STL-ODN Executive Team (2021-2022)

President – Dena Dishman

Dena is a tenured professional with a career in non-profit healthcare organizations across the country. Positions she has held include bedside caregiver, leadership, educator, organizational development and consultant roles.  She received her BS in Nursing from UM- St Louis with a Minor in Psychology, and an MS degree in Nursing/Healthcare Administration from Vanderbilt University.  Her current role is Senior Learning & Development Consultant with BJC in St Louis. She is passionate about helping others to develop personal self-awareness and utilizing their unique gifts and talents in order to find personal fulfillment and joy in their professional and personal endeavors. She is experienced in individual coaching, change leadership consultation, large and small group facilitation, and education in areas of communication, managing conflict, relationship building, and operational analysis.  Her positive and gregarious facilitation style has earned her a reputation for impactful, enjoyable and meaningful experiences in working with and developing others. Dena’s desire to further appreciate and study the field of OD has increased by being involved in the STL ODN – meeting new people, serving on the Executive Team, and re-connecting with the St Louis area after moving back in 2017.  You will find Dena relaxing on weekends with her family and her dog, Daisy, walking, bicycling, reading, cheering on the St Louis Cardinals and traveling with friends as often as possible. 

VP, Programs Chair – Deborah Regnaud

Deborah is a Business Faculty member of ECPI University-Online.  With over twenty years in executive level human resource positions in manufacturing and non-profit, Deborah brings a broad business perspective, strategic outlook, and ability to effectively work with individuals at all levels of the organization. Deborah began her career in operations where she became co-owner and Vice President of Operations for a small electronics manufacturing firm.  After 10 years she decided to devote her energies to the people side of the business and became Vice President of Human Resources and Corporate Services for Carboline Company, a manufacturer of industrial coatings.  She then moved on to Chief Human Resources Officer for the Gateway Region YMCA and ended her corporate career as Vice President of Human Resources at idX Corporation, a manufacturer of custom retail fixtures.  Deborah holds a Ph.D. from Walden University in Organizational Psychology along with an MBA and BA in Business Administration from Lindenwood University. Deborah is an adjunct instructor at Lindenwood University,  University of the People, Webster University, and York College.  She also teaches HR Fundamentals and HR Intermediate public courses for  the PHR/SPHR for AAIM Employers Association. In her spare time, Deborah can be found spending quality time with her husband Angus and their two rescue dogs Yumi and Zoey.

Communications Chair – Kesha Kent

Kesha Kent is a wife, mother, a High Energy Speaker,  Amazon Best Selling Author, Podcast Host and Diversity & Inclusion Leader with Ascension Healthcare. She has over 20 years of Human Resources, Recruitment, including agency staffing, corporate recruitment. Sheholds a Bachelor’s degree in Management and Leadership and a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership both from Judson University, in Elgin Illinois. She’s the new author of Amazon  #1 new release  Networking it’s your Superpower, released Juneteenth 2020 and new podcast Networking it’s your Superpower!

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Community Outreach Chair – Joani Alsop

Joani has 15+ years experience in organization development, including executive assessment, leadership development, onboarding, career management, succession planning, change management and agility, and coaching. Her expertise includes working with individuals to maximize personal and organizational performance, and her passion is coaching and empowering people to expand their leadership capacity and positive impact. 

She is the Women in Leadership Program Facilitator for FOCUS St. Louis. Prior to FOCUS, Joani was an Executive Coach and Consultant with a global consulting company, Director of Career Management at Maryville University, and worked in Procter & Gamble Sales’ regional college recruiting.

Joani earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Organizational Leadership & Development from Maryville University, and completed her coach training with B-Coach. She is a graduate of Class 57 Women in Leadership Program, and FOCUS Diversity Leadership Fellowship Program.

Joani has served on the STL-ODN Program, Conference, and Mission-Vision committees prior to her roles on the Executive Team as Volunteer Coordinator, Communications Chair, and Community Outreach Chair to develop OD partnerships with professional associations and companies in St. Louis.  Joani is also a member of the International Coach Federation.

Joani enjoys yoga, dance, singing in a community choir, travel, and meeting new people.

Membership Chair – Elaine Palliser, PHR, SHRM-CP

Elaine has more than a decade of experience as an HR practitioner and 15 years as an instructor of Composition and Literature.  She has a passion for identifying others’ strengths and helping them to find growth and purpose in their own careers.  This passion translates into how she creates strategic initiatives and learning content for organizations in healthcare, manufacturing, and higher education.  Elaine has a BA in Organizational Communications, a BA in Psychology, a MA in English, and enrolled in the BJC Cohort MBA program at Webster University.  Currently, she is an HR Business Partner at Missouri Baptist Medical Center.  Elaine spends most of her free time with her large family and her menagerie of pets.

Past-President, Volunteer Chair – Cheryl A. Throgmorton, EdD, SPHR

Dr. Cheryl Throgmorton is a consultant, coach, facilitator, leader, and educator with over 20 years of organization development and learning, DEI, human resource management and leadership experience in a variety of industries in both internal and external consulting capacities. Cheryl specializes in work that builds organization diversity, equity, and inclusion, grows coworker engagement, and enhances leadership capability. She is a lifelong learner who has valued her STL-ODN and ODN memberships for years and enjoys giving back by volunteering with both professional organizations. Cheryl enjoys traveling and hanging out with her beloved cats, family, and friends. She welcomes you to connect on LinkedIn.  

Finance Chair – Mary Kutheis

Mary Kutheis started her coaching and training company in 2001 after 17 years in the corporate world. Her clients include those building leadership skills and small business owners who wish to add Leadership skills to the Owner skills they already possess. She’s a Certified Professional Coach, Certified Executive Coach, Certified Foundational Team Coach and Certified Axiogenics Coach. The latter is rooted in the science of neuro-axiology (the fusion of mind-brain science and formal value science) which provides a way to measure, align and maximize the quality of people’s thinking. She published her first book, Making Minutes Matter: Your Guide to Being Content With How You Spend Your Time, in January 2019. She and her husband have a 22-year old-son and a rescue dog.

Secretary – Olivia Page

As a young leader serving the healthcare industry, Olivia feels called to blend strategies from Organizational Development, Operational Excellence, and Strategic Planning to solve problems experienced by healthcare professionals, patients, and communities at large. She graduated from Saint Louis University in May 2021 with a Master of Health Administration. She holds firm to her belief that each person possesses the strengths and skills necessary to create a more courageous whole. Teammates and mentors highlight Olivia’s fearless passion to learn from and serve communities and, above all else, her authenticity. She brings her commitment to creating a healthy population to BJC HealthCare as a Strategic Planning Associate. Olivia grew up in Clinton County, IL and feels at home between corn fields with a glass of Carlyle Lake Wine Trail rosé in her hand alongside her family and friends. You can read more about Olivia on her LinkedIn profile.

Technology Chair – Daren Curry

Helping people and organizations to learn and develop is in Daren’s DNA. It’s what he thrives on. Recognized as growth-minded and trustworthy, he's passionate about enhancing the experience and effectiveness while guiding learning solutions, change initiatives, and improvement efforts…with a touch of humor. Daren has over 10 years of success in learning and organization development, systems and technology, operations management, and service. He loves bridging the needs of humans with the possibilities of technology. His contributions include work in Healthcare, Online and Blended Learning, Higher Ed, and HR. Daren has an MEd focused on adult learning and technology, and an MBA focused on operations and information systems. He also has certifications in Change Management and Agile Leadership. Daren is a huge fan of the 11-time World Champion Saint Louis Cardinals, and thinks heaven is a hot dog and ballgame on a lazy summer day. 

Administrative Manager – Delva White

Delva is known for making it happen! She has over 14 years of Executive Assistant experience and 6 years of Online Business Management with a bachelor’s in Healthcare Administration. It all started when she was the Founding Secretary of the 1st Dorm Council on Scott AFB at the age of 18. She has been the right hand to clients all over the world from different industries. As the founder and CEO of Arose Virtual Assistant, LLC, Delva and her team offer administrative and media support to coaches, business owners, entrepreneurs, non-profits, and start-ups. Connect with Delva on LinkedIn to find out more about her background and her passions.  

Mentor Chair – Wayne Allen

Wayne is an IT professional with a strong internal consulting career and a long history working in the information technology industry. Currently he works in the Capacity Planning department of Mastercard’s Operations & Technology division, but has also worked in their TQM, Internal Audit, Software Development and Distribution departments. 

He has achieved three Master of Arts degrees in Organizational Development, IT Management, and Management & Leadership from Webster University. During his over 35 years at Mastercard Wayne has gained the skills in Business & IT Processing, Data & System Analysis, IT Strategies, as well as public and person-to-person communication skills.

One of his mottos is “IT Needs OD”, which has driven him for the last 10 years to lead an internal Business Resource Group (BRG) known as  Experience Professionals (ePros). This is one of nine different BRGs at Mastercard dedicated to enhancing employee engagement, diversity and inclusion awareness, belonging initiatives and knowledge sharing. And he is a very proud grandparent of two beautiful grandchildren. 

Intern Chair – Maggie Dunson

Originally from St. Louis, Maggie Dunson graduated from Hendrix College in 2013 where she was the captain of the field hockey team and worked with multiple youth organizations to improve literacy skills in elementary students. Having earned her BA in psychology and minored in business, Maggie returned to St. Louis to work in the non-profit sector where she designed programming for underserved high school students. After working in non-profits and earning her MAT, Maggie started her teaching career in Little Rock, AR before returning to St. Louis to teach 7th grade English at MICDS in 2017. While there, she earned a distinguished teaching chair, was selected middle school teacher of the year, and helped guide the 2019 field hockey team to a state championship. With an interest in organizational development, Maggie is pursuing an MBA at St. Louis University to explore new opportunities in change management, strategic planning and gain management skills that will allow her to be an effective leader in the workplace. In her free time, Maggie loves to read, strength train at the gym, and walk her University City neighborhood with her husband. You can read more about Maggie on LinkedIn Profile.

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