Janice Merendino, the Founder and Director of The Branch Out Project, is a professional artist, former college professor, and one of five founders of The Clay Studio, an internationally recognized center for the development of ceramics based in Philadelphia. The website for her art work is: janicemerendino.com.

Janice has over thirty years experience designing and teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in the fine arts and visual literacy at Rosemont College. She has also designed and taught workshops for Accessible Programs at the Philadelphia Museum of Art since 1998. As part of Accessible Workshops Program at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Janice is currently working with Veterans through V.E.T. Art, Veterans Empowered through ART and PADRECC, Philadelphia Parkinson’s Disease Research, Education and Clinical Centers.

As director of The Branch Out Project, Janice conducts workshops for major corporations and government agencies (including the US Navy, GlaxoSmithKline, Wyeth Ayerst, and TIAA-CREF), for community non-profit groups, and in schools for students and teachers. She co-authored an article for Museums and Social Issues entitled Accessible Wellness Programs at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and two articles on how drawing can enhance creativity and the practice of law for Altman Weil, Inc. Janice was awarded the Moore College of Art and Design Distinguished Alumni Award for 2018.


Don Wilson (Full Day Co-facilitator) has over thirty years of experience as a management consultant in the fields of idealized design, strategic planning, information systems, and business process redesign.

In addition, Don has extensive experience in the design and implementation of Enterprise Resource Planning and Performance Management (ERP/EPM) Systems, Business Intelligence Reporting systems, and Financial Reporting.

Don studied under management thinker Russell Ackoff at Wharton and was a partner at INTERACT, a consulting firm that Ackoff co-founded with Don and other Wharton colleagues. He has consulted for organizations such as the School District of Philadelphia and the Royal Saudi Air Defense Forces and for numerous companies, including Accenture, American Management Systems, Anheuser-Busch, Charles Schwab & Company, Chrysler, DuPont, Imperial Oil, Metropolitan Life Insurance, Procter & Gamble, Reality Technologies, and Superfresh Food Markets Inc.