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Leadership Coaches

MBA leadership coaches create incredible value for our students

A Personal Guide to Success

We believe in helping our students take the next step in their careers. In one of your first core classes in the MBA program, you will be assigned your own personal leadership coach. Our leadership coaches are experts in their fields and will help hone your leadership skills, provide advice, and work as a sounding board as you work toward professional success.

Your leadership coach will be your guide through the MBA Program as you complete initial assessments and develop a personal action plan to guide you through future development as a manager and leader. As the program is wrapping up, you will take another assessment and create a second leadership action plan with your coach. You will leave Butler with a Masters in Business Administration, a future leadership development plan, and invaluable new skills.

Meet the Coaches

Don Palmer

MBA Leadership Coach Don PalmerDon Palmer is managing partner of Honey Creek Capital. HCC serves small and mid-market businesses by making financial investments and providing value added services to maximize investment return. Palmer owned and operated Palmer Automotive Group for 28 years. He was a managing partner and founding member of Activate Healthcare, a health solutions company for mid-market employers and a partner in Equipment Technologies, a middle market agricultural equipment manufacturer. He is a partner in Palmer Truck Group.

Don’s teaching service includes: Butler University; University of Indianapolis; Taylor University MBA Program; Indiana Wesleyan; I.U. Kelley Graduate School of Business - Sophwiki mentor; I.U. Wealth Creation Scholar –Fellow. Don earned his B.S. from the Krannert School at Purdue University, and MBA from Xavier University. He received an Honorary Doctorate in Business from Indiana Wesleyan University. He has seven years training at the Masters Level for Strategic Coach. Personal interests include motorcycling, golf, and hiking.

Roger Nieman

MBA Leadership Coach Roger Nieman

Roger Nieman is a creative, results-oriented professional with 42 years of progressive experience in the field of human resources. He retired recently as Vice President of Human Resources for Indianapolis-based private holding company, E&A Companies. His range of practice knowledge includes executive level management, strategic program management, employee development, organizational development and employee relations. His scope of industries includes fortune 100 organizations, small private companies, manufacturers, retail, and higher education.

Roger has been recognized in his field for being a trusted advisor, a facilitator for decision makers, intuitive and perceptive, focused on the value of people, and a partner in advancing business goals. He has managed human culture domestically and globally. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Economics from the University of Missouri.


Deb Lecklider

MBA Leadership Coach Dr. Deb Lecklider

Dr. Deb Lecklider is the Associate Dean at Butler University in the College of Education as well as an executive coach in the MBA program. Deb has a passion for providing students and leaders opportunities that focus on improved performance and opportunities. Deb’s primary responsibilities include accreditation and assessment, curriculum development and innovation, and working with students, faculty, and staff to create high-impact programs and experiences.

Deb is a collaborative, team-oriented leader serving Butler University since 2002, first as the Director of the Experiential Program for Preparing School Principals (EPPSP) in the graduate school and now as an administrator in the College of Education. Prior to Butler, she served as the Executive Director of the Indiana Principal Leadership Academy (IPLA) providing professional development to Indiana's principals. Deb participated in ontological coaching training at IPLA and coached school leaders throughout the state of Indiana.

Deb's areas of interests include developing leaders, assessing data to improve performance, and creating and implementing innovative programs. She received her B.S. from Ball State University, M.S. from IUPUI and Butler, and Ph.D. from Indiana State.

Randy Brown

MBA Leadership Coach Randy Brown

Randy Brown has served as a human resources business professional, leader & senior executive for over 32 years in multiple industries. From 2001-2013, Randy was Chief Human Resources Officer for Indianapolis‐based Anthem, Inc., part of the leadership team which transformed the company from a mutual insurance health plan of 15,000 associates to a Fortune 50, publicly-traded company with over 45,000 associates.

Randy was the first in his family to attend college, receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree, Summa Cum Laude, in Economics from Lycoming College in Williamsport, PA. After an exciting and fulfilling career, Randy retired from corporate leadership at 55 to focus on executive and personal coaching, mentoring, and giving back. His passion is working with young executives, professionals and college students to help them see and realize their potential. He is a Certified Professional Coach and has served as Executive Coach to Purdue University International Masters in Management (IMM) students.

Kurt Schoch

Kurt SchochKurt Schoch is a professional coach and educator with over 30 years’ experience in corporate training and development, organizational development, professional and business coaching, and performance improvement.  He has been an educator and VP of performance improvement in health care, faculty member, and administrator in higher education, and a consultant to health care and nonprofit organizations. Most recently he was on the doctoral faculty in the Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership for Walden University.

Kurt earned his CPC— Certified Professional Coach—credential from iPEC: the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching.  He has coached marketing team leaders, health care leaders, United Methodist pastors, and a federal government conflict mediator.  His adaptive coaching approach uses a core energy process to bring out the potential in a client by helping the client connect inner purpose and passion to outer goals and strategies.  He takes a systems approach to organizational development, helping organizations manage all components of the enterprise as a unified whole to achieve ongoing success.

Kurt holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Southern Methodist University, an MDiv from Christian Theological Seminary, and an EdD in Adult Education from Indiana University. He is a Certified Professional Coach (iPEC) and is an Energy Leadership Index Master Practitioner through iPEC.

He is an Authorized Partner and Certified Trainer for Everything DiSC® and an Authorized Partner for The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive TeamTM.

He has served on the national board of examiners of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program for 15 of the past 20 years, most recently as an alumni examiner.  He is on the Board of Trustees for The Partnership for Excellence, where he is an examiner trainer, team leader, and judge.

Shirley Triller

Shirley TrillerShirley Triller is known for her expertise in strategic talent management. Shirley consults with organizations to optimize their performance and capabilities of their leaders. She directs HRD Advisory Group’s leadership development and career transition practices and is an executive coach and facilitator.

Shirley has been a credentialed coach by the International Coach Federation for over 10 years and is a Career Partners International Master Certified Career Transition Coach. She is certified in the EQi 2.0 Emotional Intelligence assessment as well as a number of other instruments. 

Shirley’s professional career includes leadership roles with two international talent management firms, sales, and management roles with leading manufacturers and service companies as well as key staff and board positions with nonprofits. As an entrepreneur for six years, Shirley built and managed her own leadership consulting business.

Craig Anderson

Portrait of Craig AndersonMuch of Craig P. Anderson’s early career was spent in sales, listening to his clients and helping them find the right answer to solve their problem. As his career progressed from sales representative to sales leader and then to business leader, he quickly learned that he had to turn those skills inward. As he listened to his team and coached them to fulfill the company’s vision, it became clear that the next step in his career was to broaden those skills and bring that knowledge, along with his experience in businesses of all sizes and industries, to teach the next generation of leaders.

Craig’s passion for guiding leaders and high-potential employees to find the right path is what motivated him to start Craig P. Anderson & Associates. Through his work, Craig and his team are able to help individuals find the right balance of improving themselves and inspiring the people around them, resulting in a better team dynamic, increased employee engagement, and more successful business.

Outside of leading and coaching professionals, Craig serves on the board of the International School of Indiana, fulfilling his passion for ensuring students are prepared to pursue post-secondary education and his desire to help Indianapolis become a world-class city.

Valerie Jones

Valerie JonesValerie is a results-oriented leader with more than 20 years of progressive Customer Experience (CX)/Client Relations experience helping businesses grow. As a former Executive with OSRAM Sylvania, part of the Siemens family of companies, Valerie has extensive experience in customer experience, sales, marketing, operations, customer service, logistics, and organizational leadership. She has implemented ISO9000 and embraces Lean methodology, as well as a key stakeholder for implementation of SAP and systems.

Valerie is known for her expertise as a Customer Experience Practitioner, and keeps the customer perspective and employee experience at the forefront. In the hospitality industry, Valerie drove a customer centric culture through multi-media communications including a World Class Customer Experience space dedicated to highlight customer and employee insights to infuse story telling into engagement strategies.

Valerie held various officer positions as a Board Member with the Industry Data Exchange Association (IDEA), with the mission of electronically connecting manufacturers and distributors in the electrical industry resulting in lower costs, higher profits, and more satisfied customers.

In her leadership roles, Valerie has been responsible for leadership development, assessing skills and talent, and developing quality and training programs, along with succession planning for high potential employees. Throughout Valerie’s career, she personally experienced how transformational leadership coaching can be. She has a passion to coach others in their career journey. Valerie is a Certified Professional Coach (CPC) through the International Coach Academy. She earned her MBA from the University of Indianapolis, along with the Executive Development Program at Babson College.

Matt Dickerson

Matt DickersonMatt has spent the last 20+ years developing his coaching and business insight through sales and training positions, largely in the pharmaceutical industry. He has served in numerous roles involving leadership development and training of emerging leaders.

Matt specializes in working with professionals young in their career, facing significant professional decisions, or those wanting to move from individual contributor to people leader roles. He is wholly committed to those he coaches. He believes that building a trusting environment for self-discovery is critical for growth.

Matt's education includes a BA in Political Science from Purdue University and an MBA with a marketing focus from the University of Indianapolis. He is also a certified coach, recently earning the designation of Associate Certified Coach through the International Coaching Federation.

Matt's personal interests include working with wood, serving in non-profit roles, and spending time with his family.