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Industrial/Organizational Careers

The faculty of the I/O concentration at Virginia Tech are extremely proud of the successes of our alumni. There are alumni:


The links below connect to alumni bios organized by year of graduation:

2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010,

2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000

1999, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1995, 1994, 1993, 1992, 1991, 1990

1989, 1988, 1987, 1985 and prior years



Patrick Coyle, Ph.D. (updated 2015)

  • Patrick is currently Assistant Professor of Management in the Business School at Lycoming College in Williamsport Pennsylvania

Chris Downing, Ph.D. (updated 2015)

  • Chris is currently a Research Associate at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute

Katie Snead Boyd, Ph.D.


Matt Fornito, M.S.(updated 2015)

  • Matt is currently a Data Scientist for Dish Network in Denvor Colorado

Samantha Garrett, M.S. (updated 2015)

  • Samantha is currently enrolled in the doctoral training program at South Florida University


Sarah Allgood Wills, Ph.D.

Ryan Smith, Ph.D. (updated 2015)

  • Ryan is currently a Research Scientist at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute

Nicole Thompson, Ph.D. (updated 2014)

  • Nicole is currently employed at Transformation Systems, Inc. in Washington D.C.


Mark Scott, Ph.D. (updated 2013)

  • Mark is a Senior Specialist in Workforce Analytics at Mereck Pharmaceutical outside New York City.


Robert Knee, Ph.D. (updated 2012)

  • Rob is an Organizational Change and Leadership Consultant with Black & Veatch Management Consulting. Currently, Robert provides services to Black & Veatch’s Utility Sector clients engaged in initiatives that require fundamental changes to the nature or the work performed by the client, and/or the client’s organization, such as Smart Grid Initiatives, and the implementation of Next-Generation Telecommunications Networks. Robert’s primary role is to serve as a primary consultant on activities related to require organizational change, organization development and alignment, business process alignment and design, stakeholder and impact analysis, and communications. In addition to his role as an external consultant for Black & Veatch Management Consulting, Robert also serves as a Subject Matter Expert in the development and application of the Organizational Change Management methodology and framework for use across the Management Consulting Division.

Scott Moshier, M.A. (updated 2013)

  • Scott is a Human Capital Consultant at SRA International in Arlington, Virginia.


Jaron Holmes, Ph.D. (updated 2012)

  • Jaron is currently a Personnel Research Psychologist in the Human Resources Services division of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM). His work is primarily concerned with competency modeling and individual assessment, with a specific interest in leadership assessment and development. Prior to joining OPM, he spent most of his time at Virginia Tech pestering Neil to help him with his research and serving as a graduate assistant in the office of University Organizational and Professional Development from 2006 to 2010. He currently lives in northern Virginia and enjoys spending most of his free time commuting to and from work, analyzing the offensive in-efficiencies of the Virginia Tech football team, and reading alumni bios on the Virginia Tech I/O concentration webpage.

Shujing (Jessie) Huang, M.A. (updated 2013)

  • Jessie is a Senior Associate at ICF Interantional.

Emilee Tison, Ph.D. (updated 2012)

  • Emilee Tison is a Personnel Research Psychologist for the Office of Personnel Management in the Selection and Promotion Assessment section. Emilee is based in Washington DC and has worked for OPM since 2010. Since beginning her Federal career, Emilee has worked on project in the areas of online testing, job analysis and competency modeling, training development and delivery, assessment development, and leadership assessment centers.


Trevor Byrd, Ph.D. (updated 2012)

  • Trevor is Vice President of Consulting Services at Morehead Associates, a survey research and consulting firm headquartered in Charlotte, NC. Trevor started in Morehead’s Science and Research function, where his responsibilities largely involved examining quantitative data in order to understand organizational issues and how they relate to business outcomes. He then moved into Morehead’s Consulting function, where he has had the opportunity to work with some of the nation’s leading healthcare organizations and to partner with all levels of leadership to assess an organization’s current state from the perspectives of employees and physicians, and then plan a path forward leading to positive change across the organization. Trevor is married to Dana Byrd, another VT I/O alum. Together they spend most of their non-work time trying to stay one step ahead of their two boys, Graham (4) and Heath (1).

Patrice Esson, Ph.D.

  • After graduation Patrice continued her international adventures by bravely moving north to Canada (brr!). She is a professor with the Ontario Colleges group and she remains actively involved in research. Outside of work she has been busy figuring out the rules of hockey and curling, but she still prefers Hokie Football to the winter sports!

Rolanda Findlay, Ph.D.

  • Rolanda is currently in flight training school in Pensacola Florida as a Lieutenant in the United States Navy! Joining the military and learning to fly were prerequisites for her future position as Aerospace Experimental Psychologist. Her primary responsibilities in this position will be the selection and performance evaluation of Navy pilots. Prior to joining the Navy, Rolanda worked as a Summer Research Fellow at the Defense Equal Opportunity Institute (DEOMI) at Patrick Air Force Base in Cocoa Beach Florida in both 2008 and 2007. Rolanda is the only graduate student to ever receive this honor in the twenty-two year history of the fellowship. Her primary responsibility at DEOMI was the development and implementation of a situational judgment test used to evaluate the training of Military Equal Opportunity Advisors. Her research at DEOMI will be published in Military Psychology.

Rebecca Hoffner, Ph.D.

  • Becky resides in Chicago and is pursuing a career as a university professor. Currently, she is spending quality time with her daughter, Morgan and boyfriend, Kevin. She loves being the stereotypical "soccer mom"!



Cynthia Fife Immel, M.S. (updated 2013)

  • Cynthia is a Supervisor of Training, Information, and Performance for T. Rowe Price in Denver, Colorado. In her spare time enjoys cooking, traveling, and interior design.

Daniel LeBreton, Ph.D. (updated 2012)

  • Dan is a corporate psychologist and consultant at Peter Rock Consulting, Inc. (PRC). He has spent the past seven years providing leadership assessment and development services to organizations ranging from medium-sized businesses to Fortune 500 companies. He has worked with hundreds of leaders and executives on their professional growth and development.Prior to pursuing his consulting career, Dan was a faculty member in the Psychology Department at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He is a licensed psychologist and an adjunct instructor at Vanderbilt University in the Peabody College of Education and Human Development, where he teaches an organizational theory course in the Department of Human and Organizational Development. Dan lives in Brentwood, Tennessee with his wife and twin boys, Caleb and Connor.

Nadine Mcbride, Ph.D. (updated 2013)

  • Nadine is a psychometrician at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.

Julie Kalanick Osowski, Ph.D. (updated 2012)

  • Julie began her career as a Personnel Psychologist for the Office of Personnel Management, where she was involved in job analysis studies and in developing guides and tools relating to assessment policy. Julie currently works as a Senior Research Psychologist at the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board, where she conducts research on issues impacting effective Federal workforce management. Her research interests include employee motivation, engagement, contextual performance, and the influence of fairness perceptions. Julie is married and has a daughter and enjoys outdoor activities such as canoeing, fishing, and fire-side relaxing in her spare time.



Victoria Robson, Ph.D. (updated 2012)

  • Victoria started as a Research Analyst in the Office of Institutional Research at Vanderbilt University in August 2007. She was promoted to Senior Research Analyst in Jan 2010 and then to Assistant Director in February 2012. While at Vanderbilt, Victoria has been involved in several projects for the Undergraduate Admissions Office. Some of her work with the Admissions Office has included developing statistical models to optimize marketing and recruitment strategies, conducting undergraduate yield analysis,and developing algorithms to predict students’ grade point average. In addition, she has worked with the Office of Student Financial Aid and Undergraduate Scholarships in calculating undergraduate financial aid projections as well as studying the impact of the recession on recruitment and enrollment.

Corrie Whitmore, M.S.

  • Upon completion of her masters degree, Corrie studied in the Development and Biological Psychology concentration at Virginia Tech where she earned her doctorate in 2009.



Eugene Kutcher, Ph.D. (updated 2013)

  • Gene is Associate Professor of Management and Human Resources in the College of Business at Rider University. His research interests include social aspects of selection and recruitment, person-organization fit, organizational culture, training effectiveness, and organizational citizenship behavior, and he has published in Employee Responsibilities and Rights, Journal of Business Psychology, and Journal of Applied Social Psychology. Jen and Gene have two sons.



Matthew Trippe, Ph.D. (updated 2012)

  • Matt has been a Research Scientist at HumRRO since June of 2005 and a Senior Scientist since October of 2008. His research interests and experience lie in psychometrics, validation and personnel selection. Some of his more notable experience includes serving as the lead psychometric analyst in the development and validation a joint Service test of information and communication technology aptitude. Matt also serves as an assessment database developer and statistical analyst for a number of military clients. He has developed a macro driven series of analysis tools to identify differential item functioning (DIF) in Procter & Gamble’s on-line, computer adaptive cognitive ability selection measure. On a more personal note, Matt and his wife Christy, who he met in graduate school, have two young girls—Sophia and Katharine.

Yvette Quintela, Ph.D.

  • Yvette is Vice President at Sirota Survey Intelligence in New York City. Prior to coming to Sirota, she was a research scientist at the American Institute of Research from 2006 - 2007. In 2009, Yvette and Lance celebrated the arrival of their son, Lucas.



Rachel Backert, M.S. (updated 2013)

  • Rachel is a Manager of Organizational Development at Mary Washington Health Care in Glen Allen, Virginia. Virginia.

Ty Breland, Ph.D.

  • Ty is currently the Vice President of Global Sales and Revenue Management HR at Marriott International, Inc. In his role, Ty is the HR generalist for all Sales and Revenue Management associates worldwide. His duties and responsibilities include providing strategic direction for human capital and organizational development issues in Sales & Revenue Management. Currently, Ty is in the process of a global reorganization of the sales discipline at Marriott. In this reorganization, he is responsible for all HR related components ranging from compensation models and organizational structure to the design and implementation of technology-enabled selection and performance evaluation systems. In addition, Ty is partnering with senior leaders to formulate change management strategies for the new sales organization and illustrating return on investment on key HR tools and resources. Prior to coming to Marriott, Ty was a consultant for HumRRO in Alexandria, Virginia. Ty continues to remain active in his professional development through research within and outside of Marriott. He is involved with a series of research studies with local universities and consulting firms. His work has ranged from the psychometric qualities of various personality measures to job fit and the impact on engagement and sales performance to cross-cultural differences in performance ratings. His most recent work has been published in journals including Human Performance and Psychological Measurement.

Wan Yin Chang, M.S.

Leifur Geir Hafsteinsson, Ph.D.

  • Leifur is currently owner and CEO of CrossFit Sport in Reykjavik, Iceland. Prior to entering the private sector, Leifur was Associate Professor in the School of Business at Reykjavik University, Iceland. His research interests were in motivational processes, with emphasis on the goal orientation construct. Leifur has published in Educational and Psychological Measurement, Journal of Applied Social Psychology, and Journal of Research on Adolescence.

Meacham, Kristina M.S. (updated 2013)

  • Kristina is a Senior Research Analyst at the Washington Post.


Kevin Bradley, Ph.D. (updated 2013)

  • Kevin is a Consultant at Aon Hewit in the Washington D.C. area.  Prior to that Kevin was a Senior Staff Scientist at Human Resources Research Organization (HumRRO).

Steven R. Burnkrant, Ph.D. (updated 2012)

  • Steve Burnkrant is a Lead Personnel Research Psychologist in the Organizational Assessment (OA) section of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. Steve leads client and research projects involving organizational and customer surveys, multisource leadership assessments, and program evaluation. Steve has a B.A. in Psychology from Colorado College and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Virginia Tech. He lives and plays in Denver, Colorado.

Amy Gershenoff Hayes, Ph.D. (updated 2012)

  • Amy is a Managing Director at Russell Reynolds Associate. Amy Hayes advises boards, CEOs and senior-level executives of leading global organizations to create and execute leadership and succession programs for her clients to ensure high levels of corporate governance. Based in Atlanta, Amy leads large-scale engagements across sectors and geographies for clients including Fortune 100, public and private companies. She leads talent assessments in M&A/Private Equity due diligence, hiring and promotions. Amy is a member of the firm’s CEO/Board Services practice and Diversity Team. Prior to joining Russell Reynolds Associates, Amy worked as a consultant focusing on coaching and leadership development, succession planning, selection decisions, behavioral interviewing and strategic planning. Amy is frequent guest speaker and her research has been cited in books and published in professional journals such as Directors and Boards and the American Psychological Association's Small Group Research. Amy is also a key contributor to the Russell Reynolds Associates recent studies on leadership succession and diversity in the board room. She is a Director of the American Red Cross - Metro Atlanta Chapter and also serves on an Alumni Advisory Board for Virginia Tech.

Heather Hayes, M.S.

  • Heather is finishing her doctorate in Quantitative Psychology with a minor in Industrial/Organizational Psychology at Georgia Tech. She is planning a career in academics and has an article coming out in Personality and Individual Differences.

Andrea Sinclair, Ph.D. (updated 2012)

  • Andrea Sinclair is a Senior Scientist at the Human Resources Research Organization (HumRRO). Andrea began working for HumRRO in 2003, shortly after graduating from Virginia Tech. Andrea works for HumRRO’s Validity Investigations in Education and the Workplace (VIEW) program in HumRRO’s Louisville, KY office. Andrea splits her time between conducting I/O research and education research. She finds that her training as an I/O psychologist in research methodology and in issues related to the reliability and validity of measurements have translated nicely to the education projects she works on. She’s currently working to bring the I/O perspective to the current hot topic of teacher evaluation with a focus on the importance of distinguishing measures of teacher performance (e.g., observation instruments) from measures of teaching effectiveness (e.g., student test scores). Andrea also works on more traditional “I/O” projects. For example, she continues to lead the project to update O*NET task lists for all O*NET occupations. When Andrea is not busy at work, she and her husband keep very busy with their FOUR rambunctious boys. Andrea’s standard response to questions like, “how is everything?” is always, “my life is very full!”



S. Bartholomew Craig, Ph.D. (updated 2012)

  • Bart is an Associate Professor in the Industrial-Organizational Psychology program at North Carolina State University, where his research and teaching focus on organizational leadership, counterproductive work behavior, training evaluation, and psychological measurement. Bart’s research has been published in numerous scholarly journals, in books, and presented at national conferences. Bart is also an adjunct leadership development consultant and research scientist at Kaplan DeVries Inc., Executive Development Consulting, LLC, Scientific Organizational Solutions, LLC, and an adjunct program evaluator at the Center for Creative Leadership. He serves on the Book Review Advisory Panel at Personnel Psycholgy and is coauthor of the Perceived Leader Integrity Scale, a 360° assessment for assessing leaders’ ethical integrity. His consulting practice applies scientific theory and methods to improve the effectiveness of individual leaders. He lives with his family in Raleigh, North Carolina. More information about Bart, including downloadable copies of papers, is available at his web site:

Joan McMahon, Ph.D. (updated 2012)

  • Joan is an Associate Professor of Management in the Luter School of Business at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia, where she has taught Organizational Behavior, Leadership in Business, Human Resource Management, and Organization Development and Change. Her research has been published in the Journal of Business Ethics and Ethics and Information Technology, and International Journal of Technoethics.

Chris Sanders, M.S.

Dana Swartz, M.S.

  • Dana earned her BS in Psychology from Virginia Tech in 1999 and stayed on to complete graduate work in the I/O Program. She earned her MS in 2002 before leaving to pursue her dream of gainful employment. She now works as an independent contractor for companies owned by two other VT I/O grads, Monnie Bittle of Executive Decisions International, LLC, and Steve Morgan of Performance Insight, LLC. Dana lives in Charlotte with her husband, Trevor Byrd, another VT I/O grad, and their son, Graham. She owes a debt of gratitude to the department for not only conferring two degrees upon her, but for the opportunity to meet many friends, colleagues, and even her husband along the way.

Patrick Gavan O'Shea (updated 2012)

  • Gavan is Director, Employee and Leadership Development, at Human Resources Research Organization (HumRRO) in Louisville, Kentucky. At present, he is working to develop online “virtual role play” simulations for eadership development purposes for the Defense Civilian Personnel Advisory Service and the Society for Human Resource Management. He recently directed an effort to design, develop, and implement a 360-degree feedback system for senior leaders across the U.S. Intelligence Community for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Gavan also recently helped conduct job analyses of the intelligence analyst and special agent positions for the FBI. From 2001 until 2006, Gavan worked at the American Institutes for Research (AIR). His dissertation, focused on testing the argument that the best leaders are transformational and transactional, was published in 2009 in the journal Leadership. Some of Gavan’s other published work has appeared in Military Psychology, the Journal of Business and Psychology, and Industrial and Organizational Psychology. Gavan is a proud father of twins, William and Julia, born in 2007. He met his wife Molly in 2004 while visiting Boulder, Colorado to run the “Bolder Boulder” 10K road race. Molly is a clinical social worker who primarily does therapy with children and adolescents.

Alisa Watt, M.S.

  • Alisa is a Human Resources Assistant for the Trane Company in New York, New York.



Tammy Bess, M.S.

Shanan G. Gibson, Ph.D. (updated 2012)

  • Shanan is Associate Dean for Student and Faculty Development and an Associate Professor of Management at East Carolina University in the College of Business. She currently serves as co-editor of the Small Business Institute® Journal and an editor of the recently published Handbook of Work Analysis: Methods, Systems, Applications and Science of Work Measurement in Organizations. Shanan recently served three years as a member of the U.S. Social Security Administration’s Occupational Information Development Advisory Panel. Active in several professional organizations such as the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, the Small Business Institute®, and the Southeastern Chapter of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences, she still manages to find time for teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in Human Resources Management and Entrepreneurship. Outside of work, Shanan and her husband Jim spend their time boating, traveling, and relaxing with Calculus (an “only child” who greatly resembles a spoiled 11 lb. poodle).

Melissa Gratias, Ph.D.

  • Melissa is owner and principal consultant of MBG Organizing Solutions in Chattanooga Tennessee. She specializes in streamlining business processes. Prior to starting her own consulting practice, Melissa worked as a Senior Manager at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Tennessee (2005-2007) dealing with human resource technology, and Protective Life Corporation (1998-2004) where she was in charge of the annual Employee Feedback Survey and also became an internal consultant for statistical measurement and quality improvement. Melissa also served as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga (2004-2005).

Eran Hollander, M.S. (updated 2013)

  • Eran is Vice President of Product Management at Roam Data Boston.  Eran also earned an M.B.A. from Virginia Tech in 2004.



Carl Swander, Ph.D.

  • Carl is co-owner of Ergometrics & Applied Personnel Research, Inc., in Washington State. He specializes in the development and implementation of video-based job simulations used for selection and training. These video-based assessments are used extensively for the hiring of public safety and public transit personnel.



Emily Stimpson Blue, M.S.

Jason DePasquale, Ph.D.

  • Jason P. DePasquale is a Program Manager in LMI’s Human Capital Management group in Washington D.C. LMI is a non-profit strategic consultancy committed to helping government leaders and managers reach decisions that make a difference. Jason is responsible for the competency modeling, workforce planning, strategic planning, succession planning, and change management work areas. His clients include the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and Departments of State, Transportation, and Health and Human Services. Jason joined LMI in 2005 after 10 years performing organizational research for various civilian and military agencies. He was previously employed by CNA Corporation as a research analyst, leading projects for the Defense Logistics Agency and Bureau of Navy Medicine.

Nicole Jalbert, Ph.D.

  • Niki Jalbert is an Executive Consultant and Solution Portfolio Designer, located in the Boston office of PDI Ninth House. She works with national and multi-national organizations of all sizes to enhance individual, team, and organizational leadership across a wide range of industries. She spends much of her time working with organizations to design and develop integrated and competency based assessment, selection, leadership development and succession management systems. From 2006 - 2008, she was on an expatriate assignment in the Hague, Netherlands where she was able to travel throughout Europe while helping to establish PDI's presence. Prior to joining PDI, she was a consultant in the Strategic Consulting Group of Linkage, Incorporated. She currently lives in NH, is married with one daughter, Sydney, and expecting another addition to the family in May.

Kevin Keller, M.S.

Timothy McGonigle, Ph.D. (updated 2013)

  • Tim is a Principal with SRA International in Arlington, VA, where leads a team of I/O psychologists who conduct applied research primarily for federal government clients. Prior to joining SRA in 2007, Tim worked for Caliber Associates and the American Institutes for Research. His primary work has involved applied measurement, job task analysis, personnel classification, program evaluation, and applied research on human and organizational performance. He also teaches graduate level courses in research methods as an Adjunct Professor at George Washington University. In his spare time, Tim likes to run and bike.

Scott Parrill, M.S. (updated 2013)

  • Scott is a Financial Advisor with UBS Financial Services in Dallas.

Adam Prowker, M.S.

  • Adam earned a Ph.D. in Psychometrics from Rutgers University in 2005 and took a job as a Psychometrician at Educational Measurement Group at Pearson Publishing. Adam has published in Journal of Educational Measurement and Educational and Psychological Measurement.

Joshua Williams, Ph.D. (updated 2012)

  • Josh is a Senior Project Manager with Safety Performance Solutions (SPS) in Blacksburg, Virginia. Josh is the author of Keeping People Safe: The Human Dynamics of Injury Prevention (Publisher: Government Institutes). He also co-edited Keys to Behavior-Based Safety with E. Scott Geller. He has more than 20 publications in leading safety journals and received the Cambridge Center National First Prize for his research on behavioral feedback. For the last 15 years Josh has managed People Based Safety and Safety Culture Assessment initiatives in both English and Spanish with leading organizations across the world. A sampling of organizations he has worked with includes: Albany International, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Caterpillar, Corning, Ensign Drilling, ExxonMobil, Genentech, General Dynamics, Honeywell, Los Alamos Laboratories, Lucent, Pilot Chemical, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, RSR, and Singapore Technologies. Josh has also delivered motivational presentations to Boeing, LL Bean, The Marines, NASA, UPS, the U.S. Army and Walmart. He’s currently struggling to maintain his golf handicap in single digits.


Stephen Atkins, Ph.D. (updated 2013)

  •  Stephen serves as the business school Research Director at Otago Polytechnic of New Zealand (since 2006), and previously lectured in the business psychology program at Massey University (1999 to 2006). Before coming to New Zealand, he was employed at the U. S. Department of Labor’s National O*Net Development Center (1998-1999) as an internal consultant for industrial psychometrics, before-which he spent most of his life working in the spacecraft launch operations and astronaut ergonomics fields Most of Dr. Atkins’ scholarly publications and conference papers have dealt with cognitive ergonomics, social cognitions, teamwork within the workplace, and industrial psychometrics. He is a co-founder of SmartAid and the associated academic sub-discipline “humanitarian work psychology” (HWP). A highly active Rotarian and prior winner of the USDA’s 4-H Tenure Medal, Dr. Atkins has also served on multiple Anglican or Episcopalian cathedral boards and committees.

Laurie Buchanan, Ph.D.

  • Laurie is an Associate at Booz, Allen, & Hamilton in the Washington D.C. area.

Theresa Cullen, M.S.

  • Theresa is a Senior Employee Development Advisor with Sempra Energy in San Diego, CA, where she help employees realize their full potential through leadership assessment, coaching and development, team building and training. Prior to coming to Sempra, Theresa was an OD consultant with a small, independent consulting firm in Scottsdale, AZ, where she had the good fortune to work with such clients as Gap Inc. (free jeans!), Timberland (free boots!), and the American Red Cross (she was free…it was a pro bono project). She currently is studying the effectiveness of peer coaching, and does pro bono work when she can, most recently for local animal shelters. Her Virginia Tech experience, and specifically her experience in the Psychology department, was invaluable in preparing for these roles. Theresa's “real” full-time job is mom to 1-year-old daughter Mikaela. Along with her husband Tony and their energetic Jack Russell Terrier, Oscar, they are enjoying the sand and surf in sunny San Diego, CA.

Rachel Fredholm DeSpain, M.S.

  • After graduation, Rachel Fredholm DeSpain moved to San Francisco where she worked as a Business Consultant for through the dotcom boom and bust. She helped advise the company on how to downsize and make the jobs and reporting structures more efficient. After her stint in California, Rachel spent some time traveling around the world, then she returned to the states and moved on to more adventurous work outdoors. She now lives in Juneau, Alaska with her husband Matt and their dog, Zihua. They own a growing business, Alaska Zipline Adventures, that they have been operating for 4 years in the Tongass National Forest. The tour consists of multiple ziplines, and a suspension bridge. Most of their guests are tourists visiting Alaska, but they also host corporate retreats for team-building. This year, they are starting a charity organization that will be aimed at helping poor communities in other countries develop sustainable zip line tours of their own to create jobs and new sources of revenue.

Jean-Anne Schmidt, M.S. (updated 2013)

  • Jean-Anne is Senior Project Manager at Acclerant Research. Prior to here current position, Jean-Anne was a Market Information Manager for Consumer and Small Business Banking at Bank of America where her responsibilities included recommending and building research programs to support business objectives and evaluating research results to provide actionable recommendations. Jean-Anne lives in Charlotte with her husband and two children.



Kevin J. Basik, M.S. (updated 2012)

  • Kevin is a Lieutenant Colonel in the Air Force, and is currently the Director of Cadet Development programs at the Air Force Academy, where he also graduated in 1993. Upon graduating from Virginia Tech,, then-Captain Basik served as an project lead and reengineering consultant at the Air Force Center for Quality and Management Innovation in San Antonio, Texas. From 2000-2003, Kevin was an instructor of Leadership at the US Air Force Academy, earning the Outstanding Instructor of the Year award. More recently, he has served as the Commandant of Cadets for Air Force ROTC at the Citadel, and was then selected to oversee national training for Air Force ROTC for all 144 colleges in the US and Puerto Rico. In that role, Kevin was responsible for physical, military, and leadership training for 16,000 students, 4,000 staff, with a 15 million dollar annual budget. He followed that assignment as the Executive Officer to a 3-star general at Air University at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. He was recently sponsored by the Air Force to pursue his PhD at Florida State University in Organizational Behavior, where his areas of interest include behavioral integrity and accountability.

Reagan Brown, Ph.D. (updated 2012)

  • Reagan is Associate Professor of Psychology at Western Kentucky University. His teaching and research interests are primarily focused on personnel psychology and psychometrics. Reagan occasionally consults with local industry on job analysis and selection projects. When not working on personnel selection and psychometric projects, Reagan likes to relax by writing short biographical descriptions of himself.

Jeffrey Smith, Ph.D. (updated 2013)

  • Jeff is a Senior Managing Director and Head of Human Resources at BlackRock since 2009. Dr. Smith is also a member of the Global Executive Committee of BlackRock. Prior to joining BlackRock in 2009, Dr. Smith was the global head of human resources of BGI since 2007. Prior to joining BGI, Dr. Smith was Vice President of People Development at Time Warner. Previously, Dr. Smith was a senior consultant at Personnel Decisions International.

Leslie Thomas, Ph.D.

  • Leslie is Chief Psychometric Officer at Kryterion in Phoenix Arizona. Kryterion specializes in on-line psychological assessments.



Bethany Bodo, M.S. (updated 2013)

  • Bethany is Director of Academic Assessment at Radford University. Prior to this appointment she was the Assistant Director of Assessment and Institutional Research at Radford University. Bethany came to Radford after serving as the Assistant Director of Assessment at Georgia Institute of Technology. Bethany is married to VT-IO alum Josh Williams (1999).

Thomas, Dallam, Ph.D. (updated 2013)

  • Thomas is Vice President of Human Resources at the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport.

Steven C. Morgan, Ph.D. (updated 2013)

  • Steve is President of Performance Insight, LLC (, a company with a mission to assess and provide insights into organizations, their teams and individuals to maximize performance and alignment at all levels (organization-team-individual). Steve’s vision is to be viewed as a “trusted, long-term, strategic business partner” by his clients. Steve’s has industry experience in a wide range of industries, including intelligence, government contracting, information technology, financial services, aerospace, defense, animal health, and manufacturing, to name a few. Clients range in size from Fortune 100 companies to start-up operations and are located both domestically and abroad. Before Performance Insight, Steve was President of Executive Decisions International, a Chicago-based management consulting firm. Prior to that, Steve was a business consultant with Gehlhausen Ruda & Associates. Steve’s personal time is spent mostly in family-related activities. Steve, his wife Andrea and their daughters Maddie and Arden love to travel and explore.

Dwayne Norris, Ph.D. (updated 2013)

  • Dwayne is a Vice President at American Institute of Research with over 17 years experience in HR and personnel consulting. His work deals with job and occupational analysis, selection and certification, performance management, organizational surveys, and data analysis. Currently, Dwayne is the Project Director for the development and maintenance of the National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (NJATC) selection program for electrical workers. In addition to the selection work for NJATC, he is leading the development of an electrical worker certification program and an attitude survey of apprentices and a validation study for the College Board that will assess the predictive and incremental validity of the new writing section of the SAT. Dwayne recently worked with the U.S. Navy to develop competency models to facilitate the training and career progression for select officer and enlisted ratings. He was also involved in a similar effort—job task analysis of systems specialist positions—for the Federal Aviation Administration.

Daniel P. Russell, Ph.D. (updated 2012)

  • Dan is at Partner at global HR consulting firm Aon Hewitt. He is the U.S. Leader for Aon Hewitt's Selection & Assessment Service Line. In this role, he focuses on supporting organizations talent acquisition and management needs through reliable and valid assessment services. Aon Hewitt’s assessments range from entry level to C-level executives with broad industry coverage. Since joining Aon in 1998 from another professional services firm, he has worked with several large employers such as Bank of America, McDonald's Corporation, Sears Holdings, U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, Advocate Health Care, U.S. Dept. of Defense, Underwriter’s Laboratories, Verizon, Philip Morris USA, International Paper; Turner Entertainment, The Home Depot, UPS, and Waffle House. His work centers around employee Selection & Assessment, Organizational Effectiveness, Talent Strategies and Solutions, and Performance Management.

Paige Porter Wolf, Ph.D. (updated 2013)

  • Paige is director of the Mason's MBA and MS in Accounting programs. Prior to this position, she spent 11 years with the School of Management as an associate professor of management. Paige's area of expertise is the alignment of human capital with organizational strategy. She taught both MBA and undergraduate courses in organizational behavior and human resource management. She has been recognized for her work in the classroom, having been honored with the George Mason University Teaching Excellence Award. Wolf has more than 16 years of experience as an internal and external consultant on strategic human resource initiatives and maintains an active consulting practice through her own company, Performance Matters, LLC. Paige has published in the Academy of Management Learning and Education Journal, Journal of Social Psychology, Human Resource Management, Encyclopaedia of Creativity, The IBM Center for Business and Government Competition and Choice Series, and The Industrial/Organizational Psychologist.



Heather Roberts Fox, Ph.D. (updated 2013)

  • Heather is a part-time faculty member in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Johns Hopkins University, where she teachs courses in industrial and organizational psychology and tests and measurement for upper-level undergraduate students. Prior to her current position, Heather was on the faculty at Towson University and work for the American Psychological Association. Her areas of interest are leadership, personnel assessment and selection, and occupational health psychology.

Anne Holloway-Lundy, Ph.D. (updated 2013)

  • Anne is a Personnel Research Psychologist at the Office of Personnel Management in Denver where she manages job analysis and competency modeling projects as well as assessment development projects to assist Federal agencies with their human capital needs. She was a Research Scientist at Qwest Communications from 1995-1999.

Yuqing Ni, M.S.

  • Yuqing is a Financial Analyst working in the San Francisco area.

Darren Ritzer, Ph.D. (updated 2013)

  • Darren is Associate Professor of Psychology at Winthrop University. Before coming to Winthrop, Dr. Ritzer was a major in the U.S. Army. His research interests include job stress, human performance, and teaching effectiveness.

Maureen Walsh, Ph.D.



Thomas Berry, Ph.D. (updated 2013)

  • Tom is Associate Professor of Psychology at Christopher Newport University.

Sharon Flinder, Ph.D. (updated 2013)

  • Sharon is a Leadership Development Consultant at Transformation Systems Inc (TSI). She enhances executive assessment programs to help leaders develop greater self-awareness of personal and interpersonal dynamics. She also coaches leaders to translate their insights into effective organizational and personal developmental strategies. Her areas of expertise include assessment, coaching, training and development, performance appraisal and feedback systems, and compensation and reward systems. Sharon has worked with a diverse set of clients, including the United States Navy, and developed a leadership excellence program for executives working for companies located in Botswana.

Dianan Corrigan, M.A.

  • Diana Corrigan is an independent international management consultant. She has expertise in cross-cultural workforce development; non-profit, business and economic development; facilitation; grant writing and program monitoring and evaluation; and 360-degree feedback and employee opinion surveys. She unearths projects wherever her family is posted with the U.S State Department. They are currently living in Guyana, live in Washington D.C. between posts, and are looking forward to their next post in Japan. Her current contracts with the Guyana Canadian High Commission and Peace Corps Guyana both focus on team-building and employee development. She has also provided human resource management training for the Guyana Ministry of Health and conducted a cost-of-living survey for United Nations Development Programme.

Katherine L. Duffin, Ph.D. (updated 2013)

  • Kathy is a Human Resources Supervisor at the State of Colorado.

Justin Rueb, Ph.D.

  • Justin is Professor of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point.



Marcus Cowgill, Ph.D.

Stuart E. Greenberg, Ph.D. (updated 2013)

  • Stuart is currently Deputy Director, Global / Oncology Market Research at Bayer Healthcare. His responsibilities include qualitative and quantitative primary research, secondary research, forecasting and market size analysis. He manages market research projects in North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Japan. In the past, by way of major pharmaceutical mergers and acquisitions, he has been on the Global Market Research teams of Pfizer, Pharmacia, Searle, Roche Diagnostics and Boehringer Mannheim. Stuart has managed market research on cancer treatment and prevention drugs, blood glucose monitors, point of care testing equipment and ophthalmic instruments. Stuart currently has responsibility for market research on Nexavar, a targeted therapy for the treatment of Kidney and Liver cancer. In the past he has had responsibility for market research on Camptosar for colorectal cancer, Aromasin for breast cancer and the Accu-Chek family of blood glucose monitors.

Amy Russell Hartley, M.S. (updated 2013)

  • Amy has held various Human resources roles and is currently the Vice President of Human Resources for Alfa Laval, a Swedish Manufacturer of industrial equipment with its US headquarters located in Richmond, Virginia. In her role, Amy focuses on Organizational Development, Leadership training and performance management. Amy resides in Richmond with her husband Drew, two boys Chase and Cole and their faithful dog Cortland. Amy is a committed long distance runner, gets to the Outer Banks at every possible opportunity and is an avid Hokie fan - getting to Virginia Tech for most home football games.

Pat Marshall, Ph.D. (updated 2013)

  • Pat is the Principal of Organizational Strategies, LLC in New York city. She has served as an analyst, advisor or consultant for a wide array of organizations, government agencies and Fortune 500 companies. Pat consults on leadership assessment centers, develops 360° feedback instruments, facilitates large-group training sessions and conducts small-group debrief sessions with executives. She has worked with Barclays, Computer Sciences Corporation, General Motors, Schering-Plough, Agilent, Hewlett-Packard, US Gypsum and a number of U.S. federal agencies. Pat is adjunct faculty in the Graduate School, Department of Psychology at New York University and past president of the New York Metropolitan Association of Applied Psychology.

Dean Stamoulis, Ph.D. (updated 2013)

  • Dean leads Russell Reynold Associate's Leadership and Succession services globally and provides guidance to boards and Chief Executive Officers about how to build excellent leadership teams. This advisory work has two main components: optimizing hiring, promotion, and succession decisions, as well as contributing to the development of promising senior executives. He is based in Atlanta. Dean's has published a book entitled Senior Executive Assessment: A Key to Responsible Corporate Governance. His consulting occurs in all major industries, including sports-- his counsel to National Football league teams was featured in the book War Room: The Legacy of Bill Belichick and the Art of Building the Perfect Team.

Marta Carter Wilson, Ph.D. (updated 2012)

  • Marta is the CEO of Transformation Systems Inc. (TSI). Today, TSI has become a company that defense leaders call to increase productivity, efficiency, effectiveness and responsiveness. TSI has received numerous accolades from defense organizations for helping set historic records in the counter-IED effort and for ERP transitioning plus awards from Inc.'s Fastest-Growing Companies in America, Virginia's Fantastic 50 and the Society for Human Resource Management. The Washington Business Journal has also recognized Wilson among 25 leading business women in the Washington, D.C., area. To give back to the community, Marta created and steers TSI's Feed to Lead Program which gives grants to fight hunger, scholarships for STEM education, school supplies to disadvantaged children and funding to promote literacy. For her commitment to corporate social responsibility, Wilson was recognized as 2011 Corporate Heroine by March of Dimes and Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association. In 2012, Wilson received the National Jefferson Award for Public Service. A board member of the Northern Virginia Technology Council, Wilson is also active in professional organizations such as the Professional Services Council, the National Defense Industrial Association, the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association and the Association for Corporate Growth. She is a former board member of both the Virginia Network of Nonprofit Organizations and Virginia's United States Senate Productivity and Quality Award. Marta and her colleagues enjoy writing business books; her latest is titled, Everybody’s Business: Engaging Your Total Enterprise to Boost Quality, Speed, Savings and Innovation. Wilson is also the author of Leaders in Motion and the Transformation Desktop Guide.



Robert Brill, Ph.D. (updated 2013)

  • Bob is an associate professor of psychology at Moravian College. He has taught courses in industrial, organizational, and social psychology, statistics and research methodology, and introductory psychology. Some special topic courses he has offered include Organizational Stress and Occupational Health, Contemporary Work-Life Challenges, and a writing course for first year students: Transitions From Youth. Bob’s more recent research interests have been in work-life challenges and the professional development in the nursing industry. He has also engaged in pedagogical scholarship, including service learning and outcomes assessment which merges with the work he had done while serving as the Chair of Moravian’s College Assessment Committee for a decade. As a practitioner, he has undertaken many consulting projects and workshops in the areas of training, communication, performance and needs assessment, as well as employee well-being at a variety of organizations, including the American Red Cross, Lehigh Valley Hospital and Martin Guitars among others. Bob served as the PI and Research Director for a Wall Street West grant supported by the Department of Labor’s WIRED (Workforce Innovations in Regional Economic Development) initiatives. Bob oversaw a team of faculty conducting a multifaceted assessment of workforce and economic development efforts targeting the financial service industry in the northeastern Pennsylvania area.

Jerry Bush, M.S.

Michelle Rozhon, M.S.



Lance Becker, Ph.D.

  • Lance is Principal of Lance Becker & Associates located in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area.

Monnie Bittle, Ph.D.

  • Monnie is founder and Chief Executive Officer of Executive Decisions International, LLC (EDI). She specializes in facilitating the alignment of an organizations leaders, teams, and culture with its organization strategy/vision. Monnie applies the professional solutions and the Customer Intimacy philosophy of EDI to for-profit and not-for-profit organizations across multiple industries, including manufacturing, financial services, aerospace, defense, high tech, pharmaceutical, professional services, health, and consumer products. She works with domestic and international operations and with organizations ranging in size from start-up operations to Fortune 100 companies. Before EDI, Monnie was a business consultant with Gehlhausen Ruda and Associates, a Chicago-based management consulting firm. Prior to that, Monnie worked in Human Resources Research at BellSouth Corporation in Atlanta. Her work at BellSouth included the development and validation of selection systems and the development, administration, and interpretation of organization and employee opinion surveys.

Elizabeth Brownlee Kolmstetter, Ph.D. (updated 2013)

  • Liz is currently Chief Human Capital Officer a the U.S. Agency for International Development.  Prior to her current position, Liz was Deputy Associate Director of National Intelligence for Human Capital at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). She was responsible for major policy reform, innovative human capital programs, and large scale workforce initiatives all directed at transforming US Intelligence Community and bringing together the 17 agencies in a new era of collaboration post 9-11. Prior to joining the ODNI in 2007, Liz was the Deputy Chief Human Capital Officer for the Transportation Security Agency (TSA). Prior to that she served as the Director for Standards, Testing, Assessment, and Research at the TSA. Created in the aftermath of 9-11, the TSA stood up as a new federal agency responsible for transportation security and part of the new Dept of Homeland Security. Liz was responsible for developing, validating, and implementing the new standards for airport security screeners. In 2002, she directed the selection process through which over 1.7 million applications were processed and over 340,000 applicants tested for over 60,000 screener positions nationwide – the largest civilian workforce mobilization in US history. Prior to joining TSA, she was the Senior Director for Standards, Assessment, and Certification at the National Skill Standards Board (NSSB). Liz was responsible for the technical work and policy development for a national, industry-led system of skill standards, assessment, and certification for front-line workers across all industry sectors in the United States. Prior to joining the NSSB, she was the first IO Psychologist and Chief of Personnel Assessment and Research at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for over 7 years. Liz is a fellow of the Society of Industrial/Organizational Psychology and the Leader of the Team that won the SIOP M. Scott Myers Award for Best Applied Research in 2006. In addition, Liz is married to Michael and the mother of twins, Miles and Nicole.



Joanne Mac Donlin, Ph.D. (updated 2013)

  • Joanne is Principal of JMD Insights serving the greater New York City area.

Margery Hall, Ph.D.

Carissa Luch, M.A.

  • Carissa is Senior Market Research Manager at Kraft Food in Chicago.



Paul Levy, Ph.D. (updated 2013)

  • Paul is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology at The University of Akron. He chaired the nationally-ranked Industrial/Organizational Psychology Program at Akron for 14 years and in 2005 became the Chair of the Department of Psychology. He is a fellow of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, the American Psychological Association, and the Association for Psychological Science. His consulting and research interests include performance appraisal, feedback, motivation, coaching, and organizational surveys/attitudes. He is the author of one of the leading I/O textbooks in the field and over 50 refereed publications with many appearing in the top journals in the discipline such as the Journal of Applied Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Academy of Management Journal, and Personnel Psychology. Paul is currently the Associate Editor of Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes which is one of the leading scholarly publications in the field of Industrial/Organizational Psychology. He has over 15 years of consulting and grant-related experience and his clients/sponsors have included the federal government, large private organizations, and local not for profit companies. Paul's most recent work has revolved around the feedback processes that are critical to successful organizational functioning. He and his students have refined existing constructs, defined new constructs, and developed and validated measures of constructs that are integrally related to how feedback is delivered, received, used, reacted to, and interpreted in organizations. In addition, his research also identifies an individual’s feedback orientation (receptivity and attitude toward feedback) as integral to this process. His current work is continuing to uncover how these and other constructs interact to determine the effectiveness of feedback in the workplace. Dr. Levy has been married to Sylvia Chinn-Levy since 1988 and they have three wonderful boys: Christopher, Sean, and Jared who have very little interest in psychology, but love playing sports, watching TV, and reading great books. He is involved in the Copley Athletic Association as a basketball and baseball coach as well as Montrose Zion United Methodist Church in various capacities.

Steve Walker, Ph.D. (updated 2012)

  • Steve was Neil Hauenstein’s first doctoral graduate, a claim that no one has since challenged! Currently, Steve is an officer in the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, where he works in the Talent Management and Development Function. Steve’s responsibilities include overseeing the Bank’s performance and management framework and program, talent management activities, multi-rater feedback, and the Bank’s employee climate survey. Steve also contributes in various other areas including assessment, program evaluation, client satisfaction surveys, and various strategic initiatives for the Bank and its various business units. Prior to joining the Federal Reserve Bank of NY, Steve spent a year at Credit Suisse as a Director and 14 years at JPMorgan Chase in New York City where he held a variety of corporate and client-facing roles, all involving Human Resources development. Steve started his career in San Francisco, spending five years at Wells Fargo Bank.

Kathryn Welch, Ph.D.


Liz Evenson, Ph.D.

Mary McCoy, Ph.D.

Larry Shetzer, Ph.D. (updated 2013)

  • Larry is a principle at Matrix Consulting in Vancouver, Canada. He has been involved in human resource management consulting, training and research since 1984, working in the areas of corporate governance and executive coaching, performance management system design, compensation and job evaluation and attitudinal research.



Denise Long, M.S.

Jim Nimmer, Ph.D.

  • Jim is Principal of JNG consulting in Denver. Prior to starting his consulting firm, Jim was the Director of the Career Service Authority for the City and County of Denver.

James Austin, Ph.D.

  • Jim is a Senior Research Specialist at The Ohio State University. One of Jim's major responsibilities is serving as Principal Investigator of the ABLE Evaluation and Design Project, which works to support Adult Basic Education in Ohio by completing an annual scope of work for the Adult Education Director of the Ohio Board of Regents. Prior to his current position, Jim completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Quantitative Psychology at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign from 1987-1989, served as a Visiting Assistant Professor in Industrial/Organizational Psychology at the University of Illinois (1988-1990) and New York University (1990-1991), and was Assistant Professor of Psychology at The Ohio State University (1991-1997). His research interests include testing-assessment, job performance measurement, and statistical and methodological topics. Jim has published in such journals as Psychological Bulletin, Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, Academy of Management Executive, and Journal of Career-Technical Education.

Pete Villinova, Ph.D.

  • Pete is Professor of Management in the Walker School of Business at Appalachian State University in Boone North Carolina.


1985 and prior years

Laura Donnelly, Ph.D. (1985)

Barry Riegelhaupt, Ph.D. (1984)

  • Barry is Vice President at Romanyk Consulting Corp in Atlanta. Over the past 25 years, Barry has held leadership positions in the healthcare consulting, healthcare information technology, and human resources consulting industries. Prior to joining Romanyk Consulting, Barry was a practice leader/client executive with Ingenix Consulting. Barry also served 15 years (1992 – 2007) as a Director with EDS’ Global Payer practice, as a Principal with IBM Global Services Strategy and Change practice, and as a Vice President at McManis Associates’ healthcare strategy consulting practice where he focused on strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, and business transformation. Before beginning his career in healthcare, Barry was a Program Manager with FU Associates and the Human Resources Research Organization where his consulting engagements focused in the areas of human resources, human systems integration, business transformation, and organizational change management across numerous industries.

Greg Dobbins, Ph.D.

  • In 1995, Greg was a Professor in the I/O Psychology program at the University of Tennessee and a rising star in the field of Industrial/Organizational psychology when he suddenly passed away.

Robert Cardy, Ph.D.

  • Bob is Professor and Chair of the Department of Management in the College of Business at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Prior to his current position, Bob was Associate Professor of Management (1988-2004) and Full Professor of Management (1994-2006) at Arizona State University. He started his academic career as an Assistant Professor of Organization and Human Resources at the State University of New York at Buffalo (1982-1988). Bob was co-founder and editor of the Journal of Quality Management. He has published numerous articles in such journals as Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Journal of Quality Management, and Human Resource Management Review.

Joseph Orbin, Ph.D.

  • Joseph is the Manager of Research and Development and a lead psychometrician for Questar Assessment, Inc. He provides leadership in the areas of research, test development, psychometrics and statistics, and assessment and training support for Questar’s staff and clients. This leadership includes the design and development of testing programs and special studies, psychometric consultation for research projects, and representation of Questar on technical and policy committees relative to client activities. He has experience with test construction, standard setting for high stakes tests both with the bookmark method for regular assessment and body of work for alternate assessments, test equating and item scaling, and both classical and IRT test scoring. Previously, he worked at Vangent, Inc., Pearson Performance Solutions, NCS (National Computer Systems) and McGraw-Hill London House in applied psychometrics, R&D and assessment technologies. Since 2003, Dr. Orban has served as an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Maryland University College and in the 1980s was at DePaul University as faculty member in the Department of Psychology.

Earl Pence, Ph.D.

  • Earl is a Principal in QED Consulting in the Washington D.C. area. He has 25 years of experience in the areas of strategic planning, organizational design and development, human resource planning, process improvement, organizational change, performance measurement and management, and leadership development.