At its core Demosophia was born out of a fascination and passion for people, processes, and systems. Founder Dr. Andy Hegedus created Demosophia LLC in 2012 after 30 years of work experience that spanned various sectors including education, energy, and non-profits. After obtaining a degree in engineering he discovered that he really enjoyed the challenge of tackling complex problems that others were intimidated by. Why a machine broke and how to prevent it from breaking again might be complex, but it can be solved. However, it’s much more difficult, to understand why people in an organization perform the way they do and what can be done to empower the individuals involved to positively impact lasting change.
Andrew S. Hegedus, Ed.D
Andy Hegedus founded Demosophia LLC in 2012. His 30 years of work experience span various sectors including education, energy, and non-profits. Andy has led significant planning and reform efforts involving organizations and their culture, technology system improvements, and data use for systemic change. His work involves nuclear power plants, large public school districts, and non-profit organizations. Andy is a published author and national speaker on education issues. He has served as Vice Chair on his city’s planning commission. He holds an Ed.D. in educational leadership from the University of Delaware, an M.S. in mechanical engineering from Drexel University, and a B.S. in nuclear engineering from The Pennsylvania State University. Andy is also a Broad Superintendents Academy Fellow.
Katie Rosch Hegedus
Katie Rosch Hegedus manages project execution for Demosophia, and is also the Development Director for a tuition-free, independent Catholic middle school for young women of all faiths from low-income families. She has also worked as a project manager/program coordinator in healthcare, non-profit, and university research settings. Prior to her current positions, she spent nine years working on electronic medical records health outcomes research projects and consulting with primary care medical practices. The consulting work focused on transforming practices and data reporting projects. Katie also worked as an engineer on both mechanical and environmental projects. She is an active community volunteer in the public schools and her church and is currently a volunteer tutor at Baylor Women’s Correctional Institute. She holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Lehigh University.
Debbie L. Doordan Ed.D
Debbie Doordan has dedicated more than 30 years to K-12 public education in the traditional, charter and non-profit sectors. She has served as a classroom teacher, school leader and district-level administrator. In her non-profit role she led an education support organization through significant growth and strategically repositioned it to play a critical role in redesigning public education in Delaware. She has played vital roles in the national expansion of an education management organization and a woman’s holistic health care and birth center. Debbie is adept at cultivating effective partnerships and fostering collaborative teamwork to create environments where common goals can be achieved. Debbie earned her Ed.D. and M.Ed. in educational leadership and instruction from the University of Delaware and her B.S. in special education from Lynchburg College.
Margaret V. Sharp, Ed.D.
Margie Sharp has been an educator for 34 years. She has worked in both public and private schools at the elementary and secondary level in Maryland, Delaware, and Pennsylvania. Margie has experience as a teacher of regular and special education, an assistant principal, a principal, a director of elementary education, an executive director of curriculum & instruction K-12, and as an assistant superintendent. She has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Delaware in the educational leadership doctoral program. She has led school and district reform efforts in rural, urban, and suburban public school districts. Margie has extensive experience leading district-wide strategic planning processes, school reform efforts, curriculum audits, curriculum development, leadership development, and professional development initiatives. She has served on the board of nonprofit organizations as well as state-level education committees. She holds an Ed.D. and M.Ed. in educational leadership, as well as a B.S. in elementary and special education, all from the University of Delaware.
Allison McMahon has been a member of the Demosophia team since 2014. Allison has been teaching in the Cecil County Public Schools in Cecil County, Maryland, for 32 years. Her teaching career in Cecil County has focused on her work as a special educator, as well as spending nine years as the district’s assistive technology coordinator. In addition to her work with students, Allison has conducted numerous professional development and training sessions at both the local and state levels and has been involved with strategic planning on building as well as district levels. She holds a M.Ed. in educational administration from the University of Delaware, a B.S. in physical education from the University of Delaware, and is a certified special educator.
Peter Miles leads Demosophia in the UK, based in Manchester. He is also a non-executive director of SCiO, a community of systems thinking practitioners, and a Trustee of a local mental health charity. Peter has worked in process consulting since 2004, when he set up a business to bring the collaborative processes developed by John Warfield and Aleco Christakis to clients in the UK. Prior to that he was CEO of a division of Teradyne Inc., a business he helped to develop from a start-up. Peter has BSc. and MSc. degrees in Electronics, is a member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology and a Chartered Engineer. He is Secretary of the Decision Analysis Special Interest Group of the Operational Research Society.
Alexander N. Christakis
Aleco Christakis came to the United States in 1956, and received a B.A. in theoretical physics at Princeton University and a Ph.D. in theoretical nuclear physics at Yale. Later on he studied urban planning and systems science until 1970. In the 1960s he returned to Greece and joined the architectural firm of Doxiadis Associates, which specialized in architecture and town planning. In 1968 he was co-founder of the Club of Rome. Since the 1970s Aleco has served on the faculties of Yale University, Georgetown University, University of Athens, and the University of Virginia. He also spent five years at George Mason University as the director of the Center for Interactive Management headed by John N. Warfield. In 1989 Aleco founded his own management consultancy firm, CWA Ltd., dedicated to applying interactive management principles, and he has been its CEO ever since. He serves on the editorial boards of several journals and served as president of the International Society for the Systems Sciences. He also serves as president of the Institute for 21st Century Agoras, a non-profit organization dedicated to the evolution of civic, global, and institutional capacity for coordinated democratic decision-making using systems principles (Co-Laboratories of Democracy).
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The Demosophia expertise is in our methodology, not the specifics of your problem. That way we can help you successfully address problems that other consultants can’t or won’t. Ultimately, we foster a culture change that creates more results than many initially envision.