Abby Mello                                                                                                                            Assistant Professor, Director of the HRD M.S. Program

Abby Mello (Ph.D. University of Tennessee) has extended experience in both academic and business settings, particularly in the practice of Assessment Centers, providing assistance to firms in executive selection, placement, and leadership development. She worked for 6 years with the University of Tennessee – Center for Executive Education on leadership skills assessment and development in professional MBA students and also served as trainer for new executive coaches. Her research bridges the individual and team levels of analysis and concerns the effects of cognitive diversity on team outcomes and performance, particularly in teams who rely on virtual forms of communication. Additional research interests include organizational culture, graduate education, and perspective taking. Dr. Mello teaches our courses in: Organizational Behavior; Leadership Theory and Practice.

Alexa Doerr                                                                                                                        Assistant Professor                                                                                            adoerr@towson.edu

Dr. Doerr's research interests include occupational health and safety, personnel selection, and employment testing. The primary focus of her current work involves the development of superior methods for selecting and hiring individuals into safety-related jobs and careers. She has applied experience in test development and validation at the Society for Human Resource Management, as well as consulting experience at the American Institutes for Research. Currently, she teaches Staffing Recruitment and Selection; Conflict Management and Resolution.


Associate Faculty 

David Earnest

David Earnest (Ph.D., University of Memphis) has been a member of the Towson University Psychology Department faculty since 2010, where is teaches undergraduate courses in industrial psychology and behavioral statistics. As an industrial psychologist, David brings experience in analyzing economic conditions in health care and education as well as assessments for both university departments, police departments and the US Navy. His areas of research interest include recruiting and selection, stress management, and work teams. David teaches the HRD courses in organization behavior and in staffing, recruiting and selection.

Adjunct Faculty 

Shawn S. Talley, MS, PHR

Shawn Talley (MS, Human Resource Development, Towson University) has almost 20 years experience in the human resources field, having worked in the retail, financial and healthcare industries. Currently, as Vice President of Human Resources & Organizational Development with NovaSom, Inc., he is a strategic partner with full responsibility for workforce planning and talent management, benefits, employee relations, compensation and training. Shawn is also Managing Partner of Performance Strategies, LLC which provides consulting, leadership and career coaching services. Shawn is a frequent contributor to WHUR’s Daily Drum news program providing expertise to HR and job-related topics.  Shawn is also active in community involvement projects and has earned both the PHR certification from SHRM and is a Six Sigma Yellow Belt in quality management. Shawn teaches our Introduction to Human Resource course.

Sean Ballard

Sean Ballard (MSHRD, Human Resources Development, Towson University) brings over 30 years of experience working in a variety of Human Resources capacities in both the non-profit and private organizations. Ms. Ballard has extensive expertise in general HR operations, labor relations, change management, strategy and planning. Currently, she is the Executive Director of HRIS for the 22,000 employee Bon Secours Health System, Inc. where she is responsible for the leadership of HRIS, Kronos (Time and Attendance System), special projects management and oversight for the centralized payroll function. She teaches our course in Human Resource Information Systems.

David Johnson

David Johnson (MBA, Johns Hopkins University, Health Care Management) is a Vice President and Senior Health Consultant with the national human resources firm Sibson Consulting. He has 25 years’ experience in health care and employee benefits, with particular expertise in evidence-based workplace wellness programs, value-based purchasing strategies and employer issues related to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). He is a frequent speaker at national and regional employer forums and is active in a number of Human Resources and health care boards and networking groups. David teaches our course HRD 650, Employee Wellness and Healthy Workforce Management.

Mark Fraser

Dr. Mark Fraser (Ph.D., Century University, 1994) has over 30 year’s experience in human resources management, including senior human resources leadership roles with Bon Secours Health System and other health care institutions. In these positions, he has worked in the full spectrum of HR specialty functions. Dr. Fraser is also a Certified Management Consultant (CMC) and a Six Sigma Green Belt. He has extensive teaching experience at the University level.

Joseph Ognibene                                                                                      

Joseph Ognibene (M.A. Human Resource Management, Washington University, St. Louis, MO) has more than 30 years’ experience in the field of human resources and organization development. Currently, as President of Chesapeake Leadership Consulting, LLC, Joseph works with a variety of organizations including for-profit, not-for-profit, government and military, and associations to assist in providing talent management and other human capital development solutions including team development, training, and coaching. Past corporate work experiences in HR and OD leadership include the Korn Ferry Leadership Consulting Group, The Boeing Company, Edison Brothers Stores, and the U.S. Shoe Corporation. Earlier in his career Joseph worked for the Buffalo Public Schools as a secondary education classroom teacher of foreign language. Joseph holds a Masters’ Degree in Education from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and is a member of the Chesapeake Human Resources Association. Joseph teaches Talent Management & Human Capital Development.