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.

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.

Julia Brandon is currently an Organizational Development and Learning Director at RTI International. As a business partner, she provides organizational development, talent analytic, and coaching expertise. She also designs and implements leadership development and learning initiatives. Previously, as a Senior Director at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), she 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. In 2011, as a corporate volunteer, she helped streamline the dashboard for senior leaders at Save the Children to benefit children in need. 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.

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).

Online Communications Director: Aly Stetyick []

Secretary and Historian: Isaac Thompson []

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.

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.

Student Affiliate: Carson Sells []

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.

Treasurer: Jenn McGinnis []

2017-2018 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).

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.

Member at Large: Jody Bishop-Pompili []

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.

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.

Chair: Julia Brandon []

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, and Jennifer Cline

Member at Large: Pamela Cannon []

Member at Large: Mara Simensen []

Vice Chair: Brooke Allison []


Member at Large: Lea Williams []

Member at Large: Cynthia DeVita-Cochrane []

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