Conferences & Training
Faculty - Strategic Talent Management

Conference Chair

Katrina Onderdonk

Katrina Onderdonk
Director of Talent Management for Development and Institute Relations
California Institute of Technology

Katrina Onderdonk is the director of talent management for development and institute relations at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) where she specializes in executive search, employee engagement, individual coaching and team building.  Onderdonk has over 15 years of executive search and leadership experience in both corporate and non-profits settings. Prior to joining Caltech, she was a Search Consultant with S. Benjamins & Company, and began her career at Banc of America Securities and Gap Inc. 

Onderdonk holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, and is very active in the Los Angeles community, having served on boards of several nonprofits.


Jeff Chitester

Jeff Chitester
Executive Director, Talent Management
Duke Health Development and Alumni Affairs

Jeff Chitester is executive director of talent management for Duke Health Development and Alumni Affairs.

In his current role, Jeff has focused on competency based talent management, onboarding, diversity, organizational and professional development, work culture and employee engagement. He has led talent acquisition efforts to fully staff DHDAA for its recent successful completion of the Duke Forward campaign.

Prior to joining the DHDAA team, Jeff spent most of career in human resources on the clinical side of healthcare and academic medicine and served notably as the chief human resources officer at Duke Regional Hospital, University of Virginia Health System and The University of Connecticut Health Center.

Jeff earned his bachelor's in English from SUNY Geneseo, his master's degree in English from SUNY Binghamton and his master's degree in Human Resources and Leadership Development from the University of Scranton.

Elizabeth McGreal Cook

Elizabeth McGreal Cook
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Talent Management and Administration
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Elizabeth McGreal Cook serves as the assistant vice chancellor for talent management and administration at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Previously she served as director of training and employee engagement for the 150+ members of the advancement community at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her work is focused on attracting, engaging, and retaining a best-in-class advancement team. She possesses a successful professional track record in talent management, business development, fundraising, persuasive communication, marketing and sales. Her career path has led her from Walt Disney World to small business ownership to higher education. A common theme that emerges from these experiences is an ongoing passion for performance improvement and a commitment to diligently and enthusiastically building inclusive learning teams and organizations.

Elizabeth holds a bachelor's degree in speech communication from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and a master's in teacher leadership from the University of Illinois at Springfield.

Mae McCallie Cooper

Mae McCallie Cooper
Learning and Development Manager, Development and Alumni Relations
George Washington University

Mae Cooper is a trainer and facilitator with 12 years of experience in collaborative and interactive approaches to learning and meeting design. Using experiential learning practices, she harnesses the experience, diversity and knowledge of a group to address strategic challenges. Currently, she manages training, professional development and team retreats for the George Washington University in the Division of Development and Alumni Relations.

Cooper holds a master's degree in community development from Vanderbilt University, a bachelor's degree in political communication from George Washington University, and is certified in the Myers Briggs Type Indicator.

Yvette Marsh

Yvette Marsh
Senior Director of Talent Management and Facilities
LSU Foundation

With more than 25 years of experience in the field of human resource and talent management, Yvette Marsh is currently employed as the senior director of talent management for the LSU Foundation where she is responsible and oversees all human resource functions: recruitment and staffing, benefits, classification and compensation, professional development, employee relations, payroll, performance management, and leadership development. She previously served as the director of training and development for Louisiana State University and as a consultant with SSA Consultants, an internationally recognized organizational development firm. She specializes in the areas of management development, performance management, cultural change management, and curriculum design and development.

She earned a bachelor's degree in business administration, a master's degree in information systems and decision sciences, and is currently a doctoral candidate in the Human Resource Education and Leadership Development program, all at Louisiana State University.

Josh Wyatt

Josh Wyatt
Director of Talent Development
University of Arizona

Josh has recently joined the team in Tucson at the University of Arizona as the director of talent development. He discovered his passion for training and talent management while working Envision EMI in the Washington, D.C. area. After seven years he and his wife made the decision to leave Washington, D.C. after he was offered the newly created position of training and talent development manager at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Office of Development. While at UNC-CH he worked to develop a comprehensive talent management strategy involving recruiting, on boarding, training, and developing 350+ frontline fundraisers and support staff. This included the implementation and administration of a Learning Management System, a full e-learning catalog of courses specific to Blackbaud CRM and dedicated moves management cohorts for development officers and aspiring development officers. 

Josh holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science with an emphasis in Criminal Justice from James Madison University.