Professional Development

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Professional Development Faculty

Bob Boehringer is the Vice President - Process Management for Orion Development Group. He
has more than 20 years of experience helping professionals improve quality and productivity via the implementation of organization improvement methodologies (i.e. TQM, Team-Based Problem Solving, SPC, Process Re-engineering).

Prior to becoming a consultant, Mr. Boehringer worked for DuPont, Shell Oil, Procter & Gamble and Pepsi-Cola. He has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University and is a member of the American Society for Quality, Association for Quality and Participation and Institute of Industrial Engineers. He currently serves on the boards of Boehringer Laboratories, Inc. and Catalyst Marketing Communications, Inc.

Ellen Burts-Cooper, Ph.D, is the owner and senior managing partner of Improve Consulting and Training Group, a firm that provides personal and professional development training, coaching and consultation. Improve works across various industries, including manufacturing, healthcare, financial services, academia and information technology. Ellen's firm works with large corporations, small companies, colleges/universities and not-for-profit organizations, to provide Lean Six Sigma Yellow and Green Belt Certifications, project coaching, curriculum development, training and project deployment. Improve also provides business outcome focused leadership coaching, seminars and workshops on leadership, problem solving, critical thinking and change management, and leadership based motivational speaking for various corporate affinity groups, college/university programs and community organizations.

Lynda Carter, MBA, has a BA in Marketing, BS in Computer and Information Sciences from Cleveland State and an MBA from Baldwin Wallace University. Lynda has extensive experience designing and delivering project management training programs as well consulting with senior project management leaders on all aspects of the projects from methodology design and implementation to advanced applications of project management, including:  Project Management Essentials, Project Management for Executives, Project Teams, Total Quality Management (TQM), Risk Management, Advanced Scheduling Management, Cost Management and JAD Facilitation. She works with a wide variety of industries including insurance, manufacturing, consulting, technology and financial services including:  KeyCorp, PPG Industries, Progressive Insurance, Rockwell Automation, Ohio Aerospace Institute (OAI), American Express, IAMS, and Ernst & Young.

Joe Cirafesi, BA genetics, Cornell University; MBA, Smeal College of Business, Penn State. Joe Cirafesi is a Process Management consultant and instructor for Orion Development Group. Mr. Cirafesi spent more than 20 years at Air Products and Chemicals where he has helped the company evolve to an internationally recognized benchmark for excellence in cross-functional process management.

As a Human Resources Manager, Mr. Cirafesi helped lead major changes to the organizational structure and leadership teams from 1995 to 1997. As a Business Manager/Process Owner, Joe was responsible for the ongoing management of the product development, innovation, bidding, customer engagement, engineering construction and start-up work processes. As a European Region Director, Joe organized training and application of continuous improvement tools in 11 countries.

Lisa S. Codispoti is an energetic leader with expertise in leading large organizations through change and continuous improvement.  She is experienced in leading multi-function, multi-site organizations with demonstrated skills in organizational development, HR management, team building/facilitation, change management, client relations, succession planning, training and continuous improvement and has held senior positions in banking and financial services working in areas that impacted client relations, human resources and organizational development.  In addition, as a member of the Baldwin Wallace University Professional Development faculty, Lisa works with the department in designing and delivering customized learning. Her education background includes a BA in Management from Walsh University, MBA from Case Western Reserve University, and coursework towards a PhD at the Fielding Institute.

Jeffrey M. Darner, M.Ed., is an experienced Training and Leadership Development professional with over 25 years experience.  As the former Executive Vice President & Chief Learning Officer for KeyCorp, he worked on matters involving executive and leadership development, succession planning, performance management, 360° feedback systems, emotional intelligence, large-scale system change, employee training and development, team development, and organization design. 

Jeff spent thirteen years in a variety of Human Resources leadership roles at KeyCorp, a fortune 250 financial services company headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio.  Those positions included Instructional Design Manager, Organization Development Consultant, Organization and Leadership Development Director and Chief Learning Officer.  Prior to KeyCorp, Jeff spent fifteen years with Ameritech (currently SBC) in various management roles including Sales and Customer Service Manager, Systems Analyst, and Training Manager.  Currently, Jeff is providing Training and Leadership Development consulting services to a wide range of businesses across the country. 

Jeff is well known for his innovative yet practical approach to change management, leadership training, and organization development.  He has presented his work on these topics at professional conferences across the country, including those sponsored by Linkage International and the International Society for Performance Improvement.  

Mr. Darner received his Masters Degree in Education with a specialty in Adult Learning and Development from Cleveland State University and his Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from Baldwin Wallace University. 

Amanda Dietz is a Vice President of Project Management and Business Analysis for Orion Development Group. She has more than 20 years of experience in operations management, auditing and process improvement.

As a trainer and consultant, Ms. Dietz is able leverage her diverse expertise and strategic outlook to help clients achieve meaningful process improvements and business results.

Prior to joining Orion, Ms. Dietz attained extensive quality and process management experience in the corporate world, principally in the Financial Services sector. She served on the senior management teams at InTuition, Inc. and Florida Federal Savings Bank (now part of Wachovia). 

Pete Evangelista, PMP, B.S., Mathematics and Computer Science from Lawrence Technological University, MBA from Cleveland State University, has over twenty-three years of information technology and business process improvement experience. For the last nineteen years, he has been leading complex and high impact IT projects across a diverse set of industries and business processes.   Pete's experience includes leading local consulting businesses and being a Managing Director at of the "Big 5" consulting firms. 

Pete's students have commented that his style, practical examples and exercises, bring course concepts to life in a way that really sinks in and can be applied immediately after leaving the classroom. Pete runs engaging courses that rely on his understanding of both the structural and human sides of running projects and business operations.

Sean Gilmore earned his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois in communication. He has presented his research to conferences and organizations across the country. He has 29 research projects that have been published or presented at national conferences.  He provides consulting on professional speaking to profit and non-profit organizations, as well as political candidates.  He is currently a professor of communication at Baldwin Wallace University. His training provides professionals the guidance necessary to greatly enhance a person's ability to communicate effectively.

Roger A. Grugle, M.B.A., M.S., C.P.A., is an associate professor and holds the L. A. Beeghly Chair at Baldwin Wallace University.  For the last twelve years he has taught accounting, finance and statistics courses in the undergraduate, MBA, and Executive MBA programs.  He has also been a full-time faculty member at the U.S. Military Academy and an adjunct professor at C.W. Post and the University of Maryland.  Professor Grugle holds graduate degrees from the University of Colorado (Aerospace Engineering Sciences) and C.W. Post (Accounting and Taxation.)  He has also done doctoral work in accounting and finance at Kent State.  As a C.P.A. he is licensed in both Ohio and Colorado.  Roger has extensive financial management experience in the hospitality area and budgeting experience for the federal government.  He has also been a consultant for local manufacturing companies on costing and overhead allocation issues and the implementation of integrated accounting software systems.

Gerri Hura, Ph.D., Curricular and Instructional Studies, University of Akron; MBA, Management, Bryant College; MA, Counseling and Guidance/Higher Education Administration, John Carroll University is Assistant Professor of Education at Buffalo State College and the former Director for Professional Development at Baldwin Wallace University. Gerri has a background in organizational development, curricular and instructional design, gender bias in learning and leadership, facilitation and project management. She currently manages the design, development and delivery of open enrollment, custom and executive learning to the northern Ohio business community. Gerri has experience in business and industry (health care, hospitality, banking, insurance), higher education (student services, business education) and consulting. 

Andrea L. Kerzner, MBA, PMP, brings diversified project management experience from small and large companies, including process development and improvement, business analysis, and development and maturity of a Project Management Office (PMO). As the current Team Lead for the Sherwin-Williams Corporate IT PMO, she leads a project management continuous improvement effort and consults on enterprise-wide project management and process initiatives.  Andrea received her B.S. in Management from the University of Pittsburgh and an MBA from Baldwin Wallace University.  She is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) through the Project Management Institute.

Susan Kuznik, DBA, Business Administration, Cleveland State University; MS in Organizational Development, Case Western Reserve University; BS in Computer and Information Science, Cleveland State University. Susan is a member of the Baldwin Wallace University MBA faculty teaching in the areas of Systems Thinking, Management Information Systems, Organizational Behavior, Strategic Management, and Marketing/Management. Susan researches entrepreneurial orientation, or how organizations employ strategy and structure to become more innovative and competitive; she is also involved in evaluating leadership within small groups and how gender perceptions may bias perceived leader effectiveness and satisfaction with the leader.

Kim Langley, M.Ed., Duquesne University, English Honors Programs; B.A. English, University of Pennsylvania, Kim is president of Life Balance Enterprises, Inc. and conducts over 150 workshops annually on supervisory and work/life balance skills for corporations, organizations, professional groups, schools and churches. She was named "Outstanding Director of Education" from a field of nearly 100 candidates; selected as one of eight Master Teachers from over 400 candidates to author a published book on Ministry Models.

Judith Lakner, B.S., M.A., The University of Akron, has been teaching a breadth of communication and public speaking courses for over 15 years as an adjunct faculty member of Baldwin Wallace University.  She has also been providing consulting services in the areas of presentation effectiveness, employee benefits communication, technical writing, and public relations.  Her clients have come from the business, engineering, and nonprofit charitable organizations.  Currently, she is completing a manuscript entitled Seven Axioms of Efficacy: A Writing Guide for Business and Technical Communicators. 

Dr. Henry Lewandowski, is an Associate Professor in the Business Administration Division at Baldwin Wallace University.  He teaches quantitative courses such as management science and statistics at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.  In addition to teaching, Dr. Lewandowski actively consults with companies in the areas of Lean, Six Sigma and process improvement.

Prior to joining BW, Dr. Lewandowski served as the Director of the Engineering Technologies Division and the Nord Advanced Technologies Center at Lorain County Community College.  In this capacity, he oversaw all aspects of the academic division, as well as industrial outreach and training.  His responsibilities include management of over 40 full- and part-time faculty, staff and technicians, and a budget exceeding $2,000,000 per year.  In addition, Dr. Lewandowski also served the College as Director of Distributed Learning, where his responsibilities include overseeing all aspects of distance learning, such as internet courses, telecourses, and off-site programs, course offerings, technical aspects, and staff members.

During the 2000-2001 academic year, Dr. Lewandowski served as Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs and Student Services as the chief academic and student services officer of the College.  In this role, he provided leadership, administration and supervision for all aspects of the educational program, including all curricula and instruction, as well as the entire range of student development and support services. 

Prior to joining LCCC in 1998, Dr. Lewandowski was associated with Delphi Packard Electric in Warren, Ohio as the Supervisor of Operations Analysis and Support.  His staff of engineers and technicians was responsible for the mainframe manufacturing computer systems as well as for operations research activities. After receiving his Doctorate of Engineering from Cleveland State University, Dr. Lewandowski remained at CSU as an assistant professor in the Industrial Engineering Department.  While there, he received several outstanding teaching awards as well as awards for service to students.  He was awarded a NASA Summer Faculty Fellowship where he worked in the areas of parallel processing on heterogeneous computers as well as expert system and graphical user interface development. While at CSU, he developed several systems for Delphi Packard Electric, which helped them in the competitive global automobile manufacturing arena. He published extensively and presented his ideas in both academic and industrial settings.

Dr. Lewandowski has worked for McDonnell Aircraft Company in St. Louis, Missouri. While at McDonnell, he specialized in the computer and mathematical modeling of military aircraft and their use in the field of battle.  After leaving McDonnell, Dr. Lewandowski moved to Detroit where he joined General Dynamics Land Systems Division.  As a Senior Engineer, he was again involved in the simulation of military systems, particularly the M1 Tank.  While at GD, he was responsible for an independent research and development project, which created a tactical level ground warfare simulation. Dr. Lewandowski received his B.S. degree in Civil Engineering and Computer Science from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Josie Bell Lindsay, M.S. in Organizational Development and Analysis from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University and graduate of Leadership Cleveland and Leadership America. Josie Lindsay is President and Chief Executive Officer of Bell & Lindsay, Inc., a Cleveland based firm since 1984. Her consulting and training practice has focused on organizational and management development, executive and organizational coaching, the human side of change and technology, development of strategic mentoring programs, and strategic visioning.  She often assists executives and other managers in resolving team and organizational effectiveness issues that detract from offering superior service to clients, customers and business partners. Josie is internationally known forher work with information technology and engineering professionals in the people/soft skill areas.

Lori K. Long, Ph.D., SPHR, is the President of LK Consulting, LLC, a human resource management consulting firm. She holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration from Kent State University and a Master's Degree in Labor Relations and Human Resources from Cleveland State University.  She has more than fourteen years of human resource management experience and is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources through the Human Resource Certification Institute.  Her research interests include the policy implications of federal employment laws and regulations, the use of technology in human resources management, and effective work/life management strategies. Lori has published several articles and book chapters and presented numerous workshops and conference seminars on these and other human resource management topics. In addition to her work for LK Consulting, Lori is an adjunct faculty member at Baldwin Wallace University and facilitates programs for the Executive Development Center at Cleveland State University.

Robert W. McAlpine, M.A., President, Type Resources, is a retired career military officer, cultivated his expertise with the U.S. Army's Organizational Leadership and TQM Programs for Executives, as a DDI Certified Master Assessor, and graduate researcher. He has designed and managed leadership assessment and development programs for army officers, and qualified hundreds to use the MBTI.

Karla Potetz, Ph.D., is a management consultant with 25 years of management and administrative experience. Dr. Potetz is an adjunct faculty member at Baldwin Wallace University where she teaches Undergraduate Business Administration and Executive M.B.A. programs.

Kathleen A. Razi, Ph.D., LISW, LPCC, is a member of the adjunct faculty at Baldwin Wallace University where she teaches in both the undergraduate and MBA Program. She is President of Razi & Associates, Inc. serving individual and corporate clients from business, health care, manufacturing and social services in the US and Europe.

Dr. Razi brings more than 20 years of expertise and successful experience in business consulting, specializing in Leadership, Management and Team Development, Transition and Change Management, Coaching and Counseling, Effective Interviewing and Creative Problem-Solving. She has authored articles on careers and mentoring and has presented at international professional meetings and conferences.   

Peter Rea, Ph.D. from the University of Akron, Masters of Arts from Bowling Green State University,  is Director of the Burton D. Morgan Chair for Entrepreneurial Studies and founding director of Baldwin Wallace University's Center for Innovation and Growth.  The Center is only one of about 20 institutions in the United States to receive funding by the Kauffman and Burton D. Morgan foundations to create a national model for entrepreneurship. A new Center for Innovation and Growth Building houses programs that support the mission to "infuse entrepreneurship campus wide while contributing to regional development." The Center is built on partnerships that promote economic development and provide undergraduate students from all majors, MBA students and executives with practical experience in creating economic and social value driven by innovation and guided by integrity. Peter's primary teaching and consulting areas include strategic planning, marketing strategy, international marketing and professional ethics.  and a Bachelor of Science from Ohio University where he graduated summa cum laude. He has completed postdoctoral studies in international marketing and business, and marketing strategy at Memphis University, Carnegie Mellon University and Duke University.

Stuart Rosenberg, BA, Economics and History, University of Michigan brings experience in deploying major technology initiatives in both new ventures and global companies, providing thought leadership in program management and project management, and developing leaders through career coaching. As the Executive for the Technology Portfolio Management unit in Westfield Group's Information Technology department, Stuart leads a group of program managers, projects managers, and analysts focused on the delivery of technology solutions via programs and projects, the proactive management of the technology portfolio, and the ongoing development of the program and project management disciplines.

Sue Russell has a MA in Instructional Media from Xavier University and is the founder and owner of Sue Russell Consulting. Her expertise is in organizational development, team facilitation, coaching and mentoring and creating customized training programs. 

Since 1988, she has worked with clients in industries such as health care, manufacturing, education and business service. Prior to forming the business, Sue created an directed a human resource development function for a leading service industry.

Sue is a frequent speaker at business and industry conferences and is a member of the Organization Development Network, the American Society for Training and Development, and is a registered member of the Leadership Luncheon Committee for the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber.

Meg Seelbach brings over 15 years of experience as a consultant, trainer, and coach specializing in leadership, communication, team effectiveness, and emotional intelligence. Ms. Seelbach has trained over one thousand upper level managers, supervisors, and sales professionals in communication skills.  She also works with teams interested in developing a higher level of effectiveness.  Her individual coaching often focuses on helping great managers become extraordinary Leaders. She maintains an ongoing practice of coaching clients who are successful executives and leaders committed to continuously transforming their work and personal lives. Ms. Seelbach has recently created a course entitled Leader as Coach that combines coaching skills for leaders with emotional intelligence and leadership conversations.  Meg is certified by EQ at Work as a facilitator and coach, and is a certified trainer for Kahler Communications, Inc., offering training in Quality Relations and for Wilson Learning, offering training in Social Styles.  Both courses are style based communication programs.  In addition, Meg is certified by The Hay Group in the Emotional Competency Inventory, a 360° instrument measuring an individual's emotional intelligence.  Meg is also certified in facilitating High Impact Teaming, a process of assessing a team's effectiveness and creating structured training and coaching to address the critical skills that will foster an action orientation that takes the team to a higher level of functioning and impact. Ms. Seelbach is a co-author of the Leadership Coaching Report, developed with her colleagues at Watterson and Associates.  The report uses the 16 Personality Factor Questionnaire to drive a report that identifies personal gifts and limits and compares the participant's behavioral style to those of a successful Leader. Ms. Seelbach holds a B.S. in Psychology from Denison University and an M.A. in Human Services at John Carroll University.  She is a member of the International Coaching Federation, and Vice President of the Cleveland Coach Federation.

Param Srikantia, Ph.D. specializes in designing management and organizational behavior learning solutions in supervisory and management skills, conflict resolution, interpersonal communication, human resource development interventions and quality management. He is the author of numerous published papers in the area of organizational change management and organizational behavior. He brings real-world experience to the classroom from previously held business positions in personnel and management. 

Jeff Minder is a Business Analysis and Project Management instructor for Orion Development Group. He has more than 15 years of experience in project management and software development and 25 years of experience as a professional instructor.

As a practitioner, Mr. Minder has successfully launched secure, database-driven Internet solutions for the Department of Homeland Security, governmental lotteries, healthcare providers, insurance companies and other clients in both the private and the public sectors.<

Mr. Minder's instructional background includes 11 years of service to the U.S. Air Force (USAF), where he was a survival, evasion, resistance, and escape (SERE) instructor. In 1991, the U.S. Special Operations Command named him the SERE Instructor of the Year in recognition of his work in the field of counterintelligence during Desert Shield/Desert Storm.

Mr. Minder earned a B.S. (magna cum laude) in computer science with a minor in mathematics from Troy State University. He is a certified Project Management Professional (Project Management Institute).

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