LPD courses are conducted by numerous presenters possessing a broad range of backgrounds and diverse skills. A brief profile of each presenter follows.
Todd Brockdorf is not an astronaut, a professional athlete, or a reality TV star (yet). The only Wheaties box he’ll ever be on is the one where he glued his own picture! He is simply someone who discovered how to excel beyond the ordinary and find what moves him in life. He is a professional speaker, author, and Better than Average guy. Todd is an expert in being better than average-exceeding what is the typically accepted “normal” in a given field. He has more than 10 years experience leading speaking programs and training for colleges and universities, corporations, and non-profit associations. He has served in leadership positions in worldwide non-profits, sales engineering at a major telecommunications company, and regularly consults with small businesses on technology. This varied background helps him to bring practical field knowledge to organizations across the spectrum.
April Callis, M.A.
April Callis has more than 10 years experience developing and teaching educational programs for colleges, universities, and corporations. She previously served on the M-Pathways Change Management team, where she trained units, facilitated trainers, and worked with units to prepare them for workplace change. April specializes in training and development, and has expertise in presentation, interviewing, and communications skills. She earned her M.A. in communications from Eastern Michigan University.
Randy Dean, the “Totally Obsessed” time management/e-mail guy, is a professional speaker, author, and expert on time and e-mail management, effective organization, and the related use of technology. For more than 18 years, Randy has been leading training and speaking programs and presentations for corporate, academic, and association audiences. Obsessed with time management and personal productivity, he left a successful career as a graduate program admissions director, professional marketer, and manager to become a leading speaker and trainer. Randy is the author of two books on time and e-mail.
Z. Christopher Delk
Z. Christopher Delk has been a member of the Cleveland Police Department in Cleveland, Ohio since 1993, working as a Domestic Violence Unit detective for 13 years. During this time he has investigated over 3,500 cases involving all forms of abuse and has dedicated his life to the pursuit of ending domestic violence, ultimately broadening his scope of expertise to include conflict resolution and verbal communication safety techniques.
Detective Delk is a certified domestic violence instructor and has received certifications from the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center’s Department of Homeland Security and the Ohio Peace Officer’s Training Academy. He holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in Christian counseling/psychology.
In addition to his extensive professional development training for the Marriott Hotel brands, he has also taught domestic violence courses and facilitated verbal judo/conflict resolution workshops at many schools, women’s shelters and citizen’s police academies.
Chris’ passion for the continued success of students has led him to serve as vice-president on the school board of trustees for the Cleveland Arts and Social Sciences Academy and the Arts and Sciences Preparatory Academy.
Jacqueline Doneghy, M.A., M.S.W.
Jacqueline has more than 20 years of experience in the field of human resource development including serving as an executive director of a non-profit agency, as a program developer of programs and courses on life skills as well as a consultant. Specifically, Jacqueline has over 15 years of experience as a training specialist specializing in staff development and organizational behavior. Her interests include communication skills, personal leadership, conflict resolution and teamwork effectiveness. She has worked for both private and public sectors in government, corporate, and educational environments; including facilitating workshops through LPD since 1985. In addition to training, she has been on faculty with Washtenaw Community College and a guest lecturer with the School of Social Work. Jacqueline earned an M.A. in education and an M.S.W. in social work, both from the University of Michigan. In addition to being on the faculty of Washtenaw Community College, she is a psychotherapist in private practice with The Ann Arbor Center for Groups.
April Flanagan, Ed.D.
April Flanagan is a leadership consultant, educator, speaker and coach who has worked with multi-sector, major organizations in the areas of leadership, systems thinking, change, quality, communications, team effectiveness and diversity. Prior to starting her own consulting firm, she spent twenty years as a human resource executive with Philips Electronics, a large global corporation. She holds an Ed.D. in educational leadership from Eastern Michigan University and an M.A. in personnel psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. April teaches undergraduate, masters and doctoral classes for Davenport University, Baker College, Michigan State University and the University of Phoenix. She has also designed and directed leadership and professional development programs at Eastern Michigan University, and served as senior examiner for the Michigan Quality Council, using Malcolm Baldrige criteria.
Geraldine Markel, Ph.D.
Geraldine Markel, Ph.D. is principal of Managing Your Mind Coaching & Seminars. An educational psychologist, Dr. Markel serves as a coach for those seeking to enhance their performance in the professional or academic realm. She is the author of Defeating the 8 Demons of Distraction: Increasing Productivity and Decreasing Stress and is coauthor of Finding Your Focus: Practical Strategies for the Everyday Challenges Facing Adults with ADD. Geri served as faculty in the School of Education, University of Michigan and is a seminar leader for Fortune 500 companies.
Barb Mulay, M.Ed
Barb’s expertise lies in the area of group facilitation and instructional design. She helps groups to collect and analyze information to assist in decision making processes regarding strategic planning, team development and performance management. She also facilitates a number of leadership and management development programs and has worked with units to enhance their customer service focus. Barb has a B.S. in business and education and M.Ed in education from the University of Maryland. She has additional training in change management, instructional design, and team facilitation/dynamics. She has over 20 years of experience in the public and private sectors including government, corporate, health care, and higher education settings.
Jane Pettit, M.S.
Jane is the leadership development manager for Michigan Medicine. In her role, she provides the vision for senior leadership development. Jane also teaches and consults in her areas of specialty which include team development, retreat facilitation, communication, change management and work-style assessment. In addition, Jane serves as a master coach, assisting leaders in developing coaching skills. Jane’s recent focus has been on the use of the Enneagram® instrument and its use as a tool for understanding one’s workplace preferences. Jane has a B.A. in psychology from Kalamazoo College, an M.S. in education from the University of Michigan and over 25 years of experience in the university environment.
Joanna Sabo, Ph.D.
Joanna Sabo is a consultant and trainer in both the public and private sectors. She specializes in programs that help people plan and achieve new goals. She is well known for her award-winning participatory approach to training and designs her programs to be focused on objectives, as well as to be fun and inspiring. Joanna is a full-time tenured professor of political science and business management at Monroe County Community College where she was formerly chair of the business division. She has also held various management positions in her professional career. She holds a Ph.D. in political science and public administration from Wayne State University with minors in public law and business management.
Wendy Shepherd, B.S.
Wendy Shepherd is a professional speaker and trainer who specializes in stress management, time management, leadership development, parent education, and balancing work and life issues. Wendy holds a degree in education from University of Michigan and has extensive training in human development and relationships. Her background is eclectic, including stints as a child care professional (teacher and program director), work-family coordinator, public policy consultant, fundraiser-outreach manager, event planner, campaign coordinator, executive secretary, office manager, advertising director, and mom. This varied background—along with her optimistic and resilient attitude—gives her the real-life experience that adds depth to her positive approach to real-life issues.
Jarrod Van Kirk
Elizabeth Wierba, Ph.D.
Pam Wyess, M.A.
Pam Wyess is president of Workplace Results LLC, a training firm specializing in communication, leadership and customer service. As a former lieutenant with the Ann Arbor Police Department, she has expertise in the effective de-escalation of difficult situations and upset customers, leading and building strong teams, and creating a culture of accountability at work. Pam earned her B.A from the University of Michigan and an M.A. from Madonna University.
Annie Zirkel, M.A.
Annie Zirkel is a personal and professional relationship consultant, speaker and writer in private practice in Ann Arbor, Mi. For 10 years, she has focused her work on teaching the specifics of relationship skills to create better work and home satisfaction. Specific areas of teaching expertise include communication skills, workplace relationships and optimism, along with parenting, couple issues, disability and bullying concerns. Her clients include businesses, schools, and organizations along with parents, couples and individuals seeking to improve themselves through learning new skills. She earned her M.A. in counseling from Eastern Michigan University.