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WLH has earned its reputation as “trustworthy advisors, long-term partners, and reliable change managers.”

Our consultants leverage their advanced degrees and deep industry experience to provide proven frameworks and methods for facilitating change and improving organizational effectiveness.

WLH Team

Great things in business are never done by one person;
they’re done by a team of people.

– STEVE JOBS

WLH LEADERSHIP

Our executive team is comprised of innovative leaders with deep industry experience to provide proven frameworks and methods for facilitating change and improving organizational effectiveness.

Wendy L. Heckelman, Ph.D.

Wendy L. Heckelman, Ph.D.

President and founder

Loretta Cate, PharmD, CPCC

Loretta K. Cate, D. Ph., CPCC

Senior Consultant

H. Steven Hammond, Ph.D.

H. Steven Hammond, Ph.D.

Senior Consultant

Executive Leadership

Stephen J. Kontra, MBA

Senior Consultant

Dakota Kinney

Dakota Kinney, MAIO

Associate Consultant

Lela Tepavac, PhD

Lela Tepavac, PhD

Associate Consultant

Executive Leadership

Sheryl Unger, M.I.L.R.

Senior Consultant

Tianna Tye

Tianna Tye

Associate Consultant

Wendy L. Heckelman, Ph.D.

President and founder

Dr. Wendy Heckelman, president and founder of WLH Consulting, Inc. has over 25 years of experience working with Fortune 100 industry clients. These include pharmaceutical, biotech, health care, animal health medicines, and consumer products, as well as international non-profit organizations and growing entrepreneurial companies.

Loretta K. Cate, D. Ph., CPCC

Senior Consultant

Dr. Loretta Cate is a leadership development professional and certified executive coach who brings over 30 years of proven ability to work with all levels of senior management to analyze performance needs, develop strategic solutions, and build support and alignment among diverse stakeholders to WLH Consulting, Inc. (“WLH”).

H. Steven Hammond, Ph.D.

Senior Consultant

Steven Hammond’s career has been characterized by proven performance in demanding leadership positions in federal, state, and private sector organizations. WLH relies on his extensive experience in organizational and leader development, change management, and conflict resolution to develop and facilitate our offerings.

Stephen J. Kontra, MBA

Senior Consultant

Stephen Kontra spent 35 years in the Pharmaceutical industry, most recently serving as Vice President of Global Learning & Development for Pfizer Inc., before joining WLH in 2015. Steve has worked extensively with senior executives and executive leadership teams, bringing broad experience and deep expertise in leadership development, strategy formulation, governance, business acumen, change management, coaching, assessment, performance management, competency development, and other related subject areas.

Dakota Kinney, MAIO

Associate Consultant

Dakota Kinney provides project management support and content development for a number of large-scale projects for WLH Consulting, Inc. He often collaborates with WLH Learning Solutions to co-author tools on change management, competency model development, leadership development, and talent retention.

Lela Tepavac, PhD

Associate Consultant

Lela Tepavac, PhD brings extensive leadership development consulting experience to the WLH team. She is dedicated to helping leaders build innovative organizations with enabling cultures that attract exceptional people and fully leverage their talents and initiatives. She has deep expertise in supporting leaders with their ability to lead growth or turnaround, build effective governance frameworks, and build organizations that enable creativity and innovation. She also developed a methodology to assess the generational gap between incumbent and emerging leaders – data that is critical in leadership succession planning.

Sheryl Unger, M.I.L.R.

Senior Consultant

Sheryl Unger is an integral member of the WLH team who provides extensive change management and human capital strategy consulting to our clients; often involved with projects from initial scoping, project planning, and through execution.

Tianna Tye

Associate Consultant

Tianna Tye provides project management support and content development for a number of large-scale projects for WLH Consulting, Inc. She often collaborates with WLH Learning Solutions to co-author tools on change management, change agility, and talent retention.
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Helping clients solve difficult challenges.

Core members of the WLH team have worked together for more than a decade. All team members hold advanced degrees in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Business Management, and Human Resources Management.

All WLH client engagements are staffed by senior project leaders who also serve as the single point of contact throughout the engagement. We strongly believe in project pull-through and never replace senior project leaders with less experienced consultants mid-stream.

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Solutions Strategist