Harley Blake is the Manager of Professional Development Programs at Central Michigan University. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resources from the University of Michigan. He also has a Master of Arts Degree in Education from Wheaton Graduate School, where he specialized in the design, implementation, and evaluation of educational programs. Before coming to CMU, Harley has worked as a corporate trainer, director of adventure programs, and youth pastor. He has over 35 years of experience in developing and delivering educational programming in a wide variety of settings, including the K-12 and higher education classroom, camps, conference centers, churches, adventure learning centers and the great outdoors. He has presented workshops at the state, national, and international level on such topics as performance management, team-building, experiential learning, time and project management.
Debra has been working with universities, companies, health care institutions and financial institutions for the last 20 years. Her primary job is Director of Talent and Organization Development within University Human Resource Services at Indiana University. As a University Director, Debra is responsible for overseeing and providing training and consulting for seven Indiana University campuses. She also has a consulting business and works with a myriad of businesses and organizations on an annual basis. Debra conducts approximately 100 training programs on an annual basis and typically works on 30 consulting projects per year. She has a B.A. from DePauw University and an M.S. in Higher Education with an emphasis in Adult Learning and Training and Development from Indiana University. Her background is in Student Financial Assistance at Indiana University.
Education Advisory Board
EAB is a research and technology firm that works with more than 1,200 colleges and universities across North America. EAB works with presidents, provosts, chief student affairs officers, and other academic and administrative leaders to address higher education’s most pressing challenges. EAB’s Student Affairs Forum partners with 200 student affairs divisions on many changing campus trends, including new strategies to address the growing demand for campus mental health services.
During her undergraduate experience, Natalie Gillard found that support for individuals from diverse backgrounds was rather limited. This ignited her desire to pursue a self-designed graduate study in Race and Ethnic Relations and pursue diverse professional opportunities. Natalie has held various inclusion roles over her 11-year career in the field of Higher Education, presently serving as Stevenson University's Assistant Vice President, Multicultural Experience. Natalie is also the creator of FACTUALITY, a facilitated dialogue, crash course, and board game that explores structural inequality based on national averages in America.
Melissa Hutchinson & Deanna Johnson
Together, Melissa Hutchinson and Deanna Johnson and their respective teams, the CMU Counseling Center and the CARE Team, strive to strengthen the CMU Community in the name of student support, well-being, and success. Melissa serves as the Interim Director for the CMU Counseling Center. In her role, Melissa and fellow counselors provide individual and group-level services to support students to develop skills, attitudes, and behaviors that are essential for personal growth, academic success, and career direction. Deanna serves as the CARE Team Coordinator, convening with individuals from across the university in an effort to support students experiencing mental health challenges. Melissa, Deanna, and their colleagues have a unique pulse on campus life, the needs of CMU students and how our efforts to support them are so critically important.
In October 2008, Shannon Jolliff-Dettore was hired as the director of The Office of LGBTQ Services at Central Michigan University. As the director, Shannon is responsible for providing educational programming, supporting LGBTQ students, faculty, and staff, training the CMU community on providing a safe and inclusive campus for LGBTQ students, faculty and staff, providing interactive classroom programming and engaging the campus community in dialogue around intersectionality and inclusion.
Shannon's training experience includes various opportunities around inclusion and social justice and she serves as a co-facilitator for the CGL 445 course on Intergroup Dialogue Facilitation. Shannon is a product of those that have come before her to invest in her learning and growth. She has a special interest in the intersection of identities and privilege work, is an alum of The Social Justice Training Institute, and currently is being trained under Dr. Kathy Obear and The Center for Transformation and Change.
Kris Marsh is a former Fortune 500 marketing leader and author of the Personal Brand Playbook strategy, coaching, and planning system. Following her true purpose, Kris left the corporate world in 2013 to work toward her vision of enabling others to reach their full potential. She now leverages her experience to help entrepreneurs and family business owners break through uncertainty and build strategies for success, and to develop the next generation of business and community leaders Kris holds a BBA from Northwood University and MBA from Northwood University’s Richard DeVos Graduate School of Management. As a first generation high school graduate, she is passionate about the power of education and helping others realize anything is possible. You can reach Kris online at KrisMarshConsulting.com.
Dr. Amy McGinnis is a faculty member in the Management Department where she specializes in human resources, employee training, organizational development, and managerial communications. Before joining the faculty full-time in 2010, Amy served as the Director of Strategy & Organizational Development in Human Resources at Central Michigan University. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Alma College and a Master of Arts degree in English, with an emphasis in community college teaching, from Michigan State University. In December 2014, Amy finished her dissertation and graduated from CMU with an Ed.D. in higher education leadership. Her dissertation examined the communication, leadership, and conflict approaches of emerging, mid, and senior-level woman leaders in the academy. She is certified with Franklin Covey, Achieve Global, the Association for Psychological Type, True Colors, Inc., and the National Coalition Building Institute. Amy has received a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) designation from the Human Resources Certification Institute and also holds SHRM-SCP designation as a senior certified professional through the Society for Human Resource Management. In 2008, Amy received a Top Young Trainer award from Training Magazine and in 2015, Amy was named CMU Woman of the Year. A book group which Amy started, The Book Club (TBC), just celebrated their 20-year anniversary.
As the author of best-selling works on the topic courageous leadership and risk-taking, invigorating keynote speaker/presenter, and Chief Encouragement Officer (CEO) of Giant Leap Consulting, Inc., Bill Treasurer has connected with countless professionals and organizations to cultivate courageous leadership. Bill has developed leadership programs for NASA, Saks Fifth Avenue, UBS Bank, CNN, the Pittsburgh Pirates, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and many others. Over the last two decades, thousands of executives and administrators from around the world have participated in Bill's workshops, coming away with stronger leadership skills, tools to enhance team performance, and skills to establish and maintain a culture of trust.