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Here you will find short bios of individuals and organizations involved in the Learning and Leadership Development program.
Alene Baronian, MS RD
Alene Baronian has been a registered dietitian for over 15 years. She has an undergraduate degree in Dietetics and Food Administration and a graduate degree in Health Education. She has a plethora of experience including community nutrition, clinical nutrition, education and physical fitness. She is certified in Adult Weight Management and Child Weight and Obesity Management. Her passion is Nutrition and Wellness. She loves to work with athletes, children, and families. The most important experience that she has is being a mother of three very active, athletic boys. She finds that meeting their nutritional needs can be a challenge day in and day out. She feels that she can impact her community through nutrition education and counseling.Learn More »
Anne Mota is the Benefits & ADA Counselor at Santa Clara University. She has been at SCU for a little over 10 years and her areas of expertise are the administration of the University Benefit Programs, including Tuition Remission and Tuition Exchange, Staff & Faculty Leaves of absence, the Worker's compensation program, and ADA issues in the workplace.
Barbara Grover, MFT MA
Barbara obtained her MA in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University. She is a licensed Marriage, Family Therapist in private practice where she works with individual adults, couples and families. She also does on-site educational trainings and stress debriefings through Employee Assistance Programs.
Carol is the Assistant Registrar for Academic Records. She and her staff are responsible for maintaining student academic records, transcript production, student enrollment verification, posting of degrees and ordering diplomas. She has worked in the Office of the Registrar for 14 years. She has attended numerous FERPA presentations facilitated by LeRoy Rooker, US Department of Education and is a member of the American Counsel of College Registrars and Admissions Officers.
Charlie directs the organizational learning and development programs for staff as well as leadership development initiatives for front-line supervisors, middle managers and senior leadership. He has worked at SCU for 27 years, the last 11 in HR. He is qualified in the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (work styles), the Strength Deployment Inventory (conflict), the Leadership Practices Inventor (leadership), the Thomas Kilman Inventory (conflict) and StrengthsFinder (talents, skills and competencies).
Cheryl Johnson is a trainer for HR professional development programs. Cheryl focuses on leadership, management, motivation, customer service, presentation skills, sexual harassment prevention, and positive workplace interactions. She has also facilitated department retreats and workshops. Cheryl is a certified facilitator for The Leadership Challenge. Cheryl has worked at SCU since 1993: 9 years in Purchasing/University Support Services and in Human Resources since 2002.
Chris Lowney, formerly a Jesuit seminarian, later served as a Managing Director of J.P. Morgan & Co in New York, Tokyo, Singapore and London until leaving the firm in 2001. He served successively on Morgan's Asia-Pacific, Europe, and Investment Banking Management Committees.
His first book, Heroic Leadership: Best Practices from a 450-Year-Old Company that Changed the World, was the #1 ranked bestseller of the CBPA and was named a finalist for a 2003 Book of the Year Award from ForeWord magazine. It has been translated into ten languages.
He is also author of Heroic Living: Discover Your Purpose and Change the World, and A Vanished World: Medieval Spain's Golden Age of Enlightenment, which was nominated for La Corónica award. Chris appeared in the PBS-aired documentary, Cities of Light, which echoed many of the book's key themes.
He currently serves on the board of CHI, a Catholic healthcare system comprising more than 70 hospitals across the United States. He also serves part-time as volunteer President of the Jesuit Commons, which is piloting online higher education programs for refugees in Africa. He is a summa cum laude graduate of Fordham University, where he also received his M.A.. He is holder of five honorary Doctoral degrees. He was raised in Queens (New York), lives in the Bronx, and roots for the New York Mets without feeling shame.
ClickHome is an employee benefit program that delivers significant savings to the Santa Clara University Employee who is interested in buying, selling or financing a home. ClickHome will assist employees in their pursuit of home ownership by providing full-service real estate and mortgage services at special reduced rates. As a Santa Clara University Employee you can save up to 1% of the purchase price when using the ClickHome Program!
To learn more information about the ClickHome Benefits please visit our upcoming workshop or log onto the SCU ClickHome Employee website.
Dave Robinson is a Senior Lecturer at the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley and has taught in the LSB MBA program since 1998.
Deborah Whiteman is a rare book librarian and Head of Archives & Special Collections. Before coming to SCU in 2009, she worked in the Young Research Library Department of Special Collections at UCLA.
In recent years, she has given talks and workshops on 18th & 19th century women's travel literature and on 19th century American book covers, two of her research interests.
Deli Moussavi-Bock, Fierce Conversations
With over 16 years of combined educational, corporate experience and nonprofit experience, Deli is a certified Fierce Facilitator and conducts keynotes and Fierce Conversations Workshops for education, corporate and nonprofit audiences. In 2002, Deli helped launch Fierce, Inc. with Susan Scott following the publication of Susan's book. Fierce, Inc. is a leadership development provider focused on transforming the conversations central to success.
Deli is Director of Fierce in the Schools (FITS), a division of Fierce, Inc. dedicated to taking Fierce models to educational organizations, providing the tools to significantly transform the culture and creating conditions that allow for effective leadership and collaboration, now and in the future, one conversation at a time. She is passionate about education and community.
Diane Hildebrand is an Organizational Development Specialist, works with the Learning and Leadership Development team in HR. Diane received a BS from Pennsylvania State University; an MS in Organization Development from Pepperdine University; an MBA and MEd from Northeastern University. She also has doctoral studies in Organizational and Human Systems from The Fielding Institute. Diane has extensive experience in the helping managers and teams build trust, increase productivity, solve problems and increase engagement and morale. Past employers have included Cadence, Veritas, and Sun Microsystems.
Diane is available to provide group facilitation, design and delivery of training and management coaching. She is certified to administer a variety of inventories and assessments including the Thomas Killmann Inventory (TKI), the Leadership Practices Inventory (LPI), Five Dysfunctions of a Team, DiSC, and Crucial Conversations. Diane can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or x5117.
Dona LeyVa works as writer, editor, and multi-media project manager in the Office of Marketing and Communications. Prior to joining SCU, LeyVa was the owner and creative director at Palazzo Press/LeyVa Photography, and previously served for nine years as managing editor and publications coordinator for the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. A journalism graduate of San Jose State, LeyVa has also held editorial positions in the book, magazine, and film industries.
Dustin Reece serves as Director of Learning & Development/Human Resources and Instructor for the College of Business Administration at Loyola Marymount University. Over the past ten years, he has designed, delivered and evaluated hundreds of workshops, as well as facilitated numerous organizational development initiatives at the University. Dustin holds a Master's degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, and is an active member in the American Society for Training & Development, the Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychologists, American Management Association, and the Society for Human Resource Management.
Jeanne Rosenberger is Vice Provost for Student Life and Dean of Students at Santa Clara University. Her responsibilities include support and direction for the Center for Student Leadership, Career Center, Drahmann Advising and Learning Resources Center, Counseling and Psychological Services, Health Services, Residence Life, Office of Student Life, and University Event Planning.
Prior to being appointed Dean, Rosenberger served as the Director of the Center for Student Leadership (1997-1999) and Associate Director of the Benson Center and Student Activities (1991-1997). She has previously served as a diversity facilitator for the National Council for Community and Justice. Jeanne’s training experience includes such topics as diversity, leadership development and student development.
Joe Crowley is the university's financial counselor for faculty and staff. He offers 50 minute, confidential appointments to assist you in making wise financial decisions from buying a home or investing in the stock market to money market accounts and other investment options. To schedule an appointment, please contact the HR Service Desk at extension 4392.
Dr. Young is a Staff Psychologist at the Counseling and Psychological Services. She got her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at Stanford University. She has worked at SCU for 7 years providing therapy and workshops to the student community, and consulting with Faculty and Staff on student mental health. She loves teaching stress reduction and relaxation techniques, and has done this workshop yearly since she began working at SCU.
Kathy Potter, former Director of the Santa Clara University Career Center, has provided career development assistance in leadership and counseling roles as well as communications and marketing expertise to academia, industry, non-profit organizations, government, and private practice for over 18 years. While Director at SCU, she provided leadership for the many Career Center initiatives and guidance and support for a staff of eight. With Master’s degrees in Counselor Education, Human Resource Management, and English, she has skills in self assessment, career decision-making, managing transitions, job search assistance, program development, training, and writing.
Kimberly Mohne Hill, MFA
Assistant Professor Kimberly Mohne Hill received her MFA at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. She earned her Actor’s Equity Card serving as an understudy and a Voice Coach for Carroll O’Connor in his original work "A Certain Labor Day".
Kimberly is also known throughout the Bay Area and beyond as a Dialect Coach – having coached at such theaters as A.C.T., San Jose Rep, TheatreWorks, San Jose Stage Company and Marin Theater Company…among others. She has been a private presentation skills consultant for executives in the Bay Area including most recently at Cadence.
Along with private training in voice/speech/presentation skills, she has, on occasion, participated with group training programs through StoryNet LLC, QBI, and A.C.T.’s Corporate Training division.
At Santa Clara University, Kimberly teaches acting, voice and speech, Shakespeare and musical theater.
Larry Wolfe, Ph.D.
Larry Wolfe Ph.D. is the director of Health & Counseling Services at Santa Clara University. He has been the director of CAPS for the past eighteen years. He was a full time professor in the graduate Counseling Psychology program at SCU for seven years.
Latanya (Johnson 96, MBA 04) Hilton shares over 10 years of private school admissions experience.Upon graduation from Santa Clara University, Latanya returned to serve as an Admissions Associate responsible for the recruitment and admission of students from across the United States, as well as, the recruitment and retention of African American and First Generation College Students. During this time, her participation with the Western Association of College Admission Counselors (WACAC) and presenter at the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity (NCORE) allowed her to hone her expertise and bring a fresh and experienced perspective to the ever-changing world of private and public school admissions.
Upon leaving SCU, Latanya moved on to serve as the Director of Admissions at Archbishop Mitty High School, a private, Catholic, college preparatory high school in San Jose.
Currently, she is the Executive Director for Advancement responsible for a team that coordinates fundraising, special events, and alumni relations activities for the school. Still serving on the admissions review committee, Latanya has reviewed over 7000 admission applications during her 10-year career.
Lester is currently Assistant Dean for Student Life and is a member of the Council on Inclusive Excellence. He also, co-chairs Peer Education Committee on Inclusive Excellence. He is a certified Diversity Trainer by the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM). Deanes’ higher education research interests are in first-year students, power and privilege, and in first-generation college students' experience/development. Lester has worked in higher education for 10 years.
Liz Mireles is a Senior HR Partner with the Department of Human Resources. She has worked at Santa Clara since December of 2008. A Santa Clara alumni, Liz graduated cum laude in 2005 with a B.A. in Communication.
Prior to Santa Clara, Liz was with the Human Resources department at UC Santa Cruz where she worked extensively with students, faculty, and staff in all areas related to hiring and employment. She brings expertise in recruiting, payroll, leave management, performance management, policy development and interpretation, and employee relations. In addition to this experience, she possesses a passion for quality service and a desire to build strong working relationships across campus.
Malaena Nahmias M.Ed., L.C.S.W.
Malaena Nahmias M.Ed., L.C.S.W. is the founder of Awareness Counseling & Training, a workplace training, counseling and consulting company specializing in employee development and organizational effectiveness. For the past 20 years, Malaena has presented hundreds of trainings within various settings including; medical, educational, financial, corporate, religious and non profit.
Malaena’s mission is to facilitate optimum performance and health for individuals and their organizations. She is a dynamic presenter who believes in and supports the resiliency of the human spirit.
Mary Mahoney RD
Mary Mahoney is the mother of twin girls and a Registered Dietitian with a nutrition counseling and consulting practice in San Jose. A nutrition educator at heart, Mary is the on-campus nutrition expert at Silicon Valley's Santa Clara University and Evergreen Valley College.
Mary's experience with her 12 nieces and nephews has taught her the power and magic of introducing new and healthy foods in cool and fun ways. That's her mission at Funfoodle.
Mary holds a Bachelors degree in Dietetics from California State University Sacramento and a second Bachelors in Psychology from Santa Clara University.
Matt Cameron has worked for Santa Clara University for over 20 years - always within the area of 'Student Life'. Most recently his work responsibilities include such things as human resources processes, budget / financial management, student advocacy, and working across traditional departmental organizational lines. Matt's workshop presentations tend to focus on improving leadership skill sets and organizational design/behaviors which is where is passions lie. He has a long tradition in session presentation / facilitation in a variety of student organization settings, professional associations and conferences, and in the local community - especially his parish.
Matthew Duncan is an MEd in Student Services Administration and has a BS in Psychology from Santa Clara University. He is currently the Associate Dean for Student Life and has worked at SCU since 1997. Previous to working at SCU, Matthew was a teacher, coach, and vice-principal at Jesuit College Preparatory School in Dallas, Texas.
Molly became a Sustainability Intern in September 2010, though she has been actively involved in sustainability initiatives and events on campus since her freshman year, in 2007!
Molly graduated in 2011, double-majoring in History and Environmental Studies. She looks forward to promoting sustainable habits throughout the departments and offices on campus and is responsible for the Sustainable Office Award Program (SOAP) and Sustainable Event Certification.
Nicole V. Bennett trains on a core of 9 subjects including time management, communication skills and conflict management. Nicole strives to empower employees so they take an active role in their career path. Nicole worked at Loyola Marymount University as the Senior Human Resources Trainer, designing and facilitating professional development workshops for LMU employees, facilitating various campus department retreats and creating customized workshops based on departmental needs. Nicole has a B.A. in Psychology and a Certificate in Business Administration and Management from Loyola Marymount University. Nicole is also a trained Dispute Resolution Act mediator (training received from Loyola Law School). Nicole continues her education by reading trade publications, attending seminars, workshops and conferences. Most recently (January 2008) Nicole facilitated a time management session at the International Special Event Society’s annual Special Event Show.
Phil Beltran is the Assistant Director of Campus Safety Services for the last 7 years. Phil is a Retired San Jose Police Captain with 31 years of service. He has received specialized training from the U.S. Secret Service in Dignitary Protection, The FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force and The International Association of Threat Professionals in Threat Assessment.
Pierre Khawand has more than fifteen years of experience in business and technology. He founded People-OnTheGo to help business professionals effectively manage the use of e-mail, office applications, collaboration technologies, and handheld devices. His best selling "Accomplishing more in less time, less effort, and less stress" workshop enables managers and executives to better cope with the information overload and competing priorities. His book "The Smartphone Experiment" helps smartphone users select the smartphone that best fits their need and get educated about smartphone safety and etiquette. Pierre holds a Master’s Degree in Engineering from the University of Michigan and has completed several Executive Education programs at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Randy Dean, the "Totally Obsessed" time management/e-mail guy, is a professional speaker and sought-after expert on time & e-mail management, effective organization, and the related use of technology. For more than 19 years, Randy has been leading training and speaking programs and presentations for corporate, academic, association, and travel-related audiences.
Obsessed with time management and personal productivity, he left a successful career as a graduate program admissions director, professional marketer, and manager to become a leading speaker and trainer. The author of the recent Amazon bestseller, Taming the E-mail Beast, he has led programs for thousands of satisfied and inspired students, managers, and professionals on being more productive and purposeful with their time and life.
His highly informative and entertaining speaking and training programs leave audience members with applicable tools, strategies, and skills on how to better manage their time, technology, and information overload immediately following their program experience.
Sarah Gatenby is the University Controller and has been at Santa Clara University since 1992. A CPA, prior to coming to Santa Clara University, she worked as an auditor for KPMG. Her responsibilities include managing Accounts Payable, Treasury Services, General Accounting and the Bursar Office. She has actively participated in the implementation and continual evolution of the PeopleSoft financial system including membership on the HEUG Product Advisory Group, the PeopleSoft Customer Advisory Board and the Oracle Usability Advisory Board. Her regular responsibilities include ensuring the University is in compliance with Accounting and Auditing Standards as well as laws and governmental regulations.
Terri Griffith is a Professor of Management in the Leavey School of Business. She is an expert on how you make combined technology and organization decisions and then work these changes into your organization. These ideas are outlined in her recent book, The Plugged-In Manager: Get in Tune with Your People, Technology, and Organization to Thrive. Terri is also one of the 100 honored members of the 2012 Silicon Valley Women of Influence.
Prof. Griffith reaches a broad audience through her speaking, workshops, and writing. She is a regular contributor to her own blog, Technology and Organizations; and has written for the Wall Street Journal and GigaOM's WebWorkerDaily. The research behind these efforts is published in journals such as: Organization Science, Information Systems Research, MIS Quarterly, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, and the Academy of Management Review. Some of this work has been funded by the National Science Foundation. In 2011-2012, she served as the chair of the University Communication & Collaboration Taskforce and is now one of the “Google Guides” helping with the move to Google Apps for Education.
Wally is principal consultant of WPA Consulting, specializing in helping individuals improve their skills in leadership, growth and effectiveness for the last 15 years. Determining the effectiveness of current personal approaches to resolve conflict and resolve problems, sets the stage for developing more effective strategies for greater harmony in all relationships. He has done coaching, facilitation, training, consulting, research, and evaluation for universities, corporations, associations, government agencies, churches, and nonprofits. Wally completed his undergraduate degree magna cum laude from University of the Pacific in Behavioral Science and his graduate degree in Counseling from Santa Clara University.