Dr. Roderick J. Bartell, R.O.D.C.
Founder and Executive Director
Dr. Rod Bartell is one of the pioneers in employee assessment profiling and organizational diagnostics (Orgopathy). Rod’s primary areas of expertise include Organizational Diagnostics and Development (OD), Organizational Triage (OTR), and Executive Leadership and Development. He has over 40 years of experience working with complex organizations in their assessment and development. Rod has worked with over 2,000 organizations in the public sector (small communities to large cities) and private sector (entrepreneurial start-ups to Fortune 100 companies), representing clients around the world.
As Founder and Executive Director of Bartell & Bartell, Ltd. and the Center for Executive Assessment and Development, he holds a B.S. from the College of Human Development, Pennsylvania State University; Master of Public Administration, Institute of Public Administration, Pennsylvania State University, and Doctor of Education in Organizational Behavior and Development, University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He is a Registered Organizational Development Consultant (RODC), one of only 99 in the world, and a former active member of the Panel of Arbitrators of the American Arbitration Association (AAA).
Dr. Bartell’s focus has been on unleashing the potential in people, aligning teams for synergy and maximizing the health and effectiveness of organizations. He is an executive coach and mentor to numerous executives and leaders, and is proud to be able to track their success. He also has been part of many “firsts” – including the identification of many organizational syndromes and the development of intervention templates designed for easy and predictable use by leaders.
Dr. Bartell has designed and developed numerous temperament, personality and leadership assessment instruments. He is a principal in the design of organizational diagnostic instruments such as: the Executive Simulator for the assessment and development of managers and executives, ODDIS (Organizational Diagnostic and Development Intervention System), and Excellerator™. His latest developments include Know Thy Hire, AMP (Attachment, Motivation, Performance), the Radiant Leadership™ 360, and TeamNav™. Rod is renowned for his interpretive and profiling expertise, systemic approach to organizational dynamics, and organizational architecture construction. Rod continues to provide executive counsel and mentoring to clients and serves as an Instructor and Diagnostic Expert in Bartell’s own Leadership Flight School™. His design of leadership protocols and templates continue to serve the more than 1,300 Leadership Flight School™ alumni over the last 10 years.
Dr. Bartell is a thought leader in Servant Leadership and his recent book, “Before the Call: The Communication Playbook,” is about a revolutionary communication template called MVP, a power tool for interpersonal success. His book has been described by readers as an “excellent read and very helpful tool!” Rod has also led a national effort to create an “organizational medicine” model for developing diagnostic instruments, establishing diagnostic methodologies, and establishing treatment protocols. Rod is passionate about this evolving discipline, called Orgopathy, and established the Institute for Organizational Science in 2007. Amazingly, Rod finds the time to talk with anyone interested in Orgopathy when he is not enjoying playing his trombone!
Dr. William Brashers
Director of Development Services
Dr. Bill Brashers, Bartell & Bartell Ltd.’s Director of Development Services is a distinguished Organizational Psychologist specializing in adult development issues in organizations. He is also deeply involved in the formulation and implementation of Leadership Development protocols for Bartell & Bartell, Ltd. In doing so, Bill is also enjoying writing a series of white papers on Servant Leadership.
Bill’s current focus is on the development of organizational theory, diagnostic methodology, and intervention technology. His passion is providing and expanding an array of custom-designed leadership tools that developing leaders can use to overcome obstacles they face in their leadership roles. Bill has been involved in the professional assessment and development of thousands of key organizational leaders, executives, supervisors, and teams throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico and serves as a the Dean of Bartell’s Leadership Flight School™. He is an expert in the design of management and leadership training programs, executive coaching techniques, and assessment centers, as well as being a distinguished interpreter of assessment instruments and organizational diagnostics.
Prior to joining the Bartell team in 1993, Bill taught a wide variety of courses in both the Smeal College of Business and the Department of Psychology at the Pennsylvania State University. Bill holds a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the Pennsylvania State University.
When Bill is not assessing and developing leaders, or writing white papers on servant leadership, he enjoys singing, playing his guitar, and writing music.
R. Shawn Ishler
Director of Client Services
Shawn Ishler, is Bartell & Bartell Ltd.’s Director of Client Services. Since joining the Bartell team in 1997, Shawn has presented to organizations throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. He has worked with thousands of individuals and groups on various aspects of organizational studies, candidate assessments, Executive Developments, “Know Thy Self” Workshops, Team Alignments, and executive coaching engagements. He is also a lead instructor in Leadership Flight School™.
Shawn’s pragmatic, hands-on approach to training and development uses down to earth examples and clear objectives. He challenges participants to set their own specific goals and to constantly seek continuous improvement both personally and professionally. Shawn has developed a personal philosophy of “edutainment.” This blend of Bartell & Bartell, Ltd.’s solid professional development combined with Shawn’s magic and humor is designed to make the learning process a more enjoyable experience.
Shawn holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and French from the Pennsylvania State University and was also a premier Dale Carnegie Sales Leader, Instructor and Speaker prior to joining the Bartell team. He was consistently ranked in the top 10 in the organization, which boasts 4,000 sales and training associates, ranking fourth in the world and second nationally for his sales, training, and public speaking skills in his final year with the organization. These experiences give him expertise in coaching the success of individual contributors and building healthy and synergistic teams.
When Shawn is not serving our clients’ organizational development needs, you’ll most likely find him cruising around the rolling hills of Pennsylvania on his motorcycle, or relaxing at home; playing the blues on his guitar.
Daniel R. Burkholder
Assessment & Development Specialist
Mr. Dan Burkholder has worked with numerous individuals and teams for their assessment and development. Prior to joining the Bartell team, Dan was the owner and principal consultant of Resonating Performance, where he worked with clients to improve individual performance and enhance organizational productivity. Dan’s experience includes strengthening individual development, increasing leadership credibility, and building strong teams. Dan earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with a concentration in Management. Dan has previously worked for consulting firms specializing in leadership development, internal communication, and performance improvement, affording him the opportunity to advise many different organizations from a variety of industries and regions across the country.
Dan enjoys spending time with his wife, daughter, and dogs; singing and playing guitar; reading Tolkien, ancient history, and religious works; playing trivia, eating various foods, and relaxing in the more rural areas of central and eastern Pennsylvania. Dan is actively involved in his church as a worship leader and teacher. A former wrestler, Dan also keeps up with high school and college wrestling and volunteers some time coaching.
Tara R. Arnold
Director of Business Development
Tara Arnold joined the Bartell team in 1994, as Director of Business Development and oversees Marketing, Sales, Contracting, and Project Management. She serves as the central point of coordination between the senior consulting team, clients, and the assessment/diagnostic team. Her specialty is in listening to the client’s needs and proposing an appropriate solution to unleash the potential in their people and optimize their organizational health.
Tara maintains a seamless interface from project design, to proposal preparation, through implementation and follow-up to ensure we fulfill all client expectations. Serving our broad client base – from Fortune 100 Executives to public sector clients and fast-growth entrepreneurial start-ups, Tara enjoys nurturing excellent client relations and derives great joy in seeing leader’s lives touched and organizations substantially impacted by Servant Leadership and the Bartell brand.
Tara holds a dual major in Marketing and Management from the University of Richmond, E. Claiborne Robins School of Business, where she was named the 1993 Lyon Scholar of Marketing. She designed and implemented a special marketing study for Philip Morris USA, and then worked in Sales Administration for Kaman Sciences Corporation, before joining the Bartell team.
When she’s not working with clients or staff, Tara enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters, singing and playing the piano, or finding a rare moment to “be still” and appreciate the beauty of God’s creation.
Kathy A. Bartell
Co- Founder and Director of Administrative Services
Kathy Bartell, Co-Founder, has worked with Bartell & Bartell, Ltd. since 1981. Kathy has served over 500 clients in the public and private sector, conducting organizational diagnostics and assessment centers. The knowledge and tools developed during these early years led to the many products and services which the company now provides.
In 1993, Kathy gave up full time client case load, to focus her efforts on the finances and corporate development of the business, as well as raising and home schooling her two sons.
Currently she is Director of Administrative Services and is very involved with the new product development of Know Thy Hire®, a powerful system for crafting customized interview questions so that clients know what to ask in an interview to ensure they are finding a good match.
Kathy holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Penn State University in the Administration of Justice.