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Corporate University Team at Kent State Stark

Faith Sheaffer-PolenFaith Sheaffer-Polen

As director of the Corporate University, Faith manages the personnel and operations of the department, as well as overseeing the Small Business Development Center, a nonprofit organization hosted by Kent State Stark. Utilizing her skills in one-on-one career counseling, group facilitation and business development, she aspires to help the department increase its responsiveness to the region’s professional needs by providing timely and relevant training and support.

Faith holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from Kent State University and a master’s degree in industrial/organizational psychology from The University of Akron. She is on the leadership team of the North Canton Executive Networking Group and serves as a member of several professional organizations, including the Stark County Human Resources Association, the American Society for Training and Development and the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychologists.

Julie BlandJulie Bland
Outreach Program Manager

Julie is the outreach program manager for the Corporate University. She works with area companies to customize training programs and research projects to help organizations and their employees succeed. Her goal is to respond to client needs by helping to provide solutions in a timely fashion.

Julie came to Kent State Stark with more than 12 years of experience in the field of human resources, which included training and development needs for adult learners. She is a national member of SHRM and is a certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR). Julie holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from Malone University.

Marshall HillMarshall Hill
Outreach Program Coordinator

Marshall is the research coordinator at the Corporate University. Marshall holds a master’s of science degree in industrial/organizational psychology from Grand Canyon University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Kent State University. His duties include developing and delivering customized survey, research and consulting services to provide organizations with the information they need to make data driven-decisions.

In this position, he utilizes the latest research technologies in survey development, deployment, data collection and analysis in the design and completion of research projects. Marshall has been involved with various aspects of research, technology and management during the past 19 years. His diverse background has spanned survey research, product deployment, customer relationship management, systems analysis and technical support.

Tami HuffTami Huff
Outreach Program Officer

Tami assists the contract services team by providing support for customized performance improvement projects, professional development programs and conferences developed through the Corporate University. She serves as the liaison for corporate clients and program consultants during the planning, execution and post-evaluation phases of each project.

Tami is responsible for coordinating various aspects of training projects including contracts, materials, logistics and financials. Tami utilizes her skills in the area of organization, administration and customer service to ensure the continuous delivery of premier programming and related services to our clients and partners. Tami received her bachelor's degree in communication arts from Eastern Nazarene College in Boston, MA.

Mona ZinkMona Zink
Administrative Clerk

Mona serves as the customer information specialist for the Corporate University by assisting program participants in the registration process and providing clients with all necessary program information. Mona assists the contract services team and public programs coordinator in providing support for open enrollment programs by processing participant registrations, maintaining program class files and coordinating program details. Mona is committed to providing excellent customer service to each client.