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Who We Are

Vianova is a consulting and facilitation company specializing in helping leaders and teams come together to create long-lasting positive change for their organizations and those they serve. Download our services brochure here

We are passionate about helping organizations grow, prosper, and magnify the good they do. Since 2005, we have helped organizations on their journey to create greater value for themselves, their most important stakeholders, their communities, and our planet.

Vianova, which means “new path,” is a purpose-driven business committed to doing its part in building an inclusive, equitable, and sustainable economy that works for everyone and the planet.

Vianova has been carbon neutral since 2016.

Why Choose Us

  • Your success is our success. Our focus is on achieving your desired outcomes.
  • We integrate state-of-the-art technology to enhance the overall meeting and retreat participant experience, increase engagement, and produce higher-quality outcomes in less time.
  • Our size allows for less overhead, equating to lower costs and more personalized attention.
  • We have nearly two decades of experience working with companies, nonprofits, associations, and schools.

Using Our Business as a Force for Good

B Corp Certification SealAs a Certified B Corporation, we balance purpose and profit. We measure our success across a spectrum of areas that include revenue as well as the impact we have on our workers, clients, our community, and the environment.

We are proud to be among the first wave of businesses to adopt this purpose-driven approach; we’ve been B Corp certified since 2008.

Our Values

  • Lead with purpose
  • Focus on people
  • Do the right thing
  • Make a difference

Community & Environmental Nonprofits We Support

Frank G Scarpaci, Founder & President

Connect with Frank

Frank G Scarpaci is the founder and president of Vianova, Inc. His experience, skills, and passion for helping teams collaborate, explore what’s possible, and create positive change are the reasons for which he is an admired and trusted advisor, facilitator, and coach. 

Frank has over 30 years of experience working with leaders and organizations in a variety of for-profit and non-profit sectors including: education, technology, social services, performing arts, healthcare, travel and hospitality, banking, financial services, insurance, biotech, and marketing. His extensive experience providing services to organizations of all sizes, including serving as an interim executive director for several non-profit organizations, has made him a skilled and impartial observer of organizational dynamics, an essential skill in identifying effective solutions that advance change within organizations and teams. Frank approaches his work as a trusted advisor with integrity, accountability, and high professional standards. He strives to exceed his client’s expectations in all aspects of his work product earning repeated praise from clients.

A strong advocate for using business as a force for good throughout his career, Frank prioritized having Vianova become one of the first certified B Corporations — a classification reserved for businesses that adhere to rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. He is a B Corp champion, someone who raises awareness of the value of the certification process. Prior to starting Vianova, Frank was a travel industry leader for 20 years, where he worked for American Express Travel in various regional and national positions. During his time at American Express, Frank discovered his passion for using business as a force for good, where he developed and led a variety of successful good citizenship initiatives for the company. In 2000, his efforts earned him the American Express Great Citizens Award in honor of the company’s 150th anniversary.

Frank currently lives in San Diego and enjoys fitness, traveling, and painting.   

Dr. Karla Rhay, Diversity, Leadership, and Strategy Consultant

Dr. Karla Rhay has more than 30 years of executive-level experience in the insurance and education sectors. She is a dynamic leader who is an expert in strategic planning, diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), leadership development, and risk mitigation strategies.

She is a passionate believer in empowering others, having served as CEO of one of California’s largest Joint Powers Authorities providing employee benefits and risk management insurance to over 70 school districts across Southern California.

In 2015, she was appointed as one of six state Commissioners to serve a 4-year term on the Fraud Assessment Commission under the California Department of Insurance.  Subsequently, she was elected president of a statewide association for public entity special districts providing education, accreditation, and legislative advocacy.  In 2019, based on her work as chief executive officer of the California Schools Risk Management Joint Powers Authority (JPA) and California Schools Employee Benefits Association JPA, she was recognized as California Classified Administrator of the Year by the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA).

Dr. Rhay earned her Doctorate in Education from the University of Southern California and her Master’s in Education Leadership from Pepperdine University.

She currently resides in Fresno with her husband and two dogs, Duchess and Bentley.

Steven B Johnson, Communications & Marketing Consultant

An award-winning communications and marketing professional, Steven Johnson has more than 20 years of executive-level experience in internal and external communications and marketing programs for community-based, mission-driven, not-for-profit organizations. He is a strong writer, storyteller, collaborator, and strategic thinker that values teamwork, creativity, and lifelong learning.

As the Chief Communications Officer of the Salk Institute from 2018-2022, he oversaw internal and external communications for the internationally acclaimed scientific research institute. His tenure included multiple industry awards and numerous achievements, including the adoption of a new intranet, the development of a comprehensive public messaging platform for the Institute’s Campaign for the Future, a $500M philanthropic and scientific initiative, and helping the Institute secure a $100M challenge gift from Joan and Irwin Jacobs.

From 2006-2016, he served as the Vice President, Public Affairs for the San Diego Convention Center Corporation, where he oversaw the research, planning, implementation, and evaluation of corporate communications and public affairs programs. His work to expand the San Diego Convention Center was instrumental in the unanimous support for the project from the California Coastal Commission. His efforts were honored in 2011 by the Public Relations Society of America with a Silver Anvil for Excellence in Issue Management, recognizing the best strategic public relations campaigns of the year.

Steven has provided strategic communications and marketing support to a range of organizations, including the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, Levi Strauss Foundation, Kaiser Family Foundation, and Hewlett Packard.

He received his marketing degree from the University of Oregon and his master’s in public affairs from San Diego State University. Mr. Johnson lives in San Diego, CA, with his partner and two dogs, Ma and Cole.

Our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Statement

As a Certified B Corporation since 2008, and a Benefit Corporation, we are part of a global community of companies that are committed to creating an inclusive economy — one in which there are no institutional and racial barriers to economic prosperity for all. Understanding that we can do more to advance justice, inclusion, and equity, we commit to:

  • Speak up when we witness racial injustice — even if it may make others uncomfortable or may hurt our business
  • Support causes, campaigns, and public policies that are committed to racial, economic, and environmental justice
  • Be more intentional about diversity, equity, and inclusion in all our services and the meetings and events we facilitate
  • Uphold the values of anti-racism, equity, social justice, and inclusion in our work with our clients, our colleagues, and our community

We invite others of like mind to join us on this journey toward a more equitable and just society for all.

Initiatives We Support

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