North Carolina Industrial & Organizational Psychologists
Mara Simensen is currently a Leadership Development Consultant at Bank of America. She joined Bank of America in 2010 and has been on the Enterprise Leadership Development Team since June 2013. Throughout her career, she has held various HR and LD roles and has been responsible for consulting on employee engagement, talent management, multi-rater feedback, performance management, data analytics and other HR/LD initiatives. Mara holds a BA in Psychology & English from Tulane University and a Master’s degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of North Carolina, Charlotte.
Pamela Cannon is a new member of NCIOP and the Executive Leadership Committee. She is currently a HR Analytic Consultant at Red Hat in Raleigh. She joined Red Hat in fall 2017 with the hope of combining her interest and capability in data visualization and analytics with her ability to communicate with people throughout the business. Before moving to Raleigh in the summer of 2017, she lived in the DC area working as a HR Analyst in the Intelligence Community of the Federal Government. Pamela started her career as a HR Generalist and has worked in multiple areas of HR since including full-cycle recruiting, benefits/compensation consulting, employee relations, training and development, international HR law, organizational design and data analytics. Pamela earned her master’s in I/O Psychology from Radford University in Radford, Virginia.
Vice Chair: Joe Mazzola [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Chair: Brooke Allison [Brooke.Allison2@TIAA.org]
Brooke Allison is a Talent Management Advisor of Performance Management at TIAA, a financial services company primarily serving non-profit organizations. Throughout her three years at TIAA, she has designed and analyzed engagement surveys, developed competency models, assisted with the redesign of performance management, and contributed to a variety of talent management and organizational programs. She has published research in peer-reviewed journals, authored book chapters, and presented research at national and international conferences. She has strong research interests in team leadership, civility and incivility, and well-being—and is passionate about performance management and group effectiveness.
Brooke is an active member of SIOP and served as President and Social Chair of Clemson’s chapter of SIOP. She received her master’s degree in Applied Psychology in 2014 and her Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology in 2016 from Clemson University.
Online Communications Director: Aly Stetyick [email@example.com]
Isaac Thompson is a Principal Data Scientist at Shaker Consulting Group, where he researches and applies novel data science techniques to the science of personnel selection for many large companies. Before that he was the Data Scientist of the People Team at Red Hat, the world's largest open source company, where he pushed the boundaries of ML applied to the workplace. His research interests include measurement, machine learning, deep learning, big data, bayesian statistics, and open source. Isaac holds a Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from North Carolina State University.
Member at Large: Mara Simensen [firstname.lastname@example.org]
2018-2019 Executive Leadership Committee
Executive committee members are selected and voted on annually at NCIOP fall meetings (typically held in Sept/Oct). For more information on executive committee roles and responsibilities, please read our NCIOP job descriptions document (download PDF).
Carson Sells is a first-year masters student in the Industrial/Organizational Psychology and Human Resource Management (IOHRM) program at Appalachian State University. His areas of interest include organizational behavior, organizational communication, work-nonwork identity, and sustainability. He received a B.S. in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he also minored in creative writing. During his time at UNC, he worked in the Mind Perception and Morality Lab with Dr. Kurt Gray to investigate zero-tolerance policies in the workplace, which piqued his interest in I/O psychology. Outside of school, Carson enjoys basketball, tramping through the woods, and reading science fiction.
Secretary and Historian: Isaac Thompson [email@example.com]
Member at Large: Pamela Cannon [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Dr. Joseph "Joe" Mazzola is the Director of the Industrial-Organizational Psychology MA program and an Associate Professor at Meredith College. His research focuses on stress measurement and management, promoting healthy behaviors in the workplace such as proper nutrition and exercise habits, and the use of qualitative/mixed methodology. He has been published in several scholarly journals and books, including Work & Stress, Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, and Stress & Health. He is also the current Treasurer for the Society of Occupational Psychology and a member of the Society of Industrial-Organizational Psychology. Joe received his Ph.D. in industrial-organizational psychology from the University of South Florida in 2010.
Member at Large: Carson Sells [email@example.com]
Chia-Lin Ho is a Senior Consultant, Measurement and Evaluation at BB&T Leadership Institute. In this capacity, Chia-Lin is leading the evaluation of various leadership development and team building programs, and is responsible for building an evaluation system to effectively capture program impact. She is experienced in carrying out consulting projects and initiating applied research projects to solve business problems in a wide range of areas, including talent and organizational assessment, leadership development, and program evaluation. Prior to joining BB&T Leadership Institute Chia-Lin served as an assistant professor in the business school at Shih Hsin University in Taiwan. She also worked for Abt Associates to help the U.S. government evaluate their programs and policies for military service members and veterans, including the congressionally mandated National Vietnam Veterans Longitudinal Study and the DoD Behavioral Health Research Gap Analysis. Chia-Lin has published her work in peer reviewed journals and book chapters, and presented at numerous conferences. She received her master’s degree and her Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from University of North Carolina at Charlotte and North Carolina State University, respectively.
Treasurer: Chia-Lin Ho [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Student Liaison: Beatrice Demott [email@example.com]
Dr. Cynthia DeVita-Cochrane is an experienced mediator, business coach, entrepreneur, and I/O psychologist with over 20 years business consulting experience. Dr. DeVita-Cochrane earned her undergraduate degree at Pepperdine University, and completed mediation training through Pepperdine Law School. After several years as the founding director of a start-up mediation center, she began a consulting and training firm to help other not-for- profit and for-profit start-ups. From there her consulting practice expanded to provide business consulting, coaching, and training across the U.S. Ten years ago, she narrowed her consulting and training practice exclusively to commercial nuclear power clients, while she completed a masters and Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. Her dissertation on personality factors of successful nuclear power license candidates was the first study of its kind in the industry. She currently owns several businesses in the Wilmington NC area, serves as an adjunct professor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, and continues to provide psychological and cognitive assessments and consulting to nuclear power utilities nationally and internationally. Cynthia and her husband are raising the last of four boys together and enjoying the coastal life in Wilmington, NC.
Jody Bishop-Pompili is a Senior Manager of Organizational Effectiveness at the North Carolina Department of Revenue. With over ten years of business consulting, Jody strives to be the “go-to” strategic business partner. At NCDOR, she partners with the Executive Leadership Team to manage leadership and management development programs, manage various organizational development and change programs, along with managing strategic performance management programs. She has two master’s degrees; Organizational Leadership and Management from Lewis University and Industrial-Organizational Psychology from Roosevelt University.
Julia Brandon, PhD, Associate Certified Coach, is currently an Organizational Development and Learning Director at RTI International. Dr. Brandon provides organizational development expertise, execution for leadership development and learning initiatives, team coaching, and facilitation across four business units. She co-leads Strategic Talent Analytics, a cross-functional team that builds models linking people, processes, and organizational outcomes to further enable actions based on insight.
Previously, as a Senior Director at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Dr. Brandon led the global delivery of the competency framework for the Environment, Health, and Safety groups and developed the early talent program. In addition, she was responsible at the enterprise level for leading the GSK Capability assessment work and developing analytic insights to enhance engagement.
Alyson "Aly" Stetyick is currently enrolled in the Organizational Science PhD program at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She collaborates across the disciplines of Management, I/O Psychology, Organizational Communication, and Organizational Sociology to address the complex problems facing today's organizations. Aly's research interests include identity and orientation towards collective wellbeing. She also spends time volunteering with programs associated with UNC Charlotte and local organizations. Aly earned her BA in Organizational Development from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and grew up outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Member at Large: Lea Williams [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Member at Large: Cynthia DeVita-Cochrane [email@example.com]
Beatrice DeMott is a first year Industrial-Organizational Psychology Master’s student at East Carolina University. Her research interests include work-life balance, stress management in the workplace, work anxiety, and motivational factors. Beatrice completed her undergraduate degree at Temple University, where she received a B.A. in psychology with a minor in cognitive neuroscience. While at Temple University, Beatrice worked as a research assistant in an anxiety disorders research clinic under the supervision of Dr. Philip Kendall. She currently assists Dr. Shahnaz Aziz with her research on workaholism. In her free time, Beatrice enjoys yoga, reading, and hiking with her dog.
Previous NCIOP Chairs
David Gilmore, CarolAnn Paradise Tornow, Michelle Joyce, Bob Pond, Valerie Sessa, Mark Wilson, Pierce Howard, Chris Ernst, John Cope, David Gilmore, Lori Foster Thompson, John Kello, Tim Huelsman, Cindy McCauley, Chris Miller, Scott Tonidandel, Bill Gentry, Chris Leupold, Bill Gentry, Heather Burnett, John Bennett, Heather Gordon, Jennifer Cline, and Julia Brandon
Member at Large: Jody Bishop-Pompili [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Eleanor "Lea" Williams is a fifth year doctoral student in the Organizational Science program at University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Her research interests include workplace meetings (multitasking during workplace meetings is actually the topic of her dissertation), self-leadership and leadership more broadly, occupational safety, and data quality issues. Lea is currently the co-director of the Volunteer Program Assessment (VPA) at UNC-Charlotte, alongside Dr. Steven Rogelberg; VPA is a nonprofit consulting group that helps nonprofit leaders understand the strengths and weaknesses of their volunteer program through an online survey administered to volunteers. In addition to VPA, during her time at UNC-Charlotte, Lea has interned at Ingersoll Rand, Duke Energy, Jacobsen and TIAA-CREF, where she has specialized in talent management and organizational development.
Lea has been attending NCIOP meetings since she was a psychology major at Davidson College; she just finished her one-year term as student representative and is thrilled to still hold a position on the executive board as a member at-large.
Member at Large: Julia Brandon [email@example.com]