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Time-tested lessons, priceless experience, and cutting-edge theory are all represented in the distinguished faculty responsible for designing and teaching the Saint Joseph's University's online Master of Organization Development and Leadership program.

Our faculty combines academic credentials with proven performance as leaders in the private sector to deliver a powerful curriculum designed to help you master organizational development and leadership-the human side of business.

Felice J. Tilin, Ph.D.
Clarice Bailey, Ph.D.
Debra Bronsan, MAOD
Claire M. Conway, Ph.D.
Mario DiCioccio, MBA, PCC, CPCC
Kathy Garrett, Ph.D.
Jim Gestwicki, MSOD
Alesia Latson, MATD
Mark Magerman, Ph.D.
Delores L. Mason, MA
Dick Massimilian, M.B.A.
Joanne Broder Sumerson, Ph.D.
Thomas N. Tavantzis, Ed.D.
John Thinnes, Ed.D.
Bruce Warren, MSOD

Felice J. Tilin, Ph.D.

Program Director
Organization Development and Leadership
Phone: 610-660-1575
Email: ftilin@sju.edu

Dr. Tilin is the Director of Graduate Programs in Organization Development and Leadership at Saint Joseph’s University. She is president of GroupWorks Consulting. She works as an educator, Change North America consultant, as well as a facilitator and executive coach with multinational private, public and non-profit organizations in the US, Europe, Africa and North America.

Dr. Tilin’s approach combines her research background with 25 years of experience working as a coach, consultant and trainer. At the heart of her work is the fundamental belief that an organization’s most important capital asset is the collective hope, passion, and brainpower of its work force. Felice has been instrumental in the design and facilitation of Resonant Leadership for Results, an experiential leadership transformation program that is grounded in emotional intelligence. She created and is the Director of The Coach Capacity Building, an ICF ACTP accredited coach-training program.

Prior to her current positions she spent 8 years as the Managing Director and Senior Consultant at Teleos Leadership Institute where she is still an associate. She also held positions as the Director of Leadership Development at the University of Pennsylvania and a Director of Training and Organizational Development at the Cigna Corporation. Felice has taught graduate level courses at The University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School, Temple University and Thomas Jefferson University.

Dr. Tilin holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior and Development and a M.Ed. in Psycho Educational Process from Temple University. She received her Bachelors of Arts in English and Secondary Education from the State University of New York at Oswego. Her research is in the area of group development and its relationship to productivity, organization culture integration and emotional intelligence. Her most recent publication is "Coaching from the Inside" in the Coaching Psychology Review.

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Clarice Bailey, Ph.D.

Affiliate Faculty
Organization Development and Leadership

Dr. Bailey brings more than 30 years of classroom experience as a teacher, trainer, learner, professor and program administrator. She has been committed to community service throughout her career, especially in the areas of juvenile justice, child welfare, youth conflict resolution, partner violence and conflict, anti-oppression work, peace studies and organizational transformation.

Clarice is currently serving a variety public sector and non profit organizations as a national independent consultant focusing on human and organizational transformation. Her present work spans human services agencies, and marginalized youth advocacy groups.

Clarice is a certified Transitions Coach/Trainer. She served as a senior member of the Casey Strategic Consulting Group of the Annie E. Casey Foundation during which she supported state and local governments (Louisiana, Kentucky, Georgia, and New Jersey) through intensive interventions focusing on organization change and transformation, staff development and learning. Prior to the Casey Foundation, Clarice served as Deputy Assistant Director in the Department of Human Services, Continuous System Improvement Group for the State of Oregon and was part of a team, which provided internal consulting, CQI and staff training.

Clarice holds a doctorate in Public Administration and Policy from Portland State University in Portland, Oregon and is affiliate faculty at Saint Joseph’s University in the Organization Development and Leadership Graduate Program.

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Debra Bronsan, MAOD, ICF Certified Coach

Adjunct Faculty
Organization Development and Leadership

Debra is CEO of gestaltworks, llc, a boutique consulting firm specializing in change management of all kinds. Debra consults on organizational effectiveness to family owned businesses, Fortune 500 companies, the pharmaceutical industry, non-profit organizations and faith-based institutions.

Prior to her current work, Debra spent 15 years leading her family business, Alfa Packing Corporation, including five years as president. 

She has extensive experience in organization development and strategy work with organizations in transition.  Her style of balancing strategic focus and how people effectively work together is a lucrative combination. Some of Debra's expertise includes helping clients focus on communication skills, team building, succession, organizational infrastructure and restructure. She is also well versed in envisioning, strategy, and helping her clients express their needs and desires for success.

Debra graduated from Temple University with a Bachelor of Science in Education and continued taking graduate business courses. Debra earned her Master of Arts in Organizational Development from the Fielding Graduate Institute.  Debra has postgraduate training in Gestalt theory and practice, Gestalt Interactive Group Process and has worked with Edie Seashore, Edwin Nevis and currently with Sonia Nevis. Debra is an organization consultant, trainer and executive coach, as well as an adjunct faculty member of the Gestalt Therapy Institute of Philadelphia and the Gestalt International Study Center.

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Claire M. Conway, Ph.D.

Visiting Faculty
Organization Development and Leadership

Dr. Claire Conway is an educator, consultant and facilitator. She has been a faculty member at St. Joseph’s University for over 15 years. In 1990, she founded CRE8aha!, a consulting practice noted for training in Creative Problem Solving, Whole Brain Technology and Leadership Development.

Her work as an organizational psychologist, facilitator and trainer focuses on building the creative capacity of individuals and organizations. Central to her work is the notion that individuals possess a wellspring of innate creativity, and the organizations that invest in training leaders, cultivating a positive culture and instituting effective processes that support innovation are well positioned to capitalize on the collective creativity of their employees. Claire has worked with private, public and non-profit organizations.

Dr. Conway holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior and Development, a M.Ed. in Psycho Educational Process and a Bachelors of Arts in Fine Arts from Temple University. Her research is in the area of Creativity and Innovation in Organizations. Her most recent publication is “The Creative Profile” (HRD Press, 2010). She is the co-author of “Cre8aha” in Your Organization” (2008) and The Highly Effective Meeting Profile: A Common Sense Survey for Assessing the Meeting Effectiveness of Intact and Ongoing Groups (2003).

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Mario DiCioccio, MBA, PCC, CPCC

Affiliate Faculty
Organization Development and Leadership

Mario DiCioccio is an organizational consultant and executive coach in private practice, a lecturer for the Wharton MBA Communications Program and a consulting executive coach to the Smeal Executive MBA Program at Penn State University.

Mario works with business owners, executives, managers and individual contributors in large to small enterprises who want to improve their effectiveness, advance as leaders, feel more satisfied in their careers or have a sounding board for big decisions. Mario’s coaching services are provided through one-on-one engagements, group training and workshops. His focus areas include decision-making, leadership development, management communications and work-life balance.

In addition to his coaching and consulting experience, Mario brings over 25 years experience as a corporate leader, business owner and management consultant. Prior to coaching, Mario was a Sr. Director with Merck & Co., Inc. where among other accomplishments, he:

  • Led an information services organization in support of US Sales and Marketing.
  • Led a global cross-functional group that designed and gained approval for a worldwide database services organization.
  • Led the IT strategic planning effort for US Sales and Marketing and participated in the development of the global IT strategic plan.
  • Participated in cross-functional initiatives and feasibility studies commissioned by and reporting to senior corporate and divisional leaders.

Mario earned the Professional Certified Coach (PCC) credential from the International Coach Federation and the Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) credential by the Coaches Training Institute where he also trained. Mario is a graduate of the 3-year Gestalt therapy program offered by the Gestalt Therapy Institute of Philadelphia. He holds an MBA from Temple University and a B.S. in Mathematics from St. Joseph’s University. Mario is also a member of the Philadelphia Human Resources Planning Society and the International Coach Federation.

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Kathy Garrett, Ph.D.
Affiliate Faculty

Kathy Garrett, Ph.D. has more than 20 years experience in Organization and Leadership Development working with organizations to build positive and engaging cultures and support leaders to bring about growth and change. She has significant experience in Organization Design, Change Management, Culture and Engagement, Executive Coaching, and Leadership Team Dynamics.

Kathy has held leadership roles in the US and internationally as a Director of Organization Development at GlaxoSmithKline, an international pharmaceutical company leading the industry in transformation. She’s consulted in business, healthcare and education settings and is currently a Partner with Propel Strategies, where she guides leaders to build successful teams, lead change and build new organization capabilities.

Kathy earned a Ph.D. in Adult and Organizational Development from Temple University, a Masters degree in Behavioral Change from Southern Illinois University and an undergraduate degree in Psychology and Sociology from Vanderbilt University.


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Jim Gestwicki, MSOD

Affiliate Faculty
Organization Development and Leadership

Jim Gestwicki has over 20 years of experience teaching adults on the job and in the classroom. He is an affiliate professor with the Organizational Development and Leadership graduate program at Saint Joseph’s University. Mr. Gestwicki is also an adjunct instructor at Wilmington University where he teaches in the graduate Administration of Justice program.

Mr. Gestwicki obtained a Master of Science degree in Organizational Development from Saint Joseph’s University in 2005. He holds numerous Federal instructor certifications including those from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in the Incident Command System where he is also a certified Operations Section Chief. Mr. Gestwicki is a court certified expert in vehicle collision re-construction, emergency vehicle operations, and latent fingerprint comparison. In addition, Mr. Gestwicki is a certified Master Instructor for the State of Delaware.

Mr. Gestwicki has been a police officer with the City of Wilmington since 1984. Currently, he holds the rank of Master Sergeant and is assigned to the Human Resource Division as the department’s Training and Academy Sergeant. As the Training and Academy Sergeant, Mr. Gestwicki is responsible for the design of recruitment initiatives to hire new police officers, the administration and direction of the Wilmington Police Training Academy, and provide ongoing training for current police officers.

Mr. Gestwicki is also an active board member of the Wilmington Police and Fire Federal Credit Union, where he previously served as president.

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Alesia Latson

Adjunct Faculty
Organization Development and Leadership

Alesia Latson has been studying and practicing the art and science of leadership and organizational development for over 19 years. She has held management and organizational development roles in large financial services organizations, healthcare, and government. Through expert facilitation and personal coaching, Ms. Latson has worked with hundreds of leaders at all levels to expand their management and leadership effectiveness.

Ms. Latson is well known for her exceptional skills as a facilitator and coach. Ms. Latson’s client list includes, EMC, Fidelity Investments, McDonald’s, GE, Teradyne, Bright Horizons, Marriott, Pfizer and Blue Cross Blue Shield.

Ms. Latson received her M.A. in Training and Development from Lesley University and her B.A. in psychology from the University of Illinois. She is formerly an adjunct faculty member of Lesley University and Bentley College. Ms. Latson is a frequently guest speaker at Babson Executive Education, MIT Sloan School of Business and the University of Michigan’s Ross Business School.

She is the co-author More Time for You – A Powerful System for Organizing Your Work and Get Things Done.

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Mark Magerman, Ph.D

Affiliate Faculty
Organization Development and Leadership

Mark is an organization development consultant, executive and leadership performance coach and trainer. He has more than 30 years of experience working with individuals, groups, and organizations as an educator/trainer, coach and consultant.  Mark also provides supervision to individual and group consulting practices.

He has worked with small and family-owned businesses as well as Fortune 500 companies and spent 10 years as an executive and clinical director for a managed behavioral health care organization.

For much of his life, Mark has explored a wide range of humanistic practices. He current interests include: Leadership and performance; group/team process; creativity; intimate relational systems; use-of-self; and the use of contemplative practice.

Mark earned a B.A. in Human Services and an M.ED. in Education and Psychology from Antioch College with Post-Graduate coursework in Psycho-Educational Processes, Temple University. He received an M.S.S. in Clinical Social Work from Bryn Mawr College and a Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Behavior from International University. He has postgraduate training in a variety of theoretical orientations. Mark is a faculty member of the Gestalt International Study Center, Gestalt Therapy Institute of Philadelphia, Saint Joseph’s University, and has provided numerous workshops, lectures and trainings throughout the U.S. and abroad. He has published on the topic of Gestalt Coaching, and is a principal of gestaltworks, llc, an organizational consulting group, and maintains a private practice in New Hope and Newtown, Pennsylvania.

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Delores L. Mason, MA

Visiting Faculty
Organization Development and Leadership

Delores is founder of 2YourWell-Being, an organization that provides self-development and well-being support. As a life coach, she helps individuals identify what they value, tap into motivation, and move toward reaching their goals. As an educator, Delores facilitates self-directed learning in virtual environments that allow students to explore, strengthen and apply their leadership skills in their lives and at work.

She has fifteen years of experience working with global consulting firms specializing in leadership development. Prior to her work now, Delores was Director of Client Services at Teleos Leadership Institute where she designed and created materials for leadership development programs and managed the creation of a self-paced, online development program. Other organizations she has worked for include Hay Group, Aramark, CoreStates and Girl Scouts of Southeastern PA. Prior to leadership development, her expertise was in human resources and recruiting.

Delores is a freelance writer and has authored numerous articles on leadership and self-development. She has ghostwritten two non-fiction books and has authored her own book: Balance Your Life: Take control of your time, Discover what really matters. Her most recently published article is "Coaching from the Inside" in Coaching Psychology Review.

Delores holds a Masters in Organizational Development and Management from Fielding Graduate University and an English Literature B.A. from Temple University. Her research is in the area of well-being and employee productivity.

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Dick Massimilian, M.B.A.

Dick Massimilian is an Instructor at Saint Joseph's University. He is co-founder of Meritas Partners, a consulting firm that provides advice and counsel to business leaders and their teams. Dick works with business leaders in North and South America, Europe and Asia and has served as a trusted advisor to senior executives for more than twenty-five years.

Prior to founding Meritas, Dick was a partner at Mercer Delta, where he oversaw large-scale change initiatives in the telecommunications, banking and retail industries in the US and Europe. His consulting experience includes integrating European acquisitions for a multi-billion dollar US based fiber and cable manufacturer, coaching the division head of a telecommunications manufacturer through a two-year culture change initiative and directing project teams in Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and Belgium. He has in-depth experience in the oil and gas, pharmaceutical and financial services industries.

Dick holds an M.B.A. in Finance from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science from Yale. He is a former Wharton Public Policy Fellow, President of the Yale Club of Dallas, and serves as a member of the Yale Alumni Schools Committee.

Dick has delivered educational and training programs across the globe to more than 10,000 people. His articles have been published in the Journal of Business Strategy (US and UK), the Sloan Management Review and numerous other business periodicals. His blog, Conspiracy of Optimists, is devoted to leaders who prefer the life experience of the optimist.

Dick co-founded a fitness facility in Bronxville, New York and is co-owner of Highland Park Housekeeping, a Dallas-based residential cleaning company. In addition to his experience working with major multinational corporations, Dick brings the perspective of a small business owner to his consulting and coaching practice.

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Joanne Broder Sumerson, Ph.D.

Affiliate Faculty
Organization Development and Leadership

Dr. Broder Sumerson has been an Affiliate Professor at Saint Joseph's University since 2003. She is a research psychologist who specializes in research in organization development. Dr. Broder Sumerson is very passionate and committed to bridging the gap between research and practice. She consults a variety of public and private organizations in research and evaluation, as well as group process. Through the use of relevant data, she helps individuals, groups, and organizations reach their maximum potential.

Through her nearly 20 year career in psychology, Dr. Broder Sumerson has worked as a prison counselor, human resource manager, corporate trainer, research and evaluation specialist, IRB Chair, and practicum supervisor. Between her diverse experiences as a practitioner and a professor, she helps students create research projects with passion, rigor, integrity, creativity, and energy.

Her research interests include team dynamics, emotional intelligence, popular media culture, motivation, personality, and best practices in research and consulting processes. She has published and is involved in several different projects within those content areas. She also enjoys mentoring students.

Dr. Broder Sumerson earned her Ph.D. in Education Psychology and M.Ed. in Adult and Organization Development from Temple University. Her bachelor's degree is in Psychology from Monmouth University. She is a member of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology and the American Psychological Association, which she serves on the executive board for the Division of Media Psychology. Her blog Research Notes for Psychology Today magazine is aimed at best practices in research processes.

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Thomas N. Tavantzis, Ed.D.

Affiliate Faculty
Organization Development and Leadership

Dr. Tavantzis is a licensed psychologist who specializes in people development. His areas of expertise include: applying scientific assessments in organizations, creating strategic success competencies models, career development, leadership development, talent management and succession planning, team dynamics, and executive coaching. He excels at blending the art and science of psychology into practice.

Tom is President of Innovative Management Development (IMD) PC, a career, leadership and team consulting practice he co-founded in 1986. IMD works with both corporations as well as adults from ages 18-60 in developing their career vision. In 1995, he developed and served as Director of Organizational Psychology and Leadership programs at Saint Joseph's University. In addition, he served (1999-2007) as Associate Director and Director of Research for Saint Joseph's University's Early Responders Distance Learning Center. Under his leadership, multidisciplinary teams created innovative, psychologically based counter-terrorism e-courses for our nation's early Responders. In 2000 he created and then directed the Organizational Psychology and Development concentration for the Training and Development Program. In 2008-2009, he served as Interim Director of the Training and Development. Saint Joseph's University awarded him an outstanding teaching award in 2002.

Tom's practical psychological experience, of more than twenty-eight years includes; executive and leadership roles in non-profits, faculty positions in several American and Greek universities, and for the past fifteen years, a leadership and team development consultant, workshop leader and executive coach to leaders of nationwide and global companies. Throughout his career, Dr. Tavantis published professional articles, contributed book chapters, and produced training videos. Dr. Tavantzis co-edited, Don't Waste Your Talent (2005, 2nd edition), a groundbreaking, strength-based methodology to personal and career development.

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John Thinnes, Ed.D.

Affiliate Faculty
Organization Development and Leadership

Dr. Thinnes is a consultant, faculty member and executive coach specializing in leadership and implementing change. He served as the Director of the Training and Organization Development Graduate Program at Saint Joseph's University for over 20 years.

Prior to coming to Saint Joseph's University, John worked with Exxon Company, in a variety of leadership positions including manager of a large data processing department with over 160 people and six direct reports. As a consultant, Dr. Thinnes worked with a variety of businesses including financial, banking, electronics, food, public utilities, health care, government, pharmaceuticals, textile and manufacturing. He specializes in working with management to formulate and execute challenging and innovative strategic plans. John's work focuses on practical methods and approaches to implementing strategic change and creating productive work environments.

Dr. Thinnes is a frequent speaker on strategic change and leadership in North America and China. He presented at programs sponsored by; Council of Growing Organizations, American Society for Training and Development, Association for Continuing Higher Education, Electric Utility Organization Development Conference, Organization Development National Conference, Pennsylvania Human Resource Conference, American Society for Personnel Administrators and Shanghai Chamber of Commerce.

Dr. Thinnes holds a MA from Villanova University and a BA from Saint Joseph's University and an Ed.D from Temple University.

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Bruce Warren, MSOD

Bruce Warren is the Assistant General Manager for WXPN responsible for all radio and digital content and operations. He is also the Executive Producer of World Café, a daily syndicated show distributed by National Public Radio. He has worked at WXPN since 1989 when he started as a volunteer DJ.

An avid user of social media, he blogs about music, technology and media on his blog, Some Velvet Blog. Billboard Magazine recently named him one of the music industry’s most influential people to follow on twitter @somevelvetblog.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, he received his undergraduate degree in Education at Temple University. He received his Masters Degree in Organizational Dynamics at the University of Pennsylvania in 2008 and wrote his thesis on digital media literacy and knowledge management. In addition to teaching at St. Joseph’s, he teaches Social Media and the Organization at University of Pennsylvania in their Organizational Dynamics program.

From 2000-2008 Warren served on the national board of directors for the Public Radio Program Directors Association including two years as Chairman of the Board. Warren is the author of Wisdom For A Young Musician, published in 2007. He currently serves on the national Board of Directors for two non-profit organizations including Weathervane Music, a new music incubation program in Philadelphia and Public Radio Exchange, a public media content distribution and new technology company based in Boston. Warren currently lives in Merion, PA with his family.

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