The Leadership and Talent Development Team
Brandon Sullivan, PhD, Director
Brandon directs Leadership and Talent Development in the Office of Human Resources at the University of Minnesota. He leads a team of expert consultants dedicated to providing strategic consulting services, tailored leadership development programs, and research-supported survey and assessment tools to help campuses, colleges, and units to advance important goals and priorities.
In addition to directing LTD, Brandon teaches graduate courses on leadership, organizational behavior, and wellbeing in the workplace. He is a senior lecturer in the Carlson School of Management and is on the graduate faculty at the Center for Spirituality and Healing. Brandon is also an affiliate faculty member in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development. Prior to joining the University, Brandon led a global talent assessment and employee engagement team at Target Corporation and was a partner in a talent management consultancy specializing in executive leadership assessment and selection. Brandon earned a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Minnesota.
Olga Alepova, MIS, Senior Consultant
Olga Alepova is a senior consultant of blended learning in Leadership and Talent development. Olga works with program leads and consultants to provide instructional design and technology expertise in developing online learning materials, scaling up LTD offerings across the University, and increasing learner engagement. She 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.
Rosie Barry, MA, 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 counseling psychology from the University of St. Thomas. Rosie has over 20 years of human resource experience as both an internal and external consultant in a variety of organizations.
Jennifer Engler, PsyD, Manager
Jennifer oversees the E2 Employee Engagement program and other initiatives to create a thriving workplace culture. Before joining the Leadership and Talent Development team, Jen served as Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Student Services in the College of Education and Human Development since 2010 and held positions at the University since 1999. Engler earned a doctorate and MA in Clinical Psychology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and her BA in psychology from Macalester College.
Donna Saathoff, MA, Senior Consultant
Donna Saathoff is a senior consultant for human resources development and strategy at the University of Minnesota. In her role, she is responsible for overseeing enterprise-wide development programming for HR Leads and their teams. The purpose of these efforts is to create an institution-wide supportive learning community of human resource leaders and professionals so they can best support and provide guidance to their senior leaders, managers, and supervisors. Donna has over 20 years of human resources experience at the University of Minnesota, including seven years in the Office of the President. She has also has completed doctoral level coursework and training in clinical psychology at Argosy University (all but dissertation).
Scott Barnard, BA
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.
John Barnett, BA
John supports online and blended learning offerings in LTD. His experience and expertise include video production, animation, and graphic design.
Marisa de la Rosa, BA
Marisa de la Rosa is a consultant supporting the employee engagement and organizational development initiatives. Her experience includes consulting, training, and project management. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Human Resource Development through the College of Education and Human Development on the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus.
Chelsea Dunkel, PhD
Chelsea Dunkel is a consultant in the Leadership and Talent Development division of the Office of Human Resources. She works on the employee engagement team to help faculty and staff understand their engagement survey results and leverage them to support action planning and change initiatives. In addition, she partners with departments, units, and colleges to devise 360-degree reviews and develop leadership training. Chelsea completed her Ph.D. in industrial-organizational psychology at the University of Minnesota. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the College of St. Benedict.
Jenny McDaniel, MS
Jenny McDaniel is a consultant in the Leadership and Talent Development and she supports leadership development by researching best practices and providing program administration for LTD programming as well as assessment coordination and data analysis across work streams. Before joining OHR, Jenny worked in the Medical School at the University of Minnesota and in the private sector where she served as a global relocation counselor. Jenny earned a master’s degree in applied psychology with a concentration on industrial and organizational psychology from Sacred Heart University. She graduated with a B.A. in business communication from the University of St. Thomas.
Christina McGuire, MA
Christina McGuire is a consultant in Leadership and Talent Development. She works with leaders in colleges and units to assess leadership development needs and she also designs, delivers, and develops programs for leaders as well as coaching leaders and their teams. Before joining the University, Christina worked for the National Science Foundation in the Washington, D.C. area as an industrial-organizational psychologist. Christina holds an M.A. degree in industrial-organizational psychology from Minnesota State University-Mankato and earned a degree in psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She has also earned the PHR and SHRM-CP designations. She is a certified MBTI® and Hogan Assessments practitioner.
Lovey Peissig, PhD
Lovey supports leadership training by developing and delivering competency-based leadership development programs and consulting to university faculty and staff members. Before joining LTD, Lovey completed her PhD in counseling psychology at the University of Minnesota and worked as a counselor providing psychological assessment and counseling services in the Twin Cities region. She earned a BA degree in psychology from Kenyon College.
Teri Spillers, MA
Teri Spillers is a consultant in the Leadership and Talent Development division of the Office of Human Resources. She has over 20 years’ experience in leadership assessment, leadership coaching, and organizational development. Teri has worked across public, private, and not-for-profit organizations, including a decade in management in the private sector. She earned her master's degree in counseling psychology from the University of St. Thomas and received her undergraduate degree in business administration.
Amanda Wolford, BA, PHR, SHRM-CP
Amanda Wolford is a leadership assessment and development consultant. Her experience in LTD has ranged from developing new programs and tools which focus on faculty and staff development, supervisory training, new employee onboarding as well as internal coaching and consulting. Amanda holds a bachelor's degree in human resource development and a minor in human resources and industrial relations from the University of Minnesota.
Ashley Dzuik provides administrative support to the Leadership and Talent Development team and serves as executive assistant to Brandon Sullivan. Before joining the Office of Human Resources, Ashley worked at the Carlson School of Management and brings her experience in communications and event planning to her role with LTD. Ashley earned a bachelor's degree in journalism and women's studies from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and completed the Equity and Diversity advanced certificate.
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