Mason Institute for Leadership Excellence
Center for the Advancement of Well-Being | The College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Faculty Short Bios

 Louis Alloro

Louis Alloro, M.Ed., MAPP

Louis is a change agent specializing in applied positive psychology, the science of human well-being and flourishing. He certifies other practitioners and works in learning organizations to facilitate sustainable positive culture initiatives thereby increasing engagement, improving relationships and enhancing everything overall. At our center, he worked with the Advanced Coaching in Leadership and Well-Being Program. Read full bio

 Ann Baker

Ann Baker, Ph.D.

As a professor, consultant, and facilitator, Ann draws on over 30 years of experience in emotional intelligence, systemic organization change, constructive conflict resolution to promote learning and collaboration, and the growth of individuals to mutually benefit them and the groups and organizations where they work. At our center, she works with the Rising Leader Development Program and the Mid-Level Leader Development Program. Read full bio

Teresa Brodin 

Teresa M. Brodin, M.Ed., ACC

Teresa has over 25 years of experience providing leadership in organizational effectiveness, leadership development and coaching in some of the areas largest healthcare organizations, federal government, corporations and non-profits. At our center, she works with the Foundations of Strengths-Based Leadership Program, the Rising Leader Development Program, the Mid-Level Leader Development Program, and the Leadership Coaching for Organizational Well-Being Professional Certificate Program. Read full bio

 Beth Cabrera

Beth Cabrera, Ph.D.

As a writer, researcher, and speaker, Beth teaches strategies that enhance the success and well-being of leaders and their organizations. Her courses, on topics including strengths, purpose, mindfulness, and workplace well-being, help leaders create positive work environments where people thrive. At our center, she works with the Foundations of Strengths-Based Leadership Program, the Rising Leader Development Program, the Mid-Level Leader Development Program, and the Positive Leadership Certificate Program. Read full bio 

Laurie Cameron

Laurie Cameron

Laurie, founder of PurposeBlue, shares her energy and compassion to inspire, teach, and coach internationally. She has 25 years as a leadership executive and organization change consultant, and is uniquely adept at tuning into what is needed to awaken individuals and transform organizational cultures to lead more consciously. Read full bio  

Virginia Diamond

Virginia Diamond, PCC, Coaching Fellow

Virginia is a Coaching Fellow at the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being (CWB) at Mason and is the founder of Diamond Insight. She specializes in helping executives and their teams lead in the face of the ever-increasing demands of today’s world. At our center, she is a co-instructor for Module 4 of the Leadership Coaching for Organizational Well-Being Professional Certificate Program. Read full bio 

Ellen Fulton

Ellen Fulton, Director of Training, Coaching Fellow

Ellen is the Director of Training for the Leadership Coaching for Organizational Well-Being Professional Certificate Program. She assures the curriculum is cohesive and meets the standards set by the International Coach Federation (ICF). She also serves as a consistent presence and support for students across coaching modules. Read full bio  

Steve Gladis

Steve Gladis, Ph.D.

As a speaker, researcher, writer and executive coach, Steve teaches leadership development courses based on his 22 books and numerous articles about leadership. He also coaches CEOs, executives, and their teams. At our center, he works with the Foundations of Strengths-Based Leadership Program, the Rising Leader Development Program, the Mid-Level Leader Development Program, and the Positive Leadership Certificate Program. Read full bio  

Sarah Happel

Sarah Happel, M.S., PCC, Coaching Fellow

Sarah is known for creating thought-provoking curricula that spark personal and professional transformation. Her particular expertise is in what leaders co-create with the language they use in conversations. She draws upon this expertise as the instructor for Module 3 of the Leadership Coaching for Organizational Well-Being Professional Certificate Program. Read full bio 

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Rob Holder, B.A., MPA, PMP

Rob built a reputation for uncovering leadership strategies for my employers, including top-ranking technology companies that work with federal agencies in building new programs, introducing innovation and overhauling technical operations. He managed complex procurement and acquisition activities that provided employment and growth options. At our center, he works with the Foundations of Strengths-Based Leadership Program, the Rising Leader Development Program, the Mid-Level Leader Development Program, and the Positive Leadership Certificate Program. Read full bio 

Cliff Kayser

W. Cliff Kayser, MSHR, MSOD, PCC, Coaching Fellow

Cliff is a Mason Coaching Fellow and teaches in Mason’s Advanced Coaching program and also Module 5 of the coach certification program. In both programs, Cliff draws upon his considerable expertise as an executive coach, organization development consultant, and leadership trainer/facilitator who specializes in Polarity Approach for Continuity and Transformation (“PACT”). At our center, he works with the Leadership Coaching for Organizational Well-Being Professional Certificate Program and worked with the Advanced Coaching Program in Leadership and Well-Being. Read full bio 

Nance Lucas

Nance Lucas, Ph.D.

Nance serves as the Executive Director of Mason’s Center for the Advancement of Well-Being and is an Associate Professor of Leadership Studies at Mason. She leads Mason’s Well-Being University initiative in collaboration with colleagues across the institution while also leading global and national efforts to advance human flourishing and organizational well-being. At our center, Nance is a co-instructor for Module 1 of the Leadership Coaching for Organizational Well-Being Professional Certificate Program and also works with the Foundations of Strengths-Based Leadership Program, the Rising Leader Development Program, and the Mid-Level Leader Development Program. She has also worked with the Advanced Coaching in Leadership and Well-Being Program. Read full bio

 Mary Elizabeth Lynch

Mary Elizabeth Lynch, M.S., J.D.

Mary Elizabeth is an educator, attorney-mediator and conflict transformation professional who inspires self-leadership in individuals at all organizational levels. Her training, rooted in her knowledge and application of well-being practices, help organizational leaders identify and apply core values, positively engage emotional intelligence, and build capacity for creativity and resilience. At our center, she has worked with the Advanced Coaching in Leadership and Well-Being Program. Read full bio 

Michelle Marks

Michelle Marks, Ph.D.

Michelle is Vice President for Academic Innovation and New Ventures in the Office of the Provost at Mason. In 2013, she led the development of Mason’s 10-year strategic plan. Read full bio 

Daphne Miller

Daphne Durham Miller, PCC, Coaching Fellow

Daphne is an executive coach, facilitator and trainer who works with senior leaders to mid-level managers in the federal and for-profit arenas. Her expertise is in working with individuals and groups with an emphasis on leadership development, communication and developing strong cross-discipline partnerships. At our center, Daphne works with the Leadership Coaching for Organizational Well-Being Professional Certificate Program and has worked with the Advanced Coaching in Leadership and Well-Being Program. Read full bio 

Kris Miller

Kris Miller, MBA, PCC

As an executive leadership coach and consultant, Kris works with individual leaders and teams across sectors including finance, healthcare, non-profits and government. He serves on the faculty for Georgetown University’s Institute for Transformational Leadership, Leadership Coach Training program. At our center, he works with the Mid-Level Leader Development Program and has worked with the Advanced Coaching in Leadership and Well-Being Program. Read full bio 

Fran Nurthen

Francis Nurthen 

As a strategist, facilitator, strengths coach, and speaker, Fran consults on leadership and organizational development. His work integrates strengths awareness, positive psychology appreciative inquiry, and strategic organizational development. At our center, he works with the Mid-Level Leader Development Program. Read full bio  

Mandy O

Olivia (Mandy) O'Neill, Ph.D.

Mandy is assistant professor of management in Mason’s School of Business, and a senior scholar at the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being. She teaches MBA and undergraduate courses in organizational behavior, negotiations, global management, leadership, and organizational change. Read full bio 

Julie Owen

Julie Owen, Ph.D.

Julie is an Associate Professor of Leadership Studies at the School of Integrative Studies, George Mason University. She is the author of over 20 publications, and is a frequent presenter, consultant, and keynote speaker on topics related to leadership, social change, and organizational development. At our center, Julie works with the Rising Leader Development Program. Read full bio 

Pam Patterson
 

Pam Patterson, Ph.D., PCC, Senior Coaching Fellow

Pam is Associate Vice President of University Life at Mason, with combined experience in leadership and university administration. She is also a Senior Coaching Fellow at the Mason Institute for Leadership Excellence (MILE) and the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being (CWB). At our center, Pam co-instructs Module 1 of the Leadership Coaching for Organizational Well-Being Professional Certificate Program and has worked with the Advanced Coaching in Leadership and Well-Being Program. Read full bio 

Penny Potter

Penny Potter, Ph.D., PCC, Coaching Fellow

As director of Mason Institute for Leadership Excellence (MILE), Penny combines her expertise as both a scholar and practitioner to ensure that working with adults who attend MILE programs can apply their learning to the real world of work. Penny’s doctoral research was on the transformation and development of coaching students. She includes some of her research findings was the instructor for Module 2 of the Leadership Coaching for Organizational Well-Being Professional Certificate Program. She also works with the Foundations of Strengths-Based Leadership Program, the Rising Leader Development Program, the Mid-Level Leader Development Program, and the Positive Leadership Certificate Program. Read full bio 

Michael Rochelle

Michael D. Rochelle, MPA, PCC, Coaching Fellow

Mike, a retired lieutenant general, is a Coaching Fellow at Mason's Center for the Advancement of Well-Being (CWB). He calls upon his considerable active duty military leadership in the U.S. Army, where he headed the Human Capital Office. Mike is co-instructor for Module 4 on Coaching the Resilient Leader in the Leadership Coaching for Organizational Well-Being Professional Certificate Program. Read full bio 

Angelique Skoulas

Angelique Skoulas, Ph.D.

Angelique is a facilitator and executive coach specializing in conflict management, and communication. For more than 15 years she has worked with leaders in the corporate, non-profit and governmental sectors to improve strategies and develop capacity. At our center, Angelique worked with the Advanced Coaching in Leadership and Well-Being Program. Read full bio 

Richard Strozzi-Heckler

Richard Strozzi-Heckler, Ph.D., MCC

Richard is an author, researcher, teacher in the field of somatics and embodied leadership. In his embodied leadership programs he focuses on purpose, executing on commitments, managing mood, building trust, and cultivating grounded compassion and pragmatic wisdom. At our center, he works with the Foundations of Strengths-Based Leadership Program, the Rising Leader Development Program, the Mid-Level Leader Development Program, and the Leadership Coaching for Organizational Well-Being Professional Certificate Program. Read full bio 

Mark Thurston

Mark Thurston, Ph.D.

Mark is director of educational programs at George Mason University’s Center for the Advancement of Well-Being. He has been a part of the center's staff since its founding in January 2009. Read full bio 

Chris Wahl

Chris Wahl, M.A., MCC

Chris is certified as a Master Coach through the International Coach Federation and is certified as a developmental coach through the Interdevelopmental Institute. Chris works with leaders and their teams in various industries to cultivate and promote well-being while they manage multiple challenges and achieve business results. At our center, she has worked with the Advanced Coaching in Leadership and Well-Being Program. Read full bio 

Steve Zaccaro

Steve Zaccaro, Ph.D.

Steve is a professor of psychology at Mason. He also is an experienced leadership coach. Read full bio

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