David W. Hannegan, Jr.,
Most recently, David has been working as the account lead with several healthcare systems on their Lean Transformation efforts. This includes consulting to their senior deployment team, ensuring that Lean and Change Management are integrated into their improvement efforts, and developing internal capability. David's leadership development experience has been with executives and high potentials to enhance their skills to be more effective interpersonally and organizationally. This includes utilization of 360° assessments and personal coaching on an ongoing basis. He has also worked extensively in the virtual team arena, both in team start up and team-leader development, to enhance team effectiveness in a dispersed work environment.
David comes to Destra from GE where he was a Program Manager for Training and Education at the Corporate Leadership Development Institute in Crotonville, New York. His other work experience includes the Professional and Organization Development Department at Ernst & Young LLP, Management Education for Storage Technology Corporation, and Assistant Director for the Professional Development Program at the Colorado Outward Bound School.
David received an M.A. and Ph.D. in Speech Communication from the University of Denver, and received his B.S. from Union College, NY.
Bette Smith, M.S.S. - Partner
Bette Smith is an education and communications consultant with more than 15 years of experience in assessment, design, delivery, and evaluation of programs for numerous companies and organizations including: Samsonite, Ralston Purina, The Denver Post, Norwest Banks, AT&T, Rose Medical Center, The Denver County Court System, CQG Inc., Colorado Community Colleges, University of Colorado Denver, MasterCraft, and The Town of Winter Park, CO.
Prior to joining Destra, Bette’s recent positions include Vice President of Communications and Director of Organizational Learning at CQG Inc. as well as Director of the new J.P. Morgan Center for Commodities at the CU Denver Business School.
Bette's skills encompass marketing, public relations, internal communications, facilitation (meetings and focus groups), training (including train-the-trainer), curriculum design and development, needs assessment, and program evaluation.
She has trained and consulted in the areas of Communication, Change Management, Process Improvement, Conflict Management, Team Building, Customer Service, Learning/Personality Styles, and Problem Solving. She is the editor of The Communication Cookbook: Meanings, Messages and Minestrone.
Bette received her Masters in Social Science with an emphasis in Educational Evaluation from the University of Colorado Denver and her Bachelor of Arts in Russian Studies from Bates College. She has lived in Moscow, Russia and has traveled to more than 30 countries.
Aled F. Roberts - Australia Affiliate
Aled brings to Destra over 25 years of broad ranging, practical experience as a senior manager and consultant on three continents with global companies. Based in Melbourne, he is Destra's Australian affiliate and currently works as a consultant, trainer and coach for several clients on a variety of areas including Change Management and Lean/Six Sigma.
In all his work, Aled's primary objective is to ensure that his clients fulfil their potential as businesses, teams and individuals. This is achieved through focusing on service quality and providing them with fit for purpose process improvement and change acceleration tools and frameworks.
Throughout his career Aled has been closely involved in all aspects of improving and reengineering business processes - from evaluation through documentation, design and improvement, to implementation. He was part of BHP Billiton's global Shared Services initiative, where he held a number of positions in the areas of process reengineering and internal customer relationship management.
One of Destra's lead consultants and faculty in our work with Telstra, Aled has worked with a number of our other Australian clients including Orica, Rio Tinto Barrick Gold and National Australia Bank.
Prior to joining BHP Billiton, Aled held senior financial positions with the French and Australian subsidiaries of the US automotive parts manufacturer, Dana Corporation, twice a winner of the prestigious Malcolm Baldridge Award, and Price Waterhouse in the US and Canada.
Aled combines his chartered accounting qualification with a degree in French and German. He is proud of his Welsh heritage and speaks Welsh at home with his wife and two sons.
Words to Live By: "Save Water, Drink Wine".
Kathryn M. Kaczmarski, Ph.D. – Bay Area Affiliate
Kathryn is an accomplished organization development and talent management professional and consultant with extensive U.S. and global experience. She partners with senior leaders to create strategy and generate leadership alignment, manage key projects and change initiatives, and build high-performing teams. On a more tactical level, Kathryn also brings the ability to drive innovative approaches to streamline operational processes, reduce cost, and enhance overall performance for teams and organizations. Most recently she has worked with a number of small to medium biopharmaceutical and software development companies and a venture capital firm.
As an internal leader, Kathryn directed the creation and build-out of the talent and organization development capabilities at Onyx Pharmaceuticals in South San Francisco. Prior to Onyx she managed organization development activities for Alexza Pharmaceuticals, an early stage biotech company in the bay area.
Previous to her positions in the biopharmaceutical industry, Kathryn managed her own consulting practice specializing in strategy, leadership, and organization development. She worked with numerous public and private sector organizations in the US as well as in Europe, Australia, Latin America, and Africa. During this time Kathryn also partnered with Destra as an associate and worked on a number of our engagements, including Agilent, Columbia Energy, Excite@Home, JPMorgan, Sun Microsystems, and Telstra (Australia). She began her career in organizational development and talent management at GE Company, where she gained exposure to world-class human resources and leadership development practices.
Kathryn received a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Case Western Reserve University, a Masters in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She is an avid reader and hiker and in her free time enjoys trekking all over the Bay Area and other places in the Western United States.
Joe Schroeter, J.D. - Vice President of Strategic Business Development
Joe Schroeter has extensive experience in consulting throughout his career including a stint with Destra back in the late 1990s. At the time, he worked with several key clients including Anesta, Agilent/HP, and NiSource/Columbia Gas.
Joe is currently President of CQG, Inc., a global software trading company, headquartered in Denver, CO, where he is accountable for strategy and operations leadership. He started his work there in 2000 focusing on organizational and business development and has overseen the company’s growth to 16 offices worldwide with a staff of over 450 employees.
Joe began his career as an attorney/mediator with Damas & Associates, a consulting and legal firm. From 1994 to 1998, Joe served as Vice President and Corporate Counsel at Centura Health. Joe has a law degree from University of Colorado at Boulder, which he received in 1991. He received a BA degree from the University of Nebraska.
Joe lives in Littleton, CO and has three kids. He recently became certified as a personal trainer and is starting a virtual fitness training program, Joe’s Garage.
Marte Pendley, Ph.D. – Partner Emeritus
Marte is a Partner with Boulder-based Destra Consulting Group, LLC working worldwide with clients in aerospace, financial management, health care, high tech, manufacturing, mining, retail, telecommunications, and transportation. Over the past twenty years, she has worked with executives, managers, and project teams to help develop leadership and team skills, plan and lead change including Lean and Lean/Sigma implementations, and communicate and promote involvement in new strategic directions.
Her practice includes consulting to management teams confronting the challenges of business transformation including rapid growth, deregulation, mergers and acquisitions, process redesign, technology implementation and other changes. Marte is known for using a variety of innovative approaches to help clients move beyond current patterns of thinking and acting to achieve results.
In her former life as a corporate executive, Marte was Director, Human Resource Development and Director, Corporate Communications for Mervyn’s Department Stores, a $4-billion plus subsidiary of the Dayton Hudson Corporation. Prior to her tenure with Mervyn’s, she was Director, Training and Management Development for The Gap Stores, Inc. She began her private consulting practice in 1992 in San Francisco, a city she still considers her second home.
Marte is proud to serve as an adjunct faculty member for the Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence and as a Shingo Prize Examiner.
She holds a Ph.D. in Human and Organization Systems and a MA in Organization Development.
Pamela Dennis, Ph.D., Founder and Partner Emeritus
Pamela Dennis founded Destra in 1985 building it from a sole proprietorship to a multi-partner international consulting firm. She sold her financial interest in 2004 to the current partners. While at Destra, the firm received recognition for its growth and impact multiple times, including “Mercury 100 Fastest Growing Colorado Companies” (2001 & 2002); “Boulder Top 25 Women-Owned Companies” (1998-2004); and “Colorado Top 100 Women Owned Businesses.”
She has, for over 30 years, provided management and organizational consulting to a diverse range of organizations: from global Fortune 100 companies such as GE, Merck, JP Morgan, GM, and BHP to emerging companies and closely held partnerships in private and public sectors in a broad range of industries.
Her book, Exit Signs, for small and mid-size business owners needing a guide to exit planning, is due to be released Fall 2015. www.pameladennisphd.com
She holds a Ph.D. in Organization Development and Education from the University of Colorado; an MA from the University of California, Santa Barbara; and a BS from California State Polytechnic, San Luis Obispo.
A Selection of our Associates
Our global team of more than 20 Senior Associates have been executives in complex corporate environments and have worked with organizations, internally and externally, to lead change and drive business results. Here is a selection of the talented Associates who work in conjunction with our Partners and our Clients:
Ron Gager, M.A., U.S. Senior Associate - Ron has a reputation for making the complex simple and learning a pleasure. He specializes in organizational strategy, change leadership and project management. He was instrumental in the design and launch of several corporate-wide initiatives including GE’s WorkOut™ and Change Acceleration, General Motors GoFast!, Columbia Energy’s transformation and leadership alignment work and Xerox’s Baldrige winning quality initiatives.
Colleen Kindler, M.B.A., U.S. Senior Associate - Colleen is a “Best of the Best” Six Sigma Trainer to BHP and GE Capital. Formerly with Mercer Management Consulting, she managed Baldrige-based quality improvement initiatives and facilitated teams to redesign business processes for clients including GE Nuclear, General Motors and IBM. She assisted AT&T Network Services in optimizing the effectiveness of their business processes in an effort that lead to a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. Colleen co-developed the Black Belt DMAIC curriculum for GE Capital and was Destra’s deployment coordinator and faculty on the entire suite of offerings for BHP Billiton’s Six Sigma corporate-wide initiative.
Francisco Melero, M.A., U.S. Senior Associate - Francisco brings over 15 years experience in program management, change management, organizational leadership and strategic direction from his work in numerous international organizations. As a consultant in the areas of quality and management, his areas of expertise include Six Sigma, ISO 9000, Total Quality Management (TQM), Software Quality Assurance (SQA), Project Management and Change Acceleration. Francisco’s career includes experiences with large organizations as well as governmental departments and non-profit agencies. He spent ten years at International Business Machines (IBM) where he contributed to the quality of the company’s software products and the organization’s certification to the ISO 9001 standards. He was one of the lead consultants on the BHP-Billiton and Breed Automotive engagements where he led Change Management and Six Sigma courses worldwide. Francisco is a native of Venezuela and is fluent in Spanish.