Officers and Contributors

President

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Dr. Kathy Bittner is Principal of Bittner and Associates, LLC since January 2013.  Prior to reopening her own consulting business, she had worked with CEB Valtera in the Selection and Assessment Group for over two years and has over thirty years of internal and external global consulting experience. She specializes in leveraging senior executives’ leadership potential and performance. Her specific area of expertise is talent development including executive assessment and executive coaching and development.  Dr. Bittner’s principles and beliefs as a consultant lie in her ability to carefully integrate assessment data to foster a new awareness in leaders that assists them in making well-crafted specific behavioral changes. She has worked extensively with clients in technology, financial services, healthcare/sciences, pharmaceuticals, chemicals and international oil, telecommunications, utilities, manufacturing, construction, food service, and not-for-profit environments.  Dr. Bittner holds a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from The Pennsylvania State University, an MA in Industrial Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and graduated Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a BA in Psychology from Bucknell University.

Vice President

Rania Vasilatos

Treasurer

Anthony. S. Boyce is an associate partner and leads Research and Innovation within Aon Hewitt’s Assessment and Leadership practice.  Dr. Boyce has more than ten years of experience partnering with clients to help them achieve their organizations’ goals. He has worked with a number of Fortune 500 companies (e.g., Anheuser-Busch Inbev, IBM, Kellogg Company, Marriott, McDonald’s, Procter & Gamble, Prudential Financial), and federal government agencies (e.g., Federal Reserve, Internal Revenue Service, Transportation Security Administration) providing external and internal consulting services. His work has predominately focused on the development, validation, and implementation of innovative, impactful and legally defensibly selection assessments.  Dr. Boyce received his Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from Michigan State University. 

Secretary

Comila Shahani-Denning, Ph.D., is Professor and Director of the Industrial/Organizational Master’s Program at Hofstra University.  She received her B.A. degree from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Rice University in Houston, TX.  She has served as the Director of the Master’s Program at Hofstra University for over ten years and supervises students at the Masters and doctoral level.  She teaches courses at the undergraduate, MA, and doctoral level.  Her current research interests are the extent to which recruitment and selection are impacted (enhanced, hindered) by social media, with a particular focus on LinkedIn.  Her recent studies in this area aimed at understanding how people choose to present themselves on LinkedIn, which yielded some interesting differences across industries as well as across applicant gender.  Dr. Shahani-Denning and colleagues have since completed further research expanding upon this issue, including several experimental studies examining recruiter perceptions of applicant profiles on LinkedIn.  She has also actively been involved in cross-cultural research just completing a study where she compared selection practices in the US and India.  Dr. Shahani-Denning has provided consulting services to a wide variety of organizations.  She has consulted on test development for certification programs, the assessment and evaluation of sales professionals, the implementation of self-managed teams, the facilitation of leadership development programs, the development of organizational certification programs, training evaluation, and needs analysis.

 

Contributors and Volunteers

Ashley Busing has been an active METRO member for 10 years. She started attending meetings shortly after moving to NYC after completing a Bachelor's in Psychology at University of South Florida in her hometown Tampa, FL. She moved to NYC to be in the I/O Psychology PhD program at Baruch College. At Baruch, she taught undergraduate courses in Introductory Psychology, I/O Psychology, and Theories of Personality and received her degree in 2008. She currently works for the New York State Unified Court System in the Office of Court Research. Ashley has been a senior analyst for over 9 years using business intelligence, analytics, and reporting to stay on top of organizational trends and performance. She soon hopes to broaden her analytic skills and work in Human Resources, Organizational Development, and Talent Management. In her spare time, she loves dancing ballet and performs in shows doing classical ballet pieces 3 times a year.

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Michael Chetta has been involved in METRO and helping coordinate our annual Career Day since 2010. While completing his Ph.D. in Applied Organizational Psychology at Hofstra University, he co-founded Talent Metrics, a boutique IO consulting firm. In his current role, Mike works with both Fortune 500 organizations and smaller non-profits managing client relationships; his work includes providing thought leadership with actionable analytics as well as impacting organizational research practices, data collection, and survey practices.  Mike is also an adjunct faculty member at Touro College in the Graduate IO Psychology program. He currently works and resides in the Orlando, Florida area where he also co-chairs the Orlando OD Network's External Consultant Community of Practice.

Reach out to Mike on Twitter: @mchetta_phd  and LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/mhchetta

Eric Knudsen is METRO's web manager. He has a degree in Psychology from the University at Albany and is a current doctoral candidate of industrial and organizational psychology at Baruch College and The Graduate Center, CUNY. He has worked for several years as a data analyst for the City University of New York, and has independently collaborated with a number of consultants and practitioners to conduct statistical analyses and refine data analytic strategy. Further, Eric has developed and deployed a number of data-driven tools that have helped both organizations and individuals gain better access to their data and more clarity about what their data are telling them. He has a particular interest in using data and statistics to promote better hiring practices and facilitate better hiring decisions in organizations.

Julia Leone is METRO's food coordinator. She has a degree in Psychology from the University of Arizona and is a current doctoral student and social chair of industrial and organizational psychology at Baruch College and The Graduate Center, CUNY. Her research interests include linguistic ostracism and unethical decision making.

 

Naomi Rodolitz

Johanna Seppalainen, with about a decade of experience in the Learning and Development field, is passionate about applying her knowledge of psychology to help companies develop their talent at all levels of the organization. Johanna’s strong commitment to employees, managers, and leaders alike and exceeding expectations grew out of her desire to treat everyone with respect and high expectations. Her honest, thoughtful and focused approach to developing talent successfully helps companies in a wide variety of industries improve their leadership strength. Johanna has extensive experience integrating assessment results into development goals. She has a deep understanding of the challenges faced by organizations in high-touch human industries. Johanna is accomplished in services related to talent management, performance management, individual assessment, executive coaching, Organization Development. Not only has she succeeded in helping many organizations, but on an individual client basis she has also helped to improve people’s work lives and careers. She has coached leaders from individual contributors to executive level, created organization development programs and curriculum, and facilitated in a very engaging manner powerful group development.

 

Immediate Past Presidents

2015-'16 :: Wendy Becker, Ph.D.
2014-'15 :: Terri Shapiro, Ph.D.
2013-'14 :: Michel Buffet, Ph.D.
2012-'13 :: Christine S. Fernandez, Ph.D.
2011-'12 :: Pete Rutigliano, Ph.D.
2010-'11 :: Charles Scherbaum, Ph.D.
2009-'10 :: Dan Fisher, Ph.D.
2008-'09 :: Erika D’Egidio, Ph.D.
2007-'08 :: Warren Klein, Ph.D.
2006-'07 :: LeAnne Bennett , Ph.D.
2005-'06 :: Christopher Rotolo , Ph.D.