Meet Our Team
Olga Alepova is an educational technologist in Training Services. She works with trainers to provide both instructional design and technology expertise in developing online courses, designs and edits course learning materials, and maintains the Training Services website.
Olga holds a Masters 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 (Russia).
Patty Bales is a consultant in Organizational Effectiveness. In her role, she works with employees to assist with their career exploration and planning, coaches individuals regarding their professional development, and works with groups to help increase their effectiveness. In the latter work, the topic is often team dynamics and healthy functioning, transition management, or strategic planning. She uses the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and the Bar-On Emotional Quotient Inventory in her work with individuals and groups.
Patty holds a master’s degree in Human Resource Development from the University of St. Thomas and has over 15 years of organizational development experience as both an internal and external consultant in a variety of Twin Cities companies.
Scott Barnard is a coordinator in the Organizational Effectiveness division. Previously, Scott played a variety of roles in the Office of Information Technology including process facilitator, technology trainer, and Emerging Academic Technology supervisor. Over the years Scott has helped facilitate the implementation of several new academic technologies at the University, including WebCT, the myU Portal, iTunes U, iPads, and Moodle.
Scott has a B.A. in Studio Arts, and is currently an M.Ed. student in the human resource development program in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota.
Rosie Barry is the assistant director of Organizational Effectiveness at the University of Minnesota. In her position, she works with groups to help them function better and coaches individuals on their professional development. Team dynamics, transition management and strategic planning are some of the activities she has help groups to master.
Rosie 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 organizational development experience as both an internal and external consultant in a variety of organizations.
Donna Bennett is a consultant in Organizational Effectiveness in the Office of Human Resources at the University of Minnesota (U of MN), a lecturer and Member/Advising of the Graduate Faculty in the field of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota, and an Independent Consultant in private practice.
As an internal consultant at the U of MN, Donna’s work includes providing professional development assistance for individuals and groups, leadership coaching, and strategic planning for a variety of work groups. As a U of MN faculty member, Donna has co-taught the Women’s Leadership Journey class in the Masters of Liberal Studies program.
Donna’s career spans 25 years in corporate, academic and non-profit settings. Her book, When You Lose Your Job, was published by Augsburg Press in 2002.
Donna, a licensed psychologist, holds a B.S. degree in Business and Psychology and a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology. She held a six-year term as board trustee and is a long-term member of the Minnesota Career Development Association.
Kristen Berning has spent her entire full-time career at the University of Minnesota. She began working at the University in 1995, and has served as a training coordinator with Organizational Effectiveness since March 2004. She trains courses focusing on sponsored projects, HRMS, and the financial system.
Kristen earned a B.S. in Scientific and Technical Communication and an M.Ed. in Human Resource Development both from the University of Minnesota.
Lea Bittner-Eddy is a training and organizational development consultant in the Organizational Effectiveness division of OHR. In her role she provides organizational development consulting to leaders and teams on capacity building, change management, team effectiveness, and improving workplace cultures. She has broad, international experience including coaching, leadership development, strategic planning, team building, conflict resolution, process improvement, and cultural awareness.
Lea has a master’s degree in culture, society, and gender from the University of London and is an alum of the U of M’s Speech Communication bachelor’s program. She has over 15 years experience as a trainer and OD consultant (both internal and external) for a variety of non-profits, public and private sector organizations.
Corey Bonnema is coordinator of Supervisory Development in the Organizational Effectiveness division. In his position, he works with supervisors and new managers to help increase their knowledge and build skills in managing employees. Interviewing, performance management, coaching, and employee development are some examples of his areas of expertise.
Corey holds Master’s degrees in Human Resources/Industrial Relations from the University of Minnesota, has over 10 years of management development experience and previously worked as a human resource generalist for a large telecommunication company and a St. Paul-based bank. He is qualified to administer Situational Leadership II coursework, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and the Hermann Brain Dominance Instrument.
Laura Cabral is the administrative support person for Career Services, Personal and Professional Development, and Organizational Development programs with the Organizational Effectiveness division. In her position, she serves as the primary contact for University employees inquiring about individual career services as well as career, personal, and professional development courses. In addition, she is the first point of contact for organizational development services.
Carolie Carlson is the assistant director of Organizational Effectiveness and the Director of Training Services. In her job she provides strategic direction on key enterprise training initiatives and works closely with enterprise clients to ensure the projects are successful. In addition, she has provided organizational development services to individuals and teams across the university focusing on areas of team dynamics, strategic planning and organizational design.
Carolie holds an MBA in Quality and Operations Management and a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the University of Minnesota. She has over 20 years experience in training and organizational development as well as supervisory and management of individuals and units.
Marisa de la Rosa
Marisa de la Rosa is a training coordinator for Training Services, a part of Organizational Effectiveness. She facilitates training on the Financial System as well as develops new course curricula and creates course materials.
Marisa has a Bachelor’s degree from Augsburg College and over 10 years of experience in training and communications.
Terri is a consultant in the Organizational Effectiveness division. She provides consulting and facilitation support to individual leaders, teams, and work groups at the University in the areas of business process mapping and analysis, team effectiveness, and workplace climate assessments. She also serves as a member of the Organizational Effectiveness Talent Management Team, which focuses on the development and implementation of University leadership competencies, succession management practices, and leadership development programs.
Terri has over 25 years of University of Minnesota experience, including Human Resource and Payroll management, HR system implementations, and change management leadership.
Dave Dorman is the coordinator for leadership development within Organizational Effectiveness (OE). His primary role is to coordinate the President’s Emerging Leaders program, a leadership development program for high potential professional/academic, civil service, and bargaining unit staff. In addition, he assists with the development of leadership competency models as part of the OE Talent Management Team.
Dave holds a Master of Arts in College Student Development Administration from Michigan State. Prior to coming to Organizational Effectiveness in 2007, Dave had advised peer education programs at Boynton Health Service for 18 years.
Jessica L. Jackson serves as a consultant in the Organizational Effectiveness division of the Office of Human Resources providing organizational development consulting to leaders and teams on building capacity and improving workplace cultures. She brings a wealth of experience as a coach, advisor, and consultant on a range of issues including leadership development, strategic visioning, team building, conflict resolution, and diversity/equity. Jessica is a licensed employment attorney with 15+ years experience working with Fortune 500 companies, large public sector employers, and educational institutions. She is also a qualified neutral (mediator), skilled trainer, and experienced Circle facilitator/trainer – a process used to resolve conflict at a root-cause level, encourage values-based decision making, improve communication, and increase cultural responsiveness.
Jessica is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School (1994) and President’s Emerging Leaders Program (2001-2002). She also is a former associate to the director in the University’s Office of Equal Opportunity and adjunct professor in General College. In addition to her part-time appointment in Organizational Effectiveness, Jessica runs her own consulting firm, teaches an undergraduate “Conflict Resolution and Mediation Skills” course at Bethel University, and is an ordained minister.
Mel Mitchell is the director of the Organizational Effectiveness division. In this capacity, he leads a group that conducts training, consulting, coaching and counseling for University staff and faculty. Throughout his career, he has engaged in the work of individual, organizational, and leadership development.
Mel has a master’s degree in education with a focus on curriculum and instruction from the University of Texas at El Paso. He has over 30 years experience as both an internal and external consultant and has held leadership positions in several Fortune 500 companies.
Cathy Orlando is a training coordinator for Training Services, within Organizational Effectiveness. She has over 10 years of training experience and previously worked as an instructional designer for a credit and collections trade association headquartered in Minneapolis.
Cathy holds a bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology from Hamilton College. Her past experience includes training and support of PeopleSoft and K-12 student records databases. Cathy currently facilitates training on the University Financial System and develops course materials.
Lani Payette is an educational technologist in Training Services. She develops online courses, designs and edits course learning materials, and maintains the Training Services website.
Lani holds a B.F.A. in Graphic Design from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and an M.Ed. in Learning Technologies from the University of Minnesota.
Elysia Peitzman is the executive office and administrative specialist for Training Services within the Organizational Effectiveness division. She serves as the registrar for Training Services which involves enrolling employees in necessary courses and providing information and help in regards to Training Services financial, HRMS, and Sponsored Projects course and assessments.
Sara Schoen is a training coordinator in the Training Services unit of Organizational Effectiveness. She teaches classes for the Human Resources Management System and utilizes her instructional design experience to create interactive online projects.
Sara holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Grinnell College. She has almost 15 years of training experience from teaching mathematics to Minneapolis high school students to training corporate managers’ core supervisory skills to creating interactive on-line systems training tutorials.
Jeanne is an organization consultant in the Organizational Effectiveness division of the Office of Human Resources. With 30 years of experience in the field of human development, she has worked across a wide spectrum of business and not-for-profit organizations. Her expertise lies in coaching and consulting in the areas of organizational change, leadership, and team effectiveness where managing change is critical to organizational performance.
Jeanne completed an M.A. in Training and Development from the University of Minnesota. She holds various certifications in Gestalt Organization Systems Development, The Leadership Architect Suite by Lominger, International, Emotional Intelligence, Myers-Briggs and Insights Discovery. Jeanne has owned her own private coaching and consulting practice since 2001. She is also an associate of Lominger, International, a Korn-Ferry Company.
Teri Spillers is a supervisor and consultant in the Organizational Effectiveness division. She consults and coaches individuals, leaders and teams to increase their own capacity for individual and organizational effectiveness. Her work includes facilitating strategic planning and alignment, leadership assessment and development, career transition, change management, relationship management and team engagement.
Teri has 15 years consulting and coaching experience at public, private and nonprofit organizations. She earned her master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of St. Thomas, received her undergraduate degree in Business Administration and had 10 years of management experience before coming to the University of Minnesota in 2001.
Marie Villano is the principal & administrative office specialist for Organizational Effectiveness. In her position, she provides support for Career Services, Professional Development, and Supervisory Development. She serves as the contact for University employees inquiring about career services as well as professional development and supervisory workshops.
Marie previously worked in Central Payroll as an executive account specialist. Marie has over 10 years experience in the higher education field as an administrative support person in several universities across the nation. Prior to joining the U of MN, Marie spent 15 years in the hospitality industry as a restaurant owner and hotel banquet captain.
Mindy Waltz-Bach serves as a training coordinator for Organizational Effectiveness. In that role she leads classes about the financial system and does instructional design projects for HRMS and the financial system.
Mindy brings the experience of a classroom teacher and curriculum developer to her work for Training Services. She holds a BS in secondary social studies education from Miami University (OH) and an MA in curriculum and instruction from the University of St. Thomas. Mindy also has completed the E-Learning Certificate program from the University of St. Thomas which helps her provide e-learning expertise as the Training Services department moves to more blended learning solutions.
Amanda Wolford is a training coordinator in the Training Services unit of Organizational Effectiveness. She has been a training coordinator for three years and was a part of the Enterprise Financial System training rollout which involved training over 3000 staff members in preparation for the new financial system go-live date of July 1, 2008. In addition, she does a mixture of technical training and course development activities in the areas of the Human Resource Management System (HRMS) as well as Sponsored Project Administration training. She also instructs the Chart of Accounts and Travel Authorization and Expense Reimbursement courses.
Amanda holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Development and a minor in Human Resources and Industrial Relations from the University of Minnesota.