Our Team

The staff of the Institute for Organizational Excellence represents years of experience in working in the areas of organizational development, consultation, and survey research.

Support Staff The Institute for Organizational Excellence is supported in the areas of fiscal, staffing and University interfacing by the Center for Social Work Research in the Steve Hicks School of Social Work at The University of Texas at Austin.

Undergraduate and Graduate Student Support The Institute for Organizational Excellence works with both undergraduate and graduate students on an ongoing basis as they complete their degrees at UT Austin.

Please take a moment to review our staff.

Current Staff

Michael L. Lauderdale, PhD is the Principal Investigator and is the Clara Pope Willoughby Centennial Professor in Criminal Justice at the Steve Hicks School of Social Work at The University of Texas at Austin.
Noel Landuyt, PhD is the Director of the Institute for Organizational Excellence, Research Associate and Lecturer at The University of Texas at Austin.
Venenzia Johnson works with the Institute for Organizational Excellence and The University of Texas at Austin as a Graduate Research Assistant. Venenzia is pursuing a master's degree in social work.
Aaron Escajeda works with the Institute for Organizational Excellence and The University of Texas at Austin as a Graduate Research Assistant. Aaron is pursuing a dual master's degree in social work and public affairs.
Lisa Silvestre works with the Institute for Organizational Excellence and The University of Texas at Austin as an Undergraduate Research Assistant.
Geoffrey Treitel is a Software Developer at the Institute of Organizational Excellence. Mr. Treitel is a LAMP developer building web-based applications to support the mission of the IOE.
Nicole Duson serves as the Institute for Organizational Excellence’s Director of Technology and is a Database Coordinator for The University of Texas at Austin. »

Former Staff

Anna Farr
Undergraduate Research Assistant
Psychology Major
Monica McCarthy
Graduate Research Assistant
MSSW - APP Concentration
Daniel Shea
Graduate Research Assistant
MSSW - APP Concentration
Yahaira P. Morales Castro
Undergraduate Research Assistant
Josh Cuddy
Graduate Research Assistant
MSSW /MPAff Dual Degree
Taaj Sheikh
Graduate Research Assistant
MSSW - APP Concentration
Chrissy Sandwen
Graduate Research Assistant
MSSW - APP Concentration
Breonna Copeland
Undergraduate Research Assistant
Maya A. Williams
Graduate Research Assistant
MSSW - APP Concentration
Jessica Barszczak
Graduate Research Assistant
MSSW - APP Concentration
Megan Morgan
Graduate Research Assistant
MSSW - APP Concentration
Nawal Traish
Graduate Research Assistant
MSSW - APP Concentration
Melissa Miller
Undergraduate Research Assistant
BSW - APP Concentration