St. Louis Organization Development Network      

STL-ODN Executive Team (2017-2018)

President – Krista Junge

Krista Junge leads a team of OD consultants to advance BJC Healthcare’s strategic imperative to retain and attract a highly engaged workforce that provides excellent patient care. The OD team partners with HR and operational leaders to provide people, cultural, and leadership solutions. An instructional designer and OD practitioner at heart, Krista seeks to simplify complex situations into manageable work that can incrementally move the needle toward improvement. Krista started her career working with adults with developmental disabilities, and then transitioned to a position developing programs for volunteers. It was here that she learned she could “get paid” to do what she loved – develop people and organizations. After completing a graduate program at SIU-E, she joined Maritz Performance Improvement Company and designed training programs for Fortune 500 companies. Her experience at Maritz prepared her for expanded roles at United Healthcare and Enterprise Rent-A-Car, where she helped create a new Corporate Training Department.
Just as she started getting a bit antsy for a new challenge, an opportunity opened at Missouri Baptist Medical Center (MBMC), providing a chance to narrow her focus to employee engagement and leadership development.  MBMC is part of the BJC Healthcare system, and when the BJC Leadership Development Center was envisioned, Krista couldn’t pass up the opportunity to start something new. In her role she developed programs for leaders, from the front line to executive levels.
In 2014 the BJC Leadership Center merged with the BJC Center for Lifelong Learning, giving Krista the opportunity to broaden her role to organizational development, including employee engagement and retention; talent management; performance management; team development; and leadership coaching.
Krista’s certifications include:
•    InsideOut Coaching
•    Lifespace/Workspace Coaching
•    Hogan Assessment Coaching
•    VitalSmarts Facilitation
•    5 Languages of Appreciation at Work Facilitation
•    AchieveGlobal Facilitation

 Programs Chair – Cheryl A. Throgmorton, EdD, SPHR

Cheryl is a facilitator, consultant, coach and leader with over 20 years of organization development, training and human resource management experience. She is committed to the OD values of respect and inclusion, collaboration, authenticity, self-awareness and empowerment. She has worked in a various industries, but has worked within healthcare for the past 16 years. She currently leads organization development and inclusion at Mercy, having started at Mercy in 2015 leading the clinical education function. Cheryl joined Mercy after serving as the Director of Organizational Learning at Bronson Healthcare in Kalamazoo, Michigan and as the Manager of Organizational Effectiveness at St. Louis Children’s Hospital/BJC Healthcare. Cheryl completed her Doctor of Education degree in Organization Development and Learning from the University of St. Thomas in 2011. She has taught adjunct at Fontbonne University and Western Michigan University – she enjoys interacting with graduate students to keep her thinking fresh. Cheryl enjoys traveling and hanging out with her beloved cats and “grandkids” (she and her spouse don’t have children of their own, but she has three grandchildren).

Communications Chair – Joani Alsop

Joani has more than 15 years experience in Career Management, Human Resources, and Organization Development, including executive assessment, employee onboarding, change management and agility, succession planning, developmental coaching and training. Her expertise includes work with individuals to maximize personal and organizational performance. Joani led a women’s leadership coaching program, and has been a Consultant with Right Management since 2001.  Prior to joining Right Management, she was Director of Career Management at Maryville University and worked with Procter & Gamble Sales in regional college recruiting. Joani earned a Bachelor’s in Management/Organizational Leadership from Maryville University, where she is working on her Master’s in Organizational Leadership and Development, expected in Spring 2016. She is a graduate of the CORO Women in Leadership Program. In addition to the STL-ODN, Joani is a member of the St. Louis Chapter of the International Coach Federation (ICF). Joani has served on the STL-ODN Program, Conference, and Mission-Vision committees, and most recently has served on the Executive Team for three years as Volunteer Coordinator recruiting and matching STL-ODN volunteers to standing and ad hoc committees for special projects, to increase member involvement.

Membership Co-Chair – Trish Dervin

Trish is an Executive Coach whose expertise lies in the areas of Career Management, Leadership Development, and Team Transformation.  She founded Career Conversions, LLC after having achieved personal success in a wide range of demanding roles across diverse industries. These roles of Recruiter, Sales, Human Resource Director, Corporate Leader and People Development make her uniquely equipped to facilitate change by inspiring high potential professionals, teams, and organizations to be the best that they can be. Trish holds a BSBA with minors in Marketing & Management from UMSL. Trish is also an Authorized Partner and Accredited Facilitator of The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team and Everything DiSC. 

She holds additional certifications:

  • Career Management Coach
  • Executive Leadership & Development Coach
  • 360 Reach Brand Analyst
  • Speaker/Presenter

When Trish is not strategizing on how she can better support her clients in their roles as leaders she enjoys spending time with family and friends taking advantage of the wonderful parks, restaurants (a foodie at heart), and cultural experiences St. Louis has to offer, travel, entertaining, and “Do It Yourself” projects at home. Trish believes that we all have the right to love the work we do and each person can decide how all of that meshes together, so work and life are not thought of as two distinct entities, but rather they just flow – which leads to happier, healthier individuals, families – and communities!

Membership Co-Chair – Kim Baker

Kim Baker is a self-confessed optimistic, pragmatic, “improveaholic”!  Her sales, marketing and training and development lives have taken her from bicycle manufacturing plants in the U.S, Canada and Mexico to the trauma and organ transplant operating rooms of the Midwest. Kim has over 25 years of commercial operations experience.  As an award winning clinical sales representative, she was tapped to establish and build out the U.S., and International Sales Training infrastructure and team of a disruptive medical technology leader. She has designed and delivered over 4,500 hours of technical product, sharp skills, and leadership training. Throughout her career, Kim has thrived on the challenge of leveraging opportunities and solving problems in a creative and pragmatic manner. Flourishing in transformation teams which tackle the tough challenges of corporate culture; sales force optimization; innovation; business development; and strategic planning lead her to become engaged in the local St. Louis start up scene. Today she is the President/CEO of Vivid Performance Group, a company she founded to future-proof client employees, teams, and organizations to position them to compete more profitably in the 21st century and beyond. Drawing on her 20+ years of healthcare industry experience, Kim applies the principles of “evidence based medicine” to “evidence based training”. By utilizing research data, she has created a suite of organizational improvement programs encompassing: job&talent benchmarking; assessments for selection, development, coaching; skill development workshops; and leader and individual contributor coaching. This suite of services address the core employee business skills and behaviors found to be both the most necessary and lacking in creating agile, healthy and high performing organizations. 

Secretary – Karen Grace

Karen is a Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness Specialist for Peabody Energy where she focuses on leadership development, content creation, measurement and performance management. Karen previously worked at Bunzl Distribution as a Talent Development Specialist. She graduated with her M.S. in Industrial Organizational Psychology from Missouri State University in 2012.  While continuing her education, Karen worked as a Human Resources Administrator with CNH Reman in Springfield, MO and and Organizational Development Consultant with The Leadership Effect in St. Louis. Karen is most interested in leadership development, employee engagement, and creativity in the workplace.  For the past two years, she has served as the Facilities Chair and Mentoring Program Chair for the St. Louis Organization Network. Karen was the coordinator of STL-ODN's mentoring program for several years.

Volunteer Coordinator – Rita Jo Horan

Rita Jo is currently a Leadership Development Business Leader at the Boeing Company.  In this role, Rita Jo spends her time designing and delivering key leadership courses at the Boeing Leadership Center; her area of focus is with the first line leaders.  She has a passion for creating an innovative, engaging and productive culture by tapping into the ideas, strengths, and potential of all teammates.  Rita Jo has been with Boeing for 7 years in a variety of roles including Finance, Project Management, Employee Development, Human Resources, and Employee Relations.  Rita Jo grew up in Cape Girardeau MO and graduated from Southeast MO State University with a degree in Accounting and minor in Interior Design. She also has a Masters in Organization Development from Webster University, a certificate in Return on Investment (ROI) from the ROI Institute at Villanova, and is a trained Six Sigma Black Belt. Rita Jo is married to Chris and they have an energetic one year old, Anna Catherine.  In her free time she enjoys fostering her entrepreneurial spirit, DIY projects, entertaining, gardening, live music, traveling, reading, wineries, and spending time with friends and family.

Website Administrator – Aaron Adams

Aaron is currently a Partner with Engagedly where he manages HR Strategy and Alignment.  He has worked with a variety of companies, including Express Scripts, Wayne State University, JD Power and Associates, Dorey Reagan and Associates, Impact Group, Polaris Assessment Systems, Right Management, and CSC. As an independent consultant he has experience in executive assessment/development, executive assessment center, serving as a SME for employee engagement, data analysis, test development/validation, competitive intelligence research, and business processes design and strategy.  He has a strong appreciation for both qualitative and quantitative metrics used within and across organizations.  In his free time he enjoys being reading non-fiction and being actively involved in a variety of sports. He also enjoys working with and advising others on how to effectively apply the principles/methodologies of OD and I/O within organizations. Aaron graduated from Michigan State University with an undergraduate degree in Psychology and Wayne State University with a master's degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology.

Finance Chair – Kassy McMichael

Kassy is a career coach and strategist working as a lead negotiator at Tapestry Solutions - A Boeing Company. She has 9 years of experience in finance, lean transformation in the office, and contract negotiations and administration. Additionally, she works independently as a career coach helping others with resume building, interview preparation, and "boss talks". Her love for organizational development and strategy with a foundation of finance and vision to continually improve make her uniquely qualified to support a range of growing teams. Kassy's formal education, a bachelor's degree in Computer Information Systems and master's degree in Human Resource Development, gives her additional perspective for coaching individuals, teams and organizations alike.

Kassy is married to Seth and mom to Mason (5) and Kennedi (3). They have two dogs: Bruno, a doberman beagle, and Tucker, a yorkie poddle. They are active in supporting their community through We Love St. Charles and their church, Morning Star Church - St. Charles.   

Kassy is new to the STL-ODN executive serving in her first role as finance chair.

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