Planning Facilitators

Dr. K. J. Tullis

Dr. K. J. Tullis is originally from eastern Oregon and grew up in Los Angeles. Before joining the University of Central Oklahoma in 1995, he held a variety of manufacturing and marketing management positions within the Blackmer Division of Dover Corporation, most recently the position of worldwide marketing manager for liquefied and compressed gas equipment. Coming to UCO in 1995, he is currently Associate Dean for the College of Business. He has previously served the college as Professor of Management, Chair of the Department of Management, Assistant Dean and twice as a program director. He holds a PhD. Degree in Management from the University of Arkansas and an MBA degree from the University of Houston. He primarily teaches in the area of Strategic Management, Organization Theory, and occasionally, Human Resource Management. His dissertation research focused on the adoption of innovative compensation practices. His current research interests include employee selection and issues related to campus security. Dr. Tullis has consulted for numerous clients, including the United States Postal Service, Oklahoma Federal Executive Board, Oklahoma County Health Department, and the Oklahoma Veterinary Medical Association.

Dr. Daniel P. Mertens

Dr. Daniel P. Mertens is an assistant professor of Management in the College of Business Administration. Dr. Mertens was awarded a Ph.D. in Management from the University of Arizona where he had also earned a Master of Business Administration degree with emphases in Marketing and Entrepreneurship. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Colorado State University. Prior to his graduate study, Dr. Mertens spent three years working as a commercial broker and also worked a year as a banker and financial planner. At The University of Central Oklahoma, Dr. Mertens is teaching courses on Organizational Behavior, Business Strategy at the undergraduate level, and Business Strategy as the capstone course for the MBA program. He has also taught graduate courses at Duquesne University and Fu Jen University (Taipei, Taiwan) as a visiting professor. Dr. Mertens has won numerous Faculty Awards and has also been inducted into the Business Strategy Game Hall of Fame. His research interests include strategic principles, human judgment, individual and organizational decision making, and organizational behavior. In addition to teaching and research, Dr. Mertens is a business consultant, specializing in strategic planning, strategic implementation, and organization behavior issues. He enjoys volunteering as a consultant for non-profits.

Dr. Connie Foster

Dr. Foster brings more than three decades of higher education experience to the process. She is the retired Chancellor-­‐emerita at the University of Wisconsin-­‐ River Falls. At UWRF she served as a tenured faculty member and was a coach in the department of health & human performance, was the Dean of the College of Education and Professional Development, then served as Provost and Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs before being named as interim-chancellor.

Dr. Foster is a trainer for the Society for College & University Professionals, assisting higher education institutions in their strategic planning, and she is certified as a ToPs facilitator.

BethMarie Ward

BethMarie Ward is owner and principal of Regenerate Group. She has over 15 years experience as a leader working in higher education, non-­‐profit, and philanthropic agencies such as the University of Minnesota, Great River Shakespeare Festival and Minnesota Public Radio. Among her clients at Regenerate Group are the Ashoka Institute, the City of Minneapolis, the University of Minnesota department of extension, and Normandale Community College.

Ms. Ward is an Institute of Cultural Affairs Certified ToP® Facilitator working with organizations on strategic and action planning, systems change management and team building. She holds a master’s degree in Human Development with an emphasis on organizational sustainability.