Instructors

Mike Adams Mike Adams, is a Human Resources Administrator for Michigan State University and advises a department of over 300 full-time professionals and over 1,000 students on matters related to Human Resources. He holds a Master’s Degree in Higher Education Administration from Florida State University. Mr. Adams coordinates and directs the hiring and selection of full-time staff, specializing in data-driven decision making and using hiring analytics to make optimal hiring decisions.

Mary A. Bedikian Mary A. Bedikian, JD, is the former District Vice President, Detroit Region, of the American Arbitration Association, an organization for which she worked for 28 years. Her extensive experience in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) spans many sectors and includes training mediators and arbitrators in both the process and substance of ADR. Ms. Bedikian is an instructor for Administering the Labor Contract, Managing Grievances, and Preparing for Arbitration.

John J. Bernick John J. Bernick, MD, PhD, is the medical director of Michigan Occupational Health Associates, a clinical occupational medicine practice, and an Assistant Professor at Wayne State University. He received his BS and MS in microbiology at Wayne State University. Prior to receiving his MD from Wayne State University, he attended the University of Michigan where he completed a PhD in Environmental Health Sciences. Dr. Bernick is an instructor for Certified Workers’ Compensation Professional.

Jeff Biddle Jeff Biddle, PhD, serves as Associate Chairperson and Professor in the Department of Economics at MSU. A specialist in labor economics, he has for several years taught undergraduate courses on the economic aspects of government programs for workers, including workers' compensation. Dr. Biddle is an instructor for Certified Workers' Compensation Professional.

Jan Brintnall Jan Brintnall, is a faculty member at Michigan State University, an LPGA 'Class A' Member Professional and owner of Jan Brintnall Golf School, LLC.  She was a member of the MSU Women's Golf Team from 1980-1984 and graduated from Michigan State with her Bachelor of Science in Park and Recreation Resources, Planning and Design, Golf Course Design.  She created and teaches a 3 credit elective special topics course BUS 491 "Using Golf in Business" for The Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University in both East Lansing and at the University of St. Andrews in St. Andrews, Scotland.

Bill Cooke Bill Cooke, PhD, serves as Director and Professor in the School of Human Resources and Labor Relations at Michigan State University (MSU). Prior to assuming his current position in 2008, he directed the University of Michigan's executive education programs in collective bargaining for over 20 years. Bill has also consulted directly with over 25 companies and their unions—helping them develop collective bargaining strategies, training negotiation teams and facilitating interest-based negotiations. Included among these companies are BellSouth, Dow Chemical, DTE Energy, Ford, Honeywell, Michelin and Quaker Oats. Dr. Cooke teaches Negotiating Labor/Management Agreements for Competitive Advantage.

Theodore (Terry) Curry Theodore (Terry) H. Curry, is the Associate Provost and Associate Vice President for Academic Human Resources at Michigan State University (MSU). He is the former director of the School of Labor and Industrial Relations at MSU. Prof. Curry has served as an instructor at other academic institutions and held line management and staff positions in the private sector. Prof. Curry leads seminars in many areas including leadership and motivation, team building, and affirmative action. He was also an original member of the Michigan Governor's Labor-Management Advisory Council.

Tabatha Dixon Tabatha Dixon, is a Senior Compensation and Benefits Specialist at Michigan State University. She received her B.A. from Michigan State University in Interdisciplinary Social Science: Human Resources and Society. She has 15 years of experience working in Human Resources. Currently, she is the project lead for implementing the Affordable Care Act at Michigan State University.

Greg Freehling Greg Freehling, has been in the labor relations field for more than 23 years with Alcoa, Inc. He has a wealth of experience in contract administration, grievance investigation, and hearings, and has prepared and presented innumerable cases at arbitration. Mr. Freehling is an instructor for Administering the Labor Contract, Managing Grievances, and Preparing for Arbitration.

Angela Hall Angela T. Hall, JD, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the School of Human Resources and Labor Relations at Michigan State University. She received her JD from Florida State University, College of Law and her PhD from Florida State University, College of Business. She has previously been on the faculties of Florida State University and the University of Texas at San Antonio. Prior to pursuing an academic career, Angela practiced law full-time. Her research interests include employee accountability and employee legal claiming. She has taught a wide variety of courses at the undergraduate, masters, and doctorate levels including business law, organizational behavior, human resources, leadership, and employee training and development. Angela has also authored learning modules and cases for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

David W. Hershey David W. Hershey, has extensive experience as a negotiator and arbitrator. He served on the staff for a large Union and then as an employer consultant for a combined forty (40) years. He has been acting as an arbitrator for over ten (10) years. He is currently listed on the Michigan Employment Relations Commission Panel of Grievance Arbitrators. Appointment to the American Arbitration Association panel is pending.

Stacy Hickox Stacy Hickox, JD, focuses her research and teaching in the areas of employment law and labor law. She practiced law in the area of disability law at Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service prior to coming to SHRLR. Ms. Hickox also taught for several years at MSU's law school, including courses in employment law, civil rights, and disability law.

Michelle Kaminski Michelle Kaminski, PhD is an Associate Professor in the School of Human Resources and Labor Relations. She works primarily in the area of labor education, teaching workshops for union members and leaders on a wide range of topics including labor law, stewards training, collective bargaining, union leadership, workplace bullying, communication skills, FMLA, and basic economics.

John Malanowski John Malanowski, is the chief human resource officer for Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) in Lebanon, N.H. In this role, he is responsible for leading the overall strategic direction, leadership and management of human resources and services at DHMC. Prior to joining DHMC, Malanowski was the vice president of human resources for North Atlantic Consumer Products for Kimberly-Clark Corporation and the vice president of human resource operations for Raytheon Company. His global leadership experience also includes serving in senior human resources roles at Fidelity Investments and Engage Media, where he was the chief human resource officer for the ground-breaking publically traded Internet technology company.

Jim Michaud Jim Michaud, is the former Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer, for Cliffs Natural Resources, an international mining and natural resources company. Prior to joining Cliffs in 2010 Jim gained experience in Human Resources and Labor Relations at every business level: a Partner at Laurus Strategies-a rapidly growing HR consulting company, Vice President for the Americas, for Arcelor Mittal Steel-the world's largest Steel Company, and spent over 25 years at Alcoa in a variety of increasingly responsible Human Resources and Labor Relations positions, lastly serving as the Global Director of Human Resources. Jim has served as a member of our esteemed SHRLR Advisory Board. Mr. Michaud will be an instructor for the Certified Human Resources Specialist program.

M. Melissa Moon M. Melissa Moon, MD, is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and works near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in general adult rehabilitation, IMEs, and musculoskeletal medicine. Dr. Moon is an instructor for Certified Workers’ Compensation Professional.

Steven J. Pollok Steven J. Pollok, JD, is president and senior partner of Rapaport, Pollok, Farrell & Waldron, P.C. of Lansing, Michigan. He has specialized in practicing workers' compensation law for almost 30 years as a claimant's attorney. He has also taught workers' compensation law as an adjunct professor at Thomas Cooley Law School since 1992. Steve has lectured frequently on numerous topics involving workers' compensation issues to unions, management representatives, and attorneys. Steve has a bachelor of arts degree from Michigan State University and also a master's degree in Labor and Industrial Relations from Michigan State University. He earned his J.D. from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in 1977. Mr. Pollok is an instructor for Certified Workers’ Compensation Professional and Forum and Problem Solving for the Workers’ Compensation Professional.

Tom Posey Tom Posey, is the founder and principal of Posey Associates, LLC. A recognized labor strategist and negotiator, Tom's past experience includes CHRO and executive human resources and labor relations leadership positions at Fortune 500 companies such as Anheuser-Busch, American Standard/Trane and BellSouth. He has worked with over twenty different unions, including the CWA, IBEW, IBT and IUOE, to negotiate effective agreements. Mr. Posey teaches Negotiating Labor/Management Agreements for Competitive Advantage.

Tina Riley Tina Riley, PhD, is Director of Human Resources Executive Education in the School of Human Resources and Labor Relations at Michigan State University (MSU). She holds a PhD in Higher, Adult and Lifelong Education as well as a Master of Arts in Labor Relations and Human Resources from MSU. She has served as director of the School's Human Resources Education and Training Center and as Associate Director for Outreach. Dr. Riley has given presentations nationwide on the topics of strategic recruiting, training and development, supervisory skills, and employment law. She is also a CAPT-qualified administrator of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and has worked with many groups in developing value from differences within the workplace. She is a results-based educator and executive coach who has helped hundreds of organizations and individuals achieve ever greater success. Dr. Riley leads several programs including Certified Human Resources Specialist, Violence in the Workplace, and Leading Change.

Kneisha Sanders Kneisha Sanders, ACC, is lead executive coach and founder of Resolution Coaching LLC. She holds a B.A. in Finance from Michigan State University (MSU) and a M.S. in Organizational Behavior with a concentration in Executive and Professional Coaching from the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD). She also received accreditation from the International Coach Federation (ICF) at the Associate Certified Coach (ACC) level. Kneisha has experience in facilitating coach training programs, working with international clients, and coaching both leadership programs and executives across multiple functions at fortune 500 companies. She partners with clients to overcome roadblocks and failures, and provide support and practical insights to help clients effectively address personal challenges. Her coaching style is light spirited, however, her approach is direct and solution-focused.

Michael Sanders Michael Sanders, JD, serves as President at Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C., and devotes his law practice to the defense of employers, third party administrators, and insurance carriers in workers’ compensation matters. Mr. Sanders teaches Certified Workers’ Compensation Professional, Follow-Up Program for Certified Workers' Compensation Professionals, and Forum and Problem Solving for the Workers’ Compensation Professional.

Michael Sanders Alan F. Sniadecki ("Al"), is principal and owner of Organizational Effectiveness Services, LLC in Carrollton, Texas. Prior to establishing his consulting practice in 2012, Al served in the capacity of Chief Human Resources Officer for several Texas based billion dollar financial institutions as well as having served as Regional Personnel Director for Xerox Corporation. His experience spans all aspects of Human Capital Management in both large organizations and start-up entities. He holds both the Bachelor Degree in Psychology and the Master of Human Resources and Labor Relations Degree from Michigan State University. Additionally, Al has completed numerous continuing education courses in the areas of human resources law, conflict management and resolution, and human resources strategy. His practice focuses on improving organizational effectiveness in the areas of vision and mission development, strategy development and implementation, human capital management, ethics counsel and leadership coaching. Al has served as a member of the SHRLR Advisory Board, and currently serves as a Mentor for the College of Social Science Honors Program at Michigan State. He is a frequent guest lecturer on the subjects of leadership, ethics, and the role of Human Resources.

Jim Walsh Jim Walsh, was most recently Vice President Claims at Auto-Owners Insurance. He has spent 44 years in the property casualty insurance business, all related to claim handling in some way. As a field investigator, he managed the Company’s position on claims ranging from house fires to fatal accidents and eventually worked in management, supervising and training both those who investigated the claims and those who managed and trained them. Having reached his retirement he looks for ways to continue his efforts to encourage people developing in their roles.

Eileen Wilson Eileen M. Wilson, PhD is a faculty member at Michigan State University and has provided stewardship for MSU for 33 years including serving as special assistant in the Office of the President and Board of Trustees for two years, assistant dean of undergraduate education in the Broad College of Business and on numerous university committees. She holds a Master of Arts in Philosophy, Masters in Labor and Industrial Relations, and a PhD in College and University Administration. Dr. Wilson has over 30 years of HR/LR experience, taught labor management relations at MSU for over 15 years and teaches a study abroad program in St. Andrews Scotland each year.

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