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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 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
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
Jennifer Shepard, Psy.D., MBA, Talent Assessment Consultant
Dr. Jennifer Shepard is a Senior Talent Assessment Consultant with SKS Consulting Group. She graduated with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and a Master of Business Administration from Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania in 2018. Throughout her training, Dr. Shepard focused heavily on the integration of psychology and business, specifically on the application of psychological principles to support leadership development and cultivate positive organizational cultures. She brings several years of experience working with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, where she consulted directly with healthcare leaders to drive employee engagement. In all of her work, Dr. Shepard strives to fully understand the “whole person”, using data driven approaches to support leaders on the individual, team, and organizational level. She is passionate about partnering with leaders to facilitate better understanding of themselves and others through the use of assessment data, and to use these insights to make decisions, set goals, and take action to reach desired outcomes.
Widener University – Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and Master of Business Administration, 2018
Megan Lowery, 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., 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
Rachel Heinen, Ph.D., Talent Assessment Consultant
Dr. Heinen is a Talent Assessment Consultant with SKS Consulting Group. She brings applied experience in leadership assessment and development, and she has been a part of building competency models centered around new industries and leaders of the future. She holds a Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from The Pennsylvania State University, and she has published research in peer-reviewed journals, co-authored book chapters, and presented at conferences in her field. The majority of her research focused on measuring and understanding psychological climates that foster creativity in organizations, and she brings her passion in this area to help leaders understand their impact and to develop into key drivers of strategy, change, and innovation at all levels.
The Pennsylvania State University — Ph.D., Industrial-Organizational Psychology, 2018-2022
Kendra Van Rossum, Psy.D., Talent Assessment Consultant
Dr. Van Rossum is an Assistant Talent Assessment Consultant with SKS Consulting Group. She graduated with her Psy.D. in Counseling Psychology from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. She utilizes insight from her applied experiences in healthcare to influence comprehensive understandings of individual and organizational success. Guided by her training in psychological assessment and evidence-based interventions, she leverages data to support informed hiring decisions and greater awareness of talent and development opportunities.
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota – Psy.D., Counseling Psychology, 2016-2021
M.A., Counseling and Psychological Services, 2015 – 2017
Minnesota State University – Mankato – B.S., Psychology and Gender & Women’s Studies, 2010 – 2015
Yash Gujar, Ph.D., Talent Assessment Consultant
Dr. Gujar believes that human capital is arguably an organization’s most important asset. It’s his goal to help organizations and their employees achieve their highest potential at work through data driven decision-making and the use of assessments backed by empirical research. His own research experience centered around topics such as leader cognition, creative problem-solving, and ethical decision-making. In addition to his own research, he brings experience with utilizing assessments for the selection and development of talent. Dr. Gujar holds a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from The University of Oklahoma and has published research in peer-reviewed journals, co-authored chapters in leadership handbooks, and trained over 500 graduate students on the ethical guidelines for conducting research. Outside of work, he enjoys live music, going on bike rides, and binging the latest show. He also enjoys traveling and has Portugal next on his list of destinations.
University of Oklahoma – Ph.D., Industrial/Organizational Psychology, 2022
Marina Mery, Ph.D., Talent Assessment Consultant
Dr. Marina Mery is recent graduate of the Industrial and Organizational (I/O) Psychology doctoral program at the University of Oklahoma (OU). She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Philosophy and her Master’s degree in Psychology from Tulane University. Prior to graduate school, she worked as a research data coordinator for MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, coordinating quality of life studies for breast cancer patients. Her primary research interests focus on ethical decision-making in online contexts and impact of social media use on attitudes and behaviors. She is excited to leverage her extensive education in I/O psychology and experience in research methodology to assist organizations in meaningfully interpreting data to facilitate informed personnel decisions.
University of Oklahoma – Ph.D., Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 2022
Tulane University – Bachelor of Arts, Psychology and Philosophy
Masters Degree, Psychology
Yi Du, Ph.D., Talent Assessment Consultant
Iowa State University – Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, 2010 – 2016
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.
Jeremiah McMillan, Ph.D., Lead Data Scientist
Dr. McMillan has extensive training in applying scientifically rigorous methods and state-of-the-art statistical models to optimize effective talent selection and management. He has several years’ experience developing and validating cognitive and non-cognitive psychological assessments with a specialty in computerized adaptive testing and gamified assessment. He has published and presented his psychometrics-related research internationally. He is passionate about developing data tools and products to improve insights for internal and external SKS stakeholders alike.
University of Georgia – Ph.D., Industrial/Organizational Psychology, 2019
Jessie Collins, Client Services Lead, Project Specialist
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 Services Coordinator, Operations Specialist
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 Services 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.
Taylor March, Client Services Coordinator
Taylor is a Client Services Coordinator with SKS Consulting Group. She graduated from Iowa State University cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. With a background in client and customer relations, she excels in calendar management, time management, multitasking, and customer service. 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.
Bonnie Nelson, Client Services Coordinator
Bonnie is a Client Services Coordinator with SKS Consulting Group. She graduated from South Dakota State University with a B.S. in Child Development and Family Relations. She has over 25 years of administrative support experience in the Mental Health community. Driven by a strong sense of professionalism and integrity, she is passionate about helping clients, candidates and colleagues feel understood and heard. She is excited to help you have an exceptional SKS experience.
Casey Hale, Administrative Assistant
Casey graduated from the University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul, Minnesota in 2022 where she received her BA in Psychology with a minor in Entrepreneurship. She is detail-oriented, has a can-do attitude, and has been regularly recognized for her personable yet professional approach in the workplace. With her passion for helping people, Casey excels at ensuring that the SKS clients, candidates, and team members feel supported on a daily basis.