Our Team

The staff of the Institute for Organizational Excellence represent 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.
Monica McCarthy works with the Institute for Organizational Excellence and The University of Texas at Austin as a Graduate Research Assistant.
Yahaira P. Morales Castro works with the Institute for Organizational Excellence and The University of Texas at Austin as an Undergraduate Research Assistant.
Daniel Shea works with the Institute for Organizational Excellence and The University of Texas at Austin as a Graduate Research Assistant.
Josh Cuddy works with the Institute for Organizational Excellence and The University of Texas at Austin as a Graduate 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

Taj Sheikh formerly worked with the Institute for Organizational Excellence and The University of Texas at Austin as a Graduate Research Assistant. Taj is currently a Policy Analyst for the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission.
Chrissy Sandwen formerly worked with the Institute for Organizational Excellence and The University of Texas at Austin as a Graduate Research Assistant. Chrissy is currently a Master of Social Work Intern for The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
Breonna Copeland formerly worked with the Institute for Organizational Excellence and The University of Texas at Austin as an Undergraduate Research Assistant.
Maya A. Williams, MSSW, formerly worked with the Institute for Organizational Excellence and The University of Texas at Austin as a Graduate Research Assistant. Maya is currently a Doctoral Student at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri in the Brown School of Social Work.
Jessica Barszczak, LMSW, formerly worked with the Institute for Organizational Excellence and The University of Texas at Austin as a Graduate Research Assistant. Jessica is currently a Medical Social Worker at St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri.
Megan Morgan, LMSW, formerly worked with the Institute for Organizational Excellence and The University of Texas at Austin as a Research Assistant. Megan is currently a Disability Services Project Coordinator and Educator at SAFE Alliance.
Nawal Traish formerly worked with the Institute for Organizational Excellence and The University of Texas at Austin as a Graduate Research Assistant. Nawal is currently a part of the CFRP Child and Family Research Partnership at LBJ as a Student Tech, and is also a Master of Social Work Intern at Austin Center for Grief and Loss.
Melissa Miller, BSW, formerly worked with the Institute for Organizational Excellence and The University of Texas at Austin as an Undergraduate Research Assistant.