MSLOC Faculty

MSLOC Faculty

Faculty at the Master's Program in Learning and Organizational Change (MSLOC) exemplify the philosophy of the program by bridging scholarship and practice.

MSLOC is led by a team of scholar-practitioners, representing diverse expertise and experience within organizations and academic disciplines.

Our expert adjunct faculty hold executive positions or lead consulting practices in organizational change, talent management, human capital strategy, leadership development, learning, organizational design, executive and leadership coaching and strategic planning.

Their work practice is shaped by academic credentials in organizational development, organizational behavior, organizational change, industrial/organizational psychology, adult learning, management, education, cognitive and social psychology, and more.

Michelle Albaugh

Albaugh, Michelle

Manager, Organizational and Leadership Coaching Certificate Program

Instructor, MS in Learning and Organizational Change Program

Michelle Albaugh is a highly regarded leadership and effectiveness coach. She joined the MSLOC faculty in September, 2015, after she earned her PhD in Human Development & Social Policy, from the School of Education and Social Policy here at Northwestern. She received a bachelor’s degree in music, magna cum laude, from DePaul...

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John Bausch

Bausch, John

Consultant, Strategic Talent Solutions

Instructor, MS in Learning and Organizational Change Program

John Bausch is a consultant at Strategic Talent Solutions, following a 19-year career at Hewitt Associates. At Strategic Talent Solutions, John is working with both leaders and teams to ensure the right people are in the right roles so that business achieves desired results. He also consults with...

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Dorie Blesoff

Blesoff, Dorie

Chief People Officer, kCura

Instructor, MS in Learning and Organizational Change Program

Dorie Ellzey Blesoff currently serves as Chief People Officer for kCura, a rapidly-growing e-discovery software development company based in Chicago. Before she began this lap in her career track, Dorie ran her own independent consulting practice that focused on developing leaders and designing and implementing sustainable strategic and culture...

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Katerina Bohle-Carbonell

Bohle-Carbonell, Katerina

Instructor, MS in Learning and Organizational Change Program

Katerina Bohle Carbonell earned her Master degree (Cum Laude) in Management of Learning from Maastricht University, Netherlands (2009), where she also completed her interdisciplinary PhD in a Organizational Behavior and Education (2016). She teaches online and face-to-face for numerous years at Maastricht University and conducts research on...

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Cecelia Burokas

Burokas, Cecelia

Principal, Working with Groups at Work

Instructor, MS in Learning and Organizational Change Program

Cecelia Burokas is an independent consultant whose company, Working with Groups at Work, specializes in strategic planning, change management, coaching, and nonprofit board development. Prior work includes Consulting Practice Leader for the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, consultant with Hewitt Associates' Organizational...

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Samir Desai

Desai, Samir

Executive Director of Learning and Organization Development, Northwestern University

Instructor, MS in Learning and Organizational Change Program

Samir Desai is the Executive Director of Learning and Organization Development for Northwestern University. This means he is responsible for developing the skills and capabilities of Northwestern staff and faculty through high impact learning programs, performance management, organizational development, and leadership development as all...

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Mindy Douthit

Douthit, Mindy

Lecturer, SESP Undergraduate Program

Instructor, MS in Learning and Organizational Change Program

Mindy Douthit brings both professional and academic expertise in the areas of organizational development and change and social network analysis.  She spent several years with Anderson Consulting working in the areas of organization analysis and design, human-computer interaction, and training design and...

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Marina Field

Field, Marina

Consultant, North Star Workforce Solutions

Instructor, MS in Learning and Organizational Change Program

Marina is the Principal and Founder of North Star Workforce Solutions LLC. She is a seasoned professional and has experience in a wide variety of areas including: leadership development, change management, performance management strategy, and talent management. She has enhanced the effectiveness of organizations and their people by...

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Jennifer Green

Green, Jennifer

Artistic Director, Piven Theater Workshop

MSLOC Coach

Jennifer Green is artistic director at the nationally acclaimed Piven Theatre Workshop, where she was previously director of educational programming and a senior faculty member for the past 20 years. Jennifer has been actively engaged in...

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Julie Hess

Hess, Julie

President, Catalyst Consulting and Coaching, Inc.

Instructor, MS in Learning and Organizational Change Program

Julie Hess, President of Catalyst Consulting & Coaching, Inc., is an executive coach and management consultant with nearly 20 years of experience working to improve business results for companies in both the service and manufacturing sectors.  Julie has worked with clients in a broad array of...

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Erica Kalata

Kalata, Erica

Health & Wellness Consultant, USANA Health Services

Instructor, MS in Learning and Organizational Change Program

Erica Kalata is an independent consultant in the Human Resource Development field with more than 15 years of experience. She was previously a manager with Deloitte Consulting in its Human Capital group specializing in organizational effectiveness and change management. She has extensive experience in evaluation, strategic planning, performance...

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Marsha King

King, Marsha

President, SkillPoint Consulting

Instructor, MS in Learning and Organizational Change Program

Marsha King is an independent leadership consultant who works with senior leaders to assess their skills and personality by using various assessment tools including 360’s, behavioral interviews and personality assessments. She also designs interventions including training, seminars, team building and strategic planning initiatives. Most...

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Mike Kosiarek

Kosiarek, Mike

Senior Director, Global Organization at McDonald's

MSLOC Coach

Mike Kosiarek is Manager, Global Talent Management at McDonald's Corporation. His experience includes strategic business process analysis, design, and reengineering. He is adept at working in a variety of client-facing positions within entrepreneurial start-ups and Fortune 500 companies. He is experienced in program design, creation, and...

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Judah Kurtz

Kurtz, Judah

Coach & Management Consultant, Judah Kurtz Coaching & Consulting

MSLOC Coach

Judah Kurtz is a trusted advisor, coach, facilitator, and consultant, who is passionate about driving transformative growth and sustainable change. For over 20 years, he has partnered with a broad array of individuals and organizations around the globe seeking clarity of focus, forward momentum, increased effectiveness, and exceptional...

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Maggie Lewis

Lewis, Maggie

Managing Partner, Strategy at Studio Blue

Instructor, MS in Learning and Organizational Change Program

Maggie Lewis is a Managing Partner at Studio Blue and a graduate of the MS Learning & Organizational Program at Northwestern University. Combining theory and practice, Maggie employs principles of learning and strategic change to help organizations think differently about who they are and where they...

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Pi Wen Looi

Looi, Pi Wen

Founder and President, Novacrea LLC

Instructor, Master of Science in Learning and Organizational Change Program

Pi Wen is the Founder and President of Novacrea, LLC, a northern California talent management consulting firm. Named one of the most important voices in employee engagement by TechnologyAdvice, she is an expert in employee engagement and employee research methodology. She is experienced in employee surveys, in-depth interviews, focus groups,...

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Alyson Margulies

Margulies, Alyson

Vice President, Talent Mangement and Organizational Effectiveness at U.S. Foods

Instructor, MS in Learning and Organizational Change Program

Alyson Margulies, PhD, is Head of Talent Management for Uline, where she focuses on the design, development and implementation of enterprise-wide talent management processes, learning and development solutions and drawing insights from talent analytics. Her research interests include assessing for high potential and diversity and inclusion in...

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Debra Mazloff

Mazloff, Debra

SR HR Business Manager, Invesco US

Instructor, MS in Learning and Organizational Change Program

Debra Mazloff brings both professional and academic expertise in organizational change, communication studies, and organizational strategy and design. Currently Debra is a Senior HR Business Consultant at Invesco, a global asset management company. Debra works across Invesco on organization design and operating model projects as well as...

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Bruce McBratney

McBratney, Bruce

President, McBratney Consulting, Ltd.

Instructor, MS in Learning and Organizational Change Program

Bruce McBratney is the founder and President of McBratney Consulting, Ltd., a firm that develops executives into the leaders they want to become, and that their organizations need them to be.

Bruce is an active member of the Duke Corporate Education’s Global Learning Resource Network, and consistently receives high marks...

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Renetta McCann

McCann, Renetta

Chief Talent Officer, Leo Burnett U.S.

Instructor, MS in Learning and Organizational Change Program

Renetta McCann is one of the leading innovators and most influential executives in the advertising industry, with a global reputation for not only building brands, but also the organizations and leadership to sustain them.

As Chief Talent Officer at Leo Burnett, she heads up the agency’s People & Culture department. She...

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Jeff Merrell

Merrell, Jeff

Associate Director, MS in Learning & Organizational Change Program

Instructor, MS in Learning & Organizational Change Program

Jeff Merrell is Associate Director of the Master's Program in Learning & Organizational Change (MSLOC). He teaches MSLOC 430 Creating and Sharing Knowledge, which focuses on understanding organizational knowledge sharing and the role played by collaboration technology. Jeff also co-leads the project-based Practicum course and oversees the...

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Marina Micari

Micari, Marina

Director for Undergraduate Programs, Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching

Instructor, MS in Learning and Organizational Change Program

Marina Micari is Director for Undergraduate Programs at Northwestern's Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching, and a Capstone advisor in MSLOC. In her role at the Searle Center, she oversees academic-support and enrichment programming for undergraduates and works with faculty who seek to improve teaching and learning. Her recent...

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Cassandra Mitchell

Mitchell, Cassandra

Principal, Executive Coaching Connections, LLC

Instructor, MS in Learning and Organizational Change Program

Cassandra Mitchell uses her executive coaching and organizational consulting skills to develop great leaders and teams. She has more than 20 years of experience in helping clients achieve their business goals by delivering a range of services from one-to-one leadership coaching to large-scale organizational design.

Cassandra has...

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Kathleen O'Connor

O'Connor, Kathleen

Owner, Kathleen O'Connor Coaching, LLC

MSLOC Coach

Kathleen O’Connor is an independent consultant specializing in the identification and development of leadership talent. She has more than 20 years' experience in corporate education and organizational change as an external consultant and previously as an internal consultant at Hewitt and Motorola.

O'Connor has personally...

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Ghazala Ovaice

Ovaice, Ghazala

Director, Talent and Organization Effectiveness Consulting at Abbott Laboratories

Instructor, MS in Learning and Organizational Change Program

Ghazala Ovaice, Ph.D., Director of Global Organization Development (OD) at Abbott where she leads the OD center of excellence by providing consulting for strategic performance needs with specific concentration in culture change, change management, M&A, employee engagement, organization design, and organization research. Her research...

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Debbie Plager

Plager, Debbie

Head of Talent Engagement at kCura

Instructor, MS in Learning and Organizational Change Program

Debbie Plager is the new Global Head of Talent Engagement for kCura - a rapid growth technology company based in Chicago.  As head of Talent Engagement,...

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Beau  River

River , Beau

Leadership Development and Talent Management Consultant at Vantage Leadership Consulting

MSLOC Coach

Throughout his career, Beau River has focused on accelerating the development of individuals, teams and organizations. Insights into people, systems and group dynamics gained through years of assessment experience allow him to match leadership behaviors with the strategic imperatives that drive operational success. Particular areas of focus...

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Terrence  Roche

Roche, Terrence

Strategy, Planning, and Product Development at YMCA

Instructor, MS in Learning and Organizational Change Program

Terrence Roche is a Director in the Heath Division at YMCA of the USA, the national office for the largest nonprofit in the U.S. Terrence leads two groups, one developing new programs and products, and one executing quality improvement efforts. He and his team support the national dissemination of Y-led evidence-based programs and their...

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Kelly Ross

Ross, Kelly

Coach, Ross Associates

Instructor, MS in Learning and Organizational Change Program

Kelly Ross is a MSLOC Coach and Coaching Fieldwork Supervising Coach, and teaches Coaching Fieldwork (MSLOC 454). In her independent practice, Kelly is a coach, learning strategist and facilitator with global experience. Kelly’s work is in leadership development and talent management. She works with individuals in one-on-one leadership...

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Vanessa Ruda Seiden

Ruda Seiden, Vanessa

Partner, RHR International

Instructor, MS in Learning and Organizational Change Program

Vanessa Ruda Seiden is a Partner at RHR International specialists in management and leadership development. Her client base covers a variety of industries; both small firms and fortune 500 companies. Her area of expertise includes executive selection and promotion, executive coaching and development, and team-building. Dr. Ruda Seiden has taught...

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Kimberly Scott

Scott, Kimberly

Director, MS in Learning and Organizational Change Program

Assistant Professor, MS in Learning and Organizational Change Program

Kimberly Scott is Assistant Professor and Director of the Master’s Program in Learning & Organizational Change (MSLOC) at Northwestern University. She came to Northwestern with over 10 years of management and consulting experience in a variety of mid-sized and Fortune 500 companies. Her work focuses on improving workplace environments and...

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B.K. Simerson

Simerson, B.K.

Independent Consultant & Coach

Instructor, MS in Learning and Organizational Change Program

B. Keith Simerson has provided consultation to professional services firms and to corporate clients spanning 18 industries (including the financial, consulting, health care, architecture, and engineering professions and automotive, industrial supplies, paper, rubber, heavy machinery, petrochemical, hospitality, food processing,...

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Ryan Smerek

Smerek, Ryan

Assistant Director of Academic Affairs, MS in Learning and Organizational Change Program

Assistant Professor, MS in Learning and Organizational Change Program

Over the last decade, Ryan has researched, taught, and published in the areas of learning and new executives, decision-making, innovation, and organizational learning. He is the author of Organizational Learning and Performance: The Science and Practice of Building a Learning Culture (Oxford University Press). In the book, Ryan...

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Margaret Sullivan

Sullivan, Margaret

Senior Consultant & Coach, Elliott Sullivan

Instructor, MS in Learning and Organizational Change Program

Margaret Sullivan is an independent consultant who has a passion for dovetailing the needs of individuals and organizations. She specializes in helping individuals, groups, and organizations identify, clarify, design, and implement an effective, sustainable path forward. Using a range of services, from one-on-one coaching to company-wide...

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Karen Terry

Terry, Karen

Coach and Mentor, The Wright Foundation

MSLOC Coach

Formerly an award-winning writer and video producer, Karen redirected her career mid-life to focus on coaching and adult human development. She enjoys helping people fashion lives that they love and are proud to lead, and is fascinated by the story of how we become the people we are. Karen earned a Bachelor’s degree from the...

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Melinda Turnley

Turnley, Melinda

Assistant Director, MS in Learning and Organizational Change Program

Assistant Professor, MS in Learning & Organizational Change Program

Melinda Turnley is Assistant Director of the Master of Science in Learning and Organizational Change Program. Most recently before joining MSLOC, she was director of education at a professional association for residential real estate agents. The majority of her experience, however, has been as a teacher and administrator in higher education...

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