Our Stewards & Officers

At our most recent Annual General Meeting (2016), the Socio Technical Systems Roundtable membership elected the following persons as Our Stewards and designated Officers:

Dr. Mark Govers (The Netherlands) mark-govers

Dr. Mark JG Govers (1967) is an out-of-the-box thinker from The Netherlands with a PhD in management sciences. He works at the intersection between developing, applying and teaching knowledge focused on socio-technical issues. Since 2006, he is an academic scholar at Maastricht University. As visiting professor, he lectures information, management and organizational science in The Netherlands and in Colombia and Peru.  Besides his academic work, he is a senior advisor at his own consultancy firm called Archypel Consulting. Projects are related to re-balancing the intersection between structures, cultures, people and IT systems. Besides projects, he enjoys helping managers and leaders with organizational and managerial issues. He is well known for giving challenging and entertainment lectures and workshops, which he calls “knowledge-tainment”.

Joe Martinez (United States), Secretary


Joe Martinez is currently the International Labor Advocate/Mexico Program Director for the United Farm Workers (UFW). He coordinates and directs all the union’s activities in the country of Mexico and assists in coordinating the UFW’s international work directly under Erik Nicholson. Joe Martinez has coordinated and participated in the project Jornaleros SAFE which is dedicated to identifying and documenting the problems relating to recruitment and dispatch of H-2A workers in Mexico. Joe has used this information to push for legislation change in Mexico and the United States. He has worked closely with NGOs, the US and foreign governments to address issues related to how farm workers are recruited and dispatched to the United States and establish labor agreements between Mexican State governments and the United Farm Workers. This has led Joe to create CERT which is an international recruitment, training and dispatch center for farmworkers. He is based in Tacoma, WA.

Joe Norton (United States), Treasurer


Joseph J. Norton, Ph.D. is an Organization and Talent Development Professional in Atlanta, GA.  Joe has 20+ years of experience leading large scale organizational change as an internal and external consultant.  He has led the design and execution of integrated supply chains, high performing work systems, leadership development and succession systems, targeted selection systems, and numerous business process, work and organizational redesign efforts.  Prior to joining Coca-Cola in 1997, Joe worked for Unilever North American Foods, Lipton, and Monsanto.  He is a member of the Socio Technical Systems Round Table, Society of Organizational Learning, and the American Psychological Association.

 Bert Painter (Canada), President

bert-painterBert Painter is an independent consulting social scientist and documentary filmmaker. He has facilitated organization design and relationship-building by employers, unions, and communities across Canada and internationally since 1970. Current consulting work involves the redesign of a pulp manufacturing process organization, and expansion of a renewable energy power generation plant. Meanwhile, an NSF-funded study of virtual organization of R&D activities has been completed with colleagues from the STS Roundtable, while a new film series on The Future of Work is in development.


– Diana Tellefson Torres (United States)
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