Learning and Development

Our Presenters 2013-2014

Presenter Biographies
We are once again fortunate to have a distinguished group of professionals serving as presenters of L&D sessions.

Cindy Allen-Stuckey
Cindy Allen-Stuckey, founder of Making Performance Matter, collaborates with organizations to help them connect employee performance to their business results. Cindy’s experience in organizational development, training and development, and human resources is largely attributed to her extensive career in manufacturing having spent the past 11 years at Knauf Insulation where she was the Director, Human Resources & Organizational Development for North America. Prior to that, Cindy developed her skills and perspective through a variety of roles at Keihin IPT and Cummins, Inc. She also has facilitated and taught a range of classes from GED classes through college courses. Cindy earned a Master of Science degree in Management at Indiana Wesleyan University, a Master of Science degree in Education at Indiana University, and a Human Performance Improvement Certificate, American Society for Training and Development.

Douglas Baker
Doug Baker has been at Ball State University since 2000 as a Human Resources Representative for the departments of Residence Halls Dining Service and Housing & Residence. Doug received a bachelor's degree in Pre-professional Psychology and a Master of Business Administration Degree from Ball State University. He also completed his Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification in 1998. Prior to coming to Ball State University, Doug spent eight years in unemployment claims and career development with Indiana Work Force Development.

Michelle Baker
Michelle Baker is a learning and development manager and owner/consultant at phase(two)learning. As a corporate learning professional she has more than 13 years of experience educating new and veteran support, volunteer, management, and executive level employees. Michelle is experienced with everything from 1:1 coaching sessions to organizing and leading large-scale training events. Michelle's background includes a variety of fields, including education, finance, IT, interactive/social media marketing and retail. Founding the consulting firm phase(two)learning has allowed her to leverage her multi-industry experience to help organizations build or revise their Onboarding and Learning & Development strategies. To learn more, follow Michelle on Twitter at @MichelleLBaker.

Jennifer Bott
Dr. Jennifer P. Bott is the Assistant Provost for Learning Initiatives for Ball State University. Bott is an associate professor of management and has earned a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification. Bott attained her master’s and doctorate in industrial/organizational psychology from the University of Akron in 2004. She has more than 20 published articles in some of the best journals in her field.

Thresette Briggs
Thresette Briggs is the Founder and President of Performance 3, LLC, a woman-owned management consulting firm offering custom services in Organizational Development, Facilitation & Training, and Inspirational Speaking. She is an Adjunct Faculty Member for Indiana Wesleyan University’s School of Business, and a Leadership Coach for Butler University’s MBA program. Thresette has held human resource leadership positions for over 20 years in global companies with up to 10,000 employees. She led large scale change initiatives in organizations in transition by partnering with leaders, resulting in successful business transformations and turnarounds. Thresette’s experience includes education, manufacturing, distribution, finance, customer service, and non-profit. Thresette holds numerous awards and recognition for leadership development, public speaking, operational excellence, and process improvements.

Karen Brockmyre
Karen Brockmyre is Vice President of Making Performance Matter, LLC. Karen has a diverse business background, ranging from not-for-profits to global Fortune 500 companies. She has worked in accounting, operations, sales, purchasing, and developed corporate training programs. Karen draws from her experience as an analyst and project manager dealing with global accounts at the executive level to deliver real world solutions. Her classes are energetic, highly interactive, and aimed to provide relevant information. In addition to her work experience, Karen holds a bachelor's degree in Accounting and a Masters of Business Administration, both from Indiana Wesleyan University.

Sherry Brown
Sherry Brown, President, Organize This!, has been directly involved with providing solutions to businesses for over 15 years. She has traveled East Central Indiana guiding business owners to develop and activate successful advertising plans while working for Burkhart Advertising and Peak Outdoor. Before forming her own company in 2011, Organize This!, she spent many years helping family members and neighbors create more inviting homes and functional spaces. Now working for herself full time, she guides businesses and home owners toward their goals. She thrives in clutter, while encouraging others about the outcome, while working with them through the process. Sherry is member of the National Association of Professional Organizers.

Judith Moore Burke
Judy Moore Burke has been Director of Human Resources at Ball State University since 1999. Prior to that time, she was Assistant Director of Human Resources for Academic Affairs and Director of Training and Development. During her career at the university, she has delivered many training programs on various management topics including: interviewing and hiring, performance appraisals, discipline and terminations, and more. Judy received her Bachelor of Science Degree from Indiana University in Business Education. She also has two master's degrees from Ball State University, one in education and one in management. In 1995, she successfully completed her Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification.

JoDee Curtis
For over 15 years JoDee has had responsibility for all facets of human resources. Before starting her own HR consulting firm, Purple Ink, LLC, she served as the Vice-President of Human Resources for a nationwide services company and previously as the Director of HR for Katz, Sapper & Miller, a $50 million CPA firm. She led KSM to becoming a Best Place to Work in Indiana as well as the Healthiest Place to Work in Indiana. JoDee is a CPA with experience as an auditor and a CFO/controller. JoDee obtained her bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Evansville. She is a Certified Public Accountant, a Senior Professional in Human Resources and holds certifications as a Predictive Index analyst and as a Creative Problem Solver. She is a member of SHRM and the AICPA and serves on the board of directors of IndySHRM and the Carmel Library Foundation.

Diane Drake
Diane graduated from Ball State University's Honors College in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration. Diane joined the University Human Resource Services staff in 2001 and her current title is Worker's Compensation and Leave Programs Specialist. In her position, she handles Worker's Compensation claims as well as all aspects of the various leave programs at the university. In particular, she is responsible for administering the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Diane is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).

Carla Drizin
Carla Feagans is President of Ignite HR Consulting and a professional training consultant. Her strengths include exceptional leadership development, team-building, coaching, facilitation, and instructional design skills. Carla has experience working in a variety of corporate settings, instructor-led training and development, managing multiple projects to achieve corporate goals, and highest ratings in client satisfaction. She earned a Bachelor's Degree in General Students / Management, at Indiana University, Bloomington. She also holds a Master's Degree in Communications and Training Technology from the University of Northern Iowa.

Marc Drizin
Marc Drizin is Founder of Employee Hold'em of Carmel, Indiana. Marc partners with clients on strategies to recruit, retrain, and reward employees primarily through the use of research tools and foll-up coaching and consulting. He conducts 25 to 35 speeches per year on issues of employee loyalty, ethics, and customer and employee retention.

Jenni Flanagan
Jenni Flanagan is a graduate of Ball State University, Department of Physiology and Health Science, with degrees in Respiratory Therapy and Health Science. Jenni has worked in the health field for 13 years and is a Certified Health Education Specialist. She is currently employed with Ceridian as a health coach and works on Ball State University campus with the Working Well program.

Dr. Stanley Geidel
Dr. Stanley Geidel is Program Manager for Academic Research and Sponsored Programs at Ball State University. Stan has given presentations on grantsmanship to national audiences in San Diego and Baltimore as an invited speaker for the Community of Science; here in Indiana he has presented at the Indiana Forum for Research Administration. Stan displays a comprehensive knowledge of grants as they pertain to researchers, scholars, and creative artists in all the various academic disciplines.

Deb Goens
Deb Goens is the International Center Immigration Foreign Student Advisor / Immigration Specialist at Ball State University. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Special Education and two Master’s degrees — teaching English as a Foreign Language and Student Personnel Administration in Higher Education. Deb has been employed at The Center for International Programs since 1990. She has coordinated sending Americans overseas, accompanied a group of Americans on a study trip abroad, and worked with various aspects of foreign student advising, programming, foreign visiting scholars, foreign faculty, and more. She has traveled to Canada, Mexico, parts of the Caribbean, and parts of Europe.

Daniel Griffith, J.D.
Daniel Griffith is Director of the Office for Intergroup Dialogue and Civil Community at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). He previously served as Manager of Training and Organization Development at IUPUI. He supports individual, work group, and organizational effectiveness through training programs and consultation. His specialties include workplace mediation, dialogue facilitation, coaching, conflict resolution consultation, and many other topics. He earned the juris doctor (J.D.) law degree at Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis, and is a licensed attorney in the State of Indiana.

Isabel Hundt
Isabel Hundt, with Compassionate Coaching IH, LLC, is known for challenging your worldview by questioning your own reality about yourself in a unique, refreshing and powerful way. Growing up in Germany, traveling to many different countries, learning about their cultures and now living in the USA, Isabel gained immense knowledge and compassion for the difference and uniqueness of each one of us. Isabel’s background in Sociology, Psychology, Team Building Training ( ACCT Standards) and through her coaching training, practicing principals set forth by the International Coach Federation, she challenges people to discover their patterns in how they do one relationship is how they do all their relationships.

Kelli Huth
Kelli Huth has been at Ball State as part of the Building Better Communities outreach unit since 2008. She is now the director of the Building Better Communities Fellows immersive learning program. Her role includes connecting faculty and students on campus with businesses and nonprofit organizations across Indiana and providing administrative support to immersive learning teams in all academic disciplines. Kelli received her bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Anderson University and a Master of Arts in Executive Development for Public Service from Ball State. She has over ten years of experience with community development programs involving institutions of higher education.

Robert J. Koester
Robert J. Koester, AIA LEED AP is a Professor of Architecture at Ball State University. Mr. Koester is Founding Director of the Center for Energy Research/Education/Service (CERES) providing interdisciplinary academic support focused on issues related to energy and resource use, alternatives and conservation. He serves as Founding Chair of the university-level Council on the Environment (COTE) a clearinghouse for campus-wide sustainability.

David G. Lewis
David G. Lewis received his bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice then spent several years in Law Enforcement, before returning to Illinois State University and completing a Masters in Political Science. David then spent several years working as a higher education administrator at Purdue University in W. Lafayette, Indiana. David is certified by Purdue University and the University of Oklahoma in diversity facilitation and is a certified trainer for Steven Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Successful People. He is also a certified facilitator of Emotional Intelligence through MHS. He was the 1996 recipient of the Great Lakes Association of College and University Housing outstanding presenter award. He was awarded the 2006 outstanding adjunct facility award at Heartland Community College, where he teaches American Government and Politics classes.

Brandi McGlothin
Brandi McGlothin is Manager, Employee Benefits, in the Office of Payroll and Employee Benefits at Ball State University.

Jamie Nast
Jamie Nast co-founded NastGroup, Inc. in 1998 and has taught idea mapping and other learning skills to over 20,000 professionals since 1992. She was previously the only Senior Master Trainer representing the Buzan Centres. Jamie is the author of a book titled "Idea Mapping" which includes idea mapping examples from 21 business people around the globe. Her clients include Mayo Clinic, Franklin Templeton, Ford, BP, U.S. Army, ConocoPhillips, L.L.Bean, and many others.

Erica Nelson
Erica Nelson is Managing Consultant of nelson performance development, LLC, training and consulting practice. Ms. Nelson is a trainer, consultant, author, and mediator who works with professionals in a variety of industries in organization development. Erica has 25+ years of professional experience in training in management development, team collaboration, and communication and presentation skills. She is a certified facilitator for the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) for the Consulting Skills for Trainers Certificate Program and Coaching Certificate Program. Ms. Nelson earned her B.A. from the University of Massachusetts in Journalism and English and her M.A. from the University of Connecticut in Educational Administration and Counseling. She is currently an adjunct faculty member at Lake Forest Graduate School of Management and formerly an adjunct faculty member in Applied Sciences at Oakton Community College teaching Psychology.

Dawn New
Dawn New is a Lecturer in Business Communication for the Kelley School of Business. She also conducts marketing/communication research and consulting projects. Before coming to Indiana University, she worked for Hetrick Communications, a public relations firm in Indianapolis. She has a Master’s degree in organizational communication and a Bachelor’s degree in public relations, both from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. She is also a Muncie native.

Mike Polites
Mike Polites has helped hundreds of people overcome their fear of giving presentations. He believes that learning to be more comfortable in front of an audience can truly benefit anyone in their career. As a past-president of a local Toastmaster’s International group, Mike became the Indiana State Champion of Humorous Speaking. After earning a bachelor’s degree in Speech Communication from Ball State University, Mike worked in sales and consulting. In addition to his educational and teaching experiences, he served as a university ambassador while visiting Asia and Europe. He later went back to Ball State and obtained both a Certified Training Certificate and a Master of Arts in Communication Studies with an emphasis on training and consulting in organizations.

Paula Presnoples
Paula is a change professional with thirty years in human resource management. With real world experience in the public and private sectors, she has led large and small teams to outstanding results. Frequently in her career she has been tapped to create new organizations and lead them in unchartered waters. Often decorated for her contributions, Paula has proven that values based leadership is a path to achievement and authenticity. Her hands on public and private sector experience includes: Indiana State Affirmation Action Coordinator; Human Resources Director, Indiana Department of Revenue and Managing Director, Human Resources, FedEx Express, retired, At FedEx she rose from individual contributor to Managing Director in less than 10 years, proving herself to be a dynamic achiever and gifted leader.

Jennifer Pugh
Jennifer Pugh always approaches life with an infectious positive attitude. Her theme for students is always, “We believed in you, so now you can believe in yourself.” She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Ball State University. Ms. Pugh has a wide-ranging background in career services in post-secondary education at Harrison College and Ball State University. Additionally, Ms. Pugh has worked in many capacities ranging from human resources administration to recruiting and retail. She currently works for Harrison College in the new position as the Regional Director of Career Services. She is an active member of Career Development Professionals of Indiana, East Central Indiana Human Resources Association, Chamber Ambassador, Women In Business and the Pink Ribbon Association for Breast Cancer. Jennifer won Director of Career Service of the year for 2006 for the state and nominated for Young Professional of the year 2008 and 2009.

Chris (James) Reidy
Chris Reidy has worked at Ball State for twenty years, most of that time as a Graphic Designer/Multimedia Specialist. He received his B.S. in Telecommunications in 1989 and is currently pursuing a graduate degree in History. Mr. Reidy has worked closely with faculty, staff, and administrators with their PowerPoint needs for nearly fifteen years. Past projects include presentations for Dr. Michael Doyle, department of History ("Digital History"), Rich Harris ("Presidential Travel"), and Gwen Robbins ("Wellness: One University's Perspective"). When not producing PowerPoint presentations, Mr. Reidy works as a Graphics Designer/Chyron Operator for the Ball State Sports Network, for WIPB-TV, and served as the Associate Producer for the award-winning live broadcast, Echoes of War: Stories from the Big Red One.

Pamela L. Ruster, LCSW
Pam Ruster is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, receiving a Master of Science in Social Work degree from the University of Louisville, Kent School of Social Work, and her undergraduate degree from the University of Evansville in Sociology. She has experience in a wide range of practice settings including child welfare, health care/hospitals, and employee assistance programs. Currently she is the Owner/President of Supportive Systems, LLC, which provides EAP and Corporate Development services to corporations throughout Indiana.

J. Michelle Sybesma
J. Michelle Sybesma is a consultant, trainer, author, and speaker with Professional Skills Consulting, Inc. She founded the business in 1999, helping other organizations to bridge the skills gap between the educational and private sectors. A unique life-twist also made Michelle a personal expert on the topic of identity theft. As a result, she married the knowledge gained from this experience and her professional skills to bring fascinating learning experience to that of Identity Theft in the Workplace.

C. Ted Ward
C. Ted Ward, II currently serves as the Director of Student Services within Ball State University’s Division of Online and Distance Education. Ted’s prior professional experience includes more than 20 years of working with difficult populations as a change-agent leader in the fields of Probation and Correctional Education administration. Additionally, Ted has served as a trained Improvisational Group Performer at ComedySportz, and holds certifications as a Training Consultant, a SIMPLEX Creative Problem Solver facilitator, an Achieve Global WorkSkills and Genuine Leadership facilitator, and as a Drug Abuse and Alcoholism Counselor.

Lee Wenninger
Lee Wenninger is the owner of Express Employment Professionals’ office in Fishers, Indiana. During the past eight years, Lee’s office has helped over 4,000 people find jobs at over 300 companies in Hamilton County. Lee is an ambassador with the Fishers Chamber of Commerce, past president of the Givers Gain chapter of BNI, a board member of the Domestic Violence Network, a board member of the Region 5 Workforce Investment Board, and an active parishioner at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church. He regularly speaks at business, chamber and community events on the topics of leadership, development and job satisfaction.

Kimberly Wiefling
Kimberly Wiefling is the author of Scrappy Project Management, a global business leadership consultant, and a force of nature – the good kind! She specializes in global team effectiveness – helping teams achieve what seems impossible, but is merely difficult. The founder of Wiefling Consulting, Kimberly has worked with people form over 50 different countries, and she’s determined to transform Planet Earth one inspired and engaged team at a time!

Stephanie Wilson
Stephanie D. (Huffman) Wilson is the Recruiter for the Ball State University Graduate School. She manages social media (2100+ Facebook “likes”), a student-centered website, and orients new graduate school students. Her experience includes being Director of the Ball State University Outreach Services, Project Director of an information technology training project assisting 500 dislocated workers in 25 Indiana counties, and Institute Director for the Indiana League of Municipal clerks for five years. She earned an undergraduate degree in Management and a master’s degree in Adult and Community Education from Ball State University. Her awards include was the Ball State University Entrepreneurial Leadership Award, the Ernst & Young Entrepreneurship Excellence Award, the Entrepreneurship Center’s Entrepreneurial Support Award, and an award for support of graduate education from the BSU Center for Information and Communication Sciences (CICS). Ms. Wilson developed Going Forward, a seminar series designed to illuminate the power joy can have to direct individuals forward through their professional and personal lives. She has delivered this seminar to approximately 120 individuals at Ball State University and for the Indiana League of Municipal Clerks Educational Institute.

Jerry Winans
Jerry Winans is the Associate Director of Human Resources, Learning and Development (L&D). Jerry is a certified Senior Professional in HR (SPHR) and a retired U.S. Air Force officer. He joined Ball State University in July 2010 with 15+ years of experience in HR/L&D management positions at BellSouth, Honda suppliers, healthcare staffing, and a non-profit private university in Indiana. He earned a Master of Science degree from Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio, (Applied Behavioral Sciences, Training and Development/HR) and a Master of Arts degree at Fort Hays State University, Hays, Kansas, (Counseling Psychology). His bachelor’s degree is from Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas, (Journalism and Mass Communications).

Vivian Wright-Defrees
Vivian Wright-Defrees is the owner/President of Success Development, Inc., a 20+ year old employee development company. For several years, she has provided numerous training programs for Ball State University - as contract and faculty. Previously, she was a corporate HR and Training and Development liaison in long-term care, as well as a training coordinator for a manufacturing company. She has developed and delivered numerous training programs such as management of self/others, inter/intrapersonal communications, training and development, healthy work environments, and customer service. She holds a Masters of Arts in Education from Ball State University and a Masters of Business Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University.