STL-ODN Executive Team (2020-2021)
Cheryl is a facilitator, consultant, coach and leader with over 20 years of organization development, training and human resource management experience. She is committed to the OD values of respect, inclusion, collaboration, authenticity, self-awareness and empowerment. She joined Psychological Associates as an external consultant after 19 years working as an internal practitioner within three healthcare systems. See her bio or connect on LinkedIn for more information about her professional interests. Cheryl enjoys traveling and hanging out with her beloved cats and “grandkids” (she and her spouse don’t have children of their own, but she has three grandchildren, feel free to ask her how that happened). To learn a little more about Cheryl personally and to see some pictures that highlight some of the things and people she loves, see this “Take Five.”
VP, Programs Chair – Dena Dishman
Dena is a tenured professional with a career in non-profit healthcare organizations across the country. Positions she has held include bedside caregiver, leadership, educator, organizational development and consultant roles. She received her BS in Nursing from UM- St Louis with a Minor in Psychology, and an MS degree in Nursing/Healthcare Administration from Vanderbilt University. Her current role is Senior Learning & Development Consultant with BJC in St Louis. She is passionate about helping others to develop personal self-awareness and utilizing their unique gifts and talents in order to find personal fulfillment and joy in their professional and personal endeavors. She is experienced in individual coaching, change leadership consultation, large and small group facilitation, and education in areas of communication, managing conflict, relationship building, and operational analysis. Her positive and gregarious facilitation style has earned her a reputation for impactful, enjoyable and meaningful experiences in working with and developing others. Dena’s desire to further appreciate and study the field of OD has increased by being involved in the STL ODN – meeting new people, serving on the Executive Team, and re-connecting with the St Louis area after moving back in 2017. You will find Dena relaxing on weekends with her family and her dog, Daisy, walking, bicycling, reading, cheering on the St Louis Cardinals and traveling with friends as often as possible.
Communications Chair – Debbie Regnaud
Deborah is a Business Faculty member of ECPI University-Online. With over twenty years in executive level human resource positions in manufacturing and non-profit, Deborah brings a broad business perspective, strategic outlook, and ability to effectively work with individuals at all levels of the organization. Deborah began her career in operations where she became co-owner and Vice President of Operations for a small electronics manufacturing firm. After 10 years she decided to devote her energies to the people side of the business and became Vice President of Human Resources and Corporate Services for Carboline Company, a manufacturer of industrial coatings. She then moved on to Chief Human Resources Officer for the Gateway Region YMCA and ended her corporate career as Vice President of Human Resources at idX Corporation, a manufacturer of custom retail fixtures. Deborah holds a Ph.D. from Walden University in Organizational Psychology along with an MBA and BA in Business Administration from Lindenwood University. Deborah is an adjunct instructor at Lindenwood University, University of the People, Webster University, and York College. She also teaches HR Fundamentals and HR Intermediate public courses for the PHR/SPHR for AAIM Employers Association. In her spare time, Deborah can be found spending quality time with her husband Angus and their two rescue dogs Yumi and Zoey.
Joani has 15+ years experience in organization development, including executive assessment, leadership development, onboarding, career management, succession planning, change management and agility, and coaching. Her expertise includes working with individuals to maximize personal and organizational performance, and her passion is coaching and empowering people to expand their leadership capacity and positive impact.
She is the Women in Leadership Program Facilitator for FOCUS St. Louis. Prior to FOCUS, Joani was an Executive Coach and Consultant with a global consulting company, Director of Career Management at Maryville University, and worked in Procter & Gamble Sales’ regional college recruiting.
Joani has served on the STL-ODN Program, Conference, and Mission-Vision committees prior to her roles on the Executive Team as Volunteer Coordinator, Communications Chair, and Community Outreach Chair to develop OD partnerships with professional associations and companies in St. Louis. Joani is also a member of the International Coach Federation.
Joani enjoys yoga, dance, singing in a community choir, travel, and meeting new people.
Membership Chair – Keesha Kent
Kesha Kent is a wife, mother, a High Energy Speaker, Best Selling Author and Diversity & Inclusion Leader with Ascension Healthcare.
She has over 17 years of Human Resources, Recruitment/agency staffing and Training and Development experience in healthcare, IT, and sales industry!
Mrs. Kent holds a Bachelor’s degree in Management and Leadership and a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership both from Judson University, in Elgin Illinois.
Connect on LinkedIn for more information about her professional interests.
Volunteer Chair – Krista Junge
Krista Junge leads a team of OD consultants to advance BJC Healthcare’s strategic imperative to retain and attract a highly engaged workforce that provides excellent patient care. The OD team partners with HR and operational leaders to provide people, cultural, and leadership solutions. An instructional designer and OD practitioner at heart, Krista seeks to simplify complex situations into manageable work that can incrementally move the needle toward improvement. Krista started her career working with adults with developmental disabilities, and then transitioned to a position developing programs for volunteers. It was here that she learned she could “get paid” to do what she loved – develop people and organizations. After completing a graduate program at SIUE, she joined Maritz Performance Improvement Company and designed training programs for Fortune 500 companies. Her experience at Maritz prepared her for expanded roles at United Healthcare and Enterprise Rent-A-Car, where she helped create a new Corporate Training Department. Certifications include:
• InsideOut Coaching
• Lifespace/Workspace Coaching
• Hogan Assessment Coaching
• VitalSmarts Facilitation
• 5 Languages of Appreciation at Work Facilitation
• AchieveGlobal Facilitation
Mary Kutheis started her coaching and training company in 2001 after 17 years in the corporate world. She works primarily with small business owners who are navigating the shift from Owner to Leader. Mary calls the evolution the E3 Shift and it encompasses Effective Priorities, Emotional Intelligence and Exceptional Teams. She is a Certified Professional Coach, Certified Foundational Team Coach and as of December 2020, a Certified Executive Coach. She is also certified in several assessments including the EQ-i 2.0, DISC, Driving Forces and the Acumen Capacity Index. She published her first book, Making Minutes Matter: Your Guide to Being Content With How You Spend Your Time, in January 2019. She and her husband have a 21-year old-son and two rescue dogs.
Secretary – Olivia Page
I am currently a 2nd Master of Health Administration student at Saint Louis University. I attended SLU for undergrad as well.
I am passionate about many buckets within healthcare – employee engagement, strategic business development, population health, health policy, and change management. The center of my interests is the patients. The unique truth about healthcare is that we have the opportunity to improve a person’s life by empowering human beings to better manage their physical, social, emotional, spiritual, and mental health.
The status quo does not satisfy my thirst for finding real, sustainable solutions to the never-ending problems in the industry. As a leader, I consistently show up with a smile and follow through. The St. Louis Organizational Development Network has poured into me exponentially by providing a seat at the table with talented change makers.
While my next steps in my career are undecided, I am confident that wherever my efforts (and pure luck) place me, I will continue to be a light in this world and for those I serve.
I enjoy spending time at home in Clinton County, IL with friends and family hanging out at the lake, a winery, or just around the house.
Website Chair – Daren Curry
Daren is a strategic learning and business partner who has dedicated his career to helping people and organizations grow. He is passionate about enhancing the experience while leading change initiatives and improvement efforts. Daren has over 10 years’ of proven success in learning and organization development, along with systems and technology. He has an MEd focused on adult learning and technology, and an MBA focused on operations and information systems. His large-scale contributions include work in Healthcare, Technology, Online Learning, Higher Education, and HR. He is a huge fan of the 11-time World Champion Saint Louis Cardinals, and thinks heaven is a hot dog and ballgame on a lazy summer day.
Administrative Manager – Delva White
Delva is known for making it happen! She has over 14 years of Executive Assistant experience and 6 years of Online Business Management with a bachelor’s in Healthcare Administration. It all started when she was the Founding Secretary of the 1st Dorm Council on Scott AFB at the age of 18. She has been the right hand to clients all over the world from different industries. As the founder and CEO of Arose Virtual Assistant, LLC, Delva and her team offer administrative and media support to coaches, business owners, entrepreneurs, non-profits, and start-ups. Connect with Delva on LinkedIn to find out more about her background and her passions.
Intern Chair – Suzanne Jones
For over 20 years Suzanne has served as a career counselor and job search advisor for college students and alumni at several universities in the St. Louis area. Providing guidance through career assessments, occupational information, job search strategies, recruiting, mock interviews, and graduate school application reviews has been very rewarding. Suzanne has taught as an adjunct instructor since 2003, currently teaching undergraduate online psychology courses for Maryville University.
Suzanne received her B.A. in Psychology and French from the College of William and Mary and a M.S. in Rehabilitation Psychology and Counseling from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While she enjoyed her years of career advising and teaching, Suzanne completed a Masters of Applied Industrial-Organizational Psychology through Colorado State University in August 2020 and is now seeking to transition to a full-time role in organization development. She plans to apply her experience in career development and instruction to a role in learning and development, organization effectiveness, and/or performance management.
Outside of her roles as instructor and student, Suzanne is active at home and in the community with her husband Tim, daughters Katie (15) and Abby (11), and cats Jack and Oliver. This involves Girl Scouts, church, community service, gardening, and baking/cooking together (especially any recipe involving cheese or chocolate!)
Website Co-Chair – Greg Taunt
Greg is a lifelong educator with a background in technology, sports medicine, change management and leadership development. He believes that learning should be a positive experience and that it's vital in the life of every person. Greg is passionate about helping others accomplish their goals by facilitating engaging education, integrating technology into learning solutions and providing meaningful encouragement along the way. As a trusted partner, he enjoys building relationships with others so he can better understand what inspires and motivates them. He is also an avid quote collector and actively updates his collection at Tauntisms.com. These two quotes summarize Greg’s passion and purpose around education:
“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
“One’s work may be finished someday, but one’s education, never.” – Alexandre Dumas
Greg currently works as an educator for Mercy Virtual and holds a bachelor’s degree in Comprehensive Science Education and a master’s degree in Healthcare Administration, both from Missouri State University.
Membership Co-Chair - Elaine Thomas, PHR, SHRM-CP
Elaine has more than a decade of experience as an HR practitioner and 15 years as an instructor of Composition and Literature. She has a passion for identifying others’ strengths and helping them to find growth and purpose in their own careers. This passion translates into how she creates strategic initiatives and learning content for organizations in healthcare, manufacturing, and higher education. Elaine has a BA in Organizational Communications, a BA in Psychology, a MA in English, and enrolled in the BJC Cohort MBA program at Webster University. Currently, she is an HR Business Partner at Missouri Baptist Medical Center. Elaine spends most of her free time with her large family and her menagerie of pets.
Mentor Chair - Aaron Adams