Organizational Leadership, M.A.

Faculty and Staff

Dr. Lesley Page
Dr. Lesley Page

Organizational Leadership- Associate Professor and Department Chair

Dr. Lesley Page is an Assistant Professor in the Organizational Leadership program at Lewis University. Dr. Page has been active in organizational research and consulting for over 15 years. She has served clients from a wide variety of industries, including financial services, consumer products, pharmaceuticals, retail and healthcare. Dr. Page also worked for seven years at Sears, Roebuck and Co. specializing in the measurement of employee engagement and commitment. Her expertise is in both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies. She has integrated these methodologies in employee satisfaction measurement projects, customer satisfaction projects, best practices research and team effectiveness research. Dr. Page has also been involved in leadership development programs and assessment. She is a member of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

Education:

  • B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1990
  • M.A., DePaul University, 1993
  • Ph.D., DePaul University, 1996

Dr. Sheila Boysen
Dr. Sheila Boysen

Organizational Leadership- Assistant Professor and M.A. Program Director

Dr. Sheila Boysen is an Associate Professor in the Organizational Leadership Department. She is an experienced executive leadership coach and author, specializing in leadership development and coaching. Her experience in enabling positive change, as a leader across multiple industries and roles enables her to bring a blend of corporate leadership and an understanding of team dynamics into her teaching. She supports her students to grow as leaders, achieve results, and to develop their own leadership competencies.

Dr. Boysen brings extensive senior HR experience to her teaching and coaching. Prior to transitioning to leadership development and coaching, she was a human resources leader in organizations that spanned a number of industries in both public and private organizations. Her focus was on the people side of the business, including: leadership development, organizational effectiveness, and performance optimization. Having navigated the politics and the complexities of managing up, down, and cross functionally, she brings her corporate knowledge and experience to provide a uniquely relevant perspective to her teaching.

Dr. Boysen completed her coaching education at the University of Texas at Dallas in their Executive, Professional and Career Coaching program. She received the highest level of certification as a Master Certified Coach (MCC) from the International Coach Federation. Her doctoral studies at Benedictine University in Organization Development include extensive research on coaching effectiveness and strategic talent development. Since becoming a certified coach over a decade ago, she has worked with over 900 clients in all areas of industry. Her coaching style encompasses solution focused approach that helps individuals and groups to uncover their passion, leadership aptitude, and values and apply these elements to their lives and work. Dr. Boysen is passionate about helping students to succeed and to find their authentic vocation.

Education:

  • B.A., University of Illinois, 2006
  • M.B.A., Northern Illinois University, 2009
  • Ph.D., Benedictine University, 2013

Dr. Michael Cherry
Dr. Michael Cherry

Organizational Leadership- Assistant Professor and B.A. Program Director

Dr. Michael Cherry is an Associate Professor in the Organizational Leadership program. Prior to joining the faculty, he spent over twelve years as the Academic Coordinator of Adult Business Programs in the College of Business at Lewis. In addition to his teaching role, Mike has coached and consulted over the past 20 years serving as a trusted advisor to high potential leaders and groups to improve their leadership impact, collaboration and productivity to drive business success and achieve personal fulfillment. Mike leverages evidence based coaching practices and his experience, and education, to prepare leaders to manage change, engage cross functional teams and effectively influence organizational strategy. He completed his coach education at Lewis University and received his PCC certification from the International Coach Federation. His doctoral studies at Olivet Nazarene University included research on emotional intelligence in healthcare leadership.

Education:

  • BSC, Santa Clara University, 1991
  • MBA, San José State University, 1995
  • MSA, University of Notre Dame, 2000
  • Ed.D., Olivet Nazarene University, 2011
  • Organizational Coaching Certificate, Lewis University, 2014

Dr. Scott A. Kerth
Dr. Robert O. Harris

Organizational Leadership - Assistant Professor

Robert has over 25 years’ experience managing people, processes, and new business development solutions. Among others, he worked for IBM, H/P, DDB Advertising, Ebony Magazine and, AT&T.

Robert served as Adjunct Faculty for community colleges and universities across the country teaching: organization leadership, strategic management, ethics, marketing, organization behavior, project management, and others. His research focuses on Organization Leadership, Capacity Building, International Partnerships, and Entrepreneurship.

Robert contributed to the Business and Management literature with his book, book chapters, scholarly articles as well as academic conference presentations. He is scheduled to present Higher Education Institution and Partnership research findings at The Africa Academy of Management, (Lagos, Nigeria 2020). His 2016 publication Coaching Urban Gymnastics in Chicago's Extreme Conditions was published by Chapman University, Journal of Business and Management. In 2014, Bethel New Life Community Development Corporation (CDC) published Chicago Westside Economic Development white paper co-authored by Robert. In 2013, his co-authored book, Extraordinary Leadership, was published by Edward Elgar Publishing. Moreover, his presentation experience includes, The Academy of Management’s international conferences (Lyon, France, 2012; Johannesburg, South Africa, 2013).

Education:

  • B.A. Ohio State University, 1978
  • M.S. Roosevelt University, 1989
  • PMP Project Management Institute, 2009
  • M.O.T. University of Illinois, 2013
  • Ph.D. Benedictine University, 2014

Dr. Scott A. Kerth
Dr. Scott A. Kerth

Organizational Leadership- Assistant Professor

Dr. Scott A. Kerth is an Assistant Professor in the Organizational Leadership program at Lewis. Dr. Kerth’s experience is in line management, building and managing teams responsible for opening new markets, developing new processes or introducing change into an existing operation. Dr. Kerth lived and managed companies in Prague, Moscow, Singapore, and Barcelona. His 15+ years of management experience extends from new company start-ups to running regional headquarters and covers technology, venture capital, and health care industries. Dr. Kerth has presented at International Technology and Entrepreneurial conferences in France, Spain, and Italy as well as the Midwest Academy of Management and Eastern Academy of Management in the USA. Dr. Kerth has lectured on Innovation at Millikan University and regional operations in the Trinity College Dublin MBA program. His research focuses on innovation and leadership as well as positivity and teams. To continually advance his passion for innovation, teaching, and positivity he is an active participant in Second City’s Improv classes.

Education:

  • B.A., Kenyon College, 1985
  • M.B.A., Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, 1990
  • M.B.A., University of Chicago, 1990
  • M.M.I., Northwestern University, 2011
  • Ph.D., Benedictine University, 2013

Dr. Richard Walsh
Dr. Richard Walsh

Organizational Leadership- Professor

Richard Walsh is an Associate Professor at Lewis University, Romeoville, Ill. and serves as Director of the Graduate Program in Organizational Leadership Studies. Before joining the Faculty of Lewis University's College of Arts and Sciences, he served as Secretary of Education in the Diocese of Joliet, from 1989 through 2001, working primarily in the area of leadership formation. Rich has served on the Adjunct Faculty of a number of universities across the nation addressing leadership in public service organizations. He has consulted with groups throughout the Midwest focusing on leadership formation. His research focuses on the constructing pathways to positive organizational emotion, and he continues qualitative research focused on emerging issues in leadership.

Education:

  • B.A., University of St. Thomas, 1979
  • M.Ed., Loyola University - Chicago, 1982
  • M.Div., DeAndreis Institute, 1982
  • M.A., Loyola University - Chicago, 1989
  • Ph.D., Benedictine University, 2003