Custom Programs Instructors


Margaret Cooley, M.A.
Margaret is the Director of Public Programs at the Leadership Development Institute (LDI). Margaret has been one of our lead instructors since 1986. With an extensive background in career development and psychotherapy, Margaret is experienced in counseling, college teaching and consulting. She has designed and conducted numerous executive seminars with special interests in conflict management, teambuilding, interpersonal styles and decision making. Margaret received her degrees from Rhodes College and the University of Chicago and is a licensed clinician in the State of Florida.

Jennifer Hall, Ph.D.
Jennifer Hall, a licensed clinical psychologist, spent five years as an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Eckerd College. During that time, Jennifer worked with Eckerd's Leadership Development Institute (LDI), and joined LDI's staff full-time in 1999 as Director of Coaching. In 2002, she moved to Colorado Springs to join the Center for Creative Leadership as the Chief Assessor and Feedback Manager. Jennifer received her B.S. from Trinity College and her Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut.

Sal Capobianco, Ph.D.
Sal is the Director of Assessment and a Professor of Psychology at Eckerd College. His responsibilities with LDI include coordinating assessment, feedback activities and instruction in the Leadership Development Program and custom programs. He recently co-authored the Conflict Dynamics Profile®, a 360º assessment instrument that measures conflict behaviors. Sal received his Ph.D. from Rutgers University.

Peter Hammerschmidt, Ph.D.
Peter is a Professor of Economics and has been a member of the Eckerd College faculty since 1977. He has served as a Senior Trainer and Research Associate to LDI since 1984. He makes frequent public presentations on economics, leadership, decision-making and creative problem solving styles. His research interests and publications include Male/Female Management Diversity, Leadership traits, and Creative Problem Solving styles and team effectiveness. In 1984, he was the recipient of the Robert A. Staub Distinguished Professor of the Year Award. For five years Peter hosted the Economics segment of the Tampa Bay Today (NBC) television show. He is a graduate of Colorado State University.

Joseph D. Carella, Psy.D.
Joe is the Director of the College Counseling & Health Services. He has been at Eckerd College since 1995 and is an Executive Coach and Instructor for LDI, as well as an adjunct professor of psychology. He is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in the area of sport psychology working with professional and collegiate athletes. Joe works with Player Development Programs for the National Football League (NFL) and has served as a facilitator for the NFL Rookie Symposium. Other areas of interest and practice include psychodynamic psychotherapy with adults and couples. Joe earned his B.A. from Fairfield University, his Psy.D. from Nova University, and completed his post- doctoral fellowship at the University of Rochester.

Peter Vagg, Ph.D.

Peter has been in independent practice in the Tampa Bay Area in Florida since 1983. He was a faculty member at Long Island University, the University of South Florida, and Assistant Director of the Center for Research in Community Psychology. Peter completed a master's degree in psychology and a teaching degree in Melbourne, Australia, where he also worked on a personnel selection for the Royal Australian Air Force. He was one of the A Top Ten when completing his education degree and obtained a position teaching psychology at the University of Melbourne.

Frank R. "Chip" Wood, Ph.D.
Chip is an independent management consultant with extensive experience working in, consulting with and leading large, action oriented organizations. He has taught or managed leadership programs in a variety of prestigious organizations including: the Air Force Academy, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National War College, U.S. Postal Service Management Academy, Foreign Service Institute, Disney University, the Eckerd College Leadership Development Institute, the University of Maryland National Leadership Institute and the Center for Creative Leadership. His consulting focuses on: developing managers, management teams and intact work teams; strategic planning; managing organizational change; and stimulating innovation. Among his many publications is an internationally recognized book on significant organizational changes in the U.S. military and eight other countries.

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