The LTD Team
Brandon Sullivan, Ph.D., Director
Brandon directs Leadership and Talent Development in the Office of Human Resources at the University of Minnesota. He oversees a team of consultants and trainers that works with University leaders to develop a culture of engagement, enhance leadership effectiveness, and align talent with mission in order to meet the challenges faced by the University. Sullivan launched the employee engagement program to help the University meet its commitment to its academic and research mission through a research-based approach. This program was recognized in 2014 by the Midwest CUPA-HR Region with an Excellence in HR Practices Award.
Sullivan earned a PhD in psychology and an MA in educational psychology from the University of Minnesota and has a bachelor's degree in political science from Carleton College. He brings 15 years of professional experience in helping organizations build and develop effective teams, both as an external consultant and as a leader of a global talent management team at a Fortune 50 corporate retailer.
Leadership and Talent Development Departments
Jennifer Engler, PsyD, Manager
Marisa de la Rosa
Marisa de la Rosa has many roles in Leadership and Talent Development. She supports the engagement initiative and maintains performance management and learning management in ULearn. She also facilitates training on the financial system and ULearn as well as develops new course curricula and materials. Marisa has a bachelor's degree from Augsburg College and nearly 15 years of experience in training, communications, and consulting.
Rosie Barry, Manager
Rosie Barry is the manager of leadership and assessment at the University of Minnesota. In her role, she is responsible for developing competency-based assessment systems and programming to develop leaders at all levels of the University. She holds master's degrees in human resources/industrial relations from the University of Minnesota and in counseling psychology from the University of St. Thomas and has over 20 years of human resource experience as both an internal and external consultant in a variety of organizations.
Scott Barnard is an organizational development consultant in the Leadership and Talent Development division of OHR. He supports U of MN leaders primarily in the areas of change management, assessment tools such as 360-degree assessments), team building, and coaching. His extensive background in academic technology consultation and training provides a useful foundation for emerging 21st century organizational development practices.
Christina McGuire, M.A. is a consultant in the Leadership and Talent Development division of the Office of Human Resources. She works with leaders in colleges and units to assess leadership development needs; design, deliver, and develop programs for leaders; and coach leaders and their teams. Christina previously worked for the National Science Foundation in Washington, D.C. as an industrial-organizational psychologist. Christina holds an MA degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Minnesota State University-Mankato and earned a degree in psychology from the University of Nebraska. She has also earned her PHR and SHRM-CP designations. She is a certified MBTI® practitioner.
Lani Payette develops online courses designing and editing course learning materials for faculty and staff training. In addition, she maintains the Training Services portion of the Leadership and Talent Development website. Lani earned an MEd in learning technologies from the University of Minnesota and holds a BFA in graphic design from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Carolie Carlson, Manager
Carolie Carlson manages training services within the Leadership and Talent Development division. She provides strategic direction on key enterprise training initiatives and works closely with enterprise-level clients to ensure projects are successful. In addition, she provides organizational development services to individuals and teams across the University, focusing on areas of team dynamics, strategic planning, and organizational design. She has over 20 years of experience in training and organizational development as well as in supervision and management of individuals and units. Carolie earned an MBA in quality and operations management and a bachelor's degree in marketing from the University of Minnesota.
Olga Alepova works with trainers to provide both instructional design and technology expertise in developing online courses. She designs and edits course learning materials and maintains training content on the Office of Human Resources website. Olga earned a master's degree in management of information systems from Metropolitan State University and a bachelor's degree in computer science and linguistics (TESOL) from Stavropol State University in Russia.
Cathy facilitates training on the University's financial system and develops course materials. She earned a bachelor's degree in cultural anthropology from Hamilton College and has over 10 years of training and instructional design experience in support of PeopleSoft and K-12 student databases.
Amanda Wolford, PHR, has been an instructional designer and provides a mixture of technical training and course development activities in the area of the Human Resource Management System (HRMS). Amanda joined OHR in 2006 and supported the 2008 Enterprise Financial System and 2015 Enterprise Systems Upgrade training rollouts. Her newest role in LTD as an onboarding specialist has Amanda developing new tools which focus on cultural conversations in the workplace for supervisors and new employees as well as New Employee Orientation. Amanda holds a bachelor's degree in human resource development and a minor in human resources and industrial relations from the University of Minnesota.