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About the Workforce Opportunity Project Research Team

Carla Ockerman-Hunter, M.A., NCCC, MCC is President of Career Span, Inc. a career development firm specializing in occupational resources including assessments, resume writing, interviewing preparation and job search strategies. A master career counselor, she co-authored Intersection: Where Career Theories, Models and Resources Converge (2009) a nationally approved curriculum for the Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF) credential. She has developed two career assessments including The Portfolio of Assets (2003) and Finding Your Place in the World of Work (2010). She has worked with a broad spectrum of clients ranging from high school students preparing for college to working adults making career changes including job loss, relocation, and transitioning into retirement. Carla has developed extensive team-building curriculum and facilitation sessions for corporate and organizational clients including strategic planning, succession planning, conflict resolution and becoming a highly effective performer. Since 2005, she has been a certified national instructor for the Global Career Development Facilitator credential. In addition, she has authored multiple career development articles for America Online, The Lexington Herald-Leader and various magazines. Most recently, she contributed articles to the 1st edition of Kentucky's Office of Employment and Training's You're Hired! An Action Plan for Success in Today's Labor Market.

Carla has served the Workforce Opportunity Project team as the team lead and manager of the survey development, interviews and final report. She can be reached at
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Bart T. Borkosky is President of Thomas Penway Research Group, Inc, a national marketing research firm based in Lexington, KY. He has over 28 years experience on the supplier and client sides of the marketing research industry, working with Fortune 500 organizations, leading research firms, and other companies both large and small across numerous industry sectors.

Bart and his firm specialize in research design and analysis, sampling, data collection, and project management.

Bart holds an MBA from Xavier University and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Cincinnati.
Bart served the Workforce Opportunity Project team in the areas of questionnaire development, sampling design, fieldwork, tabulation, analysis, and report writing.

Dr. Jennifer E. Swanberg is an associate professor in the University of Kentucky College of Social Work with joint appointments in the Colleges of Business, Medicine, and Public Health. She also serves as the Executive Director of the Institute for Workplace Innovation (iwin) at the University of Kentucky. She is an interdisciplinary social scientist with research interests in understanding how the organization of work impacts individual health and work-life effectiveness, as well as organizational outcomes, with a particular emphasis on understudied populations.
Her research has been funded by many national entities, including the Ford Foundation, the Sloan Center on Aging & Work at Boston College, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and the Department of Health and Human Services.

Dr. Swanberg is widely published in scholarly journals, has been featured as a work-life expert in Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Newsweek, and on CNN, MSNBC, and NPR news programs. She has been recognized by the Alliance of Work-Life Progress as one of the profession's Rising Stars, her research has been honored by the Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for Excellence in Work-Family Research-designating it as one of the top ten research articles in the nation, and she is the work-life columnist for Business Lexington, Lexington, Kentucky's premier Business publication. In April 2010, she was among a handful of researchers invited by President and first Lady Obama to the White House Forum on Workplace Flexibility. She holds a Ph.D. in Social Policy and a Masters in Human Services Management from Heller School of Social Policy and Management, Brandies University and a B.S. in occupational therapy from the University of New Hampshire.

Dr. Swanberg served as a consultant to the Workforce Opportunity Project team in the area of data interpretation and report writing.

Stephen P. Stratton, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist (KY) and Professor of Counseling and Pastoral Care at Asbury Theological Seminary. He also serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Louisville in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences and at Asbury College where he was the Director of the Center for Counseling for 18 years.

He earned his doctoral degree at Auburn University (Ph.D., Counseling Psychology). He has provided psychological services to adolescents and adults in hospitals, community mental health centers, and college student services since 1983. He is currently hosting a monthly webinar series for the Kentucky Psychological Association (Religion, Spirituality, and the Clinical Practice of Psychology), who presented him with their 2010 Annual Award for contributions to psychology and the community. Dr. Stratton counts as areas of special interest and training the integration of counseling and Christianity, human relational attachments, and helping survivors of past traumas.

His research interests include forgiveness, contemplative and meditational practices, and college student life. His most recent publications in juried research journals include the following:
Yarhouse, M. A., Stratton, S., Dean, J., & Brooke, H. (2009). Listening to Sexual Minorities on Christian College Campuses. Journal of Psychology and Theology, 37 (2), 96-113.
Stratton, S. P., Dean, J. A., Nonneman, A. J., Bode, R., & Worthington, E. L., Jr. (2008).
Forgiveness Interventions as spiritual development strategies: Forgiveness workshop training, expressive writing about forgiveness, and retested controls. Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 27, 347-357.

Dr. Stratton assisted the Workforce Opportunity Project team in developing the questionnaire content for the study.

Janet B. Dean, M.Div., Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist (KY) and Assistant Professor of Behavioral Sciences (Psychology) at Asbury University, where she had served as a psychologist and the Director of Clinical Services in the Center for Counseling. She also serves as an affiliate professor at Asbury Theological Seminary in Pastoral Care and Counseling. She earned her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at the Ohio State University in 2003, and her Master of Divinity degree at Asbury Theological Seminary in 1997.

In addition to teaching, Dr. Dean has provided counseling and psychological services since 1993 in a variety of settings - prisons, community mental health centers, and college student services. She also is actively engaged in psychological research, with special interest and publications in the areas of contemplative and meditational practices, forgiveness, and sexual identity development. In addition, she is very interested in student development and training, and therefore serves as the faculty advisor for Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology, as an advisor for undergraduate students engaged in psychological research, and as a mentor in the Early Career Psychologists' Mentoring Program of the Kentucky Psychological Association. Dr. Dean also is very active in her local community, including serving in multiple leadership roles for the local county school system.

Dr. Dean assisted the Workforce Opportunity Project team in developing the questionnaire content for the study.

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