Each of us is unique. We are shaped by our family origins and histories. We are further shaped by our relationships, education and good and bad experiences. What makes us unique--even our differences--is reason to celebrate. Yet, often our differences divide us. People default to sameness and safe relationships. Differences in skin tone, culture, upbringing and values put us on edge. What was meant to be celebrated divides us. But change is possible. Any team through recognizing and maximizing each teammate's uniqueness can be transformed into a high performance team. Today's workplace need tools to thrive in our racially diverse world. MELD can give you tools for success.
Paul Tokunaga, Founder and President of MELD, LLC, brings 40+ years of hands-on multi-ethnic leadership development training, coaching and consulting with organizations throughout the United States. Paul is a third-generation Japanese American from San Jose, California. He was an undergraduate student at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo where he earned a B.S. of Journalism. He was awarded the C.G. Young Award by the university president as the outstanding graduate in his class. Paul went on to earn a Masters of Christian Studies at New College Berkeley.
Paul’s biggest assignments have come from InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, for whom he has served since 1973 in a variety of leadership and management roles, including National Asian American Ministry Coordinator for 14 years. Most recently he has been the Vice-President, Director of Strategic Ministries, for nine years. InterVarsity is a $110 million non-profit, employing 1600 throughout the United States.
Paul is a Certified Facilitator in Cultural Intelligence (CQ) and Unconscious Bias by the Cultural Intelligence Center and was certified as a conflict mediator by the Conflict Resolution Academy.
He and his wife Margaret recently celebrated their 42nd anniversary. They have an adult son, Sam. They all reside in Atlanta.
Paul is a co-author of two multi-ethnic leadership books as well as the author of Invitation to Lead: Guidance for Emerging Asian American Leaders, now in its 10th printing. Paul is a sought-after speaker to audiences of 18 to 18,000 on subjects of multi-ethnicity, diversity in the workplace, and developing high potential leaders.
He was the lead creator of InterVarsity's Daniel Project and Prospective Senior Leaders Cohort, two 15-month intensive leadership programs to prepare potential senior leaders. Since 2003, 12 Daniel Project cohorts have been run with 137 mid-level managers trained. Well over half of these are ethnic minorities and women. Of fourteen recent appointed internal vice-presidents, 12 were participants in the Prospective Senior Leaders Cohorts. Paul was also the lead creator for InterVarsity's Managing and Leading Ethnic Diversity, a 3-day training course. Over 250 middle and senior managers went through the course in a recent three-year period.
Alec Hill is president emeritus of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. Previously, he was dean of the School of Business and Economics at Seattle Pacific University and a Regional Director for World Relief.
He holds a law degree from the University of Washington and has served on numerous boards, including Christianity Today, the World Affairs Council, and the Union Gospel Mission. Alec is author of two books, Just Business: Christian Ethics in the Marketplace and Living in Bonus Time: Surviving Cancer, Finding New Purpose.
He lives with his wife, Mary, in the Seattle area and is the blessed survivor of a bone marrow transplant in 2015.
Jonathan is MELD's Director of Operations. He has 11 years of experience working with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA in a variety of positions. Under his leadership, the chapter and area of Texas that Jonathan led were the most ethnically diverse in his region (TX/AR/OK/LA). He has held the position of Operations Director for his region the past 2 years.
Jonathan has led diverse teams of administrators, campus ministers, and student leaders during his time with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA. He is passionate about building collaborative teams and simplifying processes. Jonathan lives in Belton, Texas with his wife and their corgi.
As a trainer and mentor, Phil has dedicated the last twenty-five years helping people to connect with what they want and with one another. He works with both individuals and teams, training them to relate more effectively and easily in diverse and "difference" situations—with measurable, positive results. He’s managed and coordinated employee research groups (ERG’s): women’s councils, Black employee groups, Asian American employee groups, and LGBTQ+ employee groups. He’s a certified diversity executive with IDC, and a certified trainer with both Cultural Intelligence (CQ) and Technology of Participation (ToP). When he’s not working, Phil bakes, goes hiking, and does community organizing. He currently resides in Oakland, California with his spouse and two kids.
Colleen comes to MELD with 15+ years of experience in building and leading diverse teams. She specializes in the areas of leadership development, positive team culture, and racial reconciliation. A former college athlete, Colleen played volleyball at the University of Delaware, where she earned her degree in economics. In 2016, she was inducted into the University of Delaware Hall of Fame, and also spent a brief stint coaching at her alma mater. Colleen is a Certified Facilitator in Unconscious Bias and Cultural Intelligence from the Cultural Intelligence Center. She is also a diversity trainer with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. She has developed and led multiple cultural immersion programs, taking groups to South Africa, Central Asia, and Europe. She currently resides in Charleston, South Carolina with her husband.
Kim joins the MELD team with 30 years of training and leadership development. She has her master’s in adult education with a specialization in training and development. She has served both for profit and not-for profit leadership teams as they seek to increase organizational health, greater sense of diversity and inclusion and equip emerging leaders. She is certified trainer in Emotional Intelligence with years of experience helping teams engage in Crucial Conversations. During her twelve years in Portland, OR, Kim competed as a women’s triathlete including a member of the local Master’s Swim team. She currently resides in Madison, WI with her husband.
Mailin contributes to the MELD team with 20+ years of training and leadership development experience both domestically and throughout Europe. Originally from CA, and a UCLA alum, she has worked cross-culturally with college students in urban Los Angeles and abroad doing the same in Turkey for nine years. Mailin became a certified Gallup Strengths Coach in 2014 and is passionate about seeing people lead out the fullness of their natural and God-given talents. As a certified Prosci Change Management Practitioner, she focuses on how individuals, teams and executives can contribute to organizational health and a diverse leadership pipeline. She and her husband have two boys and currently call Columbus, OH “home”.
Mailin’s Top 5 Strengths: Learner|Self-Assurance|Focus|Achiever|Activator.
Andy has over 18 years of leadership experience in the campus ministry, church, and non-profit sectors. He oversees The Ministry Playbook, an online platform that curates InterVarsity's best ministry training. As a trainer for InterVarsity's Multiethnic Initiatives, he also equips individuals in intercultural skills, justice, and reconciliation. His previous leadership roles include director of intercultural development at Trinity International University and campus minister at Northwestern University.
Outside of InterVarsity, Andy is a certified Cultural Intelligence (CQ) trainer and has trained and led worship for diverse communities worldwide including at the Urbana Student Missions Conference, Christian Community Development Association, Christian Alliance for Orphans, and the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students. He has a Master of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and a BA in History from Northwestern University. He lives in Urbana, IL, with his wife and two sons and serves as an elder at his local church. In his free time, he enjoys baking pies and sharing delicious food with others.
Brian is an experienced leader in operational excellence and marketing. He has worked with groups all over the Southeast and specializes in conflict resolution and utilizing empathy as a strength. Brian graduated from Emory University and lives in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife and three daughters.