Laura Pendergrass, Ph.D.
Chief Executive Officer
Laura Pendergrass, Ph.D., completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She earned her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Minnesota, with a supporting program through the Carlson School of Management.
Prior to joining Martin-McAllister, she was an instructor at the University of Minnesota and the University of Wisconsin, teaching psychology and education courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. While at the University of Minnesota, she conducted research in the areas of organizational personality, work-life balance, and employee-organization fit. She has also done work with local businesses to develop and present training programs related to organizational effectiveness and psychological well-being. In her work as a psychotherapist, she has been involved in individual and group counseling, career assessment, crisis intervention, critical incident debriefing, and the supervision of Master’s and doctoral level psychology students.
Her current practice includes personnel selection and developmental evaluations, evaluation of law enforcement and other public safety officers, individualized coaching, development and presentation of training and team-building programs, clinical evaluation and assessment, vocational guidance, research and test development, and management consultation. She is also adjunct faculty at the University of Minnesota.
Norma DiLorenzo, Psy. D.
Norma DiLorenzo, Psy.D., received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in psychology from the University of Minnesota. She earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology. While earning her doctoral degree, she assisted in teaching many graduate-level courses. She also gained a broad experience base working in a variety of settings with a range of clients, including those suffering from serious and persistent mental illness to children and adults with acute mental health issues. She acquired both group and individual client experience.
Prior to joining Martin-McAllister, she was employed at Lakeland Mental Health Center in Fergus Falls, Minnesota. Her primary duties focused on assessment and therapy for various client populations. In addition, she was active as a community liaison for the center, particularly through making presentations on a range of topics related to mental health.
Her current practice focuses on talent management and on helping organizations to maximize their human capital. She routinely conducts pre-employment, developmental, promotional, and fitness-for-duty evaluations for both private and public sector organizations. She also provides individualized coaching for enhanced skill development, team-building, training, and consultation on a variety of issues. She has extensive experience working in the public safety realm with law enforcement, fire service, emergency medicine, and communications clients.
Sarah Stoever-Seehusen, Ph.D.
Sarah Stoever-Seehusen, Ph.D., received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of Northern Iowa. She completed her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Minnesota.
Prior to joining Martin-McAllister, she was a co-coordinator of the Vocation Assessment Clinic at the University of Minnesota where she provided career counseling, supervised graduate level staff, and coordinated counseling services. She also was an instructor at the University of Minnesota, teaching psychology courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. She has conducted research in the areas of burnout, organizational coaching, employee-organizational fit, work-life conflict, volunteerism, and organizational commitment. She has presented her work at various national and local conferences. In her work as a therapist, she has been involved in individual counseling, career assessment, and crisis intervention.
Her current practice includes personnel selection and developmental evaluations, development and presentation of training and team-building programs, and vocational guidance. She also has a focus on assisting leaders and organizations cope with depression, anxiety, burnout, and work-related stressors through Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). She helps organizations redefine what good leadership is and what a healthy workplace looks like through evidence-based mindfulness skills training.
Michael Peterson, Ph.D.
Michael Peterson, Ph.D., completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Minnesota. He earned his Ph.D. in Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology from the University of Minnesota.
Prior to joining Martin-McAllister, he provided mental health services in a variety of outpatient settings, primarily within college and university counseling centers. As a psychotherapist, he developed expertise in individual and group therapy, suicide risk assessment and management, assessment of ADHD and learning disabilities, career counseling, vocational assessment, clinical supervision, and population-level wellness interventions. Most recently, he was the Director of Counseling, Health, and Wellness at Metropolitan State University, where he managed a team of professional staff and graduate students who provided mental health and health promotion services to students. He has delivered trainings on a variety of topics to diverse audiences, including stress management, suicide prevention, trauma-informed classroom practices, and more. He has taught courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level at the University of Minnesota, the University of Oregon, and the University of St. Thomas.
His current practice focuses on personnel selection and developmental evaluations, individual coaching, consultation on a variety of topics, and the development and presentation of team-building programs. He is passionate about assisting organizations with the development and implementation of health and wellness initiatives.