MDC Consultants and Trainers

Ruth Bealer
Ruth Bealer

Ruth Bealer, SPHR, has experience in both the public and private sector, and currently serves as the Human Resources Director for the accounting firm Adams, Brown, Beran and Ball.  Ruth brings a wealth of experience in employee and labor relations, performance management, culture change, and has an HR generalist background.  Ruth has worked with major corporations as well as with mid-size local organizations.  Participants will find her approach to human resources and workplace issues to be very practical and easy to implement.  She brings concept and theory to life with her real-world application and a sense for the reality of day-to-day business.

Emily Breit
Emily Breit

Emily Breit is an Assistant Professor of Economics and Finance at Fort Hays State University.  She received her PhD. in Finance from Oklahoma State University.  She focuses her research on commercial banking, small business lending, corporate governance and pedagogy.  She has taught courses in bank management, financial management, financial markets and institutions, money and banking, macroeconomics and investments.

LeAnn Brown
LeAnn Brown

Dr. LeAnn Brown is an Assistant Professor in the College of Business and Entrepreneurship teaching the Human Resource Management BBA, MBA, and MPS-HRM programs.  LeAnn holds a Ph.D. in Global Leadership with an emphasis in Organizational Management and is an active member of Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) as a certified Senior Human Resource Professional (SPHR).  LeAnn’s consulting experience includes organizational assessments, leadership coaching, and corporate training in leadership, management, communication, MBTI, intercultural/global communications, and supervision.  Prior to teaching, LeAnn worked in industry in human resources and management positions.

David Gray
David Gray

Mr. David Gray is a graduate of Fort Hays State University. He earned his Bachelor degree (1995) and Master degree (1997) in Communication. During the mid-90s, Mr. Gray witnessed the arrival of the Internet on campus and participated in much of the excitement and many of the discussions that followed between both faculty and students about what we now call media "convergence." Mr. Gray has an impressive background as a business entrepreneur, business owner, and as a business consultant.  He teaches computer technology courses and web development courses in the Department of Informatics at Fort Hays State University.

Jesse Jacobs
Jesse Jacobs

In 2000, Jesse began his career at Cessna Aircraft in Marketing.  At the beginning of his tenure, he worked to improve customer satisfaction.  Many surveys and customer segmentation projects were completed on the customer’s perception of existing and new aircraft.  With his dedication to improvement, Jesse was asked to be the first member of Marketing to pursue a Six Sigma Black Belt Certification.  For the next two years he learned and applied Six Sigma process improvement techniques.   Upon receiving his Textron BB Certification in 2005, he returned to Marketing as the Manager of Market Research.  Picking up where he left off, he expanded the department and the number of research projects.  Jesse managed the design, implementation and reporting of all customer research.  In 2008, Jesse accepted the newly created position at Cessna as Manager of Market Forecasting and Pricing.  Using his extensive background on the customer, he developed new techniques to help match aircraft production and pricing with market demand.  Having the desire to move back to Western Kansas, Jesse accepted a position as instructor of economics at Fort Hays State University in August 2013.

Seth Kastle
Seth Kastle

Seth has been with the Department of Leadership Studies since 2010. His primary teaching responsibility involves facilitating Leadership Studies courses at FHSU's partner institutions abroad. Seth is also a First Sergeant and Drill Sergeant in the US Army Reserve, and has served two tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. He is also active in the Bryan Nichols Foundation. Seth and his family live in the Hays area.

Kathy Kelley
Kathy Kelley

Dr. Kelley is an Assistant Professor of Organizational Communication in the Fort Hays State University Department of Communication Studies. Kathy enjoys collegiate teaching and consulting, and has over 10 years of teaching and consulting experience with universities and organizations in the greater Los Angeles area and Midwest region of the United States.  She earned a Ph.D. in Organizational Communication from the University of Oklahoma, a M.A. in Communication with an emphasis in Training and Development from Pepperdine University, and a B.A. in Organizational Communication from the University of Oklahoma.

Tom Lippert
Tom Lippert

Prior to beginning at FHSU, Tom Lippert worked over 30 years in management with the U.S. Postal Service overseeing a 24-hour operation including staff management, creation of a customer service culture, budget/financial accountability, as well as managing quality, safety and security.  In addition to his MDC consulting responsibilities, he also serves in a leadership role at FHSU Forsyth Library as the Smart Fulfillment Coordinator, where he is responsible for a staff of over 25 student workers, the Library's customer service and marketing, as well as other fulfillment areas.  Tom earned his bachelor's degree in 1980 in Mass Communications and is presently working toward his MBA at FHSU.

Mary Martin
Mary Martin

Dr. Martin is an Associate Professor of Marketing at FHSU. Prior to joining the faculty at FHSU, Dr. Martin was co-founder of a strategic consulting firm in Charlotte, NC that offered clients marketing plans, marketing research, organizational strategy, business plans, and e-business seminars. Prior to that, she was Director of Marketing for a company that produced interior decorative coatings for aircraft. While there, she developed web-driven and traditional marketing strategies, including website promotion, design, construction, and maintenance.

Mike Martin
Mike Martin

Since receiving an MBA from FHSU in 1990, Dr. Martin has led field service personnel, sold business-to-business, and trained employees and customers in the retail and manufacturing industries. He was an assistant retail manager and was selected as a regional trainer in Customer Service for the Nash Finch Company. As a Customer Support Specialist for Checkpoint Systems, Mr. Martin coordinated technical service, training, and product orders for 130 stores in a four-state area. During this time, he was voted by his peers to develop compliance standards for current and future Checkpoint customers.  Mike received his Ph.D. from Kansas State University and is currently an Assistant Professor of Marketing at Fort Hays State University

Henry Schwaller,IV
Henry Schwaller

Henry Schwaller, IV, is an Instructor of Management and Marketing at Fort Hays State University. Mr. Schwaller received his Bachelor of Science in Business and MBA from the University of Kansas. In addition to teaching at FHSU, Mr. Schwaller is President of Henry Schwaller and Associates, a real estate investment firm. He is also a current city commissioner and former mayor of the City of Hays, and has served on the Hays City Commission since 1999.  Mr. Schwaller has facilitated strategic planning sessions since 1990 and worked with the Kansas Center for Community Economic Development, at the University of Kansas; Kansas, Inc., Topeka, KS; the City of Hays; Rooks County Health Center; and the Kansas City Symphony Auxiliary.

Stacey Smith
Stacey Smith


Dr. Smith is an Assistant Professor and the Director of the Tourism and Hospitality Management Program at FHSU. Her industry experience includes the convention & visitors bureau where she worked in event planning and Hyatt Hotels where she worked in the rooms division. While in the lodging industry, she also obtained exposure to food service operations and meeting planning activities.  Dr. Smith has many presentations and publications in the field of tourism and hospitality. Her primary research interest is in the area of crisis preparedness for the tourism industry. She also does research in the areas of lodging, meetings, and training.

Tim Speno
Tim Speno #3

Tim Speno is President of E2E Summit.   Tim began his career with the DeWALT Industrial Tool Division of Black & Decker and for over seven years held various management positions in sales, product development, and manufacturing. From 2004 to 2006, Tim joined Cooper Industries, Bussmann Division, where he was involved in  Product Management and  New Business Development.  In 2007, Tim joined the Executive Management Team of Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation. For six years he was Vice President of Service and Demand Creation with an emphasis in Salesforce Development,  Strategic Planning, New Product Development, and Executive Management.  Tim was the architect behind Milwaukee’s end user sales and strategy.  He created a new to industry sales process and methodology that became a company and industry best practice.

James (Skip) Ward
James (Skip) Ward

Dr. Ward was a US Diplomat (Washington, Turkey, Germany, and Hungary) prior to entering the petroleum industry.  As a diplomat, he also travelled extensively in Latin America and the Middle East.   Dr. Ward was a training, change and communication manager/consultant involved in a wide range of Shell Oil businesses.  His Shell work took him to numerous manufacturing sites in the US and Canada as well as to the UK, Malaysia, and The Netherlands.  He worked on site and in numerous national and global virtual assignments.  Prior to his work with Shell Oil, Dr. Ward held management roles in Egypt, Austria and Thailand.  Dr. Ward has also worked in higher education, at Graceland University (Lamoni, Iowa) and  Indiana State University (Terra Haute, Indiana).

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