaping, creating sculptures, painting, and bee keeping.  He can be reached at danczyk@usc.edu.


A photo of Ana Estrada Daniels

Ana Estrada Daniels
Ana Estrada Daniels has over fifteen years, working with individuals, teams, organizations and communities to develop their capacity to lead and influence at all levels. As an independent consultant, Ana focuses on projects and partnerships in the areas of leadership development, coaching, and evaluation in the social sectors. Prior to Ana’s independent consulting work, she worked with the Kiely Group, and the University of Southern California’s Sol Price School of Public Policy to design and deliver executive leadership programs and provide support for organizational effectiveness. One of her contributions was to lead the Sierra Health Foundation’s Alumni Health Leadership Program providing resources, leadership development and networking opportunities to build and support a network of social sector executives across a region of twenty-six counties in California. Her commitment to service was sparked during her years as a federal employee with the Corporation for National and Community Service as the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps Assistant Project Director for Training for the Pacific Region as well as being an AmeriCorps alumnus. 

Ana holds a Master of Public Administration from University of Southern California and Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Spanish from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Ana’s coaching training comes from years of working with participants through leadership programs as well as training from the Coaching Training Institute.  aeanaestrada@gmail.com


A photo of Daryl DixonDaryl Dixon
Daryl Dixon is a native of Atlanta Georgia, and he is regarded as one of the most powerful, inspirational and relevant speakers and trainers on the subject of workforce diversity.  Daryl is the founder of Diversity Resource Group (DRG), and the Professional Diversity Practitioners Network. Daryl works with organizations to help create an optimal work environment – an environment where every employee feels recognized, appreciated, valued and that his/her talents are being optimally utilized.  Daryl has consulted with organizations that range from small non-profits to Fortune 500.  Daryl received certification as an EEO Investigator.  An award winning diversity practitioner, Daryl has presented at the national SHRM Diversity Conference and was cited in HR Magazine for his expertise in the area of workforce diversity.  Daryl earned his BA degree from Morehouse College and the Master of Divinity degree from George Fox University. daryl@diversityresourcegroup.com


Roderick Q. Hickman, California

Roderick Q. Hickman
Rod Hickman is an acclaimed public speaker and has published articles on staff safety in prisons, transferring technology into correctional settings and the impact of the press, special interest groups and politics on correctional policy.  Mr. Hickman has presented sessions to leaders of the following organizations: California District Attorneys Association, California Legislature, California Little Hoover Commission, National Conference of State Legislatures, American Psychiatric Association, American Probation and Parole Association, and American Correctional Association.

Mr. Hickman is currently the President of his own consulting practice, specializing in ethical leadership development and building collaborative relations between the public, private and social sectors. rod@roderickqhickman.com

Laree Kielly, California

Laree Kielly, PhD
Laree Kiely is

President of The Kiely Group--Organizational Effectiveness Consultants--currently serves on the faculties of Duke CE, USC, Thunderbird International Business School, Ivey University (Toronto, Canada), and UCLA in the field of executive leadership and organizational development bridging all four sectors:  Government, Non-Profit, Education, and Corporate/Private.  She also served for 15 years on the faculty of the Marshall School of Business at the USC, where she taught in the graduate programs, Executive MBA, executive education, and founded and directed the school’s Center for Teaching Excellence.  She has 25 years' experience consulting, facilitating, and teaching organizational behavior in the US, Canada, Europe, South Africa, Australia, the Czech Republic, and the People’s Republic of China.  She specializes in Leadership, Organizational Readiness, Organizational Capacity Building, and effective adaptation and innovative contribution during times of transformational change.

Prior to joining the faculty at USC, Dr. Kiely led Technology Services at First Interstate Bank where she also led the strategic planning process.  She received her B.A. and M.A. from the University of Colorado and her Ph.D. from the USC Annenberg School with specialties in Organizational Development and Information Technology in all sectors.  Simply stated, the focus of her research and practitioner efforts is on how people interact with information and how we interact with each other for more impact and less effort. laree@kielygroup.com


Karl T. Kurtz, NCSLKarl Kurtz, PhD

Karl T. Kurtz is principal of Legis Matters, a consulting firm that focuses on strengthening democratic institutions, especially legislatures, at home and abroad. He previously worked for the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) from its founding in 1975 until his retirement in 2014.

Karl has written, consulted and lectured widely on American state legislatures, elections and public opinion.  He is coauthor of Republic on Trial: The Case for Representative Democracy and coeditor of Institutional Change in American Politics: The Case of Term Limits.  He has provided advice and assistance in the development of democratic institutions to legislators and legislative staff throughout the world. As a consultant to NCSL, Karl is currently leading a national study of how legislatures can overcome problems of political polarization and effectively reach settlements and negotiate differences on critical issues.

Before joining NCSL, Karl taught political science at the University of Georgia.  He worked on the staff of the United States Congress as a Congressional Fellow of the American Political Science Association.  He holds an AB degree from Oberlin College and a Ph.D. from Washington University (St. Louis).



David Landis, NebraskaDavid Landis, J.D.

David Landis is Director of Urban Development for the city of Lincoln, a former Nebraska state senator, an award-winning teacher and a skilled negotiator in the public arena.  Many of the over 391 bills he has passed in twenty-eight years in the Nebraska Unicameral were consensus measures forged by negotiation that brought contesting parties to agreement.  Landis has brokered legislative agreements between labor and management, utilities and ratepayers, big banks and small banks, insurance companies and trial attorneys and other seemingly intractable foes.

Landis passed legislation to create a statewide network of mediation centers, establish a system for negotiated administrative rulemaking in state government, extend the use of arbitration to resolve disputes and create the state labor-management collective bargaining system.

His skill has been developed at training seminars at Harvard, MIT and the University of Illinois.  Currently he teaches lawyers and graduate public administrators to negotiate at the University of Nebraska College of Law and the Department of Public Administration. Landis has three times been the Best Teacher award winner at Doane College.  David presents and works with various institutions and organizations all over the United States. 

Landis graduated from the University of Nebraska with a B.A. (1970), Juris Doctor (1971), a Masters of Public Administration (1984), and a Masters in Regional and Community Planning (1995). dlandis@lincoln.ne.gov


A photo pf Mallorie J. MarshMallorie J. Marsh 
Associate Director of Education: Mallorie Marsh delights in exposing people of all ages to art. She joined the Crocker team in early 2010, and has worked in offsite school programs, school programs, and with docents. Marsh enjoys the variety in her work, which includes designing the Art Ark, Educator Workshops, and the Museum-in-Residence program. She is a credentialed educator who holds degrees in studio art and secondary art education. In 2014, Marsh was named the Outstanding Museum Visual Art Educator by the California Art Education Association. mmarsh@crockerartmuseum.org


A photo of Mark QuinerMark Quiner
Mark Quiner is the Director of the Center for Ethics in Government. Mark has held this position for over 2 years. Mark previously served as the acting Director and Assistant Director of the non-partisan Wyoming Legislative Service Office for the Wyoming Legislature where he worked for 26 years.

Mark graduated from the University of Wyoming School of Law and has been an attorney for over 30 years. Following law school, Mark worked in the Wyoming Supreme Court for Chief Justice C. Stuart Brown, and then served as Assistant Attorney General for the State of Wyoming before working for the Wyoming Legislature. Mark is the father of one grown son. mark.quiner@ncsl.org



A photo of Melissa SaisMelissa Sais 
Manager of Museum Learning: Melissa Sais has a MA in Leadership in Museum Education from Bank Street College of Education and a BA in Studio Art and Secondary Education from Goucher College. Melissa moved to Sacramento from Miami where she had worked in the education departments of several museums, including a history museum, art museum, historic house and children’s museum. msais@crockerartmuseum.org