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Advisory Board

Mission Statement

The mission of UMBC’s I/O Psychology Advisory Board is to support the program, including curriculum, students and faculty through multiple spheres of influence.

About the Advisory Board

The Advisory Board is made up of caring and highly accomplished industry leaders from the consulting, nonprofit, and private sectors. It will fulfill its mission through an ongoing relationship with the program. Activities of the Board will include (but not be limited to):

  • Curriculum Advisory
  • Student Mentoring
  • Career and employment development through internships and jobs
  • Professional networking
  • Guest presentations to students and faculty about I/O and HR industry experience

Alexander Alonso, PhD

Alex AlonsoAlexander Alonso, PhD, SHRM-SCP is the Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM's) Senior Vice President for Knowledge Development and currently serves as the head of examination development and operations for SHRM’s Certified Professional and Senior Certified Professional certifications. He is responsible for all research activities including the development of the SHRM Competency Model. He oversees the teams responsible for research products like People Insight engagement tools, SHRM Benchmarking Services, and the Workplace and Employment Trends Center.

In addition, he is the division lead for the SHRM Knowledge Center and Academic Initiatives. During his career, he has worked with numerous subject matter experts worldwide with the aim of identifying performance standards, developing competency models, designing organizational assessments, and conducting job analyses. He was also responsible for working on contract task orders involving the development of measurement tools for content areas such as job knowledge (like teacher knowledge of instructional processes) and organizational climates (like organizational climate forecasting in military health care). He possesses experience in projects dealing with organizational assessments and workforce analysis drawing on interdisciplinary advanced training, quantitative and qualitative research methods, as well as multicultural and foreign language skills.

Dr. Alonso received his doctorate in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from Florida International University in 2003. Dr. Alonso was part of the team recognized by the Society for Industrial Organizational Psychology (Division 14 of the APA; SIOP) with the 2007 M. Scott Myers Award for Applied Research in the Workplace for the development of the federal standard for medical team training, TeamSTEPPS. In addition, Dr. Alonso was awarded a 2009 Presidential Citation for Innovative Practice by the American Psychological Association for supporting the development of competency model for team triage in emergency medicine. He is also the recipient of the 2013 SIOP Distinguished Early Career Contributions for Practice Award. He has published works in peer-reviewed journals such as Journal of Applied Psychology, International Journal of Selection and Assessment, People and Strategy, Personality and Individual Differences, Quality and Safety in Health Care, and Human Resources Management Review. Dr. Alonso also served as a columnist reviewing international practice topics for The Industrial Psychologist from 2011-2014. He has also served as the Chairperson for the SIOP International Affairs Committee, a member of the SIOP Professional Practice, Awards, and Program Committees, and the 2014 president of the Personnel Testing Council of Metropolitan Washington. He currently serves as the SIOP Executive Board Communications Portfolio Officer.

Lance Anderson, PhD

Lance Anderson​​Dr. Lance Anderson the Director of the Civilian Government Line of Business with HumRRO. Dr. Anderson has over 25 years’ experience conducting I-O research. He has directed projects on hiring and promotional system development, standards development, development of educational and training requirements, leadership development, and assessment of persons with disabilities. He has developed and validated a wide range of hiring assessments, including experience checklists, multiple-choice knowledge exams, situational judgment tests, work samples, accomplishment records, and in-basket exams. Having performed this work for hundreds of types of jobs. Dr. Anderson is also an expert psychometrician with experience analyzing and interpreting data with a wide variety of techniques, including test equating, regression adjusted for multivariate-range-restriction, errors-in-variables analysis, etc. Much of his work has been in highly litigious environments, including projects under consent decree. Dr. Anderson has provided employment-related litigation support services, depositions, and reports to address litigation. Dr. Anderson is also an experienced project manager, having successfully managed dozens of federal projects ranging in values up to several million dollars.

Susan Bach

Susan is currently the Vice President, Human Resources for MacroGenics, a public biotechnology company in Rockville. She joined MacroGenics in March 2015 and is responsible for all areas of human resources including driving people development, fostering a healthy culture, championing organizational effectiveness initiatives, talent acquisition, and overseeing all compensation and benefit programs.

Prior to joining MacroGenics, Susan was the head of human resources for the United States Pharmacopeia in Rockville for four years. Susan has spent most of her career in the life sciences industries including VP, HR at Sucampo Pharmaceuticals, Sr. Manager of HR at Invitrogen/Life Technologies, Director of HR at Adolor Pharmaceuticals and twelve years in various HR leadership roles with SmithKline Beecham. Susan began in her career in personnel as a Co-op student at UMBC with the Social Security Administration. Susan has her Bachelor's degree from UMBC in Sociology and returned to school in 2006 to obtain her Masters of Science degree at Johns Hopkins University in Organization Development & Strategic HR, and graduated with honors.

In her spare time, Susan coordinates a rescue program in Virginia, DC and Maryland for the American Bouvier Rescue League and takes care of her four dogs and her home on 4 acres in Gaithersburg.

David A. Dye, PhD

David DyeDr. David Dye has over 30 years of leadership and management consulting in the Federal Government and commercial sectors, contributing to the improved performance of employees, work teams, and organizations. As a Director in Deloitte’s Human Capital Practice, he assists clients in developing and aligning human capital programs to achieve organizational strategy and mission. His areas of expertise span the human capital lifecycle for attracting, developing, and retaining talent. Dr. Dye is the executive sponsor for the firm’s Federal Leader Development Community of Practice, as well as for key eminence initiatives, including sponsorships with the Partnership for Public Service’s Best Places to Work in Government Rankings™, the Senior Executives Association, and The Engagement Institute™. Prior to Deloitte, Dr. Dye worked at Booz Allen Hamilton and the US Office of Personnel Management.

David is a Past President of the Personnel Testing Council of Metropolitan Washington (PTC-MW) and the International Personnel Assessment Council (IPAC), in which he led the development of the association’s HR certification program. He holds a Top Secret Security clearance and is an ICF-certified Executive Coach. Dr. Dye received his Ph.D. from The George Washington University in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. He is a frequent contributor to Federal news and media outlets, and has presented internationally and published book chapters and articles in various professional journals, including Public Personnel Management, Personality and Individual Differences, and International Journal of Selection and Assessment.

Matt Fleisher, PhD

Matt FleisherDr. Matthew Fleisher, SPHR is a Senior Manager of Global Talent Analytics at FTI Consulting, a global business advisory firm. His responsibilities include developing and deploying a human capital analytics program to support more than 4,700 employees in 30 countries, identifying and leveraging key performance indicators and metrics to inform the business, and offering strategic advice to leaders grounded in descriptive and predictive analytics. Prior to joining FTI, he was a Manager of Talent Management Analytics at Marriott International, adjunct faculty in the HRD Weekend Master's Program at The George Washington University, a Research Scientist at the Human Resources Research Organization, an instructor at The University of Tennessee, and an intern at Procter & Gamble. He has published research in the Journal of Applied Psychology, the International Journal of Management Education, the Journal of Research in Personality, Learning and Individual Differences, and Military Psychology. He was also the 2016 President of the Personnel Testing Council of Metropolitan Washington and is an Adjunct Faculty member in Georgetown University’s SCS HRM Master’s Program. He earned a Ph.D. in 2011 from The University of Tennessee in Industrial and Organizational Psychology with a minor in Statistics.

Gerri Mason Hall

Gerri Mason HallGerri Mason Hall leads the people function for Sodexo North America with responsibility for over 130,000 employees. She is committed to creating an environment where all feel valued and have the resources and support to fully engage in Sodexo’s quest to be the global leader in Quality of Life services. Gerri joined Sodexo in 2006 leading the Diversity & Inclusion efforts in the Corporate and Government Services business lines. Prior to Sodexo, Gerri designed and implemented Amtrak's diversity programs as the VP Business Diversity and Strategic Initiatives.

A graduate of Vassar College and the George Washington University National Law Center, Gerri held a number of appointments in both the federal and District of Columbia governments, including the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights where she honed her interest in Inclusion. Gerri is a member of the Stop Hunger Foundation Board as well Sodexo Women's International Forum for Talent (SWIFt). She is also a member of the Greater Washington Board of Trade, the Executive Leadership Council and the Links, Inc.

Michael Heil, PhD

Michael HeilMichael Heil, Ph.D. Mike is a Director with Aon Hewitt. He currently serves as Project Director for several efforts within the Assessment and Selection Service Line, which is part of Aon Hewitt's Talent, Rewards & Performance practice. In this role, he leads the development, implementation, and maintenance of assessment solutions; identifies and proposes innovative assessment strategies; and consults with key stakeholders to identify the best solutions to their assessment needs. Mike is also a Psychologist-in-Residence at American University, where he teaches I/O Psychology.

Mike was a member of team that won the 2000 SIOP M. Scott Myers Award for Applied Research in the Workplace. He has a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Kansas State University.

Wendy Merrill

Wendy MerrillWendy Merrill is the Founder and Chief Rainmaker of StrategyHorse Consulting Group. The focus of her practice is on helping professional services organizations to grow their Human Capital through smart strategic workforce planning. Wendy applies creative and pragmatic strategies to apply “choreography” to what are otherwise improvised business development efforts. Prior to forming StrategyHorse, she spent over 22 years in the financial services/insurance industry where she was responsible for sales, marketing, business development, operations, HR and executing on the corporate vision for her own insurance agency. Wendy is a renowned thought leader on the topics of bridging generational gaps in the workplace as well as managing smart growth by increasing the overall awareness of both management and their teams.

Wendy holds a Bachelor’s degree in Art History from the University of Maryland, College Park, where she also pursued Italian Studies. She resides in Owings Mills, Maryland with her husband and three children. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, writing and Italian travel.

Fred Panzer, PhD

Fred PanzerDr. Fred Panzer is Director of Client Solutions at the Center for Organizational Excellence. Fred has over 13 years of experience designing and implementing organizational development and strategic human capital (HC) solutions for a variety of government and private sector clients. He is responsible for the effective execution of client projects and programs and is focused on helping organizations acquire, assess, develop, and retain their top talent. He has led numerous HC and HR related initiatives for clients such as the Department of Defense, Department Homeland Security, National Credit Union Administration, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In addition to his successful project history, Fred has published research articles in peer-reviewed journals and presented at industry conferences, including the annual meeting of the Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology.

Fred has a Ph.D. and a Master's degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Florida International University and a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Florida. He is a Project Management Professional (PMP) and is also certified in Prosci Change Management and Human Capital Institute (HCI) Strategic Workforce Planning.

William F. Rothenbach

Bill RothenbachBill Rothenbach is currently Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) for J. J. Haines and Company. As CHRO, he is responsible for all talent management and people-related policies, programs, processes, and initiatives throughout the company. Haines is the largest floor-covering distribution company in the United States with a diverse portfolio of products and operations in 15 states.

Bill obtained his M.A. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from the University of Akron and his B.A. in Psychology from Edinboro University. He has over 35 years of domestic and international experience and has held human resources executive positions with companies like Black & Decker, Bausch & Lomb, Sara Lee and Fidelity & Guaranty Life. Bill also taught for 5 years at Towson University as an Associate Faculty member in their Graduate School Human Resources Development Program. He is the author of numerous publications and holds the SPHR and SHRM-SCP Human Resources professional accreditations. Bill currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Chesapeake Human Resources Foundation (CHRF). He resides in Bel Air, MD with his wife Christine and is an avid painter.

John W. Sigmon

John W. SigmonJohn W. Sigmon is the Chief Human Resources Officer at AARP. He has also served as the Director for HR Strategy at both the Library of Congress and the Government Accountability Office, and as the Chief Human Capital Officers at the Federal Election Commission.

He is a frequent contributor and speaker on a variety of topics including, “The Modern HR Environment,” “Employer Branding and HR,” “Workforce Engagement, “and “Navigating C-Suite Relationships.” John is also the author of “Driving and Innovation Culture with Dialogue,” “A Practical Guide to Hiring,” and a a chapter in the soon to be released compendium HR Directions.”

John has a B.A. degree from Western Illinois University and a Master's of Health Policy and Administration from the University of North Carolina. John is certified as a Senior Human Resources Professional. He lives in New York with his wife Danielle.

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Joann Speer Sorra, PhD

Joann Speer Sorra Joann Speer Sorra, Ph.D., is an industrial-organizational psychologist and Associate Director in the Center for Healthcare Delivery Research and Evaluation at Westat, an employee-owned research corporation located in Rockville,Maryland. Dr. Sorra has more than 20 years of applied experience conducting organizational and health services research for federal government and commercial clients. Dr. Sorra's applied work has primarily focused on health care quality and patient safety, patient caregiver experience with health care, implementation science, program evaluation, survery methodology, and complex project management. Dr. Sorra has led the development of surverys that assess the extent to which the organizational culture in health care organizations support patient safety. Her work on patient safety culture surveys has had widespread impact-administered in hundreds of hospitals in the U.S. and internationally and translated into more than 31 languages.

Dr. Sorra is a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology and received her master's degree from Michigan State University and Ph.D. from the University of Maryland at College Park. She is on the editorial board for the Journal for Healthcare Quality and serves as an active reviewer for over a dozen health care-related journals.

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