who we are

Our Vision:

We are the CWRU Weatherhead School of Management Organization Development (MOD/MPOD) Alumni Community, serving each other to better serve the world.

Our Mission:

We serve as a primary resource for alumni on personal and professional growth, continuing education, career development, building relationships and supporting CWRU Organization Development programs.

Steering Group Members:

Angela Okamoto,
MPOD 11Angelaokamoto@hotmail.com
Sarah Spengler,
MOD 6 sspengler8@att.net
John BarnesMOD 15globaltwo@att.net
Toni Benner MPOD 14   toni@lhc2020.com
Gordon Brode MPOD 15 gordon.brode@case.edu
Vania Bueno                        MPOD 4 vania.bueno@animanaweb.com.br
Gregory Johnson MOD 3 integritydev@msn.com
Joe Kane   MPOD 1 joe.kane@ecmignite.com
Ganesh Kumaraswamy MPOD 15 ganesh.kumaraswamy@case.edu
Gretchen LaRuschMPOD 15gretchen.larusch@case.edu
Sam Mathi MPOD 15 sam.mathi@case.edu
Patricia Petty, MPOD Program Assoc. Director MPOD 10   patricia.petty@case.edu
Maria Poblete MPOD 7 mtp27@case.edu
Todd Porter MPOD 6 toddaporter@gmail.com
Karla ScheibelMPOD 11kschiebel2012@gmail.com
Michele SetzerMPOD 16michelesetzer@att.net
Argerie Vasilakes                   MPOD 5 axv124@gmail.com

Current Initiatives (2022):

We are launching more projects and initiatives this year – stay tuned for updates here…

  • NEW! We have implemented a searchable Alumni Directory to be housed on this site… Stay tuned!
  • NEW! “OD Shop Talk” – webinars for our continued learning; usually presented or facilitated by an alum.
  • NEW! What are OD’s Gifts? 
    We are planning a 4-part series of virtual mini-conferences in 2022:  Stay tuned for details coming soon. Please save the dates for our first two Zoom sessions:
    • Saturday 3/26:  530-8pm EST US  (Tokyo – 730am; many other locations in Europe and South Asia middle of the night)
    • Saturday, 4/9:  10am – 12:30pm EST US  (India: 830pm, Paris: 3pm) 
  • Continuing:
    • Alumni Virtual Happy Hours! Once a month by Zoom (dates vary but usually on a Thursday evening EST, US. Tune in with the beverage of your choice in hand and reconnect with your cohort and other alumni around the world!
    • Endowment Fund for the MPOD Program: Go to CWRU Give; Designation: Other; Where would you like to direct your gift? MPOD Founders Endowment

Completed Initiatives:


We welcomed the new MPOD 17 students (virtually) right after their first residency in a special virtual Happy Hour. We also congratulated our new graduates (MPOD 16) our newest group of alumni!

Communities of Practice – Our virtual CoPs are currently on a break. email Sarah if you are interested in starting one!


  • 3 virtual Communities of Practice continued
  • Started our Virtual Alumni Happy Hours
  • Engaged current MPOD students through “Life After MPOD” conversation sessions. (email Maria Poblete to find out more – see our emails just above).


  • Alumni hosted additional “Life after MPOD” discussions with current students during residencies and continued to attend welcome receptions for new MPOD cohorts.
  • Launched 6 Communities of Practice, engaging over 40 alumni in the process.


  • Launched the Endowment Fund to support MPOD student scholarships
  • Co-hosted the Homecoming Reception with the Weatherhead School of
  • Management Alumni Association and awarded our first Outstanding Alum Award.
  • Hosted our first “Life after MPOD” session for MPOD 14 students.
  • At the MPOD 14 graduation, alumni gave out “Welcome” cards to our new alumni cohort, inviting them to engage with us.
  • Alumni began presenting webinars as part of the Webinar series. Presenters alternate between alumni and faculty in the continuing education webinar series.


  • Prior to the ODN conference in Atlanta GA, a group of alumni met for ideation and facilitated a community project for the Atlanta Food Bank. Alumni also facilitated a session at the conference.
  • Launched the Legacy Project: MOD 6 Alum Loretta Randolph conducted a series of eight AI interviews with faculty about their work and legacy. The interviews were videotaped and excerpts are being used for student recruitment. Add link here
  • Alumni supported Pat Petty in student recruitment efforts at conferences including the Association for Change Management Professionals, OD Network, American Management Association, and others.


  • 15 alumni connected at the ODN Conference in Portland, OR and helped facilitate an AI conversation about possibilities for our alumni community.
  • Launched the Facebook and LinkedIn groups to support alumni community connections.
  • Celebrated the 40th anniversary of the program with a 1.5 day conference: Our Roots, Our Impact, Our Edge


Launched the MOD/MPOD Alumni Community and established our Mission and Vision and four pillars.