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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.

Marcelle Gress

MBA Leadership Coach Marcelle GressMarcelle Gress has served as an education and business leader for 44 years, which has resulted in extensive experience in all facets that are at the heart of the Lacy School of Business. During Marcelle’s 24 year career at Xerox Corporation, she held positions in sales, marketing, operations, supply chain, business analytics, and delivery. Responsibilities included major account management, managing the Xerox Procurement Services Team which led to the procurement of non-Xerox hardware and supplies with responsibility for an annual revenue plan that maintained consistent gross profit margin percentages, and led a team that collaborated with various Xerox Partners to provide a new cost per print solution offering to clients. In addition, Marcelle directed a team of 15 members which provided supplies fulfillment for Xerox Global Services clients as well as the provision of support for a contract that outsourced third party technical service for a Xerox Global Services. These roles, along with many others, provided a rich experience in account management, business development, operations, delivery, supply chain, business analytics, cost and productivity initiatives, as well as team management.

Marcelle has been involved in student mentoring and coaching activities through the Butler University Real Business Experience and is continuing to mentor college students via a church program. The RBE experience allowed Marcelle to coach a total of 10 business teams totaling 50 students, guiding them through semesters of developing effective and successful marketing, operational, and financial business plans.

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.

Ronald Gress

MBA Leadership Coach Ronald Gress

Ronald Gress has mentored and coached Butler University students both at the undergraduate and graduate level. This rich experience began 18 years ago at the Butler University Lacy School of Business as a career mentor for junior and senior students seeking both internships and positions after graduation. The internship program expanded fourteen years ago when the Lacy School of Business created formal Career Development Program for all undergraduates. Since graduate students in the Lacy School of Business were assigned executive coaches, he has assisted thousands of students in seeking career choices.

Ronald’s career started in West Virginia in the clothing industry. He began managing men’s clothing stores. His responsibilities included hiring salespeople, buying, managing budgets and ultimately net profit. During his years in the clothing business he was offered a job with the IBM Company in Indianapolis, Indiana. He spent 27 years with IBM in a variety of capacities. Those positions included sales, product management, and consulting. After his career with IBM, he became a sales manager for a consulting company. After 5 years of managing a sales team, he left the technology industry and started his own business. It was through this business that he engaged with Butler and began mentoring students.

Kurt Schoch

Kurt 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 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.

Jennifer Orozco

Jennifer Orozco is an International Coach Federation Associate Certified Coach specializing in the areas of leadership development and organizational health. Jennifer empowers extraordinary individuals, teams, and businesses to maximize their personal and professional potential in leading lives with passion, purpose, and intention. She serves from a strengths-based, whole-person approach by blending the art of emotionally intelligent, interpersonal skill building and the science of data-driven, empirically based research and analysis.

In addition to Executive Coaching for the Butler University MBA Program and her own private practice, Jennifer serves as a Fellow Coach for BetterUp, the world’s first mobile platform designed to provide evidence-based performance coaching to emerging leaders from industry-leading companies all over the world. Jennifer collaborates with individual contributors up through c-level executives to co-create the unique skills, strategies, and techniques they can implement to manifest goals, enhance growth, and advance their organization’s mission. Her subject matter expertise in Positive Psychology often lends itself to focus on effective communication, employee engagement, optimizing team dynamics, developing systems of feedback, work/life integration, and stress management.

With nearly a decade spent utilizing the study and application of cognitive and behavioral modalities to drive positive change, Jennifer’s professional experiences have included providing mental health and therapeutic services to adolescents as a Licensed Social Worker, behavior training/research with Marine Mammal and other zoological species, and Human Resources Management for privately held corporations.

Jennifer holds a master’s degree from Indiana University and a bachelor’s degree in Psychological Sciences with a minor concentration in Organizational Leadership and Supervision from Purdue University.