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Meet Our Team
The Power of Data-Driven Decisions
QUANTITATIVE AND MEASURABLE ROI
MEETING GROWTH GOALS YEAR OVER YEAR
The Power of Data-Driven Decisions
QUANTITATIVE AND MEASURABLE ROI
MEETING GROWTH GOALS YEAR OVER YEAR
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 a decade, 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 Science, Psychology, 1996 – 2000
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
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
Katie Pesch, Ph.D., 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
Melissa Robinson, 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, 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.
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.
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.
Britt Bublitz, Client & Assessment Coordinator, Office Assistant
Britt is an Associate Client & Assessment Coordinator with SKS Consulting Group. She graduated from Concordia College – Moorhead where she studied writing, psychology, and communications. With a background in client relations and proficiency in scheduling, she is excited to help keep plans running smoothly. Supported by her experience in editing and coordination, she is passionate about providing clear, understanding, and high-quality interactions with clients and candidates alike.