Title: 2015 PTCMW Career Panel
Panel Participants: Andrea Amodeo (IMPAQ), Shelly Butler (SRA), Alana Cober (USAID), Jennifer Geimer (CEB), Martha Hennen (CFPB), Shrish Willett (FMP)
Food provided at the event.
Panel: 5:30-7:00, Social Hour: 7:00-8:00.
UMBC Shady Grove Campus, Building III Room 3241-Crockett Theatre
This event, hosted by the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), brings together a diverse panel of professionals working in the field of I/O Psychology. The panel will address topics such as career experiences in the field of I/O, career paths in I/O, tips for obtaining jobs and internships, etc. Panel participant biographies are as follows:
Andrea Amodeo, M.S., IMPAQ International
Ms. Andrea Amodeo is a Research Associate in the Health Program at IMPAQ. Her areas of experience and expertise include job and task analysis; survey design and implementation; training development and evaluation; and team performance. In her current role, Ms. Amodeo serves as a project director and leads technical work related to project design; data collection and analysis; coordination with subject matter experts and organizational partners; and development of written reports and other deliverables. Ms. Amodeo has over ten years of experience with a variety of clients, including the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Department of Defense, the U.S. Department of Labor, and the Federal Aviation Administration.
Shelly D. Butler, M.S., SRA International
Managing Research Scientist
Shelly D. Butler is a Managing Research Scientist in the Strategy and Performance Group of SRA, International. Her 15 year career in I/O has been focused primarily on providing job analysis, competency modeling, and survey research expertise to the Federal Government. Ms. Butler began her career after receiving a B.S. in Psychology from Virginia Tech as a Research Assistant at a small consulting firm in Fairfax, VA. After choosing to go back to school part time online while continuing her career, Ms. Butler received her M.S. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Walden University in 2008. Now, Ms. Butler currently serves as the Program Manager for MyCareer@VA
, a $32M 4-year contract to operate and maintain an enterprise-wide career development program aimed at providing Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) employees all the tools, tips, and resources they need to take their careers into their own hands. Prior to managing MyCareer@VA
, Ms. Butler provided her expertise to other clients such as DOI, CDC, FEMA, EPA, OPIC, Alabama Department of Transportation, IMLS, U.S. CBP, the Office of the Military Community and Family Policy Directorate and Reserve Affairs, and ARI.
Alana B. Cober, Ph.D., USAID
Director, Center for Performance Excellence, Office of Human Capital and Talent Management
Alana B. Cober is Director of the Center for Performance Excellence at USAID in the Office of Human Capital and Talent Management overseeing Performance Management, Executive Resources, and the Agency’s Awards programs. Dr. Cober joined USAID in September 2013. Before joining USAID, Dr. Cober worked in the Intelligence Community for both the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Prior to ODNI, she was a Supervisory Personnel Psychologist at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) within the Department of Homeland Security for almost 8 years. Before her federal career, Dr. Cober helped both public and private sector organizations increase their effectiveness by providing litigation support for human resource issues, developing training programs and evaluations, working on 360-degree performance appraisal systems, and developing organizational selection tools. Dr. Cober earned her Ph.D. and M.S. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from The University of Akron.
Jennifer L. Geimer, Ph.D., CEB
Managing Research Scientist, SHL Talent Measurement
Jennifer L. Geimer is a Managing Research Scientist in the Measurement Capabilities team of CEB’s SHL Talent Measurement product line. As an internal consultant, she is a technical lead on the development of simulation products for high-volume assessment. She also provides job analytic and assessment support to other teams within CEB. Prior to joining CEB in 2013, Dr. Geimer was an external consultant for 11 years (8 years post-Ph.D., 3 years post-M.A.) at the Human Resources Research Organization (HumRRO). As a Senior Staff Scientist, she directed job analysis and assessment development projects for selection and professional development. She also chaired HumRRO’s internship program for six years. During graduate school, she held a government internship at the National Institutes for Occupational Safety and Health. Dr. Geimer earned her Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from Bowling Green State University and her M.A. in General Psychology from James Madison University. She is the 2012 recipient of SIOP’s Distinguished Early Career Contributions Award (Practice) and the 2013 Women’s Endowment of the Society for Psychologists in Management.
Martha E. Hennen, Ph.D., Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Senior Personnel Research Psychologist, Human Capital
Dr. Hennen works at the Bureau’s headquarters location in Washington, DC with the Talent Management/Talent Analytics team supporting the development and design of the Bureau. Dr. Hennen leads efforts in a variety of talent analytic and assessment areas for selection, leadership assessment, and organizational effectiveness. She gathers, analyzes and reports on a variety or talent and human capital data. She previously held positions at the USPS developing new and revising current assessment and measurement tools at all levels of the organization. Dr. Hennen’s research interests cover the gamut of employee measurement areas including recruitment and selection, employee engagement, leadership assessment, performance management, and talent analytics. She is regularly called upon to share expertise related to employee selection and development systems and serves as a resource supporting assessment programs and systems nationwide. Dr. Hennen is a licensed Applied Psychologist and member of SIOP and the American Psychological Association. She holds a Master's degree and Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut. She has served in a variety of professional service roles in her profession. She serves on the Board for the International Personnel Assessment Council (IPAC), serving as Secretary in 2013 and 2014 and president elect in 2015. She also served on the board for the Personnel Testing Council of Metropolitan Washington, serving as Recording Secretary, Vice President for Programs, President Elect and President of that organization.
Shrish Willett, M.S., Federal Management Partners
Shrish Willett is a Human Capital Consultant with four years of experience applying industrial/organizational psychology principles to support clients in the public and private sectors. His recent experience includes developing competency models and assessment tools for the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), conducting an evaluation of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Executive Coaching program, and developing a workforce analysis model for the General Services Administration (GSA). Prior to joining FMP, he was a Project Lead for various human capital improvement initiatives at NJVC, helping develop tools and refine processes for recruitment and selection, performance appraisal, and training and professional development. Mr. Willett completed his MS in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Radford University, and his BA in Psychology from the College of William & Mary.