Alex, who specializes in Leadership Development and Team-Building, holds vast experience developing, delivering and facilitating large-scale programs to a wide array of individuals, including the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). He has served as a Certified Authorized Everything DiSC® and Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team™ Partner and Trainer since 2016.
Prior to his current role as a leadership development consultant and trainer, Alex served for 15 years in athletics administration at several NCAA Division III institutions throughout the Mid-Atlantic and New England regions, and more recently as an executive leader in the non-profit sector. In addition, he has presented higher education courses on a broad range of topics ranging from compliance, business and professional communications to human resource management and business ethics. These endeavors, coupled with a master’s degree in organizational communication – with a focus on leadership – have shaped Alex’s approach to leadership coaching and team dynamics.
A native of Michigan, Alex earned an MA in Organizational Communication from Kean University in New Jersey, and an M.Ed. in Athletic Administration from Endicott College in Massachusetts. He is also a graduate of Penn State University where he earned a BA and serves as the VP of Programming for the Mid-New Jersey Chapter of the Association for Talent Development (ATD).
Chris, also known as Winnie, comes to Winning Consultations with 20 years of experience as a practicing veterinarian in both academia and industry. She specializes in animal welfare, environmental enrichment and behavioral management with a focus on the research environment, in particular. In addition to her industry expertise and international reputation in the lab animal medicine field, Winnie holds a Six Sigma Black Belt from the Six Sigma Academy.
Prior to her role as an animal behavior management consultant for Winning Consultations, Winnie served as director of enrichment and behavioral medicine for a large global contract research organization, harmonizing environmental enrichment practices and developing behavioral husbandry programs to enhance animal welfare and operational efficiency. In this capacity, she led research teams providing evidence-based data for enrichment and behavioral management initiatives. She has authored numerous peer-reviewed articles regarding the field of laboratory animal enrichment and behavioral management for multiple species.
Currently, Winnie serves as associate director of the Institute of Comparative Medicine, through which she commissioned and manages a 37,000-square foot multi-species vivarium for academic research in the Manhattanville neighborhood of New York City.
Winnie earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Mississippi State University and completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the Animal Medical Center in New York City. She completed a residency in laboratory animal medicine and earned a Master of Public Health degree with a focus in toxicology from Columbia University in New York City.
Six Sigma Master Black Belt
Ralph, who specializes in Quality Management and Process Improvement, comes to Winning Consultations with over 30 years of experience improving customer satisfaction and business productivity through the development, implementation and management of quality and service improvement initiatives. His areas of expertise include six sigma, cross-functional process mapping facilitation, business process reengineering, and quality program design, deployment and management.
Prior to his current role as a quality management and process improvement consultant, Ralph served in multiple quality and process improvement-focused senior management roles, including: six sigma master black belt for ING U.S., where he managed six sigma initiatives for the retirement services and employee benefits divisions; senior vice president and quality director for CitiStreet, LLC, where he directed a company-wide quality program based on six sigma principles; vice president of corporate quality for Citigroup, Inc. where he facilitated global cross-functional process improvement projects; and vice president financial information services for ADP Financial Services, Inc. where he managed customer service improvements for brokerage clients.
Ralph earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan and a Master of Management from Walsh College in Troy, Michigan. In addition, he holds certifications as a Master Cross-Functional Process Improvement Facilitator, Six Sigma Black Belt, and Six Sigma Master Black Belt. He became a member of the American Society for Quality in 1999, and has been a senior member since 2003.
Megan, a graduate of Rider University with a B.A. in Journalism, holds more than a decade of communication and marketing experience in both the non-profit and academic sectors. A published author, her professional strengths include feature-writing, social media marketing, photography, publication planning, and graphic design.
When not working for the Division of Enrollment Services at Kean University in Union, New Jersey, Megan devotes her free time to serving as a freelance editor and is currently pursuing a Master in Public Administration.