Paul F. Clark, Ph.D.
Dr. Clark is head and professor in the Department of Labor Studies and Employment Relations. He also holds an appointment as professor in the Department of Health Policy and Administration. His research interests include employment relations in several major American industries: collective bargaining, the American labor movement, and the globalization of the labor market. He has worked with numerous local and national unions on research projects and regularly serves as a speaker/workshop instructor for professional development programs for unions and employers.
Clark is an internationally recognized scholar in his field. He is the author of four books, including Building More Effective Unions, published by Cornell ILR Press in 2001. His research has also appeared in the leading scholarly journals in industrial and labor relations and applied psychology. Clark serves as the director of the Master's in Human Resources and Employment Relations degree program at Penn State and regularly teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on industrial relations, labor law, and labor and globalization. He holds a master's degree from the Cornell ILR School and a doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh.
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Antone Aboud is a professor of practice and team leader for the online program in the School of Labor and Employment Relations. He received his Ph.D. from Cornell University's School of Industrial and Labor Relations, and a B.A. in government from Cornell. Subsequently he served in increasingly responsible positions as a faculty member at State University of New York (SUNY) at Potsdam and SUNY Institute of Technology at Utica-Rome, and as director of the Graduate School of Industrial Relations at St. Francis College in Loretto, Pennsylvania. He also served as a labor arbitrator and mediator.
From 1985 through 2012, he worked full-time as a consultant, developing effective risk management and investigatory policies and practices as well as management, leadership and supervisory training. He has authored training programs that have been taught in more than 40 states and Washington, D.C. Most recently he has focused considerable effort in helping organizations address issues related to organizational culture, particularly their ability to adopt changes in culture that are truly sustainable. Additionally, Dr. Aboud has specialized in working with long-term care entities in the public, private, and not-for-profit settings.
David Andrews concentrates his practice in labor and employment law on behalf of employers and their insurance carriers, and education law on behalf of school districts and their insurance carriers. He has represented employers in employment discrimination cases in various federal and state courts for more than 34 years. His labor relations experience also includes representation of companies in California, Texas, Iowa, Kentucky, Ohio, Georgia, Rhode Island, Illinois, Louisiana and Kansas, as well as school districts across Pennsylvania for labor arbitrations and negotiation of collective bargaining agreements. Personally Mr. Andrews has served as solicitor and labor counsel for school districts for more than 34 years and his law firm, Andrews and Beard, represents more than 100 school districts across Pennsylvania.
He received his B.A. from Juniata College, and a J.D. from Dickinson School of Law.
Akram Al Ariss earned his Ph.D. from Norwich Business School–University of East Anglia, UK and lectures at Champagne School of Management, ESC Troyes in France. His research focuses on international human resource management (IHRM). He has written several book chapters, book reviews, and journal articles—in English, French, and Arabic—on interdisciplinary issues related to IHRM, including articles in British Journal of Management, Thunderbird International Business Review, Career Development International, Work Employment and Society, and Personnel Review. Akram has also served as co-editor of special issues of the Journal of Management Development and International Journal of Business and Globalisation on themes in IHRM. He presently serves as an editorial board member for Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion and Journal of World Business.
Susan Berg is a transition expert. Her career-long focus on managing change — along with the practice of stirring up creative energy — helps guide individuals and teams through the twenty-first century.
Initially an educator and school administrator in California and Texas, she honed her focus designing strategic change projects. She spent more than 12 years with Unisys Corporation, where she was awarded the prestigious Chairman's Innovation Award for implementing new teamwork practices for the demands of the twenty-first century.
Today, Dr. Berg manages Compass Associates, providing businesses with transition advising. She is the author of Choose on Purpose, a guide to making career decisions that are both meaningful and practical.
Berg earned a Ph.D. in adult education from the University of California, Los Angeles, her M.A. from Northwestern University and her B.A. from Miami University in Ohio.
Roland L. Bessette is a 34-year-veteran of the federal government, as a senior executive (SES) with the Department of Veterans Affairs in the position of Regional Counsel (Michigan and Wisconsin) for the Office of General Counsel, and as a special assistant United States Attorney in a 25-year collateral assignment. He also served with the U.S. Navy for eight years.
Mr. Bessette has provided representation or oversaw attorneys on his staff in proceedings before the FLRA, EEOC, MSPB, arbitrators, and various courts. He has developed curricula and lectured on the topics of leadership, the history of civil rights, management of conflict, sexual harassment, negotiation, effective cross-examination, defense of cases alleging medical malpractice, employment discrimination, Title 38 Disciplinary Appeals Board proceedings, selection processes and ways to achieve diversity. He served as the Chair for the General Counsel's Leadership Development Committee and Management Advisory Council.
Aside from labor matters, Mr. Bessette has represented entertainers in cases involving the recovery of royalties. He has published numerous articles about opera and royalty matters as well as a biography of the tenor Mario Lanza.
Mr. Bessette received a B.A. from Wayne State University and a J.D. from the Detroit College of Law (now Michigan State University College of Law). He resides on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, where he serves as a mediator with local courts and as a commissioner with the Human Rights Commission.
Jackie Brova is executive vice president, human resources at Church & Dwight, Co. Inc., a $2.5 billion consumer products company headquartered in Princeton, New Jersey. Jackie’s more than 30-year career spans three industries (mining, steel, and consumer products) and she has worked in both union (UMWA, USWA, Teamsters, IAM) and non-union settings. Her experience includes support of acquisitions, divestitures, shutdowns, and start-ups and encompasses all aspects of the human resource function. In her current role at Church & Dwight, she has corporate-wide responsibility for global HR matters. Jackie received her B.A. in labor studies from Penn State and her MBA from Moravian College, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
Carol Cameron has been a corporate leadership and organization development consultant for more than 20 years, working with a range of organizations, from Fortune 500 companies to entrepreneurial start-ups in industries that include health care, financial services, technology, and more. She transitioned into the academic arena in 2012, joining Harvard University as an internal consultant and executive coach for the Deans and Administrative Department Heads unit, and to lead curriculum design and facilitation efforts for executive education in Harvard’s Center for Workplace Development.
Dr. Cameron's true passion lies in working with teams who face any number of challenges that thwart their effectiveness. She gains tremendous satisfaction from working with managers and team members to strengthen their capabilities, boost their engagement, and ultimately amplify their performance at work. Through coaching, special interventions, and training she believes she can make a powerful, positive impact on individuals and teams alike, toward productive change and a sense of fulfillment in the workplace.
Dr. Cameron earned her Ph.D. in organization and management, with an emphasis in leadership, from Capella University, and her MBA in 2001 from Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah, with an emphasis in organizational behavior. She has taught and lectured at a number of universities throughout the western United States and online, and co-authored a dynamic leadership book called "Play to Your Strengths: Stacking the Deck to Achieve Spectacular Results for Yourself and Others," published in 2009 by Career Press.
Jerry Carbo is an associate professor of management at the Grove College of Business at Shippensburg University and teaches courses in business and society, labor relations, and employment law. Dr. Carbo has been an adjunct professor in the MHRER program since 2009. His research interests include socially sustainable business systems, workplace bullying, and union revitalization, and has published articles in several academic journals, including Journal of Strategic Information Systems, the Journal of Workplace Rights, and WorkingUSA.
Dr. Carbo received his Ph.D. from Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations and his J.D. from The Dickinson School of Law of Penn State. Dr. Carbo is also a practicing attorney in the state of West Virginia. Prior to entering academia, he worked as an employee relations manager and human resources manager in both unionized and non-union settings.
Eugene S. (Gene) Cavallucci was formerly vice president and general counsel of Harris Corporation. Before becoming general counsel, Mr. Cavallucci served as vice president and legal counsel of Harris’ federal government, aerospace, and defense business units and for five years was Harris’s director of business conduct.
Prior to joining Harris, he was vice president, corporate secretary, and general counsel of DBA Systems, Inc., headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, and previous to this position, he was a partner in the law firm of Nabors, Potter, McClelland, Griffith & Jones, P.A., with offices in Melbourne and Titusville, Florida. Additionally, Mr. Cavalluci served seven years on active duty with the U.S. Air Force.
Mr. Cavallucci received his bachelor of arts from Penn State, a juris doctorate from the Penn State Dickinson School of Law, and his LLM in government procurement law from the George Washington University Law Center. He is admitted to practice in Florida and Pennsylvania and has served as Florida state co-chairperson of the Public Contract Law Section of the American Bar Association and co-chairperson of the Public Contract Law Committee of the Florida Bar. He has been a member of the National Contract Management Association (NCMA) since 1978 and was elected an NCMA fellow in May 1992.
Mr. Cavallucci was an adjunct professor at Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida, and is also a member of the Board of Overseers for Bisk College of Business at Florida Tech. He has also served on the legal committee of the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) and was chair of the Government Contracts Council of the Manufacturer’s Alliance.
Since 2007 he has been a member of the Health First, Inc., board of directors. Health First is a four-hospital-wide not-for-profit health care system in Brevard County, Florida; Cavallucci currently serves as chair of the board’s audit and governance committees.
Nicholas J. Enoch specializes in labor and employment law. He earned his B.A. in labor studies from Penn State and J.D. and MBA from the University of Dayton, Ohio. In addition to teaching, Enoch is a partner with the Phoenix/Denver/El Paso law firm of Lubin & Enoch, P.C., which focuses on the representation of labor unions throughout the Southwest. Enoch routinely appears before arbitrators as well as all courts and administrative agencies in matters arising under traditional (e.g., National Labor Relations Act, Railway Labor Act, Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act) and non-traditional labor and employment law. He frequently advises and represents clients in the areas of discrimination, wrongful discharge, and wage and hour litigation. In addition to a traditional labor side practice, Enoch has an active utility regulation practice focusing on the energy, telecommunications, and water industries and he regularly serves as an arbitrator in cases not involving labor unions. In 2010, he received an appointment as a Judge Pro Tempore to the Maricopa County Superior Court wherein he handles civil and settlement-related matters for the fifth largest trial court system in the United States.
Enoch is admitted to practice in Arizona, Colorado, Texas, and numerous federal courts including the U.S. Supreme Court. His law firm is listed in Martindale-Hubbell's Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers and he achieved an "AV" rating after only eight years. He joined the Penn State faculty in early 2010 and has taught both HRER 501 and LER 401.
Elaine Farndale is an associate professor in human resource management and an affiliate of the Department of Human Resource Studies at Tilburg University in the Netherlands. Farndale earned her doctorate in human resource management from Cranfield University School of Management in the United Kingdom. Her areas of specialization and research include international and comparative HRM; the power, professionalism, and roles of the HR department; HRM and firm performance; change management and HRM; eHRM and new HR delivery mechanisms; and HRM and employee engagement. She has presented numerous papers at international conferences and has published articles and chapters in both the practitioner and academic press, including the Journal of World Business, Human Resource Management Journal, and International Journal of Human Resource Management. Dr. Farndale has also worked as an HR specialist for several years.
John Gerak is a shareholder/attorney with the law firm of Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C., and has represented employers nationally in a broad range of labor and employment issues. He has litigated single-plaintiff employment cases, as well as class action discrimination and wage and hour cases. John has extensive experience presenting seminars and highly-focused custom training in all major areas of labor and employment law. He spent time on loan as in-house counsel for a national transportation and logistics company. He teaches employment law for human resource practitioners for World Campus HRER program, is a member of the Cleveland Employment Law Inn of Court, a member of the Board of Directors of the Federal Bar Association in the Northern District of Ohio Chapter, and a member of the Penn State APG Labor Studies and Employment Relations Board. In 2010, he was recognized by Ohio Super Lawyers magazine as a "Rising Star." Prior to attending law school, he played five years in the National Football League. John is a 1992 graduate of Penn State and served as co-captain of the Nittany Lion football team in 1992.
David I. Goldman serves as a U.S. administrative law judge (ALJ). In this capacity he adjudicates cases for the National Labor Relations Board. Prior to that, David served as an ALJ for the Social Security Administration, hearing claims for social security disability.
Prior to becoming an ALJ, David served as assistant and then associate general counsel for the United Steelworkers of America, AFL–CIO, CLC, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. At the steelworkers union, David's work was focused on labor litigation. David represented the union in federal trial and appellate proceedings, and before administrative agencies in a wide range of areas, including NLRA litigation, ADA, WARN Act, ERISA, Title VII, OFCCP litigation, LMRDA, arbitration enforcement, strike litigation, and fair representation. He was also involved in steel and aluminum industry negotiations, and actively participated in counseling of union officials and members on statutory developments and in educational programs for union officials. David took a year leave from the union to work for the National Labor Relations Board in its Federal Appellate Litigation division.
A North Carolina native, David earned his undergraduate degree in history at UNC-Chapel Hill, and his law degree at Columbia University in New York. David currently lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Art Graziano is currently Division Manager of Human Resources and Technology at Braintree Electric Department in Braintree, Massachusetts. His career spans over 25 years of human resource and labor relations management experience in union and non-union settings, with particular emphasis on human resource planning and staffing, job analysis, compensation modeling, training and development, organizational design and development and leadership training. He has also negotiated many collective bargaining agreements in the public and private sectors.
Art is a trained mediator in accordance with M.G.L. ch. 233 sec. 23C with MWI in Boston (October 2012). Subsequently, he has done summary judgment mediations in the Massachusetts district court system in preparation for a specialization in employee/employer and union/management mediations. In 2010, he joined the graduate staff at the University of Maryland University College, teaching human resource management and total compensation theory and practicum online.
His education includes a B.S. in Personnel/Industrial Relations, Graduate Certificates in Human Resource Management and High Performance Management, and a Master of Science in Leadership (with a Human Resource Concentration) from Northeastern University in Boston, MA. His Doctorate in Law and Public Policy (LP.D) from Northeastern was conferred in August 2009.
Steve Greenblatt has more than 30 years of human resource practice in employee relations, employee discipline, training and organizational development, affirmative action, conflict resolution, and contract and benefits administration. Prior to that, Steve served as assistant district attorney in Bronx County and Deputy Inspector General for the New York City Department of Sanitation in charge of its disciplinary system. As a trial and appellate attorney in criminal and civil disciplinary arenas, Steve trained attorneys, investigators, and human resource professionals in investigative, arbitration, and trial techniques.
In human resources roles, while Director of Labor Relations, and Director of Workforce Training and Development at the SUNY Downstate Medical Center, he also served as ethics officer, acting affirmative action officer and temporary employment counsel. As training director, Steve focused on enhancing leaders' self-awareness, restoring organizational trust and vitality, and reducing implicit bias. Steve has litigated hundreds of grievance and disciplinary arbitrations, mediated and resolved hundreds of disputes, crafted policies and procedures, and managed employee satisfaction, engagement and outplacement initiatives. He taught management for the SUNY College of Health Related Professions, and business law at Queensborough Community College.
Steve received his B.A. in political science at Brooklyn College, his J.D. at New York Law School, and a master's in labor law from the New York University School of Law. His research interests focus on leadership, workplace civility, retaliation, bystanders, bullying, sexual harassment, employee engagement, risk management in employment, and ethics pedagogy.
Todd Hershbine is a human resources and administrative services executive at Minitab in State College, Pennsylvania, where he oversees several departments and ensures that corporate policies complement Minitab's unique culture. Minitab's unique corporate culture, which places great value and responsibility on employees, is a major factor in the company's success. In 2009, Minitab was named to the Society for Human Resource Management's list of the 25 best small and medium companies to work for in America. Todd also serves on Minitab's nine-member executive committee.
Before joining Minitab in 1998, he worked as a senior compensation/employment analyst and as employment/training coordinator at Penn State. He has been an adjunct lecturer for Penn State's labor studies department since 1998, teaching strategic human resources and compensation, and has been an adjunct lecturer for Smeal Business College since 2009.
Hershbine earned a bachelor's degree in general arts and sciences from Penn State in 1992, and earned his master's degree in industrial relations and human resources from Saint Francis College in 1994. He is a member of The Society for Human Resource Management.
Dr. Hogan is a professor of human resource management in the School of Labor and Employment Relations at Penn State. He also serves as a professor-in-residence at the Penn State Sustainability Institute. Dr. Hogan's research and teaching interests include global human resources, global leadership development, business ethics, corporate social responsibility, and sustainability. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses online and in residence.
Dr. Hogan has 30 years of experience as a practitioner and has served in leadership and management positions in higher education administration and the corporate sector. Prior to joining the School of LER, Dr. Hogan held the position of Interim Associate Provost, Office of Faculty Affairs at the University of Maryland University College (UMUC). Prior to working for UMUC, he spent 23 years with AT&T in a variety of assignments including sales, sales support, business development, marketing, and human resources. In his last assignment at AT&T, Dr. Hogan served as Director of Strategic Talent Acquisition and Retention, Workforce Diversity, and EEO/AA. Prior to AT&T, he worked for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Hogan currently serves as a member of the U.S. Technical Advisory Group of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). In this role, he is involved in developing and representing the U.S. position on global HR standards to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). In November 2011, he was elected to represent ANSI as a member of the U.S. Delegation at the first ISO Technical Committee 260 Human Resource Management plenary meeting.
Dr. Hogan holds a doctor of management degree from the University of Maryland University College and two master's degrees from Penn State, in public administration and regional planning. Dr. Hogan is a faculty adviser for the SHRM PSU student chapter. He holds certifications from the HR Certification Institute as Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR).
Taesung Kim earned his Ph.D. in Workforce Education and Development with an emphasis in Human Resources and Organization Development at The Pennsylvania State University. He received both his B.A. in Education and M.Ed. in HRD at Yonsei University in South Korea.
He has over ten years of extensive experience in the field of human resource development and management as an internal manager and an external consultant. Most recently he worked for KPMG Korea, a Korean member firm of the KPMG global network that provides audit and business advisory services, as a senior manager in Learning and Development Center, serving simultaneously on the HR Steering Group, the Labor-Management Council, and the Promotion and Communication Steering Group. His academic and professional expertise is in strategic human resource management and development, training and leadership development, and organization development and change. He is currently teaching as a faculty member in Human Resources and Employment Relations and in the Department of Asian Studies at Penn State, as well.
Renate Klass is a lecturer in labor studies and employment relations at Penn State. A graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, she has practiced law in California and Michigan, and for the past 30 years has devoted her practice to public and private sector labor, employment, discrimination, and benefit law. She is admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court as well as numerous other federal and state courts and has lectured at conferences sponsored by the Pacific Coast Labor & Employment Law Conference; AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee; the University of Michigan Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations Labor Studies Center; the Michigan Employment Relations Commission; and the Michigan Institute of Continuing Legal Education. She has taught human resources and employment relations as part of the master of professional studies (MPS) in human resources and employment relations offered by the World Campus since January, 2009.
Jim Lakso was a member of the faculty at Juniata College from 1970-1997. He earned his undergraduate degree at Wittenberg University in Ohio and his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Maryland.
While at Juniata, Dr. Lakso taught a wide variety of courses and held several part-time administrative positions including Department Chair, Assistant Dean for the Social Sciences and Assistant Academic Dean. He served as Provost and EVP for student development at Juniata from 1997-2013. He was named the Chief Academic Officer of the Year by the Council of Independent Colleges in 2012 and retired from full-time service at Juniata in May, 2013.
From 1981-1998, Dr. Lakso taught as Adjunct Professor of Economics in the Graduate School of Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations at St. Francis College, teaching both labor economics and compensation management. He has been involved in a variety of community organizations, serving on the boards of the Allegheny Lutheran Social Services, the Southern Alleghenies Regional Planning Commission, JC Blair Memorial Hospital, and the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg. He is the vice-chair of the board of Kishbank Corp.
Jane Moyer is the global head of HR, Operations, for Maersk Line in Copenhagen, Denmark. Maersk Line is the largest shipping and transport company in the world, and one of the largest employers in Scandinavia. In this role Jane is responsible for all HR activities worldwide related to Maersk Line’s ports, vessels, supply chain, and sustainability and reliability teams.
Prior to Maersk, Jane worked at Starbucks in Seattle, Washington, and Canada, including roles in organizational development, strategic HR planning for more than 20,000 employees and the administration of savings, stock and pension plans. She was also the vice president, HR and Shared Services, of Kendall-Jackson Wine Estates and Jackson Family Farms in California and was responsible for all their HR functions. She has experience in organization design and compensation from her time at iQuantic in San Francisco, California, and has also worked in HR roles for Xerox Business Services. She completed her graduate work at Hewlett-Packard, helping to design organizational structures and systems to enable effective change management.
Jane has degrees from Penn State (including studies at the University of Cologne, Germany) and Cornell and has presented and lectured nationally on issues of compensation, equity and stock, turnover and retention, organizational agility, and justice in the workplace. She has been a featured executive in numerous publications including The Advocate, Fast Company, and the Chronicle of Higher Education. Jane is a member of the International Guild of Sommeliers and serves on several non-profit boards. She lives in Copenhagen.
Robert Ostrov is currently the senior vice president of human resources for Central Parking System, Inc. Mr. Ostrov has previously served as senior vice president, chief human resources officer at the former ArvinMeritor, Inc.; vice president, human resources and labor relations of FedEx Corporation; senior vice president, human resources of True Value Company; and senior vice president of human resources at GE. Ostrov most recently served in a senior HR role with the United States Coast Guard/Department of Homeland Security. He has a bachelor of science in labor and industrial relations from Cornell University, New York; an MBA in finance and strategic planning from Roosevelt University, Chicago, Illinois; and a J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law in Illinois.
Mark Price has been a labor economist since 2004. He received his doctorate in economics from the University of Utah, where his dissertation, "State Prevailing Wage Laws and Construction Labor Markets," was recognized with an Honorable Mention in the 2006 Thomas A. Kochan and Stephen R. Sleigh Best Dissertation Awards Competition sponsored by the Labor and Employment Relations Association. His areas of research include income inequality, trends in employment and compensation, the construction industry, and low-wage labor markets. Mark's work has included reports profiling the state of women in the Pennsylvania workforce, and a nationally-recognized report tracking the educational qualifications of the early childhood workforce in the United States.
Sumita Raghuram received her doctorate in human resources management from the University of Minnesota and went on to join the faculty in the business school at Fordham University, New York from 1993 to 2005. Her research interests focus on virtual organizations and international human resource management. Her international HR research has been published as book chapters and in the International Journal of Human Resource Management. Her research on virtual work, published in journals such as Journal of Management and Organization Science, examines outcomes such as productivity, organizational commitment, and identity. Dr. Raghuram is currently engaged in two research projects: one examining the impact of human resource practices on globally dispersed virtual organizations and the other project examining the impact of call center work on the identification of call agents. She occasionally provides HR consulting to IT companies in India. Dr. Raghuram is also the area editor for OB/HRM in the Journal of Asia Business Studies.
Julie Sadler is an assistant professor in the Department of Labor Studies and Employment Relations at Penn State. She received both her master's degree and doctorate in industrial and labor relations from Cornell University. Prior to joining the LSER faculty, she was a faculty member in the Leadership Program in the School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Delaware from 2006 to 2008.
Her current research interests focus on the dynamic linkages between perceptions of union leadership, union attitudes (e.g. union commitment, union satisfaction, and union instrumentality), workplace characteristics (e.g. job satisfaction), and members' voluntary participation in union activities. Specific areas of emphasis include research on industrial relations and leadership development in the health care and education arenas. More broadly, her teaching and research interests include leadership and leadership development in volunteer-based, social justice-oriented contexts including labor unions, community-based organizations, and other non-profit entities.
Mark Schnurman is a human resources/training executive with extensive experience in designing, establishing, leading and improving performance and supporting high-growth environments. Mark has a proven track record of delivering measurable results. Currently, he is chief human resources officer for GFI Capital Resources Group, a financial services and real estate company in New York City. Prior to that, he held leadership positions at Wachovia and Morgan Stanley. Mark holds a B.A. in labor studies from Penn State, a J.D. from Ohio State and has taken numerous graduate-level courses in organizational development. In his spare time, he is author of a business advice column for the Star-Ledger in New Jersey.
Patricia Shope earned an associate degree in business management and marketing from Penn State, a B.S. in human resources management from Juniata College and a Ph.D. in training and organizational development from Penn State. Along with teaching in higher education, she has held human resources and training positions in health care, manufacturing, community development and secondary education.
Dr. Shope is also a self-employed consultant specializing in organizational leadership, human resources, and customer service training. Additionally, she has entrepreneurial experience as owner/vice president of a franchise operation and economic development consulting.
Rex Simpson is a 1970 Penn State graduate in labor studies and a 1975 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Shortly after graduating from law school, he spent nearly five years as an attorney with the NLRB at its Pittsburgh regional office. Following that, he entered private industry where he has worked ever since. Rex currently serves as vice president of administration for Yokohama Tire Corporation in Orange County, California. At YTC, he is responsible for all HR, labor relations, legal, and facilities management.
Rex's experiences include serving as an in-house labor lawyer and in a wide variety of human resource positions with heavy emphasis in labor and employee relations. During his career, he negotiated contracts with the former Retail Clerks, the Teamsters, the United Auto Workers, and most recently, with the Steelworkers. He has also managed organizational campaigns, presented arbitration cases, and along with outside counsel, worked on a variety of employment law matters. Rex is a licensed labor lawyer admitted in both Pennsylvania and California.
Banci Tewolde is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law and is currently an associate director in the Virginia Department of Planning and Budget (DPB). The agency advises the governor, the governor's staff, and cabinet secretaries on fiscal, policy, program, and legislative issues involving state agencies. Her responsibilities include managing teams to oversee the budget process for public safety agencies, the judiciary, homeland security, and veterans’ affairs.
Prior to joining DPB, Banci was appointed by the governor to be a deputy secretary of public safety in the Commonwealth of Virginia, which included the responsibility for developing criminal justice policies and programs and advising on those policies and programs; working with state agencies to prepare their annual budgets and strategies; assisting with management of 12 state agencies and handling HR matters; providing advice on departmental budget operations; and working with legislators to ensure passage of all public safety bills. The role also included developing agency goals and strategic plans; partnering with federal, state, and local stakeholders to coordinate state efforts impacting various secretariat agencies within the commonwealth; leading and managing large task forces, teams, commissions, committees, and workgroups across secretariats on various issues impacting the delivery of services and programs; and implementing strategic plans and recommendations on behalf of the governor and the secretary.
Jeff Waddoups received his bachelor of arts and doctorate degree in economics from the University of Utah, specializing in labor economics and industrial relations. He is currently a professor and the graduate coordinator in the economics department at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he has taught courses in labor economics, industrial relations, statistics, and macroeconomics. His recent research has focused on whether responsible contracting policies affect construction costs, and the determinants of job training both in Australia and the United States. He has also studied how labor market reforms in Australia have affected union–nonunion wage differentials, and the extent to which low-wage employers are subsidized through the use of uncompensated health care at public hospitals. In addition, several recent articles he has authored examine the impact of collective bargaining on wages and working conditions in the hotel-casino industry.
Paul Whitehead is a professor of practice specializing in labor and employment law and teaches the law of employee benefits. He earned both his B.S. in labor studies and M.S. in industrial relations from the University of Wisconsin. He is also an honors graduate of Harvard Law School. Whitehead practiced labor, bankruptcy, and benefits law for more than 30 years for the United Steelworkers in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, serving as general counsel from 2001 to 2009. His career has included, in addition to years of collective bargaining, the representation of workers and retirees affected by corporate restructurings, foreign trade disputes, and the design of benefit programs. He joined the Penn State faculty in early 2009 and offers courses in both the School of Labor and Employment Relations as well as the Penn State Dickinson School of Law.
Whitehead serves as one of five trustees to the AFL-CIO Mutual Benefit Fund, which offers a variety of insurance and other services to the fourteen million members of unions affiliated with the AFL-CIO. He frequently speaks on the subjects of employee and retiree benefit programs.
Barbara Wiens-Tuers is an associate professor of economics at Penn State Altoona with affiliate status in the labor studies and employment relations program at University Park. She received her doctorate from University of California-Riverside (UCR) in 1998. Barbara is currently the head of the Division of Business and Engineering at Penn State Altoona. She has published articles in various academic journals and authored parts of four books. She was chair of the Penn State Altoona Faculty Senate in 2005–06 and currently serves on the Penn State University Faculty Senate. She served on the steering committee for the Teaching and Learning Consortium at Penn State Altoona from 2002 to 2009, is active in assessment efforts university-wide, has organized regional conferences devoted to pedagogy and teaching strategies, and is a co-organizer of an international business and economics conference series held in Pacific Rim countries. Barbara is also active in the community through membership on the city Planning Commission and involvement in the community garden project.
Dr. Billie S. Willits is the former associate vice president for human resources at the University and is currently the associate vice president for strategic initiatives at Penn State. She holds faculty appointments in the Department of Labor Studies and Employment Relations and in the Smeal College of Business. She has been responsible for the management of all aspects of human resources at Penn State, including training and development, employment and compensation, benefits, wellness, workers' compensation, occupational medicine, and labor relations. She has developed and conducted seminars in strategic planning, leadership, and numerous other human resources areas. Earlier in her career she worked in human resources for the University of the District of Columbia, the University of Massachusetts, and the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Willits holds both a master's degree and a doctorate from the University of Iowa.
Jennifer Wilkes holds a bachelor's degree in hotel, restaurant, and institutional management, and a master's degree in labor studies and industrial relations from Penn State. She has been employed at Penn State for ten years and is currently the director of human resources for Auxiliary and Business Services. Prior to her appointment in Auxiliary and Business Services she was manager of employee relations. In the past, Wilkes held positions with the Walt Disney World Company and the Shaner Hotel Group.
Barry Wolfe, currently serving as Senior Director of Labor Relations with Dean Foods Company, has over thirty years of labor relations/legal experience with companies such as Aramark, Exel Logistics, National Linen Service, Corporate Express, FoxMeyer Drug Company, James River Corporation, Eagle-Picher Industries and Reynolds Metals Company. In addition to his professional experience, he possesses a Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, a Master of Science Degree in Industrial Relations from Marshall University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from West Virginia Wesleyan College. Having handled numerous arbitrations, contract negotiations and National Labor Relations Board matters, Barry is excited to share his insights and observations, as well as hear your point of view.
Barry lives with his wife and younger son in Greensboro, GA. His older son graduated from Ole Miss, is a Captain in the U.S. Air Force and is stationed in Los Angeles, CA.
Jeanne Charles Wood earned her Juris Doctorate (J.D.) degree from DePaul University School of Law in Chicago and maintains her law license in Illinois. She graduated from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science in Business. Prior to becoming an attorney, Ms. Wood had ten years of corporate experience with a Fortune 500 company. In her corporate positions she was certified in Total Quality Management and Problem Solving and used these skills to develop and train various levels of staff.
Jeanne Charles Wood has a multi-state Alternative Dispute Resolution practice with offices in the Chicago and Fort Lauderdale areas. Her practice includes both arbitration and mediation services. Ms. Wood currently serves as a labor arbitrator on permanent panels for the State of Illinois and AFSCME Council 31; the State of Florida and AFSCME Council 79; the Miami Dade County and IAFF Local 1403; the National Treasury Employees Union and IRS; and the United States Postal Service (USPS).
Ms. Wood has been admitted into the National Academy of Arbitrators (NAA). In addition, she is listed as an arbitrator with the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS), American Arbitration Association (AAA), and the National Mediation Board (NMB). Ms. Wood is a mediator for the county courts for both Broward and Dade Counties in Florida. As a former professor of Legal Studies for Kaplan University she has taught, among other things, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Civil Litigation, Employment Dispute Resolution, Family Law and Mediation and Legal Ethics.
As an attorney in private practice, Ms. Wood provided advice and counsel to corporate managers on general corporate legal matters including employment policies and procedures. She has represented management in employment discrimination cases before the Illinois Commission on Human Rights and provided training to managers and staff on Title VII discrimination, employee performance standards, hiring, discharge and discipline. Before entering private practice, Ms. Wood held the position of Assistant Counsel for the National Treasury Employees Union. In this position she was responsible for representation of collective bargaining units for Federal Government agencies such as ATF, IRS, FDA Department of Health and Human Services and US Customs. On a daily basis, she provided advice and counsel to union officials on matters covered by the collective bargaining agreement and federal statutes. She represented employees and/or the union before the FMCS, FLRA, FSIP, arbitrators and administrative law judges and supervised union elections. She was engaged in extensive mediation and arbitration practice involving discipline, discharge, performance and promotions. She also led collective bargaining negotiations for local and regional union offices.
Ms. Wood has been a speaker and presenter on various labor law topics and Alternative Dispute Resolution in general. She maintains professional affiliations with various organizations such as the American Bar Association, National Academy of Arbitrators, Illinois Bar Association and the Labor and Employment Relations Association. She co-authored a chapter on Labor and Employment Law in the Military Service and the Law book published by the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE).