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Daniel Simonet received his M.A. and Ph.D. in I/O Psychology from the University of Tulsa. He is a Senior Research Scientist at Amazon in Global Hiring Science and former Associate Professor in the Industrial/Organizational Program at Montclair State University. His research emphasizes applying integrative and dyadic personality models to work, including the unique nature of dark-side tendencies, interpersonal effects of personality in work relationships, and the self-determined process of human empowerment. Previously Dan was a research associate at Hogan Assessment Systems where he supported the development, validation, and consultation on existing and new products, including personality-oriented job analyses.

Vice President

Jared Weintraub earned his M.A. from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology and Ph.D. in I/O Psychology from Hofstra University. He is a people analytics and reporting consultant for Deloitte, certified as a Senior Professional of Human Resources (SPHR), and the founder of The Flow Group, LLC., an organizational and business development firm that works with individuals and companies to create and maintain happy, healthy, and productive workplaces. He has taught various graduate and undergraduate courses, and  worked with start-ups, Fortune 500 companies, and organizations across various industries. His research investigates how companies can leverage "nudge" technology and Positive Psychology - specifically Mindfulness and Flow Theory - in the workplace to help individuals, teams, and organizations flourish.


Lily Blocker is the an Associate Professor of Management at Stony Brook University where her research focuses on leadership failure and the dynamics of team innovation. She has published over 15 peer-reviewed articles which have been featured in Fast Company, Fortune, and Business Insider. She is also the Co-Director of the MBA program , Director of the Leadership and Creativity Lab, and two time recipient of the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award. She holds a Ph.D in I/O Psychology from Penn State and completed a post-doctoral fellowship studying terrorist deradicalization.



Nicole Rodgers received her PhD in Applied Organizational Psychology from Hofstra University.  She is  currently a Human Resources Business Partner at Disney and was previously a Senior Management Consultant at E. Rogers Associates, Inc. In the past few years Dr. Rodgers has supported METRO as director of educational offerings in coordinating workshops, certifications, and hands-on tutorials for members to learn new skills.  

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Jennifer Holland earned an associates in Applied Science in Small Business Entrepreneurship, a Bachelors in Business and Master’s in I/O Psychology at CUNY. Her work experience includes over ten years of experience working in organizational and program assessment, cultural change, program management, project management, supporting strategic planning and driving institutional effectiveness. In her work she utilizes system thinking and change management approaches, along with assessment to foster cultures of continuous improvement and shared values. 

Johanna Seppalainen works to develop and expand METRO's sponsorship relationships. She received her M.S. in I/O Psychology from San Francisco State and has over a decade of experience in Learning and Development. She has specializes in integrating assessment results into developmental goals, which she has applied to projects in talent management, executive development, group facilitation, and the delivery of organizational development initiatives. In addition to consulting, Johanna is an adjunct in the business schools for both Baruch and NYU. 

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Paulina Wiedaman earned her M.A. in I/O Psychology from Montclair State University. She is a Talent Management/ Training Specialist at C.A.C. Industries and is responsible for employee development by creating programs that help employees gain impactful experiences like leadership training, job shadowing, and career pathing. Paulina has been an active member of METRO since 2019, and she is excited to continue contributing to the group's success as a volunteer.

Femi Olu-Lafe manages METRO's social media accounts to distribute events, ideas, and content. Femi received her PhD in Psychology from Boston University and MSc in Cognitive Neuropsychology at University College London. She is a consultant in YSC's New York office using expertise in cognitive psychology and data analysis to provide leadership insights, executive coaching, and top team development to a range of Fortune 500 companies. 

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Jamie Forman manages all recording, editing, and technological innovations for METRO events.  She is a PhD student in the Applied Organizational Psychology program at Hofstra University with research interests in talent management, job satisfaction, diversity, and occupational health. She is also a certified sign language interpreter specializing in medical, mental health, and deaf blind populations. 


Past Presidents

  • 2021 - `22: Roza Jankovic, Ph.D.
  • 2020 - `21: Christina Fleck, Ph.D.
  • 2019 - '20: Comila Shahani-Denning, Ph.D.
  • 2018 - '19: Anthony S. Boyce, Ph.D.
  • 2017 - '18: Rania Vasilatos. Ph.D.
  • 2016 - '17: Katherine Bittner, Ph.D.
  • 2015 - '16: Wendy Becker, Ph.D.
  • 2014 - '15: Terri Shapiro, Ph.D.
  • 2013 - '14: Michel Buffet, Ph.D.
  • 2012 - '13: Christine S. Fernandez, Ph.D.
  • 2011 - '12: Pete Rutigliano, Ph.D.
  • 2010 - '11: Charles Scherbaum, Ph.D.
  • 2009 - '10: Dan Fisher, Ph.D.
  • 2008 - '09: Erika D’Egidio, Ph.D.
  • 2007 - '08: Warren Klein, Ph.D.
  • 2006 - '07: LeAnne Bennett , Ph.D.
  • 2005 - '06: Christopher Rotolo , Ph.D.


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