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Meet the Team

 
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Gini Collins

Managing Principal

Gini loves the outdoors, and she believes some of the most profound insights in her experience have come to her while hiking. She has learned how beneficial it can be to combine personal insights with her formal education in order to synthesize unique solutions for her clients.

Gini loves the outdoors, and she believes some of the most profound insights in her experience have come to her while hiking. She has learned how beneficial it can be to combine personal insights with her formal education in order to synthesize unique solutions for her clients.

Gini has extensive experience in human capital, specializing in executive coaching. She feels privileged to work with top executives to maximize growth potential and/or remediate performance challenges, and has successfully facilitated turnarounds for executives facing career derailment. She also provides expertise to businesses, helping them plan critical succession issues. Gini utilizes strong analytical abilities to facilitate organizational development and growth issues through a variety of assessment techniques, including organizational surveys, focus groups and assessments. Because each organization is unlike any other at any given point in time, her challenge is to find the unique key which will drive the desired change. Gini compares this work to that of a whittler or stone mason who believes the form is hidden in the raw material; it is her job to help reveal the form, the answer, the truth for each organization.

Gini has also conducted extensive research and has authored many articles. She has been a presenter at the Midwest Psychological Association Conference, Society for Industrial & Organizational Psychologists Conference, M Financial University, M Marketing Meetings, AALU, SHRM and the Governor’s Summit on Workforce Development. She has taught strategic leadership, leadership skills, organizational behavior and organizational consulting in the MBA and EMBA Programs at the University of Nebraska-Omaha

Her interpersonal and leadership skills, coupled with a comprehensive knowledge of human behavior, facilitate professional growth in clients. Her unique organizational insight and analytical ability provide clients with the fresh perspectives needed to maximize the growth potential for their organizations. Gini says there is deep gratification in helping people create better work environments with higher productivity and more balanced lifestyles.

Gini is a member of several professional organizations, including the Society of Consulting Psychologists, American Psychological Association (APA), and the Society for Industrial & Organizational Psychologists (SIOP).  She continues to serve on the Board of Heartland Family Services following her tenure as Board President in 2011 – 2013. When Gini is not busy coaching or collaborating with her colleagues to create successful outcomes for clients, you can often find her wearing hiking boots and dreaming of the day she will be able to introduce her grandchildren to the joys of hiking.

Contact Information
e-mail: vcollins@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.964.5602  |  fax: 402.963.4085

Education
PhD of Philosophy  |  Industrial & Organizational Psychology
University of Nebraska-Lincoln  |  Lincoln, NE

Masters of Science  |  Industrial & Organizational Psychology
University of Nebraska-Omaha  |  Omaha, NE

Masters of Counseling
Austin Peay State University  |  Clarksville, TN

Bachelor of Science  |  Psychology
University of Maryland  |  College Park, MD

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Merle Riepe

Principal

As an avid skier, Merle is well acquainted with fresh powder and moguls. As a psychologist, he is well acquainted with ego bumps. As a Principal for SilverStone Group, Merle takes the same dedication he has for skiing and translates it into increasing the effectiveness of people in the workplace based on proven psychological and management approaches.

As an avid skier, Merle is well acquainted with fresh powder and moguls. As a psychologist, he is well acquainted with ego bumps. As a Principal for SilverStone Group, Merle takes the same dedication he has for skiing and translates it into increasing the effectiveness of people in the workplace based on proven psychological and management approaches. With experience in the fields of psychology and management consulting, he helps organizations hire the best, develop their leaders and create great work cultures.

Since his first role as an organizational development intern in a hospital 13 years ago, Merle has a growing concern over the lack of utilization of business analytics in the disciplines of selection, leadership development and employee engagement. Merle says it’s the variety of his work he enjoys most. Every project provides a new challenge and the opportunity to work with exceptionally bright people to solve important problems. He feels privileged to collaborate with clients who are excited about and value the services he loves providing.

Merle received a PhD in Consulting Psychology from Alliant International University, with research interests in global leadership, personnel selection validation and employee engagement. Merle is active in both his professional and local community. He is a graduate of Leadership Omaha. Merle is Chairman of the Zeta Psi Fraternity Omicron Chapter Board of Trustees and he is President of his homeowners association. Merle is also a member of the United Way of the Midlands Finance Committee, the Society of Consulting Psychology, the Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology and SilverStone Group’s Wellness Activity Group (WAG). Merle has served on the WAG committee for seven years and is currently chairperson. WAG mentors associates in developing and maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle. His leadership roles and his experience with our wellness plan are invaluable to his clients.

Dr. Riepe’s knowledge of human behavior and systems, his expertise in assessment and his experience in facilitating change enable him to provide innovative, practical and principled consulting services that are crafted to meet clients’ critical needs. Merle’s relentless commitment to a successful outcome is what separates him from the rest. Merle is dedicated to his work, but recognizes the need for renewal and he makes time to hit the slopes at one of his favorite ski resorts. If you see him at the lodge, he is likely to strike up a conversation with you, whether it’s about moguls or egos!

Contact Information
e-mail: mriepe@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.964.5515  |  fax: 402.963.4085

Professional Title

  • Organizational Psychologist

Education
PhD of Philosophy  |  Consulting Psychology
Alliant International University |  San Diego, CA

Master of Science  |  Consulting Psychology
Alliant International University |  San Diego, CA

Bachelor of Science  |  Psychology
Nebraska Wesleyan University |  Lincoln, NE

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Andie Gordman

Senior Consultant

Andie sees the value in people, which is why she enjoys her job so much! It is her belief that people are the most important asset to any organization.

Andie sees the value in people, which is why she enjoys her job so much! It is her belief that people are the most important asset to any organization. Over the last 20 years, Andie has specialized in helping clients and their organizations move forward by providing human resource strategy development and tactical execution.

Andie provides support to clients through her expertise in employee relations, audit, compliance and Affirmative Action planning, as well as compensation structure and analysis. Andie’s previous executive level roles allowed her to learn about the success factors of many industries. Before joining the Human Capital Team at SilverStone Group, Andie collaborated with the team as a Project Consultant. She appreciates SilverStone Group’s dedication to the community and recognizes our care and concern for employees.

When away from work, Andie keeps busy serving on the Temple Israel Board of Trustees and enjoys being a mentor. In addition, Andie is the Director at Large for Society for Human Resource Management Nebraska State Council. Andie isn’t all work and no play, she loves to travel. She and her husband are currently looking forward to planning
an Alaskan adventure and a European cruise.

Contact Information
e-mail: agordman@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.964.5624  |  fax: 402.963.5555

Education
Bachelor of Arts  |  Organizational Communication
Creighton University  |  Omaha, NE

Professional Certifications

  • Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR)
  • Certified Compensation Professional (CCP)



 

 

 

 

 

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Ashley Thomalla

Senior Consultant

Whether she’s running, working in her garden, fishing or skiing, Ashley enjoys spending time outdoors. She also likes spending time with her boxer, Hank.

Whether she’s running, working in her garden, fishing or skiing, Ashley enjoys spending time outdoors. She also likes spending time with her boxer, Hank. Ashley admires Hank’s curiosity for life, which keeps her on her toes and helps her stay prepared for what the consulting industry brings her way!

As a Senior Human Capital Consultant, Ashley is dedicated to meeting client needs and helping them see the big picture in their organization. Her background in industrial/organizational psychology, coupled with her common sense approach and ability to balance science and practice, prove to be crucial in her work as a consultant. Ashley brings her outside perspective to help numerous clients, including those in financial services, healthcare, non-profits and utilities.

Ashley has experience in analyzing and documenting jobs, which serve as the foundation of many key organizational functions such as hiring, training, compensating employees and managing their performance. Her experience includes work environment scans and audits as well as organizational design and selection projects. On a regular basis, Ashley conducts research and analyzes data to answer questions and examines best practices and industry trends to help clients see how their policies and practices compare.

She is a Certified Compensation Professional, as well as a Global Remuneration Professional. Ashley’s education and experience in compensating and rewarding employees have helped her to focus clients on the importance of their rewards strategies. She routinely provides clients with compensation recommendations to help them attract, motivate, reward and retain top talent. Furthermore, Ashley encourages a pay for performance culture and has helped clients design pay for performance plans to motivate desired employee behaviors that lead to positive organizational outcomes. Her analytical ability, critical-thinking skills and attention to detail prove very useful in helping clients with their compensation needs.

Ashley is working toward her PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. Her research interests include policies and practices regarding workplace flexibility and work-life fit, which helps make work better for both employers and employees. She is a member of the Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology and World at Work.

Contact Information
e-mail: athomalla@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.964.5409  |  fax: 402.963.4085

Education
Master of Arts  |  Industrial/Organizational Psychology
University of Nebraska-Omaha  |  Omaha, NE

Bachelor of Arts |  Psychology
University of Nebraska-Lincoln  |  Lincoln, NE

Professional Certifications

  • Certified Compensation Professional (CCP)
  • Global Remuneration Professional (GRP)

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Jina Picarella

Senior Consultant

After growing up in Colorado and living in all four corners of the United States, Jina has landed in the Midwest. Her studies and career have taken her to Oregon, Massachusetts, California, Tennessee and now, Nebraska.

After growing up in Colorado and living in all four corners of the United States, Jina has landed in the Midwest. Her studies and career have taken her to Oregon, Massachusetts, California, Tennessee and now, Nebraska.

As a Senior Consultant, Jina brings 10 years of experience to the Human Capital Consulting Team. Her expertise includes leadership development and executive coaching, diversity and inclusion, strategic planning, talent and performance management, organizational development and employee engagement. With a PhD and two master’s degrees, Jina has a wealth of knowledge. She is passionate about her work and enjoys helping clients and organizations achieve long-term results.

Jina has diverse experience, working externally as a management consultant
and internally as a talent management expert. She also has experience working in both the public and private sectors with a variety of industries. Jina’s diverse experience allows her to provide insight and perspective as a Human Capital Consultant at SilverStone Group.  Additionally, her experience managing others allows her to help her clients navigate the complexities and challenges of leading others and enhances her insights as an executive coach.

When Jina is away from the office, she enjoys being outdoors with her two dogs, Penny and Bella. Some of her hobbies include snowboarding, hiking, practicing yoga and meditation, cooking, playing pool and trying new things. She’s even attempted hang gliding!

Contact Information
e-mail: mailto:jpicarella@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.964.5542  |  fax: 402.964.5555

Education
Doctor of Philosophy  |  Consulting Psychology
California School of Professional Psychology  |  San Diego, CA

Master of Science  |  Consulting Psychology
California School of Professional Psychology  |  San Diego, CA

Master of Arts  |  General Psychology
Boston University  |  Boston, MA

Bachelor of Arts  |  Psychology/Sociology/Anthropology
Lewis and Clark College  |  Portland, OR

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Diego Valadares Kientz

Senior Consulting Associate

Bom Dia! That’s “hello” in Portuguese. Having been born in Brazil, Diego is fluent in both English and Portuguese. However, being bilingual is only one of Diego’s many talents.

Bom Dia! That’s “hello” in Portuguese. Having been born in Brazil, Diego is fluent in both English and Portuguese. However, being bilingual is only one of Diego’s many talents. He recently finished his Master of Science in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and is excited to assist the Human Capital Team with FLSA audits, reviewing and writing job descriptions and making classification recommendations.

While completing the graduate program at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Diego studied alongside many other members of SilverStone Group’s Human Capital Team. Seeing these familiar faces around work has made Diego’s transition from student to Associate a smooth process. As a Senior Consulting Associate, Diego provides support on compensation and compliance projects, as well as conducting market analyses that allow clients to see what similar organizations are paying for comparable jobs.

Diego is a hard worker and possesses a strong desire to not only learn new skills, but to continually improve upon the skills he already has. Diego believes his career at SilverStone Group will give him the opportunity to learn from experts within his field. In addition, Diego appreciates the culture at SilverStone Group and particularly enjoys the company’s emphasis on wellness.

Diego earned his undergraduate degree from Kansas State University and travels back to Kansas for nearly every home football game!  When it comes to sports, however, Diego is a soccer fanatic! He plans to travel home to Brazil this summer to watch the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Contact Information
e-mail: dvkientz@ssgi.com | phone: 402.964.5558 | fax: 402.963.5555

Education
Master of Science | Industrial/Organizational Psychology
University of Nebraska-Omaha | Omaha, NE

Bachelor of Science | Psychology
Kansas State University | Manhattan, KS

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Cindy Tully

Consulting Associate & Executive Assistant

Cindy really cares about the people she works with—in fact, she considers them family (which is a good thing). As the go-to person for SilverStone Group’s Human Capital Consulting Team...

Cindy really cares about the people she works with — In fact, she considers them family (which is a good thing). As the go-to person for SilverStone Group’s Human Capital Consulting Team, Cindy is often called upon to make travel arrangements, field dozens of client calls, assist with client work and keep everyone’s schedule up-to-date. In short, she’s an organizational whirlwind, dynamic problem solver and proactive client advocate. Plus, she’s just darn nice to work with.

With 15-plus years of experience in the Human Capital division and over 30 years in business, Cindy’s experience includes assessment administration, affirmative action program analysis and attending to clients’ needs. Her professional skills are definitely a true asset to SilverStone Group.

Cindy enjoys the client interaction and variety her job offers. Her interpersonal and management skills, along with a values-based approach to business and client work, provide her with the tools needed to contribute to the growth of the organization.

Cindy keeps her life active by golfing, jogging, biking and any other outdoor activity you can think of. After raising two active children, Cindy currently enjoys life as a grandparent.

Contact Information
e-mail: ctully@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.964.5549  |  fax: 402.963.5555

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Maria Teresa Gaston

Consulting Associate

Maria Teresa knows that the recipe for success is about finding the right job fit and helping leaders and teams create environments where people and their work can flourish.

Maria Teresa knows that the recipe for success is about finding the right job fit and helping leaders and teams create environments where people and their work can flourish. A descendent of entrepreneurs, she is originally from farming and ranching families in Cuba. With 15 years of management experience, Maria Teresa is skilled at helping people develop their creative capacities, appreciate and manage differences and hone their collaborative problem-solving skills.

She is currently working to complete her doctorate in industrial and organizational psychology, focusing her research on employee motivation and engagement. As part of the Human Capital Team, Maria Teresa works in leadership training, assessment and organizational development.

In her free time, Maria Teresa enjoys the art of cooking. She loves to prepare food with ingredients from her garden as well as from local farmers and ranchers. As a mother of three sons, she is proud that they share her passion for cooking at home.

Contact Information
e-mail: mgaston@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.964.5429  |  fax: 402.963.5555

Education
Master of Arts
University of Nebraska-Omaha |  Omaha, NE

Master of Arts
Barry University Miami Shores, FL

Bachelor of Arts
Marquette |  Milwaukee, WI

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Lauren Weivoda

Consulting Associate

Lauren grew up with a pet tiger, so she knows a thing or two about earning her stripes. As a Consulting Associate on the Human Capital Team, Lauren allows her natural creativity to run wild with her formal education, coming up with easy-to-use solutions for clients.

Lauren grew up with a pet tiger, so she knows a thing or two about earning her stripes. As a Consulting Associate on the Human Capital Team, Lauren allows her natural creativity to run wild with her formal education, coming up with easy-to-use solutions for clients. Specifically, Lauren assists with the development of selection systems for clients and provides support on employee engagement and succession planning projects.

Her experience with selection, performance management, employee engagement and succession planning make her an asset to the Human Capital Team. Lauren is thorough and persistent, ensuring that she comes to the right solution for clients by considering all possible outcomes and alternatives. It is Lauren’s goal to reduce turnover and increase job performance by helping to develop effective selection systems.

Although her days of taming tigers are over, Lauren still keeps a fun schedule. When she is not studying, writing articles to be published and working at SilverStone Group, she enjoys baking, reading and traveling.

Contact Information
e-mail: lweivoda@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.964.5405  |  fax: 402.963.5555

Education
Bachelor of Arts |  Psychology
Hamilton College  |  Clinton, NY