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The students in the Ph.D. program represent numerous industries and hold leadership positions in some of the nation's foremost organizations.

The students in the Ph.D. program consult with the faculty and practicing scholars to write and publish work throughout the program.

The students in the Ph.D. program are learning to apply the latest thinking in human capital management in their organizations.

Lisa Younk

Human Resources Director
Good Shepherd Services, LTD

After many years in the work force I became interested in Human Resources and the reasons behind several baffling business and hiring decisions I was impacted by. I wanted to know more, and understand the ‘why’ behind the result. I became an adult learner, dipping a nervous toe into the higher education pool with an Associate in Supervisory Management degree from Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. That proved safe enough so I proceeded to complete a Bachelors in Business Administration degree from Marian University in Human Resource Management, and most recently completed a Masters of Science from Silver Lake College in Management and Organizational Behavior. Since I see no point in making a climb without reaching the pinnacle, this PHD is next.

I am currently the Human Resource Director for Good Shepherd Services, Ltd., a collection of non-profit long-term care facilities in rural northeast Wisconsin. I have prior human resource experience in non-profit, government, and for-profit organizations, including both union and non-union environments.

On a personal level I am the proud parent of two college-attending daughters and two young foster sons who we hope to adopt. My time is occupied with a wonderful, supportive husband, the children, a mini American Eskimo dog, 3 cats, a parrot, and the most recent addition, a hedgehog. We enjoy motorcycle riding, camping, fishing, and I love to read in any alone time I might have.

What I hope to gain from this program

My constant pursuit of answers to innumerable “why?”s has led me to the Bellevue PHD program. We are living and working in a rapidly changing technological environment, with the most populous generation of workers entering or nearing retirement age. Successful businesses will need to stay ahead of these changes to remain relevant in the future, while engaging a new generation of workers. I hope to gain a deeper understanding of a million more “whys” so I can share that knowledge as both a business consultant and professor.