Leadership & Staff

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Samantha Silker


Professor Kathy Quick

Kathy Quick

Academic Co-Director
Associate Professor and Chair of the Public and Nonprofit Leadership and Management Area
Humphrey School of Public Affairs
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Professor Myles Shaver

Myles Shaver

Academic Co-Director
Professor, Curtis L. Carlson Chair in Corporate Strategy, Carlson School of Management
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Vanessa Laird

Vanessa Laird

Senior Fellow
Graduate Faculty, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
Affiliate Faculty, University of Minnesota Law School
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David Weerts

David Weerts

Director of Graduate Studies, Integrative Leadership Minor
Faculty Director, Academic Planning and Programs, Office for Public Engagement
Professor, Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development 

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Stephanie Shively

Graduate Research Assistant; Stephanie is a currently pursuing her Master’s in Counselor Education from the University of Minnesota and holds an interdisciplinary PhD in Medical Humanities from the University of Texas Medical Branch, where she focused on the traumatization of clinicians through the practice of medicine. Since graduating Stephanie has worked as a Medical Burnout and Traumatization Consultant for organizations such as the Minnesota Medical Association. Her work focuses on cross-sector collaboration with the aim of affecting policy change, shifting beliefs about burnout and psychological distress within medicine, and counteracting the ‘hidden curriculum’ in medical education.