Advisory Board

Jack W. Brooks

Jack W. Brooks is currently CHRO at Windstream.  Jack was formerly Executive Vice President, Global Human Resources for Axway, Inc. Jack is a strategic global business transformation and HR leader who builds integrated global HR teams comprised of HR business partners, learning and organizational development functions, compensation experts, and talent acquisition teams. 

Ron Cheeley

Ron Cheeley is President of The Cheeley Consulting Group. In his current position, Mr. Cheeley provides high level human capital consulting services to both public and private companies. He was formerly a senior HR executive at Schering Plough, Pharmacia Corp. and The Coca-Cola Company, where he was global head of compensation.

Bruce R. Culver

Bruce Culver is a serial entrepreneur, investor, executive and scientist (Varian, Hach, Bausch & Lomb/ARL). He has invested in 20 start-ups and several publicly traded companies, including Axon (AAXN) (formerly Taser), On Assignment (ASGN) and Professional Staff plc (PSTF,) privatized in 2002.

Delta Emerson

Ms. Emerson spent 13 years at Ryan LLC, a corporate tax advisory firm, initially as CHRO and ultimately as President of Global Shared Services and as a member of the Board of Managers. She is a Human Resources professional with over 25 years of experience, who is recognized as an expert in corporate culture and employee engagement. named her to their U.S. 2016 “Top Ten Company Culture Thought Leaders” list, in 2015, she was named as one of the “Top 25 Women in Business” by the Dallas Business Journal, and she is a frequent speaker on matters related to culture and employee engagement.

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John Garcia

Executive and Entrepreneur in multiple start-ups, small and midmarket companies, and Fortune 500 businesses across energy, tech, life science, food & beverage, and transportation/logistics industries. Extensive experience in IP licensing, corporate strategy, marketing, private equity, M&A, technology R&D, manufacturing, sales, operations, and board leadership.

Currently leads Solyco as managing director and several companies as a strategy executive through management consulting engagements and others as a board member, investor, managing partner, and/or shareholder.

Community contributor and leader through invitation and acceptance of Gen Next Global Membership, appointment as a Charter School Board Member by the State of Michigan, Advisory Board Member for the School of Engineering and Computer Science at Oakland University, selected as L.B.P. Elite 40 under 40, Big Brother in BBBS for over 10 years, Leadership Detroit Graduate, among others.

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Irene S. Helsinger

Irene S. Helsinger is a Managing Director of Newport Board Group, where she provides advisory services to companies with growth, human capital strategy or management challenges. Formerly, she was executive VP and COO of the Texas Heart Institute and senior VP/CHRO of St. Luke's Episcopal Health System.

Rolf E. Kleiner

Rolf E. Kleiner was formerly Senior Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer at Kelly Services, Inc., a leader in providing workforce solutions.  Founded H L Yoh Scientific and Kelly Scientific.  Currently, he is CEO of Renatus Partners and President of InVitro International.

Richard J. Lueders

A seasoned human resources executive and consultant with 25+ years global experience in all aspects of compensation, benefits and human resources systems. Extensive interaction at the Compensation Committee and senior executive levels. Significant experience in incentive plan design for executives, middle management and individual contributors. Executive coach and mentor.

Company Highlights (15+ years)

DTE Energy Company
Director, Compensation, Benefits & HRIS

The Hershey Company
Sr. Director, Global Compensation

United Technologies Inc
Director, Compensation & Benefits

PepsiCo, Inc
Compensation & Benefits Manager

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Michael D. Rochelle

Lieutenant General (Retired) Michael Rochelle is co-founder (with his wife of over forty years), President and CEO of MDR Strategies, LLC, an executive coaching and management consulting firm located in northern Virginia.

Immediately upon retirement from the United States Army in 2009, General Rochelle founded MDR Strategies, LLC and operates a thriving executive coaching, leader development and training concern and consults internationally on a broad range of leader development and management matters.

General Rochelle culminated his distinguished career as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel, G-1, Headquarters, United States Army. In this position, he served as the U.S Army's Chief Human Resources Officer, General Rochelle was responsible for all Human Resources policy and Human Resource management for the 1.1 million person United States Army. Prior to his service as Army G-1, Lieutenant General, Rochelle's service included numerous world-wide command and staff billets, including Senior Military Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Defense, Commanding General, U.S. Army's Soldier Support Institute, Fort Jackson, SC; Commanding General U.S. Army Recruiting Command, Fort Knox, KY, and Director, U.S. Army Installation Management Agency, Alexandria, Virginia General Rochelle serves on the Board of Governers of the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL), Globili, LLC, an information technology company based in Cincinnati, OH and the Capital Area Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors.

He recently completed a term on the Board of Visitors of Norfolk State University, Norfolk, Virginia: a Gubernatorial appointment.

Michael Rochelle and MDR Strategies, LLC's coaching clients include:

  • John Deere, Inc.
  • George Mason University Leader Development Programs
  • The Pac-12 Athletic Conference
  • Frontier Communications, Inc.
  • Leadership Arlington; Arlington, VA
  • Stand Beside Them (Wounded Warriors in Transition)
  • The Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation

Michael D. Rochelle, Professional Certified Coach, ICF


Master of Arts in Public Administration, Shippensburg State University

The Miro Group and One21Five Certificate of Completion, Leadership Development Program (LDP), Center for Creative Leadership

Professional Associations and Affiliations

  • George Mason University Coaching Fellow
  • Member, International Coach Federation (ICF)
  • Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
  • Military Officers Association of America (MOAA)
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Walter Smith

As Senior Vice President for Lee Hecht Harrison's International Center for Executive Options, Walt is responsible for assisting LHH colleagues globally in the delivery of a boutique career transition consulting process. ICEO exists within LHH's Global Career Transition business and provides individualized and unique transition services to the most senior level executives.