Sarah Sumner, Ph.D., M.B.A.

Dr. Sarah Sumner's has been an organizational consultant since 2005.  She is the originator of The People Model, a tool that has predictive powers, motivational powers, and creative powers to help people deal successfully with complex relational issues that play out in the workplace, home, and society.  In recent years Dr. Sumner has become a self-styled legal consultant in a very specialized area regarding religious freedom and employment law in Christian churches and organizations.  She consults, in part, by teaching and empowering decision-makers, so they can see for themselves theologically what to do about specific, concrete matters and practical duties in their work. 


Sarah Sumner has done consulting for Fresenius Medical Care, the Glendale, AZ police force, and top military and civilian personnel at The Pentagon, as well as other organizations, including schools, nonprofits, and churches.  Over the years, she has written or co-written many policies and position papers for religious corporations. 

Her consulting specialties include:

  • Teaching both Christian and non-Christian leaders how to use The People Model;

  • Offering specialized legal advice to boards and senior leaders on matters of hiring and firing in Christian churches and organizations;

  • Developing church elder boards and nonprofit boards of Christian organizations to govern Christianly;

  • Helping local churches structure a wise process for bringing godly, gifted women onto executive ministry teams;

  • Partnering with her husband, Jim, in refereeing high stakes conflict resolution, and in doing marital and pre-marital counseling based on her formal research.

She is an adjunct professor at Trinity Law School.  She has also taught at Azusa Pacific University (1997-2009), Wheaton College, Simpson University, and A.W. Tozer Theological Seminary and guest lectured or preached at over thirty other Christian institutions of higher education including Dallas Theological Seminary and Beeson Divinity School.

Sarah Sumner is the author of Angry Like Jesus, Just How Married Do You Want to Be?, Leadership Above the Line (Tyndale, 2006) and Men and Women in the Church: Building Consensus on Christian Leadership (IVP, 2003) and the writer of several published articles on men and women partnering in ministry leadership.

Tom Okarma

Tom Okarma is a leader with top-rated expertise in strategic planning, board development, and board governance.  Tom’s devotion to helping nonprofits, combined with over 30+ years of business experience, make him a dramatic force for change and a very felt help to organizations that earnestly desire to increase their impact.


Tom has spent the last decade serving and leading on numerous nonprofit boards. He’s been there, done that, and learned critical lessons about effective leadership and board effectiveness.  He has earned the CCNL (Credentialed Christian Nonprofit Leadership) designation with the Christian Leadership Alliance’s Advisor Council, a nationally acclaimed group founded by Bob Andringa.  Tom is also a popular speaker at nonprofit events and frequently shares his thoughts on leadership and governance on his website.  Tom published a book entitled, Break Through the Ick Factor.

Tom is an approachable sage for senior leaders and provides senior staff members, stakeholders and boards with an understanding and discerning ear. He has worked with and advised many prominent nonprofit organizations including The Barnabas Group, TMCI International, Bright Hope International, Lawndale Christian Legal Center, People’s Resource Center, Christian Leadership Alliance, among others.


At Right On Mission, Tom helps businesses and nonprofits to:

  • Achieve organizational excellence

  • Develop board leadership, structure, and strategy

  • Create and implement effective board governance

  • Acquire, retain, and manage leadership talent

  • Develop and implement effective strategic plans

  • Successfully navigate and implement change

  • Increase sales

Tom is a Senior Consultant at Right On Mission and is based in Arizona.

Lisa Orimoto, Ph.D.

Dr. Lisa is an expert listener.  Before taking on her leadership role at Right On Mission, Dr. Orimoto worked as a full-time therapist in Honolulu.  She has also served as chief dismantler of a nonprofit that had run its course.

Dr. Orimoto’s education includes a B.S. in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Studies from the University of Hawaii.  She holds an associates coaching credential (ACC) through the International Coaching Federation and is a certified Birkman consultant.  She co-founded Higher Ground International, a roundtable and coaching organization for Christian business leaders.  

Lisa’s mission is to persuade people to dare to develop their creative potential.  Her vision statement is to see people live wholeheartedly with intention and impact.

James Spencer, Ph.D.

Dr. James Spencer came to faith in 1998 through the ministry of Campus Crusade (now Cru) and the persistence of his high school sweetheart (now his wife of 20+ years).  For over a decade, Dr. Spencer James served in academic leadership at Moody Bible Institute. Currently he serves as Vice President of the Moody Center Online and as faculty in Right On Mission.  As a consultant, Dr. Spencer assists colleges and universities as an Associate Consultant for Ruffalo Noel-Levitz in the areas of online program development and enrollment management.


James graduated with a B.S. in Kinesiology from the University of Illinois at Chicago and worked as a personal trainer as he pursued his Master of Divinity at Moody Theological Seminary.  Having determined that his calling was to educate the church, James went on to earn his M.A. in Biblical Exegesis from Wheaton College and his Ph.D. in Theological Studies-Old Testament from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and later attended the Harvard Institute of Education Management.


James continues to write and research in the area of theology and recently co-authored Trajectories: A Gospel-Centered Introduction to Old Testament Theology.  He has also published and presented in the areas of online curriculum design and organizational strategies for higher education recruitment.  


James and his family live in the Chicagoland area.  

Jim & Sarah Sumner

Jim and Sarah Sumner are a dynamic consulting team.  Together they listen carefully from a theological perspective in order to identify root issues.  With God's help, they readily combine Jim's analytical way with Sarah's research-intuitive way of discerning how to help the very people they are with to embrace transformational, breakthrough truths.  The Sumners challenge people.  Yet they do so with such care.  Jim and Sarah relate to people as fellow strugglers and stand with them as they learn how to "fight the good fight of faith."

Between they two of them, they have a Ph.D., four master's degrees, an M.Div. equivalent, two bachelor's degrees, and a double certification in chaplaincy.  Their marriage mission statement is to be faithful freedom fighters for the Lord.

Their areas of expertise include:

  • Conflict Resolution

  • Premarital Counseling (for Christian couples who desire to build Ephesians 5 marriages)

Jim and Sarah are the authors of Just How Married Do You Want to Be? (IVP, 2008).

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