Higher Education Team Members

Sibson's Higher Education practice consists of industry and technical experts who can assist your institution with all of your human resources needs. Please feel free to contact any of the team members listed below to learn about our service offerings.

undefinedAs a Senior Vice President, Mr. Jones leads Sibson Consulting's Higher Education Practice. He provides expertise in Human Resource Management, HR Strategy Development, pay, coaching, employee benefits, managed healthcare and pharmacy management. View a brief video introduction.

undefinedMr. Kochanski works with leaders to develop compensation and other people strategies for their organizations. He works with Universities and Health Science Institutions. Jim is the overall national leader for Sibson's Performance and Rewards practice.

undefinedMr. Jacobson is a Health Actuary and Consultant specializing in FAS 106 and managed care. He sets rates and budgets for self-insured clients, and provides renewal negotiations and managed disability marketing. View a brief video introduction.

undefinedMr. Calvert is a Senior Vice President and the firm’s Health Practice Leader. He has many years of experience in the health care industry and works with employers to help design wellness programs that enhance employee engagement and is a Health Exchange marketplace expert.

undefinedMr. Nostaja is a Senior Vice President and the firm’s National Human Capital Practice Leader with specialized expertise in organizational effectiveness for higher education clients. Mr. Nostaja leads the firm’s Organizational Effectiveness Practice and provides a wide range of services to clients including strategic planning and initiatives involving organizational, operational and cultural transformation.

undefinedMr. Spangher is a Vice President and Senior Consultant with extensive experience in actuarial and benefits consulting. He is an expert in FAS 106 post-retirement welfare benefits accounting, FAS 112 post-employment welfare benefits accounting, non-discrimination testing of health and welfare plans, determining health plan insurance reserves, health plan migration, welfare benefits plan renewal and settlement negotiations, and active and retiree health and welfare benefits plan design. Mr. Spangher also administers and maintains Sibson’s College and University Benefits Study (C.U.B.S.) and database.

undefinedMr. McIndoe is a Vice President and Defined Contribution Practice Director. He has extensive experience in retirement plan design, governance, administration, investment solutions and communications. Mr. McIndoe works with clients on all aspects of retirement programs and has special expertise in defined contribution plans.

undefinedDr. Butterfield has significant experience in higher education, including public, land grant, private, research and corporate education both in the United States and abroad. She has a proven track record in the areas of strategic planning, human resource program development, process improvement, change and reduction management. View a brief video introduction.

undefinedMr. Goldsmith is a Vice President, Client Relationship Manager and head of Sibson’s Cleveland office with many years of benefit and compensation experience. He has specialized expertise in health and welfare benefit plan consulting and total compensation consulting. He regularly consults on employee benefits, broad-based compensation arrangements and human resource function effectiveness.

undefinedMs. Donnelly is a Vice President with extensive experience in cultural assessment and improvement, organizational effectiveness and in designing strategies to improve organizational quality, employee productivity and operational efficiency. She provides strategic planning and cultural transformation guidance to higher education clients as well as creates innovative approaches for building leading workplace practices and improving work cultures.

undefinedMs. Kazemi works with public institutions and other governmental employers nationwide to evaluate and redesign compensation, benefits and human resources policies. She specializes in community colleges and unionized environments.

undefinedMr. Alonzo is a Senior Vice President with extensive industry-specific experience. He provides consulting services to a wide variety of clients and leads the firm's National Hospital/Healthcare Practice.

undefinedMs. Becom consults with clients to enhance the effectiveness of their human resources program and initiatives. Specifically, Ms. Becom has specialized experience in total rewards strategy, developing performance management and measurement programs, and creating career development processes, including technical skill development and competencies.

undefinedMs. Donahue's comprehensive experience, including numerous years of consulting work, several years as a Human Resource practitioner and many years as a clinician and coach allows for broad expertise and specialty focus on behavioral health, wellness and behavior change strategies.

undefinedMr. Hillard designs and implements employee and management communications surrounding compensation, benefits and healthcare, as well as strategic planning and execution.

As Marketing Coordinator, Ms. Hocevar assists Sibson's Higher Education vertical market with all conference-related marketing logistics, including speaking and sponsorship arrangements.

undefinedMr. Insler's primary consulting expertise is in organization performance, executive compensation and sales force effectiveness. His experience includes consulting and corporate roles in middle market as well as Fortune 100 companies.

undefinedMs. Lyons helps higher education and other clients to improve and achieve their strategic objectives by evaluating employee compensation, performance management and organization design. She has special expertise in compensation program design and benchmarking, and has consulted for numerous public and private higher education institutions.

undefinedAs a project manager, Ms. Mercer conducts kickoff meetings, facilitates meetings to build strategic compensation philosophies, conducts meetings where draft materials and final products are reviewed and approved, and presents final reports/presentations to client boards and councils.

undefinedMr. Picarelli is a senior consultant with Segal Rogerscasey, our SEC-registered investment solutions affiliate. He specializes in providing defined contribution plan consulting services and vendor evaluation/selection services to a diverse client base.

undefinedMs. Stiles' experience includes conducting compensation assessments for faculty, administration and staff at colleges and universities with respect to both external competitiveness and internal equity, as well as plan redesign and implementation.

undefinedMs. Wong uses a quantitative approach to developing targeted employee value propositions to provides innovative solutions for attracting and retaining key talent as well as aligning the organizational structure and employees to the business strategy. View a brief video introduction.