Instructors

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Business and Management:

Amanda Cecil is in her fourteenth year on the Indiana University’s Tourism, Convention and Event Management faculty. As an associate professor, she teaches several courses in event management and international tourism. Dr. Cecil has published in many tourism journals, including The Journal of Convention and Event Tourism, The Journal of Teaching in Travel & Tourism, The Journal of Sustainable Development, The European Journal of Tourism Research, and Tourism Today. Her industry involvement includes 2007-2008 President of the Indiana Chapter of Meeting Professionals International (MPI), the chair of the 2009-2010 MPI Body of Knowledge Task Force, and the 2008 chair of the Professional Convention Management Association’s (PCMA) Research Task Force.

Daniel B. Griffith, J.D., SPHR, SHRM-SCP is the Director of Conflict Resolution and Dialogue Programs at IUPUI. He has served as Associate Faculty at the Indiana University School of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences, the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology and the Indiana University School of Public & Environmental Affairs. He previously served as Manager of Training and Organization Development at IUPUI and has led workshops for several years on topics such as conflict resolution, coaching, mediation, workplace civility, and dialogue facilitation. He is an instructor for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Professional Certification Exam. He has a B.A. from DePauw University and a J.D. Degree from the IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law. He is also a published author and writer.

Jennifer Tryon Hornaday has over 20 years of experience in the healthcare, non-profit, finance, and retail industries. With more than 15 years as a training professional, she has developed and delivered classes in the areas of leadership, quality improvement, strategic planning, marketing, business writing, computer skills, infection control, safety, and customer service. Jennifer currently serves as the manager of a corporate training center for an international bio-therapeutics company.  She holds dual Masters Degrees in Education and Business Management, and she is a certified facilitator in several professional development programs offered through national vendors.

Scott Medawar, MBA, PMP, and Six Sigma Green Belt, and is currently a Senior Project Manager. He created and led Project Management Offices for Ascension Health and CNO Financial. He is currently working as a Senior Project Manager at a large health insurance company in Indianapolis. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and earned his MBA from the University of Phoenix. Scott has managed Medicare Claims Operations, Global Customer Service Operations and Call Centers.

Joshua E. Perry, J.D., M.T.S., is Associate Professor of Business Law & Ethics and W. Michael & William D. Wells Life Sciences Faculty Fellow at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business in Bloomington. His most recent scholarship explores legal, ethical and public policy issues in the life sciences industry, commercialization of healthcare, and business of medicine. He teaches courses on business ethics, critical thinking, and the legal environment of business to both undergraduates and MBA students. A 2002 graduate of the joint law-divinity program at Vanderbilt University, Professor Perry was previously on faculty at the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society at Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he taught medical ethics in the medical school, legal ethics/professional responsibility in the law school, and served as a clinical ethicist in both the adult and children’s hospitals. In 2009 he was recruited to his current position at IU. The author of over thirty published articles, essays, and book chapters, Perry’s award-winning scholarship has appeared in a variety of law reviews and peer-reviewed journals across the fields of business, medicine, law, and ethics. His expertise has been featured in the New York TimesUSA TodayWired, and Huffington Post. He is also a recipient of numerous teaching awards. In 2013 Perry was recognized by the Academy of Legal Studies in Business with the “Distinguished Junior Faculty Award,” celebrating outstanding early career achievement.

Larry Smith has been named managing director at the Randall L. Tobias Center for Leadership Excellence, an Indiana University center located at IUPUI. He is the founder and previous chief executive officer of Leading Edge Advisory Firm LLC. Smith has also served the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis as senior vice president of organizational advancement, public relations and strategic planning. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Williams College and his master’s degree from Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Ron Smith, Master Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) Judge, Certified Cicerone®, Beer & Brewing Educator, Craft Brewery Consultant, and European Beer Trip Guide. Ron has been homebrewing, judging beer, and supporting the craft beer movement for over 25 years. He has taught a Beer Styles and Sensory Analysis class at IUPUI for over six years, and continues to teach about all aspects of beer, brewing, ingredients, processes, styles, off-flavors, judging, beer and food pairing, and many more topics in private classes for breweries, distributors, and others. He routinely consults with craft brewers on stylistic, quality and technical issues. Ron got involved in the Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) in the early 2000’s and started conducting study groups and technical sessions to train others how to evaluate and judge beer. He ascended through the BJCP ranks and is currently a Master level judge (only approximately 120 of the 6,500 judges in the program are ranked at the Master or Grand Master level). Ron was also one of the first 100 Certified Cicerones® in the world. A Cicerone® is to the beer world what a Sommelier is to the wine world (except not all Sommeliers are actually tested). He has attended numerous educational seminars presented by many of the leaders of the craft beer industry, and has traveled throughout Germany, Belgium and the Czech Republic, learning first-hand about the beers, brewing history and culture in those countries. Ron also leads Beer Tour Groups on incredible journeys through Germany and Belgium. Notably, he has won numerous awards, including Best of Show at the Indiana Brewer’s Cup, a large national competition, and a Gold Medal in the American Homebrewers Association’s (AHA) National Homebrew Competition (NHC), which is the largest homebrewing competition in the world.

Charlotte Westerhaus-Renfrow, J.D., M.Ed. is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Business Law and Management at the Kelley School of Business, Indiana University-Indianapolis.  Charlotte’s teaching and consulting focuses on negotiations, cultural competency, diversity and inclusion, dealing with conflict, team effectiveness, and business law.  She is a featured columnist for the Indiana Business Journal and a Certified Facilitator and Administrator: Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI)™,  Cultural Intelligence (CQ) and Intercultural Conflict Inventory™. Charlotte received a law degree from Indiana University, and B.S and M.Ed. degrees from Ohio University. In her spare time she enjoys watching team sports, traveling, cooking, and day-dreaming about getting back out on the golf course and hitting the links again.

Dr. Paul Yearling, is Associate Chair of the Department of Engineering and Technology, and Clinical Assistant Professor and Program Director of Mechanical Engineering Technology for the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology, IUPUI. Dr. Yearling has over 20 years of industrial experience in engineering both in the United Kingdom and United States. His most recent industry experience was as a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt process improvement facilitator and Research and Development Engineer in the Chemical, Paper and Converting Industry. Dr. Yearling has a PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Minor in Applied Mathematics, as well as a Professional Engineer License and Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification.

Jeremy York has over 15 years’ experience in human resource strategy and operations. Holding various HR leadership roles, he has worked with and advised all levels of management on critical business and people-related issues. These items include HR strategy, performance management, strategic planning, talent management and acquisition, leadership, and more. Jeremy’s expertise in defining and understanding the “big picture” enables him to translate business needs into tangible solutions. With his guidance, organizations have improved employee relations, increased performance, and developed cultures based on mutual trust and respect.

Health and Medical:

James W. Klenner, MSc, MPH, MPA, RBP, CBSP, has served as the Manager for Biological Safety in the Office of Environmental Health and Safety at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis since 2001. He is also the designated Biosafety Officer for the Indianapolis VA Medical Center (WOC status). He received his BS in Biology from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown and an MSc degree in Infectious Diseases and Microbiology from the University of Pittsburgh GSPH. While employed at the CDC/NIOSH duty station in Morgantown, WV, Jim uniquely developed and received the first Masters of Public Health and Masters of Public Administration dual degree from West Virginia University. He is credentialed as a Registered Biological Safety Professional, a Certified Biological Safety Professional and with the American Society of Microbiology as an SM(NRCM). As an active member of ABSA he serves on the Affiliates Relations Committee, Scientific Program Committee and is the former Chair of the Membership Committee (2005-2013). Jim recently served as the Team Leader for the Membership Leadership team and is the liaison for the ABSA/FBI Alliance. He is in his second year as the Treasurer of ABSA International. He has developed and taught numerous pre-conference courses, including the popular Molecular Biology 101 and Fundamentals of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases courses. In August 2012, he was selected to participate in the Sandia National Laboratories’ International Biological Threat Reduction program (SNL/IBTR) to become a “twin” with an international Biorisk Management Advisor.

Mark Mowery, Police Officer and EMT with the IU Police at IUPUC received his EMT license in 1981 and has been teaching first aid and CPR courses for both American Heart Association and American Red Cross since 1979. Mark Mowery worked for an ambulance service and hospital emergency room in South Bend, Indiana before joining the IUPUI Police Department in 1989.  During 26 years with the Police Department, he was Health Safety Officer and Chairman and Coordinator of IUPUI AED Program.  As Chairman and Coordinator, Mowery developed the University AED Program working with departments and schools implementing 104 AEDs on the campus of IUPUI. He has served on several IUPUI committees on safety and health issues.

Leadership and Supervisory:

Mary Baechle is a Lecturer of Technical Communication in the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI. She holds a M.A. in English with a focus on healthcare communication and an M.A. In Journalism with a focus on public relations. She also has graduate certificates in Instructional Systems Technology and Teaching Writing. She has more than 15 years as a professional technical communicator and training associate in the fields of environmental, software, and mechanical engineering and pharmaceutical manufacturing. Mary has taught a variety of technical communication courses in academia for students majoring in engineering and technology programs.

Sara Griffin is Assistant Director for Outreach and Corporate Education in Professional Development and Corporate Education, an initiative of the IUPUI Office of Community Engagement. Sara partners with business and community organizations to identify and serve their needs by developing strategic programming, corporate contracts, and related activities. Sara holds a B.A. in Theatre and English from Franklin College, and a M.A. in Philanthropic Studies from the IU Lilly School of Philanthropy.

Kathleen S. Grove has been consulting, advising and counseling in a professional capacity throughout a career that has encompassed the fields of law, business, mental health counseling, and higher education. In her current position as the Director of the Office for Women at Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis, she encourages the campus to recognize, utilize, and advance women’s talent. The mission of the Office for Women is to build and support an equitable and inclusive campus environment where all can succeed.   To reach this goal Ms. Grove has developed mentoring programs, recognition awards, leadership development training and programming addressing the needs of women faculty, staff and students. She hold a BS in Speech from Northwestern University, an MA in Marriage and Family Therapy from Christian Theological Seminary and a JD from the Indiana University McKinney School of Law.

Marilyn H. Kuhn has served as the Chief Operating Officer at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IUPUI since May 2012. Prior to this position, Marilyn served for nine years as the Senior Consultant in Training and Organization Development with the Human Resources Administration office at IUPUI.  She consulted with offices and departments to plan, develop, implement and evaluate training services, employee development initiatives and organization development interventions. Her facilitation expertise areas are strategic planning, process improvement, and team building, and she serves as a coach for staff, in short and long-term coaching relationships. She has experience in faith-based, social services and higher education non-profit organizations.

Josh Plaskoff has almost 30 years of experience in industry leading the development and deployment of strategic learning solutions, organizational development initiatives, and leadership development programs. He is currently Director of Learning and Designing Center of Excellence at HighPoint Global. Prior to his career at HighPoint Global, he spent three years as Lecturer in Management and Fellow of the Randall L. Tobias Center for Leadership Excellence at the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, where he continues to be on the adjunct faculty. He holds an A.B. in English/Linguistics from UC Davis, an M.S.Ed. in Educational Psychology from the University of Southern California, and a Ph.D in Instructional Systems from Indiana University.

Larry Smith has been named managing director at the Randall L. Tobias Center for Leadership Excellence, an Indiana University center located at IUPUI. He is the founder and previous chief executive officer of Leading Edge Advisory Firm LLC. Smith has also served the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis as senior vice president of organizational advancement, public relations and strategic planning. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Williams College and his master’s degree from Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Specialized Career Certifications:

Daniel B. Griffith, J.D., SPHR, SHRM-SCP is the Director of Conflict Resolution and Dialogue Programs at IUPUI. He has served as Associate Faculty at the Indiana University School of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences, the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology and the Indiana University School of Public & Environmental Affairs. He previously served as Manager of Training and Organization Development at IUPUI and has led workshops for several years on topics such as conflict resolution, coaching, mediation, workplace civility, and dialogue facilitation. He is an instructor for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Professional Certification Exam. He has a B.A. from DePauw University and a J.D. Degree from the IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law. He is also a published author and writer.

Technology and Tech-Enabled Solutions:

Dave Sanders has been enjoying the insurance industry and not for profit sector since 1980. He is an award winning insurance agent, sales manager and executive. He provides first hand skill development to sales people, insurance agencies, sales managers, corporations and organizations desiring process improvement, sales maximization and elimination of redundancies. Using his extensive field background, he has impacted multiple companies, agencies and organizations with his expertise in business operations, guerrilla marketing, training, curriculum development, licensing, compliance, Agribusiness, compensation, awards and recognition, sales and service.

Cindy Stoops is an IUPUI alumnus. She has served as the Instructor for the CLN ABA CTIS SYTA Promoting Your Business class for over 15 years. Cindy and her husband Lou, are the founders of Excel Unlimited and Associates, a marketing/ speakers organization. She is a popular seminar and workshop leader, and published free-lance writer. Cindy has worked in insurance and the banking industry with experience in sales and marketing. She has also worked with non-profits. Customization for the clients training needs are her specialty.

 

 

 

 



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