Project Description

Robert Toomey, Shelley Quandt, and Tom Thibodeau

Quandt- UW Madison

Thibodeau- Viterbo

Robert Toomey, Ed.D., is a learning and talent development consultant. For nearly seven years he was with the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Division of Continuing Studies, where he directed and taught in leadership/management development programs, including as founding director of the Servant-Leadership Certificate program. Robert also has experience in public service in HR/training and while working in the field of lifelong learning, has himself also been a lifelong learner. He received a doctorate (Ed.D.) in educational leadership from Edgewood College, Madison; a M.A. in Servant-Leadership from Viterbo University (La Crosse) and a B.A. in Business Management from Concordia University Wisconsin. Robert lives in Madison, comes from a family of musicians and educators, and enjoys music, nature, photography, and reading.

Shelley Quandt, PMP is a Program Director for Leadership and Management programs in the Division of Continuing Studies (DCS), at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she directs the Servant-Leadership Certificate as well as a wide range of other outreach programs in leadership development, communication, and diversity and inclusion. In addition to redesigning the DCS Servant-Leadership program, she presents concepts and practices of servant-leadership to profit and non-profit organization’s retreats and learning events. Shelley is a PMI-credentialed project manager dedicated to learning and development, change management and performance improvement. Shelley has over twenty years’ experience in the private sector leading local, national and global teams. She specializes in instructional design, development and facilitation for classroom and virtual training environments. An active member of the Association for Talent Development (ATD), the Project Management Institute (PMI), and the Alliance of Therapy Dogs, Shelley and her chocolate lab, Penny, are also frequent volunteer visitors at local libraries and retirement homes.

Tom is the Distinguished Professor of Servant Leadership at Viterbo University where he has taught for thirty-five years. He is the founder of the Master of Arts in Servant Leadership degree at Viterbo, the only master’s degree of its kind in the nation. He is a founding member of the Place of Grace hospitality house which had been serving meals and human dignity for twenty years. He regularly speaks to national audiences on the developing servant-leadership movement. Tom is a husband, father, grandfather, teacher, active community member and part owner of a country tavern.