Board of Directors

The hr connection® board is comprised of business leaders offering expertise in the areas of operations, finance, and marketing, as well as functional expertise in human resources, training and development, and OD.

John Booth

John has extensive executive and financial leadership experience, including serving as CEO of Spineology, (a medical device manufacturer), Phillips Plastics, (a $225 million plastics injection molding manufacturer), CEO of Incstar (a $45 million medical technology company), CFO and Vice President of Finance at Clincal Science, Inc. (a medical diagnostics company), and Corporate Controller of Immunomedics, Inc. (a biotechnology firm engaged in Cancer research). John has a B.S. in Accounting and an M.B.A. – Finance from Seton Hall University’s Graduate School of Business. John focuses his expertise in helping organizations build a sound financial basis that positions them for short and long-term growth.


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Gary McLean, Ph.D.

Gary N. McLean, Ph.D. serves as a professor in Business and Industry Education, for the Department of Work, Community, and Family Education, College of Education and Human Development at The University of Minnesota, St. Paul. A noted speaker and author, McLean has written over 100 journal articles and 20 textbooks. An independent consultant for nearly 35 years, Gary serves as principal consultant with ECCO (Effecting Creative Change in Organizations), now McLean Global Partners. He has received numerous recognitions for his teaching, research, and service, including Outstanding Scholar by the Academy of Human Resource Development (1997). He has also been named a Morse Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor by the University of Minnesota.

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Laird McLean

A senior consultant at McLean Global Consulting,  Laird improves companies’ performance by effecting creative change in organizations worldwide. Prior to joining McLean Global Consulting,  he was responsible for leading Training and Development for several departments at Boston Scientific.  Prior to joining Boston Scientific,  Laird was a Change Management Consultant at Anderson Consulting (currently known as Accenture).


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Amy Tolbert, Ph.D.

Amy S. Tolbert, Ph.D., is a principal of Effecting Creative Change in Organizations (ECCO International), which specializes in increasing organization’s productivity and profitability through e-learning, technology and facilitated learning. She has authored the book 

Reversing the Ostrich Approach to Diversity: Pulling Your Head Out of the Sand, a timely answer to the renewed urgency for actionable diversity information. In addition, Amy presents to international audiences discussing issues such as multicultural competency development, increasing influence in organizations, managing within a diverse workforce, motivation and leadership skills.


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Michelle Weitzman

Michelle Weitzman is an Independent Consultant focusing on executive coaching, implementing broad-scale talent management efforts, working with senior teams to increase their effectiveness, and working with HR professionals to increase their proficiency with Leadership Development.  Prior to starting her own firm, Michelle was the Managing Director of Lominger Consulting where she supported clients and other Korn/Ferry employees in both the U.S. and South America.  She has also held significant corporate roles; at American Express, as the Director of Assessment and Selection where she was responsible for all hiring systems for the non-exempt populations, and IBM where she served in both a line HR job, profiling jobs within the Global Financing organization and as an Internal Survey Expert.  Michelle received both her Master’s and Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Akron.



John Corness

Biography Coming Soon. 




Marcia Ballinger

Marcia has been a leader in the Twin Cities executive search community for nearly two decades.  Over the years, she has developed a specialty in nonprofit recruiting, most often working with boards of directors and search committees, assisting them as they make important and often challenging decisions.  Marcia got into executive search after a career in human resources development with technology companies, beginning with IBM.  Marcia co-authored The 20-Minute Networking Meeting and is a frequent speaker on the topics of networking, career management, and best practices in executive recruiting.




Mike Frommelt

Mike Frommelt co-founded Keystone Search in 2002.  He has extensive experience in the search industry and now specializes in assisting organizations through CEO transistions.  Mike graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a B.A. in Psychology and Business Administration.  He is a frequent public speaker on CEO transition, corporate culture, talent development, business ethics, and core values.