William J. Rothwell, Ph.D., SPHR
Dr. Rothwell is professor and lead faculty of the Master of Professional Studies in Organization Development and Change. He has authored, co-authored, edited, or co-edited 300 books, book chapters, and articles — including more than 80 books. Before arriving at Penn State in 1993, Dr. Rothwell had 20 years of work experience as a training director and HR professional in government and in business. He has also worked as a consultant for more than 40 multinational corporations — including Motorola China, General Motors, Ford, and many others. In 2012, he earned ASTD’s prestigious Distinguished Contribution to Workplace Learning and Performance Award and was inducted as the 2013 CPLP Fellow Program Honoree.
His recent books include Becoming An Effective Mentoring Leader: Proven Strategies for Building Excellence in Your Organization; Talent Management: A Step-by-Step Action-Oriented Approach Based on Best Practice; the edited three-volume Encyclopedia of Human Resource Management; Lean But Agile: Rethink Workforce Planning and Gain a True Competitive Advantage; Invaluable Knowledge: Securing Your Company’s Technical Expertise — Recruiting and Retaining Top Talent, Transferring Technical Knowledge, Engaging High Performers; Competency-Based Training Basics; Effective Succession Planning: Ensuring Leadership Continuity and Building Talent from Within, 4th ed.; Practicing Organization Development, 3rd ed.; The Manager’s Guide to Maximizing Employee Potential: Quick and Easy Ways to Build Talent Every Day; Basics of Adult Learning; HR Transformation; and Working Longer.
Wesley E. Donahue, Ph.D., PE
Dr. Donahue is the coordinator of the online Master of Professional Studies in Organization Development and Change program. Formerly, he was director of Penn State Management Development, a self-supporting provider of education and training services to business and industry clients around the world. Before joining Penn State, he was regional sales vice president for Mar-Kay Plastics in Kansas City, Missouri; co-founder and executive vice president of Leffler Systems of New Jersey, a manufacturing company; manager of corporate development and international manager of technology for a Fortune 500 company, Brockway Inc., now part of Owens Illinois. He also co-owned and operated a retail business for ten years.
Dr. Donahue earned a B.S. in engineering from Penn State, an MBA from Clarion University, and a Ph.D. in workforce education from Penn State. He is a registered Professional Engineer (PE), Project Management Professional (PMP), and Six-Sigma Black Belt (Allied Signal).
Rose Baker, Ph.D.
Dr. Baker is the associate director of the Penn State Center for Evaluation and Education Policy Analysis. She brings more than 25 years of project management, business supervision and management, instructional design, and teaching experience to her position at Penn State. She has worked as a project manager, instructional designer, and instructor with organizations including General Motors, PricewaterhouseCoopers, University of Phoenix, Huntingdon County Career and Technology Center, and the Pennsylvania Public School System.
Dr. Baker holds a BA in mathematics and chemistry from Washington and Jefferson College, an MEd in adult education theory and practice, and a Ph.D. in instructional systems from Penn State. She is also a certified teacher with an Instructional II certificate and a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) with the Project Management Institute (PMI).
Babs Bengston, Ph.D.
Dr. Bengston is currently director of training and development at the College of William and Mary, where she is responsible for creating and delivering a variety of organization development–related programs. Prior to this position, Dr. Bengston worked for Penn State Public Broadcasting, Ford Motor Company, and the US Air Group in human performance–related positions. She also owned her own business, Bridge Builders, where she conducted needs assessments and analyzed organizational processes, policies, and practices for the purpose of improvement of the client organizations she served.
She received a Ph.D. from Penn State, along with the National Society for Performance and Instruction Excellence Award for outstanding student research. She has spoken at a numerous workshops across the country, and most recently was an invited panelist for The Business Case for Creating and Distributing Digital Content for the Classroom. Dr. Bengston is a member of the International Society for Technology in Education and was appointed to the Pennsylvania Adult Basic and Literacy Education Interagency Coordinating Council by former State Governor Edward Rendell.
Eric Bergstrom, Ph.D.
Dr. Bergstrom has more than twenty years of business, industry, and teaching experience. He has worked in private industry in professional /leadership organization development roles, provided consulting services, and trained organizational leaders in leading and managing organization change. He has also taught organization development and change management in numerous professional development workshops and in undergraduate and graduate credit courses. He earned his Ph.D. from Penn State, having completed his degree in workforce education and development in 2012.
Dr. Bergstrom has traveled extensively and most recently was a guest faculty in Shanghai Jiao Tong University in Shanghai, China. His research areas include value-added and strategic human resource management. In 2009 he received the University Continuing Education Regional Award for Excellence, for Applied Research for the Leadership Competency Inventory and Collaborative Process. Dr. Bergstrom is also a member of the American Society for Training and Development.
Susan Cromwell, Ph.D.
Dr. Cromwell acquired her Ph.D. in workforce education and development in 2000 from Penn State, and has more than two decades of experience in talent management, human resources, leadership development, and teaching. She serves as director of workplace learning and performance at Penn State, and has also served as senior director of talent management, regional human resource manager, manager of recruitment and management development in higher education, health care organizations, and agricultural business.
Her publications include the article, The Effect of Organizational Support, Management Support, and Peer Support on Transfer of Training. Dr. Cromwell also consults on a variety of talent management and leadership development issues. She has been a member of ASTD since 1986, as well as a member of the Society of Human Resource Management since 1991 and CUPA since 1997.
Maureen Dodson, Ph.D.
Dr. Dodson has nearly 30 years of experience in various organizational development positions in business and industry. For 10 years, she worked in the financial services industry as a technical trainer, a senior human resources development specialist, and director of a corporate university. In those positions, she designed and delivered a wide range of technical, management, and leadership training programs using a wide range of delivery mediums, including face-to-face, online, and self-paced workbooks. As the director of a corporate university, she oversaw the design, delivery, and evaluation of a 160-course curriculum for 700 employees and 500 clients of the third largest master trustee in the United States. She also served as an organizational development specialist for a health care facility, where she was responsible for the establishment and facilitation of corporate change initiatives.
Dr. Dodson completed her Ph.D. from Penn State and received her master's degree from Carnegie Mellon, and a bachelor's degree from Seton Hill. In 2008 she received the Outstanding Instructor Award from Penn State in Continuing and Distance Education.
John Dolan, Ph.D.
Dr. Dolan is currently director of executive education at George Washington University, where he is responsible for the establishment and leadership of an executive education program. Prior to this assignment, he served as director of digital media with Penn State's College of the Liberal Arts and assistant director of Management Development. Before joining Penn State, Dr. Dolan worked for Knight Ridder as their online general manager; the Washington Post as a senior production manager; and at Bell South as a marketing analyst. He received a Ph.D. from Penn State. He also earned an MBA from Vanderbilt University.
Janet Duck, Ph.D.
Dr. Duck, assistant professor of business administration, has taught for Penn State's iMBA program and for the online Master of Engineering program for more than 10 years. Before joining Penn State, she held several management positions in business and industry that allowed for both international and national work in the organization development field, spanning 15 years. Additionally, she is the team adviser for the iMBA program, where she manages all virtual team development for online groups.
Her research focuses on team collaboration in virtual/residential settings in both the workplace and in the simulated work place or classroom. Dr. Duck was awarded Outstanding iMBA Instructor for seven successive years from 2007 through 2013. She is a member of a diverse collection of academic agencies, including the Academic Steering Committee, and Curriculum Committee from iMBA World Campus. Her publications include Collaboration: Leading and Learning by Example in the Merlot Journal of Online Learning and Teaching. Dr. Duck completed her Ph.D. in workforce development and education at Penn State in 2002; she received her MBA from Lebanon Valley College in 1994.
Jack Gido, MBA
Jack Gido has 20 years of industrial management experience, including the management of productivity improvement and technology development projects. He is co-author of the best-selling project management textbook, Successful Project Management, which is now in its sixth edition and published in four languages. He is a member of the Project Management Institute and former president of the upstate New York chapter, and teaches courses on project management. He holds an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh and a B.S. in electrical engineering from Penn State. He was elected to Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Tau, and Eta Kappa Nu engineering honor societies.
Gido recently retired as director of economic and workforce development and was director of PennTAP, the Pennsylvania Technical Assistance Program, at Penn State. In these positions he directed programs, obtained funding, and provided leadership for a statewide staff who provide technology assistance and workforce development to Pennsylvania businesses and industry to improve their global competitiveness.
James Hoy, MBA
James Hoy has been an instructor with Penn State for more than 12 years. He received a BA in history and an MBA in accounting from Penn State. He has spoken at a number of workshops and conferences specializing in topics such as Finance for Nonfinancial Managers and Continuous Process Improvement. With more than 30 years of management experience, he is a certified Project Manager Professional (and a member of PMI). He is also an inactive Certified Public Accountant.
Norm Jones, Ph.D.
Dr. Jones is currently the Associate Chief Diversity Officer and Deputy Director at Harvard University. Prior to his appointment at Harvard, he was the Dean of Diversity and Student Development/Assistant to the President at Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He is also vice chair of the Organization Development Network and active member of the American Society for Training and Development. He holds a BA in English and linguistics from Morehouse College, in Atlanta, Georgia; an MPA from Penn State; and a Ph.D. in workforce education. Dr. Jones delivers numerous lectures, presentations, and workshops each year on topics ranging from understand learning styles to understanding personality type and leadership. He also lectures on issues of diversity, leadership, and change management.
Maurie C. Kelly, Ph.D.
Dr. Kelly received her Ph.D. in workforce education and development at Penn State, specializing in organizational development. She teaches courses at Penn State in strategic management, business administration, leadership, negotiation and interpersonal effectiveness, and is a faculty member in the Smeal College of Business, Department of Risk Management, where she teaches international business. Dr. Kelly also holds a research faculty position at Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment, where her work focuses on engaging government agencies, industry, and nonprofits in significant technology projects and programs.
Prior to coming to Penn State in 1997, she was on the faculty at the University of Illinois at Chicago where some of her research focused on student success and retention. In addition to her work at Penn State, Dr. Kelly also teaches courses in negotiation and organizational conflict resolution for the Harvard University Extension School in their Division of Management and seminars for the Harvard University Division of Continuing Education Professional Development Program.
Her publications include chapters in the Encyclopedia of Human Resource Management and the book Making the Grade: Academic Libraries and Student Success. She has presented at numerous conferences and workshops across the country, and as an invited presenter at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. Dr. Kelly is a member of several professional organizations and has been on the editorial board for the International Journal of Society Systems Science and the International Journal of Data Mining, Modelling, and Management since 2008.
John M. Kenny, Ph.D., MBA
Dr. Kenny is a senior research engineer at Penn State's Applied Research Laboratory. He is the associate director for the Weapons and Protective Systems Technology Center and the Institute for Nonlethal Defense Technologies. His research interests include the areas of human performance, statistical analyses, and workforce education and development. Dr. Kenny was an Executive Fellow at the Brookings Institute in Washington, D.C., as well as an Office of Naval Research Fellow. Before joining Penn State in 1993, he was a career naval officer. He served on destroyers and had command of two ships. Dr. Kenny earned a B.S. in physical oceanography from the U.S. Naval Academy, an MBA from Bryant University, and a Ph.D. in workforce education from Penn State.
Marsha King, Ph.D.
With a Ph.D. in workforce education and organizational development, Dr. King has more than 15 years of teaching experience. She also has more than 20 years of experience working in Fortune 200 companies, where she led succession planning, performance management, diversity training and development, and talent management. Dr. King’s publications include The Complete Guide to Training Delivery: A Competency-Based Approach. She is a well-known speaker across the U.S. and Asia. She is also an independent consultant, working with senior leaders to assess their skills and provide coaching in the areas of leadership and management.
Stephen King, Ph.D.
Since 2008, Dr. King has been vice president of talent and leadership effectiveness with Allstate Insurance, a Fortune 100 company based in Northbrook, Illinois. Prior to that, he led the learning and organization development function at Fortune 125 Constellation Energy in Baltimore, Maryland, for five years. Formerly, he was responsible for the leadership and management development division of Management Concepts, and he began his career in operations roles with Worthington Industries.
In addition to his more than two decades of work experience, he has taught numerous graduate courses in HR and organization development at Penn State, Johns Hopkins University, George Washington University, and Northwestern University. He has received industry recognition, and he speaks regularly at conferences. He has also published a number of articles and book chapters and has co-authored two books. Dr. King holds a B.S. in business administration (Operations Management) and an MA in adult education, both from Ohio State University; he received his doctorate from Penn State in workforce education and development.
Patrick D. Knobloch, B.S., M.S., MBA
Patrick Knobloch is an instructor in the online Master of Professional Studies in Organization Development and Change program. In addition to this work, he is president of Innate Management, Inc., where he teaches a wide range of supervisory and management programs in leadership, project management, sales, negotiations, lean methodologies, statistical process control, and more. Prior to this, he was manager of training for Murata Electronics in State College and Brockway Plastics in Brockway, Pennsylvania, where his focus was training for managers and supervisors and technical skills for production employees. He has also served as director of education for the Centre County Chamber of Business and Industry and the Total Quality Council of Central Pennsylvania. He earned a B.S. in science and an M.S. is workforce development from Penn State, and an MBA from St. Francis University.
Judith A. Kolb, Ph.D.
Dr. Kolb is an associate professor in the Workforce Education and Development Program (HRD/OD focus area) at Penn State. She has more than 25 years' experience working with groups and teams in a wide variety of contexts and fields, including manufacturing, research and development, utilities, education, health care, and business. Her book, Small Group Facilitation: Improving Process and Performance in Groups and Teams, won the R. Wayne Pace HRD Book of the Year Award in 2011 from the Academy of Human Resource Development. Her research on teamwork and facilitation has been published in numerous, highly ranked HRD, business, and communication journals. Dr. Kolb earned a B.S. from the University of Missouri in business education, an MEd from Colorado State University in human resource development, and a Ph.D. from the University of Denver in communication, with a specialty in small group and applied organizational communication.
Jennifer Myers, Ph.D.
Dr. Myers is a practitioner in the field of Human Resource Development/Organizational Development in the public sector. Prior to transitioning to her current position, she served as an Instructor for the Professional Personnel Development Center (PPDC) at Penn State. Her current research interests are employee engagement, organization development, process improvement, and strategic planning. Dr. Myers is the author and co-author of multiple publications and presentations focused on organization development, employee engagement, diversity, and healthcare.
Dr. Myers is a Veteran of the United States Air Force. She holds a Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University in Workforce Education and Development, specializing in Human Resource Development and Organization Development. She earned her Master’s degree from Boston University and is also a graduate of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC).
Michele Newhard, Ph.D.
Dr. Newhard has more than 20 years of experience providing organization development at Penn State. After completing an M.S. and Ph.D. in Penn State's Workforce Education and Development department, Dr. Newhard continues to hone her training workshops, OD initiatives, teaching, and coaching, focusing on strengths of the system or the individual. Her research interests include positive organizational scholarship topics, such as appreciative inquiry, positive psychology, the study of positive emotions at the workplace, and mindfulness. Having presented at numerous industry conferences, Dr. Newhard is working on a research study to validate a competency list of effective AI practitioners.
John Park, Ed.D.
Dr. Park is currently a principal and director of learning and development with ParenteBeard. Prior to this position he was assistant director of Penn State Management Development, with special interests in sales, marketing, strategic planning, and organization development. Before joining Penn State, he was the commercial lines manager and assistant vice president for an insurance agency; a commercial underwriter with Pennsylvania National Insurance; and a senior casualty underwriter for Commercial Union Insurance. He has also been involved in all facets of a family business for more than 25 years. Dr. Park earned an Ed.D. from Penn State, has served on the board of several organizations, and is the recipient of numerous teaching awards and accolades.
John Piccolo, Ph.D.
Dr. Piccolo has more than 20 years of business and industry experience, mostly in manufacturing and financial services. He earned his Ph.D. in workforce education and development from Penn State, with an emphasis in organization development and human resources development. Dr. Piccolo is also a retired U.S. Army Captain and has presented at events all across the country. He has extensive organization development experience, particularly in the area of lean operations and return on investment analysis. He received the Best ROI Impact Study Award in 2012.
Kevin Sensenig, Ph.D.
Dr. Sensenig is currently global vice president of learning and organization development with Dale Carnegie & Associates, Inc., where he is responsible for protecting, developing, and rejuvenating the Dale Carnegie product line, as well as designing and implementing new products, services, and tools to move the organization in strategic market directions. Prior to his present position, he was chief business officer of News Printing Company and director of corporate education and training with Delta Health Systems.
Dr. Sensenig earned a Ph.D. in organization development from Penn State and boasts 24 years' experience in growing companies across industries. He also earned an MEd in business education from Temple University, has knowledge of strategic planning and team re-engagement, and is a member of the American Society for Training and Development. His publications include The Sourcebook for Self-Directed Learning.
Jeffrey L. Spearly, Ph.D.
Dr. 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 the world-renowned Penn State Executive Programs, including client development, needs assessment, 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. In addition, he teaches MGMT 461: International Management. Prior to joining the Smeal College of Business, he served as director of Continuing Education at Penn State DuBois. Dr. Spearly earned a Ph.D. from Penn State in workforce education and development, with an emphasis in training and organization development in 2006.
Angela M. Stopper, Ph.D.
Dr. Stopper is the director of faculty and learning experience in executive education at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management, where she works with clients to identify program learning outcomes and recruits appropriate faculty, industry experts, and other facilitators to deliver program content. Before moving to UC Davis, she was the managing director of Global Partnerships for Penn State Outreach and Online Education. In this role, she was responsible for identifying strategic collaboration opportunities for Penn State Outreach and Online Education to build the Penn State global network and provide beneficial engagements for partner institutions.
Prior to her work in Outreach, she spent 12 years working with Penn State Executive Programs as their assistant director of operations. Dr. Stopper holds a B.S. in marketing and international business, an M.S. in workforce education and development, and a doctorate in workforce education and development, with a concentration in human resources and organization development.
Roland Sullivan began his OD work with a Seashore NTL T-group in 1962. The highlight of his academic study and teaching has been with the Pepperdine MSOD program. His mentor, Richard Beckhard, who coined "OD," named Sullivan as one of the original 100 change agents. Sullivan coined "Whole System Transformation" in 1977. He teaches internal change agents to transform themselves in the context of transforming their entire enterprise. Presently with Professor William J. Rothwell and others from Penn State, he is co-producing Practicing OD, Fourth Edition.
Jo Tyler, Ed.D.
Dr. Tyler is currently associate professor of training and development at Penn State Harrisburg. Prior to joining Penn State she served as the vice president of organization and management development for Armstrong World Industries and previously was a business insider in multinational companies including Hewlett Packard, Otis Elevator, and Pratt & Whitney. During her career she has gained extensive domestic and international experience in areas such as project management, development and training, adult education, performance management, process improvement, and organization development.
Dr. Tyler conducts research using a variety of qualitative approaches, inquiring, and publishing in Storytelling in Organizations; Organization Development; Learning, and Change; Transformative Learning; and Expansive and Reflective Teaching and Facilitation. She earned her doctorate from Columbia University.
Joseph Walk is an administrator affiliated with Penn State Outreach Credit Programs. He has more than 35 years of leadership and managerial experience as a professional military officer and faculty, having worked in training, problem solving, counseling, and course development. His expertise is in flight standardization, training development, teaching, and trend analysis. His teaching experience includes courses in leadership and management, customer service, managerial theory, time management, staff supervision, and communicative competencies.
Walk earned a B.S. from Penn State and an MA in educational management from the University of Texas. He is a certified Myers Briggs Type Indicator™ Instructor. He was also an instructor for Penn State Management Development for thirteen years, where he managed and facilitated sessions in the Team Innovation Center.
Anita Whiteford, Ph.D.
As an organizational development practitioner, Dr. Whiteford's philosophy is to educate, coach, and consult with all levels of the workforce. The workforce as a whole is her customer, and it is critically important to provide it with the best possible service in order to move the organization ahead in meeting vital, strategic, short-term, and long-term goals. In her perspective, the OD concept is a strategic partner to the organization and leadership, as its workforce acquires critical knowledge and skills essential for success, so that the organization can continue to move forward in change management to provide excellent care and service to customers.
Dr. Whiteford holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from Wilkes University, an M.S. in human resources administration from the University of Scranton, and a Ph.D. from Penn State in human resource development/organizational development.
Katheryn Woodley, Ph.D.
Combining her years as a member of Penn State's Management Development faculty and her work as an independent consultant, Dr. Woodley has more than three decades of experience in leadership and organization development. She also has managerial experience as director of instructional design at the American College and Supervisor of Performance Standards for Westinghouse Learning Corporation.
She holds BA and MA degrees in psychology from the University of Akron and a Ph.D. in industrial-organizational psychology from the Union Graduate School. She has further honed her skills and knowledge through continuing studies in leadership, organizational behavior, human development, and instructional design. She is a Pennsylvania licensed psychologist, a member of The American Psychological Association, and certified to administer a variety of individual and organizational assessments.
Hyung Joon Yoon, Ph.D., SPHR
Hyung Joon Yoon holds a Ph.D. in workforce education and development from Penn State and has gained multinational experiences in such countries as the United States, South Korea, and Morocco as a researcher-practitioner. His specialties in OD include facilitating OD through career development, assessing individual and organizational strengths, and facilitating the participatory strategic planning process. He has presented his research findings at international and national conferences more than 20 times in more than six countries. Dr. Yoon was bestowed with the Individual Greatness Award (Franklin Covey Greatness Award) in recognition for creation of measurable change in an organization in 2006. He serves the National Career Development Association as Trustee-at-Large.