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.

Jenn McGinnis is the Organizational Effectiveness Manager within the Talent Management Division in the Office of State Human Resources (OSHR) in North Carolina. In this role, Jenn is the business process and policy owner for a statewide performance management initiative and also consults with state agencies and universities on organizational development, organizational effectiveness, and talent management. Prior to joining OSHR, Jenn was a Consultant and Leadership Team member at ALPS Solutions (formerly SWA Consulting Inc.) and Assistant Professor of Human Resources and Leadership Studies at William Peace University. Previously, she also served as a research assistant on a National Science Foundation project examining the leadership of industry/university cooperative research center directors and worked for Kaplan DeVries, Inc. in their research and development function. Jenn received her Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational (I-O) Psychology from North Carolina State University. She has conducted research in the areas of adolescent and executive leadership development, executive integrity, the “dark side” of leadership, and the relation between personality and leadership effectiveness and is also interested in the use of mixed-methods and qualitative research in I-O Psychology. 

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.

Julia B. Brandon, Ph.D., received her degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from North Carolina State University in 2002.  She was a faculty member at Elon University from 2002 to 2005, served as an adjunct faculty member at the Center for Creative Leadership, and consulted with a variety of organizations.  For the last ten years she has been working in the corporate sector. Most recently, as a Senior Director for the Environment, Health, Safety, and Sustainability Center of Excellence, she led the global delivery of the competency framework and tools for GlaxoSmithKline’s Global (GSK) Environment, Health, 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.

In 2011, as a corporate volunteer, she helped streamline the dashboard for senior leaders at Save the Children to benefit children in need.  She has been invited to share her work on wellbeing and engagement with global audiences. In addition, she has also published in practitioner and research journals. For the last seven years, she has also written an HR practitioner column published in the North Carolina Industrial-Organizational Psychologist newsletter.


Heather Burnett is a Talent Product Manager at Red Hat. In this role in the Talent COE, Heather is responsible for the global career management product portfolio, including global onboarding, rotational programs, career pathing and individual development planning. Prior to joining Red Hat in 2015, Heather worked at Bank of America, holding a number of positions across the leadership development and staffing functional areas, leading processes and projects in talent analytics, organizational development & design, talent planning, succession management, leadership assessment and enterprise staffing measurement. Heather earned her master’s in I/O Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from North Carolina State University. She is a past chair of the North Carolina Industrial/Organizational Psychologists as well as a member of the American Psychological Association and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. Heather currently resides in the Research Triangle area of North Carolina.

Jennifer is a Vice President, Human Resources Business Partner in the Nuveen organization, dedicated to the Global Investments real assets affiliate businesses. As a key advisor, she leads the development and execution of a Human Capital strategy for Churchill, Westchester, and AGR, and manages the operations for the broader Global Investments affiliates, ensuring HR programs fully support Nuveen’s business objectives.  In her prior role, Jennifer was responsible for TIAA’s HR portfolio of work and M&A HR activity for asset management affiliates.  Jennifer has built a wealth of experience over the past decade in public, private, and nonprofit institutions. Previously, she has held roles in Organizational Effectiveness, Global Analytics, HR Operations, Training & Development and Coaching. Jennifer maintains the Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) designations and is a certified practitioner for numerous assessments. She holds a graduate degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and Human Resource Management from Appalachian State University, and lives in Charlotte, North Carolina. Jennifer enjoys hiking North Carolina’s trails with her husband and children.

Eleanor "Lea" Williams is a fourth year doctoral student in the Organizational Science program at University of North Carolina at Charlotte.  Her research interests include self-leadership and leadership more broadly, meetings at work, occupational safety, and data quality issues. Lea is the co-director of the Volunteer Program Assessment (VPA) at UNC-Charlotte, alongside Dr. Steven Rogelberg; VPA 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 TIAA-CREF, Duke Energy, and Jacobsen, 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 and is excited about her position on the board.

Claire White is currently Director, Performance Management and Career Development at TIAA, a financial services company primarily serving non-profit organizations.  She has worked at TIAA for 3 years and her work has focused on redesigning performance management and developing tools and resources to drive career development.  She has 6 years of previous work experience at Duke Energy in performance management, succession planning, career development, and as an HR generalist.  She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology at UNC Chapel Hill in 2003 and her master’s degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology at UNC Charlotte in 2007.  She also serves on the Advisory Board for the UNC Charlotte Industrial/Organizational Psychology Master’s Program.


Providing professional development opportunities for current and aspiring Industrial/Organizational Psychologists across North Carolina.

Jody Bishop is a Senior Organizational Effectiveness Consultant for the North Carolina Department of Revenue. In this role she is responsible for performance management, organizational development, leadership development programming, and talent management initiatives. Jody earned her master’s in I/O Psychology from Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois. While in Chicago, she consulted with various organizations on their leadership development strategies, gender differences in the workplace, talent analytics and planning, hiring assessments, and talent acquisition. She was formally the VP of Programming and Events for the Association of Training and Development (ASTD). 

2016-2017 Executive 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).


Chair: Jennifer Cline []


Vice Chair: Julia Brandon []














Secretary/Historian: Claire White []


Treasurer/Membership: ​Jenn McGinnis []















Student Representative: Lea Williams []













At-Large Member: Brooke Allison []













At-Large Member: Jody Bishop []








At-Large Member: Mara Simensen []









Web/Technology: Heather Burnett []














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