Dr. George Kelley, Executive Managing Director  (EdD, MBA, MS, MA, BA)

Dr. George Kelley, is founder and Executive Managing Director of Discovery Northwest, PSC. Dr. Kelley has more than 25 years of proven successful experience as an evidence-based practitioner in higher education and business. Dr. Kelley is adept at helping clients understand how and why analytics is crucial to them in managing and improving operations and initiatives. Dr. Kelley has a deep commitment toward leadership development, continuous improvement and operates with a pronounced client-centered focus. He understands the importance of an organization’s culture and context in every project he manages. Dr. Kelley has been an acclaimed university administrator and instructor; performance and management coach and mentor; and a proven business leader and consultant for nearly three decades. Dr. Kelley has effectively developed, managed, and coordinated several research partnerships, analytic initiatives, and evidence-based solutions for numerous clients and projects. Dr. Kelley is currently leading our primary research project focused on assessing the effectiveness of leadership development programs. The project’s goal is establishing good evidence that leadership development programs are effective; that they actually produce leaders.

Dr. Kelley, holds an EdD in Leadership and Change, MBA in Marketing Psychology, MA in History and Government, and an MS in Human Systems Analysis. He also holds  professional certificates in Project Management and Marketing Management. Dr. Kelley is accomplished in research, analytics, leadership development, OD, and project management. Dr. Kelley has worked with clients from diverse industries including higher education, K-12 education, manufacturing, government, and high technology. Dr. Kelley has taught leadership and OD at several universities since 1990. In addition to his work with doctoral students in Education, Dr. Kelley, is a published author on leadership development, impact assessment, and service learning and has made numerous presentations on leadership to diverse academic and business audiences, including international groups. Dr. Kelley has received awards for teaching excellence at several universities and has been recognized several times for his innovation, leadership, and commitment to student and client success.

One of Dr. Kelley’s most memorable and satisfying professional roles was serving as a Sam Walton Fellow and leading a SIFE (now Enactus) Team comprised of international graduate students from 19 different countries. This experience enriched Dr. Kelley’s awareness of and appreciation for diverse cultures and how they approach leadership, education, management, and community. 

Dr. Kelley has always been an active member of his community, where he has served as a mentor for high school students and judge for senior projects, entrepreneurship plans, and debates. Dr. Kelley is a member of several professional associations including the Pacific Northwest Organization Development Network, Center for Ethical Leadership, Project Management Institute, and Kent Chamber of Commerce.

Dr. Kelley’s diverse professional background, expertise, education, and passion for leadership development and analytics provides valuable awareness, insight, and direction to Discovery Northwest clients and stakeholders.

Dr. Robert Danielle, Director of Organizational Development Solutions  (EdD)

Dr. Bob Danielle is an Organizational Development expert. His professional work has focused on improving organizational cultures, leading large successful change initiatives, developing leaders, increasing operational effectiveness, and improving individual and team performance. Dr. Danielle’s diverse professional career has extended across multiple industries over several decades. It has included strategic roles in media (broadcasting, cable, print), technology (digital media, iTV),  government, military, and higher education (academics, administration). These roles have provided Dr. Danielle with opportunities to influence and improve major organizational initiatives, systems and processes; including, leadership development, sales, talent development, and financial and strategic planning.

Dr. Danielle, holds a Doctorate in Higher Education and Organization Change; MS degree in Information Systems Management; and BA in Leadership. Dr. Danielle’s education was completed as an adult learner, with a family, and demanding full-time jobs.

Dr. Danielle has worked for Fortune 100 companies including a major broadcasting and cable network, where he was responsible for the operations, production, engineering, and programming departments at all levels and for all markets. His work in higher education, included senior-level leadership roles at two universities, where he guided the strategic direction of academic operations for 50 campus locations; as well as hired, managed and developed faculty. Dr. Danielle’s academic work also involved managing operations and academics focused on improving student outcomes and providing them with career opportunities.

Dr. Danielle’s career has also included work with the military where he was tasked with improving individual and team performance at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard to support completion of the USS John C. Stennis project, The USS Stennis Project was a $1.4B, 2.8-million-hour undertaking.

Dr. Danielle has always been an active member of his community, where he has served on several non-profit boards and city commissions. Dr. Danielle is a former Chair of the  City of Federal Way’s ( WA), Diversity Commission. Federal Way, WA is one of the most diverse cities in the country.

Dr. Danielle’s diverse professional background, expertise, education, and passion for improving performance provides valuable awareness, insight, and direction to Discovery Northwest clients and stakeholders.

Kevin Barker, Director of Analytics  (MA)

Kevin Barker has 20 years of experience in higher education as an institutional effectiveness leader and practitioner, campus administrator, and instructor. Kevin has led major institutional initiatives including improving faculty qualifications and credentialing for over 32,000 faculty. Kevin has led institutional auditing teams focused on effectiveness, accrediting, and risk. This role enabled Kevin to visit campus locations around the country. Kevin has extensive experience in analytics, risk assessment, process analysis, and Human Capital management and relations. Kevin’s academic disciplines include analytics, critical thinking, business ethics, the philosophy of learning, and writing.

Kevin holds three graduate degrees: Master of Theology, Master of Theological Studies, and Master of Arts in Education (Curriculum & Instruction for languages). The focus of his degrees in theology is biblical languages. Kevin has also done extensive post graduate work in higher education administration. Mr. Barker’s undergraduate degree is a dual degree in classical languages and philosophy. Kevin translates several ancient languages (Attic and Koine Greek, Classical and Medieval Latin, and Biblical Hebrew) and two modern languages (French and German). Kevin continues to publish articles in theology and ancient languages. His translations range from Plato to Bonhoeffer.

Kevin’s diverse professional background, expertise, education, along with his passion for analytics, improving organizational effectiveness, and reducing risk, provides valuable awareness, insight, direction and solutions for Discovery Northwest clients and stakeholders.

Laura Calderon Rosales, Senior Human Resources Strategist and Partner (MBA)

Laura Calderon Rosales, is a highly skilled Human Resources professional with expertise in all aspects of Human Resources Management. Laura holds an MBA in Human Resources Management. Her robust and extensive experience includes roles as a former City of Seattle Senior HR Business Partner and Strategist; Human Resources Director for Blue Streak, a local Boeing supplier-manufacturer; Compensation and Safety Manager for Chesterfield Health Services of Seattle; and HR specialist for the US Embassy in Caracas, Venezuela. In addition to her MBA, Laura is an alumnus of Seattle University, where she earned a BS in biology. Laura is fluent in both Spanish and English. Laura immigrated here from Venezuela several years ago and became a US citizen.

L. Rick Jones, CTO and Web Administrator

Rick Jones has over 35 years experience designing, developing and managing software development projects. He has spent the last 15 years working with technology startups as CTO or consultant to help them develop their technology plans, identify technologies and hire high performing technical talent. He has hands on experience developing high performing teams for technology companies. He has a broad experience in a number of industries including personal lines insurance, surveillance, credit card transactions and medical equipment monitoring. He is a graduate of Brigham Young University where he earned his BS in Computer Science.

Board Members

Dan Dubeau

Dan DuBeau, MBA, is CEO and founder of two Seattle Area tech companies bringing innovative products to new and existing markets.  A Navy veteran and specialist in medical device remote access and diagnostics, Dan has more than 30 years of experience supporting the war on cancer with Varian Medical Systems, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, and Siemens Medical Solutions.

Cindy Mesko

Cindy is a recognized expert in organizational development and assessment for nonprofits of diverse size and sophistication requiring collaboration and impact measurement.  She is the Director of Women of Vision, a nation-wide program engaging donor partners in supporting World Vision’s humanitarian work to end extreme global poverty. Prior to coming to World Vision, she was the Senior Vice President of Agency Development and Program for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, in Philadelphia. In that capacity Cindy led the assessment, development, and delivery of mentoring services through 325 local affiliate nonprofits. She has also served as CEO of a local nonprofit, bringing expertise to highly effective management strategies within the NGO sector.

Mary Mitchell

Mary P Mitchell is the Deputy Director of the Consumer Protection Division in the City of Seattle. She started her career with the City in 1997, in an administrative position and worked her way up to deputy director. Her public service career is dedicated to undoing institutional racism by serving as a Race and Social Justice facilitator, change team co-lead, and Core Team 4 member. She uses her race and social justice training to help facilitate conflict resolution as a certified mediator. 

Mary’s passion for social justice and problem solving has led her to start her own business, Legacy M.O.D.E. Enterprises, LLC. The focus of her business is to apply creativity to produce solutions to everyday issues.

Mary earned her BA and MBA from the University of Phoenix.  In her free time she enjoys swimming, photography, and riding her motorcycle.