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An Experienced & Committed Team
Teamwork is our most prized value. We take pride in our collective reputation
for quality, responsiveness, and long-term relationships.
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Meet Our Team


Business Consulting Psychologist

Marie Anderson, Psy.D.

SKS Partner

David Donnay, Ph.D.

SKS Partner

Heather Mortensen, Ph.D.

SKS Partner
Business Consulting Psychologist in Minneapolis

Nathan Whittier, Psy.D.

SKS Partner


Emiley Hedberg, Psy.D.

Sr. Talent Assessment Consultant

Megan Lowery, Ph.D

Sr. Talent Assessment Consultant

Katie Pesch, Ph.D

Sr. Talent Assessment Consultant

Sarah Evans, Psy.D.

Talent Assessment Consultant

Rachel Heinen, Ph.D ABD

Talent Asessment Consultant


Melissa Robinson, MBA

Business Operations Leader

Randy Octuck, MS

HR Data Analyst

Brittany Reuss

Sr. Client & Assessment Coordinator

Jessie Collins

Client & Assessment Coordinator

Mimmie Sjöberg

Client & Assessment Coordinator

Lindsay Woodworth

Client & Assessment Coordinator
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The Power of Data-Driven Decisions

“SKS helped us build a framework & metrics for our talent management system that led to improvements in acquisition, onboarding, bench strength & engagement across the board.”
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“SKS delivered a strong leadership development survey & training curriculum tailored to help our teams increase their resilience, enhance productivity, increase confidence & ultimately reach our aggressive sales goals.”
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“Our organization needed to assess leadership potential across the world & identify who was best equipped to take on new & increasing responsibility. SKS developed a robust yet straightforward model that has proven so on-target that it is now integrated into our corporate succession planning systems & tools.”
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Business Consulting Psychologist

Marie Anderson, Psy.D., Partner

Dr. Anderson has a passion for applying psychological principles and assessment data to enhance decision making and maximize performance. She is specifically focused in the areas of selection and development of key talent. Dr. Anderson’s approach is system oriented and solution driven. The results are high performing individuals and teams that drive results for the business. She has served as a trusted HR and Management partner for over a decade, helping individuals, teams and organizations turn insight into action. Dr. Anderson has insight and knowledge gained from working as an internal consultant at a global medical device company for many years, as well as from owning and managing her own business prior to joining SKS Consulting Group. She also serves as an adjunct professor at the University of St. Thomas and Hamline University.

University of Saint Thomas – Doctor of Psychology, Counseling Psychology, 2007 – 2011
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota – Master of Arts, Marriage and Family Therapy, 2004 – 2006
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities – Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, 2002 – 2004
Purdue University – Psychology, Women’s Studies, 2001 – 2002

David Donnay, Ph.D., Partner

Dr. Donnay develops leaders and transforms organizations. He has nearly two decades of experience in applied psychology in business settings. He is known for his business acumen and strategic thinking as well as his knowledge of psychology. Widely considered an expert in assessment for selection and development, he also brings expertise in coaching and succession planning. His research and consulting career over the past 20 years has focused on the long-term prediction of leadership and career success. 

Earlier in his career, Dr. Donnay led research, product development, and professional services for a global publishing and consulting organization. Dr. Donnay advises organizations on a wide range of strategic issues such as selecting and developing leadership talent, identifying and preparing future leaders, and aligning and accelerating team performance. Dr. Donnay is also on the Board of Trustees of Washburn Center for Children in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Iowa State University – Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, 1993 – 1998
St. John’s University – Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, 1989 – 1993

Heather Mortensen, Ph.D., Partner

For more than fifteen years, Dr. Mortensen has improved the quality of organizational decision-making in the critical areas of selection and development. She has an exceptional talent for providing empirically driven yet practical solutions that select, develop, and engage leaders and talent at all levels. She is dedicated to making assessment data applicable for individuals to excel personally and professionally and for organizations to understand how people function on the job. She has a keen ability to identify and then maximize and grow the capabilities and competencies of human resources to the fullest. Dr. Mortensen is passionate about maximizing organizational effectiveness by leveraging data, developing individuals, and building teams. Dr. Mortensen performed as an internal organizational psychologist for a Fortune 100 company where she provided practical and results-focused solutions. Just prior to joining SKS she successfully led a learning and development function for one of the nation’s largest healthcare systems.

University of Minnesota – Ph.D., Counseling Psychology (Occupational Health focus), 2001 – 2007
University of Minnesota – Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, 1996 – 2000

Business Consulting Psychologist in Minneapolis

Nate Whittier Psy.D. Partner

Since joining SKS in 2006, Dr. Whittier has partnered with a variety of organizations to enhance the quality of decision-making in the critical areas of selection and development of key talent. He has considerable experience working across diverse industries such as manufacturing, retail, finance, health care, and information technology. Clients appreciate Dr. Whittier’s high level of responsiveness and he has effectively maintained strong partner relationships over the past decade. He has conducted thousands of leadership assessments at all levels within organizations. Dr. Whittier is proficient at making assessment data highly relevant and useful beyond the hiring decision. Solution-focused coaching and onboarding and transition planning are additional areas of expertise. Dr. Whittier is a Board Certified Organizational and Business Consulting Psychologist, a credential recognizing advanced competence within the specialty.

Wright State University – Doctor of Psychology, 2001 – 2006
Wright State University  Master of Business Administration, 2002 – 2005
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire – Bachelor of Science, Psychology, 1996 – 2000

Emiley Hedberg, Psy.D., Senior Talent Assessment Consultant

Dr. Hedberg is a Talent Assessment Consultant with SKS Consulting Group. She graduated with her Psy.D. in 2015 from the University of St. Thomas, where she studied Counseling Psychology. Her teaching, internship, and research activities revolved around psychological assessment and evidence-based interventions. She also brings experience in the use of motivational interviewing to promote employee engagement and satisfaction. She draws on her background in the realms of healthcare and psychology to help organizations assess their talent and develop their leaders. She is passionate about leveraging data to provide key insights that allow individuals and organizations to excel.

University of St. Thomas – Psy.D., Counseling Psychology, 2010 – 2015
University of St. Thomas – M.A., Counseling Psychology, 2007 – 2010
Gustavus Adolphus College – B.A., Psychology, 2002 – 2006

Megan Lowery, Senior Talent Assessment Consultant

Dr. Lowery brings several years of experience helping build organizational cultures that develop and support leadership at all levels. She believes people are an organization’s most valuable resource, and she helps clients leverage data-driven insights to enable talent to thrive both personally and professionally. With technical expertise in psychometric assessment and experience working across industries, she brings a passion for helping people be their best selves at work and beyond. Dr. Lowery holds a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Georgia and has published research in top academic journals, authored thought leadership whitepapers, and spoken at international conferences to share the latest advancements in talent selection and development, job performance and satisfaction, and employee well-being.

University of Georgia – Ph.D., Industrial/Organizational Psychology, 2016 – 2019
East Carolina University – M.A., Industrial/Organizational Psychology, 2014 – 2016
Virginia Tech – Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Business Leadership, 2011 – 2014

Katie Pesch, Ph.D., Senior Talent Assessment Consultant

Dr. Pesch is a Talent Assessment Consultant with SKS Consulting Group. She graduated with her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Iowa State University, where she studied vocational psychology. Her teaching and research activities revolved around career development, person-environment fit, and vocational assessment. She also brings extensive experience in integrated personality assessment to her role.

Iowa State University – Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, 2011 – 2017
University of Minnesota – Twin Cities – B.A., Psychology, 2006 – 2009

Sarah Evans, Psy.D., Talent Assessment Consultant

Dr. Evans is a Talent Assessment Consultant with SKS Consulting Group. She graduated with her Psy.D. from Roosevelt University. She brings experience with comprehensive psychological assessment, utilizing data to inform decisions and increase awareness. With a background in research centering around gender and racial stereotypes and biases, she applies her insights to the workplace and helps hiring teams make more informed decisions. She pulls from her applied experiences to provide useful and understandable feedback to help organizations and individuals.

Roosevelt University –Psy.D., Clinical Psychology, 2013-2018
University of St. Thomas—M.A., Counseling Psychology, 2011- 2013
University of Minnesota—B.A., Psychology, 2006-2010

Bio coming soon!

Melissa Robinson, MBA, Business Operations Leader

Melissa is the Business Operations Leader at SKS Consulting Group. She graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a BS in Actuarial Science and an MBA from St Cloud State University with additional studies in leadership at St. Catherine University. Leveraging a background in financial and operational performance, she excels in budgeting, forecasting, and analysis to address operational inefficiencies, drive performance excellence, and strategically improve or create solutions for successful outcomes. With a solution- and action- oriented mindset, she is excited to be surrounded by intelligent and driven colleagues and to expand impact on the business community. 

Randy Octuck, MS, HR Data Analyst

Randy is an HR Data Analyst with SKS Consulting Group. He graduated with an M.S. from St. Cloud State University, where he studied Industrial-Organizational Psychology. He has experience in research, data analytics, and psychometrics, and is proud to utilize his skills in research design, internal consulting, and data visualization in his valuable contributions. Additionally, he is excited when learning more about our internal and client-provided data and how this knowledge can help us better serve our clients.

Brittany Reuss, Senior Client & Assessment Coordinator

Brittany is a Senior Client & Assessment Coordinator with SKS Consulting Group. She graduated from St. Cloud State with a B.A. where she studied organizational communication, leadership, and marketing. With a background in client and customer relations, she excels in calendar management, time management, and multitasking. She has an expertise in providing a quality and supportive candidate experience and excels in providing accurate and quality work in order to ensure positive client and candidate relationships.

Jessie Collins (formerly Bisdorf), Client & Assessment Coordinator

Jessie is a Client & Assessment Coordinator with SKS Consulting Group. She graduated from Minnesota State University with a B.A. where she studied psychology. Supported by her experience in customer service, she is passionate about delivering high quality service efficiently. She is passionate about helping others, excels in tailoring her approach for each person, and enjoys talking with both candidates and clients.

Mimmie Sjoberg, Client & Assessment Coordinator 

Mimmie She graduated from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities with a BA in Technical Theatre and a Minor in Business. Equipped with over a decade of customer service experience, she is dedicated to providing the highest quality support to candidates and clients alike. Her passion for people and can-do attitude proves to be invaluable in providing an exceptional SKS experience. With an eagerness to foster and grow client and candidate relationships, Mimmie looks forward to working with you.

Lindsay Woodworth, Client & Assessment Coordinator

Lindsay graduated from Argosy University with a BA in Psychology. Lindsay has several years of administrative and operational experience and has a passion for the field of Psychology. Her strength in multitasking, strong organizational skills, and a drive for success make Lindsay a valued member of the operations team. Lindsay also brings a strong interpersonal dynamic to SKS Consulting Group, and she is motivated to provide a professional and personable experience for clients, candidates, and colleagues.