Interests

Human Capital and the development of it in the workplace. Performance Coaching. Principles understood in material like Talent is Overrated and Outliers.

Personality as a moderator in Teambuilding. Also, Personality being used to find the right fit for individuals on the job and in career development.

Professional Memberships

  • Member of the American Psychological Association
  • Member of the Society of Industrial Organizational Psychology
  • Member of the National Career Development Association
  • Member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals

Books Recently Read

Talent is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else by Geoff Colvin

Know What You Don't Know: How Great Leaders Prevent Problems Before They Happen by Michael A. Roberto

YES!: 50 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Persuasive by Noah J. Goldstein, Steve J. Martin, and Robert B. Cialdini

The New Art of Managing People: Updated and Revised Person-to-Person Skills, Guidelines, and Techniques Every Manager Needs to Guide, Direct, and Motivate the Team by Phil Hunsaker and Tony Alessandra

Buyology: Truth and Lies About Why We Buy by Martin Lindstrom

Influence: Science and Practice by Robert B. Cialdini

Prove It Before You Promote It: How to Take the Guesswork Out of Marketing by Steve Cuno

The Five Most Important Questions You Will Ever Ask About Your Organization by Peter Drucker

The 7 Triggers to Yes: The New Science Behind Influencing People's Decisions by Russell H. Granger

Ready, Fire, Aim: Zero to $100 Million in No Time Flat by Michael Masterson

The Art of Woo: Using Strategic Persuasion to Sell Your Ideas by G. Richard Shell and Mario Moussa

Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die by Chip Heath and Dan Heath

Your Gut is Still Not Smarter Than Your Head: How Fact-Based Marketing Can Drive Extraordinary Growth and Profits by Kevin Clancy, Peter Krieg

Go Put Your Strengths to Work: 6 Powerful Steps to Achieve Outstanding Performance by Marcus Buckingham

GIMME!: The Human Nature of Successful Marketing by John Hallward

These are just a few! I usually read a book or two a month! In order to be a great leader you have to be a great reader!

Summary

My passion is to work as part of a team in which I can fully use my skills while at the same time be a continual learner.

I love applied psychology in the fields of consulting, coaching, training, teambuilding, talent management, conflict resolution, and teaching in higher education.

I founded a National Organization that is ready to be lead by another individual with a different set of skills and personality type. I am prepared to relocate and to give my time to fully being an I/O psychologist as part of a team or a mix of independent work and team work environments.

I am open to traveling and can give long hours to putting the client first to ensure maximum company image.

My MBTI Type Code is ISTJ with a clarity scale of slight on the S and T. On the Holland's Type Code I am an ESI. with the E and the S being my first two highest.

Work History

Work History
Aug 2001 - Present

Founder/President/CEO and Chief Learning Officer

KidCare America, Inc.
  • KidCare America/Thrive Student Centers are a National Charitable After-School Mentoring Program for students at-risk
  • Launched original model in New York City as a pilot program.
  • Wrote national intensive after-school director's curriculum used in over 25 national trainings.
  • National Trainer for After-School Directors and Mentors who led local after-school programs in at-risk communities across the nation.
  • Event-Planning for over 25 national intensive after-school director's training.
  • Coach local KidCare America/Thrive Student Center Directors weekly.
  • Developed the Outcome Based Evaluation System used in KidCare America programs nationwide.
  • Oversee more than 100 mentors and volunteers nationwide through managing local KidCare America Center Directors.
  • Network with Federal, State, and Local Goverament leaders to collaborate on projects involving special populations in need of after-school care.
  • Developed Business and Marketing plan for KidCare America, Inc.
  • Developed and oversee Funding and Develop, as well as, Grantwriting responsibility for nationwide program. This included the acquisition of new donors, the retention of current donors, and the ongoing reporting to all donors and investors in the non-profit.
  • Relationship building and management as it relates to Board Membership.
  • Fiscal responsibility to Board and all investors.
  • Provided leadership and direction, as well as, Public Affairs direction to every aspect of KidCare America as a not-for-profit organization who believed that every child in America needed a safe and enriching place to go after-school.
  • Used extensively the MBTI, Thomas Kilman Conflict Instrument, and Strong Instrument Inventory Personality assessments on staff, mentors, and volunteers.
Jan 2005 - Present

Adjuct Professor of Psychology

Assemblies of God Theological Seminary

Teach Graduate students who are in the License Professional Counseling Track Career Development Counseling Course.

  • In partnership with Department Chair decide Course Text
  • Develop Course Syllabus
  • Detail lesson plan
  • Teach lesson plan as outlined
  • Prepare grading Rubric
  • Give tests, course research paper direction, and final exam
  • Provide students feedback for academic and personal growth
Oct 2008 - Present

Founder/Senior Partner

Ferguson Consulting Group, LLC

Just began my own Consulting Firm in an effort to meet my above stated objective and use my Industrial/Organizational Psychology experience and education daily.

  • Consulting Firm providing Executive Coaching
  • Leadership Development and Organizational Development
  • Employee Assistance Program, Assessments, and Customer Service Training
  • Occupational Stress Inventories, Team Building, and Conflict Management
  • Outcome-Based Evaluation and Strategic Planning, as well as, Developing Mission, Purpose, and Goal Statements.
  • Organizational Design and Diagnosis, Organizational Communication Planning, along with, Organizational Culture Design and Diagnosis
  • Body Language in the Board Room
  • Use the Myers Briggs Type Indicator, Strong Interest Inventory, 16PF, plus many more personality assessments in the course of my private practice.
Aug 2003 - May 2006

Adjuct Professor of Psychology

Evangel University

Taught undergraduate students Introduction to Psychology and Social Psychology. These classes were normal filled with freshman and sophomore students.

  • In partnership with Department Chair decide Course Text
  • Develop Course Syllabus
  • Detail lesson plan
  • Teach lesson plan as outlined
  • Prepare grading Rubric
  • Give tests, course research paper direction, and final exam
  • Provide students feedback for academic and personal growth
Nov 1987 - Aug 2001

Founder/Senior Partner

CitiVision Resources

CitiVision started to help resource the fifth poorest community in Manhattan in New York City, New York. My primary role was to develop programs, staff, and systems that would develop the Human Potential of the individual in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. My responsibilities included but was not limited too:

  • Twice weekly public speaking on a variety of topics from informational, instructional, to inspirational.
  • Mentoring men with addictions, work-related challenges, and family of origin issues redirecting their cognitions to effective and efficient workers and project managers.
  • Community Liason to Community Board Leaders, Police Precincts, and local Congregations.
  • Project Manager for large community events. Responsibilities included volunteer recruitment, training, and management. Fundraising, Gift In-Kind Procurement, Filing for City Permits, and working with local Borough President Offices and Officials.
  • Writing training curriculum and conducting training for various venues for community projects.
  • Chair CitiVision Resource Team Meetings and lead weekly staff meetings.
  • Leadership troubleshooting and resolve staff conflict when necessary.
  • Workshop presenter in various venues throughout New York City for different organizations on a variety of leadership and personality topics.

Education

Education

M.S.

http://www.capella.edu

MS Clinical Psychology    PSY 7010 Program Sem I PSY 7210 Lifespan Development              PSY 7640 Methods of Clinical PSY  8210 Principles of Psychopathology    PSY  7610 Tests and Measurements                PSY  8330  Ethics & Stndrds of Prof FS    1357  Clin Psy Extended Sem Week 1              FS    1358  Clin Psy Extended Sem Week 2              PSY  8230  Psychological Testing                PSY  8312  Clinical Interventions                PSY-R  6115  Basic Clinic Interview Skills                  PSY-R  6116  Basic Psychological Testing                PSY  7310  Biological Basis of Behavior          PSY  8310  Theories of Psychotherapy            PSY  7530  Group Psychology                  PSY    8391  MS Practicum in Couns Psych      PSY    7240  Adult Psychology                  PSY    8393  Masters Practicum II          PSY      9100      Integrative Project

Jan 2003 - Aug 2008

PhD

Capella University

SY 7020 Program Seminar II -Ph.D.    

PSY-R 6061 Psych PhD Colloquium Track 

PSY 8710 Princip of Industrial/Org    

PSY 7410 Psychology of Learning      PSY 8785 Compensation & Benef Plng Psy        PSY 8750 Managing Psychological Service        PSY 8160 Strat for Career & Life Plng        PSY-R 6062 Psy PhD Colloquium Track II                    PSY 8730 Consultation Psychology          PSY 8740 Psy Pracs in Persnl & Hum Resc        PSY 9984 Doctoral Comprehensive Exam I      PSY 9985-C Doctoral Comprehensive Exam II                PSY 9985-C Doctoral Comprehensive Exam II                PSY 9301 Dissertation Research I            PSY 9985 Doctoral Comprehensive Exam II   

PSY 9302 Dissertation Research II              PSY 9302-C Cont of PSY9302 Dissert Res II           

PSY 9302-C Cont of PSY9302 Dissert Res II     

PSY 9302-C Cont of PSY9302 Dissert Res II     PSY 9303 Dissertation Research III            PSY 9303-C Cont PSY9303 Dissert Res III                  PSY 9303-C Cont PSY9303 Dissert Res III PSY 9303-C Cont PSY9303 Dissert Res PSY 9304 Dissertation Research IV      PSY 9929 Dissertation Research 9

Skills

Skills

Public Speaking

In my various roles I have spoken professionally in hundreds of venues. Most topics are centered around inspirational and instructional/training material. As a Public Speaker I build my speeches around what the client's goals are and who the audience is I am speaking to.

Grantwriting and Research

Experience with writing grant proposals, research private funding sources, and submitting funding proposals for not-for-profit programming. Used foundation portals for grant research and have proficient with the Logic Model.

Micro Expressions

Certified by the by the orginiator of the modality Dr. Paul Ekard Through Micro Expression Training Tool (METT II). Microexpressions occur when people repress or conceal their emotions. Everyone has them and unlike regular facial expressions, no one can fake a microexpression. Even though they last only a fraction of a second, anyone can learn to recognize microexpressions.