Our Team


Lisa Niles, PhD

Founder & Managing Partner

Lisa Niles is a business process leader with a wealth of corporate and academic experience, offering a unique perspective on solving mission-critical issues. She is known for aligning people with the right processes and systems to enhance productivity, increase efficiency, improve bottom line performance and generate more effective analytics.


Lisa has successfully driven complex change initiatives and worked with leadership teams during private equity sales. She is a ProSci® certified change management practitioner who has successfully leveraged the ADKAR® model for individual change to scale for organizational change.

She also brings a continuous improvement mindset to executive leadership teams, helping them grow in their effectiveness. Lisa has led numerous workshops with executive leaders, managers and their teams on driving strategic success through easy-to-implement behavioral change.

Alongside a commitment to building the internal capacity of her clients’ companies is a commitment to building a better world. Her passion for process management is deeply aligned with her passion for empowering mission-driven organizations to be better, to do better. She finds the right tools for each client, customizing her approach to ensure that each project’s outcome is both sustainable and scalable.

Lisa specializes in small- to mid-market companies in aggressive growth modes as well as higher education institutions. She holds a PhD in English from Vanderbilt University and an MA and BA in English from the University of Central Oklahoma. Before moving into the private sector, Lisa was an assistant professor at Spelman College.


Greg Parker

Senior advisor

Greg Parker is a seasoned sales professional with a desire to enable his clients to grow effectively and efficiently through the intelligent use of technology. Strategic solutions to complex business challenges are both familiar and expected outcomes in his experience. From small, single-office, non-profit organizations, to large, multi-national corporations, customer satisfaction is his top priority.

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Christina Kisley


Christina Kisley has more than twenty years’ experience in leadership and organizational development. Founder and CEO of Life-Long Leadership, Christina led a team of consulting partners dedicated to developing professionals with a heart for leadership and a culture of integrity and excellence. She brings that passion for individual and cultural transformation to Adaptive Growth Strategies’ clients, helping businesses achieve their growth goals through a customized, consultative approach. She holds a bachelor in business management from the University of Toledo and has completed extensive graduate work in human resource development and professional counseling at Georgia State University.


Lori Sussle Bonanni

Senior Content Strategist

Lori Sussle Bonanni is a seasoned and entrepreneurial marketing and communications professional with a proven ability to grow and manage business through innovative thinking and creative problem solving. Her diverse background includes experience working in the US and abroad on global and local marketing and communication programs.

Lori has experience working with companies from startups to multinationals where she manages and executes strategic communications initiatives. She has created and managed campaigns from development and design to launch. Additionally, she has built multi-platform marketing campaigns, including television network tie-ins, sweepstakes, sponsorships and partnerships.

As a recognized industry expert, Lori has frequently been invited to speak at New York University’s School of Professional Studies. As a freelance writer, she has contributed to the Huffington Post, The Muse, U.S. News and World Report and Explore Georgia, to name a few.

Lori graduated from Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey, with a B.A. in Communications with a Specialization in Advertising and Public Relations. She also earned a continuing education certificate for Advertising Copywriting from the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

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