Thomas Sawyer, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology
Thomas Sawyer started at Elmhurst College in 1998 after receiving his Ph.D. in industrial/organizational (I/O) psychology from the University of Akron. He is currently an associate professor and program coordinator of the graduate program in I/O psychology. He has had extensive experience in consulting. He has worked on a wide variety of selection projects including the development and validation of selection batteries for safety forces and industrial jobs. These projects included conducting job analyses, writing job descriptions, developing selection tests, and performing statistical analyses. Additionally, he has prepared technical reports for employment related court cases. As a researcher, he has investigated interesting and relevant questions in I/O psychology. He has explored personality and attitudinal constructs associated with negative feedback avoidance in performance appraisal situations. Most recently, he conducted a study on stereotype threat to explore subgroup differences in testing.
Patrick K. Ackles, Ph.D.
Patrick Ackles teaches general psychology, mind, brain and behavior, cognitive processes, theories of learning, statistics, research methods, motivation, and early childhood. His research is concerned with brain processes underlying cognition, development of the brain and cognition in human infants and children, concept formation, and executive functions in developmentally disabled individuals.
Lawrence B. Carroll, Psy.D., M.B.A.
Director of the Center for Professional Excellence
Larry Carroll’s background is in the areas of organization development and clinical psychology. His interests lie in teaching, conducting research, and consulting in the areas of organization development, group process, career/life planning, facilitation, and team building. He has worked with a number of organizations and individuals with strategic planning approaches to organizational, professional, and personal development.
Anthony Colantoni, M.S., J.D.
Anthony Colantoni is a principal in The SGC Consulting Group, a Chicago-based organization development consulting firm that specializes in helping businesses and organizations through the growth and change process. Tony concentrates his efforts in the areas of strategic planning, team development, leadership development, and organizational change. In addition, he coaches executives and managers to achieve higher levels of performance. Tony has experience in many settings, such as manufacturing, technology, transportation, pharmaceuticals, consumer products, food, health care, higher education, human services, and church ministries. His client list includes Mercury Marine, Kraft, Motorola, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, Abbott Diagnostics, CTA, Unilever, UOP, The Leukemia-Lymphoma Society, Loyola University Chicago, and Pepper Construction. Tony received his bachelor’s degree from Villanova University, his J.D. from the John Marshall Law Center, and his M.S. in organizational development from Loyola University Chicago. He has engaged in additional professional development through the Center for Creative Leadership, the Organization Development Network, the American Society for Training and Development, the American Psychological Association, and the Association for Psychological Type. He is adjunct faculty at Elmhurst and elsewhere, teaching leadership, group dynamics, team development, and organizational theory and development to graduate and undergraduate students. He is also a consultant to Elmhurst’s Center for Professional Excellence, where he supports mentoring and career education.
Tony Colletta, M.S.
In addition to his role in the industrial/organizational psychology program at Elmhurst College, Tony is an organizational development consultant with Advocate Healthcare, where his work focuses on the design and development of selection, retention, performance management, employee development, and other Human Resources Management systems and practices. Tony holds a master of science degree in industrial/organizational psychology from DePaul University, as well as certification as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) from the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI). Prior to his work with Advocate Healthcare, Tony worked in various human resources management and organizational development roles with Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare.
Carrie Hewitt, M.A.
Carrie is an alumna of Elmhurst College’s master’s program in industrial/organizational psychology. She received her bachelor’s degree from Elmhurst College in psychology and political science. She has over 10 years of human resources generalist experience and her expertise is in training and development, recruitment/selection, organizational development, coaching and mentoring, leadership development and employee relations. Carrie has taught Introduction to Industrial/Organizational Psychology at Elmhurst. Currently, she is the internship coordinator for the industrial/organizational psychology master's program.
Jane A. Jegerski, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology
Jane Jegerski came to the Elmhurst faculty in 1989 after coordinating the I/O master’s program at Roosevelt University. She has an M.A. in vocational counseling and an M.A. and Ph.D. in social/organizational psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has taught undergraduate and/or graduate psychology, statistics, and research methods at Moraine Valley Community College, University of Illinois at Chicago, and Roosevelt University. With several government and NGOs, she has conducted workshops on stress management, teamwork, and leadership.
Sharon Parker, M.A.
Senior Consultant, TNS Custom Research
Sharon Parker is a senior consultant with TNS Custom Research, a global research and consulting firm specializing in employee, customer and brand research. Sharon manages the consulting practice for TNS Employee Insights, a division of TNS Custom Research, located in Lake Zurich, Illinois. For the past eleven years, Sharon has been working with many of TNS Employee Insights’ largest clients worldwide, leading the development and implementation of surveys and leadership assessments, which focus on employee engagement, customer satisfaction, leadership development, cultural change and workplace improvement. She conducts workshops and seminars around the country on creating engagement survey processes for organizations and has presented at OD and HR conferences. Sharon is a contributing author for two books on survey development and action planning: Action Planning: How to Follow up on Survey Results to Implement Improvement Strategies and Getting Action from Organizational Surveys: New Concepts, Technologies and Applications (SIOP). Prior to joining TNS, Sharon was the vice president of training and development for two financial services organizations and regional training manager for Hallmark Cards, Inc. Sharon received her bachelor of science degree from Kansas State University and her master's in industrial and organizational psychology from Elmhurst College. She is a graduate of the first cohort in I/O psychology at Elmhurst College. She is an adjunct professor at Elmhurst College and has taught classes in both the I/O master's program and the undergraduate accelerated psychology program.
Katie Prezas, M.A.
Katie is an alumna of Elmhurst's master's program in industrial and organizational psychology. She received her bachelor's degree from Northeastern Illinois University. While earning her master's degree, Katie worked with Elmhurst faculty on multiple projects. She participated in the creation and validation of a selection battery for a municipal government position, and helped in writing both proposals and a survey targeted at CEOs for a newly created leadership development program. In her professional life, Katie has experience in the retail, distribution and manufacturing, and research industries. Currently, she works for a consulting firm that relies heavily on knowledge of I/O psychology, statistics and research methods to help clients solve difficult business problems. Katie manages an off-site lab, and serves as one of the front-line liaisons to the firm's largest client, a Fortune 500 company. She oversees a team of analysts who use video analytic research to examine consumer behavior and employee operations.
Barbara Trautlein, Ph.D.
Barbara Trautlein is an independent change management, organizational development, and human resources consultant. The main focus of her work is helping companies better align their human resources with their business goals and customer requirements. Toward this end she applies organizational psychology principles and methods to aid clients in meeting their business, team, and individual challenges. Key practice areas include managing change processes in companies undergoing major transitions, designing human resource systems, developing and implementing customized training programs as well as employee learning systems, facilitating team building interventions, conducting research evaluations and needs assessments, and coaching clients. She holds a doctoral degree from the University of Michigan’s organizational psychology program.
Carole Veronesi, M.S.
Consultant in Organization Development
Carole is a principal with the SGC Consulting Group and holds a B.S. from Northern Illinois University and a M.S. from George Williams College/Aurora University. She has participated in ongoing development and learning with National Training Laboratories (NTL) and the Consulting Psychologists of the American Psychological Association, and has been trained in the Conference Model for Large Systems Change. Carole has taught in the Graduate Program at Loyola University of Chicago and currently serves as an adjunct faculty member at Elmhurst College since 1988, teaching classes in group dynamics, and group leadership skills. She also teaches at Elmhurst College in the graduate program for IO psychologists. She is a member of the Organization Development Network/Chicago, and previously served on its board. She is published in the 2001 Annual for Jossey-Bass/Pfeiffer, leaders in human resource development. In addition, she is published in the October 2008 edition of Clinical & Surgical Ophthalmology focusing on emotional intelligence for physicians. For more than twenty years, Carole has practiced in a variety of settings, including manufacturing, technology, professional services, health care, higher education, human services, and church staffs and ministries. Among her current engagements, Carole is a parish consultant for the INSPIRE Project, co-sponsored by the Archdiocese of Chicago and Loyola University of Chicago, working with pastors, staffs and parish communities on leadership and transition issues.