STL-ODN Executive Team (2021-2022)
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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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 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 – Maggie Farrell
Maggie Farrell is an educator who is passionate about using organization development tools and methods to help organizations grow. She strives to inspire others to lead collaboratively and build trusting relationships at all levels of an organization. Currently, she is an instructor at Missouri Botanical Gardens, Butterfly House Division.
Maggie has over fifteen years of social work experience. In 2015, she started her organization development and leadership journey. She completed her Master of Arts in Organization Development and Leadership in 2017. Her first time helping STL-ODN was in 2016. In the beginning, she was a STL-ODN graduate intern. After finishing her internship, she became the first administrative manager for STL-ODN. Then she took on the role of intern coordinator and helped further develop that position for STL-ODN. She is very excited to support STL-ODN again.
For the past three years, Maggie has been helping the Butterfly House develop their education programs. Since working at the Butterfly House, she has become an advocate for conservation and pollinators. She also loves hanging out with her family, practicing yoga, and painting.
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.
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 thrive is in Daren’s DNA. He has a life-long creative mindset, insatiable curiosity, and desire to serve. He was into Legos before it was cool and that kid always asking ‘why’. That led to a career where he partners with diverse groups to innovate and transform by managing projects and building programs that solve problems and help people succeed. His background includes systems and technology, learning and organizational development, HR, and service. He has a history of improving the experience, process, and effectiveness while making connections, ensuring impact, and bridging gaps between people and tech. Daren is an advocate for DEI, champion of talent, and lover of learning. He earned an MEd focused on adult learning and technology, and an MBA. He has certificates in Change Management, Agile Leadership, Management and Leadership, and Assessments. Daren is a huge fan of the 11-Time World Champion St. Louis Cardinals. For him, heaven is a ballgame and hot dog on a lazy afternoon. Daren welcomes the chance to connect on LinkedIn.
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.