Samantha is a Communications Specialist. Her background includes over 11 years of artistic development with a focus on advertisement design, preprint and digital media marketing, special publication coordination, photography, website design, and brand development. Samantha has a Bachelor’s degree in Studio Art from the University of Hawaii, Manoa.
Carolyn is a Learning and Development Manager. Carolyn has a marketing and training background in the newspaper industry. Her expertise is in succession planning, coaching, leadership development and onboarding. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from the University of Mary Washington and a Master’s degree in Women’s Studies from the University of Minnesota at Mankato.
Jess is a Learning and Development Specialist. Her background includes several years of teaching in the K-12 and college setting, as well as experience with training, leadership development, and teambuilding facilitation. Jess has a Bachelor’s degree in English and Education from Roanoke College, a master’s degree in Adult Learning from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from the College of William & Mary.
Tonia is a Learning and Development Specialist. She is responsible for the Exceptional Assistants’ Network (EAN), personal enrichment workshops, and organizational development efforts. Tonia’s background includes more than 20 years of higher education experience in employee relations, minority affairs, and undergraduate admissions. She has a Bachelor’s degree in English-Journalism and a Master’s degree in Education from Tennessee Technological University.
Theran is a Learning and Development Senior Specialist and Acting Manager. As a former organizational development consultant, he helps individuals and teams work more effectively and collaboratively. An experienced facilitator with higher education experience, Theran is passionate about personality styles, dealing with change, and creates unique learning experiences designed to help individuals develop personally and professionally regardless of role or responsibility. Theran completed his undergraduate degree at James Madison University, obtained a Master’s degree in Education from Northern Illinois University, and earned his MBA from the College of William and Mary.
Bryan is the Assistant Vice President of Human Resources at the University of Virginia. He is responsible for all human resource functions for the academic division of the University, as well as having oversight of the University of Virginia’s College at Wise and for the health plan and other benefits for the UVA Health System. His 20 years in Human Resources includes experience in the corporate sector as well as higher education. Bryan has a Bachelor’s degree from St. Mary’s College of MD, an MFA from UVA, and an MSM from the University of Florida.
Larisa is a Learning and Development Specialist. Her background includes over 20 years of experience in project coordination and program administration for UVA Health System. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Rhetoric and Communications Studies from the University of Virginia.
Diane is a Learning and Development Specialist. She encourages learning and engagement for individual contributors, program cohorts, new employees, and student groups. As a lover of learning, continued education, and new experiences, she has a varied professional background in social work, non-profits, business ownership, landscaping, and religious education. Diane has a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Sociology/Anthropology from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Rachel is a Training Administrator and Program Coordinator. Rachel’s background includes over a decade in marketing and advertising for the newspaper industry. In addition, she has professional experience in communications, project management and event planning. Rachel has a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications, emphasis in Broadcast Journalism, from Minnesota State University Moorhead.
Maureen BlackwellPartner Consultant and Certified Coach
Maureen has proven experience in working with senior leaders and teams to support transition and change efforts through strategic planning, team building, and improved communications. As US Delivery Executive for IBM Learning Services, she successfully managed a multi-million dollar business for IBM hardware and software conferences, custom and open enrollment training. She also was a global project leader for the restructuring of IBM’s training business in 60+ countries, which gave her valuable experience in the impact of personal and organizational culture on change efforts. While at IBM, Maureen created a mentoring and training program for minority and high potential employees to help increase the pipeline of future leaders and held management and executive positions for 21 of her 25 year career.
Brenda HarringtonPartner Consultant and Certified Coach
Navigating transitions has been an archetype of Brenda’s career. From her work with AT&T’s first Consumer Market program following the break-up of the Bell System, to her responsibility for post-acquisition integration as an executive with a Mid-Atlantic management firm, she is experienced with helping people manage change. An aspect of this is reflected in her extensive work with employee mobility and relocation that is focused on helping leaders and key talent succeed when adjusting to new surroundings. Brenda earned her leadership coaching certification from Georgetown University. In addition to her coaching and consulting practice, she is a member of the Global Delivery Team for Harvard Business Publishing (HBP), responsible for delivering leadership development curricula to HBP corporate clients worldwide.
Tom enjoys the challenge of working with people problems in a wide variety of settings. As a clinical psychologist and business consultant, Tom looks at performance in the context of environment and personality. Graduating from UVA’s Curry Program, Tom taught their consultation seminar for a number of years. He has consulted in schools, hospitals, and businesses with individuals and teams. His work is process focused: understanding unique individuals in challenging circumstances. Tom has also taken leadership positions in giving back to his community and profession. Whether through local nonprofit organizations or the Board of Directors of the American Psychological Association, Tom has experienced the challenges of leadership firsthand.
Mark has a proven record as an executive working at senior levels of large and small organizations to drive major business results. He directly led global teams of over 375 employees, and worked with peers on teams of nearly 6000. With extensive experience in technology leadership and product development at VeriSign, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and IBM, his global teams built and expanded systems that supported literally billions of transactions per day. These teams were built and led by developing a clear vision and delivered through pragmatic systematic organizational change. His love of developing leaders led him to establish empowering LEADERS LLC.
Kelly brings both leadership coaching and organizational development experience from her 20+ year career in the field. She held a leadership role at McKinsey & Co. for 13 years in which she designed and led the roll out of numerous employee development and retention programs, coached consultants and support staff globally and developed two internal start-up groups. She has worked with teams in the private, nonprofit, governmental and academic sectors. She received formal training in Leadership Coaching from Georgetown University. Kelly deeply believes in the importance of developing teams and individuals to bring about the greatest organizational success and personal fulfillment.
Tom has been a management consultant for the over 18 years. He provides leadership and management development services to clients in a wide variety of fields, including finance, healthcare, manufacturing, construction and higher education. Tom also consults with college and professional sport teams, and he spent June 2010 in South Africa working with the U.S. Men’s Soccer Team at the World Cup as their sport psychologist. Tom holds a Ph.D. in sport psychology from the University of Virginia.