PTCMW Officer Nominees for 2021
Thank you for participating in the election for 2021 PTCMW Officers! Full descriptions of the roles and responsibilities are available here: http://ptcmw.org/positions
Bios are listed below for each candidate in random order.
Nominees for Recorder
Kira Foley (she/her) is a doctoral candidate at George Washington University and Research Fellow with the U.S. Army Research Institute for Behavioral and Social Sciences (ARI). She received her M.A. in Industrial and Organizational (I-O) Psychology from George Washington University in 2019. Kira has research expertise in ethical issues at work (including diversity, equity, and inclusion; ethical leadership), virtual work environments, and studying “the whole person” (e.g., personality variability). She has been an active PTCMW member and volunteer since joining. Kira is excited to continue contributing to the professional development of her community of I-Os in the DC metro area and beyond, as we face unprecedented times in the world of work and in professional networking.
Will Haller has five years of experience delivering human capital solutions to organizations as both a consultant and internal practitioner. Will's areas of expertise are workforce analytics, data visualization, strategic workforce planning, survey development, employee engagement surveys (e.g., FEVS), and employee onboarding/integration. In his current role as a survey statistician in the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), he supports the Strategic Workforce Development Team to develop, implement, and evaluate innovative organizational interventions to strategically hire, retain, and plan for the future state of EIA. Before joining EIA, Will worked as a consultant for FMP Consulting, a test developer for Prometric, and a technical operations manager/data analyst at Centene. Will received his MS in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Baltimore. Will has been active in PTCMW and SIOP as a student and professional. Will intends to enthusiastically serve as Recorder, as well as provide any additional support throughout the year.
Nominees for Secretary
Arielle Rogers is a Research Scientist at Human Resources Research Organization (HumRRO). At HumRRO, Arielle leads projects focused on developing assessments for selection and credentialing, including performing job analysis, standard setting, conducting validity studies, and managing and analyzing large databases. Arielle received her PhD in I/O Psychology with a minor in Quantitative Methods from Northern Illinois University. During graduate school, she worked as a Research Associate at Vantage Leadership Consulting and as a Talent Assessment Intern at Amazon. In addition to her role at HumRRO, Arielle currently serves as a member of the SIOP Membership Committee and is a mentor in the PTCMW Mentorship Program. She is also active in the academic research community as an ad-hoc reviewer, editorial board member, and author of peer-reviewed publications. She is eager to contribute to PTCMW in a broader capacity as a Board member and aims to continue furthering the professional development of I/O psychology students and professionals in the DC metropolitan area.
Ben Kerner. I have been a member of PTCMW since 2018, when I came to this area to obtain my master’s degree at George Mason University. Since this time, I have been working on the development of personality assessments with the Army Research Institute and will be starting a new job with DCI Consulting in 2021. I began my time volunteering with PTCMW during the event on November 6th, 2019, focused on a presentation regarding the science of meetings and the awards ceremony for the Consulting Challenge. I assisted with checking people in to the event and handing out bags with merchandise and copies of the guest presenter’s book. Following this event, I had some trouble figuring out volunteer opportunities with the onset of the Coronavirus pandemic, but I still was able to participate in a few of the event webcasts available to students. I am additionally proud of my recent volunteer efforts with this past year’s consulting challenge. I was tasked with creating the teams involved in the challenge by analyzing the relative education and experience of the participants, and I am elated that the event went well, even with the challenges involved in organizing an event of this type virtually. Given my involvement with the I/O community and the respect that I have for your organization and its goals, I would be honored to serve as Secretary and believe that I would carry out the responsibilities of the position above and beyond what is required.Melissa Haudek is a Senior Consultant at DCI Consulting Group in the Employment & Litigation Services Division. In this role, she provides consultation and support for a variety of employee selection, litigation, and other human capital services. Melissa’s primary areas of expertise are in job analysis, assessment development, and validation for both private and public sectors. Prior to joining DCI, Melissa worked at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management as a Personnel Research Psychologist where she developed and improved employee selection and developmental processes for a variety of federal agencies. Melissa also brings experience as a Board member from other related professional organizations.
Nominee for Treasurer
Richard Evitts is a Human Capital Consultant at Federal Management Partners (FMP) where he is working with several federal agencies concerning organizational development and change, training initiatives, and system process improvement. Richard’s has expertise in personnel selection systems design, job analysis and re-design, and performance management. Prior to joining FMP, Richard worked as a consultant for the Center for Organizational and Human Resource Effectiveness (COHRE), in Murfreesboro, TN. Richard received both his B.S. and M.A. in industrial/organizational psychology from Middle Tennessee State University. Before obtaining his degrees, Richard served in the United States Navy for 8 years as an Intelligence Analyst and Surface Search and Rescue (SAR) Swimmer. While in the Navy, he served as Junior Sailor Association President and a Repair Parts Petty Officer (RPPO), responsible for a budget of over $40,000. Richard also served as Treasurer for his university’s Psi Chi Honors Fraternity chapter from 2016 to 2018. He is currently an active member of SIOP and served as a SHRM Breakfast Series coordinator while pursuing his graduate degree. Although new to PTCMW, Richard plans to use his experience and expertise to collaborate with the President and other Board Members to ensure all necessary budgetary functions are carried out effectively and efficiently for 2021.
Nominee for Vice President for Programs
Mike Litano is the Lead Senior Behavioral Scientist for BetterUp's Federal practice. Prior to joining BetterUp, Mike worked as a researcher at NASA Langley Research Center and stood up Capital One's first HR Behavioral Science team as part of their broader People Strategy and Analytics organization. Mike holds a Ph.D. in I-O Psychology from Old Dominion University and teaches a graduate-level Human Capital Analytics class at Georgetown University's School of Continuing Studies. As a fun fact, Mike was a member of the winning teams in the 2014 and 2015 PTCMW graduate student consulting competitions. Mike has a long history of both contributing to the field of I-O Psychology and organizing successful events in the Metro DC area. As a member of the SIOP Visibility Committee in 2019, Mike co-organized the highest-ever attended Top Minds, Bottom Lines pre-conference event on People Analytics, hosted at the National Press Club. If elected as Vice President of Programs, Mike will leverage his network to identify a compelling set of speakers that will discuss a broad range of cutting-edge I/O topics with the ultimate goal of boosting the visibility of PTCMW in the greater community, to attract new members to PTCMW, and to increase the attendance of monthly events.