Leadership Fellows People
After earning a Ph.D. in Leadership and Organizational Studies from Gonzaga University, Stephanie Lindsay became director of Leadership Fellows in the Fall of 2015. Stephanie had freelanced as a leadership specialist in academic, prison, and military medical arenas and taught distance learning courses in leadership to refugees in Mali, Jordan, and Kenya. Prior to MSU, she taught research courses to Master’s and doctoral distance learning students in an integrated medicine and health sciences program.
Lorca Smetana, M.A.I.S
Lorca Smetana consults as a wellness and resilience educator for leaders and in organizations.Lorca teaches a section of Leadership Foundations. Lorca also teaches Resilience in Leadership.
Joe Loviska, M.Ed.
Joe Loviska has practiced leadership in outdoor education for 8 years; he is often found leading groups by bicycle across the US or backpacking with students in the desert. Joe comes to the Leadership Fellows Program as a field educator in environmental studies and uses systems theory and ecological principles to focus his teaching of Leadership Foundations, Writing and Leading (originally "Critical Thinking & Leading"), and Case Studies in Bioregional Leadership.
Becky Franks, M.S.
Becky Franks has been a leader in the nonprofit space for over two decades and received her Masters degree from Gonzaga University in Organizational Leadership. She brings this experience with an emphasis on team development and personal leadership when teaching Leadership Foundations.
Phil Ronniger has an MA in Counseling from the University of Iowa, and specialized training, mentoring, self-exploration and experimentation in career management, optimal learning, applied behavioral sciences, organizational development, mediation, conflict resolution, and interpersonal communication.
He founded and coached in a career management firm, was a partner in an international career management firm, directed client services in an office of one of the top three career transition firms in the world, and served as a senior coach in the nation’s leading career counseling network. In addition, he has taught and counseled within seven diverse institutions of higher education for over 35 years.