Leaders Building Leaders Core Values
Mentors and Teaching Team
Dr. Thomas Miller
Dr. Thomas Miller is the founder of Leaders Building Leaders, an organization that aims to be the difference-maker in the leadership development of individuals and organizations. Thomas believes that everything rises and falls on leadership.
He has studied, researched, written and spoken on the principles of leadership, strategic planning, as well as individual and organization transformation over the past 10 years.
As an Executive Director to the John C. Maxwell Team, he combines his John C. Maxwell Team leadership certification with his decade of research and experience to help schools and businesses navigate a course from success to significance through transformational coaching, training, speaking and consulting.
He has written and produced over 100 hours of digital content and learning programs focused on effective charter school leadership, governance, and transformation. His dissertation study, How Effective K-8 North Carolina Charter Schools Meet Their Purposes, led him to a position as an Education Consultant for the state of North Carolina. From there, he set off to serve at a more extensive level, founding his own leadership company based on the leadership principles taught by John C. Maxwell.
He speaks to corporate and public audiences on the subjects of Personal and Professional
Development. His flagship talks and seminars on Leadership, Selling, Human Behavior, Mission, Purpose and Goals, Strategy, and Communication bring about immediate changes and long-term results. His vision for Leaders Building Leaders is to be a committed extension of any organization’s leadership team.
Thomas has been married to his incredibly devoted and giving wife, Jennifer Elizabeth, since 2003. Jennifer is a former health educator for Brunswick County, NC and current advocate for young female efficacy projects. Together, they raise two amazing children, Devyn and Matthew.
Thomas loves to hike, trail run, play ice hockey, and spend quality time traveling with his family.
Geoff Gorski is a career educator who has spent the last six years as a public charter school principal and teacher. Additionally, Geoff previously taught in North Carolina at New Hanover County Schools and in New York City Schools. Working in a wide variety of settings, serving schools in urban, suburban, and rural communities at both the elementary and middle school level, Geoff has built a broad perspective on effective schools and school leadership.
Geoff believes that student learning is maximized in a community-focused school environment, where all stakeholders focus on one question – What is best for the students? His passion for building a learning community at the classroom and the school level has led to high performing schools, classrooms, and teams in every school setting. His vision for Leaders Building Leaders is to help schools identify and magnify their greatest assets, analyze and reform their biggest deficiencies, and inform and support leaders in making decisions.
Email Geoff at Geoff@Leaders-Building-Leaders.com
Budd Dingwall is an award-winning principal in two states, twice earning the National Blue Ribbon Schools distinction in Ohio and NAESP’s National Distinguished Principal award in North Carolina. He’s a National Certified Mentor of Principals, and according to North Carolina’s Teachers Working Conditions Survey, Budd’s teachers felt valued, particularly when compared with teachers across the state. His answer to why his teachers felt valued is simple: He listened to them. Budd made it a habit to host quarterly meetings with each teacher. He asked two questions as guides for those 40-minute meetings:
- Please tell me how your students are doing.
- What can I do to support you?
Budd believes that by walking your talk, doing what you say, and saying what you do, a principal builds character and competence. If you don’t have both, you can’t build trust.
With over 30 years of educational leadership, Budd is a Leaders Building Leaders team member who provides a depth of experience, ranging from School Principal to System Assessment Director to State Non-Profit Executive Director. Budd’s brand of servant leadership builds and empowers administrators, teachers, and staff while creating a climate of trust and teamwork.
Born into a military family, Katy Ridnouer was raised to believe that it is her responsibility to do whatever is in her power to change the world; for Katy, it’s changing the trajectory of children’s lives. Since 1993, Katy has shared her love of learning with students and clients with the goal of improving their lives as better readers, writers, thinkers, and problem-solvers. In hopes of nurturing growth from educators everywhere, she’s shared her experiences in two education books, and
She’s the founder of VERITAS Community School, CFA, a public charter school located in Charlotte, NC. She served as its Board Chair during the planning years and as its Head of School in its first two years of operation. With a rigorous academic program paired with ninety minutes of exercise, nutritious meals, and conflict resolution skills, VERITAS empowers the minds, bodies, and spirits of students every day. She and her team were awarded over one million dollars in grant funding, received over fifty thousand dollars in furniture and office supply donations, and negotiated a rent-free lease for 30k sq. ft. building from the local school district.
She continues to add tools to her tool chest to give her what she needs to meet students’ needs. In addition to her Master’s degree in Education, Katy has earned John Maxwell Team Certification and uses her coaching skills to further impact the lives of children through her work with the adults who are the decision-makers in children’s lives—principals, Boards of Directors, and teachers.