The People Behind RCSN

Our focus is on you and your leadership needs. This includes:

Success Coaching

Communication Coaching

Find the Right Leaders

Attract the Right Leaders

Interview & Select the Right Leaders

Leadership Development and Coaching

Human Resources Consulting

Diversity and Inclusion

Organization Evaluation and Development

Producing the Right Sales Results

Our Senior Leadership Consultants will provide solutions to your human resources and talent acquisition challenges.

Donna Chrobot-Mason, , Ph.D – Senior Partner

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Senior Partner & Senior Leadership Consultant & Executive Coach  Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Organizational Leadership, University of Cincinnati Work Phone: 513-310-3158

Her book (co-authored with Chris Ernst), “Boundary Spanning Leadership: Six Practices for Solving Problems,Driving Innovation, and Transforming Organizations,” was published by McGraw-Hill Professional in 2010. Since publishing this authoritative research conducted over ten (10) years, Donna has addressed numerous audiences including the Brookings Institute, FBI, EPA, IRS, Catholic Health Partners, and the International Leadership Association. She has also consulted with numerous organizations including Briggs and Stratton, Dayton Public Schools, Boehringer-Ingelheim, Emory University, Milacron, and Forest City Enterprises. One of her most influential engagements was to help lead the United States’ 15-month transition in Iraq from a military operation to a sustainable diplomatic role using the proven principles of working across boundaries.

Donna has published articles in such industry-renowned journals as the Journal of Management, Leadership Quarterly, International Journal of Human Resource Management, Journal of Organizational Behavior, and Group and Organization Management. She has served on the editorial review board for the Journal of Management, Personnel Psychology, and the Journal of Business and Psychology.

As an Executive Coach of mid to senior level leaders, Donna has “Lifetime Certification” to administer and interpret instruments in the 360 suite of measures developed and validated at the Center for Creative Leadership. She developed her coaching skills by training with the Center for Coaching Certification (an ICF accredited program).

Donna serves as an Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Organizational Leadership at the University of Cincinnati (UC), while also functioning as a Senior Partner with RCSN Leadership Services. Her focus is on leadership across differences and strategies for creating organizational practices, policies, and a climate that supports diversity and foster intergroup collaboration.

She holds a PhD and Master’s degree in Applied Psychology from the University of Georgia. Donna teaches Masters and PhD courses in leadership and diversity as well as undergraduate courses for the Organizational Leadership program at UC.

You want to contact Donna when your leadership needs focus on:

Individual Assessments and Executive Coaching
• Certified to use any of the Center for Creative Leadership’s (CCL) suite of 360 instruments

Employee perception surveys
• Over twenty years of experience administering and analyzing employee surveys (employee engagement, employee satisfaction, perceptions of leadership, etc.)

Organization/Team climate surveys
• Over twenty years of experience administering and analyzing climate surveys (overall climate, climate for diversity and inclusion, climate for learning, etc.)

Focus groups
• Fifteen years of experience gathering and analyzing qualitative employee data to inform decisions and implement change

Organizational restructuring
• Experience working with clients restructuring roles and responsibilities (e.g., this often involves employee assessment, developing or revising job descriptions, team building, and the creation of a leadership development plan

Strategic planning and change
• Most recent clients have involved long-term collaborative consulting engagements with multiple data collection activities to inform a variety of change efforts

Leadership development
• Experience working with clients to design or redesign a comprehensive and long-term leadership development plan (e.g., 9-month leadership development program at the University of Cincinnati, Succession Planning at UDF)

• Extensive experience developing and delivering experiential workshops for a variety of clients and industries including topics such as leader development, collaboration, team building, diversity and inclusion, building effective networks, women’s leadership, and boundary spanning leadership

Nicholas Aramovich, Ph.D , – Senior Leadership Consultant

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Senior Leadership Consultant Work Phone: 773-939-7070

Nick brings a unique blend of academic and industry experience and to RCSN’s leadership consulting services. He has deep expertise in team performance, leadership, applied research, and data analysis. Nick earned a PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a minor in Statistics, Methods, and Measurement and a Master’s degree in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from the University of Colorado at Denver.

Nick’s academic research focuses on group dynamics, team performance, leader effectiveness, and organizational diversity. He has presented his research at national conferences and has published in leading journals including: The Leadership Quarterly, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Group and Organization Management, and Small Group Research. He has given invited talks on these topics for groups at the VHA National Center for Organization Development (NCOD), Northeastern University, and Harvard University.

Nick’s has taught undergraduate and graduate coursework in psychology, statistics, and research methods at several institutions including The University of Illinois at Chicago, Harvard University, The University of California, San Diego, and The California School of Professional Psychology. He has supervised over 20 doctoral dissertations and master’s theses related to employee, team, leader, and organizational performance.

In addition to his academic experience, Nick has several years of experience working in a variety of internal HR and analyst roles as has worked as an independent consultant for several clients. Some of his many projects have included: creating and conducting custom workshops, designing and evaluating employee training programs, survey creation, administration, analysis, and reporting; various organizational research projects (employee and customer focused); and various data analytic projects (database creation, querying, and management, historical reporting, forecasting, statistical analyses).

Nick currently teaches at San Diego Miramar College, a 2-year college in the San Diego Community College District.

You want to contact Nick when your leadership needs focus on:

Team Performance and Leadership
• Experience developing and delivering experiential workshops on team effectiveness
• Level 2 Advanced Certification in the 6 Team Conditions team effectiveness framework
• Extensive experience with team performance assessment including feedback reporting
• Coaching for team leaders

Applied research and data analysis
• Survey creation, administration, and analysis
• Focus groups and employee interviews
• Database creation, queries, and management
• Data reporting and visualization
• Statistical analysis
   o Expert in descriptive and advanced inferential techniques
   o Software proficiency includes MS Excel, SPSS, R, Mplus

Gayle A. Brock, , M.Ed., LMT – Senior Leadership Consultant

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Senior Leadership Consultant

Gayle joined RCSN Leadership Services as a Senior Leadership Consultant in December 2019. She is the Founder and Executive Consultant of Brock Consulting.

Gayle’s 20+ year career has been in executive management, training and leadership development. She has held positions as Executive Director of four Cincinnati YMCAs and Metropolitan Director, serving as liaison for the Cincinnati Association to the United Way, where she ensured leadership compliance for funding, program innovation and evaluation.

Gayle served 10 years as a Leadership Development Consultant with the national headquarters of the YMCA of the USA, Chicago.  In this role, she guided CEOs/Executives and key association board members targeting PA, MD, DE and Washington DC.  Her focus was on training, staff/professional development, board development, strategic planning, diversity & inclusion, program/facility/membership development and individual staff consultation centering on career mapping and personal development. Nationally, she led and managed achievement programs leading Staff Directors in the implementation of higher education initiatives. This resulted in the Y’s improving high school graduation and college access rates for students nationwide.

Gayle earned a Bachelor’s/Education and Masters’ Education/Exercise Physiology from the University of Cincinnati.

She holds Certificates in ‘The Coach Approach’ Leadership Coaching (Institute for Life Coach Training) and Minority Executive Development Mentoring (Emerging Minority Leadership Institute). 

As a Trainer and Coach, her work has focused on Supervision, Group Work, Diversity and Inclusion, Organizational Skills, Time Management, Problem Solving-Conflict Resolution, Volunteerism and Training Others.

You should contact Gayle when your leadership needs focus on:

• Board
• Curriculum
• Workshop, Seminar & Training
• Program
• Staff & Leadership

Other Services:
• Career Mapping
• Creating forms and tools
• Multi-Cultural Engagement
• Program Management & Evaluation
• Project Management

Tracey Danner-Odenwelder , , EdD, CFRE – Senior Leadership Consultant

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Senior Leadership Consultant Work Phone: 317-919-5110

With over 25 years’ experience in organizational development and corporate social responsibility, Tracey is passionate about serving others and impacting our global community. Tracey collaborates with key stakeholders to address organizational and community needs, focusing on long-term sustainability, evolving relevance and expanding community impact. She is detail driven, results-oriented, and takes pride in developing cohesive and cause driven staff, board and volunteer teams.

Tracey earned her doctorate in Human and Organizational Learning from George Washington University; her dissertation researched the impact corporate social responsibility has on the organization’s culture, particularly studying the role of senior leadership and cross-sector partnerships. Her MPhil and MS degrees are in Organizational Dynamics, with dual certification in Global Studies, from the University of Pennsylvania. Her BS in Human Services is from Springfield College. Tracey has studied abroad in eight countries; she researched social service systems and how community needs were met in each country.

Tracey is a Rotarian with leadership roles at the club and district levels; she was the recipient of the 2018 Presidential Excite, Engage, Evolve Award. Tracey serves on several boards, volunteers in her community, and has participated in domestic and international mission trips.

Professional Certifications
• Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE)
• Certificate in Fundraising Management; Lilly School of Philanthropy
• Certified in Action Learning; World Institute of Action Learning

Professional Associations
• Society for Human Resource Professionals (SHRM)
• Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP)
• Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce
• Muncie-Delaware County Chamber of Commerce
• National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO)

You should contact Tracey when your Leadership needs focus on:

Organizational Development
• Organizational Analysis
• Change Management
• Systems and Processes
• Organizational Culture
• Leadership and Employee Engagement
• Team Building
• Diversity
• Globalization
• Action Learning

Corporate Social Responsibility
• Align mission, values and CSR efforts with your organizational priorities
• Customize and implement a CSR program for your company
• Strengthen and expand your organization’s CSR efforts
• Cross-sector partnerships

Anne Golden, , M. Ed – Leadership & Coaching Consultant, Language & Speech

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Senior Leadership Consultant Work Phone: 513-607-6437

Anne is a Cincinnati-based communication skills Coach and Intercultural Trainer with 22 years of experience. She has developed a wide variety of courses, coaching programs and workshops utilized by groups and individuals at multi-national corporations including Toyota, Nissan, General Electric, Procter & Gamble, Microsoft, Siemens Corporation, BAE Systems, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Verizon Wireless, Itochu Corporation, Tata Consultancy Services, Deloitte, Hewlett-Packard, WILD Flavors, General Cable, Astra-Zeneca, and International Paper.

As a Coach, Anne works with professionals on accent and pronunciation, speaking rhythm and speed, intonation, vocal image, sentence structure, non-verbal communication, and active listening skills.

As an Intercultural Trainer, she designs and delivers numerous workshops that focus on intercultural knowledge and competence, business etiquette, and communication skills for living in the United States and Japan. Clients include Doctors, Scientists, Engineers, Business Managers and Senior Executives. She has coached and trained more than 400 individuals since 1997.

In addition to her current work as a Coach and Trainer, since 2016 Anne has served as Executive Director of the Japan America Society of Greater Cincinnati, a non-profit organization that promotes the relationship between the United States and Japan in the local region. The organization has more than 100 member companies.

Earlier in her career Anne spent 5 years as a Counselor for US Government education and training programs and 3 years as an English Teacher in a public high school in Kumamoto Prefecture (Japan).

She holds a B.A. in Sociology from Bates College, and an M. Ed in Student Development in Higher Education from the University of Maine. She is a professionally trained Coach by the Coaches Training Institute and also a certified Compton Accent Modification Trainer.

Programs that might be a good fit for you or your organization follow.

Cultural Training Workshops
• Introduction to Japanese Business Etiquette (2 hours)
• Working and Living in Japan (Half or Full Day)
• Working and Living in the U.S. (Half or Full Day)

Communication Skills Workshops
• American Accent Essentials for Spanish Speakers (Half Day)
• Introduction to Professional Vocal Image (2 hours)
• Active Listening for a Multicultural Workplace (1-2 hours)

Communication Skills Coaching
• Interpersonal skills (building rapport, leveraging social conversation, etc.)
• Effective email writing
• Active listening
• Pronunciation, diction and spoken grammar
• Intonation and vocal image
• Non-verbal communication (eye contact and general body language)
• Concise speaking

Brett Hodge, , MSW, ACC – Senior Leadership Consultant

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Senior Leadership Consultant Work Phone: 812-345-7519

Brett is an educator, executive, team coach, consultant, and expert in team dynamics. He is also an entrepreneur with 30 years of extensive work on team leadership and Organizational effectiveness.

His work experience spans a 30+ year career with leadership development, performance management, conflict management, culture integration, merger integration, team charters and strategic planning.

He is a certified Change Management Practitioner with experience in small and large scale change. Over the past 30 years Brett has honed his expertise in Organizational Development serving many industries from Manufacturing, Pharmaceutical and Health Care to Philanthropic and not for profit Board and Staff Development.

He was a lead designer of the Deliberate Leader Development Program at IU Health, is an adjunct faculty educator for IU O’Neal School of Public and Environmental Affairs as well as the Kelley School of Business and has coached 100’s of individuals and teams.

He holds a MSW from Indiana University, is a Professional Certified Coach through the ICF, a level III Certified Organizational Engineer, a certified Vitalsmarts facilitator, Speed of Trust facilitator and also a Prosci Certified Change Management Practitioner.

Tom C. Johnson , – Senior Leadership Consultant

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Senior Leadership Consultant Work Phone: 513-257-8736

Tom is a Cincinnati based HR Consultant who has led and served in a variety of HR organizations where his experience, knowledge, and vision have been recognized for solving business problems, designing effective HR processes and leading and directing highly effective teams. Tom is a skilled facilitator, technology advocate and talented problem solver dedicated to getting the “right people in the right seat on the right bus”. He is also a seasoned Human Resources Consultant who knows the business of HR. Tom speaks the language of business and understands the contribution to the bottom line that confident decision making can bring to an organization.

He holds a BS, MA, and SPHR and has served in a number of large public and private organizations such as Tyson Foods, Marathon Petroleum, Western and Southern Financial Group and dunnhumby, Inc.

He is a Board member with the Greater Cincinnati Human Resource Association. He mentors emerging leaders with One Source of Cincinnati and has been recognized for his volunteer service with the Sharonville Chamber of Commerce. He advises various organizations from a business and human resources perspective. His passion for connecting people and technology goes beyond the theoretical to practical applications and successful outcomes.

You should contact Tom when your Human Resources or Leadership needs call for a:

Tom has assisted leadership teams in start-up, non-profit and established organizations on their development journeys via branded programs such as Patrick Lencioni / Wiley – The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team and The Advantage. Tom’s engaging and insightful facilitation style encourages participation, innovative thinking and productive outcomes in his programs

Content Development / Program Designer
Tom has built programs from the ground up creating one of a kind solutions for clients that meet their organizational objectives. Tom has a number of branded programs at hand including Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team, DiSC Work of Leaders, as well as other notable and recognized programs.

Leadership Development Consultant
As a technology advocate, Tom is the region’s sole authorized provider of The Accelerator™ Virtual Learning Platform. The Accelerator prepares future leaders via a state-of-the-art programs such as Virtual Learning, Gamification, Live Coaching and Management Led Learning reinforcement, which improves the ROI on training and development dramatically over standard programs.

Technology Advocate
Tom recognizes that the standard vetting of candidates could not get to the core insights required for confident people decisions. He has partnered with industry leaders in the assessment arena to provide his clients with state-of-the-art assessment tools. He has facilitated a variety of programs based on Wiley’s suite of DiSC based programs:
• Product Conflict
• Workplace
• Work of Leaders
• Sales
• Management
• 363 For Leaders

Assessment Expert
He is an authorized Wiley Strategic Business partner and a reseller of a variety of Job Fit / Selection Assessments:
• Profile XT
• PXT Select
• Profiles Sales Assessment
• Customer Service Focus

Tom is also a provider of Skills-Based Testing, Employee Engagement / Survey Exits and Work Related Values (Ethics) assessments.

Nanette Polito , – Success Coach & Coaching Consultant

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“Success Coach” Leadership and Coaching Consultant Work Phone: 859-816-7659

Nanette Polito’s mission is to encourage individuals to clarify their vision, define their goals and create the success and life they only thought was a dream.

She has spent over 40 years in the business world. Starting as a factory worker in high school and now an entrepreneur.  In between, she was a manager for a bookkeeping department, managed two different customer service departments, one in manufacturing and the other a button company in New York City.    One of her favorite positions was when she moved to Los Angeles and became an Assistant to the owner of a major garment manufacturer with 100+ employees.  There she worked closely with the management of all departments. After relocating to the Midwest, she became a mortgage loan officer for 14 years, which lead to becoming the BNI Director of Mentoring and Training for the Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky Region 2001-2018.   In her career, she also facilitated in the starting of button manufacturing company and a Mortgage Company.

Nanette’s experience allows her to evaluate the needs of businesses.  With this knowledge, she educates business professionals, in terms of developing and growing their businesses.  Her passion is helping businesspeople understand ‘Why’ they do what they do and creating the vision of the business and life they want.  She teaches them how to develop and plan, set smart goals and how to network more effectively.  Her clients range from individual entrepreneurs to corporations.

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She resides in Hebron Kentucky with her husband of 32 years Joe and their dog Ruby.  They have two children Christopher and Alexandra.  Her burning desire is just to have everyone around her be successful.

You should contact Nanette if your needs focus on:

Individual Coaching
• Accountability, goal-setting and tracking, and weekly meetings to keep you on pace.

Group Coaching
• Personalized coaching for your team that provides accountability, goal-setting, and tracking for individuals and the team as a whole.

Finding Your Why Workshops
• In this three-session workshop, Nanette will help you and your team identify your Why and how to utilize it as your #1 sales tool.

Create Your Vision Workshops
• In this three-session workshop, Nanette helps participants clarify their vision and how to create a plan to get there.

Custom Designed Workshops
• Let Nanette plan a custom workshop designed just for your team.

Keynote Speaking
• Nanette’s advice, inspiration, and tough love are sure to strike a chord with your organization


Mary A. Huelsman , – Senior Search Consultant

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Senior Search Consultant

Mary brings a unique combination of human resources and recruitment experience to RCSN’s executive search team. She started her career at TRW Automotive Worldwide in international compensation and benefits. After several years she joined Agency Rent-A-Car as a Recruiter where she advanced to Director of Human Resources. Over time she realized she wanted to focus her career in recruiting. This led her to work professionally for two healthcare organizations in Cleveland and later for a third in Cincinnati where she functioned as a Corporate Recruiter.

During her career Mary has also had the opportunity to function as a Human Resources and Recruiting Consultant. In these roles she provided talent acquisition expertise to companies in multiple industries including Information Technology, Plastics Manufacturing, Digital Imaging, Hospitality, Banking, Finance, Telecommunications and Distribution.

Mary joined RCSN in February 2013, and is one of our “first voices” with candidates to our clients, as she builds and develops candidate relationships, networks and pipelines.

When she isn’t recruiting Mary is a volunteer in many professional, community and church organizations. She also serves as a Program Manager for the Greater Cincinnati Human Resources Association’s Talent Acquisition Trends Committee. She is also, in her spare time, an Audio/Visual Artist and Potter.

Mary graduated cum laude from John Carroll University with a BA in Communications. She also has extensive training through AIRS and the Society for Human Resources Management, SHRM.

Julie C. Pache , – Senior Research Associate, AIRS Certified

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Senior Research Associate, Airs CIR Certified Work Phone: 317-288-4754 Cell Phone: 317-376-5628

Julie conducts detailed research to identify the most promising candidates to fill corporate leadership positions. By leveraging her well-honed critical thinking skills, Julie is adept at cutting through the clutter to find highly qualified individuals that best align with the search project criteria. Prior to joining RCSN, Julie was a highly effective leader and manager at multiple ‘Big 6’ consulting firms, specializing in managing implementations of difficult and mission-critical information technology systems. She has experience in multiple industries, including manufacturing, real estate, construction, and distribution.

Julie has served as President and Treasurer of various non-profit organizations including St. Michael’s Christian School, Parents of Children Having Allergies, and the Association of Roman Catholic Home Educated Students. She also tutors high school students in multiple math subjects and SAT math preparation. Julie is a magna cum laude graduate from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College in Terre Haute, Indiana, where she double majored in Mathematics and Computer Information Systems.

Miriam Wehner , – Senior Research Associate, AIRS Certified

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Senior Research Associate, Airs CIR Certified Work Phone: 310-922-2361

Miriam conducts in depth research and identifies only the most relevant and qualified senior level and executive candidates for key corporate roles. She has 10 years of experience in research, auditing, and consulting in higher education, financial services, the pharmaceutical industry as well as the legal profession. Originally from California, Miriam started her professional career as a Senior Auditor and Project Advisor at UCLA. She transitioned to Experian as a Senior Internal Auditor and continued her career with Watson Pharmaceuticals as a Senior Internal Auditor and Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance Consultant. In 2005 she moved from California to Cincinnati, where she now utilizes her background and experience in data mining and database management as a Senior Research Associate for RCSN. She further extended her research expertise by obtaining a paralegal certification and works, on a part-time basis, for a local law firm.

Miriam holds a Bachelor’s degree in both Liberal Studies and Psychology, a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from California State University San Bernardino and a Paralegal Certification from the University of Cincinnati. She enjoys playing soccer and spends most of her free time coaching and supporting her children’s extracurricular activities.

Wendy Wehner , – Senior Research Associate, AIRS Certified & Database Manager

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Senior Research Associate, Airs CIR Certified & Database Manager Work Phone: 501-952-8083

Wendy’s career started with IBM, where she was a Systems Engineer providing technical field support to large companies. She then joined Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), where she maintained the computer systems used at all military medical clinics.

For several years, she played a significant leadership role in the Air Force community. While being stationed in Germany with her husband, she volunteered her time to the Wounded Warriors, Fisher House, and supported a large group of spouses who were also stationed overseas.

She now taps into that collective knowledge and experience to identify candidates who fulfill RCSN’s client leadership needs. Wendy is a Texas Tech University graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems. She enjoys volunteering her time to her children’s school and extracurricular activities.