Steve Slane, Ph.D.


Photo: Steve Slane, Phd.With 35 years of academic experience as a professor, department chair, and college administrator, Steve has an insider’s understanding of academic organizations, their constituents, and the special problems they face.  He is a former Editor of the Journal of Psychological Practice, and charter member of the American Psychological Society.  After completing his Ph.D. in Social Psychology and Statistics at the University of Nebraska in 1975, he joined the psychology faculty at Cleveland State University in 1975 and retired as Professor Emeritus in 2010.  During his career, his expertise in research methodology gave him the opportunity to participate in research and scholarly teams in a wide variety of disciplines (psychology, genetics, linguistics, literature, diversity, gerontology), and to publish in a broad array of journals such as the Journal of Social Psychology, Journal of Black Psychology, Style, Journal of Vocational Behavior, International Journal of Cancer Research. 

Steve has worked on projects that included focus group and survey work for a variety of private sector and non-profit companies and organizations, including Smuckers, TRW, Illuminating Company, Cleveland Clinic, and COSE.  Involvement in training master’s students in Diversity Management led Steve to expand his consulting interests to diversity training in 2000.  His projects have included work for Alcoa Aluminum, Gund Arena Corporation, and Case Western Reserve University.

This rich and varied portfolio of successful academic and consulting experiences has resulted in and from a depth of knowledge in psychology and research methodology, the ability to adapt methodology to a variety of situations, and the ability to work in a team and with diverse constituencies.  Steve’s Native American heritage has given him a deep and abiding interest human rights and diversity. He continues to be active in teaching, supervising students, and is currently Principal Investigator on a large Department of Education Title III grant promoting collaborative recruitment and retention efforts between Cleveland State University and Cuyahoga Community College.

Linda A. Koenig, M.A.

Photo: Linda A. Koenig, M.A.  Linda provides consulting services to organizations in human resources, organizational systems and development, mediation, leadership and performance coaching, dysfunctional workplace behaviors, and anti-harassment and civility.  She excels at helping leaders discover strategies to more effectively manage dilemmas and supports them to create solutions to their organizational problems.

Linda is an executive coach, as well as an organizational effectiveness and human resources consultant. She provides executive coaching in leadership, motivation, critical-thinking and survival skills in turbulent work environments. She specializes in helping executives overcome obstacles that keep them from achieving their highest potential. Linda is a certified mediator and is trained to resolve disputes between employees and groups.

Linda earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Ohio University, and attended Kent State University for postgraduate work. She has studied extensively with the National Training Laboratories Institute, the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland, and the Gestalt International Study Center. She holds a Professional Coaching Certificate (PCC) from the International Federation of Coaches (ICF), and a Gestalt Professional Certified Coach (G.P.C.C.) certificate. Earlier in her career, Linda worked as the lead executive in human resources management in an organization of over 1000 employees represented by seven unions.

Linda is a faculty member in the Department of Psychology at Cleveland State University, and she teaches in both the graduate Diversity Management Program and the graduate Education Department. Her classes include: Conflict Management Across Differences, Facilitation of Diversity Issues, and Diversity Issues in Human Resources. She is also a faculty member at the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland, and is a certified trainer of Investment in Excellence and the Emotional Intelligence Inventory.

Mike Gaynier

Photo: Mike Gaynier senior consultant

Mike Gaynier is a former Fortune 100 Company Sales Management Executive, with insight and experience influencing and managing people and organizations. With over 30 years in business leadership roles, a good sense of humor and strong relationship building skills, he has been very successful helping individuals and organizations achieve their goals and objectives

At SYSCO Corporation, he coached and developed high potential individuals, improved underperforming areas in the company and led change efforts from a variety of management positions, working with up-and-coming managers and leaders for SYSCO’s operating companies around the country.  He is an outstanding facilitator, and skilled at managing focus groups and large business meetings.

Mike’s consulting clients include business leaders and small business owners, along with government, law enforcement, healthcare, education, community and non-profit leaders and organizations. Mike provides executive coaching and guidance on leadership development, communication and relationship building, cultural competence, diversity and inclusion, performance management and change management.  Mike is an experienced transitional leader for organizations looking to grow or seeking stability, and recently served as Interim Executive Director of the Baseball Heritage Museum at historic League Park in Cleveland, in addition to serving other clients.

Mike is Vice-Chair of the Cleveland Heights Planning Commission, and recently served on the city’s Charter Review Commission.


Lisa Tong (唐) Parola Gaynier, M.A.

Photo: Lisa Gaynier

Throughout an entrepreneurial career, Lisa Gaynier has developed expertise in organizational effectiveness, and leadership development. She has 30+ years experience as a business owner, leadership coach and consultant. Her special areas of practice are leadership development, building culturally competent organizations, and executive coaching. Clients include business and organizational leaders, educators, engineers, managers and human resource professionals at Eaton, Ford Motor Co., Honeywell, Sysco Food Service, Michigan State University, The University of Michigan, the Northern Ohio Minority Supplier Diversity Council, PNC Bank and various non-profit and community organizations.

Gaynier worked as a survey manager for the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research in the early 1990s, managing longitudinal studies such as the Panel Study of Income Dynamics, Monitoring the Future, and the Women’s Health Study, in addition to the monthly Survey of Consumer Attitudes, a component of the Index of Leading Economic Indicators.  In 1997, Gaynier integrated her business experience with the field of organizational development and founded From 2006 to 2017 she directed of the Master’s Program in Diversity Management, an organizational leadership program for mid-career adults at Cleveland State University, where they develop culturally competent leaders who can lead and sustain change.

Gaynier has an MA in Psychology and a B.A. in Social Science and extensive post-graduate training.  Her multicultural background serves her well in assisting sub-cultures of her client systems to more effectively recognize and leverage their differences to enhance innovation and competitiveness. She is certified to administer the Myers Briggs Type Indicator and the Emotional Intelligence Inventory. Gaynier serves on the Board of the Northern Ohio Voter Advocates and has served on the Northern Ohio Minority Supplier Development Council and is a former Board Chair of the Cleveland Mediation Center.

Gaynier has also published journal articles on Gestalt methodology, mediation, and global leadership, including “Global Leadership Competence: A Cultural Intelligence Perspective,” winner of the AIB Best Paper award. Gaynier has been a featured panelist on culturally competent leadership for the Association of International Business, SE Chapter Conference and at the U.S. State Department to discuss cultural competence in U.S. foreign affairs. She is also the co-author of the award-winning Remembering Diamond Head, Remembering Hawai’i, A Cookbook Memoir of Hawai’i and its Foods.