Leadership Team

The CLRD Leadership Team

The Center for Leadership Research and Development holds several large scale events each year. Every event hosted by the CLRD provides the opportunity to have deeper level conversations about where you are going and why, and connect with a network of people experiencing similar kinds of opportunities and challenges.

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with the CLRD and the individuals that make these events possible year after year.

The Leadership Team


Teanna Blees
Director of Events

Teanna Blees, Director of Events for the Center of Leadership Research and Development, is currently pursuing her PhD in Industrial-Organizational Psychology at Seattle Pacific University. Her core research interests toggle between decision-making in the context of work-life domains, and discovering influential key characteristics of successful and sustainable change initiatives in an organization.

McKendree Hickory
Operations Lead

McKendree Hickory is the Operations Lead for the Center for Research and Development and is a doctoral student of Industrial-Organizational Psychology at Seattle Pacific University. She is passionate about how culture, race, ethnicity, and gender impact leadership and the workplace. McKendree is currently studying how to develop and coach leaders who have an understanding of who they are as whole people in a social world.

 

Stephanie Osterdahl
Internal Strategic Development Lead

Stephanie Osterdahl is the Internal Strategic Development Lead for the Center for Leadership Research and Development, in the pursuit of her doctorate in Industrial-Organizational Psychology at Seattle Pacific University. Her research interests center around the focus of developing holistic employees through leadership development, organizational wellness, and talent management.

Kayla Logan
Project Management 

Kayla Logan

 

Megan Furstenberg
Grant Seeking Lead 

As the Grants Seeking Lead for the Center of Leadership and Research Development, Megan Kirchgasler is currently pursuing a masters degree in Industrial-Organizational Psychology at SPU. Her interests include understanding interpersonal conflict in the work environment, its effects on productivity, and exploring different avenues to remedy conflict in organizations, in order to create an atmosphere of personal acceptance within a globalized business setting.

Scott Campanario
Research Co-Lead 

Scott Campanario is a Research Team Co-Lead for the Center for Leadership Research and Development and is currently pursuing his PhD in Industrial-Organizational Psychology at Seattle Pacific University. Scott is passionate about using data analytics and empirical research to serve organizations in the areas of leadership/employee development and employee engagement/motivation.

 

Katie Lopez
Research Co-Lead

Katie Lopez is currently pursuing her Masters in Industrial-Organizational Psychology at Seattle Pacific University. She is especially interested in pursuing a career related to employee development. Ultimately, she hopes to assist those around her to both see and reach their full potential.

Tiffaney Balloun 
Communcations Co-Lead 

Tiffaney Balloun is a Communications Co-Lead for the CLRD. She enjoys engaging the community, students, and alumni with the CLRD and special events through social media. She is currently completing the M.A. I-O Psychology program at SPU. She is interested in talent development as well as organizational development. Tiffaney is currently in Human Resources at United Parcel Services (UPS) and looks forward to opportunities ahead.

Valentina Korepanova
Communications Co-Lead  

Valentina Korepanova is a Communications Co-Lead for the Center for Leadership Research and Development (CLR&D). She is one quarter away from achieving her M.A. in the I-O Psychology program at SPU. Her interests lie in leadership and team development and she is eager to pursue a career in consulting. Valentina’s ultimate goal is to help develop leaders and teams in order to make them most effective within organizations.