Executive Committee

Robert B. McKenna, MBA, PhD

Dr. McKenna is Executive Director of the Center for Leadership Research & Development and Chair of Industrial/Organizational Psychology at Seattle Pacific University. He is also the founder of Real Time Development Strategies and creator of BadBobby.com, an online leadership development portal designed to help leaders and their teams get intentional about their learning and growth, while actually making that process engaging and fun. Over the last several years, he has worked as a leadership development and research consultant and to a variety of large and small organizations in the areas of leadership development, executive coaching and organizational change. While his clients have included both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations such as the Boeing Company, Microsoft, Heineken, Foster Farms, the United Way, and Children’s Hospital, his primary focus has been on helping leaders in times of adversity and significant personal challenge. Dr. McKenna’s most recent publications include numerous articles and chapters on leadership character, calling, and effectiveness. His book, Dying to Lead: Sacrificial Leadership in a Self-Centered World, was published in 2008.

Dr. McKenna is passionate about changing the world of work by conducting cutting edge research and building user friendly tools that will enable people to have meaning conversations about their lives and work right in the context of their every day jobs. He believes that whether you are a new employee, a first line manager, a pastor, or CEO of the company, you and your organization will be best served if you are fully engaged in your job and all aspects of your life, challenged on a daily basis, and finding meaning in your work. He is especially energized by the idea that the most dynamic and critical thing we bring to our jobs as leaders is our willingness to be an authentic and genuine presence to all those who follow us. He lives in Seattle with his wife Jackie and sons Aidan and Ryan.


Paul R. Yost, Ph.D

Associate Professor of Industrial/Organizational Psychology at Seattle Pacific University
Paul’s current research focuses the behavioral strategies that leaders can adopt to enhance and develop their learning agility and how organizations can enhance their leadership capacity. He is also currently exploring the factors that separate HR interventions that thrive and grow over time from those that fail. His recent book – Real Time Leadership Development – is a practical guide for business leaders and HR professionals who want to develop the next generation of leaders in their organizations. Before teaching, Paul served as Senior Research Specialist at Microsoft with responsibilities in talent management, leadership development, and executive assessment. Before this, he was manager of leadership research with The Boeing Company where his work focused on leadership development, how leaders can capture the lessons of experience, and employee surveys. Previous positions include GEICO Insurance and Battelle Research with experience in managerial training, selection, and team development. Paul received his Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Maryland.


Dana Kendall, Ph.D,

Director of Research and Assistant Professor of Industrial/Organizational Psychology
Dr. Kendall, joined the I/O faculty in the fall of 2010. As Director of Research, she is looking forward to coaching students to become informed consumers of existing I/O literature and is anticipating facilitating their growth into knowledgeable investigators. She is excited about the potential for SPU I/O students to make positive changes in the ways organizations function and in the welfare of the individuals who comprise them.

In her free time, Dr. Kendall likes to read from a wide variety of social science topics including history, economics, philosophy (especially epistemology), sociology, and theology. Her greatest passion is gathering and sharing the kinds of knowledge that serve to build bridges of commonality, healing, and connection with others. She especially enjoys spending time with her husband Scott and pet parrot, Sunny.


Joey Collins, MS Psy.D

Joey is an Assistant Professor of Industrial and Organizational Psychology at Seattle Pacific University where he oversees a research program focused on executive coaching and customer loyalty.

His areas of teaching include leadership, team and Organization Development (OD). His specialties include OD consulting, Executive Coaching, Gestalt and Psychodynamic therapy.

Joey is President and Founder of Collins Alliance and creator of Xcelperformance Executive Coaching and Customer Loyalty Analytics Services.

Collins Alliance is a boutique consulting company that serves a variety of industries including health care, higher education, law practices, information technology, automotive and agricultural wholesale-retail. Joey’s consulting usually begins in the C-suite working with leaders, their teams and then to the entire organization.

Joey’s clients include Veterans Health Administration, General Motors, Maritz, Coinstar-Redbox, UW Medical Center -Harborview, Seattle Zoo, and Smith Gardens.

Previously, Joey served as a Post-Doctoral Fellow with the Veterans Health Affairs National Center for Organization Development delivering a variety of organization development interventions using a process consultation model for service delivery to VA Medical Centers and Program Offices throughout the Untied States. He also participated in the creation and delivery of the VHA All Employee Survey that was delivered to over 188,000 VHA Employees.

Joey is a licensed Clinical Psychologist in Washington State and received his Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from BIOLA University.


Brianna L. Piedmonte

Brianna Piedmonte is the Operations Lead for the Center for Leadership Research & Development, the Program Coordinator for the Industrial/Organizational Psychology Department, and the Operations Manager for Real Time Development Strategies where she has spent time working on the development of BadBobby.com.  Coming from 20 years as a high level gymnast, experience in leadership development, and her studies in Marriage and Family Therapy Brianna is interested in continuing to merge her experience, education, and purpose to fully invest in the development of people. Her specific interests and trajectory includes integrating her experience as a gymnast with her work in leadership development and family systems to help athletes and athletics teams get more intentional in not only thinking about their performance, but also their personal learning and interpersonal growth.