Meet the ESI Team

Tina Sandri

Tina is focused on helping others find joy in their success. In doing so, her work focuses on ensuring resources are aligned to create intended value for customers and employees, while monitoring and celebrating incremental progress along the way.

Tina’s healthcare career began in high school as an intern at a nursing home. She was most recently the CEO of Carroll Manor in Washington, DC, a CMS 5-star Ascension community.  She is a senior consultant with Aligns, Inc., serves on the Board of the William Penn House, and is an active participant in LeadingAge, American Health Care Association, and Aging2.0.

Prior to taking time away from leadership roles to raise a family, she held executive leadership roles with Medstar, Sunrise Assisted Living and independent owners across nonprofit and for-profit environments. Additionally, she taught as Adjunct Faculty in The George Washington University Master of Health Administration Program.

Service work is part of Tina’s DNA. She is passionate about education and the environment. This has led her to educating middle school students about peaceful solutions to global challenges like children in war zones and water shortages, organizing pie baking flash mobs for food shelters, helping a coal mining community embedded with health and infrastructure challenges, and to various community board positions. Her newest passion is service to the military as her daughter is now at the US Coast Guard Academy.

She has a BGS from the University of Maryland and a Master of Health Services Administration in Non-Profit Marketing and Long Term Care from the George Washington University School of Public Health.

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David Connell

David has served as the Director of Service Learning at Sidwell Friends School for the past 17 years where he created and led multiple local and international service learning trips for the students at this Quaker school. These experiences were designed to maximize opportunities for relationship building and reflection.

David also taught a peace studies course at the school. In this class, the concepts of peace and conflict resolution were studied on multiple levels. Students focused on internal awareness, interpersonal communication and conflict resolution, and the Gandhian philosophy of nonviolent social action.

He has also taught a class in stress management, meditation and mindfulness to the inmates at the Arlington County Jail for the past 15 years, and has also maintained a personal meditation and mindfulness practice for over 20 years.

David received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Brown University and a Master of Science in Sustainable Development from University of Pennsylvania.

Dave Dowling

Dave is the Founder and Managing Principal of Aligns, Inc. After serving in Fortune 100 companies in 4 industry sectors he has been advising and collaborating with C-level executives to validate strategy, develop leaders and high performing teams, and align culture with brand promise for the last 17 years. He has served as a member of the Executive Advisory Board of Union Village, the world’s first integrated healthcare community being built in Henderson, Nevada, and currently serves on the Advisory Boards of two digital health companies, MD Revolution and Branch2.

Dave has a reputation for asking thought provoking questions to help his clients discover solutions to nagging issues. His passion for learning, ability to connect with individuals at all levels, as well as his unique gift of quickly understanding people and processes, ensures that there is no issue that is too complicated for him to decipher. He and his colleagues serve clients by validating strategy, building high performing leadership teams, developing leaders, aligning culture with brand, and now contributing to the design and facilitation of Executive Service Impact. Additionally, he scouts the market for innovative digital health companies, acts as formal advisor to some, and is constantly convening ideas, people and businesses to create platforms for innovation. Dave also has devoted time to serving youth through Big Brothers and Big Sisters and to helping retiring military officers transition to civilian leadership roles.

He has a Bachelor of Science in Education from Central Connecticut State University and a Master of Science in Education Management from University of Bridgeport. He has also pursued additional graduate studies at The Julliard School, and Wesleyan University, as well as business studies at the University of Pittsburgh and The Wharton School.

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