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Deb Burnight

Project Consultant, Strategic Planning

Deb is a Project Consultant working in collaboration with SilverStone Group in the area of strategic planning.

Deb is a Project Consultant working in collaboration with SilverStone Group in the area of strategic planning.

Deb is a certified professional facilitator with over 25 years of experience in facilitation, board and corporate training and community collaboration. A graduate of the University of Iowa and a former elementary and middle school teacher, Deb blends a rich background from her work in educational, private, government and not-for-profit sectors with solid facilitation skills to help groups communicate and work together effectively. 

Her expertise in facilitation, training and consulting covers a wide range of organizational development arenas, including strategic planning, project design and evaluation, team building, process design and leadership development. She is also an experienced facilitation skills trainer, coach and mentor. 

Deb is professionally affiliated with the International Association of Facilitators and the ToP (Technology of Participation) Network. As a principal of Prairie River Partners training consortium and a certified ICA ToP facilitator, she serves as regional training registrar and a national Mentor Trainer for the Institute of Cultural Affairs-USA. 

Education
Bachelor of Arts  |  Education
University of Iowa  |  Iowa City, IA

Professional Title
Certified Technology of Participation Facilitator |  Institute of Cultural Affairs

Company Affiliations
Prairie River Partners  |  Sioux City, IA
Burnight Facilitated Resources | Sioux City, IA

James Dale

Project Consultant

James P. Dale founded Seven Citadels Consulting, LLC in 2012 after more than 30 years of distinguished service in the private and public sectors.

James P. Dale founded Seven Citadels Consulting, LLC in 2012 after more than 30 years of distinguished service in the private and public sectors. Using his previous experience and knowledge as a Federal Special Agent and Fortune 500 Chief Security Officer (CSO), Dale provides clients consulting and subject matter expertise on operational risk issues affecting their business. These include consulting in threat management and workplace violence prevention, crisis management, fraud awareness and detection, incident response, security consulting and business ethics.

Dale received the Award for Public Service from the U.S. Department of Justice and the Bruce Hamm Trailblazer Award from the Business Ethics Alliance. Additionally, he was awarded a life saving citation by the Omaha Fire Department. Dale served as Secretary for the Nebraska chapter of ASIS International and was a founding member of the Great Plains Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

Education
Bachelor of Science  |  Criminal Justice
University of Nebraska-Omaha  |  Omaha, NE

Company Affiliation
Seven Citadels Consulting, LLC  |  Omaha, NE

 

Ellie Fields

Executive Coaching

Ellie Fields is a Project Consultant working in collaboration with SilverStone Group to provide assistance to clients in the area of executive development and coaching.

Ellie Fields is a Project Consultant working in collaboration with SilverStone Group to provide assistance to clients in the area of executive development and coaching. Ellie is a licensed independent mental health practitioner who specializes in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), a psychotherapy method proven effective for the treatment of past or present trauma, depression, anxiety and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. She specifically uses EMDR in cases where the client is “blocked” from reaching their highest potential.

Her academic foundation in both psychology and biology enables her to understand and work with the complexities of life’s challenges and the variety of ways humans can respond. Ellie has been most successful with clients by engaging the whole person. She believes that the mind and body are interwoven and, thus, we cannot treat one and ignore the other. She guides each individual to a deeper understanding of who they are, the paths they have chosen and the journey they have traveled.

Ellie states that human potential is limited primarily by one’s beliefs. She suggests that the same beliefs and behaviors that allow a person to survive the family dynamic have the potential to become the most destructive part of the adult self. These learned responses can impact one’s personal and professional life; helping clients identify these barriers and eliminate them is an essential element of her work.

Within the parameters of her private practice, Ellie has provided psychotherapy to individuals, couples, families and groups. She also conducts a grief therapy group for bereaved mothers and self-esteem workshops for women. She is a past service provider to the Best Care Employee Assistance Program in Omaha, Nebraska, coordinating onsite services, CISD and substance abuse counseling and assessment to clients and organizations throughout the national EAP network.

Ellie is affiliated with of the National Board of Certified Counselors. She is a current member of the Association of Private Practice Therapists (APPT), where she served as President in 2007. Ellie is also involved with the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation and the EMDR International Association.

Licensure

  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
  • Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner (LIMHP)

Education
Master of Science  |  Agency Consulting
University of Nebraska–Omaha  |  Omaha, NE

Bachelor of Science  |  Psychology
Lynchburg College  |  Lynchburg, VA

Company Affiliation
Counseling for Growth & Healing PC  |  Omaha, NE

Matt Forrest

Healthcare Risk Management

Matt Forrest is a Project Consultant working in collaboration with SilverStone Group to provide assistance in the Healthcare Risk Management area. Matt has more than 16 years of experience in the healthcare industry, specializing in Radiology and Cardiology…

Matt Forrest is a Project Consultant working in collaboration with SilverStone Group to provide assistance in the Healthcare Risk Management area.

Matt has more than 16 years of experience in the healthcare industry, specializing in Radiology and Cardiology. Most of his roles have involved developing strategic partnerships and selling integrated IT solutions to Midwestern hospitals and health systems to improve workflow. Matt understands the importance of integrating medical devices and IT systems. The benefits to healthcare organizations include reducing medical errors, improved workflow for clinicians, and additional data analytics opportunities, all of which will lead to improved quality of care.

In his current role with Renovo Solutions, Matt helps hospitals manage the costs associated with medical equipment maintenance. He performs comprehensive evaluations of the current processes and service programs to determine if current practices can be improved, or if outside services could help reduce costs and improve patient outcomes.

Matt has worked with several hospitals and health systems to help implement equipment maintenance programs that reduce maintenance related expenses by 15-25% annually. He understands the operational issues involved with using complex technology in today’s healthcare environment.

Matt and his wife Jessie keep very busy with their twins, who were born in November 2011. When time permits, Matt can be found boating, playing tennis or cooking with his wife. He has been on the Executive Team Leadership Team for the American Heart Association since 2009 and has also been involved with the Teammates Mentoring program since 2007.

Education
Bachelor of Science  |  Business Administration
University of Nebraska-Omaha  |  Omaha, NE

Company Affiliation
Renovo Solutions  |  Omaha, NE

John Herz

EEO & Affirmation Action

John Herz is a Project Consultant working in collaboration with SilverStone Group
to provide assistance in the areas of Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Affirmative Action.

John Herz is a Project Consultant working in collaboration with SilverStone Group to provide assistance in the areas of Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Affirmative Action.

John has over 20 of years experience in the EEO and Affirmative Action field with a unique blend of experience as a Federal administrator and as a professional in the private sector.

John served as a District Director with the U.S. Department of Labor/OFCCP where he directed a staff of Compliance Officers in conducting over 450 compliance audits and complaint investigations. During his tenure, John also streamlined and improved OFCCP internal processes of audit scheduling, EEO complaint investigative strategies and constructed an analytical system to aid other OFCCP administrators in managing open audits. John received numerous awards from the US Department of Labor, including the U.S. Secretary of Labor Exceptional Achievement Award, the U.S. Secretary of Labor Equal Employment Opportunity Award and several Special Act/Service Awards.

After his tenure with the OFCCP, John joined ConAgra Foods as the Corporate Manager of EEO and Compliance. He managed all aspects of the Affirmative Action Plan (AAP) development and the implementation of over 100 AAPs annually. In doing so, he significantly streamlined and simplified the development of AAPs through enhanced data programming. He communicated directly with the OFCCP and successfully closed over 30 audits, including a Corporate Management Review audit. In addition, he managed ConAgra’s Code of Conduct and internal complaint process and successfully closed over 140 internal EEO complaints. Furthermore, he led the training of over 300 field HR professionals in the area of Affirmative Action and EEO regulations.

In 2006, John founded Herz Consulting Group, an organization which provides highly specialized affirmative action and equal employment opportunity services to a wide range of businesses to maximize their compliance stature while reducing liability to the company.

John has an extremely high level of expertise in EEO and Affirmative Action, including AAP development, audit services for OFCCP audits and EEOC investigations and statistical analyses of employment and compensation data, including regression analyses. He also possesses an extensive background in litigation support for individual and class-action charges and internal EEO complaint investigations.

John maintains a professional working relationship with the OFCCP, including the administrators in the OFCCP’s national office. He is highly respected nationally in this field in both the public and private sector and is considered and excellent strategist.

Education
Bachelor of Science  |  Industrial Management
University of Nebraska-Kearney  |  Kearney, NE

Company Affiliation
Herz Consulting Group  |  Plattsmouth, NE

Diana Raimondo-Montalto

Organizational Development

Diana J. Raimondo-Montalto is a Project Consultant working in collaboration with SilverStone Group to provide assistance in the area of Organizational Development.

Diana J. Raimondo-Montalto is a Project Consultant working in collaboration with SilverStone Group to provide assistance in the area of Organizational Development.

Diana is a senior human resources professional with 17 years of experience in human resources management, talent management, and organization development. Her diverse background has been attained through working with various industries in Nebraska, Florida, and Illinois in such fields as transportation, manufacturing, education, consulting services, and most recently the utility industry. She has facilitated leadership development seminars, change management workshops, and business talent reviews for existing and emerging leaders.

Diana has served as Adjunct Professor at Concordia University in Nebraska teaching Human Resources Management, as well as Visiting Professor for Loyola University Chicago teaching Emotional Intelligence. She has most recently worked as a Principal, Organization Effectiveness Specialist at Exelon Corporation in Chicago, where she has been a leader in the areas of change management, talent management, metrics and measurements, internal and external surveys, and performance management.

Diana has a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Organizational Development from Loyola University Chicago, and has served as a case study author and member of the Organization Development Network since 2002. She is a certified Emotional Intelligence Consultant through the Hay Group, and has designed and facilitated Emotional Intelligence programs for leaders at Honeywell and Exelon. She is also a certified MBTI instructor, certified Six Sigma Green Belt, and recently completed a coaching practices for leaders program.

Diana has influenced positive change in organizations such as Walt Disney World, First Data Resources, Behlen Mfg. Co., Loyola University Chicago, Chicago Transit Authority, Honeywell International, and Exelon Corporation by focusing on employee engagement, strategic succession planning, metrics and measurements, and emotional intelligence.

Education
Bachelor of Science  |  Business Administration
University of Nebraska-Lincoln  |  Lincoln, NE

Company Affiliation
Exelon Corporation  |  Chicago, IL

Roni Reiter-Palmon

Research

Dr. Roni Reiter-Palmon is a Project Consultant working in collaboration with SilverStone Group to provide assistance in the area of research.

Dr. Roni Reiter-Palmon is a Project Consultant working in collaboration with SilverStone Group to provide assistance in the area of research.

Roni is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO). She teaches graduate courses and consults in her specialty areas — methodology, test development and construction and advanced statistics and analysis. She has conducted extensive research in leadership and leadership development, personnel selection, training development, team functioning and development and facilitation of creative problem solving.

She has published over 40 papers and book chapters in leading journals such as Journal of Applied Psychology, The Leadership Quarterly and Creativity Research Journal. She has given presentations at over 100 conferences, including the Society for Industrial & Organizational Psychology and Academy of Management. She has also spoken at various workgroups in the Omaha area.

Roni has served as a reviewer for multiple journals and conferences in her areas of expertise. She has supervised a number of Master’s and PhD students in the Industrial & Organizational Psychology program at the University of Nebraska-Omaha.

Roni is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Psychological Association, Academy of Management and the Society for Industrial & Organizational Psychology.

Education
Doctor of Philosophy  |  Industrial & Organizational Psychology
George Mason University | Fairfax, VA

Master of Arts  |  Industrial & Organizational Psychology
George Mason University | Fairfax, VA

Bachelor of Arts  |  Psychology & Sociology
Tel-Aviv University Tel-Aviv, Israel

Lori Stohs

Succession Planning & Employee Engagement

Lori Stohs is a Project Consultant working in collaboration with SilverStone Group to provide assistance in the areas of succession planning, employee engagement and organizational sustainability.

Lori Stohs is a Project Consultant working in collaboration with SilverStone Group to provide assistance in the areas of succession planning, employee engagement and organizational sustainability.

Lori has over 10 years of professional experience in organizational and strategic coaching, talent management, employee and customer engagement, executive, team and individual performance coaching, project and human resource management, succession planning and development and training development and facilitation.

Lori is a talent management and consulting professional with a strong mission to create meaningful change for individuals and organizations. As an Account Executive for Microsoft Corporation, she managed enterprise accounts while driving business software, services and solutions for increased organizational capability and performance.

Lori spent 9 years with The Gallup Organization, where she worked with marketing Gallup management and leadership programs and building the Gallup alumni base. Within three years, Lori was the Executive Director of Gallup University. As Executive Director, she built the University into a global learning center with public and corporate locations serving over 287 client companies worldwide. Lori’s final position with Gallup was as Principal Consultant, managing client accounts and project teams that included Fortune 500 organizations. She acted as a trusted advisor, helping organizations obtain sustainable growth by designing, developing and implementing talent assessment tools and processes to hire the right talent fit for increased employee engagement and productivity at all roles and levels across all business units.

Helping people utilize their talents and achieve more than they ever anticipated achieving are Lori’s true passions. Lori has her own consulting firm, Lori Stohs Consulting.

Lori is a founding board member of Executives without Borders, an international nonprofit organization that pairs business leaders with international nonprofit organizations. She is also a founding member of Social Impact Omaha, an organization that focuses on increasing awareness of social responsibility and social entrepreneurship.

Education
Bachelor of Arts  |  Business Management & Marketing
University of Nebraska-Lincoln  |  Lincoln, NE

Company Affiliation
Lori Stohs Consulting  |  Omaha, NE

Sue Twit

Project Consultant

Sue Twit is a project consultant working in collaboration with SilverStone Group to provide assistance in the area of coaching. Sue’s primary focus has been assessing and developing leaders; working with individuals and teams.

Sue Twit is a project consultant working in collaboration with SilverStone Group to provide assistance in the area of coaching. Sue’s primary focus has been assessing and developing leaders; working with individuals and teams. Sue has coached top leaders – CEOs, CFOs and CIOs, as well as emerging top talent. 

Sue is president of High Road Coaching & Consulting, which she launched after receiving certification as a Professional Certified Coach (PCC), so she could devote herself full-time to coaching leaders and their teams.

Prior to launching High Road Coaching & Consulting, Sue was employed by Right Management, a global consulting firm, for 17½ years. During her years with Right, Sue coached and consulted in national and international companies from diverse industries including healthcare, financial services, insurance, manufacturing, technology, agriculture, academia, utilities and entertainment. 

Sue is one of 1,348 coaches in the United States holding the International Coach Federation’s PCC certification. Sue says her main mission is to assist clients, their teams and their companies in achieving maximum professional and personal success
and satisfaction.

Education
Master of Arts | Management
Bellevue University | Bellevue, NE

Bachelor of Science | Business
Bellevue University | Bellevue, NE

Professional Certifications
Professional Certified Coach (PCC) | International Coach Federation

Company Affiliations
High Road Coaching & Consulting | Omaha, NE

 

Paula Pace

Project Consultant

Paula Pace is a project consultant working in collaboration with SilverStone Group. Paula brings 18 years of experience running her own business, The Executive Development Group, where she focuses on the professional growth of all individuals within an organization.

Paula Pace is a project consultant working in collaboration with SilverStone Group. Paula brings 18 years of experience running her own business, The Executive Development Group, where she focuses on the professional growth of all individuals within an organization. From the intricacies of communication skills to the subtleties of business protocol, Paula delivers the requirements to succeed, excel and enjoy today’s world. Paula challenges her clients to come out of their cubicles, offices and homes to engage people in communication – not just idle conversation, but good, effective communication. It saves time, it’s honest and it’s effective. Her clients enjoy the experience of examining and improving current skills plus learning new ones.

Paula holds a Master’s degree in education and is a certified executive and business coach. She has developed and implemented training strategies and programs tailored to the unique and diverse environments she has served. From technical seminars to public communications, Paula has designed and developed successful training programs for major national and multinational institutions.   

Paula is a speaker, trainer and executive coach who has worked extensively across the United States and Canada. She uses stories, examples and humor to engage and invite her audience into the learning experience. People find themselves in her stories, whether it be caught in the middle of an office conflict or an awkward moment at a social event. She gives the tools to survive and thrive in tough situations. Paula offers a fun and introspective look at how you can improve your work and your life through effective communication.

Education
Master of Science  |  Education
Montana State University  |  Bozeman, MT 

Bachelor of Science  |  Education
South Dakota State University  |  Brookings, SD 

Professional Title
 Board Certified Coach  |  The Center for Credentialing and Education, Inc.

Company Affiliation
The Executive Development Group  |  Lincoln, NE