Catherine Baumgardner

Ph.D., Workforce Education and Development, Penn State
MHA, Finance, Planning, Marketing, Ohio State University
B.S., Business Administration, HR and Production Management, Ohio State University

Dr. Catherine Baumgardner is a faculty member for the Penn State World Campus health policy and administration program as well as the workforce education and development program. She is also president of Catherine Baumgardner & Associates, Inc., a consulting practice specializing in leadership and organization development. An experienced health care executive, she has more than 30 years of operational and consulting experience. Dr. Baumgardner has worked with inpatient and outpatient hospital environments as well as physician practice management and long-term care. Her research interests include organization development, leadership development, and workforce engagement.

Eric J. Bergstrom

Ph.D., Workforce Education and Development, Penn State
M.Ed., Training and Development, Penn State
B.S., Human Resources Management, Penn State

Dr. Eric J. Bergstrom has taught undergraduate credit and noncredit business management courses, as well as graduate training and development and organizational development courses. He has facilitated leadership development programs for organizations across a variety of industries focused on strategic planning processes, continuous improvement processes, human resource development, and organization development. His practical and research interests include individual career development, leadership competency modeling and development, human resource development, and organizational process improvement. Learn more about Dr. Bergstrom.

William Brendel

Ed.D., Adult Learning and Leadership, Columbia University
M.A., Social-Organizational Psychology, Columbia University
B.A., Industrial-Organizational Psychology, Clemson University

Dr. William Brendel brings over 20 years of experience as an organization development consultant, conducting culture transformation and leadership development interventions across the U.S., China, Africa, and India. His research centers on the role that mindfulness practice plays in supporting traits that are critical for modern leaders, including creativity, systems thinking, and resilience. He has created and is studying two learning innovations, which incorporate virtual reality and biofeedback technology to help adults practice real-time mindfulness for enhanced decision-making around complex organizational challenges.

Susan E. Cromwell

Ph.D., Workforce Education and Development, Penn State 
M.Ed., Agricultural and Extension Education, Penn State 
B.S., Animal Science, Delaware Valley University 

Dr. Susan Cromwell is a practitioner in the field of HR/OD/OCM in both the private and public sectors. She has extensive experience in talent management, organizational change management, leadership and management development, strategic planning, organizational development, and leading change in large-scale ERP implementations.  Dr. Cromwell is certified as a Human Capital Strategist and in Prosci change management methodologies, to name a few. She leads organizational change management for the Finance and Business division of Penn State.

Maureen Dodson

Ph.D., Workforce Education, Penn State
M.A., Professional Writing, Carnegie Mellon University
B.A., English, Seton Hill University

Dr. Maureen Dodson has taught numerous undergraduate and graduate courses at Penn State for more than 20 years. She teaches WFED 880, Facilitating Groups and Teams, for Penn State World Campus.  Dr. Dodson has spent her career helping organizations advance leadership skills, improve interpersonal communications, and create high-performing teams. Her expertise lies in DiSC®, Emotional Intelligence (EQ), the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®), team performance, and coaching. She is certified in a variety of 360 Instruments.

John Dolan

Ph.D., Organization Development, Penn State
M.B.A, Owen Graduate School of Management, Vanderbilt University
B.A., Advertising, Penn State

Dr. John Dolan has taught in the marketing and public relations disciplines for undergraduate, graduate, and executive education audiences for more than 15 years. His research interests during his organization development doctoral work explored the impact of social media — specifically Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn — on informal learning and the development of communities of practice in the workplace. He has been published in both the Encyclopedia of Human Resources Management and the Encyclopedia on Social Media and Politics.

Wesley E. Donahue

Ph.D., Workforce Education, Penn State
M.B.A., Clarion University
B.S., Civil Engineering, Penn State

Dr. Wesley E. Donahue is the coordinator of the online Master of Professional Studies in Organization Development and Change and an instructor of related courses and programs. He is an experienced researcher, developer, and leadership consultant. He has extensive manufacturing, engineering, sales, and management experience, having started and operated businesses for more than 30 years. Dr. Donahue is a registered Professional Engineer, six-sigma black belt, and author of a host of education and training materials. Learn more about Dr. Donahue.

Susan Greene

Doctoral Candidate, Ph.D., Workforce Education and Development, Penn State
M.S., Human Resources, WN University
B.S., Workforce Education and Development, Penn State

Susan Greene, SHRM-CP, is currently a director of Corporate Learning at Penn State Executive Programs, where she is responsible for developing learning solutions for organizations. Prior to this position, she worked as a director of Continuing Education for Penn State and as corporate trainer for CVS Pharmacy. She has more than 25 years of operations, human resource, and management experience. She owns her own business, Assessment Development Services, where she conducts behavior needs assessments for small groups. Her research focuses on leadership traits and challenges for women in business.

Maureen Connelly Jones

Ph.D., Organization Development and Human Resource Management in Workforce Education and Development, Penn State
M.S., Nursing - Adult Health and Education, Penn State 
B.S., Nursing, Penn State

Dr. Maureen Jones, RN, is a senior instructor and teaching assistant professor for the Master of Health Administration program. She has more than 25 years of clinical and administrative health care and teaching experience. Dr. Jones teaches online and in-residence and has developed an online certificate program. She currently serves as the curriculum and accreditation coordinator for the MHA program. Her organization development related research seeks to identify necessary characteristics for executive health care leaders by exploring crisis events through interviews with CEOs and their executive team in order to develop a selection competency model.

John M. Kenny

Ph.D., Workforce Education and Development, Penn State
M.B.A., Bryant University
B.S., Physical Oceanography, U.S. Naval Academy

Dr. John M. Kenny is an experienced researcher. He was an Executive Fellow at the Brookings Institute in Washington, D.C., and a Research Fellow for the Office of Naval Research. He was also a senior research engineer at Penn State's Applied Research Laboratory. As a Penn State adjunct professor, he teaches Process Consultation. Dr. Kenny is a professor at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, and teaches Theater Strategic Decision Making.

Taesung Kim

Ph.D., Workforce Education and Development, Penn State
M.S., Human Resource Development, Yonsei University
B.S., Education, Yonsei University

Dr. Taesung Kim is an instructor of organization development and change. He has extensive experience in the HR field, including tenure with KPMG as a director in Learning and Development Center. His research area includes organization development and change, strategic HRD, organizational behavior, and professional ethics. 

Patrick D. Knobloch

M.S., Adult/Vocational Education, Penn State
B.S., Biology, Penn State

Patrick D. Knobloch's interests include training, business improvement, management, and supervision. His specialty areas include project management, lean sigma, sales, negotiations, communications, conflict resolution, and supervisory skills.

Dena Lang

Ph.D., Kinesiology, Biomechanics, Penn State
MBA, Johns Hopkins University
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, West Virginia University

Dr. Dena Lang is associate director of Engineering Leadership Research. Her professional experiences and research interests range from facilities design to research that applied engineering and molecular biology approaches to study the skeletal response to mechanical loading. Additional research interests have included project management and the investigation of relationships among the indoor environment, occupants, and energy usage. Dr. Lang's current organization development related research interests focus on identifying, assessing, and developing key skills, knowledge, and attitudes required to effectively lead others.

Patricia Macko

Ph.D., Workforce Education and Development, Penn State 
MSIT, Instructional Technology, Bloomsburg University 
B.S., Business Administration, Bloomsburg University

Dr. Patricia Macko is an adjunct faculty member for Penn State World Campus as well as Workforce Education and Development programs. She is also president of the Macko Consulting Group, a consulting practice specializing in leadership and  organization development. Dr. Macko is an experienced health care and financial  industry practitioner. She has worked as an organization consultant for the past 10 years. Her research interests include organization development, leadership development, competency modeling, and talent development.

Jennifer Siford-Myers

Ph.D., Workforce Education and Development (OD/HRD), Penn State
M.S., Criminal Justice, Boston University
B.S., Occupational Education, Human Services, Wayland Baptist University

Dr. Jennifer Siford-Myers is a practitioner in the field of HRD/OD in the public sector. She has also served as an instructor for the Professional Personnel Development Center at Penn State. Her current research interests are employee engagement, organization development, process improvement, and data analysis. Dr. Silford-Myers is the author of multiple publications focused on organization development, employee engagement, and health care. Her most recent publication (2017) is Assessment and Diagnosis for Organization Development: Powerful Tools and Perspectives for the OD Practitioner.

Michele Newhard

Ph.D., Workforce Education and Development, Penn State
M.S., Workforce Education and Development, Penn State
M.A., Ancient Greek History, Penn State
B.A., Classics, Penn State

 Dr. Michele Newhard's teaching and research interests include appreciative inquiry, positive psychology and positive emotions, strengths philosophy, systems thinking, intergenerational communication, coaching, and team building. She has developed and taught graduate courses in the basics of appreciative inquiry, appreciative inquiry coaching, and appreciative leadership. Dr. Newhard has published work on appreciative inquiry, succession planning, work family balance, and job burnout. She is also a certified life and mentor coach, as well as a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach.

Jong Gyu Park

Ph.D., Workforce Education and Development, Penn State 
Ph.D., Business Administration - Organization and Human Resources, Sungkyunkwan University   
MBA, Sungkyunkwan University 
B.A., Business Administration, Sungkyunkwan University

Dr. Jong Gyu Park is an assistant professor of management at Penn State Altoona. He was a management consultant at Deloitte and Willis Towers Watson, where he managed and administered various human resources and strategic management consulting projects. His areas of interest and research include shared leadership, ethical leadership, and leadership development in the organization. He has published several articles in refereed journals, such as Journal of Organizational Behavior, Human Resource Management Review, and Personnel Review.

David Passmore

Ph.D., Education, University of Minnesota
M.Ed., Industrial Technology, Bowling Green State University
B.S., Industrial Education, State University of New York at Buffalo

Dr. David Passmore is Distinguished Professor of Education in the Workforce Education and Development academic program at Penn State. He teaches graduate courses in data analysis, needs assessment for industrial trainers, and research methods. Learn more about Dr. Passmore.

Gerald Post

Ed.D., Training and Development, Adult Ed., Organizational Development, Northern Illinois University
M.A., Communications, University of Illinois
B.A., Communications, Elmhurst College

Dr. Gerald Post specializes in adult learning, organizational development, and accelerated learning, and leadership programs for many organizations. He has published articles and a book, and has built several corporate universities. He has held positions of vice president, director of training, or project manager, as well as taught for various northern Illinois secondary education schools. Currently, Dr. Post consults and serves as a visiting professor for various colleges and universities, and has received the Top 125 Training national recognition.

William Rothwell

Ph.D., Education, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
M.A.B.A., Business, Sangamon State University, Springfield, IL (now the University of Illinois at Springfield)
M.A., English, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
B.A., English, Illinois State University, Bloomington

Dr. William J. Rothwell, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, CPLP Fellow, is professor of workplace learning and performance in the Workforce Education and Development Program, part of the Department of Learning and Performance Systems, on the Penn State University Park campus. As one of the founders of the MPS in ODC program, he had many years of experience in OD before becoming a faculty member in 1993. His research interests center around organization development, talent management, and succession planning. He is the author of 110 books and more than 200 articles. Learn more about Dr. Rothwell.

Jeffrey L. Spearly

Ph.D., Workforce Education and Development, Penn State
M.S., Vocational Industrial Education, Penn State
B.S., Accounting, Penn State

Dr. Jeffrey L. Spearly is senior director of Learning and Development for Penn State Executive Programs, and a senior instructor in the Smeal College of Business. He is responsible for all aspects of Penn State Executive Programs' world-renowned programs, including client development, client needs assessments, and program design, delivery, and evaluation. Dr. Spearly works with clients to design learning and performance processes that address OD needs, issues, and challenges facing their organization.

Angela L. M. Stopper

Ph.D., Workforce Education and Development, Human Resources and Organization Development, Penn State
M.S., Workforce Education and Development, Human Resources and Organization Development, Penn State
B.S., Marketing and International Business, Penn State

Dr. Angela L. M. Stopper is an instructor of workforce education and development for Penn State World Campus. She is an experienced workforce education practitioner and academic, having spent her 20+ years working in executive education and learning and development organizations. Currently, she is the Chief Learning Officer at University of California, Berkeley, and a frequent speaker with leading industry groups, including the Association for Talent Development (ATD).

Mark Threeton

Ph.D., Workforce Education and Development, Penn State
M.S., Higher Education, Kansas State University
B.S., Technical Education, Pittsburg State University

Dr. Mark D. Threeton is an Associate Professor of Learning and Performance Systems and Coordinator of Career and Technical Teacher Education within the Workforce Education and Development Program at Penn State. He consults, teaches and conducts research in the areas of training and development, facilities management, occupational safety and experiential learning to promote enhanced learning and skill development. His research has been published widely in scholarly research journals and books. He holds extensive credentials across education and training. Prior to joining the Penn State faculty, he was a technical educator and professional in the field of automotive technology.

Hyung Joon Yoon

Ph.D., Workforce Education and Development, Penn State       
M.A., Adult Continuing Education, Korea University       
B.Ec., Food and Resource Economics, Korea University

Hyung Joon Yoon, SPHR, CCSP, has gained multinational experience in such countries as the United States, South Korea, and Morocco as a researcher-practitioner. His specialties include facilitating OD through career development, assessing individual and organizational strengths, and facilitating a participatory strategic planning process. He has presented his research findings more than 50 times in more than six countries, and he received the Individual Greatness Award (Franklin Covey Greatness Award) in recognition for the creation of measurable change in an organization in 2006. Read more about Hyung Joon Yoon.