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Theme Track Participant Biographies

Michael Allen Amy Grubb Shreya Sarkar-Barney
Markus Baer Kevin Impelman Katina Sawyer
Anthony Berglund Robert Jeff Kollar Evan Sinar
Silvia Bonaccio Richard Landers Katy Sullivan
Peggy Boyer Chloe Lemelle Doug Travaris
William Bradley Chandra Miller  
Craig Chico Tracey Rizzuto  


Tracey Rizzuto, Chair

Tracey Rizzuto is Associate Director of the LSU School of Human Resource Education and Workforce Development (SHREWD). Dr. Rizzuto received her PhD from Penn State University in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, with a minor concentration in Information Systems and Technology. The overarching focus of her research program is on developing human capital and organizational capacity through technology-mediated processes. She has taken an active role in supporting research and pro bono service that benefits local and state interests, such as workplace disaster recovery through the Katrina Aid and Relief Effort (KARE) and the Catastrophe Aid and Relief Effort (CARE), interdivisional committees of the American Psychological Association. She is associated with over $9M in grant-funded research from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Departments of Interior, Education, and Justice. Her research has been published journals across multiple disciplines including psychology, management, information systems, sociology, and education, and featured in popular media outlets such as The New York Times, National Public Radio’s Market Place and American Public Radio Works segments, The APA Monitor on Psychology, and The Chicago Tribune. Dr. Rizzuto is also a 2015 TED speaker.

Chloe Lemelle

Chloe Lemelle is the Director of Ethical Culture at AT&T. In this role, Chloe's primary focus is on defining, measuring, and promoting ethical culture across AT&T and overseeing the implementation of the Code of Business Conduct, Conflict of Interest policy, and Gifts & Hospitality policy. Prior to joining the Chief Compliance Office in August 2016, Dr. Lemelle served as the Lead Psychologist on the HR Research team at AT&T and was responsible for the development and maintenance of selection systems across the company. Chloe earned both a Ph.D. and M.S. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of Texas at Arlington. She earned a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Louisiana State University. Chloe is an active member of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychologists (SIOP), the American Psychological Association (APA), the World Affairs Council (WAC), and the Dallas Area Industrial-Organizational Psychologists (DAIOP). Dr. Lemelle is also a licensed psychologist in the state of Texas.

Katina Sawyer

Katina Sawyer, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor at Villanova University in the Graduate Programs in Human Resource Development, in the Psychology department. Over the years, Katina has published numerous peer–reviewed articles and book chapters about leadership, diversity, and work-family conflict. She has also presented her work at various academic conferences, including the Society of Industrial/Organizational Psychology, the Academy of Management, and the National Women’s Studies Association. Her work has been cited in Forbes, CBS News, CNBC, Salon, Bloomberg Business Week, The Atlantic, SIOP, Psychology Central, Live Science, and within other academic presentations and publications. Among other outlets, her work has been published in the Harvard Business Review, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Business and Psychology, the Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies, and the Journal of Business Ethics. She was recently awarded a Science of Organizations grant from the National Science Foundation, as well as a SHRM Foundation grant for her work on male champions in organizations. Katina holds a dual-Master’s degree and a dual-Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and Women’s Studies from the Pennsylvania State University. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Villanova University.

Evan Sinar

Evan Sinar, Ph.D. is Chief Scientist and Vice President, Center for Analytics and Behavioral Research (CABER). Evan and his team conduct comprehensive analytical evaluations of talent management programs to gauge their impact and to forecast opportunities to better align with business strategy, and they produce contemporary, prescriptive thought leadership about talent management practices, drawing on data generated and curated by CABER. Evan serves as a thought leader for DDI on topics such as leadership development, talent management analytics, data visualization, generational differences, social media, and pre-employment assessment. Evan received his Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Bowling Green State University.

Richard Landers

Richard N. Landers is Associate Professor at Old Dominion University where he conducts research and works with organizations to understand the role and potential of the Internet and related technologies to improve work. This research is conducted through the lens of industrial/organizational psychology. Landers incorporates rigorous experimental and psychometric methods to address questions of interest, which involve a range of technologies, including big data, gamification, virtual reality, video games, handheld devices (e.g., smartphones), online social networking, and web-based training, among others. Richard earned his Ph.D. in industrial and organizational (I-O) psychology from the University of Minnesota

Silvia Bonaccio

Silvia Bonaccio earned a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Purdue University. She also holds a M.Sc. from Concordia University's John Molson School of Business and a B.A. in Psychology from McGill University. Her work focuses on the influence of anxiety and emotions in the personnel assessment and selection process. She is also interested in the facilitators of positive work experiences for employees living with disabilities. Furthermore, she is known for her work on advice and decision-making. Dr. Bonaccio is past Chair of the Canadian Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and past Division Chair for the Organizational Behaviour Division at the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada. In recognition of her significant contributions to teaching and research, the University of Ottawa awarded her the Excellence in Education Prize.

Theme Track Session: Translating “I-O-Speak” in Multidisciplinary Teams

Kevin Impelman

Kevin Impelman serves as Executive Consulting Leader for IBM’s Talent Management Solutions practice. Kevin leads a team of consultants who improve our clients' business through talent management products, services, and applying analytical insights. Kevin leads engagements that include large scale assessment and selection systems, survey and engagement projects, leadership development programs, and workforce analytics applications. His research has been published, and he has presented frequently at professional conferences. Kevin received his Ph.D. and M.S. in industrial and organizational psychology from the University of North Texas and his B.A. in psychology from Southern Methodist University. Kevin is a licensed psychologist in the state of Texas. Kevin is a member of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) and the American Psychological Association (APA).

Katy Sullivan

Katy Sullivan is the Project Manager in Frito-Lay’s HR Center of Excellence responsible for the implementation of a new RPO (Recruitment Process Outsourcing). She is currently working to deliver a new selection process for Frito-Lay’s frontline talent through partnership with business leaders, HR business partners, and external vendors. This includes leveraging change management principles to gain buy in from key stakeholders, monitoring the system and process to make enhancements, and delivering robust insights from detailed analytics to drive behavior change. Prior to this role, Katy served over 5 years with Frito-Lay in a number of different disciplines of Talent Management including, Diversity & Inclusion, Culture, Selection, Engagement, and Development. This included leading Frito-Lay’s Engagement and Development Survey work, driving cultural change through various cultural initiatives and creating and delivering numerous training initiatives. Katy holds a Master’s Degree in I/O Psychology from the University of Texas at Arlington and a Bachelor’s in Psychology from Texas A&M University.

Doug Trabaris

Doug Trabaris is a lawyer for AT&T. Since 2005 he has represented AT&T in services transactions with its largest customers. Prior to that, Doug was a regulatory attorney, appellate advocate, and litigator for AT&T.  Doug joined AT&T in 1998, when his previous employer, Teleport Communications, was acquired.  Before then, Doug was an attorney with MCI, an administrative law judge and a Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Illinois.  Doug attended Chicago Kent College of Law, where he served on Law Review.  His undergraduate degree was from the University of Illinois, Urbana. Doug is a Chicago native and has practiced law his entire career in his home city.

Theme Track Session: I-O Igniting Innovation

Markus Baer

Markus Baer is an award-winning teacher, researcher, and associate professor of organizational behavior at the Olin Business School, Washington University in St. Louis. He earned his M.A. in psychology from the Justus-Liebig-University in Giessen, Germany and his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Prior to pursuing his Ph.D., he was part of the founding team of a successful consulting start-up. Dr. Baer has won accolades for his teaching, both from the Olin Business School, where he won consecutive teaching awards and internationally as one of the world’s top 40 business professors under 40. He teaches courses on organizational behavior and creativity/innovation across a variety of programs, including the BSBA, MBA, and Executive MBA programs in St. Louis, Mumbai, and Shanghai as well as the Brookings Executive Education program in Washington D.C. Dr. Baer’s research, which can be found in the leading academic journals, has won multiple awards, including winning the “Olin Award Recognizing Research That Transforms Business.” The bulk of his research has focused on understanding creativity in organizations. Most recently, he has begun to examine the behaviors entrepreneurs need to engage in to build successful start-up teams and the extent to which entrepreneurial activity in established firms can offer valuable career returns. He serves as Associate Editor for the Academy of Management Journal.

Peggy Boyer

Peggy Boyer is a Managing Principal Consultant and Executive Coach. Peggy specializes in strategy alignment & executive team effectiveness, board advisory work and CEO succession, leading organizational change and innovation initiatives, developing high impact leadership competency models, guiding leaders to ensure their organization and culture are operating optimally, and executive assessment and coaching. Peggy is passionate about and committed to helping organizations identify & overcome barriers to advancing women leaders and creating more inclusive work environments through enlightened and purposeful leadership. Peggy’s industry experience is both broad and deep, with particular focus in helping executive leaders in healthcare, energy and utilities, technology, automotive, and financial services. She is passionate about and highly skilled at understanding & solving the unique challenges and opportunities her clients face, and then equipping them with the insight and tools to accomplish objectives and deliver meaningful results on their own. Peggy holds a Master’s in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from IIT and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology (ABD, completion date June 2018) at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

Robert Jeff Kollar

Robert Jeff Kollar is an experienced founding partner of CNXT EoE Inc with a demonstrated history of working in the information technology and services industry. Skilled in Business Planning, Wealth Preservation Planning, Analytical Skills, Sales, and Wealth Accumulation. Strong entrepreneurship professional with a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) focused in Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies from Loyola University Chicago.

Chandra Miller

Chandra Miller is a Manager on the Organizational Effectiveness team at Health Care Service Corporation, where she leads Organization Design efforts in large-scale transformation projects. Throughout her career, she has supported a variety of complex transformation efforts through strategic execution of people and organizational strategies, including organization design, change management, process and operating model design, culture and leadership development, and resource management. She has worked across multiple industries and functional areas both within external consulting in Deloitte’s Human Capital practice, as well as internal consulting at Aon. Prior to her experience in consulting, she worked in the startup space, where she led the development of a “cultural fit” tool used to match potential undergraduate candidates with prospective organizations at campus recruiting events. Throughout her career she has had the opportunity to apply various concepts and methods of I-O Psychology to enable many different aspects of innovation, both the startup space as well as in established organizations who are using innovation to disrupt the market and shape the future of work. Chandra graduated with a BS in Psychology from Arizona State University and an MA in Industrial & Organizational Psychology from Roosevelt University.

Shreya Sarkar-Barney

Shreya Sarkar-Barney is the CEO and founder of Human Capital Growth, a firm that specializes in innovating using I-O Psychology research. She has been fortunate to work in growth phase companies, many of which provided opportunities to build science-based human capital solutions. She was formerly a tenure-track professor at Illinois Institute of Technology and has taught at University of Hartford and the University of California, Berkeley. She has over 30 publications and is a frequently speaks on the topic of Evidence-based HR. Shreya has a Masters and Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Bowling Green State University. She lives and works in the San Francisco Bay area.

Theme Track Session: Using I-O to Combat Community Violence (Chicago Case Study)

Amy Grubb

Amy D. Grubb is the senior Industrial/Organizational Psychologist at the FBI.  In her sixteen years with the FBI, she has been responsible for the implementation of a number of change initiatives, from serving as a leader on the post-9/11 enterprise-wide transformation of the FBI to a balanced national security and law enforcement mission (the Strategic Execution Team) to implementing HR systems and processes at all levels. A 2010 FBI Director’s Award for Excellence recipient for creating the organizational development function at the FBI, she instituted the first corporate-wide FBI Annual Employee Survey and has extensively integrated it with organizational processes and operational programs.  She advises C-suite and executive leaders on risk from the human capital perspective regarding organizational performance, policy decisions, and change initiatives, and serves as executive coach to a number of leaders. Dr. Grubb also received the 2012 FBI Director’s Award for Excellence for development and implementation of an integrated Leadership Development Program for all employees at all stages of the employment lifecycle, and was a recipient of the 2014 SIOP/SHRM HR Impact Award for her work on leadership promotion.  Prior to the FBI, she worked as a consultant with the Vandaveer Group in Houston, TX. Amy D. Grubb earned her Ph.D. (1999) and M.A. (1997) in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Houston, earning her bachelor’s degree from Villanova University.

William Bradley

Commander William Bradley is District Commander of Chicago's 6th District. He has 25 years of experience with the Chicago Police Department and expertise in criminal investigation, criminal justice and crime prevention. He earned a Master's Degree in Police Psychology from Adler University in 2010.

Anthony Berglund

Anthony Berglund is Senior Research Manager at the University of Chicago Crime Lab where he works on several projects with the Chicago Police Department, including the Early Intervention System and the Chicago Gun Tip Line, and provides support for the Institute for Nonviolence Chicago in the Austin and Back of the Yards neighborhoods. He holds a BA in Political Science and Russian from Macalester College, and an Masters of Public Policy from the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University in 2015.

Michael Allen

Senior Pastor Michael Allen and his family began their ministry at UBC in the Summer of 2005. Pastor Allen was born in Jamaica, and his wife Marla in Brazil. Prior to serving at the church, Pastor Michael served the membership of the Moody Church as Assistant Pastor of Urban Outreach and Evangelism under the leadership of Dr. Erwin Lutzer. Pastor Michael also served the membership of Sagemont Church in Houston, TX as an Associate Pastor of World Evangelism. Pastor Michael earned a BA in Biblical Studies from Trinity College in Miami, FL and a Master of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Now TIU) in Deerfield, IL.
He has served for many years as the Vice Chairman of the Board of the Pacific Garden Mission. 

Craig Chico

Craig Chico is the President of the Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council. With the assistance of the Board of Directors, Mr. Chico has made the BYNC a dominant community agency in the Back of the Yards Neighborhood, and a model community organization for the entire nation. The council’s mission and activities are aimed at improving the lives of all residents and stakeholders in the Back of the Yards Neighborhood, which is achieved by providing social service and economic development programs. Mr. Chico holds a J.D. from Loyola Law School.

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