Dr. Hedberg is a Talent Assessment Consultant with SKS Consulting Group. She graduated with her Psy.D. in 2015 from the University of St. Thomas, where she studied Counseling Psychology. Her teaching, internship, and research activities revolved around psychological assessment and evidence-based interventions. She also brings experience in the use of motivational interviewing to promote employee engagement and satisfaction. She draws on her background in the realms of healthcare and psychology to help organizations assess their talent and develop their leaders. She is passionate about leveraging data to provide key insights that allow individuals and organizations to excel.
University of St. Thomas – Psy.D., Counseling Psychology, 2010 – 2015
University of St. Thomas – M.A., Counseling Psychology, 2007 – 2010
Gustavus Adolphus College – B.A., Psychology, 2002 – 2006
Dr. Pesch is a Talent Assessment Consultant with SKS Consulting Group. She graduated with her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Iowa State University, where she studied vocational psychology. Her teaching and research activities revolved around career development, person-environment fit, and vocational assessment. She also brings extensive experience in integrated personality assessment to her role.
Iowa State University – Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, 2011 – 2017
University of Minnesota – Twin Cities – B.A., Psychology, 2006 – 2009
Since joining SKS in 2006, Dr. Whittier has partnered with a variety of organizations to enhance the quality of decision-making in the critical areas of selection and development of key talent. He has considerable experience working across diverse industries such as manufacturing, retail, finance, health care, and information technology. Clients appreciate Dr. Whittier’s high level of responsiveness and he has effectively maintained strong partner relationships over the past decade. He has conducted thousands of leadership assessments at all levels within organizations. Dr. Whittier is proficient at making assessment data highly relevant and useful beyond the hiring decision. Solution-focused coaching and onboarding and transition planning are additional areas of expertise. Dr. Whittier is a Board Certified Organizational and Business Consulting Psychologist, a credential recognizing advanced competence within the specialty.
Wright State University – Doctor of Psychology, 2001 – 2006
Wright State University – Master of Business Administration, 2002 – 2005
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire – Bachelor of Science, Psychology, 1996 – 2000
Sarah Nelson is the office manager with SKS. She is a graduate of Augsburg College. She has extensive experience in marketing, customer service and operations management. She plays a key role in ensuring an exceptional experience for our clients and participants in SKS programs.
Bethel University – Masters, Leadership Management, 2017-Present
Augsburg College – Bachelor of Arts, Social Services
For more than a decade, Dr. Mortensen has improved the quality of organizational decision-making in the critical areas of selection and development. She has an exceptional talent for providing empirically driven yet practical solutions that select, develop, and engage leaders and talent at all levels. She is dedicated to making assessment data applicable for individuals to excel personally and professionally and for organizations to understand how people function on the job. She has a keen ability to identify and then maximize and grow the capabilities and competencies of human resources to the fullest. Dr. Mortensen is passionate maximizing organizational effectiveness by leveraging data, developing individuals, and building teams. Dr. Mortensen performed as an internal organizational psychologist for a Fortune 100 company where she provided practical and results-focused solutions. Just prior to joining SKS she successfully led a learning and development function for one of the nation’s largest healthcare systems.
University of Minnesota – Ph.D., Counseling Psychology (Occupational Health focus), 2001 – 2007
University of Minnesota – Bachelor of Science, Psychology, 1996 – 2000
Christine McGie is a Project Coordinator with SKS Consulting Group, and has been with SKS since 2011. She has her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Minnesota, Duluth, where she also served as a research assistant; and she is currently enrolled in the Business Analytics Masters program at the University of St. Thomas. She has extensive experience in marketing, data analysis, and customer service. She plays a key role in providing quality deliverables and in ensuring exceptional experience to clients and participants.
University of St. Thomas – Masters of Science, Business Analytics, 2017 – Present
University of Minnesota-Duluth – Bachelor of Applied Science, Psychology, 2005-2008
Dr. Donnay develops leaders and transforms organizations. He has nearly two decades of experience in applied psychology in business settings. He is known for his business acumen and strategic thinking as well as his knowledge of psychology. Widely considered an expert in assessment for selection and development, he also brings expertise in coaching and succession planning. His research and consulting career over the past 20 years has focused on the long-term prediction of leadership and career success. Earlier in his career, Dr. Donnay led research, product development, and professional services for a global publishing and consulting organization. Dr. Donnay advises organizations on a wide range of strategic issues such as selecting and developing leadership talent, identifying and preparing future leaders, and aligning and accelerating team performance. Dr. Donnay is also on the Board of Trustees of Washburn Center for Children in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Iowa State University – Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, 1993 – 1998
St. John’s University – Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, 1989 – 1993
Lori Coleman received her undergraduate degree in Education from Minnesota State University at Winona. After having worked in customer service, project management and managerial positions, she joined SKS in 2001 as Office Manager. Her primary focus is to provide superior customer service to our clients. She can be contacted for information about our organization, to schedule appointments, or to set up online testing through our website.
Minnesota State University, Winona – Bachelor of Arts, Education
Talent Assessment Consultant
Dr. Jessica Bell is a talent assessment consultant with SKS. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She earned her Psy.D. in Counseling Psychology at St. Thomas University. She brings strong technical assessment skills to her work at SKS, as well as a background in marketing and communications.
St. Thomas University – Psy.D., Counseling Psychology
University of Wisconsin, Madison – Bachelor of Science, Psychology
Dr. Anderson has a passion for applying psychological principles and assessment data to enhance decision making and maximize performance. She is specifically focused in the areas of selection and development of key talent. Dr. Anderson’s approach is system oriented and solution driven. The results are high performing individuals and teams that drive results for the business. She has served as a trusted HR and Management partner for over a decade, helping individuals, teams and organizations turn insight into action. Dr. Anderson has insight and knowledge gained from working as an internal consultant at a global medical device company for many years, as well as from owning and managing her own business prior to joining SKS Consulting Group. She also serves as an adjunct professor at the University of St. Thomas and Hamline University.
Individual and team assessment and development, organizational intervention and consultation, competency modeling, succession planning, executive and performance coaching, and workshop design and facilitation.
University of Saint Thomas – Doctor of Psychology, Counseling Psychology, 2007 – 2011
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota – Master of Arts, Marriage and Family Therapy, 2004 – 2006
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities – Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, 2002 – 2004
Purdue University – Psychology, Women’s Studies, 2001 – 2002