SKIP navigation
Volunteer Program Assessment

About Us


VPA Directors

Joseph Allen Dr. Joseph A. Allen is an Assistant Professor in Industrial and Organizational (I/O) Psychology at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Before he completed his doctorate (Ph. D.) in Organizational Science at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC) in 2010, he received his Master of Arts degree in I/O Psychology at the UNCC in 2008 and his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the Brigham Young University in 2005. He has 25 publications in academic outlets, another 5 under review, and many works in progress for a number of journals. He has presented over 50 papers/posters at regional and national conferences and given more than 10 invited presentations on his research. He serves as a reviewer for various journals including Motivation and Emotion, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Journal of Psychological Inquiry, and Academy of Management Journal. He is an Editorial Board Member for the Journal of Business and Psychology and was a Member of the Editorial Board for a special issue on workplace meetings for Small Group Research. He has consulted for more than 80 non-profit organizations, many of which reside in the Omaha area. As a VPA Director, Dr. Allen enjoys bringing together students, faculty, and community leaders in reaching out and serving.


Lisa SchererDr. Lisa Scherer received her PhD. from the Ohio State University in 1989 and has since served as a faculty member in the industrial-organizational psychology program at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She has taught 17 different courses for the psychology department at both the graduate and undergraduate level. She has served as a research mentor for more than 100 graduate students in Industrial-Organizational Psychology and over 300 undergraduate psychology students, with her students winning numerous scholarships and awards. She has been awarded both the University of Nebraska at Omaha's Excellence in Teaching Award and the Outstanding Graduate Student Mentoring Award. As the former director of the UNO Industrial-Organizational Psychology graduate program, she developed programs and criteria for evaluating graduate student success and retention across a three-year period. As the evaluator for a grant awarded to the Ohio State College of Medicine, she examined medical climate and experiences for female medical students and their rate of retention versus males. Also as an evaluator for a grant team for the Women in Medicine Group at Creighton College of Medicine, she evaluated the work-life stress and coping of female physicians and their subsequent rate of promotion versus male physicians. Together with teams of graduate students, Dr. Scherer has provided consulting services to over 50 organizations attempting to improve employee selection, performance evaluation, literacy, training, leadership, motivation, and wellness programs. Additionally, she is a certified ACT Workkeys Evaluator and evaluated literacy-to-work success of all high school students in Omaha, NE across a three-year period. In June of 2013, Dr Scherer became the Co-Director with Dr. Joseph Allen of the Volunteer Program Assessment (VPA) at UNO ( VPA-UNO applies principles and best practices from industrial-organizational psychology to improve volunteer performance, satisfaction and retention and thus contribute to nonprofit effectiveness. In their first year, she and Dr. Allen have recruited and trained 30 graduate and undergraduate students who have helped provide free assessment and consulting services to over 50 non-profit organizations, representing over 1.5 million of in-kind donations. She has also volunteered extensively in the community, most recently serving CASA Omaha, Creighton Preparatory High School, Lakeside Hospital, Midwest Dog Rescue, the Omaha Symphony Guild, and St. Wenceslaus. Dr. Scherer was elected to serve as the President of the UNO Faculty Senate for the 2014-2015 and currently chairs the Psychology Undergraduate Program Committee.

VPA-UNO is also made possible by the contributions of graduate students in UNO's Industrial and Organizational (I/O) Master's and Ph.D programs, as well as undergraduates interested in I/O and volunteer organizations.




Heather Tice is a second year graduate student in the Industrial-Organizational Psychology program at UNO, and also works as a teaching assistant for the university. She is pursuing her Master’s degree and hopes to gain employment as an internal consultant in a large corporation upon her graduation in the spring of 2014. Her research interests include work-life balance, organizational commitment, and employee engagement. When Heather is not working or studying she enjoys cooking, going to concerts, and playing with her dog, Wally.

Beth Harp is a doctoral student in the Industrial/Organizational Psychology program. She became interested in VPA after spending two summers in service-learning programs ather undergraduate university, Notre Dame. She appreciates the opportunity to use her I/O knowledge and skills to help nonprofit organizations and their volunteer programs. Her research interests include predictors and enhancers of volunteer engagement. In her spare time, Beth loves to watch football and basketball with her husband and go on walks with her dog, Koli. 

Eric Faurote is a doctoral candidate in the Industrial and Organizational Psychology program at UNO. He received his B.S. in psychology with honors from Iowa State University and a master’s degree in psychology with an emphasis in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of Northern Iowa. His research interests are in Occupational Health Psychology, specifically how work and family issues influence employee health behaviors related to healthy eating and physical activity. In his free time he enjoys, working out, ballroom dancing, and singing. He is also an accomplished mountaineer having summited over 14-14,000 foot peaks in Colorado, as well as expeditions on Mt. Rainer in Washington state and Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa.

Stephanie Mueller is a graduate student studying Industrial/Organizational Psychology at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Her research interests include burnout, empathy, and organizational justice. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her husband, watching college sports, and cooking.

Christy Quick is an MA/PhD student in the Industrial/Organizational Psychology Program. Her research interests include work-family conflict, and organizational justice, volunteersatisfaction, and volunteer turnover. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with nieces and nephews, cooking, and sleeping. Connect with Christy on Linkedin:

Desiree Johnson is a graduate student in the Industrial-Organizational Psychology program at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Her primary research interest is workplace regret, with a specific focus on whether people tend to regret actions or inactions more often and to a greater degree. In her spare time, Desiree enjoys spending time with her friends and family, reading, going to football games, volunteering, and traveling. Connect with Desiree on LinkedIn:

Stephanie Weddington is a Master’s student in the Industrial/Organizational Psychology program at UNO. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from UNO in 2012. Her research interests include: wellness, work/life balance, coping mechanisms for stress, personality, and motivation. In her free time she enjoys spending time with family, watching soccer and Husker football, walking her dogs, cooking, and reading.

John Crowe is a student in the Industrial/Organizational doctoral program at UNO. His research interests include topics such as organizational identification, organizations with belief-based missions, leadership, and group dynamics. In his free time he enjoys riding motorcycles, playing guitar, and traveling.

Vicki Cunningham is an MA/PhD student in the Industrial/Organizational Psychology Program interested in organizational development activities. Vicki is very dedicated to the Omaha community and appreciates the opportunity to utilize her talents to support nonprofit organizations in reaching their mission. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, walking her dogs, or being outdoors. Connect with Vicki on LinkedIn:

Sheridan Trent is an undergraduate student majoring in Psychology and pursuing dual minors in philosophy and speech communication at UNO. Her research interests include work-school conflict, wellness, and job satisfaction. She hopes to go to graduate school for a Master’s degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. When she isn’t in class or at work, she can almost always be found sipping espresso at various coffee shops around Omaha. She enjoys reading, baking, and playing CoD with her little brother.


Kelsie Troudt is an undergraduate student majoring in Psychology, and pursuing a concentration in Developmental Psychology at the University of Nebraska Omaha.  Her research interests include topics in developmental disabilities, specifically the formation of friendships, as well as suicide, and the VPA program.   She plans to go to graduate school for a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy.  In her spare time, she enjoys coaching Special Olympics teams, reading, concerts, and singing on the Praise Band. 

Danielle Schufeldt is an undergraduate student majoring in Psychology with a minor in Criminology and Criminal Justice. She enjoys volunteering at a local humane society in her free time, and is preparing for an internship at a small foster care facility. After she earns her Bachelor’s degree, she plans to pursue Master’s degrees in Social Work and Public Administration.

Past VPA-UNO Groups